Man City wary of more injuries in big week

first_imgBy Steve TongueManchester City will be almost as concerned to avoid further injuries as they are to take three Champions League points when Sevilla visit the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday (9.45pm).Four days later Premier League leaders City have a big local derby at third-placed Manchester United.Manuel Pellegrini’s side are already without top scorer Sergio Aguero who hit six goals in two games, five of them in 20 minutes against Newcastle United, before suffering a hamstring problem playing for Argentina.Playmaker David Silva was also injured on international duty and will miss Wednesday’s game against his fellow countrymen.Captain Vincent Kompany was not considered fit enough to play in Saturday’s 5-1 win over lowly Bournemouth while midfielder Samir Nasri strained a hamstring injury in that game.“I prefer to play with Aguero and Silva,” Pellegrini told reporters before adding he was “very happy” with the performances of attacking players Raheem Sterling, who scored a hat-trick, Wilfried Bony and record signing Kevin De Bruyne.Both teams have three points from two Group D matches after losing to Juventus and beating Borussia Moenchengladbach.Wednesday’s game will be an emotional occasion for City winger Jesus Navas who came through Sevilla’s academy and played nearly 400 times for the club.Navas, a World Cup and European Championship winner who last played for Spain in March 2014, won two UEFA Cups, one European Super Cup and two King’s Cups before leaving for City in 2013.Sevilla’s stuttering start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when the Europa League holders had to come from behind to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at modest Basque side Eibar.Unai Emery’s side are 12th after eight matches, having managed only two wins, although they did beat Spanish and European champions Barcelona 2-1 earlier this month.“The draw left a bitter taste but was also positive as it was the third match in a row we accrued points,” said goalkeeper Sergio Rico after the game at Eibar.“That allows us to continue growing as a team although there are still things to improve.”last_img read more

United win Manchester derby, Chelsea thrash Everton

first_imgManchester United completed their first home and away Premier League double over Manchester City since the Alex Ferguson era with goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay giving them a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.United’s triumph over second-placed City leaves runaway leaders Liverpool, who have a 25-point advantage, even closer to the title but not even that bitter-sweet element of the win could dampen the celebrations in the Stretford End.Liverpool now require only two more wins to guarantee lifting their first league title for 30 years and may not even need those six points if City fail to beat Arsenal and Burnley in their upcoming games before the Merseyside derby.United may have had to defend for large parts of the second half but they were disciplined throughout and allowed City few clear chances after taking the lead in the 30th minute through Martial after a clever free-kick from Bruno Fernandes.The arrival of Portuguese midfielder Fernandes in late January has transformed United’s season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s improving side are now unbeaten in their last 10 games in all competitions.The creativity and verve of Fernandes has been key to that upturn in form, but there have been improvements across the field as United have moved up to fifth, still three points off the fourth Champions League spot currently held by Chelsea.But no-one in Manchester needs reminding that fifth place may be enough to face the continental elite next term, if City’s two-year UEFA ban from Europe is upheld despite their appeal.SHAKY STARTUnited were shaky in the opening stages, sitting deep and allowing City space to move the ball around midfield, but after adjusting they began to take advantage of the absence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne from the City midfield.United’s opening goal was straight off the training ground with Fernandes surprising City’s defence with a sharply-taken chipped free-kick over the top to Martial whose volley sneaked under the arm of the diving Ederson.It was a goal which delighted Norwegian Solskjaer who has been pushing Martial to gain more of a predator’s instinct and it was one of several signs of a good understanding between the Frenchman and Fernandes.“Anthony and Bruno have hit if off. It is a privilege to be a manager of a squad with this attitude. You can’t ask for more. They are going to improve as players as well,” said Solskjaer.City had a Sergio Aguero effort ruled out for offside after the break but with Bernardo Silva unusually ineffective, the champions lacked their trademark midfield dominance.Raheem Sterling was unable to connect with a low ball across the face of the goal from Riyad Mahrez in one of the few clear openings City created.RAUCOUS JOYAt the other end, the speedy Dan James broke clear after a wonderful through ball from the outstanding Aaron Wan-Bissaka but opted to blast at Ederson when he could have squared the ball to a team mate.But the game was to end in raucous joy for the United faithful as substitute McTominay made sure of the points by driving the ball into the unguarded net from 25 metres after a woeful throw-out from Ederson straight to the midfielder.“That was such a sweet moment. It’s such a beautiful feeling to score like that in front of the fans. But we can’t get too carried away and need to keep pushing for the Champions League,” said the Scotland international.“We will take confidence from that but in the coming weeks we have got to keep the run going,” he said.Guardiola defended his team’s performance but Bernardo Silva was more frank in his assessment.“A very bad day for us, it is always a special game even though we are not going for the title. It is a special game for our fans and us and we need to do better. It is not acceptable to play this way and lose like this,” he said.The last time United completed the league double over City was in the 2009/10 season.CHELSEA 4-0 EVERTONEarlier on Sunday, two goals in each half from a rampant Chelsea earned them a 4-0 victory over Carlo Ancelotti’s disappointing Everton on Sunday, cementing their place in the Premier League’s top four.Everton coach Ancelotti, who spent two years at Chelsea, leading the team which included current Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to the league and FA Cup double in 2010, enjoyed a warm greeting from the Stamford Bridge crowd.Yet he cut a forlorn figure on the touchline, with his team managing only one shot on target, as Chelsea opened a 2-0 lead with goals from Mason Mount and Pedro before adding to their tally with efforts from Willian and Olivier Giroud.Everton lie in 12th place in the table, 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.last_img read more

Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

first_img“Manny is in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said Tuesday at a gym next door to the Suncorp Stadium, where a 50,000-plus crowd is expected for the “Battle of Brisbane.”“With Mayweather you have to look good against an opponent, you have to be impressive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRoach has been a long-time trainer for the multiple world champion, and reckons the 38-year-old Pacquiao should have a few more big wins in him.“If he struggles in this fight, it could be over,” Roach said. Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “I know my body. I’m ready. I’m not underestimating (Horn). I’m not taking him lightly. I’m working hard.”Horn turned pro in 2013, the year after reaching the Olympic quarterfinals in London, and has faced 10 top-15 rated boxers in his 17 professional bouts. He hasn’t faced anyone of the caliber of Pacquiao, though.The Pacquiao camp is expecting Horn to come out aggressively in front of his home crowd, and so the preparation has been tailored to that.A world champion in eight divisions, and now a senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao can still remember the feelings he had ahead of his first big-time bout and is treading carefully because of that.“That’s why we did a lot for this training camp,” Pacquiao said. “I know what he’s feeling — being there, being the underdog.”It won’t mean he’ll take it any easier in the ring.“All I can say is, it’s good he’s a teacher,” Pacquiao said. “I’m a teacher in the ring.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Asked specifically what the fallout would be if Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) somehow won, Roach said “depending on how he lost, I would probably encourage him to retire.”Not that he’s expecting Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) to struggle. Roach said training has consisted of 50 rounds on some days and the preparation — after a slow start — has been very intense.“I expect Manny’s best in this fight. I am looking for a big win here,” Roach said. “We want to go on to bigger and better things.”Pacquiao lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather but has rebounded to beat Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas on points since then. He wants another shot at Mayweather.“If there’s a chance, why not? I’m willing,” Pacquiao said of a potential rematch with Mayweather, who has visited Roach’s gym a couple of times — though not to discuss business. “But let’s focus first for this fight. We don’t want to underestimate … Horn, thinking about another fight. This fight is not done yet.ADVERTISEMENT 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao’s options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement.The 11-time world champion is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday against the 29-year-old Australian, a school teacher who is in the biggest bout of his professional career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View commentslast_img read more

Stephenson shines at Marquis ​Downs

first_img Front-running effort SASKATOON, Saskatchewan CMC): Trinidadian Shawn Samuel rode three winners and Jamaican Neville Stephenson, two, as Caribbean jockeys dominated the seven-race programme at Marquis Downs on Friday. Riding at the western Canada oval, Samuel picked up wins in race one with favourite Just a Girl, in race four with another favourite Bell Zone, before also capturing race seven with 5-1 chance Classy Can. Stephenson, meanwhile, won with 3-1 bet Fcmiraculouscode in race three and favourite Hotaling Heart in race five. The success left Stephenson, Samuel, and Trinidadian Naim Samaroo all on 14 wins in a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Samuel opened his account in a four-furlong sprint when he made all the running with roan filly Just a Girl to beat the two-year-old maidens by 3-3/4 lengths. He returned to the winner’s circle courtesy of another front-running effort when he partnered with 10-year-old bay gelding Bell Zone to dismiss the three-year-old and upward by 1-1/2 lengths.last_img read more

BLUES EDGED BY BRAMPTON BEAST

first_imgStory Links The Varsity Blues men’s hockey team fell 4-3 to the Brampton Beast of the East Coast Hockey League in a pre-season friendly on Saturday night (Sept. 29) at Varsity Arena.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Ottawa and Belleville Senators affiliate came away with the win despite a back-and-forth matchup.Third-year Blues forward Kevin Lavoie opened the scoring, sliding one past Blues alum Michael Nishi with just under a minute left in the first period.At 4:09 in the second period, David Vallorani scored for the Beast to tie the game at 1-1.Freshman Nathan Hudgin scored the go-ahead goal, putting the Blues up 2-1 with five minutes left in the second period, but Vallorani scored his second of the game 20 seconds later to tie it.In the third period, the Beast took an early lead as Alexandre Mentink scored just over a minute in. Hugo Enock then added another goal to increase Brampton’s lead to 4-2.David Thomson potted one for Toronto with three minutes to go, but despite pulling Blues netminder Frederic Foulem late, the Blues couldn’t find the back of the net again. UP NEXT: The Blues open up their 2018-19 regular season this Wednesday, October 3 on the road at York University. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.  For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Northern GrooveFest returns for 2018; band submissions now open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern GrooveFest, presented by Petron Cellular is back for 2018.The local night of music will feature some of the best bands in the B.C. Peace on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Stonebridge Hotel.  Local bands can now sign up to participate in Northern GrooveFest, by visiting energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/northerngroove.  The deadline bands to sign-up is February 24, 2018.Some of the bands at last years event included Rose Prairie Romance, Jordyn Busche, Last Horse Standing, Road Side Distractions, Travis The Farmer, The Montney Coulees, Scarlet Sway and more.- Advertisement -Tickets for the event will go on sale in March after the full event line-up is announced.  Northern GrooveFest is organized by Sound in Town and Moose FM.Here are some photos from last years event was taken by Sandra and Steve Milner from Peace of the North Studios. For more info about their work please contact Sandra@peaceofthenorth.com | 250~793~8493 | www.facebook.com/Peaceofthenorth.Studios Advertisement 1 of 29 Northern GrooveFest 2017 last_img read more

VAT RATE OF 9% ON TOURISM SECTOR MUST BE MAINTAINED – HARTE

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has said that the 9% VAT rate on the tourism sector must be maintained.Senator Jimmy Harte“The 9 % VAT rate has been successful and in many counties such as Donegal we depend on tourism to generate employment. The past few years have been challenging for all sectors of the industry, but to change the rate at such a crucial time would set the industry back.“There are effectively two parallel tourism industries in Ireland – one in Dublin and one in the rest of the country. While the capital city may be able to absorb the higher rate, the rest of the country cannot,” he said. The Letterkenny Senator said Donegal has enjoyed a good tourism season this year, which was the result of good weather and the reduced 9% VAT rate.“If the 9% rate works and supports employment in the tourism industry, why fix what is not broken?“I’ve been in contact with many restaurants and hotels here in Donegal and they are concerned that the wrong message will be sent out.“I’ll be raising this issue at our party meeting today and with Minister Noonan, and I hope and expect that the tourism sector will be supported.”  VAT RATE OF 9% ON TOURISM SECTOR MUST BE MAINTAINED – HARTE was last modified: September 24th, 2013 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) Tags:Senator Jimmy HartetoursimVATlast_img read more

Bill says more trunk space for elephants

first_imgSACRAMENTO – As the Los Angeles Zoo looks at renovating its elephant exhibit, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, has authored a bill that would require zoos throughout California to expand their elephant habitats – potentially costing millions of dollars or forcing them to close. Levine’s bill would require zoos to maintain at least five acres for up to three elephants – with another half-acre for every additional elephant – a standard that exceeds current practice at most zoos in the state. Some zoo officials say the standard is excessive and would even make it more difficult for zoo visitors to see the elephants. But Levine and animal-rights groups argue most zoos provide insufficient space for the massive animals, which roam many miles every day in the wilds of Africa and Asia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It would be like keeping a human being in solitary confinement in perpetuity,” Levine said. “These are social creatures and they need space. Yes, it would cost more, but you’re talking about living, breathing beings that can feel pain.” If the space cannot be provided, he said, zoos should consider removing their elephant exhibits and releasing the animals to sanctuaries. The bill also has provisions prohibiting abusive behavior toward elephants, including the use of physical punishment or food deprivation as a means of discipline. The Los Angeles Zoo is currently studying expansion options for its elephant exhibit. The current plan to build a new two-acre exhibit for $19 million has been put on hold and is a year behind schedule. A recent report from the City Administrative Officer has recommended instead that a three-acre exhibit be built for more than $33 million to give the animals more space. By comparison, the San Diego Zoo currently provides one acre of land for three elephants. Other states and cities are examining the issue as well. Chicago, for example, is considering a city ordinance to require 10 acres per elephant, while San Francisco closed its elephant exhibit and sent its animals to a sanctuary. Still many zoos feel a smaller space is adequate as long as the animals are provided with proper habitat and treatment. Los Angeles Zoo director John Lewis called Levine’s standard “excessive,” saying it is more important to look at the habitat overall rather than simply quantify the amount of space. “Particularly in a zoo situation, larger can be better for the animals, but at some point it becomes a problem for the visitors,” Lewis said. “If your goal is to get that connection with the animals and all they see is a spot on the distant horizon, they don’t quite get that.” Animal rights groups support Levine’s efforts, saying most zoos fail to provide enough space for elephants. The American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the main accrediting agency for zoos, recommends only a minimum of 1,800 square feet of outdoor space for one elephant and 900 square feet per additional elephant, but spokeswoman Jane Ballentine said that is just a minimum guideline and the issue is being further studied. There is no scientifically accepted guideline on how much space is ideal for elephants, she said, but it is more important to ensure they are providing a comfortable habitat, with shade, a pool, trees and activities. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Solskjaer disagrees with Keane about Fred, backs him to replace Pogba

first_imgManchester United flop Fred has been backed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to continue deputising and ‘step up’ in place of the injured Paul Pogba.Pogba, who has been plagued by an ankle injury this season and has not featured since United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal last month, has been ruled out until December. targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest update rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 1 on target It’s a bumper week of action in the Carabao Cup and EFLEverton vs Watford (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORTBurton vs Leicester (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Man United (Wednesday, 8.05pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 7.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVE on talkSPORT Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ center_img stalemate Getty Images – Getty appointed “There’s no use talking about who’s not going to be here for a long, long time because he’s not going to come on the pitch and help us until he’s fit.“Paul’s been brilliant and he is a creative midfielder that we need, but then it is up to the others to step up.”It will be the first time the two sides have met since the opening day, when United won 4-0, a result Solskjaer described as ‘flattering’ for his team. Fred has failed to live up to expectations following his move £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, but has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, despite the unflattering words from former Old Trafford captain, Roy Keane.He has started four of the last five matches and is expected to line up for United when they travel to face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, LIVE on talkSPORT, while the manager also hinted academy graduates James Garner and Brandon Williams could play.“Fred will probably take Paul’s position for a while now,” Solskjaer said. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future statement Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Fred has improved in recent weeks Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman “I think Frank [Lampard] has done a good job because the performance against us was good. The result was bad,” said Solskjaer.“We held our hands up as well and said: ‘4-0? Yeah, flattering’.“We were pegged back, they pressed us, but we scored two goals, the second and the third within a minute which decided the game for us, so we didn’t think we were 4-0 better than them but it’s going to be an interesting game.”last_img read more

Marshfield girls basketball cruises past Wausau East

first_imgTigers remain tied for first in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Eight different Marshfield players hit the scoring column as the Tigers routed Wausau East 67-32 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference girls basketball game Friday night at East High School.The Tigers (11-8 overall) remain in a tie for first place in the Valley, improving to 8-2. D.C. Everest is also 8-2 after beating Stevens Point on Friday. East falls to 1-18 and 0-10 in the conference.Meg Bryan made three 3-pointers and scored 12 points to lead the Tigers. Ema Fehrenbach and Katie Osinski each added 11 points, and Corianne Johnson chipped in with nine for Marshfield.Fehrenbach added 10 rebounds and five assists, and Bryan also have five assists in the win.Marshfield will host East on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The game is a make-up from a contest postponed on Jan. 10.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 67, Lumberjacks 32Marshfield 35 32 – 67Wausau East 13 19 – 32MARSHFIELD (67): Shantel Nienast 0-2 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-11 1-3 12, Kaydee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 3-5 1-5 7, Corianne Johnson 4-6 0-0 9, Desirae Weisenberger 1-3 0-0 3, Maddie Nikolai 2-6 2-2 6, Megan Vandehey 0-0 0-0 0, Ema Fehrenbach 4-12 3-6 11, Hannah Meverden 3-7 2-2 8, Katie Osinski 4-9 3-4 11, Sophie Koehn 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 25-63. FT: 12-22. 3-pointers: 5-12 (Bryan 3-9, C. Johnson 1-1, Weisenberger 1-1, Nienast 0-1). Rebounds: 42 (Fehrenbach 10, Koehn 8). Assists: 23 (Fehrenbach 5, Bryan 5). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 11-8, 8-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference.WAUSAU EAST (32): Alex McDonald 0-2 0-0 0, Brenna Urmanski 0-4 1-3 1, Jordan Murphy 5-17 2-3 13, Lauren Watters 3-14 2-2 9, Naomi Murphy 1-3 0-0 2, Tiffani Schwede 0-1 0-0 0, Gracie Reineking 3-11 1-2 7. FG: 12-52. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 2-10 (J. Murphy 1-3, Watters 1-4, Reineking 0-1, Urmanski 0-2). Rebounds: 22 (Watters 6, N. Murphy 6). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: N. Murphy. Record: 1-18, 0-10 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more