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Kinghorn hat-trick sees Scotland down Italy in Six Nations opener

first_img0Shares0000Hat-trick hero: Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn dives over the line to score his third try in a 33-20 win over Italy in the Six Nations at Murrayfield © AFP / ANDY BUCHANANEDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Blair Kinghorn became the first Scotland player to score a hat-trick of tries in the Six Nations and its five-team predecessor for 30 years as in an opening 33-20 win at home to Italy on Saturday.The Scots led 33-3 with 10 minutes left, but the Azzurri avoided a morale-sapping thrashing with three late tries. Edinburgh wing Kinghorn scored twice in the first half and once after the interval to bridge a three decade gap back to March 4, 1989, when Iwan Tukalo claimed three tries in a Five Nations win over Ireland at Murrayfield.Full-back Stuart Hogg and replacement centre Chris Harris also crossed as Scotland won a seventh successive home game in the Six Nations, their longest such run in the championship since 1975.Reigning champions Ireland are sure to pose a sterner test next Saturday but coach Gregor Townsend had reason to be happy with a seventh successive Scottish victory against Italy, who line up against Wales in Rome next Saturday looking to end a record run of 18 successive defeats in the Six Nations.Italy coach Conor O’Shea and captain Sergio Parisse, making a record 66th Six Nations appearance, were left pondering what might have been after scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani and wings Edoardo Padovani and Angelo Esposito all scored tries in a late attacking flurry.O’Shea was forced to change his starting XV before kick-off, injured scrum-half Tito Tebaldi making way for Palazzani. His team were on the back foot from the start of a one-sided opening half.A chip and chase up the right wing would have earned Scotland a second minute try had Italy full-back Jayden Hayward not rushed across to hack the ball into touch.Grant Gilchrist thought he had scored from the ensuing catch and drive but television match official Simon McDowell ruled the Edinburgh lock had made a double movement in getting the ball over the try-line.Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg also stretched the Italian defence to near breaking point but it was the visitors who got the first score on the board, former Scotland Under-20 international Tommaso Allan landing a ninth minute penalty.– Brilliant Russell –Two minutes later, though, Scotland fly-half Finn Russell angled a perfectly judged chip kick into the arms of Kinghorn, affording the left wing a clear run to the line from 22 metres outScotland captain Greig Laidlaw pushed the conversion wide but the Clermont scrum-half atoned for the miss as the hosts stretched their lead to 12-3 with a converted Kinghorn try midway through the first half.It was a superbly executed score. Josh Strauss and Laidlaw smartly switched the direction of an attack, with Kinghorn going over in the left corner after Russell, debutant centre Sam Johnson and Hogg combined in a slick handling move that completely wrong-footed the Italian defence.Six minutes into the second half Scotland were into the comfort zone with a third try, Russell stabbing a kick through for Hogg to beat Esposito to the touch down with his outstretched left hand. Laidlaw’s conversion made it 19-3.Kinghorn’s hat-trick came in the 53rd minute when he cut through the Italian defence from 15 metres after a break by flanker Jamie Ritchie.Laidlaw again converted. Then, Ali Price having replaced the Scotland captain, Russell landed the conversion after Harris burst over in the 61st minute for his first international try.At that stage Scotland were on course for a rout at 30 points ahead but, with Simon Berghan sin-binned, they took their foot off the pedal in the last 10 minutes.Palazzani, Padovani and finally Esposito all exploited lax defending to apply a belated Italy gloss to the scoreline.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Spain hails ‘Clasico of ages’

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, March 24- Barcelona’s thrilling 4-3 away victory over Real Madrid was one of the greatest ‘clasico’ clashes in history, Spain’s press said Monday, declaring the La Liga title race now wide open.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, helped by Andres Iniesta, conquered the Bernabeu, papers said, after the Argentinian scored a hat trick that made him the most prolific scorer in the history of ‘clasico’ matches between the arch rivals. “Barcelona emerged the victors in all aspects of a frenetic night of football and goals, one of the best duels that the eternal rivalry between the two giants of the Liga has produced,” wrote leading sports daily Marca.Real Madrid did everything they could to win but Barcelona had the answer, the paper said.“Driven by the sensational Iniesta and held by the genius of Messi, Barca overcame every adversity,” Marca said.Real Madrid’s defeat left them trailing Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid on goal difference, with Barcelona just one point behind them.“The League Begins,” Marca’s front page headlined.Rival sports daily AS’s front page ran with the headline: “Football Storm.”“Three penalties, seven goals, one expulsion and much emotion,” the paper said.Barcelona-based papers celebrated.“Messi destroys Madrid,” said the front page of Sport.“Leo, outstanding with three goals, and Iniesta signed another historic victory in the Bernabeu,” the paper said.“It was an orchestra against a band,” said Sport’s football commentator Josep Maria Casanovas.“It was like a coup d’etat. Those who believed they were favourites were defeated,” he added. “The Bernabeu had to surrender to the great Barcelona game.”The paper labelled Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo a “cry baby” after he criticised referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco’s performance and said “many people didn’t want us to win today”.Mallenco awarded three penalties on the night with Ronaldo scoring the first one for Madrid to put them 3-2 up 10 minutes after half-time.However, Sergio Ramos was then sent-off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity for a foul on Neymar inside the area. Then Xabi Alonso was adjudged to have tripped Andres Iniesta seven minutes from time.“Delirious!” blared the front page of Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo, summing up the mood in the Catalan capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Roy Hodgson: Star striker should not expect to walk into the England team for upcoming friendlies

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Roy Hodgson has told Jamie Vardy he should not expect to walk into the England team for the friendlies against Spain and France.Vardy’s fairytale rise from non-league journeyman to top-flight star shows no sign of ending any time soon.The Leicester forward, who was playing non-league football just three years ago, has started the season in fine form and is the most prolific marksman in the Premier League this season.The 28-year-old tops the league scoring charts, with 11 goals in as many matches. If he scores in his next two matches he will become the only striker other than Ruud van Nistelrooy to score in 10 successive Premier League games.With Vardy in such fantastic form, it came as no surprise that Hodgson named the striker in his squad for this month’s marquee friendlies when it was announced on Thursday.Yet Hodgson made it clear after naming his 23-man party that there are no guarantees Vardy will start either in Alicante next Friday or versus the French in London four days later.Hodgson seemed to talk down Vardy’s prospects and then explained: “I am just trying, as I sometimes try to do – always unsuccessfully – to defuse hype and make one very important point – that an England shirt is a valuable commodity.“When you have only [started] two games you are in no position to go to the coach and say ‘I will play for England but only in this position’. That is the point I am trying to make.”On the face of it, it was a bizarre comment given there has been no suggestion Vardy has told Hodgson he will not consider playing anywhere other than as a centre-forward.Indeed Hodgson praised the former Halifax and Fleetwood forward for beating the likes of Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Diego Costa to the top of the scoring charts.“I have been pleasantly surprised with him,” said Hodgson, who has handed Vardy all four of his England caps.“When we selected him, I don’t think there were a lot of people in the room saying, ‘Fantastic – that is a great idea as Jamie Vardy is the obvious man’. And now you are. That is all credit to him.”last_img read more

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Palmdale man convicted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Palmdale man was convicted of involuntary manslaughter but acquitted of more serious charges Thursday in the shooting death of a man with whom he had a long-running dispute. Andre Curtis Shaw, 22, was charged in the September 2002 slaying of 20-year-old Joe Gutierrez, who investigators said had a fistfight with Shaw shortly before the shooting. “It was self-defense,” Shaw’s attorney, Carlos Iriarte said. “Two witnesses indicated the deceased, his brother and another individual were coming at Shaw while he was in vehicle. The witnesses said (the victim’s brother) and Joe both had knives. Mr. Shaw moved from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat and ended up in the back seat. That’s when the shots were fired.” After deliberating four days, an Antelope Valley Superior Court jury convicted Shaw of the involuntary manslaughter charge and attempting to murder the victim’s brother, Eric Gutierrez. The jury found Shaw not guilty of first- and second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and shooting from a vehicle. Prosecutors earlier alleged Shaw tried to run over the victim with his car before fatally shooting him as the victim walked home along a Palmdale street. “You can’t take the law into your own hands,” Deputy District Attorney Hayden Zacky said. “You can’t be judge, jury and executioner. If you’ve got a problem with someone, you’ve got to take it to the authorities.” Shaw, who was being held in lieu of $4.4 million bail, is scheduled to be sentenced May 9. He faces up to life in prison on the attempted murder charge alone, Iriarte said. Iriarte said Shaw and the victim had been friends but six months prior to the shooting had a run-in over a bicycle that belonged to Shaw’s younger brother. Two or three days later, Shaw and the victim had a fistfight, and later that night was attacked with a machete by the victim and others, Iriarte said. Joe Gutierrez was shot Sept. 12 just after midnight on Solvay Street near East Avenue S-8, about five to 10 minutes after he had a fistfight with Shaw. Joe Gutierrez was flown to a Mission Hills hospital where he died soon after arriving from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Witnesses identified Shaw as the gunman and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested in Los Angeles in July 2003 on an unrelated narcotics case. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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Real Madrid v Napoli live stream and confirmed lineups

first_img Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking to retain their European crown 1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM REAL MADRID V NAPOLI LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT2, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Real Madrid welcome Napoli to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, looking to take one step closer to retaining their European crown.Los Blancos are aiming to become the first side in the modern format to win back-to-back Champions Leagues as Zinedine Zidane’s team aim to create history this season.Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a knock to take his place in the Real Madrid starting lineup while Gareth Bale continues to build up his fitness.Napoli, meanwhile, have been able to include striker Arkadiusz Milik on the bench.Confirmed line-ups:Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Rodriguez, Benzema, RonaldoSubstitutes: Casilla, Pepe, Nacho, Kovacic, Lucas, Morata, IscoNapoli XI: Reina, Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens, InsigneSubstitutes: Rafael Cabral, Giaccherini, Allan, Jorginho, Maggio, Maksimovic, MilikFor your chance to win £100K, sign up to play Dream Team Europe Fantasy Footballlast_img read more

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Derby sign former Celtic and Hibs defender on short-term deal

first_img Efe Ambrose left Hibs last month Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose has signed for Derby on a short-term deal until the end of the season.The 30-year-old, whose move is subject to international clearance, joins the Rams on a free transfer after he left Hibernian last month. Former Celtic defender Ambrose has more than 50 international caps and has been training with Frank Lampard’s squad ahead of his transfer being completed.The centre-half is relishing the prospect of helping Derby in their promotion push and working under “my hero” Lampard, the former Chelsea and England midfielder.“I had other offers from abroad so when my agent called me and said Derby were interested and they had put an offer to us, with Lampard, I said there is no second choice,” Ambrose told RamsTV. REVEALED targets RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Lampard’s Derby are pushing for promotion Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Ambrose enjoyed success at Celtic 3 “Every player wants to make a mark and I want to do the best I can do to give back to the club.“All I can do to make sure we are in the top six, the play-offs, or the coaches have said, automatic promotion, which is the best to put into the spirit of the players.“I want to prove myself and make sure to repay his trust in me and that is why I’m here.” LIVING THE DREAM 3 “I’ve known Lampard since he was at Chelsea as a player, and he has been my hero and someone I’ve always enjoyed watching play football. He is a legend.“For me to come and have the opportunity to play under him is a great honour and I didn’t think twice to come.”Ambrose added: “I know the ambition what Frank Lampard wants for this club so for me, that is a motivation. Lampard believes Ambrose can prove a positive addition to the squad.“We’ve had the chance to take a look at Efe over the last few days and likewise he has been able to see how we work and want to play,” the Derby boss said on the club website.“Efe is an experienced central defender and he gives us another option in that particular area.“We’re pleased to welcome him on board for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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Sarri lauds ‘great player’ Callum Hudson-Odoi after goalscoring exploits

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi is a ‘great player’ who needs to be nurtured in the correct manner, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said.Hudson-Odoi, the winger, has been frustrated in his quest for regular first-team football over recent months, but he underlined his potential by stepping off the bench to seal Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League defeat of Dynamo Kyiv. 2 Supporters at Stamford Bridge had called for the talented 18-year-old to be brought on before his 78th-minute introduction and he justified the hype with an impressive cameo.However, Blues head coach Sarri once again warned against hastily thrusting Hudson-Odoi into the limelight.“I think to have pressure when you are 18 is very dangerous for a player,” said the Italian.“You can lose the target. When you’re 18 the target is to improve – to improve, tactically, mentally and physically.“So, it’s dangerous for him. I don’t like to speak about him for this reason. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS MONEY LIVE on talkSPORT Hudson-Odoi’s late strike, which followed goals from Pedro and Willian, means Chelsea have one foot in the quarter-finals of the European competition ahead of next week’s second leg in Ukraine.Sarri added: “We were able not to concede a goal at home, which is very important in this competition.“So the result is OK now.” 2 no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade He has now scored four times this season but is still awaiting his first Premier League start.“He is in my mind for every match. In England, I think he’s the only to be born in 2000 to have played 16 matches in the first team,” continued Sarri.“In my opinion a player at 18 years cannot be at the top yet.“He needs to improve because he will be able to arrive at the top only at 22 or 23, like every other player.” shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Hudson-Odoi made another impact for the Blues after being introduced from the bench Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sarri has urged patience with Hudson-Odoi ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “Now I think we need to improve without the pressure of the media, without the pressure of the fans, without the pressure of the club.“He (doesn’t) have to do anything to convince me because I am convinced that he is a very great player.”Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January amid offers from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Sheffield United vs Rotherham (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Saturday) – talkSPORTManchester City vs Watford (Saturday) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Burnley (Sunday) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs Aston Villa (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 We bring you five more live football commentaries across the talkSPORT network throughout the remainder of the week. Find out what they are below… REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF huge blow last_img read more

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Clotet reveals what he said to Monk as feud continues with handshake snub

first_imgWe tried to find comments from our ‘Interim Caretaker Head Coach’ speaking without class about tomorrow’s game. We couldn’t. In the meantime, it’s always nice to hear something from the opposition manager 👀Garry, you want to come?! pic.twitter.com/JyPBrjfXTW— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) November 26, 2019“And manners have to be on top of that, but that’s up to him.”Clotet, who also worked with Monk at Swansea and Leeds, then gave us his side of the story.“When it comes to me personally, I’ve worked in four different countries as a head-coach, or manager, or assistant manager.“I’ve worked with fantastic managers when I’ve been assistant, I have a fantastic relationship with a lot of them and I learned a lot.“They will all agree that I always put their interests ahead of mine. With Garry, together we had five fantastic years.“I think he grew thanks to my experience and my influence, and obviously he helped me a lot. Getty Images – Getty Pep Clotet hit back at Garry Monk after the Sheffield Wednesday boss refused to shake his hand during the 1-1 draw against Birmingham.On a night which saw Kadeem Harris strike in the 81st minute to cancel out Alvaro Gimenez’s opener for Birmingham, the football played second fiddle to the feud between the two managers.The pair worked together at Birmingham before Monk, the current Owls boss, was sacked by the Blues last summer.Clotet was then promoted to caretaker manager, and before Wednesday night’s Championship clash, Monk sensationally claimed he was stabbed in the back by his former assistant. “It was very clear with Garry that I always put his interests in front of mine.“That was very clear at Leeds, where I was living a honeymoon and it would’ve been great to stay, but it wasn’t possible because of his problems.“Then again, at Birmingham, he put me into a position that I could not hold.“For me, everything we hold together is very positive, and I hope that we respect that when we are speaking in front of the media we are speaking about our clubs and we should be speaking respectfully.“We should be speaking about facts and not these kind of things that aren’t real.” Getty Images – Getty Monk salvaged a draw against his former club center_img In an incredible rant, Monk described the decision to work with Clotet as an error in judgement.Clotet could be seen asking for an explanation from his opposite number before the match at Hillsborough, but to no avail.“I wanted to ask him why he said that and I wanted to offer a handshake,” he told talkSPORT.“One thing that I love about British football is that, whatever the rivalry, manners are on top of everything.“When I tried to talk to him and give him my hand, I am giving him the hand of Birmingham City. 2 2 Monk refused to shake Clotet’s hand last_img read more

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Rangers in advanced talks with Allan McGregor over return

first_imgRangers are in advanced talks with Allan McGregor over a return to Ibrox.The Scotland goalkeeper’s contract with Hull expires in the summer.Hearts had been linked with a move for McGregor, but Rangers have firmed up interest in his signature by offering the 36-year-old a two-year deal.McGregor has been a near ever-present for Championship outfit Hull this season having pipped Scotland counterpart David Marshall to the number one jersey. The Light Blues have begun their summer recruitment drive early despite not having a permanent manager in place.Earlier in the week director of football Mark Allan opened discussions with Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield over a pre-contract move.last_img

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Football Friday rocks the Union Buildings

first_img30 October 2009Scenes of diski dancing and sounds of vuvuzelas rocked the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday as Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and a host of Cabinet ministers joined 2010 ambassador Lucas Radebe, mascot Zakumi and a host of other VIPs in a colourful endorsement of the Football Fridays initiative.It was an extraordinary occasion at the seat of government, where strict protocol is usually the order of the day.Click arrow to play slideshowView the full photoset on FlickrVideo: Football Friday hits TshwaneVideo: Diski Dancing in the Capital CityCabinet ministers wearing Bafana Bafana jerseys, including Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, as well as the Deputy President himself, blew their vuvuzelas and danced South Africa’s own diski dance.The western lawn of the Union Buildings was painted the colours of the South African flag as government officials, 2010 Fifa World Cup™ stakeholders and senior government officials gathered to show support for the national football team and to join in mobilising South Africans to adopt Football Fridays.The initiative aims to build support and enthusiasm as the countdown to Africa’s first World Cup gains momentum, by getting South Africans to wear a football jersey – first choice being a Bafana Bafana jersey – every Friday until the start of the World Cup in June 2010.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear a football jersey every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year,” Motlanthe told the gathered crowd.He also urged South Africans to learn the diski dance as part of being a good host and preparing to welcome the world in a celebratory style. Doing the dance, he quipped, would also have long-term health benefits.Former Bafana Bafana captain and 2010 World Cup ambassador Lucas Radebe urged South Africans to participate in the Football Fridays campaign.“By wearing our shirt every Friday, we will not only show a sense of patriotism but also encourage the national team to do well,” Radebe said. “Let’s all support this campaign and rally behind Bafana Bafana, because they need us as a nation.”Also in attendance were 2010 Organising Committee (OC) chief executive Danny Jordaan and chairman Irvin Khoza, SA Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani, and members of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa.Football Fridays is a joint initiative of the country’s major 2010 partners, namely the OC, the IMC, the Government Communication and Information System, South African Tourism and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.Source: BuaNews, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more