Graeme Souness predicts his Premier League top four for this season

first_imgGraeme Souness predicts his Premier League top four for this season Graeme Souness has picked his Premier League top four (Picture: Corbis via Getty Images)Graeme Souness is expecting a repeat of last season’s top four in the upcoming Premier League campaign, with Liverpool retaining the title they won for the first time.The former Reds player and manager has labelled Jugen Klopp’s side as the favourites to win the Premier League for a second consecutive season, although feels that the race for glory will be closer than last season.Liverpool strolled to the title, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City and picking up 99 points in the process.The Scot feels Chelsea and Manchester United have notably improved, but he has not seen enough improvement from Arsenal for the Gunners to launch a bid on the title.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMikel Arteta has clearly had an impact at the Emirates, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield in August, but Souness thinks they are still some way behind the top clubs.‘As it stands, Liverpool are the favourites for the title, but I don’t see them running away with it again,’ Souness wrote in the Sunday Times.‘I expect a bigger challenge, though, from United and Chelsea this time.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘United will be better with Donny van de Beek, but the goalkeeping situation may be an issue.‘Chelsea have signed well, but let’s see how quickly Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz settle in.‘Beyond that, I don’t see a title challenger. People are making noises about Arsenal, but I don’t see them being strong enough.‘If you’re asking me now, that’s my top four for next May: Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea.’Souness may consider Liverpool the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy again but the bookmakers do not agree with him, making Manchester City odds-on to regain the title.MORE: Harry Redknapp predicts this season’s Premier League championsMORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp assesses Leeds United’s strengths ahead of Premier League clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Sep 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

QLD shrugs off mining downturn as housing investment cools: RBA

first_imgThe RBA says Queensland is showing evidence of having recovered from the mining downturn. Photo: Jodie Richter.QUEENSLAND is shrugging off the mining downturn amid declining housing investment and a decreasing pipeline of construction work, according to Australia’s central bank.The minutes of the latest Reserve Bank of Australia meeting reveal the board is optimistic about economic conditions in the Sunshine State, citing evidence of a recovery from the mining downturn, rising commodity prices and the sustained strength in construction. RBA Governor Philip Lowe. Photograph: Adam Yip.In the eastern capital cities, “a considerable number of new apartments was scheduled to be completed in the period ahead”.RBA Governor Philip Lowe will give a speech on Thursday, when he is expected to highlight improvement in the economy, discussing the outlook as non-mining investment grows, and job market conditions tighten. The RBA says Queensland is showing evidence of having recovered from the mining downturn.The RBA stated that while unemployment rates in Queensland had remained high relative to earlier periods, employment growth had risen.That suggested the labour market adjustment to the earlier decline in the terms of trade and falling mining investment was progressing. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The board observed that economic conditions in the state had generally strengthened over recent quarters, reflecting continued growth in consumption and a pick-up in business investment and demand. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“Strength in tourism and other service industries had supported growth in aggregate demand in Queensland.”center_img The Reserve Bank of Australia has released the minutes of its latest board meeting. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.In contrast, the minutes said “population growth had been below average, reflecting lower net overseas and interstate migration”.The RBA noted dwelling investment remained at a high level, but building approvals had stepped down and the pipeline of residential construction work appeared to have passed its peak. Retail boss loses $400K selling Brisbane pad Brisbane’s most liveable suburbs The top retirement hot spots In Queensland, the central bank said dwelling investment had declined from “very high levels” and the stock of work in the pipeline was being worked down gradually. last_img read more

Perched high on the hill this home has impressive views and plenty of development potential

first_img50 Markwell St, HamiltonThe main bedroom is also here, featuring a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and access to a balcony with stairs leading down to a grassy, tiered yard with established gardens.Other features of the residence include solar panels and airconditioning.Agent Frances Roberts said the property’s position mixed perfectly with unlimited redevelopment potential.“Indulge your creativity — let the location inspire your vision for a multi-level home with options to either transform the existing architecturally-designed 1980s brick residence or remove and build new,” Ms Roberts said.“The dynamic potential of this versatile site will appeal to buyers and developers wishing to create outstanding and innovative residential options.” 50 Markwell St, HamiltonA staircase ascends to a study/library with built-in shelving, louvres and a voided ceiling space looking to an open-plan lounge and dining room below. Off a short hallway to the right of the study are two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and shared access to a balcony, along with a casual living space and a bathroom. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Downstairs, the second level’s lounge and dining room has a wood fireplace and a wall of glass letting in ample natural light. Double glass doors then open to a tiled deck with a glass balustrade.Back inside, a kitchen and a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite are to the right of the level. The kitchen enjoys leafy views through sliding windows, with features including spacious benchtops, dual sinks and high-quality appliances, along with a laundry nook.On the first level of the house is a second living room with tiled flooring and built-in cabinetry. 50 Markwell St, HamiltonPERCHED high on the hill this inner suburban home has impressive views and massive redevelopment potential.The three-storey, exposed double-brick house at 50 Markwell St, Hamilton sits on a 1285sq m block on two lots sits high on the eastern side of Hamilton Hill.It has expansive views to the river and Gateway Bridge and is accessed through a private road. Beyond a timber front door, timber walls and floors pair perfectly with exposed-brick feature walls and raked timber ceilings.last_img read more

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to resume Cuba cancer treatment

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to resume Cuba cancer treatment by: – August 6, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Hugo Chavez recently appeared with his head shaven following chemotherapyVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is going back to Cuba to resume treatment for cancer.He had surgery on the island in June and returned last month for treatment.Mr Chavez had a tumour removed in Cuba in June and has since had chemotherapy, but the exact nature of his cancer has not been disclosed.He has said his treatment is going well, but the illness has raised doubts about whether he will be able to stand for re-election next year as planned.Addressing crowds on his 57th birthday on 28 July, President Chavez declared that he was aiming for victory.The Venezuelan parliament is to hold a special session to authorise his departure due on Saturday.BBC Newslast_img read more

Revealed! How Man Utd’s Angel visited Nigerian prophet in attempt to heal injury

first_imgManchester United’s Angel Gomes went to T.B Joshua’s church for healing— JAGS (@EtniesJags) June 15, 2020 Angel Gomes has responded to a video circulating on social media which showed how the Manchester United teenager visited a prophet in Nigeria in an attempt to heal his injury. However, a two-minute clip of the English playmaker has surfaced on social media which serves as clear evidence of his fitness struggles just before his breakthrough. Gomes can be seen opening up on his injury problems while attending T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria. The teenager explained why he sought out the prophet after being advised by his parents, as he states in the video: “My name is Angel Gomes, I’m from Manchester. I’m sixteen. “I play for Manchester United Football Club. And I’ve been struggling really with injuries. Loading…center_img According to, Gomes began his United journey at the age of six when he was selected to train in the club’s academy, where he spent 11 years before graduating to the first team in 2017. He has since made 10 senior appearances for the Red Devils and is reportedly on the verge of signing a contract extension which will see him remain at Old Trafford beyond the summer. “I’ve been having injuries around my hip and groin which have been affecting me playing. I also suffered an ankle injury not long ago which kept me out for a long time. “These injuries would come at hard times for me, times when I was having a breakthrough or times when I had to go to a tournament or playing games, these injuries would happen quite frequently. “I play for Man United, I also represent the England national team Under-17 level as captain. I’ve known about the Synagogue Church of Nations for a long time. “As my family follows the prophet, my parents are big fans. So we thought it would be a good time for me to come and be touched by the prophet.” Gomes responded to the video via his official Twitter account, insisting his religion should not be a hot topic of discussion amid the coronavirus crisis and Black Lives Matter protests currently sweeping the globe. He said: “Regarding the video that has come out from 2016. I am from a Christian family and at the time my mum was a fan of the pastor, and she really wanted me to go. I was going through some issues. read also:Ronaldo, Iniesta inspire Angel Gomes “From the outside looking in it looks crazy, but I was just practising my faith. I didn’t really need to explain myself but a lot of people were asking me what the video was about. “I was young at the time and if my parents thought something was best for me I would do it. There are far more important issues out there in the world we can tackle.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sancho hat-trick keeps Borussia Dortmund in title hunt

first_imgEngland forward Jadon Sancho capped a blistering individual performance with a second half hat-trick which helped Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 win at Paderborn on Sunday.The victory kept alive their slim Bundesliga title hopes and left Borussia Dortmund second on 60 points from 29 games with five rounds of matches remaining. They are seven behind champions and league leaders Bayern Munich, while Paderborn remained rooted to the foot of the standings on 19 points.With prolific 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Haaland sidelined by a knee injury, the visitors missed a string of chances in the first half.But Sancho lit up the second half as Borussia Dortmund ran riot.Thorgan Hazard, who took Haaland’s place upfront, gave Borussia Dortmund a 54th minute lead from close range.This was after goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle, who had made a string of good saves, failed to deal with an Emre Can cross from the left. Sancho made it 2-0 with a simple tap-in from two metres three minutes later, thanks to some good work from Julian Brandt.An Uwe Hunemeier penalty kick briefly rekindled Paderborn’s challenge in the 72nd minute.It turned out to be a false dawn as Sancho scored Borussia Dortmund’s third two minutes later with a fine left foot shot from inside the penalty area and Paderborn fell apart in the closing stages.Achraf Hakimi drilled in the fourth in the 85th minute with a crisp shot into the far corner and Marcel Schmelzer added the fifth in the 89th from close range.The unstoppable Sancho broke away at the halfway line barely 60 seconds later. With Paderborn throwing everybody forward for a corner kick, he had all the time and space to put the icing on the cake with a clinical finish.Borussia Dortmund, the 1997 UEFA Champions League winners who last won the German title in 2012, are at home to ninth-placed Hertha Berlin in the next round on Saturday.Paderborn visit fifth-placed RB Leipzig.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Tags: Bayern MunichBorussia DortmundJadon SanchoPaderbornlast_img read more

Mannus ready to step up

first_img The St Johnstone goalkeeper had won four caps before Wednesday night but all as a substitute, and has spent most of his international career on the sidelines since making his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in 2004. The 0-0 draw was a disappointment for Northern Ireland, but Mannus’ performance was one of the high points, with the 30-year-old twice producing good saves to deny Malta captain Michael Mifsud. The keeper played down his role, saying: “Personally I was happy to be given the chance to start and of course play the full game.” He added: “I wasn’t really tested to be honest, I don’t think I had lots to do, but what I did do, I thought I did well. There wasn’t a big crowd there or anything like that but I do feel I am ready for it if ever asked to step up to an international game which featured a big crowd. “International football’s always a different experience and I guess on this occasion it’s definitely been a different one for me as I’ve got to play. “I have been in and out of the squad over the last 10 years. I think I’ve sat on the bench and in the stands more than any other player in the squad over the last decade, so it’s great to have the chance to play again. “I feel I am ready, I am playing at the highest level I’ve played at and I’ve had the chance to play in big games like at Celtic, where you have 50,000 people at matches. There are other goalkeepers available besides (Lee) Camp and (Roy) Carroll, so I felt that I did okay and that I’d be ready to go in.” Canadian-born Mannus got his chance on Wednesday because of Carroll’s illness, while Camp made himself unavailable for selection last year. Despite waiting almost a decade for a full cap, Mannus revealed his dedication to the cause has rarely even been acknowledged. “Michael hasn’t really said anything to me about the loyalty,” he said. “Nobody has ever really said anything to me about it, I just do it. I don’t think this was any reward for loyalty, just a personnel thing.” Alan Mannus hopes he has shown Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill that he would be a safe choice in high-profile games after keeping a clean sheet on his first international start against Malta.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bucksport claims 1st place at Pine Tree Wrestling League regionals

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Middle School wrestling team was crowned regional champion Saturday with a first-place finish at the Pine Tree Wrestling League’s Eastern Maine championships at Bucksport High School.Bucksport produced three individual champions with Cameron Rich (145 pounds), Jaxon Gross (195 pounds) and Jacob Coghill (240 pounds) all earning individual wins. Kaleb Nightingale (117 pounds), Tyler Hallett (130 pounds) and Grayson Fernald (170 pounds) also made title bout appearances for the Golden Bucks.Connor Fitch (93 pounds), Alyssa Maguire (137 pounds) and Bea Bernier (155 pounds) also starred for Bucksport with consolation bracket wins. Abby Hanscom made an appearance in the 123-pound consolation title bout.Bucksport’s winning total was 166 points, which was more than enough to top second-place finishers Troy Howard Middle School and Mattanawcook Junior High School at 141.5 each. Oceanside and Camden-Rockport rounded out the rest of the top five.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther local schools competing were Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and Dedham Middle School. Ellsworth’s Luke Horne (81 pounds) and Chase Hardwick (130 pounds) won consolation titles to help the team to a ninth-place finish, and Dedham’s Paige Anderson, who added a third-place finish at 175, helped her school finish in 11th place.The league championships, which will draw teams from both regions, will be held next Saturday, March 31, in Skowhegan. The event is set for 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Alpha, Slingerz barred from 2017 Caribbean Club Championship

first_imgALPHA United FC and Slingerz FC are barred from participating in this year’s Caribbean Club Championships according to a release yesterday from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).CONCACAF has informed the GFF on January 9 last that Alpha United FC and Slingerz FC will not be allowed to participate in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship since the Regional Body has deemed that the clubs are not in good standing with the GFF.Both clubs, by virtue of being the top two place-finishers in the Season 1 of the Elite League, qualified to participate in the Championship.However, CONCACAF ruled that because the clubs are not in good standing with the GFF, in accordance with Section 111 art. L, of the Caribbean Cup Championship Regulations, and “with the aim of properly safeguarding the integrity, smooth operation and running of the competition, (we inform you that) Alpha United Football Club and Slingerz Football Club are not eligible to participate in the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Club Championship.”The genesis of this development began when Alpha United FC and Slingerz FC, along with two other clubs, objected to the expansion of the Elite League. Subsequently, the GFF engaged in extensive consultations and negotiations with the clubs in question in an effort to add`ress their concerns.These consultations proved futile and the GFF reached out to CONCACAF who then provided comprehensive constitutional guidance that confirm the GFF’s authority to “draw up regulations governing the conditions of participation and staging of competitions organised by the Federation.” This interpretation by CONCACAF, sent to the clubs on November 24, 2016, was acknowledged by the clubs but not contested.The clubs, in the said letter of November 24, 2016, were formally notified that their actions would affect their standing with the GFF. In pursuance of the GFF’s statutory obligation, CONCACAF was then formally informed on December 13, 2016, that four clubs had withdrawn their participation in Season 2 of the Elite League.This then led to CONCACAF on January 9 advising the GFF that Alpha United FC and Slingerz FC were ineligible to participate in the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Cup Championship and directing that the clubs be so informed. This the GFF did on January 10.The GFF is particularly saddened by this turn of events as, ultimately, it is the players who are most affected. However, we encourage the clubs to recognise the need for their players to participate in active football. The GFF remains ready to guide and support the process.last_img

Pollard falls; Joseph excels in Bounty Handicap Squash tournament

first_imgTHE Guyana Squash Association (GSA), in collaboration with its corporate sponsor Digicel, launched its 2017 season with its customary Bounty Farm Ltd Handicap Squash Tournament at the Georgetown Club Inc. courts. Play commenced on the opening night with several exciting matches.In the Open category Nyron Joseph (-22) had a straight-sets victory against Jonathan Antczak (+7) 15-13, 15-13. However, former national champion and top-ranked player Regan Pollard (-14) was the first main casualty of the event when he was upset by Stephen Persaud 15-1, 15-11.Taylor Fernandes (+4) cruised to victory against Gabriella Xavier (+12) 15-9, 15-12 while Alex Cheeks (+3) defeated Sarah Lewis (+10) 15-11, 15-7. Veteran player Denis Dias (+10) used all his experience to overcome Ryan Rahaman (+7) in three games 8-15, 15-11, 15-5.In Category A Gianni Carpenter (-6) disposed of Rayden Persaud (+13) 16-14, 16-14 while Mikhail Persaud (+10) had to overcome a valiant effort by Joshua Verway (+13) before winning 15-7, 15-12. Paige Fernandes (+8) defeated Grant Fernandes (+13) 15-14, 15-13.Matches continue in both categories this evening starting at 18:00hrs.last_img read more