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Former Liverpool and Man Utd star Michael Owen names the three best strikers in Premier League history

first_imgMichael Owen has named the three best strikers in Premier League history (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has named Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Luis Suarez as the three best strikers in Premier League history.England legend Shearer remains the Premier League’s top goalscorer, having amassed 260 goals in a brilliant career which saw him thrive at Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.Henry currently sits sixth in the all-time list of goalscorers, with his tally of 175 seeing him become Arsenal’s top goalscorer and one of the most popular forwards in the Premier League.Suarez only spent four seasons at Liverpool but still reached 82 goals from his 133 appearances and Owen says the Barcelona hero was ‘out of this world’ during his time at Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked to name his top-three Premier League strikers, England legend Owen told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘My all-time top three Premier League strikers?‘You’d have to say Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry as the stand-out two.‘And then, in terms of absolute quality and players I’ve enjoyed watching, I thought Luis Suarez was out of this world at Liverpool. Former Liverpool and Man Utd star Michael Owen names the three best strikers in Premier League history Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer (Picture: Getty)‘He’s in the top-three for me but Shearer and Henry are way ahead of everyone else.’Owen established himself as one of the best strikers in world football at Liverpool before playing for Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City.Earlier this month, Manchester City and Argentina superstar Sergio Aguero said watching Owen made him want to play in the Premier League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAguero said: ‘When I was a kid, I looked up to Michael Owen. I’ve always said it. Even in my book.‘I like him because he’s small. He had the number 10 just like in my club and he played as a forward.‘So I told myself if a small player like him is doing well in the Premier league then I could make it too. Imagine that I was only a kid. I was 9-10 years old.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Owen Hargreaves makes bold Liverpool and Man Utd claim over ‘special case’ Jadon SanchoMORE: Michael Owen defends Liverpool after Sir Alex Ferguson blamed them for his injuries Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 9:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Taylor: I’m still improving

first_img Taylor told Press Association Sport: “I badly needed to get back in the ring after long out and the wrist held up well so I will be 100 per cent prepared when I go to Baku. “It was a very frustrating period for me and I wasn’t able to spar for long periods but I was able to work on a lot of new things and it has left me feeling very fresh. “I have stayed positive and I believe I am still improving in every competition I enter. I have even managed to improve a lot since the last World Championships.” Women’s boxing is set to be one of the star attractions at the Baku Games with five weight divisions – two more than the Olympic programme. Taylor will be joined by Michaela Walsh and Ceire Smith in the Ireland squad while fellow Olympic champion Nicola Adams is also set to compete. However, there can be no repeat of the Commonwealth Games final between Adams and Walsh as they are competing in different weight categories. Taylor goes into the event in the knowledge that victory will secure her status as lightweight world number one for an unprecedented 10 years in a row. At a time when many of her contemporaries including Olympic rival Natasha Jonas and Indian flyweight Mary Kom are announcing or considering retirement, Taylor says she is not short of the motivation to fight on. She added: “I’m not going to be boxing for ever but I’ve put no time-cap on it really. As long as I still feel a passion for the sport and preparing for these big competitions I will carry on fighting. “At the moment defending my Olympic title in Rio is my main goal and it is something I never stop thinking about. “But any event like this is a great showcase for women’s boxing and I’m sure the European Games will continue to grow as a major event in the future.” The Bray 28-year-old recently returned to the ring after six months out with a wrist injury she sustained in the course of clinching her fifth straight world title in South Korea in November. And Taylor believes the longest injury-enforced break of her illustrious career could serve her well as she looks to continue making history for a number of years to come. Olympic champion Katie Taylor is convinced her best is yet to come as she prepares to lead Ireland into the inaugural European Games in Baku next month. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Clippers fend off hard-charging Kings for 20th win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They surged to a 39-27 first-quarter lead, which turned into a 71-56 halftime advantage, their highest output in an opening half this season at home – where a sellout crowd of 19,068 was on hand to witness it.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But the relentless runners on Sacramento (18-16) wouldn’t quit – not when the teams met on Nov. 29 and not Wednesday, either.The Kings – who were only 1 for 13 from behind the arc in the first half – used a barrage of five 3-pointers to cut the Clippers’ lead to 10 with 3:27 left in the third quarter, forcing a timeout from Rivers.Out of that break, Lou Williams found Patrick Beverley for a layup and then the Clippers got back to forcing separation.They did it with crowd-pleasing sequences like the one when Montrezl Harrell missed a layup, grabbed the rebound, got blocked, corralled the ball, went back up and earned (and made) two free throws. That was good for a 102-85 Clippers lead – and a hearty hand-slap between Rivers and Beverley on the other side of the floor. PreviousClippers forward Montrezl Harrell celebrates after blocking a shot by Kings guard Frank Mason III during the second half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. Harrell had 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks as the Clippers held on for a 127-118 win. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos, right, and blocks a shot by Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, take the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, middle, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, drives to the basket around Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, drives to the basket around Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, passes the ball past Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles (20) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. The Clippers won 127-118. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles, left, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. The Clippers won 127-118. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles, right, steals the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. The Clippers won 127-118. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) pulls a rebound away from Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. The Clippers won 127-118. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell celebrates after blocking a shot by Kings guard Frank Mason III during the second half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. Harrell had 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks as the Clippers held on for a 127-118 win. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos, right, and blocks a shot by Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NextShow Caption1 of 12Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos, right, and blocks a shot by Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Refreshed, the Clippers bolted ahead as soon as the starter’s gun went off Wednesday against the running, gunning – and, like them, surprising – Sacramento Kings.A big buffer turned out to be a big deal later, because the Clippers had to hang on tight for a 127-118 victory at Staples Center, which came after two days celebrating Christmas with loved ones, away from work, a luxury in the middle of the NBA schedule.“It’s nice if you can get a two-day break in the middle of the season and during the holiday season,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before tip-off. “The hope is they’re off of break now and they’re ready to play tonight.”The Clippers (20-14) appeared poised to grant Rivers that wish without much trouble. Facing the NBA’s most furious pace-pushers, seven Clippers scored in double figures, the first time this season that every starter did it in the same game. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “The one play with the rebounds under the basket, he reminds you of (Charles) Barkley at times when there’s a rebound,” Rivers said. “You felt like when you played against Barkley, he felt like it was his ball, like he was due the basketball. And I used to laugh, against us, he always came up with it. It was almost like he was entitled to it. And that’s how Trezz plays as well.”But Sacramento, again, wasn’t finished. The Kings went on a 19-0 run in the fourth quarter, cutting it to 118-110 on a bucket from Frank Mason III with 3:22 to go. Yogi Ferrell’s 17-foot jumper capped a 24-1 run that made it 119-115 with 2:14 left, but Harrell scored inside on the Clippers’ next trip down the floor for their first field goal since Williams hit a 3-pointer with 8:14 left.After an out-of-bounds call was overturned, the Kings got the ball back, setting up a Mason III 3-pointer that made it 121-118. But Williams responded right away with a fadeaway basket with 42 seconds left, Harrell added a blocked shot and Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris found their way to the foul line, where they buried all four of their free throws to ward off a complete collapse.“Give them credit, they don’t go away, they keep playing,” Rivers said. “I thought it was a great lesson for that group. But you don’t get lost in that you won the game and you played pretty well for most of the game.”Added Clippers forwad Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 14 points: “We won. Now on to the next one.”Williams finished with a team-high 24 and six assists and Harrell chipped in with 22 – his 11th 20-plus point game this season, after only nine such outings in his previous three seasons (spanning 173 career games). Harrell – who made six of his seven free-throw attempts – also had a team-high nine rebounds and five blocked shots.Related Articlescenter_img It was the fourth time this season the Clippers had two 20-plus point scorers come off the bench, something no other NBA team has done this season.Tobias Harris scored 17 points – including draining his 600th (and 601st) career 3-pointer. The Clippers’ contributions also came from an active, aggressive Avery Bradley (15 points, five rebounds and four assists), and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (13 points), who went home with a bandage over his right eye. Boban Marjanovic got the start on Serbia Heritage Night because the matchup was right and finished with 11 points.In the first half, nine Clippers were already in the scoring column, led by Harrell with 15. Gilgeous-Alexander added 11 in the opening half and Harris had 10.They played disruptive defense early against the young Kings, who shot 44.2 percent (23 for 52) from the field to start. They finished shooting 47.1 percent, while the Clippers shot 50 percent. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

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