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first_imgAFC B’MOUTH VS ASTON VILLABarclays Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth are in the top flight for the first time in their history. Arguably the ‘smallest’ club ever to feature in the Premier League – they have a stadium with a capacity of less than 12,000, and just six years ago, they finished 21st in the fourth tier of the English game. Villa lost the FA Cup final 4-0 against Arsenal and have lost key players Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.EVERTON VS LIVERPOOLLiverpool have much to prove as they look to find a top-four finish. Boss Brendan Rodgers has signed Manchester City’s James Milner, Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and Villa’s Belgium front man Christian Benteke. Revenge could be in the air after the massive 6-1 Stoke win last May. VS WATFORDWatford are back in the Barclays Premier League and with a new boss, head coach Enrique S·nchez Flores, who played for Spanish clubs Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza, and has since coached the likes of Valencia, Benfica (Portugal) and AtlÈtico Madrid. He faces fellow Spaniard Roberto MartÌnez, whose Everton side struggled last season, finishing in 11th place, their lowest placing since 2005-06.LEICESTER CITY VS SUNDERLANDAfter keeping Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League last term, interim boss Dick Advocaat said he was returning to Holland. Fans persuaded him to change his mind and now he takes his side to another team that just survived relegation after a remarkable run of seven wins and a draw from their last nine. But while Leicester survived, manager Nigel Pearson did not and so former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri takes charge for the first time.NORWICH CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACENorwich are back in the Premier League and, under manager Alex Neil hopes are high that the Canaries will retain their status. Palace brought in Alan Pardew as their boss in early 2014 and his record is impressive with the club finishing in 12th spot. Palace last won at Norwich in 2010.NEWCASTLE VS SOUTHAMPTONNewcastle have a new boss in former England manager Steve McClaren and after the poor season they suffered last term they will be keen to make a mark even if the jury is out on their manager. Saints are unbeaten in their last four against the Magpies, winning the last three.STOKE CITYlast_img read more

Pacquiao plans ‘to finish the fight early’ vs Matthysse

first_imgPhilippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao poses after weigh-in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR — There was no beating around the bush for Manny Pacquiao as far as his plans against Lucas Matthysse on Sunday is concerned.Pacquiao said he doesn’t intend to go the distance with Matthysse, unlike 12 of his last 13 fights.ADVERTISEMENT “Our plan is to move side-to-side, throw a lot of punches and of course, if given a chance, finish the fight early,” said Pacquiao after the official weigh-in at Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre here.The 39-year-old Pacquiao won’t force anything but he is determined to finally end his knockout drought that started in March 2010 against Antonio Margarito.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The last opponent who didn’t last long against Pacquiao was Miguel Cotto, who was stopped 55 seconds into the 12th round.The eight-division champion is gunning for his 60th win and 12th title overall against Matthysse, who is defending his WBA welterweight title for the first time.Beating the Argentine champion, however, won’t be an easy task for Pacquiao.Matthysse possesses knockout power in either hand with the record to back it up as 36 out of 39 fights have ended in KOs.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Part of Pacquiao’s plan vs Matthysse is “to finish the fight early.” #PacquiaoMatthysse | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/tiO4pTyMBt— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) July 14, 2018 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Nets acquire Faried, Arthur from Nuggets ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more