Sunderland fight back to earn draw

first_img Rodriguez should have doubled his tally with 29 minutes played when Lambert robbed Wes Brown after the defender took a poor first touch and fed him, but he shot tamely at Mannone. But the keeper was beaten again two minutes later when central defender Lovren met Davis’ corner ahead of Brown and volleyed home. However, seconds later Johnson crossed from the right for Borini to control and scuff a shot past keeper Artur Boruc, who got a hand to the ball, but could not keep it out. The Saints continued with their progressive approach in the second half and Davis fired over from distance after full-back Shaw was allowed to run from his own half and thump a shot into Mannone’s midriff. Fellow defender Calum Chambers called up Mannone once again with a speculative 55th-minute effort, and the Italian needed two attempts to collect Rodriguez’s effort seconds later after Schneiderlin and Lallana had capitalised on Brown’s wayward pass. The keeper denied Lovren and Shaw again within seconds as the hour-mark arrived, and he was relieved to see Rodriguez fire into the side-netting under pressure from Phil Bardsley after Lallana and Lambert had combined. Borini thought he had levelled after being played in by substitute Craig Gardner with 64 minutes gone, but he did so from an offside position and the strike was correctly chalked off. But they were not to be denied and Gardner was the provider once again with 19 minutes remaining when he fed Johnson on the right and saw him smash a rising shot past Boruc’s less-than-effective defences and into the roof of the net. The Poland international saved from Gardner and fellow substitute Steven Fletcher in quick succession as Sunderland went for broke, and it was the Saints who were more grateful to hear the final whistle after having substitute Gaston Ramirez and Jose Fonte carried off within seconds of each other. Press Association Jay Rodriguez fired the visitors into a fourth-minute lead, and when defender Dejan Lovren volleyed home 14 minutes before the break, the Black Cats were in disarray. But Fabio Borini pulled one back within seconds to set the stage for Johnson’s late contribution as the Saints squandered a host of opportunities and ruined Pochettino’s hopes of celebrating a year in charge with a victory. Opposite number Gus Poyet was able to take comfort from the battling qualities which earned his team another precious point, but they remain inside the relegation zone and are still to win back-to-back league games this season. Sunderland went into the game brimming with confidence after the 4-1 victory at Fulham and anticipating Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg trip to Manchester United. But to Poyet’s horror, what unfolded during the opening 45 minutes was the antithesis of what he had seen at Craven Cottage as slick Southampton out-thought, out-muscled and out-played his side. With Jack Cork anchoring the midfield, Steven Davis, Morgan Schneiderlin and Adam Lallana had the freedom to exploit the space between the red and white lines, and the visitors threatened to run riot. They took the lead when Rodriguez made the most of Marcos Alonso’s failure to clear his lines, teeing himself up to fire firmly into the bottom corner from the edge of the box with goalkeeper Vito Mannone helpless. It could have been 2-0 with 18 minutes gone when Johnson deflected Luke Shaw’s cross on to the post with Mannone wrong-footed, and Rickie Lambert wasted a glorious opportunity three minutes later when he shot across the face of goal from Schneiderlin’s pass. The 26-year-old, who plundered a hat-trick at Fulham last weekend, smashed home a 71st-minute equaliser to prevent his side from slipping to a costly home defeat. But just how Southampton left Wearside with only a point will have been the topic of a post-match debate as Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to kill off a game they dominated for an hour at the end of a difficult week. Adam Johnson struck for the fourth time in a week as Sunderland staged an unlikely fightback to snatch a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw against Southampton.last_img read more

Edmonton theatre troupe cuts ties with former artistic director over rape culture

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Craddock served as Rapid Fire’s artistic director from 2004 to 2008 but had continued to work alongside the troupe as an actor, director, producer and playwright, largely during the annual Edmonton Fringe Festival. Craddock is a mainstay of Edmonton’s theatre and film industry, with more than 30 years of credits to his name.In the statement, Rapid Fire management indicated that Craddock had “publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour” in violation of the company’s own zero-tolerance harassment policy.The ongoing scandal surrounding sexual violence and abuse of power in the entertainment industry — triggered by reports about film producer Harvey Weinstein — provoked the theatre company to cut ties, the statement suggests.‘Enough is enough’“This week so many people around the world have engaged in a large conversation of sexual harassment and abuse; much of that conversation focusing on issues of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.“The improv industry has its fair share of predators and we know that at times in Rapid Fire Theatre’s 37-year history we have featured some of those individuals in our performing ensemble. Enough is enough.”The statement said Craddock “has publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour in violation of our own harassment policy.”READ MORE An Edmonton theatre company is cutting ties with its former artistic director after the acclaimed actor and playwright said on Facebook he has contributed to “rape culture.”The Rapid Fire Theatre, a local improv troupe, issued a public statement on Wednesday announcing that Chris Craddock will no longer be affiliated with the company.Rapid Fire’s move comes after Craddock posted a confession on his personal Facebook page about the way he has treated women. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more