Exclusive – Everton have the quality to surpass Liverpool this season, claims Osman

first_imgLeon Osman claims Everton CAN finish higher in the Premier League table than arch-rivals Liverpool this season – despite the Reds’ spending spree.Brendan Rodgers’ side have splashed the cash this summer, following Luis Suarez’s departure for Barcelona, laying out around £90million on Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi, along with Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren.The Toffees haven’t been shy in the transfer market either, signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record £28m, and Osman, who will celebrate his testimonial on Sunday, believes Roberto Martinez’s side has what it takes to surpass their Merseyside rivals.When asked whether Everton can finish higher than Liverpool, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: “Yes we can. It’s going to be difficult though.“Liverpool have strengthened, but so have we.“We both have extra commitments with Europe this year but we aim to finish above them every season.”You can buy tickets to Leon Osman’s testimonial against FC Porto on Sunday, August 3, 4pm kick-off, by clicking herelast_img read more

La Habra smothering in win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 After a scoreless third quarter, La Habra’s defense took over. Brea took possession of the ball on its own 43-yard line after the Highlanders failed to make a first down on a fake punt. On the first play of the series, Garrett Kiehl sacked Fleming for a 10-yard loss. Two plays later Casey Rihn intercepted a pass and sprinted 42 yards for the touch down. On the next series the Highlanders nearly duplicated the sequence. On second down Chris Milano turned in the sack and a play later Matt Estrada intercepted a pass, returning the ball 28 yards to the Brea 7-yard line. Faced with third-and-goal, Benedict connected with Travis Bourne on a slant for the 6-yard touchdown. The Highlander kicking game played a big role in the victory. Kickoff specialist Kyle Fowler prevented any kickoff returns by repeatedly sending the ball into the end zone. Puga, handling the punting duties, also pinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory. La Habra started the scoring in the first quarter. On the Wildcats’ first offensive play from scrimmage, Paul Estrada intercepted Jeff Fleming’s pass. The Highlanders capitalized on the turnover when Pete Puga kicked a 29-yard field goal. In the second quarter La Habra extended the lead. After a personal foul call on the Wildcats, the Highlanders took possession on their own 32-yard line, scoring seven plays later on a 10-yard pass from quarterback R. J. Benedict to sophomore Travis Bourne. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LA HABRA — Strong defense and solid special-teams play proved the difference, as the La Habra High School football team defeated visiting Brea Olinda 24-0 on Friday night. The Highlanders limited Brea to 109 yards on offense while turning in six sacks and four interceptions. last_img read more