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Hawks in battle for first place in NEC

first_imgBY DOMINICK RINELLI JR. Correspondent BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR.Correspondent Above, Monmouth’s T.J. Cerezo returns a Robert Morris fumble for a touchdown during the Hawks 14-0 win in front of a Homecoming Day crowd in West Long Branch. Below, quarterback Brian Boland fires the ball over the defense. The Monmouth University football team (5-2, 3-1 NEC) accomplished a feat Saturday at Kessler Field on Homecoming Day that only two other teams were able to do when the Hawks shut out Robert Morris University (2-5, 1-3 NEC). Monmouth defeated Robert Morris, 14-0, in Northeast Conference play during a defensively controlled contest by holding the Colonial offense to 222 yards of total offense and forcing five turnovers in a game that was affected by the rain and wind of Mother Nature. PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Yet to junior middle linebacker Mike Castellano, the weather could not have been better. “I always like playing in the rain,” he said, “especially on defense; the ball pops out a little more.” Monmouth jumped out in front 7-0 as junior quarterback Brian Boland hit junior wide receiver Shane Sharpley on a slant pattern with 10:06 remaining in the first half. “We had one-on-one, basically, and Shane made a great move on the slant. He got inside and made a great play for a touchdown,” said Boland. Sharpley’s TD reception, his first in his career as a Hawk, capped a two-play, 19-yard drive that ticked only 48 seconds off the game clock. Senior Jesse Orbach gave the Blue and White field position within the red zone after recovering a Robert Morris fumble. Less then four minutes later, sophomore linebacker T.J. Cerezo recovered yet another Colonial fumble, which occurred during the center-quarterback exchange. No. 56 scooped up the loose ball and scampered 44 yards down the sideline to pay dirt to put the Hawks in front 14-0. “Well, they did a great job,” said head coach Kevin Callahan when asked about the defense’s performance. “Not only did we a do a good job of containing Robert Morris’ offense, which was averaging about 30 points per game, we were also able to get a couple of turnovers to put us in good field position.” The Hawks defense is ranked eighth in Division I-AA in rushing defense by limiting their opponents to an average of 94.4 rush yards per game. Boland finished 8-of-21 on the day with 99 yards and one interception, while running back Bobby Smith rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries. Both teams’ offenses ended the day five-of-16 on third-down conversion attempts, which resulted in 15 punts. Callahan praised his punter, Sean Dennis, who booted the ball eight times on the day — four of which pinned the Colonials inside the 20-yard line. “Sean Dennis did a good job by pinning them several times down in their 5-yard line and giving them a long field to go,” the coach said. Not a factor in the victory for the Blue and White was senior wide receiver Miles Austin, who recorded one reception for a 12-yard gain. Austin left the game in the first quarter with an ankle sprain, according to Callahan, but should be ready to play in their next game this Saturday. Despite only seeing limited action in the victory, Austin remains first in Division I-AA in receiving yards per game (133.71), second in receiving yards (936) and third in scoring (10.29 ppg). And then there were two Going into Saturday’s Northeast Conference football matchups, Monmouth was in a five-way tie for first place. After all was said and done, Monmouth was left along with Central Connecticut State University to claim the No. 1 ranking in the NEC — a CCSU team that will host the Hawks this coming Saturday. This Saturday’s game, with a slated 1 p.m. kickoff, has a lot riding on it, and Callahan stresses the magnitude of this game. “This is as big as it gets right now,” he said. “We said a week ago that we had four straight weeks of conference games to determine a championship, and the right things have happened outside of our control — with Wagner losing. Now everything is in our control.” Callahan is not overly concerned if Austin is unable to compete Saturday. The wideout underwent an X-ray earlier in the week. “We have guys that can come in and who have made big plays,” the coach said. “We’re fortunate that that position is one that’s not only talented but fairly deep. “It’s important that we get ready to go play a championship game on Saturday,” said Callahan. The Hawks are 7-4 all-time against the Blue Devils, and were victorious, 9-6, the last time the two teams faced off on Oct. 30, 2004, here in New Jersey. Kicker Steve Andriola broke the 6-6 tie as time expired with a 29-yard field goal to win the game.last_img read more

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Bolt wins ‘slow’ 100m

first_imgOSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP): Usain Bolt started the European leg of his final season before retirement with a victory in the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meeting. At the meet, where he has most frequently competed in his career with nine appearances, Bolt reeled in the rest of the field after a trademark slow start to cross the finish line in 10.06 seconds. However, he had to hold off a strong challenge from Yunier Perez of Cuba, edging him by 0.03., while Jak Ali Harvey of Turkey was third in 10.26. Bolt’s performance fell short of his season’s best of 10.03, which was clocked at the 100 and 200 world record holder’s final race in his native Jamaica on June 11. UNHAPPY WITH HIS TIME “I’m not happy with the time,” he said. “It wasn’t a good race, it was pretty slow.” Bolt mentioned a back problem that slowed him, but downplayed its significance. “I’m going to see my doctor (in Germany) soon, I know he will fix every problem,” he said. “All I need to do now is just to train hard and focus on getting myself into great shape. I’m not worried about that. It’s just my back, it’s always an issue. I didn’t get injured, that’s a key thing.” The eight-time Olympic champion is preparing for the IAAF World Championships in London in August, his final major competition. In an emotional farewell after the race, fans held up coloured cards that formed a huge Jamaican flag in the stands, with a giant message: ‘THANX UB’. The Jamaican anthem followed, with Bolt singing along. Other winners yesterday were Mo Farah and Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, who led home the rarely-contested 300 metres in a world’s best time of 30.81. Farah claimed victory in the 10,000m in what was likely one of his last races on the track. Farah held off a challenge from Kenyan Mathew Kimeli, surging past him with 200m to go to win in 27:12.09. Kimeli clocked 27:14.43. Van Niekerk, Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m, won the 300m inside the previous best time of 30.85, set by Michael Johnson in 2000, in Pretoria, South Africa. Isaac Makwala of Botswana was second in 31.44, ahead of another South African, Clarence Munyai, who clocked 31.61.last_img read more

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LIB Life Half-year Report: Who’s In?

first_imgAs the end of the year fast approaches, LIB Life, a component of the Daily Observer newspaper, is now releasing its first half of the year report on artists and their artistic achievements, bloggers and fashion promoters that are doing well in their respective fields.This first half of the report highlights six outstanding artists, a blogger and fashion promoter, retelling their record-breaking moments and other personal achievements.At the end of the list, we will acknowledge some people that may likely appear on the year-end list.8. Let’s get the ball rolling in eighth place with popular female blogger Berenice Mulubah for giving us juicy entertainment news on Liberian artists in the Diaspora.A few weeks ago the Diaspora Entertainment Awards nominated her for the Blogger of the Year award.In the early part of this year Berenice published her second book, a collection of poems called Purple Honey Lips. Lately, she has been added to the writing team of the new web-based series Daughters in America, produced by fellow Liberian, Love Weah.7. In the seventh spot is Quincy B. It would seem that this year holds great prospects for the 21 year-old singer and producer, evidenced by his recent unveiling as Lonestar Cell MTN’s new Brand Ambassador, in what is believed to be a mouthwatering endorsement deal.His deal makes him the second Liberian artist to be named Brand Ambassador of Lonestar Cell MTN, after Takun J.While the terms of the deal have not been revealed, however, it puts the artist on a higher path for success depending on the eventual outcome.6. Sitting comfortably in sixth place is Junda Morris-Kennedy, owner of Runway Liberia, an annual fashion event held in the U.S. and aimed at promoting and supporting Liberian fashion designers.The event featured some of the best models from around the world, and attracted classical fashion designers unveiling distinct western and African pieces.In the audience was former advisor to President Barrack Obama, Dr. Jamal Bryant, founder of the Empowerment Temple Church in the U.S.Well-known international Liberian fashion personalities Dolly Barnes, Abraham Pelham, US based and renowned makeup artist and hairstylist Lewina David, and upcoming fashion designer Tarloh Sayeh were honored for their contributions to the fashion industry.Also present was Giovanni Francisco from Italy, who represented the Logo Store.5. In fifth place is none other than celebrated rapper Jon Bricks, who a few months ago returned home from China with Chinese superstar Zhang Zhang and held a successful three-day concert.The Diva Dream Alive concert, which was held at different locations, pulled in thousands of people, with Bricks rumored to having grabbed approximately half a million Liberian dollars.Also, the rapper completed a successful five-nation European business tour, which allowed him to meet top music executives and promoters in Europe.While in Europe, Bricks shot a banging video, produced by Catia Productions in Milan for his new single Conqueror.Still on Bricks, the rapper runs a charity organization called Zama Plus Foundation International, aimed at providing support to the less fortunate in Liberia.4. Since his travel to Nigeria looking to etch his name on the African music landscape, things have been moving in the right direction for F dot A. For this, he comfortably sits in fourth place.A few weeks ago, the Afro pop artist was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the African Male Artist (non-Nigerian) category.Few months ago, F dot A returned home with a two-day successful concert with Naija cutie Chidinma for his hit single Desire.On June 22 of this year, F dot A’s single Desire went Number 1 on Soundcity West African Music and Video Chart after gaining over 300,000 views on YouTube. 3. At third place is visual artist Leslie Lumeh, who recently participated in the Lumieres d’Afriques (The Enlightened Africa) art exhibition where several artists used a variety of artistic presentations to highlight Africa’s latent creative talents.Lumeh, who has been profiled on CNN and other international media networks, ably represented Liberia at the historical event, which featured 54 African artists displaying works in a wide variety of creative media that brought the continent’s problems to the fore.Lumeh’s presentation, which was widely admired, was an acrylic on canvas piece titled The Light Within.2. In second is Scientific, and his inclusion is simple. The hip-hop artist became the first Liberian artist to have his song Rotate, featuring Quincy B, picked up by Vevo, one of the world’s biggest streaming services.Scientific also became the first rapper to win the hip-hop category of the LMA three years in a row.1. In first place is sensational singer Dash Coleman.This guy, who is not yet an A-list Liberian artist, has set one of the greatest records in the Liberian entertainment industry by winning four awards during a single awards night.He won the awards from the just ended Liberia Music Awards (LMA).Though K-Zee holds the record for being the first person to win three LMA awards during a single awards night, however, it was Dash who broke the record by win four awards at the just ended LMA.Artists like Eric Geso, Sweetz, Kobazzie, DenG and producers like Lorenzo Loveland and Infectious Michael are all doing well, and we hope they keep it up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tokyo Olympics: Preparing for everything including a quake

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202000:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Just over 100 firefighters, police, and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel took part. Japan is hit regularly by earthquakes and takes preparedness seriously. The threat of quakes and the summer Tokyo heat are the major worries as organizers prepare to open the Olympics on July 24, 2020.“I think we were able to achieve our primary objective, which was to make sure of smooth cooperation between the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee,” Hiroya Yarimizu, director of security for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4He also credited the police, firefighters, and soldiers for playing their part.“I believe we were able to coordinate smoothly,” he added. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee A member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and firefighters, left, carry mock victims on stretchers during a simulation disaster drill at the new Ariake venue that will be the site for gymnastics during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Tokyo Olympic organizers and government officials are preparing for everything including an earthquake taking place during next year’s games. (Koki Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers and government officials are preparing for everything, including an earthquake taking place during next year’s games.They ran a simulation disaster drill on Thursday at the new Ariake venue that will be the site for gymnastics during the Olympics. The drill presumed a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in neighboring Tokyo Bay.ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Medics simulated treatment on real people and mannequins on stretchers, and distributed water as they moved victims outside the venue to safety.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Talent overload LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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GHRA remembers Bishop Randolph George

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) extends its sympathy and condolences on the recent death of Bishop Randolph George to his wife, Sheila; their family and the Anglican community. Although he spent almost the last two decades of his long life in relative privacy, his leadership of civic resistance to oppression in Guyana from the late 1970s to the early 1990s was pivotal and historic.As one of the first trio of Co-Presidents of the GHRA, Bishop George’s astuteness and wisdom lent dignity and a sense of purpose in challenging the widespread repression of the late ‘70s and ‘80s. His courageous and unflappable spirit was reassuring to human rights and political activists in times of tension. Bishop George’s willingness to be the voice of the voiceless was unwavering in an era of rationed newsprint, seized publications, disabled gestofax machines, raided printing enterprises and non-existent private radio or television.The three notable contributions made by Bishop George to defend human rights were rooted in freedom of expression, the independence of the courts and countering abuses generated by the paramountcy of the ruling party. The second notable show of political courage – along with Roman Catholic Bishop Benedict Singh – was to defend trade union demonstrations and denounce Police actions against them during the severe economic austerity of the late 1980s.The third major contribution made by Bishop George in pursuit of a more civilised and dignified public life was the leadership he provided in the struggle for free and fair elections. His role in the Guyanese Action for Reform & Democracy (GUARD) consolidated his stature as a trusted national figure whose influence reached well beyond the religious and civic community, without the slightest inclination on his part to seek leadership or the limelight. His influence as a unifying figure across the ethnic divide derived from inclination and instinct for what was right and decent and a genuine interest in everyone he came into contact with. Moreover, as a result of constant trekking across the interior visiting Anglican communities over the years, the number of Amerindians he knew by name was extraordinary.It was predictable after the restoration of democratic space in 1992, for a man for whom social justice was a dimension of his larger religious calling, rather than a political inclination, that Bishop George would have no difficulty slipping away from a prominent role in public life.To those sceptical of the value of social and political activism which often felt more symbolic than substantive in that repressive era, Bishop George’s response was that, whether successful or not, without such activism the situation would have been much worse.Sincerely,Executive CommitteeGuyana Human RightsAssociationlast_img read more

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SOLID TEAM EFFORT LEADS BLUES OVER LANCERS

first_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Match: at Nipissing University 11/23/2018 | 6:00 p.m. Four players reached double digits as the No. 8 University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team defeated the Windsor Lancers 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 27-25) on Saturday night (Nov. 17) in Windsor, Ont.TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year right side hitter Alina Dormann led all players with 14.5 points off of 12 kills, 1.5 blocks and one ace. Third-year left site hitter Brianna Patrick had 11.5 points off of 10 kills, one ace and one assisted block, while also leading the Blues with 12 digs on the night.Fifth-year veteran Anna Feore totaled 10 points off of eight kills, one ace and one block and had 11 digs, while sophomore middle Jenna Woock also notched 10 points off of six kills and a game-high four blocks.Rookie setter Hayley Goodwin tallied 33 assists, six digs and led all players with four serving aces in the win.UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action next Friday, November 23 as they travel to North Bay, Ont., to take on the Nipissing Lakers. Opening serve is set for 6 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Preview Matchup Historylast_img read more

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‘Wenger to pick his successor? That’s embarrassing’, says Gunners’ favourite

first_img1 Ian Wright claims the Arsenal board needs an overhaul to bring some experts into the decision making process at the Emirates.Arsene Wenger has run the club from top to bottom for a number of years, but former Gunners’ favourite Wright insists it’s time for a change.“What worries me is you look at the whole board, there are no football people there,” he said on The Sun Goals podcast. “Arsene Wenger’s the only football person there. That is why he’s held on to his job as long as he’s had, because there’s no football person there to pull him and say why this shouldn’t be happening.“Why somebody like David Dein hasn’t been brought back, I don’t know.  They look like they’re petrified to get rid of Wenger. If he goes, what the hell’s going to happen? Who’s the football person to appoint the next manager?“They’re actually saying Wenger should have a say in who the next manager is. It’s embarrassing what’s going on up there at the moment.”Get more from The Sun Goals podcast sponsored by Sun Bets with Ian Wright and Shaun Custis. Download from iTunes now. Is it time for change at the Emirates? last_img read more

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Listen: Jason Gibson relishing Bonagee’s Intermediate Cup test

first_imgBONAGEE UNITED manager Jason Gibson says the opportunities and rewards are huge as his side get ready to host Munster Senior League side Lakewood Athletic.Bonagee welcome Lakewood to Dry Arch Park with a place in the last 16 of the New Balance FAI Intermediate Cup up for grabs (Saturday, kick-off 4pm).“It’s good to get a home draw, but we’re going into the unknown in a way,” Gibson told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub. “This competition is good exposure for the club and it’s a chance to get into the last 16, which would get us into the senior cup. “That’s where I believe this club should be. It’s good to be at this stage.”Bonagee will be without the unavailable Mark Harkin and Dan O’Donnell, while Sean Hume is doubtful. Bonagee – who won the Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup last season – have had a positive start to the new campaign with a 1-0 loss at Cockhill on Sunday representing their first reversal of the new term. Gibson said: “We were disappointed with the performance last Sunday. We didn’t do ourselves justice. There isn’t much between the sides, any of the sides. There’s a bounce of the ball or a refereeing decision in these games.”Jason started by discussing Bonagee’s opponents. Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Jason Gibson relishing Bonagee’s Intermediate Cup test was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BONAGEE UNITEDintermediate cupJason Gibsonlast_img read more

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Solskjaer still unbeaten as Man United boss thanks to comeback against Burnley

first_img Here’s how the top half of the table looks after Tuesday night Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Victor Lindelof turns home Man United’s equaliser Victor Lindelof celebrates with Phil Jones after rescuing a point for Man United As for Burnley, it was the second successive season that United had sealed a 2-2 draw against them at Old Trafford in stoppage time.Premier League Table 6 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning start may have come to an end but Manchester United’s storming two-goal comeback at the death against Burnley meant all was not lost.Most onlookers expected the Norwegian to comfortably seal a ninth straight win in all competitions – and a record-breaking seventh at the start of a Premier League reign – but Sean Dyche’s men had other ideas. That poignant pre-match period was followed by a bright start by Solskjaer’s Reds, who should have gone ahead in the ninth minute as in-form Marcus Rashford uncharacteristically sent a shot bobbling wide after Romelu Lukaku’s fine work.Burnley held firm and began to commit men forwards themselves, while retaining their defensive shape.Phil Jones, jeered relentlessly for his Blackburn connections, had to make a timely intervention to deny Barnes, while the offside flag was up long before Wood lifted the ball into David De Gea’s net.The hosts pushed the strongest but could not find a killer touch, with former United goalkeeper Heaton producing fine stops to deny Juan Mata and Lukaku – attempts that would not have counted anyway due to the officials.Pogba would find the net only for offside to be cut celebrations short, while Phil Bardsley, another Old Trafford youth product, did well to intercept as Mata threatened.Mata and Pogba saw efforts denied by Heaton when play resumed in a promising start abruptly halted in the 51st minute.Pereira collected a pass from Jones and was caught in possession by Jack Cork, who put through Barnes to smash past De Gea and celebrate wildly in front of the Stretford End. Solskjaer celebrates United’s equaliser in injury time Ashley Barnes celebrates his goal for Burnley at Old Trafford Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Match Stats Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 6 United had 75% possession at Old Trafford Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 6 6 huge blow 6 REVEALED Solskjaer’s United had not so much as gone behind before Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood scored for Burnley, who were dreaming of a first win at Old Trafford since 1962 until Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof sealed a dramatic 2-2 draw.The overriding feeling was frustration for both managers at full-time, but this could prove a valuable point for a United side who were for so long frustrated by an organised team backed up by in-form goalkeeper Tom Heaton.An Andreas Pereira mistake allowed Barnes to smash the visitors ahead in the 51st minute and, after dealing with a deluge of attacks, Wood appeared to put the game out of reach.But that 81st-minute goal was far from the last act.Pogba fired home a spot-kick with three minutes remaining and Lindelof struck in stoppage time in a comeback the watching Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of.It was a frantic end to a night that began with silent reflection ahead of the 61st anniversary of the Munich air disaster and with the disappearance of the plane carrying Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala fresh in people’s minds. It was the first setback of the Solskjaer era and Rashford attempted to restore parity, being denied by Heaton before striking wide.Pogba flicked wide and Heaton produced an excellent stop to prevent Lukaku turning in an Ashley Young cross, with last-gasp challenges and poor decision-making proving the scourge of United on other occasions.De Gea had to be alert to parry a long-range Dwight McNeil strike but that was the only real threat to is goal until Wood was afforded space to send a fine cross by Ashley Westwood past De Gea.But the match was far over. Referee Jon Moss came in for criticism after changing a penalty decision to a free-kick on the edge of the box after Ben Mee unceremoniously took Rashford down, but there would soon be a United spot-kick.Jeff Hendrick hauled back Jesse Lingard and Pogba fired home the spot-kick after a truncated version of his stuttered run up.United had three minutes to preserve their unbeaten run and managed it in stoppage time.Heaton denied Pogba and then Sanchez in stoppage time, but Lindelof reacted quickest to the latter and directed home to the relief of the majority inside Old Trafford. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 6 no dice shining gameday cracker tense last_img read more

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Cascarino pinpoints the exact day Liverpool will win the Premier League

first_img update LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS 2 “A lot has been talked about the number of games Liverpool have to play this month but their performance as a squad is the most telling sign that they can cope.“If they beat Leicester on Boxing Day it will be impossible for anyone to catch them.” Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son appointed Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Leicester have a chance to close the gap on Liverpool when they host the Reds on Boxing Day Tony Cascarino stunned by just how good Liverpool’s squad is latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LIVING THE DREAM Getty Images – Getty LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty rookie error Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule center_img deals Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Hull (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Sheffield Wednesday (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Bayern Munich vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTStandard Liege vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Hull (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Liverpool did the job once again last weekend, winning at Bournemouth Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Bournemouth 3-0 on a stress-free Saturday – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah getting the goals.Their weekend was made all the better by the fact reigning champions Man City lost more ground on them with a loss at home to Manchester United.It means there is now a 14 point gap between the two sides and Man City boss Pep Guardiola went on to say the prospect of catching the Reds is ‘not realistic’.Leicester are actually Liverpool’s closest challengers now as they are only eight points adrift in second.The Foxes are in great form, having won their past eight matches in the Premier League with their latest a 4-1 triumph at Aston Villa. Liverpool will definitely win their first ever Premier League title if they beat Leicester on Boxing Day.This is the view of Tony Cascarino, who hailed the Premier League leaders as they strengthened their championship credentials at the weekend. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future The next couple of weeks could be a good opportunity for Brendan Rodgers’ side to close the gap as Liverpool only have one more Premier League match before Christmas as they are flying out to Qatar for the Club World Cup.Leicester face Norwich and Man City after Liverpool’s match against Watford on Saturday – before the Foxes host Jugen Klopp’s side in a top of the table clash on Boxing Day.But Casc, who is a Liverpool fan, believes Leicester vs the Reds will represent the perfect opportunity for Klopp’s side to put the title race to bed before the end of the year. In his column for The Times, Casc wrote: “A big fear for Liverpool fans was how they would cope if anything happened to one of their top players, but this week they showed how well equipped their squad is.“Jurgen Klopp said in the summer how comfortable he was with the squad and that was obvious in their thrashings of Everton and Bournemouth, with only four players – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson and James Milner – starting both games.“Of their seven goalscorers in the two wins, four of them are not first-team starters. statement 2 PEP TALK Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked last_img read more