Olympiakos beats Iraklis 3-0 to keep 13-point lead in Greece

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos beat Iraklis 3-0 Sunday in the Greek league to keep its 13-point lead over Panionios and PAOK.Panionios beat Xanthi 2-0, and PAOK defeated Asteras 3-2.Bruno Viana opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 2nd minute with a header off a corner by fellow Brazilian Seba.In the 42nd, Olympiakos scored on the break, with Tarik Elyounoussi heading in Diogo Figueiras’ cross.Goalkeeper Huanderson blocked Brown Ideye’s shot from close range but Costas Fortounis got the rebound to make it 3-0 in the 56th.Also Sunday, AEK Athens scored five first-half goals on its way to a 6-0 thrashing of Veria.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Conte Quickly Making His Mark At Inter With Perfect Start (Video)

first_imgROME — Three rounds into Serie A, Inter Milan is already displaying the same grit, energy and determination that have been the hallmark of Antonio Conte’s teams.The Nerazzurri overcame a strong performance by 10-man Udinese for a 1-0 win on Saturday to extend their perfect start and establish a two-point lead over eight-time defending champion Juventus atop the standings.Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi scored with a difficult, diving header shortly after Rodrigo De Paul — Udinese’s most talented player — was sent off for slapping Antonio Candreva.Conte spent last season idle after winning multiple trophies at Juventus and Chelsea — plus a spell as the coach of Italy — and he’s picking up right where he left off.For the full 90 minutes, Conte ran up and down the sideline, gesticulating and urging his team on from the coach’s box.Earlier, Maurizio Sarri had a disappointing touchline debut with Juventus in a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina as the Bianconeri dropped their first points.Also, Napoli warmed up for its Champions League opener against titleholder Liverpool with a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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What they said, what they meant: Big 12 coaches edition (Part I)

first_imgCharlie StrongWhat he said about saying in the spring that Texas wasn’t close to a national title: “If you think about it, we were not a healthy football team at that time. But we still have some work to do. I can’t say just how far off we are and that we will not know that until we go compete this fall. But we still have work to do. Now, we’re not as bad as we used to be.”What he meant: “Thanks, Mack.”Bill SnyderWhat he said: “And I learned some time ago, probably 30 some‑odd years ago, that I needed to do it a little differently. And my decision was, simply put, that be where you are. And I chose to do that. And that allowed me to become better at things I was doing and never looked to move on. It wasn’t significant to me. I valued where I was, where my family was and doing what we were doing, and that was kind of the approach that I’ve taken.”What he meant: I don’t have a translation. That’s just awesome life advice.Dana HolgorsenWhat he said: “I think our players in our locker room understand what the Big 12 is all about. They understand how challenging it is. They understand what the venues are like. They understand what the teams, personnel, coaching, style of play is like. I obviously tried my hardest to be able to relay that to not only the players but the coaches and the administration and the fan base. And until we get through it for a couple of years, I knew it was going to be challenging.”What he meant: “I already submitted my 2015 resume to be Washington’s offensive coordinator. I’m stoked about potentially living on a boat.”Paul RhoadsWhat he said: “I think if you’re playing in our program, you know it’s one that’s passion-filled. It’s blue-collar. It’s hard work. It’s a program where we’re not afraid to wear our emotions on our shirt sleeve, and that kind of honesty is appreciated by our kids.”What he meant: “I have zero athletes.”Photo Attribution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! StoopsBig 12 media days (all media days, for that matter) always crack me up. The actors get up there and recite their lines and we always buy what they’re selling. Everybody is “excited” and “working hard” and really all of it is just a steaming pile of crap, Charlie!With that, I’ve reformatted some of the things that were said at this year’s media days and broken it up into two parts.Here’s the first.Bob StoopsWhat he said about DGB: “But as far as the process of him being a part of our team, through extensive conversations, first of all, I had a close relationship as did Coach (Jay) Norvell, our receiver coach, from recruiting Dorial personally as well as with his family. And then through extensive conversations with the people at Missouri and our people, it was something that we felt the person that he is, the potential that he has as a young man and as an individual, that we felt the opportunity to give him a second chance at our place could serve him well.”What he meant: “Dude, have you seen him run a deep slant in double coverage? Filthy.”last_img read more

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Player Ratings: Melb Victory v Sydney FC

first_imgA-League Player ratings: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC – Deng own-goal gifts Sky Blues victory Cronan Yu and Kieran Francis Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory A-League Melbourne Victory v Sydney Melbourne Victory Sydney The Victory dominated early proceedings but failed to register a shot on goal as the Sky Blues began their title defence with a vital win An unfortunate own-goal from Thomas Deng proved to be the difference as reigning A-League champions Sydney FC narrowly defeated Melbourne Victory 1-0 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.The hosts had hoped of avenging their Grand Final loss to the Sky Blues exactly five months ago and Kevin Muscat’s men piled on the pressure in the early stages of the match.However, the Victory were made to pay for their deficiencies in the final third as Graham Arnold’s men took the lead after Deng turned the ball into his own net off a sumptuous Luke Wilkshire cross moments after the restart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Here’s how both sets of players fared in the season’s first Big Blue.MELBOURNE VICTORYLawrence Thomas – 5: Could have got a stronger hand to the goal but also made a superb save to deny Wilkshire’s stinging drive in the second half.Jason Geria – 5.5: Put in a decent performance down the right hand side but lacked quality when he got into attacking areas.James Donachie – 6: Looked a bit shaky at times but wasn’t at fault for any catastrophic moments. Passed the ball into midfield well.Rhys Williams – 6.5: Marshalled the back four solidly and also strode into midfield with the ball on several occasions. Had a chance to equalise late but the shot was blocked.Thomas Deng – 4: Looked uncomfortable in an unfamiliar left-back position. Was exposed for pace on a few occasions. The own goal was unlucky.Leigh Broxham – 5.5: Was solid without being remarkable. The midfield battle with O’Neill and Brilliante was relatively even.Carl Valeri – 3.5: Has father time caught up with the Victory skipper? Looked slow and gave away plenty of fouls. Not his best performance.Jai Ingham – 3: Constantly found himself in good attacking positions but delivered woefully into the penalty area.Leroy George – 7: Impressive performance on debut. Got on the ball plenty of times and moved well. Will be interesting to see his role when Troisi returns.Muscat: We won’t see the best of George for a few weeks but I was pleased with him tonight #MVCvSYD— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) October 7, 2017Mitch Austin – 3.5: Was in the same boat as Ingham. Also had a good chance to open the scoring but took too long to shoot and was closed down by Buijs.Besart Berisha – 4.5: Didn’t really get much service but also didn’t manage to inject himself into the game. Had one golden chance in the six-yard box but made poor connection and it was blocked.SUBSTITUTESJosh Hope – 5: Came on for George after 65 minutes. Looks to be a tidy player and one for the future.Christian Theoharous – 5.5: Played the last eight minutes aterr replacing Austin and was Victory’s most threatening player during that period. Delivery into the box needs significant work.- Kieran FrancisSYDNEY FCAndrew Redmayne – 7.5: Ostensibly nervous to begin with but commanded his box well as the match progressed particularly from set pieces. Dealt with everything Victory threw at him.Paulo Retre – 3: Found himself in dangerous positions going forward only for his first touch to let him down on several occasions. His crosses often failed to find the mark and was just as woeful in defence. Jordy Buijs – 6: Handled the pressure well from the beginning thwarting a quick break from Mitch Austin   early on before blocking a Berisha shot from close range in the second half.  Alex Wilkinson – 7: Started the season the way he finished the last, organised the back four well, struck up a great partnership with Buijs and barely put a foot wrong throughout.Luke Wilkshire – 5: Forced to start on the left-flank with Zullo out injured but chipped, looked lively in attack but was kept busy by Geria and Ingham throughout. Delivered a sumptuous cross as Deng turned the ball into his own net. Was denied by Thomas moments later. Joshua Brillante – 6: Busy in midfield and was particularly effective in defence has he was forced to deputise for an adventurous Retre. Played with more attacking intent in in the second half. FT | A tidy away performance as we leave Etihad with 3 points & a clean sheet in a composed performance! #SydneyIsSkyBlue #BigBlue pic.twitter.com/4pvCEw8HIC— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) October 7, 2017Brandon O’Neill – 5.5: Looked rusty in the opening 45 minutes, misplacing a number of passes in transition. Much improved after the break as he neutralised Leroy George.Adrian Mierzejewski – 7:  Was promising on debut. Might’ve been deployed on right-flank but was all over the park as asserted himself into the match. Had a good opportunity to open the scoring in 26th minute but hesitated. Was substituted for David Carney in the 75th minute.Alex Brosque – 5: Lively to begin with but his influence diminished as the match wore on. Was withdrawn in the 67th minute.Milos Ninkovic – 8: The Johnny Warren Medalist once again showcased his trickery, vision and superb technique as he led Sydney FC’s resurgence from the front. Was a constant threat to Victory’s defence and was by far the Sky Blues’ best man on the field.Bobo – 5: Endured a frustrating first half and was dispossessed on numerous occasions. Should’ve doubled the team’s lead but headed Mierzejewski’s chip well over from six yards out. Replaced with two minutes to go.SUBSTITUTES:  Matt Simon – 4:  Came on for Alex Brosque in the 67th minute. First impression was disappointing as he tried to link up with Bobo on the break only for the move to fall through. Was generally rusty and ineffective.David Carney – 4:  Replaced Mierzejewski with 15 minutes to go. Only real contribution was a sloppy pass to Bobo moments after coming on.Sebastian Ryall – N/A: Came for Bobo with two minutes remaining as Sydney FC looked to close out the match.- Cronan Yulast_img read more

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