Chelsea click into gear with convincing Selhurst Park victory

first_imgChelsea recorded their first win under new manager Guus Hiddink as the Blues’ resurgence under their new boss continued with a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace. Oscar gave the Blues the lead in the first half before Willian and Diego Costa put Palace out of sight to complete arguably the champions’ best performance of the season so far. The victory is Chelsea’s first on the road in the league since August and means Hiddink remains unbeaten after three games in charge. Palace looked vulnerable but their best chance of an equaliser came just before the hour as Campbell played Zaha into the penalty area but the forward scuffed his finish harmlessly into the hands of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. It proved a decisive moment as one minute later a loose ball spilled out to Willian and the winger rifled it into the top corner from 25 yards to double Chelsea’s advantage. Having come close to being drawn level, the Blues were suddenly in control and six minutes later they put the game to bed as Willian’s shot was weakly parried by Hennessey, allowing Costa to poke in his third goal in two games. Palace were shell-shocked and it could have been worse at the end as Oscar saw a goal-bound shot blocked, but that was no matter for the travelling supporters who were left singing ‘everything is going to be all right’ when the final whistle blew. RATINGS CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey: 5 Joel Ward: 6 Scott Dann: 6 Damien Delaney: 5 Pape Souare: 6 James McArthur: 6 Mile Jedinak (capt): 5 Lee Chung-yong: 6 Jason Puncheon: 5 Wilfried Zaha: 5 Fraizer Campbell: 5 REPLACEMENTS Marouane Chamakh (for Campbell, 68): 5 Joe Ledley (for Jedinak, 68): 6 Jonny Williams (for Lee, 80): 6 CHELSEA Thibaut Courtois: 7 Branislav Ivanovic: 7 Kurt Zouma: 8 John Terry (capt): 7 Cesar Azpilicueta: 7 Cesc Fabregas: 8 John Obi Mikel: 7 Willian: 9 Oscar: 7 Eden Hazard: 5 Diego Costa: 7 REPLACEMENTS Pedro (for Hazard, 16): 7 Nemanja Matic (for Oscar, 86): 6 STAR PLAYER Willian, Chelsea The Brazil midfielder remained one of Chelsea’s few shining lights amid the gloom that shrouded Jose Mourinho’s descent towards the sack. The 27-year-old cajoled Chelsea’s attacking game at Selhurst Park, and then provided a thunderbolt strike for the second goal. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Wilfried Zaha summed up Palace’s toothless attack by spurning a gilt-edged one-on-one with Chelsea leading 1-0 approaching the hour mark. Mere moments later Willian had blasted the ball home for Chelsea’s second goal, killing off the tie and twisting the knife even deeper on Zaha’s glaring miss. VIEW FROM THE BENCH ‘Lucky’ Guus Hiddink lived up to his nickname here, Chelsea’s interim manager able to profit as acquisitions from the Jose Mourinho era finally returned to something approaching form. Cesc Fabregas showed he might just be ready to deliver consistently on the field again and provided the killer pass for an opening goal then laid on by Diego Costa, another alleged villain of this Stamford Bridge season. Hiddink has persisted with the same 4-2-3-1 formation favoured by Mourinho, but has benefited from the likes of Fabregas and Costa showing signs of recovery since his return for a second stint as interim boss with the Blues. Palace, meanwhile, continue to suffer the natural shortcomings of a side without a natural goal poacher. Lee Chung-yong battled manfully slotting in for Yohan Cabaye, but how Palace missed the suspended France midfielder – a nd how Alan Pardew’s side struggled without Yannick Bolasie, a long-term absentee with hip trouble. MOAN OF THE MATCH Whatever the green shoots of recovery for Chelsea, Eden Hazard remains one Stamford Bridge figure desperately seeking the form of last season. While the likes of Fabregas and Costa might just be getting their acts together, Hazard continued to look out of sorts before limping off on the quarter-hour mark. Last year the 24-year-old blasted 19 goals en route to the PFA player of the year award: this term he is yet to register on the score sheet. Chelsea cannot afford to carry a make-weight attacking midfielder, especially given their preference for a lone striker. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Excellent day all round. England 629-6 declared while @ChelseaFC call it a day at 3-0. #CFC” – Chelsea fan and former England cricket captain Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) NEXT UP Southampton v CRYSTAL PALACE, FA Cup, Saturday January 9 CHELSEA v Scunthorpe, FA Cup, Sunday January 10 Terry told Sky Sports 1: “It was the Chelsea of last year, the football was first-class and we kept the ball in tough conditions. “The overall performance, as well as the goals, was different class. New year, new start. “We have to keep winning games. We’ve had a couple of draws of late and been unlucky not to win more points, we’re delighted with three today.” Regarding his new manager, Terry added: “Guus has been great since he’s come in. It’s unfortunate what’s happened, we feel we’ve let everyone down, but the new man’s come in like he did last time and picked everyone up. “We are where we are, but we’re slowly climbing the league table. We’ve known as a group we had to get better, we’ve done that slowly but surely.” Palace boss Pardew said: ” Chelsea were good today, very good. “The first 25 minutes was our best period, we had belief about us, but we’re lacking a bit of quality at the top of the pitch at the moment and that was evident. “When you’ve got a very, very good team and they take the lead, their confidence gets up. Fabregas ran the show in the second half, we couldn’t get near him.” It was one year to the day that Alan Pardew was appointed Palace manager and the clubs’ respective reversal in fortunes since then remains remarkable given this time last year Chelsea sat top and the Eagles were in the relegation zone. The teams’ overall trajectories remain but Chelsea will take great confidence from a win that moves them up to 14th and demonstrated that European football may still not be out of reach. Wilfried Zaha, making his 200th appearance for Palace, fizzed an early shot wide but chances were few and far between in the opening stages as torrential rain made keeping possession difficult. Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard only lasted a quarter of an hour as he hobbled off to be replaced by Pedro and it was Palace who settled faster, with one Jason Puncheon cross skidding to Fraizer Campbell at the back post but the striker sliced over. A few weeks ago Chelsea, flustered by their opponents’ pace in behind, might have caved but Hiddink appears to have revived some of his side’s grit and resilience and instead they took the lead in the 28th minute. Suitably it was the three players arguably who struggled most under Jose Mourinho involved, as Cesc Fabregas slid a superb through ball into Costa, who pulled the ball back for Oscar to tap home his second goal in four games. The advantage injected confidence into the visitors, who finished the stronger before half-time as Cesar Azpilicueta chested Oscar’s lofted pass into the penalty area but saw his half-volley saved by Eagles goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Chelsea’s ascendancy continued after the interval and Kurt Zouma should have scored when he rose above Mile Jedinak at the back post, but the defender headed over the crossbar. Press Associationlast_img read more

The day QPR demolished Blackpool on their way to winning promotion

first_imgQPR face Blackpool this weekend and many Rangers fans have fond memories of past matches against the Tangerines. One of the was a 5-0 victory on the opening day of the 2003-04 season. Ian Holloway’s side went on to win promotion.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Neotel launches broadband data card

first_imgFavourable speeds The NeoGo data card operates on CDMA Rev-A technology, with download speeds up to 3.1 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1.8 Mbps, which Neotel says compares favourably with the HSDPA connections offered by the country’s cellular networks. A South African study published in late 2007 by technology research firm World Wide Worx found that there was a steady move away from WiFi spots towards more affordable 3G or data card technologies, at least among corporate workers. “The data card offers consumers a simple and hassle-free method of connecting to e-mail and the internet,” Neotel’s Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. NeoGo has two purchase options, the first of which allows consumers to purchase the data card over a 24-month period with a monthly service fee of R299. The second option allows consumers to purchase the data card upfront for R1 499, with a monthly service fee of R239. South Africa’s second landline operator, Neotel, has launched NeoGo, a data card that provides wireless broadband connectivity for consumers looking for a mobile solution. 29 July 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The NeoGo data card, with its large data bundle at a competitive price, is just what the consumer needs, and we don’t hide our out of bundle rate which, at eight cents per megabyte, redefines market pricing for data cards,” Sharma said. Data card usage “It is compatible with multiple operating systems such as Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac, and the attractive price range gives it an edge over existing data cards available in the market.” Both purchase options include 1.5-gigabytes of in-bundle data, a NeoMail Basic account, SMS capability and high-speed data. The study found that the proportion of South African corporations whose staff used data cards rose from 58% in 2006 to 82% in 2007. In contrast, the proportion that facilitate WiFi access by their staff fell from 74% to 66%.last_img read more

The Video Editor’s Holiday Wish List

first_imgWithout a doubt, some people are hard to buy for. Luckily, video editors are always in need of tools and toys that complement their workflow and workspace. Here’s a few to consider.Top image via LogickeyboardIt’s the season of giving, so if you’ve got a video editor on your shopping list (or you are a video editor looking to spice up your workspace), these gifts will definitely deliver in the “holiday cheer” department.Keyboards and Skins: $29.90-$149.90Image via LogickeyboardThe folks over at Logickeyboard have a plethora of products for a wide variety of software applications. Stuff that stocking with a keyboard skin, or go all out and get a backlit keyboard customized for your software of choice. Take your pick of products for Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Audition, AVID, Final Cut, and a handful of other software apps. Speakers: $150KRK Rokit 5 G3 speakers are an excellent addition to any video editor’s studio. These speakers offer up maximum headroom with minimal distortion and are sure to impress clients hanging around the suite. The Rokit 5 G3 also provides flexible connectivity, allowing for input via XLR, TRS or RCA connection.Headphones: $99.99Sony’s MDR-7506 headphones are a popular choice for video editors, mainly due to their closed ear design which lets you edit in uninterrupted peace. The headphone has a foldable design, making it convenient to store or transport, and its coiled cable allows it to stretch and spring back into place whenever you need a bit more reach.Books: $12Image via Matthew Bell’s A2 BlogWalter Murch’s classic In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing is a staple for the editor’s bookshelf. Get insights into the craft of editing from a master film editor known for his work in Apocalypse Now, The Godfather: Part III, The English Patient, Cold Mountain, Tomorrowland, and over twenty other huge Hollywood titles.External Hard Drives: $149.99-$499.95In the age of large video files, the external hard drive is a necessity for most editors. Check out these excellent options from G-Technology and LaCie.Store your footage on a large desktop external, or spring for a more rugged and mobile design. Both companies offer up a wide array of options.Software: $899Red Giant creates software tools for filmmakers. Color correct, stylize, refine and clean up footage with their Magic Bullet Suite 13 software. Not ready to drop that kind of cash for software? Well, download the trial version and take it out for a test run.Throw Pillows: $14Make sure your 2017 edit sessions are nice and comfortable with a custom throw pillow from Redbubble. If a pillow isn’t enough, drop some extra money on a t-shirt, sweater, and whatever other knick-knacks you can find to fill your office.What are you hoping to find in your video editing stocking? Share your wish list in the comments below!last_img read more

Doping: Banned drugs easily available near NIS in Patiala

first_imgCan the government simply wash its hands off by sacking a coach and ordering a probe into the dope scandal that has taken the country by storm? No, the government has to come up with solutions.  Headlines Today has exposed how Indian players can freely get access to banned drugs – that too outside the prestigious National Institute for Sports in Patiala. Performance enhancing drugs are openly sold over the counter at chemist shops just a few hundred metres from the NIS in Patiala. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. Here syringes and steroid strips can be bought cheap and easy, fuelling the drugged dreams of players. NIS executive director L.S. Ranawat says, “I have no information about banned drugs being available in market.” “It is easy to get it in Patiala,” says a local youth, face masked. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers. An NIS trainee says, “Not all coaches do it. Players take it themselves.”  Says Ranawat, “Each athlete is aware of banned drugs. It is very unfortunate that some top athletes have been found taking drugs. No athlete will do this knowingly. Coaches have responsibility to see this does not happen.” The Patiala chapter of the Indian dope story shows that it is a serious problem. It’s a malice no one seems to accept. The dope stink Eight athletes in five days – that is the doping stink that has caught the country unawares and the last straw was the golden girl of CWG 2010 testing positive. Whose fault is it? The system, the foreign coaches or is it all to do with unabashed opportunism? Are players taking the short cut to success? Ashwini Akkunji, along with 400m runner Priyanka Panwar, has tested positive for banned steroids in a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA. Other members of the team, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, are already under the scanner. This has taken the count of athletes who tested positive for dope to eight in just five days. The shocking revelations have thrown the Sports Ministry into a quick-action mode. Cracking the whip, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday suspended the Ukranian coach Yuri Ogrodnic holding him responsible. Blaming the fiasco on Sports Authority of India, the minister has sought a report. Maken said, “It is seen the officials and coaches are left scot-free, so the ministry has decided that the action should be taken against officials and coaches alongside the athletes so that such things do not occur in future. I have sought a report from the SAI within three days.”  But has the action come a little too late? Could the embarrassment have been saved if the Sports Ministry acted on time? “I have only got to know about it now. So we have taken action,” said Maken. But NADA claims that the Sports Ministry was aware of this for a long time, but did nothing. Rahul Bhatnagar of NADA said, “For the last two years, Sports Ministry was in the know. They knew of all the tests that we conducted, but they did nothing.” The dope-taint on Indian athletics has angered the athletic legends in the country. They are demanding strict action against the athletes and a probe into the role of coaches, especially those from former Soviet Block countries. “I expected such a thing. There have been talks,” says former athlete Ashwini Nachappa. Milkha Singh seeks “harsh punishment”. “Probe coaches,” adds the legendary athlete. The hall of shame Ashwini Akkunji, the symbol of India’s rising might in track and field, has fallen from grace and what’s baffling is the time scale – Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and gold medal at the Asian Games. Ashwini Akkunji failed a drugs test on July 4, less than a year after becoming a national star. The Indian quarter mile specialist has tested positive for the banned drugs stanozolol and methandienone. But even as Ashwini rose the ladder of stardom over the last one year, the signs of extraordinary improvements in her performance began to raise eyebrows and now those concerns have been justified.  As it turns out, her remarkable timing improvement of four seconds in just four months from August last year to November 2010, were fuelled by performance enhancing drugs.  But Director of the Indian Athletics Federation M.L. Dogra still believes that there is hope. For a sport that takes decades to see a four-second improvement, India has once again been sold to just another excuse.  –  With Suman Ray and Abhishek Issar in Delhi advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ – 2008 Masters Games

first_imgThe 6th Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held from 1 to 9 November 2008 on the magnificent Gold Coast.An anticipated 10,000 participants from all over the world will compete in the multi-sport event which has stamped itself on the calendar at the beginning of November every two years.In 2008, 34 sports will be on the program with team sports including softball, touch football, soccer, basketball and baseball to individual sports ranging from swimming, athletics, archery and tennis.No qualifying standards or times are required to enter the Masters Games. The only criteria is that participants meet the minimum age requirement for their respective sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age. Participants compete in their age group ensuring that the sport is played fairly, competitively and in tremendous spirit.The slogan of the Pan Pacific Masters Games is ‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ which encapsulates its competitive, participatory and social environment.The Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the official Games Village for the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games. It will feature live nightly entertainment, a sport’s expo, fully catered hospitality and a venue for the Games sportspeople to socialise, meet up and enjoy the camaraderie the event is renowned for. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is an award winning multi-purpose venue that is close to accommodation, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, the beach and central to the Pan Pacific Masters Games sport’s venues.Pan Pacific Masters Games services including registration, timetables, photography and exhibitors featuring sporting products and event merchandise are all located within the Games Village.The Pan Pacific Masters Games began on the Gold Coast in 1996 as the Queensland Masters Games, before undergoing a transition in 1998 to become the larger Asia Pacific Masters Games. The Asia Pacific Masters Games were held three times on the Gold Coast in 1998, 2000 and 2002.With the growth of the event and increased interest from Asia, Japan, the Americas, Oceania and New Zealand, the Games were renamed in 2002 to the Pan Pacific Masters Games. The 2006 Pan Pacific Masters Games attracted almost 10,000 participants who enjoyed the week long festival of sport and social activities.The 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games is another major event managed and presented by Queensland Events Gold Coast – a wholly owned subsidiary of Queensland Events.For more information about the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games:Visit +61 7 5564 8733, Fax +61 7 5564 9733 , Email: [email protected]last_img read more

a month agoGermany job favoured option for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Germany job favoured option for Liverpool boss Jurgen Kloppby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Germany job could be a future option.While Marc Kosicke’s claims the local weather could force Klopp to leave the Reds have been denied, the agent has also admitted succeeding Jogi Low is an ambition.He told Die Welt earlier this year: “Jürgen himself once said that in the event that Jogi Löw would not want to be a national coach anymore and the constellation was such that he could do that, this would be an option for him.”For now, however, Klopp is focused on the Reds and winning the Premier League.Kosicke told Spox: “That’s right, there are these six top teams in the league. Jürgen recently said so nicely: Our biggest problem in Liverpool is Manchester City.” last_img read more

RCMP constable faces charge over alleged beating of teen

first_imgAPTN National NewsProsecutors have approved a charge of assault against an RCMP constable.Const. Andy Yung was accused by Abbotsford police of assaulting a woman who called 911 looking for help.The police force recommended a charge of assault against Yung.The assault charge stems from a complaint from a 17 year-old girl. She said that RCMP officers responded to her call for help by handcuffing her and putting her into the back of a police car.Yung allegedly jumped into the back seat of the car and struck her six times in the face, leaving her battered and severely bruised.The BC Civil Liberties Association says the family are pleased with the charges.last_img