Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Feb 2019 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement Manchester City beat Everton on Wednesday to replace Liverpool as Premier League leaders (Picture: Getty)Manchester City have returned to the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.Aymeric Laporte’s first-half header and Gabriel Jesus’ late goal wrapped up the victory on Merseyside to send City back to the top of the table, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.The defending champions were seven points adrift of top-spot last month but have cut into the deficit in recent weeks, with Liverpool drawing their last two games.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have a game in hand, can reestablish their position as Premier League leaders on Saturday when Bournemouth travel to Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCity proved too strong for Unai Emery’s Arsenal at the weekend and also made a bright start at Goodison Park, dominating possession and creating a number of chances.They had to wait until the stroke of half-time to take the lead, however, with defender Laporte meeting David Silva’s free-kick and heading past Jordan Pickford.Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling both wasted openings to extend City’s lead after the break but Jesus sealed victory in stoppage time.Pep Guardiola has now won all five of his Premier League meetings with Everton boss Marco Silva, while the Toffees have won just one of their 12 fixtures against City. Comment Gabriel Jesus put the game to bed in stoppage time (Picture: Getty)Speaking after the 2-0 win, Brazilian star Jesus said: ‘For me it is amazing, not just the goal but because the team played very well.‘We came to win the game and to work hard, we know that when teams come here it’s so difficult. They have a lot of amazing players and an amazing manager.‘Everyone won the game. We know that it is going to be difficult. We want to play well in every game and at the end of the season we want the title.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Manchester City go top with Everton victory to pile pressure on faltering Liverpool
Eight minutes.That’s all it could take to dash the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball season. That’s all the time needed to prevent the eighth-seeded Badgers, playing in the East Region of the 2017 NCAA tournament, from reaching their sixth Sweet 16 in seven seasons or third Final Four in four years.Or from reaching the second round at all.After all, it was an eight-minute scoreless stretch, spanning 10 possessions, that doomed UW in their Big Ten Tournament final loss to Michigan Sunday. Time and again this season, senior forward Nigel Hayes has lamented at the fact Wisconsin (25-9, 12-6 Big Ten) can play formidable basketball for a period of time, and then go AWOL.“We needed to have a better start to the second half,” UW head coach Greg Gard said at a news conference Monday. “Specifically offensively. That’s where we got ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of.”Men’s basketball: Free throw woes an added problem come tournament timeFree throw shooting has been anything but free for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team this season. The two Read…Now, the consequences of falling into such a hole are drastic: It could cause the end of Hayes’ and the team’s three other seniors’ season earlier than anticipated, beginning with UW’s first-round matchup with No. 9 Virginia Tech (22-10, 10-8 ACC) Thursday.It’s a quick turnaround for UW, which arrived in Buffalo Tuesday, but the late tip will give them that much more time to rest. Virginia Tech poses a challenge, Gard said, like any other team would come tournament time.“The average-to-poor teams are on spring break,” Gard said. “Any opponent you’re gonna see, regardless of when you see them, where you see them, what seeds everybody is, it really doesn’t matter. Because the only ones that are left are the ones that have had really good years.”Many projections had the Badgers seeded higher than the eventual eight-seed dealt their way. To boot, if UW defeats Virginia Tech, top-ranked Villanova almost certainly awaits them in a second round matchup that would be played Saturday.Gard said the seeding situation is always complicated and deflected over possible dismay of the perception the committee under-ranked his team.“Playing in March is a privilege,” Gard said. “It’s not a right. It’s not something that automatically happens. You have to work your way there. Then once you get there, you gotta understand it is what is, and you better get ready to play, because any opponent doesn’t care what your feelings are about where you were seeded or where you felt you should be seeded.”But before UW can even think about pulling off an upset over the Wildcats, it must first take care of business against Virginia Tech, which won six of its final nine regular season games before advancing to the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.Teams that can push the ball and shoot well — think Michigan — have bothered Wisconsin all season long, especially of late. Virginia Tech does both of these things well. Tech’s adjusted tempo on kenpom.com ranks just 157th, but Tech have used their transition game to beat teams like Virginia, a team whose style of play compares to UW.The Hokies’ offense features four players who average double digits, and that’s minus Chris Clarke, who suffered a torn ACL on Feb. 12 and previously contributed 11.4 points per game.Men’s basketball: Bo Ryan inducted into National Basketball Hall of FameFormer University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan was named an inductee into the National Basketball Hall of Read…Zach LeDay is the team’s leading scorer (16.3 ppg) and rebounder (7.4 rpg). Seth Allen shoots better than 45 percent from the three and pours in 13.4 ppg, while Ahmed Hill (11.6 ppg) and Justin Robinson (10.3 ppg) also help on the scoring front.While Wisconsin boasts the ninth-best scoring defense in the country (61.4 ppg), it ranks 307th in the nation against the 3-pointer — opponents make 37.7 attempts from beyond the arc against UW. That also does not bode well in this matchup, as Virginia Tech shoots 40.3 percent from 3-point range.At the helm of the Virginia Tech program is no stranger to the Badgers or the state of Wisconsin: Buzz Williams. Now in his third year coaching the Hokies, Williams led Marquette from 2008-14 and now has the Hokies dancing for the first time in 10 years.Gard, when asked about Williams, was complimentary of his counterpart’s work ethic, noting the two have a similar story in rising through the coaching ranks, but downplayed the advantages of scouting his teams for years.“It’ll be more about how we play, versus any type of matchup,” Gard said. “They’re a little smaller in terms of across the front line, but they do different things to compensate for that.”Virginia Tech struggles on the glass, as its minus-2.1 rebounding margin ranks 267th in the nation. Meanwhile, the Badgers’ plus-6.3 rebounding margin is 21st.Women’s basketball: Rebuilding effort continues as Tsipis enters first offseason with teamThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team suffered through another losing season, making it their fifth straight losing season and Read…Of course, this UW team has mounds of experience playing playoff basketball, especially compared to the Hokies. Hayes leads all current active players with 131 points over the last three tournaments. Bronson Koenig’s 115 points ranks fifth. The Badgers will also get sophomore reserve Khalil Iverson back. He has rejoined the team after missing the final two games of the tournament to return home to Ohio because of a death in the family.Game Information, Tip-TimeWho: No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia TechWhat: East Region first roundWhen: Thursday, March 16 at 8:40 p.m. CTWhere: Buffalo, New York, KeyBank Center (19,200)TV: CBS (Verne Lunquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)National Radio: Westwood One (Scott Graham, Donny Marshall)Local Radio: Badger Sports Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)All-time series: Wisconsin defeated Virginia Tech 74-72 during the team’s only meeting, which came on Dec. 1, 2008.