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Chelsea aim to deny rivals Man City any festive cheer

Chelsea aim to deny rivals Man City any festive cheer

first_imgBy Michael HannTHE omens are good for a Chelsea side heading into Christmas top of the Premier League tree but manager Jose Mourinho does not want to give title rivals Manchester City any reason to cheer over the festive season.Having beaten Stoke City 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Monday, the London club ensured they went into a busy fixture schedule leading the table with 42 points from 17 matches.The last three times Chelsea have been top on Christmas Day they have gone on to win the title, but with in-form City hot on their heels three points behind, Mourinho is taking nothing for granted with testing matches to come.Sam Allardyce’s fourth-placed West Ham United travel to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge fortress on Friday before Mourinho’s men head to Southampton on Sunday and then make the short trip across London to face Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day.“Now we have to focus on the three matches we still have until the end of this period,” Mourinho told reporters.“Playing against Big Sam is a hard job for us, we have to cope with it. The three-point lead we have is a little advantage, it is a little pillow we have to protect us.“We have been top of the league since day one and we are there because we are playing really well. Our Christmas fixtures are more difficult than any other one club.”Second-placed City travel to West Bromwich Albion in search of a seventh straight league win but they are still without injured strikers Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.Captain Vincent Kompany is also missing for Manuel Pellegrini’s side but midfielder David Silva, having scored twice in City’s 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace last weekend, is ready to strike against struggling West Brom.“I like to play in the middle, even though I can play on both wings,” Silva said. “When I play in the middle I get chances to score. That is why I scored the two goals. But I will be happy to help the team when the strikers are back.”Many managers highlight the importance of negotiating the hectic Christmas period, but City’s Manuel Pellegrini is in a relaxed mood and does not think the next few weeks will define the champions’ season.“We are not thinking about Chelsea,” Pellegrini told a news conference. “We are just thinking about our team.“We know it is important to have our own pressure. You never win the title in December.“We have a long five months to continue playing as well as we are doing so far and we will see at the end of the season which team has most points.”Elsewhere on Friday, third-placed Manchester United, whose progress up the league was slowed with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last weekend, host Newcastle United while Arsenal welcome London rivals Queens Park Rangers to the Emirates.BOXING DAY fixture listChelsea v West Ham United (14.45)Burnley v Liverpool (17.00)Crystal Palace v Southampton (17.00)Everton v Stoke City (17.00)Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (17.00)Manchester United v Newcastle United (17.00)Sunderland v Hull City (17.00)Swansea City v Aston Villa (17.00)West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City (17.00)Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers (19.30)last_img read more

Nadal and Djokovic roll on, symmetry for Williams sisters (Updated)

Nadal and Djokovic roll on, symmetry for Williams sisters (Updated)

first_imgA dominant Rafa Nada reached one career milestone on Thursday but the nature of the Spaniard’s passage through the early rounds of the French Open suggests his eyes are fixed firmly on another more significant landmark.The world number five, seeded four at the tournament he once owned, destroyed Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis 6-3 6-0 6-3 to reach the third round with the loss of only nine games, chalking up a 200th match victory in grand slams.“That’s only another number and that’s it,” Nadal, who would become the only man to win the same grand slam 10 times in the professional era if he triumphs this year, told reporters.“I know I have to play at a very high level in order to go deep. That’s my sole objective, my only reality.”It was his first appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he has sunk his teeth into La Coupe des Mousquetaires nine times, since being humbled by Novak Djokovic in a one-sided quarter-final last year.World number one Djokovic, who dispatched Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis 7-5 6-3 6-4, will be a formidable obstacle again.Djokovic, who has a burning desire to claim the only grand slam title to elude him, was, however, critical of his performance against a player nicknamed The Shark.“There were things that I definitely didn’t like in my game today. Too many unforced errors,” Djokovic, who next plays Slovenian-born Briton Aljaz Bedene, told reporters.Defending women’s champions Serena Williams was joined by sister Venus in the third round, the American siblings posting symmetrical victories on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Serena beat Brazil’s Teliana Pereira 6-2 6-1 before ninth seed Venus produced the same result against fellow American Louisa Chirico to reach the third round for the first time since 2010.With Maria Sharapova suspended, pending the outcome of a doping hearing, and several leading seeds knocked out early, Serena looms as the overwhelming favourite to claim a fourth title in the French capital.But others will have something to say about that.Former champion Ana Ivanovic is a possible last-16 opponent and the Serbian 14th seed looked in good form as she belted 22 forehand winners in a 7-5 6-1 defeat of Japan’s Kurumi Nara.TRICKY MATCHProspective last-eight opponent Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, seeded 12th, beat China’s Wang Qiang 6-1 6-3 while eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky survived a tricky second round against 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 6-4.Bouchard, who has slumped down the rankings after reaching number five in 2014, led 4-1, then lost 10 games in a row before mounting a late comeback attempt.“The brain is like a muscle. You got to work it out,” Bouchard, tipped as the new queen of tennis not so long ago, said of her ongoing battle to rediscover the mental strength needed to survive in the higher echelons.Only one women’s seed fell on Thursday, number 28 Andrea Petkovic who was beaten by Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.Five Frenchmen set out to reach the third round on day five but only one succeeded in joining the three already there.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded six, did so to the delight of a noisy crowd, although he did it the hard way, coming from two sets down to beat mercurial Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(6) 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 and notch a 100th grand slam win.“It’s an anecdote, it’s a number. The match itself is something I’ll remember, because to recover after two sets to zero, it’s not something you do daily,” Tsonga said.Seventh seed Tomas Berdych, like Tsonga a former semi-finalist here, beat Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-1 2-6 6-2 6-4 while 12th seed David Goffin and 13th seed Dominic Thiem, both advanced in straight sets.Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev, two 19-year-olds billed as the next big things, reached the third round with Coric surprising Australia’s 20th seed Bernard Tomic 3-6 6-2 7-6(4) 7-6(6) and Zverev seeing off Frenchman Stephane Robert.last_img read more

Coalition an Alternative for 2017 UP Defeat

Coalition an Alternative for 2017 UP Defeat

first_imgSenator George Weah has proposed the coalition of political parties as the best alternative to retire the Unity Party led government at the 2017 polls.Presidential elections will be held in two years with an expected full field of candidates in the quest for national leadership. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is serving her second and final term.Speaking over the weekend in Ganta City, Nimba County, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader, Senator Weah, noted that capturing state power in 2017 requires a “shared vision” that will bring together the best minds from the Liberian political arena to successfully counter the Unity Party’s quest for an uninterrupted 12 years of governance.Said Weah, “We are very mindful that the unfolding political equation towards 2017 speaks about cooperation and collaboration among political parties and politicians with shared vision.“When we speak of political collaboration we speak not solely of increased numerical strength but essentially of consensus building on key national issues. The CDC is therefore open to dialogue and will in fact encourage cooperation and collaboration with other political parties and politicians. However, we will certainly not sacrifice our values and shared vision on the altar of numerical strength.” The Montserrado County lawmaker’s comments contradict previous assertions by some of his party officials, including National Chairman Nathaniel McGill, that “Weah will not be second to any candidate come 2017.”It can be recalled that prior to the 2011 elections, similar comments about Weah being the best choice to lead the CDC as a frontrunner were heard many times from party stalwarts, but it turned out that Weah eventually yielded his status to UN trained diplomat Cllr. Winston Tubman.The former FIFA world best soccer legend again defended the assertions of his dominance by saying, “If we have to do it alone, we can and we will.”Again, knowing that in two previous elections CDC has failed to collect the majority of votes required to govern the state, Weah noted, “We rather not, because, political cooperation and collaboration will strengthen our national vision and build consensus on national policy issues.”He described the planned political marriage as “essential in sustaining the peace and driving development.”To achieve this policy objective, he said, “The CDC will and must remain at the helm of any political collaboration to ensure that the confidence reposed in us by our mass followers is not betrayed.”According to him, “CDC believes that peace is cardinal to development and it can only be achieved through social justice, equal opportunity and equitable distribution of the national wealth.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BLUES TOO STRONG FOR YORK

BLUES TOO STRONG FOR YORK

first_imgToronto 8-1 YorkThe Blues comfortably sealed an 8-1 win in the first of two games against the Lions, with a big fourth inning propelling Toronto to victory. Next Game: Queen’s University 9/29/2019 | 11:00 a.m. The Blues scored in all five innings, with nine of their 13 runs coming in the fourth and fifth. Tamayo, Beth DeConinck, Kristen Naidu, Shawnee Rizqa, and Alison Feise all starred as the Blues ran rampant to get their weekend off to the perfect start. Matchup History UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action on Sunday, September 29 as they take on the Queen’s Gaels at Dieppe Park. Toronto 13-2 YorkThe Blues again proved too strong for York, sealing an emphatic 13-2 victory in their second matchup of the day. Preview Toronto finished with seven hits during the game, with Beth DeConinck and Kristen Naidu each collecting two hits to lead the team. Sullivan was the winning pitcher for the Blues. She surrendered one run on six hits over five innings, striking out two and walking zero.center_img With score at 2-1 in Toronto’s favor coming into the fourth inning, the Blues tallied six runs to put the game out of York’s reach. The rally was led by triples by Erin Sullivan and DeConinck, an error on a ball put in play by Jessica Tamayo, and a double by Amanda DeConinck. Full Schedule Roster In the first inning, Toronto got their offence started when Jessica Tamayo’s sac fly scored one run for the Blues. Toronto racked up 13 hits during the game, as Amanda DeConinck and Erin Sullivan led the team with three hits each. Toronto got things started in the first inning when Beth DeConinck tripled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues softball team recorded two wins over the York Lions on Saturday, September 28 at Dieppe Park. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Drogba headed to Turkey

Drogba headed to Turkey

first_img0Shares0000ISTANBUL, Turkey, January 28 – Turkish top flight club Galatasaray have reached agreement on an 18-month contract for Ivory Coast veteran striker Didier Drogba, TRT television reported Sunday, quoting a source close to the club.Drogba left Chelsea last summer after helping them to their first Champions League title, joining Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua. Recently, the 34-year-old was linked with a move to Juventus, who denied the story.TRT did not give any details of a fee but did say Galatasaray would shortly make an official announcement, while Turkish websites also affirmed as much.Galatasaray have already made a major statement in the current transfer window by landing Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan earlier this month.Drogba is currently on international duty at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Streaking’ Coyotes host UC San Diego tonight

‘Streaking’ Coyotes host UC San Diego tonight

first_img San Diego is led by junior guard Leora Juster (21.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4 apg), the CCAA player of the week this week. It also has talented post players in 6-1 freshman Michelle Osier (12 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and 6-0 junior Hillary Hansen (11.6 ppg, 7 rpg). Much of the Coyotes’ attack centers around junior Christina Day (13.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg) who is questionable with a foot infection that sidelined her the last two games. Freshman Jaclyn Rainville would start in her place. Senior guard Tamara Thomas (10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) is the floor leader for the Coyotes. NOTE Tonight will be Inland Empire Chambers of Commerce Night. Active members of any chamber chapter can get free reserved seats for the men’s and women’s doubleheader, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at Coussoulis Arena. There will be a pregame networking reception in the Founder’s Room adjacent to the arena lobby. Chamber members must contact associate athletic director Mike Kovack at (909) 537-5049 before 4 p.m. today to arrange for tickets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Senior guard Jason Breland, another of the team’s top three-point shooters, will likely miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. The Coyotes are 16-10 lifetime against UC San Diego, but have not lost to the Tritons since UC San Diego moved from Division III to Division II in 2000. San Diego does have a win over Grand Canyon, a team Cal State lost to by one. But the Coyotes have wins over two opponents – Stanislaus and Cal State Los Angeles – that the Tritons have lost to. Clint Allred (12.8 ppg) and Henry Patterson (11.8) are averaging double figures for the Tritons (4-8, 1-3), who lead the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 65.5 points per game. “We have been having some very good practices,” Oliver said. “We’re working on seeing that we carry that momentum over into games. That was a problem early, but we’re doing a better job of that lately.” Coach Kevin Becker’s women’s team will also have its hands full. The Coyotes defeated San Diego in both meetings last year. But the Tritons (8-2, 3-1) enter with the hot hand, having upset No. 12 ranked Chico State 79-77 one night after the Coyotes (7-4, 1-3) lost to the same team 76-49. SAN BERNARDINO – The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team heads into tonight’s 7:30 game against UC San Diego riding a win streak for the first time. But that’s no reason to get over-confident. “We haven’t won enough to take anyone lightly,” coach Jeff Oliver said. “We had a pretty good two games last weekend. But that’s all it is, two games. We still have a long way to go before we are where we need to be.” center_img The Coyotes (4-6, 3-1), looking for their seventh straight conference title, are in a three-way tie for second place behind Sonoma State in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. They defeated Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last weekend, using a solid final five minutes in pulling away from both foes. The Coyotes have benefited from a balanced attack. Moses Gonzalez (12.1 ppg), who had a career-high 26 on Saturday, is the leading scorer, but he only ranks 19th individually in the CCAA. Curtis Williams (11.6 ppg), who ranks third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage, is next for San Bernardino. The Coyotes have also had strong all-around games from juniors Chet Johnson and Geoffrey Clayton. last_img read more

Fielder Hankerd hungry for success

Fielder Hankerd hungry for success

first_imgHe was batting .387 (82 for 212) in 53 games at short-season Yakima (Wash.) when he was assigned to Lancaster last week. He replaced Carlos Gonzalez, who was assigned to Double-A Tennessee. Butler said Hankerd’s makeup and ability remind him of former standout major league teammates Cory Snyder and Dale Murphy. “He’s got a really good understanding of how the game’s supposed to be played,” Butler said. “I understand why (the parent Arizona Diamondbacks) drafted him so high.” Pitching in: Butler attributes much-improved pitching to be a key factor in a 14-10 month that catapulted the JetHawks into first place. The JetHawks’ staff ranks last in the California League with a 5.43 ERA, but their staff ERA in August is a significantly better 4.74. Among their hottest pitchers are left-handed reliever Jared Doyle, who is 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA in August, and right-handed reliever Jonathan Valverde, who has a 2.45 ERA with no decisions this month. “We’ve had the best hitting and the worst pitching in the league all year, but our pitching has been much better lately and that has a lot to do with why we’ve been successful,” Butler said. “We’re going to go as far as our pitching goes.” Odds and ends: Mayobanex Santana homered in Wednesday’s 8-4 loss to the Storm for the first time since coming out of retirement to join the team on Sunday. Santana, who’s in his third stint with the JetHawks, hadn’t played in nearly two years when he was assigned to Lancaster from Yakima, where he was working as an intern coach. Wednesday was Santana’s 25th birthday. Hot-hitting Javier Brito hit a two-run homer in Wednesday’s game. He had three homers and eight RBIs in the three-game series. The JetHawks (63-66, 31-28 second half) led the South Division by 1 1/2 games over Lake Elsinore (65-63, 29-29) going into Thursday. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Solid kid,” JetHawks manager Brett Butler said of Hankerd. “He gives you everything he has.” Hankerd, a lanky 6-foot-2 21-year-old baby-faced Southern California native who lives in Covina, boosted his draft status after a breakthrough junior year at USC, batting .383 (88 for 230) with 10 homers and a .587 slugging percentage. His power surge came after hitting just two homers in 359 at-bats in his previous two years. Hankerd said coaches throughout his career have instilled in him his blue-collar playing style. “That’s the only way to play, in my mind,” Hankerd said. LANCASTER – JetHawks outfielder Cyle Hankerd is a high-ceiling prospect who doesn’t act like one. Since being assigned to Lancaster last week, Hankerd, a third-round selection in this year’s draft out of USC, has produced, going 6 for 24 with two homers and a double. But what’s gotten him noticed is a hard-nosed playing style that more closely resembles a hungry 43rd round pick. In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the High Desert Mavericks, Hankerd crashed into a padded left field fence to make a catch. He’s made several other diving plays. last_img read more

Bell: United play-off defeat hurts more than Rangers

Bell: United play-off defeat hurts more than Rangers

first_img“We were well within the tie and obviously things didn’t go our way this time and the decision went against us on Thursday night so it is difficult to take at this moment in time now to be honest.”Bell says suffering play-off heartache twice is what is hurting the most and says the fact he was captaining the side makes the result harder to take.The United keeper also admitted some at the club may have lost their jobs because of the result and says that is the toughest part to take.He added: “Probably because this is the second time this has happened to me it is very difficult to deal with. Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell says the play-off final defeat to Hamilton was worse than when he was a part of the Rangers team who failed to win promotion to the Premiership two years ago.Bell, who joined United after being released from Rangers, couldn’t help United return to the Premiership as Greg Docherty’s second half strike secured Hamilton’s top flight status.The 30-year-old says decisions didn’t go their way in the first leg at Tannadice Park, when Simon Murray was sent off for two alleged dives, and Bell says the result is difficult to take.He said: “I’ve been here before and it feels worse this time to be perfectly honest. “Being captain as well makes it tough but there are no words to put in we know when we went into the dressing room people might have lost their jobs and that is the hardest part.”last_img read more

Washington County Inmate Roster – 2-12-19

Washington County Inmate Roster – 2-12-19

first_imgViolation of ProbationWashington County Sheriff’s DepartmentDavid Sanders Stoess, 44, Louisville FeFebruary 11Indiana State PoliceDustin Spears, 29, Salem Pending Operating a Motor Vehicle After Forfeiture of LicenseTravis Huslopple, 36, Austin Criminal MischiefPossession of a Synthetic Drug or Synthetic Drug Lookalike Floyd County Sheriff’s DepartmentKelsey G Smith, 24, Salem  Failure to appear on felony chargeWrit of Body AttachmentWrit of Body AttachmentRalph Dewane Stewart, 48, Salem Possession of a SyringeFalse InformingPossession of Marijuana, Hash Oil, Hashish or SalviaDealing in a lookalike substancePossession of a lookalike substanceFebruary 12Indiana State PoliceLandon Zane McPheeters, 19, Salem Failure to AppearSamantha Leigh Herron, 27, Medora Battery – Resulting in Bodily InjuryAubrey Baer, 27, Pekinlast_img read more

Play Disney Parks App Debuts on June 30

Play Disney Parks App Debuts on June 30

first_imgShare This!I have exciting news for you all today! The all-new Play Disney Parks mobile app will make its official debut for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World on June 30!What is this app all about? It’s designed so that Guests can play together through all-new interactive experiences and activities that have been created for select attraction queues. Attractions that are currently part of the Play Disney Parks app will include:“Playset Party” at Toy Story Mania! in both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios“Off to Neverland” at Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom“Rocket Race” at Space Mountain at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom,“Andy’s Boardgame Blast!” at Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosThrough these games, Guests can earn, collect and share uniquely themed achievements, rewarded for playing games, answering trivia, completing challenges and experiencing select attractions. There will also be a Disney trivia section to play with too!In addition, the app will include the ability for Guests to celebrate the songs of Disney by using Apple Music from within the app to tap into a curated audio experience. There will be official playlists inspired by beloved theme park lands, attractions and characters. Apple Music subscribers will even be able to add favorite Disney tracks direct to their Apple Music library allowing them to re-live the magic of Disney parks music at home.To find out more about the app’s features, take a look at this video:The Play Disney Parks app will continually evolve over time with new experiences and offerings introduced over time, including in the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.The app will be free to download, and guests can pre-order today on the App Store and Google Play to be among the first to have the app automatically downloaded on their device.last_img read more