Liverpool can claim title with help from Man City’s opponents

first_imgLiverpool can still wrap up the Premier League title this week despite a 0-0 setback against Everton on Sunday, but they need other results to help them.Jurgen Klopp’s red men need just five points to secure their first league title since 1990, having built a 25-point lead ahead of Manchester City before the coronavirus-enforced suspension. Should City fail to beat Burnley on Monday, a win at their Anfield home against Crystal Palace on Wednesday would confirm Liverpool’s status as England’s new Premier League kings.Pep Guardiola’s side also travels to fourth-placed Chelsea on Thursday and any dropped points at Stamford Bridge could also hand Liverpool the title.Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says the long break has been “frustrating” but he remains upbeat that the reigning European champions will eventually receive their much-anticipated reward.“If you can imagine your ultimate dream and be so, so close to it – two steps away from it really – and someone saying, ‘you need to wait over 100 days then you might get it’. It was quite frustrating,” said Alexander-Arnold.“But the league position hasn’t changed, our mentality hasn’t changed and that is to win every game, push boundaries, break records, win the league and be remembered.” At the bottom of the table, it is much tighter with West Ham United sitting equal to 18th-placed Bournemouth’s 27 points on the edge of the relegation zone.The Hammers were beaten 2-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their restart fixture on Saturday and French defender, Issa Diop, says they are feeling pressured ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.“We have to find a level and win games quickly,” Drop said.“I think it’s easy to say but it’s hard to do it, but we have to do it and we’re going to give everything to do it.“I hope we’re going to do it in the next game. We have no choice.” Brighton travel to third-placed Leicester in Tuesday’s other game full of confidence after a last gasp 2-1 win over Arsenal helped them earn a five-point gap from the drop zone.“It feels amazing, a big three points for us,” said Brighton boss, Graham Potter.“We know where we are at, we know the margins are small in the Premier League and you have to turn them in your favour and that’s what we have tried to do.“Regardless of the table, we have to keep fighting.”RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel On Wednesday, Manchester United and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are neck and neck in a battle for a Champions League spot, which could be the fifth-place if Manchester City’s two-year UEFA ban is upheld.United and Wolves both have 46 points in fifth and sixth as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Sheffield United while Wolves are visited by Bournemouth.Solskjaer’s attacking options have been boosted by the return of French midfielder Paul Pogba, who played well alongside Portuguese January signing Bruno Fernandes on Friday against Spurs.“We’re a club that wants the best players in the world playing together,” said Solskjaer after the 1-1 draw.“I think Paul showed he can play with Bruno.“Paul got a penalty for us and Bruno scored the goal.”In Wednesday’s other matches, Aston Villa travels to Newcastle United and bottom club Norwich City host Everton.Then, on Thursday before City play Chelsea, Arsenal visit Southampton and Burnley face Watford.dpa/NAN.Tags: Burnley FCChelsea FCEnglish Premier LeagueEPL titleLiverpoolManchester Citylast_img read more

IPL to UAE would be easier to monitor – BCCI official

first_imgTaking the IPL to the UAE would be quite a task logistically for the tournament organisers, but for BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit head Ajit Singh, the move will make monitoring the event “slightly easier” as it would be restricted to just three venues.IPL 2020 is set to start in the UAE on September 19 and the final will be held on November 8 or November 10, with three venues – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi hosting the 60 games over 51 days.“In the UAE, it will be slightly easier doing [monitoring ACU activity] as there are only three grounds compared to eight venues in India,” Singh told PTI.”That’s not an issue at all. Once the schedule comes, we will decide the workforce.”In 2014, the UAE hosted a part of the IPL because of general elections in India.Singh said currently there are “eight ACU officers who are on BCCI payrolls”.So, will that be enough for managing the work through 60 matches as well as keeping a tab on hotels? “It’s too early to comment on measures as we need to first check what kind of bio-security measures will be created,” Singh said. “We first need to see how things are taking shape there and we will deploy our men accordingly. In case, we need men, we will hire them.”With the ICC headquartered in Dubai, the BCCI, if need be, can take help of the global body, which has a huge team of ACU officials, according to senior a BCCI official.“If it is a private league that approaches ICC for hiring ACU officers and they agree to cover the event, then the league organisers bear the costs,” the official said.The BCCI might need extra workforce considering that each team will have one dedicated Integrity Officer as per rules.“It is the BCCI that will designate one Integrity Officer per team during the course of the IPL,” a senior franchise official said.” Now whether they will be a part of the bio-bubble (if created), we don’t know, but the Integrity Officer is completely their domain.”Matches held in the UAE have previously been vulnerable to the impact of bookies and fixers, but the ACU head is quite confident that they can prevent wrongdoing.“Whoever is involved (bookies/fixers) they are all inter-connected,” he said. “If we have our sources here, they also know how these bookies operate. If they get an information of this place, they will get an information of that place also. It’s not so much of an issue.”last_img read more

USC soccer notches two wins against California foes

first_imgThe women’s soccer team continued its red-hot start to the season with resounding victories against Cal Poly and Pepperdine over the weekend, improving its record to 3-0.The Women of Troy claimed their second victory of the season on Friday as they defeated Cal Poly 6-1. While the performance was far from perfect, the Trojans showed many glimpses of why they are one of the best teams in the country.“I like the way we started the game, I liked the intensity, I liked the way our forwards finished in the first half,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said after Friday’s win. “I wanted a little bit more out of the second half, but it’s hard to sustain that mentally. My expectations are greater, but overall a great day. [I] got to see a lot of players play, so I thought for the most part it was good.”The scoring frenzy started with senior forward Leah Pruitt, who played one of her best games for the Trojans to date. She scored 2 goals within the first 10 minutes of the game and assisted on one later in the game. Pruitt looked phenomenal on the ball, dribbling past the goalie for both her goals, showing composure on the ball and magnificent touch. While the Trojans have many high caliber players on the team, Pruitt’s performances will be key this season if they look to make it far in the NCAA tournament.“I think it was really awesome how we came out and scored a lot of goals early,”  Pruitt said. “I try to stay composed when I’m close to the goal and I saw the goalie coming out and it worked both times.”Redshirt junior forward Natalie Jacobs also claimed a goal from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 within 10 minutes. The remaining goals came from sophomore midfielder Tara McKeown, junior right-back Ashleigh Plumptre and freshman striker Penelope Hocking.Although she didn’t claim a goal against Cal Poly, redshirt sophomore Savannah DeMelo also contributed to the win. Most of the midfield play went through DeMelo, who had a strong touch in her game against the Mustangs.The Women of Troy carried their momentum into Sunday by routing Pepperdine 5-0. This was quite an impressive feat for the Trojans as the Waves had not allow a goal at home in over 900 minutes of play dating back to last season.After the first half, the game seemed close as the Trojans were only leading 1-0, courtesy of a goal from DeMelo following a great linkage of play, including a brilliant cross into the box by McKeown and a good pass from Plumptre to allow DeMelo to simply tap it into the bottom corner of the goal.The goals just seemed to flow in the second half as DeMelo scored another goal from the penalty spot following a foul on Jacobs that led to her exit from the game. Additionally, freshman forward Penelope Hocking showed great composure as she put another one past the goalie to make the score 3-0. Hocking has looked impressive coming off the bench in her last two games for the Trojans. McKeown got in on the scoring party as she put away the fourth goal for the Trojans after beating two defenders on the dribble and putting away a hard, low shot. The Women of Troy were gifted their 5th goal after a Waves’ defender headed the ball into her own net to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead and put the game out of reach.The Women of Troy looked impressive this weekend and certainly look like a top team after having scored 11 goals in two games. They haven’t scored more than 4 goals in a game since 2014 when the Trojans put 9 goals past Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Now, the Trojans have scored 5 or more in two consecutive games, and both against defensively sound teams. While in years past the Trojans’ strong suit has been defense, this season they look to have found an offensive groove.The Trojans will travel to No. 5 Florida State in their next game on Friday which will quickly be followed by a trip to No. 6 Florida on Sunday — two high-profile matchups that will test the team.last_img read more