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English Premier League: Manchester City hammer new champs Liverpool 4-0

first_imgLONDON: Manchester City generously applauded new champions Liverpool onto the field before their Premier League match on Thursday — and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing them 4-0 at the Etihad stadium.With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side who showed far from their usual levels of intensity but the loss, just their second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that City will be desperate to regain their crown next season. Klopp was quick to defend his team’s attitude, rejecting any suggestion they had taken the game lightly. “I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us,” he said. “Man City are incredible. I saw their season, they didn’t play a bad game even when they lost,” he said. After the guard of honour, which included City manager Pep Guardiola, the visitors started brightly and Ederson had to be alert to keep out a fourth-minute effort from Mohamed Salah. Salah then struck the post after a clever pass from Roberto Firmino, whose hair was coloured red, but if Liverpool thought they were in for another night of festivities, they were in for a rude awakening. Joe Gomez could not cope with Raheem Sterling’s twisting and turning in the box, pulling him to the ground before Kevin De Bruyne converted the penalty in the 25th minute. Sterling doubled the lead 10 minutes later when after a swift break, Phil Foden found him inside the box and the ex-Liverpool forward cut inside Gomez and slid the ball home. The 20-year-old Foden made it 3-0, firing past Alisson after a swift exchange with Kevin De Bruyne. City were showing an unusual willingness to play long balls and after Rodri launched a pass deep to De Bruyne, the Belgian found Sterling inside the box and he slipped the ball goalwards, with substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s outstretched touch only turning it into his own net. It could have been even worse for Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez’s fine solo effort in the final moments but VAR spotted a handball by Foden in the build-up. “We beat the champions, an extraordinary team,” Guardiola said. “We tried to play football, take risks against the best team I have ever faced in my life at high pressing,” he added. “They drank a lot of beers this week but they arrived here with no beers in their blood which is why I give us a lot of credit.” The loss was the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions. Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool in 1997-98 in the game after they clinched the title. Agencies Also Watch: It’s Better to Die Than Live Like This: Street Hawker in Guwahatilast_img read more

Students rally to support football team

first_imgWe are ’SC · Keyshawn Johnson, alumnus and former NFL player, spoke to players and students after the team’s practice Thursday. Jackson Dahl, a senior majoring in business administration, organized the rally for students to attend the practice before the team faces Notre Dame. – Maya Dondonayan | Daily TrojanAs USC football players left Howard Jones field after practice on Thursday, they were met with cheers, applause and chants of “We are SC!” and “Beat the Irish!” from students  on the sidelines.Students gathered for the team’s final practice before heading to face Notre Dame as part of a rally organized by Jackson Dahl, a senior majoring in business administration.“I was talking with a close friend and mentor Professor [David] Belasco, who has a lot of connections to the athletic program, and we were thinking, ‘It’s been a really rough week — it’s been a really rough four years,’” Dahl said. “We were thinking, ‘What could we do that would be really special?’ — hopefully lift [the team] a little bit as they go off to Notre Dame for probably the toughest game of the year.”Belasco, co-director and adjunct professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Marshall School of Business who teaches the popular class “The Leap,” said the idea for the rally came to him on Tuesday night.“I went here, I teach here. This is why they call it a Trojan Family -— we show up for each other when we need it,” he said. “This team has been through so much beyond their control over the last few years between sanctions and abrupt coaching changes that we just felt we needed to tell them, ‘It’s our team, it’s our University,’ and show up for them.”Belasco spoke to J.K. McKay, senior associate athletic director for football, and reached out to Dahl to get students involved. Dahl created a Facebook event for the rally and sent out emails to generate awareness.“When you want anything done, you get students involved quickly,” Belasco said. “You can tell that students were ready to receive this and support this because they all feel the same way: ‘What can we do to show our support for these players?’”Students joined the players in the huddle after practice where several former NFL football players who played for USC — Keyshawn Johnson, Willie McGinest and Keith Rivers — gave motivational speeches to the team.“It wasn’t us reaching out to the Trojan Family, it was the [Trojan Family] reaching out to us,” interim head coach Clay Helton said. “That’s what makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.”More than 500 students said they would attend the rally on Facebook, but actual attendance was closer to 50. Will Orr, a senior majoring in law, history and culture said that while he was slightly disappointed with the turnout, he was glad to be able to support the team.“Two years ago, we said ‘one team, one heart,’ and I think that message still rings true,” he said. “I think Helton’s a helluva coach, and I think we’re going to finish the season strong, the team’s really coming together.”Eric Hahn, a sophomore majoring in international relations and global business, said the turmoil surrounding USC football earlier in the week drove him to attend the rally.“We had a tough week, a lot of stuff’s gone down,” he said. “Sark’s gone, but the one thing that brings us together is football and the Trojan Family, so it’s always worth coming out and supporting our guys.”Dahl said he is considering hosting more rallies in the future.“[Today’s rally] was super grassroots. We planned it the day before, but it’d be cool to see something happen with a little more momentum,” he said.last_img read more

IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS: THE STURRALL HEADLAND

first_imgBY IAIN MILLER: In this first article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series I have chosen a little known but truly outrageous sea cliff feature in a lonely and seldom visited stretch of the Co. Donegal coastline to look at.The view from the summit of the Sturrall Headland The Sturrall Headland is one of the most outstanding sea cliff features in Ireland it is a true monster of a headland sitting isolated and far removed from the real world. The Sturrall lives on the lonely stretch of coastline between Glencolmcille Village to the South and the Port road end to the North. The headland is actually a 200 meter high sea ridge which juts out into the Atlantic for nearly a kilometre from mainland Donegal. The ridge can be easily viewed from mainland Donegal by following the sli Cholmcille marked path starting from An Chloghan in Glencolmcille or from the Port Road end to the north.Looking back at Donegal from Sturrall summit 
A visit to this stretch of coast line provides the walker with an unlimited vista of 1000 foot sea cliffs dramatically falling into the open ocean below. The views along this seaboard, stretch from Malinbeg to the south to Tormore Island to the north. Scattered along this coast you will discover a large collection of worldclass sea stacks each facing the might of the open untamed Atlantic ocean below. Along the cliff tops and on the ledges below live a huge and secretive aviation society of ground nesting Razorbills, Guillemots, Skuas and Fulmars. The Fulmar being a highly territorial sea bird who spits semi-digested fish oil at anyone getting too close to its nest. If walking this coast a visit to the Glencolmcille Folk Village at the start of the walk is an excellent opportunity to visit the history and unique culture found in this area.View of the Sturrall from North (climbers circled)View of Sturrall Headland from the SouthFor visiting rock climbers the Sturrall provides the longest recorded rock climb in Ireland. The first recorded rock climb to the summit of the Sturrall was by WP (Walter Parry) Haskett Smith in about 1890. His route ascended the skyline ridge from the landward side and provides a very exposed 350 meter mountain ridge scramble to this excellent summit. This route to the summit can be easily seen from anywhere on the cliff tops along this coastline. In 2012 two visiting American climbers and I gained the seaward tip of the ridge and climbed the knife edge ridge from sea to summit. The Sturrall Headland is the longest rock climb in Ireland with 700 meters of airy ridge climbing in a very remote, committing and scary location.Ireland’s longest rock climb The summit of the Sturrall Headland is an extremely inaccessible and foreboding place to visit with steep 200 meter drops either side of you into the ocean below. 
 The ridge is climbed in two very distinct parts. The first being from sea level to the summit which follows a knife edge ridge. The second half is an airy scramble along the ridge towards land, from the summit follow the ridge past several towers and maximum exposure for approximately 350m of outstanding alpine ridge climbing back to land. (Hasket Smith 1890)An Port from SturrallTop of SturrallReference Links:http://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/sturrall-headlandhttp://www.glenfolkvillage.com/http://iain-miller.blogspot.com/2012/03/longest-rock-climb-in-ireland.html Pictures, words and video copyright Iain Miller 2014IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS: THE STURRALL HEADLAND was last modified: October 24th, 2014 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:donegalIain MillerOutdoorsThe Sturrall Headlast_img read more