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Chelsea thrash Man City 5-1 in FA Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory against an under-strength Manchester City side yesterday, while London rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham also advanced.Palace defeated Tottenham 1-0 and West Ham came from behind to thrash second-tier Blackburn 5-1.At Stamford Bridge, City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed that the focus was on his side’s Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday – handing five players their debut.”I have 13 (fit) players. I cannot take the risk to have one more player injured” Pellegrini said, when asked if he had devalued the FA Cup by fielding a weakened team. “I think we did the correct thing.”Defeat ended City’s chance of an unlikely quadruple, while Chelsea head for a quarter-final against Everton – the team they beat in the 2009 FA Cup final, during Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink’s first spell in charge.When Chelsea took the lead after 35 minutes, it was two of Pellegrini’s senior players – rather than the youngsters – who were at fault.Diego Costa was allowed space on the six-yard box between Aleksandar Kolarov and Martin Demichelis and, when Eden Hazard hooked the ball across goal, Costa had as much time as he liked to stoop and head powerfully past Willy Caballero.The lead only lasted two minutes. City forward Kelechi Iheanacho received a pass on the right and spread the ball into Chelsea’s six-yard area. Cesar Azpilicueta tried to clear, but David Faupala stretched out a leg in anticipation and scored a debut goal.COINS THROWNAs he celebrated with teammates in the corner of the pitch, coins were thrown at the City players from the stand where Chelsea fans sat.”There were coins thrown to the Man City players in their celebration,” Hiddink said. “We condemn it. I condemn it strongly. Those people, they should not come into stadiums.”Faupala’s goal marked an encouraging first half for City’s youngsters, but Chelsea’s experience proved too much after the break.Hazard, whose movement and passing resembled the player who propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, threaded in Willian in the 48th and he finished ruthlessly, lashing the ball fiercely past Caballero and into the far corner.Five minutes later, Chelsea added a third when Fernandinho made a feeble attempt to clear Willian’s corner, and Gary Cahill fired in from the edge of the area.Hazard then marked his impressive display with a goal, whipping a free kick low past Caballero in the 67th, before substitute Bertrand Traore scored with a header in the 89th.It could have been a heavier defeat for City, but Caballero saved a 75th minute penalty from Oscar.”It is a boost in the confidence for the players. We are making steps (forward),” Hiddink said. “There is not much left in the league for Chelsea, to be honest, so we focus on the games in the FA Cup.”Elsewhere, Crystal Palace dumped London rival Tottenham out of the competition.Martin Kelly hit the decisive goal for Palace at White Hart Lane just before half-time, controlling a pass from Wilfried Zaha before firing past Michel Vorm.Tottenham came close to equalising in the second half, through Christian Eriksen, who was denied by a smart save from Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and Alan Pardew’s side held on for a narrow victory.”It wasn’t our day,” Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli said. “There are a lot of disappointed lads in the dressing room, but we will move on.”West Ham avoided a fifth-round upset with a 5-1 comeback victory at Blackburn.Ben Marshall put the hosts ahead with a low, left-footed strike after 20 minutes, but Victor Moses equalised six minutes later.Dimitri Payet then put West Ham ahead with a free kick, and Emmanuel Emenike struck twice in the second half, before Payet got his second in stoppage time.Chris Taylor was sent off for Blackburn and Cheikhou Kouyate for West Ham, both in the second half.”After the first 20 minutes, we played fantastic,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We played really great football and it looked easy.”Crystal Palace are away to Reading after yesterday’s quarter-final draw, while West Ham will play the winner of today’s tie between Manchester United and third-tier Shrewsbury.last_img read more

Alyssa Valdez relishes chance to train alongside former rivals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Moreover, @AlyssaValdez2 said that she’s excited to be handled by a multi-titled mentor like coach RDJ.— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 13, 2018 De Jesus assures no favoritism as 8 La Salle players attend first day of tryouts The three-time UAAP MVP is looking forward for more chances to share the floor with the country’s top volleyball talents as they gear up for two major international tournaments this year.Second phase of the tryout is on April 18, with more names expected to attend the session.“I’m looking forward to teaming up with Sisi (Rondina) and the other UAAP players. For sure, there are a lot of talented players who are in shape and I’m sure that they can contribute. Hopefully, we see them in the next tryouts,” he said.“We all have a wish and that is to be complete and have a longer time to prepare so that we can have a good showing when we represent the country.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “From Ara Galang to Cha Cruz to Tyang Aby (Maraño) to Kianna Dy, from the recent to those who played in the UAAP before, they all have the experience and they all want to serve the country,” said Valdez.It was also a reunion of sorts as Valdez once again teamed up with former UST High running mate Kim Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The last time I played with her is back in the SEA Games and it feels good. Kim is very chill, but she wants to see the fire and your passion every time you step on the court. It’s really exciting every time I get a chance to play with her,” he said..@AlyssaValdez2 shares her thoughts on today’s tryouts.— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 13, 2018Valdez had a chance to partner with Dawn Macandili, Kim Dy, and Majoy Baron in the two-set scrimmage as the national team got the ground running under new coach Ramil de Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not everyday that Alyssa Valdez gets to play with her former rivals.But with the national team once again opening its doors, the former Ateneo star is pouncing on the rare chance to play alongside former and current La Salle players.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Radio Monrovia 92.1 FM, which was off the airwaves for about four months due to its relocation, has finally reappeared in full swing with various educational, informative and entertaining programs aimed at maintaining peace and freedom of speech in the country.The owner of the radio station, Mr. Charles A. Snetter, made the disclosure yesterday, during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Monrovia.Mr. Snetter said their relocation from Newport Street in Monrovia to Oldroad, Sinkor near the Haywood Mission School was to find a new site for better coverage.He established the station in 1993, during the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) of Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, when the nation was in a civil crisis. According to him, the station at the time played its part by informing both the people of Liberia and international community about happenings in Liberia.                                                         He further mentioned that the   new site has given them a far better broadcast coverage   with a new construction of a 70-foot Broadcast Tower and a 6000 Kilowatt Transmitter.Mr. Snetter assured his station’s listeners that as soon as they add the central electrical system, the station will broadcast for 24 hours daily.Currently they are only broadcasting for 19 hours. He then commended their listeners and supporters for their gestures, which enable them (Radio Monrovia Family) to get back on air.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPaddy McBrearty will be hoping he can fire Kilcar into the last eight when they host Bundoran on Saturday evening.Kilcar GAA NotesClub MeetingThere is a club meeting this Wednesday at 9pm in the Tea Rooms, Towney. 2014 ChampionshipOur Seniors and Reserves had double disappointments against St Michaels last Sunday in a very breezy Towney they now have must win matches against Bundoran this Saturday also in Towney to have any chance of progressing to the quarter finals.The reserve match is at 4pm and the senior match is at 5:30pm the same parking restrictions as last Sunday will be in place.Training Ground Development On-going works continue on the new training pitch in Towney ongoing progress can be viewed on our website.UnderageHard luck to our Under 13’s who lost out to Four Masters in the League Semi Final on a final score Cill Chartha 1-17 Four Masters 6-06 and to our Under 16’s who lost in the county semi-final to Bundoran by 1-15 to 0-09.Club AppWe have now over 120 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha. 1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €7,400 this week’s numbers were 1, 4, 14 and 28 winners were: €50 Orán Doogan (Bavin), Marie Cunningham (Kille) and €20 Noel McGinley (Cashlings).Lotto Plus numbers 5, 9, 21 and 22 there was no winner. BingoClub Bingo winners were €250 Annette Moore, €170 Mary Tuberty, €150 Rosaleen Boyle, €105 Marie McShane, €80 Margaret Ann McBrearty, €70 Rose McFadden, Michael Doherty and Ann Ginley. The Jackpot on Sunday is €2,950 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at and @KilcarGAAWeb: www.clgchillchartha.comFB: NEWS: KILCAR HOST BUNDORAN IN CRUCIAL DONEGAL SFC CLASH THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Hosts Home Opener Against Baylor on Friday

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University women’s soccer team will kick off its home opener against Baylor at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 at the Cownie Sports Complex. The matchup will be the first between the schools.Baylor was picked to finish second in the Big 12 this season and was slotted No. 14 nationally in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Bears earned a 4-2 victory over Northwestern State in their first game of the year.Drake lost its first two matches of the season at Colorado and Denver, respectively. Both matches were 2-0. The Bulldogs were picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

England reduced to 81/5 in 3rd Test

first_imgAustralia appeared headed for victory in the third Ashes Test on Saturday with Mike Hussey scoring 116 and England collapsing to 81 for five wickets in their second innings at stumps on the third day.Australias Michael Hussey his century in Perth on Saturday. Photo by APWith two days left, England are chasing an improbable 391 to win at the WACA ground and retain the Ashes.Mitchell Johnson, who wrecked the England first innings with 6-38, took 2-28. Ryan Harris removed Paul Collingwood for 11 off the last ball of the day – well caught by Steve Smith at third slip – to finish the day with 2-22.In the first innings Australia scored 268 and England 187.Australia resumed the day on 119-3 in its second innings. Hussey’s second century of the series and a 113-run stand with Shane Watson (95) dominated play before Australia lost the last five wickets for 33 runs.England fast bowler Chris Tremlett took 5-87 for his maiden five-wicket haul in a Test innings to celebrate his Test recall after three years.The 35-year-old Hussey has scored 517 runs at an average of more than 100 in five Test innings, including three half centuries.Hussey pulled Tremlett to the square leg boundary for his 13th boundary and raced towards the players’ dressing room punching the air in celebration.Under pressure to keep his place in the side before the series opener in Brisbane, Hussey started with 195, and scored 93 and 52 in the second Test loss in Adelaide, and 61 here in the first innings.Earlier, opener Watson was trapped lbw by Tremlett, falling five runs short of his first Ashes hundred. Watson hit 11 fours in his four-hour innings.advertisementSmith, Australia’s new No. 6 batsman, contributed 36 runs in a 75-run stand with Hussey as England toiled in the afternoon before Tremlett gave the tourists something to cheer.Recalled to replace the injured Stuart Broad, Tremlett followed up his first innings 3-63 with his career-best haul in his fourth Test.Any hopes England had of forcing an unlikely win was again undermined by superb Australian swing bowling.Cook was trapped lbw by Harris for 13. Three overs later, England captain Strauss followed an out swinger from Johnson and gave Australia captain Ricky Ponting a simple catch at second slip.Kevin Pieterson struggled for 40 minutes, and then sent Ben Hilfenhaus’ delivery to first slip Watson as England struggled to 55 for three.England lost Jonathan Trott (31) and Collingwood in the space of seven balls.Two years ago, South Africa successfully chased 414 and won by six wickets here, but history is very much against England.England won the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs. England lead the five-match Test series 1-0.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal returns to top of ATP rankings

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal has been No. 1 for 197 weeks through eight different stints at the top. Federer leads the all-time list with 310 weeks.Federer stayed third in the rankings, behind Novak Djokovic and ahead of Daniil Medvedev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNadal has a 51-6 record and has won four titles this season, including the French Open and the U.S. Open. He also reached the Australian Open final.He is looking to seal the year-end top ranking for the fifth time. LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Showdown: Michigan St-Kentucky, Kansas-Duke tip-off season View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)MADRID — Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the ATP rankings, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since November 2018.The 33-year-old Spaniard has become the second-oldest No. 1 player. Roger Federer led the rankings at the age of 36 last year.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Rice industry paralysis Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

Bernat completes €15m switch from Bayern to PSG

first_imgJuan Bernat has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Bayern Munich on a €15 million (£13m/$17m), three-year deal, the Ligue 1 champions have announced.Bernat joined Bayern from Valencia in 2014 and has played 113 competitive games for the club, winning four Bundesliga titles and scoring five goals.”I am very proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain,” the 25-year-old told his new club’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “After my debut in Spain and my experience in Germany, I will discover a new country and, above all, a new club who have made a spectacular rise in recent years.¡Bienvenido @JuanBernat ! — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 31, 2018 “Paris Saint-Germain are known throughout Europe, with world-class players.”Additionally, Bernat cited the importance of PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel in his decision, having gone up against his Borussia Dortmund sides with Bayern.”I am also looking forward to working under Thomas Tuchel, whose work in Germany was remarkable. I am truly excited to be taking the next step of my career with Paris.”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “Juan Bernat has asked us to accept the offer from Paris and to release him from his contract. We have complied with this request and have reached an agreement with PSG in very good talks.”Juan has always been a model pro and played a big part in the eight titles we’ve won with him. We wish him and his family all the best in Paris.”Tuchel is expected to further bolster his squad with the surprise acquisition of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Stoke City before the transfer window closes.last_img read more

Nsoki signs first pro contract with PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have handed Stanley Nsoki his first professional contract after the teenager impressed in his three league appearances at the start of the campaign.Nsoki, 19, made one Ligue 1 appearance as a substitute in 2017-18 but he has emerged as a regular first-team player under Thomas Tuchel, starting two games during the club’s unbeaten start to the season.The Poissy-born defender emerged through the club’s youth system before making his debut in a 3-1 victory over Caen in December 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The former France Under-17 international has agreed terms with the club in a deal that runs until June 2021, according to L’Equipe.The young left-back was behind Layvin Kurzawa and Yuri Berchiche in the pecking order in Paris last season but the latter joined Athletic Bilbao in the summer, which has allowed Nsoki to force his way into Tuchel’s thinking for a place in the starting XI.PSG have won all five of their matches at the start of the new Ligue 1 season, scoring a whopping 17 goals and look well placed to continue their recent domination of French football.Before facing Rennes on Sunday in their next domestic clash, the Parisians must travel to England to face Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday, as they begin their 2018-19 Champions venture.Nsoki could be in line to feature in some capacity in both games as he continues his development, but it is fairly safe to say that the future looks bright for the France U-20 international.PSG continue to grow as one of the biggest superpowers in world football and if the defender can continue to impress when given the chance, he could not only attract interest from some of the other big clubs in Europe but also earn himself a call-up to the France senior squad.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant’s groundbreaking series in Australia: 20 catches and 350 runs

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardRishabh Pant was undoubtedly the cricketer who was the centre of attention and dominated headlines in India and Australia throughout the Border-Gavaskar series. Not only did the Bharat Army dedicate a song to Pant, but he also returned back home having made quite a lot of new fans including the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.Even the Australian Prime Minister couldn’t help but praise Pant for his competitive spirit while also taking a cheeky dig at him as he hosted both teams at his residence. During the event he was also seen babysitting Tim Paine’s kids as he met with Paine’s wife Bonnie and the couple’s two kids.Pant was all over Australia with his banter from behind the stumps but he also let his gloves and bat do the talking for him.The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series with 20 catches in the four Tests.India vs Australia: SYDNEY TEST REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDDuring the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia, Pant had emulated wicket-keeping great Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s feat with 19 catches but went one step ahead in Sydney as he grabbed his 20th catch, that of Nathan Lyon, to set a new benchmark for Indian wicket-keepers in Test cricket.advertisementThe young stumper became the broadcaster’s favourite during the series thanks to his constant banter from behind the stumps. The hosts broadcasters frequently switched on the stump mics during the series just to listen to what Pant had to say to the Aussies batsmen.But with all the sledging that he did, not for once did Pant forget his primary job, which was to keep wickets to the best of his abilities and score crucial runs down the order whenever needed.Replacing India’s best wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha, in the side was no mean feat. Pant was criticised in England for his ordinary work with the gloves but the cricketer improved with each game he played which led to him breaking quite a few records Down Under.Notably, he had equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval.Apart from his improved showing with the gloves, Pant also chipped in with some crucial runs for India and ended up as the second highest run-scorer in the series from either side, behind Cheteshwar Pujara (521), amassing 350 runs at an average of over 58 with 159 not out being his highest score which he managed in the final Test.His second Test century during the Sydney match saw him become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia. He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.Criticised for his rash shots in the Adelaide Test, Pant buckled up and showed immediate improvement in Perth and Melbourne where India won their first ever Boxing Day Test. But the crowning moment in his short career till now, came in Sydney where he showed remarkable poise and accelerated brilliantly to put India in a commanding position in the match.His exploits with the bat also prompted former India captain Sunil Gavaskar to urge the Indian team management to promote Pant higher up the batting order to No. 6, saying he is more than a handy batsman to have in the side.”If at all, you’re looking at balancing the team out, then you have got to have Pant batting at No. 6. Every single game, he has contributed 30s and 40s. In Sydney, he scored a 159. Before that he has consistently got starts, which makes him a very useful batsman to have at No. 6. The more responsibility you give him at No. 6, he will convert a lot of those 30s and 40s into 100s,” Gavaskar told India Today.Gavaskar also said that it’s only a matter of time that the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman will be a permanent member of the Indian limited-overs sides.”It will happen sooner than later (play all three formats for India). But let’s not forget this was Test-match innings that he played,” Gavaskar added.Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsadvertisementlast_img read more