2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): Serbia, Iceland Secure Spots; Wales Suffer Heartbreak

first_imgGroup I:Ukraine 0-2 CroatiaIceland 2-0 KosovoFinland 2-2 TurkeyStandings:Iceland 22 points (Qualified)Croatia 20 points (Playoff)Ukraine 17 pointsTurkey 15 pointsFinland 9 pointsKosovo 1 point Group G:Albania 0-1 ItalyMacedonia 4-0 LiechtensteinIsrael 0-1 SpainStandings:Spain 28 points (Qualified)Italy 23 points (Playoff)Albania 13 pointsIsrael 12 pointsMacedonia 11 pointsLiechtenstein 0 point Serbia and minnows Iceland have become the latest teams to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.Striker Aleksandar Prijovic of Greek club PAOK scored with 16 minutes remaining to give Serbia a priceless 1-0 win at home to Georgia. The result was enough for the team to book a place as Group D winners.In the battle for the playoffs in the group, a Bale-less Wales suffered heartbreak following a 1-0 home loss to rivals Republic of Ireland courtesy James McClean’s 57th minute strike. The result was enough for Republic of Ireland to seal a playoff spot.Iceland have also qualified as Group I winners after they defeated Kosovo 2-0 at home with goals from Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson and his Burnley counterparts Johan Berg Gudmundsson. They will become the smallest nation to feature at a FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.In a winner takes all battle, Croatia defeated Ukraine 2-0 away from home to secure a playoff spot. TSG Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric was the matchwinner for the Croats as he netted a brace to help his country into the playoff picture.ResultsGroup D:Serbia 1-0 GeorgiaMoldova 0-1 AustriaWales 0-1 Republic of IrelandStandings:Serbia 21 points (Qualified)Republic of Ireland 19 points (Playoff)Wales 17 pointsAustria 15 pointsGeorgia 5 pointsMoldova 2 pointscenter_img Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners Spain Book Russia SpotOctober 7, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Review (UEFA): Poland Become Sixth European Nation In RussiaOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Tyronn Lue ‘comes around’ Monday for Clippers’ game against Portland

first_imgClippers guard Avery Bradley said he hadn’t heard anything about Lue’s presence, even in an unofficial capacity – but that he has fond memories of working with Lue in Boston during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.“That’s my guy,” Bradley said. “When I played two-on-two before the game, he was my teammate. So he definitely helped me out a lot. We watched film together. He was like a big brother, I guess you could say.”Bradley said Lue’s role in Boston was to help manage the big personalities on the Celtics, and that he was helpful in boosting Bradley’s confidence as a young player.Lue has come a long way since his early coaching seasons too, of course.“At that time, T Lue was very quiet,” Bradley said. “Guys would make fun of him when he talked in front of the team, but he obviously became more comfortable, become a head coach and won a championship”. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LUC AND LOU ‘CLOSE’Rivers joked that he was pleased to welcome Luc Mbah a Moute and Lou Williams “back from Cabo” at shootaround Monday.Both Mbah a Moute (who has missed 25 games with what has been described as a sore left knee) and Lou Williams (who has missed the past three games with a sore left hamstring) were able to participate in Monday’s pregame workouts. Rivers said they both “looked good.”“Really good to see them both,” Rivers said. “Lou is the closest to coming back, but they’re both close. Luc is finally, you can say, he’s close to coming back and getting on the floor. And we can definitely use him.”Rivers said he could envision them returning to action within the next week, but that he couldn’t guarantee it.SOMETHING NICE TO SAYIf Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s ears were burning recently, there’s a good reason for it.Recently, several of the NBA’s best players have spoken up about how impressed they’ve been with the Clippers’ rookie point guard.Last week, Kevin Durant told Bill Simmons: “I’m like, ‘Man, that size at that age, and once you learn how to shoot the mid-range, I feel like the 3-ball is gonna be easier for you to shoot.’ He’s knocking them down consistently. I like that he’s tall, too, for that position. He’s probably the (young) guy that stood out the most because I never watched him in college. He got confidence on him.” LOS ANGELES — Asked about the recognizable figure who showed up at Staples Center on Monday, Clippers coach Doc Rivers cautioned that Tyronn Lue was “just coming to a game, to be honest.” But then Rivers added: “That may change.”Lue was fired as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 28. A protege of Rivers’, Lue coached the Cavs to three consecutive NBA Finals, including the 2016 NBA championship, and was 128-83 on the job – but 0-6 when he was excused this season.Before that, Lue played for Rivers in Orlando and was one of Rivers’ assistant coaches with the 2008 Boston Celtics team that won the championship before he came aboard as a Clippers assistant coach from 2013 until Cleveland hired him as an associate head coach the following season.“I think Ty brought in Ty Lue,” Rivers said before the Clippers tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers. “(He) just comes around; I’ve done it before, he’s a good friend, you know? He was on our staff in Boston and here.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img Recently on his own “Pull Up” podcast, Portland guard CJ McCollum also raved about Gilgeous-Alexander: “He can hoop. He’s got good pace, he can finish around the basket, got a mid-range. (Assistant coach) Sam Cassell is really working with him. You can tell he listens. He’s gonna be good.”Gilgeous-Alexander appreciated the kind words, but he took them in stride.“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “When guys who you look up to at some point in your life notice your game and recognize you, it’s a good feeling.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more