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Postby kaisy on Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:10 am

English sides Liverpool and Tottenham are through to the knockout stage of the Europa League after beating Udinese and Panathinaikos respectively on Thursday. Steaua Bucharest, Stuttgart and FC Basel claimed the remaining berths in the last 32 to be played in February. In Italy, Jordan Henderson scored midway through the first half to help Liverpool to a 1-0 win, and avenging the 3-2 loss to Udinese at Anfield in October. "(Henderson) is a great lad and works hard and has come in over the last month and made a good contribution to the team," Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers said. "It was a very good finish and he was unfortunate not to get a second goal as the keeper made a wonderful save." When Young Boys of Switzerland beat already-qualified Anzhi Makhachkala of Russa 3-1, Liverpool won Group A. All three teams finished on 10 points, but Liverpool had the best head-to-head record, followed by Anzhi. Stuttgart advanced despite an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home to Molde. It was runner-up to Group E winner Steaua Bucharest after the Romanian side drew 1-1 at Copenhagen. Stuttgart edged Copenhagen on head-to-head. Udinese had a couple of decent chances before Liverpool took the lead in the 23rd minute with its first real opportunity. Luis Suarez headed on a corner and Suso passed it back for Henderson to rifle in through a crowd. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Daniele Padelli pulled off several fantastic saves -- denying Henderson and Suarez -- to keep qualification still in question for Liverpool, which knew it had to at least match Young Boys result. Udineses Giovanni Pasquale was sent off late on for a second bookable offence. It almost ended badly for Liverpool in stoppage time as Antonio Di Natale sent a shot skimming over the crossbar with the last kick of the game. "It was very close," Rodgers said. "Hopefully it is a sign we have a little bit of luck going our way because maybe a couple of months back that would have gone in and we would be out of the competition." In Switzerland, Gonzalo Zarate gave Young Boys the lead in the 38th when his initial shot ricocheted around the area and back to him to slot home from a tight angle. Anzhi Makhachkala levelled in first-half stoppage time with a controversial equalizer. Young Boys called loudly for offside but Odil Ahmedov appeared to be level as he received the ball, turned and fired in. Moreno Costanzo doubled Young Boys lead eight minutes after the break after Anzhi failed to deal with a cross. Anzhi striker Lacina Traore was sent off 20 minutes from time for a second bookable offence before Alexander Gonzalez added a third for the home side in stoppage time. Lazio finished as Group J winners after a comprehensive 4-1 win over Maribor. The Italian side progressed with Tottenham, which won 3-1. Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs a 29th-minute lead as he beat the offside trap before firing into the bottom right corner. But Zeca headed Panathinaikos level nine minutes into the second half. Tottenham restored its lead when Clint Dempseys header hit the underside of the crossbar and went in off Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Jermain Defoe sealed the match. "When you play with good players they will always create chances for the forwards to score," Defoe said. "Its been good - not just me and Ade (Adebayor) - I think everyone played their part. Hopefully we can keep it going - it was a good victory." In the tight Group E, Steaua needed only a point to advance and was reduced to 10 men at the start of the second half when Cristian Tanase was sent off for a second yellow card. Raul Rusescu gave it the lead with a stunning shot from outside the area which took a slight deflection as it curled into the right side of the goal. Copenhagen levelled three minutes from time through Igor Vetokele, but it was too little too late. At Stuttgart, Davy Claude Angan ran from inside his own half to score the only goal in first-half stoppage time for Norways Molde. FC Basel went through after a goalless draw at already-qualified Genk. It means Fridays postponed match between Videoton and Sporting Lisbon was rendered meaningless. The match was initially delayed shortly before kickoff as groundstaff struggled to drain the waterlogged pitch, but with rain still heavy it was decided to postpone the match. Elsewhere, competition top-scorer Edinson Cavani scored his seventh in Napolis 3-1 loss at home to PSV Eindhoven. Tim Matavz netted a hat trick to inflict Napolis first home defeat in European competition in 18 years. Sam Bradford Womens Jersey . -- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears has agreed to a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Sam Bradford Elite Jersey . The four-year pro has spent his entire career with the Buffalo Bandits, where he posted a 10.86 goals-against average and . . Coach Mike Yeo announced the decision after Harding went through the morning skate. He left Game 4 on Tuesday following a collision with Chicagos Jonathan Toews late in the first period. Sam Bradford Youth Jersey . -- Magic general manager Rob Hennigan says that trade talks for Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets are "stationary," but that discussions remain open with them and other teams. Sam Bradford Black Jersey . -- The Memphis Grizzlies took a horrendous start and turned it into one of the best comebacks in franchise history.EDMONTON -- One hurdle remains for the National Hockey League Oilers to get a new downtown rink -- but its a big one. Edmonton city councillors voted 10-3 Wednesday to sign on to a cost-shared deal with team owner Daryl Katz for a new $450-million arena. But when everything is added up, the deal is still $100 million short. Both Katz and the city have been asking for that money from either the provincial or federal governments. Both have already said publicly that they will not use tax dollars to fund private enterprises. However, Alberta Premier Alison Redford has said the city can use provincial infrastructure dollars already allocated to it. Mayor Stephen Mandel said that fight is for another day. "We cannot start without that money," Mandel told council. "But thats not about today. Today is about making a decision to change our downtown. "This particular project will build a better city." Mandel said it was about more than dollars and cents with a team that has brought the city five Stanley Cups. "People love the Oilers. Its part of our fabric in this life, part of the fabric of this city." He dismissed critics who wanted him to stare down Katz and strike a better deal for the city. "Im not willing to take that risk (of losing the team to another city). I think weve made a good deal," he said. The Katz Group issued a statement late Wednesday saying it appreciates councils "strong vote of support" for the arena. "We also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the public hearing and to say once again that we believe the Edmonton Arena District is a great opportunity that will benefit our entire city and region." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement that he is "thrilled" for Edmonton. "The future of the Oilers couldnt be brighter," Bettman said. Time had been ticking down for the deal to get done. Katz had said he wanted a deal by Monday so the rink would be ready for the 2015-16 season. He has also said the team is losing money under its current lease at Rexall Place. The proposal is for Katz to contribute $100 million. Another $125 million would come from a ticket tax. The city would pay $125 million up front and recoup more than a third of it from higher property taxes expected to come from that revitalized area of downtown. The city would also pay Katz $20 million over 10 years to advertise Edmonton through his team. Its not clear what form that advertising would take. Katz would retain the naming rights for the building. The Oilers would pay $100 million in instalments: $5.5 million in annual rent for 35 years, plus interest, for a total of $186 million. The ticket tax would be $5 to $6 per ducat. The Oilers have also promised to keep the team in the Alberta capital for the next 35 years. The city would spend additional millions to buy the downtown land, put up a pedway and build rapid transit to the rink. It would own tthe facility, but Katz would run it, pay for its maintenance and keep all the profits 11 months out of the year.dddddddddddd The rink would be built on a "design model" to cap the cost at $450 million and avoid overruns. Coun. Kerry Diotte voted against the deal. Diotte said he is for a new arena, but not with a deal where the costs to taxpayers keeps escalating. Earlier Wednesday, city officials confirmed that once interest costs and infrastructure are added in, the original $125 million cost to the city will balloon to $305 million. "We absolutely owe it to taxpayers to get this deal right. Its not right. Its offside and I cant support it," said Diotte. Coun. Don Iveson also voted against it. He said compared with other cost-shared rinks, Edmontonians are paying too much. He said emotion worked against the politicians in a city where the Oilers sell out their games regularly, and where even minor developments concerning the team are front-page news. "This deal flows from our weak negotiating position," said Iveson. "Weakened by the fear of losing the team. A fear, I think, is irrational and a bluff I might call. "But it is a fear that nonetheless powerfully grips many Edmontonians." The debate caps four years of divisive wrangling among residents and councillors. Proponents say the money given to Katz would rebound many-fold for the city in spinoffs from a revitalized core. Coun. Kim Krushell says it will also heal the psyche of a city wounded by star players like Chris Pronger who demanded trades because they didnt want to live in the Alberta capital. "Its time to tell the Prongers of this world that Edmonton isnt just a city with great people," said Krushell. Opponents say no public money should fund the private business of a billionaire. Katz is a pharmacy magnate. A third group says it is OK with public money for the Oilers, but would like better profit on the back end for taxpayers. The new rink would have 18,000 or more seats, close to 80 luxury, bunker and party suites, food courts and wide concourses. It would be the centrepiece of a new commercial-residential complex with a new office tower, hotels, bars, shops, restaurants and hundreds of housing units. There is no definitive plan yet for those surrounding amenities. The Oilers current home was built in 1974 and is now the second-oldest rink in the NHL. Only the New York Islanders play in an older facility. The arena is run by Northlands, a non-profit board that operates under the aegis of the city. Northlands also hosts rock concerts, rodeos and other shows, worth an estimated $6 million a year in profit, at the 16,839-seat facility. The Oilers are the only NHL team that doesnt get non-hockey-related revenue from its building. Katzs new facility would compete with Northlands for those same rock concerts and shows. The city has said it would impose a similar ticket tax on Northlands to create a level playing field. ' ' '
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