The goal meant he joined Ruud van Nistelrooy in having scored in 10 consecutive fixtures, matching the figure set by the Dutchman in 2003 while at Manchester United. Press Association Sport takes a look back at the 10 games that have earned 28-year-old Vardy a place in Premier League history. Press Association Leicester striker Jamie Vardy equalled a Premier League scoring record with his goal just before half-time against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday. August 29, Bournemouth 1 Leicester 1 It all started with an 86th-minute penalty to earn Leicester a point on the south coast. Vardy’s mazy run towards goal was halted when he was hauled down by Steve Cook inside the area and the striker picked himself up to score from the spot. September 13, Leicester 3 Aston Villa 2 It looked like Vardy had earned Leicester another point with a late goal when he arrived in the box to poke home Danny Drinkwater’s low cross after 82 minutes to bring the Foxes level after being two goals down, but Claudio Ranieri’s side then dramatically went on to win a thrilling midlands derby. September 19, Stoke 2 Leicester 2 For the second weekend running Leicester found themselves two goals behind but they got back into the game and Vardy earned his team a draw midway through the second half, holding off Erik Pieters and scuffing a shot beyond Jack Butland. September 26, Leicester 2 Arsenal 5 Vardy scored twice but Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end. His first goal was arguably his best of the campaign as the Foxes hit Arsenal with a devastating counter-attack to open the scoring. Drinkwater spotted Vardy sprinting clear down the left and launched the ball to the speedy striker who cut into the penalty area and curled a clinical finish past Petr Cech. He grabbed his sixth goal of the season late on with another perfectly placed curling effort after Cech had denied Andrej Kramaric. October 3, Norwich 1 Leicester 2 Vardy set Leicester on course for a return to winning ways from the penalty spot. He went down under the challenge of Sebastien Bassong before converting from 12 yards out. October 17, Southampton 2 Leicester 2 Another Foxes fightback from two goals down and another double for Vardy. After heading home a Nathan Dyer cross midway through the second half, he latched on to a Riyad Mahrez through-ball and confidently fired a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net in stoppage time. October 24, Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 0 After a loose defensive header, Brede Hangeland then mis-hit a clearance straight to Mahrez, who sent Vardy racing through on goal for a lovely lofted finish over advancing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. His 10th goal of the season saw Vardy hit the back of the net for the seventh successive Premier League fixture, adding his name to an elite group which includes Van Nistelrooy, Daniel Sturridge, Mark Stein, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor. October 31, West Brom 2 Leicester 3 Vardy raced on to Drinkwater’s defence-splitting pass before blasting the ball past Boaz Myhill to put Leicester 3-1 up and join just Van Nistelrooy and Sturridge as the only players to score in eight or more consecutive Premier League matches. November 7, Leicester 2 Watford 1 Vardy stood alone as the only Englishman to score in nine successive Premier League games after netting his 12th goal of the season from the penalty spot. After Vardy was brought down by Heurelho Gomes, Mahrez, Leicester’s usual penalty taker, was going to take the spot-kick but the Algerian handed the ball to Vardy and he blasted his shot straight down the middle and into the net. November 21, Newcastle v Leicester Vardy joined Van Nistelrooy in scoring in 10 Premier League fixtures in a row after exchanging passes with Leonardo Ulloa and firing home at the near post.
Melbourne: Unseeded Garbine Muguruza stunned fourth seed Simona Halep on Thursday to set up an Australian Open final clash with Sofia Kenin.Spaniard Muguruza fought back from behind in both sets to defeat favourite Halep and reach her maiden Australian Open final with a 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 verdict at the Rod Laver Arena.The 26-year-old is the first unseeded player to reach the women’s final since Belgium’s Justine Henin in 2010.In the other semifinal, American Sofia Kenin pulled off a shock win over local favourite and top-seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (6), 7-5.At just 21, Kenin had never gone past the fourth round at a Grand Slam in her 11 main-draw appearances before this tournament.“I wasn’t thinking I was down, at some point you’ll have your opportunities. I knew facing Simona it was going to be a hard match. I was hanging in there and fighting with all the energy I had,” Muguruza was quoted as saying by Australian Open’s official website after the match.“You don’t think like that. That’s almost two weeks ago. You go day by day and that’s what I was doing each match at a time. I’m very excited to be in the final, it’s a long way to go and I have one more match on Saturday,” said the two-time Grand Slam champion.Meanwhile, Kenin said it is a dream come true for her. “It’s a dream come true for me,” said Kenin as quoted by Australian Open’s official website.“It’s surreal. I always believed I can. I didn’t know exactly when. I feel like at this young age, I think it’s incredible. Not everyone gets to live this moment, live this dream. I’m just really grateful for it. I believed I could win even though I had two set points down in the first.“I was telling myself, ‘I believe in myself. If I lose the set, I’m still going to come out and believe’. Of course, some things didn’t go my way with the challenges and some great shots she came up with. But I didn’t let that stop me. I knew I needed to serve well. I feel like I had a clear mindset on how I want to play her.”On her opponent, she said: “She’s such a tough player,” said Kenin.“Of course, I’d like to first apologise to all of the Australian fans. I know they wanted her to win. It’s not easy for them. There was some interesting cheers. I liked it. But it wasn’t for me. I just try to lock it out and focus on each point.” IANSAlso Read: Resurgent Garbine Muguruza in first-ever Australian Open semisAlso Watch: APYC in Guwahati demands unconditional release of President Kamrul Islam Choudhury
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DES MOINES — State officials are setting aside $4 million for a “Small Business Relief Program.” It will provide grants of up to $25,000 for small businesses affected by closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak.Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi Durham says businesses with between two and 25 employees prior to March 17th are eligible to apply, starting Tuesday.“This is not intended to keep people at the same operating level for like 90 days,” Durham says. “It really is that 30 day (period) until we know what assessment’s coming from Washington and when that is going to be there.”Governor Kim Reynolds has extended some tax deadlines for small businesses. For example, businesses with fewer than 50 employees can delay paying first-quarter unemployment taxes to the state until July 1st. The governor says these steps may provide small business owners with some extra cash flow.“I fully understand that this doesn’t make up for having your businesses closed for a period of time or your customers staying home,” Reynolds says, “but it is our hope that we can help businesses weather this storm and, as governor, I want you to know I’m committed to helping them do just that.”Small businesses that qualify may have deadlines moved for paying state sales taxes. The U.S. Small Business Administration is also offering low-interest loans of up to $2 million to affected businesses.