Liverpool Stretch Lead as Man City, Chelsea Stumble

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was then sent off 14 minutes from time for handling outside his area and Brighton reduced the deficit from the resulting free-kick through captain Lewis Dunk.But the 10 men held out for another vital three points to edge closer to a first league title in 30 years.“It was unnecessary,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of the nervy finale. “We had unbelievable chances. “We had the red card for Alisson. Adrian comes in with cold feet and cold hands but made two really good saves.“The boys threw everything on the pitch. It’s unbelievable how much they want to win.”While Liverpool have made a habit of winning games when not at their best, City let points slip away not for the first time this season to further dent their title chances.Twice Pep Guardiola’s men led at St James’ Park through Raheem Sterling and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike eight minutes from time.But Newcastle responded quickly on both occasions as Jetro Willems cancelled out Sterling’s strike before Jonjo Shelvey swept home a well-worked free-kick two minutes from time.“We do the same work we have done over the last few seasons. We tried to score more goals but it did not happen,” said Guardiola, whose side failed to capitalise on nearly 80 percent of possession.City’s slip-up gave Chelsea the chance to go level on points with the champions and Leicester, who host Everton today.However, the Blues failed to replicate their fine form over the past two months as West Ham won for the first time in nine games to ease the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini.Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal three minutes into the second half with a tidy finish as he cut inside onto his weaker right foot.But it was the Hammers who were the more likely to add to the scoring as the second period wore on with Kepa Arrizabalaga keeping them at bay with a string of saves, while Michail Antonio had a goal ruled out after a VAR review for handball.Tottenham are up to fifth and within six points of Chelsea in the battle for a top-four finish as the in-form Alli preserved Jose Mourinho’s perfect start.The scoreline should have been far more convincing for Mourinho’s men, who led 3-0 with 17 minutes left as Alli’s fine form continued with a goal either side of halftime before Moussa Sissoko scored for the first time in over two years.“I think he played three phenomenal matches since I arrived,” said Mourinho on Alli’s return of three goals in as many games. “He plays in a position where he feels happy and comfortable.”Tottenham have conceded twice in all three of Mourinho’s matches in charge and were left hanging on as Harry Wilson scored a late double for the visitors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a nervy 2-1 win over Brighton as Manchester City slipped up once more in a draw at Newcastle yesterday.Chelsea missed the chance to go level on points with second-placed City as Frank Lampard’s men suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by West Ham, while Tottenham’s winning run under Jose Mourinho continued as Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-2 win over Bournemouth.Virgil van Dijk is hoping to beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or tomorrow and showed he can score goals as well as stop them with two towering headers from Trent Alexander-Arnold set-piece deliveries to put Liverpool 2-0 up inside 25 minutes at Anfield.last_img read more

Mourinho: Pepe has a problem

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Pepe in the wake of the defender’s comments on the Real Madrid coach’s treatment of Iker Casillas.The centre-back claimed his coach should show Casillas more respect after los Blancos hard-fought 4-3 win over Valladolid at the weekend, but Mourinho has issued a riposte by suggesting that Pepe is simply trying to distract attention from is own struggle to secure first-team football.“Pepe’s comments? It is very easy to analyse what he says. Pepe has a problem and his name is Raphael Varane,” the Madrid coach stated at a press conference.“A 31-year-old has lost his place to a 19-year-old. It’s the law of life. But who had the courage to field Varane? I did.”Mourinho then went on to explain his decision to drop Casillas in favour of Diego Lopez, stressing that it has nothing to do with any personal animosity between the pair.“I like Diego Lopez more than Iker Casillas as a goalkeeper. This is not a personal decision, there is nothing bad between Iker and me,” he continued. “I like shot-stoppers who play well with their feet and who come off their line to collect crosses. Iker makes great saves between the posts, but I prefer a different type of goalkeeper.”Madrid are currently preparing for Wednesday’s Liga match at home against Malaga.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers ‘will pursue’ star this summer

first_imgThere’s another team interested in Kawhi Leonard.The Lakers “will pursue” the star this summer, according to a report from The Ringer, which cites unidentified league sources. Leonard will enter free agency coming off of one of the best postseason runs ever. He led the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history by averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 49% from the field in 24 playoff games.The 27-year-old was named the Finals MVP after Toronto topped the Warriors in six games. Related News The Lakers, meanwhile, agreed to a trade with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis this weekend. They’ll look for a star to pair with the center and LeBron James when free agency begins June 30.Los Angeles has already been linked to Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler, amongst others. Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis “I just want to play and just let people remember that I played hard at both ends of the floor, I was a winner, and that’s basically it,” Leonard told reporters earlier this month. “I’m just here enjoying my dream, having fun. I mean, legacy is going to be opinionated by each person, but I’m just playing right about myself really and what I feel, what makes me happy.”The Raptors acquired Leonard — along with Danny Green — from the Spurs for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster trade last offseason.“When I was there on my opening day meeting (I told them) that I was focused on the now, and I wanted to make history here and that’s all I did,” Leonard told reporters after the Finals. “I just, I’m still playing basketball no matter what jersey I have on.”The Clippers will chase Leonard this offseason and rival executives believe he “likes” the team, according to an earlier report from Bleacher Report. He also will consider re-signing with the Raptors, according to ESPN, while the Knicks reportedly are expected to “push hard” to land him, as well. Anthony Davis trade makes Lakers new 2020 NBA title favorites Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart seem happy Lakers traded them to Pelicanslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya claims his parents didn’t know of his engagement to Nataša Stanković

first_imgImage Courtesy: InstagramAdvertisement ddrNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsyuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elgf5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5mipderWould you ever consider trying this?😱68k3qroCan your students do this? 🌚lxmRoller skating! Powered by Firework After 5 months of announcing their engagement, Team India all rounder Hardik Pandya recently revealed that Nataša Stanković, his fiancee is expecting a baby on 31st May, and social media has been filled with congratulatory messages towards India’s newest superstar couple. The engagement, which took place all the way back in 1st Jan, made all the headlines in the country, but Pandya has claimed that his parents were unaware of it!Advertisement Image Courtesy: InstagramIn a recent interview, Hardik Pandya opened up about his relation with the Serbian model and actress. Speaking to senior cricket commentator harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, the Men in Blue star revealed how the two met for the firsty time.“I got her by talking. She saw someone in a hat at a place where I met her, wearing a hat, a chain, a watch, at 1 am. So she thought he is ‘alag prakaar ka aadmi aaya’ (different kind of person came). That is when I started talking to her, started knowing each other,” Pandya remembered the early days with his betrothed.Advertisement However, Pandya dropped the bombshell when he said that his parents, even his older brother and fellow Indian cricketer Krunal was unaware of his engagement back on New Year’s eve.“Mom and dad didn’t know, even Krunal only got to know two days before when I told him I’m thinking this (getting engaged) I said I had enough in my life,” the Mumbai Indians icon said in the interview.Advertisement Pandya got engaged to the Big Boss contestant in Dubai. Six months into their journey together, the couple have been constant fan-service on social media, with their hilarious acts together during the lock down.However, all the surprises and funny banters aside, the 26 year old went on saying how the relation with Nataša helped him improve.“Someone who I have found, who I actually love and I think I’m learning and I’m becoming a better man. I’m trying to go beyond myself. I’m keeping myself aside and keeping someone as priority,” he added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Hardik Pandya reveals partner Nataša Stanković is pregnant and the wishes pour in!Watch: Rashid Khan’s hilarious impression of Steve Smith on his birthday!Will Liverpool’s historic title win be overshadowed by the Coronavirus pandemic? Advertisementlast_img read more

Barriga loses to Licona in world title fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wilder, Fury battle to draw in heavyweight thriller The 23-year-old Licona extended his unbeaten start to 14 wins with two knockouts and dealt Barriga his first professional defeat after going 9-0.Licona, who was born in Mexico and grew up in California, earned a 115-113 score from two judges while the other had it, 115-113, for Barriga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Mark Anthony Barriga fell short in his first world title fight after absorbing a narrow loss to American Carlos Licona in their minimumweight bout Sunday (Manila time) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.Barriga, the London Olympian, failed to win the vacant IBF belt in the 105-pound class as Licona earned a split decision victory.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘Ailing and Failing: Ellen Must Step Down’

first_imgA 39-year-old pastor has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to “step aside from the presidency and permit someone else to take over the leadership of Liberia.Pastor and Prophet Caleb W. Askie, general overseer of the Wisdom Tabernacle of  Arthington, Montserrado County, told the Daily Observer Monday, April 28, that he had  received a message from God for President Sirleaf to step down and allow someone else to govern the country.In an exclusive interview,   Prophet Askie claimed that President Sirleaf is “ailing and failing”, and is therefore advised by the good Lord to step down.If she does, Askie prophesied, no one will prosecute her for any reason; so that should not concern her. “Ellen has done a lot of good for the country, especially during her first term,” Pastor Askie asserted.“But I have now received a message from the Lord that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is ailing and failing, thus making her incapable [of continuing to] govern this country. Though I have not met her personally, yet most times God speaks to me in such manner,” he explained. Press Secretary’s ResponseThe Daily Observer immediately contacted Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah for a comment on Pastor Askie’s prophecy.  Mr. Piah replied that it was “not for us to say whether the prophecy is true or not, for this is a spiritual matter, which is not scientific.“But,” he added, “God is a just God and maybe He will Himself one day speak to the President and tell her what He wants her to do.”Mr. Piah suggested that the Daily Observer contact the President’s religious advisor, the Rev. Jarvis Witherspoon.When contacted, Rev. Witherspoon frankly told this newspaper that Pastor Askie was not the only one who had brought such a message.  Others, he said, have done the same.He proposed a meeting with the Prophet along with other pastors of varying denominations, who would then jointly deliver the message to the President.Prophet Askie said President Sirleaf has not been able to succeed in the fight against corruption, and that her continued stay in power is making no impact.According to him, if the President refuses to heed the message, the country may find it very difficult to get a possible successor.“Ellen is failing; yet her government officials want her to remain in leadership, not for the good of the country, but to fulfill their selfish desires. This is detrimental to the progress of the State, as her staying in power until the end of her term may likely make it difficult to find the right successor,” he explained.According to Askie, there are some government officials who do not want to accept the idea of the president relinquishing power because of their selfish ambitions.“There are some government officials and others around her who, because of greed, would like for the President to remain in power. But if only she could listen to this message the country will definitely move forward,” he said.Pastor Askie said that there is a time for every leader to govern; and after that time has expired, the capacity of said leader can no longer be efficient.“I am of the understanding that Ellen should have led this country only for the first term. The President was very vibrant in her first term but in this second term, she is truly declining.Asked what would happen if the President declined the message to step aside, Prophet Askie said he believed that someone who has not been selected by God would attempt taking over the country, and that could spell trouble. But he said the country would not return to war, though there could be problems simply because the person who takes over “would not be the one ordained by God.” The same thing almost happened when King David in the Bible was declining in health and his son Adonijah attempted to seize power.  But he was not the anointed one; as such no one knew about his takeover.  When David anointed Bathsheba’s son Solomon, however, the whole country rejoiced and he became one of Israel’s most successful kings.Prophet Askie insisted that if Ellen stepped aside, God would anoint someone to take her place; and that would spell the beginning of prosperity for the country.“Liberia has a bright future,” Askie prophesied, adding, “Liberia will rise,” but not under Ellen.”The pastor first made his revelation during a church service last Saturday evening at the Agape Prophetic Fellowship on GSA Road. An Observer employee, who heard his prophecy, alerted the paper.On Monday, the paper contacted the Pastor, who agreed to an interview at the newspaper’s McDonald Street office.Prophet Askie was born on April 3, 1975 in Mano River, to the union of Charles and Charlesetta Askie.A graduate in Drafting from the W.V.S. Tubman High School, Monrovia in the mid-1990s, Askie said he had wanted to become a neurosurgeon; but his grandmother, Mrs.  Maryann Askie told him he had better become a pastor.  He then traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent nine months at a Bible college.He also discovered his talents in painting. As such, the pastor and prophet is also an artist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunman attacks former Commander’s daughter

first_img… shoots supervisorThe daughter of Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, George Vyphuis, was in the wee hours of Tuesday morning attacked by an armed bicycle bandit who opened fire, injuring the woman and her colleague.The traumatised woman, Kathy VyphuisReports are 34-year-old Kathy Vyphuis was making her way home from work at about 02:30h on Tuesday, when a masked bandit pounced on her and her supervisor, Tommy Lee, who was driving her home.The duo had just arrived at the woman’s Lot 865 Plantation Providence, East Bank Demerara residence and as she was about the exit the vehicle, the lone gunman pounced, demanding that they remain put.Acting on impulse, Lee accelerated his vehicle, thereby resulting in the robber firing several rounds at them. The injured supervisor managed to flee the scene but Vyphuis did not secure much distance between herself and the attacker when she fell to the ground. It was then that the man narrowed in on the terrified mother, demanding that she let go of her purse.While speaking to Guyana Times on Tuesday, the traumatised woman broke down in tears while outlining, “I was in fear. He came and I was like take my purse, I don’t have anything, take it. He came with the gun, pick my purse up, jump on a bike and rode off.”The single mother went on to say that, “I got up and I run and I was like somebody help me, help me! Nobody would help me.”However, following relentless pleas from the sobbing woman, one neighbour, Nicola Telford, opened her door for the woman.The two then remained locked inside the home and made numerous attempts to contact the Police. While they were awaiting the arrival of the Police, the bandit returned once again, but this time pretending to be a neighbour. The man then began appealing to the women to open door, saying that he found Vyphuis’s bag on the road.“He kept banging on the door and saying that he was a neighbour and we asking he which neighbour, identify yourself and he kept saying some neighbour from down the road and we said we don’t know anyone like that.”After he was denied entry, the bandit continued to bang on the door but eventually gave up and left. It was only after Vyphuis was safety tucked away in Telford’s home that she realised she was covered in mud and blood, after being shot once to her arm. After some time, officers arrived at the scene and Vyphuis was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.Meanwhile, her supervisor had already been rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, nursing injuries to his hand and thigh. Lee was said to be in unstable condition but was later listed as relatively stable.The mother of one, who is a cashier at a drinking establishment on the East Coast of Demerara, has been living in Diamond for almost three years.This report comes two days after bandits broke into a home just doors away, holding a two-month-old infant at gunpoint, in an attempted to rob the family.Stemming from this most recent incident, residents within the area are calling for immediate measures to be put in place, with some even noting that they are now too terrified to return home.last_img read more

CCJ to hear no-confidence cases on May 10

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday stood firm in its determination that the no-confidence cases be expedited, shooting down pleas from counsel for their full time for filing cross appeals.The three Caribbean Court Justices. From left: Justices Jacob Wit, CCJ President Adrian Saunders and David HaytonThe CCJ had asked all parties involved whether they had objections to the cases being expedited. Here, Senior Counsel Neil Boston, who appeared on behalf of private citizen Herbert Reid, noted that he has no objections, save for abridgement of the matter.Boston explained that if they filed their matters urgently, they would likely need their full 21 days to file cross appeal. He noted that this is a highly important matter and they will not sacrifice preparation at the “altar of expediency”.In his remarks, CCJ President Adrian Saunders acknowledged that the attorneys have their rights to their 21 days. But he noted that the urgency of this case and the need to ensure a balance between time and the need to uphold Guyana’s Constitution.“Overarching, standing above your right to have your full 21 days, is the Constitution of Guyana. And this court is concerned and duty bound to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution of Guyana,” Saunders said.“And if it is necessary in order to do that, that the matters be treated as urgent and timelines be abridged, then I’m afraid counsel will have to put themselves in a manner that can accord with the directions we give. We are not here to give you all the time that you need. We are here to balance your right to have reasonable.”Saunders pointed out that many of these submissions were made before in the lower courts. This view was reinforced by CCJ Judge David Hayton, who noted that all parties involved have already had rehearsals at the High and Appeals Courts.“You’ve had dress rehearsals already, before the High Court and the Court of Appeal. And their judgements (were rendered). So one would have thought that not that much extra work was going to be involved, if you have fewer than 21 days,” Hayton observed.As a consequence, the CCJ ordered that the three no-confidence cases be consolidated and abridged to save time and that the hearing take place on May 10 at 09:00h, with April 8 being given as the deadline for filing cross appeals. April 17, however, was given for written submissions and the April 23 to reply.A pre-trial hearing will be heard on April 24, where issues concerning the order and length of oral submissions will be addressed. Saunders warned attorneys to avoid duplicating submissions and to also ensure they are physically present for the hearings and not tuning in via video conference, as was done by Williams’ lawyer, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay.The three cases deal with Christopher Ram v The Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House.In the case of Ram vs the Attorney General, the political activist had petitioned the High Court to have Government resign and President David Granger call elections within 90 days as stipulated by Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-confidence Motion brought against the Government last year. While Justice Rishi Persaud had dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate Judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.last_img read more

UEFA increases Nasri doping ban from six to 18 months

first_imgThe ban was backdated to July 1, 2017, meaning the ex-Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder will be cleared to return next January. He can resume training with a club at the start of November.Nasri had the drip treatment while he was on loan at Sevilla during the 2016-17 season, prompting the Spanish anti-doping agency to open an investigation.He retroactively appealed to UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), but his request was refused by European football’s governing body.Nasri left Turkish side Antalya in January after disappointing six-month spell following his arrival from Manchester City.Six-time Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte was handed a 14-month suspension last week for a similar infraction, with athletes usually only allowed to receive an IV in the case of medical treatment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SAMIR NASRINYON, Switzerland, Aug 1 – UEFA extended former France international Samir Nasri’s doping ban from six to 18 months on Wednesday over the intravenous drip treatment he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.The 31-year-old, who is currently without a club, was suspended for six months in February after taking a multi-vitamin booster in contravention of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.last_img read more

Arsenal-target Allegri insists he’s sticking with Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Farewell to speculation: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri brushes off Arsenal link © AFP / Tiziana FABIROME, Italy, May 14 – Massimiliano Allegri on Sunday brushed aside speculation he is set for a move to English Premier league giants Arsenal after leading Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title.“If they don’t fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next year too,” Allegri said after a goalless draw against Roma sealed a 34th Scudetto for the Turin giants. It gave Juventus a four-point lead over second placed Napoli and gave 50-year-old Allegri his fourth Cup and league double in as many seasons with Juventus.“It’s not an issue of decisions on the future, it’s about planning what the future of Juventus will be, because once we’ve finished celebrating, we have to sit around a table with clear heads.“When the next season begins, we all start from zero points and must continue proving we are competitive.”Allegri has two years remaining on a contract extended last June, but has been touted as a replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and also for Chelsea’s Italian boss Antonio Conte.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more