Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and set up two others as Manchester City moved up to third place in the Premier League table after claiming a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.City had the perfect start when the returning David Silva swept the ball home after only 114 seconds from a poor headed clearance from Martin Kelly.Palace did create a couple of openings, Patrick van Aanholt slicing wide, but City doubled their lead four minutes into the second half when Vincent Kompany fired into the top corner from De Bruyne’s cutback.De Bruyne added a third with a shot into the bottom corner, Sterling scored a fourth when Pablo Zabaleta’s nodded back across goal while De Bruyne’s free-kick set up Nicolas Otamendi’s header in stoppage time.City are now level on points with Liverpool, who play later today, but are ahead on goal difference while Palace are six points off the drop zone, with the teams immediately below them having three matches left to play.
Basketball By KEVIN TEME MTSL Exodus may have lost the semi final battle against Moni Plus 59-80 in the PNG Premier Men’s Basketball League but they are certainly building for a future. Coach Moses Koiri revealed this yesterday. “We lost because of inexperience and the lack of depth in players with skills and ability. “When we got beyond our 7th player, the inexperience was exposed and Moni Plus started to break away. Most of the boys have not been exposed to the kind of pressure they face when playing against more experienced teams and players like those in Moni Plus,” Koiri said. “Too many turn overs and when you don’t have the ball, you lose the opportunity to score points. But that will come in time and experience is all about ‘learning through doing’.” Koiri said the game against Moni Plus and generally playing in the PMBL competition this year as a team will go towards building their experience. But it wasn’t as expected when the Koiri led outfit shot all bullets in stock in the first three quarters only to be foul troubled in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter when Moni Plus ran away with baskets. “We anticipated Exodus will come strong in the game as they trained hard and they have a very determined squad,” Moni Plus coach Boyet Daroya said. Moni Plus in fact were without their star players Robert Kave, Michael Osborn, Don Elavo and Sydney Dobunaba due to injury and personal commitments, but, they managed to pull off the 80-59 victory. Exodus led 15-14 in the first quarter but didn’t continue in the next three quarters as Moni Plus took over second quarter leading 18-13 and maintained it to 18-16 in the third and finally running away in the fourth and final quarter 30-19 to convincingly win 80-59. Moni Plus will meet Flames in the best of the three series grand final with the first game set for next Tuesday straight after the National All Stars championship which kick off today. Koiri said: “We put our team together in February this year and our focus has been on teaching skills and game structures required to play at a competitive level. “We have had to re-build again because when we didn’t participate as a club in 2017, most of our players went to play for other clubs. “We are fortunate to have got Dia and Civan back for their experience in helping rebuild. I am pleased with the progress of our team thus far but our aim is to build a team for the future that will win the comp in a couple of years’ time; I believe that we will be ready by then.”
The Country Director of Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA), Mr. Anthony Zaizay, has called on Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist students to make good hygiene practices a part of their daily lives.He spoke at a back to school program held over the weekend at the school’s campus in Monrovia.Mr. Zaizay attributed the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease to the lack of proper hygiene, something he said contributed immensely to Ebola infections in the country. This, he said, led to the death of many and stalled the academic activities of students in the country.He urged the students to heed the preventive measures from the Ministry of Health and partners to keep them safe.Zaizay called on students to focus on their studies and keep themselves safe from contracting any disease by practicing proper hygiene.“Education is very critical to the wellbeing of every human being,” he said, while encouraging students to take up the challenge to become future leaders of Liberia through their studies.He urged the students not to be complacent, adding, “Ebola is still around and so protect yourself by practicing good hygiene. We still have Guinea going through the crisis.”The Country Director then turned over food and school materials to assist the students.Student representative Annie Topoe, in response, applauded the ADRA Country Director for his donations to the school during the height of the Ebola crisis.She said that the back to school celebration was organized to thank God for protecting their lives during the Ebola crisis.She said that fear of the spread of the Ebola virus forced schools to close for six months “and out of those months God kept the students safe and over 100 students returned to school in good health.”She promised, on behalf of the students, to practice proper hygiene to prevent them from falling sick.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)