Football News Gareth Bale’s stunning brace gives Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane Champions League Final selection headache

first_imgNew Delhi: Real Madrid forward and Wales international Gareth Bale has given a new selection headache for manager Zinedine Zidane with a stunning brace in his side’s 6-0 rout against Celta Vigo on Saturday.Bale fired his side into the lead with an scorching low finish following a through ball from Luka Modric.His second of the night for the Welsh came, when he knocked the ball through the legs of Celta Vigo’s Jonny Castro and with his next touch, he fired the ball inside the net. The brace delighted the Bernabeu hard-to-please crowd and the former Tottenham forward was given a standing ovation when he was substituted late in the match.”He played very well today and I’m very happy for him, but the important thing is that everyone is in great form heading to the final,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane told the media.Zidane has started Bale in only one of their six knockout games in their run to Champions League final. But with six goals and an assist in his last five La Liga starts, including a stunning equaliser against arch-rival Barcelona, the 28-year-old Welsh has made a bid to return to the starting line-up in the UCL final in Kiev on May 26.”It’s better like this, to have everyone firing on all cylinders,” added Zidane. “Of course now deciding a starting 11 for the final is going to give me a real headache.”Bale’s biggest fight in the starting line-up against Jurgen Klopp’s side is Spaniard Isco, who is also in marvellous form and has also recovered from a shoulder injury, and wingers Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Mohammed Shami hits century as a pacer in overseas Tests – See this unique stat

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mohammed Shami hit a unique century on day 3 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The right-arm pacer broke a stubborn stand between Tim Paine and Pat Cummins when he bowled Cummins for 17 with a good length ball that nipped back in and breached the defence of the batsman to hit the top of off stump. The wicket of Cummins was Shami’s 100th in overseas Tests and he entered an elite list of Indian bowlers who have achieved this feat. Shami became the fifth Indian pacer and 10th overall to achieve this milestone, joining other legendary names in the club.Shami joined Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Javagal Srinath as the other Indian pacers to have taken 100 wickets in overseas Tests. Kapil Dev leads the pack with 215 wickets in 66 Tests followed by Zaheer, who has taken 207 wickets in 54 Tests. Kapil and Zaheer are the only two Indian pacers to have taken over 200 wickets in Tests abroad. Ishant has taken 181 wickets while Srinath took 128 wickets.Read More | India v Australia, live cricket score, day 3: Jadeja, Bumrah strikeHowever, Shami is the 10th bowler from India overall to reach this milestone. Anil Kumble, considered on one of India’s greatest spinner, leads the overall list with 269 wickets in 69 games. Harbhajan Singh also took 152 wickets in 48 Tests while Bishan Singh Bedi took 129 wickets in 37 games. Ravichandran Ashwin recently entered the 100-wicket club when he picked up three wickets in the Southampton Test against England in 2018 while Bhagwath Chandrasekhar has also taken 100 wickets in just 26 Tests.  Shami has the second-best average among the bowlers who have taken 100 wickets with 31.42, just behind Ashwin who has an average of 31.39.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeShami has been effective in the second innings of a match and three out of his four five-wicket hauls have been taken outside of India. His first five-wicket haul was 5/47 in his debut Test against the West Indies in Kolkata and it came during the second innings of West Indies’ batting. In the Sydney Test of 2015, Shami picked up his first five-wicket haul overseas when he picked 5/112. In 2018, Shami’s spell of 5/28 helped India beat South Africa in Johannesburg to secure a consolation win while in the previous match in Perth against Australia, Shami picked up his career-best haul of 6/56. last_img read more

F1: Rosberg Beats Hamilton to German Grand Prix Pole

first_imgNico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the German Grand Prix in a dramatic qualifying session. Rosberg had to abort his first run in the top-10 shootout because of an electronic error but had the fastest lap of the weekend on his final run.Hamilton went out to do his final lap afterwards but two errors meant he ended up 0.107secs adrift. Daniel Ricciardo headed Max Verstappen in an all-Red Bull second row. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fifth and sixth.Rosberg’s pole was his second in a row and his fifth of the season and it is the first time he has beaten Hamilton on merit when the two have been fighting it out in the final seconds of the session. Of his past four poles, Hamilton was unable to compete in China and Russia because of engine problems, he crashed in the European Grand Prix in Baku after an error-strewn performance and had to back out of his final lap in Hungary last weekend when he came across Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, which had spun.As such, it was a key step for Rosberg, who lost the championship lead to Hamilton for the first time this season following the Briton’s fifth win in six races last weekend.The title rivals are now tied 6-6 on their head-to-head qualifying records this season. “It is a great feeling,” said Rosberg. “Just a great lap. I also had extra fuel because to make sure I do have another shot, so I had fuel for three laps.”Hamilton said afterwards: “It has been a good weekend. I had no problems. I had the pace but I just didn’t finish it off on the last lap. Pole was definitely on. I was 0.2secs up on the lap and I just didn’t finish it. That’s it.”Red Bull continued their recent surge in form, which looks as though it could move them ahead of Ferrari as the second team in the championship, and Ricciardo confirmed his position as a qualifying ace. The Australian edged Verstappen by 0.108secs and has still been beaten only once in qualifying by a team-mate all year.Ferrari were again disappointing. On a weekend that started with news they had parted company with their highly rated technical director James Allison, Raikkonen was 0.779secs off pole – and 0.173secs ahead of Vettel, who looked out of sorts.Vettel also incurred the wrath of Alonso, who accused him of holding him up on his final run. Alonso stormed out of the McLaren garage after being knocked out in the second session, which he ended 14th, two places and 0.132secs behind team-mate Jenson Button.Briton’s Jolyon Palmer put in a strong performance to line up 16th, a place and 0.061secs ahead of his more experienced team-mate Kevin Magnussen as both face questions over their futures at the Renault team in 2017.It was 30 years ago this week that Nico Rosberg’s father Keke qualified on pole at Hockenheim. He finished fifth.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What to know about Hartford

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Both Syracuse and Hartford snapped four-game winless streaks last week. For the Orange, Sergio Camargo’s 64th-minute goal broke a scoreless tie against No. 15 Virginia Tech. For the Hawks, senior midfielder Quenton Swift scored an 83rd-minute game-winner at Vermont.The No. 10 Orange (9-3-1, 3-2-1 Atlantic Coast) and Hawks (5-6-3, 1-1-2 America East) meet for the second straight year Tuesday night on Yousuf Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium.Here’s what you need to know ahead of the matchup.All-time series: The teams have met only once, a 2-2 tie last year.Last time they played: A year ago almost to the day, Syracuse and Hartford played to a 2-2 tie. Julian Buescher scored both of SU’s goals. The Orange outshot the Hawks 15-6 and posted nine corner kicks to Hartford’s two but allowed goals to Andre Morrison and Blake Jones. Morrison, a junior defender, has two goals this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hartford report: The Hawks lost to Massachusetts 2-3 in overtime last month and tied Albany three days before the Great Danes beat Syracuse, 2-1. SU beat UMass, 3-0, on opening night. Eight different players have scored for a Hartford team that’s netted only 15 goals and given up 17.In Hartford’s last game, eight freshmen and one sophomore started. This young Hawks team has played one ranked team, Maryland. The then-No. 4 Terrapins won, 5-0.Sixth-year head coach Tom Poitras, who guided the Hawks to a program-best 8-0 home record in 2014, leads the Hawks. They’re 5-5-5 at Alumni Stadium since.How Syracuse beats Hartford: Score. And score early. In games Syracuse notches two or more goals, the Orange is 7-0. In games the Orange scores in the first half, it’s 6-1. When SU doesn’t score in the first half, it’s only 1-2-1.During its program-best 8-0 start, Syracuse scored 19 goals. In the five games since, SU’s offense has managed only three goals. The Orange scored two or more goals in seven of its first eight games. It’s been shut out twice, held to one goal three times in the five games since.Stat to know: 8 — Hartford places dead last in the eight-team America East Conference in goals (1.07) and assists per game (0.93).Player to watch: Udi Cohen, midfielder, No. 7The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior midfielder is Hartford’s primary playmaker, leading the team in shots on goal, with 10. A native of Israel, Cohen has racked up two goals and four assists in 12 games. As a sophomore in 2014, he was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team with his team-leading 11 points. Comments Published on October 17, 2016 at 10:51 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Azumah Nelson urges the government to support boxing [Video]

first_imgBoxing legend, Azumah “Ring Professor” Nelson has called on the government to support the boxing fraternity.The former WBC super featherweight champion made the call when he was honoured at the Academy of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday as Professor De-Valera Botchway published a book on him dubbed “Boxing Is No Cakewalk”.Azumah Nelson, 60, believes the government is more concerned about football-related issues instead of other equally important sporting disciplines like boxing.He urged the government to turn its attention on boxing to help Ghana produce more world champions.“I think the government is not serious in taking care of boxing. But if the government will come in and spend some money it will help. Every good thing comes with money. If we can take good care of the boxers and train them well, we will produce a lot of world champions like myself in the country,” he said.The professor of boxing, in his prime, put the nation on the world map and believes that the country can produce more and even better boxers in Ghana.last_img read more

Sudan-Ghana World Cup qualifier venue changed

first_imgGhana’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan has been moved to the Al Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman on 7 June.The match was originally scheduled for the Khartoum Stadium on the same day but technical problems has caused the change in venue.The Sudanese FA explained that the floodlights at the Khartoum Stadium, an artificial pitch, has developed a fault which resulted in their decision to change the venue.This means the match will be played on a grass pitch.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has adjusted to the change and secured the national stadium in Addis Ababa which is also laid with natural grass.FIFA has informed the Ghana Football Association about the latest development.Meanwhile it has been confirmed the kick off is at 17hrs GMT (8pm local time in Sudan)last_img read more

Alberto El Patron irked by Tito Ortiz’s support of Donald Trump ahead of politically tinged Combate fight

first_imgView this post on Instagram We are doing MMA great again in @combateamericas and this week…it’s fight week in #dallastexas go and witness why we have the best ratings, the best live events and why everybody talks about Combate Americas around the world 🌎 #sisisiseeyouthere . . Amigos es Semana de Combate Americas con #combatedallas y nosotros seguimos con la misión de hacer el deporte del #mma grande otra vez y al mismo tiempo seguir dándole al peleador latino el lugar que se merece en nuestro deporte. Los esperamos este viernes 1 de noviembre para que vivan una noche de Mucha Más Acción 👊🏻 . . #albertodelrio #albertoelpatron #doscarasjrA post shared by Alberto El Patron (@prideofmexico) on Oct 29, 2019 at 1:53pm PDTThe promo was El Patron’s way of plucking at both the 45th Commander-in-Chief and Ortiz in one shot … and for good reason.The former WWE superstar and first Mexican WWE champ doesn’t appreciate Trump’s divisiveness, especially in accordance to the portrayal the president paints of Mexicans entering the U.S.“I was born in Mexico, but I was made in America,” El Patron told Sporting News. “I’ve had the privilege of becoming American this year on the day of my birthday, May 25. Of course, I’m proud of being Mexican, I’m proud of being brown, but I love this country. Just like me, there’s millions and millions of people coming to this country to work hard and live the American dream.“But the moment you start pointing fingers and saying this country is this, this country is that, these people are this, these people are that, you make people fight,” he continued. “When you say Mexicans are this and that, you put the people, not just the country, but the people in a really bad place.”The fact that Ortiz, whose father is Mexican, is a proud and open Trump supporter makes El Patron cringe even more. He’s aware of Ortiz appearing on Trump’s former reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but can’t believe that the former UFC champ agrees with the president’s ideals.“I don’t understand why he’s wearing that red hat saying Making America Great Again,” El Patron said of Ortiz donning the MAGA hat. “America has never stopped being great.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“The last time we saw each other, he was wearing a Border Patrol hat,” he added. “He said it was to pay respect to those heroes defending our borders. But why are you doing this when you’re in front of a Mexican that was born in Mexico?”Those political differences helped pave the way for El Patron to face Ortiz in a Combate Americas pay-per-view Saturday night in what has been billed “Tito vs. Alberto: Which side are you on?” The clash will take place at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, right at the U.S.-Mexico border for good measure. The cameras started recording and Alberto El Patron began cutting a promo right on cue as if he were still with the WWE.“Let’s make MMA great again!” he said, his arms crossed, wearing a President Trump-like wig. “That’s what we’re doing in Combate Americas. Titio Ortiz … you and I are going to be facing each other inside la jaula (the cage in Spanish) December the 7th.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year While Saturday is a jam-packed day for combat sports, with Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 happening in Saudi Arabia and the UFC in Washington D.C., Combate has been able to generate plenty of interest with this politically-driven card. Jorge Masvidal, the UFC’s newly-crowned BMF champion, will reportedly be part of Combate’s broadcast booth offering what’s bound to be colorful commentary on Tito vs. Alberto.While El Patron is part of Combate’s front office, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull a Triple H-like move and fight on one of the cards he’s helping to promote.“We’re committed to make this company grow even more,” El Patron said.last_img read more

Iginla happy in Pittsburgh as Cup pursuit heats up

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Jarome Iginla (12) is congratulated by teammates Evgeni Malkin (71) and James Neal after scoring against the Ottawa Senators during second-period NHL hockey playoff game action in Ottawa, Ontario, May 22. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jarome Iginla will get a chance to spend some time in Boston in pursuit of the Stanley Cup after all.The longtime Calgary Flames star waived his no-trade clause to join the Pittsburgh Penguins in March, choosing the Penguins over the Bruins just before the deadline.The six-time All-Star says he expected to face Boston at some point in the postseason. Now the Bruins stand in Pittsburgh’s way when the Eastern Conference finals begin on Saturday.Iginla says his decision to play for the Penguins had nothing to do with not wanting to play for Boston and he doesn’t expect it to be an issue during the best-of-seven series. Iginla has thrived in Pittsburgh and has four goals and eight assists so far in the playoffs.last_img read more

Brodeur back to defend High Mountain 10K title

first_imgLast year’s men’s 10K winner, Andrew Brodeur, is back to defend his title in today’s 2015 High Mountain Coffee 10K in Williamsfield, Manchester.Danielle Tauro, the 2015 women’s champion, will be absent but another massive turnout from both local and overseas participants is anticipated again this year.Brodeur, from the Shore Athletic Club in New Jersey, United States, won last year’s 10K race in 31:38. The Duke University student was virtually unchallenged after the 3K mark as he romped to the title.With the inclusion of the 5K Walk, 5K Run and wheelchair race this year, the day’s activities will begin at 2 p.m. The main event, the 10K race, is set to start at 3:30 p.m.The High Mountain Coffee road race started in 1983 and is the island’s longest-running road race. It is also the foundation of many of the nation’s top past distant runners, including Mardrea Hyman, Kemoy Campbell and Natoya Goule.Meet chairman John Minott says the event continues to be a landmark in Jamaica’s road racing.”This is a wonderful event that we are extremely proud of. We have seen it grow in excitement and the involvement of not just participants but the Jamaican public on a whole. The race has contributed to the development of many Jamaican distant runners, through their participation from schools they attended, and a number of them have gone on to carve out running careers overseas,” he noted.More than $300,000 are up for grabs in cash and prizes. Adults will pay an entrance fee of $1,000 for all events. There is no fee for children.Knutsford Express has arranged a special fare for persons living in Kingston who wish to view or compete in the event. Same-day return is $2,900 while same-day one-way is $1,800.Proceeds from the race will go to the Mandeville Regional Hospital’s renal unit for the fourth straight year.last_img read more

Mother of 6 dies days after eye removed

first_imgDead: Sunita VandykeSunita Vandyke, the mother of six who recently lost her eye weeks after giving birth at the Suddie Hospital in Region 2, has died.She died on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), two days after being referred there from the Leonora Hospital in Region 3 because of the severity of her condition.Vandyke’s family members are alleging that the GPHC had done nothing to save her. Her mother-in-law, Phyllis Carter, told Guyana Times on Sunday that after Vandyke had been admitted to the GPHC on Wednesday, she had received no treatment at the hospital.“She was left to die there. They never looked in her direction. Other patients in the ward told us that the doctors never even checked on her. They plugged needles in her head, strapped her down to the bed, and left her to die. She was treated like an animal, and no one is telling us anything; no explanation, no cause of death or anything,” Carter said.Carter is calling on the authorities to investigate this matter, which had caused her young, healthy daughter-in-law to deteriorate in health until her demise over the course of a few weeks.“This is a clear picture of how the public health systems work. They had no care, no interest in her condition. They feel that because it’s free, people begging them for a service. They are being paid to do their job!” the distraught woman declared.Vandyke had been admitted at the Suddie Hospital on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) for several weeks, after doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital had removed one of her eyes without any proper explanation, although she had never had any medical complication with her eye.Relatives reaching out to Guyana Times on Tuesday last, in calling for a full investigation into the incident, are alleging that Vandyke had been admitted at the Suddie Hospital to give birth, but everything had gone ‘downhill’ after her delivery.Carter told this publication that Vandyke had delivered a healthy baby at the Suddie Hospital some seven weeks ago; but after the birth of the baby, Vandyke had gone home to her Parika residence and had started to complain of feeling unwell. She had been taken to the Parika Health Centre, where the nurses had administered saline. After receiving the saline, she had started complaining of blurred vision.“As soon as she get the saline, and we go home, she started complaining (of having problems) with the eye,” Carter said.She explained that after her daughter-in-law had continued to complain about having blurred vision, she had taken her to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, from where doctors had transferred her to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.However, she had taken Vandyke to the GPHC after the eye problem had worsened and Vandyke’s condition had deteriorated. “We meet GPHC Emergency (Department) with the eye draining inflammation and the nose bleeding, and they said, ‘That’s not an emergency’. And we waited several hours, and were sent away without seeing a doctor.“I even went to the boss upstairs to complain that we were not getting to see a doctor, and still we could [not] get help; we were sent away,” Carter said.The frustrated Carter related that she had then visited the Public Health Ministry to lodge a complaint, and had been directed to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and then to the Eye Clinic at GPHC. When they arrived at the clinic, the doctors had quickly admitted Vandyke for surgery to remove the eye.“Just so, they say they gotta take out the eye. GPHC and West Dem (hospitals) sabotage my daughter-in-law! They did nothing to help! They never even checked the eye, and we need answers! This girl never had any eye problem!” Carter contends.Vandyke’s condition had gotten worse, to the point where she had been unable to walk, and had stopped speaking. Since the incident, she had been in and out of hospital, and had been unable to care for her newborn. She had again been taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital on Monday last, but due to the severity of her condition, had been referred to the GPHC. She died at the GPHC on Friday last.Carter is calling for a full investigation of this matter. She contends that Vandyke’s medical record would show that she had never suffered from any medical or eye condition.Attempts to contact officials from GPHC for a comment proved futile.last_img read more