Manchester United Beat Southampton To Win League Cup
- LONDON : Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the first major silverware of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United reign and broke Southampton's hearts as the Swedish star's late goal clinched a dramatic 3-2 victory in Sunday's League Cup final. Ibrahimovic was one of Mourinho's marquee signings in the close-season and he repaid his manager's faith with a typically dominant display on the big occasion at Wembley. The 35-year-old opened the scoring with a blistering free-kick before Jesse Lingard doubled United's lead. Manolo Gabbiadini sparked a thrilling Southampton fightback, scoring just before half-time and again early in the second half. But Ibrahimovic had the last word as his 87th minute header -- his 26th goal of the campaign -- ensured Mourinho joined United legend Alex Ferguson and Nottingham Forest great Brian Clough as the only managers to win the League Cup four times. Mourinho is the first United manager to win a top prize in his maiden season at Old Trafford, a feat not even Ferguson or Matt Busby achieved.
- It was also the 54-year-old's 19th major trophy of his glittering career. With United trailing well behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, Mourinho needed this success to guarantee players, fans and the club's hierarchy remain in his corner. But the serial winner will hope the victory acts as a catalyst to claim bigger prizes in the near future, just as it did when the League Cup was the first silverware of his maiden spell with Chelsea. It is 41 years since Southampton shocked United in the FA Cup final to lift the only major trophy in the club's history and Claude Puel's team deserve credit for an enterprising display that took them agonisingly close to another huge upset. In the absence of injured playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and with Wayne Rooney again on the bench, the stage was set for Ibrahimovic to cement his status as United's talisman and he wasted little time stamping his authority on his first showpiece occasion in England.
- Demanding the ball right from the start, Ibrahimovic's astute pass set up France midfielder Paul Pogba for a fierce long-range effort that stung the palms of Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Southampton responded with a dangerous raid that should have brought the opening goal in the 11th minute when Cedric Soares crossed low into the six yard box and Gabbiadini side-footed past David de Gea., only to see his celebrations curtailed by a dubious offside decision. Emboldened by that lucky escape, United swept forward and in the 19th minute Oriol Romeu made a costly error when he try to halt another attack with a crude lunge on Ander Herrera. Romeu was booked but there was worse punishment to come from the free-kick as Ibrahimovic stepped up to smash his dipping shot over the Southampton wall. Despite their lead, United still looked alarmingly casual and De Gea was forced to save from James Ward-Prowse and Dusan Tadic.
- But Southampton were even more negligent at the back and Mourinho's men made them pay again in the 38th minute. Marcos Rojo was given room to pick out Lingard inside the penalty area and the United forward couldn't believe this luck as the statuesque Saints' defence allowed him to guide a low finish past Forster. Yet on the stroke of half-time Southampton were back in it as United were caught napping by Ward-Prowse's cross and Gabbiadini applied the finishing touch with a cool close-range effort.
- With the strangely diffident Pogba offering little protection to United's defence, Southampton exposed United's defensive flaws again to draw level in the 48th minute When a corner was directed back into the United area, Pogba missed a header and Gabbiadini reacted quicker than Chris Smalling to whip his shot past De Gea for his fifth goal in just three appearances since a January move from Napoli. Romeu almost won it when he headed against a post from Ward-Prowse's corner. But, despite a far from convincing display from United, it was Ibrahimovic who delivered the knockout blow with extra-time looming. He started and finished a United counter, ghosting into the six-yard box to meet Herrera's cross with a bullet header that added more lustre to both United and Mourinho's trophy cabinets.
Red-Hot Tsonga Wins Marseille Open
- MARSEILLE : Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed a second title in as many weeks and surged into the world top 10 after beating fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the final of the ATP Marseille Open on 26 February 2017. Second seed Tsonga, currently 11th in the ATP rankings, notched up a 6-4, 6-4 win over fourth seed Pouille to become Marseille champion for a third time.
- Tsonga, 31, won in Rotterdam last week for a first title since September 2015 and his Marseille victory was his 14th career ATP title. "I played great tennis all week, like last week," said the in-form Tsonga. "I was never in too much danger. I served very well each time it was close."
Fichardt Wins Joburg Open With Last-Hole Birdie
- JOHANNESBURG : South African Darren Fichardt birdied the last hole on 27 February 2017 for a final-round 68 and a one-stroke victory in the rain-affected Joburg Open. The European Tour event was reduced from 72 holes to 54 after the first three days of the championship were interrupted by torrential rain. Fichardt not only topped the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club leaderboard, he also claimed one of three 2017 British Open places up for grabs. The other two invitations to the major at Royal Birkdale were taken by Joburg Open runners-up Paul Waring of England and Stuart Manley of Wales. Fichardt shot rounds of 66, 66 and 68 for a 15-under total of 200 over a course that resembled marshland in places after downpours from Thursday to Saturday.
- Waring closed with a 69 and Manley with a 67 for totals of 201 as they both sought a first European Tour triumph. It was the fifth European Tour success for 41-year-old Fichardt, and his first since lifting the Africa Open trophy four years ago. "This was a tough final round for me," said the South African who changed his putter and putting grip this week after months of frustration on the greens. "I could not hole a putt to save my life in recent weeks," he added after receiving the trophy from the mayor of Johannesburg. "My old putter had suffered a lot and needed a holiday," joked the champion. "I gave it to my son and have not seen it since. "I did not putt very well today and was outdriven at every hole by my two playing partners, but I stuck in there. "Earning a place at the British Open is a tremendous bonus -- going to Royal Birkdale will be awesome."
- After a see-saw first nine holes of the final round, South African Jacques Kruyswijk led by one stroke from Fichardt, Manley and Waring. Fichardt surged into a two-stroke lead after a superb chip and putt on 14, but that advantage was halved with two holes remaining. The leader winced as his tee shot on 17 flew left and he bogeyed while Waring parred to draw level with the South African and clubhouse leader Manley. On the final hole, Waring had a difficult birdie putt which lipped the cup while Fichardt tapped his short one in for victory. South African George Coetzee, who finished three strokes behind Fichardt, carded a 65 for the best score of the final round. Defending champion Haydn Porteous, also of South Africa, finished with a level-par 72 for a total 206.
Oscars 2017 LIVE : Winners’ List So Far
- The spotlights are on. The red carpet has been rolled out. The stage is set. And it's time for the biggest night of Hollywood - the 89th Academy Awards. The award ceremony has kicked off in style at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Justin Timberlake started the party with a bang - he crooned 'Can't stop the feeling' as the stars grooved with him. Host Jimmy Kimmel took over from him and showed that we're in for a fun night as he pulled fast ones on Matt Damon and Andrew Garfield early on in the evening. Meryl Streep was given a rousing standing ovation for her 20th nomination this year and her continuous contribution to cinema.
- Here's the list of the winners so far.
- Best Film Editing - John Gilbert for 'Hacksaw Ridge'
- Best Visual Effects - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones and Dan Lemmon for 'The Jungle Book'
- Best Production Design - David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco for 'La La Land'
- Best Animated Feature - 'Zootopia' by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer
- Best Animated Short - 'Piper' by Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
- Best Foreign Language Film - 'The Salesman' by Asghar Farhadi
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Viola Davis for 'Fences'
- Best Sound Mixing - Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for 'Hacksaw Ridge'
- Best Sound Editing - Sylvian Bellemare for 'Arrival'
- Best Documentary Feature - Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow for 'O J: Made In America'
- Best Costume Design - Colleen Atwood for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson for 'Suicide Squad'
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) - Mahershala Ali for 'Moonlight'
Mumbai Richest Indian City With Wealth Of $820 Billion : Report
- MUMBAI : Mumbai is the richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion, a report has said. According to the latest New World Wealth report, India's financial capital here is home to 46,000 millionaires and 28 billionaires, and is followed in terms of wealth by Delhi in second place and Bengaluru in third place. Delhi is home to 23,000 millionaires and 18 billionaires with total wealth of $450 billion, while Bengaluru has 7,700 millionaires and 8 billionaires and an aggregate wealth of $320 billion.
- Home to 9,000 millionaires and 6 billionaires, Hyderabad is next with a total wealth of $310 billion.Pune, with a total wealth of $180 billion, has 4,500 millionaires and 5 billionaires. The total wealth held in India as of December 2016 amounts to $6.2 trillion, while the country is home to 264,000 millionaires and 95 billionaires, the report added.