‘Carroll still lacking fitness’

first_imgEngland World Cup hopeful Andy Carroll is still suffering from a lack of sharpness and fitness after missing the first five months of the season through injury, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. Carroll moved permanently to Upton Park for a club record £15million before the start of the campaign, but the powerful centre-forward was ruled out until January with a foot problem. Encouraging performances on his return contributed to an improvement in West Ham’s results, but Carroll has scored only twice in his 13 appearances and his form has faded of late. Press Association The 25-year-old will be targeting a place in England’s 23-man World Cup squad in June, but Allardyce admits Carroll is still catching up after his spell on the sidelines. “He’s not 100 per cent,” Allardyce said. “He’s had no pre-season at all, he’s worked very hard, but getting into games at this stage of the season after so long out is hard. “It’s hard to get that ultimate sharpness that you need. Hopefully he can find it. “He looked sharp when he came back. His enthusiasm and the energy from being so pleased to be back with us carried him through, but that catches up with you when you’ve been out for so long. “A little bit of fatigue kicks in. We’ve got to work through it and hopefully he can finish the season by scoring a few goals for us.” West Ham’s five senior strikers have netted just 11 league goals this season between them while the club’s top scorer is a midfielder – Kevin Nolan with seven. Allardyce believes the Hammers, currently 12th in the table, would be finishing the season in the top half had Carroll been fit and insists the club need to bolster their attacking options in the summer. “What we need to do is find an alternative type of front man that scores a few more goals, we’ll have to do that,” Allardyce said. “If Andy had been with us all season, we’d be top half, I’m convinced about that. “Carlton Cole has done a fantastic job but it took him a long time to get going because he didn’t join us until after the January window had shut, and Modibo Maiga has struggled since he’s been here unfortunately. We would have hoped he’d have done better. “I’m convinced the front man is the key to how you do in a season, and if we had Andy out on the pitch, match-fit and scoring the goals we know he can with Kevin Nolan, I think we’d be a lot further up the table than we are now.” last_img read more

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Tiz the Law wins Travers, likely Derby favorite in Kentucky

first_img First Published: 9th August, 2020 07:04 IST Written By Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 07:04 IST Tiz The Law Wins Travers, Likely Derby Favorite In Kentucky Belmont winner Tiz the Law won the $1 million Travers Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga, and heads to Kentucky for next month’s Derby as the probable favorite FOLLOW UScenter_img LIVE TV Belmont winner Tiz the Law won the $1 million Travers Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga, and heads to Kentucky for next month’s Derby as the probable favorite.Ridden by Manny Franco, Tiz the Law ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.65 on Saturday and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10.The 3-year-old colt remains undefeated this year with four straight graded stakes victories for 82-year-old trainer Barclay Tagg. He became the first New York-bred in 138 years to win the Belmont Stakes on June 20 in the first leg of the rescheduled Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law began his racing career at Saratoga last summer and has six wins in seven starts.The Travers victory gave Tiz the Law 100 points in qualifying for the Kentucky Derby and he continues atop the leaderboard with 372.Caracaro returned $6.40 and $4. Max Player, third in the Belmont, paid $3.70 to show.South Bend was fourth, followed by Country Grammer, Bob Baffert-trained Uncle Chuck and Shivaree.Caracaro earned 40 Derby qualifying points, while Max Player picked up 20 and South Bend earned 10.Tiz the Law was third in the early going before overtaking leader Uncle Chuck near the quarter pole. Franco sneaked a peek behind him before taking Tiz the Law three horses wide and then two horses wide before straightening into the upper stretch. Tiz the Law geared down near the sixteenth pole and cruised home.Image credits: AP COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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