Manchester City 1 Brighton 0 This remorseless Manchester City winning machine will be back in London for two more games in the next seven days alone, their place in the FA Cup final now safely booked, and the great trophy hunt of 2019 alive for another ten days at least. “A miracle” was how Pep Guardiola described this run, although he prefers not to utter the Q-word. That said, the unprecedented quadruple, a clean sweep domestically and victory in the Champions League, will still be a possibility until April 17 at the earliest. That is when City meet Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final and they play the first leg on Tuesday. Only once before in the modern game have a side gone this far into the season with the genuine possibility of the quadruple – that was Manchester United, in the 2008-09 season, who finally ran out of steam on April 19 when they lost their FA Cup semi-final. The numbers are starting to stack up for City, who … [Read more...] about Early Gabriel Jesus goal maintains aura of invincibility for Man City as they scrape past Brighton into FA Cup final
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While Wales' four regions successfully achieved something the rest of the country couldn't - leave Europe before the March 29 deadline - the search was on to find rugby's winners and losers from further afield. While the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup were played out on the weekend without any home representation, there was plenty flying the Welsh rugby action elsewhere. We give you the winners and losers from the weekend.... WINNERS PONTYPOOL RFC The former giants of Welsh club rugby sealed their third successive WRU Championship title with five games in hand following their 42-41 win at Cardiff Met on the weekend. It was a thriller with six tries apiece that was finally decided two minutes from time when Matthew Lewis dropped a goal that meant Pooler cannot be caught at the top of the table. It puts the famous club into a play-off clash with the team finishing fifth from bottom of the Principality Premiership table - Bridgend, Bedwas or Llanelli the likely opponents - with … [Read more...] about Welsh rugby’s winners and losers as former giants on brink of the big time
“Fromage not Farage”, “I’ve Seen Better Cabinets at Ikea”: the signs at the Put It to the People march were particularly British in their humour. The present crisis in the United Kingdom is, however, no laughing matter. It reflects very real social and political problems and deep divisions about the future of the country. The argument over remain or leave is also between the winners and losers in globalisation. In the 1960s former US secretary of state Dean Acheson said Britain had lost an empire and was yet to find a role. For a time it appeared Britain could be the pivot of Europe and the Atlantic world. Britain would be part of Europe on its own terms but also have a special relationship with the United States, with the British acting, as Harold Macmillan said, as the Greeks to the Americans’ Romans. Membership of the European Union has disappointed many and the special relationship is today as flimsy as the friendship between Donald Trump and … [Read more...] about Paths from the past: historians make sense of Brexit and our current political turmoil
Former Liverpool footballer John Welsh made headlines earlier this week after pleading guilty to one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. Reds fans of a certain age will remember the Scouser as a tough-tackling midfielder who made a handful of appearances under Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez in the mid-noughties. But despite contributing to the Reds' run to Champions League triumph in 2005 before plying his trade in the lower leagues, his time at Anfield will have been largely forgotten by many. Now the 35-year-old finds himself without a club, after leaving previous side Grimsby Town by mutual consent last week, and with a criminal record having been handed a 15 month custodial sentence suspended for two years. After drinking 11 pints of shandy on a night out with his brothers, Welsh ended up in verbal altercation with Jeanette Gavin and her partner Eileen Phealey, telling her to "Watch where you're going you fat b****" before saying "I can do what I f***ing want" … [Read more...] about Who is disgraced Liverpool Champions League winner John Welsh?
The IPL is back in big-hitting action as some of the world's biggest cricket stars flock to India. Chennai Super Kings were 2018 champions but the likes of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to provide stiff competition this year. But the unique strategic timeout is a rule that may have cricket fans outside of India a little perplexed.What is a strategic timeout? A strategic timeout is similar in concept to timeouts in basketball. That is to say, they are called by IPL teams mid-game in order to reformulate strategy. Strategic timeouts were initially launched in 2009 and lasted seven and a half minutes, but the long break proved unpopular and they were shortened to two and a half minutes a year later. Even with the shorter breaks, many fans complain that strategic timeouts kill momentum by disrupting the flow of the game. But franchise owners have stated that strategic timeouts are crucial to maintain commercial revenue streams in the league. ster it up Who … [Read more...] about What is a strategic timeout in IPL, how many do teams have, and are they only used in Indian Premier League?