The Brazilian right-back’s first-half effort set Sir Alex Ferguson’s side on course for a victory. Ryan Giggs made sure of a win that was never really in doubt late on at Loftus Road, where the only blot on a perfect afternoon for United was a knock to Robin van Persie. Only an unparalleled meltdown will now stop United winning a 20th league crown, while only the greatest of escapes will see QPR stave off relegation. Proceedings got off to a slow start in west London, where it took 13 minutes for the first chance of note to be created. After being caught on the edge of the box by Jose Bosingwa, making his first appearance since December 8, Nani connected with the resulting free-kick, only to see his flicked header go wide. United did not have to wait long for the opener, though, with Rafael thumping home in style after 23 minutes. Adel Taarabt lost possession in his own half and play developed down the right, allowing Van Persie to wriggle free and hit a cross. Julio Cesar parried the acute drive but the ball fell kindly for Rafael, who hammered a 25-yard strike into the top corner. The right-back then helped United counter, sending a fine ball over the top to Van Persie, who saw a brilliant left-footed volley denied in equally impressive fashion by Cesar. It was the Holland international’s last contribution before he was replaced by Danny Welbeck, having appeared to sustain a hip complaint earlier in the half. Despite his exit, United continued to dominate and almost immediately doubled their advantage as Giggs swung in a free-kick for the unmarked Nemanja Vidic to flash a header inches wide. The visitors did grab a second goal 10 minutes from time as Nani played a cute ball through to Giggs, whose strike from an acute angle beat Cesar to send the 3,081 visiting supporters into raptures. Press Association Rafael’s exquisite strike helped Manchester United stay on course for the Barclays Premier League title as embattled QPR’s survival hopes took another blow following a 2-0 result.
London: Bayern Munich was in dominant form in a 3-0 road victory over Chelsea in Champions League action, a result that all but assures them of a berth in the tournament’s quarterfinal stage.These same two teams squared off in the Champions League final in 2012, when Chelsea won their lone title in Europe’s premier annual club soccer competition.But this time around the Bundesliga club asserted their authority from the early stages of the first-leg round-of-16 clash at Stamford Bridge played on Tuesday night, with the Blues only managing to keep the game scoreless in the first half thanks to a heroic effort by keeper Willy Caballero, reports Efe news.The Argentine net minder was called into duty in the opening minute of the contest, when he saved a shot to the bottom corner by Thomas Muller.He then made his presence felt again in the 15th minute by coming off his line and blocking a tight-angled shot by Robert Lewandowski with his chest. The Polish striker’s chance had been set up by a long-range pass off the foot of Thiago.Around the half-hour mark, Caballero made another save at the feet of Lewandowski and then breathed a sigh of relief when a shot by Muller traveled just wide of the post.The German forward followed up that potent blast with a phenomenal long-range header that clanked off the crossbar in the 35th minute.The Premier League side’s chances, meanwhile, were few and far between, although defender Marcos Alonso came close to scoring on a counter-attack in the 43rd minute that Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer did well to clear for a corner.The sense at the start of the second half was that Bayern could not be denied for much longer, and that proved to be the case.Bayern took a 2-0 lead in a span of just four minutes thanks to a pair of goals scored by Serge Gnabry and assisted by Lewandowski.On the opening score, Lewandowski unselfishly sent a pass inside the box to an unmarked Gnabry for a tap-in in the 51st minute. Then in the 54th minute, Lewandowski moved into Bayern’s final third and found Gnabry for a cross-shot past Caballero and into the bottom corner of the goal.Plenty of time remained on the clock for the superior German side to add one more away goal.That came in the 76th minute when Canadian winger Alphonso Davies made an outstanding run down the left side before sending a cross to Lewandowski, who scored from close range for his 11th goal of this Champions League campaign and 39th goal of the season across all competitions.Mercifully, Bayern would do no more damage on the scoreboard on this disastrous night for Chelsea, who not only trail 3-0 but also will be without Jorginho (accumulation of bookings) and Alonso (straight red card in the 83rd minute) in the second leg.The March 18 second leg will be played at Allianz Arena in Munich, where Chelsea upset Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. (IANS)Also Read: Late Lewandowski goal earns Bundesliga pacesetters Bayern Munich winAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD elections
New Delhi: Resurgent Afghanistan, which is out of the final race, will look to leave a lasting impact when they face one of the best ODI teams India their last encounter of the Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. The otherwise dead rubber match will not have any bearing on India as they have already qualified for the finals. However, Afghanistan, which has impressed the world with their fighting spirit, would like to put up some challenge against the world’s second best ODI team.India, on the other hand, would look to continue their unbeaten run in the Asia cup. Barring Hong Kong, no team has been able to challenge India in the tournament so far and men. However, Afghanistan would not give up as easily as Pakistan or Bangladesh did and will look to end their Asia Cup journey with a bang.India vs Afghanistan Live Cricket Score, commentary, Asia Cup 2018:# Match tied: Rashid Khan defends seven runs and pulls off a last-ball tie. 10 one sided games and this dead rubber turned out to be a tie. Afghanistan will go home with head high. Though, they are not playing finals but Afghanistan have been a better team than Pakistan and Bangladesh.# OUT! What’s happening here. Wickets are falling on regular intervals. After Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik also fell victim to Nabi. It was fired full on leg by Nabi, Karthik tried to flick it away but misses it. Reply shows the ball was missing the leg by a big margin. India would be regretting the waste of review by KL Rahul. # Score after 39 overs: IND 205-5; Karthik 44(62)Jadeja 0(0)# OUT! Kedar Jadhav run out! karthik hit that straight back to the bowler, Mujeeb gets a hand on the ball to deflect it onto the stumps.# Score after 35 overs: IND 190-4; Karthik 37(52)Kedar Jadhav 12(12)# OUT! Manish Pandey departs. Afghanistan are back in the game with quick wickets. After Rayudu’s fall, they didn’t let any batsman to set. Can Afghanistan turn things here?# Score after 30 overs: IND 164-3; Manish Pandey 8(12)Karthik 26(36)# OUT! Dhoni has gone and a deafening silence at the ground. Was that going down the leg side? The umpire doesn’t think so and Dhoni is walking out. He won’t take a review as India have already used up one. The reply shows the ball was missing the leg stump.# Score after 21 overs: IND 128-2; Karthik 6(9)Dhoni 1(2)# OUT! You can’t play lose shots against Rashid Khan no matter how big player you are. Rahul tried to reverse sweep that but failed to connect with the bat. That ball hits his thighs but he was right in front of middle and leg. India lost a review also.# Fifty for KL Rahul: A very mild celebrations there. Simply raised his bat and that’s it. A very calm and composed innings from Rahul. Got the chance and using it very well.# OUT! End of Rayudu’s knock. He played the innings in second gear. Good attacking intent. 57 off just 49 that set the platform for Indian middle order to chase them down.# Score after 16 overs: IND 103-0; Rayudu 51(45)Rahul 48(51)# Fifty for Rayudu: ODI fifty number 8 for him. Rohit Sharma is happy in the stands. A well-controlled innings so far.# Score after 10 overs: IND 64-0Rayudu 30(26)Rahul 30(34)# Score after 5 overs: India 22/0 | KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu on the crease # India’s chase: Rahul and Rayudu are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Aftab Alam will open the attack# End of the innings: Afghanistan has set a target of 253 runs for India. The team got a wonderful start courtesy Shahzad’s blistering knock, however, they lost momentum against the spin duo of Jadeja and Kuldeep. Shahzad and Nabi scored a century and fifty, respectively, to take their side over to 250.# OUT! Nabi falls after fifty. Nabi was trying to chip the length delivery over the infield but miscues it straight to cover where Kuldeep Yadav takes a good running behind catch, even after collision with Dinesh Karthik.# Score after 45 overs: AFG 228-7; Rashid Khan 2(5)Nabi 52(46)# OUT! Jadeja removes Zadran. He went for a reverse sweep but couldn’t connect the ball and bat. Struck in front of off stump.# Fifty for Nabi: 12th ODI half-century for the Nabi. He has taken over Shahzad’s job quite well. This partnership between Najibullah Zadran and Nabi is very crucial for Afghanistan to reach a fighting total. # OUT! End of Shahzad’s brilliant innings. He Walks down the track and looks to go big against a flighted delivery. Mistimes it and Dinesh Karthik takes a good high catch. First wicket for Jadhav.# Score after 35 overs: AFG 163-5Nabi 17(21)Mohammad Shahzad 116(106)# OUT! Maiden wicket for Chahar. Gulbadin charges down the track to sweep this off his toe, holes out at deep backward square. That ends the 50-run partnership between Shahzad and him. # FOUR! And century for Shahzad. His fifth ODI ton. He punches in the air with a loud roar and then opens his arm in style to celebrate it. A wonderful innings from the southpaw. When the entire team was struggling, he took a step forward and decided to take on the Indian bowlers. A fearless, aggressive knock. # Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan(c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman # Score after 20 overs: AFG 103-4; Naib 3(11)Mohammad Shahzad 87(72)# OUT! Another wicket for Kuldeep, and this time its skipper Asghar Adghna. A magical leg-break, slow through the air, pitched around off and turned in a long way to beat Asghar Afghan’s clip on the inside edge. Hattrick chance for him.# Afghanistan lose momentum: After a wonderful start, Afghanistan lost three quick wickets. The only good for them is opener Shahzad who is firing on all cylinders.# OUT stumped! Second stumping of the day for Dhoni in 200th ODI as captain. A chinaman from Kuldeep which drifted in, dipped and turned past the outside edge. Shahidi was duped by the flight and Dhoni was lightning quick to dislodge the bails.# Score after 15 overs: AFG 81-2; Shahidi 0(2)Mohammad Shahzad 69(55)# OUT Bowled! Second wicket for Jadeja. Bowled this slightly slower and Rahmat played for the turn but the ball went straight through the big gap between bat and pad. Wickets shattered.# OUT! Lightening strikes in Dubai. Javed Ahmadi was struggling since the start. Walked down the track to work this flat ball through the on-side. The ball didn’t spin and missed the inside edge. Dhoni does the rest. Javed Ahmadi st Dhoni b Jadeja 5(30).# 14th ODI fifty for Shahzad: Mohammad Shahzad slams quick-fire fifty off just 37 balls. He is looking dangerous.# Afghanistan off to fearless start: Score after 5 overs: AFG 35-0; Javed Ahmadi 3(11)Mohammad Shahzad 28 (20)# Action begins: Mohammad Shahzad and Javed Ahmadi are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Khaleel Ahmed will open the attack# Captain Cool is back! Some changes for India means Rohit Sharma rests and MS Dhoni once again takes the reins! His 200th ODI as captain.He’s lost the toss and Afghanistan are batting, while Deepak Chahar makes his debut.# India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. # SIX, Shahzad moves into the 90s: He is having a wonderful day. He stood tall on one end while wickets kept falling on the other end. # Toss time: Surprise! It’s not Rohit Sharma but MS Dhoni who walks out for the toss along with Asghar Afghan and the match referee. Afghanistan have won the toss and have opted to bat #Hello and welcome to News Nation live updates. Out of contention for reaching final, Afghanistan will look horn with the world’s second best ODI team India in their last match of the tournament. Afghanistan have fought hard throughout the Asia Cup, and though they are on their way out, they’ll be looking to claim one last big scalp against India. Can they do it? Stay with us for live action as we give you ball by ball update.
… Arsenal and Chelsea hit fourBy Simon EvansBURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Manchester United kept up the chase at the top of the Premier League with an Anthony Martial goal giving them a narrow 1-0 win at Burnley, while Arsenal and Chelsea enjoyed comfortable wins.With leaders Manchester City facing Newcastle United later yesterday, United have closed the gap to nine points, for a few hours at least.Martial blasted home off the under-side of the bar in the 54th minute after brilliant work from Romelu Lukaku, who held off two challenges before finding the Frenchman with a sweeping cross-field pass.Burnley, who slipped to eighth with the loss, fought hard for an equaliser and Icelandic winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson struck the bar with a free kick.“It was certainly a battle and that is what you get when you come to Turf Moor – it is about character and we showed that in abundance today,” said United defender Phil Jones.Manager Jose Mourinho said after the game that he “thinks” Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will complete his move to Old Trafford. The disappointment of Arsenal fans will have been eased by their attacking display against Crystal Palace in a 4-1 win at the Emirates.Arsenal, who hadn’t won in their last five games in all competitions, struck their four goals inside the first 22 minutes.Nacho Monreal headed in from a Granit Xhaka corner and then turned provider for close range goals by Alex Iwobi in the 10th and central defender Laurent Koscielny three minutes later.French striker Alexandre Lacazette made it four for the home side in the 22nd minute, collecting a clever backheel from Mesut Ozil in the area before turning to curl his strike around outstretched Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey.Palace captain Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for the visitors in the 78th minute.Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea enjoyed a 4-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion — giving Antonio Conte’s side their first league win of 2018.Hazard and Willian struck inside six minutes to set them on their way. With Brighton pushing forward, Hazard brilliantly netted a third 13 minutes from time before Victor Moses made it four late on.The win took Chelsea above Liverpool – who play on Monday – into third. With one win in 13 league games, Brighton are 16th, just two points above the relegation zone.Stoke City got themselves out of the bottom three, with new manager Paul Lambert enjoying a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.Fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion picked up a useful point at Everton in a 1-1 draw.
Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-CHIEFS/TEXASChiefs open title defense with winKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs appear to have another offensive weapon after opening their Super Bowl title defense with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans. Next up for Azarenka is Naomi Osaka, who is in the final for the second time in three tries.Osaka finally surged ahead midway through the last set with the only service break she would get to beat Jennifer Brady, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. The 2018 Open champ got a little help from a fortunate net-cord and an incorrect line call to oust the American in the first semifinal match of the day.Each player hit 35 winners and combined for just 42 unforced errors in the 1-hour, 45-minute match.MLB-SCHEDULETigers hammered again Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (heh-LEHR’) ran through the rain for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game since the Chiefs grabbed him in the first round of the NFL draft out of LSU. The pint-sized dynamo unleashed a wicked stutter-step before running 27 yards for his first career TD.Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ aerial attack is as potent as it was during their Super Bowl run. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) Jr. threw for 211 yards, including scoring strikes to Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill.The Chiefs have won 10 straight dating to last season, including their come-from-behind 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs.Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he also was under relentless pressure and was intercepted once. David Johnson provided the biggest bright spot for Houston, running for 77 yards and a score.The game was attended by a socially-distanced crowd of about 17,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Chiefs lined up along the goal line about 30 minutes before kickoff and watched a video of Alicia Keyes performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often considered the Black national anthem.The Texans had already left the field when the demonstration occurred. They remained there until R&B duo Chloe x Halle finished a virtual performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” then ran onto the field to a chorus of boos from fans. NFL-NEWSJags try to solve RB issuesUNDATED (AP) — Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton injured his right shoulder while landing awkwardly after catching a high pass in practice. Sutton’s injury occurred 48 hours after the Broncos lost star linebacker Von Miller to a serious ankle injury on the final play of another practice. In other NFL news:— The Jets have signed former Rams and Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree to their practice squad. The 28-year-old Ogletree adds depth to the Jets’ inside linebacker spot. — Black and white Dolphins players and coach Brian Flores have released a video on social media saying they’ll protest racial injustice by remaining in their locker room during the national anthem. The two-minute, 15-second video features nearly 20 players trading stern rhymes about the nation’s social protest movement. — Forbes estimates the Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise at $5.7 billion. It’s the 14th consecutive year they’ve held that distinction. According to the magazine, Jerry Jones’ team is also the most valuable franchise in the world. On average, each team in the NFL is worth $3.05 billion, an increase of 7% from last year. The Cowboys, Giants, Patriots and Rams are worth at least $4 billion.NBA PLAYOFFS-LAKERS/ROCKETS Davis, Rockets hold off RocketsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis has powered the Lakers to within one victory of a potential all-Los Angeles Western Conference finals in the NBA playoffs.Davis had 29 points and 12 rebounds while dominating the paint in the Lakers’ 110-100 win over the Houston Rockets. Davis also helped Los Angeles compile a 52-26 rebounding edge.Houston also had trouble stopping LeBron James, who finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Alex Caruso chipped in 16 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. PGA-SAFEWAY OPENKnox leads through 18NAPA, Calif (AP) — Russell Knox shot a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Safeway Open, the first event of the new PGA Tour season.After missing the FedExCup playoffs by two spots to close last season, Knox had seven birdies and eagled the 550-yard, par-5 fifth hole.Sam Burns, Cameron Percy and Bo Hoag are a stroke back. The Rockets showed fortitude after trailing by 23 midway through the third quarter. An 18-2 run got Houston within 103-96 as the Lakers turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions during that stretch. L.A. recovered to take a 3-1 lead in the conference semis.Game 5 is Saturday.NHL-STARS/GOLDEN KNIGHTSStars get OT win, take 2-1 series leadEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars had to go into overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final against Vegas, but the extra session didn’t last long. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has slapped Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) with a one-game suspension that will be served during Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final on Friday.Killorn was punished and issued a one-game suspension for his blindside hit that rammed New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson face-first into the boards. Killorn was issued a match penalty and ejected for the hit 5:55 into the game.The Lightning won the game, 2-1 and own a two-games-to-none lead in the series.In other NHL news:— Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) is the third Flyer to be chosen as the league’s top defensive forward. The center was revealed as the Frank J. Selke Trophy recipient Thursday, finishing ahead of four-time winner Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Ryan O’Reilly of the Blues, last season’s winner. Couturier received 117 first-place votes and was named on 163 of the 170 ballots cast by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. September 11, 2020 Elsewhere around the majors:— Carson Kelly launched a two-run homer and Christian Walker added a two-run double as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers for the first time in eight meetings, 5-2. Madison Bumgarner surrendered back-to-back homers by Corey Seager and AJ Pollock but worked through five innings to help Arizona win for only the third time in 21 games overall.— Jorge Ona (OHN’-yuh) socked his first big league homer and Manny Machado also went deep in the Padres’ 6-1 win at San Francisco. Mitch Moreland put San Diego ahead with a two-run double in the first before scoring on Austin Nola’s two-bagger later in the inning.— The Braves fell behind 5-0 before Freddie Freeman homered twice and Dansby Swanson belted a tie breaking shot in the eighth inning of a 7-6 triumph over the Nationals. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yuh) Jr. also hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who weathered another ineffective outing from their makeshift rotation.— Jorge Alfaro capped a two-RBI night by slashing a walk-off, RBI single in the ninth to complete the Marlins’ 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies. Starling Marte tied it with a three-run double in the eighth and finished with four ribbies to help Miami win the opener of a COVID-induced, seven-game series. TENNIS-US OPENAzarenka knocks out Serena; Osaka advances.NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Azarenka is the latest player to step in between Serena Williams and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.Azarenka beat Williams for only the fifth time in 23 meetings, shaking off a poor start before earning a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. That puts Azarenka into the final for the first time in seven years.Williams appeared physically worn as she completed her fourth consecutive three-set match, two weeks shy of her 39th birthday. She took a five-minute medical timeout for a tape job after clutching her left ankle. UNDATED (AP) — It’s been a rough two days for the Detroit Tigers. About 24 hours after absorbing a 19-0 loss to the Brewers, the Cardinals tagged them for a 12-2 setback in Game 1 of a doubleheader.Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina crushed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning while wearing No. 21 in honor of fellow Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente. Molina jumped into the air after passing first base and appeared to wipe away a tear with his uniform sleeve as he approached home plate.Lane Thomas, Tyler O’Neill, Paul Goldschmidt and Rangel Ravelo (RAHN’-hehl rah-VEH’-loh) also homered for St. Louis, which has won five of seven. Ravelo’s estimated 487-foot blast is the longest in Cardinals history since the Statcast era.Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered for the Tigers.Detroit gained a split by scoring five times in the seventh and final inning to beat the Redbirds, 6-3. Candelario homered in both ends of the doubleheader and put the Tigers ahead with a two-run single in Game 2 Jorge Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH’-see-oh) smacked a two-run homer in Detroit’s third win in 10 games. MLB-NEWSAnother Braves pitcher hurtUNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ banged-up starting rotation suffered another setback Thursday when left-hander Tommy Milone was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.Milone has a 14.90 ERA in three starts for NL East leaders since being acquired from the Orioles at the trade deadline. He allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in the Braves’ 29-9 victory over Miami on Wednesday night. The Braves recalled right-hander Huascar Ynoa to the active roster and outrighted utilityman Charlie Culberson to the team’s alternate training site.Atlanta has six pitchers on the IL, including ace Max Fried (freed). In other MLB news:— The Giants have released Pablo Sandoval, parting ways for a second time with the former fan favorite and 2012 World Series MVP. The 34-year-old Sandoval was batting .220 with one home run and six RBIs in 33 games.— Former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb has been designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks after struggling for nearly three straight seasons. The 29-year-old looked like a future star at third base just a few years ago. He made the NL All-Star team in 2017 before setting career-highs with 30 homers and 105 RBIs that year. Since then, he’s battled injuries and inconsistency while hitting just 12 homers over the past three seasons. NASCAR-WALLACEWallace leaving Petty Motorsports — Wilsson Contreras tied a career high with four hits and rookie Nico Hoerner added three RBIs as the Cubs topped the Reds, 8-5. Ian Happ drove in two runs and Hoerner, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Cameron Maybin each had two hits as the Cubs broke out of an offensive funk.— The Athletics knocked off the Astros, 3-1 as Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) carried a perfect game into the sixth inning to win his fourth straight start. Matt Olson’s two-run homer helped Oakland move 6 1/2 games ahead of second-place Houston in the AL West.— Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) slammed a two-run homer and provided a tie breaking, RBI single in the seventh inning to push the Red Sox past the Rays, 4-3. Bobby Dalbec also went deep for the fifth straight game to help Boston overcome home runs by Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe (low).— Brady Singer fell four outs shy of a no-hitter before the Royals completed an 11-0 thumping of the Indians. Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco and Adalberto (ad-ul-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi each hit three-run homers and Edward Olivares added a solo shot to back Singer, who left after Austin Hedges broke up the no-hitter with a single.— The Yankees and Orioles were postponed by rain in New York. The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday doubleheader. UNDATED (AP) — After initially being ruled out for the season with a coronavirus-related heart condition, Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo has been cleared to play. The school says follow-up cardiac evaluations showed Colasurdo does not suffer from myocarditis or any other heart ailment that would prevent him from taking the field. Colasurdo initially planned to sit out the season after being stricken with COVID-19 over the summer break. In other college football news:— The University of Texas will require students to pass a COVID-19 test funded by the school before they’ll be allowed to attend the No. 14 Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP on Saturday night. Texas has up to 3,000 student tickets available for the football game. To claim a ticket, a student must pass a university-provided rapid test the day before the game. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bubba Wallace is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season. NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver told the team Thursday that he would not sign a contract extension. He will finish the final nine races.The 26-year-old Wallace has driven Petty’s iconic No. 43 the last three seasons. He has a career-best five top-10 finishes this season and is ranked a career-best 23rd in the Cup Series standings. Wallace did not make the playoffs in any of his three Cup seasons and is winless at NASCAR’s top level. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia State quarterback cleared to play, no virus issues Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) scored 31 seconds into OT to give the Stars a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights. Radulov tallied on the only shot of the period, beating Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) with a wrist shot for his third career overtime goal.The Knights tied it twice in the third period before falling. Shea Theodore and Mark Stone sandwiched goals around Jamie Benn’s score to extend the game. Vegas outshot the Stars 18-4 in the third period and 40-23 for the game.Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 38 shots for the Stars, who resume the series on Saturday.NHL-LIGHTNING-KILLORNKillorn suspended for hit on Nelson Associated Press LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONKorda leads LPGA majorRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Nelly Korda is the first-round leader at the ANA Inspiration.With heat-baked greens so firm she couldn’t find pitch marks, Korda hit hybrid off the tee on the par-5 18th with a front pin. That set her up for a wedge to 3 feet below the hole for birdie and a 6-under 66, giving her a one-shot lead.Two-time major champion In Gee Chun had to scramble for par on the 18th for a 67. Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden matched that score with a par on her closing hole.
Published on April 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb The flashes of the future were interspersed during an afternoon filled with bubble screens.A 64-yard hook-up from Austin Wilson to Brisly Estime down the middle. A 54-yard completion from Wilson to Ashton Broyld, on a screen. An 18-yard connection from Mitch Kimble to Jeremiah Kobena, who ran all the way across the field before a Kendall Moore comeback block sprung him into the end zone.As a whole, the offense was just as simple as offensive coordinator George McDonald hinted it would be on Tuesday.But the glimpses of McDonald’s “full-bore blast” offense were there. And starting quarterback Terrel Hunt said there are plenty more to come.“There’s a ton of downfield stuff,” Hunt said. “I was a little upset because I didn’t realize we were on TV, so we didn’t want to show everything. I was a little frustrated like, ‘What’s going on?’ But then (McDonald) explained it to me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHunt, McDonald and Co. left the 4,071 Syracuse fans in the Carrier Dome likely wanting to see more from the offense, but did enough to beat the defense 34-27 in Syracuse’s Spring Game on Saturday. Due to a banged-up offensive line, SU head coach Scott Shafer elected for an offense-versus-defense format — with a halftime punting challenge from Riley Dixon —rather than the Team White vs. Team Orange system the team has used in the past.Hunt finished 12-of-15 for 95 yards, orchestrating three first-half series, while Broyld hauled in eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. The rising sophomore Wilson stole the show, completing all six of his passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.“We got a lot of plays. We didn’t want to show the world what we’ve got, yet, because we don’t want anybody trying to steal our stuff,” Broyld said. “Right now we’re just working on the little things. The dinks and dunks, the get-the-first-down type plays. That’s what we’re getting good at.”There were dinks and dunks aplenty in the first half as the offense took a 17-5 lead into halftime behind a quick toss from freshman quarterback A.J. Long to Broyld on the right side and a well-placed fade from Kimble to Kobena.Junior kicker Alex Hodgkinson, who was brought on last year following Ryan Norton’s one-game suspension, connected on a 27-yard field goal and both PATs.After Dixon placed two of his four halftime punts inside the 10-yard line and one inside the 5 to bring the defense within 17-12, the offense stalled out on three straight drives.The first-down denials, valued at three points each, pushed the defense ahead 21-17.“I wanted to play more, but it was about just going out there and executing,” Hunt said.In his place, Long took the first two series and Kimble the third.Cornerbacks jumped screens. Ron Thompson sacked Long — they played touch for the quarterbacks — and Kimble fared no better.It wasn’t until Wilson hit Broyld on a 32-yard fly down the right side that the offense was reinvigorated.Two plays later, Kobena took a bubble screen for the circus touchdown.“We’re just trying to get the ball in space to our players,” McDonald said. “So if it’s a screen or a down-the-field shot, we’re really just trying to create one-on-one matchups across the field and just let our guys go out and play.”Estime showcased that best two possessions later, outrunning Julian Whigham on a post for 64 yards. A Hodgkinson 28-yarder finished the scoring for the offense.In total, McDonald said the unit churned out 79 plays.The pace was there. The potency is yet to be unveiled. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6-0, 1-3-0 Big Ten) will play their second straight Big Ten series on the road this weekend against the University of Minnesota (4-6-2, 1-3-2).Men’s Hockey: Inside Caufield’s early experiences as a BadgerThe immense hard work of Wisconsin Hockey’s recruitment has finally paid off. Freshman forward Cole Caufield is climbing the ladder Read…The Badgers have remained inconsistent in their play but consistent in their results — they are coming off of their fourth split weekend in six weekends this season. Minnesota will serve as the first non-ranked opponent that Wisconsin has faced since their second game of the year and their first of three matchups in a row against unranked teams.This weekend may appear as a relief for the Badgers, but the Golden Gophers should not be taken lightly despite their early-season struggles. Minnesota has not had a losing season since the 2009-2010 season and their rivalry with Wisconsin has not skipped a beat. The stakes are high this weekend, as a gaping opportunity is presented for both squads to ascend in the Big Ten standings and, more importantly, not slide too far in the rankings.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits first series with No. 3 Notre Dame in thrilling fashionThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6, 1-3 Big Ten) split a home series this past weekend Read…The two teams have told a very different tale offensively. Wisconsin is currently second in the Big Ten in goals and ninth in goals per game in the nation. The Badgers also have a top 15 powerplay in the country, scoring on just over 23% of opportunities with a man advantage. Minnesota, on the other hand, has had an ineffective powerplay and is scoring less than 2.5 goals per game.Four forwards for the Badgers average over a point-per-game: Cole Caufield, Alex Turcotte, Linus Weissbach and Roman Ahcan. Of these four, Caufield has the ninth best goals per game average in the nation and Turcotte has the tenth best points per game average in the nation.Defensively, however, both teams have had trouble keeping the puck out of the back of the net. Both Wisconsin and Minnesota have allowed the most and second-most goals allowed in the Big Ten. Despite these problems, both teams have done very well in the penalty killing department.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin’s inconsistencies lead to split series on road against No. 19 OmahaThe No. 15 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-5-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) split their weekend series for the second Read…Minnesota’s inability to produce offensively combined with their struggles defensively bodes well for the Badgers. For the Badgers to prove that they are a top team in the country, the offense and powerplay needs to execute, and the defense needs to be a force against a weaker offensive unit. We will see if Wisconsin can find a groove early in their grueling stretch of Big Ten opponents.Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST both Friday and Saturday. The games can be viewed on FSW on Friday and FSW+ on Saturday and listened to live on WIBA on Friday and WTSO on Saturday. Both games can be followed live on Twitter @BadgerMHockey.
Munster will have home advantage for their round three match with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, December 6th.That game will kick-off at 5:30, with Munster’s return game with Clermont kicking off at 3:15 on Sunday the 14th.Meanwhile, Munster’s focus this evening will be on the Guinness Pro 12. A win for Anthony Foley’s side over the Scarlets would see them go second in the table. Tipperary pair Tommy O’ Donnell and Dave Foley will once again feature for the home side, with kick-off at Thomond Park at 7:35.And Connacht could go third with a bonus point win away to Treviso from 7 o’ clock.
Newly-crowned Irish Open champion Rory McIlroy isn’t in the field, but there’s a strong Irish presence this week.Shane Lowry will be the first to tee-off when he tees-off at 8am this morning while the likes of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Paul McGinley are also involved.
Leading French sports equipment and sportswear company Decathlon has open West Africa’s largest sports store at Junction Mall in Accra.The store sits at an impressive 1,250 square metres and stocks over 3,000 products spanning over 40 different sports disciplines.They have over 3,000 products across 40 sports ranging from popular sports such as football, basketball, swimming and cycling; to lesser known sports such as archery, hiking, kayaking and so on.Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer of Decathlon Ghana, Kwasi Tabury said they want to make the pleasure and benefits of sport accessible to everybody adding that “We just want to see sport everywhere, in every corner of Accra to start”.He indicated that the best value for money is key for us that is why our products are cheaper than those in the secondhand market”.”We are very excited to be making history in Ghana in my own country where Decathlon is really needed because we can change lives of many people. Decathlon Ghana under its sports4all initiative is giving meaning to its objective of making sports accessible and affordable to all through strategic partnerships” he noted.Kwasi Tabury said making sports accessible and affordable to every person irrespective age, sex or creed is at the core of what Decathlon stands for. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanteng commended Decathlon for making such a great investment in Ghana to employ Ghanaians, which is part of his party’s promise.“There are several things that I’m pleased about this initiative and one is the opportunity for job creation for Ghanaians. You all know the agenda of this government is to create jobs and Decathlon has started that and this is what we are expecting from the private sectors”.The French Ambassador expressed delight saying “I think maybe at some point there will be factories to manufacture the goods that will be sold in the stores in Ghana. That is what I call a long-term commitment, and that means in country terms, job creation and value addition.”The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Hadzide said sports should be for everybody because of its implications, and that his outfit is interested in the initiative.He said Ghana is challenged with sports equipment and the presence of the shop in Ghana is a relief and commended the Country Manager for the initiative. The shop will be opened to the General public on Saturday, April 22.