Thefixtures for the 2019/20 Basketball Ireland National League season have beenannounced today. The opening weekend of the season for the men’sNational League is September 20th/21st and sees some very interesting clashesin store in the Men’s Super League. Reigning champions Garvey’s Tralee Warriorshost UCD Marian in the Kingdom on September 21st in a hotly-anticipated clashbetween the two clubs. Elsewhere, there are three big derbies in store asnewcomers Dublin Lions and Éanna go head-to-head in Clondalkin, DCU Saints faceoff against Pyrobel Killester in the second big Dublin showdown, while Moycullenhost Maree in a much-anticipated Galway battle. Griffith College Templeoguemeanwhile are on the road to Belfast Star, while Coughlan CandS Neptune willhost Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in one of the other big clashes of theweekend.The Women’s Super League tips off the followingweekend, September 28th, with one of the big games of the weekend seeing themeeting of Courtyard Liffey Celtics and DCU Mercy in Leixlip. Elsewhere, newlypromoted Maree will go head-to-head with Ambassador UCC Glanmire, IT CarlowBasketball host Maxol WIT Wildcats, Pyrobel Killester welcome SingletonSuperValu Brunell to Dublin, while old rivals Marble City Hawks and Fr Mathewsgo head-to-head.Looking ahead to the season, Basketball IrelandNational League manager, Sheena Hubbard stated: “We are really looking forwardto another exciting season in the National League this year and we expect thatwe will see another year of thrills, wins and upsets around the four divisions.We are also delighted to welcome two new clubs to the Women’s Division One andwish them the best of luck in their opening National League season.”The Basketball Ireland 2019/2020 season will beofficially launched from 12pm (midday) on Wednesday, September 18th at theNational Basketball Arena in Tallaght. The 2019/2020 Hula Hoops National Cupdraw will also take place at 1pm.BasketballIreland Fixtures: September 20/21st, 2019Friday,September 20thBasketballIreland Men’s Division OneIT Carlow Basketball v Portlaoise Panthers, BarrowCentre Carlow, 19:30Saturday,September 21stBasketballIreland Men’s Super LeagueAbbey Seals Dublin Lions v DBS Éanna, ColaisteBride, 17;30Belfast Star v Griffith College Templeogue, De LaSalle, 18;30DCU Saints v Pyrobel Killester, St Vincent’s, 19;00Coughlan CandS Neptune v Keane’s SuperValuKillorglin, Neptune Stadium, 19:00Moycullen v Maree, Kingfisher NUIG, 19.30Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v UCD Marian, 19:30BasketballIreland Men’s Division OneTradehouse Central Ballincollig v Limerick SportEagles, Ballincollig CS, 16:00LYIT Donegal v Ulster University Elks, LYIT, 16:00McGowans Tolka Rovers v Fr Mathews, Tolka Rovers SC,18:00Limerick Celtics v Scotts Lakers St Paul’sKillarney, St Munchins, 18:30Waterford Vikings v KUBS, WIT Arena, 19:00Friday,September 27thBasketballIreland Women’s Division OneLimerick Celtics v NUIG Mystics, St Munchins, 19:30Saturday,September 28thBasketballIreland Men’s Super LeagueDCU Saints v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, DCU, 19:00DBS Éanna v Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin, ColaisteÉanna, 19:00Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Belfast Star, TraleeComplex, 19:30Maree v Coughlan CandS Neptune, CalasanctiusCollege, 20:00Pyrobel Killester v Moycullen, IWA Clontarf; 20:00BasketballIreland Women’s Super LeagueMaree v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, CalasanctiusCollege, 17:00Marble City Hawks v Fr Mathews, O’Loughlins GAA,17:00Pyrobel Killester v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, IWAClontarf, 18:00Courtyard Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy, LeixlipAmenities, 19:00BasketballIreland Men’s Division OneUlster University Elks v Limerick Celtics, UUJ,13:30Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v PortlaoisePanthers, Ballincollig CS, 16:00Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v IT CarlowBasketball, Killarney SC, 19:30Fr Mathews v EJ Sligo All Stars, Fr Mathews Arena,19:45KUBS v McGowans Tolka Rovers, Greendale, 20:00BasketballIreland Women’s Division OneUlster University Elks v UL Huskies, UUJ, 15:30Trinity Meteors v Phoenix Rockets, Trinity Sports,16:00Griffith College Templeogue v Swords Thunder, NordAnglia International School, 19:00Portlaoise Panthers v St Mary’s Castleisland, StMary’s Hall, 19:00Sunday,September 29thBasketballIreland Women’s Super LeagueIT Carlow Basketball v Maxol WIT Wildcats, BarrowCentre Carlow, 13:00BasketballIreland Women’s Division OneFabplus North West v UL Huskies, Ballyshannon, 12:00BasketballIreland National League teams 2019/20BasketballIreland Men’s Super LeagueGriffith College TempleogueUCD Marian DCU SaintsPyrobel KillesterAbbey Seals Dublin Lions DBS Éanna Coughlan CandS Neptune Garvey’s Tralee WarriorsKeane’s SuperValu Killorglin Belfast StarMoycullen MareeBasketballIreland Women’s Super LeagueAmbassador UCC Glanmire MareeDCU Mercy Courtyard Liffey CelticsIT Carlow Basketball Marble City HawksMaxol WIT WildcatsSingleton SuperValu Brunell Fr MathewsPyrobel KillesterBasketballIreland Men’s Division OneTradehouse Central BallincolligIT Carlow Basketball Fr MathewsLYIT Donegal Ulster University ElksEJ Sligo All StarsWIT VikingsMcGowans Tolka RoversPortlaoise PanthersLimerick Sport EaglesLimerick Celtics KUBSScotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney BasketballIreland Women’s Division One NorthernConferenceGriffith College Templeogue Trinity MeteorsSwords ThunderUlster University ElksFabplus North WestPhoenix RocketsSouthernConferenceNUIG MysticsPortlaoise PanthersTipperary KnightsLimerick CelticsUL HuskiesTeam Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’sprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Kieran Donaghy of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in action against Matt Kelly of UCD Marian during the Basketball Ireland Men’s Superleague match between Garvey’s Warriors Tralee and UCD Marian in the Tralee Sports Complex in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile The upcoming season will feature 12 Men’s SuperLeague teams – including newly promoted Dublin sides, DBS Éanna and Abbey SealsDublin Lions – while the Women’s Super League boasts 10 teams once more thisyear, with Maree taking the place of NUIG Mystics in the top flight.The Men’sDivision One will feature 13 teams from around the country, including the newlyamalgamated team, Limerick Sport Eagles as LIT and UL Sport Eagles join forcesfor the year. The Women’s Division One will feature 12 teams, and will runacross two conferences. This Division also includes two new teams, TipperaryKnights and Griffith College Templeogue.
– Return to Top – Baxter was one of nine players (five for the Bearkats and four for UIW) who scored in double figures Saturday. DeMarcus Gatlin added 16 points including a lay-up with 50 seconds left that put Sam Houston up 81-78. The Cardinals return to action Monday when they travel to New Orleans, La., to take on the UNO Privateers. The game against UNO has been moved to a 7:45 p.m. tip off from Lake Front Arena. A winner of all 19 conference games under head coach Brad Underwood, SFA hosts Southeastern Louisiana on Monday, Jan. 5, in an 8 p.m. tip inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The margin was the biggest opening win in 27 years of Southland Conference membership for Northwestern State. The Cardinals were able to maintain a 36-23 advantage in points in the paint, despite leading scorer Tyran de Lattibeaudiere being in early foul trouble, and fouling out of the game with just nine points. Senior Donovan Ross and freshman Kevin Booze each chipped in 14 points. Sophomore Marcus Owens grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, while junior Zachary Hollis recorded nine boards. The Lumberjacks (26-of-52) and Pokes (27-of-54) each shot 50 percent for the game. SFA also shot 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from outside and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the charity stripe. – Return to Top – Sam Houston’s led the Cardinals in rebounding 44-36 as Holyfield grabbed 11 boards and Gatlin 10. SFA placed four in double figures in all, as juniors Thomas Walkup and Clide Geffrard netted 12 and 11 points, respectfully. Both Charles and Floyd recorded 13 points, as the Lumberjacks (11-3, 1-0 SLC) tied their season-high with 12-made 3-pointers against McNeese (6-6, 0-1 SLC). In his first career start, Charles finished 4-of-9 from the field with a 3-pointer and four makes from the free throw line, while Floyd sunk 5-of-11 from the floor with three coming from deep. The Lumberjacks opened on a 9-2 run and led by as much as 10 points at 31-21, before McNeese made it interesting. Over the next 6:17, the Pokes outscored SFA 14-6 to cut it to 37-35, but Floyd hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to head into the locker room up by five points. Other players in double figures for Sam Houston were Jabari Peters (13), Michael Holyfield (12) and Kaheem Ransom (11). Mitchell Badillo (15), Kyle Hittle (13) and Shawn Johnson rounded out UIW’s top scorers. Johnson proved to be the equalizer two more times for the Cowboys, hitting his third and fourth shot from beyond the arc to tie it 68-68 (3:44) and 73-73 (1:03), before Charles hit one of his own from the corner to give SFA a three-point edge with 38 seconds remaining. Holliday led an offensive effort for Lamar that finished the night 23-of-52 (.442) from the field, and 6-of-18 (.333) from three-point range. The Cardinals also dominated Nicholls on the glass, 43-30. Lamar did a majority of its damage in the second half. The Cardinals went into the locker room shooting less than 30 percent from the field, but knocked down 15-of-25 (.600) shots in the final 20 minutes of action. Five of Lamar’s six three-pointers also came in the second half. The Lumberjacks outscored McNeese 4-2 down the stretch, getting four free throws from Pinkney and Charles to take the 80-75 final. The Cardinals went on an 11-3 run to take a seven-point advantage. Lamar pushed that lead to double digits with less than six minutes on the clock. The Cards still held a 10-point advantage with 2:15 remaining. After struggling from the line in the opening half, Lamar put the game away from the charity stripe down the stretch. The Cardinals connected on their final 10 free throw attempts to win their second Southland game in their last three outings dating back to last year. It was also the first victory in a conference opener for Lamar since the 2011-12 season. SFA started quickly in the second half, opening on an 8-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 11 points (48-37) with 17:22 to play. Field goal accuracy was the difference for the Sam Houston men in the first half as the Kats hit 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the field including six three-pointers. The Bearkat defense limited the Cardinals to 38.5 percent shooting (10-of-26) in the first 20 minutes. The lead for the Lumberjacks never dipped below five points until McNeese’s Desharick Guidry, who finished with 12 points, hit a pair of free throws to make it 56-53. Senior Connor Brooks hit a 3-pointer on SFA’s next possession, but then Cowboy Shaun Johnson came off the bench and hit a back-to-back shots from deep and Keelan Garrett, who recorded a career-best 26 points, followed with a free throw to give McNeese its first lead of the game at 60-59 with 8:12 remaining. Second wave standout Tra’von Joseph led Northwestern State’s rebounders with seven, while another second waver, Ryan King, added six. Houston Baptist got 16 points by Marcel Smith and shot 48 percent, 61 percent in the second half. Sam Houston State 84, UIW 78HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Junior guard Paul Baxter scored 17 points including a field goal and two free throws in the final 1:34 of a one-point ball game to lead Sam Houston State to an 84-78 victory over University of the Incarnate Word in the Southland Conference men’s basketball opener for both teams. Sam Houston remains undefeated (7-0) at home in Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, is 9-4 for the year and extends its current winning streak to four victories. Incarnate Word dropped to 8-3. After two early ties at 2-2 and 4-4, the Bearkats surged into the lead and never trailed again. Sam Houston led by as many as 14 points in the first 20 minutes on a three-point basket by Jabari Peters to make the score 46-32 1:39 before intermission. UIW finished the period on a 6-3 run to cut the margin to nine at half, 47-38. Both teams traded points until junior Trey Pinkney hit his second 3-pointer of the game to give the ‘Jacks a 64-62 advantage. The second made deep ball from Pinkney, who recorded a season-high eight assists, marked the first multi-three game of his career. – Return to Top – The Colonels took advantage of Lamar’s struggles building a 10-point first half lead. Lamar made a small run late in the opening half to cut the deficit to four points, 26-22, with 2:30 remaining. The Colonels closed the half scoring five of the final six points taking an eight-point advantage into the locker room. Denzel Livingston, the second-leading scorer in the Southland with a 23.1 average coming into the contest, led Incarnate Word with 21 points. Livingston’s lay-up with 1:21 to play cut an SHSU margin that had been 18 points to one, 79-78. The Kats held UIW scoreless the rest of the way, hitting 3 of 5 free throws in the final 27 seconds. The first half was sloppy for both teams as Nicholls and Lamar combined for 24 fouls and 29 turnovers. The Cardinals struggled from the field in the opening half connecting on just 8-of-27 (.296) attempts, and only 1-of-9 (.111) from beyond the arc. The Cardinals even struggled from the free throw line (6-of-14/.429). Lamar 75, Nicholls 62BEAUMONT, Texas – Senior Anthony Holliday scored a career-high 23 points to help the Lamar Cardinals rally from a double-digit first-half deficit to beat Nicholls, 75-62, Saturday night at the Montagne Center. The victory pushes Lamar’s season-long win streak to five games, and moves the Cardinals above the .500 mark (7-6/1-0 Southland) for the first time since the start of the 2011-12 season. They combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds, putting the Demons on top to stay with an opening 10-2 burst in their first shift to break a 7-all tie. Northwestern State’s 10 players recorded between 17-25 minutes played, evenly distributing the effort heading into their fourth game in eight days Monday night at Sam Houston State. The Bearkats play host to Northwestern State Monday night at 8 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum. The nation’s No. 2 scorer, sophomore Zeek Woodley, pitched in 22 and Jalan West added 20 for the Demons (6-6 overall), who won for the third time in four games. But it was Northwestern State’s “second wave,” the five players who ideally substitute in as a group every 4-5 minutes, that set the tone. The Cardinals opened the second half with an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to three points, 34-31, less than two minutes in. Lamar kept its foot on the accelerator and took its first lead since early in the first half when Holliday buried one of his seven field goals. The Colonels responded with an Amin Torres layup to reclaim the advantage, and that would be the final lead the visitors would see. – Return to Top – The Colonels were led by 19 points from Torres. Sam McBeath added 10 points and four rebounds for a Nicholls squad that finished the night 19-of-50 (.380) from the field, and 4-of-25 (.160) from three-point range. Stephen F. Austin 80, McNeese State 75LAKE CHARLES, La. – Newcomers Ty Charles and Demetrious Floyd shined in their first league game, fueling the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team to an 80-75 victory over McNeese State on Saturday afternoon inside Burton Coliseum to open Southland Conference play. After pushing out to a 54-37 halftime lead, they sank 63 percent of their shots, including 6 of 8 on 3-pointers, to keep a comfortable margin. Northwestern State led by as much as 19 in the first half, 23 afterwards, and never let HBU (5-6) closer than 14 points in the final half. The Demons outrebounded the Huskies 31-30. HBU came in 15th nationally in rebounding margin (+9.2) while Northwestern State was one of the country’s weakest rebounding teams with a minus 8.6 margin, but the Demons won the board battle for the fourth time in 12 games. Also putting together a solid performance was Ta’Jon Welcome, who had a career-best 13 points in his third straight double-digit scoring output. A three-pointer by Hittle cut the Sam Houston margin to 57-55 with 13:59 left in the second half. Sam Houston bounced back to go up 18, 75-57 with 7:52 to play on a three-pointer by Ransom. But UIW roared back with a 19-2 run to cut the margin to 77-76 with 1:56 to go. Woodley sank 8 of 11 shots, including 2 of 3 on 3-pointers, while scoring nearly a point a minute (23 minutes, 22 points) and posting his 10th straight 20-point total. West, the nation’s assist leader, had a season-low five dimes while making 6 of 9 shots, including 4 of 6 behind the 3-point arc, and draining all four free throws to make him 32 of his last 34 at the line. Northwestern State 99, Houston Baptist 78HOUSTON, Texas –Northwestern State recorded a 99-78 win at Houston Baptist in the Southland Conference basketball opener for both teams. The Demons sparkled offensively. They sank a season-best 58 percent overall, sinking 11 of 19 (also a season-best 58 percent) behind the 3-point arc, and dropped in 77 percent (20-26) of their free throws. Stephen F. Austin 80, McNeese State 75Sam Houston State 84, UIW 78Lamar 75, Nicholls 62Northwestern State 99, Houston Baptist 78
The Public Security Minister in a recent television program is reported to have said that the government is fully prepared to deal with any civil strife. He was at the time speaking about the rulings and consequential orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).As the public security point man, it can be assumed that the Minister is knowledgeable of related national plans, more specifically, those to deal with civil strife. Naturally, one must ask if he is expecting that, and if so, why?Generally, civil strife emanates from discontent over an issue or issues that affect people at the national level especially when their freedom, rights and livelihoods are on the line, a case in point; the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.People, like those in Hong Kong, would not accept what they believe to be impositions by the government and will exercise their right to protest to bring awareness to their concerns. In the context of what the CCJ mandated and people’s dissatisfaction over government’s related action or lack thereof, is the Minister’s comment a hint of what’s to come if protest action were to be taken?Security forces are either instructed to quell protests or protect the right of those involved to do so. Notably, Guyana has a very dark past under the People’s National Congress (PNC) regime from 1964-1992 with regard to freedom of expression.During that very oppressive period, dissatisfaction was rife and opposing was met with brutal responses from the security forces and thugs suspected to be loyal to that Party. In the process of exercising their right to oppose, many Guyanese in that period were beaten and jailed.While protecting their votes from being stolen in the 1973 elections, two young voters, Jagan Ramessar and Bholanauth Parmanand, were shot and killed reportedly by members of the Army who came to remove the ballot boxes. Many others were injured in that incident on July 16 and the two killed revered as the Ballot Box Martyrs.On July 14, 1979, Jesuit Priest Father Bernard Darke, was killed while photographing a demonstration by members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which opposed the PNC government. At the time, some of its leaders were being hauled before the courts in a Police van which the demonstrators followed. They were attacked by an armed gang and in the melee, the Priest was stabbed.Incidents like those drove fear into the minds of Guyanese who dared standing up to the PNC dictatorship. Despite that, the citizenry felt the urge to raise their voices in opposition to undemocratic practices meted out to them. Presently, the CCJ has ruled that the constitution must be followed with integrity in keeping with the successful passage of the December 21, 2018, no-confidence motion (NCM) which precipitated elections within three months.While it should have happened as of March 21, 2019, the government bought time in the courts. The CCJ ruling of June 18, 2019, would have mandated such elections by September 18. It reiterated that the constitution be followed in its July 12, 2019, consequential orders. That includes the appointment of a new Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).These are issues of the highest national order and, to date, there is no tangible evidence that the government is moving in the direction to honour the constitution. From all appearances, it seems that the President is once again desirous of having a GECOM Chairman of his choice and has even put forward eight names.He then claimed of wanting the process completed within days and hopes that the Leader of the Opposition concurs. This is in spite not responding to a proposal by the Opposition Leader for both working throughout the last weekend to have the matter resolved.It therefore seems a ploy by the President to say he is willing to name a Chairman within days given it’s probably one from of his list of eight. Objections by the Opposition Leader would then be seen as delaying the process.However, the constitution clearly states that the President must chose a Chairman from a list of names submitted only by the Opposition Leader; a stipulation reiterated strongly by the CCJ. The Opposition Leader would therefore be in order to not consider any name suggested by the President. The reality is continuous delay on the part of the President.The holding of the elections is also dependent on a Chairman being in place at GECOM. With every passing day of deliberate delay, the constitutional timeline gets push further back which seems the unambiguous desire of the government. Leading Diplomats have also urged adherence, expeditiously, to the CCJ ruling and constitutional provisions.In these circumstances, the people of Guyana have every right to raise their voices in ways enshrined by the constitution, including protests, to bring awareness to the government’s disregard for constitutional processes and the CCJ’s ruling.Is the Public Security Minister hinting that any such attempts could be deemed as civil strife and would therefore be met by response for which he says preparations are in place? Having been seemingly consumed by the PNC, is the Minister reminding what those responses could be as history reminds?
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Removal of REOContractors, residents and trench cleaners on the Essequibo coast who were owed three months’ pay have continued their protest for the removal of the Region’s Regional Executive Officer (REO), Rupert Hopkinson.Armed with placards, they continued their demonstration on Monday in front of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), and explained to the media that they would not stop until fairness was displayed at the REO’s office.Protesters in front of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building in Region Two on MondayThey continued to argue that the current REO was unfair in the way he awarded contracts, and also questioned his competence and perceived lack of knowledge to lead the Region forward.Heading the protest was a contractor, Prince Holder, who accused the REO of being involved in corrupt practices, alleging that he was awarding contracts to his friends only. Holder said that trench cleaners who were owed some three months ago for works done have still not been paid. According to the contractor, he is happy that persons are coming out to vent their frustration about the REO and the current system within the regional administration.The protesters chanted “REO must go, Rupert must go” and marched along the public road on the Essequibo coast. Other placards read “Please, Mr President, we cannot bear this anymore – get rid of REO”, “From friends to foe”, and “REO is determining who eat or who starve”.One of the protesters, Vincent Collins, said the protest came about after contractors realised that there was a selective allocation of contracts within the Region. Collins said the REO lacked knowledge on the procurement procedures within the Regional Tender Board and said systems needed to be put into place.He, however, said that the protest was not political and it was aimed at protecting and safeguarding the people of Essequibo. On Monday, there was no counter-protest from supporters of Hopkinson. The protesters remain adamant that they are suffering at the hands of the REO, who displays a lackadaisical and high-handed attitude in the regional system. (Indrawattie Natram)
The Red Devils were 2-0 up through goals by Ferebory Dore and Thievy Bifouma only to crumble in the last 25 minutes and lose 4-2 to their rivals from over the Congo River.Veteran Frenchman Le Roy described it as the “biggest disappointment” in his eight appearances at the competition and was unhappy with the assistant referee after Congo conceded a goal when forced to play with only 10 men on the field.“The assistant referee delayed our substitution after one of my players was injured and we wanted to replace him and it was at that time that they got one of their goals,” said Le Roy.“So we played 10 against 11 and that was when we conceded a goal because an official was not diligent enough.“It’s football and, except for this big mistake by the assistant referee, the refereeing has been very good since the start of the competition,” he added.“Probably this is my biggest disappointment.“When you are leading 2-0, it is not finished. We have always known that DR Congo have huge potential.“When we were 2-0 up, we were not far from the dream. But we became euphoric after we scored our second goal and we also lacked a little bit of experience at this level.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BATA, Equatorial Guinea, January 31 – Claude Le Roy hit out at the match officials after Congo Brazzaville’s 4-2 defeat to neighbours DR Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Bata on Saturday.
2 Do pre-season games predict Premier League performances? Jose Mourinho once called pre-season results “fake” when his Chelsea team had a mixed start to pre-season.“Pre-season is fake, for good and for bad. If you’re very bad it’s fake, and if you’re too good it’s fake,” he said in 2015.talkSPORT.com looks at the pre-season form of the top six clubs since the 2009/10 season and how these teams have fared on the back of their summers.CHELSEA2009/10 pre-season results: P5 W4 D1Finished the season as Premier League champions2010/11 pre-season: P4 W1 L3Finished second in the Premier League and without a trophy2011/12 pre-season: P7 W7Finished sixth in the Premier League but won the Champions League and FA Cup2012/13 pre-season: P5 W1 D1 L3Finished third in the Premier League and won the Europa League2013/14 pre-season: P7 W6 L1Finished third in the Premier League and without a trophy2014/15 pre-season: P10 W7 D1 L2Finished the season as Premier League champions and League Cup winners2015/16 pre-season: P4 W2 L2 (PSG and Barcelona games were won on penalties)Finished the season in tenth and without any other trophy2016/17 pre-season: P7 W6 L1Finished the season as Premier League champions2017/18 so far: P2 W2MANCHESTER CITY2009/10 pre-season: P7 W2 D2 L3Finished fifth in the Premier League2010/11 pre-season: P6 W1 D1 L4Finished third in the Premier League and won the FA Cup2011/12 pre-season: P5 W5Won the Premier League2012/13 pre-season: P7 W5 D1 L1Finished second in the Premier League and FA Cup runners up2013/14 pre-season: P7 W3 L4Won the Premier League and League Cup2014/15 pre-season: P6 W3 D2 L1Finished Premier League runners up2015/16 pre-season: P6 W3 D2 L1Finished fourth in the Premier League and won the League Cup2016/17 pre-season: P4 W1 D1 L2Finished second in the Premier League and without any other trophy2017/18 so far: P1 L1ARSENAL2009/10 pre-season: P7 W5 D1 L1Finished third in the Premier League2010/11 pre-season: P7 W6 D1Finished fourth in the Premier League and League Cup runners up2011/12 pre-season: P6 W2 D3 L1Finished third in the Premier League2012/13 pre-season: P10 W5 D3 L2Finished fourth in the Premier League2013/14 pre-season: P7 W5 D1 L1Finished fourth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup2014/15 pre-season: P4 W2 L2Finished third in the Premier League and won the FA Cup2015/16 pre-season: P4 W4Finished second in the Premier League and without any other trophy (they won the Community Shield)2016/17 pre-season: P5 W4 D1Finished fifth and won the FA Cup2017/18 so far: P4 W3 L1 (win includes penalty shoot-out victory against Bayern) MANCHESTER UNITED2009/10 pre-season: P7 W6 D1Finished second in the Premier League and League Cup winners2010/11 pre-season: P7 W4 L3Premier League winners and Champions League runners up2011/12 pre-season: P7 W7Premier League runners up2012/13 pre-season: P6 W3 D3Premier League champions2013/14 pre-season: P7 W2 L3 D2Finished seventh in the Premier League and without a trophy2014/15 pre-season: P6 W6Finished fourth in the Premier League and without a trophy2015/16 pre-season so far: P4 W3 L1Finished fifth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup2016/17 pre-season: P5 W2 D2 L1Finished fifth in the Premier League and won the League Cup and Europa League2017/18 so far: P4 W4 LIVERPOOL2009/10 pre-season: P7 W2 D2 L3Finished seventh in the Premier League2010/11 pre-season: P3 D1 L2Finished sixth in the Premier League2011/12 pre-season: P6 W3 D1 L2Finished eighth in the Premier League, League Cup winners and FA Cup runners up2012/13 pre-season: P4 W1 D2 L1Finished seventh in the Premier League2013/14 pre-season: P8 W7 L1Premier League runners up2014/15 pre-season: P8 W4 D1 L3Finished sixth in the Premier League2015/16 pre-season: P4 W3 D1Finished eighth in the Premier League and without any other trophy2016/17 pre-season: P10 W7 L3Finished fourth in the Premier League and without any other trophy2017/18 so far: P4 D1TOTTENHAM2009/10 pre-season: P9 W6 D1 L2Finished fourth in the Premier League2010/11 pre-season: P7 W4 D2 L1Finished fifth in the Premier League2011/12 pre-season: P5 W3 D1 L1Finished fourth in the Premier League2012/13 pre-season: P6 W3 D2 L1Finished fifth in the Premier League2013/14 pre-season: P11 W5 D3 L3Finished sixth in the Premier League2014/15 pre-season: P5 W4 D1Finished fifth in the Premier League2015/16 pre-season: P3 W1 L2 (Spurs won two post-season games in Malaysia and Australia)Finished third in the Premier League and without any other trophy2016/17 pre-season: P4 W2 L2Finished second in the Premier League and without any other trophy2017/18 so far: P2 W2ConclusionPre-season results do not seem to have much of a bearing on how the season will pan out for clubs. It is good for fitness and bonding but the results are, as Mourinho once claimed, “fake”. There are some exceptions, but it is not recommended you gamble all your savings on a Premier League title just because your side has won all their warm-up games. 2
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Leicester City are Premier League champions after Tottenham Hotspur were held to a draw at Chelsea on Monday night.The Foxes’ squad watched the game at Jamie Vardy’s house in Leicestershire, as they witnessed Chelsea recover from a two-goal first-half deficit to earn a point, handing the title to Claudio Ranieri’s men.Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard scored to ensured their side picked up a point at home after Spurs had taken a 2-0 lead through Harry Kane and Heung Min Son.Leicester have won the trophy with two games to spare, with them hosting Everton this weekend at home.Leicester players watch the game at Jamie Vardy’s house. Reuters
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