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Horoscopes: Your weekly horoscope from astrologer Russell Grant – what's in the stars?

ARIES (March 21st – April 20th)

You’re doing your best to spend wisely and that’s why you have created a sensible budget. You now know how much you can comfortably afford to spend on food, housing, heating and clothes. This would be a good time to take on some extra work.

TAURUS (April 21st – May 21st)

An overly helpful friend or workmate is causing more hindrance than help. You’re tired of someone’s unreliability and are ready to insist they keep all promises they make you or you will be cutting ties. You are starting to see the direction of work changes more clearly.

GEMINI (May 22nd – June 21st)

You will get to hear something interesting during a business meeting or lunchtime appointment. You wish you could see into the future before making a big decision but not knowing what’s to come is what makes it more exciting.

CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd)

It may be left to you to follow up recent developments at work. This could be more time consuming than you expected. The consequences, even so, will give you nothing to complain about. You will finish the last remaining challenge after a series of demanding tasks.

LEO (July 24th – August 23rd)

A contentious situation will be dealt with fairly. Facts being shared aren’t gossip or conspiracy. If you are in a position to make decisions that affect other people, stay level headed. If you must wait for someone else to deal with the matter, try not to interfere.

VIRGO (August 24th – September 23rd)

You have good business sense. Taking a practical approach to important work and domestic affairs will lead to you making incredible progress. A chance to change direction in your career or a possibility of promotion makes all your past hard work well worth it.

LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd)

When things start going wrong you tend to get annoyed with yourself. Talking down about yourself will not attract positive opportunities. If a senior colleague overhears you grumbling about how you never succeed, they aren’t likely to offer you an important assignment.

SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd)

Setbacks in a new career program will cause you to regret having experimented with different techniques. You are tempted to go back to old methods. Persevere and these problems will soon melt away. Once you get into new routines you’ll make up lost time.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd – December 21st)

You are restless and your mood could change from one moment to the next. It’s hardly surprising that even those who know you well are finding it hard to understand you. One minute you want to go out, the next you want to stay in.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd – January 20th)

Someone needs to be politely reminded of their obligations. You don’t want to interfere but you cannot stand back and watch as they let other people down. You might even feel embarrassed about the mess they are but you’ll find a way to help them get back on their feet.

AQUARIUS (January 21st – February 19th)

You are trying to keep up with work and domestic routines as much as possible. Keeping occupied also keeps you positive and makes you feel better about yourself. If you don’t move about a lot, consider adding some gentle exercise to your lifestyle.

PISCES (February 20th – March 20th)

Well-intentioned individuals have plenty to say about your choices and decisions. You can understand where they are coming from but you will not be influenced by their words. It’s your life and when it comes to issues that will affect your future, you will make your own mind up.

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Fury as NHL side cops mammoth $250k fine

The New York Rangers have been slapped with a $ 250,000 fine for calling on the NHL to take proper action against a notorious thug who carried out cowardly assaults on two Russian stars – while the offender was docked just $ 5,000.

The Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson hit Pavel Buchnevich on the back of the head before slamming Artemi Panarin, leaving the Rangers’ key player with a lower body injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Wilson, who has previously been banned for 14 games among a shocking slew of disciplinary misdemeanors, received two minor penalties and a 10-minute misconduct punishment, but will not have to sit out any further action after stumping up the tiny fine.

In an understandably angry statement the following day, the Rangers accused NHL Head of Player Safety George Parros of a “dereliction of duty” that made him “unfit to continue in his current role”, pointing to Wilson’s appalling track record and describing his latest indiscretion as a “horrifying act of violence”.

Now NHL Commission Gary Bettman has dished out the huge penalty to the team following their 6-3 defeat.

“Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated,” he declared.

“While we don’t expect our clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the Department of Player Safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable.

“It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety.”

Fans were almost unanimously disgusted by the news. “That seals the deal,” wrote one. “I am no longer an NHL fan. This decision is a pure and utter disgrace to sports.

“I officially will not be watching on TV nor will I buy merchandise ever again. I’m going to Major League Baseball where they know how to protect their players and teams.”

“Break guys’ wrists, necks, faces with dirty plays… $ 5k fines,” pointed out another.

Speaking after the Rangers lost the return game 4-2 on Wednesday, forward Ryan Strome said he felt the team’s response to the scandal had been “appropriate”.

“When your star player gets tossed around like that… I’m proud of our guys, it says a lot about us,” he said, referring to winger Panarin’s injury. “It’s been super challenging.”

Speaking earlier in the week about the miniscule fine handed to Wilson, Strome said: “I think it’s a joke, to be honest with you.

“I think Tom Wilson is a very effective hockey player. But I just think that crossed the line. Buchy was trying to score a goal and… [was] a defenseless player.

“And Panarin, in my opinion, with no helmet on – a superstar in our league – it’s a joke.

“I think it sends a bad message. I think everyone pretty much agrees with that. And I just think the league missed one here, big time.

“Our best player’s out for the rest of the year. It’s an unfortunate incident that has nothing to do with the play or the game of hockey. That’s kind of where the big issue is.”

Alternate captain Panarin posted a picture of the Rangers’ flag to his following of almost 400,000 on Instagram.

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PSG stars moan that no-nonsense Champions League ref

Uncompromising Dutch ref Bjorn Kuipers, who was once branded “disrespectful” by Neymar after booking the Brazil playboy for arguing with him, has been backed by many fans after two PSG players accused him of swearing at them.

Experienced Kuipers has a reputation for letting matches flow and occasionally giving as good as he gets to players, and the 48-year-old was tested at times on Tuesday night as he oversaw Paris’s tame Champions League semifinal exit at Manchester City.

A multi-millionaire through his ownership of a supermarket chain in his homeland, Kuipers held his own with some of the most valuable and most notoriously dramatic players in the world – and two have now accused him of dropping the f-bomb on them.

“We talk about respect with referees,” Ander Herrera told RMC about an alleged war of words between Kuipers and one of his teammates.

“The referee tonight said ‘f*** off’ to Leandro Paredes. If we say that, we get a three-to-four match ban.”

Fellow midfielder Marco Verratti, who curiously claimed that PSG had the better of a game in which they were beaten 2-0 and did not manage a shot on target, offered even more extraordinary claims.

“He said ‘f*** you’ to me,” confided Verratti. “I talk to referees a lot but I never say that or I get a 10-game ban.”

Angel di Maria was sent off in the second half, mirroring the first-leg fate of Idrissa Gueye, who was sent off for a horrendous tackle on Ilkay Gundogan that many felt had severely endangered the City playmaker.

“They lost their nerve and started to kick us,” two-goal hero Riyad Mahrez told BT Sport on Tuesday. “After the red card, it was more comfortable.”

Fans offered a mixed reception to the duo’s allegations, with many pointing out that players are routinely heard directing choice words at officials on the pitch at a time when largely empty stadiums mean that their voices can be picked up clearly.

“Honestly, this cements Bjorn Kuipers as the best ref in the world,” said one. “PSG players are masters in the dark arts and he wasn’t having any of it.”

Another admitted: “Not surprised. They were harassing him non-stop. Must have taken all of his will power not to smash one of them in the face.”

Kuipers booked Neymar for dissent during a 2018 World Cup group stage game between Brazil and Costa Rica in Russia, and did so again when the world’s most expensive player complained about his treatment by the opposition when Paris played Napoli last year.

“The referee told me something he should not have,” Neymar told ESPN afterwards. “It was disrespectful. I do not want to repeat what he said to me. However, somebody high up should do something.

“He cannot be as disrespectful as he was with me. On the pitch, we are asked to show respect towards the referees. We should get the same in return.”

A Neymar fan account was predictably scathing towards Kuipers after his latest set-to with their hero. “Bjorn Kuipers is still the worst and most unprofessional official that’s ever been in the sport,” they insisted, calling him a clown.

Few seemed to feel the same. “He doesn’t buy into the moans and the flops and lets players get stuck in,” said a supporter. “He allows the game to flow, which is so much better as a viewer.”

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Rio Ferdinand picks out five Man City stars key to reaching first Champions League final

“Dias and Stones at the back were impenetrable, and Foden and Mahrez I thought were fantastic going forward.

“Fernandinho the captain today put in a real sterling performance at 36 years of age. Every man played their part today, fantastic performance.

“Great, great performance from this very, very good top team.”

PSG had Angel Di Maria sent off for a reckless kick out at Fernandinho late one.

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Pep Guardiola 'proud' of Man City stars after beating PSG to reach Champions League final

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that he was ‘incredibly proud’ of his side after booking their place in this season’s Champions League final by overcoming Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday evening’s decisive semi-final clash. Two goals either side of the interval from Riyad Mahrez sealed a 4-1 aggregate victory for the hosts, who will face Chelsea or Real Madrid for a shot at glory at the end of the month.
Guardiola made just two changes from the side that won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes six days ago, with Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko coming into the side in place of Rodri and Joao Cancelo.

The hosts faced the prospect of an early setback inside the opening five minutes when referee Bjorn Kuipers awarded a penalty to PSG for a handball by Zinchenko, but the decision was quickly overturned with the assistance of VAR.

The Ukranian full-back was heavily involved in his side’s opener just moments later, latching onto an exquisite through pass from Ederson to fire the ball into the mixer, with Mahrez eventually slotting home.

The latter was on target again shortly after the hour mark, before PSG winger Angel Di Maria was sent off for a petulant stamp on Fernandinho.

His dismissal caused the visitors to lose their composure and adopt an overly physical approach with their hopes of European glory fading away, before the full-time whistle confirmed their worst fears and ensured City’s place in the final.

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Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Guardiola admitted that he was thrilled with his side’s performance to maintain their hopes of a stunning treble this season.

After winning the Carabao Cup last month, City look set to claim the Premier League title this weekend, after which a maiden Champions League triumph will be at the top of the agenda.

“It is for all of us and the club,” said Guardiola.  “I’m incredibly proud and my first thoughts are with the players who didn’t play today.

“They all deserved to play, everyone has made a contribution and now it is time to enjoy it. We have to win the league and we have two or three weeks to prepare for the final.”

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Although City deserved to progress and were undoubtedly the better side over the two legs, PSG will be aggrieved in equal measure after failing to match last season’s achievement of reaching the Champions League final.

Guardiola continued, praising his side’s beaten opponents and underlining the brilliance of City as the Premier League champions-elect made light work of the French heavyweights for the second time in a week.

“They win the league every year, they are a team built to win, they fought to the end,” added the Spaniard.

“They are a huge team, but we were so composed. We fought together and we’re in the final of the Champions League and those are nice words.

“People believe it’s easy to arrive in the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and this is remarkable.

“We scored a goal through the hips in the first game, and today Marquinhos hit the bar in the first half – you can be out for little details.”

City will clinch the Premier League title with three games to spare if they can beat Chelsea in their next outing on Saturday evening.

Guardiola will be keeping a close eye on tomorrow night’s match between the Blues and Real Madrid, with the two clubs finely poised at 1-1 ahead of their Champions League semi-final second-leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

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Angel Adoree v Dick Strawbridge net worth: Escape to the Chateau stars have huge fortunes

Angel and Dick renovate their 19th century castle, Château De La Motte Husson, in the programme.

The luxury home is based in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, located in the French countryside.

The large castle has 45 rooms and had not been lived in for 40 years before they purchased it.

It was bought for just £28,000 in 2015 and the couple had to install essentials such as electricity, heating and running water.

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‘Stranded’ Aussie IPL cricket stars face jail & fines if they attempt to flee Covid-stricken India

Over 30 Australian cricket players, coaches and commentators remain in India after officials made it illegal for them to return home from the coronavirus-stricken Asian country in light of a controversial travel ban.

Aussie stars Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson managed to land in their homeland’s second-largest city Melbourne earlier this week after using a travel loophole via Doha which has now been closed.

The country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, commented that the route, plus others through Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and neighboring Singapore, have now been shut down to complete a total ban on all travel from India – which is currently reeling from a collapse of its public healthcare system to become one of the world’s most affected countries by Covid. 
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Going a step further to halt returns, the Australian government rolled out an emergency bill that sees anyone landing on their territory from the subcontinent nation – which recorded a record 400,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday – hit with a jail term of up to five years behind bars or fines able to reach US$ 51,000.

At present, 34 Australian cricket figures are “stranded” in India, according to the Daily Mail, where they are part of the hugely popular Premier League (IPL).

Among them are 12 players, including national team members Pat Cummins, David Warner and disgraced former captain Steve Smith, plus 11 coaches such as former legends Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and David Hussey.

Two commentators are there as well, in addition to two umpires, five support staff, and a Kiwi commentator from New Zealand who resides in Australia.

Yet PM Morrison has insisted that they will receive no special treatment to be brought home.

“They have traveled there privately,” he said on Tuesday.

“This wasn’t part of an Australian tour. They’re under their own resources and they’ll be using those resources too, I’m sure, to see them return to Australia in accordance with their own arrangements.”

Separately, Cricket Australia released a statement which began declaring it would “assist where possible”.

“We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until 15 May, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament’s scheduled conclusion on 30 May,” it added.

But Karlie Andrews, girlfriend of Mumbai Indians star Chris Lynn, told the Daily Mail that she hoped the organization would put on a charter plane to get the group out of Asia.

“I know the IPL is doing everything they can to keep our players safe in their bubble,” Andrews said. 

“And I know all partners would obviously love to have their significant other home safe and well ASAP when the IPL is complete. 

“[But] hopefully [Chris] is home at the end of May. It is not ideal and I miss him heaps, but it won’t be forever and so I just have to hang in there,” she finished.
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Away from the cricket world, the move from Morrison has been dubbed “racist” and “disproportionate” by some compatriots. 

This is an outrageous response. Australians have a right of return to their own country,” remarked Elaine Pearson, who is the director of Human Rights Watch in Australia.

“Indian-Australians are seeing this as a racist policy because we are being treated different than people from other countries who have had similar waves of infection like the US, the UK and Europe,” an Australian surgeon with family in India, Neela Janakiramanan, said, as quoted by Reuters.

It is very hard to feel anything other than targeted as an ethnic group.”
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Jurgen Klopp sends Man Utd and Chelsea warning to Liverpool stars

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent a warning to his players that if they are to win next season’s Premier League title, it will not just be Manchester City whom they need to challenge.

The German pointed to a resurgent Manchester United and Chelsea as among the sides who would need to be considered as title challengers next campaign.

City are set to regain the league title – their third crown in four seasons – as they hold a 10-point lead over Manchester rivals United at the top with just five rounds of games remaining.

The Reds are a whopping 23 points off the title pace and are currently languishing in sixth position, although they still retain hopes of securing a top four spot and Champions League football.

Klopp warned ahead of next season: “We are responsible for the things that happen to us. We were involved in the last few years constantly in semi-finals and fighting or league titles.

“I don’t know if other teams felt bad because of us but I wish for them not, I’m not like that. I’m not a person like this.

“They [City] deserve the situation they are in. That is football, that is fair. They won an awful lot of games. United turned the game around [against Roma] – like they did 20 times this year.

“I had my bad moments in the season for other reasons, not because other teams are winning more games than us.

“That’s not my problem, my only problem is with the opponent of the specific weekend and not think, ‘oh my God, City again and United are back on track’.

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“Life is too short for these kind of worries or thoughts.

“We will challenge them again next year but this year we can only finish our season as good as possible and we have nothing to do with semi-finals and finals.

“It always becomes harder because City never stops. That is clear. They did not stop and they will not stop.”

Klopp went on to directly name both United and Chelsea as sides who would be in a position to challenge for the title, while also name-dropping other sides with the capability of challenging.

He added: “United is coming up definitely everyone can see that, Chelsea is obviously in a brilliant place, a top squad.

“Thomas [Tuchel] inherited a present and you can see that they are really good so it will not get easier.

“We’re not just talking about City there will be other teams for sure. We have to deal with all the other teams who are outstandingly strong but still go under the radar like Leicester : brilliant manager and a top squad dealing with different situations.

“Nobody should write off Tottenham or Arsenal. Obviously West Ham is now flying. How can it be easier? It is not only City.”

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Mikel Arteta makes Bukayo Saka demand of Arsenal stars but hopeful of Villarreal comeback

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Mikel Arteta insists his Arsenal players need to ease their reliance on 19-year-old forward Bukayo Saka after the academy graduate helped give the Gunners a chance of reaching the Europa League final in their 2-1 loss to Villarreal on Thursday night.

Arsenal endured a disastrous first hour at the Estadio la Ceramica in the first leg of their semi-final tie, with Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol on the scoresheet for the hosts in the first half and appearing to put the La Liga side in full control.

It got worse for the visitors when the on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos was dismissed for a second yellow card before the hour mark.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who made a mistake in last weekend’s loss to Everton, then made two vital saves at 2-0 including one from Gerard Moreno to keep the Gunners in the tie.

And they took advantage too, winning a penalty through the excellent Saka which Nicolas Pepe gratefully converted for his sixth European goal of the campaign.

Villarreal were soon down to 10 themselves when ex-Tottenham and Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue picked up a second yellow.

Capoue brought down winger Saka and picked up an injury in the process which saw him stretchered off the pitch to set up a frantic finale with both sides even again.

Arsenal could not muster an equaliser though, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang denied a last-gasp leveller from their best chance.

But Arteta and co. know a 1-0 victory at the Emirates next week would see them through to the final in Gdansk, most likely to face Manchester United who beat Roma 6-2 at Old Trafford at the same time the north Londoners were in action in Spain.

The Arsenal manager told BT Sport post-match: “I am confident we are going to have a chance to win that’s for sure.

“We didn’t want to come here and lose obviously but after the way the game developed, being 2-0 down with 10 men, you have to take the result.

“If you have to lose, this is probably the best result we could have. Two different halves.

“We started to be us [in the second half]. There were so many moments in the first half that we weren’t us. We disorganised ourselves and started to chase.

“At the end we had a big chance, Auba, one-v-one vs the keeper but we couldn’t draw the game.”

Stand-out performer Saka meanwhile said: “There’s a lot of positives which all came in the second-half. But it’s a semi-final, to start the game like this, it’s impossible to have a chance of scoring. 

“We didn’t create anything, we lost every duel, we were passive. It’s really frustrating to look back on. I’m just happy that in the second half we picked ourselves up.

“We’ve given ourselves a chance at the Emirates. We showed that we’re better than them, even with 10 men, we dominated them. It’s up to us. It’s always up to us.

“We’ve got a squad full of quality players and when we play properly we can beat anyone. We showed that today.”

Before their second leg against Villarreal, Arsenal face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday (7pm) but Arteta is expected to make a raft of changes to his team in order to keep them fresh for their for their second leg against Unai Emery’s charges.

Pep Guardiola explains key to Man City's brilliant PSG comeback but fires warning to stars

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has given insight to what was said at half time to mastermind his team’s comeback in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain. Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez have given City a 2-1 lead heading into next week’s second leg at the Etihad.

PSG controlled large parts of the first half and deservedly took the lead through a Marquinhos header.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to capitalise on their domination and could only take a 1-0 lead into the break.

Guardiola was pleased with the start his team made but admitted the lack of experience at the semi-final stage was clear to see.

Guardiola told BT Sport: “We started really and after we conceded the goal. We held the pressure.

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PSG then had Idrissa Gueye sent off for a poor tackle on Ilkay Gundogan to make the Ligue 1 side’s task even harder.

When asked what he changed at half time, Guardiola said he wanted his team to be more relaxed.

The Spaniard asked his players to change the way they pressed PSG, and it worked wonders.

“Sometimes you need to be more relaxed, the first half was normal,” he added.

“In 180 minutes you don’t want to lose the ball, you don’t play free.

“We changed the way we press, we were so passive. The last 10-15 minutes we were more aggressive because it’s not easy against Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe and [Angel] Di Maria.

“After we found the goals and scored another one and so satisfied with the performance. But it’s only halfway and we have many minutes still to beat them and PSG is a team where anything can happen.”

It is only City’s second semi-final in their history and first under Guardiola.

And the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has warned his players that the job is not yet done.

“This club does not have much experience in the latter stages of this competition,” he said.

“We have to realise ourselves anything can happen.” 

De Bruyne also spoke about what was said at half time and admitted the second-half showing was a vast improvement.

“Just play a little bit more with the ball,” the Belgian said.

“I think the first half we were too rushed. We wanted to go forward too quickly. That’s not the way we’re set up as a team. Second half we did really well. We tried to find the spaces more patiently.

“Obviously they’re a really tough team to play against and I think the progression we made was good.”