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EPL: Jesus fires City back to winning ways

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.After the disappointment of Saturday’s draw against Newcastle, which left City 11 points behind Liverpool, this was a strong reaction from Pep Guardiola’s men.Jesus curled in a lovely opener in the 24th minute and doubled the lead just after half-time, while the third came from Rodri, who conjured one of the goals of the season for his second in the Premier League, thundering a volley into the roof of the net.Substitute Riyad Mahrez netted his 50th Premier League goal in the 87th minute, with another replacement, Burnley’s Robbie Brady, grabbing a consolation two minutes later to deny City a clean sheet.Rodri was one of four changes made by Guardiola from the weekend, with Nicolas Otamendi given the nod ahead of John Stones in defence, while Angelino and Bernardo Silva also started.With key man Ashley Westwood injured, Sean Dyche gave on-loan Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater his Premier League debut for the club three months after he suffered an ankle injury in an incident outside a nightclub.Dyche tweaked his formation, with Ashley Barnes left on the bench and Jeff Hendrick pushed forward to support Chris Wood, while Aaron Lennon was preferred to Brady out wide.The last time City visited Turf Moor in late April they needed a win to maintain their slender lead at the top of the table and ground out a scrappy 1-0 victory.Three points this time felt just as vital, with City having only won one of their previous five matches in all competitions.They had the ball in the net in just the sixth minute when Jesus deflected in Angelino’s shot but the Brazilian was clearly offside.Drinkwater was showing some of the invention that Burnley fans hoped he would bring but also rust and too often his touches did not find a team-mate.One such misplaced flick let in Kevin De Bruyne, who drove towards the Burnley penalty area before sending in a shot that was straight at Nick Pope, much to the Belgian’s frustration.The Clarets looked relatively comfortable for the first quarter of the game but a moment of real quality saw City take the lead, with David Silva and Rodri combining to play in Jesus, who paused on the right of the area before curling a delicious shot just inside the far post, giving Pope no chance.It was a superb way for the Brazilian to end an eight-game run without scoring.City almost grabbed a second in the 32nd minute but Pope produced a point-blank save to deny Raheem Sterling from De Bruyne’s precision cross, while the England man was also behind a deflected effort from the influential Belgian.Burnley’s first real opening came three minutes before the break when Lennon produced a good, deep cross, which was met firmly on the volley by Dwight McNeil – only for Wood to block his own team-mate’s effort.City broke quickly down the other end and Pope again had to be alert to keep out Bernardo Silva’s shot with his feet.Half-time did not disrupt the visitors’ momentum and they doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart, Jesus hooking in Bernardo Silva’s clever cross.The forward nearly completed his hat-trick three minutes later but this time his shot from a tight angle just missed Pope’s far post.Dyche reacted with a double substitution in the 58th minute, switching to a 4-4-2 and sending on Barnes and Jay Rodriguez, with Drinkwater taken off along with Wood.A free-kick won immediately by Barnes allowed Burnley to register their first shot on target but McNeil’s free-kick was comfortable for Ederson.City had taken their foot off the accelerator but they continued to probe and their third in the 68th minute was the best of the lot, Rodri unleashing a volley from 20 yards after David Silva’s effort was blocked.That killed the game completely as a contest but Mahrez, on for Sterling, produced another precision finish to make it four before Brady took advantage of a fortunate deflection.Tags: BurnleyEPLGabriel JesusManchester CityPep Guardiolalast_img read more

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United move late to grab Fellaini

first_img That it was 2am on Tuesday morning, three hours after the deadline closed, before Fellaini was finally confirmed by United as the fourth biggest signing in their history just about summed up what turned into ludicrous evening. Indeed, when executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward left United’s pre-season tour to Australia on July 18 on “urgent transfer business” he could not have left it any later to actually do any business. Press Association Manchester United managed to salvage Marouane Fellaini from an otherwise shambolic deadline day that descended into farce when three imposters strode into La Liga offices pretending to be officials of the Old Trafford outfit and an attempt to sign Fabio Coentrao on loan collapsed because the paperwork could not be completed on time. But the drama prior to Fellaini’s arrival will probably live longer in the memory than the Belgian’s transfer itself. Certainly questions should be asked as to how three imposters managed to get into Spanish league headquarters for discussions about the proposed transfer of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. The trio left an hour later, apparently unable to complete the paperwork required to complete the deal. Yet United knew nothing of their existence. And as it turned out, the Herrera deal collapsed shortly afterwards anyway, with Moyes believing a 36million euros clause in the player’s contract was too high. So, even though the 24-year-old was keen to make the switch, United backed off, although Moyes remains a fan and could revisit the deal in January. Shortly after that, Fellaini was driven to Everton’s training ground at Finch Farm, where he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to break the impasse over his proposed switch. Having had a joint £28million bid for Fellaini and Leighton Baines slammed as “derisory and insulting” by his former club, Moyes found Everton chairman Bill Kenwright in no mood to offer the Belgium international an easy passage out of Goodison Park. It was only minutes before the deadline closed that Fellaini was given the green light to rush through a £27.5million deal – £4million more than United would have paid had they exercised an option in the player’s contract which expired at the end of July. Fellaini will bolster United’s midfield options, which have seemed an obvious weakness for a number of years. He also provides a goal threat, having scored 12 times last season, including the winner against United on the opening day of the campaign. In a midfield where no-one other than Shinji Kagawa managed more than two, it provides the potential for obvious improvement. However, with Herrera remaining in Bilbao and Real Madrid flatly rejecting a big-money offer for Sami Khedira, Moyes did not make the improvements he would have hoped for. In fact, Real eventually proved to be a thorn in United’s side as the Spanish giants scrapped what would have been a face-saving loan for Portugal defender Fabio Coentrao. With his hopes of landing Leighton Baines at an end, Moyes turned to Coentrao as an answer to what he clearly feels is a problem position. But, whilst the initial paperwork was sent to the Premier League on time, Real opted not to complete the final part of the transfer as their own recruitment drive had stalled. It meant FIFA were unable to confirm the loan and Coentrao will remain in the Spanish capital, leaving Moyes with the tricky task of reassuring Patrice Evra about his future even though he has clearly attempted to bring in two alternative left-backs. It was a further setback in a transfer window not many United fans will remember with any affection given the high profile targets they had all the way through it, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas, none of whom ended up actually arriving at the club. last_img read more

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Trump speaks by presidential seal with Russian symbols and golf

first_imgPresident Trump spoke at a Turning Point USA summit Tuesday and stood before what appeared to be the US presidential seal.But further examination revealed the visual put behind him was actually a distorted image of the Presidential seal edited to look like Russia’s coat of arms.When Trump spoke at Turning Point USA summit of young conservative students, the visual put behind him was a parody Presidential seal showing an eagle with 2 heads (Russia), holding golf clubs and cash instead of arrows, and motto “45 es un titere” (Spanish for “45 is a puppet”). pic.twitter.com/fi7zZPzVrB— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) July 25, 2019The eagle had two heads, like Russia’s national symbol, and the bird is holding golf clubs instead of arrows.Neither the White House nor the young conservative group knows how the apparent practical joke on the president got on the screen or who created it.“It was a last-minute A/V mistake and , I can’t figure out who did it yet,” a Turning Point spokesperson told The Washington Post.last_img read more

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Indian hockey teams determined to move forward

first_imgBengaluru: A day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games due to the growing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team captains expressed their disappointment but vowed to continue to stay committed to their goals.“We had just finished the day’s evening session when chief coach Graham Reid informed us about the postponement of the Olympic Games. Though, somewhere at the back of our minds we anticipated this could happen considering the impact COVID-19 has made across the globe, we had never let it affect our training or the intensity needed in every session,” said men’s team skipper Manpreet Singh. The Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams have shaped up well over the course of the last year, winning big competitions such as the FIH Series Finals and the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in front of the home crowd in November last year. The men’s team made a fine start to the season this year with fantastic outing in the FIH Hockey Pro League while the women’s team was stoked after their tour to New Zealand earlier this year.There is a sense of disappointment in the Indian camp due to the postponement of the Olympic Games, but they are motivated to continue to put in the hard yards for the quadrennial event next year.“I think the news is yet to sink in for us. We were mentally gearing up for our first match on 25th July 2020, so the disappointment is surely there but it is important for us to now look at the positives. Over the past ten months, we have grown as a team under Chief Coach Graham Reid and I believe we will only continue to build on our form under him in the next one year. Our motivation has not been affected by this announcement.“As a team, we will continue to remain committed to our goal of becoming a better side and bring back the glory days for hockey in India,” added the midfielder further appealing to all Indian hockey fans to stay safe.“On behalf of the entire team, I would urge all hockey fans to please follow the lockdown and stay safe. While you are indoor, try and do basic workouts to keep yourself fit. It’s important to stay healthy both mentally and physically,” Manpreet said.Expressing her team’s disappointment over the announcement, women’s skipper Rani emphasised that her side will utilise the next one year to hone their skills further ahead of the Olympic Games in 2021.“We were already in a meeting when chief coach Sjoerd Marijne received the news and broke it to us on Tuesday evening. Personally, I was very disappointed because the team was in good rhythm to do well at the Tokyo Olympics. But if you see our team’s performance in the past two years in specific, we have grown from strength to strength, challenging every top team in the world. We are looking at this postponement as a positive to continue to work hard and take our game to the next level” Rani said. (IANS)Also Read: Indian Hockey Teams Set for Test Event ChallengeAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measureslast_img read more

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GCB U-19 inter-county one-day competition …

first_imgRain washes out first roundSTEADY rain washed out the entire first round play in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Limited-sponsored Under-19 Inter-county cricket competition yesterday.Demerara were set to face the Select Under-17 team at the Police Sports Club ground, while Berbice were scheduled to oppose Essequibo at the Everest Cricket Club ground.However, both games were called off just after lunch due to the inclement weather.The competition, which will be played on a round-robin basis, will continue tomorrow with round two.Berbice will face Demerara at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, while Essequibo and the Select Under-17 will clash at the Police ground in Eve Leary.The third round is scheduled for Thursday, with Demerara opposing Essequibo at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, and Berbice facing the Select Under-17 at Everest.The top teams will play the final on Friday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The competition is being used as a yardstick by the junior selectors to pick the Guyana team for the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Regional Under-19 competition which will take place later this year.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing NextGen5 Thrown Open for Young Boxers

first_imgOrganisers of the GOtv Boxing NextGen 5, a talent hunt programme, scheduled to hold on August 29-30 in Ilorin, Kwara State, have announced that registration forms for the event are now available at designated centres.Flykite Promotions, organisers of the event said yesterday that the forms are available to boxers aged between 18 and 25 years at seven centres.“The centres are Kwara State Boxing Association Office and Referees and Judges Association Office, both at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin; Akure Stadium Complex, Akure; Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta; Oyo State Boxing Association Office at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan; Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, Surulere, Lagos; and Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Secretariat, National Stadium, Lagos,” the statement from Flykite stressed. GOtv Boxing NextGen debuted in 2015 as an programme aimed at discovering and developing young Nigerian boxers.The young boxers will engage in sparring sessions conducted by renowned boxing coaches and at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.Boxers selected as the best among the lot will have their professional licences and pre-licensing medical examinations paid for pay television service provider, GOtv, sponsor of the programme, in addition to being in line to fight at coming editions of GOtv Boxing Night.GOtv Boxing NextGen Search has propelled several boxers into the limelight, including reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde; Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola; Prince “Lion” Nwoye, Chukwuebuka “Wize King” Ezewudo, Osamudiamen “Chiso” Goodluck and current national super featherweight champion; Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse jumps 3 spots to No. 1 in Inside Lacrosse poll after winning ACC title

first_imgSyracuse jumped three spots in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll, moving from No. 4 to No. 1 after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title on Sunday. The Orange garnered 23-of-24 first-place votes.This weekend, SU knocked off then-No. 2 North Carolina, 9-8, and then-No. 6 Duke, 15-14. Then-No. 1 Notre Dame, which slid one spot to No. 2 and received the other first-place vote, lost to the Blue Devils in the other ACC tournament semifinal on Friday night. Then-No. 2 Maryland, which was tied with UNC for the country’s second spot, fell to Johns Hopkins by three goals on Saturday.Rounding out the Top 10 are the UND, Denver, UNC, Duke, Maryland, Albany, Virginia, Brown and Cornell.Syracuse will next face Colgate on Saturday, which rose five spots to No. 13 in the poll after winning the Patriot League crown. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on April 27, 2015 at 9:21 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Donaldson leads team with experience

first_imgSports are practically full-time jobs for Trojan athletes, but even for some of the most focused players in the Pac-12, like Natalie Donaldson, having a hobby is a way to get some reprieve.The midfielder/forward often uses her passion for horses as a way to clear her mind.“I barrel race,” she said. “It’s my passion. I really enjoy it. I think it’s really important to have something on the side that allows you to clear your mind, so horseback riding is a huge thing for me because I don’t think about anything when I’m out there.”When she’s playing for the Women of Troy, however, Donaldson shifts into full force and focus. As a                                                       third-year veteran of the women’s soccer team, Donaldson has contributed to every position on the field, starting as a defensive player and working her way to midfield and forward positions.“I think that I’m kind of home in the defense because I started out defense,” Donaldson said.While reserve players shined against Riverside, every player in this year’s roster has a lot to prove on the field, including Donaldson.According to Rachel Caton, USC’s assistant sports information director, head coach Keidane McAlpine projects Donaldson to play the most minutes on the field out of all the players this year.This may not come as a surprise to someone like Donaldson. The No. 17 senior started playing soccer as early as three years old and then went on to play for the American Youth Soccer Organization and multiple clubs.“I kind of threw everything else aside and put soccer first, and from there it was just all momentum,” Donaldson said.Donaldson made her first collegiate soccer appearance at Auburn University, but later jumped at the opportunity to play for USC. Last year, she started in all 21 games for the Trojans and contributed in 19 games the year before that as a sophomore.“I wanted to try something new, so I went to Auburn and figured out that’s not what I wanted, and I knew I wanted to be closer to home and closer to my friends and everything because that’s where I play the best. So I came here and felt at home immediately, ” she said.Among other things that make Donaldson feel at home on the field is the mutual support she shares with her teammates.“I look to almost every single player, even the new players,” Donaldson said. “If they tell me to do something, I’ll try it out. It’s a really great dynamic on the team.”This year’s Women of Troy have already begun to improve to the tune of their “One Moment, One Now.”“Every single person on the team knows their role and is willing to play any role on the team to contribute to our success,” Donaldson said. “I think everyone truly believes that this year. It’s not just a saying. Everyone actually believes it.”Yet, Donaldson still recognizes areas for individual improvement in the coming games. Among her areas of improvement are getting more into the defensive mind, timing runs and strengthening contact with the offense and the defense.“When to go forward, when to hold back a little bit more and I think it’s just getting our feet wet right now,” Donaldson said. “I think a lot is going to change.”Next up for the Women of Troy is Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Sunday.“I think it’s our mentality in the final third. It’s just getting it done,” Donaldson said. “The process we have down. We know what we need to do. We’re good at it. We just need to finalize it.”Even as Donaldson approaches the end of her collegiate career, she has high hopes to continue her passion in whatever ways she can.“I want to keep my options open. I would love to play soccer professionally, but we’ll just see what kind of opportunities present themselves,” she said.last_img read more

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What we learned from Syracuse’s 82-72 victory over No. 6 Florida State

first_imgTyler Lydon has a favorite individual play and it’s not his tip slamTyus Battle’s missed corner 3-pointer turned into the play of the game thanks to Lydon soaring in from the weak side and flushing home a one-handed slam.It was arguably the best individual highlight this season, maybe even beating out Tyler Roberson’s putback slam against Cornell, but it wasn’t Lydon’s most notable play in a Syracuse uniform by his estimation.If you remember, he sealed the Orange’s Sweet 16 win last season with a leaping block on Josh Perkins with less than five seconds remaining with Syracuse leading by one before knocking down two free throws.“Here, I would say the block last year against Gonzaga was probably the biggest,” Lydon said. “But yeah, it was a good play I guess.” Comments “It’s a good thing. It’s fun to do that,” Boeheim said. “We gotta get people excited, why not let people get excited. It’s crazy. It’s better than when we get beat and they all go home at halftime, so yeah, I like that better.”Andrew White’s defense has vastly improved, for now at leastAlmost like he knew where the ball was going before it left the hands of a Florida State player, White perfectly read several passes in the heart of the zone on Saturday.The fifth-year senior tied his season high with four steals, contributing to a Syracuse defense – sturdy for the most part – that allowed only 26 first-half points and forced 10 different FSU players to turn the ball over.For a good chunk of this season, Boeheim has pinpointed his fifth-year seniors’ inability to pick up on the intricacies of the zone in their first year at SU. And even if it’s just one game, White wreaked havoc on the defensive end against one of the best teams in the country.“Hopefully as far as my individual defense,” White said, “this is my turning point.”MORE COVERAGE The Final Word: Syracuse upsets No. 6 Florida State, 82-72John Gillon delivers when Syracuse needs it most in upset of No. 6 Florida StateSyracuse pulls off 82-72 upset of No. 6 Florida State for 1st signature win of seasonFan reactions from Syracuse’s upset victory over No. 6 Florida State Published on January 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Despite letting an 18-point halftime lead shrink to as little as two late in the second half, Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) held on to upset No. 6 Florida State (18-4, 6-3) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. Four players scored in double figures, led by Andrew White’s game-high 24, and the Orange weathered a combined 43 second-half points from Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Jonathan Isaac.Here’s what we learned from Syracuse’s 82-72 win.Jim Boeheim says let them stormInside the final minute of Syracuse’s win, fans piled near the edge of the student section before flooding onto the court when the final buzzer sounded. Florida State’s players left the court as just head coach Leonard Hamilton went to shake the hand of Boeheim.Syracuse is Syracuse, a program with an expectation of national prominence year after year, one that is less than a year removed from a Final Four appearance. This season, though, has failed to come close to Boeheim’s preseason expectations regarding what his team was capable of.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after the Orange’s first signature win of the season sent the students onto his court, the SU head coach expressed no objection to a move many disagree with. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Spieth’s collapse may spark his career

first_imgWith the continuous shakeup of the leaderboard at the Masters, one player remained the constant.As the plot continued to thicken, Jordan Spieth remained atop the field. The seemingly unflappable 22-year-old was cruising to his second green jacket in as many years.Then, it happened. Spieth’s inexplicable implosion in the middle of Amen Corner on Sunday all but destroyed his chances of retaining his crown as king of Augusta National. In the span of just a few minutes, Spieth went from leader to chaser — from 5-under-par to 1-under. Surely, fans thought their eyes were deceiving them when the tournament leader found the water hazard twice on the same hole.He was indeed unable to rebound from his stunning 7 — a quadruple bogey on the par-3 12th hole.Danny Willett went on to win the Masters and Spieth had to trudge through the process of presenting the Englishman with the green jacket. Spieth showed genuine class during what was surely an agonizing experience.Yet these moments are inevitable in arguably the cruelest sport on the face of the planet. Spieth took home the hardware from the U.S. Open last June, but Dustin Johnson three-putted the 18th green on a fateful Sunday and finished just a stroke worse than Spieth. Johnson collapsed on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay. Spieth lost his magical touch on one hole on the back nine at Augusta. It happens to the very best.Spieth will never forget the burn of the 2016 Masters, but the horror story that was the 12th hole could actually make him even better in the future. He has already snagged two majors. Golfing great Sergio Garcia has never won a major, and he turned pro when Spieth was in the early stages of grade school.Spieth’s Sunday debacle was incomprehensible, but the nature of the sport suggests that something like this was bound to happen at some point in his career. In a sense, this experience could be a catalyst for Spieth to take his game to the next level. He is so young and already possesses such a refined skillset, but he failed to break 70 after shooting a sporty 66 on Thursday. A 66 at Augusta is unreal, yet the Spieth of the future will likely be able to card that score on all four days. He erred on one hole, but one hole can doom a player in this unforgiving game. Ernie Els six-putted the first hole on Thursday and was immediately out of contention.Augusta National is ruthless, yet Spieth was nearly infallible in this tournament. His short game was reliable, as he correctly read the challenging greens time and time again. He just happened to err on one hole, and well, that was that.Spieth has the potential to go down as one of the greatest of all time, and he is precocious both on and off the links. After a devastating turn of events in Augusta, Spieth faced the media and came back with earnest, candid responses.The consistency this young man exhibits from hole to hole and round to round has the capability of blinding fans from the fact that he is mortal. To see this golfing demigod so somber was eerie. While he does not provide fans with the raw emotion of a Tiger Woods, his game in and of itself is something to behold. He was still the personification of equanimity after losing out on Sunday, but a certain fire ought to be brewing from within this competitor. This Sunday was certainly one to forget for Spieth, but he simply will not be able to shake the image of the 12th hole.That is not necessarily a bad thing.This Masters moment will likely fade into the background when Spieth is surrounded by major trophies one day, leaning back on his throne of greatness. Or perhaps this moment might be in the forefront of his mind as he reflects on an illustrious career, noting that Sunday was the day that sparked his transition from great to unstoppableThis was a career-defining moment for Spieth. In other words, the best is yet to come. Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more