A superb Paulo Dybala strike and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty just after the hour mark made sure of the result at the Allianz Stadium before two late strikes from Gonzalo Higuain and Matthijs de Ligt completed the rout against a Lecce team who had to play for an hour with 10 men.The away side meanwhile stay third-from-bottom, level on 25 points with Genoa a place above them and a point behind Sampdoria in 16th.Juve started the match off the pace and while Adrien Rabiot forced a good save and Ronaldo flashed a powerful shot wide, Lecce comfortably kept the hosts at bay right until Fabio Lucioni got himself sent off.The 32-year-old got tangled up on the ball under no pressure on the half way line and then clumsily bundled over Rodrigo Bentancur.Maurizio Sarri’s team were still below their best but should have been at least a goal up at half-time after Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi both blazed over from point-blank range just before the break.Juve pressed ahead after the restart, with Leonardo Bonucci’s header forcing a smart stop from Lecce keeper Gabriel and Dybala whipping a curling effort just wide.Argentine Dybala was not to be denied however, when he picked the ball up on the edge of the area in the 53rd minute and crashed a high shot home to break brave Lecce’s resistance.Ronaldo then bagged his goal from the spot in the 62nd minute after being tripped by Luca Rossettini.However the Portuguese will be kicking himself that he didn’t come away from this game with more goals after missing several presentable chances.By that time Lecce were playing for damage limitation but two quickfire goals made the scoreline a more accurate representation of the balance of play.Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo set Juventus on the way at the Allianz StadiumRead Also: Video: Gary Neville ‘flees’ after Liverpool title nightmare comes trueHiguain, who had already gone close just seconds after being brought on as a 77th-minute substitute, pounced on Ronaldo’s deflected backheel with seven minutes left before sweeping a fine left-footed finish high over Gabriel.Dutchman de Ligt then bundled home the fourth two minutes later, stooping low to head in Douglas Costa’s whipped cross from the right to leave Lazio having to win their home clash with Fiorentina on Saturday evening to cut the gap back to four points.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus moved seven points clear at the top of Serie A on Friday night after hammering struggling Lecce 4-0 in Turin and piling the pressure on title rivals Lazio.Advertisement Loading…
RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Arsenal reject £3m bid for Balogun Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs Tottenham vs. Sheffield UnitedVenue: Tottenham StadiumKick off: 4PM Tottenham Hotspur find themselves sitting 11th in the table after 11 games and in desperate need of a Premier League win against Sheffield United.Conversely, the newly-promoted Blades are up into sixth in the league after a four-game unbeaten run in which they have conceded just once.Tottenham are in the bottom half of the league standings after a disappointing league run that has yielded no wins in four successive games, including two defeats.Spurs did claim a first away win in any competition since the beginning of May last time out with a 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade.However, the six games across all competitions before that yielded just one win and three defeats, including a 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.In fact, Mauricio Pochettino’s side last won a Premier League game in September, and have managed just three league wins all season, with a mere five victories from 16 games across all competitions.Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United will hope they can take advantage of Spurs’ struggles, having made a fine start to life back in the top flight.The Blades have lost just three league games all season and are currently on a four-game unbeaten run that has propelled them into sixth.United also boast the joint-best defensive record in the league this term, shipping a mere eight goals so far.However, with just 12 strikes to their name, they have the fourth-worst attack of any team outside the relegation zone.Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Alli, Son, Kane.Sheffield United possible XI: Henderson, Basham, Jagielka, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset.Tags: Sheffield UnitedTottenham Hotspur
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Premier League clubs have been given the green light to take part in friendlies with strict protocols in place as they prepare for the restart of England’s top-flight season on June 17, British media reported on Tuesday.Venues must not be more than 90 minutes away and players will need to travel in their own cars and arrive in full kit, according to Sky Sports. Matches will be refereed by members of the clubs’ coaching staff and players involved need to have returned a negative test for COVID-19, the reports said.The Premier League, which has nine rounds remaining, has been suspended since mid-March but clubs have since returned to group training, with the government giving elite sport permission to return from June 1.Leicester City Manager, Brendan Rodgers, said the Midlands club will stage practice games at the King Power Stadium to help players get up to speed.“We’ll look at trying to prepare as best as we can for that. We’ll have some practice games in our own stadium before we play, so they’ll feel and get a sense of that,” Rodgers told British media.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Brendan RodgersCOVID-19Leicester CityPremier League
LONDON (Reuters) – Huddersfield Town stunned Manchester United 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, a defeat that ended the visitors unbeaten start to the Premier League season and dropped them five points behind leaders Manchester City who beat Burnley 3-0.Huddersfield’s victory in driving wind and rain was their first over United since 1952 and all the more unexpected after a run of one goal in six league games.But the top-tier newcomers fully deserved their first league win since mid-August after hitting United twice in the first half and withstanding everything the visitors – and the appalling weather – threw at them.Former City midfielder Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored twice in 33 minutes, with United’s afternoon made worse by an injury to Phil Jones.Jose Mourinho responded by bringing on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford for Juan Mata and Anthony Martial at halftime and Rashford scored his seventh of the season to set up a rousing finish in what was the sides’ first league meeting since 1972.Mourinho blamed defensive mistakes for the defeat.“A bad team deserved to be punished,” he said.By Manchester City’s recent free-scoring standards, their 3-0 victory over Burnley was modest, with the match turning on a controversial first-half penalty when Bernardo Silva went down theatrically in the area.TV replays showed no contact from Burnley keeper Nick Pope and the Portuguese may find himself in trouble with the three-member FA review panel which looks at simulation and last Friday issued its first retrospective ban on a player for diving.he spot-kick decision infuriated Burnley’s players, but Sergio Aguero kept his cool to equal Eric Brooke’s all-time scoring record for the club with his 177th goal. Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane made the scoreline more comfortable as City registered a club-record 11th straight win.Elsewhere, Chelsea made up ground on third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who play Liverpool on Sunday, by beating Watford 4-2 in the day’s early kickoff at Stamford Bridge.The game was closer than the scoreline suggests, with Marco Silva’s impressive side coming from behind to lead at Stamford Bridge before two goals from Michy Batshuayi and another from Cesar Azpilicueta ended the argument.Pressure will be growing on Stoke City manager Mark Hughes after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Bournemouth which left them into the relegation zone.Hughes had hoped the return of Ryan Shawcross would strengthen his defence after last week’s 7-2 demolition by Manchester City, but Shawcross gave away a penalty, which Junior Stanislas converted and Andrew Surman also found the net.Mame Biram Diouf narrowed the gap but the goal was not enough to prevent Bournemouth recording their first away league win of the season.A Federico Fernandez own goal and a second-half strike by Shinji Okazaki gave Leicester City caretaker manager Michael Appleton a much-needed 2-1 win at Swansea City in his first game in charge, lifting the Foxes out of the relegation zone.But there was no escape for Crystal Palace, whose 1-0 defeat at Newcastle left them rooted to the bottom spot. Mikel Merino’s scored Newcastle’s 85th-minute winner.
By Toby DavisLONDON, England (Reuters) – Serena Williams clubbed her way into the Wimbledon semi-finals, draining the last drop of fight from fellow American Alison Riske before sealing a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win in a rip-roaring Centre Court contest yesterday.For two sets, Riske absorbed every last punishing blow from the seven-time champion, while her own lightweight jab inflicted some early pain then levelled the see-saw encounter at 1-1.Williams’ blows, however, became too frequent and too heavy in the final games, with the weaponised serve pushing the world number 55 Riske back on her heels, while her return worked like an old slugger’s right-hook.Having knocked out world number one Ash Barty in the last round and having spent over nine hours on court en route to the quarters – the longest path to the last eight of anyone since 2011 – Riske had shown a streak of pure Pittsburgh steel.But Williams, who is hunting down a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, is tennis tungsten, and recovered superbly from a brief wobble in which she lost the second set and fell a break behind in the third.“I just needed to fight,” said Williams. “She was not giving it to me. I needed to step up and take it. That’s what I had to do.”She eventually charged over the finish line after more than two hours on court, bringing up match point when Riske netted a forehand, and completing the job with her 19th ace of the match to set up a clash with unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova, who beat Britain’s Johanna Konta in straight sets.While the women’s game is often exalted as being wildly unpredictable, Williams remains the exception to the rule and yesterday’s win secured her a 37th Grand Slam semi-final appearance.She came into the quarters having won 96 singles matches at the All England Club, while the other seven players left in the draw had won 80 between them.‘GET TO BUSINESS’ The discrepancy between Williams’ achievements and those of Riske could not have been starker.The 29-year-old was playing her first Grand Slam quarter-final in her 30th major and had accumulated around $85 million less in prize money than Williams.Yet the Pittsburgh native feels at home on grass and, with 11 of her 19 Grand Slam match wins coming at Wimbledon, she was never going to be a pushover for Williams, who is still feeling her way back after a niggling knee injury had limited her court time since the Australian Open in January.Riske struck first, breaking in the third game before Williams had really got her legs into gear, but a 3-1 advantage was quickly wiped out as the 11th seed won five of the next six games to take the set.
Ashton Broyld and Donnie Simmons will both miss the remainder of Syracuse’s spring practice with lower body injuries, SU Athletics announced Friday.Simmons’ injury will require surgery, which will take place “in the near future” according to a release on SUAthletics.com. Broyld’s injury will be evaluated throughout the spring and his status for summer practice will be determined at the beginning of June.Simmons, a defensive end, played in all 13 games for the Orange last season. But Broyld, despite playing in just eight games a year ago, is perhaps the more concerning injury.After arriving at Syracuse as a quarterback after a year of prep school before last season, Broyld struggled to learn the playbook and had difficulty staying on the field during the later part of the year. Broyld took a handful of snaps during the Orange’s first practice of the spring, but it appeared to be in more of a “Wildcat” capacity as he didn’t attempt any throws in seven-on-seven drills. He instead figured to factor in prominently in Syracuse’s wide receiver and running back rotations. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2015 at 12:02 am Contact Sam: email@example.com | @Sam4TR The ball rocketed down the right sideline and skipped past the lunging racquet of the Albany player.Freshman Nicole Mitchell low-fived senior Amanda Rodgers. Rodgers muttered, “Come on.”They had covered the court’s weak spots well when the other was drawn out of position until Mitchell finished the point with a forehand winner.The pair, however, would go on to lose, 6-4, in Syracuse’s only lost individual match in a 7-0 rout of Albany. This represents Syracuse doubles this season; flashes of strength, but subtle mistakes and miscommunications resulting from SU’s pairings’ unfamiliarity with each other.Syracuse (5-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) — which achieved its highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking in the program’s history this week at No. 34 — enters this weekend 4-4 in the doubles portions of its matches this season after a 1-3 start.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe doubles point could prove to be crucial this weekend when the Orange faces No. 26 Notre Dame (6-3, 2-0) on the road Friday and Pittsburgh (2-5, 0-2) on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Drumlins Tennis Center — two opponents who are 11-5 combined on the doubles court this year.“The doubles point is huge,” said Rodgers, a contributing writer to The Daily Orange. “It’s one of the most crucial things because it’s at the beginning of the match and it’s worth one extra point. You’re up 1-0 against your opponents before you even play singles.”Syracuse will go up against Notre Dame’s tandem of Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson, who were the 14th-ranked doubles team in the nation up until this past weekend, when they lost to Katherine Castro and Lolade Ogungbesan of Pitt, SU’s other opponent this weekend.Each of those pairings are front-level firepower SU must overcome in hopes of taking the match, securing momentum and getting its first win in ACC play.Winning that doubles point hinges on head coach Younes Limam’s discovery of the successful formula for his team. He’s spent the season shuffling around pairs — the only exception being seniors Komal Safdar and Valeria Salazar, formerly ranked in the 50s nationally, who have played each match together.Rodgers and sophomore Rhiann Newborn played together consistently until two of the last three matches. Other than those two pairings, no doubles set has played together more than two matches.“The very first time you play with a partner, there are different things you don’t know,” Mitchell said. “You never know who’ll go for the ball. But, I think we do a good job practicing with the partner with the week before the match so it makes it easier.”Limam tries to smooth the adjustment by pairing big servers, like Rodgers, with players good at volleying, like Newborn, so that the team can play off of its own strengths.There will still a learning curve as you learn to play with the other person’s game, but it’s not a seismic change, Rodgers said.Rodgers knows Newborn likes to hit the ball extremely hard and attack. Patience and consistency are crucial, because they allow Rodgers to play conservatively and manage the match.This contrasts with her strategy with Mitchell where, since Rodgers is a senior and she’s a freshman, she feels like she has to be more aggressive.Limam did not commit to keeping Safdar and Salazar together, but he has not assigned either of them a different partner all season. This means Limam — if sophomore Olivia Messineo again is unavailable — will mix and match Rodgers, Newborn, Mitchell and senior Breanna Bachini into two sets of two.“We’re just trying to look for players with good chemistry together and complement one another,” Limam said. “We’re still going to keep taking it one match at a time and just see who we’re playing against and try to come up with the best doubles combination.” Comments
A year ago when some of my friends graduated and moved on to a life outside of The Badger Herald’s ink-laden pages, I told myself I would do everything I could to avoid writing the same, sappy farewell column — whether it be about the freedom that words have given me as an outlet for my thoughts or the intense emotions that I felt during some of the Badgers highest peaks and lowest valleys.Now one year later, I have decided that I will do both.When I joined the Herald four years ago as a shy, awkward freshman, the first thing I remember about the newspaper was the dingy, dirty office that once hosted our nightly operations. At first I thought I had stumbled into the abandoned attic of Madhatter’s bar. But at the top of two flights of creaky stairs sat a wide-open space that would become my second home in Madison.In that office, the Herald hosted some of the most intelligent students I had the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from in college. To be honest, at first it was intimidating. I wondered if I could ever have the same knowledge and expertise that they did.But as I put in the time to learn the ins and outs of this field of employment that so interested me — and made numerous mistakes, including a major fact error in my first story — I developed a new confidence and found my voice on a campus of thousands of college students.When I look back, it’s only fitting that my own progression mirrors that of the first beat I covered: men’s soccer.When I first stepped onto the field to interview the men’s soccer team, butterflies and nerves dominated my end of the conversation — probably not helped by current head coach, John Trask, who can be intimidating to say the least.And yet, as I began the long trek from the University Bay practice field back to my sophomore home on campus after I was finished, I immediately pulled out my phone to call my mom, so that I could gush about how exciting the entire process had been.For the first time I had the inside scoop, and I was hooked.During those two years spent getting to know the intimate details of that team, we both experienced countless highs and lows. After all, we were both nobodies, still with everything to prove.But they stuck with it and kept improving, as did I.This fall, the Badgers went on to their best season in years and a NCAA tournament appearance to boot. While I had graduated on to bigger and better things covering the football team, I got one last chance to go back to where it all began and cover their first postseason game against UW-Milwaukee at the McClimon Soccer Complex.That moment when the final whistle blew and UW had clinched a 1-0 victory is probably the one sports moment I will remember more than any other from college — more than the privilege of each football game I covered, or even being in Madison for Wisconsin’s impressive run to the Final Four last month.It brought my young career full circle, and I couldn’t imagine a better ending to their college story or my own.In my brief time writing for The Badger Herald, I had the privilege of narrating one of the best golden ages in UW athletics — whether it be the men’s cross-country national title, three football Rose Bowl appearances or countless NCAA tournament appearances for many of the other programs. I can only hope that I did each one of those stories justice.Now even though I move on and take my ideas and words to a new city — where a new set of mistakes and learning opportunities lie in wait — I will never forget where my passion for language blossomed.Until we meet again, Madison. Thanks for everything.Nick is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. He’s heading to Houston in June to begin that next stage of life that apparently comes after you finish 16-plus years of school. If you want to want to stay in touch or share any final thoughts with him, shoot him a tweet @np_daniels.
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes 2–3 in Iowa City for their fourth away match in a row. After a crushing defeat against the Minnesota Gophers last week, the Badgers looked as if they had worked out their mistakes by defeating ranked Big Ten opponents Purdue and Illinois in their subsequent games.Prior to this weekend, the Badgers had dropped a total of just three sets to unranked teams all season and it seemed like the match versus an unranked Iowa team could be the great end to a long road stand for Kelly Sheffield’s Badgers.Wisconsin got off to a quick start in the first set, led by sophomore Dana Rettke. Rettke led the Badgers on a 6-0 run recording an ace, a kill and contested three hitting errors from Iowa. But the Hawkeyes rallied back on a 4-0 run of their own.Football: Wisconsin embodies idyllic Big Ten football, tops Nebraska 41-24For the diehard fan of purebred Big Ten football, Saturday night versus Nebraska was an absolute dream come true. Picture Read…The amazing power surge from the Hawkeyes came from junior outside hitter Cali Hoye. Hoye recorded a personal best of 30 kills and would continue to be a nightmare at the net for Wisconsin as the match continued. Despite the power from Hoye, the Badgers took the first set 25–22.The second match stayed close and competitive for both team until Iowa took off on a 5-0 lead. Sparked with a Hoye kill, this run also included two ace serves from Iowa’s Molly Kelly.Wisconsin played the rest of the set behind until a last-ditch effort led by Madison Duello and Grace Loberg pulled the Badgers within two. But it wasn’t enough and the 25–22 Hawkeye set evened the match at one apiece.With veteran player Molly Haggerty looking to swing the momentum back to the Badgers, she led Wisconsin on a 5-0 run midway through the third set. Wisconsin dominated the third set until Hoye and the Hawkeyes serving staff stepped in late to go on a 9–1 run tying the set at 22 all.Within this run, Hoye had two big kills and the Badgers gave up two more ace serves. Iowa finished with three straight points and another kill from Hoye to edge out the third set again at 25–22.Volleyball: Wisconsin comes off win against Illinois, heads to Iowa CityThe kills rained down on the Illinois defenders Wednesday night as Sophomore Dana Rettke went for a career-high 23 kills Read…Wisconsin, with their backs against the wall, were in danger of dropping their first match to an unranked opponent. Enter Grace Loberg. Loberg, coming off a slight injury limiting her in the past couple matches on the road, led the Badgers to a 10–5 start to the fourth set. She recorded three kills and a service ace within the opening run.Wisconsin would go on to control most of the fourth set. Loberg received some help from Rettke in the front row and from her back row, slowing down Hoye. Wisconsin would force set five with a 25–19 fourth set win.A fifth set match, the first for the Badgers this season, is a winner take all set to 15. With Wisconsin knowing they had to act quickly, the Hawkeyes beat them to it. Iowa started out set five on an 8-2 lead on the back of Hoye. The Badgers, as their last defense, scraped together a 6–0 run late in the set, but it was not enough to stop Hoye and the Hawkeyes early jump. Wisconsin dropped the set and the match in a 15–12 final.Football: Zander Neuville suffers season ending injuryWisconsin Badgers tight end Zander Neuville is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious left Read…Leading the Badgers into the extended set was Loberg with 17 kills, Sydney Hilley with 57 assists, Rettke with eight blocks and Tiffany Clark with 23 digs. Although the Badgers led in all major team stat categories besides digs, they couldn’t stop a record night from Hoye and had to take a tough loss in Iowa City.The Badgers head back home to face the Northwestern Wildcats at the UW Fieldhouse Friday.