City edge United in derby clash, Arsenal leave it late

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img(REUTERS)-Pep Guardiola got one over his old rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester City edged an absorbing derby clash against Manchester United 2-1 yesterday to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League.The victory on their rivals’ home turf maintained their 100 percent start to the season and inflicted a first defeat on United, who looked second best for most of the encounter at Old Trafford.Arsenal were lucky to escape with three points from a home clash with Southampton as Santi Cazorla held his nerve to score a 94th-minute penalty in a 2-1 win, while Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur won 4-0 at Stoke City. Watford completed a superb comeback to beat West Ham United 4-2 away.City’s Kevin de Bruyne was at his scintillating best and returned to haunt Mourinho, his former manager at Chelsea, by opening the scoring when he met a flicked header from Kelechi Iheanacho.He then created City’s second goal when his shot deflected off the post into Nigeria striker Iheanacho’s path.Zlatan Ibrahimovic reduced the deficit just before the break during a breathless first half after City’s new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo dropped a high cross at the Swede’s feet, one of several errors during an unconvincing debut.City held firm, however, to wrap up the points and hand Guardiola first blood in the latest instalment of his simmering rivalry with Mourinho.“We were the team trying to change the result,” a defiant Mourinho told reporters. “We had the courage and the honesty and the dignity to go and chase with pride.”Bravo could have given away a penalty with a studs-up challenge on an infuriated Wayne Rooney, while Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out when he deflected the ball home from a clearly offside position, but United never really got the upper hand in the match.FAMILIAR FAILINGSArsenal enjoyed much of the possession against Southampton but lacked a cutting edge and needed Cazorla’s late penalty to take all three points after Jose Fonte was harshly penalised for tangling with Olivier Giroud.“He did very well to score because he felt a heavy mental weight for the team,” Arsene Wenger told reporters. “It’s a relief because we missed many chances and they had one or two opportunities having thrown everything forward.”Laurent Koscielny’s overhead kick had earlier cancelled out Petr Cech’s own goal.Tottenham’s Son scored either side of halftime after fine interplay with the impressive Christian Eriksen as Spurs rediscovered the fluid attacking football that made them such an irresistible offensive threat last season to outclass Stoke.Dele Alli and Harry Kane opened their accounts for the season after the break as Spurs moved fourth with eight points.“What was most important was that we started a very difficult run of seven games in 20 matches with a win,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. “It was the perfect result for us.”Two first-half goals from Michail Antonio put West Ham United in control against Watford, but the hosts drew level when Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney hit a quickfire double at the end of the first half and Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas completed a remarkable comeback with second-half strikes.Crystal Palace got their first win of the season as they beat Middlesbrough 2-1, while Bournemouth beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 and Burnley and Hull City drew 1-1.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writer discusses Syracuse’s loss to NC State

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse (17-8, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) struggled to get past North Carolina State’s (18-7, 6-6) defense and let its early halftime deficit widen into a larger loss. The Orange went 5-of-25 from beyond the arc with its five 3-pointers coming from Frank Howard, the only star of the game. The senior point guard had 21 points in 28 minutes while Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett combined for nine points in the loss.Here’s what our beat writer had to say about Wednesday’s game. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 14, 2019 at 12:16 amlast_img read more

Ghana Rugby partners May 9th Remembered Foundation to support victims

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe President of Ghana Rugby and former Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Herbert Mensah, has echoed the COVID-19 call for “Safety First” at the 19th commemoration anniversary of the tragic Accra Sports Stadium disaster that struck on 9 May 2001 in Accra, Ghana.Due to restrictions imposed as a result of the 2020 novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, this year’s commemoration was limited to a small gathering of persons with disability who again received mobility aids donated by DESO.DESO (Disabled Equipment Sent Overseas) is a UK-based charity run by ‘Aunty Mavis’, a British-Ghanaian woman whose charity work in Ghana spans over 64 years.A number of Ghana Rugby’s national men’s and women’s players, the Ghana Eagles, who wore Ghana Rugby branded face masks with the message, “PLAY YOUR PART. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE” helped with the logistics during the event.At the occasion in Accra, Mensah said that not even the severe disruptions and restrictions of a virus must be allowed to prevent the remembrance of the tragic event on 9 May 2001 when one-hundred-and-twenty-six (126) young Ghanaians who had gone to the Accra Sports Stadium to watch the beautiful game of football lost their lives.“For the past 18 years, a group of us have marked May 9 by maintaining awareness of the events surrounding this tragedy as well as the families involved, including the issues of stadium safety and proper governance in Ghana. Safety of the football family was not given the proper priority then and we have to remind our sports administrators again and again that, ‘Safety first’ is not only important but that it is a responsibility and duty,” Mensah said.Mensah said that it is ironic that the 19th annual commemoration of the stadium disaster coincides with a time when the call for “safety first” tops the global agenda.“In 2001 safety was not on the agenda, and 126 young football fans lost their lives needlessly. With the Coronavirus in the air, I again call for ‘safety first’ and for all to heed the guidelines of wearing face masks and to keep up with maintaining social distances. If we all do not play our part in this regard we may see another tragedy of even greater proportions in Ghana,” Mensah said.Mensah also said that the safety of players and the public in all aspects of sports administration will always be high on his agenda.“The lesson of May 9, 2001, to me is that one can never neglect the duty of safety on or off-the-field. The loss of life is unacceptable when administrators do not fulfil their duty to prevent it. Ghana Rugby recently launched a programme, EagleWise, in cooperation with BokSmart of the South African Rugby Union that will focus on aspects of player safety and welfare. We have also embarked on an elaborate ‘STAY SAFE’ programme during the COVID-19 period that I hope would have helped to save lives,” Mensah said.The traditional events that earmark the awareness campaign of the “May 9th Remembered” movement that was initiated by Mensah will not take place in 2020. Since 2001 the Mensah-led campaign included a massive street walk in Kumasi, prayers at the Kumasi Central Mosque and visits to families of the deceased.The events for 2020 included the welcome presentation of the DESO mobility aids to persons with disability as well as visits to selected families of the deceased, accompanied by parcels of foodstuff.“I am again grateful to the companies who have again shown solidarity with the cause of May 9th Remembered by donating money to defray costs and/or foodstuff for families of the deceased. This year Interplast, Sunda International and GB Foods again played their part. Without their support, the flame of the cause of ‘May 9th Remembered’ for due diligence when it comes to sports administration will be difficult if not impossible to keep burning,” Mensah said.Mensah also said that the movement will “make up” in 2021 for the limited remembrance events caused by COVID-19 this year.About Ghana RugbyGhana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance Tags: Ghana RugbyMay 9last_img read more