Ten-man Arsenal earlier hung on for a 0-0 draw at Leeds United after Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a headbutt early in the second half at Elland Road.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice in their 3-2 win at struggling Fulham, while Sheffield United’s poor start continued with a 1-0 home defeat by West Ham United.
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Liverpool are now unbeaten in 64 league games at Anfield setting a new club record and they were full value for the win.
The defending champions took the lead in the 21st minute when Leicester’s former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, under pressure from Sadio Mane, headed a James Milner corner into his own net.
If that was a fortunate opener, the second was a trademark Liverpool goal with Andy Robertson’s perfect cross from the left turned in by an equally impressive glancing header from Diogo Jota.
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Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel kept his side in the game with some excellent saves before Roberto Firmino made sure of the three points with a header from a Milner corner.
It was a deserved goal for the Brazilian who has struggled for goals and had twice hit the woodwork and also had an effort cleared off the line.
The win took Liverpool level on 20 points with Spurs, who beat visiting Manchester City 2-0 on Saturday, leaving Chelsea and Leicester two points behind the leaders after nine games.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was relieved to get a point from his side’s trip to Leeds after a moment of madness from Pepe left them a man down from the 51st minute.
VAR officials spotted that the Arsenal winger had headbutted Ezgjan Alioski and referee Anthony Taylor took a quick look at the monitor before brandishing the red card.
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Leeds had been the more dangerous even before the sending off with striker Patrick Bamford twice bringing saves out of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Leno did well again to keep out a fierce drive from Stuart Dallas and then substitute Rodrigo crashed a shot against the bar from the edge of the area.
Arsenal nearly grabbed a winner, against the run of play, when Hector Bellerin put Bukayo Saka through on goal but Leeds keeper Illan Meslier did well to force him wide and then palmed away the shot.
Leeds struck the woodwork twice in the latter stages with Bamford heading against the post and Raphinha also striking the upright deep in stoppage time.
After three straight losses, Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton were in need of a win at Fulham and it was the prolific Calvert-Lewin who delivered, opening the scoring after 42 seconds.
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Brazilian forward Richarlison, returning from a three-match ban, picked up a loose ball and ran wide to cross for England forward Calvert-Lewin who tapped in at Craven Cottage.
Fulham hit back through Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s neat finish after 15 minutes but Everton continued to threaten and were unlucky not go 2-1 up as Calvert-Lewin’s effort was ruled out for offside.
But the visitors did carve Fulham open again as Alex Iwobi switched play from the right and James Rodriguez fed Lucas Digne, whose first-time ball was met by Calvert-Lewin for his 10th goal this season as he moved top of the scoring charts.
Abdoulaye Doucoure made it 3-1 with a 35th minute header and although Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro missed a penalty after the break, Scott Parker’s side did get a return for their efforts with a goal from substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
West Ham striker Sebastien Haller’s powerful second-half strike condemned Sheffield United to a defeat that leaves them rooted to the bottom with one point after nine games.
Man who provided Dhoni first turf pitch to play in Ranchi dead | Off the field News
Sahay was 73, and is survived by his wife Meena, daughter Priyanka, and son Abhinav Akash Sahay.
His funeral took place at 2.30 pm on Tuesday in Ranchi, and was attended by present and former players along with officials of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), the Ranchi District Cricket Association (RDCA), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL), and Metallurgical and Engineering Consultants (India) Limited (MECON).
Sahay, an electrical engineer, had worked at all three companies. After serving MECON as chief engineer, he joined CMPDIL as General Manager, and then switched to CCL as Director (Personnel), from where he retired.
Sahay, whose first name was Deobrat but was popularly known as Deval, was admitted to Jagannath Hospital due to lung and breathing problems; besides, he had Parkinson’s too. Then, when he contracted Coronavirus in Jagannath Hospital he was shifted to Medica Speciality Hospital. He was discharged on October 9.
“After spending about 10 days at home, he was again admitted to Medica after he developed complications. And today at around 3 am he passed away,” Abhinav Sahay told IANS from Ranchi. Priyanka, who lives in America, is in Ranchi these days.
Sahay was instrumental in preparing first turf pitches in Ranchi, first at MECON – where Dhoni’s father also worked — and then at CCL.
While he was at CCL, Sahay hired a young Dhoni on stipend in 1997-98, after he had registered with the Research and Development (SAIL), and provided him the first opportunity to play on turf pitches.
Sahay’s character has been portrayed in Dhoni’s biographical film, ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’.
Adil Hussain, a former Bihar Ranji captain and under whom Dhoni played for CCL on stipend, said he was probably the closest to Sahay.
“He treated me like a son, and he was like my guardian. He was a true sports administrator. I never saw him enjoying his [top] positions; rather, he always worked for players, be it preparing turf pitches or something else. The reason he thought of preparing turf pitches was because he observed that Ranchi cricketers weren’t able to go far, like playing in Ranji Trophy or represent the state. Due to the absence of turf pitches in Ranchi, our players weren’t able to perform when they would play on the turf pitches elsewhere,” Hussain told IANS.
Hussain, who played 24 Ranji Trophy matches between 1987-88 and 1995-96, pointed out that when the layout of a small stadium was being made in the MECON employees’ colony in Ranchi, Sahay ensured turf pitches were prepared there on which Ranji Trophy matches were played later.
“The result was that every year three-four Ranchi-based players were picked in the Bihar Ranji team [before Jharkhand was formed in November 2000], and one of them is legendary Dhoni. He also hired players on stipend for MECON, and later for CCL. His contribution to Ranchi is unparalleled and unmatched,” he said.
Sahay would enter various Ranchi-based teams in the Sheesh Mahal Tournament, an annual summer fixture played in Lucknow. That also provided varied exposure to players and that benefitted them immensely.
Former Ranchi cricket secretary Sunil Singh said that Sahay was made for cricket and was always available for it.
“Even while holding big posts, he was always present on the field. His biggest contribution was the appointment/job that he provided to cricketers in whichever company/department he worked with. His other major contribution was developing infrastructure at a time when cricket was played on matting wickets in Ranchi. He developed turf pitches, and provided those to players like Dhoni to play on. He, in fact, made a big contribution to the entire [Bihar/Jharkhand] state, not just in Ranchi,” Singh told IANS.
When Sahay was the working president of the Ranchi district association, for about 10 years, he was chairman of the selection committee as well. “I was the association secretary [from 1995-2013] and convenor of the selection committee, and Dhoni was first selected for the district in 1997 during his chairmanship. Deval da was a cricket institution in himself,” said Singh, who was also district convenor at the JSCA.
ISL: Anirudh Thapa’s Indian feat in Chennaiyin FC’s winning start | Football News
The 52nd second strike was the mastermind of Rafael Crivellaro coupled with the quick run and cross from the wings by Esmael Goncalves to Player-of-the-Match Thapa who was at the right place in the box to guide it past Jamshedpur FC keeper TP Rehenesh.
It was just the beginning of an open encounter with Owen Coyle’s Jamshedpur searching for an equaliser and his former wards in Chennaiyin looking for the second. Brazilian Crivellaro kept creating chances and finding the gaps for Csaba Lzaslo’s Chennaiyin, whose defenders kept foiling the optimistic attacks from JFC.
In the end-to-end early action, Peter Hartley missed on his first ISL goal and the equaliser in the 7th minute with a misdirected header to a perfect Jackichand cross with only CFC keeper Vishal Keith to beat.
The story repeated at the other end with, first Goncalves in the 10th and then Thapa on the 20th minute failing to take advantage of the defensive errors by JFC and the dream chances created by Crivellano.
The scoreline finally changed in the 26th minute in favour of Chennaiyin. Isaac Vanmalsawma’ soft foul on Thapa inside the box earned Lzaslo’s team a penalty and Bissau-Guinean Gonclaves made no mistake in sending Rehenesh the wrong way and putting the ball in.
While the high line of defence from JFC kept hurting the team, there was optimism in attack with Jackichand, who had the most successful assists last season, carrying his form from the last edition.
The young playmaker’s effort was finally converted by none other than last season’s Golden Boot winner Nerijus Valskis with the perfect header to an inch-perfect cross in the 37th minute.
While Chennaiyin remained the more dominant team in an attacking encounter and confidently countered whenever JFC attacked, another goal stayed elusive to them. There was, however, no way JFC could deny CFC a winning start and the full three points.
Quarantine rules in Australia, decision to send Rohit Sharma back to NCA in focus as time runs out for Tests | Cricket News
Rohit playing the IPL playoffs for Mumbai Indians and then not boarding the flight to Australia for the full tour raised a lot of eyebrows. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) claimed he will join the squad for the Test series that starts on Dec 17 and Rohit was advised to rehab along with Ishant at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The NCA now reckons that the duo will need at least three weeks to be Test-match fit. The entire Rohit saga points towards a lack of communication.
The major challenge currently facing Rohit and the Indian team management is the quarantine rules in Australia. Since both Ishant and Rohit will have to take commercial flights to Australia, they will have to undergo a strict two-week quarantine in their hotel rooms. Unlike the Indian team, which reached Australia in a bubble from Dubai, the duo will not be allowed to even train. This could also mean that the duo may even miss the entire series.
The question that has cropped up now is if the board was aware of the government protocols in Australia, why was Rohit sent back to India from Dubai? Things become all the more confusing since the team management decided to carry Wriddhiman Saha who had missed the business end of the IPL because of injured hamstrings.
Even if Rohit and Ishant were undergoing rehab at NCA, was it not possible to send both the players to Australia and let Team India physio Nitin Patel look after them there? It may be recalled that BCCI had stated on Nov 9 that Rohit’s addition to the Test squad was done after consulting with Rohit.
BCCI, it may be noted, boasts of a professional set-up which includes top professionals at NCA, Team India support staff and an experienced operations team. The NCA, under Rahul Dravid, is very clear that it will not declare any player fit for international cricket unless he clears all the mandatory tests. Ishant’s breakdown after the first Test in New Zealand has already made the team management very cautious about the veteran fast bowler.
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