Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

first_img1) United can help Palace towards unwanted recordAfter six league games, six defeats and still no goals, Old Trafford would be very close to bottom of the list of ideal destinations for Crystal Palace, but it may be a fine place to find some sympathy. After all, as nonagenarian United fans might recall, their team’s start to the 1930-31 season remains the most disastrous in Football League history. They were wildly unfortunate to lose their opening game to the champions Aston Villa – Joe Spence suffered a twisted knee and Tom Jones cracked a collar-bone, leaving United playing for a draw with nine and a half men (Jones gamely tried to carry on as best he could). With a minute and a half to play, Jack Wilson passed back to Alf Steward, the United goalkeeper, who inexplicably dropped the ball and Tom Waring capitalised to grab the winner. “The pass was made with complete accuracy,” we reported, “but Steward fumbled the ball and the insatiable Waring dashed in to dash out the Manchester hopes.” Eleven straight defeats followed – they shipped four to Manchester City and Portsmouth, five against West Ham, six against Chelsea and Huddersfield and seven against Newcastle before finally beating Birmingham on 1 November. Palace are only halfway to matching United’s miserable run but with a visit from Chelsea to follow Saturday’s game, United’s 87-year-old unwanted record could be under genuine threat. SB• David Squires on … fans bravely persisting with their Lukaku song• Crystal Palace’s Benteke set to miss six weeks with knee injury• Forget Carlton Cole: the best strikers Palace could sign for free 4Tottenham Hotspur6511 Share on Facebook 2) A showdown to savour at Stamford BridgeOne of the first things Pep Guardiola said after his team’s 6-0 demolition of Watford a few weeks ago was that he would not get a truly accurate indication of the strength of his side until they go to Chelsea, who beat them home and away last season. Since that win at Vicarage Road, City have been weakened by the injury to Benjamin Mendy, which a pity both for them and for all admirers of rampaging left-backs, and Sergio Agüero’s car accident in the Netherlands. Fabian Delph has done a decent job since filling in for Mendy but he is no like-for-like replacement. City, then, might not be as dangerous and balanced as they would otherwise have been. But they are still have enough creativity to blow Chelsea away. Antonio Conte’s men have reason to be confident, too, especially if Fernandinho is left to hold midfield by himself. Hyped-up matches have a habit of letting us down but this one should be exceptional. PD• Sergio Agüero being assessed by club doctors after car accident• Morata says Eden Hazard is ‘one of the three best players in the world’• Kevin De Bruyne: the grand puppet-master who makes Man City tick Play Video Klopp stays positive after Liverpool draw with Spartak – video Listen 16Stoke6-55 19AFC Bournemouth6-73 Read more 3Chelsea6713 12West Brom6-28 0:35 5Liverpool6111 13Brighton6-27 As a fellow sportsman, I kneel with and applaud those in the NFL protests The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football 3) Seagulls lacking firepower for overdue trip to Arsenal 7) Unlikely villain Nyom faces Watford fans againThough this fixture might not leap off the page as being one of the weekend’s more appealing, there has been just one goalless draw in 39 meetings between these teams – and none ever at the Hawthorns. The last three times the teams have met there have all been memorable: the Midlands side sauntering to a 5-0 win in the Championship back in 2009, Heurelho Gomes saving two Saido Berahino penalties as Watford won 1-0 two seasons ago, and Roberto Pereyra being controversially sent off as West Brom eked out a 3-1 victory last December. As it happens the referee that awarded those two penalties in April 2016, Michael Oliver, will be wielding his whistle again on Saturday. Visiting fans won’t know who to boo louder – Oliver or the mystifyingly unpopular former Watford full-back Allan Nyom. The Cameroonian started 29 league games for the Hornets two seasons ago, performances of unwavering effort and commitment if only intermittent quality, before moving to West Brom. Despite his hard work in the Hornets’ name, Nyom was booed by some of the away fans at last season’s meeting at the Hawthorns. As a result of this unwanted attention he enthusiastically celebrated his new side’s eventual victory, and was subsequently booed by almost all of the home fans when he turned up at Vicarage Road in March. Quite how unpopular he now is in Hertfordshire will become clear on Saturday. SB• Lawrence Ostlere: Silva’s approach key to Watford transformation Champions League review and the importance of analytics – Football Weekly Extra Share on Messenger Ten things to look out for this weekend 8) If West Ham fail to beat Swansea, Bilic could face the axeSwansea’s last visit to the London Stadium proved a godsend for West Ham and Slaven Bilic. The Hammers won 1-0 back in April and arrested a run of five straight defeats that had sent them plummeting. Their recent form is not quite that bad but nor is it far off; this really feels like a game in which Bilic cannot afford to drop points and, if Swansea come away with something this time, you sense the axe may be hovering. Clear, strategic thinking will be required – not the kind that saw Andy Carroll brought on to replace the injured Michail Antonio, who will miss this game, which disrupted the balance of a strong start last weekend against Tottenham. Paul Clement has his own problems, even if the Swansea manager is still operating amid a healthy dose of goodwill. He needs to find an attacking threat that his team has lost since selling Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente, otherwise they seem set for a very hard winter. In truth it is hard to see anything different for either of these sides at the moment – will Bilic get many more chances to alter the pattern? NA• Bilic feeling the heat after Spurs shine glaring light on West Ham flaws• Photo essay: a weekend of football passion, rivalry and animosity9) Shakespeare now needs results to back up performancesConsidering the speed with which a sizable proportion of Leicester City fans turned on Claudio Ranieri – who masterminded the most unlikely Premier League title win of all time on their behalf – it can’t be too long before the man who replaced him incurs their wrath. Craig Shakespeare’s side have won and drawn one of their opening six matches and have conceded more goals than 17 other teams in the top flight. It could legitimately be argued that Leicester have not played particularly badly against particularly strong opposition in defeat this season, but many of the fans who wanted Claudio Ranieri gone justified their impatience by pointing out that football is a results-based business and Premier League survival is all important. Results so far this season have been largely poor and the same logic must dictate that another bad one against Bournemouth, one of only three teams below Leicester in the table, may well prompt unrest among the more entitled in the club’s fan base. BG• Leicester denied by Mignolet penalty save10) Balanced Burnley aim to complicate things for KoemanIt would be interesting to see what sort of side Sean Dyche would produce if entrusted with £150m. But we are unlikely to find out any time soon so we will have to make do, for now, with seeing how Burnley go about trying to sabotage Ronald Koeman’s plans. The visitors will go to Goodison Park with confidence, having already returned with points this season from Stamford Bridge, Anfield and Wembley. And they are a better balanced team than Everton, who may have more quality in patches but still are not working well as a whole. PD• Match report: Everton 2-2 Apollon Limassol• Koeman says Everton are ‘scared to play’ after Apollon Limassol draw• How supporting Everton made Liverpool mayor’s role a tricky one• Dyche rages against diving after Burnley-Huddersfield stalemate Share on Pinterest features 2Man Utd61516 Play Video 14Everton6-77 9Burnley619center_img 7Arsenal6110 Share on LinkedIn Premier League 8Huddersfield629 Share on Twitter Topics 20Crystal Palace6-130 18West Ham6-74 1:42 15Swansea6-45 Share via Email ‘We’ve not had a penalty for over a year,’ says West Brom’s Tony Pulis – video 5) Huddersfield should ditch caution and go for it against SpursHuddersfield face their first test against one of the Big Six and David Wagner’s approach will be intriguing. The German manager has been an advocate of energetic pressing at the John Smith’s Stadium, while calling for a more belt-and-braces defensive approach on the road – at Turf Moor last weekend, Huddersfield had only three touches of the ball inside the Burnley penalty area. The Terriers have conceded just three goals in their opening six Premier League matches and, against a Tottenham Hotspur side that are a class above anyone they have faced so far, Wagner may be tempted to err on the side of extreme caution. We can but hope he doesn’t – after a fine start to the season this amounts to a free swing for Huddersfield and by showing the courage of the convictions that have brought them this far, Huddersfield can get a real measure of where they rank in the firmament, even if that means risking a heavy defeat. BG• Sissoko still at Spurs because of lack of offers, says Pochettino• Kane targets victory at Real Madrid after hat-trick6) Time for Hughes to give Stoke’s youth a chance?It is a common complaint that teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City are reluctant to give youngsters a chance, but when a mid-ranking Stoke City show similar reticence it is even more depressing. Against Chelsea last weekend, Mark Hughes was faced with the absence of the defenders Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, Kevin Wimmer and Geoff Cameron for one reason or another. Rather than give the teenage defenders Josh Tymon or Harry Souttar some valuable minutes, he left them on the bench throughout, chose to start Ramadan Sobhi and Mame Biram Diouf instead and watched his team ship four goals in a heavy defeat. With Bruno Martins Indi now injured and doubts surrounding the availability of Shawcross and Wimmer for Stoke’s match against Southampton, Hughes could face similar selection problems this weekend. Whether or not he considers the youngsters for even a cameo role remains to be seen. BG• Stoke routed as Morata hits hat-trick for Chelsea PosTeamPGDPts 17Leicester6-34 11Southampton6-18 Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Brighton and Arsenal have met three times in the last 34 years, all of them cup meetings played on the south coast – making this the Seagulls’ first trip to this corner of north London since a 3-1 defeat in February 1983. Any buoyancy Brighton may have felt at the fixture’s timing, coming less than 72 hours after Arsenal’s Europa League trip to Belarus, lasted only as long as it took for their strikers to start falling. Glenn Murray and Sam Baldock, who scored 34 league goals between them last season, are both injured while the Israeli Tomer Hemed, responsible for two of the team’s five league goals this season, is starting a three-match suspension. This leaves on-loan Izzy Brown – whose top-flight experience amounts to 11 minutes for Chelsea in 2015, and 24 minutes in Brighton’s defeat to Manchester City on the season’s opening day, which for him was curtailed by a hamstring injury, and who in Chris Hughton’s words “has only just come back from injury and is really a No10” – as the most likely option up front. SB• Match report: Bate Borisov 2-4 Arsenal• Football Weekly Extra: the pod look ahead to the weekend4) Liverpool have a frightening attack but need to be more clinicalLiverpool’s newest Fab Four produced an encouraging enough display at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday night but the task now is for them to become clinical. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah had not started a competitive game together before and at times their movement and interplay – particularly Salah’s when he darts in from the right – was dizzying. They should only get better but the big concern on Tuesday was that chances were once again missed and final passes frequently went awry. It is difficult to see a natural goalscorer in Jürgen Klopp’s ranks – if we are to assume that Daniel Sturridge, who in fact missed the most glaring opportunity in Moscow, is destined for little more than a cameo role – but they will need their whirlwind of an attack needs to be topped off by some cold-blooded finishing. Sunday may be one of those occasions; Rafa Benítez and Newcastle have, defeat at Brighton notwithstanding, been on decent form and look a tough nut to crack. Can Liverpool, for all their energy, demonstrate top-level composure regularly enough? NA• Liverpool object to Sky Sports plan for moving Arsenal game to Christmas Eve• Liverpool make complaint of alleged racial abuse in Spartak youth game Read more 6Watford6-111 Chelsea’s Antonio Conte unhappy with fixture scheduling – video Play Video 1Man City61916 Liam Rosenior 0:54 10Newcastle619last_img read more

Heavy rain likely to cause new or more flooding in several area

first_imgA forecast of heavy rain in waterlogged central Canada and in both the Atlantic and Pacific regions has residents and emergency officials bracing for flood conditions through Friday and the weekend.Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for much of southern and eastern Ontario, where some communities could be soaked with 50-90 millimetres of rain through Saturday.But with the ground already saturated after weeks of rain and spring runoff, the agency says there may be new or additional flooding in many areas.“All parts of Toronto can be affected by flooding and there may be little or no advance warning that localized flooding is imminent,” the City of Toronto warned in a news release Thursday.The city has also warned that the heavily-travelled Don Valley Parkway through the heart of Toronto could be shut down on Friday afternoon should the adjacent Don River overflow its banks.Recent rain and spring runoff have already caused a significant rise in water levels in Lake Ontario, causing some shoreline erosion and localized flooding east of downtown Toronto.Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for much of Quebec, where numerous communities are already coping with overflowing rivers, particularly north and south of the Montreal area and in western Quebec.The agency says another 30 millimetres of rain is likely north of the St. Lawrence River through Sunday while the Montreal area can expect slightly lesser amounts.Eastern Quebec is also beginning to experience flooding due to the rain and melting snow.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday that 132 municipalities and some 1,400 residences are affected by or threatened by rising waters .“We know that the water level will not drop in the next few days. It is more likely to remain high, or even continue to rise,” he said.Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for a large swath of southern B.C. due to the potential for severe thunderstorms, saying conditions are favourable for the development strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.It said heavy rain associated with the storms, combined with snow melt, will lead to rising river levels and could increase the risk of flooding.The wet weather will also take aim at Atlantic Canada starting Friday night and continuing through the weekend.Environment Canada has posted special weather statements for most of Nova Scotia warning of 50-to-100 millimetres of rain through the weekend while southwestern New Brunswick can expect around 50 millimetres of rain and northwestern areas may receive 20 to 30 millimetres.The agency the additional rain will exacerbate current flooding and advises residents near the Saint John River and its tributaries to remain on alert.last_img read more

2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride

first_imgThe 2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride will benefit local charities and give riders the opportunity to meet and mingle with Hollywood stars and industry celebrities.Many celebrities attend the annual rally each year, but it can be difficult to locate a favorite star among the crowds. The Buffalo Chip’ s signature charity event the Legends Ride has long been known as the most likely event at which fans may meet Hollywood stars and motorcycle industry celebrities. So far for 2016 billionaire businessman and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, movie and TV star Tom Berenger, writer, director, producer and actor Carmine Cangialosi, and a host of industry leaders and customizers have confirmed they will attend the 2016 “Ride that RocksTM” on Monday, Aug. 8. More celebrities will be announced as the event draws nearer.
Although meeting and riding with celebrities has been enough reason for this event to sell out for eight consecutive years, guests will also feel great knowing the Buffalo Chip will donate 100 percent of their rider fees to some very worthy local charities. In an effort to help create a permanent athlete training facility for Special Olympians in the Black Hills, $100,000 in future Legends Ride fees have been pledged to renovate an existing facility to meet the growing needs of the organization. The 127 Special Olympians who are members of the “Rapid City Flame” team have been training in various borrowed locations over the past few years, but they are now in need of a facility that will offer team members a sense of permanence and accomplishment. For the past three years, Legends Ride contributions have been used to purchase a van to transport participants to practices and events; now the need for a facility is a priority.The Schedule 
11 a.m. – Bike Parking Begins 
2 p.m. – Auction on Deadwood’s Main Street 
 Two Buffalo Chip Challenge Bikes and other unique items to be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride 
 Special Olympics Team is on hand to help students who participated in the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge 
2:50 p.m. – Group Photo 
3 p.m. – Ride departs Deadwood 
5 p.m. – Ride arrives at the Buffalo Chip for a catered reception 
7:15 p.m. Concerts begin in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater 
 Southern rock gods Lynyrd Skynyrd and pop-rock crossover sensation Elle King.
The Legends Ride is truly iconic. Its high-profile, celebrity appeal has been featured on CMT, the National Geographic Channel, the Tonight Show, FX Network and the Travel Channel, as well as in countless print, online and newspaper articles.Those wishing to meet, ride and party with the stars, all while raising money for worthwhile charities, may purchase passes for the 2016 Legends Ride may do so by going to LegendsRide.com or calling 605-347-9000.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. To date the it has donated more than $550,000 to deserving charitable organizations including Black Hills Special Olympics, Black Hills Children’s Home, Sky Ranch for Boys, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, Combat Wounded Coalition, America’s Mighty Warriors, Lakota Heritage and educational scholarships through the Buffalo Chip Challenge program. More details are available here.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is dedicated to bringing rally goers together to raise significant funds for local charities and the Buffalo Chip Challenge Scholarship Program. Having raised over $450,000 for charity since its inception in 2008, the Legends Ride has played host to some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with riders from all corners of the world.last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of June 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, June 2, 2019.Sunday, June 2, 2019No MeetingsMonday, June 3, 2019No MeetingsTuesday, June 4, 2019The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, June 5, 2019The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, June 6, 2019The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, June 7, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, June 8, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Shirin Sharmin calls for solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgDr Shirin Sharmin ChaudhurySpeaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the Rohingya crisis should be solved as soon as possible. She urged the international community to come up with a permanent solution in this regard.She said this in her inaugural speech at a two-day conference on promoting equality, justice and human dignity on the occasion of International Human Rights Day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.The Speaker said the constitution of Bangladesh ensured human rights while the government had several human rights programmes. She stressed the need for equality and poverty alleviation to attain the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). She also said that development programmes related to employment, skills, gender, women and youth must be ensured.International affairs adviser to the prime minister Gowher Rizvi also sought the international community’s involvement over the Rohingya issue. He said, human rights organisations were publishing lists of missing people, but not checking carefully. People went missing for different reasons and they returned too, but the lists were not updated accordingly. He said law enforcing agencies had the right to arrest anyone, but had to abide by the law in doing or.Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman to the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, presided over the conference. Regarding the issue of Rohingya crisis, he said Bangladesh had improved in several sectors of human rights. Still abuse of women and children, oppression in safe custody and abduction were taking place. He expressed his concerns over these and urged the government to solve the problems.Persons involved in human rights from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines were , working on human rights are participating in the conference.last_img read more

Dance drama and some more

first_imgThough feminism came much later in the last century the emotions have always been there in pervasive and prevalent form. In the performance of artiste Dimple Kaur, we can see the dreams and longing for love, which is beyond the realms of time and society and the practical reality of the dream, marriage which was beautifully captures in the poem Kuvanri (The Virgin) and is interpreted by the dancer in today’s manifestations of domestic abuse and marital rapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The psychological numbness and quietness is portrayed in the poem titled Chup, followed by the poem titled Mere Dost. Ae Mere Ajnabi is poem of hopefulness and yet the transitory nature of love and relationships. The cycle of love and pain continues as the longing intensifies. The next poem is about the undying spirit of the women Suraj Nu Sare Khoon Maaf Han and yet she says ‘I will meet you yet again…’ and I am Swatantra Rooh (A liberated soul). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKaur is a performing Indian Classical dancer practicing Bhaartanatyam and VilasiniNatyam dance forms. The artiste commented, ‘This is my unique attempt to bring out in a contemporary form the possibilities and emotions that can be stirred with Punjabi language and I sincerely hope and believe that this will be appreciated by the audience and it will also provide them with an opportunity to experience art and its manifestations in new language.’When: Today Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate Ticket Price:  Rs. 500last_img read more