Mourinho makes fine start with Spurs, Liverpool and City win

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho began life as Tottenham Hotspur manager with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United yesterday, while Premier League pacesetters Liverpool won to remain eight points clear and defending champions Manchester City also took three points. The use of VAR continued to be a major talking point, however, having a say in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace and second-placed Leicester City’s 2-0 triumph at Brighton & Hove Albion. Manchester City fought back to beat Chelsea 2-1.Liverpool have 37 points from 13 games, with their unbeaten Premier League run now stretching to 30 games going back to last season, with Leicester on 29, City with 28 and Chelsea 26.Norwich City, Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers all won away but Southampton were denied victory by a 96th-minute Arsenal equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette in a 2-2 draw. That result will pile more pressure on manager Unai Emery, particularly after Mourinho’s winning start at rivals Spurs produced their first success on the road in 10 months.The 56-year-old Portuguese head coach’s new side should really have romped home after strikes by Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane, whose 175th goal for the north London club moved him up to third on their all-time scorers’ list.Mourinho chose to highlight the contribution of midfielder Dele Alli, who produced an outrageous piece of skill in the lead-up to Spurs’ second goal by somehow scooping the ball down the line to Son when it had appeared out of play. “(Alli’s) too good to not be one of the best players in the world and not playing with the national team (England),” said Mourinho, who hugged the midfielder warmly as he left the field.But Mourinho admitted he was disappointed with the way Tottenham leaked two late goals, a familiar failing from a side who have kept one clean sheet in the league all season.“I was really happy before we conceded the two goals, we were playing well, bringing to the game things we had tried in training,” said 56-year-old Mourinho. Spurs are ninth on 17 points with West Ham 16th on 13.LATE WINNERLiverpool grabbed another late winner through Roberto Firmino at Selhurst Park against a spirited Palace side who were controversially denied an opener from James Tomkins after VAR spotted a push on defender Dejan Lovren. Juergen Klopp’s team rode their luck to take the lead through Sadio Mane after the break, although Wilfried Zaha gave Palace hope of a point with a goal in the 82nd minute before Firmino intervened to make it 12 league wins out of 13.The win put pressure on City, beaten at Anfield before the international break, to win in their top four clash with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side.The Londoners started brightly and grabbed a 22nd minute lead through N’Golo Kante, who beat Ederson after latching on to a superb through ball from Mateo Kovacic. But City struck back twice before the break with a fortunate deflected shot from Kevin De Bruyne and then a fine, solo strike from Riyad Mahrez.The result ended a six-match winning streak for the young Chelsea side, who continue to win admirers with their lively and progressive approach. “We went toe-to-toe,” said Lampard. “The amount of time we got in their final third we didn’t have that little bit of quality. Games like that can be lost in the boxes.”VAR, the season’s perennial talking point, also had a say at Brighton, where Leicester’s Jamie Vardy was ordered to retake his penalty as the Foxes secured a fifth straight league win after Ayoze Perez had opened the scoring for the visitors.Arsenal have dropped further away from the Champions league qualifying places after a poor result against Southampton, with boos ringing around the Emirates stadium despite Lacazette’s 96th-minute goal — his second equaliser of the game. “We’re kicking ourselves,” said Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse after they failed to hold on for the win. “On a positive note, it’s a building block for us and we have some winnable games coming up.”Everton’s Marco Silva is another manager feeling the heat following his side’s 2-0 home defeat by Norwich City, a result that moved the visitors off bottom spot.They are replaced by Watford, who lost 3-0 to Burnley after strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes scored in the second half to secure their team’s first away win of the season. Wolves moved up to fifth as Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez earned Nuno Espirito Santo’s reinvigorated side a 2-1 win at 10-man Bournemouth, who had Simon Francis dismissed 37 minutes into his first league start since Boxing Day for a second booking.last_img read more

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B/ballers sweep Goodwill Series against Grenada

first_imgGuyana completed a 3-0 sweep of their Goodwill International Basketball Series against Grenada, defeating the visitors  Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue. The Guyanese prevailed 97-73 to cap off a fine performance. Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the series Ray Victor top scored with 17 points. He was closely followed by the duo of Nikkolai Smith and Travis Belgrave who scored 16 and 15 points each. Adding 10 points was Terron Welch.Jonathan Williams led the way for the losers with 18 points while G. St. John scored 16 points. Chipping in with eight points was James Andrews.Brothers in Arms-Members of the Guyana and Grenada Team are all smiles following the conclusion of their Goodwill International Basketball Series.The locals seized the advantage early in the contest as the first quarter concluded 21-17. Guyana would increase their lead in the second period, scoring 35 points while restricting Grenada to 13 points to enter the halftime interval ahead at 56-30. The lead was marginally improved upon in the third quarter as the Guyanese outscored the Grenadians 26-25 to enter the final period at 82-55. With the contest effectively sealed, Guyana would surrender the final quarter by an 18-15 score.last_img read more

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NBA roundup: Blazers top Lakers on tribute night for Bryant

first_imgDamian Lillard scored 29 of his 48 points in the second half, and the visiting Portland Trail Blazers posted a 127-119 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday as the Lakers paid tribute to the life of Kobe Bryant. Lillard, who just missed recording his second straight triple-double, also had 10 assists and nine rebounds. He connected on 7 of 12 3-point attempts and 17 of 30 shots from the floor. Hassan Whiteside had 30 points on 13-of-14 shooting while adding 12 rebounds and five blocks for Portland.Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 37 points, 15 boards and five blocks. LeBron James finished with 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Kyle Kuzma had 17 points and 15 rebounds.There were a host of tributes and musical performances throughout the affair, including a moving pregame speech by James, as the Lakers played their first game since the Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others perished in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas, Calif. Brooklyn Nets 133 – Chicago Bulls 118Kyrie Irving delivered an electrifying, 54-point performance in Brooklyn’s victory over Chicago in New York. It was the third-highest point total for Irving, whose career high was 57 on March 12, 2015, with Cleveland at San Antonio.The Nets beat the Bulls for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings thanks to Irving, who made his first 10 shots, shot 19 of 23 overall and helped finish off the win with one dynamic stretch in the fourth quarter. Irving also tied a season high by making seven 3-pointers (on nine attempts). Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and seven assists for the Nets, who shot 62.5 percent and won for the third time in four games. Zach LaVine scored 22 points for the Bulls, who shot 48.8 percent.Denver Nuggets 127 – Milwaukee Bucks 115Will Barton had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Nikola Jokic was an assist shy of a triple-double, and visiting Denver beat Milwaukee. The Nuggets had all nine players who got into the game score in double figures. Jokic finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Nuggets, and Michael Porter Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds before leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Malik Beasley added 16 points and Monte Morris had 14 for Denver, which made a season-best 22 3-pointers.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, Khris Middleton added 24 points and Eric Bledsoe scored 15 for the Bucks, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped.Houston Rockets 128 – Dallas Mavericks 121 James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 67 points, and undersized Houston squared its season series against visiting Dallas, which played without All-Star guard Luka Doncic (right ankle sprain).Harden posted 35 points, a season-high 16 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Westbrook added 32 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Eric Gordon tallied 17 points for Houston, which made 21 of 45 3-point attempts (46.7 percent) and 45.9 percent from the floor overall.Kristaps Porzingis led Dallas with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Seth Curry added 16 points and Tim Hardaway chipped in 15. The Mavericks shot 48.7 percent from the floor but only 38.9 percent from behind the arc.Toronto Raptors 105 – Detroit Pistons 92 Pascal Siakam had 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and visiting Toronto extended its winning streak to 10 games by rolling past struggling Detroit.Serge Ibaka contributed 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. Fred VanVleet supplied 16 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Raptors, who led most of the way. Center Marc Gasol missed the game with a hamstring injury, but Toronto outscored Detroit 66-28 in the paint.Derrick Rose led the Pistons, who have lost five straight, with 21 points. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 20 rebounds. New Orleans Pelicans 139 – Memphis Grizzlies 111Zion Williamson scored 24 points to lead eight New Orleans players in double figures in a rout of visiting Memphis. The game featured the first matchup between Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s NBA draft, and No. 2 pick, the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant.Brandon Ingram followed Williamson with 20 points and Lonzo Ball scored 19 for the Pelicans. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry got his 500th career victory. Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 to lead the Grizzlies, who saw their four-game winning streak end. Memphis lost for just the third time in 14 games. Morant scored 16 points, and Jae Crowder had 15.Oklahoma City Thunder 111 – Phoenix Suns 107Chris Paul had 20 points and 10 assists, and he scored six critical points in the final 1:03 to lift Oklahoma City to a victory at Phoenix. The win was the seventh in eight games for the Thunder and the seventh consecutive on the road. The loss was the fourth in six games for the Suns.Danilo Gallinari led the Thunder with 27 points while Dennis Schroder added 24 off the bench. Kelly Oubre and Devin Booker scored 27 each for Phoenix, though Booker was just 1 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

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Vantull breaches GDF’s armour with belligerent, unbeaten ton

first_imgA belligerent, unbeaten century from journeyman Damien Vantull spurred the University of Guyana to an 89-run win over the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in the latest round of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) New Building Society 40 overs, second-division tournament.   The two sides met at the Queen’s College battleground where the students won the toss and elected to bat. That decision was seemingly the wrong one as they quickly sunk to 96-8. Vantull though, was still at the crease and batted with a sense of calm before unleashing a savage attack on the officers.  The left-hander swatted 12 massive sixes and nine fours in an unbeaten knock of 131 and shared in a 91-run ninth-wicket partnership with Yekini Favourite (36).Damien Vantull goes down the ground for one of his 12 maximums. (Royston Alkins photo)The duo instigated a late recovery which saw UG being dismissed for 263 in the 32nd over. Daniel Samaroo (24) and Ershad Ali (31) were the other principal scorers while Joshua Jones (3-47), Leon Swammy (2-30) and Leon Andrews (2-46) shared the bulk of the wickets for the Army men.  GDF in reply, folded for 174 in the 22nd over with Favorite (3-54) and Ali (3-29) helping to rout the GDF. Swammy and Leroy Clarke, who batted down the order, top-scored with 34 each in the unsuccessful run-chase.last_img read more

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No immediate plans to shift CPL: organisers

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Caribbean Premier League organisers said Monday they had taken no decision to reschedule the upcoming tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic, but would continue to monitor the “evolving situation” in coming months. The eighth edition of the domestic Twenty20 tournament is set to bowl off from August 19 to September 26 but the outbreak of the virus has now disrupted most global sporting leagues, forcing postponements and some cancellations.“CPL has been in constant communication with our medical advisors in recent weeks, as well as speaking with Cricket West Indies about the current situation with regard to cricket around the world, and at present there has been no discussion about moving the event,” a CPL statement said.“CPL believes it is too early to make such a decision, but this is an evolving situation and we are carefully watching how events unfold in the Caribbean and around the world.” CPL’s announcement comes following CWI’s decision to suspend all its competitions for 30 days starting from last week, including the last two rounds of its marquee first class championships.While there has been no word on international fixtures, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave recently told CMC Sports that home series against South Africa and New Zealand could also be peril due to the ongoing crisis.CPL will come at the back end of the home series but organisers said optional dates would be considered in the event changes need to be made. “At present the CPL team are planning for the tournament to take place as scheduled whilst also looking at alternative plans should they be needed,” the statement continued.“Our thoughts at this time are with the many CPL fans, players and staff from around the world who have been impacted by this crisis and we hope that they and their families stay safe and healthy.”The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has already led to the scrapping of several global tournaments, with organisers of the Indian Premier League – the world’s leading T20 tournament – last week announcing a delay in the original March 29 start until April 15. There was fresh speculation Monday that the tournament could be further delayed or rescheduled until year-end.The coronavirus has infected over 372 500 people worldwide and resulted in over 16 000 deaths.last_img read more

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Betcade aims to become first ‘dedicated betting app store’ for Android users

first_imgShare Paytm First Games reveals two-tournament India esports launch April 24, 2020 David ChangPasadena (California) based start-up Betcade is aiming to open up the world of ‘real money’ gaming apps for Android users.To date main Android app store Google Play has not permitted the promotion or downloading of betting/gambling apps directly from its shop inventory.Android users wishing to purchase betting apps have had to configure their downloads via the betting operator’s website or using third party ‘instalment configuration’ apps, thus creating a complicated route to market for customers.Led by former Gamblit Gaming CMO David Chang, Betcade aims to become the first marketplace for ‘real-money’ gaming apps, simplifying the installation process of betting services for Android users.Speaking to technology news source Ventrurebeat, Chang outlined that he wanted his firm to become a trusted source for Android users seeking betting apps. Chang further declared that Betcade would maintain high standards addressing complex industry issued with regards to distribution, discovery, payment, management, and security.Outlining the start-ups first commercial steps, Chang stated that Betcade will look to fully launch its services for the UK market by July 2016, the start-up has already launched its ‘early access program’ for partners wishing to join its services.As a dedicated betting app market place Betcade will allow users to easily search review and install apps. The Android store will further display app rankings, current promotions and payment processing options for users on its listings. BetBlocker develops mobile feature to block gambling sites July 3, 2019 Share Submit Related Articles BETR readies itself for start of new football season August 9, 2018 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Reserve safety Nakamura latest to leave Ravens in free agency

first_imgThe free agency news didn’t get any better for the Ravens on Friday as reserve safety Haruki Nakamura has reportedly become the fourth unrestricted free agent to leave Baltimore.Nakamura has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, according to a Scout.com report. A sixth-round pick in the 2008 draft, the 25-year-old defensive back was one of the Ravens’ top special teams players and a key defensive reserve in his four years with the Ravens.“Having the teammates that I had, I don’t know if I’ll be able to find teammates like I had in Baltimore,” Nakamura told AM 1570 WNST before the start of free agency. “My four years here in Baltimore were unbelievable. There’s a true tradition here in the building.”With Nakamura and fellow 2008 draft pick Tom Zbikowski stuck behind starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard on the depth chart at safety, it was expected that the Ravens would have difficulty keeping either player without an immediate opportunity to earn more playing time. Able to play both safety positions and occasionally filling in as a nickel or dime back when needed, Nakamura expressed a preference to find a free-agent destination where he would receive more defensive snaps despite his fondness for Baltimore. He’ll have that opportunity in Carolina.last_img read more

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What’s next at safety after Ravens bring on Weddle?

first_imgThe Ravens already had a crowded safety group before agreeing to a four-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl selection Eric Weddle on Monday.The 31-year-old should bring the stability, high-impact play, and leadership that the Ravens have lacked at the position since the days of Ed Reed, but what Weddle’s arrival means for the other safeties on the roster remains to be seen. There was already a prevailing thought that the organization would part ways with at least one safety from a group that includes Lardarius Webb, Will Hill, Kendrick Lewis, and Matt Elam, and the arrival of the longtime San Diego Charger would appear to make that a certainty.But who would be the likeliest candidate to go?The Ravens would save $3.5 million in salary cap space by cutting Webb, who only converted from cornerback to safety late last season and is scheduled to carry a $9.5 million cap figure for the 2016 season. However, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh have both talked up the veteran’s potential at his new position and have spoken with conviction about him being a starter. Of course, that all came before the Ravens gave $13 million in guaranteed money to their new safety, and Weddle and Webb would be a smaller duo compared to most safety tandems around the league.It’s worth noting that a pre-June 1 release of Webb would leave $6 million in dead money, but a post-June 1 designation would leave his heavy commitment on the salary cap until most offseason activity has already concluded.Releasing Hill would save $3 million in cap space, but he was the NFL’s 17th-highest-graded safety in Pro Football Focus’ rankings and his 6-foot-1, 228-pound frame would appear to be the perfect complement to the undersized Weddle (5-foot-11 and 200 pounds). The Ravens love having interchangeable safeties capable of playing the free or strong spot, and the combination of Weddle and Hill would appear to fit that vision perfectly.There wouldn’t appear to be much use for Lewis in the base defense anymore, but releasing him would save just $933,000, which is very little when you account for the player taking his place in the “Rule of 51” list that counts against the salary cap. He would appear to be a reasonable backup option with just a $1.867 million cap figure for 2016.Elam might be the most interesting name as the Ravens have never given up on a first-round pick prior to the conclusion of his rookie deal, but he carries a $2.14 million cap figure for 2016 and his release would save $1.33 million in space. Coaches said last summer that the University of Florida product had a strong offseason prior to tearing his biceps in training camp, but Elam didn’t show enough in his first two seasons to make you believe he’s a long-term fit.The Ravens aren’t in a position where they need to make a decision immediately as Weddle’s signing leaves them with roughly $8 million in cap space for 2016, but this position group has become too crowded and too expensive to not make an adjustment as the offseason progresses.last_img read more

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Ravens defensive tackle Williams to miss second straight game

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens will be without their best defensive lineman for the second straight week as Brandon Williams was officially ruled out for Sunday’s contest with Pittsburgh.Williams did not practice all week and hasn’t played since injuring his foot in the Week 2 win over Cleveland. Head coach John Harbaugh reiterated Friday that the fifth-year defensive standout is making progress, but his return isn’t considered imminent.“He’s got a lower leg issue that he’s dealing with,” Harbaugh said. “I think when you see him practicing, you’ll know that he’s either close to getting back or back. That’s kind of where it’s at right now. Like I said, it’s not going to be half the season or anything like that. It’s a matter of weeks from when he got hurt [on Sept. 17], and I’ll have my fingers crossed in the upcoming week or two and hope that he’ll be back.”Williams’ absence is even more concerning after defensive end Brent Urban suffered a season-ending foot injury in last week’s loss to Jacksonville. With two starters on the defensive line now missing against the Steelers, the Ravens must rely on less-experienced options such as Carl Davis, Willie Henry, and Bronson Kaufusi to help contain Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell and a Pittsburgh running game off to a slow start in 2017.Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson (calf) was listed as questionable on the final injury report after returning to practice as a full participant on Friday. He is expected to play without any setback between now and Sunday.Baltimore ruled out cornerback Jaylen Hill (hamstring) and tight end Maxx Williams (ankle).The Steelers listed four starters as questionable, a list that included two offensive linemen and both starting safeties. However, all of them practiced on at least a limited basis Friday.According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast in Baltimore calls for sunny skies with temperatures reaching the low 70s and winds up to six miles per hour.Below is the final injury report for the week:BALTIMOREOUT: CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (foot), TE Maxx Williams (ankle)QUESTIONABLE: TE Benjamin Watson (calf)PITTSBURGHQUESTIONABLE: S Sean Davis (ankle), G Ramon Foster (thumb), OT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), LB James Harrison (illness), S Mike Mitchell (hamstring)last_img read more

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