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Goal galore as ruthless Man City put XX past Watford

first_imgA Bernardo Silva hat-trick helped Manchester City to secure the joint second-biggest Premier League victory in history with an 8-0 thrashing of a bewildered Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.The champions, responding to their first league defeat since January at Norwich City last weekend, blew Watford away by becoming the first side to score five goals in the first 18 minutes of a Premier League game.David Silva got City up and running after finishing off a delightful pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the first minute, before Sergio Aguero’s 100th Premier League goal doubled the hosts’ advantage from the penalty spot.Riyad Mahrez curled a brilliant free kick into the net in the 12th minute, with a Bernardo Silva header and a Nicolas Otamendi tap-in completing the 18-minute rout.Watford brought on an extra defender just after the half-hour mark to try to stem the tide, seeing themselves through to halftime without further damage, before Bernardo Silva added a sixth goal three minutes into the second period.Bernardo Silva completed his first top-flight hat-trick with a close-range finish to make it seven, before De Bruyne hammered home a superb eighth as City came up one short of Manchester United’s record 9-0 victory over Ipswich Town in 1995.Elsewhere, a brace from Chris Wood helped Burnley beat Norwich 2-0, while Sheffield United surprised Everton with a 2-0 away win at Goodison Park.last_img read more

Arsenal players voted to pick next Gunners captain after Emery request

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT 2 2 Under-fire midfielder Granit Xhaka has so far worn the armband in the Premier League this term but is yet to convince in the role and was jeered by his own fans during last weekend’s win over Aston Villa, while the peripheral Mesut Ozil is the only other member of the initial five still at the club.Gunners defender Rob Holding revealed Spanish coach Emery recently conducted a poll of the dressing room on the matter.“He likes his five captains. We all did a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named,” said Holding. AFP or licensors Unai Emery has asked his players to vote for who they would prefer to be named Arsenal’s new club captain.The Gunners boss introduced a pool of five skippers following his appointment last summer, but his original choices did not last long due to the departures of Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Emery is letting the players decide who should be club captain Ray Parlour defends under-fire Arsenal midfielder Granit XhakaWhile he was unwilling to reveal his choice of skipper, Holding described Xhaka as ‘a great leader’ and also praised the influence of experienced summer signing David Luiz.“I love Granit in the changing room,” Holding added. “I think he is great. He is really switched on to people being late, people using the phones. He is quick to dishing out the fines.“I think he is a great leader and just another positive person to have in the changing room.“He is every sort of demanding and makes demand of us. He puts accountability on ourselves, which is important as a leader.”Asked if Arsenal have more leaders than critics believe, Holding continued: “For sure. You can see it in training. The way David Luiz has come in and when he is talking in front of the group he speaks really well.“He speaks highly of us so he’s a good addition to bring in.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 16.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen “It was just write names down and then give them to the manager and he will go through them obviously with his input and we’ll see what happens.“I have no idea (when an announcement will be made), but there is a lot of leaders in that team who are helping each other out and pushing each other on.“Now that we’ve got these five captains that the manager has brought in it’s spreading the leadership group rather than having one person to dictate it.“You’re getting more input, it’s generating a good environment.”Arsenal have been repeatedly criticised for a perceived lack of leadership, dating back to the reign of Arsene Wenger.Out-of-favour Ozil was named captain for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest before passing on the responsibility to centre-back Holding when he was withdrawn. Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT AFP or licensors Holding says he would be happy to wear the armband more regularly Holding marked his return from a nine-month injury lay-off by scoring just seconds after taking the armband from Ozil in the 5-0 win over Forest.And the 24-year-old has aspirations of performing the role again.“I would love to be a captain and being captain of Arsenal is unbelievable. It would be a great feeling,” he said.“We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks. If I get it, then I’ll be more than happy and honoured to do it.”last_img read more

Fee cuts pull call centre investors

first_img7 September 2007The offer of discounted telecommunications prices has lured three foreign call centre companies to commit to investments worth around R400-million that will create up to 10 000 new jobs in South Africa, Business Day reported this week.Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October told Business Day that one of the three unnamed firms – two European and one US-based – would be setting up an operation running to a few thousand seats, while the other two would set up 500- to 600-seat centres.According to Business Day, the government had finally, after months of negotiations, reached agreement with state telecoms company Telkom on a “developmental pricing model” for the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector – although Telkom had not released details of the agreement.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said in March that South Africa was looking to its BPO sector to help drive economic growth, and would be offering investors incentives in the form of start-up and expansion grants and reduced telecommunication fees.BPO involves relocating certain business processes that are usually performed in-house by a company to a third party service provider, such as customer care or call centres, to carry out the services on behalf of the concerned company.Traditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.South Africa is mainly targeting clients from the UK, Europe and the US due to closer cultural ties, use of the English language and, in the case of Europe, being in a similar time zone.BPO is considered a key sector under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which seeks to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 6% between 2010 and 2014, in order to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Mpahlwa said in March that the sector had the potential to create up to 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs, and contribute about R7.95-billion to the country’s economy, by 2009.“In the first six months of 2006, South Africa created 3 000 jobs in this sector. Based on this evidence, we are of the view that we should achieve our targets of 100 000 new jobs by 2010,” he reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Public Cloud Computing: 30 Percent Growth in 2017

first_imgWorldwide public cloud computing grew at a phenomenal annual rate of nearly 28.6 percent during the first half of 2017, according to IDC.Frank Gens, senior vice-president and chief analyst at IDC, said that “public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognise that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the past 24 months – including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and more. Organisations not on the public cloud will be increasingly isolated from the world of tech innovation.”Eric Newmark, program vice president for IDC’s SaaS, said that “businesses now think ‘cloud first’ when it comes to their IT strategy and software footprint, since the benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries. Many companies have picked the low-hanging fruit, in terms of apps that could be easily moved to the cloud, and are now evaluating the migration of their next set of larger strategic systems (i.e. ERP, supply chain applications, etc.) to a SaaS model. These projects, coupled with companies’ efforts to embrace digital transformation, will continue to fuel strong SaaS growth.”last_img read more

Azzurri: Verratti out, Tonali in

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Italy have called up Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the senior squad after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti pulled out through injury, reports ANSA. Tonali had been called up to the Italy U-21 squad to face Iceland and Armenia next week, but has now been pushed to the first team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia instead. PSG star Verratti picked up a knock to his calf yesterday in the 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 and has had to pull out of the squad. This follows Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi also withdrawing after his injury during Friday’s win over Bologna. Tonali, who made his debut for the Azzurri last month, has only played for the U-21s five times, and had been expected to start for Paolo Nicolato’s team. The Brescia man will now be replaced by Chievo’s Salvatore Esposito in the Azzurrini squad.last_img read more

England to host Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2016

first_imgEngland are to play three home Tests against Sri Lanka next year and four against Pakistan.”Pakistan and Sri Lanka will attract strong support from their own communities in this country,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive officer Tom Harrison said in a statement on Tuesday.The home team will bid to avenge last year’s 1-0 Test series defeat by Sri Lanka in matches in Leeds, Durham and Lord’s.Also read: Clarke, Rogers sign off with win, England regain Ashes Pakistan, who are also England’s opponents in a three-Test series in the United Arab Emirates in October, will play tests at Lord’s, Manchester, Birmingham and The Oval.”(Captain) Alastair Cook was absolutely right to acknowledge the contribution of England’s fans to our Ashes success,” added Harrison in reference to the 3-2 victory over Australia in the series that ended on Sunday.”They have been unwavering in their support this summer and we would urge as many as possible to return to our international venues next summer.”England will also take on both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.last_img read more


first_imgThe meeting commenced with a minutes silence in memory The meeting commenced with a minutes silence in memory of ex-GFA Executive Committee member and Match Commissioner Romeo Pires. In other developments, the committee reviewed the current GFA tournaments and resolved to strengthen the mechanism to finish tournaments within schedule. New formats were explored, and the members felt that the same should be shared with the clubs for their feedback.The committee also appreciated the role of match organisers, grounds in-charge, clubs, team managements, referees, staff and volunteers whose cooperation has been the key driver in ensuring that the tournaments run on schedule. They had a special word of praise for the womens sub-committee under whose guidance, the inaugural Inter College Womens League was organised successfully. In other decisions, the committee discussed the procedural aspects of registration, problems and issues faced, as well as solutions and ideas to developing more robust systems of player registration were deliberated upon. PTI MCS ARS AH AHlast_img read more

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Sterling show ahead!

first_imgLondon: England’s plan to celebrate their 1,000th international by qualifying for Euro 2020 in serene style against Montenegro at Wembley tonight has been ripped up by Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop Raheem Sterling. The Man City winger was involved in a confrontation with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez at England’s training base on Monday as emotions spilled over from the highly-anticipated EPL clash between the two clubs on Sunday. Sterling has scored eight of his side’s 26 goals in six games. He has also been a leading figure as England have stood up to the racist abuse in Montenegro and Bulgaria. One of Southgate’s strengths has been to foster a unity in the camp, far removed from the club-aligned cliques. That now faces its biggest test as the rivalry between Liverpool and City threatens to spill over. Southgate’s first instinct was reportedly to send Sterling home, but the intervention of senior players, principally Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, helped ease the feud and the Sterling has remained with the squad to train.Related News Kane, Ron do the ‘trick “I always have to find the right solution for the group and that’s a very difficult line,” said Southgate. “We have a good understanding of the way that we have worked over the last couple of years, which has brought us a lot of togetherness that is still there. We are a united group. Now we have to turn our focus onto the football. We have a hugely important qualifier to reach a European Championship,” he added. Live on TVEngland v Montenegro: Sony Ten 2 & Ten 2 HD, 01:15 (Friday) Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever England’s Raheem Sterling set for Kosovo comeback Raheem Sterling: Emotions got the better of melast_img read more

Watch: Heroes’ welcome for Nepal team in Kathmandu after gaining ODI status

first_imgNepal cricket team and the support staff got a heroes welcome when they landed in Kathmandu on Monday.Nepal gained ODI status for the first time in history last week when they beat Papua New Guinea by 6 wickets in their Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off match at the at Old Hararians Sports Club.Thousands of fans, along with the media, gathered at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital city to greet the team with garlands and banners.Hundreds of fans have flocked to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to welcome Nepal’s cricket team home from #CWCQ, where they clinched ODI status. (@ICC) March 19, 2018The fact that the Cricket Association of Nepal (the official governing body of cricket in the country) is currently suspended makes the achievement ever more astounding. Continued government interference prompted ICC to take such a step.Nepal was given Affiliate status by the ICC back in 1988, and then in 1996 were awarded the Associate status. Twelve years on they have now confirmed their place among the big boys and have ODI status for the next four years from 2018 to 2022).Congratulations to Nepal!They will be an ODI team following #CWCQ after it was confirmed they will face Netherlands in the 7th place play-off! (@ICC) March 15, 2018Nepal finished the World Cup Qualifiers in fourth place in Group B with one win and three losses in four games. Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong both lost their ODI status after respective losses and were demoted to the World Cricket League Division 2.advertisementTo the well wishers of Nepal Cricket : Its the Result of Years of Hard Work ! Years of Patience ! Hard work of many Legends and here we are now. A big proud day for all the people of NepalWhat a beautiful journey so far. Together its Possible. Nepal – An ODI Nation ! Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) March 15, 2018Hong Kong eventually beat PNG ninth-place play-off on Saturday to securing at least one ODI game in the next four years.last_img read more

CWG 2018, Day 10: 16 medals up for grab for India on penultimate day

first_imgIndia clinched 11 medals on Day 9 including 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze and are currently in 3rd place with 42 medals in total.Bajrang Punia won Gold in the men’s Freestyle 65kg wrestling event. He beat Kane Charig of Wales 10-0 (Technical Superiority) in the final.(CWG 2018, Day 9 Highlights: India cross 2014 Glasgow Games Gold medal tally)Anish pocketed Gold and created a new Games record in the men’s Rapid Fire Pistol event.Tejaswini Sawant bagged Gold in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions while Anjum Moudgil got Silver. Tejaswini shot a total of 457.9 points to create a new CWG record in the event.(Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 9: Medals Tally)Boxers Amit, Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik have assured India of at least 3 more Silver medals. However, there was heartbreak for Naman Tanwar who had to settle for Bronze after losing in the 91kg semi-finals.(CWG 2018, Day 9: Shooters stand out with 2 Gold on 11-medal day)Pooja Dhanda settled for silver after losing to Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye. On the other hand, Divya Kakran won the bronze medal in the Women’s Freestyle 68 kg after a very easy Victory by Fall against Bangladesh’s Sherin Sultana.India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan have reached the final of Men’s Doubles and will face England’s Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, who beat Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai. Sanil and Harmeet will play the bronze medal match against Singapore tomorrow.Later in the day, Manika Batra and Mouma Das will play the women’s doubles final against Singapore’s Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu. Also, Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Sutirtha Mukherjee will play for a Bronze against Malaysia’s Ho Ying and Karen Lyne.advertisementAustralia (166 medals) and England (99 medals) top the medals tally ahead of India while Canada are fourth, accumulating 74 medals.Following is India’s schedule on Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:HOCKEY:Women’s Bronze medal match-India vs England6.00 AMMen’s bronze medal match-India vs England2.30 PMTABLE-TENNIS:Men’s doubles bronze medal match-Harmeet Desai and Shankar Shetty3.35 PMMen’s doubles gold medal match-Sharath Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran4.15 PMMixed doubles semi-final 1Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das5.00 AMMixed doubles semi-final 2Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra5.35 AMWomen’s singles semifinal 1Manika Batra6.10 AMMen’s singles semifinal 1Sharath AchantaWRESTLING:Women’s freestyle 62kg nordicSakshi Malik6.00 AMWomen’s freestyle 50kg nordicVinesh PhogatMen’s freestyle 125kg nordicSumitMen’s freestyle 86kg 1/8 finalSomveer6.15 AMBADMINTON:Men’s doubles semi-finalSatwik Reddy and Chirag ShettyMen’s singles semi-finalKidambi SrikanthWomen’s singles semi-finalSaina NehwalWomen’s singles semi-finalPV SindhuWomen’s doubles semi-finalSikki Reddy and Ashwini PonappaSQUASH:Women’s doubles semi-finalJoshna Chinappa and Dipika PallikalMixed doubles gold medal match-Dipika Pallikal and Sourav Ghoshal2.30 PMBOXING:Women’s 45-48 kg gold medal bout-MC Mary Kom7.32 AMMen’s 46-49 kg gold medal bout-Amit8.17 AMMen’s 52kg gold medal bout-Gaurav Solanki8.32 AMMen’s 60kg gold medal bout-Mainsh Kaushik8.47 AMMen’s 75kg gold medal bout-Vikas KrishnanMen’s +91 kg gold medal bout-Satish KumarATHLETICS:Men’s javelin throw final-Neeraj Chopra, Vipin Kashna10.05 AMMen’s triple jump final-Arpinder Singh10.45 AMlast_img read more