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* < " 0 # 2) ./8) / ( / 0 1 < &A ! $ % ! # 5 /:2 9 , 5 a disjointed start from Tottenham. Tottenham kept pressing and were rewarded with a well-worked 33rd minute opener. Trippier's short corner found the unmarked Christian Eriksen and he whipped a pin-point cross towards Sanchez six yards from goal. Leicester called for offside, but their protests were in vain as Sanchez launched himself into a diving header that flashed past Schmeichel. Replays showed the Colombia defender was just onside as he scored his first goal for Tottenham since his 2017 move from Ajax. Leicester's positive start to the second half brought a golden opportunity to equalise with their 60th minute penalty. A rapid exchange of passes opened up a chance for Maddison, prompting Jan Vertonghen to rashly bundle over the midfielder. Vardy had been warming up in preparation and was immediately introduced, jogging forward to take the ball from Maddison. But Lloris came to Tottenham's rescue, plunging to his right to keep out Vardy's spot-kick. Tottenham made the most of their escape as Eriksen doubled the lead three minutes later. Llorente pounced on Pereira's poor clearance and teed up Eriksen for a superb strike from the edge of the area for his first goal since January 1. Vardy gave Leicester hope in the 76th minute, pouncing from closerange to convert Pereira's cross in typically predatory fashion. But Son had the last word in the 90th minute as the winger raced clear to slot past Schmeichel for his 15th goal of the season. Defending champions Bayern Munich trimmed the gap in the Bundesliga table to five points behind Borussia Dortmund on Saturday as Robert Lewandowski scored his 100th goal at home in a 3-1 win over Schalke 04. "We did really well in the first-half, then for patches in the second," said coach Niko Kovac as Bayern bounced back from last Saturday's shock 3-1 defeat at Leverkusen. "We deserved the win and the margin of victory." Dortmund had earlier blown a three-goal lead at home to Hoffenheim, who scored three times late on, in a dramatic 3-3 draw. Bayern dominated at Munich's Allianz Arena, taking the lead after new Schalke signing Jeffrey Bruma bundled the ball into his own net on 12 minutes. Schalke pulled level when Turkey international Ahmed Kutucu finished a brilliant counterattack on 25 minutes to beat Sven Ulreich, Bayern's stand-in keeper with Manuel Neuer sidelined by a thumb injury. Poland striker Lewandowski restored Bayern's lead just 90 seconds later when he netted his 100th goal at the Allianz Arena in the red shirt. James Rodriguez then went close for Bayern, while Thiago Alcantara cleared a Weston McKennie header as Schalke threatened to equalise before half-time. McKennie hit the post after the break for Schalke, but Serge Gnabry sealed Bayern's win with a header on 57 minutes after Lewandowski directed the ball towards goal with a bicycle kick. 5) ) T ottenham kept alive their bid to gate-crash the Premier League title race as Davinson Sanchez's first goal for the club and Hugo Lloris's penalty save inspired a 3-1 win over Leicester on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino's side took the lead through Sanchez's first half header, but they were indebted to Lloris for keeping out Jamie Vardy's spot- kick after the interval at Wembley. Christian Eriksen netted moments later and although Vardy got one back, Son Heung-min's late strike ensured third- placed Tottenham clinched a fifth win in their last six league games. The north Londoners are five points off the top of the table as they try to catch pace-setters Liverpool and Manchester City. While Tottenham are still outsiders to win their first English title since 1961, their ability to stay in contention, despite injuries to key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli suggests they shouldn't be completely written off. * ! ! + , - . % * Puel has reportedly lost the support of several influential players, including England striker Vardy, who was left on the bench for the first 60 minutes before coming on to miss the penalty with his first touch. With the Dortmund clash looming on Wednesday, Pochettino This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday. Leicester has lost four of their last five league games, increasing the pressure on under-fire boss Claude Puel. tweaked his team, leaving out Toby Alderweireld and Lucas Moura and recalling Fernando Llorente. Llorente was caught napping early on when Harry Maguire evaded the Spanish striker's marking and met James Maddison's free-kick with a towering header that Hugo Lloris tipped over. That chance was symptomatic of / $ / - % . 1 2 3 / 4 1 / # -1) # & %' 5 + %' & ) ! 4%''%'+ 4 , + + ! D ! , 5 " D ,5 0113 " - " K B 9 B " 9 9 " 9 9 K D " - " Mumbai: ) % Napoli could finish the weekend trailing Serie A leaders Juventus by 11 points after Carlo Ancelotti's wasteful side stuttered to a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina, as Lautaro Martinez scored the only goal to get Inter Milan back winning against promoted Parma. Both sides start their Europa League campaigns this week after crashing out of the Champions League with Napoli travelling to FC Zurich and Inter Milan away to Rapid Vienna in their round of the 32, first leg ties. Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont produced a string of saves to deny Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens as Napoli failed to score away from home for the third game running. "We dropped two points that we would've deserved for attacking from start to finish," said Ancelotti. "In some ways, it was an impeccable performance, but we weren't clinical enough in front of goal and were forced to make do with a point." Ancelotti's side have now been held twice in the past three games while hosts Fiorentina drew for the 11th time in 23 matches this season to sit ninth, but just six points off the Champions League berths. The Tuscany side's best chance came just after half-time when French midfielder Jordan Veretout was denied by an excellent stop from Alex Meret. Inter Milan, in third, got back winning after Martinez came off the bench late, scoring after 79 minutes at Parma, after an earlier Danilo D'Ambrosio headed goal was ruled out after a VAR video review for a handling offence. Belgian %5-)< % Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has tipped India and England as favourites to win the upcoming World Cup on current form but feels that his country also has a chance to defend the title it clinched in 2015. Ponting said with the impending return of suspended batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia can win the ODI showpiece, which begins on May 30 in England. "Absolutely," Ponting replied when asked if he thought Australia could win the World Cup. "India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that lineup then I think that team looks as strong as any," the batting legend was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia official website + ! &*2 # B B B = B B /:0 ! " : 9 7 - ! ! & ; '2H ( 5 '/1 ( $ ; '/E ( 5 9 = B B 2E " # 9 F 8 7 - '.3 ( : 9 " B B = B B # , ! ! ! A ! 5 " Gorakhpur: Nainggolan crossed nicely for the Argentine blast in Luciano Spalletti's side their first league goal and win of 2019. Inter are now nine points behind Napoli, with Roma in fourth, a further five points behind, and Lazio fifth after their wins over Chievo and Empoli earlier this week. "I'm well suited to overcoming difficulties," said under-pressure Inter Milan coach Spalletti. "Just as the defeat against Bologna (last week) caused despair, this victory will give us enthusiasm and strength. "We must now keep a low profile to rediscover stability. We showed positive things tonight, but we need to produce further performances like this to gain consistency." Parma are in 12th position with just one goal from their last five games, despite their heroics last week with a late Gervinho double holding champions Juventus 3-3. cricket.Com.Au. Australia have won just four of their most recent 26 ODI contests but Ponting, who was on Friday named as new assistant coach, said the team will be a contender for the title yet again. "I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches, I actually said it when I was not around the group. Conditions in England will suit our style of play. I think Australia will be the one of the main contenders for sure," said the 44-year-old threetime World Cup winner. Smith and Warner were banned for one year by the ICC for their involvement in the infamous ball-tempering scandal last year and they will become eligible for international cricket again from March 29. "With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world who have a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a whole lot better. You will have guys that will handle a lot of pressure situations better because they have done it all before," Ponting said about Smith and Warner. Talking about the concerns of Australian players' weakness against spin, Ponting said, "Looking at our line-up now, there are potentially a few better players of spin in the middle order than what we had last year. "The thing about English conditions is the wickets should not spin too much throughout the World Cup." ' 0 1 $ $ 11 1 ! 2 % ! 0 ' / - 6 11 / " + = B & : A G:/ G:/ ! & ) #, & " # = A F : , 8 ! " # 2H: : F : A = ) D " A A B 9 G:/" = A E:1 " 9 9 " K " 9 9 9 9 " K = " Chennai: 9 ) , D & 9 : < %" , & - ! : < % '< %( 00 /2" # ,&- 9 & ; 9 , 2HH3" K# ,&- 9 & : , ! 5 23 K ,&- & 4 J ; " K- , 9 9 2HH3 K " K 9 , D & K ; " ; 9 & 9 ,!5 012H " # 9 : B D & % /1:> 2E" ! 00 0E ' 0L( ' 0H /2(" midfielder Radja ' 3 , 9 ! ! ! 9 5 : " 9 /0 8 " 22 9 : 8 " = 9 9 02 02 B " 9 G:1 " Indore: . * ! stayed in the game. The right-handed Pope played some attractive strokes as he picked up 10 fours in his 122-ball knock. Hain was more restrained and his innings lasted 178 balls. Pope became the first of Shahbaz Nadeem's victims, nicking one to 'keeper K S Bharat. Skipper Sam Billings didn't have a great game, falling for just 5, off Nadeem's bowling. There was a brief stoppage due to mild showers and on resumption, the Lions lost two wickets before Steven Mullaney (3 from 38 balls) and Will Jacks (13 for 31 balls) knuckled down and denied India 'A'. The match was called off when England Lions were ahead by 14 runs and teams decided a result was not possible. D 6 Ollie Pope (63) and Sam Hain (57) stood out on the final day with fighting half centuries as England Lions drew the first unofficial Test against India 'A' at the Krishnagiri stadium on Sunday. Beginning day four at 20 for no loss, openers Ben Duckett (30) and Max Holden (29) looked positive and brought up the team's 50 in the 12th over. Paceman Avesh Khan got the first breakthrough for the home side, when he had Duckett caught by K L Rahul after the openers had added 82. Holden went seven overs later, giving Jalaj Saxena, who plays for Kerala in domestic cricket, his first wicket in the second innings. Hain and 21-year old Pope, a highly rated batsmen who has played two Tests 5 ! 9 ! & ' ( 6 :! LE ! : J - & ! " D /:1 9 9 , /:2 0122" # 2L: : 5 B > ; 02:21 02:2/ B /1 " D D > & - $ " Guwahati: so far, joined forces and defied the India 'A' bowlers for the next couple of hours. They were willing to play the waiting game and didn't miss out on scoring opportunities. The 105-run partnership went a long way in ensuring that the visiting team, who were at the receiving end in the ODI series preceding the 'Tests', ), PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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