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first_imgTwo moments of magic in the space of two second-half minutes helped Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in the English League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.Manuel Pellegrini’s favourites were trailing to Fabio Borini’s 10th minute strike for Sunderland and a shock looked on the cards until Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri intervened.Jesus Navas completed the turnaround late on.Toure curled in City’s equaliser after 55 minutes before Nasri thumped home the winner to snatch the season’s first silverware for Pellegrini’s title-chasing side.It was City’s first League Cup title since 1976.“We needed to win today, it was very important. And we deserved it the way we played in the second half,” Toure told Sky Sports.“Today we showed we are a great team. I think it was my best goal.”Sunderland spent the opening five minutes entrenched inside their own half as City, who scored 19 goals en route to the final, moved the ball around with ease on the lush turf.But minutes later the ball was in the back of the City net.There seemed no imminent danger as Borini closed down Vincent Kompany but City’s skipper was guilty of over-complication and Borini robbed him of the ball before bursting into the penalty area and thumping a shot with the outside of his right boot past Costel Pantilimon.City dominated possession for the rest of the half without ever carving open a Sunderland rearguard bolstered by former Manchester United stalwarts Wes Brown and John O’Shea.Phil Bardsley, who scored in Sunderland’s semi-final penalty shootout win over United, reacted superbly to deny Sergio Aguero a certain goal but keeper Vito Mannone was not required to make any outstanding saves.Sunderland were always dangerous on the counter-attack and could have doubled their lead when Borini ran through on goal from a suspiciously offside position but Kompany recovered to nick the ball away as the Italian cocked his leg to shoot.A city onslaught was expected at the start of the second half but again, Sunderland continued to impress.Ki Sung-yueng, part of the Swansea City side to lift the trophy last season, let fly from 30 metres, forcing Pantilimon to tip his dipping strike over the crossbar.Then the wheels fell off Sunderland’s bandwagon.One nonchalant swing of Toure’s right leg sent a curling 25 metre shot beyond the fingertips of Mannone after 55 minutes and two minutes later Nasri turned the final on its axis with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area after Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross was half cleared.It was cruel on Sunderland who until then had been worth their lead but a further demonstration of the formidable firepower available to Pellegrini.Sunderland refused to capitulate and once their heads had cleared from the shock of two lightning bolts they began to pose some serious questions of a city defence that still looked vulnerable to crosses.With Sunderland throwing men forward substitute Steven Fletcher hit a shot straight at Pantilimon and they battled gamely until the end to no avail.Substitute Navas made absolutely sure there was no way back for Sunderland with City’s third on the stroke of full time.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool’s lead at the top of the table remains four points after their topsy-turvy 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday while Manchester City beat Huddersfield 3-0 in Yorkshire on Sunday.Here are five talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action:TOP TWO WIN BUT BOTH ARE LABOURINGNeither Liverpool nor Manchester City looked anywhere near their best and it was hard not to have the feeling that the pair of them appear a little tired.The hectic festive programme takes a toll on all English teams but while Liverpool’s front three all scored and looked dangerous, they lacked the dynamism in midfield that has characterised their rise this season.While the result at bottom-placed Huddersfield never looked in doubt, City were also sluggish in the first half, lacking their trademark zip and sharpness in their passing and movement.They missed the contributions of David Silva and Bernardo Silva, who both started on the bench, with Pep Guardiola perhaps having half an eye already on February’s resumption of Champions League action.SALAH’S REPUTATIONAL RISK Against Palace, Mohamed Salah, who scored twice to take his Premier League career tally to 50 goals, was involved in another incident where, to use the popular euphemism for diving, he “went down too easily”.This has happened too often this campaign and the Egyptian, a wonderful player with extraordinary agility and skill, needs to ask himself if he really needs to engage in such behaviour?Defenders are already afraid of touching him in the box and they have a hard enough time trying to tackle him when he has the ball at his feet. He doesn’t need to trick referees.INJURIES WRECKING SPURS’ SEASON? Tottenham Hotspur not surprisingly looked much less of an attacking threat at Fulham on Sunday without Harry Kane, who is out until March with an ankle ligament injury.It did not help that Son Heung-min, the team’s other goal threat, was also absent, on duty at the Asian Cup with South Korea.The pressure was on Dele Alli to contribute more in the final third and he responded with the equalising header but then picked up a hamstring injury later in the game.Mauricio Pochettino must hope that when Son returns from the Asia Cup in February he does so fully fit and ready for a crucial few weeks.WHAT IS IT ABOUT CHELSEA?Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte both left Chelsea after troubled relationships with the players and now Maurizio Sarri has described them as lacking “sufficient motivation” and not being “mentally solid” following their loss to Arsenal.The Italian’s words raised the question of whether this could be another season that features talk of attitude problems among Chelsea players.Mourinho and Conte are both managers with short fuses, but Sarri is widely seen as a calm figure, albeit one with a very fixed idea of how to play the game. Yet all three have found it tricky to keep the Chelsea dressing room onside.Chelsea no longer have the English ‘core’ of Frank Lampard and John Terry that enjoyed so much success alongside their array of international talent.There are several players heading into the latter years of their careers and their star performer, Eden Hazard, is constantly rumoured to be a target of Real Madrid.Is the time coming for a major squad makeover at Chelsea? WAGNER’S UNUSUAL DEPARTUREGerman David Wagner left bottom club Huddersfield Town last week and, for once, the phrase ‘by mutual consent’ does not appear to have been a polite code for “we sacked him”.Huddersfield were struggling in the Championship when Wagner took over and, with a limited budget, he took them up into the Premier League via the playoffs, bringing top-flight football to the Yorkshire town for the first time in 45 years.Last season, Huddersfield survived against all the odds, with Wagner motivating a modest side to battle all through the year, so it was refreshing to see so many warm tributes to the German from Huddersfield players and supporters.Most managerial reigns end in bitter splits with fans turning against men they once deified. Wagner and Huddersfield showed it doesn’t have to be that way.last_img read more

first_imgAs Roger Federer prepares to take on Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, he knows there is little he can do now to improve his chances of winning a 21st Grand Slam title — all the work has been done.“This is like a school,” the Swiss 37-year-old said. “The day of the test, you’re not going to read… many books that day. You don’t have the time anyhow.“It’s quite clear the work was done way before. It’s been a rock solid year (for me)… the stars are aligned right now. From that standpoint I can go into the match very confident.”With eight Wimbledon titles in his locker, Federer has every right to be confident. But Djokovic is himself a four-times champion, and can equal the great Bjorn Borg with victory for a fifth crown.More importantly, the Serb beat Federer in the final here in 2014 and 2015.“We all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here,” Djokovic said of the Swiss.“This surface complements his game very much. He loves to play very fast. Takes away the time from his opponent. Just doesn’t give you any same looks.“He just rushes you to everything. So for players maybe like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it’s a constant pressure that you have to deal with.“I’ve played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect. Of course, I’m going to be excited and nervous and everything that you can think of.“I’m going to do my best to control that in some way and be able to portray my best tennis in a balanced, hopefully, state throughout the match.”Federer was sublime in beating Rafa Nadal in Friday’s semi-final, whereas Djokovic was not tested nearly so much against Roberto Bautista Agut.The Swiss will need to match those heights again on Sunday to end a four-match losing streak against Sunday’s opponent.It would be unwise to bet against him managing that, but many commentators make top seed Djokovic the favourite.“For Sunday’s match, it’s hard to not see Novak as a pretty strong, clear favourite for the title because Federer‘s weapon is probably his serve, and Novak finds a way to neutralise that,” said former world number one Mats Wilander.“Federer‘s serve is not that hard, but well placed… so Novak will get a play on most serves and then he’s in the rally straight away.“If you look at everything, then you say that the weakest part of Djokovic’s game is as good asFederer‘s, he’s stronger in a couple of places such as movement, the return of serve and the backhand. I think it’s going to be tough. I think Djokovic is going to feel pressure, that’s for sure, but then for Federer it might be his last chance.”last_img read more

first_imgThe bound body of Chinese businessman, 44-year-old Liyan Jiang, was on Thursday evening discovered in Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo carrying multiple marks of violence.This discovery was made after calls by the wife of the now dead man went unanswered.Reports revealed that Jiang’s residence, which also houses a restaurant was ransacked. Police were called and the man’s lifeless body was found.An investigation has been launched.Dead: Liyan JiangMore details to follow in the August 12, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – In the final campaign finance filings before next week’s election, Santa Clarita Councilman Frank Ferry continued to lead the pack with more than $109,800. Forms filed by Thursday evening’s deadline and released Friday by the city show Mayor Laurene Weste has raised more than $76,000 and Councilwoman Marsha McLean has raised more than $38,000. But a local resident who champions public campaign finance reform questions the independence of incumbents who accept contributions from businesses that stand to benefit from council decisions. “I looked at all of the candidates’ filings as of the last filing, and was saddened to see how much money goes into the incumbents’ coffers from developer interests,” said Carole Lutness, chairwoman of the Santa Clarita Clean Money for Better Government Committee. “It’s blatantly obvious that when our elected officials receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from business interests that they are … influenced in their decisions about growth and development in this community,” she added. Lutness also serves as chairwoman of the 38th Assembly District Committee for the Democratic Party. Councilwoman McLean said Lutness’ premise lacks substance. “It takes money to run a campaign … to get the word out to voters,” she said. “It’s great to be idealistic, to say you’re not going to accept any money from developers. But just because you do, the $360 that you’re allowed to accept doesn’t buy my vote, and just because you’re an incumbent doesn’t mean you’re beholden to anybody.” McLean, whose council duties have become a full-time job, said instead of making assumptions, voters should look at the job the council members are doing. With little more than a week to go before the April 11 election, challenger Mark Hershey has raised nearly $23,000 and Lynne Plambeck has raised about $10,100. Michael Cruz had not filed by the Thursday deadline. Henry Schultz has raised more than $5,000. Citizens for Integrity in Government, a political action committee that distributed mailers opposing Plambeck and Schultz and supporting the incumbents, has reported $25,800 in contributions. The funds came from the Southern California chapter of the Building Industry Association, which is funded by development interests, and from other building interests. Members of the bipartisan grass-roots committee that is seeking campaign reform asked council members in February to consider public campaign finance. They were told the matter would be explored after the upcoming election. The next filing of campaign finance donations is due in July, after the election. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

first_img Douglas Costa arriving in Turin to seal his move to Juventus 1 Douglas Costa has revealed he joined Juventus as Serie A is the ‘perfect’ league for him.The winger has signed for the Italian champions from Bayern Munich on a season-long loan for an initial fee of £5.3m, but he can join them permanently for £35.4m next summer.Prior to joining Juventus, Costa had been heavily linked with a move to either Manchester City or Manchester United.The Premier League big hitters had been scouting the 26-year-old towards the end of last season and there was talk they would swoop this summer.However, Costa has now revealed, after officially joining Juventus, that he was always keen on a move to Italy as the style of football suited him.“What I like and don’t like about Serie A? It’s a strong league, perfect even,” said Costa at his unveiling in Italy on Monday.“I’m very quick and I hope to fit in quickly. I don’t like physical contact very much, but I’ll adapt.“It’ll take a while for me to develop an affinity with everyone and the environment here, but I’ve already been given some advice and I hope to come in handy right away.”last_img read more

first_imgBolton Wanderers have officially entered administration.The club were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2018/19 season and failed to fulfil their final match against Brentford. 1 ADVICE huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Bolton have been placed into administration Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 📰 The following statement is on behalf of the administrators for Bolton Wanderers Football Club.👉🏻 https://t.co/gyIU3D45p3#BWFC 🐘🏰— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) May 13, 2019A club statement read: “Paul Appleton and Asher Miller of David Rubin & Partners have today been appointed as joint administrators of Bolton Wanderers Football & Athletic Club (BWFC) and Burnden Leisure Limited (BLL) in the High Court of Justice.“Both appointments were made following the Notices of Intention to appoint administrators filed by Fildraw Limited last week, which followed a long period of uncertainty since the presentation of a petition by HMRC.“Fildraw Limited is a company through which the Trust representing the family of the late Eddie Davies lent substantial sums to the club.“The decision was finally made for the appointments which it is hoped will ensure the continued existence of the club, one of the founding members of the Football League.”center_img Getty REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining no dice gameday cracker Owner Ken Anderson has been trying to sell the club for some time and looked to have found a buyer in Laurence Bassini.This takeover collapsed, though, due to the former Watford owner’s failure to provide proof of funds.Administrators have now been appointed, meaning Bolton will start their League One season on -12 points. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Administrator Paul Appleton said: “This has obviously been a long-running situation and it is vitally important that we quickly establish the position of both the football club and the holding company.“It has got to the stage where the trust could not sit back and allow the club to go into liquidation. Decisive action had to be taken and the trust believes the decision is in the best interests of Bolton Wanderers.“Everybody at the club as well as the supporters need a sense of clarity and that is what I will be seeking to provide as quickly as possible.”In response to the news, a statement from the EFL read: “The EFL can confirm that it has been formally notified that administrators have been appointed in respect of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.“As a result, the club is now subject to a 12 point deduction and, in accordance with EFL Regulations, the sporting sanction will take effect next season in League One.“The EFL will now commence discussions with the Administrators with the aim of achieving a long-term future for the club.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 72-year-old also said he had no plans to retire just yet and will not walk away while he is still enjoying football.He said: “I can carry on, there’s no doubt about that, if that’s the right thing to do and I will have to be convinced when the time comes that it is the right thing to do and it’s something I can really contribute to and give me the satisfaction that the last couple of seasons have done.“I’m not prepared to put a date on the day when I’m going to say ‘football’s been great to me and now I’m moving aside for someone else to have a go’. I suppose you could argue that after a long run you should be prepared to move aside and let someone else have a go. But selfishly I still feel I can do it and still get so much pleasure out of the job. I won’t walk away willingly.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Crystal Palace vs Man City at 5.30pm. Roy Hodgson has lavished praise on Raheem Sterling ahead of Crystal Palace’s Premier League match with Manchester City on Saturday.Hodgson gave Sterling his England debut in 2012 and had no doubts he could develop into the player he is now. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Roy Hodgson gave Raheem Sterling his England debutThe City forward scored 25 goals in all competitions last season and has made a blistering start this campaign with nine in 11 matches.The Palace manager also joked that he hoped the 24-year-old would repay him for all the praise in Saturday’s match, which is live on talkSPORT.When asked about what most impressed him about Sterling’s development, he told talkSPORT: “It is the goalscoring. He was always a fantastic dribbler. He was always a very, very hard worker, could make good runs most of the time.“I remember in Switzerland when he played in that position behind the front players, as he was doing for Liverpool at the time, he was quite outstanding.“That was the criticism that could be levelled at him then, and often was, much to my displeasure as I would see him playing well and growing in confidence only to see that battered by attention he was getting elsewhere from social media and sometimes the media itself.“It was draining his confidence. The big thing for Raheem is now there is no drain on his confidence and there is no doubts. on target Jordan Ayew has been the surprise goalscorer with three in seven games after costing just £2.5million and Hodgson thinks he can score 15 goals in a season.“Yes I’d like to think so and I’m pretty certain he thinks he can,” he added. “I’m also certain Christian Benteke thinks he’s got a lot more goals to give the club as does Wilf Zaha.“We are not short of players who can score goals for us but winning games is a balance. Fortunately we are able to defend quite solidly and as a result we have got our points without having to score too many.“As we proved towards the end of last season, goals are there it’s just a question of when the force is turned on.” Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images – Getty 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Getty Images – Getty latest AFP or licensors update rookie error Palace have a tough four fixtures before the next international break with Manchester City first up, followed by matches with Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea.Hodgson was not willing to put a figure on the number of points he had visions of getting in those games.He said: “It depends what you mean by vision. If you are talking about when I go to bed at night, I dream of 12 but I don’t think we will.“If you are talking about how many points I am calculating, I don’t calculate points. It is game per game and as far as I’m concerned all one can do is prepare as best as one can, help the players prepare the best they can for the game ahead of them.“There’s no point thinking about what might happen in two or three weeks’ time. It’s really a question of bridges to cross when you come to them.”Palace are one of the lowest scoring teams in the Premier League with just eight goals this season.center_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Raheem Sterling has been a star for club and country “I never had doubts about his ability and that has now largely been accepted by everybody. Of course, he is playing in a team that creates lots of chances and when he is able to get into the right areas he scores goals from it.“On this subject, too, I think his maturity as a person is really fascinating to watch in terms of all the responsibility he has accepted not just as a Man City player, needing to score goals and play brilliantly every week to keep his place in the team, but also shouldering a very heavy burden on racism and the attention that is being paid to this racist problem we have.“I think he’s been a brilliant spokesman and I can heap praise on him in the hope he will repay me by playing very badly.” Everton vs West Ham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBlackburn vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Nottingham Forest (Sunday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future LIVE on talkSPORT 3 Jordan Ayew cost Crystal Palace just £2.5million targets appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ last_img read more

first_imgSource: Mountaineer PublishingAn accident in Haywood County on Highway 276 occurred around noon Friday claiming the life of at least one individual and one horse after a Ford Ranger truck hit the back of a wagon train that’s been a long-standing tradition on Labor Day.The accident occurred in front of Pride Resort at 4394 Jonathan Creek Road in Maggie Valley. There were multiple injuries to both people and horses.Multiple emergency responders and veterinarians were at the accident scene caring for the victims.The driver was described as being tall, slender man in his late 20s or 30s, and was driving a late model ford ranger. No names have been released. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

first_imgWe wrote a lot about the importance of Barack Obama’s use of social media during the recent U.S. election cycle, and we have seen some evidence that the Obama administration will continue to use these communication channels in the future. According to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, this is also what Obama’s supporters expect from their candidate. 46% of Obama voters expect the newly elected President to reach out to them directly through email, social networks, and text messages.The Pew study found that 34% of Obama supporters expect to get email updates from the administration, 37% expect to get updates on social networks, and 11% want the new administration to send them text messages. A surprisingly large number of Obama voters (17%) even expect to get occasional phone calls from the administration. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Looking back at the election campaign, the Pew survey also found that 59% voters flocked to the net for campaign activities before the general election.Can the Administration Sustain this Enthusiasm?Sustaining this enthusiasm among voters will be a challenge for the new administration, however. The Pew study rightly asks if these voters will remain politically engaged once the excitement of the election has worn off. At the same time, the administration itself will have to work hard to fulfill these expectations and to sustain its own enthusiasm for these new technologies. After all, it has now been almost 56 days since Obama last used Twitter. It will also be interesting to see if the Republican party will now turn to the net to mobilize its supporters in preparation for the next election cycle. frederic lardinois Related Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more