Late Schuerrle Strike Denies Real Madrid Victory

first_imgThe France defender’s goal made up for an earlier slip that allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo’s 17th minute opener towards the end of the first half.Dortmund and Real each have four points with the Germans top on goal difference, while Sporting Lisbon are third on three points after beating visitors Legia Warsaw 2-0.In England, Leicester beat Porto in their first home Champions League game to maintain the winning start to their first season in Europe’s premier club competition.Islam Slimani, who had a prolific scoring record against Porto with his former club Sporting Lisbon, headed the only goal from a Riyad Mahrez cross.Porto substitute Jesus Corona hit the post, but the Foxes held on.Leicester lead Group F by two points from second-placed FC Copenhagen, who they meet on 18 October.Slimani, a deadline-day signing for a Leicester club record £29m, tormented Porto so much during his time with Sporting that he earned the nickname “the Dragon Slayer”.In three previous matches in 2016 alone, the Algeria international had netted five times.Here, he met the teasing, curling cross of the excellent Mahrez, diving towards the ball at the back post to head past a reluctant Iker Casillas.It is his third goal in four games for the Foxes, all of which have been scored with his head.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Leicester wins first Champions League matchBorussia Dortmund’s Andre Schuerrle came off the bench to snatch a late goal and earn a deserved point as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid in a compelling Group F encounter last night.The Germany international lashed high into the net from close range to level in the 87th minute after Raphael Varane had restored Real’s advantage in the 68th.last_img read more

A decade on, Danilo Gallinari and Devin Booker enjoy another meeting

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The first time Devin Booker met Danilo Gallinari, the Italian forward was a teenage phenom luring NBA scouts to Europe. He was the up-and-comer who had a memorable nickname – “The Rooster” – and got all the calls (too many if you asked the American players.)And Booker was, as Gallinari recalls, “a little kid.”The Phoenix Suns’ now-22-year-old shooting star was 12, in fact. He went to visit his father, Melvin, who was a professional basketball player in Milan, Italy – and a teammate of Gallinari’s.“I didn’t know much about him until he got over there and my dad was like, ‘Watch this young kid play, he’s only 18,’ ” Devin Booker said before Wednesday’s game between the Suns and Clippers. “He had an unbelievable game the game I went to, and then I went to the practice the next day and we messed around, played a little one on one. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was just happy to be on the court with him ‘cause that was after the game. He’d had a really good game and ended up winning.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Booker remembers Gallinari – who would soon be drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks – sending him home with a pair of signed Reebok basketball sneakers.He also remembers Gallinari receiving superstar treatment on the court: “The other American players on the other teams overseas used to get mad, they used to think he got too many calls, ‘They think he’s Michael Jordan!’ And he was at the time. He was the guy over there, and I followed his career ever since then. He’s somebody I’ve enjoyed watching – an unbelievable player.”Gallinari said he’s kept in contact with his former teammate Melvin Booker, “I’ve always been in touch with him. I’m close to his dad because I’ve known his dad a long time.”And even though he remembers Devin as a little guy, and knows him mostly now as an opponent, he says they’re friendly, too. “We talk when we see each other, here or in Phoenix,” Gallinari said.SCOUTING REPORTSindarius Thornwell has been one of a trio of Clippers working double time this season, shuttling between the L.A. Clippers and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, with whom he’s been working on improving his in-game shooting while averaging 15.3 points in three G League appearances. He’s also been getting a good look at a couple of other young talents in the Clippers’ camp.Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ rookie shooting guard, also has been splitting time between the NBA team (for which he’s scored 23 points in 40 minutes of play) and the G League (where he’s averaging 25.2 points per game through six games).Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Scout Thornwell – who’s appeared in seven NBA games this season – said he’s liked what he’s seen from Robinson.“He looks good. Real aggressive. He’s play-making, scoring, shooting the ball real well. His confidence is there. He’s real shifty and draws a lot of fouls. I think the main thing with Rome is continuing to learn how to guard NBA players and just learning that side of the ball. Because offensively, he’s good. He’s great at it. He can score at the rim, mid-range, 3s.”As for G League Player of the Week Johnathan Motley, the 6-foot-10 two-way forward who’s averaging 24.9 points and 9.5 rebounds for Agua Caliente?“Mot is ready,” Thornwell said. “He’s ready to play to play for teams in the NBA right now. He can play for us (in L.A.) right now. He’s dominating every night. He’s proven himself. He’s ready to be in the big leagues.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more