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Disappointed Stoke boss Hughes believes his side deserved to hang on for at least a point after an heroic effort to end a winless run at Old Trafford stretching back to 1976. Hughes said: “I do think it was unjust, in terms of what we produced, the effort we put in and the chances we created. “I certainly felt in the first half we could have been three or 4-1 to the good in terms of chances created. I didn’t think United created much apart from the key moments that took the game away from us. “We’re really disappointed given the level of performance we produced. We had a game plan which needed commitment, it needed people to be brave and do the hard yards that affected the game, and that’s what we did. “I thought my players were excellent, they took the game to United and really shook them.” David Moyes hailed the fighting spirit of his Manchester United side as they twice hit back from behind to beat Stoke 3-2 in an Old Trafford thriller. But Moyes’ substitutions paid off with Hernandez providing the inspiration for United when he headed home Patrice Evra’s cross just two minutes after Rooney had flicked his side back level. Moyes said: “I thought with 15 to 20 minutes to go the supporters were terrific – they drove the team on and they played a big part in getting the result. “I thought in the end we had to go for it. I thought we did a lot of good things but an awful lot of really poor things that put us in the situation we were in. “We got ourselves back in the game just before half-time only to concede from a poor, poor free-kick. “That got us going in at half-time on a downer but I said at half-time your job is to win the game and you’re more than capable of doing it. We needed the substitutes and they made a big difference.” Moyes’ relief was evident after a tumultuous first period in which the visitors attacked with strength and purpose and ought to have extended their lead, Crouch spooning over the bar and Jonathan Walters bringing a brilliant save out of David De Gea. Moyes added: “We needed our goalkeeper to make an extraordinary save again in the first half but that’s what he’s in the team for. “At times our play was good but we just couldn’t find the final ball. But the three centre forwards we had on the pitch scored a goal and that was pleasing.” Late goals from Wayne Rooney and substitute Javier Hernandez ensured Moyes’ men narrowly avoided more disappointment after recent home setbacks against West Brom and Southampton. Mark Hughes’ visitors had made a mockery of their paltry goalscoring record so far this season by taking a third-minute lead through Peter Crouch and going straight back in front through a Marko Arnautovic free-kick after Robin van Persie had equalised for the home side. Press Association
The San Francisco 49ers (12-3) have a chance to win the NFC West and earn home field advantage throughout the postseason on “Sunday Night Football” with a win over the Seattle Seahawks (11-4). San Francisco would have locked up the NFC West last week if the 49ers would have defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15, but the 49ers were upset in that game and would be the No. 5 seed with a loss to Seattle on Sunday night.Seattle could be playing for home field advantage throughout the postseason if Green Bay and New Orleans both lose earlier on Sunday. The Seahawks would win a tiebreaker with those teams to be the No. 1 team in the NFC with a win over the 49ers in that scenario, and they would be playing for a first-round bye if either the Packers or the Saints lost in Week 17. If Green Bay and New Orleans both win though, Seattle could only earn the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a win over San Francisco. Player to watchJimmy Garoppolo was not sharp against the Rams last week. He was sacked six times and threw two interceptions, and that almost led to a San Francisco loss. The 49ers overcame that performance to get a win, but they must protect Garoppolo better on Sunday. Seattle sacked Jimmy G five times in their first meeting, leading to Garoppolo’s worst performance of the season that wasn’t affected by weather.Seahawks vs. 49ers predictionThere are too many questions with Seattle’s running game, so expect San Francisco to take this game over with its defense and run game.49ers 27, Seahawks 20 Here’s everything to know about betting on Seahawks vs. 49ers in Week 17, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Sunday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSeahawks vs. 49ers odds for ‘Sunday Night Football’Seattle Seahawks +3 vs. San Francisco 49ers, O/U 47San Francisco opened as a two-point favorite in this game on Monday, but a rush of 49ers money quickly moved the line to SF -3. The total has remained steady at 47 throughout the week though.Seahawks vs. 49ers series historyThe Seahawks are 26-16 against the 49ers in their history. These two teams only became divisional foes in 2002 when Seattle moved from the AFC West to the NFC West, and Seattle is 24-12 against San Francisco as members of the same division.Seattle knocked off San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game six years ago on its way to winning Super Bowl XLVIII. Since that point, the Seahawks are 10-1 against the 49ers, and their only loss was in overtime last year in Santa Clara. They avenged that defeat by beating San Francisco in Levi’s Stadium in Week 10, dealing the Niners their first loss of the year.Three trends to know— San Francisco is 7-15-1 ATS in its last 23 games against conference foes.— The 49ers are 6-19-1 ATS the last 26 times they were favored to win a game.— Seattle is 33-15-3 ATS in its last 51 games as an underdog on the betting line.Three things to watchBeast Mode is backSeattle’s top three running backs coming into the season are all on injured reserve. Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and C.J. Prosise have all suffered season-ending injuries, so the Seahawks are turning to a familiar face to carry the load. They signed Marshawn Lynch to complement rookie Travis Homer in the backfield, and Lynch is expected to see some action on Sunday night.Lynch was doling out shots of tequila in a parking lot in Oakland two weeks ago, and no one knows whether he is in game shape. He retired at the end of last season after averaging 4.2 YPC in Oakland, so Seattle will likely test his fitness in this game by giving him at least 10 carries.Will Russell Wilson be Dangeruss on Sunday night?Russell Wilson has been fantastic for Seattle this season. Wilson is probably going to finish runner-up to Lamar Jackson in the NFL MVP award voting, completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards with 29 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He has been a great runner too, averaging 4.7 YPC, and he came up big against San Francisco in the first meeting between these two teams.George Kittle is available this timeKittle has been one of the most underrated players in the NFL this season. He has been the best all-around tight end in the league with his run blocking and pass catching ability, and his presence has been instrumental in making this offense one of the best in the NFC. Kittle didn’t play the first time these teams met, and Seattle will find it hard to stop him.
Despite criticismsNotwithstanding criticisms of the initiative, infrastructure that would allow for electronic payments under the new National Payment System are being put in place.This was expounded upon at a press conference at the Finance Ministry on Friday, where Bank of Guyana Governor Dr Gobind Ganga laid out his expectations for the project. It was pointed out by Ganga that the project was originally of a four-year duration.“The system is being put in place. This is a four-year project, but we’re hoping to complete this project in two years, and people start benefit,” Ganga, who was speaking on the sidelines of another Finance Ministry event, explained.The Governor explained that while there was an old payment system administered by the bank, it was an ineffective one. He expressed expectations that the new one being implemented would conform to international standards.“We had a payment system under the Bank of Guyana, but we didn’t have the power to ensure there could be electronic payments, digital signatures, etc. This Act recognises all of that, and makes it legal. For example, we will have more bank-to-bank transactions rather than the use of cheques. We will also reduce cash payments as we move forward. That is not to say that there is going to be an elimination of cash; cash will still be used, but we will be providing the infrastructure for electronic payments, and that will ensure that we have much more efficiency,” Ganga explained.“For example, if the Ministry of Finance has to pay vendors out there, instead of the vendor coming to the Ministry of Finance to collect a cheque, that payment will be done directly into his bank account. That will enhance transparency and good governance,” Ganga explained.PassageAn important bill in principle, much contention nevertheless attended the National Payment System Bill when it was passed earlier this month. Criticism had included concerns over the Bank of Guyana’s role as a regulator, and whether it had too much power.For instance, former Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Juan Edghill, had expressed concern over Clause 18 (2) of the bill, which allows the regulator to enter the premises of someone suspected of operating without a licence and carry out searches. Edghill urged the inclusion of stipulations that such searches can be carried out only after a warrant has been obtained.His successor in Government, Minister Jaipaul Sharma, had defended the bill in his presentation. For instance, Sharma noted that the Central Bank cannot revoke licences in a “willy-nilly” manner, but persons with grievances would instead be given time to defend their licences.Besides urging that the general public be educated about the new system, none of the Opposition entreaties found sympathetic ears on the Government side.The bill was eventually passed without any amendment.A National Payment System (NPS) is an infrastructure that provides the economy with information communication technology (ICT) options for processing payments resulting from the many different types of economic transactions that take place daily. In other words, this includes e-payments, credit cards, and wire transfers.The Bank of Guyana (BoG) has been tasked with leading the development and implementing a strategic approach to advancing the development of Guyana’s NPS by establishing the parameters to guide policy and set priorities.