Press Association Joe Allen opened the scoring after 17 minutes as he tucked home a rebound and Suso sealed the win late on. Brendan Rodgers’ men will now face fierce rivals Manchester United – 3-1 winners against Real Madrid – in the final of the tournament in Miami on Monday night as they prepare for their Barclays Premier League opener against Southampton on August 17. Liverpool continued their good pre-season form with a 2-0 win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Saturday in Charlotte. Manchester City – who could have leapfrogged the Reds to set up a derby with United had results went their way – ended their stay in the States with a penalty shoot-out defeat to Olympiacos following a 2-2 draw. Stevan Jovetic and Aleksandar Kolarov’s penalty had put City in the lead on two different occasions but each time Dimitrios Diamantakos found the net to send the game to spot-kicks. And English trio James Milner, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards all missed from 12 yards to consign the Premier League champions to defeat. Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela were among the goalscorers as Tottenham thrashed Celtic 6-1 in Helsinki. Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to efforts from frontmen Harry Kane and Soldado in the fourth and 11th minutes respectively. Jamie Lindsay pulled a goal back for Celtic in the 43rd, but a minute later Lewis Holtby restored the two-goal cushion and Tottenham kept the momentum going after the break. Midfielder Lamela – who, like Soldado, is looking to bounce back after a disappointing first season with the London club – made it 4-1 just before the hour mark. And a Christian Eriksen free-kick and Emmanuel Adebayor penalty wrapped up the rout in the last 10 minutes, while Celtic’s misery was compounded by a red card for Efe Ambrose – his second this week, having been dismissed in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw. Newcastle, playing at Schalke’s Veltins Arena, conceded three goals in 18 first-half minutes en route to a 3-1 loss to Spanish side Malaga. Sergi Darder opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a long-range strike that went in off the woodwork. Samu Castillejo volleyed in at the far post in the 32nd minute and the same man then netted a deflected effort towards the end of the half before Gabriel Obertan fired in a consolation on the hour. Summer signing Bafetimbi Gomis was on the scoresheet for Swansea as they beat Reading 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium. The France striker provided a cool finish to seal the victory in the second half. Wayne Routledge had earlier – after Wilfried Bony crashed a penalty against the crossbar – scored twice in three minutes to put the Swans in charge, with the hosts replying through a Nick Blackman wonderstrike. Crystal Palace suffered a 3-2 defeat at Championship newcomers Brentford. A flurry of goals early in the second half saw Jonathan Douglas and Andre Gray put the home team 2-0 up and Palace then draw level through Glenn Murray and Marouane Chamakh. Moses Odubajo subsequently notched the winner. A Stoke XI drew 0-0 at Burton and West Brom went down 1-0 at Nottingham Forest courtesy of a Matty Fryatt goal. Charlie Austin and Junior Hoilett scored a brace apiece in QPR’s 4-0 win at Shamrock Rovers, while summer recruit Marvin Sordell’s effort steered Burnley to a 1-0 triumph at Blackpool. Leicester drew 1-1 at Preston, with Liam Moore’s goal cancelled out by a Tom Clarke header. Aston Villa slumped to a 4-1 defeat away against Dutch side Groningen after conceding two goals in the opening eight minutes. Both of those were scored by Tjaronn Chery, and Jarchinio Antonia then made it 3-0 on the half-hour. Charles N’Zogbia responded with a free-kick with around 15 minutes to go, but Groningen were not done and Dino Islamovic added their fourth in the last few seconds. Competing in the same Schalke Cup tournament as Newcastle, West Ham drew 0-0 with the host club at the Veltins Arena before triumphing 7-6 on penalties. The Hammers had survived a few scares during the 90 minutes, with their German opponents hitting the woodwork twice.
Published on March 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm Syracuse (19-10, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) received a short respite from top-5 opponents in a win at Wake Forest on Saturday. Enter No. 2 Virginia (26-2, 14-2), which has won six games in a row. The Orange lost twice to the Cavaliers last season.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (22-7)‘Hoos on firstVirginia 67, Syracuse 56The current No. 2 team in the country will spoil Syracuse’s Senior Night. The Orange simply haven’t had an answer for good man-to-man defense because not enough SU players can beat guys off the bounce. UVA might have the best combo of defensive scheme and individual defensive ability in the country. It’ll be a long Monday night for the Syracuse offense.Charlie DiSturco (20-9)‘Hoos House?Virginia 68, Syracuse 54AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo me, there is no team more complete than Virginia. The Cavaliers are deep, have a multitude of dynamic scorers, shoot the ball well and boast a dominant defense. Syracuse has been playing top-5 opponents well in recent weeks — think Duke and North Carolina — but this UVA team should have no problem tearing up the 2-3 zone. Virginia shoots 40 percent from 3, fourth in the country, and rarely turns the ball over. Not to mention the Cavaliers’ defense ranks second in adjusted efficiency and first in defending the 3 ball. Expect the Orange to struggle in their last home game of the year.Matthew Gutierrez (17-12)CavalierVirginia 60, Syracuse 53The team to hit 60 points wins this game. Last season, at the Carrier Dome, SU fell 59-44, in a slow game that the Cavaliers dictated by playing excellent defense and rebounding. UVA does all of that stuff right. SU is capable of winning here, especially in the final home game of the season, which should warrant a strong crowd. But UVA has 10 ranked wins this season and has lost only to Duke, twice. The better team picks up the victory at the Dome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd it has more sudden impact than Shaquille O’Neal’s commitment to the Lakers in 1996.James is 33 and getting better. In the 2017-18 season he led the NBA in minutes played for the second consecutive season and notched career highs in rebound average and assist average. He averaged 34 points in the Cavaliers’ 22-game postseason and got to the free-throw line nearly 10 times per game.He has played 10,049 minutes in the playoffs. No other active player is at 8,000 and, of course, young Lakers such as Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have played zero. He has been destined for supremacy since he was in high school in Akron, Ohio. And yet there never has been a New Kid In Town to eclipse him.“I don’t know when Father Time is going to start to make a difference for him,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach, in March.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But the Kings did not win a Stanley Cup with Gretzky, and the Angels have made one playoff appearance with the aging Pujols, and the Lakers did not get to the NBA Finals or win one with O’Neal until 2000, his fourth season in town. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Leonard and the Spurs are barely speaking these days. The two sides dispute the way Leonard handled his recovery from a quadriceps injury. Leonard played only seven regular-season games and was nowhere on the scene when the Spurs lost their first-round playoff series.The Lakers would like to get Leonard sooner instead of later. They realize they whiffed on George, who was the type of team-carrying player James wants alongside him.But San Antonio has no obligation to deal Leonard and can wait until next February’s trade deadline if it wishes. It also could demand Kuzma and/or Ingram and/or Ball and a host of draft picks from the Lakers.If the Lakers could somehow sign Cousins they wouldn’t have to deplete their lineup and could wait to sign Leonard next summer.These are rather cushy problems, but so are the expectations. The Royal Wedding is all over but the vows. The parade is still unscheduled. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Golden State Warriors, winners of three of the past four NBA titles, return largely intact and in their prime. The Boston Celtics reached Game 7 of the Eastern finals last year without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, both of whom will play in 2018-19.With Cleveland and Miami, James has played in a ridiculously monumental eight consecutive NBA Finals. His teams have won three titles in nine Finals trips. In the two years when he had the least help, 2007 and 2018 with Cleveland, he suffered a Finals sweep.And help is on the way, assuredly. When, and from whom, are the questions, and those questions got trickier last weekend before James committed to Los Angeles.Paul George of Oklahoma City was supposedly ticketed for the Lakers as a free agent but he re-signed with the Thunder on Saturday.Another potential free agent target would be Demarcus Cousins, the lavishly talented center from New Orleans.Two problems, at least, with Cousins: He is recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture and he needs to fit into a maximum-salary shot on the Lakers’ payroll, or else the club would be subject to a punitive luxury tax.There were reports Sunday that the Lakers were going to re-sign guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million, add Lance Stephenson for $4.5 million and JaVale McGee for $2.4 million. That, according to salary cap experts, would prohibit Cousins from fitting in.Caldwell-Pope would seem to be a spare part for the Lakers, although he shot 39.3 percent from the 3-point line last season and averaged 13.4 points. He cost them $17.7 million last season after he played out his option in Detroit. This made sense after people realized Caldwell-Pope’s agent is Rich Paul, who is also the agent for James.Then there is Kawhi Leonard. He is the San Antonio Spurs’ All-Star who is from Riverside, is known as the best young 94-foot player in the game, and has made it clear he wants to be a Laker after his contract expires in 2019.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? The King is coming. The Court will be named later.LeBron James announced his utterly predictable move to the Lakers on Sunday, a four-year, $153.3 million deal that will end the club’s five-year exile from the NBA playoffs and might even bring the Lakers their first league championship since 2010.There is little question that James is an NBA colossus. No perimeter player in basketball history has dared to dream of being that big, quick, visionary, levitational or indestructible.His arrival is the most celebrated of any of the great pro athletes who have come to this area since Edmonton traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings in 1988. It is more consequential than Albert Pujols’ decision to sign with the Angels after the 2011 season, when the three-time National League MVP had led St. Louis to a World Series championship.
CardsReferee: Xavier Estrada FernándezVAR Referee: David Medié JiménezMarc Cucurella (30 ‘, Yellow) Etebo (33 ‘, Yellow) Reguilón (34 ‘, Yellow) Nyom (34 ‘, Yellow) Jules Koundé (55 ‘, Yellow) Jorge Molina (58 ‘, Yellow) Djene (61 ‘, Yellow) Chema (85 ‘, Yellow) Nemanja Maksimovic (91 ‘, Yellow) Jesus Navas (92 ‘, Yellow Lopetegui breathes and Getafe wakes up. Sevilla went over it without bragging, but with seriousness and precision. He was better from the beginning and took advantage of his moments to win with authority and snatch the Champions League position from Bordalás, who paid for Thursday’s effort and made more mistakes than ever.Lopetegui was surprised by placing Gudelj as a free man to cover holes and help in the ball out and Sevilla entered the game better. His was the first clear occasion in a shot by Fernando that miraculously saved Soria.The azulones had a hard time settling down, although they had saved the furniture from the bad start without fitting despite their doubts. Little by little they began to arrive near Vaclik and balance the shock. And also came the hostility. In five minutes Estrada took four yellow and the rhythm no longer stopped. The blue team lost 0-3 to Sevilla in a thick and locked match in which the Andalusian team was very effective after deploying a slightly bright game. The Alicante coach criticized the double standards suffered by the blue team.“The label is put to us and nobody has said anything about the loss of time (of Seville). It’s funny, isn’t it? When Getafe wins it is said that nothing has been played and when it is lost, nothing. Today , Getafe loses and nobody says anything. It’s amazing, I’m very surprised, “ he pointed.In addition, he said that Getafe received too many yellow cards and gave an example to assess the difference in criteria of the match referee. “There was an entry from behind in the first half of the left side of Sevilla and they showed him nothing. Then, incomprehensibly Cucurella has been taken out one in a meaningless action.”He also said that the state of the lawn hurt Getafe and said it is “curious” that his own pitch does not benefit his players. “It is not in the best conditions. Let’s see if we recover it and it improves.”Regarding the duel against Sevilla, he indicated that he was a copy of the clash against Real Madrid with a first half that dominated the Getafe that ended up disadvantaged for his men by an unfortunate action of the Nigerian Etebo.“In the first eight ten minutes, they, with several corner kicks And lateral fouls created restlessness. Then we played almost the entire first time in the field of Seville. But unfortunately, they have scored us and it has been a psychological goal. They left the second time with the stimulus for the clouds. It’s a good team, it’s strong, and in a lateral foul, identically, they marked us. Then we went down and made the third one “he indicated.“Etebo has had bad luck when he slips. But in the risk zone, at the beginning, he shouldn’t have turned around. He is aware. We have encouraged him. We have to think about the next game and it will surely not happen again. “he added.Regarding whether the defeat against Sevilla drops Getafe to reality, he said that he and his team are always the same and recalled that he had a team that has the fourth highest budget in the entire category.“We have been quite superior in the first half and a mistake has marked the game. But we are the same and on Thursday we have a very difficult game. It was before this game and will continue to be. The favorite is Ajax and will continue to be “.“We don’t compare ourselves with anyone. We suffer a painful, excessive defeat in my view. We will always go step by step and game by game without forgetting who we are. Those euphoria are a blow to reality. There was bad luck in the first goal and the result is excessive.But we are the Getafe and in front we had the fourth budget.That is important, for others not.If it were not, the clubs would not spend the millions spent“.Finally, he recalled that the second leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League to play against Ajax will be complicated: “We are going to Amsterdam with a good but not definitive result. It is a team that made Real Madrid four in Bernabéu and three in Valencia in Mestalla. It is a great team”He finished. In the middle of the fever and when the teams sought respite from rest, the key action came. Etebo relaxed in the area and slipped leaving the ball loose. Reguilón did not lose the opportunity, stole and gave a goal to Ocampos who had intuited the play. When the players went to rest, their eyes showed that something serious had happened. The two teams had played on Thursday and the first blow was decisive.Bordalás moved the bench at halftime giving Angel entrance for a missing Deyverson. Almost nothing changed. The azulones engaged in a fight with Estrada Fernández, perhaps more for the past than for what was happening. And Sevilla at his own pace waited for the moment to end the game. First Fernando with the mediation of the VAR and then Koundé with the help of Soria finished the job.The Coliseum reacted then cheering on its heroes on the worst night. On Thursday there is a historic appointment in Amsterdam after a considerable blur. Sevilla looks again from above, normality returns to the top of the classification.LopeteguiJulen Lopetegui, coach of Sevilla, said Sunday at a press conference, after winning 0-3 to Getafe, that his team was “forceful” to overcome the team led by José Bordalás.The coach of the Andalusian team was very satisfied with the victory against Getafe, whom he praised for his work throughout this season and who did not rule out to fight until the end for one of the first four positions of LaLiga.“Today everything has been given and we are happy for the three points. Starting tomorrow, we will think about Thursday’s final and continue. Each game requires many things to compete with all the rivals. Getafe is a great team and a great coach They go to the limit and believe in what they do We have tried to counter that“, said.“We have been blunt. The first goal has given us security. In the second part we have made two more with space. Happy with three points. To follow. This does not stop. This is very long. It is very good to win and more when you wear a while without doing it “he added.In addition, he said that trust “is generated through victories” and not only with “good performances” and made it clear that the clash against Getafe will not be a turning point.“What there is is a next game, but nothing more. From there to prepare the next game. That is the progression. But it is always good to win”he stressed.He also said that Getafe will be a candidate for one of the first four positions: “It is a very good team. They qualify him in many ways and I classify him as a very good team. His players believe his coach to death and have been supporting him for years to dead”.“The budgets do not score goals. Getafe is up on its own merits. He was about to go to the ‘Champions’ last year, he is a great team, they won Ajax brilliantly. They are tremendously competitive and will compete until the last moment “he concluded.BordalásJosé Bordalás, coach of Getafe, lamented this Sunday at a press conference that his team always put the label that he plays badly and hard when he wins and criticized that, when he loses, his rivals nobody says anything when they act the same shape. ChangesAngel (45 ‘, Deyverson), Bounou (45 ‘, Vaclik), Mauro Arambarri (57 ‘, Etebo), Kenedy (70 ‘, Nyom), Sergi Gómez (71 ‘, Suso), Óliver Torres (77 ‘, Fernando) Goals0-1, 42 ‘: Lucas Ocampos, 0-2, 66 ‘: Fernando, 0-3, 74 ‘: Jules Koundé