CITY (4-2-3-1)HART,ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV,TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,DE BRUYNE, NASRI,AGUEROBOJAN,ARNAUTOVIC, AFELLAY, SHAQIRI,IMBULA, WHELAN,MUNIESA, WOLLSCHEID, SHAWCROSS, BARDSLEY,HAUGAARDSTOKE (4-2-3-1)Manchester City’s Barclays Premier League challenge faltered at Newcastle on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero scored a controversial opener he appeared offside but conceded an equaliser, by Vurnon Anita, and are now 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with four games and 12 pointsavailable left to play.However, Stoke City arrive on the back of a poor run which has seen them lose their last two games while conceding eight goals, including last Monday’s 4-0 home thrashing by title-chasing Tottenham.And away from home they have scored just 18 goals. However, when they met City in December at the Britannia Stadium they won 2-0 with a brace from Marko Arnautovic, a win sufficient to topple Manuel Pellegrini’s men off the top of the Premier League.It was the first time Stoke had scored more than one goal in a Premier League game against City. However, last season, Stoke won 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium with a goal from Mame Diouf.That shock win ended a run of six Premier League visits without a win or a goal. In those previous six visits, Stoke had conceded 15 goals, including three on four occasions.City’s home record is not as impressive as in recent campaigns. They have lost five games, more than at any time since the 2008-09 campaign (six), with two to go there. But they have scored 41 home goals, the most in the Premier League.The home side recalled Vincent Kompany at Newcastle while Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna undergo tests for this game and ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.Stoke, meanwhile, miss Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Jonathan Walters and Marc Wilson through injury while Erik Pieters serves the second of a two-game ban for collecting 10 yellow cards.
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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Bong University Students Union (BUSU), has volunteered the services of its membership in the fight against Ebola.BUSU groups Bong County students from all universities across the country and constitutes the umbrella organization of the county’s higher education student community. It leadership has therefore expressed the hope that the county administration and Ebola Taskforce would take advantage of the students offer.“Since the outbreak of Ebola, you have not seen us as sons and daughters of this soil, but as of today, September 27, you can begin making use of our volunteerism in whatever meaningful way you want us to serve in the fight against the Ebola menace,” BUSU President, Germue Kwenah declared.According to him, the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD) is the responsibility of all Liberians, and henceforth, the student union decided to contribute its human resources to obtain victory over the virus.Kwenah made the statement when BUSU donated an assortment of anti-Ebola materials to the county’s Ebola Taskforce at the weekend. Items donated by the BUSU leadership included 20 kg of chlorine, two hand-washing buckets and 1,000 pieces of flyers containing anti-Ebola messages.Bong County Development Superintendent, Anthony Sheriff, who received the items, thanked the students for the donation, which he described as “a worthy gesture.”He then promised to turn over the items and convey the students’ pledge to volunteer their services to Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy.Sheriff observed that the students would be better placed in the areas of awareness and mobilization as there continues to be Ebola-related situations that must be addressed through awareness, sensitization and mobilization.
Linebacker London Fletcher agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, capping another busy day of free agency for one of the NFL’s top-spending teams. The agreement, which includes a $10.5 million signing bonus, came as Fletcher and cornerback Fred Smoot were treated to a Washington Wizards game, part of a courtship by a Redskins team that went 5-11 and needs to repair the worst defense in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Redskins took care of three of their own players. They re-signed safety Vernon Fox, keeping him off the free-agent market, and gave multiyear contract extensions to guard Randy Thomas and fullback Mike Sellers. Walking papers: The Indianapolis Colts released receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor, two players who until they were hurt were integral parts of the team that won the Super Bowl. Stokley ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon in December and Reagor incurred facial injuries in an auto accident on the way to a game. The cuts were for cap purposes: Stokley was due a roster bonus of $500,000 and Reagor $1 million. Also, New England let 32-year-old Corey Dillon go as it re-signed fullback Heath Evans. Dillon, who split time last season with rookie Laurence Maroney, had said earlier this week that he would ask for his release. Rumors: Denver’s Jake Plummer was reportedly on the way to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick. But the NFL Network and other media outlets reported that he had decided to retire rather than accept the trade. Neither Plummer nor his agent, David Dunn, returned calls from The Associated Press. Another QB, Jeff Garcia, was contacted by the Oakland Raiders, who would like him to return to the Bay Area, where he grew up and played with San Francisco. He also could be courted by Tampa Bay and Minnesota. More signings: Jacksonville inked offensive tackle Tony Pashos, who started for Baltimore last season. Pashos will start at right tackle for the Jaguars, while right tackle Maurice Williams will compete with Khalif Barnes on the right side. The Jaguars also re-signed kicker Josh Scobee … The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis. Clements, the star cornerback from the Buffalo Bills, agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract. Lewis, a safety from Philadelphia, will become an immediate starter in the 49ers’ secondary. Deals: Detroit and Denver made official a deal disclosed Thursday that sent cornerback Dre’ Bly to the Broncos for offensive tackle George Foster and running back Tatum Bell. Detroit got a fifth-round draft pick and gave Denver a sixth-rounder in the trade. The Lions also acquired another selection in April’s draft, sending defensive end James Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-round pick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Prosecutors in Piraeus, where Olympiakos are based, have also banned Marinakis from leaving the country because of a probe into the financing of a company that chartered the Noor1, a petrol tanker that was seized off the Greek coast in June 2014 with two tonnes of heroin on board.The heroin was to be transported by truck through Greece and on into western Europe.Marinakis, 50, has furiously denied the charges.He bought Nottingham Forest, the two-time European champions who are now in the second tier of English football, in May 2017 in a £50 million ($70.6 million, 57 million euros) deal.The Greek football league is currently suspended after the owner of PAOK, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, invaded the pitch at the end of a match with fellow title contenders AEK with a holstered gun on his belt.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Greek champions Olympiakos and English club Nottingham Forest, has been charged with drug trafficking © AFP/File / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIATHENS, Greece, Mar 24 – The owner of reigning Greek champions Olympiakos and English Championship club Nottingham Forest has been charged with drug trafficking.Evangelos Marinakis is being prosecuted for “possession and trafficking of drugs” and for “associating with criminals”, a source in the judiciary said on Friday.
Violence became a leitmotif of British and the broader media’s coverage and a foil used by critics of President Vladimir Putin’s rule.Few things insensed Moscow more than another retelling of the chairs thrown and punches landed in Marseille.Now the group stage of matches is over and little has disturbed the peace besides the all-night singing of happy fans in the streets.Some things have gone wrong.Russian hooligans clashed with England fans in Marseille during Euro 2016 © AFP / LEON NEALArgentina got fined after its supporters pounced on a Croatia rival and kicked him while he was down in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Three England fans were banned for performing an anti-Semitic song in a Volgograd pub.And several female TV reporters have been groped and sexually harassed while doing their job.But the host nation has emerged largely unblemished and the naysayers are being proven wrong.This is Russia’s “told you so” moment — and state media are relishing every minute of it.“The British press used ‘those scary Russians’ to frighten its fans so much ahead of the World Cup that most of them decided to stay home,” Channel One television said in a typical evening news broadcast.“Now it looks like the fans who did come are no longer reading the English papers.”Vesti television said all the good news coming out of Russia “is probably especially difficult for Western politicians to hear.”– Carrots and sticks –Plenty of European media had actually stopped predicting a World Cup bloodbath by the final months of preparations.Security experts say hooligans may flex their muscle again when the police presence relaxes after the World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVVarious hooligans told Western reporters that the Kremlin had been using a carrot-and-stick approach to ensure Russia was not embarrassed with the world watching.The feared FSB security service locked up several hooligan leaders to signal they meant business after decades of doing little to counter football fights.Others were interrogated in night raids on their apartments and given two options: either vanish for the duration of the World Cup or face years in jail for the most minor offence.“From what they told me, Russian fans never intended to start anything during the World Cup,” said Moscow Echo radio sports commentator Alexei Durnovo.Security analysts said the bigger danger is probably coming from supporters of other teams with flourishing football underworlds.Experts said these include countries in the Balkans and the traditional powerhouse Germany. England is always a menace and the Nordic states are starting to make noise of their own.Russia says it is managing to avert violence by deploying a so-called Fan ID system that requires each ticket holder to undergo a security background check.Those who passed are only allowed stadium entry with a card featuring their photo and a personal identity chip.“There is little question that the Fan ID system has played its role,” said independent Russian security analyst Alexander Golts.Less certain is what happens to the Russian hooligan culture once all the tourists clear out and the much less glamorous domestic football season kicks off in September.Russian hooliganism monitor Robert Ustian said authorities were all but certain to relax the rules because they had been collaborating with far-right movements for years.The “firms” that hooligan leaders run are highly hierarchical and can be mobilised at any moment should the Kremlin require a show of support on the streets.“Let’s ask ourselves why Russia can’t always be like it is during the World Cup,” said Ustian.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil fans cheer on Nikolskaya street in Moscow which has become the scene of a daily street party © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Hooligans have been conspicuously absent from the World Cup and Russia’s sense of vindication is palpable.The beating muscle-bound Russian thugs inflicted on England supporters in France during Euro 2016 was still a major talking point in the run-up to the biggest event in sport.
0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of the club by Jose Mourinho© AFP/File Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 3 – Paul Pogba said he was not allowed to talk after Manchester United failed to arrest their recent slump with a drab 0-0 Champions League draw against Valencia.Jose Mourinho’s United have made their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years after an embarrassing 3-1 loss at West Ham and are already out of the League Cup. Tuesday’s stalemate at Old Trafford was their fourth consecutive match without a win.Many players avoided the post-match mixed zone interview area after the game to avoid awkward questions.Pogba was among those to go through but told reporters “I’ve been told I’m not allowed (to talk).”The French World Cup winner, who was last week told he would not captain the side again, appeared to get under Mourinho’s skin after their recent draw with Wolves by saying United should attack more.Captain Antonio Valencia and midfielder Marouane Fellaini have both backed the manager despite the growing crisis at the club.Valencia insisted he is “fully supportive” of Mourinho after appearing to back calls for the under-fire manager to leave.The 33-year-old ‘liked’ an Instagram post from a fan account which said that “recently Mourinho has made watching us a punishment” and “it’s time for Mourinho to go”.But he attempted to explain and apologise on Wednesday.“Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture,” the right-back wrote on Twitter.“These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my teammates.”“Everything will calm down when we get some wins,” the Ecuadoran added. “We are 100 per cent behind the manager.”The players attempted to show a united front before kick-off by breaking with tradition and taking part in a pre-match huddle.“Everyone is going in the same direction to try to improve and to do better,” Fellaini said of the on-pitch huddle. “I think we wanted to show that we are together.”“I think we showed improvement and we have to keep going,” he added. “Everybody (was behind the idea). I think everybody is behind the manager.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
7 7 Click the right arrow, above to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s transfer options assessed… – Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who offers creativity and goals, having assisted 15 and scored 11 in the Bundesliga last season. So where is the best place for the Armenia superstar? Liverpool – This one, quite frankly, is extremely unlikely. Klopp took Mkhitaryan to Dortmund in 2013 and in his second season, which saw the German side struggle in the Bundesliga, the player hit out at the managers tactics and labelled him a football madman. And, backed up by the statistics, Mkhitaryan has revealed he loves life under Thomas Tuchel. Manchester United – As Jose Mourinho looks to rebuild the Red Devils, its reported hes keen on Mkhitaryan and the player is up for moving to Old Trafford. Borussia Dortmund have reportedly turned down a £19m bid, but is he right for Man United? The player himself enjoys being allowed freedom to create and attack, which is exactly what Mourinho didnt allow Juan Mata to do at Chelsea, with the Portuguese wanting players with a good work ethic, to help his pragmatic side. He could fit in if played on the right flank, but may still not quite see eye-to-eye with The Special One. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a wanted man and a transfer away from Borussia Dortmund seems more likely by the day.The Armenian star has spent three seasons in the Bundesliga after starring for Shakhtar Donetsk.Now he could be on the move again as he refuses to sign a new deal at the Westfalenstadion.His agent Mino Raiola says Borussia Dortmund had agreed to let the player move clubs. But, speaking to ESPN, their chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke claimed the Mkhitaryan will see out his contract.Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old who offers creativity and goals, having assisted 15 and scored 11 in the Bundesliga last season.So where is the best place for the Armenia superstar? Click the right arrow above to find out… Arsenal – At the end of the Premier League season, Alexis Sanchez appeared enlivened with a role on the right flank. Any move by Arsene Wenger to land Mkhitaryan would likely see the Chilean shifted back to the left, which could leave him underperforming again. It will be a balancing act but Wenger might just be able to pull it off. His productive goal and assist figures would also solve a problem which neither Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could. Borussia Dortmund – If Watzke is right and the player does remain at the Westfalenstadion, hell have a fight on his hands for a starting spot. French starlet Ousmane Dembele has signed for the club and is just as versatile, although more geared to scoring goals than assisting. A record of 12 strikes and five assists make him extremely promising and it may be unwise to hinder his progress, while fellow new signing Emre Mor could also be stopped from getting game time on the right flank. Maybe it is time for Mkhitaryan to move Juventus – With the Serie A giants striving to win a sixth straight Scudetto, they may well seek to tinker with their midfield this summer. Mkhitaryan would certain add some competition and may be able to add more goals to a team which only hit 75 last term, compared to rivals Napoli (80) and Roma (83). The signing of Miralem Pjanic, though, makes this slightly unlikely, unless they were to sell Paul Pogba. 7 7 Chelsea – Willian was the stand out player for the Blues last season as his industrious displays on the right flank helped them during their time of need. If it wasnt for the Brazilian they could have done even worse. But Mkhitaryan may end up being his direct opponent if he signs for the south west London club. The Armenian can play as a no.10, though, and this could spell the end for another Brazilian Oscar. His versatility will also be important for incoming manager Antonio Conte, who could favour a 3-5-2 formation. 7 7 7
Moussa Dembele is leaving Fulham for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team When it emerged Celtic were on the verge of signing Moussa Dembele for free, fans got excited.The 19-year-old striker is out of contract at Fulham and despite being linked with Tottenham and Arsenal, Scotland is his next stop with the player having a medical in Glasgow.Manager Brendan Rodgers has set about reshaping the Celtic front line and has shipped out strikers Colin Kazim-Richards, Carlton Cole, Stefan Scepovic and Anthony Stokes. Here, talkSPORT looks at some tweets from excited supporters. 1
1 The Gunners have made the French striker their number one summer target Arsenal are close to agreeing a club-record fee with Lyon to sign Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.The Gunners have made the French striker their number one summer target and are said to have made a breakthrough in negotiations with the Ligue 1 club.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas previously stated it would be unlikely Lacazette would leave in the current transfer window, but an improved offer from the north London club looks to have changed the situation.Arsene Wenger’s side have also been strongly linked with moves for Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, with the club preparing for the possible departure of Alexis Sanchez.Any deal for Lacazette is likely to eclipse the £42million fee Arsenal paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in September 2013.