Didier Drogba’s goal seven minutes into the second half put Premier League leaders Chelsea ahead in the big game at Old Trafford.Drogba met Cesc Fabregas’ delivery with a firm near-post header that Robin van Persie on the line failed to clear.Chelsea arrived at Old Trafford without top scorer Diego Costa, who was unable to play having struggled with illness and a hamstring problem.AdChoices广告With Loic Remy also sidelined, Drogba, 36, was needed to lead the line despite himself nursing an injury in recent weeks.And the Blues hero responded with a goal reminiscent of his all-important equaliser in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 2012, when he famously went on to net the winning penalty in a shoot-out.It was Drogba’s second goal in as many matches – his penalty against Maribor in midweek was his first since he returned to Chelsea in the summer.He had the visitors’ best opening of the first half but keeper David de Gea was down quickly to save his shot after Drogba had been set up by Oscar’s cut-back.Jose Mourinho’s side also thought they should have been awarded a penalty seven minutes before the break when Branislav Ivanovic was wrestled to the ground by Chris Smalling.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois produced two good first-half stops.Courtois was called into action in the 22nd minute, saving with his legs from Van Persie after the Manchester United striker had been set up by Adnan Januzaj’s fine pass.The impressive keeper was also able to gather Angel Di Maria’s looping header soon afterwards.Chelsea made a lively start to the second half and De Gea came to United’s rescue again, denyng Eden Hazard after the Belgian’s clever one-two with Drogba.But the resulting corner led to Drogba breaking the deadlock and another assist for Fabregas, who has been involved in nine of his team’s league goals this season, setting up eight and scoring the other himself.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar (Mikel 67), Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Baker, Salah, Schurrle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ansa McAl, under its Lasco, Lyrix and Smalta brands, joined forces with the Petra Organization to aid in the staging of the Guyana Oil Company [GuyOil] Under-18 Secondary Schools Football League. During a simple presentation ceremony staged at the entity’s Beterverwagting [BV] headquarters, non-alcoholic brand manager Errol Nelson said, “I thank Petra [Organisation] for having the Ansa McAl Smalta Lasco portfolio of brands which consist of iCool Juice and water along with the Lyrix soft drink on board as the official beverage sponsor of the school league.” Nelson added, “Ansa McAl have been committed to the development of football in Guyana for many years and this is seen from our involvement in sponsorship for many tournaments from the grass root level to the national level.” Meanwhile, Petra Organization representative Mark Alleyne disclosed, “We are always grateful to companies that are looking to support the youths.” The event, which was launched September 13th, and which will run from October 6th to December 9th and will feature 12 teams from Region #3, #4 and #10, is being staged to the tune of $3,520,000.The participants are Annandale Secondary, Friendship Secondary, Vergenoegen Secondary, Uitvlugt Secondary Christianburg/Wismar Secondary, The Bishops’ High, Lodge, St Rose’s High, Dolphin Secondary, Queenstown Secondary and Queen’s College.Among the major schools omitted from the tournament are private institutions Chase Academic Foundation, Sir Leon’s Lesson, Morgan’s Learning Centre, Buxton Youth Developers and Masters Academy. The tournament kicks off on Sunday at the Ministry of Education ground with four matches. At 11:30hrs, Annandale opposes Vergenoegen, while Uitvlugt battles Wismar/Christianburg from 13:15hrs. In the third matchup, Friendship opposes Marian Academy at 15:00hrs, while Queen’s College tackles Queenstown from 16:45hrs.The event then continues on Monday at the same venue. The Bishop’s High lock horns with St. Rose’s from 15:30hrs, whilst Dolphin Secondary engages Lodge from 17:15hrs.
Duro IkhazuagbeThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Wednesday evening suspended all sports programmes and events in the country as a precautionary move against the spread of COVID-19.In a circular sent to all the national sports federations under its watch and signed by a Director of FEAD, Mrs Tayo Oreweme, the Sports Ministry said this development was a follow up to the postponement of the 20th National Sports Festival and the closing down of all NYSC camps. Amaju Pinnick “In the effort to further ensure safe health and wellbeing of all athletes and sports loving Nigerians at large, I am directed to inform you that all National Sports Federations should suspend the organisation and/ participation in all national and international competitions, including qualification tournaments for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” observed the statement from the ministry.Similarly, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the cessation of all forms of football activities in the country for the next four weeks, as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.According to the country’s supreme football-governing body, the shutdown affects all on-field activities the various National Teams, the Nigeria Professional Football League, the other Leagues, youth football programmes and even street football.President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick said the cessation will be for four weeks after which the situation will be reviewed in line with events and trends worldwide.He also advised all members of the football family to observe the various safety precautions and conduct as advised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, such as hand-washing, the use of sanitizers and social distancing.Pinnick also stated that the only football activity that will be permitted is the work of the NFF investigation committee into the death of Chineme Martins, which was inaugurated yesterday in Benin City and will submit its report within the next 10 days.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Alhaji Amadu Braimah, Chairman of the National Chapters Committee of Accra Hearts of Oak football club, has called on the supporters to unite and work hard to enable the club to regain its glory as one of the best in Africa.He said unity and hard work plays a very important role in all aspects of life and that without it, no club or society could achieve progress.Alhaji Braimah made the call at the end of a Health Walk held in Accra on Saturday, as part of activities marking the 97th anniversary celebrations of the football club.The walk, which started from the Club’s Secretariat at Adabraka went through some principal streets of Accra and ended at the Secretariat.Alhaji Braimah said the dismal performance put up by the club this season could only be reversed through “unity and hard work”.“You should come together and champion the cause of unity,” he said, adding that, “you should also contribute your quota in whatever way for the club to chalk victories”. The NCC Chairman asked the Ghana Football Association to provide video coverage of all premier league matches, to track hooligans, whose aim, he said, was to bring the game into disrepute.He also appealed to match officials to be fair, in order to avoid the agitation of supporters and mistrust between them and the clubs.Alhaji Braimah expressed the hope that with hard work the club would win the 2008/2009 Premier League.Source: GNA
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — The underdog Philadelphia Eagles upset the defending champion New England Patriots, 41-33, Sunday night, to win their first Super Bowl ever.The victory over the dynastic Patriots was pulled out shortly after Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham stripped 40-year-old New England quarterback Tom Brady in the final minutes, setting up a 44-yard field goal from rookie kicker Jake Elliot with just over a minute left.The Eagles were an underdog in Super Bowl LII as the NFC squad, led by an untested coach with only two years at the reins and a backup quarterback, 29-year-old Nick Foles, who had never won a playoff game before this season. New England, at most betting outlets, was favored to win by 4.5 points.Foles was thrust into the starting role after MVP contender Carson Wentz was lost for the season when he suffered a torn ACL and LCL in a week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.On Sunday, Foles was marksman, completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. He also became the first QB in Super Bowl history to also catch a touchdown pass, en route to becoming the game’s MVP.The upset win over the Patriots is something that few experts or insiders saw coming. Many assumed New England would come to Minneapolis and devastate the Eagles to collect their sixth Lombardi Trophy. The almost-unflappable Patriots had been there before. They had a lot of the same talent, led by the quite possibly the best quarterback ever, “Touchdown” Tom Brady and his mastermind coach Bill Belichick.For his part, Brady threw three touchdowns and racked up 505 yards. But his late fumble was too much for even him to overcome.The Eagles, who had never won a Super Bowl and lost Super Bowl XXXIX to New England, 24-21, in 2005, barely held off the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, in the playoffs, but then made a statement when they blew out the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7, in the NFC championship game.The Eagles joined the 2012 New York Giants as the only teams to defeat the Patriots in a Super Bowl in the 21st century. The Chicago Bears crushed New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX in 1986.Hours before they brought down the champion Patriots, Philadelphia policemen seemed to prognosticate the win. Officers were seen greasing traffic light poles in the City of Brotherly Love to prevent people celebrating the win by climbing them.It took a bit of razzle-dazzle to cut the favorite Patriots down to size. Toward the end of the first half, the Eagles faced a fourth and goal at the 1-yard line and went for it.Foles motioned out of the backfield and feigned that he was calling an audible, but then booked it to the end zone as his rookie, undrafted running back Corey Clement received the snap. Clement then handed the football off to the tight end Trey Burton who tossed it to Foles in the end zone, giving them a 22-12 lead at halftime.The storied win for Philadelphia inspired rival New York to set its most recognizable landmark to go green.New York City’s Empire State Building went green moments after the victory was official.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
13 years is a big difference in age, at least according to Sefer Seferi’s management.The 40-year-old Albanian veteran will on Saturday attempt to poach 27-year-old Kevin Lerena’s IBO cruiserweight belt at the Fists of Steel event at Emperor’s Palace, clearly banking on his South African opponent being “too young”.“Kevin is, of course, a very good fighter, but he’s still very young,” one of Seferi’s entourage said at the pre-fight conference on Tuesday.“Sefer is a professional, hard boxer. His preparation has been very good and his skill is also very good. We have a very good chance to win this fight. That’s what we came for.”Seferi was flanked by his older brother, Nuri, who is also a professional exponent.Sefer Seferi talks to his team after losing to Tyson Fury after there heavyweight contest at Manchester Arena on June 9, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)A few seats to the left, Lerena sat, amused yet hardly offended.“I’ve never been called young before‚” he said with a chuckle.Nonetheless, Lerena is acutely aware that he can’t underestimate his opponent, who boasts a fine record of 23-2-1 and has only been stopped in his tracks during last year’s showdown with Tyson Fury.“No fight is an easy fight at the top‚” said Lerena, who himself boasts a record of 23 wins and just one blemish.“It gets harder every fight because the expectation gets more. And that’s where Kevin Lerena rises to the occasion.“We’re two men with the same build but different attributes. It’s going to be a very tough fight. This has been my best camp yet. I’ve got a plan and he’s got a plan. It will take a few moments for me to suss him out.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
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Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Real Madrid in each of the last three La Liga seasons, but ultimately every time he played a supporting role in Cristiano Ronaldo’s show.Now the Portuguese forward, Real’s all-time top scorer, has left to join Juventus, the onus is on the 29-year-old to be the leader in attack.With a little help from the Welshman it was Dani Carvajal who headed home to send Madrid ahead, the warm-up act as Bale added the second in a 2-0 win over Getafe.Having helped create the first goal and convert the second to get new coach Julen Lopetegui’s debut La Liga campaign off to a winning start, comparisons to Ronaldo were natural.However, defender Nacho Fernandez insisted Bale is a talent of his own and does not need to follow in anyone’s footsteps.“It’s not a question of him following Ronaldo’s path,” Nacho said.“Cristiano left his mark on a whole era here. Bale is a really key player for us and he’s won many trophies here and has nothing to prove to anyone,” he added.“Everyone knows they can count on him and I’m sure that he’ll continue to perform well. The fans are fully behind Bale and he’s very happy at Real Madrid. We’ve got some fantastic strikers here.”Bale crashed a header against the crossbar in the first half, before his cross was pushed into Carvajal’s path by Getafe goalkeeper David Soria.In the 51st minute the forward sealed Madrid’s victory, reacting in the box to smash a loose ball past Soria.“He was the best, most dangerous, most incisive player on the pitch in Real’s La Liga opener, it was like seeing Ronaldo,” Spanish newspaper Marca said on Monday.However, this was the first league game since Ronaldo departed and also saw Madrid record their lowest attendance since before the Portuguese arrived in 2009.On Sunday 48,466 fans were present, barely filling half of the 90,000 capacity, the lowest number since May 24, 2009 when 44,270 attended a 3-1 home defeat by Real Mallorca.Ronaldo’s presence at the Bernabeu was undoubtedly a draw and, without signing a replacement, Madrid are depending on Bale to become the team’s new talisman who has the pulling power to draw in the masses and fire the team to glory.
MADRID (AP): Video review helped Real Madrid beat Espanyol 1-0 and go to the top of the Spanish league yesterday. Marco Asensio’s first-half goal was initially waived off for offside, but was confirmed by the video assistant referee. Madrid are one point ahead of Barcelona, who play today against Girona at Camp Nou Stadium. Madrid rested regulars such as Gareth Bale and Marcelo following their opening win against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois, playing in goal after Keylor Navas started in the Champions League, saved Madrid in the first half, and Borja Iglesias almost equalised but struck the crossbar in the second half after a mistake by Sergio Ramos. BACK TO WINNING Thomas Lemar’s first goal for Atletico Madrid helped to end their winless run in the league. Lemar set up the other goal in Atletico’s 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe. After a loss and draw, Atletico moved within five points of Barcelona. Lemar, part of France’s World Cup-winning squad, contributed to the opening score when his long-range shot bounced off the crossbar and rebounded into the net off the back of goalkeeper David Soria, who was credited with an own-goal. In the second half, Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion set up Lemar, who dribbled past Soria and scored. Getafe who had not lost since the opening round, played a man down from the 67th minute after Ivan Alejo was sent off for a hard foul. TOP FORM Alaves routed promoted Valladolid 5-1 to earn their third straight win. Ibai Gomez scored in each half at Rayo’s Vallecas Stadium, which reopened after about a month of renovation work. GOALS AT LAST Promoted club Valladolid, owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, ended their scoreless streak in a 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo. Leo Suarez earned the point for Valladolid by scoring four minutes into second-half stoppage time. Valladolid had not scored in their previous four leagues matches. Celta, which got two goals from Spain forward Iago Aspas, had a two-goal lead until the 65th minute at Balaidos Stadium. CONTRASTING STREAK Mid-table Eibar defeated Leganes 1-0 at home with a second-half goal by Kike Garcia. Leganes’ third straight loss, and fourth in five matches, left them with only one point and in last place in the 20-team standings.
Police in Gbarnga, Bong County have charged a 32-year old man identified as Alvin Morris alias “Oldman” with murder and rape of an 11 year old girl identified as Little Darling Garpue.Darling Garpue went missing on January 15. Her decomposed body was discovered on Wednesday January 21 in the Jor Creek near a village called Cooper Town, an hour’s drive from Gbarnga, where the girl was living when she disappeared.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Gbarnga over the weekend, the Commander of the Crime Services Division (CSD) of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Alvin James, said from the police investigation and observation, it was established that the private parts of the girl, the right breast, her tongue and the left eye were all missing.Inspector James informed this newspaper that suspect Alvin Morris has denied any involvement in the killing of the girl. But preliminary testimonies from witnesses have linked the suspect to the commission of crimes.The local CSD Commander disclosed that from the investigation it was established that the girl was raped before she was killed. Inspector James told this reporter that one witness told the police that suspect Morris kept the little girl in a local video club in their Plum Valley Community for more than nine hours and later sent another person to call the girl when it was already dark.Another witness told the police that Oldman was the last person to interact with the girl before she was raped and murdered.A third witness said suspect Alvin Morris’ girlfriend, whose name was not disclosed, sent the victim to deliver her boyfriend’s food to their room but Darling Garpue did not return. Information gathered by this newspaper revealed that suspect Morris and his girlfriend are renting the house of the deceased’s family in Gbarnga.According to information gathered, little Darling was living with her biological mother in Monrovia, but she was sent to Gbarnga to her grandmother to spend time during the health crisis and there she met her untimely death on January 21.Suspect Morris has denied any involvement in the killing of the girl but he has been charged and sent to court for prosecution.Meanwhile, family members of the deceased and some residents of Gbarnga who spoke with this reporter are appealing to the Judiciary and the Government of Liberia (GOL) for a fair and speedy trial into the murder Darling. Family members of the deceased have vowed to carry out a sit in action until a speedy trial of the case commences.The residents are also calling on the National Legislature to enact laws that will ensure harsh punishment for people who are involved in raping minors.The residents claimed the girl was ritualistically killed and are also pleading with court authorities for a fair and speedy trial into the death of the girl. At the same time, Inspector James is appealing to the public to assist the police with additional information that could lead to the prosecution of suspect Morris. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)