BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgChelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.last_img read more

Bandits cart off over $3.5M in items from mobile cellphone unit

first_imgAn Essequibo Coast businessman is now counting his losses after bandits reportedly broke into his mobile cellphone unit, which was parked at his residence and made off with over $3.5 million in items.The businessman, Nahib Sabar of Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, the owner of the N Sabar Cellphone Connection, reported that the mobile unit (a converted Canter truck) was broken into on Sunday morning between 01:00h and 02:30h.According to reports, Sabar discovered that he had been robed when he inspected the truck before leaving home for the Suddie Market.He observed that the unit had been ransacked and several computers, cellphones, and accessories had been removed.A phone backup charger and a single sock that do not belong to the businessman were left in the vehicle. The Police were immediately contacted.However, the businessman is reporting that he is unhappy with the manner in which the Police are conducting their investigations.“I am very disappointed in the way the G Division [Essequibo Coast-Islands] Police are investigating the matter… a phone backup charger and a single sock were left on the crime scene, but one of the investigating ranks took the phone backup charger and pushed it into his pants pocket and left the sock … why the Police did not have fingerprints taken, because the entire mobile unit was ransacked and fingerprints might be all over?” the man questioned.Further, Sabar is alleging that a neighbour who reportedly saw the commissioning of the robbery has been giving conflicting reports to the Police.“When he was arrested, he give the Police conflicting reports, but he was detained for 72 hours and subsequently released … a woman a few days later turned up here in Anna Regina and was trying to sell me a Edge 7 Samsung phone, which look like one of the phones I lost, but by the time I contacted the Police she escaped,” the businessman further revealed.Attempts to contact the Divisional Commander for a comment proved futile. Meanwhile, he offered a $500,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators and ultimately the stolen items.last_img read more

Benitez insists he did not hear jeers from Chelsea fans

first_imgNew manager Rafael Benitez insisted he did not hear his hostile reception from Chelsea fans.Benitez, hugely unpopular among the Blues faithful from his time as Liverpool boss, was loudly jeered.But, speaking after the 0-0 draw against Manchester City, he said he was unaffected by the reaction.“I can guarantee you because I am focused on the game I don’t hear the crowd,” he stated.“My focus is on the team and on the pitch. I was not listening. I was concentrating on the game.“It was a tough game against a top team. To see the mentality and work-rate of the players was quite positive.“Clearly you could see they were trying hard with and without the ball. You could see everyone tried to help each other.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Week 2 NFL betting guide: Picks against the spread for every game, best totals, and more

first_img#Week 1, as it usually is, was a hot mess.But there was still money to be found — especially if you went in on the Bills trifecta.This week, we have a bit more clarity in the market, but overreactions to Week 1 can provide serious value to the bettor, especially when it comes to totals.Here are my Week 2 picks: Cardinals (+13) at RavensCardinals fell behind 24-6 against Detroit and only cleaned up against a prevent defense. I do think that Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury worked …last_img read more

Weight’s over: It’s fight time

first_imgREAD: Ancajas steals limelight from main boutSo confident was Ancajas that he’s going to be cleared for his fourth defense of the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown that he did not even look at the registered figure, leaving it to MP Promotions representative Joe Ramos and matchmaker Sean Gibbons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe smiled and waved at the group of Filipinos in attendance, before leaving the makeshift stage to have his first meal for the day—three hard boiled eggs washed down with warm water.His opponent, Israel Gonzalez came in lighter at 114,  a pound under the limit, and was also cheered on by fellow Mexicans. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We hit our target,” said chief trainer Joven Jimenez, whose next aim is to bring up Ancajas’ weight on fight night Saturday at the same venue.READ: Jimenez says Ancajas will put on a showTo do that, Ancajas will eat every three hours, taking bigger servings each time.According to Jimenez, who supervised Ancajas’ stationery jogging with intermittent burst of speed and improvised “sauna” session, 128 pounds would be ideal, the same weight when Ancajas fought against Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia, and Irish Jamie Conlan, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.In the second weigh-in Saturday morning, however, Ancajas must not go beyond 125 as mandated by the sanctioning body.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Trainer Joven Jimenez says Jerwin Ancajas will put on a show Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just like in their stare down Thursday, Gonzalez provided some anxious moments when he moved too close and threw a piercing look at Ancajas, who did not blink.Tension vanished just as quickly when Gonzalez offered a handshake, then patted Ancajas at the back.Gonzalez’s actuations were not all for show, according to Ancajas, as he could see and feel the Mexican’s determination to wrest the crown he took from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in Taguig in 2016.“But I won’t let him have it,” said Ancajas, who dreams of being recognized as a great Filipino champion like Pacquiao, the late Flash Elorde and Pancho Villa. Jerwin Ancajas and Israel Gonzalez (right) put up fighting stance after Friday’s weigh-in. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Making weight is the least of Jerwin Ancajas’ concerns.A kilo over the limit Thursday night, Ancajas did little workout at his hotel room yet tipped the scales at an ideal 114.75 pounds in the official weigh-in held at American Bank Center Friday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir reluctant to play West Indies tour: Sources

first_imgThe Indian skipper for the forthcoming ODI series against West Indies, Gautam Gambhir, is reluctant to play the tour. The designated captain for the Caribbean is apparently worried about aggravating the injury to his shoulder, senior sources in the BCCI have told Headlines Today. Gambhir has told the BCCI that he is worried about a four-month injury lay off if he goes to the West Indies, which would mean missing the crucial series in England.  The BCCI is now awaiting the results of the physio report before they make a decision on Gambhir’s availability for the tour. They have confirmed that if Gautam is found to be unfit, he will not be sent to the Carribean. India’s cricketing body is unhappy that Gambhir continued playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as the skipper in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League despite the injury to his shoulder. Gambhir has not been sure of the extent of his shoulder injury as he was yet to know the result of MRI scan done on Tuesday evening. Club vs country Gambhir’s decision to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and risk his Team India role, has stoked the club versus country debate. Former chief selector Kiran More feels the BCCI needs to set its house in order. “Why blame cricketers? The BCCI needs to a take a big call over the issue. It must look into rules and regulations,” More told Headlines Today. South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs said as a professional cricketer ‘needs to know the extent of his injury’. “It is an important duty of a cricketer,” Gibbs said, adding country should come before the club, as there is ‘prestige’ involved. While cricket analyst Charu Sharma believed ‘avenues and options’ may force a cricketer to prefer clubs to the national call, senior cricket journalist Gulu Ezekiel said, “The BCCI has opened a Pandora’s box. You have players who will play the ILP but not the international matches.” The BCCI has created a situation, where ‘the rest of the world has to deliver’ and not Indian players, because the IPL happens in India, Ezekiel added.advertisementlast_img read more