Manuel Pellegrini 1 All was well at Manchester City two weeks ago after they had stormed to six straight wins.But it’s not looking so good for them now after they crashed to a second consecutive Premier League defeat on Saturday, with Tottenham putting FOUR past them at White Hart Lane in the lunchtime kick-off.For many City fans, their disappointing turnaround in form is down to one man – Manuel Pellegrini – with his decision to leave Joe Hart on the bench drawing huge criticism. Some even believe the Chilean should be SACKED. See some of the best reaction to City’s defeat at Tottenham below…
Beyonce didn’t bluff when she sang, Who run the world? Girls. It rang true in sports in 2018 as women hit new milestones. Mary Kom made history as the first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships, matching Cuban pugilist Felix Savon’s haul of six medals.,Beyonce didn’t bluff when she sang, Who run the world? Girls. It rang true in sports in 2018 as women hit new milestones. Mary Kom made history as the first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships, matching Cuban pugilist Felix Savon’s haul of six medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu ended 2018 on a high, becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour finals, a tournament that rewards the most consistently good players on tour. In Hima Das, a star was born. After being crowned the under-20 champion in 400 metres, the Assamese sprinter lived up to the hype at the Asian Games with two medals, which include gold in 4 x 400 m relay. Swapna Barman, 22: Her gritty heptathlon performance at the Asian Games got India the gold. (Photo: Reuters)Swapna Barman acquainted Indians with the heptathlon, giving a gutsy gold-winning performance at the Asian Games. And Vinesh Phogat became one of three Indianswrestler Bajrang Punia and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra being the othersto score the double this year: gold in both the Commonwealth and Asian Games.Kom, at 35, demonstrated that age and motherhood are no bar when it comes to excelling in a gruelling sport as she defeated a much younger competitor to win her first world title in seven years. MC Mary Kom 35: The first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships (Photo: Pankaj Nangia)Sindhu, 23, was the epitome of patience and resilience after being a losing finalist at this year’s World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Facing incessant questions about her mental fortitude, Sindhu illustrated that the tag of choker’ was not for her as she defeated arch-rival Nozomi Okuhara to win the year-ending tournament. I feel really happy and I think I have no words because this is my first win [title] this year, she said, emphasising the magnitude of the victory. Separated by 12 years, Kom and Sindhu remain two of the most popular sporting icons, winning people over with their true grit.advertisement PV Sindhu, 23: Refusing to let the choker’ tag stick, she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour final. (Photo: Reuters)In Das, the Indian sporting scene got a much-welcomed flamboyant sportswoman whose persona is as big as her talent. Not since PT Usha has Indian athletics had a poster girl, and Das has been more than ready to fill the void with her candidness and tomboyish swagger, much of it evident in the photographs she shares on Twitter as it is in her demeanour on track. Hima Das, 18: With two Asian Games medals, including the 4 x 400 metres gold, she proved she was no hype. (Photo: Reuters)I have said that I was very mischievous, headstrong and a bit of a bodmash (hellraiser), said Das in an interview to india today in July 2018. I do not fear anything… I believe in time and in God. Nothing else bothers me. Time indeed will be the biggest hurdle for the 18-year-old athlete, who moves to senior level and runs against tougher competition to clock in a time that gets her a ticket to Tokyo.Das could learn a thing or two from six-time national wrestling champion Phogat. In what is seen as a man’s domain, the Phogat sisters continue to impress, with Vinesh, cousin of Geeta and Babita, proving that women are not far behind in the combative sport. With gold at the Asian and Commonwealth Games each and a silver at the Asian Championships in 2018, Vinesh, who missed the World Championships due to an elbow injury, won a Grade A contract with the Wrestling Federation of India. It’s just the encouragement she needs as she begins her qualification campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat, 24: No stopping this wrestler who bagged gold medals in both the Commonwealth and Asian Games. (Photo: PTI)The quintet is India’s strongest bet at the Olympics where each will be aiming for nothing short of gold. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu was just a step away from the podium; Vinesh suffered a knee injury in her first bout, which ended her campaign, and Kom failed to qualify. The next edition is perhaps her last shot to improve on her bronze at the London Games in 2012. She’ll want to end her innings with a powerful punch.
Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open squads will travel to Sydney this weekend for a training camp in preparation for the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series to be held in Auckland next February. The Australians are hopeful of continuing their strong form against New Zealand on the Touch Football field after their impressive 3-0 whitewash of their Trans Tasman counterparts in Mudgee earlier this year. This will be the final selection medium for athletes to impress their respective coaches before teams are decided on and final preparation for the Open’s division title defence begins. The Super Trans Tasman will be the biggest Trans Tasman held yet, with 12 divisions – four Youth, three Open and five Masters – travelling to Auckland to compete. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the latest news in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series – www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksAussie Squads In Camp
Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatteo Guendouzi admits that he took the chances that were given to him in preseason.The youngster arrived from Lorient in the summer, but no one expected that he would make an instant impact on the first team.The 19-year-old has been a key member of the midfield under new boss Unai Emery.And he is happy that he has settled in so quickly.He said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Although it doesn’t feel like I had time to adapt, I did. “The key was when we went on pre-season to Singapore we played friendly matches and I was able to show my qualities to the staff and my team-mates, that time was really precious because when we came back here it was much easier to adapt to the team and the staff.”Everybody has helped me to integrate and be part of the club and for me to play without pressure, which I love to do. Because I started and played well from the beginning that helped me and my confidence for the games that followed.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge has dismissed the claims of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of Thursday’s clash.Guardiola has declared anything but a victory will end their title defence.Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “Are Liverpool title favourites? Maybe we can say they will move into that position if they get a win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, but I still feel there will be a lot of twists and turns in this title story,” says Aldridge.”None of us saw these slips from Manchester City coming and it means Liverpool will head into the crunch game against them on Thursday night in an unexpectedly dominant position.”A draw in that game would ensure Klopp’s side still have a solid lead at the top of the table, while a victory would yield the pressure on a City side that have struggled to cope in the absence of Fernandinho and David Silva in recent weeks.”There is no doubt that Liverpool are in a great position, but this is only the half way point in the season and there is a long way to go, a lot of points to play for.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):6:55 a.m.It’s going to be a nervous opening on Wall Street, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average recorded its biggest fall, in percentage terms, since August 2011.Futures markets are turning cagey as the opening bell gets nearer, with Dow futures and the broader S&P futures, down a further 1 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.Stock markets around the world, particularly on Wall Street, have tumbled this week as fears over prospective U.S. interest rate hikes combined with fears that markets were a bit frothy following a strong run over the past year that saw many indexes hit record highs.Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital in London, is worried about the role technology is playing in the rout. Algorithmic trading, which involves computers following a program, are, he said, “battering the key levels forcing the market lower each time.As a result, he reckons buyers are being caught out: “So far every time dip buyers come in they are being blown away — despite the fact that on a forward earnings basis stocks are looking more and more appealing.”___6:30 a.m.For many stock investors, the rout in markets is likely to have come as a bit of a shock or at least a timely reminder that share prices can go down as well as up.Throughout the history of financial markets, corrections whereby indexes lose 10 per cent of their value have been a regular and healthy phenomenon as they shake out some of the more speculative players and bring share prices back to their fundamental levels.Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, notes that the rally over the last couple of years has been “very strong and without any corrections of note.”As a result, he thinks that it’s entirely possible that this has led to some “complacency,” with investors perhaps “getting a little ahead of themselves.”___6:15 a.m.In the Middle East, stocks were touched by the U.S. and Asian markets’ sell-off, though the losses were more limited.Dubai’s stock market closed 1.5 per cent lower and Abu Dhabi’s shed nearly 1 per cent on Tuesday in the region’s third day of trading for the week.In Saudi Arabia, the region’s biggest economy, the Tadawul stock exchange slipped 1.5 per cent while Qatar’s closed a little more than 2 per cent down.Meanwhile, in Egypt, one of the largest consumer markets in the region, the EGX30 was trading 2 per cent lower and the EGX50 was down 3 per cent.___5:45 a.m.The turmoil in global stock markets has echoes with what’s been going on with bitcoin, the hugely volatile virtual currency, which rose exponentially to around $20,000 last year before a precipitous slump.Many in the markets think assets like bitcoin are introducing a layer of uncertainty that has contributed to the retreat in stocks.On Monday, bitcoin slid from around $11,500 to below $7,000, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell by a record 1,175 points.According to James Hughes, chief market analyst at AXI Trader, the Dow Jones “was trying to do its best Bitcoin impression.”Bitcoin was under pressure again Tuesday, trading 5.9 per cent lower at $6,509.___5:05 a.m.There are signs of a reprieve in the global market sell-off.Futures markets are pointing to a steady opening on Wall Street, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 0.2 per cent and up 0.4 per cent, respectively.Hopes that Tuesday won’t see a repeat of the previous day’s selling on Wall Street has helped European stock markets clamber off earlier lows. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1.8 per cent, while Germany’s DAX was 1.9 per cent lower — both indexes are higher than where they started the session.Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, said it’s the “speed of the correction, not its size,” that has proven the “real shock, particularly to a market inured to low volatility.”___3:15 a.m.Stock markets in Europe have tumbled at the open following the routs on Wall Street and Asia and as investors fret that a healthy correction could turn into a protracted bear market.Minutes after the bell to signal the start of trading, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 2.5 per cent at 7,151, while the CAC 40 in France slid 3 per cent to 5,127. It was a similar story on Germany’s DAX, which was 3 per cent lower at 12,308.Investors around the world have taken fright at the prospect of a higher than anticipated increase in U.S. interest rates this year in the event rising wages stir inflation.Many in the markets had been anticipating some sort of correction following the steady gains over the past year or so, which have pushed some indexes, notably on Wall Street, to a series of record highs.___1:15 a.m.Shares are taking a beating in Asia after the biggest drop in the Dow Jones industrial average in six and a half years.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index plunged as much as 7.1 per cent but recovered some of those losses to close down 4.7 per cent at 21,610.24 on Tuesday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 4.1 per cent to 30,938.85 and the Kospi in South Korea lost 1.4 per cent to 2,458.06.Most other regional share benchmarks gave up between 2 per cent to 4 per cent. The dollar weakened to 108.81 Japanese yen.
TORONTO – Dozens of North American securities regulators, including have joined forces to investigate and warn investors about cryptocurrency-related schemes.Operation Cryptosweep includes more than 40 regulators in the U.S. and Canada, including the Ontario Securities Commissioner, which issued a release about the investigation Tuesday.“Operation Cryptosweep contributes to our ongoing efforts to raise awareness about potentially fraudulent activity involving cryptocurrency products,” Leslie Byberg, OSC executive director, said in a statement.The project resulted in nearly 70 inquiries and investigations, and 35 pending or completed enforcement actions related to initial coin offerings or cryptocurrencies since the beginning of the month, according to a statement the North American Securities Administrators Association released Monday.NASAA members are conducting additional investigations into possibly fraudulent conduct, it said, and those may result in more enforcement actions. NASAA president Joseph P Borg called the announced actions “just the tip of the iceberg.”“The persistently expanding exploitation of the crypto ecosystem by fraudsters is a significant threat to Main Street investors in the United States and Canada,” he said.“Cryptocrimminals need to know that state and provincial securities regulators are taking swift and effective action to protect investors from their schemes and scams.”A critical component of the operation is raising public awareness about the risks of initial coin offerings and crytocurrency-related investment products.Investors should always check whether they are dealing with a registered individual or firm and carefully consider risks associated with investing in the novel space, said Byberg. Warnings and alerts about schemes in the digital currency space can be found on the OSC’s website.The provincial securities commission recently warned Ontario investors about five firms — BTCReal, BitSerial, Hypercube Ventures LP, CabinCoin OU and BaapPay Inc. — that appear to be involved in schemes targeting them.The firms are not registered in Ontario to solicit investments or provide advice on investing in, buying or selling securities, the OSC said, but appear to be encouraging investors in the province to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.The U.S. and Securities and Exchange Commission’s chairman Jay Clayton applauded the efforts to police fraud in the initial coin offering markets.NASAA’s announced actions “should be a strong warning to would-be fraudsters in this space that many sets of eyes are watching, and that regulators are co-ordinating on an international level to take strong actions to deter and stop fraud,” Clayton said.