Federer beats Zverev to reach last four at ATP Finals

first_imgStindl equalizer saves Germany’s 21-match unbeaten run Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates victory over Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their men’s singles round-robin match on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKRoger Federer held young pretender Alexander Zverev at bay in a gripping contest Tuesday to reach the last four of the ATP Finals and stay on course for a seventh end-of-season crown.The world number two saw off a spirited challenge from the much-hyped German 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 6-1 in front of a boisterous pro-Federer crowd to become the first man through to the last four at the O2 Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The 20-year-old third seed raced into a 4-0 advantage only to see the Swiss charge back to lead 5-4. Zverev earned a set point of his own at 6-5 but could not convert and Federer made his third set point count.The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke in the first game of the second set to establish an iron grip on the round-robin match but Zverev hit back in the fourth to get back on level terms.Federer only landed 43 percent of first serves in the second set and it finally cost him in the 12th game, when Zverev capitalized on his third set point to force a decider.The Swiss re-found his focus and some consistency on serve in the decider as Zverev’s level dipped, earning three breaks to close it out 6-1.Zverev has been touted as the leader of a pack of young players hungry to oust the creaking old guard but Federer, who has suffered only four defeats all year, shows no sign of slipping.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was a good battle and I always enjoy myself at this beautiful arena,” said Federer, who has now reached the semi-finals 14 times.“I have so much fun playing in London and I have been so successful here. Thank you for making it such a special night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I’m happy and relieved that I can play freely against (Marin) Cilic, instead of it being a nail-biter. It’s been a tough group so to be through in two matches is great.”Both players were scratchy on serve at the start of the match but were quickly into the groove in a tight first set that saw no breaks of serve, though Zverev had to fend off two set points in the 12th game to force a tie-break. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Coming into the match Federer, 36, and Zverev had faced each other four times and each had won twice.This year, Federer beat the German in Halle but Zverev returned the favor at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.Earlier, also in the Boris Becker group, Jack Sock kept his dreams of a fairytale finish to his season alive, beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).“It’s been an interesting morning so far,” said the American. “The fire alarm went off at 4:00 am and we had to exit the building. But I love playing here in London. It’s an amazing atmosphere, you make me feel like home.”The top two players from each of the two groups of four progress to the semi-finals.Federer, who beat Sock in his first match, is the standout star at the tournament after the withdrawal through injury of world number one Rafael Nadal.Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are all long-term absentees from the Tour this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Gunmen storm poultry supply store

first_imgTwo armed bandits on Saturday stormed a city poultry business, robbing employees of the day’s proceeds at gunpoint.The business place where the robbery occurredThe robbery occurred at about 13:00h at Rambarran Enterprise, located on Middleton Street, Campbellville.According to information received, the two males, armed with handguns, pounced on the business place and held the employees at gunpoint whilst demanding cash.The staffers complied with their demands, as one of the bandits scaled the counter and emptied the cash register of an undisclosed sum of money.The perpetrators then made good their escape in a getaway car, which was waiting outside with two other occupants.Police were summoned to the location, and an investigation has been launched into the matter.When Guyana Times visited the scene, the day’s operation remained normal as customers were observed purchasing poultry supplies. However, employees were unable to speak to media operatives.When contacted, one staff member would only confirm that the incident happened, telling this newspaper that they were exhausted from giving statements to the police moments before.last_img read more

Messi snubbed as Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated

first_img0Shares0000Six of the best? Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to move ahead of five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi after being nominated to win the award for a sixth time on Monday © AFP/File / ALEJANDRO PAGNI, FRANCISCO LEONG, STFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 3 – Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA’s men’s player of the year award for the first time in over a decade on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omitted from the top three for the first time since 2006. A five-time winner of the award, Messi has also finished second in the voting for each of Ronaldo’s five previous wins in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.Ronaldo ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid on a high with a fourth Champions League in five years before joining Italian giants Juventus in July.Yet, that might not even be enough for the Portuguese to edge ahead in his battle for supremacy with Messi by adding his sixth crown when the winners are announced on September 24.End to Messi-Ronaldo dominance?Midfield maestro: Luka Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and led Croatia to the World Cup final © AFP / Johannes EISELERonaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric is best-placed to become the first new name to win the award for 10 years after a superb season for club and country.As well as his influential displays in Real’s Champions League triumph, the Croatia midfielder won the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament as Croatia reached their first World Cup final, finishing as runners-up to France.“I really hope Modric will win because I think what he did in the World Cup was really special,” said legendary former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in his role as a FIFA ambassador on Monday.“He’s this quiet guy we know from Real Madrid, but when we saw him in the World Cup he became a majestic leader. He was wearing the captain’s armband, leading from the front, first guy to put a tackle in, and we saw a side of Luka Modric I hadn’t seen before.”Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals in a prolific debut season at Liverpool © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYSalah’s 44 goals in an incredible debut season for Liverpool saw him edge out Messi and French World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann for a place in the top three.The Egyptian led Liverpool to the Champions League final before cruelly suffering an injury early on in Kiev against Madrid that also limited his participation at the World Cup.France may not have any runners for the best player award but two Frenchmen lead the finalists for the best coach as World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps and former Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are joined by Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic.Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as player and coach © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVDeschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic’s Croatia in Russia, while Zidane led Real to a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down.The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France’s Hugo Lloris, Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, and Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Real Madrid.Ronaldo and Messi both feature among the 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal of the year, along with Gareth Bale’s sensational overhead kick in the Champions League final.Lyon’s Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg and German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan are joined by Brazilian five-time winner Marta in the running for the best women’s player after winning the Champions League with the French giants.Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women’s coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Oliech debuts as Gor, Mathare draw

first_imgPenalties in either half settled the tie with the two sides playing for a third consecutive draw having tied 2-2 home and away last season.Mathare retained their unbeaten run while Gor’s slow start to the season continued.Both coaches maintained their strongest possible starting teams with Francis Kimanzi sticking with the side that has won four of their opening five games of the season with exception of the goalkeeping department where he handed new signing Allan Owiny his debut in place of David Okello.-Oliech on the benchGor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech walks to the pitch during the Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium on January 6, 2018 when he made his debut. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAnd talking of debuts, Oktay had on the bench Harambee Stars legend Oliech who was making his first competitive appearance in club football in more than two years.Fans chanted his name inside the stadium and there was huge applause in the 11th minute when ‘Wuod Mary’ as he was fondly referred to us stood up to go and warm up when striker Jacques Tuyisenge went down with injury.On the business end of the pitch, the unbeaten Mathare was coming into the tie seeking to continue their recent dominance over the record Kenyan champions who have not beaten them over the last two seasons.The Slum Boys controlled the early proceedings, sticking to their usual passing game as they sought to exploit the otherwise solid Gor defense through a midfield that looked softened on the day.They should have gone ahead after 20 minutes when a quickly started freekick found the Gor backline sleeping on their laurels and the ball was spread out to James Kinyanjui on the right, the youngster spreading a beautiful low cross into the six yard box but an onrushing Cliff Nyakeya could not connect.Mathare won a freekick almost immediately, Kevin Kimani their dead ball specialist swinging one in from the right, but Clifford Alwanga headed over when he towered above the Gor backline.-Kimani freekickIn the 27th minute, Mathare won a freekick in Kimani territory when the red-hot Nyakeya was hacked down at the edge of the box.When almost half the Mathare team stood behind the set-piece, it was the 2011 KPL player of the year who had the final say, curling the ball beyond the wall but it went inches wide.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge kneels down to celebrate after converting a penalty during the Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFive minutes later though, Gor were 1-0 up, Tuyisenge converting from the spot.Boniface Omondi swung a cross from the left which found Lawrence Juma but the midfielder was brought down by the spread hands of debutant Owiny, the referee directing his finger to the spot.But Mathare had a never say die attitude as they got back into the hunt with more vigour after going behind.Nine minutes to halftime, they had a golden chance to get back level when Alwanga sent Kinyanjui through on the left, but the winger chose to take a pass instead of a shot at goal when he had cut back to a favorable shooting position.-Another penaltyIn the second half, Mathare started off by making changes, Alwanga coming off for Chris Ochieng.And it took just 12 minutes before the Slum Boys got back into contention, a second penalty in the same box drawing them level. James Situma was hacked down inside the box by Boniface Omondi and once again the ref pointed to the spot.Kevin Kimani stepped up and in emphatic fashion slammed the ball home beyond Fredrick Odhiambo.Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava chases down Mathare United midfielder Cliff Nyakeya during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSeven minutes later, they came  close when Kimani dived in to head at the back post off a Kinyanjui cross, but Francis Kahata ad done just but enough to give the ball a little brush that took it off Kimani’s eyes.But came the moment, came the time, Oliech was making a return to the KPL.The 33-year old was introduced in the 67th minute for Nicholas Kipkurui much to the applause of the fans who had come to see the legend make his debut. Just before that, Gor were forced to bring off Joash Onyango for Pascal Ogweno after he picked up a head injury.Oliech showed glimpses of his glory days and just a minute of his coming on knocked down the ball for Kahata, but his shot was saved by Owiny.-Gor chancesMathare defender Cliff Nyakeya wins the ball off Jack Tuyisenge of Gor Mahia during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor had two more chances, first Shafik Batambuze’s ferocious shot from the edge of the box being saved by Owiny before Wedno’s volley after a poorly defended corner went just over.Quarter of an hour to the end Mathare almost sneaked in for a win when Kinyanjui’s cross found Nyakeya inside the box, but the latter’s shot was deflected for a corner.Tuyisenge should have won the game for Gor in added time when he rose up to miss Omondi’s cross a yard out of goal but he surprisingly nodded over.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Dennis Oliech vies for the ball with Mathare United defender Andrew Juma during his debut in the Kenyan premier league on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech made his debut for Gor Mahia on Sunday evening, playing for 23 minutes as the Kenyan Premier League defending champions settled for a 1-1 draw with Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium.Oliech who penned a two year contract with Gor mid this week came on for Nicholas Kipkurui in the 67th minute, and was welcomed with rapturous applause by the K’Ogalo faithful whose specific agenda of the day was to see the forward in action.last_img read more

The odds on Southgate and Harry Kane to be knighted are ridiculously short

first_img England beat Colombia on penalties in their last 16 fixture 3 There is a precedent from the 2003 Rugby World Cup victory, where the manager at the time, Clive Woodward was knighted in the New Year’s Honours list that year, with 38 of the 59 sporting honours related to the World Cup triumph.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who saved a crucial penalty in England’s first ever World Cup spot-kick success, is also priced in the market for a knighthood. Leading the charge is the well-dressed Gareth Southgate, aided by his humble captain Harry Kane.The Tottenham Hotspur striker is leading the race for the Golden Boot with six goals and, alongside his national team manager, is winning over fans on a regular basis.In fact, such is the growing popularity of the pair, the odds on the duo becoming Knights of the Realm are seemingly decreasing by the day.The pair are just 5/1 to receive knighthoods if England bring the World Cup home from Russia. Pickford made a vital save against Carlos Bacca on Tuesday night If he carries on with his heroics between the sticks, Sky Bet rate him at 33/1 to become Sir Jordan.Meanwhile, Sky Bet are on for an 8-figure loss should England win the World Cup.Due to a money back offer pre-tournament, Three Lions fans piled into Southgate’s boys at 16/1, leaving Sky Bet with a huge liability should they bring it home.center_img 3 3 When England began their World Cup campaign against Tunisia two weeks ago, fans were just hopeful they could get out of the group.Expectations around the Three Lions were very low and there was little to no pressure on the young team.However, positive football and a sense of togetherness not seen for generations has whipped the country into a frenzy. Kane has scored six goals from six shots on target. Lethal last_img read more

Donegal ETB launches third annual County Enterprise Day

first_imgDonegal ETB launched its third annual Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres from across the county yesterday. The aim of the day is to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship in a fun way to young people with the support of Donegal entrepreneurs.This exciting event takes place in LYIT on Wednesday 19 October with a total of twenty-two teams from seventeen schools and three Youthreach centres from across the county registered to participate. This is almost double last year’s number of teams. The day involves each team developing a product on which they are judged in a Dragon’s Den-type set up, including pitching their product to panels of business judges.Teams are given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. They will hear from guest speakers Jenni Timoney on entrepreneurship success and failure and Gerard Grant, Vice President, Pramerica, while Ian Harkin of Lottie Dolls, based in LYIT’s CoLab, will provide tips on how to pitch a business idea.The day will also include fun activities, ice breakers and team building games with staff from Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre. MC for the morning is Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.Last year’s winner of the Enterprise Day was Deele College, Raphoe. Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Loreto Letterkenny came second and third. The participating schools and Youthreach centres are Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Carndonagh Community School; Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny; Colaiste Chineal Eoghan, Buncrana; Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon; Crana College, Buncrana; Deele College, Raphoe; Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore; Loreto Community School, Milford; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Mulroy College, Milford; Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair; Rosses Community School; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana; Youthreach Buncrana and Glengad; Youthreach Letterkenny and Youthreach Gortahork.Keep an eye on Twitter (@DonegalETB) for updates on the day.Donegal ETB launches third annual County Enterprise Day was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KCCA demolish poor Nyamityobora to retain top spot in league

first_imgThe KCCA FC team that started against Nyamityobora on Sunday (Photos by KCCA FC media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC 6-1 Nyamityobora FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSunday, 25-11-2018LUGOGO – KCCA FC produced arguably their finest performance of the season as they thumped Nyamityobora FC 6-1 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Sunday.A brace by Mike Mutyaba and one each from Allan Okello, Timothy Awanyi, Patrick Kaddu and Jackson Nunda did the magic on a day that Mike Mutebi’s side retained command of the league.Nyamityobora’s only positive on the day was Dada Juma’s consolation goal towards the end of the game.Despite having most of their senior players just returning from National duty, the Kasasiro Boys took an early lead inside four minutes through Patrick Kaddu who nodded in past Jomi Hillary in the visitors goal.With the early goal settling the home side, they dominated possession and were rewarded with a second on 21 minutes when Captain Timothy Awanyi converted from the spot after Allan Okello was fouled inside the area.Two became three with five minutes of the first half to play as Allan Okello slotted in neatly past a helpless Jomi.Referee William Oloya sent the teams back into the changing rooms for their mandatory break with KCCA showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.Mutebi’s side’s domination of proceeding continued from the onset of the last 45 minutes and it was just a matter of time until a fourth came.On 53 minutes, Mutebi sent on Mike Mutyaba in place of the tired looking Allan Kyambadde and what a stroke of genius it would later prove.Nine minutes, Mutyaba scored his first goal of the season to make it 4-0 to KCCA.Mutyaba celebrates scoring one of his two goals on SundayWith 22 minutes to play, Dada Juma reduced the deficit to three, scoring Nyamityobora’s consolation.The goal conceded only wakes up KCCA as they went in search of a fifth which eventually came on 70 minutes through Mutyaba who doubled his day’s tally.With a minute of regulation time to play, Jackson Nunda completed the demolition with a sixth and his first of the season.The three points gained elevate KCCA to the top of the league, level on points (18) with Vipers but with a superior goal difference.For Nyamityobora, they slip into 15th with four points from their first 8 games.League action resumes on Friday with a double header. Police FC host Mbarara City at the StarTimes Stadium while Nyamityobora entertain coachless-SC villa at Wankulukuku.KCCA’s next engagement sees them travel to Luzira to take on troubled Maroons.Comments Tags: KCCA FCNyamityobora FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

City, Liverpool at home as Premier League title race, top four heat up

first_imgCardiff City vs EvertonCardiff City Stadium, CardiffTuesday, 26-02-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Kevin FriendCardiff City loanee Oumar Niasse is ineligible to face his parent club Everton, so Kenneth Zohore could make his first start in five months. Aron Gunnarsson is expected to return, while Lee Peltier and Bobby Reid will be checked after illness and Victor Camarasa (calf) could be fit.Everton defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines are available after respective knee and rib injuries. Yerry Mina remains a doubt, while Kurt Zouma serves a one-match ban.Cardiff’s last league victory over the Toffees was back in 1956. Since then, they have drawn four and lost four. However, Everton are winless in six top-flight visits to Cardiff since a 2-0 triumph in March 1929.Huddersfield Town vs WolvesThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireTuesday, 26-02-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Dean CooteHuddersfield have won 11 of their last 13 league games against Wolves, including the last four without conceding a goal. Wolves have not won a top-flight game away to Huddersfield since recording a 1-0 victory at Leeds Road in April 1972.Huddersfield are without defender Tommy Smith, who begins a three-game ban following his sending off at Newcastle. Adama Diakhaby is out with a hamstring problem, and joins Isaac Mbenza, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri on the sidelines, but Alex Pritchard is fit and Eric Durm may return from injury.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has reported no injury concerns. Joao Moutinho is fit despite requiring stitches after being caught in the face by an opponent’s elbow at Bournemouth.Leicester City vs Brighton and Hove AlbionKing Power Stadium, LeicesterTuesday, 26-02-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Lee ProbertLeicester coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler will be in charge on Tuesday following the sacking of Claude Puel. Left-back Ben Chilwell, who missed the defeat by Crystal Palace, is available after injury.Brighton will assess the fitness of several players, including Glenn Murray and Jurgen Locadia, who are both back in training after respective calf and ankle injuries. Lewis Dunk and Jose Izquierdo are also in contention, and Solly March returns. Central defender Leon Balogun remains sidelined by a shoulder problem and Florin Andone completes a three-match suspension against the Foxes.This is the 33rd meeting between the sides – Leicester could go four matches unbeaten against Brighton for the first time. Brighton’s only victory at the King Power Stadium in the past six attempts was by 4-1 in a Championship match in April 2014.Newcastle United vs BurnelySt. James Park, Newcastle Upon TyneTuesday, 26-02-2019 @11pmReferee: Craig PawsonThis is the 100th league meeting between the sides. Newcastle are attempting to do the league double over Burnley for the first time since the 1954-55 season. Burnley have not won at Newcastle in five attempts since April 1976.Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could feature for the first time since suffering the recurrence of a thigh complaint in early January. Ki Sung-yueng, Paul Dummett and Joselu were all named as substitutes at the weekend after recovering from injuries.Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot are Newcastle’s only two absentees. Burnley have no fresh injury concerns. Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson returned from muscle problems as substitutes against Spurs.Arsenal vs BournemouthEmirates Stadium, LondonWednesday, 27-02-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Chris KavanaghArsenal are perceived to be the outsiders in the race to secure fourth spot in the table by the end of the campaign, but Unai Emery’s side currently hold that position after a run of four wins from five league outings.Their only defeat during that period came away at Manchester City and with the club also making progress in the Europa League, it is perhaps harsh to expect the Gunners to only claim a place in that same competition next season. Arsenal have not necessarily always faced top opposition during their recent schedule, but this is a team who have had to deal with several injuries in defence and Emery has done terrifically to keep his team in the hunt to feature in the Champions League during the next campaign. The North London outfit now only find themselves seven points adrift of fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur – a team who have been receiving widespread plaudits – but prevailing on Wednesday and in the derby on Saturday will close the gap even further.There is little doubt that Arsenal are going to have to improve away from home in order to challenge Spurs, but 35 points have come from their last 13 home outings and it is a run which matches each of Liverpool and Manchester City.Arsenal face a set of potentially season-defining fixtures at the start of next month with Manchester United and a European double-header with Rennes also coming by March 14, and it increases the importance of recording maximum points against Bournemouth.Emery has faith in frontmen Aubameyang and Lacazette, but the Spaniard is now making an obvious effort to try to reintegrate Mesut Ozil back into the fold. Starts for the German in the Premier League have recently been few and far between, but Wednesday’s game could be a platform for the club’s biggest earner to remind Emery that he has still has plenty to offer.Bournemouth have not found themselves close to becoming embroiled in a relegation battle throughout the season, but Eddie Howe will be disappointed with how his team have fared. The Cherries enjoyed a strong start to the campaign, but 11 defeats have come from their last 17 matches in the Premier League without any question marks being raised over Howe’s future at the Vitality Stadium. That is not to say that there necessarily should be with Howe having worked wonders since promotion to the top flight, but Bournemouth have not made the progress which was perhaps anticipated after finishing in ninth place in 2017.There have been times where Bournemouth have been unplayable – Chelsea have first-hand experience of that – but that success was followed by a 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City and it further highlighted the lack of consistency from a talented squad. Bournemouth took a step in the right direction with a hard-earned point against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, although they created the better of the chances and had the rub of the green with a number of decisions from the referee. Howe will be aware that his side need to develop a killer instinct on a more regular basis to reach the heights which he will believe are realistic, and back-to-back clashes with Arsenal and Manchester City are ideal games to demand more from his team.Both managers are likely to consider a number of changes to their side given the next round of fixtures at the weekend.Emery will have one eye on the North London derby, and that could see the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Aaron Ramsey drop down to the bench after their recent time on the sidelines and Granit Xhaka may be given a rest. Ozil should come back into the team and Denis Suarez is in line for his first start since a loan move from Barcelona, while Aubameyang should return in attack.Bournemouth boss Howe is without Jefferson Lerma due to suspension so Andrew Surman should be restored to the starting lineup, while Diego Rico and Charlie Daniels may get the nod at left-back. Howe may not feel that Dominic Solanke can play three times within a week after barely featuring all season, and that could allow Lys Mousset some game-time from the opening whistle. Brooks and Wilson remain unavailable, while Steve Cook is currently dealing with a groin problem and may not be risked.Wednesday’s showdown will represent just the ninth competitive meeting between the two clubs, with Arsenal registering six wins in comparison to just the one triumph for Bournemouth. Arsenal have prevailed in each of the three Premier League meetings for the loss of just one goal, with Bournemouth’s sole success coming on the South coast at the start of 2018. The Gunners have never failed to score in any of their previous clashes with the Cherries.Southampton vs FulhamSt. Mary’s Stadium, HampshireWednesday, 27-02-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Anthony TaylorSouthampton host Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday in a crucial clash at the bottom end of the table.Both sides slumped to defeats in their last outings, adding extra incentive to the encounter at St Mary’s Stadium, with both clubs sitting in 18th and 19th in the league respectively.For Fulham, even a win would leave them in the bottom three and still four points off their south coast opponents, while Southampton desperately needs points to keep up the pace with sides above them.Ralph Hassenhuttl has a near fully fit squad to choose from for the match but is without Mario Lemina, who is still nursing an abdominal strain he picked up in December, while Danny Ings remains sidelined.  Hassenhuttl welcomed back Michael Obafemi against Arsenal on Sunday, however the Irishman managed only 20 minutes before suffering another hamstring strain and needing to be replaced, all but assuring his absence on Wednesday.Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa made his return from injury in the Cottagers’ defeat to West Ham, while there were debuts for new signings Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit, as Claudio Ranieri has a full strength team available for the vital relegation battle.The two clubs have faced off many times over the years, with 73 clashes between the sides taking place – leading in the head to head battles are Southampton, who have 27 victories to Fulham’s 21. This fixture back in November was Ranieri’s first in charge of the Cottagers, as he oversaw a 3-2 win at Craven Cottage to get his reign off to the perfect start. Aleksander Mitrovic’s brace and an Andre Schurrle strike were enough to see off a Stuart Armstrong double on the day to hand the capital club their second league victory of the season. Prior to that meeting, the Saints had a good record against the men in white, being unbeaten in the previous six matches, a run that stretched back to 2004.Crystal Palace vs Man UnitedSelhurst Park, LondonWednesday, 27-02-2019 @11pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonCrystal Palace centre back Mamadou Sakho will miss Wednesday’s game because of the knee injury that forced him off against Leicester. Fellow defenders Martin Kelly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be assessed.Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without as many as nine first-team players. Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic are all ruled out, while Marcus Rashford (ankle) is a doubt. Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia remain absent, but defender Marcos Rojo is expected to be involved.Crystal Palace have yet to beat Manchester United in the Premier League after 19 attempts (D4, L15). It’s a competition record for most matches versus a single opponent without ever winning. The Eagles have scored just seven goals in those 19 fixtures. Palace are without a victory in 21 league games against United since a 3-0 home win in May 1991, when John Salako scored twice. They are looking to avoid defeat in both league meetings in a single season for the first time since 1989-90.Manchester United have won seven successive away matches in all competitions, their best run since April 2002. They have lost just one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 14 games in charge. Their tally of 26 points in 10 league games under the Norwegian is at least five more than any other club prior to the midweek fixtures. The Red Devils have kept an unrivalled five clean sheets in the Premier League since Solskjaer took over. They have been awarded nine Premier League penalties this season, the most of any top-flight team.Chelsea vs Tottenham Stamford Bridge, LondonWednesday, 27-02-2019 @11pmReferee: Andre MarrinerChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he has not decided if he will pick goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after he refused to be substituted in the League Cup final. Forward Callum Hudson-Odoi and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be handed starts.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is again without Eric Dier due to tonsillitis. Fellow midfielder Dele Alli is not yet ready to return from his hamstring problem.Tottenham ended their 30-match winless run away at Chelsea in the corresponding league encounter last season. However, they lost at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup semi-final second leg last month. Spurs have won three of the past four Premier League meetings, as many as they had in their previous 20 attempts. Tottenham are looking to win three consecutive league games against Chelsea for the first time since a run of five between March 1961 and September 1963. The last time Chelsea lost both league games in a season to Tottenham was in 1970-71.Chelsea have lost six of their last 14 top-flight fixtures, a run that began with a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham on 24 November. Their three most recent league games have produced a total of 15 goals. They beat Huddersfield 5-0, but lost 4-0 and 6-0 at Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively. The Blues are unbeaten in all four Premier League home matches this season against other established top-six teams (W2, D2). Maurizio Sarri’s side have only scored 18 goals in their past 15 league matches, compared to 27 goals in their first 11 fixtures this season. Gonzalo Higuain was directly involved in all four Juventus goals in their 4-3 aggregate victory against Spurs in last season’s Champions League clash, scoring three and setting up the other.Tottenham have taken 15 points from six London derbies this season; only Arsenal, with 16 in eight games, have earned more. They have gone a Premier League record 31 consecutive fixtures without a draw since April. It’s the longest top-flight run since Portsmouth’s 38-game streak in 1928-29. Spurs could lose four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since a run of seven in a row under Harry Redknapp from December 2008 to February 2009. Mauricio Pochettino has won four Premier League games against Chelsea as Tottenham manager – more than every other Spurs boss combined. However, Pochettino has lost eight times to Chelsea, more than any other opponent in his managerial career.Liverpool vs WatfordAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolWednesday, 27-02-2019 @11pmReferee: Graham ScottLiverpool’s Roberto Firmino has a chance of playing despite being forced off at Manchester United with an ankle problem. Should the Reds decide against risking him, the Brazilian would be likely to return in Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton. Naby Keita will be monitored after a recent illness, but defenders Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez remain out.Watford could name the same side which began Friday’s 5-1 win against Cardiff. This match comes too soon for full-back Kiko Femenia, who is back in training after a hamstring injury, but he is expected to be their only absentee.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six league meetings with Watford (W5, D1), scoring 20 goals and keeping four clean sheets in that run. The Hornets’ two most recent trips to Anfield ended in a 6-1 defeat in November 2016 and a 5-0 loss in March 2018. Watford have lost 10 of their 11 league games away to Liverpool, with the exception a 1-0 victory in August 1999 courtesy of a Tommy Mooney goal.The Reds have scored more than once in just two of their nine league and cup games in 2019. They have registered a total of three shots on target in their previous two matches – one against Manchester United and two versus Bayern Munich, failing to score in either match The Merseysiders have dropped nine points in their last seven league games, having missed out on just six points in their first 20 matches this season. Liverpool have lost just one of their last 26 league and cup home matches in the month of February (W19, D6) – that was a 2-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion in February 2013. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 34 Premier League games at Anfield since losing to Crystal Palace in April 2017 (W24, D10). Mohamed Salah, who is one shy of 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool, has six goals and one assist in three games against Watford. Sadio Mane has three goals and three assists in four matches versus the Hornets.Man City vs West Ham UnitedEtihad Stadium, ManchesterWednesday, 27-02-2019 @11pmReferee: Scot AttwellManchester City are without Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte, both of whom suffered muscle injuries in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win. John Stones and Gabriel Jesus remain sidelined, while Benjamin Mendy is nearing fitness and will be assessed.West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has reported no new injury concerns. Manuel Lanzini is again likely to feature as a substitute, having made his comeback from a long-term knee problem in Friday’s win against Fulham. Defenders Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid have returned to light training but are not yet fully fit.Manchester City have won 10 of their 12 league games against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium (D1, L1). The Hammers’ only league win there came in September 2015, when current boss Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of the home side. Under Pep Guardiola, City have won all six of their league and cup games against the Hammers, scoring 22 goals and conceding just three.The reigning champions have won 13 of their 14 top-flight games at the Etihad Stadium this season. City have scored two goals or more in each of their last 15 home league matches – the longest such run in the top flight since Tottenham did so in 16 consecutive games in 1965. After scoring three goals against both Arsenal and Chelsea, Sergio Aguero can become the first player to score Premier League hat-tricks in three consecutive home appearances. Aguero has ended on the winning side in each of the last 23 league games he has started at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 29 goals and assisting seven more.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

High-scoring Hoopa off to hot start

first_imgThe Hoopa boys basketball team is off to a hot start in 2018 after claiming the South Fork Classic championship over the weekend thanks to some of the highest-scoring offensive play of any team on the North Coast.The Warriors downed Cornerstone Christian 91-71 in Saturday’s championship game after back-to-back wins by more than 40-points in the tournament’s first two rounds.Hoopa’s run-and-gun style of play has propelled the club to a 6-1 overall record as the Warriors have had no issues …last_img read more

Centre for new Bench in Manipur case

first_imgSome Army officers, supported fully by the Centre, on Friday urged a Supreme Court Bench of Justices Madan Lokur and U.U. Lalit to recuse itself from monitoring the CBI probe into alleged fake encounters in Manipur.They said certain oral remarks made by the Bench at an earlier hearing questioning the non-arrest of accused persons had spooked Army personnel operating in Manipur.Appearing for the officers, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said there was a “genuine apprehension in the minds of the soldiers.” Their morale was affected by the reported comments of the court. They were afraid the comments would affect their trial later.But amicus curiae Menaka Guruswamy and senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for some of the victim groups, assured the Bench that the plea was merely an attempt to “overawe” the court.The Bench reserved the pleas made by the officers for orders. The decision is likely to come on October 1.The controversy is about a July 30 hearing in which the court had questioned the CBI for filing two chargesheets against 14 persons, charging them of murder of innocent civilians, criminal conspiracy and tampering of evidence in the Manipur ‘fake’ encounter deaths, without bothering to arrest them. The lawyers from both sides read out The Hindu report quoting Justice Lokur’s comment to CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma during the July 30 hearing.Justice Lokur, it is quoted in the news report, had said “So there are 14 persons, who according to you are murderers, roaming around in Manipur on the streets of Imphal?” Mr. Rohatgi submitted that the oral comments have created a “perception of bias”.“Whether the Bench should now continue or insist on monitoring the CBI investigation?” Mr. Rohatgi submitted.last_img read more