Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will not feature for Wales in Wednesday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff. Press Association The 24-year-old trained on his own at Wales’ Newport base on Monday afternoon but his fitness will not be risked as he recovers from a foot injury. Bale, who has not played for Spurs in nearly a month, has been widely linked with a world record transfer to Real Madrid. Bale was understood to be concerned at doing further damage to his foot with the move potentially on the horizon, and a statement on the official FAW website said: “Gareth was keen to join up with the squad and Tottenham were more than happy for him to do so. “He trained alone and will not feature in the game on Wednesday.” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas had said last weekend he did not expect Bale to be fit for the north London club’s Barclays Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the winger travelled to south Wales to meet up with his international team-mates on Monday morning. Despite being unavailable to play the Republic of Ireland, Spurs are happy for Bale to remain in camp with Wales where he will continue to train and will be in the stands at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday evening. Bale is the third player that has been ruled out for Wales. Earlier, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and West Ham defender James Collins withdrew from the squad with ankle and knee injuries respectively. Swansea full-back Jazz Richards and Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts have been called up as replacements.
Jamie Vardy’s 90th-minute strike clinched a deserved win for Leicester as they came from behind twice to seal a 3-2 victory. Robert Huth had levelled with 10 minutes left after the visitors had penned the Baggies back for much of the second half. Leicester remain bottom but are only three points from safety after recording their first back-to-back league wins since September following last weekend’s 2-1 victory over West Ham. They could still become just the third team to beat the drop from the Barclays Premier League after being bottom at Christmas, but Pearson wants them to keep cool. He said: “It was an exceptional goal (from Vardy) but we can’t get carried away. It’s great to get back-to-back wins but we still have an awful lot to do. “We have had some occasions of late, especially in away games, where we don’t feel we have had things go our way. It’s nice to make things go our way. “We weren’t very pleased with ourselves in the first half because in the situation we’re in at the moment you never want to come off the field with regrets. “The players were frustrated with themselves in the first half. We didn’t quite get going. We gave a side who looked to be a little nervy themselves a little cushion. “The second-half performance represented the type of performance we have been putting in for the season.” Darren Fletcher’s first goal since November 2012 and Craig Gardner’s second of the season had given Albion a 2-1 lead at the break, despite David Nugent’s equaliser. Leicester manager Nigel Pearson called for calm but insisted the Foxes were right in the survival hunt after their late show at West Brom. But they fell away in the second half and now sit seven points above the relegation zone after back-to-back defeats. Manager Tony Pulis insisted the Baggies were not safe from the drop, as he said: “Were we ever out of it? We need the points as I said all along. “I thought we played really well in the first half but the three goals were disappointing. Their first goal was lower-league stuff, the ball was pumped forward and they won the first header. “There were parts of that which were really disappointing but we came back well and got the goal and I thought we were the better team in the first half. “In the second half there were two or three incidents where we picked the wrong pass or gave the ball away which gave Leicester the impetus. “One of those was Saido (Berahino) when he had a great opportunity to play Gards (Gardner) in, he was all by himself in the box, and Saido has had a shot from 20 yards. That gave them an impetus which they needed and we didn’t.” Press Association
City twice had to come from behind with goals from their Argentinian striker to salvage a 2-2 draw at West Ham on Saturday evening. Aguero won and converted a penalty to cancel out Enner Valencia’s first-minute opener, and dragged his side level again 10 minutes from full-time after Valencia’s second. “But Joe didn’t have to work too much in the second half. We didn’t have important problems in defence – just the concentration for the second goal.” Aguero swept City level with 10 minutes left after a powerful run from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho. Yet West Ham could still have snatched victory had Kouyate’s stoppage-time header from Mark Noble’s free-kick not clipped the crossbar. “I’m really proud of the team, and a little disappointed we didn’t win,” said Hammers manager Slaven Bilic. “We could have got the third goal even though they were dominating. So when I went back into dressing room I felt disappointed. But that’s good. That shows how well we played. “We were fantastic as a team and as individuals. The individuals were the cherry on top of the pie, and the pie was the team performance.” But City boss Pellegrini insisted: “I don’t think our team is just Sergio Aguero. We are fighting for the title and involved in other competitions with a lot of injuries, so it’s important to have him 100 per cent fit. “But we have a squad which is the reason why we are fighting for the title.” City’s now notoriously shaky defence failed its first test at Upton Park after just 55 seconds. Cheikhou Kouyate strode past a non-existent challenge from Yaya Toure and into the area before cutting the ball back for the unmarked Valencia to slam under Joe Hart. Agureo, who also hit the post, hauled the visitors level after he had been tripped in the area by Carl Jenkinson, coolly sending Adrian the wrong way from the penalty spot. City were inches from taking the lead in the 55th minute when Fabian Delph’s low shot hit the foot of Adrian’s post – but moments later West Ham went back in front. Michail Antonio’s quickly-taken throw-in, of all things, caught the City defence napping and Valencia brushed off Nicolas Otamendi’s feeble challenge before prodding the ball past Hart. “Perhaps we were not concentrating,” admitted Pellegrini. “When there is a throw-in maybe you are not thinking there is danger, but we know Antonio has a long throw. Manuel Pellegrini maintains Manchester City are not a one-man team despite Sergio Aguero’s latest rescue act. Press Association
East Coast crowned championsEAST Coast are champions of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Under-15 Inter-Association tournament, following the side’s high net run-rate.West Demerara had protested the match against Georgetown in the first round and after the committee met and discussed the protest; a decision was made to award the match to West Demerara.As such, East Coast, West Demerara and Georgetown were all on 12 points.However, on net run-rate East Coast came out with the best net run-rate of 1.063; Georgetown came second on 0.907 and West Demerara on -0.784.The tournament concluded its third and final round matches on Friday.In the matches Joshua Alves destroyed West Demerara claiming 4 for 6 to take East Coast to victory while Dave Mohabir spun Georgetown to victory after collecting 5 for 12.At the Lusignan Community Centre ground, West Demerara won the toss and elected to take first strike, but they struggled to score only managing 24 all out from 16 overs of the 50 overs. East Coast started off their bowling with Bramanand Robindranauth collecting 2 for 11 while Alex Datterdeen took 3 for 5 and the most instrumental bowler, Alves, claimed 4 for 6.In reply, East Coast raced to victory only losing opener Josh Alves who scored 4, while the other opener scored 9 not out and Nicholas Shiopersaud top-scored with an unbeaten 10 to chase their team to the victory target of 25 from 13.5 overs. Nityanand Matura was the lone wicket-taker for the West Demerara side. East Coast won by 9 wickets.Meanwhile at Everest, East Bank won the toss and chose to bat scoring 84 all out from 44.5 overs. Opener Deonarine Dindyal top-scored with 17, while Dhanesh Persaud supported with 11. Dave Mohabir was the most destructive bowler claiming 5 for 12 while support came from Joshua Walcott, John Persaud and Riyad Latif who took one wicket apiece.In reply, Georgetown blazed to victory as their openers Ryan Latif and Remo Deonarine scored 32 and 31 respectively to take their team to the victory target of 85 runs, for 1 from 21.4 overs. Dhanesh Persaud was the lone wicket-taker. Georgetown won by 9 wickets.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Ashton Broyld has been dismissed from the Syracuse football team for a violation of team rules, preventing the senior from finally emerging as the highly touted offensive weapon he was once thought to be.It takes away experience from a hybrid position that will seemingly throw an interesting twist in an SU offense that was relatively stagnant last year. Here are the three biggest ways in which Broyld’s dismissal will affect Syracuse.1. More light on Erv PhilipsPhilips, a sophomore, was already tops on the depth chart at the hybrid position. After a freshman season in which he showed flashes of dynamic offensive potential, he’s expected to utilize the new position to showcase his wide-ranging skill set.Though Broyld was listed third on the depth chart at the position behind Philips and Ben Lewis, he was expected to contribute in one way or another.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Ashton Broyld can line up anywhere on the field,” head coach Scott Shafer said in a Cuse TV interview recapping the post-spring practice depth chart in May.Now the junior Lewis, who caught 24 passes for 275 yards in 2014, will be relied upon more. But it’s Philips, who was already expected to lead the position group, that will shoulder some of the expectations that the senior-most member of the unit is leaving behind.2. The final straw on a hampered 4-star prospectBroyld came to SU in 2012 with hype behind his offensive abilities, but those never materialized. He went through a position switch and was slowed down by injury, missing eight games in 2014.He led the team with 52 receptions for 452 yards his sophomore season, but that potential was squashed last year due to injury. With a hybrid position that would give his athleticism a platform to explode, Broyld could have flipped the script on his career with a standout senior season.But instead, the final remark on Broyld’s Syracuse career is one of disappointment rather than one of validation.3. One less deep threat for Terrel HuntGranted, Broyld’s longest reception was 39 yards in 2013 and only 24 last season, but that was still significant on an SU team that didn’t have much downfield success.Jarrod West was the team’s main deep threat but he’s graduated, and sophomore Steve Ishamel will likely take the reigns as the top receiver and downfield option for Hunt. Broyld still had the fourth-most receiving yards on the team despite only playing a third of SU’s games.In 2013, Broyld had he second-longest reception of anyone on Syracuse’s preseason depth chart (behind Alvin Cornelius) but will never get a chance for his first receiving touchdown with the Orange. Published on July 28, 2015 at 10:01 am Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Comments
For arguably the biggest game of the year, when cardinal clashes with powder blue in the classic USC-UCLA football matchup over Thanksgiving Weekend, many students will be watching from the couch instead of the stands.Sopping school spirit · Members of the Trojan Marching Band, Song Girls and Trojan Knights rallied prospective students at Discover USC day on Sunday. – Kristy Pyke | Daily TrojanBecause this is the first year USC will not hold classes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, more students said they are planning to take more time off to travel home. Conquest, generally held at the end of the school week, is being held tonight.According to Heather Larabee, associate director for Campus Activities, the university has spent more money this year than last year to promote Conquest to make up for the fact that it is on a Monday.“We spent more on advertising and giving away Conquest tokens and prizes, but there is not much we can do with the Pac-12 and the new schedule,” Larabee said. “We will have to make the best of it and hope students and alumni will attend.”Elisha Jachetti, a senior majoring in theater, said she has never missed a USC home football game and used the Trojan Ticket Transfer system for the first time to help preserve the home-field advantage.“I would absolutely love to go to the game and see us beat the Bruins,” Jachetti said. “But I’m from New Jersey and as much I hate to miss the game, family comes first.”Many students said they plan on attending Conquest, not just to build school spirit before Saturday’s game but to watch Cobra Starship perform.“Cobra Starship is my incentive to go,” said Hye Young Shim, a senior majoring in communication. “Cobra is a pretty mainstream band now and I’m very excited to seem them in person.”Shim said she will travel to the East Coast for Thanksgiving break and is upset she will miss the game.“It’s so annoying that the game is this Saturday because I really want to go,” Shim said. “But I promised my friend I’ll join her for the holiday, so I’m torn.”USC football has struggled this season in overall attendance. Last week’s rainy game against Washington had the lowest homecoming attendance in a decade. USC is on pace this year to have the lowest average attendance per game since the 2002 season.Despite low attendance numbers, many students believe a drop in attendance does not signify a drop in spirit.“Our spirit right now is overflowing after that huge win against Oregon [during the] weekend,” said Andy Winningham, a senior majoring in business administration. “It doesn’t really matter when we play UCLA or how many people show up. This is our bowl game and we’re going to blow them out.”
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Brazilian international defender David Luiz has signed for Arsenal in a permanent transfer from Chelsea.The 32-year-old centre back has a wealth of experience and has made 524 club appearances in a career spanning 13 seasons.Luiz started his career with Vitoria in Brazil, before moving to Portugal where he played for Benfica.He also had two spells with Chelsea and spent two years in France with Paris Saint-Germain, where he played under Unai Emery. He has 56 international appearances for Brazil to his name.Unai Emery said:“David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again. He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.”David will wear the number 23 shirt.The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Source: Arsenal FC
They may have been relegated from the Premier League but QPR have swooped to make Beckham their latest signing. Brookyln Beckham, that is.Brooklyn’s superstar dad David hung up his boots at the weekend but his 14-year-old son looks to be following the family ‘s footballing path.Chelsea offered Brooklyn a trial earlier this season, while he was in the LA Galaxy youth team when the Beckhams lived in America.Beckham Snr has just finished a spell at Paris Saint-Germain and QPR is the closest side to his west London home, which makes it an ideal destination for the teen starlet.Brooklyn will play for the under-14 academy side and, never ones to miss a trick, bookmakers Paddy Power have already started compiling odds on junior Becks playing for England.He’s 12/1 to pull on the Three Lions shirt, 9/2 to play in the Premier League and 4/6 to play in the top four flights of English football.
PreviousMinnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, second from right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Andrew Wiggins (22) watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, front, drives by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague, left, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, right, passes as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, keeps control of the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, left, breaks up a play by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau questions a call in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson, left, tries to slow up Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, scans the court as the Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler defends during the first half of Thursday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, breaks up a dunk attempt by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, right, pulls in a rebound as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, left, hovers over Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford, center, shoots between Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, left, and Corey Brewer during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart shoots between Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, left, and Jef Teague during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)A banner honoring the late Flip Saunders is displayed prior to an NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. Saunders was the head of basketball operations and head coach of the Timberwolves at the time of his death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Debbie Saunders and son Ryan, in attendance with other family members, applaud during ceremonies for the unveiling of a banner honoring their husband and father, the late Flip Saunders, prior to the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. Saunders was the head of basketball operations and head coach of the Timberwolves at the time of his death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 25Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — After the Lakers crumbled down the stretch in a 119-111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, a weary Luke Walton said, “I think our guys are tired.”It was the Lakers’ third straight loss, a span in which they allowed an average of 129.3 points per game. What had been a 10-point lead with less than two minutes to go in the third period turned into a sluggish defeat.The All-Star break, in that sense, could not come at a better time.“As it gets closer to the break everybody feels a little fatigued,” guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “So I think we had great energy tonight to start the game, it just died down a little bit towards the end of the game.” Jimmy Butler scored nine of his 24 points in the final quarter, while Taj Gibson led all scorers with 28 points. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 10 points, 19 rebounds and two blocked shots.Gorgui Dieng pushed Minnesota ahead 98-97 with a jumper from the corner. Then after a pair of turnovers by Thomas, Crawford found Butler streaking to the basket for an alley-oop that put Minnesota on top 100-99.The Lakers’ offense was working overtime to compensate for its lagging defense, once such a beacon of hope for this young team. After taking a 103-102 lead on a Randle layup, the Lakers were outscored 17-8 over the final 5:37.“Defensively we just, although good enough for parts of the game, (were) not good enough down the stretch to win an NBA road game,” Walton said. “(I’m) thinking if I should miss practice tomorrow and just go to the game,” Ingram said.Isaiah Thomas, three games into his Lakers career was bound for Seattle, where his jersey will be retired Saturday at the University of Washington.Other than that, Thomas said, “I’m gonna work. I’ve got to get in the gym.”Thomas finished with just seven points against the Timberwolves, shooting 3 for 15 from the field. He finished with five turnovers, including four in the fourth quarter.“I’ve been down for seven months,” Thomas said. “I’ve only played 16 or 17 games. I’ve got to continue to work and continue to get my rhythm back, get my legs back. So there’s no break for me. I’m going to work all break.”The Lakers led by as many as 15 points in the first half as they tried to hand the Timberwolves (36-25) their second straight home loss after Minnesota had won 13 straight at Target Center.The lead stood at 10 when Jamal Crawford checked in for the Timberwolves with 1:58 left in the third and the Lakers leading by 10. The former Clippers sixth man scored 11 points over the next five minutes, helping the Timberwolves close the gap to 95-94 with 9:35 left in the game.“They got some big-time closers on that team,” Walton said.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJulius Randle posted 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lakers, marking the first time in his career he eclipsed 20 points in three consecutive games, and second-year center Ivica Zubac came off the bench to score 19 points and 11 rebounds in a season-high 20 minutes.Caldwell-Pope added 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.But the lasting taste in the Lakers’ mouth before they return to practice on Wednesday night back in El Segundo will be that of a third straight defeat. It’s far more acrid than the overall impression of the first 57 games, which have seen the Lakers notch 23 wins and set a wins-losses pace well ahead of last year’s 26-56 campaign.“I told the guys enjoy the break,” Walton said. “Relax and get your mind and body ready for these last 25 games because where we are now as a team from where we came from to start the season, there’s been a lot of growth and I am really happy and proud of the way our guys have conducted themselves.”So after flying home late Thursday, the Lakers dispersed across the hemisphere. Julius Randle planned an escape with his wife and son to a ski resort in Colorado; Tyler Ennis to Mexico. Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram were scheduled for a morning practice before Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge. Jamal Crawford calls Isaiah Thomas’ slide from MVP candidate to Lakers’ bench ‘crazy’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error