Drake vs Northern Iowa

ST. LOUIS — The opening act of Arch Madness 2020 featured one squad that earned its way to Thursday night — and another that more so fell there. The three-game gap between No. 8 seed Drake and No. 9 seed Illinois State was the second-widest between teams that finished next to each other in the Valley standings.

None of that matters, though, when the postseason page turns. If the Bulldogs wanted another shot at Northern Iowa following last Saturday’s embarrassment, Drake had to wipe away any lingering regular-season frustration.

Drake’s game-snatching surge to open the second half swung a two-point game firmly toward the blue-clad contingency — and provided enough breathing room for a 75-65 win at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Bulldogs (19-13) will indeed get a re-do with top-seeded UNI. Quarterfinal tip is set for noon Friday.”No one wants to play on Thursday, but it is what it is,” sophomore Liam Robbins said. “Our mindset was to take one game at a time and try to go win four. We came out here, gave it our all — and we’ll be ready to go at Northern Iowa tomorrow.”Getting that quarterfinal opportunity wasn’t a given for Drake, which only mustered a season split with Illinois State (10-21) despite the Redbirds’ ugly 5-13 MVC ledger. In the first matchup on Jan. 16, the Bulldogs reached 84 points. In a Feb. 22 rematch, Drake barely sniffed 55. You can guess which outcome went with which result.

Drake’s Liam Robbins, left, heads to the basket as Illinois State’s Matt Chastain defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference men’s tournament Thursday, March 5, 2020, in St. Louis. (Photo: Jeff Roberson, Associated Press)

Offensively, Thursday’s affair was somewhere in between. The Bulldogs ripped off a 17-2 surge to start the second half, featuring three treys, a Garrett Sturtz layup and six points from Robbins that ultimately provided the necessary cushion. Soon after came a drought of more than seven minutes without a field goal. Drake then brought things full circle with a nice finish, after the Redbirds got as close as four.Robbins led Drake with 18 points and got double-digit assistance from Jonah Jackson (15), Anthony Murphy (17) and Sturtz (17). Keith Fisher’s 14 points and Antonio Reeves’ 13 headlined the Illinois State scoring.”Coach said they’re going to hit us with a run and don’t panic and stay composed,” Murphy said. “That’s what we did. Jonah hit some big shots, and Liam made some free throws — Garrett and myself, also.

Drake’s Garrett Sturtz passes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference men’s tournament Thursday, March 5, 2020, in St. Louis. (Photo: Jeff Roberson, Associated Press)

A key Sturtz and-1 with 6:28 left stopped a 13-1 Redbird run and re-calibrated Drake for the final push. With their lead back in double figures at the 3:05 media timeout, the Bulldogs drained the remaining clock with a couple of key stops and enough free-throw conversions.It wasn’t a flawless closeout. But they don’t need to be this time of year.”I thought it was a great effort by our guys,” Drake coach Darian DeVries said. “It was great to see them playing a little loose and free. It was nice to see us get it opened up on the offensive end.”Now the Bulldogs get their chance to erase what unfolded less than a week ago on Senior Day. Drake, after watching UNI (25-5) clinch the outright MVC title with a 70-43 Knapp Center shellacking, would love nothing more than to derail the Panthers’ lofty March dreams.”Each team knows each other. Each teams knows the personnel,” Sturtz said. “It’ll be a good battle.”

El Clasico 2020

Real Madrid will host Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of the sides’ Copa del Rey semi-final.

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In the United States, the match starts at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised on beIN Sports. But if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the match on your computer, phone, or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

BeIN Sports is one of 95 channels included in the main Fubo bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.

You can start a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the match on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch the match up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Sling TV

You can start a free seven-day trial including any of those channel packages right here, and you can then watch the match live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

These sides drew 1-1 in the first leg at Estadio Camp Nou on February 6. Madrid took an early lead on Lucas Vazquez’s finish in the sixth minute, then 22-year-old Brazilian winger Malcolm equalized for Barcelona early in the second half.

“Speaking generally, the draw was fair,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said, according to Reuters.

“It was very even, everything will be decided in the second leg. There were chances for both sides to win the game. It’s 50-50, even though they’re at home.

“The goal will give [Malcom] a lot in terms of confidence, we hope that everyone in the squad can help us.”

Whoever emerges from the second leg will take on the winner of Valencia and Real Betis, who drew 2-2 in their first leg.

“Both sides have the chance to go through,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said, per Reuters.

“It was a good game. Everyone on the team worked hard when we needed to and we played well too.”

Barca have not lost since, winning twice and drawing once in La Liga play, and drawing with Lyon in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League round of 16 tilt.

Most recently, they bested Sevilla 4-2 at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. The Argentinian had a hand in all his team’s goals, scoring three and assisting another.

“You go through different spells in a season,” Barca star forward Lionel Messi said, according to Sport. “You can’t always play at a great level. We are on a run, if we’re being honest, in which we are not playing our best football and that makes it difficult to score. When the play flows better, things work out for themselves. Today we were ourselves again and we played a great game.”

Wednesday will mark the first of consecutive Clasicos at Real’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. On Saturday, the sides will meet in La Liga play.

Barca sit in first in the league table, at 57 points through 25 games, seven points ahead of Atletico Madrid and nine ahead of Real Madrid.

“All competitions are important for us,” Messi said, per Sport. “We don’t throw any competition. We are one step from a final in the cup. It is going to nee a really tough game because it’s against Real Madrid and it’s at their ground […] but we’re going there to win and we’re confident we can do it. After that, we will think about La Liga game there, but we want to win everything.”

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Real Madrid will host Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of the sides’ Copa del Rey semi-final.

                                                                        CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW LIVE

In the United States, the match starts at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised on beIN Sports. But if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the match on your computer, phone, or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

BeIN Sports is one of 95 channels included in the main Fubo bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.

You can start a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the match on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch the match up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Sling TV

You can start a free seven-day trial including any of those channel packages right here, and you can then watch the match live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

These sides drew 1-1 in the first leg at Estadio Camp Nou on February 6. Madrid took an early lead on Lucas Vazquez’s finish in the sixth minute, then 22-year-old Brazilian winger Malcolm equalized for Barcelona early in the second half.

“Speaking generally, the draw was fair,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said, according to Reuters.

“It was very even, everything will be decided in the second leg. There were chances for both sides to win the game. It’s 50-50, even though they’re at home.

“The goal will give [Malcom] a lot in terms of confidence, we hope that everyone in the squad can help us.”

Whoever emerges from the second leg will take on the winner of Valencia and Real Betis, who drew 2-2 in their first leg.

“Both sides have the chance to go through,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said, per Reuters.

“It was a good game. Everyone on the team worked hard when we needed to and we played well too.”

Barca have not lost since, winning twice and drawing once in La Liga play, and drawing with Lyon in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League round of 16 tilt.

Most recently, they bested Sevilla 4-2 at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. The Argentinian had a hand in all his team’s goals, scoring three and assisting another.

“You go through different spells in a season,” Barca star forward Lionel Messi said, according to Sport. “You can’t always play at a great level. We are on a run, if we’re being honest, in which we are not playing our best football and that makes it difficult to score. When the play flows better, things work out for themselves. Today we were ourselves again and we played a great game.”

Wednesday will mark the first of consecutive Clasicos at Real’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. On Saturday, the sides will meet in La Liga play.

Barca sit in first in the league table, at 57 points through 25 games, seven points ahead of Atletico Madrid and nine ahead of Real Madrid.

“All competitions are important for us,” Messi said, per Sport. “We don’t throw any competition. We are one step from a final in the cup. It is going to nee a really tough game because it’s against Real Madrid and it’s at their ground […] but we’re going there to win and we’re confident we can do it. After that, we will think about La Liga game there, but we want to win everything.”

Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Stream, SPD Soccer 2020. Game Free

Real Madrid will host Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of the sides’ Copa del Rey semi-final.

In the United States, the match starts at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised on beIN Sports. But if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the match on your computer, phone, or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

BeIN Sports is one of 95 channels included in the main Fubo bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.

You can start a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the match on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch the match up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Sling TV

You can start a free seven-day trial including any of those channel packages right here, and you can then watch the match live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

These sides drew 1-1 in the first leg at Estadio Camp Nou on February 6. Madrid took an early lead on Lucas Vazquez’s finish in the sixth minute, then 22-year-old Brazilian winger Malcolm equalized for Barcelona early in the second half.

“Speaking generally, the draw was fair,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said, according to Reuters.

“It was very even, everything will be decided in the second leg. There were chances for both sides to win the game. It’s 50-50, even though they’re at home.

“The goal will give [Malcom] a lot in terms of confidence, we hope that everyone in the squad can help us.”

Whoever emerges from the second leg will take on the winner of Valencia and Real Betis, who drew 2-2 in their first leg.

“Both sides have the chance to go through,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said, per Reuters.

“It was a good game. Everyone on the team worked hard when we needed to and we played well too.”

Barca have not lost since, winning twice and drawing once in La Liga play, and drawing with Lyon in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League round of 16 tilt.

Most recently, they bested Sevilla 4-2 at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. The Argentinian had a hand in all his team’s goals, scoring three and assisting another.

“You go through different spells in a season,” Barca star forward Lionel Messi said, according to Sport. “You can’t always play at a great level. We are on a run, if we’re being honest, in which we are not playing our best football and that makes it difficult to score. When the play flows better, things work out for themselves. Today we were ourselves again and we played a great game.”

Wednesday will mark the first of consecutive Clasicos at Real’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. On Saturday, the sides will meet in La Liga play.

Barca sit in first in the league table, at 57 points through 25 games, seven points ahead of Atletico Madrid and nine ahead of Real Madrid.

“All competitions are important for us,” Messi said, per Sport. “We don’t throw any competition. We are one step from a final in the cup. It is going to nee a really tough game because it’s against Real Madrid and it’s at their ground […] but we’re going there to win and we’re confident we can do it. After that, we will think about La Liga game there, but we want to win everything.”