Archive for July, 2019

  • Man City need fit strikers after again failing to score

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Their Chilean manager still had Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic on show at Carrow Road but they could not find the net as their team missed the chance to reach the summit following Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat at Liverpool in the early game.

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    After a rearguard action by Norwich, Pellegrini revealed his frustration at not having his forwards firing on all cylinders.

    “Our strikers Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are not one hundred percent fit so that’s very important for the team,” he told reporters.

    “We are frustrated because we could not win but we did all we could do, but in front of us there was a team who defended very well.”

    Aguero, City’s top scorer with 15 league goals, is out for about a month with a hamstring injury, Negredo continues to struggle with a shoulder problem and Jovetic has just returned from a series of injuries that have limited his appearances.

    City had been banging in goals at will this season, leading the league scoring charts with 68 in 23 games, and will hope their expensively-assembled forward line can get back on track in their next league game at home to Sunderland on Wednesday.

    The match is a dress-rehearsal for the League Cup final on March 2 with both teams desperate to win for different reasons with Sunderland only one point above the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at home to Hull City with 10 men on Saturday.

    Chelsea leapfrogged City and Arsenal to take over first place with a 3-0 victory over visiting Newcastle United but Pellegrini said his third-placed side won’t be panicking.

    “Every team will drop points, but we are still two points behind the leaders and we have 39 points to play for so we will continue the exactly the same,” he added.

    (Writing by Sam Holden; Editing by Ken Ferris)

  • Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

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    Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.

    “We weren’t good enough today. We weren’t at the races. “We will take a long, hard look at ourselves,” Gatland told reporters.

    “This was probably one of most disappointing performances I’ve been involved with as Welsh coach,” he said.

    Wales came into the match one win from matching France’s record of six consecutive Six Nations victories, but now need either Ireland or France to drop points if they are to have a chance of retaining the championship they won in 2012 and 2013.

    Asked whether Wales still had a chance to win, he said: “It’s tough for us.

    “It’s one step at a time. We won’t be looking forward at whether we can win the six nations, we’ll be making sure the performance improves against France.”

    The victory hands momentum to Ireland, who lost four of their five games last year, but are enjoying a resurgence under new coach Joe Schmidt.

    “This tournament is about confidence and building momentum and Ireland seem to have that at the moment” Gatland said. “For us it’s about bouncing back and showing some character.”

    Schmidt said Ireland’s superior discipline and match fitness helped secure the victory, which he said would act to galvanise some of the squad’s younger players before their trip to Twickenham to play England in two weeks’ time.

    “It’s certainly a gathering of confidence,” said Schmidt. “But we certainly wouldn’t be getting carried away about what we are capable of producing.”

    “It’s going to be incredibly tough at Twickenham,” he said.

    (Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by Clare Lovell)

  • Chelsea display Hazard warning lights to title rivals

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Belgium winger Eden Hazard stole the show with a hat-trick as the Londoners recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over eighth-placed Newcastle United.

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    The victory put in-form Chelsea one point clear of second-placed Arsenal, who were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool, and two ahead of Manchester City who drew 0-0 at Norwich City.

    “We are top of the league and that is something we can’t hide,” Mourinho told reporters when he was asked if he was again ruling out Chelsea’s chances of winning the league with 13 games left.

    “I say the same and I feel the same. It’s not just to say, it is to say and to feel. I do not change.”

    Mourinho played down a suggestion by Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew that this Chelsea side is the best yet under the Portuguese.

    “My team here was an amazing team that lasted for almost a decade,” said Mourinho, referring to the squad that won the title in 2005 and 2006 during his first spell in charge.

    “They are players that are part of the history of this club. These players here are just starting.”

    Despite his attempts to play down Chelsea’s championship prospects for the umpteenth time this season, the momentum has swung their way after they also became the first side to win at City on Monday.

    Worryingly for their rivals the 2012 European champions have started to show the kind of consistency that Mourinho brought to the club when he first moved to Stamford Bridge 10 years ago.

    The win against Newcastle was their eighth in the last 10 league matches and Hazard’s two first-half goals were both the result of the fluent, quick passing that has cut open the best teams in the division this season.

    Hazard completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, taking his goal tally in the league to 12 this term, when Frank Lampard gave up his role as penalty taker and allowed the Belgian to score from the spot after Samuel Eto’o was bundled over at a corner.

    (Editing by Tony Jimenez)

  • Johnson staying with Warriors until 2017

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Halfback Shaun Johnson says he wants to win a Premiership with the Warriors after committing his future to the NRL club for four more years.

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    The Warriors have fended off interest from rival rugby league clubs and from rugby union to secure their 23-year-old playmaker through to the end of 2017.

    It means Auckland-born and raised Johnson will play at least seven seasons of first grade for the club after being promoted from the junior ranks in 2011.

    “I absolutely love being at this club, living in Auckland and being close to family and friends,” he said.

    “When I signed my last contract I said I wanted to repay everyone who has supported me and the same applies even more now.”

    Johnson said there had been interest in his services elsewhere but when considering his options during negotiations this week, he set himself the goal of being part of a history-making Warriors side.

    “There’s so much to look forward to here as we look to grow and improve and I want to be a part of that as we strive to win the club’s first NRL premiership.”

    After two stellar years with the Junior Warriors, where he scored more than 400 points in 45 games, Johnson has established himself as a pivotal cog for the top side while also breaking into the Kiwis Test side.

    He has missed just two of their last 61 games and, at his best, has used his vision and startling pace to open up tight defences. He has scored 249 first grade points.

    Coach Matthew Elliott says Johnson’s signature represented a significant achievement for the Warriors.

    “The fact we’ve extended the contract of one of the most sought-after players around in Shaun is enormously important for our club,” he said.

    “Obviously Shaun is an exceptional footballer and athlete. He’s also represents the club well and is critical to where we’re going this season and beyond.”

    Johnson was also delighted to be named captain of the Warriors side to contest the inaugural NRL Nines in Auckland next week in the absence of regular skipper Simon Mannering.

  • Kotsenburg gets Sochi off to golden start

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    The modernisation of the Olympic programme helped produce a young champion for the ages and a rare sibling double while two of the sports traditional sports added to their stockpile of golds with emotionally-charged victories.

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    Like host-nation Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is banking on the Sochi Games showing the world that it is moving with the times.

    On Saturday, in the Caucasus Mountains high above Sochi, all those worlds came together in perfect unison when Sage Kotsenburg won the inaugural men’s slopestyle competition.

    Later that night, two Canadian sisters – Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe – finished first and second in the moguls, becoming just the third pair of sisters to win gold and silver in the same event at a Winter Olympics.

    “It just totally rocks,” shrieked Justine. “It is just really amazing.”

    Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway won the biathlon sprint to capture his 12th Olympic medal – matching the all-time record of medals at a Winter Games.

    The extreme sports have become the hottest tickets in Winter Olympic sports as the young athletes perform outrageously complicated stunts with a devil-may-care approach that befits their generation.

    With his scraggy blonde hair, Kotsenburg was not among the favourites to win gold but he snatched it anyway, with the same cavalier attitude that has drawn the attention of Generation Y – unveiling a trick he invented himself but had never actually tried before.

    “I just kind of do random stuff,” he said. “I had no idea I’d do it … until three minutes before I jumped.”

    Kotsenburg’s impromptu decision went down well with the judges, who rewarded him with top marks for his four-and-a-half rotation spin, off the equivalent of a three-storey building, while the crowds roared and hooted with approval in the snow-peaked mountains on a glorious sunny day.

    The silver medal went to Norway’s Staale Sandbech and the bronze to Canada’s Mark McMorris, who competed with a broken rib but, in the colourful vernacular of snowboarding, he said it was day when everyone in the sport was fully sick.

    “An all around amazing vibe,” he declared.

    There were Dufour-Lapointe sisters entered in the moguls but only Justine and Chloe made it through to the final round while Maxine came 12th.

    The favourite for the gold was American Hannah Kearney but when she botched the landing on her first jump, Justine, 19, and her older sister Chloe, 22, found themselves on top of the podium.

    The only other sisters to achieve the feat at a Winter Olympics were Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France, who did it two events in 1964, and Doris and Angelika Neuner of Austria, who did it in 1992.

    Earlier in the day, there was a sombre mood when Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, dubbed the “Iron Lady” of cross country skiing, won the women’s 15 kilometre skiathlon.

    Like all cross-country events, the 15km is an exhausting one in which competitors reach the finish line before collapsing in the snow, gasping for air in agonising pain.

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    Bjoergen was no different but her pain this time was as much emotional as physical after she earned the fourth Olympic gold medal of her accomplished career.

    On the previous day, the Norwegian team was hit by some devastating news. The brother of their team mate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen had died “suddenly and unexpectedly”.

    No more details were given but Bjoergen said the whole team was shattered.

    “After things like this, it is hard to focus on the race,” she said.

    Norway dominates cross-country skiing and provided three of the first four in Saturday’s race.

    When they finished, they wrapped their arms around each other and began to sob. Cross country is a lung-bursting sport but a tight-knit one as well and Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, who took the silver medal behind Bjoergen, joined the three Norwegians.

    After a week of build-up that has been marred by bickering between politicians and complaints by journalists about their hotel rooms, it was a solemn way for some athletes to reclaim the spotlight.

    “It gives you perspective on the value of an Olympic medal,” said Kalla.

    After almost two years without an individual win, Bjoerndalen matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s Winter Games mark of 12 Olympic medals.

    At age 40, Bjoerndalen picked up his seventh gold medal of his career, and his third in the sprint, an event he had not won in 12 years.

    “I did things the way I know best,” he said.

    Down at the Black Sea resort in Sochi, another familiar face climbed back to the top step of the podium when Sven Kramer led a Dutch sweep of the medals in the men’s 5,000 metres speedskating event.

    With legs as thick and strong as tree trunks, Kramer slashed almost four seconds off the Olympic record he set in Vancouver four years ago with a display of raw power and determinations.

    Watched by Dutch King Willem-Alexander, he become just the second man to successfully defend the 5,000m, one of the few events that has stood the test of time and been on the Winter Olympic programme since the first Games in 1924.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)