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Arsene Wenger backs Liverpool to beat his Arsenal team’s unbeaten Premier League run

first_imgJurgen Klopp could replicate Arsene Wenger’s achievement this season (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has backed Liverpool to beat the record run of unbeaten games in the Premier League, set by his Arsenal team, and go the whole season without a loss.The Reds are 22 points clear at the top of the table and already have the title wrapped up, barring a monumental collapse.Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 25 and drawn one of their games so far and have extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 43 matches, stretching back to last January.Wenger’s team went undefeated in the league in 2003/04 and enjoyed a run of 49 matches without a loss which ran into the following season. setting a record in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Frenchman knows there is a lot of work ahead of Klopp and his men, but sees no reason why they cannot top that 49-match mark and remain undefeated till the end of the season.‘They are doing exceptionally well,’ Wenger told Sporf.‘They put a team together that is very efficient, very consistent and has good fighting qualities as well, so let’s see.‘The records are there to be beaten and they can do it.’Asked whether he would be sad to see Klopp take his record, Wenger replied: ‘He has to fight for himself and I would completely understand that.’Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who played in Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team, believes the Reds have been a bit lucky to remain unbeaten at this stage.‘If they do it we will congratulate, but we will see,’ said the German.‘Liverpool has done, I think, lucky spells already, but it’s probably because they worked harder than the other ones.‘If they keep going they deserve it, but it’s a long way.’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 CityLiverpool are back in Premier League action on Monday night against West Ham as they look to bounce back from Champions League disappointment this week.Klopp’s men were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last 16 tie in Spain, their second defeat in European competition this season after losing at Napoli in the group stage.The Premier League’s all-time record goal-scorer, Alan Shearer, can see Liverpool achieving the domestic feat, though.‘I do think they want to go the season unbeaten,’ he told the Sun.‘With this team and with this manager, they are capable of very special things.‘To go this season unbeaten would be something very, very special.‘I wouldn’t bet against them doing it now.’MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals how new Arsenal signing Pablo Mari has ‘surprised’ him following January moveMORE: Glen Johnson predicts where Chelsea will finish in Premier League after Man Utd defeat Arsene Wenger backs Liverpool to beat his Arsenal team’s unbeaten Premier League run Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 7:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShareslast_img read more

German Bundesliga Club signs Aruna Quadri

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has teamed with a top club in the German Bundesliga Table Tennis league after the world number 18 was unveiled on Monday by the management of the club led by its President, Stefan Frauenholz. The deal was brokered by WEOAllSports and Quadri is expected to join the club – TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda – based in the Central part of Germany, from next season (September 2020) in the elite division of the Bundesliga. According to Frauenholz, the decision to sign Quadri was based on the team’s conviction that the Nigerian has a lot to offer based on his global exploits. “We are so lucky to sign Aruna Quadri because he is such a good player with excellent results. This is a family club and we believe his passion and interest tally with the ideals of the club. We are so happy to unveil him today and we hope he can bring his wealth of experience to help the team next season,”  Frauenholz said. An excited Quadri said he was happy fulfilling his dream of playing in the German Bundesliga having spent over 10 years playing in the Portuguese league with several laurels to show for his efforts. “I am happy joining this team and I see that it is a family club with good ideal and for me I am going to give my 100 percent to the team. I look forward to having a good experience playing against the best in the Bundesliga to continue to improve my career,” the Rio 2016 Olympic quarterfinalist said. For the Chairman of WEOAllSports, Wahid Oshodi, the signing of Quadri by the German club is a confirmation of his hardwork and commitment to his trade. Oshodi said: “We are so excited that teams across Europe appreciate the progress Quadri has made over the years. He is now one of the best players in the world and we hope this move will give him the opportunity to improve his skills and continue to improve his global rating. The Bundesliga has the best players in the world and Quadri will feel at home there. Aruna Quadri is such an amazing player who is very popular among the Germans and we are not surprised that some of the best teams in the world wanted him. We hope this will serve as an inspiration for the younger Nigerian players.” Quadri started his sojourn to Europe in 2010 and he has played for several clubs in Portugal, while his present team is Sporting, where he had won several medals, including making it to the semifinal stage of the ETTU Champions League. At Sporting, he has remained unbeaten in the last five years, while he has won back-to-back league titles with the Lisbon-based team.Tags: aruna quadriGerman Bundesliga Table Tennis LeagueWEOAllsportslast_img read more

Spieth storms into reckoning

first_img Day responded superbly with a birdie from 25 feet on the 17th to shoot 66 and finish 15 under par, two shots clear of Spieth with England’s Justin Rose and South African Branden Grace a shot further back. Rose recovered from a double bogey on the fourth for the second day running with six birdies before a bogey on the 18th in his 68, while Grace holed a bunker shot on the last for his eighth birdie in a flawless 64. Former champion Martin Kaymer, who won here in 2010, is four off the lead after a bogey-free 65 playing alongside Grace, while halfway leader Matt Jones played his second shot on the ninth from a hospitality tent on his way to a 73 to finish 10 under. Masters and US Open champion Spieth is now an incredible 50 under par for this year’s majors as he looks to become only the second player after Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods to win three majors in a season – Woods was 53 under in winning the US Open, Open and US PGA in 2000. And the 22-year-old can also replace Rory McIlroy as world number one with a victory if McIlroy, nine off the lead after a 68, does not finish outright second. “I don’t think it gets any easier but it does feel a bit different each time you go through it, you get a bit more comfortable,” said Spieth, who finished a shot outside the play-off in the Open Championship as he chased the third leg of an unprecedented calendar grand slam at St Andrews. Day has recorded nine top-10 finishes in his last 19 majors, memorably battling attacks of vertigo to finish ninth in the US Open in June and, like Spieth, missing a birdie putt on the 72nd hole at St Andrews to get into a play-off. “Everyone is trying to win. I have to do the best I can and stay out of my own way,” Day said. “There are guys that are great players trying to catch me but I have to just let things happen and be patient with myself.” Jordan Spieth stormed into contention for an historic third major title in 2015 after an extraordinary third round of the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Rose, who had completed the final hole of his delayed second round at 7am on Saturday, made the ideal start to round three with a birdie on the first before the 35-year-old’s chances of adding to his US Open victory in 2013 suffered a massive blow with a double bogey on the fourth. However, the Ryder Cup star got back on track in thrilling fashion on the fifth, taking off his shoes and socks to stand in a water hazard and play his third shot from a grass bank before holing from 20 feet for an unlikely birdie. On the same hole on Thursday, McIlroy saved par after playing his fourth shot from the edge of the same hazard, the defending champion simply rolling up his right trouser leg and splashing out of the shallow water to 12 feet. “The fourth hole has cost me a couple of double bogeys so figuring that hole out tomorrow will help,” Rose said. “But the only thing that will taste a little sour is that bogey on 18. “I hit a good tee shot and was staring down the barrel with a seven iron. I thought it was a good club and misjudged the wind and it came up short, but I was really pleased with the way I hung in there today. “I’m in a great position going into tomorrow and excited about the opportunity. It’s never easy to close out a major championship. If I was to shoot 68 again, ask the question, you never know.” Spieth was five shots behind with just two holes to play as Jason Day threatened to take control of the championship with six threes in succession from the ninth, including four birdies and an eagle. However, the gap was suddenly down to two when Spieth birdied the 17th as Day was taking two shots to get out of bunker to double bogey the 15th, and it was down to one when Spieth carded his sixth birdie in eight holes to complete a stunning back nine of 30 and a flawless 65. Press Associationlast_img read more

High school football roundup

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) ELLSWORTH — Bucksport’s Golden Bucks finished a 7-1 regular season by rolling over the Dexter Tigers 56-8 in Little Ten Conference football action on Friday in Bucksport.The second-seeded Golden Bucks are tentatively scheduled to host the third-seeded John Bapst Crusaders (6-2) tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m.Against Dexter, Bucksport quarterback Matt Stewart had a big game, completing seven of 12 passes for 175 yards.Stewart threw touchdown passes of 70 yards to Dylan Soper, 55 yards to Hayden Craig and 30 yards to Lucas Ashmore.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJack Cyr also piled up 185 yards rushing with two touchdowns, and Asher Bowden rushed for 85 yards on four carries and scored a touchdown.The lone score for the Tigers came in the fourth period when Dakota Gould raced 50 yards for a touchdown with just a minute to go.The Bucksport defense held the Tigers to less than 100 yards of offense.Bucksport coach Joel Sankey also became the all-time win leader in the LTC, surpassing the previous record of 146 held by Paul Withey of Foxcroft Academy.Foxcroft Academy 35, MDI 20The Foxcroft Academy Ponies ended the season for the Mount Desert Island Trojans with a 35-20 Class C quarterfinal win on Saturday in Dover-Foxcroft.Junior quarterback Hunter Smith carried the ball 11 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the third-seeded Ponies.Smith also completed six of 10 passes for 78 yards and touchdown passes of 16 yards to Billy Brock and 10 yards to Chris Storer.Brock also had a 69-yard kickoff return for a score and Peter Boyer rushed for 33 yards on six carries for the Ponies.Sandy Henggeler rushed for 40 yards and scored all three touchdowns for the Trojans on runs of six, four and three yards.Jalique Keene had a game-high 167 yards of 23 rushing attempts and Taner Bickford added 44 rushing yards for the sixth-seeded Trojans, who finished with a record of 3-6.Saturday’s scheduled season finale for the Ellsworth Eagles against the Houlton Shiretowners was postponed due to the death of someone close to Houlton’s program, and had not been rescheduled at press time. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Other Sports India Women’s Hockey Team Suffer First Loss In England Tour, Lose 1-3 To Great Britain

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Marlow: The Indian women’s hockey team tasted its first defeat on England tour when it went down 1-3 against Great Britain in the fourth match in Marlow on Wednesday. Great Britain took an early lead through Hannah Martin (5th minute) but India’s Neha Goyal (18th) scored the equaliser.  However, a goal before half-time from Charlotte Watson (29th), and one in the last quarter through Giselle Ansley (50th) meant that Great Britain secured their first win of the tour, snapping India’s unbeaten run. World No 9 India had notched up a 2-1 win in the first match, before drawing the next two games 1-1 and 0-0 respectively. The hosts dominated possession in the early stages and won their first penalty corner in just the 3rd minute, but India’s goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu produced a fine save to deny the hosts early on.   However, the visitors could not deny the hosts on the second occasion as they took the lead through a field goal by Hannah in the 5th minute. India gradually came into the game, and had a few chances of their own in the latter stages of the first quarter, but were denied by Maddie Hinch during back-to-back penalty corners. With the momentum on their side, the Indian team combined well at the start of the second quarter, and pressed for the equaliser, which eventually came in the 18th minute as Neha produced a slick finish to make it 1-1, and put the pressure back on the host nation.   Also Read | Gurjit Singh Scores Last Minute Goal, India Women Beat England 2-1 In HockeyFour minutes later, Great Britain had another penalty corner, but were denied by the first rusher, while India also won themselves back-to-back PCs in the 24th minute, but could not get past their Goalkeeper Hinch. It was in the 29th minute at the stroke of half-time that Great Britain created a great chance through combination play by their forwards, and managed to take a 2-1 lead into half-time as Charlotte Watson scored their second.  Also Read | India women’s hockey team hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Tokyo Olympic Test EventThe third quarter saw a great battle between the two sides, as both of them tried to create chances. India were looking to equalize for the second time in the match, while the hosts wanted to extend their lead. Great Britain had a wonderful chance to make it 3-1 in the 40th minute as they won themselves a Penalty Corner, but could not beat India’s Savita, who had replaced Etimarpu in the third quarter.   Neither team could create any real opportunity in the third period, and were battling it out in midfield. The drying up of chances for both the teams meant that Great Britain maintained their 2-1 advantage at the break with 15 minutes to play. The Indian team tried to attack their opponents more in the last quarter, as they looked for the equalizer, meaning they had more players up the field. The tactic meant that the hosts looked to counter their opposition on the break of possession, and were actually successful in doing so in the 50th minute when the Indian defence had to concede a Penalty Stroke after an obstruction inside the striking circle.   The resulting execution from the spot was taken and converted by Giselle Ansley, who made it 3-1 in the hosts’ favour. India had a few chances in the last 10 minutes to make a comeback, but could not produce that cutting-edge pass in the final third to score again in the match, as the hosts ran away with a 3-1 win in the third match. India will play Great Britain in their fifth and final match of the Tour on Friday.last_img read more

New Hampshire meets UMBC in America East quarters

first_imgNew Hampshire meets UMBC in America East quarters Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed New Hampshire (15-14, 8-8) vs. No. 4 seed Maryland-Baltimore County (15-16, 8-8)America East Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, UMBC Event Center, Baltimore; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Hampshire is set to face Maryland-Baltimore County in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 15, when the Retrievers shot 39.7 percent from the field while holding New Hampshire to just 31.1 percent en route to a six-point victory. Associated Press TEAM LEADERSHIP: The versatile K.J. Jackson has averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists to lead the way for the Retrievers. Brandon Horvath is also a primary contributor, producing 10.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have been led by Sean Sutherlin, who is averaging 12.1 points and 8.8 rebounds.JUMPING FOR JACKSON: Jackson has connected on 32.4 percent of the 102 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 8 for 17 over his last three games. He’s also converted 68.9 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Maryland-Baltimore County is a perfect 12-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Retrievers are 3-16 when opponents score more than 61 points.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Wildcats have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Retrievers. Maryland-Baltimore County has an assist on 32 of 70 field goals (45.7 percent) across its past three outings while New Hampshire has assists on 45 of 80 field goals (56.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: New Hampshire is rated second among America East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.4 percent. The Wildcats have averaged 11.6 offensive boards per game.___center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 5, 2020last_img read more

McGrath says league defeat spurred victory over Clare

first_imgThis was the third meeting of 2016 between the sides with Clare taking victory on the first two occasions, including a one point win in the Allianz League final.Speaking after the game, Waterford manager Derek McGrath said that the defeat in the League decider was their primary motivation for yesterday’s game.And Waterford await the winners of Tipperary and Limerick in the provincial final which takes place on July 10last_img

Mets, Daniel Murphy put dagger into Dodgers season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • PHOTOS: Mets eliminate Dodgers in Game 5Mets starter Jacob deGrom survived a shaky start to throw six innings. Greinke could not survive a much stronger start, The Dodgers went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.A pitchers’ duel seemed like the least likely outcome early in the game. The Mets’ Curtis Granderson led off the game with a squib ground ball that eluded Greinke as he dove to his left. Third baseman Justin Turner (shifted to the right side of the infield) made an acrobatic play to throw Granderson out at first base, but the Mets challenged the call by first base umpire Chad Fairchild. Sixty-three seconds later, Granderson was declared safe. Daniel Murphy did it again.The New York Mets’ second baseman hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, then did it again in Game 4. Facing Zack Greinke in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night, Murphy hit the home run that ended the Dodgers’ season.His sixth-inning blast into the Mets’ bullpen broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately sent his team into the National League Championship Series with a 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium.For the second straight year, the Dodgers’ season ended in the NLDS. This time, injuries and a subpar bullpen proved no excuse. The Mets beat both Kershaw and Greinke in the same series, a dagger to the heart of a team that won 92 games and a third straight National League West title.center_img With one out, Murphy delivered his first left hook: A double to the left-center field gap that scored Granderson all the way from first base. Three batters into the game, Greinke and the Dodgers trailed 1-0.That was all the Mets would get then. Murphy went to third base on a fielding error by left fielder Kiké Hernandez, but Greinke came back to strike out Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda to end the inning.With one out in the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers rattled off four straight singles against deGrom: by Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Turner and Andre Ethier. Turner and Ethier each drove in a run, but deGrom came back to strike out Yasmani Grandal and Hernandez.• HOFFARTH: TBS fails to ask Mattingly about Ethier screaming matchGreinke hadn’t suffered a loss in a game this season in which the Dodgers scored two or more runs. The ground beneath the Mets’ feet was shaky enough that manager Terry Collins ordered Noah Syndergaard to start warming up in the bottom of the second inning. Syndergaard, who started Game 2, had never pitched out of the bullpen in his brief major league career.But with runners on first and second and one out, deGrom struck out Seager and Gonzalez with a pair of wicked changeups.Syndergaard sat down, and a theme had emerged. The Dodgers had driven up deGrom’s pitch count, yes, but they had also stranded two runners on base in each of the first two innings. They left a man on in the third, fourth and fifth, before deGrom — still in the game, somehow — got his first 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.Meanwhile, Murphy metaphorically mounted the Mets on his shoulders. He singled to lead off the fourth inning, went to second base when Duda walked, then stole third base when he noticed the left side of the infield was vacant — the Dodgers had shifted everyone to the right side with the left-handed Duda at the plate.Murphy, who stole two bases in the regular season, picked an opportune time for his third. The next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, lofted a fly ball that drifted toward the seats in right field. Andre Ethier tracked it down on the foul side of the white chalk. Murphy tagged up and scored easily, and the game was tied 2-2.So it remained until the sixth inning. With one out, Greinke fell behind Murphy 2-0, then threw three straight changeups; Murphy fouled off the third to draw the count full. Greinke then served a 93-mph fastball over the middle of the plate and Murphy punished it — a no-doubt home run into the Mets’ bullpen.• WHICKER: Dodgers suffer a self-inflicted loss in NLDSGreinke had four more outs in his right arm before he was removed with two outs in the seventh inning. The announced crowd of 54,602 stood to applaud what might have been Greinke’s final appearance in a Dodger uniform.Luis Avilan quickly retired Granderson on a fly ball to end the seventh inning, and Chris Hatcher pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. In the ninth, Kenley Jansen pitched around a two-out double by Juan Lagares.Greinke, the winning pitcher in Game 2, allowed three runs, walked one batter and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. DeGrom allowed six hits, two runs, walked three and struck out seven in six innings.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder talks: Eddie Hearn optimistic about potential deal

first_img“Clearly, the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua is not the best. I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to the making of that undisputed fight. It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua.”They’ve got their work cut out, but the pieces are coming together. There’s a long way to go but we’ll see where it goes. Now I think there’s a strategy in place that could lead us to this fight.”There’s a clear desire from both sides to make the fight.” Eddie Hearn is optimistic a deal can be agreed for Anthony Joshua to fight Deontay Wilder, stating “the pieces are coming together.”Joshua will make his United States debut at Madison Square Garden on June 1, but Jarrell Miller will be his opponent after terms could not be agreed for a heavyweight unification bout with Wilder. Wilder has been ordered to defend his WBC title against Dominic Breazeale after Tyson Fury opted to face another opponent before a potential rematch with the “Bronze Bomber.”Join DAZN and watch Joshua vs. Miller plus more than 100 fight nights a yearHearn, Joshua’s promoter, is hopeful an agreement can finally be reached for the WBA, WBO and IBF champion to do battle with Wilder, but it will be anything but straightforward.”It’s very encouraging,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “I’m not going to say too much on it, because I don’t want to jinx anything. But I think there’s an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done.last_img read more