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Real Madrid eased the pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane with a vital 1-0 win at Galatasaray.Madrid moved up to second in Group A, albeit five points behind leaders Paris-Saint Germain, after Toni Kroos’ deflected strike on his 100th Champions League appearance secured the win in Istanbul.Having won just one of their last four games, Real were looking to regain some momentum with a big victory over the Turkish champions. They had to settle for a narrow win.On his return to the squad after missing Saturday’s loss to Mallorca, Eden Hazard was Madrid’s most effective attacking threat, setting up the goal for Kroos and hitting the bar in the second half.However, like the rest of Madrid’s team, he wasn’t consistent enough to dominate in Istanbul.The visitors were fortunate to get away with poor defending that handed two good chances to Florin Andone, whose shots were saved by Thibaut Courtois.Galatasaray, sixth in their domestic league, could have snatched a draw with headed efforts at corners late on.
The Haughton Buccaneers, Parkway Panthers and Benton Tigers posted wins on the first day of the Monroe-area Trey Altick Classic on Thursday.Haughton edged East St. John 3-2 in 10 innings at Ruston, Parkway downed Natchitoches Central 9-2 at Natchitoches and Benton nipped 2016 Class 2A state runner-up St. Charles Catholic 2-1 at St. Frederick.The Airline Vikings fell to Baton Rouge Central 7-1 in their opener at Neville.The Trey Altick Classic features 66 teams from Louisiana and Arkansas competing over four days at 17 sites.At Ruston, Haughton’s Austin Clemmens scored the winning run on Nick Heckman’s two-out single in the bottom of the 10th.Clemmens reached first on an error, advanced to second on Jonathan Plant’s sacrifice bunt and went to third on Jathon Patton’s groundout.Mason Simmons had a RBI double in the Bucs’ two-run fifth. Hunter Harlan scored on a passed ball with two outs.Starter Heckman struck out nine in five innings. Jayson Nitz got the win, allowing just one hit and walking only one over the final five innings.Haughton (3-4) faces St. Amant at Sterlington at 3:15 p.m. Friday.At Natchitoches, George Booras pitched a complete game, striking out 12 and allowing six hits as Parkway improved to 4-1 under new coach David George.Eric Brown went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Caleb Reese had two hits and two RBI. Derious Bradford also had two RBI.The Panthers face Pineville at 8 p.m. Friday at Ouachita Christian.At St. Frederick, Cole Horton and Garrett Hable had two hits each in Benton’s victory. Will Hine gave up just one hit in five innings and struck out seven. Kade Bailey got the win in relief, pitching two innings of no-hit ball and striking out three.St. Charles Catholic took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. That’s the way it stood until the Tigers pushed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth.Sam Simmons led off with a walk, advanced to second on a Horton single and reached third on Cameron Ross’ sacrifice bunt. Simmons scored on an error and J.T. Brice, running for Horton, moved to third. Hal Gatti’s line-drive single to center field scored Brice to make it 2-1.Benton (6-2) plays Sylvan Hills at 3:15 Friday and Central at 5:30. Both games are at Neville.At Neville, Airline had trouble getting anything going at the plate against Central. The Vikings had just two hits. Pitchers Chase Hodges and Jake Hodges allowed only two hits each, but they combined for six walks. The Vikings also hurt themselves with four errors.Airline (3-3) plays St. Amant at 8 Friday at West Monroe.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo