Press Association Miguel Layun’s early opener looked set to snatch all three points for The Hornets as Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone missed golden chances to equalise for the home side. Ross Barkley finally fired a long-range equaliser in the 76th minute and despite substitute Odion Ighalo putting Watford back in front seven minutes from time, Kone fired a second equaliser three minutes later. But there was a harsh lesson for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who dominated for long periods at home to Aston Villa before visiting substitute Rudy Gestede grabbed the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute. The party mood was shattered at Goldsands Stadium when Gestede – signed for £6million from Blackburn last month – rose to head home an Ashley Westwood corner just 15 minutes after coming off the bench. A late disallowed goal from Cameron Jerome denied Norwich the chance of a point as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Carrow Road. Wilfried Zaha and Damien Delaney put the Eagles in charge before Nathan Redmond hauled the home side back into the game in the 66th minute. Jerome thought he had levelled matters in the 70th minute but his overhead kick was controversially ruled out for dangerous play and Palace debutant Yohan Cabaye went on to confirm the visitors’ win with a cool finish in injury time. Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson in the summer, watched Jamie Vardy head an early opener before a brace from Algerian Riyad Mahrez put the buoyant Foxes out of sight before half-time. Mahrez, who signed a new deal at the club last week, missed two fine chances to complete his hat-trick before Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a glimmer of hope by firing past Kasper Schmeichel. Marc Albrighton put the seal on Leicester’s win in the 66th minute and despite Steven Fletcher’s late consolation it marked a worrying start to the season for Dick Advocaat’s men. Louis van Gaal’s new-look Manchester United kicked off their campaign with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Tottenham in the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford. Kyle Walker stabbed the ball into his own net to hand the points to the home side, who gave run-outs to five debutants including goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Romero replaced regular number one David de Gea who watched from the stands after Van Gaal claimed he was not able to focus following interest from Real Madrid. Memphis Depay, arguably the most impressive of the United new boys, played a key part in the counter-attack which led to Walker’s unfortunate goal. The Spurs man prodded the ball past his own keeper Michael Vorm in the 22nd minute after Depay and Ashley Young combined to set up a shooting chance for Wayne Rooney. United had looked rusty up to that point with Christian Eriksen missing a good chance for Spurs, but Van Gaal’s men held on to win a low-key opener with relative ease. Watford fared best of the top-flight new boys after a flurry of late activity saw them earn a 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. Claudio Ranieri marked his return to the Barclays Premier League in style as Leicester built on last season’s stunning survival mission by thumping dismal Sunderland 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETCU upends BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor has lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. Fleetwood in charge at Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood birdied four of his final six holes in a 3-under 67 that leaves him atop the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Honda Classic.Fleetwood moved to 5 under for the week and one shot ahead of Brendan Steele at PGA National. The Englishman is ranked No. 12 in the world but hasn’t captured a PGA title.Steele birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday to get to 7 under before carding four bogeys in an eight-hole span for a 71.Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are two strokes back. Update on the latest sports Desmond Bane scored eight of his 23 points during TCU’s tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended the Bears, 75-72. Bane drained a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.PJ Fuller added 21 points for TCU, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie both had 18 points for Baylor.In other top-25 action:— Devon Dotson scored 25 points and top-ranked Kansas overcame an injury to center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) to earn its 14th straight win, 62-58 against Kansas State. Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle early in the first half. February 29, 2020 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, the team said Saturday.Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.In other NHL news:— The Islanders will make their full return to Long Island a year early after splitting the last two seasons between Nassau County and Brooklyn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next.PGA-HONDA CLASSIC NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer takes Fontana poleFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS The Bruins have a league-best 94 points after Charlie McAvoy provided a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 48th goal of the season and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.Tuukka Rask made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period of his fourth shutout of the season and 49th of his career.The Bruins entered the day with a seven-point lead over the Lightning, who are taking on the Flames.NHL-NEWSBlackhawks’ Shaw, Smith to miss rest of season with injuries Virus worries affect more sportsUNDATED (AP) — Concerns about the new coronavirus continue to have an impact on sporting events around the world.In Japan, baseball games were played in empty stadiums Saturday and horse races were held without spectators. Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, usually one of the world’s largest races, has been restricted to elite runners.In France, Sunday’s Paris half-marathon has been called off due to the outbreak. And five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday. — Freshman Al-Amir Dawes drained a twisting, driving bucket with a second left to give Clemson a 70-69 triumph over sixth-ranked Florida State. Dawes finished with 18 points and the Tigers overcame a 10-point hole in the second half before notching their third win over a top-10 team this season.— Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in eighth-ranked Kentucky’s 73-66 verdict over No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers led 20-11 until the Wildcats embarked on a 20-3 run that helped them improve to 14-2 in the SEC.— Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a top 25 team this month, 58-54 against No. 12 Villanova 58-54. The Friars improved to 10-6 in the Big East and boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly following victories over ranked teams Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette.— No. 13 Seton Hall pulled out an 88-79 win over Marquette as Myles Powell provided 28 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26. The Pirates led by 24 midway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles pulled within 84-79 with 34 seconds to play before Seton Hall moved to 13-3 in the Big East.— Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to a school-record 14 games and posted his 14th double-double of the season. Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend.Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s blank IslandersUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to own a sizeable lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division after winning for the 14th time in their last 18 games. — Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped Oklahoma earn a 73-62 victory at No. 20 West Virginia. Brady Manek posted 15 points and seven rebounds as the Sooners ended a six-game road lost streak.— Andrew Jones had a career-high 22 points and Texas closed on an 8-0 run in the final minute to secure its fourth straight win, 68-58 at No. 22 Texas Tech.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRYGolden State star Curry not quite ready to return SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.
Redshirt senior striker Alex Anthony gets by a Stanford defender. USC lost 3-1 on Sunday in its penultimate regular-season game. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe fifth-ranked women’s soccer team hosted No. 1 Stanford on Sunday at McAlister Field, falling 3-1 after beating the Cardinal 3-0 in the same fixture last season.The match was set to be a thriller on USC’s Senior Night, with two undefeated Pac-12 teams battling late into the season. Stanford entered the game with a 9-0-0 conference record compared to the Trojans’ 8-0-1 mark.But Stanford quieted the crowd in the 15th minute, drawing first blood. Cardinal midfielder Jaye Boissiere landed a cross from the top corner of the 18-yard box onto the head of Kiki Pickett. Just outside the 18-yard box, Pickett redirected the ball toward the bottom-right corner of the Trojan goal — just out of the reach of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins — to grant the Cardinal an early 1-0 lead.USC quickly responded just two minutes later. With her back to the net, redshirt junior midfielder Sydney Myers received a pass from sophomore defender Julia Bigham. Myers found the equalizer with a quick turn inside the penalty box and a low shot rifled through traffic to the near post. The goal marked Myers’ second of the season — her first came a month ago in a 4-0 win over Oregon State.In the 26th minute, going toe-to-toe with freshman forward Tara McKeown, Cardinal junior midfielder Michelle Xiao beat McKeown on the outside and delivered an arcing ball just underneath the Trojans’ crossbar to once again take the lead. The remainder of the first half was scoreless thanks to a fantastic flying save from Collins on a header from freshman forward Civanna Kuhlmann. With some words of wisdom from head coach Keidane McAlpine, USC was able to regroup and come out flying in the second half. McAlpine said the main focus of his team talk was being aggressive.“We wanted to apply more pressure to their backline, and that was probably the biggest change in the second half,” McAlpine said. “It created enough chances. We just didn’t take them.”The aggressive mentality and playstyle produced several scoring opportunities for the Women of Troy — none of which were converted into goals. But the Trojan backline played lockdown defense throughout the second half and were able to keep their team in the game. Collins faced 18 shots in the match — her highest tally this season — and saved seven. But after making comebacks a habit throughout this fall, the Women of Troy did not respond on Sunday, and Stanford netted its second unanswered goal.Despite the strong defensive performance, the Cardinal sealed the game in the 63rd minute with its third goal on the day, when Catarina Macario sent a bending free kick into the top-right corner beyond a sprawling Collins. Sunday marked the first game since Aug. 19, 2016 — last year’s season-opener against Santa Clara — that USC has conceded 3 goals in one game. The loss to the Cardinal was the Trojans’ first against a Pac-12 team in 2017, and their conference record fell to 8-1-1. The Women of Troy will now prepare for their final game of the regular season on Friday, when they face off against crosstown rival No. 2 UCLA. “We have to play a full 90-minute game,” redshirt junior Sydney Myers said. “We have to match the aggression and give our 100-percent effort the whole game. I think we are going to be just as good as we were last year.”The Trojans fell 1-0 to the Bruins at the StubHub Center last season, and they look to avoid a repeat this Friday in Westwood against a dominant UCLA team.