ROME - Keisuke Honda scored his fourth goal in six matches as AC Milan ended a three-game winless streak in Serie A with a 2-0 victory over visiting Chievo Verona on Saturday. .Sulley Muntari celebrated his 250th match in Serie A by giving Milan the lead in the 55th minute with a looping volley from beyond the area after a cross from Honda was headed away.Honda then secured the points with a precise free kick over a Chievo wall in the 78th.Having scored only one goal in the Italian league last season after joining Milan in January, Honda is thriving in the more attacking system under new coach Filippo Inzaghi.Hes a serious professional. He always arrives at training two hours early, which I appreciate, Inzaghi said. Im happy for him because he deserves the applause from our fans.Milan moved into a tie for fourth with Sampdoria and Hellas Verona, which beat Cagliari 1-0 earlier with a late goal from Panagiotis Tachtsidis. The trio are four points behind leaders Juventus and Roma, who meet on Sunday.Udinese is three points back in third.We know we still have to improve but weve got to continue on this road, Inzaghi said. It was a good performance from everyone.At the San Siro, Chievo started with a trio of former Milan players in attack: Valter Birsa, Alberto Paloschi and Maxi Lopez.Milan countered with Fernando Torres spearheading a 4-2-3-1 formation, and he was dangerous on a pair of occasions in an otherwise dull first half.After the break, the Rossoneri appeared better organized and midfielder Jeremy Menez threatened with a volley that went wide in the 48th.Honda had a chance to double the lead in the 63rd but he couldnt reach a cross from Ignazio Abate.Chievo could have equalized in the 70th but substitute Dejan Lazarevic wasted a 3-on-1 opportunity by trying to score alone, and was stopped by defender Mattia De Sciglio.At Veronas Bentegodi Stadium, Tachtsidis found the target in the 89th with a long, powerful shot from beyond the area that was out of the goalkeepers reach.Verona also hit the goal frame twice, first by Bosko Jankovic in the 71st then Luca Toni in the 82nd. Toni also had a goal annulled for a questionable offside call in the first half.Chievo and Cagliari remained one point above a group of four clubs at the bottom of the table.___Andrew Dampf can be followed at www.twitter.com/asdampf . Minutes after the previously winless Colts got their first win, 27-13 over Tennessee, team vice chairman Bill Polian said the four-time league MVP will not play this season though he has begun throwing to teammates at the team complex. . Mark Teahen scored the go-ahead run in the home seventh on an error by Scott Sizemore, who had knotted the game with a solo homer in the previous half- inning. Paul Konerko then hit an RBI single which proved to be the winning run.(SportsNetwork.com) - The winless Carolina Hurricanes will welcome Eric Staal back into the lineup on Tuesday night. It couldnt come any sooner. The Hurricanes try to avoid an eighth straight setback to begin the season on Tuesday night as they visit the Vancouver Canucks. Staal has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury, one of several players to miss time already this season. Staals brother Jordan has not played yet due to a broken right fibula, while a concussion sidelined Jeff Skinner for a few games earlier in the month. Eric Staal, who has proven rather durable over his career with just 20 games missed due to injury, figures to return right the first line between Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin. Hes a big, strong guy, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said on his teams website. Now youre able to bump guys down in the lineup to where they should be as young guys, and it just gives you a little more depth at that position. Carolinas 0-5-2 start in the worst in franchise history and the club was bested 6-3 by the Edmonton Oilers last time out on Friday. Skinner, Riley Nash and Jay Harrison all scored, but the Oilers finished the game with three unanswered goals iin the third period. . Harrison also had an assist and Anton Khudobin made 23 saves. The effort was fine. I thought we competed and did good things, Peters said. We need a win here sooner rather than later. Cam Ward will start for Carolina tonight and is 2-3-1 with a 3.33 goals against average and .882 save percentage in six prior meetings with Vancouver. While the return of Staal should provide a boost, the Hurricanes will be looking to win in Vancouver for the first time since Oct. 15, 1999. They have lost six straight as the guest in this series since. The Canucks look to make it two victories in a row overall tonight as they bested the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Sunday. Henrik Sedin, Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa all scored during a 1:47 span late in the second period. Ryan Miller made 20 saves and Radim Vrbata added an empty-net goal for the Canucks, who had dropped three of their last four games coming in. Chris Higgins added two assists. I thought we defended pretty well, Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said. Miller came up with some big saves for sure. Miller is 13-9-4 with a 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage lifetime versus Carolina. ' ' '
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16 août 2019
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