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Man City vs Chelsea: Marcos Alonso strikes late to deny Cityzens title – 5 things we learned

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Manchester City will have to wait another week to win the Premier League after losing 2-1 to Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling scored for the first time since February when he slid in to take the ball off of Sergio Aguero’s toe.

The Argentine missed a penalty when his Panenka was easily saved by Eduoard Mendy, and Hakim Ziyech struck the equaliser with a half-volley in the second half.

And Marcos Alonso scuffed home the winner late on, with the defeat leaving Manchester City 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and Manchester United must win every game to stop Pep Guardiola’s side from winning the title.

As for Chelsea, they are now up to third and move six points clear of West Ham who face Everton on Sunday and are now one point ahead of Leicester City, who drop down to fourth.

Here are five things we learned from the game at the Etihad Stadium.

Aguero misses from the spotGetty Images

Aguero misses from the spotGetty Images

Oh no, Sergio

If Sergio Aguero was hoping to start in the European final, he definitely miscued his dress rehearsal.

The Argentine first displayed a horrible touch that allowed Raheem Sterling to spare his blushes and bundle in.

Minutes later, Aguero attempted a Panenka-style penalty only for Edouard Mendy to easily smother it.

It was not a vintage outing for Aguero – and you can bet that Guardiola will remember this performance when picking the team in Istanbul.

Sterling fouls Werner at the EtihadGetty Images

Sterling fouls Werner at the EtihadGetty Images

The Kante revolution continues

Despite a tumultuous start to the season, N’Golo Kante has certainly come into form at the appropriate time for Blues fans.

The Frenchman dominated Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in both legs of the Champions League semi-final, and he controlled the midfield battle against Rodri.

Fernandinho will provide a different test in the final, but Kante will be giving Guardiola sleepless nights come the end of May.

Hakim Ziyech celebrates with Billy GilmourGetty

Hakim Ziyech celebrates with Billy GilmourGetty

Chelsea missing Mount

While it is understandable that Thomas Tuchel decided to give Mason Mount a deserved rest, Chelsea are a different team without the English midfielder.

Ziyech scored in the second half, but the Blues were clearly lacking a creative presence that could link the midfield and attack – particularly as seamlessly as Mount.

He certainly deserved the game off, but the match highlighted the 22-year-old’s influence on Tuchel’s side.

Both clubs refused to show their hand ahead of Champions League Final

After both Manchester City and Chelsea won their respective European ties, the two clubs refused to show how they will line-up in the Champions League final.

Guardiola deployed both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero – which is unlikely to say the least in Istanbul – with Ferran Torres in central midfield.

As for the Blues, Tuchel played Billy Gilmour ahead of Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic, while Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva were all rested.

It appears all eyes are on Saturday 29th May.

Do Chelsea need a striker?

Timo Werner has been better, as his work rate and incisive runs have opened up teams recently.

However, his finishing is truly woeful and that trend continued at the Etihad.

The Blues have been linked with Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine didn’t exactly light it up on Saturday.

Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League this season has six goals – they need a goalscorer if they are going to challenge for the title.

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Denis Radovan: ‘I never cry. I only sweat out of my eyes’ – Boxing News

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Paul Wheeler talks to Denis Radovan, a middleweight who wishes he could eat like a heavyweight

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at the age of seven. My father was always a big boxing fan. One time he took me to a boxing club in our city of Cologne and I just fell in love with the sport.

Favourite all-time fighter:
I couldn’t name just one fighter, as this sport has so many incredible athletes. But one boxer who is always in my top five is Bernard Hopkins. I loved to watch him fight.

Best fight you’ve seen:
It’d have to be the first meeting between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz. That was an all-action fight.

Personal career highlight:
Winning my quarter-final bout at the Youth World Championships in 2010 was a great moment for me. With that win I made history because I became one of the first German athletes to qualify for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games later that year.

Toughest opponent:
The toughest person that I’ve been in the ring with is George Groves. I sparred with him before his fight with Chris Eubank Jnr. He was a very hard and skilful fighter.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
I’d say that my willpower and work ethic are the attributes that have taken me places. My worst attribute? Maybe sometimes I can be a bit too hotheaded!

Training tip:
Always try to have fun, even when the sessions are difficult.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I don’t have just one favourite meal. I like food in every way. Food is life!

Best friends in boxing:
One of my best friends in the sport is Artur Mann. He’s a very special guy. I hope to see him back in the ring soon.

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
I’d like to be a heavyweight boxer. No weight-making issues – only training and eating!

Last film/TV show you saw:
The last TV series I watched was Money Heist.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Tom Hardy could play me in an action film!

Have you ever been starstruck:
One time I met Evander Holyfield at a gym in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a surreal experience – meeting a legendary champ who fought in so many big fights, including the two famous ones against Mike Tyson. He’s a true legend of the sport. Of course, I had to get a photo with him. That was definitely my most starstruck moment!

Last time you cried:
I never cry. I only sweat out of my eyes!

Best advice received:
Take care of the people that you love.

Worst rumour about yourself:
I’ve never heard any rumours about myself.

Something not many people know about you:
Not many people know that I love to watch trash TV!

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Valencia sign shirt sponsorship deal with Socios – SportsMint Media

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La Liga club Valencia has replaced Bwin with Socios.com fan and will be the first team to promote the company on the kit. This will be a one-season deal and the fans will see Valencia’s official fan token ‘$VCF’ display on the shirt.

The Spanish side also joins some of the major football clubs like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, AC Milan, Juventus, Atlético de Madrid, AS Roma, Galatasaray to work with Socios. The Argentina national team also works with the firm. 

The company first began to expand its sponsorship portfolio in the United States of America, building an alliance with teams like the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers of NBA. Both the teams were owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. Alexandre Dreyfus, chief executive of blockchain provider Chiliz and Socios.com revealed that partnership with Valencia is the most valuable milestone in the company’s evolution. 

 “This world-first partnership, our fourth with a major Spanish club and 38th overall, will bring incredible visibility to fan tokens and the Socios.com platform, accelerating our mission to shift passive fans into active contributors and create a brighter future for sport – where clubs and fans alike are able to enjoy the rewards created by unlocking the potential of global fan engagement.”

Socios will replace Bwin with the shirt sponsor. Bwin is a betting operator company and had a three-year deal with the club till 2022 but the club was forced to terminate the contract with them as Spain’s new law does not allow to promote gambling in relation to sports and other events. 

Valencia had quite a disappointing season as they finished 13th in La Liga with only 43 points. The Spanishonce used to challenge for the top four spots every year but the new ownership has been a bane for them in the past few years. 

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WTC final | Indian players wear black armbands in memory of late Milkha Singh

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Indian cricketers have worn black armbands in the WTC final against New Zealand in the memory of late sprinter Milkha Singh, who passed away Friday night owing to complications caused by the deadly Covid-19 virus. India were put into bat in the game, and they ended session one at 69/2.

Indian players paid tribute to the late Milkha Singh by donning black armbands on the second day of the inaugural WTC final against New Zealand at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, on Saturday. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) official twitter handle announced that Indian team wore black armbands in the memory of the swashbuckling athlete.

“#TeamIndia is wearing black armbands in remembrance of Milkha Singhji, who passed away due to COVID-19. 🙏 #WTC21,” the Board tweeted. 

The 1958 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Milkha Singh passed away on late Friday night in Chandigarh, a month after he contracted COVID-19. And according to a family statement, The Flying Sikh had fought hard in his final days. 

The World Test Championship final kicked off on the second day after day one was completely washed out due to rain. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field first in the all-important contest. 

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