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Michael Carter-Williams hit a 3
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DEPENDABLE DANIEL Daniel Sturridge is only 23-years-old but has already belonged to three of the biggest football clubs in England, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. With over 100 Premier League appearances to his name, that is a startling fact for someone so young. Five-and-a-half years since his senior debut, the Englishman, only now, has found a quality all top players seek from their clubs, dependability. At Manchester City, young Sturridge saw a club transform themselves and suddenly players from around the globe wanted to go there. The more he watched players come through the front door, the more he knew he had to leave out the back one. At age 19 he was surrounded by people telling him he would be a star and the moment fellow rich club Chelsea came calling, he left. It proved to be a sideways step and he was never going to be given the amount of time in the team an inexperienced professional needed to excel. A brief loan spell at Bolton showcased his scoring abilities in the Premier League, but a return to Chelsea soon after simply showcased his ability to wear a tracksuit next to whichever manager the Blues had that year. By January, under his fourth manager in as many years, Rafa Benitez, Sturridge was ready to move on and Liverpool, desperate to add some depth scoring to a squad heavily reliant on Luis Suarez, stepped in with a £12 million offer. At the time the bid was seen as expensive by many, but Liverpool were thrilled to get a player of Sturridges quality for such a price. You will recall they spent over £70 million on Englishmen Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, before Brendan Rodgers came to the club. His first appearance for his new club came at Old Trafford from the bench. Liverpool were down 2-0 at the half after a timid tactical approach, but Rodgers brought the forward on at half-time and within 12 minutes he had scored. Liverpool lost 2-1 but a message had been sent to Rodgers, Sturridge had clearly brought a great deal to their attack that had been missing in the opening half. (photo: fourfourtwo.com - Click For Larger Image) The Reds would go on to score 24 goals in their next nine Premier League matches, six of which Sturridge started alongside Suarez. The Uruguayan is a sensational centre forward but is not always easy to play with because of his all-around movement but Sturridges game fitted in well with the clubs talisman. Rodgers decided to play Suarez a little deeper but, with the flexible Sturridge playing in front of him, had a centre-forward who wouldnt get in his way and had a desire to show tremendous workrate with his movement. Inside a 4-2-3-1, the pair worked very well, helped by the intelligent Philippe Coutinho, who was able to play wide but also had the brain to move inside and make up the numbers in midfield when the team didnt have the ball, a trait that the often maligned Henderson also has. The signing of Sturridge in January, along with Coutinho, was exactly what Rodgers needed in transitioning from the old direct style under former manager Kenny Dalglish, where wingers were told to get as many crosses in as possible, to a much more technical and cohesive attack based around movement and the key ability to find space. All of this was on show after Suarez missed the last four matches through suspension as Liverpool dismantled Newcastle 6-0 and Fulham 3-1, both away from home, with Sturridge claiming five goals in the two games. (photo: fourfourtwo.com - Click For Larger Image) Liverpools season opener last weekend against Stoke City was much the same. The game ended 1-0, after Sturridge became the leagues first goal scorer of the new campaign, but the home side created a number of goal scoring opportunities thanks to Sturridges ability to come deep and get other players involved around him. This causes opponents problems as either central defenders come out of their comfort zone and track Sturridge, leaving space in behind, or defensive midfielders come deeper and eventually ensure the team is far too deep to create much of an attacking threat. Both these things happened to Stoke and it was not a surprise to see the two players Sturridge passed most to against Stoke were the two central midfielders whose ball retention allows the forward to run into space following the layoff and/or vision can mean a pass is played in to a crucial area created by Sturridges movement. (photo: fourfourtwo.com - Click For Larger Image) On Saturday at Villa Park, Sturridge scored his 12th goal in his 13th league start for Liverpool and it was a moment that showed all of his qualities. In the buildup he moved over to the left wing with Coutinho going central, before gliding inside with the ball and laying it off to Jose Enrique. At that point, Sturridge went on an excellent run centrally and, because he couldnt be tracked, was in a perfect position, following a great dummy by Coutinho, to receive the ball in the box. He then showed tremendous ball control, dancing around the defenders before looping the ball over Brad Guzan in the Villa goal. It was an outstanding goal helped by team-mates who didnt touch the ball and one that rightfully got his manager off his seat to applaud.Rodgers was full of praise this week for his young English striker and didnt stop short at a bold prediction: "I think he can be one of the top scorers in the league this year." 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Austin became the latest No. 12 seed to pull off an upset, tying the game on Desmond Haymons did-that-just-happen four-point play with 3.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies have been on a roll of late and will try to continue that momentum Saturday night when the Philadelphia 76ers visit FedExForum. The Grizzlies have won five of their last six and are on game four of a five- game homestand, which ends Monday night against the Orlando Magic. Memphis rebounded from a disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday with a 92-86 triumph over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Zach Randolph finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Gasol scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Grizzlies to victory. Gasol, who was named a Western Conference All-Star starter, added seven boards and five assists, while Mike Conley netted 12 points, including Memphis only 3-pointer during a late run that put the game away. Gasol will start in his second All-Star game appearance, and, hell be going against his brother Pau, who was voted a starter for the Chicago Bulls. Knowing that I will be facing my brother Pau for the opening tip, it will be a true accomplishment for our family and a memory I will cherish for the rest of my career, Gasol said in a statement. It holds special meaning to be voted in by the fans, and I look forward to representing my teammates, the organization, the city of Memphis and entire Mid-South community and Grizzlies fans across the world. In other news for the Grizzlies, the tteam signed Tyrus Thomas to a 10-day contract.dddddddddddd The 76ers were in action Friday night at home versus the Toronto Raptors and suffered a 91-86 loss. The game was tied at 81-81 with less than three minutes to go and the Raptors scored four straight for an 85-81 edge. Michael Carter-Williams hit a 3-pointer and added a layup to give the Sixers an 86-85 lead with 42.1 seconds on the clock, but a Greivis Vasquez basket put Toronto ahead by one. Philadelphia blew a chance on the other end and Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws to seal it. Robert Covington led the hosts with 18 points and six rebounds, while Carter- Williams finished with 12 points, nine assists and seven boards. Nerlens Noel had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers, losers in four straight and six of the past seven games. I thought Michael Carter-Williams was a stud tonight, said Sixers coach Brett Brown. Philadelphia will try to stop a three-game road losing streak Saturday and is 5-17 as the guest this season. The Sixers, who are last in scoring with 90.0 ppg, have a 2-15 mark against Western Conference foes this season and will visit New Orleans on Monday. The Grizzlies defeated the Sixers in overtime on Dec. 13 in Philadelphia. 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