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Mubarak, the ‘Pharaoh’ toppled by the Arab Spring, dies at 91

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first_imgHosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday, never expected to be president. But when a very public assassination thrust the former bomber pilot into the job, he made it his mission never to give it up.His story became Egypt’s story for the next 30 years until, finally, his people found they could write it themselves, in a 2011 Arab Spring revolution that consigned him to history.An unremarked vice president to Anwar Sadat, he was a stopgap in the anxious days of 1981 after Sadat was gunned down beside him at a military parade. Few thought he would last. Yet slowly, surviving attempts on his own life, he became “Pharaoh”, presiding over decades of stagnation and oppression and offering his people a choice: Mubarak or mayhem.Many believed him, not just in Egypt. US administrations showered him – and the biggest army in the Middle East – with billions of dollars in gratitude for his loyalty to Sadat’s Cold War switch of allegiance and peace with Israel.But it was his struggles with the Islamists – who by killing Sadat handed power accidentally to a man who would spend 30 years suppressing them – which defined his politics.Yet to the question of how Egyptians should be governed in the future, he never had an answer beyond “Mubarak” and always refused to indicate a successor. Washington expected him to go on rigging elections till he died, when his son Gamal might take over. “Nobody imagines that we can press a button and freedoms will arrive. Otherwise it would lead the country to chaos and that would be a danger to people,” Mubarak once said.Mubarak died aged 91 on Tuesday after undergoing surgery, state television said. Humble Beginnings Mubarak was a 24-year-old air force pilot when the military overthrew King Farouk in 1952.The son of a government clerk, he was born Muhammed Hosni El Sayed Mubarak in the Nile Delta village of Kafr Musailha on May 4, 1928, when Egypt was still heavily supervised by Britain, which controlled the Suez Canal.Details of his early life are sketchy. He qualified as a pilot in 1950 and spent more than two years in the Soviet Union a decade later, training to fly bombers.When much of the air force was wiped out by Israeli warplanes in the Six-Day War of 1967, he was made head of the air force academy, charged with rebuilding air power to hit back. As head of the air force from 1972, he did just that, attacking Israel in 1973.Sadat, who succeeded Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970, saw in Mubarak a loyal subordinate and made him vice president in 1975.That office would lie vacant under Mubarak, who guarded his power jealously.As president, Mubarak sent the army in to quell mutineers in the 1980s, and also repaired relations with Arab states after Sadat’s peace with Israel. In 1989, Egypt was readmitted to the Arab League, which moved its headquarters back to Cairo.American money made sure that Egypt never wavered from an arms-length civility toward the Jewish state, and Mubarak played mediator between Israel and the Palestinians down the years.His policies irritated many in the Middle East. After Hamas Islamists took control in the Gaza Strip, adjacent to Egypt, in 2007, Mubarak backed the Israeli blockade of the territory.Violence by Islamists at home, including attacks on tourist sites and Red Sea resorts, remained a justification for the police state. In 1995, Mubarak survived one of several assassination attempts when Islamist gunmen fired on his car during a visit to Ethiopia.A command economy fashioned under the Arab socialist Nasser lagged behind countries Egypt was once compared to, such as Turkey or South Korea. Egypt’s population almost doubled under Mubarak, but many remained mired in deep poverty.A spurt of growth in his final decade, fueled by market reforms overseen by his son Gamal, made some rich, but corruption ensured the wealth stuck to the elite around the head of state, the military and those who found favor in the National Democratic Party (NDP).Politically, there was talk of reform, not least when former US President George W. Bush was pushing the idea. After winning a series of single-candidate referendums that provided the legal basis of his rule, Mubarak agreed to contest a presidential election in 2005. But the defeat of Ayman Nour, a liberal lawyer who dared challenge him, was no surprise. RevolutionBy 2010, the NDP felt confident enough of its impunity to claim 90% of the seats in a parliamentary election that saw the Muslim Brotherhood eliminated from the legislature.The resulting public outrage might have subsided, as it had before, had it not been for the sudden success of an uprising in Tunisia just a few weeks later which also prompted protests against Egypt’s ruler.At first, Mubarak gave little ground to the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, comforted by hesitation in Western capitals to cut loose an ally.Only when his generals began to desert him, fearful their own privileges might be swept away, and the Americans sided with the popular will, did he relent, at first insisting he would retire only later but finally flown off to his Red Sea retreat.”Egypt and I shall not be parted until I am buried in her soil,” he said. He was arrested two months later.A trial began in August 2011, the sight of Mubarak in a courtroom cage captivating viewers.On June 2, 2012, just before Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi won the presidency, Mubarak was jailed for life for conspiring to murder protesters, sent to Cairo’s Tora Prison though occasionally moved to the smart Maadi military hospital nearby due to claims of failing health.Prison time would be short, however, as another military man, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, overthrew Mursi the following year.As Sisi launched a crackdown on the Brotherhood that critics said was more severe than anything under Mubarak, the case against the former president was dropped in 2014.Three years later, following an appeal by the prosecution, Egypt’s top appeals court acquitted him, allowing him to return to his home the upscale Cairo neighborhood of Heliopolis, not far from the presidential palace he had occupied for nearly three decades.Topics :last_img read more

COLDER DAYS AHEAD: DOH-6 cautions public vs cold weather illnesses

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first_imgConvocar also advised the public to avoidtoo much exposure from the sunlight. * Avoid sudden exposure to cold, from aheated room to the cold outdoors, especially in the evening and morning. Thosewho are used to a morning and evening walk may have to change the routine. DOH Region 6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocarsaid there is a possible increase in cases of fever and other ailments broughtabout by the dropping temperatures. * Wash your hands enough to keep themfree of germs. * If there are infected people in yourneighborhood, avoid being in close contact with them as you might get infectedas well. * Ensure that the house is clean anddisinfected, especially kitchen and bathroom. “We should not be exposed to the heat ofthe sun from 10 to 2 o’clock kay amona ang mainit sa gihapon bisan matugnawsa aga,” she said. * As much as cold weather does not makeyou thirsty, drink enough fluids so that your body stays hydrated. If water isnot appealing enough, drink warm water or tea or lime. DOH advices to help avoid catching coldare following: Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric,Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that colder days willbe expected ahead as the country transitions to the easterly winds, also knownas amihan. The amihan, northeast monsoon usually comes from Siberia where snow is being experienced. According to Convocar, cold weatherusually triggers respiratory problems unless appropriate preventive measuresare taken. Children and adults may become susceptible to cough, colds andfever.“With the coming Christmas season ginapaabotnaton nga mag-change ang weather.Those who have compromised immune system –especially ang mga kabataan kag senior citizen – are prone to pneumonia,influenza and they should complete their immunization kag aton  nga mga tigulang they shouldreceive  flu vaccine or pneumonia vaccine para maproteksyonan sila,” Convocar said.center_img * Avoid cold food items such as cooldrinks, milk shakes and ice-creams. * Avoid foods such as sour stuffs,pickles and fried foods. “Indinaton i-compromise if we belong to this age group so we should wearprotective clothing kung matugnaw,” shestressed. * Avoid exposure to dust and pollen asthey carry lot of germs. * Eat small, frequent meals that areprepared fresh, are nutritious and of moderate temperature. Convocar, however, said those who arealready sick with fever, colds, or cough are advised to immediately seekmedical attention and avoid crowded places in order to avoidcomplications.  ILOILO City – The Department of Health(DOH) in Western Visayas has advised the public to be cautious of the commonillnesses that may occur with the holiday season drawing closer. * Having a warm bath, early morning andlate evening is advisable. * Avoid staying in a poorly ventilatedroom; enough circulation ensures germs are not concentrated in one room./PNlast_img read more

Ag Producers Have Time To Apply For FSA Loans

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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Area farmers still have time to apply for low interest loans available through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) direct farm ownership program.The deadline to submit applications is September 30.Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.“This is an extraordinary opportunity for more farmers to get low-interest loans to start their first farm, or expand an existing family farm,” said FSA State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard.“There are no backlogs or waiting for funding. If you’ve dreamed about starting a farm, or if you’re looking to strengthen your farm, we want to help.”FSA encourages all interested applicants to apply for direct farm ownership loans. For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.last_img read more

Mr. Harold Wayne Garland, Jr.

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first_imgMr. Harold Wayne Garland, Jr., age 74, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on December 21, 1945 in Akron, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late Harold Wayne Garland, Sr. and Gladys (Collins) Garland. He was raised in Columbus, Indiana and was a 1965 graduate of Columbus High School. Harold attended Black Hills of South Dakota to become a chef. Harold was employed for the Lebanon Country Club Golf Course, Ponderosa and Phillips 66 in Lebanon, Indiana. He was also employed as a chef for Sheraton Hotel in Huntington, California for five years. Harold was also employed as a grounds keeper for Lebanon Parks and Recreation for several years. Harold resided in the Tupelo, Mississippi community for 16 years until moving to the Vevay community. He was a former member of the Moose Family Center Lodge 1269 in Lebanon, Indiana. He was a member of the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus, Indiana. Harold enjoyed bowling, watching sports, gardening and mowing. Harold passed away at 11:50 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Harold will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Natasha Lynn May of Madison, IN; his sons, Harold Wayne Garland, III. and his fiancée, Angela Curry of Seymour, IN, Jeremy Scott Garland and his wife, Michelle of Morgantown, IN and Brad Garland of North Vernon, IN; his grandchildren, Heidi, Thomas, Jon, Arizona, Mason, Bentley, Delaney, Elisia, Ethan, Elynn, Layne, Kourtney, Benjamin, Bryson and Brianna; his great-grandchildren, Benjamin Jr., Alistor and Braxton.He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Wayne Garland, Sr. and Gladys (Collins) Garland; his wife, Betty Jo (Carlton) West-Smith-Garland; his grandson, Colton Garland and his brothers, Ronnie and Michael Garland.(COVID-19 Restrictions Apply) Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.(COVID-19 Restrictions Apply) Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., by Bro. Jeremiah Haynes at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, IndianaMemorial contributions may be made to the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Caretaker Alan Curtis wants Swansea to go back to basics

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first_img One win in 13 games has left Swansea in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League ahead of West Brom’s Boxing Day visit to the Liberty Stadium. This dramatic slump cost Garry Monk his job two weeks ago and, while the search for a permanent manager goes on, Curtis has steadied the ship in the last two games with improved displays, if not results. “It’s only been one game and the way we played showed there was no nervousness or edge to it,” Curtis said. “The crowd responded and they have a huge part to play because any nerves can go from the stand to the players. “But we haven’t felt it and against West Ham the players played freely and expressed themselves. “There was no hint of any nervousness and now I’m working closer with these players I’m even more convinced that we can climb the table.” The bad news for Swansea, however, is that they are bottom of the Premier League form table over the last seven matches with two draws and five defeats. And Swansea fans have not witnessed a home victory since Manchester United were beaten at the Liberty Stadium at the end of August to take them into the top four. “Sooner or later we have to start winning games,” Curtis said. “Look at our ratio of wins to games and it’s no wonder we’re in the bottom three. “But the players are comfortable with our style and we do feel a win is around the corner and the results can come.” Swansea suffered an agonising 2-1 injury-time defeat at Manchester City before fighting out a goalless home draw with West Ham, and Curtis feels the upturn in performances is down to a squad which finished eighth last season going back to basics. “We’ve tried to strip it back a bit, we lost it for whatever reason and the identity that served us so well we fell away from,” Curtis said. “We have to go back to the basics of passing to another white shirt, move again and look for the next pass. “If that’s a simple game, that’s what we want. “We’ve had criticism of the way we’ve played but it’s small steps and getting back to a possession-based game. “We’ve done that in the last two games and, if we continue to go back to principles that have taken us to this level and allowed us to prosper, then I’m sure we can start winning games.” Swansea slipped into the relegation zone for the first time in nearly two years last weekend when Norwich moved out of the bottom three following their shock win at Manchester United. Curtis’ side failed to respond with victory against West Ham 24 hours later but the former Wales international insisted that had nothing to do with the pressure of being in the relegation places. Press Association Swansea have reverted to their passing principles to try and escape relegation trouble, says caretaker manager Alan Curtis.last_img read more

‘His mind works differently’ – Greg Chappell on  Smith

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first_imgBy Adam BurnettAS Australia’s talisman enters his country’s top 10 Test run-scorers, the man he overtook – Greg Chappell – looks at what makes him so special FORMER Test captain Greg Chappell has offered a fascinating insight into the mind of Steve Smith as the Australian moves into more exclusive territory among his country’s fellow batting greats. Smith passed Chappell’s runs mark of 7 110 on day one of the second Test at the MCG with a comfortable single in the 51st over, moving into 10th position on Australia’s list of all-time Test run-scorers. Within that illustrious group, his average of 63.49 at the time he went ahead of Chappell is head and shoulders above the rest.Australia’s top 10 Test run-scorersRicky Ponting | 13,378 @ 51.85Allan Border | 11,174 @ 50.56SR Waugh | 10,927 @ 51.06MJ Clarke | 8,643 @ 49.10ML Hayden | 8,625 @ 50.73ME Waugh | 8,029 @ 41.81JL Langer | 7,696 @ 45.27MA Taylor | 7,525 @ 43.49DC Boon | 7,422 @ 43.65Steve Smith | 7,111 @ 63.49 (when reaching 39* in Melbourne)Smith had a year out of international cricket due to his involvement in Australia’s ball-tampering scandal in March 2018, and has since said the time away both refreshed him and provided him with a better perspective regarding his life as a professional cricketer.He returned to Tests in a blaze of glory in this year’s drawn Ashes series, dominating to the tune of 774 runs at 110.57, and Chappell does not expect his remarkable run of form to end any time soon.“I would think he’ll be in his peak for another three of four years,” the 87-Test great told cricket.com.au. “He’s the outstanding player of his era, he’s playing exceedingly well and he’s built up a record which is comparable with the very best.“The indications are he’s going to finish his career in the very top bracket of batsmen through the history of the game.”While his bouts of insomnia before and during matches have become a part of the Smith legend, Chappell believes the 30-year-old’s obsessive – but optimistic – thinking about the game in fact serves him well.“He doesn’t lie in bed worrying about getting out; he might be wide awake but he’s excited about batting, and thinking about how he’s going to make runs,” he said. “Most players spend a lot of their time anxious about whether they’re going to make runs, and they hit a lot of balls to make up for that anxiety.“Smith isn’t doing that. He genuinely loves batting, and a lot of that hitting balls (in the nets) is just filling up the day, waiting for the real cricket to start.“But the real work is done in his room, inside his head, preparing himself for the bowlers he’s going to face. That’s where he’s honing his knowledge; he’s seeing the bowlers bowl to him, working out the angles; so by the time he gets to the game, all he has to do is react.“He’s unique in that way – he has a mind that works differently. It’s been brilliantly trained for his profession.”Chappell has previously detailed the concentration methods that allowed him to effectively switch on and off as a batsman throughout a record-breaking career that keeps him in the conversation as Australia’s finest since Bradman. As a selector and national talent manager across the past decade he has witnessed from close quarters the evolution of Smith, who he believes always possessed an insatiable hunger for batting but improved dramatically due to his mental development and experience on the international scene.“His mind sets him apart,” Chappell says, “his ability to focus, his ability to work out bowlers and make runs in any conditions against any attack.“He picks up the cues and clues better than anyone else. He’s a better decision-maker than most. He’s got a hunger that comes from somewhere and has always been there, and he’s developed his game through his Test career according to his experiences.”Across a six-year period in which he has piled on 26 Test hundreds so far, Smith’s habitual fidgets and theatrical leaves have only increased, while the trigger movement as he prepares to play the ball has become more exaggerated. Those traits have earned him a reputation of being unorthodox – one that Chappell believes is inaccurate.“I watch batsmen at the point of (the bowler’s) release – I don’t care what happens before then – and Smith’s idiosyncrasies disguise his orthodoxy,” he explains.“Forget all the pre-movements – the dusting the pads, the touching the box – that’s all just window dressing.SMITH VISION: SEEING THEM LIKE BEACH BALLS“Whether it’s something that just happens or whether it’s something he quite happily developed because it may distract bowlers, it doesn’t really matter; what matters is he gets into good positions at point of release and point of contact.“They’re the same positions that all the players who have averaged 50 and above in Test cricket have gotten into. I don’t think you could make the runs he has made by being as unorthodox as I’ve heard him described.”Meanwhile, as Smith races up Australia’s Test run-scorers list, the place of Chappell within that group excludes his record in the ‘Super Test’ era between 1977-79 as well as the World XI ‘Tests’ against Australia in 1971-72.Both series are feted as having produced some of the best and fiercest cricket in history and Chappell (whose record with those inclusions would read 8,950 runs at 55.59) feels it is time they were recorded as official Tests.“I think they’re all part of one’s career and they should all count together,” he added. “As far as I’m concerned I’ve got 31 Test hundreds and 8,900 runs at 55 or whatever.“It’s not something I lie awake thinking about at night but it is hard to understand the intransigence that still exists in some quarters with regard to those records.”In 2015, Cricket Australia officially recognised the World Series Super Tests statistics in a category of its own, though that move was not replicated by other national boards, nor the International Cricket Council.  (Cricket.com.au).last_img read more

Pan Am Athletes Commission urges athletes to stay focused

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first_imgLED by its president, Aliann Pompey of Guyana, the Pan Am Sports Athletes Commission is urging all athletes, especially those in the Americas, to remain focus and safe, as the world continues to battle with the spread of the coronavirus, which has led to the cancellation of some of the sporting world most prestigious events.The Commission comprises Aliann Pompey – President (Guyana – Athletics), Carlos Santiago (Puerto Rico – Judo); Adriana Escobar (El Salvador – Rowing), Isabel Swan (Brazil – Sailing), Paola Longoria (Mexico – Racquetball), Amber Joseph (Barbados – Cycling), Tony Azevedo (USA – Water Polo) and Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada – Beach Volleyball).According to the commission, the uncertainty is driving athletes crazy, as they “train to win, to fulfil their dreams, while also being aware that this terrible pandemic is affecting the entire world and “as athletes of the Americas, we support the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, because everyone’s health comes first,” highlight the powerful message from the athlete leaders.The message also includes an important call to action to all sport leaders to continue supporting athletes on their path to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which have been postponed and will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.“But it is vital that the athletes continue to receive the support, scholarships and resources that are needed,” said five-time Olympian and Water Polo silver medalist, Tony Azevedo of Team USA.Sailor Isabel Swan of Team Brazil is emphatic in pointing out that “for athletes and fans across the globe, we know that Tokyo 2020 will be the most important sports celebration in history.”The Athletes Commission is working tirelessly for the athletes across the continent. The Commission Members invite all athletes to communicate with them through the Panamsports.org website where they can send their questions, comments or concerns while also facilitating the creation of a stronger community.The Athletes Commission is united in the pursuit of continued sporting development throughout the region while maintaining the health and safety of everyone, not just the athletes.As president Aliann Pompey says, “beating the Coronavirus is a challenge we must all face, together.”last_img read more

Goaltending, defense propel Badgers in sweep of North Dakota

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first_imgWhen the horn sounded to signal that the overtime period had ended, the Badgers bench rushed the ice to congratulate Sarah Nurse. The wrist shot she had just sent flying past the glove hand of North Dakota’s goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie ended one of the more hotly contested and exciting games Wisconsin has seen all season.Both Friday and Sunday’s games held many similarities and reoccurring themes. Low scoring, magnificent goaltending, heavy defensive battles and fantastic goals. North Dakota challenged the Badgers, something that has been lacking in their opponents since, coincidentally, their last trip to North Dakota just over one month ago.North Dakota’s challenge came in the form of goaltenders Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Lexie Shaw and its chippy play directed towards some of Wisconsin’s star players. Despite a barrage of 48 shots by the Badgers Friday, Amsley-Benzie conceded only two goals.“North Dakota is a very defensive team,” freshman forward Baylee Wellhausen said. “They have a lot of people in front of the net, a lot of shot blocking. It’s frustrating, but we don’t let it get us down. We keep shooting and try to get those in the net.”Eventually, Nurse answered the calls for a goal when she delivered the game-winner by unleashing a quick wrist shot as she coasted across the face of the net from about 10 feet out. The goal instilled a feeling of relief in all those rooting for the red and white. Wisconsin had conceded their lead with only three minutes left in the third period, making a potential loss that more upsetting.The Badgers had finally put North Dakota to bed when Nurse’s shot hit the back of the net, and came into LaBahn Sunday expecting more of the same toughness. They were correct about their expectations, as Lexie Shaw, replacing Amsley-Benzie, tallied 39 saves on 41 shots. However, unlike Friday, North Dakota fired back with some offense of their own, forcing Badgers goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens to respond with some brilliant saves of her own.One save stood out in particular, when during the second period, a North Dakota player took a wrist shot from about 15 feet, centered in front of the net. The shot was hidden from Desbiens for most of its trajectory towards goal until she finally saw as it made its way past the players screening her. She reacted as quickly as she could, throwing her right shoulder up to catch the puck, deflecting it just enough where it spun over her shoulder and up into the air. Almost instinctively, Desbiens turned around, dropped her stick, and batted the puck out of the air with her blocker into the corner boards.Desbiens responded to Shaw’s performance, rebutting with a save to rival each of her opponent’s stops. Yet with each save, Desbiens’ play became more important as she was tasked with preserving the Badgers’ lead. The low volume of shots she faced, 21 in total, placed emphasis on each one she made, and many of them required her to exert tremendous effort.However, her play was helped by an inspired defensive unit that complimented her. Many breakaways and odd-player rushes were prevented by the defense intercepting passes, stealing pucks and blocking shots.“Every single save is important in games like these,” Desbiens said. “The last couple of games have been close, so when you don’t get as many goals, you need to make sure you’re focused on every single shot to make sure you keep your team in the game. But the defense has been great so far. They did a great job checking back and blocking shots. It’s been a real team effort.”With the defense and goaltending shining, along with the offense firing away and operating at a high level of fluidity, Wisconsin has continued to progress as the first half of the season comes to a close heading into winter break. Closing out 2014 on a high note has head coach Mark Johnson feeling that the team will be ready to ride into Minneapolis with confidence when they return to the ice to face Minnesota in January.last_img read more

European League Wrap: Heavyweights hit the deck across Europe

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first_imgEuropean League Wrap: Heavyweights hit the deck across EuropeWe review match action from a busy and entertaining weekend in England, Germany, Italy and France.ENGLANDManchester City handed Liverpool a comprehensive 5-0 dress-down, inflicting a first season’s defeat on the Reds, a result which drops Liverpool to eight-place on the table. Sergio Aguero put Manchester City ahead beating Simon Mignolet in a one-on-one situation, after which Sadio Mane was correctly sent-off for an accidental game-ending foul on goalkeeper Ederson. It was a one-way traffic afterwards, as Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane contributed a brace each to hand Liverpool their heaviest defeat in Jurgen Klopp’s era, an outcome which has left huge doubts hanging over their title credentials.Champions Chelsea were dominant in a 2-1 away success against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, as they powered up to third-place. Alvaro Morata-a third league goal and N’Golo Kante-his first goal of the season, were the Chelsea goal scorers on the day, rendering Jamie Vardy’s 62nd-minute penalty a mere consolation for the home team.Manchester United survived their first major test of the league campaign with a point away at Stoke City, as the Red Devils were held to a 2-2 draw by the Potters in a thrilling game. Free signing, Eric Choupo-Moting netted a brace for Stoke City, while Marcus Rashford netted a goal he knew absolutely nothing about, before Romelu Lukaku added a second goal for Manchester United, minutes before the hour mark, his 4th league goal of the season and 150th career club goal.GERMANYRB Leipzig earned a comfortable 2-0 away victory at Hamburg SV, thanks to second half strikes from Naby Keita and Timo Werner, a win which lifted Leipzig into fourth-place.Bayern Munich were shocked to their bone marrows, as Hoffenheim recorded a 2-0 home success against the Bavarian giants, a defeat which saw Bayern Munch drop four spots into sixth-place. Mark Uth was the hero on the day, his brace in either half causing fans and critics to ask the question ‘Has Carlo Ancelotti lost his mojo early in the season, despite the raiding the league in the summer’? Certainly, not the best of times for Don Carlo.ITALYChampions Juventus prepared for the start of the UEFA Champions Legaue, achieving a convincing 3-0 home success against Chievo Verona, to sit first on the log. Perparim Hetemaj, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala with the goals on the day for the Old Lady of Turin.Lazio made menace meat of a pathetic AC Milan side, who despite their heavy surgical changes over the summer could do nothing as they fell freely 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. Ciro Immobile completed his hat-trick within 48 minutes, after which strike partner Luis Alberto netted a fourth a minute later. Riccardo Montolivo netted a consolation strike for the Rossoneri who must pick themselves up from this heavy and humiliating defeat.FRANCEParis Saint-Germain were ruthless away from home on Friday night, defeating Metz 5-1, with the Neymar, Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe attacking partnership all contributing a goal, to herald the start of what is expected to be a fruitful long-term striking combination. Cavani netted a brace, Neymar, Mbappe-a goal on his debut and Lucas Moura all scored for the capital club, ensuring  Emmanuel Riviere first-half equaliser was a mere consolation.Champions Monaco were handed a shocking 4-0 away defeat at OGC Nice, who had Mario Balotelli back amongst the goals. Balotelli put Nice ahead from the penalty spot in the 6th-minute, Alassane Plea doubled the lead with a deflected effort, before Balotelli completed his brace on the night. Ignatius Knepe Ganago completed the scoring for the home side, who inflicted a first season’s defeat on Monaco, in their first game post Kylian Mbappe’s departure.RelatedThe Award Winners Of The 2019-20 English Premier League SeasonJuly 27, 2020In “England”Another slip, Liverpool? Reds Pass on a Good Chance to Take Hold of the Premier LeagueJanuary 31, 2019In “Articles”European League Wrap: Record setting Manchester City hammer Palace for five; Ancelotti, Montella under-fire.September 25, 2017In “England”last_img read more