USMNT U-20s give supporters hope with title run

first_imgJust one day after the U.S. national team put an end to a forgettable year with an ugly performance against Italy, it was up to a group of American teenagers to give disenchanted U.S. fans something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Eve. The U.S. Under-20 national team gave American fans a glimpse of the promising future the USMNT hasn’t been able to showcase in recent months, dominating Mexico in a 2-0 win on the way to a second straight Concacaf championship. Facing a Mexico team featuring Club America sensation Diego Lainez, the United States turned in another complete performance, with goalkeeper Brady Scott making big saves, the U.S. defense delivering another good showing and the attack creating chances with sharp passing and movement.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Americans didn’t just win the tournament, they dominated the field, and while the team’s 2017 title was special because it was the first time the United States lifted Concacaf U-20 trophy, this year’s run was more impressive because of how they outclassed all comers, including Mexico, playing an exciting brand of attacking soccer that showcased the team’s technical skill and not just its athleticism. “Once the tournament got rolling, and the team got to become a team after the third or fourth game, I thought our chances were pretty good,” U.S. coach Tab Ramos told Goal. “This is a hungry team. We never stopped for a minute to think let’s hold a lead. We were trying to get more goals, that’s how this team plays.” U.S. midfielder Alex Mendez stole the show on Wednesday, capping his stellar tournament with two excellent goals and another complete performance to earn the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s top player. “My mentality coming into this game was this is against Mexico, it’s a great rivalry, and it’s a final, so what more do the players want to motivate them,” Mendez told Goal. “It gives that extra cherry on top [to beat Mexico] because it’s where my roots are, so beating them now means a lot to me.” Mendez outplayed Lainez while also doing his part to keep Lainez quiet, delivering his share of hard challenges to let the Mexican team know they would be in for a long night.Concacaf Championships Golden Ball winner and #USMNT U-20 standout Alex Mendez discusses his two-goal performance and his team’s big win vs. Mexico. pic.twitter.com/QvSdFJoX49— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) November 22, 2018It was Mendez’s combination of skill and toughness that left his Mexican opponents impressed, with some of them asking him if he was Mexican. It was easy to see why he made an impression on his opponents, given how influential he was in the match. “I wish I could tell you I’m surprised by Alex, but I’m not,” Ramos said of Mendez. “He’s just an incredible soccer player. He works really hard and all the things that we see in the games we’re constantly seeing in practice. I think this is the beginning for him, and I hope he has a great future in Europe.”U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos gives his thoughts on the #USMNT U-20s Concacaf Championship final win vs. Mexico. pic.twitter.com/5k9jb9A4cG— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) November 22, 2018Ramos made a handful of changes to the team that beat Honduras on Monday and the lineup he settled on rewarded him with a balanced group effort. The Americans outplayed and out-hustled the Mexicans for most of the first half, with Paxton Pomykal and Mendez combining on the opening goal before pulling off a beautiful give-and-go that led to Mendez’s strike in the second half. Mexico did eventually start finding chances, but Scott made save after save to keep the team’s fifth straight shutout and silence the largely pro-Mexico crowd in attendance. Scott and the U.S. defense succeeded in keeping Lainez under wraps. The Mexican speedster did find some chances but was unable to put any of them away. “[Lainez] is a talented player, world-class player, but our main objective was to keep our lines compact and try to keep him from getting into positions to threaten us,” U.S. defender Mark McKenzie told Goal. “I think the team did a great job tonight.”Some post-match thoughts on the #USMNT U-20s 2-0 win over Mexico in the Concacaf Championship final. pic.twitter.com/tqMUlsJr1f— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) November 22, 2018The U.S. team not only completed what was arguably the most impressive tournament showing by any USMNT team in history, be it senior or youth, the U-20s also helped give American fans reason to once again feel optimistic about the future. Even with the senior team still being in limbo while awaiting the hiring of a new coach, and even after a recent run of friendlies that were far from successful. “I’m really happy about this one because our youth national teams have taken a beating from everybody over the last year because our senior team didn’t qualify,” Ramos told Goal. “I’ve stayed positive, saying we have good players and I think winning back-to-back championships doesn’t happen by chance.” On Wednesday, U.S. fans were treated to a buffet of bright spots, from the attractive style of attacking soccer, to Mendez’s breakout performance, to Scott’s big-time saves, and most satisfying of all, the latest addition to the pantheon of Dos a Cero scorelines in the USA-Mexico rivalry.last_img read more

We thought Vinod would join Hollywood: a classmate reminisces

first_imgMumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) As a starry-eyed Vinod Khanna regaled his friends at the Barnes School in British era cantonment township of Deolali in Maharashtra, many thought the young lad was cut out for an innings on the silver screen.”We thought that going by his acting skills and persona, Vinod will join Hollywood and not Bollywood,” his schoolmate Col (retd) Shashi Kiran Maini told PTI.”I first came in contact with Vinod in 1957, when he joined the Barnes High School. I was in sixth standard and he was our senior and the boxing captain of our Royal House team, of which I was a member,” Maini said.”Vinod later became the head boy at Barnes School. He was a thorough gentleman, an ace sportsman and the best one out there in dramatics,” he said.”I was Vinods young buddy in Royal House. He was the star attraction in the Dramatics Club and used to tell us often that his ambition was to become a film actor,” he said.”He was too good in dramatics. There was a time when we thought that he would go to Hollywood and not Bollywood,” said Maini, who retired from the Army in 2002 and is now settled near Delhi.”Vinod used to win all acting and sports awards. He was always the winner, be it the 100 metres or the 400 metres race or the cross country run. He was a very good athlete,” he said.”Once while I was posted at Gurdaspur in his constituency, I invited him for lunch at the Officers Mess and he readily accepted my offer. He was a humble person,” Maini said.advertisement”Vinod also attended the wedding of my sisters son. My brother-in-law and Vinod were from the same college in Delhi,” he said. PTI VT GKlast_img read more

Chen Long takes first gold at Badminton Asia Championships, beats Lin Dan

first_imgReigning world and Olympic champion Chen Long overcame legendary Lin Dan 21-23, 21-11, 21-10 to take his first gold medal at the Badminton Asia Championships here on Sunday.The All-China men’s singles final was a sensational affair, however, Chen got past a potentially difficult opponent with surprising ease, especially in the last two sets, reports Xinhua news agency.The two shuttlers were in top form in the first set, in which Chen was given a thorough workout by Lin. The newly-crowned Olympic champion had two set points in the opening set, but Lin saved both and took it on his first opportunity 23-21.However, Chen was not affected by the first-set loss, while Lin began to make numerous mistakes in the following sets and fell at the hands of Chen 21-11, 21-10 very quickly.”This is my seventh Asia Championships and I eventually took the gold medal. It’s too difficult,” said Chen, who won three silver and three bronze medals earlier at these championships.Lin admitted he could not get focused in the last two sets and therefore made several mistakes.”However, generally speaking, my performance in this week is relatively good,” said Lin, who just beat Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in straight sets on Saturday.Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong’s stellar season showed no sign of slowing down as the Chinese pair overcame an early 0-6 deficit to beat Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-18, 21-11 in the final of the mixed doubles.The All England Open champions have made the finals of each of the six tournaments they’ve played in this year, starting with the Yonex German Open, and clinched four titles. “The title in All England Open make us much confident than before,” explained Lu.advertisementAnother red-hot star of the last few months, Tai Tzu Ying, also made her sixth straight final. The women’s singles icon from Chinese Taipei took her sixth consecutive title by beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 18-21, 21-11, 21-18.In the final of men’s doubles, sixth seed Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China sailed past their teammates Huang Kaixiang and Wang Yilyu 21-14, 21-12.Japan’s world No.1 Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi showed their dominance in women’s doubles by beating Hye Rin Kim and Yoo Hae Won of South Korea 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic undergoes successful knee surgery

first_imgManchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone surgery on his damaged right knee and will make a full recovery, his agent Mino Raiola said on Tuesday.United’s leading goalscorer suffered knee ligament damage during the 2-1 Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht last month and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.The 35-year-old Swede, whose contract expires at the end of the season, travelled to the United States to undergo surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and has started his rehabilitation.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery and has not suffered a career-ending injury,” Raiola said in a statement.”Zlatan has started rehabilitation at UPMC and will remain under the care of Dr. Fu and Dr. Musahl throughout his recovery.”Ibrahimovic had previously addressed the injury on Instagram and vowed to come back stronger, while United teammates wore his and defender Marcos Rojo’s names on their training shirts prior to their 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley on April 23.United travel to Spain to face Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.last_img read more

All about Kapil Mishra: Once Arvind Kejriwal’s protege, now his tormentor

first_imgAccording to the Delhi government’s website , Kapil Mishra “is a well-known political activist and public policy campaigner.”It also says, “He was one of the first people to protest against Commonwealth Games 2010 held in New Delhi and has written a book, It’s Common v/s Wealth…” to expose CWG scam.While accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of personal corruption, Kapil Mishra today referred to it saying that the book on CWG scam brought former anti-graft activist closer to him.Kapil Mishra is a self-confessed admirer of Arvind Kejriwal. He worked with Kejriwal and under his direction during India Against Corruption movement.WHO IS KAPIL MISHRA: THINGS TO KNOWKapil Mishra is a legislator in the Delhi Assembly representing Karawal Nagar constituency. Kapil Mishra has worked with organisations like Greenpeace and Amnesty International, the Delhi government’s website says.Kapil Mishra came to the forefront of anti-graft movement during commonwealth games, when it was alleged that largescale corruption took place in holding the mega-sporting event. Kapil Mishra was involved in exposing several issues related to violation of labour laws at the Games sites.Born on November 13, 1980, Kapil Mishra was among the founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party following the apparent failure of the anti-graft movement launched by the India Against Corruption led by social activist Anna Hazare.When Aam Aadmi Party formed government in 2015 after winning an astonishing majority in Delhi, Kapil Mishra was included in the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet.Kapil Mishra stood out during the swearing in ceremony as he took oath in Sanskrit.As Delhi Minister, Kapil Mishra handled various portfolios including Water; Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs; Tourism; Art, Culture and Languages; Gurudwara Election.Kapil Mishra holds a degree of Masters in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work. Kapil Mishra is the co-founder and coordinator of Youth for Justice – a Delhi-based youth action group. He has been fighting to clean Yamuna as a social entrepreneur.Kapil Mishra says that he was among the people, who launched the movement to seek justice for Jessica Lal.Kapil Mishra has led various other youth protests on socio-economic issues including issues of farmers’ suicides in various parts of country and encroachment on Yamuna River bed.On the question Delhi water tanker scam, Kapil Mishra has accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of delaying action against those involved in the Rs 400 crore irregularities. Kapil Mishra also claims to have witnessed Arvind Kejriwal taking Rs 2 crore cash from Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.advertisementScreenshot of Delhi government’s website.ALSO READ | Kapil Mishra drops corruption bomb on Arvind Kejriwal: Saw him taking Rs 2 crore cash from Satyendra Jain ALSO WATCH | AAP crisis: Saw Arvind Kejriwal accept Rs 2 crore in cash from Satyendra Kumar Jain, says Kapil Mishralast_img read more

Manchester City F.C. close to signing world record deal for goalkeeper Ederson Moraes

first_imgManchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for a fee reported to be 34.9 million pound.City manager Pep Guardiola has been interested in Moraes for some time and made room in his squad by releasing Willy Caballero on Friday.The Brazilian, who has been followed by some of Europe’s biggest clubs this season, played in Benfica’s Portuguese Cup final triumph over Vitoria on Sunday and said after the match: “this was probably my last game for Benfica.”Moraes’ fee would represent a world record for a goalkeeper, eclipsing the 32.6 million pound paid by Juventus to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001, reports the Guardian.Guardiola is planning big changes this summer after failing to win a trophy in his first season as City boss.The signing of the 23-year-old would also represent a blow for City’s Manchester rivals United, should David de Gea make his move to Real Madrid, with Jose Mourinho an admirer of the goalkeeper.Caballero is one of five out-of-contract players already released by City.last_img read more

East Bengal, Bagan likely to attend stakeholders meeting

first_imgKolkata, May 31 (PTI) Less than a week after threatening to disrupt the Indian Super League (ISL), East Bengal and Mohun Bagan today budged from their stance as drama prevailed over the Big Twos induction into the lucrative franchise tournament. In a volte-face, East Bengal have now confirmed their participation in the stakeholders meeting at AFC headquarters to discuss Indian footballs roadmap. Mohun Bagan are expected to follow suit after another round of joint meeting at Netaji Indoor Stadium with state body Indian Football Association and West Bengal sports minister Aroop Biswas. Maintaining their demand to waive franchise fee and seeking fund from central pool, the two rival clubs on May 27 had echoed “no Mohun Bagan, East Bengal no ISL”, and had threatened to boycott the June 7 meeting if AIFF did not respond. But two days after IFA shot off a letter to the AIFF, the two rival clubs have mysteriously started to toe the line. Blaming the media, East Bengal general secretary Kalyan Majumdar in a stunning volte-face said: “We never said East Bengal would not attend the meeting. We have an invitation and we are definitely going.” His Mohun Bagan counter part Anjan Mitra, known for his softspoken and amiable quality, however, chose to be guarded. “We will have a meeting with East Bengal, IFA and sports minister and then will decide,” Mitra said. PTI TAP ATK ATKlast_img read more

Hugo Lloris error hands Sweden last-gasp 2-1 win over France

first_imgAn error by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris handed Sweden’s Ola Toivonen a last-gasp goal to secure a 2-1 win in their World Cup Group A qualifier at the Friends Arena on Friday.Lloris’s poor clearance fell straight to the midfielder who lobbed the keeper from inside his own half to steal the points and delight the home fans and their celebrating players.France had led through a superb left-foot strike by forward Olivier Giroud after 37 minutes but that was cancelled out by a precise low finish from Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz in the 43rd.The win put Sweden top of the group, level on 13 points with France and three ahead of the Netherlands, who beat visiting Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday.The Swedes, who had lost 2-1 when the sides met in Paris in November, spent the opening half-hour frustrating the visitors, getting stuck in to challenges and slowing the tempo, but that all changed when Giroud scored and the game burst into life.France forward Antoine Griezmann twice headed straight at Robin Olsen in the second half but went closer with a free kick from distance that the goalkeeper scrambled to parry as the beaten Euro 2016 finalists upped the tempo.Minutes later Lloris was tipping a free kick from Emil Forsberg over the bar and Sweden’s Jakob Johansson also had a thumping shot from distance that flew just wide of the target.France brought on teenage striker Kylian Mbappe late on but it was Swedish substitute Sebastian Larsson who pressured Lloris into making the bad clearance that gave Toivonen the chance to win the game for the home side, and he took it gleefully.advertisementlast_img read more

West Indies vs India, 1st ODI: How rain played spoilsport in Port of Spain

first_imgWest Indies vs India, 1st ODI: India were 199 for 3 in 39.2 overs withVirat Kohli batting on 32* and MS Dhoni on 9* when rain interrupted play and the match had to be called off eventually. (Live Scorecard)India Innings:1.23 IST: Match between India (199/3 in 39.2 overs) and West Indies abandoned due to heavy rain. 5-match series stays level at 0-0 The match has been abandoned due to rain #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/w81nrWSdhc- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 20170.55 IST: Scrap the previous update, time to put our favorite sentence of the day ‘RAIN IS BACK’. Covers are back on too.Target would be 194 in 26 overs. But the bad news is, the rain is back! #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201700.53 IST: Finally some good news coming in from Port of Spain.Rain has stopped completely and the covers are off. If the weather stays good, we will have a 26 over game starting at 4 PM #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201700.29 IST: That means the cut-off time for a 20-over game is 1.51 AM IST.Its 2:51 PM now. 4:21 PM is the latest we can restart to get in a 20 over match #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201700.24 IST: Just as the ground staff were taking the covers off the rain came back again, although it’s just a drizzle as of now.Update: rain is back at the Oval on a wet day in #Trinidad. The ground staff back on the job #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/MgLZjUHtHF- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201723.48 IST: If India don’t get to bat again then West Indies’ D/L target will be 251. If only 20 overs are possible in the second innings then the hosts will need to get 161.advertisement23.35 IST: The rain has stopped although there are a lot of puddles on the ground.The ground staff are out, trying to get rid of the water from the covers and outfield #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201723.20 IST: That’s how the Queen’s Park Oval looks like at the moment.It is raining heavily at the moment here at Queen’s Park Oval #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/QIsRYWOHKE- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201722.59 IST: Rain has got heavier now and the drainage at this ground is also not very good. Chances of resumption look very bleak at the moment. IND 199/3 in 39.3 overs22.30 IST: Overs will be reduced from this stage onwards.22.09 iST: Once again the RAIN HAS GOT HEAVIER and the players are running back to their respective dressing rooms. And by the looks of it we are in for a big delay. India 199/3 in 39.2 overs22.06 IST: Cummins to Dhoni, FOUR! BANG! Cummins misses the yorker and dishes out a full toss, Dhoni just had to pick the gap and he does so with ease. Drills it through extra cover to find the fence.1st ODI. 38.5: M Cummins to MS Dhoni (7), 4 runs, 195/3 https://t.co/ochFtxCwQj #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201722.05 IST: Miguel Cummins will start off proceedings with Dhoni on strike as play resumes after the rain break.21.46 IST: The rain had subsided a short while back and the covers are coming off now.Great news!! The covers are completely off now. The start shouldn’t be far away #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201721.14 IST: RAIN IS NOW HEAVY and off they go. The groundsmen are coming in with the covers. Hopefully it should be a passing shower although it is quite dark at the moment. India 189/3 in 38 overs (Kohli 30*, Dhoni 2*)Play suspended due to rain #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/VVZ0zykKsQ- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201721.04 IST: OUT! GONE! That’s a soft dismissal and Yuvraj is livid with himself. Fuller ball on the pads, he nonchalantly flicks it powerfully but picks the fielder at mid-wicket. Lewis is the man and he takes the low catch with ease. It was a cracking shot but the placement went haywire. This is a good period for the hosts, they are able to stifle the run flow. India 185/3 from 36.3 overs. Kohli 28*WICKET!! Yuvraj Singh is out for 4(10)!! Good catch by E Lewis at mid-wicket. J Holder gets the wicket. India – 185/3 #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) June 23, 201720.59 IST: India 180/2 after 35 overs vs West Indies. Kohli 25* Yuvraj 2*20.44 IST: WICKET! Decision stays! Plumb! This is a huge, huge wicket for West Indies. Bishoo floats it on middle and leg, Dhawan looks to turn it on the leg side but misses and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and after taking his time, umpire Dharamsena rules the Indian opener out. Shikhar has a chat with his skipper and then decides to go for the review. The Snicko doesn’t detect an edge and the Hawk Eye shows three reds. Dhawan has to walk back after playing a superb knock. He still will be disappointed not to convert it into three figures. India 168/2 (31.5 overs) vs West Indiesadvertisement1st ODI. 30.6: M Cummins to V Kohli (14), 4 runs, 166/1 https://t.co/ochFtxCwQj #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201720.24 IST: SIX! Release shot! You can’t bowls such looseners to him and that too in the kind of form he is in. Shortish delivery, Dhawan latches onto it in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket for half a dozen.20.17 IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane departs for a well-played 62. Joseph draws first blood. Slower one on a fuller length, Rahane looks to loft it over mid on but the lack of pace does him in. He ends up chipping it straight to Holder at mid on, who after completing the catch throws the ball in the air in celebration. Much-needed breakthrough this for WI! They need more of these. India 132/1 (25 overs) vs West Indies20.12 IST: FOUR! In the gap! Another short delivery from Bishoo. He camps back and pulls powerfully through square leg. The deep backward square leg fielder can’t get to it and the ball gets to the fence.1st ODI. 22.6: A Joseph to A Rahane (59), 4 runs, 120/0 https://t.co/ochFtxkVrJ #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201720.06 IST: FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan slams his 20th half-century. Fullish on the pads, Dhawan picks it up and flicks it over backward square leg for a six. This shot was all wrists. Brings up his half century in style. He is in golden form. India 113/0 (22.1 overs) vs West Indies20.02 IST: FIFTY! Ajinkya Rahane reaches his 17th ODI fifty with a four. Not the perfect way to get to the fifty but Rahane will take it. He needed some runs under his kitty to boost his confidence. Coming back to the ball, it was pitched wide outside off. Rahane went after it, got an outside edge and the ball ran away to the third man fence. India 104/0 (21 overs) vs West Indies19.44 IST: Drinks break. A solid start for the Indians and the openers have looked at ease. Ominous signs for the Windies, they desperately need wickets.1st ODI. 15.6: M Cummins to S Dhawan (38), 4 runs, 81/0 https://t.co/ochFtxCwQj #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 20171st ODI. 14.6: A Nurse to S Dhawan (33), 4 runs, 74/0 https://t.co/ochFtxCwQj #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201719.29 IST: FOUR! CLASSY SHOT! Just a bit short of a full length and Rahane gets the stride forward to time the straight drive beautifully. Superb timing and the it beats mid off comfortably to race to the fence.19.20 IST: FOUR! On a length outside off, Rahane sits back and delays the cut. Doesn’t get it totally off the middle but it beats the first slip fielder and runs away to the third man fence. Yet another good start from these two who have rarely failed as an opening fair in the brief stays together.19.17 IST: Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Four fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.advertisement1st ODI. 9.1: A Joseph to A Rahane (22), 4 runs, 47/0 https://t.co/ochFtxCwQj #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 20171st ODI. 8.5: J Holder to A Rahane (17), 4 runs, 42/0 https://t.co/ochFtxCwQj #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 201719.08 IST: OUCH! Dhawan gets hit again, this time courtesy the fielder. Back of a length ball, he taps it to short cover as they go for a quick single. Powell’s throw at the bowler’s end hits Shikhar on the left elbow. The same region where he copped a blow few overs ago. Slight hold up as the physio comes out to attend to Dhawan. More of the magic spray then and a drink for the batsmen.18.59 IST: FOUR! INNOVATIVE FROM DHAWAN! Shortish and outside off, he stays back and jump a bit before slapping it over cover. A little bit of Caribbean flair in the stroke and clears the infield with ease. Almost went all the way for a biggie. India 31/0 (6.3 overs) vs West Indies18.56 IST: FOUR! First boundary for Rahane. He’s been slow to start but this should ease his nerves a bit. Shortish outside off, he stands tall and punches it sweetly square of the wicket on the off side to find the fence. Sublime shot. India 27/0 (6 overs) vs West Indies18.50 IST: Back of a length around middle, Dhawan gets back to work across the line but is hit on the forearm as the ball goes to the off side. He must have got hurt a bit there. Dhawan calls for the physio who comes out with the magic spray to ease the pain. That might have stung him for sure.18.44 IST: FOUR! Finds the fence! Once again width on offer and Dhawan pounces on it. On a good length but perhaps a bit wide outside off, he reaches out and flays it through point. Struck it well to get a boundary.18.37 IST: FOUR! SHOT! This man is in sublime form. Back of a length outside off, Dhawan stands tall and punches it elegantly through point. He absolutely loves that area, just cannot bowl there.18.31 IST: Wide! Jason Holder starts with a back of a length delivery wide outside off, left alone to the keeper. Too much width and that’s a wide.18.30 IST: Players and umpires are out there in the middle. SHIKHAR DHAWAN and AJINKYA RAHANE to open the batting for India. It shall be JASON HOLDER to take the first new ball for West Indies. Two slips in place.18.16 IST: TEAMS!West Indies: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel CumminsIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav18.06 IST: TOSS! West Indies have won the toss and have opted to bowl against India. Kuldeep Yadav makes debut for India.#TeamIndia’s @msdhoni giving a pep talk to @RishabPant777 ahead of the first ODI #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/73qvDpMyRG- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017#TeamIndia members – @msdhoni, @RishabPant777 & @hardikpandya7 share a laugh with @DJBravo47 & @DMBravo46 #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/vayvTB6q8C- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017West Indies cricket has plunged to an all-time low. Their biggest stars do not play the Test and ODI formats. The 2006 Champions Trophy winners did not even qualify for the tournament this year and were confined to playing Afghanistan at home.To make matters worse, they lost an ODI and were forced to settle for a drawn series (after rain washed out the decider) while India dominated the Champions Trophy and reached the final.#TeamIndia members – @ajinkyarahane88 & @SDhawan25 sweating it out in the nets #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/QL1BZZ55QA- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017Both teams have had contrasting fortunes in the international arena. While India have gone from strength to strength, West Indies are struggling to stay relevant, especially with the rise of Afghanistan and Ireland.The series may appear to be devoid of relevance after the hoopla of the Champions Trophy but it does hold significance for both teams. While the West Indies would want to put up a sterling show against one of the strongest teams in world cricket, India have the chance to move up to No.2 in the ICC ODI rankings if they win the series 5-0.India might have a little more at stake here. After the recent resignation of Anil Kumble as coach following differences with the captain, Virat Kohli would want to show the team can go on without the former. Can they do it? Will they do it?AJINKYA RAHANE TO GET ANOTHER CHANCEVirat Kohli has confirmed India will open with Ajinkya Rahane in all the five ODIs. This is another lease of life for the gifted batsman. With Rohit Sharma being rested for the series, his Mumbai teammate Rahane would want to show his class in limited-overs cricket.WILL RISHABH PANT GET A LOOK-IN?India have three wicketkeepers on this tour – MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. Obviously, Pant has been included to give him a feel of the Indian dressing-room but would it be fair to not give him a single game? He is the most exciting young batsman in the country and it would be interesting to see where Kohli can slot him in, if at all.SQUADS:WEST INDIES: Jason Holder(c), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope(wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick WilliamsINDIA: Virat Kohli(c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj Singhlast_img read more

West Indies penalised for slow over-rate in Jamaica T20I against India

first_imgWest Indies have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their nine-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 International against India at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Sunday.David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Carlos Brathwaite’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.As such, Brathwaite has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines.If West Indies commit another minor over-rate breach in a T20I within 12 months of this offence with Brathwaite as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Brathwaite and he will face a suspension.Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there would be no formal hearing.The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Leslie Reifer, third umpire Joe Wilson and fourth umpire Patrick Gustard.last_img read more

Indian Tigers Group plans to invest $100mn in sports e-com

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Delhi-based Indian Tigers Group plans to invest USD 100 million (Rs 636.40 crore approx) in its sports e-commerce venture SportGeo over the next five years, its chairman today said.”We are looking at creating specialised e-commerce stores. For Sportsgeo, we are coordinating directly with manufacturers to sell their sports products. At the launch, we have invested USD 5 million and from our internal accruals we plans to invest USD 100 million in next 5 years,” Indian Tigers Group Founder and Chairman, Pyush Dhingra said over phone.Sportsgeo is offering products in 500 categories targeted at sports and fitness enthusiasts.Dhingra said that the companys investment will be mainly on expansion of reach in India, especially in rural areas, and marketing campaigns.”The investment may be higher than USD 100 million but for sure at least USD 100 million will be made from our own resources. We will look at external funding as we grow. Sportgeo will look at reaching out to people in rural India by setting up kiosks etc so that even in those parts people are able to buy products from us,” Dhingra said.Founded in 2000, Indian Tiger Group has diverse business portfolio covering sport goods, construction, players management, law firm, end-to-end logistics etc.Dhingra said that the company will start overseas expansion from next year from countries like the US, select European countries, Australia, New Zealand etc.”We will connect local sports and fitness manufacturers to sell their products online. We will expand online sales of other product segments as well because we want to give special space to each category stores. Plans for other segment will be firmed up and disclosed later,” Dhingra said. PTI PRS JMadvertisementlast_img read more

Grigor Dimitrov beats Del Potro for first time to reach Cincinnati quarters

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov beat big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro for the first time in six career attempts to book a place in the last eight at the Cincinnati Open on Thursday.The seventh-seeded Bulgarian advanced to his eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Del Potro, who struggled with the intense heat in the closing stages of the one hour, 39 minute match.”He’s a tricky opponent… a super-experienced player,” said Dimitrov.”I definitely had to stay away a little bit from that forehand. I knew if I kept the ball low on his backhand side and just kind of worked my way into the court, it would be the right thing to do. I think I did this thing very, very well today.”Dimitrov will bid for a place in the semi-finals for the second straight year when he faces Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, who reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.The unseeded Sugita overcame Russian Karen Khachanov 6-7(0) 6-3 6-3 before a thunderstorm forced play to be suspended for more than two hours.The 28-year-old Japanese captured his first ATP World Tour title at the Antalya Open in July, adding to three ATP Challenger Tour events won in 2017.”He’s been playing really well,” said Dimitrov. “He’s going to be definitely a tough opponent to play.”Dimitrov got off to a great start by opening up a 3-0 lead against Del Potro.Del Potro mirrored Dimitrov by winning the first three games of the second set but could not convert three set point chances at 5-4, before the Argentine began to struggle in the heat.advertisementA doctor was called at the 6-5 changeover, but Del Potro was determined to finish the match.Dimitrov improved to 31-14 for the season, which includes two ATP World Tour titles.In later games, John Isner never dropped a service game on his way to a 7-6(4) 7-5 win over fellow American Frances Tiafoe.Isner rocketed two aces to close out the match and punch his card to the quarter-finals, where he will face another American in Jared Donaldson.Donaldson, who defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets on Thursday, will be one of four unseeded players in the quarters following a series of upsets early in the tournament.Third seed Dominic Thiem needed two tie breakers to dispatch France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4) 7-6(3) and set up a meeting with Spain’s David Ferrer, who upset 11th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 6-4.Rain put a halt of Australian Nick Kyrgios’ match against Ivo Karlovic with the Croatian leading 4-3 in the first set.Wet weather also postponed the start of top-seeded Rafael Nadal’s match against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas.last_img read more

India outplayed us from the first day, accepts Dinesh Chandimal

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal blamed his batsmen for their innings and 239-run defeat in the second Test match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Monday.Chandimal also admitted that his team was outplayed from the first day itself.”It was a good toss to win. Unfortunately we were outplayed from the first day. Our batting let us down again,” Chandimal said after the match.”When you’re playing against India, you’ve got to score 350 plus. Before we came here, we had a game plan. We said to the guys ‘If you get a start, you have to go on.’ Hopefully these youngsters will come back strong,” he added.Sri Lanka captain @chandi_17 said his side really should have performed better having won the toss and electing to bat #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/YMculCzf9B- ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2017The skipper said the Sri Lankan bowlers did a good job.”This wicket was good to bat on for the first three days. The bowling unit has done a really good job. But if you have no runs on the board, they can’t do anything,” he said.Beginning the fourth day 384 runs behind and needing to bat about five sessions to save the Test, Sri Lanka failed to step up to the pressure and were bundled out for 166 in just 49.3 overs.For India, off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin, who became the fastest bowler to take 300 wickets in Test history, scalped eight wickets.last_img read more

Mets’ DeGrom K’s Marlins, 6-5

first_imgNEW YORK — Jacob deGrom overpowered the first eight Miami hitters, and all that stood between him and sole possession of a major league record was the opposing pitcher.Line drive, base hit. “I had no idea,” Marlins starter Jarred Cosart said. “Any time you can keep the other pitcher out of the history books, it’s a good thing.”By striking out eight in a row to begin the game, deGrom matched a big league mark Sept. 15 before the Marlins finally started making contact and rallied late for a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets.Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run single and Jeff Mathis put the Marlins ahead with an RBI single that capped a three-run eighth inning. But with both teams under .500 and only two weeks left in the season, it was deGrom who provided some early and unexpected excitement.On a night when New York’s goofy mascot, Mr. Met, wore a shaggy wig to mimic deGrom’s long hair, the rookie finished with a career-best 13 strikeouts in seven innings.He whiffed eight consecutive Marlins at the start, tying a record set by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 23, 1986.Deshaies and deGrom are the only pitchers to accomplish the feat since 1900. “That felt good. I had a good fastball early on,” deGrom said. “My two-seamer was moving a lot.”Now a Chicago Cubs broadcaster, Deshaies had fun noting the occasion on Twitter: “Congratulations to Jacob Degrom for tying one of the most hallowed records in all of sport,” he posted.A top contender for NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom equaled Deshaies’ mark by freezing Mathis with a 95 mph fastball. The right-hander then gave up a sharp single to Cosart on a 1-0 pitch and received a warm ovation from the Citi Field crowd of 23,027.“I threw ball one so I thought maybe he would take the next one,” deGrom said. “I was trying to go outside corner and I just left it over the middle.”Despite squandering a two-run lead, deGrom was in line to win before Miami scored three in the eighth against New York’s best relievers. Jeurys Familia (2-5) gave up four straight hits, and Mathis delivered a two-out single off closer Jenrry Mejia.“We got a couple soft hits but at the right time. Sometimes you need those,” Miami Manager Mike Redmond said. “Had some great at-bats and that was a great team win.”With the bases loaded, Sam Dyson (3-1) threw a called third strike past Dilson Herrera to end the seventh. Steve Cishek closed for his 36th save in 40 chances.Miami finally solved deGrom in the seventh, when Hechavarria doubled and ex-Met Jordany Valdespin looped a two-run single that tied it 2-all. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson added a sacrifice fly.Dating back to Aug. 23, deGrom had gone 28 innings without allowing an earned run.Casey McGehee’s error at third base helped the Mets take a 5-3 lead with three unearned runs in the bottom half. Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single, Travis d’Arnaud broke his bat on a go-ahead double and reliever A.J. Ramos walked three consecutive batters to force in a run.Wilmer Flores hit a two-run double off Cosart in the first.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bird Blast Lifts Yanks Over Birds, 8-6

first_imgNEW YORK — Greg Bird watched Baltimore manager Buck Showalter take the ball from Jorge Rondon and signal to the bullpen for the left-hander.While Brian Matusz trotted in with two on, no outs and the score 5-all, Bird darted into the video room behind the Yankees dugout and asked for video coordinator Anthony Flynn and baseball operations assistant Brett Weber to show him a fastball and slider from the reliever.Bird wanted to see “just kind of I guess what it’s sort of going to look like,” he explained. “Scouting reports don’t necessarily do it justice. I’m big on seeing and feeling what it’s like in the box.”Less than 2 1/2 minutes later, Bird was in the batter’s box. Three pitches later, he was the Yankees’ Big Bird, hitting a three-run homer that bounced off the back of New York’s bullpen in right-center.Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller held on for an 8-6 Labor Day win Sept. 7 that pulled the Yankees within a half-game of AL East-leading Toronto, which lost for just the eighth time in 36 games, 11-4 at Boston.“It’s nice to see them lose games,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Alex Rodriguez and John Ryan Murphy also homered for the Yankees (77-59), who overcame a 4-1 deficit and improved to 18 games over .500 for the first time since 2012.With his 29th homer this season, A-Rod got his 3,054th career hit and passed Rod Carew for sole possession of 22nd place.A 22-year-old who made his big league debut on Aug. 13, Bird is hitting .263 with five homers and 17 RBIs. He has become the Yankees’ primary first baseman since Mark Teixeira fouled a ball of his right lower leg on Aug. 17, interrupting a renaissance season in which Teixeira helped carry New York’s offense.“Tex being hurt, of course it’s a tough spot for him to come here and cover,” Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran said. “He’s been able to play around his ability instead of just letting the moment take over.”Bird is among New York’s top prospects. A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, Bird was the organization’s 2013 minor league player of the year and MVP of last year’s Arizona Fall League.“It never seems like he’s overwhelmed or never seems like any moment is too big for him,” New York outfielder Brett Gardner said.“It seems like he’s really got a knack for just being able to stay composed under pressure and come through in a big way. … He plays like he’s much older than 22.”When Bird first arrived, he pulled Gardner aside to ask a few questions, inquiring of the batting practice schedule.“For me, it’s just about simplicity,” Bird said. “I’m just trying to hit the ball hard. The rest is out of my hands.”Rondon (0-1) walked Beltran leading off the seventh, Chris Young singled and Showalter brought in Matusz, who had held lefties to a .143 average. Matusz got ahead in the count 0-2, then hung an 83 mph slider.Baltimore has lost 15-of-18 in an emphatic fade from AL wild-card contention.“We are not taking advantage of the counts when we do get them in our favor,” Showalter said. “We just can’t correct it.”Yankees starter Michael Pineda fell behind 4-1 in a four-run second inning, when Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer on an 0-2 fastball.“He really didn’t have much. His slider was backing up. He was missing spots with his fastball,” Girardi said. “And then Michael kind of righted the ship.”Rodriguez homered leading off the fifth against Wei-Yin Chen and Murphy’s two-run homer later in the inning put the Yankees ahead 5-4. But Manny Machado homered in the seventh off Justin Wilson (5-0), just the second this season off the left-hander.Betances struck out the side in the eighth around three walks. When Caleb Joseph swung just under a 3-2 belt-high slider for the final out, he slammed his bat against the plate, splitting the wood, then snapped it apart against his right knee.Miller pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 33 chances, allowing Chris Davis’ 101st RBI on a two-out single before striking out Jimmy Paredes.“A way to make the fans a little nervous,” Betances said with a smile.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Canadiens Blank The Rangers, 3-0

first_imgMONTREAL — Max Pacioretty stole the spotlight before the game. Carey Price got most of the accolades after the game. They combined to help the Montreal Canadiens to a franchise record.Pacioretty, carrying a torch aloft as he took the ice before the game, was introduced as the 29th captain in Canadiens’ history.Price made 25 saves to lead Montreal to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Oct. 15. The win was the Canadiens’ fifth straight to start the season, a franchise record.“It (the record) is rewarding, but I’m more happy about the way the team’s playing,” Pacioretty said after his first home game since being named captain. “It’s so fun to roll four lines and see everyone going.“There are no egos on this team right now.”Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec, with an empty-net effort, scored for the Canadiens (5-0-0), who handed the Rangers (3-2-0) a second straight defeat.Despite powerhouse Canadiens teams that won a record 24 Stanley Cups, the previous club record for wins to start a season was four, last accomplished in 1977-78.To set the record, Price displayed the form that won him the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and the Vezina as top goaltender last season.New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, who is also considered among the best goalies in the world, may have been even better in a losing cause, stopping 29 of 31 shots.“Hank was awesome tonight,” Price said of Lundqvist. “That was a spectacle. An absolute clinic. I really enjoyed watching it. He made a dozen really spectacular saves.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault agreed.“We got schooled tonight,” he said. “Our only moment came on a 5-on-3. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. If it wasn’t for our goalie, it would have been much worse.”Price has been all-but unbeatable at home against the Rangers, posting a 9-1-1 record in their last 11 visits, allowing only nine goals.There was playoff-like speed and intensity in the meeting of last season’s two top regular season clubs.“It was a high-level match, like a game in April,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said.Montreal outshot the Rangers 32-25.The Canadiens scored the first goal for the fifth time in as many games 8:46 into the second period. David Desharnais kept a puck in at the blue line and then saw his shot go off Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Fleischmann batted the bouncing puck past Lundqvist on the short side.The end of the third period saw the goalies at their finest. Montreal killed a two-man New York Advantage when Price made a brilliant stop short side on Derek Stepan and thwarted Rick Nash on a short-range blast.At the other end, Lundqvist snared a bullet from Alex Galchenyuk. The Swede then kept the Rangers in the game in the third by stopping Brian Flynn on a breakaway and robbing a wide-open Desharnais from close range.He was finally beaten again at 17:55 when Weise picked out an opening with a shot from the right circle. Plekanec then put his fourth of the season into an open net.“Once again the Rangers played very well,” Price said. “That’s an excellent hockey club over there.“We have a lot of respect for that team and their abilities. They probably feel the same about us. In the future, I’m sure there’ll be a lot more great hockey games between our teams.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fuster Says Goodbye to Olympiacos After 6 Years

first_imgOlympiacos announced that they will not renew David Fuster’s contract after his one year deal ended at the end of this season. The Spaniard was with Olympiacos for six years and served as the team’s co-captain during the last few seasons. Additionally, Esteban Cambiasso’s contract will not be extended after his one year stay with the Greek Champions.Fuster signed with Olympiacos in 2010, moving from Spanish club Villarreal. He was a “personal choice” of Ernesto Valverde, who coached Fuster at Villarreal, as Valverde held his second managerial position at Olympiacos. He had a great first season in Piraeus with 33 appearances and 13 goals. Each season at Olympiacos, he was an integral part of the team and scored important goals in both Greece and Europe. In Olympiacos’ run to last 16 of the 2012 Europa League, Fuster scored the winning goal away to Rubin Kazan and Metalist Kharkiv. In the 2014 Champions League, Fuster scored  in Olympiacos’ 3-1 win over Arsenal in the final matchday of the group stage and Olympiacos progressed to the last 16. In his 6 seasons in Greece, Fuster had 111 appearances with 29 goals and was the co-captain of the team since 2014. Olympiacos’ fans grew to love Fuster for his commitment, passion, and work ethic for the club. Via Facebook, Fuster posted a heart-felt thank you to Olympiacos for everything and mentioned that we will never forget the fans or his experience with the Erythrolefki.Along with Fuster, Esteban Cambiasso will not be wearing the Red and White jersey next season. Cambiasso joined Olympiacos last season, from Leicester City, and had 21 appearances and 14 goals with the club. According to Goal News, Marco Silva does not want “old” players in his side, in hopes of increasing the team’s speed and endurance in comparison to last season. The Argentinian star has offers from clubs in his home country and will most likely continue his career in Argentina.Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Comeback Victory for AEK Larnaca, Omonia fall in Israel

first_imgAEK Larnaca came back from 2-0 to defeat Cliftonville 2-3 in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round. A second half goal from Beitar Jerusalem gave the Israeli side a 1-0 victory against Omonia.Omonia will have a tough task ahead of them in the 2nd leg after falling 1-0 in Israel to Beitar Jerusalem. A late goal in the final 20 minutes from Abuhatzira gave the home side the victory. Omonia will host the Israeli club for the second leg. The Cypriots will need to win the by 2 goals or more to advance. A 1-0 win will send the game to extra time while any other one goal victory will put Beitar Jeruslalem through on away goals. AEK Larnaca came away with an impressive 2-3 comeback victory over Cliftonville after falling behind by two goals. McGuiness opened the score for the Northern Irish side in the 10th minute and Donnelley doubled the lead in the 50th minute. Two goals within 5 minutes brought AEK Larnaca level and Tomas gave the Cypriots the 2-3 victory with 13 minutes remaining. AEK Larnaca will host Cliftonville for the second leg as a win, draw, or one goal loss (0-1 or 1-2) will send AEK to the 3rd Qualifying Round.Source:AGONAsport.com! (Facebook – Instagram) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Juventus Beats Porto 1-0 to Reach Champions League Quarters

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Paulo Dybala’s penalty set Juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man Porto on Tuesday and a place in the Champions League quarterfinals.A day after he said it was his “dream” to score past veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Dybala converted from the spot in the 42nd minute after Maxi Pereira was sent off for handling the ball on the goal line.Massimiliano Allegri’s side progressed from the Round of 16 with a 3-0 victory on aggregate and maintained its impressive record at the Juventus Stadium.“I have to congratulate the lads for passing the round, as it wasn’t easy,” Allegri said. “We had a good first half, we controlled the ball well and didn’t concede. Then once we went ahead, once they went a man down, we only half played the second period and we need to improve on that.”Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said he was keen to avoid Leicester in the next round after the English champion beat Sevilla 2-0 in the night’s other match to advance 3-2 on aggregate.However, Allegri was unconcerned about Juve’s prospective opponents.“Who we draw, we’ll play and goodnight,” he said. “Anyway, we want to get to the end, so we have to play them all.”Once again, Porto was undone by a red card. Alex Telles was sent off in the first leg, when it still took Juventus until the 72nd minute to break the deadlock.“Without doubt, the sending off in both matches affected us,” Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo said. “We didn’t concede any goals when we had the same number of players, there remains the doubt whether we would have if we had remained in 11 in both matches.“I knew it would be almost impossible to score three goals against Juventus with a player less. It would have been nice to get a goal, I think we deserved it … and it would have been a just reward.”It was Casillas’ 175th appearance in European competition, breaking the previous record held by former Italy and AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, it was always going to be an uphill task for Porto against the five-time defending Serie A champion.Especially as Juventus hadn’t lost in Turin in the Champions League in nearly three years and was undefeated at home in all competition since August 2015.Porto needed an early goal but had barely a sight on goal, with Francisco Soares’ speculative effort being comfortably gathered by Buffon.Mario Mandzukic had a header smothered by Casillas and sent another effort just past the left post before Juventus broke the deadlock four minutes from halftime.Alex Sandro’s header was parried by Casillas but only as far as Gonzalo Higuain and his effort from close range was stopped by the outstretched hand of Maxi Pereira, leading to an inevitable red card for the Porto defender.Dybala stepped up and fired powerfully into the bottom right corner, sending Casillas the wrong way.Juventus almost doubled its lead on the stroke of halftime but Juan Cuadrado blasted narrowly over the bar.Despite the numerical advantage, Porto almost leveled shortly after the break, but Soares sent his shot past the right post when one on one with Buffon.Dybala was given a standing ovation when he was substituted for Tomas Rincon with 12 minutes remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spanoulis, Olympiacos, Win in Constantinople, Force Game 5 (Video)

first_imgCONSTANTINOPLE – Olympiacos Piraeus survived on the road to set up a deciding Game 5 on its home floor by rallying from an early double-digit deficit to defeat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 62-74 on Friday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul. The Reds hits 12 three-pointers on the night, tying the series at 2-2 despite trailing 27-14 in the second quarter. But the visitors erased the deficit by halftime and then took the lead after the break by hitting 5 triples in the third quarter, before running away with victory with a defense that allowed only 4 points in the opening eight minutes of the fourth quarter. Vassilis Spanoulis paced Olympiacos and hit a number of clutch shots to finish the game with 18 points on 5-for-11 three-point shooting plus 4 assists. Georgios Printezis contributed 11 points and Erick Green netted 10. Jayson Granger scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter and was the only Efes scorer in double figures. Derick Brown added 9 points and Cedi Osman collected 8 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.Efes had a strong opening to the game. Granger scored 10 points driving to the hoop and sinking a three-pointer and Osman finished a pair of fast breaks with big dunks to open an 18-6 lead. Printezis snapped a 12-0 run from close range and Ioannis Papapetrou hit one from long range to get Reds back in the game at 18-14. Efes led 21-14 after 10 minutes and the hosts scored the first 6 points of the second quarter, with Alex Kirk’s mid-range jumper making it 27-14. But Green and Kostas Papanikolaou gave Olympiacos a much-needed spark, feeling a 0-7 run during which Papanikolaou hit a triple. Each player added another basket before Green and Spanoulis hit back-to-back threes to cut the Olympiacos deficit to 36-35. Efes went into halftime up 38-35, but Olympiacos came out of locker rooms feeling it from long range. Vangelis Mantzaris, Spanoulis, Papanikolaou each hit a three-pointer to put Olympiacos in front 43-46. After Brown and Printezis traded threes, Spanoulis added another from downtown, his fourth, to open a 48-52 cushion. Heurtel scored a pair of layups, and Granger drove to the basket for Efes, too, but the visitors held a slim 54-55 lead going into the fourth quarter and never relinquished it. Papapetrou nailed a triple and Dominic Waters a jumper-plus-foul to make it 54-61. A put-back from DeShaun Thomas gave the hosts some hope, but Spanoulis drove to the basket for a layup with exactly five minutes to go, and after a timeout he hit his fifth triple to extend the margin to 57-68. Olympiacos did not allow a single point for more than four minutes and Green’s corner triple made it 58-71 to secure the victory.Source: Turkish Airlines EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more