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Spurs’ Sissoko likely to miss Ajax opener

Published April 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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 Moussa Sissoko lays injured on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Moussa Sissoko lays injured on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs’ Sissoko likely to miss Ajax opener

sports April 23, 2019 08:32

By AFP

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a fresh blow to their Champions League hopes on Monday when Moussa Sissoko appeared to be ruled out of the first leg of their semi-final against Ajax.

The midfielder, one of Tottenham’s outstanding players this season, suffered a groin injury in the return leg of the quarter-final tie at Manchester City and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he will not be fit for another two weeks.

That would rule Sissoko out of the north London club’s home leg against Dutch giants Ajax on April 30, with Tottenham already missing South Korea star Son Heung-min through suspension.

Son has been a key man for Spurs while England captain Harry Kane has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

“Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks, we hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic,” Pochettino said ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League match at home to Brighton.

“Harry Winks we don’t know because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day.

“We hope he will be available for Tuesday but we are not sure.”

There are also doubts over the fitness of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with Pochettino saying: “Lloris I hope yes, we are going to assess, we have a training session and we hope it is not a big issue, we hope he is going to be available.”

– ‘Thinking in the today’ –

Tottenham may have lost to Manchester City in their second game at the Etihad inside 72 hours but they remain firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League after both Arsenal and Manchester United lost as well at the weekend.

If Spurs beat Brighton and West Ham in back-to-back games at their new ground they will be on course for a top-four finish that would qualify them for next season’s Champions League regardless of whether they win this season’s edition of European club football’s elite competition.

“We are not thinking of Ajax,” Pochettino said. “We showed at Manchester City that we are thinking in the today and that competition, the Premier League.”

The Argentinian added: “Now our energy is in Brighton. It is so clear that we have two objectives — one is to be in the top four at the end of the season and the other is to beat Ajax, but we need to go step-by-step.

“The players, they know it, I think the behaviour and the mentality is perfect.”

Despite concerns a mid-season move to a new ground may prove unsettling, Pochettino’s men have won all their three matches so far at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, scoring seven goals and not conceding any in the process.

“We hope we can keep going, getting the same result,” said Pochettino.

“It is going to be fantastic and it is going to be helpful for us playing in the new stadium with our fans and we hope and wish to repeat the performances of the previous results.

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Barcelona beckons for Nadal after Monte Carlo embarrassment

Published April 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) shakes hands with Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona on April 22, 2019. / AFP
Spain’s Rafael Nadal (L) shakes hands with Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona on April 22, 2019. / AFP

Barcelona beckons for Nadal after Monte Carlo embarrassment

sports April 23, 2019 08:29

By AFP

Rafael Nadal said on Monday he won’t waste time dwelling on his weekend Monte Carlo semi-final loss but instead will concentrate on bouncing back at the Barcelona Open.

“What has happened has happened, whatever the reasons are,” the 11-time Barcelona champion said after a promotional appearance at a mini-tennis event in the Catalan capital.

“I don’t know the future, but I will go back to work. The job is to find myself,” Nadal said.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, who returned at Monte Carlo after a knee injury, put a positive spin on his Saturday setback against eventual tournament winner Fabio Fognini.

“Monte Carlo was a step forward compared to where I was a week earlier,” Nadal said.

He was joined at a mini-tennis court set up at an ornate Barcelona classical concert hall by two-time tournament champion Kei Nishikori.

The Spaniard will open his title defence on Wednesday against Argentine Leo Mayer, a first-round winner over Marius Copil 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5.

Nadal called his first light hit-out since Saturday’s loss “normal.”

“It’s the first day of practice in a different place. I did what I had to do,” he said.

He again labelled his defeat to Fognini “one of the worst matches on clay.”

“It’s a reality. There is no need to hide it. I don’t see any benefit in denying it.”

– ‘Another chance to start season’ –

As usual, the 32-year-old Spaniard is focussing on the bright side as the pre-Roland Garros clay season hits full stride.

“I lost a good opportunity to start the season in a fantastic way. But I’ve now got another one.

“We will know more about my form on Wednesday. This is a very special tournament that is part of the history of tennis and of my own.

“I have another morning to practice and we will see how we are doing. On a physical level, I’m more or less well.

“I’ve reached the finals in Australia, semi-finals in Indian Wells and now semi-finals again in Monte Carlo.

“The year is not bad, I’m third in the race (to the year-end championship) – but with more problems than I would have wanted.”

Nadal said repeated injuries have played a role in denying him the momentum he needs.

“I have to find myself. During the last 18 months I’ve had too many non-tennis related stops, ups and downs.

“When that happens, it’s hard to pick up rhythm. But it’s happened so many times that the (good times) seem to be forgotten.

“I hope to be ready to play well – but if not here, it will be at Madrid, in Rome or at Roland Garros.”

In first-round matches, new Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez, playing as a wild card, lost to fellow Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3.

Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics beat Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-1 to earn a match against fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

American youngster Mackenzie McDonald beat Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-2, 6-2 and Spaniard Jaume Munar beat Portuguese qualifier Pedro Sousa  2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Argentine qualifier Diego Schwartzman eliminated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, and will face third seed Dominic Thiem.

German Jan-Lennard Struff beat Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-3, 6-1 and, in the last match of the day, Frenchman Benoit Paire beat Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5, 6-

Chelsea up to fourth after frustrating Burnley draw

Published April 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Burnley's English midfielder Jack Cork (L) vies with Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz (R). / AFP
Burnley’s English midfielder Jack Cork (L) vies with Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (R). / AFP

Chelsea up to fourth after frustrating Burnley draw

sports April 23, 2019 08:25

By AFP

Chelsea accused Burnley of time-wasting and playing “anti-football” after Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off before a touchline skirmish marred their frustrating 2-2 draw on Monday.

Sarri’s side fell behind to Jeff Hendrick’s fine finish before N’Golo Kante equalised moments later.

In a frantic opening 24 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea ahead, only for Burnley’s Ashley Barnes to punish more dismal defending from the Blues.

Without a win in their last two league games, Chelsea will take only slender comfort from climbing one point above fifth placed Arsenal into fourth place, level on points with third placed Tottenham.

Chelsea would have gone third with a victory, but instead they have now played a game more than top four rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, who are three points behind in sixth.

It was a missed opportunity after defeats for Tottenham, Arsenal and United at the weekend and Chelsea were booed off at full-time.

In a fitting coda to a damaging evening, Sarri was sent to the stands for protesting in the final seconds before several members of the Blues bench were involved in a tetchy touchline clash with their Burnley counterparts.

Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola said his boss was so “emotional” after the game that he couldn’t fulfil his media duties.

“He was very upset because he has heard not good words towards him from the Burnley bench. The only reason he walked over there was to get our players to go into position, he was trying to help the ref,” Zola said.

 

– ‘Too much time wasting’ –

 

Zola took a swipe at Burnley’s perceived gamesmanship, which included Clarets keeper Tom Heaton being booked in the first half for time-wasting.

“We are unhappy. There was too much time wasting. Five minutes injury time wasn’t enough to compensate. We couldn’t build important rhythm,” Zola moaned.

“We expected it to be a tough game. We didn’t expect so much time wasting. We expected (referee) Kevin Friend to give more extra time. That’s why we’re very unhappy.”

Chelsea defender David Luiz went even further in his criticism of Burnley.

“It’s anti-football. Wasting time all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game,” he said.

Now Arsenal can replace Chelsea in fourth if they avoid defeat at Wolves on Wednesday.

“We need to improve but we’re in a good way. We care, as we showed today,” Zola said.

Adding to Sarri’s problems, he was hit by first half injuries to France midfielder Kante and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“It doesn’t look very good unfortunately,” Zola said of Hudson-Odoi. “It’s a problem with his Achilles tendon.”

Brushing off the bench-clearing clash, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “By the time I turned round there was something going off in the tunnel.

“I don’t know what you can call it now. Handbags? Manbags? Bumbags?”

Chelsea were stunned in the eighth minute when Hendrick’s rocket put Burnley ahead.

It was a poor goal for Chelsea to concede as Cesar Azpilicueta could only head a Burnley corner to the edge of the area, where Hendrick was left unmarked to volley a superb dipping strike past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

 

– Slow to react –

 

Eden Hazard’s majestic assist helped Chelsea draw level four minutes later, underlining why the club are so keen to keep their talisman out of Real Madrid’s clutches.

Cutting in from the left, Hazard twisted and turned so rapidly that Burnley defender Matt Lowton fell flat on his backside as the Belgian picked out Kante for a powerful shot that flashed past Heaton from 10 yards out.

Pushing forward with pace and precision, Chelsea went in front two minutes later when Higuain turned smartly to pick out Azpilicueta.

The Chelsea defender executed a deft back-heel to Higuain, who continued his run and crashed a brilliant finish into the roof of the net from an acute angle.

But Burnley punished more poor defending to equalise in the 24th minute.

With Chelsea slow to react to a Burnley free-kick, Ben Mee’s header was glanced on by Chris Wood and the unmarked Barnes apply the finishing touch with a close-range volley.

Title, top four and pride at stake in massive Manchester derby

Published April 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Title, top four and pride at stake in massive Manchester derby

sports April 23, 2019 08:23

By AFP

Even by the rarified atmosphere of Manchester derbies, there will seldom have been so much on the line for both sides of the city when Manchester United host Manchester City on Wednesday.

For City, the Premier League title is at stake with Pep Guardiola’s men needing to win their remaining four matches to be sure of becoming the first side since United a decade ago to retain the title.

Those days of dominance are long gone for the Red Devils with just a place in the top four and Champions League qualification their target.

However, United also have to restore some sense of pride after a 4-0 thrashing at Everton on Sunday.

Defeat at Goodison Park was United’s sixth in eighth games, a run that has seen them crash out of the Champions League and FA Cup, as well as slip back down to sixth in the Premier League.

But with Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea also faltering, they remain just three points off the top four.

The momentum and feel good factor built up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first few months in charge has gone.

Now the Norwegian, only hired on a permanent basis last month, has to show he has the ability to arrest the slump even before a major restructure of his squad takes place in the summer.

Solskjaer questioned the work rate and desire of some of his players on Sunday, making it clear that big changes are needed.

However, he is clinging to the hope that those he currently has to call on will be shocked into a short-term response.

“Against City at Old Trafford on Wednesday, that’s the biggest incentive we can have,” said Solskjaer after the Everton embarrassment.

“Old Trafford at home, in front of our fantastic fans, they were unbelievable again and they never ever moaned at our players, which they could have, but they’ve been supportive and I’m sure they will be on Wednesday night.”

Yet, there is a dilemma even for United fans keen to halt City’s rise.

Should City fail to win at Old Trafford, Liverpool — historically United’s fiercest rivals — will be just three games away from a first league title in 29 years.

Liverpool have already set their highest ever points tally in the Premier League era of 88 to lead City by two points.

However, Guardiola’s men have a game in hand and should they move top once more with a win on Wednesday, would just need to see off Burnley, Leicester and Brighton to guarantee the title.

“With this Liverpool side, our side we know if we lose what happens,” warned Guardiola.

City’s quest for a quadruple of trophies fell short by the finest of margins as they lost on away goals to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week.

However, they can still claim an unprecedented domestic treble by winning the league and FA Cup over the next month to go with their League Cup win in February.

“I love my team being there,” added Guardiola.

“I am not going to criticise them because we are out (of the Champions League). I see every day what we have done over the past two seasons, they show me character every three days.

“I have good players, but they have to do it. And when people expect them to do it, it’s harder to do it. That’s why we push them but they respond really well. I love my team.”

City gained a small measure of revenge on Spurs with a 1-0 league win on Saturday, but victory came at a cost with Kevin de Bruyne unlikely to play again this season due to a hamstring injury.

Additional bouts announced for One: Enter the Dragon in Singapore

Published April 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Additional bouts announced for One: Enter the Dragon in Singapore

sports April 23, 2019 01:00

By Agencies

ONE Championship has just announced additional bouts for ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON, set for 17 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 

Once again, Singapore will play host to world-class martial arts action. The best and brightest martial arts talent in the world will descend upon the ONE Championship ring to showcase their skills. In the main event, newly-crowned ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan will defend his title against rising star Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore.

ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki is the most successful submission specialist in Asian martial arts. An iconic figure, he is known for his overpowering ground game, which had already won him titles with WAMMA, DREAM, and Shooto before he began his reign as the king of ONE Championship’s lightweight division.

Aoki is for many the face of Asia in the cage, holding an incredible slew of submission wins and almost 75 percent of his overall victories coming inside the distance. Throughout his fabled career, the Japanese lightweight legend has beaten some of the biggest names in the world, including Tatsuya Kawajiri, Caol Uno, and Eddie Alvarez.

At ONE: A NEW ERA, Aoki defeated celebrated Filipino martial artist Eduard “Landslide” Folayang to become a 2-time ONE Lightweight World Champion.

5-time Pankration World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee comes from a family of true martial artists. His oldest sister, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, is already an international star with ONE Championship, and his parents are both black belts in various disciplines who began teaching their children techniques from a very early age.

A highly-decorated martial artist, Lee holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Total Defense System and is an astonishingly early achiever. In fact, he was voted Most Outstanding Athlete at the 2013 FILA World Championship after winning five World Titles across the disciplines of BJJ, pankration, mixed martial arts, and submission grappling.

In his last bout, Lee defeated Team Lakay veteran Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of the Philippines via first-round technical knockout. He now moves up to lightweight to challenge Aoki for the ONE Lightweight World Title.

In the co-main event of the evening, Dutch kickboxing superstar Nieky “The Natural” Holzken will take on countryman Regian “The Immortal” Eersel for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship.

Holzken is a multiple-time kickboxing World Champion who began boxing at the age of 10, later expanding on his skills to add kickboxing and Muay Thai to his repertoire.

Holzken competed extensively in all three disciplines, compiling over 100 combined wins on his way to Dutch and European championships, as well as several World Titles. A sensational striker, Holzken’s entertaining style has already seen him secure almost 50 knockouts in kickboxing and an additional 11 in the boxing ring.

Eersel, meanwhile, represents the famed Sityodtong Amsterdam Muay Thai camp and has made a name for himself as a Lion Fight Super Middleweight World Champion and an MFC Kickboxing World Champion.

He first began his martial arts journey by training in taekwondo at the age of eight. After experiencing success in taekwondo competition as well as amateur kickboxing, Eersel decided to turn professional and has since put together an incredible record of success.

The ONE Super Series Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix kicks off at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON, featuring eight of the world’s best kickboxers.

Two-division Lumpinee Stadium World Champion and WMC World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy of Thailand draws 2-time K-1 World Max Champion Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan of Italy in the first round, while two-division Lion Fight World Champion Smokin’ Jo Nattawutof Thailand faces 2-time K-1 World Max Champion Andy “Souwer Power” Souwer of Amsterdam

In the other bracket, the legendary Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex of Thailand takes on WBC and A1 Muay Thai World Champion Samy “AK47” Sana of France, while 2-time Russian Challenge and 2-time TNA Kickboxing World Champion Dzhabar “Gengis Khan” Askerov of Russia takes on former K-1 World Champion Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl of Germany.

Multiple-time Karate World Champion Sage Northcutt stands tall among the brightest young mixed martial arts stars of today. A lifelong martial artist, Northcutt has been training under the instruction of his father ever since he was four years old, and he was an incredibly accomplished athlete in the discipline of karate. He won an astounding 77 World Titles as a youth and was even inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame in 2012.

Northcutt rose to prominence quickly in mixed martial arts, beginning his slate with seven straight wins in top North American promotions. In 2018, he joined the world’s best martial artists in ONE Championship on the back of three straight victories. He now makes his promotional debut against Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre.

Alexandre is an accomplished kickboxer and is a Lion Fight Super Middleweight World Champion and it’s Showtime 77MAX World Champion.

Like many Brazilians, Alexandre played football in the streets from a very young age. He even had a blossoming career as a professional footballer, but he gave it all up at the age of 19 to pursue Muay Thai instead. It turned out to be one of the best decisions he ever made.

Alexandre has since put together a phenomenal combat sports career, winning numerous World Titles in both Muay Thai and kickboxing. Known as one of the best strikers Brazil has ever produced, Alexandre has faced some of the biggest names in the striking arena, including the likes of John Wayne Parr, Sakmongkol Sithchuchok, Yodsanklai Fairtex, and Giorgio Petrosyan.

On top of his striking career, however, Alexandre is also mixed martial artist riding a seven-bout winning streak. He is now tasked to welcome Northcutt to the world’s largest martial arts organization.

In the semi-final round of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, Costa Rica’s Ariel “Tarzan” Sextongoes head-to-head against Turkish sensation Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev.

Sexton is a 2-time Costa Rica BJJ National Champion whose passion for martial arts was born after witnessing the art of Muay Thai on a trip to Thailand when he was young. But it wasn’t until he started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu however when he truly shined. Today, Sexton owns a black belt in BJJ under the legendary Renzo Gracie.

Arslanaliev, on the other hand, is a Dagestani BJJ Champion who took up martial arts when he was just five years old. He went on to place on the podium at numerous BJJ tournaments around Europe, even earning the title of Azerbaijan Open BJJ Champion. In wushu, he is a former Russian and Armenian national champion, as well as a three-time champion in both Azerbaijan and Dagestan, showcasing his all-around skill set.

Singaporean Muay Thai champion and former ONE World Title contender Amir Khan makes his return to the ONE Championship stage when he faces promotional newcomer Iurie Lapicus of Italy.

Khan has faced the biggest names in ONE Championship’s lightweight division, including former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang just last November. He is now tasked to welcome Lapicus in his ONE Championship debut.

Singapore-based Muay Thai legend and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke soldiers on as he locks horns with China’s Miao Li Tao.

Dejdamrong is a multiple-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion across different divisions. As a professional, he would compete multiple times each month and was a veteran of over 300 bouts by the time he retired from the sport. He transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2014 and has since put together an impressive winning record.

Miao began training in wushu when he was young in order to protect himself from bullying. Making martial arts his professional career, Miao later moved to Beijing where he now trains at Fight Brothers camp, where he has picked up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and sharpens his growing skills among some of the finest Chinese martial artists today.

Former ONE World Champions Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil and Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Japan will meet head-on inside the ring for the third time in this highly-anticipated trilogy bout.

The two met twice before, the first encounter ending in a dominant victory for Silva which saw the Brazilian capture the ONE Strawweight World Title in a dominant performance. Months later, Naito exacted revenge on his conqueror and took back the World Title via close split decision. Now at one win apiece, Silva and Naito look to settle the score in their epic rivalry.

Submission grappling superstar Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon of the United States makes a quick turnaround to face Yoshiki Nakahara of Japan in a featherweight contest.

Tonon has impressed so far in his time in the ONE Championship Circle, winning all four of his bouts up to this point by scintillating finish. In his most recent outing, Tonon methodically broke down Dutch-Indonesian featherweight Anthony Engelen at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo. The American now jumps up to face perhaps the toughest test of his career thus far in Nakahara, who is a former Gladiator Featherweight Champion.

Former ONE World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi of Japan takes on China’s Meng Bo.

Yamaguchi is a veteran of the Asian women’s mixed martial arts scene and has challenged for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title twice so far in her career. With a great mix of powerful striking and impeccable grappling, Yamaguchi emerges as one of her division’s top contenders. She now welcomes 2-time Chinese mixed martial arts champion Meng Bo to ONE Championship.

Lastly, Singapore’s Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju takes on the Philippines’ Richard “Notorious” Corminal in an exciting preliminary contest.

More bouts at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON to be announced at a later date.

Double podiums for Sandy in Sepang

Published April 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Shaun Thong and Sandy Stuvik
Shaun Thong and Sandy Stuvik

Double podiums for Sandy in Sepang

sports April 22, 2019 09:40

By The Nation

Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik and teammate Shaun Thong of Hong Kong produced two podium finishes in the first round of the Thailand Super Series at the famous Sepang International Circuit over the weekend in Malaysia.

Driving Audi R8 GT3 Ultra for B-Quik Racing, the duo quickly got up to speed and were up challenging for the top spots of the timesheets in the Friday practices.

Qualifying took place on Saturday, which saw the Thai driver take the pole position for Race 1 which would take place later that day. Sandy’s teammate Shaun Thong drove in the following qualifying session where he secured the second place, just behind former F1 driver Tomas Enge.

On Saturday afternoon Sandy had a brilliant start in race 1 and maintained his lead position into the first corner. The Thai driver then proceeded to pull away from the field at a rapid rate.

 However, the Thai driver encountered a slow puncture on his rear right tire, forcing him to limp back to the pits to change tires and handed the R8 Ultra over to his teammate.

From there, Shaun drove and excellent stint, but the gap to the leading Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo was too large to make up. The pair finished in 2nd place, with the other B-Quik Racing Audi R8 GT3 Evo finishing just behind in 3rd place.

In the Sunday race, Shaun Thong took the start from 2nd place and tried to chase down the leading Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

A safety car before the pit window closed the gap that the leading Lamborghini had created, as Shaun handed the Audi R8 GT3 Ultra over to Sandy.

The Thai driver got up to speed quickly and began to close the gap to the leaders. Because Sandy and Shaun are both FIA Silver ranked drivers, their mandated pit-stop time is longer than their competitors.

Sandy kept hacking away at the leaders but the pit-stop time (with yesterday’s added success penalty of 10 seconds), the gap was too large to close in. Sandy finished under a second behind the 2nd place Lamborghini and a few seconds further up the road was the race winning B-Quik Audi R8 GT3 Evo driven by Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski.

“It’s been a great weekend for the B-Quik team and our beautiful Audis. We have accumulated good points and more knowledge of the car as we now look towards the next round in Buriram. The cars have been fantastically prepared by the B-Quik engineers and mechanics, along with the technical support of Absolute Racing. I’m more excited than ever to get the next race underway, it can’t come soon enough! Thank you to all my sponsors for this opportunity,” Sandy said after the race.

The next race (round 2)  will take place at Chang International Circuit, Buriram  during 7-9 June 2019.

Four-star Everton pile on the agony for United boss Solskjaer

Published April 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. / AFP
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. / AFP

Four-star Everton pile on the agony for United boss Solskjaer

sports April 22, 2019 07:04

By AFP

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems since taking over as permanent Manchester United manager intensified with a humiliating 4-0 loss away to Everton on Sunday.

Defeat at Goodison Park — United’s sixth in eight games — also dealt a huge blow to the Red Devils’ hopes of playing in the Champions League next season.

Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott inflicted the largest defeat on United since they lost by the same scoreline at Chelsea three years ago.

But, after starting his reign with eight consecutive victories, the best start ever made by a manager at the club, former United striker Solskjaer is now collecting some other, very unwanted, statistics.

This latest loss means United have now leaked 48 league goals, the most they’ve conceded in a season, since letting in 63 back in the 42-game 1978/79 campaign.

Sunday’s loss also means United have conceded in 12 consecutive games for the first time since December 1998 while, under Solskjaer, the Reds have lost five consecutive away games for the first time in 38 years.

 

– Second best –

 

United looked second best even before the hosts scored twice inside the opening half-hour, conceding a succession of corners from which Everton threatened.

It was another type of set-piece, a long throw-in by Digne, from which Everton took the lead after 12 minutes when the full-back launched the ball deep into the United area.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped the ball on with the flick of his head and Richarlison sent a spectacular scissor-kick finish flying past David de Gea.

After a humbling 3-0 Champions League exit at Barcelona in midweek, it was not the start Solskjaer had been looking for. Everton soon made the situation worse for the visitors.

After 27 minutes, Everton cleared a United corner and immediately broke on the counter-attack, with winger Bernard playing a delightful ball inside to Idrissa Gueye.

He, in turn, released Sigurdsson who, with Nemanja Matic backing off, unleashed a magnificent 25-yard shot which bounced just in front of the diving de Gea on its way into the bottom corner.

Richarlison might have given Everton the lead even earlier. His 10th minute shot drew an amazing reaction save  from de Gea. From the rebound the Brazilian hurried his follow-up effort wide.

— Brilliantly timed —

 

With the recalled Romelu Lukaku booed every time he touched the ball by his former fans at Everton, United had little response to an impressive effort from the home side.

In between the goals, United star Paul Pogba’s long diagonal pass freed Marcus Rashford who could only poke his effort over from a tight angle.

Everton effectively killed the game in the 56th minute. De Gea punched clear a Sigurdsson corner to the unmarked Digne who sent a superb, first-time volley flying back past the United keeper from 20 yards.

Three minutes later, and from the same left wing, another Sigurdsson corner almost crept in at de Gea’s near post before the Spaniard stuck out a boot to clear off his line.

Even though Richarlison had limped off through injury, the agony was not over for United with the Brazilian’s replacement Walcott continuing the rout in the 64th minute.

Sigurdsson again carved out the opening with a brilliantly-timed through ball which allowed the former England international the space to sprint into the area and beat the advancing de Gea.

Not until the 86th minute, and a comfortably saved Anthony Martial strike, did United have a shot on target.

Meanwhile Everton, who had not beaten a ‘big six’ rival in 25 attempts before last month, have now won consecutive home matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and United while keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Paris Saint-Germain win sixth French title in seven years

Published April 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (Up) celebrates with Paris Saint-Germain's French defender Presnel Kimpembe. / AFP
Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (Up) celebrates with Paris Saint-Germain’s French defender Presnel Kimpembe. / AFP

Paris Saint-Germain win sixth French title in seven years

sports April 22, 2019 07:02

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Paris Saint-Germain won the French Ligue 1 title for a sixth time in seven seasons on Sunday after second-placed Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse.

Qatar-backed PSG are now 16 points ahead of Lille who have five games to play after a season which saw them only lose on three occasions in another dominant league campaign.

Christophe Galtier’s Lille, three-time French champions themselves, stumbled to a stalemate at lowly Toulouse but had Thiago Mendes’ second-half effort chalked off by VAR for handball.

“I have regrets over the ruled out goal because I don’t think it was intentional,” Galtier said.

“PSG deserve the title and it’s not a surprise to anyone. The suspense didn’t last.”

PSG now have eight French championships since their maiden victory in 1986 although they squandered three earlier chances to secure this season’s title by failing to beat Strasbourg and being beat by second-placed Lille and Nantes in the space of 10 days.

However, in a disappointing European run, Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to reach the later stages of the Champions League losing to Manchester United in the last 16.

Tuchel, in his first year as boss, has complained about not having enough players as the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar, fellow striker Edinson Cavani, winger Angel di Maria and defender Marquinhos have missed large parts of the season through injury.

The German has had to call on youngsters Colin Dagba, Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku to fill gaps but World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe has proved his 180 million-euro ($202 million) price tag with 27 goals in 26 league appearances.

The Parisians host Monaco, the only other outfit to lift the trophy since 2013, later on Sunday with Neymar set to return from a foot problem which has kept him sidelined since January.

Fognini becomes first Italian champion in Monte Carlo in 51 years

Published April 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Winner Italy's Fabio Fognini kisses the trophy after winning the final tennis match against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic. / AFP
Winner Italy’s Fabio Fognini kisses the trophy after winning the final tennis match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic. / AFP

Fognini becomes first Italian champion in Monte Carlo in 51 years

sports April 22, 2019 06:59

By AFP

Colourful Fabio Fognini defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 to win the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, the first Italian to triumph at the clay court showpiece in over half a century.

The 13th seed, based just 20 kilometres over the border in San Remo, followed on from compatriot Nicola Pietrangeli, who watched his record fall from the royal box at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

Pietrangeli won the trophy in the principality in 1961, 1967 and 1968.

He came to the court after the trophy ceremony to pose for pictures with his new tennis heir, who was following up his shock semi-final win over 11-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal.

“I was born nearby so this is extraordinary,” Fognini, 31, said.

“I started the season rather badly, so this is unbelievable. I’m very content with this victory, especially with all of the Italians here today.”

The 48th-ranked Serb Lajovic was playing in the first ATP final of his career and got to the title match without the loss of a set.

Fognini looked to be temporarily hampered as he limped momentarily after breaking Lajovic for 3-2 in the second after claiming the opening set in 44 minutes.

During a medical timeout, he was taped on his right thigh and a heel, but carried on without apparent problems as he finished the final on his second match point as Lajovic returned long.

The winner of his first Masters 1000 trophy came to the first major week of the pre-Roland Garros run-up with a 0-4 record on the clay, the surface he grew up on.

Among his victims this week was number three Alexander Zverev, and his stunning stunning 6-4, 6-2 victory over Nadal on Saturday to end the Spanish star’s 25-set win streak in the principality.

“This is something just incredible,” added Fognini who had been a set and 4-1 down to Andrey Rublev in his tournament opener.

“I’m really tired now, I’ve been running all week. I prepared for this final as best I could, I knew it would be tough, since Dusan has my ex-coach (Jose Perlas).

He added: “This is a great achievement, but it’s tough to beat Rafa and then play a final.”

Lajovic was playing his first career ATP final and was far from crushed by defeat.

“It was my first time in the finals, so a great experience for me. Today was not easy, there was a lot of wind.

“Fabio is a guy who knows how to play in these conditions. He has great hands, he’s moving really well.”

Liverpool lead again as Man Utd, Arsenal falter in top four chase

Published April 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (C) plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between between Cardiff City and Liverpool. / AFP
Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (C) plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between between Cardiff City and Liverpool. / AFP

Liverpool lead again as Man Utd, Arsenal falter in top four chase

sports April 22, 2019 06:55

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Liverpool moved back top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Cardiff, but Manchester United and Arsenal did little for their chances of Champions League qualification for next season in shock defeats to Everton and Crystal Palace respectively on Sunday.

United were thrashed 4-0 at Everton to continue a miserable run of six defeats from their last eight games.

Arsenal remain fourth, but failed to open up a five-point lead over United as Crystal Palace became the first visiting side to win at the Emirates in the Premier League since Manchester City on the opening weekend of the campaign with an impressive 3-2 victory.

Liverpool suffered no such slip ups to move two points ahead of Manchester City, who still have a game in hand, at the top.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have now won their last nine games in all competitions, to also set up a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

“It’s really massive. We spoke a lot about this game, how special it is, how special the situation is for the opponent,” said Klopp, who bemoaned the dry state of Cardiff’s pitch under baking temperatures.

“It was not a game for playing around. It was a battle of will, who wants it more.”

But in keeping with recent weeks, Klopp could not relax until late on as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah missed big chances to give the visitors a first-half lead.

Georginio Wijnaldum finally broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion with a thumping finish from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner just before the hour mark.

Liverpool had to survive one major scare when Cardiff captain Sean Morrison failed to connect with his head when it seemed harder to miss with the goal at his mercy 26 minutes from time.

Morrison then compounded his error at the other end when he grappled with Salah inside the area and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot, even though the Egyptian threw himself dramatically to the floor.

James Milner stepped up to bury the resulting penalty and ensure Liverpool are poised to strike if City stumble.

– Man Utd humiliated –

Unfortunately, for Klopp’s side, United look in no fit state to inflict the blow on the champions they need come the Manchester derby on Wednesday.

Everton celebrated their biggest win over a shambolic Red Devils since 1984 to move up to seventh.

Richarlison’s acrobatic effort and a long range effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson inside the first 28 minutes gave Everton the perfect start.

And they struck twice again early in the second-half through Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott.

“From the first whistle everything went wrong,” said Solskjaer.

“I just want to apologise to the fans. They’re the only people with the badge on today who can hold their heads high, because we can’t.”

And the Norwegian hinted that major changes are to come in the summer whether they reach the Champions League or not.

“We can’t change the whole squad, it has to be one step at a time but I said all along, I’m going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that successful team.”

Arsenal wasted a glorious opportunity to move above north London rivals Tottenham into third as after 10 straight home league wins, Palace shocked the Emirates with the three points that guarantees their survival.

Christian Benteke’s first goal for a year put the Eagles in front before Mesut Ozil equalised early in the second half.

However, Shkodran Mustafi’s blunder allowed Wilfried Zaha to put Palace back in front before James McArthur took advantage of more woeful Arsenal defending to make it 3-1.

“It’s a big frustration because it was a big opportunity. At the set pieces, we didn’t work and weren’t as strong as we have been,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

“Their second goal was very bad for us and took away our confidence.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit, but it was too late to stop Palace’s first league win at Arsenal since October 1994.

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