first_imgSATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYLEICESTER CITY V NORWICH CITY, KING POWER STADIUMLEICESTER (4-2-3-1)SCHMEICHEL, AMARTEY, HUTH, MORGAN, FUCHS, DRINKWATER, KANTE, MAHREZ ALBRIGHTON, VARDYNORWICH (4-2-3-1)MBOKANI, JARVIS, HOWSON, NAISMITH, MULUMBU, TETTEY, OLSSON, BASSONG, KLOSE, PINTO, RUDDDespite losing 2-1 at Arsenal in their last Barclays Premier League outing a fortnight ago, Leicester City remain top of the table with a two-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and the Gunners, with just 12 games remaining.With their two closest rivals not playing until Sunday and with fourth-placed Manchester City involved in the Capital One Cup final – against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – the Foxes have the chance to extend their advantage to five points.Leicester have the joint most goals in the Premier League, with Manchester City (48) while visitors Norwich City have suffered nine defeats – and just two wins – out of 13 away games. Only Newcastle (10) have lost more on the road.When the teams met at Carrow Road in October, Leicester moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a narrow victory, taking the lead through Jamie Vardy’s penalty. Jeffrey Schlupp put the Foxes in control before Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani replied.Leicester have entertained Norwich only once before in the Premier League when, in April 1995, they won 1-0. But in three of their last four visits to Leicester the Canaries have won three. Overall, Leicester have won eight and drawn six of 21 home league clashes, with Norwich winning seven times.Vardy has 19 goals, including four in his last four games and has won six penalties for Leicester this season.REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK. MATCHES: 10. Y38, R2.SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYSOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA, ST MARY’S STADIUMSOUTHAMPTON (4-3-2-1)FORSTER, SOARES, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND, ROMEU, CLASIE, WARD-PROWSE, TADIC, LONG, PELLECHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, PEDRO FABREGAS, WILLIAN, MATIC, MIKEL, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, TERRY, IVANOVIC, COURTOISChelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games. Their previous defeat was back in December, at Leicester City. But they meet a Southampton outfit unbeaten in their last six, winning five. And the Saints and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have gone 633 minutes without conceding a goal.That record has been bettered only 10 times previously in the Premier League and if he keeps another clean sheet extending his record to 723 minutes he will be fifth, with Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar holding the record of 1,311, completed in February 2009.Southampton’s impressive run has taken them into the top six; their best ever finish in the Premier League was seventh last season while in 1985 they finished fifth in the old First Division.Chelsea have risen to 12th place in the Premier League and will hope to improve on just three away wins and just 12 goals from 12 games on the road.The Saints won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October, while both games last season ended in 1-1 draws.Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their last two domestic outings. Following the 5-1 win over Newcastle last time out in the Premier League, they won 5-1 against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup.REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON. MATCHES: 24. Y85, R1.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYMANCHESTER UNITED V ARSENAL, OLD TRAFFORD.MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA, LOVESMALLING, BLINDBORTHWICK-JACKSON, CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN, LINGARD, MATA, MEMPHIS, MARTIALARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT, COQUELIN, RAMSEY, MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN, CECHOn Tuesday night, Arsenal suffered a setback in the Champions League when they lost 2-0 at home to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona. But in the Barclays Premier League, they are just two points behind leaders Leicester City, level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Manchester United are fifth, despite losing 2-1 at Sunderland in their last league outing. They made amends with a 3-0 win in the Emirates FA Cup, at League One Shrewsbury on Monday night.They return to Old Trafford where they have won just six of their 12 games in the league. However, United have conceded just five home goals all season, the fewest in the Premier League.Arsenal, though, have scored more league goals away than at home 23 compared to 18 and they have lost only three games on the road.When these teams met at the Emirates Stadium in October Arsenal stunned United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds. Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.Their Premier League record at Old Trafford is poor. Last season’s 1-1 draw ended a run of five straight defeats, while the Gunners have won just three of their 23 visits, most recently in September 2006. United have won 15 and drawn five.REFEREE: CRAIG PAWSON. MATCHES: 19. Y61, R2.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SWANSEA CITY, WHITE HART LANETOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, SON ERIKSEN, CHADLI, KANESWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, ROUTLEDGE, SIGURDSSON, KI, BRITTON, CORK, TAYLOR WILLIAMS, FERNANDEZ, NAUGHTON, FABIANSKITottenham Hotspur moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester as Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City in their last game in the Barclays Premier League.Visiting striker Harry Kane scored from the spot in the second half after Raheem Sterling was penalised for handball. After Kelechi Iheanacho levelled, Christian Eriksen earned a fifth league win in a row.Tottenham have won five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of six, in December 2011.If Leicester lose at home to Norwich on Saturday, Spurs can go top with a win over Swansea, who have won only two of their 12 away games this season. Their last was at Everton; since then they have taken just two points from a possible nine.When the teams met in October in Wales, Swansea came from behind twice to steal a 2-2 draw.Indeed, that extended Spurs’ unbeaten Premier League run against the Swans to nine games. Swansea last beat Spurs, at home, in October 1982 in the old First Division.Swansea have never won at Spurs in the league. They have lost on their last 14 visits and the last time they got a draw there was in the old Second Division in November 1930. Overall, in 17 visits the Welshmen have lost 15 and drawn just two. And in those 17 games, Tottenham have scored 49 goals and conceded just 14.REFEREE: MIKE JONES. MATCHES: 18. Y60, R1.last_img read more

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first_imgArcata >> There’s just something about the summer sun in Arcata that seems to bring out the best in the Humboldt Crabs’ offense this season.That was on display once again Saturday afternoon.Continuing the trend from their first two Sunday games, the Crabs’ bats had one of their best showings of the season, scoring early and often en route to an impressive 18-7 win over the Seattle Studs in front of 745 spectators at the Arcata Ball Park.“Everybody did a great job today,” said Crabs …last_img

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks goalie Aaron Dell is still projected at the moment to be the backup to Martin Jones this season. There’s little question, though, that Dell needs a return to form after a disappointing year in 2018-19.Dell, 30, had a 10-8-4 record and a .886 save percentage last season, a considerable drop-off from the numbers he posted the year before when he was 15-5-4 with a .914 save percentage.Some of that, of course, had to do with the skaters around him and the more wide-open style …last_img

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first_imgSerbian tennis player Novak Djokovic smiles as he delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017. FILE PHOTOTwelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl, local media reported on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go PLAY LIST 01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Jelena gave birth on Saturday evening and their second child will be named Tara, Blic newspaper reported on its online edition.The couple have a two-year-old son Stefan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 30-year-old Djokovic announced in July he would miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.The Serb retired from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July because of the problem, from which is suffering for a year-and-a-half. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Between mid-January 2015 and June 2016, Djokovic won 17 of his 22 finals played in 24 tournaments. It seemed nothing could interrupt his dominance of world tennis.But for months the Serbian national hero — now fourth in the world rankings — has been a shadow of his former self.Since winning the French Open last year to complete the career Grand Slam, he has failed to claim another major title.He crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round and the French Open in the last eight.Djokovic said in July he would need a couple of months without the racket but that surgery was “not an option”.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Andre Agassi continuing as his coach while he recovers, Djokovic now intends to be ready to start the new season at the beginning of 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgKuala Lumpur: Two leading Malaysian opposition parties formed an alliance Saturday aiming to win major support from the country’s Muslim majority and threaten the young reformist government. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad led an alliance to a historic victory at the polls last year, ousting a corruption-plagued coalition which had been in power over six decades. The main party in the former ruling coalition, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), has since sought to bolster its position by forging closer ties with one-time rival, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USParty (PAS). On Saturday the parties signed a pact to cooperate in what analysts said is a bid to win backing from the ethnic Malay Muslim majority ahead of the next election, due by 2023. UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insisted the move would not deepen racial and religious divides. “UMNO and PAS will ensure that this cooperation will not separate, distance or make enemies of any race or religion in this beloved nation,” he was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAbout 60 percent of Malaysia’s population of 32 million are Malay, but the country is also home to substantial ethnic Indian and ethnic Chinese communities who do not usually follow Islam. But James Chin, a Malaysia expert from the University of Tasmania, said it was a “sad day for those who wish to see a progressive, modern, multi-racial Malaysia. “UMNO and PAS are telling all Malaysians this country belongs to Malays and Muslims.” He said the pact was a significant threat to Mahathir’s coalition, which has a more multi-racial make-up, as UMNO and PAS command strong support in rural areas.last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,331.03, up 7.32 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up $1.11, or 17.08 per cent, to $7.61 on 30.6 million shares.Belo Sun Mining Corp. (TSX:BSX). Miner. Up two cents, or 11.76 per cent, to 19 cents on 17.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $4.84, or 10.96 per cent, to $49.02 on 12.66 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $4.59 on 6.97 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up two cents, or 2.67 per cent, to 77 cents on 6.9 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up 79 cents, or 7.47 per cent, to $11.37 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.58 per cent, to $3.74 on 5 million shares.last_img read more

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first_imgMUMBAI: David Warner had little opportunity to stake his claim for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad as he served a year-long ban for ball-tampering and so it is no surprise to see the batsman cranking out the runs in the Indian Premier League. Cricket Australia slapped former captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner with 12-month suspensions, which expired last week, for the Cape Town scandal and the duo are expected to be included in the 15-man World Cup squad. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTwo months out from the World Cup in England, Warner showed he had lost none of his marauding form by smashing 85 in 53 balls in Hyderabad’s IPL opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. The 32-year-old continued in the same vein against Rajasthan, the day after his international ban ended, scoring 69 off 37 deliveries, and then remained unbeaten on 100 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. Warner leads the run-getters’ list and has also notched three consecutive 100-run partnership for the opening wicket with Englishman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering 114 against Bangalore. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The 12 months has done me well,” Warner said after putting up the highest opening stand of 185 with Bairstow on Sunday. “I’m nice and refreshed. “What a terrific innings here by Jonny, and a fantastic partnership by both of us.” Warner’s Sunrisers trail only three-times champions Chennai in the early stages of the Twenty20 tournament. Led by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Super Kings look unstoppable and have won all three of their matches. At the other end of the scale, Dhoni’s protege and current India captain Kohli has a mighty task on his hands if he is to lead Bangalore to a first IPL title after losing their first three games. Despite having Kohli and talismanic South African AB de Villiers in their ranks, Bangalore’s batting has already failed twice. They were all out for 70 in the IPL opener against Chennai and bundled out for 113 on Sunday against the Sunrisers, losing by a huge margin of 118 runs. The tournament has already seen some epic highs, such as a Super Over finish between Kolkata and Delhi, but also some disappointments and controversies.last_img read more

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first_imgPrague: Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. “I would not resign because I have been saying from the beginning that this is a political process,” Babis told the DNES broadsheet which he owns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 64-year-old agro-chemicals mogul pegged by Forbes as the second-wealthiest Czech is suspected of abusing EU funds to build the luxury Stork Nest resort and farm near Prague in 2007. He allegedly took the farm out of his sprawling Agrofert food, chemicals and media holding to make it eligible for a subsidy awarded to small companies before eventually putting it back. Charged by police in 2017, Babis and several others — including his wife, brother-in-law and daughter — are suspected of subsidy fraud and harming the EU’s financial interests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If I weren’t in politics, nobody would have heard about the Stork Nest,” Babis told DNES. “People keep plotting affairs against me, delving into the past. This affair is 12 years old,” he said, calling charges against his family “incredible filth”. President Milos Zeman, who could remove the embattled prime minister, said Thursday he would not do so. “An indicted prime minister is not a sentenced prime minister,” said the 74-year-old pro-Russian, pro-Chinese veteran leftwinger and a staunch Babis ally. The prime minister’s populist ANO movement leads a minority coalition government with leftwing Social Democrats.last_img read more

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first_imgDirector of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.last_img read more

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