The tone of the match flipped in an instant, with playmaker Eriksen at the heart of the visitors’ revival. Harry Kane levelled matters after the Denmark international whipped a free-kick against the woodwork and Eriksen earned a 2-1 success in the 90th minute when he found the bottom corner. The turnaround nudged Tottenham into 10th place in the Barclays Premier League standings, but better is still needed at home, where Pochettino’s men have lost four times in six attempts. “We can take a lot of good things and a lot of confidence with us from this game,” said Eriksen, whose side host Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday and Everton on Sunday. “Every game is different and we still have to work hard and improve a lot of things. “Of course we know they (home fans) expect more and we do as well. “We always want to win when we play at home and if we don’t they are not happy – it’s normal. “It’s nothing to do with that. We just need to play better at home. Spurs’ rocky first season under Mauricio Pochettino appeared to be heading for another low ebb at the KC Stadium on Sunday when they went in at half-time 1-0 behind. A team showing six changes – largely injury-enforced – were turning in a thoroughly disjointed performance when Tigers forward Gaston Ramirez was dismissed for kicking out at Jan Vertonghen. Press Association “We need to improve, because we have some good games and bad games. When we become more stable, we will have a good season.” That Eriksen was on the pitch to secure the late triumph over the Tigers was significant for the 22-year-old. He had started all 12 of Spurs’ league matches this season, but has been substituted in half of those – including being hooked at half-time against Stoke and Aston Villa earlier this month. He was, then, pleased to have the chance to settle matters this time. “I think it’s something I wanted to show. The last two games I was pulled out after 45 minutes,” he said. “Every player wants to play more than 45 minutes, but it’s the decision of the coach. “You have to work hard. I had the chance this time and I showed that 90 minutes is good for me.” Former Tottenham captain Michael Dawson, who made the move to East Yorkshire in the summer, was crushed to be on the losing side against his old team-mates. “Everybody knows what it meant to me to play in this game, and to lose in the way we did was a massive disappointment – especially after the first half,” he said. “The red card changed the game. It was going to be one-way traffic from there because Tottenham have some top players. “Christian Eriksen’s free-kick is something I used to see on a daily basis and then his finish in the last minute was top class. “But at the end of the day we’ve come away with no points, so it is massively disappointing.” Christian Eriksen has set his sights on curing Tottenham’s White Hart Lane woe after getting his side out of jail at Hull.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has defended the second annual £3million payment to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. The American businessman has now received the figure twice in the last two years as advisory fees from his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) company. The revelation of the payment upset a section of Arsenal fans who were already up in arms at the fact the club only signed one player during the summer transfer window. But addressing supporters at the club’s annual general meeting, Keswick claimed the decision to use KSE allowed the board to make important decisions quickly. “I felt it was right to pay a fee for a wide range of services provided by KSE,” he said. “We should not be in a position where we expect these things to come for nothing – that would not be good governance. I would remind you that KSE is one of the most respected sports organisations in the United States. “This has contributed to our positive evolution in a number of areas. Finally, I’d remind everyone that we have a majority owner who is respectful of our traditions. “The best advice you can possibly get is the quick advice from people or organisations who know more about the problem than you do. “If you’re humble enough to accept it you will go and get good advice. And that’s precisely what we do at Arsenal with KSE. I’m responsible ultimately for the money management of the club and making sure it’s well spent and I’m very determined that will continue to be the case.” Keswick, who had to shoot down questions being called out from the floor, admitted there was no written contract with KSE to provide the support and went on to suggest the club should be thankful for the work done by Kroenke as they have ended a run of nine years without silverware. He added: “The answer to your question cannot be codified and I will make no attempt to do so, except to say that we get the best advice as quick as we possibly can, and if you want proof of what that’s worth then you can look at this (the FA Cup), you can look at that (the Community Shield) and you can look at our accounts. “Fees are advisory fees and I’ve already explained that you cannot codify when the timing or how you take them. It’s because of the continuity of the fees that the value of them is so important. And that is my answer and nothing further to add.” Kroenke was present at the AGM but did not make any statement, with Keswick not allowing any questions from the floor to be aimed at the 68-year-old. Press Association
(REUTERS) – Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada claimed four wickets each as South Africa ripped out Sri Lanka for 110 on the second day of the second Test at Newlands yesterday.South Africa did not enforce the follow-on and were 35 without loss at the close, 317 runs ahead and in a powerful position to claim the victory they need to clinch the series.Sri Lanka collapsed after going to tea on 56 for two with Rabada making a decisive breakthrough at the start of the final session when he had Dimuth Karunaratne brilliantly caught at point by Temba Bavuma for 24.A steady procession of wickets followed as captain Angelo Mathews and his deputy Dinesh Chandimal went cheaply after rash shots to Rabada’s persistent pace barrage. The tall seamer had snared Kaushal Silva before tea and finished with figures of 4-37.Spinner Keshav Maharaj added the valuable wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for 16 before Philander mopped up the tail.He had Rangana Herath trapped in front and Suranga Lakmal caught in the slips, seeing Dean Elgar parry the ball into the air and Hashim Amla take the catch. It was Philander’s 150th Test wicket.Lahiru Kumara was bowled and Philander dismissed Nuwan Prapeed with the next ball so the fast bowler will start on a hat-trick when Sri Lanka bat again. Upul Tharanga finished unbeaten on 26.South Africa were all out before lunch with Quinton de Kock scoring 101 and teenager Kumara claiming six wickets for Sri Lanka in a career-best performance. de Kock, 68 not out overnight, drove the first ball of the day for four and brought up his century off 122 balls, an instinctive innings full of quality shots.Kumara, brought in to strengthen the Sri Lanka attack after their defeat in the first Test, claimed a first five-wicket haul in Tests and finished with figures of 6-122.But it was a long spell in the field for Sri Lanka with South Africa’s tail-enders adding 95 runs after resuming on 297 for six and the toil seemed to have some effect on their lethargic batting performance.Stephen Cook (15 not out) and Dean Elgar (19 not out) will resume for South Africa today with the home team bidding to wrap up the three-match series after victory in the first Test in Port Elizabeth.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings (o/n 297-6)S. Cook c K. Mendis b Lakmal 0D. Elgar c K. Mendis b Lakmal 129H. Amla b Kumara 29J. Duminy c K. Mendis b Kumara 0F. du Plessis c Mathews b Herath 38T. Bavuma c Tharanga b Kumara 10Q. de Kock c Chandimal b Kumara 101K. Abbott c Chandimal b Herath 16V. Philander c Chandimal b Kumara 20K. Maharaj not out 32K. Rabada c Chandimal b Kumara 8Extras: (lb-3, nb-1, w-5) 9Total: (all out, 116 overs) 392Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-66, 3-66, 4-142, 5-169, 6-272, 7-303, 8-336, 9-376.Bowling: S. Lakmal 27- 4 -93-2, N. Pradeep 15.4-3-46-0, A. Mathews 17-3-41-0 (w-1), L. Kumara 25-1-122-6 (nb-1, w-4), R. Herath 23.2-4-57-2, D. de Silva 8-0-30-0.SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne c Bavuma b Rabada 24K. Silva b Rabada 11K. Mendis c Duminy b Maharaj 11D. de Silva lbw b Maharaj 16A. Mathews c du Plessis b Rabada 2D. Chandimal c de Kock b Rabada 4U. Tharanga not out 26R. Herath lbw b Philander 1S. Lakmal c Amla b Philander 0L. Kumara b Philander 4N. Pradeep c du Plessis b Philander 0Extras: (lb-5, nb-1, w-5) 11Total: (all out, 43 overs) 110Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-56, 3-56, 4-60, 5-78, 6-78, 7-100, 8-100, 9-110.Bowling: V. Philander 12-4-27-4 (nb-1), K. Abbott 8-3-9-0, K. Rabada 12-2-37- (w-1), K. Maharaj 11-1-32-2.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsS. Cook not out 15D. Elgarnot out 19Extras: (w-1) 1Total: (for no loss, 11 overs) 35Fall of wickets: 0To bat: H. Amla, J. Duminy, F. du Plessis, T. Bavuma, Q. de Kock, V. Philander, K. Maharaj, K. Abbott, K. Rabada.Bowling: S. Lakmal 5-1-16-0, N. Pradeep 2-0-5-0, L. Kumara 4-0-14-0 (w-1).
FOOTBALL teams on the East and West Bank of Demerara will get a chance to be a part of the Guinness Greatest in the Streets football action when it rolls into their turf this evening.Set for the Pouderoyen tarmac, the second leg of the championship this year will see 35 teams over the course of six nights. The first two nights will be knock-out, the other two round robin and the final two set for the semi-finals and final.Speaking at yesterday morning’s launch Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste stated, “We encourage all participating and non-participating communities to come out and support their teams.“Compared to last year, we have 20 more teams taking part in this year’s tournament and this speaks to the continued success of the tournament,” Baptiste added.Meanwhile, organiser Travis Bess contended that the tournament’s opening night will feature 10 games, two of which are qualifiers while the remaining eight will be straight knock-outs.The winners of the tournament will pocket $450 000, with second-placed finishers pocketing $50 000, third-placers $100 000 and fourth-placers $50 000.The opening night’s matches will commence at 19:00hrs.
highlights Thisara Perera has been in poor form ever since 2019 World Cup.Angelo Mathews has not been in good form in New Zealand Test series.Lasith Malinga retired from international cricket during Bangladesh ODIs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lanka has announced their Twenty20 International squad for the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand starting on September 1 at Pallekele. Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews have been left out while Lasith Malinga will lead the side with Niroshan Dickwella appointed the vice-captain of the side. The 30-year-old Thisara has been struggling with both batting and bowling ever since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and he was not picked in the three-match ODIs against Bangladesh which was immediately played after the tournament. Mathews, who has shown glimpses of form in the ODIs, has struggled in the Test series against New Zealand. The squad will be led by Lasith Malinga, who recently announced his retirement from ODIs in order to focus on Twenty20 Internationals and on the 2020 World T20 which will be played in Australia. The squad also sees the inclusion of Akila Dananjaya after he was called for a suspect bowling action. Dananjaya needs to pass a biomechanics assessment if he has to continue bowling. Failure to clear the assessment will see him being suspended from bowling for one year. The Sri Lankan team includes five frontline bowlers as well as Avishka Fernando, who impressed everybody with his good form in the World Cup which saw him score a century against West Indies at Chester-le-Street in Durham. Apart from Malinga, the other bowlers are Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara and Lahiru Madushanka, in addition to Isuru Udana. Kusal Janith Perera, who suffered a hamstring injury which forced him to miss the South Africa series, is also back for Sri Lanka.The three-match T20I series will begin from September 1, with all games to be played in Pallekele. The second game will be played on September 3 while the series concludes with the third match on September 6.Sri Lanka squad for the three-match T20I series vs New Zealand: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka
Tags: CBAESMF-MJ-DSoftball It remained 0-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when with one out Andrea Sumida got an infield hit and Paige Keeler singled, her third hit off Brilbeck. Then Myshrall stepped to the plate.Having still not hit the ball hard in this game, Myshrall, on a 3-2 pitch, drilled a low shot to the wall in right field, ending up as a triple as Sumida and Keeler raced home. A third run was scored on Dorazio’s sacrifice fly.Though Myshrall would allow three hits and not have overpowering stuff in the pitcher’s circle, she still kept ESM off the board and sent J-D into Monday’s sectional final against Whitesboro. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story It only figured that, if the Jamesville-DeWitt softball wanted to return to yet another Section III Class A championship game, it would need to go through its neighbors from East Syracuse Minoa.These two rivals would clash last Friday in the sectional semifinal at Carrier Park, where once again Shayna Myshrall did damage in all sorts of way to help the top-seeded Red Rams eliminated the no. 5 seed Spartans 3-0.All through the early innings, Myshrall got solid defense behind her as she held ESM to one hit. Meanwhile, Spartans counterpart Shaina Brilbeck stranded two Rams in the first inning and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third by striking out Kate Dorazio. Both sides had won a day earlier in the quarterfinals with lopsided shutouts as J-D bashed Central Square 10-0 and ESM scored even more runs in putting away no. 4 seed Carthage 13-0.Despite the long road trip, the Spartans’ bats immediately went to work against Carthage, delivering four first-inning runs. Four more runs followed over the next three innings, with a five-run fifth capping the effort.Three times, Natalie Quonce doubled, part of a 14-hit attack where Shaina Brilbeck, Holly Carr and Bella Pickard had two RBIs apiece. Brilbeck scored three runs as Franchesca Polcaro, Gillianne McCarthy and MacKenzie Rivers each drove in single runs.In addition to her fine day at the plate, Brilbeck blanked Carthage, holding the Comets to five hits and three walks while amassing 13 strikeouts.Meanwhile, J-D took time to warm up its bats against Central Square, getting a run in the first and two runs in the third before putting things away with a six-run rally in the bottom of the fifth and another run an inning later.Marshall, not content with limiting the Redhawks to four hits in her complete-game shutout, homered and doubled at the plate on the way to five RBIs. Paige Keeler got three hits, with Andrea Sumida, Kate Dorazio, Avery Young and Sydney Linkiewicz each getting two hits.Last year’s Class B sectional champions, Christian Brothers Academy, held the no. 2 seed in Class A this time around, but were knocked off at home by no. 7 seed Fulton 12-3 in its sectional quarterfinal.Even with Julia DelPino scoring twice in the first two innings, the Brothers trailed 4-3, and the Red Raiders used four-run rallies in the fourth and seventh innings to get away as Madison Gilmore homered twice and got three RBIs.Up in Class AA, Fayetteville-Manlius culminated its turnaround season by going to Rome Free Academy and winning a tense 7-6 opening-round game over the Black Knights.Three different times, the Hornets rallied, from a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the third and from a 3-2 deficit with a run in the fourth before a sixth inning where, now trailing 5-3, it crossed the plate four times.Lily Fish and Sophie Woodridge each notched four hits, Woodridge doubling twice as Fish added a triple and RBI. Gracie Bishop’s double drove in two runs as Morgan Napier got three hits and Emily Gryczka earned an RBI.Paige Murphy pitched and, though RFA cut the Hornets’ 7-5 lead in half in the bottom of the seventh, she was able to get the final outs.Now the Hornets would try to knock off top seed and defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse in Saturday’s sectional AA semifinal at Carrier Park, this after losing twice to the Northstars in the regular season.But once again C-NS proved too tough, prevailing 15-0 in five innings. F-M pitcher Paige Murphy kept things quiet early, but in the bottom of the third the Northstars, up 1-0, tagged her for five runs, then added seven runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to end it.
It really has been quite a treat to watch this year’s college basketball season. It’s not over by any means, but some of the games we’ve seen have been tremendous, including some huge upsets and possible precursors to the NCAA Tournament.But what’s really startling is how the season started and the way it’s shaping up right now.The AP Poll released last week included seven teams that were unranked at the start of the season now in the country’s top 25. Teams like Clemson, Missouri and Illinois have surprised almost everybody to achieve a consistent ranking.But even the teams that aren’t ranked are making noise, too.This past week, two of the top three teams in the country — North Carolina and Oklahoma — went down to unranked opponents Maryland and Texas, respectively.Wait. Texas?When the Longhorns came to Madison Dec. 23, they were ranked No. 8 in the nation. Oh, how the tides have turned.Texas’ season is a perfect example of what it means to go cold in a tough conference. The Big 12 is relentless, and now sitting at 7-5 in the Big 12, Texas is merely on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.But that is the exact reason why the NCAA Tournament — and the college basketball season in general — is so much fun to watch.Our own Badgers suffered a detrimental losing streak earlier in the season, but after winning five straight games, Wisconsin is not only in the hunt for a tournament bid, but its tough schedule gives it the ability to play confidently against some of the tougher teams in the country.But, as I’m sure you all know, this isn’t anything new.Considering last year was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that all four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four, we should be in for quite a bit of entertainment.Even before the tournament starts, we’ve seen five No. 1 teams knocked off from their top ranking. Now that then-No. 1 Connecticut lost to No. 4 Pittsburgh last week, it will mark the longest tenure a team has held the top spot in the country. And it’s not like the Huskies were there for that long. They were only on top for three weeks.But here I am, talking about my favorite part of the sports year — the NCAA Tournament — when there are still almost three weeks left in the regular season, not to mention conference tournaments.So even after four months of play, what we look forward to most is a mere three weeks. But it’s those three weeks that show exactly what NCAA basketball is all about. It’s not about how teams got to where they are, but how they perform once they get there.Last year, Davidson had its ups and downs before qualifying for the Big Dance, but look how Stephen Curry led the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance. And of course, nobody can forget George Mason’s Final Four run in 2006.While I don’t want to be a homer, the Badgers also could make quite a bit of noise when the tournament rolls around. Remember that 2000 Final Four team? Well, while Bo Ryan has been a bit more consistent at getting Wisconsin higher seeds in the tournament, when the Badgers were under Dick Bennett, they made the Final Four as a No. 8 seed.Right now, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has the Badgers as a No. 9 seed. Will they make the Final Four? Probably not, but that’s why the NCAA Tournament is there — to make the unthinkable possible.Jonah is a sophomore majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Are you also excited about the rest of the college basketball season and the NCAA Tournament? E-mail him your thoughts at email@example.com.
As the final seconds ticked off on the Coliseum scoreboard’s clock on Saturday, the Trojan faithful who remained in their seats had perhaps just witnessed the end of an era.Some might argue that USC’s run as the West Coast’s top dog ended well before Oregon’s 53-32 comeback win, but the reality remains the same: Oregon left the Coliseum as the new, undisputed kings of the Pac-10. The Ducks have won 16 of their last 17 Pac-10 games and look like legitimate national championship contenders.Although the Pac-10 title is now out of reach for USC, all is not lost for the Trojans.With five contests left on the schedule, including rivalry games with Notre Dame and UCLA, there is plenty to play for throughout the rest of this season.Trojan fans will surely be treated to some entertaining football during the next month, but please excuse me while I look ahead to next year. It’s never too early for that, right?Although the Ducks will return with the heart of their spread attack — quarterback Darron Thomas and tailback LaMichael James — the Trojans will have another team to be wary of next year.When conference commissioner Larry Scott announced the breakdown of the Pac-12’s football divisions two weeks ago, USC learned that it will be competing each year for a spot in the conference title game with UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and the two new guys, Colorado and Utah.USC is familiar with the first three. The Buffaloes shouldn’t put any fear into Trojan hearts either, as they are winless in the Big-12 so far this year.The team with the best chance of beating USC on a year-in, year-out basis for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game currently plays its football in the humble Mountain West Conference.Ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, Utah enters its Saturday showdown with No. 3 TCU undefeated and full of confidence.Even the national media is beginning to notice: ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Salt Lake City this weekend for a game that doesn’t involve a team from one of the nation’s six power conferences.This season was supposed to be Boise State’s time to shine. If a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference was finally going to play for the nation’s biggest prize, most assumed it would be the Broncos of the blue turf.Boise State hasn’t disappointed, rolling to a 7-0 record and a No. 4 ranking. TCU has also played well and could very well beat Utah on the road on Saturday.It’s the original BCS-busters, however, that seems to have the brightest future. Their first breakthrough came on New Year’s Day of 2005, when the Alex Smith-led Utes completed a perfect season with a 35-7 trouncing of Big East champion Pittsburgh.With the move to the Pac-12, Utah will no longer hear the whispers of “good team, weak schedule.” An undefeated season in the new conference would put them squarely in the national title discussion. The Utes will also be better equipped to tap into the rich talent hotbed of Southern California.Rivals.com has been ranking college football recruiting classes since 2002. Before 2009, Utah had never cracked the top 50. In 2010, the Utes brought in only the 32nd best class in the nation.For the team to have such success — Utah has compiled a 77-19 record since 2003 — without the nation’s best high school players, what can we expect from the Utes when they are able to bring in big-time recruits?Utah has already proven it can hang with top level teams. The Utes’ 31-17 victory against No. 4 Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl completed their second perfect season in five years.Utah knows it can stack up in the new conference. The Utes have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games against Pac-10 opponents dating back to 2003. Last season, they beat Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl and hung with eventual Pac-10 champions Oregon on the road at fabled Autzen Stadium, losing by seven when their last drive ended with an interception on the Ducks’ 8-yard line.The Trojans have to make the most of their remaining five games. They’ll need to be ready for what’s looming on the horizon.Don’t bother getting out the lanterns. There’s no need to signal if it’s by land or sea. The Utes are coming and they’re playing to win.“Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USC visited Ojai, California, from April 21 to April 26 to compete in the individual Pac-12 tournament, and they came back victorious, sweeping one of the two brackets.Following their regular season Pac-12 team championship, the Women of Troy traveled to Ojai to battle for the individual singles and doubles championships. Due to the fact that only a certain number of players are able to compete for the singles and doubles championships, the other players participate in the invitational side of the bracket.This is where USC found its success this year. For the fourth-straight year, USC captured the invitational singles title. This year, freshman Meredith Xepoleas demolished the competition en route to the title. She followed in the footsteps of current teammate junior Giuliana Olmos who won the title last year.The championship match was Xepoleas’ 17th consecutive singles match victory as well as her fifth-straight set win of the tournament. The freshman was seeded No. 2 in the tournament, and it showed in her dismemberment of the field. In round 32, Xepoleas faced her most difficult match, a mere 6-3, 6-4. In each of her next two matches, she dropped only two games a piece, which was followed up by 6-2, 6-2 semifinal win.Xepoleas would face UCLA’s Terri Fleming in the final on Sunday morning, and she crushed the Bruin 6-2, 6-3.In the doubles invitational draw, the duo of senior Gabriella DeSimone and sophomore Zoë Katz delivered a similar beating to the field. In their first three matches, the pair lost no more than two games a match making their championship margin of 8-4 their toughest match of the tournament.The team was in control of the final for a majority of the match and did not let Washington’s team get back into the fight.USC’s hopes for a Pac-12 title were dashed in the semifinals and quarterfinals of singles and doubles, respectively.For the Women of Troy, No. 14 Olmos was sent home Saturday by No. 25 Karla Fabikova of Cal in a 6-1, 6-2 match, and No. 45 Zoë Scandalis could not finish her match against UCLA’s Catherine Harrison. She had to retire due to an injury. Harrison not only took out two Trojans, but also was the Pac-12 singles champion.The other Women of Troy competing for the singles title were No. 21 Sabrina Santamaria who lost 6-2, 6-4 to the same Harrison that dispatched Scandalis in round 16. One day earlier, No. 55 Madison Westby lost to unranked Donika Bashota of Washington State in the first round by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.The doubles teams for USC faced similar troubles. The freshman tandem of Gabby Smith and Westby was ousted 8-5 in round 16 by the Arizona team of Austin and Preston. The other doubles team, No. 20-ranked Olmos and Scandalis, was tripped up by the No. 2 team in the nation, and eventual Pac-12 champions, Davidson and Zhao of Stanford by a score of 8-3.