Fabinho could not even get in the Liverpool team until a few weeks ago, but his performance in Sunday's win over Manchester United was a demonstration of his growing influence on Jurgen Klopp's side. He kept it simple most of the time but if he did see a forward pass it was punched in and he made it count - like his perfectly weighted assist for Sadio Mane to score the Reds' opener. Fabinho is not a playmaker in the same way his Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho made Liverpool tick before he joined Barcelona in January, but his presence helps the team create chances in a different way. There was a period in the second half when they were struggling to find a way through - Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Nathaniel Clyne all had shots from long range and Klopp was getting frustrated on the touchline.
Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote Sport, said: "Barcelona remain the favourites to win this season's Champions League according to the Euro Club Index ahead of Juventus, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain. Arsenal: Bate Borisov, Celtic, Club Brugge, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Krasnodar, Lazio, Malmo, Olympiakos, Rapid Vienna, Rennes, Shakhtar Donetsk, Slavia Prague, Viktoria Plzen, FC Zurich Celtic: Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Chelsea, Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev, Eintracht Frankfurt, Genk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Real Betis, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal, Zenit St Petersburg Chelsea: Celtic, Club Brugge, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Krasnodar, Lazio, Malmo, Olympiakos, Rapid Vienna, Rennes, Sporting Lisbon, Shakhtar Donetsk, Slavia Prague, Viktoria Plzen, FC Zurich
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he is "not interested" in leading the Scottish Premiership as he criticised his side's lack of a "killer instinct". Daniel Candeias' early strike gave the Ibrox side a 1-0 win over Hamilton to move them to the top of the table. "[We're missing] that little bit of quality, someone who is going to step up and kill the game," he told Rangers TV after his team moved ahead of Kilmarnock on goal difference. "If it gets to 2-0 I can take James Tavernier off the pitch because he's played every minute, and I can rest people for the more important games coming up.
Rodgers made four changes to his team following Thursday's Europa League defeat by Salzburg. It was Celtic's third league defeat of the season and the third time in four domestic away matches when they have dropped points. "It's disappointing all round," Rodgers told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound. Rodgers was also asked about his January transfer window plans but said: "I'm not even thinking about it, to be honest.
Years from now when somebody does an oral history or a documentary on the amazing run of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era New England Patriots, the exact moment the Jenga tower finally crumbled might have come on Sunday. Bradys fourth quarter interception that was neither strong enough nor accurate enough to escape danger high have marked the moment one more championship was no longer attainable. Every loss the Patriots suffer convinces the next team that beating New England isnt so hard anymore, especially outside of Foxborough. Had the Patriots won Sunday, theyd have still been poised to get a first-round bye as well as home field in the second round of the playoffs.
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It further states that a city official shall not target with legal action or discriminate against a medical, educational or faith institution in their mission of providing refuge to immigrants and their families. Sarno said that based on his discussions with his cabinet heads, there would be financial and legal challenges to the schools, health, housing and police departments. The committee received comments from ordinance supporters and from others at the meeting including Barbieri and City Solicitor Edward Pikula, he said. A proposal to increase the pay of the City Council, mayor and School Committee is scheduled for possible final passage Monday.
It will feel bitterly cold in Massachusetts Monday as blustery winds blow and temperatures drop overnight. The National Weather Service says wind gusts as strong as 50 miles per hour are expected to hit the state overnight. Wind gusts as strong as 40 miles per hour are expected in much of the greater Boston area and Central Massachusetts, with wind gusts between 30-35 miles per hour expected in Western Massachusetts. Temperatures will drop overnight, feeling as cool as in the teens in the Berkshires and northern Worcester County and the 20s elsewhere in the state.
PITTSBURGH -- Stripping the ball from JuJu Smith-Schuster's hands, JC Jackson temporarily kept the Patriots' playoff fate in theirs. From New England's 30-yard line, Roethlisberger had lofted a long ball to Smith-Schuster, who had been isolated in man coverage against Jackson on third down. Pittsburgh kicked a field goal, maintained a one-score lead and Smith-Schuster's night was effectively over at four catches on 10 targets for 40 yards. While Stephon Gilmore was plenty busy matching up with Antonio Brown, he could still appreciate the down-to-down work Jackson handled on the opposite side.
Although Lori Trahan spent years on Capitol Hill, working her way up from a scheduler to chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, the Westford Democrat said she never considered that she would one day return to Congress as an elected representative. She pointed to prescription drug prices, infrastructure spending, the opioid epidemic and vocational education as issues that Republicans and Democrats have both expressed interest in tackling in the new Congress. The Democrat added that she would like to continue Tsongas' legacy of focusing on military policies and spending by also seeking a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. Trahan lauded Tsongas' work in Congress -- particularly around issues involving women in the military adding that she will take her predecessors advice to heart as she looks to forge her own path on Capitol Hill.