SAT, SEPT 19AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2SUNDERLAND 0GOALS:-BOURNEMOUTH:WILSON 4; RITCHIE 9.Bournemouth were able to celebrate a first-ever home win in the Barclays Premier League, thanks to two goals within the opening nine minutes. The Cherries side took the lead early on through Callum Wilson, who fired in a low finish from Dan Gosling’s pass. Matt Ritchie extended the advantage soon after with a stunning volley into the top corner of the net to send Sunderland to the foot of the table.ASTON VILLA 0WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOALS:-WBA: BERAHINO 39.Saido Berahino scored on his first start since threatening to go on strike to help West Bromwich Albion win their local derby against Aston Villa. Albion almost took the lead within 60 seconds when Salomon Rondon’s header was parried away by Villa keeper Brad Guzan. But before the interval, Berahino stuck out a foot to steer James Morrison’s shot home.CHELSEA 2ARSENAL 0GOALS:- CHELSEA:ZOUMA 53; HAZARD 90.Chelsea won only their second Barclays Premier League of this season against nine-man Arsenal. Kurt Zouma headed the opening goal after 53 minutes before Eden Hazard’s shot flew in off Calum Chambers late on. But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was furious after Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off seconds before half-time for kicking out at Diego Costa. And then Santi Cazorla was given a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc F‡bregas.MANCHESTER CITY 1WEST HAM UNITED 2GOALS:-CITY: DE BRUYNE 45. WEST HAM: MOSES 6; SAKHO 31.Manchester City’s perfect start was punctured by West Ham, who added their scalp to that of Arsenal and Liverpool. Victor Moses drilled in his first West Ham goal with a low 20-yard shot which crept inside Joe Hart’s left-hand post. The visitors doubled their lead when Diafra Sakho hooked in from six yards. City’s record-signing Kevin De Bruyne fired in to halve the deficit, but West Ham held on to move intosecond place.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1WATFORD 2GOALS:-NEWCASTLE: JANMAAT 62. WATFORD: IGHALO 10, 28.Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone after Odion Ighalo’s double led Watford to a second successive victory. Nigeria international Ighalo, who has now scored 20 goals in 24 league games in 2015, claimed the opener after 10 minutes. The striker then took Troy Deeney’s pass to round Krul before the break. Daryl Janmaat gave Newcastle a lifeline.STOKE CITY 2LEICESTER CITY 2GOALS:-STOKE: KRKIC 13; WALTERS 20 . LEICESTER: MAHREZ PEN 51; VARDY 69.Leicester came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Stoke City and maintain their unbeaten start to theseason. Jamie Vardy equalised after Riyad Mahrez scored his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot. Bojan Krkic, making his first start of the season, had given Stoke an early lead from Marko Arnautovic’s pass. Jonathan Walters doubled the advantage but Stoke are still searching for their first win of the season.SWANSEA CITY 0EVERTON 0GOALS:-NONE.Swansea and Everton emerged with a point apiece from a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium. Everton had the better of a dull first half, although Swansea’s Bafitimbi Gomis came closest to scoring when skewing wide of Tim Howard’s goal. Both teams improved after the break, but Everton striker Romelu Lukaku twice shot over the bar when through on goal.SUN, SEPT 20LIVERPOOL 1NORWICH CITY 1GOALS:-LIVERPOOL: INGS 48. NORWICH: MARTIN 61.Daniel Sturridge made his first Liverpool appearance in more than five months as Brendan Rodgers’s side were held to a draw at home to Norwich. Danny Ings came on to score his first Liverpool goal but Russell Martin profited from Simon Mignolet’s error on a corner to level, just before Sturridge came off.SOUTHAMPTON 2MANCHESTER UNITED 3GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: PELLE 13, 86. UNITED: MARTIAL 34, 50; MATA 68.Anthony Martial’s great start at Manchester United continued as the £36-million striker scored twice at Southampton. United went behind when Graziano Pelle converted a loose ball. But Martial equalised and then took advantage of a terrible Maya Yoshida backpass to slot in a second. Juan Mata added a third and while Pelle headed a late second, Unitedheld on.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1CRYSTAL PALACE 0GOAL:-TOTTENHAM: SON 68.Son Heung-min scored his third goal in two games to give Tottenham their first home Barclays Premier League win of the season against Crystal Palace. The South Korea international, signed this summer from Bayer Leverkusen, followed up his two goals in Spurs’ Europa League tie in midweek with the winning goal on the break. His low shot under Alex McCarthy came after Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris had made a superb save from Bakary Sako.
Mr. Editor:One of the best treats you could give me on my birthday will be to publish my views in your widely read newspaper. Thanks for the space.Today Friday, November 14, 2014 marks my 50th birthday anniversary, but I am observing this milestone in my life with mixed reactions.Indeed, I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see this day, but I am also imbued with excruciating pains to see the dreadful trend in which Liberia, our mother land is taking.How disheartening it is to see Liberia retrogresses in achieving its development goals. What a pity that in a country of abundance of resources, a vast majority of Liberians still live in abject poverty while a privileged few enjoy unprecedented luxury?Many government officials entrusted with the mantle of authority to effectively manage the resources of the nation for the great benefits of all Liberians have over the years engaged in the systematic corruption which has heightened poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.Without the shadow of doubt, the case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to two basic reasons: Firstly, because the policymakers and planners in Liberia are almost always playing “deaf ears” to analytical views from critical thinkers expressed to see Liberia’s development enhanced; and secondly, bulk of the Liberian people have decided to play the role of spectators rather than play pro-active role in the nation building process.It is a pity that Liberia can show hardly anything, speaking in terms of development, after 167 long years of independence.The blunt reality is that Liberia will probably observe two or more centuries of independence without accomplishing any development if Liberians from all walks of life fail to reconcile their divergent views, and strategize the way forward to national growth and development.Let me close with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther Kings’ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Skipper Virat Kohli’s availability and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future will be in focus when the MSK Prasad-led national selection panel meets here on Friday to pick the Indian cricket squads for next month’s tour of the West Indies.The 38-year old Dhoni, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion amid speculation that the Jharkhand player is contemplating retirement even though he hasn’t spoken about it till now.Dhoni’s selection or omission would be an indicator of things to come in the future. India are set to play T20s, as many ODIs and two Tests in a full-fledged tour to the Caribbean islands, starting August 3.Considering next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, the selectors might opt for the young Rishabh Pant, who is seen as heir apparent to Dhoni.Dhoni was dropped from the T20 series against West Indies and Australia last October and there is a strong chance that he won’t be included this time around too.Pant was recently called up as replacement for an injured opener Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup, from where India were ousted in the semifinal stage.Another issue that would surely be debated is the availability of Kohli, who has been on the road for a while.There is a school of thought that the skipper could be rested considering the long domestic season ahead, which begins in September, and in this scenario Rohit Sharma could be handed captaincy for the shorter formats.advertisementHowever, with the two Tests being part of the ICC Test Championship, Kohli could be included in the Test squad. A similar approach could be taken for pacer Jasprit Bumrah.The panel would also work on restructuring the middle-order as it was one of the primary reasons for India’s exit from the World Cup semi-final. Stabilising the number four spot is the need of the hour going ahead.It is expected that picking the middle-order could lead to the biggest debate as the panel has a few choices among Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey and Mumbai’s Shreyas Iyer, who has been knocking the doors after scoring heavily in domestic cricket.Pandey scored a match-winning 100 for India A against the West Indies A in an unofficial third ODI and after Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement and Vijay Shankar’s failure to nail the number four spot, the focus will be on the trio.Also, the selectors may consider the talented young Punjab batsman Shubhman Gill and Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw’s hip injury could come in the way of him being considered.A determined Gill has been among the runs in the West Indies tour for India A. Gill and Shreyas could make the cut.It could also be end of the road for the experienced Dinesh Karthik and Maharashtra all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who failed to perform in the World Cup.If Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup owing to a thumb fracture, is deemed fit, he would, in all probability, open with Rohit.Other regulars, including K L Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, could retain their places in the limited-overs squads.Teenage leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could be among the rookies who are at least discussed given the good run he is having with the A team in the West Indies right now. The 19-year-old is a cousin of Deepak Chahar, a fairly established first-class name who has played an ODI and a T20 for India.Among the new faces, Delhi speedster Navdeep Saini could make the team as he has impressed in the ongoing India A tour of West Indies and even picked a fifer.The selectors could also look at the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Avesh Khan apart from regular pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who could be retained.Khaleel being a left-arm pacer adds variety to the attack.The choice of wicket-keepers for the Tests would be watched with interest as Pant did the job in the last series India played in Australia.With a fit-again Wriddiman Saha, who is considered the best in the country, it remains to be seen if the selectors bring him back or look to the future in Pant.The T20 Internationals are scheduled from August 3 to 6, while the ODIs will take place from August 8 to 14. The two-Test series will be played from August 22 to September 3.Also Read | Virat Kohli set to travel to West Indies for T20Is, ODIs and TestsAlso Read | Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility normsAlso See:advertisement