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Ronaldo’s penalty kicks salvage draw for Juventus against Atalanta

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo converted two penalty kicks, both awarded for handballs, with the second in the last minute on Saturday, as Serie A leaders Juventus twice hit back to draw 2-2 with Atalanta.The draw helped the defending champions to move closer to a ninth successive Serie A title. The Portuguese forward took his league tally to 28 goals this season as Juventus went eight points clear of second-placed Lazio with six matches to play.Atalanta are a further point back in third after being denied a 10th successive league win.Both handballs were clearly accidental but, under the current rules, referee Piero Giacomelli had no option but to award the penalty kicks.However, it was rough justice on Atalanta.The team, which leads Serie A in scoring, would have climbed into second place and cut the gap between themselves and Juventus to six points if they had won. Juventus, humbled 4-2 at AC Milan on Tuesday, dropped Miralem Pjanic but were quickly forced onto the back foot by a typically audacious Atalanta side.Duvan Zapata put the visitors ahead in the 16th minute.An intricate exchange of passes with Alejandro Gomez opened up the Juventus defence before the Colombian slotted his shot past Wojciech Szczesny.The visitors continued to pen Juventus into their half, enjoying 58 per cent possession and five shots to the home team’s one before half-time.They however went on to fall foul of the handball rule 10 minutes after the break. Paulo Dybala fired a cross against Marten de Roon’s elbow.Although it was at point-blank range and the Dutchman’s arm was close to his chest, the referee immediately pointed to the penalty kick spot.Ronaldo smashed home the penalty kick, scoring for the sixth game in a row.The game opened up, with Atalanta regaining the lead in the 81st minute when Luis Muriel sent a pass across the face of the penalty area to Ruslan Malinovskyi.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years He took it in his stride before firing a right foot shot past Szczesny.But lightning struck a second time for Atalanta when Gonzalo Higuain got his foot to a corner kick and deflected the ball onto Muriel’s hand.The Colombian did not have time to get his hand out of the way but, as it was outstretched, the penalty kick had to be given and Ronaldo converted in the 90th minute.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AtalantaCristiano RonaldoDuvan ZapataJuventusPaul DybalaSerie Alast_img read more

Clippers’ Paul George fined $35,000 for ‘home-court cooking’ comments

first_imgThe six-time All-Star — who was just 3-of-15 from the field and 1-of-4 from 3-point range for 11 points — felt the Clippers were up against it in more ways than one, with the visiting side penalized for eight more personal fouls than the 76ers.And the NBA sanctioned George for his comments on Thursday, saying the fine “also reflects his multiple prior violations of the rule prohibiting public criticism of the officiating.”In his first season with the Clippers since arriving from the Thunder, George is averaging 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The NBA fined Paul George $35,000 after the Clippers star criticized officials in Tuesday’s defeat to the 76ers.George claimed the Clippers fell victim to some “home-court cooking” following a 110-103 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia.last_img read more

Top coaches honoured with England Golf awards

first_img22 Nov 2018 Top coaches honoured with England Golf awards Tags: Awards, Coaches, England squads, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, performance Northumberland’s JJ Vallely and Nottinghamshire’s David Ridley have both been honoured with coaching awards from England Golf.They were recognised at a gala dinner at the annual coaching conference at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, the home of England Golf.Vallely, from Matfen Hall and coach to the England Golf North region girls’ squad, was named Squad Coach of the Year.A Special Recognition Award was presented to David Ridley of Coxmoor Golf Club to mark his retirement after 32 years as an England coach.Three outstanding girl golfers who have all come through the North squad have helped to shine the spotlight on the work of JJ Vallely (pictured top, right).Cumbria’s Caitlin Whitehead won European Young Masters and then helped Europe to a clean sweep in the Asia Pacific Junior Championship, while Northumberland’s Jess Baker and Rosie Belsham have played their way convincingly on to the national scene.“There’s a lot more waiting in the wings,” said Vallely. “They’re on a mission, they’ve been pulled along by watching Caitlin, Rosie and Jess, they’re inspired and it’s given them belief and made them work harder. It’s like a mini-explosion and we want to keep it going.”Vallely, who is supported by squad manager Bryan Ross, ensures there’s a pipeline of talent by also coaching the girls in the North of England Futures, made up of players who are pushing for places in the regional line-up. Baker and Belsham were among the early intake and together with two other girls, knocked a total of 50 shots off their handicaps in their first season.Vallely, who has been involved with England training for about 12 years, commented: “I absolutely love it, I live and breathe it. You do make a lot of sacrifices, but it’s really satisfying to help them understand their game and themselves. Some of the skills and habits they develop are wider reaching than golf and will stand them in good stead with whatever they do.”David Ridley (pictured left)  has bowed out of England coaching after 32 years with the national and regional squads and teams. His award was greeted with a standing ovation and he remarked: “It’s a privilege and an honour to receive this – and quite a shock too!”Ridley first became involved as a regional boys’ coach in 1986, but from 1997 he worked with the national men’s squads and players such as Tommy Fleetwood, Chris Woods, Eddie Pepperell and Andy Sullivan.“I’ve been very fortunate,” he said, adding “They still keep in touch, they send a text. They’re just great lads.”He’s been involved in two European team championship victories and numerous Home International wins. His personal highlight was the European gold medal of 2010, when England beat Sweden in Sweden after losing in the previous two finals.Ridley, who was made a Master Professional by the PGA earlier this year, also enjoyed an outstanding playing career. He represented GB&I against the USA in two PGA Cup matches, in 1979 and 1981, helping the team to a win and a draw. He also played in five Open championships between 1969 and 1984. He’s semi-retired now but continues to coach at Coxmoor.Vallely and Ridley were recognised alongside two other award winners. Paul Cannons of Kingsdown and Walmer Golf Club, Kent, is the Volunteer Manager of the Year and Les Walker of Selby Golf Club, Yorkshire, received the Award for Excellence in Coaching in recognition of his contribution as an England and GB&I selector.Captions: Top, John Vallely (right) receives his award from England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink. Above, David Ridley (left) receives his award from England men’s coach Graham Walker. (Images copyright Vicki Head).last_img read more