Stones signs five-year Everton deal

first_img Press Association John Stones has made a big impression in his short time at Everton John Stones has made a big impression in his short time at Everton 1/1 John Stones has made a big impression in his short time at Everton slide 1 of 1 John Stones has made a big impression in his short time at Everton Twitter “I am over the moon,” Stones told the club’s official website. “It’s just been such a great last season and to get pen to paper on a new deal is a dream come true. “The last 12 months have been so enjoyable thanks to the faith that the manager has shown in me and all the players. What we achieved was unbelievable. It was a very memorable season and hopefully there’s more to come.” Stones joined Everton from Barnsley in January 2013 and has quickly made his mark in the top flight. Martinez said: “It is an important signing for the club and a really good reward for a young footballer with a fantastic future. “He had an excellent season in 2013-14 and it’s really good news all round. “It is very important that we continue to let our youngsters continue to develop into bigger roles.” center_img Whatsapp Email The 20-year-old made 26 appearances for Roberto Martinez’s side last season and earned England honours on the back of some impressive performances, with the club keen to fend off the interest of several suitors by securing him on a new long-term deal. And he has now followed Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman in signing a new contract with the club. Facebook John Stones has made a big impression in his short time at Everton Close Everton have tied down young defender John Stones to a new five-year contract after his breakthrough season at Goodison Park.last_img read more

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Celtic agree loan deal for Manchester City teenager Patrick Roberts

first_img The 18-year-old winger is expected to undergo a medical with the Hoops on Saturday. Roberts signed for City from Sky Bet Championship side Fulham last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £12million. Press Association Celtic have agreed a deal with Manchester City to secure Patrick Roberts on an 18-month loan deal, Press Association Sport understands. center_img The England Under-19 international has made three substitute appearances for the Barclays Premier League club this season. He would be the fourth player to join Celtic from City during Ronny Deila’s tenure as Hoops boss following Jason Denayer and John Guidetti, who both had loan spells at the club, and Dedryck Boyata, who signed on a four-year-deal last summer. Celtic play fellow Ladbrokes Premiership side Ross County in the League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday. last_img read more

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Leroy Sane to Undergo Knee Surgery

first_imgLondon: Manchester City announced on Thursday that its winger Leroy Sane will undergo surgery to fix a ligament tear in his right knee.“Manchester City FC can confirm that Leroy Sane has damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” the Premier League champions said in a statement.The 23-year-old German international picked up the injury in the early stages of a Community Shield match at Wembley Stadium, which City won over Liverpool on Sunday, reports Efe news.The club said that Sane has undergone extensive testing during the last few days and “will have surgery in the coming week”.“Manchester City will provide Leroy with all the support and guidance he needs, and everyone connected with the club wishes him a quick and full recovery,” the statement added.The club did not say the estimated duration of Sane’s absence.Sane joined City in August 2016 and was linked to a move back to Germany’s giant Bayern Munich this summer. IANSAlso Read: Manchester City Top Manchester United 2-0, Gain Edge In Title Racelast_img read more

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Cricket News Disappointing to see cricket being targeted after Pulwama attack: Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgKarachi: Sarfaraz Ahmed is ‘disappointed’ that cricket is being targeted after the Pulwama terror attack and said the high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup game should go ahead as planned despite calls for the match’s boycott from several quarters of the neighbouring country. The Pakistan captain insisted that sports should never be mixed with politics and said in the interest of the cricket crazy fans of both the countries, the match should be played.”The India and Pakistan match should be played as per schedule as there are millions of people who want to watch this game. I just don’t think cricket should be targeted for political gains,” Sarfaraz told the CricketPakistan.com.pk website.”It is disappointing to see cricket being targeted after the Pulwama incident. I don’t recall Pakistan ever mixing sports with politics,” he said.  The fate of the much-anticipated World Cup match to be held on June 16 at the Old Trafford lies in limbo after several former Indian cricketers called for its boycott in the aftermath of the ghastly terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. “Sports should just be taken as sports,” Sarfaraz added.The call to boycott the match has come from some prominent names in Indian cricket such as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former captain Mohammed Azharuddin.But offering a different view, batting great Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar have stated that India should not hand over points to Pakistan by boycotting the game. They, however, advocated continued shunning of bilateral cricket ties.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket also decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan, but urged the ICC and other nations to “sever ties” with countries from where “terrorism emanates”.Former Pakistan captain and batting great Javed Miandad too was of the view that the game shouldn’t be targeted.”I felt bad after hearing about our pictures being removed from their (Indian) stadiums. Now this talk of boycotting the World Cup. I think India need to understand they can face consequences of such an action,” Miandad said. “I don’t understand the mindset. Do they really think they (India) can get away without playing the World Cup match?” he asked. He said India need to change its policy of mixing sports with politics. “I just hope better sense prevails,” the Pakistan cricketer said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgTwo people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule. Whether those games would count in the standings and the Irish would be eligible to participate in the ACC championship game for a slot in the Orange Bowl is still to be determined.MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-DE BOERDe Boer out as Atlanta United coach after dismal restartATLANTA (AP) — Frank de Boer is out as coach of Atlanta United. July 24, 2020 Ryun went on to serve as a member of the House representing a Kansas congressional district from 1996 to 2006. Ryun said that one of the greatest honors of his life was to represent the country and “wear the stars and stripes on my chest while racing in the ’60s and ‘70s.”OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHOBen Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, diesUNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Blue Jays to play in Buffalo minor league park UNDATED (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo, New York, this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen (SAY’-len) Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. General manager Ross Atkins had previously said that if team could not find a major league park, Buffalo would be their most likely site for home games.The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. The state of Pennsylvania nixed a deal to play in Pittsburgh with COVID-19 cases on the rise there. Toronto opens the season at Tampa Bay on Friday. The team said the first scheduled home series, against the Washington Nationals on July 29 and 30, will take place on the road to accommodate necessary infrastructure modifications at Sahlen Field to meet Major League Baseball playing standards and COVID-19 safety requirements. The abbreviated season got started Thursday night in Washington, where the Yankees beat the defending World Series champs 4-1 in a game cut short by rain. The Dodgers began their campaign by scoring seven times over their final two at-bats to thump the San Francisco Giants 8-1 in Los Angeles. The Texas Rangers will officially open Globe Life Field, their new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. And they’ll do it with the same starting pitcher from the finale in the old stadium across the street. Lance Lynn faces the Colorado Rockies in his first opening day, getting the nod ahead of returning All-Star lefty Mike Minor and Corey Kluber, the two-time AL Cy Young winner acquired in a December trade from Cleveland. Lynn, who had 246 strikeouts last season, sent the Rangers out of the old stadium with a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees. A few spectators will be allowed, including the parents and fiancee of Rockies rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard, who grew up 10-15 minutes from the Rangers ballparks. The Houston Astros begin their season at home against the Seattle Mariners. The franchise spent the offseason dealing with the sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Dusty Baker was hired to replace Hinch. Baker is hoping to leave the scandal behind, calling it old news. It remains to be seen if the rest of baseball agrees. In Houston’s final summer camp tuneup, three of its stars — José Altuve, Alex Bregman and George Springer — were hit by pitches in a game at Kansas City. Longtime San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to make his first start with Arizona when the Diamondbacks visit the San Diego Padres. The big left-hander signed an $85 million, five-year deal with the D-backs during the offseason after spending 11 years in San Francisco. He helped the Giants win three World Series titles and he was the 2014 World Series MVP.MLB-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULESeason begins for 26 more teamsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball’s season begins for 26 more teams Friday. And more of them will be a part of baseball’s postseason after MLB and the players’ union agreed Thursday to an expanded playoff structure that includes 16 teams instead of the usual 10. The Blue Jays’ first game in Buffalo will be either on July 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies or on Aug. 11 against the Miami Marlins. In other MLB news:— Four baseball players and two staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. There have been 99 new positive tests since intake screening began June 27, Major League Baseball and the players’ association said Friday. That represents 0.3% of 32,640 samples and includes 84 players and 15 staff. The 10 positive tests in the past week were among 10,939 monitoring samples, a rate of 0.05%. There have been 29 positives among 28,888 monitoring samples, a rate of 0.1%, of which 22 positives were for players. Twenty-eight teams have had a positive test for an individual required to undergo testing.— The Atlanta Braves are without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’), for Friday’s opening game at the New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says Flowers and d’Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not travel with the team because they had symptoms. Snitker said he did not know what the symptoms were. He hoped the two just had “a bad cold” and not the coronavirus. Snitker said the team is being careful because “we’ve had guys test negative and the next day they test positive.” Alex Jackson will start in the opener at catcher.— The Chicago Cubs have finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs also announced left-hander Burl Carraway, the team’s second-round pick in this year’s amateur draft, will join their group of players at their auxiliary site. The 31-year-old Dietrich, who also can play left field, opted out of his contract with Cincinnati and was released on Monday. — The Chicago Bears canceled season ticket packages on Friday because they’re not sure how many fans — if any — will be allowed at Soldier Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team President Ted Phillips cited “a need to reduce the seating capacity to build a plan that allows for social distancing” in a letter to season ticket holders. He said the Bears “continue to work closely” with city and state officials as well as public health experts. Season ticket holders can get refunds for this year or have their payments credited toward 2021.— Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added. F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1. The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date. The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe.— Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble. In a statement released by the team, Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms including headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste, and shortness of breath. Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream open the season on Sunday against Dallas. Atlanta acquired Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 10 in exchange for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.— More than two dozen Division I conferences want the NCAA Board of Governors to avoid making any decisions about fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition. A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche was sent to the board. The letter recommends delaying any decision on fall championships to allow more conferences to make their own decisions regarding regular-season play. It also encouraged the board to have a plan in place to address the college basketball season.— A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. James Calder chairs a government committee on the return of elite sports in England. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States. But he is hopeful the twice weekly testing on players next season can be reduced. The next Premier League season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23. AP sources: NFL owners offer opt-out guidelines for playersUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has offered opt-out guidelines to players who don’t want to participate in the upcoming season due to the coronavirus, according to people with knowledge of the offer. The people tell The Associated Press that players who decide they want to opt out would have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they would receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend wasn’t specified. One person said the players’ union negotiators have agreed to the plan, but the 32 team player representatives must vote on it. Should the plan be approved, it would eliminate one major obstacle to a full opening of training camps next week.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:center_img RYUN-MEDAL OF FREEDOMTrump honors former track phenom and Kansas congressman RyunWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has presented one of the nation’s highest civilian honors to Jim Ryun (RY’-uhn), a former Republican congressman and the first U.S. high schooler to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Ryun was the 1968 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500-meter run and a three-time Olympian. Trump presented Ryun with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony Friday at the White House. In announcing the award, the White House described Ryun as one of the most accomplished American runners in history.As a 17-year-old junior, Ryun became the first high school athlete to break the 4-minute barrier when he ran it in 3 minutes and 59 seconds. That year, he went on to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. He was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1966, the year he smashed the world record in the mile at 3:51.3. He graced the cover of the magazine seven times — all before the age of 25. Associated Press Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota. Taylor has hired a merchant bank, The Raine Group, to broker talks. He said earlier this week that there are multiple groups interested.The Timberwolves have a lease at the city-owned Target Center that lasts through 2035. A $140 million renovation project on the arena was finished in 2017. ACC-NOTRE DAMEAP sources: ACC, Notre Dame eye 2020 football membership UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league. After a dismal performance in the MLS Is Back tournament, the team announced Friday that it had mutually agreed to part with de Boer, who nearly guided the team to the MLS Cup championship game a season ago.It was another short coaching stint for the former Dutch national team star, who previously was let go by Inter Milan in Italy’s Serie A in 2016 and Crystal Palace in England’s Premier League in 2017.De Boer endured an up-and-down campaign in his first year with Atlanta, but the team won both the Campeones Cup and U.S. Open Cup before making a strong run at defending its MLS Cup title. United lost at home to Toronto in the Eastern Conference final.United won its first two games this season before play was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the opener was marred when 2018 league MVP Josef Martinez, one of the league’s most dynamic scorers, went down with a knee injury that will likely keep him out for the rest of 2020. When play resumed with the tournament in central Florida, Atlanta United lost all three of its group games by 1-0 scores.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly. Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Update on the latest sports — A record 109 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball said Friday that 288 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.1%. That is down slightly from 28.5% last year, 29% in 2018 and a record 29.8% in 2017. Total players born outside the 50 states topped the previous high of 259 in 2017. Dominican players were 10.6% of the big leagues, down from 11.6% last year and the record 11.7% in 2007, when there were 99 of 849. Players came from 20 countries and territories, matching last year and one shy of the high in 2018. San Francisco shortstop Mauricio Dubón became the first Honduran to make an opening-day roster.NBA-TIMBERWOLVES SALEAP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy WolvesMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. They say the ownership group will consist of two to five individuals with a net worth of more than $10 billion. last_img read more

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Kwese TV Takes Subscription Plans to New Level

first_imgBeyond the recent Kwese TV launch with three, seven and 30 days subscription plans for would-be subscribers, the new satellite television could also serve as a platform to take young lads away from the street through its talent discovery project. What exactly is the idea behind the whole concept? The new satellite television, at the ground breaking ceremony last week disclosed its plans as the exclusive broadcast partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in sub-Saharan Africa.According to the General Manager Kwesé Free TV Nigeria, Chichi Elizabeth Amkpa, sports lovers can look forward to live action, weekly previews and highlights from the NBA, international boxing (including exclusive coverage of all Anthony Joshua fights), IAAF World Championships and the National Football League among other sports, on Kwesé Sports 1, Kwesé Sports 2 and Kwesé Free Sports which was first introduced to Nigerian audiences in earlier this year. ” Kwesé Free Sports is Africa’s largest and first Pan-African free-to-air TV channel available in 25 countries providing premium sporting content to sports fans for free. The channel holds exclusive free-to-air rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the Premier League,” she explained.She pointed out that with Kwese Free sport channel, it about liberalizing content by exposing viewers to more sports content which historically was only available on pay-Tv. “We believe that it is lack of exposure that has hindered the popularity of certain sporting codes. For all we know a future NBA MVP could be here in Nigeria but due to lack of exposure to the NBA, that young person has been denied the opportunity to develop their love and skill for the game.“With the free sport channel, basketball fans can glue to our 24/7 coverage from the new NBA season which tipped off recently. Football lovers can relish in the weekly Premier league matches. Athletics fans can enjoy unparalleled access to IAAF Championships while Formula One fan enjoys fast-paced racing action all on one Channel, she remarked last week.To the benefit of sports loving Nigerians and particularly boxing fans, tonight’s World Heavyweight boxing bout between Anthony Joshua and Carlos  Takam will be exclusive live on Kwese Tv.Nwoko recalled how the station won over Nigerian viewers with the exclusive broadcast of his earlier bout with former champion, Wladimir Klitschko. “We are committed to delivering premium sports and our viewers can expect to see more of these types of events in the years to come,” she pointed out.As a follow up to the big fight in United Kingdom, Kwese TV will activate a viewing center plan in Sagamu, Ogun State, the birth place of Joshua tonight. The activation is in conjunction with Sagamu Youth Congress and Joshua’ family alongside well wishers from his State can watch on giant screen the live telecast of the 12 rounds event.On the impasse currently engulfed the leadership of basketball federation in the country, the Chichi Nwoko disclosed that the primary aim of Kwese is to empower Nigerian youths and not to get involved in the local politics of which group takes over the reign of the game in the country.“We have a corporate duty to give back to the community and we are not interested in which group to deal with as regards the leadership problem in the Nigeria Basketball Federation presently.“As we await the final judgment from the international  body, we are not distracted on our plans to the game in the country and as you can see, the clinics for young boys and girls are still ongoing  and the plan is for four years and renewable.“We have plans for other sports including athletics and others games in which Nigeria has the potentials to dominate in the years to come,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Football breakdown: Wisconsin overcomes all odds to take Holiday Bowl

first_imgWisconsin football’s Tanner McEvoy was inexplicably ruled out of bounds on a run that would’ve resulted in a touchdown.Quarterback Joel Stave’s nose was cut when a USC lineman’s cleat stud somehow found its way through Stave’s facemask to maim the fifth-year senior. And troubled running-back Corey Clement, who experienced a dismal 2015, injured his ankle in the first half and did not come back into the remainder of the game.With all of the aforementioned hiccups looming over Wisconsin, the 2015 Holiday Bowl seemed destined to result in another agonizing loss for a team that’s endured their fair share of losses of the sort this season. A game in which the 9-3 Badgers couldn’t afford any letdowns while facing the No. 25 University of Southern California Trojans, an 8-5 program that entered as a 3.5-point favorite.After 60 minutes, however, the Badgers were the victors of a 23-21 contest that many heralded as the most entertaining bowl game thus far.Only a late-game, 29-yard field goal by UW kicker Rafael Gaglianone separated winner from loser in one of, if not, Wisconsin’s best performances all season.The Badgers’ defense held the Trojans to only 286 total yards — an offensive unit that averages 438 yards and 33.9 points per game. Sophomore Jack Cichy’s late-game heroics provided a burst of energy each time momentum seemed to be sliding USC’s way — his three downs, three sacks drive baffled the Trojans and from then on he couldn’t be stopped.When Wisconsin’s defense stepped up to the plate, so too did its offense. Stave led the Badgers time and again, even through personal injury and without Clement by his side, while racking up 394 total yards and delivering the pass to a Rob Wheelwright one-handed catch that won’t soon be forgotten.Offensive Player of the Game: Joel StaveStave went 18/27 and threw for 217 yards and a touchdown without an interception. It wasn’t a flashy performance by any means, but it was mature and exactly what the Badgers needed.Stave’s confusing legacy at Wisconsin will end with this game – as the winningest quarterback in school history with 31 wins, and a final win that may be remembered as one of his finest games.The fifth-year senior delivered an incredible pass down the sideline to Wheelwright, who made a jumping one-handed catch, in what was one of the most explosive plays the duo have combined for this season. The catch set up the first points of the game and, one could suspect, gave Stave some confidence going forward.He would continue to impress, showing athletic ability on top of his throwing skills when he shimmied around a blitzing cornerback to avoid a long sack, then ran through the pocket and down the sideline in order to keep that drive from stalling. A play that one wouldn’t have expected him to make early on in the season.Most of all, aside from scoring or making well-placed throws, was the fact that Stave was consistent. The one-and-done nature of bowl games demands consistency and that is how he made his true impact on this game — quite simply, Stave put his team in a position to succeed.Defensive Player of the Game: Jack CichyDid Cichy have fresh legs? Yes he did.After serving his one game suspension from a targeting penalty, which carried over from the second half of the Minnesota game to the first half of the Holiday Bowl, Cichy was ready to make an impact.The redshirt sophomore recorded an astonishing three sacks on three consecutive plays that made USC quarterback Cody Kessler ever so familiar with Qualcomm Stadium’s turf. Not only that, but his presence forced the Trojans to watch him and commit blockers on every down.When USC was determined to take back the lead while trailing 23-21 and under two minutes left to play, Cichy blew up their play once more.Cichy forced his blocker back five yards before throwing him to the side as Kessler stepped up in the pocket. Then, as the USC quarterback prepped to deliver a pass down the sideline, Cichy charged from behind and hit Kessler’s throwing arm, forcing a weak, bobbling pass that was picked off by UW cornerback Sojourn Shelton.You could say he made his presence felt.Turning PointRafael Gaglianone has provided Wisconsin with many memorable kicks over the past two seasons, but it seems that in bowl games especially, he is Wisconsin’s savior.The sophomore won the Badgers’ bowl game for the second consecutive year when he put his team up by two on a 29-yard kick with 2:27 left to play.That kick put Wisconsin ahead and left the game in the hands of its defense, a smart move considering how dominant they’d been all game, and not to mention one which paid off.Gaglianone’s kick was the final punch that ultimately won a long, hard-fought game.When You Knew It Was OverThe most exciting part of this game was that it was never over until the final play. USC made Badger Nation hold its breath until its final attempt with seven seconds left on the clock proved unfruitful. Not even Shelton’s late interception could shut the door, as Wisconsin’s offense went three and out and was forced to give USC one final drive with almost 40 seconds left to play.While it was nerve-racking to watch for Badgers fans, the unscripted nature of the final two or so minutes gave this matchup the praise and right to don the accolade so many viewers gave it: the most entertaining game of this bowl season.last_img read more

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Ireland to go into Euro 2016 play-offs unseeded

first_imgMartin O’Neill’s side needed an unlikely combination of results from last night’s final round of qualifiers if they were to earn an unlikely play among the seeded teams. However, Ireland will now be an unseeded side in this weekend’s draw and will go-up against either Sweden, the Ukraine, Hungary or Bosnia-Herzegovina following last night’s results.last_img

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Germany provisional World Cup squad announced

first_imgGermany head coach Joachim Low has revealed his 30-man provisional squad that he will take to the World Cup with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen missing out.The tournament starts in just over a month and with Brazil announcing their squad yesterday, it is Germany’s time today. The usual suspects of David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Oscar and Neymar were all selected and Low has gone the same way with his Germany squad.The Germans are bustling with unbelievable numbers of talented players so top stars are likely to miss out on the summer’s competition, but no one expected the likes of Ter Stegen, Mario Gomez or Max Kruse to miss out. Low has gone with an unsurprising number of proven, experienced players in the form of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, but made a couple of surprise selections like Leon Goretzka. Picking the German World Cup squad is probably the hardest job of all 32 managers at this time of year due to the obscene number of brilliant players.last_img read more

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Griffin Canning endures worst start of young career in Angels’ loss

first_imgIn the second, he got into a bases-loaded jam with no outs, and actually did well to escape with just one run scoring. Kole Calhoun made a diving catch and then Canning struck out the next two hitters.Canning allowed three straight hitters to reach with two outs in the third, including a Nomar Mazara two-run double. In the third, he hung a changeup that Rougned Odor blasted for a two-run homer, putting the Angels down 5-2.Canning stuck around long enough to give up one more run before departing.Besides the poor results, Canning also lost some velocity on his fastball in his final inning. Canning said he wasn’t fatigued or injured. It seemed that he and Manager Brad Ausmus were willing to write it off as just a bad night.“If Griff is on his game, you wouldn’t see runs being put up like that,” Ausmus said. It was the first of his 12 big league starts in which he didn’t finish the fourth, and the first time he allowed more than four runs.“I just was working behind,” Canning said. “It’s kind of the story of what I’ve been doing all year. Just falling behind guys, and then I have to come in the zone. I think if I’m able just to work ahead, that’s usually when I throw well.”Canning had a lead before he threw his first pitch, thanks to Mike Trout’s first-inning homer, which was his 25th homer of the season. It was also Trout’s ninth homer this season against the Rangers, which tied the franchise record for homers against one team in a single season. The Angels have six games left against Texas.Trout had a chance to get the Angels back into the game in the seventh, when he came up with two on a four-run deficit. He hit a flyout to center field. Shohei Ohtani then hit a flyout to right.By the time the Angels batted again, Odor had put the game out of reach with a 471-foot, three-run homer on a 100-mph fastball from Luis García.That would send the Angels out of town with a lopsided loss, although still having won two of three against the Rangers in the wake of the stunning loss of Tyler Skaggs.“Coming here, taking two out of three from a pretty good team that is second in the division, under the circumstances, I think is a victory,” Lucroy said. “I tell the boys, you win two out of three the rest of the year, you win the World Series. Do the math on it. It’s true.“The circumstances have been really tough, but the guys haven’t made any excuses. We’ve played hard, played to win. That’s what Skaggsy would have wanted, and I don’t think he would have liked it too much if we were in here feeling sorry for ourselves. He wants us to battle and fight. We had a tough one tonight. We’re not gonna win them all. But I’m happy with the first two games of the series.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img ARLINGTON, Texas — Griffin Canning, who has been the Angels best starting pitcher to date this season, endured the worst start of his young big league career.Canning gave up six runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in the Angels’ 9-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.“He wasn’t throwing many strikes, like he usually does,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “He wasn’t very sharp with his execution. That’s pretty much it.”Canning struck out the side in the first inning, but couldn’t make it through another clean inning.last_img read more

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