New Delhi: Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United as Liverpool maintained their title challenge to the champions with a 2-0 victory over Fulham. Chelsea, like the top two, remain unbeaten under Maurizio Sarri but lost ground in a goalless draw at home to Everton on Sunday. Arsenal also missed the chance to leapfrog North London rivals Spurs into fourth and needed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates. Read More |ISL 2018: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in KochiCity remain two points clear of Liverpool, but open four-point gap on Chelsea. A fourth league defeat of the season leaves United languishing in eighth, 12 points off the top. Read More | Bulgaria boxers, Stanimira and Stoyka Petrova struggle in Delhi smogGoals early in each half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave United hope of a comeback. But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move. “I think Man City right now and Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, I think they have numbers to be champion, not just City. We’re just two points in front,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “What is important is that we are consistent, that we play most of the time good, and always I see many things that we can improve.” ‘Fight for top four’ United manager Jose Mourinho accepted his side are now just fighting to try and make the top four having finished second to City last season. “Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four,” said Mourinho. “To speak about the title you need to be in the top positions. So let’s fight to close the gap and jump into the top four, if one day we jump into the top four, we’ll see what the difference is.” United scored twice in the closing five minutes to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, while City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad. And Mourinho used his side’s tougher preparation to excuse the gulf in class. “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed,” said Mourinho. “We arrive in different circumstances.”Earlier, Liverpool briefly went top by inflicting Fulham’s seventh straight defeat at Anfield. But they needed a huge slice of luck in 14 seconds that completely changed the game shortly before the break. Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for the visitors only to be wrongly ruled offside.The hosts quickly broke upfield as Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold freed Mohamed Salah to score his eighth goal of the season. “The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant. Allison, Trent, Mo and done, it was a fantastic situation,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side put the result beyond doubt when Xherdan Shaqiri made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute. Chelsea dominated possession at Stamford Bridge, but could not find a way past the inspired Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal to leave Sarri frustrated. “At the beginning we moved the ball too slowly, so it is easy for the opposition to defend and impossible for us to be dangerous,” bemoaned Sarri. Arsenal were in danger of defeat for the first time since August after falling behind to Ivan Cavaleiro’s 13th-minute goal before Mkhitaryan came off the bench to rescue a point for the Gunners. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Sometimes, it’s just the right move to say goodbye. Willie Mays never should have suited up for the New York Mets. Joe Namath never should have made the cross country trek to become a Los Angeles Ram (speaking of saying goodbye, I guess it’s fitting to mention football in L.A.). But, in all seriousness, goodbyes are a necessary occurrence in life. And, I bet no one could see this segue coming from a mile away, this is my chance to say goodbye in my final column as sports editor at The Badger Herald.In the spirit of avoiding to create too much of a sentimental pang in all of your hearts, I’ll sum up any of the sappy stuff quickly. It has been a good ride, from the road trips and the bright lights of Camp Randall to the late nights and the sunny afternoons at McClimon Soccer Complex. Without any doubt, it’s left a huge imprint on me — and for that I have to quickly thank the man who gave me a start and has helped me at every step along the way, my brother Joe.But, to keep the cheesiness at a minimum, here is a small sampling of some of the things I will never forget from a year covering a spectrum of Wisconsin athletics.-Covering the 2005 UW football season: Traveling to Penn State to see Beaver Stadium packed to the brim was amazing enough. Ditto for witnessing Jonathan Casillas’ punt block in the Metrodome. But being on the field when John Stocco scampered into the end zone to beat Michigan and for Barry Alvarez’s farewell address against Iowa was absolutely unreal. Just seeing a team that entered the college football season as a wildcard turn into a contender for the conference title was interesting enough … but to take in some of the greatest finishes and moments in the history of the program all in one year was even more unexpected heading into the year.-Watching Aaron Hohlbein win header after header after header … Yeah, you get the idea. Hohlbein, a junior on the UW men’s soccer team, is simply one of the premier defenders in the Big Ten, let alone the nation. Too bad you could probably count the number of students who have seen him play on a single hand. The most obvious bit of talent that makes Hohlbein so good is his ability in the air; ironically, I can probably count the number of headers I’ve seen him lose on that same hand. Nick Van Sicklen became the first UW player to earn a spot in Major League Soccer under Badger head coach Jeff Rohrman; he won’t be the last though — Hohlbein’s got all the talent and smarts to play at the next level. Maybe seeing a future pro would be a good move next fall, eh students?-Talking to Adam Burish: If there ever was such thing as a walking quote, it’s Burish. And they’re not ridiculous, Chad Johnson-esque quotes; Burish tells it like it is, and he tells it in ways that look really good in print. He might not be the most skilled player, but he’ll work hard on the ice and in the media room. And in my book, that’s a pretty solid skill to have. He’s an ideal captain for the UW hockey team and an ideal interview.-Tim Krumrie is fighting people? Last, but certainly not least, this is one of the most vivid images from the Wisconsin football team’s 2005 Pro Day. Krumrie, a former Badger defensive tackle and current Buffalo Bills defensive line coach, attended the workout day to get a good look at UW’s bumper crop of linemen, a group that of course included first round pick Erasmus James. But Krumrie got more than just a good look … he proceeded to engage in a stand-up wrestling type exercise with James and the rest of the Badger linemen — a drill that resembled some sort of bizarre mix of shoot fighting and bear combat. But here’s the best part — he did it all while rocking tight denim jeans and brown cowboy boots. Absolutely splendid; I can still remember trying to explain the occurrence to the rest of the sports staff. And if that wasn’t the perfect memory to end with, I don’t know what is. Thanks for reading.
The main news is that newcomers Cyrus Christie- a defender with Derby County- and Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick have been included for the first time, after their documentation was finalised last week.However, Marc Wilson’s torn hamstring during Stoke’s win at Tottenham yesterday means he misses out, while James McCarthy will travel to Dublin for assessment after picking up a hamstring injury during Everton’s clash against Sunderland yesterday.The squad will assemble this evening ahead of the week’s first training session in Malahide tomorrow morning.
Hans Adu Sarpei says a desire for more international football is keeping him going at Schalke 04 as he strives to impress coach Felix Magath.The Ghanaian utility defender who represented the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup has been shipped off to the club’s reserve side after a promising start to his Schalke career and admits he is enduring a frustrating spell.But he is refusing to let that knock him down. “It’s very difficult period for me,” he told KickOffGhana.com.“Magath bought me with defence in mind but he just sent me to the second team without telling me anything, without a word about what I have done wrong.”It is the uncertainty that is killing Sarpei but he is hopeful new Ghana boss Goran Stevanovic will judge him differently.“I have been training with the second team and trying to keep my performance up. The difficult thing in a situation like this is you don’t know exactly what to do. The coach is not talking so you don’t know your faults. “It’s not easy when you are not playing regular. I’ve showed I have what it takes, I hope the new coach (Stevanovic) knows that. I have to stay in shape and ensure that when I get the call up I will do well.“The motivation for me in this difficult time is that I love to play soccer. It is what you love, it’s your work so that is the motivation. But there is no bigger motivation than wanting to play for the Black Star again. It keeps me going in these difficult times.”Source: Kickoff.com
What if I told you ESPN could give you a choice where and how you watched “Monday Night Football” in the future?Instead of going with the traditional game telecast, you could pick your poison among multiple announce teams and camera angles the way ESPN covers the College Football Playoff/national championship game. With this MegaCast approach, hypothetically, you could watch coaches film room versions of the game on ESPN2. If unique camera angles are your thing, you could watch games from the SkyCam above the field on ESPN3. Or you could watch the same way players and coaches study game film, with an all-22 angle showing all players on the field at the same time.Increased use of the MegaCast approach for “Monday Night Football” and other big events is not some 30 for 30 ad pitch. It is a real possibility being discussed as part of ongoing conversations between ESPN and rights partners such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC and tennis. Look for MegaCast to potentially become an intriguing option as ESPN negotiates its next NFL TV contract for 2022 and beyond. The network’s current Monday night deal expires at the end of the 2021 season.MORE: How ESPN can fix “Monday Night Football”There’s an old Hollywood saying: Everybody wants to direct. Sports fans are increasingly taking charge of their viewing experience, and giving them the freedom to choose their own announcers and camera angles “satisfies so many different curiosities,” according to Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN’s vice president of programming and scheduling.”You can appeal to the diehards with one feed; the more casual people with the other,” Ben-Hanan told Sporting News. “You can really try a lot of different things. As long as it’s additive, it’s a win.”The MegaCast is not designed to replace the traditional game telecast, he said. But these alternative telecasts give viewers options they never had before. MegaCasting could be the wave of the future as, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, the future of sports becomes more interactive, immersive and intense.”We’re not trying in any way to take away from any fan’s experience,” said Ben-Hanan, who oversees strategic scheduling direction for ESPN’s linear TV networks. “If they want to watch the game as normally presented? Fantastic. We’ll give that to you. But something like the MegaCast can provide alternatives. And be purely additive. If someone wants to experience it a little differently, if you want to watch the game and hear your hometown radio guys call it, we can try that. If you want to watch it from the SkyCam, we can give you that.”If you want to pretend you’re a student and (watch it) from the student section-cam as we’ve done in past iterations, you can do that. As long as its always additive, it’s something we really love experimenting with. It’s a way to serve fans.”ESPN is always on the lookout, Ben-Hanan said, to try something new and different with what it calls “premium content.” That brings us to the network’s most premium content of all: “Monday Night Football.”The network was roasted mercilessly last season for the shaky performance of rookie announcer Jason Witten and questionable “innovations” like the “BoogerMobile” sideline crane. But what if ESPN were to try a real innovation like MegaCasting “Monday Night Football?”ESPN already uses a second, Spanish-language announce team on ESPN Deportes for Monday night games. What if ESPN offered viewers separate announce teams on sister Disney channels such as ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes? There could be a coaches film room version on Monday night. Or an NFL insiders version. Or a “Sounds of the Game” telecast with no announcers at all.Would the NFL consider it? Given the recent direction of the nation’s most powerful and popular sports league, the answer seems to be yes.MORE: ESPN ditches “BoogerMobile” contraptionThe NFL already “Tri-Casts” “Thursday Night Football” on broadcast TV (Fox Sports), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime), noted spokesman Alex Riethmiller. This year, the league will also telecast the 2019 NFL Draft across three different networks: ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Each will have its own announce team, with Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” joining Rece Davis and the rest of the popular “College GameDay” crew on ABC.”We are always looking at ways to evolve and enhance the game experience for our fans,” said Riethmiller. “If you look at ‘Thursday Night Football’ last season, our digital partner Amazon produced an alternate audio feed using decorated sports journalists Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer that was very well received on Prime Video.”A Monday night MegaCast is pure conjecture at this point. But ESPN has been MegaCasting college football’s biggest events for years. One memorable early moment came in 2014, when Kevin Sumlin and others in the coaches film room accurately predicted a fake punt by Florida State against Auburn in the championship game. The video went viral. The MegaCast has been a staple ever since.A closer look at ESPN’s MegaCast coverage of the CFP semifinals and national championship game could be a roadmap for the future.This season, ESPN offered viewers a choice of a dozen different presentations across different channels and the ESPN App. Aside from the two traditional game telecasts, with Chris Fowler-Kirk Herbstreit-Maria Taylor-Laura Rutledge calling one game and Sean McDonough-Todd Blackledge-Holly Rowe-Tom Rinaldi calling the other, there was a coaches film room version on ESPNews, SkyCam and all-22 telecasts on ESPN3 and a hometown audio feed, pairing ESPN’s telecast with local radio voices for Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.For the Clemson vs. Alabama national championship game, ESPN offered a dizzying 17 MegaCast options, including a Goodyear BlimpCast with anchors Elle Duncan and Matt Barrie, plus a “Sounds of the Game” option with no announcers at all.But ESPN has been experimenting with MegaCast-like approaches for other rights partners like MLB and the NBA, too.MORE: Browns are suddenly must-see TVDuring the 2018 National League wild-card game, ESPN took a dual approach. There was the main telecast of the Cubs vs. Rockies with the “Sunday Night Baseball” crew of Matt Vasgersian, analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza and reporter Buster Olney. But for the first time, ESPN2 offered baseball fans interested in analytics an alternate version of the game, with graphics, data and information from Statcast. The Statcast version even had its own announce team of play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti, analyst Eduardo Pérez and Statcast writer Mike Petriello. It drew rave reviews, according to Awful Announcing. Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina and Jacob Feldman named it the “Best Broadcast Innovation” of 2018.Said Ben-Hanan: “If you were watching that night, you had two completely different ways to watch the game. You could flip back and forth as you wish. Try something a little different. Certainly sports like baseball, that have all this really cool next generation statistical information, being able to show in a new and cool and innovative ways is something we’re excited about.”After just five minutes of watching this StatCast broadcast, I’m ready to say it’s leagues above ESPN’s regular broadcast.— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) October 3, 2018For NBA and college basketball coverage, ESPN has been showing players warming up in layup lines before tip-off. That might sound like a small thing, but fans are ravenous to get any shot of budding superstars like Zion Williamson of Duke. It’s another way to bring viewers closer to their favorite stars. “It’s not necessarily an alternate presentation of the game. But just something that surrounds the game — and gets people excited before the game,” Ben-Hanan said.In February, ESPN unveiled its “Full Court Press” option for an NBA telecast. Utilizing Second Spectrum technology, ESPN3 and the ESPN App offered fans a second viewing option with four viewing modes: coach mode, player mode, mascot mode and analyst mode.MORE: Why Jason Witten made the right call Now that ESPN is in business with the UFC and Top Rank Boxing, look for MegaCasting to come to combat sports, he added. Can the TurnbuckleCam be far behind?”I think we’ve seen from both Top Rank and UFC a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about experimenting. Just by the nature of the sport, you’re in fairly close quarters. Whether that’s what you’re able to see from the corner in boxing or what you’re able to see when people are coming into the octagon.”I think the intimacy of those sports kind of lends itself to the opportunity to be able to see things pretty up close.”
But it won’t come easy.He was in danger of falling from the top of the leaderboard today and has tough competition trailing right behind him. However, An was able to keep his bogey-free streak going through 54 holes en route to a round of 4-under 66, which was highlighted by an impressive 51-plus foot putt, the longest of the PGA season. Related News Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer loses PGA Tour card with missed cut at Wyndham Championship Wyndham Championship: Byeong-Hun An takes solo lead into weekend PGA Tour will reduce cut line to top-65 golfers next season Byeong-Hun An holds a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the Wyndham Championship.An, who had shared or held the solo lead since Thursday, is searching for his first PGA Tour win. He is now 17 under for the tournament. Longest putt of the PGA TOUR season: 51’ 6”. 👏@ByeongHunAn reclaims the lead by ONE @WyndhamChamp.📺: https://t.co/xTqyfA0N7Y pic.twitter.com/YgV66xDvhV— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 3, 2019Webb Simpson at one point tied An for the lead after a near-perfect round. He used a spotless front nine to put pressure on An, including a birdie on the par-4 9th hole.… but will settle for birdie to tie the lead @WyndhamChamp. 👏#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/j69L6bYhlB— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 3, 2019Simpson ultimately fell into second place a shot behind An (16 under) after a bogey on the par-4 14th hole. He shot a 5-under 65 on the Sedgefield Country Club course in Greensboro, N.C.Brice Garnett, who carded a 66 Saturday, is tied for second with Simpson. Twelve other golfers are within five shots of the lead. Ryan Armour (65 on Saturday) moved up four spots to claim solo possession of fourth (15 under) and Viktor Hovland, J.T. Poston and Paul Casey share a tie for fifth place at 14 under.Fabián Gómez and Rory Sabbatini are tied for eighth place (13 under) and there is a sizable tie to round out the top 10.
Honorable Mention: Siri O’Donnell, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Amelia Fullmer, Lamar; Keely Morrow, McNeese. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Talin Rizo, Abilene Christian’s Michelle Mulrooney and Lamar’s Sandra Nygard are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Rubi Villegas, Lamar; Addison Urbanus, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Morgan Middleton, McNeese. Goalkeeper of the Week: Sandra Nygard, Lamar – Fr. – Sola, NorwayThe freshman from Sola, Norway, was nearly perfect in two home wins this past weekend. In Friday’s 3-1 win over Central Arkansas, Nygard stared down 27 shots en route to avenging last year’s loss. She came right back two days later to record a shutout against Northwestern State, recording 11 saves. Defensive Player of the Week: Michelle Mulrooney, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Lodi, Calif.Mulrooney led a backline that produced back-to-back shutout wins in league action this weekend. The junior from Lodi, Calif., helped limit Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls to five shots on goal and 16 shots overall. The Colonels were only able to take two shots Sunday with neither one on target. Mulrooney and the ACU defense has now tallied six shutouts on the season, one away from matching its Division I record set in 2013. Offensive Player of the Week: Talin Rizo, Houston Baptist – Fr. – San Antonio, TexasNotching her first collegiate goal, Rizo doubled the Huskies’ lead over Stephen F. Austin in Friday’s dual against Stephen F. Austin. The freshman midfielder squeezed a header in with 21 seconds left in the first half. She turned around and came up big with the equalizer Sunday against Sam Houston State in the 70th minute to earn the team a point at home. The Huskies (4-5-1, 2-0-1 SLC) stayed at home this past weekend, shutting out Stephen F. Austin (3-4-1, 1-1-1) 3-0 before playing to a 1-1 draw with Sam Houston State (1-7-2, 0-2-1). The Wildcats (7-3, 2-1-0) took a one-goal win over Southeastern Louisiana (4-3-2, 1-1-1) and Nicholls (2-7-0, 0-2-0). The Cardinals (6-3-0, 2-0-0) pushed past Central Arkansas (6-3-1, 1-1-0) 3-1 and defeated Northwestern State (6-5-0, 0-3-0) 1-0. Honorable Mention: Erin Smith, Abilene Christian; Emma Roccaforte, McNeese; Abbie Flax, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
The victory gives O’Callaghan his second win of the season and fourth straight top 10 finish in as many contests. Honorable Mention: None Men’s Athlete of the Week: Grant O’Callaghan, Southeast Louisiana – Jr. – Flowery Branch, GeorgiaO’Callaghan won the Mississippi College Invitational in Clinton, Mississippi, on Oct. 13, defeating a field of 162 runners from 22 different schools. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Grant O’Callaghan and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Fr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanRunning in only her fourth cross country competition, Kleshchukova finished second at the Mississippi College Invitational with a time of 18:12:00 over 5 kilometers. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. The junior covered the 8K course in 25.02 for his second race win in four outings. His win fueled the Lions second-place team finish. The freshman has finished no lower than fourth in her four career races with a pair of second-place performances on the season. The Lions and Privateers will see action next at the 2018 Southland Cross Country Championships, set for Friday, Oct. 26, at the Enos Derbonne Sports Complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The men’s and women’s races feature athletes from all 13 league institutions and 26 teams. Honorable Mention: None
The AEK Larnaca He has a new sports director. And, how could it be otherwise, it is Spanish. After Jordi Cruyff, Xavi Roca and Ander Murillo it’s the turn of Arnal Llibert, who arrives at a club in which he already worked as a player during the 2010/11 season.Llibert arrives at Cyprus nine months after his separation from Nàstic de Tarragona, where he also served as sports director. As a player, the Girona player was a globetrotter: he went through four Cypriot teams, played in Malta and even Indian Super League champion was proclaimed with Atlético de Calcutta. “AEK Larnaca announces its partnership with Arnal Llibert Count, the new sports director of the team, ”the Cypriot club announced on its website. The Spanish, who signs for the next two and a half seasons, will have the challenge of restructuring the workforce to alleviate the bad results harvested by the team in the first part of the course, which ended with the dismissals of Imanol Idiákez Y Ander Murillo last December.
The reason is the termination clause established in the Upamecano contract; totals 60 million euros in the event that the French Under-21 international signs for another Bundesliga club. Of course, if you opt for a club outside the German borders, this clause would be even higher. Therefore, the agents of promise are increasing pressure on the Leipzig leadership. Either they allow him to leave for Bayern in exchange for said 60 kilos or his client would continue in the RB until the end of his contract in 2021 to pack in a year and go free, without leaving a single penny in the club’s coffers.To all this should be added Bayern’s intention to lower the clause as much as possible. The Allianz Arena club is healthy and there is no existential danger in this coronavirus crisis. Even so, he would not be willing to pay the full 60 kilos. Upamecano is not the only player that Bayern’s sports area is targeting. Kai Havertz, young pearl of Leverkusen, Leroy Sané, German international of City, and Timo Werner, striker of Leipzig, also like them. Dayot Upamecano is on the list of not a few greats in Europe, including Real Madrid. The young French central defender, only 21 years old, is one of the great revelations of the Bundesliga and a fixture in the eleventh of the RB Leipzig, where they already begin to get used to the idea of having to let him go this summer. As reported by the Bild newspaper, Bayern would have already contacted and reached an agreement with the defender, something that does not like at all in the group sponsored by Red Bull. In western Germany they want to sell it abroad.