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Chelsea’s winning streak comes to an end

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The Blues netted first through N’Golo Kante in the North West but City fought back to take the three points.

Frank Lampard’s side started strongly against the champions with Willian and Fikayo Tomori going close before Emerson Palmieri brought the first save of the game out of home keeper Ederson.

Chelsea took a deserved lead in the 21st minute when Mateo Kovacic played in Kante and the Frenchman expertly struck the ball into the back of the net.

The home side quickly responded and were fortunate to be back in the game eight minutes later when Kevin de Bruyne took aim from distance and his shot deflected off Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before the ball rolled into the goal.

De Bruyne soon went close to notching his brace but sent an effort just over the bar before Manchester City  edged ahead when Riyad Mahrez found the bottom corner of the net with a shot across goal.

Chelsea were lucky to go into the break just 2-1 down. Sergio Aguero thumped an effort on goal from distance when cannoned off the bar, a let off for Lampard’s men.

Mahrez looked the biggest danger after the interval with the player firing wide before forcing a save from Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga later in the half.

City threw on Phil Foden to add some power to their frontline and the youngster certainly kept the Chelsea defence on their toes. There was to a be one last big moment deep in injury time when Raheem Sterling had the ball in the net but his goal was ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside decision.

Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday evening when they travel to Spain to take on Valencia in the UEFA Champions League.

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Olympic champion and judo trainer sentenced for sexually abusing minors

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Austrian Olympic champion and Judo instructor, Peter Seisenbacher, has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually abusing two girls he coached.

One girl was nine and another was just 13 when the abuses started. The Vienna court found that the abuse took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s. A third woman says Seisenbacher, 59, tried to sexually abuse her at a holiday camp when she was 16.He denied the charges. He won two Olympic gold medals, in 1984 and 1988.

The presiding judge told the court: “We didn’t have the impression that the three lied, that they were mistaken, or that they jointly conspired.” Seisenbacher can appeal against the sentence. Seisenbacher’s trial had been scheduled to start in December 2016 but he was nowhere to be found until he turned up in Georgia in 2017, then moved on to Ukraine. He was handed over to Austria in September.

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Emery out of Arsenal

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Unai Emery has been fired as Arsenal head coach, with Freddie Ljungberg installed as the club’s interim head coach.

Arsenal’s executives, with the support of Josh Kroenke, have pulled the trigger on the Spaniard after the club produced their worst run of results since 1992.

Thursday night’s defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt was Arsenal’s seventh consecutive match without a victory.

Josh Kroenke, the son of owner Stan, said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

In a club statement, Arsenal said the search for a new head coach is underway. 

Freddie Ljungberg will be put in temporary charge for Sunday’s game against Norwich City, with Steve Bould assisting the former Arsenal midfielder.

Ljungberg will remain in charge until Arsenal can make a permanent appointment, with Mikel Arteta, Max Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo all on the club’s radar.

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Russian Athletes Banned

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KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA – MARCH 2: (RUSSIA OUT) U.S. delegation athletes attend the opening ceremony of the 29th Winter Universiade at Platinum Arena March 2, 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, . Vladimir Putin is on a short trip to Siberian region of Krasnoyask. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

The World Anti-Doping Agency(WDA) has through a key panel recommended that Russia be slammed with a four-year ban from competing in any sporting activities over its non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code

In a statement released on the 25th of November, the recommendation by the Compliance Review Committee was based on a forensic review of inconsistencies found in some of the data that was obtained by the agency from the Moscow lab in January. Although the recommendation has been criticized by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said it amounted to one more western effort to sideline Russia, the statement said the final decision will rest with WADA’s Executive Committee which will consider the recommendation and the proposed consequences on December 9.

Besides the ban from major sporting events, the recommendation also includes banning Russia from hosting major competitions and from bidding for such events.

Plans are underway to ensure Russian athletes apply to compete as ‘neutrals’ in upcoming competitions, although the decision is not final yet.

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