LONDON: Rampant Liverpool moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck twice in an emphatic 4-0 win at second-placed Leicester City. The victory was inspired in large part by attacking right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who created three goals and scored one himself.With Firmino deadly in front of goal and Liverpool in total control throughout, it was a performance that suggested the title race is all but over at the half-way stage.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been vocal in his criticism of his team’s intense schedule but the European champions showed no signs of any adverse influence from their trip to Qatar, where they won the Club World Cup.Liverpool have 52 points from 18 games; Leicester are on 39 points from 19 matches and Manchester City are 14 points behind the leaders before their game at Wolves on Sunday.Also Read: Liverpool reach Club World Cup finalAlso Watch: Mime Artist & Cotton University Student Ebraham Khalil staged protest against CAA in Guwahati
WITH the 2017 Guyana cycling season in full swing and the return to Guyana of the country’s overseas based wheelsmen, the Guyana Beverage Company sponsored 60-mile cycle road race under the Tampico Brand promises much excitement.The event is being organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club of Berbice and will be held on July 3 in the Ancient County of Berbice and is open to all local cyclists.The participants will pedal off from outside the Guyana Beverage Company office located at Palmyra, East Berbice and proceed to the Number 51 Village Police Station before returning to the place of origin for the finish.
By Sudipto GangulyMUMBAI (Reuters) – The English weather will play a major role during the World Cup and teams from the Indian subcontinent stand to gain if hot and dry conditions prevail during the May 30-July 14 tournament, former captain Kevin Pietersen has said.England, which last hosted the quadrennial showpiece in 1999, has witnessed more batsmen-friendly conditions in recent past with scores of 300 regularly posted in one-day internationals held in the country.A hot English summer will translate into dry pitches on which the batsmen and spinners from the subcontinent teams are expected to thrive. “It is going to be weather dependent,” Pietersen told reporters in Mumbai at a promotional event last week.“Last year was one of the most beautiful English summers since 1976. It was the hottest summer recorded in the UK with hardly any rain at all, conditions were extremely dry.“If the conditions are like they were last summer, then I think the subcontinent teams are going to have a massive role to play in the World Cup. “If they are not and it’s horrible and green and seaming, then it’s going to play in England’s favour and the team that copes best in those circumstances.”While many see it as England’s best chance to win their maiden 50-overs World Cup, India will also be among the favourites.Led by Virat Kohli, the two-time champions have more or less a settled batting line-up even though they continue to search for a reliable number four in the batting order. Opener Rohit Sharma agreed the English conditions could have a big say on their team selection.“I think we are pretty much settled. There are a few spots which everyone know about,” Rohit, Kohli’s deputy in limited-overs formats, said. “It all depends on what the captain, coach and selectors think about the combination. Whether we need to go with the extra seamer, extra middle order batsman, extra opening batsman or an extra spinner.“The conditions in England will matter the most. The last time when we were there the conditions were really dry. I don’t know if it will be the same again. If it is like that then we need to get an extra spinner, as simple as that. If it’s not then we should probably get an extra seamer.” All 10 participating teams will have to submit their 15-member squads by April 23, while injury replacements can be named until May 23.