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Preview: Hull City (A)

first_imgFollowing the midweek trip to Derby County, where Lee Johnson’s men were victorious with a 2-1 scoreline, the Robins go in search of a third consecutive win this afternoon.Hull City have endured a rocky start to the season, new manager Grant McCann has overseen one win in the league so far but of course it remains early days. That came against Reading, though in the last week the Tigers were to a 1-1 draw with Brentford before Blackburn stole a 1-0 win at the KCOM in midweek.MATCH DETAILSDate: Saturday, August 24thKick-off: 3pmCompetition: Sky Bet ChampionshipWhere: KCOM StadiumOfficials: Dean Whitestone (referee), Robert Merchant (assistant referee), Steven Meredith (assistant referee), Samuel Barrott (fourth official)last_img read more

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Vanderbilt’s shutout loss brings Derek Mason apology

first_imgVanderbilt safety Andrew Williamson (32) breaks up a a pass intended for Houston wide receiver Demarcus Ayers (10) in the first quarter on Oct. 31, 2015.Vanderbilt safety Andrew Williamson (32) breaks up a a pass intended for Houston wide receiver Demarcus Ayers (10) in the first quarter on Oct. 31, 2015. HOUSTON — Vanderbilt’s 34-0 loss to No. 18 Houston Saturday was a soggy disaster and a haunting replay of nearly every defeat this season, leading coach Derek Mason to “apologize for the bad ball tonight.”The Commodores’ season-long story of strong defense and struggling offense continued. And when asked if Vanderbilt can find answers to its offensive woes this season, Mason said, “I don’t know.”Vanderbilt’s defense held Houston’s high-powered offense to a season-low 371 yards. But the Commodores’ offense gained a season-low 185 yards and committed four turnovers. And special teams also made some gaffes.All three Vanderbilt (3-5) units extended season-long themes in a lopsided loss to undefeated Houston (8-0), which pulled away easily in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 29,565 at TDECU Stadium.It was Vanderbilt’s first shutout loss of the season and its second under Mason (51-0 at Mississippi State last season). Houston posted its 39th win over an SEC team, but this was its first shutout of an SEC school since Oct. 4, 1969 (74-0 over Mississippi State).“We were definitely surprised,” Vanderbilt linebacker Darreon Herring said. “… Coach Mason probably came in here and said (the loss) was on him. But it came down to the offense, defense and special teams (needing) to play with more heart.”Vanderbilt falls to Houston: 5 observationsVanderbilt’s quarterback situation didn’t get better. In fact, it grew noticeably worse.True freshman Kyle Shurmur started for a second straight game, but he suffered an unspecified injury late in the game, according to Mason. Throughout the game, Shurmur was replaced by former starter Johnny McCrary. They combined for 5-of-20 passing for 44 yards and three interceptions, which yielded two offensive touchdowns for Houston and a pick-6.“It’s hard to win a game when you basically score 21 points for the other team,” center Spencer Pulley said.The Commodores’ four turnovers overall marked their second-most this season and the most by a Houston opponent.Houston’s first two TD drives told the story of the night. Both were set up by interceptions thrown by Vanderbilt quarterbacks and nearly returned for scores.On his first pass of the night, McCrary was picked off by Houston’s Adrian McDonald, who return it to the 5. Three plays later, quarterback Greg Ward scored on a 5-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.After Houston made a 22-yard field goal, Vanderbilt’s offense gave the ball away again. Shurmur’s pass into heavy traffic ricocheted off a defender and was intercepted by Steven Taylor and returned to the 12.Three plays later with another scoring opportunity, Houston scored on Ward’s 11-yard TD pass to Demarcus Ayers. Ty Cummings added a 37-yard field goal to put the Cougars ahead 20-0 at halftime.Injuries pile up for VanderbiltVanderbilt’s defense recovered two fumbles in the third quarter, but its offense squandered any chance of a rally.Stephen Weatherly’s fumble recovery gave the Vanderbilt offense the ball at Houston’s 37, but the Commodores managed only 5 yards and punted.Zach Cunningham then recovered another Houston fumble, but Vanderbilt’s offense turned it over when McCrary threw an interception over the middle. Cornerback William Jackson weaved his way 55 yards and side-stepped a diving McCrary at the goal line for a TD return.“Both of those recoveries were giving us a little momentum, we thought,” said Cunningham, led the defense with nine tackles (two for loss), two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. “Any time you see (the offense fail to score off turnovers), it’s a little frustrating. But we just have to get back on the field and do our job and get the ball back.”SPANNING THE SEC: Check in for the latest news, notes, scores and more for one of college football’s best conferences! Houston running back Kenneth Farrow (35) breaks the tackle of Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) on Oct. 31, 2015.Houston running back Kenneth Farrow (35) breaks the tackle of Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) on Oct. 31, 2015.center_img After Vanderbilt’s three-and-out and Houston’s 21-yard punt return, the Cougars marched 36 yards for Kenneth Farrow’s 15-yard TD run to stretch the lead to 34-0.It was a lackluster way for Vanderbilt to follow up Mason’s first SEC win against Missouri. The Commodores play at No. 11 Florida next Saturday. They have not defeated a ranked opponent since beating No. 15 Georgia on Oct. 5, 2013.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.last_img read more

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Duluth Edges Rox 10-7 in 10 Innings

first_img 1080p HD 720p HD 360p Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56892 1/1center_img The Rox lost 10-7 at home to the Duluth Huskies Sunday 10-7 in 10 innings.  St. Cloud led 6-3 after 2 innings but Duluth came back to tie the game at 7 in the 8th inning and won it with 3 runs in the 10th.Kenny Saenz allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings for St. Cloud.  Spencer Mraz allowed 3 earned runs in the 10th inning to take the loss.  The Rox were paced offensively by Landon Stephens with 3 RBIs and Bobby Seymour was 4-5 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) The Rox fall to 2-3 in the 2nd half of the season and 18-23 overall. St. Cloud plays at Duluth tonight at 6:35, pregame on AM 1390-Granite City Sports at 6:05.last_img read more

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Blues tipped to make £35m move for Cavani if Falcao goes elsewhere

first_imgChelsea are likely to make a £35m move for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani if they miss out on Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Mirror.Falcao has been tipped to join Real Madrid with Cavani touted as a back-up option for the Blues.The Daily Telegraph report that Demba Ba has completed his £7m move to Chelsea from Newcastle after an extraordinary row was resolved.AdChoices广告Negotiations were apparently complicated by both the player and his representatives being due a slice of the transfer fee, with Ba’s cut understood to be £2.5m.Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp might yet take revenge on West Ham for beating him to the signing of Joe Cole by luring Mohamed Diame away from Upton Park, The Sun say.QPR have made an offer for Diame, who has a £3.5m release clause in his contract.It is claimed R’s boss Redknapp is ready to pay up to £5m for the midfielder plus a lucrative signing-on fee and that West Ham are trying to thrash out a deal to raise the player’s wages by £10,000 a week.Related West London Sport story: Rangers make their move for Diame (31 December)Redknapp has also told the paper that an agent asked if he would like to sign Inter Milan’s Dutch star Wesley Sneijder.QPR and Fulham are keen on Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, according to the Mirror and Daily Mail.The Mail also report that QPR defender Ryan Nelsen’s former club DC United want to offer him a player-coach role for the new season, which begins in March.Fulham have launched a bid for Molde defender Vegard Forren, the Mail say.Everton and Sunderland are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old Norway international.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Falcao Brace Propels Monaco To French League Cup Final

first_imgColombian striker Radamel Falcao was on target twice to propel his side to the French League Cup final at the expense of Montpellier following a 2-0 win for the Ligue 1 champions on Wednesday night.The former Manchester United and Chelsea star opened the scoring with just 16 minutes on the clock before completing his brace thirteen minutes later.Monaco thereafter cruise through the remainder of the game to secure a final place against Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on March 31.Ligue 1 leaders PSG had earlier qualified for the final with a slender cum interesting 3-2 win over Stade Rennes.RelatedPSG Secure French League Cup Title With Monaco ThrashingApril 1, 2018In “Europe”Late Camara Strike Denies Monaco Top Spot ChanceSeptember 30, 2017In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Thrash Monaco To Take League TitleApril 16, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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Starting from the pole

first_imgHagen, MikeThe car that will be starting from the pole in the Super Nationals Modified main event has an interest­ing lineage: It’s a 2008 GRT Mike Hagen bought beat up for all of $4,000 from Ed Turn­bull.“I was second at Williston in points. The car ran good all year,” said Hagen, whose Wednesday qualifying feature win was his IMCA first this season. “I went out (in the qualifier) and tried to hit my marks all night and it went good.”He’s raced for 30 years, 27 of them in a Modified. Hagen will make his first-ever main event start on Saturday in front of a Boone Speedway crowd with plenty of fans cheering on their favorites from North Dakota and Canada.Hagen also races at Minot and Estevan and credits his local track competition with helping him prep for Boone.“I race with a lot of tough guys,” he said, before signing an autograph in the Fan Zone. “It’s hard to get a lot of wins racing against them.”*Mike Nichols proved to be just as good at Rochambeau as he is at driving a Stock Car, topping Chris Mills in a two-zip final early this evening to win the pole for Saturday’s main event.Following on the inside row will be Damon Murty, Randy Brands, Ken Tietz, Bob Daniels, Marcus Fagan and Norman Chesmore.last_img read more

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Why aren’t Barcelona playing Real Madrid this weekend in El Clasico & when will cancelled match be played?

first_imgEl Clasico is one of the most anticipated showdowns in the football calendar, the arch-rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona making up for some classic, iconic showings.The first meeting of the season between the two Spanish giants was due to be played on the last Saturday of October, but that has since been delayed due to political unrest in the Catalan city following the aftermath of the referendum of Catalan independence in October 2017. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/bf/6b/piqueramos-barcelona-v-real-madrid-2018-19_1iugjacncnhsb1r67tdltsifk6.jpg?t=-608381971&w=500&quality=80 Here’s everything you need to know about why the game was postponed, when it will be rescheduled for and more.Why was El Clasico postponed?The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) made the decision to postpone El Clasico, originally due to be played on Saturday October 26, due to tensions surrounding the ongoing Catalan protests.RFEF made their announcement in the wake of dramatic scenes in city after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed for between nine and 13 years – their jail time accumulating to a century of imprisonment.The sentences were given in the aftermath of a referendum on Catalan independence that occurred in October 2017, which Spanish authorities had deemed unofficial.The jail sentences given to the separatists was met with uproar across the country, with clashes taking place in Barcelona – with the city’s El Prat airport forced to be closed down at certain times, while violence on the streets has also occurred.Similar scenes happened in October 2017 immediately following the referendum vote, with Barcelona having to play their La Liga match against Las Palmas behind closed doors.Due to the high-profile nature of El Clasico, along with Real Madrid’s reputation of having strong historical links to the Spanish government, and with large portions of their fanbase still on the side of Spanish nationalism, it was decided that the match would be too much of a security risk.When will El Clasico take place?RFEF have confirmed that the Clasico will instead take place on Wednesday December 18.”The decision of the competition committee has come after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, which they invited to agree on a date and who agreed to signal on December 18 for the rescheduling of the postponed match,” an RFEF statement read.La Liga president Javier Tebas had suggested reversing this season’s Clasicos, with the first game to be head at the Bernabeu instead of Camp Nou, with the return fixture next March in Barcelona.Barcelona had rejected this suggestion, however, with RFEF stating that the sequence of fixtures could not be changed. La Liga’s preferred date had been Saturday 7 December as they wanted to target the Asian market, as the original Clasico would have been played at 1pm local time, allowing fans in the eastern hemisphere to watch the game. Additionally, Madrid’s visit on Saturday would have been the first match played at Camp Nou since the court verdict, which had also invited millions of peaceful protesters onto the streets of Barcelona. Another demonstration was planned for the day of the game.Neither club had wanted to postpone the game at all, with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde stating: “We want to play the Clasico with our fans on the 26th. I see this as an opportunity for many people from here, for our fans, to show that it can be played perfectly in a natural way.”His opposite number Zinedine Zidane added that “nobody liked violence”, though would play whenever his side were asked – “if that is on the 26th, then it is the 26th.”last_img read more

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Bengals at Steelers game features matchup of dynamic duos

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates running back DeAngelo Williams touchdown with teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)CINCINNATI (AP) — When the game’s on the line, Bengals and Steelers fans know where the ball’s most likely going.Both teams have dynamic duos with years of experience making the game-turning, highlight-reel plays.For the Bengals, it’s Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. For the Steelers, it’s Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. In their season openers, the duos were at their dynamic best.Green had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown during Cincinnati’s 23-22 win at the Jets. Brown had eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 38-16 win at Washington.They’ll share the stage on Sunday in Pittsburgh, where both defenses know what it’s all about: Stopping those two.Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in front of New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis (24) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J. Green scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)“First off, Ben and I both have really talented receivers,” said Dalton, who came into the NFL along with Green in 2011.“And then it just comes with time. I’ve been with A.J. my whole career, he’s been with Antonio for seven years now. So it’s just part of the chemistry and building it.“When you’ve got talented players, you get that chemistry. When you’re both trying to be good at what you do, you’re going to have big plays.”Each does it their own way.Brown has a sense of what Roethlisberger is going to do when the elusive quarterback escapes the rush. That’s when the two get creative and use an instinctiveness developed during many hours of practice.“You put in a lot of time and a lot of hard work, a lot of film, a lot of communication,” Brown said. “We’re always looking to get better. We never dwell on what we did in the past.”Brown has caught 375 passes in the past three seasons, an NFL record for a three-year span.“He’s just got a motor,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “You rarely see him tired. I’ve played him for five years, and I’ve never seen him bent over or nothing like that. That shows you what type of shape he’s in and what condition he has. I just feel like the guy is a great player, man.”Brown was in the middle of the ugly ending to the teams’ playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium last season. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict hit him in the head after an incompletion, leaving Brown with a concussion.The personal foul helped move the Steelers in range for a last-minute field goal and an 18-16 victory. Brown had to miss the Steelers’ next playoff game, a loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Denver.He looked as good as ever in the opener.“After the play breaks down, he breaks off on the other side of the field and Ben sees him,” Kirkpatrick said. “Now, that’s a 20-yard gain, where you had him stopped if it was a normal play.”The Bengals’ duo gets it done a different way. Dalton gets rid of the ball quickly and looks to Green in the biggest moments, knowing that as long as he gets the ball near him he’s likely to come down with it.“My nickname for A.J. Green is Inspector Gadget,” Brown said, referring to his ability to make acrobatic catches.“He’s got those long arms, almost to his knees. There’s no catch he can’t make. He always can change the outcome of a game with his big-play ability.”Dalton and Green form the most productive quarterback/receiver duo in NFL history for the first five seasons of a career. They had 395 completions for 5,789 yards, the most for any tandem in the first five seasons together. Their 40 touchdown connections are tied with Miami’s Dan Marino and Mark Clayton for the most to start a career.“From day one, it starts with me and Andy,” Green said.Notes: Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, but defensive coordinator Keith Butler was optimistic that Shazier will play. WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) practiced for the second straight day and should make his season debut after sitting out the opener.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Get behind Bill

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Well-loved Narre Warren local Bill Athanasopoulos is fighting for life after falling from a second storey balcony…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Aussies stun Windies

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Hosts West Indies were sensationally dumped from the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup after suffering a heavy 71-run defeat to Australia in the first semi-final here yesterday, bringing a depressing end to their hopes of repeating as world champions on home soil. Asked to chase 143 on a slow track at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, West Indies’ batting woes returned to haunt them and they collapsed disappointingly for 71 in the 18th over – their joint second lowest score in the shortest format. Shockingly, only captain Stafanie Taylor with 16 made it into double figures as Windies lost wickets from the outset and never recovered. Australia had earlier gathered a competitive 142 for five off their 20 overs after being sent in, with flamboyant opener Alyssa Healy top-scoring with 46 on her return from injury and captain Meg Lanning getting 31. Australia will meet England who defeated India by eight wickets in the second semi-final. Scores: India 112 all out off 19.3 overs; England 116 for two off 17.1 overs. In the opening match West Indies got the better of the early exchanges when seamer Shakera Selman had left-hander Beth Mooney chipping a catch to mid-off to depart for six at 20 for one in the third over. However, Healy counter-attacked, lashing four fours and a six off 38 balls as she put on 51 for the second wicket with Lanning, whose 39-ball knock contained two fours. When Healy top-edged a sweep at leg-spinner Afy Fletcher and was taken at short fine leg by Shamilia Connell, Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner (14) kept the innings ticking in a 24-run third wicket stand. In reply, Windies flattered to deceive as openers Hayley Matthews and Dottin sparkled briefly with offside boundaries. But Matthews fell first, smartly run out by wicketkeeper Healy in the second over after taking a few exploratory steps from her crease and Dottin followed in the next over, losing her leg stump to seamer Perry (2-2). Rocking on 27 for four in the seventh over, the Windies found no respite as wickets continued to tumble and when Taylor, who spent 28 balls at the crease, holed out to long off left-arm spinner Sohie Molineux, the writing was on the wall.last_img read more

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