We deserved to win – Benitez

first_img Ramires and Eden Hazard gave the Blues a 2-0 lead which Shaun Maloney halved after 58 minutes, before Lampard’s 86th-minute strike saw him move to within four of Bobby Tambling’s club goalscoring record of 202. Substitute Marko Marin then added a stoppage-time fourth as Chelsea. “We deserved to win,” Benitez said. “To win is something you have to do. Top sides, if you want to win something, you have to be consistent winning. It’s normal. But it’s not the end of the world if you draw a game you deserve to win. The problem for me would be if we don’t create chances; we create chances every game.” Press Association Rafael Benitez expressed delight after Frank Lampard scored his 198th Chelsea goal in a 4-1 victory over Wigan to end a four-match winless run and ease the pressure on the interim boss.center_img He went on: “We score goals. We’re making some mistakes, but we have a lot of positives. Today four goals could be six goals at the end.” The result is likely to at least delay Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is not renowned for his patience, reaching for the trigger. Benitez was unfazed. “It was just speculation,” he said. “Nobody is in contact with the owner to find out if he says this or that. It is my job: try to win every game. That’s it, so I have to concentrate on that.” There was a moment of alarm when, with Chelsea leading 2-1, the visitors had a penalty appeal declined after Ronnie Stam’s shot struck Ashley Cole on the arm and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez reckons officials should be given further guidance for such incidents. “The referees need a bit of clarity,” Martinez said. “I tell my defenders not to put themselves in a position where it could be a penalty. The defender should have had his arm ‘attached’ to his body. Clearly the arm wasn’t. “But it’s down to the interpretation of the referee. It’s a difficult call.” last_img read more

De Guzman given penalty job

first_img Swansea return to league business with Laudrup adamant their strong campaign must not finish with a damp squib. The Swans have compiled 37 points from 27 games, just three short of Laudrup’s initial target of 40 points. But the Dane does not want a repeat of last season, where the Welsh side tailed off badly after getting to 39 points, winning just two of their final nine games. He said: “If you look at some of the sides we have to play, they all have something to play for. Newcastle are not 100 per cent safe, neither are Norwich. West Brom are still playing for a place in Europe while Arsenal and Tottenham are going for the Champions League. “We cannot stop being competitive because if we do we will lose all the games. “It is part of being more mature; I am not saying we have to win six or seven of these games but we must keep being competitive. “Look at last year when the team reached 39 points after some very good weeks, then suddenly lost five of the last nine, so we cannot stop competing, we have to go on.” The only low point in last weekend’s emphatic 5-0 Capital One Cup final victory over Bradford was the unseemly row between Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman over who would take Swansea’s spot-kick, after Matt Duke had been sent off for bringing down the Dutch international. But Laudrup has confirmed De Guzman is now Swansea’s designated penalty taker, and said: “It was was very unusual as we had not had a penalty before, but maybe we will now have a penalty on Saturday. As for who will take it – you never change a winner so if Jonathan de Guzman is on the pitch he will have it.” Manager Michael Laudrup has moved to make sure there will be no penalty ructions when Swansea face Newcastle on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Foolish to write off United – Evra

first_imgPatrice Evra cannot believe how Manchester United have been written off in this season’s Barclays Premier League title race. Despite wrapping up their 20th championship with four games to spare last season and eventually finishing 11 points ahead of their nearest challengers, Manchester City, United were only third favourites in most bookmakers lists. That situation remains the same, even after their impressive 4-1 win at Swansea on Saturday, with Chelsea and City tipped to scrap it out for the main prize instead. Given Paul Scholes is the only departure so far and Wilfried Zaha has been added, it is a strange situation, and one the only explanation for is the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson and appointment of David Moyes. Yet, according to Evra, it is not a new phenomenon. “It is not just this season,” he told MUTV. “It is every year. “I have been here eight years now and every year people say we are going to finish fourth or fifth in the league. It is unbelievable.” Although there was an element of rustiness about United’s play, especially early on, the eventual outcome at the Liberty Stadium was not the performance of a club whose standards have dramatically slipped. Evra is not bothered about the wider message it has sent out to the league. But he does feel it will have reminded his own dressing room of their status. “The way we are working we feel good,” he said. “But the result is not a message for our opponents. It is a message to trust what are doing with this new manager, trust the way we want to play and the way he wants to win. That is it. “The message is for us, for ourselves and the Manchester United fans. “I always say the biggest opponent for Manchester United is Manchester United. Every year I play for this club I will say the same.” Given United were beaten by Everton on the opening weekend last season, not too much should be read into Saturday’s result. Robin van Persie’s brace against Swansea matched his contribution to the Community Shield win over Wigan, whilst Danny Welbeck has already doubled his league tally for the whole of last season. Moyes was delighted with Welbeck’s first, a close range effort the Scot felt showed a striker’s instinct. It was the second which was more eye-catching though, an impudent injury-time chip over Michel Vorm after Welbeck had been released by Wayne Rooney. “When he came back from the national team I said ‘why do you only score for the national team but you don’t score for your club’,” said Evra. “Now he has answered back. “I am glad for Danny. He is a striker and he deserved his goals. The second was a great finish. “Overall, it was a great start. “We worked very hard in pre-season and even if we had some bad results, the important game was the Community Shield because it was for a trophy. “Winning that was good for the spirit of the team. “We accept some compliments for this result but it is only the first game. Now we have to focus on Chelsea.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Jose makes light of Arsenal jeers

first_img Gunners fans jeered Chelsea from the pitch and chanted that the Blues were ‘boring’ at the end of the goalless draw after watching their side shackled by a resilient defensive performance by Mourinho’s men which extended Arsene Wenger’s winless run against the Portuguese. Responding to the ‘boring’ chants, Mourinho said: “I’d agree. I played against them 10 times and I never lost. Press Association Jose Mourinho taunted Arsenal after extending his unbeaten run over Arsene Wenger to 10 games in Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. “There are other sports without contact and fantastic sports and sports that demand a lot from the players, but no contact. “Football is a game of contact. English football, winter, water on the pitch, the sliding tackles become at a fantastic speed. So be proud, play with pride.” The Portuguese was content with the result which took his side fourth, two points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool, who lead Arsenal on goal difference and play at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Mourinho added: “Happy with the result? I would say not unhappy. We came to win, we wanted to win, we didn’t want to lose. It’s very important not to lose, because if we lose we are five points behind the leader. “And, with a point, we are two points behind both leaders. That’s a completely different picture. We tried to win, but we are not unhappy with the point.” “‘Funny, funny Jose’. Ten times, they don’t win once. What do you want to call me?” The Blues boss also criticised Mikel Arteta for overreacting to a John Obi Mikel tackle. Arteta was on the receiving end of two ankle-high tackles from Mikel and Ramires, while Arsenal might have had a penalty after Willian’s challenge on Theo Walcott in the first half. Asked about Arsenal’s reaction to the decisions which went against the hosts, Mourinho said: “They like to cry – that’s tradition. I prefer to say that English people – and I give one example, Frank Lampard – would never provoke a situation like that. “Players from other countries, especially some countries, they have that in their blood. “Foreign players are bringing lots of good things, but I prefer English blood in football and English blood in these situations is ‘come on, let’s go’.” Asked specifically about Mikel’s tackle, Mourinho insisted it was fair. He added: “It was a hard one, an aggressive one. Football is for men or for women with fantastic attitude. last_img read more

Ex-Abia Warriors Brazilian Coach Now to Handle Akwa United FC

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoThe management of the Akwa United Football Club (FC) of Uyo has settled with the former FC Ifeanyiuba of Nnewi coach, Rafael Everton as the new coach of the state darling team.Until his latest engagement with the Akwa United FC, the Brazilian coach was with the Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia. Coach Everton who signed a one-year contract now replaces Abdul Maikaba who crossed over to Plateau United FC of Jos last month.At a ceremony to unveil the new coach of the team, the Akwa United FC chairman Paul Bassey said yesterday that Everton fitted into the plans and visions the management has for the team.He said other coaches were also interviewed for the job explaining that the club needed a coach who would not be distracted by national team duty.“We needed a foreign coach with a lot of Nigerian experience, we also eliminated some coaches in Nigeria for certain reasons before we settled for coach Everton.” Bassey stressed.Bassey lauded the former coach, Maikaba for the excellent job he did by introducing a new playing philosophy and making the team a brand within his two years stay with the “Promise Keepers.”He called for support from stakeholders for the new coach and commended the media for the role they have played in making the team better equally noting that the fan base of the club has increased in recent times.Responding, the new coach, Everton promised to continue with the “Tiki Taka” brand of football he inherited in the club adding that he would fully utilize the present crop of players in the club before deciding on whether there could be new additions.The coach solicited for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders especially the fans in attaining the dreams of the owners of the club.In the 2017/2018 NPFL season which was concluded prematurely due to reported crisis in the Nigerian Football Federation, Akwa United FC finished second on the table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : STILL SOARING: Orange holds off Golden Eagles’ comeback attempt to remain undefeated

first_imgWith Syracuse’s perfect start perhaps swaying in the balance, Dion Waiters vaulted in front of Darius Johnson-Odom, determined to preserve it for at least one more game.Johnson-Odom rose for a 3-pointer with just more than four minutes left, making an effort to carry on a Marquette comeback from what once was a 23-point deficit. But Waiters swatted the crucial shot away with his right hand, taking the ball the other way for a layup.The play was a five-point swing. The Golden Eagles’ leading scorer tried to cut SU’s once-insurmountable lead to just one. Waiters pushed it to six.‘If you lose a lead, especially at home, it’s easy to start worrying and thinking about what’s happening,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘And instead I thought — obviously Dion made a huge block, finished it at the other end.’Waiters came up with the big play and some of his teammates contributed in the waning minutes as well, as No. 1 Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 Big East) hung on to defeat No. 20 Marquette (12-4, 1-2) 73-66 in front of a season-high crowd of 25,412 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Syracuse played a remarkably crisp first half defensively, holding the Golden Eagles without a field goal for a stretch of 11:13 as the Orange went on a 23-1 run. Boeheim even said it was the best his defense has been all year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet Marquette stormed back. The Golden Eagles never led, but cut SU’s lead to as little as two, leading to some tense moments down the stretch as the Orange scrambled to unearth its first-half dominance. ‘We just came out lackadaisical I guess and not really playing defense,’ Waiters said of the second half. ‘And it hurt us, turned into a ballgame.’The near-collapse came after Syracuse ran laps around Marquette in the first half. In SU’s first game against a ranked Big East team this season, it appeared to be no sweat at all in the first 20 minutes.Marquette forward Davante Gardner bodied Baye Keita in the paint to score a bucket, pulling the Golden Eagles within 12-11 with 13:31 left in the first half. But that would be the last shot to fall for Marquette for more than one-quarter of the game.Vander Blue’s 3 from the right wing with 2:18 to go was Marquette’s first field goal since Gardner’s bucket. By then, SU’s lead had ballooned to 35-15.‘We were playing unbelievable defense in the first half,’ Waiters said.Fab Melo took four charges in the first half — three of them while battling foul trouble. SU’s offense struggled to ignite, but eventually, Brandon Triche and Kris Joseph buried the Golden Eagles with 3-pointers. Joseph led SU with 17 for the game and Triche added 16.With the Orange leading 23-12, Triche missed his own shot, but muscled inside to grab the rebound on the baseline. He found Waiters, who found Joseph — who buried a 3 from the top of the key, prompting a Marquette timeout. Less than two minutes later, a Triche triple boosted the lead to 31-12.But SU’s momentum was sapped soon after coming out of the locker room for the second half, and suddenly, the Orange couldn’t do much offensively or defensively.‘The way they were playing, they weren’t as active, I think, first half,’ Triche said. ‘In the second half they were moving, getting to spots, getting there a little faster. I think they were much easier to guard in the first half.’With three fouls, and not in perfect position, Melo didn’t go hard after Marquette guard Junior Cadougan in the lane, and he made a layup to cut the score to 42-32 less than five minutes into the second half.Marquette’s defensive pressure ramped up as well. The Golden Eagles forced nine second-half turnovers while giving the ball up just four times.‘They drove and we didn’t get in front of them,’ Boeheim said. ‘And part of it’s what they did well and part of it’s what we didn’t do well.’The lead never grew larger than nine for the final 11:33. Syracuse lost its explosiveness on offense and tenacity on defense.Marquette began to hit clutch shots. Blue found Cadougan on the right wing for a 3 to bring the Golden Eagles within 51-48 — and there was still 9:17 left to be played. Boeheim called a timeout, and Marquette’s players celebrated the surge.With SU regaining distance, now up 57-49, Jae Crowder buried a 3 from the left wing, putting a finger to his lips and shushing the crowd as he stared down the Orange bench.And Johnson-Odom had an opportunity to quiet the Carrier Dome again. He could have pulled Marquette within 61-60, bringing the game as close as it had been since it was scoreless.But Waiters made what SU guard Scoop Jardine deemed the play of the game. He kept the Orange perfect after a second half that was far from it.‘When the game got down to the line we made a couple plays,’ Boeheim said, ‘and I think that’s a great thing.’mcooperj@syr.edu Published on January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ranieri’s Plaudits for Musa, Ndidi

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The performances of Nigerian stars, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi in Leicester City’s 2-1 victory over Everton in Saturday’s English FA Cup third round clash at Goodison left veteran manager Claudio Ranieri impressed.Musa netted both of Leicester’s goals while Ndidi, who was making his debut on Saturday, produced a solid display in the heart of midfield as the Foxes came from a goal down to complete an important victory.The Leicester City manager was duly impressed with his Nigerian charges and took the time to praise the duo for their sterling performances. “Musa was excellent. I’ve watched him recently and I think he is starting to understand English football better.“Ndidi only trained two days with us, but he showed strong character and personality. A great performance,” Ranieri said.Ndidi, who arrived from Belgian club KRC Genk, refused to accept the plaudits as he instead focused on an overall impressive team display.“I don’t want to focus on my performance because for me, it is always about the team.“The team did very well (on Saturday) and I think we can go far in the competition,” he said.Leicester City has now qualified for the fourth round of the FA Cup.last_img read more

Fresh rape, sodomy charges filed against Asamoah Gyan

first_imgFresh charges of rape and sodomy have been filed against soccer Star Asamoah Gyan by the 22-year-old student- Sarah Kwablah.Lawyer for the accuser Maurice Ampaw said the complaint was made at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOOVSU) at the Ministry Police Station in Accra two days ago.He said they will be pursuing the criminal case against the Black Stars captain.Sarah Kwabla is accusing Asamoah Gyan of sodomy and rape after the two had an affair early February.She also claims the soccer star has failed to take responsibility for the pregnancy that resulted from the affair they had.Gyan has not denied having sexual intercourse with the 22-year-old but is accusing the lady of blackmail. According to reports the complainant is asking for a fully furnished apartment, a housemaid as well as a $1,000 monthly stipend from Gyan, demands the soccer star consider as outrageous.But the victim is alleged to have threatened to release a video of the sexual affair she had with Gyan if he doesn’t meet her demands.A case of blackmail was subsequently lodged at the Odorkor police against Kwabla, by Kissi Adjabeng, lawyer for Asamoah Gyan but the case has since been closed.The Odorkor Police told Joy News’ Fred Smith the case was amicably resolved after the woman stated she had no such video in her possession.Just when the Odorkor Police closed their docket, Maurice Ampaw said the Ministry Police has opened a new case against the soccer star. He said the police have begun investigating the matter.Maurice Ampaw is known to have accused Gyan of having a hand in the supposed ‘death’ of musician Castro who has gone missing for nearly a  year.last_img read more

Harriet Fox, 86, Wellington: Feb. 12, 1930 – March 25, 2016

first_imgHarriet C. Fox, age 86, lifelong Wellington area resident, died March 25, 2016 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington.  Through the years she had worked at Modern Cleaners and Daylight Donut Shop.Harriet was born on February 12, 1930 on a farm near Perth, KS to Erwin Ellsworth Fox and Fannie Belle (Erhard) Fox.  She was a graduate of Wellington High School.She was a member of the First Christian Church, Christian Women’ s Fellowship, and had previously served on the Wellington Housing Authority Board.  Harriet enjoyed baking and making cookies and quick breads and helping people in need.She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Floyd, Roy, Earl, Cleo, Dale and George Fox; and sisters, Evelyn Brown, Ruth Stamper, Frances Struble, Vera Fox, and Elva Brownlee.Survivors include sister-in-law, Alice Fox of Wellington; and many nieces and nephews.Funeral Services will be held at the First Christian Church on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1:30 P.M.  Pastor Don Bryant will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Bethany Cemetery in Perth, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to green friends from 6 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Klopp says Man Utd-Liverpool clash is ‘biggest game’

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United is “the biggest game I can imagine”, with the bitter rivals locked in a battle for second place.Klopp’s team, in third, are just two points behind Jose Mourinho’s side but 18 adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, meaning the title is out of the question barring a calamity for City.However, Klopp’s men know a victory at Old Trafford will take them above United.“It’s the biggest game I can imagine,” said Klopp. “I’m looking forward to it. We need to be at 100 percent, if not even a few more (percent).”Asked how he would feel about Mourinho “parking the bus” and setting his side up defensively to counter Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the German said he would never use the phrase. “I have absolutely no problem with defending. It’s all about winning,” he said.“When United attack I hope all my players are involved in defending. If someone says that is ‘parking the bus’ I have no problem with that.”Full-back Nathaniel Clyne is close to a return to action having not yet featured this season due to a back problem.He may have to wait longer for his chance, though, after Klopp praised the performances of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold in Clyne’s absence.Fellow full-back Andy Robertson is also available while Klopp added that Jordan Henderson “looked OK yesterday” after a dead leg and Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way back from illness.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more