Everton 2-0 Chelsea: Toffees dent Chelsea’s Champions League hopes

first_img–Source: talkSPORT Maurizio Sarri cut an exasperated figure on Merseyside as he watched his Chelsea side succumb to a 2-0 defeat against Everton.The Toffees produced one of their best performances of the season against the west Londoners, scoring twice in the second half through Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.In truth, Chelsea could have at least had a consolation had it not been for the inspired form of Jordan Pickford.After a week of scrutiny following his mistakes at Newcastle, the England international kept a clean sheet and was jubilant as the final whistle was met with jubilant celebrations at Goodison Park.Eden Hazard tested Pickford early on before crashing a deflected effort against a post.Michael Keane then cleared the ball off the line from Gonzalo Higuain as Chelsea continued to dominate.Pickford also denied Jorginho to ensure Everton went into the break level.The Toffees’ only real chance came when Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed over from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick, but they came out firing in the second half.Kepa Arrizabalaga produced a stunning save to tip Andre Gomes’ left-footed curling effort over the crossbar.Then, the hosts went ahead in the 49th minute when Richarlison nodded in from close range after Kepa parried Calvert-Lewin’s header.Determined not to be beaten, 25-year-old Pickford made yet another fine stop to deny Higuain as Chelsea pressed for an equaliser.But it was Everton who doubled their advantage in the 71st minute through Sigurdsson.After Marcos Alonso tripped Richarlison in the box, the Iceland playmaker saw his penalty saved by Kepa – before tapping in the rebound.STAR MAN – Jordan PickfordAlthough Seamus Coleman and Sigurdsson were fantastic for Marco Silva’s men, it was the display of England No.1 Pickford which proved pivotal.Despite being faced with one of the most potent attacking line ups in Europe, the 25-year-old stood tall to give his colleagues the platform to grab all three points.A perfect response for those calling for Tom Heaton to be the man between the sticks for the Three Lions during the Euro 2020 qualifiers.NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURESEverton – West Ham (A), Arsenal (H), Fulham (H)Chelsea – Cardiff (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A)last_img read more

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jason Spezza says coach Sheldon Keefe has ‘earned our respect’

first_imgKeefe said he met with Andersen in his office prior to practice on Tuesday to make sure he had fully communicated the reasoning behind the decision to remove him from the game. Andersen was visibly angry on the bench, slamming his helmet down as he left the ice and still appeared edgy after the game. On Tuesday, Andersen made clear he was not angry at Keefe for pulling him but more so with the how the game had gone to that point.Freddie frustrated after the pull and Sheldon Keefe comes over to talk to him pic.twitter.com/FzSWykyTZG— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 7, 2020That type of communication has gone a long way with the players and has given Keefe the ability to drop the hammer when a message needs to be sent.“I’m happy they feel that way (that they understand the message),” Keefe said. “I think being honest is the foundation of building trust in any kind of relationship. A lot of the things we are trying to do is to build something where the players recognize we are in this with them. It’s not us against them, we are all in this together and working together.” If there was any lingering doubt about whether Sheldon Keefe would or could deliver a pointed message to his team, there is not any more.Trailing 3-0 to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday after allowing two goals in the first 1:45 of the second period following a first period in which they were outshot 17-11, the Toronto Maple Leafs coach was swift in removing goalie Frederik Andersen from the net. After the game, the coach made it abundantly clear what led to the somewhat surprising decision. MORE: Connor McDavid completely undresses Morgan Rielly, scores insane goal“I just told our team I’m not going to let Freddie play behind that. That’s not fair to him. To that point I felt like he already had almost a full game worth of work,” Keefe said after the 6-4 loss. “We made the change — sometimes you make those changes and it gets your team’s attention. I had to do something such as that to get our team’s attention and to save Freddie from what was happening. We had no issue with anything that he was doing in the net.”Kailer keeps ’em coming. That’s three points in four games since his #Oilers recall.@kailer_yamamoto | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/zeYbi6uiv3— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 7, 2020Keefe could have responded to the question of why he pulled Andersen far more diplomatically by offering platitudes like ‘I was just looking to spark our team’ or ‘I felt it was the right decision at the time’ to the media, but he was as direct as he could be.Words like ‘not going to let Freddie play behind that’ and ‘save Freddie from what was happening’? That’s about as strong a message as a coach can send. To put it bluntly, Keefe essentially said the team blew the game in front of Andersen, that they played horrendously and that they better get their act together. He is not wrong, but to hear a coach deliver the message in the way Keefe did was eye opening — if for no other reason than Keefe has been painted with a reputation of giving the players what they want since he took over for Mike Babcock on November 20.It was the type of message that would surely grab the attention of the players. The question is — how would the message be taken? Well, it sounds like it was well received.“Sheldon’s earned our respect. He delivers an honest message in between periods and in between games and when you get honesty all the time, you’re allowed to step out and give a (crap) when we need it,” Jason Spezza told Sporting News. “He’s earned our respect and we’d expect nothing less. It was a fair message. Freddie has been our backbone all year and we didn’t have a very good game in front of him and he was sending us a message by pulling Freddie. It had less to do with Freddie and more to do with us and that was crystal clear to us.”Keefe has made a point since his tenure began of making sure to create moments for players in situations that are important to them. He started Spezza on December 23rd against the Carolina Hurricanes — an afternoon game in which Keefe knew Spezza’s four daughters were all in attendance. They got to hear their dad announced in the starting lineup and watch him score 30 seconds into the game.Great one for Spezza to get here#Leafs x #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/FIXSlaucWf— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 23, 2019There have been other examples. Justin Holl, a Minnesota native, was in the starting lineup when the Maple Leafs visited the Wild last week. Same for Adam Brooks, a Winnipeg native, two nights later on the road against the Jets.The way Keefe sees it, if the players feel it’s a two-way street, they are more likely to take a stern message when it needs to be delivered.“That’s why things we do to try to create an environment where players are comfortable coming here and things are done to recognize situations that are important for specific players, those type of things make them recognize we are in it with them so that when there is a time that you have to make a decision that shocks the system, they take it the right way and recognize that it is done with the right intent,” Keefe said.So even though the Maple Leafs were on a 10-game point streak (9-0-1) and had won three in a row prior to Monday’s loss, Keefe’s most pointed criticism since becoming coach because of a poor first 22 minutes against the Oilers seems to have been taken the right way.“I don’t think there is any offense taken,” captain John Tavares said. “We have to challenge ourselves every day to get better and not to be satisfied with the results or think things are going to continue to come. It’s because of good habits and work ethic and structure we’re playing with that brings out the best in all of us, especially with what Sheldon has brought to the table in terms of how he wants us to play. You have to have pride in doing that every single day but certainly he feels it’s important when he starts to see that slip to address it which I think is great. It’s pretty clear that we just weren’t even close to good enough. It’s unfair to Freddie and what he’s brought to the team every single day so it was a very strong message and very clear.”Alternate captain Morgan Rielly, who was on the ice for two of the Oilers first three goals, had no problem accepting the reasoning for Andersen getting the hook either.“It just means we have to be better,” Rielly said. “Freddie has been outstanding for us all year and the expectation is we are going to compete and play hard for him and that obviously wasn’t the case early on in the game so he did what he thought was right and I agree with him.”Defenseman Travis Dermott said not only did the message got his attention on the bench, but that he hopes it serves as a reminder going forward as to where the fault lied against the Oilers.“It opened up my eyes that we kind of screwed this game up for Freddie. I think it was good call by him,” Dermott said. “I haven’t seen it too often where you are pulling the goalie because of that but when you think about it makes a lot of sense. The goals they were scoring, Freddie couldn’t do much about a lot of them. That’s where this message comes into mind where if you are letting it slide and not really thinking about what kind of opportunities they were getting, it’s not easy to forget about it but you can think, ‘oh the whole team isn’t playing well’ but this slowed us down and made us realize we were really throwing Freddie under the bus.”last_img read more

Woman removed from job after purposely coughing in baby’s face

first_imgA woman who was caught on camera purposely coughing in a 1-year-old’s face because she believed his mother was not practicing social distancing rules has been removed from her job.The incident occurred at a Yogurtland store in San Jose, California on June 12th.According to the report, the mother of the child says the woman became argumentative with her because she believed she was not keeping proper social distancing while in the store.At one point during the argument, the woman moved close to the 1- year-old boy’s face while he sat in his stroller, removed her mask, and then coughed 2-3 times before leaving the store.The mother who is Hispanic also said that she believes the incident may have been racially motivated because the woman kept asking if she spoke English and whether or not she understood her.“She said, ‘So you don’t understand, and do you even understand what I’m saying?’ Like I’m not even speaking English,” said the child’s mother, Mireya Mora.Authorities reported that they were finally able to identify and locate the woman after publicly releasing the video, however, they have not released her name because they ” can’t release the names of suspects until there is a warrant for their arrest, they were booked into jail, or they were issued a criminal citation,” said San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia last month.While the woman’s name was not publicly released, it was stated that she worked for the Oak Grove School District and that they were aware of the situation.  The district has since released a statement saying that due to the woman’s actions, she no longer works for them:“The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety.”It is unclear if the woman was fired from her job or if she left on her own accord.last_img read more

Valencia and the gift of effectiveness

first_imgValencia does not go through its best moment. After the copera elimination, the Getafe put the lace on a team that begins to show signs of exhaustion and loses pieces per day accusing a plague of injuries. But without time for regrets, Celades team will seek to recover sensations tomorrow against Atlético de Madrid. And for this they cling to great gift they have shown to have this season: effectiveness.It is a reality that the Celades team He has trouble generating scoring chances. Not surprisingly, black and white are the third by the tail in auctions this season (215) and only surpass Valladolid and Alavés, teams struggling not to descend. The team exhibits with this statistic the difficulty that is reflected on the pitch to reach the rival goal.However, despite these data provided by the website of Bein Sports, that lack of auction is not a drought scoring for the squad, because the pupils of Catalan have scored 33 goals to date, more than Sevilla or Atlético de Madrid. The key of these opposite numbers is the aim Door to door shown by the team che. Today, Valencia is the third most effective team in the championship. Fragility.The lack of arrival It is an issue that is being treated in the capital of Turia as the team has been sharpening its poor performance. Nevertheless, since Celades arrived, it is a fact that has been present in practically every meeting. Without going any further, in all the victories he has achieved in LaLiga, his team shot less than the rival.From the first win in San Mamés (with 14 shots against and 10 in favor), to the last against Celta (with 11 against and 9 in favor). Che have shown that Although they find it difficult to reach the rival camp, they are accurate when they get it.These numbers show that although Valencia has experienced an improvement at the scorer level, since it adds 9 goals more than last year to these dates, He has suffered greater defensive fragility. The coach decided by 2020 reduce the number of many embedded, something that he managed to keep the goal at 0 for 4 consecutive games. But in addition to the team resurfacing in attack, Getafe truncated the good numbers defensive.The coach continues to seek to balance his team, but in the meantime he takes advantage of the effectiveness of his attackers. Proof of this is Maxi Gomez, the charrúa has scored 9 goals in just 17 shots between the three suits, figures that exhibit a superlative success. Without going any further, Benzema has scored 13 goals but has needed 38 shots.center_img So the Maxi, Rodrigo, Parejo and company write down 20% of the shots they take, statistics only surpassed by Real Sociedad and Barcelona. The effectiveness has kept Valencia afloat in matches in which it has been difficult to reach the rival area, such as against Celta or Eibar. And he is largely responsible for the club being currently only two points behind Champions League positions.last_img read more

Patient Iqbal leads Bangladesh to 221-5

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal hit a patient 78 as Bangladesh posted 221 for five against England by stumps on day two of the first Test yesterday. The hosts trail by 72 runs and could hope to gain a first-innings lead after bowling out England for 293 in the morning. In the middle were Shakib Al Hasan, on 31 not out, with nightwatchman Shafiul Islam yet to score after facing nine balls. “We are slightly at an advantage at the end of the second day,” Iqbal said. “We will gain the upper hand if we can bat well in the first session. The wicket is not easy to play.” England ruined Bangladesh’s chance to take complete control of the Test by removing captain Mushfiqur Rahim on 48, just two overs before the end of play. “If Mushfiqur didn’t get out, I would have said that we had a good day,” Iqbal said. England kept coming back into the match all day. Just when Bangladesh looked like reaching lunch unscathed on a pitch offering plenty of turn and variable bounce, Moeen Ali’s first over of offspin flipped the complexion of the contest. He bowled opener Imrul Kayes (21) with a quicker delivery that didn’t turn as much as Kayes expected, and in the same over, induced Mominul Haque with extra bounce to poke a shot to gully for a three-ball duck.last_img read more

‘Voters Must Not Reward Incompetence’

first_imgThe Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has called on voters not to reward incompetence in the October presidential and legislative elections so that Liberia can move forward in its development.In a statement reacting to the recent State of the Nation address delivered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a week ago, MOVEE said no nation that wants to move forward will reward incompetence, and certainly not one that has been stuck in the pit of underdevelopment for so long as Liberia has been.MOVEE said while there was a list of achievements as outlined by President Sirleaf in her address, there was enough significant help from the international community that the government failed to use to better the Liberian people. MOVEE recognized the restoration of Liberia’s image from that of a pariah nation, putting some order in the public administration system, reviving economic activity, creating some appreciation for the tenets of democracy, and obtaining significant cancellation of Liberia’s debt. However, MOVEE said there were not enough accomplishments to transform the expectations of the Liberian people.“When one fails to do anything successfully when given the responsibility, that is called incompetence,” it said.“The argument is not that nothing has been done, it is rather about the imperative to put Liberia on a new course that will bring about rapid transformation to make up for the many years of lagging behind.“There are years that have been eaten up by the locusts of incompetence, the lack of political will to put the interest of the country first, nepotism, corruption, manipulation and vindictiveness in high places and shortsightedness,” MOVEE said.The statement said, while “we acknowledge that the present administration did a number of good things, the lesson of experience from the past eleven years of the Unity Party Administration calls for change to speed up the process of inclusiveness, economic growth and development. “In fact, the need for meaningful change has been a timeless song in Liberia’s long history. So, for the Movement for Economic Empowerment, this is not a criticism tainted by myopia to be laid only at the feet of the Sirleaf administration.” The statement noted that while President Sirleaf highlighted the accomplishments of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) under Dr. Joseph Mills Jones as chairman of the Board of Governors and Executive Governor in the banking sector for the last eleven years, particularly the restoration of confidence in the financial sector, the champion of the establishment of a fast-track commercial court, among others, she did not mention the wide acknowledgment by the public of CBL’s efforts to improve access to finance for all segments of Liberian entrepreneurs, including market women, petty traders and farmers. MOVEE said it is a political party whose philosophy takes direct aim against longstanding, abject poverty in Liberia and will offer the Liberian people a dose of action, “not promises and borrowed platitudes, as has been the case of the Sirleaf-Boakai Administration.”It stated that the purpose of an annual message by the president to the legislature is not just a constitutional formality or an expression of the trappings of state power. “It is certainly not intended to provide a forum for shifting blames by the highest authority in the land.“When the president speaks, people listen to be inspired; to hear ideas to move the nation forward; to get guidance from one in whom they have placed their hope; to hear words that paint a portrait of the people with a common destiny.“Few things can demoralize a nation more, especially in times of national difficulties as is now the case in Liberia, than the passing of blame by its leader, or the failure to take responsibility and offer ideas for solving problems.”MOVEE said, “Yes, we agree that the President was truthful on the matter of the dismal performance in fighting corruption and the slow progress towards reconciliation. But there was little in terms of outlining a way forward, which is why we elect Presidents and Vice Presidents.”The statement said the government’s failure to provide enough resources of material, moral and political support to anti-graft commissions it established could lend credence to the argument that the Sirleaf-Boakai Administration was not fully committed to the cause for which these institutions were established. MOVEE said due to “our history of missed opportunities, we need new vision, new talent, new commitment, and a new sense of urgency, all of which should add up into new leadership; and the Movement for Economic Empowerment is prepared to provide that new leadership for Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kwakwani mid-wife strangled to death – PM

first_img…3 in Police custodyThe autopsy conducted on the body of Paulette Wade, whose body was found in her Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River home, by her six-year-old daughter, revealed the woman was strangled to death. Wade, a 37-year-old nurse/mid-wife attached to the Kwakwani Hospital, died sometime between 21:00h on Thursday and 06:30h on Friday at her residence. The autopsy was conducted at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh. According to information from the Police, Dr Singh gave the cause of death “as asphyxiation due to manual strangulation compounded by blunt trauma to the head.Dead: Paulette WadeMoreover, the Police detailed that three males are in custody assisting with the investigation. The woman reportedly went to bed with her six-year-old daughter on Thursday night and was found dead by the child on Friday morning. The woman’s husband was not at home at the time as he was said to be working in the interior. The child reportedly found her mother lying motionless on the floor in the bedroom. She called out for her mother who was not responding, as such, she opened the back door and went to her nine-year-old friend who lives in the next street and told her what she saw.They then went over the road to the hospital compound and told the security guard who then informed staff at the hospital. The Police were then notified, and nurses and a doctor went over to the home and pronounced Wade dead. Investigators reportedly found Wade’s body lying face down on a concrete floor clad in pink night clothes. According to information reaching Guyana Times, the woman had small bruises on her elbow and blood was seen on her mouth. No forced entry was seen on the house, nor was anything observed ransacked in the home. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Christian youths gather for rally in San Francisco, decry gay lifestyle

first_imgIndeed, protesters were nowhere in sight Saturday as Christian rock bands and religious speakers roused the audience at AT&T Park, bringing them to their feet in song and prayer. Not surprisingly, however, passing motorists gave no signs of support – or car honks – as rally participants held up a large banner decrying “Homosexuality is sin” on the busy street outside the stadium. “People are welcome to come to the city to celebrate whatever, but I think they’re dead wrong,” said Thom Lynch, executive director of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. “And I feel sorry for some of the youth there that they’re being inculcated with a religious belief that doesn’t allow for any variances … at all.” The rally could have almost passed as any modern-day lollapalooza for teens – complete with entrepreneurs hawking “BattleCry” baseball caps and activists seeking signatures for a petition to support the First Amendment, namely the “freedom of religion.” But the impromptu prayer circles and arms raised in praise from church groups entering the stadium stood in contrast to the glamorized sex-and-drug culture that event organizers say are harming today’s youth. One rallygoer, Edward Sanares, the leader of a church youth group from Sunnyvale, found the spiritual rally uplifting. “It’s showing choices teens have to make in this society and that they should choose God,” he said. More than 20,000 people were registered to attend the two-day rally. It was BattleCry’s second appearance in two years. Last year’s inaugural event in the city known for its ultraliberal politics and gay marriages did spark some protests. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors had even passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” This year, Lynch said, “it’s live and let be. After all, that’s what San Francisco is all about.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Cheerful roars could be heard a block away from the downtown ballpark Saturday, and it had nothing to do with a Barry Bonds homer. The enthusiasm poured from thousands of Christian youths who had gathered – in one of the most permissive corners of the nation – for a rally to call for moral change and to decry homosexuality. Despite the strategic location for the two-day BattleCry event, the evangelical fanfare continued its final day Saturday without any fierce clashes. “I think we’ll just be able to do our thing today,” said Jeanine Rhoden, a spokeswoman for Teen Mania, the Texas-based ministry behind the extravaganza. last_img read more

Kerr wants Gor charges to ‘arouse the Sevilla spirit’

first_imgHe now wants his charges to exhibit the same spirit when they travel to Tunisia on Thursday night for their CAF Champions League tie against Esperance.“I have played at that stadium (Old Trafford) several times before as a player and it has one of the most intimidating atmospheres ever. Watching Sevilla yesterday, they went in with no fear playing attacking football and caused Man United problems despite that kind of atmosphere,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Bandari on March 3, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYA“That’s the same situation we find ourselves in because we are going to a hostile environment in Tunis where no one expects us to win. We have to do exactly what Sevilla did at Manchester United. We have to forget about the intimidating atmosphere and go get a result,” added the tactician.K’Ogalo travel Tunis carrying a 0-0 draw from the first leg in Machakos and in the least, they will need any kind of a scoring draw to progress to the group stages for the first time since 1993 when they reached the quarter finals of the CAF Cup.Kerr is confident that his Gor Mahia side will be able to get a positive result against the side that slapped them with a 5-0 defeat the last time they played in Tunis, four years ago in 2014.“We don’t care what happened four years ago. We have a new opportunity and we will make use of it. I am immensely under pressure to deliver and I believe that I can do it. I believe in my ability, I believe in the ability of my players,” the coach added.-Game rescheduled-Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Esperance during their CAF Champions League first leg First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe match was initially set to be played on Saturday but was moved to Sunday, effectively meaning Gor changed their travel plans. Despite the change of date without notice, Kerr says they will not be distracted.“Obviously they are trying to destabilize us with these small details, but we have our focus on. We need to go there and play without fear and show that we are also a good team,” added the tactician.Meanwhile, he has admitted that the team has found it tough in terms of preparations since the start of the season due to lack of sponsorship and he hopes that the situation will be solved soon.“It has been very tough because obviously we understand what the club is going through and I respect my chairman a lot because he has done a lot to stabilize the situation. But we should have been preparing in better circumstances but all in all we have to do with the situation. Hopefully it gets better for us,” the coach further noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14- Being a Manchester United supporter himself, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was pained when the Red Devils were ousted from the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 loss to Spanish side Sevilla on Tuesday night at Old Trafford.However, the British tactician who led Gor to their record 16th Kenyan Premier League (KPL) crown last season picked up some bit of motivation in the midst of that disappointment.last_img read more