Daily Archives: October 16, 2015

Tottenham Vs Liverpool

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  • Spurs have lost just one of their last eight games (W4, D3, L1).
  • Team news:
    • Tottenham is injury plagued; Son Heung-min, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard are ruled out with injuries.
    • Eric Dier serves a one-game ban after accumulating five yellow cards.
    • Dejan Lovren as returned to training following an ankle injury


  • Liverpool had been victorious against Tottenham in their last five encounters, all in the Premier League.
  • The Reds have won one of their last nine Premier League away games (D4, L4). That was their victory at Stoke on the opening weekend of the season.
  • Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight matches in all competitions.
  • Only once before has a Liverpool manager won his first Premier League match. (Gerard Houllier, against Southampton in August 1998)
  • Team News:
    • Joe Gomez and Danny Ings could miss the rest of the season
    • Christian Benteke and Roberto Firminio are unavailable
    • Philipe Coutinho is fit despite minor groin problem
    • Dejan Lovren is back in training after an ankle injury

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Federer Suffers Shock Defeat in Shanghai Masters

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World no.3 Federer was knocked out in the Shanghai Masters opening.

Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas has stunned Roger Federer in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating the second seed 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 on Tuesday evening.

Going into the contest, the No. 70-ranked Ramos-Vinolas was 0-15 against Top 10 players and had won just two sets.

But the 27-year-old Spaniard played fearless tennis as he shocked defending Shanghai champion Federer in just over two hours.

Federer failed to convert two break points in Ramos-Vinolas’ opening service game and would rue his missed opportunity as Ramos-Vinolas went on to sneak the first set in the ensuing tie-break.

The Swiss hit back strongly in the second set, breaking in the fifth and seventh games to level the match, but could not carry his momentum into the deciding set.

Ramos-Vinolas earned a crucial break in the eighth game and went on to serve out victory to 30.

Federer was playing for the first time in three weeks, since helping Switzerland to a Davis Cup World Group Play-off victory over The Netherlands.

The Basel native has already punched his ticket to the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and was looking to win his sixth title of the season this week.

England Strikes Back

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Cook leads England reply with classy unbeaten 168

England’s Alastair Cook has now scored a Test century in all nine countries he played in.

First Test, Abu Dhabi, day three

Pakistan 523-8 dec: Malik 245, Shafiq 107; Stokes 4-57

England 290-3: Cook 168*, Bell 63

England trail by 233 runs

It was an uphill battle, but a resolute Captain Alastair Cook leads England’s reply with a splendid unbeaten 168 in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

On Cook’s watch, England ground along to 290 for 3 by the close, a position of relative serenity given their travails in the field on the first two days.

The bulk of his work was split between two century partnerships, first with Moeen Ali, who was a qualified success in his first outing as a Test opening batsman, and then with a hard-grafting Ian Bell, who eventually found his feet, and his footwork, after a horrifically jittery start before slashing at a wide one from Wahab Riaz in the closing overs of the day.

He batted throughout the third day but England lost two wickets in three overs late on as they closed on 290-3, needing 34 more to avoid the follow-on.

Those two wickets for four runs boosted Pakistani spirits on another day when bat dominated ball, on a soporific surface which has been widely criticized.

Cook’s 28th Test century was typical of so many of his previous 27, founded on patience, discipline and excellent shot selection.

His approach was unaffected by the departure of Moeen, who was caught behind for 35 pushing at Rahat Ali shortly before lunch to end a patient first innings as a Test opener.

Cook had made 147 by the time he offered a chance, substitute fielder Fawad Alam dropping a tumbling effort at backward square-leg off a top-edged sweep.