West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was satisfied with a 1-1 draw away at Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of their Europa League play-off despite seeing his side concede another late goal. Mark Noble fired the Hammers ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time following a handball but, shortly after Michail Antonio missed an opportunity to make it 2-0, Denis Alibec made them pay seven minutes from time.West Ham also conceded late on in their opening Premier League match on Monday night, when Diego Costa netted a minute from time to secure a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But despite not winning the game in Romania, Bilic was content with a draw heading into next week’s second leg at the London Stadium. “To be fair, they put us under pressure and had chances,” the Croatian told BT Sport. “We had some bad clearances, not clean enough. Then they scored a good goal. It is a cheap one from our side.“We were during the game good at set-pieces, especially in the first half from defensive ones. It is a shame, but still it is a good result. “One-one, are we happy? Not totally. Is it a good result for us? We hoped that we were going to win but this kind of team mixed with some youngsters was a good experience. It is a good result for us.”Bilic was disappointed with his side’s defending from the corner that brought the hosts’ equaliser, just after Antonio failed to put the game to bed. “It is a shame because a couple of minutes before the goal when we had a clear-cut counter-attack,” Bilic added. “But unfortunately we missed the target.“And instead of 2-0 and killing the game off or putting it to bed, they get a corner a minute later and score from it.” 1 Mark Noble fired the Hammers ahead from the penalty spot
The ones who score the touchdowns will get the headlines and most of the publicity, but that’s OK with Wallerstein. In football, a successful lineman must be an ultimate team player, and Wallerstein has learned to put his teammates first. “When they do well, I do well,” Wallerstein said. “When they’re in the newspaper, I know I’m doing my job.” Wallerstein is a part of a top-notch offensive line that includes returning starters Marc Valdez, Nick Madia and Nick Peterson. There isn’t another team in the league with as much strength and blocking skills. “It’s good to have teammates like these guys because if one of us falls, there’s always someone there to pick him up,” Wallerstein said. Wallerstein hopes football can carry him, and with his height and experience there’s a good chance he can develop into a major-college prospect. Beyond dreams of the NFL, Wallerstein hopes to become a forensic scientist. “I like science, and it would fun to investigate stuff,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – A.J. Wallerstein, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive lineman at Canyon High, isn’t your typical football player. He loves to mix it up as much as anyone, helping Canyon to a Southern Section Div. II championship as a sophomore starter last season, but there’s a lot more to Wallerstein – not just as a player but as a person. For one, he’s among Canyon’s top students, maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average while taking difficult advanced-placement courses. Wallerstein also is on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, and he’s an active member of his local temple. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Perhaps most important, Wallerstein earns a great degree of satisfaction as a full-time summer camp counselor for youngsters ages 6-12. The job has allowed Wallerstein, 15, a chance to give back to the community and to serve as a role model, and he loves being a counselor. “Basically, my main job is to just watch out for the kids and make sure they don’t get hurt, but there’s a lot more to it,” Wallerstein said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I’d like to think the kids believe I’m doing a good job.” Besides his counselor job and daily four-hour football practices, Wallerstein has also managed to fit in an online AP chemistry course through John Hopkins University this summer in hope of lightening his academic load this fall. “He’s got a lot on his plate. He’s extremely well-rounded,” said Wallerstein’s father, David. “A.J. is just really good with kids, too.” Soon, the focus turns to football as Canyon prepares for the season opener in late August. Wallerstein’s main job will be to open holes for star running back J.J. DiLuigi, who scored a Foothill League-record 43touchdowns last year, and to protect quarterback Ben Longshore, who’s primed for a productive season.
Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu was stripped of her gold medal after positive doping resultThe Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Wednesday announced that they will return the Asian Games gold medal to Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu after her positive doping result was cancelled.The OCA disqualified Zhang and took back her gold medal after her sample showed the presence of banned substance Zeranol, two days after her victory on September 28, last year, reports Xinhua.”Because of these findings, the Olympic Council of Asia disqualified the athlete and withdrew her gold medal, in accordance with the applicable OCA Anti-Doping Regulations,” said OCA.Zhang filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in October 2014 and had the OCA’s decision overturned.”In April 2015, following further testing performed by independent specialists, the Olympic Council of Asia was informed that such testing had established that the presence of Zeranol was, as Ms. Zhang asserted, the consequence of the consumption of contaminated food, i.e. the consumption of the Mycotoxin Zearalenone, and that Ms. Zhang did not ingest the prohibited substance detected in her sample,” said OCA in the statement.”Based on this new information and supported by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Olympic Council of Asia recognises that Ms. Zhang did not return an Adverse Analytical Finding for the presence of Zeranol, nor therefore commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation during the 2014 Asian Games,” it said.”Accordingly, the Olympic Council of Asia will return the gold medal to Ms. Zhang.”