first_imgThe Greensburg Pirates traveled to Rushville on Saturday for the “Battle of the Ball” and fell 4-1.The Pirates bounced back from a rough loss to Batesville by coming out aggressive and competitive. A goal in the first half for Rushville set the Pirates back heading into halftime, 1-0, but the Pirates had several scoring chances throughout.Second half started much of the same way, with the Lions scoring in the first 15 minutes. Greensburg didn’t go away, with Collin Springmeyer finding the back of the net off of a deflection from a Nicholas Zapfe shot just moments later to bring the deficit to 2-1. The last 10 minutes saw a collapse of the Greensburg defense, allowing the final 2 goals to push the Lions lead to 4-1.The Pirate offense was lead by Nicholas Zapfe who had 10 shots, 8 of them being on goal. Springmeyer had the goal along with 3 other shots, and Vincent Pavy also had 3 shots, 2 of them being on goal. Goalkeeper, Mason Ponsler had 14 saves on the day.The Pirates fall to 3-8 on the season.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more


first_img Defoe could not believe referee Chris Foy pointed for a corner rather than a spot-kick in what proved a rare attacking moment for Gus Poyet’s men. Sunderland goalkeeper Pantilimon was doing well to keep his side in the game, producing a smart save to deny a low Eriksen strike before using his giant frame to thwart Roberto Soldado. The Romanian bettered those saves when denying a wonderful, goalbound strike from Eriksen, although when Fletcher inexplicably failed score an open goal it looked like the visitors would fail to capitalise. His blushes would be saved, though, as Vertonghen gave away what proved to be a costly free-kick. The centre-back was booked for foolishly scything down Defoe, who looked to have been in an offside position at the start of the move, allowing Larsson to curl home a wonderful equaliser from 25 yards. Spurs desperately tried to regain their lead, which they came close to doing in first-half stoppage time when Harry Kane struck the post. Spurs resumed play in the ascendancy, with Eriksen producing some wonderful skill on the edge of the box before sending a half volley across the face of goal. Nacer Chadli and Kane had efforts blocked as the home side pushed for a goal, with Emmanuel Adebayor brought on in a bid to change the dynamics of the game. It was the Togo striker’s first appearance since November 9 and his introduction in place of Soldado was met by boos from a smattering of Spurs fans. Kane struck wide as Spurs continued to press, with Sunderland’s only noteworthy opportunity a powerful Defoe strike stopped by a timely Eric Dier tackle. The Sunderland new boy was replaced by Graham as the visitors looked for a spark, although Spurs were still on top. Andros Townsend, Danny Rose and Kane were threatening, while at the other end Graham wasted a wonderful chance for a goal after Lloris failed to hold onto Adam Johnson’s initial strike. It was a let-off the hosts made the most of. Townsend squared the ball along the edge of the 18-yard box and Eriksen struck a low effort off the inside of the post to send White Hart Lane into raptures. Lloris again thwarted Graham in stoppage time, producing a fine save, before Vertonghen scored his second on the break – only for it to be ruled out for offside. Mauricio Pochettino’s side had looked like they would be frustrated as wayward finishing and an impressive display from Costel Pantilimon saw them struggle to add to Jan Vertonghen’s early strike, which came via a large deflection off John O’Shea. The Belgium international was soon back at the heart of the action, hacking down Defoe to give former Arsenal midfielder Sebastian Larsson the chance to curl home a wonderful equaliser. That was Defoe’s most telling contribution, as he failed to make Sunderland the sixth club with whom he marked his league debut with a goal. The man who replaced him in the second half, Danny Graham, was twice denied Hugo Lloris – chances which came either side of the match-winning 88th-minute strike by Eriksen. It was a frantic end to a match which saw a goal inside three minutes. A poor Sunderland clearance saw the ball fall kindly for Vertonghen, who showed good feet to make himself space for a strike which found the back of the net following a large deflection off O’Shea. The Belgium international celebrated the opening goal with a Superman pose – although moments later he was very nearly the villain. Steven Fletcher produced a lovely flick into the path of Defoe and the Sunderland new boy turned into Vertonghen, hitting the deck inside the penalty area. Jermain Defoe was unable to continue his remarkable run of marking club debuts with a goal as Sunderland suffered a last-gasp defeat at former club Tottenham. Just 11 months after leaving White Hart Lane for Toronto FC, the 32-year-old returned to his old stomping ground after completing a move to the north-east strugglers on the eve of this match. Defoe received a warm reception in north London but left frustrated, with Christian Eriksen’s late strike – his third in as many games against Sunderland – securing Spurs a 2-1 win in the dying minutes. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img Press Association Hoffman was one of just 12 players to record an under-par round on Thursday as many struggled with two-time major winner Martin Kaymer firing a 10-over-par 82. It was also a disappointing day for Graeme McDowell who was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an ankle injury. The Northern Irishman suffered the problem during practice on Wednesday and, although he managed to play his opening nine holes on Thursday, he pulled out of the tournament before setting his sights on getting fit for the Masters which begins on April 9. McDowell, tweeted: “Apologies to everyone at @valerotxopen for my withdrawal. Strained my lower left leg/ankle area practicing y/day and played with heavy strapping on it in the pro am and this morning. “With The Masters upcoming I decided that getting fit is imperative. Don’t like WDs. “The week here at @valerotxopen had everything I wanted. Great people and great course. Disappointed this has happened. Thanks to everyone.” Back out on the course, Hoffman took advantage of calmer winds in the afternoon to record five birdies and finish the day a shot clear of Australia’s Aaron Baddeley. The American picked up shots on the second, third, ninth, 11th and 17th to post the round of the day but the shot of the day undoubtedly belonged to the man a shot behind him. With the wind behind him on the 336-yard par-four 17th, Baddeley took on the green but missed left and had to go back to the tee after finding an unplayable lie. That presented the 34-year-old with no problem, though, as he holed what was his third shot to record an improbable birdie. Charley Hoffman carded a blemish free 67 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Valero Texas Open on a day when the wind played havoc in San Antonio. That had put him in the lead at the time following birdies on the first, second, eighth and 15th and a single bogey on seven but Hoffman overhauled him. A birdie-birdie finish from Max Homa saw him move into third a further shot back as he overcame a poor start. The 24-year-old dropped shots at one and five but birdies at six and eight saw him reach the turn level and four birdies and a single bogey on the back nine catapulted him into contention. Phil Mickelson also had a birdie-birdie finish to get to two under alongside Ryan Palmer after a broken club had briefly contributed to him slipping over par on the back nine. The five-time major winner reached the turn one under after a bogey and two birdies and dropped a shot on 10 before putting his tee shot on 12 into a bunker. His club head then snapped off the shaft upon impact as he played his bunker shot and he dropped a further shot before birdies on 14, 17 and 18 saw him finish strongly. There was then a group of seven players at one under including Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson. last_img read more