Watford fight back to stun Tottenham and maintain perfect start to season

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Watford’s only attempt at goal saw Deeney head over Daryl Janmaat’s inviting cross but Alderweireld did well to put the striker off.Spurs carried on their dominance after the interval and found their breakthrough goal when Doucoure inadvertently diverted in Moura’s cutback into his own net after confusion in defence between Ben Foster and Christian Kabasele.They had a great chance to double their lead on 65 minutes but Harry Kane couldn’t find Moura with a through ball.And the Hornets nearly made them pay a minute later when Deeney shrugged off Davinson Sanchez before his cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.The game switched from that moment and the hosts did get their goal when Deeney flicked Jose Holebas’ free-kick from the right into the corner of the net on 69 minutes. STAR MAN Spurs controlled the game for the first 60 minutes but to Watford’s credit, they had a real go in the final half an hour and started to play the game on their own terms.Spearheading the fightback was Deeney, who started to ask more questions of the defenders.Deeney got the equalising goal which inspired the rest of the team to push on and score the winner and claim a deserved win. shining This goal was the 100th game Deeney has scored in Watford colours making him only the fourth Hornets player to achieve that feat after Tommy Barnett, Ross Jenkins and Luther Blissett.The closing stages were a scrap which certainly suited the home side more and the game was turned on its head when Cathcart powerfully headed Holebas’ corner from the left to send the Watford faithful into pandemonium.Kane spurned a great chance to get his side a point on 86 minutes – the striker heading Kieran Trippier’s cross over the bar as Watford claimed their first Premier League win over Spurs. 5 5 5 possible standings Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Tottenham’s 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League was ended after Watford completed a stunning 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Second-half strikes from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal gave Spurs the lead also means the Hornets continue their perfect start to the 2018/19 campaign. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware 5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe first-half was not entertaining and didn’t improve greatly after Spurs opened the scoring.However, it really kicked into life when Deeney shrugged off Sanchez before the striker’s cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.This moment got the Hornets faithful off their seats and encouraged them to go after their opponents more which led to Watford scoring the quick fire goals to claim the victory.PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Premier League News REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Deeney spearheaded Watford’s heroic comeback while Jose Holebas got the assists for both of their goals Spurs were left to rue their missed chances as the game got away from them in the second-half REVEALED Deeney’s leveller helped Watford claim the famous win smart causal no dice Deeney celebrates with Cathcart, who scored Watford’s second Both sides went into the game with 100 per cent winning starts so something was going to give and it was the visitors who seized the initiative in the first-half.Their first chance came when Dele Alli latched on to Toby Alderweireld’s searching ball but the England international’s looping header didn’t quite creep into the goal.Ten minutes later, Alli’s through ball found man of the moment Lucas Moura but the Brazilian could not quite get a shot away.Alli then missed from point blank range following a well worked corner but his blushes were spared by the offside flag. 5last_img read more

Joel Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,” Embiid said.Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game for the Sixers since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.“I felt like at some point after the All-Star game, I was uncomfortable,” Embiid said. “We did some tests and I’m glad everything was good. It’s just about making sure that I’m pretty strong.”Embiid made 11 of 21 shots in 28 minutes and showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ The Sixers are 26-9 at home and want that edge in the playoffs.“We’re on the clock, and I think that the sense of urgency and awareness of what we are getting close to, having to perform at the level that we have to perform at is real for these players,” Brown said. “I can feel that there’s an excitement having Joel back.”The Pacers missed their shot to knock the Sixers down to fifth in the East.The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead. The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.“All of them hurt,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Certainly, this game, with a team so close to you, big game. Had an opportunity to split the series and didn’t get that done.”Embiid was out of basketball shape — conditioning has always been a factor for the 7-footer — and he was whistled for three fouls in his first 9 minutes of play. He was already wiped from a scrimmage on Saturday that left him concerned he’d miss the game.“Yesterday, I was on the floor, crying for my life,” Embiid said. “I didn’t think I was going to come in and play.”Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with injuries, said he expected to sit out other games for rest the remainder of the regular season.Embiid went wild when he was called for a foul on Domantas Sabonis’ drive to the basket in the first quarter. Sabonis appeared to drive the baseline untouched by Embiid and hit the court to toss up a shot. Embiid was called for the foul and was quickly banged for a technical foul for yelling at the referees. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers’ Kyle O’Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid mouthed “I’m back” to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man.The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.“He is a difference maker in all ways, shapes and forms,” coach Brett Brown said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEmbiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers were just 4-4 in his absence, including a blowout loss Friday at Houston that only exacerbated the problem.With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series. Suns lean on Devin Booker to snap 18-game skid to Warriors 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Embiid was fatigued and frustrated in the first half — and the fans were fed up.The Sixers were soundly booed off the court by 20,636 fans as they trudged into a timeout down 14 points in the second quarter. JJ Redick buried a 3 out of the timeout and Ben Simmons threw down a dunk to help get the crowd going again.Sabonis gave the Pacers a big lift after he missed with five games with an ankle injury. Sabonis, one of the top reserves in the NBA, had five assists in the first half to help Indiana to a 59-51 lead.“If we’re the team that we think we are, these are the kind of games we’ve got to win,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.TIP INS:Pacers: Tyreke Evans, a native of nearby, Chester, Pennsylvania, did not play because of an illness. … The Pacers wore their “Hickory” uniforms.76ers: The 11 points scored by Indiana in the third were the fewest scored against 76ers in any quarter since New Orleans also had 11 in the third on Feb. 9, 2018.UP NEXTPacers: Return home to play New York on Tuesday.Sixers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ginebra blasts Magnolia for 1-0 lead

first_imgGreg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra needed extra five minutes to survive Magnolia the last time the two fierce rivals met three weeks ago.It wasn’t the case on Saturday when the Gin Kings blew out the Hotshots, 86-75, in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Paul Lee had 15 points and three assists while Ian Sangalang collected 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Hotshots, who shot just 35 percent from the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Recovering Isa Molde plays sparingly in UP loss to FEU Ginebra led by as much as 21 in the third quarter and Magnolia didn’t pull within single digits until the 1:15 mark of the fourth quarter.Greg Slaughter powered the Gin Kings with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Art dela Cruz added 14 points, three rebounds and a block in close to 24 minutes off the bench.But as dominant as Ginebra was in the opener, Cone knows the Gin Kings can’t afford to let complacency creep in heading into Monday’s Game 2.“But the big thing is we didn’t really do anything. All we was I guess put ourselves in the same situation as Rain or Shine and Phoenix. Now we have a twice-to-beat and obviously, we’d rather be Phoenix and Rain or Shine than Alaska and NorthPort,” he said“This doesn’t guarantee us anything but the first game of a short series is always important cause you do get that quick advantage.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra turned on the jets in the second quarter where it outscored Magnolia, 27-9, to take a 44-27 advantage at the half.“That team just doesn’t go away. We played some really excellent basketball out there especially on defense. We defended very well but that team just doesn’t go away,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters. “I was nervous all the way up to the last 40 seconds when I finally felt that we won it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I just thought our hustle and energy was very good tonight. That’s the team usually out-hustles you, out-energizes you and we got that tonight rather than them,” he added.Cone may just be being too humble in victory as the Hotshots never really threatened. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more