For the third successive match at St James’ Park, Cisse left it until injury time to ease fraying United nerves by scoring the only goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over Fulham. Cisse jumped in the crowd and earned a booking for his troubles. As for Pardew, he also threw himself in amongst the delirious fans, emerging with his jacket, shirt and tie dishevelled. “It was sheer relief,” said Pardew of his exuberance. “I was carrying all the stress of how important today’s game was, so it was nice to jump in the crowd. I didn’t do it intentionally, it was a moment that came into my head at the time. “It’s difficult when you do something like that. I’ve had a couple of occasions in the past where I’ve jumped in the crowd. It’s just a natural thing I wanted to do at that time with the fans. It was for them really as it’s not been our greatest season.” Asked if he was worried the fans would not let him go, Pardew replied jokingly: “I did check my pockets after in case one of them wasn’t a Newcastle fan, but fortunately my money was still there.” The goal means Newcastle are now five points clear of the relegation zone, one that left Pardew almost unable to sum up its importance. He added: “It was a big moment, no doubt about that. “As someone who has been in the game a while and knows the financial implications, what it means to spirit, the feeling for the fans, the implications of everything involved, it’s a precious goal. You can’t put a price on it, you really can’t. I can’t underline how important the win is, with the extra two points. They are very, very important.” Fulham manager Martin Jol believes his side are safe, but is taking nothing for granted as he said: “There are two clubs who have a problem – Reading and QPR. So it’s all about the third club, otherwise the results were good for us, good for Newcastle as well. “I don’t think we’re in trouble, but then 10 years ago you needed 44 points to stay up, a couple of seasons ago a club needed 42, but then five or six seasons it’s been 36 points. I think you need a lot of points this year to be safe, but I think we are fine, although you never know.” Press Association Newcastle manager Alan Pardew celebrated another late show from Papiss Cisse by almost losing his shirt and his wallet.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition.Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of Thursday night’s season-ending awards ceremony.“Our family, we just appreciate everything about this sport,” Gibbs said. “We were worried about coming into NASCAR, and we were welcomed in. It’s a thrill for us.”The award named for NASCAR’s late founder is not given every year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the last recipient in 2017 and it was not awarded last year. There have been only 26 winners since the award began in 1965. Gibbs received the award from Ben Kennedy, the great-grandson of its namesake.Gibbs drivers won 19 of 36 races this season including last month’s championship-clinching win by Kyle Busch. Gibbs had three drivers in the four-driver finale and it was Busch who emerged the victor for his second career Cup title.This season was dedicated to Gibbs’ oldest son, J.D., who died in January at age 49 from complications of a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. A month later, Denny Hamlin led a 1-2-3 Gibbs sweep at the Daytona 500.Gibbs, who turned 79 late last month, was a three-time Super Bowl champion coach for the Washington Redskins, a team he quit twice, each time surrendering the high-profile job to devote more time to his family and NASCAR.Gibbs’ sons, J.D. and Coy, followed him into JGR, and it was J.D. who discovered Hamlin at a late-model test at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the early 2000s.J.D. Gibbs played defensive back and quarterback at William & Mary (1987-90) while his father coached the Redskins. He transitioned into NASCAR and the family business when the elder Gibbs launched his NASCAR team in 1992. J.D. Gibbs was eventually co-chairman of JGR after starting with the organization as a part-time driver and over-the-wall crew member.He even made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002. He stepped away from JGR in 2015 when it was announced he was suffering from “conditions related to brain function.”___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Last Updated: 6th December, 2019 13:22 IST Joe Gibbs Honored With NASCAR’s Award Of Excellence Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Written By 9 months ago Former envoy: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Veteran producer of ‘WarGames,’ ’Blue Bloods,” dies at 85 WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Associated Press Television News LIVE TV 9 months ago Trump: If you’re going to impeach me, ‘do it now, fast’ First Published: 6th December, 2019 13:22 IST 9 months ago Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition 9 months ago Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case
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