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first_img Yesterday’s other Serie A results: AC Milan 2 – 1 Udinese SSC Napoli 6 – 0 Benevento Torino 2 – 2 Sampdoria SPAL 0 – 2 Cagliari Chievo Verona 1 – 1 Atalanta Genoa 2 – 3 Lazio Paulo Dybala has repeatedly said he does not want to be likened to his more famous compatriot, Lionel Messi, but the comparisons will keep coming as the Argentina youngster goes from strength to strength. Dybala marked his 100th Juventus appearance with his second hat-trick of the season to help the Bianconeri win 3-1 at Sassuolo yesterday and stay perfect in Serie A. Napoli, which crushed Serie A debutant Benevento 6-0, has also won its opening four fixtures as has Inter Milan, which beat Crotone 2-0 on Saturday. “Stop comparing me to Messi, I’m Paulo Dybala,” he said. “Every player is himself. I’m Dybala. It’s not that I don’t like the comparisons with Messi, but Messi is a player who has won five Ballons d’Or. “The comparisons don’t seem absurd to me, but I want to be myself. I don’t want to be compared to any other player. I want to have my career, win my trophies, score my goals and play my way.” Dybala now has eight goals, in Juve’s opening four league matches, just three fewer than he scored in the whole of last campaign. All three of his goals on the day were impressive. Dybala netted his 50th goal for Juventus in the 16th minute with a first-time shot into the top right corner from 25 yards after Mario Mandzukic rolled the ball across from the left. The 23-year-old forward became the first player to score in each of the opening four Serie A games for Juve and the first to do so in Europe’s top five leagues since Wayne Rooney for Manchester United in 2011. For his second, shortly after halftime, Dybala gathered the ball from Juan Cuadrado, jinked to the left of a defender, and slotted into the bottom right corner. Matteo Politano got Sassuolo back into the game minutes later, but Dybala completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour, curling in a magnificent free kick. – APlast_img read more

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first_imgOn Sunday, four top sound systems from the West Side will have a chance to prove themselves and live up to their names at a ‘sound clash’ at the Belle West Community Centre. The event, “Sound Fest and Family Fun Day” is promoted by Electric Family Entertainment.This is the first event of its kind promoted by the Entertainment Group and from all indications, plans are moving apace to have a successful sound clash. On Sunday, Boom Sound, Power Sonic, Electric Sound and Earth Rulers will attempt to impress patrons and the judges who will ultimately decide the winner.Not only will the winner have bragging rights for a year but will also receive the winning trophy. Apart from the sound clash, there will be lots of activities for the family, especially the kids, including bouncy castle, trampoline and face painting among others.There will also be Bar-Be-Que on sale and this will be available from 14:00h. Patrons will be entertained by the talented deejays of the four sound systems but Notorious Sound System and its deejays will be passing through.Admission to the Sound Fest and Family Fun Day is easy. The event is sponsored by Banks DIH.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Divock Origi scores his first goal for Liverpool when they played Thai XI in Bangkok. PHOTO/LiverpoolFCLONDON, July 16- Liverpool striker Divock Origi believes he is ‘a better player’ than he was when Liverpool signed him and is confident of making an impact at Anfield.The talented young Belgian joined the Reds from Lille during the 2014 off-season after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil, but was immediately loaned back to Les Dogues, scoring eight goals in 33 League appearances. Having now moved to England, Origi believes he will benefit from the experienced Liverpool squad and has backed himself to have a good first season in the Premier League.“I am a better player than a year ago when Liverpool decided to sign me and at this stage of my career I am learning a lot of things,” the 20-year-old is quoted as saying by the Mirror.“I just feel that now I am at the right moment and at the right place to be able to become a really good player.“I am always confident about myself but now I am in a good place. I still have a lot to learn but I am playing with experienced players and a very good staff that can help me improve every day.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgWell below their best as they struggled to shake off the frustration of last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, it seemed Tottenham were about to squander a chance to keep pace with Chelsea before finally recovering their composure.It was exactly the kind of pressure-packed situation that was Tottenham’s downfall last season when they allowed Leicester to wrap up the title after briefly threatening to overhaul them.But Pochettino is convinced the way his team saw off a formidable Palace outfit bodes well for their chances of being crowned champions for the first time since 1961.“We showed great character and personality after a very disappointing weekend,” Pochettino said.“It was important to show we are focused and try to fight.“We are showing we learnt a lot from last season. That is so important.“We were fantastic last season and it was a big challenge to improve again.– ‘Ready to fight’ –“A big part of that was the mental attitude, we improved that a lot.“We are showing we are ready to fight.”Tottenham’s eighth successive league win was the perfect response after Chelsea had opened up a seven-point lead with a victory against Southampton 24 hours earlier.Keen to keep his players from getting ahead of themselves, Pochettino has told them to forget what Chelsea do and focus on their own performances.“When we are playing we are not thinking about what happened with Chelsea or what will happen in the future,” he said.“We closed the gap again. It’s not important to send a message to Chelsea.“The most important is the victory builds confidence, that’s the only way to catch them.”Tottenham will be guaranteed to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years if they beat their bitter rivals on Sunday.That will be a sweet moment for Tottenham fans after so long in Arsenal’s shadow.Pochettino isn’t concerned with the squabble for local bragging rights because he has his sights set on the far more significant target of bringing the title to White Hart Lane.– ‘Important to be calm’ –The Argentine knows emotions run high when it comes to the derby, especially in what may well be the last north London clash at White Hart Lane before the stadium is rebuilt.Asked if the chance to ensure supremacy over Arsenal might fire up his players too much, Pochettino called for calm.“It’s Arsenal, we know what that game means, but we are not thinking of being above them, we want to think of bigger things than that,” he said.“It maybe the last derby at White Hart Lane, but now is important to be calm.“We have to get ready for what should be a very tough match“We want to close the gap on Chelsea again. We want to win big trophies achieve big things, the mentality must be thinking bigger.“We can speak about finishing above Arsenal at the end of the season.”Palace are virtually safe despite the defeat, but Mamadou Sakho, on loan from Liverpool, faces an anxious wait to see if his season is over after he was carried off with a serious-looking knee injury.“It’s a ligament, which one we don’t know. I certainly hope it’s not a cruciate,” Palace boss Sam Allardyce said.“It looks like a hyper-extension. We’ll have to wait until he has a scan.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen (L) heads the ball away from Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon during the match at Selhurst Park in south London on April 26, 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Mauricio Pochettino claimed Tottenham’s gritty 1-0 win at Crystal Palace showed they were ready to pounce if Chelsea stumble in the title race.Pochettino’s side closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with five games left after Christian Eriksen’s late strike clinched a victory that looked unlikely for long periods at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.last_img read more

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first_imgFAIRVIEW, A.B. – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 32 year-old Malcolm Henry Testawits.The RCMP are looking to speak with Testawits regarding his involvement in an altercation on Tuesday near Fairview that involved an RCMP Officer discharging his weapon. He is wanted for several outstanding warrants in Peace River, and is known to frequent the greater Peace Region, and Dawson Creek in particular.Testawits is described as: Caucasian, 5’9” tall, weighing 145 lbs., with dark brown hair and brown eyes.- Advertisement -Testawits should be considered dangerous and police say he should not be approached. If you have seen Mr. Testawits or know his whereabouts, please contact the Fairview RCMP Detachment or call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.last_img

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first_img1 Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata It was all smiles in the Manchester United camp following a 7-0 victory over LA Galaxy, but for hardline boss Louis van Gaal, there is plenty of room for improvement.Wayne Rooney, the under-fire Ashley Young and youngster Reece James all found the net for the Red Devils, and while the manager was happy with their contributions he was keen to stress a particular problem in his squad that needs addressing.“We have four number 10s, so it is not balanced in my eyes,” he commented.With United fielding a 3-4-1-2 (or 3-4-3) formation, there is only space for one traditional ‘number 10’ – a problem that largely stems from David Moyes’ approach last season that relied on a rather top heavy-looking squad.His insistence on sticking with a 4-2-3-1 line-up meant that United could – and regularly did – play with two or three number 10s, even if the result was that either one or both were pushed out wide.Van Gaal’s inherited problem means it is therefore likely that he will be forced to move one of these players on this summer – but who?A glance over United’s ranks shows three players who are considered naturals in the position: Wayne Rooney; Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa; with one other in the shape of either Marouane Fellaini or Adnan Januzaj, both of whom are capable of playing this role.Rooney’s ability to play further forward – not to mention his importance to the club – and Januzaj’s strength out wide suggest that neither of these two will face the chop, leaving the choice to likely be between Mata and Kagawa.Being a recent arrival, it seems as though Mata would get the nod over Kagawa, but with the former Borussia Dortmund star revered in Germany and across Europe, does he warrant being cut?Statistically, the answer is yes. While Kagawa does have critics for failing to settle in the Premier League during his two-year stay, Mata has wasted no time in proving his worth to United since joining in January.In just 15 league appearances, the Spaniard has scored six goals, assisted a further four and created 33 goal-scoring chances for his team-mates.Conversely, Kagawa is yet to truly match these numbers. Last season was largely disastrous for him – as he struggled for game time, let alone impact – while the season before he featured 20 times, scoring six, assisting three and creating just 19 chances.Where Kagawa does shade it is in his efficiency with the ball, although the difference is only slight. During his best season at Old Trafford so far (2012/13), Kagawa registered a better shooting accuracy (62.5 per cent versus Mata’s 61.11 per cent) and marginally better passing accuracy (89.69 per cent versus 89.03 per cent) than his team-mate, but in truth these aren’t hugely important.It would perhaps be unfair for United to cut his time short, but with Van Gaal needing to do something in order to redress the balance in his team, he may have little choice.Man United fans, what do you think the answer to Van Gaal’s ‘number 10’ problem is? Comment below…last_img read more

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first_imgEd de Goey says Sunderland have appointed the perfect man in Dick Advocaat to steer them to Premier League safety.The Black Cats, just one point above the drop zone having won only four games all season, have drafted in the experienced Dutchman on a short-term contract after dismissing Gus Poyet on Monday.And de Goey, who played under the 67-year-old during his first spell as Netherlands boss, claims he will give the players the ‘kick up the backside’ they desperately need.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea goalkeeper said: “He is a very good appointment for Sunderland.“He is a great coach. I worked with him and if somebody can do it [keep Sunderland up], he is the man.“If you see his record in the past, I think he is the [perfect] man.“He gives you a kick up the backside, he is very strict in training, and he has got that fighting spirit all the time. He wants the focus, the fighting spirit, for 100 per cent and that is what they need at the moment.”last_img read more

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first_img David De Gea David De Gea has handed Manchester United a major boost by signing a new four-year contract.The goalkeeper looked certain to depart Old Trafford in the summer after initially turning down United’s offer of a new deal.Real Madrid had been pursuing the 24-year-old and agreed a fee for his services on the last day of the Spanish transfer window.But the deal collapsed after the relevant paperwork was not filed before the La Liga deadline.talkSPORT revealed on Thursday that De Gea had subsequently decided to commit his future to United.And now he has put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract, with the option of a further year – news which will delight fans of the Premier League club.De Gea said on his new deal:  “I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career.“I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans. Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career. “I’m looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve and help my teammates to be successful.”Van Gaal added: “I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract. He is one of the best goalkeepers in world football.“I am very pleased that he will be part of the team for many years to come.“David made a very important contribution to our performance last season and he has been the club’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons. He is a popular player who is keen to learn and enhance his game.“At such a young age for a goalkeeper, he has many years ahead of him.”Sergio Romero has played in United’s six games this season but he now looks certain to make way for De Gea for Saturday’s visit of Liverpool. 1last_img read more

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first_img1 Milan Skriniar denies claims that he opened the door to join either Man City or Man United Milan Skriniar insists he is happy at Inter Milan and that he was mistranslated when he appeared to open the door to a move to Manchester United or Manchester City.Both Premier League clubs are interested in the Slovakian defender, who has impressed since joining Inter from Sampdoria in the summer.An interview with Slovakian newspaper Sport this month put City and United on red alert, after he name-checked both clubs and described the Premier League as the most beautiful in the world.He also claimed that an incredible offer had been made for him in January but he decided to stay at Inter until at least the summer.But now Skriniar has denied that he ever said those things and is adamant that he was misquoted somewhere along the line.“I never thought or said that I wanted to leave Inter,” Skriniar wrote on Instagram.“It is an honour for me to be here! I don’t know who translated the words from Slovakian, but they didn’t do it very well.”last_img read more

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first_imgMasuaku, booked in the first half, received a second yellow card for a soft-looking foul on Villa substitute Ahmed Elmohamady.But Villa failed to really worry West Ham after that, instead inviting pressure on themselves through individual errors and silly fouls inside their own final third.West Ham put Villa under pressure late on, with the hosts often leaving themselves two against two at the back, and in the end it was Smith’s side who survived. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas El Ghazi appeared to try to headbutt team-mate Mings in the first-half BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has played down the angry clash between Villans stars Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi during Monday night’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.El Ghazi appeared to try and headbutt his team-mate after Mings berated the winger for not tracking back late in the first-half at Villa Park. Dean Smith was disappointed his side didn’t take advantage of West Ham’s numerical disadvantage on target “Things happen in team sport in the heat of the moment and it was sorted very quickly. At half-time they spoke about it, shook hands and we move on.”Smith was more concerned that his team failed to make the most of Arthur Masuaku’s dismissal in the 67th minute, with West Ham the more threatening despite their numerical disadvantage.“What is disappointing is that we played just over 20 minutes against 10 men and couldn’t take advantage of that,” he added.“We lost our structure and made mistakes and at times lost emotional control during that last 20 minutes or so.” stalemate latest And Smith has confirmed both Mings and El Ghazi shook hands and put the incident behind them before they both played on for the second-half.“I didn’t need to deal with it, the players dealt with it,” said Smith.“It was dealt with by the players in the dressing room and I’m happy for that to happen, that’s the spirit in the dressing room. 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES 3 statement Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta It was the main talking point of an eventful goalless draw, with the pair being separated by midfielder Marvelous Nakamba before referee Mike Dean stepped in, telling both players: ‘You’re on the same team!’El Ghazi could have been sent off for his actions and the incident was checked by VAR, but the Villa forward escaped a red card.Villa captain Jack Grealish insisted the duo’s grudge didn’t last long and it was ‘put to bed’ at half-time. Getty 3 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked getty deals Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Sky Sports rookie error Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings put their differences aside during half-time, says Dean Smith last_img read more

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