Week 32: Man City face crucial Manchester derby, QPR face tough Chelsea test

Balls and Brawls

Man City head into this Sunday’s derby with Man United with a much-needed win after they  fell nine points off the lead and cannot afford any more slip-ups as with the title out of reach, they are also now clinging on for a top four finish.

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Transfer gossip: Walcott-Sterling swap deal; Clyne to Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is eager to keep hold of England international right back Nathaniel Clyne, but the 24-year-old continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal, Manchester United and now Chelsea. Clyne has just over a year left on his current Saints contract and the south coast club must now decided whether or not to cash in on him this summer or risk losing him for nothing in 2016.

[ RELATED: Costa out injured ]

Clyne has broken into England’s side over the past few months and has excelled in the last three seasons at Southampton. United have long been rumored in a move for Clyne to fill their need for a right back, while Arsenal and Chelsea’s names have only recently been mentioned in the gossip column. Multiple reports in the UK have linked Clyne with Chelsea over the past few days as the Londoner would cost in excess of…

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reveals the severity of Diego Costa’s injury

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Diego Costa will miss Chelsea’s next four games.

On Friday Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho revealed the extent of the Spanish strikers left hamstring injury, as Costa lasted just 11 minutes of the Blues’ 2-1 home win over Stoke City last Saturday after coming on at half time.

[ RELATED: Costa risk had to be taken ]

Costa, 26, has been plagued with a persistent hamstring injury over the past 12 months which has impacted the number of games he is able to play and he will now miss matches against Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City.

Mourinho, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to QPR on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) claimed that Costa would only be available for the final four games of Chelsea’s season as the west London side aim to clinch the Premier…

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reveals the severity of Diego Costa’s injury

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Diego Costa will miss Chelsea’s next four games.

On Friday Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho revealed the extent of the Spanish strikers left hamstring injury, as Costa lasted just 11 minutes of the Blues’ 2-1 home win over Stoke City last Saturday after coming on at half time.

[ RELATED: Costa risk had to be taken ]

Costa, 26, has been plagued with a persistent hamstring injury over the past 12 months which has impacted the number of games he is able to play and he will now miss matches against Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City.

Mourinho, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to QPR on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) claimed that Costa would only be available for the final four games of Chelsea’s season as the west London side aim to clinch the Premier…

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UK Networking Events in South Wales

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For UK Networking Events please consider the weekly professional networking events in South Wales or quarterly International networking events in Europe, hosted by leading Welsh Networking Company, Introbiz

Introbiz, the largest independent professional network in Wales.

Wales No1 Business Networking Club run by Paul & Tracey SmolinskiThey host weekly Welsh business networking events as well as other networking events around the UK, and internationally.

At their Welsh networking events they bring businesses together in over 50 fantastic 4 and 5 star venues throughout South Wales including many in the Welsh Capital City of Cardiff and neighbouring City Newport as well as around the Vale of Glamorgan.

From networking breakfast events, to champagne and canapé social events in the afternoon and business sporting club day time and evening events, they offer fantastic opportunities for business leaders and professionals to connect with other business leaders and professionals.

At one of Introbiz’ Welsh networking events you will need to take lots of business cards with you because each of their Welsh networking events attracts between 60-100 different businesses every week.  They are very proud to say that they attract 50-70 new visitors a month, who come to their Welsh Networking Events for the very first time, so there is always someone different to meet at their Welsh business events as well as to work on and build long lasting relationships with the regular members.  All you need to remember to do, after one of their Welsh networking events is to follow up, with all of your new found connections!

Business Networking

Leading Welsh Networking Company Introbiz provide a structured yet supportive business networking events environment where once you have established yourself as part of the network, your fellow members will get to know, like and trust you, which is when business often gets exchanged.

Have a look at their networking events diary to see what Welsh Networking Events or International Networking Events they have coming up and if you would like to come along as a visitor or join the Welsh Networking Company as a member please call: 07517 024979 or email: enquires@introbiz.co.uk (quoting WelshBiz15).

Welsh Networking Events & Welsh Business Exhibition

In addition to their Welsh networking events, Introbiz also host the annual Introbiz Welsh Business Exhibition.  Please take a look at highlights from previous years Welsh Business Exhibitions with the 2014 Business Expo Video and Business Expo 2014 Magazine.

2015 is going to be a spectacular two day welsh business exhibition event, so make sure you keep up with the latest Introbiz news!

If you would like Exhibit at or Sponsor the Welsh Business Exhibition please call: 07517 024979 or email: enquires@introbiz.co.uk (quoting WelshBiz15).

If you would like to attend the Welsh Business Exhibition for Free please follow the link.

Introbiz look forward to meeting you at one of their Welsh business events soon!

Tweet them on: #Introbiz & Follow Introbiz on @Introbiz |@PaulIntrobiz or @IntrobizMarketing

The UK Networking Event page was posted “By Mike Armstrong” from Welsh Marketing Company MA Consultancy

Wenger: Burnley “a tough test for everybody,” Arsenal won’t underestimate them

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Arsene Wenger says his Arsenal side will be fully prepared for a tough battle when they step on the field at Turf Moor this Saturday to face Burnley (Watch live on NBC and onlive via Live Extra, 12:30 pm ET). Wenger says not only are Burnley a very physical team, but they’re very good at home.

Burnley most recently knocked off then-title challengers Manchester City at home on March 14, effectively ending City’s title chase. Speaking in his weekly press conference (above video) ahead of Saturday’s showdown, Wenger was full of praise for Sean Dyche’s side as the Clarets aim to avoid relegation.

“Burnely is a tough test for everybody. You shouldn’t look at the table, because they started slowly, but recently they have played very well against all the big teams in the league.

“They are quite efficient at home, because they have made 18 points out of…

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Real or fake? Barcelona’s Martin Montoya hits 30-yard shot through basketball hoop

ProSoccerTalk

The above Vine of Barcelona defender Martin Montoya floating a 30-yard, cross-field ball and hitting nothing but net through a basketball goal is either a really skillful piece of ball striking by the player, or a really skillful piece of video editing by the video production team.

[ MORE: Ronaldo joins Real Madrid’s 300-club, La Liga roundup ]

You be the judge, but it looks pretty real to me. The flight of the ball looks natural, just like a Andrea Pirlo hitting a 60-yard diagonal to the opposite flank. It’s not crazy to think that someone who plays for Barcelona could do this. The challenge is, as always, having a camera running and pointed in the right direction when something like this happens.

The biggest question, for me, is what in the world a basketball goal is doing on the training field of Barcelona.

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Real Madrid to appeal Cristiano Ronaldo yellow for diving vs Rayo

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Carlo Ancelotti called the yellow card Cristiano Ronaldo got for diving in Wedensday’s 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano “unbelievable” and Real Madrid has confirmed it will appeal the decision.

The yellow card was Ronaldo’s fifth of the season, resulting in a one-match suspension to be served in Saturday’s home match vs Eibar.

“I told the referee that I thought it was unbelievable not to give a penalty when he instead called it the other way,” Ancelotti said in his post-match press conference. The video above confirms his thoughts. As Ronaldo bursts into the penalty area one-on-one with Rayo’s Antonio Amaya, the 31-year-old defender comes flying in to make a tackle, upending Ronaldo while getting none of the ball. Referee Mario Melero instead showed Ronaldo a yellow for diving, a hilariously poor decision that reduced Ronaldo to a stunned look of incredulity.

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Neymar dropped? Just rested says Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

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Don’t fret Barcelona fans, Neymar hasn’t been dropped, according to the Catalan club’s manager.

Luis Enrique made sure fans and media alike were made aware that the Brazilian striker hadn’t been benched, but instead was just rested in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Almeria on Wednesday.

“Neymar is the only one who didn’t get a rest with his national team. So [tonight] I called [up] Pedro, who was in the best possible condition,” Enrique said in his post-match press conference. Pedro played the full 90 minutes alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Neymar played all 90 minutes in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Chile on March 29, and was drawn into headlines when Gary Medel appeared to stamp on the 23-year-old’s ankle. Medel was not punished for the incident.

Questions surrounding Neymar arose following the release of the teamsheet as he has taken a back seat to Suarez of late. To…

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Quick Tip: Give Your Blog a Seasonal Facelift

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Last week, Erica gave you some tips for spring cleaning your blog. The start of a new season is also a nice time to make some appearance updates, and refreshing your blog’s appearance can re-energize you as a blogger.

(We’re talking tweaks, not a total overhaul — you probably like a lot of things about your blog, and you’ll want to keep some things consistent to avoid confusing your readers.)

I’ve always admired bloggers who freshen up their layouts while keeping their blog’s feel and branding consistent. Super-popular mommyblogger Dooce changes her header image every month — you can see a collection of all her past headers here — and food blogger Matt Bites creates headers seasonally to highlight the shifts in what he’s cooking and eating.

For the past year or so, I’ve used a version of Ryu customized with a small header image, dark gray background, and bold white…

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