Danny Welbeck’s double guided a heavily rotated Arsenal to a hard-earned 3-1 win over Brentford and into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.One of nine changes from the weekend win over Everton, Welbeck was on target twice before a splendid Alan Judge free-kick set up a tense final half hour at Emirates Stadium.The Championship side were emboldened and, for a period, pressed hard in search of an equaliser that ultimately never came, Arsenal stabilising adequately and eventually sealing Unai Emery’s sixth straight victory through substitute Alexandre Lacazette in stoppage time. 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! The new Gunners boss is attempting to do something his predecessor Arsene Wenger never achieved in winning this competition, and the quality of several passages in between the stern second-half examination will have delivered belief that is very much a possibility.@DannyWelbeck@LacazetteAlexBring on the next round of the @Carabao_Cup#CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/Njwavt62sn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 26, 2018The course of the match might have differed had Bernd Leno’s puzzlingly poor touch from a Shkodran Mustafi back-pass not trickled wide of his own net in the second minute.Instead, Arsenal were ahead moments later as Welbeck rose unchallenged to emphatically head in Matteo Guendouzi’s corner in the fifth minute.His second, eight minutes before the interval, capped a sweeping move with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and the overlapping Nacho Monreal combining to provide a tap-in.An unexpected twist came when midfielder Judge fizzed a brilliant free-kick in off the upright and Brentford almost had an equaliser in quick time, Sergi Canos flashing a shot over the bar.Penalties remained a possibility right until Lacazette put the seal on Arsenal’s victory with a determined finish three minutes into added time, fellow substitute Lucas Torreira with the assist. What it means: Gunners in syncThis kind of banana skin fixture could well have eroded some of Arsenal’s momentum, but Emery’s second string handled the occasion professionally when required and, at times, with real style.Emery’s decision to retain only Monreal and Mustafi on his starting XI was justified as the fluidity of the second goal demonstrated an entire squad operating on the same wavelength.Leno looks the partThough beaten by Judge’s free-kick – for which he could do very little – two moments in the first half served to illustrate how comfortably Leno can slot in should Petr Cech’s form tail off.The German recovered from a nervy early moment to instigate Welbeck’s second with a brave pass from the back, having not long earlier raced off his line to snuff out a counter-attack in true sweeper-keeper fashion.Guendouzi lapse punishedSupplier of the opening goal, Guendouzi undid that good work by offering Brentford a way back into the match after half-time. It was the teenager’s unnecessary foul on the edge of the area which Judge emphatically converted.3 – Danny Welbeck is the first @premierleague player to score in three different club competitions this season (League, Europa League and #CarabaoCup). Spread. #ARSBRE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2018What’s next?Arsenal will seek to maintain their winning run when Watford visit in the Premier League on Saturday, the same day as Brentford host Reading in the second tier. read more
Manchester United midfielder Fred has revealed that Thierry Henry and Gilberto Silva were among his Premier League heroes in his younger years.The Brazil international joined the Old Trafford club in the close season from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring one goal in his first seven appearances.The 25-year-old has been left out of the starting XI in each of United’s last four matches, however, as Jose Mourinho’s side struggle for consistency at the start of the season. 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! And Fred admits that he was always keeping a close eye on developments in England’s top flight as a youngster, revealing that two former Arsenal stars were players he particularly admired.”I always watched a lot of English football. It has always been really strong,” he told United’s official club website . “I used to watch United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, when Gilberto Silva used to play there. I have many idols like Gilberto, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes – many great players that have been here as well.”Fred spent five years in Ukraine with Shakhtar before his switch to United, and although his new surroundings are vastly different, he is adapting to the language and is happy to have Portuguese and Spanish-speaking team-mates.”I managed to do some classes in Ukraine but people there didn’t really speak English,” he added. “They spoke Russian so that’s what I learned there.”I didn’t get to practice much English but now I’m here and I’m going to classes. I want to learn as quickly as possible because I know it will help me to integrate and adapt here.”I already know a lot of sentences, many words – ‘How are you?’ – I know how to communicate. I’m studying, so hopefully I will be better in no time.”My wife talks a lot with Fernandinho and Ederson’s wives. For the players, the fixtures and training schedules are very different so we end up not having time.”I hang out more with the United squad – Andreas Pereira and the players who speak Spanish. Even those who speak English. We meet after work to play video games and have dinner. It is important for the team. Paul Pogba, Andreas, Eric Bailly… we are close friends.”
Zohmingliana Ralte headed in a late winner as Aizawl FC edged closer to creating history with a 1-0 victory over Mohun Bagan in a crucial I-League match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday.Ralte in the 83rd minute, exploited some loose marking by the Mohun Bagan defenders to find the net in the closing stages of a match which saw an intense battle between the two teams.Post Match Celebrations at Aizawl.#AFC 1:0 #MB #AFCvMB #HeroILeague pic.twitter.com/9AGNkJU5Wp- Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) April 22, 2017Aizawl are now favourites for the title, having regained the top spot in the league table with 36 points from 17 matches.Post Match Celebrations at Aizawl.#AFC 1:0 #MB #AFCvMB #HeroILeague pic.twitter.com/JENUcoSFTc- Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) April 22, 2017They are now on the brink of creating history as even a draw in their last match against Shillong Lajong FC will see them cap their fairytale run and become the first team from the north-east to win the I-League.Mohun Bagan on the other hand, are in a complicated situation. The Kolkata giants have dropped to the second place with a tally of 33 points from 17 matches.They need to beat top division debutants Chennai City FC in their last match and hope that Lajong manage to defeat Aizawl. If the fervent prayers of their fans are answered and such a scenario does happen, then Mohun Bagan will win the title due to their superior goal difference and head to head record.
New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) The process of honouring eminent persons from different walks of life with Padma awards for 2018 has begun with the Home Ministry inviting nominations.The last date for receipt of the nominations for the top civilian honours for 2018 is September 15, 2017, according to a notification issued by the home ministry.The awards seek to recognise work of distinction and exceptional achievements in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.The nominations or recommendations for the Padma awards will be received online only on the Padma portal designed by the ministry which is available on the address www.padmaawards.gov.in.Nominations are invited every year from all state governments, union territories, ministries, departments of the central government and individuals.Recommendations can be made by state governments, UTs ministries, departments of the government of India, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, central and state ministers, chief ministers and governors of state, Members of Parliament, etc.The nominations are placed before the Padma awards committee, constituted by the Prime Minister every year.Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards for the year 2018 will be announced on the eve of the Republic Day next year. PTI ACB SK
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said even his side’s rock-like defence was powerless to resist Real Madrid’s firepower as the Italian club’s hopes of a first Champions League triumph in 21 years ended in heartache on Saturday.The Italian champions’ defensive wall had been almost impregnable all season in Europe but was reduced to rubble as Real roared to victory with three goals after the break.”In the first half we played beautifully but they pushed the accelerator in the second half and we could not resist,” Allegri, whose side had been bidding to become the eighth club to land the “treble” having won Serie A and the Copa Italia this year, told reporters.Juventus leaked three goals in 12 games en route to the final, twice shutting out Barcelona’s feared attack in the quarter-finals before blunting a free-scoring Monaco strike force in the semis.But the granite-like trio of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci cracked after Juventus had been the better side in a first half that ended 1-1.”The two goals in quick succession hurt us and we were not able to react,” Allegri said.”The only criticism I could make is that after the second goal we should have stayed in the game mentally to make sure we still had chances.”In a sizzling first half, Cristiano Ronaldo put Real ahead before Mario Mandzukic’s incredible overhead kick, one of the great European Cup final goals, deservedly drew Juventus level under the Principality Stadium roof.Juventus retreated after the break, though, and Casemiro’s deflected strike restored Real’s lead on the hour before Ronaldo struck the killer blow three minutes later.advertisementAfter substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off, Marco Asensio rubbed salt into Juve’s wounds as they fell to their fifth successive defeat in a Champions League final.”I had to take some risks tonight,” Allegri said. “We had to try to score a goal, get ahead, and then defend in the second part of the game. But we were not able to do that.”With a bit more luck we could have finished the first half in the lead and then it would have been a different match.”With keeper Gianluigi Buffon close to 40, Barzagli 36 and Chiellini and Bonucci the wrong side of 30, it is tempting to suggest that Juve’s rearguard will soon need rebuilding.Allegri, however, said the crushing defeat was far from the end of the road for his side.”No I don’t think Juve has reached the end of a cycle at all,” Allegri said.”Buffon will still be goalie next season and Barzagli with be with us for another year. They still have lots to give this club. But we can improve the team.”We all need to rest now but after the holidays we will return with new drive and stimulus.”
Ace wrestler Geeta Phogat, whose life has inspired Aamir Khan’s Dangal, will be seen on your TV screens tomorrow onwards in Khatron Ke Khiladi on Colors TV. As for Geeta, she would not waste a single second after wrapping up the promotional activities of the show, and will get back to her first love–wrestling beginning Monday. Because she has promised to win the upcoming national championship in November and make India proud. And for that she and her husband are planning to shift to an akhara, so that they can be there 24X7 and practice.We caught up with Geeta at The Lalit, Connaught Place as she came promoting her show.JOINED KHATRON KE KHILADI FOR EXPLORING SOMETHING NEW”I’ve done wrestling all my life and I’ve never tried any other sport apart from that. One of the reasons to join the show was to explore other sports. Of course, I asked my family, my father, they said it’s up to me if I wanted to do the show. Sisters said that you must not say no to any stunt no matter what.”But turned out things didn’t go as planned. Geeta had to say NO to performing certain stunts.DIDN’T WANT TO ATTEMPT CERTAIN STUNTS”There are things that I haven’t done since my childhood. And I don’t do those things whatever might be the consequences. In Khatron Ke Khiladi, I felt that I shouldn’t do a certain stunts, and I refused to do them. You will know the details only once you watch the show,” she smiles.advertisementYES, I FELT SCARED; I CRIED”I didn’t fear the stunts, but there were certain things that happened due to which I felt scared, I cried. But then again, I can’t share much details about it,” she adds.I DIDN’T HANG OUT WITH OTHERS”I never used to go out, party or hang out with other people. I can understand that nearly all of them are TV stars and they are used to partying and going out. They used to ask me on all off days, if I wanted to go out with them, but I always used to tell them ki aaj neend poori karni hai, ek hi din ka rest mila hai,” she smiles, adding, “but I’m really lucky to have worked with all of them; they all were very supportive and very nice.”MY HUSBAND GETS IRRITATED WHEN I TALK ABOUT KKK”Life after marriage has been good. Earlier we used to talk over phone, now we stay together. And it helps that we are from the same field. We talk about wrestling mostly. But after doing Khatron Ke Khiladi, I talk about the show all the time and that has got my husband irritated. He says that these talks disturb him.”NO SATISFACTION IN DOING TV SHOWSMeanwhile, Geeta is looking forward to going back to what she loves the most–wrestling from this Monday. The wrestler admits that she wants to stay away from the limelight as much as possible and wants the promotional activities to end soon. “There’s no satisfaction in this life. The satisfaction that I get from wrestling is unparalleled.”
Samsung is reportedly planning to announce a rugged version of the recently launched S8, dubbed – Galaxy S8 Active soon. The South Korean smartphone maker has done the same with S6 and S7 as well by announcing the Galaxy S6 Active and S7 Active. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is already in works, hints a few reports making rounds about the smartphone. Now some newly leaked images of the upcoming S8 Active show Galaxy S8-like design, 4000mAh battery and more.The leak comes directly from a Samsung employee in San Francisco, and is first reported by Android Police. The images reveal a Galaxy S8-like design, but there seems to be little difference on the battery setup. The S8 Active with a model number SM-G892A appears with a massive 4000mAh battery, which is quite big as compared to the Galaxy S8 and also S8+. To recall, Galaxy S8 comes with a 3000 mAh battery, while the S8+ Plus is backed by a 3500 mAh battery.The upcoming S8 Active is said to sport a display of the same size as the standard S8’s 5.8-inch unit. But, what differs on the display front is the absence of the curved edges, and this could be because of the durability reason. Further looking at the leaked images, looks like S8 Active will be a phone very different is look as compared to the other Active phones. For the Active phones, Samsung always preferred rugged physical keys over the physical home and capacitive keys. And with the S8 Active, the company may follow the same strategy.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active spotted on Geekbench, specifications leakedFurthermore, the leaked images show that Samsung may have seemingly ditched the trademark reprogrammable Active Key for the Bixby button. The smrtphone is expected to run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Apart from these minor differences, Samsung’s upcoming S8 Active phone is expected to be much like the Galaxy S8. The smartphone is expected o come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expandable via a microSD card. While on the camera front, the smartphone is likely to sport a 12-megapixel camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is also seen with Qi wireless charging feature.Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been subjected to several leaks already. The alleged Galaxy S8 Active has been spotted GekkBench, benchmark website a few weeks ago. The website shows the smartphone with an almost no-bezel screen – Infinity display – and a similar sensor and button placement as in the Galaxy S8. Further, the phone achieved a score of 1842 in the single-core test and 6394 in the multi-core test.
While 2017 was all about smartphones with nearly bezel-less displays, 2018 could see a new trend, one where phones could have foldable displays. But ZTE has started things off a bit early, racing past the likes of Samsung to unveil its very own foldable smartphone, called the Axon M, in the US. The smartphone’s biggest highlight is its dual screen that can unfold to make up one giant screen.The new Axon M , isn’t exactly the kind of foldable smartphone one would imagine. There is no foldable OLED display here, like the ones Samsung and Apple are reportedly working on. Instead, the ZTE smartphone is a dual-screen smartphone with a hinge in between, something similar to the Kyocera Echo back in 2011. Essentially, you can fold the phone to have a display on the front and back, or you could open it up and the two 5.2-inch displays will make up one 6.75-inch display that is separated by the hinge.In terms of specifications, the ZTE Axon M sports two 5.2-inch (1080×1920) LCD displays with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD.Since this is a foldable smartphone, ZTE has incorporated just a single 20-megapixel camera with Sony’s IMX350 sensor, phase detection autofocus, f/1.8 aperture and dual LED flash. The handset features dual speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The dual screen design of the smartphone, however, makes the Axon M pretty thick and heavy at 12.1mm and 230 grams. The handset packs a 3180mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.advertisementNotably, the Axon M features three modes – Extend, Dual, and Mirror – that can be toggled via the M button in the navigation bar. The Extend mode lets you open an app across both the screens to give you more content at once. The Mirror mode basically shows the same content on two screens, while the Dual mode allows you to open two apps for better multitasking. The Dual mode in particular looks to make good use of Android’s split-screen feature.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy X could be company’s foldable phone, can compete with iPhone X in 2018The Axon M looks like a phone from ZTE that wants to be the first in the foldable smartphone arena, although it isn’t exactly a foldable phone in the futuristic sense of the word. We know that Samsung is working on a smartphone with a foldable OLED display, tipped to be called the Galaxy X, that could come out next year. While the Axon M does bring some novelty to the table in terms of design, the hardware, especially with last year’s Snapdragon 821 SoC, feels a little wanting.
Karachi, Nov 17 (PTI) Former Pakistan head coach, Waqar Younis believes cricket boards need to increase their monitoring of franchise based T20 leagues and educate the players to keep the sport clean of corruption.Islamabad United and the Pakistan Cricket Board faced embarrassment last February when two of the national team batsmen, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were found guilty of meeting with a bookmaker and agreeing to spot fix in the second Pakistan Super League.Both of them, who were with Islamabad United, were suspended and sent back home on the second day of the league from Dubai and have since then been banned for five years by a three member anti-corruption tribunal of the Pakistan board.Sharjeel has had his appeal been rejected by an independent adjudictor but his lawyer, Shaighan Ejaz confirmed that they would be going to the Lahore High Court to file another appeal against the ban as his client was innocent.”The menace of spot-fixing and gambling is like cancer for all sports including cricket and it is very important cricket boards take all steps to root out this problem from all cricket,” said Waqar, who is bowling coach and Director cricket in the Islamabad United franchise for the third edition of PSL.He noted that due to popularity of T20 franchise based leagues, players would be targeted by corrupt elements and they had to be educated to remain on guard all the time.”We are now carrying out a strict monitoring of all players in our franchise and we are confident that there will be no repeat of the last PSL incident this time,” the former captain added.advertisementPakistan cricket has been hit hard by fixing scandals starting with a judicial match fixing inquiry in the 90s which led to life ban on former test captain, Salim Malik in 2000.In 2010, then Pakistan captain Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir were all caught for spot-fixing during a test at Lords against England and subsequently banned for minimum of five years by the ICC. In 2012, the England and Wales cricket board banned Pakistan test leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria for life after finding him guilty of enticing other players to spot fix and meeting a bookie during the English county championship while playing as a pro for Essex.Some other leading Pakistani players have also come under suspicion over fixing allegations.Waqar also made it clear that more stringent anti- corruption measures should be taken by all boards if necessary and no player should be spared if found guilty of corruption.The former pacer, however, said that while T20 had grown in popularity but the importance of Test cricket remained even now.”Even now everyone knows that no player becomes a big player until he has played and performed in Test matches which is a real challenge.” PTI Cor ATK ATK
ATHENS — Two goals in the space of two minutes by Ergys Kace and Razvan Rat led PAOK to a 2-1 victory over visiting Atromitos in the Greek league on Oct. 19.Kace opened the scoring in the 27th, and Rat added the second two minutes later. Javier Umbides pulled one back in the 61st but Atromitos did not threaten to equalize despite PAOK playing a man short after the 76th minute, when defender Miguel Vitor was sent off with a second yellow card.The win kept PAOK atop the league standings, a point ahead of Veria, which beat last-place Levadiakos 2-1. Kalloni is three points back after beating Kerkyra 1-0, as is defending champion Olympiakos after a 3-2 win over Ergotelis.Also, OFI upset host Panathinaikos 2-1 and Platanias defeated Xanthi 1-0. Panionios hosts Giannena on Oct. 20.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The NFL’s troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Dec. 23 in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.Ninety-four ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.NFL domestic violence received 659 points and 29 first-place votes.The No. 2 sports story, Clippers owner Donald Sterling forced out by the NBA after his racist statements, had 518 points.Here are 2014’s top 10 stories:1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely.And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar.The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players’ union is balking at Goodell’s role in the disciplinary process.2. CLIPPERS’ STERLING BANNED: Donald Sterling had withstood accusations of racism throughout his more than three decades as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.But when audio surfaced April 25 of Sterling spewing racist remarks, he was banned for life by new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just four days later and forced to sell the team.3. LEBRON GOES HOME: This time, LeBron James decided to return home. Four years after spurning Cleveland to sign with the Miami Heat, the Northeast Ohio native and four-time NBA MVP announced July 11 that he was rejoining the Cavaliers to try to end the city’s half-century title drought.4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES: Jason Collins became the first openly gay man to play in the big four North American pro sports leagues when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 23.The veteran center had come out 10 months earlier, a trailblazing moment that helped inspire other athletes and sports officials to follow his lead in 2014. That included Missouri All-American Michael Sam, who went on to be drafted into the NFL, though he has yet to play in a game.5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES: Madison Bumgarner pitched seven dominant innings to win Game 1 of the World Series. Then the San Francisco ace topped himself with a shutout in Game 5. He outdid himself yet again with five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 to clinch the Giants’ third championship in five years.6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF: Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6. Oregon was upset by Arizona on Oct. 2, and Alabama fell to Ole Miss two days later. The rest of those teams’ regular-season games still mattered because of the new College Football Playoff, which made more and more matchups meaningful deep into the fall.7. TONY STEWART: One of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Tony Stewart, was taking part in a small sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9 when he struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. A grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Stewart, who skipped three NASCAR races as he grieved.8. WORLD CUP: Brazil’s World Cup was a big celebration until those German goals started piling up. The expected massive protests didn’t materialize, and the construction delays caused few headaches. The major disappointment came on the field when the hosts, without injured star Neymar, were thrashed 7-1 in the semifinals by eventual champion Germany.9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL: Richard Sherman’s Seattle defense was way too much for Peyton Manning’s Denver offense. The Seahawks flustered and flattened the Broncos with a 43-8 victory in the Super Bowl, when the weather cooperated outdoors in New Jersey.10. SOCHI OLYMPICS: The Sochi Olympics opened amid fears of terrorist attacks and denunciations of Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law. The games went on peacefully, with the hosts winning 33 medals — though not in hockey. But by the closing ceremony, darkness lurked nearby in the world in violence in Ukraine.___By Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer. Projects Editor Brooke Lansdale contributed to this report
NEW YORK — So much has changed for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Some defensive schemes are different, and so is the playing rotation.They can count on their upgraded offense until they figure out the rest.Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Nikola Mirotic had 18 and the Bulls won for the second time in two nights to open the season, beating the Brooklyn Nets 115-100 on Oct. 28.Pau Gasol added 16 points and Rose 15 for the Bulls, who followed their season-opening victory over Cleveland by shooting 54 percent and leading by as many as 19. They built a big early lead, blew most of it with a defenseless second quarter and quickly pulled away again in the third.The transition from Tom Thibodeau to new coach Fred Hoiberg appears seamless, though Rose insists it isn’t.“It’s only two games, we always have room to improve,” he said. “Do I love the way that we played these two games? Of course. We had some ups and downs, but we’ve still got to get better.”Brook Lopez had 26 points and Andrea Bargnani had 17. The Nets opened their 40th season in the NBA by falling into a quick 7-0 hole and trailing the rest of the way. They missed all nine 3-point attempts.Asked how he felt about what he saw, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said: “I don’t feel good about anything. We lost.”“As a coach, I understand that we did do some good things. As I told the team, we have to extend those good things to a longer period of time,” he added. “Cut down on our mistakes in giving them easy things and make them have to earn everything.”The Nets had won their first home game in all three seasons since moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn. They were hoping to get this game, one of their few at Barclays Center during a rough opening stretch. They play seven of their first 10 on the road, including a back-to-back this weekend at San Antonio and Memphis.Hoiberg said before the game it can be difficult to move past emotional games such as the 97-95 home victory over the Cavaliers, but the Bulls jumped to a 28-12 lead in Brooklyn.“It’s a sign of our focus, I think, a sign of what we’re trying to accomplish this year,” Gasol said.The Nets then made 16 of 23 shots and scored 36 points in the second, their highest-scoring quarter ever in an opener, to cut it to 58-55 at halftime.But Chicago opened it up again late in the third, getting a basket by Rose with 3:17 left to beat the shot clock after the Nets cut it to six. Butler added a couple of baskets to keep a safe lead from there.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Panathinaikos has been docked three points and fined for the fan violence that forced the referee to abort a Greek league match against Olympiacos.Panathinaikos forfeited the game and was fined 190,000 euros ($200,000). The club will also have to play its next four home matches behind closed doors.The decision follows the violence of Nov. 22, when home fans clashed with police before the game and threw flares at Olympiacos players as they walked out onto the field, injuring two people.Panathinaikos is now fifth in the Greek league standings with 19 points from 12 games. Olympiacos leads with 36 points.TweetPinShare0 Shares
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — England achieved something David Beckham’s generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final.England has advanced further than was widely expected. Not even the England side containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.England, the 1966 World Cup champion, last reached the semifinals in 1990. In 2014, the team didn’t even make it out of the group stage. But the performances of Gareth Southgate’s young lineup in Russia are being celebrated wildly back home.The surprising run is being fuelled by goals from set pieces, and there was another against Sweden when Maguire headed in a corner in the 30th minute.Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th, becoming — at 22 — the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup.“We knew set plays would be key,” Maguire said. “And also that little ball that Jesse sent in for Dele, that was great. We worked on that in practice.”It proved to be a match too far for the Swedes, who got further at a World Cup then they ever did with Zlatan Ibrahimovic — the team’s star for more than a decade — by being compact and hard to break down. That helped them win a two-leg playoff against Italy to get to the World Cup, top a group containing Germany, and then beat Switzerland in the round of 16.They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by England’s eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russia.The standard of England’s crossing has particularly stood out this tournament, and another brilliant delivery led to the second goal.A chant of “On our way, on our way, to Moscow, on our way” came from England fans in one corner of the Samara Arena.Although Sweden rallied in the final 30 minutes, forcing two good saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England comfortably held on for its first shutout of the tournament.STERLING’S STRUGGLESEngland forward Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup from his unusual position as the support striker to Harry Kane, and his finishing let him down against Sweden.Set clear by Jordan Henderson’s long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped. Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.Sterling’s movement was very good, though, causing Sweden’s slow defense problems throughout.SWEDISH TACTICSVirtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on. It was a sign of what was to come — direct balls, long throws, pressing — but it didn’t trouble England.The Sweden team got in a huddle after the game and coach Janne Andersson spoke to the players who, like England’s, had gotten further than expected.Sweden last reached the World Cup semifinals in 1994, and ended up finishing third.By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
TORONTO (AP) — GRIZZLIES 116, BUCKS 113MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 29 points, Mike Conley added 26 and Memphis used a late 15-2 run to hand Milwaukee its first home loss of the season.After losing a 15-point lead in the third quarter, Memphis surged ahead again late and held on with key baskets from Conley. With the shot clock winding down, Conley hit a turnaround jumper in the middle of the lane for a 113-109 lead with 26 seconds left.Conley also hit two foul shots with 9.9 seconds left for a four-point lead, though Shelvin Mack went 1 of 2 at the line with 2.1 seconds left to give the Bucks one last chance trailing by three.The Bucks inbounded the ball to their best 3-point shooter, Khris Middleton, but he missed near the top of the arc with two defenders in his face as time expired. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points, and Middleton added 25 for the Bucks.PISTONS 106, RAPTORS 104Reggie Bullock made the winning shot as time expired and the Detroit Pistons rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-104 on Wednesday night, giving coach Dwane Casey a victory over his former team.Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway each scored 13 points and Stanley Johnson had 12 for the Pistons. They had lost six of eight.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and Pascal Siakam and Greg Monroe each had 17 for the Raptors. They have lost consecutive home games after a 7-0 start. Toronto (12-3) also failed to match the best start in franchise history. The Raptors went 13-2 to begin the 2014-15 season.Toronto had won six straight over the Pistons, and nine of the previous 11 meetings.MAGIC 111, 76ERS 106ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 14 points in his Philadelphia debut, but the 76ers collapsed late and lost to Orlando after Terrence Ross hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds.Butler played 33 minutes and shot 6 for 12 from the field. The four-time All-Star was acquired Monday from Minnesota in a five-player trade.Orlando scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter, then held the 76ers without a field goal over the final 3 1/2 minutes. Nikola Vucevic had 30 points, making two free throws with 5.8 seconds left.Joel Embiid finished with a triple-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers. J.J. Redick led Philadelphia with 22 points but committed two turnovers in the final 31 seconds.TIMBERWOLVES 107, PELICANS 100MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points and Minnesota beat New Orleans to to improve to 2-0 since trading Jimmy Butler.Jeff Teague added 14 points and 14 assists. E’Twaun Moore scored a season-high 31 and Anthony Davis had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans.The game was Minnesota’s first with forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric. They were acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers along with injured guard Jerryd Bayless in exchange for the disgruntled Butler.Covington started and had 13 points and seven rebounds. Saric added nine points and three rebounds.MAVERICKS 118, JAZZ 68DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and Dallas handed the Jazz their worst loss since moving to Utah.While in New Orleans, the Jazz lost to Milwaukee by 56, 158-102 on March 14, 1979.Dallas set a franchise mark for the fewest points allowed in a half at 22, giving up 13 in the third quarter and nine in the fourth. The previous record was 23 against Sacramento on Jan. 14, 2012. The 50-point margin of victory was the second-highest in team history behind a 53-point win over Philadelphia.Utah was a point off its lowest-scoring half, set against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 4, 2000.The Mavericks shot 58 percent, making 43 percent of their 3-point shots.Ricky Rubio led Utah with 11 points.THUNDER 128, KNICKS 103OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored a season-high 35 points to help Oklahoma City rout New York.Steven Adams had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points and 12 assists for the Thunder. They have won nine of 10 since an 0-4 start, and improved to 4-1 since point guard Russell Westbrook was sidelined with a sprained left ankle.Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 20 points, and Enes Kanter added 19 for the Knicks.CELTICS 111, BULLS 82BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 17 points and seven assists and Boston routed Chicago.Jaylen Brown scored 18 points and Jayson Tatum added 14 to help Boston rebound from two straight losses on a 1-4 trip. Gordon Hayward had 11 points, and Al Horford added 10 points and eight rebounds.Shaquille Harrison led Chicago with 16 points.WIZARDS 119, CAVALIERS 95WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Otto Porter added 15 and Washington beat undermanned Cleveland for its third straight victory.Rookie Collin Sexton had a career-high 24 points for Cleveland. Playing the second of back-to-backs after topping Charlotte on Tuesday night, the Cavaliers are an NBA-worst 2-12.In addition to forward Kevin Love (foot surgery), the Cavaliers were without starting point guard George Hill (hamstring), forward Sam Dekker (ankle) and forward Kyle Korver (sore right foot).SUNS 116, SPURS 96PHOENIX (AP) — T.J. Warren scored 16 of his 27 points in the first half and Phoenix built a big lead, almost lost it and then pulled away to beat San Antonio.The Suns ended a four-game losing streak to improve to 3-11.Deandre Ayton added 17 points and 10 rebounds, including a powerful dunk over Davis Bertans early in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Canaan had 19 points and made all five of his 3-pointers, Devin Booker had 13 points and 12 assists and the Suns shot a season-high 56 percent.DeMar DeRozan had 24 points for the Spurs.HEAT 120, NETS 107NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored a season-high 24 points, Goran Dragic had 21 and Miami beat Brooklyn to snap a three-game losing streak.Josh Richardson added 15 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat. They never trailed and led by as much as 23.Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points for the Nets in their first game since losing leading scorer Caris LeVert to a dislocated right foot.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — AEK Athens faces UEFA punishment for price gouging fans when Bayern Munich visited for a Champions League game in October.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Dec. 13.It’s the second time UEFA has intervened when Bayern fans were overcharged in the Champions League.Anderlecht was ordered by UEFA last season to pay Bayern fans 30 euros ($34) compensation after charging 100 euros ($114) to see a group-stage game. The Belgian club had to arrange payments within 15 days.UEFA safety rules say tickets for away fans “must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category” for home fans.Bayern fans were reported paying 35 euros ($40) to see their team’s 2-0 win while AEK fans paid 15 euros ($17).TweetPinShare0 Shares
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEThe road to the NBA Finals goes through Milwaukee. And the Bucks are the first team in the league to know exactly where they will be seeded for the playoffs.Milwaukee’s win over Philadelphia on Thursday night clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and ensured that the Bucks will have home-court advantage for the entirety of the playoffs. It doesn’t guarantee anything, of course, but the No. 1 seed has made the East finals in 16 of the last 19 seasons.“It’s not just about Game 7. It’s about having the first two games at home,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Our guys have worked hard this year to earn that, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot at the end of the day when the playoffs start.”Toronto is now locked in as the No. 2 seed in the East, and still could finish as the No. 2 seed in the entire NBA — which would give the Raptors the home-court edge in the NBA Finals if they got there.No other seeds are clinched. Philadelphia will almost certainly be No. 3, but that’s not secure.It could play a role in which teams get the last three open spots. Milwaukee plays Brooklyn on Saturday, a big game for the Nets and meaningless for the Bucks. Toronto plays Miami on Sunday, big for the Heat, and perhaps meaningless for the Raptors. If Philadelphia has the No. 3 seed clinched by Tuesday, that could help the Heat out in Dwyane Wade’s last home game.WESTERN CONFERENCEGolden State’s easy win over the Los Angeles Lakers put the defending NBA champions two games ahead of Denver in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.Still, no seeds out West are clinched. Denver and Houston are vying for No. 2 — mathematically, there are other options, such as Portland getting past both of them for that spot, but in most scenarios the Nuggets and Rockets will be the ones fighting it out. San Antonio could get as high as sixth, but will likely be seventh or eighth.Plenty of games Friday will affect the West race, with the Portland-Denver matchup likely carrying the most weight on the night’s schedule.FRIDAY’S GAMESThere are 11 games on Friday’s schedule with playoff implications.— Toronto at Charlotte: It’s almost win-out-or-bust now for the Hornets. For the Raptors, it’s get ready to host the No. 7 seed in Game 1.— Atlanta at Orlando: The Magic play their final home regular-season game. A win would help the odds that this isn’t the season home finale.— San Antonio at Washington: Spurs know they’ll start the playoffs on the road. Getting out of eighth likely avoids seeing the Warriors right away.— Boston at Indiana: Winner will hold a one-game lead in the race for the No. 4 spot in the East with two games left. The loser goes to No. 5.— New York at Houston: The Rockets could become the first team since Phoenix (in February 2009) to score 130 in three consecutive games.— Miami at Minnesota: It’s not a must-win for the Heat, but close. When Dwyane Wade plays, Miami has won seven straight at Minnesota.— Detroit at Oklahoma City: Pistons are fighting to get in and waiting for Blake Griffin to return, while the Thunder have lost seven of 10.— Sacramento at Utah: The Jazz are 11-1 in their last 12 games, and still have a shot — albeit slim — of getting to the No. 4 spot out West.— Portland at Denver: This is the start of a home-and-home that will have a big impact on seeding. Nuggets’ recent schedule has been brutal.— Cleveland at Golden State: Technically, it’s a rematch of the last four NBA Finals. Cavs could harm Warriors’ plans for West No. 1 seed.— L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers: Doc Rivers with Clippers — six winning seasons in six years. Clippers pre-Doc — six winning seasons in 38 years.— Games with no playoff implications: Memphis at Dallas, New Orleans at Phoenix.___CURRENT BRACKETFirst-round matchups if the season ended Thursday …East: 1-Milwaukee vs. 8-Orlando, 2-Toronto vs. 7-Brooklyn, 3-Philadelphia vs. 6-Detroit, 4-Boston vs. 5-Indiana.West: 1-Golden State vs. 8-San Antonio, 2-Denver vs. 7-Oklahoma City, 3-Houston vs. 6-L.A. Clippers, 4-Portland vs. 5-Utah.___NOTE OF THE DAYThe Bucks have not won a playoff series since 2001, the longest current drought in the NBA. They have lost nine consecutive series.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We’ve got to make sure we take full advantage of the opportunity, take care of business and do what we’re supposed to do.” — Houston’s James Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, on the Rockets’ next two games against lottery-bound New York and Phoenix.___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
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