He added: “It’s flattering, but I don’t really look too much into it. I don’t get the newspapers or read too many reports, so I don’t really know how much hype there is. Obviously my friends tell me things, but I just treat every day as normal and focus on my job. “I don’t model my game on Ronaldo’s. I have my own way of playing and it’s not exactly the same but we do have similar attributes. I just like watching the best players: seeing Messi and Ronaldo. I’ve watched Ronaldo in the past and you do take things from other people’s games to try to improve as a player, which I have – hopefully.” Bale grabbed the world’s attention in 2010 when he scored a thrilling hat-trick against Inter Milan in the San Siro and then went on to embarrass Maicon with a breathtaking display in the reverse fixture. Some doubted whether Bale could improve much more following those two games, but his game has come on immeasurably since. The former Southampton player now operates in just as devastating fashion down the centre as he does out wide and he has almost doubled his tally from the 2010-11 season with at least 13 games remaining. Bale says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has played a significant part in his development, improving his tactical awareness since the days of the previous manager Harry Redknapp. “Harry was more ‘go out there and play how you feel and express yourself’. With Andre, there’s a certain shape and a style we play,” Bale said. “I think Harry was more free and let you do what you want. Andre does that too, but there’s a lot more tactical work. I think it’s something that’s good to learn. We’ve done well this year and I think that’s down to our defending as well as attacking.” Tottenham star Gareth Bale admits he is flattered at being described as one of the best players in the world after a series of scinitilating displays for club and country. The 23-year-old has scored 23 goals in total this term, leading to speculation that Real Madrid have made him their number one transfer target for the summer. Bale’s powerful cutting runs, and his ability to bamboozle goalkeepers with logic-defying free-kicks have led to him being compared with the biggest superstar currently on the books at the Bernabeu – Cristiano Ronaldo. Tottenham’s talisman says he is honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, although he claims to be unaware of just how much of a stir his superb performances have caused this season. Bale said in an interview with Sport magazine: “I think anybody would love to be mentioned alongside the best in the world.” Press Association
MORE: Watch the NASCAR live & on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Kyle Larson appeared headed for his first win of the year after taking Stages 1 and 2 but hit the wall hard late in Stage 3 after a restart. The No. 42 car finished 26th after leading 35 laps.Brad Keselowski finished second, his sixth top-five finish of the year, to stay near the top of the Cup Series standings. Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five. Elliott’s fourth-place finish was his fifth consecutive top-five finish of the season.Martin Truex Jr. entered Sunday as the defending race champion and favorite to build off his win last weekend at Charlotte, but spoiled any hopes of a repeat victory just 91 laps into the race. Truex hit pit road with a giant plume of smoke trailing his No. 19 and was quickly pushed back to the garage by his crew with engine failures.Sunday’s race was moved up in start time in an effort to beat approaching storms, but the precautionary moved ended up being for not, as rain never came as the sun shined when Busch claimed his checkered flag.Sporting News tracked live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Pocono 400. Follow along below.NASCAR at Pocono: Live updates, highlights from Pocono 400(All times Eastern.)Caution flags: 8Lead changes: 13Lap leaders: Kyle Busch (79), Kyle Larson (35), William Byron (26), Daniel Suarez (9), Brad Keselowski (4), Chase Elliott (2), Clint Bowyer (2), Denny Hamlin (1)Pocono 400: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finishFinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)792.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)43.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing (20)4.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)25.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)26.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)17.Joey LoganoTeam Penske (22)8.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas (41)99.William ByronHendrick Motorsports (24)2610.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas (10)11.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)12.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)13.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing (8)314.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing (37)15.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports (88)16.Ryan NewmanRichard Childress Racing (6)17.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing (95)18.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing (21)19.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)20.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports (34)5:02 p.m.: Kyle Rowdy wins his fourth race of the year, making it look pretty easy at the end.Pocono [email protected] ties @RustyWallace for 9th on the all-time Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series wins list by taking the #Pocono400! pic.twitter.com/HLl5rrPvTK— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) June 2, 20194:59 p.m.: Three to go, and Busch is increasing the margin between first and second.4:57 p.m.: Five laps left with Busch in front, followed by Keselowski, Jones and Chase Elliott.4:55 p.m.: He had no choice, as Larson heads to pit road with a lot of damage. Tough way to end what’s been a good day. Third time he’s won two stages and failed to record a [email protected] gets clipped into the wall off @ClintBowyer’s nose!We stay green at @poconoraceway! pic.twitter.com/G09h7RezYq— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20194:54 p.m.: Larson crushed the wall, but he’s staying out there for now. Keselowksi has jumped to second.4:53 p.m.: Restart with nine laps to go. Kyle Busch opted not to pit under caution and is still in the lead.4:45 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse hits the wall hard with 14 laps remaining as another caution flag comes out. He goes straight to the garage. 21 drivers are on the lead lap.That’s a lotta damage. Ricky is done early. pic.twitter.com/20qZSU1dZf— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 2, 20194:43 p.m.: Fifteen laps left in this race. It’s Busch, Jones and Bowyer in the top three.4:38 p.m.: All drivers have now pitted, and Kyle Busch reassumes his lead.4:33 p.m.: Now Byron takes the lead as Suarez pits. Byron and Daniel Hemric are 1-2 but haven’t pitted with 25 laps [email protected]_SuarezG gives up the lead to come in for fuel.He turns over the top spot to @WilliamByron. pic.twitter.com/PL9oRrl1rR— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20194:31 p.m.: Suarez has a 5.3-second lead over Byron with 28 laps left but has yet to pit.4:26 p.m.: Harvick is penalized for having a tire roll away on pit road.Looked like Harvick’s crew lost touch of the tire while having some trouble with the right rear during that stop. He’s on pit road with 34 to go to serve his penalty. #Pocono400— PRN (@PRNlive) June 2, 20194:25 p.m.: Busch, Harvick and Hamlin all pit with 35 laps to go. Daniel Suarez is the new leader.4:23 p.m.: Busch and Harvick are over five seconds in front of the rest of the field, but all five of the top-five drivers have yet to pit.4:19 p.m.: Brad Keselowski is the first to hit pit road with 41 laps remaining. He takes two new tires.4:14 p.m.: Kevin Harvick is beginning to eat into Busch’s lead with 45 laps left.4:08 p.m.: Whew. William Byron nearly spins out. He hit the wall, but he saved it.Hold onto it, @WilliamByron! 😱The 2⃣4⃣ gets out of the groove and brushes the wall off the corner. pic.twitter.com/sB1NmOmiRw— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20194:06 p.m.: 56 laps to go as we start Stage 3 with Kyle Busch in first.3:57 p.m.: Larson captures the flag for both Stage 1 and 2 at Pocono. Logano and Byron are second and third.Stage 2 winner: Kyle Larson3:55 p.m.: Now Kyle Larson is back out front.3:52 p.m.: Chase Elliott takes the lead with five to go as Busch heads to the pits.3:51 p.m.: And Truex is now being pushed to the garage. His day is finished.Not what you want to see if you’re an MTJ fan. 😭@MartinTruex_Jr’s crew pushes the No. 19 behind the wall after suffering engine issues. pic.twitter.com/Xubh8LYUL4— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20193:50 p.m.: Truex hits pit road with eight to go and a whole lot of smoke coming from his car. He said he is “blowing up.”3:44 p.m.: Some unexpected issues as well for Aric Almirola with 13 laps left in the stage forces him to pit.Issues for @Aric_Almirola as well!The 1⃣0⃣ opts not to chance it and comes to the attention of his pit crew. pic.twitter.com/G5dpQXM80r— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20193:40 p.m.: David Ragan heads to pit row with a flat rear right tire due to body damage.3:33 p.m.: Hello, Clint Bowyer. Bowyer passes Busch for the lead. Busch takes it right back.3:32 p.m.: Restart with 28 laps left in Stage 2.3:24 p.m.: Corey LaJoie makes contact with the wall, and it’s another yellow flag from the debris.3:22 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. was one of the favorites entering the day, but he’s all the way back in 19th.3:20 p.m.: Back under green with Kyle Busch in first and 35 laps left in Stage 2. Larson takes this restart four wide.For the record, we do not advise making your Sunday drives mirror a @poconoraceway restart. 😳We’ll leave this to the professionals. 👍 pic.twitter.com/azeP0uiwEP— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20193:14 p.m.: Another caution almost immediately on the restart. Matt Tifft spins out after he hits the apron on the inside of the track.3:07 p.m.: Caution on Lap 58 as Matt DiBenedetto goes into the wall.Whoops pic.twitter.com/Lb0yZIt6Sz— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 2, 20193:06 p.m.: Kyle push makes the pass for first one lap after the restart.3:00 p.m.: Brad Keselowski stayed off pit road, and as a result has taken the lead.2:56 p.m.: Larson wins his second stage of the season.Kyle Larson holds on to win Stage 1 of the #Pocono400!2. Byron3. Keselowski4. Harvick5. Almirola6. Blaney7. Suarez8. Logano9. Truex Jr.10. Menard pic.twitter.com/n2Es9f5S69— PRN (@PRNlive) June 2, 2019Stage 1 winner: Kyle Larson2:53 p.m.: Busch, Jones and Hamlin all pit with three laps left.2:51 p.m.: Five to go in Stage 1 as a few raindrops start to fall.2:46 p.m.: Ty Dillon turns into the wall and takes some damage on the right side. No wreck, but he’ll need some repairs shortly.2:40 p.m.: Restart on Lap 34 with Larson still in first. Austin Dillon’s day is done.2:33 p.m.: Austin Dillon goes into the wall pretty hard on Turn 3 of Lap 30. Paul Menard clipped him a bit, maybe. Caution.CAUTION: @austindillon3 backs his machine into the outside wall in Turn 3 to bring out the yellow.#Pocono400 | @poconoraceway pic.twitter.com/UheuMKFcL8— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 2019Ouch. 😣@austindillon3 | #Pocono400 pic.twitter.com/BqG7PnkBj2— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20192:28 p.m.: Back in the green and Brad Keselowski and Larson go back-and-forth for first.2:25 p.m.: Kyle Larson takes just two tires and wins the race off pit road.New leader: LARSON (2 tires) pic.twitter.com/GpZbiaBQZJ— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 2, 20192:21 p.m.: Lap 20 competition caution for heavy rains overnight. Byron has led all 20 laps. Jones and Kyle Busch are second and third. Kevin Harvick changed all four tires a lap before the caution. Interesting to see if that’ll pay off.2:15 p.m.: Kurt Busch is doing everything he can to make it five more laps to the competition caution. He’s complaining of pressure issues and is dropping quickly.The 1⃣ is not a happy machine early at @poconoraceway.Listen in to @KurtBusch diagnose the issue. 🔊 pic.twitter.com/zIRWBe9D0B— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) June 2, 20192:09 p.m.: Erik Jones makes an early pass on his teammate Kyle Busch to move up to second. 2:05 p.m.: Tought start already for Ryan Blaney. Maybe some contact, but he dropped 10 positions on Lap 2.2:03 p.m.: Green flag! 160 laps to the checkers; need to complete the first two stages for this race to count.GREEEEEEEEEN pic.twitter.com/VESSxuiwIo— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 2, 20191:54 p.m.: Engines fired. There will be a competition caution on Lap 20. Kyle Busch did what he’s done all season. Busch made it look easy, running a nearly flawless race as he picked up this fourth win of the Monster Energy Cup Series season with a victory at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.The win was Busch’s third career victory at Pocono and the 55th of his Cup Series career, moving him into a tie with Rusty Wallace for ninth on the all-time list. Busch led a race-high 79 laps and cruised to victory at the end, despite not winning either of the race’s first two stages.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Midweek basketball report including year end Pioneer League Middle School Tournament brackets to be held next weekend, and updates of the Sumner County high school teams going into this weekend.Pioneer League Tournament brackets releasedThe seventh and eighth grade boys and girls Wellington Knight basketball teams will be participating in their season ending tournament starting Feb. 6 that will carry through to next week if they are successful.The girls tournaments will be played at Winfield while the boys will be playing at Arkansas City.The full brackets for the girls tournaments can be found here and the boys tournaments here.The Wellington seventh grade girls are the No. 1 seed in the six-team tournament and will await the winner of #4 Winfield and No. 5 Mulvane at 12:45 a.m. Saturday. If they win they will play at 5 p.m. Monday.The Wellington eighth grade girls are No. 2 and received a first round bye. They will play the winner of #3 Mulvane and #6 Clearwater at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.The Wellington eighth boys are No. 1 seed and will get a first round bye. They will play the winner of #4 El Dorado and #5 Ark City at 11:30 a.m. The eighth grade boys are No. 4 seed and will play #5 Mulvane in the first round at 9 a.m. Saturday. If they win they will play No. 1 Ark City at 11:30 a.m.Wellington girls The Lady Dukes finally get back to action in the first round of the Haven Tournament, after what seems like an eternity since their last game, a 65-27 win over El Dorado on Jan. 15. The full bracket can be found here.Wellington was hoping to make it 10-0 against the Chaparral Roadrunners, who is 1-9. They squared off at 3 p.m. today.If Wellington won, the Crusaders will play the winner of Kingman and Cheney on Friday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.This will be a good tournament. Five teams come into the tournament with winning records. Interesting to note, the Goddard girls will be playing in the tournament as well and is the No. 2 seed with a 7-1 record. That team is coached by former Wellington girls basketball coach Kevin Hackerott.Wellington boysThe Gentleman Dukes have the week off after finishing second in the Chaparral Tournament Saturday. The 6-6 Crusaders wonâ€™t get back to play until Tuesday, Feb. 2 when Buhler comes to town. They will then travel to Augusta on Friday, Feb. 5.Conway Springs girls, Belle Plaine girlsBoth Sumner County Central Plains League teams are playing in the Sedgwick Tournament. Conway Springs won its tournament opener to Inman 26-23 Tuesday and will battle Canta-Galva at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Saturday will be the finals.Belle Plaine girls lost to Fairfield 55-23 on Tuesday. and battled Wichita Independent today in consolation play.Conway Springs boysThe Cardinals, still basking in their Chaparral Tournament Championship, will be hosting Garden Plain in their first meeting of the season. This will be a non-league game. Conway Springs is 11-1 and havenâ€™t lost in 2016.Belle Plaine boys The Dragons went 1-2 in the Chaparral Tournament. The Dragons will not play until they host Wichita Trinity on Tuesday.Oxford boys The Oxford boys traveled to Cedar/Vale Dexter for a non-league contest Tuesday and lost 47-44. The box score is as follows: CVD Â Â Â 15 Â 12 Â 11 Â 9 Â Â 47Oxford Â Â 6 Â Â 14 Â 10 Â 14 Â 44Scoring for Oxford: Clements 5, Vaughn 3, Perrin 8, Reuter 4, Shimkus 4, Eichelberger 4, Hunt 18. CVD â€” Sweaney 7, Berkley 7, Adkins 8, Call 7, Marker 13, Rhodd 5.Â 3 PT FG: Oxford: 1 (Clements 1) CVD: 4 (Marker 3, Sweaney 1) FT: Oxford: 7/11 CVD: 7/13Coach Kyle Green comments:“We did make shots early in this game, got great looks, didn’t finish. Put ourselves in a hole in the first quarter, but we battled back. This team doesn’t quit getting after it and that’s one thing I’m very thankful for. We had a chance down 1 a couple times in the 4th and just couldn’t get a shot to fall and we had great looks. Had a shot at the end to win it as well, kids executed the set perfectly, but it wasn’t meant too be. We put ourselves in a position to win and that’s all I can ask. We will be at home Friday vs. Central Burden for homecoming.”Caldwell boysThe Bluejays, who placed third in the SCBL Tournament, couldnâ€™t get past Argonia on Tuesday losing 54-42, despite getting 15 points from Colten Ward. The box score is as follows:Argonia 54, Caldwell 42 â€” Close Forgot password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 4 8 Argonia Caldwell 5 42 10 10 11 20 9 Caldwell â€“ Volavka 2, Rice 2, Bruey 1, Risley 11, Brown 5, Ward 15, Schmidt 2, Dierking 4.Argonia â€“ Koerner 10, Hemberger 24, Pierce 4, Dolley 16. Caldwell hosts West Elk this Friday.â€”â€”â€”Argonia boysThe Red Raiders have been a baffling bunch as of late. Once a top 10 ranked team, Argonia finished fifth in the SCBL Tournament. But now the Red Raiders appear to be back in the swing of things with its 54-42 victory over Caldwell Tuesday.Seth Hemberger scored 24 points for the Red Raiders Friday.Argonia, winners of three straight, hosts Sedan Friday night. Sedan was the SCBL Tournament Champions.â€”â€”â€”Caldwell, Argonia girls The Bluejay girls defeated Argonia 32-29 Friday. The box score for that game was:Caldwell 32, Argonia 29 â€” Argonia â€” 32 11 13 54 11 29 5 Caldwell Caldwell â€“ Ward 7, S. Schmidt 2, Bruey 4, Kt. Schmidt 4, Stuewe 9, Ohnemiller 2, Lebeda 2, Blake 2.Argonia â€“ Booker 2, Thompson 2, Vineyard 16, Tracy 9.Follow us on Twitter. 8 4 12 â€” 16