Champions League final: Fans arrive at Wembley Stadium

first_imgNewsSports Champions League final: Fans arrive at Wembley Stadium by: – May 28, 2011 Share Share Supporters began gathering outside the stadium earlierThousands of excited football fans have arrived at Wembley Stadium for the Champions League final.The Manchester United v Barcelona game is due to kick off at 1945 BST.Supporters of both teams have been congregating outside the ground, where a huge police operation is under way to ensure the game passes peacefully.The game is set to be the most-watched fixture between two club sides ever, with up to 300m people expected to view it worldwide.The bumper viewer figures are expected partly because the final is to be held on a Saturday for only the second time, and also because both clubs have such a huge following.It is being billed as the biggest sporting event in the UK until the London 2012 Olympics.Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said he will not attend the game because he is preparing for an ethics committee hearing following bribery allegations.Blatter has not commented on the proceedings but said: “The facts will speak for themselves.”Some 1,000 police officers are involved in the operation across London. So far there has been no trouble, according to a Metropolitan Police spokesman.The Met has revealed that officers from the Spanish force will be on duty in London during the game.“A Catalan speaking officer from the Met will be liaising with the Spanish police during the event and will be on hand to assist with fans if required,” a spokesman said.“Police spotters from Greater Manchester Police and Spanish police will be working alongside uniformed Met spotters.Pubs closed“If you are subject to a banning order and you attempt to get into the ground you will be arrested.”Each club has 25,000 supporters with match tickets, although an estimated 110,000 fans were expected to travel to London for the final.Pubs in the area closed an hour before kick-off and no alcohol is being permitted inside the stadium.Neither team is missing any star players.Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to start with Javier Hernandez up front, alongside Wayne Rooney.Sir Alex must also decide whether to man-mark Barcelona’s most feared player, Lionel Messi – often considered the best footballer in the world.Many fans are trying to acquire last minute tickets outside the stadium.Dave, a Manchester United supporter, said: “All the Spanish fans have been great and having a really great time – they are really friendly.“I would have travelled to the other side of the world just to savour the atmosphere.”Barcelona supporter Mark said: “It is fantastic to be here. It is a great opportunity for all the people of Barcelona and Manchester.“I hope it will be a good match.“We have fantastic players but Manchester United are a very good team – it will be an equal match.”Earlier in the day Barcelona fans gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square where Nelson’s Column was festooned with flags.‘Take care’A major policing operation is also taking place in Manchester.Extra patrols are being carried out in the city centre as supporters fill pubs and bars to watch the match.Supt Chris Sykes, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Our main aim is to ensure the weekend and bank holiday is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.“There will be a lot of Manchester United fans, and football fans in general, hoping United will be able to overcome Barcelona.“Obviously emotions can run high, but what I’d say is make sure you take care of yourself when out and about.”BBC News 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 qualifier: Super Falcons to regroup for Cote d’Ivoire

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Ahead of the second round of the African qualifying series of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, a total of 30 home-based professionals will arrive at the Super Falcons’ hotel camp in Abuja on Sunday to kick-start preparations for the clash with the Senior Women National Team of Cote d’Ivoire. Seven overseas-based professionals will join the group before the trip to Abidjan for the first leg. Already, world football-governing body, FIFA, has directed that both legs of the qualifying fixture must be concluded between September 30 and October 8, 2019. The Nigeria Football Federation has already picked October 6 for the return leg match slated for the Agege Stadium, Lagos. The venue hosted the return leg of Nigeria/Algeria in the earlier round, with the Falcons winning by a lone goal to push out the Algerians on a 3-0 aggregate. Cote d’Ivoire also emerged 3-0 aggregate winners, eliminating Mali from the series to set up a clash with nine-time African champions Nigeria. Asisat Oshoala, scorer of the lone goal against Algeria in Lagos on September 3, heads the list of the overseas-based professionals that also includes defenders Osinachi Ohale and Chidinma Okeke, midfielders Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene and Chinaza Uchendu, and forwards Francisca Ordega and Rasheedat Ajibade. Midfielder Osarenoma Igbinovia heads the list of 30 home-based professionals. All invited home-based players are expected to arrive at the Chida Hotel, Abuja on September 15, 2019.HOME-BASED PROS Goalkeepers: Christy Ohiaeriaku (Delta Queens); Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels). Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Opeyemi Sunday (Sunshine Queens); Abidemi Ibe (Bayelsa Queens); Ugochi Emenayo (Nasarawa Amazons); Margaret Etim (Rivers Angels); Maryam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons); Mary Ologbosere (Rivers Angels); Blessing Edoho (Ibom Angels); Tosin Dimeyin (Sunshine Queens). Midfielders: Osarenoma Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Ihuoma Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); Folashade Ijamilusi (FC Robo); Suliat Abideen (Sunshine Queens); Josephine Mathias (Rivers Angels); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Regina Otu (Edo Queens); Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels). Forwards: Adejoke Ejalonibu (Nasarawa Amazons); Rafiat Sule (Rivers Angels); Tessy Biahwo (Bayelsa Queens); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Aloko Abdulkareem (Nasarawa Amazons); Gift Monday (FC Robo); Lola Philips (Nasarawa Amazons); Titilayo Aweda (Confluence Queens); Cynthia Aku (Rivers Angels). OVERSEAS-BASED PROS: Rasheedat Ajibade (Avaldsnes, Norway); Osinachi Ohale (CD Tacon, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna DFF, Sweden); Francisca Ordega (Shanghai Zyhongyuan, China); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chidinma Okeke (Madrid CFF, Spain).Tags: Cote d’IvoireFIFASuper FalconsTokyo 2020 Olympic Women’s Football Tournamentlast_img read more

Syracuse’s 3 captains carry Orange to 10th-inning win over Harvard

first_imgVeronica Grant stood 60 feet away from home plate and the winning run. With the game tied and Shirley Daniels at bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, Harvard pitcher Morgan Groom bounced a pitch in front of the plate. The ball got away from catcher Katherine Applebe. Grant bolted home, giving the Orange the walk-off win.“I was really anxious on third,” Grant said. “Coach (Leigh Ross) told me that if there was a passed ball to go for it. I saw it kick away and was able to get home.”After a game filled with missed opportunities by the Orange, the team could finally celebrate. To cap off the Duel at the Dome, the Orange (11-14) gutted a 5-4 extra-inning win over Harvard (5-12) despite its inconsistent play. After Lindsay Taylor led her team to a 6-2 win the day before, SU completed the sweep on Sunday. In a season plagued by inexperience, the Orange’s three veteran captains pushed the team to victory. Grant, Jasmine Watson and Morgan Nandin were responsible for the Orange’s final three runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We need the underclassmen to help out, but in the end, the upperclassmen need to show them the way,” Ross said. “They did a good job of that today, all of our captains contributed in some big way.”Throughout the game, the Orange’s offensive effort was lackluster. After scoring two runs in the first inning on a double steal and sacrifice fly by Corinne Ozanne, SU left the bases loaded in the second. Then, Harvard relief pitcher Gabrielle Ruiz retired eight straight hitters before being pulled for Saturday’s starter Morgan Groom.When Groom took the mound, Nandin embraced an opportunity for revenge. On Saturday, Nandin hit a hard line drive to second base and a ball to the fence, but was retired by Groom each time. Nandin used her third meeting with Groom on the weekend to boost a sputtering Orange offense. “I came so close to hitting a home run off of her on Saturday, and everyone was making fun of me, saying I needed to eat my Wheaties,” Nandin said. “I saw my pitch today and was able to hit a home run, and I don’t hit many of those. It was exciting.”Nandin’s homer in the bottom of the fifth gave the Orange a 3-1 lead, but the Crimson fought back. In the next half-inning, Adrienne Hume reached first on an infield single past pitcher Stacy Kuwick. Then, Jessica Ferri, who had been a tough out for Kuwick all game, hit a two-run home run to tie the game 3-3. After putting runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth, Syracuse again failed to plate any runs. With the game heading to extra innings, Ross sent freshman Lindsey Larkin to the mound. She had yet to pitch a full inning this season. After retiring the first six hitters she faced, Larkin yielded a home run to Harvard center fielder Zoe Galindo in the top of the ninth. The Orange looked deflated until Watson came up big in the bottom half of the inning. Despite struggling all afternoon, Watson hit a fly ball to left center that scored Mary Dombrowski and tied the game again at 4-4. Larkin had no problem retiring Harvard in the top of the 10th, setting up Grant to lead it off.She doubled to right center. A sacrifice bunt by designated hitter Riley Johnson advanced Grant to third. Two failed suicide squeeze attempts by Danielle Chitkowski and Dombrowski each sent her darting within 30 feet of victory before retreating back to third. But Groom’s passed ball let Grant slide into home, sealing the first win of Larkin’s career.“We always keep fighting,” Watson said. “We wanted to show the younger girls that we never give up in games, and I think they’ll follow our lead.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 25, 2013 at 12:58 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Manny Machado leads power breakout as Dodgers pound Mariners

first_imgSince trying to snap his bat over his leg in frustration following a strikeout in Colorado on Sunday, Machado is 6 for 16 with 5 RBIs (his first since July 30) and moved from second to third in the lineup, swapping places with Justin Turner.“It was more of a conversation I had with JT, I had with Manny. Just trying to find out ultimately where they feel most comfortable,” Roberts said of the move. “You’re looking at two elite hitters. So now if I can have a conversation, get their honest opinion where they feel comfortable – for me, that’s what was the deciding factor.“(Machado)’s initial default was ‘Whatever’s best for the ballclub’ but I finally got it out of him, what he feels in his perfect world, if he was writing the script and he said, ‘Third.’ So I talked to JT. It made sense.”Machado spent most of his career in Baltimore batting third in the Orioles’ lineup. But he downplayed the effect of returning to his comfort zone and said the week has simply been a return to the basics as a hitter.“At the end of the day, it’s not really a comfort level. It’s just zoning in and locking in as a hitter,” Machado said.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “That’s much better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, relieved not to be spending his post-game media session performing an autopsy on his every decision.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It was nice – a nice change. Like we’d talked about, the offense was due to break out. They’ve been having good at-bats. Tonight, to kind of have a turn-key game … was big.”If anyone was due, it was probably Manny Machado – and his locker-mate Matt Kemp was piling up late fees for being overdue.The Dodgers hit five home runs in the game, the sixth time this season they have gone deep that many times in a game. They are now 20-0 when they hit at least three in a game.Machado hit two of them Friday, his biggest game since joining the Dodgers. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Since I got here, I’ve told Doc, ‘Whatever you need to do, wherever you need to put me – go ahead.’ I’m not going to say I wasn’t hitting because I was hitting second. It just so happened to be that’s when I locked myself back in and went back to what got me here. … It just happened to be I went back to hitting third as well. When you have JT in front of you, he’s a guy that’s going to see pitches, get on base, drive the ball. It makes it a lot easier for me to hit.”Turner has indeed been on base frequently. He was 2 for 5 Friday, extending his hitting streak to 11 games during which he is 19 for 44 (.432).Kemp has been on the other kind of streak but began to turn it around with two singles Wednesday, his first multi-hit game since July 23. Against the Mariners, he was on base four times thanks to a single, an error, a walk – and his first home run since July 22.“It felt longer,” joked Kemp, who had just one extra-base hit (a bloop double in Colorado last week) during his 79 longball-less plate appearances. “But, hey, I’m going to celebrate. We got a win. I hit a homer.”Yasmani Grandal and Max Muncy could say the same thing, allowing Dodgers starter Walker Buehler to hand a 10-run lead over to the bullpen after his six strong innings. Buehler allowed just one run on three hits while striking out eight.Dylan Floro and Zac Rosscup combined to pitch the final three innings without incident. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano watches a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. The game was Cano’s first home game since returning from an 80-game suspension. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers Yasmani Grandal, right, rounds the bases on a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal gestures as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, right, rounds the bases on a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy begins his swing on a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Fans in the stands try and catch a two-run home run hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc, left, stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) is greeted by third base coach Chris Woodward, right, as Muncy rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) celebrates at the plate with Matt Kemp, right, after Muncy hit a two-run home run to score Kemp during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, and Matt Kemp, right, after greeted in the dugout after Muncy hit a two-run home run to score Kemp during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Starter Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Shortstop Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tries to put a tag on Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners at second base during the third inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Haniger was safe on the play after second baseman Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped a pop fly in short right field. The Dodgers won the game 11-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Shortstop Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ball barehanded hit by Cameron Maybin #10 of the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Maybin reached safely on the play. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. It was Machado’s second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado takes off his batting helmet in the dugout after he hit a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado is greeted in the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. It was Machado’s second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc, left, hands the ball to manager Scott Servais, right, as LeBlanc is pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Christian Bergman reacts after he gave up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, left, watches as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp rounds the bases with a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, center, looks down at the plate after Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) and Cody Bellinger, right, scored on Kemp’s two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting two-run home run off of starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Kemp during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run off of starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Second baseman Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers drops a pop up for an error on a ball hit by Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners as right fielder Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers covers during the third inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to throw to first base after forcing out Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners at first base on a ball hit Denard Span #4 of the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Span reached on a fielder’s choice. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners (2L) and infielders (L-R) Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners, Dee Gordon #9, Robinson Cano #22 and Ryon Healy #27 wait as manager Scott Servais makes his way to the mound to pulls LeBlanc from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI-single off of starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners that scored Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run off of relief pitcher Christian Bergman #56 of the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Center fielder Cameron Maybin #10 of the Seattle Mariners climbs the outfield wall and is unable to get to a two-run home run ball hit by Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers off of relief pitcher Christian Bergman #56 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates hitting a two-run home run off of relief pitcher Christian Bergman #56 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, left, greets shortstop Manny Machado, right, following a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. The Dodgers won 11-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado reacts after the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. Machado had two home runs as the Dodgers won 11-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 17: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Dodgers won the game 11-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NextShow Caption1 of 35Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)ExpandSEATTLE — Too big to fail.After blowing a lead or losing a game in the seventh inning or later each of their previous seven games, the Dodgers built a lead sturdy enough to withstand their bullpen’s reliability issues and beat the Seattle Mariners 11-1 Friday night.The win only allowed the Dodgers to hold their place in the National League playoff picture. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies each won Friday and remain ahead of the Dodgers in the National League West.  Three of the four teams ahead of the Dodgers in the wild-card standings all won (the Phillies, Rockies and Cardinals). The Brewers lost but still hold the second wild card by a half-game over the Cardinals (and 1½ over the Dodgers).But that didn’t cut the effect of a 10-run lead – like a double dose of Xanax, giving their demons the night off.last_img read more

NBA: Magic stun East-leading Celtics in Boston

first_imgOrlando spoiled the return from injury of Boston point guard Kyrie Irving, whose 40 points couldn’t prevent the Celtics from dropping a third straight game for the first time this season.Kyrie had missed Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers with a nagging shoulder injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEvan Fournier scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon produced a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who started the day in a three-way tie for the worst record in the league.Orlando trailed 59-58 at halftime, but out-scored the Celtics 32-12 in the third quarter to take a 90-71 lead into the final frame. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lady Chiefs stretch win streak to 5 MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Team personnel assist Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.  APWASHINGTON, United States — The Orlando Magic parlayed a big third quarter into a 103-95 upset of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, their third win in 20 games coming against the NBA’s Eastern Conference leaders.Elfrid Payton scored 22 points for the Magic, who had lost their last 14 games in Boston in a skid stretching back to February 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Magic’s upset bid appeared to be coming unstuck as they made just one of their first 16 shot attempts of the fourth quarter.The Celtics trimmed the deficit to seven points on Al Horford’s hook shot with 1:13 remaining.A free-throw from Payton and Fournier’s floater in the final minute stretched Orlando’s lead back to 10. /cbbADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more