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

Sania Mirza helps raise Rs 1.25 crore for people in need during 21-day lockdown

first_imgMumbai: Tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday said she has been helping raise Rs 1.25 crore in one week which will help close to 1 lakh people in need during the 21-day lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic.”The last week we have tried as a team to provide some help to the people in need..we provided food to thousands of families and raised 1.25 Crore in one week which will help close to 1 Lakh people.its an ongoing effort and we are in this together,” Sania said in a tweet.Sania had stepped forward to raise money to provide food and other basic necessities for the daily wage workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Due to the lockdown and curfews, the informal sector has been badly affected and those who depend on daily wages are struggling to provide for their families.Sania had shared a video last week on her social network supporting the Safa organisation and pledged to donate and asked people to make a contribution for the workers during this tough time.”In this difficult time that the world is going through, we are privileged to be able to sit at home, in comfort and wait for everything to be ok again… there are thousands of people who aren’t that lucky enough and it’s our responsibility to take care of them in whatever capacity we can,” said Sania.”Together with Safa and a few other people we hope to help as many families as possible in this difficult time and make a little bit of a difference,” she added. IANSAlso Read: COVID-19 impact: Sania Mirza steps forward to raise funds for daily wage workersAlso watch: CPRO of NFR, Suhanan Chand speaks about Corona Virus to The Sentinel, Watch the full videolast_img read more

Baseball takes series from ASU with 31-run game

first_imgThe baseball team may not have qualified for the College World Series, but the Trojans ended their season in style with a commanding 31-9 win over Arizona State on the road on Sunday.The win gave the Men of Troy a series win over the Sun Devils to wrap up their 2016 campaign, finishing at .500 (28-28) overall and 15-15 in conference play.Against ASU starter Eli Lingos on Sunday, USC sprayed hits left, right and center — 30 in total, tied for second most in a game in program history. The 31 runs was also the second-highest single game run total in program history, with the record set in a 1959 game against Occidental when the Trojans scored 35 runs.The Trojans put runs on the board in all but two innings, with 13 of 14 batters reaching base at least once. They scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning and also put up four or more runs in the first, second and eighth innings.Redshirt sophomore Frankie Rios recorded six RBIs and sophomore Angelo Armenta knocked in five runs, each setting career highs. Rios and senior Timmy Robinson each tallied four hits in the rout.The win gave the Trojans their first series win at Arizona State since 2004. It followed a 6-2 win on Saturday behind sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart, who allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. Freshman Lars Nootbaar hit his first home run of the year that plated the eventual winning run with a 2-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Trojans ahead 3-2. Three runs in the eighth inning — two of which scored on a triple by junior catcher Jeremy Martinez — gave the Trojans even more separation.USC dropped the first game of the series on Friday. The Men of Troy had an opportunity to grab the win, but, down by a run, could not score in the ninth despite loading the bases with one out, and the 3-2 deficit held as the final tally.The Trojans wrap up a season in which they failed to live up to heightened expectations after a deep run in the NCAA Tournament last year, their first appearance in the postseason since 2005.Senior outfielder David Oppenheim was a bright spot for the Trojans this year, leading not only the team, but also the Pac-12 in batting average. Oppenheim hit .387 with 25 RBIs. Oppenheim complemented that with four home runs, one triple and nine doubles.Oppenheim also led the conference in on-base percentage, getting on-base exactly half of the time.Just behind Oppenheim with the third-best batting average in the conference was Martinez who hit .376. Martinez also batted in 42 RBIs. He had six home runs, two triples and 18 doubles. Martinez was also third in the conference in slugging percentage posting a .563.USC also had a strong team showing of conference leaders in RBIs with three players in the top 10. Robinson is fourth in the conference with 46. He is followed by senior infielder AJ Ramirez who has 44 and Martinez is just behind tied for the eighth spot in the Pac-12.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