Berra goal earns Scotland win

first_img The Watford wide-man then tested McGovern with a low drive which was turned round the post for a well-worked corner which finished with James McArthur driving high over from 20 yards. A subdued Northern Ireland side created a decent chance in the 13th minute when Josh Magennis headed a raking Evans pass into the path of the unmarked Oliver Norwood but the Reading midfielder slashed his shot over the bar. Anya had another long-distance drive which sped past the post and his third attempt in the 22nd minute was also off-target, after he had been played in by McArthur following a break. Midfielder Shaun Maloney was the next to fire over the bar after the increasingly confident Anya laid the ball into the path. The Scots kept huffing and puffing and in the final minute McGovern again blocked Fletcher after he had been put through by Maloney. As expected, Strachan made interval substitutions with Gordon, stopper Martin and Maloney being replaced by Allan McGregor, Berra and Steven Naismith. The latter came close within five minutes with a near-post header from a Forsyth cross from the bye-line following a Fletcher pass. The home side jauntily continued on their quest for the goal their performance deserved. Just before the hour-mark the Irish replaced Chris Baird and Will Grigg with Lee Hodson and Paddy McCourt and the match, understandably, began to fragment as more substitutions followed. Ritchie drove wide with an effort from distance and McGovern made another save, this time from a Naismith header. But with five minutes remaining the Hamilton keeper was eventually beaten as Berra got his head to a Ritchie corner, sending the ball in at the near post. It was a decent performance from the Scots as they turn their attention to their 2016 Euro qualifier against Gibraltar at the national stadium on Sunday although Gordon Strachan will be looking for his side to be more incisive in front of goal. Michael O’Neill’s team were rather insipid but they will be glad of the work-out ahead of their Group F qualifier at home to Finland on Sunday. Strachan, as promised, utilised his squad with Ritchie handed his debut. The English-born Bournemouth right winger, who qualifies through his father Alex, was drafted into the squad for the first time this week and was asked to support main striker Fletcher with Anya on the other flank. Derby defender Craig Forsyth made his first start as Celtic’s Craig Gordon was given the nod in goal and West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher took the armband. Manchester United’s Paddy McNair was given his debut and the 19-year-old teamed up in defence at right-back with Old Trafford team mate Jonny Evans who captained the visitors. And both players had their hands full as Scotland started with purpose. In the fourth minute McGovern, making his second appearance for the visitors, denied Fletcher with a fine save, after the Sunderland striker had been set up by Anya. Visiting keeper Michael McGovern made several saves in the first half to keep an enterprising home side at bay, most notably from Steven Fletcher and Ikechi Anya. The Scots also had the best of a second half which was punctuated with substitutions but it looked like ending in a stalemate until the 85th minute when the Ipswich defender, these days down the pecking order but who had replaced Russell Martin, headed in a corner from debutant Matt Ritchie. A late header by substitute Christophe Berra gave Scotland a narrow but deserved 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in their Vauxhall International Challenge match at Hampden Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Slaven Bilic demands better as West Ham prepare to host Baggies

first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants his team to bounce back immediately after their disappointing derby loss to Tottenham last weekend. “But, we are only good if we are totally focused, moving and thinking as a unit. We can’t continue to make individual mistakes that are leading directly to goals. “Firstly, we must stop those errors but also we have to react quicker as a team when they are made.” He added: “Going forward, coaches often talk about transitions and even for Barcelona they are the most important part of the game because if you do it quickly, your best players have the space to play. “We were second best in that aspect against Spurs. If we improve our transitions and tighten up defensively, we can get the positive result we want.” Mark Noble received his fifth yellow card in last weekend’s clash with Spurs and is suspended this weekend but Bilic has said either Pedro Obiang or Alex Song will start in his place. Both have struggled with injury this season but are back in training with Song making his first appearance as a substitute against Tottenham. The Hammers went down 4-1 in last Sunday’s clash to make it three matches in a row without a win for Bilic’s side and the Croatian the defeat had affected everyone at the club. “The feeling was the same. The players were like myself, like the whole staff, the whole team, the whole club – everybody,” he said. “We were hugely disappointed straight after the game and we were angry at the way we played. The way we represented West Ham, it was very clear. “In some games you are happy, you are satisfied at the way you played and you can blame other things. “In that game, it was only us who were to blame. “It’s not good to lose the game but we knew straight after the game that they played a really good game. Spurs had a good shape, good form, so credit to them. But we helped them a lot in the way we played. “It is simply not acceptable and we will do everything we can to bounce back on Sunday.” West Ham, who are currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League, face struggling West Brom on Sunday. The Hammers have gone eight league games without a clean sheet and have won only two of their last seven in the top flight. Bilic wrote in his Evening Standard column: “For us, we need to get back to winning ways. We are a really good team and have showed that on a lot of occasions this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Bach says future may see fewer sports events

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___IOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.”The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement.___ The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.”The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same. Associated Press April 29, 2020center_img The Latest: Bach says future may see fewer sports events ___The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.”Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.” This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Boeheim not worried about Syracuse’s scattered schedule

first_imgJim Boeheim quickly shrugged off the notion. Syracuse hadn’t played since Sunday, but the head coach said his team’s sluggishness on the defensive end during the first half against High Point on Friday wasn’t a product of the layoff.“We just didn’t play defense,” Boeheim said. “I don’t have to figure out what the reason is, it’s just we didn’t play defense aggressively.”The No. 2 Orange picked things up in the second half and eventually cruised to a 75-54 win against the Panthers. But SU (11-0) will once again be tested with a long layoff before it returns to the Carrier Dome to face No. 8 Villanova on Saturday — eight days after the win over HPU (3-7).Of course, Boeheim batted away any concern that another layoff could yield a similar slow start.“It was tonight,” he said. “That won’t have anything to do with Villanova.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has played just three games since Dec. 7 and will have played just four games during a 21-day stretch once it finishes up against the Wildcats. The Orange had five days off before facing High Point. It had eight days of rest between games against Binghamton and St. John’s, the same amount of time it has to prepare for VU.Potentially exacerbating the concern is the opportunity for SU players to return home for Christmas. Players have a handful of days off and away from the watchful eye of the coaching staff.Tyler Ennis will spend time at home with his family — his brother, Dylan, is a guard for Villanova. Trevor Cooney said he’d go back to his old high-school gym to get some shots up. Jerami Grant will take some time off to let his ankle fully heal. “Being a ballplayer you’ve got to make sure you’re on top of your game,” Syracuse forward C.J. Fair said. “Even if it is a few days off, you’ve got to make sure you’re ready to come back, practice and get ready for our next opponent, which is going to be our toughest opponent so far.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 22, 2013 at 11:45 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

5 fun facts about Taco Time’s 20th anniversary at the Carrier Dome

first_img Related Stories Taco Time enters 20th season as Syracuse basketball staple The Syracuse men’s basketball team reached 70 points in its game against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday night, marking the first time Taco Time has been reached in the 2015-16 season.The Taco Time promotion with Taco Bell began during the 1995-96 season and this year marks the 20th anniversary. If the SU men’s basketball team scores more than 70 points in a home game — or 65 for the women’s team — fans could bring their ticket stub or a valid SUID to a Taco Bell within 48 hours of the game and redeem a free taco. Here are five fun facts about the Carrier Dome tradition:1. Prior to this season, Syracuse’s women’s team had to reach 65 points to get to Taco Time while the men’s team had to reach 75. Over the past five seasons, fans at men’s games would have had 15 more free tacos if the magic number was 70 since 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textConversely, fans at women’s games would have gotten 10 less free tacos if the magic number was 70 in the past five seasons.2. Former Syracuse Athletics marketing director and current sport management professor Michael Veley helped create the promotion. He was inspired by a prior promotion at Syracuse men’s basketball games in which if SU scored 100 points, fans could redeem a discount at a local pizzeria.3. The closest Taco Bell to the Carrier Dome is 5.7 miles away, located at 3179 Erie Boulevard. There used to be a Taco Bell location at Kimmel Food Court until 2012.4. Nike used to sell orange T-shirts that said “We Want Tacos” on them. The SU bookstore carried them until about two years ago.5. Taco Bell has had similar promotions in place with the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team and the St. Louis Blues NHL team. The Los Angeles Lakers NBA team has a promotion with Jack In The Box that if the Lakers win and hold their opponent under 100 points, fans can redeem two free tacos. Comments Published on November 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Foley to name Munster side for weekend clash.

first_imgIn the Challenge Cup Connacht will make mass changes to their side for their game away to Bayonne. The 3 Irish provinces involved in games this weekend will name their teams around midday.Changes are expected in both the Munster and Leinster teams following loses last weekend to Clermont and Harlequins.Munster are away to Clermont on Sunday while Leinster host Harlequins in the Aviva on Saturday night.last_img

Newcastle sack Steve McLaren

first_imgSpeculation suggests that ex Liverpool, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez will take over on a three year deal and his first task will be to keep the Magpies in the top flight.Newcastle are currently second from bottom in the league and their next game is away to  Leicester on Monday night.Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee says Benitez is a good choice to take over the reigns. Meanwhile, the first of this weekend’ss FA cup quarter finals takes place tonight when Reading host Crystal Palace.Kick-off is at five to eight.last_img

Taiwan and Haiti sign new bilateral agreement

first_imgTaiwan and Haiti have signed an agreement aimed at further strengthening their bilateral relationship.President Tsai Ing-wen and the Haitian President Jovenel Moise signed the accord that both countries said would prove beneficial to their population.High-level taskforceThe agreement calls for the establishment of a high-level taskforce that will draft, within 60 days, new terms of collaboration on economic and infrastructure development in Haiti as well as potential ways to attract more Taiwanese investors.Haiti is among a handful of CARICOM countries that still maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan that China considers to be a renegade province and during the signing ceremony, President Moise, who is on an official visit to the country, thanked Tsai and the people of Taiwan for their long-term support of his country’s development.To boost economic growthHe said this latest agreement would further boost economic growth and provide employment opportunities.Tsai responded by reaffirming Taiwan’s willingness to help on such mutually beneficial projects, and said she looks forward to communication and understanding being the foundation of all future collaboration.last_img read more

Avram Grant wants fans to see “positives in Braimah”

first_imgBraimah made his debut for Ghana in August 2013 and was first choice in Ghana’s run to second in the recent Afcon, where he missed the decisive penalty at the death. – Ghana coach Avram Grant has defended under fire goal keeper Razak Braimah for the goal he conceded against Mauritius on Sunday.The islanders’ goal came as a result of set piece which saw the Mirandes shot stopper caught unprepared for the Andy Sophie connection at the end of the cross.Braimah has since been blamed for the ‘soft’ goal, which came when Ghana were cruising at 4-0 and hardly dented the 7-1 result, but Avram was strong in his defense, regardless.”Our goalkeeper kept four clean sheets in six games and he did a very good job,” he said.”He is one of the best and also the rest of our players. Sometimes we make little mistakes but the most important is how we recover. Like every game it wasn’t perfect, not even for the best team in the world.””But I suggest to you to concentrate about the good things because you are a supporter and I am a coach and I will concentrate on the other things.”last_img read more

LeBron James turns focus to Lakers playoff push after All-Star win

first_img NBA All-Star Game 2019: 7 crazy stats from Team LeBron’s win over Team Giannis LeBron James immediately switched his attention to the Lakers’ playoff push after his team’s victory in the NBA All-Star Game.Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis, 178-164, on Sunday, with the Lakers superstar contributing 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. NBA All-Star Game 2019: 3 takeaways from Team LeBron’s comeback win James’ groin injury, sustained Christmas Day, and extended absence coincided with the Lakers’ drop in the standings, from fourth to 10th in the Western Conference.And as soon as the All-Star Game was over, James outlined his desire to inspire his team (28-29) on a charge to the postseason. Related Newscenter_img “Looking forward to the second half of the season,” he said. “Looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race. That’s my only mindset.”That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.” THE CAPTAINS! #NBAAllStar #LeBronJames #GiannisAntetokounmpo— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2019Such is James’ winning mentality, the three-time NBA champion was even desperate to be the first to reach the postgame podium and speak to the media in Charlotte.”You put me on the floor, I love to compete,” he said. “I’m a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I can get to this table first. Did anybody come here before me?”See what I’m talking about? See you all the second half of the season.”last_img read more