Report: Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla

first_imgLuis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scored memorable goals for Barcelona as Ernesto Valverde’s decision to drop Antoine Griezmann was vindicated in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla.While their €120million signing sat among the substitutes, Suarez’s acrobatic overhead kick got the LaLiga champions off the mark, Arturo Vidal polished off a sublime passing move with the second and Dembele scored a solo effort to all but end the contest.Lionel Messi wrapped up the win with a curling second-half free-kick and the synergy between Barcelona’s front three, which has not always clicked with Griezmann involved, will not have been lost on Valverde. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The match ended in unsavoury fashion for the Catalans, though, who saw debutant Ronald Araujo and Dembele sent off shortly before injury time.El momento@LuisSuarez9 pic.twitter.com/zHPipANDxd— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 6, 2019Luuk de Jong received good service from Lucas Ocampos in the early stages but he fluffed three chances put Sevilla ahead before Suarez broke the deadlock with a moment of magic 27 minutes in.The Uruguay marksman watched Nelson Semedo’s cross loop through the air and met it with an overhead kick into the bottom corner of the net before goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik could react.The goal settled the hosts and five minutes later a move that incorporated 25 passes and all 11 Barcelona players culminated in Arthur’s weighted ball, which allowed Vidal to slide in and glance a shot past Vaclik.85 segundos11 jugadores25 pases¡Gol de @kingarturo23! pic.twitter.com/zO53xnYmW5— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 6, 2019Dembele made it 3-0 inside eight first-half minutes when his slaloming run tore through Sevilla’s defence, the 22-year-old opening his body and side-footing in at the far post.The second half started just like the first, with De Jong squandering a great chance to score when he drilled a shot against the post from just inside the Barca box.The hosts were soon back on top and Messi twice surged through Sevilla’s midfield before putting the finishing touches on a fine win with a dipping, curling free-kick 12 minutes from time.Valverde sent on Araujo for his debut, which turned sour when he was judged to have fouled Javier Hernandez as the Sevilla forward went through on goal and was shown a red card along with Dembele, who was sent off for his protests. What does it mean? Barca go secondAfter Atletico Madrid were held to a goalless draw at Real Valladolid, Barcelona took full advantage and claimed a result that moved them up to second place in the table, two points behind leaders Real Madrid.Frenkie says ‘Relax!’A run of mixed results in August and September left Valverde under pressure but his players looked calm and assured here, none more so than Frenkie de Jong, who looks every inch the composed midfield lynchpin to succeed Sergio Busquets – a second-half substitute here.No luck for LuukWhile Barca’s De Jong barely put a foot wrong his Sevilla namesake had a torrid evening, the centre-forward missing four clear chances to give the visitors a foothold in the game.Key Opta Facts100 – Lionel Messi has scored his 100th goal from outside the box for @FCBarcelona in all competitions (43 direct free-kick goals). Specialist. pic.twitter.com/iBAi9hYVVn— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 6, 2019- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 16 consecutive LaLiga seasons in the 21st century. – Luis Suarez has scored 183 goals for Barca in all competitions, one behind Jose Samitier, their fourth-highest all-time top scorer. – Messi scored his 100th goal from outside the box for Barca in all competitions, 43 coming from direct free-kicks.- Julen Lopetegui has conceded nine goals in his two LaLiga games at Camp Nou as a coach (16 shots on target faced). – Barca have not lost any of their 23 LaLiga matches with Arturo Vidal in their starting XI (W15 D8).- The Catalans received two red cards in the same LaLiga game for the first time since February 2010 against Getafe.What’s next?Barcelona will hope to extend their winning run to five matches in all competitions by beating Eibar away from home on October 19, while Sevilla aim to get back on course as they entertain Levante a day later. read morelast_img read more

Girls basketball: Ridgefield 62, Bentley (Calif.) 11

first_img Ridgefield Spudders The Columbian GO Share: Tags Receive latest stories and local news in your email: The Spudders won the San Diego Division of the Surf N Slam tournament in San Diego thanks to a smothering defense against the team from Lafayette, Calif.“We’ve been working on a lot of things, and our defense was really good and that led to a lot of our points,” Ridgefield coach Tom Klutz said.Kylie Greenwald scored 17 points with five 3-pointers, and Devi Dugan also had 17 points for the Spudders (7-3).Allie Andrew, who was named MVP of the bracket, had a team-high 13 rebounds to go with nine points and three blocked shots.center_img Dugan and Karli Oliver were named all-tournament.SURF N SLAM — SAN DIEGO DIVISIONAt San DiegoRIDGEFIELD 62, BENTLEY (CALIF.) 11BENTLEY, CALIF. — Individual scoring not available. Totals 3 (2) 3-5 11.RIDGEFIELD (7-3) — Devi Dugan 17, Karli Oliver 5, Kylie Greenwald 17, Courtney Beyer 4, Grace Goode 4, Mackenzie Dewey 0, Allie Andrew 9, Kelli Krsul 0, Morgan Harter 6. Totals 26 (9) 1-8 62.Bentley 3 3 5 0–11Ridgefield 12 12 27 11–62 Published: December 29, 2018, 6:40pm Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Girls basketball: Ridgefield 62, Bentley (Calif.) 11last_img read more

Yellen says Fed is monitoring softer economic data to see if recent

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yellen says Fed is monitoring softer economic data to see if recent slowdown is temporary WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather.Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that the Fed will be alert to upcoming data to make sure that the U.S. economy keeps strengthening.“We have seen quite a bit of soft data over the last month or six weeks,” Yellen said. “We need to get a firmer handle about how much of the softer data can be explained by the weather.”Responding to a question, Yellen repeated the Fed’s assurances that its pullback in stimulus for the economy is “not on a preset course” and could be modified if there was a “significant change” in the Fed’s outlook. The Fed is gradually reducing its monthly bond purchases, which have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low to encourage spending and growth.Yellen said that while she was open to changing the pace of the Fed’s reductions in bond purchases, “I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions” that such a change will be needed.Yellen repeated remarks she made to a House committee earlier this month that the job market’s recovery is “far from complete.” She said she expects Fed policies to favour low interest rates “for quite some time.”Yellen’s appearance Thursday completed her first twice-a-year report to Congress since becoming Fed chair this month. Her Senate appearance had been postponed by a snowstorm that shut federal offices in Washington on Feb. 13.In both her House and Senate appearances, Yellen sought to emphasize policy continuity with her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who stepped down last month after eight years leading the central bank.Yellen said that she, like Bernanke, believed the economy is strengthening enough that the Fed can gradually pull back its monthly bond purchases.The Fed has cut the pace of bond purchases at both its most recent meetings. It reduced the original $85 billion monthly pace in December and again in January in $10 billion steps to a current level of $65 billion.Many economists think that as long as the economy keeps improving, the Fed will keep cutting the bond purchases by $10 billion at each meeting this year until ending the program in December.The Fed has stressed that it’s standing by a plan to keep a key short-term rate at a record low near zero for an extended period. At the past two meetings, it has said short-term rates will remain low “well past” the time unemployment drops below 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate is now 6.6 per cent.Many economists think the first rate hike won’t occur until late 2015. But minutes of the Fed’s last meeting showed that “a few” policymakers felt it might be appropriate to make the first move to raise short-term rates “relatively soon.”The Fed has held its benchmark for short-term rates near zero since December 2008.The discussion revealed in minutes of the Jan. 28-29 meeting, released last week, drew the attention of financial markets. The “few” Fed officials who raised the possibility of a rate hike weren’t identified.But some Fed officials have worried that all the moves to provide support for the economy through trillions of dollars in bond purchases and ultra-low rates could eventually spark inflation pressures.But economists believe this Fed group remains in the minority. Yellen and many other Fed officials say the economy still needs support from the Fed until the job market and economic growth improve further. They note that inflation remains well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, before the Senate Banking Committee to deliver the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress. Yellen noted that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2014 11:47 am MDT read more