City’s 3-2 win at Everton put them in control of their own destiny and meant Toure’s brother Kolo and his Liverpool side – favourites for the championship before last weekend – are unlikely to win it without help from other teams. The Reds play their penultimate match of the season at Crystal Palace on Monday night and, while victory there would take them three points clear at the top of the table, City have two games still to play and a superior goal difference. “Oh yes, it’s been really difficult. You can’t imagine how difficult,” Yaya Toure said of the fight within the family. “Your family have to try to be balanced – they are divided. Sport is unbelievable in that it can break hearts. “If it is my brother who wins it I would still be happy for him. It would be amazing for him. “But whatever I’m doing I always try to win – I’ve always been the same. I will only lose if someone is better than us. “But it’s still so tight – Liverpool still have a chance and so do Chelsea – they beat us twice, don’t forget. It’s going to be exciting. “The family don’t want to choose a side. We don’t know how it will end. “They just say ‘the best team will win it’. They know that both teams have the quality to do it so let’s wait and see.” City have been here before, of course – famously winning the title on goal difference with virtually the final kick of the 2011-12 season. Press Association That experience will stand Manuel Pellegrini’s side in good stead as they seek the two wins at home to Aston Villa and West Ham which should clinch a second title in three years. Asked whether City would be happy to win it by a similarly tight margin again, Toure added: “Of course we would. We know at this club how important goal difference is. “But I don’t want to live through something like that again. We had QPR at home when it was almost too much for my heart. Going right to the last minute – it was unbelievable. “I think the supporters would say like me that we don’t want to live through that again. I hope this time, in these two games, we can make a difference earlier and get the wins early. “Aston Villa and West Ham are coming. We need to be sharp. We need to be ready. “We need to be well prepared for these games and not make it so close as last time. “But we cannot just think we will finish on top. Premier League games are always tight, always difficult. “Even if teams are defending they can go on the counter-attack and score goals. “We are aware of that but with the players we have and the experience we have of 2012 we can keep on going – we are just two games away.” Last weekend Toure missed out on the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award after it went to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has 30 league goals this season. The Ivory Coast international, who has scored 19 league goals from midfield, claimed in the lead-up to the ceremony African players were undervalued and if he was South American he would have received far more recognition. So was he disappointed not to have won the PFA award? “To be honest I was, because I’m a competitor,” he said. “But as well, Suarez had an excellent season. He was also very good. It was well deserved from him. “The most important thing is trophies for the team. We always remind each other of that. It’s not only me – we have a few players.” Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure admits family loyalties are being stretched to the limit after the title race took another potentially decisive turn.
Cody Winiarski kept the Waterloo hitters off balance all night in seven scoreless innings, striking out eight while walking none and scattering four hits.[/media-credit]Harold Riggins did not wait long Wednesday night to let everyone know he was back in the Mallards’ starting lineup.With a runner on in the second, the first baseman drove a first pitch fastball from Waterloo starter Chris Pack over the wall in right center to give his team a 2-0 lead.“He just put it right where I wanted it,” Riggins said of Pack. “It was an elevated fastball, away like belt high and I just saw it and crushed it. It felt pretty good for my first swing coming back.”Riggins was not done, singling twice in the game as well to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He was not the only one hitting well in the game either, as Madison posted 12 runs on 15 hits en route to a 12-0 victory over Waterloo.His first home run proved to be enough, however, as the Mallards got a brilliant pitching performance from starter Cody Winiarski. The righty threw seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight to earn his third win of the season and lower his ERA to 1.84.“It was nice; double digit runs always seem to make it easier as a pitcher,” Winiarski said. “I felt like I was in control the whole time. It seems the last couple times I’ve pitched at home our guys have put up double digit numbers and it just makes it easy for me.”Winiarski’s performance along with strong defense and timely hitting made for a much different game than the previous night.After dropping an ugly 6-3 game Tuesday, the Mallards came back Wednesday with a lot more energy and focus on getting the job done against the Bucks.“I think the guys were to the point where they were thinking ‘let’s put our best foot forward,’” manager C.J. Thieleke said. “I felt from the start of the day that we were really focused and most of the time that carries over to the game.”Riggins got things started with his home run and the rest of the team followed suit. Just two batters after his two-run blast, Troy Channing crushed a ball out to left with a runner on to make it 4-0 with none out in the second.The Mallards kept the inning going, eventually scoring one more run and loading the bases before Riggins grounded out to end the inning.Even with a 5-0 lead, Thieleke’s squad was not satisfied, however, as they added a run in the fourth, four more in the fifth, one more in the sixth and another in the eighth to make it 12-0.“It’s always good to keep pounding a team,” Riggins said. “It gives other hitters confidence and makes the pitcher’s job that much easier. Putting up more runs instead of just cruising always makes for a better result in the end.”Shortstop Joe DePinto was a major part of keeping things going offensively, driving in three runs on a double down the line in left as a part of the four-run fifth inning.Another hitter that hit well on the night was second baseman Mark Ginther, who doubled twice and scored three runs while going 3-for-4 on the night.Ginther also combined with third baseman J.R. Graham in the fifth inning on a double play that helped Winiarski escape his toughest inning of the night.“That double play was huge,” Winiarski said. “They had guys on first and second, and I was able to get the batter to roll over for the grounder. The first time up he (Troy White) hit the ball hard right up the middle for the second hit of the game, but this time I got him on a slider to roll over to third base for the double play.”The Bucks got two on again with one out in the sixth, but Winiarski retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Waterloo got just one hit — a double in the ninth off reliever Jacob Esch — in the game’s final three innings.With the win, Madison improves to 14-6 and snaps its two-game losing streak while avoiding its first sweep of the season and moving into a first place tie with the Eau Claire Express. Waterloo drops to 6-14 and remains in last place in the South Division of the Northwoods League.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez scored for Barcelona in the last 10 minutes to earn his side a 1-1 draw against title rivals Atletico Madrid in what was their first visit to the new Wanda Metropolitano.Spanish international Saul Nigeuez had given Atletico a first half lead with a fine finish before Suarez’s late intervention denied Diego Simeone’s side an important win.Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first league goal of the season to help the Spanish champions to a 2-1 away win over city rivals Getafe. Jorge Molina cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener for the Los Merengues before Ronaldo struck late into the second half to help his side close the gap on arch rivals and league leaders Barcelona.Sevilla suffered a serious dent to their title hopes after they were beaten 1-0 by their hosts Athletic Bilbao courtesy Spanish international Aritz Aduriz’s close range finish.Matchday 8 Results:Getafe 1-2 Real MadridAthletic Bilbao 1-0 SevillaAlaves 0-2 Real SociedadAtletico Madrid 1-1 BarcelonaEspanyol 0-0 Levante RelatedLa Liga Review: Top Four Teams Secure Wins To Further Strengthen League And UCL Bid March 11, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Atletico Capitalise On Barcelona To Narrow Gap With Valencia WinFebruary 5, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Barcelona Extend Lead With Bilbao Win; Ronaldo Hits 50th Career HattrickMarch 19, 2018In “Europe” Standings:Barcelona 22 pointsReal Madrid 17 pointsAtletico Madrid 16 pointsSevilla 16 points