Sometimes, the football does not seem to matter and when Bafétimbi Gomis collapsed to the turf in the sixth minute here at White Hart Lane, the sense of dread was tangible. Three years on from Fabrice Muamba, it felt as though it was all happening again. For five minutes, the doctors worked on another fit, young but stricken professional footballer.
Mercifully, it was not the same as the infamous Muamba incident, when the then Bolton Wanderers player dropped down with a heart attack and cheated death. After what felt like an age, Gomis could be seen with his eyes open and moving his head.
It was a scruffy performance at times, with Vincent Kompany removed from the team, an undistinguished first start for Wilfried Bony and the clear sense that something is still not right. Yet, for Manchester City, any win will do at the moment. This was only their fifth in a dozen matches since the turn of the year and it was unusual to see them make such hard work of it against the team propping up the rest of the Premier League.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team had to withstand some anxious moments before the substitute James Milner soothed any lingering nerves with his 88th-minute goal. David Silva had opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time and Leicester’s goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, was kept busy enough to demonstrate why he is still playing at this level at the age of 42. Yet that tells only part of the story on a night when Kompany was demoted because of his deterioration in form and Leicester had justifiable complaints they had been on the wrong end of some crucial refereeing errors. Once again, it was a night for students of refereeing demonology to fill their little black books.
Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd of 9,673 as he stepped into the batter’s box for his first game following a one-year drug suspension, Rodriguez was wearing the Yankees’ white uniform with pinstripes for the team’s exhibition season home opener rather than the usual dark blue jersey used in exhibition games. Batting second as New York’s designated hitter, he swung past a pair of 91 mph pitches from Philadelphia’s Kevin Slowey in the first inning. ”It’s probably the first spring training game in a long time that he’s been a little anxious,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Danny Swanson’s 25-yard strike gives St Johnstone all three points and ends Celtic’s 11-game unbeaten domestic run.
Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison departed Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game with what the club described as “discomfort” in his left ankle.
Veteran shortstop preparing for the season ahead with a new double-play partner
• Nine Jamaica youngsters involved in accident on Friday
• Players boarded lift on third floor, which then plummeted
• Official: ‘One player mentioned it was like a heart attack’
Nine Jamaica Under-17 players were involved in a freak lift accident at the team’s hotel in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which left several needing treatment.
The players, in Honduras for the Concacaf Under-17 Championship, reportedly entered the lift on the third floor of the Hilton Princess Hotel. The lift then plummeted down to the car park on the ground floor, with players having to crawl out of the wreckage.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho guarantees John Terry’s contract extension. Terry is out of a contract until 1 July 2015 as Chelsea policy dictates that players over the age of 30 are offered only 12-month deals. Mourinho believes the centre-half will extend his stay into an 18th season and beyond. The manager also looks ahead to Chelsea’s match against West Ham United on Wednesday at Upton Park Continue reading…
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Australia record the highest Cricket World Cup score in history, posting 417-6 in their match against Afghanistan.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet describes the day on which his player Adam Johnson was arrested as one of his toughest.
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Kansas rallies, wins Big 12; missed FTs kill WVU
No. 1 Kentucky overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to keep its perfect season intact and beat Georgia 72-64 on Tuesday.
As Kentucky exhaled after its first close call in a while, a Wildcats fan held up a sign that said it all: ”UK. Facing the largest second-half deficit of its so-far perfect season, No. 1 Kentucky clamped down defensively, ripped off a 14-0 run and put away pesky Georgia 72-64 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten heading into the regular-season finale. ”You have kids here who have a will to win, they believe they’re going to win, and they made the plays they needed to make,” coach John Calipari said. They were really challenged in this one by Georgia (19-10, 10-7), which had the sellout crowd roaring when Yante Maten tipped in a miss of his own shot on the second attempt to put the Bulldogs up 56-47 with just over 9 minutes remaining.
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