FA Cup shocks as Lincoln stun Burnley and Leicester fall to Millwall

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON,(Reuters)-Lincoln City produced a huge FA Cup shock to beat top-flight Burnley 1-0 away and become the first minor league club to reach the quarter-finals for 103 years yesterday.On a day of fifth-round toil for the top-flight sides, English champions Leicester City’s problems continued to mount as they went down 1-0 at third-tier Millwall, who played most of the second half with 10 men.Chelsea, chasing a league and FA Cup double, restored some order with goals from Pedro and Diego earning them a 2-0 win at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Manchester City were held to a 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town.Middlesbrough quelled a stirring comeback by third-tier Oxford United to win 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium.The magic of the Cup will continue tomorrow when Lincoln’s National League (fifth-tier) rivals Sutton United host Arsenal.Holders Manchester United face Blackburn Rovers today after Tottenham Hotspur go to London rivals Fulham.Millwall’s third win over Premier League opposition this season, secured by Shaun Cummings’s 90th-minute goal at the New Den, would ordinarily have topped the shocks.But they were outdone by Lincoln.Sean Raggett’s headed goal in the 90th minute continued the dream run of the National League leaders who easily matched a side 81 places higher up the English football ladder and who held Premier League leaders Chelsea to a draw a week ago.FOOTBALL MIRACLE“It’s a football miracle for a non-league team to be in the last eight,” Lincoln’s young manager Danny Cowley said.“We are realists. I will never ask the players to do something they’re not capable of. But we thought if we could get the game plan right we could compete.”Burnley had lost only three of their previous 29 home matches in all competitions but failed to make their perceived superiority show in a scrappy game.Just when it seemed Burnley had gained the upper hand Lincoln were awarded a corner and Raggett rose above a crowd of players to head the ball over the line despite keeper Tom Heaton’s attempt to claw it out.Lincoln, only the third minor league side to beat top-flight opposition in nearly 30 years, are now just one win away from a semi-final at Wembley Stadium.Burnley, meanwhile, were the fall guys again, having been beaten by minor league Wimbledon in 1975 when they were also a top-flight side. “My team were nowhere near the level they can show,” manager Sean Dyche said.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri made 10 changes for his side’s trip to south London Millwall — his eyes fixed on the his side’s relegation battle and a looming Champions League last-16 tie against Spanish club Sevilla.Millwall had Jake Cooper sent off in the 52nd minute for a second booking but even a numerical advantage failed to stir a Leicester side who suffered a sucker punch when Cummings was played in by Lee Gregory and fired past Ron-Robert Zieler.“When it was 10 versus 11 they played better than us with more desire and heart and deserved to win,” said Ranieri, whose side have lost five consecutive league games.Chris Maguire and Toni Martinez scored within a minute of each other to haul Oxford level at Middlesbrough but their hopes of emulating Lincoln and Millwall were ended four minutes from time when Cristhian Stuani tapped in Boro’s winner.Promotion-chasing Huddersfield enjoyed a record crowd of 24,000 at their John Smith’s Stadium as they matched Guardiola’s City. “A clean sheet against Manchester City makes our chest bigger,” Huddersfield boss David Wagner said.last_img read more

Trojan basketballers make NBA entry

first_imgFollowing a tumultuous season filled with controversies, scandals and shortcomings, USC basketball fans had their eyes set on the NBA Draft to see where some of their favorite stars would land. Four Trojans have declared for the draft, but only two heard their name called on Thursday night.De’Anthony MeltonDe’Anthony Melton — USC’s highest selection in the 2018 Draft — was chosen 46th overall by the Houston Rockets. His selection as a second round pick surprised many, as media outlets such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated had Melton slotted in the 20s. Despite the 6-foot-4 guard not playing a single minute this season amid an ongoing FBI scandal, NBA teams were intrigued by Melton’s size, playmaking and defensive versatility during his only season at USC. In 2016-2017, he averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.Melton will look to crack the rotation and become the steal of the draft on a Rockets team that came up just one game short of an NBA Finals appearance and already features a starting backcourt of reigning league MVP James Harden and 2017 Sixth Man of Year Eric Gordon.Chimezie MetuJunior forward Chimezie Metu was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the 49th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. During his three years at USC, Metu recorded a .533 shooting percentage. (Daily Trojan file photo).Chimezie Metu, the Trojans’ leading scorer and rebounder in 2018, was selected 49th overall by the San Antonio Spurs. Though many project Metu to spend time in the G League this season, scouts are optimistic Metu will develop into a serviceable two-way big man who can block shots (1.7 per game in 2018) and score willingly at the NBA level with his athleticism and mobility in the long run.His opportunity for significant minutes may also come sooner than some expect with the uncertain future of franchise cornerstone Kawhi Leonard and an aging Pau Gasol. As he develops, he will look to help lead a youth movement in San Antonio that features All-Defensive 2nd Team point guard Dejounte Murray, and the 18th selection in this year’s draft,  Lonnie Walker IV from Miami. Jordan McLaughlinJordan McLaughlin, arguably the face of USC basketball for the past four years, went undrafted but has agreed to play in the summer league and training camp with the Brooklyn Nets. Though McLaughlin doesn’t have the elite athleticism of his peers, there is no question in his leadership and ability to distribute the ball. In his four-year career as a Trojan, McLaughlin finished second all-time in assists and fourth all-time in scoring in USC history. USC head coach Andy Enfield, vouched for his point guard in an interview with the Orange County Register. “He has the best court vision, probably, of any point guard in the country,” Enfield said. McLaughlin will look to earn a roster spot with strong performances in the summer league. Elijah StewartElijah Stewart, USC’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made and games played, also went undrafted despite working out for multiple NBA teams during the pre-draft process. He will spend training camp and summer league with the Indiana Pacers. Despite going undrafted, Stewart’s elite 3-point shooting ability and defensive intensity (126 blocks in four years) are skills many NBA teams in this floor-spreading era desire. With Victor Oladipo emerging as the face of the franchise and commanding defensive attention, opportunities for Stewart to show what he excelled at in Los Angeles may be on the horizon.last_img read more