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Puertas hits too late as Granada contest 10-man Barcelona

A stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw with Barcelona, ​​while Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga after beating Valencia 4-1 (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaA stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw against Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday, while Real Madrid extended their lead with a 4-1 home win over Valencia. Luuk de Jong's header in the second half after a perfect cross from Dani Alves gave Barça the lead, but Puertas equalized with his 89th-minute goal. “We managed the game well in the second half, especially after the goal, but we were too scared. The draw leaves Barcelona in sixth place in the league with 32 points from 20 games, 17 points behind leaders Real Madrid. De Jong and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, two of the most criticized Barcelona players in the first half of the season, were bright spots for the second league game in a row. The Dutch striker, who refused to acknowledge a goal from the VAR due to a narrow offside, would have hit with a bicycle kick minutes later for almost the second week in a row, while Ter Stegen after a powerful low shot from. Granada's Darwin Machis made a wonderful one-handed parade. Alves, who made his first league game after returning to Barça in six years, helped the team with one assist and two crucial defensive replacements. The 38-year-old right-back became the oldest player to appear in a league game for Barcelona, ​​surpassing Jose Manuel Pinto by 57 days. Real Madrid's strike duo Karim Benzema and Vinícius Jr. scored two goals each to give the La Liga leaders a 4-1 home win over Valencia and get them back on track after their disappointing loss to Getafe last weekend . Sevilla, who have two games ahead of them, host Getafe on Sunday. Benzema scored the goal with a penalty shortly before the break, his 300th goal in all competitions for Real. Vinícius, who missed Real's last two games after testing positive for Covid, scored twice at the start of the second half. Gonçalo Guedes scored Valencia's consolation goal in the 76th minute with a header on the rebound after Thibaut Courtois saved his penalty. Benzema sealed the emphatic victory two minutes before the end with a low shot from the penalty area. In Saturday's other La Liga games, Roberto Soldado and José Luis Morales Levante's goals brought a 2-0 home win over Mallorca despite José Campaña being sent off late and Real Sociedad defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 at home thanks to Mikel Oyarzabal's half goal. In the Bundesliga, which started again after the winter break, Borussia Dortmund made a comeback with two goals in the last three minutes, two goals behind and a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. Jude Bellingham headed the equalizer in the 87th minute before Mahmoud Dahoud scored the winning goal in the 89th minute, sending Dortmund to 37 points and reducing the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to six. Rafael Borré had given the hosts the lead against the game with the first shot on goal after Filip Kostic hit a free kick into the box and the Colombian goalkeeper defeated Gregor Kobel. Before the guests could recover from the setback, Borré struck again and this time threw himself in the penalty area on a sloppy defense by Marco Reus after a mistake by Dortmund's Thomas Meunier, who lost possession in his own half. Dortmund's best chance came just before halftime when Donyell Malen hit the post from close range, but in 71st. Norwegian striker Haaland then forced Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to make a good save before Bellingham headed the equalizer.

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Puertas hits too late as Granada contest 10-man Barcelona

A stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw with Barcelona in La Liga (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaA stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Saturday in La Liga. Striker Luuk de Jong's header in the second half after a perfect cross from Dani Alves gave Barça the lead, but Puertas equalized with his 89th-minute goal. “We managed the game well in the second half, especially after the goal, but we were too scared. After Gavi was sent off, it was difficult for us to control the ball. “Barcelona are sixth in the league with 32 points from 20 games, 14 points behind leaders Real Madrid. De Jong and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, two of the most criticized Barcelona players in the first half of the season, were bright spots for the Catalans in their second league game in a row. The Dutch striker, who refused to acknowledge a goal from the VAR due to a narrow offside, would have hit with a bicycle kick minutes later for almost the second week in a row, while Ter Stegen after a powerful low shot from. Granada's Darwin Machis made a wonderful one-handed parade. The 38-year-old right-back, who played in the 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Linares on Wednesday, became the oldest player to appear in a league game for Barcelona, ​​surpassing Jose Manuel Pinto by 57 days. Barça dominated most of the game but Granada redoubled their efforts when teenage Gavi was sent off after a yellow-red card. Granada pressed and Puertas was in the right place at the right time, sending a left-footed shot into Ter Stegen's top left corner. In Saturday's other La Liga games, Roberto Soldado and José Luis Morales Levante's goals gave Levante a 2-0 home win over Mallorca despite a late red card for José Campaña and Real Sociedad beat Celta Vigo with the opening 1-0 - Home victory of Mikel Oyarzabal - half goal. Real Madrid and Valencia clash in Saturday's late game. In the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund scored twice in the last three minutes to complete a comeback two goals behind and on Saturday to get a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt when the Bundesliga restarted after the winter break. Jude Bellingham headed the equalizer in the 87th minute before Mahmoud Dahoud scored the winning goal in the 89th minute, sending Dortmund to 37 points and reducing the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to six. Rafael Borré had given the hosts the lead against the game with the first shot on goal after Filip Kostic hit a free kick into the box and the Colombian goalkeeper defeated Gregor Kobel. Before the guests could recover from the setback, Borré struck again and this time threw himself in the penalty area on a sloppy defense by Marco Reus after a mistake by Dortmund's Thomas Meunier, who lost possession in his own half. Dortmund's best chance came just before halftime when Donyell Malen hit the post from close range, but in 71st. Norwegian striker Haaland then forced Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to make a good save before Bellingham headed the equalizer.

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Bruno Fernandes' to Barcelona transfer schedule comes to light amid Man Utd's troubles

Barcelona have reportedly made Erling Haaland their primary transfer target but they will turn to Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes if they fail to sign the Norwegian (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona have reportedly made Erling Haaland their primary transfer target but they will turn to Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes if they fail to sign the Norwegian, according to reports in Spain. Barca have made Borussia Dortmund's 21-year-old striker Haaland their primary target before their £ 64m release clause goes into effect at the end of the season. Joan Laporta knows it will take a tremendous effort to sign Haaland and he is already forging alternative plans should his side fail in the pursuit. Would the move to Barcelona be a step forward for Bruno Fernandes? Erling Haaland is Barcelona's number one target but signing could prove difficult, according to El Nacional, who claim that Barcelona would have to sacrifice one of Pedri or Gavi to make room for the former Sporting Lisbon star on the squad. The report adds doubts that United can qualify for next season's Champions League - they're currently seventh in the Premier League - and could convince Fernandes to move to Camp Nou. That being said, Barca are also facing a battle for the La Liga top four as they occupy fifth place on the table. Fernandes was once the talismanic figure on the Red Devils roster, but despite scoring 14 goals or assists in 24 games, he hasn't lived up to the high standards he's set for himself this season. He joined United from Sporting in January 2020 on a £ 67.8m deal, and notably, Barca were interested in the player at the time too. Mirror Sport reported that the Catalan giants made one last attempt to hijack United's offer but that ultimately proved to be in vain as the Red Devils were quick to close the deal. While Barca even offered a higher transfer fee than United, Sporting were reluctant to accept their offer as they wanted to pay most of the sum at the end of the 2019/20 season. Bruno Fernandes was a target for Barcelona in January 2020 As conventional number 10, Fernandes doesn't seem to fit into Rangnick's 4-2-2-2 system, which raises further questions about his long-term future at United. That being said, he remains under contract until 2025 with the option for an additional year so it may take a lot of bid from Barcelona to reach his second destination.

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Coventry City player ratings after beating Derby County 1-0

The Sky Blues are in the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating the Rams (Author: Gardener)

Coventry CityCoventry City v Derby County player ratings: Hyam header as Sky Blues in hat Dominic Hyam of Coventry City is celebrating with his teammates after scoring the opener against Derby, please try again later. Thanks for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meA header in Dominic Hyam's first half put Coventry City into the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Sky Blues defender scored in a competitive third-round match against Derby County at the Coventry Building Society Arena just before half time. Wayne Rooney's men started as the brighter of the two teams, dominated early possession and created a clear chance in the first six minutes of the cup game, threatening from two corners. Ben Wilson was called in the third minute when Max Bird opened the Sky Blues with a long pass placed on Tom Lawrence in the penalty area - the striker's shot was parried for the first time by a terrific reaction from the keeper from two corners. Dominic Hyam celebrates his goal for Coventry City against Derby County in the FA Cup third round and Coventry got their first chance from such a mistake when Liam Thompson played a back pass straight to Matty Godden's feet in the D striker disappointedly over-shot his free kick the bar and missed a clear chance to lead City. The home side were then parried by the left post after a tidy pull-out by Todd Kane resulted in Jamie Allen taking a nice shot that cut off the goalkeeper's outside. But the Sky Blues' growing confidence paid off when Hyam headed home unnoticed at the far post after a Kane corner in the 41st minute. Coventry had to take four corners in quick succession as the Rams determinedly kicked off the second half, but half soon leveled out with attacks on either side as Robins' men look for a second goal to level the tie and the derby to equalize tried to get involved again. And the guests almost made it after an hour when the annoying right-back Festy Ebosele failed due to another reaction from Wilson. Jodi Jones and Josh Eccles were substituted on in the 66th minute, adding new legs to spice things up in an undecided tie as Derby continued to look the most likely like flag kicks. The game was a bit flat in terms of quality, both teams made changes, but Coventry held out four minutes of stoppage time to secure their passage to the next round. Coventry City's Dominic Hyam (center right) scores after a corner against Derby In the third minute he parried a decent save to prevent a clear chance from Tom Lawrence. He made another decent save early in the second half to fend off Ebosele from 12 yards. Calm, composed, read the danger well and gave City the lead with a nice header from the far post after a corner from Todd Kane before the break. Rose was used at the heart of the back three and showed a lot of composure for the most part, but was lucky enough to get away with a mistake in the first half when he was deprived of possession and Derby wasted their resulting chance. Coventry City's Jordan Shipley (right) and Derby County's Max Bird battle for the ball. Made a neat finish on the right and denied a good opportunity in the box when tackled by Forsyth. Great delivery from a corner for Hyam to score. He grew into the game and began to make an impact, especially by winning the ball and helping City bring the field up. Has positioned himself in midfield and kept things nice and simple, won possession and made good use of the ball. Self-confidence grew the more he got forward in attack, but Ebosele was having far too much joy to console himself. Coventry City's Matty Godden battles for possession with Derby County's Festy Ebosele Full of energy and mileage, the lively midfielder pushed the Derby defenders well and hit the post with a decent first-half performance. Put in a decent shift on his second appearance of the season and worked well with Jamie Allen at the top of the boxing midfield. Got a couple of shots away, a decent attempt blocked by Davies to keep him from scoring. Great running and pressing from the front, but missed a golden chance in the 15th minute when he took a free kick over the bar, only the keeper could be beaten. Coventry City's Matt Godden (left) and Derby County's Ravel Morrison battle for the ball Stand on your way and stand available as City looked for a second goal. DERBY COUNTY (4-2-31): Ryan Allsop; Festy Ebosele, Phil Jagielka, Curtis Davies, Craig Forsyth (85 min., For Jack Stretton); Max Vogel, Liam Thompson; Jason Knight (79 min., For Graeme Shinnie), Ravel Morrison (79 min., For Sam Baldock), Tom Lawrence (79 min., For Kamil Jozwiak); Colin Kazim-Richards (79 mins, Luke Plange).

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My first husband raped me on the first date and tried to pimp me, says Joan Collins

SHE went from sexy Hollywood starlet to British icon, leaving behind four husbands and a number of famous lovers. Now Joan Collins has opened up about her life and love in a typically open ... (Author: Gardener)

Joan CollinsSHE went from sexy Hollywood starlet to British icon, leaving behind four husbands and a number of famous lovers. Now Joan Collins has spoken about her life and love in a typically frank and funny way tonight for a new BBC documentary. In the full-length film This is Joan Collins, the 88-year-old star takes viewers behind the doors of her five marriages, including her misery over cheating husband Anthony Newley, near bankruptcy with addict Ron Kass, and toxic relationship with "sociopath" Peter Holm. In a shocking revelation, she reveals that movie star Maxwell Reed - whom she married out of "shame" after raping her on their first date - tried to pimp her on "old rich men" for £ 10,000 a night. She also reveals that notorious studio boss Daryl Zanuck pinned her on the wall when he attempted a sex attack. “I survived as a young actress when virtually all men were predators. “It used to be said that female stars were out by the age of 27, but here I am after seven decades in business to tell you a thing or two about how to survive the dangers of the job.” Born in Maida Vale, London, reveals Joan that she grew up with her handsome, dominant father and that her caring, caring mother shaped her desire to be successful herself. "Mom was busy trying to please him all the time, and I hated it," she recalls. “I vowed not to depend on one man for everything. Just 17 when she started getting film roles, she left the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and was soon earning £ 300 a week - the equivalent of £ 10,000 today. Dad Joe - a successful theater agent - was careful about his daughter becoming an actress. "He didn't want me to be in showbiz because he knew the pitfalls," she says. "He said, 'You're done at 23 and the men are so predatory". He knew how men were doing before the Me Too movement. ”After her breakthrough role as a rebellious teenager on I Believe in You, Joan was introduced to daring star Maxwell Reed by co-star Laurence Harvey. Reed - 14 years older than her - was one of the many handsome celebrities whose glamorous pictures she passed out as a teenager and accepted her immediately when he asked her out on a date. "The gigantic powder-blue Buick pulled up in front of the Bayswater underground station," she recalls. “He had an American accent which was rather strange for a man from south London. "He was 31 and I was 17 and a virgin - I knew this was going to be trouble at home." Reed took her to his London apartment, where he gave her a rum and a cola of the drug Rohypnol and handed her hardcore porn magazines. "The next thing I knew I was lying on the sofa and he was raping me," she says. Incredibly, Joan kept seeing him and months later accepted his marriage proposal. "If I hadn't been so innocent of sex and the way things should be, I wouldn't have done that, but I felt very guilty, so I did," she says. Joan's star was on the upswing, with starring roles in Our Girl Friday and Lewis Gilbert's Turn the Key Softly, when Reed's appeal waned and the marriage was deeply unhappy. The final straw came when he was trying to present her to a wealthy Arab sheikh at London's chic Les Ambassadeurs Casino. “He was drawn to rich old men, and that night I found out why,” she says. "Max told me, 'He'll pay you £ 10,000 a night - and I can even watch." A role in Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs saw Joan flee to Rome - where she had an affair with co-star Sidney Chaplin, son of silent movie star Charlie - before signing a contract with Rank Studios for a weekly salary of 950 Pound signed (£ 25,000 today). Max told me, "He'll pay you £ 10,000 a night - and I can even watch". I looked at my handsome, gross husband and started crying. I looked at my handsome, gross husband and began to cry. and that he “deserves” to be supported. In the end, Joan says the divorce cost her £ 7,500 - that's the equivalent of £ 1.9 million today. Star made by Rank Studios, Joan rushed into Hollywood life and remembers a party at Gene Kelly's house where Marilyn Monroe told her to go to "Wolves" - the predatory studio villains - and the one in particular legendary producer Daryl Zanuck. It wasn't long before Joan found out exactly what Marilyn was talking about. "[Zanuck] followed me down a corridor and held me to the wall," she recalls. "He pinned me to a board like a bug and said, 'You need a real man, darling, a real man". Luckily a makeup man came down the corridor and I escaped. ”“ We had the chemistry on the screen but then he did the mandatory pass like most actors do and he charmingly admitted to me, that he would 'fuck a snake if it wore a skirt,' ”she tells Joanie - as she is affectionately known - of continuing to romance with Warren Beatty, a struggling actor at the time before he met British pop star Anthony Newley, who Father of two children, Tara and Alexander, now 58 and 56. They married in 1963, but Newley was often unfaithful and the couple who lived in Los Angeles slowly drifted apart. She admits cheating with Ryan O'Neill when Newley didn't come home for her birthday, adding, "A girl should get what she wants on her birthday." But the final straw for marriage came when Newley produced the adult film Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? The largely autobiographical film shows the hero, played by Newley, torn between a young blonde and the mother of his children, played by Joan herself. "He spelled the death of our marriage," she says. “I realized he'd been having affairs since the day we were married, and now he's openly making a movie about all the women he'd put to bed. He spelled the death of our marriage ... I realized he had been having affairs since our wedding day in 1972, and the couple had a daughter, Katy. After taking on the role of studio manager, Kass moved the family back to LA, but when the job failed, Joan was forced to take on B-movie horror films, including The Ant Empire - now a cult classic. The family was so broke that Joan once stood in line for an unemployment check - before escaping when the cashier recognized her and asked for an autograph. The star's happiness changed when she starred in the film adaptation of Sister Jackie Collins' bestselling novels, The Stud and The Bitch, which became huge hits. "I was told she was going to die and she was in a coma for a long time," she says. When Katy recovered, Joan found a sack of unpaid bills on Kass's desk and discovered that he had taken out a huge loan for the LA house. Nearly bankrupt, Joan's fortune took a turn when she was offered the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty - which she only accepted because she thought the LA sunshine would be beneficial to Katy's recovery. She reveals tension on the set, particularly with Blake Carrington actor John Forsyth, who was furious when she posed naked for Playboy in 1983, "she says. Joan was also furious when she found out that Forsyth was being paid a much higher salary for the show and managed to negotiate a £ 20,000 per week increase - bringing her salary to £ 1.5 million. Divorced from Kass in 1983, Joan was now a huge star and the Scandinavian singer Peter Holm, her next "big mistake", wanted to take advantage of that. The couple met at a party and he wooed them by singing, but after they got married in 1985 he became increasingly controlling, firing their agents and claiming 20 percent of their income as their "manager". It must seem pathetic that a successful woman should be bullied like this in her prime. “None of my friends liked him, but unfortunately I wasn't listening,” she says. “I allowed the Swede to take over my life. “It must seem pathetic that a successful woman should be bullied like this in her prime. The couple split after two years, and Holm locked himself in their Hollywood mansion and threatened to shoot anyone who tried to evict him. After a rollercoaster ride of a lifetime, Joanie is now content with her fifth husband, Percy Gibson - 32 years younger than her - whom she met in 2000 while directing a theater production she was a part of. "The fact that I was older didn't matter." She says. Now a lady, Joan is still the epitome of style and glamor, and says that her public figure has always denied the tough times she's been through, "She says." There have been miserable, terrible divorces, the terrible situation, when my daughter nearly died, bankrupt, almost unable to get a job as an actor, this is Joan Collins, which will air January 1st at 9pm on BBC2.

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Ronaldo is accused of being at Man Utd. To have caused "problems"

Trevor Sinclair said Manchester City "dodged a bullet" by failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who claims the Portuguese superstar is causing "problems" at Manchester United. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner ... (Author: Gardener)

RonaldoAccording to Trevor Sinclair, Manchester City "dodged a bullet" by failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who claims the Portuguese superstar is causing "problems" at Manchester United. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 21 games since his impressive return to Old Trafford last summer. Ronaldo began his career with six seasons at Man United and established himself as one of the all-time league titles during a nine-year tenure at Real Madrid, scoring a staggering 450 goals in 438 games and winning four champions. Ronaldo remains a prolific goalscorer and a top player, but there are concerns about his work speed and pressure ability, especially among interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Manchester City were on the verge of signing Ronaldo before making the decision to return to Manchester United, but Sinclair says that could possibly have been a boon for the Premier League champions. "I'm starting to believe that Manchester City dodged a bullet by not signing Cristiano," Sinclair told talkSPORT. You look at some of the players who are really fighting for form at Man United, [Jadon] Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford. You're a footballer, hired by the football club, shut up - you have to do that. Sinclair, who played 98 games for Man City and 12 for England, added: “I think Ronaldo is causing a lot of problems for the football club. “Not just his lack of goals lately, but the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is gone and then Michael [Carrick] went in and dropped him for a game. “For me one of the reasons I think he didn't consider Manchester City - and it wasn't trophies for having won silver there - is because he didn't want to be second fiddle to Pep [Guardiola]. “While he could go to United and feel like he was bullying Ole a bit, Carrick was obviously a substitute manager and then Rangnick got in there. "I think he just wants to do what he wants and it's best for him and it's not the best for the club." Manchester United, who have slipped to seventh in the Premier League table, will face the Aston Villa FA Cup in the league's third round on Monday night. You can find more stories like this on our sports page.

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Man City star Benjamin Mendy is released on bail

The Manchester City and France defender was detained at HMP Altcourse, Liverpool before being transferred to HMP Manchester, better known as Strangeways, just before Christmas. (Author: Gardener)

Man CityBenjamin Mendy was released on bail today after four months in detention. The 27-year-old Manchester City and France defender on charges of seven rape and one sexual assault was held at HMP Altcourse, Liverpool before being transferred to HMP Manchester, better known as Strangeways, just before Christmas. He was released on bail today by Judge Patrick Thompson at a private hearing in Chester Crown Court, excluding the press from the courtroom. Mendy is charged with eight crimes against five different women, including seven rape against four women. He allegedly raped a woman in August while on bail before being arrested 134 days ago in September. The Premier League star, who signed with Manchester City for £ 52m at £ 90,000 a week, has been told that he will be on bail on "strict" conditions. Mendy was due to go on trial this month, but it has now been postponed to June at the earliest. He was released on bail until January 24, pending another pre-trial hearing. Three cases of rape of a woman on October 11, 2020 that allegedly took place at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire; Sexual assault by touching another woman on January 2, 2021 that allegedly took place at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, One count of the Another woman rape allegedly on July 24, 2021, alleged to have taken place in Macclesfield, Cheshire Cheshire The France international was granted bail today at the request of his defense team at Chester Crown Court. Judge Patrick Thompson made the decision after denying a prosecutor's request to extend Mendy's term. Mendy has been told that she will be on bail on "strict" conditions. The allegations against him include three rape cases alleged to have occurred on October 11, 2020, one sexual assault on January 2, 2021, one rape case on July 24, 2021, and two rape cases on August 23, 2021 Last month, Mendy was charged with another rape last July. Co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, of Edwin Court, Eccles, has already been charged with sixfold rape and sexual assault. The charges relate to four complainants over the age of 16 and are believed to have been issued between March 2021 and August 2021. But District Attorney Ian Unsworth QC said new rape and sexual assault charges were cleared and Matturie would appear in court on these matters in due course. Mendy and Matturie were due to go on trial later this month, but the date has been provisionally rescheduled to June 27.

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Arsenal resume title offering as Man City seeks a boom - WSL Talking Points

Arsenal have won eight under new boss Jonas Eidevall and drawn one of the nine league games. (Author: Gardener)

Man CityAfter the winter break, the 2021/22 season of the Women’s Super League will resume with three games on Sunday. The restart has been slightly delayed with Chelsea v Tottenham and Aston Villa v Everton scheduled for Friday and Saturday respectively being postponed due to coronavirus cases, as is the West Ham-Manchester United game on Sunday. The games that are still running are leaders Arsenal, who play in Lower Birmingham Brighton, which hosts Manchester City, and Reading, which maintains Leicester. This is where the PA news agency tackles some of the key talking points as the WSL action gets going again. Arsenal, which has been looking for a first set of cutlery since winning the WSL 2019, looks anything but a potential champion, having won eight under new boss Jonas Eidevall and drew one of the nine league games, scored 30 goals and conceded only three . They are currently four points clear of runner-up Chelsea, the 2020 and 2021 title winners who they beat 3-2 in their opening game of the campaign and it would be a big surprise if it doesn't by the end of Sunday. Emma Hayes' side suffered a loss in the last game of 2021 (Adam Davy / PA) (PA Wire) In addition to losing to Arsenal in September, Chelsea suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat at Reading in the last WSL game of the year. February 13 is the date Emma Hayes' side - who achieved a 2020-21 national triple in December with a 3-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup final in December - welcomes the Gunners to the league. Also noteworthy is that Chelsea won't have Champions League football to tackle for the remainder of this season as they failed to make it out of the group stage, while Eidevall's team will play in the quarter-finals in March. With they're currently only one point behind Chelsea in third after playing one more game, Rehanne Skinner's Tottenham surprise package could potentially be seen as part of the title race. In terms of trying to hold last spot in the Champions League, their closest rivals right now are Manchester United and Brighton - Marc Skinners United is two points worse off after also playing 10 games, while Hope Powells Brighton is five points behind Spurs is nine. Last season's runner-up, Manchester City, are in sixth place with 13 points from nine games. Their extremely disappointing season so far, in which they have struggled with significant injury problems, has been marked by heavy losses to Arsenal and Chelsea as well as shocking setbacks against Tottenham and West Ham. It will be interesting to see how they fared back into the top 3 in the New Year, with Chef Gareth Taylor's choices being reinforced with the return of the players - fit again Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze battle it out for the Birmingham- Game. Lydia Bedford has taken over the management of Leicester (Adam Davy / PA) (PA Wire). In the end, it looks like a two-team competition to prevent relegation between Birmingham and newly promoted Leicester, who both recently changed management. Birmingham replaced Scott Booth with Darren Carter in November, and Leicester then fired Jonathan Morgan and brought in Lydia Bedford. The teams then met in their final game in 2021 and the Foxes ended their nine-game start to the season with a 2-0 win at King Power Stadium to send the Blues - who have a point - to the bottom of the table.

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Britney Spears has had her first glass of red wine in 13 years

Britney Spears enjoyed her first glass of red wine in 13 years last weekend after her conservatory was quit in November. (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsBritney Spears has enjoyed her first glass of red wine in 13 years. The 'Toxic' hitmaker's 13-year conservatory stint ended in November, and last weekend the 40-year-old singer treated herself to a glass of red and danced to Madonna songs. She wrote on Instagram: "I'm sure it looks weird when I dance to @madonna so much that I see it ... it's like I don't try as hard as I indulge myself .... I mean, I had my first glass of red wine last weekend !!! The sarcasm of me I ... my family taught me well through their actions ... to be selfish and to love yourself ... keep playing !!! ... party ... have money ... I apologize for ENJOYING myself in front of the crowds ... and dancing a little slower! I mean, what was I thinking? : "Pss ... Yeah, I've read the comments and the people are absolutely hateful (sic)" However, a number of Britney's fans told her to ignore the "haters". Singer Willie Gomez commented, “SOOO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU. Xxx (sic) "Last month, Britney admitted that focusing on her" accomplishments "helped her get out of" injuries "from her family. In a long post on Instagram, she wrote," Honestly, my family made me embarrassed and deeply hurt me. .. "To the outside world it has to look like I am extremely insecure and if people really knew what I went through I think they would COMPLETELY understand where I am from !!!!" However, it's a shame that people do I don't like the truth !!!! The '... Baby One More Time' hitmaker admitted she lost her faith three years ago and felt hurt "from every angle". I'm not perfect so every day I have to remind myself to look up and know that I am not alone. "I had an experience three years ago where I stopped believing in God !!!! I was hurt from every angle for no reason and my family hurt me. (Sic)" (sic) "(sic)"

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Toxic Singer's fiancé is forcing them to stay healthy so they can have a baby?

Britney Spears reportedly keeps her health in check while she tries to have a baby with Sam Asghari. (Author: Gardener)

Toxic Singer'sBritney Spears finally takes control of her life 13 years after she was handcuffed by her conservatory board. Last year the singer announced that one of the clauses at her conservatory had to do with having a baby. In a long social media post, Britney Spears revealed that she had an IUD because her team didn't want her to have more children. There was a time when the singer wanted to have her IUD removed, but her team wouldn't allow her to do so. ALSO READ: Princess Anne Shock: Prince Charles' sister didn't like Princess Diana? Heat UK claimed in its January 10th issue that Spears is excited to have a baby with her fiancé Sam Asghari. But that can only happen if she starts taking care of herself. “Sam encouraged Britney to enjoy the holidays but choose a day when she is ready to jump back on the health horse and stay there. He will be by her side and bring her to her senses if she hesitates or tries to end the health kick, ”said the unnamed source. “Britney is impressed with how disciplined and smart he is on this subject, and it really rubs off on her when it comes to making much better decisions and taking care of himself much more. She's been struggling a little harder than usual lately and for obvious reasons, ”explained the unnamed source. But with Asghari by her side, Spears is reportedly ready to take on the world and make sure she looks and feels good. Britney says she is all in and ready to make the switch, but time will tell if she can hold out and keep up with Sam's routine. She's certainly made a hell of a good fitness trainer and he's excited to take on the challenge, ”concluded the unnamed source. Spears has been giving clues that she would like to have a baby for weeks. Just before Christmas, she shared a photo on her Instagram account and asked fans if they thought their baby would be a boy or a girl. On another occasion, the singer shared a photo of a baby on tiptoe and said she thinks it is so cute. She couldn't help but wonder if the baby in the photo was a boy or a girl. You May Also Like: Kate Middleton's Shock: Prince William's Wife Is Secretly Jealous Of Pippa Middleton's Simple Life? Another source previously told The Sun that Spears was serious about having another baby. “Britney definitely wants more children and she would be so happy and grateful to have another son, but deep down inside her is her desire to be a mother to a little girl. They want both children together and now nothing can stop them, ”said the source. And if Spears and Asghari are expecting their first child together, the couple will most likely share the happy news with their fans. Stop by EpicStream here for more stories, updates and rumors about Britney Spears!

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