Silva downplays his role after Everton super subs seal victory

Vieira says Arsenal’s Xhaka ‘deserves more respect’

Everton sealed a win over Crystal Palace thanks to goals from substitutes, but Marco Silva was not interested in any personal glory.

Marco Silva downplayed his role in choosing Everton’s substitutes after Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun sealed a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace off the bench.

Palace should have taken the lead after an hour when Wilfried Zaha was fouled by Seamus Coleman in the penalty area, but Jordan Pickford saved Luka Milivojevic’s subsequent penalty.

Everton then punished that miss, as Calvert-Lewin met the cross of fellow substitute Ademola Lookman to put the hosts ahead with three minutes left to play.

Tosun – introduced 15 minutes earlier than the other two – then got Everton’s second after catching Palace on the break.

But Silva brushed off any personal praise.

“It’s our job,” he told Sky Sports. “We are here to make decisions not just on the line-up, but in the game as well.

“It was all okay when we changed the three players and it worked. I am really happy for them.

“Cenk in the last two home games has come on and scored goals and Dominic and Lookman have come on and created the first goal.

“They are working really hard to make the starting line-up. It’s important to us to have solutions on the bench to solve problems in a match.”

Palace manager Roy Hodgson felt the result was harsh on his team, however, convinced they were even deserving of a win.

“Two goals in the 87th and 89th minute, the first one is the killer, the second one is one you concede when pushing forward,” he added.

“The first goal was such a massive blow, having put ourselves in the game and having the chance to score and not being able to take that.

“It’s hard to stand here as a loser again. I could easily have been standing as a winner, or at least coached my team to a positive point, but they scored the goals and we didn’t.

“We matched Everton – they’re a hard-working team too. The mood in the dressing room is very sombre because we were very close to getting a good result that nobody would have begrudged us.”

Pliskova feeling confident after impressive start in Singapore

‘Revenge for 2016’ – says tearful Mladenovic after Fed Cup glory

Caroline Wozniacki was defeated by Karolina Pliskova at the WTA Finals on Sunday, with the latter relishing her busy schedule.

Karolina Pliskova feels momentum could be key at the WTA Finals after winning her Singapore opener against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Pliskova – the last of the eight players to qualify for the season-ending tournament – she was more than a match for Wozniacki, emerging with an impressive 6-2 6-4 triumph on Sunday.

Indeed, the Czech actually feels she may have benefited from the need to play additional matches in recent weeks to book her place in Singapore, with this her third tournament in October.

“You always feel better by coming on the court by having a lot of matches in the last few weeks,” Pliskova said after her victory. “I feel like that’s important, but not only with me but I think with everybody.

“It’s true that when Domi [Cibulkova] won, she was playing until the last moment, [Caroline] Garcia, [Svetlana] Kuznetsova, too.

“There are a lot of indoor tournaments in the weeks before, so you can really get used to it here. The matches can really help you to get the confidence back from just playing. Knowing you have to play three matches can help, too.”

Pliskova saved all 10 break points she faced on her own serve, leaving Wozniacki rueful in defeat.

“I had break points in almost every single [one] of her service games and I didn’t get any one of them,” said the Dane. “That was disappointing.

“And I think, if I had got some of them, the outcome could have been different. But it wasn’t to be. I’ll just have to go back and practice, get some shots in and try to do better next time.”

Everton 2 Crystal Palace 0: Substitutes Calvert-Lewin and Tosun clip Eagles’ wings

Vieira says Arsenal’s Xhaka ‘deserves more respect’

Everton claimed a third successive Premier League win, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun downed Crystal Palace at the death.

Marco Silva’s substitutions proved inspired as late goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun helped Everton to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, who had a Luka Milivojevic penalty saved.

The match appeared to be heading for stalemate after Jordan Pickford denied Milivojevic from 12 yards on the hour, but Everton scored twice in two minutes with the clock winding down to secure a third successive Premier League win.

Everton created several chances in a first half they generally controlled, but Palace went closest when Cheikhou Kouyate hit the frame of the goal with a header.

Palace then saw Milivojevic denied from the spot and Everton took full advantage, as Calvert-Lewin headed them into an 87th-minute lead before Tosun added a second on the break.

Despite their control of the game, Everton did not test Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal until the 28th minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson met Seamus Coleman’s cut-back and forced a vital save.

The visitors soon enjoyed a promising spell of their own and went close to the breakthrough – Kouyate heading against the crossbar from close range after James Tomkins nodded Andros Townsend’s corner across goal.

Wilfried Zaha won Palace a penalty in the 60th minute when tripped by Coleman, but Milivojevic saw his effort – struck straight down the middle – saved by Pickford’s foot.

Theo Walcott wasted a chance soon after, but his replacement – Ademola Lookman – ultimately set up the opener three minutes from time, producing a fine cross for Calvert-Lewin to head home.

Tosun then put the game beyond Palace two minutes later, racing on to Michael Keane’s long ball and coolly slotting past the helpless Hennessey, moving Everton up to eighth in the Premier League.

Thunderstorms push Andalucia Valderrama Masters into reserve day

Golfer hits 100-yard stinger through a tunnel of trees

Sergio Garcia’s quest for a third Andalucia Valderrama Masters title will have to wait another day after thunderstorms on Sunday.

Thunderstorms led to further delays to the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, meaning Sergio Garcia and the rest of the field will have to return on Monday to complete the final round.

Dangerous conditions over the opening three days had already seen the third round cancelled and the event reduced to 54 holes, yet the tournament was still unable to reach a conclusion on Sunday.

Leader – and host – Garcia only managed to play seven holes before organisers halted the action, the Spaniard having picked up a shot at the fourth before immediately handing it back at the next hole.

Garcia’s advantage had grown to five shots after his birdie – sealed by a 20-foot putt – but his lead sits at just three heading into Monday’s hastily rescheduled action when he resumes on 10 under par.

His former Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood is leading the charge after four birdies in his opening eight holes, the Englishman reeling off three in succession from the second onwards.

Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied at six under par, while Mikko Korhonen is a further shot back in fifth.

Gavin Moynihan and Maximilian Kieffer enjoyed productive rounds, completing 15 and 14 holes respectively before the hooter sounded, and will hope they can finish impressively when play hopefully gets under way again.

WATCH: Nike releases inspiring LeBron James ad

‘They got championship DNA’ – LeBron on why Lakers lost to Raptors

The ad features footage of James from May 2003 before he was drafted in the NBA.

Nike released a motivational LeBron James ad on the day he made his home debut with the Lakers.

The ad features footage of a young James from May 2003 before he was drafted in the NBA. James tells reporters he doesn’t feel added pressure as the projected top pick.

Nike shared the video on its Twitter page with the caption: “Just a small-town kid with big-city dreams. #justdoit @KingJames.”

The ad starts with a reporter’s voice asking: “How much pressure do you have to perform from day one?” James responded: “There’s no pressure. No pressure at all. I’ve been getting pressure since I was 10 years old. I’m doing something that I love to do. And that’s play the game of basketball. Y’all like to watch me play basketball.

“It hasn’t kicked in yet, to what I’m getting myself into. I’m not going to guarantee no championship, I’ll tell you that. I just hope they accept me for who I am as a basketball player, especially as a person. I know how to be a leader. It’s just a long term, I always tell y’all that, this was one of the long term dreams that I’ve always had. That’s just playing in the NBA.”

The ad closes with text that read: “It’s only crazy until you do it. Just do it.”

James has since become a four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist in addition to his accomplishments off the court of being a philanthropist, activist and businessman.

Hornets’ Kemba Walker reaches 10,000 career points

‘They got championship DNA’ – LeBron on why Lakers lost to Raptors

Walker, who was 26 points shy of the feat, finished with 39 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds in Saturday’s win at Miami.

Kemba Walker has reached another historic milestone.

The Hornets point guard became the first player in franchise history and 29th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points Saturday during the team’s 113-112 win over the Heat.

“I feel like I’m dreaming. 10,000 points in the NBA. It’s crazy,” Walker said after the game. “I work hard each and every summer, each and every day on my game to become a better player for my teammates, for the organization. Hard work always pays off.”

Walker, already the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer, entered the game 26 points shy of the feat and finished with 39 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds. He also set a league record with 19 three-pointers in the first three games of the regular season.

The two-time All-Star selection previously set a franchise record for most points scored in a season opener (41) three days earlier in the team’s loss to the Bucks.

“Our team starts with him. He’s the head of the snake every night,” Hornets coach James Borrego said of Walker. “He controls the game, but he understands and trusts his teammates. When he misses a shot, we want him to shoot the next one. He’s playing tremendous basketball right now at such a high level. He’s pulling these guys along with him.”

Walker, 28, was selected with the ninth overall pick of the 2011 draft and has remained in Charlotte, N.C., since.

The Hornets (2-1) continue their four-game road trip Monday when they visit the Raptors (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Edmund masters Monfils to claim maiden singles title

‘Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift have been in my locker-room here’ – Tsitsipas excited

An emotional Kyle Edmund overcame Gael Monfils in a thrilling final in Antwerp, winning two tie-breaks to take the title.

Kyle Edmund was reduced to tears after coming from a set down to win the first ATP Tour singles title of his career with a defeat of Gael Monfils in a gripping European Open final.

Edmund lost his maiden final in Marrakech six months ago, but the Brit was not to be denied in Antwerp on Sunday, winning 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4).

The mercurial Monfils served 17 aces and was broken just the once, but Edmund twice thrived on the pressure of a tie-break to break his duck.

Australian Open semi-finalist Edmund’s emotion came out when he consigned the Frenchman to defeat in a tight tussle that took two hours and 25 minutes to settle, having beaten Monfils’ compatriot Richard Gasquet at the semi-final stage.

Edmund had not lost a set this week, but Monfils changed that after getting off to a dream start, winning the first three games of the match.

Monfils did not face a single break point in the opening set, his power and precision not giving the Englishman a look-in, but Edmund turned the tide by racing into a 4-1 lead in the second.

Back came Monfils to force a breaker, only for Edmund to secure two mini-breaks and take it to a deciding set.

Neither player could convert either of the two break points they had in the final set and another tie-break always looked to be on the cards.

Edmund executed a sublime backhand stop volley to perfection in a breaker that featured yet more thrilling baselines rallies as Monfils was denied an eighth title.

Manchester United didn’t play – David Luiz blasts Mourinho tactics

Vieira says Arsenal’s Xhaka ‘deserves more respect’

Despite the Blues needing a late Ross Barkley goal to claim a point, Chelsea defender David Luiz blasted Manchester United’s tactics.

David Luiz says Chelsea were the only team attempting to play during the first half of their Premier League draw with Manchester United.

Ross Barkley’s injury-time goal salvaged a point for Chelsea, protecting their unbeaten record under Maurizio Sarri.

United recorded a single shot during the first half but Jose Mourinho’s men came from behind to lead after the interval thanks to a brace from Anthony Martial.

Barkley’s late impact prompted a fracas on the touchline but the result leaves Chelsea third in the table, two points behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.

And David Luiz, who played under Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s time in charge at Stamford Bridge, hit out at United’s tactics.

“We tried to win from the beginning of the game,” the Brazil defender told Chelsea’s website.

“We controlled the game with possession, trying to create some space to score some goals. They came with a plan just to defend and play on the counter-attack.

“I think in the first half it was just us who played. We could have done better by scoring the second goal to kill the game, but it is never easy to win in the Premier League, especially against a big opponent.

“It gave them a chance because we had only scored one goal and in the second half they came and scored a lucky goal with the ball touching a player and bouncing about.

“After they scored they had a bit more confidence, and it was a great game. This is the Premier League against fantastic teams, so we have to keep going and try to work hard.”

The centre-back, who has started all nine Premier League games this season after falling out of favour under Antonio Conte, hailed Chelsea’s character in claiming a draw.

“Even though we were 2-1 down, we kept trying to score the equaliser and we did that in the end so I think the spirit was amazing,” he added.

“This was a big game against a big club, and it is always like this. We have to realise we had amazing spirit to try and score the second goal and we did that in the end.

“We are happy we have gone this many games without losing, but we are keeping on working hard to try and improve our team because it is just the beginning.”

Svitolina out to silence ‘haters’ in Singapore

‘Revenge for 2016’ – says tearful Mladenovic after Fed Cup glory

Elina Svitolina is determined to go from strength to strength in the WTA Finals and proving she deserves to be among the elite.

Elina Svitolina is on a mission to silence the “haters” in Singapore after beating Petra Kvitova in her WTA Finals opener on Sunday.

Svitolina had not triumphed against Kvitova for four years and failed to take a set off the Czech in their previous five meetings but ended that miserable sequence in style, recording a 6-3 6-3 win.

The sixth seed felt light-headed immediately after the White Group match, though there was little sign she was struggling during an impressive performance on court.

Svitolina will be back in action against Karolina Pliskova, who beat Caroline Wozniacki in the day’s other match, on Tuesday and is fuelled by a determination to show she belongs in the season-ending tournament.

“I’m just not feeling good,” the world number seven told the media after her straight-sets triumph.

She added: “I was playing good today, you know, quite solid from the baseline and putting pressure on Petra today. This was the key for me.

“Winning this match definitely gives me lots of confidence. I want to take this as one to go forward, and for all those people and haters that were saying that I don’t deserve to be here and I’m not good.

“Until the next match, I can really enjoy this win.”

Kvitova was in great spirits despite starting her campaign with a defeat.

“Life makes me happy. I already said that I’m very proud of myself to be here and be part of this. I’m not depressed and just sitting and crying.” said the two-time Wimbledon champion.

Emre Can face surgery on thyroid problem

Conte praises Inter Milan players and staff after they take Serie A top spot

Juventus have confirmed Germany midfielder Emre Can may need surgery on a thyroid problem.

Emre Can faces tests on a thyroid problem and may need surgery, Juventus said in a statement.

The Germany midfielder, who joined the Serie A champions on a free transfer from Liverpool in June, has a thyroid nodule.

Juventus said Can may require an operation but clinical tests will be carried out to diagnose the severity of the issue.

The midfielder is unlikely to be available to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Can has made eight Serie A appearances this season but was an unused substitute for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Genoa.

Tsitsipas claims maiden ATP crown in Stockholm

‘Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift have been in my locker-room here’ – Tsitsipas excited

Ernests Gulbis’ dreams of a first title in four years came crashing down at the Stockholm Open as Stefanos Tsitsipas sealed victory.

Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed his maiden ATP World Tour crown at the Stockholm Open, ending Ernests Gulbis’ fairytale run in Sweden.

Qualifier Gulbis had seen off Denis Shapovalov, Jack Sock and John Isner on his way to a first final in four years, but Tsitsipas proved a step too far as the Greek secured a 6-4 6-4 win.

The rising star had lost the two previous finals he had qualified for this year but there was nothing stopping him on Sunday, Tsitsipas sealing the title in 81 minutes.

A tight opening set saw both men serve superbly with break points at a premium. Gulbis missed his in the first game, but Tsitsipas made no mistake when his opportunity came at 5-4.

The second followed a similar trend with neither man able to fashion an opening in the first nine games.

Finally there was a chink of light for Tsitsipas, though, as Gulbis was broken to love to leave his 20-year-old opponent celebrating a first tournament title.

Mariners boss Mulvey knows nothing of Bolt contract offer

Moment of the Matchday – Matchday 34

Usain Bolt’s representatives say Central Coast Mariners have offered him a deal, but coach Mike Mulvey had nothing to add on the claims.

Central Coast Mariners boss Mike Mulvey insists he knows nothing about a contract offer made to Usain Bolt.

The former athletics star’s management confirmed to Omnisport on Sunday that they had received an offer from the A-League club, where Bolt has been training since August.

However, Mulvey stated after his side’s 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar that he was not aware of the state of play regarding the Jamaican’s future.

In fact, Mulvey suggested Bolt would struggle to get into his starting line-up if he were to be signed by the club.

“We don’t talk about speculation,” he told a news conference. “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t talk about rumours or anything like that; it’s for a few pay grades above my level.

“I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world, but if you have a look at our front line today you wonder if he could get into any of those positions, wouldn’t you?”

When asked if there was a plan to resolve Bolt’s future, Mulvey replied: “I have a real good plan, and that is: we’re going to go home, the lads will have a nice bath, we’ll have some dinner and have a little look at the game this evening, Perth [Glory] and Western Sydney [Wanderers], then we’re going to get on a plane tomorrow and go home to Central Coast and start preparing for Melbourne City next week.”

WATCH: Vinicius Junior scores free-kick – then sees red!

Moment of the Matchday – Matchday 34

Vinicius Junior went from hero to zero in the space of a few minutes, scoring an excellent free-kick before getting sent off.

Vinicius Junior scored a wonderful free-kick for Real Madrid Castilla before being sent off in his side’s Segunda B clash with Celta Vigo B.

The Madrid prodigy stepped up late in Sunday’s encounter to curl an exquisite strike over the wall and into the top-left corner to make it 1-1.

However, the forward went from hero to zero three minutes later when he received a yellow card for simulation, having already picked up a booking earlier in proceedings.

Vinicius will serve a one-match suspension, unless his club launch an appeal, meaning he will not be available for the Clasico clash with Barcelona if Julen Lopetegui wished to call upon the 18-year-old for first-team duty.

The Brazilian has made two LaLiga appearances for Madrid this season following his arrival from Flamengo, although he is yet to start for Los Blancos.

Khachanov enjoys home comforts with comprehensive Kremlin Cup win

‘Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift have been in my locker-room here’ – Tsitsipas excited

There was a Russian winner at the 2018 ATP Kremlin Cup as Moscow-born Karen Khachanov cruised past Adrian Mannarino.

Moscow native Karen Khachanov outclassed Adrian Mannarino to ease to his second ATP World Tour title of the year in straight sets at the Kremlin Cup.

A hugely one-sided final on Sunday saw Khachanov add to his triumph in Marseille in February, with Mannarino unable to stay with the third seed in a 6-2 6-2 reverse in Moscow.

Victory means Khachanov is the first Russian winner of the men’s singles draw at the Kremlin Cup since Mikhail Youzhny in 2009.

Khachanov broke in front early and kept the pressure on in a dominant display, earning a second break with a sensational return into the corner of the court after a series of strong showings in the rally.

The home star served out the opening set with ease and soon set about building on his advantage.

A swift break followed in the second due to Mannarino’s double fault and Khachanov then took the third of three break points to nudge further clear, before denying the Frenchman a belated response with some powerful serving.

And from a position of strength, Khachanov was able to cruise through the remainder of the match and celebrate a popular win.