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Man City too good for Liverpool

Man City too good for Liverpool

Manchester City recovered from their shock defeat at Sunderland and opened up a three-point gap at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable victory over Liverpool.
Roberto Mancini’s side faced a test of character and resilience with a swift turnaround to play again only 48 hours after the loss at the Stadium of Light – and they passed the examination impressively.
Liverpool were denied striker Luis Suarez’s potency as they decided not to appeal against the eight-game ban handed down after the Football Association found the Uruguayan guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.And they sorely missed Suarez’s menace as they enjoyed plenty of possession but never threatened to turn it into tangible reward.
Mancini incredulous at Man City fixtures
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s error gifted Sergio Aguero an early goal and Yaya Toure rose to head home David Silva’s corner for a second before the break.
The only blot on City’s night came when Gareth Barry was sent off for a second yellow card, which means he misses Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United, but they sealed the win when James Milner scored from the spot after Martin Skrtel fouled Yaya Toure.

It gave City the advantage over closest rivals United before their visit to Newcastle on Wednesday and enabled them to regain momentum after a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion and the 1-0 reverse at Sunderland.

Liverpool’s efforts lacked punch despite the vast expense lavished on their forward line by manager Kenny Dalglish and they ended well beaten.

Stewart Downing was thwarted by Joe Hart’s crucial early block from Jordan Henderson’s fine pass before Reina gifted City their opening goal.Aguero’s shot was testing in the stormy conditions but the Spaniard made the basic error of failing to get his body behind the ball and the 20-yard shot dipped underneath him to relieve City’s early nerves.

The Argentine then lifted a shot just over before Edin Dzeko’s effort took a heavy deflection off Glen Johnson and flew inches wide with the anxious Reina totally wrong-footed.

As Liverpool appeared to be getting a foothold in proceedings, the hosts struck again 12 minutes before the interval.

Reina made amends for his earlier error by turning Vincent Kompany’s header over the top, but when Silva returned the resulting corner Yaya Toure got ahead of Johnson to head high past the the visiting keeper.

Kompany made a vital intervention at the other end to ensure City protected their two-goal lead until half-time, throwing himself bravely in front of Dirk Kuyt’s shot as the Dutchman moved to turn in Andy Carroll’s header.Once more the Reds saw plenty of the ball after the restart, but their lack of threat prompted Dalglish to make a double change just before the hour mark, sending on Steven Gerrard and former Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy for the disappointing Charlie Adam and Kuyt.

They failed to make any serious inroads into the home defence, although they were given brief hope when Barry was sent off for a second yellow card, an innocuous block on Daniel Agger, with 17 minutes left.
If they did have any hopes of a revival, they were snuffed out two minutes later when referee Mike Jones – a late replacement for Andre Marriner, who refereed the match in which Suarez had his flashpoint with Evra in October – pointed to the spot after Skrtel tangled with Yaya Toure.

After Mancini had failed in demands to have Skrtel sent off by waving an imaginary red card, Milner converted the penalty emphatically.
Substitute Adam Johnson struck the post with a curling effort as City pressed again, but matters had already been settled well before.
Liverpool kept going and tested City keeper Hart with some late efforts from Gerrard and Downing, but he was more than equal to the task on a bitterly disappointing night for Dalglish’s side.

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Mike Perham has become the youngest person ever to sail round the world

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Mike Perham has become the youngest person ever to sail round the world

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Mike Perham has become the youngest person ever to sail round the world.

Michael Perham

Michael Perham (born 16 March 1992[2] in Hertfordshire, England) is a boy from Potters Bar who, at the age of 17 years and 164 days, became the youngest person to sail around the world solo in the 50ft racing yacht totallymoney.com, completing his journey on August 27, 2009. Perham’s record surpassed that of Zac Sunderland, an older 17 year old American, set only six weeks earlier.

Previously, Perham had crossed the Atlantic Ocean single-handed when he helmed the 29 foot (9 metres) Cheeky Monkey between Gibraltar and Antigua with repair stops in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde between 18 November 2006 and 3 January 2007. That voyage ended when he sailed into Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua at 14:00 GMT after a 3500-mile voyage. His father crossed the Atlantic at the same time in a separate boat.

Perham took the Guinness World Record from Seb Clover who crossed when he was 15 in 2003. Perham started sailing at the age of seven.

Perham has recorded his experiences in the Atlantic crossing in a book which is represented by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency but has not yet sold. He also plans to create the Sail Mike Foundation, to encourage young people to take to the water. He is also aiming to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Global circumnavigation

On 15 November 2008, Perham began his solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world from Gunwharf Quays[1] in Portsmouth, England, in his chartered Open 50 yacht, totallymoney.com (named after the principal sponsors). He had to sell the vessel he used on his previous record attempt to raise money for the new record attempt.

The journey was planned to take four and a half months and to cover some 40,000 km. In fact he completed it on 27 August 2009. Perham was 16 when he began the journey, and turned 17 on 16 March 2009, while crossing the Indian Ocean making him the youngest solo non-stop round-the-world sailor.

If Perham’s trip had gone wholly to plan, he would have been competing for the “unassisted non-stop” record, which is a different record than the assisted sailing record. However, multiple problems with the autopilot required that repairs be made in lengthy stopovers in Lisbon and the Canary Islands; then further stops were made in Cape Town, Hobart and Auckland.

By March 2009 Perham had decided to aim for the record of the youngest solo circumnavigation, though he continued to make a continuous passage without use of his engine. The decision to accept assistance along the way, along with harsh winter conditions, led Perham to elect to transit the Panama Canal rather than sail around Cape Horn.

Money raised from the voyage was to be donated to Save the Children and the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Perham took the record from Zac Sunderland, an American who completed his journey in July 2009 at the age of 17 years, 7 months. However, Sunderland’s record was not recognized by Guinness due to him taking a brief break to fly home to celebrate Christmas with his family.

Perham and Sunderland met unexpectedly in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2009, along with Minoru Saito, a Japanese sailor who is the oldest person to circumnavigate the world solo.

Laura Dekker, a thirteen year old Dutch girl, also with New Zealand and German passports, plans to circumnavigate within two years, hoping to challenge the record. A Dutch court did hear a case on 24 August 2009 to cease temporarily parental control to stop Laura from attempting to sail off.

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Jones hands McCarthy a miserable return to Sunderland

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Jones hands McCarthy a miserable return to Sunderland

SUNDERLAND, England (AFP) – Sunderland handed former manager Mick McCarthy a miserable return to the Stadium of Light as Kenwyne Jones‘s double-strike inspired a 5-2 win over Wolverhampton on Sunday.

McCarthy spent three years in charge at Sunderland before being sacked in 2006 after a dismal campaign in the Premier League.

There were no fond memories for McCarthy to take back to Wolverhampton from Wearside this time either as his side squandered a point after battling back from 2-0 down to 2-2.

Penalties from Darren Bent and Trinidad and Tobago striker Jones had given Steve Bruce‘s Sunderland a two-goal lead just after half-time.

John Mensah‘s own goal and a Kevin Doyle strike gave McCarthy hope of making a point.

But Jones restored Sunderland’s lead with a superb individual effort before Michael Turner’s header and a Michael Mancienne own goal compounded McCarthy’s misery and lifted the Black Cats into eighth place in the table.

McCarthy admitted Sunderland’s third goal had been the decisive moment.

“I think we got stretched, we had the game by the scruff of the neck then and our two centre-backs didn’t deal with the first ball, and that really is the difference,” he said.

“We really played well, I thought we could win it at 2-2 and I think we deserved something from the game.”

Bruce added: “We go from the ridiculous to the sublime at times but the one thing we’ve got is a threat up front. It got us out of jail.

“Defensively we have to improve because there are times when we go into meltdown.

“We’re delighted we have three points but at times there were alarming mistakes we made.”

Bent tormented the Wolves defence from the start and won a penalty in the ninth minute when Segundo Castillo tripped the former Tottenham striker in the area, although television replays suggested the midfielder got a touch on the ball first.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey went the right way but couldn’t keep out Bent’s perfectly-placed spot-kick as the forward notched his sixth goal of the season.

McCarthy’s men responded well and had a penalty appeal turned down after Turner’s clumsy aerial challenge on Doyle.

Doyle was close to equalising when he glanced a header just wide on the stroke of half-time.

After ending the half on top, Wolves found themselves two goals down within three minutes of the restart.

Bent got to Steed Malbranque‘s cross marginally before Christophe Berra and was brought down by the Wolves defender.

This time Bent handed penalty duties to Jones, who pleaded successfully to take the kick and drove it past Hennessey.

Berra gave Wolves a lifeline as he redeemed himself two minutes later. The former Hearts player sent in a cross which Craig Gordon could only palm against Ghana captain Mensah, and the ball flew off the defender’s chest and into the net.

Sunderland imploded again five minutes later when Gordon gave away an indirect free-kick just six yards from goal when he picked up Kieran Richardson‘s misplaced back-pass to keep it out of his net.

Andy Keogh tapped the ball short to Karl Henry, and although his effort was blocked, Doyle smashed home the rebound to equalise.

But Sunderland edged in front once again with 20 minutes remaining when Jones surged clear and drilled his shot past Hennessey.

Turner put the result beyond doubt when he powered home a header from Andy Reid’s corner in the 73rd minute before Bent’s shot deflected in off Mancienne in stoppage time.

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