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

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Organisers pleased with participation in Kingston City Run

first_imgKINGSTON:THE speed is not quite like that taking place at the annual ‘Champs’ now taking place at the National Stadium.However, the competition was just as intense at the Kingston City Run, where thousands of patrons turned out for the fourth staging on Sunday, with runners and walkers participating in the 10K, 5K, and half marathon through the streets of the Capital city. Plus, there was ideal weather.”I was encouraged by the number of entries,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, president, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, conceptualisers of the event that attracted close to 4,000 participants. “In fact, we almost reached the limit that we could accommodate.”Troy Pennington made the most of the lovely early-morning conditions and won the men’s title in the 10K, in 36 minutes, 48 seconds.On the female side, Heather Facey shone brightest, landing the 10K in 47 minutes and 55 seconds.Olivia McKoy, the former Olympian, showed that she’s still on top of her game in winning the women’s 5K, in 23 minutes and 26 seconds; while Shawn Pitter, who has had a number of successes on the circuit, took the men’s 5K in 16 minutes and 41 seconds.Pauline Murphy was the leading female in the half marathon, clocking one hour, 37 minutes and 49 seconds to claim the top female spot; while in the men’s equivalent, Kemar Leslie reigned supreme with victory in one hour, 16 minutes and 49 seconds.Many of the competitors spoke highly of the organisation, marshalling, and convivial atmosphere, which helped to make the event enjoyable for all ages. The morning inspiration was brought by both Edna Manley dancers and drummers and members of the Campion College drum core.Most entrants were local, but some participants came from overseas, including a group of friends from Belgium, who started planning a two-week vacation to Jamaica, then heard about the Kingston City Run and in a moment decided to extend their vacation by another week.”We kept hearing about Kingston City Run. It was a chance to experience the beauty of Jamaica and also see some of the historical sites,” said Sam Clusters, theatre manager for Kinepolis.”After being here for two weeks, partying in Montego Bay and Port Antonio, we knew it would be really nice to see Kingston in a different way. We have been here a couple of days and we really love the vibes in Kingston,” admitted Clusters.Madden-Greig said: “Whatever your nationality, age or ability, the Kingston City Run is about getting everyone active while having fun and raising as much money for charity and the local community as possible. Everyone, whether here in Jamaica or overseas, looks forward to experiencing Kingston in a way that has been described as eye-opening and beautiful by our participants.”last_img read more

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WAFU Tourney to Honor President Sirleaf in October?

first_imgAt a recent West Africa Football Union (WAFU) meeting in Dakar, Senegal, Mr. Musa Bility, president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and who was elected one of its vice presidents, proposed a tournament this year in October, to honor President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as part of activities to climax her final term in office as President of Liberia.Mr. Bility’s proposal was accepted by the WAFU commission and Liberia Football Association (LFA), was charged with the responsibility to work along with the WAFU Secretariat to ensure that October 2016 see the successful hosting of the tournament in Monrovia.October is fast approaching and nothing has been heard about what the LFA is doing with WAFU Secretariat to get the game going as intended. But the question that is yet to be answered is about the venue for the tournament since several countries would be participating in it.Presently, there is the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, and just may be the Blue Field and I am not sure the two grounds can host four to six countries in a highly contested tournament to honor Africa’s proverbial Iron Lady’s legacy to Liberia and Africa.LFA sources are silent on what is going on and there have been no reports about what WAFU is doing to ensure that the tournament is successful, as things speed up to their climax.LFA President Musa Bility has a legacy to make and he knows that making propositions must go along with a realistic and corresponding arrangement and foresight to ensure their successes.The recent debacle with the Togolese national team suggests that it is about time that we find means to get our local teams together and ready to handle national assignments. The WAFU Tournament could be one means to test the strength of our local members of the national soccer team.With this article it is hoped that the LFA would give us an update on what is going on, concerning the WAFU Tournament to honor our president. This initiative is loaded because it could lead President Sirleaf to make one of the greatest commitments in her political career as it affects the overall development of sports in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GWI conducted 28 well drillings in 2019

first_img…announces acquisition of 2 drill rigsAmong the many goals achieved by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) in 2019, the utility company has announced that it managed to drill 28 wells across the country, with 16 of those being established in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and Managing Director ofGWI Dr Richard Van West-Charles at the commissioning of theKaicumbay Water Supply SystemAt an end-of-year press briefing, GWI’s Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles labelled the achievement as “historic”.“In 2016, there were four wells drilled, in 2017, six wells drilled, in 2018 nine wells drilled and in 2019, 28 wells drilled. Never before in the history of this country has there been this type of experience in terms of drilling wells to supply water to our citizens,” he explained.Over 5000 residents living in various communities within Region Nine, the country’s largest region, were able to access potable water for the first time. Some of these Indigenous communities included Aishalton, Nappi, Parishara, Aranaputa, Shulinab, Meriwau, Yupukari, Lethem and Moco Moco. Other wells were also excavated in Kamwatta, Whitewater and Baramita in Region One (Barima-Waini) among several other hinterland communities.A graph displaying first-time access to potable water and wellsdrilled over the last four yearsAdditionally, Dr Van-West Charles highlighted that the company is aiming to achieve 100 per cent potable water access in 2020, as they have already procured two state-of-the-art drill rigs that will be arriving soon.“We were able to procure two state-of-the-art rigs which will arrive next month, one for the hinterland region and one for the coast…This places GWI in a different position in that we have greater capabilities of drilling wells in the hinterland and on the coast.”The drill rigs are equipped with backhoes, trucks, water tankers, 11 canters, 2 pick-ups and other equipment.last_img read more

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Chances helping raise money for Hospital Foundation

first_imgAlong with a day of golf, the fundraiser will also include a poker tournament, taking place at Chances Casino Saturday, September 15, beginning at 7 p.m.The Texas Hold’em tournament will include 100 players, each paying $100 as a buy in fee. The tournament will distribute $2,000 worth of prizesIf it reaches its capacity for players, it will raise $8,000 for the hospital.This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Chances Charity Golf Tournament, and over the past half-a-decade, it has raised $60,000 towards the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.  Advertisement Ashley Bentley, Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation, says she’s quite pleased with this year’s turnout.“It’s going fantastic; we have 72 players playing today, so we have a full roster of players playing on the course today.”Organizers entered today with a goal in mind to beat last year’s amount raised, which was approximately $9,000.- Advertisement -Every year, the Chances Charity Golf Tournament helps raise money for a specific Hospital Foundation campaign, and this year’s Lend a Hand Campaign will receive all the money raised to go towards various equipment needed at the Fort St. John Hospital.Bentley also said how impressed she was with the support shown by the Peace Region Community.“It’s absolutely fantastic to see all the players come out. A lot of these players come out every single year and a lot have their companies sponsor holes, which really helps with the total raised.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former USA captain and Sirius XM presenter John Harkes to look ahead to the return of the Premier League with matches including Manchester City against Tottenham and Liverpool heading to QPR.And Harkes has some particularly choice words for Reds forwards Mario Balotelli.The former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke gives us his three to watch and Sean Grant from KLAS ESPN (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) gives us his predictions in Tom vs. The World.last_img

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Ajax accepts blame for ‘inadequate care’ for Nouri

first_img“We therefore accept responsibility for the consequences of what happened,” the former Manchester United star told a press conference, becoming emotional as he offered his deepest apologies to the 21-year-old’s family.Nouri, dubbed Appie by his fans and the club, collapsed suddenly with a heart problem during the pre-match warmup before Ajax played German club Werder Bremen, in Austria in July last year.He was hospitalised in intensive care in Innsbruck, Austria, before being transferred to a hospital in Amsterdam. But the player, who joined Ajax at aged seven and had been one of its soaring young hopes, suffered permanent and serious brain damage.Van der Sar said the club had initially believed that Nouri had been given the best help possible on the field, but recently asked for a third opinion after his family sued Ajax for compensation to pay for life-long care.The findings by the new cardiologists came as a “huge shock” when they revealed that “not enough attention was paid to measuring his heartbeat” as the medics focused instead on clearing Nouri’s airways, Van der Sar said.They also showed the “defibrillator should have been used earlier in order to get a better picture of the situation”.Ajax now aims to make good on its responsibility to the young player “as people, colleagues and friends of Appie”, Van der Sar said, choking up.He also announced that Ajax planned to launch an initiative to train people such as club doctors in amateur clubs on how to respond when a player collapses on the field.“We feel we have that duty towards Abdelhak, his family, our team and eventually all footballers in the Netherlands.”Earlier this month, Nouri’s family filed a case with the arbitration committee of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) seeking “substantial damages”, according to their lawyer.Nouri “will never be able to live as normal again, and will be dependant on care and therapy”, his lawyer John Beer said on June 4, quoted by the Dutch news agency ANP.“He will never be able to work again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000This picture shows items placed by the hospital where the Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri is receiving treatment in AmsterdamTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jun 25- Dutch giants Ajax Tuesday accepted full responsibility for the fate of young midfielder Abdelhak Nouri, left with permanent, debilitating brain damage after collapsing at a friendly last year.“Following new information, we have reached a new conclusion, which is that the treatment of Abdelhak on the field in Austria was not adequate,” said the club’s chief executive, Edwin van der Sar.last_img read more

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West Ham hand youngster new deal

first_img1 Kyle Knoyle in action for England Under-18s West Ham have given a new deal to exciting academy graduate Kyle KnoyleThe England Under-18 star has signed a fresh contract to tie him to the east London club until 2017.“I’m delighted,” he told the official club website. “It’s something I’ve always dreamt of as a kid.“It’s an honour to get a contract at a Premier League club, I’m just looking to push on and make the next step to the first team.“I’ve been at the club for a while. Getting a professional contract was always the aim, ever since I arrived here.“It’s been a great five years so far and hopefully a good future too.“It’s definitely one of my career highlights. I was delighted when I got my scholarship but this is a step up.”Knoyle joined the Hammers as a 13-year-old and impressed last season with the club’s under-21 and under-18 sides.last_img read more

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DONEGAL ATLANTIC COASTAL TRAIL TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK

first_imgA new tourism project that will help local marine leisure activity providers including restaurants and pubs to work together to bundle their offering and create packages that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, will be launched on Tuesday next.The project will be unveiled in the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey.The project, known as Donegal’s Atlantic Coastal Trail, aims to promote County Donegal as a world-class marine leisure and seafood destination and will incorporate a unique training programme, which has been developed to assist business owners and employees of all types of tourism enterprises. Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council said the project provides businesses in the marine tourism and food sector with an opportunity to look at news ways to add value to their existing product offering.“This is about looking at how we can further promote the opportunities that exist for this sector along the coast of Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. Research shows that visitors to the Wild Atlantic Way are looking for something different and want to explore the uniqueness of the area they are visiting. They want to enjoy the unique food and marine experiences along our coastline and this project will help businesses work together to bundle their offering and create experiential packages that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike”.He added “the inclusion of the islands adds an additional unique element to this project where visitors can experience something different and unexplored. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of the excellent marine leisure and seafood opportunities on the Donegal coast and islands and to encourage local communities to experience our own marine leisure activities and seafood coast that is right on our doorstep and perhaps unexplored.”This course will be offered as a Level 6 Special Purpose Award by LYIT’s School of Tourism in collaboration with Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta. It will be beneficial for those interested in seafood and marine/coastal tourism and wish to gain a greater understanding of these areas. The programme which will be delivered at LYIT’s the School of Tourism, Killybegs Campus over 13 weeks, 1 day per week, commencing this September is fully funded with no cost to the applicant.The modules will be delivered by LYIT staff, in conjunction with a panel of guest lecturers and will include lectures, seminars, workshops familiarisation visits and excursions. More information on this course is available from LYIT on (074) 91 86600.This project will be launched on Tuesday 5 July at 4pm in the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence SloweyDONEGAL ATLANTIC COASTAL TRAIL TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 1st, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Donegal’s Coastal Atlantic Traillast_img read more

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ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC DUO’S GREAT SHOWING IN ‘THE RACE’

first_imgRosses AC notesCongratulations to club man Brendan McBride and local Brian McBride who both did exceptionally well in ’The Race’ last weekend. Conditions were extreme and both showed the huge amount of training they have put in to not only complete the course within the time limit but with very high placing. A huge well done to both!!!This weekend will see a large number of club athletes make the journey to the Cara Bundoran 10 mile on Saturday. This is a well established race on the calendar at this stage and many will be hoping for PBs after a strong winter training program behind them. Sportshall Athletics continue in the Pobalscoil Gweedore on Monday March 9th finishing up on March 16th. Sportshall Athletics continue in Dungloe in the Rosses Community School gym on Monday March 9th from 6:45 to 7:45pm finishing up on March 16th. Track and Field: Training for juveniles interested in track and field continues this Friday at the track at Carrickfinn starting at 4pm.Adult Training sessions continue on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and Friday evenings at 8pm at the Industrial Estate, lead by Paul McGee. Long run sessions are happening every Sunday morning at 11am. Meet at the Blue Bridge, Arduns, Gweedore.Date for Diary: The second race in our Spring Series is Sunday 29th March. Open to walkers, joggers and runners.Please note that Registrations are now due for the calendar year 2015. Rosses Athletic Club Membership fees for 2015 are; Child €15, Adult €20, Family €40. Membership forms will be available on facebook page. New members welcome! ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC DUO’S GREAT SHOWING IN ‘THE RACE’ was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalRosses AC noteslast_img read more

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