first_imgFalling at the final hurdle once more would be even more heartbreaking for the Reds after missing out on the Premier League title by the finest of margins to City despite posting a club record 97 points.”If I sit here in four years, I am pretty confident we will have one title,” said Klopp on his first day at Anfield.Klopp’s impression was that if he had not delivered silverware in that time then he would not last more than four years in the job. Saturday’s meeting in Madrid is his last chance to deliver on that confidence. But even if he loses, Klopp will still be revered rather than relieved of his duties for putting Liverpool back among the European elite. The five-time European champions have by definition had many great nights in continental competition.But beating Barcelona 4-0 in their Champions League semi-final, second leg to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit may be the best of all.”A moment like Barcelona is worth more than silverware. Wow! That’s exactly the picture we want to draw for the outside world, this is Liverpool,” said Klopp.  London: The transformation of Liverpool and Tottenham’s fortunes under Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino has so far been measured in progress rather than trophies. That will all change for the winner of Saturday’s Champions League final with one of the two claiming the biggest prize in Europe. Klopp has not won any silverware since arriving at Anfield in October 2015, while Pochettino is yet to claim any trophy in his coaching career.However, the fact that Klopp and Pochettino are two of the highest rated coaches in world football is evidence if any was needed that there is more to good management than lifting trophies.Klopp has come close on several occasions. The German has lost three finals as Liverpool boss, on penalties to Manchester City in the League Cup and Sevilla in the Europa League during his first season in 2015/16 before fortune favoured Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: On a high after 12 outings, fourth-placed Bengal Warriors want to make the best use of the home leg, beginning here on Saturday in their bid for an elusive title in the Pro-Kabaddi League, coach BC Ramesh said.Bengal Warriors, who have 40 points, 14 less than leaders Dabang Delhi K C, take on Gujarat Fortunegiants in their opening game of the home stretch. They will play a total of four matches here.“We have strengthened all the departments this time and Maninder Singh is leading by example. We have 100 per cent confidence of making the playoffs and winning the title this time. But we have to be patient and play tactically,” coach Ramesh said.The biggest plus has been the addition of Iranian all-rounder Mohammad Esmaeil, who has been brought on place of Korean raider Jang Kun Lee.“He is a versatile player and can play both as a raider and defender. Now we have a compact team with Singh showing the way. We have got the right ingredients to go all the way,” the coach said pointing out Singh’s overall show as he is currently the top four raider with 95 points.But it’s not that Bengal Warriors do not have any concerns as the coach wanted all his players to take up responsibilities to kill the close contests.The Kolkata franchise were unbeaten in first five matches but faltered in the dying minutes to lose four matches while tying two.“We have to work on team bonding as there has been a lack of communication between the raiders and defenders in the dying minutes. I will make them watch previous videos and hope that we won’t repeat the same in the home leg. We want to win all matches here,” Ramesh said.The second match of the day will see Dabang Delhi take on Haryana Steelers. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img Published on January 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (13-8, 3-5 Atlantic Coast) hosts Notre Dame (14-5, 5-2) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange is coming off an eight-point loss to No. 13 Virginia on Sunday after winning three straight.Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey discussed the upcoming matchup with SU on the ACC coaches teleconference on Monday. He spoke about the status of UND guard Demetrius Jackson, his potential replacement Rex Pflueger and Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije.On Jackson’s hamstring injuryNotre Dame is preparing as if Jackson won’t play due to a pulled hamstring injury he suffered on Saturday, Brey said. The junior point guard is second in the ACC with five assists per game while also averaging 16.6 points. He was selected to the preseason All-ACC first team before the season started.Brey said Jackson will be undergoing an MRI Monday afternoon to confirm the injury is not more serious than the initial diagnosis. It’s a 3-4 day recovery, Brey said, but he wants to be cautious Jackson doesn’t come back too soon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t want to bring him back too quick. I know how guys are, ‘I’m ready, I’m ready,’” Brey said. “I think we have to be really careful with this because you want to get it healed.”On Rex Pflueger’s recent playPflueger’s recent play makes the potential loss of Jackson more manageable for Notre Dame. The freshman has played 23, 18 and 32 minutes, respectively, in the past three games. Before that stretch, he had only played more than 10 minutes once. He’s racked up three steals and is averaging 6.7 points in those games.Brey said Pflueger has always played well defensively, but now is more dangerous being that his offensive game is coming around. After Jackson left on Saturday against Boston College, Pflueger continued finding his role in UND’s offense with the increased minutes.“We take such pride in taking care of the ball and our assist-to-turnover ratio, and that was new territory for him this preseason. He has come a long way there, and his shot selection,” Brey said. “… I thought it was a big day for another step of development, but he is really a key for us, and he’s really a key with Jackson out.”On GbinijeBrey said he likes to recognize when transfers play well since he was a transfer himself, moving from Northwestern State to George Washington. The combination of Gbinije’s ability to hit the 3 and drive to the basket is what makes him dangerous, Brey pointed out.Gbinije is averaging 37.8 minutes per game, but Brey said as an experienced fifth-year player, he’s more than capable of handling it. His 17.4 points per game is third in the ACC.The biggest concern the Fighting Irish faces in defending Gbinije, Brey said, is when he breaks down defenses off the dribble and uses ball screens to get into the lane.“He’s big, he draws fouls, and he has an ability to get rolling from the 3-point line,” Brey said. “But he’s a man, you’re talking about an old guard who’s seen it all. It’s a great challenge for us Thursday with the way he’s playing.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMatt Karatsu | Daily TrojanAll on the line · Junior driver Grant Stein and the No. 2 Trojans face crosstown rivals and undefeated No. 1 UCLA at home on Saturday.For the No. 1 UCLA Bruin and the No. 2 Trojan men’s water polo teams, Saturday’s season finale is more than just a rivalry game. It’s redemption.As documented in the UCLA-USC rivalry, there is no sport as contentious as men’s water polo during regular and postseason competition in recent years. In their final home game of the 2016 regular season, the Trojans (19-1) will battle the Bruins (24-0) for the nation’s number one spot, intercity bragging rights and most importantly, revenge after UCLA defeated USC in the 2015 NCAA Championship game.“Our expectation every single game is to get better. We want to focus on the little things and trying to get every little thing right so that when we get into these big moments we can execute and play our game,” junior utility James Walters said. “If we shut them down the way we want to, I’m sure we’ll win.” Though USC downed UCLA in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 NCAA finals, the Men of Troy have lost the past two NCAA championships to their crosstown rivals. In an apparent stray from tradition, Saturday’s game is the first time that the two teams will play each other all season despite being in the same conference. USC will have to strictly rely on game footage and statistical analysis to prepare for this game. UCLA boasts an unblemished 24-0 record in 2016 and 57-game winning streak. Thanks to a balanced offensive attack and shut-down defense, UCLA has sustained a No. 1 ranking in the NCAA throughout the season.On offense, Patrick Fellner leads the Bruins with 33 goals scored and there are an additional four players who have scored more than 20 goals. As a team, UCLA averages 13.1 goals scored per game, while starting goalie Garrett Danner is averaging 10.4 saves and 5.3 goals-against per game. Freshman driver Marin Dasic stressed after the Trojan’s 19-1 victory over San Jose State on Sunday that while UCLA — and 6-foot-7 center Alec Zwaneveld — are impressive defensively, head coach Jovan Vavic will prepare them well.“They are a very good team defensively. We have to watch out for their center because he’s so big,” Dasic said. “That’s what Coach has told us, and whatever Coach tells us to do, we go and do it. He is the mastermind of this team.”Thankfully for a USC team that is 65-54-1 all-time but 0-7 in the last seven games against UCLA, this year’s team is efficient on both sides of the ball. Along with averaging over 16 goals offensively, USC’s junior goalie McQuin Baron is averaging 10.85 saves and just 4.0 goals-against per game, both tops in the MPSF. In fact, USC’s defense is so suffocating that it has shut out opponents in 33 out of 80 total periods this year (41 percent), with just five games with over four goals allowed. Baron’s job, however, would not be complete without this season’s powerful offensive performances by junior two-meter Lachlan Edwards (30 goals) and junior drivers Blake Edwards (36), Matteo Morelli (36) and Grant Stein (25).Though UCLA has yet to lose a game, the Trojans have dominated teams that UCLA barely escaped. For example, against top-ranked Stanford, Cal, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Pacific and San Jose State, UCLA scored an average of 8.4 goals while giving up 6. Compared to the Bruins’ 3-goal margin of victory, the Trojans fared much better against top competition, defeating those schools by an average margin of nearly seven goals per game (122 scored, 50 allowed).Regardless of what happens on Saturday night, this will be a huge indicator of what will come later on in the season — particularly the 2016 NCAA Championship.“I’m really excited for this game, because they’ve beaten us in the past few games,” Morelli said. “There should be a huge crowd, and we’re ready for it. The two biggest games of my career were in the finals against them. A win will be crucial for us going into the MPSF [playoffs].”The game begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

first_img Published on October 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillman Comments After a difficult four-set loss on Friday away at Pitt, Syracuse (9-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) rebounded Sunday with a straight-set victory against Virginia (5-11, 1-5), 3-0. Syracuse dominated at the net, blocking six more shots than the Cavaliers. SU also totaled a .252 hit percentage, over .100 higher than its opponent.Late in the first set, Syracuse and UVA were tied at 23. The Orange had recovered from two four-point deficits and needed a boost to win the first set. SU head coach Leonid Yelin substituted in junior Kendra Lukacs and freshman Yuliia Yastrub. The very next point, Lukacs fired a serve into UVA sophomore Alex Spencer. Spencer’s attempt flew off the court and towards the sideline. SU took the first set, 26-24. That was the first of two aces for Lukacs.UVA rebounded early in the second set, jumping out to a 10-3 lead. After an attack error by freshman Milla Ciprian, Cavaliers freshman Grace Turner leaped into the air, looking to increase the lead to eight points. Seniors Santita Ebangwese and Jalissa Trotter, side by side, rose into the air together. Ebangwese with her left hand and Trotter with her right, deflected the ball down into the open space directly to the right of Ciprian. That block was the second point of a 6-2 Orange run that helped SU win the set, 25-23.At 24-21 in the third, junior Ella Saada fired a serve into the UVA backline. Cavaliers freshman Megan Wilson tried to dig the ball to her teammate but couldn’t control it. The ball flew over the net, right to Lukacs. She jumped into the air and easily blocked it into the open area, clinching the match for Syracuse.SU returns home on Friday, Oct. 12, against Miami at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped more Russian athletes of medals for failing drugs tests at the Beijing 2008 Games.Silver and bronze-winning weightlifters Marina Shainova and Nadezhda Evstyukhina have been sanctioned along with 4x400m runner Tatyana Firova.Russia had already lost their 2008 4x400m relay silver.The other three are weightlifters Tigran Martirosyan, Alexandru Dudoglo and Intigam Zairov.They hail from Armenia, Moldova and Azerbaijan respectively. The IOC carried out more than 4,500 drugs tests at the 2008 Olympics but only nine athletes tested positive.It has since retested more than 450 samples, using new methods to uncover banned substances which would have gone undetected at the time.The IOC has also carried out about 250 retests on samples from London 2012.Russian track and field athletes were banned from competing at Rio 2016 by the IAAF after widespread, state-sponsored doping was uncovered in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgDespite seeing limited action, Bosa has all the skills, strength and speed to continue his family’s football legacy. His father, John, played for the Dolphins and his brother, Joey, stars on the Chargers roster. We got our guy.Let’s get to work, @nbsmallerbear!#49ersDraft x #NFLDraft— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 26, 2019″It’s a new journey,” Bosa said after taking the stage. “I’m so excited to finally be back on a team. I can’t wait to get to work. This is all the work I’ve put in since I was seven years old and it’s finally here.”Bosa, 21, tallied six tackles, four sacks and forced two fumbles in three games for the Buckeyes last season before being sidelined in mid-September with a core muscle injury. Related News NFL Draft 2019: Cardinals select Kyler Murray with No. 1 pickcenter_img Nick Bosa is Bay Area-bound.The 49ers selected the former Ohio State defensive end with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Friday, Nov. 29 version of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in the inbox, sign up here.The Lakers have a sparkling, NBA-best 16-2 record. They’ve won nine games in a row and 16 of their last 17 and … are you worried yet?Not to rain on your forthcoming Tournament of Roses Parade, but the Lakers have been taking care of business against opponents who aren’t especially imposing.Those last nine victories? All against teams below .500. For the season, L.A.’s defensive rating has slipped to eighth, at 103.3.Nonetheless, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after Wednesday’s win — at which Davis received a mixed reaction from those in attendance — that he’s thankful for a lot that he’s seen from his squad, which, again, has the best record in the NBA, … even if there’s a long road, and plenty of traffic, ahead.“Our togetherness, our intent to build positive chemistry early in the season has been done at a really high level, our commitment to the defensive end, and our willingness to share the basketball offensively and play for each other,” Vogel told reporters in New Orleans.“Surround that with two of the best players in the world and you see the start that we have. We’re happy with the start, we know it’s a long season, got a long way to go, and we’re gonna keep working.”– Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in the inbox, sign up here.Old St. ClickWarm Enough Welcome – AD Davis seemed more in his element than in exile.“He performed unbelievably” – On AD’s triumphant return to New Orleans.Turnaround – AD’s Bizzaro trip back to Nola. The most personal kind of game there is – LeBron James knows something about it.“No bad blood” – Brandon Ingram takes the high road.Takeover – LBJ took it out on San Antonio, including scoring or assisting on the Lakers’ first 21 points of the fourth.What might’ve been … – What if DeMarcus Cousins never got hurt? Would it have changed the way things played out in New Orleans?Check your inbox – You asked. Kyle Goon answered.“That surgery was a call for me, a call for me to finding myself” – Bleacher Report had a fine report on all that Ingram’s been through.How Anthony Davis ripped out Pels fans’ hearts Wednesday – Laker Film Room with another one, entertaining and educating. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut following tonight’s home date with the 6-10 Washington Wizards, the Lakers’ next batch of games come against some high-quality teams, including vs. Dallas (11-6), at Denver (13-3), at Utah (11-7), at Portland (7-12, but home now to Carmelo Anthony and winners of two straight) and vs. Minnesota (10-8).And an uphill stretch on the immediate horizon, Lakers Nation has to be hoping their team’s two superstars aren’t worse for wear after collisions in Wednesday’s victory vs. the Pelicans, when LeBron James banged knees with Josh Hart and Anthony Davis had to step away for a bit on account of a sore right elbow resulting from a collision with Hart. (Hart, the former Laker, deflected blame for either incident on Twitter: “I play the game hard and the right way…”)Meanwhile, defensively, the Lakers have been trending in the wrong direction of late, even against struggling opponents.Through the first nine games, L.A. was razor sharp. The Lakers boasted a 98.7 defensive rating, second-best in the league. They were holding opponents to 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-point range.In the nine games since, the Lakers have a 108.3 defensive rating and are allowing opponents to shoot 45.7 percent from the floor and 37.4 percent from deep (on display Wednesday, when the Pelicans started 9 for 11 from behind the arc).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img28 Sep 2018 England to bid to regain senior crown England will bid to regain their crown when the Senior Women’s Home Internationals is played next week on home ground at Burnham & Berrow, Somerset.The seven-strong team is: Julie Brown from Staffordshire, Aileen Greenfield from Sussex, Jackie Foster from Hertfordshire, Karen Jobling from Yorkshire, Helen Lowe from Leicestershire, Cath Rawthore from Cheshire and Sue Spencer from Staffordshire.England have dominated the Senior Women’s Home Internationals since it started in 2003, winning the Sue Johnson Trophy 10 times. Most recently the team had three consecutive wins from 2014, but that run of success was ended last year by Ireland.The round robin competition against Scotland, Ireland and Wales, takes place from Tuesday to Thursday, 2-4 October.The players, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey):Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) is a past winner of the British and English senior amateur titles.Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) was tied fourth in the British seniors and won back-to-back English titles in 2016 and 2017.Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is the English senior women’s amateur champion and has been runner up for three national titles.Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire) returns to the side having been third in the English senior stroke play championship and 10th in the British.Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) won the English senior stroke play title this year and also tied fourth in the British seniors.Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) was runner-up in the British seniors, which she won in 2014. She has also won both English senior titles.Sue Spencer, (Whittington Heath, Staffordshire) reached the semi-finals of the senior amateur and took fourth place in the senior stroke play.Caption: Julie Brown (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Burnham & Berrow, competitions, Senior Women’s Home Internationals, Women’s Golflast_img read more

first_imgDERBY IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–In an exhausting stretch run, Reddam Racing’s homebred Ann Arbor Eddie was the last man standing in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby, as the 3-year-old Square Eddie gelding wore down California Diamond to win by a half length.  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill, he got 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.65.Breaking from post position two in a field of seven California-bred or sired sophomores, Ann Arbor Eddie sat a close second throughout, but trailed the pacesetter by about two lengths with a furlong to run.“When we turned for home, we were in trouble and he just keeps trying and trying and trying,” said Dennis O’Neill, who serves as an assistant to his brother, Doug, who was away on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.  “We prayed that the wire wouldn’t come too soon.  We had a good day.  We had three seconds.  It’s great for Paul (Reddam).  Paul puts a lot into the Cal-breds.  It was a fitting end to the day.”A winner versus state-breds of the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 18, Ann Arbor Eddie was the third choice in the wagering at 5-2 and paid $7.20, $3.20 and $2.80.Out of the In Excess mare, Repo, Ann Arbor Eddie got his third win from four starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $238,700.“Everything went really well until the three eighths (pole),” said Gutierrez, who also registered his 999th career win.  “I started asking him a little bit.  He didn’t want to pick up the bit.  I was worried a little bit turning for home because I really had to ask him.  He has so much more ability than that.  He’s still a little green.”Although second to Ann Arbor Eddie in the King Glorious, the highly accomplished California Diamond was off as the 9-5 Derby favorite and paid $2.80 and $2.20.  Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, he tired badly in the late stages, but still finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of Tribal Storm.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tribal Storm broke from the rail and was attentive to the early pace, but couldn’t go with the top two the final quarter mile.  Off at 19-1, he paid $4.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.69, 47.70, 1:12.31 and 1:37.82.last_img read more