Coleman snatches win for Everton

first_imgSeamus Coleman sliced an injury-time winner as Everton condemned relegation-threatened Cardiff to a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park. The heroics of goalkeeper David Marshall looked to have earned a crucial Barclays Premier League point for the Welsh side, but the Scot cut a dejected figure after being beaten by Coleman’s miskick. Marshall produced a number of fine saves and it took a deflected 59th-minute strike from Gerard Deulofeu to beat him. Even then he looked set to earn a point after Juan Cala bundled in a scrappy equaliser. Everton were clearly the superior side and will feel their victory, which will breathe life back into their European push, was deserved. But the manner of defeat will be hard to take for the Bluebirds, who face an increasing struggle to stay up. Cardiff, with Kevin Theophile-Catherine coming in for striker Kenwyne Jones, played a flat five-man defence in an apparent attempt to stifle Everton. Yet from the outset it appeared to invite pressure and Marshall produced his first fine save to deny Kevin Mirallas after the Belgian had run across the area and cut back to shoot. Cardiff then got in a muddle defending a corner and, luckily for them, Steven Caulker’s attempted clearance ricocheted off Romelu Lukaku over the bar and not on target. Leon Osman and Leighton Baines both shot over for Everton and Deulofeu appeared to be tripped in the area by Cala, but there were no home complaints. A good move down the right saw Coleman and Lukaku set up another chance for Mirallas but Cala dived across to block. Cardiff had their first clear-cut chance just before the half-hour when a pass from attack-minded Fabio deflected off two defenders into the path of Fraizer Campbell, but Tim Howard produced a good reaction save. Marshall matched Howard barely moments later as he dived to his right to keep out a low effort from Barcelona loanee Deulofeu. The Scottish keeper bettered that soon after as he palmed away a powerful Lukaku strike that seemed destined for the top corner. Cardiff were arguably fortunate to end the first half with 11 men after Theophile-Catherine caught Gareth Barry late with a rash challenge. Referee Roger East allowed Everton to play advantage at the time but later went back to book an apologetic Theophile-Catherine. Everton looked to step up the tempo after the break and Lukaku had a close-range effort blocked, but Campbell was also denied by Howard after a quick Cardiff counter-attack. East got his yellow card out again after Gary Medel and Osman got into a tangle and then confronted each other but the situation soon calmed down. Everton got back to business and were finally rewarded for their dominance when Deulofeu took possession on the left, ran unchallenged to the six-yard box and beat Marshall with a shot wickedly deflected off Caulker. Cardiff responded and Everton’s defence – still lacking injured England international Phil Jagielka – were caught out as Peter Whittingham swung in a free-kick and Cala turned in the equaliser off his thigh and chest. The Toffees might immediately have reclaimed the lead but Osman’s strike flew across goal. Marshall then came to their rescue again with another excellent stop after Lukaku’s strike from the edge of the area took a tricky deflection off Theophile-Catherine. Another good chance looked to be falling to James McCarthy but the Ireland international completely miskicked. Cardiff, who sent on Wilfried Zaha, fought on and Campbell dispossessed John Stones but the defender recovered to deny him a shot. Zaha appealed for a penalty after being challenged by Sylvain Distin but East waved play on. Marshall saved Cardiff again in injury time by blocking a Ross Barkley header but Coleman’s mishit shot from a Barry header wrong-footed him. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img—Offensive lineman Danny Pinter has become the first of Indianapolis’ nine draft picks to sign his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Ball State alum was selected in the fifth round last month, No. 149 overall. Pinter played high school and college football in Indiana and now will have a chance to play in the NFL with his home-state team. Pinter signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.6 million. NHL-COYOTES-COHEN OUTAP Source: Coyotes president Cohen no longer with teamGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen is no longer with the organization.That word from a person familiar with the move, who spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made. No other details were provided. A person familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press that MLB did not make an economic proposal during its opening presentation. The meeting lasted between three and four hours. An agreement with the players’ association is needed to play ball.Baseball owners gave their go-ahead to their proposal on Monday, a plan that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans.Players agreed March 26 to a deal in which they would be paid a prorated share of salaries based on the portion of the 162-game schedule that is played. As part of the deal, if no games are played they would receive service time for 2020 matching what they earned last year. Players are more interested in medical protocols and testing designed to protect them from and detect the new coronavirus.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized major leaguers for not being willing to cut pay further. A member of the family that controls Hyatt hotels, Pritzker’s net worth has been estimated by Forbes at $3.4 billion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: No MLB economic plan in 1st session with playersNEW YORK (AP) — As Major League Baseball made an opening presentation to the players’ union Tuesday on terms to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Purdue’s top defender to enter basketball transfer portalWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — First, Nojel Eastern entered his name in the NBA draft. Now the rising senior has put his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.Either way, it sounds as if the Purdue guard could become the second veteran in a month to leave the Boilermakers program after coach Matt Painter made the announcement Tuesday. Center Matt Haarms announced in April that he would play his final season at Brigham Young.As a junior, Eastern averaged 4.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting just 42.0% from the field and 48.5% from the free-throw line. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.GOLF-SOUTH KOREA-WOMEN MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-MARINERSMariners say some on staff taking 20% pay cutsSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have informed its personnel working under uniform employee contracts that certain employees will have a five-month reduction in pay, but there will be no furloughs or layoffs through Oct. 31.The pay reductions of at least 20% are for staff making $60,000 or more. The UEC covers employees on the major league coaching staff, coaches and coordinators in the minor league system, scouts and performance coaches. Those with larger salaries are expected to take a cut more significant than 20%. UEC employees will receive full benefits through October.Approximately half of its employees working under a UEC will not have any reduction in pay. The team had previously told employees working under the UEC that they would receive full pay through May 31. AP Source: Poll of NBA players shows desire to play, if safeMIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the results of poll of NBA players taken by their union says there would be “overwhelming” support for any plan that has this season resuming in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic.The poll conducted by the National Basketball Players Association was informal but gave a clear sense that players would like to not only get to the playoffs but also resume at least some of the regular season, according to the person who shared details with The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it was not to be detailed publicly.The NBA suspended its season on March 11 with 259 regular season games remaining. Players have been paid in full on each of the four paydays that have followed, though that will change Friday when most of the league sees a 25% reduction in their paycheck.Players stand to lose roughly $850 million in gross salary if the regular season is not resumed and the NBA exercises its right to withhold roughly 1.08% of each player’s salary for any game that is ultimately canceled. May 13, 2020 In other virus outbreak-sports news:—Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has opened the door for professional sports to return to the state. Ducey said on Tuesday that professional sports, including MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL can resume without fans on Saturday. The state is slowly starting to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.—As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled how college teams will return to play in the West. Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters that he would prefer for all major college teams to begin six weeks of preparation for the season at the same time.— The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is affected by the virus outbreak. This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.— The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut. Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions. The 150-player field is topped by Park Sung-hyun, Kim Sei-young and defending champion Choi Hye-jin.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Women’s golf starts up in South Korea — without fansSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean women’s golf tour is starting up again with the KLPGA Championship opening on Thursday, an event that will be played without fans on the course.Women’s golf in South Korea joins Korea’s professional baseball and soccer leagues, which have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament at the Lakewood Country Club located east of the capital Seoul was originally schedule for April 30 through May 3.Organizers said social distancing will be practiced by players and tournament officials. Players will also have hand sanitizers available. It was not clear if players would take coronavirus tests. — USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year. The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021.— On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.” The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium. British Athletics says, “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”—London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital. The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”— Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches. Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms. Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.Alex Meruelo purchased a 95% stake in the team less than a year ago and signed general manager John Chayka to a long-term contract extension early in the 2019-20 season.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.Cohen practiced as a corporate attorney in Phoenix before joining the Coyotes.PURDUE-EASSTERN TRANSFE NFL-CARDINALS-PETERSONTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed cornerback Kevin Peterson to a one-year contract.The 26-year-old Peterson played in 14 games last season and started three.He was pushed into a bigger role because of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension and Robert Alford’s season-ending injury. He had 16 tackles, two passes defended and six special teams tackles after joining the team off waivers from the Rams in September.In other NFL news: Associated Press Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

CAF Champions League Resumes With Epic Quarterfinal Matches

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns is a South African football club based in Pretoria. They are the current CAF Champions League holders and 2016 CAF Club of the Year.Domestically, Sundowns have won the league title a record (7) times and hold the joint record of three National Football League Championships. They are the only South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. Key player – Sibusiso Vilakazi (Midfielder) Union Sportive Médina d’Alger popularly referred to as USM Alger. The club founded in 1937 is based in the city of Algiers.In 2015, they finished as Runner-up in the CAF Champions League. Key Player – Oussama Darfalou (Forward) Al-Ahli Sports Club, known as Al Ahli Tripoli is a Libyan football club based in Tripoli and the second most successful Libyan club in history, having won 12 Libyan Premier League titles, six Libyan Football Cups and a Libyan Super Cup.On the continent, they’ve recently become frequent campaigners notably in the CAF Champions League. Key player – Mohamed Al Ghannudi (Forward) The Étoile Sportive du Sahel, a sports club from Sousse in Tunisia is considered to be one of the best from that part of Africa.They won the CAF Champions League in 2007, finished Runners-up in 2004 and 2005. Key player – Rami Bedoui (Defender) The CAF Champions League takes center stage this weekend as eight teams left standing off the 55 who started the journey battle for a place in the semi-final.Profile of the (8) teams:Clube Ferroviário da Beira is a Mozambican football club based in Beira; the Estádio do Ferroviário serves as their home stadium. The team gained prime support mostly as a result of being Colonial Champions in 1974.On the continent, they have been competitive since 1994 when they made it to the second round of the African Cup Winners’ Cup. Also, they recorded appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Key player – Chelito Omar (Midfielder) Wydad Casablanca is a Moroccan sports club based in Casablanca, Morocco. The team is well known in Africa by its fans called ‘Winners’ – The rivalry with neighbors Raja makes the derby between Raja and Wydad one of the most popular derbies in world football.On the continent, they’ve achieved a level of success as winner of the CAF Champions League in 1992, and Runner-up in 2011. Key player – Fabrice N’Guessi Ondama (Striker)center_img Espérance Sportive de Tunis is a sports club based in Tunis, Tunisia. The Stade El Menzah is the club’s home stadium. They’ve made 13 appearances in the CAF Champions League from 1999 till date – emerging champions in 1994 and 2011. Key player – Taha Yassine Khenissi (Forward) Fixtures:16 Sep: Ferroviario Da Beira vs Union Sportive Médina d’Alger16 Sep: Al Ahly Cairo vs Esperance Tunis17 Sep: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Wydad AC Casablanca17 Sep: Al-Ahli Tripoli vs ES SahelTop Scorers:Saladin Said (Saint George) – 7 GoalsMuaid Ellafi (Al-Ahli Tripoli)- 6 goals Al Ahly Sporting Club is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. They are tagged as “the club of the century” for the record number of trophies won across board – a record 39 national titles, 36 national cups and 9 national super cups.On the continent, The club has 8 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup title, 6 CAF Super Cup titles and 4 African Cup Winners’ Cup titles.Internationally, Al Ahly has won the Bronze medal in FIFA Club World Cup 2006. Key player – Amr Gamal (Striker) Relatedlast_img read more