‘Seal the deal’: Flick urges Bayern to secure title

first_imgBayern Munich coach Hansi Flick wants his side to “seal the deal” and wrap up an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title on Tuesday with victory at relegation-threatened Werder Bremen. Poland striker Robert Lewandowski needs one more Bundesliga goal to set a new personal best in a season Top scorer Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller, one shy of the record for assists in a single season, are both available again after missing Bayern’s 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach due to suspension. Victory at Bremen, where Bayern have won all 12 games over the last decade, will clinch a record-extending 30th league title, and the first leg of a potential treble in Flick’s debut season in charge. “We want to finish the job on Tuesday. That is our goal. We have an excellent run and want to continue our winning streak,” said Flick, who stepped in when Niko Kovac was sacked last November. “The target is to win again in Bremen. We want to just seal the deal.” Bayern have won their last 10 league games and another victory on Tuesday would leave them an unassailable 10 points clear before second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have three matches left, host strugglers Mainz on Wednesday. “It’s our plan to bring it (the trophy) back home,” said midfielder Leon Goretzka. Lewandowski, the league’s leading scorer with 30 goals this term, netted twice while Mueller, who is sitting on 20 assists, also got on the scoresheet when Bayern thrashed Bremen 6-1 when the sides met in December. Poland star Lewandowski has struck 45 goals in all competitions this campaign and needs one more to establish a new Bundesliga personal best, having also reached the 30-goal plateau in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Despite laboured displays in their last two games, including a 2-1 semi-final win over Frankfurt in the German Cup, Bayern have a legitimate shot at landing a second treble in seven years. First, Bayern, who are also well within reach of the Champions League quarter-finals, must take care of a Bremen side fighting for Bundesliga survival. Bremen have taken 10 points from a possible 18 recently, boosting their hopes with a 5-1 rout of bottom side Paderborn on Saturday, but head coach Florian Kohfeldt played down any talk of an upset. “There’s no reason to go into this with any kind of euphoria. We haven’t won anything yet and we’re still in a relegation zone,” said the 37-year-old Kohfeldt, who has lost all five games against Bayern. Player to watch: Andre Silva Loading… The Portugal international has struck a rich vein of form since the season’s resumption, with a return of six goals in seven appearances – more than any other player in the league. The 24-year-old striker is rebuilding his young career while on loan in Germany, after struggling with AC Milan following a big-money move from Porto in 2017. He has scored 10 times in 22 Bundesliga appearances with Eintracht, and came off the bench to net twice and grab an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Hertha Berlin. Key stats 17 – yellow cards received this season by Paderborn’s Klaus Gjasula, the most in a single Bundesliga campaign. 19 – longest winning run in the German top-flight, a record set by Bayern under Pep Guardiola in 2013-14. 106 – away wins in the Bundesliga this term, more than in any other previous year. Flick’s Bayern are bidding for an eighth straight Bundesliga title Read Also: Bundesliga outfit in talks with Liverpool over deal for Awoniyi Fixtures (all times 1830 GMT unless stated) Tuesday Borussia Moenchengladbach v Wolfsburg (1630), Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich, Freiburg v Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin v Paderborn Wednesday Eintracht Frankfurt v Schalke (1630), Borussia Dortmund v Mainz, RB Leipzig v Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bayer Leverkusen v Cologne, Augsburg v Hoffenheim FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Woods says will miss Masters, no timetable for return

first_imgBy Frank Pingue(REUTERS)-Tiger Woods will miss next week’s U.S. Masters due to his troublesome back and has no timetable for his return to competitive golf, the former world number one said on Friday.It will be only the third time Woods has missed the year’s first major since he first competed at Augusta National in 1995. The four-times champion did not play at the Masters in 2014 or 2016 and tied for 17th in 2015.“I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready,” Woods said in a statement on his website.“I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible.”The 14-times major winner said he would still be at Augusta National’s clubhouse on Tuesday for the annual Champions Dinner ahead of the April 6-9 Masters.Woods returned to the PGA Tour in January after a 17-month absence following back surgery but has not played a tournament since he pulled out of a European Tour event in Dubai because of a back spasm in early February.He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting rounds of 76 and 72 and shot an opening-round 77 a week later in Dubai.Now 41, Woods has not won a major title since he clinched the 14th of his career at the 2008 U.S. Open and his form has slumped dramatically as he has battled injury in recent years.This year’s Masters marks the 20th anniversary of Woods winning the first of his four Green Jackets at Augusta National. He also won the title in 2001, 2002 and 2005.last_img read more

Syracuse releases 2018 men’s lacrosse schedule; will face 8 ranked opponents

first_imgSyracuse men’s lacrosse released its 2019 schedule on Friday, featuring eight ranked opponents.No. 11 Syracuse, which won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title last year, starts the season Feb. 8 against Colgate in the Carrier Dome. Two more games against in-state opponents — No. 15 Albany and Army — round out the month of February.Conference play begins on Mar. 2 when No. 8 Virginia visits the Orange. Matchups against No. 9 John’s Hopkins and No. 12 Rutgers come before No. 2 Duke finishes out SU’s seven-game home stand to start the season.The Orange will be on the road in four of their last five, traveling to No. 6 Notre Dame, Hobart, No. 16 North Carolina and Navy. No. 5 Cornell visits SU in the middle of that stretch.Syracuse’s full schedule (conference games bold) can be found below.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColgate – Friday, Feb. 8No. 15 Albany – Saturday, Feb. 16Army – Sunday, Feb. 24No. 8 Virginia – Saturday, March 2No. 9 John’s Hopkins – Saturday, March 9No. 12 Rutgers – Saturday, March 16No. 2 Duke – Sunday, March 24at No. 6 Notre Dame – Saturday, March 30at Hobart – Tuesday, April 2No. 5 Cornell – Tuesday, April 9at No. 16 North Carolina – Saturday, April 13at Navy – Saturday, April 20 Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Commentslast_img read more