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first_img The 31-year-old saw his first-half free-kick deflect in off Daniel Sturridge to put relegation-threatened Saints on course for an invaluable 3-1 victory at St Mary’s – his 13th of the season, making him the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League. Lambert said: “I am still pinching myself. I am really enjoying the season.” With talk of a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s national side, it is a far cry from the beetroot factory he worked in little over a decade ago and the years spent plying his trade in the lower leagues. “Obviously there have been some lows but the highs have been unbelievable and I am confident there are plenty more to come in my career, hopefully at Southampton. It is going really well but we’re still not safe, there are still points to be taken, but the lads are absolutely buzzing after that result. I think everybody knows the relationship I have with Liverpool. “It was a massive game and my family were there, but obviously I am professional and my main focus was to try and get three points. I am just over the moon that my goal helped get three points.” It is a victory that gives Southampton a seven-point cushion over the drop zone ahead of Sunday’s fixtures. “It was massively important that we got the three points,” Lambert said. “I think we have been unlucky these last few weeks and deserved a few more points than what we’ve got. “But I don’t really like saying that, I am just happy to say we got the three points. You can say all day that you’re unlucky and that, but it is the points that matter and we managed to get the points along with a great performance, which is even better.” The defeat of Liverpool was a relief for Southampton as all too often their performances have not been rewarded with points. Saints have been praised for the high pressing game employed since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins, although the win over Liverpool was just his second in eight matches at the helm. Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert is “still pinching himself” after his impressive first season in the top-flight continued as Southampton overcame his boyhood club.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe Black Queens of Ghana were piped by a goal to nil in the ongoing CAF Women’s Championship in Namibia on Sunday.Substitute Horiya Affak’s late goal was all that the Algerians needed to snatch all the three maximum points.The first half which was fairly balanced failed to produce any goal and after the first half break, the Algerians were slightly on top, but they had to wait until the 87 minute, when Horiya Affak scored the only goal after coming on to replace Imene Merrouche in the 65 minute.Although the Black Queens created some chances upfront, they were shy infront of goal.Yusif Basigi’s team will face South Africa on Wednesday in their second group game. South Africa also lost their opener against Cameroon.Ghana did two substitutions; Agnes Aduaku replaced Faiza Ibrahim in the 65 minute, while Diana Ankomah came on for Leticia Zikpi. The winner and the runner-up in the ongoing finals in Namibia will join the rest of the World in Canada for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be staged in 2015The Black Queens were once a power house in Women’s football on the African continent, finishing runners-up on three occasions, but have been struggling in recent times, hence couldn’t qualify for the 2012 championship held in Equatorial Guinea.Starting line-up for Algeria: Kahina T, Fayrouz , Habiba S, Houria S, Fatima S… (C), Nachida, Fethia B, Myriam Y, Lydia Mo, Naïma Bo, Imene MeSubstitution: Imene Merrouche (Horiya Affak)Ghana’s Starting Line-Up: Falali, Cynthia, Hillia M, Rosemary, Linda E, Mercy M, Juliet, Leticia , Elizabeth, Faiza I, Portia Substitution: Faiza Ibrahim (Agnes Aduaku) and Leticia Zikpi (Diana Ankomah)last_img read more

first_imgJustin Turner singled and stole second base in the third inning, only the fifth base he’s stolen this year. Turner was stranded there when Corey Seager struck out to end the inning.Howie Kendrick doubled and stole third base in the fourth inning. This time, the tactic worked. Adrian Gonzalez grounded out and Kendrick, running on contact, scored from third base without a throw. That temporarily tied the game 1-1.When they didn’t steal, the Dodgers at least provided an interesting visual for the left-handed Lester.When Kiké Hernandez led off the game with a four-pitch walk, he took a big lead off first base. Hernandez juked and danced and feigned all sorts of nonsensical moves on the basepaths. But he did not steal. Neither did Seager in the sixth inning or Pederson in the seventh.Why not? LOS ANGELES >> Joc Pederson took five regular-sized steps off first base. Then he tiptoed out … six, seven, eight … until he was past the edge of the grass where it angles into the base line. Pederson bent his knee and rotated his hips 90 degrees, aiming them directly at second base, looking like a 1920s sprinter ready to burst from the start line.This is what Jon Lester saw if he glanced toward first base before delivering a pitch to Yasmani Grandal in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts promised his team would be aggressive on the bases against Lester, who does not throw to bases to hold runners close. At times the Dodgers were more entertaining than aggressive.They still attempted to steal two bases Thursday and succeeded both times. “They’re not the prototypical base-stealer,” Roberts said of those three. “David Ross (the Cubs’ catcher) throws the ball well. Even Jon Lester, there were some 1.15s, some 1.2s, the number of seconds it took Lester to deliver his pitch. “When you starting getting behind in the game, you don’t want give outs away by just stealing,” Roberts said. “The high fastball that you’re thrown out; it’s just not worth it, where you could get an extra base hit to get the game close. You’ve got to be certain if you’re going to do that.”When Turner stole second, he had a 28.3-foot lead off first base, according to MLB’s Statcast system. When Kendrick stole third, he had a 34.9-foot lead according to MLB , more than a third of the distance covered before he began his sprint.Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the Dodgers didn’t use any tactics that he hadn’t seen earlier in the year.“The most important thing is that Jon throws the ball well to home plate. That’s the most important part of this,” Maddon said. “That gets overlooked. I don’t want him to get caught up in the minutiae of everything else.“We have other things in place to take care of that.”In the end, the Dodgers’ creativity on the bases was reduced to a sideshow. Addison Russell ended the 1-1 tie with his two-run home run in the sixth inning. The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth inning, turning a close game into an 8-4 rout.The Dodgers did not lose for lack of effort on the basepaths.“I thought that when we did get a little bit of traffic, we put a little pressure on (Lester),” Roberts said. “But he’s a great pitcher who competes and finds ways to get outs when he needs to.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgB&H judo player Aleksandra Samardžić won the gold medal in the category of -70 kg at the Junior Balkans Championship, which is held last weekend, in Edirne, Turkey.200 young judo players from Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and B&H participated in this competition and B&H representation won one gold, two silver and 4 bronze medals, announced B&H Judo Federation.Representation of B&H Harun Sadiković (+100kg) and Hadis Ramić (-100kg) won second places after the unexpected defeat at the final matches, while Andrej Zurovac (-60kg), Petar Zadro (-66kg), Miloš Mijanović (-90kg) and Ivana Rikalo (-57kg) won bronze medals.(Source: Fena)last_img read more