Charlie Austin’s debut Southampton goal piles pressure on Louis van Gaal

first_img Press Association United supporters once again vented their anger towards Van Gaal after watching their team put on yet another dull, uninspiring performance at Old Trafford. Boos rang out around Old Trafford at half-time and following the final whistle as Saints recorded only their second win at United’s home since 1988, but also their second in 13 months. Charlie Austin scored the winner with his first touch in a Southampton shirt to pile the pressure on beleaguered Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. There was no doubting who the home supporters blamed for this latest insipid display. Van Gaal was jeered at as he walked down the tunnel. The message was clear – he is no longer wanted by some of them. United’s fans had every right to feel let down by the United manager. This was dour stuff from United, possibly the worst performance of what has been a forgettable season. And they are now five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with 15 matches to go. United too often shifted the ball sideways and backwards, which caused groans from the home supporters. And when Austin rose unmarked to power in James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick in the 87th minute, it came as no surprise. United offered next to nothing in front of goal. Fraser Forster had one save to make all match. Van Gaal claimed in his programme notes that United had started 2016 “well”, but the home fans who were put through yet another dreadful 45 minutes must have disagreed. Yes, results had improved recently, but the style of play has not. United were often ponderous in possession and seemed too nervous to pass forward. Daley Blind provided Forster with his only test of the opening 45 minutes, but the England goalkeeper had little trouble collecting the Dutchman’s long-range shot. Wayne Rooney dragged a shot wide and Anthony Martial tried to chase a short backpass from Virgil van Dijk, but otherwise there was little optimism from the home supporters. Those who left their seats for their half-time refreshments just after the half hour mark missed the best chance of the half. It went to Southampton, who should have taken the lead when Dusan Tadic played a one-two with Sadio Mane but the striker’s touch let him down and David de Gea collected. Boos rang out when United pumped the ball forward twice in quick succession and more jeers came when the half-time whistle sounded. Cheers greeted the announcement that the blundering Marouane Fellaini, who had earlier caught Victor Wanyama with his forearm while jumping, was to be replaced by Juan Mata. The Spaniard injected purpose and energy into United’s attacks. Mata laid the ball off to Martial inside the box, but Van Dijk put in a well-timed interception to deny the Frenchman. Saints rose to the challenge, launching an assault on the United defence around the hour. Wanyama and Long went close with headers from inside the box. Van Gaal was forced into an unwanted substitution when Matteo Darmian, the club’s only fit senior full-back, was replaced by Paddy McNair after being caught in the ribs by Long while jumping for the ball. Austin came on for his Saints debut with 12 minutes to go. His strike partner Long wasted a good chance by heading over James Ward-Prowse’s cross. Austin did not pass on his opportunity, however. The £4million signing lost his marker and powered in Ward-Prowse’s free-kick before Van Gaal walked down the touchline to boos and whistles from the home fans. TWEET OF THE MATCH “7 wins in 22 for #mufc now all comps. 5 PL wins in 16. Every forward step followed by two backwards. How much longer can LvG cling on?” – Sport Journalist Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) questions how long Louis van Gaal can keep his job at Old Trafford. RATINGS MANCHESTER UNITED David de Gea: 6 (out of 10) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 5 Chris Smalling: 6 Daley Blind: 5 Matteo Darmian: 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: 5 Marouane Fellaini: 5 Jesse Lingard: 6 Ander Herrera: 6 Anthony Martial: 5 Wayne Rooney: 5 Subs: Juan Mata: 6 Paddy McNair: 5 Adnan Januzaj: 5 SOUTHAMPTON: Fraser Forster: 6 Cedric Soares: 6 Jose Fonte: 7 Virgil van Dijk: 7 Ryan Bertrand: 7 Matt Targett: 6 Jordy Clasie: 7 Dusan Tadic: 6 Victor Wanyama: 7 Sadio Mane: 7 Shane Long: 6 Subs: Oriol Romeu: 6 James Ward-Prowse: 6 Charlie Austin: 7 STAR PLAYER Ryan Bertrand. The England international – who is currently being linked with United – was one of several Southampton defenders to put in a solid shift. Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk also impressed. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Charlie Austin’s goal. Eight minutes after coming off the bench, Southampton’s new striker marked his debut with the first thing even approaching clinical finishing the game had seen as he nodded in fellow substitute James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick. VIEW FROM THE BENCH After a more encouraging performance attack-wise against Newcastle and good result at Liverpool, Louis van Gaal was looking for a combination of the two from his team here. But he saw them deliver neither, United producing another home display devoid of creative spark and condemned to defeat by Austin’s late header. Van Gaal’s counterpart and fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman will be delighted with a sturdy, patient effort from Southampton that was rewarded with all three points after the new frontman was thrown on. MOAN OF THE MATCH There had been signs of late that things were starting to pick up for Van Gaal’s side, but this was another performance to leave United fans wondering what direction their club is heading in. The Red Devils seem incapable of building any momentum at the moment and the players appear to be hampered by nerves at their own stadium. NEXT UP Derby County v Manchester United, FA Cup fourth round, Friday 29 January. Arsenal v Southampton, Barclays Premier League, Tuesday 2 February last_img read more

20th Cheddie Jagan Memorial Cycle Road Race

first_imgAgard sounds warning with his first victory of the 2017 seasonSHAQUEL Agard sprung a surprise yesterday when he crossed the finish line in the first leg of the Cheddie Jagan Memorial cycle road race,unchallenged in a time of two hours 06 minutes, 54 seconds.After being sent on their way from New Amsterdam, Berbice,by a People’s Progressive Party executive, the 35 starters stuck together until they raced up the Number 19 Road when Hamza Eastman, Alonzo Ambrose, Agard, Paul DeNobrega, Orville Hinds and Michael Anthony broke from the leading pack and established a sizeable lead on the peloton and maintained that lead all the way to Whim on the downward journey,when Ambrose and Agard jumped the leading pack and opened a hefty lead.With 400 metres remaining to the finish, Agard jumped Ambrose and crossed the finish line unchallenged, while Ambrose was also unchallenged for the second position.There was,however,a bunch sprint for the minor positions and Eastman prevailed over DeNobrega, Hinds and Michael Anthony.Eastman won two primes, while Agard, DeNobrega and Ambrose won one each.In the other categories, Curtis Dey was the first junior to cross the finish line.Junior Niles made a successful defense of the title he won last year,Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson was second and Sebourne Fernandes third.In the Mountain Bike category, Shane Bourne was first, Patrick Alphonso second and Julio Melville third.Shenika Teixeira won the female category while Deance Welch placed second.Before sending them on their way from New Amsterdam, former Director of Sport Neil Kumar welcomed the cyclists who were a part of the event.He also acknowledged the presence of current Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Region 6 Chairman David Armogan.Mr Armogan also welcomed the participants to the Region and urged them to be competitive and to bear in mind that the event is one that is being held to honour Guyana’s first ever Premier and former President of Guyana, who fought for Guyana’s Independence from the British rulers (England).Unfortunately, Director of Sport,Jones,in his capacity was not given an opportunity to address the participants even though he made the long trip from West Bank Demerara to Berbice.Meanwhile, the second leg of the three-leg event will be held on Sunday over in the West Demerara area and the final leg will be held in Essequibo on March 19.last_img

Syracuse’s depth provides spark in breakout season

first_imgFreshman Erin Simon headed a pass to senior Alyscha Mottershead, who redirected the ball past the diving goalkeeper. Senior Rosina Callisto booted a kick from beyond the 18-yard box for Syracuse’s second goal. Sophomore Alexis Koval screened the goalkeeper on the third goal, scored by freshman Jackie Firenze.Despite the drama in the Orange’s 3-2 victory over Connecticut on Sept. 13, the biggest win in program history, how the team scored means less than who played roles in earning the goals. Players from each grade level came together in a balanced attack, a prevalent theme throughout the season.The depth of Syracuse’s roster shows how far the program has come since head coach Phil Wheddon’s arrival in 2008. Wheddon brought the team from mediocrity to respectability to, eventually, being feared by Big East rivals.This season the team has taken its play to an entirely new level. A balanced scoring attack and an incredible defense have the Orange one win away from a Big East tournament bid. Syracuse (7-2-1, 4-1-1 Big East) sits at second in the Big East’s American division.“We’re just a totally different team,” junior defender Jackie Moriarty said. “We have so many of the same players, but I think the chemistry and energy is so much better, and I feel that we’re not even peaking yet.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach game, the Orange seems to do something for the first time or break another school record. SU’s win over Connecticut was its first in 17 tries. The Orange has nine different goal scorers, including six who have scored their first career goals. Two of its top five point getters were not on the team last year.Senior Jenna Rickan sees the change. As a freshman in 2009 she was tied for second on the team in points with two. This season 10 players have at least two points, and six players have at least five.“It’s finally coming together,” Rickan said.Syracuse had a pivotal year in 2010. Wheddon added Mottershead, a trio of defenders in Moriarty, Kayla Alfonso and Rachel Blum, and goalkeeper Brittany Anghel. Anghel started from day one and has become one of the best keepers in SU history.“Rachel, Jackie, Kayla and Brittany have been fantastic,” Wheddon said. “Especially this year, they’re playing the best I’ve seen them play.”In 2011, the team had its best season under Wheddon, earning its first trip to the Big East tournament. Syracuse product Koval joined the team, but sat out the year with a torn hip flexor. She’s now the team’s third leading scorer. Hanna Strong also joined in 2011. This year, she has two goals and an assist and, during one three-game stretch, was the team’s best player.Wheddon has arguably his best recruiting class this season. He brought in two-time NSCAA All-American and Baldwinsville, N.Y., product Firenze along with Simon, Taylor Haenlin and Maya Pitts.A true sign of resurgence is that now the program has built a pipeline. After this season, the team will lose Mottershead, Rickan, Callisto and stalwart defender Skylar Sabbag. Strong, Pitts and Haenlin will step in.Wheddon talked about how moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference has helped the program attract recruits from all over the United States, and even internationally. Many will arrive as early as next season.“We still have even more potential,” Koval said. “But we’re at such a farther point than we were last year.”Wheddon knows it takes a while to build a contender. It’s taken four years, but the team seems to have turned the corner.“Now, for the first time, we’re talking about the postseason ahead of time,” Wheddon said,“which is a nice conversation to have.” Comments Published on October 3, 2012 at 1:37 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC continues to struggle in loss to BYU

first_imgThe playoff chances for the USC men’s volleyball team were already slim before heading to Utah to face top-ranked BYU. Unfortunately, the team’s odds took another hit on Saturday, as the Trojan’s accuracy issues cost them once again in a one-sided defeat at the hands of the Cougars by a score of 25-14, 25-15, 26-24.With only five games remaining in the regular season, USC (5-15) faced its toughest challenge of the season in Provo, Utah. The BYU Cougars have been among the most dominant teams in the country this season, amassing an impressive 19-3 record.Led by All-American Taylor Sander, BYU is currently riding a 11-game winning streak that has earned the team a unanimous No. 1 national ranking. The Cougars’ high-powered offense, which leads the nation in hitting percentage, boasts victories over every team in the MPSF, including a win over USC earlier this season at the Galen Center.The Trojans’ appeared able to keep pace with the Cougars at the start of the first set. Despite a few service errors early on, the USC managed to keep the game close. But after a kill from freshman middle blocker Josh Kirchner brought USC within two, the Cougars took control.BYU went on a run, winning 12 of the next 15 points and overwhelming the Trojans with a 25-14 set victory. The attack was led by sophomore outside hitter Josue Rivera, whose three aces put the set out of reach for USC.Aided by a sizable home crowd, the Cougars were able to ride the momentum from their earlier run to a quick four-point lead in the second set. This time, the Trojans were overwhelmed from the start and were unable to slow down BYU’s high-powered attack.“I think we got carried away with the crowd,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “Not so much distracted, but I think we had a lot of guys who had yet to play in an environment like that. There were over 4,000 people there, and it was their senior night.”However, the third set had a completely different atmosphere. After a quick break, USC came out of the locker room ready to play and quickly found itself with an early lead. While the Cougars continued to play aggressively, the Trojans successfully held them off for much of the set, pulling ahead by as many as three points. But, with the score even at 22 apiece, BYU pushed through and took their first lead of the set. Unfortunately, that was all the Cougars needed to put the Trojans away for good.“As frustrating as the season has been, our guys have never backed down and they’ve always fought,” Ferguson said. “That goes for every day in practices and that goes for matches like this.”BYU’s Sander came alive in the third set, tallying eight of his 17 kills. The junior outside hitter enjoyed an exceptional night on the court with a .762 hitting percentage and three blocks. USC freshman outside hitter Alex Slaught managed to put together a solid night as well, notching 8 kills and a .462 hitting percentage, but his play was overshadowed by Sander’s.“[Sander] is the most gifted player in college volleyball, period,” Ferguson said. “You’re talking about a guy who can elevate and out-jump everybody. He’s basically a freak.”While BYU certainly flexed their muscles offensively in this match, it was the errant play of the Trojans, once again, that virtually dictated the outcome. USC was outplayed in nearly every statistical category and managed only three aces on the night.The loss puts the Trojans at the brink of elimination, as they now sit four games out of the last playoff spot with only four games left to play. USC will return to the Galen Center to play Long Beach State on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Commonwealth Games: Day 8, and still no Ghana medals

first_imgDay 8 of Commonwealth Games wasn’t different from the previous days as Team Ghana again fell short of clinching medals.Elizabeth Dadzie finished first in her 100m heat of the women’s heptathlon in a time of 13.49 seconds and 13th in the women’s high jump with a distance of 1.63 metres.She was 12th in the shot put with a distance of 11.06 metres but she was disqualified in the 200m event.She is 12th after 6 events with a score of 2422 points.Agnes Abu finished 6th in the 800m heat with a personal best time of 2:02.50.SHOOTING Mercy Chodo placed 18th in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle prone event with a score of 597.5.BADMINTONGhana’s pair of Daniel Sam and Emmanuel Donkor lost to their Malaysian counterparts in the men’s doubles round of 16.Emmanuel Donkor and Stella Amasah also lost 2-0 to their Malaysian counterparts in the mixed doubles round of 16.Emmanuel Donkor and Stella Amasah were beaten 2-0 by Jemie Lai Shevon and Soon Huat Goh of Malaysia in the mixed doubles round of 16. TABLE TENNISCelia Baah-Danso lost 4-0 to Singapore’s Mengyu Yu in the women’s singles round of 16, with Emmanuel Asante and Bernard Sam also losing to their Singaporean opponents in the men’s doubles.HOCKEYThe female hockey team lost 2-0 to Wales in the penalty shootout after the tie ended 1-1. The match was the 9/10th playoff so Ghana finished 10th overall.last_img read more

The numbers agree: Mike Trout’s defense in center field improved in 2018

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter As for the fancy stats, Trout’s plus-7 DRS (through Sunday) ranks fifth in the AL and his 1.3 UZR ranks 20th – closer to the top than the bottom at least. Some dismiss the validity of the publicly available advanced metrics. But DRS and UZR factor into the Gold Glove Award selection process and, not insignificantly, Trout pays attention to them.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“The defensive runs saved is the biggest,” he said. “You take pride in defense to make all the plays, but saving as (many) runs as you can for your team, I think that’s the biggest stat.”Trout said he considered arm strength and accuracy his biggest areas for improvement coming into the season. He incorporated more long toss sessions into his off-season and in-season training. Observers note that Trout has also been more aggressive charging balls hit in front of him compared to seasons past. While he might have sacrificed some ability to catch balls hit over his head as a result, the net effect seems to be positive.Having extra forward momentum feeds into arm strength too, and all of this could help explain Trout’s increased assists and double play totals. Manager Mike Scioscia said those numbers only tell part of the story.“There’s a lot of singles that go through the holes with guys on and what happens? Do you stop the guy from scoring? Do you stop the guy from going first to third? These are all things in team defense that get overlooked, but are very, very important,” Scioscia said. ANAHEIM — This time a year ago, the raw impression of Mike Trout’s defense did not agree with the numbers. For every gif-able catch above the wall, there was an advanced statistic to bring the Angels’ center fielder down a peg.By Defensive Runs Saved, Trout ranked 25th out of 31 players with at least 500 innings in center field in 2017. By Ultimate Zone Rating, Trout ranked 26th. This became a point of emphasis for Trout in the offseason, then a talking point in spring training, when the two-time American League MVP said he wanted to add a Gold Glove Award to his trophy case.Trout probably won’t win the award, but he’s at least moving in a different direction – literally and figuratively.Through Sunday, Trout had not been charged with an error this season, something no other major league center fielder who’s played at least 120 games can claim. He led the majors in double plays started (four) and his seven assists ranked third in the American League. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While not listed publicly, these statistics are recorded internally by the Angels. Scioscia didn’t want to disclose exactly how Trout stacks up but said he’s improving “in a lot of aspects.”In turn, Scioscia said Trout’s defensive improvements have allowed the Angels to position their corner outfielders differently, knowing Trout can cover a larger share of the outfield gaps.The Gold Glove voting is out of his hands, but Trout believes he’s done what he set out to do at the start of the year.“Obviously you want to improve and you want to see your numbers improve throughout the year,” he said. “There are some things you can get better, and I’m going to keep working hard. Like you said, (seven) runs (saved), maybe shoot for a bigger number next year.”SCIOSCIA’S FUTUREScioscia told Angels radio station KLAA that he will speak to owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler this week and “come to a decision” about his future as a manager.Scioscia’s contract expires at the end of this season. He has repeatedly denied reports claiming a decision about his future has already been made. On Monday, Scioscia told KLAA that he wants to continue managing.“I think that if you love something, you ought to continue to keep doing it,” he said. “If you can, great. If you can’t, so be it, but I love the dugout.”ALSOAn MRI on Andrelton Simmons’ right knee came back “clean,” Scioscia said, but the shortstop was given a day off. Simmons landed awkwardly on the knee in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday in Houston and was removed from the game. He did not take part in pregame activities on the field Monday but Scioscia said it’s possible that Simmons would return to the lineup Tuesday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Matt Shoemaker, 2-2, 5.48 ERA) vs. Rangers (RHP Yovani Gallardo, 8-6, 6.59 ERA), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports WestRelated Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Alexander: From Clippers beat to Curt Gowdy Award – it’s Marc Stein’s story, too

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ That didn’t last. When you’re doing your job as a journalist, it can’t. And Stein has done his job so well through the years – covering the Clippers and then the Lakers for the Daily News, the Mavericks for the Dallas Morning News and the national basketball beat at Dallas, then for ESPN and now the New York Times – that he will be honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday in Springfield, Mass., right alongside recently retired Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler.Both men will receive the Curt Gowdy Media Award, given in recognition of distinguished service covering basketball.It will be a Southern California gathering this weekend, with lots of connected parts. Besides Stein and Lawler, former Lakers coach Del Harris (who Stein covered) will receive the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award at Thursday’s ceremony, along with Portland Trail Blazers general manager and president Harry Glickman.At Friday’s main induction ceremony, Bill Fitch (who Stein covered) will go into the Hall, although Fitch’s family announced Tuesday that for health reasons, he won’t be able to attend the ceremony. Additionally, Vlade Divac will be inducted as an international player, and Jerry West will be his presenter.“Surreal doesn’t even start to cover it,” Stein said. Maybe it was the consequence of covering all of those Clippers teams during the bad years, the years of losses, holdouts, coaching changes and the recently fired having to sue Donald Sterling to get their guaranteed contracts paid off. Maybe, if you covered enough of those lean years, you picked up the reporting chops to earn Hall of Fame recognition.Marc Stein landed on the Clippers beat for the L.A. Daily News in February of 1994, just 10 days before the team traded Danny Manning – the No. 1 overall pick just five seasons before – to the Atlanta Hawks for Dominique Wilkins, then on the downside of his own magnificent career.“I just thought I was the luckiest person in the world,” he said. “They weren’t anywhere near a marquee attraction, but I got thrown into it. … Bob Weiss was the coach, and they were supposed to be a playoff team because they’d made the playoffs the previous two years (under Larry Brown). But they just imploded. They traded Manning, finished 27-55, traded Mark Jackson. It was a really chaotic season.“But for me, as a child of the ’80s, when the NBA was not on every channel, obviously I’d see a lot of the Lakers but I also saw a lot of the Hawks because they were on TBS. So for me to be covering Dominique at age 24, and to go to the (Atlanta) Omni and see Dominique lead the Clippers to a win, I couldn’t believe it. I was still star-struck.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Stein’s first NBA story was on Divac when he covered the Summer Pro League for the Orange County Register in the summer of 1989. And he covered the Lakers during West’s years as general manager – and drew West’s ire for something he didn’t do in 1996, the summer the Lakers got Shaquille O’Neal.“I wrote a free agent preview for the Daily News,” he recalled. “It turned out that Long Beach (the Press-Telegram) used mostly my story but weaved some stuff from a New York Daily News story into my piece that suggested the Lakers had already done a deal with Shaq and had broken the rules.“The next morning Jerry stormed into (publicist) Raymond Ridder’s office and said, ‘Have you seen the clips?’ Raymond said, ‘Yeah, it’s right here’ (pointing to the Daily News story). Jerry said, ‘No, not that one, this one.’ He showed him the Long Beach story with my byline. He made Raymond call me, and then Jerry erupted on me.“I’m sure anybody who covered the Lakers remembered getting Jerry when he’s in that mode of losing his temper. It’s kind of like a badge of honor. I’m guessing he didn’t remember the next day; he got it out and it was forgotten.”Stein could be a walking history of sports journalism in Southern California over the past 30 years. He started at the Saddleback Valley News when he was still in high school and got a job at the Register when he started at Cal State Fullerton. He did an internship at the Washington Post the summer of his junior year at Fullerton and then did one at the San Bernardino Sun as a senior, covering the California League and the San Bernardino Spirit – home and road – in 1991.Related Articles Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers “My first game was (future major leaguer) Mike Hampton’s no-hitter,” he recalled, adding that it was Hampton’s only victory that season; he was 1-7 with a 5.25 ERA. But fighting deadlines every night, while following the team to Reno, Stockton, Visalia, Bakersfield and the other garden spots of the Cal League was good training.He remembers the people who helped him move up. Mike Gallups, his high school journalism advisor at El Toro High, was an old high school classmate of the Register’s Earl Bloom, and Bloom helped get him on at the Register. Later, when he graduated from Fullerton at a time when jobs were scarce, Ken Daley – a former co-worker in Orange County and by then Dodgers beat writer at the Daily News – spoke up for him. Stein was hired by the Daily News for the copy desk, but within six months was writing about high school sports and pro tennis before the NBA beat opened in 1994.“That was my big chance,” he recalled. “Once I got on the Clippers, I wasn’t letting go.”He hasn’t since.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Celtics sweep Pacers to advance to conference semifinals

first_imgThe fourth-seeded Celtics needed just four games against the No. 5 Pacers to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals as Boston topped Indiana 110-106 on Sunday.The Pacers, however, weren’t going to go down without a fight. Indiana kept the game close throughout the entire matchup and even led by two at the half. Boston stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford didn’t have a strong first half as they struggled to shoot, but they were determined to change the course of the game in the second.  C. US. RISE. pic.twitter.com/tAIx4IvsNl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2019Irving finished the game with just 14 points, shooting 4 of 13, while Horford also scored 14 and made just 4 of 19. Boston ultimately was able to overcome Irving and Horford’s shooting woes, thanks in large part to its bench that scored 49 points. Morris stepped up in a big way to deliver 18 points with eight rebounds and Gordon Hayward also had a strong outing, adding a team-high 20 points. .@gordonhayward is feeling it! pic.twitter.com/MT7GWrs8v8— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2019After earning their first playoff sweep since 2011, the Celtics will have some time off before the next round of the playoffs. They will likely face the Bucks, who are leading their opening series against the Pistons 3-0, in the conference semifinals. Milwaukee will face Detroit on Monday in Game 4 with the chance to sweep the series. The Pacers held the lead until the final seconds of the third quarter before the Celtics managed to pull ahead by one when Marcus Morris made a pair of free throws to make it 73-72 entering the fourth.  NBA playoffs 2019: Jazz’s Kyle Korver defends Donovan Mitchell after missed game-tying 3 From there, it was a back-and-forth battle as the Celtics pulled together to deliver a better offense. It wasn’t until the final six minutes that the Celtics really broke away when they went up, 87-83. With less than four minutes left, the Celtics took a 10-point lead after Boston got a steal, allowing Jayson Tatum to dunk for a 95-85 lead.  Related Newslast_img read more

Match BiH – Slovenia will be played tonight

first_imgTonight at 6 p.m. in Ljubljana, Slovenia at Stožice stadium BiH football team will play an exhibition match against Slovenia.During the day, there was a snow storm in Ljubljana, and stadium was covered in snow, but the Army of Slovenia has cleaned it up, and the game will not be postponed.Around 2.30 p.m. BiH spectators came to bus station of Ljubljana. There will be around 8 000 BiH spectators at Stožice, and the Slovenians had to print extra tickets for the match, even though Slovenian public did not show great interest for the match.last_img

Olimpic Defeated Široki Brijeg with a Better Performance and Won the Cup of B&H

first_imgThe football players from FC Olimpic are the winners of the Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2014/2015 season, after defeating FC Široki Brijeg with a better performance in the penalty shoot-out session for a total score of 6:5.The regular part of the match ended with a score identical to the first final match played in Široki Brijeg (1:1), and the winner of the second match was decided during the penalty shootout.After half an hour of gametime without significant scoring opportunities, Danijal Brković found himself in a good position in front of the FC Široki Brijeg net, but he got distracted by Wagner Santos Lago. The small Sarajevo audience and local players demanded a penalty from the referee, Ognjen Valjić, but the whistle of the arbitrator from Banja Luka did not make a sound.After 44 minutes, the net of FC Olimpic finally shook. Excellent action on the right side was performed by Goran Zakarić and Dino Ćorić. The latter centered to the far post where Ivan Peko was, who knocked the ball into the host’s net followed by a great celebration of the visiting players and their team.The sorrows of FC Olimpic continued a minute later when the referee elimated Jadranko Bogičević from the game due to unsportsmanlike conduct – hitting an opponent in the face.The second half started with a chance from Luka Menal. Afterwards, Bojan Regoje failed to take advantage of a good opportunity for the hosts. Two minutes later, Veldin Muharemović ties the game for a score of 1:1. Pandža performed a reverse pass, and the captain of the Wolves defeated Luka Bilobrk for the second time in the final match.Twenty minutes before the end, Hamzic’s defensive intervention prevented Ivan Peko’s attempt for a goal. In the 87th minute, selfish Dalibor Pandža missed a great opportunity for FC Olympic, with an imprecise shot from 16 meters in a situation where he had two free players to pass to, both of whom he did not choose to pass the ball.Following regular time with a result of 1:1, the penalty shootout started. In the first series, the confident performers were Brazilians Stefan and Wagner, as well as Danijal Brković for FC Olimpic, and Goran Zakarić for the opposing team. Points in the third series were achieved by Ervin Jusufović for FC Olympic, and Jure Ivanković for FC Široki Brijeg. Kenan Handžić and Dino Ćorić were the scorers in the fourth series. Dino Hamzić defended the shot from Davor Landeka and thus brought the victory to FC Olimpic.The Cup of B&H-finals:FC Olimpic-FC Široki Brijeg 6:5 (Penalties); 1:1 (First Match Result)(Source: klix.ba/ photo n1/ klix)last_img read more