Striker Luis Suarez believes results over the next three weeks will determine whether Liverpool can launch a Barclays Premier League title challenge. Press Association Humbled to receive the gong at the Emirates Stadium, former Arsenal target Suarez said Liverpool will know by January whether they can fight for a top-four finish, and maybe even contend for the title. Suarez missed the first six matches of the season due to the ban he received in April for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. He has hit 17 league goals since returning to action though, and has now challenged Liverpool to capitalise on Sunday’s 5-0 Tottenham thrashing. Brendan Rodgers’ side face Cardiff, Manchester City and Chelsea before the turn of the year, and Suarez has admitted that run will test the Reds’ potential title mettle. “I think it’s too early to say,” said the 26-year-old when discussing Liverpool’s Premier League chances. “If we continue this level the next two or three weeks we can win the league or we can finish in the top four. “It’s important we concentrate and focus on the next game. “We know that after Cardiff we have two very, very big games. The Uruguayan goal machine admitted winning over the Liverpool fans after his “difficult year” has been his personal highlight of 2013. Suarez scooped the 2013 Player of the Year award at the William Hill Football Supporters’ Federation Awards on Monday night. “That will be important to what comes next.” Suarez paid tribute to Liverpool’s supporters for their faith after his biting ban, admitting he would not have had a future at the club without such backing. Citing his return to Liverpool action as his 2013 highlight, he said: “Coming back to play at Anfield: because after so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back, and that was unbelievable when I came back to play. “They helped me, and that was important for me, for my confidence, and for my family, because they are together with me in this. “It’s very special for me (the award) because my hard work on the pitch is recognised. “Everybody knows about my problems and my difficult year, but after that I forgot everything and have been able to get back on the pitch. “Liverpool are starting to reach their potential and we can play our best on the pitch. “It’s very important that we stay together, we keep going, this is very important. “If Liverpool don’t have these players I cannot continue my level, because it’s too much. “They know I am important, so they try everything to stay together, that’s important for me, but it’s more important for the club.” Suarez captained Liverpool for the first time in Sunday’s Tottenham rout, but the prolific finisher said there is no doubt Steven Gerrard is the Reds’ true leader. Challenging Liverpool to be a team of captains, he said: “I was a little surprised by that (the captaincy call), but I think we have only one captain here, Steven Gerrard. “If we stay together, we are together, we are the captain, the team is the captain, that’s important. “It’s far more important than me being captain that we win 5-0 against Tottenham, this is very important.” Suarez said childhood troubles growing up in Uruguay have helped him swat aside the many and varied controversies that have plagued his career. The Salto-born forward said: “When I was a child I had too many problems, but I could try my best on the pitch. “Once I was playing football I could try my best, because I just love to play football, I play with my heart.”
THE stage is set for today’s edition of the Motocross Battle of Champions set for Mackenzie, Linden.Speaking to the media yesterday, organiser of the events, Maureen Muss, said, “The track is up and ready as we speak. We are a bit low on sponsorship but we are pressing on.”“We are not giving up. We are looking forward to a good day. We checked the weather forecast and it is promised by nature that we will have a good day,” she added.According to Muss, eight races are carded for today with three Pro Races, three Novices races and one race each for Rookies and Open.Riders are expected from the East Coast of Demerara, Georgetown, Bartica and host area Linden.The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Business Department of Tourism, Banks DIH, R&R Modern Meat Centre, Broad Money Spare Parts, Farren Links Auto Spares and Accessories, Tropical Reflections, Trophy Stall and People’s Choice Pharmacy.“We would like to thank Region 10 Regional Democratic Council, NICIL for the venue, Town Clerk and Linden Mayor and Town Council, Guyana Police Force and the Linden Hospital Complex,” Muss said.Admission to the family-oriented event is $1 000 and it begins at 10:00hrs.
Pro-Med Ambulance is one of five nominees in the Best Company category. They’ll be going head-to-head with businesses based out of Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and Port Moody in this province-wide competition.Nominated businesses that were successful in rallying the support of their community and gathered the most votes made it through to the top 10, announced in December of 2014.“Small Business B.C. is proud to acknowledge the exceptionally talented, creative and passionate entrepreneurs in our province,” CEO of Small Business B.C. George Hunter writes “The SBBC Awards provide a platform to showcase the impact that small businesses are having on their communities and the contributions they’re making to the economy and to celebrate the dedicated entrepreneurs who built them.”- Advertisement -This year was the biggest yet for the competition with over 460 nominations received from 70 communities across the province.Winners will be announced on February 26, 2015 at the Small Business B.C. Award Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver – anticipated to packed with 500 small business owners, government representatives and other key influential business representatives.
Advertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda)India take on England in the third and final ODI at Leeds today. With the series poised at 1-1, the winner will walk away with the series.The 3 match series has so far given us so much entertainment. The first match saw the visitors come out on top with first class performances from Kuldeep and Rohit Sharma.The second match which was played at the iconic Lord’s stadium saw England cruise home after they defended their total of 322 to take the series to the final game.With both teams evenly poised it’ll be interesting to see which team will come on top. India and England will be having one eye on the 2019 world cup as they look to work on their weaknesses. India will look for significant contributions from their middle order while England will look to keep the opener Shikhar Dhawan quiet.England start the match as favorites after ticking most of the boxes in the 2nd ODI. They’ll also be energized after seeing Joe Root’s score a spectacular century after his recent dip in form.But beside all this the weather is also expected to play a part in the match with thunderstorms expected.India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has hinted that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could play a part in the game. If that is to happen then Siddharth Kaul will have to sit out. England on the other hand have called up James Vince and Sam Billings as back up for the injured Roy. If Roy fails to pass his medical test then replacement will be lined up.Here are the probable teams for the match:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul.England:Jason Roy/James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark WoodThe match is set to start at 5 PM IST with telecast on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3.Also Read:India vs. England: Key player may stay back with the squad for test series