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RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Liverpool moved to within three wins of claiming a first league title in 30 years after passing another test of character to beat struggling Bournemouth 2-1. A huge favour from arch-rivals Manchester United in Sunday’s derby could bring a long-awaited championship even closer as Jurgen Klopp’s side extended their lead over City to 25 points. Mohamed Salah’s 80th goal on his 100th Premier League appearance made him the first Liverpool player since Michael Owen in 2002-03 to score 20-plus goals in three successive seasons, while Sadio Mane’s coolly-taken effort turned around Bournemouth’s controversial early lead, given to them by Callum Wilson. Salah’s strike, his 16th in the league this season, also took him past Luis Suarez as the club’s leading overseas scorer in the top flight. The win ended a run of three defeats in four matches in all competitions and was the ideal morale-booster before Wednesday’s pivotal Champions League last-16 tie at home to Atletico Madrid, in which they trail 1-0 after the first leg. Liverpool’s bright start belied their recent difficulties but somehow they still went behind. On this occasion, however, Klopp got the desired response, which was missing against Atletico, Watford and Chelsea. There was more than a whiff of a foul when Wilson appeared to shove Joe Gomez, who he targeted physically all game, but referee Paul Tierney started as he was to go on and allowed play to continue. That ultimately resulted in Jefferson Lerma crossing for Wilson to sidefoot home, and when VAR did not come to Liverpool’s salvation, Klopp was apoplectic. It was the fourth time in the last five matches his side had conceded the first goal, having not gone behind in the previous 14 – excluding the youth team’s League Cup defeat at Aston Villa. With an unexpected lead Bournemouth sought to capitalise and Nathan Ake’s header was pushed onto the crossbar by Adrian. Unlike in previous weeks, Liverpool found a response and turned the match around in an eight-minute spell. An injury to centre-back Steve Cook had a hugely disruptive effect on the visitors as his replacement Jack Simpson was like a rabbit caught in the headlights as he dithered before trying to dribble past Mane just 15 yards outside his own penalty area. The Senegal forward easily nicked the ball, and while his pass to Salah was behind his teammate and left him with more to do than he would have liked, the Egyptian quickly recovered control to tuck a shot inside Aaron Ramsdale’s left-hand post. It was Salah’s eight goal in six appearances against the Cherries, scoring in every game, his 14th in as many Premier League matches at Anfield and ended Liverpool’s longest goal drought (124 minutes) since February 2019. Mane put them ahead when Virgil Van Dijk’s interception and through-ball sent the unmarked Mane clear to bend a shot past Ramsdale, and James Milner should have made it three but his cushioned shot from Salah’s cross carried neither the weight nor direction to trouble the goalkeeper. Further Milner intervention in front of that same goal, albeit in the second half, prevented his side conceding an equaliser as Ryan Fraser’s lob over Adrian was certain to go in until the 34-year-old midfielder, playing at left-back after Andy Robertson was rested as a precaution, raced back to clear two yards out. With Liverpool only threatening in fits and spurts, Mane’s first-time shot from 30 yards deserved a goal, but rebounded back off the angle, while Ramsdale’s fingertips kept out Salah’s near-post effort. Klopp, sending a message to his players by furiously jabbing his temples with both index fingers, showed how conscious he was of the need to see out the final 10 minutes. The return of Klopp’s three fist pumps to the Kop – and then again to the Main Stand – was a release of his pent-up frustration as much as a celebration. By contrast Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe trudged down the tunnel after a ninth defeat in 10 away games, a run of just three victories in 18 league matches leaving them stuck in 18th and in real danger of being relegated.Tags: Eddie HoweJurgen KloppManchester UnitedMohamed SalahSadio Mane
The Latest: Penn State not expecting fans for football games ___NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Penn State says it is not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision forced by the pandemic that will cost the schools millions in revenue. Associated Press Athletic director Sandy Barbour said during a conference call she has taken a 15% pay cut on her salary.Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. Students typically camp out in “Nittanyville” around the stadium leading into football Saturdays.Statewide policies are limiting gatherings in Pennsylvania to fewer than 500 people. Barbour said if the policies change, plans for fans might as well.In a letter to season ticket holders, Penn State provided options for this season, including refunds or making payments a donation to the school.___ August 6, 2020 Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules.The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with potential disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s opener against longtime rival Notre Dame was at first scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29. The pandemic halted those plans and the game was rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5 at Annapolis, Maryland. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this season and the conference prohibited its teams from playing non-conference games outside their home state. The Notre Dame-Navy game was canceled. The teams had played every season since 1927.BYU, which lost a total of six games against Power Five teams, will play Navy for just the third time and first since 1989. The game will be televised by ESPN.
NBA trade rumors: Pelicans want to be ‘overcompensated’ by Lakers to deal Anthony Davis by deadline If Pelicans want to counter the Lakers most recent offer on Davis, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are obviously anxious to find a pathway for a trade. This is a negotiation tactic on behalf of Lakers, who have wanted New Orleans to show more initiative in the process. https://t.co/A18urbnu6h— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2019The Pelicans — whose requests evolved over recent days — were seeking six to eight draft picks in the Davis deal knowing that that many first- and second-round picks were more than the Lakers would offer, the Times source said.At one point, the Lakers agreed to a blockbuster that would’ve sent youngsters Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac, along with veteran guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first-round picks to New Orleans, while also offering salary-cap relief.Even Davis was impressed, apparently.AD liked the offer 👀 pic.twitter.com/lVo5cOJU3h— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) February 5, 2019Several alterations were made to the trade along the way before things fell apart Tuesday.”They wanted more and more and more,” the Times source said. “There was no more to give. … But the more they wanted the more it because outrageous and unrealistic.” The Lakers’ have “pulled out” of discussions to acquire All-Star big man Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the situation who described the Pelicans’ trade requests as “outrageous.”The news broke almost exactly 48 hours ahead of the NBA’s 3 p.m. ET Thursday trade deadline. Breaking: The Lakers are no longer looking to acquire Anthony Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline. New Orleans Pelicans were looking for six to eight draft picks. https://t.co/f0NzsFTP53— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) February 5, 2019According to the Times, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson told Pelicans general manager Dell Demps on Tuesday morning that L.A. had made its best offer and was unwilling to sweeten things.ESPN called the Lakers’ move Tuesday afternoon “a negotiation tactic” as they “are obviously anxious to find a pathway for a trade” but unwilling to bid against themselves in the process. Related News There was speculation that the Pelicans’ shifting demands were part of their hope that Davis wouldn’t be traded by the deadline and might change his mind and decide to stay in New Orleans.“But that’s not going to happen,” the Times source said. “AD is not changing his mind.”However, if the deal is dead ahead of the deadline, the Lakers have asserted that they will not get into a bidding war for Davis this summer, most likely with the Celtics, who must wait until July 1 to make any deal for Davis because of Kyrie Irving’s contract, per the NBA’s Rose Rule. Pelicans confirm Anthony Davis won’t play before trade deadline