Fulham 0 Manchester United 5A week on from their shocking Europa League exit at Craven Cottage, Fulham were subjected to a humiliating home defeat by the champions.While the continued omission of striker Bobby Zamora – again a substitute – continues to make headlines, it was their problems at the other end of the pitch that were ruthlessly exposed by a Manchester United side that led 3-0 at half-time.AdChoices广告Danny Welbeck slotted home the opener after being set up by Nani, who headed in the second from Ryan Giggs’ cross.Giggs got on the scoresheet himself with a deflected 15-yard shot shortly before the interval, and Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov completed the rout. Riise went close with a free-kickRooney smashed one in off the post from 30 yards, and Berbatov rounded of a stunning win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men with a cheeky finish following good link-up play between Nani and Antonio Valencia.United, who took only 53 seconds to go ahead at QPR at the weekend, were in front after six minutes this time.And just as they did during Sunday’s visit to west London, they ruthlessly punished some slopping defending from the home team.Nani was allowed to run fully 50 yards down the left flank and pick out an unmarked Welbeck, who netted from six yards out.Fulham switched off again for the second goal, which arrived when Giggs combined with Valencia at a short corner and crossed for Nani to nod into the far corner.The defensive lapse for the third goal was as bad.Nani was again allowed time and space, this time to coast into the box and square the ball to Giggs, whose shot looped over keeper David Stockdale after hitting Whites defender Philippe Senderos.Fulham improved after the break and Clint Dempsey had a header saved by stand-in United keeper Anders Lindegaard, before Moussa Dembele shot wide and John Arne Riise went close with a free-kick.But they continued to struggle at the back and after Rooney’s long-range strike made it four, United rubbed salt into their wounds with a well worked fifth.Valencia exchanged passes with Nani and in trying to tee up Berbatov played the ball slightly behind the Bulgarian, who reacted by back-heeling past Stockdale and into the corner.
Hogan Ephraim has joined Bristol City on loan from QPR for the rest of the season.The 23-year-old completed his move on Thursday afternoon and is expected to make his Robins debut against Middlesbrough this weekend.Ephraim, who had a spell on loan at Charlton earlier in the campaign, has fallen out of favour at Loftus Road and is not in Rangers’ 25-man squad.AdChoices广告But he was recently given a new one-year contract and could yet have a future at the club.Related story: Ephraim set for Bristol City loan move Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Fulham 2 Norwich 1Fulham ended a run of three league defeats without a goal to move above visitors Norwich into 11th place.The home side’s last goal before this win was the fifth of a 5-0 victory against Wolves at the beginning of the month but that was followed by defeats to Aston Villa, Swansea and Manchester United.AdChoices广告But it took the Cottagers just two minutes to score here when Clint Dempsey nudged the ball home with his knee from close range, and Damien Duff curled in a second from distance within quarter-of-an-hour.Aaron Wilbraham’s 77th-minute goal set up a tense finish but Fulham held on to end any distant ideas of being sucked into relegation trouble.At this stage of last season, Fulham had four fewer points on the board but they were just three points from the drop zone in 11th place in the league under Mark Hughes.This, their eighth home win of the season, moves them 11 points clear of the bottom three and within sight of a top-seven finish in the Premier League.Dempsey was Fulham’s top goalscorer last season with 13 and he is on course to claim that award again after adding his 19th of this term, making sure Bryan Ruiz’s parried shot found its way into the net to put his side ahead.Duff then rewarded the Whites for their possession when he beat several Norwich players and curled the ball past John Ruddy to double the lead in the 13th minute.Fulham twice hit the woodwork – first from another Dempsey effort and then a shot from young substitute Alex Kacaniklic, making his first appearance for the club after spending the early season on loan at Watford.Wilbraham’s cross found its way into the net after it was deflected off Aaron Hughes.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
By Michelangelo JacobusTHE Berbice U-19s defeated their Demerara counterparts by 32 runs yesterday at the Everest ground to tighten their grip on the Hand-in-Hand U-19 50 Overs Inter-County trophy.Having already dismantled Essequibo on Monday at Albion, the Berbicians won the toss and elected to bat after rain caused the game to be reduced to 49 overs.The batsmen yet again struggled but managed a respectable total of 185 all out in 47.4 overs thanks to solid contributions from opening batsman Junior Sinclair (44), Seon Glasgow (31), Kevlon Anderson (28) and Leon Swamy who scored 29.Alex Algoo (2) was the first wicket to fall, lbw to Qumar Torrington with the score on just three. However, skipper Kevlon Anderson joined Sinclair and together the duo put on a partnership of 59 before Anderson was bowled by Sachin Singh for 28 which included four boundaries.That was the only partnership of substance as Torrington, who ended with figures of 3 for 39 (10 overs), Ashmead Nedd (2-36 off 10 overs) and Alphius Bookie with 2-13 from 3.4 overs struck at regular intervals to restrict the Berbicians to what looked like a par score.In response, chasing 186 for victory, a few of the Demerara batsmen got starts but like their opponents, could not carry on, as Anderson, Swamy and Nigel Deodat applied the brakesAfter Anderson and Swamy removed openers Sachin Singh (3) and Robin Williams (1) cheaply, Adrian Hinds and Bookie combined for a third-wicket partnership of 54. However, when Hinds holed out off the bowling of Deodat for 31 (4×2) with the score at 64, it sparked the beginning of the end for Demerara.Only Alphius Bookie who made 30 (4×1, 6×1) and Nedd with 19 (4×3) offered any resistance for Demerara who could not up their run rate. When their allotted 49 overs were up, they were left on 153 for 8, 32 runs short of their target.Anderson was the pick of the bowlers for Berbice with figures of 3-38 (10 overs). He received solid support from Swamy who ended with 2-32 (9 overs) and Nigel Deodat who picked up 2-11 from his six overs.Berbice have now won both of their games and will next face the Select U-17s where a victory will officially hand them the trophy.
… promises to contribute annuallyIMPRESSED with the vision and development thrust of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA), Founder and CEO of Anglin Enterprises USA (Tax 365 USA), David Anglin, donated two sets of uniforms to the association recently.Anglin, who resides in New York, made a trip down to Kansas City to rally with the Golden Jaguars in their final match of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Trinidad and Tobago.While in Kansas City, the former footballer handed over the uniforms to EBFA president Franklin Wilson, in the presence of Guyana Football Federation (GFF) executive member Dion Inniss, who has responsibility for the association.In making the presentation at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Anglin said that it was an easy decision to make when he was approached by Wilson for the uniforms, which were procured by long-time friend and sponsor of the EBFA Under-11 League, Ralph Green.“God has been good to me and I’m blessed as the Founder and CEO of Anglin Enterprises USA and Tax 365 USA. Soccer was always good to me and I am very impressed with the way the EBFA is developing its youths for the sport. It is for the youths to take advantage of what is offered and move to the next level.”Called to national trials at the Under-18 and U-19 levels when he represented Linden back in the 1970s, Anglin promised that he would be doing something for the EBFA.“I just like giving back and there is no better way to do it, I will do whatever I can to support your association, keep up the good work and focus on the young people as youth development is key to senior success.”Anglin, whose parents were in charge of the Salvation Army in Guyana, also informed that he attended Christ Church Secondary and Mackenzie High School, graduating from the latter in 1975 then went to further his studies at the University of Guyana.He also played for the Camptown FC (Campbellville) and Linden, at the Under-19 and Senior teams. His playing days saw him match skills with the likes of ‘Zipper’ Johnson, Joey Alberts, Kenneth Solomon, the Charter brothers and Nigel ‘Mice’ Cummings, among others.Anglin, whose mother is Guyanese, and father Jamaican, once resided in Cato Street, Agricola, East Bank of Demerara, before his parents took up responsibility for the Salvation Army. His wife Roxanne was born and raised in Prospect, EBD. The couple has four daughters, Celene, D’Andra, Zahara and Kelly.He migrated to the USA in 1980 and set up his business, Anglin Enterprises, which is a thriving business entity.
NOW that Australia’s Ashes squad has been picked, the next puzzle national selectors must solve is squeezing 17 players into 11 spots for the first Test in Birmingham which starts Thursday.And there is perhaps no bigger conundrum in front of the selectors than how they decide which of the six fast bowlers in the squad take the field at Edgbaston.From the sextet of Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Michael Neser only three will likely make the XI, with Cummins the only absolute lock to play.Hazlewood has been one of the first picked when fit and healthy but given he hasn’t played a Test match since suffering a back injury in January and the red-hot form of Victorian pair Pattinson and Siddle, the right-armer is no certainty for the opening Test.However, with five Tests and two three-day tour games crammed into a little more than six weeks, Hazlewood and his fellow quicks are expecting to be rotated through the series.“I think the (fast bowlers) are happy to play it by ear a little bit, obviously depending on how much we bowl per Test,” Hazlewood said in Birmingham.“You can’t look too far ahead I think. You can map certain things out if things happen, but you’ve got to play it by ear I think with Test cricket.“You might get away with a Test with 30 overs under your belt which is fine. It’s when it goes up to 45 to 50 that you start to reassess things and look at different options.“There’s six quicks here, which is great, so more than happy to rotate or conditions picking those bowlers, we’ll see how we go.”The log-jammed tour schedule, fierce competition for spots and his own medical history has Hazlewood realistic about his chances of playing in all five Test matches.The 28-year-old played the first four Tests of the 2015 Ashes tour before succumbing to injury and has spent time on the sidelines in the past 18 months with back issues.It is why he would be content with featuring in as little as three Tests this campaign if it best suits the team.“I think it would be a very good effort to play all five, especially with my last two years, I’ve missed a few Tests with injury,” he said“I’d be really happy with four (Tests), three or four even.“It’s such a tight schedule. Five would be great if we got away with a couple of cheap innings, bowling 30 (overs) for the Test or something like that, it’d be great.”Barring injury, there is one bowler set to play in all five Tests and Hazlewood would not mind being in his position.“I’d like to be Nathan Lyon, you know you’re playing with only one spinner here,” Hazlewood joked.“We can all work together. It will be interesting to see first Test and we’ll take it from there.”While Australia’s bowling unit has been pulled from three different states, they are no strangers to each other.Take Hazlewood and Pattinson, who played four Tests together in the 2015-16 summer at home and in New Zealand which culminated in Australia being crowned the No.1 Test team in the world.But those Tests weren’t the first time the pair played in the same Australian side, that came at the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 in Malaysia, where Australia finished sixth.But their origin story stretches back even further than the youth World Cup and Hazlewood remembers it like it was yesterday.“We played Victoria Under-17s match in Brisbane,” Hazlewood said.“‘Patto’ opened the bowling for them and myself and ‘Starcy’ opened the bowling for NSW.“That’s over 10 years ago. We’ve certainly played a lot of cricket against and with each other. It’s been fantastic.”While Hazlewood has formed a close bond with the NSW Blues trio of Starc, Cummins and Lyon – the quartet who have been the first-choice Test attack in recent years – the right-armer says he would have no problem bowling alongside the squad’s other quicks should new combinations be selected in the Ashes.“We all know each other, we train a lot with each other whether it’s Pattinson, Siddle or Michael Neser,” he said.“We know each other pretty well and I guess the only way to get to know them more is by playing with them.“I’ve played with ‘Patto’ a fair bit now over the years so I know his ins and outs and what makes him tick on the field. Peter Siddle the same.“I don’t think it matters who is going to play, we all know each other really well.”(CRICKET.comau)
NATASHA Alder and Cassie Small, the top athletes from this year’s Jefford Track and Field Classic, yesterday received their prizes from MVP Sports, one of the sponsors of the 10-year long event. Alder won the women’s discus, javelin and shotput events while Small won the women’s 100m, 200m and 400m.Both athletes, after receiving an outfit of their choice, from MVP Sports, thanked organiser Edison Jefford and proprietor Ian Ramdeo for their continued contribution towards the development of athletes in the track and field arena.Ramdeo made it clear that MVP Sports, located on the ground floor of the Giftland Mall, will be a ‘friend to the end’ to the Jefford Track and Field Classic, and wished the athletes well on their feature endeavours in the sports. Jefford apologised for the lateness in the presentation of prizes, telling the gathering of media that he had left the country and upon his return, had taken a new professional portfolio.Nonetheless, he said that he looks forward to seeing the two ladies next year at the 11th edition of the country’s premier track and field event in Linden.
THE sixth Annual Junior Indoor Hockey Championships are scheduled to run from Wednesday, November 6, to Sunday November 10 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. According to a release from the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB), more than one hundred children are expected to participate in the five-day event in categories ranging from seven years old right up to twenty-one.Simco Engineering Inc. is the sponsor for the Mixed Under-10 division which always produces fun and a lot of laughs for kids and parents.The GCC Thunderbolts are the defending champions and will be challenged once again by last year’s runners-up, Saints, as well as the Underdogs, Panthers, YMCA Old Fort and Hikers. The Under-13 Mixed competition is split into two groups with defending champions, SHC Scalpels, and runners up, SHC Scorchers, both appearing in pool A. The GCC Eagles and Hikers round out the pool. Group B features the GCC Falcons along with the SHC Snipers and SHC Samurai.Farfan & Mendes Ltd are the sponsors of the boys and girls under-16 competitions. The girls division sees defending champions GBTI GCC Spartans take on SHC Supreme, SHC Sensations, YMCA Old Fort and the GCC Her-ricanes. The boys’ competition will see a battle among the GCC War Dogs, SHC shockwave, SHC Silencers, YMCA Old Fort and defending champions, St Joseph’s Warriors.The senior Division is sponsored once again by Sunshine Snacks and features both girls and boys under 21 teams. YMCA Old Fort is the defending champions in the ladies division but will face tough opposition in the GBTI GCC Spartans and Saints. On the boy’s side, the GCC Pitbulls hope to retain their crown against Saints and YMCA Old Fort.Matches begin at 17.00hrs each weekday with the weekend matches beginning at 10.00hrs and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Sunshine Snacks Under-21 competitions and the Farfan & Mendes Under-16 competitions will begin during the week and conclude on Sunday while the Simco Engineering Under-10 and the Sunshine Snacks Under-13 will run off on Saturday.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has set an example by taking a break from the game to address his mental health issues and there should not be any negativity about such situations, India captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday.Maxwell has taken an indefinite break from the game to deal with an issue rarely discussed in the sub-continent’s cricketing circles but Kohli was has a clear view on the situation.“I think what Glenn has done is remarkable,” the 31-year-old told reporters in Indore on the eve of India’s opening Test against Bangladesh that begins today.“It has set the right example for cricketers around the world that if you’re not in the best frame of mind you try, and try and try, but as human beings you reach a tipping point at some stage or the other. And you need time away from the game. Not to say you give up, but just to gain more clarity.” Kohli pointed to his own struggle during the 2014 tour of England when runs dried up and he could not find anyone to confide in.“I’ve gone through a phase in my career where I felt like it was the end of the world,” he said.“In England 2014, I didn’t know what to do, what to say to anyone, and how to speak and how to communicate. And to be honest, I couldn’t have said: ‘I’m not feeling great mentally and I need to get away from the game’. Because you never know how that’s taken.” It should be fine for cricketers to take a break and try and return refreshed, he said.“I’m absolutely for it…these things should be of great importance. Because if you think that a player is important enough for the team or for Indian cricket to go forward, I think they should be looked after.”“I think is quite acceptable and quite a nice thing to do. I think these things should be respected and not taken in a negative way at all because this is happening at a human level…” After Indore, the teams move to Kolkata where they will play their first day-night test from Nov. 22 with pink balls.Kohli is one of several players from both sides with practically no experience of the pink ball and the right-hander felt its visibility and exaggerated swing could trouble the batsmen.“You require extra concentration to pick the pink ball when you’ve been playing with the red ball.” “I felt it swings a lot more compared to the red ball because there’s extra lacquer on the ball.”
…Tri-Series failure an important learning curve for Windies U-19s: West ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies Under-19s head coach, Graeme West, does not believe the side’s wretched result in last month’s Tri-Nations Series is cause for major concern.In fact, the Englishman said the campaign had provided a crucial learning curve for the Young Windies, and had shed important light on areas which needed to be improved, ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa from January 17 to February 9.The Kimani Melius-led unit lost four of their six matches in the 50-over series in Antigua which was also contested by England Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s.“The encouraging aspect of the Tri-Series was that the team got into strong positions in five out of the six games that were played, the bowling unit functioned well and was backed up by some impressive fielding that was enhanced by the introduction of fielding specialist, Julien Fountain,” West contended.“The batsmen came out of the series with a better understanding of the skills they will need to deliver in order to achieve the team-targets that have been set and the camp (in Johannesburg starting yesterday) will certainly focus heavily on these areas.”He added: “The six games have given each player a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities they will need to fulfil for the team to succeed. “Equally important was the time the players and coaches spent together to discuss, review and reflect on the cricket that was played and identify how each player can move his game forward and give more to the team.”West Indies Under-19s departed the Caribbean on New Year’s Day to begin preparation for the World Cup, which they won back in 2016 with Shimron Hetmyer at the helm.The one-week camp in Johannesburg will precede the team’s two official warm-up matches that will see them take on Canada on January 13 and Scotland two days later.West said the camp formed a crucial component of the squad’s preparations, ensuring “the players receive ample time to acclimatise and more importantly work on the focus areas that came out of the Tri-Series.”West Indies Under-19s have been installed in a tough Group B, headlined by three-time winners Australia, along with England and minnows Nigeria.At the last showpiece two years ago in New Zealand, West Indies lost two of their three preliminary round matches to miss out on a place in the quarter-finals.SQUAD – Kimani Melius (captain), Nyeem Young, Ashmead Nedd, Leonardo Julien, Kevlon Anderson, Daniel Beckford, Matthew Forde, Joshua James, Antonio Morris, Mbeki Joseph, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Kirk McKenzie, Ramon Simmonds, Matthew Patrick, Jaden Seales.