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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    Once 11 points behind Arsenal in December, Manchester United has now caught the Gunners with 41 points.

    After a disastrous first four months of the season, Manchester United now looks like one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League.

    The Red Devils' renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued at Wembley Stadium Sunday, in a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

    Paul Pogba's beautifully played pass into space was blasted home inside the far post by Marcus Rashford just before the break, to give the visitors a lead. After that, the second half was the David De Gea show, as the United keeper made save after save to deny the hosts.

    Once 11 points behind Arsenal in December, Manchester United has now caught the Gunners with 41 points. The Red Devils are six points behind Chelsea, which sits in fourth, and seven behind Tottenham in third.

    Arsenal and Chelsea play next week, Spurs' attacker Son Heung-min will miss time to play with South Korea, and Harry Kane limped off with an injured ankle suffered in the final minute of the loss to Manchester United.

    With its next two Premier League matches at home, against Brighton (10 a.m. EST Saturday NBC Sports and, Burnley (Tuesday, Jan. 29 3 p.m. EST TBD), followed by Leicester City and Fulham away, can Manchester United jump into the top four?

    In the other Sunday contest, Everton overcame a slow first half to beat Bournemouth, and move up to 10th in the table.


    Everton 2-0 Bournemouth

    Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United


    David De Gea, Manchester United

    The best keeper in the world had 11 saves, to completely stonewall the Spurs. De Gea also had his second straight clean sheet, and was the Man of the Match with a 9.08 rating.

    Ander Herrera, Manchester United

    Does not always get the love the other midfielders in the squad get, but Herrera was immense Sunday.

    Ademola Lookman, Everton

    The young winger had the assist on the second goal for Everton, and was a terror to deal with on both sides of the pitch.


    David De Gea, Manchester United

    West Ham and Watford make pushes toward Europa League spot


    Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and


    (All matches on ESPN+)

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Luton Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Blackburn vs. Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Stole City vs. Shrewsbury Town, 3 p.m EST

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Southampton vs. Derby County, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Contact Sean Miller at Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here

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    Consider a shelter dog or cat for your next pet.

    Petfinder -- an online, searchable database of adoptable animals -- compiled a list of common misconceptions about pet adoption in the hopes that if myths are debunked, more people will adopt dogs and cats from shelters and rescues.

    "I don't know what I'm getting."

    There is likely more information available on adoptable animals than pets for purchase in pet stores. Many of the pets from rescue groups are in foster care, living with their fosterer 24/7; information on their personality and habits is typically vast. Even shelters have a very good idea about how the dogs and cats in their care behave with people and other animals.

    "I can't find what I want at a shelter."

    Not only are their breed-specific rescue groups, but some rescues and shelters maintain waiting lists for specific breeds. There are even means on to be notified when certain breeds are posted for adoption.

    "I can get a pet for free from a friend or acquaintance; why pay an adoption fee?"

    The "free pet" from a source other than a shelter or rescue group isn't necessarily free. Adoption fees usually cover a number of services and treatments including spay/neuter and veterinary checkups. Covering these costs on your own would call for spending the following estimated amounts:

    * Spay/neuter: $150-$300
    * Distemper vaccination: $20-$30, twice
    * Rabies vaccination: $15-$25
    * Heartworm test: $15-$35
    * Flea/tick treatment: $50-$200
    * Microchip: $25-$50

    "Pets are in shelters because they don't make good pets."

    Here are the main reasons animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups:

    * Owners have to move, pets not allowed
    * Allergies
    * Owner having personal problems
    * Too many, no room for littermates
    * Owner can no longer afford a pet
    * Owner's health does not allow for pet care

    While no one can say that every pet adopted from a shelter or rescue will work out perfectly, it's important to remember that misinformation about these homeless animals often keeps them from finding loving homes.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

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