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The Lions roar again! – Brown, Turner log massive one-two for defending champs

first_img Although surprised he got the better of his teammate, Brown thought he could have gone farther and beat Munro’s Paul Thompson’s 21 year-old record of 6.97m. “I was looking to go seven metres and get the record but it didn’t work out, but it’s really big points for the school because the championship will be close and to really contribute and give the school 16 points was great,” Brown said. “I am really pleased with the gold medal. I didn’t know I was coming to the championship to win the gold, so I have to thank God for bringing me this far injury-free, but I was really surprised as I was trying to stay with him (Turner) for the one– two but I came through victorious,” he added. Although favoured to win Turner was not disappointed to lose to his teammate. “I don’t feel any way. In my mind, I didn’t expect anybody else to beat me but my teammate,” he said. COULD HAVE JUMPED FARTHER The exploits of Nicholloyd Brown and Jordan Turner in the boys’ Class Three long jump final at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, was a key result in the rally by defending champions Calabar during yesterday’s competition at the National Stadium. Calabar started the day over 30 points behind Kingston College, who started the championships as the huge favourites to lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy. Kingston College (74 points) started the day well ahead of Calabar on 36 points, but the one-two finish of Brown and Turner, saw the ‘Purples’ lead being cut to 24 points at the end of that event, with both athletes expressing satisfaction having made such a vital contribution to their school’s efforts. “From the start of the season, we have been working hard and we came out and got the one-two. I didn’t really expect to make the jump I made, but I thank God for it,” Brown told The Gleaner. Brown disturbed the sand at 6.65m on his best jump with Turner registering a 6.60m distance with Ardenne’s Eniola Johnson finishing third with 6.27m. KC’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie was fifth with a 5.99m jump, which brought in four points. Turner, who arrived as the favourite for the gold medal, said the result was not a surprising one to him and underlined that the 16 points garnered by the pair revitalised their championship hopes. “I expected it. We could have jumped further, but we just didn’t execute the way we should have. But we put in some really hard training for this and we deserve it. The points will give us a boost and we can win the championship with the boost from that 16 points,” Turner noted.last_img read more

What false promises would accompany Granger for 2020 presidential run?

first_imgDear Editor,With the issue of the elections proclamation, presidential candidate David Granger has to face his ‘promise kept’ problem. Mr Granger made a lot of promises in 2015 and did not keep most; he did promise a ‘good life’ and some are living that for sure, but those are Ministers and cronies, I doubt that the electorate will see the 50% salary increase as a promise kept. What then can we expect from Granger in the 2019/20 campaign?The country has been plastered with snippets of PPP manifesto information: 50 thousand new jobs, reverse the 200 new taxes and get the money flowing again, low-cost house lots, Government support for single parents, cash grants for schoolchildren and other promises are boldly declared. The PPP can do this because many of these promises are reversals of Granger’s policies that have caused hardships, 30 thousand jobs were lost under the Granger regime, and the cash grants to schoolchildren were already a feature of life. The PPP has a plan to return to parity before kicking on with progress.Granger cannot promise a return to parity, as that would be an admission of great failure and Granger has a history of making promises that are not backed by planning. The adage ‘failing to prepare is to prepare to fail’ applies, but even when plans are prepared, Granger was not able to execute at a high level, the Jubilee celebrations fell flat and were clouded as the D’Urban Park project was mired in corruption— 600 million is still to be accounted for according to the Auditor General’s report. The CJIA expansion project is suffering the same fate, a fixed-price contract was renegotiated and instead of a new airport terminal, we have a renovated building, fewer air-bridges and inexplicably at USD $30 million higher cost. Every foot of road paved seems to come with a higher than normal bill, a scaled kickback scheme along the Mr 10% lines.Granger cannot sell himself as an anti-corruption candidate this time around, after failing to find evidence of corruption in 40 forensic audits of PPP-administered ministries and agencies, any corruption he promises to fight will be of his administration’s doing. Granger knows the taint of corruption hangs heavily in almost every ministry and department of Government. The Attorney General’s Chambers has settled matters for billions of taxpayers’ dollars on a simple demand note, the GRA gave DDL a $3.8 billion tax write-off, which has led to Banks DIH suing the GRA for $28.4 billion as they demand equal consideration and this demand covers only one period, it could end up costing 80 billon when all is said and done. Cathy Hughes gave her company contracts, Valerie Patterson gave her husband contracts, GL&SC engaged in the distribution of over 20,000 acres of prime state lands to Granger’s cronies and Ministry of the Presidency employees. David Patterson’s explanation of how US$9000 was deposited into his account defies ethics, norms, and logic. Simona Broomes’ children were given direct cash transfers from the Ministry of the Presidency totalling over $20 million, the corruption scandals roll on and on. Faced with these acts of corruption and ethical violations, David Granger did nothing but shuffle his pack; his silence speaks of approval or acquiescence. Granger the corruption fighter will not fly.Can we see Granger, the staunch advocate for rule of law surface? Would the only President in our history to be cited by the courts as acting in breach of the Constitution try such an audacious bluff? Would the President who allowed a challenge to be made on the basis that 33 was not a majority of 65 even consider running on a law and rrder platform? Can a President who issued a Prerogative of Mercy to his Finance Minister to keep him out of jail even contemplate such a move? Stranger things have happened in the silly season, but any move like this would invite ridicule from all quarters.Granger the security expert may surface; however, he may not be able to call on British Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, Mr Russell Combe, who served as his advisor. Relations with the UK have rather broken down since Granger has moved away from the rule of law (see above) and a system of parliamentary democracy. Guyanese are less safe than we have ever been, crime ranging from petty theft to murder have proliferated since 2015. Nowhere is safe, schoolchildren are held up at gunpoint, home invasions and murders are commonplace and store owners live in fear of ‘customers’. The establishment of a Venezuelan homestead on Guyanese soil is an error that may yet blow up in our faces literally. We can do without Granger’s security ‘expertise’, the plethora of attendance and completion certificates non-withstanding.The Auditor General’s reports delivered to Parliament on the 30th September 2019 are of great interest to the people of the nation; if/when Parliament comes out of recess, these reports will have to be laid and made public for examination by the people’s representatives. There have been no audited reports for NICIL or GuySuCo since 2015. The $30 billion GuySuCo bond is being frittered away without any of the capitalisations of projects being undertaken; no routine expenses are being paid from the bond, the location and allocation of bond funds remain mysteries that the AG’s reports may shed light upon. Granger ‘the transparency advocate’ will not fly.David Granger visited the Amerindian village of Pakuri, or as he insensitively referred to it “St Cuthbert’s Mission”. Mr Granger was accompanied by a large contingent of heavily armed policemen in addition to his praetorian guard. Granger, the ‘Man of the People’, will not fly.The arrest of social media guru Alston Stewart on his way to Guyana is a blow to the Mark Kirton team working out of the Bertram Collins campus. This team is currently bombarding the populace with ads containing glorious tales of the Brigadier and Mrs Granger as they save the world for snails and whales— with ads of roads yet to be built as a ‘promise kept’. The harsh economic reality precludes belief in such delusions no amount of sponsored ads will fool Guyanese into voting for the incompetent incumbent.Editor, the tale of the Granger administration is one of lavish lifestyles: jet setting’ high salaries, plenty perks, abuse of power, little work and corruption with impunity, corruption on a super large scale that defies belief. Mr Granger has a credibility problem that cannot be solved with slogans and jingles; Granger’s lack of ability to govern effectively has been thoroughly exposed and he has no leg left upon which to stand before the populace and proclaim his worthiness to be President of the Republic ever again.The PPP is carefully rolling out its manifesto which contains the plans behind the promises, for should they let it out carelessly, it will be grabbed by Granger’s APNU/AFC and touted as their own; after all, the CJIA as an International hub, Guyana as an oil producing country, the Marriott as a centre for commercial tourism and conferences, a bridge over the Berbice river, a paved road from Georgetown to Lethem— those were all whose ideas and projects again? I cannot wait to see how Granger manifests himself for the 2020 presidential run and what false promises accompany him.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Chelsea eyes Spurs boss Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has urged chairman Daniel Levy to be “brave” in the transfer marketLONDON, United Kingdom, May 15 – Chelsea are considering moving for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino if Antonio Conte leaves the club this summer, according to Sky sources.Conte is expected to depart Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United. Chelsea have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the Italian looks set to leave just 12 months after winning the Premier League title in his first season in English football.The London club have been linked with high-profile replacements such as Luis Enrique and Maurizio Sarri, and Pochettino is another leading candidate if Conte left.Under Pochettino, Spurs have qualified for the Champions League for three seasons in a row while operating on a smaller budget than rivals such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.The Argentine has three years remaining on his Spurs contract and is planning on having talks with club chairman Daniel Levy about increasing his transfer budget this summer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Expert Eye on Liverpool’s exciting January transfer targets

first_imgLiverpool are reportedly set to break the bank this January as they look to turn around their dismal season and a triple swoop appears on the cards.Moves worth around £47million, for Petr Cech, Nathan Redmond and Jackson Martinez are in the pipeline, according to The Metro newspaper’s website.But what would the trio offer Brendan Rodgers’ faltering side? talkSPORT gets the experts’ view…Jackson Martinez (FC Porto forward)Colombian hotshot Martinez knows where the back of the net is having hit an astounding 53 goals in 70 Primeira Liga matches since his move to Portugal.And he has rightly earned plaudits for his antics in front of goal.Things are going really well for him and there are some big clubs chasing him. That gives all us Colombians a lot of satisfaction.Compatriot and River Plate striker Teofilo Gutierrez on rumours of a move for MartinezJackson and Falcao are two players with completely different assets, but in one aspect they are exactly the same – they both score lots of goals.Former Porto coach Leonel Alvarez lauds the clinical forwardHe’s like an old-style centre-forward. He’s strong in the air and very athletic. He reminds me of George Weah.Ex-Portugal international Paulo Futre on Martinez’s strengthsHe’s an intelligent player. He’s quick and very technical and has got a very sharp turn of pace.Another former coach, Vitor Pereira, talks glowingly about the strikerPetr Cech (Chelsea goalkeeper)Thibaut Courtois’ arrival was always going to spell trouble for Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge and, as the Belgian has now displaced the Czech star in west London, the experienced goalkeeper is now looking for a move away from the club.Still only 32, Cech has plenty of time left in his career and loads left to offer his next club and with Simon Mignolet out of form at Anfield, he could be a great signing for Brendan Rodgers.Some players throw their toys out the pram and Petr, 100 per cent, has not done that, he is fighting for his place.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praises his goalkeeper’s professionalism in recent weeksI think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is.Cech’s rival for the no. 1 shirt, Thibaut Courtois, on his team-mate[Casillas and I] weren’t the only top goalkeepers, as some forget Petr Cech, probably because he plays for the Czech Republic and not one of the bigger nations.Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon on the best goalkeepers of the last decadeI’m a huge admirer of Cech, the best goalkeeper in the Premier League for the last several seasons.Ex-Arsenal shot-stopper Bob Wilson on Cech’s talentsKeepers win games and they don’t maybe get the credit that goalscorers do, but Petr won that game for us with that save alone.Frank Lampard on Cech’s save from Andy Carroll in the 2012 FA Cup finalPetr Cech has been one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history and he’s a winner as well.Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich on the Czech Republic superstarNathan Redmond (Norwich City winger)Last season, fleet-footed flyer Redmond was a rare bright spot for Canaries fans who saw their beloved side relegated back to the Championship after three years in the Premier League.And now Liverpool could pounce for the highly-rated England Under-21 international.He’s got everything in his locker to become a top, top player.Norwich City captain Russell Martin on the talented youngsterThere is interest there – he’s a good young player and a player we would like.Stoke City boss Mark Hughes on his fondness for the wingerHe’s going in the right direction, but I see him more as a future England player.Ex-manager Chris Hughton hands Redmond extremely high praiseLiverpool fans, what do you think of the three players you have been linked with? Let us know in the comments below… Nathan Redmond, Jackson Martinez and Petr Cech 1last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology opened its doors to senior cycle students from Rosses Community School, Dungloe as part of The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) Skills @ Work Programme, an initiative that provides a glimpse into the world of work to senior cycle students.Twenty one students were given a guided tour of the campus by college staff and gained an insight into the many career opportunities that exist in the education sector.Innovation was also on the agenda with an in depth look at the operation of the CoLab centre within LYIT. Speaking during the visit John Andy Bonar, Head of Development, LYIT told Donegal Daily, “LYIT are pleased to welcome students from Rosses Community School to our campus today.“We hope that today provides the students with an insight into various careers and what we do here in LYIT on a day to day basis.“I know our members of staff are very excited to have the students here after working with them on a number of sessions in the school; this gives them a chance to show the students their working environment and get them thinking about potential careers.“The site visit is one of a number of sessions in The Skills @ Work Programme. The programme also provides CV workshops, ‘A Day in the Life’ talks, mock interviews, company overviews, interview skill techniques as well as a session to develop teambuilding skills.Staff at LYIT are committed to assisting students recognise the value of completing the Leaving Certificate and helping them explore possible career paths.Moya Curran, Business Teacher, Rosses Community School told Donegal Daily, “The Skills @ Work programme proposed by the Schools Business Partnership helps our students to identify the connection between education and the future opportunities that may be available.“The site visit in particular gives great career exposure and opens the student’s eyes to what exactly is involved in various jobs or careers on a day to day basis.“It will allow them to explore what may be of interest to them and give them a target to aim towards in terms of their education. “The site visit is always one of the highlights for the students involved in the Skills @ Work programme.“It gives them a true taste of the working world and shows them important skills such as workplace etiquette and expected behaviour in a professional environment, which can be one of the major adjustments for students to make moving from the education to the work environment.Elaine McFadden, Regional Coordinator – Donegal, BITCI said, “We are delighted that LYIT is involved in the Skills @ Work programme and we look forward to developing the link further between LYIT and Rosses Community School over the coming year.”The Schools’ Business Partnership is funded by the participating businesses and the Schools Completion Programme (The Department of Children and Youth Affairs). LYIT OPENS ITS DOORS TO STUDENTS FROM ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinnessFeaturesInitiativeLYITRCSschoolslast_img read more


first_imgA well-known Lough Eske Castle employee is celebrating after winning the Lady Nuala competition at the Donegal Town Summer Festival.Lough Eske Castle, a Solís Hotel & Spa are delighted and proud to announce that Ms Emma Byrne their Lead Spa Therapist has won the annual Ms Lady Nuala Competition. The Donegal Town Summer Festival took place over July 1st – July 3rd a weekend packed with festivities, music, and family fun including the well-known annual Lady Nuala Competition.Emma, from Killybegs, has worked at Lough Eske Castle for the past seven years and has developed her career from strength to strength.Renowned for her extensive range of skills in Spa Therapy and Make Up artistry Emma is a true asset and contributor to Lough Eske Castle’s Award Winning Spa Solís.Emma said, ‘I am shocked and privileged that I have won this year’s Lady Nuala competition. Having worked at Lough Eske Castle for the past 7 years it is a true honour to bring back to the Castle such an established local competition’. Seán Carney, General Manager, ‘Speaking on behalf of the Ladies and Gentlemen at Lough Eske Castle, I would like to express my sincere congratulations and gratitude to Ms Emma Byrne on not only representing the Hotel but winning this year’s annual Lady Nuala Competition, at the Donegal Town Summer Festival’EMMA IS QUEEN OF LOUGH ESKE CASTLE AFTER WINNING FESTIVAL COMPETITION was last modified: July 5th, 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) Tags:donegalLough Eske Castlelast_img read more


first_imgRICKY, PATSY McGONAGLE AND THE FASTEST MAN ON EARTH AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS. Donegaldaily.comMILFORD man Ricky Simms has promised that he will bring Usain Bolt to Donegal – but it might be next year.The athletics sports management consultant was appearing on the Late Late Show on Friday night.And the Finn Valley AC member was asked if the fastest man on the planet would visit the county. “He’s always asking me about it,” said Ricky.“We will have to wait and see; we have to find a free weekend but it will be some time this year, or maybe next year but he does want to come over.”Simms has managed Bolt since he was 15 the Jamaican won the 200m World Junior Championship title for Under-2os in 2002.“After graduating from high school, Jamaican athletes traditionally go to university in the United States and spend four years there before they turn professional,” says Simms, who has just agreed a deal for Bolt to compete in the Anniversary Games in London in July. “But Usain didn’t want to do that. He liked Jamaica, was close to his mum and couldn’t face living away in a cold city – he doesn’t like the cold so much.“He decided he was going to turn pro in 2003 rather than go to university and it was recommended that he to talk to us.”The pair quickly hit it off and have had a strong relationship ever since.“The Irish and Jamaican character is very similar; we’re both laid back and we both like a bit of craic, so we got on,” Ricky told Ryan Tubridy.He also spoke about bringing Mo Farah home to Donegal for Christmas in 2006. Mo ran the St Stephen’s Day Finn Valley AC 5k in a new record time.“It was the first time he’d gotten that sort of great reception. People were asking for his autograph and he posed for pictures with a pint of Guinness. He really enjoyed that,” said Ricky.RICKY SIMMS PROMISES: ‘I WILL BRING USAIN BOLT TO DONEGAL’ was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:RICKY SIMMS PROMISES: ‘I WILL BRING USAIN BOLT TO DONEGAL’last_img read more

Trying not to get batty

first_imgFor a while it seemed more of UCLA quarterback Drew Olson’s passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage than made it near the receivers last week against Washington. Bruins offensive line coach Tom Cable and center Mike McCloskey said the fault lies with those blocking for Olson. Too often, Washington’s defensive linemen were quick to get their hands up to clog passing lanes, and the 20th-ranked Bruins worked to remedy that as they prepared for today’s meeting with No. 10 California at the Rose Bowl. “You have to stay firm on the line of scrimmage,” McCloskey said. “On the three-step drops, you can’t give (the defense) any penetration. You have to really focus on getting your hands on them, pushing them out. If you do that, they’re not going to want to put their hands up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 McCloskey said blocking the Bears lower would keep the defenders from getting their hands high when Olson passed. Washington batted down at least six passes at the line of scrimmage. Cable added he may have given too much information to the youngsters – sophomore guards Shannon Tevaga and Chris Joseph and sophomore tackle Brian Abraham – to digest. “We’re not getting (the defenders’) hands down … that’s the guys up front,” said Cable, who is also UCLA’s offensive coordinator. “I think I’ve spent a lot of time with those three young guys and I think I’ve probably overcooked some things … but that’s all right.” Big crowd coming: A UCLA official said late Friday all general admission tickets were sold and fewer than 2,000 reserved tickets remained for what figures to be the biggest non-USC crowd in years. For those not wishing to park at the Rose Bowl, free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6 charge to park at the lot. The shuttles begin running four hours before kickoff, and stop one hour after the game. center_img Olson’s allegiance: Olson, who grew up minutes from Cal’s campus in Piedmont, makes no secret he is a big Bears fan. In fact, during UCLA’s bye last season, he attended the Cal-Stanford game. “I’m still a Cal fan,” Olson said. “Just not this week.” Olson said he still enjoys going to games in Berkeley, and was asked if he wore a Cal hat when in attendance. “No, I wouldn’t go that far,” he said with a huge grin. Forbath selected: UCLA commit Kai Forbath, a kicker from Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl all-star game Jan. 7 in San Antonio. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 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

Suspense is over for IRL season

first_imgThere is little left to be determined when the Indy Racing League concludes its season at California Speedway in Fontana on Sunday. Dan Wheldon has already wrapped up the IRL championship. Danica Patrick has been named rookie of the year. Honda is the manufacturers’ champion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Valencia’s Bryan Herta, driver of the No. 7 Honda-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing, can only approach the race one way: as a last chance to add to his win total. Herta won the IRL race at Michigan International Speedway in July, the second of his IRL career, and added three poles this year. Pretty impressive numbers for any driver. But he is already looking toward next season. “When the No. 7 car was a brand-new team, the goals last year were to try to become competitive,” said Herta, a graduate of Hart High of Newhall. “This year, we won some poles and a race, had some fast laps. That was a good step for us. “Now there are no excuses. I want to go after a championship next year.” And why not? The Andretti Green Racing team has produced the past two IRL champions. Tony Kanaan won the first championship for Andretti Green in 2004, completing every lap of every race, a feat that has never been duplicated. Wheldon followed Kanaan with an IRL title this year, becoming the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series championship in the same season. He also has a series-tying record six wins and has a chance to set the new mark if he can win Sunday’s race. Herta said he has benefited from his teammates’ success. “The team’s giving us all the tools we need,” Herta said. “Now with my guys after two years of working together, there are no excuses.” There could be one little problem, though. Herta’s contract with Andretti Green Racing expires at the conclusion of the season. But Herta expects he will return to the four-car Andretti Green Racing team in 2006. For how long is another matter. “I’m not planning on going anywhere,” Herta said. “I’m very happy with the team and expect to be back next year.” Herta enters the last race of the season eighth in points, nine points out of seventh. His win at Michigan could be beneficial for the Fontana race. The tracks are similar in shape and size, which will give Herta’s team a good starting point to prepare his car for the race. “Obviously we have a great set-up for a Michigan-like track,” said Herta’s team manager George Klotz. “The XM Satellite Radio team would like to move up a few spots in the championship, and a race win would be a great way to finish the season on a strong note.” Qualifying for the Toyota Indy 400 will begin at 3 p.m. today at California Speedway. The race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Adrian Fernandez won the IRL race at California Speedway last year. He has two cars entered in the race, driven by Scott Sharp and Kosuke Matsuura, but Fernandez will not be racing. Fernandez is in North Carolina driving for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Team Penske’s Sam Hornish Jr. is a two-time winner at California Speedway. He won the 2002 and 2003 races at the Fontana track driving for Panther Racing. Hornish set the race record in 2003, becoming the first driver to win a race and average more than 200 mph for the race. He finished the race with an average speed of 207.151 mph. Tim Haddock, (818) 713-3715 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

Chelsea stand in the way of Man City’s title aspirations

first_imgAFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Vitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 08-12-2018 @03: 30 pmReferee: Lee MasonLiverpool will be hoping to continue their fine run of form in the league that has seen them keep close tabs with Leaders City. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won all their last four games in the league and sit just two points behind the leaders. A win against Bournemouth on Saturday will see them go temporarily top of the standings as City play later in the day.Liverpool go into the lunch time kick-off, having won four of the six Premier League meetings with Bournemouth, including by 4-0 on their most recent visit to the Vitality 12 months ago. Bournemouth have only beaten Liverpool once in any competition, coming from 2-0 and 3-1 down to win 4-3 in the Premier League in December 2016.Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook faces up to nine months out after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during Tuesday’s win over Huddersfield. Dan Gosling remains absent with a knee injury, while there are fitness concerns over several unnamed players.Liverpool are without defenders Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez, with the latter ruled out for up to six weeks due to a lower leg fracture. Sadio Mane is a major doubt because of a cut foot but Andy Robertson returns.Liverpool are aiming for a fifth consecutive win in the Premier League. They are unbeaten in 16 Premier League matches (W13, D3) and could equal their club record of 17 consecutive fixtures unbeaten, set in 2008. The Reds are unbeaten away from home in the league this season (W6, D2).Arsenal vs Huddersfield TownEmirates Stadium, LondonSaturday, 08-12-2018 @06:00pm Referee: Paul TierneyArsenal are on a stroll of sorts currently, unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions and sit level on points with Chelsea in fourth. The 2-2 at United on Wednesday may have been draining but they will fancy their chances of taking care of Huddersfield on Saturday.The Gunners are unbeaten in 10 games against Huddersfield, winning eight and drawing two. Arsenal won both league meetings last season, including 5-0 at the Emirates. Huddersfield have lost eight of their last nine top-flight matches against Arsenal and failed to score in each defeat. The Terriers’ last victory at Arsenal was by 5-3 at Highbury in November 1954.Arsenal defender Rob Holding faces nine months out with a ruptured cruciate ligament, while Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts. Granit Xhaka is available after suspension and Laurent Koscielny could be involved for the first time since tearing his Achilles tendon in May.Huddersfield’s Abdelhamid Sabiri is out with a broken collarbone, while Phil Billing and Steve Mounie are banned. Chris Lowe should feature after recovering from a shoulder injury.Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions, winning 15 of them. It’s their longest run without defeat since a 28-game streak in November 2007. The Gunners have won 16 of their past 17 Premier League games played at 3pm on a Saturday, including each of the last nine. Unai Emery’s side are yet to lead at half-time in a league fixture this season. They have scored an unrivalled 25 second-half goals, three more than Manchester City. Arsenal have also won a league-high 12 points from losing positions in 2018-19. The Gunners have scored in 14 successive league matches and conceded in eight straight games.Burnely vs Brighton and Hove AlbionTurf Moor, BurnelySaturday, 08-12-2018 @06: 00 pm Referee: Martin AtikensonBurnley manager Sean Dyche made five changes to his team against Liverpool and may opt for a similar side following an encouraging display. Steven Defour is again a doubt because of discomfort in his knee.Brighton & Hove Albion will assess the fitness of Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo, who are nursing respective shoulder and knee problems. Shane Duffy starts a three-match suspension but Dale Stephens returns after completing a ban of his own.The past five league meetings have ended in draws, including two goalless encounters last season. Brighton are unbeaten in eight league games against Burnley, winning five and drawing three. Burnley’s last win against the Seagulls was 1-0 at home in the Championship in April 2012.Cardiff City vs SouthamptonCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSaturday, 08-12-2018 @06: 00 pmReferee: Jonathan MossSouthampton ended a seven-match losing streak at Cardiff on their most recent visit, a 3-0 Premier League victory in 2013. Cardiff have only lost four of their 20 home league matches against Saints overall (W12, D4).Cardiff continue to face injury problems in attack, with makeshift striker Callum Paterson set to lead the line against Southampton. Kenneth Zohore remains out with a calf injury, while Danny Ward and defender Jazz Richards are both unavailable and Gary Madine is a doubt.Southampton captain Ryan Bertrand is a doubt, having missed the defeat against Tottenham with a back problem. Michael Obafemi and Danny Ings have hamstring injuries and may miss out.Man United vs FulhamOld Trafford, ManchesterSaturday, 08-12-2015 @06: 00 pmReferee: Lee ProbertMan United somehow survived defeat to Arsenal in mid-week, but the draw took them to four games minus victory in the league currently (D3 L1). However, they come up against a side that has not defeated them at Old Trafford since 2003.Manchester United will assess the fitness of Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, who are all nursing injuries. Ashley Young is available following a one-match suspension but Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez remain out.Fulham pair Kevin McDonald and Floyd Ayite are expected to return from respective hamstring and groin injuries. On-loan defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to face his parent club.Manchester United have won 21 of their 23 home matches against Fulham in all competitions. Fulham’s only victory at Old Trafford was by 3-1 in the Premier League in October 2003. The Cottagers have suffered 18 Premier League defeats against United – only Arsenal, with 19 wins, have beaten them more often.A defeat for the Red Devils would result in their lowest points tally after 16 matches of a Premier League campaign. They could draw four straight Premier League matches for the first time since 1992. United could also equal the club’s longest winless run versus promoted opposition of four games. They have made a league-high 46 changes to their starting line-up this season. Jose Mourinho is aiming for a 50th Premier League win as United manager in his 92nd game. It took him 63 matches to earn 50 wins in his first spell at Chelsea, and 73 in his second spell. United have conceded 10 Premier League goals at Old Trafford this season, already surpassing their total goals against at home in 2017-18.West Ham United vs Crystal PalaceLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 08-12-2018 @ 06: 00pmReferee: Anthony TaylorWest Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out for a month with a thigh muscle injury sustained in the win over Cardiff on Wednesday. Andy Carroll made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in that game, while Pablo Zabaleta and Fabian Balbuena are fit again.Crystal Palace have no new injury problems, with boss Roy Hodgson able to select from a near full-strength squad. Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann remain sidelined.West Ham are unbeaten in their last six matches with Crystal Palace (W3, D3). The side scoring first in Premier League fixtures between West Ham and Crystal Palace have never lost.Cheslsea vs Man CityStamford Bridge, LondonSunday, 08-12-2018 @08:30 pmReferee: Micheal OliverThe biggest fixture of the weekend pits Chelsea at home to defending champions, Man City. The last few weeks have not been the best for Mauricio Sarri’s side, compounded by the 2-1 loss at Wolves last time out. For City, they are still unbeaten in the league and enjoy a two point caution over second placed Liverpool. A win at Stamford Bridge will send echoes of title intentions for the Citizens who have won all their last 7 Premier League games.Chelsea pair Jorginho and David Luiz were unused substitutes for the midweek defeat by Wolves and are expected to be recalled on Saturday. Ross Barkley is back in contention after an ankle injury.Manchester City’s record scorer Sergio Aguero will miss a third successive game because of muscle tightness. Oleksandr Zinchenko is also a doubt due to a facial injury, while the match comes too soon for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.Manchester City have won the last three meetings in all competitions, including this season’s Community Shield, without conceding a goal. This will be the 161st meeting of the sides in all competitions. City can win four consecutive games against Chelsea for the first time. Chelsea have lost only four of their 21 Premier League home matches against Manchester City, but two of those defeats have come in the last three seasons.Chelsea began this Premier League campaign with five consecutive victories, but they have won only four of their subsequent 10 fixtures. The Blues are unbeaten in all eight home league fixtures this season but have drawn three of the past five. They have not lost a Premier League home game against the reigning champions in 11 attempts since being defeated by Manchester United in 2002 (W5, D6). A team managed by Maurizio Sarri has not lost consecutive league matches since October 2016, when Napoli were beaten by Atalanta and Roma. Eden Hazard has failed to score in his last 11 appearances for club and country.Manchester City are unbeaten in 21 league games since April, winning the last seven. They are unbeaten in their last 14 away league matches (W11, D3) – they have never gone 15 without defeat in the top flight. Since the beginning of last season, Pep Guardiola’s side have earned 34 points out of a possible 42 against the other established top-six teams. Chelsea have only managed half as many points. They could become the first club based outside London to win seven consecutive top-flight fixtures in the capital. They have equalled the record of six in a row, set by Portsmouth from December 1950 to December 1951. Raheem Sterling, who turns 24 on the day of the game, has failed to score and provided only one assist in nine league appearances against Chelsea.Leicester City vs Tottenham HotspursKing Power Stadium, LeicesterSaturdaay, 08-12-2018 @10:45 pm Referee: Craig PawsonLeicester remain without Jamie Vardy because of a groin problem but Harry Maguire is ready to play after five weeks out with a knee injury. Jonny Evans and Rachid Ghezzal should also be fit despite missing Wednesday’s draw at Fulham.Jan Vertonghen is available for Spurs after serving a one-match ban. Fellow defenders Kieran Trippier and Juan Foyth have been ruled out due to respective groin and hamstring injuries.Since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2014, this fixture has produced 34 goals – second only to Arsenal v Liverpool (38) during that period. There has been only one goalless draw in the 96 league meetings between the teams. It came in the second tier at Spurs in March 1948. Tottenham earned their biggest Premier League away win when they beat Leicester 6-1 in May 2017.Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton WanderersSt. James Park, Newcastle upon TyneSunday, 08-12-2018 @07:00 pmReferee: Mike DeanMidfielder Kenedy has returned to training after missing the trip to Merseyside with a toe problem and full-back Paul Dummett is also back after a hamstring injury, although he remains short of match fitness, while defender Florian Lejeune (knee) continues to work his way back.Ruben Neves is available for Wolves’ trip to Newcastle after suspension. The midfielder missed Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Chelsea after collecting five yellow cards. Replacement Morgan Gibbs-White impressed, meaning Romain Saiss may drop to the bench to accommodate Neves.Newcastle have never lost against Wolves in the Premier League (W2 D4 L0), though this is their first meeting since February 2012. Wolves won on their last league visit to St. James’ Park against Newcastle, a 2-0 win in the Championship in September 2016. They haven’t won consecutive away league games there since October 1954. All six meetings between Newcastle and Wolves in the Premier League have seen both teams score – it’s the most played fixture in the competition not to see a clean sheet. Wolves haven’t scored more than once in any of their seven away league games this season (W2 D2 L3), netting five goals in total. Nine of Wolves’ Premier League 19 points this season (47%) have come in six games against last season’s top seven sides. In their nine games against other clubs, they have won just 10 points (1.11 per game). Newcastle have conceded more goals from set piece situations than any other team in the Premier League this season (10). Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon scored his team’s only goal in their 1-1 draw at Everton last time out, however the Venezuelan hasn’t scored in consecutive Premier League games since September 2016 for West Brom. Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in eight of his team’s 15 goals in the Premier League this season (four goals, four assists). Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has not lost any of his 22 home Premier League matches against a newly promoted club, winning his first 10 in the competition before drawing six and winning six of his last 12 such games.Everton vs WatfordGoodison Park, LiverpoolMonday, 10-12-2018 @11:00 pmReferee: Kevin FriendEverton could have a full complement of players to choose from. Silva said on Thursday that Morgan Schneiderlin, who has had a leg issue, was “getting better” and may be available. The midfielder has not been part of the matchday squad for the last seven matches.The Toffees boss also said there were “some small problems” but “nothing special” with regard to the fitness of those who had played in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle.Will Hughes remains a doubt for Watford ahead of the trip to Goodison Park with a knock. Tom Cleverley could return against his former club after being sidelined since January with hamstring and Achilles problems, while Etienne Capoue is suspended.Everton have won 11 of their 12 home matches against Watford in all competitions, drawing the other. Watford won their last league meeting with Everton in February 2018 – they have never won back to back league matches against the Toffees.Everton came from two goals behind to win 3-2 in their Premier League meeting with Watford at Goodison Park last season – current Toffees boss Marco Silva was manager of the Hornets that day. Everton’s 3-2 comeback win against Watford last season was one of only three occasions in Premier League history a team came from two goals behind to win in a game that was goalless at half-time (also Derby County 2-3 Newcastle United in April 2002 and QPR 3-2 Liverpool in March 2012). The last 10 goals scored in Premier League matches between Everton and Watford have been scored in the second half.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

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