Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Everton since Wayne Rooney in 2017Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a first career hat-trick and James Rodriguez scored on his home debut as Everton continued their impressive start to the Premier League season with a dominant win against 10-man West Brom.The Baggies took an early lead through an excellent solo effort by Grady Diangana, who broke from inside his own half before hitting a dipping effort beyond Jordan Pickford for his first top-flight goal. Everton equalised midway through the first half when the video assistant referee overturned an offside decision after Calvert-Lewin cleverly backheeled into the net for his second goal in as many games.Rodriguez then marked his home debut with a clinical finish on the stroke of half-time, sweeping a low effort into the far corner from Richarlison’s pass.Reaction to Everton’s win against West BromLawro’s full predictions v singer and Manchester United fan RayeA crazy few minutes at the end of the first half saw Kieran Gibbs and manager Slaven Bilic sent off for the visitors – Gibbs dismissed for pushing Rodriguez, and Bilic for remonstrating with the officials as they made their way off the pitch at half-time.Despite that double setback West Brom pulled level straight after the restart when Matheu Pereira curled in a stunning free-kick, but parity was short-lived as Michael Keane stabbed in a loose ball after Sam Johnstone parried Richarlison’s header. Calvert-Lewin then got his second when he slid in from close range after good work by Rodriguez and Richarlison and completed his hat-trick by heading in Rodriguez’s corner.Everton have won their opening two league fixtures for the first time in eight years, while defeat for West Brom means they are still searching for their first points of the season.Early days, but Everton – and Rodriguez – look excitingRodriguez was involved in three of the five goalsAfter flirting with relegation and then limping towards a mid-table finish last season, Everton needed a big summer.Despite the short turnaround, Carlo Ancelotti’s work in the transfer market has been impressive and the additions of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure already appear to have significantly improved their midfield just two games into the season.But it is the signing of Colombian forward Rodriguez that looks set to be the pick of the deals, as well as perhaps the best bit of business completed this summer in the Premier League.Rodriguez caught the eye with his impressive footwork and vision in Everton’s opening win against Tottenham and built on that in this game as he was involved in three of the home side’s five goals.His strike to make it 2-1 was one of real quality as, despite having four West Brom players in close attention, he took a touch before sweeping into the far corner from outside the box. He then showed great vision for Everton’s fourth, lofting the ball into the box for Richarlison, who squared for Calvert-Lewin, and was on hand again to provide the assist for the English striker’s third. Ancelotti clearly is a manager who can get the best out of Rodriguez, who has now scored in four of Europe’s top five leagues, with his first goals in La Liga, the Bundesliga and now the Premier League all coming under the Italian.And the former Chelsea boss appears to be having the same influence on Calvert-Lewin. The striker had not scored more than six goals in a season in his first three Premier League campaigns but got 13 last term – eight of those under Ancelotti – and already has four this season.Baggies need to shore up defence When West Ham sold Diangana to West Brom this summer, it prompted an unexpected and angry message on social media from Hammers’ captain Mark Noble, who said he was “gutted, angry and sad” that the club had decided to sell the youngster.His goal against Everton showed just why Noble rated Diangana so highly and justified West Brom’s decision to spend £18m of their budget on the England youth international.Diangana’s raw talent coupled with the creativity of Pereira – who with 17 assists is second only to Kevin de Bruyne as top creator of goals in English football since the start of last season – means the Baggies have attacking flair that could serve them well this season.But they have now conceded eight goals in just two games and there will need to be significant improvement in their defensive displays if they are to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. Man of the match – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Man of the match could just as easily have gone to James Rodriguez but scoring a hat-trick in the Premier League is no easy feat and Calvert-Lewin showed a great striker’s instinct to be in the right place at the right time for all three of his goalsA first for Richarlison – the statsEverton have registered back-to-back victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13.West Brom have conceded five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since a 5-5 draw on the final day of the 2012-13 season against Manchester United.Seamus Coleman became only the sixth player to hit the 250-start milestone for Everton in the Premier League (also Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and David Unsworth).Since his Everton debut in December 2016, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 36 goals in all competitions, seven more than any other player for the Toffees.Calvert-Lewin is the first Everton player to score a top-flight hat-trick since Wayne Rooney vs West Ham in November 2017, and the youngest Englishman to do so for the Toffees (23 years and 187 days) since Tony Cottee (23 years and 47 days) vs Newcastle in August 1988.34% of Everton playmaker James Rodríguez’s 53 goals in Europe’s top five leagues have been scored from outside the box (18 of 53), including three of his past six.Kieran Gibbs is the first West Brom player to be sent off in the Premier League since Hal Robson-Kanu against Burnley in August 2017.Everton attacker Richarlison registered two assists in a Premier League game for the first time ever (111 appearances in total).What next?Everton will look to make it four wins from four in all competitions when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, 26 September (15:00 BST), while West Brom host Chelsea on the same day (17:30 BST).Player of the matchCalvert-LewinDominic Calvert-Lewinwith an average of 8.69EvertonSquad number9Player nameCalvert-LewinSquad number19Player nameRodríguezSquad number7Player nameRicharlisonSquad number6Player nameAllanSquad number12Player nameDigneSquad number5Player nameKeaneSquad number16Player nameDoucouréSquad number23Player nameColemanSquad number21Player nameAndré GomesSquad number10Player nameG SigurdssonSquad number13Player nameMinaSquad number17Player nameIwobiSquad number27Player nameKeanSquad number1Player namePickfordWest Bromwich AlbionSquad number11Player nameDianganaSquad number12Player nameMatheus PereiraSquad number7Player nameRobinsonSquad number8Player nameLivermoreSquad number10Player namePhillipsSquad number28Player nameFieldSquad number19Player nameSawyersSquad number21Player nameEdwardsSquad number6Player nameSemi AjayiSquad number27Player nameO’SheaSquad number5Player nameBartleySquad number2Player nameFurlongSquad number1Player nameJohnstoneSquad number3Player nameGibbsLine-upsEverton1Pickford23Coleman13Mina5Keane12Digne16DoucouréBooked at 16minsSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 65’minutes6Allan21André Gomes19RodríguezSubstituted forKeanat 78’minutes9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forIwobiat 71’minutes7RicharlisonSubstitutes2Kenny10G Sigurdsson17Iwobi20Bernard26Davies27Kean31Neves VirgíniaWest Brom1Johnstone2Furlong6Ajayi5Bartley27O’Shea3GibbsBooked at 45mins12Costa PereiraSubstituted forPhillipsat 71’minutes8Livermore19SawyersSubstituted forFieldat 75’minutes11DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 71’minutes7RobinsonSubstitutes4Robson-Kanu10Phillips16Harper21Edwards24Kipré25Button28FieldLive TextMatch ends, Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2.90’+5’Second Half ends, Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2.90’+2’Foul by Moise Kean (Everton).90’+2’Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.89’Attempt missed. Richarlison (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.88’Corner, Everton. Conceded by Dara O’Shea.85’Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.84’Attempt missed. Moise Kean (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.83’Michael Keane (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.83’Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).78’Substitution, Everton. Moise Kean replaces James Rodríguez.77’Foul by Alex Iwobi (Everton).77’Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.76’Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.75’Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Romaine Sawyers.71’Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Grady Diangana.71’Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.71’Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Matheus Pereira.66’Goal! Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.66’Corner, Everton. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.
NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.
Pliskova survives scare at French Open
Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world…
Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world – in a tie-break.The 2017 semi-finalist wrapped up a quick second set against the 24-year-old after winning four games in a row.Pliskova came through a tense decider to claim a 6-7 (9-11) 6-2 6-4 victory.”It was super tough,” she said. “Especially after losing the first set after having set points.”She played a great game, especially in these conditions.”Sherif kept up an impressive level throughout and the pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set.But Pliskova then won four games in a row, eventually holding serve to level things.The Czech was made to work much harder for the final set as she failed to convert five break points before winning the sixth to go 4-3 up.She held serve and wrapped up the match after two hours and 15 minutes with an ace down the middle.Pliskova, who has never won a Grand Slam, will face Latvian world number 43 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone
Williams overcomes slow start to win
Serena Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titlesSerena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round.Sixth seed Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday, overcame a rusty start to win…
Serena Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titlesSerena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round.Sixth seed Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday, overcame a rusty start to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 in Paris.Once she came through a 74-minute opener, Williams began to play with more belief and clarity as she swept Ahn aside in a one-sided second set.Williams will play Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.Pironkova, 33, was handed a wildcard by Roland Garros after a memorable run to the US Open quarter-finals – where she lost to Williams – in her first tournament since 2017 after giving birth.More to follow.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone