Why city living is massively overrated


Oh dear, I have become one of those people.

You’ll have seen them if you’ve managed a few days away in a coastal community. Perhaps, like me, you also are one.

We’re pretty recognisable in our linen shorts and raffia thongs with our salt-encrusted hair piled into a top knot as we linger around the real estate agent’s window.

“Look at that,” we’ll exclaim to our partner or children, or even to ourselves.

And then we’ll all glue our noses to the window looking at the little teal fibro shack going for what we think is “a steal” or the hinterland property which comes with its own herd of goats.

As a city dweller I’ve spent years laughing at these sea dreamers – people who like to think they’d enjoy a sea change or a tree change but promptly forget their holiday fantasies the minute they step back into the office after Australia Day.

I scoffed at shows like SeaChange and 800 Words which painted every day as an opportunity for a surf, a coffee and some warm-hearted community problem-solving yet never showed July’s relentless rain or the stubbornness of the local council or the internet collapsing any time the wind blew harder than 20 knots.

But after years of dismissing these coastal towns and villages as cultural wastelands where the only entertainment is a chicken parmy and a meat tray raffle at the bowlo, suddenly all I want is a chicken parmy and a meat tray raffle at the bowlo.

Well, I’d also like good coffee and a shop selling boho dresses and a yoga studio but, blow me down, even the tiniest little hamlet offers this sort of amenity these days.

What’s more, you can walk to get your coffee or your jangly bracelets or your ashtanga hit, making the whole thing so eminently doable. It’s no wonder a lot of us have not just browsed the real estate windows but signed up for the sale alerts.

If COVID has shown me anything – other than the inside of my own home – it’s that urban living is massively overrated. And I live reasonably close to a beach!

Recently a friend texted on Sunday morning suggesting we meet for a swim. Unfortunately, my bike had a flat tyre so I had to drive but clearly the entire city had decided that the combination of a 28C day, blue sky and a relaxing of lockdown restrictions was all the encouragement needed to head to the same spot.

I drove around for 25 minutes looking for a park before abandoning the catch-up.

“I’m sorry but it’s just too stressful,” I texted, which felt pathetic despite being true.

I’m not sure if it’s the economic punch of the pandemic, the distance from family who I’ve now not seen for more than a year, the discomfort wrought by proximity or a summer governed by restrictions, but I suddenly feel the sharp edges of city life.

A $194 ticket and two points on my licence for overstaying four minutes in a parking zone felt like a hardness too far.

A woman had fainted in the optometrist as I waited to collect my contact lenses; the parking ticket gleefully issued by wardens lying in wait a sour reminder not to help anyone in distress.

Even the cultural citadels I’ve long embraced have lost their allure. Galleries require a booking, queues and constant steering through the spaces, theatres are so constrained their seat allocations are permanently “exhausted” and a trip to the cinema loses its appeal when you have to remove your mask to shove in a choc-top.

When I went to see The Dry I spent most of the session in discomfort because I was so concerned about squeezing past anyone to get to the loo.

Yet my ventures to regional climes are refreshingly free of these tensions. There the ocean swimmers turn obligatory fitness into a morning-long chinwag, the bakery will break open a packet of rolls to give you the exact number you need and the cafes are churning out old-school milkshakes rather than maniacally disinfecting every table and utensil.

Whether it’s Batemans Bay, Blueys, Bellingen, Burleigh, Bargara or beyond they’re barefoot and breathing in the days with a certainty that life doesn’t get much better than this.

Even the free campers – the only fly in the soothing ointment that is small town life – are dealt with swiftly, if not by a ranger then a local proficient at de-valving a tyre or four.

The only arguments are between those who claim their idyll is better than the next but they are united on one point: they all pity Byron Bay.

This is not my time to abandon city life. Who knows if it’ll ever be. But after 30 years in three of the world’s most enlivening cities the pandemic has posed an alluring alternative.

My neighbours moved their business and their two young sons to Bellingen last month. “Come and visit,” they implored.

“You’ll probably never leave.”

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Dozens of jobs created in Newcastle after mobile banking firm Pockit moves into city


A challenger bank has created 30 jobs in Newcastle after opening an office in the city centre.

London headquartered Pockit, which provides bank accounts for people with poor credit scores, has opened a new base in Newcastle as part of its expansion plans.

The fintech firm has already recruited 30 to work in its North East office and is looking to double its headcount soon.

Pockit’s CEO and founder, Virraj Jatania, said the business decided to set up shop in Newcastle because of its access to a highly skilled talent pool and its growing reputation as a centre for tech firms.

He said: “Our decision to set up an office Newcastle and join their thriving and fast-growing fintech community was down to the collaborative nature of the business community, its ability to attract and retain talent and reputation as a place to grow a tech business.

“We were quickly able to set up our offices and hire a skilled high-performing team. We have a high number of customers from the north of the UK, which also added value and the talent pool of graduates from Newcastle’s two major universities and the city’s quality of life were decisive points when we compared the city with other locations.”

Pockit’s new office has been opened in one of HiveTree’s commercial properties. HiveTree has a number of locations around Newcastle and is aiming to create a cluster of community-drive, tech focused workspaces.



The fintech firm has joined HiveTree’s cluster of North East tech firms

Pockit was able to carry out its expansion plans after securing £15m of investment during 2020. This included £15m raised through a Series B funding round from existing and new investors, as well as almost £1.4m which was raised through crowdfunding.

Mr Jatania said: “Launching a crowdfunding campaign has been an ambition of ours for some time and the time to accelerate is right now; the Covid recession and the end of furlough schemes will disproportionately affect the financially underserved. Some 12 million people in the UK need a solution urgently, and we believe Pockit is that solution. We look forward to growing and supporting people from our brand-new offices in Newcastle.”

The company’s move to the North East was supported by Invest Newcastle, which promotes inward investment to the city.

“Invest Newcastle have supported us on throughout our journey, assisting with our business case, signposting us to local funding opportunities, identifying strategic business opportunities and making vital introductions. The team have been helpful and are a great source of local knowledge and support,” added Mr Jatania.

Jennifer Hartley, director of Invest Newcastle and Dynamo Advisory Board member, said: “We are delighted that Pockit will be joining our forward-thinking and ambitious business community.

“We are home to a thriving digital and tech ecosystem and now more than ever we need to build our economy around our strengths – creating jobs, retaining talent, and positioning our city as a career destination. Our unique eco-system, talent and experienced and supportive business community is helping us to reimagine our new world.



Pockit provides bank accounts for those with poor credit history
Pockit provides bank accounts for those with poor credit history

“Over the last year we have had notable successes in attracting investment, despite the uncertainty of Brexit and the impact of coronavirus. This move from Pockit, further highlights our city’s digital strengths and that you do not need to be in London to have an exciting and ambitious tech career. “

The move has also been welcomed by Newcastle City Council.

Coun Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture at Newcastle City Council, said: “This new investment in Newcastle is testament to the confidence businesses have in our city as a place to locate and grow their business and we cannot wait to watch Pockit grow and thrive here.

“Inward Investment plays a vital role in the creation of jobs and opportunities for those who live and work here. We are confident this will be the first of many businesses choosing Newcastle as we start the new year and work towards economic recovery.”

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Community organisations are stepping up to resolve the homelessness crisis in Fremantle, with a number of local people in need offered accommodation in recent days.

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Adelaide go joint top of W-League after Holmes double sinks City


City got off to a bright start against the improving Reds and looked the team most likely to score, but the hot conditions – which required drinks breaks and a stop in play – did affect the shape of the game.

The contest was meandering but came alive after the drinks break when Dylan Holmes, driving through from midfield, gave the hosts the lead just after the half-hour mark.

The ball was played through to Holmes by Fiona Worts, and the Reds captain kept her cool, rounded Teagan Micah in the City goal and coolly slotted home from close range.

It was Holmes’ first W-League goal, and gave the Reds a real fillip, Worts going close herself in the 35th minute with a looping header which shaved the bar before going behind the goal.

But the goal and the near miss stung City into action.

Three minutes before the break Japanese international Chinatsu Kira looked as if she had found the top corner with a well placed free kick only to be denied by a flying save from Adelaide goalkeeper Sian Fryer-McLaren.

Rhali Dobson then over-ran a pass when she might have got a shot away before hitting the woodwork with an excellent volley from a Tyla Jay Vlanjic cross which looked to have beaten Fryer-McLaren.

But it was Adelaide who got on the scoreboard next, and it was once more the captain, Holmes, who did the damage. She won the ball in midfield, drove forward and then unleashed a low drive which beat Micah and crept inside the post.

Given their experience with McCormick, City were taking no further concussion chances and when Dobson took a hit to the head they were quick to replace her with Margot Robinne.

Fryer-McLaren saved from Kira as City piled on the pressure in the last 20 minutes to get back into the game. They grabbed a lifeline with three minutes of stoppage time remaining when Checker headed home Hollie Palmer’s free kick, but City could not get a leveller.

The win takes Adelaide to joint top spot on the ladder, along with Sydney, while Melbourne City stay in sixth position, outside a finals berth.

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Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker, Martin Keown and Micah Richards discuss Rodri’s controversial assist that led to Bernardo Silva’s opening goal against Aston Villa.

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City deliver on promise to community by investing millions in Priority Projects – 16 News


Novocastrians are encouraged to ‘go out and enjoy their city by grabbing it with both hands’ in the tagline for City of Newcastle’s latest Priority Projects campaign.

The campaign features four Priority Projects initiatives including City Centre Revitalisation, Blackbutt Reserve, Cycleways, and Coastal Revitalisation projects.

Priority Projects in 2021 have been identified as a result of extensive community consultation and the significant investment will benefit residents, businesses and visitors to Newcastle.

Building on the success of previous campaigns, the 2021 campaign features engaging videos that place the audience in amongst the action by using a first-person point of view.

The campaign features a 30-second television commercial (TVC) running until 31 January 2021, an overarching video for social media and website, and four project specific videos. Each of the project videos can be found on City of Newcastle’s Priority Projects webpage or via the following:

Footpath decals have also been placed in strategic locations within each Priority Projects area with a QR code linking back to the TVC. To find out more, visit City of Newcastle’s Priority Projects webpage.

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Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea: Leicester win to go top of Premier League


James Maddison has scored in each of his last three Leicester games

Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table and increased the pressure on struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard with an impressive victory at The King Power Stadium.

The Foxes knew a win would see them overhaul Manchester United and they were on their way after only six minutes when Wilfred Ndidi fired in off the inside of the post from 20 yards.

Chelsea rarely threatened, although they were denied a first-half penalty by VAR when Christian Pulisic went down under a challenge from Jonny Evans, only for the technology to confirm the offence took place just outside the area.

Lampard’s misery was swiftly reinforced as Leicester City broke clear to add a second four minutes before the break, James Maddison sweeping a cool finish past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy on the half-volley from Marc Albrighton’s pass.

Chelsea barely raised a gallop after the break and it was Leicester who created the better openings as James Justin headed wide when unmarked and Mendy saved from Youri Tielemans.

Leicester are now a point ahead of Manchester United having played a game more while Chelsea are in eighth, five points off the Champions League places.

Lampard feeling the heat

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
Since beating Leeds to go top of the table in December, Chelsea have taken just seven points from their last 24 available in the Premier League

Make no mistake – Chelsea manager Lampard is under increasing pressure after another dreadful performance on a night they could have used to show signs of recovery against an in-form side.

Instead, this was a wretched affair lacking any spark and urgency, and more significantly desire, with Leicester closing out the win with barely a moment of anxiety all night.

Chelsea were sloppy in midfield, toothless in attack and soft in defence, falling asleep at a free-kick and a corner for Leicester’s first from Ndidi then being undone by a routine angled pass from Albrighton.

The body language was resigned, with not the hint of a second-half revival, while there will also be renewed scrutiny on Lampard’s transfer policy.

Timo Werner, for all the consoling words heaped upon the £47.5m signing by Lampard, only started on the bench while £71m summer capture Kai Havertz was a non-existent presence on the pitch – it was no surprise when he was replaced in the second half.

Lampard will be well aware of the reality of his situation. He will know his background as a Chelsea great will not spare him from judgement by owner Roman Abramovich.

He must hope the fact that Chelsea are not yet adrift of the Champions League places will give him more time but given a summer expenditure of more than £200m, performances as poor as this will only turn up the heat on the manager.

Superb Leicester show title style

Leicester fully deserve their place at the top of the Premier League after they delivered a performance of class and composure to win with ease.

The Foxes never looked like losing control once Ndidi put them ahead. They were in command at the back – with 20-year-old French defender Wesley Fofana magnificent – controlled midfield and could easily have won by more.

It may yet be a short-lived stay at the top with Manchester City playing Aston Villa on Wednesday but manager Brendan Rodgers has a team that only missed out on the top four on the final day of last season and looks stronger this term, despite the £50m summer sale of England left-back Ben Chilwell to their hapless opponents here on Tuesday night.

James Justin has stepped in to Chilwell’s place and been outstanding while on the other flank Belgium right-back Timothy Castagne looks a sound, assured addition.

Fofana, however, looks one of the signings of the summer with his combination of talent, pace and power.

He has forged a fine partnership with the experienced Jonny Evans and has been keeping Caglar Soyuncu, who has been sidelined by injury recently, out of the team.

This was such an assured win that anyone who had doubts about Leicester’s ability to be involved at the top end of the table again this season will have to re-assess that thinking.

Our performance was slow and sluggish – what they said

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “You have seen the real spirit of the side tonight. We were a real threat going forward.

“The performance and maturity of the team was pleasing. I knew we were playing against a talented team and we had to be right on our game.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “There are players who are not playing as well as they should be, that’s a simple fact.

“I’m disappointed with both the goals. We know we can compete with Leicester when we are are playing well but when you go 2-0 down and you are in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely.

“The players know they were beaten by a better team, a team we are behind and one we want to catch. The general theme of our performance was slow and sluggish.”

Title-winning similarities – the stats

  • Leicester City will end the day top of the Premier League table having played as many as 19 games of the season for the first time since the final day of their title-winning 2015-16 campaign.
  • Leicester City have won 30 of their 35 Premier League games when scoring first under Brendan Rodgers.
  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in just 17% of their away games in the Premier League under Frank Lampard (5/29); among those to have taken charge of 10+ away games in the competition, this is the lowest percentage of any Chelsea manager.
  • Since the start of last season, only Newcastle (52) have conceded more away goals in the Premier League than Chelsea (50).
  • Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers has now beaten all 34 of the teams he’s faced in the Premier League as a manager – he had previously failed to beat Chelsea in each of his 11 top-flight meetings with the Blues before tonight (D7 L4).
  • Leicester midfielder James Maddison has scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time in his career.
  • Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi has scored more Premier League goals versus Chelsea than any other team (two), while three of his seven goals in the competition have come from outside the box.

What next?

Both sides switch their focus to the FA Cup fourth round next. Leicester are at Championship side Brentford on Sunday, 24 January (14:30 GMT) while Chelsea host Luton, also of the Championship, earlier the same day (12:00 GMT).

Player of the match

MaddisonJames Maddison

Leicester City

  1. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  2. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  3. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  4. Squad number25Player nameNdidi

  5. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  6. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  7. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  8. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  9. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  10. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  11. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  12. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira

  13. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

  14. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

Chelsea

  1. Squad number19Player nameMount

  2. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  3. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  5. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  6. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  7. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  8. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  9. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  10. Squad number24Player nameJames

  11. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  12. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  13. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 3FofanaBooked at 85mins
  • 6Evans
  • 2Justin
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forRicardo Pereiraat 77′minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forPérezat 76′minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 33Thomas

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 24James
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 21Chilwell
  • 19Mount
  • 17KovacicBooked at 51mins
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forWernerat 68′minutes
  • 29HavertzBooked at 29minsSubstituted forZiyechat 67′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10Pulisic
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 5Jorginho
  • 11Werner
  • 15Zouma
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gilmour
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 33Emerson

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New York Police Arrest Dozens as M.L.K. Day Marchers Gather Near City Hall


Dozens of people were arrested on Monday night in Lower Manhattan as hundreds participated in a march on Martin Luther King’s Birthday organized by Black activist groups, according to the police and witnesses.

Videos posted online by witnesses and participants show New York Police Department officers with helmets, batons and zip ties trying to clear protesters who had gathered on the streets and sidewalks near City Hall. Some of the marchers went to the area after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

A spokesman for the department said dozens of arrests were made between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the vicinity of Chambers and Centre Streets. According to some videos posted online, the police began arresting people after urging the crowd to disperse.

The episode came in the late hours of Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and just days after the New York State attorney general, Letitia James, sued the New York Police Department over its handling of protests this summer after the death of George Floyd.

Ms. James is seeking to have a court-appointed monitor installed to oversee the department’s policing tactics at protests. If successful, this monitor would join another monitor appointed in 2013 to oversee how the city implements changes to its stop-and-frisk policy.

One witness to Monday night’s events, Jordan Plaza of the Bronx, said a relatively small number of protesters had spilled off the sidewalks and into the street when the police announced that they were obstructing the road and would soon be arrested.

“They weren’t approaching the police in a violent manner,” Ms. Plaza, 20, said. “Police randomly surged.”

Ms. Plaza said she had stumbled upon the protest earlier in the night on the way to see friends and joined on a whim. She said she was startled by what she saw and contrasted the treatment of protesters in New York City with the treatment of those loyal to President Trump who rioted inside the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.

“It baffles me because the Capitol building, they were able to get in,” Ms. Plaza said. “Here, they were protesting outside a courthouse.” (The New York County Surrogate’s Court is on Centre Street, as is the Tweed Courthouse, which houses the New York City Department of Education.)

Hani Bello, a 27-year-old from Brooklyn, belongs to FreeBlackRadicals, one of several groups that she said responded to that evening’s “call to action” to protest.

After a gathering outside Barclays Center at 5 p.m. that featured speakers who frequently invoked the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ms. Bello said she and others walked onto the Brooklyn Bridge, which bikers with the protest closed off to vehicular traffic. At one point, the group broke into ballroom dancing and vogueing. Ms. Bello said it warmed her up and that she took off her gloves and scarf.

“It is a form of resilience, being on that bridge, taking it over,” Ms. Bello said. “To feel resilient is part of Black liberation.”

After the marchers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, the police blocked the road leading from the bridge to City Hall Park, she said. “The park is for the public,” it was open for use, she said. “People have the right to voice their opinions on taxpayer-funded land.”

On Monday night, images of officers yanking individuals out of a crowd of protesters began circulating widely on social media, and echoed scenes from last summer, when Black Lives Matter demonstrators flooded the streets in New York and other cities. A number of those videos helped fuel the lawsuit by Ms. James, the state’s attorney general.

The lawsuit she filed in federal court in Manhattan is the first time that the state attorney general has sued a police department, according to Ms. James’s office.

“There was ample ability and opportunity for the city and N.Y.P.D. leadership to make important changes to the way that officers interact with peaceful protesters, but time and time again, they did not,” Ms. James said.



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Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat New Orleans Saints; Kansas City Chiefs defeat Cleveland Browns


Tom Brady has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his past nine matches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady stayed on course for a seventh Super Bowl success as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints 30-20 in a hard-fought play-off game.

In a battle of two of the NFL’s best ever quarterbacks, Brady threw two touchdown passes and scored one himself, with Brees recording one touchdown pass as the lead swung one way and then the other.

Brady’s two touchdown passes were finished off by Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette and Tre’quan Smith scored twice for the Saints, once from a Brees pass and once from former Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston for a 56-yard effort.

The decisive moment came in the fourth quarter when Brady bundled over from close range to set up an NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on 24 January.

The AFC Championship match will be between reigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills after the Chiefs gained a tense 22-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

However, the Chiefs had to survive a huge scare – and a concussion to quarterback Patrick Mahomes – to see off the Browns.

Chiefs hold on after Mahomes suffers concussion

Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes scored one touchdown and threw for another, but then had to leave the field because of concussion in the third quarter

The Chiefs had to play for most of the second half with 35-year-old back-up quarterback Chad Henne, who was playing for only the fourth time this season and in only his 11th appearance in seven years.

Last season’s champions had led 19-3 at half-time after Mahomes ran in a one-yard touchdown and then found Travis Kelce, who added a 20-yard score for the hosts.

But touchdowns from the Browns’ Jarvis Landry and Kareem Hunt set up a thrilling finale with Henne guiding the Chiefs into a championship game with the Buffalo Bills on 24 January.

Mahomes had been in top form early on, but was noticeably struggling with a toe injury in the second quarter and then in the third he was tackled by the Browns’ Mack Wilson, with Mahomes’ helmet hitting the ground.

When he tried to get to his feet, his legs were unsteady and he had to be helped by his team-mates before he was then ruled out for the rest of the game through the concussion protocols.

The Chiefs will now be hoping he is fit enough to play in the AFC Championship game next Sunday, when they have home advantage against the Bills, who defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3.

Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes was injured in the third quarter in a challenge with the Browns’ Mack Wilson

From 0-16 to giving the reigning champions a huge scare in the play-offs

For the Browns, it has been a remarkable turnaround in the past few years as in 2016 they only won once all season and then did even worse in 2017 with a record of 0-16.

Their 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week was their first post-season victory since 1 January 1995, and they were one score away from causing a shock against the Chiefs.

With capacity at Arrowhead Stadium limited to 17,000, the home fans saw the Chiefs march down the field on their first drive, with Mahomes rushing in from one yard.

The hosts did not have to wait long for their second touchdown as Mahomes found Kelce and he did the rest, jumping over a diving Browns defensive player for a 20-yard touchdown.

The Browns, whose team included Scottish punter Jamie Gillan, had a great chance to score at the end of the first half but Rashard Higgins, when diving for the line, was tackled by the Chiefs’ Daniel Sorensen and fumbled the ball, losing possession.

Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry scored one of the touchdowns for the Browns, who won 12 matches in the 2020 season, compared to 14 wins in total over the previous four campaigns

However, Landry’s four-yard touchdown gave the visitors some hope and Mahomes’ enforced absence set up a potential upset.

Hunt bundled his way through the middle of the Chiefs defence to make it a five-point game.

In a thrilling finish, Henne, who threw one interception, but completed six of eight passes, came up with two vital plays in the last two minutes. Firstly, when on third and 14 and with no pass on, he sprinted on his own and dived to get it to fourth and inches and then fired a short pass for Tyreek Hill to secure the first down, which sealed the victory.

In Sunday’s second match, Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints to find out who will play the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.

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Bottles thrown during Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City W-League match



Melbourne City’s remarkable W-League turnaround against Melbourne Victory has been overshadowed by a group of Victory fans hurling bottles and abuse at City and Matildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah.

Play had to be stopped for several minutes late in Sunday’s game at Epping Stadium as referee Danielle Anderson, City captain Emma Checker and Victory skipper Angela Beard attempted to calm the crowd down.

It took the gloss off City’s thrilling 3-2 win, which was a remarkable turnaround from their 6-0 loss to the same team a week earlier.

“The behaviour of the fans at the match was not acceptable,” Micah said on Twitter after the match.

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“I am all for supporting football and the women’s game.

“However, it is simply unacceptable to have glass bottles thrown at me.

“The ground officials and security must do better to protect us.

City coach Rado Vidosic condemned the behaviour and lauded the referee’s swift action.

“Come here, support your team, that’s brilliant … but to throw things at a goalkeeper, a female goalkeeper — and she’s a Matilda — I don’t think that’s the right way of dealing with the situation,” he told reporters.

“… [Micah’s] OK. She was a little bit shaken. When someone starts throwing bottles at you, obviously it’s not nice.

“This game is televised to America, to China and some other countries and for that to be seen overseas, it just doesn’t paint a good picture.”

Victory counterpart Jeff Hopkins slammed the “unacceptable” behaviour.

“Hopefully we’ll deal with that as a club and make sure that doesn’t happen again. It’s not a good look at all,” Hopkins said.

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Professional Footballers Australia condemned the incident and welcomed the league’s commitment to a full investigation.

“The players, like all workers, have a basic right to safely undertake their profession,” PFA co-chief executive Kathryn Gill said.

The game itself was a goal-filled thriller, with Micah making five superb saves.

City’s fringe Matilda Alex Chidiac scored in the 22nd minute, with Victory defender Claudia Bunge handing City another with an own goal three minutes later.

But two spectacular goals — a 47th-minute free kick from MelindaJ Barbieri and Catherine Zimmerman’s long-range belter in the 51st — drew Victory level.

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Chidiac then slipped a ball through for City teammate Harriet Withers to score the winner in the 86th minute.

The result was made all the more impressive by the fact the week prior Victory smashed the reigning premiers 6-0 at CB Smith Reserve.

Later on Sunday evening, Newcastle and Brisbane rounded out the weekend’s action with a 1-1 draw.

Tara Andrews headed Newcastle to the lead in the 16th minute before Matildas winger Emily Gielnik equalised with her first goal of the season in the 54th.

Earlier in the round, Mackenzie Hawksby and Ellie Brush scored as Sydney FC took outright top spot by beating Western Sydney 2-0 on Saturday.

On Thursday, Emily Condon scored the winner as Adelaide beat Perth 2-1.

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