Caymanas Park racing results for Saturday, November 28, 2015Weather: FIne Track: Good”DASH” TROPHYRace 1 1100 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. SMOKEY TOPAZ WHenry 50.02. RED FLAG RHalledeen 53.5 1 34L3. SIR FREDERICK AChatrie 56.0 Neck4. COMPUTERIZE DBeharie 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $72.00″PLACE: $51.00,$55.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:06.1 ,Winner : 3yo b colt – LIQUIDITY out of MILLENIUM PRINCESSTrainer : PHILI P FEANNY Owner : BALKRISHEN SAGAN-MARAJQuinella : (3,7) $119.00 Exacta : (7-3) $188.00Trifecta : (7-3-4) $153.00″SIMPLE TING FI WIN” TROPHYRace 2 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. MEET JUSTIN DaneNelson 54.0*2. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE PFrancis 54.0 3 1/4 L3. MINY LEE LSteadman3 52.5 1 1/2L4. BRIDLED PRINCESS JAnderson 52.0 HeadWIN: $114..00 PLACE: $52.00, $54.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:44.1Winner : 3yo b colt – STORM CRAFT out of DINERO SENORITATrainer :PATRICK LYNCH, Owner : MICHAEL T GAYLEQuinella : (2,5) $95.00 Exacta : (5-2) $214.00D/E : (7-5) $193.00Superfecta : (5-2-8-4) $656.00″EASY TO WIN” BONANZA TROPHYRace 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)1. FRANKENSTORM BebHarvey4 52.02. ELVIRA AChatrie 52.0 2 1/4L3. UNBREAKABLE RWilson 54.0 Neck*4. OFFICIAL REPORT RLahoe 53.0 2 3/4LWIN: $94.00 PLACE: $85.00, $114.00, $147.00Final Time : 1:00.4Winner : 5yo b horse – OUTRIGGER out of SEEKING LILTrainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner : RAM A TQuinella : (6,9) $838.00 Exacta : (6-9) $1,446.00D/E : (5-6) $481.00Superfecta : (6-9-8-3) $4,754.00Rolling Triple : (7-5-6) $783.00″FIVE PLAY EVERDAY” TROPHYRace 4 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. GRAN CORAZON SMuir 52.5 6/12. THE REAL RHYTHM OWalker 54.0 1 1/2L3. MONEYNEVERSLEEP OnBeckford4 51.0 Neck4. PRINCE OSHAUN BebHarvey4 53.0 4L5. SERIOUS BUSINESS LSteadman3 53.0 1 1/4L6. ROMAN SPY RoshJohnson4 51.0 1 3/4LWIN: $359.00 PLACE:: $185, $260.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:36.0Winner : 5yo b mare – KEYED ENTRY out of SOUFFLERTrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : KEITH A WILLIAMSNOTE: HORSE #11 PRINCE OSHAUN CAME 1ST, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Quinella : (1,10) $9,608.00 Exacta : (10-1) $11,034.00D/E : (6-10) $1,300.00Trifecta : (10-1-5) $9,593.00Hit-6 carry-over : $121,832.75Rolling Triple : (5-6-10) $3,560.00″STRAIGHT” TROPHYRace 5 1300 M (Purse $800,000)NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT(FILLIES)*1. ANOTHER FURY WHenry 52.52. OCEAN SEEKER LSteadman3 52.0 5 1/2L3. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.5 2 1/2L4. WARTIME OWhite 54.0 1 1/2LWIN: $112.00 PLACE: $66.00, $84.00, $60,00Final Time : 1:20.1Winner : 2yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING out of RAGING FURYTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEQuinella : (3,8) $392.00 Exacta : (8-3) $692.00D/E : (10-8) $795.00Superfecta : (8-3-4-2) $2,684.00Rolling Triple : (6-10-8) $4,302.00″FIVE TIMES A DAY” TROPHYRace 6 1820 M (Purse $560,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. ROUGH PATRICK WHenry 54.0*2. CHIEF SECRETARIAT DaneNelson 54.0 4L3. LITTLE TUFF MAN AndreePowell4 54.0 1/2L4. NO MONEY FRIEND OWalker 55.0 1/2LWIN: $313.00 PLACE: $99.00,$66.00, $123.00Final Time : 2:00.3Winner : 4yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of SINCERITYTrainer : COLIN FERGUSON Owner : PATRICK W SALMONNOTE: HORSE #4 NO MONEY FRIEND CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Quinella : (5,7) $230.00 Exacta : (5-7) $801.00D/E : (8-5) $386.00Superfecta : (5-7-2-5) $2,969.00Rolling Triple : (10-8-5) $6,525.00CHALLENGE TROPHYRace 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. ALL FOR THE GLORY WHenry 57.02. DARLIN EMMA DDawkins4 55.0 9/2 4L3. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 55.0 1L4. TWILIGHT ROCKET SEllis 57.0 Sh.Head5. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 55.0 1LLate scratch : #3 RUNCATRUNWIN: $409.00 PLACE: $77.00, $126.00, $246.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of PITTER PATTER by PAT N JACTrainer :ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : SIR CLIVE’SQuinella : (7,12) $980.00 Exacta : (7-12) $2,576.00D/E : (5-7) $1,157.00Trifecta : (7-12-10) $3,500.00Hi-5 : (7-12-10-8-11) $74,119.50Rolling Triple : (8-5-7) $1,389.00Pick-4 : (10-8-5-7) $37,052.00Super-6 : (5-6-10-8-5-7) $66,761.90 (6 OF 6)”MIX” TROPHYRace 8 1100 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. FIFTYONESTORM Mellissa Ward42. EL CLIENTE OEdwards4 50.0 3L3. DI COBRE DDawkins4 52.0 1 3/4L4. WINESHA RHalledeen 53.0 Neck5. LOVETTA JONES RLahoe 54.0 3/4LWIN: $294.00 0 PLACE: $135.00, $156,00, $173.00Final Time : 1:07.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of SHE’S A GEMTrainer : EDWARD WALKER Owner : EDWARD S WALKERQUIN : (11,12) $1,899.00 Exacta : (12-11) $3,517.00D/E : (7-12) $7,896.00Trifecta : (12-11-14) $3,850.00Hi-5 : (12-11-14-1-8) $67,171.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-12) $15,798.00PlacePot 8 : (3,7-2,5-6,9-1,10-3,8-5,7-7,12-11,12) $185,505.00 (8 OF 8)Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. SIR BUDGET OFoster 53.02. REGALLY BOLD SMuir 54.0 1L3. FIRE ALARM WHenry 50.0 3/4L4. KING WITHIN HPottinger4 51.0 5L5. ONANDON KPowell 50.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $@,693.00 PLACE: $2693.00. $63.00, $77.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.3, 44.2, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE out of VICTREEBELTrainer : MICHAEL BEECHAM Owner : MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by MICHAEL BEECHAMQuinella : (10,11) $1,491.00 Exacta : (11-10) $16,755.00D/E : (12-11) $20,795.00Trifecta : (11-10-4) $13,641.00Hi-5 carry-over : $120,516.50Rolling Triple : (7-ALL-11, 7-12-ALL) $2,355.00SUPER CHALLENGE TROPHYRace 10 1400 M (Purse $3,600,000) NB2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. SORRENTINO’S STAR DaneNelson 54.0 4/1 250.00 77.002. FUTURE KING LSteadman3 53.0 3/1 1 3/4 82.00*3. ZUGULU SEllis 56.0 *6/5 1/2 73.004. DREAMLINER RMitchell 56.0 5/1 3/4WIN: $250.00 PLACE: $77.00, $82.00, $73.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:12.2,Winner : 2yo b filly – SORRENTINO out of SANTA BABY by TOUCH GOLDTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HOUSTON STABLESBred by ROBERT S. DABDOUBQuinella : (3,8) $499.00 Exacta : (3-8) $1,106.00D/E : (11-3) $3,711.00 (ALL-3) $112.00Superfecta : (3-8-9-5) $2,867.00Rolling Triple : (12-11-3) $155,304.00″EASY TO PLAY” TROPHYRace 11 1400 M (Purse $530,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. ONE GREAT TRAIN JAnderson 51.52. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 52.0 2 1/2L*3. GEORGIAMYLOVE RHalledeen 53.0 2L4. MISS ADDI LSteadman3 52.5 1 1/4L5. SURE MAN WHenry 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $572.00 PLACE: $169.00, $294.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:30.1Winner : 4yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT out of PRINCESS ALEXANDRATrainer : KEVIN BRIVETTE, Owner : KALMIN J MCLEODBred by IAN PARSARDQuinella : (5,16) $11,024.00 Exacta : (16-5) $11,412.00D/E : (3-16) $4,334.00Trifecta : (16-5-14) $18,602.00Hi-5 carry-over : $293,163.00Rolling Triple : (all-3-16,11-all-16,11-3-) $4,280.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $834,450.50Super-6 : (5-7-12-11-3-16) $188,579.20 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $3,571,410.37Pick-9 : (6-10-8-5-7-12-11-3-16) $13,846.00 (6 OF 9) (6-10-8-5-7-12-11-3-16) $310.50 (5 OF 9) Carry-over : $2,327,592.12
“There are just some people who would need to know of my decision,” the former UAAP MVP with Ateneo added.Without a doubt the most decorated amateur in the land today, Ravena will definitely be the No. 1 pick when the rookie proceedings are held sometime in October – unless someone of greater skill and size comes along, which is quite hard to fathom at the moment while looking at the talent in the local collegiate leagues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“When is the (Draft application) deadline, by the way?” he even asked with a smile.The 6-foot Ravena is dead set on playing at least two more international events before formalizing everything as he guns for a record no basketball player in the Philippines has ever held. MOST READ “If I can make the SEA Games team and we win, I would become the first player to win four gold medals in the event,” he said.He even named the man with whom he is tied with for the current record.“Kuya Rommel (Adducul) also won three,” Ravena went on. “I could win it four straight. And that’s a lot compared to the number that my dad won.”“He only has one,” Kiefer said with a laugh, referring to dad Bong Ravena’s 1991 championship, and the younger Ravena even pointed out that his old man’s only SEAG title came 20 years before he won the first of his three.Bong Ravena didn’t have the chance to win more as he turned pro the following year to win top rookie honors that season in the PBA after upsetting eventual all-time great Vergel Meneses.ADVERTISEMENT And should Kiefer make his decision final after the Fiba Asia in Lebanon and SEAG in Kuala Lumpur, he is about to put one over his dad again in the PBA Draft, with Bong selected fifth overall by San Miguel in 1992.Like the SEAG medal count, Kiefer’s old man will again have no chance to get even with him on this one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – With the way he talked on Friday night, Kiefer Ravena is in his final tours of duty with Gilas Pilipinas – three tournaments at the most until the end of August – before he comes back as a National player later on as a professional.“As far as I’m concerned, the only thing left to be done is pass my application form for the (PBA) Draft,” Ravena said before Gilas practice as the Filipinos prepare to slug it out with title favorite Canada 150 at the start of the 39th Jones Cup Invitational in this thriving island.ADVERTISEMENT
As Liberians await comprehensive report on the outcome of the Legislators’ consultative nation-wide tour regarding the Petroleum Sector Reform Act, a Senator of the 53rd Legislature is accusing the House of Representatives of attempting to singlehandedly arrange a national conference on the same sector.Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson, in a May 2014 communication to the Senate plenary at its 29th day sitting Tuesday, noted that such action by the House of Representatives is unconstitutional, “because a national conference can only be called for by both Houses, for a cause, and arranged in collaboration with the Executive Branch of Government.”According to Sen. Johnson, a conference of this nature being arranged by the Lower House, could also be called by the Executive Branch and approved by the National Legislature.“The reason is because all national conferences are funded by the Government of Liberia through Legislative appropriation,” Sen. Johnson said. Furthermore, the Bomi lawmaker advised his colleagues to communicate with the House of Representatives, the Executive Branch and the international community that the Senate is not in support of such conference because of its unilateral nature.Within the same communication, Senator Johnson reminded his colleagues that during fiscal year 2013/2014 budget, the amount of US$5 million was allocated for development projects in the various counties, which would be implemented by the Executive Branch with Legislative oversight.“I request the Liberian Senate to inform the Ministry of Finance and Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) that the US$5 million must be apportioned equally to all counties to allow individual Legislators (Senator/Representative) to identify projects in their constituencies to be implemented,” he said.Though he was absent during the reading and the period of long debate that followed, the Senators urged that the Bomi lawmaker’s letter be turned over to the leadership of the Senate for a proactive role.Describing the Senate as “the mother” unit of the country, Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias said any attempt by anyone to call a national conference and reduce the Senate to second fiddle must be rejected.Outgoing Grand Kru Senior Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said out rightly that the mineral Reform Bill did not call for a national conference, noting Senator Johnson’s letter surprises him.He recalled that both local and international petroleum experts have deliberated on the Petroleum Sector Reform Act, and wondered whether the House of Representatives nation-wide tour was not sufficient or had failed to yield the necessary result, or whether a new emerging development needs to be explained.“Does that necessitate a national conference to debate? I don’t see the necessity or expediency to have a national conference on this Bill; we are already talking about budget shortfall and from where do we get money for a national conference?” Senator Wortoson questioned.For his part, Sinoe County Senator Joseph Nagbe said the information of a national conference for him is in the domain of rumor or hearsay, “and I don’t want this Senate to dwell on rumor and hearsay. Even if the House is opting for a national conference, they will have to come to the Senate for our approval or otherwise. I suggest that we take this as information for us, but no further action, because there is nothing concrete before the Senate from the House that speaks for that.”River Cess County Senator Dallas Advertus V. Gueh for his part recalled that a few months ago the Senate passed the oil deal, and instead of the House rejecting or approving, they decided to take a nation-wide tour to consult our people. He wondered where in the country’s history a Bill has been taken to the citizens by a portion of the Legislature for consultation.It may be recalled that the House of Representatives and a group of Senators during the Legislative Break, spent the amount of US$900,000 to conduct a nation-wide tour to consult citizens on the Petroleum Reform Act, which had already been passed by the Senate. Meanwhile, the Senate Plenary on Tuesday requested the Clerk of that body to write the leadership, informing it of decision empowering them to play proactive role with respect to Sen. Johnson’s letter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following the blaze at the Gafoors Houston Complex on Monday, the company on Wednesday commenced the relocation of workers to its other branches.The damaged Gafoors Houston ComplexThe calamitous fire left over 530 employees with questions as to whether or not they would have to seek alternative employment but the company’s Executive Chairman Sattaur Gafoor after the meeting with the workers as well as the company’s Board members on Wednesday, came to a decision that the employees, who live within close proximity of the Parika, East Bank Essequibo; and Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara branches would be temporarily relocated to those locations.He related that repair works will soon commence at of the Houston Complex. However; it was noted that efforts to create temporary working facilities for some staff are already underway.He further announced that those workers who were directly affected by the blaze and those that would not be relocated will be given 50 per cent of their salaries during the period that they would be off the job.According to the Executive Chairman, those workers contact information have been gathered and recorded, and they have been guaranteed half of their salaries.“Those persons who were affected by the fire, we are taking their names, telephone numbers and we are guaranteeing them a percentage of their salary not less than 50 per cent for the period of time that they are off,” Gafoors said on Wednesday.He also related that as soon as the company receives the word from the fire department that they can commence repairs on the destroyed sections, the work will begin to have the Complex ready for operations once again.“As soon as we get permission from the fire department that we can go and clean up, they will be coming back which should be in about a week’s time.”Meanwhile, workers have voiced their appreciation for the decision taken by management about their employment. One porter explained that he was unsure about whether or not he would be relieved of duty due to the immense losses that his employer incurred. “Man, the boss is a good man. He does only want good for the workers but in this situation we wasn’t too sure what woulda happen. I mean ah sure he wouldn’t ah want fire we but with the amount of damage and the money that he lose, we didn’t too sure where we stand,” he stated.Another worker explained that he too is relieved with the news of the temporary transfer.“I glad man, it ain’t easy to find wuk these days so is a worries off ah me now that we know we still got a wuk,” he explained.A sales representative also related that she is quite thankful that Sattaur Gafoor has taken his employee’s wellbeing into consideration when making his decisions. “We knew he would ensure that we are not left to wonder what next to do. They assured me that I would be moved to another branch until they begin working here again so I am very happy,” she said.The popular Gafoors Shopping Complex located at Houston, Greater Georgetown, went up in flames on Monday afternoon as workers were leaving work for the day. Reports are that the fire started about 15:00h in Bond Number Three, which contained fishing equipment. Despite attempts by firefighters from the Guyana Fire Service to contain the blaze, the fire quickly engulfed the building. Gafoors Houston Complex fire– some to be paid 50 per cent while off job
After a brief break for various reasons, the Back to Eden/Permaul Trading/ Khan’s Trading/Trophy Stall-sponsored softball tournament will continue its action on Sunday, September 23, with four matches being played at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) Ground.Part of the action in the softball tournamentThe battle entails Regal Masters taking on Success Masters, and Albion Masters going up against Narine Masters simultaneously from 10:00 hrs; then, at 13:00 hrs, Regal Masters will play against Tropical Springs, while Regal All Stars will be clashing with Beach Knight.In last week’s fixtures, Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) defeated Spikeland Challengers by 9 wickets. Sent in to bat first, Spikeland managed to score 41 all out from their allotted ten overs, with Mark Harold bagging 3-8. In reply, MSC chased down the target in 4.5 overs with the loss of one wicket.The competition is organised by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), and also features teams in the Masters’ over-50 category and Female Open.For further information, teams may contact Wayne Jones on 650-1790, Anil Beharry on 623-6875, or Jailall Deodass on 615-8644.
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a groin injury in Anaheim’s last trip to the Shark Tank on Dec. 26, which helped San Jose close a 12-point gap in the division to three. The Ducks won just twice in the 11 games Giguere missed, but have won three of four since his return. He had 34 saves against the Sharks, allowing a pair of third-period goals to Jonathan Cheechoo that helped make the final margin respectable for San Jose. Mike Grier and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who allowed the most goals they had all season at home. San Jose has won just once in its last five games. The Ducks got off to a fast start when Moen and Samuel Pahlsson teamed up midway through the first period to help Anaheim score twice in less than a minute. After Pahlsson won a faceoff in the defensive zone from Marcel Goc, Moen took the puck up ice and passed to himself off the boards to get past Marc-Edouard Vlasic and beat Vesa Toskala with a wrist shot. SAN JOSE – Travis Moen’s second goal capped a four-goal second period, and the Ducks won the front half of a key home-and-home series with the San Jose Sharks 7-4 on Tuesday night. The Sharks hoped to sweep the two games to move into first place in the Pacific Division, but now need a victory tonight in Anaheim just to remain within three points of the Ducks. There was a lot more distance between the teams in the first two periods as the Ducks scored two goals within 32 seconds in the opening period and used the four-goal barrage in the second to take a 6-1 lead. Rob Niedermayer had a goal and two assists and Chris Pronger also assisted on two goals for the Ducks, who had their full roster healthy for the first time since December. Pahlsson beat Toskala just 32 seconds later, using a screen by Moen to score on a wrist shot that made it 2-0 at the 13:48 mark. Grier’s goal late in the first period made it close for a while, but Anaheim broke it open in a dominating second period. About the only positive for Sharks fans in the period came when Scott Parker landed a good shot during a fight with George Parros. But less than two minutes after the players were penalized for fighting, Andy McDonald one-timed a cross-ice pass from Chris Kunitz to make it 3-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Liverpool and Manchester United have won a combined 38 English league titles © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 9 – The bitter rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is now played out on a global stage but the origins of the divide are deeply rooted in the battle for supremacy in England’s northwest.United and Liverpool, who both play in red, have a combined tally of 38 English league titles and eight European Cups and both enjoy a vast following throughout Britain and around the world. For all the rancour between fans of the country’s two most successful clubs, located just 30 miles (48 kilometres) apart, they share much in common — a history of enviable success but also of deep tragedy.Last month United marked the 60th anniversary of the Munich air crash that killed 23 people, including eight players, on their way home from a European Cup quarter-final in Belgrade.In 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground as they attended an FA Cup semi-final.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) is preparing to go head-to-head with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF, Ben STANSALL“They have a global profile cities of a similar size don’t have and United and Liverpool have given them that profile,” Andy Mitten, editor of the United We Stand fanzine, and Manchester native, told AFP.“These are two huge clubs with similar histories of triumph and tragedy that hail from cities that punch well above their weight demographically.”The two sides first met as far back as 1894 — in the same year as the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, which sparked tension between the rival cities by undermining Liverpool’s position as a commercial port.However, most of their success has been condensed into two prolonged spells of domination. Rarely have both clubs been on an upward curve at the same time.Liverpool left their rivals in the shade during a prolonged period of dominance from 1973 until 1990, winning 11 league titles and four European Cups.Alex Ferguson, who arrived at Old Trafford in 1986, famously described “knocking Liverpool off their perch” as his biggest challenge as United manager and he duly delivered, ending the Red Devils’ 25-year wait to win the league, scooping up 13 titles and two Champions League crowns.– City still trailing –Neither side have won the Premier League since Ferguson retired in 2013, though, and when they meet on Saturday it will be second place rather than the title on the line, with runaway leaders Manchester City the new top dogs in the northwest.Jose Mourinho’s United are on 62 points, just two ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. City are over the horizon with 78.Alex Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles at Manchester United © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISYet that has not diluted the feeling on both sides of the divide that a clash between United and Liverpool remains the highlight on the English football calendar.“Over the history of English football it is certainly the biggest,” former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman told AFP.The year after Ferguson’s departure, United fans had an uncomfortable choice to make as City pipped Liverpool to the title, extending the Anfield club’s now 28-year drought without winning the league.“It was interesting in 2014 when both were going for the title how many United fans didn’t want Liverpool to win it because they haven’t won it for 28 years and they had 18 titles to City’s three,” said Mitten.“City are a better team than Liverpool but they’ve just overtaken Huddersfield Town with four titles.”However, the price of success has been a gradual chipping away at their local identity.Both clubs are now American-owned, coached by a German and a Portuguese, while their top scorers, Mohamed Salah for Liverpool and Romelu Lukaku for Manchester United, hail from Egypt and Belgium.When the sides line up on Saturday, it is possible not a single Mancunian or Scouser will feature among the 22 players that start.“Local players add something intangible, a sort of mentality that is hard to find or instil in players that hail from elsewhere,” said Zarif Rasul, author of “Liverpool FC: The Greatest Goals”.“It has felt as though the team have lacked something since Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher hung up their boots.”But that loss of identity does not dim the delight in getting one over on your biggest rivals.“Irrespective of the teams’ positions in the table, everything is always better after beating United,” added Rasul.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard will show his ‘big character’ when the Reds host Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.The 34-year-old’s costly slip in last season’s pivotal title clash against the Blues set in motion a poor run of form for Rodgers’ men, who ultimately fell short of a maiden Premier League title behind Manchester City.But Rodgers claims he has witnessed his captain’s ability to bounce back from hard moments before and expects him to be ready for the clash on Saturday, despite sitting on the bench during Liverpool’s 1-0 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid on Tuesday.Speaking on Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea, the manager said: “He has had hard moments in his career and he always responds magnificently – there was no blame.“He was instrumental in our run last year and how well we played and he is a big character and bounces back from that.”Rodgers also dismissed criticism of his team selection at the Bernabeu, instead arguing more praise should be aimed at his squad.He added: “I know there has been a bit of criticism for the selection but I think it is a disservice to the team that played.“I don’t look so much into it because any criticism that comes is part of what you take as a manager, but I didn’t think it was fair to call Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva or Adam Lallana a reserve player.” 1 Steven Gerrard in action for Liverpool
Just 11 days previously, an embarrassing 4-0 loss at Bournemouth had set the bar at a new low in the Roman Abramovich era.The Russian billionaire, who bought the club in 2003, is not renowned for his patience with managers once the rot sets in and just eight months into a three-year contract, Sarri could soon find himself on the Chelsea scrapheap.Even winning league titles was not enough to save Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho or Antonio Conte from Abramovich’s firing line and the gulf between Chelsea and City on Sunday showed just how far Sarri’s side are from the Premier League’s best right now.The scale of the defeat also dropped Chelsea below Arsenal down to sixth on goals scored.However, while the title may be gone, there is still plenty to play for in the remaining months of the season, so do Chelsea stick by keeping faith with the ‘Sarri-ball’ project or twist hoping for the bounce of a new face in charge?Despite a run of six defeats in 14 league games, an excellent start to Sarri’s reign means Chelsea are just one point behind a surging Manchester United — who have shown the impact a new manager can make — in the battle for a top-four finish.They also face United in the fifth round of the FA Cup next Monday, have the onerous task of taking on City again in the League Cup final on February 24 and face Malmo in the last 32 when the Europa League returns this week.Unfortunately for Sarri’s job prospects, the reaction, or lack thereof, to his public lambasting of his side’s soft mentality and motivation after a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last month has been telling.All four goals conceded at Bournemouth came in a second-half collapse, while City hit four inside the first 25 minutes at the Etihad.Yet, Sarri has also done little to stem the tide, steadfastly refusing to change his approach to the game.Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s weaknesses have been exposed in recent defeats © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASHis first signing Jorginho could have been on the other side of Sunday’s demolition had he not turned down the champions to follow his former Napoli boss to Stamford Bridge.It took 19 games for Sarri to suffer his first defeat, but since Spurs pressed Jorginho high up the field and exposed his lack of pace defensively in late November 3-1 win at Wembley, the blueprint to beat the Blues has been obvious.As Sarri demands more aggression, persisting with Jorginho at the base of the midfield means his most tenacious player, N’Golo Kante, is out of position.“Kante is wasted anywhere other than as arguably the world’s finest holding midfielder,” wrote the BBC’s Phil McNulty.However, in Sarri’s defence, the repeated churn of managers at Chelsea points to a bigger problem than just the manager’s tactics.Abramovich’s interest has waned somewhat amid reports he is looking to sell the club, while the position of technical director has never been filled since the departure of Michael Emenalo in 2017.“There are issues behind the scenes, a disconnect between first team and the fabulous academy, a lack of direction with no technical director and an owner looking to sell,” wrote Henry Winter in The Times.“There is no continuity of philosophy, no manager given time to build for the long term, meaning the accumulation of an imbalanced squad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Running out of time: Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea manager is in doubt after Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City © AFP / Ben STANSALLMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Chelsea are making a nasty habit of breaking records for the wrong reasons under Maurizio Sarri, with time running out for the Italian to avoid becoming the latest coaching casualty at Stamford Bridge.A 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday was Chelsea’s heaviest defeat since 1991.