Dembele to miss El Clasico with two-match ban

first_imgBarcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is out of the Clasico meeting with Real Madrid after he was handed a two-match domestic suspension for his comments towards referee Mateu Lahoz.The France international was sent off in Barca’s 4-0 win over Sevilla, with the referee writing in his official report that Dembele had said to him: “You are so bad.”Lionel Messi and head coach Ernesto Valverde had defended the former Borussia Dortmund star’s actions, claiming that he doesn’t speak Spanish well, suggesting that his punishment should be reduced as a result. 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 Speaking to RAC1, the Argentine said: “I told the referee that it’s very difficult for Ousmane to say something like that because it’s hard for him to form sentences [in Spanish].”The coach supported me at a press conference. We were surprised that the referee understood him so clearly because it’s still difficult for him to speak Spanish.”However, the Spanish Football Federation has upheld a two-game ban, meaning that Dembele will miss the league matches against Eibar and Real Madrid, subject to any appeal from the Catalans.It is the latest setback in the 22-year-old’s Barcelona career, which has yet to really ignite since moving from Dortmund in the summer of 2017.His debut campaign was plagued by injury, preventing him from earning a consistent run in the starting XI, while last term a succession of minor problems prevented him from gaining a head of steam after scoring eight times in the first 20 league matches of the season.This term, he has been restricted to just four appearances because of further hamstring trouble, which kept him pinned to the sidelines from mid-August until mid-September.He made his return after a minor setback against Sevilla and seemed to be enjoying a strong evening, scoring his first goal of the season, before seeing red for a second caution with just a couple of minutes of the match remaining.Team-mate Ronald Araujo was also dismissed in that encounter, with the young centre-back sent for an early bath for a professional foul. He will be suspended for the clash against Eibar but could potentially play against Madrid if called upon.last_img read more

West-leading Nuggets edge Blazers

first_img GO Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, looks to pass the ball as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Photo Gallery Receive latest stories and local news in your email: West-leading Nuggets edge Blazers Jokic scores 40 points to hand Portland 116-113 loss 9 Photos Share: DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 40 points, Jamal Murray fought through a bloody lip to add 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113 on Sunday night.Jokic finished a point off his career high. He added 10 rebounds and eight assists, just missing his sixth-triple double of the season.Murray’s lip was bloodied when he took an elbow to the mouth from Jusuf Nurkic on a drive to the basket early in the third quarter. Murray hit both free throws before heading to the locker room to get the injury tended to. He was back in the game within minutes, and grabbed a rebound off his own missed shot in the final moments, hitting both free throws after he was fouled to help the Nuggets stave off Portland.Denver rebounded from a loss at Phoenix on Saturday night for its 12th home win in a row. Share: Denver ran the clock down and Murray let a jumper fly that hit the back of the rim and bounced out. Murray grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws with 3 seconds left. Portland had just enough time for a long 3-point try by Lillard at the buzzer, but — Paul Millsap in his face — it was off the mark.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Maurice Harkless remains sidelined by a left knee injury.Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed a fourth straight game with left hamstring tightness. … F Trey Lyles missed his second game in a row with a right wrist sprain. … Jokic scored a career-best 41 points against Brooklyn on Nov. 7, 2017.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Sacramento on Monday night.Nuggets: Host Golden State on Tuesday nightMore AP NBA: and Published: January 13, 2019, 9:01pm Damian Lillard led Portland with 26 points, and CJ McCollum had 18 points. The Trail Blazers had won four straight.Lillard put in a reverse layup to put the Trail Blazers up by two with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter. But the Nuggets closed the period on a 17-10 run to take a 93-88 lead into the fourth. Jokic had 15 of his points in the period, including two 3-pointers during the Nuggets’ surge and also added an assist on an alley-oop pass that Mason Plumlee finished with a one-handed dunk.Portland, though, scored the first six points of the fourth, moving in front by a point on Evan Turner’s jumper.It was tied at 108 when Jokic hit a floater in the lane to put the Nuggets on top with 1:07 left to play. He added a pair of free throws moments later only to see Lillard drive to the basket for a dunk. With 30.6 seconds, Murray hit a jumper, but McCollum connected on 3-pointer to pull Portland within one with 27.7 seconds left. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Presslast_img read more

Girls basketball: Union 58, Skyview 40

first_img Skyview led 12-3 after the first quarter, but Union responded with a 9-0 run in the second to pull within one. The game was tied 20-20 at half.In the second, it was all Union.“We got it together after the first,” Midland said. “We said, ‘this is it, we can either let them have it, or we can take it.’ ”Johnson praised Mikelle Anthony’s contributions. Anthony, a junior, joined the team two weeks ago off the cheer squad and has provided much-needed depth, Johnson said. She played as a freshman and opted not to play her sophomore year.Union coach Gary Mills credited Lewis’s play as crucial to the team’s ability to pull away. Share: Share: The Columbian Published: January 30, 2019, 10:38pm Mills, a first-year head coach, has worked at Union since the school opened in 2008 and served as an assistant coach in the girls and boys program. But it carries extra meaning for him to know his team is responsible for a banner in the Union High School gym.UNION 58, SKYVIEW 40SKYVIEW — Michelle Winters 3, Alexis Perez 0, Maddie Hendricks 9, Ava Harman 2, Remington Riley 2, Tanariea Deloney 2, Skylar Groesbeck 4, Kazz Parks 10, Emily Norton 3 Mikelle Anthony 6. Totals 16 (4) 5-10 40.UNION –Alexis Raymore 8, Marina Morningstar 2, McKenna Vega 0, Toryi Midland 14, Lolo Weatherspoon 4, Abbey Kaip 11, Mackenzie Lewis 18, Lily Caplice 0, Kaneyl Carpenter 1, Caitlyn Leake 0. Totals 23 (7) 6-10 58.Skyview 12 8 8 12–40Union 3 17 18 20–58 Girls basketball: Union 58, Skyview 40 Mackenzie Lewis scored 18 points and Toryi Midland added 14 to lead the Union girls basketball team to a program-first 4A Greater St. Helens League title on Wednesday at Union High School behind a 58-40 win over Skyview.Union finished tied with Camas at 7-1 atop the league standings. The two teams will officially share the league title, but play a tiebreaker for bi-district seeding on Friday at 6 p.m. at Evergreen High School.“It’s exciting,” Midland said. “We’re celebrating because this is big, never done before in school history, so it feels good to put a banner up on the wall.”The Storm were led by Kazz Parks’ 10 points. Parks and Remington Riley, Skyview’s top leaders this season, played, though not at 100 percent, according to Storm coach Brett Johnson. Camas PapermakersSkyview Storm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO Tags By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more