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Aston Villa hold Manchester City as Remi Garde reign begins with promise

first_imgAston Villa claimed a vital point in their survival fight as they held Manchester City in Remi Garde’s first game in charge. It was a deserved point for new boss Garde while for City, on a day when rivals Arsenal were engaged in a north London derby with Tottenham, it was a case of dropping points. Brad Guzan’s reaction stop denied Raheem Sterling, and Kevin De Bruyne missed a glorious second-half chance as City failed to find a breakthrough. With six changes, which included dropping Jack Grealish and Joleon Lescott, Garde stamped his authority on Villa and they reacted well. There was a renewed sense of confidence despite their run of losses, the first six of which led to former manager Tim Sherwood’s sacking. Villa were comfortable on the ball without initially threatening and it was City who eventually conjured the first chance. Aleksandar Kolarov had already flashed a dangerous ball across goal before Guzan almost gifted him a 17th-minute opener. Sterling bamboozled Alan Hutton to find the overlapping Kolarov and the defender’s tame shot was scooped onto the outside of the post by Guzan. From the corner Fernando shot over but it was the first sign City were stirring, even if they lost Wilfried Bony to injury after 24 minutes. Press Association The hosts ended a seven-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw against the Barclays Premier League title hopefuls at Villa Park. Villa remain bottom of the table and five points from safety but did at least stop their alarming slump after surviving a late scare when Fernando thumped the bar. Despite their early composure the closest Villa came was Idrissa Gana’s rising drive which flew over Joe Hart’s bar. Villa, though, matched City with the visitors struggling to find a rhythm and focal point without the injured Bony. City increasingly relied on Sterling’s pace to stretch their hosts but Villa managed to keep him on a tight leash. He was City’s best outlet and the England man wanted a penalty eight minutes before half-time when Yaya Toure set him free and he tangled with Ciaran Clark. It looked soft and summed up City’s first-half attacking play as they laboured without the influence of the injured Sergio Aguero. Sterling moved to the centre of the visitors’ attack during a reshuffle by Manuel Pellegrini at the break and he should have opened the scoring after 54 minutes. Jesus Navas teased Villa on the right and produced a fine cross for the unmarked Sterling, who was denied by Guzan’s reflex save. Replays showed the goalkeeper stopped Sterling’s six-yard header with his face but the England man should not have given the American a hope. It was a bad miss but worse was to follow when De Bruyne failed to convert Navas’ cross from four yards after 66 minutes. The midfielder tried to flick the ball in with his heel but only succeeded in scuffing horribly wide. The visitors were running out of ideas and threw on Fabian Delph against his former club, with the former Villa midfielder mercilessly jeered after his summer switch. It did little to boost City’s attacking threat but they almost claimed victory in injury time when Fernando’s header hit the bar and Delph fired the rebound wide. TWEET OF THE MATCH: “Big two points dropped by City. Pellegrini at fault. Poor decisions after Bony injured” – Former City forward Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) sums up his frustrations as they failed to break down Aston Villa Aston Villa: Brad Guzan: 7/10 Alan Hutton: 7 Micah Richards: 6 Ciaran Clark: 7 Jordan Amavi: 7 Idrissa Gana: 7 Carlos Sanchez: 8 Scott Sinclair: 7 Jordan Veretout: 7 Carles Gil: 7 Jordan Ayew: 6 Subs: Charles N’Zogbia: 6 Leandro Bacuna: 6 Rudy Gestede: 6 Manchester City: Joe Hart: 6 Bacary Sagna: 6 Vincent Kompany: 6 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6 Fernando: 6 Fernandinho: 6 Raheem Sterling: 6 Yaya Toure: 6 Kevin De Bruyne: 6 Wilfried Bony: 6 Subs: Jesus Navas: 6 Fabian Delph: 6 Kelechi Iheanacho: 6 STAR MAN: Carlos Sanchez The midfielder has had his critics this season and he does not grab the headlines often but his all-action display aided Villa. He helped protect the defence and mucked in at the back when the hosts were under serious second-half pressure. Villa have lacked that protection for much of the season, one of the reasons why they are in a mess, but he showed promise under Remi Garde – himself a former defensive midfielder. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Brad Guzan earned Villa a point with a fine reflex stop from Raheem Sterling in the second half – but in truth he should never have been given a chance. Sterling was left unmarked for Jesus Navas’ cross and, just six yards out, powered a header towards goal. Guzan spread himself and the ball cannoned off the keeper’s nose and over the bar. It was one of several golden chances for City which they failed to take. MOAN OF THE MATCH: For all Villa’s hard work and battling spirit, City should have put the game out of sight in the second half. Sterling, De Bruyne and Fernando all missed clear chances as the visitors piled on the pressure without breaking the deadlock. All three should have scored – although it could have been different had Wilfried Bony not gone off injured before the break. Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate for the return of Sergio Aguero to ensure they do not suffer similar frustration. VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT: Manuel Pellegrini will be wondering why it took 45 minutes for his side to find top gear, although they were frustrated at every turn. It handed Arsenal an advantage in the title race, before the north London derby, and they could be two crucial points dropped at the end of the season. Remi Garde’s first game in charge at Aston Villa finished with a relative success as Villa ended their run of seven straight league defeats. He has something to build on in Birmingham. WHO’S UP NEXT? Everton v Aston Villa, November 21 (Premier League) Manchester City v Liverpool, November 21 (Premier League) Aston Villa defender Micah Richards, who started his career at City, paid tribute to his team-mates after they ended their barren run. Richards told Sky Sports: “We have been playing well. Today was a massive, massive draw for us. “We fought for each other and we played some good football as well.” Fellow Villa defender Ciaran Clark added: “It’s always nice to come off the pitch to cheers and everyone’s happy at the end of the day “We might have been unlucky not to get all three points.” City boss Manuel Pellegrini was left frustrated as a number of opportunities passed his side by in the second half. “Of course we tried to score, but we couldn’t,” he said. “Villa didn’t shoot once to our goalkeeper but these things happen, we were unlucky with three or four opportunities. “That happens in football, we didn’t score, but I was very happy with the way we played, especially in the second half.” last_img read more

Tallawahs lose by 12 runs to Barbados Tridents

first_imgA dramatic batting collapse by the Jamaica Tallawahs middle order, instigated by some accurate bowling from the Barbados Tridents was key to the Tridents emerging victorious by 12 runs in third match of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League.Despite losing Kumar Sangakkara in the first over of their run-chase the Tallawahs appeared on track to chase down the Tridents first innings total of 142 with Lendl Simmons anchoring the innings.However, the Tridents bowlers never let the Tallawahs get away in the first half of the chase and although the Tallawahs seemed to be in command they always required an acceleration.That acceleration never came as the Barbados Tridents bowlers squeezed the Tallawahs at the opportune moment.The Tallawahs collapse begun in the twelfth over when Andre McCarthy was trapped leg before wicket by a googly from Imran Khan to leave them 77 for 2. When Shakib Al Hasan was caught behind in the very next over the pressure on Simmons multiplied.On a tough pitch for batting Simmons was the only player who managed to score with fluency. He used his feet excellently and hit powerfully down the ground for his 53 off 46 balls.Batting in the searing heat appeared to take its toll on Simmons though, and he was run out immediately after the dismissal of Shakib as he mis-judged a single and could not reach for his crease when Nicolas Pooran threw down the stumps.Simmons’ dismissal changed the complexion of the run-chase and when Jonathan Foo was dismissed shortly afterwards the Tallawahs were facing an uphill task, requiring 61 off 41 balls.Imad Wasim and Roman Powell kept the Tallawahs within touching distance but when Powell was superbly caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Kane Williamson the match was put beyond them. The pick of the Tridents bowlers were the spinners, Khan—who took 1 for 9—and Akeal Hosein—who took 2 for 24.Perhaps the difference between the two teams lay in the final two overs of the Barbados Tridents innings when some powerful hitting and wayward death bowling took 25 off the last two overs, elevating the Tridents from 117 for 6 to 142 for 7.Up until those last two overs the Barbados Tridents innings never really got going with the batsman finding it difficult to time the ball well.Williamson was the first player dismissed, caught at mid-wicket from the last ball of the Powerplay – mis-timing a pull shot off the bowling of Kesrick Williams. The muscular power of Dwayne Smith brought him four early boundaries but he eventually fell victim to the accuracy of the Tallawahs bowlers, trapped leg before wicket by Shakib.On a difficult pitch for batting Shoaib showed his experience and skill to score 33 off 27 balls, two excellent late cuts off the bowling of Imad Wasim were the highlights of a workmanlike innings.Shoaib and Pooran threatened to build a substantial partnership after Smith’s demise but Pooran’s attacking instincts got the better of him as he attempted to hit a third off side boundary in quick succession and picked out one of two boundary-riders off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie, leaving the Tridents 74 for 3.It was then that the innings took a turn for the worse as Imad Wasim struck twice in one over, bowling Kieron Pollard with a ball that kept low and Christopher Barnwell with a quicker delivery.Having lost two quick wickets in the middle of the innings, from that point on the Tridents had to adjust their expectations and Shoaib batted with restraint until the 18th over when he skied an attacking shot off the bowling of Kesrick Williams. It was then that Wayne Parnell and Hosein bludgeoned the late runs which proved to be crucial.last_img read more

The Latest: Big East opts not to play fall sports

first_img Associated Press ___The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s Board of Athletic Administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women.The conference members are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson.___ Trump said Orgeron “feels his players just want to be out there.” The president said he’s hopeful that both college and high school football would be played in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 said Tuesday they were postponing their football seasons.___The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four nonconference games in the fall at their own discretion.Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. He says the league hopes to play conference football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in conjunction with its spring sports and still crown champions in all 19 of its sports. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big East joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer. The Latest: Big East opts not to play fall sports Teams will still be allowed to practice and have team activities that are consistent with individual campus policies.Men’s and women’s basketball are not affected at this time and will be evaluated at a later point.___President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron about moving forward with the football season.Lawrence has helped spearhead the #WeWantToPlay movement. That’s a coalition of players calling on colleges not to cancel the upcoming season because of coronavirus concerns and give student-athletes greater say as it considers safety issues. August 12, 2020 The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1.The league noted that the NCAA has identified those as high-risk contact sports that are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and personnel.The Birmingham, Alabama-based conference’s Board of Directors cited health and safety of athletes and others on campus, mandatory participation protocols from the NCAA Board of Governors and the cancellation of Division II fall championships.The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball.___ The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team formerly known as the Redskins says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The decision can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.“This decision was not an easy one,” owner Dan Snyder said. “But after several discussions with federal, state and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Insider Sport: On the ball – Cypriot investigations launch as FIFA enhances integrity controls

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, InsiderSport has you covered.This week’s OTB reports on FIFA launching its integrity toolkit, Cypriot match-fixing investigations, the Bundesliga’s latest technology partnership, and Arsenal’s stadium going cashless.FIFA announces integrity toolkit launchBuilding on the integrity programme it developed and implemented during the 2018 World Cup, FIFA, world football’s governing body, has announced the launch of an enhanced integrity toolkit.The new toolkit, which features updated integrity programme resources, aims to not only protect the sport, but also looks to provide help to member associations and confederations in regards to the strengthening and further enhancement of existing measures that protect national and regional-level football matches and competitions from match manipulation.Oliver Jaberg, FIFA’s Deputy Chief Legal & Compliance Officer and Director of Integrity and Institutional Legal, stated: “In line with FIFA’s continued commitment to safeguard the integrity of football around the world, it is crucial that we continue to develop new and innovative resources that our stakeholders can use to further strengthen football across all areas – both on and off the pitch.”As well as this, FIFA has also developed a ‘practical handbook’ for its members which is set to serve as a guide on how to build and/or strengthen their own integrity initiatives.Jaberg added: “As an important step in helping to protect the integrity of football competitions at national and regional level as well as to prevent match manipulation, FIFA is excited to have developed several new integrity resources and materials that provide member associations and confederations with specific assistance on best practice in football.”The new Integrity e-Learning tool is aimed at educating individuals involved in the sport about the threat of match manipulation. It describes the applicable regulations that have been put in place by FIFA, explains various forms of integrity-related misconduct and outlines how to correctly report match-manipulation approaches or incidents.Cypriot match-fixing cases urges police to act quicklyNotifications sent by UEFA, European football’s governing body, to the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) regarding possible match-fixing has resulted in police investigations within Cypriot football.The notifications sent by UEFA are in regards to suspicious betting activity being recorded in five fixtures – Ermis Aradippou v Digenis Morphou, Onisilos Sotiras v Digenis, and Othelos Athienou v Xylotymbou plus two cup fixtures.With the CFA stating that the reports have been forwarded to the police, Justice Minister George Savvides has urged Cypriot law enforcement to act swiftly: “I have given clear instructions to the chief of police and members of the force to immediately proceed with the necessary actions. I want to emphasise anew that the government’s policy is zero tolerance on all forms of corruption.”Regarding the two cup ties, the first fixture saw first division side AEK Larnaca take on Karmiotissa of the second division with UEFA assigning blame on the latter, and the second fixture, which has not had responsibility assigned, seeing Pafos FC take on Ayia Napa.In total, roughly 80 notices have been received by the CFA in recent years, however, despite the frequent alerts drawn to UEFA’s attention regarding Cyprus’ second division and cup games, no arrests have yet been made. With this being said, the CFA has looked to impose stricter penalties on perceived match-fixing, with the association deciding to cut season funding to teams involved and also introducing a points deduction and fines if a team participated in two suspect matches. The Cypriot FA also stated that it would look to implement a five-year ban on clubs who are subject to five-match inquires. Bundesliga agrees innovative AWS technology dealAmazon Web Services (AWS) and the Bundesliga, Germany’s top-flight football league, has announced a groundbreaking partnership that sees it become the world’s first football league to work with the e-commerce giants computing subsidiary.AWS will take up the role of the official technology provider to the Bundesliga and is set to provide the league with access to its machine learning and analytics with the aim of developing a ‘next-generation football viewing experience’.Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), stated: “Innovation means challenging the status quo. Working closely with AWS as one of the most innovative technology companies in the world significantly enhances the investment we’ve made in innovation over the past two decades, all of which contributes to us being able to deliver a world-class football experience for our fans.”The partnership, which took effect when the Bundesliga restarts following its winter break, will see ‘powered by AWS’ statistics begin to be incorporated into the league’s multi-platform broadcast coverage.Klaus Bürg, AWS managing director in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, added: “ What’s typically happening is there is a huge amount of data that the teams [or leagues] have challenges to drive value out of.“If you think about Formula 1, we have terabytes of data which can give a huge value to fans and the rights-holder itself. In that sense it [the Bundesliga partnership] is pretty similar to what we have done for Formula 1, NFL, MLB or Six Nations.“It’s around building a statistics platform which enables real-time processing by applying machine learning and analytics, but also giving a much better experience about what’s happening on the field on mobile, online streaming and television. There is no replication but the concepts are similar.“There are many things that we can do working together based on the scale and the reach AWS can provide. We should see that there will be other things coming out of this collaboration which we can look forward to in the next couple of months and years.”Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium joins the cashless revolutionArsenal FC has become the latest Premier League club to go cashless, elevating efficiency for matchday experiences at the Emirates Stadium.Tom McCann, Arsenal’s Venue Director, commented: “93% of our stadium transactions are currently made via card payment. By moving to a fully cashless operation, our fans can expect to experience increased speed and shorter queue times at our bars and kiosks.“Over the forthcoming matchdays and events, we will promote the move to a cashless stadium to prepare our fans for this change on 1 March.”As part of the move, all bars, restaurants, kiosks, programme sellers and retail outlets inside the stadium will accept card payment only from Sunday, March 1, 2020.The move, which also applies to non-matchday events and venue hire, sees Arsenal join a myriad of other leading sports teams and European football clubs in going cashless, including North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.On The ball is brought to you by InsiderSport, SBC’s new portal which offers all the latest news and cutting-edge analysis from the evolving business of sport. To find out more about the site, click the banner below.last_img read more

Hearts of Oak part ways with Joseph Esso, Christopher Bonney on major clear out

first_imgEsso joined Hearts in 2018 from after a stint with Ebusua Dwarfs, and was instrumental as the Phobians reached the semifinals of the Normalization Committee Special Competition in 2019. Hearts of Oak have mutually ended terms with star forward, Joseph Esso and right back Christopher Bonney in a major clear out ahead of the new Ghana Premier League season.The GHPL giants have opted not to extend the contracts of as many as five first team players, including Benjamin Agyare, Benard Arthur and Abubakar Traore.The Phobians in a statement released on their official Facebook page thanked the players for their service and wished them well in the future.last_img read more

“I’m looking forward to a Black Stars return” – John Mensah

first_imgFormer Ghana captain John Mensah insists he’s fit enough to play at the top level, setting an ambitious target of staging a return to the Black Stars.The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Slovakian side Nitra last year.The former Sunderland and Rennes centre-back has revealed his desire to return after a long absence and talks up his chances of challenging the younger defenders for places.“I’m very fit and will return to club football soon and probably the Black Stars as well. I have not retired yet. Time will tell when I might finally retire. I am in talks with some clubs and we hope the best comes out of it.” But he rubbishes claims about soon joining Ghanaian league leaders AshGold.“It is only a rumour. I have not contacted any of the management members that I want to play for AshGold.”  John Mensah was an integral member of the Black Stars till 2012 where injury cut short prevented him from receiving any further call-ups.–Follow Kweku on Twitter : @nana_odumlast_img read more

Which Super Bowl ring is Tom Brady’s favorite? ‘The next one’

first_imgReservations for six. pic.twitter.com/qN4PcW14jn— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 7, 2019“It’s pretty special to be in this position and to accept a ring and to have that for the rest of your life,” Brady told reporters. “That’s something you’ll pass down to your kids. It means a lot, that 2018 team accomplished a lot.”Brady is set to enter his 20th NFL season and the final year of his contract.“I think you set goals for yourself and you have to have short-term and long-term and the reality is, this year is the most important one and that’s the one that I’m focused on,” Brady said. “I hope there is a lot of football beyond this, but it’s a contact sport. I’ve said that for a long time, too, and I don’t think that you can take those things for granted. Do you know which ring is my favorite? ….The Next One!!! #bigjonny #goblue 💯🏈❤️A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jun 9, 2019 at 9:10am PDTBrady took home his latest title when the Patriots topped the Rams 13-3 in the Super Bowl in February. He threw for 262 yards in the victory while Sony Michel rushed for a touchdown.Brady and the rest of the Patriots received their Super Bowl 53 rings last week during a private ceremony at the home of team owner Robert Kraft. Related News Patriots reveal latest Super Bowl rings View this post on Instagram Tom Brady has won six championships. He wants more.The 41-year-old quarterback posted a photo Sunday to Instagram with all of his Super Bowl rings on display. The caption read, “Do you know which ring is my favorite? …. The Next One!!!”center_img NFL trade rumors: Patriots have talked with Vikings about dealing for Kyle Rudolph Here’s why Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly wants to gain weight in offseason “I try to work hard to put my body in the best position possible to withstand the hits and so forth, make all the throws and I feel like I’m in a good place right now for that.”Brady competed 65.8% of his passes and threw for 29 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions, in 16 games for New England in 2018.last_img read more

Hunters level with Townsville Blackhawks on ladder

first_imgHunters drew with eighth placed Mackay Cutters 28-28 on Saturday at Stadium Mackay, Queensland.The PNG side and Blackhawks are both on 39 points after each suffering three losses and one draw out of 23 games this season.However, Blackhawks hold on to the number one spot due to points for and against with Hunters maintaining second place.With one more round to go this weekend, the current top five teams will be hoping for a win to secure their spot in the finals.Among the current top five teams are Ipswich Jets on third spot, Wynnum Manly Seagulls in fourth place and in fifth place is Easts Tigers.last_img read more

Jamaica, Barbados on course for title decider

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Jamaica and hosts Barbados carved out contrasting wins to remain unbeaten in the Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Youth Championship here Tuesday.While the Jamaicans edged out a determined St Lucia 25-24, Barbados romped to a comfortable 31-12 victory over arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the Barbados Netball Stadium, on the outskirts of the city.The results left Jamaica and Barbados on course for title-deciding clash on for tomorrow’s final day of the competition.The junior Sunshine Girls were forced to battle against the St Lucians and held narrow leads of 6-4 after the first quarter and 12-10 at half-time.St Lucia, however, fought back in the third quarter to tie the scores at 16, heading into the decisive final quarter.Jamaica were led by goal shoot Lori Daley, who dominated the final quarter to finish with 12 goals from 13 attempts overall, while goal shoot Denay Thomas was a perfect eight from eight.For St Lucia, goal attack Megan Nestor tallied 19 goals from 20 attempts.Barbados, meanwhile, had no such competition, as they raced to a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 15-6 advantage at half-time. The hosts again dominated the third quarter to lead 22-9 heading into the final quarter where they easily put the game to bed.MORE GOALSThey were propelled by goal shoot Tower Lord, who shot 22 from 30, while goal attack Brianna Holder chipped in with nine from 14.T&T were carried by goal attack Kadeemah Herbert, who totalled eight from 13 attempts.In other games played Tuesday, Dominica trounced Antigua and Barbuda 36-14 behind goal shoot Celena Langlaise’s 24 from 35 attempts, while Grenada easily got past Bermuda 34-19, thanks to Carlene Alexander’s 31 from 38 attempts.Jamaica and Barbados have won four straight and both have 20 points, with St Lucia in third on 12 points.last_img read more