Lakers considering shutting down Kobe for 1 or 2 weeks

By on August 26, 2020

first_imgBut Bryant has averaged 30.4 minutes per game, which exceeds other star players in their 20th NBA season. That includes former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (22.9 minutes) and Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett (20.3 minutes).Scott has defended his approach for various reasons. He wanted Bryant to shed rustiness stemmed from playing a combined 41 games the previous two seasons amid overlapping injuries to his left knee and right shoulder. Scott also minimized Bryant’s workload in practice and shootarounds. Scott also defended allowing Bryant to play on Tuesday against New Orleans.“He said he felt good yesterday. You have to go by what players say,” Scott said. “When he says he felt good, I trust that and so does Gary. Once the game started, it was a different story.”Then, Bryant told Scott he couldn’t get his right Achilles loose. He also sat on the bench frequently nursing heat packs to treat his right shoulder. He skipped three consecutive games at Staples Center this month because of that injury. He missed a pair of back-to-back games in November because of back issues. And he missed two weeks of training camp because of a sore lower left leg.Hence, Scott said he plans to talk with Bryant, Vitti and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on how to handle Bryant’s workload. Scott hoped all parties could reach what he called a “happy medium.”“My biggest concern is I want that man to finish the season standing up on the court and getting the respect he deserves,” Scott said. “He might hate me at the end of the season. But if it can get him through the season, it’ll be all worth it.” The pain in Kobe Bryant’s right Achilles felt serious enough for him to leave the court in Tuesday’s win over New Orleans after logging only 16 minutes. The pain in Bryant’s right Achilles felt serious enough that Lakers coach Byron Scott reported head athletic Gary Vitti has suggested sitting Bryant for about one or two weeks. According to that timetable, Bryant would miss anywhere between four to seven games.“He would love to shut him down,” Scott said after Wednesday’s practice at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “But that probably isn’t going to happen.”The reason for Scott’s level of pessimism appears obvious. Although the Lakers (9-31) have listed Bryant questionable to play in Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (36-2) at the Oracle, Bryant will still travel with the team in hopes to play both on Thursday against Golden State and on Saturday against Utah. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Bryant has not spoken to reporters since Friday’s win against Oklahoma City when he first felt pain in his right Achilles. But he was at the Lakers’ practice facility on Thursday both to receive treatment and get a haircut. On Wednesday, Scott reported Bryant telling him he felt “much better” than when he left in the second quarter of Tuesday’s win over New Orleans and when he missed Sunday’s game against Utah.“That makes me feel better, but I’m still very cautious,” Scott said before referencing Bryant’s self-imposed pressure to play as many games in his final NBA season. “I know how he is. He wants to try to give the fans their respect as well. The biggest thing for me is we have to sit down and talk about minutes. Obviously he can’t play 30-32 minutes per game.”last_img read more

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FIFA chief heading for trouble over pet projects

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgKigali, Rwanda | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to ignite new opposition Friday over his ambition to introduce two money-spinning pet projects — a revamped global club cup and a bold new international championship.Infantino’s Saudi-backed plans, which have already been harshly criticised, are on the agenda of Friday’s meeting of FIFA’s ruling council.It is unclear whether the council’s 37 members will vote on the projects, giving world football’s governing body authorisation to implement them.But opponents are already sharpening the knives, deploring the proposed introduction of new competitions in an overcrowded football calendar while also targetting Infantino himself, accused of seeking to win votes ahead of his re-election bid in June next year.The World Leagues Forum, which groups professional football leagues, has expressed its strong opposition to the proposed Club World Cup format and the Global Nations League in the past.This week the influential body addressed a letter to Infantino signed by English FA chief Richard Scudamore and his Bundesliga counterpart Christian Seifert among others demanding that no decision be taken in Kigali. It also lamented the lack of any consultation between FIFA and the leagues.Forum members apparently accuse Infantino of going behind their backs directly to a few top clubs to discuss the plans for the club competition while the European Clubs Association issued an appeal to FIFA several months ago, apparently unheeded, for talks.UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has complained of FIFA’s “strange” behaviour while UEFA, speaking via the powerful Professional Football Strategic Council (PFSC), issued a statement expressing concern about the whole process.It said the PFSC “unanimously expressed serious reservations about the process surrounding the FIFA Club World Cup and Global Nations League proposals and in particular the hasty timing and lack of concrete information”. – walkout? –The 17-member PFSC is led by Ceferin and includes Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain, and Ed Woodward, vice-chairman of Manchester United, two clubs who attended a meeting at which Infantino presented his plans to Europe’s biggest clubs.Ill feeling has reached a point where UEFA delegates may even stage a walkout if their views go unheeded at Friday’s Council meeting, according to the New York Times this week.Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European. Currently, the competition which elicits little interest outside of Latin America is played every year.His other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others.That money, he promises, will be redistributed to clubs and continental football federations.Football historian Paul Dietschy told AFP the new club competition was clearly an attempt to pull the rug from under UEFA’s highly lucrative Champions League.“The Champions League will survive,” he said, but FIFA “will snatch away some of its income.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Swin Cash Day in McKeesport

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgINSPIRED— Swin Cash with 14-yr-old student Nadiarah Valentine holding autographed photo. Nadiarah says she is inspired to follow her dreams of being an anesthesiologist. Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA star Swin Cash came back home to McKeesport, Oct. 27, at The Palisades to share the story of her latest Olympic journey and raise money for her charitable work with Cash for Kids.McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko was there to provide Swin with a special recognition from the city. Senator Jim Brewster was also invited. Fresh off the heels of her second gold medal victory in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Swin Cash discussed a wide range of topics—from her experience in London, what it was like in the Olympic Village, to her work with E!News and NOC documenting her time at the Olympics.Swin also shared her passion off the court working with children through her own charity, Cash for Kids (CFK), as well as her philanthropic partnerships with excellent organizations such as YouthPlaces in the Pittsburgh and McKeesport communities and Girls In The Game in Chicago. The basketball leagues sponsored by CFK are now run almost year round in McKeesport and have become a favorite pastime of children in the city. Several of the children who have played in these popular and FREE leagues spoke about their experiences with CFK and how the charity has impacted their lives. Representatives from YouthPlaces also shared information about their programming and partnership with Swin.Then on Sunday, Oct. 28, she was the official celebrity Terrible Towel Twirler for her beloved Steelers.last_img read more

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India vs West Indies: India lead the ICC World Test Championship table after massive…

By on August 5, 2020

first_imgAdvertisement icbrNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscngWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4bf0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 25w1Would you ever consider trying this?😱odpCan your students do this? 🌚vhsRoller skating! Powered by Firework India are the current table-toppers of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship after their emphatic victory over West Indies in the first Test. Virat Kohli and his boys secured a huge 318-run victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday. West Indies were given a target of 419 runs on Day four, but their batsmen failed to find an answer for Jasprit Bumrah’s fiery spell. India wrapped up the hosts’ innings for just 100 runs in 27 overs.Advertisement The first edition of the World Test Championship which will be played over the course of two years, was inaugurated on July 29 with the Sri Lanka-New Zealand series. The top nine Test teams will compete across 27 series that includes 71 Test matches. The final will be played in June 2021 in the United Kingdom among the top two teams of the table. Each team will play three home and three away series while each series counts for 120 points. A, two-match series will provide 60 points for each Test while a three-match series will give 40 points to each match. A tie will be 50% of the points available, and a draw will mean a 3:1 points ratio.Advertisement After just one match India leads the World Test Championship standings with a total of 60 points. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka also stand on 60 points but are behind India in terms of the ratio of runs scored per wicket. Australia and England, who are fighting for the Ashes urn, are placed at the third and fourth position respectively. While on the other hand, New Zealand are fifth on the table after their innings and 65-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Test match at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Sunday.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Selects capture bronze medal at Sandpoint Tournament

By on August 3, 2020

first_img“The August tournaments a lot of the Washington State/Idaho teams participate in earlier in the summer were cancelled due to the fires and smoke.”The Sandpoint organizers expanded the tournament to their largest ever to accept all the teams looking to play.”Playing up a division in the U14-15 category, Nelson opened the tournament with a narrow 4-3 loss to Spokane FC.The Selects then bounced back to shutout Flathead FC of Kalispell 4-0.Nelson continued to roll by knocking off Spokane to capture the bronze medal finishing third in the seven-team division.The team includes, Isabel Curiston, Freya Holman, Gretchen Lewandowski, Phoenix Tailleur, Farrah Marzicola, Ruby Linnen, Abby Jackson, Teigan Barnhart, Ivie Lock-Luttmer, Aube Jolicoeu, Addis Atkinson, Nicola Anderson, Semegn Atkinson, Ella Peloso, Alexis Dyck, Sydney Benson, Elisa Clark, Hanna Van Der Holt and coaches Darren Peloso and Bill Clark. Some Nelson Youth Soccer teams traveled south of the 49 parallel while others trekked into Columbia Country.The Nelson Selects took their game across the border and returned with a bronze medal after scoring a 2-0 victory over the Spokane Shadown in the consolation match at the Sandpoint Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday.”The competition level was very good,” said NYS U13 Selects coach Darren Peloso.last_img read more

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Gunman kills at least 5 at Salt Lake mall

By on January 11, 2020

first_img“Then we heard shot after shot after shot – loud, loud, loud,” said McKeown, saying she heard about 20. She and three others hid under a staircase until it was safe to leave. Many employees and shoppers – “a lot of scared people” – were hunkered down and waiting for a police escort, Snyder said. “This is a huge area to cover,” she said. Streets were blocked outside the mall as police swarmed the scene. Dozens of people lingered on the sidewalk, many wrapped in blankets as they talked about what they had seen inside. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALT LAKE CITY – A gunman entered a shopping mall and randomly opened fire on customers Monday night, killing five people and injuring many others before he was killed, police said. More than three hours later, police were searching stores for shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort from the Trolley Square mall. “We have six fatalities and multiple victims at hospitals,” police Detective Robin Snyder said. “They were found throughout the mall. I don’t know male or female or ages. “The suspect has been killed,” she said. The two-story enclosed mall, just southeast of downtown, is a refurbished old trolley barn, with a series of winding hallways and about 80 stores. At least four people were hospitalized, three in critical condition and one in serious condition, hospital representatives said. Two of the critically injured were men ages 16 and 50, a spokesman said. Authorities offered few details but said the gunman entered the mall about 6:45 p.m. MST. Antique store owner Barrett Dodds, 29, said he saw a man in a trench coat exchanging gunfire with a police officer outside a card store. The gunman was backed into a children’s clothing store, he said. “I saw the cops go in the store. I saw the shooter go down,” said Dodds, who watched from the second floor. Barb McKeown, 60, of Washington, D.C., was in another antique shop when two women ran in and reported gunshots. last_img read more

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Pep and Jose renew rivalry in Premier League match day 12

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgCardiff City vs Brighton and Hove AlbionCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSaturday, 10-11-2018 @03: 30 pm (SuperSport 3)Referee: Martin AtkinsonThis is the first top-flight meeting between Cardiff City and Brighton. It becomes the 100th different fixture to be played in England’s top four divisions. Brighton have lost just one of their last 11 league matches against Cardiff (W3, D7), a 1-4 away defeat in 2016.Cardiff midfielder Harry Arter will serve a one-match ban on Saturday for accumulating five bookings this season. Jazz Richards misses out due to a hamstring injury and Kenneth Zohore remains sidelined with a calf problem, but Joe Ralls is back in contention.Brighton & Hove Albion winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is not expected to play because of a hamstring strain. David Button is out with a knee injury, while Pascal Gross and Davy Propper are long-term absentees.Brighton have managed just one win in their last 19 Premier League away games (D5, L13).Huddersfield Town vs West Ham UnitedThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSaturday, 10-11-2018 @06:00pm Referee: Chris KavanaghHuddersfield Town full-back Erik Durm is set to return after missing their last game through injury. Danny Williams, who has not played since March due to a broken ankle, is back in training in an otherwise fully-fit squad.West Ham captain Mark Nobles completes a three-game ban. Fellow midfielder Pedro Obiang should be available after being substituted during last weekend’s win over Burnley with a minor knee problem. Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could return from ankle injuries after the international break.Huddersfield were the only side West Ham beat home and away in the Premier League last season. West Ham’s 4-1 win at Huddersfield last season was their first victory there since an FA Cup game in 1969. The Terriers have not beaten the Hammers in the top flight since a 1-0 victory in 1971.Leicester City vs BurnelyKing Power Stadium, LeicestershireSaturday, 10-11-2018 @06: 00 pm Referee: Mike DeanOn a day to remember in every aspect, the only thing that might get forgotten is the game. The emotion before its starts will be all-encompassing. It will be many Leicester fans’ first time back at the stadium, and for all the first opportunity to share their grief together inside. It’s also a day for giving thanks. To Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha for what he did for Leicester City and the city of Leicester, and for the sacrifices of those in the service of their country. The match? Professionalism and adrenalin will be needed in abundance by the home players after such a draining time – but the occasion will make it hard for Burnley’s too.Leicester City are unbeaten at home against Burnley in seven league matches since a 1-0 Championship defeat in November 2007 (W4, D3). Burnley could record consecutive league wins in this fixture for the first time since August 2006. Its 50 years since they did so in the top flight.Leicester pair Harry Maguire and James Maddison have been ruled out of Saturday’s game with knee injuries. The fixture is Leicester’s first at home since Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people to lose their lives in a helicopter crash near the stadium.Burnley could be without defender James Tarkowski, who has an ongoing hernia problem that may require surgery. Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley are fit to return after missing out last weekend.Leicester earned their first league victory and clean sheet in four matches at the expense of Cardiff last weekend.Newcastle United vs AFC BournemouthSt. James Park, Newcastle upon TyneSaturday, 10-11-2018 @06: 00 pmReferee: Craig PawsonNewcastle are likely to be without Jamal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto, who were all substituted with injuries against Watford last weekend. Only Lascelles has trained this week but he is not expected to be risked.Bournemouth forward Joshua King has returned to training after a three-match absence with an ankle injury and could be available. Manager Eddie Howe has reported no fresh injury concerns.Newcastle have lost both of their Premier League matches against Bournemouth at St. James’ Park. Their only home league win against the Cherries came in the second tier in February 1990. Five of the last seven Premier League goals in this fixture have been scored in the 80th minute or later. Newcastle are seeking consecutive league wins for the first time since April. Victory over Watford last weekend was only their second in 16 league matches (D3, L11). They have lost six of their last eight league fixtures at St James’ Park.Southampton vs WatfordSt. Mary’s Stadium, SouthamptonSaturday, 10-11-2015 @06: 00 pmReferee: Simon HooperSouthampton are hopeful that midfielder Mario Lemina can overcome a thigh strain in time to play. Defender Wesley Hoedt has missed training with a foot infection and is a doubt for the match.Watford captain Troy Deeney could return after missing three games with a hamstring problem. Etienne Capoue is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, while Tom Cleverley, Sebastian Prodl and Daryl Janmaat are still sidelined.Watford won the corresponding fixture last season, with two long-range strikes clinching a 2-0 victory. The teams’ most recent meeting came in the FA Cup last January in Javi Gracia’s first game in charge of Watford. Saints won 1-0. Southampton are without a win in seven league games (D3, L4). They are yet to win at St Mary’s this season (D3, L2). They’ve never failed to win any of their first six home games. Their only goal in six league games came from the penalty spot. Only bottom side Huddersfield have scored fewer than Southampton’s seven league goals this season.Crystal Palace vs Tottenham HotspursSelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 10-11-2018 @ 00 pm0pm (SuperSport 3)Referee: Jonathan MossCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has reported no fresh injury concerns. The Eagles remain without injured quartet Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Connor Wickham.Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is unlikely to play again in 2018 after suffering ankle ligament damage at Wolves. Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama have recovered from injuries, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen played against PSV in midweek after returning to full fitness.Spurs are on a six-match winning streak against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, conceding just one goal during those fixtures. Tottenham could equal their Premier League club record of seven straight wins in the same fixture, having done so against Manchester City between 2004-07 and Swansea between 2012-15. Palace have never lost seven consecutive top-flight matches versus the same opponent. There has only been one first-half goal in the past 14 league meetings – 25 of the last 26 goals in this fixture have come in the second half.Liverpool vs FulhamAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolSunday, 11-11-2018 @03:00 pmReferee: Paul TierneyLiverpool will be hoping to make it 12 games unbeaten at the start of the 2018/19 Premier League when they host a Fulham side that have only won once away from home in their first six games on the road. The Reds will also be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Naby Keita are both available as Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield at midday on Sunday. The pair have been sidelined for a number of weeks due to hamstring injuries but will be included in the squad alongside defender Joe Gomez, who has been struggling with an Achilles issue recently. Xherdan Shaqiri will also come into contention, having been left at home for the Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade in an attempt to reduce local hostilities. The 27-year-old, of Kosovar-Albanian descent, angered Serbian fans with his ‘Albanian Eagle’ celebration at the World Cup.Fulham are expected to be without Kevin McDonald and Joe Bryan for Sunday’s fixture at Liverpool. Both are struggling with hamstring injuries and are likely to miss out. Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic is expected to make further changes to his team following their disappointing defeat at Huddersfield on Monday.Liverpool have won their last four Premier League matches against Fulham, though this is their first league meeting since February 2014. In all competitions, Fulham have managed just one win in their 33 visits to Liverpool (D9 L23), scoring just four times in their last 17 games at Anfield. Fulham have won just one of their 54 away league games on Merseyside against Liverpool and Everton (D11 L42), a 1-0 win against Liverpool in May 2012. Liverpool have won all eight home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp against newly-promoted teams, scoring 25 goals and conceding just three. Fulham have taken one point from their last 18 Premier League games against the ‘big six’ sides (W0 D1 L17), losing all three games this season by an aggregate score of 2-11. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 26 Premier League home games, their longest such run since August 2009 (31 games).Chelsea vs EvertonStamford Bridge, LondonSunday, 11-11-2018 @05:15 pm Referee: Kevin FriendChelsea have had a tremendous start to life under Maurizio Sarri, unbeaten in their first 11 League games, already through to the knock out stages of the Europa League and playing beautiful football. Their next test is at home to an Everton side that has been blowing hot and cold since the start of the current campaign.Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante are expected to start for Chelsea in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Everton. Morata, Alonso, Luiz and Rudiger were rested from the trip to Belarus, staying in London, while Kante was an unused substitute after receiving a late call-up due to Cesc Fabregas’ illness. Fabregas is a doubt for the Toffees game, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek may not feature after a back complaint which boss Sarri described as minor.Everton forward Richarlison is a doubt for their trip to Stamford Bridge. The Brazil international, who rolled his ankle early in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Brighton but played the full duration and scored twice, will be assessed ahead of the match. With on-loan defender Kurt Zouma ineligible against his parent club, there could be a first Toffees start for fellow summer signing Yerry Mina. Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy are available, while Jonjoe Kenny is another doubt.Chelsea are unbeaten in 23 home Premier League games against Everton (W13 D10) since losing 0-1 in November 1994. In all competitions, Everton have won none of their last 28 visits to Stamford Bridge against Chelsea (D11 L17). Only one team has ever had a longer winless away run against an opponent in Premier League history than Everton’s current 23 against Chelsea – Spurs went 25 away games without a win at Stamford Bridge between 1993 and 2016. Everton have won one of their last 16 away Premier League games in London (D6 L9), losing their last four in a row, all during 2018. Chelsea are looking to remain unbeaten in their opening 12 games to a top-flight season for only the second time, also doing so in 2014-15 (unbeaten in first 14). Everton have lost 11 of their last 13 away Premier League games played on Sunday (D2) since winning 2-1 at QPR in March 2015.Arsenal vs Wolverhampton WanderersEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 11-11-2018 @07:30 pmReferee: Scot AtwellUnbeaten in their last 15 games across all competitions, Arsenal will be out to maintain their surge up the table when they host Wolves on Sunday afternoon. After an impressive start to the league campaign, the visitors find themselves on a three game losing streak and Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping to get their season back on track but the task doesn’t get any bigger than a trip to the Emirates.Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Wolves after both were forced off injured in Thursday’s draw with Sporting Lisbon. Welbeck (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for some time after being taken to hospital following an awkward fall, while Lichtsteiner limped out of the Europa League clash with a muscular issue. Mohamed Elneny (thigh) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are still missing, while Matteo Guendouzi is back in domestic contention after serving a one-match ban.Wolves’ only injury concern is Portuguese-Diogo Jota who is currently nursing an injury. Aside from Jota, Santo has a full strength squad to choose from.Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 19 matches against Wolves in all competitions (W16 D3) since a 3-2 defeat in September 1979 under Terry Neill. Wolves have avoided defeat in just one of their eight Premier League games against Arsenal (P8 W0 D1 L7), though that was in their last visit to the Emirates in December 2011, a 1-1 draw under Mick McCarthy. Arsenal have taken 59 points from their last 63 available at home in Premier League games against newly promoted sides (P21 W19 D2 L0) since losing 1-0 to Newcastle United in November 2010. Arsenal haven’t been behind for a single minute in eight Premier League matches against Wolves – only one team has ever played more games against an opponent without falling behind (Chelsea v Portsmouth, 14 games). Wolves have played more Premier League games against Arsenal without winning (8) than against any other opponent. All three of Wolves’ Premier League goals against Arsenal have been scored via corners.Manchester City vs Manchester UnitedEtihad Stadium, ManchesterSunday, 11-11-2018 @07:30 pm (SuperSport 3)Referee: Anthony TaylorIts derby day in Manchester as title favourites City host neigbours United at the Etihad Stadium. It has been business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s side who are still unbeaten in the league and are on the back of a two six goal victories in the last seven days. For United, they must be in good mood going into the clash after winning all their last three games in all competitions by a 2-1 scoreline. Jose Mourinho’s men however have had to dig deep to get results recently including two late goals in the victory over Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League.City will be without Kevin De Bruyne after he suffered another knee problem, with Nicolas Otamendi and Ilkay Gundogan, a scorer in this fixture last term, racing to be fit in time to feature. Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are long-term absentees.Romelu Lukaku could return to action for Manchester United in Sunday’s derby clash. The 25-year-old missed the trips to Bournemouth and Juventus with a hamstring complaint but will be assessed as the striker steps up training. Diogo Dalot has been out with an injury sustained during the international break, while Captain Antonio Valencia is back in contention having travelled to Turin.Manchester City have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014. Manchester United, who won 3-2 at the Etihad last season despite being 0-2 down, are looking to win back to back Premier League games at the stadium for just the second time, also doing so with wins in November 2008 and April 2010. Two of Man Utd’s three Premier League wins against Man City when they’ve trailed in the match have been away from home and from 0-2 behind – in November 1993 and April 2018. Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United have been won by the away side on 17 occasions – only Aston Villa vs Liverpool (19) and Everton vs Man Utd (18) have been won by the visiting team more. Manchester United have conceded 18 goals in their 11 Premier League games this season. It took them 25 games until January 31 to concede as many in the competition last season. Manchester City haven’t lost any of their last 53 Premier League games against sides starting the day outside the top four (W44 D9 L0), since a 0-4 loss at Everton in January 2017. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is still yet to score against Manchester United in the Premier League, attempting 19 shots in 12 games without success; among players with at least 50 Premier League goals, only Robbie Keane (22) has played more times against the Red Devils without scoring than Sterling. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games against Man Utd, but has failed to score in his last three against them since. Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Man Utd – he could become the seventh different player to score in five or more in a row for the club in the competition (Ruud van Nistelrooy x4, Wayne Rooney x2, Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie). This will be the 22nd meeting between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in all competitions – the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21. He’s only lost more matches against Jurgen Klopp (7) than Mourinho (5) during his managerial career. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games against a single opponent in his whole managerial career. Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

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Lily Tomlin Headlines Wait Wait…Dont Kill Me 2 Comedy Benefit

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first_imgEmmy and Tony-winning, Academy Award-nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) joined actress June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show), and Whitney Cummings (Unforgettable) to bring the laughs to “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me-2!,” a night of unforgettable comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) on Friday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center Eli and Edythe Broad Stage.Lily Tomlin and Lisa Jane VanderpumpThe evening of wit and entertainment (inspired by the popular NPR weekly program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me”) hilariously spotlighted animal news, views and other topical animal events. Presented by Honeysweet Creative, this tenth annual fundraiser was hosted by actor Paul Scheer (The League). All proceeds go to support VFTA as they continue their fight for creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation and advocacy.Lisa Jane Vanderpump, philanthropist, entrepreneur and television star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, was bestowed the Lily Tomlin Award for her exceptional dedication and actions on behalf of animals. The Lily Tomlin Award honors the achievements of a remarkable individual whose exceptional actions make a real difference in the world of animal welfare. Best known for her appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Dancing with the Stars and Vanderpump Rules, Vanderpump leads the fight against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where 10,000 dogs are killed in horrific ways and eaten. In response, Lisa produced a documentary “The Road to Yulin … and Beyond” exposing the torture that occurs during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which premiered last month on Prime Video. Lisa founded The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016, a 501c3 non-profit dog rescue organization that works on both domestic and international fronts to create a better world for dogs. Domestically, the Foundation opened the doors to their LA Rescue Center in 2017 and has since found homes for over 500 neglected, abandoned and abused dogs in the LA area.The evening began with a star-studded VIP (Vegan Important People) Reception and red carpet followed by the “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me 2” comedy program. Melya Kaplan, Executive Director, Voice For The Animals, introduced the show. The West Los Angeles Animal Services spotlighted four precious dogs that were available for adoption. Lisa Vanderpump also brought her two pups Giggy and Puffy, along with the Vanderpump Rules team. In addition, another dog named Lily, rehabilitated by Lily Tomlin, was on the carpet and is now well enough to be adopted.last_img read more

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