“After the second goal they scored two in a few minutes and it is hard to recover from that. In every press conference for the last few months you have said that the Premier League is done and I always said ‘no, it is still to be done’.“We will defend our position game by game.”Oxlade-Chamberlain said Liverpool knew they could beat the runaway Premier League leaders if they were at their best.“We know they like to play from the back and are good at it and we thrive when teams do that,” he said.“The second half when we went on a bit of a rampage for five or 10 minutes. The manager keeps telling me to shoot so I had a go and it went in.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is not over after his side slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah stunned City.Guardiola’s team threatened an astonishing comeback with late goals for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but Liverpool held on for a famous win.“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” said Guardiola. “The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1.“You have to be stable when you concede a goal and we were not solid enough. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Jurgen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes.
Since returning from a World Cup where he helped Belgium finish in third place, Hazard has scored seven goals in six Premier League starts and two substitute appearances.“I can finish with Chelsea,” Hazard told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s match with Manchester United. “No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.“So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem.“I love the fans — I think the fans love me.“What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in June 2012 and signed his current deal in February 2015.If no contract extension is agreed by the end of this season, Chelsea could see Hazard leaving on a free transfer at the end of the following campaign, so an agreed move could yet be in the interest of the club as well as the player.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Eden Hazard can still become the best footballer in the world even if he stays at Chelsea, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri said Friday.Hazard has made no secret either of his desire to win the Ballon d’Or, the annual prize for the best player in the game, or wanting to play for Real Madrid.The 27-year-old Belgian playmaker has though insisted it would “not be a problem” for him to finish his career with Chelsea if a move to Real was not forthcoming.Meanwhile Sarri said Hazard could realise his individual ambitions while remaining at Stamford Bridge.“He’s a fantastic player,” Italian boss Sarri said. “And so it will be very important for us if he will remain with us. Very, very important.“I think also he can win everything, also the Ballon d’Or, here, without playing in Spain.“Because, for example, if Chelsea were able to win the Champions League, Belgium won the European Championships, he would be able to win everything, without playing in Spain.”Hazard’s current Chelsea contract expires in June 2020 and for all his talk of wanting to play for Spanish giants Real, there has been no dip in his form for the Blues this season.
cricket Nagpur: Indian bowler R Ashwin bowls during the 2nd cricket test match played in Nagpur on Monday. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_27_2017_000025A) RELATED Ashwin breaks Lillee’s record of fastest 300 Test wickets × COMMENT Nagpur: Indian bowler R Ashwin bowls during the 2nd cricket test match played in Nagpur on Monday. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_27_2017_000025A) November 28, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Concern for Sri Lankan cricketNot just quality of two teams but overkill of contests have taken the sheen out of India–Sri Lanka series, a fact which was recently endorsed by India captain Virat Kohli.Asked Muralitharan about the issue, he gave a tongue-in- cheek reply. “I can’t say there is too much of (India–Sri Lanka) cricket but may be Virat (Kohli) is getting bored of winning every time,” he said.While Muralitharan complemented the current Indian team under Kohli for its level of consistency, he expressed serious concern about the sorry state of Sri Lankan cricket. “India is a very good side and I rate them very high. You can’t take credit away from India by saying that Sri Lanka is a weak team. They are doing really well in every format,” he said.“Alarm bells (in Sri Lankan cricket) have rang two three years ago. For me it’s a matter of great concern. You lose sometime but this (Sri Lankan) team is losing a lot and that is a major worry,” a concerned Muralitharan said.“Young cricketers are not coming through. They are not performing. Thats the biggest concern we have,” concluded the spin great. COMMENTS Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan feels India’s Ravichandran Ashwin is presently the best spinner in the world and his achievements with the ball are a testimony to his greatness.Ashwin yesterday became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s convincing win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.And Muralitharan congratulated the Indian off-spinner on his achievement.“I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment,” Muralitharan told PTI Bhasha.“He is not in the One-Day team but hopefully he will return and do wonders in the shorter formats also,” said the spin legend, who holds the world record of capturing 800 wickets in 133 Test matches.Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record. Ashwin is also ahead of some of the illustrious names, who had completed the milestone in quick time.Among them are Muralitharan (58 Tests), Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Dale Steyn (61 Tests each).Having eclipsed Lille’s feat, the real challenge now for Ashwin is to break Muralitharan’s record of being the fastest to 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 Test wickets.“He (Ashwin) is hardly 31, 32 years old and can play for another 4–5 years at least. But it will also depend on how he performs and remains injury free. Only time will tell as it will be very hard for him after 35,” said Muralitharan.Besides, Ashwin also has 150 ODI wickets from 111 matches. SHARE sport
The Big 12 again proved it has zero clues what it is doing (other than trying to make as much money as possible) on Friday when it decided to reinstate its conference championship game for 2017.Bob Bowlsby spoke on the matter on Friday afternoon and the 10 schools in the Big 12 voted on it unanimously.#Big12 spring meetings: Commissioner Bowlsby on format and structure of #Big12FB Championship game. https://t.co/W3vwj3ps3g— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) June 3, 2016The odd part is that the Big 12 still apparently wants to have a round robin schedule which means it is probably going to split into two five-team divisions for the sole purpose of not having two teams play in back-to-back weeks at the end of the season and in the conference championship game.That’s what would have happened last year after OU throttled OSU in Stillwater. The teams would have met the following week for the Big 12 title (which would have been hilarious).Now you can control this through scheduling if you break the teams up into groups of five. Great. Except you already all play each other! So why in the world is the Big 12 doing this?Well you already know the answer to that question.Bowlsby: Average annual value of a Big 12 championship game is in the high $20 million range. Somewhere just short of $30 million.— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 3, 2016Also, there is zero doubt of this. None. Kansas State will be involved.You know how this will go. Big 12 team will breeze into the playoff in 2016. Then league champ will lose a rematch in 2017— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 3, 2016It also makes expansion far more intriguing. As if the Big 12 is trying to force its own hand. Well, we already have a title game … might as well get some more teams!As for what the divisions would look like, I don’t hate this idea.So…maybe this?NORTH: Iowa St., Kansas, Kansas St., Oklahoma, Oklahoma St.SOUTHish: Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia— Max Olson (@max_olson) June 3, 2016Finally, I thought this was also kind of odd.Bowlsby said FOX and ESPN will alternate years on showing the Big 12 title game. ESPN will have even years. FOX in odd years.— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 3, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!