Goalless draw against Bologna ends Juventus winning run

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Goalless draw against Bologna ends Juventus winning run

Serie A league leaders Juventus misses a chance to get clear at the top as they were held to a goalless draw away against Bologna at the Renato Dall’Ara.

All in all, the match was one of Juventus squandering their chances at goal, with Paul Pogba wasting two good chances after the break while Bologna, coached by AC Milan legend Roberto Donadoni had only one shot on target.

Juve leading scorer Paulo Dybala was rested for the match, but was brought in after 68 minutes of play and to no avail.

It also meant that their brilliant form of 15 consecutive league wins is halted, and at the same time would give second-placed Napoli – having a game in hand – a chance to overtake them.

However, beyond the threat of Napoli Juventus has a lot less to fear – third placed Fiorentina just took a scrappy 3-2 win against 10-man Atalanta and is 6 points behind.

The defending Serie A champions would also be hosting Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich mid-week in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Fixture.

Cavaliers beats Bulls for the first time this season

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Cavaliers beats Bulls for the first time this season

Cleveland Cavaliers (39-14) gathered their fourth consecutive victory and finally managed to take down the Chicago Bulls (27-26), cruising to a 106-95 win at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Bulls had an 2-0 encounter advantage but lost much team structure and ability with injury, with Jimmy Butler (knee), Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) and Joakim Noah (shoulder) all sidelined.

With offense placed solely shoulders of Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, the Bulls were all over the place.

Meanwhile, Cavaliers’ Lebron James opened the scoreboard and got the team’s first 8 points but looked slightly bumped out with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

But he still managed to dominate when they returned, nearly taking a second triple-double in 3 games. He finished the game with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists – the 419th 25-5-5 of his career, an all time-NBA record.

Kyrie Irving recorded 19 points. Kevin Love had 15 points, 15 rebounds and a block. Tristan Thompson provided 16 points and 10 boards.

Tyronn Lue said his team’s defensive intensity has been lacking and he had to be pleased with what he saw tonight. Still, the Bulls failed to reach 40 percent shooting and lost the rebounding battle 52-49 as well as blocks and steals (8-4 each).

Mervyn Westfield to play for Suffolk after ban

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Mervyn Westfield to play for Suffolk after ban

Mervyn Westfield, previously jailed for four months after being convicted for spot-fixing, has been cleared to play for county second XI and minor counties.

Westfield will be playing for minor counties side Suffolk as he tries to rebuild his career.

The fast bowler was banned from professional cricket circuits in 2012, but the England and Wales Cricket Board has given him special dispensation to play for 12 months. He is expected to start training with Suffolk next Monday.

Westfield’s expected debut for Suffolk would be against his former club Essex, but he is restricted from first-class cricket until his ban expires in 2017.

The ban was for accepting a £6,000 bribe to deliberately bowl badly for Essex against Durham in 2009. It was reduced to two years after he agreed to an anti-corruption program run by the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).

“I’m probably a little bit rusty,” said Westfield. “My body didn’t used to ache as much as it does now, but I’m training hard and trying to get back my fitness.”

“This summer I’ll probably get the odd bit of banter, but I’ll just have to distance it and get on, just focus on what I’m trying to do, score runs and take wickets.”

“I’ve done wrong. I’m just trying to fix it now and obviously I’m happy I’m back playing cricket.”

United, Livepool fail to win in Europa League

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United, Livepool fail to win in Europa League

Manchester United’s tally of losses this season is extended yet again after their defeat by FC Midtjylland at 2-1 in the first leg of their Europe League last-32 tie.

The visitors were coming off another 2-1 loss at the hands of Sunderland last weekend, and travelled to the MCH Arena without Wayne Rooney. The team also lost goalkeeper David De Gea during warm-up.

Still, the Red Devils managed to take the lead through a Memphis Depay shot – only to be equalized by a Pione Sisto effort. Romero, De Gea’s replacement was unable to keep it out.

Then Paul Onuachu scored the winner at 77 minutes, giving the Danish side a record win coupled with the fact that the club’s last competitive match was 71 days ago.

Being sixth place in the Premier League also meant that United had little hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Winning the Europa League represents the best chance to fill their empty trophy cupboard and retain a place in Europe’s elite club competition.

The team is going to need to do more than performing well in their second leg to do so.

United, Livepool fail to win in Europa League 2

Comparatively, Liverpool may not have won their fixture against German side FC Ausburg, but they had better fortunes compared to United as they managed a goalless draw.

The Reds performed better marginally in what was a lengthy match, with clear chances in the first half from striker Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino being saved from Ausburg keeper Marwin Hitz.

The visitors appeared more intent on scoring after the break and would have opened the scoreboard if not for Surridge’s near miss at close range.

On the other hand, Ausburg’s Ji Dong-Won came close to scoring as his effort hits the woodwork, while Kostas Stafylidis found space in the box but poked wide.