Steve Bruce may be confident his Hull side have enough quality to avoid relegation but that has not stopped him labelling Saturday’s clash with Swansea a “cup final”. It is, of course, a familiar cliche for bosses to fall back on when battling the drop but December is an early first outing for the phrase. It is not hard to see where Bruce’s sense of urgency has come from though, with a sequence of one Barclays Premier League victory in the last 14 matches dragging the Tigers to second bottom in the table. Press Association A costly habit of conceding late goals, an apparent loss of solidity at the KC Stadium and an increasingly threadbare squad – ravaged by injury, suspension and Hatem Ben Arfa’s lack of dedication – make for an unhappy blend. And it is one Bruce knows must be changed sooner rather than later. “This one’s a cup final if we really want to put it down to that,” said Bruce, who guided the club to last season’s FA Cup showpiece at Wembley. “It’s a big game for us and a big opportunity. We’ve got to get a result, it’s as simple as that. We’ve had an awful run of fixtures, with some awful injuries to go with it, but we have to forget about what’s happened before and pick up a few points to get our season back up and running. “It’s a big, important time for us but there are a lot of clubs in the bottom half who’ll be saying the same thing.” There is, then, no doubt that Bruce is taking Hull’s predicament seriously. But despite the straits they find themselves in, with Michael Dawson out for a month, question marks over Mohamed Diame’s return to fitness and Tom Huddlestone starting a four-game suspension, Bruce remains optimistic. “It’s so close at the bottom and we know we’re capable of winning a couple of games, so I don’t think there’s any need to panic yet,” he said. “It’s been a frustrating season so far. We haven’t won enough games and we’ve probably drawn too many but I’m still convinced there’s enough quality in the squad to see it through and finish higher than last year (16th). “Away from home our tally is more than respectable considering who we’ve played so it’s about time we put our home record straight. We have two games in a week at home and it’s a different complexion if we can go and get something out of those games.” Ninth-placed Swansea head to Hull on the back of two straight league defeats and the omens ahead of their trip to the Humber are not good. They have failed to score on their three previous visits to the KC Stadium and a 1-0 defeat there in April ranks among one of their poorest performances under Garry Monk. “Every team in this league is a different challenge, the way they set up and the different personnel and styles they have,” Monk said. “It’s getting your team to concentrate on themselves but adjust enough to know where the threats are from the other team. “I would imagine they’re looking at this game to turn around their form. “They’ve got a very experienced manager who will be looking at how to get them back to winning ways and we expect a very difficult game. “Hull will be different to what we’ve played before, so the challenge for us is to perform well enough to take the points.”
— Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) led off the eighth inning with a homer to help Tampa Bay beat Toronto for the second time Sunday, 7-5. The Rays tied the game when Austin Meadows scored from first after Jays right fielder Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez misplayed Yandy Diaz’s single with two out in the seventh. The game was shortened to seven innings due to the completion of the suspended game.— Orlando Arcia homered, collected three hits and scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Braun’s single in the seventh inning of the Brewers’ third straight win over the Cubs, 6-5. Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) also homered and Milwaukee’s bullpen trio of Josh Hader, David Phelps and Devin Williams combined to strike out six over the final three innings. — Homers by Chad Pinder, Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien highlighted the Athletics’ nine-run fifth in a 15-3 dismantling of the Giants. Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) delivered a two-run triple in the big rally that supported Mike Fiers (FY’-urz), who allowed two runs over six innings.— Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) drove in three runs and five pitchers combined on a two-hitter in the Braves’ 4-0 shutout of the Marlins. Markakis opened the scoring with an RBI single and capped it with a two-run double as Atlanta took the rubber match of the three—game series.— Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings as the Nationals beat the Orioles, 6-5 to take the rubber match of their three-game set. Scherzer and the Nats blew a four-run lead before Washington scored an unearned run in the eighth on a throwing error by third baseman Rio Ruiz. The American won her first LPGA Tour title in nearly three years along with a confidence boost ahead of the British Open. The 35-year-old Lewis earned her 13th LPGA Tour victory and first since the birth of her first child, Chesnee, in October 2018. The former top-ranked Lewis shot 1-over 72 in the final round to join Munoz, Cheyenne Knight and Emily Kristine Pedersen in a four-way playoff.F1-SPANISH GPNo worries: Hamilton wins Spanish GP for 88th victory in F1MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has coasted to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to extend his championship lead. Hamilton’s 88th career victory leaves him three behind Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record. Associated Press Elsewhere around the majors:— The White Sox tied a major league record by belting four consecutive home runs in a 7-2 thumping of the Cardinals. Roel Ramirez became the first pitcher in big league history to surrender four straight homers in his major league debut when Yoán (yoh-AHN’) Moncada, Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’), José Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) and Eloy Jiménez connected during a six-run fifth.— The Astros pulled out their fourth straight win by knocking off the Mariners, 3-2 on Kyle Tucker’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Andre Scrubb, Enoli Paredes, Blake Taylor and Ryan Pressly combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Lance McCullers.— Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and rookie Randy Dobnak improved to 4-1 by pitching into the sixth inning of the Twins’ 4-2 victory against the Royals. Dobnak allowed a pair of solo homers but just one other hit over 5 1/3 innings.— The Rays won the completion of Saturday’s suspended game as Brandon Lowe hit a solo home run in the ninth to lead a 3-2 downing of the Blue Jays. Lowe went deep for the fourth straight game after lacing a double in the seventh. The NCAA has no jurisdiction over major college football, so the conferences have been left to make their own calls. The ACC, SEC and Big 12 are among six conferences moving forward with plans to play in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have postponed fall sports and are hoping to reschedule next spring.A group of Big Ten football players including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields posted an online petition on Twitter Sunday asking the Big Ten reinstate the schedule the conference released six days before it pulled the plug. Player parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska have sent letters to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking for the conference to reverse course.PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPHerman wins in Greensboro, gets FedEx Cup nodGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jim Herman rallied to win the Wyndham Championship and a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Matthew Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime to give the Isles a 2-1 triumph over the Washington Capitals. Barzal’s goal came moments after Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov (SEHM-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stoned Jakub Vrana (vah-RAH’-nah) on a breakaway.Anders Lee scored for the third straight game to give the Islanders a first-period lead but the Caps tied it when Evgeni Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) beat Varlamov on a breakaway. That was the only puck to get past Varlamov, who has allowed just five goals in the series.Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots for the Capitals, who will try to avoid elimination on Tuesday.In other Stanley Cup first-round action:— Joe Pavelski recorded his first career playoff hat trick before the Stars scored 16:05 into overtime to complete a 5-4 win over the Flames, evening the series at two games apiece. John Klingberg has been credited with the goal, but he and the team asked for a scoring change by insisting Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) deflected the shot into the net. Pavelski capped his hat trick by beating Cam Talbot with just under 12 seconds left in regulation. AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly seized control at the Senior Players Championship with a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Firestone, sending him to a 1-under 69 and a two-shot victory for his first major on the PGA Tour Champions.Kelly was clinging to a one-shot lead over Scott Parel when he hit a soft cut with a 5-iron that landed in front of the hole and rolled in for an ace. He and Parel were the only players to finish under par on the South Course at Firestone.LPGA-LADIES SCOTTISH OPENLewis wins Ladies Scottish Open title NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Stacy Lewis holed a long birdie putt to see off three rivals at the first playoff hole and win the Ladies Scottish Open. Update on the latest sports Hamilton finished a sizable 24 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, who has eight podiums in the past nine races. Hamilton leads Verstappen by 37 points. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEIslanders go up 3-0UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders own a three-games-to-none lead in their NHL first-round series against the team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago. NFL-NEWSWashington QB Smith cleared for practiceUNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list by Washington’s NFL team. It is the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game nearly two years ago. Sunday’s move means that Smith now is allowed to participate in Washington’s padded practices when the team can move to that phase of training camp Tuesday. He hasn’t played since November 2018.In other NFL news: August 16, 2020 Yankees’ LeMahieu on injured list with sprained left thumbNEW YORK (AP) — American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Yankees because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines.LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later. LeMahieu is hitting .411 with two homers and eight RBIs.NASCAR-DAYTONA — The Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran Chris Hogan to boost their banged-up wide receiver corps. Hogan spent last season with Carolina but caught just eight passes for 67 yards in seven games while missing a large chunk of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA’s top doctor: COVID-19 testing needs to improve to playUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Testing of athletes will need to increase when competition begins. The availability and turnaround times of COVID-19 tests is still a problem in parts of the country. Hainline told CNN: “Right now, if testing stays at it is, there’s no way we can go forward with sports.” Elliott tames Daytona road courseDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott won the Cup Series road course race at Daytona International Speedway by holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin following a late restart and notching his third consecutive victory away from ovals.The 24-year-old Elliott also won on road courses at Charlotte and at Watkins Glen last year. He got a bigger challenge than many expected down the stretch in his latest roadie.Hamlin finished second, followed Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.Kyle Busch had the best shot at catching Elliott, but the defending series champion had rear brake issues with 17 laps to go and was forced to the garage for a lengthy repair. MLB-SCHEDULE20 straight for Indians against TigersUNDATED (AP) — The only constant in Major League Baseball these days seems to be the Cleveland Indians beating the Detroit Tigers.The Indians knocked off the Tigers for the 20th consecutive time dating to last season as Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes homered twice in Cleveland’s 8-5 victory. Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Sandy Leon also homered as the Indians Reyes homered three times in the three-game sweep but exited in the ninth inning after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.Cleveland extended its team record for consecutive wins against the same team. The big league record is 23 set by the Orioles against the Royals in 1969 and ’70. — Andrew McCutchen entered as a mid-game injury replacement and hit a go-ahead, two-run home run to help the Phillies beat the Mets, 6-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Zack Wheeler gave up two runs and struck out four over seven solid innings versus his former team.— Keibert Ruiz homered in his first major league at-bat and Corey Seager belted a three-run homer as the Dodgers ripped the Angels, 8-3 to complete a sweep of the Freeway Series. Max Muncy had a two-run homer and Matt Beaty also went deep to help the Dodgers pick up their fifth straight win and improve to an NL-leading 16-7.— Jon Gray struck out seven over a season-high seven solid innings and was backed by a 14-hit attack as the Rockies outscored the Rangers, 10-6. Ryan McMahon homered and Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon had two hits and two RBIs each to help Colorado end a three-game skid.— Eduardo Escobar smacked a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Diamondbacks past the Padres, 5-4. Kole Calhoun opened the scoring with a two-run blast before Arizona improved to 8-3 in 11 games since a 3-8 start.MLB-YANKEES-LEMAHIEU NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOMLindblom joins Flyers for playoffs after cancer treatmentTORONTO (AP) — Oskar Lindblom has joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL playoff bubble in Toronto. Lindblom is with the team for the first time since he was diagnosed with bone cancer in December. There is no timetable for a return to the lineup.Lindblom turned 24 on Saturday and a day later he received a rousing applause from the Flyers during morning skate. Herman capped his third PGA victory by shooting a 7-under 63 for a one-stroke victory over Billy Horshel. Herman overcame a four-stroke deficit in the final round and overtook Horschel with a birdie on the 71st hole.The 42-year-old Herman finished at 21-under.Horschel closed with a 65. He had a final chance to tie on the 72nd hole, but his 8-foot birdie putt slid left of the cup.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPKelly gets 1st major win
To reach the third place play off, Capital FM had been edged out by Standard in the semis on post-match penalties after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.Goal poacher Solomon Okeyo had put the Best Mix of Music team ahead in the first half with a scintillating goal after controlling on his chest a Kristian Malumbe measured long pass before beautifully turning to smash the ball past hapless Standard custodian Oliver Odida.However, Standard were back in the game after three minutes thanks to a well taken free-kick that caught the Capital FM shot-stopper Shaffi Soud flat foot.Capital FM captain Lassie Atrash receiving the third place play off trophy from SJAK vice chairman James Magayi. Photo/MILLER GIBBZThe goal woke up Capital FM, who went all attack in the able striking trio of captain Lassie Atrash, Okeyo and Malumbe but lady luck was not on their side as Standard were able to sit back and force a shoot-out.In the penalty kicks, Okeyo stepped up to take the first, placing it to the far left corner to put the Best Mix of Music team in front. Standard also converted theirs while the second shoot-out was well taken by Atrash who sent the keeper the wrong way, only for Standard to level.Capital FM missed their third penalty after Ali Athman saw his kick saved by Odida to put Standard on advantage point.However, Soud put their celebrations on hold after parrying away Rodgers Eshitemi’s penalty to bring the game back on level before he scored the next, but his corresponding keeper Odida also netted to send the game on sudden death.Ivy Mang’eli saw her penalty go over with Standard’s Rebecca Magoma netting hers past Soud to storm the final.L-R Capital FM’s Anita Nderu, Alex Isaboke and Ali Athman. Photo/MILLER GIBBZIn the playoff, a dominant Capital FM changed its starting line-up, putting Alex Isaboke on goal, Timothy Olobulu playing as stopper, Malumbe in the midfield while Joe Kisila and Anita Nderu were tasked upfront.Super subs, Okeyo and Atrash made the difference as the Best Mix of Music team coached by Ahmedin Gulu scored a goal in either half to complete a 2-0 victory.Okeyo opened the scoring after receiving a defense splitting pass from Malube to beat a KBC defender and find the back of the net at the stroke of half time.In the second half, Atrash sealed the win after banging home from a Okeyo assist.-Quarters-Capital FM’s Anita Nderu with Kristian Malumbe. Photo/MILLER GIBBZIn the quarter finals, Capital FM were too good for hosts StarTimes, winning 2-1 courtesy of Okeyo who found the target from the midfield before Atrash netted a breathtaking goal after taking on two defenders, putting the ball in the middle of the legs of one of them, then unleash a screamer past KBC keeper George Waka.To book a date with StarTimes, Capital FM had topped Pool D after opening their campaign on a 2-1 win against perennial rivals Radio Africa with Malumbe grabbing a brace. In their second match they were handed a walkover after Ghetto Radio failed to turn up.Capital FM rounded off heir preliminary round with a bang, thrashing ATG Radio 4-0 thanks to goals from Atrash, Okeyo, Malumbe and Kisila.The team will now head back to training to prepare for the Neymar Jr Five where they are set to represent Kenya in July away in Brazil.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM football team posing with the trophy. Photo/MILLER GIBBZNAIROBI, Kenya, June 2 – The Capital FM football team settled for third in the StarTimes Mini World Cup just as they did in 2016 after beating KBC 2-0 in the media challenge 5-aside tournament hosted at the Upper Hill High School on Saturday.Nation Media Group were crowned the champions after whipping rivals Standard Media Group 2-0 to win a World Cup replica trophy and Sh100,000 cash prize, runner-up took home Sh75,000 while third place went home with Sh50,000.