Atletico Madrid edge out Leganes

first_imgMadrid: Spanish midfielder Saul Ñiguez’s second-half goal was all the offense Atletico Madrid needed in a 1-0 victory over Leganes in late-season La Liga action.With their fourth win in a row in domestic play, second-placed Atletico stayed seven points behind league-leading FC Barcelona.They also gave themselves a further morale boost ahead of a critical second-leg round-of-16 contest on Tuesday against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in Turin, Italy. The Spanish team won the first leg 2-0 in Madrid, reports Efe news.With that key mid-week match in mind, Atletico head coach Diego Simeone kept Alvaro Morata, Thomas Lemar and Juanfran Torres out of his starting 11 on Saturday. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

The Syracuse basketball fan’s rooting guide for Saturday’s bubble games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2017 at 10:34 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Friday’s bubble games went far better than Thursday’s for Syracuse, with California, Kansas State, Houston, Indiana and TCU all losing. The only slight damage done to SU’s bubble hopes was Rhode Island cruising past St. Bonaventure, but some bracketologists still say the Rams need another win or two to earn a place in the field of 68.Here are Saturday’s games Syracuse fans should keep an eye on, with which team to root for in each.Alabama vs. No. 8 Kentucky, 1 p.m., ESPNKentucky won the first matchup between these two teams by nine and SU hopes the Wildcats cruise to the SEC finals again. Alabama is well outside the NCAA Tournament field right now and a Crimson Tide loss would quell any scare of stealing a bid to the Big Dance tomorrow afternoon.Whom SU fans should root for: KentuckyAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavidson vs. Rhode Island, 1 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThis is one of the most important games of the day for SU rooting interests, since the Rams’ win over St. Bonaventure yesterday still may not be enough to push them past the Orange, according to some experts. A win over surprise semifinalist Davidson may do just that, and an A-10 title officially would. Syracuse hopes URI doesn’t even get to Sunday.Whom SU fans should root for: DavidsonCentral Florida vs. No. 12 Southern Methodist, 3 p.m., ESPN2The Mustangs are already a lock for the field of 68 and the Knights are an afterthought. Here’s another game that Syracuse hopes goes according to plan so a bid-stealer doesn’t emerge on the final day of conference tournaments.Whom SU fans should root for: SMUVanderbilt vs. Arkansas, 3 p.m., ESPNThe Commodores might’ve put themselves firmly in the field after beating ranked Florida in the SEC quarterfinals, but Vandy still has 14 losses and a loss to the Razorbacks would give it more than Syracuse in a far inferior conference.Whom SU fans should root for: ArkansasRichmond vs. VCU, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThis is probably the most important game of the day in terms of Syracuse rooting interests. VCU is the only team left in the A-10 tournament that is a lock for the NCAA Tournament, so the Orange hopes the Rams win the conference title. That starts with a win over Richmond, a team with conference player of the year T.J. Cline.Whom SU fans should root for: VCUConnecticut vs. No. 15 Cincinnati, 5 p.m., ESPN2Here’s another game where SU should root against a bid-stealer. It may have felt unnatural pulling for the Huskies against Houston on Friday, but Orange fans should hope UConn doesn’t advance to the American Athletic Conference title game with a chance to swipe a bid.Whom SU fans should root for: CincinnatiColorado State vs. Nevada, 6 p.m.The Wolfpack is 27-6 on the season with a 14-4 record in the Mountain West. Bracketmatrix.com has Nevada as a No. 12 seed and winning its conference title, but it may get interesting if Colorado State steals a bid and Nevada still gets an at-large spot. This could be a two-bid league, but Syracuse should want a Wolfpack win to ensure it’s a one-bid conference.Whom SU fans should root for: NevadaMarshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 8:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThe Blue Raiders are still the mid major with the best chance at scooping an at-large bid even if they don’t win the Conference USA title game. Syracuse hopes its Round of 32 foe from the 2016 NCAA Tournament makes things simple and takes care of the Thundering Herd.Whom SU fans should root for: Middle Tennessee Commentslast_img read more