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Premier League Roundup: Liverpool’s dream win is Man United’s worst nightmare



Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott, left, and Mo Salah challenge Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 5, 2023. (Jon Super/AP)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — For Liverpool, it was the wildest of dreams.

For Manchester United, the worst nightmare after such a promising start for coach Erik ten Hag at the club.

A 7-0 win for Liverpool against United in the Premier League on Sunday in arguably English soccer’s fiercest rivalry has the potential to have a lasting impact on both teams’ ambitions this season.


It was United’s worst competitive defeat in more than 90 years. United has lost 7-0 on three previous occasions — the last time coming in 1931 against Wolverhampton. The score also eclipsed Liverpool’s previous best victory against United, which was a 7-1 win in 1895.

“A few months ago everyone thought it was a good moment to play Liverpool — you can’t say it publicly but everyone thought it — because they felt we were struggling a lot,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “But now it is less of a good moment, we look much more like ourselves. It is important that everyone knows we are here and we are still alive.”

A landmark win could be the launchpad for a powerful finish to the campaign for Liverpool, a push for Champions League qualification and possibly more.

Ten Hag, meanwhile, must hope his players respond in the manner they did after humbling losses against Brentford and Manchester City this season, which sparked impressive undefeated runs.

A four-pronged trophy pursuit now looks highly unlikely, with third-place United 14 points adrift of league leader Arsenal. But after winning the League Cup last week, Ten Hag’s side is still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League, in what still has the potential to be a triumphant campaign.

Not that the Dutchman was in the mood to look for the positives in the immediate aftermath of United’s joint heaviest loss of all time. It was also Ten Hag’s worst-ever defeat as a manager.

“That for me is unprofessional,” he said. “I’m really disappointed and angry. We let our fans down. As a squad, as a team, you cannot allow this.

“You have to stick together and support each other and fight for each other. You have to defend. We didn’t do that and for me that is really unprofessional.”

Ten Hag has endured his share of tough days in his first season in charge of the 20-time league champions.

United lost 4-0 to Brentford in only the second game of the season and was beaten 6-3 in his first Manchester derby.

“I know this team will reset and we have to bounce back and we have shown in the past we can,” he said.

Klopp has had his own problems this season as his team has struggled to cope with the departure of Sadio Mane last summer.

Until recently, even a Champions League qualifying top-four finish looked in doubt, with Liverpool suffering bruising losses to Brentford, Brighton and Wolverhampton since the start of 2023.

This win, however, closes the gap to fourth-place Tottenham to three points with a game in hand.

It was also evidence of a growing understanding between Liverpool’s new-look attack as Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah all scored twice, with Roberto Firmino adding the other.

“It was one of the best performances for a long, long time. Everybody saw how good the boys can be,” Klopp said. “No one was doubting Darwin’s future impact. Cody plays in the most difficult area in the pitch against a man-marking side, which is super tricky. Mo is Mo.”

With fourth place now in sight, Liverpool fans might yet dream of an unlikely comeback in the Champions League round-of-16 game against Real Madrid later this month.

While European champions Madrid lead 5-2 after the first leg at Anfield, this was the type of performance to make the Merseyside club believe anything is possible.

Klopp’s assessment of Sunday’s game was concise: “Freak result, top performance.”


Salah became Liverpool’s all-time leading scorer in the Premier League with 129 goals in 205 appearances.

The Egypt international surpassed Robbie Fowler’s Premier League tally with his second goal.

“It’s very special, I can’t lie. This record was in my mind since I came here,” Salah told Sky Sports.

Salah earlier in the week became only the second Liverpool player after Ian Rush to score 20 goals for a sixth successive season.


If Nottingham Forest is to avoid relegation this season, it will rely on the goals of Brennan Johnson, as well as its form at the City Ground.

The 21-year-old Johnson scored twice in Forest’s 2-2 draw with Everton to make it five goals in his last seven league games.

Meanwhile, Forest is unbeaten in its last nine matches at home in the league.

Demarai Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure had twice put Everton in front, but Johnson responded to both goals to keep Forest four points clear of the relegation zone.

“At the moment, he is performing really well and getting numbers,” Forest manager Steve Cooper said. “But, as always, it’s about continuing to improve. I know how committed he is and how much he wants to get better.

“There’s always a level to get to and a long way to go, which is natural for his age in his first year in the Premier League.”

Everton missed out on the chance to move out of the bottom three.

“We have to keep getting points on the board, but you have to have a method to what you are doing and there are very pleasing signs to what the players are delivering and how they are taking these games on,” Everton manager Sean Dyche said. “We need points of course, but there has to be a plan, a method and reason of getting them.”


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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Senators



BOSTON – The Bruins will be back on home ice on Tuesday night as they return from a lengthy five-game road trip to host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Boston has bounced back to win three straight after a brief lull in its record-breaking season produced a stretch of three losses in four games.

“Hold ourselves accountable,” Matt Grzelcyk said of how the Bruins have rebounded quickly from the downturn. “And I feel like that Winnipeg game, we got a huge goal second shift, I think that just kind of starts getting things going the right way – and having that more attacking mentality offensively, defensively, taking time and space away from them. And I think it was a good transition and that’s when we could kind of overwhelm teams.”


Here’s everything else you need to know ahead of the 7 p.m. ET puck drop on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub:


On the Injury Front

Derek Forbort did not take part in the morning skate and is unlikely to play again before the postseason, per coach Jim Montgomery. The blue liner suffered a lower-body injury after blocking a shot on March 16 in Winnipeg.

“We do not expect him back before the end of the regular season,” said Montgomery, who added that Forbort does not require surgery.

Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno, both of whom have been out for nearly a month with lower-body injuries of their own, have resumed skating. Foligno took the ice on his own ahead of Tuesday’s morning skate, while Hall joined his teammates donning a maroon non-contact jersey.

“They’re checking boxes and are progressing well, but there’s no timeline for them yet,” said Montgomery. “I still think they are a ways away. It’s not at the point where I’m starting to think about lines and stuff.”

When they do return, however, Montgomery is eager to have plenty of options up front.

“I don’t think it’s a problem. It’s a great situation,” he said. “You’ll get to see when they get back who plays with who, and a deep lineup is going to get even deeper. So, it’s a great problem to have.”

After sitting out Sunday’s game in Buffalo, David Krejci (soreness) and Dmitry Orlov (defense rotation) will be back in the lineup. A.J. Greer and Jakub Zboril will be the healthy scratches.

Opposing View

The Senators, on the second end of a back-to-back, snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday night with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh. The recent downturn has pushed Ottawa (34-31-5, 73 points) six points behind Florida for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

After winning the first two games against the Bruins this season – both on home ice – the Senators fell to Boston, 3-1, on Feb. 20 at TD Garden.

“I think they won [on Monday night], so they’re probably feeling pretty good about themselves,” said Grzelcyk. “Every game probably feels pretty close to a playoff game and they haven’t been there in a few years. They’ve got a lot to prove and they’ve got a lot of young talent…a good power play.

“We’ve got to stay disciplined, something we’ve lacked in a little bit recently. I’ve got to be mindful of that and I don’t want to give them any easy opportunities. And they played last night, so get on them early and make them work for it.”

Ottawa is paced by Tim Stutzle, who leads the club with 35 goals and 78 points in 66 games. Brady Tkachuk (30-42-72) has also hit the 30-goal, 70-point plateau, while Claude Giroux (28-30-68), Alex DeBrincat (21-35-56), and Drake Batherson (21-34-55) have reached the 20-goal mark.


Tuesday’s Projected Lineup


Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronJake DeBrusk

Pavel Zacha – David Krejci – David Pastrnak

Tyler BertuzziCharlie CoyleTrent Frederic

Jakub LaukoTomas NosekGarnet Hathaway


Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy

Hampus LindholmBrandon Carlo

Dmitry Orlov – Connor Clifton


Linus Ullmark/Jeremy Swayman


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Canada’s women rebound vs. New Zealand after curling worlds loss to unbeaten Swiss



It was mixed results for Canada on Tuesday at the world women’s curling championship with a narrow loss to undefeated Switzerland and a comfortable victory over winless New Zealand.

Kerri Einarson’s squad from Gimli, Man., opened its day with a 7-6 defeat at the hands of three-time defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni before rebounding with a 10-4 win over New Zealand’s Bridget Becker.

The results left Canada tied for second place at 5-2 through 11 draws heading into games Wednesday against Germany and South Korea.

“It’s a little challenging out there and it’s taking a little longer to buy into and adapt to the changes in the game,” Canada lead Brianne Harris said. “We had a better day yesterday and then today was just a little off again. Hopefully we can build tomorrow and have our best day yet.”



Canada bounces back at women’s curling worlds by defeating New Zealand


Canada’s Kerri Einarson beats New Zealand’s Bridget Becker 10-4 at the women’s world curling championship. The Canadian women have a 5-2 record and are tied for second place with Italy.

Tirinzoni had her squad ahead 6-4 following a three-point fifth end and a steal of one in the sixth.

After a blank seventh, Einarson scored one in the eighth and tied the match 6-6 with a steal in the ninth.

With the hammer in the final end, Tirinzoni scored one to cement the win and improve to 6-0.

Against New Zealand, Einarson and teammates Harris, Val Sweeting and Shannon Birchard broke open a 2-2 tie with three points in the third end.


Switzerland remains undefeated with win over Canada at women’s curling worlds


Canada’s Kerri Einarson falls to Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni 7-6 at the women’s world curling championship. The Swiss team stays perfect with a 6-0 record while the Canadian squad drops into a four-way tie for second at 4-2.

Leading 6-4 after six ends, Canada scored two in the seventh, and the teams shook hands after a Canadian steal of two in the eighth.

New Zealand fell to 0-7.

“We were looking to string some shots together,” Harris said. “I still don’t think this was our best game, though. It’s nice to get a win anyway but we need to make a few more shots going forward.”

In other Draw 11 results, Sweden edged Japan 5-4, Italy beat Scotland 7-6 and the United States thumped Denmark 7-2.

Italy was tied with Canada at 5-2, with South Korea and Norway next at 4-2.

The top six teams in the 13-team field qualify for the playoff round. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

That Curling Show: Kerri Einarson ready to take on the curling world in Sweden


Fresh off her fourth straight Scotties title, the skip joins That Curling Show to talk about what makes her team so dominant, having her kids be able to watch the final and how she’s prepping for worlds.


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Son of Flyers GM Daniel Brière charged for pushing wheelchair down stairs



Three misdemeanour charges were filed Monday against the son of Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Danny Brière after a video posted on social media showed him and another Mercyhurst University athlete pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down a staircase.

Police in Erie, Pennsylvania, filed charges of criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy to commit mischief and disorderly conduct against Carson Brière, who completed his third hockey season at Mercyhurst. Patrick Carrozzi, listed as a senior member of the school’s lacrosse team, faces the same three charges, according to documents filed with District Judge Sue Mack.

The two are scheduled to appear in court on May 22.

Brière and Carrozzi are seen on a surveillance video at the top of a staircase of a local bar, where they push the wheelchair down the steps on March 11. Police say their actions posed a potential danger to anyone coming up the stairs, while also creating a hazardous condition by blocking the staircase.

The wheelchair’s owner, identified as Sydney Benes, filed a complaint saying the fall down the stairs damaged the left brake handle, broke the right arm rest’s plastic molding, bent a rear handle and caused the wheels to drag when moving forward. Benes said the wheelchair was purchased a year ago, costing $2,000 US.


It’s unclear if Brière or Carrozzi have lawyers who can speak on their behalf.

Brière and two other athletes were placed on interim suspension, while the school investigated the matter.

A message seeking comment left with a Mercyhurst athletic department spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Daniel Brière departs from a news conference in Philadelphia Feb. 9, 2022. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

Last week, the 23-year-old Brière apologized in a statement released through the NHL’s Flyers.

“I am deeply sorry for my behaviour on Saturday,” he said. “There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do whatever I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”

Danny Brière, who was promoted to run the Flyers after Chuck Fletcher was fired two weeks ago, said he was shocked to see his son’s actions and called them “inexcusable,” while saying his son “accepts full responsibility for his behaviour.”

Mercyhurst previously released a statement saying the actions displayed in the video fall short of the school’s “belief in the inherent dignity of each person,” adding the school’s “tradition also reminds us that students and all people who make poor choices deserve opportunities to learn, change behaviours and atone for harmful actions.”

Carson Brière previously was dismissed from Arizona State’s hockey club in 2019 for what the school called a violation of team rules.



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