The demon they promised to fight

first_imgEvery year, Guyanese look forward to Mashramani as a day of celebration in unity. This year’s anticipation however, dampened under a Coalition that seems intent on breaking the Guyanese spirit of festivity. In the first year of its mandate, the coalition Government scrapped Mashramani to accommodate the Jubilee celebrations (except for the children’s parade) while in its second year, President Granger tried to ban alcohol on the regime’s new and unpopular last-minute parade route. And as if to mock the moroseness and stagnation of all aspects of current life in society, heavy rainfall shrouded the country in dismal grey, sapping the joy out of the day’s festivities and reducing the numbers of the habitual Mash crowd. Is Mashramani now cursed?What could drive President Granger into deciding that alcohol should be prohibited on the Mash route is an intrigue. Perhaps it is the voluntary alcoholism of several high-ranking Coalition members, which pushed him to make such an irrational pronouncement. But if fighting alcoholism is what the President intended, then the better solution would have been to launch a permanent public campaign aimed at reducing the dangers of alcoholism, including during Mashramani, instead of diabolising Guyanese who consume alcoholic beverages and affecting local businesses in the process. The better solution would also involve setting the example within his own Government ranks, but unfortunately, the paradigm of governance in the Coalition is based on the principle of flagrant hypocrisy.Radicalism and the lack of strategic planning for human and socioeconomic development are what best define the Coalition’s vision. It is a Coalition which, with each passing day, gradually morphs Guyana from a developing democracy to an autocratic State reflective of the will of corrupt leaders; leaders who are either inexperienced in governing a free country or experienced only in running a dictatorship. And it is this unabashed disregard for democracy displayed every single day in Guyana by leaders nationwide, that is demonstrative of the inherent hypocrisy which dictates the not-so-national decision-making process under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).Such is the case of pleading against the corruption of the former administration to win votes, but excelling at the art of corruption, while barely making an effort to dissimulate thieving hands in the Coalition. The parking meter fiasco is particularly interesting in this regard, especially since it illustrates the Coalition’s utter lack of respect for democracy, the rule of law, and the people.Such is also the case of pretending to be a national unity Government when in reality, ethnic discrimination is prevalent in the public sector and in the policies which devastated the traditional agriculture sector, impoverishing thousands of East Indian families. It is also important to observe the growing display of racism by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) against the Portuguese business community which is now part of the parking meter protest.The anti-poor, anti-growth policies which continue to deepen the fissures of social disparities across Guyana and ravage businesses are equally synonymous of the hypocrisy of this “national unity Government”, which eventually forced the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to speak out against the absurdities of the regime. The PSC has rightfully acknowledged that the entire country is on a downward spiral due to harsh tax policies and economic measures which when cobbled with the removal of social welfare programmes, have reduced the people’s purchasing power and practically stunted the economy.But imbibed with its usual arrogance, the Government remains unapologetic and in denial of its trespasses against the country, dubbing all who stand against its blatant corruption, discrimination and autocratic leadership, as being biased. In so doing it continues to turn its back on Guyanese, bulldozing its way to fulfil its agenda while politicising every institution in the country for its own profit.In less than two years the Coalition assaulted the accomplishments of decades of development – human development initially stalled by 28 years of dictatorial rule – which when inherited by a future administration, might reveal to be irreversible with long-lasting detrimental effects and little resources left to provide remedies.In reality, the PNC-led APNU/AFC regime has proven itself to be the very demon against which it promised to fight during its 2015 Presidential Campaign.last_img read more

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Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields unifies middleweight division

first_imgShields changed into an all-pink outfit when she met Hammer on a dais and told her to keep her head up because she was a great champion. With enough belts on display to fill a jewelry store display case, Shields is now tops in women’s boxing.“I’ve earned all these titles,” she said. “I’ve earned to be called the greatest of all time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Odds are she’ll be in it.Undefeated and undisputed, the 24-year-old Shields won 98-91 on two cards and 98-92 on the other, and was simply dominant over 10 two-minute rounds.“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Shields said. “I knew I could hurt her. I thought I finished her around round 8. I was so pumped.”Hammer’s mouthpiece went flying in the eighth round — she may have spit it out — when she absorbed more blows to the face that left her reeling and with about no chance for a comeback.Shields, out of Flint, Michigan, nailed Hammer with a flurry of shots to close the eighth round and had the fans howling for “T-Rex!”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: PH’s Eumir Marcial boxing middleweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:27SEA Games 2019: PH’s Eumir Marcial boxing middleweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far DeMar DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1 MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Shields won Olympic gold in 2012 at London and 2016 in Rio, and hasn’t lost since 2012 as an amateur. Shields has made it a mission to revolutionize women’s boxing the way Ronda Rousey became a mainstream star in mixed martial arts. There have been more accomplished female fighters — Laila Ali, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker top the short list — but no bout has quite matched this one in anticipation or potential historic significance.Martin, who fought on cards headlined by Mike Tyson other heavyweight champions, was in attendance and Oscar winning actress Halle Berry tweeted her support.“Tonight is one of the biggest fights in women’s middleweight boxing – I’m so proud that this moment has arrived, and am even more proud of my dear sweet STRONG friend @Claressashields! Make some history tonight, CHAMP!!” Berry tweeted.Oscar nominee Rosie Perez was also watching the bout.“That right hand Shields. Needs to… Ooh! Nice body by Shields. Good scrap,” she tweeted.Her blue ponytail bouncing off her neck, Shields handed Hammer (24-1) the first loss of her professional career. Hammer piled up wins for a decade in the 160-pound division without much fanfare.“I didn’t fight very good or fast,” Hammer said. “That’s boxing, anything can happen. I wanted this fight. She won, respect to her. She’s a tough, strong woman and that’s all I can say. ”But the fight of a lifetime made Shields and Hammer the first female boxers featured on Showtime’s All Access YouTube sports channel.“I just told myself stay cool, stay calm,” Shields said. “I did everything I wanted to do. I beat her every round.”She called out 154-pound star Savannah Marshall, the British boxer who handed Shields the only loss of her career at the 2012 Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.center_img View comments P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Claressa Shields holds her belts after defeating Christina Hammer by unanimous decision in the women’s world middleweight championship boxing bout Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Claressa Shields tossed one championship belt around her neck, fastened another around her waist and draped one more over a shoulder.She had about run out of room for all her titles.ADVERTISEMENT At least the ones she can use as accessories. Shields staked her claim as the top middleweight in boxing and maybe even as the GWOAT — yes, the Greatest Woman Of All Time. She may not be there yet, but with more beatings like the one she put on Christina Hammer, Shields may soon earn that coveted title.Shields used her speed and power to push to the brink of a knockout as the two-time Olympic gold medalist remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Hammer in a middleweight championship bout and one of the most anticipated fights in women’s boxing history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsShields (9-0) held three versions of the 160-pound title and snagged Hammer’s slice of the division championship to unify the belts Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall. The charismatic Shields had a few thousand fans on their feet — and A-listers rooting her on from home — to give herself plenty of gold to strap around her waist to go with the medals around her neck.“I am the greatest woman of all time. Give me that,” Shields said in the ring. “Women’s boxing, we’re on fire. I can’t wait to see the next super fight.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Ten local pros tipped for Kenya Open cut

first_imgThe assertion was made by Francis Okwara Wednesday during the presentation of Tusker Malt Lager sponsorship worth Sh5m (USD57,816.9).“We have encouraged our local pros to be part of the winning team since there are many corporate that have promised to reward those who make the cut.“We had the finals of the Barclays golf series to hype up the event and encourage other golfers to come and watch the tournament. The cause is in super condition, the greens are running well but the roughs are little difficult, so it will be a challenge for the pros and I foresee a very enjoyable competition,” the organiser stated.Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Managing Director Joe Muganda, encouraged local pros to take advantage of the home turf and win the championship.“The tournament is Kenya’s and indeed East Africa’s most prestigious golf championship and we are proud to be associated with it.“Our main aim is to see the growth of the sport in the country and see many amateurs turn pros and compete amongst the best golfers all over the world,” the KBL chief stated.Kenya Open which is part of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tour has attracted a total of 156 players with the host entering 22.This year’s prize money is € 200,000 (Sh23, 634,778.7) up from last year’s € 190,000 (Sh22, 457,021.92).Winner will receive €32,000 (3,778,468.21).Spaniard Garcia Pinto will be defending the title as Kenyans Greg Snow, Timbe Kopan, David Odhiambo, Ngugi Njuguna and Brian Njoroge who made the cut last year will be looking to have a successful outing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 26 – Organisers of the 2014 Barclays Kenya Open have tipped the number of local golfers making the cut to double from last year as preparations hit top gear for the March 6 to 9 European Challenge Tour opener at Nairobi’s Karen Country Club.With the list of local professionals to be completed after the end of the Jamii PGK tournament on Thursday, organisers are expecting ten of them to play over four days as opposed to five who made the cut last year.last_img read more

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Prep Basketball Statistics

first_imgDeRozan, Compton, 420, 22.1, 19 Hill, King-Drew, 439, 20.0, 22 Gwin, Millikan, 379, 19.9, 19 Jones, Los Alamitos, 438, 19.0, 23 Rembert, Lakewood, 411, 18.7, 22 Torres, Bell, 264, 17.6, 15 Amberry, Los Alamitos, 375, 17.0, 22 Rebounding Name, schoolrebounds, rpg, games Lugo, Bell Gardens, 262, 12.5, 21 Anderson, Jordan, 259, 12.3, 21 Thompson, Downey, 185, 10.9, 17 Garibay, Compton, 230, 10.5, 22 Girard, Gahr, 219, 9.9, 22 Chlebowski, Poly, 217, 9.9, 22 Clayton, San Pedro, 182, 8.3, 22 Miller, King-Drew, 170, 7.7, 22 Assists Name, schoolassists, apg, games Beason, King-Drew, 172, 7.8, 22 Roby, Gahr, 126, 7.0, 18 Ware, Gahr, 148, 6.4, 23 Pap, Huntington Park, 130, 6.2, 21 Lacoste, Poly, 128, 5.6, 23 Sandoval, Compton, 112, 5.3, 21 Anderson, Carson, 101, 5.1, 20 Steals Name, schoolsteals, spg, games Beason, King-Drew, 95, 4.3, 22 Roby, Gahr, 71, 3.9, 18 Ware, Gahr, 86, 3.7, 23 Nettles, Gahr, 81, 3.4, 24 Sandoval, Compton, 67, 3.2, 21 DeRozan, Compton, 58, 3.1, 19 Lopez, Valley Christian, 67, 2.9, 23 Richard, Wilson, 55, 2.8, 20 GIRLS BASKETBALL STATS Scoring Name, schoolpoints, ppg., games Watson, Wilson, 436, 19.8, 22 Hixon, St. Anthony, 348, 19.5, 23 B. Hood, Glenn, 361, 19.0, 19 Rendon, Carson, 352, 16.8, 21 Perez, Downey, 360, 16.4, 22 Bramlett, St. Anthony, 368, 16.0, 23 C. Hood, Glenn, 312, 15.6, 20 Amos, Paramount, 301, 15.1, 20 Rebounding Name, schoolrebounds, rpg, games Hixon, St. Anthony, 308, 13.4, 23 Watson, Wilson, 235, 10.7, 22 C. Hood, Glenn, 204, 10.2, 20 B. Hood, Glenn, 193, 10.2, 19 Milton, San Pedro, 148, 9.3, 16 Dixon, Poly, 191, 9.1, 21 Crandell, Wilson, 208, 8.3, 25 Fitzpatrick, San Pedro, 95, 5.9, 16 Assists Name, schoolassists, apg, games Garcia, St. Matthias, 149, 6.8, 22 Brink, San Pedro, 107, 6.7, 16 Felix, La Mirada, 83, 4.6, 18 London, San Pedro, 61, 3.8, 16 Hixon, St. Anthony, 78, 3.4, 23 Milton, San Pedro, 38, 2.4, 16 Cruz, Carson, 30, 1.9, 16 Rendon, Carson, 36, 1.7, 21 Steals Name, schoolsteals, spg, games Yepez, Downey Calvary Chapel, 101, 4.8, 21 Claggett, Avalon, 105, 4.6, 23 Nichols, Poly, 97, 4.6, 21 Brink, San Pedro, 74, 4.6, 16 Dixon, Poly, 95, 4.5, 21 London, San Pedro, 64, 4.0, 16 Felix, La Mirada, 70, 3.9, 18 Watson, Wilson, 83, 3.8, 22 Statistics through Jan. 27 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOYS BASKETBALL STATS Scoring center_img Name, school points, ppg., games Anderson, Jordan, 465, 22.1, 21 last_img read more

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Rob Page leaves Port Vale to become new boss of League One rivals Northampton

first_img1 Rob Page Rob Page has been appointed as the new manager of Northampton Town.The former Wales international has left Port Vale to step into the Sixfields hotseat, signing a three-year contract.Page, 46, succeeds Chris Wilder, who quit for Sheffield United after leading the Cobblers to the League Two title.Northampton have paid a small compensation figure to land Page from their League One rivals.He had been in charge of Vale since September 2014, having previously served as first team coach under Micky Adams, and led them to a 12th-place finish last season.Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas said: “We have undertaken a professional, detailed and thorough selection process and we are pleased to have recruited an outstanding young manager like Rob.“After an excellent playing career at all levels, Rob is an energetic, young, and ambitious manager, but someone who has also managed nearly 100 games in League 1.  He knows what the level is all about and that was important to us in our search.“We were looking for a manager to come in and continue the good work that has been going on and Rob will be able to apply his League 1 experience to build on the foundations that have been laid here with this group of players. “He is very highly regarded and I am looking forward to working with him to take Northampton Town Football Club forward as we prepare for an exciting year in League 1.”last_img read more

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Dr. Tony Xia confirms new Aston Villa manager will be announced on Wednesday

first_img Steve Bruce looks set to take charge of Aston Villa Aston Villa will reveal their new manager on Wednesday, owner Dr. Tony Xia confirmed on Tuesday evening.Using social media website Twitter, the Villans boss said: ‘Scheduled to announce the new manager tomorrow! Time for all to stand together and back the team!’ 1 Although there have been no confirmations as to who has been handed the job, multiple reports state Steve Bruce has agreed to take charge at Villa Park.The former Birmingham City boss has been out of work since leaving Hull City in the summer, and certainly has the reputation and CV to deserve such an appointment.Villa have won just one of their 11 Championship games this season, and with just two points between them and the relegation places, Xia made the decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo on October 3. Scheduled to announce the new manager tomorrow! Time for all to stand together and back the team! Believe we’ve made the best try! #UTV— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) October 11, 2016last_img read more

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Why I can’t stand Chelsea – by a Liverpool fan

first_img1 Too good for Mourinho’s Chelsea in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 semi-finals, for sure You’re supposed to dislike your rivals, but Chelsea make it so easy, don’t they?It’s fashionable to knock ‘the Chels’ (makes you cringe, doesn’t it?) for being the epitome of a plastic, modern club. Which they are.But even before they started buying titles with wealth effectively stolen from the Russian people, this was a club with an unenviable reputation, thanks to National Front links via a hooligan element on The Shed.Then the Premier League came along, the crumbling old Stamford Bridge was turned into a Premier Inn hybrid, and Chelsea’s fans went from being represented by right wing nutters to right wing politicians. The shame of counting David Mellor among your ranks.Former Tory politician Mellor was once a Fulham fan, but switched his allegiance and became poster boy for Chelsea’s new breed of Premier League era fans, a role he was succeeded in by Tim Lovejoy (allegedly a former Watford fan) as the Abramovich years dawned.Ah yes, the Abramovich years. There is no doubting Chelsea have been hugely successful on the pitch since the Russian billionaire decided to invest in the club; a high profile investment seemingly designed to stop him being chucked in prison by Vladimir Putin, but good for John Terry’s medal count, nonetheless.So, while Liverpool fans can look to the foundations of success built by great football men who loved the club, like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish, Chelsea supporters can reflect on glory bought because of developments in Russian politics. It must make them so proud.Yet even with Liverpool’s most glorious days a thing of the past, and Chelsea arriving at the top table, the Reds proved a thorn in the London club’s nouveau riche side, which explains the modern antagonism.Why do their fans revel so much in helping deny Brendan Rodgers’ 2014 side the title?Because they are still bitter that a pretty poor Liverpool team knocked Jose Mourinho’s runaway Premier League champions out of the Champions League in 2005, then went on to win the greatest European final of all-time.Mourinho and Chelsea fans went on and on about Luis Garcia’s goal, only for the Spaniard to score a brilliant half volley as Liverpool beat the Blues again 12 months later, in the 2006 FA Cup semi.Then Liverpool knocked Mourinho’s Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-finals once more, in 2007, with Anfield providing the kind of mesmeric, atmospheric backdrop that remains the preserve of truly special football clubs.Waving freebie flags, by comparison, is frankly embarrassing.The gulf in class was supposed to be between Chelsea’s champions and Liverpool’s also-rans, but the fixtures ended up demonstrating a gulf in class between an artificially elevated club and genuine football royalty.But do you know what is most embarrassing about the recent antagonism between the two clubs?It comes mostly from the team that’s currently on top, and it’s not often a chip resides on the shoulder of the stronger side.You see, Liverpool fans are mostly concerned with Manchester United and Everton, because those fixtures are born out of deep rivalries and rich football cultures.With Chelsea, there’s just a very shallow history to contend with.Can’t stand Liverpool? Check out the opposite side of this argument – ‘Why I can’t stand Liverpool’ by a Chelsea fanlast_img read more

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New fitness fad: Laughter yoga

first_imgLAGUNA BEACH – This is no joke: It’s a typical day at sunny Main Beach and a dozen people are wandering around with their hands in the air, laughing hysterically, squawking like chickens and talking gibberish. Now limbered up, they form a loose circle and begin clapping and chanting before they resume a group stretch. This is laughter yoga, a sidesplitting new fitness fad that’s part traditional yoga, part improv and all silliness. About 60 U.S. instructors who trained in India with the man who invented the style now instruct thousands of practitioners from California to Connecticut. About one-third of the known American laughter yoga clubs are in California, said Sebastien Gendry, founder of the American School of Laughter Yoga in Pasadena. Jeffrey Briar, who founded the Laughter Yoga Institute in Laguna Beach a month ago, said his daily yoga lessons are now such a common sight on the beach that dog-walkers and joggers no longer stare. Sometimes they even join in. “The idea that putting a posture, as it were, on your face – a smile – is an idea that’s not foreign to yoga,” Cole said. “But the whole concept seems pretty contrived and uncomfortable. I think it could work, but there are more tried and true versions out there.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Briar has practiced laughter yoga for more than a year and said he has shared his discovery with more than 4,500 people at the daily beachside sessions. It doesn’t matter if the laughter is forced or fake in the beginning, he said. “Most people think they have to feel good first in order to laugh. But you can start from nothing, you can even start feeling unhappy and just laugh as a form of exercise, and happy feelings follow,” said Briar, a slight 51-year-old with a perpetual grin, intentionally mismatched Converse sneakers and piercing blue eyes. Briar, who also teaches more traditional yoga, said laughter enhances the breathing exercises that are so important to yoga and creates social interaction that isn’t found in other styles that focus more on inward concentration. “If you’re laughing with a group of other people, fake laughter very quickly becomes real,” he said. “It’s part of the social phenomenon.” Numerous scientific studies have found that daily laughter can help lift depression, lower blood pressure and boost the immune system, but yoga and health experts say little has been done to study the combined effects of chuckles and chakras. Roger Cole, a San Diego-based certified yoga instructor with a doctorate in health psychology, said laughter yoga builds on the idea that certain poses can combat depression. But he worries about the forced nature of laughter yoga. last_img read more

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Two huge Premier League upsets as Chelsea and Man City lose at home

first_imgA tough win for Arsenal at the Emirates in the early kick-off was followed by two huge upsets at 3pm.Bournemouth 2-0 BrightonDavid Brooks scored twice for Bournemouth, once in either half to help them climb to eighth in the Premier League.The Cherries bounced back from their midweek Carabao Cup loss at Chelsea with a impressive display in a lively encounter. Callum Wilson had a shot cleared off the line, before Brooks opened the scoring on 21 minutes.Lewis Dunk was sent off for the visitors with 18 minutes left and Brooks headed in to make it 2-0.Chelsea 0-1 LeicesterA second half goal from Jamie Vardy was enough for the Foxes to inflict a first home defeat of the season on Chelsea.Eden Hazard hit the crossbar in the first half and Vardy punished the Blues six minutes after the restart to ease the pressure on manager Claude Puel with Leicester’s first win at Stamford Bridge in 18 years. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January whoops Huddersfield 1-3 SouthamptonSouthampton won back-to-back matches in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017 as the Ralph Hasenhuttl revival continued.Nathan Redmond opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Danny Ings scored his eighth of the season three minutes before half-time.Philip Billing pulled one back for Huddersfield in the second half – just the fourth goal the Terriers have scored at home in the league this season – but 18-year-old Michael Obafemi’s first senior goal condemned them to a fifth straight defeat.Man City 2-3 Crystal PalaceCity will trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by four points on Christmas Day after a shock defeat to Crystal Palace.Andros Townsend scored one of the goals of the season as Roy Hodgson’s inspired Palace came from behind to condemn City to their first league defeat at the Etihad Stadium since April.Jeffrey Schlupp had earlier cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan’s opener, then a Luka Milivojevic penalty sealed victory although Kevin De Bruyne’s cross-cum-shot gave City, who also hit the post through Leroy Sane, late hope. 2 Newcastle 0-0 FulhamNewcastle did not manage a single shot on target against bottom of the Premier League Fulham.The goalless draw left the Spaniard with a lot to ponder ahead of the Boxing Day trip to face leaders Liverpool. Opposite number Claudio Ranieri may have been marginally happier after watching his side keep a first top-flight clean sheet, but they too failed to trouble Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to any great extent in an awful game in front of a crowd of 51,237 at St James’ Park.West Ham 0-2 WatfordTroy Deeney helped stop West Ham’s winning run and lifted Watford towards the top six.The Hornets skipper’s first-half penalty and a Gerard Deulofeu strike scuppered the hosts’ bid to win five matches on the spin. tense deals Latest Premier League News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star huge blow Palace ended City’s 100 per cent home record REVEALED center_img gameday cracker 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Vardy’s goal was the difference at Stamford Bridge no dice shining REAL DEAL Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer?last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup: Claire Rafferty on England’s chances, players to watch and more

first_img England put Scotland to the sword in the Women’s European Championships in 2017, winning 6-0 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 21.75%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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They’ve got players like Alexandra Popp and Dzsenifer Marozsan who overcame a blocked blood vessel in her arm and she still managed to lift the Champions League so that just shows the strength of character she has.“Australia have Sam Kerr, who was the top goalscorer in the Australian and American league which is brilliant. REPLY huge blow Getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 9.70%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “The Americans will be there up there because they know how to win but they’ve been conceding a lot of goals recently.“If they don’t get that right come the tournament then they’ll struggle.”So if France are the team to beat, how do England stop them?“That’s a good question. I’d beat France purely by going down the throat of their team.“They’ve got two great centre-backs in Wendy Renard and Griedge Mbock Bathy and a lot of their team is based around that Lyon contingency. tense Scott and Houghton won the Women’s FA Cup with Manchester City last month What about the USA? They are the pre-tournament favourites according to the bookies…“I don’t think the USA will win it. They’ve been trying a lot of formations and they’re in a transition period.“I think ultimately the world’s caught up with them. For a long time they were dominant but some American players are now playing abroad. LATEST 8 There’s great excitement around as the 2019 Women’s World Cup is about to get under way.And you can listen to every single England and Scotland game LIVE across the talkSPORT network. deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining England v Scotland: Commentary, kick-off time and team news for Women’s World Cup clashWhat will be going through the heads of the England players right now?“There’s a lot of excitement, anticipation and nerves and it’s down to the players to calm themselves down going into it.“From my own experience, I liked routine and familiarity and it helped me before the first game.“It’s different this time round because there’s pressure on England whereas when I was playing we didn’t have any pressure.“It’s up to the senior players like Kaz [Karen] Carney, who’s quite forthright in her opinions, Jill Scott and of course the captain Steph Houghton. Steph is not as vocal but she has the calming presence around her. gameday cracker 8 no dice no dice Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Getty Rafferty will be offering her expert analysis with talkSPORT throughout the tournament Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star “Then there’s Cho So-Hyun who’s in the middle of what will be an unreal South Korean midfield three.“Cho is the defensive player and she doesn’t mind getting her foot stuck in which is quite rare for them. They’ve been said to be a bit lightweight because they’re a more technical team.“It’ll be interesting to see how they get on in the first game of the tournament against France.” England will have to keep an eye on Rafferty’s West Ham team-mate and Scotland striker Jane Ross Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 8 Getty Getty center_img “There is a lot of experience too with the likes of Lucy Bronze, Ellen White and Jodie Taylor. They’ve been under pressure internationally and for their clubs so will know how to manage themselves and the players around them.”Who will win the World Cup?“I want England to win but it depends if they can get their best players like Fran Kirby and Nikita Parris firing or not.“I think France have a really good chance. They’ve been a bit unsuccessful in recent years but because of the dominance of French football in the Champions League and the fact that they’ve got the home advantage will help. I just think they’re the strongest.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES whoops Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 20.72%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen shining Jodie Taylor scored five goals at Euro 2017 How do you expect England’s group games to go?“I think Scotland is going to be a tough one to start with. Their XI is very strong and defensively they can nullify the threats England have.“But over the course of 90 minutes they won’t have as much possession as England and Scotland will have to stay concentrated to get something out of that game. If they can keep the likes of Kim Little off the ball then that will help England.“It’s an emotional game but I see England aren’t getting too caught up in the emotion of it and they’re seeing it for what it is.“For them [Scotland] it’s a World Cup final especially when you consider how badly they lost to England last time out (losing 6-0 at Euro 2017). They will want revenge and have had a good run going into the tournament. Women’s World Cup: Full fixture list, dates, kick-off times and venuesOur coverage in France will be led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show and The Times’ The Game podcast.There will be further coverage of the tournament, including the opening game, both semi-finals, and the final too.The finals, which get started on Friday June 7, should produce all sorts of drama but how will things unfold according to the experts?talkSPORT.com sat down with former England, Chelsea and West Ham star Claire Rafferty, who represented the Lionesses at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, to discuss England’s chances, which players to look out for and a whole lot more. Getty Images – Getty Wonderkids who could shine in France at the Women’s World Cup“France have the Eugenie Le Sommer who can play as a striker or a winger. You’ve also got Amandine Henry who’s now the captain.“Crystal Dunn of the USA is a threat. I know her well from my days at Chelsea. She’s a wing-back and is very effective at getting on the end of crosses and creating chances so she’s definitely one to watch and is someone that isn’t getting talked about that much.“And there’s obviously Brazil’s Marta although I think she’s struggling with a muscle injury.“Italy have the Juventus winger Barbara Bonansea. If Italy get it right then she’ll be thriving on the wing.”Who will win the Golden Boot?“I’d like to see an English top scorer. At Euro 2017 it was Jodie Taylor.“You’ve also got the Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema who was the top scorer in the WSL and I think she’ll carry on her form into the tournament. It’ll be between Miedema or an English player I think.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST 8 8 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REAL DEAL Can England boss Phil Neville inspire the Lionesses to glory in France? Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty huge blow tense Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 8 How do you expect the West Ham players at the World Cup to perform?“Adriana Leon of Canada is a fantastic dribbler of the ball but she’s more of an impact substitute for me. She can change a game and isn’t shy from having a shot from outside the box.“There’s Jane Ross who plays for Scotland and other than against England I hope she has a good tournament!“In the last tournament she had an injury. She’s really good at holding the ball up and is a handful to mark. REPLY gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “Japan are quite a dominant team. They’ve got the Lyon player Saki Kumugai who is fantastic. I know Japan didn’t have their strongest team but England did beat them in the SheBelieves Cup so they’ve managed to switch their mentality to help them beat the big teams.“Argentina aren’t brilliantly organised but that can be quite hard to play against because it’s hard to predict what patterns they’ll play in.“The group for England is a tougher than anyone is letting on. 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