Man City snap Liverpool winning streak to reignite title race

first_imgSane threatened first with a pacey burst down the left and rising drive that Alisson Becker parried.But City recycled possession and Aguero beat Dejan Lovren to Bernardo Silva’s cross before firing into the roof of the net to score for the seventh time in seven home league games against Liverpool.Despite a combination of nerves and fatigue at the end of a gruelling festive period, the game truly came to life in a pulsating second-half.City had claims for a penalty waived away when Raheem Sterling tumbled under a challenge from Andy Robertson before the Scot was to play a vital part Liverpool’s equaliser.One Liverpool full-back picked out another as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was met perfectly by Robertson to square for Firmino to head into an empty net.Pep Guardiola had his head in his hands when a slack pass from Sane set Liverpool free on the counter-attack moments later, but within seconds the German showed what he is capable of as he latched on Sterling’s pass before firing in off the far post.Alisson demonstrated why Liverpool spent a then world record £67 million for a goalkeeper in July to bolster their title chances with a brilliant save from Aguero as the Argentine tried to round him at the end of a blistering City counter-attack.Seconds later it was the turn of his understudy in the Brazil side to make a huge save as Ederson denied Salah as tempers flared with Guardiola furious a free-kick wasn’t awarded City’s way before the Egyptian broke clear.Sterling then wasted a great chance to ensure City didn’t have to see out a tense five minutes of stoppage time, but the hosts held out to put the title back up for grabs.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City inflicted Liverpool’s first Premier League defeat of the season to breathe new life into their title defence with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad on Thursday.City now trail Jurgen Klopp’s men by just four points thanks to Leroy Sane’s winner 18 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s first-half opener for the hosts.A run of nine straight league wins had given Liverpool a commanding lead at the top of the table as they edged towards a first top flight title since 1989/90, particularly after City suffered back-to-back shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester to begin the festive season.With no more league meetings between the sides to come, Liverpool’s destiny is still in their own hands, but they will now have the pressure of having a City side that romped to the title with a record 100 points last season on their tails.Jurgen Klopp had predicted a “thunderstorm” of a start from the champions to match the Champions League quarter-final second leg between the sides last season when City roared into an early lead before Liverpool fought back to win 2-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.However, despite City’s dominance of possession, it was Liverpool who looked the more assured in the early stages.And only the finest of margins denied the visitors the lead on 19 minutes when Sadio Mane burst onto Mohamed Salah’s pass and saw his shot come back off the inside of the post.John Stones then smacked his panicked clearance into City goalkeeper Ederson but the England international redeemed himself by clearing just before all of the ball had crossed the line.City were also handed a reprieve by referee Anthony Taylor when captain Vincent Kompany only saw a yellow card for a wild two-footed lunge on Salah.At the other end Virgil van Dijk was again justifying his tag as the world’s most expensive defender to keep City’s array of attacking talent quiet with he Dutchman standing tall to block David Silva’s effort.However, a Liverpool defence that had not conceded twice in the same game all season in the league before kick-off was breached when City managed to free Aguero from Van Dijk’s shackles.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Matt Brind’ Amour scores twice to lead Leafs to 4-4 draw against Hawks

first_imgSunday Nelson ends the preseason with a return match against the Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs open the regular season Friday, September 12 against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game time is 7 p.m.Leafs open exhibition season Wednesday in Beaver ValleyThe Nelson Leafs broke camp Sunday and now coach and GM Dave McLellan will get an opportunity to see his players in action as the Heritage City squad travels to Beaver Valley Wednesday to face the Nitehawks.The game is the first of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition seaon for the Leafs and second for the Hawks.Nelson travels to Creston Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sunday the Leafs conclude the preseason with a game against the Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs open the regular season Friday, September 12 against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game time is 7 p.m. Matt Brind’ Amour scored twice to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 4-4 tie against Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition action in Fruitvale.Robson Cramer and Sam Weber added singles while Liam Hall has two assists for the Leafs.Nelson led 3-2 after one period before the Hawks scored twice in the second to grab a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.Both teams played a roster filled with younger players as the respective coaching staffs looked over their teams.The game was the second in as many nights for the Hawks, which dumped Creston 5-1 Tuesday at home.Nelson meets Creston Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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FAVORED SHEER PLEASURE ANNIHILATES FOES IN TAKING $200,000 MELAIR STAKES BY 7 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER BAZE; D’AMATO TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:42.78

first_imgFILLY BY BIRDONTHEWIRE BEST OF SEVEN IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES RACE FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Allowed to idle in the early stages, favored Sheer Pleasure turned on the after-burners at the top of the lane and went on to a devastating 7 ¼ length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes. Conditioned by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.78. (Run as Santa Anita’s seventh race, the Melair, for 3-year-old fillies, is part of the Golden State Series which is restricted to horses bred or sired in California).The 4-5 favorite in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Sheer Pleasure paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40. A winner of the 6 ½ furlong Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita on April 4, Sheer Pleasure notched her third win from five starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $257,450.“I don’t think me being near the lead was a matter of me trying to put her somewhere, it was a matter of getting her comfortable and her finding her stride,” said Baze, who teamed with D’Amato four races earlier to win the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes with Sunday Rules. “It was a great win today, she’s a great filly.”D’Amato, who has had Sheer Pleasure since her debut last December, was understandable elated.“The way she won, she might be one for open company, so we’ll just play it by ear,” he said. “She trained very well. She’s trained as well as she ever had. I thought we’d have a good shot but the way she opened up in the stretch was a pleasant surprise.”Billy Koch, representing co-owner Little Red Feather Racing, summed up Sheer Pleasure’s attributes thusly: “You see her in the paddock and she doesn’t turn a hair, then she comes out with all these people and she just blows me away. She’s tiny and sometimes they can just run. And she can run.”Runner-up Thermodynamics, who sat second to pacesetter Tribal Express, was some 7 ¾ lengths clear of third place finisher, longshot Barbara Beatrice. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Thermodynamics was the third choice in the wagering and paid $4.20 and $2.80.Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Barbara Beatrice was off at 18-1 and paid $5.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 46.99, 1:11.33 and 1:36.31. –30–last_img read more

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Hero CPL inks 4-year deal with FOX SPORTS Australia

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and FOX SPORTS Australia have announced a new partnership which will deliver LIVE coverage to Australian cricket fans over the next four years.Beginning today, August 8, 2018, when David Warner takes to the field for St Lucia Stars against reigning champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, FOX SPORTS will provide EXCLUSIVELY LIVE, ad-break free, during play and HD coverage of all 34 games.A number of Aussies will feature in the two-month competition with Warner joined by Steve Smith, playing for the Barbados Tridents, Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting and Chris Green.Some of the best cricket talent from the Caribbean will be on show with the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Daren Sammy. Plus, there will be an array of global cricket superstars joining the “Biggest Party in Sport” with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Imran Tahir and Shoaib Malik.Speaking about the deal with FOX SPORTS, Hero CPL Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pete Russell said: “We are delighted to have signed a long-term commitment with FOX SPORTS Australia. It is exciting for the Hero CPL to be partnering with a broadcaster whose reputation for delivering high-quality cricket coverage is globally recognised. So we are thrilled that FOX SPORTS will be our home for the next four years.”Head of FOX SPORTS, Peter Campbell, said: “Fans love the excitement and action the T20 format delivers. And with so many Aussies competing in this year’s Hero CPL, including Steve Smith and Dave Warner, there is going to be plenty of interest.“The tournament adds to our extensive line-up of the best local and international cricket as we gear up to deliver a massive summer of action. Every men’s Test, ODI, T20 and BBL match played in Australia plus more women’s cricket will be shown LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play on a dedicated channel, FOX Cricket.”FOX SPORTS Australia Pty Limited (FOX SPORTS) is Australia’s leading producer of sports coverage and is home to Australia’s favourite subscription television sports channels as well as Australia’s number one multi-sports website and app. FOX SPORTS compiles and produces live content across seven dedicated high-definition channels – FOX SPORTS 1, FOX LEAGUE, FOX SPORTS 3, FOX FOOTY, FOX SPORTS 5, FOX SPORTS 6 and FOX SPORTS More, all available via the Foxtel subscription television platform or available to stream via Foxtel Now.last_img read more

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24 days ago​Allardyce can’t envisage Southgate swapping England for Spurs

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Allardyce can’t envisage Southgate swapping England for Spursby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England manager Sam Allardyce does not see Gareth Southgate leaving the national team for Tottenham.There are suggestions that Spurs would look to England boss Southgate if they lose Mauricio Pochettino to Real Madrid this summer.But Allardyce, who also had a very short stint in charge of England, does nots ee why Southgate would give up a great job with England.He told talkSPORT when asked about the possibility of Southgate going to Tottenham: “It depends on his own ambitions, on whether he thinks he’s got something to prove by coming to manage in the Premier League, because obviously his Middlesbrough days didn’t last very long or end too well because he got thrown in the deep end.”Obviously he’s learnt an awful lot from then to now. I think his partnership with [assistant] Steve Holland is extremely good and that relationship is excellent.”They may fancy a dabble back [in the Premier League], but it’s a big ask leaving England to go and manage in the Premier League.”At some point or other, it depends on the situation of the FA being willing to let him go, Gareth wanting to go, and how much the compensation would be and whether [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy is willing to pay it.”I can’t see him going before the Euros and I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.” last_img read more

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Vietnam arrests Chinese man with 300 kg of heroin

first_imgHanoi: Vietnam police have arrested a Chinese national found with a massive haul of heroin in Ho Chi Minh City, the second such bust in a week as the country cracks down on the illicit trade. Though communist Vietnam boasts some of the world’s toughest drug laws, it is both a consumption hub and a popular thoroughfare for narcotics from the lawless “Golden Triangle” region straddling Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Vietnam has clocked several high-profile busts in recent months as it seeks to contain rampant drug trafficking. Police on Wednesday found 313 kilograms (690 pounds) of suspected heroin worth an estimated USD 8.6 million after stopping a “suspicious” pick-up truck in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. “Authorities found many carton boxes with objects that looked like heroin blocks,” according to Cong An Nhan Dan, the official mouthpiece of the Ministry of Public Security. “Two suspects were detained, including a Chinese person,” it added in its report Thursday. Police launched searches of several properties in Ho Chi Minh City after the bust and said the investigation would expand. A witness at the scene reported seeing “a lot of police… they surrounded an area and took many boxes out of the car,” according to state VNExpress news site.last_img read more

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Sudan protesters defiant after aborted bids to clear army HQ sitin

first_imgKhartoum: Thousands of defiant Sudanese protesters remained camped outside army headquarters for a fourth day Tuesday, after security forces abandoned two separate attempts to disperse them when soldiers fired in the air, witnesses said. Chanting “freedom, freedom,” crowds of men and women, who had spent the night camped outside Khartoum’s sprawling complex that also houses the president’s residence, urged top brass to back them in ending Omar al-Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted tule. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt is the largest rally since protests erupted following a three-fold increase in bread prices in December, before mushrooming into nationwide demonstrations demanding that Bashir step down. Early on Tuesday, members of the National Intelligence and Security Service and riot police fired tear gas at the protesters in an abortive bid to disperse their sit-in, protest movement organisers said. “There was heavy firing of tear gas after which army soldiers opened the gates of the compound for protesters to enter,” a witness told AFP. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”A few minutes later a group of soldiers fired gunshots in the air to push back the security forces who were firing tear gas.” A second witness too said soldiers had intervened against the security force agents. Since the protests erupted in December, the armed forces have remained on the sidelines even as security agents and riot police have cracked down. Demonstrators have called on the army to protect them from the deadly crackdown, during their four days camped outside its headquarters. Later a group of soldiers returned to the complex with a body in their pick-up truck, witnesses said. “What is the price of martyrs?” shouted the demonstrators as the vehicle entered. It was not immediately clear whose body it was. Hours later, security forces made a second attempt to clear the sit-in, witnesses said. They fired tear gas and shot in the air as they approached the area, witnesses said, adding that soldiers intervened again firing guns in the air.last_img read more

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TN LS polls in Vellore cancelled due to use of money power

first_imgNew Delhi/Chennai: The Lok Sabha election to the Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu was cancelled on Tuesday by the Election Commission (EC) two days ahead of the polling following recovery of huge amount of cash allegedly from an associate of a DMK leader recently.A government notification rescinding the polls said the EC was “fully satisfied that the current electoral process in Vellore has been seriously vitiated on account of unlawful activities of certain candidates and some workers of the political party.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Perhaps, this is the first time election to a Lok Sabha constituency has been cancelled over use of money power. The byelection to RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu was cancelled in April 2017 following similar seizure of huge cash, allegedly meant for bribing voters. The cancellation of the poll, scheduled for April 18 along with 38 other constituencies in the state, evoked sharp reactions from the DMK which alleged it was an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “besmirch” the party using the Election Commission. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”It is a murder of democracy. Modi has planned to wreck the polls by allegedly misusing the Enforcement Directorate, CBI, Income Tax and the Election commission,” DMK president M K Stalin told reporters in Tiruchirappalli. DMK Treasurer Duraimurugan, whose son Kathir Anand is the party candidate in Vellore seat, told PTI that cancelling the poll was a “murder of democracy.” Allies of the DMK also condemned the cancellation of the poll. Ruling AIADMK demanded that Anand be disqualified from contesting the poll instead of cancelling the election. The EC notification said in the commission’s considered opinion conducting the poll in Vellore in such a vitiated atmosphere would “severely jeopardise the conduct of free and fair election.” Hence, the commission recommended cancelling the polls to the government which was accepted and poll for Vellore seat was annulled. President Ram Nath Kovind issued the order rescinding the polls by amending portions of the original poll notification that called the electorate in Vellore to elect a member to the Lok Sabha.The EC took the decision after the district police had filed a complaint against Anand as well as two party functionaries on the basis of a report from the Income Tax department on April 10. Anand was charged under the Representation of the People Act for giving “wrong information” in his election affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, the police have said. The other two, identified as Srinivasan and Damodaran, were booked under bribery charges. A copy of the official notification cancelling polls in Vellore was released here by Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo. On March 30, Income Tax officials had conducted searches at the residence of Anand’s father Durai Murugan over suspected use of unaccounted money for electioneering, and seized Rs. 10.50 lakh which was alleged “excess” cash. Two days later, tax officials said they had seized Rs 11.53 crore from a cement godown belonging to a DMK leader’s associate in the same district. “Cash stuffed in cartons and gunny bags neatly packed for ward and division-wise distribution were unearthed,”officials had said. Murugan, however, had said he had not concealed anything. Questioning the timing of the Income Tax department’s operation, he had alleged that the raids were a “conspiracy” by certain political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena.last_img read more

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We play proper football under new manager Maurizio Sarri – Willian

first_imgChelsea midfielder Willian Borges claims that they play ‘proper football’ with their new manager Maurizio Sarri, saying that the new manager wants them to have fun on the pitch.The 30-year-old had a clash with former boss Antonio Conte when he was with Stamford Bridge. He, however, says he had plans on leaving in the summer but had to stay back as Conte got sacked.Willian is full of praise for the new manager, telling The Premier League Show as quoted by Dailymail:“He is very important, not only for me but for all the team. Now we play football.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“He wants us to have fun inside the pitch. We play proper football and every single player is happy to play for him.”Willian was to leave in the summer and was linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United. He, however, says “everything is perfect” for him in London.“I love to live here, my family love to live in London, I love to play for Chelsea, everything is amazing. I have been here for five years and I hope to stay more.”“Everything is perfect. My family don’t want to leave.”last_img read more

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