Press Association Although the Scot is expected to be named as the successor to Tony Pulis, who left the club last week, the only confirmed news coming out of the club was that caretaker boss Keith Millen would take care of pre-match media duties on Thursday. Betting was suspended by many bookmakers on the prospect of former Cardiff boss Mackay being appointed, and an announcement may still come before Saturday’s London derby at home to West Ham. With Palace chairman Steve Parish insisting he wanted a quick appointment, Mackay, 42, appears to have beaten former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood to the position. The Palace press office confirmed in a routine media release that Millen is due to speak with the media at Selhurst Park ahead of the West Ham game. Millen could take charge of the side against the Hammers, even if the permanent replacement is named. The 47-year-old oversaw a narrow 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in Palace’s Barclays Premier League opener – a fixture which came less than 48 hours after Pulis departed by mutual consent following a breakdown in his relationship with Parish. He took charge in November with Palace the heavy favourites to fall out of the division, and led the Eagles on an inspired run which saw them finish 11th and remain in the Premier League for more than a solitary season for the first time. If appointed, Mackay could look to add to the summer signings of Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell, Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly. Mackay would also again link up with Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody, reuniting the pair following stints together at Watford and Cardiff. Crystal Palace remained tight-lipped on Wednesday over the prospect of Malky Mackay becoming their new manager.
The No. 1 USC men’s water polo team is back on top.Tied with UCLA for the top ranking, the Trojans (19-2, 7-0) defeated No. 7 Pacific 11-9 in overtime last Saturday, one day before a 10-5 win over No. 13 Concordia at McDonald’s Swim Stadium on Senior Day.Friday’s game saw the return of freshman driver Kostas Genidounias, who had been out with a hand injury.“It’s a huge boost for our team,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “Having him back is really big for us.The last home game for USC senior goalie Joel Dennerley and senior driver Peter Kurzeka, the Trojans came back from a shaky first half to decisively defeat the Eagles. Both teams were tied after the first quarter at 3-3, with Concordia responding to every USC goal with one of its own. Genidounias opened up the second quarter with a shot from the outside to give the Trojans a 4-3 lead, with sophomore two-meter Jeremy Davie quickly notching a goal of his own to increase the lead by two.Defensive efforts by the Trojans could not stop two more goals from the Eagles, however, and the score evened to 5-5. Sophomore driver Nikola Vavic took advantage of a penalty shot to make it 6-5 in favor of the Trojans as half time rolled around.“[In the first half] I think we took the opponent lightly and I don’t think we were mentally focused the way we usually are,” Vavic said. “There were a couple of defensive breakdowns as well. In the second half, we focused a lot better and Joel [Dennerley] did a lot better in the second half.”The second half saw an invigorated USC team. Thanks to quick goals from junior driver Michael Rosenthal and junior driver Tobias Preuss, the Trojans secured an 8-5 lead. The Eagles would fail to score once in the second half thanks to Dennerley’s efforts in the cage. The senior goalie had 12 saves total.Late in the third frame a goal from Kurzeka made him No. 13 on the all-time scoring list at USC with 132 career goals. Redshirt junior two-meter Brian Boswell notched the Trojans’ final goal of the game in the fourth, making the final score 10-5 in favor of USC.In the Trojans’ game against Pacific, they found similar success, though under more pressure-filled circumstances. USC was taken into overtime after an action-packed game, but Preuss’ two goals in the first overtime period ensured a Trojan victory.Nine different Trojans scored in the Pacific game, including Davie, Kurzeka, Genidounias and Boswell, something that speaks volumes about the team’s offensive abilities, according to Vavic.“It is an indication that we can get more than more person to score goals and we are well balanced,” he said.
Houston Outlaws – the official Overwatch League franchise of OpTic Gaming – has signed its first official sponsor, T-Mobile. As a part of this partnership, T-Mobile has now become the official wireless partner of the team and its players.Throughout the ongoing season, Un-carrier customers will be in with the chance of receiving perks such as VIP seating at Houston Outlaws events and exclusive discounts. Working together, both parties will be working on a new content series that’ll give a further look at the team’s players and their experiences in the League – in addition to the ongoing docu-series Focus.Ryan “OpTicJ” Musselman, Senior Vice President of Infinite Esports and Entertainment commented on the sponsorship: “T-Mobile is not only America’s fastest network, but the fastest to embrace esports. This commitment and dedication makes them a top choice for the Houston Outlaws.”T-Mobile already has ties to the Overwatch League, acting as the wireless provider and title sponsor for Overwatch League’s MVP and Finals MVP awards. The telecommunications company previously sponsored Cloud9 and Team SoloMid, and has partnered with the likes of Riot Games for global tournaments such as the League of Legends World Championship 2017.Other Overwatch League franchises have welcomed sponsorships over the course of the competition’s inaugural year too, such as London Spitfire with Logitech G and Los Angeles Valiant with Lionsgate. Esports Insider says: Houston Outlaws has proven to be one of the more popular teams in the Overwatch League thus far, with plenty of fan engagement online and at the Blizzard Arena. Subsequently, this franchise is a good choice for T-Mobile to sponsor since it’s looking to reach a “dedicated young audience”.