The Magpies had travelled to south Wales on the back of a run of four straight wins, but they fell to a comprehensive defeat as Nathan Dyer and Jonjo Shelvey found the net either side of a Mathieu Debuchy own goal. But Newcastle were aggrieved that Webb did not award them spot-kicks after Ben Davies appeared to handle a Loic Remy shot, and Yoan Gouffran went down after an aerial challenge with Ashley Williams. Both incidents happened with the score at 1-0 and Pardew also felt Shelvey could have seen red after he appeared to aim a headbutt towards Debuchy during a heated exchange a few minutes before the ex-Liverpool man rounded off a superb individual display with a stunning, curling strike. The Newcastle boss said: “Two big decisions went against us and that was crucial in the result. “The first one was a penalty, no doubt in my mind about that. I felt that at the time and my players reaction told me everything I needed to know, and that should have told Howard as well. “It hit his arm and it’s going in the back of the net. That’s a penalty isn’t it? “Again the second was for a foul on Gouffran. I thought Williams had no chance of winning that header, he has gone into the back of Gouffran and he just played on. “I was disappointed in those decisions. I’ve told him that as well. He has given me his explanation and I accept that, and I don’t agree with it. “Then there is the incident with Jonjo, looking at video highlights I think that was disappointing for Jonjo as I think he is a terrific lad and that’s unlike him, but again maybe you could argue he should not be on the pitch.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup unsurprisingly had a different take on matters, particularly after his side recently conceded a controversial penalty to draw a game they should have won against Stoke. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew felt World Cup final referee Howard Webb made three errors which cost his side dear during their 3-0 defeat at Swansea. Of the Shelvey incident he said: “Football is about temperament the most important thing keep on the right side, to not go over it and he didn’t do that. “It’s important everybody sticks to the right side of the line.” Asked if he had headbutted Debuchy, Shelvey told BT Sport: ”That’s what you think. Nowadays you can’t do anything. ”I was trying to move to get out of the way. That’s life at the end of the day.” On the two penalty incidents, Laudrup added: “They claimed for two penalties. The one with the handball is what I would call 50-50. One of those that if you don’t give it, it’s okay. “If I had been on the other side I would have claimed it, but if there are experts in penalties being given or not given it’s Swansea. “If he’d given it I would have accepted it. “The other one I don’t think was a penalty.” Press Association
The U.S. is removing some items from the China tariff list and is delaying tariffs for other items.It is the latest move by the U.S. in the ongoing trade feud between the two countries.Products on the tariff delay list include cell phones, laptops, video game consoles, and computer monitors.Tariffs on these items were initially set to go into effect on September 1st, but will now go into effect on December 15th.The Stock Market has been reacting to the news, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been trading up over 500 points at times.The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are also surging on Wall Street.Last week, the dow dropped 500 points after President Trump threatened another 10 percent hike in tariffs on $300 billion in goods from China.The move was opposed by retailers and manufacturers who were worried about the holiday shopping season.President Trump was pressed Tuesday about the latest tariff rollback and said he chose the delay because of the”Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact” on American consumers.He then reiterated that his tariffs have had virtually no impact on Americans thus far.Click here to learn more.
During its first weekend back in Southern California, the Trojan beach volleyball team put on an impressive showing in the Pac-12 South Invitational, dominating its opponents at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica. Freshman Haley Hallgren bumps the ball to her teammate, senior Jenna Belton. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThough the Trojans’ loss record remained unscathed, their first match of the weekend proved to be closer than anticipated. Facing the No. 16 Cal Golden Bears that were riding an 11-match winning streak, the Trojans came out strong with a mixture of youth and experience on the first two courts. The Women of Troy dominated the first two courts; junior Abril Bustamante and freshman Tina Graudina defeated Alexia Inman and Mima Mirkovic (21-15, 21-12) on the first court and senior Terese Cannon and freshman Sammy Slater came out on top against Jessica Gaffney and Iya Lindahl (21-10, 21-18). Despite falling behind two games early, the Bears bounced back strong when their fifth court pair of Grace Campbell and Madison Micheletti soundly defeated USC’s junior Katrina Kernochan and graduate student Alexandra Poletto 21-16 in back-to-back sets. The Trojans would need a victory from senior Jenna Belton and freshman Haley Hallgren on Court 3 (21-16, 25-23) to seal the victory for USC before Mia Merino and Caroline Schafer of UC Berkeley defeated sophomore Joy Dennis and senior Jo Kremer on Court 4 with the match already decided. The two games that Cal won were the first they’ve ever won against USC.In their second and third matches of the weekend, USC methodically defeated the two Pac-12 Arizona representatives in the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats (9-6) and the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-9). In both matches, USC rode their 1st, 2nd and 4th courts to victory. The pairs of Bustamante/Graudina, Cannon/Slater and Belton/Kremer each consecutively swept their opponents, ending the matches before the outcomes of the 3rd and 5th courts mattered. The Trojans’ win over the Wildcats was their seventh in a row against Arizona. For their final showdown of the weekend, USC faced their highest-ranked opponent for the weekend against the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal (11-5), who were 3-0 on the weekend leading up to that match and riding an 11-match winning streak. In what was supposed to be their toughest test of the weekend, USC swept the Cardinal 5-0. The Trojans on the first four courts dominated their matchups while the 5th court pair of sophomore Cammie Dorn and freshman Maja Kaiser saw a thrilling comeback in three sets to defeat Kat Anderson and Caitlin Keefe of Stanford (17-21, 21-13, 15-8). Their matchup marked only the second time both teams have faced off. After their 4-0 weekend, USC cemented themselves once again as the cream of the crop in the Pac-12. The only other team to come out of the weekend without a loss was the No. 2 UCLA Bruins (18-3). The Trojans’ top performers, Bustamante/Graudina and Cannon/Slater, were selected to the all-tournament team. Both pairs went 4-0 on the weekend, without dropping a single set. UCLA was the only other school to have pairs recognized. With the performance, the women’s beach volleyball team improves its record to 15-6 on the season. Up next, the Trojans will head to Pepperdine University on March 31 to take on No. 19 St. Mary’s, No. 16 Loyola Marymount and the No. 1 Pepperdine Waves in the Pepperdine Invitational. USC will have a full week to prepare for another dual against Pepperdine after falling to them twice in one week earlier this season.