Allardyce continued: “There was one spell when we won six, drew three and only lost one, we would have all loved to repeat that, but it has not been quite within our capabilities. “The reasons why are clear in my mind. Some of the players that were top drawer when they joined us for the first time this season have found the pace of the Premier League a little tougher going, while injuries are a big factor again. “We have won without Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia – you tell me anybody else that has four regular players missing that would have got results?” After the international break West Ham will head to bottom club Leicester and Allardyce is targeting a record points haul since their promotion back to the Premier League. “We still have more of the teams below us to play than the teams above us and if we continue how well we have done, not losing, we will pick up a good few points,” he said. “Hopefully we will finish a bit stronger and come back with a bit of a bang.” Allardyce remains relaxed over his contract, but cannot stop speculation linking him with the summer vacancy at Sunderland. “I am doing what I did here in year two, my contract was running out then, we overachieved that year,” the 60-year-old said. “At the end of the season we will look at the squad and say ‘it is capable of this, but not able to sustain that’. “We have got more players that when we get players in, which everybody has to do to grow and get better, they are better than what we have got to make sure we can sustain the growth we are achieving at this moment in time.” Press Association West Ham recorded their first Premier League victory since January 18 when a late goal from Diafra Sakho gave them a 1-0 win over Sunderland at Upton Park, in what was head coach Dick Advocaat’s first match in charge. Allardyce hopes the squad can regroup after the international break to push on and secure a positive ending to the campaign. “Everybody’s expectation grows, mine did,” said Allardyce, who is out of contract in the summer. “We all expected we wouldn’t have as big a slip, not in our performances, but in points gained as we should have done, and it should have been an awful lot more. “When you are in the dizzy heights of fourth at Christmas you have got to try to maintain that and we haven’t been able to. “If we were carrying on the way we were, then on our points total per games, we were going to finish in the top four, although we probably knew that was not going to carry on. “Some of our best performances have come when we have not won. “We would have had accolades still had we held on to victory against Manchester United and Tottenham, still been eulogising about our season because then we would have beaten Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City, while only to lost Everton and Crystal Palace below us, so that is how good this season has been.” The Irons were left dreaming of a sustained challenge for European qualification following a superb opening 10 Barclays Premier League games, which included wins over both Liverpool and Manchester City, to leave them as high as fourth place. However, since the turn of the year, a bad run of injuries coupled with a some frustrating results, such as conceding late equalisers to both Manchester United and Tottenham, saw them slip down the table. Sam Allardyce accepts everyone’s expectations grew following West Ham’s impressive start – including his own, but maintains his team can still make the most of a positive season.
Winter Classic uniforms: Dallas Stars | Nashville PredatorsWhere is the 2020 Winter Classic game being played?In 2020, the game will be played in Texas at Cotton Bowl Stadium. With a history rich in football, hockey is making its debut at the 89-year-old venue.Funnel cake, Fletcher’s & forechecks. We can’t wait for New Year’s Day. #WinterClassic | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/46sAIRiqf1— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 19, 2019The stadium was previously home to the NCAA’s SMU Mustangs and two NFL clubs — the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Texans (who later moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs). Cotton Bowl Stadium also served as the home to the Cotton Bowl game for over 60 years before the game was moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009. Now, Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the annual Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas, two Big 12 powerhouse football programs and one of college football’s most storied rivalries.How many tickets have been sold?It may have been a calculated risk to set an outdoor game played on ice in one of the league’s southernmost locations, but the reception from fans has been phenomenal. One of the NHL’s greatest annual traditions has made its way far beneath the Mason-Dixon line as the 12th annual Winter Classic heads south to Dallas.Regardless of the unique territory that comes with playing in the heralded event, two points are still up for grabs just like in any other of the 82 regular season games each team will play in 2019-20. The last time the Stars and Nashville Predators met, Dallas dominated in a 4-1 victory. Will the host team repeat as victors or to the guest go the spoils on New Year’s Day? Cotton Bowl Stadium has a stated capacity of 92,100, doubling in size from when it was first constructed in 1930 after undergoing many rounds of expansions over the past near-century.Stars and Predators fans have already purchased over 84,000 tickets according to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro, including a record-high 20,000 from away fans. Keep in mind that the overall record for attendance set at an NHL game was set at the 2014 edition of the event in Ann Arbor, Mich. when 105,491 fans filed into “The Big House,” — but that game was technically played at a neutral site despite Toronto being named the home team.According to TicketIQ, a secondary ticket marketplace for events, the 2020 Winter Classic has eclipsed all but one previous games this decade in terms of ticket prices from secondary markets with an average cost of $517 per ticket as of Dec. 15. The only game with a higher average ticket price was in 2017’s Winter Classic, when the Blackhawks visited the Blues at Busch Stadium — ticket prices reportedly averaged $632.Previous Winter Classic venues and attendanceYearVenueCityMatchupAttendance2008Ralph Wilson StadiumOrchard Park, NYPenguins 2, Sabres 1 (SO)71,2172009Wrigley FieldChicago, ILRed Wings 6, Blackhawks 440,8182010Fenway ParkBoston, MAFlyers 1, Bruins 2 (OT)38,1122011Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PACapitals 3, Penguins 168,1112012Citizens Bank ParkPhiladelphia, PARangers 3, Flyers 246,9672014Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MIMaple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)105,4912015Nationals ParkWashington, D.C.Blackhawks 2, Capitals 342,8322016Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA.Canadiens 5, Bruins 167,2462017Busch StadiumSt. Louis, MOBlackhawks 1, Blues 446,5562018Citi FieldQueens, NYRangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)41,8212019Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, INBruins 4, Blackhawks 276,1262020Cotton Bowl StadiumDallas, TXStars vs. PredatorsTBD
Wellington Police notes for Monday, November 9, 2015:â€¢7:04 a.m. Officers took a report of Reporting an Accident with No Proof of Insurance in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢7:23 a.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 600 block N. Poplar, Wellington.â€¢9:04 a.m. Officers took a report of a found bicycle in the 1000 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢9:54 a.m. Officers took a report of found glasses in the 1000 block S. G, Wellington.â€¢10:45 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.â€¢1:14 p.m. Christina M. Richards, 43, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Community Corrections arrest and detain order for probation violation.â€¢3:20 p.m. Kimberly I. Hagar, 37, Milan, Kans. was issued a notice to appear for defective brake/signal lamps on trailer and no proof of insurance.â€¢3:24 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 500 block N. C, Wellington hard drive and memory sticks.â€¢3:35 p.m. Terry L. Craig, 56, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective trailer tail/brake lights.â€¢4 p.m. Gary R. Koehn, 57, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration, expired trailer tag and defective trailer lights.