Sunday's Singapore Turf Club Stipendiary Stewards' Report Highlights

CLASSY FINISH: Despite being unable to secure run for a short distance near the 400m, Johnny Guitar (John Powell astride) was able to break through and win Sunday’s Colonial Chief Stake by 2¾ lengths.
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AC Milan: Torres will stay in Italy

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White Hart Kane

Spurs fans laud local scoring hero

Harry Kane.
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Mourinho: I'm right to let Lampard leave

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Defending Diego

Mourinho shrugs off Costa's yellow fever, insisting he is not a dirty player

HOTHEAD: Everton;s Tim Howard (left) confronts Diego Costa after the Chelsea man taunts Seamus Coleman after he concedes an own goal.
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Rodgers: We lack team ethos

Brendan Rodgers (above).
Mario Balotelli (above).
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'Devils coming after you'

RISING DEVILS: Louis van Gaal says there are hints his side can turn the EPL tussle into a three-horse race.
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Ali Kasim: Give young Raheem Sterling a break

DROUGHT: Raheem Sterling has just three goals for Liverpool this season.

When Raheem Sterling spurned Liverpool’s best chance against Manchester United last Sunday, many Reds fans all over the world would have screamed in horror.

So much was at stake in the heated rivalry; a goal for the visitors would have given them a lifeline to get back into the game at Old Trafford, but the 20-year-old could only shoot straight at David de Gea after Jonny Evans’ wayward back pass had inadvertently put him through on goal in the second half.

Even today, there will be many Liverpool fans shaking their heads in disappointment when they recall the miss.

If the team’s best player can’t save Liverpool, who can?

Sterling is hardly short of talent.

He was touted as something special while in the youth ranks at Liverpool and he has lived up to that promise since being boldly unleashed by manager Brendan Rodgers two years ago.

Many commentators, various writers and some former Liverpool stars have all questioned his composure in front of goal and his ability to finish.  

I believe they are off the mark.

The England winger needs a breather, and he could do with more help from the players around him.

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 16. 

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Gary Lim: De Gea comes of age for Man United

Filling Edwin van der Sar’s boots was always going to be a tough ask.

Emulating the success of Peter Schmeichel is almost mission impossible.

But, following a troubled start to his Manchester United career, David de Gea has now endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful, says Gary Lim

The Red Devils were slightly superior to Liverpool in all departments during their 3-0 win on Sunday, but it is between the posts where the contrast in fortunes was magnified.

Brendan Rodgers dropped the inconsistent Simon Mignolet for second-choice goalkeeper Brad Jones in a desperate attempt to inject some semblance of confidence into his defence.

With his eight top-drawer saves, de Gea simply put up a performance so superb that no other custodian in England comes even close.

At the rate he’s going, he won’t be out of place in the long list of world-class goalkeepers who have worn the famous red jersey.

Meanwhile Raheem Sterling should be given a break, says Ali Kassim. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 16. 

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20,000 sq ft jump treat

S'pore's largest indoor trampoline park opens

HAVING FUN: The Foam Pit zone provides a cushioned landing for visitors.
HAVING FUN: (Above) Visitors enjoying themselves at the Zoom Park.
VARIETY: Playing hoops at the Slam Dunk zone.
VARIETY: (Above) Kiefer Kong (in red) said the dodgeball court was his favourite.
VARIETY: (Above) A climber waving to her family at the Rock Wall zone.
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