“The referee said Victor impeded the goalkeeper but the goalkeeper ran into him so it can’t possibly be a free-kick. It is not a foul. It is disappointing because it is not easy here. “You people (the media) are quick to remind me I’ve not won at Anfield but if you don’t get any decisions at Anfield it makes it very difficult to win and that (not getting decisions) is quite a regular occurrence when you come here. If you score a good goal you need to get something going for you.” Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had a different view of the incident, insisting referee Michael Oliver was right in his assessment. “I think when you see it again the referee has good sight of it early,” he said. “As the ball has virtually left the corner he has blown up for a foul. I wasn’t 100 per cent sure at the time it wasn’t for Distin’s foul on (Jamie) Carragher or whether it was Anichebe but I think it was Anichebe’s initial push. “It is one of those where if you are the manager you probably see the decision as the correct one. I am sure David will be disappointed the goal did not stand but I thought Michael was very good.” Comparisons were made to the goal Luis Suarez had ruled out when the two sides drew 2-2 earlier in the season, but Rodgers disagreed. “This was different to our goal at Goodison Park, he (Suarez) was clearly onside when he scored,” he added. “If you look at this decision here, the referee has had a clear view of it and before there is any contact with the ball he has already blown. That was probably Everton’s best possibility, to score from a set-piece.” Everton manager David Moyes complained that another decision went against his side to deny him a first win at Anfield. The 220th Merseyside derby ended goalless but the Toffees boss was unhappy Sylvain Distin’s second-half header was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Jose Reina. A draw extended Everton’s winless run in the league at their near-neighbours to 14 years – beyond Moyes’ time at the club – but the Scot said that had his side got their fair share of decisions in that time, their results would have been dramatically different. “It was a legitimate goal. The goalkeeper runs into Victor Anichebe and it is a goal,” he said. Press Association
The MPSF awarded women’s lacrosse senior attacker Michaela Michael Player of the Week honors for the fourth consecutive week on Monday after USC cruised to two home victories over the weekend against Oregon (17-7) and San Diego State (15-3).Michael’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week nod of the spring ties her program record for awards in a single season, which she set in 2016. Monday also marked the ninth time in her four-year career that Michael has received such recognition. Her total 10 career awards (including one Rookie of the Week nod in 2014) is also a team record.The Hillsborough, Calif. native is enjoying the most productive offensive season of her career in 2017 (53 goals, 14 assists, .646 shot percentage), and Michael padded her impressive stats last week in victories over the Ducks and Aztecs.Against Oregon, Michael was as dominant in midfield as she was in the offensive zone. Her 11 draw controls put her at 93 on the year, which ranks fourth in MPSF single-season history with three games left to play before the start of postseason play.Along with notching her eighth career double-digit draw control game, Michael also collected six goals and two assists in last Friday’s game along with a ground ball and caused turnover. Against San Diego State on Saturday, Michael controlled six draws and tied her career high in goals, slipping seven past Aztec goalie Katrina Reeves on just nine shots.With 13 goals in two games, Michael earned her program-record 35th and 36th career hat tricks, and she has now scored six or more goals in the same game seven times in her career. The former High School All-American is now second in MPSF history for career goals (209) and fourth place in points (273). She is on pace to break her career bests in goals and points this season if she keeps up her historic offensive pace.The Trojans have earned eight weekly honors in 2017, bringing their program total to 31 with 13 offensive awards, 10 defensive awards and eight rookie of the week honorees.No. 9 USC (11-3, 5-0 MPSF) is back in action this Friday, as the Trojans will host thesixth-ranked Colorado Buffaloes (12-1, 4-0 MPSF) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
View comments With Mike DiGregorio firing 26 points and center Poy Erram outscoring tower of power June Mar Fajardo, 24-12, the Elite easily surpassed the 100-96 decision Barangay Ginebra San Miguel pulled off last Jan. 28 over the defending champion Beermen, who are seeking an unprecedented fourth straight all-Filipino crown.The win boosted Blackwater’s record to 3-5 and revived its hopes of joining the top eight teams that will advance to the quarterfinals because of a relatively light schedule in its last three games. The Elite face tailender Kia on Feb. 16, NLEX on Feb. 18 and Phoenix on Feb. 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNLEX and Phoenix also toppled favored rivals last week and improved to 4-4 like Ginebra and TNT, which are playing each other at press time last night. The Road Warriors, with rookie Kiefer Ravena capping a team-high 21 points with two clutch baskets in the dying seconds, downed the injury-riddled Meralco Bolts, 87-85, while the Fuel Masters nipped the Katropa, 74-72, behind Matthew Wright, who fired a triple before issuing the game-winning basket to Doug Kramer.Rain or Shine was another revelation in its 101-95 demolition of Magnolia that lifted the Elasto Painters to solo fourth at 5-3 behind the now third-running 6-3 slate of the Hotshots. Despite the loss, Magnolia remained in the running for a top two finish after the eliminations that will enjoy a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals. But the Hotshots have to win their last two games against GlobalPort (Feb. 16) and Meralco (Feb. 24).The SMB-Alaska duel on Feb. 17 in Dumaguete City will likely decide the elimination topnotcher. Alaska, scheduled against NLEX also at press time yesterday, winds up its campaign against Rain or Shine on Feb. 23. SMB, on the other hand, meets Kia also on Feb. 23 before ending its schedule against Rain or Shine on Feb. 28.Except for Kia, GlobalPort (3-4), Blackwater and Meralco (2-6) are still in contention to make it to the quarterfinals although the last two qualifiers will be facing the tough job of needing to win twice over the two top elimination teams to reach the semifinals. The other four quarterfinalists will collide in a best-of-three series to advance with No. 3 taking on No. 6 and No. 4 facing No. 5.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Castro says TNT in ‘make or break’ situation after loss to Ginebra Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESBlackwater highlighted a sudden show of power by underdogs going into the homestretch of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations with its 106-96 conquest of San Miguel Beer last week.But the defending champion Beermen managed to cling to the lead at 6-2 with the resurgent Alaska Aces, who remained unbeaten in six games in 2018 after dropping their first two games of the season to Magnolia and TNT Katropa.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson