When was the last all-English Champions League final?

first_imgManchester United won the Champions League in 2008 (Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images)The possibility of an all-English Champions League is very much alive after Liverpool’s spectacular victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals on Tuesday night.The Reds lost the first leg 3-0 in Spain but turned in a near-perfect performance to beat the Catalans 4-0 at Anfield and make it to the Champions League final for the second time in as many years.The responsibility now lies with Tottenham to produce a remarkable comeback of their own as they take on Ajax in Amsterdam in Wednesday night.Spurs lost the home leg 1-0 so the odds are stacked against them in Holland, but after watching Liverpool’s resurrection against Barca, anything is possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIf Mauricio Pochettino’s side can oust the Dutch team then they will set up the first all-English Champions League final since 2008. Comment When was the last all-English Champions League final? John Terry missed a penalty for Chelsea in the shootout (Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images)The last time two Premier League sides contested the Champions League final was Chelsea and Manchester United’s meeting at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in 2008.It had been an exceptional year for English sides in Europe with Liverpool being knocked out by Chelsea in the quarter-finals and Arsenal ousted by Man Utd in the semis.Chelsea beat Barcelona in the final four to set up the clash with the Red Devils, but it was United that triumphed in Russia.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe game finished 1-1 after Frank Lampard cancelled out a Cristiano Ronaldo opener to take the game to extra-time and, eventually, penalties.Ronaldo missed from the spot for United, but then John Terry slipped to miss his, before Nicolas Anelka also failed from 12 yards to see Alex Ferguson’s team lift the trophy.This was the only time in the history of the Champions League or its former guise of the European Cup that two English sides have met in the final.However, it has happened in the Europa League/UEFA Cup, when Tottenham beat Wolves in the final of the first ever edition of the tournament in 1972.MORE: Liverpool’s Andy Robertson should have been sent off for Lionel Messi incident against Barcelona, says ex-refereeMORE: What Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool players before thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League semi-final Phil HaighWednesday 8 May 2019 9:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link66Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

NASCAR results at Richmond: Martin Truex Jr. grabs elusive short-track win

first_imgMartin Truex Jr. finally got that elusive win at Richmond Raceway.The 2018 Cup Series champion held off Joey Logano on the final lap at the Toyota Owners 400 to take home his first win of the season and apparently an incredibly tough one to get on this particular track. Coming into Saturday’s race he had zero career wins at the track despite leading an average of 160 laps over the last three years.But now he finally has that victory and was elated after his win.”Really excited to win here at Richmond,” Truex told Fox after the race.”I’ve always really loved this track…I’ve always loved coming here, and the short-track win, everybody kept asking me when it was going to happen and you know tonight we didn’t have the best car but we’ve lost here with the best car a bunch of times, so we just fought, we battled.”Retweet to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on his first victory with @JoeGibbsRacing! #ToyotaOwners400 pic.twitter.com/8rwWL6IRFN— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 14, 2019Truex really had to fight for the win as Logano was on his bumper for the final two laps after getting past Clint Bowyer, but the 39-year-old driver wasn’t going to let the defending Cup series winner catch him, especially after what happened last season at Martinsville in the playoffs. “We just had to hold him off,” Truex said.”Being out front was important tonight, thanks to the pit crew that kept us out there, you know, they’ve had a tough year, tough week last week and we beat up on them pretty good all week after Bristol and they had the best stop of the year tonight.”NASCAR results at Richmond Raceway1. Martin Truex Jr.2. Joey Logano3. Clint Bowyer4. Kevin Harvick5. Denny Hamlin6. Austin Dillon7. Brad Keselowski8. Kyle Busch9. Ryan Newman10. Paul Menard11. Kurt Busch12. Jimmie Johnson13. William Byron14. Erik Jones15. Chase Elliott16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17. Alex Bowman18. Daniel Suarez19. Daniel Hemric20. Ryan Preece21. Ty Dillon22. Chris Buescher23. Aric Almirola24. Matt DiBenedetto25. Ryan Blaney26. Corey Lajoie27. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.28. David Ragan29. Matt Tifft30. Ross Chastain31. Jeb Burton32. Bayley Currey33. Joey Gase34. Quin Houff35. Landon Cassill36. Michael McDowell37. Kyle Larsonlast_img read more

Basketball: BiH Cadets Beat Slovenia 82:63, Will Play Against Russia Tonight

first_imgThe basketball national team of BiH beat Slovenia yesterday with 82:63 at the international tour in Tivat, Montenegro.Those chosen by the selector Emir Halimić traveled to the tournament in Tivat as part of preparations for the European Championship B-division that will be held from 8-18 August in Sarajevo.At the tournament, teams from BiH, Russia, Slovenia, Montenegro will participate, and after the win against Slovenia BiH basketball players will play a game tonight in the second round match against Russia.BiH players are: Ljubo Zadro, Nemanja Marković, Amin Sijerčić, Emin Mavrić, Amar Gegić, Nedim Đedović, Edin Atić, Đorđe Aleksić, Damir Hadžić, Atif Durak, Jasmin Jakupović, Alija Pirić, Fahrudin Manjgafić, Enis Memić, Bože Galić, Emir Ahmedić, Tarik Krvavac and Amar Bećar.In the preparations of young BiH basketball players, they will play 2 games in Slovenia, and afterwards a game against Montenegro in Sarajevo. The last test before the beginning of the championship in Sarajevo will most likely be against Portugal on 5 August.BiH will play in the group that includes Slovakia, Netherlands, Israel and Denmark.last_img read more

NFL Week 16 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgThere’s just one double-digit spread (Ravens vs. Browns) featured on the Week 16 NFL slate, and there are a lot of exciting spots for bettors to attack this week. Six different spreads are between one and three points and seven more are between six and eight points. Playoff implications are at stake across the league, and the second-to-last week of the regular season is sure to be action-packed! Let’s check out some edges to capitalize on, be it on the moneyline, against the spread, or on the over/under total. BetQL can help you identify edges on every slate! Our subscribers can view BetQL’s NFL best bets and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. WEEK 16 FANTASY  RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekBills (+6.5) at Patriots The Bills have gone 6-0-1 ATS on the road this season, and, while the Patriots have gone 5-1 at home, they’ve gone just 3-3 ATS. Earlier this year, New England took down the Bills 16-10 in Buffalo. Since then, both teams have been trending in different directions. Although the Patriots defense has relatively maintained its elite status (with the exception of two ugly losses against mobile quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson), New England’s offense has not resembled the dominant units that have graced Foxborough throughout Tom Brady’s tenure.Whether Brady’s regression is real or not, it’s clear that New England’s defense has carried the Pats to an 11-3 record. Meanwhile, the Bills have proved their doubters wrong all season and have played their best football away from Buffalo. Since this game has a slate-low 37.5 point total, it’s easy to assume that points will be hard to come by for both teams. Expect this one to come down to the wire, especially since the Bills are in the hunt for their first AFC East title since 1995. A Buffalo win in this game wouldn’t guarantee that, but it’s a necessary step toward dethroning the Patriots, who have won the division every year of the last decade.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekSaints (-145) at Titans The Saints have gone 5-1 on the road this season and are coming off of a dominant 34-7 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, the Titans have gone 4-3 at home and are coming off of a 24-21 loss to the Texans. There are some trends working in New Orleans’ favor in this matchup. In their past 57 games against good offensive teams (who average 24-plus points per game), the Saints have gone 43-14. In their past 31 games against excellent passing teams (that average 7.5 or more yards per attempt), New Orleans has gone 22-9. Further, in their last 102 games against poor passing defenses (that allow a completion percentage of 61% or worse), the Saints have gone 75-27. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard as of Wednesday afternoon, 70 percent of the total bets and 93 percent of the total money has been wagered on the Saints’ moneyline. MORE WEEK 16 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekTexans at Buccaneers OVER 49.5Death, taxes and Buccaneers games hitting the OVER — those are the only certainties in life. While that’s a bit hyperbolic, 11 of the past 12 Bucs games have gone OVER the total, and five of their six home games have gone OVER. Jameis Winston has thrown for 914 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions over the past two games, which has led to 73 and 55 point totals. Right now, he’s clearly being given the freedom to throw the ball all over the field and leads the NFL in passing yards as a result. But, due to his uncanny ability to turn the ball over, offenses have capitalized from beneficial field positions all year long against Tampa Bay, who have allowed 276.8 passing yards per game (30th) as they tend to sell out against the run. That could play right into Deshaun Watson’s favor this week, as DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should be able to run wild. Hammer the OVER!Via BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, 62 percent of public bets have supported the over, but pro bettors haven’t quite agreed. Find out what percentage of total money has been wagered on the over!last_img read more