RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo has joined Cardiff City on a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.The 23-year-old will spend the duration of 2020-21 with the Championship side, who kick off their league campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday, after the move was finalised on Monday. And speaking for the first time since putting pen to paper, Ojo says he is ready for the challenge of leading a promotion push.“I’ve got a point to prove and I’m really excited for the new challenge,” he told the club website.“Cardiff City is a massive club with great fans and great players – hopefully I can show what I can do here and fit right in.“Wherever the ball is, I want to be involved in the game as much as possible.“I’m delighted to get here in time for a full week’s training with the team ahead of the first home game this Saturday. Now it’s important that we start right.” Ojo switched to Anfield from MK Dons in 2011 and has made 13 appearances for the first team, scoring one goal, since being handed a debut by Jurgen Klopp in an FA Cup tie against Exeter City in January 2016.He has had several loan moves away from the club to continue his development, most recently at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers last season, where he played 36 games.Tags: 2020/2021 SeasonCardiff CityEnglish ChampionshipEnglish Football LeagueEnglish Premier LeagueLiverpoolLoan Move
The contracts of James Morrison, Gareth McAuley, Stephane Sessegnon, Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe all expire at the end of the season. Morrison claimed he is yet to enter into discussions with the Baggies over a new one after scoring in Saturday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw with Bristol City. Boss Tony Pulis has thrown down the gauntlet to West Brom’s out-of-contract stars to earn new deals. Albion go to Chelsea on Wednesday and, ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, Pulis has told his players to stop fearing for their futures. “I think we have four or five people talking to the club about contracts now at the moment,” he said, with the Baggies three points ahead of Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. “Again it is one you will have to speak to the club about but it is not just James. It is an incentive for the club and an incentive for the players. “For me as a player I never had a worry about trying to sign a long-term contract. I think Harry (Redknapp) gave me my longest contract at Bournemouth. “Generally I was quite happy to run the contract out and if the club wanted me they would give me another one. If they didn’t I was always confident there would be another club out there. “I think things have changed and players want stability and security and all that stuff, it has changed so much it is unbelievable.” And Pulis – who is sweating on Olsson and Anichebe’s hamstring injuries – doubted Morrison’s claim he was yet to speak to the club over a new deal. He added: “I am not so sure that is true. I think there have been discussions. “I wouldn’t be worried if I was James, I wouldn’t be worried if I was one of the ones who are talking to the club now.” Press Association
Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of a major trophy with his native country, Portugal manifested last night as the Real Madrid star and his teammates snatched a late 1-0 winner against France to win the Euro2016 last night.He was stretchered off in tears but an extra-time goal by Eder saw Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 in yesterday’s Euro 2016 final to win their first major tournament.The victim of a heavy challenge by Dimitri Payet, Ronaldo went off in the first half, but returned to the touchline to see Lille striker Eder settle the game with a low 25-yard strike in the extra time at Stade de France.Twelve years after losing 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, Portugal inflicted the same fate on France, who were seeking a cathartic victory eight months on from the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead.France coach Didier Deschamps had hoped to lead his side to a fourth major tournament win, and third on home soil after Euro 1984 and the 1998 World Cup, when he was captain. But it was Ronaldo’s Portugal who prevailed.The victory ended Portugal’s run of 10 straight defeats against France, who had eliminated them in the semi-finals at Euro 1984, Euro 2000 and the 2006 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The No. 10 University of Wisconsin volleyball team travels to Indiana and Purdue this weekend in their first of two back to back weekends of matches on the road. Last weekend, the badgers hosted Ohio State and Maryland in the Field House. Despite taking a 2-0 lead against Ohio State last Friday night, the Badgers ultimately fell in five sets to the Buckeyes. This has been a common theme this year. Last Friday was the fourth time the Badgers had matches that went to the fifth set, all of which they have lost.Volleyball: Wisconsin to play Huskers and Hoosiers at homeThe Big Ten season has been tough for the No. 11 University of Wisconsin volleyball team. Despite playing well, they Read…While showing glimpses of greatness, the Badgers play has been inconsistent. Once they dig themselves into a hole in an individual set or in a match, they have had difficulties coming back and getting wins. This is what separates them from the most elite teams in the country. On Saturday night, they were able to rally from their previous night’s loss and defeat Maryland three sets to one. For the first time ever, the Terps stole a set from the badgers. After handily defeating Maryland in the first set, the Badgers dropped the second. They were, however, able to take the third and fourth thanks to the much improved play of senior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis, who came back after missing a few weeks early in the season because of an ankle injury.Volleyball: Badgers set to begin Big Ten conference playThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team is set to kick off Big Ten play this weekend in the Field Read… Since returning, she has matches where she has helped the team and matches that could have given head coach Kelly Sheffield a reason to bench her and give someone else her starting spot. Against Maryland, she recorded 17 kills.Earlier in the season, the Badgers hosted Indiana and beat the Hoosiers in the three seats in a set where both teams hit well. Wisconsin got the win by playing in a business fashion and doing what they needed to do to get the job done. Right now, Indiana’s greatest strength is their serving. They currently rank fourth in the Big Ten with 1.40 aces per set. On offense, they are lead by redshirt sophomore Kendall Beerman. She adds 3.21 kills per set. For the Badgers to come away with the win, they will need to pass well off the serve and contain Beerman. Geistlinger & Hayes: Your college football briefing for SaturdayNCAA College Football hath returned for yet another season of every other team statistically doomed to being dispatched by the Read…When they pass well they are able to get their middle blockers Dana Rettke and Tionna Williams. Both players have been indispensible for the badgers this season.No. 21 Purdue is currently second in the Big Ten in hitting percentage. They are hitting .319 as a team. They are led by senior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino with 4.09 kills a set. Outside hitters Sherridan Atkinson adds 3.38 kills per set while Azariah Stahl adds 2.46 kills per set. This means that Purdue is dangerous, even if Wisconsin is able to get them out of system. Their setter Ashley Evans is doing a good job putting her hitters in positions to score. Purdue is a solid team on defense as well. As a team, they average 12.79 digs per set. Wisconsin will need to focus on tooling balls off of Purdue’s block. Wisconsin setter Sydney Hilley will also need to fool Purdue’s block enough so her hitters have a larger seam to hit through. There are only six regular season conference games remaining, and the badgers currently sit at 7-7 in the conference. To improve their RPI, a factor that weighs heavily in the eyes of the selection committee, Wisconsin will want to come away with two wins this weekend.
Chelsea turned on the style to completely destroy in-form Aston Villa and move back up to third place in the Premier League.Fernando Torres continued his resurgence under Blues manager Rafael Benitez with a towering third-minute header to set the Blues on their way.And a stunning David Luiz free-kick and Branislav Ivanovic header as good as wrapped up victory before the interval.Frank Lampard marked his 500th Premier League start by crashing home a fourth on the hour and two strikes from substitute Ramires, an Oscar penalty and a fine individual effort from Eden Hazard rounded off the scoring.As well as providing more evidence of Chelsea’s growing momentum under Benitez, the thrashing revised the Premier League record books.The result marked the first time seven players from one team have scored in a match and matched Chelsea’s record 8-0 win over Wigan from May 2010. Buoyed by their fine recent form and stunning win over Liverpool last Saturday, an unchanged Villa started brightly enough, despite falling behind so early. But Ivanovic’s goal 11 minutes before the break seem to completely deflate the visitors and they were ripped apart at will in the second half.A majestic performance from Lampard, and his midfield partner David Luiz, laid the platform for a dominant display that could have easily seen them reach double figures.By the end Villa looked a shadow of the side who have been playing with such spirit, energy and passion and who headed to Stamford Bridge unbeaten in six and with a Capital One Cup semi-final date looming.In contrast Benitez’s Blues played with the sort of fluency and class that even the manager’s staunchest critic will find hard to resist as they bettered Liverpool’s 6-0 win over Derby in September 2007 to deliver the Spaniard’s best league win in English football. The hosts started where they left off against Leeds in midweek, Torres opening the scoring with his seventh goal in six games when he found the top corner with a superb 15-yard header from a teasing Ivanovic cross.Villa held their own for 20 minutes but Luiz crashed home a wondrous, dipping 25-yard free-kick to double the lead.And after Ivanovic reacted brilliantly to head in after a fine turn and shot from fellow centre-back Gary Cahill, Villa simply capitulated.England midfielder Lampard, so influential in Chelsea’s midweek Capital One cup battering of Leeds, gave a typically authoritative display which makes a mockery of any suggestion that he would not be offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge. He smashed in the fourth from 25 yards on the hour and the floodgates truly opened as Chelsea scored four goals in the final 15 minutes. Substitute Ramires slotted number five after a fine pass from fellow substitute Lucas Piazon.Another sub, Oscar, blasted number six into the roof of the net after he was felled by Chris Herd.Number seven duly arrived when Hazard danced through, exchanged passes with Piazon, and arrowed a shot into the corner of the net.Piazon saw a late penalty brilliantly saved after being fouled by Ciaran Clark, but the eighth goal did arrive when Ramires side-footed in after a break from Oscar.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque believes that a Champions League final between Real Madrid and Barcelona would be the perfect ending to the competition.The Blaugrana were paired with Bayern Munich during Friday’s semi-final draw, while the capital club will have to deal with Borussia Dortmund if they are to make it to the showpiece at Wembley.And the former Blancos boss feels a match-up between the two Spanish giants would be ideal.“Everybody wants a final between Barcelona and Real Madrid,” Del Bosque told reporters.“It would be a great final if Barca and Madrid were to meet as the majority of the players also play for Spain’s national team. It would be another huge step for Spanish football.“Over the past decade or so we have seen a Spanish hegemony with teams like Valencia, Sevilla, Villarreal and Deportivo doing well, too.” Spanish teams have won five out of the 13 Champions League finals since the beginning of the millennium.
NBA Finals 2019: Warriors’ Klay Thompson (hamstring) out for Game 3 vs. Raptors Thompson was ruled out of the matchup 12 minutes before tipoff with a hamstring injury suffered in the final minutes of Game 2.Curry took more shots in the first 12 minutes than he has ever taken in a quarter and played 43 minutes in the game, but even that wasn’t enough to get Golden State a win. The two-time MVP scored 47 points on 14-of-31 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists for Golden State.He tried his absolute best to will his team to victory, but in the absence of Klay Thompson, there was little Curry could do. Related News The Raptors are two wins away from their first NBA title.Toronto took down Golden State 123-109 at Oracle Arena on Wednesday in Game 3 despite a Herculean effort from Stephen Curry. It now leads the series, 2-1. As for Toronto, the Raptors got a well-balanced performance with 30 points from Kawhi Leonard, 23 from Kyle Lowry, 18 each from Danny Green and Pascal Siakam, and 17 from Marc Gasol.The Raptors knew the Warriors were undermanned and took advantage.Game 4 is scheduled to tip off Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
As Jalen Smith left the floor in tears on March 23, 2019, goggles removed from his face, Bruno Fernando wrapped an arm around him and accompanied him to the locker room.Maryland had just suffered a gut-wrenching 69-67 defeat to LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, its late comeback not enough to knock off the Tigers. Smith, then a freshman, struggled to control his emotions afterward. Fernando, a sophomore who plays basketball with a similar fire as Smith, dug down to achieve stoicism. One month later, Fernando announced he would go to the NBA, leaving Smith as the unquestioned leader of the Terps’ frontcourt. Smith used Fernando’s maturation as a blueprint for his own growth, transforming from mercurial producer built so thin he earned the nickname “Stix” to one of the nation’s most reliable big men and a prospect beefed up enough to be considered NBA-ready. “When I met Stix, he couldn’t even walk and chew gum,” said Maryland guard and fellow Baltimore native Darryl Morsell to reporters in January. “So it’s crazy just to see how he’s grown into his body, how he’s grown mentally. He’s just tough.”Smith waited all season to prove he could carry Maryland in the NCAA Tournament and leave the college game a champion. He never got the chance.About a month after the coronavirus pandemic prompted the cancellation of March Madness, Smith on Tuesday announced he would enter the 2020 NBA Draft, where he is expected to be a first-round pick. He leaves a program that went 24-7 in 2019-20 and earned a share of the Big Ten title in large part because of his 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.Rock Wit Me🤞🏾🔐 pic.twitter.com/oPNTwWQMJ6— Jalen Smith (@JalenSmith2000) April 7, 2020MORE: How NBA Draft workout rules hurt bubble prospectsBig Ten play brought out the best in Smith — a testament to his progression and ability to raise his performance level against tough competition. He secured at least 10 boards in 13 of his final 14 regular-season conference games. His crown-jewel performance took place against Indiana, when his 29 points and 11 rebounds helped Maryland flip a seven-point deficit with just over four minutes remaining into a 77-76 win at Assembly Hall.After breaking the Hoosiers, Smith rubbed salt in the wound, taunting their fans. Within the next hour, he apologized for his actions, though most Terps fans watching from home certainly didn’t mind the display of passion.FINAL: No. 17 Maryland wins 77-76.Things getting crazy postgame….Jalen Smith barks at the boo-ing Hoosier fans. Turgeon rips him off the court. @WISH_TV pic.twitter.com/mNxUCQ0kcP— Olivia Ray (@OliviaRayWISH) January 26, 2020I want to sincerely apologize to all the Indiana’s fans and players for how I acted at the end of the game. I let my emotions get the best of me and it won’t happen again. I have nothing but respect for all Indiana’s fans and players. Please forgive me and I wish you all the best— Jalen Smith (@JalenSmith2000) January 26, 2020Mostly, Smith’s college success came with a widely accepted dose of enthusiasm — like when he posterized Rutgers in transition during a February win and roared to Maryland’s student section behind the basket.😳 @JalenSmith2000 is a force to be reckoned with and demonstrates it via this transition dunk for @TerrapinHoops pic.twitter.com/1XZd0tjapz— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) February 5, 2020Fernando shared a similar propensity for doing everything he could to demoralize opponents and pump up his teammates, often celebrating with excess gusto after big finishes at the rim. He, too, managed to get under the skin of the other team.His stepover of a Nebraska defender following a dunk was perhaps his most notable moment of his sometimes over-the-top intensity.It’s intense in Pinnacle Bank Arena.Bruno Fernando finishes the slam, and Tim Miles gets a T for protesting the no-call: pic.twitter.com/TZHFcwQ6iz— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 7, 2019Before Smith’s huge slam against Rutgers, there was Fernando’s throwdown against the Scarlett Knights two years prior.Bruno the Baptizer. 😱@BrunoFernandoMV shows no mercy on this inbounds oop for @TerrapinHoops, and it’s a #BTNStandout Presented by @Discover: pic.twitter.com/3iQMdFkbnd— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 18, 2018The parallels were never an accident.“I learned from (Fernando),” Smith said, “and just use what he did in my game now.”The 6-10 Smith was the most noticeable player on almost every court he took, naturally drawing attention with a boisterous playing style that often overwhelms opponents inside.When Smith scored 18 points and amassed 11 rebounds in Maryland’s regularseason finale victory over Michigan, which gave the Terps a share of the conference title, Fernando sat courtside in College Park looking on with pride as he soaked in the man Smith had become. Following the game, Fernando spoke at length with Smith, then offered encouragement on Twitter.”Be Greater than those Before You,” wrote Fernando. “You r the true meaning of that my Dawg.”pic.twitter.com/r3n0lCnFhg— tommy (@tommydeloache) March 9, 2020Be Greater than those Before You&You r the true meaning of that my Dawg❤️🤞🏾 @JalenSmith2000 Lov Ya Fam✊🏾 Keep your foot on the gas CHAMP🏆 https://t.co/G2zdOzw8Ri— Bruno Fernando™ (@BrunoFernandoMV) March 10, 2020Smith had excellent opportunity to achieve greatness in March and do what his mentor could not. Now he’ll have to wait until the NBA to make the national mark he craves.
DES MOINES — Secretary of State Paul Pate — the state’s commissioner of elections — says a record 487,000 votes were cast in the primary, even though in-person voting was sparse.“Everything went real well — a real light physical turnout, but basically that was our plan and that’s what we anticipated,” Pate says. “Most people stepped up and did the absentee.” Those who did vote Tuesday were greeted by poll workers wearing masks and gloves.Voters in Johnson, Linn and Emmet Counties also had the option of actual drive-thru voting. “It was kind of a hybrid of the curbside concept,” Pate says. “They said: ‘Well, if we’re going to do curbside, why don’t we just have people out here waiting and, if you pull up, we’ll process you from your car.”There are normally 1,681 precincts, but due to concerns about the pandemic and the emphasis on voting early by absentee ballot, precincts were consolidated into 514 polling sites Tuesday.
by Genaro C. ArmasHERSHEY, Pa. (AP)—In Class AAA, the referees overseeing the 120-pound bout got showered with a chorus of boos after overturning Brashear senior Godwin Nyama’s potential match-winning takedown of Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram with 20 seconds left in regulation. Nyama (38-2) became the first City League wrestler to win a PIAA championship.A replay on the video board appeared to show Nyama had the points on the returning state champ. The bout went into overtime, and nearly everyone in the Giant Center switched their allegiance to Nyama, who considered himself the underdog.“It’s Canon-Mac, it’s a powerhouse, you know?” Nyama said. “The ref always goes on their side. The crowd saw it, the other ref saw it. I just stayed positive and kept going.”They swooned after Nyama lifted Schram off the mat near the edge of the circle before taking him down with 22 seconds left for a 3-1 victory. Nyama jumped into the arms of coach Nate Geller, who lifted him in the air for several seconds.Nyama denied Schram (25-1) a PIAA title and an undefeated season.Nyama said he told himself before the match that he couldn’t “let the ref decide the call. I wasn’t going to let the ref take away my state championship. I knew (the first takedown) was getting waved off before his coach went over. So I stayed positive and kept pushing the action.” BIG TAKE DOWN—Brashear’s Godwin Nyama, left, takes down Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram during their Class AAA 120-pound finals match at the PIAA high school wrestling championships March 10, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)