Spurs, Real Madrid Set for Wembley Showdown

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first_imgFemi SolajaThe iconic Wembley Stadium in London will hug the limelight tonight for a special reason when ’embattled’ Real Madrid visits the ground for one of the Match-day four matches of the UEFA Champions league tie against host, Tottenham Hotspurs for the leadership of Group H.Destiny has put both teams in similar position both in their respective domestic leagues and in the on-going Champions League and tonight may just the an opportunity to settle the score for both teams to follow their paths in the ongoing season.Reason? Both clubs seem to be mirroring each other’s results which is not something common in modern day football.Aside the fact that both teams have same number of points in the group, the goals scored, against and goal different are same with the reverse fixture of the score draw in Santiago Bernabue as the best option to settle their placement before the end of the group stage of the competition next month. In their respective domestic league, Real Madrid, who are the defending champion of La Liga are presently third and a similar position occupied by Spurs in the English Premiership.Both teams have played 10 matches respectively, won six each , drew two, and lost two. As if that is not enough, both sides are eight points a drift of their respective league leaders in FC Barcelona and Manchester City!Both teams have scored 19 goals respectively in the league, with seven each in the Champions League just as they have also conceded two goals each in Europe. Interestingly, both teams lost in their respective leagues last weekend by a goal margin.Although the home jersey of both teams is white, tonight will be different because the Champions League defending champion, Madrid, will come out in an away jersey which is purple.Ahead of tonight’s match, reports have it that Tottenham Hotspur point man, Harry Kane, trained with the first-team squad and will be assessed ready for the Wembley duel.Kane, who has scored 13 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, missed defeats by West Ham United and Manchester United after suffering a minor hamstring strain.“We’re very confident (he will play) – he’s on the list. We have one more day to assess him but maybe it’s possible he can play tomorrow,” manager Mauricio Pochettino told a news conference on Monday.“I don’t want to say 100 per cent because we have one more day. Today and yesterday was good at training. Now it’s with medical staff to take the right decision.“He was training with group and was good – at same level as team. We’ll take the best decision for him, first of all, and then for the team.”Winger Erik Lamela, who has not played for a year due to hip problems, also took part in the training drills. Midfielder Victor Wanyama was Spurs’ only absentee but he will resume training later this week.Spurs will be also boosted by the return of Dele Alli, who was suspended for the opening three matches of their European campaign.“He has a good opportunity tomorrow (Wednesday) to play if I decide to put him in the starting XI, and make his Champions League debut (this season),” Pochettino hinted yesterday.“I’m happy because we have one player more to help the team what we want to achieve, to reach the next stage of the Champions League,” the Spurs’ boss concluded ahead of tonight clash at the Wembley.FIXTURES 8:45pm Liverpool Vs Maribor Sevilla Vs Spartak Napoli Vs Man City Shakhtar Vs Feyenoord Besiktas Vs Monaco Porto Vs Leipzig Dortmund Vs APOEL Spurs Vs Real MadridShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_imgAs the regular season winds down and teams fight for Big Ten Tournament positioning, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-16, 4-10 Big Ten) hosts the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins (23-2, 14-0 Big Ten), who hope to continue their quest for conference play perfection and keep their 17-game win streak intact.This will be Wisconsin’s second matchup against a top-five opponent, after they fell to then-No. 1 South Carolina 67-44 back on Nov. 27.It will be the first game between the two schools as conference opponents.WisconsinThe Badgers have won just as many games at home as they have on the road in conference play this season (two each). Over their past four games at the Kohl Center, Wisconsin is winless and has given up at least 73 points to every opponent during the stretch. Meanwhile, Maryland’s offensive attack ranks fifth in the nation in scoring offense with 82.2 ppg.The season-ending ACL injury to leading scorer Michala Johnson forced junior guard Tessa Cichy into the starting lineup back in December, and she has hit her stride as of late. In her past three games, Cichy has averaged 15 ppg and has been among the team leaders in both shot attempts and minutes played. The last time Cichy sat on the bench was Feb. 1, playing wire-to-wire through three straight 40-minute contests.Maryland The Terrapins don’t have one standout scorer, but they have a balanced scoring attack. Their leading scorer is sophomore guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough with 14.0 points per game. She’s one of four starters with double-digit scoring averages and as a result, allows Maryland plenty of versatility and adaptability on the offensive end. Sophomore Lexie Brown presents a threat from the perimeter, converting 45 three-point field goals already this season. Senior center Brionna Jones leads Maryland inside the paint, and she’s converted an efficient 59 percent of her shots this season.Maryland’s 17-game win streak has earned them the No. 5 ranking nationally, and they haven’t lost since Dec. 3. Since then, the Terrapins have scored less than 20 points only once, at Nebraska in a 59-47 victory.WisconsinLast time out: 70-63 loss at Nebraska SundayProbable Starters: G – Dakota Whyte (10.8 ppg), G – Nicole Bauman (14.7 ppg), G – Tessa Cichy (9.1 ppg), F – Jacki Gulczynski (9.1 ppg), F – Cassie Rochel (6.4 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Ann Marie Brown, F – Malayna Johnson, G – Cayla McMorrisMarylandLast time out: 75-69 win at Michigan State SundayProbable Starters: G – Shatori Walker Kimbrough (14.0 ppg), G – Lauren Mincy (13.8), G – Lexie Brown (13.2 ppg), C – Brionna Jones (12.4 ppg), C – Malina Howard (6.0 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Tierney Prifman, G – Brene Moseley, G – Kristen Confroy Who: Wisconsin vs. No. 5 MarylandWhere: Kohl CenterWhen: Thursday, Feb. 19, 8:00 p.m.TV: Big Ten Networklast_img read more


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first_imgPro wrestling fans didn’t know what to expect as Wrestlemania 31 took place on Sunday, March 29 from Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.What they saw was a better than expected show, highlighted by one of the most shocking things in Wrestlemania history, as Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase in the main event bout between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to capture the WWE world heavyweight championship A horrible final ten minutes. Way too much interference, which took away from what was looking to be a decent bout. And why couldn’t Sting win? To prove WWE was superior to WCW? Pure nonsense. The wrong guy won.Grade: D Also on the show, Sting competed in a WWE ring for the first time against Triple H, John Cena faced Rusev for the United States title and Daniel Bryan kicked the show off in a seven-person ladder match for the Intercontinental championship.With WWE presenting WrestleMania 36, on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, Sporting News will be recapping and handing out match grades on the anniversaries of pro wrestling’s premier event.Here are match grades and recaps, courtesy of SN’s Steven Muehlhausen.Wrestlemania 31 match gradesDaniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Stardust vs. R-Truth in a ladder match for the Intercontinental titleMuehlhausen: What a way to start Wrestlemania. All seven participants put it all on the line. We saw moves off the ladder, people thrown into the ladder, and it used as a weapon. It appeared that Bryan was on his way to securing the belt when Ziggler appeared from out of nowhere to stop Bryan. After an exchange of vicious headbutts, Bryan landed the final blow to send Ziggler off the ladder and win the Intercontinental title for the first time. You couldn’t ask for a better way to kick things off.Grade: A Randy Orton vs. Seth RollinsMuehlhausen: We are two-for-two in quality matches. Rollins showed he belonged in his first singles bout at Wrestlemania. He kept up with Orton, and his athleticism helped make it better. Rollins looked to have things well in hand after connecting on the Curb Stomp, but Orton kicked out at two. Rollins’ security team of Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury tried to interfere, but Orton hit RKO’s on them. Rollins hit a spinning back kick to set up another Curb Stomp, but Orton lifted his head up to send Rollins flying into the air and connected on an unbelievable RKO for the win.Grade: B+HHH vs. StingMuehlhausen: The commentary did Sting no favors here. Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield made Sting out to be an afterthought despite his time as a six-time WCW champion and one of the most popular acts in wrestling for the last 30 years.The in-ring work was nothing to write home about. The central theme was it being Sting’s first time competing inside a WWE ring.When Sting had everything under control and ready to put away HHH, DeGeneration X members Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, and X-Pac came out to interfere, but Sting thwarted the trio off. Then HHH regained control when the NWO threesome of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall attacked them. Sting made a comeback, but Shawn Michaels came out and superkicked the WCW icon. Sting had HHH ripe for the taking when he looked to land one more Stinger Splash. HHH hit him with a sledgehammer for the victory.last_img read more