Liverpool go 16 points clear as Firmino nets winner at Spurs

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Liverpool stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points and set a record in the process as Roberto Firmino’s first-half goal secured a battling 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.Juergen Klopp’s unbeaten side were not at their best and had to withstand a Spurs fightback after the break but hung on for a 20th win out of 21 league games this season to move further ahead of second-placed Leicester City with a game in hand.Liverpool’s total of 61 points is the most after 21 games of a Premier League season, beating Manchester City’s 59 from two seasons ago, and has never been surpassed in the Spanish, Italian, German or French leagues at the same stage. Firmino’s 37th-minute effort proved enough for Liverpool to march on towards a first English title since 1989-90, but Tottenham substitute Giovani Lo Celso wasted a glorious chance to earn the hosts a draw with a glaring late miss.Liverpool’s fans stood to acclaim their side at the end and Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, who has now won only two of 11 games against Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp, shook hands with every opposition player at the final whistle. “I’m over the moon about the result, but we have to talk about the performance,” a rather subdued Klopp said later. “One team deserved to win and that was our team . To win at Tottenham is pretty special. That the game wasn’t decided after 50-60 minutes was our fault. We should have scored more goals.“We were on the ground towards the end. A couple of our players were slightly exhausted, but we fought through that,” he added after his side stretched their lead over Leicester, who had earlier lost 2-1 at home to Southampton.CLUB RECORDWhile Klopp’s unstoppable side are now unbeaten in a club record 38 league games, Tottenham, who in June faced Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid, are drifting in eighth place, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Liverpool dominated the first half and it needed a superb block by Tottenham’s 20-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga, handed his first league start, to deny Firmino with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hitting the rebound against the post. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk then looked certain to head in Jordan Henderson’s dinked cross but keeper Paulo Gazzaniga made a superb reflex save.With Tottenham sitting deeper and deeper the pressure finally told as they failed to clear the ball and Mohamed Salah’s pass evaded Tanganga for Brazilian Firmino to fire past the stranded Gazzaniga.Spurs, without their injured talisman Harry Kane, were far more lively after the break as Liverpool’s pace slowed. Son Heung-min wasted a great chance to equalise, curling the ball over the bar after Liverpool were caught in possession, and then substitute Giovani Lo Celso somehow missed the target with the goal gaping after being picked out by Serge Aurier.Erik Lamela also came off the bench and tested Liverpool keeper Alisson but the Reds showed incredible defensive discipline to record a sixth successive clean sheet.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe says she’ll be ready for final after sitting out vs. England with injury

The U.S. women’s national team played without an important player during Tuesday’s semifinal of the Women’s World Cup against England as Megan Rapinoe was benched due to a minor hamstring injury. But, she believes she’ll be ready to return for the final.  Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan sends USA into final despite Megan Rapinoe’s absence Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over England Rapinoe gave the U.S. credit for stepping up in her absence and playing through injuries, while praising the depth that the United States has developed.”They dug deep again,” she added. “I mean we talked a lot leading into the tournament about the depth that we have and this is the moment where you need to display it. We had a couple of injuries. People are tired. We’re in the sixth game of a long tournament. We’ve only had three rest days I think for four games in a row or three games in a row and that’s where the depth comes in. Everyone stepped up. We’re not afraid of the moment.”The Americans will now prepare for the final Sunday as they will face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Sweden and Germany. “I’ll be ready,” Rapinoe told Fox Sports after the Americans defeated England 2-1 to advance to the finals. “It’s hard three days on the bounce in this old body.”Entering Tuesday’s match, Rapinoe had scored the USA’s only four goals in the knockout stage. She was replaced by Christen Press and there were questions as to whether Press would be able to fill the void left by the veteran, but Press scored in just the 10th minute. Related News Rapinoe explained what it was like to watch from the bench when many expected her to be on the pitch.”It’s just energy and confidence,” Rapinoe said. “I feel like when we’re on the bench that’s all it is. You need to just be hyped for the team and where you can give those little tidbits but really give that energy. It’s not all the time they’re coming over but there’s VAR decisions and you know breaks in the game and just giving that energy and getting those vibes out there.”  Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match read more

HBU Set to Compete in NCAA Austin Regional

first_imgHOUSTON – HBU Women’s golf embarks on its second consecutive NCAA Regional this time to Austin, Texas at the University of Texas Golf Club Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9.The Huskies earned the automatic bid by winning the Southland Conference Championship title with junior Kaity Cummings, who shot 7-over par 220 to claim the individual title. Junior Lexi Brook tied for fifth with with 12-over par 225, while sophomore Alisa Chong finished eight with 14-over par 227 and freshman Sara Zrnikova finished ninth with 15-over par 228. Sophomore Caylee Senn finished tied for 35th with 31-over par 244.The top five seeds participating in the NCAA Austin Regional Arkansas, Texas, Michigan State, Florida and Auburn. The rest of the field for this 18-team tournament include Oklahoma, Houston, Miami, Baylor, Texas A&M, BYU, East Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, UTSA, Georgetown, and Missouri State. Individuals from SMU, Maryland, TCU and Colorado State.The top-six teams from each of the four regional tournaments will advance to the championships finale held May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State.last_img read more