Press Association With Munster’s scrum now really getting on top – Wiehahn Herbst had been taken off on 51 minutes – it was only a matter of time before points would come and Keatley duly delivered his fifth penalty on the hour. Again Ulster looked to Bowe to ignite them and he scythed through a lineout only to throw a pass back inside which was never near Chris Henry. Then just before the final 10 minutes, Paul Marshall – brought on and put on the wing for the injured Peter Nelson – took Earls out in the air, with Keatley’s strike taking Munster’s lead to 18-13. Jackson cut this to two points after Munster strayed offside and then there was another dramatic break from Bowe which ended up with Dan Tuohy kicking away the ball with Ulster getting advantage from a knock-on. But then the play was called back and after consulting with the TMO, Henderson was shown red for his smash on O’Mahony. From there, Munster turned the screw with Earls scoring in the right corner after a lineout maul though Keatley’s conversion sailed wide. But there was more drama with Paul Marshall scoring in the left corner in the final minute with Jackson’s superb conversion drawing the sides level. Tries at the end of either half – the first a cracker from Tommy Bowe and Paul Marshall bagging the second – got Ulster back into a game which looked to be slipping away from them while Munster managed six penalties from Ian Keatley and a try from Keith Earls. Ulster turned a 9-0 deficit round into a 10-9 lead right at the end of the first half through Bowe’s dramatic try and then battled back from 23-16 and Henderson’s red card to snatch the draw. Keatley opened Munster’s account after five minutes with a penalty after making a strong opening though they lost flanker Tommy O’Donnell to injury. Keatley then made it 6-0 on the half hour after Ulster’s scrum was penalised and that quickly became 9-0 after Henderson strayed offside at a ruck. But with just two minutes left in the half, Ulster responded in dramatic fashion. Jackson kicked a 38th minute penalty after Munster’s scrum was penalised and then, out of nothing, Bowe scored a scintillating try in the final minute of the half. After Rory Best had secured a high ball, Ulster moved it wide and a deft pass from Henderson worked Bowe into space. The Ireland and Lions winger dodged and swerved his way past several defenders to dramatically dive over the line and Jackson’s conversion gave Ulster a 10-9 lead. That quickly became 13-9 three minutes after the restart when Jackson kicked his second penalty but the visitors hit back 13 minutes in with Keatley’s fourth penalty from right under the sticks cutting Ulster’s lead to a point. The game also saw Ulster’s Iain Henderson red-carded late in the second half for leading with his head when hitting Ronan O’Mahony at a ruck, forcing the home side to finish the game with 14-men. Ulster’s hopes of hosting a semi-final now also look to be somewhat unlikely as they not only have to win at Glasgow next week but also have to hope that Munster and the Ospreys fail to taste victory. A superb last minute conversion from Paddy Jackson ensured that the spoils were shared at the Kingspan Stadium as Ulster drew 23-23 with Munster to set up a dramatic clash next weekend to decide who will host the Guinness PRO12 semi-finals.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Clippers were angry and frustrated after their sixth consecutive defeat, a 109-105 loss Monday to the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Anger can be a powerful but useful emotion in lifting a team from a slump. Frustration can be a negative emotion, creating self-doubt.A season that started with such promise hasn’t reached a breaking point yet, but the Clippers’ lackluster record is a cause for concern. The Clippers (5-8) won their first four games and were 5-2 and atop the Western Conference standings when things suddenly starting going haywire.“Every loss concerns me,” Doc Rivers said. “I like our team. We just have to get right, but I want us to win while we’re not right, and right now we’re not. … I like the positives, which are how hard we’re playing. The negatives are that we ‘re still losing games and we have to be better.”Guarding against frustration is part of getting better, according to the Clippers’ coach. “Oh, absolutely,” he said of combating negative emotions. “You’ve got to get them to see that this is an 82-game season. You win three in a row and you’re back to .500. That’s all it takes. You’ve just got to hang in there. It’s a long season. That’s how we have to think.”Austin Rivers, the coach’s son, agreed. This is no time to panic. Or to pout.“I hope this is one of those things that makes us stronger by the end of the season,” he said in a lengthy state-of-the-team assessment. “It’s easy to do well when everything is going well. When you win five or six in a row, your confidence is sky high and you feel like you’re invincible.“It’s easy to play well when the team is playing well and everyone is doing well.”Injuries have played a significant role in the Clippers’ longest losing streak since a six-game skid in December 2016. Patrick Beverley (knee), Danilo Gallinari (glute) and Milos Teodosic (foot) aren’t expected to play in the Clippers’ game Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They represent three-fifths of the Clippers’ starting lineup on opening night. Recent opponents have been successful in focusing their defensive attention on Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams in the absence of Beverley, Gallinari and Teodosic.Offensively, the Clippers have become predictable. Williams scored 31 points Monday, and Griffin added 29, but no one else had more than 11. Williams made 9 of 19 shots and Griffin sank 10 of 25, which meant two players accounted for more than half of the Clippers’ 82 field-goal attempts.The Clippers also miss Beverley’s tenacious defense, but there’s been an overall lack of sustained pressure during their six-game losing streak. They gave up 100.1 points while starting the season 5-2, but have surrendered 112.8 during their skid.“You can’t second-guess what we’ve got going here,” Austin Rivers said. “It works. We’re a good team. We’re going to be a playoff team. I have no doubt in my mind we will. I still think we’ll be the fourth or fifth seed (in the Western Conference).“We’ve just got to get one and keep it rolling. I think we’re going to be rolling off seven, eight in a row soon and we’ll be talking about a winning streak. You’ve got to have that mindset, otherwise we’re just playing for nothing. We need this one win to get our team spirit back up.”
The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically advance to the knockout stage where 16 teams will compete for the title in a bracket style. The four third-place teams to accumulate the most points will also move on to the round of 16. We track the standings, schedule and results here:Group A standings, schedule, resultsTeamGames PlayedWins-Draws-LossesGoal DifferencePointsFrance33-0-069Norway32-0-136Nigeria31-0-2-23South Korea30-0-3-70Friday, June 7France 4, South Korea 0Saturday, June 8Norway 3, Nigeria 0Wednesday, June 12Nigeria 2, South Korea 0France 2, Norway 1Monday, June 17France 1, Nigeria 0Norway 2, South Korea 1Group B standings, schedule, resultsTeamGames PlayedWins-Draws-LossesGoal DifferencePointsGermany33-0-069Spain31-1-114China31-1-104South Africa30-0-3-70Saturday, June 8Germany 1, China 0Spain 3, South Africa 1Wednesday, June 12Germany 1, Spain 0Thursday, June 13China 1, South Africa 0Monday, June 17Germany 4, South Africa 0China 0, Spain 0Group C standings, schedule, resultsTeamGames PlayedWins-Draws-LossesGoal DifferencePointsItaly32-0-156Australia32-0-136Brazil32-0-136Jamaica30-0-3-110Sunday, June 9Italy 2, Australia 1Brazil 3, Jamaica 0Thursday, June 13Australia 3, Brazil 2Friday, June 14Italy 5, Jamaica 0Tuesday, June 18Brazil 1, Italy 0Australia 4, Jamaica 1Group D standings, schedule, resultsTeamGames PlayedWins-Draws-LossesGoal DifferencePointsEngland33-0-049Japan31-1-1-14Argentina30-2-1-12Scotland30-1-2-21Sunday, June 9England 2, Scotland 1Monday, June 10Argentina 0, Japan 0Friday, June 14Japan 2, Scotland 1England 1, Argentina 0Wednesday, June 19Japan 2, England 0Scotland 3, Argentina 3Group E standings, schedule, resultsTeamGames PlayedWins-Draws-LossesGoal DifferencePointsNetherlands33-0-049Canada32-0-126Cameroon31-0-2-23New Zealand30-0-3-40Monday, June 10Canada 1, Cameroon 0Tuesday, June 11Netherlands 1, New Zealand 0Saturday, June 15Netherlands 3, Cameroon 1Canada 2, New Zealand 0Thursday, June 20Netherlands 2, Canada 1 Cameroon 2, New Zealand 1 The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is expected to be the most competitive tournament the event has seen up until this point. The group stage began June 7, and will run through Thursday, June 20, bringing excitement from all parts of the world as 24 nations fight for the title. Group F standings, schedule, resultsTeamGames Played Wins-Draws-Losses Goal Difference Points United States33-0-0189Sweden32-0-146Chile31-0-2-33Thailand30-0-3-190Tuesday, June 11Sweden 2, Chile 0United States 13, Thailand 0Sunday, June 16Sweden 5, Thailand 1United States 3, Chile 0Thursday, June 20United States 2, Sweden 0Chile 2, Thailand 0
MIDFIELD: Diego Maradona (Argentina)To some, the best player ever; Pele is the only rival Maradona has for that title. The Argentina legend was ‘El Pipe de Oro (the Golden Boy)’. He dragged Napoli to numerous honours during his time in Italy, and turned a good Argentina side into World Cup winners in 1986. He played at three other finals tournaments – helping his country to the final in 1990 – and was the first player to set the world transfer record twice. In total, Maradona played 91 times for Argentina and scored 34 goals. Two of those goals – perhaps the two most famous – came against England at Mexico ’86; he beat Peter Shilton with the ‘Hand of God’ to hand Argentina the lead, then scored the ‘Goal of the Century’ just four minutes later. 12 12 The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so talkSPORT.com are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 1990 edition; won by West Germany in Italy. Italia 90 is a tournament with a cult legacy, despite the largely dreadful football on display and the dirty approach to the game shown by a number of teams. In fact, the average goals per game of 2.21 is a record low that still stands, and the 16 red cards shown was the highest of any previous World Cup finals.Nonetheless, there were highlights: England had a team fans could be proud of; Toto Schillaci came from obscurity to finish the tournament as top scorer and best player; and Roger Milla showed off his fine goalscoring skills and his even better talent on the dancefloor.Schillaci was the star player in Italy, but who else performed to the best of their abilities during the finals? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below 1990 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: ItalyChampions: West GermanyRunners-up: ArgentinaThird place: ItalyFourth place: EnglandTop scorer: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy) – 6 goalsBest Player: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)Best Young Player: Roberto Prosinecki (Yugoslavia) 12 GOALKEEPER: Sergio Goycochea (Argentina)Goycochea’s story is a fascinating one – he started the tournament as the reserve goalkeeper to Nery Pumpido and barely started, even for his club. When Pumpido was injured in Argentina’s second group game against the Soviet Union, Goycochea got his big break. He was the hero in the quarter-final and semi-final penalty shootout victories against Yugoslavia and Italy, making a name for himself as a penalty-saving specialist. Ironically, it was a spot-kick that condemned Argentina to defeat in the final against Germany, and he so-nearly saved that one as well. 1990 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM 12 DEFENCE: Franco Baresi (Italy)One of the greatest defenders of all time, surely? He ranked 19th in World Soccer magazine’s 100 greatest players of the 20th century. With Milan, where he spent all 20 years of his glorious career, he won three Champions Leagues and six Serie A’s. He also has a World Cup winners medal – from 1982 (even though he didn’t play a single game). Italia ’90 was where he really made a name for himself. His performances, much like Maldini’s, have come to characterise an entire brand of defending. Baresi formed one of the most formidable defences of all time, both with the Azzurri and Milan. He had it all, despite only being 5ft 7in. MIDFIELD: Dragan Stojkovic (Yugoslavia)Widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. The highlight of a career blighted by chronic injuries was undoubtedly Italia ’90. He carried Yugoslavia to the quarter-finals after scoring both goals in their 2-1 victory over Spain in the last-16. But he was one of three Yugoslavs to miss in the penalty shootout defeat to World Champions Argentina in the quarter-final. Nonetheless, a worthy member of the World Cup All-Star Team. 12 12 12 MIDFIELD: Paul Gascoigne (England)Gazza’s tears – written in English folk law as one of the most iconic World Cup moments. The funny thing is, they ended up being for nothing. Having already recieved a booking in England’s 1-0 victory over Belgium in the second round, Gascoigne saw yellow in the infamous semi-final against West Germany, meaning he would miss the final if England got there. He instantly became a national treasure. But crying doesn’t get you in the World Cup All-Star Team, and it’s worth remembering that Gazza was exceptional in Italy. On his day, one of the best this country has ever produced. 12 DEFENCE: Paolo Maldini (Italy)The legendary Italian holds the record for most minutes played in World Cup matches with 2,216, and this is where it all began. Making his World Cup debut, then-21-year-old Maldini appeared in all seven Italy matches, starring in a defence that kept a World Cup-record five consecutive clean sheets. Argentina were the team to eventually bring 518 goalless minutes to an end by equalising in the semi-final. FORWARD: Jurgen Klinsmann (West Germany)Klinsmann scored in all six major tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988 to the 1998 World Cup, and 1990 saw one of the most complete performances from any striker at a World Cup. In the last-16, West Germany were staring elimination in the face after Rudi Voller was sent off in the 22nd minute against the Netherlands. Klinsmann was forced to play as a lone striker, but delivered an incredible performance in which he occupied the entire Dutch defence and scored the opening goal. But many remember him for what was percieved to be a dive in the final, which saw Argentina’s Pedro Monzon sent off. FORWARD: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)The surprise star of Italia ’90. He came on as a substitute in Italy’s first two games and went on to score six goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball as the best player ahead of Matthaus and Maradona. Schillaci put the hosts in front in their semi-final against Argentina, but when the game went to penalties, he controversially refused to take one as his team were eliminated. 12 12 DEFENCE: Andreas Brehme (West Germany)The only man ever to score penalties with both feet at a World Cup. And one of them was the decisive goal in the 1990 World Cup final – which he took with his right foot. Four years earlier, he scored in the victorious penalty shootout against Mexico in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final with his left foot. England fans will not have fond memories of Brehme, the man who scored that jammy deflected free-kick in the 1990 semi-final and (obviously) made no mistake in the ensuing shootout. 12 12 MIDFIELD: Lothar Matthaus (West Germany)Diego Maradona described him as his greatest ever rival, which makes Matthaus pretty special. He was at the peak of his powers in 1990, winning the Ballon D’Or. The box-to-box midfielder is the most capped German player of all time and also holds the record for the most World Cup matches played (25). He captained West Germany to victory against Maradona’s Argentina in the final, avenging the 1986 defeat, and immortalised himself by lifting the trophy shortly before German reunification months later. FORWARD: Roger Milla (Cameroon)Mila’s rise to stardom came late. At 38 years old, he became one of the first major African stars on the international stage by guiding Cameroon to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals. He scored four goals as his nation became the first African team to reach that stage of the competition. Most importantly, he popularised the celebration in which he danced around the corner flag, which has lived on ever since. Four years later, he would become the oldest ever goalscorer at the World Cup, by scoring against Russia as a 42-year-old.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.