0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate their win over Cardiff City in an English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on April 3, 2019MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win over Cardiff at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to retake top spot in the Premier League from title rivals Liverpool.Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane were enough to lift City back into top spot, at least until Friday, when Jurgen Klopp’s team visit Southampton. City now have a maximum of 13 games remaining in a potentially historic season that could see them add the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League to the League Cup they lifted against Chelsea in February.But, whatever the remaining two months holds for Guardiola’s team, they are back in the driving seat in the Premier League on 80 points, one ahead of Liverpool. Both sides have six league games remaining.Guardiola, whose side play Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, was able to make seven changes against Neil Warnock’s struggling side, resting key players in the process.The alterations did not dull City’s attacking intent but Gabriel Jesus, chosen with Sergio Aguero having been left out as a precaution, was guilty of a string of first-half misses.De Bruyne claimed the first goal, after just five minutes, from Aymeric Laporte’s through ball, with a strong run and blistering shot from a tight angle that left questions over Neil Etheridge, beaten at his near post.Sane struck just before half-time, driving a technically brilliant low shot into the far corner after Riyad Mahrez’s cross had been cushioned into his path by Jesus.– City domination –But the Brazilian should have done better from any number of first-half chances, one coming after just 34 seconds when he slid in and narrowly missed converting De Bruyne’s low cross into an open net.Mahrez forced Etheridge into a diving, full-stretch save with an early, curling effort, Jesus skied a shot over from 12 yards and the City striker, again, miscued a close-range effort, under pressure from two defenders, after more good play from De Bruyne.Guardiola’s side also launched a breathtaking counter-attack that saw four of their players break against two from Cardiff only for De Bruyne to free Jesus who again wasted a shot that was deflected behind.The only minor concern for Guardiola, with an eye on the remaining fixtures, was the loss of left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko after just 18 minutes to an apparent hamstring injury, although the introduction of substitute Kyle Walker hardly represented a downgrade.City goalkeeper Ederson remained completely untroubled as the second half followed the same pattern.Phil Foden, making his first ever Premier League start a month short of turning 19, saw his shot saved from just six yards out while De Bruyne’s long-distance free-kick bounced just wide.Sean Morrison almost turned a De Bruyne cross into his own goal and, in one intoxicating five-minute spell after the hour, six good City chances came and went, Etheridge saving well from Foden twice, a Laporte header, Mahrez and Sane while Fernandinho struck a post for good measure.By the time Oumar Niasse steered Cardiff’s first on-target shot of the evening directly at Ederson, after 74 minutes, the outcome had long since been decided and his shot even drew ironic cheers from his own supporters.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo were supposed to meet for the lightweight title. Instead, there will likely be a couple of welterweights in the ring tonight in Las Vegas for one of boxing’s most anticipated rematches in years. After a weigh-in bizarre even by boxing standards, the promoters managed to salvage the fight that appeared in jeopardy after Castillo weighed in well over the 135-pound lightweight limit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Shaw even held out the possibility that the fight could still be for the WBC and WBO lightweight titles, even though Castillo weighed in well over the limit for that class. “They want their sanctioning fees,” Shaw said of the organizations, “and Diego still wants to fight for a title.” The 147-pound limit for today’s weigh-in is the maximum for welterweights, not lightweights. But fighters normally balloon in weight from the weigh-in the day before the fight until they actually get into the ring, so it is likely that Corrales will be somewhere around that weight, too. Still, the fight was nearly derailed when Castillo first weighed in at 137 pounds, then twice at 138 ½, actually going up in weight despite spending more than an hour trying to work it off. “I apologize to everyone for my fighter,” Castillo’s manager, Fernando Beltran, said. “It is a sign of disrespect not to come in on weight.” They did it by deciding on having another weigh-in for Castillo about five hours before the fighters enter the ring. Castillo will have to weigh in at 147 pounds or pay Corrales $75,000 for each pound over that weight. “Diego told me he’s going to make Castillo pay for causing so much trouble,” Corrales’ promoter Gary Shaw said. The outdoor weigh-in on the Las Vegas Strip lasted nearly two hours as Castillo tried to sweat off the weight, only to come in heavier on his final two tries. His personal physician was suspended and fined by Nevada boxing authorities for allegedly putting his foot under the scale to try and make his fighter look lighter. “He was manipulating the scales to try and make the weight,” said Bob Arum, who promotes Castillo. Castillo was fined 10 percent of his purse, $120,000, half of which goes to Corrales and half to the Nevada commission, for not making the weight. Promoters had a reason to find a way to compromise. They had sold most of the seats at the 18,000-seat UNLV campus arena and were anticipating good pay-per-view sales for the rematch of a fight that thrilled boxing fans when the two first met. Corrales was to get $2 million for the fight to $1.2 million for Castillo. But there was more at stake than just money and titles for two boxers who put on a show for the ages the first time around. Their first fight was a magnificent battle even before Corrales got off the canvas twice in the 10th round to stop Castillo in a round that will long live in boxing lore. Serena takes rest Serena Williams pulled out of her last two scheduled tournaments of the season Friday in hopes of being healthy for 2006. Williams, who won the Australian Open this year for her seventh Grand Slam title, will miss the event in Zurich, Switzerland, next week, and the Philadelphia tournament that begins Oct. 31. She’s been hampered by left ankle and knee problems for months and played only 28 matches in 2005, going 21-7. Williams skipped the French Open, was upset in the third round at Wimbledon, and lost to older sister Venus in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. She then lost her opener at the China Open to 127th-ranked Sun Tiantian in straight sets on Sept. 21, and hasn’t played since. “My doctors and trainers have advised me that my leg needs to fully recover in order for me to play at the level that I’m accustomed to playing,” Williams said. “This has been such a disappointing year for me because I’m such a competitive person and I like to win for myself and for my fans. I tried my best to fight through my injuries during the season, but I now realize that I need to take some time off to rest my body and get back to being 100 percent healthy.” Truex on Busch pole Martin Truex Jr., clinging to a rapidly shrinking lead in the NASCAR Busch Series, set a qualifying record for Kansas Speedway on Friday with a lap of 178.938 mph in his Chevrolet. The pole is the second of the year for the defending series champion, who leads Clint Bowyer by 26 points going into Saturday’s United Way 300. Bowyer will start 10th. On a cool afternoon at the 1-mile tri-oval, with highs in the mid-50s, the top three qualifiers all broke the previous Busch record of 178.365 mph set by Michael Waltrip in 2003. Jon Wood qualified second at 178.832 in a Ford, and Regan Smith, in a Dodge, was third at 178.761. A.J. Foyt IV will jump from open-wheel racing, where his family made its name, to NASCAR after the end of the Indy Racing League season. The younger Foyt will be released from his contract after the IRL series finale Oct. 16, at California Speedway. Briefly Eddy Curry officially joined the New York Knicks after a team of doctors hired by the club cleared him to play. An NBA cardiologist also reviewed the test results and signed off on Curry’s return to practice. Curry was traded to the Knicks by the Bulls earlier this week, more than six months after he had an irregular heartbeat that caused him to miss the last few weeks last season. The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Jozef Balej and a conditional draft pick from the New York Rangers for forward Fedor Fedorov. The wife of former baseball star Darryl Strawberry, Charisse, has filed for divorce. “My marriage is past the point of reconciliation, ” she said. “I wish Darryl the best and continue to pray for him.” An eight-time All-Star and member of two World Series winners, Strawberry has overcome a drug addiction, prison term and cancer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!