EPL: Firmino fires Liverpool past Wolves

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool left it late again in a 2-1 win over Wolves with Roberto Firmino netting in the 84th minute to restore his team’s 16 point lead in the table with a 14th straight Premier League victory on Thursday night. The leaders wasted no time taking an early lead with Jordan Henderson redirecting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner past Wolves keeper Rui Patricio to make it 1-0 eighth minute. Sadio Mane was taken off with an apparent injury and replaced just after the half-hour mark by new arrival Takumi Minamino, who was making his Premier League debut after signing from FC Salzburg in December. Wolves, who have given Jurgen Klopp’s side fits in recent meetings, grew into the match as the first half wore on, but the home side was unable to find an equaliser and Liverpool took a one goal lead into half-time. The hosts would get back on level terms soon after the restart from a quick-hitting counter-attack that finished with Raul Jimenez smashing a header past Alisson to the delight of the Molineux crowd. Wolves were firmly on the front foot after the goal and would have been behind were it not for a pair of stellar Alisson saves on shots from Adama Traore and Jimenez shortly after the equaliser. Liverpool once again found their winner late in a match, this time when Firmino was played into the area by Jordan Henderson after some fancy footwork from Mohamed Salah and the Brazilian smashed his shot past Patricio to keep their winning streak alive. The result keeps Liverpool 16 points ahead of Manchester City in the table and with a game in hand, while Wolves remain in seventh place on 34 points.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoolRoberto FirminoWolveslast_img read more

Egan says Billy Walsh doesn’t want to go to US

first_imgThe Wexford man, who resigned as head coach of the Irish High Performance Boxing Unit, is due to attend the US Olympic Trials taking place this month in Tennessee ahead of taking-up an offer to take charge of the Women’s Boxing squad for Rio2016.The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have yet to explain why they have refused to bow to pressure to give Walsh a new contract, which has forced him to quit Irish boxing.Former Irish Olympic silver medallist, Kenneth Egan has spoken to Walsh and said last night that he still believes that the situation can be salvaged.last_img

With multiple scenarios in play, Dodgers’ pitching plans are up in the air

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco But all of that could change.The Dodgers have scheduled rookie right-hander Walker Buehler to start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would not commit to that if Sunday is not an elimination game for the Dodgers.“Obviously these next two games, things can change,” Roberts said. “Leading into Sunday, we have Walker slated. Then it gets to Monday or Tuesday – we’ve got some options. But right now, we’re just not prepared to say who and when we’re going to use Rich.“We have some options and we don’t have to make a decision right now. Things change. Going forward, we’ve got to think through every option.”Ross Stripling lasted only 1-2/3 innings and 47 pitches in his start Wednesday in Arizona. He could be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Sunday, Roberts said. Left-hander Alex Wood has not started a game since Sept. 10, making four relief appearances each under an inning in length since then. But either could be used as an “opener” in a bullpen game Sunday in San Francisco if the Dodgers decide Buehler should be saved for a play-in game or wild-card game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season SAN FRANCISCO — Rich Hill hasn’t thrown a pitch since last Saturday. But he looms larger for the Dodgers with each passing day.The Dodgers skipped Hill in the rotation this week so that he would be available for a potential Game 163 play-in game on Monday or a wild-card game if that’s where the Dodgers land.“The mindset is like if you were at home and somebody picked up the phone and said, “Hey, you gotta pitch today,’” Hill said. “You stay ready. And if you always stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”Hill said he threw his bullpen session earlier this week and did a shoulder workout Friday. He’ll do some more throwing Saturday if a Monday start looks likely. That would leave Hill waiting even longer for his next assignment.“Of course, it’s exciting,” Hill said of the prospect of play-in games. “You have to look at it as a positive. You can’t take it as a negative. You can play the ‘coulda,’ ‘shoulda,’ ‘woulda’ – ‘shoulda’ beat the Reds, ‘shoulda’ won this game in the middle of August, ‘shoulda’ beat the Phillies in extra innings. Whatever you want to say. But you can’t change it so you have to make the best of it.“There’s obviously a lot of teams that would like to be in that situation. Teams that are going home are like, ‘Man, I’d play a game 163 right now if we get a chance to compete.’”STRIP DOWNStripling rescued the Dodgers’ starting rotation in the first half of the season, going 8-2 with a 2.08 ERA and earning a trip to the All-Star Game.Things haven’t gone as well in the second half.Stripling failed to complete five innings in his first two starts after the break, went to the DL with a questionable toe injury and then went to the DL again in August with an actual back injury.Since returning, Stripling has made four starts with a 6.94 ERA, failing to complete four innings in any of the starts.“It’s been really tough,” Stripling said. “I think about the All-Star break and it kind of went down there. Coming off two DL stints. I’m not going to make any excuses. But you’re right, I haven’t been able to have a lot of traction. I haven’t had any outings where I was able to kind of build confidence going into another outing. They’ve all just kind of been a battle.“Normally, you want to throw a Day Two bullpen where you’re going through the flow, getting things right. It seems like all my bullpens I’m working on stuff. Kind of tough when you’re trying to help a team win and trying to help a team that’s battling for playoff implications and you go out there and you don’t get through two innings (Wednesday). That stinks. Hopefully, it’s not the last time I take the mound this year.”ALSOThird baseman Justin Turner was in the starting lineup Friday after taking a ground ball off his left thumb during Wednesday’s game in Arizona. X-rays taken Wednesday night were negative and Roberts joked that he had not checked in on Turner before Friday’s game because he didn’t want to hear any bad news. “Hopefully, no news is good news,” Roberts said. “He’s in the lineup.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 9-5, 2.53 ERA) at Giants (RHP Dereck Rodriguez, 6-4, 2.50 ERA), Saturday, 1:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)Related Articleslast_img read more