REPORTSOld Orchard Saturday DivisionArranmore United 3 Mulroy Celtic 2Arranmore travelled to Mulroy for this reversed game and were out of the blocks quick when they were awarded a penalty early from which talisman Gavin Mc Glanaghey made no mistake finding the bottom corner. Mulroy came back with some pressure after this and were awarded a penalty of their own on 30 minutes and Mark Griffin made no mistake from the spot. Conor Proctor and David Ward combined in the middle of the park five minutes later and Conor found Gavin who cut back inside his marker and curled a delightful effort into the far corner out of the reach of the home keeper. With half time approaching Mulroy pushed for the leveller but following a good clearance the ball found its way to Gavin Mc Glanaghey who got through one on one but the home keeper did well to save his low shot however Christopher Mc Glanaghey was steaming in at the far post and tapped home. Mulroy came out all guns blazing after the break and came close several times before Mark Griffin found space in the box to fire home with the help of a deflection. Conor Proctor and Gavin had chances to increase the lead but good keeping meant the score stayed 3-2. Mulroy pushed and pushed for the final twenty but just like the Irish on Thursday night Arranmore defended well for this period and held out for a hard fought win. Mark griffin was best for Mulroy with a team performance from Arranmore. Referee: Barry hunterDrumkeen United 3 Fintown Harps AFC 1Drumkeen continued their good start to the League campaign with a 3 -1 victory over visitors Fintown at S.t Patrick’s Park on Saturday Afternoon, Weather conditions were perfect for Football and it was Peter Brannigan who drew first blood when he put the home team ahead early in the first half , The visitors were having plenty of possession and got back on level terms shortly after through Brian Reilly. Drumkeen then took the lead when Ronan Carlin scored to leave the home team ahead at the break by two goals to one. Fintown began the second half strongly and Drumkeen goalkeeper Ciaran Bonner had to make two excellent one on one saves early in the half to keep the visitors at bay. The young keeper is proving to be a great asset to the team as the season goes on. Both sides were seeing plenty of the ball but it was the home team who made the most of it as goal a game man Peter McNamee struck again to put them further ahead midway through the second half. The third goal gave the home team a bit of a cushion as a one goal lead can make for a nervy end to a game for any team. In fairness to Fintown they battled away to the end but it was the home team who were creating chances and they could have added another couple as the game drew to a close, One of their better chances near the end was created by Aaron Doherty when he did well to set up substitute Michael Patton but his effort went just wide. Drumkeen had good performances all over the park with Goalkeeper Ciaran Bonner and Aaron Doherty particularly impressive while Pete Lafferty was best for Fintown Harps. Referee: George Clinton. Drumbar F.C. 0 Glencar Celtic 5(No Report Submitted)Orchard F.C. 2 Strand Rovers 1Orchard continued their good start to the season with a hard fought victory over Strand Rovers. Strand took the lead after 25 minutes when a long free-kick found Brendan Glackin in space and he found the net with a fine finish. Orchard dominated the second half but found Strand to be a difficult nut to crack. They drew level with 25 minutes to go when Micheal Doherty played a beautiful ball over the top for Niall Bonner and he nipped in front of the keeper finish from two yards out. Orchard scored what proved to be the winner five minutes later when Bonner found the bottom corner from ten yards out after his initial shot was blocked by a Strand defender. Strand pushed players forward in search of an equaliser and that left openings for Orchard but they were unable to find a third with Vinney Mc Laughlin and Gavin Mc Brearty coming close. Strand almost made Orchard pay for their missed chances when they hit the post in the final minute. Team performance from Strand with Micheal Doherty being the stand out player for Orchard.Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenea United Reserves 3 Erne Wanderers Reserves 0Glenea Reserves continued their good home form with a well deserved victory over Erne. Glenea started well and created a number of opportunities which they failed to convert until the 25th minute when Ciaran Mc Geady’s cross from the right was headed home at the back post by Sean Mc Cafferty. Glenea continued to put the visitors under pressure but only added to the score though Ciaran Mc Geady’s 40th minute close range effort after the Erne keeper failed to hold a cross. Erne almost pulled a goal back in the 44th minute when they struck the bar from a free-kick. The 2nd half was a more even affair with both sides finding it difficult to create any clear cut chances. Glenea added a third goal on 85 minutes when Ciaran Gallagher’s long clearance found John Paul Reddin and he fired past the advancing keeper. Best for Glenea was Sean Gallagher, Shane Ferry and Gerard Maguire, while it was team effort from Erne. Referee: Liam Mc Conigley.Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 St. Catherines Reserves 1It was the away side that started the better and got their reward in the 11th minute when Caolan Byrne finished off a good move. This goal sparked the home team into life and they got back on level terms in the 14th minute when Paddy Friel played through Neil Patrick Mc Daid who chipped the keeper from the edge of the box. The home side were on top now and got in front in the 36th minute when Conor Laverty played through Neil Patrick Mc Daid who made no mistake from 12 yards. The away team pressed hard at the start of the second half looking to get back level but couldn’t get passed the Cappry defence who were well organised by Darren O’ Leary. The home team were always dangerous going forward and went close on a couple of occasions through Neil Patrick Mc Daid. At Catherine’s tried hard to get back level but the Cappry defence held firm to give the home side all three points. Two team performances. Referee: Con Mc LaughlinCastlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Milford United Reserves 2Castlefin kept their unbeaten league run going after a hard fought game against Milford at Parkview. Castlefin started bright with Matthew O’Rourke coming close. Castlefin then took the lead after 26 minutes, Gavin Mc Nulty’s effort was saved by the Milford keeper but the rebounded off a Milford defender rolled into the net. Castlefin doubled their lead in 33rd minute, a Johnny Devine free kick found Gavin McNulty who flicked home from 6 yards. Milford pulled a goal back on the 50th minute, a mix up in the Castlefin defence saw Ciaran Blaney slip in to take advantage and finish low into bottom corner. Milford had a good chance to equalise on 62 minutes but Ciaran Gibbon’s effort was just wide. Castlefin increased their lead again on the 85th minute when Matthew O’ Rourke took on the Milford defence and finished into the centre of the net. Milford pulled another back on the 90th minute when Lee Burke had a good finish into the top corner. Referee: Brian O’Kane. Best for Castlefin: Brian Dooher. Best for Milford: Ciaran Blaney.Glenree United Reserves 0 Donegal Town Reserves 1In good footballing conditions it was the visitors who left Glenree Park with the three points after a 1-0 victory. It was a good spirited game with some quality football on show from a very youthful Glenree team and the home side will feel hard done by not to have at least taken a point from the match. In the 60th minute a mistake in defence by the home led to the away team getting the winning goal. Best for Glenree were Paddy Mc Geever and Glenn Gallagher.Curragh Athletic Reserves 1 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 5After ten minutes Curragh went one down follow some fine play by Drumoghill. Darren Gibson the scorer. Curragh came back strong holding the bigger percentage of possession for most of the half. Simon Cromie equalised on twenty five minutes. Curragh now limited the visitors to counter attack football but with only five minutes left in the half a long ball was misjudged by Patrick Kelly at centre half and Mark Gibson capitalised going in one on one with Curragh Keeper and slotting home. 2-1 half time. In the second half from a Curragh corner a long ball over the top sent Mark Gibson free and he applied another good finish when one on one with the advancing Shane O’ Loughlin in the Curragh net. Shay Mc Daid then added twice for Drumoghill before Mc Daid completed his hat-trick. Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCastlefin Celtic 1 Cappry Rovers 0Castlefin took all three points in a hard fought game at Park View. Cappry had the opening chance through Aaron Kelly but his effort went wide. Castlefin took the lead after 15 minutes, JP Malley done well to head into the top corner in a crowded box from a corner. Castlefin had a good chance to double their lead on the half hour. Damien Mc Anenny’s ball across the box fell to Barry Tourish who was unable to connect with it in front of goal. An even second half saw neither side have any chances. Cappry’s best chance to equalise was in 60th minute, the ball fell to Colm Melaugh who forced the Castlefin keeper Gary Mc Croary into a double save. Castlefin had a great chance to get another when Simon Mc Glinchey’s effort was cleared off the line. Castlefin held out to secure all three points. Referee: Marty Quinn. Best for Castlefin: Ronan Tourish and PJ Mc Menamin. Best for Cappry: Micky LaffertyGlenea United 0 Gweedore Celtic 3In fine conditions for football it was the away side that came out on top in this Gaeltacht derby. In the 1st half Glenea started the strongest with Aodhan Ferry, Dean Gallagher and Darren Mc Geever all going close to opening the scoring. The start of the 2nd half was a more even affair with Glenea creating a number of chances and Deejay going closest with a header for Gweedore. The game turned on 65 minutes when Gweedore were awarded a penalty which Shane Porter converted. Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser but continued to draw a blank in front of goal and they were punished on 77 minutes when Odhran McNelis got onto a through ball and slid the ball home. Gweedore completed the scoring on 87 minutes when Declan Doherty was on hand to convert from close range. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Mick Langan.Kildrum Tigers 0 Milford United 1Milford left Station Road will all three points. Gary Merritt scored the only goal of the game after 15minutes. Kildrum had a great chance to level it early in the second half but Mc Gettigan saved well from Crossan. Both teams had a lot of chances but both keepers were in good form. Best for Milford Joey Cullen an PJ Hagan best for Kildrum were Brett Mc Ginty and Jamie McKinney.Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 St. Catherines 1For the first 15 minutes of the match both teams cancelled each other out but Kilmacrennan came out on top when Kieran Gorman came out strongest from a scuffle inside the box which led to a goal on the 17th minute. Kilmacrennan pushed hard and were the stronger team for the rest of the game with several chances on goal. St. Catherines had a few chances throughout the game but Kilmac’s keeper Jason Hegarty stood up to the challenge. Kilmac kept the momentum going in the second half and looked like scoring a few times but they were unlucky in their efforts. St. Catherines were awarded a penalty two minutes into injury time one of Kilmac’s defenders handed the ball in the box, Shane O’ Rourke scored the penalty to end the game in a draw. Great team performance from Kilmacrennan. Referee: Patrick MartinRathmullan Celtic 2 Drumoghill F.C. 1(No Report Submitted)Watson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Bonagee United 0The ‘71 got their first win of the season over a strong Bonagee side at a sun drenched Rab’s Park on Sunday. It was no more than Hughie Walsh’s side deserved as they battled hard throughout the game. They started the better with Niall Doherty causing all sorts of problems in attack and the big hit man should have put the home side in front on fifteen minutes when he broke the off-side trap and hit a great strike only for John Sweeney to pull off a great save. Eamonn Cannon was playing well for Bonagee in the middle and went close on thirty minutes with a strike from the edge of the box but Shane Sandilands made a great save at his near post. Kerrykeel hit the woodwork twice before half-time, the first from Sean Patton after a great run down the right side and then Niall Doherty direct from a free kick. Young Paul Gibbons put the ‘71 in front on sixty six minutes when he cooly finished from a great ball by Tony Mc Bride. Bonagee battered the Kerrykeel defence for the final fifteen minutes but couldn’t get past Liam Blaney and his solid defence who along with all their teammates put in a great team display. Best for Bonagee: Johnny Mc Ginty, Oisin Kelly and Eamonn Cannon.Referee: Brian O’KaneKeadue Rovers 4 Convoy Arsenal 4(No Report Submitted)Lifford Celtic 2 Cranford United 1Lifford gained their first points of the season with a hard fought win at home to Cranford. Lifford should have had the game out of sight by half time but wasted chance after chance. Cranford where dangerous on the counter attack and almost made Lifford pay but they spurned a great opportunity on the stroke of half time. From the restart Steve Devine robbed Cranford of possession and sent Colin Carlin through on the right wing. Carlin unselfishly squared to James Connolly who finished to the bottom corner. Minutes later Connolly grabbed his and Lifford’s second as he tapped home from close range following a Devine through ball. Cranford came more into the game as full time approached and almost grabbed a goal back as their No. 10 crashed an effort off the post from the edge of the area. With five minutes left on the clock Cranford got their deserved goal to set up a nervy finish but the Lifford rear-guard held firm for the victory.Lagan Harps 2 Gweedore United 1This game reversed and changed at the request of Lagan was played in Carrickboyle under the floodlights on Friday night. United will wonder how this one got away as they had five excellent chances in the opening half through Michael Barry, Ciaran Mc Fadden and John Mc Fadden however it just wasn’t to be on the night. Lagan’s only clear cut chance resulted in the only goal of the first half and it came in the 35th minute when a defensive error fell to Mark Hunter who excellently lobbed Shaun Mc Clafferty to make it 1-0 at half time. In the second half the home side went in search of the equaliser however Hunter looked dangerous on the break. In the 52nd minute Hunter was brought down in the United box and was awarded a penalty which Glen Gallagher scored to make it 2-0. United continued to push and were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute when Michael Barry was brought down in the Lagan box. Paul Doogan scored the penalty to make it 2-1.The home side continued to push however the Lagan defence lead by Ronan Gibson stood firm and held out for the 3 points.Raphoe Town 0 Donegal Town 2Raphoe welcomed Donegal town to the Deele College Grounds on a fantastic day for football. Raphoe started this game well and played some good football but were finding the Donegal defence to be in top form. The first chance fell to Donegal Town when Graham broke the offside trap but was denied by a super save from Micky Curran in the Raphoe goal. Donegal took the lead when a ball broke at the edge of the box and was finished well giving Curran no chance. Raphoe had a great chance to draw level when, after a great ball into the box, the keeper made a super save but question marks were raised as to whether the ball had already crossed the line. Raphoe were then denied after a short corner gave Laird a great chance but he shot straight at the keeper. The second half was a tight affair and chances were at a premium until Keelan Gillen was taken down in the box. Up stepped Raphoe captain Christy Bogle who sent the resulting kick wide of the target. This hit Raphoe hard and Donegal got a second when a long cross from the sideline evaded Curran. Team performances from both teamsCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 3 Whitestrand United 2This game provided great entertainment for those in attendance on a lovely day at Tymeen. Whitestrand started very strongly and were unlucky to find themselves behind on ten minutes when Gerard Mc Brearty tapped home from a clever Jamie Coyle cut back after a super through ball from James Mc Groary. Nine minutes later Letterbarrow again caught the visitors on the break when John Corley put the home side two up when he headed past the keeper from eight yards. At the start of the second half Letterbarrow were reduced to ten men when a penalty was awarded. Johnny Sweeney slotted home from the spot. The scenario was repeated ten minutes later when Johnny Sweeny got his second from the spot to draw the sides level. Whitestrand pushed very hard to make their numerical advantage count. The hardworking ten men got their reward when John Corley rounded the keeper on ninety minutes to score a dramatic winner. James McDaid, Gerard Mc Brearty and John Corley were best for Letterbarrow with Johnny Sweeney outstanding for Whitestrand.Eany Celtic 3 Deele Harps 3The home side started well and had a few chances to open the scoring but it was the visitors that got on the score-sheet first when Kevin Lynch stole in behind the Eany defence to slot home from close range. Eany got back on terms in the 35minute when a long free found the head of Stephen Griffin in the box. The Eany Celtic striker’s header hit the back of the net. Both teams had chances for the remainder of the first half with Eany shooting over the bar on two occasions. Deele went ahead again in the 60th minute when Gallaher found space in the Eany box. A determined Eany side fought back and had several chances but it looked like the game was heading for a 1-2 result. In the 85th minute a free kick taken by Pauric Mc Hugh found the Deele net to level matters. Eany then went ahead in the 90th minute when a shot from James Flynn found the top corner of the Deele net. Deele weren’t to be out-done attacked straight from the kick off and despite a goalmouth scramble the ball Shane Gallagher toe poked the ball into the net. A draw was a fair result.Dunkineely Celtic 1 Curragh Athletic 3A young and inexperienced Dunkineely team suffered a home defeat to Curragh at Darney Park. The game got off to a frantic start with the visitors almost taking the lead from the kick off but the effort was just wide. Dunkineely replied and on two minutes as Adrian Nesbitt had a shot from 10 yards tipped over. Curragh took the lead on five minutes when Neil Lloyd scored from the spot after the home team had failed to clear their lines and a Curragh player was upended in the box. The game was going from end to end and Pauric Mc Intyre shot over from a corner for the home team. Adrian Nesbitt had a great effort from distance go just wide. Curragh dominated the second half and took the lead on 50 minutes when a through ball was finished well from 18 yards. The home side kept fighting and Darragh Murrin had a great effort come back off the crossbar on 65 minutes. Dunkineely got a goal back on 85 minutes when a Pauric Mc Intyre shot from 20 yards was spilled over the line by the visiting keeper. Any hopes of a comeback were killed off two minutes later when a Barney Lafferty shot from 20 yards nestled in the top corner. Referee: Michael MulhernBallybofey United 0 Erne Wanderers 0(No Report Submitted)Glenree United 1 Copany Rovers 1Glenree hosted Copany at home and the sides played out a 1-1 draw. The home side started the brighter and created a few chances but were unable to score past a stubborn Copany defence in the first half. Glenree did break the deadlock early in the second half when Karl Mc Elhinney drilled home from a corner. Glenree had further chances to extend their lead but failed to do so and were punished when Glen Harron finished well from the edge of the box to equalise for the visitors. Glenree pushed for a winner but the Copany defence stood strong to guarantee a point.RESULTSSaturday 10th OctoberOld Orchard Saturday DivisionArranmore United 3 v 2 Mulroy CelticDrumkeen United 3 v 1 Fintown Harps AFCDrumbar F.C. 0 v 5 Glencar CelticOrchard F.C. 2 v 1 Strand RoversGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenea United Reserves 3 v 0 Erne Wanderers ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves 2 v 1 St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves 3 v 2 Milford United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 0 v 1 Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 5 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves Sunday 11th OctoberBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCastlefin Celtic 1 v 0 Cappry RoversGlenea United 0 v 3 Gweedore CelticKildrum Tigers 0 v 1 Milford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 1 St. CatherinesRathmullan Celtic 2 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.Watson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 0 Bonagee UnitedKeadue Rovers 4 v 4 Convoy ArsenalLifford Celtic 2 v 1 Cranford UnitedLagan Harps 2 v 1 Gweedore UnitedRaphoe Town 0 v 2 Donegal TownCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 3 v 2 Whitestrand UnitedEany Celtic 3 v 3 Deele HarpsDunkineely Celtic 1 v 3 Curragh AthleticBallybofey United 0 v 0 Erne WanderersGlenree United 1 v 1 Copany RoversFIXTURESSaturday 17th October K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Old Orchard Saturday DivisionMulroy Celtic v Drumbar F.C.Strand Rovers v Drumkeen UnitedGlencar Celtic v Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves v Cappry Rovers ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Glenree United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesDrumoghill F.C. Reserves v Glenea United ReservesSunday 18th October K.O. 1.30 p.m. ( Unless Stated )FAI Junior CupMilford United v Gweedore CelticGreencastle F.C. v Kilmacrennan CelticCappry Rovers v Cavan CelticRathmullan Celtic v Killylough F.C.Drumoghill F.C. v Keadue RoversBallybofey United v Arranmore UnitedCastlefin Celtic v Glengad F.C.Kildrum Tigers v Clones TownCavan Celtic v Bonagee UnitedDeele Harps v Illies CelticTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Convoy Arsenal (K.O. 2 p.m.)CT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United v Eany Celtic (K.O. 2 p.m.)Letterbarrow Celtic v Glenree United (K.O. 2 p.m.)Erne Wanderers v Copany Rovers (K.O. 2 p.m.)DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: October 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal League
Tags: Ajaxchampions leagueChelseatop RB Leipzig vs Zenit Red Bull Arena, LeipzigWednesday, 23-10-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Ali Palabiyik (Tur)RB Leipzig will host Zenit St Petersburg in this Wednesday’s Champions League Group G fixture. Group G has proven itself to be, as expected, one of the most tightly contested groups in this year’s competition. No more than a single point currently separates 3 of the 4 teams in this group.Zenit are currently sitting at the top of Group G after enjoying an undefeated opening 2 games to their campaign. 3rd placed Leipzig are currently trailing Zenit by just 1 point. A win for Leipzig in Wednesday’s game could propel them to the top of their group.We predict that this match is very likely to deliver plenty of goals at either end. Zenit are currently the highest scorers in Group G, having scored 4 goals in their opening 2 games.Zenit’s goal scoring in Europe this season has not been a fluke. They are a consistently prolific team on the attack. This is shown by their impressive domestic goal scoring record. They are also the top scorers in the Russian Premier League at present, with 27 goals scored from 13 games.Zenit are likely to open up a Leipzig defense who have kept just 2 clean sheets from 11 competitive games this season. Leipzig have also struggled at the back in the Champions League historically. Leipzig have never kept a single clean sheet in the Champions League, after playing 8 Champions League games.Leipzig were kept scoreless at home versus Lyon in their most recent Champions League game. As a result, they have scored just 2 goals from their 2 Group G games thus far. However, Leipzig’s offensive ability should not be underestimated. They are currently the 3rd highest scoring team in the Bundesliga, scoring 16 goals from 8 games.Zenit will find it tough to keep Leipzig quiet also. Leipzig’s prolific German striker Timo Werner is the second highest scorer in the Bundesliga, this season. We feel that goals are likely to be scored at either end in this game. We feel that both teams scoring is a likely occurrence in this fixture.After enjoying an impressive start to the season, Leipzig have hit a dip in form of late. Leipzig have failed to win each of their last 4 games in all competitions. They will not find it easy to beat a Zenit side who have lost just 2 of their last 17 games in all competitions.Ajax vs ChelseaJohan Cryuff Arena, AmsterdamWednesday, 23-10-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Ovidiu Hategan (Rom)Ajax and Chelsea have not previously met in European competition, with the Blues the ninth different English team Ajax have faced in European competition. Chelsea are unbeaten in four previous European games with Dutch sides (W2 D2 L0), winning twice against Feyenoord in the 1999-00 Champions League and drawing 0-0 in two knockout games against AFC DWS in the 1968-69 Fairs Cup but went out after losing a coin toss. Ajax have not won three consecutive Champions League matches since November 2005, beating Thun twice and Sparta Prague under manager Danny Blind. Since losing 3-0 at Barcelona in March 2018, Chelsea have lost none of their eight away European matches (W6 D2 L0) – their longest unbeaten away run in Europe. Promes is looking to become the first player to score in his first three Champions League appearances for Ajax, having netted against Lille and Valencia this campaign. Against Lille, Tammy Abraham became Chelsea’s first English scorer in the Champions League since Gary Cahill in November 2015; only three Englishmen have done so in consecutive games for the club – Frank Lampard (five times), John Terry (three times) and Dennis Wise (twice).Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has no injury worries before the Chelsea clash, so Donny van de Beek and Nicolas Tagliafico should play. Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech and Quincy Promes are expected to start in attack.Chelsea are without Ross Barkley for the trip to Amsterdam after the England midfielder picked up an ankle injury in the 1-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend. Barkley joins N’Golo Kante on the sidelines after the Frenchman sustained a groin injury on international duty. Defender Antonio Rudiger remains out despite training with the squad on Tuesday, while Emerson Palmieri is closing in on a return but did not travel to the Netherlands.RB Salzburg vs NapoliRed Bull Arena, SalzburgWednesday, 23-10-2019 @10pmReferee: Clement Turpin (Fra)Salzburg come into the game minus Antoine Bernede and Alexander Walke.For Napoli, Hirving Lozano will not play in the game. Nikola Maksimovic and Elseid Hysaj are under question.Napoli travel to Salzburg for their Matchday 3 Champions League clash looking to keep hold of the top spot in Group E, after earning four points in their first two outings as they beat Liverpool (2-0) with late goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente but were held to a goalless draw at Genk.Partenopei have seen a seven-goal thriller in two Europa League 8th Finals against the rivals in March, only edging past them thanks to Arkadiusz Milik’s goal at this ground in a 4-3 aggregate win. Carlo Ancelotti’s men haven’t been able to impress at this ground, though, and will now want more as they come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Hellas Verona.RB Salzburg have enjoyed a positive spell early in the new campaign and they have shown off in Group E as well, outclassing Genk (6-2) in front of the home fans and suffering a thriller 4-3 loss in Liverpool where they pulled three back only to see Mo Salah seal the points for the rivals with just over 20 minutes left on the clock.Die Mozartstadter have lost on their consistency in October, though, and now come into the match with a 1-1 draw at 5th placed Sturm Graz behind them. They have been a lot tougher to beat at Red Bull Arena and will now hope to bounce quickly, desperate to challenge a top 2 spot midway through the Group stage.RB Salzburg have seen an unpredictable spell of form through October. Napoli have been very solid at the back and kept clean sheets in all of their last three outings. ?The sides met in Europa League 8th Finals in March, as Napoli edged past the rivals with an away goal and 4-3 aggregate winGenk vs LiverpoolLuminus Arena, GenkWednesday, 22-10-2019 @10pmReferee: Vincic Slavko (Slo)This is the first meeting between Genk and Liverpool in any competition. Genk’s only previous meetings with English opponents in European competition was in the 2011-12 Champions League group stage, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 5-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Liverpool have won all five of their European Cup/Champions League matches against Belgian teams, keeping five clean sheets in those games – one of those wins was in the 1978 European Cup final against Bruges (1-0). English teams are unbeaten in their last 14 Champions League games against Belgian teams (W12 D2 L0) since Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at Anderlecht in October 2000 – five English teams have faced Belgian teams since then without losing (Leeds, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester). Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is the only player since the start of the 2017-18 season to have both scored and assisted 10 Champions League goals (14 goals, 10 assists) – although he has only scored or assisted in one of his last seven away games in the competition (one goal away at Porto).Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is back in the squad for the Champions League match in Genk after missing Sunday’s draw against Manchester United as he had not recovered from an ankle injury. Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) and Joel Matip (knee) have not made the trip to Belgium, which means it is likely Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez will start. James Milner is set to return in midfield, where manager Jurgen Klopp could look to bring in fresh legs from the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana.Benfica vs LyonEstadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, LisbonWednesday, 23-010-2019 @10pmReferee: Ivan Kruliak (Slo)These clubs’ previous meetings were on the equivalent match-days of the 2010-11 Champions League, albeit they hosted them the other way around – Lyon qualified, Benfica dropped into the Europa League and reached the semi-finals. Benfica are unbeaten in all of their 14 matches at home to French clubs in European competition (10 wins, four draws). Benfica won the last five of those games by a one-goal marginBenfica have a fine opportunity to show they are not out of contention to qualify from Champions League Group G when hosting Lyon on Wednesday. The Portuguese champions have yet to get off the mark after losing 2-1 at home to RB Leipzig and 3-1 away to Zenit St Petersburg, leaving them three points adrift at the bottom of the table with the other trio all covered by just a solitary point. But as the stats above reveal, Benfica possess a superb record at home to French clubs. They are unbeaten in 14 matches at the Estadio da Luz against teams from that country and have won seven of the last eight. Lyon, meanwhile, are already experiencing a strange season. They began by appointing Sylvinho as manager for his first managerial job as successor to Bruno Genesio, started Ligue 1 with two emphatic victories and then won only one more out of nine and sacked the Brazilian, replacing him with Rudi Garcia! The former Lille, Roma and Marseille boss had no immediate impact, drawing his first game in charge 0-0 at home to Dijon, but at least the one further match Lyon did win under Sylvinho was in the Champions League against RB Leipzig to put them top of the group.The two sides have met each other twice over two legs, with Benfica coming out on top in the last one with a 4-3 scorecard. Their only other matchup witnessed Lyon win 2-0. Apart from these two clashes, they also met in the International Champions Cup last year.Inter Milan vs Borussia DortmundStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanWednesday, 23-10-2019 @10pmReferee: Anthoney Taylor (Eng)Conte could make a few key changes to the side that secured a narrow win over Sassouolo. Key midfielder Stefano Sensi is a doubt going into this fixture. But, we expect him to recover in time and return to the starting lineup, at the expense of Roberto Gagliardini. He will be partnered by Nicolo Barella and the ever-present figure of Marcelo Brozovic. Diego Godin is likely to return to the three-man defence, having been rested in the last game. The Uruguayan’s experience will be invaluable, alongside the likes of Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij. They will likely operate in a deep defensive block, with the wingbacks playing a more versatile role.Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho are back in contention after missing the last game against Borussia Monchengladbach. Sancho, in particular, was suspended by the club due to his late return to training. He is a guaranteed starter in this one, however, replacing Achraf Hakimi. Guerreiro, though unlikely to start left-back, could occupy the left-wing role, replacing Thorgan Hazard. The Portuguese international will look to provide service to lone striker Mario Gotze while Julian Brandt will be filling in for Marco Reus in the number ten slot. The Dortmund captain will miss out with a flu.Inter and Dortmund last met in the quarter-final of the 1993-94 UEFA Cup, with the Italians winning 4-3 on aggregate. They won the trophy that year. Inter are winless in six UEFA European matches against German opposition since a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League in March 2011. Borussia Dortmund have only conceded two goals in their last eight Champions League group stage matches, keeping clean sheets in seven of those matches. Inter’s Nicolo Barella could become the fourth player to score in each of his first two European Cup/Champions League home matches for the Nerazzuri, after Roberto Boninsegna (1971), Alessandro Altobelli (1980) and Mauro Icardi (2018). Borussia Dortmund have won three of their five away UEFA Champions League matches (W3 D0 L2) under Lucien Favre, one more in their previous 10 under Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Peter Bosz combined (W2 D2 L6).Slavia Praha vs BarcelonaSinobo Stadium, PragueWednesday, 23-10-2019 @10pmReferee: Bobby Madden (Sco)Ernesto Valverde has no major injury concerns although full-back Junior Firpo remains out with a muscle problem.Peter Olayinka and Ibrahim Traore are both doubts for the Czech side.Slavia Praha have lost only two of their last nine European fixtures at home (W4 D3), although those defeats have come in their last three contests. Barcelona have won only four of their last 14 away matches in European competition (D6 L4). Slavia Praha will be the 57th team that Barcelona have faced in the Champions League. The Catalans have registered at least one win over 54 of the other 56, failing only to beat IFK Goteborg (W0 D1 L1) and Borussia Dortmund (W0 D1 L0). Slavia Praha have failed to score in their last three UEFA Champions League games at home. Only three teams have gone four at home without a goal – Dinamo Zagreb (five between 2015 and 2016), Real Sociedad (four between 2004 and 2013) and Deportivo de La Coruna (four in 2004). Luis Suarez scored twice against Internazionale on Matchday 2 in Barcelona’s 2-1 victory – however, the Uruguayan is goalless in his last 19 away UEFA Champions League matches, attempting 59 shots without success since a goal against Roma in September 2015.Lille vs ValenciaStade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d’AscqWednesday, 23-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Deniz Aytekin (Ger)Lille are winless in their last four matches in all competitions. Valencia have lost only one of their last seven games in all competitions. Los Che have never lost in their four previous meetings with les Dogues.Galtier’s men are placed fifth in the domestic table and were winless in five of their total nine games. The last day, they were held to a draw, at home, by the 15th placed squad in the table. In addition, the team has just one win from their preceding six games and just four from their last thirteen. At home, the outfit is winless in the last two appearances and importantly have lost all of their games in the Group Stage of the CL so far. In fact, they have conceded two or more goals in both their fixtures, totaling to five, and have scored a total of just one in return. On the other hand, the Mates have the confidence of defeating Chelsea on the road in their opener, and if not for the presence of Ajax in the mix, would have held more leeway in terms of qualification. They also had just a single loss to contend with from their preceding six attempts and won eight of their prior eleven on the road. Furthermore, h2h clashes have always been in favor of the Spanish side, with them holding an unbeaten record so far, and a 100% win streak in the last ten years.Comments
Furious West Ham boss Slaven Bilic criticised referee Bobby Madley for awarding Chelsea an 88th-minute penalty that cost his side victory at Stamford Bridge.Blues substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek was clipped by Michail Antonio, allowing Cesc Fabregas to score an equaliser, but replays appeared to indicate the first contact was made outside the box.Bilic admitted he was “gutted” that goals from Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll eventually secured just one point, rather than three.He said: “It was not close to the line, it was way out. It’s simply not a penalty. He wasn’t sliding, so it shouldn’t be difficult for the referee to see.“To concede a goal that late is gutting, no matter how you concede it. But to concede it from a penalty that wasn’t a penalty is unacceptable.“I don’t like to moan or find excuses because the way the boys played we have to be really proud.”West Ham would have gone above Manchester City and into fourth with a win but Bilic believes their display at the Bridge proved they are worthy challengers for a Champions League spot.He said: “On the one hand it’s great when your team is gutted when you play really good at Stamford Bridge, the home of the champions. It shows we are moving in a really good direction.“We could have two points more, we could go over Man City, put the pressure on them. We deserved it.”See also:Hiddink explains Chelsea’s final substitutionChelsea v West Ham player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
On the latest episode of the Warriors HQ Podcast, Mark Medina runs the gamut with assistant coach Mike Brown.Brown is a guy who could’ve easily jumped back into the head coaching game somewhere across the league already, but his love of the organization and the area seem to be giving him no reason to look elsewhere for now.Now that he’s moved to San Francisco, Brown is looking forward to hitting his favorite jazz club, the Black Cat, more often and beating Bay Bridge traffic on his Harley.B …
Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
New Delhi: In 104 days, the National Capital has witnessed more than 1,400 heinous cases including rape, murder, dacoity. The Delhi Police said that they have solved as many as 1,212 cases during the period.Police sources told Millennium Post that in the recent crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner reviewed the overall situation of cases in 15 districts. The police data till April 14 revealed that around 286 heinous cases were not solved. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”As many as 167 heinous cases were reported in North East Delhi. The district solved 139 cases,” said police sources. The Outer Delhi witnessed 142 cases in which 106 were cracked whereas 133 heinous crime reported from South Delhi. The district solved 120 cases. As many as 117 heinous cases took place in Shahdara district whereas 82 cases were worked out. In North West Delhi, 114 cases reported whereas 94 were solved. The South East Delhi witnessed 113 crime, the district cracked 89 cases. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSources further claimed that in newly-formed Outer North district, around 108 cases took places. As many as 87 cases were solved. In Dwarka, 100 heinous crimes took place whereas 81 were solved. In West Delhi, 98 heinous cases reported in which 86 per cent of cases solved. As many as 99 cases reported from East Delhi. The district solved 79 cases. In South West Delhi, as many as 72 cases reported and 61 were solved. In Central Delhi~ 66 heinous cases, North Delhi~60 and New Delhi~15 cases were reported. “The Central Delhi solved 58 cases, North district cracked 50 and New Delhi worked out 12 cases,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police, the critical criminogenic factors in Delhi area socioeconomic disparities and high influx of migrant population, proximity in the location of colonies of the affluent and the underprivileged, urban anonymity encouraging deviant behaviour, loosening of social structures and family control. Demographic complexities, impulsive anger and rage, extended hinterland in the NCR region and porous borders offering easy means of ingress/escape to criminal elements from across the borders. Police further added that to curb crime picket, checking and patrolling with strategic deployment decided by senior formations with the element of surprise and after careful selection of crime-prone hot-spots. Ensuring higher visibility of police on the streets is another factor to curb crime in the city. According to police, the social churning is quite evident in the crime scenes of the capital. The Delhi Police has been closely monitoring the ever-changing modus operandi being adopted by criminals and adapting itself to meet these new challenges head-on.
Business news network CNBC announced that it will partner with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to create a new reality series focusing on burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities in Cleveland. James will serve as producer on the series, which is set to debut this summer.“Cleveland Hustles speaks to the network’s entrepreneurial spirit and also creates an opportunity to help strengthen communities that have fallen on hard times,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC.The announcement comes during a low point in James’ relationship with his beloved Cleveland, after the news that there would be no indictment of Officer Timothy Loehmann in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The boy was playing in the park with a toy gun when Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived on scene and shot Rice within seconds. The event sent shock waves through the Twittersphere and sparked a #NoJusticeNoLeBron campaign to ask the superstar to sit out until there was an indictment.James admitted he did not know enough about the case to speak on the subject.Regarding the new show, CNBC says:NBA superstar LeBron James and his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. LeBron and Maverick will enlist the aid of four trusted business experts and associates, who will in turn invest in and mentor fledgling entrepreneurs who need a little jumpstart. In success, these four businesses will provide jobs and services for neighborhoods that desperately need investment.Cleveland Hustles continues his charity and commitment to the community he loves, even though he dropped the ball on the Tamir Rice issue.
One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot.
It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m concerned that our boss, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, may have developed a curling addiction these past few weeks: Luge38.750.50+38.25 Curling85.254.57+80.68 Figure skating79.504.97+74.53 Freestyle skiing3.750.45+3.30 Curling’s spike is even sharper in worldwide searches. Across the entire globe, curling-related search-traffic index goes up by 84 points in Olympic months, compared with non-Olympic ones. (By comparison, figure skating is only up 71 points during Olympic months worldwide.) Although gaining a passionate following during the Olympics has been a victory in itself for curling, these kinds of disparities have the sport’s leaders looking for a way to stay on people’s minds after the games end.“The Olympics have definitely driven growth and exposure, but the key for us is not to disappear between Olympics,” Patzke told ESPN. “You can get really popular for 17 days and then go away, you know?”Perhaps the next step will be for curling fanatics like Nate to keep tweeting during bonspiels that aren’t festooned with five interlocking rings everywhere you look. Alpine skiing9.502.28+7.22 (Check the timestamps on those tweets, by the way.)He’s not alone, though. Every four years, there’s a fresh volley of articles about how curling captures the attention of people around the globe — particularly Americans who tune in to the alien sport for the first time during the Olympics and get hooked. By now, writing with surprise about curling’s charms has become one of journalists’ favorite Olympic pastimes. The Cinderella run by the U.S. men’s team to Saturday’s gold-medal game has only intensified the enthusiasm.1The women’s team hasn’t quite had its medal breakthrough yet, finishing eighth in the standings at Pyeongchang.The hard numbers also support the notion of curling as America’s favorite quadrennial sports fling. If you look at nationwide Google Trends search data, you can see a massive spike in traffic related to the sport each February of a Winter Olympic year. Indeed, aside from figure skating — and occasionally other sports when they experience tragedy — curling consistently spikes highest in web searches among the Winter Olympic sports we don’t tend to think about over the rest of the calendar.2Admittedly, this is kind of an arbitrary list, but I included curling alongside sports that don’t draw much attention in the U.S. during non-Olympic years (so figure skating is in, but hockey is out) or ones that tend to rank low on subjective lists of Winter Olympic sports (cough, biathlon). Here are four examples: SportOlympic monthsOther monthsOlympic Spike Bobsled24.251.02+23.23 Ski jumping8.250.56+7.69 Skeleton8.000.05+7.95 Google’s data doesn’t go back further than 2004, but in an interview with ESPN’s Dotun Akintoye, USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said America’s curling obsession can be traced to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “Salt Lake was our coming-out party in America,” he said. “NBC broadcast about 50 hours of curling. In Nagano in ’98, it was like 30 minutes.” Add in the U.S. men’s surprising bronze medal in 2006, and curling was off to the cult-sport races. Who can even say what kind of uptick in popularity the run by the U.S. men this year will bring?But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them. Biathlon8.250.17+8.08 Nordic combined1.750.00+1.75 Curling has the biggest spike in Olympic popularityDifference in average Google Trends search-traffic index between Olympic and non-Olympic months for selected Winter Olympic sports, 2004-18 Cross-country skiing9.502.38+7.12 Speedskating21.750.93+20.82 Google Trends search-traffic indices measure activity on a 0-100 scale, where the most active single month by any sport we examined is represented by a 100.Source: Google Trends Avg. Google Trends Index during …