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Guardiola: Man City’s unbeaten record will end one day

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is surprised with his side’s stellar form while other Premier League teams are dropping points but believes their unbeaten streak will be broken one day.

City are on an 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions following Sunday’s 1-0 win at Arsenal and have taken control of the title race with a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

Guardiola’s side, who suffered their last defeat in November, have 59 points from 25 games after Raheem Sterling’s early goal handed them their 13th successive league victory.

“The record will be broken one day, we will lose games,” Guardiola said after the win at the Emirates Stadium.

“I’m surprised and impressed and so when everyone is suffering in this world, all the teams in the league are dropping points, we were consistent over the past two months.

“People talk and talk about the record and the victories but to do this you have to win these types of games many, many times.”

Guardiola said City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who has not played since Jan. 3 due to a combination of injuries and Covid-19, was edging closer to a return.

“I’m looking forward to putting him in the side,” the Spaniard said. “We cannot forget that he was a long time injured and you only get rhythm when you play minutes.

“As soon as I can, he will play because he deserves it and I want it. I want to say for him to keep working hard because his time is coming.”

-SuperSport

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Tiger Woods lucky to be alive after rollover car crash

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Famous American golfer, Tiger Woods, is recovering after undergoing surgery following a single-vehicle car accident in a Genesis GV80 in Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says Woods is “lucky to be alive” after what he calls a single vehicle rollover traffic collision.

The surgery was to repair “significant orthopaedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle, which included the insertion of a rod into his tibia and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilise his foot and ankle.

Chief Medical Officer at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center,  Anish Mahajan, said in a statement released on the golfer’s Twitter account late Tuesday.

“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” the Twitter statement added.

An earlier statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff confirmed that the 45-year-old golfer neither struck nor was struck by another vehicle.

The LA County Sheriff noted that Woods had to be pulled out of the GV80 by the fire department, as the LA Times reports.

Woods was the sole occupant of a Genesis GV80 SUV that was travelling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when he crashed, the authorities said.

The vehicle sustained major damage, and Woods had to be extricated from the wreckage by personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, sheriff’s officials said.

Sources said he had to be removed through the car’s windshield.

“Because of the situation and the way that you found the vehicle, he wasn’t able to open the door and come out,” L.A. County Fire Department spokesman Henry Narvaez said.

He added, “We extricated him; we helped him out of the vehicle.”

The LA Times further notes that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva claimed Woods is “lucky to be alive.”

His car was 30 yards off the road where it landed. The LA Times also reports that he is in serious condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and cites an unnamed source that Woods’ injuries include a shattered ankle.

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Super Falcons thrash Equatorial Guinea 9-0, win Antalya tourney

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Super Falcons on Tuesday beat Equatorial Guinea 9-0 to emerge champions of the Festival Women’s Cup 2021 Antalya.

In the encounter, Barcelona forward, Asisat Oshoala, scored four goals.

Apart from the Falcons and Equatorial Guinea, Uzbekistan and CSKA Moscow Ladies participated in the competition.

Falcons recorded a maximum of nine points from three matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding none to emerge champions.

Glory Ogbonna opened the scoring for the nine-time African champions in the ninth minute, before captain Oshoala scored two goals from the spot in the 12th and 13th minutes, and then added a third in the 26th minute.

Uchenna Kalu made it 5-0 in the 36th minute, while Eibar forward Charity Adule scored the sixth goal with a fine header three minutes later.

Toni Payne’s 43rd-minute thunderous strike after shielding off two of her opponents gave the Falcons a seven-goal advantage into the half-time break.

Falcons coach Randy Waldrum brought on Gift Monday, Ramat Abdulkareem, Esther Sunday, and Maryam Ibrahim for Chiwendu Ihezuo, Chidinma Okeke, Payne and Kalu, which ensured that all the 23 players for the tournament took part in the encounter.

The Falcons scored two goals in the second half of the match, with substitute Gift of Robo FC, scoring the eighth goal in the 69th minute and Oshoala netting in the ninth and her fourth goal of the game in the 85th minute.

Two minutes later, Equatoguinean defender, Gina, was given the marching orders after a harsh tackle on Ramat Abdulkareem on the left flank.

With the result, the Falcons become the first African team to win the tournament, following three straight wins.

Speaking on the encounter, Oshoala said, “As a team, I’m really happy with the attitude the girls put up in the tournament because we came all out to make sure we had fun.

“Also, we worked very hard. We just want to make sure that we give our best and keep getting good results and goals as much as we can.”

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Beyond the ‘big three’, King Djokovic sets sights on Williams, Court

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Not content with challenging Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the men’s Grand Slams record, Novak Djokovic has Serena Williams and Margaret Court in his sights after claiming an astonishing ninth Australian Open title.

The world number one’s bold statement followed Sunday’s final, when he ended a turbulent tournament marked by a muscle injury and media attacks by humbling an in-form Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic’s 18th major crown placed him within striking distance of the men’s record of 20, jointly held by Nadal, who lost in the quarter-finals, and Federer, who was absent through injury.

But the Serb also raised the prospect of a bigger goal: reaching the 23 held by Williams, and even the 24 won by Court straddling the amateur and Open era.

“Getting closer to maybe Roger’s, Rafa’s record, Serena, Margaret,” said Djokovic, when asked about his goals and schedule for this year.

“Everyone has their own journey and their own way of making history. They’ve made history already. They made a tremendous mark in our sport.

“I think about winning more Slams and breaking records, of course. And most of my attention and my energy from this day forward, until I retire from tennis, is going to be directed in majors, trying to win more major trophies.”

Djokovic, 33, said he would play a slimmed-down schedule focusing on the majors, rather than the rankings, now he’s guaranteed to surpass Federer’s record of 310 weeks as world number one on March 8.

His triumph follows a difficult tournament, after he suffered a muscle tear in the third round and was criticised for requesting better conditions for players during quarantine.

“It hurts,” he said of the criticism. “I’m a human being. I have emotions.”

The Serb’s 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 win over the 25-year-old Medvedev, who was on a 20-match winning streak, was also a sobering moment for the younger players hoping to dislodge the ‘Big Three’.

“The three knights of tennis,” Djokovic smiled.

“Roger and Rafa inspire me,” he added. “I think as long as they go, I’ll go. In a way it’s like a race who plays tennis more and who wins more.

“It’s a competition between us in all areas. But I think that’s the very reason why we are who we are, because we do drive each other, we motivate each other, we push each other to the limit.”

Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic said the Big Three were producing “better and better tennis” and also noted that Court’s record was on the horizon.

“I don’t know where is the end. Maybe they’re going to overtake Margaret Court and Serena, maybe not,” he said.

“But it’s amazing what they doing on the court. It’s amazing how they perform in the big matches.”

And Djokovic, dubbed the “king of Melbourne” by Medvedev, had a warning for the generation coming up behind the Big Three.

“Roger, Rafa, myself are still there for a reason,” he said. “We don’t want to hand it to them and we don’t want to allow them to win Slams.

“I think that’s something that is very clear. Whether you communicate that message or not, we are definitely sending that vibe out there.”

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