first_imgIRELAND goalkeeper Shay Given has sent his congratulations to Spain tonight after their 4-0 Euro 2012 Final win over Italy.The scoreline – the same as when Spain beat Ireland – shocked some pundits who thought the Italians had enough to cause an upset.The Italians thought their Man City Striker Mario Balotelli would be the man to win it for them. But it was his Man City teammate David Silva who opened the scoring for Spain.New Barcelona recruit Jordi Alba doubled the lead just before half-time with a blistering run and finish.As Italy were reduced to ten men through injury, Spain turned the screw – with a double from their Chelsea contingent.Sub Fernando Torres clinically finished from a through ball to make it 3-0 before setting up another sub, Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata,  to fire home from eight yards. Donegal man Shay said simply: “Congratulations to Spain. They are simply the best team on the planet.”The result meant Spain retained the title they won in 2008 – to add to their World Cup win of two years ago. SHAY GIVEN: ‘SPAIN THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD’ was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHAY GIVEN: ‘SPAIN THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD’last_img read more

Notre Dame topple UConn to book showdown with Baylor for NCAA title

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sunday’s night championship game will have two women coaches.The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor. US sports It will be the first championship game since 2012 when both coaches – McGraw and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey – are women.“The same two,” McGraw said after Friday night’s 81-76 semi-final win over UConn. “This weekend we’re all about basketball right now. So want to really focus on that. I am excited to have two women in the final.”McGraw, during her Thursday’s news conference, said it’s time for more women in positions of power, and not just in women’s basketball. She is disappointed that there aren’t more female leaders in all walks of life.Baylor and Notre Dame will both be looking for a third national championship in a rematch of the 2012 title game won by the Lady Bears 80-61.UConn, which were beaten by Notre Dame in last year’s semi-finals, captured four national straight championships from 2013-16. Tennessee went back-to-back in 2007-08, while Southern Cal won it all in both 1983 and 84.Baylor advanced after a 72-67 win over first-time Final Four participant Oregon in Friday’s first semi-final.“The feeling is unreal,” Baylor center Kalani Brown said. “I’m still in shock. I’m overwhelmed. I’m just happy to be a part of this team right now.”Brown scored a game-high 22 points Friday night. Forward Lauren Cox added 21.Baylor last made a Final Four appearance in the 2012 title season.“We’ve played in big games,” Cox said. “Obviously we haven’t been to a Final Four in a while, but we’re used to the pressure, used to that big-game moment.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian NCAA tournament 2019 Basketball Share on Messenger Read morecenter_img Legendary UNC basketball coach faces probe over racially insensitive remarks Share on Facebook NCAA tournament Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more