The 36-year-old, on loan from City’s Major League Soccer venture in New York, rescued a point for the hosts five minutes from time after an afternoon of much frustration. Lampard scored 211 times in 648 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side so it was no surprise when his 78th-minute appearance off the bench was cheered to the rafters by the away supporters, already jubilant after Andre Schurrle’s goal following Pablo Zabaleta’s red card. Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard repaid the adulation of the visiting fans who cheered his arrival as a Manchester City substitute by scoring a late equaliser for his new club. Aside from an optimistic handball shout against Yaya Toure from Cesc Fabregas’s free-kick it was the closest Chelsea came to threatening. In fact Costa’s most significant first-half intervention saw him tangle with Edin Dzeko which could have resulted in a penalty but only led to a corner, which was easily repelled. It was virtually one-way traffic in the first 45 minutes as Dzeko and Toure both failed to convert early headers, setting a dismal precedent for some mediocre set-piece play from City. With Milner enjoying a bright start down the right-hand side City stroked the ball about confidently but found, like in their 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea last season, they were smothered as soon as they got within 10 yards of the penalty area. Fernandinho sliced wide from outside area and Sergio Aguero, whom had earlier been left in a heap when John Terry went through the back of him unnoticed by referee Mike Dean, hooked over. Toure almost unlocked Chelsea’s watertight defence from a looping ball with outside of his right foot but it dropped agonisingly out of Aguero’s reach. City’s pressure continued after the break as Fernandinho blazed wide and Aguero forced Thibaut Courtois to fumble a snap-shot before the advantage swung in Chelsea’s favour with Zabaleta’s dismissal. Having already been booked for a first-half foul on Eden Hazard the Argentinian rashly dived in at Costa and the Chelsea striker reacted aggressively and Dean showed both yellow cards – which meant a premature departure for the City defender. Manuel Pellegrini had no option but to shore up the right-back spot by sacrificing Aguero for Bacary Sagna but having got City where they wanted them, Chelsea applied what appeared to be the finishing blow as Hazard curled an inviting, low, cross to the far post where Schurrle tapped home. Costa had chances to put the game beyond City with a header straight at Joe Hart and then shooting against the post before Lampard, of all people, made him and his former employers pay. He made a special effort to applaud the Chelsea fans at the final whistle but their club idol may have lost a little of his sheen in their eyes now. However, it was City fans who raised the roof when the former England midfielder rammed home man of the match James Milner’s pass, although he predictably refused to celebrate. His goal ended the Premier League leaders’ 100 per cent record, but as Chelsea had arrived at the Etihad Stadium with a game plan not to lose it was probably, on balance, the most they deserved. Having conceded a vast amount of territory and possession for over an hour, the dismissal of Zabaleta was the signal for Jose Mourinho’s side to seize their chance and substitute Schurrle did exactly that with 19 minutes left. But Lampard’s intervention ensured the gap to Chelsea at the top remained at five. Had it been eight there would have been critics writing off their challenge already. City gave a debut to Eliaquim Mangala, their £32million signing from Porto brought in to add greater depth at centre-back, but his job was made much easier playing alongside his irrepressible captain Vincent Kompany. Diego Costa, over whom fitness doubts still persist after he was rested for the midweek Champions League draw with Schalke, arrived at the Etihad Stadium as the Premier League’s hottest striker with seven goals in four matches. But with the greatest respect to the likes of Everton’s Phil Jagielka, Swansea’s Ashley Williams, Leicester’s Wes Morgan or Burnley’s Michael Duff, the Spain international found himself facing a whole different class of opponent. As City dominated possession and territory it took until midway through the first half for their first real one-to-one but with Costa looking to drive into the left of the penalty area he was comfortably muscled off the ball by Kompany. Press Association
Steve McClaren believes Newcastle’s problems are all in their heads as they try to shake off an 11-month slump. However, he believes he can shake his team out of a losing mentality which pre-dates his arrival on Tyneside. McClaren said: “It’s from November, really, so it’s nearly a year – that doesn’t give a lot of belief and a lot of confidence to a team, a run like that, and that’s what we are trying to get back. “We are showing it in spells, we are showing it in parts of games and in others, it quite easily and quickly drains away, and that’s any team. That can be at the bottom or the top. “At the present moment, we just have to get over that hump and once we do, we have got the talent and ability – we have shown that – that we will win games.” Newcastle’s season has not been all doom and gloom – they played well to draw 2-2 with Chelsea after leading 2-0 on September 26 and reached half-time at Manchester City a week later at 1-1 before succumbing to a Sergio Aguero blitz which saw them lose 6-1. McClaren is desperate not to pile any added pressure on to his under-performing players as they attempt to end their wait for a league victory against the Canaries, and is simply demanding a 95-minute performance from them. He said: “If you say, ‘It’s a must-win’, that’s a lot of stress, anxiety, over-arousal, under-performance, and we want a performance, so the pressure is to fight for 95 minutes. “That’s the pressure, that’s the pressure from the fans and everybody at this football club, the pressure to be disciplined and do your job and the pressure to play football. “That’s the pressure that we put on the players, and that’s every week. If we get that pressure in, we handle it and we perform, we will win football matches.” Press Association Since they beat QPR 1-0 at St James’ Park on November 22 last year to complete a run of six successive victories in all competitions, the Magpies have won only six of 38 games – and just five of 34 in the Barclays Premier League – a sequence which has seen confidence dwindle alarmingly. They go into Sunday’s home clash with promoted Norwich sitting at the foot of the table and without a league win to their name this season, hardly what McClaren was hoping for in his first season in charge.
Press Association Defeat would see the Blues fall into the Europa League and the last manager to preside over such a debacle was European Cup-winning boss Roberto di Matteo, who was promptly replaced by an interim boss, Rafael Benitez. “It’s a knockout game,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “It’s a group phase where normally you still play for points. “But the reality is that it’s a knockout. Chelsea or Porto, one will be out. For sure, a big game.” To extend the boxing analogy, Chelsea and Mourinho are on the ropes and landing few punches in retaliation. The Portuguese again bemoaned missed opportunities against Bournemouth, who last season won the Championship, but afterwards repeated his claim he would not seek transfer activity in January to improve his squad. Changes to the playing staff might be imposed from above, though. Mourinho was taken by surprise by a result Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe described as the best in their history. “I have to be honest and say I was not expecting this result,” Mourinho said. “The team was in a good moment, working well, playing well. Of course not scoring enough goals. “We didn’t score against Stoke, we didn’t against Tottenham. We scored one goal to win the game against Norwich. “It’s difficult for us to score goals. “Scoring goals is a lot about individuals. The creation is collective, but the finishing is something very individual and at this moment we’re not having that.” Mourinho had cause for complaint when the ball hit Simon Francis’ hand in the Bournemouth box and Glenn Murray’s decisive goal had a hint of offside about it, with the Blues boss ruing his side’s luck. “We lost the game exactly at the moment where we were the strongest team, in our strongest period,” he added. “We were really unlucky, especially to concede a goal when we don’t deserve. “In the second half we did more than enough to score and to win.” The record since is the same – four wins, five losses in 11 games – and Abramovich watched part of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth with his face in his hands. The holders are three points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone in 14th place, 15 games into the season, with Mourinho doubting whether a top-four finish is possible. After eight defeats, four of them at home, Chelsea are 14 points adrift of that target, four months into the season. The October statement said “results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve”, adding the club’s belief they had “the right manager” and “he has the squad with which to do it”. Many suggest if Mourinho was to be axed, he would have gone by now, with the lack of alternatives a saving grace. But only Abramovich knows what he will do and, looking at past behaviour, his patience is being severely tested. Mourinho, who signed a four-year deal until June 2019 in August, thought Chelsea had turned a corner in a goalless draw at Tottenham, but now knows the consequences of a second defeat of the season to Porto in Wednesday’s final Champions League Group G tie could be stark. With Dynamo Kiev expected to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv, a win would see Chelsea advance as group winners and a draw in second. Jose Mourinho’s position as Chelsea manager is back in the spotlight and defeat to his former club Porto on Wednesday could mark the end of his second spell at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, but two months later there has been little evidence of improvement on the field. Chelsea’s miserable start to the season prompted the public backing, after four wins and five losses in 11 games in all competitions.
– No place for Trayon BobbFOUR years after he made his debut for Guyana in a 2 – 0 win over Grenada, Matthew Briggs will return for the Golden Jaguars after being named in Coach Michael Johnson’s 23-man squad for the June 14 – July 7 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Briggs, 28, was kept out of the National side due to eligibility issues, but now, the former Fulham FC, Watford and Colchester defender is set to play a major role in Guyana’s Gold Cup campaign.Former Ajax youth player Terell Ondaan (winger), along with Jordan Dover (defender), Liam Gordon (defender) and goalkeeper Quillan Roberts are the debutants in the side, while Western Tigers’ Pernell Schultz and Daniel Wilson, Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Kevin Layne and goalkeepers, Alex Murray and Akel Clarke, are the only locally-based players in the squad. Sheldon Holder, who plays professionally in Trinidad and Tobago with Caledonia AIA, also got the nod.Matthew BriggsHowever, probably in the biggest surprise, there was no place for Trayon Bobb, but, looking at the team’s composition, it would’ve been difficult for the winger to play ahead of former Arsenal player, Anthony Jeffery and Reading FC’s Callum Harriot. Ondaan, a product of Ajax’s academy, also plays in the same position as Bobb on the wing. “The Technical Staff is very confident and excited about the composition of the squad arrived at for the continuation of this historic journey. As you would appreciate, the selection process was not easy by any means and we do appreciate there will be disappointment amongst some players,” Johnson said.Commenting further on the team’s selection, Johnson noted that “we would like to encourage players, fans, well-wishers and the media to get behind your Golden Jaguars, as we all aim to prove to the people of Guyana, at home and in the Diaspora, that we belong. Wherever you are in the world, the staff and players are asking you to get behind the team and enjoy this historical moment. Your country needs you!”Assistant Coach, Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard, a former Golden Jaguar player, also commented on the final squad, pointing out that “It’s an exciting time for the Golden Jaguars and we are energized to show that we can compete at the highest level in Concacaf. It’s going to be very tough, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”The Golden Jaguars have been drawn in Group D of the 16-team tournament with the host nation USA, along with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.Following the opening match against the USA on June 18, Guyana will travel to Cleveland, Ohio where they will take on Panama on June 22 at the First Energy Stadium and then it’s on to the final group match against Caribbean Football Union rivals, neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago on June 26 at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas.Golden Jaguars team: Matthew Briggs, Terell Ondaan, Jordan Dover, Liam Gordon, Quillan Roberts, Sam Cox, Neil Danns, , Emery Welshman, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Callum Harriott, Anthony Jeffery, Pernell Shultz, Warren Creavalle, Elliot Bonds, Terrence Vancooten, Kevin Layne, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Sheldon Holder, Daniel Wilson, Akel Clarke and Alex Murray.
T.J. McDonald has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy for the second year in a row, the IMPACT Foundation announced Tuesday.The senior safety is among 20 quarterfinalists from across the nation and is the only candidate from USC.The award recognizes the defensive player who best exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity (IMPACT).The award is also named after former USC safety and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.On the gridiron, McDonald leads the Trojans this season with 53 tackles, 27 of them unassisted. He has one interception, with a total of six for his USC career. He currently stands in 3rd place in the Pac-12 in assisted tackles.Off the field, McDonald is enrolled at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He was also one of 16 Trojans, including senior quarterback Matt Barkley and junior wide receiver Robert Woods, who took a service trip to Haiti last spring to build homes for the impoverished.McDonald chose to return to school last December rather than leave early for the NFL and is serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season. He was a first team All-Pac-12 selection as a junior.The semi finalists for the IMPACT award will be announced Nov. 13, followed by four finalists who will be announced Nov. 28. Those four players will then be invited to a ceremony in Newport Beach, on Dec. 9, where the winner will be announced at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Ceremony.
Last week, I wrote the BCS was headed towards major controversy this season with four (eligible) teams on the road to perfect records. Well, here we are one week later and that statement no longer applies. Sure, there are still three teams on their way to undefeated regular seasons, but if Alabama can be upset, there is no doubt the possibility exists for Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame.Instead, the college football scene is now faced with a different set of circumstances surrounding the title game: a championship without a Southeastern Conference team. No one gave this ending a thought at the beginning of the season. But it’s the direction college football is currently headed, and one the nation hasn’t had since it seems the time dinosaurs roamed the earth.The year was 2006. Jan. 4, 2006 to be exact. Big 12 champion Texas beat out Pac-10 champion USC in the Rose Bowl, which served as the championship game that season. But since this time and the beginning of the separately named BCS National Championship game, an SEC team has not only played in each year’s game, but come away with the Coaches’ Trophy every time.SEC newcomer Texas A&M may have upset the top-ranked team in the nation, a storyline most fans enjoy to see unfold, but it also, in high likelihood, put an end to the SEC’s monopoly on college football’s greatest prize.Most college football fans are more excited about the end of the SEC presence in the game than in the fall of the Crimson Tide. The door is now wide open for other conferences to fight their way to a national title. A championship game pairing between teams from both the Big 12 and Pac-12 (something that hasn’t occurred since 2006) appears to be a very good possibility right now between No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon.While I am excited for the very real possibility that a team from outside the SEC will take home the title as the nation’s best this year, I don’t believe the lack of a team from the SEC in the championship game wipes away the dominance of the conference.The simple fact is that no team in college football has beaten the elite programs of the SEC this season. Alabama may have been downed Saturday, but it was at the hands of a fellow conference member. The same goes for No. 5 Georgia, who fell to No. 9 South Carolina and then beat No. 6 Florida two weeks later. Bring in the other top SEC programs like No. 7 LSU, South Carolina and the emerging power No. 8 Texas A&M, who have each accumulated two losses this year all to SEC foes, and the picture is clear.The SEC is at a disadvantage from finishing with a clean slate because they play in the toughest conference in college football, hands down.Any idea when the last time one of the four best SEC teams at the end of a season lost to a non-conference opponent? Two seasons ago it happened just once, when Arkansas lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.No other BCS conference comes even close to boasting all-around success like the SEC. In this week’s BCS ratings, after undefeated Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame at the top three spots, you hit Alabama at No. 4 and then five SEC programs consecutively fall in line. You read it right, six teams from a single conference are currently in the BCS Top 10.You could argue individual programs compare to those in the SEC. Oregon comes to mind with two trips to the Rose Bowl and a loss in the BCS Championship game in the past three season under the direction of coach Chip Kelly. Ohio State is always a competitive team, although it’s endured turmoil to that status in recent years. But, under the direction of Urban Meyer, the program will likely see even more success in the coming years after this year’s ban on post-season play is served. But you don’t see a conference that continuously produces multiple top programs each year like the SEC.As the season looks now, the SEC will not have a seventh-consecutive national title to show the unarguable fact that they are the best. The conference will be at the mercy of losses from two of the three undefeated teams for a spot in the title game. If two teams remain undefeated this season, there is no question they deserve a chance to play for the championship. But until Alabama, or whichever SEC team is its best moving forward, is overthrown by a non-conference program, the SEC’s dominance in college football will remain.
The first is off at 5.50.There’s also more action in Downpatrick this afternoon which begins at 3.05.
Share SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Paytm First Games reveals two-tournament India esports launch April 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 The idea that three England cricketers spot-fixed a test match in India 18 months ago has been described as “outrageous” by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root.Doha broadcaster Al Jazeera has alleged that Bayliss’ side deliberately batted defensively for a short passage of the fifth test against India, which took place in Chennai in December 2016.According to Al Jazeera, middle man Aneel Munawar, said to work for a syndicate that controls much of the $60 billion a year illegal market in India, spent 18 months posing as a wealthy businessman to speak to members of criminal gangs in India involved in spot-fixing. It says these gangs were filmed on a hidden camera giving details of how they paid professional cricketers to fix parts of matches.Names of those allegedly involved are only stated by Munawar after the event but, like the specific information regarding which overs were allegedly manipulated, these are redacted in the final edit. Munawar is confronted by Al Jazeera’s reporter at the end of documentary, but leaves the room without comment.Having been made public by the Qatar broadcaster in a ‘Cricket Match-Fixers’ documentary over the weekend, the allegation sparked a defiant response from ECB Chairman Tom Harrison.He said: “There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever. The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players.“They emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false, and they have our full support. Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption.”Bayliss, who took over as Head Coach of the team in 2015, told Sky Sports: “Outrageous. I knew a documentary was going to be coming out. I wouldn’t have a clue what’s in it yet, or seen it. But, having been there [at the Chennai Test], outrageous is all I can say.”Root, who only assumed the captaincy from Alastair Cook in early 2017, added: “I am aware that there is a documentary and it is outrageous that our players have been accused. All the players have the full backing of the ECB.”A similar claim of spot-fixing is also made regarding two Australia players during the third Test against India in Ranchi last year. Cricket Australia responded before the documentary’s full broadcast with a statement from their chief executive James Sutherland who, like the ECB, dismissed the claims by saying there was “no credible evidence”.
MORE ROTOQL: Lineup BuilderPlayers absolutely must hit fairways at Copperhead, otherwise bogies or worse will pile up quickly. This makes good driving percentage a statistic that I’m closely looking at this week, and there’s no coincidence that guys who have success around here are players who go heavy with their 3-wood off the tee.Innisbrook is also unique in that it is a Par 71 that features four Par 5s and an extra Par 3 (good for five total Par 3s). While normally I would want to focus on Par 5 scoring on courses with four Par 5s, the Par 5s at Innisbrook are all fairly difficult and rank toward the bottom of the tour in terms of birdie and eagle rate.There will inevitably be more missed greens this week with the amount of long irons that players will be forced to hit, so we are also going to want to really focus on guys who can scramble and grind out pars. Finally, you see a lot of long term-good putters pop up on the leaderboard at this event each year, and while putting is so variable that you should rarely focus too heavily on it, there is enough of a correlation this week to keep long-term putting in mind.Before we get into this week’s picks, we have to point out that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools and the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key StatsStrokes Gained: Approach 175-200 yardsScramblingPar 3 ScoringGood Drive PercentageBogey AvoidanceValspar Championship picks (Daily Fantasy Golf)DFS Core Plays to Consider: Top Tier: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day (GPP), Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed (Cash)Mid-Range: Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Jason Kokrak (Cash), Branden Grace, J.T. PostonValue Plays: Nick Taylor, Sung Kang, Bud Cauley, Roberto Castro, Adam Schenk, K.H. LeeValspar Championship betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookSergio Garcia 18/1At the very top, Dustin Johnson is the clear favorite at 5.5/1, which, for me, is an unbettable number regardless of how good the golfer and how weak the field may be. If you want exposure to DJ then the DFS markets are a much better avenue than an outright bet. That’s why I’ll be dropping down to Garcia at 18/1 to start my betting card. Sergio’s game is starting to round into form nicely, and he is a great course fit for Innisbrook with his ball striking. Garcia has gotten close here a couple times, and 18/1 is a nice number for a class player in a weaker field.Patrick Reed 25/1 + T10Reed has played some of his best golf at Innisbrook, and he is my favorite bet of the week at 25/1 with a T10 bet on top of it for +250. Reed has had some mediocre results this season, but he will benefit from playing a difficult layout that places an emphasis on short game and putting. Reed has an excellent track record at this event having racked up finishes of T2, T38, T7, and T2 over the past four years. Brandt Snedeker 50/1Snedeker popped up with a T5 finish last week at The Players and will look to roll over some of that momentum on to this week at Innisbrook. It’s somewhat baffling that Snedeker has a mediocre history at this event because long irons and putting are two things that Snedeker does extremely well. I like targeting Sneds at tougher courses, and 50/1 is good value in weaker field event. A T5 or T10 bet is also in play here, but it’s not what I’ll personally be looking to do given his inconsistent Snedeker has been over the past two-plus years. Branden Grace 80/1 + T10Grace is the most undervalued player in the field this week and is worth a shot at his 80/1 odds with a T10 bet on top of it. Grace made the weekend last week at The Players and is a nice course fit for Innisbrook. Grace is another player that tends to contend at more difficult layouts where scoring is at a premium. Grace picked up a T8 finish at this event last seasonPunts to consider: C.T. Pan 150/1, Joel Dahmen 150/1, Sung Kang 150/1 Wow, what a week we just had last week at The Players Championship. The move to March was a homer un for the tournament, and we get to keep some continuity in the schedule by continuing the Florida swing for the fourth consecutive week with the Valspar Championship. The relatively weak field for this tournament will still give bettors and those in daily fantasy golf contests plenty of options, whether you opt for the clear favorites or some of the cheaper underdogs.The Valspar Championship is played at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort just outside of Tampa. Copperhead is one of the most difficult courses on the entire PGA Tour rota and offers up a ton of danger off the tee, which many times forces players to club down and be left with many long irons on the approach to the green.
FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Omo Oboh and New Orleans’ Danielle Lorenz are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Oboh completed opening weekend for the Colonels with her debut in the 60-meter hurdles and a career-best mark in the 400m dash. The Missouri City, Texas, product competed at the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., registering a 59.33 in the 400m race and an 8.89 in the 60m hurdles.Lorenz capped a second-place performance in the shot put for the Privateers at the LSU Purple Tiger meet with a 47-10 (14.58 meters) toss.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Omo Oboh, Nicholls – So. – Missouri City, TexasOboh composed a career day in the Colonels’ season opener at the LSU Purple Tiger, notching a career-best in the 400m dash (59.33s). She also secured the program’s No. 2 all-time performance in her 60m Hurdle debut with an 8.89 finish.Honorable Mention: Shamara Shannon, New Orleans.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Danielle Lorenz, New Orleans – Sr. – Dardanelle, Ark.Lorenz took second place honors in the shot put at the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational with a 47-10 (14.58m) throw. The mark ranks second in the Southland so far this season and stands at No. 62 overall in the nation.Honorable Mention: Chelsea Harrington, Nicholls; LaTyria Jefferson, Northwestern State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.