Klopp laments ‘unfair’ football after Newcastle draw

1 Oct

Jurgen Klopp assessed Liverpool’s latest failure to win a Premier League game after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United by saying: “Football is not fair.”Liverpool’s German manager found it difficult to accept that the visitors emerged with only a point tha…

Thunder, lightning cannot stop Sharks in Currie Cup

1 Oct

Sharks defeated Golden Lions 24-10 this weekend in a match interrupted by a storm to seal first place in the league phase of the South African Currie Cup.Topping the table guarantees the Durban outfit a home semi-final and, if successful, they will als…

NFL fans split over US anthem demonstrations

1 Oct

After two tours of duty in Iraq, Thai Nguyen says he takes it personally when he sees NFL stars protesting during the US national anthem.”I served in the military for 10 years and I didn’t fight for people to disrespect the flag,” said Nguyen, a teleco…

Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump

1 Oct

US President Donald Trump warned Sunday that negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time, after it emerged that Washington has channels of contact with Pyongyang.Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revea…

Trial to lift lid on Kim Jong-Nam assassination

1 Oct

Two women go on trial Monday accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, in an audacious assassination in Malaysia that stunned the world and sparked a diplomatic crisis.The defendants were arrested just days after the Cold War-style…

Hughes injury leaves England with No 8 worry

1 Oct

England were left with a fitness question mark over Nathan Hughes after the Wasps No 8 suffered a dead leg in a 25-9 Premiership defeat by Bath on Sunday.Hughes left the field at Wasps’ Ricoh Arena ground in Coventry after Anthony Watson’s knee made co…

Bills stun Falcons, Patriots stumble in NFL

1 Oct

The Atlanta Falcons saw their unbeaten start to the NFL season come to a shuddering halt with a 23-17 defeat to the Buffalo Bills on a day of upsets on Sunday.

The Falcons, last season’s beaten Super Bowl finalists, saw their perfect start derailed after a gritty performance by the Bills.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 242 yards from 24 of 42 attempts but only connected for one touchdown.

Opposite number Tyrod Taylor finished with 182 yards but it was good enough to see the Bills improve to 3-1 to lead the AFC East.

The key moment at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium came in the third quarter when Tre’Davious White galloped 52 yards for a touchdown following a Falcons fumble.

A Stephen Hauschka field goal put the Bills 17-10 ahead only for Ryan to connect with Justin Hardy with a three-yard pass to level the scores.

Two more Hauschka field goals put the Bills 23-17 up however and they held on to claim a deserved win.

A good day for the Bills got better when AFC East rivals the New England Patriots suffered their second home defeat of the season as the Carolina Panthers closed out a thrilling 33-30 win at Gillette Stadium.

Scotland-born Panthers kicker Graham Gano sealed a pulsating win for Carolina with a 48-yard field goal with just four seconds remaining.

Gano’s winner was the final act of a dramatic fourth quarter which had seen Tom Brady lead the Patriots back from a 30-16 deficit to level at 30-30.

Brady, who finished with 307 passing yards including two touchdowns with no interceptions, looked to have rescued the reigning Super Bowl champions again after finding Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola in quick succession to tie.

– Newton decisive –

But Panthers quarterback Cam Newton led his team upfield with a decisive 10-play drive to engineer Gano’s winning kick with no time left on the clock.

Newton finished with 316 passing yards for three touchdowns and also rushed for one score as the Panthers improved to 3-1 in the NFC South. The Patriots meanwhile fell to 2-2 in the AFC East.

In Dallas, the Los Angeles Rams maintained their impressive start to the season with a 35-30 upset over the Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff finished with 255 passing yards and two touchdowns while the defense sacked Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott three times to help set up the win.

Rams running back Todd Gurley meanwhile outshone Cowboys counterpart Ezekiel Elliott, finishing with 121 rushing yards and a further 94 receiving yards.

The Rams, under the guidance of Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in the NFL at just 31, now lead the NFC West with a 3-1 record.

Elsewhere Sunday, Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson had another scintillating performance in a 57-14 thrashing of the Tennessee Titans.

Watson threw for four touchdowns, finishing with 283 yards after making 25 completions from 34 attempts.

In the early game in London, Drew Brees passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 20-0 win over a lacklustre Miami Dolphins side.

The win saw the Saints improve to 2-2 after an 0-2 start to the season.

“Those first two weeks weren’t what we aspired to be — we played two really good football teams,” Brees said.

“(Since then), basically we’ve had two road wins at Carolina and here against the Dolphins, who have a really good defense and are a really good football team.”

Etoile Sahel edge Ahly in Tunisia thriller

1 Oct

Etoile Sahel edged Egyptian visitors Al Ahly 2-1 in a CAF Champions League semi-final first leg thriller on Sunday to succeed where fellow Tunisians Esperance failed. Alaya Brigui gave the home team the lead on 16 minutes at the Stade Olympique in Medi…

Klopp frustrated as Newcastle hold Liverpool

1 Oct

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left feeling “disappointed and frustrated” after a Newcastle side under the guidance of former Reds boss Rafael Benitez held his side to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Sunday.Victory would have seen Liverpool leapfro…