Isaiah Thomas rallies Lakers past Nuggets

first_imgAfter Chandler’s 3 got the Nuggets within three with 2:38 remaining, Randle responded with a layup off a pass from Lonzo Ball. Thomas scored again and Randle had a big dunk to extend the lead to 108-99 with 1:09 left.DROPPING THE BALLBall had nine rebounds and a game-high eight assists, but finished with just five points on 2-for-11 shooting. He was 1 for 7 from 3-point range.It was Ball’s second consecutive poor shooting performance. He shot 2 of 11 against the Cavaliers, and made only one of his six 3-point attempts.BAD BLOODThe Staples Center crowd booed Murray when he was introduced at the start of the game and every time he touched the ball. The crowd engaged in an anti-Murray chant late in the night.The Lakers had run-ins with Murray in the previous two games they played in Denver. Back in December, Murray dribbled around Ball as time expired. On Friday, Walton had words for Murray after he displayed what the coach called “disrespectful” behavior.Malone said before the game he told the team to not get caught up in any “nonsense” or “shenanigans.”“If we’re worried about what’s gonna happen tonight, then we’re not focusing on the task at hand,” Malone said. “We have a job to do. Regardless of what their motivation is tonight, we have a job to do. We can’t let them deter us from that.”TIP-INSNuggets: Tied the Lakers at 44 in points in the paint. … Nikola Jokic added 15 points, nine rebound and five assists.Lakers: Brook Lopez and Randle scored the first 19 points for the Lakers. Lopez finished with 17. … Kuzma made five of Los Angeles’ 15 3-pointers.UP NEXTNuggets: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “He showed a lot of toughness,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He sprained the ankle and kept telling me, ‘Coach, I’m ready to go, I’m ready to go.’ I put him back eventually and he helped us close out that game.”Wilson Chandler had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which beat Los Angeles 125-116 on Friday night. Jamal Murray finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.Chandler’s layup with 2:21 left in the third gave Denver an 80-67 lead, but the Nuggets couldn’t hold on.“I thought we had some guys out there in that end of the third quarter that were not ready to play,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. “That hurt us to close that quarter in a big way.”Thomas’ 3-pointer trimmed Denver’s advantage to 84-83 with 9:45 to go. Thomas made two free throws with 8:24 remaining, sparking a key 9-0 run for Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIEScenter_img Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, right, attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers dropped their previous two games against the Denver Nuggets.This time, they closed with a flourish.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Lakers: At the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in the second night of a back-to-back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arwind Santos summoned by PBA over Ginebra ‘shadows’ remark Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied to beat the Nuggets 112-103 on Tuesday night.“It was a tough, physical game and we were the tougher team,” Thomas said. “We definitely took that from them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJulius Randle and Kyle Kuzma each had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 13. Kuzma had only two points in the first half.Kuzma sprained his right ankle in the final seconds of the third quarter and left the game to get it re-taped. But he returned in time to help the Lakers to their third win in four games, including a 127-113 victory over LeBron James and Cleveland on Sunday night.last_img read more

Mavericks get center Chinanu Onuaku in trade with Rockets

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The 6-foot-10 Onuaku was a second-round pick by the Rockets two years ago and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in six career games. The Maryland native played two years at Louisville before turning pro.Leunen goes back to the Rockets 10 years after they drafted him in the second round out of Oregon. The native of Washington state has been playing professionally in Turkey, Italy and Germany. Dallas got Leunen from the Clippers last month as part of a deal that sent forward Johnathan Motley to Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal WWE’s Kane elected Tennessee mayor ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Chinanu Onuaku from the Houston Rockets for the rights to forward Maarty Leunen.The Mavericks also get cash in the trade announced Thursday along with the right to send Houston the 2020 second-round pick they obtained from Golden State in 2016.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

“My Name Is Not on MoD’s Arrest Warrant”

first_img– Advertisement – — Former Deputy Defense Minister for Operations Larbele sets record straightSt. Jerome Larbele, former Deputy Defense Minister for Operations, on Monday, October 14, denied that his name has never been mentioned in any court record and that, at no time did his name appear as one of those former ministers that the Criminal Court ‘C’ issued an arrest warrant or an indictment against.“My name is not in the writ, because it contains names of the former Minister of Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., the deputy for Administration, Joseph F. Johnson and the Comptroller Nyumah Dorkor, though it said “there are others to be identified.”Larbele’s clarification comes following a front page story published in the Monday, October 14, 2019 edition of the Daily Observer under headline: “Arrest Warrant Out for Ex-Defense Minister and his two Deputies.”In that story, based on leaked information from a source at the Temple of Justice, the newspaper named Larbele as one of those former officials of the ministry, which the government of Liberia alleges has misapplied some US$1.147 million from the welfare and supplementary pension benefits fund of officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), while they served at the ministry during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Meanwhile, the court document in the possession of this newspaper also did not mention Larbele name as one of those the government had indicted over the alleged disappearance of the AFL pension funds.Rather, the document named those implicated as former Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., the deputy minister for administration, Joseph F. Johnson and  Nyumah Dorkor, comptroller.Mr. Larbele, said he was taken aback by the newspaper’s publication, “because my position as deputy minister for operations, does not have anything to do with finances.”He added, “I ran operations, which has nothing to do with money, nothing whatsoever. This is a surprise that the newspaper will include my name in the story as one of those people indicted for the alleged missing soldiers’ money.”Mr. Larbele maintained that he has nothing to do with the money and that he was also not aware of the money in question, which he believes was meant for the soldiers’ welfare.It can be recalled that the Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice  on Friday, October 11, 2019, issued an arrest warrant for two former ministers and a comptroller from the Ministry of National Defense, including the former minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr.  Joseph F. Johnson and Nyumah Dorkor on claims of misapplying some US$1.147 million from the welfare and supplementary pension benefits fund of officers of the AFL, while they served in at the ministry during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Dorkor served as comptroller, while Johnson was the deputy Minister for Administration.Samukai, together with Dorkor and Johnson, were on Friday formally indicted (charged) with multiple crimes, ranging from money laundering, economic sabotage, criminal facilitation and criminal conspiracy.Though the Liberian government in August 2009 recommended that the appropriate and right thing to do in the AFL money saga was restitution or refund the full amount of US$1,147,656.35 that was expended on the AFL for the past several years.“This refund shall be immediately provided in the next budgetary appropriation to the AFL by the government, not an individual minister or its designate(s),” the recommendation then said.In August 2009, the ministry established a contributory savings involving deduction from all ranks of the AFL for their welfare and supplementary pension benefit after their years of honorable service.As of October 2017, the amount of US$2,062,160.14 (including accrued interest), were collected and deposited into that account at Ecobank. And, it was established that about US$1,147,656.35 was spent on the AFL, and the balance in the account was US$688,964.96 as of November 8, 2017.At the conclusion of the investigation, the board, among others, said that the ministry did not establish guidelines, nor a clear policy on the utilization of this welfare account, and that it did not provide timely information to personnel of the AFL on the operations and utilization of said account.The findings also said that the ministry authorized the expenditure of funds from this account on soldiers’ welfare without the requisite consent of the AFL High Command. That all monies spent on military personnel welfare should have been handled by and through the government normal budgetary appropriation, and not from the welfare of the soldiers, and that the ministry should not have used the funds for the benefit of the soldiers without requisite budgetary appropriation.It continues, “Documents revealed that expenditure made from this welfare account were for the benefits of AFL personnel and their families, but should have never been done so.”However, the findings noted that the ministry is responsible for procedural lapses in the management, expenditure and utilization of said funds, but no mention of misappropriation.Consequently, the report maintained that the government has determined that it is appropriate, and the right thing to do is restitution or refund the full amount of US$1,147,656.35 that was expended on the AFL for the past several years. “This refund shall be immediately provided in the next budgetary appropriation to the AFL by the government.”Henceforth, the AFL shall manage all of its accounts by itself, including welfare account, through their chain of command without any hindrance, nor interference from authorities of the ministry, according to the findings.It went on, “There shall be no further withdrawal from this account until such time when a clear and concise policy is put into place that will articulate the management, procedure, criteria and authorization for the usage and expenditure of monies from the AFL and welfare account.Also, there shall be no further deduction from the morale and welfare account,” adding, “The ministry shall not utilize any funds appropriated for or belonging to the AFL for any purpose absolutely whatsoever.”Contrary to the findings and recommendations, the AIRReT through Solicitor General, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, openly disclosed that there was an initial indictment for the immediate former Minister of Defense, Brownie Samukai, as it relates to the usage of the AFL funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Larbele: “I’ve nothing to do with they money, but I ‘m aware that the money (maybe) in question, was for the soldiers’ welfare.”last_img read more

2 in custody for NA home invasion

first_imgThe two suspects wanted in connection with the robbery committed on an Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice home on Wednesday last are now in Police custody.Reports are three men armed with knives invaded the Mohabir family’s premises in the wee hours of Wednesday last while Jimmy Mohabir was asleep.Guyana Times understands that Mohabir was awakened by the noise and confronted one of the bandits who were at the time ransacking the house.A scuffle ensued between Mohabir and the bandit, who managed to cut Mohabir to his face in his effort to escape.However, Mohabir raised an alarm, which caused the bandits to immediately flee the scene.The perpetrator who had been fighting with Mohabir was subsequently detained by public-spirited persons, who rushed to their neighbour’s assistance.That bandit, McDonald Gobin, 39, a labourer of Angoy’s Avenue, has since been charged with the offence and remanded to prison.Following the incident, it was revealed that three gold chains and four gold bangles valued at $700,000 in addition to $350,000 in cash had been stolen.Police were able to apprehend the two other suspects, who are both expected to be charged shortly.last_img read more

Flyers in do or die mode in Coy Cup showdown

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are down to their last leg in their Coy Cup showdown with the Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks.Game One went to the Sr. Canucks as they disposed of the Flyers at the North Peace Arena with ease on Sunday afternoon in the best of three-game series. The winner advances to provincials in Williams Lake which takes place from March 27th to 31st.“The team needs to take one game at a time,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “We need to win in Dawson and get it back here on Sunday.”- Advertisement -Thursday’s clash in Dawson Creek will get underway at 8:30 p.m. If the Flyers win, a third and deciding game will be played at the North Peace Arena on Sunday with puck drop set at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

Fighting a losing battle

first_imgIt was the predictable result from a game that matched the NBA’s unstoppable force – the Mavericks won their 17th consecutive game, improving to 52-9 – and the sinking ship that is the Lakers (33-31), who lost for the 12th time in 15 games. Bryant made just 4 of 16 shots in the first half and finished the game with 25 points. The Mavericks were led by Josh Howard’s 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki’s 19. After he referenced the “unbelievable energy” that brings together teams like the Mavericks, Jackson could only watch as guard Smush Parker was ejected in the second quarter after his second technical foul. Parker was called for two fouls in the first 3:53 and then was assessed a technical foul by referee Eddie F. Rush as he complained from the bench. Early in the second period, Parker lost the ball on a drive and drew a technical for protesting that he was fouled. Thus Parker was tossed at 9:28 of the second quarter, joining Odom as the only Laker to be ejected this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bryant sat at the end of the bench, talking with injured forward Lamar Odom, and there was more than a glimmer of hope in that. Odom was cleared to practice today with his torn labrum and guaranteed that he would play Thursday at Denver. But Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not about to claim that Odom’s return – as well as Luke Walton’s – would be enough to stabilize the Lakers, who are riding their second six-game losing streak in barely a month. “The way they’re playing now, it doesn’t matter who comes back,” Jackson said. “Jesus Christ could come back and we still wouldn’t have a chance because we’ve ruined the mix by not playing together, not doing the right thing.” The 36-point loss was the Lakers worst at home since they moved to Los Angeles and matched the sixth-worst loss in franchise history. The Lakers’ worst loss ever came in 129-83 blowout at Portland in Jan. 1995. They also were saved from matching the lowest-scoring game in their history only by Jordan Farmar’s jumper with 6.9 seconds left. The Lakers scored just 70 points in a 19-point loss at Cleveland in Nov. 2002. “We were embarrassed today,” Jackson said. “That was an embarrassing loss for us. There’s no excuse for the way we played. I don’t care if it’s the first day of Daylight Savings Time. It’s still not a good enough excuse.” center_img LOS ANGELES – Wasn’t it only last season that Kobe Bryant was scoring 62 points in three quarter against the Dallas Mavericks, outscoring the eventual Western Conference champions all by himself in a game the Lakers won by 22 points? The contrast couldn’t have been any greater Sunday night, as the Lakers suffered the worst home loss in history to the Mavericks. All Bryant could do was watch the final minutes tick away as the 108-72 final went in the record books. last_img read more

Cahill should have seen red for dive, says Bruce

first_imgHull City manager Steve Bruce was left frustrated at some of the key decisions from referee Chris Foy at Stamford Bridge as his side fell to a 2-0 defeat.Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both found the back of the net for Jose Mourinho’s men who remain top of the Premier League as they defeated the Tigers, who played with ten men for the final half an hour.Tom Huddlestone saw red for the visitors but Bruce was left disappointed by Foy’s decision not to send off Gary Cahill for a perceived dive in the second half.“It is difficult enough to come to Chelsea and we might not even have been good enough to win against ten men anyway but I am convinced that if the referee had done his job properly today Gary Cahill would have received a yellow card for diving, he has tried to win a penalty,” Bruce said.Former Tottenham midfielder huddlestone saw red moments after the incident and the 53-year-old believes Foy’s leniency may have influenced the horrific challenge that led to his sending off.“The problem with Tom Huddlestone’s [red card] was the whole of my team were immensely frustrated by that decision, which has even got to Tom, who is one of the nicest guys in football. [The decision] has produced an awful tackle and I have no qualms that it is a red card.“It is the correct decision, but the trouble is he feels aggrieved, this is not Eden Hazard who flies down the wing at speed you can almost understand him going down, but this is England’s centre-half and he knows what he is doing because we’ve all done it and it should have been a second yellow and they should have had ten men with 30-40 minutes to go.”last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: It was voted one of the most scenic airport landings in the world, and last week fitness enthusiasts participated in a 5k event at Donegal Airport. Talented photographer Owen Clarke was on hand with his drone to capture the event, and again reiterate the beauty of the area.To view the fantastic video simply click play on the video above!DDTV: WATCH SPECTACULAR DRONE FOOTAGE OF DONEGAL AIRPORT 5K was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kDDTVDonegal Airportdrone footageFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Luis Enrique rattling cages with controversial call ahead of England game

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 smart causal Jordi Alba was reminded of that this month. When the first Spain squad under the new coach was announced last week ahead of the England game, his name was a glaring absence. For the avoidance of doubt: Alba is fit, playing well for Barcelona, and at 29, still has at least one tournament left in him. He is also Spain’s best left-back by some margin.It is reasonable to ask why one of Spain’s best players has been omitted from Luis Enrique’s group – a clear statement of his intent going forward. We don’t have a direct answer because the national team boss refused to take questions on the matter at his press conference when naming the squad, but the fact that Alba’s time under him at Barça ended on the bench has not gone unnoticed in Spain.Nor has the fact that some of Alba’s past comments on his relationship with the manager were not exactly glowing. The first arrived once it was confirmed there would be a change in coach at Barcelona in 2017. “Here I have the complete confidence of the boss, which I take as a compliment and gives me confidence – something I don’t have at Barça and would perhaps like to,” the defender said, ironically enough while on Spain duty at the time. REVEALED Jordi Alba has won 66 caps for Spain and won Euro 2012 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Falter, and in particular if that is through individual errors from the left side of the back-line, and the new man in charge will have created a rod for his own back that gives some of the people who held those famous grudges with him over the years the perfect ammunition to take aim and question his judgement only weeks into the job.Regardless, this isn’t the last time Luis Enrique will make a call that turns heads and defies perceived wisdom. A man who doesn’t shy from controversial decisions, Spain knew what they were getting when the ex Barça man was put in charge. Intensity, dedication, bravery and just occasionally, fury. You’re either with him or against him. And when you’re against him he won’t forget it.Follow @LeeRoden89 on Twitter here. BEST OF silverware When Ernesto Valverde took over at the Camp Nou last summer the subject reared its head again. “I feel a lot better. I’m happy and playing, which for some time wasn’t the case,” he said after returning to the Blaugrana starting XI.The suspicion in Spain is that Luis Enrique’s decision to snub Alba this month is a form of payback for the player having the audacity to challenge his team selection at Barcelona. We can only speculate on whether that is true given the impossibility of receiving a direct response from the national team boss, but as any journalist who has been unfortunate enough to ask the manager something he doesn’t like at a press conference already knows, grudges come easily. Forgiveness, not so much.The big call could prove to be a self-defeating move. Since taking the Spain job Luis Enrique has made a clear effort to prove he is a reasonable, fair coach, in part because of the baggage he has when it comes to Real Madrid (who account for six of the 24 players in La Roja’s squad). For some context: this is a man who only a year ago, while still Barça boss, was asked about Gerard Piqué criticising Los Blancos and replied bluntly “as I’m more radical than Piqué, it’s best I don’t answer”.Omitting Alba has already eaten away at a small portion of the benefit of the doubt the coach has worked to build up regarding his stewardship of the national team. In a column in Marca, Emilio Contreras reacted to the decision by saying “if Alba’s isn’t there, the best aren’t there”. MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade impact ADVICE England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “His replacements, José Luis Gayà and Marcos Alonso, are well behind him,” he added.That sentiment was echoed by Diego Torres in El Pais, who noted that “few full-backs in the world can do what Alba and Dani Carvajal can. Unless Luis Enrique is planning something different, the absence of Alba creates a problem needing solved”.To his credit (or perhaps to the credit of the people advising him), Alba’s public reaction to a lack of Spain action this week was reconciliatory.  “Clearly I want to join up with the national team but the coach has taken a decision and you have to respect it. I never said a bad word about him. I think he’s a great coach,” the 29-year-old explained.For the defender, who has a sizeable temper of his own, and is no doubt hurting as he watches team-mates depart for Wembley while he remains in Catalonia, it was a tempered and likely wise move.How the story develops in the short term will be defined by how Spain do in London on Saturday, then when they host World Cup runners-up Croatia in Elche a few days later. Show solidity in defence and the same constant threat from the left-flank as they do when Alba plays, and Luis Enrique’s decision will be vindicated as one taken on a purely footballing basis, for the better of the team. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Luis Enrique was appointed Spain manager in July A versatile, combative attacker with an eye for goal and a temper to match. As a player Luis Enrique was the kind of footballer who you walk to the end of the Earth with if he was on your team, but despised to an equal degree if he wasn’t.As a coach a similar dichotomy can be seen. If he thinks his team are being unjustly criticised, Enrique will defend his players to the death with plenty of that aforementioned fire and fury. Once he thinks you aren’t on his team however, the drop can be sudden, and harsh. Most popular football news Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 3 The pair have worked together before when the manager was in charge of Barcelona last_img read more

Wasteful England held by Croatia in Nations League stalemate

first_img BEST OF 6 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 6 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won There was also a glimpse of the future as 18-year-old substitute Sancho became the first player born this millennium to play for the senior side, while 21-year-old Ben Chilwell impressed.The Leicester left-back provided a fine cross 12 minutes into his first England start and Raheem Sterling would have tucked it away was it not for Josip Pivaric’s intervention.There was precious little else of note in a largely drab half in Rijeka, where Croatia found the best way to stop England’s rapid attackers was scything them down. That approach earned Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren bookings.Henderson’s own yellow card in the sixth minute rules him out of Monday’s trip to Seville, where England will face another top-level midfield. 6 RANKED Southgate will be buoyed heading there by the fact that Croatia did not get as much joy in that department as they did in Moscow.Ivan Perisic’s blocked effort was the best they managed in the first half until overlapping Pivaric fired over a cross to Andrej Kramaric, with the former Leicester striker’s mishit attempt stopped by Jordan Pickford.Southgate’s men failed to force a save in the first period but came close to the opener just before half-time as Dier met Henderson’s corner with a glancing header that hit the far post.Rashford tried his luck from distance and Perisic stung the palms of Pickford when play resumed, before England struck the woodwork again.Henderson swung in a free-kick from the right and Kane got away a header that beat goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, only to come back off the crossbar. Henderson and defender John Stones are suspended for England’s next game This was the first of two big chances Rashford missed in the second-half The contest also saw highly-rated teenager Jadon Sancho make his England debut on a night where Gareth Southgate’s men were unlucky not to collect all three points.Just 93 days after the Three Lions lost to Zlatko Dalic’s men in the World Cup semi-finals, the countries met in surroundings that could scarcely have been more different to July’s huge encounter at the packed Luzhniki.The virtually-empty Stadion HNK Rijeka hosted England’s first-ever match behind closed doors as Croatia completed a ground ban imposed by UEFA for having a swastika on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.Eric Dier and Harry Kane also hit the woodwork as the opportunity for England to exact World Cup revenge went begging in the Group A4 encounter. Latest Football News MONEY center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Marcus Rashford spurned two good chances as England played out a goalless draw with Croatia in their UEFA Nations League match in Rijeka.The Manchester United striker scuffed a left-footed effort on 54 minutes before striking straight at Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic moments later in a game that was played behind closed doors. ADVICE 6 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 6 Penalty claims were rejected as Ross Barkley, making his first England appearance in 868 days, went down in the box – and Stones’ frustration at that decision resulted in a foul that brought a booking and suspension.Southgate’s side were now in the ascendancy and Rashford should have put them ahead. Two minutes after failing to greet a fine Kyle Walker cross with the finish it deserved from close range, he was put through by Sterling but somehow failed to beat Livakovic.Tin Jedvaj was perhaps fortunate to only see yellow for a late challenge on Dier, but Croatia had now settled and Kramaric had a chance before Rebic curled just wide from 20 yards.Kane saw an effort ruled out for offside and seemingly broke the net in the process, leading to a pause in play that saw England fans get a wave from Pickford.History boy Sancho showed flashes of excitement after his 78th-minute introduction, with his threatening late cross causing problems in a match that ended goalless.NATIONS LEAGUE A4 TABLE Every shout, kick and challenge was audible in the match played out in front of a few hundred officials and journalists. You could even hear the beeping of an ambulance reversing behind one of the goals.There were regular, distant cries from a small group of hardy England fans that had found a vantage point high above one of the stands, but those efforts were rewarded with a poor first half in which Dier hit the post late on.England improved after the break as Kane hit the woodwork before Rashford missed two fine chances, while Ante Rebic curled just wide for a Croatia side that had lost their Nations League opener 6-0 in Spain.Southgate’s men face their own Spanish test on Monday without the suspended Jordan Henderson and John Stones, but there are certainly promising moments to build on. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Kane’s powerful second-half header rattled the bar with Livakovic beaten all ends up REVEALED Sancho, 18, becomes the first player born after the millennium to make his England debut Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The England boss will be wondering how his side didn’t win the game huge blow silverware last_img read more