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  • Drogba: I’m here for business

    first_imgJose Mourinho and Didier Drogba have warned the Premier League the striker’s Chelsea return is not a sentimental move. Press Association His 34 goals in European competition is a Chelsea record, as are his nine strikes in nine cup finals, and f ormer Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hailed Drogba’s aptitude for the big occasion. “Looks like Drogba is back,” he wrote on Twitter. “Loved our battles, best big game player I can remember.” Much of the reaction to the move centred around Drogba’s extraordinary record against Arsenal. He scored 13 times in 14 appearances against the Gunners, with his goals crucial in securing 15 Premier League points, progress in the 2007 League Cup and the 2009 FA Cup and victory in the 2005 Community Shield. Broadcaster and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter: “Oh no. He’s back,” adding “King @ThierryHenry – we need you back. Urgent.” Both posts concluded “#Drogba”. “Didier’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe,” said Mourinho, himself in his second spell with the club, who originally signed the Ivory Coast international for £24million in 2004. “I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. “He is coming with the mentality to make more history.” Drogba, Chelsea’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all time with 157 goals in 341 appearances, cemented his place in club history by scoring first the equaliser and then the winning shoot-out penalty as they beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. And he said of his return: “It was an easy decision – I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. “Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me. “My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I’m excited for this next chapter of my career.” Drogba’s first spell at Stamford Bridge, spanning eight years, produced three Barclays Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the prized victory over Bayern. The Blues favourite returned to Stamford Bridge on Friday on a one-year deal after leaving in 2012 for stints at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray. He may be 36 years old but Drogba insists he is coming back to contribute to the club’s trophy ambitions – a sentiment echoed by manager Mourinho. last_img read more

  • PSG stunned in League Cup quarters by struggling Guingamp

    first_imgParis, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain saw their 43-match winning run in domestic cup competitions come to an end as Thomas Tuchel’s men suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Ligue 1 bottom club Guingamp in the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.The visitors were awarded three penalties at the Parc des Princes in a dramatic second half, as PSG failed in their bid for a sixth straight League Cup title.It was only a second defeat in all competitions this season for the capital club, after a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League last September.Guingamp, who have won just two league games all season, join Monaco, Strasbourg and Bordeaux in the semi-finals.“We came here to win and we know it’s very difficult here,” said Marcus Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, who scored the winner.“We know that in the Cup anything can happen… We knew how to hinder PSG.”Neymar broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute after Thuram missed from the spot, but Guingamp rallied, with Thuram’s successful injury-time penalty snatching victory with a shootout looming.“We played with too much confidence, we were not hungry enough to finish the match,” admitted PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.“It’s very hard to lose with three penalties. I was angry with the second one, I can see the VAR 100 times, it’s not a penalty.” Tuchel named a strong starting XI including Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria, but a drab first half in the capital failed to produce a single shot on target from either side.The reigning French champions had extended their cup winning streak at the weekend against fifth-tier Pontivy, but Guingamp were awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Ludovic Blas was tripped by PSG full-back Thomas Meunier.Forward Thuram blazed his effort from 12 yards well over the top of the crossbar, and it appeared as though the opportunity of an upset had passed Guingamp by when Neymar headed home a Meunier cross less than two minutes later.But the away side managed to stay in the game and were handed another penalty nine minutes from time when Marcus Coco was bundled over by Juan Bernat, and Congolese international Yeni Ngbakoto made no mistake after a lengthy VAR delay.With the game set for penalties after 90 minutes, Guingamp landed a decisive blow on the counter-attack, as Thilo Kehrer fouled Thuram, and this time the 21-year-old squeezed the ball under the diving Alphonse Areola in the PSG net.– Monaco win marathon shootout –Earlier on Wednesday, Monaco goalkeeper Loic Badiashile scored the winning penalty in a marathon shootout against Rennes.Monaco, runners-up in the past two seasons, salvaged a 1-1 draw after normal time thanks to Rony Lopes’ second-half equaliser, before Badiashile’s heroics as he also saved three spot-kicks.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

  • Crosby, Penguins beat Preds 3-0

    first_imgPittsburgh Penguins right wing Pascal Dupuis (9) celebrates with Sidney Crosby (87), Steve Downie (23) and Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, after Dupuis scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After two straight losses, Sidney Crosby made sure there wasn’t a third.Crosby had a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Nashville Predators their first loss in regulation with a 3-0 shutout on Saturday.The Predators were the last NHL team to lose in regulation this season.Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh, which snapped a two-game losing streak.“Everybody committed to our defensive game, and it didn’t really take away from our offensive game tonight,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston. “Against a stingy team who has a great goaltender, we were still able to score three.”Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season and 29th of his career.Nashville recorded four shots on Fleury before the Penguins got their first shot of the night. Early on, Fleury thought he was in for a heavy workload.“I thought I was going to be a little more busy. But give credit to our guys. I thought they played very solid,” Fleury said. “They are a good team. They are a fast team, and I thought we played very well against them.”Fleury was the first overall pick in the 2003 Entry Draft, which was held in Nashville.Crosby opened the scoring at 6:21 of the first period when he collected the rebound of his own shot at the right post and stuffed it past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.“We played the right way,” Crosby said. “We didn’t sit back to play defensively. We play defense with our forecheck and getting sticks in lanes and forcing them to miss shots sometimes. All around, that’s more our style of game.”The goal killed any momentum Nashville had from the early pressure they put on Fleury.“I think the start was okay and the guys came out of the gate the right way,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I think that goal, that changed the tide a little bit.”Patric Hornqvist earned the second assist on Crosby’s goal. Pittsburgh acquired Hornqvist and Nick Spaling from Nashville in a draft-day trade in exchange for high-scoring winger James Neal.Neal recorded a natural hat trick in Nashville’s Thursday night victory over Chicago.Malkin and Dupuis scored power-play goals 3:22 apart early in the third period.Malkin’s goal came on a give-and-go with Crosby. From above the right circle, Crosby hit Malkin in stride by the left post, where he had an easy re-direct for his third goal of the season, all on the power play.Crosby has five goals and seven assists on the season.“That’s why he’s the best player in the world, right?” Nashville defenseman Seth Jones said. “It’s tough to contain guys like that, him and Malkin on the ice together, it’s tough. He’s just good down low when you give him time and space and I don’t think we took it away fast enough.”In the low slot, Dupuis collected the rebound of Steve Downie’s shot and beat Rinne with a backhand. The goal was Dupuis’ 400th career NHL point.Pittsburgh entered the game with the league’s best power play with a 36.4 percent success rate. They went 2 for 3 with the man advantage against Nashville.Notes: After playing six of their first eight at home, the Predators head on the road for the next six and seven of eight. … Nashville has allowed the first goal in six of eight games this season. … Fleury is 6-2-1 against Nashville. … Malkin has at least one point in each of Pittsburgh’s seven games this season.last_img read more

  • Wednesday’s QPR quiz

    first_imgTest your Rangers knowledge by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly…[wp-simple-survey-16]Video: QPR fans react to dramatic victory against StokeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

  • Ridgemont FFA members participate in strategic doing workshop

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ridgemont FFA is seeking to engage students in strategic thinking by training students to be facilitators capable of guiding peers through the project management process. On December 4, 2019, 21 Ridgemont FFA members met in the school’s land lab to participate in a Strategic Doing workshop led by Mr. Frank Gibson. Strategic Doing methodology is an approach to planning that utilizes Agile principles and focuses heavily on the actions necessary to set and reach measurable outcomes. Strategic Doing is a project management framework that is utilized frequently in business and industry to efficiently create solutions to challenges.Students will implement this new process when developing engaging programming for the chapter and our community. Students now feel confident in not only establishing desired outcomes, but also collaborating with others to take action and accomplish objectives. This training will allow students to have a competitive edge as they navigate their future careers.last_img read more

  • BCCI’s own private investigator puts an end to match-fixing speculations

    first_imgAzharK. Madhavan, the Indian cricket board’s own private investigator, has put an end to the speculation over two controversial matches, which were seen as case studies of match-fixing.The report on the Kanpur one-dayer against the West Indies in 1996 and the Ahmedabad Test versus New Zealand in 1999 reaches two,AzharK. Madhavan, the Indian cricket board’s own private investigator, has put an end to the speculation over two controversial matches, which were seen as case studies of match-fixing.The report on the Kanpur one-dayer against the West Indies in 1996 and the Ahmedabad Test versus New Zealand in 1999 reaches two contrary conclusions.WadekarMadhavan states that coach Ajit Wadekar and captain Mohammed Azharuddin were “remiss” in not telling Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia to step up the scoring rate, and later suspending them for slow batting.KapilBut Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, the ex-CBI chief said, had shown “no misconduct” in choosing not to enforce the follow-on at Ahmedabad.The failure to win that game, Madhavan said, was proof of the “glorious uncertainties” of cricket.last_img read more

  • 23 days agoArsenal manager Emery confirms Tierney back for Standard Liege

    first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery confirms Tierney back for Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed Kieran Tierney will play against Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.Tierney made his debut for the club last week against Nottingham Forest, but he missed Monday’s draw with Manchester United and was withdrawn from Scotland’s upcoming qualifiers at Arsenal’s request. However, Emery says the left-back is ready to go.”After his injuries, each step is important to be consistent,” Emery said.”He didn’t play in Manchester because he had some more problems. Not important, but the doctor told us it’s better to be here working alone and preparing for the match tomorrow.”If we are taking precaution with him it’s also important that, with the national team, we are thinking it’s not the moment to go with them.”For the next matches, I think he’s going to be ready to play with us and to play with them.”Now he’s going to play tomorrow and also hopefully he can be complete physically, complete tactically, with the performance we need.” last_img read more

  • 8 days agoWest Ham defender Ogbonna eager to snap form slump against Everton

    first_imgWest Ham defender Ogbonna eager to snap form slump against Evertonby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna is eager to snap their form slump against Everton.The Hammers are without a victory in their last three matches in all competitions, including disappointing defeats at the hands of Oxford United in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.“I am looking forward to this game, but every game in the Premier League can see your fortunes change, and games like this, like Burnley away, like Crystal Palace, like Brighton away, are tough games,” he told whufc.com.“They will prepare for us and sometimes you have to wear the armour to keep your place in the table.“For us, it is a good chance to step up, but it will not be easy and just because we talk, it does not mean things will happen. We have to wait, find our place and then take our chance.”He added: “They have good attacking players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and a young player I heard a lot about when I was in Juventus and he was in the Academy, Moise Kean, who has a lot of skills and is very strong. But we just have to focus on our jobs and getting the three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Video: 4-Star WR Ahmir Mitchell Announces Commitment To Michigan Over Ohio State In Incredible Fashion

    first_imgAhmir Mitchell's "GO BLUE" banner.Ahmir Mitchell BannerEgg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek four-star wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell announced his commitment to Michigan moments ago. Mitchell chose the Wolverines over rival Ohio State in unbelievable fashion: by flying a maize-and-blue plane with a “Go Blue” banner attached over Atlantic City, N.J. Bleacher Report captured the decision in a very cool trailer. Here’s the link to the video and pictures of the plane and banner can be seen below. I will appreciate any kid who commits via airplane banner from the Jersey Shore boardwalk http://t.co/mcckrxcHN0 pic.twitter.com/mIWayPvukF— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) August 27, 2015The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Mitchell is the No. 7 athlete in the 2016 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings and the No. 19 wide receiver in 2016 according to Rivals.com.last_img read more

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