One of the biggest plays of the game came when the first half essentially was over. The Bucs’ punt team was on the field. A four-point lead at half-time wouldn’t be the worst outcome for the Bucs at Lambeau Field.
But coach Bruce Arians and Brady wanted more.
Arians put the offence back on the field and on fourth down, Brady connected with receiver Scotty Miller on a 39-yard touchdown pass with one second left in the half. The play gave the Bucs a 21-10 half-time lead.
The touchdown was set up by Sean Murphy-Bunting’s third interception in as many playoff games. He stepped in front of a pass intended for receiver Allen Lazard. Last week, it was Murphy-Bunting’s interception of Drew Brees that sparked the Bucs’ comeback win over the Saints.
Miller, who was playing for injured receiver Antonio Brown, ran past Packers defensive back Kevin King and cradled a perfectly thrown pass from Brady in the end zone.
The Bucs defence produced another turnover when Jordan Whitehead put a huge hit on running back Aaron Jones after a short reception, forcing a fumble that was returned by Devin White to the Packers’ eight.
On the next play, Brady used play-action to free up tight end Cameron Brate for a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. But the 28-10 lead was short-lived.
Rodgers came back firing and needed only eight plays to get the Packers in the end zone. His eight-yard touchdown to tight end Robert Tonyan made it a two-score game with the Bucs’ lead cut to 28-17.
Brady, who had only one interception in his last seven games, was picked off by Packers safety Adrian Amos.
That led to another touchdown pass by Rodgers, this time to Adams. But the two-point conversion pass was dropped in the end zone by Equanimeous St. Brown and the Bucs’ lead was 28-23 with 24 seconds still remaining in the third quarter.
The Bucs were driving until two drops by Evans, the second of which resulted in an interception by Jaire Alexander. Brady’s second interception on a pass that bounced off Evans’ hands gave the Packers a chance.
The Bucs’ pass rush was effective. They sacked Rodgers four times and the second one by Barrett gave the ball back to the Bucs.
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‘The Diamond’ gained revenge for his brutal defeat by the same opponent in 2014, producing a barrage of heavy punches to force a surprise stoppage in round two of the eagerly-anticipated rematch on the UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
With nearly 2,000 socially-distanced fans watching on at the brand new Etihad Arena, Poirier wore down McGregor with some painful calf kicks and absorbed everything the powerful Irishman had to throw at him before unleashing a volley of thundering strikes.
McGregor was initially disorientated by a stunning right hook from his lightweight rival, who did not let up as he forced ‘The Notorious’ – fighting for the first time since destroying veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone inside 40 seconds 12 months ago – to the mat and the referee rightly intervened with just over two-and-a-half minutes on the clock in round two.
In the co-main event, Michael Chandler’s keenly-anticipated UFC debut proved explosive as he defeated the usually-resilient Dan Hooker inside the first round of their short-lived lightweight contest.
The former three-time Bellator world champion landed a crushing left hook to the chin and then rained down blows on his helpless opponent to swiftly finish a one-sided contest before flipping off the octagon in acrobatic fashion and passionately laying down the challenge to McGregor, Poirier and Khabib.
Meanwhile, Makhmud Muradov utilised his devastating right hand to secure a third-round stoppage against Andrew Sanchez and Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood came out on top in a tremendous encounter against flyweight rival Jessica Eye.
In the opening fight on the main card, Amanda Ribas was stunned by compatriot Michelle Rodriguez, who recovered from a difficult opening round to secure a brutal second-round stoppage against her fellow Brazilian in the women’s strawweight division.
In the feature prelim bout, Armenia’s Arman Tsarukyan claimed a comfortable decision against Matt Frevola, while Brad Tavares showcased fantastic takedown defence in his win over submission specialist Antonio Carlos Junior.
Julianna Pena called out the dominant Amanda Nunes after submitting Sara McMann with a rear naked choke and a strong final round secured a morale-boosting win for Polish light-heavyweight Marcin Prachnio against the inconsistent Khalil Rountree Jr.
In the early prelims, there were wins for Movsar Evloev and Amir Albazi against Nik Lentz and Zhalgas Zhumagulov respectively.
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Brisbane Roar W-League coach Jake Goodship says self-belief and some advice from a Roar legend helped his side break its winless run in style on the Gold Coast on Friday night.
Having drawn its first four matches, the Roar equalled its biggest-ever W-League win at Carrara, smashing six goals to hand Melbourne Victory their biggest-ever defeat.
Goals to Mariel Hecher and Tameka Yallop gave the Roar a 2-0 lead at the break, before Sharn Freier, Winonah Heatley and a brace from Emily Gielnik secured the win.
The victory — Roar’s biggest since 2009, when they beat Newcastle and Perth by the same score — came after the side opened their campaign with four successive draws.
Remaining unbeaten through that stage was a plus, but Goodship said his team kept the faith that results would come in an avalanche.
“The best thing about it was the players kept believing in what we are doing,” Goodship said.
“They didn’t want to listen to any outside noise about results.
Goodship has a strong squad to chose from, with Matildas greats Clare Polkinghorne and Tameka Yallop headlining the squad, although that quality has been punctuated by some impressive players stepping up from the National Premier Leagues.
Goal scorers Hecher, Heatley and Freier all played in the second-tier National Premier Leagues (NPL) competition last season and have immediately made their mark on the squad.
“I think it shows the quality of the NPL that we have in Queensland, and the quality of coaching as well,” Goodship said.
“Two of those players [Hecher and Heatley] are from the Lions under Rob Askew, which is a credit to him, they’ve come straight in.
“They were ready to play straight away and that’s why they started and have been dominant in our starting 11.”
“They’ve all earned the respect of the experienced players, the Matildas, and they’ve done fantastically.”
While Brisbane has been dominating games in terms of chances created up to now, putting the ball in the net has been an issue prior to Friday’s avalanche of goals.
To help fix that, Goodship turned to a Roar legend.
Henrique played 168 times for the Roar in the A-League, scoring 40 goals on his way to two premierships and three championships.
“We bought Henrique in for a couple of sessions to work with Emily and a couple of the young players as well and the confidence he gave the players was incredible.
“Little techniques and little bits of advice that he can give having played at the highest level is priceless, and it paid off.
The Roar are now one of three teams yet to lose a game this season, along with ladder-topping Sydney and Canberra United.
However, despite the floodgates opening, Goodship is under no illusions that his side will need to remain switched-on if they are to stay in the hunt.
“The draw doesn’t get easier. We saw what happened to Victory, they beat City 6-0 and then lost their next two games, so for us, it’s really important to continue what we’re doing.
“We need to make sure that every player is performing every action at a better level and standard, so that when we create chances, we finish them off.
“We have the ability to hurt any team with the amount of chances we create.”
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THE FOOD CLUB is the story of three long-time girlfriends from elementary school, very different women, with one thing in common; they are in the fall of their lives and they all feel how ruthless old age can be. Marie is abandoned by her husband on Christmas Eve, and as a consequence, her identity as part of a happy family crumbles. Berling is the eternal “bachelor” who outwardly denies her age and lives the sweet life, but in the backdrop she is affected by a complicated relationship with her daughter. Vanja, on the other hand, lives in the memories of her late husband and has difficulty moving on.
The three women travel to Italy together to attend a food course in Puglia, and here they each have an opportunity to redefine themselves. But only when they are able to face reality, will they be able to change.
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British rider Sam Sunderland has won a gruelling stage to move up to second overall in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, two days after stopping to help injured Australian Toby Price.
Sunderland won the penultimate 11th stage on Thursday on his KTM bike and is four minutes and 12 seconds behind Honda’s Argentine leader Kevin Benavides with one stage left.
“I knew that today was one of my last chances to try to win and I gave my all,” said Sunderland.
“I didn’t quite manage to take enough time, but I’m happy with my effort. We still have one day to go and many things can happen on one stage.
“What a really tough day and a really difficult Dakar, but I’m super grateful for the team and everybody that put all the work in.”
Price’s bid for a third Dakar title ended on Tuesday when he crashed, breaking his collarbone.
Price had been in second place in the bike category, a minute behind the leader, Chile’s Jose Ignacio Cornejo.
Sunderland and American rider Ricky Brabec stopped to help Price, who was airlifted to hospital in Tubuk in the country’s north-west.
They lost several minutes while assisting Price, but later had their lost time restored by race organisers.
In the car category, French veteran Stephane Peterhansel is one stage away from a record-extending 14th Dakar Rally triumph after ending the day with a 15-minute lead over Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Toyota’s Al-Attiyah won Thursday’s shortened 464km stage but Peterhansel kept him in check with the second-fastest time.
“There’s only one day to go. It’s time to cross fingers and hope that we will be in first place at the end,” said Peterhansel, whose record 13 previous wins came on both motorcycles and in cars.
Friday’s 12th and final stage to Jeddah will feature chains of dunes before reaching the shores of the Red Sea.
But it offers less scope for Al-Attiyah and Sunderland to close their respective gaps unless their rivals hit problems.
“It’s exactly like last year, we are really struggling with the tyres,” said the Qatari after clawing back a minute and 56 seconds from Peterhansel to secure his sixth stage win of the event.
“There’s still one day left, but this time we have really had a lot of punctures. I’ve had more than 16 tyres punctured.”
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The two sides played out a double-overtime thriller on Sunday, which Adelaide won after the Phoenix missed 14 free throws. This time they were better from the line and more effective defensively before Sykes took charge in the final term with 10 of his points, while fellow import Ben Moore also hit his straps to finish with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Adelaide big men Daniel Johnson (19 points and 10 rebounds) and Humphries (20 points) led their side.
NBA import Donald Sloan stepped up in the opening minutes, nailing a three and drawing a foul while Sykes looked to assert himself more, finding some early baskets and setting up Mitch Creek for a dunk.
The Phoenix took a slim lead into quarter-time but were reducing the impact of their strong defence by conceding too many offensive rebounds to the plucky Sixers, who continued to stay close despite the visitors threatening to break away several times.
Kyle Adnam had 12 points for the half for the Phoenix, who led 47-43 at half-time.
Johnson fired up in the second half, scoring 10 quick points but good responses from Moore and Adam Gibson kept the Phoenix firing, while Sykes threw down his astounding one-handed dunk over Humphries just before three-quarter time as his side led 71-61.
Sykes took over in the last term before his teammates held off the Sixers in the final minute.
Adelaide NBA draft prospect Josh Giddey hopes to be able to return to the court against New Zealand Breakers on Friday night after medical advice kept him out of Wednesday night’s game.
Giddey hit the floor hard after losing his balance following a dunk in Sunday’s win over the Phoenix and he said a doctor would make the final call on whether he plays on Friday night.
“It will be a doctor’s decision on Friday morning, so we will see what he says,” Giddey told broadcasters on Wednesday night. Hopefully I’ll be good to go.”
The Phoenix play Perth Wildcats in Perth on Sunday at 5pm AEDT.
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Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table and increased the pressure on struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard with an impressive victory at The King Power Stadium.
The Foxes knew a win would see them overhaul Manchester United and they were on their way after only six minutes when Wilfred Ndidi fired in off the inside of the post from 20 yards.
Chelsea rarely threatened, although they were denied a first-half penalty by VAR when Christian Pulisic went down under a challenge from Jonny Evans, only for the technology to confirm the offence took place just outside the area.
Lampard’s misery was swiftly reinforced as Leicester City broke clear to add a second four minutes before the break, James Maddison sweeping a cool finish past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy on the half-volley from Marc Albrighton’s pass.
Chelsea barely raised a gallop after the break and it was Leicester who created the better openings as James Justin headed wide when unmarked and Mendy saved from Youri Tielemans.
Leicester are now a point ahead of Manchester United having played a game more while Chelsea are in eighth, five points off the Champions League places.
Lampard feeling the heat
Make no mistake – Chelsea manager Lampard is under increasing pressure after another dreadful performance on a night they could have used to show signs of recovery against an in-form side.
Instead, this was a wretched affair lacking any spark and urgency, and more significantly desire, with Leicester closing out the win with barely a moment of anxiety all night.
Chelsea were sloppy in midfield, toothless in attack and soft in defence, falling asleep at a free-kick and a corner for Leicester’s first from Ndidi then being undone by a routine angled pass from Albrighton.
The body language was resigned, with not the hint of a second-half revival, while there will also be renewed scrutiny on Lampard’s transfer policy.
Timo Werner, for all the consoling words heaped upon the £47.5m signing by Lampard, only started on the bench while £71m summer capture Kai Havertz was a non-existent presence on the pitch – it was no surprise when he was replaced in the second half.
Lampard will be well aware of the reality of his situation. He will know his background as a Chelsea great will not spare him from judgement by owner Roman Abramovich.
He must hope the fact that Chelsea are not yet adrift of the Champions League places will give him more time but given a summer expenditure of more than £200m, performances as poor as this will only turn up the heat on the manager.
Superb Leicester show title style
Leicester fully deserve their place at the top of the Premier League after they delivered a performance of class and composure to win with ease.
The Foxes never looked like losing control once Ndidi put them ahead. They were in command at the back – with 20-year-old French defender Wesley Fofana magnificent – controlled midfield and could easily have won by more.
It may yet be a short-lived stay at the top with Manchester City playing Aston Villa on Wednesday but manager Brendan Rodgers has a team that only missed out on the top four on the final day of last season and looks stronger this term, despite the £50m summer sale of England left-back Ben Chilwell to their hapless opponents here on Tuesday night.
James Justin has stepped in to Chilwell’s place and been outstanding while on the other flank Belgium right-back Timothy Castagne looks a sound, assured addition.
Fofana, however, looks one of the signings of the summer with his combination of talent, pace and power.
He has forged a fine partnership with the experienced Jonny Evans and has been keeping Caglar Soyuncu, who has been sidelined by injury recently, out of the team.
This was such an assured win that anyone who had doubts about Leicester’s ability to be involved at the top end of the table again this season will have to re-assess that thinking.
Our performance was slow and sluggish – what they said
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “You have seen the real spirit of the side tonight. We were a real threat going forward.
“The performance and maturity of the team was pleasing. I knew we were playing against a talented team and we had to be right on our game.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “There are players who are not playing as well as they should be, that’s a simple fact.
“I’m disappointed with both the goals. We know we can compete with Leicester when we are are playing well but when you go 2-0 down and you are in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely.
“The players know they were beaten by a better team, a team we are behind and one we want to catch. The general theme of our performance was slow and sluggish.”
Title-winning similarities – the stats
Leicester City will end the day top of the Premier League table having played as many as 19 games of the season for the first time since the final day of their title-winning 2015-16 campaign.
Leicester City have won 30 of their 35 Premier League games when scoring first under Brendan Rodgers.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in just 17% of their away games in the Premier League under Frank Lampard (5/29); among those to have taken charge of 10+ away games in the competition, this is the lowest percentage of any Chelsea manager.
Since the start of last season, only Newcastle (52) have conceded more away goals in the Premier League than Chelsea (50).
Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers has now beaten all 34 of the teams he’s faced in the Premier League as a manager – he had previously failed to beat Chelsea in each of his 11 top-flight meetings with the Blues before tonight (D7 L4).
Leicester midfielder James Maddison has scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time in his career.
Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi has scored more Premier League goals versus Chelsea than any other team (two), while three of his seven goals in the competition have come from outside the box.
Both sides switch their focus to the FA Cup fourth round next. Leicester are at Championship side Brentford on Sunday, 24 January (14:30 GMT) while Chelsea host Luton, also of the Championship, earlier the same day (12:00 GMT).
Offside, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.
Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester City).
Foul by Tammy Abraham (Chelsea).
Timothy Castagne (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Reece James.
Foul by Timo Werner (Chelsea).
Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ricardo Pereira replaces Marc Albrighton.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez replaces James Maddison.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
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“Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way. Well done to all the boys and the management.
“Enjoy this historic feat lads.”
Modi also took to Twitter to congratulate the team, who showed great resilience despite losing their entire frontline attack to injuries heading into the Brisbane decider.
“We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian Cricket Team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination…” he said.
The Indian cricket board announced a 50 million Indian rupees ($885,000) cash award for the team.
The Times of India hailed an “Aussome” triumph, while The Indian Express posed the question ‘who are these men in Australian whites?”
“The lackadaisical openers, the iffy middle order, the vulnerable lower order and the tail that hasn’t wagged … It can be a matter of form and good bowling but how can they lose the intangibles that were collectively hailed as Australianism around the cricketing world?”, wrote Sriram Veera.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was among those who had predicted a 4-0 humiliation for India, hailed what he called “one of the greatest if not the greatest Test victory of all time.
“…Egg on my face over here in the UK .. but I love to see character & skill .. India have it in abundance,” the 46-year-old tweeted, identifying India opener Shubman Gill and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as “future superstars”.
Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who had made a similar prediction, was disappointed with the performance of the hosts.
“The cold hard facts of it are pretty much that was the India A team that played this test match and (India) still won,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“That’s a real concern for Australia.”
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Ten minutes later Bukayo Saka made it 2-0 with a confident slot home after good work down the left flank from impressive youngster Emile Smith Rowe, who jinked his way around the back of the Newcastle defence before delivering a pinpoint pass.
Aubameyang completed the comfortable victory after Cedric Soares got to the byline and pulled the ball back into his path.
VAR examined whether the ball had crossed the line before Cedric’s pass but allowed the goal to stand.
Arsenal have now kept a clean sheet in five straight games in all competitions.
“I’m really happy overall. Really positive performance, collective and individually we looked really solid and convincing from the first whistle,” said Arteta.
“It took us a little bit longer than I expected to score the first goal but I really like the chemistry, cohesion and rhythm the team played with.”
Aubameyang had only netted three goals prior to Monday’s game and his manager was delighted to see him score his first double since last season’s FA Cup final.
“He needed that for his confidence and the team needs that to be successful. We need him at his best. We were missing his goals, we all know that so to have them back is great for the team,” he said.
Newcastle boss Bruce had made eight changes to his team after the defeat to bottom club Sheffield United and was disappointed his team could not improve on a solid first half.
“We gave as good as we got and got into ourselves some decent opportunities but that little bit of confidence has ebbed away for sure. We were caught in the second half where we didn’t see it coming from the first-half performance,” he said.
Asked about his future, the experienced Bruce said: “I am trying to do the best I possibly can as always but you will have to ask others about that.”
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Tottenham had looked commanding in the first half with Aurier heading in from a corner after five minutes and Kane’s clinical finish doubling their lead in the 40th minute.
In the end it was a routine win, but there was nothing ordinary about Ndombele’s fifth league goal for Spurs.
When Steven Bergwijn popped a ball over the top of the United defence, Ndombele was moving away from goal on the left side of the penalty area.
There appeared no way he could produce an effort on goal but with the outside of his right foot, and with his back to goal, he lifted the ball back over himself and over home keeper Aaron Ramsdale into the far corner.
“Tanguy’s goal was incredible, the technique he had to flick that ball back over the keeper was truly special,” Kane, who bagged his 12th league goal of the season, said.
“Anyone who can put a good spell together (is in the title race), that’s why it has been disappointing and frustrating for us dropping points from winning positions.”
Considering the lift they received by beating Newcastle, Sheffield United were terribly flat in the first half.
Their defence was nowhere when Aurier connected from close range with Son Heung-min’s corner and they were almost punished again soon after when Son was denied by the post.
Tottenham’s second goal stemmed from the hosts trying and failing to play out from the back. Tottenham won the ball and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fed the ball to Kane who did not have much space but dispatched a fizzing low shot past Ramsdale.
Tottenham have been criticised for an overly-cautious approach when leading – and when McGoldrick glanced in John Fleck’s cross, it appeared to be happening again. But Ndomebele ensured this time there was no repeat.
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