Mourinho, Guardiola Clash Again as City Visit Spurs

first_imgThe pick of this weekend’s Premier League action will take place in London today as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester City.Spurs are currently sixth in the Premier League table, seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea, while reigning champions City occupy second, some 22 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.Adding extra spice to the match is the face-off between age-old rivals Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. It has certainly not been plain sailing for Mourinho since the Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham boss in the latter stages of 2019, although the club will feel that they are very much in the argument for fourth position as things stand.A four-game winless run in the league between December 28 and January 18 saw them lose some ground on the teams around them, but the capital side picked up a huge three points at home to Norwich City on January 22.As it stands, Spurs are sixth in the Premier League table, level on points with fifth-placed Manchester United and six behind Chelsea (before the weekend), who still sit fourth despite losing eight league matches this term.Harry Kane’s absence following hamstring surgery has harmed Tottenham, and the club didn’t secure a striker on deadline day despite a host of speculation.It is a busy period of the season for Mourinho’s side as they face an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Southampton next week before travelling to Aston Villa in the league on February 16. Then comes the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash against an impressive RB Leipzig side three days later.A new striker might not have arrived this month, but Spurs announced the signing of Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven earlier this week. The 22-year-old has managed five goals and 10 assists in 16 Eredivisie appearances this season and will be involved in some capacity against City.Spurs are actually winless in their last six Premier League meetings with City, though, and have not beaten them on home soil since October 2016, which is an indication of the size of their task this weekend.What’s more, Tottenham have only claimed one point from a possible 18 this season against teams above them in the table heading into this today’s game. They have also kept just two clean sheets in 17 games under Mourinho, which will certainly hand City huge confidence heading into the match.Mourinho will surely relish the chance to lock horns with Guardiola once again, but the Portuguese will certainly be wary of the type of damage that the champions could inflict in the English capital.Unless something quite staggering occurs, City will not be retaining the Premier League title. Indeed, they sat 19 points behind leaders Liverpool on the same number of matches, meaning that only a serious collapse from Jurgen Klopp’s side will prevent them from winning the championship.City have managed to wrestle second spot away from Leicester City, though, and are two points clear of the Foxes ahead of today’s game. The Citizens have lost five Premier League games this season, however, which is an indication of their problems.The English champions have won their last five Premier League away games in North London, though, overcoming both Arsenal and Tottenham in the process. What’s more, they have triumphed in 11 of their last 12 league fixtures in London.City will actually enter this match off the back of a defeat, although the 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Wednesday night did not mean too much as they still progressed to the EFL Cup final 3-2 on aggregate.Guardiola’s side also advanced in the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Fulham last weekend, while their last Premier League match ended in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on January 21.City have actually won four of their last five Premier League matches on the road, scoring 14 times in the victories over Burnley, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.There is little doubting that the Citizens will be going for both domestic cups once again, while they will also be desperate to make a serious impression in the Champions League, where Real Madrid are waiting in the last-16.All City can do in the league is keep winning and hope that Liverpool somehow fall apart, and there is simply no downplaying the importance of this weekend’s eye-catching contest to both clubs.City lead the overall head-to-head 63 wins to Tottenham’s 61, while there have also been 36 draws between the two English rivals throughout history.The pair played out a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, although City recorded a 1-0 victory when they last travelled to Spurs in the Premier League, with Mahrez scoring the game’s only goal.Tottenham have only actually won one of the last eight meetings between the two teams in all competitions, but the capital outfit managed to progress in last season’s Champions League at City’s expense.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mourinho (left) and Guardiola will renew their rivalry againlast_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Badgers dominate reigning NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth in home-opening sweep

first_imgThe No. 6 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) made a big statement this past weekend in front of a packed Kohl Center with two convincing victories over two-time defending national champions Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (1-3-0).It was the Badgers’ first chance to play at home this season, and they did not disappoint, winning 6–2 Friday night and 3–1 Saturday. Unsurprisingly, it was once again the young guns playing outstanding team hockey that got Wisconsin the wins.Cole Caufield got Friday’s contest started with a goal just 53 seconds in off a beautiful feed from junior forward Linus Weissbach. It was the freshman sensation’s fifth goal of the season and he’d go on to net his sixth late in the third period, which kept him at the top of the team’s leaderboard.After the early score, Wisconsin seemed to lose focus for a bit, with multiple ill-advised penalties handing Duluth two power-play goals. However, they turned it back around just a few minutes later as Weissbach poked one in on a far-side dime from No. 5 NHL Draft pick and current freshman Alex Turcotte. The goal sprung UW into a strong defensive second period, during which freshman Owen Lindmark and junior transfer Ty Pelton-Bryce turned some strong two men play into a 3-2 Badgers lead. Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits season-opening weekend in MassachusettsThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-1-0) had a decent outing this past weekend in Massachusetts, bringing three of a possible six points back to Read…The second and third periods were especially outstanding for sophomore goaltender Daniel Lebedeff. Lebedeff gave up five goals in each of Wisconsin’s first two matchups, but turned back 57 of 60 (95%) Bulldog attempts over the course of the weekend.Rounding out Friday night, the Badgers scored three goals in the third period, starting with junior Tarek Baker’s first of the year followed by Lindmark’s and Caufield’s second scores of the night.Saturday night promised to bring the best out of Duluth, and the Badgers answered the call. The reigning champs made a conscious effort to key in on Caufield and man down on the defensive end.Even though UMD seemed to minimize Caufield on offense, Turcotte stepped up and put one top-shelf five minutes into the second period to put the Badgers up 1–0.Just seven minutes later, Pelton-Bryce put goal number two in the back of the net on a breakaway, which ended up being all Wisconsin needed to emerge victorious. The Badgers gave one up in the last few minutes of the second, but stingy defense throughout the third period kept them in command.Wisconsin ended up getting one more on an empty-netter from Sean Dhooghe as the clock wound down, sealing a 3–1 win and a sweep of one of the most consistent teams in the country.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin set for home-opener versus reigning champion Minnesota-DuluthThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-1-0) will get its first chance to play in the Kohl Read…The two outstanding performances boosted Wisconsin 11 spots up the national ranking from No. 17 to No. 6, and has the whole country on the lookout for the young Badgers.Wisconsin will stay at home for a weekend series with the Clarkson Golden Knights, and don’t expect them to slow down anytime soon.last_img read more

Offense gears up to take on the Ducks

first_imgHIGH STAKES  Having a true freshman significantly contribute is rare. Having three of them is an anomaly.  “He’s a special player,” Slovis said. “Everyone talks about the other three [receivers], but I think that he’s just as good as anyone out here. He’s been great since fall camp … It’s just a matter of him getting more touches in games.” “They got to guard us,” Vaughns said after Tuesday’s practice. “I feel as if we do our jobs, we’re going to win.” Of course, there was also Slovis, who continued his outstanding season with a 406-yard and four-touchdown performance, leading the 10-point comeback that included two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors.  INJURY REPORT London set career highs in Boulder with seven receptions for 85 yards. He also made one of the biggest plays of the game in the fourth quarter, hauling in a seam route with his defender draped over him to turn a second-and-20 into a manageable third-and-1.  The Trojans relied on strong performances from wide receivers sophomore Amon-Ra St. Brown, senior Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns in their comeback win over Colorado Friday night.  Vaughns is confident in his unit ahead of the matchup against a dominant Ducks defense, which has grabbed a staggering 14 interceptions this season. Slovis had high praise for his teammate.  USC, traditionally a recruiting powerhouse, has recently struggled with losing top talent from Southern California to the Ducks. A win could immediately strengthen the Trojans’ Pac-12 title hopes, which Helton said could carry plenty of future implications.  Redshirt senior defensive lineman Christian Rector and freshman cornerback Chris Steele returned to practice Tuesday, but their status for the weekend is unknown. With so many players banged up, it’ll be important to watch the injury list before Saturday’s contest. “You see the defense for three quarters, so by that time you should be pretty familiar with what they do,” said Slovis of his clutch gene. WELL-ROUNDED OFFENSE “I just want to help the team as much as I can,” Christon said. “If that means pass blocking all game, then I’ll do that. I just want us to go as far as we can.” “[I was] ecstatic,” London said. “Me and my roommate [Christon] doing what we’ve been saying we wanted to do in the summer, and it’s finally coming true.” “They’re a special group of guys,” offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said. “Most of the places I’ve been, true freshmen haven’t really played, but here, you get a little more developed and talented kid most of the time … You’re going to have to play with young guys, especially if they give you the best chance to win.” Freshman wide receiver Drake London has seen his role increase the last two games, combining for 137 yards. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) Christon, who started the game at tailback for the Trojans, finished with 14 carries for 76 yards. He also saved the game on the last drive, falling on the ball after a strip sack of Slovis. The speedy running back has capitalized on his opportunity after injuries to running backs junior Stephen Carr, redshirt junior Vavae Malepeai and redshirt freshman Markese Stepp.  That group — and more — will need to come out hot again Saturday to take down No. 7 Oregon. At first place in the Pac-12 South by virtue of a tiebreaker over No. 9 Utah, USC needs a win to maintain a hold on the top spot. That win could also set the Trojans and Ducks up for a meeting in the Pac-12 Championship in December. “When you win Rose Bowls and Pac-12 titles, those are when you sign great players,” Helton said. “If you look at all these great freshmen and sophomores that are playing right now, it’s not a coincidence that they got signed right after that Rose Bowl year and that Pac-12 title.” However, those three weren’t the only ones who figure into USC’s gameplan. Freshmen quarterback Kedon Slovis, running back Kenan Christon and wide receiver Drake London have all responded well after seeing their roles increase. last_img read more

The defensive shifts behind Syracuse’s resurgence in ACC play

first_imgIn its simplest form, the ups and downs of Syracuse’s season can be broken down into two stretches of games. From the Barclays Center through the Orange’s loss at Georgetown, SU’s defense didn’t do enough to win. In that five-game stretch ending in mid-December, Syracuse went 1-4 and allowed more than 80 points three times. That was SU’s first act. In their second — the Orange’s five-game winning streak spanning back to a road win against Virginia on Jan. 11 — SU allowed more than 70 points just once, an 84-82 win at Notre Dame. “A month ago, two months ago we didn’t play good defense,” forward Marek Dolezaj said after Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh last Saturday. “But now we do.For the Orange (13-8, 6-4 Atlantic Coast), it hasn’t been a system overhaul on defense. It’s still Jim Boeheim’s famed 2-3 zone. And with that consistency means the same holes: An opening in the high post or room for cutters along the baseline. Defenders have more ground to cover than ever to defend the 3-point arc. But the young Syracuse team, which returned two regular starters from a year ago, learned the zone and adjusted their positioning. They turned Syracuse’s season around. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s defense had obvious flaws in early December. It started with opposing team’s big men. The Orange failed to cover the post and were hammered by Oklahoma State’s Yor Anei (19 points and 8 rebounds), Penn State’s Mike Watkins (15, 16) and Iowa’s Luke Garza (23, 9). By the time Syracuse played Georgetown on Dec. 14 the issues spread beyond just inside, and the Orange allowed 89 points to the Hoyas. Georgetown guard Mac McClung scored 26 points, most of which came in the first half, forcing Syracuse’s guards up. This left the high post to SU’s center Bourama Sidibe, who didn’t rush the Hoyas’ offensive players quick enough to prevent a score or second pass. “They are such a threat inside and outside, and they have guys who can get in the lane,” Boeheim said after the Georgetown loss. “It was very difficult to defend them.”Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorBut in the last month, following home losses to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, Syracuse has figured out how to defend a team like Georgetown, or any team that scores the ball well for that matter. In general, it’s been a more active approach on defense and minor detail shifts. Syracuse’s forwards are positioned up the court, further away from the hoop. When the ball enters the high post, the danger zone of Syracuse’s defense, Orange players are more aware of what can happen. Wing players immediately anticipate a pass to the corner or a cutter down low. Sidibe is quicker to attack the ball and prevent a shot while the guards step down from the top corners of the zone to influence entry passes as well.“We’re a little bit more up on the shooters and our hands got to be wide,” forward Quincy Guerrier said. “We just got to move to the right spot.”Elijah Hughes said after the win at Virginia Tech that a lot of Syracuse’s improved defense is understanding the opponent’s personnel. When SU played Virginia, it packed in the zone more and protected the inside against a bad shooting team. When the Orange returned to play Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, they pressed out on the 3-point line. The result in Blacksburg was a long 3-point attempt on the final possession of Syracuse’s win. In South Bend, Syracuse forced Notre Dame to shoot 12% worse from beyond the arc than the Fighting Irish had in the first matchup. In recent games, Syracuse’s defense has looked like the fortifying zone that has stifled so many teams in March over the years. Both Boston College and Pittsburgh appeared lost on the offensive end. They passed the ball around the perimeter and took long 3-pointers late in the shot clock. The two teams combined shot 11-for-51 from deep. “Our defense is way better,” Guerrier said amid the five-game winning streak. “When we play well on defense, our offense is better too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 29, 2020 at 10:45 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Venue for club camogie semi-finals announced

first_imgThe second semi-final between Slaughtneil of Derry and Thomastown from Kilkenny will be played in Monaghan at the same time.Meanwhile MacDonagh Park in Nenagh will play host to the All Ireland Intermediate club semi-finals on the 28th – Lismore of Waterford face Athenry of Galway. Tipperary and Munster Camogie Champions Burgess-Duharra will continue their quest for All Ireland glory later this month.The times and venues for the All Ireland Senior Club semi-finals have been confirmed.The Tipp club will take on Sarsfields of Galway on Sunday the 28th in Banagher County Offaly at 2 o’clock. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img read more

‘Africa strikes, Ghana strikes’: Relive Sulley Muntari’s magnificent goal against Uruguay [VIDEO]

first_imgThe year was 2010.The scene was Ghana’s quarterfinal game against South American powerhouse, Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa, the only to be held on the continent.And Ghana’s Sulley Ali Muntari pulled an exceptional goal out of nothing.The Black Stars of Ghana were carrying the hopes and pride of the African continent dazzling fans and playing as Spartans in the arena of gods, daring to face the biggest footballing nations in the world.Ghana had outperformed themselves and was riding on the hope of making history that will be on the lips of fans on the continent for ages.The left-footed Muntari picked up a pass from Asamoah Gyan, ran towards the right flanks, cut back with his left and smashed from 35-yards a ludicrous shot to beat Fernando Muslera in goal for Uruguay just before the first half whistle was blown.It was a simply ridiculous effort from way out  and it was what Ghana and the rest of Africa hoped would be the building block of a story that would end up being a FIFA World Cup upset.The Black Stars, however, went ahead to lose the game 4-2 on penalty shootouts after Diego Forlan grabbed the equalizer in the 55th minute for Uruguay.The place in the semi-finals of the World Cup still remains a dream for Africa but the continent has not forgotten Muntari’s goal against Uruguay.Watch Muntari’s goal against Uruguay:last_img read more

Harry Maguire’s charge nullified after an appeal

first_imgManchester United has confirmed that Harry Maguire has appealed the charges brought against him in Greece.The England international filed an appeal against his conviction for assault and attempted bribery following a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos.It was reported that the Manchester United captain had been arrested by police officials after being involved in a fight with other tourists.In subsequent events, the lawyer of the centre-back argued that the group acted out of self-defence after Maguire’s sister was injected by Albanian tourists.The 28-year-old was found guilty by a Greek court for aggravated assault, attempted bribery and violence against public officials.A Manchester United statement read: “An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team. In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction.“The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court. This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty.“Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”last_img read more

Italy dump Spain to set up epic Euro 2016 clash

first_imgSaving graceHowever, the Manchester United stopper more than made amends when he turned Pelle’s bullet header wide on eight minutes.Emanuele Giaccherini’s acrobatic effort was then turned onto the post by De Gea, albeit referee Cuneyt Cakir had already blown for a foul as Italy continued to dominate the early exchanges.It took Spain 28 minutes to even have an effort on goal as Iniesta’s weak shot was straight at Buffon.Antonio Conte’s side finally made the breakthrough 12 minutes before half-time when Spain captain Sergio Ramos unncessarily dived in on Pelle to concede a free-kick on the edge of the box.Eder’s powerful effort was parried by De Gea only as far as Giaccherini and he nudged the ball into Chiellini’s path to bundle home.Only a De Gea wonder save to tip a fiercely dipping drive from Giaccherini over kept Spain in the game before half-time.Spain coach Vicente del Bosque introduced the more physical presence of 35-year-old striker Aritz Aduriz for Nolito at the break.And it nearly paid dividends straight away as Alvaro Morata — kept quiet in the first 45 minutes by former Juventus teammates Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci — headed a golden chance straight at Buffon.De Gea was called upon once more to block from Eder when the Brazilian-born Inter Milan forward burst clear on goal with the chance to double Italy’s advantage.Another Italy counter-attack then caused chaos in the Spanish defence as Mattia de Sciglio’s low cross ricocheted around the box before being cleared.Aduriz swept the ball wide and Ramos headed over from a corner as Italy began to settle on their one-goal lead in the final quarter.Iniesta’s rasping volley was tipped over by Buffon, before Pique’s long-range effort stung the palms of the 38-year-old.However, with Aduriz having to be replaced by Pedro Rodriguez due to a head knock, Spain didn’t have a recognised striker in their search for an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.Italy comfortably held on and Pelle doubled the lead with his poacher’s strike in the first minute of injury time.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP |Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle scored as Italy exacted revenge for their Euro 2012 final hammering by dumping Spain out of Euro 2016 with a deserved 2-0 last 16 win on Monday.The landmark victory set up an epic Italy-Germany quarter final. Chiellini forced home the first goal from close range after goalkeeper David de Gea could only parry Eder’s fiercely struck free-kick. Pelle volleyed in a deflected cross in injury time to complete Spain’s heartbreak.Outgoing Italian manager Antonio Conte danced along the Stade de France touchline to celebrate while his players credited his tactics for the win.“Mr. Conte is so important as a coach because he can implement a gameplan and he becomes more important with every match,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci.“This process which started two years ago has been essential.”After crashing out of the World Cup in the first round, Vicente del Bosque’s team have now failed to get to the Euro quarter finals.“We have to accept the disappointment. They were more clinical than us when it mattered and got the better of us,” playmaker Andres Iniesta told Spanish television.A series of De Gea saves kept Spain in the game, but their quest for an unprecedented third consecutive Euro title peetered out as Gianluigi Buffon saved from Iniesta and Gerard Pique late on to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with Germany on Saturday in Bordeaux.Spain had lost just one of their previous 11 meetings with Italy, including a 4-0 win in the Euro 2012 final. But the Azzurri were by far the better side in the opening 45 minutes and could have been more than one goal up at the break.De Gea had been much-criticised for his performance as Spain’s 15-game unbeaten in the Euros came to an end on Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat to Croatia which cost them top spot in Group D.last_img read more

Up-and-down finish to Simon Fraser golf season for LVR grad Jordan Melanson

first_imgGranite Pointe golfer Jordan Melanson had a sea-saw showing at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship tournament last week in Couer D’lene, Idaho. Melanson, playing for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, finished the 54-hole event with scores of 77, 73 and 84 for a tournament total of 234.Fresh off being named the GNAC All-Academic team, T.J. McColl of Surrey, posted the second best score for the Clan men’s team, firing rounds of 78-77-77 for a tournament score of 232.Rounding out the Clan men were Calum Miller of Grand Prairie, AB, who shot 77-84-77 for a tournament total of 238 and freshman John Mlikotic of Kelowna who shot 80-76-85 for a tournament total of 241.The scores allowed both the SFU’s men’s and women’s golf teams had a golfer crack the top 10 at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship tournament.Melanson, a junior, is in his second season at Simon Fraser with the Clan golf team. The L.V. Rogers and Zone One West Kootenay grad finished the season with a 78.2 average score. The SFU golf team will now prepare their annual fundraiser, the Clan Classic Golf Tournament on Monday (April 30) at the Vancouver Golf Club.last_img read more