Holloway stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231

first_imgMax Holloway, left, fights Brian Ortega during the featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 231 in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Featherweight champion Max Holloway stopped top contender Brian Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 on Saturday nightThe fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega’s left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The skills of Holloway, who was returning from an injury-plagued year, were too much for Ortega, who had rallied in the third round but was unable to take Holloway down or use his vaunted jiu-jitsu.“Kudos to him,” Holloway said of Ortega. “On to the next (opponent).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUFC president Dana White applauded the decision to end the fight.“That fifth round should never have happened and I’m glad it didn’t,” he said. “The fight needed to be stopped. For us all of in here that have been in the fight game for a long time, that’s what you call too tough for your own good. Ortega, an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, entered the arena to the sounds of DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.” Holloway walked out to “Game Over” by Lil’ Flip and then “Hawaiian Kickboxer” by Moke Boy.The crowd started chanting “Holloway, Holloway” as the two circled each other. Ortega scored with counter punches as the champion came forward and connected with an elbow. A relaxed Holloway began to find his striking distance and stuffed a takedown as the round ended.Ortega’s nose began to bleed profusely in the second as Holloway fired punches. Another takedown was rebuffed and Holloway taunted Ortega. The two exchanged words after the round that was dominated by Holloway.Ortega came back in the third, connected with punches and almost got Holloway to the ground. Holloway fought back with punishing blows as Ortega continued to bleed from the face.When Ortega connected, Holloway nodded as if to give him props. Ortgea showed he can take a punch.Holloway danced in the fourth and then hammered Ortega at the fence. He took him down later in the round.The 27-year-old Holloway had won his last 12 fights since an August 2013 loss by decision to Conor McGregor.It was Holloway’s first fight since Dec. 2, 2017, due to a variety of health issues.The two 145-pounders were originally slated to meet at UFC 226 in July, but Holloway was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to what was thought to be “concussion-like symptoms.”An ankle injury had forced Holloway out of a March bout against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. Ortega filled in for Holloway, winning by a spectacular first-round TKO. Holloway also missed out on a short-notice fight with current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 in April (after Tony Ferguson withdrew with a knee injury), pulling out during his weight cut.The lone blemish on the 27-year-old Ortega’s record was a 2014 win over Mike de la Torre that was changed to a no contest after a positive test for the steroid drostanolone. The California native was suspended nine months and fined US$2,500.Ortega apologized for the failed test, saying he took the drug to help with his weight cut.Jedrzejczyk (15-3-0) and Shevchenko (16-3-0) met at 125 pounds.Shevchenko looked bigger and bulkier, taking Jedrzejczyk down a minute into the fight. Jedrzejczyk got back to her feet but had trouble gauging her striking distance early.While she tried to find it, Shevchenko was content to counter. Shevchenko bodied Jedrzejczyk to the ground in the second, got side control and did damage as the round ended.Shevchenko came on the third, bloodying Jedrzejczyk’s nose. Jedrzejczyk was taken down again in the fourth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Young Afghan Messi fan threatened by criminals, Taliban Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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The fourth round wasn’t good for him health-wise.”Holloway improved to 20-3-0, adding to his impressive credentials, while Ortega slipped to 14-1-0 with one no contest.It could be Holloway’s last fight at 145 pounds. White wants him to move up to lightweight (155) to avoid the grueling weight cut.Valentina Shevchenko, a native of Kyrgyzstan fighting out of Peru, overpowered a game, but outmatched Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, for the vacant women’s flyweight title in the co-main event. Shevchenko won a unanimous five-round decision.“I have been waiting so long for this moment,” the 30-year-old Shevchenko said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Charity Ambassador Solicits Support for Post Ebola Initiative

first_imgCharity Ambassador T. Nelson Williams, II is currently meeting with various organizations in the United States to solicit support for post Ebola initiatives in Liberia. Williams, who is representing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. engaged Alpha International in Baltimore, Maryland, World Changers Ministries,   Business Executive Network (BEN) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He also made a courtesy visit to Alexander B. Cummings, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca Cola Company.When contacted, Ambassador Williams informed us that the meetings were fruitful and that some groups had already made commitments.Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have embarked upon a Post Ebola Transitional Service Initiative (Children Focused) to mobilize six to twelve months worth of committed resources and support for two programmatic initiatives intended to impact up to 200 children.The Alpha organizations will also provide support to family caregivers.  This temporary support will be given to family members or other care givers who take on the added responsibility of caring for a child orphaned by Ebola.Williams concluded by informing his fraternity members that there is no greater love than a brother giving of himself and his resources to help the less fortunate.  He said, “We must always remember the aims of our dear fraternity, Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind”.It may be recalled that on December 4, 2014, T. Nelson Williams, II was honored as Charity Ambassador  when the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity eta epsilon Lambda Chapter 200 joined more than 200,000 Alpha members around the world to celebrate 108 years of existence of the noble organization with a Dinner at the Monrovia City Hall., Alpha Phi Alpha. The highly reputable group Charity, Liberia bestowed the honor of Charity Ambassador on Mr. Williams at the colorful ceremony. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first Black Inter-Collegiate Greek-lettered Fraternity founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Itacha, New York. The seven founding members are known as founding fathers.   The tenacious seven that founded the organization include: Charles Henry Chapman, Robert Harold Ogle, Eugene Kincles Jones, Vertner Woodson Tanely, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Henry Arthus Callis and George Biddle Kelley.Ambassador T. Nelson Williams, II is the chapter president and under his leadership, the organization continues to make head ways and has since become a model to many organizations in and out of the country, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alleged thief remanded

first_imgA Stewartville, West Cost Demerara (WCD) man was sent back to jail on robbery underarms charges after he appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.Calvin Tucks pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him on Wednesday. It was alleged that on May 29, at Stewartville, while being armed with a dangerous weapon, Tucks robbed the Virtual Complainant (VC) Beverley Frank of one Samsung Galaxy S5 cellphone valued ,000; property of Beverley Frank.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, at around 21:00h, the VC was walking along the public road at Stewartville, when the defendant pounced upon her.He placed a knife to her throat and demanded cash but subsequently took her cellphone from her hand as she had no money on her person.The defendant then made good his escape. He was later identified by the VC, arrested and charged with the offence.The VC told the court that the defendant is known in the area as a thief. She further stated that he carried out a number of similar acts in the past but was never charged.He was remanded to prison and will next appear in court on June 17.last_img read more

Guyanese indicted in multimillion-dollar medical fraud arrested in US

first_imgOne week after the US authorities had issued a wanted bulletin for Shamiza Ali, also called Shamiza Bacchus, a Guyanese who has been indicted in a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud in New York, she was arrested on Monday evening at the John F Kennedy International Airport.Alleged fraudster Shamiza AliThe woman was taken into custody by law enforcement moments after stepping off a flight from Guyana. The Guyanese woman and two others were indicted for falsifying information and ripping off the medical scheme of close to US$20 million.It was reported that the woman, along with her co-accused, fled to Guyana when an investigation was launched into the matter.It was alleged that between September 2017 and May 2019, Purpleheart Transportation Service submitted claims to and collected from Medicaid over US$29 million for allegedly providing transportation services to Medicaid patients in and around New York City.However, Prosecutors found and allege that over US$19 million of that amount was for unmatched services — services for which there was no corresponding bill for medical treatment for the patients who purportedly received the transportation services.In court documents, the New York Prosecutors outlined a scheme whereby the defendants, together using a number of different techniques, billed Medicaid for transportation services that never occurred under their company, “Purpleheart Transportation Service”.Medicaid reimburses transportation providers for transporting Medicaid patients to and from covered medical services.last_img read more

Former WBD cane farmers call for Govt subsidies

first_img…as they commence planting cash cropsBy Shemuel FanfairAlmost two years after the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate, cane farmers in the nearby village of Bellvue, West Bank Demerara are pleading for Government to assist them as they venture into diversified crops.When Guyana Times met with farmers of the Bellvue Cane Farmers Co-Op Society on Saturday, they were sourcing water as the mid-morning sunshine pierced the parched earth and rainfall remains scare owing to the prolonged dry season, which experts suggest could extend into the first months of 2019.A burnt out section of the farmlandSome farmers are trying their hand at cash crop cultivation while others are planting banana and plantain suckers and coconut palms. According to overseas-based Balram Balkarran, the farmers are encountering added expenses through land preparation and pump rentals.“At least the Government should have assisted the Co-op Society, as it costs members about $20,000 to $40,000 per acre to go into other crops. Farmers’ cane used to contribute 50 per cent of the canes. Wales Estate had more co-op societies that supplied cane more than any other estate, so the peasant cane farmers here are suffering more here than (at) any other location,” Balkarran told this newspaper.In December 2016, when Wales officially ended operations, water in the access canals leading to the Kamuni Creek flowed freely to the Wales area through the community of Renistyne, according to Balkarran. However, this all changed when the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) stopped maintaining the many punt trenches in the area. In fact, some sugar workers living in the area were also affected as they supplemented their income via fishing in the trenches.Farmer Ramchuran Sukhnan, 57, told this newspaper of the many expenses he has been paying since leaving the sugar industry, and he observed that he would be grateful for grants and subsidies as he still has to acquire seedlings. He said he had to pay $50,000 in labour costs to clean one of his plots, $40,000 to prepare the beds, in addition to other costs.“This is a-we livelihood; we not getting anything…we really need help here, we want water,” Sukhnan pointed out, referencing the dry conditions.The farmer noted that he supports his 4 grandsons from his earnings.“Since Wales close (down) things hard, we got children and grandchildren to send to school,” he noted.Guyana Times was told that the National Drainage & Irrigation Authority (NDIA) was contacted since June 2018 to assist in clearing the bushy trenches, but as mid-October approaches, the farmers are awaiting the entity’s swift action.Wales was the first of several estates closed under the Coalition Administration in moves to re-organise the industry. Though the closures were rationalised as cost-cutting initiatives, many observers — including the Parliamentary Opposition — had called for social impact studies to be conducted beforehand.Aside from the plight of the farmers, many sugar workers in the Wales area are facing difficulties in acquiring consistent and lucrative employment. Only a few workers were rehired by the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) which now manages the closed estates.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL scientist Professor William C Campbell has been presented with this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine at a ceremony in Stockholm.It’s a proud day for Donegal – and his native Ramelton.The 85-year-old – known as Bill – was jointly awarded the accolade for his discovery of the drug ivermectin. Members of his family joined him at the awards ceremony.Professor Campbell became the second Irish person to win a Nobel Prize for Science after Earnest Walton collected the physics award in 1951 for his work on splitting the atom.Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins have both sent their congratulations.Locally Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: “I wish to congratulate William Campbell, who was one of three scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel prize in October for Physiology and Medicine, as he prepares for tonight’s award ceremony in Sweden. “Prof Campbell, born in Ramelton, and currently a Research Fellow Emeritus at Madison, New Jersey, was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for his research on therapies against infections caused by roundworm parasites, which has proved remarkably successful at treating diseases like river blindness. His work is already bringing benefits to people across the world.“William is only the second Irish scientist to win a Nobel Prize, which is a massive achievement for him and his colleagues, and his success can be viewed as a great time in Irish Science. I hope this will also encourage young people to believe that they can achieve whatever they want, no matter where they are from or what their passions are.“I wish to again congratulate Professor Campbell on his huge success in receiving the Nobel Prize, and I want to relay every best wish to him for the celebratory ceremony in Stockholm tonight , and wish him all the best for the future.”PROUD DAY FOR DONEGAL AS PROFESSOR BILL COLLECTS HIS NOBEL PRIZE was last modified: December 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalprizeProfessor Bill CampbellRameltonWilliamlast_img read more

Crystal Palace put £7m price tag on Marseille target Steve Mandanda

first_imgMarseille’s move for Steve Mandanda is on the rocks after Crystal Palace slapped a £7million price tag on the goalkeeper’s head.Mandanda looks set to quit Selhurst Park this summer after spending just one year in south London.The France international arrived at Palace on a free transfer from Marseille last summer, after his contract expired, but he made just 10 appearances last season.As a result, the 32-year-old is ready to leave England and Marseille are willing to bring him back to France.But, according to L’Equipe, a return to the Stade Velodrome could fall through because of Palace’s valuation of the player.The Premier League club are demanding Marseille cough up £7m to complete a deal and so far that is proving too much for the French side. 1 Steve Mandanda last_img


first_imgUPDATED: A motorcyclist killed in a road crash in Barnesmore Gap was part of a Cycle For Suicide charity event.Barnesmore Gap is closed after a motorcyclist was killed.The victim, who was 69 and from Tralee in Co Kerry, was in collision with a lorry at McGroary’s Brae between Ballybofey and Donegal Town.The accident happened just before noon. The victim was part of  large group who had been seen off by pupils at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town and were cycling to Strabane on the next leg of their cycle.It is understood the group returned to Donegal Town to consider the situation.Garda Inspector David Kelly has confirmed the road reopened just after 5pm.He also appealed for any witnesses to the accident to come forward. Gardai and the other emergency services are at the scene but Gardai have confirmed that one man has died.The person’s identity has not yet been made known until all relatives have been informed of the death.The road between Ballybofey and Donegal Town has been closed and is expected to be closed until this evening.Gardai have initiated a series of road diversions which motorists are asked to follow the diversions and to have patience.The tragedy comes just days after 38 year old Siobhan Hutcheon was killed outside Newtowncunningham on Saturday afternoon last. Ms Hutcheon, who lived in Muff, but who was from Derry, was killed when her car struck a Bus Eireann coach.She is to be buried tomorrow.MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN ROAD SMASH AT BARNESMORE GAP was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Barnesmore Gapcloseddonegalkilledmotorcyclistlast_img read more

Third classico in three weeks headlines La Liga Match-Day 26

first_img Tags: Spanish La Ligatop Rayo Vallecano vs GironaEstadio de Vallecas, MadridFriday, 01-03-2019 @11pmThis Friday’s game in La Liga comes from Vallecas and it’s a really significant one at the bottom end of the division. It features two sides who have been in poor form. Girona have at least found a couple of results over the past fortnight but they have slipped down into trouble. Rayo Vallecano’s plight is more serious but they would move out of the drop-zone with victory here.The Madrid club have suffered 4 straight defeats in La Liga. That sequence actually followed a run of 13 points from 5 games so they’ve been brought down to Earth with a bit of a bump after such a good run which offered them real hope of scrapping their way to safety. Those 4 losses add a bit of pressure on Michel again but it seems likely now that the Rayo board and fans will keep faith with their boss for the duration of this campaign, for better or worse.Girona coach Eusebio must have been starting to get a bit edgy too after his side went 13 without a win in all competitions and suffered 6 straight defeats. However almost out of nowhere they went to the Bernabeu and won 2-1 to stop the rot but they could only draw at home to a weakened Real Sociedad side on Monday.Their home form has really held them back this term but they do have a decent record on the road. They average 1.33 points per game on their travels, the 5th best record in the division. Rayo meanwhile have lost 46% of their home league games and their current 4 game losing streak does include defeats to possible relegation rivals Espanyol and Leganes.Espanyol vs Real ValladolidRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSaturday, 02-03-2019 @3pmThe first game this Saturday in La Liga comes from the RCDE Stadium on the outskirts of Barcelona where Espanyol are in action against Real Valladolid. Both sides have lingering relegation worries but victory for either side here would go a long way to easing them so it’s a significant game in the bottom half.Espanyol were flying high in the top six earlier in the campaign but they’ve lost their way pretty badly. Even so back-to-back home games against Huesca and Valladolid, both promoted last year, appeared to give them a good chance to kill off any relegation fears. They were held by the bottom club last weekend though and this is on paper a slightly tougher game.Valladolid aren’t scoring many but they are tough to break down and they still hover just above the drop-zone. However a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis last weekend was a major setback for them. They come into this game in 16th but defeat would give the sides below them a real chance to make ground in their games.Overall this is just not a game that promises to deliver many goals. Valladolid have failed to score in each of their last 4 matches. They average just 0.76 goals per game in La Liga this term and that is the worst record by some margin. Even bottom club Huesca, the side with the next worst return, has scored 5 more goals than them.Valladolid are pretty solid at the back though. They tend to park the bus on the road and have let in just 1.23 goals per game away, a very impressive record for a newly promoted side. 77% of their away fixtures in the Spanish top flight this term have produced under 2.5 goals in total and given they’d be content with a point here, a repeat seems very possible.Espanyol are by no means the most creative team in the division and you wouldn’t back them to create that many chances here, particularly with a few of the wingers out injured right now. Their new Chinese signing Wu Lei has shown glimpses of quality but is yet to score while the goals have also dried up a bit for top scorer Borja Iglesias, who has only scored once in his last 6 matches.Villarreal vs Deportivo AlavesEstadio de la Ceramica, VillarrealSaturday, 02-03-2019 @6:15pmThis Saturday’s clash in La Liga features two sides who are at the opposite end of the table to what might have been expected. Top six regulars Villarreal find themselves battling the drop in 18th while Alaves are riding high in 6th heading into this game. There is certainly plenty at stake here as the hosts aim to climb out of the drop-zone while Alaves look to further their surprise European push.Villarreal lost for the first time since the reappointment of Javi Calleja last time out. They were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid but overall the level of their performances have improved since Calleja returned just 50 days on from his sacking. They have made progress in Europe and beat Sevilla 3-0 in their most recent home league game, a huge confidence boost in their bid for survival.Alaves meanwhile are still accumulating points after a difficult January. They come into this match unbeaten in 3 and they refuse to budge from the top six where they’ve surprisingly spent most of the season. Victory here would push them onto that magic 40 point figure and then they could really start to focus on trying to secure European qualification.This isn’t a particularly easy one to call but Villarreal certainly look short at around 4/6 for the win with most bookies. Only Huesca have a worse home record than them this season in La Liga with the Yellow Submarine averaging less than a point per game in front of their own fans. They’ve won just 1 of their last 7 at home in all competitions and it’s probably too soon to say they are a revitalised force on the back of just one impressive home win.Alaves have been written off all season but keep grinding out results and you can still get generous odds for them to get something from this game. They had a 3 game losing streak around the end of January but they were their only losses in their last 10 outings. That streak could in part be explained by the departure of Ibai Gomez and an injury to Jony, which left them without their two most creative players.Since then though, Jony has returned to fitness and new signing Takashi Inui has come back from the Asian Cup giving them much more quality out wide again. They still look a tough side to beat and backing Alaves Double Chance could be worth considering here, mainly because of Villarreal’s dreadful home record this season.Huesca vs SevillaEstadi El Alcoraz, HuescaSaturday, 02-03-2019 @8:30pmThis Saturday’s game sees two sides who really need a win meet. Huesca’s battle for safety has stepped up a notch over the past month but they still remain rooted to the foot of the table and 6 points off safety. They need to take full advantage of their home games but Sevilla will be hungry for the win too having slipped out of the top four on the last match-day.They’ve been in a Champions League position virtually all season however it is just 1 win in 9 league games now for the Andalusian side. It’s also just 1 point in 4 matches after Barcelona came from behind to win 4-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last time out. Pablo Machin’s side would have been grateful for the week off here to prepare for this but their heavy cup schedule does appear to be really taking a toll on their league form.This isn’t a particularly good time for them to be catching Huesca. The top flight debutants looked absolutely nailed on for relegation a month back but they now have a glimmer of hope. They come into this match having lost only 1 of their last 5 matches with their latest game seeing them get a 1-1 draw at Espanyol.Overall there does look to be value in backing the hosts to get a result from this game. Even when they weren’t getting results, their performances weren’t as bad as the league table suggested. They average 1.1 xG per game, giving up 1.31, which are Expected Goals, stats you’d be more likely to see from a side in mid-table or slightly below not from one that has been rock bottom for virtually the entire campaign.Real Madrid vs BarcelonaEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSaturday, 02-03-2019 @10:45pmFor the third time in less than a month and the second time in four days, Barcelona and Real Madrid face off this Saturday. This time it’s La Liga in which they meet and Los Blancos will be out for revenge having been emphatically knocked out of the Copa del Rey in midweek with Luis Suarez scoring twice in a 3-0 Barca win.It was a result that looked improbable at Half-Time. Real Madrid had created the better openings and had managed to negate the huge threat of Leo Messi and Luis Suarez effectively. Even by the end, the shot count read 14-4 in Real’s favour but the Catalans were absolutely clinical in the 2nd Half, sealing a 4-1 aggregate win and yet another Copa del Rey Final appearance.Barcelona now are very well placed to seal a domestic double for the second season in succession. Even if they lose this game, they will have a 6 point advantage on Real Madrid with almost certainly a superior head-to-head record after their 5-1 win at Camp Nou earlier in the season. If they can win it, they will put a potentially terminal dent in the title challenges of both Madrid clubs.Overall, they look well capable of doing that. While it’s true Real Madrid had the better of large chunks of Wednesday’s meeting, the match again highlighted how Barcelona are simply much better at finishing chances. Leo Messi and Luis Suarez have netted 41 league goals between them already this term, just 2 fewer than the entire Real Madrid team.While Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius may all reflect on good seasons in many respects, they simply aren’t anywhere near as ruthless. That leaves Santi Solari with a tough call to make as to whether or not to recall out of favour Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio or even forgotten man Isco for this game. Bale could perhaps provide some cutting edge in the final third but in truth hasn’t done it regularly enough this term.Despite an overall upturn in their form and level of performance, Real Madrid have still lost 4 of their last 10 home games in all competitions. Up against a Barcelona side that has only lost 3 times in 63 league fixtures under Ernesto Valverde.Eibar vs Celta VigoEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSunday, 03-03-2019 @2pm*Details to follow shortlyReal Betis vs GetafeEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSunday, 03-03-2019 @6:15pm*Details to follow shortly  Real Sociedad vs Atletico MadridEstadio Municipal de Anoeta, DonostiaSunday, 03-03-2019 @08:30pm*Details to follow shortlyValencia vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 03-03-2019 @10:45pm*Details to follow shortly  Leganes vs LevanteEstadio Municipal de Bartarque, LeganesMonday, 04-03-2019 @11pm*Details to follow shortlyBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more

Latest: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 0 – Begovic keeps Reds at bay

first_imgLiverpool made the early running at Anfield with Blues keeper Asmir Begovic called into a couple of early saves.Begovic, brought into the side after Thibaut Courtois fell ill, dived to his right to beat away Adam Lallana’s shot on the edge of the box, before gathering a weaker effort from Phillipe Coutinho.At the other end, Bertrand Traore got away from Kolo Toure inside the penalty area but couldn’t find the power in his shot to trouble Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.Roberto Firmino stabbed into the side netting under pressure from Nemanja Matic, while Daniel Sturridge, against his former club blazed over.Eden Hazard came to life with a fierce shot from the edge of the box but Mignolet was equal to it.Traore started up front in place of Diego Costa, who has a hamstring injury, while a defensive reshuffle was necessary with Branislav Ivanovic (groin) and skipper John Terry (suspended) both ruled out.John Mikel Obi again started at centre-back, having played there in the win over Bournemouth, while Baba Rahman and Pedro also came into the team.Meanwhile, academy products Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Kasey Palmer are among the Chelsea substitutes.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more