Livingston 2 – 1 Ross Co
Livingston climbed back into the cinch Premiership top six after first-half goals from Joel Nouble and Nicky Devlin saw off Ross County 2-1.
Following a dull start, the Lions sparked life into the game with two goals in as many minutes.
Nouble opened the scoring in the 37th minute before captain Devlin fired home a strike from 18 yards.
County substitute Simon Murray pulled one back but the away team, who slipped into the bottom two, ran out of time to find an equaliser.
There was concern for both teams after just three minutes when both Devlin and Staggies forward Eamonn Brophy needed treatment after being clattered by home goalkeeper Shamal George as they chased a ball over the top.
Both players were able to continue and it was the Lions who began to assert their dominance.
Livingston forward Bruce Anderson had a deflected shot saved by Ross Laidlaw before Morgan Boyes had an effort brilliantly blocked by Connor Randall.
The visitors struggled to get a foothold in the game but created their first meaningful chance in the 32nd minute.
Gwion Edwards’ corner was flicked on by Jordan White but the outstretched Keith Watson could only find the side-netting at the back post.
Just as County were beginning to look more dangerous, Livingston stormed ahead in the 37th minute.
James Penrice’s delivery was met by Nouble and the striker headed an effort back across goal into the net past Laidlaw.
It got better for Livingston when they doubled their lead just two minutes later.
Penrice’s effort was beaten away by Laidlaw but the ball made its way to Devlin and the Livingston skipper rifled a shot into the corner of the net from 18 yards.
The hosts were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second period as they came close to adding a third.
Jason Holt set up Devlin but the right-back’s effort from a tight angle came back off Laidlaw’s chest.
County boss Malky Mackay turned to his bench to try and breathe life into his side, with Murray and Ross Callachan coming on.
And the pair were involved as County pulled one back in the 69th minute.
Callachan found Brophy and his low cross took a ricochet before being bundled into the net from close range by Murray.
The assistant referee raised his flag for offside but VAR overruled after reviewing footage of the build up.
County piled on the pressure but Livingston stood firm to pick up all the spoils.
Livingston return to Scottish Premiership action after the international break away to St Mirren on April 1. Kick-off 3pm.
Ross County host Celtic on April 2, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 12pm.
Rangers vs Celtic: Police investigating alleged Craig McPherson headbutt towards Fran Alonso in SWPL match | Football News
Rangers coach Craig McPherson is being investigated by police over an alleged headbutt on Celtic Women boss Fran Alonso.
The incident took place after Monday’s Old Firm match, live on Sky Sports, as McPherson approached Alonso on the pitch at Broadwood Stadium.
Rangers are also investigating the incident, while the Scottish FA’s compliance officer is set to look into the matter too.
A Celtic spokesperson added: “Clearly this is a hugely concerning incident, falling well below any acceptable standard.
“We understand the matter is now being investigated and it will be up to all relevant authorities to take any appropriate action.”
Police Scotland’s spokesperson said: “We have received a report regarding an incident at Broadwood Stadium on the evening of Monday, March 27, 2023. Enquiries to establish any criminality are at an early stage.”
‘I was called a little rat’
Rangers looked set to secure a vital victory at Broadwood until Caitlin Hayes’ 99th minute equaliser ensured the rivals would share the points.
Alonso, who has previously worked under Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino at Everton and Southampton respectively, told Sky Sports he was called a “little rat” as the footage was shown to him after the match.
The 46-year-old Spaniard said: “I don’t know. You can see there, somebody pushed me from behind. I never talked to (McPherson) the whole game.
“It’s obviously disappointing to concede a goal in the last minute, I totally get it. But I don’t know.
“I was called a ‘little rat’, I don’t know why.”
When asked about the incident after the match, Rangers head coach Malky Thomson told Sky Sports: “Without me seeing it at all, I don’t know that I can comment on it.
“If that’s the case, then there will be an investigation and we’ll obviously look at it.”
Former Morton and Falkirk midfielder McPherson, 52, had spells as assistant manager at Morton and Dumbarton before joining up with Thompson in the summer of 2021.
The 1-1 draw – in the first SWPL league game televised live by Sky Sports – ensured Celtic and Rangers remained second and third, respectively.
Glasgow City are top of the table, eight points clear of Alonso’s side, with nine matches to play this season.
Anthony Joshua says he will retire from boxing if he loses to Jermaine Franklin | ‘I’m not here to battle people’ | Boxing News
Anthony Joshua says he will retire from boxing if he loses against Jermaine Franklin on Saturday at the O2 Arena.
The two-time world champion is making his return to the ring this weekend to face the American heavyweight after successive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua will be looking to win his first professional fight since December 2020 but has admitted he will step away from boxing if he loses a third successive bout.
“I will. I will retire if I lose. I’m not here to battle people. If people want me to retire I will retire,” he told MailOnline.
“I’m not going to fight if people don’t want me too. It’s not even about the money. It’s about the competitor in you. That’s what’s important.
“It [pressure] comes with the business and it comes with the territory, I know that.
“I know when I am retired, I am gonna be chilling. I’m gonna be thinking f**k everyone. I am done.
“You lot put so much pressure on me so when I am done, the chains are going to be gone. I am going to be laughing and loving life.”
Nelson expects Joshua to ‘get it done’
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson expects Joshua to beat Franklin but thinks the 33-year-old should retire if he loses.
“I’d expect Anthony Joshua to get it done. But Jermaine Franklin is 29 years old, (has had) 22 fights, won 21, stopped 14 of his opponents and in his last fight against Dillian Whyte people say he should have won. But that’s questionable,” he said.
“My big question is this: Anthony Joshua, after losing two fights on the bounce, has had to relook at his confidence to think ‘who am I, do I belong here, do I want this?’
“For Anthony Joshua that’s everything. Because he’s had to go through a bit of turmoil, mentally, emotionally and come to terms with the fact that he’s no longer the best fighter, officially, in the world.
“He’s got to get in the queue again like everybody else. If Anthony Joshua loses, he jacks it in. If he doesn’t jack it, he should jack it. Because it’s a hard mountain to climb.
“Especially when you’ve had the success and the heights that he’s had. So he can’t afford to lose. That’s a must. Then from that, it’s confidence building.”
Hollie Doyle: Star flat jockey set for Friday return ahead of Lincoln meeting at Doncaster | Racing News
Leading flat jockey Hollie Doyle will make her return to riding on Friday at Newcastle ahead of this weekend’s Lincoln meeting at Doncaster, live on Sky Sports Racing.
The Group One-winning rider has been out of the saddle since January following an elbow injury sustained in a fall at Wolverhampton.
Doyle enjoyed another memorable season in 2022 with over 150 winners, partnering Nashwa to a first Classic victory as well as landing another Royal Ascot success on Bradsell and further glory on star stayer Trueshan.
She is set to make her return at Newcastle, taking the ride on Rhythm And Hooves in the 5:50pm race, ahead of Saturday’s opening flat turf meeting of the year at Doncaster.
Some of her rides include Richard Spencer’s Revich in the lucrative Lincoln Handicap, as well chances on Wilderness Girl in the Cammidge Trophy and the classy Tempus in the Doncaster Mile.
“It’s been a frustrating time on the sidelines, but it was great to receive the green light to return,” said the Sky Sports Racing ambassador.
“I’ve been back at Oaksey House this morning, and the team there have been fantastic right the way through my recovery.
“I’ll be riding out this week and am looking forward to getting back in the saddle at Newcastle on Friday and on Lincoln day at Doncaster and kicking on from there.”
Watch every race from the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster this Saturday, exclusively live on Sky Sports Racing.
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