Abraham benched as England put six past Bulgaria

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood UEFA Nations League: Sterling saves 10-man England against Iceland Eberechi Eze pulls out of England squad Tammy Abraham was on the bench as England took a huge step towards qualifying for Euro 2020, courtesy of a 6-0 win over Bulgaria in Monday night’s Group A clash in Sofia.The Three Lions entered the match off the back of a 1-2 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday, but Gareth Southgate’s side responded in impressive fashion to collect an important three points – meaning that they are now just one victory away from guaranteeing their spot in next summer’s tournament.Events on the field were largely overshadowed by matters off it, though, with racist chanting throughout the 90 minutes threatening the abandonment of the qualification clash.After a slow start to proceedings, England took the lead in the seventh minute, and it was a special goal from Marcus Rashford, who worked his way into the Bulgarian box before picking out the back of the net with a stunning effort.The attacker has struggled to carry the goalscoring burden for Manchester United this season but showed plenty of confidence to make the breakthrough in Sofia after being found by Ross Barkley.Bulgaria almost responded four minutes later when Ivelin Popov fired a low strike towards the bottom corner, only for England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to make a smart save down to his left.The Three Lions doubled their lead in the 20th minute, though, when a brilliant team move ended with Raheem Sterling driving a low cross into Barkley, who could not pass up the chance to score from close range.Southgate’s side never got to grips with the Czech Republic on Friday night, but the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists were extremely comfortable in Sofia as they continued to dominate the possession.There was a stoppage just before the 30-minute mark with Harry Kane coming together with the referee amid suggestions of chanting towards Sterling and Tyrone Mings, which led to an announcement inside the stadium as part of UEFA’s three-step protocol for dealing with racism at matches.Play resumed moments later, and the visitors scored their third of the night in the 32nd minute when Barkley headed a brilliant Kane cross into the back of the net from close range.Petar Zanev struck over Pickford’s crossbar late in the first period as Bulgaria looked for a route back into the match, before Rashford missed the target with a powerful attempt down the other end.Six minutes of additional time were signalled at the end of the first period with step two of UEFA’s protocol brought into action as there were more complaints of racist chanting inside the stadium.The first half ultimately ended with England leading 4-0 as Sterling tapped a low Kane cross into the back of the net to cap off another fine move, although matters off the field had overshadowed what was a very positive 45 minutes of football from Southgate’s side.Bulgaria goalkeeper Iliev Ivanov had to keep out a powerful strike from Kane early in the second half as England, who were the first team on the field after the break, looked to add a fifth.Bozhidar Kraev then missed the England goal from distance before Sterling fired just wide of the post down the other end during an open period of the Euro 2020 qualification clash.Sterling had another half-chance just before the hour after meeting a cross from Kieran Trippier, but the home side’s goalkeeper was on hand to make a smart save as the score remained 4-0 in Sofia.The same two players went head-to-head once again moments later and again it was a brilliant save from Ivanov as Bulgaria managed to keep the score down despite the immense pressure.Zanev then tested the reactions of Pickford with a rasping effort from distance, before Ivanov kept out a strike from Kane after the Tottenham Hotspur forward had been found by Rashford.England had their fifth in the 69th minute, though, when Sterling, having been released by Kane, expertly found the back of the net in a one-on-one situation.Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and Callum Wilson all came off the bench in the period that followed, while Bulgaria also used all three of their substitutes as the pace of the match dropped.Kane had been denied by the post in the 83rd minute, but the Three Lions captain made it six in the final exchanges when he netted after more lacklustre defending from the hosts.As it transpired, the game was allowed to finish when at one point it looked likely to be abandoned, and while the result was excellent for England, it was another hugely unsettling evening due to events off the pitch.Tags: BulgariaEnglandTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

Report: “Tiger King” Carole Baskin Focuses on DWTS, as New Questions Surround Husband’s Death

first_imgIt seems that Carole Baskin is trying desperately to move on from the growing number of questions surrounding the 1997 disappearance of her former husband, Don Lewis.Baskin, who is the owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, and is the subject of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, is turning her attention to her upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars, according to popculture.com.The websites says The Daily Mail noticed Baskin outside of the show’s rehearsal facility last week in Los Angeles, preparing for the 29th season.Tiger King’s Carole Baskin dresses in leopard print for her second day of Dancing With The Stars rehearsals https://t.co/B8PsYJofSr— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) September 5, 2020 The news comes as a CBS interview is set to air in which a woman named Trish Farr-Payne alleges her ex-husband Kenny Farr, who worked as Baskin’s former handyman, may have something to do with Lewis’ case.last_img read more

Women of Troy defeat Gonzaga in thriller at home

first_imgThe Women of Troy (1-0) started off their season with a statement on Friday after pulling out a thrilling 79-73 victory over No. 22 Gonzaga (0-1) at the Galen Center.Junior guard Briana Gilbreath led the Women of Troy with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Christina Marinacci also chipped in with a double-double of her own, registering 16 points and 10 rebounds.“I thought it was a very well played game by both teams,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “Even though we struggled, we continued to play hard.”Trailing 25-14 late in the first half, the Women of Troy mounted a significant comeback, going on a 14-2 run to take a one-point lead at 28-27.The run was highlighted by the play of senior guard Jacki Gemelos, who scored six points and set up senior center Kari LaPlante for a layup.But after momentarily taking the lead, the Bulldogs responded with a 10-2 run of their own — a three-point play by guard Courtney Vandersloot capped the run and sent the Bulldogs into halftime leading 37-30.Other than that three-point play by Vandersloot, the Women of Troy managed to slow down the two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, forcing her into a 7-of-22 shooting night.“[Vandersloot] is a very good player, but Ashley [Corral] did a great job containing her and getting her out of her [comfort zone],” Gilbreath said.The Women of Troy began the second half slowly cutting into the Bulldogs lead thanks to the play of Marinacci, who scored from outside, inside and helped set up her teammates off offensive rebounds.“I knew going into the second half, if we were going to win, I needed to lead by example and have somebody for my teammates to look to,” Marinacci said.Trailing 44-40 with 14:25 to play in the second half, the Women of Troy scored 12 unanswered points to seize the lead 52-44 with 11:41.But in a game highlighted by runs, the Bulldogs would respond again with a 17-9 rout, knotting the game up at 61 with 5:30 left to play.Both teams would go back and forth, with the lead changing five times in the next few minutes, but the Women of Troy took the lead for good at 69-67 on freshman Cassie Harberts layup with 3:26 remaining.Gemelos extended the lead to four points with a layup of her own, but the Bulldogs would cut the lead to two points at 71-69 after a pair of free throws by Janelle Bekkering.Gilbreath extended the lead to five points, 74-69, after converting a three-point play, but the Bulldogs would respond again. Two more free throws by the Bulldogs kept the game within reach at 74-71.Still, USC refused to let the Bulldogs steal a victory at home.A three-point play by Harberts and a shot-clock-buzzer-beating shot by Gilbreath sealed the victory for the Women of Troy.Another bright spot for the Women of Troy was the return of redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Gilbreath, who saw her first action in three years after having three knee surgeries.Despite the victory, the Women of Troy struggled to take care of the ball, committing 25 turnovers.“It’s disappointing that we came out there and had that many turnovers,” Marinacci said. “But it’s something that we really need to focus on, especially going into the Duke game.”All in all, the coaching staff said the victory was hard-fought but knows there is room for improvement, especially going into next week’s game.“Champions find a way to win,” Cooper said. “Overall, I wasn’t happy with the way we played, but we’re still trying to find ourselves. When we needed it though, we came through, and sometimes you can get wins just by playing hard and I thought we did that and were able to get this win.”Today, the Women of Troy are on the road as they take on No. 5 Duke at 4 p.m.“We’ll be ready to play,” Cooper said. “Obviously, we won’t be able to win with 25 turnovers, but if we cut that in half, we’ll be fine.”last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Archie

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Archie! He is a sweet, 90-pound, 7-year-old boy, who is looking for a loving home where he will provide tail-wags, companionship, and adoring glances. His dream house will come complete with a fenced yard and loving humans who will provide him with quality time and exercise.His diet needs to be grain, chicken, and beef-free (he loves green beans!), and he prefers a home with no cats. Archie knows his basic commands, does well on leash-walks, and gets a kick out of car rides. He is a wonderful companion!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Archie in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more