La Liga: Barca now relying on Real Madrid dropping points – Suarez

first_imgIt was the Blaugrana’s sixth successive trip to Vigo in which they have failed to win and this could prove one of the most costly – if Real Madrid beat basement side Espanyol on Sunday, they go two points clear at the top of the table.“The sensations are negative after that, we have lost two points in the fight for La Liga”, Suarez said after the game, as cited by ESPN. “We had it in our own hands and now we have to hope that Real Madrid drop points. The sensation is one of frustration because we have given up two points.Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca“Both teams have tough games to come. This was a complicated place to come, as Villarreal will be next week, and Atletico Madrid at home in midweek. The sensations are that we’ve lost two points and we have to correct things to improve.”Barcelona host in-form Atletico Madrid on Tuesday before a trip to Villarreal next Sunday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Luis Suarez admits Barcelona are now relying on other teams in the title race in La Liga if they are to retain the league title.Advertisement Loading…center_img The Uruguayan striker netted twice in Saturday’s clash at Celta Vigo but it was not enough for Quique Setien’s side, who dropped points for the second time in three matches.Goals from Fedor Smolov and Iago Aspas – with a well-placed free-kick late on – earned a point for Celta, who indeed could and should have won the game late on but Nolito spurned a glorious opportunity.last_img read more

Logie urges more from ‘senior women’

first_img(CMC) – Head coach Gus Logie has urged his senior to lift their performances, as West Indies find themselves facing a tricky path to the semi-finals of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup.The Caribbean side have taken two points from their opening two games and need to win their remaining fixtures against England and South Africa in order to guarantee their place in the final four for the sixth straight tournament.West Indies beat minnows Thailand in their opener but then suffered a surprise defeat to Pakistan last Wednesday in Canberra, to create difficulty for themselves.Logie, a member of the legendary West Indies men’s side of the 1980s, said it was now the responsibility of the “big players” to carry the team.“Let’s hope we can pick ourselves up. I think we’ve done quite a bit of work over the last few weeks and many players have expressed how confident they are in their own ability to execute,” Logie said.“It’s just one of those days (against Pakistan) we did not execute as we expected but we know we’re better than that.“Our big players need to step up. We’ve seen it throughout the tournament – the big players are stepping up and making runs and taking wickets. We have enough quality players in our team to step up and do the business for us.”Marquee opener Hayley Matthews has managed just 16 runs in two innings while veteran all-rounder Deandra Dottin has scraped scores of two and one, in her first outing since a year-long injury layoff.Fast bowler Shamilia Connell has claimed a single wicket from six overs and veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed has failed to threaten, even though proving inexpensive.West Indies’ biggest test will come tomorrow when they take on 2018 losing finalists, England, who lie second in Group B on four points.Unbeaten group leaders South Africa, on four points, lie in wait on Tuesday, and Logie said self-belief would be key to any Windies success in these fixtures.“We put this (Pakistan defeat) down to one of those bad days and we look forward to the next two games … and I’m hoping that the players continue to believe in themselves,” he stressed.“This World Cup is not over, we have two important games. We win the next two and we should be in the semi-finals.”Prior to last Wednesday, West Indies had only lost to Pakistan once in the T20s. However, a lack-lustre batting effort saw them muster only 124 for seven, a target which their opponents chased down with 10 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand.Logie said despite the modest target, West Indies’ had backed themselves to defend it.“I think 120-odd was a par score. I think we were looking at one stage like 140, 150 but these things happen at the end of the day,” he pointed out.“We felt we’d been bowling well, fielding well and felt if we put Pakistan under a bit of pressure early on, 125 could have been difficult but unfortunately I think it was one of our most difficult days in the field.“Bowling-wise, we gave away quite a few extras and we just weren’t (on top of our game) as we expected to be.”West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2016 in India but were knocked out at the semi-final stage when the Caribbean hosted the tournament two years ago.last_img read more

Women of Troy look to continue undefeated streak

first_imgWith a perfect 6-0 record to start the season, the No. 3-ranked USC women’s water polo team looks to continue its hot start this weekend when it heads out to Riverside for the Lancer Invitational.To kick off the tournament hosted by Cal Baptist University, USC will play against the host Lancers at 4 p.m. on Friday. The game against the Lancers (2-6) will be a rematch of their meeting at the UCLA Invite on Jan. 17, which USC won by a score of 24-3. The Women of Troy jumped out to a 20-1 lead in the third period and never looked back. Eleven different players scored, led by senior Monica Vavic’s six goals.Immediately following their match against Cal Baptist, the Women of Troy will take on the University of Redlands at 5:15 p.m. The Bulldogs    (0-3) last played against USC in this same tournament last year. The Women of Troy were victorious with a 24-1 win against the Division III school. Seniors Eike Daube and Jennifer Stiefel both scored three goals to lead the Trojans to victory, while sophomores Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis each scored twice.On Saturday, Feb. 14, USC will play against Pomona-Pitzer (2-2) in an 11:30 a.m. match. The last time these two teams met was at Harvard University for the 2013 NCAA Championship quarterfinals, where USC thrashed Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 27-1. USC eventually went on to win the national championship that year in a thrilling sudden-death win over Stanford.Finally, the Women of Troy will face Occidental College (0-2) at   2 p.m. to end the tournament. In what will be just their third match of the season, the Division III Tigers will look to put up a fight against USC, one of the nation’s best teams.Though the competition may not be at the level USC will face in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, head coach Jovan Vavic and the Women of Troy will look to ride the momentum of last weekend’s successful showing at the Triton Invitational. In fact, two young Trojan players were rewarded for their contributions, with Stephania Haralabidis being named MPSF Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while freshman goalie Victória Chamorro racked up the first award in her young career as MPSF Newcomer of the Week. Stephania Haralabidis led the Women of Troy offensively in La Jolla last weekend, scoring 14 goals to lead USC to four big wins. Chamorro provided a steady force in the cage for USC at the Triton Invitational, racking up a career-high 15 saves in the championship game against No. 6-ranked UC Irvine. Overall, Chamorro finished with a total of 27 saves in just 13 periods of work, while allowing only 11 goals during the tournament.After the first six games of 2015, USC leads the MPSF in offense and defense, as the Women of Troy are outscoring their opponents by a lofty 123-21 margin. Vavic is USC’s leading scorer with 28 goals this season, while Stephania Haralabidis is second on the team with 22 goals, followed by twin sister Ioanna Haralabidis with 15. Defensively, Chamorro averages 7.2 saves per game and just 3.4 goals-against per game.Furthermore, it could be a big weekend for Vavic, who will look to climb the ladder in USC’s record books. After a big scoring output to start the season, Vavic leaped up to No. 3 all-time in career scoring at USC with 219 career goals. With only five goals needed to reach No. 2 all-time, Vavic will almost certainly pass former Olympian Sofia Konoukh (224 career goals) this weekend.last_img read more

COVID-19: Ghanaians should take personal responsibility

first_imgMr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby Union, has called on the public and the Ghana Rugby Union to continue taking personal responsibilities in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease.Ghana has recorded 229 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total tally to 12,193 cases with 58 deaths and 7,813 active cases as at June 16.In a social media post, Mr Mensah said, “Covid-19 is a reality and urged those in the Ghana Rugby to take measures to avoid contracting the virus.“We have watched the pandemic grow around the world and understand that it was not exclusive to everybody else, but we are also part of the global world and so we should be careful,” he said.“In this last two to three weeks, we have seen the numbers rise in terms of testing and in terms of the number of people contracting the virus.“I think we got 300 to 500 increments daily in terms of people having it. We are very lucky as a country that the President closed the borders and minimised risks,” Mr Mensah said.last_img read more