Manchester City were denied a last-gasp winner by VAR as Lucas Moura’s goal secured a 2-2 draw for Tottenham, ending the Premier League champions’ winning run.Lucas scored 19 seconds after coming on from the bench to level things up at 2-2, but Gabriel Jesus thought he had settled Saturday’s thriller in stoppage time. In scenes reminiscent of April’s Champions League epic, however, City were denied a 16th straight league win when VAR spotted a handball by Aymeric Laporte. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream City had hit the front through Raheem Sterling, with Sergio Aguero nudging the home side back ahead after Erik Lamela’s equaliser.And, with Bernardo Silva having hit the crossbar and Danny Rose making a goal-line clearance, City’s misery was compounded when Jesus’ would-be winner was chalked off.FULL-TIME | No stoppage time glory for @gabrieljesus33 whose goal is chalked off by the VAR meaning it ends all-square on another drama-packed evening the Etihad.2-2 #MCITOT #mancity pic.twitter.com/tFG9DPKNTs— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 17, 2019After City were denied what appeared to be a blatant penalty despite a VAR check when Lamela tangled with Rodri, Spurs fell behind as Sterling headed in from Kevin De Bruyne’s exquisite first-time cross.But, just like in their Champions League meeting in April when Spurs went through on away goals, City were swiftly pegged back as Lamela capitalised on slack defending to curl in from 20 yards.Pep Guardiola’s relentless side took it in their stride, though, and more De Bruyne magic saw the hosts retake the lead when he supplied another supreme cross, Aguero benefitting this time.Hugo Lloris reacted sharply to keep out Oleksandr Zinchenko’s deflected strike after the restart, before Aguero and Silva passed up great chances.Lucas showed no such profligacy, powering home a fantastic header with his first touch to make it 2-2.19 – Lucas Moura’s goal came just 19 seconds after he came on as a substitute; as well as this, Tottenham scored with both of their first two shots of this match. Grab. #MCITOT pic.twitter.com/4CDeOtQgMC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 17, 2019The woodwork sparred Lloris’ blushes after his error resulted in Silva getting an attempt off, with Rose hooking clear from the line.Spurs’ resistance appeared to have ended when Jesus slammed home following a corner, only for VAR to deny City once again as the ball struck Laporte’s arm en route to reaching his team-mate. What does it mean? VAR haunts City againHistory repeated itself on Saturday in the latest meeting between these two.Four months ago Sterling thought he had sent City into the Champions League semi-finals only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR due to offside. It’s fair to say that City supporters will not be the biggest fans of the system.Formidable De Bruyne hitting his strideDe Bruyne, who also starred for City in the second leg of the Champions League clash last term, was in inspired form on Saturday, and while his first assist was a thing of beauty, the Belgian’s second – for Aguero – displayed his unerring ability to find space where there appeared to be none.Walker-Peters run raggedTottenham did not replace Kieran Trippier in the transfer window, meaning Kyle Walker-Peters has been instilled as first-choice right-back while Serge Aurier remains out of favour.The youngster had a rough time of it up against Sterling, though, as evidenced when the England forward stole a march on his marker for City’s opener, and Spurs’ defender never seemed to recover from that mistake.Key Opta Facts- Manchester City failed to win a Premier League game for the first time in 16 matches, since losing 2-1 to Newcastle United in January 2019.- Tottenham are without a win in seven away league games (D1 L6) for the first time since a run of eight matches without a victory ending in April 2012 (D4 L4).- City mustered 30 shots in the game, the most Tottenham have faced in a Premier League fixture since November 2011 (31 v Fulham).- Sterling has scored in four consecutive club appearances in all competitions for the first time in his career, netting seven goals in those four games.- De Bruyne has registered three assists in his two Premier League games this season, one more than he managed in the whole of the last campaign.What’s next?A trip to Bournemouth comes next for City, while Tottenham host Newcastle United, who are still without a point under Steve Bruce. read more
OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s postal service has announced he plans to step down next spring, nearly three years before his contract was set to expire.Canada Post says Deepak Chopra has advised the Crown corporation’s board of directors that he intends leave his position on March 31, 2018.Chopra’s signalled departure comes as the federal Liberal government ruminates about whether to restore door-to-door mail delivery to tens of thousands of homes.The former Pitney Bowes Canada executive joined the agency in 2011 as it faced a dramatic shift in revenue streams, from declining mail volumes to a growing parcel delivery business.The previous Conservative government had renewed his contract prior to the 2015 election, effective Feb. 2016, despite criticisms of Canada Post’s cost-cutting moves, including the phase-out of door-to-door delivery.The move to community mailboxes became a hot topic during the 2015 campaign, with the Liberals winning power under a platform that included a promise to review the home delivery decision.Once in office, the Liberals placed a moratorium on any future conversions of home delivery to community mailboxes.A spokesperson for Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote, who has been on leave from her cabinet post, said a decision on the future of home delivery was expected some time before the end of 2017.The president of the union representing postal workers said he hopes Chopra’s departure signals an end to cost-cutting at Canada Post and a renewed commitment by the postal agency to maintain the services Canadians want.Chopra leaves “a legacy of failed cuts,” said Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek.“So, hopefully this will be a new chapter for Canada Post.”Chopra was among dozens of people appointed to plum patronage posts in the dying days of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government who were asked, once the Liberals took power, to voluntarily step down.Chopra, who was reportedly paid an estimated $500,000 annually, declined to do so.In a statement, Canada Post said Chopra has left an enduring legacy that has positioned the corporation as the country’s leader in e-commerce delivery in the face of declining mail deliveries, noting that the agency delivered two billion fewer pieces of mail last year than at its peak in 2006.The agency said Chopra had also co-operated with the government as it reviewed the mandate of Canada Post.