La Liga: Messi experiencing longest goal drought in six years

first_imgRead Also: La Liga: Griezmann shines as Barcelona edge Etebo’s GetafeFollowing that match, Barcelona enter a critical week as they go to Napoli in the Champions League for a last-16 first-leg encounter, then on March 1 they travel to Santiago Bernabeu for a Classico encounter against Real Madrid that is likely to go a long way to determining their success or failure in this season’s title push.If Messi fails to score in either of those next two league matches, he will have fixtures against Real Sociedad and Mallorca in which to avoid matching the unwanted run of 2014.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It marked a fourth game without a goal for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, whose goal scoring exploits have been renowned throughout a trophy-laden career. Previously, he had failed to net in fixtures against Valencia, Levante and Real Betis.The last time he endured such a drought came in January 2014, when he went eight games without scoring.Despite failing to fire recently, he has still managed 14 goals in 19 La Liga matches this season, including hat-tricks against Mallorca and Celta Viga.And though Messi may not be finding the net currently with his usual unerring ability, he continues to be a decisive presence for Barcelona due to the volume of assists that he continues to rack up.Indeed, while he has not scored in the last three games, he has still managed to set up six of the Catalans’ seven goals during that span. It is a run that amounts to as many as he had achieved in his previous 20 matches in La Liga.Messi is now up to 12 assists in only 19 league appearances this season, which is only one fewer than he mustered over the duration of last season, in which he played 34 matches in the Spanish top flight.He will, nevertheless, be eager to break his scoring duck next Saturday when Eibar visit Camp Nou. The Argentina attacker was unable to score in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Getafe at Camp Nou, which pulled his Barca side level on points at the summit of the table with Real Madrid, who have a game in hand. Barcelona star Lionel Messi is on his worst goalscoring form in La Liga since January 2014, having gone four matches without finding the back of the net.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseShocking Robots That Exist And Function Very Similar To HumansA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Lutz visits victory lane at Natural Bridge

first_imgScott Lutz got the lead with two laps to go in winning the Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (Aug. 19) – The Natural Bridge has been a popular destination for tour­ists but for racers and fans the track up the street is where to be.Scott Lutz became the latest visitor to victory lane at that popular destination when the Virginia Sprint Series visited Saturday night.With the laps winding down, Lawson went outside Mike Leraas for the lead and the front pair raced that way for two laps. That battle ended when Leraas and Lawson caught up with a lapped car and the three wouldn’t fit three-wide.Lawson slid over the hill to bring out the yellow and Lawson was sent to the rear. Lutz was strong on the bottom and got under Leraas with two laps to go, then held off Leraas for the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car feature win.Anthony Linkenhoker was fourth and fifth went to Bill Rice.Feature results – 1. Scott Lutz; 2. Mike Leraas; 3. Tony Harris; 4. Anthony Linkenhoker; 5. Bill Rice; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Jerald Harris; 8. Daren Bolac; 9. Brian Lawson; 10. Chris Ware; 11. Charlie Ware; 12. Neil Sandridge; 13. Tom Humphries.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report  (May 13-18)

ORVC Weekly Report  (May 13-18)ORVC Report(May 13-18)2019Congratulations to Southwestern, Milan and Rising Sun on sharing the 2019 ORVC Baseball Championship!Congratulations to Rising Sun for capturing the 2019 ORVC Softball Championship!Congratulations to Southwestern for capturing the 2019 ORVC Boys Golf Championship!Congratulations to Southwestern on capturing the 2019 ORVC Boys Track and Field Championship!Congratulations to Switzerland County on capturing the 2019 ORVC Girls Track and Field Championship!Congratulations to South Ripley on their 2018-2019 ORVC Girls All-Sports Championship!!Congratulations to Southwestern on their 2018-2019 ORVC Boys All-Sports Championship!!Congratulations to Southwestern on their 2018-2019 ORVC All-Sports Championship!!Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert. read more

Paulinho eyes Spurs switch

first_img The 24-year-old said earlier in the week that the north London club had tabled a bid for him, and admitted White Hart Lane is a desired option as he would relish working with boss Andre Villas-Boas and the influential Gareth Bale. “It is important for the team and for the Brazilian fans that at the moment all my focus is on winning the Confederations Cup,” he said in the Daily Mirror. “But after the tournament is finished I hope it is a deal that can get finalised quickly. “To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream. What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown. “This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player – and they have been clear they are both not going anywhere.” Brazil midfielder Paulinho is keen to complete a move to Tottenham following the Confederations Cup. Paulinho is currently playing a starring role for his country, heading in the winning goal against Uruguay to help Brazil reach the final of the World Cup warm-up event. While he is focused on Sunday’s clash with Spain at the Maracana, Paulinho is almost certain to leave Corinthians this summer and Spurs would be his preferred destination. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

S. Alabama looks to extend streak vs CCU

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouth Alabama (17-11, 10-7) vs. Coastal Carolina (14-14, 7-10)HTC Center, Conway, South Carolina; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Alabama looks for its sixth straight conference win against Coastal Carolina. South Alabama’s last Sun Belt loss came against the Georgia State Panthers 76-73 on Jan. 30. Coastal Carolina is coming off a 90-60 win at home over Troy in its most recent game. S. Alabama looks to extend streak vs CCUcenter_img February 21, 2020 .SPARKING THE OFFENSE: DeVante’ Jones has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all Coastal Carolina field goals over the last three games. Jones has accounted for 18 field goals and 20 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Coastal Carolina is 0-10 when its offense scores 69 points or fewer. South Alabama is a perfect 10-0 when it holds opponents to 68 or fewer points. The Jaguars have allowed 65.8 points per game over their last five.FLOOR SPACING: South Alabama’s Fox has attempted 144 3-pointers and connected on 34.7 percent of them, and is 10 for 21 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: Coastal Carolina is ranked second among Sun Belt teams with an average of 78.2 points per game.last_img read more

Leggie Imran Khan routs Hurricanes with five for 25

first_imgRED FORCE 1st innings 221HURRICANES 1st innings (o/n 36 for three)M. Hodge c wkp. Katwaroo b Webster 11K. Powell b St Clair 15K. Carty b Imran Khan 0D. Thomas c Pierre b Phillip 13A. Saunders b Imran Khan 49J. Hamilton b Pierre 28J. Louis c & b Imran Khan 5M. Mathew not out 22C. Holder lbw b Imran Khan 2J. Campbell c Solozano b Pierre 6S. Berridge lbw b Imran Khan 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2, w-1, nb-8) 12Total: (all out, 51 overs) 163Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-28, 3-36, 4-81, 5-110, 6-122, 7-138, 8-141, 9-152.Bowling: Phillip 9-1-38-1, St Clair 9-3-27-1, Webster 8-2-44-1, Imran Khan 15-7-25-5, Pierre 10-2-26-2.RED FORCE 2nd inningsA. Jangoo c Matthew b Berridge 38J. Solozano lbw b Holder 10Y. Cariah c wkp. Hamilton b Holder 7E. Nicholson c Saunders b Mathew 5D. Ramdin c Mathew b Berridge 28T. Webster c wkp. Hamilton b Louis 10S. Katwaroo b Louis 14Imran Khan lbw b Berridge 1K. Pierre not out 8D. St Clair not out 6Extras: (lb-11, w-1, nb-3) 15Total: (8 wkts, 49 overs) 143Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-55, 3-66, 4-67, 5-86, 6-116, 7-119, 8-131.Bowling: Mathew 9-2-23-1, Louis 14-4-41-2, Berridge 12-1-34-3, Holder 11-1-19-2, Campbell 3-0-15-0.Position: Red Force lead by 202 runs. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Leg-spinner Imran Khan’s 20th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket undermined Leeward Islands Hurricanes and put Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in a good position in their eighth round Regional Four-Day match here yesterday.Khan snatched five for 25 as Hurricanes, resuming the second day at Queen’s Park Oval on 36 for three, struggled to 163 all out in their first innings.Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre supported well with two for 26.Akeem Saunders top-scored with 49 and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton got 28, while Mervin Mathew hit an unbeaten 22 down the order.Armed with a lead of 58, Red Force also struggled and were 143 for eight in their second innings at the close – an overall lead of 202 runs heading into day three.Left-handed opener Amir Jangoo struck 38 while captain Denesh Ramdin got 28 but they were the only ones to show any resistance.Sheno Berridge claimed three for 34 while off-spinner Chaim Holder (2-19) and seamer Jeremiah Louis (2-41) picked up a brace of wickets apiece.Red Force had started strongly, however, with Jangoo putting on 52 for the first wicket with Jeremy Solozano who made 10.Jangoo was positive, striking six fours and a six in a cameo 30-ball knock but once he perished, the innings went into decline.Earlier, Saunders had rescued the visitors as he narrowly missed out on a well-deserved half-century.He added a promising 45 for the fourth wicket with Devon Thomas (13) and another 29 for the fifth wicket with Hamilton.Saunders faced 57 deliveries and struck eight fours before he was fifth out as part of a slide which saw the last six wickets fall for 53 runs.Khan snatched four of these wickets – including that of Saunders – to lead the rout.last_img read more

Trojans silence Beavers with 31-14 victory

first_imgFollow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe Redshirt sophomore running back Javorius “Buck” Allen rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns, and the USC defense shut out Oregon State in the second half as the Trojans knocked off the Beavers 31-14 on Friday in Corvallis, Ore.“I’m just really happy for our football family,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “I’m really happy for our young men. It was a great job of coming to a hostile environment and really not letting it affect us as much as it has done in the past.”The victory was USC’s first win in Corvallis since 2004, snapping a three-game losing streak at Reser Stadium.The Trojans’ defense held the Beavers to just 369 yards of total offense. OSU quarterback Sean Mannion, who entered the game leading the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, completed just 26 of 45 pass attempts for 277 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler completed 17 of 21 passes for 247 yards with one touchdown and one interception.BREAKOUTThough the defense dominated and the offense was balanced and efficient throughout, the night belonged to Allen, who, after two years of little to no playing time, had by far the biggest game of his career.“I just want to give thanks to my O-linemen, and my coaching staff for believing in me and trusting me,” Allen said. “Like Coach Orgeron said, when you’re having fun with the game, then everything else will flow. I just want to thank my O-linemen and fullbacks for doing a great job.”Allen had been buried on the depth chart during his first two seasons at USC, but had a strong preseason and finally got his opportunity when injuries depleted the Trojans’ depth at tailback. Redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden left Friday’s game with re-aggravated hamstring injury, and with freshman Justin Davis already ruled out for the season with an ankle injury, it was Allen who got the call.“We knew what he could do, and now it’s time for the world to know what he can do,” senior running back Silas Redd said. “I’m just proud of him because he works so hard.”UNSUNG HEROThough Allen stole the headlines with his three-touchdown performance, it was Redd who paced the Trojans on offense. Redd tallied 140 yards on 22 carries, serving as the “Thunder” to Allen’s “Lightning” and picking up several crucial first downs.“It’s fun to be out there playing with these guys,” Redd said. “We really feed off the defense when they’re on the sideline, and in the midst of the game you could hear them cheering us on. There is just such passion involved out there and that makes it ten times better.”Friday was the first time since USC’s 62-41 loss to Arizona State that the Trojans had two players each eclipse 100 yards rushing in the same game. Against ASU, Madden had 128 yards, while Davis finished with 122.TURNING POINTIn the Trojans’ loss to ASU, the game swung in the Sun Devils’ favor after Kessler threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, igniting the ASU crowd. On Friday, Kessler threw another pick-six, this one tying the score at 14-14, but this time, the team’s response was different.“No one turned on each other,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “Everybody just leaned together, going up to Cody and just saying, ‘Hey man, don’t worry about it.’ We knew we had [OSU’s] offense taken care of. We just wanted to go back out there, get [USC’s offense’s] confidence going and score some points.”Kessler felt the support of his teammates after his costly mistake, and believes the team grew stronger because of the positive response.“The best part was that the [defensive] guys came up to me too and said, ‘Cody, you got this, you’re doing great,’” Kessler said. “When you know your guys are behind you like that, it just helps you so much. I blocked it out like it didn’t even happen and played the rest of the game positive and played with a great attitude.”Following the interception, the USC offense went on a 10 play, 75-yard scoring drive that swung the momentum back in its favor. Though the drive was capped by Allen’s second touchdown of the night, Redd was the focal point, with seven rushes for 46 yards and four first downs.“It felt awesome,” Redd said of the drive. “Whenever they call my number, when they need me, I’m ready. Whatever situation, whatever time in the game, I’m ready.”FAST STARTPerhaps the most encouraging thing from Friday’s win was the return of junior wide receiver Marqise Lee. Lee, who injured his knee against ASU, missed two of the past three games, and left the Notre Dame game at halftime. Against OSU, the Trojans leaned on Lee from start, with Kessler and Lee connecting on a 71-yard touchdown pass on USC’s first offensive snap.“It was nice to come out and establish the deep ball,” Kessler said. “That’s what I love about [offensive coordinator Clay] Helton’s playcalling—he loves to take shots.”Lee finished with 105 yards on five catches and one touchdown.DOMINANTEntering Friday’s game, Mannion was generating buzz as a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The USC defense, though, was ready for the Beavers’ prolific passing attack and made Mannion uncomfortable all night.“He’s a very good player,” Orgeron said. “I thought we did an overall great game plan of creating an atmosphere that they are not going to throw the deep ball on us. We knew if they didn’t throw the deep ball on us, we had a chance.”Mannion entered the game with only three interceptions on the season, but threw three on Friday and was sacked twice. The USC secondary also held OSU’s star receiver Brandin Cooks to just 88 yards on six catches, his lowest reception total of the season and second-lowest receiving yards total.STREAK BUSTEDWith all the attention given to USC’s three-game losing streak in Corvallis, the team admitted that there was an extra motivation to silence the Reser Stadium crowd that had given the Trojans fits in each of USC’s last three trips.“We heard a lot about coming here and not being successful,” Orgeron said. “Our whole goal was to win the game and see the stands empty. I just wanted them to learn that you can overcome any obstacle. We overcame an obstacle tonight. I thought we put our best game together tonight.”USC players relished the sight of OSU fans heading for the exits early, even more so because Friday served as the team’s first road victory since USC beat Hawai’i in the first game of the season.“When their fans start emptying their stadium, and they’re not in a good mood, you’ve done something right,” Kessler said. “It’s a good feeling when their fans are gone and your fans are still here.”last_img read more

NFF: No Financial Gain from Luxembourg, Mali Friendlies

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said it would not make any financial benefits from the two friendly matches it has arranged for the Super Eagles against Luxembourg and Mali in Europe during the international window later this month and in June.Nigeria will meet fellow West Africans, Mali at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, in France on May 27. They will then face Luxembourg in Luxembourg City on June 1 at a venue yet to be finalised.The friendly games are organised to prepare the Eagles when the African qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup resume in October. Nigeria’s poor form of late is manifest in the failure of the Eagles to reach the Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Gabon next year.NFF Secretary General, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, was cool on the financial package negotiated by the federation through its match agent. Rather, he said that apart from enabling the coaches to thoroughly assess the team for the World Cup challenge, the team stood to benefit from the opportunity to display the its rich culture to the rest of the world.“It is not about the money. Everything we are doing is for national benefit, “Sanusi said. “Every time you go to play a friendly match outside Nigeria, of course, you are showcasing Nigeria and its culture and at the same time, you are trying to build a team that Nigerians will be proud of”.Analysts have questioned the decision of the Nigerian federation to play a friendly match against Luxembourg that has no football pedigree and is the second least ranked European team in the world. The Luxembourgers are rated 146 in the world and have neither qualified for the main stage of a UEFA or FIFA tournament.Pundits are also critical of NFF as it will play the matches at a huge cost as all the players invited for the matches by caretaker coach, Salisu Yusuf are foreign-based.NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, had recently rationalised the basis for the proposed games.He said that they tried without success to secure bigger matches with top teams as most of the countries they approached had made commitment to other teams during the coming FIFA window.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington receives 3.8 inches of rain over weekend

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first_imgMOR SPIRIT: A better-than-looked 1 ½ length winner of the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes here Feb. 6, he took the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity at the same distance on Dec. 19. Although he’s proven a bit reluctant on occasion in the mornings, the Pennsylvania-bred ridgling by Eskendereya is progressing nicely for Baffert who won last year’s San Felipe with Dortmund, who provided him with his record fifth San Felipe win. Owned by Michael L. Petersen, Mor Spirit has been ridden to all three of his career wins by Gary Stevens, who’s back aboard on Saturday. – UNCLE LINO: A sharp second in his first route try to Mor Spirit in the 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis, this improving son of Uncle Mo will try to establish himself as a top tier Derby hopeful for trainer Gary Sherlock. Ridden in all four of his starts by Fernando Perez, Uncle Lino pressed a solid pace in the Lewis and finished well. Owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing or Sherlock, Uncle Lino will get an “acid test” in the San Felipe.   EXAGGERATOR: A big second to undefeated Eclipse Champion Nyquist in Santa Anita’s Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes Feb. 15, this Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin figures to improve with the added distance and a recent race under his belt. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains, LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC and Keith Desormeaux, he’s proven to be a versatile sort who can press the pace or stalk. With a pair of graded stakes wins to his credit, he has three overall wins and two seconds from seven starts, good for career earnings of $1,023,120. He’ll again be ridden by Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent. UNBEATEN CAL-BRED SMOKEY IMAGE, UNCLE LINO & DANZING CANDY ALL HAVE BIG CHANCES IN FINAL PREP TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY WITH 85 KY. DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS AT STAKEcenter_img SMOKEY IMAGE: Much like California Chrome in 2014, undefeated California-bred Smokey Image will be trying graded stakes completion for the first time following a massive 8 ½ length win versus statebreds in the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 30. Untouched in six starts, his last three versus Cal-breds, the chestnut colt by Southern Image tried two turns for the first time in the California Cup Derby Jan. 30, winning by 8 ½ lengths in gate to wire fashion. Trained by Carla Gaines, he’ll be ridden by California Chrome’s regular pilot, Victor Espinoza. Smokey Image is owned by Irvin Racing Stable and he’s banked $435,100. DANZING CANDY: Trained by Cliff Sise, Danzing Candy has been ultra impressive in a pair of allowance wins at the current Winter Meet, his most recent a 5 ¾ length gate to wire romp going a flat mile here on Feb. 4. Lightly raced, this Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy will make his stakes debut in the San Felipe, which will be his fourth career start and second around two turns. Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms, Bashor or Bashor, Danzing Candy has trained forwardly out of his most recent win and will be ridden for the third time in a row by Mike Smith.THE SAN FELIPE STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7                   Approximate post time, 3:05 p.m. PTUncle – Lino Fernando Perez – 120Danzing Candy – Mike Smith – 120Mor Spirit – Gary Stevens – 124Cupid – Martin Garcia – 120I Will Score – Rafael Bejarano – 120Smokey Image – Victor Espinoza – 120Exaggerator – Kent Desormeaux – 122                The San Felipe Stakes, final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9, will award the winner 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The second, third and fourth place San Felipe finishers will earn 20, 10 and 5 points respectively. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2016)–Keith Desormeaux’s Exaggerator and Bob Baffert’s Mor Spirit headline a talented group of seven three-year-olds in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at    1 1/16 miles. In addition to the top two, unbeaten California-bred Smokey Image and rapidly improving sophomores Uncle Lino and Danzing Candy all rate big chances with a total of 85 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake.last_img read more