Report: Coventry City 5-4 Bristol City

first_imgCoventry City, playing their first match at their alternative home, racked up a three-goal lead by half-time, but quickly fell to pieces as City came on strong in the second 45.Leon Clarke’s penalty, Callum Wilson’s curling finish and Billy Daniels’ perfectly-placed header were cancelled out in the space of 19 second half minutes.Sam Baldock scored twice, either side of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ deflected free kick, to restore parity. Immediately the Sky Blues raced up the other end to make it 4-3 through Wilson’s second, only for Marvin Elliott’s stunning strike to level things once more with five minutes left.The away supporters, who outnumbered their hosts’ backing in numbers and volume, must have been dreaming of another ‘Mansfield 5-4’ but it wasn’t to be.Instead, Daniels had the last word with a close range finish to wrap up the scoring in a truly remarkable encounter. Sean O’Driscoll made just one change to the line-up following the 2-0 midweek cup win in Gillingham, as Scott Wagstaff returned to the starting XI replacing the benched Jordan Wynter. The visitors could have opened the scoring just three minutes into the game. Liam Fontaine’s long ball forward allowed Baldock to race clear into the Sky Blues’ box, but just as the striker pulled the trigger Jordan Clarke made a crucial block. Coventry responded well. Frank Moussa teased his way beyond Brendan Moloney before picking out Conor Thomas darting into the box. His curling effort had the beating of Frank Fielding but Fontaine was on the line to clear the danger. City’s backline were caught napping again when Clarke’s clipped ball forward was latched on to by Wilson but with only Fielding to beat the striker showed a lack of composure firing into the keeper’s chest.Coventry’s pressure finally told on 27 minutes when John Fleck’s long ball forward again allowed Wilson to charge into the City box. Flint tripped the forward inside the area, Leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot. Clarke kept his cool and fired the ball into the roof of the net for the opener. The home side continued to press and two goals in three minutes at the end of the half ensured Steven Pressley’s side had a healthy lead at the break. Another long ball forward by Fleck found Wilson, who this time found Flint backing off and he whipped the ball past Fielding into the far corner with aplomb.City nearly hit back instantly but keeper Joe Murphy raced off his line to deny a clean through Baldock with his legs.And the first-half rout continued when Moussa’s deep cross from the left found Daniels at the back post,  who expertly guided a header back across Fielding and into the net. O’Driscoll unsurprisingly made two changes at the interval with Derrick Williams and Ryan Taylor introduced. It saw a more attacking 3-5-2 formation adopted and to good effect. Emmanuel-Thomas teased Blair Adams on the right wing and fired a low cross towards the back post, which cannoned against the upright and Baldock was on hand to bundle home.Emmanuel-Thomas went from creator to goalscorer on the hour, albeit with a little help from the home team. Baldock rolled a 25-yard free kick into his path and the sweet left-foot shot ricocheted off the wall to bounce past a helpless Murphy.Now the travelling faithful had hope, and it looked to be realised on 74 minutes as a misplaced header from Andy Webster, the ex-City loan defender, was pounced on by Baldock. The skipper had already passed up one-on-one opportunities but made no mistake this time.The mass ranks of away supporters were still celebrating as a pumped ball forward was allowed to bounce in the area by Fontaine for Wilson to stab past Fielding at the second attempt.But City weren’t done. Now with Marlon Harewood on the pitch in place of the injured Taylor, they won a throw down the right. Emmanuel-Thomas launched it into the mixer and Elliott executed a sublime scissor kick to make it 4-4.With three minutes to go it could have gone either way.And it was the beleaguered home side who ended up with all three points.A cross to the back post was volleyed back across goal by Clarke and Daniels made no mistake, hooking the ball inside Fielding’s left-hand post.Baldock almost snatched a dramatic equaliser with the last kick but it wasn’t to be, bending wide of the upright.You have to feel sorry for the Coventry supporters who boycotted the game. Not just for the turmoil affecting their club – they also missed a corker at Sixfields.last_img read more

Girls basketball: Bossier advances to finals of Lady Kats tourney

first_imgThe Bossier Lady Kats reached the finals of their own tournament with a 64-47 victory over the Booker T. Washington Lady Lions Thursday night at Bossier.Bossier will face the West Monroe Lady Rebels in the championship game of the Bossier Federal Credit Union Lady Kats Invitational at 7 p.m. Saturday. West Monroe defeated Plain Dealing 60-36 in the other semifinal.In consolation games, Parkway fell to Woodlawn 47-43 and Huntington downed Green Oaks 65-53.Destiny Thomas led Bossier with 14 points. Bossier coach JC Dickey was able to empty his bench in the second half and every Lady Kat scored.Domeshia Noble led Plain Dealing against West Monroe with 10 points. Chelsea Randle paced Parkway against Woodlawn with nine points. Kourtney Landry added eight and Wisdom Watts had seven.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Guilbeau: Spurrier coaching ‘home’ team in Baton Rouge

first_imgGlenn GuilbeauGlenn GuilbeauBATON ROUGE – So let me get this straight, Steve Spurrier is going to be coach of the team wearing white at LSU.At long last, it finally happened. After the 1986 season, Spurrier interviewed for the LSU head coaching job, but didn’t get it and had to settle for the Duke job. And LSU would suffer at his wrath for that for many years to come.After the 2004 season, Spurrier would have likely been interested in the LSU job again as he was leaving the Washington Redskins, but the timing was not right. LSU had already hired Les Miles.Spurrier is 70 now, 0-3 in the Southeastern Conference and maybe headed to his first losing season as a head coach since 1987 at Duke. But on Saturday afternoon, he will finally be the “home” team’s coach in Tiger Stadium.LSU “agreed” on Wednesday to “let” South Carolina move its scheduled home game at 11 a.m. Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina, to Tiger Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (TV time to be determined) because of a flooding rampage throughout that state in recent days.“They are basically the home team for this game,” said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva because South Carolina will be getting the ticket and concession money from LSU. “We want our fans to make them feel at home.”LSU has even decided to toss its beloved home whites to wear purple at home in a SEC home game for the first time since 1994.Really, Joe, you want LSU’s fans to make Steve Spurrier feel at home at Tiger Stadium! You don’t know the history with this guy.Spurrier has felt at home at Tiger Stadium for years. His Florida teams beat LSU in Tiger Stadium by 16-0 in 1991, by 58-3 in 1993, by 28-10 in 1995 and by 31-10 in 1999. Even then-LSU coach Nick Saban couldn’t stop him. He lost 44-15 to Spurrier in 2001. No other passing offense in Saban’s time at LSU shredded his defense as Spurriers’ did that day.“It was like watching a video game,” said former safety Ryan Clark, who knew what he was talking about because he was in the video.As Florida’s quarterback, Spurrier was also 2-0 against LSU with a 20-6 win in 1964 and a 28-7 win in 1966 on his way to the Heisman Trophy. So, Spurrier was a sparkling 7-1 as a head coach and quarterback in Tiger Stadium and liked rubbing it in LSU’s face, too, before LSU coach Les Miles took him by 28-16 in 2007 and again by 23-21 in 2013.And now, LSU wants to make Tiger Stadium a friendly roost for Spurrier and his Gamecocks. They’re even going to play South Carolina’s fight song after scores.“Our goal is to make South Carolina feel at home,” Alleva said.Has such a memo been sent to Leonard Fournette? Perhaps he should not play if you really want to be hospitable. And perhaps should invite Curley Hallman over so he can coach for Miles.That would be homey.“Obviously, it’s unusual,” said Miles, who spoke to Spurrier by phone on Wednesday. “He said that I might suggest that the fans not make any noise (as in the 1993 game). I said I was fine with that.”But Miles was kidding as he apparently didn’t get Alleva’s memo. Later at his weekly Wednesday night press conference, Miles revealed another idea for LSU fans.“I would say to them to put away their fishing rod for the weekend and put away that weekend you were going to take your wife some place because there wasn’t a home game,” he said. “Postpone those plans and pull the RV up, start cooking, come back to your comfortable confines of Tiger Stadium and start making a lot of noise.”They will likely be barbecuing chicken.Spurrier may be 70 and losing, but he is as sharp as ever, even if his team isn’t. He knows spin when he hears it. He knows what’s coming, and it’s not a home game no matter what LSU says it is.“The biggest challenge is LSU,” he said with a chuckle when asked about a storm-riddled week at South Carolina. “They got a big strong defense. They run the ball down everybody’s throat.”And he’s playing at Tiger Stadium, and Fournette will not be trying to make anybody wearing white “feel at home.”Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at http://www.hebertstandc.com/last_img read more

Saying So Long…

first_imgWSU151 0 Location:Bridgeport, CT Share on other sites Posted July 1, 2006 leopard88 fiasco! Link to post Members 467 posts timparry Location:Cumming, GA 2 Location:Ashburton Grove 721 8,685 Page 1 of 6   I’m sorry to hear this Donovan. I totally understand what you’re getting, and it’s a shame if you end up getting scapegoated just because of your insider knowledge in the industry.You have been a tremendous member and resource here, and I think in many cases you have been underappreciated. I hope you continue your work with the SSUR, and I hope that I can be a help to you if you need it as well.And don’t be too much of a stranger, y’hear? Share this post Share this post Link to post 0 timparry 567 rev Gary Master of the Irrelevant 721 Share on other sites Posted July 1, 2006 Link to post Recommended Posts 0 Followers 1 SportsLogos.Net Yac12 Sports Logos 0 Forums Home Share on other sites 28 Reaper Link to post 1 Posted July 1, 2006 it was a good run, donovan….good luck with SSUR. Share this post Share this post 2,192 PANTONE:Thank you for all of the work you have done and brought here to enlighten the rest of us. You and your site always did (and will continue to) assist me when putting together logos, packages, using colors, etc. I fully understand the reason why you are leaving and don’t blame you. Best of luck in the upcoming years and here’s to Edgerrin James and Matt Leinart tearing up the new stadium in months to come! SabreGuy Share this post Members 17,487 posts Sports Logo News 2,943 2,943 fiasco! Location:The Land of Pleasant Living Link to post Sorry to see ya go PANTONE. I wish you the best of luck man. We will miss your info & thoughts about logos. Take care & well wishes Posted July 1, 2006 0 744 12 27,465 posts Members 744 Share this post ZBoyer Location:Colorado Springs, CO We’ll miss ya PANTONE, Donovan. I certainly understand your predicament. You were definitely one of the biggest contributors to this board, and it’ll definitely be weird when there is no answer to “paging PANTONE” (from the old FanHome board, IIRC) when there’s a dispute involving color schemes. Godspeed! Location:SURPRISE, AZ 0 I understand completely, Mr. P. As far as ‘leaks’ go, it just shows that teams have to do a better job at keeping this stuff secret…we all know you were too professional to have anything to do with leaks, so that’s just to let these stupid sports teams know that they have worse security than the CIA.Keep us posted on your future endeavours!! Posted July 1, 2006 28 Members 0 Share this post 6 Sign in to follow this   Moderators Link to post 97 1,047 posts 0 Glendale Demons 2020 Share on other sites Sorry to hear it. I haven’t been here very long myself, but I have definitely enjoyed your contributions where I have seen them. Good luck with everything. Share on other sites Blue Falcon Posted July 1, 2006 Share on other sites Members jkrdevil slapshot 0 0 officeglenn 97 Share on other sites Link to post Members Location:204 Location:Burnsville, MN Share this post 0 tjpskillz34 0 MisterE 0 Forums Home leopard88 8,685 0 28 Lighting up the Heavens with his silly acting…and more! Share on other sites TruColor Share on other sites Prev Share this post 1 rvrdgsfn 94 Members 721 Members 2,943 0 Sports Logo News 0 Sorry to hear it.  I haven’t been here very long myself, but I have definitely enjoyed your contributions where I have seen them.  Good luck with everything. Posted July 1, 2006 Members Share on other sites Members Posted July 1, 2006 Link to post We’ll miss you, Donovan. Thanks for all your contributions. Especially the textile colours game. That was fun … and educational. I can still remember that Kansas City and Seattle are the two MLB teams with “Lollipop” in their primary logos and nowhere else in their colour schemes. I’ll probably remember that to the grave. 6 Z! Posted July 1, 2006 13,464 posts rev Posted July 1, 2006 14,762 posts It’s unfortunate that you’re leaving, but we can all understand your reasoning. I wish you and the SSUR the best of luck. Saying So Long… 100 posts Share on other sites 0 0 0 You don’t kill people you don’t know. That’s a rule. Some animals are more equal than others. 0 DGivens87 741 posts Posted July 1, 2006 Posted July 1, 2006 9,812 posts 1,767 posts Yac12center_img Lucky Number Prev Link to post Share this post Members 0 744 0 0 Link to post 0 Moderators 17,857 posts 0 Posted July 1, 2006 Link to post Share this post Location:CT Share on other sites Link to post ah Donovan who am I going to talk to about the Cardinals? It’s sad to see you go and good luck with whatever you do in life 0 rvrdgsfn 0 2,062 posts Location:East Providence Share on other sites Share this post 0 Share this post 0 Link to post Posted July 1, 2006 PANTONEI’ll never tell anyone that you’re really Tom O’Grady. You were to this board as The Great Gazoo was to Fred Flintstone. 6 0 0 2,669 posts 0 Location:Belleville, ON, CA Posted July 1, 2006 1 94 Share this post Link to post As an infrequent poster but a frequent lurker, I have to let you know how much I have appreciated all of your contributions and help over the years (wow, sounds like you just graduated and are about to join the peace corp on a tour overseas). Your insight has been a great addition to almost every thread and this community will miss you without a shadow of doubt. I fully understand why you feel you have to leave and wish you the best of luck with SSUR. Favourite Logos:Chicago Blackhawks, Iowa Hawkeyes, Kenosha Bradford High School’s Tailed B, USA Volleyball, UW-LaCrosse All Activity jkrdevil PANTONEI’ll never tell anyone that you’re really Tom O’Grady. You were to this board as The Great Gazoo was to Fred Flintstone.Agreed. You have been a source of knowledge and wisdom to us “dum-dums” and only certain select individuals could see you.Your knowledge and insights will be missed. Link to post 567 2,192 1 Share on other sites Best of luck. SSUR is a great resource and you shouldn’t jeopardize that in any way. 0 ZBoyer 0 Share on other sites WSU151 Share this post 97 94 Medical Crab Link to post 6 Members 6 SabreGuy Share this post 635 posts Just wanted to drop you all a note (for those of you who care), to let you know that I am leaving this forum, and more than likely won’t be back. It’s nothing personal against anyone on this board; I’m just realizing that with all of the “leaking” of confidential information that’s going on, and with the incorrect assumptions made by some that I am somehow involved in the leaks, that it’s going to potentially make it difficult for me to continue gaining the trust of the leagues and teams. It’s taken me a number of years to grow my network of designers, professionals and friends, and I don’t want to jeopardize their trust.I’ll still lurk from time-to-time…however, I’ll probably start building up my own neglected forum and post there occasionally.Good luck to all of you. Saying So Long… Go To Topic Listing 3 0 Link to post Share this post Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net This topic is now closed to further replies. Victoria Concordia Crescit All Activity Share on other sites Link to post Posted July 1, 2006 tjpskillz34 Posted July 1, 2006 MisterE Your wealth of information will be missed! 267 posts 0 Members 2 Favourite Logos:Baltimore Ravens( 1999-Present)Washington Capitals Secondary (2007-Present)Baltimore Orioles (1966-88, 2012-)Richmond Flying Squirrels Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (2014-Present) Your site (SSUR) is what brought me to this forum, and I thank you for that!I am sad to see you go, as you are definitely an asset to the site, but I am excited to stay up w/ you on SSUR.Good luck! 12 453 posts 10,205 posts 11,387 posts 0 Reaper Location:DC area Members Blue Falcon slapshot 0 0 Next Posted July 1, 2006 Formerly ColorWerx and PANTONE 3 Share this post 1 Members Location:Richmond, VA officeglenn Sports Logos Share this post 5,469 posts Followers 1 Members By TruColor, July 1, 2006 in Sports Logo News 8,685 Next 5 Members Share this post Location:Calgary, Alberta, Canada Location:St. Catharines, ON Link to post Posted July 1, 2006 0 Page 1 of 6   0 163 posts Gary Location:Kenosha, Wisconsin 12 0 DGivens87 Members Share on other sites 2,192 0 0 Sorry to see you leave. You were always a good contributor to the boards. Good luck to you and the SSUR. 4 5 TruColor Posted July 1, 2006 steiny_ramone Link to post Sign in to follow this   567 Share on other sites 4 Share on other sites Location:Bloomington, IL steiny_ramone Sorry to see you go, Pantone, but I understand. I’m trying to think of something smart or witty to say, but instead I’ll just second what everyone else has said. Saying So Long…last_img read more

Arsenal have now agreed fee and personal terms on big signing,…

first_imgEarlier on Tuesday, we covered a claim from Italy that Arsenal have agreed a €30m offer to sign Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria this summer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDash Living Hong KongExpat’s Favorite – Fully Serviced Studio from HK$10,000 / moDash Living Hong KongUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndo熱門話題小心會瘦過快…網友推爆:「真的瘦的超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo The midfielder has a €25m buyout clause, and Arsenal would likely be paying more so Sampdoria will let them spread the payments over a number of years. It wouldn’t be such an unusual situation.It was stated that no personal terms agreement had yet been found between Torreira and the Premier League club, but now there’s a new claim on that.Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has been on Sportitalia and claimed terms have been agreed between the two parties. He’s also tweeted the information, and says a deal worth €3m a season (which is likely to be after tax) plus bonuses has been agreed.Commissions have also been sorted out.If both the claims of an agreed fee and agreed personal terms are correct then this one looks like it could be a done deal.Update: Gazzetta dello Sport are now independently reporting a transfer fee and terms have been agreed on the deal, and they believe Lucas Torreira is very close to becoming an Arsenal player.last_img read more

Sparta – No. Budejovice 5: 2, Sparta turned against the newcomer….

first_imgThe Sparta hockey players have won a curious seal! In the overtime of the 1st round of the Generali Cup of Česká pojišťovna Motor, she defeated České Budějovice 5: 2 and in the second duel she received her first win. The Praguers lost twice, but in the 56th minute, the strikers Andrej Kudrna and Jan Buchtele turned the result within 41 seconds. In the end, Sparta insured the result in the weakening during the power play of the opponent with the goals of the defender Tomáš Pavelka and even the goalkeeper Matěj Machovský.last_img

He will be rich! It is said that Trpišovský agreed…

first_imgHe is not the king of shooters, nor the shooter, which is a nightmare for opponents. Nevertheless, he is a star and football Slavia can appreciate it with a good package of money. According to Mf DNES and Sport, the architect of the successes, coach Jindřich Trpišovský, has now agreed with the club from Eden on a new three-year contract with a one-year option. He has to earn at least 1.3 million a month. Slavia did not comment on the aforementioned information for Sport.cz, the club’s spokesman Michal Býček only wrote that the club will publish all the news at Thursday’s press conference before the start of the league. The contract should probably be signed there.last_img

Allen spurs TSC to 88-run win over MYO

first_imgA blistering half century from wicketkeeper/batsman, Devon Allen, saw Transport Sports Club (TSC) crushing Muslim Youth Organization (MYO) by 88 runs in the latest round of the Georgetown Cricket Association/New Building Society 40-overs second-division tournament at MYO ground Sunday. Winning the toss and electing to bat, TSC posted 167 all out in 25.4 overs before bamboozling MYO for 79 in 23.1 overs.TSC lost Akeem Redman and Shamar Yearwood quickly but Adrian Hinds clobbered five boundaries on his way to a 23-run blitz before also departing.With the top order not doing much, TSC were revived by a fifth-wicket stand of 63 between Shaun Massiah and Allen. While Massiah contributed 23 runs with five fours, he was a mere spectator as Allen assaulted the bowlers to all parts of the small Woolford Avenue ground. Allen bashed nine fours and one six before being stumped off of Niran Bissu for 50.Vishal Motilall started the procession of wickets and while being expensive, finished with 3-49 from seven overs while Anthony King took 3-11 from three overs. Bissu ended with 2-25 from four overs.In reply, MYO were rocked early on, losing a string of wickets with no batsman in the top six apart from Khemraj Ramdeen, who made 14, adding more than two runs with Baptiste ripping through the lineup. Avinash Rajkumar, batting at number eight shared a 27-run stand with Bryan Bowen. Rajkumar stroked 20 inclusive of two fours and one six. Bowen dispatched a low full toss from spinner, Azeem Azeez into the fence at deep mid-wicket but fell to the very next delivery caught by the wicketkeeper to end his knock of 14. Extras, was the main contributor to the total, adding 25 runs.Baptiste ended with 3-15 while Kevin Ross collected 4-17 from seven overs each as Jamal Michael picked up 2-3 in two overs.last_img read more

Spinners help England end 17-year wait in Sri Lanka

first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka,  (Reuters) – Spin duo Moeen Ali and Jack Leach combined to end England’s 17-year wait for a test series victory in Sri Lanka after bowling the tourists to a 57-run victory in the second test yesterday. Moeen struck twice in three deliveries and Leach completed his maiden five-wicket haul as the tourists took a little over 30 minutes on the final morning to seal victory and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-test series.Sri Lanka resumed on 226 for seven, needing 75 to keep the series alive after their opening loss in Galle, but were all out for 243 as England completed their first away series win in tests since beating South Africa at the beginning of 2016.The England side led by Nasser Hussain were the last to register a series victory in Sri Lanka in 2001 and Joe Root’s men arrived in the country winless in their last 13 tests away from home. Their last series victory in Asia was in India six years ago and not many would have bet on England to win with a match to spare against Sri Lanka, who defeated South Africa 2-0 at home in July.“We said we are going to come out here and play bold cricket, we were quite courageous at times and everyone’s really bought into that. We are seeing the rewards now,” Root said at the post-match presentation.“We have to keep looking to improve. We have seen this team grow in the last six-eight months. We are not the finished article, we want to get to number one at some point. “We have to be consistent to do that, in all parts of the world and on different surfaces.”For the first time in a test match, spinners claimed 38 wickets with Leach and Moeen sharing 14 between them on a turning track at Pallekele.Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Lakmal was the only quick to pick up a wicket while the other was a run out. It was also the first time since 1973 in Karachi that no seamer took a wicket in a test for England.When play resumed on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s hopes of squaring the series rested entirely on wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, who was unbeaten on 27 overnight.The hosts managed to keep the England spinners at bay for 15 minutes while picking up singles to advance towards their target but Moeen broke their resistance by dismissing Dickwella, who was caught at slip by Stokes for 35. The off-spinner then sent back Lakmal for a duck two deliveries later before Malinda Pushpakumara spooned a catch straight back to left-arm spinner Leach.“It was a brilliant test match,” said Root, who was named player of the match for his brilliant 124 in the second innings.“We were very good for the whole game. At times we were under pressure and we responded really well to that. (I) couldn’t be more proud of the guys.”Sri Lanka batted well in both innings but Sam Curran’s counter-attacking 64 in the first innings and Root’s century under pressure in the second made the difference for England. “Sri Lanka played brilliantly in both innings,” added Root, after registering his first away series victory as captain.“At times we lost clusters of wickets but we stayed very calm and managed to find ways to get back in the game and get the control back in our favour.”The third and final test of the series will start on Friday in Colombo.last_img read more