Crystal Palace claim surprise win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

first_img Press Association Chelsea secured the title with a 1-0 defeat of Palace on May 3 but the Eagles were triumphant on this occasion, stunning the hosts just when they thought Radamel Falcao had got them back into the game with his first goal for the Blues. Joel Ward popped up to restore the lead, after Bakary Sako’s opener, as Palace earned a 2-1 win – their first at Stamford Bridge since 1982. Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home match as Chelsea boss saw a second loss as Crystal Palace claimed their first win at Stamford Bridge in 33 years. Palace have now won eight of their 10 away matches in the league under Pardew, who has three victories against Mourinho in the last two seasons. Mourinho played down the significance of statistics ahead of his 200th Premier League contest and 100th at Stamford Bridge, insisting three points was all that mattered. But the Blues were unable to add to his record of 76 wins in the previous 99 home games as Palace emulated Sunderland’s April 2014 success. Mourinho may have complained of the nature of the Black Cats’ success – his resentment at the officiating still lingering – but Palace were deserved winners to move second behind Manchester City. Chelsea are eight points adrift after four points from four games. Mourinho had said there was no “drama” after Chelsea’s start, but it is clear there is plenty of work to do. Mourinho’s men have not kept a clean sheet in eight matches since winning the league against Palace and appeared porous at the back once more, with the suspended John Terry replaced by Gary Cahill. Their next match is at Everton on September 12 and it remains to be seen which Blue shirt Toffees defender John Stones will be in. The champions have intimated they will not make a fifth bid after a fourth offer of £37million was rejected. Everton did not confirm the offer. Connor Wickham scored in Sunderland’s win at Stamford Bridge and was included as Palace’s solitary change following their victory over Aston Villa. Palace wore black armbands due to the death of Yannick Bolasie’s father. The winger returned on the bench. The Eagles did not roll over in May and again refused to be cowed, as demonstrated by some physical exchanges, with Diego Costa often the target. Pedro shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box before Palace had two fine chances. Sako, the match-winner against Villa, was denied by Thibaut Courtois, who next saved when Yohan Cabaye was played in one-on-one by a fine Wilfried Zaha run. Alex McCarthy made saves in quick succession from Costa and Cesc Fabregas, with Pedro unable to direct the third attempt goalwards. Costa believed he was fouled in the box by Damien Delaney early in the second half. Referee Craig Pawson turned down the appeal. Sako tried to tee up Wickham before sending Palace into the lead himself. He stayed on his feet when Cesar Azpilicueta slid in to react to Bolasie’s cross and the ball sat nicely for Sako to net. Falcao equalised with a fine header from Pedro’s cross, but Palace immediately responded. Bolasie crossed to the back post where Sako had the presence of mind to centre the ball for Ward to head in and complete a memorable win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “What a proud day to be associated with @CPFC well done the manager the team and the supporters, amazing result. #cfc 1=2 #cpfc.” – Former Palace striker Mark Bright was full of praise for the current players and staff after a memorable win. https://twitter.com/Mark__Bright/status/637654832539660289 – @Mark__Bright PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 8 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Gary Cahill: 5 Kurt Zouma: 6 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 Nemanja Matic: 5 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Pedro: 7 Willian: 5 Eden Hazard: 5 Diego Costa: 6 Subs Radamel Falcao: 7 Kenedy: 6: Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6 Crystal Palace Alex McCarthy: 9 Joel Ward: 7 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 8 Pape Souare: 6 James McArthur: 6 Yohan Cabaye: 6 Bakary Sako: 8 Jason Puncheon: 7 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Connor Wickham: 6 Substitutes: Yannick Bolasie: 8 Lee Chung-yong: 6 STAR PLAYER Sako: To think the former Wolves forward was available on a free transfer this summer and Alan Pardew had to be persuaded by Palace chief Steve Parrish to sign him. Two starts, two match-winning goals for the Mali man. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Ward: Moments after Falcao’s fine first Chelsea goal, the right-back popped up in the hosts’ six-yard box to head in the decisive goal. What he was doing there, no-one knows. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Pardew picked a physical side who were more intimidating than intimidated. With Chelsea less than convincing so far this term, he was determined to exploit their fragility and did so. So unhappy with his defence is Mourinho that he threw on forward Kenedy at left-back. Falcao scored soon after his introduction, but Chelsea could not equalise. MOAN OF THE MATCH Chelsea’s defeat is likely to be the focus, rather than Palace’s success. There are plenty of questions for the champions to answer. Palace’s first win at Stamford Bridge since 1982 was deserved, though. WHO’S UP NEXT? Everton v Chelsea (Premier League, Saturday 12 September) Crystal Palace v Manchester City (Premier League, Saturday 12 September) last_img read more

Ghanaian Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong, features twice in Pyeongchang finals

first_imgGhana’s first skeleton Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong, twice qualified for the finals during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation Pyeongchang InterContinental Cup this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is the same track where Frimpong made history for his country and began his drive to become the Hope of a Billion when he competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Frimpong’s results this week showed just how far Frimpong has come as a skeleton athlete on the world stage. In 2018, Frimpong finished 30th out of 30 athletes.This week, Frimpong finished 19th and 20th out of 24 athletes beating countries from the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.The results come despite not having a sliding coach. As his successful sliding season wraps up, Frimpong competed in 12 races and qualified for the finals eleven times. Frimpong currently ranks 76th out of 150 skeleton athletes in the world. He can still move up in the world rankings since only 7 best races are now counted on the world rankings with one more to be added by next weekend. “I made some big improvements this year,” Frimpong said. “I’m proud of what I have accomplished, but there is still so much work ahead of me before the 2022 Olympics. I hope in the upcoming season I can find the support I need to have a sliding coach to make bigger strides for Ghana.“ Qualifying for the Olympics is going to be extremely difficult if I don’t have a sliding coach and the resources of other countries. I trust something good will happen I just have to keep working hard and stay relentless.”“For now, I plan to take a couple of days off to be with my family then start training to prepare for next season. I want to thank my head sponsor, Ghana Gas, whose support has been critical to my growth this season. “Team Murdock Hyundai from Murray, Utah made my traveling to training locally possible since 2017 and my new sponsor, Forever Living Products International has been supporting me with their amazing Aloe Vera products which help with my recovery. Finally, I have to thank everyone who has been part of the Hope of a Billion story this season.”last_img read more

Quarter finals of the basketball Cup in B&H

first_imgThe pairs for the quarter finals of this Cup in B&H are:KK  ”Brotnjo” – KK  ”Čapljina Lasta”KK  ”Zrinjski” – KK  ”Široki Wwin”KK  ”Radnik BN Basket” – KK  ”Igokea”KK ”Posušje” – KK  ”Bosna ASA BHT” In the premises of the Basketball Federation of B&H new pairs for the quarter finals of the Cup in B&H were chosen for the male teams. The derby in Herzegovina will be played by KK ”Zrinjski” against KK ”Široki Wwin”. An interesting duel will be played by KK ”Radnik BN Basket” against KK”.  All basketball games will be played on the 15th January 2013.last_img read more

“Ramos penalizes Correa”

first_imgHowever, the collegiate of AS and the SER, Iturralde González, did see this action as punishable. “That’s a penalty because Ramos lifts his right leg and knocks down Correa foolishly,” He explained in The Carousel. In the 22nd minute of the meeting, there was the first controversial play of the final of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atlético. It was starred by Sergio Ramos and Ángel Correa. By the 22nd minute, the Argentine striker tried to overcome the Madrid captain and he knocked him into the area. Sánchez Martínez said nothing. Nor did the VAR consider this action a penalty.last_img read more

Business as usual in Champions League? Maybe not this season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers.Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMaybe not.While there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the biggest, richest clubs and the rest, there also appears to be more potential winners than ever in a last-16 lineup that sets up what could be a thrilling knockout stage. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Napoli had the most points — nine — of any team failing to advance after getting drawn in a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.Napoli kicked off at Anfield on top of its group on Tuesday. After a 1-0 loss, Napoli had fallen to third, edged by Liverpool on a head-to-head tiebreaker of goals scored.Five seasons ago, Napoli had 12 points yet didn’t advance because Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal also had 12 and better tiebreaker statistics.With 30 minutes to play on Wednesday, Shakhtar was on course for the round of 16. Lyon tied the game and advanced instead.The game was moved to Kiev, after Shakhtar’s previous two home games were in Kharkiv, due to martial law being imposed during the latest Russian aggression affecting Ukraine.Shakhtar has also played in Lviv since last hosting a Champions League in its modern Donbass Arena in November 2013. Weeks later, Russian annexed Crimea and the Donbass region was affected by conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatists that continues.SURPRISE TEAMThey are young. They are fearless. They have a point to prove. It would be some story if Borussia Dortmund manages to go all the way.Like Liverpool last season and Monaco the year before, the Champions League likes to throw up a surprise story and Dortmund might be the new darling of Europe this time round.Top of the German league by seven points, Dortmund also won its Champions League group and conceded a competition-low two goals in six matches. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No eastern European team advanced. The most eastern team in Monday’s draw? Bayern Munich. Even the final is being played in Madrid, rather than Kiev last season.The Champions League seems truly a western affair. Teams not challenging for their national title, like Manchester United and Schalke, advanced with a game to spare. Russia is the sixth-ranked league by club performances in UEFA competitions yet for the third straight year its top-seeded champion — Lokomotiv Moscow — failed to advance.The round-of-16 lineup looks ever more like a Super League in waiting.PRIZE MONEY SKEWThe on-field domination of the richest teams comes in the first year of a near-40 percent hike in UEFA prize money, with more designed to go to them.UEFA and the European Club Association designed a format to distribute 1.95 billion euros ($2.22 billion) among 32 teams with a new element rewarding teams for past titles.It ensured preventing what happened two seasons ago when Leicester, a newcomer banking lucrative British television money, earned more than eventual winner Real Madrid.This season, Madrid was sure to earn 50 million euros ($57 million) from UEFA before kicking a ball.UNLUCKIEST TEAMSNapoli is due a lucky break, and Shakhtar Donetsk is long overdue a home game. In this Dec. 8, 2018 photo Dortmund players celebrate after scoring during the Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Saturday’s 2-1 win at Schalke was Dortmund’s first Ruhr derby win in three years. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)The usual pretenders topped their groups.Nearly all of the top teams advanced.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Yet, Lucien Favre’s side is better known for its attacking flair, with players like Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho — bought from Barcelona and Man City — particularly standing out.Dortmund has had to rebuild after selling star players such as Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and it has been done wisely and boldly.Five years after last reaching the final, Dortmund is a team to fear in the Champions League once again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It would be the 13-time European champion’s biggest achievement yet if it can pull through again.ENGLISH REVIVALAll four of England’s representatives have advanced for the second straight season, even if two of them — Liverpool and Tottenham — left it to their final matches.They have deep squads, increasingly the best and most sought-after coaches, and a sheer force of numbers — 25 percent of the remaining field.Manchester City and Liverpool, in particular, should be among the favorites for the title.Can City manager Pep Guardiola, the outstanding coach of his generation, end what will be an eight-year personal wait to win Europe’s top prize, and for the first time away from Barcelona?Can Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp juggle contending in the Premier League with trying to reach a second straight Champions League final?MIND THE GAPThe most successful leagues in (western) Europe are becoming more successful in the Champions League.The big four leagues — England, Spain, Italy and Germany — have 12 representatives, or 75 percent of the total. Two more come from fifth-ranked Ligue 1 in France, plus there is Porto from the seventh-ranked Portuguese league. Ajax is a relative outlier from the 11th-ranked Eredivisie in Netherlands. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk A look at some things that stood out in group play:MADRID ON THE WANEThe most dominant team in the 27-season Champions League era might be on the wane.Real Madrid advanced as a group winner but lost home and away to CSKA Moscow and doesn’t have the same aura without Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus. The team is on its second coach of the season — a rookie in Santiago Solari — and is fourth in La Liga.Madrid’s players have won four of the last five Champions Leagues and usually come into their own in the knockout stage in terms of game management and handling the pressure. That was when they had Ronaldo to rescue them, though.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ASEAN University Games: NU barges into men’s volleyball finals No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Bus Crash Update

first_imgThe RCMP has now confirmed it will not be laying charges in connection with last November’s Greyhound bus crash in the Alberta Peace.Police believe weather and road conditions were the primary factors in the Highway 43 crash, about 30 kms east of Grande Prairie. The bus spun off the highway and rolled onto its side, trapping some of its 28 passengers in the wreckage. An elderly woman, along with a mother and her infant son, died in the accident. The crash has raised concerns about bus safety, particularly among truckers. They note the bus was pulling a small cargo trailer and they argue that when that occurs it can destabilize the vehicle, especially on slippery roads. However, a Greyhound spokesperson says she’s not aware of any changes in company policy regarding the cargo trailers.- Advertisement –last_img read more

City Council working out Application for Peace River Agreement

first_imgThe categories are:Transportation, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, etc. 35%Facilities, buildings, etc. 10%Equipment, vehicles, machinery, information technology, etc. 15%Operating costs (including staff) to support capital projects; research and studies, etc. 10%Other capital, one-time projects, debt servicing, etc. 30%“We are being very vigilant that this goes in the direction that we understood,” Hunter said. She said there is ‘wiggle room’ in the target percentages – For example, operating costs are listed at 10% maximum, but for the city, Hunter says they are only at 2-3%.The long term plan for Fort St. John’s funding in regard to the Peace River Agreement is due by the end of the month. The City Council has worked with the Province to further iron out details of the Peace River Agreement – a deal struck in May of this year to allocate funding from the provincial government to different municipalities in the Peace Region.The 20-year agreement is meant to help provide funding for these municipalities because of industries that happen outside of their borders, but still use their resources heavily.It has set $50 million in annual payments, that will be given starting in 2016. Over the 20 years it is set to provide funding, it’s estimated to have a value of $1.1 billion dollars.- Advertisement -“This is our first year in implementing the Peace River agreement and coming to a clear understanding of the role this application process and what the province will be requiring,” said City Manager Dianne Hunter.“We developed this application form regionally – done in house, with the support and consent of the other municipalities. They all vetted it and they’ve all looked at it.”The applications have been developed to keep autonomy at a municipal level in mind, but also make sure projects fit within the bounds of what the funding is intended for.Advertisementlast_img read more

Officials back `Three Strikes’ reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A proposed change to the Three Strikes law is receiving broad support because it mandates that sentences of 25 years to life be restricted, in most cases, to situations where the third offense is a serious or violent felony, according to law enforcement officials and defense attorneys. The proposed Three Strikes Reform Act of 2006 is being backed by police, prosecutors and defense attorneys. It was submitted with the Attorney General’s Office in early January by Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Brian T. Dunn of the Cochran law firm in Los Angeles. If it garners enough support, the measure could appear on the November ballot. “I think it’s long overdue,” Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian said of the proposed reform. “I’ve always thought Three Strikes was an excellent concept in public policy that was very flawed in its execution.” Proposition 184, the “Three Strikes” law, was passed in 1994 out of frustration with repeat violent offenders who seemed to be on a “revolving door” in and out of prison, Melekian said. A common criticism of the law is that it’s unfair and too expensive, because some repeat offenders receive 25-to-life sentences for minor third offenses that are classified as felonies because of prior convictions. Lael Rubin, head deputy for the District Attorney’s Office’s appellate division, said the inequities of the current Three Strikes law are well known. Some defendants received 25-to-life sentences for minor infractions like possession of a single cocaine rock, or theft of food or diapers, Rubin said. Previous attempts to reform Three Strikes, including Proposition 66 in November 2004, have been too severe, Rubin said. Only 47 percent of voters favored Proposition 66, which Rubin said eliminated some serious and violent offenses from the list of possible strikes, and would have triggered “massive resentencing.” With the defeat of Proposition 66, it became clear to Cooley that meaningful reform was necessary to save Three Strikes as an important tool for prosecutors, Rubin said. The current proposal would require that the third strike be serious or violent, Rubin said. A relatively minor offense could still be classified as a third strike if it involved elements like large quantities of drugs, certain sex offenses or a defendant armed with a firearm, Rubin said. Robert Kalunian, chief deputy public defender for Los Angeles County, called the latest proposed change to the Three Strikes law “excellent.” “The current Three Strikes law is overly broad and basically has the capability of encompassing a whole lot of individuals that one wouldn’t think should be sentenced to 25-to-life in prison,” he said. The new proposal also requires that defendants who received 25-to-life sentences for minor third offenses be resentenced according to the new provisions. marshall.allen@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461last_img read more

Watford ‘ready to go toe to toe’ with Serie A giants for Torino midfielder

first_img Mirko Valdifiori: The Italian midfielder has made 25 appearances this season 1 Watford and Fiorentina are battling it out for Torino midfielder Mirko Valdifiori, according to reports.The 31-year-old Italian has managed to get his career back on track this season in Turin after joining from Napoli last summer.Valdifiori has made 25 appearances in Serie A, helping Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side guarantee a top-half finish.The two clubs, according to Italian outlet La Nazione, are now tracking Valdifiori and they are ready to go toe to toe for him this summer.Both clubs have reportedly expressed an interest in Valdifiori and Torino have been notified ahead of the upcoming transfer window.The midfielder, whose sole cap for Italy came in 2015 during a friendly against England, has two years to run on his current contract.last_img read more

DONEGAL HOUSING LIST TO BE CUT BY 30% IN THREE YEARS WITH €34M FUNDING PACKAGE

first_imgDonegal is to receive €34 million investment in social housing.More than 500 social housing units will be built across Donegal in next 3 years.The money will be seen as a huge investment for those on housing waiting lists and will come in over the next three years.It will provide 507 units of 30% of housing for those on Donegal’s housing waiting list. The Donegal investment is part of a national €1.5 billion package of building, buy and leasing schemes for local authorities.The announcement of the housing package has been welcomed by Minister of State Joe McHugh.“Today’s announcement to allocate over €34 million to address the housing situation in Donegal is a highly significant development for people on the housing list and is the first major investment in local authority housing in Donegal for some years.“Housing is a key priority for this Government and what has been announced today are ambitious targets for each local authority right throughout the country. This will have a major impact for those on the housing waiting lists with a national reduction of 25% targeted over the period from these schemes alone. The recovering economy is allowing us to invest in vital public services such as housing and we are doing that. “Today’s announcement shows the commitment of this government to tackle the issue of housing lists across the country. The Social Housing Strategy is a key action under the Construction 2020 Strategy and I am pleased to see it being progressed so that priority housing projects can be delivered in the years 2015-2017.” DONEGAL HOUSING LIST TO BE CUT BY 30% IN THREE YEARS WITH €34M FUNDING PACKAGE was last modified: April 1st, 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:donegalhousingJoe McHughlast_img read more