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first_img Things had started well enough for the reigning champions as they got the better of a manic seven-minute, first-half spell, started when Oscar’s free-kick crept into the far corner. Debutant Andre Ayew drew Swansea level in style, following a fine touch with an unerring finish, only for a Willian cross-shot to then loop in off Federico Fernandez. However, Monk’s side did not falter and dominated the second half, deservedly levelling through Bafetimbi Gomis after the striker was taken down in the box by Courtois. Chelsea just about held on after the goalkeeper’s sending off and had a few chances of their own, but in truth they were lucky to escape with a point as Swansea continued where they left off last season. Swansea were first to threaten, with Gomis heading wide and then being denied by a late John Terry block. Diego Costa was infuriated by Michael Oliver’s decision not to award a penalty against Fernandez, before a n already entertaining, end-to-end contest burst into life with three goals in seven minutes. With 23 minutes on the clock, Chelsea struck the first blow as Oscar curled in a free-kick that evaded those in the box and nestled in the far corner. Courtois saved well from Gomis, only for the ball to run free and, having seen his initial follow-up blocked, Ayew showed exceptional awareness to drag the ball back and rifle home. Chelsea were fortunate not to become the first ever Premier League champions to start their title defence with defeat after Swansea threatened an opening-day upset. A celebratory atmosphere remained around Stamford Bridge as the club basked in the afterglow of last season’s success – a feat Jose Mourinho, fresh from signing a new deal, warned would not be repeated unless they showed the “quality and determination of champions”. The Blues were found wanting in the first department against Garry Monk’s impressive side, although they showed no little determination to secure a 2-2 draw after Thibaut Courtois’ sending off. Press Association It was a memorable introduction but one cancelled out inside 100 seconds as Willian’s cross-shot looped in off Fernandez. Costa and Gylfi Sigurdsson tried their luck as the first half continued, with Gomis denied from close range as Swansea returned strongly after the break. Gomis, put through on goal by Jonjo Shelvey, was halted by a clumsy Courtois challenge, earning Swansea a penalty and the goalkeeper a red card. Terry was booked for protesting and summer signing Asmir Begovic’s first moment in a Chelsea shirt involved him picking the ball out of the net as Gomis coolly slotted home. Monk’s side did not stop there and Jefferson Montero forced Begovic into two fine saves, before Shelvey tried his luck direct from a corner. Swansea fans celebrated wildly as Gomis turned in their third – only to be rightly chalked off for offside – before Wayne Routledge, on for the injured Montero, forced another save from Begovic. After Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao had gone close Costa punched the deck in frustration having felt the excellent Ashley Williams had clipped him just outside the box – frustration that summed up Chelsea’s afternoon. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Oh no, Chelsea’s keeper has been sent off. Lucky they’ve got C….hold on.” – Broadcaster Andy Goldstein remembers Petr Cech. https://twitter.com/andygoldstein05/status/630071507272777728 PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 4 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 Gary Cahill: 6 John Terry: 5 Nemanja Matic: 6 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Willian: 7 Oscar: 6 Eden Hazard: 5 Diego Costa: 5 Subs Radamel Falcao: 5 Kurt Zouma: 5 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 6 Kyle Naughton: 7 Neil Taylor: 7 Federico Fernandez: 7 Ashley Williams: 8 Jonjo Shelvey: 7 Ki Sung-Yeung: 7 Andre Ayew: 7 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7 Jefferson Montero: 8 Bafetimbi Gomis: 8 Subs Antonio Eder: 6 Wayne Routledge: 6 STAR PLAYER Ashley Williams: Swansea’s captain led by example against the reigning champions. A rock in defence, he kept Chelsea’s attack at bay for the most part and stepped up when they threatened a late winner. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Andre Ayew: The summer signing impressed on his debut, with his equalising goal in the first half a moment of real quality. Having seen his initial attempt blocked, the former Marseille forward showed great intelligence to drag the ball back before rifling home. VIEW FROM THE BENCH This was always going to be a difficult opener for Chelsea and so it proved. The hosts started well enough but were unable to cope with Swansea’s increased intensity, leading to desperation on and off the pitch. Mourinho simply sat back and laughed as things went against his side. MOAN OF THE MATCH The constant haranguing of referee Michael Oliver and his assistants – there looked very few decisions he got wrong. NEXT UP Manchester City v Chelsea (Premier League, Sunday August 16) Swansea v Newcastle (Premier League, Saturday August 15) Swansea manager Monk told Sky Sports 1: “It’s surprising to say that (he was disappointed). When we came here last year we did well for 45 minutes but today we were excellent for 90. “The players came to the home of the champions and naturally we didn’t quite push enough but I have told the players to believe in themselves. “The message to the players all pre-season is that I want these players to be able to play and express themselves.” On the sending off, he added: “I’ve seen the replay, it was an opportunity for a goal.” Ghana international Ayew was pleased to score a goal on his Chelsea debut. “I think It was a tough one; I am lucky that the guys are really cool. I really want to praise that we had a great game. I think we had a great quality today and need to continue like that.” Chelsea boss Mourinho would not discuss the decision to send off Courtois. “Penalty, red card, goal. After that it was difficult,” he said. “We played very well until the second half. First half I think high quality, with 10 men we fought hard. “We played very well in the first half and the game was under control. “To play 35 minutes with one player less, the first game of the season when the condition is not sharp, it is difficult.” last_img read more

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first_imgThe No. 3-ranked Women of Troy will hit the road this weekend to take on No. 17 LMU in a conference match on Saturday before heading up north to play CSU Bakersfield in an MPSF clash on Sunday.Neither the Lions (15-9) nor the Roadrunners (12-11, 0-2 MPSF) have ever defeated a USC team.The program is 25-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount, while it’s 11-0 all-time against CSU Bakersfield.This will be the Women of Troy’s first meeting with LMU this season after defeating them 14-5 last April.The Lions will be coming off a pair of Golden Coast Conference matches against Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific.LMU defetaed Azusa Pacific 16-7 on Thursday.On the other hand, USC went on an offensive explosion earlier this season in January against CSU Baskersfield on their way to a 33-5 route.This weekend’s slate of games will be USC’s first competition since the team’s spring break trip to Hawaii,  where they came home with two commanding wins.While away from the mainland, the Women of Troy  (17-2, 1-1 MPSF) dominated Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 22-3. Senior Monica Vavic continued her scoring tear since becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer by netting a team-high five goals in the match, upping her career total to 264.The team would use the momentum from that game to power past No. 7 Hawai’i by a score of 10-1.The stifling USC defense against the Rainbow Wahine was led by freshman goalie Victoria Chamorro, who posted eight saves in the win.In fact, the Women of Troy held their host scoreless for the last 11 minutes of play.The Women of Troy currently lead the MPSF on both sides of the ball, offense and defensive respectively.The conference’s number one offense is currently averaging just under 18 goals per game, while the team is giving up about four goals per game.This dominance on both offense and defense is apparent from the fact that USC has outscored its opponents this season by more than four times, 338-80.Having the best program’s top scorer in Vavic, who has tallied 73 goals to date this season, definitely helps, but she has had a lot of help along the way,Sophomore Stephania Haralabidis follows Vavic on the team’s scoring sheet with 47 goals thus far. Her twin sister, Ioanna is next in line with 35 goals.The Women of Troy will likely have to put their defensive caps on to stop a trio of established scoring threats they will be facing this weekend.LMU’s top returning scorer in  junior Ivana Castro has posted an impressive 55 goals for the Lions this season.For CSU Bakersfield, the duo of sophomores Kristen Jensen and Nicola Barrett lead the team with 40 goals each.Both Saturday’s clash against LMU and Sunday’s matchup with the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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first_imgA strong first half for the Trojans saw them open up a 12-point lead at the half after outscoring the Buffs 18-6 in the second quarter. Colorado shot a paltry 20% from the field in the first two quarters compared to a mark of 42.3% for USC. “She was not going to let her team lose,” Trakh said. “She’s one of our most valuable players out there … She anchors the defense.” USC ended the regular season on a high note, winning eight of its final 13 conference games after losing its first five games of Pac-12 play. The Trojans’ stout defensive effort limited Colorado’s ability to shoot the ball from deep, as the Buffaloes missed all 12 of their attempts from behind the arc while USC sank four threes.  The Trojans will return to action with plenty of momentum March 5 in Las Vegas for a rematch with Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday at 6 p.m. Overbeck was proud of the team’s defensive effort to shut down Colorado’s offense throughout the game. USC was led by another impressive showing from freshmen forward Alissa Pili — who earned her fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award Monday — and guard Endyia Rogers. Rogers continued her recent strong run for USC, finishing with 20 points to go with four rebounds and four assists. Trakh seemed encouraged by his team’s growth over the course of the season, especially given the Trojans’ tough start to conference play.  Trakh was complimentary of Overbeck as a player and young leader during her final season at USC. “We were just trying to have urgency coming at the 3-point shooters,” Overbeck said. “Make them be drivers, make them take tough shots. We really excelled at it today.” Sunday’s game marked the first time USC held an opponent to under 60 points in conference play this year and the lowest total it has held an opponent to since a win against Cal State Long Beach Dec. 21. The win puts the Trojans at 16-13 overall on the season, including an 8-10 mark in conference play and an 11-4 overall record at home — good for seventh in a strong Pac-12 conference.  Second-half efforts were not a concern for head coach Mark Trakh and company on Sunday, however, as USC maintained its first-half lead throughout the final two quarters. After averaging 30.5 points in her last two games, Pili topped her season average of 16.1 once again, finishing with 20 points to go with 13 rebounds. Pili’s efforts amounted to her 11th double-double this season — a team-high — and her 14th straight game with at least 10 points. The USC women’s basketball team closed out its regular season against Colorado Sunday afternoon in a 66-55 win at Galen Center. The Trojans’ encouraging development over the course of the season as well as the team’s strong finish should give them momentum heading into the Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas. Freshman forward Alissa Pili won her fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award of the season Monday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) After narrowly defeating Utah 69-66 Friday evening, the Trojans took care of business on Senior Day against the Buffaloes to finish the regular season on a three-game winning streak.  Graduate guards Aliyah Jeune and Stephanie Watts were held out with injuries, but senior forward Kayla Overbeck made her presence known on both ends of the floor as she provided energy for the Trojans throughout the afternoon. Overbeck finished her final game at Galen Center with 10 points, four rebounds and a win. The Trojans earned a split in the season series with the Buffaloes after getting outscored 27-10 in the third quarter of what would ultimately become a 66-53 loss in the teams’ first meeting in Boulder.  “We’re playing good basketball right now,” Trakh said. “I think it’s selflessness, I think it’s teamwork, I think it’s attitude, it’s culture. I’m just really proud of the kids.” Senior forward Kayla Overbeck finished her USC regular season career with a win over Colorado Sunday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

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first_img UK newspapers The Times and The Guardian have reported that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will seek to open a further ‘12-week consultation period’ for its ongoing review of FOBTs wagering levels.At present, it appears that DCMS will delay its judgement on whether to reduce FOBTs wagering from £100 max-bet to the reported options of £50, £20 or £2 per spinAs yet, DCMS has not officially confirmed the extended consultation period, however, UK media have stated that stakeholders close to the department have confirmed that DCMS will now seek further assistance on its FOBTs review.Further to the consultation period, UK media reports that DCMS has advised industry stakeholders not to pursue a judicial review to try and block its final decision.The government’s delayed triennial industry review has become a high-stakes battle for a number of UK betting stakeholders, who have a significant exposure to FOBTs as a key revenue-generating channel.Industry governance is in-acceptance, that the UK government will reduce the current £100 (per 20 seconds) max-bet level on machine betting, but wish to avoid ‘nightmare scenario’ of a reduction to under £20.Throughout 2017, betting leadership has petitioned the government that a below £20 limit will jeopardise the entire UK retail betting sector, forcing the industry to drastically scale down its betting shop portfolio.Not all betting leaders are against the governments FOBTs judgement. Last September, outgoing Paddy Power Betfair Group CEO Breon Corcoran was reported to have sent a letter to UK Minister for Sports Tracey Crouch stating that FOBTs had become a ‘toxic issue’ for the sector and that a drastic cut in machine betting levels was needed in order to quell ‘societal concerns’.Corcoran and Paddy Power Betfair would be criticised for the DCMS letter, with industry stakeholders’ claiming that the FTSE operator was seeking to hijack the triennial review in order to fulfil its UK expansion ambitions.From an investor perspective, speculation is running rife throughout UK betting, with city analysts detailing that a drastic cut in FOBTs wagering will likely lead to a new round of sector consolidation and M&A activity. Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Black Stars great and member of the victorious Ghana team that annexed the 1978 Nations Cup, Mohammed Ahmed Polo has said the current Stars Coach, Kwasi Appiah should not be axed, insisting continuity is the way forward.Speaking to JOY Sports, the experienced player now turned Coach, was of the view that axing coaches who fail to hit targets immediately after major tournaments has not helped the cause of developing the Black Stars into a fearsome and winsome side in Africa and around the world.The Black Stars failed to progress to the finals of the just ended African Cup of Nations in South Africa after a penalty shoot-out with the Stallions of Burkina Faso and lost out to Mali in the 3rd place game.He conceded that the Stars were woeful in their attempt to claim their fifth Continental Trophy but opined that building on from the experience Kwasi Appiah has accrued is paramount.“So far, as far as I’m concerned, we should keep him, we need to. This guy has taken the Stars to the Nations Cup, and despite finishing fourth he has gotten some experience, we should build on that and not fire him at all.”Meanwhile, Kwasi Appiah would learn his fate as Head Coach of the National team, in a few days’ time after a crunch Football Association executive meeting and assessment of his technical report.last_img read more

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first_imgThere have been many decisions made by the board at Newcastle United that have baffled, perplexed, stumped, and even angered the fans surrounding St James’ Park.Decisions like renaming the stadium, sacking Chris Hughton, selling Andy Carroll (although looking back on it, that wasn’t a bad bit of business), and lately, the change of shirt sponsors from Virgin Money to Wonga.com.For those of you who don’t know, Wonga.com is a money lending company, specifically designed to prey on the poor and desperate, and then charge extortionate interest prices, and although they dress it up as fast and easy, it can get people into severe debt. And by spending roughly £6m a year on their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United, they have long standing advertisement in a highly populated area of the country. One player who has taken serious exception to this partnership is talisman Papiss Cisse.The top goal scorer for Newcastle last season is a devout Muslim, and wearing a shirt with the Wonga logo on it would be going against his religion, breaking Sharia law by promoting the controversial money lending company.And with Cisse not joining the squad with its pre-season foray into Portugal, the relationship with the club appears to be strained at the moment. But will this dispute lead to Cisse packing his bags and moving to a different club? I’m not so sure. As has been stated, Cisse is not too happy with the club at the moment, but as of right now, they have not explored any other avenues, such as Cisse having a charity sponsor on his shirt, or having a shirt that does not include the Wonga logo.Both of these options would be acceptable, as Fredi Kanoute played for Sevilla with a non-sponsored shirt while they were sponsored by a betting company.One interesting thing about the whole situation is that Cisse did not complain in the slightest, at least not in the public eye, about having to wear the Virgin Money shirt, and banks do provide loans, albeit with not as much interest at Wonga seeks on their scheme. So what has changed now? Is it that he genuinely believes that he shouldn’t wear a Wonga shirt? Or is it that maybe he has been seeking a new contract for a few months, and is creating an uproar to try and get a little extra pay in his pocket?Either way, other Muslim players such as Cheik Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa haven’t said anything about the new sponsorship deal, and as far as I know, will be featured in the kit next season.However, if Cisse has truly had enough, Anzhi Makhachkala are very interested in buying the £15m rated player. While not on his hottest form last season, along with most of the Newcastle squad, Cisse has proven a useful player, and at times, prolific. If Cisse was to leave the club, Alan Pardew has been vocal in his interest in bringing in at least one more striker, seemingly likely to be Darren Bent, or Loic Remy, both of whom I believe to be bad transfers for the club.Darren Bent is nearing 30, and from what I understand, would be against the club’s transfer policy that signings have to be under 27, as they have to be considered value for money by Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley, with the ability to be able to sell them on if the price is right.If Bent signs for Newcastle, he will be at least 31 or 32 when he leaves, which would leave very little of the reported £8m fee for the striker to be recouped. Remy is an entirely different kettle of fish. A player that has shown a lack of loyalty already, as well as an upcoming sexual assault charge, which could lead to jail time, would be a disastrous move for the club, especially if he’s convicted.To sum up, the Newcastle board need to stop being stubborn and allow Cisse to have a blank shirt.last_img read more

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first_imgIt came from his mother, Kim, who wasn’t pleased.“The only text I got back from my mom was she sent me a video clip and told me to stop cursing,” Marshall recalled. “They caught me on the bench saying some things. I guess I have to watch my mouth now.”With the Lakers (14-19) entering tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets (15-17) at Staples Center, coach Mike D’Antoni had much fewer critigues.“He might not have those numbers all the time. Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn’t,” D’Antoni said. “But the rhythm is something he gives us that is important.”Against Denver, Marshall also will have to defend speedy guard Ty Lawson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We have to do a great job as a team,” Marshall said. “I don’t know if there’s anybody in the league that can guard him one on one. I’m excited about the challenge.”Marshall has stayed humble through this process.He peppers the Lakers’ injured backcourt, namely Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, with questions. Marshall would do the same to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash if they weren’t endlessly floating in and out of treatment on their respective knee and back injuries. He also has a family that appears ready to provide honest feedback.“My mom sends me shooting clips telling me I need to work on stuff,” Marshall said. “I use that as motivation. My sister tells me she scored more points in her (rec league) game than me. I’ll use that as motivation.”After Phoenix selected him with the 13th pick in the 2012 Draft, Marshall was sent to the Wizards in a trade. Washington then cut him before the season started, leaving Marshall toiling with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA’s Developmental League. Marshall has a contract worth $547,570 that doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after Jan. 10.“I still feel like I’m fortunate I get to play basketball for a living,” Marshall said. “When I was in high school and played at Chris Paul’s camp, that’s one thing he stressed to us. He’s humbled by the fact that every day he gets to wake up and do something he would do for free. That really hit me in high school and I stuck to that since then.”Also …For the second consecutive game, D’Antoni said his startng lineup against Denver will include Marshall (point guard), Jodie Meeks (shooting guard), Nick Young (small forward), Pau Gasol (power forward) and Robert Sacre (center). center_img The stream of text messages filled Kendall Marshall’s inbox as quickly as one of his timely passes and as frequently as one of his clutch baskets.Marshall had just finished posting 20 points and 15 assists in the Lakers’ victory Friday over Utah, and the significance went beyond ending the team’s six-game losing streak. It marked his first career start as a Laker and was a temporary solution to an ailing backcourt that misses six point guards.Marshall had toiled this season in the Development League after spending last season in Phoenix as a first-round washout from North Carolina.The text messages from Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and Jazz guard and former UNC product Marvin Williams, among others, offered encouraging words. Marshall’s overnight growth on his Twitter account — he estimated an additional 8,000-9,000 followers — also illustrated the buzz he created with the Lakers. But there was one message that popped out to the Lakers’ 22-year-old point guard the most.last_img read more

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first_img76ers star Joel Embiid has “no idea” whether he will be ready to play when his team takes the court Saturday to face the Nets in the opening series of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Embiid, who has missed 14 of the 76ers’ final 24 games, provided an update on his knee before Philadelphia’s practice Friday, revealing that the pain has gotten worse in recent days.  “Even within the pain, it is still possible [to play] but whatever I have been feeling the past couple of days has been different. It still hasn’t changed,” Embiid said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Everything is good on the scans but the pain level hasn’t changed. It got worse.”Embiid explained the decision is ultimately his to make, but the official injury report lists him as doubtful. Related News NBA playoffs 2019: Eastern Conference first-round previews, predictions “Just got to keep working through it and see how I feel every day. You never know what’s going to happen,” Embiid told reporters. “Extremely frustrating but you can only control what you can and that’s the work I put in every day. I have to treat my body and I take care of it, but I guess the rest is going to follow. “We got a real chance to go to The Finals.”Now the question is, how much, or will, Joel Embiid play?#Sixers #Nets pic.twitter.com/WG1IqRfsk6— Dave Uram (@MrUram) April 12, 2019Embiid, who has averaged 27.5 points with 13.6 rebounds per game this season, reiterated he wants to play but also said he needs to be smart about his return. “Everybody who knows me knows I want to be on the floor and play through injuries and pain,” he said. “But if I can’t go, it means it is pretty painful.”center_img NBA playoffs 2019: Western Conference first-round previews, predictions “I am the one feeling the pain and I know my body,” Embiid said. “They (the medical staff) are going to do whatever they can as far as getting me ready, but if my body doesn’t respond based on the pain level, there is really nothing you can do.”The 76ers also released a statement (via the Inquirer) saying Embiid’s status for Saturday’s game will be revealed after Friday’s practice. In addition, coach Brett Brown said Embiid wouldn’t practice, according to KYW Newsradio.“Since the game at Chicago on April 6, Joel has continued his treatment program including conditioning, strength training and physical therapy. He will be a partial participant in practice today. An initial status for Embiid’s availability in Saturday’s game vs. Brooklyn will be determined after practice today (by the 5 p.m. league reporting deadline).”Embiid said he has been working through his treatment program, and explained the determining factor as to whether he plays will come down to the amount of pain he feels.last_img read more

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first_imgA viral photograph has led to the firing of a Popeyes employee near Dallas, Texas.In the photo, a boy who appears to be 8-year-old and no taller than four feet is seen preparing the insanely popular Popeye’s chicken sandwich in a restaurant.A customer took a video of the boy wearing a Popeye’s apron while he helped the overworked staff as they struggled to keep up with the chicken sandwich orders.The kid’s father worked at the restaurant in Colony, Texas.The person who took the video told Inside Edition the restaurant was packed at the time.last_img

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first_imgIn December, the House of Representatives impeached the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate is now conducting the second phase of the trials to determine if the crimes the president is alleged to have committed are legitimate.last_img