Stoke fightback stuns Spurs

first_img Press Association Spurs, who lost both league games against the Potters last season, looked on course to secure their first three points of the campaign after first-half goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli had given the hosts a commanding advantage. Stoke, however, came storming back with Marko Arnautovic converting a 78th-minute penalty before Diouf headed in seven minutes from time to complete an unlikely comeback. Scrutiny is likely to be placed on Mauricio Pochettino’s substitutions after the Tottenham boss replaced both Harry Kane and Ryan Mason in the second half. The changes seemed to stifle the home team’s momentum and there was a smattering of boos from the White Hart Lane crowd at the sound of the final whistle. It represented a marked contrast from the feeling of optimism at the start of the afternoon when the home fans had cheered the presentation of Tottenham’s five summer signings, including Lyon’s Clinton Njie, whose arrival was confirmed on Saturday morning. Tottenham dominated possession early on and Jack Butland had to twice deny Christian Eriksen in the opening 10 minutes, pushing behind the Dane’s driven shot and then his whipped free-kick from the edge of the box. Hugo Lloris returned to the Spurs starting line-up after recovering from a wrist injury to make his 100th appearance for the club, but the Frenchman’s rustiness nearly cost his side as he gifted the ball to Diouf before saving the striker’s angled finish. Stoke appeared to be finding their feet but in the 19th minute the visitors were undone in the simplest of fashions as Eriksen fired a corner to the near post and Dier shrugged off Marco van Ginkel to head in Tottenham’s first goal of the season for the second year running. Kane had struggled for his usual influence in the early stages but the striker came to life at the end of the half, first seeing an emphatic finish ruled out for offside before providing a superb reverse pass into the path of Mason, whose shot was blocked by Butland at close range. On the brink of half-time, however, Tottenham did find a second and Kane was involved again, playing in Ben Davies down the left, who looped a cross to the back post for Chadli to slot home. Mame Biram Diouf headed home a late equaliser as Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Stoke. Tottenham remained in the ascendancy at the start of the second period and Kane should have opened his account when Chadli found him unmarked but the finish was again saved by Butland. Kane was substituted for Erik Lamela and Stoke enjoyed a better spell as the contest moved past the hour mark, with Diouf again thwarted by the quick reactions of Lloris, who denied the Senegalese’ header. Finally, the visitors found the goal they deserved as substitute Joselu was wrestled to the ground by Toby Alderweireld in the area and, with referee Robert Madley pointing to the spot, Arnautovic stepped up to slam the ball past Lloris. Spurs seemed to have lost all control of the contest and five minutes later, their lead was cancelled out as a neat exchange between Arnautovic and Stephen Ireland allowed the latter to cross for Diouf, who this time headed in the equaliser. It could have got even worse for Tottenham when Ireland and Diouf both went close to snatching victory but there was to be no more late drama as the spoils were shared. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Stoke to win in last 3 mins same old Spurs” – Lord Sugar is nearly right. PLAYER RATINGS Tottenham Hugo Lloris: 7 (out of 10) Kyle Walker: 6 Toby Alderweireld: 6 Jan Vertonghen: 6 Ben Davies: 7 Eric Dier: 8 Ryan Mason: 7 Mousa Dembele: 7 Christian Eriksen: 8 Nacer Chadli: 8 Harry Kane: 7 Subs Erik Lamela: 6 Nabil Bentaleb: 6 Stoke Jack Butland: 8 Glen Johnson: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Marc Muniesa: 6 Erik Pieters: 7 Glenn Whelan: 7 Marco van Ginkel: 5 Jonathan Walters: 6 Ibrahim Afellay: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 8 Mame Biram Diouf: 7 Subs Stephen Ireland: 7 Joselu: 7 Charlie Adam: 6 STAR PLAYER Marko Arnautovic: Arnautovic caused problems for Tottenham right back Kyle Walker throughout the match and he was involved in both of Stoke’s goals, coolly converting a penalty in the 78th minute before playing in Stephen Ireland, who assisted Diouf’s all-important equaliser. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mame Biram Diouf: Diouf had to wait for his moment of glory as he had seen a number of efforts saved by Lloris but the Spurs keeper could do nothing to prevent the Senegalese nodding home with seven minutes to play, completing a remarkable comeback for the visitors. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mauricio Pochettino will perhaps look back and regret taking off both Kane and Mason, which seemed to knock the momentum out of his players and remove all the hosts’ confidence. Mark Hughes, in contrast, will be delighted with his replacements as Joselu won the penalty and Ireland provided the cross for the equaliser. MOAN OF THE MATCH Tottenham fans had begun the afternoon full of optimism, peaking in at the work on the new stadium next door and cheering the five summer signings, who were presented on the pitch before kick-off. There was, however, a smattering of boos at the full-time whistle, marking the home support’s disappointment with their side’s capitulation. 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Baseball takes series from ASU with 31-run game

first_imgThe baseball team may not have qualified for the College World Series, but the Trojans ended their season in style with a commanding 31-9 win over Arizona State on the road on Sunday.The win gave the Men of Troy a series win over the Sun Devils to wrap up their 2016 campaign, finishing at .500 (28-28) overall and 15-15 in conference play.Against ASU starter Eli Lingos on Sunday, USC sprayed hits left, right and center — 30 in total, tied for second most in a game in program history. The 31 runs was also the second-highest single game run total in program history, with the record set in a 1959 game against Occidental when the Trojans scored 35 runs.The Trojans put runs on the board in all but two innings, with 13 of 14 batters reaching base at least once. They scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning and also put up four or more runs in the first, second and eighth innings.Redshirt sophomore Frankie Rios recorded six RBIs and sophomore Angelo Armenta knocked in five runs, each setting career highs. Rios and senior Timmy Robinson each tallied four hits in the rout.The win gave the Trojans their first series win at Arizona State since 2004. It followed a 6-2 win on Saturday behind sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart, who allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. Freshman Lars Nootbaar hit his first home run of the year that plated the eventual winning run with a 2-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Trojans ahead 3-2. Three runs in the eighth inning — two of which scored on a triple by junior catcher Jeremy Martinez — gave the Trojans even more separation.USC dropped the first game of the series on Friday. The Men of Troy had an opportunity to grab the win, but, down by a run, could not score in the ninth despite loading the bases with one out, and the 3-2 deficit held as the final tally.The Trojans wrap up a season in which they failed to live up to heightened expectations after a deep run in the NCAA Tournament last year, their first appearance in the postseason since 2005.Senior outfielder David Oppenheim was a bright spot for the Trojans this year, leading not only the team, but also the Pac-12 in batting average. Oppenheim hit .387 with 25 RBIs. Oppenheim complemented that with four home runs, one triple and nine doubles.Oppenheim also led the conference in on-base percentage, getting on-base exactly half of the time.Just behind Oppenheim with the third-best batting average in the conference was Martinez who hit .376. Martinez also batted in 42 RBIs. He had six home runs, two triples and 18 doubles. Martinez was also third in the conference in slugging percentage posting a .563.USC also had a strong team showing of conference leaders in RBIs with three players in the top 10. Robinson is fourth in the conference with 46. He is followed by senior infielder AJ Ramirez who has 44 and Martinez is just behind tied for the eighth spot in the Pac-12.last_img read more