Chelsea duo left out of Spain squad

first_imgSpain boss Vicente del Bosque has left Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and Juan Mata out of his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Finland. Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke keeps his place, having been a surprise choice last time, as do Real Madrid new-boy Isco and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez. Coming back in after missing out last time are Barcelona midfielder Xavi and Atletico striker David Villa, while Villa’s club-mate Mario Suarez is handed a chance to impress. World champions Spain play Finland in Helsinki next Friday, defending top spot in Group I, and have a friendly against Chile on the following Tuesday. Spain squad: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Napoli), Victor Valdes (Barcelona); Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Arsenal), Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Mario Suarez (Atletico Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Roberto Soldado (Tottenham), Pedro (Barcelona), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona). Neither player was included for the recent friendly against Ecuador, and with Torres and Mata unable to earn permanent places in Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s early team selections there has been no recall for the pair. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is also again out of favour, with Del Bosque staying faithful to Iker Casillas, Jose Reina and Victor Valdes. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe former U.S. Olympian is asymptomatic but says she tested positive for the virus on Saturday. The rest of Mayer’s camp has tested negative, including her longtime coach. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFOOTBALL-OBIT-RILEYFormer Bengals star Ken Riley dead at 72ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ken Riley was a ball-hawk defensive back in the NFL before serving as a head coach and athletic director at his alma mater, Florida A&M. Matches will be streamed live with organizers saying every sight and sound will be captured. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MAYERBoxer Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, out of return boutUNDATED (AP) — Junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the co-main event of Las Vegas’ first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Mayer announced her positive test on social media two days before her scheduled bout against Helen Joseph in the Top Rank show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Update on the latest in sports: TENNIS-NEW TOURNAMENTNew tennis tournament in France aiming for younger audiencePARIS (AP) — With discussions ongoing over whether the U.S. Open or the French Open can even take place later this year, a new digitally friendly tennis tournament starts Saturday in southern France with four Top 10-ranked players involved.Co-founder Patrick Mouratoglou hopes the Ultimate Tennis Showdown can change the way tennis is viewed by allowing a younger audience to access the raw feelings of players.The UTS features ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. There will be 10 players with matches every weekend for five weeks in a round robin format. The school has announced that Riley died early Sunday morning at 72. No cause of death was given.Riley was a four-year starting quarterback at Florida A&M and a Rhodes Scholar candidate before he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL draft. Moved to cornerback by head coach Paul Brown, Riley had 65 career interceptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns in a 15-year career with the Bengals. He also recovered 18 fumbles, and his interception total ranks fifth in NFL history.Although named a First Team All-Pro three times and a second teamer on two other occasions, Riley still hasn’t been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite his impressive statistics. He landed on the All-Pro First Team in 1983, his final season.Riley coached the Rattlers from 1986-93, going 48-39-2 with two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles. He took A&M to the second-ever Heritage Bowl, losing to Grambling State in 1992.NFL-OBIT-ZOOK Ex-Falcons DE Zook diesATLANTA (AP) — Former NFL defensive end John Zook has died in his native Kansas after a long battle with cancer.Zook originally was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round in 1969 but was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He teamed with Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey to give the Falcons a dynamic combination at defensive end from 1969-75. Zook never missed a game during his tenure with the Falcons, starting 97 of 98 contests. He made his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1973, joining Humphrey in the all-star game.Zook played his last four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring after the 1969 campaign.His brother, Dean Zook, confirmed the death to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Associated Press June 7, 2020last_img read more

Sidebar: Bruesewitz unexpected closer over Indiana

first_imgBadgers\’ forward Mike Bruesewitz reacts after hitting a three-pointer that extended UW\’s lead to eight in the second half.[/media-credit]BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Wisconsin found itself ahead by 10 points with just over 10 minutes remaining against the No. 2 team in the nation. They were also on the road in a hostile environment. Reality was bound to set in, and it did.With 10:08 remaining, the Badgers began one of their woefully traditional shooting slumps where a lid seemed to encompass the top of the goal. Six minutes passed before a long rebound trickled out to Ben Brust and instead of resetting the offense and forcing time off the scoreboard, Brust fired an 18-foot jump shot, breaking the six-minute slump. Wisconsin never looked back.Four minutes later, they were the only unbeaten team left standing in the Big Ten. Victory didn’t come easy for Bo Ryan’s gang, though.Zeller kept silent in second halfThe Badgers had their hands full with preseason All-American Cody Zeller – at least for the first half.Zeller had his way with Wisconsin’s forwards during the opening 20 minutes, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. His 18 points in just 17 minutes all came on buckets near the rim as foul trouble and an errant elbow to Frank Kaminsky’s eye kept the Badgers’ bigs from settling in against the Hoosiers’ seven-footer.“We just didn’t move our feet and get into the spots and the angles that we normally do,” Ryan said of his team’s struggles to stop Zeller in the first half. “Footwork is so important in this game.”Berggren picked up two fouls guarding Zeller in the half and Mike Bruesewitz added another. Although they began the half with just a one-point deficit, a second half attention to detail proved necessary and effective for Wisconsin.In order to stop the Indiana center, the Badgers needed to start from the ground up. “It was all about our feet,” Ryan explained. “We got some help to him, and they weren’t shooting it that well from the outside … we really didn’t change anything with our positioning, we just did it better.”Zeller’s perfect first half quickly turned sour as he missed his first six shots in the second half and failed to convert a basket until a last-minute dunk when the game was very much in hand for Wisconsin.Hulls, Oladipo held in checkWhile, Brust may be remembered for hitting the shot that broke the Badgers’ scoring slump, his biggest contributions came throughout the entirety of the game as the junior guard logged a team-high 35 minutes, chasing around Indiana guard Jordan Hulls.Hulls entered the game averaging double figures for Indiana while leading the nation, shooting 52.5 percent from beyond the arc. Through Brust’s unrelenting pressure, Hulls missed his only three-pointer of the night midway through the second half and tallied just four points, far below his season average of 11.6. But Hulls was not the only Hoosier left seemingly missing in action from Assembly Hall Tuesday night.Junior guard Victor Oladipo presented what seemed like an interesting mismatch for the Hoosiers at the outset. At 6-foot-5, Oladipo was likely too tall for Brust, but too quick to become the defensive assignment for Wisconsin’s forwards. Following his first shot – a three-pointer and the game’s first bucket – Wisconsin needed more than just a single defender to stop the lanky speedster. It was going to take a team effort.“[Hulls and Oladipo] are two great players – you can’t really defend them one-on-one. You have to just stay down and squeeze the court on them,” sophomore point guard Traevon Jackson said. “Oladipo, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever played against, but it’s more of a collective thing.”After his opening bucket, the collection of Badgers’ defenders held Oladipo to just 2-for-6 shooting for the remainder of the game and his lowest scoring total (10) since Indiana’s second game of the season in early November.Bruesewitz key in closingAlthough the Badgers’ defense may have been fundamental, their ability to close out a top-ranked opponent on the road came from a less-than-likely benefactor.Bruesewitz felt all that Assembly Hall had to offer throughout the game. A first half-airball gave the Hoosier faithful all the reason they needed to rain chants toward the senior forward.“That was one of the best environments I’ve ever played in,” Bruesewitz said, nominating himself as the latest to recognize that Indiana basketball is back. “But you just have to play loose in those type of environments and kind of go with the flow.”A second airball sustained those chants, but the senior forward went “with the flow,” as the student section’s hostility brought a slight smile and chuckle his way.He eventually got the last laugh as well, making four free throws in the final two minutes, helping the Badgers seal off the upset win.The scoreboard stopped ticking, but alas, the chants continued, and unsurprisingly, so did Bruesewitz’ smile. The unexpected “closer” for the Badgers was greeted by an ESPN interview shortly after the game with anchor Sam Ponder, one of his personal favorites.“She’s obviously easy on the eyes, but what ESPN anchor isn’t,” Bruesewitz thought after the game. “She thought it was funny when everyone was talking to me while I was trying to do an interview … She’s cool, I like her.”For him, it was probably a pretty good nightcap.last_img read more