La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw

first_imgBarcelona’s fading La Liga title hopes have suffered a real setback, with a dramatic penalty-filled 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.Advertisement Quique Setien’s side will end the week four points behind rivals Real Madrid, if Zinedine Zidane’s team beat Getafe on Thursday.La Blaugrana were handed a fortunate opener on 11 minutes, as Lionel Messi’s corner was flicked on by Sergio Busquets, with the loose ball diverted into his own net by Diego Costa.The visitors responded immediately, as Yannick Carrasco was brought down for a penalty on 14 minutes, but Marc Ter Stegen saved Costa’s effort. Promoted Content6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole MovieWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Read Also: Video: Messi pulls off genius assist from free-kick against Celta VigoBut, the penalty theme continued in the final half hour, as Carrasco was fouled by Semedo, on 62 minutes, with Niguez burying his second spot kick of the night.The defending La Liga champions now face an uphill battle to keep pace with Real Madrid, with a crucial trip to Villarreal this weekend.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… However, the referee ordered a retake, and booked the German international for coming off his line too early before making the stop.Saul Niguez took over penalty responsibilities from Costa, and calmly drew Diego Simeone’s side level on 19 minutes.Messi reestablished Barcelona’s lead five minutes after the break, clipping home another penalty, for his 700th career goal, after Nelson Semedo was caught by Felipe Monteiro.last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through June 11

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 1,094; 2. Glen Hibbard, Euless, Texas, 1,012; 3. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 993; 4. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, Ariz., 987; 5. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 977; 6. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 962; 7. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 954; 8. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 933; 9. Kyle Wilson, Monterey, Ca­lif., 925; 10. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 910; 11. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa, 906; 12. Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, Texas, 867; 13. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 862; 14. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 854; 15. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 850; 16. Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 832; 17. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, and Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, both 826; 19. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 796; 20. Clay Sellard, Ellis, Kan., 795. IMCA Late Models – 1. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 734; 2. Curt Schroeder, Ames, Iowa, 595; 3. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 566; 4. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 533; 5. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 515; 6. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 485; 7. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 453; 8. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 447; 9. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., and Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, both 382; 11. Craig Jacobs, Urbandale, Iowa, 361; 12. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 358; 13. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, and Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, both 357; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 355; 16. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 323; 17. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 310; 18. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 309; 19. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., and Ronald Klein, Sherrill, Iowa, both 302.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 701; 2. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 692; 3. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 672; 4. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 612; 5. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 571; 6. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 467; 7. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 455; 8. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 444; 9. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 441; 10. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 418; 11. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 409; 12. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 404; 13. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 372; 14. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 364; 15. D.J. Estes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 346; 16. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 318; 17. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 316; 18. Lindell Jen­kins Jr., Greenville, Texas, 283; 19. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 266; 20. Matt Moro, Polk City, Iowa, 262. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,043; 2. Kirk Martin, Weather­ford, Texas, 987; 3. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 935; 4. Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 914; 5. Michael W. Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 912; 6. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 904; 7. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 861; 8. Jay Schmidt Jr., Tama, Iowa, 859; 9. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 850; 10. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 834; 11. James Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa, 785; 12. Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas, 775; 13. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 761; 14. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 758; 15. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 756; 16. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 755; 17. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 754; 18. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 732; 19. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 710; 20. Jeff Bauser, Belton, Texas, 695. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 1,060; 2. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 988; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 970; 4. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 880; 5. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 832; 6. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 816; 7. Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, 814; 8. Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D., 783; 9. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 767; 10. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., and Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, both 743; 12. Colton Pfeifer, Stockton, Kan., 742; 13. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 712; 14. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 698; 15. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 693; 16. Aaron R. Shearn, Sioux City, Iowa, 687; 17. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 684; 18. Lee Riley, Lubbock, Texas, 676; 19. Westin Ab­bey, Comanche, Texas, 659; 20. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., 637. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,114; 2. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 1,088; 3. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 1,062; 4. Ethan Dotson, Bakers­field, Calif., 971; 5. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 929; 6. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 927; 7. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 877; 8. Brett Lowry, Montezuma, Iowa, 873; 9. Wayne Dot­son, Bakersfield, Calif., 846; 10. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 808; 11. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 790; 12. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 776; 13. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 751; 14. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 719; 15. Tony Dunker. Quincy, Ill., 717; 16. Brandon Clough, Wallace, Neb., 705; 17. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 704; 18. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 690; 19. Sam Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 658; 20. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 651. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie. Texas, 1,033; 2. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,020; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,013; 4. Allen Mont­gomery, Fort Worth, Texas, 975; 5. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 971; 6. John Freeman, Runa­way Bay, Texas, 802; 7. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 753; 8. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 749; 9. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 734; 10. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, and Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, both 681; 12. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 679; 13. Mi­chael Newhard, Greenville, Texas, 675; 14. Jarrett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 673; 15. Jeffrey Ab­bey, Comanche, Texas, 666; 16. James Holder, China Spring, Texas, 649; 17. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 647; 18. Gene Burnett, Leander, Texas, 641; 19. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 639; 20. Wesley McNorton, Bowie, Texas, 624. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,003; 2. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 978; 3. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 961; 4. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 877; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 868; 6. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 794; 7. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, 751; 8. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 749; 9. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, and Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, both 697; 11. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 624; 12. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 620; 13. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 556; 14. Caine Mahlberg, Dunlap, Iowa, 546; 15. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 537; 16. Kiowa Higdon, Hays, Kan., 524; 17. Art Herzog, Hays, Kan., 517; 18. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 509; 19. Kirk Pfannen­stiel, Hays, Kan., 507; 20. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 505.West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 233; 2. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 225; 3. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 217; 4. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 208; 5. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 182; 6. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif., 154; 7. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 148; 8. Johnny Bedingfield, Bakersfield, Calif., 135; 9. Wayne Coffman, Bodfish, Calif., 129; 10. George Bradburry, Pahrump, Nev., 125; 11. James C. Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 105; 12. Dustin Chastain, Tonopah, Nev., 99; 13. Jon Blackford, Nipomo, Calif., 94; 14. Wil­liam A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., 66; 15. Jim McCoy, Pahrump, Nev., 64; 16. Mike Corwin, Bakers­field, Calif., and Donald W. Riley, Pahrump, Nev., both 63; 18. Toby Randolph, Nipomo, Calif., 36; 19. Eric Shenberger, Pahrump, Nev., 34; 20. Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., 33.last_img read more

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Russian Ventilator “Literally Explodes” Killing Five COVID-19 Patients

first_imgAn overtaxed ventilator exploded and caught fire at a St Petersburg hospital killing five coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit, according to Russian officials.The blaze was apparently started by a short-circuit in the ventilator and was quickly put out by first responders. One hundred fifty people were evacuated from the hospital and an unknown number of people have been injured,the country’s emergency ministry said.All the patients who died at St George Hospital had been on ventilators.“The ventilators are working to their limits. Preliminary indications are that it was overloaded and caught fire, and that was the cause,” a source at St Petersburg emergencies department told the Interfax news agency.It quotes doctors as saying a short-circuit caused a ventilator “literally to explode” because of the oxygen concentration, and the ward filled with smoke, which suffocated the patients.There have been regular reports of a shortage of ventilators in Russia, verified by President Vladimir Putin himself last month, the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford reports.Although production has increased, many old ventilators, made in the 1990’s, are still in use outside of a Moscow.State investigators have opened a case to determine whether there was criminal negligence – either in the ventilator design and manufacture or in the hospital’s fire precautions.The emergency services dispatched 105 firefighters and 55 vehicles to the hospital, officials said.Russia now has the second-highest number of confirmed infections worldwide after the United States. On Tuesday, it reported another 10,899 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 232,000.The capital, Moscow, is the worst-affected area and has reported more than 5,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.There are reports that some Russian-made ventilators are in use in the United States but they have been inspected for safety.last_img read more

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Blue Hill runner wins Wilbur’s Run

first_imgBLUE HILL — Some 100 runners participated in the Blue Hill YMCA’s third annual Wilbur’s Run on Saturday at the Blue Hill Fair.Phil Lebreton, 43, of Blue Hill placed first overall in the 5K with a time of 17 minutes and 48 seconds.Haley Harwood, 26, of Portland was the first female finisher (22:08).Find photos of the race here.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDivision winners are listed below:Female age 0-12: Freja Johnson, 9, of Seattle (34:38).Male age 0-12: Louis Walker, 12, of Freeport (21:54).Female age 13-19: Cassidy Bulleman, 14, of Brooksville (36:01).Male age 13-19: Evan A Merchant, 14, of Beals (18:39).Female age 20-29: Sarah Tapley, 28, of Ellsworth (30:01).Male age 20-29: Ryan Lowell, 32, of Portland (20:13).Female age 30-39: Trish Newcomb, 36, of Blue Hill (26:27).Male age 30-39: Chris Veilleux, 34, of Brighton (18:46).Female age 40-49: Melisa Walker, 45, of Freeport (24:05).Male age 40-49: Rob Shea, 42, of Ellsworth (18:28).Female age 50-59: Janet Feldman, 57, of Brooklin (22:23).Male age 50-59: Chris Lanigan, 53, of Ellsworth (23:35).Female age 60-69: Isabel Karl, 63, of Blue Hill (27:58).Male age 60-69: Bob Tapley, 61, of Blue Hill (24:19).Male age 70+: Lloyd Harmon, 74, of Ellsworth (25:16).last_img read more

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DCC congratulates Dowlin

first_imgTHE Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) has offered congratulations to former Guyana and West Indies batsman Travis Dowlin, who has been appointed as a West Indies selector with effect from January 1, 2017.DCC is the home club of Dowlin, who is also a former Guyana and West Indies-A captain. Below is the full text of the message issued by the club.“It is with a feeling of consummate joy that the President, Executive and Members of theDemerara Cricket Club (DCC) express congratulations to Travis Dowlin on his preferment as a Selector of the West Indies Cricket Board.Travis served as a captain of the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Guyana First-Class National captain and West Indies ‘A’ Team captain on tour to Bangladesh just before his retirement.He also represented West Indies Team at Test level, One Day Internationals and in T20 format, and will no doubt use the experience gained in his selectorial role.For our part, it is all the more gratifying when one considers that the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) was the foundation of his cricketing nurture and as fellow members of his ‘alma mater’ we feel a distinct sense of pride, honour and achievement of one of its protégés.Well done, Travis Dowlin. You continue to make Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and all Guyana proud in this new career path.”last_img read more

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Andre “Padlock” Greene wins Courts cycle road race

first_imgBy Colin Bynoe JrANDRE “Padlock” Greene secured his second victory of the season on Sunday last, wheeling away dominantly with the spoils of the Courts 50-mile road race in Berbice.“Padlock” locked in a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 59 seconds.The race commenced at 13:30hrs in front of Courts Furniture Store at Main and St Ann Street, New Amsterdam with an estimated 30 starters.The riders had to endure a tough afternoon sun in their quest for victory. Greene, in familiar territory, bested a quality field of wheelsmen which included winner of the historic inaugural Bartica Cycling Challenge Road Race, Briton John, who had to settle for 6th.Junior sensation Ajai Gopilall followed up his previous day win with second place, Team Evolutions Paul DeNobrega registered a quality third place while Balram Narine and Christopher “Chicken Legs” Griffith completed the top six positions.Junior Niles (veteran), Mario Washington (Juveniles) and Sheneika Texeira (ladies) rounded off the top finishers in their respective categories.Greene has been showing more signs of maturity in his cycling this season, competing in most of the races thus far with eye- catching successes. He is currently placed fourth in the 2019 senior points classification.At the presentation, Courts, the furniture giants, doled out cash incentives for the top six overall finishers, first three veterans, three Juveniles and top female.last_img read more

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Angels’ Kole Calhoun, Martin Maldonado, Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton are Gold Glove finalists

first_img Dodgers notes: Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager are finalists for Gold Glove awards At shortstop, Simmons had a rating of 15.2. Andrus was second at 6.3, with Lindor fifth at 4.5.In left field, Gordon (11.8) had the lead, followed by Upton (8.7) and Gardner (8.2). In right, Betts (20.1) was well ahead of Judge (7.4) and Calhoun (4.7).Besides the statistical component, the award is based on voting by managers and coaches, conducted before the end of the regular season.Mike Trout, although widely considered an above-average center fielder, did not make the cut among the three finalists. Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, Toronto’s Kevin Pillar and Minnesota’s Byron Buxton were the finalists. Trout has never won a Gold Glove. The Angels, whose strong defense was one of the reasons the team remained in contention this season despite an injury-riddled pitching staff, had half of their everyday position players recognized as Gold Glove finalists on Thursday.Right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado, shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder Justin Upton, who spent only the final month with the Angels, were all listed among the top three at their positions by Rawlings, which administers the awards.The winners will be announced Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.Simmons and Calhoun are the only ones who have previously won Gold Gloves, and only Calhoun with the Angels. All four players are going up against the reigning winners. Simmons won two Gold Gloves with the Atlanta Braves, but he lost out to Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor in 2016, his first year in the American League. Lindor and Texas’ Elvis Andrus are the other finalists this year.Calhoun won in 2015, but last year Boston’s Mookie Betts won. Betts and Calhoun are joined by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge among this year’s right field finalists.Maldonado will need to beat out Kansas City’s Sal Perez, who has won the award four years in a row. Cleveland’s Yan Gomes is the third finalist. New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner won the award last year, ending a four-year run by Kansas City’s Alex Gordon. Both Gardner and Gordon were named finalists this year, along with Upton.In the cases of Simmons and Maldonado, the statistical component that enters into the process should help them. The Society of American Baseball Research calculates an all-encompassing defensive index (SDI) that is included in the process of selecting a winner.The last published SDI figures, through Aug. 27, showed Simmons and Maldonado both with sizable leads. Maldonado had a rating of 11.8, with Boston’s Sandy Leon second at 5.7. Gomes had a 5.0 and Perez a 2.3.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articleslast_img read more

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LA Dodgers, behind Brett Anderson, show no letdown in win over San Diego Padres

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> For the final four weeks of the regular season, the Dodgers’ challenge will look a lot like it did this weekend at Petco Park.They have only one series remaining (Sept. 18-20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates) against a team with a higher winning percentage than their own. The San Francisco Giants, 7 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West with 25 to play, are becoming less of a threat each day.Winning three of four games against the San Diego Padres, including Sunday’s 5-1 victory, might be the expectation for the Dodgers. That doesn’t mean it should be taken for granted.“Donnie talked to us about that going into the series,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “This is a very classic case of having that emotional letdown coming off the Giants series, being ready to play. I thought we played a really good game that first night (Thursday, a 10-7 loss). They battled back and we just weren’t able to close it out with the outs. We had good at-bats. We rallied. We were getting stymied early in the game and we rallied. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Myers’ single put runners on first and second base with the Dodgers holding a 2-1 lead. Left-hander J.P. Howell warmed up quickly and got Melvin Upton Jr. to ground out to end the inning, thanks to a fine defensive play by Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins.Luis Avilan, Yimi Garcia and Pedro Baez pitched three scoreless innings to finish out the win.Anderson (9-8) allowed his only run on a third-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko, who cleared the fence three times during the series.Anderson is now three starts shy of 30 for the season, the career high he established in his rookie season (2009) with the Oakland A’s. After some early struggles, Anderson has averaged six innings per start and a 3.20 ERA since May 8, his sixth start of the season.“He’s been as big a part of this ball club as anybody,” Ellis said of Anderson. “Zack and Clayton have been amazing, and one could probably win Cy Young and one could win MVP and no one could complain, but Brett might be the MVP of our pitching staff, just the way that he’s been able to battle and make his turn in the rotation each time.”Anderson might not collect any awards, but he did collect one bonus Sunday: a $300,000 performance bonus for pitching 155 innings this season. He’ll collect another $350,000 if he pitches at least two innings in his next start.The Dodgers used a sacrifice fly by Andre Ethier, and an RBI single by Ellis, to take a 2-1 lead on Cashner (5-14) after six innings. Ethier, who’s 4 for 7 since missing two games with a bruised right knee, was more lucky than good when he cleared the bases in the seventh inning with a 50-foot ground ball up the first-base line.Padres pitcher Nick Vincent came off the mound to field Ethier’s grounder and had plenty of time to throw Ethier out. But he overthrew first base by a wide margin and the ball sailed into right field. Rollins, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner scored on the error charged to Vincent.It was the type of error one might expect from a sub-.500 club, but the Dodgers took nothing for granted Sunday — a good motto for the remainder of their season.“You can’t just think you’re going to pick on teams,” manager Don Mattingly said. “Even clubs like this. To me, a win is a win. You just have to put ‘X’ on the board.”center_img “The big thing,” Ellis continued, “was us bouncing back against their three best arms: (James) Shields, (Tyson) Ross, (Andrew) Cashner. For us to come back and win those games started by those three, especially when we’re not throwing either of our big two, that was huge for us as a ball club, to leave here winning a series.”The Dodgers have won 11 of their last 13 games to climb a season-high 20 games over .500.It appears they caught a break with pitcher Brett Anderson’s latest fluke injury, a cramp in his left calf muscle that forced the left-hander to leave with two outs in the sixth inning. Anderson said after the game that he’d been dealing with the cramp long before he faced his final batter, Wil Myers. He doesn’t expect to miss his next turn in the rotation.“I went and got some IV fluids,” Anderson said. “I’m going to be fine going forward. Just drink more water, Gatorade, electrolytes.”last_img read more

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Future bright for England as youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell

first_img“It has been a brilliant year no matter what happens on Sunday. We’ve had real shoots of progress and achieved some outstanding results,” said Southgate.“But everybody wants to get to a semi-final out of a very tough group so it would be a really big step forward.”As Rooney and Kane watched on from the bench for the first 45 minutes, Wilson was handed his chance to impress on his international debut, while Jadon Sancho was given his first start.England quickly put the game to bed with two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half as firstly Lingard received Dele Alli’s pass before curling high into the far corner.Sancho has quickly made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund and the 18-year-old built on his fine Bundesliga form by teeing up Alexander-Arnold to drill his first international goal into the far corner.As planned, Rooney got the chance to add to his 53 international goals and was handed the captain’s armband one last time when he entered on 58 minutes.He didn’t get the fairytale ending as Brad Guzan made a fine save to the crowd’s dismay in stoppage time.However, Wilson did get his goal to cap a dream debut for the Bournemouth striker, who has battled through the lower leagues and two cruciate ligament injuries in both knees to make it to the international stage.Wilson got ahead of his marker to turn Fabian Delph’s cross in at the near post 13 minutes from time. Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney believes the future is bright for England as a youthful Three Lions eased past the United States 3-0 at Wembley on his international swansong on Thursday.Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display despite Gareth Southgate fielding a very inexperienced side.Should England avenge their heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, Southgate’s men can build on the progress made by surpassing expectations in Russia this summer by qualifying for the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League.“It’s my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I’ve seen this week,” said Rooney.“The way they are being coached is brilliant, it’s a great group of young players who have a bright future.“They will go close to being the next team to bring a trophy back for England.”The decision to honour Rooney with a first cap for two years divided opinion.However, the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the introduction of England’s greatest ever goalscorer just before the hour mark on his 120th international appearance.“It will live with me for a long time,” added Rooney.“It is something which created debate because it was the first time something like this happened, but it is the right thing to do for the players if you achieve and leave your mark on the England team.”England’s former captain was also honoured before kick-off with a guard of honour and the presentation of a plaque bearing a golden Three Lions badge by current skipper Harry Kane.“I asked Harry Kane to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record and I look forward to presenting him with the trophy,” added Rooney.Kane didn’t get the chance to add to his 19 international goals as Southgate prioritised keeping most of his key players fresh for Croatia’s visit on Sunday.last_img read more

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Too little, too late

first_imgAubrey BruceThis is my take on the Steelers 2012 season, enjoy or hate, you digggg…Week one: Denver 31, Pittsburgh 19. Even though the Steelers had the ball ten more minutes than the Broncos, “new” QB Peyton Manning passed for more yards (253) than Ben Roethlisberger (245). Manning also threw his 400th TD pass. At the time Manning said, “It’s just one game. I try to keep it in perspective.” Well now it is really in perspective because the Manning-led Broncos are the No.1 seed in the AFC. Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter, returned a Roethlisberger pass 43 yards with less than 3 minutes to go leaving the Broncos with a six-point lead that capped the victory for the Broncos. Roethlisberger said, “I should’ve called timeout. I hate to burn timeouts. I should’ve. I already told my teammates and coaches that it’s my fault. It’s on me. It’s disappointing. I hate to let my team down, my coaches, the fans. That loss is squarely on my shoulders. I’ll take that and get better and learn from it.” Pay attention, you will hear this again. Week two: The Steelers returned to the “friendly” confines of Heinz Field to meet, greet and beat the confused, confounded and grounded NY Jets 27-10. “Big” Ben and the Black and Gold were starting to feel their oats. After that game, wide receiver Mike “need-a-bit of stickum” Wallace had this to say about his “elite” quarterback: “Ben is one of the top in the game; I’ll ride with him against anybody.” Okay Mike, by the way, will you be singing the same Roethlisberger “psalms” next year when you are wearing a different colored jersey? Week three: Took the men of steel to the “Black Hole” to play the Oakland Raiders and contrary to popular belief the “Silver and Black” found an old Al Davis talisman and sent the Steelers back to Pittsburgh licking the wounds of a 34-31 loss. Safety Ryan Clark had this to say after the loss: “They outplayed us defensively. Their defense made the stops when they needed to, and we didn’t. It wasn’t from a lack of trying. Maybe it was trying too hard.” La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la means I love you….  Week four: It was a bye week for Pittsburgh but they were not really off. They spent their leisure time online searching for an adequate supply of “kick a-s.” However it appears that all the wholesalers may have been fresh out.Week five: Pittsburgh offered up a weak performance returning home to barely escape the Philadelphia Eagles and their turnover plagued one hundred million dollar quarterback Michael Vick, 16-14. After the game, Mike Tomlin had this glowing assessment of his defense: “We had the ball last such is life.” Roethlisberger added, “I always have confidence in myself and the guys that we can do it.” I can dig it; can you dig it, boys and girls?  Week six: Was a short week because on the following Thursday Pittsburgh traveled to Tennessee to meet the much ridiculed and snickered at Tennessee Titans and their on again, off again All Pro running back Chris Johnson. Pittsburgh left Tennessee just as they left the “Black Hole” in Oakland, “Cali” nursing the wounds of a 26-23 defeat. This was their third straight road loss leading Tomlin to offer this assessment: “We’re not doing enough things to finish games in hostile environments.  That’s just the reality right now. Hopefully, it’s just right now. We didn’t do the job tonight. We defeated ourselves in some areas.”  Week seven: The Steelers rolled into Paul Brown Stadium to face the now ever dangerous Cincy Bengals. Pittsburgh prevailed by the score of 24-17. This was their first road victory of the season prompting Ryan Clark to say, “It puts us right there in the hunt.” The hunt for what Ryan? “Red October.”  Week eight: The Steelers visited the nearest beekeeper to borrow uniforms as they humbled rookie phenom Robert Griffin III and the Redskins 27-12. Hope springs eternal.Week nine:  The Steelers traveled to the Hurricane “Sandy” ravaged shore of New Jersey to face the listless New York Giants and won 24-20, gee were any of you surprised, boys and girls? Steelers running back Issac Redman said this: “This shows we have a lot of heart. When you play for the Steelers, it’s all about heart.” Yep, uh-huh.Week 10: Monday night football at Heinz Field. Hurricane Charles and Cassell swept through Pittsburgh disguised as the KC Chiefs as Romeo Crennell’s boys lost by the paltry score of 16-13 in overtime. This game was a serious omen. The handwriting was on the wall and the worst was yet to come.Week 11: The B-more Ravens flew into Heinz and beat the “scrambling” sub QB Byron Leftwich 13-10, nuff said.Week 12: X-mas came early in Cleveland. The Steelers handed the Browns eight “gifts” and a 20-14 win.Week 13: The Steelers went dawn to M&T Bank in Baltimore and returned the favor beating the Ravens and crying tears of joy. Tears of sorrow were on the way.Week 14: The much maligned San Diego Chargers rolled into Pittsburgh and beat the Black and Gold 34-24 leaving behind “Rivers” of tears.Week 15: The Steelers traveled to the Lone Star state and lost to the Cowboys by the score of 27-24. There was a pick involved.Week 16: The Bengals came to Heinz Field and won the AFC “wild card” championship. There was also a pick involved. “We should be (in the playoffs) if it wasn’t for me,” Roethlisberger said after throwing his second game-deciding interception in eight days. More tears followed.Week 17: The Steelers barely beat the Browns 24-10 in a meaningless contest as Cleveland’s third string practice squad quarterback Thaddeus Lewis passed for more yards than Pittsburgh’s “elite” QB. Wait until next year…you just wait.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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