La Liga round-up: Real Madrid beaten 4-1 by Valencia as Carlos Soler scores hat-trick of penalties | Football News

first_imgReal Sociedad's players beat virus-depleted Granada Image:Real Sociedad’s players beat virus-depleted Granada Valencia’s teenage forward Lee Kang-in almost struck a third early in the second period but Courtois turned his shot onto the post.The home side kept up the momentum though and won two further penalties, for a foul by Marcelo on Maxi Gomez then a handball by Sergio Ramos.Soler converted each time, becoming only the third player in the history of La Liga to score three penalties in a single match.Five in a row for Real Sociedad Soler saw his spot-kick saved by Thibaut Courtois and then hit the post on the rebound, while team-mate Yunus Musah netted the loose ball, only to see the goal ruled out after a VAR review showed him encroaching in the area.A re-take was ordered and Soler made no mistake at the second attempt.Valencia took the lead before half-time through a freak own goal from Raphael Varane, who unwittingly sent the ball flying over his head and just over the line, the goal being awarded several minutes later following another VAR review.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Earlier, Real Sociedad beat a nearly unrecognisable Granada side 2-0 to return to the top of La Liga.The visitors’ attempt to get the game postponed due to a spate of coronavirus cases was turned down by authorities, meaning they were forced to make nine changes from last week’s 1-1 draw with Levante and started with five players aged 20 or under.Granada’s makeshift side made a bright start but Sociedad took the lead midway through the first half through left-back Nacho Monreal, before a Mikel Oyarzabal penalty five minutes later doubled their advantage.Brazilian forward Willian Jose had a spot-kick saved by Granada’s 18-year-old ‘keeper Angel Jimenez in the second half and Sociedad ended the game with 10 men as defender Robin Le Normand was shown a straight red card in the 86th minute.Granada earned a penalty in added time but Darwin Machis was denied by an excellent save from Alex Remiro and the Basques celebrated a fifth consecutive La Liga victory.Other La Liga results:Getafe 1-3 VillarrealLevante 1-1 AlavesValladolid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao Valencia forward Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick of penalties as his side beat La Liga champions Real Madrid 4-1 at home in an extraordinary match on Sunday.Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead with a scorching strike from outside the area only for Valencia to pull level eventually with the first of Soler’s three penalties after a most unusual turn of events.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

LA Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir turns in solid effort in victory over Cardinals

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Painful as some of the defense has been to watch in this series, Kazmir was as easy on the eyes Saturday as he has been since his first start of the season (when he allowed just one hit over six innings in San Diego).This time, he allowed just three hits and an unearned run over the first eight innings, coming one out short of his first nine-inning complete game since May 2014 with the Oakland A’s.“It’s the best fastball life and command that he’s had all season,” Roberts said. “It was encouraging to see him hold his velocity. He was getting the first-pitch breaking ball over for a strike. The changeup was good. The whole sequence and his rhythm with Yazzi (catcher Yasmani Grandal) – they were in sync all night long.”Kazmir had given up six home runs in his previous four starts and the Cardinals lead the majors in home runs. But that combustible mix didn’t ignite until the ninth inning when Roberts left gave him a chance to finish what he started. Kazmir gave up a two-run home run to pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker on his 120th pitch of the night.Kazmir was still hitting 93 and 94 mph on the stadium radar gun into the ninth inning – a significant increase from the 90.8 his fastball averaged over his first seven starts this season. There seems to be a logical explanation for the renewed life on his fastball as well as the more effective changeup. The wrist discomfort that Kazmir began experiencing in spring training could have affected his grip and release of both pitches.“I don’t want to get into that. It was something that was just more frustrating than anything,” Kazmir said of the injury that has him limited to bunting only, no full swings, at the plate.“I don’t want to say one thing was hindering me on certain pitches but, you know – everything’s feeling better and better. My wrist, thumb, whatever you want to call it is feeling better and better.”Kazmir might not want to say it. But Roberts was willing to endorse the theory that the wrist issue might have been more of an issue in his slow start (a 5.54 ERA through his first seven starts) than Kazmir would acknowledge.“I think it might have been,” Roberts agreed. “I think as a player you don’t want to let on too much as far as injury. But I think it might have been. Obviously it sounds like it played a factor. He wasn’t throwing his changeup as much earlier as far as with the injury. But now he feels confident with the change and the velocity is coming back.“He says he feels 100 percent and obviously with the velocity tonight it seems like that’s the truth.”Seager made up for his blunders in the field with thunder at the plate. He had three hits in the game, drove in one run with a single in the fifth inning and another with a solo home run in the seventh.“You know you made a mistake,” Seager said. “You come in, talk about it and then try to put it behind you. Unfortunately, it happened twice. But you’ve got to move on.”That RBI single was part of a fifth inning that turned the game in the Dodgers’ direction.The Cardinals had just tied the game, 1-1, with their unearned run in the top of the inning when their starter, Carlos Martinez, took the mound for the bottom of the inning. He was there long enough to owe back taxes.Over 40 pitches (including a 12-pitch at-bat by Adrian Gonzalez), the Dodgers worked Martinez for three runs on two walks and two hits – Seager’s RBI single and a push bunt by Kazmir, still not allowed to take a full swing. Justin Turner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Gonzalez another when his long encounter with Martinez ended in a ground out.That was more than enough offense for Kazmir who got better as the night wore on. He retired 13 of 15 Cardinals batters before giving up a two-out single to Randal Grichuk in the ninth. Roberts stayed in the dugout as the left-handed Hazelbaker was sent up to face Kazmir and homered.“It just felt like I kind of got punched in the gut right there,” Kazmir said of falling just short of the complete game.Kenley Jansen got the last out for his 13th save.center_img Before Friday’s game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked to preview the weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals. He accommodated the questioner, saying he expected “good, clean baseball.”Boy, was he wrong.Not that Roberts should mind. The Dodgers and Cardinals have combined for eight errors (including six by their two rookie shortstops, Corey Seager and Aledmys Diaz) in the first two games of the series. But the Dodgers have risen above the clutter to win both games, taking a 5-3 victory Saturday night.Combined with Clayton Kershaw’s three-hit shutout of the New York Mets on Thursday, the Dodgers have their first three-game winning streak since April 13-15 and have moved three games over .500 (20-17) for the first time since April 26.last_img read more

Pezer qualified for the Finals

first_imgMesud Pezer, Bosnian athlete, will qualify for the finals in the shot put at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade.On the qualifications in Kombank Belgrade Arena 23 competitors participated, and Pezer finished on the 7th place.Pezer’s personal record is 20.37 meters in the hall, and in Belgrade his first shot put was 19.78 meters, while the third was 20.13 and with that result he qualified for the finals which is scheduled for tonight at 19:20 o’clock.Top six competitors who threw above 20.5 meters were automatically qualified for the finals.These are David Storl (21.16), Konrad Bukowiecki (21.06), Tomas Stanek (20.94), Ladislav Prasil (20.68), Canko Arnaudov (20,52) and Stipe Zunic (20,52).Among them, Pezer and Mikhail Abramcuk also entered the finals due to the best results. Asmir Kolašinac, one of the favorites of the competition, missed three centimeters for entering the finals (19.96).(Source: klix)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FIREPOWER OF FANAD GAELS DUO MCVEIGH AND FRIEL TOO MUCH FOR CLOUGHANEELY TO HANDLE

first_imgGaeil Fhánada got their league campaign off to a perfect start in Tria Locha with a comfortable 5 point victory over familiar opposition in the form of Cloughaneely. Michael O’Connor and Dougie Corbett started their reign in Fanad, giving competitive debuts to youngsters Paul O’Connor, Brian ‘Barney’ McBride and Conor McGonigle.Cloughaneely travelled without the services of Kevin Mulhern, Darren McGeever and Denis Boyle, all prominent players within the Cloughaneely camp. It was a glorious day in Fanad, however, as is with Tri A Loch, a testing breeze blew across the pitch.The pitch offered no bounce which the Cloughaneely forwards would soon find out.Fanad started off promisingly, and despite playing against the breeze, dominated possession.However, they only had one score to show for their efforts, a Brian McVeigh effort from outside the 21. Cloughaneely then took control and hit two points, one from Declan McGarvey from a placed ball, the other off the foot of Sean Maguire.Fanad then put two points on the board through a Nanny Friel free and a fine effort from McVeigh after a lung bursting run.Cloughaneely were punished three times in the first half for picking the ball off the ground, testament to the dead bounce on the pitch.They did equalise through a John Fitzgerald free, and it was to be their last score of the half.Paddy Heraghty was black carded for the homeside, it was an unfortunate black card as Paddy seemed to get tangled with Cillian Gallagher as he made the tackle, however there were no complaints from Paddy. On came veteran Cathal Martin to steady the ship. Jimmy Coyle and Kevin McElwaine were nullifying the threat of Ciaran Scanlon and Shaun Maguire from midfield, and Fanad were playing a strong running game.This was evident with their next two scores, first, Michael Sweeney was fouled as he bore down on goal, Nanny Friel pointed the resulting free, and in a similar move, Mark ‘Sparky’ Friel was deliberately fouled as he was rounded the keeper, the result being a penalty and a black card to the Cloughaneely keeper Sean McCafferty.On came Ciaran Mór Gallagher to replace him, and his first task was to pick the ball from the net as Nanny Friel clinically dispatched the penalty.Half time score: Fanad Gaels 1-04 – 0-03 Cloughaneely. Fanad started the second half strongest, Ryan McGonigle featuring strongly, and a fine ball inside to Marty McAteer was finished off his weaker left foot for the first score of the second half.Credit to Cloughaneely, and especially to John McGarvey, who stormed through two challenges to find himself one- on-one with Paul O’Connor.McGarvey’s initial shot was saved by O’Connor, but the deflection cruelly bounced off Fanad captain Fergal Friel and into the net.This left the score 1-05 to 1-03 in Fanad’s favour, but Fanad were in no mood to let their opponents back into the game.With the next attack, they hit a goal, an excellent ball from Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel, who entered the fray just before half time, found his namesake Seami Nanny, who turned the sticky Martin Ferry and finished superbly.Michael Sweeney then got his name on the scoresheet from a tricky angle after superb hardwork from Jonny Friel.With the next kickout, Jonny Friel broke the ball straight to Seami Coshia Friel, who in turn found Michael Sweeney.A ball over the top found Brian McVeigh in acres of space and he drove the ball high to the roof off the Cloughaneely net for a fantastic worked team goal.This left the score 3-06 to 1-03 for Fanad. Some ill-disciplined tackling from Fanad meant Cloughaneely hit three points in a row, John McGarvey (0-2f) and John Fitzgerald (0-1f) the contributors.Scores from Seami Nanny (a monster free from all of 45 yards near the touchline) and Brian McVeigh meant the cushion was pushed out to 8 points.Martin McGuire (Cloughaneely) was red carded for verbals directed at the referee, this didn’t phase the Falcarragh men and they did strike a goal through Cillian Gallagher with 5 minutes remaining to leave it a 5 point game, however Coshia Friel put the game to bed with a great point off his left boot.John Fitzgerald ended the scoring with a free with only a minute remaining. Overall Fanad will be happy with the result.McGonigle and McBride kept Fitzgerald and McGarvey scoreless from play, which is a fantastic which is a fantastic achievement given the free scoring both the Cloughaneely men demonstrated in our Intermediate semi-final in 2014.Jimmy Coyle and Ryan McGonigle carried the ball well, and the wing half forward combination of the Friel brothers, Jonny and Mark, covered every blade of grass on the pitch. The firepower of McVeigh and Nanny Friel was the difference in the end.Next competitive game for the Gaels is Killybegs away on Easter Monday.GAA NEWS: FIREPOWER OF FANAD GAELS DUO MCVEIGH AND FRIEL TOO MUCH FOR CLOUGHANEELY TO HANDLE was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fanad gaelsGAANoticesSportlast_img read more