Manchester City have won many admirers in their “wonder season” but need more trophies to be considered the best Premier League team ever, ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has said.City won manager Pep Guardiola his first silverware in England on Sunday, romping to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final. The runaway league leaders are also on course to win a third Premier league title in seven seasons.“Everyone recognises the football that they’re playing this year is high up there with some of the best we’ve seen in the Premier League era,” former Wales winger Giggs said.“But to compare them to ourselves, Arsenal and Chelsea, you have to win multiple titles. You have to be consistent, not just one wonder season, which they are having.”United have won 13 championships since the Premier League era began in 1992-93, Chelsea have five, Arsenal are third in the list with three followed by City on two.Giggs, who won 13 Premier League titles with United and made a record 963 appearances for the club, said City were capable of reaching greater heights in the coming seasons.“It’s up to other clubs, the likes of United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham to do better next year and to challenge and see how they handle that.”City, who have 72 points from 27 games and are 13 points above their neighbours United, visit sixth-placed Arsenal in the league on Thursday night.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger meanwhile has urged his team to make the most of their chances when they face City for the second time this week.“We are very disappointed because we lost an important game. We need first to recover and then prepare for the next challenge together,” Wenger told a news conference on Wednesday.“When you look at the end of the game Man City had three shots on target and we had two. We need to turn the decisive moments in our favour and play with more freedom than we did.”City can re-establish a 16-point lead atop the standings when they travel to Arsenal, who are 27 points behind Guardiola’s side.The defeat, along with Arsenal’s inconsistent performances this campaign, has led a number of supporters and pundits to call for an end to Wenger’s 22-year reign but the Frenchman said that he was not worried about his future.“My position is my position. That’s the last problem I have,” Wenger said. “We are in that kind of situation where you want to focus on the next game,” he said, adding: “My job is to focus on performing.”
Anorthosis goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was sent-off on his return to the Anorthosis team after a six-game absence due to his well-publicised health certificate scandal.The Nigeria international goalkeeper received the first red card of his career in the 23rd minute of Monday night’s 3-0 home win over Alki Oroklinis.The fourth official, Timotheos Christofi, informed the referee that Uzoho made an offensive gesture towards the Alki Oroklini supporters.Witnesses say the Nigerian raised his middle finger to the crowd.The keeper was given his marching orders for unsportsmanlike conduct, shortly after Anorthosis had scored their second goal of the game.
POOR BATTING “When we look back on our performances, I don’t think we were as energetic as we wanted to be in the field. We lapsed a bit in the end. I felt the bowlers did a reasonable job, but when we batted, we were, in no uncertain words, poor. “We’ve got to be better as international cricketers. I just felt we didn’t show that intent upfront. I think the pitch was a very good pitch. It was not one that hampered stroke-play, so I think we all have to be accountable for our actions as batsmen, and now going forward into this game on Sunday – a must-win game – we just need to put things right.” Holder said it was clear his players needed to make adjustments to their mental approach. “It’s more of a mindset. I think we’ve got to adjust our minds to the fact we are playing a very important series against Afghanistan,” the Barbadian all-rounder explained. “I think we just lacked energy at many stages of the game, especially in the field, and it’s something we’ve been talking about in the dressing room for a while, so I think if we can improve our attitudes and body language on the field – look more alive during the innings – I think that would go a long way and then, obviously, we can transcend that into our batting.” He added: “The intent wasn’t there when we batted. I think we can put the Afghans under a little more pressure when they bowl to us and just try to stamp our authority on the game.” GROS ISLET, South Africa (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has minced no words in his assessment of West Indies’ stunning defeat to minnows Afghanistan, describing the performance as “poor” and calling on his embattled side to change their mental approach for today’s must-win encounter. The Caribbean side produced a dreadful performance in Friday’s opening One-Day International at the Darren Sammy National Stadium, crashing to a shocking 63-run defeat to the ICC associate nation. Chasing a modest 213 for victory, West Indies were embarrassingly bundled out for 149, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan picking up seven for 18 – the fourth-best figures in ODI history. “I think Afghanistan played better cricket and they deserved to win the game,” Holder said in a frank interview.
SOCHI, Russia (AP):Brazil are going out of their way to defend their World Cup preparations and show that their players’ injuries can’t be blamed on excessive training.Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting that they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russia.Questions were raised after Renato Augusto, Danilo, Douglas Costa, and Marcelo all got hit by injuries before and during the World Cup.Augusto himself was the first to put the team’s preparations under the spotlight after he said that an inflammation on his left knee was caused by the amount of training he was subjected to when he reported to the national team. The midfielder hinted that he was not used to this type of training load with his team in China.And after Costa hurt a right thigh muscle in the game again Costa Rica, it was the player’s wife who raised more doubts about the team’s preparations, telling Brazilian newspaper Extra that her husband told her that training with Brazil was too intense, and he was used to lighter practice sessions with Italian club Juventus.After Marcelo had to be replaced only 10 minutes into the match against Serbia, doctors were immediately questioned about the team’s training load, but team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Marcelo’s injury might have been caused by the type of mattress he was using at the team’s hotel, not because of too much training.The team’s physical trainer, Fabio Mahseredjian, admitted that the training load had to be adjusted in cases like Augusto’s but defended the squad’s training regime during the World Cup.”Injuries will happen, it’s inevitable, and for the most varied reasons,” he said. “It’s all under control.”Although doctors said none of the injuries was serious, it wasn’t immediately clear which player would be available for Monday’s round-of-16 match against Mexico in Samara.Costa and Marcelo trained separately from their teammates yesterday, while Danilo was back with the rest of the squad in the practice session in Sochi. Costa exercised on the field, but Marcelo did mostly rehabilitation work.Neymar dealt with an ankle injury after the opener against Switzerland, but he was back in action against Costa Rica and against Serbia.Doctors also had to take care of coach Tite, who pulled a muscle while celebrating one of the team’s goals against Costa Rica.
Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland has announced a soon to be launched ‘Linden app’, which is expected to provide details of numerous aspects relating to the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community. Holland made the disclosure while addressing residents and officials at the recently held Linden Trade and Investment Fair last week.The Mayor also related plans to have the app launched at the upcoming Linden Town Week event. Providing insight into the app, Holland said information relating to the community’s flora, fauna, festivals, restaurants, hotels, recreational spaces, picturesque landscapes, public offices as well as fun activities will be made accessible. Additionally he said information on the community’s hospitals, religions, elderly care, youth employment and various other resources will be made availability in the palms of users’ hands. Holland added that via the app, Linden’s products can be advertised both locally and internationally.“I am proud to announce the development of an app for mobile and android devices, that exposes the wealth of Linden, both locally and internationally,” he said.He noted that he also believes that the initiative will be very beneficial to youths who are in search of jobs, as well as elderly people in the community who are in need of care.“This app has the potential to tap into over 200 or more jobs. Our elderly need better home care. Our tourism is ready for take-off. Our farm products can be made ready for overseas shelves and it’s time Linden retake its rightful place as the standard bearer of Guyana’s economy,” he said.Holland further stated that Linden’s journey to becoming the “strong capital town” which the President envisions must include green, entrepreneurial initiatives such as the soon to be launched ‘Linden app’, while he expressed his hope for the full support and tangible blessings of Government.
The Zags won their third straight and sixth in seven, spoiling the Cardinal’s return to the rankings. Goods tried to keep Stanford close, making three straight 3s late in the second overtime on the way to 16 points. But Stanford (14-6) missed too many key shots and free throws in the extra periods and had its three-game winning streak snapped only three nights after a thrilling 75-68 upset of No. 5 UCLA. The Cardinal earned a spot in the poll for the first time since the 2005-06 preseason, and third-year coach Trent Johnson has a ranked team for the first time during his Stanford tenure. The Cardinal are in the regular-season poll for the first time since the team ended the 2003-04 season ranked No. 1. Josh Heytvelt hit a key 3-pointer in the first overtime and finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (16-7). Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final 12:47 of regulation and also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Stanford. His twin 7-foot brother, Robin, added four blocks. Lawrence Hill made his first six field-goal tries and had 14 points in the first 11 minutes on the way to 22. It was a tough non-conference matchup for the Cardinal – the second meeting in as many seasons for the schools – before they play at rival California on Saturday night. STANFORD – Jeremy Pargo scored 11 of his 23points in the second overtime and also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, lifting Gonzaga to a thrilling 90-86 victory over No. 23 Stanford on Wednesday night. Derek Raivio added six of his 21 points during the second OT after missing a shot at the end of the first extra period to win it. Anthony Goods swished a long 3 from about 26 feet out with 14 seconds left in the first OT to tie the score at 67 and extend the game further. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
10 10 10 10 8) Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom): Fouled 53 times – click the arrow, above, to see who has been brought down more – The West Brom man is quick and his skill has been too much for some players. 2) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool): Fouled 77 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Sterling’s speed and skill have proven too much for defenders on occasion. 3) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): Fouled 61 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Sanchez has been superb for Arsenal following a £35m transfer from Barcelona. His strength has seen him power his way through a lot of tackles, but the forward’s skill has proven too much for the opposition at times. 5) Steven Naismith (Everton): Fouled 58 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Everton’s attackers have not shown their skill much this season, but Naismith has been one of the club’s better players. 7) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal): Fouled 54 times – cclick the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Cazorla has had a good season with Arsenal, but will it be his last given the rumoured interest from Atletico Madrid. 6) Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa): Fouled 56 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Aston Villa may not have had a good season, but Agbonlahor has been making himself busy and the forward has been fouled 56 times. 9) Connor Wickham (Sunderland): Fouled 50 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Sunderland forward Wickham has scored four goals this season and the strong 22-year-old has been targeted by the opposition, being fouled 50 times. 10 1) Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Fouled 94 times – So often Hazard is fouled, but then the Chelsea magician never lets it get to him. His displays this season has placed him as one of the favourites for the Player of the Year. 10) Remy Cabella (Newcastle): Fouled 49 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – It’s been a season where the skilful players have shone in the Premier League, with Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez shining for Chelsea and Arsenal. Here, talkSPORT looks at which of the league’s tricksters have been fouled more than anyone else. Cabella has had his moments since joining Newcastle in 2014 and it appears his opponents are unable to deal with his bag of tricks a lot of the time. 4) Sadio Mane (Southampton): Fouled 60 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Mane has been excellent in his debut season in the Premier League, joining Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg. There he scored 45 goals in 87 games and the attacker has been busy making a menace of himself, with John Terry including him in his Team of the Year for the 2014/15 season. 10 10 This season players like Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling and Alexis Sanchez have dazzled with their skill.They, along with many others, have also been fouled on numerous occasions. A quick change of direction has proven to be too much for some defenders, so talkSPORT looks at the 10 most fouled players of the 2014/15 Premier League season.Click the arrow above, right, to see which player has been brought down on more occasions than anyone else.Stats courtesy of premierleague.com and correct as of 15/04/15. 10 10 10
Mamadou Sakho has been sent to Crystal Palace on loan 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out a potential future at the club for outcast defender Mamadou Sakho.The France international joined Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day, having not played a single minute of senior football for the Reds this season.Sakho spent the first half of the Premier League campaign on the sidelines after an apparent falling out with Klopp, where he was sent home early from Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in the United States.The 26-year-old rejected the chance to leave the Merseyside club on loan in August, despite being told he would not be featuring in the manager’s plans and so was made to train and play with the under-23 squad.Liverpool were keen to offload the centre-back in January for somewhere in the region of £20million, but with no takers a loan was the next best option with Palace paying a £2m fee and all of the Frenchman’s wages.It is widely thought that Sakho has no future at the club, but Klopp refused to confirm the player’s Anfield career was officially over.“Who knows what happens in half a year? We’ve [the team] felt already what changed in one month and there is another five to go,” the Reds boss said, referring to a miserable January which saw them claim just one victory from nine matches.“He should concentrate on the job at Palace and we should concentrate on the job here.“At the moment he is on loan and he still has a contract at Liverpool but that is not the thing we talk or think about at this moment.“It is a solution for the moment and we can wait for new impressions and what happens.”
WASHINGTON – How fast a man’s PSA level is rising – even before it’s high enough to trigger a doctor’s alarm – may signal that he has a life-threatening form of prostate cancer when the tumor is still small enough to be curable, researchers said Tuesday. A new study backs a small but growing trend of evaluating the common blood tests in a more in-depth way, in hopes of better predicting who has aggressive cancer that needs aggressive treatment and who just needs monitoring. The study is far from proof that making health decisions based on so-called PSA velocity can save lives. But the findings suggest men should consider getting a first PSA test around age 40, instead of the more usual 50, to use as comparison for future changes, contends Dr. H. Ballentine Carter of Johns Hopkins University, the study’s lead author. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The rate at which a man’s PSA rises may be more important than any absolute level for identifying men who will develop life-threatening cancer while their disease is still curable,” he said. “This is a test that doesn’t just diagnose prostate cancer. It diagnoses prostate cancer that’s going to actually cause harm.” PSA tests are a recommended way to screen for prostate cancer, but they’re imprecise. Too much PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, in a man’s blood can indicate that he has either a benign enlarged prostate or cancer. Only a biopsy can tell the difference. It’s not even clear when is the best time to do a biopsy. Some men have cancer despite a “normal” PSA count of 4 or below. Yet routinely biopsying men with low PSA would worsen another problem, overdiagnosis. Many specialists say too many men today are undergoing side effect-prone treatment for tumors too small and slow-growing to ever threaten their lives. The new study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that evaluating how fast a man’s PSA level rises may help that tricky balancing act of when to biopsy and how aggressive to treat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!