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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Sport Saturday: Kohli, Cocks and Clarets

Spain:  From now until May 12th, fans of Spanish football will be able to watch at least one La Liga team play every day. League play in Europe tends to be confined to weekends, but La Liga has switched it up so fans will be satiated every day, every single day. That's 42 days of football in a row, with no time to breathe.  A portion  of those six weeks could very well define the outcome of the season for Real Madrid. In 27 days, they will play nine key games: Among them, La Liga challenges by Atletico de Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, and the face-off with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.  The best to them...  Today, in La Liga play, Villarreal takes on Eibar,  Osasuna takes on Atletico de Bilbao, Real Sociedad takes on Leganes, and Málaga will meet Atletico  de Madrid. 

In England:  European struggles aside, Tottenham Hotspur are having another excellent season. Ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Burnley, they are second in the Premier League and assured of a berth in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.  Robbie Brady returns to Burnley after international play last week, having served as captain of the team of the Republic of Ireland, and fans hope this will inspire him.  The Clarets have not played at home for six weeks, and fans could be forgiven for forgetting exactly where the stadium is. Despite not winning any of their past seven matches in all competitions, they have won five of their last six home league games, and runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea are the only team to have stopped them since November.  Burnley have only been beaten by Manchester City and Arsenal at home since a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City on the opening day, with strong form at fortress Turf Moor keeping them afloat.

Injuries also plague the league.  Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is frustrated Adam Lallana will miss Saturday's crucial Merseyside duel against archrivals Everton after suffering a thigh injury while representing England last week.  Lallana sustained the problem during England's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania last weekend, but still managed to play the full 90 minutes...  Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho bemoaned the injuries suffered by Phil Jones and Chris Smalling also while on England duty.  He is also weeping crocodile tears at the loss of  seasoned player Bastian Schweinsteiger, who took his contract and moved the MLS' Chicago Fire this week.  It is said that in two seasons at Man U, Mourinho played Bastian only a dozen times...  in. two. seasons... and now he says they could have done so very well together. 

Normally we don't comment on a rather mediocre soccer scene in the USA, but there are more than a few reasons to check in on the Chicago Fire's date with Montreal on Saturday, but the primary one is the possible debut of the same Bastian Schweinsteiger. Massive crowds greeted him upon arrival at Chicago's O'Hare field, and at the following press conference, enthusiasm was so great a reporter gushed that maybe the German star would "help Chicago Fire win the World Cup."  Well, maybe not.    

In the USA:  In the NCAA tournament, Final Four games will take place today, with the winners of each contest playing Saturday for a chance at Monday's national championship game.  South Carolina Gamecocks vs. the Gonzaga Bulldogs promises to be a great game, as Gonzaga will strive to get

back into the finals.  South Carolina is good at forcing turnovers, and the Cocks continue to limit scoring opportunities, generating a significant portion of their offense. This is their first run to the Final Four, a first in school history.  The second game to be contested Saturday, is the battle between the Oregon Ducks and the North Carolina Tar Heels.    Oregon will never leave Glendale without a fight.  They have already proven themselves by beating Rhode Island in a come-from-behind win before it slid by Michigan and stomped Kansas in the NCAA tournament.

In International Cricket, India finally did prevail over Australia in the recent Australia Tour of India, preserving the Cup.  The mood on the field during the fourth test became strident, however.  Indian star Virat Kholi, after the match in Dharamsale, shocked the Cricket World after the match by saying he was no longer a friend of any of the Aussie players.  He tweeted later, saying he "didn't mean it" when they said  he had said he wouldn't be calling the

Australian players his friends "ever again". On Thursday morning he tweeted that he was referring to only a "couple of individuals", and that his comment had been blown out of proportion. Before the four-Test series had begun, Kohli had spoken warmly about his friendships with all of the Australian players, saying: "I'm really good friends with all these guys off the field. I know them really well, but I know where to draw the line of friendship. When you step onto the field, I could be playing against my big brother it wouldn't matter." 

In international action, today, Sri Lanka will host Bangladesh in their third ODI at Colombo, and Pakistan's tour of the West Indies continues with their 3rd Twenty20I at Port of Spain. 

2 comments:

Xersex said...

#2 left: Francesco Totti

Rex said...

and right, Erik Landema
I usually don't put captions in these sports update, or they come ahead of the text in the digest...
Thanks X. Did you like the Cocks?