WATCH: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics official theme song, dance

first_imgTsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite According to a report on Japan Times, a meeting attended by Mori was held later in the day, where he urged organizers to speed up preparations for the games and meet the tight schedule.Meanwhile, the preparations for the 2020 Olympics has not gone smoothly as hoped and has encountered several delays.  This includes a scandal caused by a construction worker who committed suicide while working on the National Stadium, the report said.The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games kicks off on July 24, 2020. KI/rgaRELATED STORIES:Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascotsFaster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damagedEvaluating LA bid for 2024 Olympics requires imaginationADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Cavaliers name Koby Altman full-time general manager Revolving around the concept of “HAPPY&PEACE,” the theme song of the spirited event is dubbed as “Tokyo Olympic Ondo-Ondo 2020,” a remake of the original song from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics titled “Tokyo Gorinto Ondo.”The dance, which was first shown at an event held at the Toranomon Hills complex in Minato ward, was first introduced by Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori on stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’With the event being streamed live on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Facebook account, the dance that accompanied the theme song was later demonstrated on stage. The performers were joined by several Olympians, including 2012 London Games gold medalist Homare Sawa.The esteemed athlete donned the “yukata”, or summer kimono, printed with the Olympic logo. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans In anticipation of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the  Tokyo Organizing Committee recently unveiled the official dance and theme song of the biggest sporting competition in the world.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more

Nets hit 24 3s, 1 shy of NBA record, in rout of Bulls

first_imgCarpio 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 View comments “He’s our bench leader, a great guy,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I think he hasn’t been fully healthy and he’s played through a lot.”Brooklyn got its fourth road win in its last five games. It was Brooklyn’s second straight victory over the Bulls, something the Nets haven’t done since February 2008. The win clinched the season series for the first time since 2009-10.The Nets had a season-high 36 assists, led by nine from Spencer Dinwiddie and eight from Caris LeVert, both off the bench.“(The shooting) comes from our thrust at the rim and how we get there, and how we set the defense after that, and made good passes,” Atkinson said.Sean Kilpatrick led Chicago with 20 points, and Bobby Portis had 18 points and eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ UP NEXTNets: The teams will meet again Monday in Brooklyn, then the Nets will close the season Wednesday in Boston.Bulls: After Monday’s rematch, the Bulls will close their season Wednesday against visiting Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “Tonight was obviously a debacle,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We were stuck in mud from the beginning of that game.”Portis scored 13 points in the first quarter to help erase an early 16-7 Nets lead.In the second quarter, baskets by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson bookended a 14-1 run for the Nets which opened a 61-47 lead with 1:11 left until halftime.Crabbe knocked down four of the Nets’ nine 3-pointers in the third as Brooklyn pushed the lead past 20 points, cruising the rest of the way.“It’s pretty tough, man,” Portis said of defending Brooklyn. “It’s like playing the Rockets. They shoot a lot of 3s. They shoot a lot of contested shots. That’s what their coach preaches.”Brooklyn made 19 3-pointers Thursday in a win against Milwaukee. Its previous season high was 21 in a Feb. 10 loss to New Orleans.Joe Harris made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Nets, who were 24 for 55 from deep.TIP-INSNets: F Dante Cunningham (back spasms) returned after missing Thursday’s win against Milwaukee. … F DeMarre Carroll (left hip) and C Jahlil Okafor (right ankle) were held out for the second straight game, although Atkinson said Okafor was available to play.Bulls: Rookie F Lauri Markkanen was held out of the game as he has not been playing back-to-back games recently due to back and elbow injuries. Markkanen scored 20 points in 23 minutes in Friday’s loss to Boston, his third consecutive game with at least 20 points, all of which were achieved in 25 minutes or less. … F Noah Vonleh (calf strain) missed his second straight game and C Robin Lopez (rest) was held out of his third straight game.DRAFT DRAMAThe teams are both 27-53 with two games remaining and will meet again Monday in Brooklyn in another crucial game for draft positioning.The Nets’ first-round pick is owned by Cleveland after being moved via Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade last August.DEEP THREATSBrooklyn’s 24 3-pointers pushed them over 1,000 for the season, ending the game with a franchise record 1,012.The previous season high was 877 last year.The Nets trail only Houston for 3-pointers made league-wide. The Rockets entered Saturday with an NBA-record 1,213.It was Brooklyn’s 15th straight game with double-digit 3-pointers made, setting a franchise record.LOYOLA LAUDEDThe Loyola men’s basketball team was honored at the game after their surprising recent Final Four run in the NCAA Tournament.Former Ramblers star Milton Doyle, a Nets rookie from Chicago, proudly watch his team make the run as an 11-seed.“It was just like watching my family, enjoying all the success,” Doyle said. “It was great seeing everything that was going on and them getting all the praises and all the shout-outs from the big stars.”SEAN STREAKINGKilpatrick had at least 20 points for the third straight game, matching the longest streak of his career. He has scored double digits in six of the seven games he has played for Chicago since signing on March 26. 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APCHICAGO — Quincy Acy is often an emotional leader for the Brooklyn Nets.On a record night against the Bulls, he led them on the scoresheet, too.Acy helped the Nets set a franchise mark with 24 3-pointers in a 124-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT The Nets finished one 3-pointer shy of the NBA record set last season by Cleveland.Acy had career highs with six 3-pointers and 21 points, and Allen Crabbe added five from behind the arc and 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“When we’re hot, I feel like we can run with anybody in the gym,” Acy said. “And tonight, we got hot.”Acy’s season has been hot and cold following offseason ankle surgery, but he looked plenty comfortable letting it fly Saturday. He took 13 of his 14 shots from deep.last_img read more

Cleveland to host 2022 NBA All-Star Game

first_imgMOST READ This season’s All Star Game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Chicago due ot host in 2020 and Indianapolis in 2021.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Celtics hand Bucks first loss of NBA season 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Cavs hosted the All-Star Game in 1997, when the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in 1981.“Cleveland is a passionate sports city with a proven track record of hosting large-scale, global events,” Silver said. “We look forward to a weeklong celebration of our game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCavs owner Dan Gilbert said the current renovations underway at the arena had been an important factor in the NBA’s decision.“The world will get to see the modern Cleveland and all of its diversity, innovation and promise for the future,” he said. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown DeMarcus Cousins (R) of Team LeBron and Joel Embiid of Team Stephen tip off during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on February 18, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)Cleveland will host the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in the midst of the league’s 75th anniversary season, the NBA announced Thursday.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

Pirates attack 8 Guyanese fishermen in Waini River

first_imgFishermen plying their trade close to the Guyana/Venezuela border were pounced upon by a group of armed Spanish-speaking men, in an area referred to as Crabdog, Waini River, Region One (Barima-Waini).The gunmen demanded that the crew hand over their boat and valuables, forcing the men to plunge into the murky waters of the Waini River to save themselves from certain death.Information reaching Guyana Times indicated that the incident occurred at about 15:00h on Thursday. The boat was captained by 40-year old Julian Marks, of Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast, and had seven crewmen.Police investigations revealed that as the men were about to cast their nets, they were attacked by Spanish-speaking men, who arrived in a wooden balahoo powered by a 75hp outboard engine.The crew, who were said to be armed with shotguns, rifles and pistols, ordered the captain and his crew to get off the vessel.The pirates then took possession of their wooden boat measuring 45x8x4 /2 feet, which was powered by a 40hp Yamaha engine. As the men struggled to keep afloat in the river, the pirates, untied a smaller boat which was attached to their vessel and pushed it towards them before escaping. The crew members sailed helplessly in the small boat until they were rescued by another vessel. They were taken to the Police station where they told detectives that along with foodstuff, the pirates were able to cart off a number of valuables, as they headed in the direction of Venezuela.Investigations into the attack are ongoing.Back in April of this year, 16 fishermen were missing and feared dead after pirates raided their boats off the coast of Suriname and forced them to jump overboard.The fishermen were part of a group of 20 in four boats, which were attacked off the Atlantic Coast of Suriname.It was reported that four men managed to swim to shore and three of them remain hospitalised. They told Police and the Coast Guard that the assailants, suspected of coming from neighbouring Guyana because of their accents, beat them with machetes and forced them to jump into the sea. They said some of the victims had batteries tied to their legs to weigh them down. Five of the men survived, while four bodies were later recovered. Eleven others are still missing.Several persons have since been charged in connection with the incident.last_img read more

Teen goes missing after visiting relatives on Soesdyke/Linden Highway

first_img…almost one month after Police yet to offer assistancePaula Ann-James, a resident who hails from Region One (Barima-Waini) is now seeking the public’s assistance in locating her 15-year-old son, Jesse James, who disappeared almost three weeks ago after being left in the care of his grandfather, on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Missing: Jesse JamesGuyana Times understands that the teen went missing sometime around September 11, one month after his mother left him in the care of his grandfather to travel back to the North West District to transact business.The mother in an interview with this publication on Tuesday explained that she last saw her son on August 15, the day she left for Region One. The frustrated woman added that almost one month after returning home, she was contacted by a relative informing her that the younger James went missing.However, according to James, upon inquiring about her son’s whereabouts, a distant relative known to them as Romeo James related that the teen was left in the company of another male at the Soesdyke Junction.Nevertheless, the worried mother related that a report was subsequently filed at the Kuru Kururu Police Station but when the distant relative was questioned, another version of the story was disclosed to the police ranks.“The last time I saw him was the 15 of August, I left him with daddy…Romeo came home September 9, and they called the Wednesday which was September 11. We don’t know him [Romeo] but we got to know him now that we’re here…When he [Romeo] call me through the phone he didn’t say he [son] was in any hotel. He said he left my son at Soesdyke in a car with a next man, who came together with him from Bartica. But now when I gone to report, the police call Romeo and he told a next story, saying that he left my son in a hotel” she stated.Meanwhile, a cousin of the teen, who asked not to be mentioned, told this publication that even though a report was filed at the community’s police station, no action was taken, rather they were advised to look for the missing teenager themselves.“So I went and make a report to the station and they didn’t do anything about it, they tell me that me and Romeo have to go at the hotel and look for the boy.” The cousin noted.As such, they are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the young James to contact telephone number number 678 6927 or the nearest police station. (Leah Hernandez)last_img read more

Widespread flooding in Guyana

first_img…caused by heavy rains, broken pumps, clogged drains, silted outfalls, lack of fuel…Govt distributes free sand bags; says measures taken to ensure minimum damage/lossesBy Vanhu ManikchandResidents throughout the country woke up to floodwaters in their homes and businesses following several hours of persistent heavy rainfall on Friday morning.Vendors packing up and calling it a day after heavy downpourA woman falls on the roadway while crossing in the midst of the traffic build up in the cityThis comes mere months after Government boasted about no flooding in the city and other parts of the country after a massive wave cleanup exercises countrywide.Following the much touted “Green Initiative” cleanup in the city, Government had said that the days of flooding in Georgetown were a thing of the past but an early Friday morning visit to in the city’s commercial hub saw business owners rushing to their premises to assess their losses while saving whatever items they could from the flood waters. Along the main commercial streets – Regent, Robb, Water and Charlotte -water filled onto the road and pavements.This was the situation after following hours of persistent heavy rainfall in other zones in the city including residential areas. The floodwaters did not deter the usual season’s shopping craze in Georgetown ahead of the Christmas weekend.The city was a “wet mess” as persons braved the rains to get in on their last minute Christmas shopping, while the roads were packed with vehicles stalled in traffic. Everyone was out with their rain boots and raincoats.Broken pumpsGovernment had disclosed that two pumps in the Georgetown area were inoperable while noting that the Public Infrastructure Ministry is looking at alternative methods to drain the water. The Ministry stocked up on sand bags and was distrusting same to affected businesses and residents in the city.Meanwhile, during a live programme on the State-owned National Communications Network (NCN) to update the public on efforts to minimise the adverse effects of the flooding, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson disclosed that the Lamaha Street and River View pumps were down. These two pumps are among five that are under the control of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).Minister Patterson explained that this was discovered by a team, which had been dispatched to conduct on-the-ground assessments early Friday morning. Nevertheless, the Minister noted that efforts are being undertaken to alleviate the flooding in the city.To this end, Patterson noted that the Ministry will be mobilising additional pumps to assist the M&CC’s pumps. Two pumps were installed on Friday evening at locations at Muneshwer and Sussex Streets while two smaller pumps will be deployed within Georgetown, including in the Queenstown area. These pumps, he said, will operate to help pump the water into the main canals faster while works are carried out to the inoperable pumps.On this note, the Minister explained that the Lamaha Street pump is expected to be back in operation by Friday evening while the Riverview pump will be up and running sometime today.According to Minister Patterson, with these additionally pumps when the city sluices open around 04:00h this morning, there should be at least seven pumps working throughout the city to drain whatever flood water is lodging.“Hopefully, without a large among of rainfall, we should be perfect by Christmas Day,” he noted.Additionally, excavators have been deployed to the Cummings Street, Cowan Street and the Downer Street canals. Minister Patterson explained that this was done since during floods, a lot of debris from the environs enters into the drainage systems and restricted the flow of the water.“The idea is to get water off as fast as possible to if anything restricts that, it has a multiplying effect onto the areas that are further away from the outfalls,” he said.He added too that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is also in Albouystown, East Ruimveldt, and West Ruimveldt where emergency relief works are ongoing. Moreover, the Kitty pump station is also working normally despite the recent collapse.More rainsAdditionally, several communities in outer Georgetown as well as the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara along with some on the West Bank of Demerara were also inundated. Many of the drains and trenches overflowed.In an early morning release, the Hydromet Department on Friday reported overcast skies throughout Guyana with moderate to heavy continuous rain. These conditions, it said, were expected to continue for six hours with intermittent rain and isolated thundershowers.According to the Met Office, Guyanese should anticipate some 12 hours rainfall accumulation between 25.0 mm and 100.0 mm; however, some areas in Regions Two, Three and Four may likely exceed this total.With the expected adverse weather conditions, residents of riverain, coastal and low lying areas are advised to exercise precautionary measures against possible flooding due to prevailing weather conditions.On the other hand, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) said it is fully prepared to respond to any eventuality which may arise as a result of the rainy season, as pumps and excavators have been deployed countrywide.In fact, NDIA Fredrick Flatts pointed out that 93 and 94 per cent of pumps and excavators respectively are operable and have been deployed to assist in drainage needs.“Of the 58 pumps, 54 are working and have been deployed at critical locations to ensure water which has been accumulated recedes off the land within 24 hours,” he stated.Flatts was expected to meet the City Engineer to see what assistance can be given where necessary, since the Hydromet Department has advised that rainfall is expected to continue today, and as much as 45mm is expected which is above the established drainage capacity within the city.Govt positionMeanwhile, in a statement issued on Friday evening, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that while Georgetown and other parts of the country are currently experiencing flooding due to excessive rainfall coupled with the spring tide, the Government is taking every step to ensure that there is minimum loss or damage to property and expects the water to begin to recede once the tide changes, during the latter half of the day.While in Opposition, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition had blasted the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) over the continuous flooding in the country particularly in Georgetown.Upon entering into office last year, the coalition Government launched a massive clean-up campaign within the city, as well as several projects undertaken by the Public Infrastructure Ministry. It boosted that these efforts will prevent the usual flooding in the city.In fact, back in March this year, Minister Patterson was confident during an interview with a local newspaper, that the ongoing drainage works in the city and around the country will be enough to fend off any flooding arising from the traditional rainy seasons. He had even pointed to an example of the city’s preparedness for flooding, when there was some heavy rainfall late last year but little flooding resulted.On the other hand, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder also went into the field on Friday, visiting pump stations along the East Coast of Demerara to ensure sluice attendants were vigilant and that the pumps are being operated to full capacity.Visits were made to pump stations and sluices located at Kitty, Liliendaal, Montrose, Lusignan and Buxton. During the visit it was evident that all pumps were operable and water is receding as expected.“It has been an ongoing effort by our Government but as we make progress in this regard, there will be difficulties and there will be new challenges… throughout our country, we will continue to deal with the erratic weather that is taking place. But we also have to look to working with farmers; look at how we can make our farming activities, climate resilient,” Minister Holder stated.In addition, visits were also made to affected communities along the coast where the Minister and his team interacted with residents, while updating them on Government’s plans to improve drainage and irrigation (D&I) along the coast.last_img read more

BREAKING: PPP/C protests “illegal” Government

first_imgSupporters and executive members of the People Progressive Party/Civil took to the streets this morning to reiterate their stance that the APNU/AFC Government is illegal. This comes in light of the expiration of the constitutional time frame to host national elections.The elections were due three months after the passage of the no confidence motion in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018. However, GECOM recently wrote President David Granger highlighting that it will be prepared to host election sometime in November, 2019.This decision was rejected by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who wrote the president reminding him that after March 21, the government becomes illegal.last_img read more

Matt Le Tissier on Southampton’s chances of Champions League qualification

first_imgMatt Le Tissier insists it is too early to judge whether Southampton are serious contenders for a Champions League qualification spot.Despite losing their manager and a host of high-profile players in the summer, the new-look Saints have made a remarkable start to the campaign under new boss Ronald Koeman and their odds on securing a top four finish have tumbled.Le Tissier, the south coast club’s legendary former midfielder, has hailed the beginning of Koeman’s reign as ‘incredible’ but says the busy Christmas period is likely to determine if his old side really are in the race to qualify for Europe’s elite competition.“It is still fairly early on in the season. We play Chelsea in between Christmas and New Year and I think after that fixture, given the run of games we have got up until that, at that point we will have a very good idea of whether we can qualify for the Champions League,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.last_img read more

Shawcross to return after ban? Predicted Stoke XI for Man City

first_img 11 11 1. Jack Butland (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11 8. Glen Johnson (right back) 11 10. Marko Arnautovic (winger) 11 27. Bojan (attacking midfield) 3. Eric Pieters (left back) 26. Phillipp Wollscheid (centre back) 22. Xherdan Shaqiri (winger) 16. Charlie Adam (centre midfield) 11 6. Glenn Whelan (centre midfield) 11 11 11 17. Ryan Shawcross (centre back) Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross could be thrown straight back into the starting line-up for Saturday afternoon’s home clash against Premier League leaders Manchester City.The Potters were without their star centre-back on Tuesday when they beat Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup quarter-final after he was sent off against Sunderland last weekend.However, the 28-year-old is available for tomorrow’s game as Stoke attempt to dent City’s title bid in a fixture notorious for finishing all sqaure.City have struggled at the Britannia Stadium since Stoke’s promotion in 2008, with five of the seven clashes ending in a stalemate.Peter Crouch is a doubt for the game with a hamstring injury, but attacking duo Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri are likely to start after being rested in midweek.To see talkSPORT’s predicted Stoke XI click the above arrow, right. 19. Jonathan Walters (striker) 11 11last_img read more

Swansea 1-1 Manchester City: Citizens all but guarantee CL qualification

first_img1 Manchester City secured qualification for the Champions League by picking up a point at Swansea City, drawing 1-1 thanks to an early Kelechi Iheanacho strike.The youngster finished from close range in the early stages, and although Andre Ayew pulled the tie level on the brink of half-time, the point was enough for City, who know Manchester United will need to score 19 goals against Bournemouth – with their game abandoned due to a security threat at Old Trafford – if the Red Devils are to move into the top four.City took the lead early on, Iheanacho’s strike causing confusion when Swansea’s players claimed an offside call.Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne combined well on the edge of the box, before the Belgian star created space for himself and hit a powerful strike at goal.Goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, on his first Premier League start, was equal to the shot, but Iheanacho was there to finish the rebound with ease.He appeared to be offside, but was being played on by a Swansea defender on the floor, as the Nigerian bagged his eigth Premier League goal of the campaign.Swansea almost equalised immediatley, when Jefferson Montero bundled the ball into the back of the net after a right-wing cross. However, he was claimed to have fouled Bacary Sagna in the process, and City retained their lead.City continued to have the best of the play, breaking quickly and creating a host of chances with the hosts failing to create anything despite some nice possession.Aguero broke into the box before firing into the side netting, while the Argentine was later denied excellently by the impressive Nordfeldt, who stuck out his leg to deflect a close range attempt from the striker.The Swans only registered one attempt on target in the opening 45 minutes, but it was an attempt that nestled in the back of the net, as Ayew’s long-range free-kick took a huge deflection off Fernandinho, confusing Hart, and curling into the opposite corner from the one it was directed at.The visitors almost retook the lead moments into the second period, but Eliaquim Mangala headed onto the roof of the net from De Bruyne’s teasing cross, before Iheanacho failed to connect with the ball inside the box despite being persented an easy chance. The game was becoming more and more stretched, but neither team managed to hit the back of the net – or seriously test the opposition keeper.Aguero hit a close range attempt wide, while Fernandinho dragged past the far post as City pressed to retake the advantage, knowing full well that another Swansea goal would place their Champions League qualifcation under threat.De Bruyne and Aguero were continuing to attack with glee, creating a number of chances after combining well in the final third. However, there was never anything too threatening, and the hosts were all to happy to sit back and abosrb the pressure.Swansea were struggling to create many chances of their own, and the game stuttered to its finale, with City all-but securing Champions League football for the incoming Pep Guardiola. Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates his goal for Manchester City last_img read more