Hugo Lloris has called on Tottenham to take their chances against Chelsea when the Premier League leaders visit White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day. Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon are among those who could return to the starting XI. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho cares little that Chelsea’s eight-point advantage over Manchester City has been cut to three at the halfway point of the Premier League season. The Blues have been pace-setters since their opening win at Burnley, with only Thursday’s opponents Tottenham temporarily overtaking them on goal difference after two rounds of matches. Now, after playing all the other 19 teams in the Premier League and ahead of the first return fixture of the season on New Year’s Day, Mourinho has reflected on a strong start. “Everybody starts with the same points and if we have one more point than them, we did well,” Mourinho said. “We are top of the league at the end of the first round because we deserve it and because it is a consequence of what we did. “Chelsea is playing very well since the beginning of the season. That’s the only thing we work at, the only thing we concentrate on. “And in the second part of the season we are going to try to do exactly the same thing. “Against Tottenham, we will be there again trying to get a good result.” Mourinho is chasing a third Premier League title and Chelsea’s first in five years. Seven times he has led a championship on Christmas Day – in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain – and each time his teams have gone on to win the title. Chelsea, who were eight points clear of defending champions City during November, are indebted to Burnley that their lead was not cut to a solitary point. The Clarets last Sunday fought back from two goals down to draw at City on a day when Chelsea had earlier been held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Mourinho’s men have drawn four times and lost once this season in the Premier League, but won all nine of their home matches. City’s revival has coincided with a difficult spell on the road for Chelsea, who have dropped points in three of their last four away games in drawing at Sunderland and Southampton and losing at Newcastle. “We had very difficult fixtures away from home,” Mourinho added. “We lost one game that we didn’t deserve to lose (at Newcastle). We are doing well.” Chelsea’s only other dropped points were at City and at Manchester United, who are 10 points adrift in third in what appears already to be a two-horse title race. Mourinho has a full squad to choose from for the trip to White Hart Lane to play a Spurs side who are without a win in 10 matches against their London rivals. Tottenham have not beaten Chelsea since April 2010. “We are getting better and better every game,” Lloris said on tottenhamhotspur.com. “Defensively, when you get a run of games it’s easier for everyone. We start to understand and to know what the manager wants, what he is expecting every game. “It’s important to be strong, to not concede goals, not concede chances. “But it’s not enough to win games. You need to score and to do more offensively.” Spurs are 15 points behind Chelsea in seventh, but only two points behind fourth-placed Southampton. Lloris said: “We know where we want to be at the end of the season. It’s a long, long walk.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could rotate his squad once more for the visit of the Blues. Spurs made four changes following the Leicester win for the Manchester United draw and can be expected to make a similar number of switches as they bid to end a 10-match winless run against the Blues. Spurs held Manchester United to a goalless draw last Sunday, largely as a result of Lloris’ brilliant shot-stopping. But David de Gea was not similarly stretched at the other end and Lloris would like Thibaut Courtois, who is likely to be in the Chelsea goal, to be busier on Thursday. Press Association
The 23-year-old Belgium goalkeeper tore the meniscus of his right knee in training and is likely to be out until December, Press Association Sport understands. A statement from Chelsea read: “Thibaut Courtois underwent surgery yesterday (Thursday) on an avulsion of the posterior corner and medial part of the internal meniscus of his right knee. Press Association Begovic played in the loss at City after Courtois was sent off in the season opener with Swansea and the Bosnian has Mourinho’s confidence. “It’s a big blow, but you will not see me next week speaking again about Thibaut, because I never do when a player is injured,” added Mourinho, who will have Jamal Blackman on the bench. “It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured. “But it’s easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play. And we have Begovic to play.” Oscar remains out with a knee injury, but could return to contention for next Wednesday’s Champions League campaign opener at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv or the following Saturday against Arsenal. “Almost there,” said Mourinho on the Brazil playmaker. Mourinho declined to discuss Chelsea’s transfer window activity, where Everton rebuffed offers for defender John Stones. “The transfer window is closed. I have no more comments. I have nothing to say,” Mourinho said. “What (Everton boss Roberto) Martinez says for me means nothing. I don’t comment. “John Stones, I expect him to play tomorrow with (Phil) Jagielka, because it’s the normal two central defenders that play for Everton.” Asked if he would shake hands with Martinez at Goodison Park, Mourinho said: “You think that’s important? I don’t think it’s important.” Instead of Stones, Chelsea signed Papy Djilobodji on a recommendation. Mourinho said: “It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely. “I don’t know every player. My job doesn’t allow me to travel, doesn’t allow me to spend hours and hours watching players. “And in some moments of the market, under certain circumstances are moments where you have to trust or not the people that you work with. “In my case I trust, because the same person that told me that Djilobodji can be a good squad player for us, was the same person who told me (about Kurt) Zouma.” Mourinho remains optimistic despite Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season, which saw Crystal Palace inflict defeat last time out. “We are in a title race,” Mourinho said. “In every match we played better than the result. Circumstances of the match gave us results worse than the performance. So I’m positive.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out of action for around three months after undergoing surgery on his right knee. “The successful surgery consisted of a reattachment of the meniscus by suturing.” The operation is understood to have taken place in Spain. Courtois suffered the injury on Wednesday in circumstances boss Jose Mourinho was not familiar with, as it happened during a goalkeeper-specific session. The Blues boss was braced for the bad news, indicating Courtois would be out for “quite a long time” prior to the exact prognosis being revealed. The Barclays Premier League champions will first be without the Belgium goalkeeper for Saturday’s match at Everton, but Asmir Begovic will be required to deputise for some time to come. “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” Mourinho said earlier on Friday. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” It is another blow for the Blues, who have four points from their opening four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
On Wednesday, Miami Beach commissioners rejected the possibility of the popular Ultra Music Festival coming to the city next year.In a vote of 5 to 2, commissioners shut down a proposal, introduced by Commissioner Ricky Arriola, to begin discussions of hosting the festival at Lummus Park.Florida cities including Homestead, Hialeah, and the City of Miami are all looking into hosting the 2020 event.Ultra organizers voluntarily terminated their contract with the City of Miami following a rough year on Virginia Key, due to transportation issues and an increase in crime from previous years.
(REUTERS)-Paceman Ben Stokes picked up the last two wickets in three balls to give England a thrilling 22-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test at Chittagong yesterday, as the tourists maintained their perfect record against the South Asian side.It was England’s ninth straight Test win over Bangladesh but the hosts also had the chance to record a famous victory, requiring 33 runs when they resumed on 253 for eight on the final morning.“It was a really good Test match, I didn’t think we will be here on day five looking at that wicket,” England captain Alastair Cook said. “Such a tight game and credit to both sides.“Actually batters played pretty well on that kind of wicket. I am really happy that we showed our character and held our nerve towards the end.”Bangladesh debutant Sabbir Rahman (64 not out) and Taijul Islam (16) negotiated the first three overs safely, taking 10 runs off their target.However, Stokes trapped Taijul in front and Cook successfully reviewed the umpire’s not out decision to end the dogged ninth-wicket stand of 25.Bangladesh wanted Sabbir back on strike but Stokes needed only two more deliveries to dismiss number 11 Shafiul Islam leg before. The batsman’s attempt to review and overturn the decision proved futile and Bangladesh were all out for 263.Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was proud that his team had competed so well despite this being their first test in 15 months.“The boys really showed their character, they fought really hard over the last five days,” he. “I am really happy that after 15 months we played a test like this.“Hopefully we’ll carry a bit of momentum forward from this Test.”Mushfiqur said the loss of their last six wickets for 27 runs in the first innings had proved crucial, and pointed to the 127-run sixth-wicket stand of Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in England’s second innings as another key factor.Stokes (2-20) was man of the match for his 85 in the second innings and four wickets in the first. Off-spinner Gareth Batty picked up three wickets for the touring side in the second innings.“Not just with ball in hand but the way he batted, he balances the side,” Cook said of Stokes. “Those cricketers don’t come around very often and he’s got an enormous heart as well. He’s a seriously good cricketer.”The second and final Test will be played in Dhaka from Friday.ENGLAND 1st innings 293 (M. Ali 68, J. Bairstow 52; M. Hasan 6-80)Bangladesh 1st innings 248 (T. Iqbal 78; B. Stokes 4-26)England 2nd innings 240 (B. Stokes 85; S. Al Hasan 5-85)Bangladesh 2nd innings (Overnight: 253-8; Target: 286 runs)T. Iqbal c Ballance b Ali 9I. Kayes c Root b Rashid 43M. Haque lbw b Batty 27Mahmudullah lbw b Batty 17S. Al Hasan c Bairstow b Ali 24M. Rahim c Ballance b Batty 39Sa. Rahman not out 64M. Hasan lbw b Broad 1K. Rabbi c Ballance b Broad 0T. Islam lbw b Stokes 16Sh. Islam lbw b Stokes 0Extras (b-9 lb-13 w-1) 23Total (all out, 81.3 overs) 263Fall of wickets: 1-35 T. Iqbal,2-81 I. Kayes,3-103 M. Haque,4-108 Mahmudullah,5-140 S. Al Hasan,6-227 M. Rahim,7-234 M. Hasan,8-238 K. Rabbi,9-263 T. Islam,10-263 Sh. IslamBowling:G. Batty 17 – 3 – 65 – 3,M. Ali 14 – 2 – 60 – 2,C. Woakes 7 – 3 – 10 – 0, A. Rashid 17 – 2 – 55 – 1,S. Broad 15 – 4 – 31 – 2, B. Stokes 11.3 – 2 – 20 – 2(w-1).
On a cold October evening in front of an announced crowd of just 210, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team proved to be too much to handle for the Leathernecks of Western Illinois as the Badgers pulled out a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night at the McClimon Complex. The win extended the Badgers’ home-unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest such streak in the Big Ten.It felt more like two separate games than halves as the Badgers (9-2-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) rebounded from taking just seven shots in the first half to put 20 shots up in the final 45 minutes.“I think the guys smelled that we could get after them in the second half,” head coach John Trask said after the game. “[Western Illinois head coach] Dr. Johnson and his players fought hard and denied us opportunity after opportunity, sliding in front of their goal, blocking shots and good goalkeeping. Compliments to our guys in finding one.”The difference proved to be none other than senior Tomislav Zadro who scored his third goal of the season, and ninth of his Badger career, off a rebound on his own penalty kick in the 80th minute.“It was a bad penalty kick,” Zadro admitted after the game. “I was lucky it bounced back and I had the presence of mind to follow it up.”Zadro’s aggressive play all night, after starting the game on the bench, allowed for the Badgers to keep the ball in the Leathernecks’ end of the field for the majority of the second half. In the 80th minute he was taken down inside the box, away from the ball, to set up the penalty shot.Trask credited the penalty to all of the hard work his team, and especially his defense, exerted through the first 79 minutes of the match.“As the game went on, none of their counters amounted to anything,” Trask said. “We snuffed those out quickly and I think that helped us psychologically continue to wear on them. Eventually I think the kid just grabbed [Zadro] because the level of frustration was building with their guys and they began to wonder how long they could hold out before the ball crossed that line.”Zadro’s aggressiveness was exemplified perfectly on a second-half corner kick where he thought he would catch Western Illinois’ goalie, Yves Dietrich, off-guard and tried to bend the ball directly into the far corner of the net. Dietrich made the save, but many of the fans and even some of the players on the field believed the ball crossed the line before the goalie was able to get his hands on it. When asked about the play after the game, Trask said, “We always argue for those but that would have been really tough on Western Illinois to say that that ball was definitely all the way over the line.”This was just the third shutout of the season for the Badgers, and as they head back into Big Ten play with a matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich., against the Wolverines on Sunday the team feels confident that they will be heading east after their strongest defensive showing thus far.“It was kind of a simple game plan,” Cochran said, “but it was just one of those games where we needed to get a goal and we couldn’t give up a goal. If we gave up a goal then anything could have happened.”All of the Western Illinois (3-10-0, 1-2-0 Summit League) counterattacks were met by a brick wall comprised of David Caban, AJ Cochran, Carl Schneider and Paul Yonga. Coach Trask pointed to the team’s ability to keep its shape and make the plays that they needed to as reasons for shutting down the Leathernecks’ counterattacks. It’s something that the Badgers have not always been good at.“It’s tough for players this age to have the ball all the time and not have to worry about defense,” Trask said. “It’s just like how when a goalkeeper doesn’t have to do anything for 85 minutes and then makes one big save, you know you’ve got an exceptional goalie. It’s easy to be a goalie when the ball is flying at your net every two minutes because the guy gets in the zone. It’s about being able to stay in-tuned with those little minutes and I thought we did a very good job of that tonight.”The 1-0 victory marked the fourth time in the past five meetings between these two teams in which that was the final result. The one time the score did not end up as a 1-0 Badger victory was last season when the two teams tied 0-0. Needless to say, the Badgers knew they were in store for a tough match.“Every time we play them it’s a 1-0 game,” Cochran said. “Regardless of what style they’re playing it is just a grind, a battle. They’ve got a good team and we were fortunate to come out of here 1-0.”
Share On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has issued an extension to Musselburgh’s temporary licence, which is due to last until the end of the year.The extension comes as the racecourse continues its search for a racecourse operator, as its original temporary licence is due to expire on 15 October. Musselburgh management anticipates confirming a new operator this month.In recent years, Musselburgh racecourse, which is owned by East Lothian Council, has faced a number of issues as a result of disputes between the local council and racing representatives.The BHA stepped in as a mediator, carrying out an independent review into the racecourse, which ultimately led to the decision to appoint a third-party operator.Arena Racing Company, Chester and Jockey Club Racecourses are all understood to be considering a takeover of the operation at Musselburgh, while officials at Ayr last week confirmed that they would not.The licence is held jointly by East Lothian Council and the Musselburgh Racing Associated Committee (MRAC), which was established by the council last year to manage the track. The MRAC, which is due to convene on Tuesday, is expected to address an update to the racecourse’s licence and procurement process. Musselburgh racecourse began the year with a financial deficit of approximately £150,000, the majority of which has been attributed to the £295,000 in legal costs incurred during the tender process to find a new racecourse operator. It has been suggested in the racecourse’s latest financial report that the MRAC seeks out independent legal advice to effectively distribute legal fees throughout the tender process. HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 Related Articles Charlie Parker joins BHA Board of Directors June 29, 2020 Submit
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has taken the time to praise La Liga stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, referring to the duo as living legends.The 76-year-old feels the two are quite different on the pitch, but has nothing but positive words for both the Barcelona star and the Real Madrid attacker.“Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Both! They are different but both fantastic for football,” Blatter was quoted as saying by Marca.“Cristiano wants to be the general on the pitch, lay down the law and scream here I stand. Messi, on the other hand, is like a conjurer, a magician. They are both living legends of football.”The Fifa boss then went on to stress that outspoken coaches like Jose Mourinho, Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola are good for the image of the game.“Mourinho’s one of the giants in football. It’s good for the sport to have big names like Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger, Guardiola. “Each one has his own style and charisma. They don’t sit on the bench all sad and quiet.”
Ghana’s senior cricket team, has secured a place in Saturday’s final of the ICC Division 8 tournament in Samoa. Ghana beat Japan by 62 runs with all-rounder Samuel Aboagye named the man of the match.By this result Ghana has set a grand final date with Vanuatu who beat Belgium by 83 runs in the other semi final. Ghana made 198 runs for 10 wickets in 48 overs while Japan only managed to make 136 runs in 46 overs for 10 wickets.Dr William Ampofo who Chairs Cricket Association told Joy Sports in an interview that his outfit was excited about the feat describing it as a historic one. Team Ghana will qualify for the next stage if she beats Vanuatu in the final“Ghana is now part of the international scene for cricket and we are very proud of team Ghana. This is one day cricket and just after this tournament we will play the T20 which has become popular on television,” Dr Ampofo told Joy Sports.According to him, the boys are doing well because they are combining the one day format with the shorter form which is the T20 format. “This achievement is a big boost for our schools development programme so we are really glad that team Ghana is putting cricket on the map,” he said.The last time Ghana won major silverware was when the current team won the ICC Africa World League Series Division Three tournament in Benoni City South Africa in 2008.
Tanzanian boxer Allan Kamote is expected to arrive in Ghana on Friday, November 28, 2014ahead of his well-publicized bout with Ghana’s George Ashie.The two will slug it out for the Interim WBO Africa Lightweight Championship scheduled to take place at the Accra stadium on December 5.It will be the second shot at a world title by Ashie, also known in boxing circles as Red Tiger, since losing on points to his Bukom compatriot Emmanuel ‘Home Boy’ Tagoe for the vacant WBA International lightweight title in Accra two years ago. Since then, Ashie, whose ring record stands at 24 wins (KO 17), four losses and one draw, has fought just once, earning a third round title victory over Kenyan Michael Odhiambo in an eight-rounder.The Ashie-Kamote bout headlined ‘Fist of Fury’, a six-bout promotion put together by Mcdon Multimedia, in collaboration with Box Office Promotions. The bout is also expected to be telecast live on South Africa pay-TV channel, SuperSport.Another potential thriller on the bill will be a 12-round WBF Africa Light-Heavyweight Championship fight between Maxwell “Black Wolf” Amponsah and Ebenezer “Upper Cut” Tetteh, while Pride “Octopus” Dzanie against Michael Barnor will slug it out for the national and West Africa Boxing Union (WABU) Bantamweight Championship. Former national champion, Patrick Allotey, will also face off with Isaac Aryee in a 10-round welterweight bout.
Jurgen Klopp will bid to reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with Liverpool against Bournemouth, while also trying to get his first win in charge.Liverpool have drawn all three matches under the former Borussia Dortmund manager, the most recent game being a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.Klopp will likely make changes as his side play Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge three days after the tie.In the league, Bournemouth have lost their last two games, conceding 10 goals.Manchester United entertain Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup last 16 on Wednesday night with both sides riding high in their respective leagues.United are currently fourth in the Premier League following Sunday’s goalless draw with Manchester City, with the club having lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions. It is expected that Louis Van Gaal will field a strong line-up against ‘Boro as United’s head coach looks to win his first trophy since taking charge of the Red Devils last summer.And one player who is set to be handed his chance at Old Trafford is midfielder Jesse Lingard after the 22-year-old’s impressive display against City, with defender Phil Jones praising his team-mate after the game.Middlesbrough travel to United sitting in fourth place in the Championship after Saturday’s comeback victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers, a win that was sealed by Stewart Downing’s late free kick.Downing only started on the bench at Molineux after picking up a rib injury in the club’s previous game at Cardiff City, but the wide man is expected to start against United. “I took a whack in the ribs at Cardiff; I’m not sure if there is a break there or not, but I’m told there is nothing you can do so I just decided to get on with it,” he told the club’s official website.Meanwhile, ‘Boro head coach Aitor Karanka could also hand midfielder Bruno Zuculini his debut against United after signing the Argentine on a month’s loan from Manchester City on Monday.Crystal Palace will need to win at Manchester City for the first time since 1990 if they are to reach the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.Alan Pardew’s side, who have never won the League Cup or FA Cup, have striker Dwight Gayle back from a ban for the trip to the Premier League leaders. City midfielder Samir Nasri returned to training this week after a hamstring injury but is not yet match fit.Sergio Aguero and David Silva remain out, while Fernandinho is suspended.City manager Manuel Pellegrini fielded a strong side in this competition last time out as his side swept Sunderland aside 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.But with a key Champions League trip to Sevilla scheduled three days after the weekend’s home meeting with Norwich, Pellegrini could shuffle his pack.Lifting the trophy this season would move City – winners in 2014 – on to four League Cup wins, as many as rivals Manchester United. Southampton host Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Wednesday night looking to take advantage of their opponents’ current struggles.Villa parted company with boss Tim Sherwood after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at Villa Park on Saturday, their sixth successive Premier League loss.Kevin MacDonald will take charge of Villa for their trip to the south coast, and the caretaker coach is expected to make use of a fully-fit squad by giving a number of recently unused players a run-out at St Mary’s.Two players in particular who could benefit are Libor Kozak – the striker’s only previous appearance this season came in the club’s third-round win over Notts County – and out-of-favour winger Charles N’Zogbia. Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is also set to follow MacDonald’s lead, with Gaston Ramirez in line to feature against Villa after the midfielder came off the bench to create the Saints’ equaliser against Liverpool on Sunday.”Gaston is working hard and he’s part of the team. He was not the first option in that position in front,” Koeman told Southampton’s YouTube channel.”He’s working hard and he’s trying to take his opportunity. With injuries to Shane [Long] and Jay [Rodriguez] he’s knocking on the door and then I give Gaston that opportunity.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Get the games live from SuperSport, your world of champions.