BHARAT Mangru, coach of the national senior female cricket team, has urged his players to focus on the job at hand ahead of today’s pivotal round of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Women’s T20 Blaze.The Guyanese will clash with defending champions Jamaica in the first of three games, billed for the Guyana National Stadium, Providence from 09:00hrs.After his side’s first-round defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago by five wickets, the Guyanese rebounded to beat the Leeward Islands by 23 runs in the second round on Friday.Jamaica, on the other hand, suffered similar results, with a win from two games. They won their opening encounter against Windward Islands before suffering a nine-wicket defeat by Barbados.However, despite the mixed results from the Jamaicans, Mangru is taking nothing for granted, and as such, believes every opponent poses a threat.“We know Jamaica will come hard at us, but we are confident of a positive result,” Mangru said at the conclusion of the squad’s training session yesterday, at the GYO ground in the capital city.Meanwhile, captain Shemaine Campbelle urged her batters, especially the top order, to come good.“We need a better performance from our batters if we will set a good score tomorrow (today) game. A few batters got starts on Friday but they need to carry on,” Campbelle, the West Indies player pointed out.At present the tournament is wide open with Barbados with two wins on six points while Guyana and Jamaica are on three points each.In other third-round fixture today will see Barbados play Windward Islands from 14:00hrs while Trinidad and Tobago will oppose Leeward Islands from 19:00hrs.
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Action returns in the top European leagues following the international break as a result of the FIFA World Cup qualification matches.The stage is set for intriguing matches in England, Italy, Germany and France, the weekend preceding the commencement of the UEFA Champions League.ENGLANDManchester City and Liverpool are involved in an early kick off at the Etihad Stadium, a cracking game which surely will set the tone for the rest of the weekend games in England.Pep Guardiola has seen his team fail to convince in all departments this season after a record breaking summer expenditure.Kyle Walker is available after serving a one-match suspension, while Raheem Sterling misses out due to a one-match ban.Philippe Coutinho and new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are available for Liverpool selection and it will be interesting to see just how the duo fit into Jurgen Klopp’s selection on game day. Whatever you doing on Saturday, you can’t afford to miss this cracker!Champions Chelsea are guests of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, in a game of little importance on paper at this stage of the season, but could go a long way in determining Chelsea’s fate in retaining the title at the end of the campaign.Eden Hazard should make his return from an injury layoff after coming through the international games for Belgium, while Danny Drinkwater could bizarrely make his Chelsea debut against a team he departed a week ago. Considering Leicester City’s superb home form since February, this tie should be a close call.League leaders Manchester United are away to Stoke City, in their bid to make it four successive wins and clean sheet this season. Bet365 Stadium hasn’t been the easiest ground for any visiting team, Arsenal the latest side to find out three-weeks-ago.Jose Mourinho has often made his displeasure known about the international break in the past, and his Red Devils side should avoid complacency against the Potters, otherwise, the outcome could be stories that touch the hearts. GERMANYHamburg appears reborn this season and will be put to test against seventh-place RB Leipzig; last terms surprise package.Hamburg struggled in the bottom end of the table for much of the past two campaigns, but have started brightly with successive wins this term, rising as high as third-place on the log. They should take advantage of their form and midweek European commitment for Leipzig when they clash on Friday night.Hoffenheim are home to Bayern Munich on Saturday evening, a game of massive importance to both teams.Bayern Munich with all their superiority must be wary of a deceptively good Hoffenheim team, who are aware a result improves their fourth-place.We keep our fingers crossed as regards the outcome of the game, but we can expect goals at both ends. ITALYThe biggest game in the Italian Serie A this weekend takes place at the Stadio Olimpico between Lazio and AC Milan. TheThe visiting Rossoneri have revamped the old guard and are looking a completely different team, more like what the Milan fans were accustomed to seeing in the past three decades.Lazio surprisingly failed to win at home against newly promoted SPAL but redeemed themselves with an away win at Chievo.This could be the first massive test for AC Milan’s expensively assembled squad, but we expect them to pass with flying colours. FRANCETable topping Paris Saint-Germain are away to bottom side, Metz on Friday night, as French Ligue 1 action following a two-week international break.The major attraction for the capital club and global audience should be the potential attacking partnership of the trio of Neymar, Edison Cavani, and Kylian Mbappe, in a game Mbappe expectedly should make his PSG bow.Metz are clearly unfortunate to be the side that Unai Emery’s men take-on, and we should expect their four games losing streak to be extended by a number.Champions Monaco are in a neck-neck battle with Nouveau Riche PSG for the title this season. Both teams are level on 12 points and 14 goals scored, second-place Monaco only trailing by an inferior goal difference.Monaco are away at 17th-place Nice and should expectedly do the needful against the home team who lost at home to newly promoted Troyes.RelatedStat Attack (Weekend Preview)December 22, 2017In “England”Premier League 2020-21 Fixtures: Battle of Nigerians On Opening WeekendAugust 20, 2020In “England”UEFA Charge Liverpool Over Manchester City Bus AttackApril 5, 2018In “England”
impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Griffiths celebrates his landmark strike Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest Football News silverware Whether Moussa Dembele features is another question.Before the game Rodgers revealed Celtic had rejected a bid for the French striker, with Lyon having confirmed their interest in the 22-year-old on Wednesday night, two days before the deadline.Griffiths led the line with Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston, while Olivier Ntcham returned to the starting line-up.It was soon evident that Suduva were happy to defend their box in numbers but a lapse when trying to deal with a Sinclair cross in the 18th minute allowed Griffiths possession but his shot on the slide from 12 yards was straight at goalkeeper Ivan Kardum. gameday possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures RANKED MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The win was set up in the 27th minute when the Scotland striker curled in a textbook free-kick from 25 yards to reach his century.Midfielder Callum McGregor added a second seven minutes after the break before defender Kristoffer Ajer headed in his first goal for Celtic just after the hour mark to complete a comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win.After being knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by AEK Athens, the Northern Irishman had stressed the need for European football until at least Christmas and his side delivered that with some style, albeit against limited opponents.The Scottish champions join Rangers in Friday’s draw and both Glasgow clubs being in Europe will add some more spice, if needed, to Steven Gerrard’s first Old Firm game as Ibrox boss on Sunday. 3 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 3 3 highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Celtic avoided a Europa League banana skin as they dispatched Suduva 3-0 in the play-off second leg on a night where striker Leigh Griffiths scored his 100 goal for the club.Brendan Rodgers said he felt for the travelling Hoops fans after Celtic could only manage a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Lithuania last Thursday but his players responded very well at Parkhead. The home side piled forward in the search for more goals and Griffiths missed the target from close range before being denied his second by a fine tackle from Suduva defender Algis Jankauskas.The third goal arrived when Ajer dropped to the back post to head a Griffiths delivery back across and in off the far post.Suduva became increasingly bedraggled as Celtic missed a series of chances before the end.Notably, Johnston drove straight at Kardum on a one-on-one before his replacement Jonny Hayes had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside. smart causal Griffiths’ milestone goal came after Jovan Cadenovic fouled McGregor 25 yards from goal after the Hoops midfielder had worked hard to regain possession.The former Hibs forward stepped up and curled a wonderful left-footed shot past the flailing Kardum to become the first Parkhead player to reach the 100-mark since John Hartson in November, 2005.Celtic should have doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Ntcham’s cross from the right ended up at the unmarked Sinclair 10 yards from goal but Kardum was quick off his line to block the shot.McGregor’s well-take goal in the 52nd minute effectively sealed Celtic’s passage into the competition proper.Sinclair drove in from the left and laid the ball off to McGregor, who took a touch before drilling a shot from the edge of the box low past Kardum. Brendan Rodgers’ side next face Rangers in the first Old Firm of the season this weekend Celtic will learn who they will face in the groups in Friday’s draw Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener