#AFCONonCiti: 10-man Benin beat Morocco on penalties to reach quarterfinals

first_imgBenin produced a major surprise to beat Morocco 4-1 on penalties and book a quarter-final spot at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.Mama Seibou hit the winning penalty to send 10-man Benin through after Khaled Adenon had been sent off in extra time.In an incident-packed tie in Cairo, Moise Adilehou put Benin ahead before Youssef En-Nesyri equalised.Morocco had a chance to win it with the last kick of normal time but Hakim Ziyech’s penalty struck a post.Benin scored all their penalties in the shootout through Olivier Verdon, David Djigla and Tidjani Anaane before Seibou’s effort sparked wild celebrations on and off the pitch inside the Al Salam Stadium.In what is only their fourth appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, Benin will face the winners of Friday’s late last-16 tie between Uganda and Senegal in the quarter-finals on 10 July.Wasteful Morocco pay the priceMorocco had progressed from the group stage with three wins and without conceding a goal.Despite peppering Benin’s goal with 22 shots during the 120 minutes, they lacked cutting edge and are now on their way home from a tournament they were expected to do well in.En-Nesyri and Ziyech both forced saves from keeper Saturnin Allagbe before Benin took the lead through Adilehou’s close-range volley following a corner.Morocco were gifted their equaliser, an horrendous mistake by Jordan Adeoti allowing Mbark Boussoufa to set up En-Nesyri to fire under Allagbe. Benin are through to the quarter-finals despite not winning a match in normal time – all four games have been draws after 90 minutesIn the dying moments of normal time, Morocco were awarded a penalty when former West Brom and Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon fouled Achraf Hakimi.However, Ziyech’s attempt hit a post and rebounded to safety.Benin, who advanced to the last-16 as one of the best four third-placed teams in the group stage, played the final 23 minutes of extra time with 10 men when Adenon was sent off for a second bookable offence.Morocco struggled to make the extra-man advantage count and paid the price as they lost the shootout.Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal fired over the bar after Oussama Idrissi had scored Morocco’s opening penalty before En-Nesyri’s attempt was brilliantly diverted on to the bar by Allagbe. Source: BBC Sportlast_img read more

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Lakers’ LeBron James clarifies himself after calling Daryl Morey’s tweet ‘misinformed’

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSoon after speaking with reporters, James took to social media to “clear up the confusion,” tweeting that he wasn’t calling Morey’s actual Oct. 4 statement – “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” – “misinformed,” but thought the timing was ill-considered.“My team and this league just went through a difficult week,” James tweeted. “I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”That position might best reflect the week the Lakers spent relatively isolated. In addition to several NBA events and practices that were canceled, personal appearances and other business meetings players had on their own were called off, adding to an air of tension threaded throughout the trip.The Chinese government has an authoritarian reputation, one burnished by its months-long dealings with Hong Kong protesters who have fought with police in the city streets. James’ comments seemed to reflect the unease some felt while in China – unsure of how the government or the people around them would act. It’s also worth noting that James, and several other NBA players, have large financial stakes in China in the form of shoe deals, endorsements and other business interests.The trip included a meeting between the players and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, in which players reportedly aired frustrations and asked not to speak to media for the remainder of the trip. While he typically is outspoken on a variety of social issues – his media company Uninterrupted is founded on the principle of giving athletes a voice – James said he didn’t want himself or any players to be put in a position where they would have to comment on a political situation they didn’t fully understand. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LOS ANGELES — Once again, the Lakers are back home – and with that, they’ve rediscovered their voices.The Lakers broke a week of silence after returning to American soil, deciding late in their five-day excursion through China that it would be best to not add fuel to a roaring controversy. But in his first comments since his return, LeBron James reserved his harshest criticisms for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who he called “misinformed or not really educated on the situation” and implied had not considered how his tweet in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests – the catalyst for the storm overseas – would affect the Lakers, Nets and NBA personnel who spent a week wading through uncertainty.“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said before Monday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself.“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed – not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say and what we do, even though we do have, yes, freedom of speech. But there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “I’ve been to China maybe 15, 20 times,” James said. “And the reason I’ve always wanted to go back to China is because of the game of basketball. The game of basketball has brought so many different people together, so many different facets, so many different countries, different people that you would never ever expect. And that’s always been my goal, going over to China to be able to have the game … to bring people together in a positive way.”James didn’t play Monday night, just two days after they returned home from their bizarre trip.INJURY UPDATESThe Lakers said during Monday’s game that an MRI exam on Anthony Davis’ injured right thumb revealed only a sprain and he is day-to-day, increasing the chances of the All-Star big man being ready for next Tuesday’s regular-season opener against the Clippers.Davis sprained his thumb on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets in China.Forward Kyle Kuzma, who has been dealing with a left foot stress reaction since August, was cleared for non-contact work after an MRI.Like James, neither Davis, Rajon Rondo nor Danny Green played in the game on Monday night, which Vogel said was his decision to give them rest.center_img “I think Adam has always been receptive about what the players and the coaches and the owners or whoever has comments about our league,” he said. “And at that particular time, I think he was receptive as well. And it’s a tough situation for Adam as well, to put out such a fire that he didn’t create, he didn’t start.”When asked about his thoughts on the political side of the events in China, James echoed Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s belief that he wasn’t educated enough to comment on the situation.“When I speak about something, I speak about something I am very knowledgeable about, something that hits home for me, something that I am very passionate about,” James said. “I felt like with this particular situation, it was something that not only was I not informed enough about, I just felt like it was something that not only myself and my teammates or our organization had enough information to even talk about it at that point in time, and we still feel the same way.”The biggest relief, James suggested, was actually getting on the court.“So many different events had been canceled throughout our time over there, and all we kept saying, ‘(expletive), we flew all these miles to come over to China, we would love to play the game of basketball in front of the fans,’” he said. “And that was our whole mind, to be able to prepare ourselves mentally.”Digging for silver lining out of the experience, Coach Frank Vogel said he was impressed with how his players conducted themselves overseas, and many of the canceled events were replaced by film study sessions and group dinners. He called the trip “really productive.”“It definitely highlights the benefits that we were getting from the time on the plane, the time in the hotel together, dinners together,” he said. “Especially with a team like ours that’s really new to each other, a lot of new faces, I think that will really benefit us.”Both Vogel and James said they would be willing to go back to China if asked.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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‘Madden 20’ release date, cost, new features, editions: A guide to everything you need to know

first_imgPlus, with other modes such as Franchise, MUT, online and exhibition returning, there are plenty of ways to appreciate Madden this year.Here’s everything you’ll need to know ahead of the “Madden NFL 20” release on Aug. 2, including cost, the difference between editions, new features, players ratings and how to play the game a few days before everyone else.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsContents:Madden 20 release dateHow much does each edition cost?Standard EditionSuperstar EditionUltimate Superstar EditionMadden 20 player ratingsNew featuresCover starWhat consoles is Madden 20 available on?How to play Madden 20 early’Madden NFL 20′ release dateJuly 25: If you have EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier you can get “Madden NFL 20” on this dateJuly 30: “Madden NFL 20” Superstar Edition releasesJuly 30: “Madden NFL 20” Ultimate Superstar Edition releasesAugust 2: “Madden NFL 20” Standard Edition releasesAug. 2 is one of the earliest standard-edition release dates in the history of the franchise, which typically rolls out its new game toward the end of the month. That will allow gamers more time to get a feel for “Madden NFL 20” before the 2019 NFL season begins Sept. 5.’Madden NFL 20′ price: How much does each edition cost?There are three versions of “Madden NFL 20″ coming out: Standard, Superstar and Ultimate Superstar. Here’s how the prices vary by edition and what you’ll get for your money.’Madden NFL 20′ Standard Edition: $60This game has all of the typical features you need. As the name suggests, it’s your standard version of Madden with no added features or MUT upgrades.’Madden NFL 20′ Superstar Edition: $80This version releases three days early and also contains 12 Gold Team Ultimate packs and one Training item. So, if you want to start on the sticks early, or if you’re really into Madden Ultimate Team, then this version might be for you. Otherwise, it would make sense to wait and save the extra $20.’Madden NFL 20′ Ultimate Superstar Edition: $100Similar to the superstar version, you get to play the game three days early, but this version comes with a few extra features like one QB Legend for your Ultimate Team, 16 Gold packs, one Core Elite player from any team and one Training item. If you enjoy Madden Ultimate Team, it’d make sense to go ahead and splurge for that extra $40. Otherwise, you’re better off waiting three days for the standard version.MORE: Here are all the players with Superstar and X-Factor abilities in ‘Madden 20”Madden NFL 20′ player ratingsThere are only four 99 overall players (Aaron Donald, DeAndre Hopkins, Khalil Mack and Bobby Wagner). Patrick Mahomes takes the best QB spot (97 overall) with Todd Gurley being the best RB (97 overall) and Hopkins being the best WR (99 overall).The Eagles have the best overall team rating (89) with the Dolphins being the worst overall team (74).Here are the top 10 overall players in “Madden NFL 20”:Player NamePositionOVRAaron DonaldRE99DeAndre HopkinsWR99Khalil MackLOLB99Bobby WagnerMLB99Antonio BrownWR98Julio JonesWR98Luke KuechlyMLB98David BakhtiariLT97Todd GurleyRB97Patrick MahomesQB97We’ve listed all of the top players at each position here and you can view the entire overall team ratings here.MADDEN 20 RATINGS:Player ratings at each positionOverall team ratingsBest offensive teams to useBest defensive teams to use’Madden NFL 20’ features, old and newQB1 and College Football (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/71/qb1-madden-20_13qxsl0497e911o1dzfnixllwr.png?t=-69504909&w=500&quality=80 EA Sports https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/bc/madden-20-release-date-ftr_elkl7d9tqx9a1oschdlwzuc41.png?t=-62228589&w=500&quality=80 What console is ‘Madden NFL 20’ available on?Xbox OnePlaystation 4PCMadden 20 is available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC users, as well as PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, Xbox One X and Xbox One S.EA Sports no longer makes Madden NFL for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles and the game isn’t available on Nintendo Switch like its FIFA counterpart.How to play ‘Madden NFL 20′ earlyYes, there are several ways to play early. The Beta version available in June is no longer an option, but if you purchase one of the special editions or join one of EA’s subscription services you can play the game a few days earlier than others. NCAA Football is back! … kinda.While the game itself is, unfortunately, not coming back anytime soon, gamers can play college football again in a limited capacity. “Madden NFL 20’s” QB1 Mode is an extension to Franchise Mode that allows you to play as a custom quarterback. This essentially replaces Superstar Mode, but instead of picking any position, you’re stuck with just quarterback.Still, this mode looks pretty exciting. You get to play in college to build up your rating, play on the big stage in the College Football Playoff, advance to the NFL Combine and begin your career as an NFL star.Franchise ModeThis isn’t a new mode, but it’s a classic.You can choose to play as a player (position of your choice), a coach or an owner. You can choose single player, or you can compete in a multiplayer online league with up to 32 teams. You play the preseason, regular season and playoffs on a quest to win the Super Bowl and build a dynasty.MORE MADDEN 20: Listen to the soundtrack | Who are the announcers?’Madden NFL 20′ Ultimate TeamMadden Ultimate Team is back, and if you purchase one of the special editions of Madden you get some nice upgrades.Here’s how EA Sports explains MUT:Do you like Fantasy Football and the idea of building a winning team from scratch? Do you like opening packs of items to enhance your line up, sell in an auction environment, trade with your friends or even put in collections for more players, packs, or in-game currency? MUT has all of these things and more!Madden Ultimate Team is packed with collections, solo challenges, and a complete multiplayer head-to-head “Seasons Mode,” which lets players challenge their friends’ Ultimate Team for ultimate bragging rights! Ultimate Team also provides never-ending content and promotions throughout the year. With Madden Ultimate Team, the football season never ends.With MUT continuing another year, we can expect an even better version than in years past.’Madden NFL 20′ online, exhibition playOther classic features being continued into “Madden NFL 20.” If you just want to practice your skills against the computer, you can play offline in the traditional exhibition game mode, or if you want to go up against other gamers, you can play online. These game modes allow for single or multiplayer options. You can customize everything down to the time, rules, stadiums and uniforms.’Madden NFL 20’ Superstar X-FactorThis is a new feature added to Madden. Here’s how EA Sports explains it:At launch, there will be 50 players in Madden 20 who have Superstar X-Factor Zone abilities. These Zone Abilities can be unlocked during gameplay by completing objectives tailored to that player. There are offensive and defensive abilities. Some of these abilities include Bazooka (max distance increased by over 15 yards), Blitz Radar (highlights extra blitzers after the ball is snapped), Double Me (wins aggresive catches versus single coverage), Fearmonger (chance to pressure the QB while engaged with a blocker), Shutdown (tighter coverage and more interceptions on contested catches) and many more. MORE: Here are Madden’s 50 Superstar X-Factors and how to use themOther ‘Madden NFL 20′ featuresPlay the Pro BowlUnique PlaybooksNew Option PlaysPump Fake UpgradesMUT MissionsOn Field TrainerNew CelebrationsEA Sports has introduced RPOs (run-pass options) into the game and improved playbooks as a whole. In the past, playbooks were pretty similar team to team, but EA Sports says we’ll see a bigger variety in “Madden NFL 20.” In addition, some new trick plays have been added in to the game, such as the Philly Special. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/d/philly-special-madden-20-ftr_17y8d1trheal1rfgvnnvvxci4.png?t=-68072525&w=500&quality=80 The “Madden NFL 20” release date is almost here and the popular video game series looks to take an extra step this season.There are plenty of new features (which you can read all about below) that should excite football fans. Perhaps the most interesting part is the QB1 mode in which you will be able to play at the college level. You can only choose from 10 teams, but it has been so long that we’ve been able to play college football in a video game that we’ll take whatever we can get. The On-Field Trainer doesn’t sound too exciting for experienced Madden players and it’s a way to assist players at getting better at the game. There’s nothing more irritating than just trying to play a quick game and having something pop up on the screen constantly.The new celebrations should be a fun addition to the game. EA Sports already showcased one of them by failing to give Tom Brady a high five.Celebrating your record breaking performance in #Madden20 … https://t.co/aBanGx3rup pic.twitter.com/gS8ZjqRD5q— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 15, 2019Being able to play in the Pro Bowl again and upgrading the pump fake are also nice small changes to the game that should improve overall gameplay.’Madden NFL 20’ cover star Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made the cover of Madden this year. He’s one of the game’s Superstar X-Factor players.last_img read more

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