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United tighten grip with Black Cats win

first_img United probably should have killed the game off long before the final whistle, but they did enough to extend their lead at the top of the table, for a few hours at least, to 18 points, the perfect preparation for Monday night’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson did not even include Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney in his 18 with Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge looming large, but his side eased their way through the first half without ever having to find top gear. There were 12 minutes gone when full-back Alex Buttner embarked upon a determined run which took him past both Craig Gardner and Bardsley and deep into the penalty area, where Mignolet managed to block his close-range effort – but he could do nothing about the chain of events which led to the opening goal with 27 minutes gone. Van Persie picked up possession on the left side of the penalty area, but found himself confronted by Bardsley. The striker patiently worked himself into a position to shoot, but when he unleashed his drive, it flew off Bardsley’s boot on to Bramble’s knee and inside the far post. The home side returned after the break knowing they had to go for broke if they were to get anything out of the game, but United retained possession at will with the movement of Shinji Kagawa and Van Persie, and Michael Carrick’s composure simply too much for their hosts, who were seeing too little of the ball to bring wide men Adam Johnson and James McClean into play. However, the former Manchester City winger finally got the bit between his teeth with 59 minutes gone when he burst into the penalty area. His cross was blocked, but Bardsley latched on to the loose ball, only to fire harmlessly over the top. Van Persie should have made sure deep into injury-time after Ashley Young had evaded Bramble’s lunge and squared, but Mignolet made a remarkable stop to deny him. The luckless defender unwittingly turned Robin van Persie’s 27th-minute shot past keeper Simon Mignolet after it had also clipped Phil Bardsley on its way to goal. The Black Cats were barely in the game before the break, but buoyed by United’s failure to build upon their lead, rallied after it without ever testing keeper David de Gea as they extended their run without a league win to eight games in front of a crowd of 43,760. Titus Bramble’s unfortunate own goal allowed Manchester United to tighten their stranglehold on the Barclays Premier League title as they recorded a narrow 1-0 victory at Sunderland.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Madigan the hero in Leinster win

first_img As Ulster dictated early on, Pienaar put Tommy Bowe through a gap and Iain Henderson had to be hauled down five metres short before Jackson gave the visitors a deserved advantage. Leinster got a psychological edge from a scrum penalty, but they were left to rue two crooked lineouts and a kick out on the full from their latest centurion Eoin Reddan. The Kearney brothers combined to offer the first glimpse of Leinster’s attacking class, Dave weaving his way over halfway and fellow winger McFadden added further momentum to the eye-catching counter. Again, though, errors stopped Leinster in their tracks and a slashing midfield break from Gopperth also came to nothing as Ulster forced a turnover. Leinster then coughed up possession for a third time in the visitors’ 22, Cian Healy knocking on after a decent lineout maul. D’Arcy saw yellow for a late tackle on his Ireland colleague Bowe six minutes before the break, allowing Ulster to dominate up to the half-time whistle. Snappy passing released Jared Payne and Craig Gilroy to take Ulster back into the Leinster 22 and Jackson punished a Reddan offside with the last kick of the half. The second period burst into life with strong carries from Trimble and Healy, D’Arcy’s return briefly steadying the Leinster ship as the jinking Gilroy grew in influence. There was concern for O’Driscoll who was left prone after an awkward tackle on Henderson. The record Irish caps holder received a rapturous reception as he was replaced by Madigan. A frustrating night for Leinster’s centre duo continued as D’Arcy came in from an offside position and Jackson mopped up with the three points. However, the Ulster out-half had to hobble off soon after with James McKinney – the match winner against Munster – coming on. The complexion of the game seemed to change as man of the match Madigan broke the line and Leinster drew a 58th-minute penalty which Gopperth drove through the uprights. Back came Ulster, McFadden having to scramble back to rescue the situation after Gopperth was charged down by Pienaar. But Leinster’s strong bench, which included the fit-again Sean O’Brien, swung the momentum back in their favour as Gopperth’s second penalty made it a three-point game. The excellent Gilroy almost put Roger Wilson over in the left corner and Pienaar was chopped down in sight of the try-line as Ulster responded in determined fashion. The knocks kept coming as a knee injury sidelined Dave Kearney, forcing Leinster to bring reserve scrum-half Luke McGrath onto the wing. Despite the disruption, Matt O’Connor’s men managed to turn the screw as Madigan was fed to burst in between McKinney and Payne and score the only try of the night. Gopperth nailed the important conversion from the left, leaving Ulster four points adrift. Best and company threw the kitchen sink at the home side in the dying minutes, Payne being held up just short and two lineout mauls were also thwarted as Leinster’s superior defence just about won out in the end. Madigan, who replaced a groggy Brian O’Driscoll for the closing half-hour, unlocked the visitors’ defence with an O’Driscoll-esque break to put Leinster in front for the first time. Jimmy Gopperth converted and Leinster’s defiant defence held the Ulstermen at bay in a frantic finish, with the 13-9 result keeping alive O’Driscoll’s dreams of a fourth PRO12 title. The comeback win ensured that the retiring O’Driscoll – a league winner in 2001, 2008 and 2013 – will have his career swansong when Leinster host Glasgow Warriors in the May 31 final. His long-time centre partner Gordon D’Arcy ended the first half in the sin-bin, with Ulster full value for their 6-0 interval lead thanks to two Paddy Jackson penalties. Out-of-sorts Leinster fell further behind following a third Jackson kick, but they came to the fore in the closing stages despite losing backs O’Driscoll, Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney in an attritional derby clash. Ulster played the better rugby for the first hour, however they did not have the points to show for it and their attempts to win silverware for retiring captain Johann Muller fell short. Leinster have been Ulster’s knockout nemeses in recent seasons, defeating their provincial rivals in league and Heineken Cup finals and now two league semi-finals (2011 and 2014). Incredibly, it will be Leinster’s fifth straight league final appearance as they bid to become the first team to successfully retain the trophy. The RDS will host the decider for the fourth time in five seasons. Ulster were the last team to beat Leinster in league fare at the RDS in March 2013, and they made the return trip in buoyant mood after their second-string team claimed Munster’s scalp last weekend. Mark Anscombe welcomed back key men Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar into a much-changed side, the latter pulling a long-range penalty wide in the fourth minute. Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd-minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS. Press Associationlast_img read more


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Barnes see red as Burnley stumble

first_imgMidfielder Ashley Barnes’ recklessness cost Burnley the chance of salvaging a point at Everton as the struggling Clarets dropped to the bottom of the Premier League. Manager Sean Dyche previously defended the 24-year-old after Jose Mourinho described the studs-up lunge at Matic as “criminal” but the way the player threw himself about the Goodison Park pitch in the opening 45 minutes was not indicative of someone displaying good judgement or the necessary control. Burnley’s manager and players complained about Barnes’s first booking for a wild swipe at James McCarthy as the Republic of Ireland midfielder raced away from him midway through the half but referee Mike Jones, who allowed play to continue before returning to show a yellow card, was in no doubt about the intent. So when Barnes slid into Seamus Coleman just seconds before the break the official had no option but to issue another yellow card followed by a red, meaning he misses next week’s crucial encounter at home to Leicester whose victory over Swansea dropped the Clarets to the foot of the table. That Mirallas appeared fortunate to receive only a booking for a studs-up challenge on George Boyd early in the second half only increased Dyche’s frustration, already unhappy that Ross Barkley’s penalty saved by Tom Heaton with the score at 0-0 had come from a David Jones tackle just outside the area. Mirallas’ goal and Barnes’ red card ensured that incident was only a minor talking point as Everton once again, and somewhat unfathomably, opted to ignore the qualities of Leighton Baines, scorer of 15 from 16 from the spot. That first happened in January when Mirallas stepped up in front of the England defender against West Brom but failed, after which manager Roberto Martinez clarified his left-back was the confirmed taker only for striker Romelu Lukaku – who returned from a month out with a hamstring injury as a second-half substitute – to score the next three. Why Baines has been removed from penalty duties remains mystifying but Mirallas at least spared Barkley’s embarrassment by converting his own mis-kick at the second attempt in the 29th minute from McCarthy’s cross. Jones immediately wastefully fired over with only Tim Howard to beat before midfielder Gareth Barry tracked back behind his defenders to block a shot from Barnes, who later wanted a penalty when his cross hit the arm of John Stones. Barnes may have controversially avoided punishment for a wild tackle on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic back in February but there was no escape as two ill-advised challenges – one which did not even connect with an opponent – saw him sent off in first-half added time at Goodison Park. Burnley were already trailing to Kevin Mirallas’s goal and with 10 men they could not claw back that deficit, losing 1-0. Press Association After the break Arouna Kone’s near-post shot from a Baines cross was saved by Heaton, who was then fouled as the ball broke loose, McCarthy side-footed wide and Baines’ drive was parried by the Burnley goalkeeper as Everton failed to make their numerical advantage count. Burnley’s problems -self-inflicted ones aside – are plain for all to see. They have won just twice in 35 away matches in their two seasons in the Premier League and have not scored in six hours and 29 minutes in the current campaign. Danny Ings, who has now not scored in eight league matches, headed over their best chance of an equaliser with five minutes to go. However, they remain only two points from safety, although 17th-placed Hull have a match in hand and a superior goal difference meaning next week’s visit of Leicester falls into the “must-win” category. Everton have no such problems as 13 points from the last 15 – equalling a season’s best five matches unbeaten having not lost at home in 2015 – has them comfortably mid-table. Their biggest issue is finding the motivation not to coast towards the end of a disappointing season. last_img read more


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Cricket News England and Australia teams go Red for Ashes Test – This is the reason

first_img New Delhi: Lord’s was painted in red on day two of the Ashes Test between England and Australia. Players from both teams wore commemorative red caps and carried red numbers on their backs while spectators wore red attire. The reason – the inaugural Ruth Strauss Foundation Day. The Ruth Strauss Foundation — with the support of the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Marylebone Cricket Club and Cricket Australia — paid tribute to Ruth on day two of the second Ashes Test. The Ruth Strauss Foundation was founded by former England skipper Andrew Strauss in honour of his wife, who died from a rare form of lung cancer in December at the age of 46. The foundation provides emotional, psychological support to patients and their families going through a similar experience which the Strauss family endured after Ruth’s diagnosis in 2017. Game-used apparel and equipment will be auctioned after the Test, with funds going to support research into rare lung cancers. Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said the Australian men’s Test team were honoured to be taking part in the momentous occasion. “It will be incredible to see Lord’s turned red in honour of Ruth. Ruth hailed from Ballarat and met Andrew while he was playing grade cricket in Sydney. She was well-loved in both countries and I can think of no better occasion to celebrate her life than a day named in her honour during an Ashes Test at Lord’s, which was Andrew’s home ground with England and Middlesex,” Roberts added. The Red Day follows the pattern of select matches which are using a colour to raise awareness in society. The annual Jane McGrath Day during the Sydney Test, which is also the Pink Test, has helped the McGrath Foundation support 75,000 Australian families since 2005 by employing 135 dedicated breast care nurses. There is a Pink ODI played in Johannesburg in South Africa for raising awareness on breast cancer.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img The second day of the Ashes Test in Lord’s was the Red Day.The day marked the inaugural Ruth Strauss Foundation Day.The day is marked to raise awareness on rare forms of lung cancer.last_img read more


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Syracuse tests depth in win over Wolfpack

first_imgKorab Syla, Juuso Pasanen and Noah Rhynhart held framed photos of themselves on the field in Syracuse’s pregame Senior Day ceremonies, knowing the picture of their team on the field was going to look much different than it had all season.Pasanen stood with a boot protecting his left foot. Syla had no visible remnants of an injury, but was escorted off the field by trainers in Tuesday’s game.The duo, starters in every game up to Friday, gave way to Rhynhart and freshman midfielder Andreas Jenssen — neither had started since August — in the lineup.Syracuse’s depth was about to be tested more than it had been all season.“There’s an argument for that,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said of not using reserve players as much as he’d like. “Some of the guys have been playing at a high level.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There is a maturity that comes, and that comes with experience.”McIntyre rolled out a lineup featuring three freshmen and two second-time starters, and No. 15 Syracuse (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 2-1 win over NC State (8-4-3, 1-3-3) on Friday at SU Soccer Stadium. The lineup was compromised not only by injuries to Syla and Pasanen, but a bum left ankle for forward Ben Polk and an “illness” with midfielder Oyvind Alseth has SU treading lightly ahead of ACC tournament play.The SU head coach was hopeful Syla and Pasanen could return at some point this season, but no exact return date is in sight.Underclassmen Kenny Lassiter and Jonathan Hagman made cameos in the first half as SU struggled to gain traction on the Wolfpack’s defense, but it was Jenssen and Rhynhart who represented the usual reserves on the field the longest.The role reversal was tricky, Jenssen said, and Syracuse’s slow start was indicative of the time it took for the starters to get acclimated.“It’s tough,” Jenssen said of starting. “It takes a couple of minutes to get into it. Coming off the bench you’re not really fighting.”The freshman midfielder is most comfortable playing in the center of the field in space, and often distributed the ball up and away to forwards Ben Polk and Chris Nanco. With pressure on him in one of his first chances, he barely got a pass away.“Forward is good,” McIntyre shouted in jest at his freshman midfielder from the sideline.He was filling the void of Pasanen, SU’s supreme ball handler at center midfield largely credited for verbally sorting the Orange’s schemes out during games.“It’s a huge loss,” Polk said of Pasanen’s injury. “Juuso’s our quarterback. He gets on the ball, moves the ball side to side and plays it easy.”Filling the shoes of Syla was Rhynhart — typically a forward — and he was displaced to the wing on the midfield line. He often sought Nanco with his passes up the sideline but the duo never produced anything of substance.Rhynhart was accompanied on the midfield line with Alseth, who came out in favor of Hagman after coming up short on a leaping header and falling hard on the ground.Polk came out in the final five minutes of the first half, and came up limping after short bursts of sprints on the ball. But after the game, Polk smiled while looking down at his left foot he used to tie the game with 15 minutes remaining, knowing he has a week to heal a rolled ankle injury over summer he hasn’t had time to rest.“It would’ve been easy for the guys to limp out of this one tonight,” McIntyre said, “but they didn’t and found a way to win.” Comments Published on October 24, 2015 at 12:04 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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Kiely set to be named Limerick manager

first_imgWhile at a meeting of the Roscommon county board last night, they stated that their nomination process will remain open until Wednesday week. Delegates praised last year’s joint-management ticket of Fergal O’Donnell and Kevin McStay, with the former’s resignation the reason for the managerial process being re-opened. McStay faces competition from Nigel Dineen for a solo role for 2017. John Kiely looks set to be appointed the Limerick senior hurling manager. Kiely led the county’s Under-21 hurlers to All Ireland glory in 2015, and was a selector when the senior side won the Munster Championship in 2013. Shane O’Neill had been Kiely’s main competition to succeed TJ Ryan.  The matter will be put to the County Board tonight. last_img


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Jamaica remains unbeaten in regional netball tournament

first_imgJamaica’s young Sunshine Girls made it three wins from as many games at the Jean Pierre Caribbean Under-16 netball tournament in St Lucia on Tuesday when they hammered Dominica 38-14. Jamaica held quarterly advantages of 8-4; 16-9 and 26-12.Kelsey Jonas led the way for Jamaica with 17 goals from 21 attempts while Tahlice Redwood had 14 from 18 and Tafiya Hunter 7 from 8. The Jamaicans will next play Trinidad and Tobago.last_img


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Video: Messi arrives in Saudi Arabia with guns in his face

first_imgBarcelona star Lionel Messi was shocked on Monday when he arrived in Saudi Arabia with security officials needing powerful guns to protect him from his thousands of fans in the Arabian country.As a new father and someone who very much enjoys life, Lionel Messi probably didn’t appreciate the part of his arrival at a Saudi airport on Monday that involved gun barrels in his face.(But that’s just a guess. I wouldn’t want to speak for him.)Argentina traveled to Saudi Arabia for Wednesday’s friendly and the team’s televised reception at the airport at first appeared to be a rather typical welcoming of a team that includes Leo Messi.But while his teammates made their way through the crowded terminal with relatively little trouble, Messi himself instantly had an armed entourage.Near the end of the clip below (around 3:05), Messi’s armed guards come up against a crush of people trying to get near him, which pushed one guard’s assault rifle right up against Messi’s shoulder. It’s moments like this when Leo just has to detach from reality and go to Lego Land in his mind.last_img read more


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Blake Griffin says Clippers’ goal is simply to qualify for playoffs

first_img Rites recall Christmas slaying victims “I wouldn’t really call it a transitional season,” Griffin said. “We have new players. To me, transitional makes it seem like it’s a rebuilding year or something like that. I guess it would be rebuilding if we had done something. We haven’t really done anything over the past five, six years. Attorney admits client was killer “It’s different. It’s a different team. It’s a different look. I don’t know about transitional.”The Clippers have two home exhibition games remaining, Thursday against the Sacramento Kings and Friday against the Lakers. Then the new-look Clippers begin the regular season Oct. 19 against the Lakers in a “road” game at Staples Center.A rash of injuries recently has made it difficult to imagine what sort of team the Clippers could become this season. Their rotation will be disjointed for the third consecutive exhibition. Three starters and two key backups aren’t expected to play because of injuries against the Kings.Measuring the Clippers’ progress during the preseason has been difficult.“It’s kind of tough to tell because of the injuries,” Griffin said. “We’ve had a lot of guys sitting out. That always throws off your rhythm a little bit. I like our understanding of our offense. Our understanding of our defense is there. It’s just a matter of getting everybody on the same page. “You have to do that with reps, and we haven’t really been able to get the reps we’ve wanted the last four, five days or whatever it’s been since we’ve been back (after holding training camp in Hawaii). This next week of practice and games will be important for us.”MEDICAL UPDATESForward Danilo Gallinari was listed as doubtful to play against the Kings because of a sprained left foot, one of three Clippers starters expected to be sidelined Thursday. Wesley Johnson is expected to start in place of Gallinari for the second consecutive game.Guards Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) and Austin Rivers (strained right glute) have been ruled out of Thursday’s game, and they might not play Friday, either. Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams are expected to start in their places against the Kings and Lakers.In addition, reserve forward Sam Dekker (strained oblique) and backup guard/forward Sindarius Thornwell (sprained right shoulder) won’t play against the Kings, and might not be sound enough to play Friday against the Lakers, either.“Clearly, we’d love to have the key guys because there are so many news guys,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “In a perfect world, they’re here. But they’re not and there’s nothing I can do about that. My job right now is to prepare the other guys in case they’re not here (Oct. 19).”center_img Woman finds beloved dog dead in the oven PLAYA VISTA — Now that the start of the regular season can be measured in days rather than weeks, the question had to be asked and answered Wednesday. What is a realistic goal for the Clippers for the upcoming season after an offseason with so many changes?“Make the playoffs,” Blake Griffin said. “I don’t really see any other goal. Obviously, it’s to win a championship. Every team starts out at the beginning of the year saying, ‘We want to win a championship,’ but you’ve got to have a goal of getting to the playoffs first.”Griffin disagreed with a reporter’s suggestion that 2017-18 would be a transitional season for the Clippers, what with nine new players on the roster and past standouts such as Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick now playing elsewhere.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


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Sumner County Court Docket: June 6, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ••••• Travis Moore, born in 1987, of Wichita was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Moore is accused of going to a nearby campsite of two individuals at the Drury Sam and angrily calling them names and kicking over a trash can. When the police were called he allegedly physically resisted being handcuffed. Law enforcement then allegedly discovered a baggy of marijuana hidden in a beer coozie.•••••Charles Schulz, born in 1958, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute less than one gram, a level 4 drug felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Schulz is accused of distributing meth in a quantity at least 1 gram but less than 3.5 grams, when he had about .08 grams of meth in his house in four different small bags. He also allegedly had a digital scale, a felony; and a glass smoking pipe, a Class A misdemeanor.••••• Kody Bacon, born in 1996; of Caldwell; and Taryn McHaley, born in 1996, of Hutchinson was charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by minor, a Class C misdemeanor.The two are accused of consuming and possessing vodka in their vehicle after being stopped by a sheriff deputy at 11:42 p.m. May 2 on Drury Road.••••• Bobby Joe Kent, Jr., born in 1979, of Caldwell was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.During an argument on May 26, Kent is accused of punching someone in the stomach and using words that would alarm or disturb others.Kent pled guilty to battery on May 29. The disorderly conduct charge was dismissed. He was ordered to serve 90 days in jail and fined $100 with one year probation. He was released to see community service officer.•••••Travis Jay Pauly of Conway Springs was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; and littering, a Class C misdemeanor.Pauly is accused of yelling, screaming and cursing at a sheriff deputy after being caught urinating on a public street on the corner of 5th and Spring Street in Conway Springs and did so without the direction of public law enforcement of doing so.Pauly pled guilty to count two. He paid $100 plus court cost and served 30 day in jail suspended with payment.•••••Denelious Williams, born in 1986, of Wichita was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, a level 3 drug felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a level 5 drug felony; and no drug tax stamp, a level 10 felony.Williams is accused of selling, delivering or distributing marijuana at least 3.5 grams, but less than 100 grams. He also allegedly had a black digital scale and chrome metal grinder, a felony; and not having affixed the official stamp or other indicia as evidence the tax has been paid.•••••Dakota Allen Bellew, born in 1995, of Mulvane was charged with minor in possession on May 24.•••••Jonah Hirschfeld, born in 1995, of Derby was charged with minor in possession on May 24.••••• Stephen Dechenne, born in 1986, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, a level 3 drug felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a level 5 drug felony; no drug tax stamp, a level 10 felony; and possession of marijuana, Class A misdemeanor.Dechenne is accused of distributing more than 3.5 grams but less than 100 grams of meth; having a digital scale, having no drug stamp affixed to indicate tax has been paid, and possessing marijuana.last_img read more