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    March 29, 2020 9:15 PM CDT

    BIRMINGHAM, England -- Daniel Sturridge scored with a superb finish in the first half Saturday to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Aston Villa and maintain the teams strong start to the Premier League season. Sturridge, who started his youth career with Villa, received the ball at the edge of the area in the 21st minute, rounded goalkeeper Brad Guzan and maintained his balance to poke the ball into the roof of the net with two Villa defenders rushing back to block the shot. It was Sturridges second goal of the season and Liverpools second clean sheet as Brendan Rodgers team has now started with two straight 1-0 wins despite having star striker Luis Suarez suspended. "The managers philosophy is that we play well as a team and thats what we did," Sturridge said. "Its nice to score, but its more important we win. I am just playing my normal game. I have matured a little bit in terms of confidence and playing regularly. This is how I have been as a kid, but Ive now been given a chance to show what I can do in a first-team environment." Villa, which beat Arsenal 3-1 in its opening game, fell to its second straight defeat after a midweek loss to Chelsea. Liverpool had to wait until the end of September before recording a win last year, but is making its best start to a Premier League season in five years. The Reds are second behind Chelsea in the standings on goal difference. "It was a terrific win for us," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. "We didnt have a good start at all last year. Since the turn of the year weve been getting better and better. Whats important now is the mentality of the group is to win and win together. We just have to keep it going." Villa looked out of pace in the first half but dominated in the second period, creating several chances only to be denied by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The Belgian goalie, who saved a penalty against Stoke, again proved solid late in the game when he parried Christian Bentekes powerful shot from the right side of the box with a spectacular dive in the 86th minute. "In the second half you expect more pressure from them but overall Simon has made a couple of terrific saves and we got three points," Rodgers said. Dustin Colquitt Jersey. -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a strained calf muscle, and pitcher C. Kyler Fackrell Jersey. The Cavaliers first-year forward will miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee, the latest setback for the No. LOUIS -- Known for his game-managing and defensive skills, Yadier Molina made another statement with his bat. Jason Spriggs Jersey. -- The Kelowna Rockets earned their 16th straight win with a 7-2 rout of the Portland Winterhawks in Western Hockey League action Thursday. Patrick Mahomes Jersey.Y. - Matt Harvey wants to make sure hes on the mound in late October — if the New York Mets get there for the first time since 2006.San Jose, CA ( - Tommy Wingels, Joe Pavelski and Tyler Kennedy each had two goals in the San Jose Sharks 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Tomas Hertl also lit the lamp for the Sharks, who have won three in a row for the first timee since a 3-0 start to the season.dddddddddddd Antti Niemi made 20 saves. Reilly Smith scored two goals for the Bruins, who have dropped three straight. Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug also lit the lamp. Tuukka Rask allowed all seven goals on 44 shots. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '