Man City’s Aguero heads late winner in League Cup semi first leg

first_imgManchester City forward Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp strike secured a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in their League Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday after the second-tier side had frustrated the Premier League leaders.City, who have dished out a string of maulings in a stellar league campaign, found the Championship side a tough nut to crack and had to wait until the 92nd minute to grab the winner when Argentine substitute Aguero darted in to head home.The visitors had opened the scoring with a penalty just before halftime after central defender John Stones had fouled Bobby Reid, who dispatched the spot kick with aplomb.Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser soon after the break turned the tide and City then laid siege to their opponents’ defence in the closing stages before Aguero’s goal gave them a vital advantage ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time.last_img read more

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Premier League clubs vote to allow VAR replays on big screens

first_imgEnglish Premier League clubs voted on Wednesday to allow replays of incidents reviewed by Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to be shown on big screens in stadiums.“If the VAR believes there is a definitive video-clip which helps explain an overturned decision to fans, it will be broadcast on giant screens,” the Premier League said in a statement.VAR, which allows incidents to be reviewed with the help of video replays, was used at last year’s World Cup in Russia and this season’s Champions League knockout stages and will be implemented in the Premier League from next season.The Premier League confirmed it was also looking at ways for supporters to view the clips on handheld devices via an app.For clubs that do not have giant screens in their stadium, VAR communications will be made through a combination of announcements and messages on scoreboards.The Premier League has also created graphics that will be displayed on giant screens to explain any VAR-related delay to a match, and any overturned decision.VAR has already been in use in other top European leagues such as Germany’s Bundesliga and Spain’s La Liga but replays have never been shown to the supporters inside the stadium, leaving them in the dark while referees take a closer look.last_img read more

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Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMika Reyes and Alyssa Valdez lead the 12-woman lineup that will represent the Philippines in future international tournaments as announced by Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. Wednesday.Reyes and Valdez met in the UAAP volleyball five straight times while representing De La Salle and Ateneo, respectively, but will now don the same tricolor of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April READ: Valdez’ full focus now on national teamPerennial national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga, who played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, is also in the lineup with PSL-F2 Manila teammates Aby Maraño, Ces Molina, Kim Fajardo, and Jaja Santiago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundGenevieve Casugod, who played in the 2017 AVC Women’s Club Championship, will join Reyes as the team’s middle blockers while Valdez’ collegiate partner Denden Lazaro will be team’s libero.READ: SEA Games high priority for PH women’s volleyball team Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ University of Santo Tomas icons Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Maika Ortiz round up the lineup.Rachel Daquis, who captained PSL-F2 Manila in the Worlds, was named as a reserve together with libero Dawn Macandili.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Nimba United signs Cameroonian Midfielder

first_imgChampion club Nimba United has signed another foreign player as part of its plan to retain the league title.Cameroonian Michael Kouamo flew into the country with the Mountaineers after their match against Union Duala about two months ago in the CAF Champions League and has been training with the club.He has been waiting for the local league’s midseason transfer window to pen a deal; and the midfielder, who can also play as a center defender, signed a two-season contract on Wednesday.If he obtains a work permit and fulfill other necessary labor requirements, Kouama will make his debut on Sunday, when the Mountaineers battle NPA Anchors.The midfielder’s move was made possible by his Russia-based agent, who was in the country over the weekend to complete the deal. Kouama played for Djalla Quan, a Cameroonian second division side before leaving to join the Liberian champions.Speaking to reporters after signing the contract, Kouama expressed delight over joining the club, promising to help the Mountaineers retain their league title.“I’m happy that the deal has now come through,” he said. “I’ve been here for more than a month to have the contract completed. United is a great club with great vision and I will help as much as I can to maintain her leadership.”The Cameroonian praised United’s technical staff for the confident reposed in him, and pledged to payback with good performance. “It has been a great atmosphere since I arrived here, the players, the technical team and the owners of the team have all been nice to me. Liberia is a nice place to be!” he added. The Mountaineers already have in their employ two sierra Leonean players, Foday Suma and Larmin Janneh, as well as Ghanaian striker Kossi Adetu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chancellor/Chief Justice should issue practice direction

first_imgDear Editor,I read with great interest the concerns of the acting Police Commissioner in Guyana about the method of granting of bail by judges and magistrates in the country, Acting Commissioner David Ramnarine had to be hopping mad to publicly criticise judges and magistrates for granting bail to accused persons who have no regard for law and order.It seems to me that the Top Cop is correct to be concerned and although he might be criticised in certain quarters I think he is quite in order to let the public know how he feels and something should be done by those in authority to correct the situation.I do not know if there are guidelines for the granting of bail in Guyana. If not the Chancellor and/or Chief Justice should issue a Practice Direction setting out the guidelines. Like murder and treason, no bail should be allowed to persons charged with gun related offences and if the accused persons are likely to flee or tamper with witnesses.Of course bail should not be granted if the offence was committed while the accused/defendant/ is on bail.Judicial Officers should follow the guidelines in Archbold and other text books on criminal law. It does not auger well for the police and magistrates and judges to be at loggerhead. They ought to work in harmony in the dispensation of justice. I gather that lawyers move swiftly to the High Court for bail after they were denied by magistrates, and it seems that some judges are too quick to override decisions made by the interior court.On the other hand the prisons are overpopulated and maybe that is taken into consideration in bail applications.All in all a broad and closer look should be taken in the judicial system in the country. The Head of the Judiciary, Carl Singh, has been acting as Chancellor for more than a decade and Ian Chang has retired before being confirmed as Chief Justice and I recall that Jai Narain Singh Jr who acted as a judge for a decade was never confirmed before his retirement.I note that David Ramnarine is acting and not yet confirmed as Commissioner.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more

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‘Rolls Reus’ fined Sh60.22m for driving offence

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, December 18- German international Marco Reus has been slapped with a record €540,000 ($665,000, Sh60,220,895.15) fine for driving without a licence, the daily Bild reported Thursday.“Today I know it: I was much too naive in this situation, it was a stupidity I have learned from,” said the 25-year-old. “I’ve learned my lesson it will never happen again.”According to Bild, the fine is a record in Germany for such an offence.The Borussia Dortmund player who is currently out with a right ankle injury was stopped by police on March 18 behind the wheel of a luxury car as he returned from training.He failed to present his licence to police who later discovered that he did not possess one and he had been stopped five time perviously between September 2011 and March 2014.Each time Reus picked up a fine without anyone checking his licence.The fine was calculated in proportion to his revenue which the court estimated at 180,000 euros ($221,000) a month.Reus has only played 11 games this season but is expected to return from injury in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP South Torrance overpowers Warren

first_img“He had to be a little patient last year,” Waybright said. “But this year he’s really showing how exciting a player he is. We have to get him the ball with the way he has been playing.” South will square off with a high-powered West Torrance team next week. The two teams battled to a tie last year. – Stephen McFadden Chadwick is dominant Quarterback Andy Magee and all-around threat George Mavredakis starred for Chadwick, which scored early and often in a 54-20 nonleague rout of visiting St. Genevieve. Chadwick improved to 3-0 behind Magee, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 420 yards and four scores. It was Magee’s third straight game with at least four TD passes and his second straight game with at least 400 passing yards. Magee went over 400 yards with just minutes left in the game on a 81-yard strike to Trevor Niemann. His touchdown passes came on throws to three different receivers – Niemann twice, Mavredakis and Tim Watson, who had 192 yards on seven catches. Mavredakis got Chadwick started when he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. Mavredakis returned another punt for a TD later in the game and added receiving and rushing touchdowns. – Matt Lopez160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With seven minutes left, South linebacker Christian Walker recovered a fumble deep in Warren territory after Alphonso Gonzalez dropped the ball trying to pass. After tacking on a field goal to stretch its lead to 20-14, South’s Dylan Stephenson sealed the game with an interception at midfield. White opened the scoring for South on a 29-yard touchdown reception on a pass from quarterback Will Brown. The play came with South facing fourth-and-10, trailing 7-0. Brown had a flawless first half, completing 10 of 14 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. The senior did not need to complete any passes in the second half, as South just pounded the ball with White. South coach Josh Waybright said White is excelling in his first year as a starting running back. From staff reports John White rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead unbeaten South Torrance to a 23-14 nonleague victory Thursday night over visiting Warren. South (3-0) overcame a slow start to overpower Warren (2-2), which couldn’t find a way to stop White, who accounted for 173 of South’s 286 yards. After falling behind, 7-0, South reeled off 17 points to take charge and held with two turnovers. last_img read more

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Residents: Why didn’t city warn of landslide?

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Jeanne Plante didn’t pay much attention this summer as city engineers worked to figure out why the busy road up the hill from her house was ominously cracking apart. When the ground below the road suddenly collapsed this week, taking four houses with it and burying two others, Plante was caught off guard. Now, she and her neighbors want to know why it took so long for the city to recognize a major landslide risk was imminent, and what officials plan to do to prevent similar failures in the neighborhood. “If it happened to them, what’s to stop it from happening to us?” she said shortly after she was allowed to return to the $1.7 million gray-stone property, which sits about 100 feet downslope from the toe of Wednesday’s landslide. “And if they don’t cover what happened up there, could we get hit twice?” City geologists say the collapse has apparently stabilized now that the stress has been relieved on the weak earth, which caved beneath a 50-yard stretch of road. Four houses sank into the 20-foot-deep fissure, while tons of dirt carrying fully grown pines and eucalyptus shoved a wall of road asphalt and broken curb into two houses on the next street below. Seven houses were so severely damaged residents can’t even get inside, and 22 more are off-limits except with safety escorts. Residents who live near the slide zone criticized the city for not warning that a slide was possible after concerns about water main leaks, sinking curbside meters and creeping gaps in the sidewalk first cropped up in July. “We are helpless,” said Joseph Tsai, a retired engineer who moved to Mount Soledad 12 years ago. “It depends on the city to address the problems.” City officials have said they were considering new vehicle weight limits and other stopgap measures early in the week but didn’t realize a collapse was imminent until shortly before it happened around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Residents of the four houses directly atop the collapse were advised late Tuesday not to sleep in their houses, but they weren’t forcibly evacuated that night; homeowners whose properties were buried said they had no warning that the mountain was crumbling. “There was no indication they were at risk,” said Bill Harris, a city spokesman. Harris said the city is conducting a comprehensive investigation of the events leading up to the collapse. But he said no decision has been made about how to make sure the hillside remains in place, and the city currently has no plan to broaden testing beyond the immediate slip zone to determine whether other parts of the neighborhood are threatened. Experts said the likelihood of a second collapse on a similar scale is low, but smaller slides may be possible as the earth settles in its new, lower, resting place. Meanwhile, pavement has been cracking on streets in another nearby Mount Soledad neighborhoods, and residents have hired geologists in an attempt to determine whether a similar slide is imminent there. “I’m worried that this hill is going to collapse,” Cindy Goodman, who lives in a $2 million home in the area, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.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

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Saracens 32-7 Toulouse: Owen Farrell stars as French heavyweights are swept aside

first_img Owen Farrell 1 Saracens encountered few problems as they launched their European Champions Cup campaign with an emphatic victory over French heavyweights Toulouse at Allianz Park.England star Owen Farrell kicked 17 points as Saracens beat the four-time European champions 32-7, with wing Chris Wyles scoring two tries and prop Mako Vunipola also touching down.Less than 24 hours after the horrifying Paris terror attacks that left more than 120 dead, it unsurprisingly looked as though the Toulouse players’ minds were elsewhere.They were the only French team in Champions Cup action this weekend, with games scheduled to be hosted by Racing 92, Oyonnax, Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon all postponed by tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby and French domestic rugby chiefs Ligue Nationale de Rugby.But there was still a game to be won, and English champions Saracens – beaten European finalists last year – took immediate charge of Pool One through a dominant display before heading to Belfast next Friday for an appointment with Ulster.last_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League transfers: Tips on the changes to make in gameweek 16

first_img In: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Back with a bang against West Brom, Henderson is slowly getting his form after injury. A goal and an assist against the Baggies will have boosted his confidence and more points could come in their next three fixtures against Watford, Leicester and Sunderland. 12 12 12 In: Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke) – £4.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With the fantastic Jack Butland behind him, Phillip Wollscheid has racked up the clean sheets quietly this year and is the 17th highest scoring Premier League defender. He’s perfect to start or have as a cheap bench star who can guarantee points. 12 12 12 12 In: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Brazilian is back from injury having started against West Brom and he should slot straight into your squad. Prior to his absence, Coutinho hit four goals in three games and recorded one assist. Matches against Watford, Leicester and Sunderland are in their next three games so he should get some joy. Out: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) – £6.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The suspended German star won’t be back for the Red Devils until their clash with Chelsea on 28 December. Drop him until he’s back and Manchester United are playing better. The Christmas period is almost upon us so you better get your Fantasy Premier League team in shape.If you’ve not got the squad you want then any injuries and suspensions that may crop up could really scupper your chances of glory – and that’s before we even talk about poor form.So, as you devour some mince pies, and slump lazily after a week of Christmas parties, take a look through our top transfer tips for this Fantasy Premier League gameweek.Check out the move you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £7.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One man feeling the full effect of the Red Devils’ uninspiring football is their mega-money summer signing. Martial’s earned managers more than two points just once since 26 September so should be transferred out until his form picks up. In: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Spanish striker changed the game when he came off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. His goal helped the Toon to victory and it’s likely manager Steve McClaren could slot him into his starting XI once more. If so he’ll be keen for more goals and against Aston Villa he could be in luck! 12 Out: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) – £4.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Just as the Croatian was beginning to get a bit of form back, he has now been cruelly sidelined for a month. He’s an easy choice to oust from your side. Out: Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Serbian has performed in fits and starts this campaign but with Graziano Pelle out of action the points could well dry up further. He’s only earned six points since 7 November, get him out of your team. 12 Out: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £8.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – For too long we’ve given Sterling the benefit of the doubt but maybe it’s finally time to drop the ex-Liverpool flyer. We’d rather see Kevin De Bruyne in our squad and with Sterling having failed to score more than five points since 17 October, it’s time to cut the expensive star. In: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – £8.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With injuries crippling the Gunners squad, Ramsey is going to be relied on over the next few matches. He’s got two goals and two assists in his last three games against all competitions – and we reckon he’ll get plenty more. 12 12 12 Out: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Hazard has endured a poor campaign and in the defeat to Leicester City injured his hip. The damage sustained has been the source of plenty of conjecture but we say ditch the out of form midfielder – there are better options out there. In: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) – £6.4m – The spritely Spaniard is looking great at Goodison Park. Deulofeu is linking up well with Romelu Lukaku and the deadly duo should be good for more points in the coming weeks. At £6.4m he’s well worth a punt.last_img read more

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