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Celtic 1 – 4 Sp Prague

first_imgJulis came into the game as Sparta's dangerman and so it provedImage:Lukas Julis came into the game as Sparta’s dangerman and so it proved Celtic, who reached the round of 32 last season, lacked confidence and desire as Nir Bitton’s poor clearance led to David Moberg Karlsson crashing his shot against the woodwork. It was their first shot across the bows of their opponents, but Celtic failed to heed the warning.Sparta continued to pour forward with Scott Bain producing a fine one-handed save to tip over Julis’ shot. But from the resulting corner, the Celtic defence was statuesque as the striker was on hand to lash his shot high into the net after Bain had initially tipped David Hancko’s header onto the post. Having failed to register a chance of note, Mohamed Elyounoussi was denied a fifth goal in as many games as he stretched to meet Ryan Christie’s cross but his effort grazed the crossbar. Lennon prepared his rousing half-time speech, but his side fell further behind.Karlsson was the architect as the former Kilmarnock winger did brilliantly to keep the ball alive down the right and after his cross was collected by Adam Karabec, Callum McGregor sold himself too easily for Julis to cut inside and curl his shot beyond Bain. Subs: Griffiths (6), Ajeti (n/a), Ntcham (n/a), Elhamed (5).Sparta Prague: Nita (7), Vindheim (6), Pavelka (7), Plechaty (6), Hancko (7), Sacek (7), Krejci (7), Polidar (7), Karabec (7), Moberg-Karlsson (8), Julis (9). Subs: Krejci (6), Dockal (6), Lischka (6), Plavsic (n/a), Travnik (6).- Advertisement – Celtic are on the brink of Europa League elimination after crumbling to a 4-1 home defeat to Sparta Prague.Neil Lennon’s side have just one point from their opening three group games leaving their hopes of reaching the round of 32 in tatters at the halfway stage. Lukas Julis’ hat-trick (26, 45, 76) did most of the damage at an empty Celtic Park.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Celtic fall short in Europe againThis was Celtic’s first meeting with their Czech opponents in European competition, and Neil Lennon’s side were bidding to avoid a third straight Europa League defeat at home for the first time. Sparta’s squad headed to Glasgow decimated by health issues and injuries, with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Heca and Slovakian stopper Dominik Holec both out.Lennon spoke prior to kick-off of the need for his side to “earn the right” to take maximum points from this double-header in their bid to catch up with Group H pace-setters AC Milan and second placed Lille. But they were second best during a very flat opening half as Sparta deservedly led 2-0 at the break. Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates his goal against Sparta PragueImage:Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths celebrates reducing the deficit in the second half Sparta Prague's Lukas Julis celebrates his second strike against CelticImage:Sparta Prague’s Julis celebrates his second strike against Celtic Celtic travel to face Motherwell on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Football. Coverage starts at 11am with kick-off at 12pm. Neil Lennon’s side return to Europa League action on Thursday November 26 away to Sparta Prague at 5.55pm.center_img Sparta Prague players celebrate Lukas Julis' opening goal against CelticImage:Sparta Prague players celebrate a night to remember in Glasgow Left with a mountain to climb, Julis was gifted the chance to complete his hat-trick within a minute of the restart after Bain’s sloppy pass presented the ball straight to him, but his left-foot effort was wayward.Lennon had to show his cards, with a change of shape or personnel, and both Hatem Abd Elhamed and Leigh Griffiths were summoned on the hour-mark – just after Jeremie Frimpong’s fierce low shot flashed past the far post.But Celtic continued to look devoid of ideas as Michal Sacek drove forward unopposed only to see his shot cannon off the post. A minute later, Celtic had a lifeline as Tom Rogic’s cute turn and shot forced Florian Nita to palm the ball straight into the path of Griffiths for a simple finish. Sunday 8th November 11:00am Sparta understandably tired having just played the two other Europa League group stage games since the start of last month with no domestic fixtures, but Celtic were undone once more by their lack of defensive organisation in the absence of Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer.Karlsson tormented Shane Duffy on the counter and his low cross was gleefully tapped home by Julis for his third and the 13th goal conceded by Celtic in their last six games.There was still time for that to become 14 to rub salt into the wounds as Krejci was afforded the freedom of Celtic Park to meet Borek Dockal’s cross to head beyond Bain with ease.What the manager saidCeltic boss Neil Lennon: “It was poor. We started the game ok and then got really ragged with the ball. Our passing, technique. I keep saying if we don’t defend set pieces properly we’ll get punished.“There was a lack of hunger tonight and I don’t know where it’s come from because we’ve put in a really good performance on Sunday. I’ve defended the players up until now but that was unacceptable tonight.”Opta statsCeltic have lost their last three home UEFA Europa League matches, conceding at least three goals in every defeat.After a winless run of five UEFA Europa League games (D1 L4), Sparta Prague registered their first win in the competition since a 1-0 win over Southampton in November 2016.Excluding qualifiers, this was only the third time Celtic have shipped four goals in a home European match, also doing so in September 1989 (5-4 win over FK Partizan, Cup Winners’ Cup) and September 2017 (0-5 defeat to PSG, Champions League).What’s next? Substitute Leigh Griffiths reduced the arrears (65), but after Julis completed his treble, Ladislav Krejc compounded the home side’s misery with a fourth in the final minute of normal time.The result leaves Celtic facing a mountain to climb in Group H – bottom on one point – with Sparta leapfrogging them up to third on three points. Lille usurped AC Milan at the summit following a fine 3-0 win at the San Siro. Man of the match: Lukas Julis. Kick off 12:00pm Team newsCeltic went with the same starting line-up that beat Aberdeen at Hampden Park last Sunday to secure their place in the Scottish FA Cup Final. Lennon stuck to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Christie, Rogic and Elyounoussi behind Edouard.The visitors made six changes from the team that lost against AC Milan. Heca, Celustka, Lishcka, Hanousek, Travnik and captain Dockal were all absent. Hancko passed a fitness test, however, and started at left-back while Krejci returned from suspension. Player ratingsCeltic: Bain (5), Frimpong (5), Duffy (3), Bitton (4), Laxalt (6), Brown (5), McGregor (5), Christie (5), Rogic (5), Elyounoussi (4), Edouard (5). – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sumner falls to WA 13-2

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Bio GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Colin Pineo pitched a four-hitter and struck out six batters as the Washington Academy Raiders rolled over the Sumner Tigers 13-2 on Tuesday in Sullivan.Alec Bisson had a run-scoring single for the Tigers, and Gage Feeney drove in three runs with a double and single for the Raiders.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Basketball: Mutombo named NBA Hall of Famer

first_imgEight-time NBA All-Star and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo was named Monday as one of 11 (inductees this year to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.Mutombo, the dominant 7-foot-2 center starred at college basketball powerhouse Georgetown University, had played 18 standout NBA seasons,using his finger-wagging index finger as a signature gesture after blocking opponents’ shots.”It’s a dream come true I never thought about being a basketball player,” the Congolese-native said. “I thought about studying medicine and helping people. It’s amazing.”Mutombo will be joined in the Hall of Fame class of 2015 by three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Lisa Leslie, two-time college coach of the year John Calipari, ABA and four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White and ironman NBA referee Dick Bavetta, who officiated 2,635 consecutive games during his 39-year career.John Isaacs, ABA star Louie Dampier, coaches Lindsay Gaze and Tom Heinsohn and contributor George Raveling were previously announced during NBA all-star weekend in February. Candidates needed at least 18 of 24 votes from the honors committee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.The induction ceremony is September 11 in Springfield, Massachusetts.last_img read more

Easter Chess Cup on 24 and 25 April in Banja Luka

first_imgCentre for Promotion of Chess ‘Gambit’ from Banja Luka is organising yet another chess event for students on the occasion of Easter, reports Nezavisne novineThe competition is made of two parts: qualification tournament and final match.Qualification tournament is open and students of all generations can participate and it will be held on 24 April (Wednesday) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Soriso restaurant. Competitors will be split into two groups and will play 7 rounds in accordance with Swiss system.Students can apply via forms at www.chessgambit.net by 23 April.Final match will be played on 25 April (Thursday) and finalists will play 4 matches with 2 different game tempos.The organisers have prepared special surprise awards, as well as special awards for the best placed student.last_img read more

Tyson Fury splits from trainer Ben Davison two months from fight vs. Deontay Wilder

first_imgResponding to reports of their parting, Davison wrote on Twitter:Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer, Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end, HOWEVER, we remain friends and he will SMASH the DOSSER!!— Ben Davison (@BenDavison_) December 15, 2019Since surviving two knockdowns against Wilder, Fury has gone on to claim successive victories over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin.Wilder, meanwhile, has successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with knockouts of Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe pair are set to square off again in Las Vegas on Feb. 22, but the Briton will now have to search for a new trainer to lead him into that fight.MORE: Joshua says fight with Wilder ‘has to happen in 2020’ Tyson Fury has split with trainer Ben Davison just two months out from his proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder.Davison played a key role in helping Fury rebuild his career after his suspension, his rise back to the top highlighted by a thrilling draw with Wilder last December.last_img read more