Whelan out of Austria match

first_imgGlenn Whelan has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Austria. A Football Association of Ireland spokesman said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Glenn Whelan has withdrawn from the Irish squad to face Austria in Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna on Tuesday, September 10 with a hamstring injury following a scan this afternoon. “Hull City’s Stephen Quinn has been called up as a replacement, and will join up with the squad in time to depart for Vienna tomorrow afternoon. “Jon Walters also underwent a scan this afternoon on an ankle injury, and will sit out training tomorrow as a precautionary measure, but is expected to be fit for Tuesday’s game.” Press Associationcenter_img The Stoke midfielder has withdrawn from the squad with a hamstring injury suffered during Friday night’s 2-1 home defeat by Sweden. Hull’s Stephen Quinn has been drafted into the squad due to fly to Vienna on Sunday. last_img read more

Russian Boxer Maxim Dadashev Dies From Injuries Sustained During Fight

first_imgNew York: Twenty-eight-year-old Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died after suffering injuries during his IBF light-welterweight fight against Puerto Rican Subriel Matias. Maxim Dadashev had been fighting as part of a Top Rank event at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland for a chance to become number one contender for the IBF World belt. The fight, which took place on July 19, finished after Dadashev’s trainer, American Buddy McGirt, threw the towel in during the 11th round. McGirt told reporters in the aftermath of the loss that he had considered throwing the towel in two rounds earlier as he had noticed his fighter was fading and had started to take cleaner shots. However, Dadashev had refused to pull out in the corner, despite being massively down on the judges’ scorecards at the time. After the fight, Dadashev required help to leave the ring and was rushed to the UM Prince George’s Hospital Center to receive treatment. After being diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, he underwent emergency surgery and was placed into an induced coma. He passed away from the injuries on Tuesday. IANSAlso Read: Shiva Thapa becomes first Indian Boxer to bag gold medal at President’s Cup in Kazakhstanlast_img read more

Blackwood, Campbell stun Hurricanes

first_img(CMC) – Enigmatic Jermaine Blackwood was on the verge of a maiden career double-hundred following a majestic career-best unbeaten century, as Jamaica Scorpions set aside several recent worrying batting failures, to dominate Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the second day here yesterday.The attacking right-hander smashed 196 not out as Scorpions, resuming the day on 47 for one, piled up 413 for four in reply to the hosts’ 260, at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.With his imperious knock, Blackwood overshadowed captain John Campbell, who hit an unbeaten 105 to record his fifth first-class hundred and second of the season.Together they put on 197 for the fifth wicket – a record against Leewards – as Scorpions lost just three wickets in gaining an important 153-run lead heading into today’s third day of the eighth-round contest.Hurricanes were placed under early pressure when Blackwood, resuming on 17 and Nkrumah Bonner, on two, put on 126 for the second wicket to deny them any success in the first session.Blackwood was the dominant partner and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch, with Scorpions on 120 for one, still 140 runs behind their target.Bonner, not out on 31 at the break, struck 48 off 117 balls in just over 2-½ hours with four boundaries before falling in the seventh over following the resumption, run-out at the non-striker’s end in a horrible mix-up with Blackwood over a third run.When left-hander Paul Palmer lasted five balls before falling lbw to fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in the next over without scoring, Scorpions had suddenly lost two wickets with no run added in the space of nine deliveries.However, Blackwood found an ally in Andre McCarthy (27) to put on exactly 50 for the fourth wicket, He then combined with Campbell in a thrilling fifth-wicket stand to ensure Scorpions stamped their authority in the final session.Blackwood reached his hundred in style in the fifth over before tea when he punched seamer Jerimiah Louis to the straight boundary to move to 97 then cut him to the ropes behind square.Overall, Blackwood struck 27 fours and two sixes in an innings so far, spanning 274 balls and 6-¾ hours, to mark his fifth first-class hundred and first of the season.Blackwood, who had already hit six half-centuries in the campaign, moved his tally of runs to 716.Campbell, meanwhile, who had retired hurt the previous evening on 22, has faced 155 deliveries in 3-½ hours and has counted half-dozen fours and three sixes.Unbeaten on 32 at tea with Scorpions on 247 for four, Campbell reached triple digits in the last over of the day when he cleared the ropes at long-off with off-spinner Terrance Warde.last_img read more

Women of Troy make a splash in win over Utah

first_imgUSC’s women’s swim and dive team began its journey for another top finish in the country with a 165-88 win over Pac-12 opponent Utah on Saturday.The season-opening home meet featured the debuts of USC freshmen Jasmine Tosky and Kendyl Stewart, who both took two wins on the day.Tosky, who was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist, finished first in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly, while Stewart claimed the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke.USC junior Meghan Hawthorne also took two wins in the meet, including a 1:48.88 finish in the 200-yard freestyle and a 4:13.60 win in the 400-yard individual medley.The Women of Troy began the day by capturing 15 points with a 1-2-3 finish in the 400-yard medley relay.Both Tosky and Stewart were in the first-place medley relay team, joined by senior Kasey Carlson and freshman Kasia Wilk.Senior Haley Anderson, who represented USC at the 2012 Olympic Games with a silver medal in the 10K marathon, then took the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:49.60.Following Anderson were junior Lynette Lim and freshman Nikki Chang with times of 10:05.45 and 10:10.38, respectively. Together, the trio tacked on 16 points to give USC an early 31-5 lead.Anderson also claimed second-place finishes in the 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley.After Tosky’s win in the 200-yard butterfly, Carlson edged out Wilk for a win in the 50-yard freestyle, adding another 13 points to the Women of Troy’s total.USC senior Jessica Schmitt also captured a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke to go with a 55.70 finish in the 100-yard butterfly, second only to fellow USC senior Yumi So, who finished 0.09 seconds faster.Others who finished first included junior Stina Gardell and sophomore Andrea Kropp with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, respectively.Kropp, who made her debut for USC after redshirting last season, was also a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist.USC wrapped up the meet with a 1:33:45 win in the 200-yard freestyle relay.The Women of Troy, who have eight returning All-Americans, ended the season last year with their second consecutive third-place finish at the NCAA championships in March.USC’s matchup against Utah was the first of five conference meets before the Pac-12 championships next February. USC’s next conference opponent will be Washington State on Nov. 3.The Women of Troy will take on San Diego at 2 p.m. at home on Friday, followed by the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas the next day at 5 p.m. PT.last_img read more

New faces help guide SU to season-opening win over New Hampshire

first_imgFor the second straight year, Syracuse (1-0) won its opening match of the season in straight sets. After beating Siena last year, SU defeated New Hampshire (1-3), 3-0, in its opening match at the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Connecticut.There were two new key figures for Syracuse: freshman Polina Shemanova and junior Aliah Bowllan. Bowllan is taking over for the graduated libero Belle Sand, while the freshman replaced the production of senior Anastasiya Gorelina. In her first NCAA match, Shemanova was dominant. She had 17 kills and two blocks, winning a total of 18 points for the Orange. Bowllan totaled 10 digs and three assists to pace the Orange.Down 10-9 early on in the first set, SU rallied to take 11 of the next 16. Syracuse struggled with serving, committing five service errors in the opening set. But senior Santita Ebangwese’s four blocks for the Orange helped overcome its serving woes as SU took the first set, 25-21.In the second set, Syracuse reeled off seven points in a row to take an eight-point lead. Shemanova started the run with her fifth kill of the match. UNH was able to close the gap to four, 21-17, but two late kills from redshirt seniors Christina Oyawale and Amber Witherspoon would eventually deliver the second set to SU 25-19.Neither team led by more than four points in the third set. The Wildcats rebounded from the last two sets by taking an early 7-4 lead. But Ebangwese’s back-to-back service aces cut UNH’s lead to one, 7-6. In the end, it was Shemanova who saved the day, tallying 1o kills in the third to close out the match. Syracuse secured the final set, 25-21.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU plays host Connecticut on Saturday at 2 p.m. to wrap up the UConn Invitational. Comments Published on August 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Possible cause determined in Habitat for Humanity fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Habitat for Humanity went up in flames on Sunday morning, initially, having no apparent cause. However, an investigation determined the fire may have been caused by an electrical short near the main entrance of the building.Michigan State Police, Alpena city police, and county fire departments probed the scene to find the cause of the blaze. Community Risk Reduction Officer Andy Marceau says after combing the area, the fire does not appear to have been set intentionally.“We determined it was undetermined in case an insurance investigator were to find something else. We’re not electrical engineers, so we cannot rule out a short in an electrical cord or the outlet that is in the area of origin.”Marceau says the organization is looking for a temporary location to continue its work.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: fire, Flames, Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity of Northeast MichiganContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan DNR pledges $8 Million to Asian carp barrierNext Poverty simulation opens eyes of Alpena High School studentslast_img read more

New Spain, same old problems as France defeat former champions

first_imgIt was supposed to be a revolution. Out with the old, in with the new. Following the shock and sadness of their early elimination from the World Cup in June, Spain were hoping for a morale-boosting return to form on a ground where they had won in both their previous visits. But instead, they slumped to a disappointing defeat.The starting XI against France was much-changed from the World Cup games, with David de Gea in goal instead of Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal, Mikel San Jose and Cesar Azpilicueta starting in defence, and Raul Garcia and Koke in midfield. Following the international retirement of Xavi, Xabi Alonso and David Villa, this was a very different Spain side.However, the same problems persist. In the World Cup, Spain scored only one goal in the opening two games against Netherlands and Chile – and that came from the penalty spot. Here, La Roja saw plenty of the ball as usual, but were unable to muster a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes as Diego Costa cut an isolated figure once again – just as he had done in Brazil.”We didn’t score, but we had a lot of the possession and the play,” coach Vicente del Bosque said afterwards. And he added: “We have to connect better with Diego Costa, understand him and how he plays. Little by little, we will improve.”They need to. Costa consistently scored goals for Atletico Madrid last season (36 in 52 games), while he has netted three from four for Chelsea in the Premier League already. Since switching allegiance from Brazil to Spain, however, the 25-year-old has looked out of sorts for La Roja and has failed to net in his four matches for Del Bosque’s side. He didn’t look likely to on Thursday and Spain actually came closest to making a breakthrough late in the game, when substitutes Isco and David Silva tested the France back line with some sublime link-up play.Carvajal was the pick for Spain, a player inexplicably left at home for the World Cup following a promising debut season at Real Madrid. The right-back ran up and down the flank at the Stade de France and looks like a fixture for years to come in this team.But not even he could prevent Loic Remy from curling France into a deserved lead (after Karim Benzema had seen a strike incorrectly, though marginally, ruled out for offside) after 74 minutes, with what turned out to be the winner on a frustrating night for the visitors.”There are positives,” Del Bosque added. “We gave a good account of ourselves, especially in the first half. Now we have an extremely important game to come against Macedonia [on Monday] and we’ll try to get the three points. We’ll be more attacking.At home to one of Europe’s lesser lights, Spain will be expected to win that one anyway. But severe improvement is also needed and quite quickly, because the much-anticipated “revolution” merely produced the same old problems on Thursday night.last_img read more

Rebuilding projects underway for Lakers, Celtics

first_imgBOSTON — The Lakers once set foot in this city processing a wide spectrum of emotions.The Lakers experienced endless frustration as the Celtics continuously unveiled championship banners, a ritual the purple and gold couldn’t stop for 25 years. Nearly 29 years ago, the Lakers then shed tears of joy after first plucking the Larry O’Brien trophy away from Boston. The Lakers-Celtics rivalry no longer just rests on ring counts (Boston leads 17-16). Instead, the Lakers (14-25) and the Celtics (14-26) enter Friday’s game at TD Garden with different rebuilding approaches with the desire to jump back quickly into the championship arms race.“We still believed going into the season that we had a good chance of being a lot higher than at this point,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. “Boston didn’t go into the season with that mind-set.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before they played a game, the Celtics essentially wrote this season off. The Celtics traded their Hall of Fame coach (Doc Rivers) to the Clippers for a 2015 first-round pick. Boston shipped two accomplished veterans (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce) to Brooklyn for more draft picks (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and youth (Kris Humphires, Gerald Wallace). This week, Boston completed a three-team trade that entailed acquiring two lottery-protected first-round draft picks from Miami while trading MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State.The Celtics also hired 33-year-old Brad Stevens in the hope that his Cinderella runs with Butler would translate to the NBA. Four-time NBA All-Star guard Rajon Rondo will make his season debut tonight against the Lakers after rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the past year. “Everyone has done it different ways,” Rivers said. “The Lakers have been pretty successful consistently. The Celtics have done the up-and-down thing where they rebuild and then rebuild back up.“I don’t know if there is any right way.”After losing in the first round of the playoffs and then losing Dwight Howard in the free agency sweepstakes, the Lakers envisioned a healthier Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and a flurry of role players on one-year contracts keeping them competitive in a bloated Western Conference. They also resisted trading Gasol, even though it could ensure falling under the luxury tax threshold. With everyone but Nash and Robert Sacre off the books after this season, the Lakers then would have plenty of purchasing power to pursue a star-studded free agent class that includes LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. center_img None of that has materialized. Bryant (fractured left knee) and Nash (nerve issues in back) have played in only six games. A flurry of other injuries to their backcourt (Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry) contributed to the Lakers losing 12 of their past 13 games. Gasol has averaged 16 points on a career-low 45.6 percent shooting. The Lakers re-signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension that would enable them only to sign one free agent at the player maximum through the next two years instead of two. The Lakers have a first-round pick this summer for the first time since 2007, but the Nash trade requires them to send first-round selections to Phoenix for 2015 (unprotected after the fifth pick), 2016 (unprotected after the third pick) and 2017 (unprotected after the third pick).“I thought we had been competitive early on in the season. They were playing fun basketball, were a couple of games above .500 and Kobe and Nash were yet to return,” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said in a recent interview with this newspaper. “This is something we planned for three or four years ago with lining up the contracts (to expire after this season) to have flexibility. We have that.“Nothing is guaranteed. We’ll get a player or player we want this year, but we’re in a position to do so.”Others are skeptical.“Everyone around the Lakers and around the league is waiting to see which direction the team is going to take,” TNT analyst Steve Kerr said. “They’re hanging on to their tradition with Kobe and their history. That’s understandable. But in the end, it may just delay the inevitable, which is rebuilding.”And Boston?“The Celtics will be in much better shape sooner because of the moves they made,” Kerr said. “They accelerated their likelihood of being good again by making moves now.”This process has happened plenty of times.After their 24-58 record in the 2006-07 campaign was the NBA’s second-worst record, the Celtics used their fifth overall draft pick to acquire Ray Allen from Seattle. The Celtics then made the largest trade for one player in NBA history by acquiring Garnett from Minnesota for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and a flurry of draft picks and cash. A season later, the Celtics won the NBA title against the Lakers.“I had (already) gone through that in Boston,” Rivers said. “We did what they’re doing. We were successful doing it.“The question was ‘Can you do it again?’ I don’t think anyone knows.” The Lakers have made trades that gave them draft picks that secured championship success. The Lakers sent Gail Goodrich to New Orleans for a draft pick that secured Magic Johnson. The Lakers dealt Butch Lee and Don Ford to Cleveland for a 1982 first-round draft pick, which became James Worthy. The Lakers shipped Vlade Divac to Charlotte for the rights to choose Bryant. Kupchak’s finest move entailed acquiring Gasol from Memphis for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenon, Aaron McKie, two first-round picks and the rights to Pau’s brother Marc This season, Kupchak stressed cost-cutting hardly remains the organization’s “driving force,” even if a repeater’s tax kicks in this offseason for teams who have spent over the luxury tax for four of the past five seasons. But will the Lakers make a move leading into the Feb. 20 deadline to secure more draft picks?“It’s much harder than it used to be,” Kupchak said. “They are so much more valuable now than they were. I’d love to end with a great pick one day, but we’re not used to it. We’ll do it the other way if we have to.”Will the Lakers rewrite the ultimate Hollywood comeback story? Will the Celtics find some luck with their shamrocks and leprechauns? How that outcome turns out will add an extra layer to a rivalry once defined solely by championships. Follow Mark Medina’s Inside the Lakers blog for the latest on Lakers basketball.last_img read more

Wellington Sailfish finishes off regular season in McPherson; heads to league meet

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Colin Green gets divisional time.by Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent — McPherson may be a long drive on a Tuesday, but for many of the 44 Wellington swimmers and their fami, the effort was worthwhile.Two Sailfish were especially glad that they made the trip. Colin Green had been inching closer to the Districts cut in his 50 free week by week, but each impressive swim came up short – until Tuesday.In the last dual meet of the season, Colin surged again and cut three seconds, shattering the Districts cut by 0.82! Colin could not have waited much longer to qualify, but another victorious Sailfish, Laney Dillon, took “in the nick of time” to a whole new level. The 10-year-old athlete literally could not have waited another day to cut the three seconds she needed to gain her season goal, her first Districts cut. She would age up to a faster time standard before the next meet!Besides the first-time qualifiers, Wellington also gets to celebrate several improved Districts qualifications. Most Sailfish find it easier to qualify in the short course meter pool in which they practice, but long course qualifications receive better seeds at Districts. Michael Davis and Chance Hamel took advantage of McPherson’s 50 meter pool to improve their seeds in the 50 free for Districts.The new District qualifiers were far from the only stars. Tuesday was a breakout meet for Eliesse McComb. The energetic eight-year-old cut 52 seconds in the 100 free and 31 in the 50! Arallai Wartick had the second greatest improvement – taking 28 seconds off her 100 free, almost 12 seconds off her 50 back, and nearly 5 seconds off her 50 free – and Aurora Young followed with a 25 second improvement in the grueling 200 IM after 4 and 3 second cuts in her backstroke and freestyle.Lakin Dry beat his best 50 back by over 20 seconds; fifteen seconds fell off of Easton Lynnes’ 50 free and Travis Cody’s 50 fly; Chance Hamel and Cat Green made 10 second cuts in the 100 back and 400 free, respectively. In fact, far too many swimmers achieved new personal records to list them all.League Finals – hosted by El Dorado this Friday and Saturday – is set to be the finale of a fantastic regular season. Let’s make it great!This week’s top finishers include:Marisa Black (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Back; First – 100 Free; First – 400 Free)Travis Cody (Second – 9-10 Boys 50 Fly)Maizy Cornejo (Second – 11-12 Girls 50 Breast; Third – 50 Free)Michael Davis (Second – 9-10 Boys 50 Free; Second – 100 Free; Third – 50 Back)Rose Dickinson (Second – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast)Emma Dillon (Second – 13-14 Girls 100 Free; Second – 200 IM)Laney Dillon (First – 9-10 Girls 100 Free; Second – 50 Back)Kage Farley (Second – 11-12 Boys 50 Free; Third – 50 Back)Cat Green (First – 15-18 Girls 200 Free; Third – 100 Free; Third – 400 Free)Colin Green (First – 13-14 Boys 50 Free; First – 100 Breast; Third – 100 Free)Alec Gonzalez (First – 9-10 Boys 50 Back)Emberly Gonzalez (First – 13-14 Girls 100 Free; Second – 100 Breast)Macy Gonzalez (First – 11-12 Girls 50 Fly; First – 100 Free; First – 200 IM)Trent Haines (Third – 5-8 Boys 50 Free)Chance Hamel (First – 15-18 Boys 100 Back; Second – 200 IM)Aubrey Hunt (Third – 11-12 Girls 50 Back)Derick Kotchavar (Second – 13-14 Boys 200 Free; Second – 100 Free; Third – 50 Free)Dakota Lynnes (First – 13-14 Boys 100 Free; Second – 50 Free; Second – 200 IM)Jensen Lynnes (First – 11-12 Girls 50 Free; First – 50 Back; First – 50 Breast)Eliesse McComb (First – 5-8 Girls 100 Free; Third – 50 Free)Hayden Stow (First – 5-8 Boys 50 Back; Second – 50 Free; Second – 100 Free)Jordan Thompson (First – 15-18 Girls 50 Free; Second – 100 Back)Alexis Tracy (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast)Mackinze Tracy (Third – 15-18 Girls 100 Back)Timothy Tracy (Second – 13-14 Boys 100 Breast; Third – 100 Back)Arallai Wartick (Second – 5-8 Girls 50 Back; Third – 100 Free)Alara Wilson (Second – 5-8 Girls 100 Free; Third – 50 Back)Maddox Wylie (Third – 9-10 Boys 100 Free; Third – 50 Breast)Adrianna Young (Third – 15-18 Girls 50 Free)Aidan Young (First – 13-14 Boys 100 Back)Aurora Young (Second – 9-10 Girls 200 IM; Third – 50 Free; Third – 50 Back)First place relays include:Macy Gonzalez, Aubrey Hunt, Maizy Cornejo, and Jensen Lynnes (11-12 Girls 200 Free Relay)Dakota Lynnes, Colin Green, Aidan Young, and Derick Kotchavar (13-14 Boys 200 Free Relay)Jordan Thompson, Mackinze Tracy, Rose Dickinson, and Marisa Black (15-18 Girls 200 Free Relay)Aubrey Hunt, Jensen Lynnes, Macy Gonzalez, and Maizy Cornejo (11-12 Girls 200 Medley Relay)Aidan Young, Colin Green, Dakota Lynnes, and Derick Kotchavar (13-14 Boys 200 Medley Relay)Marisa Black, Alexis Tracy, Mackinze Tracy, and Jordan Thompson (15-18 Girls 200 Medley Relay)p class=”p1″>Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

‘We know what’s at stake’: Ancelotti warns of Liverpool threat

first_img“It’s the crunch game tomorrow. If we’re intelligent in the defensive and offensive phases, then we’ll go through.“We also have a little advantage in the group; the cake has been made –- now we need to add a little cherry.”– Napoli ‘won’t sit back‘ –Even though a draw will take Napoli through, Ancelotti has indicated that his team will attack.They are the joint top scorers in Serie A this season with 32 goals, although they have scored one fewer than Liverpool in their five Champions League group games this season.“I think we can draw on the first game in Naples, it has given us a lot of confidence and we’d like to put in a repeat performance,” he added.“Obviously I don’t know what Liverpool are doing tomorrow but we know how they play at home, the kind of intensity, with which they set out.“We haven’t come here to sit back. We’ve come here to play our own game.”Napoli have conceded only four goals in the group, and defender Raul Albiol suggested that they will need that discipline to thwart Liverpool’s forwards.“It’ll be important to defend deep and be compact. We know that they’re lethal in the spaces –- they have strong, quick forwards,” he said.“The mentality is important, we need to think about scoring.“It’ll be a tough game, a difficult game; we need to be quick mentally and aggressive. We all want to win this game, but we need to be calm.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Carlo Ancelotti believes Liverpool are good enough to win the Premier League, but the Italian is convinced his Napoli side can knock them out of the Champions League on Tuesday.Ancelotti, who won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2010, takes his side to Anfield knowing that a point will guarantee a place in the last 16, and a victory will take them through as Group C winners.Liverpool must win to stand any chance of going through, and a 1-0 scoreline — or any victory by at least two goals — will definitely secure their progress.Napoli, however, arrive at Anfield on the back of a 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions, and defeated Liverpool 1-0 with a late Lorenzo Insigne goal when the sides met at the Stadio San Paolo in October.Ancelotti is wary of opponents who overtook Manchester City to go top of the Premier League on Saturday with a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth.He believes Jurgen Klopp’s side have the squad strength to stay there, despite the wealth of options that Pep Guardiola has at the Etihad Stadium.“The Premier League is always a competitive league. Liverpool has the possibility to win,” Ancelotti told reporters on Monday.“The fact that they started really well means that it’s possible that they can do it.”The Napoli boss is fully aware of the impact that the Anfield atmosphere could have on Tuesday’s match, but said that neither he nor his players would be intimidated by it.“We know what’s at stake. We need to take the final step to get through the group. There’s no way we’re going to take this game lightly,” he said.“Anfield is a beautiful stadium. The people are really passionate and the atmosphere is the best in the world.“It is really exciting to be here — my players are positive because everyone wants to play at the best in the world…last_img read more