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Barca’s Messi receives record sixth European Golden Shoe

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up a record-extending sixth – and third consecutive – European Golden Shoe award yesterday following his outstanding individual 2018-19 domestic campaign.The award is presented to the top goalscorer in league football across Europe, with the Argentine finding the net 36 times last season as Barca retained their La Liga title.Messi was three ahead of nearest rival Kylian Mbappe, who scored 33 times for Paris St Germain as they won France’s Ligue 1.“My team and my teammates, I would have never been able to win even one of these awards without them,” Messi said at the presentation in Barcelona. “This is recognition for everyone, all the team.”The forward, who won his first Golden Shoe in 2010, admitted he was disappointed to have missed out on Champions League glory again after Barcelona blew a 3-0 first leg lead to Liverpool at the semi-final stage. However, he said he was conscious that the league should be the club’s priority.“The Champions League is something special and we all want to win it, but we are conscious that the Liga is the most important.“La Liga can help you reach the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It is very difficult if you don’t perform well in the Liga to compete in the Champions League.“We never forget about the Liga and the Copa because we are Barcelona and we always aim to win everything.”Barca have endured a difficult start to the season, losing twice in their first eight league games. They have won their last three matches to pull themselves into second place on 16 points, two behind leaders Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Hosoyamada, Goodnough lead Syracuse defense in senior seasons

first_img Published on December 4, 2014 at 12:33 am Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan doesn’t want to be the only person providing instruction to his team. He doesn’t want the teaching to come solely from his coaching staff, either.Instead, he hopes that his veteran players shoulder some of that responsibility, and two senior defenders are doing just that this season for the Orange.“I’ve been with teams when you’ve had all underclassmen, or three or four freshmen,” Flanagan said. “To be able to have that leadership back there — it’s invaluable.”Akane Hosoyamada, a redshirt senior captain, and senior Kailee Goodnough are key parts of a Syracuse defense that is tied for third best in the conference in goals allowed.Goodnough leads the defense with six assists and Hosoyamada is third on the defense with 10 blocks. But both mean much more to the Orange (4-8-7, 3-2-3 College Hockey America), which will face Rochester Institute of Technology (7-8-3, 1-4-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough Hosoyamada is a more defensive-minded defender and Goodnough looks to score more often, both will provide veteran leadership on the ice. “We’re always looking to improve as a team and as a defense,” Goodnough said. “If I can help do that by being a senior leader, I’m going to do it.”With eight players new to the program this year, Hosoyamada andGoodnough have taken it upon themselves to help the younger players, albeit through different styles.Sophomore defender Larissa Martyniuk describes Goodnough’s leadership style as more vocal than Hosoyamada’s. Flanagan said she’s done a good job talking in practice.Hosoyamada feels obligated as the team member with the most experience to lead by example and calls it her “most important” role for the team. Martyniuk said the senior is a more traditional defender, while Goodnough is more offensive minded and likes to rush the net and get shots off, Martyniuk said.“I think being a more defensive defender and her being more offensive, it just cancels out,” Hosoyamada said. “It makes us a really good pair. We both can pull players aside to help in our own ways.”But their head coach said Syracuse has mainly benefitted from the pair’s leadership by example.“When you see the veterans making good decisions with the puck, it makes our job easier as coaches because we’re primarily correcting younger players,” Flanagan said.Understanding the game of hockey is something Flanagan said both have drastically improved upon since the early stages of their careers. He remembers both early in their careers trying to do too much defensively and coming up short. Sometimes they were too tired or didn’t understand the game as well as they could have.“There is a lot of youth,” said Goodnough. “Teaching and helping the younger players understand systems and where to be and at what times is a crucial role. We both try to do that.” Commentslast_img read more

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NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup series playoffs after the Consumers Energy 400

first_imgThe battle for the lead is on! @KevinHarvick is there trying to get by @joeylogano! pic.twitter.com/OipFETbGoV— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 11, 2019Harvick had the fastest car over the last run of the final stage. “(It) takes a lot of people to make these cars go around, and winning races is what it’s all about,” Harvick said, via Yahoo Sports. “(I) just can’t do it without all you guys. I mean, to come here to Michigan and win for Ford, and I know how much Mobil 1 likes to beat that Shell car [driven by Joey Logano], so that was cool.”NASCAR points standings 2019Below are the updated standings following the Consumers Energy 400. Winners are in bold and are guaranteed a playoff spot.RankDriverWinsPointsNo. 1Kyle Busch4892No. 2 Kevin Harvick 2822No. 4Denny Hamlin 3815No. 5Martin Truex Jr.4805No. 6Brad Keselowski3764No. 7Chase Elliott2711No. 8Kurt Busch1701No. 9Ryan Blaney0654No. 10Alex Bowman1653No. 11Aric Almirola0645No. 12William Byron0642No. 13Kyle Larson0624No. 14Erik Jones0623No. 15Ryan Newman0569No. 16Clint Bowyer0559No. 17Daniel Suarez0553No. 18Jimmie Johnson0547No. 19Paul Menard0506No. 20Chris Buescher0486No. 21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.0475No. 22Austin Dillon0434No. 23Matt DiBenedetto0380No. 24Ty Dillon0397No. 25Daniel Hemric0352No. 26Michael McDowell0302No. 27Ryan Preece0299No. 28Bubba Wallace0281No. 29Corey Lajoie0266No. 30David Ragan0256No. 31Matt Tifft0243No. 32Reed Sorenson067No. 33Quin Houff064No. 34J.J. Yeley029No. 35Jamie McMurray019No. 36Austin Theriault010No. 37Andy Seuss09No. 38Stanton Barrett02No. 39Casey Mears01Who’s on the Cup Series playoff bubble? Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson are just below the cut line.Three winless drivers, Erik Jones, who finished 18th, and Ryan Newman (12th) and Clint Bowyer (37th), all padded their distance between the cutoff position. Paul Menard ranks 19th in the standings, only 40-plus points behind Suarez and Johnson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is also close in 20th place, but still probably too far behind at this point.There are three races remaining before the playoffs begin at Las Vegas on Sept. 15. Bristol is next weekend, followed by Darlington and Indianapolis.How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the man who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth, points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs. Kevin Harvick came away with the checkered flag Sunday at the Consumers Energy 400 after he chased down Joey Logano in the final laps.It was Harvick’s second win of 2019 while Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson placed second and third, respectively. Jimmie Johnson changes crew chief as clock ticks on Cup Series playoffs Logano ultimately finished in 17th place after dealing with fuel issues, which forced him to make a late pit stop.Harvick might have edged out Logano on the Michigan track, but Logano maintains the advantage in the updated rankings. Related Newscenter_img Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver’s total at the start of the playoffs.For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here. Jimmie Johnson still wants apology from Ryan Blaney, who says ‘I have nothing to apologize about’ Joey Logano2872No. 3last_img read more

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