Half-time: Fulham 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgDaniel Sturridge equalised after Kolo Toure’s ninth-minute own goal had gifted Fulham the lead at Craven Cottage.Rene Meulensteen’s side, bottom of the Premier League but buoyed by Sunday’s draw at Manchester United, had Liverpool on the back foot straightaway and Simon Mignolet saved Ryan Tunnicliffe’s low shot in the opening minute.The Whites kept up the early pressure and Toure had to react quickly to prevent Darren Bent getting to Kieran Richardson’s left-wing cross.But the next time Richardson crossed from the left Toure contrived to slice the ball into his own net from close range.On-loan Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby almost doubled the lead with a 20-yard effort that fizzed just wide.And Bent headed over from seven yards out after being found by another Richardson cross.Having struggled for most of the first half, Liverpool levelled out of nothing four minutes before the interval.Steven Gerrard carved open the Fulham defence with a perfect through-ball and Sturridge fired in off the far post.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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2011 Solar Decathlon is in the Home Stretch

first_imgHelp choose a winnerPart of our judging criteria will include your input, so read up on each entry in the individual write-ups that Richard Defendorf has compiled and place your vote using the “Helpful?” box at the top of each individual team page at GBA (find a list of them all here: 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide. All of us at The Taunton Press would like to congratulate all the participants for a job well done. And I’ll sleep better at night knowing that these young folks are building a better world. What’s more, they’re building it with their own hands. Patrick McCombe After being in the construction business in one form or another for more than 20 years, I often feel jaded by our lack of progress in building long-lasting, energy-efficient homes despite decades of trying. Well, my trip last week to the 2011 Solar Decathlon has given me renewed hope. The young people who designed and built the 19 homes in the event had more smarts and enthusiasm than I could ever have anticipated. And they made really nice houses, too. Even the designs and features I was skeptical of proved thought-provoking and interesting. The winner of the event will be announced tomorrow (October 1). Soon after, Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding will announce our own winner.last_img read more

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Barcelona’s Valverde Says Players Not Distracted by Crisis

first_imgPIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists his players have not been distracted by the events taking place in Catalonia.“We can see what’s happening but we are concentrated on our own task. That’s to win matches and make the fans happy,” he said on Monday, a day before the team’s Champions League match against Olympiakos.Lawmakers in Catalonia’s parliament declared independence from Spain last week following a disputed referendum that triggered a constitutional crisis in the European Union member.“We’re not naive and can see what’s happening around us,” Catalonia-born striker Gerard Deulofeu said. “But I’m not here to talk about politics.”Barcelona is playing the Greek champion at Karaiskakis Stadium. Valverde received an emotional welcome from fans of his former team. He said it would be a “special game” for him on Tuesday.“It’s a very emotional moment for me to return here where so many great things happened for me. I’ve been looking forward to it,” he said.Valverde’s team could qualify for the round of 16 with a win in Piraeus, and depending on the result of the other Group D match between Sporting Lisbon and Juventus.He said he hoped defender Javier Mascherano recovers from a minor injury to be available.Olympiakos has lost all three of its group matches, and has suffered from an unusually shaky performance in the Greek league, losing for a third time this season to historic rival Panathinaikos 1-0 on Saturday.Barcelona leads the Spanish league, and Deulofeu described Real Madrid’s surprise 2-1 loss in his home town of Girona on Sunday as a bonus for Barca.“I won’t lie, it was a good result,” he said. “Any game that takes points away from one of our biggest opponents is positive for us.”—DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kobe Bryant Does Not Have One Lick Of Patience

Kobe Bryant, declared out for the remainder of the NBA season, was in a talkative mood and what he had to say was scathing toward Los Angeles Lakers management.The proud franchise is 22-42 on the season, and Bryant shakes his head in dismay at the record.“How can I be satisfied with it? We’re like 100 games under .500,” Bryant said. “I can’t be satisfied with that at all. This is not what we stand for. This is not what we play for. A lot of times, it’s hard to understand that message if you’re not a diehard Laker fan. It’s hard to really understand where we’re coming from and what we’re accustomed to, which is playing for championships and everything else is a complete failure. That’s just how it is. That’s how it was explained to me by Jerry (West) and all the other great Lakers who have played here and that’s how I grew up thinking. So that’s just how it is.”Bryant said changes have to start in management.“We have to start at the top in terms of the culture of our team,” he said. “What kind of culture do we want to have? What kind of system do we want to have? How do we want to play? It starts there and from there, you can start building out your team accordingly.“You got to start with Jim,” Bryant continued. “You got to start with Jim and Jeanie and how that relationship plays out. It starts there and having a clear direction and clear authority. And then it goes down to the coaching staff and what (coach) Mike (D’Antoni) is going to do, what they’re going to do with Mike and it goes from there. It’s got to start at the top.”D’Antoni has one year remaining on his contract worth $4 million. His teams are just 62-74 (.456) since joining the Lakers last November. Injuries have been a factor, but so has his system that does not appear suited for the talent.Bryant said he has “not one lick” of patience for the Lakers’ management team of Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak to rebuild the team into a contender.“Oh yeah, let’s just play next year and let’s just suck again,” Bryant said, sarcastically. “No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not. It’s my job to go out there on the court and perform. No excuses for it. Right? You got to get things done. It’s the same thing with the front office. The same expectations they have of me when I perform on the court, is the same expectations I have for them up there. You got to be able to figure out a way to do both.”“You know how I feel about Phil (Jackson, who reportedly will take a job with the New York Knicks in management this week),” said Bryant, who won all five of his championships with Jackson as the coach. “I have so much admiration for him and respect and I have a great relationship with him. Personally, it would be hard for me to understand that happening twice. It would be tough. I don’t really get it.” read more

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Sarri uncertain of Chelsea future

first_imgMaurizio Sarri claims he didn’t snub Pep Guardiola after Chelsea’s 6-0 mauling in the hands Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.The Blues were condemned to their heaviest loss in Premier League history and their worst in any competition since 1991.And the former Napoli manager revealed the opening goal ruined the game plan and credited Guardiola’s men.“We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours,” Sarri told Football Italia via Sky.“My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week. We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game.“Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.”Someone knows they’re on their way to get sacked #Sarri #MCICHE pic.twitter.com/Eh5fbDfYK5Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.— Mr_Brown (@Mr_Brown__) February 10, 2019Sarri insists he didn’t see his City counterpart Guardiola after the encounter as he rejected snub claims.“I just didn’t see Pep, as at that moment I just wanted to go into the dressing room. Then, as I always do, I went to salute him afterwards.”There are inevitably questions around Sarri’s future after this historic 6-0 result.“Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats. At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.”Sarri was asked if he was expecting a call from patron Roman Abramovich, but the answer pointed towards the power structure at Chelsea.“If the President calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”last_img read more

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