Tottenham’s title bid ends before it begins – again – as Burnley pull off upset

first_imgKane marked his injury return with a goal but was ultimately on the losing side (Getty)Spurs dominated the match for large spells – with Tom Heaton attempting the most passes (16) of any Burnley player in a forgettable first half – but went behind shortly after the restart.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA corner kick rather controversially awarded to Burnley was whipped in by Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood out-jumped Spurs’ static defence to plant the ball in via the underside of the crossbar.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Spurs responded immediately, with Danny Rose taking a quick throw-in by the halfway line and releasing Kane, who held off his marker and poked the ball into the far corner.Burnley boss Sean Dyche was fuming, though, claiming that Rose had not taken the throw-in from the appropriate spot, stealing a couple of yards before finding Kane. Advertisement Sean Dyche’s side are now unbeaten in their last eight games (Picture: Getty)Tottenham Hotspur blew the chance to move within two points of the Premier League summit after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.The title has long seemed a two-horse race, but Spurs had the opportunity to put themselves right back in contention with Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford and Manchester City in action in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.But despite the goalscoring return of Harry Kane to the starting XI after his injury lay-off with ankle ligament damage, the north Londoners were frustrated at Turf Moor. Comment Barnes struck late on to secure all three points for Burnley and dent Spurs’ hopes (Getty)Spurs continued to enjoy plenty of possession (ending the match with 69%) as they looked for a winner, though without ever really testing Heaton, and were undone by a scrappy goal from the hosts.A long ball forward was badly cleared by Serge Aurier, with Johann Gudmundsson picking up the scraps, and his scuffed shot turned into the perfect cross for Ashley Barnes to tap in the winner.The result sees Burnley move up to 13th place in the Premier League table, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Spurs now face testing back-to-back matches against top-four rivals Chelsea and Arsenal and remain five points adrift of the league leaders.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Feb 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link68Shares Tottenham’s title bid ends before it begins – again – as Burnley pull off upset Advertisementlast_img read more

Twisters Defeat Cougars

first_imgOA got their first win for the season, 9-0 over Trinity Lutheran of Seymour.Goals: Henry Kraus (2), one each for Max Kirschner, Race Carle, Chris Hautman, Sam Mahoney, Austin Kersey, Ben Kraus and Eric Cornelius.Courtesy of Sandy Mahoney.last_img

EPL: Bournemouth dare Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Derby County want Jordon Ibe Bournemouth vs. Chelsea Venue: Vitality Stadium Kick off: 4PMChelsea make the trip to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth this afternoon holding a three-point advantage in the race for fourth spot in the Premier League. After Chelsea had deservedly got the better of Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Frank Lampard talked up the performance of his team, who had strengthened their hold of fourth place. However, courtesy of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League three days later, the Blues boss was not shy in criticising his players after they had been outclassed in front of their own supporters. Contrasting post-match interviews have been a common theme for Lampard this season with his team struggling for consistency, and being easily brushed aside by Bayern highlighted how far away that the West Londoners are from the top teams in Europe. Although the short-term objective is to qualify for next season’s competition, Lampard must find a solution to the varying levels of performances, not helped by injuries to key attacking players. In the absence of the injured Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount has been forced to occupy a slightly different role in the final third, providing him with more freedom to influence the match. Despite impressing against Spurs, Mount’s decision-making was poor against Bayern, something which has blighted this Chelsea side throughout the campaign. From a defensive perspective, Chelsea were fortunate to only concede three times against their German opponents, with the backline having now kept just seven clean sheets from 39 matches since Lampard’s arrival last summer. Given the amount of time he has now spent with his players, Lampard would have expected bigger improvements than he has witnessed, and that will need to change over the coming months if Chelsea are going to achieve any of their objectives for the season. At a time when the West Londoners have found themselves on the slide, Eddie Howe has seen his team manage to get themselves out of the drop zone courtesy of victories against Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa. Nevertheless, the Cherries manager is aware that the club are fortunate not to be back among the bottom three after more setbacks at Sheffield United and Burnley respectively. While there is an argument that Bournemouth were on the receiving end of two debatable VAR calls last weekend, ones which ultimately effected the game, Howe would have been concerned with the capitulation of his team during the second half at Turf Moor. The negative momentum swing from thinking that they had netted an equaliser through Harry Wilson to the technology awarding a penalty at the other end was natural enough, but the defeat was Bournemouth’s 12th in 16 matches. As a result of the form of their rivals, the South-coast outfit remain two points above the safety line, and there will be motivation to extend that cushion with Aston Villa competing in the EFL Cup final this weekend. Despite the tough set of fixtures remaining for the season, Howe may feel that an occasion such as the one today is perfect for his players as they attempt to rediscover the confidence they played with during the early part of the season. Seven points have also come from their last four matches at their home ground ahead of meetings with the Blues, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United. Although their away form is as bad as any team in the division, Howe knows that picking up at least six points from their upcoming matches at the Vitality Stadium could prove to be the difference come the middle of May. Bournemouth possible XI: Ramsdale, Smith, Cook, Ake, Rico, Gosling, Lerma, Billing, H.Wilson, C.Wilson, King. Chelsea possible XI: Caballero, James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Giroud.Tags: Bayern MunichBournemouthChelseaFrank LampardTottenham HotspurUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

The Latest: Brewers GM says no players opting out of season

first_imgA meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September.The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco.___This year’s Fed Cup finals have been rescheduled for 2021 because of “challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic.The International Tennis Federation says the women’s team competition will take place April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary. The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The Fed Cup originally was supposed to be played this April but was initially postponed because of the pandemic.___Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel. ___The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021.Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid.Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021.The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021. June 26, 2020 The Latest: Brewers GM says no players opting out of season Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Brewers general manager David Stearns says no Milwaukee players have opted out of playing this season for personal reasons. He says “a small number of individuals in our organization” have tested positive for COVID-19 but were asymptomatic. He didn’t specify the number or say whether these individuals were players, other team employees or both. Associated Press center_img ___The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday.The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.Players and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward. The 2020 event was originally scheduled for April but was postponed because of the pandemic. Officials had hoped to squeeze the competition in this year.The ITF says there are “significant logistical and regulatory challenges” to holding “an indoor mass gathering” at the Laszlo Arena. The tennis body says “guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved will not be feasible.”The Fed Cup finals feature 12 national teams competing in a new format.___Tennis great Goran Ivanisevic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The former Wimbledon champion coaches top-ranked Novak Djokovic and was at the recent Adria Tour exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia.Djokovic and three other players have also tested positive for the virus after playing in the events. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki are the others.Ivanisevic won the Wimbledon title in 2001. He says he twice tested negative for the virus over the past 10 days but has now tested positive.Ivanisevic says “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.”The Croat says he has no symptoms but will self-isolate. ___The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association say 16 players tested positive for coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season.Those 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Tests are continuing for all 22 teams that will be participating in the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, next month. The player names were not disclosed; some, such as Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana and Sacramento teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len have publicly acknowledged they have recently positive.That was a 5.3% rate of positive tests leaguewide. The league did not announce results of testing on staffers and other members of team travel parties, all of whom are also part of the mandatory testing program.The league and the union say that “any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”last_img read more