Hugo Lloris penalty heroics salvage a point for Tottenham in scrappy derby with Arsenal

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Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, who saved a late penalty to rescue a point against Arsenal at Wembley. (Reuters)
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Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) is fouled by Tottenham Hotspur's Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez, giving away a penalty that Aubameyang has saved during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. (AFP)
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Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (C) saves this penalty from Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R). (AFP)
Updated 02 March 2019
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Hugo Lloris penalty heroics salvage a point for Tottenham in scrappy derby with Arsenal

  • Tottenham’s recent downturn in form had raised concerns at the club
  • Arsenal led early on through Aaron Ramsey’s well-taken goal

LONDON: Hugo Lloris saved a last-minute penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Tottenham avoided a third straight defeat and claimed a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in Saturday’s north London derby.
Arsenal led early on through Aaron Ramsey’s well-taken goal, but Harry Kane’s contentious penalty 16 minutes from time ensured third-placed Spurs maintain a four-point lead over the Gunners in the fight for top-four finish.
Tottenham’s recent downturn in form had raised concerns at the club that they might slip out of the Champions League spots come the end of the season.
For star striker Kane, it was an important result to stop the run of bad results.
“For us it was important to stop the losing streak, at this point it might give us a little boost with a big game in the Champions League and then Southampton,” he said.
“It was another good derby, a passionate one, it had a bit of everything. In the first-half we were disappointed as we created a few chances but were not clinical enough.
“The second-half was just about fighting for the team and club and we did that and we got the goal we deserved. Towards the end of the game it went a bit crazy,” he added.
“(Mauricio) Pochettino wants us to go out there with passion and thankfully we did that.
“Two disappointing results in a week, this was the perfect game, a north London derby to show that passion and show fans we are ready to fight for the rest of the season,” he said.
The England captain was also pleased with his own performance in coming back so quickly after an injury.
“I feel good three tough games coming back, it’ll be good to get the freshness back.
Lloris’ save will have relieved some of the pressure mounting on Tottenham manager Pochettino to keep up with runaway duo Liverpool and Manchester City, and the Argentine — celebrating his 47th birthday — was relieved his goalkeeper stepped up to the task.
“Yes, Lloris’ save was a massive present. I am so happy because we didn’t deserve to lose the game — we were better than them so it would be a shame to lose the game in that way.
“I am happy with the performance, it was a tough game and difficult to play Arsenal but I am happy after two defeats to take a positive result to build confidence to go to Tuesday and Borussia Dortmund and go through to the next stage of the Champions League,” he said.
“The character that we showed was great to come back and the way we played maybe wasn’t great but we showed great character and sustained effort during the 90 minutes. Tottenham were better than Arsenal in the different aspects.
Unlike his outburst at Burnley last weekend, Pochettino offered a balanced assessment of a number of contentious refereeing decisions.
“In football there are different circumstances, sometimes you deserve and you don’t get and sometimes you get when you don’t deserve. 
“The most important was mentality. It is a good result to keep the gap and look forward in good condition against Dortmund.”
And his Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery also appreciated how difficult the job of referees can be.
“One month ago I said to everybody VAR is moving forward, it is difficult for referees. 
“You can analyze with a TV and it is easy, but referees can’t use that now.
“Maybe today’s match is different with that, but I understand it is difficult. The referee (Anthony Taylor) is a big personality — it is not easy to balance the two teams but I like this referee.”


Warriors beat Trail Blazers in overtime to reach NBA Finals

Updated 21 May 2019
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Warriors beat Trail Blazers in overtime to reach NBA Finals

  • The two-time defending NBA champions reach the title series for a fifth consecutive season
  • The only other team to reach five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics

LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both posted triple-doubles to power the Golden State Warriors to a 119-117 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and into a fifth straight NBA Finals.
The two-time defending NBA champions reached the title series for a fifth consecutive season with the triumph in Portland, sweeping the Blazers in four games in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
The only other team to reach five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics, when they went to a record 10 in a row from 1957 to 1966.
The Warriors will battle for the title starting on May 30 against either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors, aiming to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000, 2001 and 2002 to three-peat as champions.
Curry and Green became the first teammates in league history to have triple-doubles in the same post-season game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Curry finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while Green had his second straight triple-double — posting double digits in three key statistical categories — with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Fittingly, Curry and Green combined on the game-winning basket in overtime, Curry feeding Green for a three-pointer that pushed Golden State to a 119-115 lead with 39.6 seconds left in overtime.
The Trail Blazers had led 69-65 at halftime, and built the lead to 17 in the third quarter.
But Golden State, playing without injured superstar Kevin Durant as well as DeMarcus Cousins and veteran Andre Iguodala, chipped away, scoring the last nine points of the third period to close within 95-87 and knotting the score at 104-104 on Curry’s layup with 4:34 left in regulation.
Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but Curry traveled before draining a three-pointer that didn’t count and Lillard was unable to get through in traffic as time expired with the score tied 111-111.
Portland star Lillard, playing with painful separated ribs, finished with 28 points while unheralded Meyers Leonard led the Trail Blazers with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
CJ McCollum added 26 for the Trail Blazers, but it wasn’t enough for a team that had fended off elimination twice in their second-round series against the Denver Nuggets.