MANCHESTER, England (AP): Jamie Vardy tied the English Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games to help Leicester City climb surprisingly to the top of the standings yesterday when English football paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. The England international’s goal, which set Leicester on its way to a 3-0 win at Newcastle, meant he has scored in 10 straight matches – a feat Ruud van Nistelrooy also achieved for Manchester United across two seasons in 2003. Leicester only narrowly avoided relegation after a sensational finish to last season, but are upstaging England’s major powers after 13 games of this campaign. Manchester City and Arsenal, who started the weekend tied for points at the top, both lost and were also overtaken by Manchester United, which needed a 90th-minute own goal to beat Watford 2-1. City conceded three goals in the opening 32 minutes and lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool, and Arsenal lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Santi Cazorla missing a late penalty to tie the game. Chelsea beat Norwich 1-0, thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half goal, ending the champions’ three-game losing run and easing some pressure on manager Jose Mourinho. The French national anthem was played before all eight Premier League games to honour the 130 people killed in the Paris attacks, with England’s top division resuming after the international break amid tightened security. Vardy picked up where he left off two weeks ago, shrugging off an injury that forced him to withdraw from England duty last week to score in first-half injury time with a low shot inside the near post. Vardy’s scoring run began against Bournemouth on August 29 and the hard-working striker can break Van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring against Man United in what is now a top-of-the-table match next weekend. “I’ve managed to get there, let’s see what happens next week,” said Vardy, who was sent a good-luck tweet by Van Nistelrooy ahead of the match. He was playing non-league football only four seasons ago, but is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals and reportedly attracting lots of interest from top clubs. Leicester have only lost one league game this season under new coach Claudio Ranieri, who took over in the summer after the team won seven of their last nine games last season to survive. COACH PROUD “I’m very proud because the players play like a team, suffer, run and play good football,” Ranieri said. In a stunning first-half display of high pressing and livewire attacking, Liverpool cruised into a 3-0 through Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal and goals by Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. Fit-again Sergio Aguero replied in the 44th for City, but Martin Skrtel’s 81st-minute volley clinched a very impressive win for Liverpool and their new manager, Juergen Klopp. Watford striker Troy Deeney scored a 90th-minute own goal, soon after converting an equalising penalty, to gift Man United victory at Vicarage Road. Netherlands winger Memphis Depay – playing as an emergency forward to solve the side’s striker shortage – put United in front in the 11th minute. Also, Everton beat Aston Villa 4-0 courtesy of doubles from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, who became the fifth player – after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo – to reach 50 top-flight goals before the age of 23. Stoke beat Southampton 1-0 away and Swansea rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Bournemouth.
Even the Las Vegas oddsmakers saw it, making Washington a favorite Friday over likely NCAA Tournament-bound USC. The Trojans came out playing uncharacteristically weak defense, fought back into the game but played sloppily down the stretch in an 85-70 loss at Washington that equals the team’s worst defeat of the season. “We’re playing for seeding, the coach said, and we never know how the tournament (selection) might go,” Nick Young said. “We might be shipped out to the East Coast to play against Florida.” Though it won’t impress the NCAA seeding committee, if USC had to lose a game this was a good choice. The Trojans (21-9, 11-6) can still take second place in the Pac-10 by beating Washington State in their final regular-season game. USC also could finish as low as fourth if it loses to the Cougars and Stanford beats Arizona. The game going on simultaneously across the state was actually more important to the Trojans. SEATTLE – It almost seemed inevitable. In a nearly meaningless game with a showdown for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference looming Saturday, the Trojans were ripe for a letdown. UCLA’s victory in Pullman set up the tiebreaker scenario that would put the Trojans ahead of the Cougars. That might have had something to do with USC’s early lackadaisical effort on defense. The game started getting away toward the end of the first half when Washington (17-12, 7-10) hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. The Huskies made 9 of 13 3-point shots in the first half. When Ryan Appleby hit the third 3-pointer in that series, it sparked a controversy. The shot went up just as the Huskies were called for a foul away from the ball. The referees appeared to be waving off the shot but, after a conference, called it good. That set off USC coach Tim Floyd, who ran at the official and got a technical. Appleby hit one of two free throws, giving Washington a 44-30 lead. The Trojans trailed 48-37 at the half. “We put ourselves in a hole early by not defending,” Floyd said. “It wasn’t one of our better defensive efforts. … I thought we didn’t get back defensively with our perimeter players, and we made some real mistakes in terms of location.” Washington’s lead swelled to 17 points early in the second half on a 3-point play by Quincy Pondexter. USC battled back to within five points behind the play of Young, who led the team with 26 points and displayed the wide variety of pro-style offensive moves that could help him leave early for the NBA after the season. Down 70-64, USC turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions starting with a dreadful attempt at an alley-oop pass from Lodrick Stewart to Gabe Pruitt. Stewart, a senior who attended high school in Seattle, also lost the ball on a drive to the basket down 74-66. Spencer Hawes scored for Washington on the other end and that was the end of USC’s comeback hopes. Though the game didn’t mean much for the Trojans, it did to Stewart. Stewart’s father Andrew, brothers Kadeem and Hadeem and son Jaylin were sitting right behind the USC bench. Stewart, who usually does well in front of family members, scored 9 points. “It just didn’t go my way tonight,” Stewart said. “This was one I wanted to look back on and say I beat (Washington) my last game playing in front of my hometown fans. “It’s frustrating to lose this game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dani Ceballos celebrates his goal for Real Betis against Racing Santander He’s one of the most highly-rated teenagers in Spain, and Dani Ceballos is reportedly on the radar of a number of leading clubs, both in the UK and in his home country.So what is all the fuss about? talkSPORT puts the 18-year-old under the Transfer Spotlight…Name: Daniel ‘Dani’ Ceballos FernandezDate of birth: August 7, 1996Birthplace: Utrera, SpainPosition: WingerClub: Real BetisWhat’s the latest?Reports coming out of Spain suggest Chelsea are leading the race to sign the teenage sensation, but that interest has alerted Atletico Madrid, who are plotting a move to keep him in his native country. Real Betis, then, are in pretty much a win-win situation. They are happy to for him to sign a new contract to keep him, or to drive the price beyond the £6m figure currently being talked about.Did you know?1) He was born in Utrera, a province of Seville, and joined Sevilla’s youth set-up at the age of just eight. However, he was released in 2009, at the age of 13, because of a chronic lung condition.2) He played for his local club, CD Utrera, for two years before being picked up by Real Betis in 2011.3) Three years later, in April 2014, and without even playing a game for the club’s B side, he made his senior debut as a substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Real Socidead.4) He scored his first senior goal later that year, in December against Racing Santander. He has still played only 12 senior games for Betis, with only that one goal to his name, but such is his promise he is already rated in the £6m bracket. His contract ends in June 2016, but he has recently changed agents, fuelling speculation he could be set for a move.5) His progress has already been recognised by the national side and he has won three Under-19 caps for Spain.He says…“I’ve been ‘betico’ (a Betis fan) since childhood, but had the misfortune of playing for Sevilla. Now what I’d like is to succeed with Betis.”They say…“We have offered [Dani] a contract for the next four years and are awaiting a response from his agents.” Betis Sporting director, AlexisVideo evidence… 1