Aston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall has admitted he may consult former manager Paul Lambert ahead of his first game in charge. “He’s given me some good opportunities at Norwich and here. This is new to me. Maybe sometime in the future maybe I’ll be a better coach for it. “It’s a big job, the boss (Lambert) will tell you that. It’ll be a big challenge for somebody.” He has skipper Ron Vlaar available after a knee injury and may recall after he started the last two games on the bench. “I thought Christian looked better when he came off the bench against Hull, we had that conversation after the game and the determination is there. We’ll take it from there,” added Marshall. “We’re still a couple of days away. We’ve not really made any decisions yet. I’ve got a few ideas in my head and we’re going to pick a team to try to win the game.” Lambert was sacked on Wednesday after just two wins from 21 Barclays Premier League games left Villa third from bottom. The club are understood to favour a long-term appointment with ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood the bookies’ favourite. But Marshall, who is yet to speak to chairman Randy Lerner since taking over, said he would draw on contacts for advice ahead of the fifth round tie and one could be Lambert. He said: “If I had a conversation and asked him something I’m sure he’d be a positive help. “You can only explain so much to get advice back but you try and call upon all your experiences before and try to make the best decision going forward. That’s what I’m trying to do now. “I’m pretty sure we’ll have another conversation before the game.” Marshall believes Villa need an experienced manager to help them beat the drop, effectively ruling himself out, and admitted the situation of succeeding his friend Lambert, who he also worked with at Norwich, has been tough. “I wouldn’t say comfortable. It’s not something I wanted in any shape or form, my respect for the boss is there,” he said. The first-team coach, who has temporarily replaced the sacked Lambert, is set to be in control for Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Leicester. Former Arsenal defender Marshall has never managed before and is being assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans. Press Association
(REUTERS) – The decision review system (DRS) was the major talking point at the end of a rain-shortened first day’s play in the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton yesterday following the dismissal of the home side’s captain Kane Williamson.New Zealand, put in to bat on a green wicket by Pakistan’s stand-in skipper Azhar Ali, were 77 for two when the umpires ended the day’s play just before 16:30hrs. local time (0330 GMT) after light rain had forced the players off before lunch.Opening batsman Jeet Raval was 35 not out, while Ross Taylor, who will have eye surgery next week and will miss up to six weeks of action, was on 29 from 20 deliveries, having taken the attack to Pakistan’s four-pronged pace battery.But it was the controversial dismissal of Williamson that proved the main talking point at Seddon Park after he was given out for 13 after a review.New Zealand were 39 for one when the Pakistan fielders appealed for a catch by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, adamant Williamson had got an inside edge to a Sohail Khan delivery.When the appeal was turned down Azhar asked for a review, and while none of the evidence appeared overly conclusive, with TV relays suggesting the ball had hit his elbow, third umpire Ian Gould said he believed Williamson had got an inside edge and reversed the original decision.The New Zealand captain looked bemused as he walked off and appeared to tell on-field umpire Simon Fry he had not hit the ball.New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said Williamson was so convinced he had not hit the ball that had he initially been given out, he would have reviewed the decision.“He didn’t think that he’d hit it,” McMillan told reporters. “He was going to review it. But it was one of those tough ones that we accept.”Apart from an impressive opening spell from Mohammad Amir, the visitors looked to have squandered the best of yesterday’s bowler-friendly conditions.The first over from Amir saw Raval nick through the slips for a boundary, beaten outside off stump twice, dropped by Sami Aslam at first slip and produced a leading edge for a lucky single before Tom Latham was caught by Aslam for a golden duck.Amir had figures of one for 15 from six overs, though he was not supported by his fellow pace bowlers, who did not get the same movement and bowled either too short or too full.McMillan, however, said the rain and the fact the covers would force the pitch to sweat overnight would ensure there were still issues for his side to overcome when the second day begins 30 minutes early today.“We know we’re just going to have to be as precise tomorrow morning as we were today,” he said.“That’s the challenge for us.”NEW ZEALAND1st inningsJ. Raval not out 35T. Latham c Aslam b Amir 0K. Williamson c S. Ahmed b So. Khan 13R. Taylor not out 29Extras: 0Total: (for 2 wickets, 21 overs) 77Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39.Bowling: M. Amir 6-2-15-1, So. Khan 7-1-35–1, I. Khan 7-1-19-0, W. Riaz 1-0-8-0.
The winning streak is now at 12 and counting.The No. 3 USC women’s volleyball team strengthened its lead in the Pac-12 with sweeps against Colorado and Utah over the weekend, tying a similar streak to open the 2010 season.“We expected a good effort from Utah and Colorado and we came out really strong,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “We like that teams are gunning for us and we want the girls to get excited about that.”Dishing it · Senior setter Kendall Bateman finished with a team-high 29 assists, as the Women of Troy recorded a three-set victory at Galen Center over Colorado. It marked their 12th straight Pac-12 victory. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (17-3, 12-1) disposed of Colorado 25-18, 25-14, 25-17. And senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led USC throughout the match with nine kills, 12 digs, two aces and two solo blocks.“Jupiter is a silent leader and not a big talker, but her leadership shows in how hard she is working on her defense and passing,” Haley said. “Her blocking and attacking have always been very good, but now her backcourt defense has been good, as she focuses on improving the little parts of her game.”With her performance, Jupiter moved into third place all-time in kills for USC, passing Tracy Clark in the process. She is also tied for fifth on USC’s career solo blocks list.Sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard took advantage of more playing time, notching five kills and no errors against the Buffaloes.Junior middle blocker Natasa Siljkovic also tied a personal best with four kills.Kerra Schroeder led Colorado with a game-high 10 kills to go along with three aces and three blocks.Against Utah (8-13, 3-9), USC wasted no time asserting itself in the match after scoring the first eight points of the match en route to a 25-15 victory in the first set.The Utes fought back in the second set after falling in another big hole, racking up seven straight points facing set point, but their comeback was made futile after senior middle blocker Lauren Williams notched the game’s decisive point at 25-21.The Women of Troy took the third set handily 25-14, completing another sweep of a conference opponent.Williams finished with a game-high 10 kills and three blocks on the day, matching her kill total the last time the two teams met.Senior setter Kendall Bateman recorded 43 assists moving into third place on USC’s career list.Leading the Pac-12 with a .405 hitting percentage, the senior has been a key reason for the Women of Troy’s recent success and her play in the middle has eased the pressure of the outside attack for USC.“Williams’ off-the-court leadership has been kicking in, and although we want better blocking from her, she has been really good offensively,” Haley said. “Despite getting doubled, she’s still coming up with points.”Morgan Odale led the way for Utah, totaling eight kills and three blocks. USC held Utah to a .037 hitting percentage in the first set and would only allow the Utes a .182 percentage for the entire match.Next weekend, USC travels north to face Stanford and California.
Palm Beach County, along with family members and friends are in mourning after the sudden loss of a hero.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Sergeant Tammy Davis-Partridge died on Oct. 7 while on her honeymoon in Las Vegas.The 32-year-old Sergeant and her husband, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Andrew Flink, were married just three days before her unexpected death.(CBS12)Sgt. Davis-Partridge’s body was discovered in the bathroom of their Luxor Hotel room, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office.Christopher Davis-Partridge, Tammy’s brother, told CBS12 that his sister took great pride in her job and always went out of her way to help others.He also described his sister as “the life of the party.”“I got to do the father-daughter dance with her and walk her down the aisle because we don’t have a father,” he said. “When I was dancing with her, she was laughing and cracking up; it was typical Tammy.”“She was sweet, she was funny, and she was the life of the party,” he added.Sgt. Davis-Patridge’s cause of death has not been released at this time.She served her department for over eight-years and made history in February of 2018 as the youngest female to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant in her division.(CBS12)
Two dogs were killed in Indiantown from gator attacks, now the Martin County Sheriff’s Office are warning their residents. Officials worry a person or a child could be the next victim with the gators attacking the local canines.“It’s been warmer now, so they’re kinda being a little more active,” said John Davidson, a licensed alligator trapper. Who has been busy the last couple weeks trying to capture the pesky reptiles.Photos from the sheriff’s office show an eight-foot gator that was captured in the latest attack after it killed a dog. The only part left of the pet was its head. “If you’re close to the water, try to keep the dog as far away from the water as you can because alligators are very, very quick when they’re trying to hunt something down,” Davidson said.The two recent gator attacks on dogs happened in lakes or canals at Indianwood Golf and Country Club near Indiantown. This year at least a dozen dogs have been killed by gators in Martin County.Questions have been inquired about why the gators are feasting on local pets. “From my standpoint, it sounds like someone’s feeding alligators probably and that’s a big deal,” said Mike Kimmel, owner of Martin County Trapping and Wildlife Rescue. “An eight or 10-foot gator would have no problem grabbing a 3-year-old kid if the kid got too close,” Detective Robert Smith said.A Martin County detective says in these two cases in Indiantown, the dogs were unattended and running free when they were grabbed by a gator.The gators responsible for the two dog attacks near Indiantown have been captured and taken away from populated areas.
A Treasure Coast woman says she saw more than just the sunrise on the first day of 2020.Kitty Elder took pictures of what appears to be a rocket launch off the coast of Wabasso Beach, north of Vero Beach.According to NASA’s website, the space agency has no launches scheduled for today.This is a developing story.