Jose Mourinho isn’t feeling the pressure despite Chelsea’s defeat to Everton

first_img Asked if he was under pressure, the Portuguese said in his post-match press conference: “No, no. I think the refugees are under big pressure.” Despite suggestions all is not well at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho says he is happy as Chelsea manager . “It is a pleasure, an honour and it is happiness every day,” he said. Chelsea were outplayed in the opening 25 minutes as Naismith, an early replacement for the injured Muhamed Besic, struck twice and Arouna Kone and James McCarthy forced brilliant saves out of Asmir Begovic. Nemanja Matic pulled one back with a fine strike before the break but Naismith rounded off an excellent Toffees display by completing his treble – a classic effort of headed, left-foot and right-foot finishes – in the 82nd minute. Chelsea have lost three of their last four games but Mourinho but the result down to bad luck. He said: “We don’t deserve this result. It is too heavy for the way the players started the game, finished the game and played during the game. “The biggest concern is that everything goes against us. We know we are making mistakes but for every mistake we are punished immediately. Press Association “We need to win a couple of consecutive matches. We need the players to smile again. We need the strikers to score goals. We need the central defenders not to make mistakes and be punished for that. “We need confidence. I think confidence is fundamental. In this moment everything goes against us and the players feel it. They don’t accept it. They fight, they play, they try, but the reality at the moment is difficult for them. It is not easy to play football with confidence level low.” Asked if his side could still win the title, Mourinho said: “I don’t know. Chelsea can win the next match against Arsenal for sure, (but) to win the title, I don’t know.” Chelsea’s problems took some of the attention away from what was a superb performance by Everton. The Toffees looked hungrier in that first crucial spell in the first half and then defended strongly. The standout performance was by Naismith but recent Chelsea target John Stones was also highly impressive in the back line and manager Roberto Martinez paid tribute to both. He said: “It would have been all too easy for Naisy not to be ready and not to be happy to not be in starting XI, but he gave us a real example of focus, concentration and the real standard of this dressing room. “Sometimes you play against the champions and you can beat them, but you look at lucky breaks – but for 90 minutes we restricted Chelsea to two shots on target. “Clearly John showed we couldn’t replace a player like John Stones at that stage. He has been heavily tested but we never had a doubt in the way he would perform and he never let the team down. “He always trained and performed well and today he showed he is going to be a future England captain. “We know we can play better but what you are looking at is a complete performance.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed he was not feeling the pressure after watching his stuttering champions slip to a heavy defeat at Everton. Steven Naismith scored a hat-trick as Mourinho’s side crashed to a 3-1 loss at Goodison Park, a result which left them with just four points from their first five Barclays Premier League games. The heat on Mourinho, who has also been involved in an extraordinary row with his medical staff this term, is increasing as Chelsea’s opening sequence now constitutes their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1986. last_img read more

F-M, CBA/J-D hockey play to 0–0 tie

first_imgEntering the game, the Brothers sat in fourth place in Division I, well-positioned behind the famliar trio of Syracuse, West Genesee and Baldwinsville on top.The Hornets, who sat in eighth place, could move up the standings, and all through regulation and overtime applied regular pressure against CBA/J-D, only to get turned backs.Yet the same thing happened to the Brothers, with all 23 of its shots stopped by F-M goalie Jake Johnston. That it wasn’t rewarded was a tribute to the work of CBA/J-D goalie Ethan White, whose 25 saves also produced a shutout. At any level of ice hockey, it is difficult for an entire game to go without a goal.Whether it’s 45 minutes in high school or 60 minutes in the college and professional ranks, plenty of time is allowed for skill or, in many cases, a lucky bounce of the puck, to allow something to find the net.But when Fayetteville-Manlius and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt battled for local bragging rights last Tuesday night at Onondaga Nation Arena, it would end 0-0. F-M would get in the win column Thursday at Ontario Bay, prevailing 7-1 by building a 5-0 advantage through two periods, led by Ben Hammond’s pair of goals and Josh Kuchinski getting a goal and two assists.Stephen Diblasi and John Manzi each had one goal and one assist, with Mike Hockenberger and Jason Tedeschi also scoring. Spencer Sasenbury got a pair of assists as Alex Corbett and Colin Debejian also had assists.Hosting Mohawk Valley on Friday, the Brothers were pushed by the winless (0-10) Raiders, but did enough to gain a 3-2 victory, overcoming an incredible 50-save effort by MV goalie John Locke.Goals by Mason McKie, Simon Lesser and Justin Thies proved enough, Kodi Dotterer getting two assists. Josh Greenwood and Brackton Bowler each had one assist.Having climbed back above the .500 mark overall (6-5-1), F-M would meet Fulton at the Twin Rinks Wednesday and then challenge state Division II no. 1-ranked Skaneateles a night later as CBA/J-D (6-5-3) would host Liverpool Tuesday and then welcome reigning state Divisio I champion Syracuse on Friday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: CBA/J-DF-Mice hockeylast_img read more

Clippers have Paul’s back in Game 1 win

first_imgHOUSTON >> Oh no you didn’t, Clippers.And nothing personal, Chris Paul, but take all the time you need coming back from that hamstring injury.Your team doesn’t need you. Not in the Western Conference semifinals, anyway.Not against the Houston Rockets, the pretenders they are, apparently. They have no answer for Blake Griffin, who went for 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, to more than pick up the slack of Paul’s absence.“Without Chris, everybody needs to step up,” Griffin said, “It’s not one person, It’s everybody’s job.”The Rockets couldn’t stop Matt Barnes, who had 20 points. They got beat by Austin Rivers, who replaced Paul in the starting lineup and finished with 17 points,All five Clipper starters scored in double figures, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench for 21 points.“Look at the stat sheet,” Griffin marveled. “Look how we played tonight. It was everybody. Everybody stepped up and played their role.”Did I mention it was without Paul?The Rockets are cooked,Let’s also admit the Rockets aren’t the San Antonio Spurs, not even close.They don’t drain you emotionally and physically by forcing you to out-think them as much as out-play them.And they don’t methodically grind you to a pulp with textbook offensive sets and sharing the ball and working in unison. They are the anti-Spurs in that regard, playing sloppy offense, taking questionable shots and possessing neither the defensive challenge nor the offensive chess game.The Rockets turned the ball over 24 times. It led to 34 Clippers points,That’s all you really need to know about who the Clippers are playing.And while Kevin McHale can post up Gregg Popovich and go to work even while limping around with a bad back and gimpy legs, he is nowhere near the coach Pop is.Meanwhile, Dwight Howard isn’t Tim Duncan and James Harden still isn’t a big-time playoff player.And so on and so forth.In other words, the Rockets are beatable for the Clippers — with or without Paul, who was essentially put in a straitjacket, tied to the bench by the training staff and told to stay as far away from the court as possible.Lest he go all John Wayne on everyone and foolishly try to push his strained left hamstring by playing in a Game 1 that was seemingly set up beautifully for the Rockets whether he played or not.As for the Clippers, they’ve gone and grown up right before our very eyes. The win over the Spurs didn’t just punch their ticket to the semifinals, it was a team-wide awakening.The confidence soared beyond anywhere it’s ever been.“I just think it’s grown all year,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said “This team has been through a lot and grown together,”Said Griffin: “The battle we had in the first round is an invaluable lesson. You can’t get that kind of experience.”Which is how they could stroll into the Toyota Center barely 48 hours after surviving their grueling seven-game series against the champs looking fresher, better, smarter and more driven.Then go steal a game that seemed perfectly set up for the Rockets to win, with or without Paul playing.They knew.They believed.Somewhere around the middle of the second quarter, Rivers looked down his bench, caught eyes with Paul and then smiled, quickly turning away and going back to work. For a second or two, the wheels seemed to be spinning in Rivers’ head.It seemed bad enough his All-Star point guard was looking dapper in black slacks and a juniper-green sport coat — rather than wearing his uniform — or that Houston’s Toyota Center was rocking and rolling around him with every dunk, 3-pointer and alley-oops by their Rockets.Let alone having to catch eyes with Paul and ponder ever so fleetingly how different things might be if he pulled a Clark Kent with a quick Superman wardrobe switch and helped save the Clippers.So Rivers immediately turned away.He knew he had an ace in his pocket. So did the Clippers.They believed they could win without their leader. And after spotting the Rockets a 13-point lead, they came roaring back by outscoring them by 20 in the second half to pull away.Don’t need you tonight, buddy, they told Paul. We got your back.Dagger delivered.Series over.Rest up, Paul. The Clippers got your back in this round. The Clippers got your back, big time, CP3.So rest up because it looks like the Western Conference finals are in your future.Let’s be honest, after the Clippers stormed into Houston and stole Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals with a 117-101 win over the Rockets, so much was revealed that it’s impossible to know where to start, exactly.But we’ll begin with the obvious: This series is over.No way the Rockets rebound from dropping the opener while Paul was sitting on the bench, no more a factor than Spencer Hawes.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Braves hope Dallas Keuchel can make 2019 debut Friday against Nationals

first_img Manny Machado to appeal fine, one-game suspension for bumping ump The Braves, however, were pleased with Keuchel’s performance Saturday as he threw 101 pitches over seven innings for Double-A Mississippi. Before that, he tossed 77 during a seven-inning outing for Class A Rome on June 10. Nationals not thinking about trading Max Scherzer ‘right now,’ general manager says “He was in good shape when he signed and you could tell,” Snitker added. “He put the time in to put himself in this situation.”Keuchel, 31, posted a 3.74 ERA over 34 starts for the Astros last season.The Braves will soon get more reinforcements with the return of center fielder Ender Inciarte, who has been out since May 15 with a lumbar strain. He was cleared to resume baseball activities this week.center_img Dallas Keuchel could make his season debut by week’s end.Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed Monday the team is hopeful the left-hander will pitch Friday at Nationals Park. “We’re taking it a day at a time right now, but everything is pointing (toward Friday),” Snitker said, per MLB.com.Keuchel signed a one-year deal worth $13 million with Atlanta earlier this month after spending eight months on the free-agent market, though he hasn’t appeared in a game since last October. Related Newslast_img read more

DOH: First Vaping Death Confirmed in Florida

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed its first death from vaping.So far this year, there have been 27 cases of people developing lung injuries associated with vaping in the sunshine state.On Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health also reported one death from vaping bringing the total number nationwide to 11.Nine other deaths have been identified as part of this outbreak — two in California, two in Kansas, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Oregon.As of last week, at least 530 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products have been reported to the CDC.New cases are being confirmed daily and the CDC expects the number of vaping-related illnesses reported this week to be “hundreds higher” than last week, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.A specific cause of the outbreak remains unknown, but all reported cases of lung injury have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping.last_img read more

Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award

first_img2 Feb 2018 Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award Four inspirational coaches who have taken the game to thousands of people are the finalists for the England Golf Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the PGA.They are Phil Akers of The Belfry, Warwickshire, Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near Birmingham, Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire and Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire.Their achievements will be recognised when the winner is announced at the sell-out England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “These four coaches are absolutely inspirational in the way they grow the game. They go out into the community to share the pleasures of golf with people of all ages and backgrounds, who otherwise might not try it. Their success is of great benefit to their clubs, which gain new members as a result, and to the sport as a whole.”The finalists:Phil Akers, The Belfry, Warwickshire Akers has introduced over 1500 newcomers to golf since he joined The Belfry less than two years ago, and helped develop thriving club sections for juniors, women, improvers and advanced players.He started by working with local schoolchildren and more than 70 have joined his junior programme. Half of them are now members at The Belfry – and many of their parents have also taken up the game. Akers plans to build on this with a new schools’ coaching programme for 2018.Last year he introduced other programmes, including the successful This Girl Can Golf, which has resulted in 20 women taking weekly coaching sessions. His Start Golf programme attracted over 500 new players, learning basic skills to prepare for the Progress Golf class.Akers’ overall goal is to become a European Tour coach and his passion for growing the game has attracted  talented young golfers who have helped The Belfry’s junior membership grow by 29 in the last year, six of whom now represent their county.Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near BirminghamLansberry has been passionate about golf since he started playing as a small child and is now a full-time coach who concentrates on growing the grassroots game.He’s particularly keen on family, community and junior golf. He launched his first junior sessions in 2011, after becoming a PGA professional and graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in Applied Golf Management Studies.He started with eight juniors and now coaches 120 youngsters at the club and takes the game to schools, community and sports centres, where he involves both adults and children. He likes to encourage parents to join in, believing that if more of the family play golf they are more likely to stay in the game. Lansberry has also been asked to train fellow professionals on best practice for juniors.He has also recently been involved with projects to get more adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds  into the game, as well as people with visual impairments.Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, LeicestershireMankert is a coach who changes lives, according to those who nominated him for this award.“We are nominating Anders for being a unique inspiration and primarily for introducing us to the sport which has changed our life,” said blind and visually impaired supporters. “He genuinely cares about growing the game, regardless of the standard of player he is coaching,” said another nominator.Mankert, an Advanced Fellow of the PGA, is passionate about increasing accessibility to golf for disabled people. He has coached and supported blind and visually impaired golfers free of charge for over 20 years and they shower him with plaudits, telling how he has raised their confidence and changed their quality of life.At his club Mankert encourages juniors with a scholarship scheme offering a year’s free coaching and mentoring. One now plays on the European Tour, another is a PGA professional and yet another is in England training. He also makes himself available to all, starting teaching at 7am to fit in with work and family commitments.Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire Turnock has inspired thousands of children and adults to try golf and supports new players as they get into the game.Over the last eight years he has worked with 50 schools, providing TriGolf sessions to 2000 children, giving many of them their first taste of golf and its benefits. Those who’d like to take the game further are encouraged to join his coaching academy and take out club membership, which is free for juniors.Turnock also aims to get more adults into the game and his Get into Golf courses successfully attracted 44 new members last year. He’s involved with the Stroke Association’s Get into Golf initiative, working with stroke surivivors to assist their rehabilitation. He also gained funding for a programme with four local disability groups which inspired 50 people to try the sport.Turnock is Mottram Hall’s junior organiser, running the new and rapidly growing junior section, and also the club’s competition manager, coming up with a range of formats to increase enjoyment and participation. Tags: Coach of the Year, PGAlast_img read more

England on brink of Senior Men’s Home International triumph

first_img18 Sep 2019 England on brink of Senior Men’s Home International triumph Photograph credit: Leaderboard Tags: Senior Home Internationalscenter_img England moved a significant step closer to regaining the title when they beat Wales 7-2 on the second day of the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club in Northumberland.The reigning senior men’s European champions go into their final match against Scotland as the only team with a one hundred percent record after the Scots lost 6-3 to Ireland on the second day.That means that England will claim the title if they win their last match.England beat Ireland 6-3 on the opening day and maintained their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over the Welsh which started when Ian Attoe and Alan Mew combined to win their foursome 2 & 1 against Phillip Sutton and Richard Jones. Rupert Kellock and Tim Whittaker lost by one hole against Andrew Williams and Mike Hayward before Rich Jones and Richard Norton edged England one point ahead with a 2 & 1 win over Nigel Evans and Colin Jones.Attoe lost the opening singles 3&2 against Nick Grimmitt but Paul Wharton, Kellock, Mew, Norton and Jones all won to take England to the brink of completing a memorable double after also winning the European Senior Men’s title in Denmark last month.Ireland made amends for their defeat against England by beating Scotland by the same margin. The Irish won the morning foursomes 2 ½ – ½ and went on to collect 3 ½ more points in the singles. The Irish play Wales on the final day.last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: La Salle blanks FEU in finals rematch for back-to-back wins

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Heather Guino-o led the Lady Tamaraws with 10 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spurs defeat Knicks to stretch win streak to 7 SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle didn’t care for any ballyhoo as it swept Far Eastern University, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24, in their first meeting since last year’s championship round in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Celine Domingo inadvertently put La Salle at the 25-24 match point after her attempt went straight to the net and Ebon eventually gave the Lady Spikers the victory when she too sent the ball straight to the net.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said his team was able to take advantage of FEU’s sluggish movements in the first two sets but were eventually caught up in the third.“I think FEU was kind of shocked in the first two sets and my players took that opportunity,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “We took advantage of that and we ended up with positive results in the first two sets.”“Once the third set started, though, the FEU players got in sync and they were able to stick with us throughout the period.”Tin Tiamzon finished with 13 points for the Lady Spikers while May Luna added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The defending champions Lady Spikers wrapped the first round with back-to-back wins for a 5-2 record to move to second place behind Ateneo while the Lady Tamaraws dropped to 4-3 to stay at the fourth seed.Dispatching FEU, however, wasn’t met without any tribulations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two teams traded blows well into the latter part of the third set but it was the Lady Tamaraws who ultimately shot themselves on the foot.Tin Tiamzon tied things up at 24-24 after Lycha Ebon’s kill and what followed was an absolute cluttering on the part of FEU. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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Jagdeo criticises 600% land rent hike for MMA/ADA farmers

first_imgThe Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) has condemned in the strongest possible terms, the over 600 per cent increase in land rent and other charges for farmers by the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA).Rice farmers in the project area are now being commanded to pay $15,000 per acre, a major increase from $3500 just last year for land rent and drainage and irrigation charges.Cattle and other crop farmers are now forced to pay $3900, a more than 100 per cent increase from the previous fee.The RPA has described the increases as “draconian”, especially at a time when farmers are getting low prices for their produce.Compounding the situation, the representative body highlighted the fact that there were no consultations with the farmers prior to imposing the new fee structure.“The RPA is calling on all farmers to resist this draconian increase and show solidarity with all as we join in the call for the reversal of this decision which was taken without any consultation with farmers, their association or any other stakeholders,” the RPA urged.The Association disclosed that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had defended the increases by equating them to “three beers” per day. The RPA asserted that the Minister’s sentiment is insulting and demeaning to the farming population and it demanded that the Minister apologise to the farmers for his statement.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, during his recent press conference, also condemned the increases imposed on the farming population of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).Jagdeo pointed out that farming is the main economic activity in the Region and was at a loss to understand why Government would want to put additional burdens on a segment of the population that has no alternative for earning a livelihood other than depending on agriculture.The MMA/ADA and farmers have been at loggerheads since 2015 when Government moved to cancel the leases for several farmers. This resulted in a group of West Coast Berbice rice farmers filing a lawsuit against Government.After months of hearings, former Chief Justice Ian Chang in February 2016 quashed the cancellation of the leases in favour of the farmers.However, the farmers said they were subsequently informed by General Manager of MMA/ADA Aubrey Charles that President Granger has cancelled their leases.last_img read more