Today in Sports

first_imgGood luck to Jason Simpson and the Greensburg Lady Pirates in their quest for a semi-state championship. They are the only local girls team to still be playing.Tonight is senior night for the Batesville boys basketball team, and it is probably the same for several other schools in the area. If not tonight, then it will take place in the next week. Check with your school to see when your senior night will be held. Believe it or not, high school basketball is rapidly winding down.last_img

Ronaldo flaunts new haircut

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Cristiano Ronaldo showed off a new hairstyle as he scored, but Juventus were beaten by AC Milan.Ronaldo had been rocking a top knot since December though the ponytail had gone for the trip to Milan. The Portuguese star had netted Juventus’s second to put the visitors 2-0 up but AC Milan scored three goals in five second half minutes as the hosts eventually won 4-2.Ronaldo had previously opened up on the possibility of getting a hair transplant, not that it’s needed just yet.He had said: “When I think it’s necessary, of course I’ll do it. One’s image is an essential tool for being successful. For me it’s fundamental.”The defeat to AC Milan left Juventus seven points clear at the top of Serie A as the Old Lady hunt their ninth successive title.On the loss, boss Maurizio Sarri said: “We had sixty good minutes: we were in control of the game, then there was a black out on which there is no need to dwell upon, as we have another match in a few days. “It has happened to other teams, because this is a difficult time for everyone, physically and mentally.“We must remain calm, also because the reasons for certain situations are difficult to find.“In defence we only suffered after the penalty, before we had not even conceded a shot on goal.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked the comeback for AC Milan and the 38-year-old said afterwards: “I’m old. That’s no secret! Age is just a number.“I am working well, getting a good balance. I played more today than the last game. I feel good, to be honest, and I am trying to help the team in every way. “I am president, player and coach! The only negative is that I only get paid for being a player!“If I had been here from the first day of the season, then we would’ve won the Scudetto.”Tags: ‘AC MilanCoronavirusCristiano RonaldoJuventuslast_img read more

Everton ‘won’t rush Baines talks’

first_img Press Association Baines has just over 18 months remaining on his current deal but Martinez said they were in no rush to tie him down in the long term. “I think the injury doesn’t change anything,” said Martinez. “All our plans have always been the same. We want to have Leighton for the long term and that will never change. “The injury is a setback as you can imagine but we will use it to regenerate him, to give him a bit of a breather as he has been playing week in, week out and has had a lot of big demands on him because he’s been playing international football also. “It is a period we are going to use in our favour but, in terms of his contractual situation, it will never change what our thoughts were and our strategy behind the scenes.” There has been talk of a new deal for full-back Tony Hibbert, who has made just one 66-minute Capital One Cup appearance this season because of a calf injury. However, Martinez said while he wanted to keep the 32-year-old defender, whose contract expires next summer, there had been no developments. “Tony Hibbert and (fellow academy graduate) Leon Osman are unique characters. They are more than players, they represent the club and give direction to the new players coming in, youngsters and foreigners,” said the Spaniard. “Tony is someone I want to have at the club as long as we can. “Another aspect is to see how he is after the injury. All he wants is to focus on his fitness and fight to earn a place in the team. “I didn’t think it is the moment to look any further. He is a gem of a person, a special person to have at a football club.” Martinez received a lift on the injury front this week with centre-back Antolin Alcaraz, who has yet to make his debut following a summer move from Wigan because of injury, improving his match fitness. “Alcaraz is ready now. We had a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier in the week and he came through that,” said the Toffees boss. “Now it is just measuring his match fitness and being able to give him the time he needs to pick up the pace. “He is fully fit, anxious to come back and help the team which is a positive point. “It is important he is fully fit for the Christmas period because we are going to need everyone and Antolin needs to be ready. “What I’m not going to do is push him too early after the spell he had to endure on the sidelines.” The England left-back has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his right foot but the Toffees boss said the focus in that period will be on the defender’s fitness and not his future. Manchester United failed with a bid for the 28-year-old in the summer and speculation remains former Everton manager David Moyes will return with a new offer when the January transfer window opens. Everton will not use Leighton Baines’ injury-enforced lay-off to open talks over a new contract, according to manager Roberto Martinez.last_img read more

Poland v Republic of Ireland: Talking Points

first_img On the evidence of the 47 minutes he played in Thursday night’s remarkable 1-0 victory over Germany, yes he is. The 28-year-old West Ham goalkeeper looks to be the man in possession despite having played just 61 minutes of senior football for his country before this week after veteran Shay Given pulled out through injury. But he made vital saves from Jerome Boateng and Ilkay Gundogan and provided the assist for fellow substitute Shane Long’s decisive goal to demonstrate his readiness to do a job. WILL SEAMUS COLEMAN COME BACK INTO THE TEAM? If he is anywhere near match-fit after working hard to recover from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of the Germany game, Everton full-back Coleman will return at right-back. That is no reflection on Derby’s Cyrus Christie, who performed admirably in the face of a German onslaught, but Coleman in one of the class acts in Martin O’Neill’s squad and he will want the player on the pitch if at all possible. WILL MARTIN O’NEILL GO FOR IT? O’Neill by nature is not a risk-taker, and he will set up his team to make life difficult for the Poles, while at the same time giving it a basis from which to attack. A similar ploy worked to perfection on Thursday evening, although with the prize for victory – a high-scoring draw would also put Ireland through – so alluring, it may be difficult to curb the adventure of players desperate to reach the finals, particularly as the game wears on. CAN THE REPUBLIC KEEP ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI AT BAY? If they can, they may just be in business. Poland are far from a one-man team, but if that one man is allowed time and space, he will deliver as Wolfsburg, Mainz, Dinamo Zagreb, Borussia Dortmund and Scotland have discovered to their cost in recent weeks. Lewandowski has 14 goals in his last 405 minutes of football, famously including five in just nine minutes as a substitute against Wolfsburg on a night when Ireland’s Sunderland defender John O’Shea was being given the run-around by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. WILL ROBBIE KEANE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY? Undoubtedly, and particularly off the pitch. Keane’s 142 caps and 67 international goals no longer guarantee him a place in the starting line-up at 35 years of age, but he remains the man most likely to find half a yard of space and put the ball in the back of the net. His involvement on the pitch may be more limited these days, but his experience of big occasions could improve invaluable in the dressing room. And could the script be written for him to equal German great Gerd Muller’s tally of 68 goals just when his country might need it most? The Republic of Ireland face Poland in Warsaw on Sunday evening knowing qualification for the Euro 2016 finals could be just 90 minutes away. Here, Press Association Sport’s Damian Spellman takes a look at the main talking points in the build-up to the game. IS DARREN RANDOLPH READY TO MAKE HIS FIRST START FOR IRELAND? center_img Press Associationlast_img read more