Jesus double gives Man City much-needed win at Burnley

first_imgManchester City’s Gabriel Jesus struck twice and Rodri scored a screamer in a confident 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday as the champions showed signs they may be able to keep the Premier League title race alive.The victory brings Pep Guardiola’s side, who had drawn at Newcastle United on Saturday, back within eight points of leaders Liverpool ahead of the Merseyside derby with Everton at Anfield on Wednesday.Jesus, who had an early effort ruled offside, eased City’s nerves with a beautiful curling shot into the far corner in the 24th minute after a swift exchange of passes ending with David Silva threading the ball to the Brazilian.Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva created the second for Jesus five minutes after the break with a cross to the back post which the striker, who had not scored in his previous 10 games for club and country, met with a clinical finish.The outcome, never truly in doubt, was assured in the 68th minute when a blocked shot from David Silva fell to Rodri on the edge of the box and the Spanish midfielder blasted a thundering, unstoppable drive past goalkeeper Nick Pope to make it 3-0.City substitute Riyad Mahrez made it four, three minutes from the end, with a low shot from the edge of the box but Guardiola will be disappointed that his team allowed Robbie Brady a late consolation goal for the home side.last_img read more

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The Cavite-born GM’s sad loyalty gambit has become almost irrelevant, thanks to his mercurial rise

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Indeed, 2016 is a banner year for So, an avid social-media citizen who now spends more time reading books of chess greats like Garry Kasparov and Jose Raul Capablanca when preparing for tournaments.The recipient of the 2016 (Frank) Samford (Jr.) Chess Fellowship and the $42,000 annual endowment that goes with it, So emerged Board 3 gold medalist in last September’s 42nd Chess Olympiad held in Baku, Azerbaijan, pushing the US to the team title at the expense of Ukraine.While he relishes the US triumph in the Olympiad, So says his Grand Chess Tour victory means more to his career.“This is definitely my best achievement ever,” says So, who quit his studies at Webster University, where he was a chess scholar under former women’s world champion Susan Polgar, to turn pro in 2014.After bolting the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), which he represented in four Olympiads (2006 Turin, 2008 Dresden, 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk and 2012 Istanbul), So made a stunning decision to switch to the US Chess Federation a year later.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PSL braces for busy ’17 season Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Pitted against the world’s best in Kensington, London, So notched an unbeatable 6.0 points on three wins and six draws to top the tournament and clinch the overall title in the elite, four-leg, country-hopping 2016 Grand Chess Tour.Earlier in St. Louis, Missouri, So scord 5.5 points and likewise bested the field in the Dinquefield Cup. Each victory was worth $75,000 (P3.72 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCounting his fourth-place finish in the Paris leg and runner-up effort in Leuven, Belgium, the Cavite-born So amassed a total of 36.0 points, well clear of fellow United States Olympic team stalwarts Hikaru Nakamura, who placed second with 24.5, and Fabiano Caruana (23.75) in the chase for the series’ $100,000 bonus prize.Inclusive of his leg prizes, So bagged a total of $295,000, almost 20 times bigger than the $15,000 he earned in the 2015 edition, where he played only once in four legs—in the Sinquefield Cup—and ended up dead last. As he sustains his climb to the top, there’s little doubt among his peers that the world title is now within So’s reach.Local chess fans mesmerized by his brilliance may have been initially offended by So’s shift to US affiliation. In all likelihood, though, they will eventually forgive him if only to show their appreciation for his roots. He’s a Filipino by birth and Filipino blood flows through his veins.As So himself posted on Dec. 23 on Flickr: “Proud to be a  Filipino-American!”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND His loyalty shift wouldn’t have happened in the first place. Disappointed that he was already receiving meager support from the government, So was denied cash incentives by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) after the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) refused to recognize his gold-medal feat in the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, Russia.Politics was to blame for it. The country’s delegation in the Universiade was put together by Graham Lim, the former secretary general of the national basketball federation whom the POC had blacklisted.But So didn’t totally cut his ties with Philippine chess. During the 2014 Tromso Olympiad in Norway, he had dinner with members of the national team and NCFP president Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay.For now, though, So would rather focus on his career. Almost everyone in the elite circle of the world’s super GMs concedes he’s in a zone and that his rise in the world rankings—he moved up to fourth this month with an Elo rating of 2807.8 behind world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway (Elo 2840), Caruana (Elo 2827.5) and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia (Elo 2820)—is nothing short of meteoric.While So appeared calm and stoic during his London matches, he admits he was actually fidgety battling the stellar opposition, collectively one of the strongest in history, Elo-wise.“I give total respect to my opponents because they are the greatest chess players in the world and this win was not easy,” he says on his Facebook account. “I had to focus like crazy to be able to sit across from (The Netherlands’ Anish) Giri, Caruana, Kramnik, (India’s Viswanathan) Anand, (Bulgaria’s Veselin) Topalov, (France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave) MVL, (Armenia’s Levon) Aronian, (Britain’s Michael) Adams and Nakamura. My heart was pounding pretty hard most of the time.”Following his conquest of Adams in the second round of the London Classic that shoved him past the Elo 2800 barrier for the first time, So, a devout Christian like Manny Pacquiao, posted: “I shouldn’t be on the Internet right now. Supposed to be working on my match for tomorrow but I wanted to publicly praise my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today I passed the 2800 chess rating barrier and for most of my life I never even imagined a small fish like me could ever do that. Thank you, Lord, for such kindness to me. I know that alone I can’t account for this success. Without You I am nothing.”Now, of course, So is The Big Thing. He is only the 12th player in history to breach the 2800 mark. His December rating (2807.8) is the 11th all-time best and he’s now a legitimate threat to Carlsen’s long reign.Even Kasparov, one of the greatest players of all time, and Anand, India’s five-time world champion who actually lived and played chess in Manila during his teens, have taken notice.Kasparov says So shows great consistency and is still improving; a “totally impressed” Anand praises So’s “effortless” and “easy” play this year. We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Wesley So. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOGrandmaster at 14. Check.National champion at 15. Check.Breaks the 2600 Elo rating at 16. Check.Surpasses 2700 at 20. Check.Crashes the world’s top 10 at 22. Check.Breaches 2800 at 23. Check.For all intents and purposes, Wesley So is right on track for a world championship title. And, gauging by his dazzling performances in last week’s London Chess Classic and the Sinquefield Cup in August, becoming the king of chess may happen before the decade ends.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Fifa seat for nonong

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is poised to land a seat in the powerful International Football Federation (Fifa) Council following the decision of Kuwaiti official Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah to withdraw from the election.Araneta confirmed earlier reports that Sheikh Ahmad has also resigned from the Fifa council after he was linked to a fraud case involving Richard Lai, the Fifa official who was banned for bribery.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Araneta, Zhang Jian of China and Mong Gyu Chung of South Korea can secure the three council seats for Asia if they get majority votes from the 46-member AFC during its congress on Sunday in Bahrain.“Its only a matter of formality,” said Araneta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRcenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Gilas five still raw on defense, says Chot Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View commentslast_img read more

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Granger’s explicitly chilling, frightening promise to restore Burnham’s legacy

first_imgLike a majority of Guyanese, I am frustrated, livid and frightened by explicit promises being made by leaders of the People’s National Congress (PNC) to PNC supporters to restore the legacy of Forbes Burnham – the legacy of usurping and keeping power through rigged elections and dictatorship. This week, President David Granger gave his clearest, most unambiguous, most explicit promise that his mission is to carry on from where Forbes Burnham left off in 1985.He does not disguise his contempt for Desmond Hoyte. He speaks of Burnham as God. In a PNC conference for North American supporters this week, he gave the clearest declaration that, like Burnham, he knows how to stay in power. Burnham stayed in power for more than 20 years, not by winning elections, but by blatantly rigging elections. Granger is now openly, explicitly connecting the dots for PNC activists and supporters – he and the PNC are determined that Guyana return to the Guyana of 1968 to 1992; not a Guyana of prosperity, but of rigged elections. Power matters, not prosperity.He makes it clear that his mission is to ensure the PNC never gives up power and that the only way to do so is to adhere totally to the rigging legacy of his hero. His words are chilling and horrifying: “You have to ask yourself how the PNC gained office in 1964. Ask how the PNC remained in office and what it did to do so. Ask yourself how the PNC regained office in 2015 and ask yourself how would the PNC retain office in 2020”. This is as explicit as anyone could be. There is no room for misinterpretation. Everyone of the PNC activists knows exactly what he was speaking of.Unfortunately, we know too. We know that the PNC gained power in 1964 after years of violence and making governing impossible in Guyana in the early 1960s. We know that in spite of creating greater levels of poverty, destruction of Guyana’s economy, they stayed in power by massive rigging of elections. We know that they regained power in 2015 by promoting years of crime and violence through a strategy of “slow fyah, mo fyah” to make Guyana ungovernable. We know they have hijacked the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to rig the 2020 elections. This makes people angry, mad and frightened. Too many people still remember the horrifying and dehumanising experiences of the period 1964 to 1992. Not only did people live in a punishing dictatorship, many were physically and mentally maimed for life and many lost their lives.But notice that in speaking directly to the PNC North American Conference, he spoke of the PNC, not the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC). This too was an explicit declaration – the AFC and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) were used, just as the United Force (UF) was used in 1964. Having gained power with the support of the WPA and AFC in promoting violence and mayhem in Guyana, both the WPA and the AFC are now materially dead, just like the UF after 1968. Just like the leaders of the UF were usurped into the PNC, so now the WPA and the AFC have been totally immersed into the PNC. Granger and others now rarely talk about APNU/AFC. They have returned totally to the PNC brand. Clive Thomas, Rupert Roopnaraine, Raphael Trotman, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan have become nothing less than card-carrying PNC sycophants.Granger announced James Patterson’s appointment as Chairman of GECOM before he went to the North American PNC supporters. This was strategic – he wanted to show them that he has done what Burnham did – fully hijacking GECOM, transforming it to a loyal PNC creature, just as Justice Bollers and the Elections Commission were after 1968 and until 1992. But as much as Guyanese are dismayed and frightened, Guyanese have no intention to allow Guyana to return to those humiliating and dehumanising years. The Guyanese people are united to fight the PNC. We will stand strong and ensure that GECOM cannot rig the 2020 elections.last_img read more

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Is City Council beyond redemption?

first_imgDear Editor,Is the Georgetown City Council beyond redemption? How much longer must the citizens of our capital city be subjected to the daily vicissitudes of City Hall? There is hardly a day that passes by without one learning of some outrageous, egregious and extremely corrupt activity being exposed. One can only imagine how much else goes on there without detection.We have just learnt that the Town Clerk of Georgetown has granted permission for a vendor to construct a two-storey building in the Stabroek Market Bazaar, without the knowledge or consent of the markets and Public Health Committee of the Council, without the knowledge and consent of the full Council, and without the permission and consent of the National Trust. This building and its environs is a heritage site. This is just another bizarre episode in a string of uncanny occurrences ongoing at City Hall for the last two and a half years.The Town Clerk of Georgetown, is above the laws of the land, in fact he would seem to be the law, as none of his predecessors were able to get away with a fraction of what he has.He has stumbled from one fiasco to the next, to the next in an unending series of debacles, whether it was the unlawful parking meter initiative, or the Bel Air Park, Lamaha Gardens and Subryanville playgrounds, to the garbage contractors crises, to the Abattoir hydraulic pump and stun gun predicaments, to a juvenile rape, to the unsavory treatment of vendors, to the Kitty Market and Stabroek Market Wharf calamities, to the Merriman’s Mall scandal and the list goes on and on.Why is it that dozens of Commissions of Inquiries are being held at various entities in the country and not at the Georgetown City Council which is fraught with corruption, scandals, exploitation, venality, and vice.Sincerely,Nadine Jerricklast_img read more

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Snowfall warning continues for B.C. South Peace

first_img This frontal system is also bringing freezing rain along highway 97 south of Prince George to Quesnel. The freezing rain will end this morning. Additional 10 to 20 centimetres of snow by Friday morning. This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements. 4:39 AM PDT Thursday 14 March 2013 Snowfall warning for B.C. South Peace River continuedcenter_img A moist Pacific frontal system will combine with a stationary Arctic front to produce a swath of heavy snow across the Central B.C. interior and the Southern B.C. Peace. Further snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm are forecast by Friday morning with the highest snowfall accumulations expected in the higher elevations of the McGregor region and over the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Tweet your severe weather observations to #bcstorm. Be sure to include your location.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Lancaster OKs funds to boost city project

first_imgPlans also are in the works to use a former bank building on Lancaster Boulevard as a new home for the city’s art gallery and museum. The City Council, acting as Lancaster’s redevelopment agency, allocated $1.4 million in housing funds and $567,000 in economic development funds as part of an agreement with North Downtown Renual LP, of which Ehrlich is a general partner. “The project is a significant improvement on Lancaster Boulevard,” City Manager Bob LaSala said. “It will involve the development of a public plaza, the redevelopment of existing properties into restaurants, and the addition of owner-occupied residential housing to the south of existing buildings.” Under the proposal, a 14,000-square-foot public plaza would be built in the heart of downtown, creating a public gathering place for socializing, festivals and other events, a city staff report said. The project will result in about 200 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs, $63,000 annually in sales tax revenue, and more than $10,000 in other funding. North Downtown Renual has invested in senior-citizen and affordable-housing developments in and around downtown, including the 116-unit Arbor Gardens senior-housing project at Kettering Street and Elm Avenue and a 93-unit project in development at Sierra Highway and Avenue I. Lancaster is one of six cities that are finalists in a contest to determine the most business-friendly of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities. Selection was based on tax incentives, employee-training programs, shortcuts through red tape and even personal tour guides coming from the various city halls. Burbank, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Long Beach and Cerritos also made the cut. karen.maeshiro @dailynews.com (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The city will contribute more than $1.9 million toward a $6 million project to spark redevelopment of downtown Lancaster into a pedestrian-friendly area that’s been compared to Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade or Old Town Pasadena. Plans call for converting a vacant furniture store on Lancaster Boulevard at Elm Avenue into two restaurants, building condominiums and adding a pedestrian promenade, parking, enhanced landscaping and public seating. “This is the first step to create a pedestrian-accessible downtown where people can come and walk and eat and see entertainment,” developer Scott Ehrlich said. “This is going to be a huge catalyst.” Since 2005, city officials have been working on a plan to redevelop downtown into a vibrant area attractive to pedestrians. last_img read more

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Vinnie Jones: ‘I’d love to see Liverpool beat Man City to Premier League title’

first_img gameday cracker deals LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Man City celebrate their win over the Cherries. “Because we beat them in the FA Cup final, people think I have a thing against Liverpool, but I haven’t. It would be great for them to come out from behind and go on and win it.“But the form doesn’t lie, they were ten points clear and Man City kept cruising.“The big one was when City lost against Newcastle and then Liverpool could only draw. That could have been a big couple of points. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Liverpool will wonder how they failed to win the game 2 Sunday’s Merseyside derby draw with the latest in a run of disappointing results for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have tied five of their last seven games in all competitions.With only one point in it, though, Jones is certain the title race will go right to the wire.And despite suggestions he has a grudge against Liverpool after Wimbledon’s famous FA Cup victory in 1988, former defender Jones insists he would be elated to see the Reds end their 29-year wait for a league crown.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the footballer-turned-Hollywood hardman said: “Liverpool haven’t won the league since I played against them, it’s a long time.“I would love it to go to Liverpool. tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Vinnie Jones has told talkSPORT he would LOVE to see Liverpool crowned Premier League champions this season.The Reds slipped to second place this weekend, one point below Manchester City, after a frustrating 0-0 stalemate with Everton. shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City “It’s going to go all the way. It’s a two-horse race. It’s exciting, it’s great for the punters and great for the fans.“Manchester City seem to be stronger, are they going to pull away? It’s always better looking down than looking up.”Listen back to Vinnie Jones on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL abovelast_img read more

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Who will become Arsenal captain if Laurent Koscielny leaves?

first_img boost Getty Images 7 Papastathopoulos has a wealth of experience to offer in the role Getty Images Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal defender Cohen Bramall has taken a parting shot at Gunners boss Unai Emery deals Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea LATEST JIBE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January FAREWELL TROPHY The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star But who would take on the captain’s armband should he leave? The Daily Star believe it could be Granit Xhaka having missed out on a move to Atletico Madrid.talkSPORT.com assesses the candidates.Granit XhakaThe Gunners midfielder is now unlikely to leave the Emirates having previously been courted by Atletico Madrid.His three years with the club as a starter stand him in good stead as does his no nonsense personality, along with the fact he’s already vice-captain along with Mesut Ozil.The main problem with naming Xhaka as captain is that he’s someone who could find himself replaced next summer as the club continue to rebuild. REVEALED Monreal has been a huge success at the Emirats Laurent Koscielny in action for Arsenal 7 Alexandre LacazetteIt might come as a surprise but the French striker is now 28-years-old and is 12 games shy of a century of matches at the Emirates in his two seasons.This year he’s become a truly key player with his clinical finishing seeing him notch 19 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, while he seems to have bought into the club’s philosophy quite extensively.His form has earned interest from Barcelona and handing Lacazette the captaincy could keep those wolves from the door and ensure they retain at least one of their superstar strikers. targets New job Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Could Leno be the long-term successor to Koscielny> 7 7 He is said to have been offered a three-year deal by Bordeaux, with other Ligue 1 clubs also taking an interest in the former Lorient ace.Nonetheless, he was expected to be part of the squad flying to the USA on Thursday – but Arsenal confirmed on Thursday Koscielny will stay behind.“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” a short statement on the club’s official website read.“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.” 7 Bernd LenoThe German shot-stopper is a superb diplomat and won the adoration of Arsenal fans last summer with his comments upon joining the club.Leno worked his way past Petr Cech early last year and has now established himself as the No.1 at the Emirates.He’s set to be their goalkeeper in the long-term and handing him the captaincy offers him excellent chance for growth as a leader and should keep the Gunners in safe hands. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Getty Images Sokratis PapastathopoulosThe Greek centre-back, 31, has got a wealth of experience having spent five seasons with Borussia Dortmund prior to last summer’s Emirates switch.He’s a leader in the backline and has dealt with numerous superstar team-mates in his time, which will help with the Gunners, especially as youngsters like Matteo Guendouzi rise to prominence.Papastathopoulos has been handed the armband before, becoming AEK Athens’ youngster ever captain, aged 19, in 2008. Nacho MonrealSet for one last season at the top with the Gunners, Monreal has been a real rock for the club since he joined from Malaga in 2013.He’s definitely got the credentials as a leader in the squad and the fact he’s an exemplary professional help his case too.Like Xhaka, though, Monreal isn’t likely to remain with the club for much longer and it might not make too much sense in the long term, or just look like a sentimental appointment given his lengthy service. Arsenal could be on the hunt for a new captain after Laurent Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of the United States.The club are set to open disciplinary proceedings with their skipper after announcing their disappointment with his actions. Getty Images Getty LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 7 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:44Loaded: 22.38%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Getty Lacazette could be a wildcard captain 7 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Bellerin saw last season ended early by a knee injurylast_img read more

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Lennon: Celtic won’t target ‘huge’ Rangers discipline problem

first_imgCeltic captain Brown was at the centre of the flashpoints but lennon says he sees no need to speak to the player specifically about his behaviour.“They did [target Scott Brown],” he said. “And they did it after the game as well.“Scott Brown is a veteran of these games. He’s been here ten or twelve years, he’s played over 500 games. I don’t need to tell Scott Brown how to manage himself through a game of football. He does that very well and the bigger the game, the more he enjoys it.”Lennon said he was aiming for victory at Ibrox and in the final league game against Hearts so they can reach his target of 90 points but he said it has no importance other than being a Glasgow derby.“If we lose on Sunday it won’t have any bearing on the championship next season at all and if we win it won’t have any bearing,” he said. “It is two big teams going at it with pride and for three points more than anything else. “There is no trophy at stake but it is the next Celtic versus Rangers episode and it is the most important one because it is the next one.” Lennon was asked if the Rangers sendings-off might be something his players could exploit but said that while he wouldn’t target it, he believed the Ibrox club had “a problem”. “That’s not a tactic that I adopt,” he said. “It’s not my problem that they’ve got a huge disciplinary problem.“If it manifests itself again on Sunday then we’ll try and take advantage of that.” Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that Rangers have “a huge discipline problem” but won’t seek to exploit it when the teams meet on Sunday at Ibrox.The Glasgow sides are gearing up for the last derby of the season with flashpoints from their last meeting still fresh in the memory. Celtic were 2-1 winners in a dramatic match at Parkhead, where Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos was sent off for an off-the-ball elbow on Scott Brown and Andy Halliday was shown a red card after the final whistle following a clash with the Celtic skipper.Ryan Kent was given a retrospective red card for lashing out at Brown and both clubs were fined over the mass confrontation at full-time. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was given a one-match touchline ban for misconduct.last_img read more

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