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Howson progress earns new deal

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first_img Press Association Howson, 25, joined the Canaries from Leeds in January 2012 and has made 60 appearances, scoring five times including a fine individual effort on the final day of last season at Manchester City. Hughton – who brought in half-a-dozen new signings in the summer – has selected Howson in each of Norwich’s 16 Premier League matches so far this season, and is delighted with the midfielder’s development as the Canaries have slowly started to climb the table. Norwich manager Chris Hughton is confident there is more to come from Jonny Howson after the midfielder signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at the Barclays Premier League club. “A new contract comes in line with Jonny’s form this season, which has seen him be a mainstay of the team and put in some impressive performances,” Hughton said on the club’s official website, www.canaries.co.uk. “In the period of time that Jonny’s been here, there’s been progression in his influence in the team and in the matches, and we’re delighted to be able to secure his services for the next four-and-a-half years.” Howson joins team-mates John Ruddy, the England goalkeeper, and club captain Sebastien Bassong in penning contract extensions to commit their long-term futures to the Norfolk club. The former Leeds trainee hopes to build on his promising start to the 2013/2014 campaign. He said: “As soon as I found out there was an offer there I was very interested in getting it signed. I am very settled here and happy to sign. “I have really enjoyed the season so far and have had a good run in the side. I just want that to continue, and obviously staying here longer gives me the chance to do that.” Norwich drew 1-1 with Swansea on Sunday to edge up into 14th place, five points clear of the relegation zone and head to bottom club Sunderland this weekend. Club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel could be involved at the Stadium of Light, having been sidelined since the end of October by a toe problem. Winger Robert Snodgrass continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in the build-up to the Newcastle match last month, and the Scotland international may well come back into contention for the festive fixtures against Fulham on Boxing Day and Manchester United. “I am progressing nicely, but I don’t want to put a timescale on it. I will leave it to the head physio to tell me when I am ready,” Snodgrass said on the club’s official website. “We got it scanned and the outcome was four to six weeks, these things happen, but I am big enough to just work hard and look forward.” Snodgrass is confident he will rejoin a side now looking up the table after slowly building some positive results. “I know the players are ready for the challenge ahead. I am sure the supporters have not been happy with some of the performances like at Manchester City and Liverpool, but we have also picked up some decent results and I think you can see every point is vital in this league.” last_img read more

Syracuse’s comeback falls short in 62-58 loss to No. 7 Louisville

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first_imgWith a one-point lead, the ball and less than three minutes remaining, it looked as if Syracuse’s fourth-quarter comeback was going to result in its marquee win of the season against No. 7 Louisville.The Orange had been in this position before against ranked opponents away from home — they held fourth-quarter leads over then-No. 24 Michigan on Dec. 5 and then-No. 22 West Virginia on Dec. 22. But in both games, SU’s offensive possessions in the final minute were sloppy and the opportunity to add a ranked win to its résumé slipped away. On Sunday, it was Syracuse’s (6-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lack of aggression off a missed free throw that kept it from recording its biggest win of the season. With 30 seconds left and up by one, Louisville’s Elizabeth Balogun missed two free throws but got her own rebound after the second one and laid it in. On the ensuing possession, Kiara Lewis’ layup was blocked and grabbed by Balogun, who was fouled and sunk a free throw secure a 62-58 victory for Louisville (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Orange have one win in six tries against ranked opponents this season. In three of its five losses, SU held a lead with less than three minutes left in the game.In a season full of slow starts, SU came out firing on Sunday. Digna Strautmane and Lewis made sure Syracuse didn’t replicate its six-point first quarter last weekend against West Virginia. The duo combined for 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first quarter to give the Orange a one-point advantage after the first frame. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones provided the spark for the home team, finding pockets of space in SU’s zone and sinking four jumpers in the opening period. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s smart ball movement and shot selection in the first quarter disappeared in the second. They made just one field goal and scored seven points in the first nine minutes of the second quarter. Emily Engstler drilled a hook shot and 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to bring SU’s second-quarter tally to double-digits and the Cardinals’ lead to one. Syracuse’s strong perimeter defense held Dana Evans and Kylee Shook — two of Louisville’s three leading scorers — scoreless in the first half. In the third quarter, though, the Orange focused on closing down Jones, who logged 18 first-half points, allowing Evans and Shook to get open looks from behind the arc. They each sunk one to extend Louisville’s lead to as big as 11. SU’s jumpers weren’t falling so it started driving to the hoop, proving effective when Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi converted an and-one and Gabrielle Cooper took two trips to the line. That whittled the Cardinals’ lead down to seven heading into the fourth.SU clawed back to tie the game at 54 after freshman Teisha Hyman bottomed three 3s before the under-five minute media timeout. When Lewis and Amaya Finklea-Guity made a jumper and layup, the Orange had a one-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, their first lead since the midway point of the second quarter.But SU’s lack of concentration on defense and inability to execute on offense doomed it in the final two minutes, and soon it ran out of time. Syracuse didn’t have a free-throw attempt in the fourth quarter while the Cardinals had eight, six of which came in the final minute and 20 seconds. Comments Published on December 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more