Premier League: Marcos Alonso free kick helps Chelsea edge past Southampton
Marcos Alonso scored a curling free-kick to hand Chelsea a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.With the win, Chelsea consolidated the third spot in the league table, which is led by Manchester City.Alonso scored the only goal of the game by curling a long-range free kick past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner in the third minute of first-half injury time.Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and would have won by a greater margin had Forster not made a string of impressive saves.Southampton improved after sending on Charlie Austin for Manolo Gabbiadini in the second half but they were unable to snatch an equaliser.The result extended a poor run of form for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side, who have now gone five matches without a win in the Premier League and have dropped to 12th in the standings.Chelsea have moved on to 38 points, level with second-placed Manchester United, who visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.CRYSTAL PALACE BEAT LEICESTER CITY 3-0Christian Benteke put a difficult week behind him to score his first goal of the season as Crystal Palace won 3-0 at Leicester City to climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three on Saturday.Wilfried Zaha also struck before halftime and Bakary Sako was on target in stoppage time as Palace ended an eight-month wait for an away league victory.Photo Credit: Reuters “It’s three clean sheets in a row away from home which is good, and even more importantly we’ve cured the hoodoo of not scoring away from home,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson, whose side are now seven matches unbeaten, said.advertisementA week after being castigated for ignoring team orders to take, and miss, a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, Benteke made amends to put Palace in front with a glancing header from Andros Townsend’s whipped in cross.It was Palace’s first away goal of the season.Leicester failed to muster much of a response and were punished for their lacklustre approach five minutes before halftime when Benteke played in Zaha who out-foxed Ben Chilwell before drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.The hosts did improve after the break and Riyad Mahrez was denied a goal when Palace keeper Julian Speroni made a superb save to keep out the Algerian’s powerful low shot.Vicente Iborra had a headed goal correctly ruled out for a push on the hour and Leicester suffered a further blow a minute later when birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi received a second yellow card for a dive and was sent off.Benteke was denied from close range by Schmeichel but with confidence soaring, Palace made it an afternoon to remember for their travelling fans when Bakary Sako fired home clinically in stoppage time after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s assist.Palace moved to 14th position with 17 points from 18 games while Leicester, who had won their previous four games to move into eighth spot, have 26 points.”It was not our day, not a good day for us,” Leicester manager Claude Puel said. “Palace deserved the result, they played with desire and quality and I think we didn’t deserve anything today.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
14 days agoClaudio Ranieri offered Sampdoria contract
Claudio Ranieri offered Sampdoria contractby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is in talks with Sampdoria.Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked by Samp this week.And should Ranieri be hired, it would mean for the second time in only a few months, Ranieri will be replacing Di Francesco, having taken over as caretaker manager at Roma in March.Ranieri met with Samp directors last night, with significant steps taken in reaching an agreement.He has been offered a contract to the end of the season worth €1m plus bonuses, with automatic renewal for another season if Samp avoid relegation. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
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BC sending Forest Firefighters to help in Alberta
two hundred and thirty firefighters (consisting of 10 initial attack crews and 10 unit crews)three agency representativesa 19-person incident management teamfourteen supervisorsThe request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions. All associated costs are covered by the jurisdiction that requested the resources.Considering the current and forecasted fire situation in British Columbia, sufficient personnel and resources remain in the province to respond appropriately to any fire activity here. Crews can be deployed out-of-province for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time.The BC Wildfire Service recognizes the importance of sharing firefighting resources given the invaluable assistance Alberta has provided to B.C. during the last two wildfire seasons, which were the worst in the province’s history. KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will send 267 wildfire personnel to Alberta to help with firefighting efforts.Firefighters and support staff will start arriving on Wednesday and Thursday and will be deployed as needed in the Province.Of the people being sent, the majority will be firefighters which include the following:
Marrakech: fight at a VIP club between Moroccans and Saudis
Casablanca- There are times when too much excitement turns celebrations into chaotic battlefields. This is what happened in one of Marrakech’s glamorous nightclubs, where fistfights erupted between a group of Moroccans and some Saudi tourists during what was supposed to be a typical, cheerful celebration of New Year. According to Le360, a scuffle broke out between a group of Moroccans and some Saudi tourists on New Year’s Eve, at one of the red city’s VIP clubs. It all started like any typical celebration of New Year at a nightclub—drinks served, spectacular lights, music on, people chatting and dancing—until one of the Saudi tourists neared (a bit too much) a girl accompanying the group of Moroccans. A heated argument between one of the displeased Moroccans and the Saudi tourist abruptly turned into a fight, a bit too fierce for the club’s security to handle. To put an end to the chaos caused by the fight, the security managed to force some of the troublemakers out of the club.Having drunk excessively, one of the Saudi tourists who stayed inside made it rain bottles on the club’s clients, leaving behind a bath of broken glass and blood—more of a battlefield after a chaotic battle. Surely the worst way of ending a year!
Terrorism: two people brought before public prosecutor at Rabat appeal court
Rabat – The national judiciary police brought, on Thursday, before the public prosecutor at the Rabat appeal court two people sued in two terrorism-related cases.The first is sued for membership in a banned religious group and holding unauthorized public meetings with recidivism, a legal source said.The second is sued for forming a criminal gang to prepare and commit terrorist attacks and membership in a banned religious group. The two accused will be questioned by the examining magistrate in charge of terrorism affairs.
Conley and Turner cash in with new salary cap
Day 1 of NBA free agency on Friday was an unprecedented start to what will become the most lucrative offseason in the history of the sport.The increase from $70M to $94M in team cap space has given owners the ability to offer substantial contracts to many players who would’ve never sniffed $20M per year under the previous salary cap.Two of those beneficiaries are former Ohio State Buckeyes Mike Conley and Evan Turner. Conley re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for a five-year, $153 million deal. Turner etched a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.Conley’s deal marks the richest in NBA history, which could be surpassed by free agents LeBron James and Kevin Durant.Conley is now bringing in more money per year than any other point guard in the NBA despite never being named an All-Star. Since being drafted at No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Grizzlies, Conley has widely been regarded as the league’s most underrated point guard.He has averaged 15.7 points per game and 5.9 assists per game over the last four seasons with the Grizzlies. His season was cut short after 56 games because of an Achilles injury.Conley played one season at OSU and averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.1 apg in 2006-07, leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA final since 1962.Turner played with the Celtics the last two seasons averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 4.9 rebounds per game in 2015-16 as Boston’s sixth man.Portland will be Turner’s fourth team in the NBA since being selected No. 2 overall by Philadelphia in 2010.Turner was AP Player of the Year in 2009-10 with OSU averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg and 9.2 rpg.
Columbus Clippers closing in on 2nd consecutive TripleA championship
Minor league baseball clubs contend with many obstacles over the course of a season, including player transactions and meeting the needs of their Major League parent clubs. The Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, overcame numerous hindrances to success in 2011 and won its second consecutive Governor’s Cup Championship against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday. They will now represent the International League in the Triple-A National Championship Game against Pacific League champion Omaha Storm Chasers today. In just his second season as Clippers manager, Mike Sarbaugh led his team to an 88-56 regular season record — the best in the International League’s West division. The Clippers met the Durham Bulls, the South division champs, in the first round of the playoffs, and swept the Bulls, 3-0, to advance to play the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the Governor’s Cup championship. Columbus responded to its 5-2 loss in game one of the best-of-five championship series by winning the next three games, the last two of which were at the IronPigs’ Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., to advance to today’s Triple-A national championship game. After the Clippers’ game two win at Huntington Park, first baseman Beau Mills said the search for consistent success is what minor league ball is all about. “It’s learning how to have consecutive (winning) seasons,” Mills said, “and don’t lose focus throughout the year.” Focus can be hard to maintain with a changing cast of players, though — Columbus endured 37 player transactions of various sorts in September alone. Eleven of those transactions were players moving between the Clippers and Indians. “That’s part of the game,” Mills said. “You’re happy for them (players that get called up), but the guys coming up are going to be great players. That’s why they’re coming up here. So, we don’t necessarily take it on us as a team when we lose somebody. “We expect that guy that’s getting called up to step right in.” Columbus third baseman Jared Goedert agreed. “We’ve had guys step in and do just as well or even better in some cases,” he said. “It’s just been the consistency of guys that are here and guys that continue to come up or come down.” Goedert also said that, as minor league players, the frequency of player transactions is a reminder of the goal that each player is chasing: to become an every-day lineup fixture with a big league club. “You realize, at this level of play especially, (the transactions) are a part of it, a part of the process,” he said. “If anything else, for the guys who are still here, it makes you realize you are right there. “I mean, yeah, you lose a good player, but you realize you’ve got to do your job and it’s a good thing to know that you’re that close (to the Majors).” Speaking of close, the Clippers are also one win away from back-to-back national championships. Today, Columbus will face the Pacific Coast League champion Storm Chasers in the one-off, winner-take-all Triple-A National Championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. Omaha, the minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, captured the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern division championship after compiling a regular season record of 79-62. The Storm Chasers earned their berth in the national championship game when they beat the Sacramento River Cats, 11-6, Friday. The Pacific Coast League championship is the first in team history for the Storm Chasers. So, the playoff-tested Clippers are now set for a title clash with Omaha, national championship game newcomers. The Clippers did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Monday request for comment. Sarbaugh, who was named the International League’s 2011 Manager of the Year, said last week that the Clippers will rely on their usual strengths, which he says are “pitching and good hitting.” “We’ve just done a good job scouting players. We have a lot of guys get called up, but the talent we bring in is good and they seem to just pick up where they left off,” Sarbaugh said. Picking up where Columbus left off the 2010 season would mean claiming the national title, but Mills said Wednesday the team doesn’t put added pressure on itself in the postseason. “None of us are thinking about last year,” he said. “I think pressure is what you put on yourself and we aren’t putting that on ourselves.” First pitch of today’s championship game in Albuquerque, N.M., at Isotopes Park is scheduled for 8 p.m. MDT. Jessica Shambaugh contributed to this story.
Klopp praises Sturridge in Liverpool return
The England international had somehow managed to get himself forgotten at Anfield but is now back as he scored twice in the 7-0 “friendly” win against Chester.Injuries have been quite an issue for Daniel Sturridge in recent times – he had only nine appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool last season. However, that did not stop him from netting twice and showing an exquisite form overall on the field.Sturridge also played in six games while he was at West Brom but did not manage to find the net.“I saw a lot of good things from Daniel,” Klopp said, according to Goal.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Impressed? It takes a lot for Daniel to impress me because I know about his quality.”“Very positive week and today he looked really good. We started playing football when he was involved. That’s how it is.”Sturridge was far from the only star on the field as new acquisitions Fabinho and Naby Keita made their debuts for Liverpool.
Leroy Sane left out of Manchester City squad
Leroy Sane has been left out of Manchester City’s squad for the game against Newcastle following his poor performances in training.The Germany international is yet to start a Premier League fixture for the champions this season and wasn’t on the team bus to the Etihad on Saturday.Pep Guardiola and Rafa Benitez make three changes each from their last Premier League outing.John Stones, Riyad Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus come into the Man City line-up after the champions’ 1-1 draw at Wolves. For Newcastle, captain Jamaal Lascelles, Kenedy, and Ayoze Perez return after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.MAN CITY TEAM NEWSVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D. Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.Subs: Muric, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Gundogan, B. Silva, Foden.NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWSStarting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Ki, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon.Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Atsu, Longstaff, Murphy, Muto, Joselu.