Hockey World Cup: Canada, South Africa keep knockout hopes alive after 1-1 draw

first_imgAfter facing defeats in their respective Pool C openers, Canada and South Africa played out a 1-1 draw on Sunday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive at Hockey World Cup 2018.World number 11 Canada and world number 15 South Africa fought hard to attain dominance as there was very little to separate the two teams in the first two quarters.After going into the break at 0-0, South Africa who took the lead in the 43rd minute through a fine reverse stick field goal by Nqobile Ntuli.But South Africa’s joy was short lived as Canada equalised two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty stroke and skipper Scott Tupper took the onus on himself to level the match.Thereafter, both Canada and South Africa pressed hard in search of the winner but they failed to breach the rival defence to eventually share the spoils.While Canada will play hosts India in their last pool match on December 8, South Africa will face Belgium on the same day.South Africa are under a lot of pressure as they were blanked by hosts India 5-0 on the opening day of the tournament. Canada came up with a spirited effort against world number three, Belgium in their 2-1 defeat but a 1-1 draw wasn’t the ideal result for them on Sunday.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Home crowd gives India real chance to win Hockey World Cup, says former coachAlso Read | Pakistan go down to Germany despite spirited fightadvertisementlast_img read more

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Not Eden Gardens 281, VVS Laxman says 167 in Sydney changed his life

first_imgVVS Laxman said the historic 281 in the second Test of a three-match series against Australia in 2001 did not come as a surprise to him because he had scored heavily in domestic cricket in the years before.Speaking at India Today Conclave South 2018, Laxman said despite popular perception the iconic 281 did not change his life the way a hundred in Australia did in 2000.In January of 2000, India were trailing Australia 0-2 before going to Sydney. Laxman was still a young man with a bright future for India but he was yet to score his first Test hundred. He had come close against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 1998 but fell five runs short.CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE OF INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE SOUTHIt all changed at the Sydney Cricket Ground where he conjured up a magical 167 against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Brett Lee and Shane Warne. India still lost by an innings and 114 runs but Laxman said the hundred was a career-defining knock and he did not look back again.”Strangely, it (the 281 at Eden Gardens) did not change my life – the 167 against Australia (at SCG) did. That was my first Test hundred. I had always doubted my abilities before I got my first hundred. The manner in which I got my hundred against a top quality bowling attack in conditions favourable to them…. My approach changed after that game.”I had a wonderful run in domestic cricket. 281 was not a surprise for me. 167 was the turning point for me in my career,” Laxman said.advertisementVVS Laxman, who had opened the innings with current chairman of selectors MSK Prasad in the Sydney Test of 2000, scored 7 in the first innings. Glenn McGrath picked up a five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 150. Australia responded with 552 for 5 declared thanks to Justin Langer’s 223 and Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten 141.In their second innings, India were reeling at 33 for 3 when Sourav Ganguly joined VVS Laxman in the middle. A partnership developed between the two – albeit only 68 runs, the fourth wicket stand was the only sign of resilience from the Indians in the Test. Ganguly was dismissed for 25 but Laxman single-handedly sent the Australians on a leather hunt with a majestic 167 off 198 balls.A little over a year later, Laxman played the most famous Test innings by an Indian – with their backs against the wall, Laxman scored 281 while Rahul Dravid made 180. Harbhajan Singh picked 7 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second as India ended Australia’s record run of Test wins with a 171-run triumph.Also Read | Wanted Anil Kumble to continue as coach, his exit left a bitter taste: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso See:last_img read more

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Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardSunil Gavaskar heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni for his series-defining performance in the ODIs against Australia. Dhoni scored 193 runs including three fifties from three matches as India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia.Dhoni, who scored 51 (Sydney), 55 not out (Adelaide) and 87 not out (Melbourne), was named player-of-the-series. Gavaskar said Dhoni deserved the reward and accolade.”I am delighted with the way India have performed.. just becoming the second team to win a Test and ODI series in Australia. It’s never easy,” Gavaskar told India Today. “It is a fantastic achievement. Absolutely terrific to see Dhoni get the man-of-the-series award. Don’t forget he keeps wickets and to do that for 50 overs and come out and bat… Full credit to the man for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket.”MS Dhoni scored a slow 51 in the first match but bounced back in Adelaide with a 54-ball 55 not out when he was involved in crucial partnerships with Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik.In Melbourne, India were again under a bit of pressure when they lost Virat Kohli in the 30th over. But Dhoni built an unbroken 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to take India home.Gavaskar, however, pointed out that it was important to not forget how craftily Dhoni ensured India not suffer any hiccups in their chase in Adelaide and Melbourne.”You need the partnerships and that’s what he got from Dinesh Karthik the other day and Kedar Jadhav in Melbourne but don’t take anything away from the way he made sure there was no collapse. Had Dhoni got out, India would have struggled,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThere has been a debate around MS Dhoni’s batting position in recent times. Rohit Sharma felt No.4 was ideal for Dhoni while Virat Kohli prefers No.5. Sunil Gavaskar agreed with Kohli and said five was a good number for MS Dhoni to bat at.Dhoni said he was open to bat wherever the team wanted him to.MS Dhoni is known for his cricketing acumen – after the match, he conceded he was targeting certain bowlers towards the end. Dhoni even went up to the umpires to find out how many overs certain bowlers were left with. Gavaskar said that is the kind of intelligence that sets Dhoni sets apart.”You need that kind of experience and cricketing intelligence to take the team home. The Australian captain might have got it wrong with his bowling changes. MSD knew which bowler to target and he did that brilliantly,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

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Puducherry chief minister latest in the list of CMs on dharna

first_imgPuducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy was latest in the list of CMs sitting on a dharna as he staged a protest outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi. He was protesting what he called “scuttling” of welfare schemes of the elected government in the Union Territory.Sporting a black shirt, Narayanaswamy sat on a dharna outside Rajnivas along with his cabinet colleagues and legislators from the DMK & Congress. The Chief Minister accused Bedi of interfering in day to day affairs of the elected government.”Governor Bedi is scuttling various welfare activities of the government like free rice and Pongal Bonus to ration card holders, disbursment of salary and pensions to government staff. I am forced to stage a peaceful protest as the governor did not respond to the 39 charter demand presented by the government,” he said.Narayanaswamy criticized Governor Bedi for undermining an elected government and misusing her office. The two have been at loggerheads over the administrative powers of a union territory.The current protest by the Chief Minister comes a day after differences between him and the Governor on the implementation of the rule for wearing helmet.”The government is for implementation of the mandatory helmet rule. But it should be implemented after creating awareness about the same. However, the lieutenant governor is behaving like a police constable by trying to enforce the rule. She has caused inconvenience to motorists. Her actions do not bode well for the office she holds,” said the chief minister.advertisementRead | Puducherry: AIADMK MLAs smash helmets to protest against Kiran Bedi’s compulsory orderWatch | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM Narayanasamylast_img read more

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IPL 2019: RCB arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket, says Marcus Stoinis

first_imgAustralia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis on Friday said that Royal Challengers Bangalore are arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket during the mid-innings break of their five-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Incidentally, after Stoinis’ comment, who are yet to win a title, crashed to their fifth straight defeat in IPL 2019. RCB are the only team to have not opened their account yet in the ongoing season of the Twenty20 league.It’s hard to imagine RCB push for their maiden IPL title from heron as they might have to win at least seven of their remaining nine matches to stand a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.On Friday, Stoinis pummeled a 13-ball 28 to take RCB past the 200-run mark at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium after Virat Kohli (84) and AB de Villiers (63) took the KKR attack to the cleaners.”What a place. Great fans. Arguably the biggest franchise in World Cricket.Exciting to be here. We have two best batsmen of this generation in our team. Tonight has been so good so far. It looks like a good wicket. I wasn’t there for a long time as I came in the slog overs. Hopefully, we have posted enough,” Stoinis, who joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore from Kings XI Punjab during the trading window ahead of IPL 2019, said.Chasing 206, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a strong start with handy contributions from Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa at the top. Left-hander Nitish Rana provided the impetus in the middle overs but his untimely dismissal on 37 put a bit of pressure on KKR.advertisementWith 67 needed from the last 27 balls, big-hitter Andre Russell walked out to the middle. Russell then smashed a 13-ball 48, including seven sixes and a boundary, as KKR completed the chase with five wickets and balls to spare and sent RCB crashing to their fifth straight defeat.Speaking after the loss, under-fire Virat Kohli said: “There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell.”Also Read | Virat Kohli No.1 in list of players to feature in most IPL defeatsAlso Read | Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli blasts RCB bowlers over lack of bravery after Russell onslaughtAlso Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for melast_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019 auction: Franchises pay Rs 50 crore to buy 200 domestic, foreign players

first_imgDefender Mahinder Singh and raider Manjeet Singh fetched highest bids as category B players in their respective classes on day two of the Pro Kabaddi League player auctions that ended here Tuesday.Mahinder was bought for Rs 80 lakh by Bengaluru Bulls while Manjeet was bought by Puneri Paltans for Rs 63 lakh.In the all-rounders category Sandeep Narwal was purchased for Rs 89 lakh by U Mumba.A total of Rs 50 crore were spent by the 12 franchises to buy 200 domestic and foreign players over the two days of the auction and only two players – Siddharth Desai (Rs 1.45 crore for category A) and Nitin Tomar (Rs 1.20 crore for category A) — fetched over Rs one crore in the auction.They were bought by Telugu Titans and Puneri Paltan, respectively, Monday.Among the foreign players, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh of Iran was the highest paid player with a Rs 77.75 lakh bid on day one of the action.Season 7 is set to run from July 1 to October 9 featuring 173 domestic and 27 international players.Siddharth Desai said he jumped with joy when he saw the bid amount Monday by the Titans.”I jumped with joy when I saw the result of my bid. I come from a humble background, my father is a farmer and I know how difficult it is to become a Kabaddi player. I would like to thank Telugu Titans for believing in me and handing me the opportunity to showcase my talent. Now that I have been sold for such a high price I will make sure I give my 100 per cent and make the team proud,” he said.advertisement”Puneri Paltans is home to me, and I am extremely happy that the franchise used the FBM (Final Bid Match) card to retain me in the team. I will take this opportunity to raise my performance level and win for my team. I will give my 100 per cent and maintain my fitness level to make sure that Season VII for Puneri Paltans is a successful one,” said Tomar who was retained by the Pune franchise.Also Read | Meeting my 5-month-old son was like winning 2nd gold, says Asian Games hero Manjit SinghAlso Read | Pro Kabaddi League 2018 Highlights, updates, Bengal Warriors vs Dabang Delhi: Bengal vs Delhi 31-37last_img read more

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LOCAL VOLUNTEER HONORED WITH JEFFERSON AWARD

first_imgA Sioux City woman who has devoted much of her time to working with children with special needs will soon be headed to Washington D.C.Dee Sturgeon is the local recipient of the Jefferson Award, an honor given to people dedicated to public service.She was chosen from the monthly local honorees selected by a committee sponsored by KMEG/KPTH TV and Seaboard Triumph Foods:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/DEE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………TO ACCEPT THAT. ;11Sturgeon has volunteered as a coach for the Special Olympics of Iowa, for more than 30 years, working with children at West Middle School and across Sioux City.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/DEE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..EVER SINCE. :18Sturgeon will attend the national Jefferson Awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 21st.She will take part in a literacy project with inner city kids while there and participate in other activities with nominees from other states.last_img read more

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CITIZENS COMPLETE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING

first_imgELEVEN PUBLIC CITIZENS RECEIVED GRADUATION CERTIFICATES TUESDAY NIGHT AFTER COMPLETING THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE.THE GROUP LEARNED SKILLS DEALING WITH DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FIRE SUPPRESSION, FIRST AID, C-P-R AND HOMELAND SECURITY.OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS OVER 300 PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALSO TAKEN PART IN THE POLICE CITIZENS ACADEMY OR VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING PROGRAM HAVE RECEIVED THE CERT TRAINING.THE PROGRAM IS FUNDED BY A HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT.Photo provided by Sioux City Policelast_img read more

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TESTIMONY BEGINS IN TRAN WALKER MURDER TRIAL

first_imgWitness testimony began quickly in the first degree murder trial Thursday of 19-year-old Tran Walker in Woodbury County District Court.Neither attorney gave an opening statement in the bench trial presided over by Judge Tod Deck and ten witnesses took the stand before the noon break.Walker is charged with two counts of first degree murder for allegedly stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and an acquaintance, 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr., after an argument in the Cecelia Park area of Morningside in January of 2018.The first witness called was Stevie Sullivan, Peyton’s stepmother, who testified that Peyton was dating Tran Walker in the summer of 2017, and that Peyton had runaway on several occasions before deciding to end her relationship with Walker:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WALKER1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….. yes she did. :10Stevie Sullivan also said Peyton began keeping a knife under her pillow at home.Peyton’s father, Shannon Sullivan testified that he told his daughter to block Walker, whom he had never met, from her social media, and that he thought she was staying overnight at a friend’s house in South Sioux City the night of her death.Edwina Rodriquez, the mother of the second victim, Felipe Negron Jr, testified that her son called her after he was stabbed to tell her he loved her:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WALKER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………something wrong. :11Luis Bernal was one of two men standing outside a nearby bar who testified they saw an argument between Walker and Sullivan in a nearby parking lot and ran to her aide when it appeared she was in trouble:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WALKER3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….fell to the ground. :14Bernal testified that Felipe Negron Jr. then told him that Tran Walker had stabbed them.Also testifying during the first day of the trial were Sioux City Police and E-M-S Fire Rescue personnel who treated the victims.They described the severity of the stab wounds and blood loss and how the two teens had stopped breathing before they were transported to the hospital.Hospital Emergency Room personnel testified in the afternoon that neither teen was responsive or had a pulse when they arrived at Mercy Medical Center.last_img read more

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Pistols Firing’s 10 Most-Viewed Vines

first_img5. The check engine package4. Forte from Pawhuska3. Anthony Allen dead2. Trevor Knight, call me1. More deathI guess it sort of sums up sports blogging that my top three is a punter from the TCU-Baylor game last year, Katy Perry on GameDay and Anthony Allen being erased from planet Earth in Lawrence.I’m also surprised at how much hoops there is on here though I think basketball is generally more shareable than football (one reason the NBA is positioned to overtake the NFL at some point).So there you have it — two Nash dunks, a bunch of Phil Forte, OSU guys getting dunked on, J.W. and Katy Perry and one poor, sad TCU punter. #RIPVineIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Vine is dead. Or it will be soon. So we thought it would be fun to copy what the good folks over at Up The Thunder did and post the 10 most-viewed Vines we have ever taken. From 10 to one in order.10. J.W. Walsh’s pants9. Spangler kills Cobbins8. Nash kills the state of Texas7. Forte from Pawnee6. Nash stares down a cheerleader?last_img read more

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Zidane: I wanted Morata to stay

first_imgUEFA Champions League Zidane lacking options after failure to replace Morata Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 22:35 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) morata-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v APOEL Zinédine Zidane Morata Real Madrid Chelsea Karim Benzema’s injury has left Real Madrid short of attacking numbers after the Spain striker left for Chelsea, according Los Blancos’ manager Zinedine Zidane has accepted that he is short on numbers in attack because Real Madrid failed to replace Alvaro Morata after he made clear his desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.Los Blancos 7/2 to win CLSpain international Morata left Madrid for Chelsea in July after growing frustrated with playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Since leaving, Morata has attracted considerable praise for his promising start to life at Stamford Bridge, scoring three goals and laying on another two in four Premier League appearances.Zidane revealed that he wanted Morata to stay, but the forward had already made up his mind, with his departure leaving only Borja Mayoral as cover for Benzema, who is out for about a month with a hamstring injury.#RMUCLThe back-to-back European champions are all set for the return of the Champions League!#RMCity #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/A3qDstTkuo— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 12, 2017Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League opener with APOEL, Zidane said: “In the end, it’s true that when you look at the players we had, like Morata and Mariano [Diaz], now when you look, you only see Mayoral.”You may think that we are lacking a ‘number nine’, and maybe we are. But in the end it was not possible to get one.Borja Mayoral Real Madrid“Most crucial was the situation of Morata. I would have liked him to stay, but you have to understand that he wanted to play more and wanted to leave. In the end we couldn’t get another player.”I believe a lot in Mayoral. He is young, has desire and is hungry. We have Karim, but he’s out.”It’s true that Gareth Bale can play there, but he’s more of a winger. We’re going to deal with the players we have and we’re going to do well, I’m convinced.”Zidane is yet to decide on whether youngster Mayoral gets the nod to replace Benzema on Wednesday or if the returning Cristiano Ronaldo will take up a central role.”Tomorrow we have a game and you’ll see then,” said the Frenchman. “Maybe it’ll be a new option. We know how we’re going to play tomorrow, though.”last_img read more

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Ozil & Laca rested for Europa League tie

first_imgArsenal Ozil and Lacazette among seven Arsenal stars rested for Europa League clash against Koln Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:27 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Köln Köln Premier League Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are also not expected to be involved in Thursday’s contest Mesut Ozil tops a star-studded list of Arsenal players who have been rested ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against FC Koln.The Gunners get their European campaign up and running at the Emirates Stadium but will have a notable number of absentees, with a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League just around the corner on Sunday.Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka joined Ozil in missing out on training ahead of the match on Wednesday.However, the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin were all involved in the first team training session at London Colney, suggesting that they are likely to be involved in some capacity.Several youngsters including Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock joined in training along with highly-rated teenager Marcus McGuane.Arsene Wenger revealed that he will take the competition “seriously” but admitted rotation will occur during the group stages as Arsenal look to challenge on all fronts.“We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two,” said Wenger.“Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. But we have to win at home and you know how it is when you don’t win at home.”Francis Coquelin misses out with a hamstring injury sustained during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.last_img read more

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Best overhead kicks in UCL history

first_imgJuventus WATCH: My GOTW – the best overhead kicks in UEFA Champions League history Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Mandzukic Juventus Real Madrid Champions League Getty Images Juventus Fiorentina UEFA Champions League Videos The series kicks off with a look at two of the greatest bicycle kicks the European stage has ever witnessed — but which do you think was the best? The UEFA Champions League has produced some of the greatest goals in football history.But which were the best? Goal have been putting the question to some keen observers, asking them to debate which was their Goal of the Week, brought to you by Nissan.The series kicks off with a look at two of the greatest bicycle kicks the European stage has ever witnessed — Mauro Bressan’s remarkable strike for Fiorentina versus Barcelona in 1999, and Mario Mandzukic’s stunner for Juventus versus Real Madrid in the 2017 UCL final. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Cheeky Sport Joel and Cheeky Sport Dave sat down ahead of Matchday 1 to relieve a couple of the most memorable moments from the continent’s elite club competition.Mandzukic fired his unstoppable volley on the grandest stage of all, with his side trailing the most storied team in the competition’s history, Real Madrid, in the final.But does it beat Bressan’s astonishing piece of improvisation, leaping to send a spectacular shot looping over a helpless Francesc Arnau, who ended up in the back of the net himself?All week we will be discussing what makes a great goal and you can have your say by voting for which of these two you think was the best.Don’t forget you can vote for Goal of the Week from Thursday morning with Nissan!last_img read more

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Ex-Madrid man Carvalho gets prison sentence

first_imgReal Madrid Ex-Real Madrid defender Carvalho given seven-month prison sentence for tax fraud Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 23:20 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Carvalho - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid CSL Portugal Shanghai SIPG Primera División The Portuguese Shanghai SIPG defender has received a prison sentence in Spain after pleading guilty to tax crimes, but is unlikely to go behind bars Ricardo Carvalho, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid defender, has been handed a seven-month prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud.The 39-year-old is unlikely to serve any jail time because, under Spanish law, sentences below two years for non-violent crimes when defendants do not have a previous conviction are typically viewed as suspended.Real Madrid 8/5 to win La Liga Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Carvalho, who is still playing professionally with Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, acknowledged he failed to pay taxes relating to image rights in 2011 and 2012 and repaid the amount in full. He was also fined €142,882.Prosecutors had argued for a 12-month sentence and a larger fine of €300,000.Carvalho’s former clubs also include Porto and Monaco, while he won Euro 2016 with Portugal at international level last year.last_img read more

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Neymar and Brazil can’t down England

first_imgWorld Cup Brazil and Neymar can’t find the spark to down England Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:26 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Neymar, Kyle Walker Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar England v Brazil England Friendlies Opinion PSG’s superstar flickered in spells at Wembley and the five-time World Cup winners are not going to find the going easy at the tournament next summer Much has been written about Brazil’s return to form, the resurgence of Jogo Bonito and the possibility of Tite leading the national team back to World Cup glory.This was a chance then to demonstrate for the first time in front of a European audience that Brazil were worth considering as a threat in Russia 2018 following their 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals on home soil three years ago.Brazil 5/1 to win the World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There was no doubt that they dominated the game against England at Wembley but they still remain short of a crucial spark – Neymar apart – to consistently unlock teams at the top level.He had a couple of sensational passes and one barely-legal nutmeg on Jake Livermore but his shooting was mostly of the skyward variety.Brazil – and Neymar – will be stepping up several levels come the World Cup and any issues in breaking down doughty defences better be sorted out now. England have discovered a nascent confidence in these last two friendly encounters against Germany and the Brazilians here and gave Brazil a good sparring test as they tune up for next summer.Even without such talents as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, Gareth Southgate’s side were resolute and hard to break down.Man-of-the-match Joe Gomez did well alongside John Stones in the heart of defence while Joe Hart was ready when called upon.However if Brazil have serious designs about reclaiming the trophy next summer they need to be able to solve puzzles like this.Neymar Brazil EnglandThe issues would appear to stem from the midfield sector where a capable – but all too workmanlike – trio of Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Casemiro operate. What Tite gains in solidity and protection against penetrating counter-attacks he lacks in a playmaker.That may sound greedy for a team containing both Neymar and Philippe Coutinho but Brazil could perhaps do with a central rover – either the Paris Saint-Germain man starting centrally or else for Coutinho to be deployed there with Roberto Firmino coming into the attack.As things stand the team could be split in two between the three players tasked with scoring goals and the rest of the side keeping them out.While support is offered by Marcelo and Dani Alves on the flanks, Brazil still find it difficult to get behind and create clear-cut chances for Gabriel Jesus – the kind he has become used to at Manchester City.Brazil’s qualification campaign was nearly flawless with only one defeat in 18 matches but maybe they are suffering the effects of playing the same kinds of teams over and over.Their friendlies under Tite have come against Argentina and Colombia – CONMEBOL neighbours – and Australia and Japan who – with all due respect – any aspiring World Cup contenders should be looking to beat.More will be learned in games like this where Tite has got to find a better balance. The Mineirazo against Germany will be revisited in March for the next friendly and by then we should have a better idea of Brazil’s standing.Right now they look reliant on magic from Neymar and that is a lot to ask game by game for even the very best.last_img read more

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Silva hits back at Allardyce

first_imgMarco Silva Silva dismisses Allardyce criticism as nonsense Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:30 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MarcoSilva - cropped Getty Images Watford Everton v Huddersfield Town Watford v Tottenham Hotspur Everton Premier League The Watford boss entered a war of words with the 63-year-old after the newly installed Everton manager questioned his coaching pedigree Sam Allardyce’s dismissal of Marco Silva’s coaching record has been given the short shrift by the Watford boss.Allardyce, 63, went back on a short-lived retirement from club management this week when he was named Everton manager on an 18-month deal.The Merseyside club had courted Silva, only for their approaches to be rebuffed by fellow Premier League outfit Watford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, Allardyce bristled at the suggestion he was Everton’s second choice – declaring Silva’s record in the game to have “no comparison whatsoever with mine” on account of Hull City being relegated under his charge last term.While he was unable to prevent Hull from returning to the Championship, Silva was widely regarded to have done an excellent job with meagre resources, lifting a side that previously looked doomed to the cusp of survival.Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham left Watford an impressive eighth in the table and Silva, who won the Taca de Portugal with Sporting CP before leading Olympiacos to the Greek Superleague title in 2015-16, had some choice words for Allardyce and poked fun at his swiftly aborted reign as England manager. | Enjoy that one, @chriskabasele27?!#watfordfc  pic.twitter.com/lH3kEKFeN4— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) December 2, 2017″I read what he said, but when he made this comparison it does not make sense,” the 40-year-old told reporters before assessing his veteran adversary, who started life as Everton boss with a 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town.”It is the same thing if I compare his work with a national-team coach like Gareth Southgate.”It’s like me comparing the five goals [Watford forward] Richarlison has scored in the Premier League with [Stoke City striker] Peter Crouch. Crouch is nearly 36, Richarlison is 20. Crouch has played so many games and Richarlison far less.”Go and see what he was doing when he was 40 years old, or see what he was doing in his first seven seasons as a coach. Then look at what I am doing at the same age – or you can wait until I am 63 years old, and then we can compare what I have done.”Silva’s Watford blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Everton last month. The return fixture is scheduled for Saturday, February 24.last_img read more

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Many NFL teams have valid excuses for ignoring Kaepernick: these three don’t

first_imgShare on Twitter Tom Brady loses top receiving target Julian Edelman for entire NFL season Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Colin Kaepernick Share via Email San Francisco 49ers Share on Pinterest NFL Read more Read more So if Manning wasn’t desired by every NFL team, then it can’t be said that absolutely every job Kaepernick hasn’t landed is due solely to reasons of racism, politics and collusion. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump – the president who openly threatened owners with negative attention if they signed Kaepernick – but he also legitimately has zero football use for the guy, considering his roster already has a quarterback-of-the-now in Tom Brady and of-the-future in Jimmy Garoppolo. So as difficult as it is to give Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft the benefit of the doubt on anything, they’re in the clear … on Kaepernick, at least. Then there are other jobs that came open in which Kaepernick seemed a suitable option, but teams went elsewhere due to system fits. When Ryan Tannehill re-injured his knee earlier this month, head coach Adam Gase reached out to Jay Cutler – a debatably better quarterback than Kaepernick – but one who knew the coach from their time together in Chicago. Kaepernick has a higher upside than Cutler, but Gase picking the familiarity of Cutler is understandable, if perhaps not advisable. features Support The Guardian So now we are down to three teams: the Jaguars, Colts and Ravens. And their excuse for not signing Kaepernick is … well, absolutely no good excuse at all. Andrew Luck has not thrown a pass since January with the regular season almost upon us. And so Indianapolis will likely open the season with the quarterbacking zero that is Tolzien at the controls, while team owner Jim Irsay has tried to ignore the Kaepernick question. One has to wonder if Irsay would sign Kaepernick if the QB had ever been arrested and charged with four felonies, like someone the Colts owner knows quite well.Then there are the Jaguars, forever in need of a quarterback – and Kaepernick would be their best since at least David Garrard a decade ago. A week ago Blake Bortles was reportedly in line to get cut, and team owner Shad Kahn, who donated $1m to Trump’s inaugural committee, even told a local radio station that he would “absolutely” be OK with Kaepernick coming aboard if that was the recommendation of Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone. But then nothing came of it and, after a mediocre performance by Bortles in Jacksonville’s most recent pres-eason game – or a good performance by his standard – Marrone named Bortles the starter for week one. Somewhere between last week and now, the Jaguars front office decided they would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick.Finally, the Ravens – a team that fancies itself a contender, even though Joe Flacco has yet to throw a pass in training camp and the season starts in a week and a half. Head coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome reportedly want Kaepernick, but team owner Steve Bisciotti – who in the past publicly supported Ray Rice and built a statue of Ray Lewis – refused. And so the Ravens will open the season with Mallett at quarterback, who will play horribly and lose, but play horribly and lose after standing for the national anthem. Congrats, Ravens!Not every NFL team is actively blackballing Colin Kaepernick. But even in bending over backwards to give teams the benefit of the doubt – an Olympian task considering the NFL’s track record – there is also no case to be made that some teams aren’t. There are three cities in which Kaepernick can, and should, be starting in right now. Those teams are punishing Kaepernick for his decision to protest. Soon the standings will punish those teams for their decision not to sign him.center_img US sports Share on WhatsApp But even if you argue Cutler is better than Kaepernick as a quarterback or at least his equal, there are still 11 current starting QBs in the league who are objectively worse than Kaepernick: Josh McCown of the Jets; Ryan Mallett of the Ravens (filling in for an injured Joe Flacco); DeShone Kizer of the Browns; Tom Savage of the Texans; Blake Bortles of the Jaguars; Trevor Siemian of the Broncos; Mike Glennon of the Bears; Jared Goff of the Rams; Brian Hoyer of the 49ers; Scott Tolzien of the Colts (filling in for the injured Andrew Luck); and Nathan Peterman of the Bills (filling in for Taylor and Yates and currently higher on the depth chart than Wenning).Forgetting all the teams on which he would be a massive upgrade as a backup quarterback – Pittsburgh, which has Super Bowl aspirations, yet will give the ball to Landry Jones if/when Ben Roethlisberger suffers his annual injury; or Dallas, where Jerry Jones employs Ezekiel Elliott and employed Greg Hardy, but has Kellen Moore as Dak Prescott’s backup – Kaepernick is currently better than a third of the starting QBs in the league. One-third! And even when Flacco, Luck and Taylor return, Kaepernick will still be better than a quarter of the starters. Still, he can’t get a job in a league that supposedly only cares about winning and, to prove it, regularly hands jobs to men with dubious histories such as Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Richie Incognito.Yet at risk of painting with too broad of a brush, even some of those 11 teams have legitimate excuses for not improving at the quarterback position by signing Kaepernick. The Jets, for example. They are openly tanking the 2017 season, so why bring in a QB who could help them win some games, thereby missing out on a top draft pick next spring? The Browns have turned their team over to a rookie quarterback in Kizer, and the Bears have one waiting in the wings in No1 overall pick Mitch Trubisky. And while the Texans could likely win more now with Kaepernick than Tom Savage, DeShaun Watson is waiting to move up to starter in the next few seasons.That whittles the list down to seven teams with flimsy reasons for starting QBs worse than Kaepernick: Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the LA Rams and San Francisco. But in an effort to be as magnanimous as possible, San Francisco gets a pass because Kaepernick chose to opt out of his contract there … although he did so because the 49ers were going to release him. The Rams get a very generous pass, too, because even though Kaepernick is better than Goff, Sean Mannion and Dan Orlovsky combined, Goff is only a year removed from being the No 1 overall pick and LA wants to give him the opportunity to sink or swim.Let’s give the Bills a pass, too, because Tyrod Taylor should be back from concussion soon and Wenning – again, with apologies to his undoubtedly proud parents – is likely just roster filler until then. And while Kaepernick showed he could quarterback a team with a stout defense to a Super Bowl in 2012, a service he could provide to the Denver Broncos, Denver undoubtedly hoped Paxton Lynch would have made the leap by this year and didn’t have free agent QBs on their radar. The Buffalo Bills signed someone called Keith Wenning on Monday. If you know that name, you are either Keith Wenning’s parents – and you should be very proud of your son – or you are Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, and you should be ashamed of what you’ve done.Wenning, a journeyman quarterback who has now joined his fourth team in the four seasons since he was drafted by Baltimore in the sixth round in 2014, has never actually journeyed far enough to make it on to the field in a real NFL game. He has yet to throw a regular-season pass for the Ravens, Bengals (2015) or Giants (2016) and, if things go Buffalo’s way, Wenning will never throw one in a Bills uniform either. (Note: since things never go Buffalo’s way, don’t be surprised if Wenning gets a lot of playing time there.)Beane made the signing because starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his backup, TJ Yates, both suffered concussions in the team’s pre-season game on Saturday, leaving the Bills lacking at the sport’s most important position – for approximately the 20th year in a row. And so the Bills surveyed the QB free agent landscape and signed … former Ball State starter Keith Wenning. Topics Since you’re here… As is now the custom when any quarterback job opens up, or it seems even when a quarterback throws an incompletion, half the internet sat up and exclaimed WHAT ABOUT COLIN KAEPERNICK. By signing Wenning – a quarterback objectively much worse at playing quarterback than the still jobless Kaepernick, the Bills are now grouped as in on the alleged league-wide collusion to keep Kaepernick unemployed. But all quarterback situations are not equal. Five and a half years ago, when Peyton Manning was available as a free-agent quarterback, even he did not generate serious interest outside of a handful of teams. Overtures were reportedly made by Miami, Arizona, Washington, Seattle, Tennessee and the New York Jets before he signed with Denver. But approximately two-thirds of the NFL had zero interest in the future Hall of Famer. No one protested, even though many teams with far worse players at the position – names such as Christian Ponder, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Schaub, Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel – never courted the QB. Pinterest Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn’t know how to stop this row Sportblog Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Doubts over Reuben family involvement in Newcastle takeover

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Topics Share via Email Organised corporately as Reuben Brothers – a property, private equity and venture capital conglomerate headed by the brothers David and Simon Reuben, who are reported to be billionaires – the family have a very sizeable and financially powerful business. The brothers own Millbank Tower and a very large property portfolio in London, the value of which escalated them to the top of the Sunday Times “rich list” in 2016 with an estimated personal wealth of £13bn. They are also involved in plans to convert a former police station in Newcastle city centre into a “retail and leisure quarter” featuring a hotel, shops and restaurants.Staveley’s representative said that the Reuben family’s proposed investment in Newcastle had been led by David’s son Jamie. He is reported to have various ventures in his own name and to be a football supporter, and has an office at the family’s charitable arm, the Reuben Foundation.A source close to Jamie Reuben confirmed that they were approached by Staveley in November, and they did agree financial terms for their involvement. Then in December they understood that the deal was off because Staveley’s offer had been rejected, and the family has had no further engagement with it since then.The official spokesman for Reuben Brothers confirmed that the family did consider whether they might invest in Newcastle, but said Simon Reuben is unequivocal that they are not doing so. “It is true that we did have a look at it, but nothing actually happened,” the spokesman said. “We are not investing in Newcastle United either as Reuben Brothers or as any individuals, including Jamie.”The Reuben Brothers’ official spokesman said Simon Reuben was “pretty emphatic” that the family is not investing and said that, as Jamie Reuben had led on the talks with Staveley, Simon had called Jamie and confirmed that was correct. “They had a look apparently, but it didn’t go anywhere,” the spokesman said.On Tuesday Ashley, who wants £350m for the club he has owned for approaching 11 years, broke his silence of three months since putting the club up for sale, by denying that there is any deal “on the table” from Staveley, or that discussions are still being held with her. Staveley and her camp say they made the revised offer of £250m in December via a London lawyer, and have been waiting for a month for Ashley to come back to them.Staveley’s representative said there was an agreement with the Reuben family, and there had been no need to engage further with them since December, or for them to commit any funds, because no further progress had been made with Ashley. Share on Twitter Mike Ashley Newcastle United Mike Ashley says there is no Newcastle deal with Staveley: ‘It’s been a waste of time’ Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Messenger news Share on Pinterest Read more A major British family investor, the first to be named by the businesswoman Amanda Staveley as a financial backer of her £250m bid to buy Newcastle United, has said they are not now planning to invest in the club. According to both parties, the Reuben family did agree financial terms to support Staveley’s bid in December, but after her offer was rejected the family has not been involved with it since.A representative of Staveley, asked by the Guardian how she is proposing to fund the planned takeover of the club from the Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, said on Wednesday that he had been authorised to reveal that the London-based Reuben family is one of her co-investors. Before that, Staveley had not publicly named any backers; sources close to her had said she has £28bn under management from investors worldwide but that she might mostly pay for Newcastle herself. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Chess: Levon Aronian favourite to secure right to challenge Carlsen

first_imgChess Share via Email Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Who will win? Levon Aronian is a popular choice and the betting favourite, after the Yerevan 35-year-old scored major successes in 2017. He has a fluent tactical style, is cultured and outgoing and has held his own with Carlsen in their mutual classical games of the last three years.Aronian is favourite but he represents poor value after five previous failures at this level in the past decade. In none was he a threat at the business end. For a player in his mid-30s that is considerable psychological baggage.Vlad Kramnik is a former world champion and has long cherished his ambition to regain the crown but at 42 his game is more uneven than in his best years. Of the two Americans Fabiano Caruana missed becoming the 2016 candidate only in the final round and has prepared seriously but his recent form, a failure at Wijk 2018, is less than convincing. Wesley So, at 24, is the youngest candidate and may need more experience.Shak Mamedyarov is the current world No 2 and a fine tactician and competitor, yet there is an impression that his style lacks soundness at the highest level. Alex Grischuk, like Aronian, has played in several previous candidates without winning.Ding Liren is the first ever candidate from China and is reckoned the outsider, though Beijing is hungry for global success, and Ding will have been prepared in depth for his big chance. All the other candidates have played in tournaments leading up to Berlin, but Ding has conspicuously stayed away.Historically, those who are proven winners at the world title candidates stage have a significant chance of a repeat. Vassily Smyslov won at Zurich 1953, was held to a draw in the championship match by Mikhail Botvinnik who retained the crown, and again won the candidates in 1956 before capturing the world title a year later. Smyslov kept his ambitions alive even as a veteran, and at age 63 again reached the candidates final against Garry Kasparov.Boris Spassky won two candidates events, in 1965 and 1968, while Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi later also achieved doubles. In 2007 there was a match tournament for the title. Vishy Anand won that, and after losing his crown to Carlsen six years later the Indian still had the energy to become the challenger in 2014.Sergey Karjakin won the 2016 candidates, had a real opportunity at one moment in the championship match in New York to take Carlsen’s crown, and drew the main series 6-6 before losing in speed tie-breaks. It is clear that all his play in the last two years has been geared towards this second attempt. His defensive skills, stable and strategic style, and improved speed technique are formidable weapons.Karjakin has taken advice from the legendary Anatoly Karpov, a master of subtle positional play, and used it to effect when winning last week’s Tal Memorial blitz in Moscow.Here he exploits the Israel No 1’s small errors in Karpov style. Black should prefer 11…Ne7! with the idea of a later c6 and d5, while next turn 12…h5 backs up the f5 bishop. The fatal error was 20…Be4? (better Qh4) which allowed a forced winning sequence. Black resigned because 25…Nb4 26 Rxa8 Rxa8 27 Nxc5 wins the b4 knight or the d7 bishop. Magnus Carlsen Topics Sergey Karjakin v Boris Gelfand, Tal Memorial blitz 20181 b3 e5 2 Bb2 Nc6 3 e3 d6 4 c4 g6 5 Nf3 Bg7 6 Be2 Nf6 7 d4 O-O 8 O-O Bf5 9 h3 h6 10 a3 Re8 11 d5 Nb8?! 12 Nc3 Ne4?! 13 Nxe4 Bxe4 14 Nd2 Bf5 15 b4 a5 16 Bc3 Na6 17 Nb3 axb4 18 axb4 Qg5 19 Kh2 h5 20 Qd2 Be4? 21 f3! Bf5 22 e4 Qxd2 23 Bxd2 Bd7 24 c5! dxc5 25 b5! 1-03557 1 Ng5+! hxg5 2 Rxf7+! Qxf7 3 hxg5+ Kg7 4 Qh6 mate. Black can delay mate only by heavy material losses. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Learning through play is plane easy | Letters Chess: Levon Aronian tops strong field to triumph at Tradewise Gibraltar World Chess Championship 2018center_img Share on LinkedIn Leonard Barden on chess Since you’re here… The world championship candidates tournament opens at the Kulhaus, Berlin on Saturday afternoon, continues until 28 March and will decide who among eight qualifiers becomes the challenger to Magnus Carlsen for the Norwegian’s world crown in London in November.All the games can be viewed live and free online (2pm start) as three Russians, two Americans and one each from Armenia, Azerbaijan and China start their marathon double-round all-play-all, a total of 14 games each. Read more Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger newslast_img read more

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