first_img As Norwich poured forward in search of a deserved equaliser, second-half substitute Diame was released into the Canaries’ half and finished the game off deep into added time. The win moved the Hammers up to 10th in the Barclays Premier League and left Norwich down in 16th – with Hughton bemoaning his side’s missed chances. “I am very, very frustrated,” he said. “When you come here, you know you’ll be up against a direct and physical game and you have to match them. For nearly all the game we were able to do that but you rely on getting a little release by scoring goals. “No-one can say we didn’t attempt to get into goal areas and didn’t create chances. It is a bit too familiar, creating chances and not putting them away. We put more pressure on ourselves. “The first goal is a ball we dealt with all game and on that one occasion we didn’t. When you don’t get the lead that you think you deserve, you are always under pressure. It’s the first goal that hurt us and the missed chances.” England goalkeeper John Ruddy was culpable for Collins’ crucial opening goal as he rushed from his line only to see Diame’s cross float over his head. But Hughton refused to lay the defeat at the door of his goalkeeper, who had faced a largely quiet opening 84 minutes of the game, “I’m never one to apportion blame but it’s the type of ball we dealt with very well all game,” said Hughton. “When you play West Ham you have to deal with a lot of them and we did it well. No doubt the better chances fell to us. There was so much good about our performance. “The (opposition) keeper’s made some good saves and unfortunately in our last two away games both keepers have put in man-of-the-match performances. It shows we’re creating chances. But we’ve got to look at ourselves.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has now seen the club enjoy three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since the end of the 2006/07 campaign, turning around early-season form as they seek to remain in the top flight. “It is just delightful,” Allardyce said. “An outstanding victory and a hard-earned win – 13 points from six games is a terrific run of form considering where we were and the trouble we were in. “Even 10th might not be out of trouble – we have to continue and get more results. “It’s a great end to an important run of fixtures. If Norwich continue like that, they will have no problems. They were very good and gave us a good game.” Allardyce was again left singling out the heroics of goalkeeper Adrian, who kept his fourth clean sheet in succession to set his side up for another valuable three points. “Our goalkeeper kept us in the game,” Allardyce said. “We scored late, when it is hard for anybody to come back into it – his reward was us winning it.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton was once again left ruing the inability of his players to convert their chances as the Canaries were beaten by two late West Ham goals. Press Association Summer signing Gary Hooper spurned the best of the visitors’ chances at Upton Park as Norwich continued to come up against Adrian, a goalkeeper in fantastic form. Robert Snodgrass and Alex Tettey also saw decent efforts kept out by the Spaniard before James Collins headed home a Mo Diame cross with six minutes remaining, paving the way for a 2-0 win. last_img read more


first_imgWith just eight regular season games remaining, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team finds itself perched at No. 3 in the rankings and No. 2 in the WCHA standings, hoping to ride out the season on a hot streak.This weekend’s away series against Minnesota State comes after the Badgers’ convincing series win against defending national champions Clarkson University. Sophomore forward Sydney McKibbon said the team is now looking to win the eight games left in the season.“In-conference or out-of-conference, we want to get eight wins,” McKibbon said. “We want to move into the playoffs on a high note.”Regardless of their opponent, the Badgers are expressing confidence in their abilities, despite a recent stretch of goal-scoring troubles. However, if the team continues the form they exhibited in a 4-0 thumping of seventh-ranked Clarkson on Sunday, this should be no problem.“What we’re doing right now has been working pretty well,” sophomore forward Sarah Nurse said. “With our team, I think it’s pretty deep. Anybody can score.”Granted, freshman forward Annie Pankowski scored three of Wisconsin’s four goals on Sunday, but the principle remains that the Badgers are quite capable of tallying goals. After their last game, the team hopes the rough patch the team hit coming out of the winter break might finally be over.“On Sunday, we were finally able to put the puck in the net,” McKibbon said. “We want to continue to do that, continue to pepper the goalies. It gets frustrating when you’re getting 50 shots on net and you’re not scoring … but it makes us want to score even more and get pucks to the net.”In its last five games before the Clarkson series, Wisconsin had netted only six goals.From the Jan. 10th game vs. Minnesota through Sunday’s game vs. Clarkson, the Badgers’ offense was subpar. Through the six games, the Badgers shot, on average, 11.84 in the first period of games, 14.84 in the second and 11.5 in the third. Those shots translated into, on average, 0.17 goals in the first period, one in the second and 0.4 in the third.However, in Sunday’s game vs. Clarkson alone, the Badgers shot 14 first period shots, 15 second period shots and fell to only nine third period shots. This resulted in zero first period goals, two second period goals and two third period goals.Finding their stride again could not have come at a more convenient time, as the Badgers will face some key matchups in determining their final place for the upcoming WCHA and NCAA tournaments.  The WCHA begins in about one month.Among the teams contesting Wisconsin on their march toward the finish are Minnesota-Duluth, who will look to spoil the Badgers’ plans. The Bulldogs find themselves four points behind the Badgers in the WCHA conference standings. Two wins against Wisconsin next week would put the Bulldogs even with the Badgers.Yet the Badgers only concern themselves with the tasks at hand in preparation for this weekend’s series. Minnesota State currently sits at the bottom of the WCHA standings without a single win in conference play at 0-17-1. Regardless, the Badgers are aware that the Mavericks will look to end their campaign on a high note by taking down the third-ranked team in the nation.“I think whenever a team plays us, they get excited,” Nurse said. “So finishing out this last half of the season, we’re looking to not give any teams hope against us.”No player denies the challenges ahead, but all seem to be exhibiting the classic phrase, “cool, calm and collected,” and rightfully so. Despite recent goal troubles, the Badgers are still in excellent position to make a run at what would be head coach Mark Johnson’s fifth national title.Rebounding after their recent string of troubles has given the team the hunger and energy it needs in order to keep the momentum going. In fact, some players believe it was actually beneficial. It showed what can happen in moments of complacency and, in turn, reignited the fire that led them to a 17-2-1 record going into the winter break.“You need to stay humble,” freshman defender Maddie Rolfes said. “You need to make sure your main goals are working hard and winning instead of going out complacent and getting into bad habits.”With two series at home, Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State, and two away series at Minnesota State and Ohio State, the Badgers will play in a variety of environments that will prepare them for the upcoming postseason tournaments.  The team also hopes to bring home a coveted fifth national title for Johnson, the newest member of the 350-win club.last_img read more


first_img“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.” – also Mark TwainMark Twain is the author of some of the greatest American novels, but when he was alive, he was known more for his travel books, according to the NPR show Here and Now. In 1866, he made his first trip “abroad” to Hawaii, staying for five months.Mark Twain relaxing on a porch in New Hampshire.Even prior to that trip, he was a seasoned traveler around the US. He had been all around the country, working as everything from a steamboat pilot, to a printer, to a writer.According to Biography, in 1861, he left Missouri for the West, for Nevada and California, first trying his hand at prospecting and ultimately ending up as a reporter.Twain in 1867He began to achieve some success and had developed his own unique narrative style, which was approachable, irreverent, and satirical.After that, he spent most of the next 12 years traveling around the globe, making dozens of separate transatlantic crossings and exploring vast swaths of Europe, Asia, and Africa.Cabin where Twain wrote “Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, Jackass Hill, Tuolumne County. Click on historical marker and interior view. Photo by “Will Murray (Willscrlt)” CC BY-SA 3.0 usHe had a deep need to see new things and have new experiences and, as the first quote above states, he felt there was immense, inherent value in broadening one’s horizons.Twain wrote three books that outlined his travels around the world: The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, and Following the Equator.The books are evenly distributed through his writing career and address not only his life during the timespan covered in each book but also how travel can change people’s perspectives on the world, including his own.Samuel Clemens, age 15In 1867, he took a five-month cruise around the Mediterranean, writing humorous articles for American newspapers about the sights and experiences.This led to his publishing The Innocents Abroad, which chronicled his “Great Pleasure Excursion” on the charter vessel Quaker City, making a trip through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of other American travelers.Mark Twain in 1871.Twain didn’t come from a cultured upbringing. He grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, the sixth of seventh children in a family that frequently struggled financially. He wasn’t highly educated or sophisticated and neither were his traveling companions.In many ways, he embodied the values of the America of his time — he was brash, independent, outspoken, and all of those traits were evident in this book.Mark Twain in the lab of Nikola Tesla, spring of 1894. Twain is holding Tesla’s experimental vacuum lamp, which is powered by a loop of wire which is receiving electromagnetic energy from a Tesla coil (not visible). Tesla’s face is visible in the background.The second quote above is from The Innocents Abroad and reflects Twain’s views likening American tourists to the Vandals, the wandering Germanic tribe that sacked Rome.He satirically described the American Vandal in ways that showed the best and the worst of the American mindset – brazen, often unimpressed with the local environment, and tending to rely on guidebooks to tell them how they should respond to the things they were seeing and experiencing.Mark Twain in his gown (scarlet with grey sleeves and facings) for his D.Litt. degree, awarded to him by Oxford University.The American Vandal combined both fairly cheerful ignorance and disregard of the broader world with a desire to collect whatever historical or religious objects they could obtain along the way.And yet, even if he saw himself and other new world travelers in that light, he also saw the underlying desire, in himself and others, to come to a broader understanding of, and connection with, the wider world.A color photograph taken of Mark Twain in 1908, using the recently developed Autochrome Lumiere process.The two subsequent books are perhaps less widely known than the first, but continue to demonstrate his evolution as both a traveler and a thinker.A Tramp Abroad covers his experiences on a “walking tour” through France, Germany, and Switzerland and portrays a traveler who has gained confidence and self-sufficiency with regard to moving around outside the usual boundaries of his world.Mark Twain, 1907.Following the Equator is a more serious look at his around-the-world lecture tour in 1895 and 1896, by which time he was an international celebrity.Through all of his travels and explorations, he remained a writer and storyteller. He continued to publish and give lectures. Despite that, his life still had struggles. Finances were an issue. He and his wife lost three children, one of whom died while Twain was traveling.Read another story from us: Stalin Tried to use The Grapes of Wrath as Anti-Capitalist Propaganda – It Backfired BadlyHis wife also died while he was abroad, in 1901. In his later life, he lost all interest in further travels and suffered from fits of rage and depression before his eventual death in 1910. The American Vandal roamed no more.last_img read more