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Heineken Champions Cup 20/21: Exeter Chiefs begin defence against Glasgow Warriors | Rugby Union News

first_imgOrganisers announced in September that the Heineken Champions Cup would be expanded to 24 teams in the 2020/21 season to offset the impact of Covid-19.European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) agreed to add four teams to the competition and alter the format for one season to cut one match from the campaign.The new-look Champions Cup will be split into four pool-stage matches, a two-legged quarter-final, a one-off semi-final and the final in Marseille on May 22, 2021. Exeter will begin their European Cup title defence at home to Glasgow Warriors – Advertisement – The 24 clubs have been split into two pools of 12, and teams from the same country will not face each other in the group stage.The Premiership, France’s Top 14 and the PRO14 will each provide eight teams to the tournament.Heineken Champions Cup fixture dates 2020/21Round 1Friday, December 11Northampton Saints vs Bordeaux-Begles, 5.30pmUlster vs Toulouse, 8pmSaturday, December 12 Bristol Bears vs Clermont Auvergne, 1pmRC Toulon vs Sale Sharks, 3.15pmBath Rugby vs Scarlets, 3.15pm Dragons vs Wasps, 5.30pm Montpellier vs Leinster, 5.30pm Edinburgh Rugby vs La Rochelle, 8pmSunday, December 13 Lyon vs Gloucester Rugby, 1pm Racing 92 vs Connacht Rugby, 3.15pm Exeter Chiefs vs Glasgow Warriors, 3.15pm Munster vs Harlequins, 5.30pmRound 2 Friday, December 18Scarlets vs RC Toulon, 5.30pm Wasps vs Montpellier, 8pm Saturday, December 19 Leinster vs Northampton Saints, 1pmGlasgow Warriors vs Lyon, 1pm La Rochelle vs Bath, 3.15pm Gloucester vs Ulster, 3.15pm Clermont Auvergne vs Munster, 5.30pm Sale Sharks vs Edinburgh, 8pmBordeaux Begles vs Dragons, 8pm Sunday, December 20Harlequins vs Racing 92, 1pmToulouse vs Exeter Chiefs, 3.15pmConnacht vs Bristol Bears, 5.30pm Round 3Friday, January 15 Northampton Saints vs Leinster, 5.30pm RC Toulon vs Scarlets, 8pmSaturday, January 16 Lyon vs Glasgow Warriors, 1pmUlster vs Gloucester, 3.15pm Exeter Chiefs vs Toulouse, 3.15pm Edinburgh vs Sale Sharks, 5pm Munster vs Clermont Auvergne, 5.30pm Montpellier vs Wasps, 5.30pm Sunday, January 17Bath Rugby vs La Rochelle, 1pm Raincg 92 vs Harlequins, 3.15pmDragons vs Bordeuax Begles, 3.15pm Bristol Bears vs Connacht, 5.30pm Round 4Friday, January 22 Leinster vs Montpellier, 5.30pm Sale Sharks vs RC Toulon, 8pm Saturday, January 23Bordeaux Begles vs Northampton Saints, 1pm Scarlets vs Bath, 1pm Clermont vs Bristol, 3.15pm La Rochelle vs Edinburgh, 3.15pm Harlequins vs Munster, 5.30pm Wasps vs Dragons, 8pm Connacht vs Racing 92, 8pm Sunday, January 23 Gloucester vs Lyon, 1pmToulouse vs Ulster, 3.15pm Glasgow Warriors vs Exeter, 5.30pm The Champions Cup format for 2020/21 has been altered for one season only, due to Covid-19 The Champions Cup format for 2020/21 has been altered for one season only, due to Covid-19

Flowers, Krabbenhoft combine to shut down MSU’s Neitzel, Morgan

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoMichael Flowers, take a bow.Joe Krabbenhoft, you take one too.No individuals were more influential in Wisconsin?s 57-42 win over Michigan State than those two players. To judge their full effect, look no further than the stat sheet.But not at Flowers? nine points, three rebounds and three assists, or Krabbenhoft?s five points, six rebounds and three assists.Instead, look at the lines of the Michigan State players those two were responsible for covering.Flowers and Krabbenhoft held MSU?s Drew Neitzel and Raymar Morgan ? a duo that averages 29 points per game for the season ? to just 10 points combined.Neitzel: three points, one-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, three assists.Morgan: seven points, seven rebounds.?If you looked at everything else in this game plan, we did a pretty good job,? Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. ?Yet our two best scorers didn?t score, and that makes a big difference.?Morgan scored the Spartan?s first field goal of the game, a basket that would yield the pair?s only two points in the opening half.Neitzel was held scoreless for the first 30 minutes of the game, before notching his first points with 9:52 left in the game on a 3-point basket. That was the senior?s only made shot on 10 attempts, a statistic no doubt influenced by the fact he was relentlessly hounded by Flowers whenever the Spartans had the ball.?Flowers is a good defender. He was on me,? Neitzel said. ?When I did get some open looks, he kept me out of rhythm, running at me and things like that.?The Wisconsin senior was tireless in his pursuit of Neitzel, weaving in and out of screens set to free the Michigan State shooter and forcing him to catch the ball well away from hoop, in no position to attempt a shot.?It?s amazing ? he never stops,? UW guard Trevon Hughes said of his teammate. ?He?s got a motor. I think he feeds off of oil. He don?t eat regular food.?When Neitzel finally did free himself from Flowers, the Spartan was hesitant to shoot.The same player who nearly single-handedly beat the top-ranked Badgers a year ago with a 28-point outburst, making 6-of-11 threes, looked totally off his game. Numerous times Neitzel turned down good looks, instead opting for passes to less offensively-inclined teammates.?He did a good job of keeping me off balance,? Neitzel said. ?Sometimes coming off screens I was open, but I thought he would be right there on me, so I hesitated a little bit.?Trailing by 15 with 2:31 remaining and unable to spring his shooting guard for much-needed offense, Izzo pulled Neitzel, essentially waving a white flag on the game.Morgan didn?t fare much better.Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin?s ?glue guy,? according to Izzo, was tabbed by Ryan to match the physical Morgan and guarded the Michigan State sophomore for most the game.The two banged and fought for rebounds and position on the block throughout the contest, a matchup of two aggressive bodies determined not to give an inch.Morgan?s a very great player, a very physical and strong player, so we put Joe on him,? Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry said. ?Joe?s never going to give up. ? (Krabbenhoft) did a great job on [Morgan], and he?s just a great defender.?After that first Spartan field goal of the game, Morgan didn?t score again until making the second of two free throws with just over eight minutes left in the game. By the time he made his next field goal, a dunk with four-and-a-half minutes left, the game was already well out of hand.Morgan?s own ineffectiveness seemed to get to him as the game wore on. After a tie up with Brian Butch led to a timeout, Butch tried to give Morgan a pat on the back, but an irritated Morgan slapped Butch?s hand away.When he did have good looks, Morgan was unable to convert.?It was just us making shots and making plays,? Morgan said.That, and tremendous defensive efforts by two of Wisconsin?s toughest players.last_img read more

Despite reports, robbers still not apprehended for three USC crimes

first_imgTwo men who authorities initially thought might have been responsible for a string of robberies near USC on Monday night are no longer considered suspects in the crime.The Los Angeles Times published a story Wednesday morning reporting LAPD had arrested two men responsible for robbing three USC students Monday night, but USC’s Dept. of Public Safety said this is not true.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said he is unsure how that information was released.“There is no indication that the suspects they have are the same ones,” Carlisle said. “It’s strange how stuff circulates.”Carlisle said DPS hadn’t heard anything regarding the suspects in this case from the LAPD, and they are still seeking information.“I’d love to get a phone call,” Carlisle said. “There is a big discrepancy because if they had our property, those would be our guys. That hasn’t happened. I wish it would, but so far, no.”LAPD confirmed later Wednesday afternoon that the two men were not suspects in the USC crimes.The three robberies occurred on the 1100 block of 29th Street, the 2700 block of Hoover Boulevard and the 2700 block of Ellendale Place.last_img read more

De Gea Error Gifts Chelsea Advantage in Race for Top Four

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea gifted Chelsea an equaliser as Manchester United’s hopes of playing in next season’s Champions League were dented at Old Trafford yesterday.With United leading through Juan Mata’s goal against his former club, De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s 30-yard attempt for Marcos Alonso to level shortly before the interval.It was a costly error by the Spaniard, whose form has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, although De Gea did come to his side’s rescue deep in stoppage time to deny Gonzalo Higuain a dramatic winner. Up until Chelsea’s equaliser, United had been in control yet they remain sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games to play, after a third successive league game without a win.In a competitive game, both teams suffered injuries.After Rudiger was forced off in the 64th minute, United defender Eric Bailly, who was making his first league start since 3 February, was helped off six minutes later.With two games of the season left – and United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League now out of their own hands – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a dilemma regarding his goalkeeper.The United boss had to defend De Gea before this game because of the Spaniard’s shaky form.He was culpable for at least one of Manchester City’s two goals in United’s midweek derby defeat at Old Trafford, having been at fault for Lionel Messi’s second in the 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in the Champions League on April 16.“He’s for me been the best player United have had for the last six or seven years,” said Solskjaer ahead of Chelsea’s visit. “He has been absolutely outstanding – going through tough patches is part of a footballer’s career and David will be fine.”But De Gea was anything but fine as Rudiger let fly from 30 yards with Chelsea’s first shot on target two minutes before the interval.It looked a routine save for a player of De Gea’s ability, but the ball spilled from his grasp and Alonso reacted quickly to tuck home his first Premier League goal since 18 August.His save to deny Higuain in the dying moments, with the Chelsea forward clean through, saved United from defeat but De Gea’s inconsistent form remains a worry.United had Sergio Romero on the bench against Chelsea. The Argentine has not made a Premier League appearance since 13 May 2018 when he kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win against Watford.It remains to be seen whether he will be called into action before the end of a disappointing season in two weeks time.With Tottenham losing at home to West Ham on Saturday and Arsenal losing heavily at Leicester earlier on Sunday, this result means none of the teams placed between third and sixth won over the weekend.Five points separate Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United with 180 minutes of the Premier League season remaining.For United, they will hope the teams above them keep dropping points as they look to avoid missing out on a top-four spot for the third time in four seasons.last_img read more