Aguero double helps sink Stoke

first_imgSergio Aguero and Manchester City rediscovered their touch as the champions turned on the style in the second half to win 4-1 at Stoke. Press Association The first half was a compelling affair but both sides might have had more than a goal apiece after efforts were ruled out at each end. Crouch was first denied by an offside flag and Aguero had what would then have been his second chalked off in confusing circumstances on the stroke of half-time. Handball was the offence, although it was only the faintest of touches and possibly not deliberate. But City reacted well to the controversy and finally showed some champion quality after a disappointing few weeks by running in three second-half goals. City ended as the dominant force but Stoke had a large say in the early proceedings. City did have an early chance but Aguero scuffed a shot when he might have been better leaving it to Fernandinho. After that Stoke looked the more confident for a prolonged spell with the lively Victor Moses troubling Joe Hart with a well-struck shot. Crouch, back in the Potters’ starting line-up after a late leveller at Newcastle on Sunday, got his head to the resulting corner but Milner cleared off the line. There were appeals for handball against Milner but referee Lee Mason gave nothing. Crouch thought he had scored when he pounced on a rebound after Hart parried a Moses effort but the flag was raised. City survived another scare as Hart beat away a strong effort from Steven Nzonzi and Moses smashed the rebound inches wide. They were chances Stoke looked likely to rue missing as City seized the lead following a moment of Aguero brilliance in the 33rd minute. The Argentinian seized on a long clearance and ran at Marc Muniesa and finished with a superb low shot across goal. But City had not yet weathered the storm and Stoke replied immediately. Marko Arnautovic curled in a wicked cross from the right and Crouch ducked as he slid in to expertly guide home a firm header. City thought they had reclaimed the lead just before the interval but controversy erupted as Mason denied Aguero. Stoke were caught flat-footed as Fernandinho picked out Silva with a lofted ball and the Spaniard turned the ball across goal for Aguero. Aguero appeared to have an easy tap-in but the ball deflected off a defender and he had to readjust to use his head. After doing so the ball brushed his hand on the way in. Mason initially seemed to give the goal but Stoke’s players protested and it eventually became apparent the referee agreed something untoward had occurred. It may have been that Aguero had cunningly used his hand but replays suggested that would be a harsh interpretation. If City felt wronged, they soon put it right. Milner made no mistake with his head as he rose to meet a Nasri cross 10 minutes into the second half. Milner, whose future beyond the end of the season remains uncertain as contract talks continue, celebrated by mimicking the action of a DJ in front City fans. Whatever that meant, City appeared to be getting back into their groove. They went further ahead after 70 minutes as Silva proved too tricky for Geoff Cameron and was pulled down. Aguero clinically dispatched the spot-kick. Nasri made victory certain six minutes later as he drove at the Stoke defence, checked inside on the edge of the area and fired a shot across goal and in at the far post. Stoke were beaten although Mame Biram Diouf did threaten on the break and might have had a free-kick after tangling with Eliaquim Mangala – who could have been sent off – but Mason ruled contact accidental. Aguero struck twice as City won for the first time in five Barclays Premier League games to keep some pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table. Aguero’s first strike in six games since returning from injury was cancelled out by Peter Crouch before the break but he grabbed a second from the penalty spot after James Milner had put City back ahead. Samir Nasri claimed the fourth with a fine strike 14 minutes from time. last_img read more

Argentine ‘Hooligans’ Barred from Eagles’ Match in Russia

first_imgFemi Solaja with reportsThe usual vociferous Argentine football fans that have held sway at almost every World Cup matches between the Super Eagles and the South American nation will be absent this summer when the two countries face-off in the final Group D match in Russia next month.Reason, the Argentine government yesterday confirmed that it will sign an accord with Russia aimed at preventing the country’s known more than 3, 000 hooligans who are expected to travel to this year’s World Cup from doing so.At the last edition of the tournament in Brazil, several Albeceleste fans in their thousands stormed the Estadio Beira in Porto Alegre, which was a border city between the host country and Argentina and harassed many Nigerian supporters before the 3-2 win against the African representative. Record of thefts and harassments were prevalent at every venue when the former world champions play at the tournament thus raising a major concern to both the government and the games’ world governing body FIFA.In view of this development, the new deal, which will be formally signed in the coming days, includes the names of fans banned from Argentine soccer grounds and other known members of the notorious barras bravas, the organised fan groups who have wreaked havoc at local stadiums.“A list of 400 names of Argentines who will not be able to enter stadiums was handed over and it is estimated that the definitive database will have around 3000 names,” said, the National Director of Security at Argentine football matches, Guillermo Madero.The information will be shared with airlines and Russian immigration authorities and Argentine officials say the Fan ID, which supporters get when they buy tickets to the games, will act as another barrier.Argentina will also send six law enforcement officials to Russia to help coordinate with local police and officials from the other 30 competing nations.The barras are fixtures at most top Argentine clubs and have been responsible for much of the violence that has sullied the domestic game in recent years.In addition to launching violent attacks on other fans, and sometimes even players, they control the sale of some tickets and are often involved in other illegal activities outside football.Argentine media have reported that barras from Boca Juniors met with their counterparts from Russian clubs Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg in February and officials are taking as many preventive measures as possible.“We believe that the barras will go to Russia whatever but they are not going to get into the grounds,” said Juan Manuel Lugones, the executive secretary of the agency set up to prevent violence at sports events in Buenos Aires.Some 44, 882 Argentines have bought tickets for the tournament, according to the latest FIFA figures.The South Americans will kick off their Group D campaign on June 16 in Moscow against Iceland, before facing Croatia in Nizhni Novgorod and Super Eagles of Nigeria in St Petersburg for the last group match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin hosts 21st WTA’s

first_imgTeams from all over the country are hitting the courts atNielsen Tennis Stadium Thursday for the 21st annual ITA National Women?s TeamIndoor Championship. The prestigious tournament includes many of the top-rankedteams in the nation, including defending national champion Georgia Tech, whothe Badgers will face first in the tournament.While Georgia Tech comes into Thursday’s match as thereigning national champ, Wisconsin head coach Brian Fleishman is still excitedfor the opportunity to face a highly ranked team.?Although we are playing the defending national championsthe first round, our goal is still the same,? Fleishman said. ?Our goal is tobattle and compete. If we do this, everything else will take care of itself. Ifyou?re going to play perhaps the best team in the country, the defendingnational champions, why not get them the first round??Even after winning it all a year ago, the Yellow Jackets arenot the No. 1 team in the country, as they are ranked closely behind Stanford.Fleishman, however, still views them as one of the top teams.?We are looking at them as being the No. 1 team, and we are goingto go into the match that way, knowing that anything can happen,? Fleishmansaid.Although thoughts of beating GT in the first round are nice,Fleishman has other goals in mind as well.?Just to compete is our main goal. We don?t want any teamsto get off easy,? Fleishman said. ?We want them to work for everything theyget. Are we expecting a win? Well, we aren?t expecting a loss, either.?Georgia Tech is coming off of a 6-1 loss to Northwesternover the weekend, which snapped a 23-match win streak.?I told the girls [the Yellow Jackets] are either going tobe [upset] about their loss, or they are going to be very vulnerable, and wehave just got to expect them to come in and try to prove that they aredefending national champions,? Fleishman said. ?But this is our home court. Wehave been practicing here every day, and now we are just hoping that GeorgiaTech will get snowed in and will not be able to make it over here to practiceat our place.?Senior Chelsea Nusslock has high hopes for the team as well.?I just look forward to seeing how we will do against thetop teams,? Nusslock said. ?This year is a whole new year with all newcoaching. Everyone has improved a lot and it will be really exciting to see howwe do. Now it?s up to us to prove to ourselves that we are capable, with theultimate goal still, obviously, being to win.?Nusslock sees the stiff competition the Badgers will face inthe first round as a good thing.?With Georgia Tech coming off of a loss, we are hoping theirconfidence is a little down,? Nusslock said. ?With that being said, we have toplay well right away, then we could have a shot to win.?Fleishman and the Badgers are ready for the challenge thisweekend, despite the competition being higher than what the team is used to.?This is the competition that we want to face on a dailybasis,? Fleishman said. ?Are we ready for this right now? Maybe not, but Ithink a year or two down the road, we certainly need to be competing at thislevel all of the time. ? This opportunity will be great to see how we compareto these other teams thus far.?last_img read more

Tyus Battle’s 34 points lead Syracuse past Wake Forest, 78-70

first_img Published on February 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The third dunk made up for the first one he blew, because Tyus Battle thundered it down and the thousands of fans packed into the Carrier Dome stood up.He had outraced a Wake Forest defender, snatched the ball away by his fingertips and risen up to jam. The roar from Battle himself, who flexed after he landed back to the court, and the crowd carried the same cathartic weight. After 39 minutes of struggling to push Wake Forest away, of the Demon Deacons snapping the net from 3-point land six straight times, of watching his head coach, Jim Boeheim, tear through his stages of furor from de-jacketing to reach chair-shaking, Battle had closed the door. The last bucket in his game-high 34 points was the loudest, and it helped Syracuse (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) survive a late upset bid by Wake Forest (9-16, 2-11) and win, 78-70, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Battle entered the contest averaging a team-high 20 points per game in February.“When they made their run,” Boeheim said, “we had a little cushion, and then Tyus just made big plays, and Frank (Howard) made a big play to Paschal (Chukwu) at the end. That was the difference.”Battle started cooking early. He hit a short jumper, then finished a layup in traffic. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust more than three minutes in, the sophomore guard found himself on the right wing against Bryant Crawford, the Demon Deacons’ best scorer who shadowed Battle for most of the afternoon. Crawford had been the one who hit three-straight corner 3s to deal the Orange its first-ever loss to Wake Forest on Jan. 3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Battle sized up Crawford, then jabbed right and appeared to drive that same way. Crawford reacted. But, too late, he realized it was a fake. Crawford tried to stop his own momentum and reposition himself in front of Battle, but none of that happened. The Wake Forest guard crumpled to the floor.The Carrier Dome student section lost it. Above the “Ohhhhhhhhh!” the only words audible were: “He better have ankle insurance!” Battle drilled the 3.“Yeah, (that’s the dream),” Battle said of making an ankle-breaking move. “That’s happened a few times throughout my short basketball career, so…” He paused. “I didn’t think he was going to fall, but he went down and I had a wide-open 3. So, I had to take it.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorBattle finished with 10 first-half points, but he popped off even more in the second half. On Syracuse’s second possession, the ball got knocked away from Battle out of bounds and he turned to one referee and stared at him, like, “Where’s the foul?” After the in-bounds, Battle beat his man and the seas parted to the hoop. When he missed, Chukwu grabbed the offensive rebound and dunked. Then, just as determined, Battle drove and drew a foul. His relentless aggressiveness set the tone and helped Syracuse keep attacking.When Battle was asked if he felt like he has had to carry the team this season, he shrugged it off as he does any question that puts attention on himself.“I never feel like that,” he said, and then he added Howard carried the team on multiple occasions, with his big steal late to stop Wake Forest from being close the gap even more, after WFU cut the lead from 14 to single-digits with 3s. Then, Battle added: “I should’ve done better in the first half so I wouldn’t have had to have 24 in the second half.”After Chukwu’s dunk, Battle scored 12 of Syracuse’s next 13 points and piloted the Orange through the challenges faced by the Demon Deacons heating up from the field.  “(Wake Forest) did a good job making some shots,” said associate head coach Adrian Autry, “but Tyus was hot. We rode his hot hand. It’s one of those games.” Commentslast_img read more

Today’s Local GAA Fixtures

first_imgThrow-in for that game is at 3 o’ clock.You can hear updates on that game on Tipp FM.Meanwhile, in the rest of today’s fixtures; Mullinahone face Anner Gaels in a South Minor B Hurling League at Ned Hall Park- throw-in is at 12:00.At one o’ clock in Kilsheelan Cahir take on Moyle Rovers in the final of the South Junior B Football Championship.There’s a County Intermediate Football Championship clash from 1:30 at Templemore, with Golden-Kilfeacle playing Borrisokane.And Ballylooby/Castlegrace meet Mullinahone at Ned Hall Park- that a South Intermediate Football League Championship encounter, which throws in at two o’ clock.last_img

Major Tipperary interest in Dundalk card.

first_imgThe Dundalk Handicap goes to post at 7:15 and will feature another Andrew Slattery runner- Merry Mast- as well as Eamon O’ Connell’s Noverre Princess.Fethard’s MJ Tynan sends Maontri in the Christmas Race & Dine Packages Handicap at 8:15, while Tommy Stack saddles up two horses in the 8:45 – Gradatim and Carrie Bow Cay.And the last race on the card at 9:15 will include Andrew Slattery’s third entry of the evening – in the shape of Sharjah. A total of seven trainers from the Premier County will be heading North for this evening’s card at Dundalk.The opener there is the Dundalk Stadium Maiden, which will feature three Tipperary entries; Andrew Slattery’s A Few Dollars More, Sassy But Classy- trained by David Marnane – and Moneen Oasis, who runs for WP Browne.Bansha’s Marnane has interest in the next race at 6:45, with Scobias among a field that includes Aidan O’ Brien’s Along The Shore.last_img read more

Mary Kom to play for Punjab Royals

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Karthik Nair Last Updated: 19th November, 2019 23:53 IST Mary Kom To Play For Punjab Royals Iconic Indian boxer MC Mary Kom will be part of the NCR Punjab Royals team during the Big Bout League while her fierce rival Nikhat Zareen will compete for Odisha Warriors, the organisers announced on Tuesday. COMMENT FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Iconic Indian boxer MC Mary Kom will be part of the NCR Punjab Royals team during the Big Bout League while her fierce rival Nikhat Zareen will compete for Odisha Warriors, the organisers announced on Tuesday. All six teams featuring in the League, starting December 2, will have five men and two women boxers each. Each team can have three foreign players in their ranks. World Championship silver medallist Amit Panghal will compete for Adani Gujarat while Pinki Rani will be part of the Bengaluru side. Rio Olympics bronze medallist Ingrit Valencia was picked by Bombay Bullets in the players’ draft held on Tuesday. Nikhat Zareen challenges Mary KomEarlier, Nikhat Zareen had challenged the six-time world champion Mary Kom in the Olympics selection trial for representing India in the 51kg category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old is the winner of the gold medal in 16th Senior Woman National Boxing (2015). Mary Kom had replied by saying that she doesn’t know who Nikhat Zareen is but will definitely fight Zareen if BFI arranges the fight. READ | ‘Red-faced’ BFI now runs for a cover after Mary Kom-Nikhat ‘fiasco’The illustrious career of MC Mary KomNicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary’, MC Mary Kom has won many laurels for India. In fact, she is till date the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times and also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer (male or female) to win eight World Championship medals. Mary had clinched a bronze in the 51kg category at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Apart from her Olympic medal win, the star boxer has also succeeded in winning a gold medal in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and a gold each in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the AIBA Women’s World Championships respectively. Mary Kom could not qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics and is currently training hard to seal her spot in the 2020 Rio Olympics with an aim of finishing on top of the podium.READ | IOC names Mary Kom in boxing’s athlete ambassadors group for Olympics Written By LIVE TV First Published: 19th November, 2019 21:37 ISTlast_img read more

Joseph Borg – WH Partners – Betting on Esports

first_imgJoseph Borg, WH PartnersJoseph Borg is a senior advisor at WH Partners a leading law firm based in Malta with a wide range of experience across a multitude of industry facets. Borg is set to join the Betting on Esports panel focused on legal issues in the burgeoning esports space, with a specific focus on issues at the intersection of esports and gambling. He will be joined on a panel by Anna Baumann, Jonny Madill of Sheridans and Quirino Mancini of SCM Lawyers. The panel will be moderated by Michele Magro of the Malta Gaming Authority. ESI: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017? Joseph: I have been involved in the Gaming industry for the past 12 years plus, first as a regulator and now as a consultant. Over the past twelve months I have been following the rise of esports betting and the of the esports industry as a whole. I believe there is enormous potential for growth and we are still at the early stages and that the growth we will see in this area over the next few years is substantial.ESI: With WH Partners being based out in Malta, how have you seen the legal landscape develop with regards to esports? How do you see it developing in the future?Joseph: Malta is already the largest hub for online gaming in Europe. Therefore, from a betting on esports point of view, Malta is a natural destination for whoever wishes to set up a sportsbook on esports. Furthermore, with the new gaming law framework being proposed, the prospects are extremely positive, especially since the new law is open to new business models and innovative technologies. We also hope that under the new framework, that should be in place by Q2 of 2018, crypto-assets will be approved payment methods.ESI: Do you see malpractice with regards to player contracts and shady organisations presenting challenges in the future or will it subside?Joseph: This has happened throughout every sports practice over the years. However, as the industry matures, these situation will become more rare. Players need to protect themselves by seeking legal advice and engaging the right agents. Yet, the ultimate solution is the creation of governing bodies that will ultimately serve to oversee the development of the sports. It is important that such governing bodies are as democratic as possible in order to avoid pitfalls that other sports organisations have fell into. Blockchain technology could be the solution for this and many other issues that may arise as the industry grows.ESI: Valve issued a few cease and desist orders just over a year ago to “clamp down” on skin betting. Do you think the illegal skin betting industry still poses a major challenge? Joseph: Valve has every right to enforce its terms and conditions as long as they are in line with applicable laws. On the other hand, I see skins as digital property of the user and the user should be free to make use of this digital property as he or she wishes. The question is whether the skins purchased from Valve are digital property of the end-user once purchased or whether Valve is simply providing the end-user with a licence to use such skins. ESI: What can attendees look forward to hearing you discuss on the legal panel?Joseph: Mainly about new Maltese gaming regulatory framework and how it will affect betting on esports. I also look forward to discussing the efforts by the government and local organisations to attract esports industry towards Malta.Betting on Esports 2017 is taking place at the Olympia in London over September 13-15. It’ll have six esports panels with over 25 speakers and a dedicated esports exhibition zone. It’s a part of #boscon2017 which’ll have over 1,000 delegates in attendance.Find out more about it herelast_img read more

‘Ghana is behind you’ – Asiamah backs Isaac Dogboe to put Naverrete losses behind him with win tonight

first_imgGhana’s Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah has extended his best wishes to boxer Isaac Dogboe, as he returns to the ring against Chris Avalos.Dogboe suffered two very high profile losses in his last two bouts to Emmanuel Navarrete, leading to a perhaps necessary short break from the sport.However, Dogboe returns to take on American, Avalos in a featherweight fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.In a statement, the Minister wished Dogboe well ahead of the bout and said the boxer had learnt lessons from his losses to Navarrete and will return stronger against Avalos.“Even though Isaac Dogboe lost the last two fights against Emmanuel Navarrete, ‘the royal storm’ has shown a lot of tenacity to return to the ring for a featherweight title and has learnt all the lessons to overturn his defeat.”Isaac Asiamah assured Dogboe that Ghanaians were backing him to earn a win in the bout against Avalos.“Ghanaians are very confident that Dogboe will come out victorious in this encounter and make Ghana proud after the bout.”There’s a lot of pressure on Isaac Dogboe to beat Avalos tonight as, despite his impressive 20-0-2 record, he has lost his last two fights.A third straight loss might raise serious doubts about whether the young boxer can ever recover his form.Dogboe, who has been training with Barry Hunter expressed his confidence ahead of his fight.“Right now I feel great, I’ve been with Barry since December of last year,” said Dogboe.“He’s seen me go through the process and everything, and I feel great. I feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. So right now I’m at peace, I’m just ready to roll. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”Chris Avalos (27-7, 20 KOs) vs. Isaac Dogboe (20-2, 14 KOs), 8 rounds.Here’s the full statement:last_img read more

Ashgold set to leave for Tunisia to face Etoile du Sahel

first_imgEighteen players and twelve officials of Ashgold will enplane in the early hours of Wednesday morning to Sousse as guest to encounter Etoile du Sahel in the one sixteenth Confederation Cup qualifiers on Sunday.The miners progressed to this stage of the competition after beating Sewe Sport of Ivory Coast on a two nil aggregate.Ashgold remain the only Ghanaian side in a CAF competition this season.But Chief Executive Officer Kudjo Fianoo tells Joy Sports his boys are well conditioned for a surprise despite being tagged under dogs.He said his side was aware of the pedigree of Etoile du Sahel, but insisted they had prepared well enough for the game.Black stars defender Harrison Afful who plied his trade with rivals Esperance has cautioned Ashgold to be wary of the attacking machinery of the Etoile du Sahel. CAF has appointed Mauritanian referee Ali Lemghaifry to officiate in the first leg of the competition.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more