Monthly Archives: May 2016

Marcus Rashford makes instant impact in England debut

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Marcus Rashford makes instant impact in England debut

Marcus Rahsford made an instant impact in his debut for England, scoring at 138 seconds after kick-off for a 2-1 friendly victory against Australia.

His Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney scored his 52nd England goal in the 55th minute. Australia received their consolation in the form of Eric Dier’s own goal with 15 minutes left, heading into his net at the near post from Alex Wilkinson’s cross.

Rashford’s goal was also a history maker as he became the youngest ever English player who makes the mark in their international debut. The record was first set by Tommy Lawton at October 1938 – who was 19 years and 16 days old then, while Rashford was 18 years and 208 days.

He has also scored with his first shot in the Europa League, the Premier League and at international level, all within a prodigious 92-day period. In training and the match, the teenager demonstrated pace, control and a nerveless approach.

There was also that familiar sense of maturity the youngster had shown when playing for United. Even when he fumbled on a chance in the second half, he recovered his poise quickly to send a cross flashing into the six-yard box with his England colleagues just unable to get a touch.

Such a performance would ease any manager’s worries, and would certainly be bore in the mind of Roy Hodgson, as he ponders who in his provisional 26-man squad has to be removed in order to cut the squad down to 23-man for the Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, clearly wary about poachers of the rare young prodigy, Marcus Rashford is rewarded a £20,000-a-week contract with Manchester United. The striker has one year left on his current deal but the Red Devils are clearly not taking any chances, moving swiftly to offer him a long-term contract.

Thompson leads Warriors to game six as Raptors’ season ends

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Thompson leads Warriors to game six as Raptors' season ends

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Series ties at 3-3.

Klay Thompson leads the Golden State Warriors in a fourth-quarter charge to stave off elimination at the hands of Oklahoma City Thunders and force game seven at the Western Conference.

In the latest visit to OKC, the Warriors were lagging by nine points at the end of Q3, and reigning MVP Stephen Curry hardly looked inspiring despite a decent bagging of points. So his sidekick stepped up, and for the first time this season, Klay Thompson outshines his team’s unquestioned ace.

Stubbornly refusing to let his team’s season end prematurely, Thompson shot relentlessly until things finally looked hopeful for the Warriors. His fighting spirit seemingly roused Curry’s own, turning him Curry once more. The ace hits two smooth, confident 3 pointers in the final five minutes, the kind he used to make before the Thunder began knocking him around the court.

“Nobody wanted to [go home],” Thompson said after the game, his performance having silenced a roaring crowd in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Arena.

As game six wraps up, OKC will be vary as they pack their bags to visit the Oracle arena in their final bout with the Warriors, where the hosts will be heavily favoured to earn their second consecutive finals appearance.

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Cavaliers take the series 4-2.

On the other end, the Cleveland Cavaliers cuts the Toronto Raptors’ magical season short and win the Eastern Conference series by 4-2, earning their second consecutive appearance in the NBA finals.

LeBron James was unstoppable against NBA’s perpetual underdog team – a team that had just earned their best season in franchise history. It was not as much as a demolition as game five (116-78), but a stroll nonetheless.

James shrugged off persistent boos from rowdy Canadian fans to lead the Cavaliers scorers with 33 points, including going 3-6 from three-point range and shooting 59.1% from the field.

It will be his sixth straight NBA finals, and it does not appear that LeBron will be running out of gas soon. On the other hand, despite how things are for them right now, the Raptors’ could at least shed off their underdog label.

England defeats Wales despite misfiring Ford

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England defeats Wales despite misfiring Ford

Jack Clifford sprints for England’s fourth try.

England: (10) 27
Tries: Burell, Watson, Youngs, Clifford Con: Ford
Wales: (13) 13
Try: Evans Con: Biggar Pens: Biggar 2

England defeats Wales by scoring five tries to win 27-13 at Twickenham despite fly-half George Ford misfiring.

Wales lead early as Rob Evans tries, before England backs registered two fine tries from Luther Burrell and Anthony Watson, making it 13-10 before the break.

Ben Youngs then brought England ahead with a long try, and Jack Clifford closed the deal by showing good pace to go over from distance and Marland Yarde crossed out wide.

The final difference scores could have been much more even if 10 English players were absent, playing in the Premiership final. George Ford tops it off with a bizzare slump; he missed six of his seven attempted kicks at goal – even though conditions were perfect.

The coach defended Ford, his fly-half, pointing out that Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan also had their occasional off-days, but the contrast with the currently dead-eyed Owen Farrell was inescapable.

Still, the Roses may still be a work in a progress, but they facing defeat were rare since Eddie Jones took over. Even their youngsters who scored well-taken tries are doing their best to complicate Jones’s selection plans.

And now, they could set out on a hopeful note for Australia next month, as they prepare to play in the southern hemisphere tours.

Dream team and Cloud9 squeezes into Challenger Series

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Dream team and Cloud9 squeezes into Challenger Series

Dream team and Cloud9 Challenger clawed their way into the North American Challenger Series (NACS) for the League of Legends Summer Season as the event gets underway next month.

Cloud9 Challenger and Dream Team managed to move into the tournament after staving off Destined for Glory and Arsenal in the qualifiers.

But by any accounts, Dream Team needs to step up their game to on improve their performance and results they achieved in Spring. The team formerly known as Astral Authority went 1-2-2 in the round robin, only picking up a win over bottom finishers Enemy.

On the other hand, Cloud9 Challenger had to purchase the palyoffs spot from Enemy after disbanding Cloud9 Tempest last November to reform their second-tier lineup.

Now, their new star-studded lineup An “Balls” Van Le, Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae, Hai “Hai” Du Lam, Johnny “Altec” Ru, and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart played a huge part in the team, capable of competing in the highest level such as delivering in the NACS qualifiers.

Still, the NACS landscape is not a familiar place. Only Team Liquid Academy returns from the Spring Season, with Ember having sold their spot.

Team Dignitas also offloaded its berth after LCS relegation and the other team coming down from the LCS, Team Dragon Knights, was forced to sell after a Riot competitive ruling. Their spot has been purchased by Eanix.

On the other side of the pond, the European Challenger Series (EUCS) has just moved into the playoff stage. Victors amongst Misfits, Euronics Gaming, Forge, and SK Gaming will claim a place in the EUCS Summer Season.