RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Paris Saint-Germain have maintained their unbeaten record in Group A after coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League encounter at the Bernabeu.Real were well on course for victory thanks to a double from Karim Benzema, but late efforts from Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia secured a point for the French outfit.While PSG have lost their perfect record in the group, Thomas Tuchel’s side have now sealed top spot ahead of their European rivals with a game to spare.Moments before kickoff in Spain, Real’s place in the last 16 was confirmed after Club Brugge could only draw with Galatasaray, and it ultimately led to a more free-flowing performance than may have been produced had they still required a result.While PSG threatened early through two close-range opportunities for Mauro Icardi, Real soon emerged as the better team and deservedly took the lead thanks to a fine team goal finished off by Benzema.Some sharp play from Eden Hazard set things in motion and after Isco had fired against the post after meeting Federico Valverde’s cutback, the Frenchman was on hand to send a smart finish into the far corner of the net.Hazard was producing arguably his best performance since his arrival from Chelsea in the summer, although it was Toni Kroos who twice went close with good efforts from the edge of the area.Dani Carvajal and Marcelo also tested former Real stopper Keylor Navas, although PSG came more into the contest during the final 15 minutes with Marco Verratti having a long-range effort pushed away by Thibaut Cortois and Mbappe firing too close to the goalkeeper from a tight angle.Just before the half-time whistle, the visitors thought they had earned a penalty when Courtois tripped Icardi inside the area, with the place where the infringement took place only being confirmed by VAR.However, after the referee had taken the opportunity to watch the video screen at the side of the pitch, he withdrew a red card controversially handed to Courtois and overturned his call to give a penalty due to a soft foul on Marcelo on the halfway line.Thomas Tuchel chose to introduce Neymar at half time, but it was Real who stormed out of the blocks after the restart, with Benzema having a close-range effort blocked by Navas.While PSG continued to have flurries forward, the better chances were being created by Real, firstly through Kroos who saw another 20-yard strike go narrowly off target.Moments later, Navas was back in the action to claw away Isco’s flick at the near post, but Real’s momentum was halted when Hazard was forced to be withdrawn with an ankle injury.Gareth Bale received a mixed reaction as he replaced the Belgian, but the winger played his part as Real extended their advantage with just 11 minutes remaining.The Welshman’s header led to the ball going into the path of Marcelo, and the left-back’s cross was perfect for Benzema to power a header into the roof of the net from six yards out.However, while there was a feeling that PSG were beaten, the visitors were gifted a way back into the contest by Raphael Varane and Courtois, who got in each other’s way to allow Mbappe to divert the ball into the net from virtually on the line.The French giants had the momentum and their equaliser arrived just over two minutes later as the ball found its way to Sarabia, who was waiting on the edge of the area.While the former Sevilla man had the time to take a touch, he instead found the top corner of Courtois’s net with a stunning half-volley.Both teams had further opportunities during four minutes of added-on time, with Bale almost stealing the headlines with a brilliant free kick which struck the post.However, after that near miss, the teams were left to share the spoils, with PSG likely being more satisfied with a point than their hosts.Tags: PSGReal MadridUCL
SOUTHAMPTON, England, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder said Sunday he had not spoken to Jermaine Blackwood following his glaring first innings indiscretion that cost him his wicket cheaply, but always knew the dashing right-hander would have a key role to play in any successful run chase to win the opening Test.Blackwood gifted his wicket cheaply for 12 on Friday, smashing an ordinary delivery from off-spinner Dom Bess into mid-off’s lap as West Indies were dismissed for 318 in reply to England’s 204.However, the 28-year-old redeemed himself with an innings of the highest quality here Sunday, laying aside his usually impulsive stroke-play to top-score with 95 as West Indies chased down a target of 200 to pull off a four-wicket win at the Ageas Bowl.“After his first innings dismissal I said nothing to him. He knew what he’d done and he knew he is a better player than what he did in the first innings so there was no need to talk to him,” Holder told a media conference.“I [always] felt he was going to be a crucial player for us in this run chase, him and probably John Campbell because these guys when they get going score relatively quickly and can really swing the tide for us when they form partnerships.“I just said to Jermaine ‘look, just give yourself a chance, give yourself a good chance. See a few balls and then play your game. If you see a ball in your arc and you feel you can put it away, put it away’ because that’s the way he plays.”He continued: “I don’t like to get into complicating players’ heads and congesting their brains with too much information. They’re all responsible enough and know themselves well enough. We’re just here to help one another – lots of these guys in the dressing room help me and help me in significant ways.”The game marked Blackwood’s first start in a Test match in nearly three years after featuring on the Windies’ last tour here in 2017 before being axed later that year.He appeared as a concussion substitute in the second Test against india in Kingston last year when Darren Bravo was forced out of the game, but missed out again thereafter.Blackwood impressed in the recent West Indies first class championship where he plundered nearly 800 runs at an average of 51 and Holder said he had merited his place in the side by the sheer weight of his performances.“To be honest, his case was pretty strong to get back into the team. He scored a double hundred this year in a first class game,” Holder explained.“Unfortunately for me, I haven’t been able to see him bat but his numbers speak for themselves and he’s not a slouch with the bat at this level either.“In comparison to the players we’ve got, he’s still averaging above 30 so he’s done well for us. We just hope he can kick on and make a few more hundreds.”West Indies appeared to be squandering the opportunity to take a 1-0 lead in the series when they slumped to 27 for three before lunch on Sunday’s final day.However, Blackwood repaired the innings, first in a 73-run fourth wicket stand with Roston Chase who made 37, and then in a 68-run fifth wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich who made 20.The victory came on the heels of the Windies’ 2-1 series victory in the Caribbean last year and saw them take a giant stride towards ending a 32-year wait for a series win on English soil“It’s a massive, massive win. To beat England in England is no easy feat,” said Holder, who presided over the Windies’ last win at Leeds three years ago.“We were able to do it last time we were here in 2017 so we all know what the feeling is like but things have changed drastically since then.“They’re a massive, massive unit in their backyard so to start the series this well is very promising for us and we feel very proud about the way we performed.”In fact, Sunday’s victory was in complete contrast to the manner in which West Indies started their last series here in 2017.In a nightmare performance at Edgbaston, West Indies slumped to an innings and 209-run defeat and went on to lose the series despite a revival at Leeds.This time around, Holder said there was an awareness they needed to begin the series strongly.“We want to win every cricket match we play. It doesn’t often work that way but at the end of the day we strive to win every single Test match we step on the park to play,” he stressed.“In the past we haven’t always started series this well and have been made to play catch up but it was always important we started this series well.”
MASON CITY — A Mason City woman has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and theft charges.34-year-old Amber Griffin was charged this past fall with four counts of insurance fraud by presenting false information and one count of second-degree theft after an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau. The bureau said the charges stemmed from an investigation that started back in February of last year as Griffin allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent insurance claims to her insurance company seeking reimbursement through her insurance policy.Griffin pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges, with court records stating that in return for her pleas prosecutors will recommend three years of probation, suspended five-year prison terms and that Griffin pay restitution.Her sentencing is scheduled for May 20th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander said after Sunday’s victory that the team was able to recover after the Navigators tied the game in the second period and the team effort as a whole was better compared to Saturday night.“It was better effort and attitude. We had a bit of a lax in the second period when we were down on ourselves again and we were having a tough time controlling our emotional roller coaster that we have going on here with our young guys,” he explained. “It’s tough when you get into junior hockey and you’re playing with older guys. The team that can maintain their level headedness through three periods usually gives themselves a better opportunity. We did a little better job of that tonight gathering ourselves up after that second period and coming out and finishing the game hard.”Another contributing factor in the win was the commitment to staying disciplined in the game. In Saturday’s contest the Huskies nullified three man advantage opportunities as they took penalties on the power play.- Advertisement -“Discipline was a lot better. Last night [Saturday] we negated three power plays with bad decisions after the whistle that there was no need for. Those are scoring opportunities for you that you just can’t give away when you work so hard to get one and you push it away with a stupid decision.” Alexander said.Despite facing 37 shots in the game, goaltender Daimon Derouin was sharp and steady between the pipes.“They kept the shots to the outside which was awesome. It definitely helps. There was a couple where they snuck in but for the most part it was to the outside so I didn’t feel as busy. It makes it a lot easier. It’s what we try to work on.” he stated.Advertisement Scoring for the Huskies in the tilt were Cayle Bell (3), and Shawn Wilson.The Huskies will take on the Navs for the third time in three games as they’ll be in Peace River on Friday night. They’ll return home to take on the Grande Prairie JDA Kings the following evening at 8 p.m.
1 Chelsea have agreed a £40million move for Manchester United target Tiemoue Bakayoko, who will pen a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.According to French outlet RMC, the deal is done, with a medical booked in for Friday ahead of the official completion of the transfer.French champions Monaco have finally accepted the offer from Chelsea, who made Bakayoko one of their top targets earlier this summer.It will come as bad news for United, who have also been extensively linked with the young Frenchman during this window.United boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a hard-working, combative midfielder before the start of the season and Bakayoko appeared to fit the bill.The Old Trafford giants have also been linked with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Roma’s Belgian ace Radja Nainggolan.Bakayoko was a key member of the Monaco squad who won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-final and is now considered one of the best midfielders of his kind in world football.As such, £40m could eventually be considered as very shrewd business for the man still under contract until 2019.Manchester United and Chelsea to go head-to-head for Radja Nainggolan – reports Tiemoue Bakayoko