Naples, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) — Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 90th minute to give Napoli a 1-0 win over a surprisingly listless Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Having threatened all night without anything to show for it besides Dries Mertens' volley off the crossbar, Napoli finally broke through when Insigne redirected a cross from Jose Callejon by the far post.
Insigne, who grew up in the Naples area, celebrated by creating a heart shape with his hands.
"It's wonderful to win like this," Insigne said. "We had a great performance as a team and wanted the result at all costs."
The victory vaulted Napoli atop Group C with four points, one ahead of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, which beat Red Star Belgrade 6-1 in the other group match Wednesday. Red Star, which held Napoli to a scoreless draw in the opening round of matches, is last with one point.
"We know it's a difficult group," Insigne said. "But we want to make our mark in every game and put any opponent under pressure."
With Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita taken off injured on a stretcher early in the first half, the visitors were restrained and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly didn't allow Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's most dangerous striker, any room at all.
Liverpool said in a statement on its website that Keita was taken to a local hospital where he "underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition." The team, which returns to England on Thursday morning, said no decision had been made on when Keita would be discharged.
With the likes of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane — the trio whose goals propelled Liverpool to last season's Champions League final — the Reds had scored 41 goals during their last 12 Champions League matches and had only failed to score in one of their last 18 games in the competition, including qualifying.
Against Napoli, Liverpool failed to muster a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since February 2006 in a 1-0 loss to Benfica.
For Napoli, which had wasted an early lead in a 3-1 loss to seven-time defending Serie A champion Juventus at the weekend, it was the best performance under new coach Carlo Ancelotti.
"The team did well throughout the game. We never lost control," Ancelotti said. "We were always very focused, above all when defending and allowed Liverpool practically nothing.
"I see the quality this team has, but with a little tension we don't express ourselves the way we should," Ancelotti added. "I hope this victory can build confidence and make us play with more freedom."
Napoli supporters chanted long after the final whistle as their team went over and saluted the club's hard-core "ultra" fans, who maintained a drum roll for the entire match amid a deafening atmosphere.
After seven straight wins in all competitions to open the season, Liverpool has now gone three matches without a victory, having lost to and drawn with Chelsea in its previous two fixtures.
One Liverpool fan was injured in clashes with Napoli supporters the night before the match. There was also a flare thrown into the area where Liverpool supporters sat inside the stadium.
London, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) — Back at the scene of his 2011 Champions League final triumph, Lionel Messi delivered another display of artistry at Wembley Stadium.
Messi's two goals helped Barcelona fight off Tottenham's second-half resurgence and secured a 4-2 win for the visitors on Wednesday.
But the victory — after a three-game winless domestic run — was built on much more than Messi's virtuoso performance.
Selflessness isn't a trait often attached to Luis Suarez, but it was the former Liverpool striker's clever dummies that set up both goals from Messi as he allowed the ball to drift past him into the path of the Argentine forward.
The five-time world player of the year could even afford to hit the post twice before scoring in the second half as the five-time European champions made it two wins out of two in Group B.
"Everything he does is so unpredictable," Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho said. "I'm thrilled for him that he scored twice."
Initially, Messi settled for a supporting role as his defense-splitting pass from the halfway line to Jordi Alba helped create the opening goal. After goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rashly rushed off his line to confront Alba the ball was squared for Philippe Coutinho to score within two minutes of kickoff.
While the opener owed much to Lloris' poor judgment on his return from an injury sustained during a drunken-driving incident, the second goal was pure artistry. Messi also started the move that saw Suarez and Coutinho combine to set up Ivan Rakitic to volley superbly into the top of the net.
When the post twice denied Messi at the start of the second half it looked like he wouldn't come close to repeating his hat trick in the 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the group opener.
But Messi, who scored in the 2011 final win over Manchester United, was afforded more space in the second half.
After Tottenham striker Harry Kane pulled one back in the 52nd minute, Messi started and completed the move four minutes later that restored Barcelona's two-goal lead.
By the time Jordi Alba virtually cut the ball back from the byline, Messi had darted into the box and both Coutinho and Suarez left it for the five-time world player of the year to finish.
The prospect of a Tottenham comeback flickered again when Erik Lamela netted with a deflected strike in the 66th
"We had a few problems," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "But we solved them."
Or Messi did. As Suarez let the ball go past him, the unmarked Messi tapped into an open net in the 90th to put the score beyond the reach of a Tottenham side which has never lifted the European Cup.
"What we had to do was take risks," Pochettino said. "When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same."
Tottenham's task was made even harder with three core players out injured: Defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Dele Alli and playmaker Christian Eriksen, who all featured 11 months ago in a victory over European champion Real Madrid at Wembley.
After losing its group opener to Inter Milan, Tottenham is now on zero points along with PSV Eindhoven, which lost 2-1 to the Italian side on Wednesday.
The quality of the field in north London didn't match the spectacle in a stadium where this game wasn't even due to be played. With the rebuilding of White Hart Lane overrunning, Wembley is still Tottenham's temporary home.
It's not just the additional burden from unexpected Tottenham games accounting for the brown, dead grass across the center. It is less than two weeks since a boxing ring was constructed for the Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin world heavyweight title fight.
"It wasn't this plan to play this game on Wembley," Pochettino said. "What can we do? Nothing. The grass needs to grow."
Las Vegas, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) — Lawyers for a Nevada woman who has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her say a psychiatrist determined she suffers post-traumatic stress and depression because of the alleged 2009 attack in Las Vegas.
Kathryn Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Stovall, told reporters Wednesday that the psychiatrist's medical opinion is that Mayorga's psychological injuries made her "incompetent" to legally reach a non-disclosure settlement with Ronaldo's representatives in 2010.
Mayorga filed a lawsuit last week in state court seeking to void the agreement she signed while accepting $375,000 to keep quiet about the alleged encounter.
Ronaldo has denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday on Twitter that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.
Las Vegas police say they've reopened their investigation of a sexual assault complaint that Mayorga filed nine years ago.
Lawyers for a Nevada woman alleging that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 plan a news conference to talk about a civil lawsuit they filed in state court against the international soccer star.
The accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, wasn't scheduled to attend the Wednesday afternoon media briefing at her lawyers' office.
Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer (droh-HO'-bit-zer) says Mayorga is out of the U.S. and isn't speaking with reporters.
Drohobyczer says Mayorga gave The Associated Press permission to publish her name.
The lawsuit filed last week alleges Ronaldo had what the document calls "fixers" obstruct a police investigation and trick Mayorga into accepting $375,000 to keep quiet.
Las Vegas police say they've reopened a sexual assault investigation at Mayorga's request.
Ronaldo used Twitter to deny her accusations of what he calls an "abominable crime."
Cristiano Ronaldo has denied "accusations being issued against" him and called rape an "abominable crime."
The 33-year-old Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga. She has said the soccer great raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.
Ronaldo posted a video on Instagram shortly after a civil lawsuit was filed in Nevada last week, calling it "Fake. Fake news."
On Wednesday, Ronaldo tweeted in both Portuguese and English.
Ronaldo wrote: "I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense."
In a second tweet, he added: "My clear conscience will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations."
Dhaka, Sep 3 (UNB) – Chattogram Divison will need 347 runs more with seven wickets in hand in the second innings for a win against Dhaka Division after the third day’s paly of their Tier2 match of the 20th National Cricket League (NCL) at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday.
Having 142/10 in 53.4 overs in the first innings, Chattogram opened the second innings and scored 135*/3 in 39 overs, at stumps, on the day with skipper Mominul Haque top-scoring 62 off 67 balls, including six boundaries and one six.
Tasamul Haque [33* off 70b; 4x4] and Saeed Sarkar [6* off 33b; 1x4] were at the crease in the 4th stand when the bails were drawn for the third day.
Earlier, Dhaka Division, having 238/10 in 81 overs in the first innings, resumed the second innings with overnight score of 176/0 in 43 overs and declared the innings raising the tally to 385/1-d in 92 overs.
Overnight centurion Rony Talukdar completed an unbeaten double scoring 228* off 252 balls, including 18 boundaries and seven sixes while another overnight batsman Abdul Mazid hit 132 off 288 balls featuring 14 boundaries and two sixes, alongside their brilliant opening partnership stand of 350 off 86.4 overs.
Saif Hassan added unbeaten 13 runs for Dhaka division.
Jubair Hossain got the only wicket for 68 runs for Chattogram.
Dhaka Div 1st innings: 238/10 in 81 overs; Taibur Rahman 63, Rony Talukdar 59, Saif Hassan 34; Jubayer Hossain 5/61, Nayeem Hassan 3/74, Hasan Mahmud 2/36.
Dhaka Div 2nd innings: 385/1-dec in 43 overs (overnight 176/0 in 43 overs); Roni Talukdar 228*, Abdul Majid 132, Saif 13*; Jubayer 1/68.
Chattogram 1st innings: 142/10 in 53.4 overs; Sadiqur Rahman 30, Sayed Sarkar 26, Mohammad Saifuddin 20; Shahadat Hossain 4/62, Mosarraf Hossain 2/20, Shuvagata Hom 1/7.
Chattogram 2nd innings: 135*/3 in 39 overs, at stumps; Mominul Haque 62, Tasamul Haque 33*, Sadiqur Rahman 24, Saeed Sarkar 6*, Shuvagata Hom 1/24, Nazmul Islam 1/26, Shahadat Hossain 1/27.
Dhaka, Sep 3 (UNB) – Barishal Division trailed by 118 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings against Rangpur Division after the third day’s play of their Tier-1 match of the 20th National Cricket League (NCL) at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bagura on Wednesday.
Barishal- Rangpur match is like to see a draw on the final day as Barishal at stumps in the first innings with 384* for 5 in 119.1 overs after third day, replying to Rangpur 1st innings of 502/10 in 145.2 overs.
Barishal resumed the 1st innings with overnight score of 91/1 in 34 overs and raised their tally to cross 300-run mark where overnight Fazle Mahmud was unbeaten on 130* off 324 balls, including 14 boundaries and one six, and Sohag Gazi was out for 128 off 154 balls with 15 boundaries and two sixes.
Fazle Mahmud and Sohag Gazi paired for a stunning partnership of 226 off 58.4 overs in the 5th wicket to carry the team collection to 370/5 in 114.5 overs from 144/4 in 56.1 overs before Sohag Gazi was bowled by Mahmudul Hasan.
Nuruzzaman [12* off 15b; 1x6] was at the crease with Fazle Mahmud in the 6th wicket when the bails were drawn for the third day.
Rangpur 1st innings: 502/10 in 145.2 overs; Ariful Haque 231, Naeem Islam 92, Jahid Jabed 62; Monir Hossain 3/128, Shohag Gazi 3/142, Kamrul Islam Rabbi 2/94.
Barishal 1st innings: 384*/5 in 119.1 overs, at stumps, (overnight 91/1 in 34 overs); Fazle Rabbi 130*, Shohag Gazi 128, Nuruzzaman 12*; Mahmudul Hasan 2/64, Subashis Roy 1/40, Sajedul Islam 1/53, Sohrawordi Shuvo 1/71.