Charlie Nicholas delivers Champions League quarter-final predictions for Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham v Man City

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The Champions League quarter-finals start this week (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas expects Manchester City to edge out Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals and believes Barcelona will prove too strong for Manchester United.Premier League champions City were drawn to face domestic rivals Spurs at last month’s draw in Nyon, with the first leg taking place at Tottenham’s new stadium on Tuesday evening.On the same night, Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying Liverpool welcome Portuguese outfit Porto to Anfield. On Wednesday, Barca travel to Old Trafford to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United.Ajax meet Juventus in the final Champions League last-eight clash and Arsenal hero Nicholas has predicted to Sky Sports the outcome of all the matches.ADVERTISEMENT Charlie Nicholas delivers Champions League quarter-final predictions for Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham v Man Citycenter_img More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Ajax and Juventus (Wednesday 8pm) ‘I am not sure whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit, he was rested at the weekend. If he does not start, it is a big opportunity for Ajax.‘Juventus are robust and like a physical contest whereas Ajax are creative and energetic. Dusan Tadic is the more experienced player in this team and he has been performing great.‘Both teams will score and I think Ajax will edge it.’Prediction: Ajax 2-1 Juventus Liverpool v Porto (Tuesday 8pm) ‘Liverpool are doing the business collectively. Everyone is saying this is a cracking draw for them. At Anfield they are creating a big noise at the moment and are getting results.‘I think this is another one of those nights and the Anfield crowd will spur them on.‘It will not be as easy as some people will think. I think a 2-0 result is a comfortable first-leg scoreline and will put them through in the end.’Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Porto Manchester United v Barcelona (Wednesday 8pm) ‘Barcelona can go at them and Luke Shaw will have to get tight to Lionel Messi. Luis Suarez will want to do well back at Old Trafford and Messi is the best ever in my opinion.‘Philippe Coutinho may be in, and then Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are the feeders for Messi and Suarez.‘Marcus Rashford is key for Man Utd with his pace and movement. Man Utd will be ready and if you give them too much respect they will beat you.’Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Barcelona Tottenham v Manchester City (Tuesday 8pm) ‘Man City are getting the job done. Tottenham have got the glamour of the new stadium and this should be a spectacular night.‘They are an attack-minded side. Do they have to win the football match? Probably not. Man City have been resting and teasing teams at the moment, and there is an efficiency about them.‘Tottenham could get caught up in the drama of the new stadium, but nothing changes for Man City. The form of Kevin De Bruyne gives City an edge at the moment.’Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Manchester City Advertisementlast_img read more

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Five English players selected for Curtis Cup team

first_img Five English players have been selected for the GB&I team of eight which will take on the USA in the 39th Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin from June 10 to 12.They are world number four Bronte Law of Cheshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire and Surrey-born Charlotte Thomas. The reserve is Leicestershire’s Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe).This will be Law’s third appearance in a Curtis Cup team, having made her debut in the winning side at Nairn in 2012; and a second consecutive appearance for Thomas.The team will be completed by three Irish players: world number one Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey and Maria Dunne.Six of the players were selected automatically. They were the top four GB&I players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking – Maguire (1), Law (4), Mehaffey (9) and Hewson (36); and the top two players not otherwise exempt from the LGU order of merit – MacLaren and Morris. Thomas and Dunne were selectors’ picks.The team will be captained by Aberdeen solicitor Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside), who played in the 1990 and 1992 Curtis Cup matches.“We have an extremely talented team which has considerable experience of playing amateur golf at the highest level,” said Elaine. “I am looking forward to meeting up with the team at The Castle Golf Club to prepare for the match. With some of the best players in the world on both sides, it is going to be a really exciting Curtis Cup.”Manager of the GB and I team is Lincolnshire’s Helen (Dobson) Hewlett who played in the 1990 Curtis Cup match and also won the 1989 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.The United States leads the Curtis Cup series with 28 wins to GB&I’s seven. Three matches have been drawn.The England players:Alice Hewson, 18, (Berkhamsted) is an England and GB&I international who has played in both the Vagliano Trophy and its companion junior match. She has been a regular winner since capturing the English U13 girls’ title and her successes have included the Scottish U16 stroke play, the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy and the girls’ title at the Telegraph Junior Championship. She has helped England beat Spain in the biennial international, to win the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the team event at the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year.Bronte Law, 21 (Bramhall) is the world number four and will be playing in her third Curtis Cup team, having made her debut as a member of the winning side at Nairn in 2012. She has won the English women’s amateur for the past two years and was runner-up in the 2016 South American women’s amateur. She has represented England since she was 14, notably winning a world championship bronze medal in 2014. She has also represented Europe in the Junior Solheim and Ryder Cups and has won four times on the US women’s college circuit, where she is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).Meghan MacLaren, 21, (Wellingborough) is a prolific winner on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit where she is a student at the Florida International University. She is an England and GB&I international, having played in the Vagliano Trophy, and she represented Europe in this season’s inaugural Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia Pacific.  She has had top ten finishes this season in both the South American Amateur and the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championships.Rochelle Morris, 20, (Woodsome Hall) is knocking on the door of a big title after securing a number of second places. She was the runner-up in two national championships last year: the English women’s amateur at Hunstanton and the English women’s open stroke play at St Annes Old Links. In addition she was runner-up in qualifying for the English women’s open match play at Trentham. This year she was second in The Leveret, the prestigious stroke play event which is one of the season’s curtain raisers and reached the matchplay stages of the French U21 championship.Charlotte Thomas, 23, (West Surrey) is an England international who will represent GB&I for the second time in the Curtis Cup and has also played in the Vagliano Trophy. She is Surrey-born, but has been based overseas, and has a thoroughly international record. She’s a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship and runner-up in the English stroke play; she’s a student at the University of Washington, Seattle, and has won this college season and had seven top ten finishes. She was the winner of the inaugural Annika Invitational at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China.Image © Leaderboard Photography 28 Apr 2016 Five English players selected for Curtis Cup team last_img read more

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Zola ‘in the frame’ for QPR job

first_imgNeil Warnock’s sacking as QPR manager is inevitably covered in all of today’s newspapers.Former Fulham and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is expected to take over at Loftus Road this week, but The Sun say Gianfranco Zola is also a contender. Elsewhere, Arsenal are looking to sign Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou for £3m, the Daily Mail reports.The paper suggest Arsenal have made an approach after the Blues’ contract talks with Kalou stalled.And the Mail also say Fulham have failed with an attempt to sign Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Archers, Tams go at it anew

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStung by tough defeats at the end of the first round, defending champion La Salle and Far Eastern U seek to get their campaigns back on track when they mix it up on Wednesday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Beaten by fierce rival Ateneo, 75-76, on Sunday, the Green Archers hope to turn their fortunes around against the Tamaraws in the 4 p.m. clash that could serve as a preview of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img University of the Philippines faces winless University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m. Will group seeking reforms get worthwhile results? Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Archers have looked vulnerable for most of the first round despite dominant performances from Ben Mbala, who has averaged 30 points in his first five games of the season.La Salle forward Ricci Rivero feels its about time the rest of the Archers step up to ease the burden on Mbala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t have to rely on Ben every time, that’s why we have to play as a team because with our lineup, we have players who are capable of doing everything,” said Rivero.Aljun Melecio is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last three games due to dengue fever. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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India-SA Test series ends in draw

first_imgIndia levelled the three-match Test series 1-1 against South Africa after the Cape Town Test ended in a draw on Thursday.Gautam Gambhir takes a single in Cape Town on Thursday. AP PhotoOpener Gautam Gambhir stood tall in the final innings to post a resolute 64 to help India end the day on 166/3 – the final score before the two skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Graeme Smith decided to call it a day.Needing 340 for a victory, post Jacques Kallis’s unbeaten 109 on Wednesday, India had little chance but aim for a draw and that’s what the batsmen focused on.In the morning, Morne Morkel accounted for Virender Sehwag on 11 when the team total was 27. The wicket could have started India’s fall, but Gambhir and Rahul Dravid had other plans. The two batted on stitching together a 79-run partnership that continued till late in the second session.Finally, Lonwabo Tsotsobe sent Rahul Dravid back on 31 to break their second wicket stand. A top edge from Dravid’s bat was taken by Ashwell Prince in the third slip when India were 106/2.But Thursday belonged to Gambhir, who fell seven runs shy of a ton in the first essay, resisted the onslaught by South African bowlers to post a gritty 64.Finally a bouncer from Dale Steyn spelt Gambhir’s doom. It came in from round the stumps curved in, brushed his gloves and settled in stumper Mark Boucher’s gloves. India score at this juncture was 120/3.Ultimately Sachin Tendulkar (14) along with the man who shaped India’s win in Durban, VVS Laxman (32) bailed India out.advertisementKallis, who had performed the bail-out operation for South Africa on the fourth day when Harbhajan Singh was busy counting heads (seven in the innings), will be unavailable for Sunday’s T20 game and the five-match ODI series starting on January 12 as the team doctor has advised him a two-week rest.He was hit on the chest by S Sreesanth in the first innings in which he scored 161. The blow has left a contusion on his right rib.Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was the other centurion in the match. He completed his 51st Test hundred scoring an impressive 146 in the first innings even as South Africa paceman Dale Styen finished with a five-wicket haul in the innings.S. Sressanth continued to show his antics but bowled superbly. He claimed five wickets in the rain-marred first innings.But Sreesanth being Sreesanth earned the ICC wrath for breaching the code of conduct on the fourth day. He had kicked the boundary rope in frustration after his two LBW appeals were turned down by the umpire in the previous over.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too had to part with sixty per cent of his match fee as his bowlers bowled three overs short. The other team members were fined 30 per cent of the fee by the ICC.last_img read more

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Prepare for the Kiwi invasion

first_imgThe New Zealanders are here and they mean business.Not so much the winning-type of business but more of a preparing their up-and-coming players for international touch football.Touch Football New Zealand has sent four of their development teams to the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Port Macquarie to gain international experience.The four teams – under 15s boys and girls, under 17s and boys and girls – will go head-to-head with some of the strongest youth teams in Australia like Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Combined High Schools, as well as teams from Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.Touch New Zealand tour manager Bruce Morton said it was a great opportunity to blood some of the country’s best young touch players.“It is part of our high performance pathway,” Morton said. “Basically it is getting them up to that next step in international level.“We want to expose our young teams to the highest level and this is a fantastic tournament to do that.”Like it is in Australia, touch is very strong across the ditch.Australia and New Zealand are the two best ranked touch football teams in the world.They contested in five of the seven division finals at last year’s World Cup in Edinburgh.They went head-to-head in the Trans-Tasman Test Series in Mudgee in April with Australia taking out the series 3-0.“There is still plenty of work to do but we are trying to put in processes of getting stronger and stronger, so that one-two [world ranking] slot swaps around,” Morton said.Coming over the Tasman and playing at the NYC is a step in the right direction, Morton says.“We do as much as we can in New Zealand but to get that exposure to the next level you really need to come to something like this and this is why we do it.“The next four days, results aren’t important to us. “It’s about how the team prepares, getting some coaches’ experience and we have a few referees over here as well. “It is about the experience for us. Getting them used to that tournament mode and that international standard.”For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksPrepare for the Kiwi invasionlast_img read more

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3 contrasting contenders in Germany vie to succeed Merkel

first_imgBERLIN — Three high-profile contenders are vying to lead Angela Merkel’s party as the longtime German chancellor makes way after 18 years for a successor who could shape the European Union’s most populous country for the next generation.The centre-right Christian Democratic Union will elect on Friday a new chairman or chairwoman, who will be the favourite to run for chancellor in Germany’s next election.Merkel has been CDU leader since 2000 and chancellor since 2005. She moved her party relentlessly to the centre, dropping military conscription, accelerating Germany’s exit from nuclear energy, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children and allowing the introduction of gay marriage.Most controversially, she allowed large numbers of asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015.Merkel’s popularity lifted her centre-right bloc for years, peaking in a 2013 election in which it won 41.5 per cent of the vote. But in October, after a troubled start to her fourth-term government and two dismal state election performances, the 64-year-old announced she would step down as CDU leader and wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor.Her potential successors need to lift a party polling under 30 per cent. They could take the CDU, which together with the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union has been post-war Germany’s most consistently successful political force, in different directions.ANNEGRET KRAMP-KARRENBAUER, 56The CDU’s general secretary since February, Kramp-Karrenbauer — often called “AKK” — is a Merkel ally and the closest to her centrist stance. She touts her own lengthy experience in regional government, which saw her become the first woman to become a state’s interior minister, or top security official, and serve as governor of western Saarland state.Kramp-Karrenbauer says she knows how to win elections, having defied expectations to win re-election in Saarland by a wide margin last year. And she says she put herself “at the service of the CDU” by giving up that job this year.Kramp-Karrenbauer has consistently shown more willingness than the chancellor to cater to conservative rhetoric and more vocally opposed gay marriage. Recently, she has sought to put careful distance between herself and Merkel without disavowing her, saying she has had “very lively discussions” with the chancellor on various subjects.She has talked tough on immigration issues, proposing a lifelong entry ban to Europe for asylum-seekers convicted of serious crimes. But she has warned that endlessly reheating arguments about the 2015 migrant influx is a turn-off for voters.FRIEDRICH MERZ, 63A one-time Merkel rival, Merz is seeking a spectacular comeback after more than a decade away from front-line politics. He stands for a more conservative and business-friendly approach.Merz led the centre-right group in parliament from 2000 until 2002, when Merkel pushed him out of that job. He left parliament in 2009, and in recent years practiced as a lawyer and headed the supervisory board of the German branch of investment manager BlackRock.A snappy speaker, Merz lacks government experience but is well-connected in the party and has presented his time away from politics as a virtue, saying that he has “had the opportunity … to look from outside at politics and its decisions.”In the past, he advocated radical tax reform and argued that foreigners should learn German “Leitkultur,” which could be roughly translated as “majority culture.”In this campaign, he has criticized the “unregulated influx” of migrants and charged that the CDU accepted the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany, which entered the national parliament last year, “with a shrug of the shoulders.” He appeared briefly to question the right to asylum enshrined in the German constitution, but quickly walked that back. And he has advocated encouraging greater use of private pension plans using shares.JENS SPAHN, 38A Merkel critic, Spahn became health minister in March as Merkel acknowledged pressure for renewal. He has support on the party’s right — but that appears to have been largely swallowed by Merz’s reemergence, leaving him as the outsider.Spahn has made migration a focus, calling it the “elephant in the room.” He has said that security is a key issue, and argued that “not everything is good again” even though the flow of migrants has slowed.Spahn, who is openly gay, has said that his party doesn’t need to “shift to the right,” but it does need to start “a real change of generations.” He looks highly unlikely to succeed this time, but this contest could position him well for the CDU’s next leadership change.AND THEN?The choice will be made by 1,001 delegates at a party congress in Hamburg, many of them professional or part-time politicians at federal, regional or local level.Merkel has signalled that she intends to remain chancellor for the rest of this parliamentary term before retiring from politics. The next election theoretically shouldn’t be until 2021, but that is uncertain.Merkel’s governing coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats, the CDU’s traditional rivals, has had an extremely bumpy few months. Another crisis, or an already-agreed midterm review next fall, could bring it down.Whoever becomes CDU leader will want to follow through on promises to sharpen the party’s profile. Observers struggle to imagine Merkel working well with Merz, in particular, though both dismiss that concern.“I have no doubt that, if that is the outcome, I can work well together with Friedrich Merz, as with every other candidate,” Merkel says.Geir Moulson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dawson Creek officials bringing in pumps after water overtops 17th Street Bridge

first_imgHenderson said that the crossing on 102nd Avenue just downstream of the 17th Street bridge is said to be impeding the creek’s flow, and that pumps are being brought in to move water that is accumulating behind the 102 Ave. culverts.According to Henderson, the challenge faced by City officials is not knowing how much more snow is left to melt at near Dawson Creek’s headwaters.“The water that’s coming to town is coming from well west of the city. It’s really understanding how much the snowpack melts out there, which is outside our area. What we found out yesterday is that it takes probably at least twelve hours for that water to show up. The million dollar question is has it all melted to a point where that peak flow is now here and its on its way down, or is there more to come? I don’t have that answer, but there’s potential. But every day that we have a melt like this is one day closer to the end of it.”Henderson added that this year’s melt is slower than previous years, when rain combined with melting snow caused water levels to increase rapidly. A map of current streamflow levels in the B.C. Peace Region. Photo by BC River Forecast Centre. A map of current streamflow levels in the B.C. Peace Region. Photo by BC River Forecast Centre. Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 10.01.46 AM Data from the BC River Forecast Centre and from Environment Canada shows just how much water is passing through the South Peace. The Pouce Coupe River, into which Dawson Creek flows, recorded a peak flow of nearly 500 cubic metres per second through the overnight hours. On Monday night, that level only peaked at 175 cubic metres per second. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Officials with the City of Dawson Creek are bringing in pumps to help deal with the large volume of water surging down Dawson Creek itself, after water overtopped one of the City’s bridges.The City’s General Manager of Development Services Kevin Henderson said that the 17th Street Bridge, which was closed to traffic late yesterday, was overtopped by water some time through the overnight hours. He said that the bridge is the only crossing that had – as of 10:00 a.m. Thursday – been overtopped by the creek’s water.  A Google Maps image of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. A Google Maps image of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. A Google Maps satellite photo of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. A Google Maps satellite photo of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. last_img read more

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Mamata warns BJP against spreading hate politics

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the party against spreading hate politics and in the same breath, urged people to preserve the country’s unity and integrity. She was addressing a gathering at Mahamilan Math of Jay Guru cult at Baranagar on Monday evening.”From time immemorial, the rishis in India had talked about religious harmony and peace. It is our tradition to love and respect the people belonging to other religions, cults and faith. Our parents, teachers and elders have taught us to respect our neighbours irrespective of their faith and religion. But over the years, things have changed in India. In the name of religion, hatred is being propagated and attempts have been made to weaken the society by spreading divisive messages,” she said, adding: “At times I become scared and ask myself whether we can save the country’s unity and integrity.” Recalling her experience in Puri, the Chief Minister said: “Some people belonging to a political party had raised slogans that I was not a Hindu and tried to prevent me from entering the temple. I was shocked. This is not Indian culture and tradition.” Without naming BJP, she warned the party and said in India the motive of dividing the country would not work. “Who are they to decide how I should dress, what I should eat or which religion I should follow? In the name of protecting cows, people were lynched. This is not Hinduism. This is the religion of some hooligans,” Banerjee added. Referring to ‘sanatan dharma’, Banerjee said: “Humanism and harmony are the basic tenets of Hinduism. Religion is intimately connected with service (seva) and when you offer service you do not see the person’s religion, caste or creed.” Contd on P7last_img read more

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Reinvented the actor in me in New York Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is back in the country after almost three months, says it has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing the actor in him there. Anupam was busy shooting for the second season of the medical drama series “New Amsterdam” in the US. He took to Twitter to announce his return to India after 100 days. “I am finally India bound after almost 100 days. It has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing my life and the actor in me,” Anupam wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He also said he felt emotional on his return to India. “I am joyous and emotional going back to my country after a long gap. Looking forward to a familiar experience,” he added. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, “New Amsterdam” follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in “The Accidental Prime Minister”. He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.last_img read more

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