Mladen Petric scored on his Fulham debut after Damien Duff put the home side ahead.Duff slotted home John Arne Riise’s through-ball on 26 minutes before Croatian international Petric’s header crossed the line on the stroke of half-time.Martin Jol also handed a debut to defender Sascha Riethe, with Hugo Rodellega on the bench.Bryan Ruiz joined Petric up front in place of Clint Dempsey, who was left out after Jol admitted yesterday the striker wishes to leave Craven Cottage this summer.See also:The Fulham v Norwich City quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
London (UK), Wednesday 23 March 2016 – South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK, HE Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba will visit the Rugby School and Museum today, ahead of the 450th Anniversary of the Popular Sport (Rugby) in 2017.The objective of this meeting is to formalise the relationship between South Africa and the Rugby School. The Rugby school has formalised links known as Friends of Hong Kong and Friends of America.Sport has shown it is very powerful as a vehicle for national reconciliation and nation building.Brand South Africa’s Country manager to the UK, Ms Pumela Salela said: “Knowing how important Rugby is to South Africa, we want to establish a Friends of South Africa chapter. Rugby is one of South Africa’s big three sports, alongside soccer and cricket. For the many South African fans of the game, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride and joy.”“This visit aims to increase public awareness of rugby in South Africa more so because South Africa will for the first time, in the history of RUGBY 7 form part of the Olympic Games in 2016. This timed very well with the forthcoming 2016 Olympic games in which Rugby is included for the first time,” added Ms Salela.The SA High Commissioner will investigate opportunities for previously disadvantaged South Africans to participate on an exchange programme with the Rugby school. The school itself is located in an area called Rugby in the United KingdomFollow the conversation on @Brand_SA #SANationBrand.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has a potential conundrum on his hands after influential midfielder Jorginho was rendered impotent for the first time this season by Everton’s Marco Silva.The £57 million signing from Napoli is pivotal to everything Chelsea do in, and out of, possession, elegantly moving around the pitch to dictate the tempo of his team’s play with one or two-touch passing.But, in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge, he was frustrated by Silva’s tactics. Though Everton were unable to claim a first win at Chelsea since 1993, Silva’s plans restricted Jorginho to such an extent that he recorded his lowest number of passes – 50 – since moving to the Premier League in the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison were diligent in nullifying his talents which led to so much frustration for Jorginho that he was lucky not to be sent off for a reckless tackle on the Icelandic midfielder in the first half.Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gueye completed Jorginho’s cage as a concerted effort ensured that the go-to option of finding the Italy international was not available to Chelsea.And, when asked about whether stopping Eden Hazard was key to his side earning a point at Stamford Bridge, Silva turned the focus to the midfield metronome.Jorginho passes in the PL:Huddersfield – 66Arsenal – 99Newcastle – 173B’mouth – 79Cardiff – 92West Ham – 180Liverpool – 73S’hampton – 91Man Utd – 74Burnley – 102Palace – 107Everton – 50#CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) 11 November 2018“To be honest with you, if you come here just to stop Hazard, it would be the first mistake you make,” Silva said at Stamford Bridge. “We came here not just to stop Hazard, we came to stop Chelsea as a team.”I understand the question as you are talking about, in my opinion, the best Premier League player so far. But we showed this shape, we blocked one player and that’s Jorginho. We blocked well Jorginho and, in my opinion, he is one of the key players in Chelsea this season.”Of course, Hazard can create problems in each moment of the match. In some moments, we blocked him and in other moments he created problems for us. It is normal for a fantastic player like him. “It was one of the keys to block Jorginho. It was fantastic work from Sigurdsson and Richarlison in the first moments and then with Gomes and Gueye. My opinion he is one of the keys in Maurizio’s system and model this season.”He controls all the match with and without the ball for Chelsea.”Jorginho’s unique skillset often leads him to be described as a regista, a player who you run your entire game through. In the 0-0 draw at West Ham in September, Jorginho broke the Premier League record for both touches and passes in the game.He will continue to be key and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was the first man to target the central midfielder when facing Chelsea. Everton mastered it more than their rivals and Jorginho was hauled off in the 66th minute for his deputy Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea chased the win.Stopping Jorginho was a priority for Serie A sides who faced Napoli, where he was equally central to his team’s style of play but this match at Stamford Bridge was his first sub-par performance for Chelsea.Usually, Jorginho ghosts away from any marking effort, with his ability to find space even when targeted showcasing his football brain. Perhaps he was tired after a midweek display in Belarus against BATE, with Fabregas missing that match after being taken ill.There are also questions remain over whether N’Golo Kante is best suited in a more attacking role on the right of midfield, with huge competition for places as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Fabregas and Mateo Kovacic figure among Sarri’s options.Silva has created a worry now for Sarri, with a blueprint for other managers to face the tactically consistent Chelsea. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal insist Tierney withdrawal due to ‘phased return’by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are carefully managing Kieran Tierney’s return from injury after he withdrew from the latest Scotland squad.Signed from Celtic in the summer, Tierney only made his debut for Arsenal last week after recovering from a double hernia operation.Reports suggested the 22-year-old pulled out of his country’s qualifiers against Russia and San Marino due to a fresh injury setback.However, the London Evening Standardhas quoted a club source that says the decision was due to a “phased return to match fitness” implemented by the Gunners.The news will come as a relief to Arsenal fans after Tierney’s excellent debut in the win over Nottingham Forest last week. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Pulisic knows he must prove himself to Chelsea manager Lampardby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic says he has to prove himself to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard. The 21-year-old, signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, has been used sporadically by the Blues boss this season. And the American knows reputation alone won’t convince Lampard to give him playing time.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said “If you can play, you can play and that’s why Dortmund was amazing for me, the coach always trusted me. But you’ve got to prove yourself maybe that extra mile.”I have to prove myself no matter what age I am.”I don’t feel like I’m some wonder boy anymore, I’ve been around and I think I’ve earned that respect at least and I’m in a new chapter and I’m going to prove myself.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Ketchikan officials want to remove part of an underwater rock to expand the waterway’s safe navigable area for cruise ships docking at the city.The Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice Monday on the city’s application to reduce the rock’s height, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .The application calls for 25 to 50 blasts over a period of up to 50 days to remove about 15 vertical feet (4.5 metres) of rock in an area smaller than an acre (0.4 hectares).The city plans to conduct the blasting between November 2019 and March 2020 to “avoid and minimize impacts to both the city’s existing summer cruise season and the environment,” according to the notice.The rock pinnacle is situated about 1,000 feet (305 metres) west of the city’s second berth. The rock is about 320 feet (98 metres) long and about 150 feet (46 metres) at its widest point. It limits vessel navigation to the city’s first three berths during low tide and high wind conditions, the notice states.Reducing the pinnacle’s height to “will provide a more reliable ingress and egress for ships over a much wider range of wind and water level conditions and is important to improving conditions contributing to a safe, accessible and commercially viable existing navigation facility,” the notice states.An experienced contractor would conduct only one blast per day with the maximum weight of explosives set at 75 pounds (34 kilograms). The blasted rock would be dredged and hauled away, according to the document.The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on the application through Dec. 26.“The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity and its intended use on the public interest,” the Corps said in the notice.___Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.comThe Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a collision that happened Thursday afternoon between a boom lift and pick-up truck.The RCMP were called at approximately 5:15 p.m. to a collision on the Swanson Lumber Road (259 Rd.), between a boom lift and a pick-up truck. RCMP members that attended the scene found that the boom lift had been rear-ended by a pick-up truck. The collision caused the male driver of the boom lift to be trapped in the basket.B.C. Ambulance Services and the Fort St. John Fire Department attended the scene and helped to revive the male who was initially unresponsive. The male was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital and later flown to Vancouver for surgery. As of Saturday morning, the male was stable and doing well in recovery. The RCMP Traffic Reconstruction unit attended the scene to assist in the investigation. The cause is still undetermined, but Police believe distracted driving may have been a factor in the collision.
1. Does the battle at the line of scrimmage matter? Wisconsin is 11th in the nation and second in the Big Ten for rushing yards, with a rushing average of 241 yards per game. Its offense revolves around reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay and freshman running back James White. In its last 11 games, Ohio State has rushed for an average of 158 yards, more than its opponents. However, both team’s defenses are good enough to shut down each other’s run game to the extent that OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien will be forced to make an impact, giving OSU a considerable advantage in the play-making department. 2. Is the OSU defense ready for Clay? What does matter is Clay’s size. At 6-foot-1-inch, 248 pounds, Clay is a typical plus-sized Wisconsin running back whose strength is bruising between the tackles. The Ohio State defense has not encountered a back with Clay’s size this season. In two career games against OSU, he’s rushed for 128 yards on 30 carries, 4.3 yards per carry, which is less than his average of 5.7 yards per carry. OSU defensive lineman Cameron Heyward is looking forward to the challenge of facing Clay. “He doesn’t even look like a running back, he looks like a linebacker,” Heyward said. But “he’s so explosive. Sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” 3. Will Scott Tolzien deliver a repeat “pick-six” performance? Tolzien had a nightmare of a game in last season’s 31-13 OSU victory. Late in the first quarter, Tolzien threw over the middle of the field and was picked off by Kurt Coleman, who returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. It was déjà vu early in the third quarter when Jermale Hines tipped a Tolzien pass to himself along the sideline and took it 32 yards to the house. Although Tolzien has only two interceptions this season, the OSU defense has already forced 17 turnovers through six games. If OSU jumps out to an early lead and renders the Badger running game ineffective, expect defensive coordinator Jim Heacock to dial up the pressure on Tolzien. 4. After weeks of improvement, will the OSU special teams unit collapse in Camp Randall? Last week against Indiana, the longest kick return OSU gave up was 26 yards. Against Illinois, the long was 29 yards. The punt return coverage teams have suffocated opposing returners. This is a marked improvement over the beginning of the season, when the Buckeyes were near the bottom of the nation on special teams. Although the play of the special teams has changed for the better, coach Jim Tressel said there are flaws that still need to be fixed. “Our kickoff coverage team we thought fundamentally got better and the result was good until we were penalized and we had a couple penalties that killed us on the kickoff cover team,” Tressel said. “We’ve got to eliminate penalties from a special teams’ standpoint.” 5. Will OSU need another winning drive from Pryor? The crowning moment of Pryor’s first season took place in his third start. In a back-and-forth game, Pryor took the offense on a 12-play, 80-yard that ended with Pryor scoring on an 11-yard option keeper off the left edge with 1:08 on the clock to give OSU a 20-17 win at Wisconsin. Pryor is not only a dual-threat quarterback, but considered by teammates as one of the unquestioned leaders.
DAYTON, Ohio – Lamont “Momo” Jones walked off the University of Dayton Arena floor Friday night with a towel draped over his head, sheltering himself from an array of insults raining down from the sea of Ohio State fans in attendance. Thursday, the outspoken senior guard said he and No. 15-seeded Iona expected to beat the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes. Friday evening, Jones and the Gaels were shellacked, 95-70, by OSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton. With the win, OSU is set to take on No. 10 seed Iowa State, who beat No. 7 seed Notre Dame, Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Jones, who said he didn’t expect to have a problem with the Buckeyes’ pressure defense, finished with nine points on 3 of 14 shooting. “I mean, give credit where credit is due. I think (junior guard Aaron Craft) played good defense. I think I took some bad shots. Things just didn’t fall tonight,” Jones said. OSU held the nation’s second-leading scoring team to 35 percent shooting and a 6 of 28 mark from the 3-point line. Iona, which likes to get out and run, was outscored in transition, 34-11. A significant portion of the Gaels points came with the game already in hand and OSU’s starters sitting on the bench. “We played our defense. These guys are known to get out and run and put up a lot of points, but they’re not playing nobody. They played against us, a real defense, and obviously nothing happened for them,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Craft had six steals for OSU, including one that forced the rosy-cheeked floor leader to jump out of bounds, slam into a media table, and tap the ball back in-bounds to sophomore forward Sam Thompson. Redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel and Thompson also recorded steals in the win. Iona’s two leading scorers, Jones and junior guard Sean Armand, were a combined 8-for-31 from the field. “Their two top players, I don’t know what they finished with, they shot a lot of times and they didn’t make much. Our defensive pressure frustrated them the whole game,” Smith said. OSU’s physicality on the defensive end seemed to frustrate a smaller Gaels squad. “Those guys, they looked like they workout every day. They’re a lot more physical than us. They just played hard throughout the whole game,” said sophomore guard Tavon Sledge. Iona’s coach, Tim Cluess, thought Craft might have gotten away with things his players didn’t. “I think he gets away with body blocking you, grabbing you, holding you, but he’s in very good position to do that, and he plays great angles,” Cluess said. “He has a passion to stop people, which most players today don’t have.” Iona got out to a solid start, taking a 6-5 lead early, before OSU raced to a 27-8 lead. The Gaels didn’t go away quietly, cutting the Buckeyes’ lead to 37-33 near the end of the first half. OSU ended the game’s opening act on a 6-0 run, highlighted by a one-handed alley-oop jam from Thompson, and pulled away in the second half. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who led OSU with 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting, said the defense his team displayed Friday could carry them deep into the tournament. To continue on their trek back to the Final Four, the Buckeyes will have get past the Cyclones Sunday. Iowa State dispatched the Fighting Irish easily, 76-58, in their opening NCAA Tournament game. Freshman forward Georges Niang had 19 points in the win. The Cyclones made nine 3-pointers and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. OSU’s defense will be tested by a potent Iowa State attack that is fourth in the country in scoring at 79.6 points per game. Saturday, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Cyclones style of play reminds him of Michigan, Duke and Kansas, all of which are high seeds in the NCAA Tournament and still alive. As long as the Buckeyes have a similar defensive effort Sunday to the one put forth against Iona Friday, however, Thomas is confident OSU will advance to the Sweet 16. “If we keep playing our defense like we’re supposed to, we’re going to make it to the promised land,” Thomas said.
Maxi Gomez has reaffirmed he is ‘very happy’ at Celta Vigo despite rumours linking him with other clubs.Gomez, 25, who has been strongly linked with a move to Spanish rivals Sevilla and other Premier League sides has a €50m release clause inserted in his deal.“There is always a lot of talk in the media, it is normal,” Gomez told reporters, as cited by Marca.“At Christmas last year there was a lot of talks that I would move to China too, but the truth is I am delighted at Celta, here I am progressing, fighting and working hard – I want to continue here.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Saturday’s victory over Atletico was very important, we have continued our strong start to the league, and we are all highly motivated.“We have seven points from our first nine matches, and we are very happy, long may it continue!”The Uruguayan striker scored 17 La Liga goals in 35 starts since he joined from Defensor Sporting last summer in a €4m deal in 2017.