RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has had a knee surgery after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus in their 4-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old, who had been called up by France for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra, was carried off on a stretcher after upending Brighton’s Adam Webster and coming off worse. “Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton,” City said in a statement. “The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course. Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.” Laporte established himself as a key player in manager Pep Guardiola’s back line last season, playing 35 league matches and started all four of their matches in the current campaign. The Frenchman’s injury means that City only have Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, who is battling a thigh issue, as their senior central defenders, following the departure of Vincent Kompany in the closed season. City return to league action against promoted Norwich City on September 14. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AlbaniaAndorraAymeric LaporteBrighton and Hove AlbionEuro 2020Manchester CityNicolas OtamendiPremier LeagueVincent Kompany
Think Then · Junior Gabriella Then and the No. 1 Women of Troy won the inaugural East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. Then won her semifinal match against Baylor and followed with a win in the finals against Duke. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationThe No. 1 women’s golf team closed out a 4-1 semifinal victory over Baylor at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday and followed it with a 4-1 win over Duke to clinch the first-ever East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Georgia.The Women of Troy captured their second first-place finish of the year in four fall events.Senior Kyung Kim won her match Monday night while freshman Robynn Ree, junior Gabriella Then and junior Tiffany Chan clinched wins Tuesday. Junior Karen Chung was the lone Woman of Troy to fall to Baylor.Chung redeemed her semifinal loss with a win over her Duke opponent in the final match. Kim, Then and Chan won as well, while Ree dropped her match to Duke.The Women of Troy will not play again until Feb. 7 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.The men’s team defeated LSU 4-1 in the third-place match of the East Lake Cup after falling 4-1 to Illinois in the semifinals.Freshman Justin Suh, sophomore Sean Crocker, junior Rico Hoey and sophomore Jonah Texeira all tallied wins over LSU to propel the Trojans to a third-place finish in Atlanta.“Even though we were in the consolation match, it was nice to redeem ourselves with LSU,” Hoey said. “We didn’t show them what we were capable of at nationals, so it was good to play to our potential today and get a win.”The Trojans will play again on Feb. 4 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
The No. 1 men’s golf team won the Western Intercollegiate tournament this weekend in Santa Cruz, Calif., closing out the regular season as the top-ranked team in the country. The tournament was a highlight for sophomore Justin Suh, who notched the first win of his collegiate career.This was the fourth title of the year for the Trojans, who won with a final score of 1,050 (347-348-355). The finish was 18 strokes better than Stanford, which came in second place, and 20 strokes ahead of Oregon in third.Suh’s victory came with a 5-under 205 finish (68-67-70). It was his third finish in the final top three on the season, ending with five birdies in the final round. Suh won by four strokes, leading the entirety of Sunday’s play.Meanwhile, junior Sean Crocker took home a tie for second at 1-under 209 (72-70-67) after a clutch 3-under final round. That final round helped Crocker extend his streak of under par tournaments to eight straight. Fellow junior Jonah Texeira tied for eighth, finishing 2-over(68-73-71). It was the best finish for Texeira since November’s Gifford Collegiate tournament.Seniors Rico Hoey (72-71-72) and Andrew Levitt (73-67-75) rounded out the group with a tie for 21st, finishing 5-over 215, while freshman Cheng Jin tied for 39th with 9-over 210 (67-77-75).Now, the Trojans prepare to enter postseason play next week with a trip to the Pac-12 Championships. They finished fifth in the conference last spring during the tournament in Salt Lake City.After the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans will look toward the NCAA Championships. The regional tournament will kick off on May 8, but it’s uncertain which location the Trojans will be assigned to for the first round. Six different courses around the country will host NCAA Regionals, and the Trojans could find themselves in nearby Stanford, Calif. or as far away as Austin, Texas or Baton Rouge, La.USC is looking to make it all the way to the finals in Sugar Grove, Ill. after a disappointing finish to last year’s season. Despite a No. 3 ranking, the Trojans fell to Texas in a 4-1 semifinals upset, prematurely ending an otherwise successful season.This year, the Trojans come in as the favorite to take the tournament. In the last four months, the Trojans have notched only one finish below second place in a tournament. A particularly strong showing in March and February helped the team leap from No. 6 to No. 1 in the national rankings, coming off the heels of top-two finishes at the Amer Ari Invitational, the Southwestern Invitational, the Southern Highlands Collegiate and The Goodwin.With three weeks to prepare, the Trojans are locking in as they look to redeem themselves after last year’s fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. The tournament will tee off on April 28 in Boulder, Colo.
ST JULIAN’S, Malta (AP):The hair is greyer, and the frame bulkier than in his footballing prime. But the player with the ball at his feet, standing in the late afternoon sun on a field near the Mediterranean Sea, hardly required ‘Platini’ emblazoned across his back for the selected onlookers at the private game to know it was the former France great in his comfort zone.In his third term as UEFA president, Michel Platini still seems to prefer to do much of his talking on the pitch, despite being the most powerful figure in European football and the favourite to be installed as Sepp Blatter’s FIFA successor in February.As FIFA was dragged further into the moral mire with the suspension of secretary general Jerome Valcke on Thursday, Platini maintained months of silence on the tumult as UEFA’s week-long gathering in Malta drew to a close yesterday. His renowned Gallic shrug met most questions about football politics when he emerged from the closed-door meetings.As Platini sat yesterday in a T-shirt and shorts sipping coffee with UEFA colleagues, shaded from the late summer heat near the hotel swimming pool, general secretary Gianni Infantino was left – once again – to be peppered with questions about beleaguered FIFA.”We played a football match here in Malta between the presidents and the secretary generals,” Infantino said at the media conference to close a week of meetings. “We agreed the one who loses the match should do the press conference.”For all the attempted quips, the Italian administrator did address the departure of his opposite number at FIFA.”We feel, of course, all very sad about the news coming on, almost on a daily basis (from FIFA),” Infantino said.The latest damaging episode unfolded Thursday after ticket sales agent Benny Alon, who has told journalists he had been a regular golf partner of Platini, alleged that Valcke had been prepared to profit personally from a deal for the black market trading of tickets to 2014 World Cup matches. Valcke denies having a deal or being offered money.