Cal State ends rivalry in style

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – The last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half have been problematic for the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes all season. But the 12th-ranked Coyotes bucked that trend and surged to a 74-66 win over host Cal State Bakersfield Friday at the Icardo Center, keeping their CCAA conference title hopes and West Region title quest alive. The Coyotes (21-5, 17-4) remain one game behind CCAA front-runner Humboldt State heading into the regular season finale tonight at Cal State Los Angeles. Humboldt closes out the season at Cal State Stanislaus. “We just need to keep winning and if Humboldt slips, Humboldt slips,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “If they don’t, then it’s in the hands of the NCAA committee.” “It’s seems like we get a big lead and then we get too comfortable,” Ortiz said. Ivan Johnson turned in perhaps his best all-around game of the season with 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds before fouling out for the eighth time this season. “This is my last year. I have to step it up in case these are my last few games,” Johnson said. Ten Coyotes figured in the scoring with Prentice Harris adding 11 and Ortiz 10. Geoffrey Clayton chipped in with seven points and five assists off the bench. It was the last game in a storied series with Bakersfield set to move up to Division I. Bakersfield finishes with a 19-16 record, although the Coyotes have won 14 of the last 19, including both the season. The crowd was more passive than has been the case in years past, most likely because Bakersfield is not eligible for a conference title. It also was the first win since 1993 for the Coyotes at the Icardo Center. Bakersfield has played regularly at a city arena since 1998. WOMEN Freshman center Florida Siaosi tallied 14 points and snagged 10 rebounds and point guard Krista Arase handed out 10 assists as Cal State Bakersfield cruised past visiting Cal State San Bernardino 78-56 at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners (22-6, 19-2), who would lead the CCAA if they were eligible for a championship, led 45-26 at the half and were never threatened. Bakersfield scored 56 points in the paint and 15 at the free-throw line. The Coyotes (16-10, 12-9) are ranked No. 7 in the West Region. Vanessa Wilt had 13 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img This time they excelled when they have typically faltered. The game was tied at 28 with 3:09 left in the first half but Cal State ended the half with a 7-0 run on put backs by Jason Gilzene and Ivan Johnson and a 3-pointer by Marlon Pierce. Cal State opened the second half with a 14-1 run, going up 49-29 on a pair of free throws by Lance Ortiz. “That has been a problem and we have talked about it,” Oliver said. “We have talked about communicating and having good senior leadership on the floor and tonight that showed. Then in the end we got sloppy.” The Coyotes, ranked second in the West, still led by 18 with 8:16 to go, 62-44. But the Roadrunners (14-14, 13-8) came back, getting within single digits for the first time at 64-56 with 1:51 left on a runner by Zeke Andrews. A couple Roadrunner 3-pointers and a few Coyote turnovers later, the game was in jeopardy. A putback by Andrews with 18 seconds made it 70-66. Two free throws by Chet Johnson put the gane away and a Greg Williams dunk was the exclamation point. last_img read more

Klopp hails ‘unstoppable’ Messi after Barca star shines

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOBARCELONA, Spain, May 2 – Jurgen Klopp admitted Lionel Messi was “unstoppable” on Wednesday after he left Liverpool needing a miracle to reach the Champions League final.Luis Suarez poked in against his former club before Messi hit a late double, the second a stunning free-kick for his 600th Barca goal, as his team took a 3-0 lead from a pulsating semi-final first leg ahead of next week’s return at Anfield. “He’s unstoppable,” said Klopp afterwards. “Obviously we couldn’t defend the free-kick. What a strike. He’s a world-class player but I knew that already. It’s no surprise.”Klopp could only smile after Messi’s curling shot nestled in the top corner but this result was harsh on his side.They matched Barcelona in the first half, dominated them early in the second and could still have left with an away goal after Messi’s brilliant brace, only for Mohamed Salah to hit the post.“I said to the boys I was proud of how we played against a side like this,” Klopp said. “If you lose away it’s not a massive problem as long as you score a goal. That’s our problem tonight – it doesn’t make our life any easier.”Messi and Suarez did what they have done all season, their tallies now at 47 and 27 goals respectively in all competitions.It had been a breathtaking contest befitting two of Europe’s most exhilarating teams. The first half was electric, a reel of chances, breaks and blocks, while the second was tense, a tactical battle where Barca dared Liverpool to over-exert.The comeback will be even tougher for them given Barcelona, with La Liga wrapped up, will surely rest a host of players against Celta Vigo this weekend while Liverpool, a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, will have to be at full throttle again away at Newcastle on Saturday.“They can still make us suffer,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “The result is good but the tie is open.”– Scintillating –Messi was already fresh, after playing just over half the La Liga minutes he could have done in April, and he looked sharp early on, weaving through the centre while for Liverpool, the sensational Sadio Mane raced down the left.The attacks were scintillating but the defending was good too. Andy Robertson scrambled across to block Messi’s finish from six yards and moments later it was Sergi Roberto on the slide, preventing Mane from sprinting clear.Messi wanted a penalty when the ball jumped up on Joel Matip and Naby Keita went off injured in the 25th minute, replaced by Jordan Henderson.A minute later came the goal. Arturo Vidal sprayed the ball left to Philippe Coutinho, who cushioned back for Jordi Alba. Alba shaped to cross but instead curved a perfectly weighted pass to the near post, where Suarez nipped in.Liverpool came again. Mane scampered in behind then flicked the ball round Sergio Busquets. He should have scored too, Henderson’s cross finding him free from eight yards but the shot flew over.Barca took control just as Suarez began to lose it, irked by James Milner barging Messi into the sideboards after the Argentinian had danced past Robertson.But Liverpool were re-energised at the start of the second half. Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed away shots from Milner and Salah, and held a Milner drive.Then Messi intervened, striking twice in seven minutes. His own run started the first, setting Sergi free to square to Suarez. Off balance, Suarez could only knee the ball against the crossbar but it came back for Messi, who chested and finished into an open net.Two was tough on Liverpool but Messi was not done. The free-kick was central, 30 yards out. He whipped it over the wall and into the top corner.Barca were delirious but Liverpool almost grabbed an away goal when a clearance on the line fell kindly for Salah, who hammered against the post. It could have been a lifeline. Liverpool are on the brink.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham youngster Grant Ward signs three-year deal with Ipswich

first_img1 Ipswich have announced the signing of Tottenham winger Grant Ward for an undisclosed fee.The 21-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Portman Road with the option of a 12-month extension.Ward was on loan at Championship side Rotherham last season where he made 43 appearances, scoring two goals.He was named Young Player of the Year and also claimed Goal of the Season at the New York Stadium.Ward failed to make a competitive appearance for Spurs after coming through the ranks, with his only other experience of first-team football coming while on loan at Coventry in 2015. Grant Ward has left Tottenham to join Championship side Ipswich Town last_img read more


first_imgMarina with some of her sculptures which are due to be presented at the Horse Racing Ireland awards next weekIrelands top racehorses, jockeys, trainers and owners over the past 10 years all of one thing in common. They each have a piece of sculpture which started out life as a bag of clay in a Co Donegal studio.The artist behind the works of art – Marina Hamilton from St Johnston – will next week see her sculptures presented to the current cream of Irish racing for the tenth year in a row. The distinctive blue horses were first presented at the Horse Racing Ireland awards in 2002 and over the past decade they have been given to some notable winners.They include Princess Haya of Jordan, Film director Jim Sheridan, Michael O Leary trainers Aidan O Brien, Willie Mullins and Dermot Weld, jockeys Ruby Walsh, Kieran Fallon, and Barry Gerraghty to name but a few.“It’s a great thrill to know that there’s piece of my sculpture sitting in the palace in Dubai and in the home of one of Hong Kong’s richest families who owned the horse Sea the Stars, says Marina.Marina pictured with trainer John Ox and jockey Michael Kinane after they picked up their award following the success of their horse Sea the Stars“When you think that each horse started out from a bag of clay in the studio at home and then travelled around the world before ending up on a mantle piece, it’s quite a journey “It was a great honor to be asked to make the awards for Horse Racing Ireland. They wanted the sculptures to be distinctive and they also liked the idea that each one was hand built and no two were exactly the same. Little did I know that ten years on I would still be making them.”Marina has made a around 60 blue horses for the awards and five of them are now on the mantle piece in jockey Ruby Walsh’s home, while Aidan O Brien has three in his home.It is a busy time for Marina as she is also preparing for the National Crafts Fair in the RDS in Dublin this week and when she comes home she plans to open her gallery in St Johnston in the run up to Christmas.Marina’s work can be viewed online at or on facebook Marina Hamilton Painter and Sculpture. Her studio number is 074 9148903.            WHY MARINA IS THE ‘MANE’ WOMAN IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Horseracing IrelandhorsesMarina HamiltonSt Johnstonlast_img read more


first_imgSUICIDE leaves behind bewildered relatives and friends who are left to cope with the aftermath.Thankfully there are some great charities out there such as Living Links.And this weekend Kellys XL shop at Illistrin and the local community are getting together to raise much-needed funds for the charity which has done so much to help people in Co Donegal. The 5k walk and run leaves from the shop at 3pm this Sunday, with registration from 1pm.Entry fee is €5 for walkers, €7 for runners – or €10 for a family, running or walking on a fully marshalled route.It’s an ideal opportunity to stretch the legs, get a better 5k time for the more serious runners – and of course raise money for Living Links.And when you get back to Kelly’s XL, free refreshments will be provided. Donegal Daily is proudly supporting this initiative.* If you have been bereaved through suicide, go to   COPING WITH AFTERMATH OF SUICIDE: UNIQUE 5K EVENT THIS SUNDAY was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5k charity walk5k runIllistrinKellys XLliving linkslast_img read more

Golf News: Narin & Portnoo’s Declan Haughey won by a whisker on Sunday

first_imgThe Am Am Club Classic will be held on the 17th September. This is a major fundraiser for the club and once again will be sponsored by Collier;s Funeral Services, so keep that date free and play to support all the work being done on our course to maintain our high ranking in the top 100.Our senior’s secured two and a half matches at home against Portsalon and will need to produce top form to advance in the away leg.The ever consistent Declan Haughey was the winner of the Glenside Bacon sponsored Sunday Competition one point ahead of Hugh Boyle Results Sunday 14th August 1st Declan Haughey (13) 40pts2nd Hugh Boyle (15) 39pts b.o.t.3rd Eamonn Mc Guinness (17) 39ptsCat A J.E.Thompson (9) 37ptsCat B John R Quinn (12) 37ptsCat C Charlie Diver (21) 38ptsFront Nine Aidan O’Connell 22ptsBack Nine Paul Cooney 21pts.Fixtures Sunday 21st August Single Stableford sponsored by D.P. Barry & Sons.Golf News: Narin & Portnoo’s Declan Haughey won by a whisker on Sunday was last modified: August 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfNarin and Portnoolast_img read more


first_imgDrugs row: Councillor McBrearty says drug arrests are down because there are no GardaíA FIANNA Fail councillor is at the centre of a Garda meeting controversy, it has emerged.Cllr Patrick McGowan had a meeting with the head of the force in Co Donegal; but colleagues say he shouldn’t have.Independent councillor Frank McBrearty has called on Chief Supt Terry McGinn to appear before Donegal County Council as a result of the controversy. “At yesterday’s Full Council meeting it was brought to my attention that Cllr McGowan was in a meeting with Chief Supt Terry McGinn in the Mayor’s office concerning a number of issues that were aired at a special meeting of the council the previous Friday and in particular the comments raised in a letter sent by the Chief Supt McGinn to the ETB.,” said former mayor McBrearty.“At yesterday’s meeting I asked Cllr Noel McBride the Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee was he informed about the meeting with the Chief Superintendent.“He informed me that he had no knowledge of any meeting. In comments made to the media yesterday by Cllr McGowan, they seemed to imply that the Cllr was representing the JPC, the council and the ETB.“After speaking with a number of my colleagues on the council it is obvious that Cllr McGowan and the FF party have gone on a solo run. “I am calling on Supt McGinn to address a full council meeting and update the members on her discussions with Cllr McGowan.“The action of Cllr McGowan has undermined the chairman of the JPC and the role of the members. After reading Supt.Terry McGinns comments to Shaun Purcell about reduced demand for drugs being due to the likelihood of emigration of persons in the 18-30 age bracket, I feel that the Supt should have addressed the elected members to explain her comments.“We cannot make accusations about our youth with no proof to back it up. I believe that the reason for the lower drug detection rates in Donegal are due to the fact that there is less garda activity in these areas due to lack of garda resources.” FIANNA FAIL COUNCILLOR ACCUSED OF ‘SOLO RUN’ IN GARDA MEETING was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FIANNA FAIL COUNCILLOR ACCUSED OF ‘SOLO RUN’ IN GARDA MEETINGlast_img read more

Women’s Golf In Third Place After First Day Of Battle At Boulder Creek

first_imgStory Links BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Drake University women’s golf team finished the first day of competition at the Battle at Boulder Creek in third place, Monday, Feb. 11. Battle at Boulder Creek – Rounds 1&2Drake 317-316–633 Day 1 Results Individual ResultsT12. Haeri Lee, 78-77–155T12. Aimee Gerschke, 80-75–15518. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir, 80-80–16023. Grace Dunn, 79-84–16336. Erica Olberding, 89-89–178center_img The Bulldogs will try to climb the leaderboard during the final round of competition Tuesday, Feb. 12. UNLV leads the team standings at 292-290–582.”I look forward to all of the ladies being able to take what they learned today and improving in their rounds tomorrow and I’m confident we can do it.” Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs fired a 317-316–633 to sit in third place, one stroke ahead Weber State on the 6,252-yard, par-72, Boulder Creek Golf Club.”Watching the ladies play today there was some rust on our games, and that’s to be expected in our first rounds of the spring,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “It can be tough this time of year for us to be practicing indoors all the time and then jumping right into competitive rounds of golf. I was proud of the way they stayed focused and fought through the bumps along the way. There were definite moments of glory and really great golf.”Haeri Lee and Aimee Gerschke led the Bulldogs with matching 155s. Lee shot 78-77, while Gerschke carded an 80-75. Gerschke’s second round featured four birdies and both are tied for 12th place in the individual standings.”I’m very proud of Aimee for shooting her career low this afternoon after a rocky start to her first round,” Pruett said. “She has put in a lot of hard work this off season and it’s paying off.”   Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir posted matching 80s for a 160 on the day while Grace Dunn went 79-84–163, and Erica Olberding posted an 89-89–178.last_img read more

AC Milan, Juventus fixture headlines Serie A round 12

first_imgFrosinone vs FiorentinaStadio Benito Stripe, FrosinoneFriday, 09-11-2018 @10:30 pm Referee: Fabrizio PasquaFrosinone are on their way back up and could cause a real upset against a Fiorentina side in poor form on Friday evening. The Giallazzurri are sitting second from bottom seven points ahead of Chievo, who are on minus one after their three-point deduction for financial irregularities. Five of the Canarini’s six points to date have come in their last three matches, a 3-3 draw at home to Empoli began their run and was quickly followed up by an unlikely 3-0 win away to SPAL. Their last outing was a goalless draw away to 10-man Parma which brought to a halt a decent bit of goalscoring form, as they had found the back the net nine times in their four previous games. The Ciociari will be hoping that they rediscover that eye for goal in this one, as a win here could see them lift themselves out of the relegation zone. The last time these sides met in the Stadio Benito Stirpe in what was Frosinone’s first adventure in Serie A two years ago ended as a 0-0 draw. Coach Moreno Longo will have to do without the services of strikers Luca Paganini and Federico Dionisi, who are still recovering from their long injury layoffs. Uruguayan striker Joaquin Ardaiz and Icelandic midfielder Emil Halfredsson are slight doubts to be fit in time for this game.The Viola meanwhile have slipped down to eighth place in the table after three successive 1-1 stalemates against Cagliari, Torino and Roma. A controversial penalty awarded after a Giovanni Simeone stumble in the box was tucked away by Jordan Veretout and rescued a point in that match with the Giallorossi. Boss Stefano Pioli will be looking for his side to pick up the three points here and seal what would be their first away win of the season after losing three and drawing two of their opening five games on their travels. He will have a fully fit squad to choose from and it remains to be seen if he will decide to freshen things up and rotate in some of his squad players.Fiorentina could put together four consecutive Serie A draws for the first time since December 1996.Torino vs ParmaStadio olimpico Grande Torino, Torino Saturday, 10-11-2018 @05:00 pm Referee: Davide MassaTorino’s recent and form and rise up the table has gone under the radar, but they are hoping to continue it against stuttering Parma. With only two losses so far this season – both at home against Roma and Napoli, so hardly the worst defeats in the world – Torino have picked up some reputable results in recent weeks to put them within one point of the final Europa League spot, currently occupied by Sassuolo, who they come up against at the back end of a tough run of games prior to Christmas. Their recent run of six without a loss has been spilt by three wins and three draws, with stalemates coming away from home at Atalanta and Bologna and a strong 1-1 at home against Fiorentina, but this weekend in front of their own fans against Parma provides them with a great opportunity to extend their run and make it two wins in a row.Parma haven’t won since the first weekend of October, when they dispatched Genoa 3-1 at the Luigi Ferraris, but while losses against Lazio and Atalanta aren’t the end of the world, Roberto D’Aversa’s side will be kicking themselves that they didn’t manage to take all three points last time out against second bottom of the league Frosinone. Their 1-0 defeat of Inter back in September showed that they have the ability to pull out a big result when needed, and this weekend will definitely be one of those occasions. Parma may be comfortable in 12th position, eight points off of Empoli in 18th, but with those two games against Sassuolo and Milan coming up, it’s vitally important that they pick up points wherever they can and against Walter Mazzarri’s side who, admittedly whilst unbeaten in six, can be caught susceptible to clutching a draw out of the hands of victory.Both sides are missing important players through suspension, as Soualihe Meite has been a revelation for Torino, while Leo Stulac pulls the creative strings for Parma and is always a danger on set plays. The Ducali are without a goal in 330 minutes of football and desperately need Gervinho to step up.Parma have only lost three of their 14 Serie A trips to Torino, drawing seven and winning four.SPAL vs CagliariStadio Paolo Mazza, Corso PiaveSaturday, 10-11-2018 @08:00 pmReferee: Daniele DoveriSPAL and Cagliari are both coming off heavy defeats, but know the results didn’t entirely reflect the performances. The Spallini fell 4-1 to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico, and Cagliari lost 3-1 to league leaders Juventus. Though both sides managed to even things up for a short time, they inevitably fell behind against much stronger teams. This game is a must win for both sides, so expect both to be firing on all cylinders. SPAL are clearly the side that are worse for wear heading into this Saturday’s fixture. They have only won one out of the last five rounds and they’ve been outscored 11-5 within that span. In their last match against Lazio, Leonardo Semplici’s men weren’t in terrible shape by half-time. They were only down by one come the end of the first 45 minutes but, unfortunately for SPAL, Lazio kicked it into another gear during the second half. The Biancazzurri will be without Johan Djourou, Jasmin Kurtic and Mattia Valoti this Saturday. Valoti and Djourou are both nursing ankle injuries (with Djourou currently being monitored day to day), and Kurtic is out with an elbow problem he sustained in SPAL’s match against Sassuolo back in September.Cagliari seem the side most likely to take all three points from this meeting. Prior to their loss against Juventus, Rolando Maran’s men went three matches unbeaten. Wins against fellow bottom dwellers Bologna and Chievo, and an away draw against Fiorentina, pushed the Rossoblu into 14th place, one spot above their opponents for the week. Notable injuries for Cagliari consist of Diego Farias and Ragnar Klavan. Both were expected to return early this month, but whether or not they will be in the squad come Saturday is yet to be seen. Leonardo Pavoletti is still leading the charge for the Sardinian side, and with his recent good run of form, Cagliari fans will hope that ‘Pavoloso’ can help them continue to climb the table.Cagliari have won their last three meetings with SPAL.Genoa vs NapoliStadio Communale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSaturday, 10-11-2018 @10:30 pmReferee: Rosario Napoli need a victory to keep the pressure on Juventus and Inter, but defeat could see another change of management at Genoa. Despite still being Serie A’s top scorer, the Krzysztof Piatek hype is now dying down with the Pole not having scored in Serie A since October 7 and the reality is sinking in for Genoa of how good they really are. Piatek’s goals covered up what was frankly an XI that still has a lot of work to do on the training pitch as well as some personnel issues within the squad. Ivan Juric’s side reside in 13th place and are winless in their last five games, with their last Serie A victory coming in late September. Since Davide Ballardini’s dismissal, the Grifone have frankly been performing worse and President Enrico Preziosi is reportedly reconsidering his decision.Genoa’s opponents are arguably the opposite. Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are now into the full swing of the Serie A season and are suffering little hangover from Maurizio Sarri’s departure. While they still trail Juventus by six points, they’re certainly still in Scudetto contention and the managerial transition hasn’t been nearly as tough as imagined. Unsurprisingly, you can expect Napoli to dominate this game from start to finish. The technical quality within this squad has always been immense, but Ancelotti’s conversion to a 4-4-2 with a midfield containing the likes of Piotr Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz, Marek Hamsik, etc. makes the combination and midfield play a sheer joy to watch.In terms of team news, Genoa have Argentine defender Nicolas Spolli out for the game as well as veteran goalkeeper Federico Marchetti and on-loan Juventus forward Andrea Favilli. Brazilian midfielder Sandro is being evaluated for injury and may yet make the game. For the visitors it’s a relatively clean bill of health. Italian winger Simone Verdi and Vlad Chiriches are still out of action, though Faouzi Ghoulam is gearing up for his comeback. Dries Mertens could well be rested after spraining his shoulder during the 1-1 Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain, although fortunately it was not dislocated.Napoli are unbeaten in their last 12 Serie A meetings with Genoa, picking up nine wins and three draws, home and away.Atalanta vs Inter MilanStadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia, BergamoSunday, 11-11-2018 @02:30 pmReferee: Fabio MarescaThese are two of the form teams in Serie A right now. La Dea endured a tough beginning to the season. They were bundled out of the Europa League play-off by FC Copenhagen early on, as they recorded only one win inside their first eight Serie A games. However, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men seem to be on a roll, winning their last three games rather convincingly. They have scored an incredible 10 goals in that timeframe, while conceding twice. Last week, they travelled to Bologna and came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes from Gianluca Mancini and Duvan Zapata. Despite their early woes, they now sit tenth and just three points outside of a Europa League play-off spot – a competition they are undoubtedly aiming to qualify for to make amends for this year’s early exit. A win here would do them and their confidence a world of wonders. However, Gasperini is without a number of players for the match, as Rafael Toloi, Andrea Masiello and Marco Tumminello are battling injury.Inter are flying high and in the hunt for their first Scudetto since the 2009-10 season. Luciano Spalletti himself had a rather tough start to his second season at the helm of Inter before finding his rhythm. They have won the past seven Serie A matches, including a 5-0 demolition of Genoa last week at San Siro, even with Mauro Icardi was rested. Spalletti had a somewhat difficult match midweek, as Icardi salvaged a 1-1 home draw with Barcelona in the Champions League. Unlike his counterpart, Spalletti has a full squad to choose from for the match with no injury clouds surrounding his players. This leaves the former Roma manager a squad full of options in a match that has proved to be quite the uphill task in the past.Inter have only been victorious in one of their last eight trips to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.Chievo vs BolognaStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSunday, 11-11-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Daniele OrsatoBologna can pile further misery on rock-bottom Chievo Verona and pick up some potentially significant points in the race to avoid relegation. We are in the 12th round of the campaign and Chievo are yet to record a single victory. They’ve lost nine and drawn two after 11 games, including seven defeats on the trot, and are currently staring relegation in the face. This weekend they host Bologna at the Stadio Bentegodi and their situation could be about to get even worse. This is a head-to-head with one of the other sides expected to be battling relegation come the end of the season, so this may well end up being decisive. Chievo have scored the fewest goals (eight) and have the worst defence, shipping 13 goals in their last five league matches. The appointment of Gian Piero Ventura is yet to have the desired effect and the former Italy boss will see this as an opportunity to break the run of poor results.Bologna are currently going through a struggle of their own. Filippo Inzaghi’s men have only two points from their last four games, conceding eight goals in the process.Despite the loss to Atalanta in their last outing, Bologna have shown an ability to score goals, netting seven times in their last five games. Inzaghi’s men need to guard against complacency, as they lost five points from winning positions in their last two games. Bologna have won two of their last three encounters against Chievo Verona.Chievo will be without Nenad Tomovic, Fabrizio Cacciatore, Filip Djordjevic, Manuel Pucciarelli and Nicola Rigoni. Bologna meanwhile have no injury worries ahead of this encounter.Bologna’s last away victory was against Chievo in December 2017, followed by four points from 15 Serie A games on their travels.Empoli vs UdineseStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSunday, 11-11-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Piero GiacomelliEmpoli make their debut under new Coach Beppe Iachini and a bad result here could precipitate a change of management at Udinese too. Yo-yo clubs have become a staple in modern Serie A, and Empoli are a prime candidate to continue the tradition. Currently sitting in 18th place and winless since the opening weekend, the Tuscans controversially sacked Aurelio Andreazzoli. It was a surprising and potentially damaging decision, because although they have been struggling in terms of results, the performances showed immense promise.Julio Velazquez is facing similar issues, scraping one point from the last six rounds and sitting in 16th place, but Serie A fans and pundits alike believe their squad is of too high a quality to be slumming it at the bottom of the table.The Spaniard’s failure to improve on the results of predecessors Massimo Oddo and Igor Tudor could well see him sacked should the Zebrette fail to take all three points on Sunday, and it couldn’t come at a worse time.Bram Nuytinck is suspended, while Emmanuel Badu, Svante Ingelsson, Giuseppe Pezzella and big summer signing Lukasz Teodorczyk are all out through injury. It is expected that the former Villarreal  and Alcorcon Coach will not stray from his 3-5-1-1 system. Empoli have an extensive injury list of their own.It has been an historically bad start for both sides. Empoli’s six points is their worst tally by this stage since 2003-04, while nine points is a negative club record for Udinese in the era of three points for a win.Roma vs SampdoriaStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 11-11-2018 @05:00 pmReferee: Massimiliano IrratiRoma are going well in the Champions League, but are floundering in Serie A, while Sampdoria have had a nightmare couple of weeks. Eusebio Di Francesco’s team are enjoying European football, but at home they have collected just 16 points from their first 11 games, their lowest total since the 2009-2010 season. Currently sitting in eighth spot, they remain only five points off the Champions League places, but must put a halt on their three-game winless streak in the league. Javier Pastore is available again after a recent injury and will be in contention to start, as boss Di Francesco has opted to rotate his team in recent weeks. Justin Kluivert and Alessandro Florenzi started in the wide areas against CSKA Moscow, but Cenzig Under and Stephan El Shaarawy have been favoured in Serie A.Sampdoria visit Rome with problems of their own, having also failed to win any of their last three outings. The Blucerchiati have conceded seven in their last two games, having only leaked four goals in the nine games previous. Locking up their defence will be first on the list for Marco Giampaolo this weekend. With a positive recent record against Roma in Italy’s top flight, the Marassi outfit will look to draw on those experiences here. On-loan striker Gregoire Defrel is expected to return for Samp on Sunday and they would certainly benefit from him rediscovering his early season form against his parent club. The visitors won this fixture by a single goal last season and the same result would see Samp leap frog their hosts in the table. For Roma, nothing other than a win will do, with Di Francesco all too aware that failure to get three-points will increase the pressure on his job.Sassoulo vs LazioMAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore, Reggio nell’EmiliaSunday, 11-11-2018 @08:00 pmReferee: Giampaolo CalvareseThe international break must have felt twice as long for Lazio, who saw their great run of form ruined two weeks ago. They slipped to a 0-0 draw away to Cagliari, a side who have been wide open at the back this season. That result saw them fall off the pace in the race for next season’s Champions League. However, third placed Napoli host runaway leaders Juventus on Sunday, so this meeting with Sassuolo could be a perfect time for the Biancocelesti to close the gap. Time is running out for them to end their excellent season inside the top three.Sassuolo, on the other hand, would be happy to finish the campaign in the top half of the league. This has been a roller-coaster for the Neroverdi, which started off with them in Europe for the first time, and at one point had them flirting with relegation. There’s little stability at the club right now, having contended with a long injury list all season. On top of that, manager Eusebio Di Francesco is being linked with a move away.Despite Sassuolo’s struggles this season, they showed signs of life against Lazio’s neighbours Roma. While they put in an impressive display in their last fixture, the Neroverdi ultimately lost 3-1. Returning to the MAPEI Stadium isn’t something the hosts will be excited about, given their awful run of form at home. Di Francesco has seen his side lose 57% of their matches there in Serie A this term, scoring just 14 goals and averaging 1.14 points per game.The hosts boast the fifth worst home record in the league, and things are getting worse for them. Sassuolo have lost four straight home games, while they’ve conceded in five straight outings at the MAPEI. They pit that record against a Lazio team who have won four of their last five on the road, scoring 1.71 goals per game. Given that the Neroverdi have lost 43% of their home matches without scoring a goal, the visitors’ scoring record should help them to pick up some crucial points.The Biancocelesti have the fourth best away record in Serie A, while they’ve picked up five wins in six trips. The form ahead of this clash points to an away victory, yet you can get generous odds of 8/11 with bet365 for Lazio to come out on top. We’re backing the visitors to boost their top three hopes, while we’re also backing them to claim a 2-0 victory. Sassuolo have failed to score in five of their last seven at home, and we’re backing that run to continue.Lazio have won four of their last six meetings with Sassuolo, scoring at least twice in each of those victories.AC Milan vs JuventusStadio Giuseppe Meaza, MilanSunday, 11-11-2018 @10:30 pmReferee: Paolo Silvio MazzoleniInjury-ravaged Milan host Serie A leaders Juventus, who are smarting after their first defeat of the season. Mateo Musacchio was stretchered off on Thursday having seemingly lost consciousness after a nasty collision with Franck Kessie, while Hakan Calhanoglu and Patrick Cutrone suffered ankle knocks, which means theyare doubts for the clash at San Siro. Gonzalo Higuain might also have to wait for his debut against his former club in a Milan jersey, as the Juventus-owned Argentinian is also recovering from a back problem that kept him out of the Betis game. This means that Cutrone is expected to get another start alongside the inform Suso, who will once again be Milan’s main attacking threat. Giacomo Bonaventura is also a doubt, while Mattia Caldara and Lucas Biglia are long-term absentees, which means both Cristian Zapata and Tiemoue Bakayoko are expected to start against the Bianconeri,with Alessio Romagnoli returning in defence alongside the Colombian.Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic are all expected to start for the Old Lady, and considering that the Rossoneri have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Serie A games, the chances are they will concede at least once against Juve as well. The Portuguese superstar has contributed five goals and four assists in Juve’s last five Serie A games and after scoring a stunning volley against his former club on Tuesday, he’ll be eager to do the same against Milan. Although the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday will probably not affect their qualification for the next round of the Champions League, the way the Old Lady lost the game was extremely annoying. Juventus dominated proceedings for the majority of the 90 minutes and could’ve easily scored three or four past David De Gea, but their worrying habit of losing concentration in the dying minutes of games and sitting on minimal leads was punished this time.Juventus will be without the injured Emre Can and Moise Kean, while Douglas Costa remains a doubt, but considering the depth that Max Allegri has at his disposal, their absence should not be a major issue for the visitors.Milan have lost their last five meetings with Juventus in all competitions, conceding an average of 2.6 goals per game. The Rossoneri’s last victory against the Old Lady was in the Italian Super Cup Final in 2016, when Il Diavolo won the penalty shoot-out.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Italian Serie Atoplast_img read more