Liverpool set Europe points record after 21 EPL games

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019/2020 English Premier League on Saturday means they have set a new record. It is for points gained from the first 21 games in any of Europe’s “big five” leagues. Here is where their record stands alongside the rest:England (EPL) Liverpool (2019/2020) M-21 W-20 D-1 L-0 P-61 Previous record Manchester City (2017/2018) M-21 W-19 D-2 L-0 P-59Spain (La Liga) FC Barcelona (2010/2011) M-21 W-19 D-1 L-1 P-58Italy (Serie A) Juventus (2018/2019) M-21 W-19 D-2 L-0 P-59Germany (Bundesliga) Bayern Munich (2013/2014) M-21 W-19 D-2 L-0 P-59France (Ligue 1) Paris St-Germain (2018/2019) M-21 W-19 D-2 L-0 P-59 *M-Matches, W-Wins, D-Draws, L-Losses, P-Points Reuters/NAN.Tags: BundesligaEnglish Premier LeagueFC BarcelonaJuventusLa LigaLigue 1LiverpoolParis St-GermainSerie Alast_img read more

Rea raring to go

first_img Press Association Britain’s Jonathan Rea is looking forward to launching his World Superbikes title bid but believes his Pata Honda team still have much work to do before their campaign gets under way at the weekend. With Max Biaggi announcing his retirement after winning his second championship in three years, the rest of the paddock will be sensing an opportunity to make their mark. However, Rea was given a fitness scare before the season had even begun after a crash last week and while he acknowledged he is not at 100 per cent, he confirmed he did not seriously injure a pre-existing complaint. “I had a big crash at turn two in last week’s private testing, which aggravated the conditions of the AC joint that got separated two years ago at Imola,” he added. “After some X-rays I spoke with my surgeon back in the UK and he said that there’s no further damage, it’s just a bit weak.” Rea also has a new team-mate with compatriot Leon Haslam joining the team from BMW to replace Japan’s Hiroshi Aoyama. And 26-year-old Rea is welcoming the added competition Haslam will provide. “I have to say that Leon is one of the most competitive team-mates I’ve had for many years. I find the relationship with Leon to be really strong, we share a lot of data and on the weekend we can both test different settings to make the bike good,” added Rea. “We’ll see, right now we are working on different programmes on both sides of the garage, and it’s always nice to have the possibility to check his data in case we’re struggling, and vice versa.” center_img Rea, who will be looking to better his fifth-place finish from last season, is approaching his fifth full year in the championship and is still looking for his first shot at glory. The Northern Irishman is optimistic his team will be able to improve his bike before Sunday’s opener at Phillip Island track in Australia after setting the sixth-fastest time in Tuesday’s final pre-season test. “The guys are working very hard and there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Rea told the official World Superbikes website. “I wouldn’t say we are confident right now but for sure going into the weekend we are in a much better place than we were at the start of the year.” last_img read more

Montigny’s layup lifts Ellsworth girls past MDI in B North prelims

first_img Bio BAR HARBOR — Just when it appeared another regional quarterfinal dream might slip away in inexplicable fashion, Ellsworth’s tried-and-true talisman took control.With just 10.7 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s Northern Maine prelim game against Mount Desert Island, the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team had seen a 10-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate. MDI, which had possession with the game tied at 33, had a chance to take the last shot and overcome a superb second-half effort from the Eagles’ Trinity Montigny for an improbable victory.Inbounding the ball beneath the opposing basket, MDI’s Emily Carter found teammate Elena Alderman with space on the wing. As the Trojans’ sophomore point guard took two steps to the left and dribbled, Montigny saw just enough room to poke the ball free with her right hand.Both players lunged at the ball, but Montigny’s positioning allowed her to corral it and head the other way. Unimpeded as she sprinted toward, there was no stopping Ellsworth’s senior captain from an open layup, a tear-jerking celebration and a win for which the Eagles have been yearning for four years.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMontigny’s steal and layup in the dying seconds Tuesday gave Ellsworth a 35-33 win over MDI in the Class B North preliminary round. The basket with 1.2 seconds left ended a streak of three straight prelim defeats for Ellsworth, whose captain is now headed to the quarterfinals for the first time in her career.“It’s a better feeling than anything in the world,” said Montigny, the Big East Conference’s leading scorer and just one of two members of Ellsworth’s 1,000-point club. “I know I’ve had some milestones this year, but this feels better than anything I’ve ever done.”Although Ellsworth opened the scoring on a Sierra Andrews 3-pointer less than two minutes into the first quarter, Olivia Gray responded with a pair of triples of her own to power seventh-ranked MDI (11-8) to a 9-0 run. Yet the Eagles finished the opening quarter on a 3 from Casey Carter before layups from Montigny and Autumn Paul tied the game at 10 early in the second.With both offenses sputtering late in the first half, the two teams headed to the locker room with the score knotted at 14. Yet with Montigny, who had scored just two points in the first half, scoring seven in the third quarter, the 10th-ranked Eagles (11-8) finished the period on an 11-0 run to take a 25-17 lead.MDI, though, would find its rhythm in the fourth. After Ellsworth went up 10 points with six minutes to play, the Trojans got a 3-pointer from Leah Carroll and a pair of clutch layups from Rachelle Swanson to cut the deficit to 33-28. Then, with the Eagles leading 33-30 with just over a minute to play, Emily Carter hit a 3-pointer to tie the game.“We knew that they were going to start hitting some shots at some point,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “Carroll, [Gray] and Carter come out and start hitting those shots. We just had to keep grinding.”For Ellsworth, that grind came as MDI sought the go-ahead basket in the final minute. It began courtesy of Andrews and Kylie Robidoux, who combined for a block on Elizabeth Jones with 52 seconds to play. Andrews then made another clutch defensive play after MDI got the ball back with 18.9 seconds left as she stuck up her arms in the low post to knock a pass headed for a wide-open Jones out of bounds.That play by Andrews set up MDI’s final offensive possession. Although Montigny had too much ground to cover to stop Alderman from catching the inbound pass, her maneuver struck the perfect balance of avoiding contact and ensuring her the best position to win the race to the loose ball.“I didn’t know that I could steal, but I knew a steal would win, so I was just going for it,” Montigny said. “I didn’t want it to be a foul, so it had to be a clean steal.”Cutting right to give herself the proper angle, Montigny laid the ball off the glass and into the basket and immediately started sprinting toward the Ellsworth bench in celebration. No, the game wasn’t technically over, but with MDI having no timeouts and lacking enough time to attempt a proper shot, it might as well have been.“As soon as that ball went through the hoop, I knew it was game over,” Montigny said. “They weren’t going to get a shot off in a second.”Montigny had a game-high 18 points for Ellsworth, which also got six from Sierra Andrews, four from Jocelyn Jordan, three from Carter and two apiece from Paul and Robidoux. Gray had 13 points to lead MDI.The win came six days after Ellsworth concluded its regular season with a 42-35 loss to MDI on the same Bunny Parady Gymnasium floor. That loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the Eagles at the time, but winning this rematch at the horn on Montigny’s career-defining play — and earning a trip to Bangor in the process — was the ultimate panacea.“It’s poetic,” Pooler said. “It’s been three years we’ve been knocked out in the [prelims], and she deserves to go the Cross Center.”In less than 72 hours, Montigny and the Eagles will do so against No. 2 Waterville (17-1), one of Class B’s most complete teams. The Eagles’ quarterfinal matchup with the Panthers is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.“We’re going to go in as the underdog, but that’s what we did today, and we pulled it out,” Montigny said. “I can’t wait.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. 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