Juve’s Ronaldo off the mark, Costa dismissed for spitting

first_imgMILAN,  (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo broke his Juventus duck in his fourth game when his second-half brace gave them a 2-1 win over Sassuolo yesterday, although the Turin side’s day was marred by a red card for Douglas Costa for spitting at an opponent. Ronaldo, five-times World Player of the Year, opened his account in the easiest possible fashion by tapping into an empty net from less than two metres in the 50th minute before finishing off a counter-attack to claim his second.Khouma Babacar headed one back in the 90th minute but the game ended in ugly scenes as Costa became involved in a running feud with Sassoulo midfielder Federico Di Francesco.The Brazilian escaped with a booking for elbowing and head-butting his rival as they tangled before the Sassuolo goal, but was sent off after cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation. Amid much less fanfare, Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain, who left Juventus on loan shortly after Ronaldo’s arrival, scored his first goal for AC Milan to earn them a 1-1 draw at Cagliari.AS Roma warmed up for their visit to Real Madrid on Wednesday by squandering a 2-0 lead and drawing 2-2 at home to lowly Chievo.Juventus, chasing an eighth successive Serie A title, have 12 points, three ahead of Napoli, while Sassuolo are on eight after their first defeat of the season. “I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high,” Ronaldo said. “I really wanted to score, so I’m happy.”Sassuolo allowed Ronaldo few openings in the first half apart from an early shot which was blocked and a header wide from Alex Sandro’s cross.He also tried his luck from a 30-metre free kick, sending a disappointing effort harmlessly wide of Andrea Consigli’s goal. But Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri’s prediction that it would be Ronaldo’s day proved to be right.Ronaldo’s luck changed when Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari headed a corner on to his own post and the rebound left Ronaldo with the easiest of tap-ins.Sassuolo, who caused Juventus trouble all afternoon, were then caught on the break, with Emre Can sliding the ball to Ronaldo to drill an angled left-foot shot into the far corner. Ronaldo could easily have had a hat-trick but missed two more good chances and had a penalty appeal turned down.He volleyed wide from an unmarked position six metres out and failed to hit the target when the rebound landed at his feet as Joao Cancelo’s shot was saved by Consigli.Brazilian Joao Pedro, in his first game back after a six-month doping ban, gave Cagliari a fourth-minute lead with an untidy effort against Milan before Higuain levelled with an opportunist goal 10 minutes after halftimeRoma were left with only five points from four games after another unhappy afternoon. Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante put them 2-0 ahead in under half an hour, but Chievo hit back after the break as Valter Birsa curled in a delightful effort and Mariusz Stepinski levelled with seven minutes left.Winless Chievo are on minus one point after having three deducted on Thursday by the Italian federation over accounting irregularities.A second-half goal by Krzysztof Piatek gave Genoa a 1-0 win over Bologna in another match marred by ugly scenes after the visitors had Erick Pulgar sent off for a shocking tackle on Romulo, sparking a scuffle involving a number of players. Torino midfielder Soualiho Meite was hero and villain in his team’s 1-1 draw at Udinese. His mistake led to Rodrigo de Paul’s opener for Udinese but the Frenchman made amends with the equaliser after halftime.last_img read more

Windies women focussed on fitness as pandemic rages

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica,  CMC – West Indies Women have been placing heavy emphasis on personal fitness, even though the novel coronavirus pandemic has ruled out any possibility of on-field action for the foreseeable future. Lead selector Ann Browne-John said each member of the squad had been issued with fitness plans, allowing them to remain in shape in preparation for the resumption of international cricket.“In the interim from a senior team perspective, I’m aware that all the coaches and all the training staff have given the girls work to do that they can be doing at their home even if they’re on lockdown,” Browne-John told DBS Radio here.“We’ve seen videos where so many people are doing work in their home gyms, on their balconies, in their yards so our girls are doing the same, and they have their programmes and we hope when they’re able to come back to camp or when we’re able to start back any series, that they’ll be fit, raring and ready to go. “So I know the coaches are in contact with them constantly and we hope that we all will get through this safely.”West Indies Women were preparing for a hectic schedule before the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis which disrupted the Caribbean and global cricket itinerary.The regional side were scheduled to be involved for their respective territories in the Regional Super50 Cup in Guyana starting last month, before taking on South Africa Women in a five-match One-Day International series from May 30 to June 10 in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. They were also expected to feature in World Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka in June and July, in preparation for next year’s 50-overs World Cup in New Zealand.While neither international assignment has been officially cancelled, they are highly unlikely to take place, leaving the Caribbean side devoid of match practice.However, Browne-John said the safety of all players amidst the pandemic remained the priority for administrators. “The coronavirus is affecting all aspects of life in the entire world. This is something that is unprecedented and it is also affecting sports, sportsmen and sportswomen worldwide,” she explained.“As the Caribbean public would be aware, cricket has not been spared so it has badly affected not only men’s cricket but girls cricket, boys, juniors and everybody.“It has come at time when West Indies women had a lot of cricket ahead of us because South Africa was supposed to come … and then we were supposed to have the World Cup qualifiers and before that we had the regional tournament … and the Under-19 girls tournament that was to be held in Trinidad and Tobago.” She continued: “But it has affected everyone and we just have to ensure that the players remain safe, that when this is all finished we have all the players available to return to cricket.”West Indies Women are coming off a poor showing in the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this year when they failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time in six appearances, after winning just one in four matches to finish third in their group.last_img read more

Gaylord opens Shoot Out with Southern Oregon victory

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageWHITE CITY, Ore. (June 11) – Ryan Gaylord came oh-so-close to winning the Wild West IMCA Modified Shoot Out feature last summer at Willamette Speedway, leading most of the way before coming up second in a photo finish to Alex Stanford.He was in the picture again when that the 2016 tour opened Saturday at Southern Oregon Speed­way, this time in victory lane.More than 40 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified entries filled up the pit area for an event that would entertain fans from start to finish.Polesitter Collen Winebarger seized the initiative in the main event and took the lead on the open­ing circuit. Winebarger found himself in a battle with Gaylord around lap 20. Gaylord eventually secured the lead but wasn’t quite out of the woods quite yet.The Lakewood, Colo., traveler had his hands full in the last 15 laps with Californian Kellen Chad­wick. Chadwick and Gaylord went back and forth lap after lap in what was nothing but good, hard, clean racing.  Gaylord managed to keep him at bay long enough to cross the line first and win his first career Wild West Modified Shoot Out feature and earn a spot of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot.Chadwick was a respectable second followed by Winebarger in third. Defending tour champion Jesse Williamson placed fourth and the top five would be completed by Mark Carrell.Wild West IMCA Modified Shoot Out travels to Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, Calif., on Sunday June 12.  It is the southernmost location of the 2016 schedule and the only stop in the Golden State. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing scheduled to get underway around 5 p.m.Feature results – 1. Ryan Gaylord; 2. Kellen Chadwick; 3. Collen Winebarger; 4. Jesse William­son; 5. Mark Carrell; 6. Alex Stanford; 7. Tripp Gaylord; 8. Lance Mari; 9. Randy Brown; 10. John Campos; 11. Jake Mayden; 12. Brian Poppa; 13. Kevin Roberts; 14. Mark Wauge; 15. Steven Sturdevant; 16. Rob Ireland; 17. C.J. Putnam; 18. Jeff Lovell; 19. Jerry Schram; 20. Grey Fer­rando; 21. Nick Trenchard; 22. Preston Luckman; 23. Matt Duste; 24. Danny Lauer.last_img read more

Morris magic saves Giants in another PE thriller

first_imgChris Morris showcased his match-winning qualities as he helped the Nelson Mandela Giants retain their winning momentum with a tight five-wicket win over the Durban Heat in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.The Proteas all-rounder powered his way to an unbeaten 22 off just 10 deliveries, rescuing his franchise from the depths of having to score 29 runs from the last two overs.His last two boundaries, edges off the unlucky Malusi Siboto’s (2/41) bowling, were admittedly slices of fortune, but one could also argue that Morris made his own luck.He first whacked Kyle Abbott for four in the penultimate over, before lauching Siboto for six off the second delivery of the final one.It all had seemed to have gone pear-shaped for the Giants as their steady approach in chasing 161 almost left them with too much to do.England star Jason Roy finally hit form with a punchy 50 off 38, yet when Jon-Jon Smuts (33) and Marco Marais fell in quick succession, the Heat smelled some blood.Enter Morris.It was tough on the visitors, who made an excellent recovery from 50/4.The experienced duo of David Miller (45 off 36) and Ravi Bopara added precisely 100 for the fifth wicket, allowing the Durbanites to post a surprisingly competitive score.Batsman of the gameHe was on the losing side, but this battle would’ve been one-sided had it not been for Bopara’s unbeaten 57 off 43. There was nothing unduly powerful from the 34-year-old Englishman, who rather focused on rotating the strike and then accelerating once he got in. Given the situation the Heat had found themselves in, this was a top effort.Bowler of the gameThere was a case to be made for Keshav Maharaj’s superb, economical spell of 1/17 from four for the Heat. However, the Giants’ left-arm quick Nandre Burger’s double strike in the third over of the match felt decisive, even with the game turning out to be so tight. It put the Heat under immediate pressure and yanked their dangerous trump card, England’s Alex Hales, out of the equation.Turning pointIt had to be Heino Kuhn’s audacious reverse sweep for six off the normally impeccable Abbott, a thrilling shot that brought the Giants’ equation down to 16 from 6 and gave them belief again.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Sutton, Blair meet in Amateur showdown

first_imgLAYTON — The young men almost looked like twins, not only in their dress, but the manner in which they dispatched their more experienced opponents Saturday at the Men’s State Amateur golf tournament. Alex Sutton and Zac Blair, a pair of 18-year-olds both wearing purple shirts, white shorts, white hats and white shoes, survived two matches apiece at Valley View Golf Course and will meet today in a 36-hole championship match.Sutton, a sophomore-to-be at Weber State, and Blair, who will be a freshman at BYU, won quarterfinal and semifinal matches to advance to the finals of Utah’s most prestigious amateur tournament, which has been played for 110 straight years.While Sutton led both of his matches most of the way, including a morning upset of defending champion Dan Horner, Blair needed comebacks to beat pre-tournament favorite Robbie Fillmore in the morning and Todd Francis in the afternoon, the latter after being 4 down with nine holes to play.Tee-off time for the first 18 holes will be 7:30 a.m. with the second 18 set for noon.Blair will be trying to follow in the footsteps of his father, Jimmy, who won the State Amateur in 1973, just before his freshman season at BYU. Zac, who will play for BYU in the fall, has been playing since he can remember, growing up across the street from the Mulligans Golf Course in Ogden.”Since the first of the year this has been my goal,” said Blair, who despite being just 120 pounds, smacks the ball as far as his opponents. “I played awesome this morning, and fortunately I got hot on the back (this afternoon.) When you start hitting it well, it’s like a snowball effect. You get your confidence going.”Sutton is a late-bloomer who didn’t even take up golf until he was 13, the summer before his freshman year of high school. He also has taken advantage of living near a golf course — just behind the No. 12 hole at Valley View where he could sneak on occasionally (don’t tell the golf pro) — to help his game.”I know this course well,” he said. “I know where you have to be and where you can miss and where you can’t, and I think that’s an advantage out here. I love the course, and I’ve been hitting the ball really well coming in.”Blair had knocked off Fillmore, his future teammate at BYU, in the morning when he made nine birdies, one more than the former East High standout in an outstanding well-played match. However, in the afternoon, he was off his game at the start, bogeying the first hole and quickly going 3 down when Francis birdied at 2 and 3. When Francis birdied No. 9 and Blair couldn’t get up and down from the bunker, the lead was 4 up for Francis. At No. 10 when Francis got in trouble with his first two shots, Blair felt the momentum turn.”He hit kind of an errant shot on No. 10, and my friend (caddy David Scott) said, ‘Here’s your shot, either take it or leave it,’ ” Blair said.Blair made his birdie, and after missing a short birdie putt at 11, he birdied the next three holes from five feet, four feet and six feet to cut the lead to one. At the 205-yard 16th, Blair hit another great shot within four feet to tie the match, then birdied the par-5 17 with a two-putt from 30 feet. All he needed was a halve at the final hole to win, which he did when Francis couldn’t get his 35-footer to drop.”Zach played out of his head and sank a lot of birdies and made it tough,” said Francis, a 27-year-old from Jeremy Ranch, whose only golf tournament every year is the State Am. “I let a few go, but he played real tough. It was really fun to watch.”Sutton was down a hole to Horner after seven holes when he ran off a string of four birdies from 8 to 11 to take the lead for good. He closed out the match at 17 after Horner made consecutive bogeys. Barton, the 23-year-old from Sandy who had played so well all week, including his 3 and 2 quarterfinal win over 49-year-old Greg Stimpson, didn’t have it in his Saturday afternoon match when he made three bogeys on the front nine. “I played well every round until this one,” said Barton. “I couldn’t get my drives in very good spots. I got off to a bad start and couldn’t battle my way back.”Blair’s father saw Zac play early in the week but is in Wyoming competing in the Wyoming Open and won’t make it today. But according to Zac, his friends kept in touch with Jimmy during the round and while he was playing in Wyoming. “He’s probably a bit frantic right now and wants to know what’s happening,” Zac said. “I assume he’ll be a little surprised I ended up winning that one after being four down.”Because of his late start, Sutton didn’t play much junior golf but said he played against Blair a lot in high school, when he played for Northridge and Blair played for Fremont. “He’s probably gotten the better of me more than I have, but it’s a different game out there in match play,” said Sutton.While Blair joked about wearing a Weber State shirt Saturday (his shirt actually said Torrey Pines on the front), he’s not planning to be confused with Sutton today.”We’ll see,” Blair said. “Tomorrow, maybe I’ll go with Cougar Blue.”e-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Back to the future

first_imgThe Backyard Golf SocietyAfter an absence of several weeks, due to the apparent inability of the remaining members to write English composition, the Backyard Golf Society is once again able to report on our weekly outing at Emerald G.C.  The scribe has been out of the country and with several other regulars away for various reasons no reports have been submitted, but now we are back, at least for a while. Right, on to the game.  The winner this week was ‘Yaya’s Delight’ with 37 points, himself just back from yet another romantic adventure with the wifey to Vietnam.  The near-pin prize went to ‘Foos yer Doos Cowe’ with a stunning effort to 4 feet and of course he proceeded to miss the birdie putt.The 5 hole rollover from the last game was won by ‘The Quiet Man’ and he also won the most skins with 5.  ‘Yaya’s Delight’ and ‘Foos yer Doos’ won 4 each, Jimmy ‘2 Stone’ won 3, Golden Trowel’s Boyfriend (suffered badly from another “I am only having a few” night at the Jomtien market bar complex) won 1 and there is 1 rolled over to the next week. The hot weather left the players quite tired but we are sure to see a more enthusiastic response in the upcoming weeks.last_img read more

Tom Brady slammed on social media after 4-game suspension upheld by NFL

first_imgNEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell deflated the hopes of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots nation when he upheld the still four-game suspension he originally handed down for reportedly cheating prior to the AFC Championship game vs. the Indianapolis Colts in January.The footballs were found to be lower than legal league standards and equipment managers close to Brady were found to be guilty of deflating them. Most believe the lower-rung equipment managers operated at the behest of their quarterback, Brady.In a scathing, damning 20-page ruling, Goodell said the Hall of Fame quarterback-to-be and four-time Super Bowl champion “willingly obstructed the investigation” and also “participated in a scheme to tamper with evidence by destroying his cell phone” that most likely contained key information and communication between the quarterback and the equipment managers to purposely deflate the footballs on at least one occasion.Most of the investigators and sports pundits believe, along with many players in the NFL, that the practice of deflating the footballs have been ongoing for years.NFL observers and reporters were flustered as to why it took five weeks for Goodell to render his decision, one that has massive ramifications for the New England Patriots and the rest of the division and conference. Brady will miss the first four games of the season and must rely on an untested backup QB to steer the offense.Of course, most observers believe Brady will file a lawsuit to have a judge overturn the ruling. The NFL Players Assocation (NFLPA) will argue that Goodell overstepped his parameters in handing down the appeals decision after he was the one who also gave the original punishment to Brady.Twitter and fellow players have a lot to say on the matter. Take a look. @BarrettAll he has this dumb look and now the proof is in the pudding. ever heard of a burner phone, hello Tom?— Karolina Reiss (@karolinareiss) July 28, 2015 Check out more tweets and memes on Tom Brady:last_img read more

Florentino Perez wants Raul to be Madrid’s ‘Pep Guardiola’

first_img Since Raul’s decision was made public, people have rushed to praise the former Madrid striker’s influence on Spanish football. Even Luis Enrique: “He marked an era in Spanish football, but unfortunately time passes for everyone and player have to retire. I’m sure he will remain linked to football, we will see him on a bench or in another position within the game.”  “When I signed for the New York Cosmos in December, I said I would evaluate how I felt towards the end of the year and assess whether I would continue to play,” the former Spain international said. His agent, Gines Carvajal, says he will stay in New York for the time being.  In principle, Raul will have to decide between various offers. Among them is one from the LFP, who want to expand La Liga’s image in the USA and would like that to happen with Raul as their icon, nor just commercially, but also in an executive function.  There’s already talk about what his next step will be now. On La Sexta they suggest Perez’s idea is for Raul to return to Madrid to train as coach and eventually become the ‘New Guardiola’, because he symbolises the club’s values. Perez would like him to lead a winning project at the Bernabeu.  Sport EN Upd. at 20:11 center_img “It’s not been an easy decision, but it’s the ideal moment, Now all my focus is on helping the Cosmos win the championship. I want to thank everyone who has helped me throughout my career and especially the fans of the Cosmos, who have received me with support and affection,” Raul added. CEST Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Raul Gonzalez to be his future ‘Josep Guardiola’ at the 10-time European champions. Raul, currently with New York Cosmos, revealed on Thursday that he plans to hang up his boots at the end of the NASL season. 16/10/2015last_img read more

Arsenal to move for Burnley keeper Pope as Cech replacement

first_img Burnley coach Sean Dyche has admitted that one of the clu’s three goalkeepers may have to leave the club in the summer.  Anna Pérez Roura CET El Arsenal va a por Nick Pope The Gunners currently have Cech competing with German Bernd Leno but the former Chelsea stopper will retire in the summer.  Upd. at 20:46 RELATED STORIES But a shoulder injury in preseason ruled him out until January. Since returning he has played two FA Cup games but doesn’t even make the bench in the Premier League at the moment, with Heaton starting and Joe Hart on the bench. center_img Pope, 26, joined Barça in 2016 as backup to Tom Heaton. But he replaced the injured Heaton for the majority of last season, earning a place in the England squad for the World Cup.  Arsenal are looking for a new goalkeeper with Petr Cech set to leave the club at the end of the season and according to The Sun they will move for Burnley’s Nick Pope.  According to reports, Burnley want 11.4 million euros for Pope. It remains to be seen how negotiations develop, but Arsenal do have other options. Among them is Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, formerly of Barcelona.  18/02/2019 IN SPORT.ES Report: Manchester United will push hard for Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho this summerlast_img read more

Tested to the limits

first_imgBy ALANA MITCHELSON PAKENHAM business M-Innovation has been selected as a Victorian finalist at this year’s prestigious Telstra Business Awards….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img