“I’m really, really happy. We deserved the three points,” Silva told BBC Sport.“The chances we created, we should hav scored more goals. It is a fantastic win and one more clean sheet. That’s the spirit I like – the desire to win every challenge.“(Earlier in the season) we lost some confidence, we had a break and after we worked really well. It’s the same team with more confidence.”The Gunners were poor in the first half and, while they did improve in the second, they never seriously tested Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal.Everton, meanwhile, had plenty of chances to double their lead in the second half as Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all spurned chances.Victory for Everton means they leapfrog Watford into ninth while Arsenal remains in fourth.Everton only announced Jagielka was starting 15 minutes before kick-off – a late replacement for Keane who dropped out of the matchday squad due to illness.But it only took the club captain 10 minutes to get on the scoresheet as he capitalised on confusion in the Arsenal box to fire home his first goal since April 2017 from close range.The hosts went on to dominate for much of the first half with Brazilian pair Richarlison and Bernard causing problems as they found plenty of space in behind the Gunners’ wing-backs.While the visitors did improve after the break with the introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, the Toffees were still largely the better side.Bernard should have doubled his side’s lead on 59 minutes when an error by Ainsley Maitland-Niles presented him with a one-on-one with Bernd Leno which the keeper saved well.And there were more chances for the hosts as the game drew to a close, too, as Sigurdsson could only shoot straight at Leno from Richarlison’s cut-back, while the Brazilian skewed his own effort wide with the goal gaping.There were further opportunities for Bernard, Andre Gomes and substitute Theo Walcott as the Toffees piled on the pressure but they could not find a second goal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Phil Jagielka, who was called into the starting XI as a replacement for Michael Keane shortly before kick-off of the Everton clash with Arsenal at Goodison Park yesterday poked home the only goal of the game to deny the Gunners the chance to step up to the number three spot on the English Premier League log.The goal came via Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header from Lucas Digne’s early long throw.Everton Boss, Marco Silva attributed the Toffees improved for for the victory.
August 16, 2020
The Orioles through 78 games in 2019: 22-56Through 78 games in 2018: 23-55I don’t know what this means, but it’s not great. With so many teams — the Mets, Nationals, Athletics, Rangers (???) — with valuable pieces they could ship away, there’s no shortage of teams that could decide to break it down or stay in it to make a run at the whole shebang.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNSo as we move forward with the latest, totally perfect and not debatable SN MLB Power Rankings, keep that in mind. This list could look drastically different in the coming weeks should players start to be on the move.As always, do not @ me.MLB power rankings1. DodgersPrevious: 1The Dodgers have been making easy work of division opponents in 2019, going 22-8 vs. NL West teams. They most recently walked off three straight times against the Rockies, and all three supplying the hits were rookies (Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo, Will Smith).Hard to pin the biggest fault with the Dodgers — bullpen, maybe? Catching depth??? — but whatever it is, they haven’t shown it yet. But there is, as always, plenty of baseball left to be played.2. YankeesPrevious: 4The Yankees scored a decisive three-game sweep of the Rays, cementing their status at the top of the AL East. Then, in a potential ALCS preview, they took the fight to the Astros, winning three of four and defending the Bronx.With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back in the Yankee lineup, and with the addition of Edwin Encarnacion, the Yankees are loaded for bear. Their biggest, most glaring issue, though, is still the rotation. J.A. Happ hasn’t been great.While bullpens are still all the rage — and the Yankees’ pen has been worth -0.3 fWAR in their last two weeks — starters haven’t given as much length as they should, turning to overuse. It’s a problem Yankees GM Brian Cashman seems open to rectifying.Through all that, the Yankees are 21 games over .500 and haven’t shown much of a reason not to believe in them in 2019, even with all the injuries.3. TwinsPrevious: 3It was apparent that the Twins were going to have a good offense in 2019, but to hammer this point home, the pitching has been their biggest surprise. Jake Odorizzi has been fantastic for Minnesota. He has allowed two runs or less in 10 starts this season and has a 2.13 ERA since the start of May. Those are legitimate numbers, folks, and Odorizzi isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.4. AstrosIs it unfair for a team to be Wally Pipp-ed out of their spot? Not really, because injuries are part of baseball, and how a team performs when they’re hurt is a mark of their depth.But the “issues” with the Astros go beyond their health. In general, they’ve played well without Carlos Correa and George Springer. José Altuve returned and has played well. Where the real problems are found is with the pitching: The rotation has been spotty, and the bullpen has been a question mark, even with Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna (generally) holding it down.Houston’s longest losing streak since 2015 — that’s really incredible, by the way — was snapped Sunday when they thumped the Yankees, but they still lost three of four, and in a few of those games, they had a lead. Don’t expect this malaise to last long: Houston is still very good; just a bad stretch.5. BravesPrevious: 9Atlanta started looking like Atlanta as soon as the calendar flipped to June. The Braves are now 16-5 in the month and look like a team that wants to win the NL East, taking advantage of divisional play, winning series against the Mets, Nats and Phillies in just over the span of a week.The addition of Dallas Keuchel is (presumably) going to help, as well. It’s a low-risk, high-reward move that took way too long to get done. 6. CubsPrevious: 6The Cubs are seven games over .500, so even with their most recent puzzling losses — vs. the Mets and a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals at the beginning of the month — there’s not really reason hit the panic button just yet. Oh, and by the way, Craig Kimbrel is expected to make his major-league arrival soon. There are still some questions along the rotation. Jose Quintana has not been great this year, pitching to a career-worst ERA. Kyle Hendricks is out until after the All-Star break with a shoulder problem. Yu Darvish has been better in June (ERA just around 4.00) but still not great.7. RaysPrevious: 5″Statement wins” in baseball aren’t really a thing — especially not at this point in the season — but Tampa Bay had an opportunity to take the AL East lead and silence some doubts as to whether or not they can compete for the division in 2019. Instead, they got swept by the Yankees in three games, dropping their record vs. New York to 2-7 in 2019.As per usual, good teams are allowed to lose, and good teams are allowed to get swept. But if this trend continues, the Rays are going to look more like a wild-card contender than a division winner.8. BrewersPrevious: 7The Brewers are still lying in the weeds and just a half game back in the NL Central, even with an average stretch of baseball in June (10-10). While they’re just 3-7 in their last 10 games, the fact that the Crew has been there step-for-step in the NL Central should be encouraging in the second half. It’s been the same story the last two seasons, after all.With Gio Gonzalez sidelined until at least July, Milwaukee could really, really use more starting pitching. There will be some names to go after on the trade market, as we’re just a few weeks away from trade season. How exciting!9. PhilliesPrevious: 8If you’re new to these rankings, you should know they’re fairly forgiving of teams’ recent cold stretches and tend not to over-analyze hot stretches. That said, the Phillies are free-fallin’ like that Tom Petty song, and it has not been pretty. They’re 6-16 in their last 22 and were just swept by the Marlins.The biggest question mark for the Phillies has been the rotation. Aaron Nola had a fantastic May (2.73 ERA), but the calendar flipped, and so has his performance (5.55 ERA in four starts in June).Next up, the Phillies have a four-game set vs. the Mets at home before an opportunity for revenge vs. the Marlins in Miami. If they don’t right the ship, then expect a steeper drop in the next edition of the Power Rankings. For now, let’s give little benefit of the doubt to a team that was the most consistent in the NL East the first few months of the season.10. Red SoxPrevious: 10Well, it looks like Boston is turning it around, again. After a 16-11 May, the Red Sox are in the middle of a 13-8 June, but they surprisingly lost a series to a pretty bad Jays team over the weekend.Mookie Betts, for all his “struggles” this month, has been worth 3.2 bWAR in 76 games overall. Betts is not to be outdone by fellow B-man, Xander Bogaerts, who is on pace to have his best season by WAR in his career. The Red Sox could get hot, and like many other teams, will be looking for bullpen help in another few weeks.Middle of the pack11. IndiansPrevious: 11The fact that the Indians have shown so much fight while dealing with terrible injuries and a terrible offense is beyond admirable. They’re still eight games back in the AL Central, though.12. RangersPrevious: 16Nomar Mazara keeps hitting bombs. His 505-foot dinger was no joke, and the 23-year-old has four home runs and an .866 OPS in June.13. RockiesPrevious: 14Rox creep closer to the top 10, even with a hard-luck series vs. the Dodgers. They have one of the best offenses in all of baseball — at home. Don’t look at the road numbers. They’re not very good, even if a bit skewed.14. CardinalsPrevious: 13St. Louis, 6-4 in its last 10, can’t seem to get any offensive consistency going. The Cardinals’ 3.42 staff ERA over the last two weeks ranks third in all of baseball in that span.15. AthleticsPrevious: 17The A’s are hanging around, now three games over .500, but the Frankie Montas suspension really stinks on a number of levels. 16. PadresPrevious: 12Padres lose points for sending down Chris Paddack, even if they brought him back up. Down with innings limits!But really, the Padres now sit two games under .500, but at least Manny Machado is getting hot, hitting over .300 in June with an OPS around 1.000.17. NationalsPrevious: 20Washington is now 13-7 in June, its best record by month this season. Surely the Max Scherzer sweepstakes will be put on hold … right?18. DiamondbacksPrevious: 15Ketel Marte: Good. He’s even better on the road, too, with a .997 OPS.19. Mets Previous: 18The Mets are in the middle of a brutal two-week stretch, playing the Braves, Yankees, Phillies and Cubs. We’ll find out a lot more of what they are at the end of it. Also, try not to fight reporters, guys.20. White SoxPrevious: 22Wow. Hard to believe the White Sox looked like they were spinning their wheels earlier in the season, but now sit three games under .500. They’re still under .500 on the road, too, which is one of the last things young and budding teams learn how to do — win on the road.Bottom third21. RedsPrevious: 21Nice to see that the Reds have translated some of their pitching prowess into wins in the last few weeks, but they’re still a last-place team. Cincinnati is a team to watch the rest of the way, though, expecially if its abysmal offense can get rolling.22. PiratesPrevious: 19Chris Archer was acquired for a ton of talent, and he’s been more “eh” than good with the Pirates in 2019. 23. AngelsPrevious: 23The Angels are getting healthier with the returns of Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton to the lineup. Upton has three home runs since returning (22 at bats). 24. GiantsPrevious: 25Pablo Sandoval has surpassed 1.0 bWAR on the season, the first time he’s done that since 2015.25. Blue JaysPrevious: 26Could Marcus Stroman be on the move? The righty is having a good bounce-back year for the Blue Jays and would net a nice return if he’s on the trade block.26. MarlinsPrevious: 28The Marlins’ pitching staff is actually … decent? They’re top 10 in ERA in the majors (4.22). Wow!27. TigersPrevious: 27Matthew Boyd currently has career highs in: ERA, bWAR, WHIP, K/9, BB/9. That’s a pretty good year, and there’s a good chance he’ll be finishing it in another uniform.28. MarinersPrevious: 24With the Edwin Encarnación trade, the teardown has begun. Dipoto season is in full effect.29. RoyalsPrevious: 29The Royals won a series over the hapless Mariners, their first series win since the beginning of May.30. OriolesPrevious: 30 Trade season is almost upon us.One of the most glorious things about the addition of a second wild-card team is the dreaded question of whether or not teams should stay in the race for it.
August 14, 2020
The College Football Playoff pairings will be announced Sunday, but the only suspense is at the top.Which 13-0 team will the College Football Playoff committee tab as the No. 1 seed between LSU and Ohio State? Those two teams capped unbeaten seasons with victories on conference championship weekend; the top seed will likely draw Big 12 champion Oklahoma (12-1), while the loser draws Clemson, defending national champion and winner of 28 straight. Clemson likely will be No. 3 in the rankings. MORE: Final College Football Playoff pictureThat leaves Ohio State and LSU fighting for the top two spots. Who should be No. 1? Before we begin, a look at just how dominant LSU and Ohio State have been this season:SchoolPoints forPoints againstDifferentialTop-25 wins*LSU6212753465Ohio State6331634705* Reflects rankings at time of gameLSU (13-0)Evidence: The renovation of the offense under passing game coordinator Joe Brady is the story of the season. Joe Burrow, who set SEC single-season records in touchdowns and passing yards, is going to win the Heisman Trophy. The Tigers piled up four top-10 victories during the regular season. LSU prevented Alabama from winning the SEC West with a season-defining 46-41 victory in Tuscaloosa. Ed Orgeron has an offense that looks invincible, the team has been battled-tested against excellent teams this season.Rebuttal: The Tigers’ defense is closer to Oklahoma’s than it is Ohio State’s or Clemson’s in terms of points allowed. They allowed 28 points or more in five games, including 38 to Vanderbilt and 37 to Ole Miss. Ohio State and Clemson have been more well-rounded on that side of the ball.Closing argument: LSU plays in the SEC, which remains one of the toughest leagues in college football, top to bottom. LSU also beat the last two conference champions in Alabama and Georgia by scoring an average of 41.5 points in those two games.MORE: Final bowl projections Ohio State (13-0)Evidence: Ryan Day’s first regular season as head coach was perfect. The Buckeyes dominated the Big Ten and beat opponents by an average of 36.2 points per game. Ohio State has the highest-scoring offense among the three teams and the highest point differential. The Buckeyes closed the season with victories against Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin (for the second time).Rebuttal: Ohio State has been beating up on the Big Ten for the last three years. LSU and Clemson are on the next level, and Michigan and Wisconsin moved the football on that Buckeyes’ defense the last two weeks. Plus, the Buckeyes needed to overcome a 14-0 and 21-7 deficit to beat the Badgers in Indianapolis.Closing argument: Day has never lost a game. The Buckeyes have three possible Heisman Trophy finalists in Justin Fields, Chase Young and J.K. Dobbins, and they have been the most complete team for most of the season. One half in Indianapolis does not change that.