GALLERY: Northampton Saints 32-26 Bristol Rugby

first_imgMitch Eadie and Jason Woodward both crossed for Bristol in a spirited display, while the latter added four penalties and two conversions for a 21-point haul.Images courtesy of JMPUK.last_img

Manchester United 50/50 Matchday Draw winners

first_imgThe winning numbers were as follows. £1000 – Purple ticket number 38899  – The winner has asked to remain anonymous, but is donating the money to Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice South West the under the name of Ben Pritchard. #BeMoreBen If you would like to donate to the #BeMoreBen campaign you can do so via JustGiving.Signed Bristol City calendar-  Purple ticket number 40524 – Unclaimed. Ticket sold by Sandra.Supporters aged 16+ are be able to purchase a Matchday Draw ticket from ticket sellers located throughout Ashton Gate for just £1, who will be distinguishable by their purple Community Trust tabards.The winning tickets are announced at half-time via the PA system and @BCCommTrust’s Twitter, while the drawn numbers will also feature on the big screens inside Ashton Gate.Fans who possess a winning ticket will be invited pitchside to claim their prize and have their photo with the Community Trust team.All of the proceeds after deducting sums for prizes and expenses will be used to support the work of the Community Trust, assisting them in delivering their diverse programmes, projects and schemes throughout the Bristol region.last_img read more

Malzahn expects Spurrier to have Gamecocks ready

first_imgAUBURN – Gus Malzahn may believe in South Carolina far more than Steve Spurrier does.The Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) haven’t shown anything in the last month to suggest they can beat fifth-ranked Auburn (5-1, 2-1), but Malzahn believes the ol’ ball coach will have his team ready Saturday.“He’s a great competitor,” Malzahn said. “He’s one of the better coaches to ever come through the SEC. You know he’ll have his team ready. I told our players this the other day, like I said, they were ranked in the top 10 to start the season for a reason. They’ve won 11 games, what, two or three years straight. They’ve got good players. We expect to get their best.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s8kJQqFsnc&w=560&h=315%5DMalzahn has the utmost respect and admiration for Spurrier. He wears a visor because of him. Fell in love with his style of play going back to Spurrier’s ‘Fun ‘n Gun” offense at Florida. Wishes he had a golf game like Spurrier, too.“He’s better than I am,” Malzahn said to the amusement of reporters Tuesday. “I don’t like that.”Spurrier is probably wishing they were playing 18 holes Saturday instead of four quarters at Jordan-Hare Stadium. South Carolina is a 17.5-point underdog.“Weve got to play our A-game, bring our A-game and see if we can get break or two,” Spurrier said during his Tuesday press conference in Columbia. “And see what happens at Auburn on Saturday night.”Auburn has been simmering for two weeks after losing at now No. 1 Mississippi State. The Tigers can’t afford another loss if they want to play for a conference and national title. So Spurrier can be certain the Gamecocks are going to get Auburn’s best.Malzahn admires Spurrier, but he’s studied him, too. With two weeks to prepare, he’s going to have the Tigers ready for this one. South Carolina is 89th nationally in run defense (181.7 yards allowed per game), which doesn’t bode well against Auburn’s read-option running game. The Tigers are averaging 262 yards to rank 13th in country in rushing.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBoMvyMq0S4&w=560&h=315%5DPlus Spurrier is 0-5 against Auburn as a head coach at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 1-9-1 all-time versus the Tigers. I love Spurrier’s wit, charm and coaching ability, but this is a tall order for him to overcome.This is when he has been at his best, but South Carolina doesn’t looked like a team capable of rising to the moment to beat a formidable team even with Spurrier on the sidelines.“You got to believe you’ve got a chance if your team plays very well,” Spurrier said. “So we’re going with the idea that we’re going to get in a battle with them. We know we’ve got to play well offensively, defensively and on special teams. Hopefully they’ll drop the ball a little bit. Something good like that will happen for us.”The reason South Carolina was ranked ninth in the preseason AP poll is because it won 11 games in each of the last three seasons. Even though the Gamecocks hadn’t won an SEC title, it seemed primed to achieve that goal this year.Somehow it got lost the Gamecocks lost their most talented player — defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Say what you want about his desire or playing cautious to stay healthy for the NFL, but Clowney going at 80 percent was better than anyone else on the team going 100. So that was a much bigger loss than anyone cared to admit.On top of that, the Gamecocks lost starting quarterback Connor Shaw and 2013 leading receiver Bruce Ellington. Plus they had more holes to fill on defense outside of having to replace the eventual top overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.So when Texas A&M came to Columbia where South Carolina had won 18 games in a row, 19 looked to be money in the bank. Johnny Manziel was now in the NFL. This Kenny Hill guy couldn’t beat the Gamecocks in their home stadium, right?Then Hill just beat South Carolina like a drum. He threw for a school-record 511 yards and three touchdowns in leading Aggies to what was then considered an upset victory The win has decreased in value because of how the Gamecocks done since.Now beating No. 6 Georgia was big. Even though the Bulldogs will forever second guess not giving Todd Gurley the ball in the red zone late in the game, that was a typically Spurrier win. So at that time, I thought the Gamecocks were about to get it going.Then I watched the Vanderbilt game.South Carolina was down 14-0 in the first quarter and gave up two kickoffs for touchdowns to the SEC’s worst team. The Gamecocks wound up winning, 48-34, but it just wasn’t a good showing – and things haven’t gotten any better.South Carolina has lost its last two conference games with one coming against traditional SEC bottom dweller Kentucky. The Wildcats are much improved, but South Carolina hadn’t lost more than two games in each of its previous three seasons.The Gamecocks dropped to 3-3 after that defeat. They beat FCS school Furman last week, but that’s not a season-turning win.Beating Auburn would be. I honestly thought by this time in the season, South Carolina would be on a roll. The Gamecocks are from that, but if there is one coach who can pull off the upset when no one thinks he can, it’s the ol ball coach.“We’re going to give it our best shot and see what happens,” Spurrier said.So Malzahn has reason to be concerned.last_img read more

Football News Manchester United Beat Manchester City But Pep Guardiola’s Side Enter League Cup Final

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Manchester: Manchester City booked their place in a third successive League Cup final, but made hard work of disposing of Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate after losing the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 at home. City enjoyed the vast majority of the chances on Wednesday but could not find a way past the inspired David de Gea and went behind to United’s first attempt on goal 10 minutes before half-time when Nemanja Matic fired home. However, United’s hopes of completing a miraculous comeback were extinguished when Matic was then sent-off 15 minutes from time and City held on to face Aston Villa at Wembley on March 1.United had a mountain to climb after losing the first leg 3-1 at home three weeks ago and were without top scorer Marcus Rashford, who played a big part in the Red Devils’ victory when they last visited the Etihad in December. City started like they did in racing into a 3-0 lead within 38 minutes at Old Trafford as they swarmed all over the visitors, who had De Gea to thank for keeping them in the tie. Sergio Aguero was first to threaten with a diving header that the Spaniard parried to safety before using his legs to repel Riyad Mahrez’s effort. Bernardo Silva flashed a shot across goal before more De Gea acrobatics denied Aguero again at his near post.The tension among the home support was eased when Matic finally paid for persistent fouling. (Image credit: Getty Images)United had not even mustered a shot in anger for the first 35 minutes, but suddenly the tie was back in the balance when Matic connected sweetly from the edge of the box after City failed to clear a free-kick into the box. The hosts did have the ball in the net before half-time when Raheem Sterling finished off a flowing team move, but the England international was denied his first ever goal against United by an offside flag.Missed Opportunities Hurt UnitedSterling contrived to miss another glorious chance to kill the tie off just before the hour mark as he rounded De Gea but blasted over with just defenders on the line to beat. Guardiola then could not believe his eyes when David Silva tried to tee up Ilkay Gundogan rather than shoot with just De Gea to beat after Harry Maguire was caught in possession. The tension among the home support was eased when Matic finally paid for persistent fouling when he chopped down Bernardo Silva to cut short a City counter-attack.Also Read | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Believes Time Is On His Side Despite Manchester United SlumpAguero finally beat De Gea with a deft finish only to also be flagged offside as United salvaged some pride, if not their chances of a first trophy since 2017. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has not been present at recent games as animosity towards his part in the club’s declining fortunes on the field has grown. However, Woodward was in attendance at the Etihad just a day after a hooded mob attacked his home with flares and graffiti.last_img read more

Tide defense tries to slow down Auburn’s running game

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – Statistically, Alabama’s run defense versus Auburn’s rushing attack is a dream matchup.Alabama is No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in rushing defense, while Auburn is No. 1 in the SEC in rushing offense. Both also rank in the top 10 nationally. No other team in the SEC ranks within the top 10 nationally in those categories.Auburn gashes opponents for 5.66 yards per carry, second in the SEC only to Georgia’s 6.19 yards per attempt.On the other side, Alabama stuffs teams for an SEC-best 2.76 yards per attempt. Also, Alabama has only allowed an astounding two rushing touchdowns all year. That’s by far the best in the country with next lowest total being seven.Alabama is one of three teams in the country that gives up less than 90 rushing yards per game (85.27 ypg). Conversely, Auburn is one of only 11 teams in the nation that gains more than 265 rushing yards per game (266.18).Point being, one couldn’t have scripted a better strength on strength matchup than the one that’ll take place when No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 15 Auburn in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 6:45 p.m. today.Most teams use outside runs or between the tackles. Auburn specializes in both.“I think some of their most effective plays that complement their inside running game is the way they run the ball on the perimeter,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “I think that’s the thing that makes it so hard to defend so it’s not that they’re one or the other. I think it’s the combination of the two and their ability to throw play-action passes vertically down the field to some very good receivers that make them one of the best offensive teams around.”Auburn’s run game begins and ends with star quarterback Nick Marshall. Marshall touches the ball on every play and is a threat to keep it and break a big one at a moments notice.Last season, he ran through the Tide’s defense almost untouched for Auburn’s first score of the game. This season, Marshall is one of two quarterbacks ranked in the top 15 in rushing in the SEC. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott is the other, but Prescott has nearly 40 more attempts.Marshall’s 11 rushing touchdowns has him tied for second in the league.But what makes him so effective? When Auburn’s version of the read-option, Saban said “old 14 will take that ball and ride it” to make the defenders declare whether or not they’re going after him or the running back. Saban said it’s all about eye discipline and “being exact” in assignments on defense.While Alabama won’t change the way it rushes, Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen said the pass rushers will have to be “smarter” and more “cautious” so Marshall doesn’t slip by them.“They’re definitely more dangerous when he’s effective running the ball,” Allen said. “So that’s probably going to be a thing for us, is try to contain him and limit how many times he rushes the ball.”But Marshall isn’t alone. His top running mate, tailback Cameron Artis-Payne, leads the SEC in rushing. Artis-Payne’s 127.73 yards per game is far and away the best in the league as he’s one of only two players who average 100 or more yards (Georgia’s Nick Chubb).“He has great vision. He hits the hole hard,” Tide safety Landon Collins said of Artis-Payne. “He follows and uses his blockers to the fullest. He just can make a big play.”Other compliments to Auburn’s running game include Corey Grant, Ricardo Lewis, Quan Bray and freshman Roc Thomas.Making those guys even tougher to stop are Auburn’s big, physical receivers blocking on the perimeter in Duke Williams and Sammie Coates.“It’s going to be a challenge to get off those guys’ blocks because they’re big, they take up a lot of space, you really can’t see around them a lot of the time,” Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “You just definitely got to do a good job of getting your hands inside and striking back at them and trying to get off the blocks when necessary.”last_img read more

Spurrier: “I’m just not that important.”

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Steve Spurrier has walked back comments that has sent the University of South Carolina’s 2015 class recruiting efforts in a tailspin.Following Wednesday’s Independence Bowl practice he amended comments made the Monday following the Gamecocks loss to Clemson that he planned to coach for two to three years by extending that prediction.“You need to always go under the 4 or 5 rule,” said Spurrier. “I saw coach (Ray) Tanner here today and he said he’s going to recommend an extra year on my contract, even though I already have four more on it…I’m back on the 4 to 5 year plan. You always have to stay on the 4 to 5.”Since Spurrier said he planned to coach two to three more years at USC, six commitments in the 2015 class that was once ranked second best nationally, have decommitted.That seemed to come to a head Tuesday night when Charlotte defensive back Mark Fields, considered potentially USC’s top commitment, announced he would look to attend school elsewhere due to the uncertainty at Carolina.Spurrier began his comments by announcing the signing of Greenwood’s Marquavius Lewis, considered one of the top junior college defensive ends in the country.“The good news of the day is (Marquavius) Lewis the highest rated defensive lineman in junior college football, signed with us today,” said Spurrier. “He will be here Jan. 10th or 11th.“Quay didn’t listen to all the talk about coaches leaving or assistant coaches leaving. I think he came because of the University of South Carolina and wanting to play for his home state university.”Spurrier says he has a good group of assistant coaches, but added that if help was needed it would be addressed later.He is in his 10th season with the Gamecocks and is the school’s all-time winningest coach.He said he made the two to three year comment following the team’s disappointing loss (to Clemson). He talked about new luxury condominium housing players will live in at the school and the new indoor facility and practice fields.“I think the (recruits) are really more concerned about the assistant coaches than they are about me,” he said. “The bottom line is, I’m just not that important.”last_img read more

With the defeat, Kvitová also returned after a break. Bouzková…

first_imgThe Czech duel in the second round of the tournament in New York surprisingly won Marie Bouzková, which defeated 2-6 7-5 6-2 seeded six Petra Kvitová. The second Czech favorite also lost in the general at the US Open, after the tournament number one Karolína Plíšková lost in her opening duel on Sunday.Bouzková and Kvitová met for the first time in her career. While the younger of the pair had already played three matches at the Lexington tournament two weeks ago, the new woman in her thirties, Kvitová, appeared on the WTA Tour for the first time since the end of February, when she lost to Aryna Sabalenkova in the Doha final. During the five-month interruption of the professional season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two-time Wimbledon champion, among other things, won the CTS President’s Cup tournament and presented herself at two exhibition tournaments in Germany.“In the second set, I had the match in my hands. But I made a few slight mistakes and lost the ending, which should normally go to my side. I didn’t make it, but that’s the way it is,” said Kvitová. “It was the first sharp match in a long time. I played a couple of exhibition matches in the Czech Republic, but it’s still a little different,” she added.The twelfth player in the world, Kvitová, won the first set relatively smoothly, but the 22-year-old Bouzková equalized in the second set. At 5-4, the paper favorite was two balls from the victory, but the 48th tennis player kept the rankings and, on the contrary, took Kvitová’s service in the next game and delivered the set.The young Czech in the third set made a more vivid impression and from the state of 2-2 she walked purposefully to win. Kvitová dramatized the conclusion, in the eighth game she deflected four matchwords, but at the fifth she sent a return behind the baseline and Bouzková celebrated one of the most valuable victories of her career after more than two and a half hours.Bouzková will compete with the world twenty to advance to the quarterfinals Anett Kontaveitovou. The Estonian managed 6-3 6-4 with Switzerland today in the second round Jil Teichmannovou, with which Bouzková starts in doubles.She finished in the second round after the fight with the paper favorite Karolina Muchova. Twenty-four-year-old Czech lost to the top ten Japanese Naomi Osaka 7-6 4-6 2-6.In the first game of the match, Muchová took the fourth-placed Osaka service, but then lost her. Sharp exchanges disrupted the squats and added successful lobes and shortening for the net, which helped her to gain a tie-break of the first set with a ratio of 7-5.At the beginning of the second set, however, Muchová did not maintain the service and this decided the fate of the set, in which she had her left toe treated in 1-2 conditions. Osaka’s pressure in her first match after the break increased, Muchova made more mistakes and gained only two gamma in the decisive set.The Czech tennis player then finished in doubles, in which she presented herself alongside Latvian Anastasia Sevastova. On the contrary, Osaka can look forward to a single = round of 16 against a 20-year-old Ukrainian Dajana Jastremská, which also defeated in three sets home Bernardu Peraovou.Serena won the procedure after 3 hoursThe former world number one advanced to the round of 16 with all his might Serena Williams, which defeated a Dutch opponent 2-1 thanks to two won tie-breaks Arantxu Rusovou. In the third set, the home star and tournament trio lost 5-2, and the Netherlands then served to win the match. Three times she was only two balls short of him, but Williams did not let her go to the match and she subsequently controlled the shortened game in a ratio of 7-0. • WTA PREMIER 5 NEW YORK •USA, tv. surface, $ 2,250,829Monday results (24. 08. 2020)• Singles – Round 2 •Bouzková (CZE) – Kvitova (6-CR) 2-6 7-5 6-2Osaka (4-JPN) – Muchová (CZE) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2S. Williams (3-USA) – Rusova (NZL) 7-6 (6) 3-6 7-6 (0)Sabalenkova (5-BEL) – Bellis (USA) 6-7 (1) 6-4 7-5Jaburova (TUN) – Keys (7-USA) 6-4 6-1Konta (8-Brit.) – Flipkens (Belg.) 6-2 6-0Kontaveitová (12-Est.) – Teichmannová (Šv.) 6-3 6-4Sakkari (13-Greece) – Putinceva (KAZ) 6-4 7-6 (9)Mertens (14-Belg.) – Mladenovic (Fr.) 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3Jastremska (16-UKR) – Pera (USA) 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-3Pegula – Anisimov (both USA) 7-5 6-2McHaleová (USA) – Alexandrovová (Rus.) 6-1 7-6(8)Zvonareva (RUS) – Siegemund (DEU) 6-1 6-1Azarenková (BEL) – Garcia (FRA) 6-2 7-6 (8)• Doubles – Round 2 •Hradecká/ Klepačová (8-CR/ Slovenia) – Brady / Dolehide (USA) 6-3 6-4• Doubles – Round 1 •Azarenkova / Keninova (6-Bel. / USA) – Sevastova /Muchová (Lot./CR) 6-2 6-4Pegulaová/Rogersová (USA) – Bouzková/ Teichmannová (CR/ Switzerland) 4-1 retired B./T.last_img read more

The situation in FC “Levski” is very difficult, I can not…

first_imgThe situation in Levski is not pleasant. The big problem is the lack of money. This can lead to a lot of bad things. The scandals became public. They should broadcast a unified position, not clarify their relations, and that is the media. This was said by the former owner of FC “Levski” Todor Batkov.I can’t judge what is behind these scandals, probably a dissimilarity in character. The situation in “Levski” is very difficult. Paid love for the audience is not appropriate now. I do not accept some to speak as they now allow themselves. The purity of the image of the club is much more. It must be given back. To stop speaking to the media about nonsense. Not to exchange epithets like “Mr. Lie.” Now there is no money, I guess that’s the conflict. Over the years, how much crazy money we have paid for fines is absolutely unnecessary.At the time, everything was official. First it was given for the activity of some structure, I don’t remember what. Then we helped them form a security company, it was licensed. It was paid for each match, invoices, etc. I’m talking about things that were agreed. How the money is spent is a problem of the structures.The club remains financially unstable, he added. Batkov then attacked Vasil Bozhkov’s policy towards running the club. Titi Papazov was not in my field of vision. Many clubs went to Lokomotiv for some reason.last_img read more

Majchrzak – Lehečka 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 2, Leheček’s ride…

first_imgJiří Lehečka is fighting in Prostějov for a place in the finals Ludek Perina, ČTKlast_img