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Last gasp Lukaku snatches draw

first_img Schlupp burst into the box moments later and it needed the combined efforts of three Everton players to stop the Ghanaian. The home fans were unhappy as Everton lacked any pace or purpose going forward. They briefly woke from their slumber when Lukaku collected and went clean through following an incisive pass by Barkley, but the striker was offside. Everton wasted the few chances they had in the first half. Barkley curled a 20-yard free-kick into the Park End and Lukaku did the same moments later. Andrej Kramaric came close at the other end when he curled his shot a foot over Howard’s goal. John Stones then put in a last-ditch block to deny Schlupp in first half injury time. The game was a far more entertaining affair in the second half. Just two minutes after the break, Howard parried Matty James’ shot, but Schlupp dragged the follow-up wide. Boos rang out around Goodison Park in the 53rd minute when Muhamed Besic, who had controlled the game from midfield was replaced by Atsu. Darron Gibson came on for Barkley, who had been far less effective. Any dissenting voices were muted four minutes later when Everton took the lead. Lukaku held the ball up brilliantly and laid the ball off to Naismith, who squeezed his shot between Wes Morgan and Robert Huth and the ball trickled past Mark Schwarzer. Pearson made a double change, bringing Nugent and Jamie Vardy on. Just over one minute later, the pair combined to equalise. Vardy pulled away down the right and drove a low shot goalwards which Howard spilled straight into the path of Everton fan Nugent, who tapped in. Lukaku should have put Everton back in front when he meandered through the Leicester defence, but he somehow contrived to clear the bar from 10 yards. The hosts were punished immediately by the Foxes. Howard was at fault again. He flapped at a cross and Vardy pulled the ball back to Cambiasso, who drilled the ball in from inside the box. The Everton fans groaned as Lukaku wasted yet another chance to score as the former Chelsea striker could only muster a weak shot after being played in by Naismith. The Belgian made a telling impact in the dying minutes, though, when his diving header hit Upson and flew in to steal a fortuitous point for Martinez’s side. Leicester were denied a vital victory in their push for survival as Everton grabbed a last-gasp equaliser at Goodison Park. Lukaku had looked a shadow of the man that bagged a hat-trick against Young Boys on Thursday. The Belgian missed several chances against the Foxes, but he was in the right place at the right time to grab a point for Roberto Martinez’s team although he will be grateful to Upson for deflecting the ball in. Lukaku was not the only poor performer for the hosts on Sunday. Everton were poor all over the pitch and can count themselves lucky to claim a point. Ross Barkley was hooked after 53 minutes following a poor display and Aaron Lennon quickly faded after a bright start. Tim Howard was also poor. The American goalkeeper gave his critics further ammunition by flapping at two crosses, which allowed the Premier League’s bottom club to score twice. Nigel Pearson will be bitterly disappointed not to take all three points from his trip to Merseyside, but he can take heart from the fact that his team are now four points closer to safety, rather than five. Everton took a while to get going in Switzerland on Thursday and it was much the same case at Goodison Park as Leicester started strongly. Jeffrey Schlupp was their most dangerous player in the opening stages, firing a low drive at Howard. Press Association Leicester looked set to register their fifth win of the season when David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso put them 2-1 up after Steven Naismith had broken the deadlock. But with less than two minutes left Christian Atsu crossed for Romelu Lukaku, whose diving header flew past Mark Schwarzer after taking a huge deflection off Matthew Upson and the match ended 2-2. last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar hobbles out of training, setting Brazilian alarm bells ringing

first_imgNew Delhi: Neymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday, sending warning bells in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second FIFA World Cup 2018 game against Costa Rica on Friday“Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle,” said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).He put the knockdown to the number of fouls Neymar received in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don in Brazil’s opening Group E outing.Neymar had not taken part in training on Monday, as the side returned to their base in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast.Rodrigues said the problem concerned the Paris Saint-Germain star’s ankle and not the foot he fractured in February, an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the club campaign.“As soon as he felt the pain he went to the physio. He will stay there for today and tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, and will train as normal tomorrow,” added Rodrigues.Brazil are then due to travel to Saint Petersburg, where they will play Friday’s game  For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Lakers’ Roy Hibbert faults himself for team’s poor rebounding

first_img“They’re both great team players,” Hornacek said. “They just do whatever it takes for the team to win.”He said itApparently, the Houston Rockets had no interest in retaining Metta World Peace in 2009 for something that had nothing to do with basketball. The former Ron Artest blamed it on arriving to the team bus in his underwear before the Rockets’ Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference semifinals. The following summer, World Peace signed with the Lakers to a five-year, $33 million deal.“I wanted to stay in Houston. I didn’t want to join the best team (the Lakers). I wanted to play against the best team,” World Peace said. “Houston didn’t offer me a contract. I heard it was because I came on the bus in my underwear. If that’s the story, that’s why, OK.” New environmentThe Lakers assigned rookie forward/guard Anthony Brown to their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Brown, whom the Lakers drafted 34th overall, played sparingly in only three regular-season games. As he played with a nose he believes is broken, Lakers center Roy Hibbert occasionally tugged at his plastic mask to find a comfortable fit. Before shooting a pair of free throws, he even tossed the mask to the sideline.But that wasn’t the only thing that left Hibbert frustrated during the Lakers’ 120-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The Suns outrebounded the Lakers 50-37, including an 18-7 advantage on the offensive glass.Despite posting 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and a team-leading seven rebounds, Hibbert largely faulted himself.“I have to do a better job of boxing out” Hibbert told Los Angeles News Group. “I need to pursue and keep my guy off the board and go to help out the other guys pursuing the rebound.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Lakers have not blamed Hibbert. They have appreciated his defensive hustle and leadership. But with the Lakers (2-9) tied for last in the NBA in rebounding differential (-5.8), Lakers coach Byron Scott said he will implement box-out drills in practice.The Lakers did not practice on Tuesday after playing back-to-back games. But they will have practices on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the Toronto Raptors on Friday at Staples Center. “Hopefully if he has box-out drills,” Hibbert said, “we’ll box out.”Unselfish relativesIt appears Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance. Jr has taken after his old man. Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek played with the elder Larry Nance with Phoenix in the 1980s. last_img read more