Moroccan forward Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates his late winner for SevillaRead Also: La Liga: Felix back with a bang as Atletico brush aside VillarrealSevilla looked like they had thrown away victory when Osasuna came from two goals down to level after Aridane scored and Roberto Torres converted a penalty.But En-Nesyri, who had also struck the opener before Lucas Ocampos made it two, scored his second of the game and Sevilla’s third in injury time to snatch a dramatic winner.Nemanja Maksimovic scored Getafe’s only goal against Mallorca, who remain three points behind Celta Vigo in 18th.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But Diego Simeone’s side have stumbled against the league’s lower teams this season and so it proved again, as Espanyol dug deep for a deserved share of the spoils. Atletico take on fellow top-four hopefuls Sevilla next weekend and Simeone will have to decide to what extent he keeps one eye on the second leg at Anfield three days later. Espanyol took the lead in the 24th minute when Savic turned in Wu Lei’s cross at the near post and they might have doubled their advantage had Atletico’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak not made a brilliant save by tipping Victor Sanchez’s thundering effort onto the crossbar. Instead, Atletico equalised shortly after half-time when Saul took the ball out of the air on the edge of the box and banged a wonderful volley into the far corner. Joao Felix almost grabbed a winner when his deflected cross came off Diego Lopez and hit the post while Alvaro Morata was unable to turn in the rebound from the angle. Promoted ContentThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The InternetThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Atletico Madrid slipped up in the race for La Liga’s top four on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Espanyol. Saul Niguez (R) scored a terrific equaliser but Atletico dropped points away to struggling Espanyol Saul Niguez volleyed in a stunning equaliser at the RCDE Stadium but Atletico were unable to find a winner as Stefan Savic’s first-half own-goal earned Espanyol a valuable point in their struggle against relegation. The result is less useful for Atletico, who sit fifth, behind Getafe, who prevailed 1-0 away at Mallorca, and Sevilla, who beat Osasuna 3-2, thanks to a 93rd-minute winner from Youssef En-Nesyri. Real Sociedad are only a point behind and have a game in hand. Espanyol stay 20th but are now only five points adrift of safety. After their excellent victory at home to Liverpool in the Champions League, Atletico appeared to be building some momentum when they defeated Villarreal 3-1 five days later.Advertisement Loading…
Press Association Weaver also hit a fine wedge approach to seven feet, but White missed the birdie attempt. Porteous’ birdie was conceded and GB&I claimed a three and one victory. Pugh said: “It gets my [competitive] juices flowing playing for Great Britain and Ireland. It’s an honour and brings the best out of me.” The hosts then hit back in the final match of the session, Patrick Rodgers and Justin Thomas defeating Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan two and one. The United States took a lead they never relinquished on the 15th before Rodgers recorded the clinching birdie on the 17th, hitting a 111-yard wedge to six feet. Great Britain and Ireland hold a two and a half to one and a half lead against the United States following the foursomes session on the first day of the 44th Walker Cup in Southampton, New York. The first match was halved with GB and Ireland winning the next two before the United States won the final foursome of the session. The first match-up saw home pair Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt refuse to let the visiting duo of Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin capitalise on the one up lead they held on six occasions. Instead each time Whitsett and Wyatt came back to tie including on the 18th hole when Orrin hit his eagle putt 12 feet past the hole with Wyatt sinking a two-foot birdie to win the hole and halve the match. Next up was Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship – propelling him to number one in the world amateur golf rankings – and also win the Silver Medal at July’s Open Championship at Muirfield. He was partnered by Neil Raymond and they went one up against Jordan Niebrugge and Nathan Smith at the par-four fifth, a lead they held until the 15th. The GB&I duo won the par-five 18th when Raymond hit an eagle attempt to three feet and Fitzpatrick calmly rolled the ball in for a one up victory. Raymond told www.usga.org: “To go out in foursomes over here and get the first solid point on the board was very important. I was just really happy to get it done. “I believe in my ability, and obviously believe in the world number one [Fitzpatrick] over here.” The visitors moved further ahead when Garrick Porteous and Rhys Ough defeated Michael Weaver and Todd White, three and one. Victory was clinched at the 372-yard 17th. Welshman Pugh hit his wedge approach shot to four feet.
Alex Bruce also missed out with Boyd and Maynor Figueroa slotting into a switched 4-4-2 formation. Swansea showed no change from the team that beat Norwich 3-0 last weekend. Hull’s fans were in full voice from the first whistle and would have had an early goal to shout about too, but for Michel Vorm’s quick reflexes. Shane Long ran on to Figueroa’s perfectly-weighted cross to the back post only for Vorm to turn his side-footed volley wide. Hull had most of the initial possession but Swansea were a threat on the break and Jonathan De Guzman should have at least tested home goalkeeper Steve Harper when released on goal. The midfielder ran 30 yards unchecked into the area before cutting inside his marker, but delayed his shot and allowed Hull’s back-tracking defence to block. Wayne Routledge then failed to get enough elevation on a lobbed shot when he got to a through-ball before Harper. Hull’s attacks were more sustained, although they were forced to the flanks to try and break down Swansea’s rearguard. Curtis Davies headed an Ahmed Elmohamady cross wide while Long lost a Boyd centre in the sun when in space at the back post. Hull’s perseverance paid off after 39 minutes, thanks to a lovely Liam Rosenior cross from the right. His delivery to the back post was set-up for Boyd to jump over a static Angel Rangel and the Hull midfielder did so easily before directing his header back across Vorm. Swansea were brighter after half-time and Hull needed to be awake to cut out deft passes in behind first from Routledge and then Wilfried Bony. When Swansea turned to the flanks Davies won everything in the air. The away side’s increasing grip on the game forced Bruce to reinforce midfield with Sone Aluko dropping deeper after coming on for Long just after the hour. Still Swansea threatened and Jonjo Shelvey shot straight at Harper, who momentarily spilled the low shot with Routledge lurking. Routledge then outmuscled Figueroa and played a pass across for Nathan Dyer who screwed his shot horribly when he had plenty of time. Hull’s attacks were at a premium so when Jelavic blazed a free-kick high over the groans from home support were audible. Bony stabbed over when Shelvey played him behind the defence and then was almost given a tap-in by some hap-hazard home defending only for Harper to recover the loose ball. It was hardly a convincing way to sign off before their FA Cup venture, but the Tigers at least held on to head to London in a winning mood. The Tigers will play in their first FA Cup semi-final since 1930 in the capital next weekend and will do so with their Barclays Premier League status almost certainly assured following George Boyd’s first-half header. They were, however, made to hang on in a second half when Swansea might have equalised but for a lack of cutting edge as the Tigers appeared guilty of prematurely casting their minds ahead to Wembley. Hull began their Wembley celebrations a week early with a 1-0 win against Swansea. A party mood was apparent inside the KC Stadium well before the opening whistle as the home support, somewhat alarmingly armed with face masks of boss Steve Bruce, settled in for a final farewell before a rare adventure to the national stadium. The Tigers are odds-on to return again to the capital for the FA Cup final – with League One Sheffield United lying in wait next weekend – and the feelgood factor of a memorable first season back in the top flight initially uplifted the home team before their second-half wobble. Nonetheless this was a 10th league win of the season and lifted City to 36 points – more than the total they managed when staying up in their first top-flight campaign in 2008/09. If survival still remains Bruce’s primary objective then he will at least head to London safe in the knowledge his side have a gap of nine points over the relegation places. With five league games remaining it therefore appears unlikely Hull will be caught – even if they still do have a tough run-in that includes Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. In amongst the home joy Swansea were left still with a fight to maintain their Premier League status as their poor recent record extended to just one win in their past 11 matches in all competitions. Rookie manager Garry Monk will hardly relish the prospect of welcoming title-chasing Chelsea to south Wales next week either. With Wembley in mind Bruce exercised caution in his team selection, resting playmaker Tom Huddlestone due to a slight back strain. Press Association
Press Association Brad Guzan has hailed Thibaut Courtois as one of the world’s best goalkeepers and insists the Belgium international deserves to be Chelsea’s number one. “It’s a great feeling when you eventually establish yourself,” he said. “It’s not easy being a goalkeeper because you have strikers trying to take your head off – and it’s different from outfield positions in that only one can play. “You have to wait for your chance, or even your half-chance. You have to take it because you don’t know when the next one is coming around. “Thibaut has gone to Spain, not knowing the language and league, and gone on to achieve individual and team accolades.” The Aston Villa keeper believes Courtois is Chelsea’s future ahead of Villa’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Courtois has replaced Petr Cech between the posts for the Blues this season after three years on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he won the Europa League, Super Cup, Copa del Rey and La Liga. “He’s someone who I believe is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world,” Guzan told Villa’s official site. “Thibaut’s resume is outstanding. His accolades for the past few seasons at Atletico speak for itself, with Belgium too. “He’s only 22 so these things are unbelievable. He’s a top, top keeper and someone Chelsea sees their future with. “There’s nothing better that having the confidence of the manager and coaching staff. “You want to be dependable and the guy the lads look to if an opposition player gets through the defence. “You want them thinking that you’re going to come up with the goods and make a save at the vital time. You want that responsibility. “You relish that opportunity to be number one – be the guy that’s going to hopefully help the team. That’s what it’s all about.” Guzan was back-up to Brad Friedel and Shay Given before eventually becoming first choice at Villa Park under Paul Lambert, and knows how Courtois would have felt after signing for Chelsea from Genk in 2011.
Press Association A winner at Galway as a juvenile before chasing home the smart Jack Naylor at the Curragh, the daughter of Danehill Dancer was a 3-1 shot for this Listed assignment having finished fourth on her seasonal reappearance in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial a fortnight ago. Wayne Lordan was happy to play the waiting game in the nine-furlong contest, giving his major rivals rope, but he arrived there travelling best of all two furlongs down and his mount showed a nice turn of foot to quicken to the lead. David Wachman can consider loftier targets for Legatissimo after the exciting filly ran out a comprehensive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at Gowran Park. Aidan O’Brien’s Wedding Vow did her best to make a race of it, but the Wachman runner, who holds a stack of big-race entries including the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent, was three and three-quarter lengths too strong. Having won her final four starts as a three-year-old for the formidable combination of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, Carla Bianca was all the rage as the 4-5 favourite, but her effort petered out and she was ultimately well-beaten in fourth. Wachman said: “She liked the good ground. She got stuck in the mud at Leopardstown the last day and Wayne was adamant that day it was the ground. That was much more like it. “She was a big, weak filly last year and has done well from two to three. I don’t think she will get much further than today, although her dam is a sister to Fame And Glory. “She’s in everything and I’ll have to talk to Wayne and discuss it with the owners before deciding where she will go next. “She’s a straightforward filly and the faster they go, the better she is.”
Published on September 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm Head coach Leonid Yelin finally had his starting lineup.Yelin spent the first three weeks of the season giving players opportunities and working around injuries, but he believes the lineup he sent out against Albany Saturday evening is his team’s best.Kicking off its final nonconference tournament, Syracuse (6-4) defeated Albany (2-8) in three straight sets to open the Otto Invitational at the Women’s Building. After controlling the first two sets with relative ease, the Orange was put to the test in a tough third.Outside hitter Valeriya Shaipova played more points than she had in previous games as she continues to work her way back from an ACL injury, but it was junior Silvi Uattara who scored three straight kills to get SU within one point of the Great Danes late in the third.With Albany leading 23-22, middle blocker Monika Salkute spiked home a kill to tie it up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We needed a left-side hitter in the end,” Yelin said. “Valeriya was moving to the right side and Monika to the left side as an outside hitter.”He said the team is asking a lot of Salkute, who played multiple positions Saturday en route to 14 kills and eight blocks.After splitting the next two points, Great Danes’ outside hitter Olivia Shonewise stepped back to serve and handed the Orange a point by sending the ball into the net. Yelin then took starting setter Gosia Wlaszczuk out of for match point.“When she was blocking right before that, she didn’t do the right things at all,” Yelin said. “I looked at her face and I knew she needed time to get over this.”The Orange took the match when Uattara tapped the ball to an open space on the Albany side of the court for the kill. The set ended 27-25.Aside from the final points of the game, Yelin felt Wlaszczuk played well, tallying 37 assists and six kills, the latter of which Yelin said is high for a setter.“She’s getting kills, tipping, aggressive, she’s acting like a hitter too,” he said.In the first two sets, which the Orange won 25-20 and 25-10, the team stayed in its system by staying focused, digging balls and getting controlled first touches.“The block was carrying us not only as a part of defense but also as a transition into offense,” Yelin said.The Orange registered 20 blocks on the day to Albany’s six.Yelin also started walk-on freshman Belle Sand at libero for the first time, after playing her last weekend. Additionally, Salkute was able to start again at middle blocker after being forced into Shaipova’s outside role the past few weeks. Shaipova played most of the match but was subbed out regularly to rest her knee.“Valeriya (is) obviously nothing close to 100% but we all understood and accepted it as a team,” Yelin said.The Orange takes on Colgate (3-4) and Cornell (2-4) Sunday in the Women’s Building at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m in their final tournament games before Atlantic Coast Conference play begins next week. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Three weeks ago, the USC women’s basketball team watched its NCAA tournament hopes evaporate in the midst of an Arizona barrage of three-pointers.The loss relegated the Women of Troy (24-12) to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, a disappointing end to a season that started with so much promise.In the zone · Junior guard Ashley Corral has played a pivotal role in the Women of Troy’s postseason run, averaging 18.2 points and shooting 73 percent from three-point range. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan But five games later, a resurgent USC squad stands poised to capture the program’s first WNIT title. All that stands in its way is a trip to Toledo.Stifling defense has been USC’s calling card during its tournament run. The Women of Troy have held three of their five opponents to less than 35 percent shooting. In its last two games, USC has broken open close games by holding its opponents scoreless for long stretches.That kind of defensive effort will need to continue against Toledo (28-8), which boasts a pair of talented scorers in guard Naama Shafir and forward Melissa Goodall. Both players have averaged more than 13 points per game for the Rockets, who enter the championship game averaging more than 66 points per game.USC has held opponents to 56 points per outing so far in the WNIT tournament.As strong as USC has been on defense, its offense has been just as potent. For the tournament, the Women of Troy are shooting 45 percent from the field and a blistering 48 percent from three-point range.Junior guard Ashley Corral leads the team in tournament scoring with 18.2 points per game, despite coming off the bench. Corral is shooting nearly 75 percent from behind the arc and needs four three-pointers against Toledo to set a tournament record.Tipoff is scheduled for noon Saturday in Toledo.
After finally returning to Madison after a long away stretch, head coach Yvette Healy and the Wisconsin softball team play their home opener April 16 as they host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in a double-header before the Badgers host the Ohio State Buckeyes for a three game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Excited to be back home and finally get the opportunity to open Goodman Diamond for the first time this season, Healy said that the team has played well at home before and it should be a nice change of pace to play a home game in front of a packed, enthusiastic crowd this week.This week they are also hosting a kids event. Last year they filled the stands with more than 1,000 fans and children, and they are looking forward to doing the same this year.“We packed the place last year when we played against Penn State and had more than 1,000 fans and swept [the Nittany Lions],” Healy said. “I’d love to see the same thing — 1,000 fans and the sweep.”While on the road during the last few weeks, the players and staff have dealt with plane rides, bus trips and sleeping in multiple hotels, but they developed some great relationships and are excited about bringing that bond into the rest of their season. Healy said she loved the opportunity to spend time with players and staff.However, the women’s softball team has had some tough battles while playing on the road. When Healy was asked what the most memorable part of the away stretch was, she replied that the “last two weekends have been tough, but we were thrilled to take one [game] from Nebraska.” So far, the softball team’s conference record stands at 7-5, placing them fifth in the conference. Overall, the team’s record sits at 29-8 with roughly 75 percent of their schedule set to be played on the road. Still, Healy believes the adversity has made the team stronger.“When you play against great teams, especially at their place, you learn something,” Healy said. “When you play at Iowa, Nebraska, you realize why these teams are good because they’ve got great home field advantage.”The Badgers’ lineup has played through a lot to begin the 2013 season. Healy credited the players for their ability to each step up when called upon. She noted that when she gave many players the chance to step up in the Nebraska game, they took advantage of the opportunity and produced a significant win for the team.Finally heading home, and with only eight losses in 37 games, Healy said she is proud of the progress and success the Badgers have produced during the long away streak.Now at home, Wisconsin hopes their success will continue against conference foe Ohio State. Nonetheless, peering ahead to the three-game series, Healy doesn’t want to overlook their opponent.“You’ve got to win one before you can win three in-a-row,” Healy said.
University of Wisconsin women’s basketball finished their regular season Sunday with a 68-48 road loss to the Purdue Boilermakers (19-10, 10-8). Just three days earlier, the Badgers faced the then-6th ranked Maryland Terrapins (27-3, 16-2) on the road and made it a close one just falling short 83-77.The difference in play between the two games left head coach Bobbie Kelsey with a lot to be desired in her press conference Monday.“Just disappointed in our play yesterday against Purdue,” Kelsey said. “In the Maryland game, I thought we found some offense and obviously played the sixth best team in the country to a six point game. [I’m] disappointed we couldn’t make that a consistent theme in our game against Purdue.”Wisconsin’s (7-21, 3-15) schedule did not do them any favors in terms of difficulty, but Kelsey said the adversity can help the Badgers as they prepare for the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis this week, which features three teams ranked in the top 25.The Badgers enter the conference tournament as a 13-seed and will face the 12th-seeded Northwestern Wildcats (15-15, 4-14). In their previous meeting two weeks ago, the Badgers lost to the Wildcats 71-53.Kelsey sees the Big Ten Tournament as a chance to improve on previous mistakes and a chance for her team to regroup.“The tournament is another chance to correct some wrongs,” Kelsey said. “Everybody’s at 0-0, so it’s an opportunity for us to go in and just take it one game at a time and see what we can do.”In preparation for the Badgers’ first round game against Northwestern, Kelsey said they need to play more consistently, especially against a Wildcats team that struggled in Big Ten play this season. Kelsey also added that her team will need to keep the turnovers to a minimum as Northwestern leads the Big Ten in steals.In a tournament setting where one loss sends a team home, Kelsey said they need to make shots. She added that the missed opportunities on open shots make a difference in a game and will be pivotal in the Big Ten Tournament.“Nothing helps you other than making shots. That’s the difference between a six point game against the 6th best team in the country and a 20 point game against Purdue,” Kelsey said. “There are times when we’re just missing them. If we don’t make shots, we’re going to have a tough time.”The Badgers will go up against Northwestern on Wednesday March 2 at 12:30 p.m. The game will air on the Big Ten Network.
There’s another unnecessary distraction for Liverpool ahead of tonight’s clash away to Leicester.Striker Mario Balotelli could face action from the Football Association after posting a picture online which contained a number of stereotypes about different ethnic groups.The post, which the Italian has since deleted from his Instagram account, has been labelled racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli has defended himself, saying his mother is Jewish.Liverpool say they’ll be talking to the player about the issue.In the nights other action Burnley host Newcastle, Manchester United meet Stoke, Swansea clash with QPR, West Brom meet West Ham and Aston Villa travel to Crystal Palace looking for a first league win since September.