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Warriors embrace a new NBA Finals challenge with Raptors

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and guard Quinn Cook react after Curry made a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OAKLAND, California — After four straight years of facing LeBron James and Cleveland in the NBA Finals, this feels refreshing for the two-time defending champion Warriors.“For sure,” Shaun Livingston said with a smile of taking on the upstart Raptors, “for sure, we’ll leave it right there.”ADVERTISEMENT The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books This certainly isn’t the familiar Cavaliers.“That was the exception. This is more the rule,” coach Steve Kerr said. “You’re not supposed to play the same team every year. So that was a special era, a special rivalry and we’re thrilled to be back. Cleveland has moved on and their team has broken up and with LeBron leaving the East, things were wide open.“It was a hell of a ride through that East playoffs for Philly, Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, all great teams, quality of play was something to watch. Toronto obviously emerged as the best team of the East and well deserved. The scene the other night was amazing to watch, too. The fans in Toronto have been amazing over the years. I’ve compared that arena to Oracle many times. When I was in broadcasting both the Raptors and the Warriors were really bad and yet every time I went to either arena there was this organic energy that felt so much alike, so similar. And there’s just a genuine love for the game in both regions.”AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsNo chance of Golden State getting complacent preparing for the same opponent again in its quest for a three-peat.This is the last hurrah for Oracle Arena, too, before the Warriors move across the bay to new Chase Center for next season.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Cavs owner Dan Gilbert suffers stroke, remains in hospital View comments “Everybody talks about it’s hard to find that edge and get up for, (you) find some sort of monotony — I don’t know if you find that in the finals — that’s part of human nature that you fight,” Curry said.“So us getting on a plane tomorrow to go to Toronto, different energy, different city, different views, everything, should prepare us to lock understanding we have a prime opportunity to start off this finals series on the road and get a win and set the tone for how it’s going to be.“So I like the challenge and the unfamiliarity of this kind of schedule and flow. We’ve been there before, we’ve experienced a lot and this is I think something we’re capable of doing.”The Warriors are motivated by everything that will be new for these finals.“You get to go to a different city,” Livingston said. “It was similar to what we did last year with Houston, starting on the road, just that sense of urgency, it’s something different we haven’t done in the last four or five years being the top seed. Now starting the finals it’s something new for us. It’s a challenge that we haven’t had to face yet, so this is good for us.”While center DeMarcus Cousins scrimmaged Monday for the second time since going down with a torn left quadriceps muscle in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers, he is listed as questionable for the series opener. Cousins had returned Jan. 18 from a nearly yearlong absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon only to get hurt again — a tough blow in his first career playoffs.Now, jumping right back in on the finals stage will be tough.“It’s a lot to ask,” Kerr said, without completely ruling out the chance Cousins could be cleared to return by Thursday. Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant won’t play Game 1 as he continues to recover from a strained right calf.Curry has a special affinity for Toronto, where he spent two years in middle school when his dad, Dell, played for the Raptors from 2000-02. Curry’s wife, Ayesha, grew up outside Toronto.“I still don’t think it’s sunk in this is for the finals, so pretty special,” Curry said. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img MOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Off to Toronto, finally a fresh team that’s tops from the East. Golden State is embracing every part of this new-look — well, the other half of it, at least — finals.“I love it,” Stephen Curry said Monday following Golden State’s first game-planning practice ahead of the series opener Thursday night in Toronto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Warriors coaches gathered Sunday to prep once they had an opponent, with the players taking a day off. Golden State is well-rested after wrapping up its Western Conference finals sweep of Portland on May 20 — giving the Warriors nine full days off between games.Toronto won the Eastern Conference finals with a Game 6 victory against Milwaukee on Saturday. He will be focused on bringing home Golden State’s third straight title and fourth in five years — an NBA Finals MVP would mean so much — yet can still appreciate what Toronto is experiencing at last.“In what 24 years of their existence and for them to finally get over the hump, you could tell how much it meant. The city was going crazy,” Curry said.“It looked like they had won the championship already the way that they were celebrating. It’s the first time there, so the fans really got into it. It looked like a crazy atmosphere. In that short 24 years there’s a lot of history and there were some great teams. I think it was 2002 the team my dad was on with Vince (Carter), Antonio Davis, Alvin Williams. … They’ve gotten close and obviously the last couple years they’ve been struggling with Cleveland. There’s a lot of passion up there for the game of basketball, for the Raptors. You could tell how much it meant.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardlast_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick stirs new controversy for Nike

first_img‘Serena is Serena’: Goose bumps, selfie, loss to Williams Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao The boycott calls fizzled.Nike’s annual sales have jumped 7% to more than $39 billion, according to the company’s last quarterly report. Its stock is up 12% since the start of the year. And Nike CEO Mark Parker has said the Kaepernick campaign inspired “record engagement with the brand,” an important goal for a company trying to strengthen its direct-to-consumer business.Because the Betsy Ross flag is not widely considered a racist image, it’s difficult to judge whether Nike should have designed the shoe in the first place.“Can a brand be expected to know everything possible that could be offensive? That’s probably tough, but that’s why you have to have inclusive teams,” Allieri said.While some took to Twitter to thank Nike and Kaepernick for yanking the sneaker, several Republican politicians were quick to condemn the company.“If we are in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we have a problem,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell.Ducey ordered Arizona to withdraw a grant of up to $1 million that was slated for Nike, said Susan Marie, executive vice president of the Arizona Commerce Authority, which administers the grant. But the governor has no authority over more than $2 million in tax breaks over five years that were approved Monday by the City Council in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, where Nike committed to opening a $185 million factory that would employ more than 500 people.Nike is unlikely to suffer financially over the flag flap, said Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst at NPD Group Inc.“I’m sure there are plenty of states out there that would love to have a Nike factory that would employ 500 people,” Powell said. “Today’s consumers really want brands to be vocal on social issues, especially the younger consumers. This very much aligns with the social position of their core consumers.”Indeed, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to Ducey’s tweet with her own: “Hey @Nike, Let’s talk.” This undated product image obtained by the Associated Press shows Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoes that have a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag, on them. Nike is pulling the flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal. (AP Photo)NEW YORK — Nike’s sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag.Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel, after Kaepernick told the company he and others found the flag offensive because of its connection to an era of slavery, according to the Wall Street Journal. The shoe had been sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, according to the Journal.ADVERTISEMENT The decision caused an instant backlash among conservatives who accused Nike of denigrating U.S. history, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeting that he is asking the state’s Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives promised to Nike to build a plant in the state.Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the “Betsy Ross” flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Anti-Defamation League does not include it in its database of hate symbols. Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow for the ADL’s Center on Extremism, said extremist groups have occasionally used it, but the flag is most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.“We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag,” Pitcavage said. “It’s not a thing in the white supremacist movement.” LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Nike said in statement that “it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” The company pushed back against criticism that the decision was being “anti-American.”“Nike is a company proud of its American heritage and our continuing engagement supporting thousands of American athletes including the U.S. Olympic team and U.S. Soccer teams,” Nike said.Nike is showing consistency by listening to Kaepernick, the star of the brand’s “Just Do It” campaign last year that ultimately proved a win for the company, said Chris Allieri, founder of New York public relations firm Mulberry & Astor.“Listening to somebody that has helped the brand in so many countless ways, it makes sense. It would be completely hypocritical for them not to listen to him,” Allieri said.Kaepernick was the first NFL athlete to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Some people called for boycotts after Nike featured him in a campaign last year that included a print ad featuring a close-up of his face and the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The abandoned shoe sparked a discussion on social media and beyond about the Betsy Ross flag itself.In 2016, a Michigan chapter of the NAACP said the flag has been “appropriated by the so-called ‘Patriot Movement’ and other militia groups who are responding to America’s increasing diversity with opposition and racial supremacy.” The statement came in response to a high school football event where the NAACP said some white students used the flag while attempting to intimidate players from a predominantly black school.The Anti-Defamation League says “Patriot movement” describes groups that include militias and others who have adopted anti-government conspiracy theories. The ADL says there is some overlap between the “Patriot” movement and the white supremacist movement, but that overlap has shrunk over time.Lisa Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House in Philadephia, said she has never heard of the flag being used as a hate symbol.“Personally, I’ve always seen it as a representation of early America,” Moulder said. “The young nation was not perfect, and it is still not perfect.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Senegal’s Sakho ruled out of AFCON 2017

first_img0Shares0000Diafra SakhoLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 22 – West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Diafra Sakho will miss the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with a back injury.The 26-year-old Senegalese striker is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks, with the tournament running from 14 January to 5 February. Sakho had already been ruled out of action for the Hammers late last month with a thigh problem.In a press conference, ahead of West Ham’s Premier League clash with Swansea City on Boxing Day, Bilic revealed that Sakho had already undergone an operation on his back.He said: “We have a few knocks, but are expecting everyone to be fit except for Diafra Sakho, who will be out for six to eight weeks.“He will miss the Africa Cup of Nations and it is a big blow for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Freezing rain expected Saturday afternoon in the B.C. Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the B.C. Peace as the region could see freezing rain Saturday afternoon.The weather statement says a warm front will approach Northeast B.C. Saturday afternoon and bring warm air with it.  The warm air should start late in the afternoon but should end overnight as temperatures at the surface rise to above freezing.Environment Canada says the high temperature on Saturday will reach minus two but will increase overnight as the high on Sunday is supposed to be plus six.  It could be even warming on Monday. The high is expected to reach plus 10.- Advertisement -Before heading out on local roads, make sure to check the latest road conditions at www.drivebc.ca.Below is a full copy of the special weather statement:Issued at 2018-11-17 12:37 UTC by Environment Canada:Special weather statement issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Advertisement Current details:Freezing rain possible late this afternoon and tonight.A warm front is forecast to approach northeastern BC this afternoon. Warm air aloft overriding the cold air near the surface may produce areas of freezing rain over the BC Peace River region starting late this afternoon. The risk of freezing rain should end overnight as surface temperatures rise to above freezing behind the front.Should freezing rain occur, surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Advertisementlast_img read more

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U.S. proposes huge fine for Los Alamos

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Energy Department has proposed $3.3 million in fines against managers of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab because of a security breakdown in which classified documents were found in a trailer-park drug raid. The civil penalties, the bulk of them levied against the University of California, the longtime former manager of the lab, were the largest such fines the department has ever imposed. The enforcement action stems from an incident in October 2006, when police found more than 1,000 pages of classified documents and several computer storage devices in a trailer occupied by a former worker at the lab. The discovery was found during a police drug raid that focused on another person living in the trailer. Chris Harrington, a spokesman for the University of California, said U.C. officials would outline their concerns and objections in a formal response to the department. He said among the points the university likely will make are that the incident took place five months after the university’s sole-management contract expired. The investigation into the security breach found that “management deficiencies by both contractors were a central contributing factor” in the employees’ unauthorized removal of the classified material from the highly restricted nuclear weapons complex at the laboratory. The Los Alamos laboratory, one of the government’s most prestigious research facilities where the first nuclear bomb was developed in the 1940s, has been plagued by security problems in recent years from lost data disks to allegations – never proven – of espionage. Last month it was learned that a consultant to the board of the new management consortium had sent an e-mail containing highly classified, non-encrypted nuclear weapons information to several board members, who forwarded it to other board members over unsecured computer systems. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman called that incident a human error and not evidence of widespread security failure. Another matter But the incident uncovered during the drug raid last October was another matter. It involved security breakdowns similar to ones that had occurred in the past and had been considered corrected, investigators concluded. Investigators found that an employee of a subcontractor, Jessica Quintana, a 22-year-old archivist, had taken 1,219 pages of documents, and a dozen computer data devices from the lab to her home where the material was discovered during the police raid. The material included 1,001 pages and four of the computer data devices classified as “secret” according to the enforcement document made public Friday. “The significance or gravity of the security breach is a central factor in proposing” such a high penalty, said the notice of violation, issued by the National Nuclear Security Administration. The agency overseas the DOE’s nuclear weapons activities. Among the security violations cited were that the University of California “failed to correct a known vulnerability” when it did not adequately oversee the archiving of classified material by Quintana and did not have the needed physical checks to keep material from being taken out of the “vault-type room” where the scanning was being done. Los Alamos National Security, which took over after the Los Alamos management contract was opened for bids for the fist time in more than 60 years because of past security problems, did not act to correct the problems, the investigation found. The violations cited against the new group mirrored many of those cited against the University of California. Los Alamos National Security is made up of Bechtel National Inc., BSX Technologies Inc., and the Washington Group International Inc. as well as the University of California, which had managed the lab on its own since its inception in 1943.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The department on Friday said it was proposing a $3million civil penalty against the University of California, although the university was no longer the lab’s primary manager when the incident was discovered, and $300,000 against Los Alamos National Security LLC, the consortium that succeeded the university in June 2006. The university was assessed the much larger fine because investigators determined the security deficiencies that led to the October 2006 incident were established during the university’s tenure as prime contractor. It also said the new management team did nothing to correct the vulnerabilities. 30 days to respond The university and Los Alamos National Security have 30 days to respond to the findings, but in all likelihood the penalty will stand. The contractors then could challenge the fines in court. The Los Alamos National Laboratory said in a statement that it was “committed … to make security improvements consistent with those outlined in the compliance order and has, in fact, already taken steps to address many of the findings.” last_img read more

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Go get Grealish! Aston Villa starlet could ditch Ireland for England, talkSPORT told

first_imgRoy Hodgson is being urged to talk Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish into committing his international future to England.Birmingham-born Grealish, who is rated highly by Villa boss Tim Sherwood and starred in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool in Sunday, has played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.But, according to former Holte End favourite Lee Hendrie, the 19-year-old would be tempted to switch his allegiance if he is made to feel wanted by the Three Lions.Hendrie told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday: “We want to try to bring as many young English players through as possible and, if we miss the boat with Jack, it is a crying shame.“I personally think he might jump across and play for England.“I know he has played at the lower levels for Ireland but I think he would jump across if he was considered to be a key figure for them [England]. And, looking at his talent, he should have every chance.”last_img read more

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Transfer report: Barcelona join race for Arsenal and Manchester United target

first_imgBarcelona are preparing a summer move for Arsenal and Manchester United target Kostas Manolas.The AS Roma defender has been on the radar of both English clubs for some time but Arsenal landed Shkodran Mustafi and United signed Eric Bailly instead during the summer window.That meant Manolas has stayed put in Rome for now but, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona are ready to reignite their interest in the Greece international.The La Liga giants are conscious of the fact that two of their centre-backs, Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu, are both 32 so they want to add some fresh blood to their defensive options.And it has been reported that they are willing to firm up a long-standing interest in 25-year-old Manolas with a bid – but not until the end of the season.That could open the door for one of his English suitors to launch a January raid on Roma but it has been suggested that the defender himself would prefer a move to Barca should he be sold so he could hold out for the summer. Kostas Manolas in action for Roma this season 1last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer news: Inter Milan deny interest in Reds star Sadio Mane

first_img Inter Milan are NOT interested in signing Sadio Mane 1 Inter Milan have denied any interest in Liverpool star Sadio Mane, despite reports linking him with a move to the San Siro.The Nerazzurri are keen to bolster their options this summer and have been increasingly linked with preparing a bid to snap up Mane from the Reds.But according to Sky Italia, Inter officials have insisted they are not interested in signing the former Southampton star this summer.Even if Inter wanted to snap up Mane, they are aware of Liverpool’s firm reluctance to sell the Senegal international.Mane has made a big impression at Anfield since joining from Southampton and the club’s form nosedived last season when he was away at the African Cup of Nations.And Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to hear that they will not have to fend off speculation about Mane moving to Italy, which could have unsettled the forward ahead of the start of the new season.last_img read more

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Simon Grayson sacked by Sunderland after 3-3 draw with Bolton

first_img Simon Grayson has left Sunderland after a disastrous start to the season 1 Manager Simon Grayson has left Sunderland after a 3-3 Sky Bet Championship draw with Bolton, the club have announced.The Black Cats released a statement via their official website within minutes of the final whistle to confirm Grayson’s departure after Paddy McNair’s late equaliser had spared them the ignominy of slipping to the foot of the table.The statement said: “Sunderland AFC has this evening parted company with manager Simon Grayson. The club would like to place on record its thanks to Simon and his staff for their efforts during their time at the football club.”The announcement came barely 24 hours after Grayson had insisted he was the right man for the job and deserved a chance to put things right after having “the balls” to take it in the first place.However, chief executive Martin Bain made his move with the cash-strapped club in very real danger of suffering a second successive relegation.Bain said: “Simon and his team have worked tirelessly to achieve the best for the football club during their time here.“While we hoped that Simon’s experience in the Football League would help us to a successful season, results have not been good enough for a club of this stature.“In order for us to improve upon our current position, we believe a fundamental change is necessary.”Grayson’s assistant Glynn Snodin has also left the Stadium of Light with the pair having presided over just 18 games, 15 of them in the league.Sunderland have drawn four of their last five games, but have not won in 13 league outings and have not collected three points on their own pitch since they beat Watford 1-0 in the Premier League in December last year.They sit in 22nd place in the table – one position higher than they were before kick-off – with just 10 points from the 45 they have contested to date.Bain, on behalf of owner Ellis Short, will now launch the search for a 10th permanent manager since Roy Keane left the club less than nine years ago.Grayson, who had enjoyed success with Preston during a spell which lasted more than four years, replaced David Moyes at the helm in June knowing there would be little money to spend and with a squad unfit for purpose.He managed to bring in Aiden McGeady, James Vaughan, Jason Steele, Robbin Ruiter, Marc Wilson and Callum McManaman at minimal cost and Brendan Galloway, Tyias Browning, Jonny Williams and Lewis Grabban on loan, but was unable to mould a winning team.Even a late McNair equaliser, which denied bottom-of-the-table Bolton victory on Wearside, could not spare him as the axe fell barely before the players were showered.Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson said: “I feel for Simon. He is a tremendous manager, with a great record. Any manager who came here would find it a tough challenge.“I had to turn Bolton round from a relegated team. Changing that mentality after relegation is difficult, but he will be back because there will be a lot of people interested in him.“I shook hands as you normally do. You normally go for a drink in the office. I will probably just get on the coach and give him a call later in the week.”last_img read more

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Thousands of empty seats at Etihad after major incident on M6

first_img 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Fans were delayed in getting to the ground Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Thousands of empty seats could be seen at Manchester City’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg clash with Burton at the Etihad.A serious incident on the M6 motorway prevented a number of fans from getting to the stadium. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move HELP! Anybody got a clue as to what’s happening on M6 Northbound? We’re below Stoke J15 on way to @ManCity and it’s log jammed. We’ve had 6 unmarked cop cars 3 marked cop cars all with the blues and twos plus a police helicopter overhead. Any info greatly received! Thanks.— David Walker (@djwskyblu) January 9, 2019 Latest Football News BEST OF Lots of empty seats at the Etihad – problems on M6 reportedly to blame. pic.twitter.com/gi9AgWcn4K— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 9, 2019 RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 There was talk of the kick-off being delayed because of the problems but the match went ahead as scheduled.Hundreds of Burton Albion fans were stuck in the chaos and took to social media to vent their frustrations.Around 3,000 supporters had tickets for the game and 34 coaches were on their way to the ground. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img I am a city fan who is stuck on the M6 with lots of other Burton and city fans around. This is a big occasion that can’t be missed something must be done.— Zak Dawson (@ZakDawson1) January 9, 2019 shining REVEALED The empty seats at the Ethiad no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 28 coach loads of Burton fans stuck on the huge car park called the M6 as it’s closed due to a police incident! Really hope they’re able to make kick off on time @ManCity @ManCityHelp @burtonalbionfc #M6 #mancity— Blue Carl (@bluecarl3) January 9, 2019 On Tuesday, in the other semi-final, 44,371 made the journey to Wembley to see Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Chelsea.That was technically a sell-out – despite Wembley’s 90,000 capacity – due to the top tier not being opened for the game.The empty seats have drawn comments from a number of people on social media and you can read a round-up below. huge blow Stuck on m6 closed in both directions near Keele for almost 2 hours trying to get to @Etihad_Stadium to see @ManCity v @burtonalbionfc thousands will be affected @Carabao_Cup #MCIBUR police helicopter circling above #bbcfootball @SkySportsNews @talkSPORTDrive pic.twitter.com/4SbUmYytZV— Ray Burge (@raymondburge) January 9, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions However, with an hour to go before kick-off there was only one that had arrived.The M6 problems were not the sole reason for Man City’s empty seats however, as the fixture was already expected to produce their smallest crowd of the season.This is their third of four home games on the bounce after a hectic Christmas schedule.last_img read more