Coastal protection work getting underway this week will help strengthen the most vulnerable section of Cobham Drive from erosion and storm damage, Wellington City Council reports. Over the next five months, a new rock bank – or revetment – will be built between the two roundabouts at Troy Street and Calabar Road in Wellington. It will help protect the road to the airport, and the new walking and bike paths, which are nearing completion.The 310m-long sloping rock bank will be like the one at the Evans Bay Parade end of Cobham Drive built in 2006, and others around the city including at Breaker Bay and Dorrie Leslie Park, said the council.About half of the rock (more than 2000 tonnes) has already been stockpiled on site in preparation, and the rest will be brought in as the work progresses.
It was an impressive header which proved the only difference at half-time as Spurs failed to create any further shots on target. Danny Rose was unable to keep an effort down after an impressive Erik Lamela prod put him through, before the left-back saw a hopeful appeals for a spot-kick rightfully waved away. Chadli wastefully blazed over a volley at the end of an uninspiring first half in which Newcastle looked poor. Cabella and Ameobi were brought on in a bid to change things, but Pardew could not in his wildest dreams imagined their impact. Five touches and around seven seconds was all it took for Newcastle to pull themselves level, with Eric Dier caught napping from a fine Colback pass which substitute Ameobi rifled home. Pochettino and many of the Spurs substitutes were not even back at their seats when the goal was breached – a shock to the system Spurs could have recovered almost immediately had Fabricio Coloccini not impressively denied Eriksen turning home a squared ball from Rose. That block saw Newcastle remarkably turn the match on its head. Despite having looked to receive a pass from Sissoko in an offside position, second-half introduction Cabella sent in a cross which full debutant Perez headed home. The visitors’ relief was clear by the wild celebrations which would have been repeated had Cabella ended a solo run by squeezing his effort inside the near post rather into the side-netting It was a let-off the home faithful thought they had capitalised on in the 66th minute when Eriksen caught out Tim Krul directly from a corner, but the Newcastle goalkeeper’s blushes were saved by linesman indicating the cross had gone out of play before curling back in. Harry Kane, fresh from coming on, could not beat Krul with his first attempt of the afternoon as Spurs upped the ante, with Aaron Lennon failing to hit the target. A low, driven cross from Kane somehow evaded his team-mates and Roberto Soldado had an effort blocked as a leveller proves beyond them. Press Association Alan Pardew’s half-time substitutions inspired Newcastle to a much-needed comeback victory at Tottenham, where Ayoze Perez capped his full debut with the goal which secured back-to-back victories. The result was a timely shot in the arm for under-fire Pardew, who built on their maiden win against Leicester with a first away victory for seven months. It had looked unlikely after Adebayor deservedly put Mauricio Pochettino’s side ahead in the Bill Nicholson anniversary match, marking 10 years since Tottenham’s great former player and manager passed away. But it was Newcastle, a club Nicholson represented as a guest during the Second World War, who secured victory, with substitute Ameobi making the most of lax defending to start the comeback just after half-time. Things got worse still when Cabella crossed for Perez to put Newcastle ahead and, try as they might, there was to be no leveller for Spurs as they lost a third league match of the season at White Hart Lane. It was a result which looked unlikely in a dominant, if uninspiring, first-half display by Spurs, who appealed for a spot-kick against Daryl Janmaat inside the opening two minutes. Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Ryan Mason all failed with long-range efforts, before Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett missed an audacious attempt of his own from 40 yards. Jack Colback wasted a fine opportunity when the normally-reliable Hugo Lloris unconvincingly punched away a Moussa Sissoko cross, before a rare moment of class led to an 18th-minute breakthrough. Last-ditch blocks kept Nacer Chadli and Eriksen at bay, but Mason showed impressive ingenuity to clip in a cross for Adebayor to direct home. Bouncing around the bottom three after a bruising start to the campaign, it had looked like the Magpies would struggle in north London. However, Emmanuel Adebayor’s header was wiped out by half-time introduction Sammy Ameobi seconds after the restart, before fellow substitute Remy Cabella set-up Perez to secure Newcastle an unlikely 2-1 win.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes filling your home ground is paramount to Premier League clubs – with the Hammers announcing their new season-ticket structure ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium. Press Association And Allardyce believes performing in front of a sold-out crowd is something that should not go unappreciated as the other 19 Premier League clubs are now being pushed to follow West Ham’s lead. “The most important thing at a football club is to fill the stadium,” he said. “I think filling the stadium is the ultimate for the success of the team. Obviously it’s not from a revenue base like it used to be. “The revenue base for a football club used to be the sustainability of the football club in my years before the Premier League and before Sky made it a worldwide brand. “It’s about creating the atmosphere in a stadium that thrills not only the fans there enjoying the atmosphere, but the players who respond to that “To make sure everywhere you go in the Premier League maintains a high level of attendance and selling out your stadium has to be the ultimate goal for any Premier League football club, for me. “What we’ve announced has to be the best piece of business, for me, seen in the Premier League for a long, long time. “Hopefully everybody at West Ham football club, particularly the fan, will come and enjoy, as Karren says, a fantastic facility for less. That will only encourage future young West Ham supporters to be West Ham supporters.” Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, announced during the week that the club would be making significant cuts to their current pricing as the move is being offset against increased television revenue. The cheapest season ticket at Upton Park is £620 but there will be £289 seats on offer from the 2016/17 season – the club’s first in the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium.
Despite a significant discrepancy in turnovers, the new members of the team shined for the Trojans and provided a glimpse of what is to come for this young team. Freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin led the team with 19 points and six assists in his debut, but he also had seven turnovers. He showed off his ability to get to the hoop and seemed to develop good chemistry with his big men, constantly feeding them the ball down low.McLaughlin was consistently the Trojans’ best player on the court, but he sat out key moments in the second half. Second-year head coach Andy Enfield noted that the point guard still played for most of the game and he was just monitoring his workload.“When you play 33 minutes, it’s not like I took him out, but he gets tired like everyone else. We make the judgement of when he needs a blow,” Enfield said. “Of course we want him in the game, he does a lot of great things but he’s got to learn that he’s got to cut the turnovers way down but we’re proud of him. He’s a freshman [in his] first game, he’ll get better.”Two other Trojans finished the game with double digits: freshman forward Malik Martin added 10 points and redshirt sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt scored 11 in their Trojan debuts.Portland State was led by senior forward Tiegbe Bamba who scored 19 points and sophomore forward Braxton Tucker who added 16. The Vikings had five players score in double digits, including senior guard Tim Douglas who scored 14 and shot 4-6 from behind the arc.The Vikings were stingy on defense, stealing the ball 10 times, and shot well from behind the arc at 44.4 percent. USC was only able to force four turnovers and only shot 33.3 percent from three, both factors proving to be the difference in the game.USC led briefly in the first half after an 11-3 run put them up 23-22, but Portland State led for most of the game and went into the half up 39-32 after a 17-9 burst to end the first half. The Trojans were able to take a lead in the second half after a bucket from redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark put them ahead 48-47, but the team never saw a lead the rest of the game.The Trojans fought all through the second half and cut the deficit to one after a jumper from Reinhardt at 7:16, but then the Vikings went on a 10-0 run and never looked back.Enfield started with a loss for his second straight season, and cited turnovers as the main reason for his team’s inability to beat a Vikings squad that went 17-15 last year, and 11-9 in Big Sky play.“You’re not going to beat any team with 23 turnovers and you look and our starters had 22 of the 23,” Enfield said. “It’s not our bench coming in and turning it over. It was our players who we thought were our starting lineup, and they have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.”The Trojans were able to outshoot their opponent from the field, 53.2 percent to 39.1 percent, and outrebounded Portland State 43-25, but the turnovers kept them from winning the game.Joining McLaughlin, Reinhardt and Martin in the starting lineup were returning sophomores, guard Julian Jacobs and forward Nikola Jovanovic. Jacobs only scored four points but added six rebounds, and Jovanovic scored six with seven boards, but also had six turnovers.The bench was led by Clark, who scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior forward Strahinja Gavrilovic and freshman guard Elijah Stewart each added five points in the reserve role.The Trojans will look to rebound from their loss in their second game on Monday against Tennessee Tech, a team that opened their season with an 83-29 beatdown of Piedmont International. In that game, junior center Dwan Caldwell and freshman forward Mason Ramsey led the Golden Eagles with 14 points. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Tennessee Tech, much like USC, has a plethora of new faces, as they welcome in two transfer students and four freshmen. Tennessee Tech is led by head coach Steve Payne.“We have to watch film and go easy on the legs and prepare for Monday night,” Enfield said. “Tennessee Tech’s a very good, experienced team; a lot like Portland State.”Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Galen Center. USC’s men’s basketball team opened its season with a 76-68 loss to Portland State on Saturday. The Trojans committed 23 turnovers in the game, 22 of which were lost by the starting five. The Trojans only forced four turnovers from Portland State, who capitalized off of the Trojans’ mistakes.Flash of greatness · Freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin scored a team-high 19 points in his first game as a Trojan, but he also cost the team seven turnovers in his 33 minutes of play on Saturday night. – Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham | Daily Trojan
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is delighted with the reception given his team during their pre-season session in Ghana.Sundowns are due back home on Friday after spending 12 days in Ghana to prepare for the 2013/2014 Premier Soccer League season.The Brazilians played high profile friendly matches against Hearts of Oak which they drew 1-1 and recorded 2-0 wins over Asante Kotoko and Ebusua Dwarfs respectively.Mweene who will return to Ghana in September with the Zambia national team for the final 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier says he enjoyed his stay and can’t wait to return.“The reception has been well, Ghanaians are very nice people and they did receive us well,” Mweene said.“We just look forward and come back for pre season here again because we had a nice time here in Ghana. For me was the reception was overwhelming.”