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Giants Team Severe or Concerted attempt to Subdue on Sunday’s Game

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Giants Team Severe or Concerted attempt to Subdue on Sunday’s Game.

This is the problem in a year with no truly great teams: Even the teams with great records will gag up a game or two. On a day when the Seattle Seahawks looked incompetent ant the Pittsburgh Steelers were one Leveon Bell gem away from an ugly cry of a loss the NFL-leading Dallas Cowboys simply could not get going against a far inferior Giants team. New York beat Dallas 10-7, and suddenly the NFC East isn’t quite so sewn up.

There are always subplots aplenty in every Dallas-New York tilt, and this Sunday’s game
was no exception. A sampling:Dak Prescott finally settled back to earth, having his worst game of the season. The vaunted Cowboys offensive line collapsed around him all night, and Prescott had difficulty throwing on the run.

He ended the night 17 of 37, with two interceptions and three sacks. Only a pretty deke-and-throw touchdown to Terrance Williams kept Prescott’s night from being a total washout:Ø The Giants have now beaten Dallas twice. No other team has even beaten the Cowboys once.Ø Odell Beckham Jr., as is his style, went from infuriating to transcendent in the course of the game.

He dropped two key passes early, then put the Giants ahead in the third quarter with one of the finest plays of the season, a 61-yard bolt in which he flat-out outran — not juked, not faked, outran — three NFL cornerbacks.

Ø Dez Bryant had exactly zero catches on seven targets before finally catching one with less than three minutes left in the game … and he promptly fumbled it away, effectively allowing New York to salt away the win. On the final, last-gasp play of the game, Bryant couldn’t secure a low pass from Prescott, and Dallas lost its remaining chance at victory.

Ø Eli Manning has a way of coming up big in big games, but perhaps this one was too early in the season for him to show any theatrics. Aside from the one pass to Beckham, which was a short slant that Beckham turned into art, Manning was fairly dreadful, coughing up two fumbles and throwing an interception. He suffered three sacks and could only manage 17 completions on 28 attempts.

Ø New York spent big on its defense this past offseason and the results showed on Sunday night. Even without Jason Pierre-Paul in the lineup, the Giants effectively shut down Prescott and kept Ezekiel Elliott to a quiet 107 yards.

Ø Neither team was any good on third down. The Giants were two of 13, and the Cowboys somehow even worse at 1 of 13. Both teams punted nine times. In other words, this wasn’t an offensive fiesta. And when you’ve built your identity and your team around two offensive would-be MVPs, as Dallas has, that’s a bad sign for the night and, potentially, going forward.

Ø In the coming weeks, New York draws Detroit and Philadelphia before wrapping with a crucial New Year’s Day game against Washington, one which could determine a wild-card berth. The Giants defense will keep the team in all three of those games; it’s up to the offense to get its act together and try to win a couple of them.

It’s far too early to worry much about the Cowboys, but a loss to New York following an unspectacular performance against Minnesota has to be raising the tiniest concerns. Dallas will close with two potentially difficult matchups: a Tampa Bay team hunting a playoff berth, followed by that surprisingly strong Detroit squad, before closing with now-battered Philadelphia.

The Cowboys are headed to the postseason, likely with a bye week to start, so now’s the time for the Cowboys to make sure “very good” is good enough to play into February.

Liverpool were Refused the truth or Existence on Sunday Match against West Ham

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Liverpool were Refused the truth or Existence on Sunday Match against West Ham

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool should have been given up to two penalties as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United on Sunday. Despite taking the lead early on through Adam Lallana, Liverpool ultimately ended up needing Divock Origi’s effort early the second half just to secure a point against their struggling visitors.

Michail Antonio added to Dimitri Payet’s free-kick just before the break – with both goals putting goalkeeper Loris Karius in the spotlight again after an error-strewn display last week against Bournemouth – but Payet was perhaps lucky to avoid conceding a penalty for a challenge on Lallana in first-half stoppage time.

I’m pretty sure one or two [penalties] could have been given,Klopp told Sky Sports. Adam Lallana late in the first half, it could have been a penalty. But it is what it is. Second half, handball with Winston Reid. Then there was Divock Origi in the box with a challenge. It felt like the whole time we were in their box, but West Ham were there too. You need a little luck.

West Ham’s first goal saw Payet exploit Karius’ poor positioning at a free-kick, while the goalkeeper hesitated for the second after Joel Matip was caught flatfootedKlopp acknowledged that both goals were avoidable, but he refused to openly castigate the two players. They fought for everything,” he added. For the first goal – don’t make the foul, don’t lose the ball. The second goal was unlucky.

Joel Matip made a fantastic game and in this moment he couldn’t clear the ball – he couldn’t react quickly. Loris Karius was surprised and it was too late. Obviously we all could have done better. You have to stay strong in the game.

Faf Du Plessis set up his Position as a permanent Captain of South-Africa Test Team

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Faf Du Plessis set up his Position as a permanent Captain of South-Africa Test Team

AB De Villiers has lost her position as a captain of South-Africa Test Team, and now African new captain Du Plessis set up his position as a captain of Test Team.AB has always carried himself as a true team player De Villiers, 32, was expected to return for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, but has not recovered in time.

Du Plessis led the side to a series victory in Australia last month, as De Villiers sat out with an elbow injury. His decision to step down confirms his attitude to put the team first,” said Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat.Du Plessis, 32, is also captain of the Twenty20 side, and excelled as Test captain in Australia, despite being fined for ball-tampering after the second Test.

Despite being the same age as fellow batsman De Villiers, he did not make his Test debut until 2012, and has scored 2,029 runs in 32 Tests, averaging 43.17.Following the squad’s outstanding performances in Australia, it is clearly in the greater interests of the team that Faf du Plessis should be confirmed as the permanent Test captained Plessis, 32, is also captain of the Twenty20 side, and excelled as Test captain in Australia, despite being fined for ball-tampering after the second Test.

Wicketkeeper-batsman De Villiers, who has scored 8,074 runs in 106 Tests at an average of 50.46 since his debut in 2004, only captained the Protease in two Tests after taking over from Hashim Amla during their series defeat by England in January. He remains the one-day international captain, and is targeting a return ahead of the ODI leg of Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa in January.

The interests of the team must always outweigh the interests of any individual, including me,” he said. It was a fantastic honor for me to be asked to captain the Test side but I have missed two series and I am still in doubt for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.