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Joy Sports EPL preview: Same top four expected to dominate 2015-16 charge

first_imgThe Joy Sports team continues its previews of the Barclays Premier League season with its series of features. In this edition, Kuuku Gyan expects little to change at the top end of the table come May.–The Community Shield is rarely a reliable gauge to anything–as Arsenal proved last season by cruising to a 3-0 win over Manchester City then winning only two of its opening eight games of the season–but what was apparent on Sunday was how many of the doubts that have been expressed about Chelsea’s capacity to retain its title were played out.Jose Mourinho’s side looked sluggish–perhaps simply behind Arsenal in terms of physical preparation, with a view to peaking later in the season and so heading off the spring fatigue it suffered last season–raising key questions about the depth of the squad.Arsenal, meanwhile, was sharp and eager, having apparently carried over the form of the end of last season into the beginning of this (but then again we’ve said that before).Manchester United has been the most active of the top clubs in the transfer market, but, while there’s little doubting the logic of most of its dealings–bolstering a troublesome midfield area and offloading a number of players who were of questionable value to the club–there have to be doubts as to whether after such upheaval it can find form quickly. Manchester City, meanwhile, appears to be playing a waiting game, treading water for a season before the long-anticipated revolution and blood-letting begins.There is a clear top six in English football, but it subdivides into those with genuine title aspirations and those who are merely looking to qualify for the Champions League. Last season the subdivision was rapid, and, once Manchester United had got its act together, there were three clear groups: the two title contenders (although City’s challenge disappeared in the new year after an excellent December), the two other Champions League qualifiers and the other two.This season, it looks as though the split may be two-way: A clutch of four with genuine title aspirations, then Liverpool and Tottenham hoping one of the big four slips up so it can grab the final Champions League qualifying slot.There has been a divide further down the league as well. It used to be the case that 13 of the 20 clubs went into each season looking to do little more than avoid relegation, but that has perhaps now changed, with a fairly evident bottom six. That means the emergence of a middle-class–the likes of Southampton, Swansea and Stoke–who, hopefully, will be emboldened to take the domestic cups seriously and, perhaps, mount a real challenge for Europa League qualification.Three major questionsIs Chelsea’s squad deep enough?If Diego Costa’s hamstrings are as fragile as they still appear to be, can Chelsea cope with just Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao as back-up? Neither convinced in the Community Shield: Remy had 10 touches in the first half and was offside four times, while Falcao gave no indication of having rediscovered the acceleration he lost when he injured his knee in January last year. And given how exhausted Chelsea looked towards the end of last season, might it not need an additional midfielder to ease the burden on Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas?What is Liverpool’s approach?Out, for the second season running, goes a major attacking player, Raheem Sterling following Luis Suarez from Anfield to a much wealthier club.And so, for a second season running, there has to be a recalculation and, after numerous transfer failings, another wave of new players to fit in. The biggest summer signing has been Christian Benteke, signed from Aston Villa for £32 million. He has a fine goal-scoring record, but his aerial ability suggests Brendan Rodgers may be plotting another change of style. City last season looked jaded, lacking the hunger (again) to defend its title. When that happened in 2012-13, it led to the departure of Roberto Mancini as coach and there was a widespread expectation that this summer would see similar renewal, either by axing Manuel Pellegrini or with a major overhaul of the playing staff.As it is, Pellegrini remains in his post and the only two major new arrivals have been Sterling and Fabian Delph. Rumors continue to circulate that Pep Guardiola will be appointed the club’s manager next summer.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

England Golf trio have dream outing with Ryder Cup star

first_imgClick here to watch Golding and Charley Hull.Caption: from left, Mike Durkin, Hannah Golding, Nicolas Colsaerts and Neil Garbutt. England Golf amateurs Hannah Golding, Mike Durkin and Neil Garbutt chased their golfing dreams to an outing with Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts.Golding, 14, also followed up with a range session with her idol, Charley Hull.It all happened for the trio when they teamed up to win the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, which was open to members of England Golf’s 1900+ affiliated clubs.Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire) and Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire) played through club, regional and national rounds before confirming their success in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo. Their performance there won them a place in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.That’s when they teamed up with Colsaerts for a money-can’t-buy experience at Close House, Northumberland.As if that wasn’t enough, Golding went on to meet her idol Charley Hull on the Close House driving range, which was filmed live by Sky Sports Golf and later Sky Sports News, in a feature that was repeated every hour throughout the day.Both Hull and Golding hit balls on the range and the youngster – a member of England Golf’s U16 West Midlands regional squad – won the praise of her hero. 6 Oct 2017 England Golf trio have dream outing with Ryder Cup star center_img Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dreamlast_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane gives his thoughts about the Elephant-icide in Kerala

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/TwitterAdvertisement zov646NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4e9dhbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enfi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4zz3oWould you ever consider trying this?😱nrkCan your students do this? 🌚c27Roller skating! Powered by Firework If the novel Coronavirus pandemic wasn’t already the reason of wary for the Indian citizens, the recently traumatic news of the death of a pregnant elephant who was tortured to death is Kerala has left the netizens and animal loves both angered and shocked. Ajinkya Rahane, Team India’s Test cricket specialist batsman takes to social media to express his grief on the saddening incident.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/TwitterRahane posted his views on his official Twitter handle earlier today, emphasising on the proper treatment humans should have towards animals.“We need to be a lot better in the way we treat these innocent creatures. Really ashamed of this cruel act and hope this makes everyone realize the importance of being kind towards animals and act like a human. #KeralaElephantMurder” the 31 year old tweeted.Advertisement Rahane’s teammates Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan have also shown their concern on the heartbreaking news.“We are savages. Are we not learning ? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.” Rohit Sharma tweeted.“Heartbroken and gutted to hear what happened in Kerala. It’s high time we understand all the creatures on planet earth need equal space for survival. Horrific and heart-wrenching,” tweeted Yusuf, with a couple of photos of the elephant in her last moments.The elephant, who was carrying a baby, died on 27th May in Kerala’s Palakkad district, after she was fed pineapples stuffed with locally made crackers, which exploded in her mouth. The elephant, after sustaining the injury, ran to a nearby pond to stand in the water. Unfortunately, it was reported that both the mother and baby had died.The news had made the netizens fierce, with animal rights activists coming forward seeking punishment for the perpetrators involved.“In a tragic incident in Palakkad dist, a pregnant elephant has lost its life. Many of you have reached out to us. We want to assure you that your concerns will not go in vain. Justice will prevail.” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted on Thursday.The Forest Department of Kerala has stated that the offence comes under The Wild Life (Protection) Act, and have also confirmed that investigation is underway and a number of suspects possibly involved in the cruel incident are being questioned.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Hardik Pandya claims his parents didn’t know of his engagement to Nataša Stanković Advertisementlast_img read more