Everton midfielder Gareth Barry makes case for the defence

first_imgEverton midfielder Gareth Barry admits it is easy to get carried away with the team’s attacking resources but warned they cannot forget about the defensive side of the game. Having eased into a 2-0 lead against struggling Sunderland on Sunday the Toffees looked set for a comfortable win but conceded twice either side of half-time to give themselves an unnecessary problem. The fact they ran out 6-2 winners, with Arouna Kone scoring a hat-trick, was as much down to the Black Cats’ inability to close the game down as it was to Everton’s attacking invention and Barry says they cannot always rely on goals to get them out of trouble. Press Association Roberto Martinez’s men have already conceded 15 in 11 games, which is joint second-worst among the Premier League’s top 14 sides. “We are enjoying the win but the experienced players know on another day you want to be a lot tighter,” he said. “It is important we don’t get away from the fact there is a lot of confidence from the attacking flavour but throughout the week we will be working on that attacking-defending balance, because we don’t want to be giving away too many chances like that. “Their (first) goal changed the game. If we are going in (to half-time) at 2-0 we are really comfortable and the confidence is different and their attitude to the second half is different. “There are a lot of lessons to be learned there as with 30 seconds to go we’ve got the ball in their half and all of a sudden it’s in the back of our goal. “We should be better than that and there is experience on the pitch to stop that happening, but fair play to the lads we bounced back from conceding the second and created a lot of chances.” However, goals are what gets everyone excited and Barry knows they have a lot still to offer in that department. Kone has now scored five league goals in his last six starts to sit just one behind Romelu Lukaku, with whom he has struck up a profitable partnership. Throw exciting winger Gerard Deulofeu into the mix, along with the considerable talent of Ross Barkley, and Everton have the capability to take many opponents apart. Kone’s hat-trick also coincided with the triggering of a 12-month contract extension as a result of an appearance-based clause and represented a significant turnaround in fortunes for the Ivorian, who has spent much of his time injured at Goodison Park. “Arouna has had a couple of tough years with injury and people questioning the transfer, but we have seen glimpses in training when he has been fit that when he gets a run of games he will be able to do what he has done and him and Romelu have struck up a good partnership and are causing problems,” said Barry. “It is not too often you see two strikers playing together but I am sure the manager has tried to get Arouna in the team with Rom because they are both goalscoring threats.” Deulofeu also impressed with a goal and two assists and at 21 the Barcelona academy graduate has plenty of time to develop. “The goal will give him massive confidence and he plays for creating chances probably more than scoring,” added Barry. “You forget how young he is because his name has been around for a bit and he’s had a spell here already. “But like a lot of young players in the dressing room they are still learning and will make mistakes and that will frustrate the fans sometimes, but ultimately if they keep improving they are going to have a good career.” Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has plenty to concern himself with as, in addition to questioning his side’s tactical discipline, he has a mounting injury list after captain Lee Cattermole went off in the first half. “We can’t afford too many injuries in the position we are in if they are going to be my best players,” he said. “Sooner or later I will make my mind up and decide who is good enough and those who are going to fight and produce performances I want, I will stick with.” last_img read more

The Latest: Former champ Stephens wins opening match at Open

first_imgWilliams hit 13 aces and lost only six points on her first serve. Williams, who turns 39 this month, has won the tournament six times and has been runner-up each of the past two years. She’s seeded No. 3 and hoping to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.___6:40 p.m.Wild card J.J. Wolf pulled off an upset at the U.S. Open, beating 29th-seeded Guido Pella 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round. Californian Ernesto Escobedo has moved into the men’s singles bracket at the U.S. Open, filling the spot that opened when Benoit Paire tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before the start of the tournament.Spain’s Marcel Granollers was first in line to fill Paire’s spot, but he declined in order to focus on doubles. Escobedo then moved in and will face Kamil Majchrzak on Tuesday.___11 a.m.The second day of the U.S. Open is underway at Flushing Meadows with the Williams sisters ready to play and Andy Murray taking a big step in his comeback from hip surgery. Former champion Sloane Stephens has won her opening match at the U.S. Open, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-3, 6-3.Stephens won the title in 2017 when she was ranked No. 83. She’s seeded 26th.Stephens played on Court 17, and said a match with few spectators required an adjustment.“It’s back to girls’ 12, where it’s you and your parents, and the girl you’re playing and their parents,” she said.___ ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 3 p.m.Sumit Nagal became the first Indian man to win a match at the U.S. Open in seven years.The 23-year-old resident of New Delhi beat Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Nagal came in ranked No. 124 in the world.___2:10 p.m. In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Spaniard she was diagnosed recently.“I’m fine and calm at the moment and willing to face whatever comes,” Suarez Navarro said.She turns 32 on Thursday.Suarez Navarro has been ranked as high as N. 6 and is currently No. 71. She is a seven-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, including at the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2018.___ The Latest: Former champ Stephens wins opening match at Open September 1, 2020 3:45 p.m.Two seeded men at the U.S. Open — No. 2 Dominic Thiem and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino — have been fined because someone in their entourage violated the tournament’s COVID-19 protocols.Mannarino was docked $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Thiem was fined $1,500.Mannarino has acknowledged he is part of a group of players who were in contact with Benoit Paire, the only U.S. Open entrant to test positive for the coronavirus so far. That group was placed under additional restrictions in case they might have been exposed to the virus by Paire.The U.S. Tennis Association specified that Thiem’s entourage violated the rule requiring universal masking. There was no explanation of what exactly Mannarino’s entourage did wrong. Murray is a former No. 1-ranked player whose resume also includes two Wimbledon championships and two Olympic singles gold medals. The 33-year-old had hip surgery in January 2018, then again in January 2019, shortly after a first-round loss at the Australian Open. He figured he would need to retire from tennis.But Murray eventually returned to the tour last season. A pelvic problem — combined with the sport’s coronavirus-caused hiatus — kept him off the tour from last November until August.Murray faced a match point Tuesday while down 6-5 in the fourth set, but he saved it with a 127 mph service winner.___center_img The only two fines for female players announced so far were $3,000 each for Paula Badosa and Arantxa Rus for getting coaching help, which is not allowed at Grand Slam tournaments.___3:20 p.m.Former top-10 player Carla Suarez Navarro has announced that she will need six months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.Suarez Navarro pulled out of the U.S. Open last month. 9:15 p.m.Venus Williams has lost in the opening round at the U.S. Open for the first time in her long career.Williams had been 21-0 previously, but she was beaten by No. 20-seeded Karolina Muchova 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday night.It was small consolation to Williams that by appearing in the tournament for the 22nd time, she broke the women’s record in the Open era. She had been tied with Martina Navratilova. Williams’ sister, Serena, was among the few spectators for the match. Serena won her opening match earlier in the day. Sam Querrey was knocked out of the first round of the U.S. Open by a player who missed more than two years because of a hip injury.Andrey Kuznetsov beat Querrey 6-4, 7-5 (6), 6-2 to complete the long comeback, getting his first tour-level win since 2017. The Russian returned to play last month at a Prague Challenger event and lost his only match after a two-year, seven-month layoff because of the hip. Kuznetsov was ranked No. 39 in 2016 before the hip problems sidetracked his career. He’s the first unranked player to win a Grand Slam match since Nicolas Kiefer at Wimbledon in 2007.___1 p.m. The 40-year-old Venus was the oldest player in the draw. She fell to 1-7 this year.___7:10 p.m.Serena Williams began her latest attempt to win a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy by beating Kristie Ahn in the first round at the U.S. Open.The two Americans split the first 10 games before Williams pulled away to win 7-5, 6-3. The victory was her 102nd at the tournament, breaking the tie she held with Chris Evert for the most by a woman in the Open era. Associated Press The 21-year-old Wolf is in the main draw for the first time. Pella reached the third round of the U.S. Open in 2018 and the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year.___5 p.m.Andy Murray saved a match point and put together his 10th career comeback from two sets down to win his first Grand Slam contest in nearly 20 months.The 2012 U.S. Open champion, still working his way back from a pair of operations on his right hip, overcame 13 double-faults and a big deficit to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in 4 hours, 39 minutes. Serena Williams is scheduled to play during the day and Venus at night, looking to add to their combined eight titles at the U.S. Open. Serena has won the championship six times but has been runner-up each of the last two years in New York.Murray is playing his first Grand Slam event since the 2019 Australian Open, before hip problems forced him to have surgery and start a long comeback.Murray faces Yoshihito Nishioka in Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by Serena Williams against Kristie Ahn.The first day of the tournament didn’t have any notable upsets. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka both advanced in night matches.The weather is favorable, with a forecast of partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___10:15 p.m.last_img read more

Landry brothers face off

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCarl and Marcus Landry grew up playing basketball against each other in their Milwaukee backyard, but Wednesday was the first time the Landry brothers actually went head-to-head in an official game, when Marcus and the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers hosted Carl’s Purdue Boilermakers.“We played against each other in the summers in little community games or whatever,” Carl, Purdue’s senior forward, said at Big Ten Media Day. “But in an organized game, this is the first time.“I was very excited — I had it scheduled on my calendar.”Coming into the game, there was plenty of trash talk going back and forth between the two brothers, especially after last year’s matchup was postponed with Marcus declared academically ineligible and Carl taking a medical redshirt due to an injured knee. And although Carl wants to be a supportive big brother, he had simply heard enough of his little brother Marcus’ yapping leading up to Wednesday night’s contest.“Being the younger brother, Marcus likes to talk,” Purdue’s Landry said. “The younger brother always thinks he’s tougher than the older brother, and when I went home this summer for a few days, all I heard from Marcus was, ‘We going to beat y’all, we going to do this, we going to do that.’”While the Landry brothers weren’t primarily guarding each other, Carl did show up his younger sibling by scoring 16 points on 50 percent shooting and grabbing six rebounds. However, it was Marcus who got the last laugh as he chipped in four points and five rebounds to help Wisconsin squeak by Purdue 69-64.“The little time they had on each other, you could tell they were trying to take it at each other,” Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker said. “But Marcus definitely has the bragging rights now that we won.”In the second half, Marcus found himself guarding his brother just once after a defensive switch. And Marcus made the most of the lone defensive matchup, swatting his big brother’s potential dunk.But even though neither of the Landry brothers threw down a single dunk in the game, Carl said dunking is at the heart of their rivalry.“We would have dunk contests in our backyard all the time,” Carl said. “Marcus was always the kind of guy who said, ‘Come on, man. Dunk. Show me your dunk.’ And me being the oldest, I was just like, ‘Whatever, get out of here.’“He was always challenging me, and if I ever did compete with him in a real dunk contest, I don’t even know who would win. …If I did win, he would still say he won just because he’s the younger brother.”During their childhood backyard-dunk contests, Carl said he always beat up on Marcus.“Growing up, you always bully your brother,” he said. “You know, dunk on him, punch him in the stomach.”Many fans, players and even coaches looked forward to Wednesday’s Wisconsin-Purdue game just because of the Landry brothers matchup.“I think it’s something that’s unique, anytime you get a chance to go against your brother and compete like this,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “Especially for Carl, coming back to the state of Wisconsin and being able to perform.“It’s got to be a little bit eerie for them, but I think a lot of fans like to see it.”The matchup wasn’t just eerie for Carl and Marcus, however. It was also rather awkward for the approximately 50 Landry friends and family who were in attendance, stuck in the middle of cheering for either Carl’s Boilermakers or Marcus’ Badgers.“It’s crazy because my mom said when she comes to the game, she’s going to wear a Wisconsin hat and a Purdue shirt,” Carl said. “And when Marcus scores, it’s two claps and when I score, it’s two claps. She can’t cheer more for one son than the other.“But it’s really just an honor for both my mother and my father to have two sons playing against each other.”last_img read more