Report: Bayern 3 Leverkusen 1

first_imgArjen Robben scored a stunner as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory over Bundesliga strugglers Bayer Leverkusen, who were reduced to 10 men late on.Wendell’s fifth-minute penalty put Leverkusen ahead at the Allianz Arena, with referee Tobias Welz having ordered the spot-kick to be retaken after Kevin Volland had missed his initial effort.Bayern quickly equalised through Corentin Tolisso, however, and the hosts took the lead when Robben sensationally volleyed home in the 19th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! James Rodriguez wrapped up the three points a minute from time to maintain Bayern’s winning start, after any hopes of a Leverkusen comeback bad been ended by a red card for substitute Karim Bellarabi.140 – @ArjenRobben scored his 140th goal for @FCBayernEN in all competitions, which makes him the 7th best goal scorer for Bayern equalling Giovane #Elber. Machine. #FCBB04 pic.twitter.com/n6Mb3KGi5Q— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 15, 2018Controversy reigned early on when Leverkusen were awarded a penalty after Thiago Alcantara handled, but Manuel Neuer pulled off a superb double stop to deny Volland from the spot-kick and resulting rebound.Those saves would count for nothing, though, as the referee insisted that the penalty be retaken due to encroachment and Wendell made no mistake with his attempt.Leverkusen’s lead was short-lived, however, Tolisso restoring parity in the ninth minute as he bundled his way through and steered a clever finish high into the right corner.Bayern soon had the lead, with Robben latching on to a poor clearance before unleashing a wicked volley that dipped in over Lukas Hradecky, although Bayern were dealt a blow when Tolisso was forced off with a knee injury.Leverkusen were toyed with for much of the second half and Bellarabi, only just on as a substitute, let his frustration get the better of him when he lunged in on Rafinha with 10 minutes remaining and rightly saw red.And Bayern made their numerical advantage count, James heading in from Thiago’s cross to add further gloss to a comfortable victory, before having another effort ruled out for offside. What it means: Bayern roll on under KovacIt has been a perfect start for Niko Kovac, whose Bayern side have easily overcome every challenge thrown their way so far. Leverkusen, meanwhile, are rooted to the foot of the table without a point.Pat on the back: Evergreen Robben imperiousWhile Leverkusen star Julian Brandt failed to shine, Robben reigned supreme down the same flank, capping his performance off with another memorable goal – his 97th in the Bundesliga and 140th for Bayern in all competitions.Boot up the backside: Volland’s goal drought continuesVolland scored 14 Bundesliga goals last term, but is still in search of his first this season. The striker’s penalty was poor, and to make matters worse he failed to beat Neuer from point-blank range on the rebound.Key Opta stats150 – Manuel Neuer has won his 150th Bundesliga Game, the fastest player in @FCBayernEN history to do so. Winner. #FCBB04 pic.twitter.com/mi9XHts1iu— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 15, 2018- Bayern have won each of their five games in all competitions under Niko Kovac. Carlo Ancelotti started with 8 wins in a row.- Arjen Robben scored his 140th goal in all competitions for Bayern, the only foreign player with more goals for Bayern is Robert Lewandowski (157 goals). Robben had twice as many shots in the game as opponent Leverkusen (6-3).- Lewandowski made his 200th appearance in all competitions for Bayern, but fired only one shot which was blocked.- For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Leverkusen lost the opening three games.What’s next?Both sides get their respective Champions League and Europa League campaigns up and running next time out. Bayern travel to Benfica, while Leverkusen face Ludogorets. read morelast_img read more

Anil Kumble eyes extension as India coach, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody among applicants

first_imgVirender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh are among six candidates who have applied for the role of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Incumbent Anil Kumbe has also reapplied.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had started its hunt to select the new head coach of the senior men’s team. Current coach Kumble’s term expires after the ICC Champions Trophy in England on June 18.”To ensure a fair and completely transparent process, a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the entire process along with the Cricket Advisory Committee,” the Indian board had said in a press statement.”The BCCI’s three-member advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate to guide the team and take Indian Cricket forward.”However, Kumble’s position as coach seemingly became untenable after reports first emerged on India Today that he did not share a great relationship with the rest of the team . The India captain had reportedly complained to the Committee of Administrators and told them of Kumble’s intimidating approach. According to sources, the players and the coach do not share a very cordial relationship.But the BCCI had said that procedures were being followed in the appointment of the next coach. Last year, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had selected Kumble from among a host of other important names.Kumble has enjoyed a lot of success as India coach and has won back five back-to-back Test series, including four at home. Under his tenure, India also defeated New Zealand and England in limited-overs series at home.advertisementIndia are currently in England to defend the Champions Trophy which concludes on June 18. Kumble’s term expires on June 20.Sehwag is currently team director at Kings XI Punjab while Moody is coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Pybus has in the past coached Bangladesh and Pakistan.Rajput was at the helm as manager when India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and then won the CB Series in Australia a few months later. He had to make way for Gary Kirsten, whose three year stint as India coach ended with the 2011 World Cup triumph at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.last_img read more

Lionel Messi to build brand in China with theme park

first_imgChinese fans will be able to celebrate the achievements of Barcelona soccer great Lionel Messi at a new theme park to be built in Beijing.The Messi Experience Park, which is being launched by the five-time world player of the year in collaboration with Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Group and Spanish media company Mediapro, is set to open in 2019 in the Chinese capital.The theme park will have 20 indoor and outdoor attractions in a 42,000 square metre space which will “immerse visitors in Messi’s universe,” a statement from the player’s Leo Messi Management group saidMessi, who earned the European Golden Shoe last season by finishing top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues, attended a launch event in Beijing this week.”I hope to provide them with an experience they have never had before and encourage people to play football from an early age,” Messi told reporters.David Xirau, director of Mediapro Exhibitions said the theme park will “use the most advanced technology” to combine attractions with spaces to play the world’s most popular sport.Companies from China have invested heavily in foreign clubs in recent years as President Xi Jinping has called for the country to develop a world-class soccer industry.Chinese ambitions for soccer have also extended to spicing up the domestic league with a clutch of high-profile signings.Messi is Barcelona’s highest paid player, earning an estimated 40 million euros ($45 million) per year, which is set to increase this summer as he is expected to sign a bumper new long-term contract with Barca, where his current deal runs until 2018.advertisementMessi’s image rights have come under the spotlight since he was charged with avoiding 4.1 million euros of tax on his commercial earnings between 2009 and 2011.He was found guilty of tax fraud along with his father Jorge last year, and handed a prison sentence of 21 months and a fine of 2 million euros.His appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court last month although he is unlikely to go to prison.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 up for pre-orders in India on Mi.com

first_imgXiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 will be available for pre-orders in India via Mi.com. The pre-orders of the devices will be start at 12PM today. Under this pre-order, all the three smartphones by Xiaomi will be available only under online payment, and no cash on delivery (COD) will be available. That being said, the consumers who wish to pre-order the Redmi 4, Redmi 4A or the Redmi Note 4 will have to pay the entire amount online while pre-booking.The pre-orders at the company website – Mi.com starts at 12 noon. So, after pre-booking one of the device, the buyer will reportedly get the smartphone delivered with 5 days of time. No cash on delivery available. Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 are also available on Xiaomi India’s first Mi Home in Bengaluru, and all the three devices are said to be the most popular devices among the Xiaomi fans.Launched last month, Redmi 4 is available in three variants on Mi.com today. One with the 2GB RAM and 16GB at Rs 6,999, the second one come packed with 3GB RAM with 32GB storage at Rs 8,999, while the third variant features 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and is priced at Rs. 10,999.In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD with 2.5D curved glass display, Snapdragon 435 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Further, the device It sports an all-metal body and features a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash and 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone is further backed by a 4100mAh battery.advertisementOn the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999. In terms of specifications, the Redmi 4A comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, Snapdragon 425 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While on the camera front, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture and is also coupled with a LED flash that sits right next to the camera. On the front, the smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Redmi 4A is backed by 3120mAh battery with fast charging support and is coupled with 16GB internal storage which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 2.5D curved glass IPS display. Further, the smartphone runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by Snapdragon 625. The smartphone is available in two RAM variants — 3GB and 4GB of RAM memory. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, which is further coupled with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and also dual-tone LED flash. Note 4 further sports a 5-megapixel selfie shooter which comes coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Further, the device is backed by a 4100mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi just beat Apple to become world’s top wearable company, it claimsAlso Read: Xiaomi’s first Mi Home store in India is now open for everyonelast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan, GMR Group invest in South Africa’s T20 cricket league

first_imgIndian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and infrastructural company GMR group have invested in South Africa’s T20 Global League, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced here on Monday.Shah Rukh has added the third team to his name in the franchise-based T20 league after owning Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL and Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Khan has now been handed the ownership of the host city Cape Town, with the team yet to be named. Proteas batsman Jean-Paul Duminy has been named as the marquee player of his side.The Bollywood star has seen success in these tournaments with IPL franchise KKR winning the league twice in 2012 and 2014 and the CPL franchise TKR winning the league once in 2015.On the other side, GMR group has faced a tough time with the ownership of Delhi Daredevils in IPL — who had a below-par performance in the league.GMR group, earlier this year purchased a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) team from Lucknow — which will feature in the tournament this season.The infrastructural group has been handed the ownership of the host city Johannesburg, with the team yet to be named. South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada has been named as the marquee player of his side.Qatar Lubricants Co. (QALCO), Managing Director, Fawad Rana has been handed the ownership of team belonging from Durban. Batsman Hashim Amla will feature as the marquee player of this team.Haier Pakistan, CEO, Javed Afridi has been handed the ownership of team belonging from Benoni. Batsman Quinton de Kock will feature as the marquee player of this team.advertisementOsman Osman has been handed the ownership of team belonging from Pretoria. AB de Villiers will feature as the marquee player of this team.Nedbank group Director, Mustaq Brey has been handed the ownership of team belonging from Stellenbosch. Batsman Faf du Plessis will feature as the marquee player of this team.Channel 2 Chairman Ajay Sethi has been handed the ownership of team belonging from Port Elizabeth. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir will feature as the marquee player of this team.Sushil Kumar has been handed the ownership of team belonging from Bloemfontein. South African batsman David Miller will feature as the marquee player of this team.CSA president Chris Nenzani said to have received overwhelming interests for owning a franchise in the league but have shortlisted only the heavy hitters in a statement released by the board.”Competition was stiff, with more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) received from around the world and a shortlist of heavy hitters to consider. But after rigorous discussions and engagement with each of the potential owners, we are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said Nenzani.The player draft is scheduled on August 19 later this year with almost 400 players from 10 countries confirming their interest, said the statement.last_img read more

Waqar Younis was a ‘total failure’ as head coach: Kamran Akmal

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has lashed out at former head coach Waqar Younis for causing a lot of damage to the country’s cricket and failing to guide the national side to success during his two separate stints as the head coach.In an interview to a TV channel, Kamran revealed that Waqar’s enthusiasm to ‘experiment’ with the players and sidelining important players had put the Pakistan team lagging behind by two to three years.”With due respect, Waqar was a failure as coach and he caused lot of damage to Pakistan cricket. In his enthusiasm to experiment and sideline established players, he put the national team back by two to three years,”the Dawn quoted Kamran as saying.It should be noted that this is the first time that a current Pakistan player has openly criticised Waqar for being an abject failure in his two separate tenures as head coach in 2010-2011 and 2014- 2016.The wicketkeeper-batsman, who appeared in 53 Tests and 157 ODIs for Pakistan, said that Waqar certainly had issues with some players and that he also had no plans to take the national side forward.”I don’t know the reasons but Waqar certainly had issues with some players. He had no plans on how to take Pakistan forward. An example was when he went to the 2015 World Cup and asked Younis Khan to open the innings and then sidelined Sarfraz Ahmed until late in the tournament,” Kamran said.Although Kamran admitted that Waqar was a great player, he insisted that the fast bowling great was a ‘total failure’ as a coach.advertisement”I can remember Umar Akmal scored a hundred in an Asia Cup match and in the next game he was batting behind Shahid Afridi and others. Waqar no doubt was a great player for Pakistan but as a coach he was a total failure,” he said.Waqar, who was forced to step down after the national side fared poorly in the last World Twenty20 in India in 2016, had criticized Kamran on various occasions besides also questioning his selection in the team.The 35-year-old was recalled to the team for the tour to West Indies earlier this year and Waqar had questioned what was the need of keeping two wicket-keepers in the side.”I have played under different coaches including Bob Woolmer and I can say they used to plan and they used to create a rapport with the players. Waqar insisted on training hard all the time and not having the players also focus on their skills and cricket development was damaging to the team. The best part is that Waqar as coach himself kept two keepers in the side,” Kamran said.last_img read more

Leander Paes and Alexander Zverev crash out of Cincinnati Open

first_imgIndian tennis ace Leander Paes and his German partner Alexander Zverev were knocked out of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after going down in the opening round of the men’s doubles event here on Wednesday.The Indo-German pair, who comfortably won the first set, failed to continue their momentum and fell to a 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-6 defeat against Spainiard duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in a jam-packed outer stadium match.Following the defeat, Zverev reflected on his debut partnership with Paes.The 20-year-old said that although they have lost the match today, it was fun playing with him.”I know him quite well. He’s a good guy. Unfortunately we lost today, but it was fun playing with him,” the ATP website quoted Zverev, as saying.Zverev also admitted that the doubles’ event can improve his singles game.”The serve and return helps. You get used to the conditions a little bit more, the match conditions. That’s very good. Obviously the volleys improve,” the right-hander said.Zverev has already clinched five titles this year, while Paes is a veteran of 54 doubles titles.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal sues ex-French sports minister over doping allegations

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal has sought 100,000 euros in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she levelled doping allegation against the Spanish tennis maestro.Roselyne Bachelot, who served as Minister for Health and Sport of France between 2007 and 2010, had alleged that Nadal’s seven-month injury break in 2012 was due to the failed drug test.However, neither Nadal nor Bachelot were present at the court hearing, which took place in Paris on Friday.Nadal’s lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, informed the court that the doping allegations levelled by Bachelot could have had “major consequences” for his client, concerning his “existing or future sponsors”.The lawyer further told that Nadal had asked him to put the matter to rest by passing on his medical file, which clearly reveals a very serious left knee injury.On the other hand, Bachelot’s lawyer Olivier Chappuis argued that the International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping programme was at fault and that the governing body “has always been astonishingly lax”.”There is a vast gap between the success he enjoys and the weakness of anti-doping controls.What sponsor has abandoned Rafael Nadal because of these comments? None,” he claimed, suggesting the court award symbolic damages to Nadal if his client is found guilty of one euro,” Sport24 quoted Chappuis, as saying.It should be noted that the 16-time Grand Slam champion has never failed a drugs test and had defended his training methods and out-rightly rejected to have used any banned substance in order to speed up his recovery from injury.advertisementA verdict is likely to be declared on November 16.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh met Deepika’s dad, Prakash Padukone. Here’s what happened next

first_imgAnushka Sharma’s grand Tuscan wedding with Virat Kohli might have put some ideas into Ranveer Singh’s head.Just a week after the celebrations, Ranveer Singh met Deepika Padukone’s father and shared a picture in his Instagram story. After this, he wrote, “Meeting the God of badminton.”Click here to EnlargeUsually, Ranveer is known for his flamboyant, bordering on eccentric dressing sense. Well this time, much to our surprise, he was wearing a calm grey suit. All set to impress Daddy-in-law?Ranveer was attending an event at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Excellence in Bengaluru where he also met Rahul Dravid, Abhinav Bindra, Geet Sethi and Vishwanathan Anand. On his Instagram story, Ranveer added pictures with each of the sports star he met. Deepika Padukone shared a picture on her Instagram. Ranveer is still awaiting the release of his film Padmavati , directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film has attracted fire from various quarters, and has been accused of “distorting” history.ALSO WATCH| Unforgettables: Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh discuss their acting journeylast_img read more

Love sand art? World’s first online sand art course to launch in March 2018

first_imgSudarshan Pattnaik, the sand artist’s dream of taking the art form to art enthusiasts with an online course will soon become a reality with the support of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the HRD ministry.The course is about to launch in the month of March 2018 with the support of IGNOU as it can help in creating wider reach for the audience.About the online sand art course:The course was announced almost a year back, scheduled for launch in March 2018, will be world’s first certificate course in sand artThe course will begin before March 31, 2018. The work has already been started for the project and video lectures have been prepared alreadyIt has to be fine-tuned as per MOOC’S (massive open online courses) normsMany of the artist’s overseas friends were also keen on taking the initiative forward in their respective countriesBoth theory and practical model of the courses will be prepared for the programme:In theory, the students will learn about selection of sand, use of water, measurement of sand and use of props while making the art, carving, how to form pyramid shape and the whole process of making a sculpture on sandVarious videos will be made displaying the making of a sculpture on sand and will be put online through IGNOU’s website for students. The videos will give them ample of knowledge from selecting and gathering of sand to give finishing touch to the sculptureAccording to the artist, several brilliant sand artists lag behind due to the absence of the required academic background.advertisementPattnaik want India to be the first country to offer sand art training:The sand artist wants India to become the first country across the globe to offer sand art training to sand artists and he has noticed the number of such artists are increasing now.”I want to give a platform to upcoming sand artists. I have submitted the course design and syllabus and will now fine tune this. I had been waiting for their response for over a year and now they have given me assurance that the course will begin in March 2018,” the artist told PTI.Read: Washington University to mentor IIT Delhi students, signs agreementRead: National Medical Commission Bill approved by Union Cabinet, MCI to be replacedlast_img read more

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli too fast even for a 23-year-old

first_imgMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are supremely fit and they are lightning quick between the wickets. When the two bat together, it is a delight to see them sprint between the wickets to steal tight singles, convert ones into twos and twos into threes.Kohli has been a staunch advocator of fitness and he has inspired not just his teammates but athletes around the country with his professionalism. The India captain was chubby when he had first arrived on the international scene but today, he is among the fittest athletes in the world and is an ace fielder, quick runner and at 29, he continues to raise the bar higher than ever.Then there is Dhoni, who at 36, is as fit as any of his younger colleagues. The former captain is still a champion wicketkeeper and can run faster than most batsmen in world cricket.And these two stars, Kohli and Dhoni, ran a sprint with Axar Patel, who at 23, is a lot younger than the superstars. And guess what! Axar was beaten hands down. By the end of the race. he admitted it was a hard task to beat those two. With all due respect to Axar, why even try!Hard task to beat these two legends in a race. #triedmybest @BCCI pic.twitter.com/FE3PFZXTBS- Akshar patel (@akshar2026) November 6, 2017last_img read more

World Cup Bore: Greece-Ivory Coast

first_imgTickets remain for only seven of the 64 World Cup matches, with the Greece-Ivory Coast game the least popular one so far.Mmore than 2.5 million tickets have been sold for soccer’s premier event. FIFA says the World Cup in Brazil is the most successful tournament in terms of ticket requests.Most matches sold out quickly after tickets became available March 12. Fans have until April 1 to purchase tickets. The next sales phase opens April 15.The Greece-Ivory Coast game is in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. Nigeria-Bosnia and Russia-South Korea, both in the wetlands city of Cuiaba, also have tickets available.Tickets are also available for Uruguay-Costa Rica in Fortaleza, South Korea-Algeria in the southern city of Porto Alegre, Honduras-Switzerland in the jungle city of Manaus and Bosnia-Iran in the northeastern city of Salvador.FIFA doesn’t release specific numbers of tickets for each game, but the matchup between Greece and Ivory Coast on June 24 was the only one with “high availability” in three of the four sales categories.Honduras-Switzerland was the closest to being sold out, with FIFA saying there was “low availability” only in the most expensive category.In this sales stage, tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis. More than two-thirds of the matches sold out in less than three hours. Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour, as were all of the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matchups in the June 12-July 13 tournament.Tickets were not on sale for the opener between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo, the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, and the semifinals in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.FIFA said about 295,000 tickets have been sold in this phase. In all, about 3.3 million tickets will be sold for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950.Nearly 540,000 tickets will be available for pickup beginning in May.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Warriors Curry The Knicks, 125-94

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. — Birthday boy Stephen Curry received a postgame locker room visit from Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who gifted Golden State’s All-Star point guard from Charlotte with a football jersey sporting his No. 30.What a way to celebrate turning 27. He had a snazzy cake and new sneakers, too.Curry dazzled for 25 points and 11 assists, and the Warriors beat the New York Knicks 125-94 on March 14 for their eighth straight home victory.Curry was serenaded with a “Happy Birthday” song from fans during one timeout. “It was a fun night all the way around,” Curry said. “It’s special that they’re having fun.”Curry ended the first half with a contested 3-pointer from the top of the arc as he leaned in and let it go, legs off balance. He finished 6-of-10 on 3s.Klay Thompson added 27 points with six 3s, and the Splash Brothers combined for 29 points by halftime to highlight a 47-point second quarter that blew open the game.Andrea Bargnani had 18 points for the Knicks and Alexey Shved added 14.After having their five-game winning streak snapped a night earlier at Denver with the regulars resting, Curry and Co. kick-started a welcome six-game homestand with plenty of pizazz for the Western Conference leaders (52-13), who topped their win total of last season.“When those guys get hot it’s really hard to cool them off,” New York’s Lance Thomas said. “Once we took our foot off the gas defensively, that’s when they executed.”Midway through the third, Curry drove the baseline and dished to Thompson for a 3. A couple minutes later, he drove through traffic for a left-handed layup and fell a few rows back into the baseline fans.Curry was greeted in the locker room before the game by a cake in the form of his All-Star 3-point contest trophy and new Under Armour sneakers. “That’s probably the craziest cake (I’ve had),” he said.Averaging 25.6 points in nine previous games against New York, he hit that mark again. Curry knocked down consecutive 3-pointers early in the opening quarter to find his stroke.“He’s just one of the best in the world at what he does,” Thompson said.Coach Steve Kerr’s move to rest Curry, Thompson, Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala in Denver certainly looked genius a day later — with his team playing a fifth game in seven days and sixth in nine.“We looked like ourselves again with our pace and taking care of the ball,” Kerr said. “Thirty-four assists to (nine) turnovers, that’s a coach’s dream.”The Warriors lost 114-103 to the Nuggets with a short bench. Bogut sure looked fresh and had two big first-quarter dunks.Draymond Green added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors beat the Knicks for the ninth time in 12 meetings and 19 in 25.New York snapped its five-game skid March 12 at the Lakers while shooting 9-of-18 on 3-pointers. But a sluggish, sloppy second quarter put the Knicks in an insurmountable 73-52 halftime hole. Longtime fan and director Spike Lee watched the rout from courtside.University of Washington coach and former Warriors guard Lorenzo Romar was shown on the Kiss Cam late in the second quarter but didn’t see it, so they moved on to another couple.(JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Hoop Star Spanoulis Cites Threats

first_imgATHENS – A Greek prosecutor is investigating a complaint Panathinaikos basketball club owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos threatened Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis.Spanoulis had riled the crowd during his team’s 77-66 victory over Panathinaikos, intensifying the rivalry between Greece’s mortal basketball enemies whose fans hate each other.Spanoulis is due to be called to give evidence this week and will be asked whether he wants to file charges against Giannakopoulos, who is alleged to have threatened the Greece international, as well as his family.The game between the two sides had to be temporarily suspended after Panathinaikos fans spilled onto the court when Spanoulis celebrated after scoring, taunting the Greens crowd which went wild.Giannakopoulos issued a statement saying he acted out of character and that he spoke to Spanoulis to explain what he said and meant.The enmity between the teams and fans runs deep and there have been a number of violent incidents and rowdy games invaded by fans pouring onto the court.Olympiacos played without American forward James Gist, who tested positive for marijuana use and Panathinaikos’ defeat led to the firing of coach Dusko Ivanovic after only ten months. Greek coaches are routinely and rapidly fired unless they deliver quick, dramatic results.Panathinaikos will likely also face a home ban ahead of the playoffs because fans charged onto the court, a common occurrence in games between the teams.Panathinaikos was fined 150,000 euros last month after the fiery Giannakopoulos accused officials of showing bias towards Barcelona in a Euroleague game.Panathinaikos has been bounced from European play while Olympiacos is playing on.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks’ Bird Clips Twins, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Greg Bird shrugged his shoulders a few times, gave a bashful smile or two and talked about how he’s just honored to be helping his Yankees teammates. Nothing seemed to faze this 22-year-old rookie.Not even those two soaring homers he hit in his fourth big league start.Bird hit a pair two-out, two-run drives Aug. 19, supporting an overpowering effort by Nathan Eovaldi and leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins for a three-game sweep.“His composure. You feel like he’s been here already six months,” teammate Chase Headley said. “He’s very calm.”Eovaldi (13-2) did not allow a baserunner until Chris Hermann singled with one out in the sixth. Topping 100 mph on the scoreboard radar a handful of times, Eovaldi was touched for three runs in the inning when he lost command of his secondary pitches.In seven electric innings, Eovaldi gave up four hits and struck out eight. He walked three in improving to 8-0 in his last 11 starts since June 20.Dellin Betances pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save — first since July 1 — for the AL East leaders, winners of six of seven.Called up from Triple-A on Aug. 13, Bird has been in the lineup since replacing Mark Teixeira on the field Aug. 17 after the switch-hitter fouled a ball off his right shin. He connected twice off Ervin Santana, who fell to 0-8 in his last 11 starts against New York.“This whole week’s been crazy,” Bird said, “but at the end of the day I’m just trying to do my job here, nothing more nothing less.”Bird got a ride to the ballpark from his parents, then he gave them something to remember in the fourth inning, sending an 0-1 pitch into the second deck in right field after Carlos Beltran squirted a hit off the glove of diving second baseman Brian Dozier.He put New York back in front in the sixth, this time after Beltran was walked by Santana (2-4), with a homer into the Yankees bullpen for a 4-3 lead. The 38,086 fans demanded a curtain call and he obliged with a quick wave of the helmet from the top step of the dugout.“The first one at any level,” he said.Bird did not get to face Santana for a shot at three long balls. The right-hander with a red glove was lifted for Trevor May with two outs in the eighth and Bird due up. With fans in the bleachers chanting, “Greg Bird!” he struck out.The lefty swinging first baseman from Colorado got his first career RBI on Aug. 18 and received plenty of praise from Manager Joe Girardi about 12 hours later.“This is a big comparison and I’m not saying this is what my expectation is, but Miguel Cabrera had a slow clock and really had an understanding of what he wanted to do. And I think Greg Bird has an understanding of who he is and what he wants to do,” said Girardi, who managed Cabrera with the Marlins in 2006.Shane Robinson followed Hermann’s one-out hit in the sixth with a single. After an out, Dozier walked — following a 102 mph fastball — on a splitter in the dirt. Joe Mauer laced an 87 mph slider into right-center for two runs. Trevor Plouffe drove in another with a chopper to third for an infield single on a splitter.“That split combination with the velocity was too much for us to handle today,” Twins Manager Paul Molitor said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Beats Panetolikos, 1-0

first_imgATHENS — Olympiacos beat 10-man Panetolikos 1-0 at home on Dec. 13, extending its record winning streak in the Greek league to 13 matches.Alejandro Dominguez scored the only goal in first half stoppage time, a drive from outside the area that swerved away from substitute goalkeeper Manolis Stefanakos.Stefanakos replaced starting keeper Dimitris Kyriakidis, who was shown a straight red card just before halftime for handling the ball outside his area.Dominguez could have scored a second, but saw his penalty kick blocked by Stefanakos in the 55th.Olympiacos is 11 points ahead of second-place Panathinaikos, a 2-0 winner over Asteras.Panathinaikos moved over AEK Athens, which drew 1-1 at Panionios on Dec. 12. Panetolikos is joint 13th with Atromitos, which beat Kalloni 1-0.Also, Veria drew 1-1 at Xanthi.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former Jets Lineman Winston Hill Dies

first_imgNEW YORK — Winston Hill, a durable All-Pro offensive tackle who played 15 seasons and helped protect Joe Namath on the way to the New York Jets’ Super Bowl victory in 1969, has died. He was 74.The team announced April 26 that Hill, a member of the Jets’ inaugural Ring of Honor class in 2010, died in his adopted hometown of Denver.Hill made a franchise-record eight All-Star teams, the first five at left tackle and the last three on the right side. He also holds the team mark for offensive linemen with 195 consecutive games played, keeping his streak going despite breaking a leg in the 1965 preseason. Hill also was selected in 1970 for the AFL’s All-Time second team.Jets owner Woody Johnson called Hill “one of the Jets’ all-time greats” in a statement provided by the team.“I was very sad to hear of the passing of Winston Hill,” Johnson said. “He was our most decorated player with a franchise-record eight all-star game appearances. And as accomplished as he was on the field, he was an even better person whose profound impact on his teammates and those who came in contact with him left an impression for a lifetime.“He was the type of man who, if you were his friend, you thought you were his best friend.”Hill, who grew up in Joaquin, Texas, was drafted by Baltimore in the 11th round of the 1962 NFL draft out of Texas Southern, where he played on both the offensive and defensive lines.The Colts released him in August 1963 and he signed with the Jets the next day. He quickly established himself as one of pro football’s top offensive linemen, making three straight AFL All-Star games in 1967-69 and four straight Pro Bowls from 1970-73.In addition to protecting Namath, Hill helped block for Matt Snell, who ran for 121 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 16-7 Super Bowl victory over Baltimore.“Winnie was like my brother,” former center John Schmitt told the team’s website. “He was a terrific football player. His heart was as big as his body. He did not have a bad thing to say about anyone. I am going to miss that turkey.”Hill’s final season came in 1977 with the Los Angeles Rams, who also had Namath that year.After retiring from football, Hill opened a BBQ and ribs restaurant in Centennial, Colorado.Hill joined Namath, wide receiver Don Maynard and coach Weeb Ewbank — all members of that Super Bowl-winning team — along with running back Curtis Martin and defensive lineman Joe Klecko as the Jets’ first Ring of Honor inductees.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

France Defense Excels in 1-0 Victory over Peru in Group C

first_imgYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — With all its attacking talent, France proved it also has class in defense.Other coaches might envy Didier Deschamps, who has a forward line bursting with skill, speed and goals. But Peru coach Ricardo Gareca looked at the other end Thursday after his team lost 1-0.“I think France did some outstanding work of defense,” said Gareca, whose team was eliminated while the French advanced to the knockout stage.“Credit needs to be given to France, it’s not that Peru fell short,” Gareca said. “Unlike their other games, France had very strong tactical discipline to neutralize Peru. Something that wasn’t visible in their other matches.”After Peru lost its opening game to Denmark 1-0, it needed a least a point against France to stay in contention following a 36-year absence from the tournament. With striker Paolo Guerrero back in the starting lineup, Peru’s players used any and every opportunity to put France under pressure.It didn’t work.France’s Blaise Matuidi celebrates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. France won 1-0. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Deschamps made two tactical changes for the game, using Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in the starting line-up. The result upfront was visible. France was more fluid than in the 2-1 victory over Australia and the cooperation between midfielders Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante with the attackers resulted in a number of scoring opportunities.But when Peru was on a desperate attack, they all were ready to help at the back.It was not just defenders Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez who were solid for the second straight game.“It doesn’t come only from the French defense,” Deschamps said. “The attacking players did what they had to do. They made an effort for the team to be compact, to work together. It was very important to have very solid defense.”France neutralized Guerrero to a single chance in the first half. But goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made his 100th international appearance, saved his low shot from close range.In the second half, France kept Peru at a distance, allowing mostly only long range attempts on goal.Even such an offensive ace as Kylian Mbappe, who scored the winning goal in the first half, came to help.“If the team needs it, you need to sacrifice yourself,” Mbappe said. “Today, sometimes we didn’t need to be up the field … this is what I did.”—By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressFrance’s Paul Pogba, second right comforts Peru’s Anderson Santamaria at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)France’s Blaise Matuidi jubilates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)France’s Blaise Matuidi jubilates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more