Kane hails special moment

first_img Kane told Spurs TV: “It’s great to reach that milestone. It felt like I was on 29 for ages and to be able to get to 30 now and 20 in the league is special – and to win the game makes it even better. “The season doesn’t finish here, though. There are still five more games left and I’ll be trying to get on the scoresheet in as many of those games and get as many wins as we can.” Kane’s strike at St James’ Park cemented a comfortable victory for the visitors on a day when the home fans staged concerted protests against owner Mike Ashley. Their mood was not improved when Nacer Chadli fired Spurs into a 30th-minute lead, and although Jack Colback levelled within 20 seconds of the restart, Christian Eriksen restored their advantage just seven minutes later. The Magpies committed men to the search for an equaliser as time ran down, and Kane made the most of a lack of numbers at the back in injury-time when he raced through to beat keeper Tim Krul. He said: “We needed it. We’ve had two disappointing results in the last couple of weeks and we had to put that right. “Newcastle is no easy place to come, but we played really well. We kept the ball well, we created chances and deserved the win. “They put us on the back foot straight away [after half-time], which was disappointing from our point of view, but again, it shows our character. We went again and got the second goal, and obviously finished it off with the third, so we were really happy with the win.” The 21-year-old England international became the first Spurs player to reach that mark since Gary Lineker during the 1991-92 season when he netted the third in a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday. He had to wait almost a month after his 29th of the campaign to reach the milestone, but with five games to play before the end of the campaign, he is refusing to rest on his laurels. Harry Kane is in no mood to put his feet up after smashing through the 30-goal barrier. It proved a good afternoon too for Chadli, who took his tally for the season to nine goals in the league with his fine first-half strike, a swerving left-foot effort from distance. He was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet, but even more pleased with a win which helped to erase the memory of last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa. Chadli said: “I’m working on it. Every week for me, the most important thing is for the team to win and I was happy to score. “We were all disappointed in the week, so it was very important to bounce back. We prepared for this game very well. We trained hard and were focussed in training, so it was important to take the win.” But while there was a general satisfaction around the Tottenham camp as they prepared to head south, it was Kane who was the toast of the Toon as he continued his emergence as a striker of genuine potential. Manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted after the game that there was more to come from the home-grown frontman, but also urged patience to allow him to develop at his own pace. However, there is an appreciation within the dressing room of the talent the club has on its hands. Commenting on Kane’s goals tally, Chadli said:”It’s a lot, and he deserves it. He works every week very hard to make it happen, and he did it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Chiellini to miss date with Suarez in Champions League Final

first_imgJuventus’s hopes of winning the Champions League suffered a devastating blow as key defender Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out with an injury.Chiellini had reportedly been struggling with a calf problem on Wednesday, but it was not initially thought to be serious. But on Thursday Juventus confirmed that a scan had revealed a first grade tear to the player’s soleus muscle in his left leg, which rules him out of contention for the match.The 30-year-old centre-back has been one of Juventus’s key players this season, with some suggesting he is the key to stopping Barcelona’s mighty strike force of Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Juventus were already a long shot before Chiellini’s injury, with bookmakers pricing them at 5-1 to win the match in 90 minutes and 12-5 to lift the trophy, against Barcelona at 13-20 and 4-11 respectively. But without the Italian international, Juventus’s hopes of winning the tournament – and with it, a historic treble – will lengthen further.WHO WILL REPLACE HIM?Chiellini’s place in the starting line-up will undoubtedly be taken by Andrea Barzagli, who has been in and out of the side since returning from a serious ankle injury just a few months ago. Since his return the 34-year-old Italy international has played a key role, either at the heart of a back-four or on the right of a back three, producing solid defensive performances in key matches including the Serie A-clinching victory away at Sampdoria at the beginning of May.Chiellini has made 44 appearances for the Turin giants this season scoring a single goal. –last_img read more

Will Smith leads Dodgers’ home run barrage in Miami

first_imgThe rookie right-hander retired the first nine batters he faced and didn’t allow a ball hit out of the infield until the fourth inning. May gave up just one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings earning his first major-league win.“Dustin didn’t get ahead as much as he did his last start, wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said.“In spurts there were some good throws in there. Getting ahead, he didn’t do as good a job. But when you don’t have your best stuff or your best command, to still go out there and put up zeroes, that’s where you have to tip your hat to a young player like Dustin.”It remains to be seen how May might fare in October — if given the chance this year. But August has been a breeze.Since being promoted from Triple-A at the start of the month, May has a 2.65 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over three starts with 15 strikeouts and just two walks in his first 17 big-league innings.“That they’re just normal people too. They get out like everybody else,” May said when asked what he had learned about big-league hitters in that time. “The only real difference is they hit the mistakes a little bit harder. So I just have to minimize the mistakes on my end.” The man Smith passed in both categories, Cody Bellinger, also homered Tuesday, matching his rookie season total (39) with 41 games to go.Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Matt Beaty also hit home runs as the Dodgers pounded Marlins pitchers. The first three (Jordan Yamamoto, Wei-Yin Chen and Austin Brice) didn’t give up a single hit — but gave up six home runs and five doubles (three to A.J. Pollock).The Dodgers didn’t get a single until the 12th of their 15 hits in the game (a two-out base hit by Kristopher Negron in the ninth) and that was immediately followed by another double, Ferguson’s, and the only triple of the night. Three runs scored when Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson made an unsuccessful dive for Beaty’s line drive, allowing three runs to score.All of that made maintaining his curly locks in the Miami humidity Dustin May’s only real worry.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start It ended with catchers pitching for both teams. Bryan Holaday got the last out in the top of the ninth becoming the only one of six Marlins pitchers to record an out and not give up a run. Russell Martin topped that, closing out the game with a scoreless bottom of the ninth — maintaining his career 0.00 ERA after three appearances.“It was as good of a night as we’ve had all year and that’s saying a lot,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the offensive assault which included back-to-back home runs on two occasions. “We only had two singles and that didn’t come until the ninth inning. Just really good at-bats all around to a man, really.“It’s just a relentless approach.”Rookie catcher Will Smith hit two of the Dodgers’ six home runs and drove in three of the runs. The two-homer game was Smith’s first, yet another item checked off his big-league bucket list. His nine home runs and 26 RBI are the most over the first 23 games of a career by anyone in franchise history — more of an offensive impact than the Dodgers could rightfully have expected.“Yeah, I guess so, I mean, up to this point as far as the production. You know you can bet on the makeup and the work ethic,” Roberts said. “He’s just very confident right now. He stays in the strike zone, has a really good plan every time he steps in the box and when he gets a pitch he’s not missing it.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) tosses his bat after striking out during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, left, rounds first base after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins’ Starlin Castro holds his helmet after flying out during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen waits as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock runs after hitting a double during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) is met by A.J. Pollock (11) at the plate after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May is high-fived after being removed during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches two-run home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, right, hands the ball to manager Dave Roberts (30) as he is removed during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin delivers a pitch in relief during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins assistant trainer Mike Kozak, right, talks with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after Fairchild was hit by a pitch thrown by Miami Marlins reliever Jarlin Garcia during the ninth inning of the Marlins’ baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ExpandMIAMI — It’s a long way from the top to the bottom of the National League.The Dodgers, the league’s best team with 80 wins, hammered that point — along with a lot of pitches — home Tuesday night, battering the league’s worst team, the Miami Marlins, 15-1.The Dodgers tied a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits (six home runs, six doubles and a triple) and set a Marlins Park record with six home runs. Nine different Dodgers had at least one extra-base hit — including reliever Caleb Ferguson who now has two major-league hits to cherish.The lopsided evening played out in front of announced crowd of 8,729 fans — many of them wearing Dodgers blue and not Marlins … whatever their latest team color is. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more