Didier Drogba has recovered from an ankle problem in time for tonight’s game and starts up front for Chelsea, with Loic Remy and Diego Costa among the substitutes.The Ivorian makes his first start since returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, while left-back Filipe Luis is handed his full debut by Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who also includes Ramires and Willian. Cesar Azpilicueta is on the bench. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Oscar, Remy, Costa.AdChoices广告Schalke: Fährmann, Höger, Ayhan, Neustädter, Fuchs, Boateng, Aogo, Sam, Meyer, Draxler, Huntelaar.Subs: Wetklo, Friedrich, Clemens, Choupo-Moting, Obasi, Barnetta, Avdijaj.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Diamond United edged Herstelling Raiders 6-4 when the East Bank Football Association [EBFA] Senior League continued yesterday at the National Training Centre, Providence. For the winner, Jomo George tallied a brace in the second and 36th minute, while Shaquan Brathwaite added two goals in the fifth and 38th. Assisting with conversions in the 33rd and 44th minute respectively were Carlos Wilkie and Romeo Bradford.On the other side, Solomon Austin scored twice in the 15th and 39th minute, while Quazim Yussuf and Seon Sue Jr netted in the fifth and 41st minute apiece.Meanwhile, Friendship defeated Agricola won via walkover. The tournament continues today at the same venue with another round of matches. Complete ResultsGame-1Diamond United-6 vs Herstelling-4 Diamond ScorersJomo George-2nd and 36thShaquan Brathwaite-5th and 38th Carlos Wilkie-33rdRomeo Bradford-44thHerstelling Scorers Solomon Austin-15th and 39thQuazim Yussuf-5thSeon Sue Jr-41stGame-2 Friendship vs AgricolaFriendship won via walkover
MVP Sports has joined the growing list of sponsors to support the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 Cup which commencs tomorrow at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary. The entity made a timely presentation at their Giftland Mall location. Receiving the sponsorship on behalf of the federation was Youth Development Officer Bryan Joseph.Manager of the establishment Eon Ramdeo said, “We look forward to continuing the support not only for this tournament but football in general with the GFF and other sports as well.” Joseph thanked MVP Sports for its support which, he said, will aid with the successful staging of the event.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has revealed that strikers Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck are likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.The duo were both withdrawn with hamstring injuries during Saturday’s 4-2 win against Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.“We’re unlikely to have Gyan and Welbeck for the rest of the season,” Bruce told BBC Newcastle.“That was disappointing as we’re training with 13 men now.”Source: BBC
Defending national champion Jason Wolla collected his first IMCA Modified feature win of the season Friday at RPM Speedway’s Mike Hughes Memorial Sunflower Classic. (Photo by Carl Larson)HAYS, Kan. (March 30-31) – Defending national champion Jason Wolla and defending regional champion Steven Bowers Jr. were IMCA Modified winners at RPM Speedway’s season-opening Mike Hughes Memorial Sunflower Classic.Wolla started eighth and worked his way to the lead with 10 laps left in the Friday feature. Bowers bounced back from an opening night misadventure in his heat and checked out on everybody in the Saturday main.Both features paid $1,000 to win and both drivers were already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Two hundred-plus race teams from seven states made the trip to Hayes for the sixth annual special.Wolla found himself biding his time once up to third behind Tanner Black and Tyler Frye. He passed both on a restart and pulled away to get his first win of the season and first Kansas checkers.“It could take a month or more to get your first win of the year. You never know,” Wolla said. “It means a lot to us to be able to win here.”Black, Tripp Gaylord, Frye and Dylan Sherfick completed the top five. Hard charger Jordy Nelson started 22nd and finished sixth.Banged up in his heat race, Bowers was forced to make some quick repairs and was the final qualifier from his opening night ‘B’ feature. He motored from last on the starting grid to a credible 10th, then focused on getting his car race-ready for Saturday.After a challenging opening night, Steven Bowers Jr. scored the Saturday IMCA Modified victory at RPM Speedway. (Photo by Carl Larson)His Sunflower Classic sweep a year ago helped pave the way to the Jet Racing Central Region crown. Bowers showed Saturday that he could be a contender to repeat, starting sixth, passing veteran Marlyn Seidler for the lead and rocketing to the checkers.“We knew we had the hot rod to get to the front,” said Bowers, after getting draw help from young crew member Alexa Gaither. “This (home built) car has been updated from last year. We’ve got 100 shows on it so we’re very comfortable with it.”“Having the defending national champion here forced us all to step up our game,” he continued. “Hayes is one of the toughest tracks around to race at. It’s always fun racing with the Western Kansas guys.”Seidler, Jesse Richter Frye and Josh Vogt ran second through fifth, respectively. Wolla was sixth.Other Friday winners were Colin Heim in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Zach Olmstead in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Dustin Daniels in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mitch Bolton in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Saturday checkers also flew for Nichols in the Stocks, Luke Wassom in the Hobbies, Blaine Walt in the SportMods and Zach Bohlmeyer in the Sport Compacts.Nichols and Casey Woken chased Heim across the stripe. Angel Munoz was second and 19th starting Kyle Vanover third in Saturday’s Stock Car main.Cody Williams and Garrett Hager rounded out Friday’s Hobby Stock top three. Olmstead and Andrew Burg were closest when the 18th starting Wassom took the Saturday win.“We moved forward early. Mid-race the car started coming in and we got the middle line to work,” said Wassom, another driver in a home-built car and who turned more than a few heads with his lap times. “Driving from 18th to first is pretty rare.”Daniels won Friday’s SportMod main from 12th starting while Cody Thompson made his way from 24th to second and Tyler Watts was third. Walt, Olmstead and Thompson ran 1-2-3 on Saturday.Bolton’s opening night Sport Compact victory came ahead of Zach Bohlmeyer and John Martinez.Drake Bohlmeyer and Trenton Fugett completed Saturday’s top three.March 30Modifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. Tanner Black; 3. Tripp Gaylord; 4. Tyler Frye; 5. Dylan Sherfick; 6. Jordy Nelson; 7. Jeremy Frenier; 8. Clay Money; 9. Josh Vogt; 10. Steven Bowers Jr.; 11. Cody Gearhart; 12. Marlyn Seidler; 13. Eddie Belec; 14. Shane Hiatt; 15. David Murray Jr.; 16. Corey Cox; 17. Greg Gustus; 18. Brian Cross; 19. Bill Brack; 20. Ryan Gaylord; 21. Brandon Spanjer; 22. Danny Morrison; 23. Jeremy Zorn; 24. Mike Petersilie.Stock Cars – 1. Colin Heim; 2. Mike Nichols; 3. Casey Woken; 4. Jeff Tubbs; 5. B.J. Wagoner; 6. Chris Heim; 7. Dan Nelson; 8. Nolan Remus; 9. Tyler Tipton; 10. Kyle Pfeifer; 11. Nick Tubbs; 12. Jason Rogers; 13. Justin Bussell; 14. Travis Demitt; 15. Shannon Maughlin; 16. Shaylon Holloway; 17. Jeff Whiting; 18. Joe Bellm; 19. Beau Deschamp; 20. Troy Burkhart; 21. Kevin Wagoner; 22. Angel Munoz; 223. Mark Zorn; 24. Jason Schoenberger.Hobby Stocks – 1. Zach Olmstead; 2. Cody Williams; 3. Garrett Hager; 4. Andrew Burg; 5. Shay Simoneau; 6. Tathan Burkhart; 7. Duane Wahrman; 8. Luke Wassom; 9. Lyle Russell; 10. Wade Wagenblast; 11. Dillon Richards; 12. Brady Bencken; 13. Roger Garrison; 14. Eric Cross; 15. Chuck Ledbetter; 16. Colton Pfeifer; 17. Shawn Weigel; 18. Joel Dix; 19. Spencer Hilbrink; 20. Nicole Woods; 21. Braxton Berry; 22. Brian Stich; 23. Travis Coop; 24. Shane Grippin.Northern SportMods – 1. Dustin Daniels; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Tyler Watts; 4. Erik Laudenschlager; 5. Blaine Walt; 6. Dakota Sproul; 7. Tracy Holloway; 8. Rodger Peck; 9. Ronnie Hults; 10. Brian Barber; 11. Adam Weber; 12. Tony Dugan; 13. Ethan Braaksma; 14. Brian Murphy; 15. Jacob Fehler; 16. Zach Nitsch; 17. Eric Folstad; 18. Brenden Damon; 19. Nick Hankins; 20. Jacob Olmstead; 21. Brett Berry; 22. Brandon Wise; 23. Shane Meeks; 24. C.J. Pfannenstiel.Sport Compacts – 1. Mitch Bolton; 2. Zach Bohlmeyer; 3. John Martinez; 4. Drake Bohlmeyer; 5. Jakob Schwein; 6. Toby Schwein; 7. Lanny Bolton; 8. David Norquest; 9. Josh Black; 10. Joshua Young; 11. Billy Turner; 12. Art Herzog; 13. Otto Schutte; 14. Andrew Soderlund; 15. Monte Honas; 16. Madison Reed; 17. Noah Boller; 18. Richard Crow; 19. Trenton Fugett.March 31Modifieds – 1. Bowers; 2. Seidler; 3. Jesse Richter; 4. Frye; 5. Vogt; 6. Wolla; 7. Black; 8. Money; 9. Nelson; 10. Ryan Gaylord; 11. John Hansen; 12. Tyler Sutton; 13. Garrett Sporhase; 14. Curtis Barnes; 15. Frenier; 16. Kevin Gray; 17. Hiatt; 18. Ryan Heger; 19. Sherfick; 20. Jacob Hobscheidt; 21. Kaid Calhoon; 22. Petersilie; 23. Belec; 24. Tim Watts.Stock Cars – 1. Nichols; 2. Munoz; 3. Kyle Vanover; 4. Tipton; 5. Bellm; 6. Rogers; 7. Holloway; 8. Schoenberger; 9. Pfeifer; 10. Tanner Portenier; 11. Whiting; 12. Josh Schweitzer; 13. B.J. Wagoner; 14. Colin Heim; 15. Deschamp; 16. Nick Tubbs; 17. Jeff Tubbs; 18. Dusty Palmore; 19. Kyle Clough; 20. Kevin Wagoner; 21. Jason Davis; 22. Zach Schweitzer; 23. Woken; 24. Burkhart.Hobby Stocks – 1. Wassom; 2. Olmstead; 3. Burg; 4. Cross; 5. Russell; 6. Burkhart; 7. Wagenblast; 8. Caleb Hetrick; 9. Eric Chab; 10. Stich; 11. Pfeifer; 12. Dix; 13. Wahrman; 14. Brett Henke; 15. Woods; 16. Weigel; 17. Hager; 18. Brooke Russell; 19. Richards; 20. Hilbrink; 21. Williams; 22. Simoneau; 23. Bencken; 24. Grippin.Northern SportMods – 1. Walt; 2. Olmstead; 3. Thompson; 4. Sproul; 5. Laudenschlager; 6. Mitch Boesel; 7. Daniels; 8. Braaksma; 9. Holloway; 10. Meeks; 11. Fehler; 12. Berry; 13. Watts; 14. Folstad; 15. Murphy; 16. Dusty Masolini; 17. Hankins; 18. Pfannenstiel; 19. Ricky Saunders; 20. David Pitt; 21. Nitsch; 22. Hults; 23. Dugan; 24. Weber.Sport Compacts – 1. Zach Bohlmeyer; 2. Drake Bohlmeyer; 3. Fugett; 4. Lanny Bolton; 5. Crow; 6. Toby Schwein; 7. Martinez; 8. Mitch Bolton; 9. Soderlund; 10. Black; 11. Young; 12. Jakob Schwein; 13. Turner; 14. David Norquest; 15. Herzog; 16. Schutte; 17. Zachary Cardwell; 18. Boller; 19. Reed.
I know none of our programs will be at risk for having to face any penalties. At this point because of the APR scores we have reported, we are not in jeopardy of facing any penalties. – Kate Charipar, Utah’s assistant athletics director for compliance.20 Utah basketball players have departed since 2010SALT LAKE CITY — One of the reasons the NCAA instituted the Academic Progress Rating (APR) system in 2003 was to help slow the revolving doors of student-athletes leaving colleges on an annual basis. Many schools got in the habit of bringing players in, discarding them after a year and starting over with new players the next year.That was the situation at the University of Utah during the Rick Majerus Era, when an average of three players left the program every year during his 15-year tenure. With two coaching changes since Majerus, the revolving door has continued to be a problem at the U., particularly the past three years when 20 players have left the program, including 15 in the last two years alone.So with all that turnover, is the Utah program in danger of NCAA sanctions, which have hit major schools such as Syracuse and Connecticut in recent years?Surprisingly, no.Despite the 15 players leaving since Larry Krystkowiak became coach in April 2011, the Utah basketball program isn’t in any immediate danger of having sanctions leveled against the program such as Syracuse, which lost a couple of scholarships, or UConn, which is facing a one-year postseason ban in 2013.”I know none of our programs will be at risk for having to face any penalties,” said Kate Charipar, Utah’s assistant athletics director for compliance. “At this point because of the APR scores we have reported, we are not in jeopardy of facing any penalties.”The scores for the 2011-12 school year won’t be reported until the fall, but Charipar and Krystkowiak are confident the basketball program’s APR number will still be above the four-year 925 minimum set by the NCAA and well above the four-year rate of 900 that determines if teams are ineligible for postseason competition.You can give part of the credit for that to former Ute coach Jim Boylen. Even though he may not have left Krystkowiak with great players, at least he kept his players going to class, made sure they graduated, and kept watch on their grade-point averages.The Utah basketball program had perfect APR scores of 1,000 for both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years and a 980 score in 2008-09. Because the APR is based on a four-year rolling number, the basketball numbers should be well above the NCAA benchmark even with a lower number this year, following a 913 last year.The APR is quite complicated, but it basically comes down to points being given to each athlete in each sport for staying in the program and keeping a grade-point average of at least 2.6. If a player does transfer, no points are deducted as long as he finishes his semester and goes to another four-year school. The minimum number of 925 means a program has 92.5 percent of the possible retention and eligibility points.Krystkowiak says he believes in the purpose of the APR, but feels like it can hurt schools when there is a change in coaches.”I would say the APR is valid,” Krystkowiak said. “I would argue, based on what happened to us last year, so much of that is out of our control. But I guess the penalty applies to the school.”Krystkowiak is referring to the fact that after Boylen was let go, a couple of his players left without high enough GPAs and some went to two-year colleges, both of which cost the program APR points. The 913 basketball APR number was the lowest in six years, but a single year’s score doesn’t hurt a program.When he was named coach at Utah in April 2011, Krystkowiak didn’t try to talk any of the players he inherited into staying.Four stuck around — David Foster, Jason Washburn, Chris Hines and Josh Watkins — but another eight players transferred out of the program.”I’m not going to keep a young man around here if it doesn’t make any sense,” Krystkowiak said. “I’m not going to try to talk him out of it over losing an APR point. I think at the end of the day, you try to do what’s right by the kid.”Back when the APR was first instituted in 2003, the Ute basketball program had a very low number. Majerus was the coach at the time and despite his incessant talk about his team’s great “academic endeavor,” it wasn’t in very good shape, APR-wise, when he left in 2004.Utah’s initial APR score was just 837 for the 2003-04 season, way below the cutoff line of 925, and it took all of Ray Gicaoletti’s three-year reign to get the number above the cutoff.Because the APR is a multi-year score, designed not to penalize a single poor year, the Utes were OK for a couple of years as the APR gradually took effect.Aftter Giacoletti’s first year, when a few players left the program, the score was 913, raising the two-year average to 875. The next two years, the basketball program’s scores were 980 and 980, respectively, bringing it above the NCAA minimum.That was also the score for Boylen’s first year and he followed that with perfect scores of 1,000 in 2008-09 and 2009-10. After the 2010 season, the Utah basketball program’s multi-year rating was 990, one of the best in the nation.Then last year when the coaching change was made and several players left the team, the Utes’ APR score dropped to 913 for the 2010-11 school year.The score for this year won’t be determined until the fall when the next school year begins and the retention points officially kick in. However, the Ute numbers will be down again with at least one player heading to a junior college and the possibility of not every player getting at least a 2.6 GPA this past semester, although no players left early.But say the Utes get another 913 this year, their four-year average would still be 956, well above the 925 minimum required on the multi-year average. However, with the NCAA gradually increasing its standards in future years with a 930 four-year APR average required by 2014-15, the Utah basketball program can’t have any more years like the past two.”Kids ask to transfer every year,” said Krystkowiak, who pointed to a recent report that said more than 500 players transferred from Division I schools. “You’re going to have a little bit of that, but if you can have those guys lined up academically and not go to a juco, you can protect yourself a little bit.”Although it was obvious that the Utes preferred to upgrade their roster at most positions after their disastrous 6-25 season, the players who decided to leave — or were gently nudged out the door — are leaving on good terms with the Utah program.”I see these guys every day,” Krystkowiak said, just before the spring semester ended. “They’re still part of our team and have helped us recruit. I told those guys, ‘Go up and introduce yourselves (to recruits). We have nothing to hide. If they want to ask questions, be truthful.’ “It helped that players such as Watkins, who was dismissed from the team in January, stuck it out and finished the semester and got his degree. If he had dropped out of school and not finished the semester, Utah would have lost two points, which translates into about 40 points on the APR score.”The APR is about making sure your guys are taking care of business,” Krystkowiak said. “We’re trying to control what we can and get these kids to good places and making sure they take care of their school work. At the end of the day if you do those two things, you don’t get hit with any (negative APR) points.”email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A rough four-hole stretch on the back nine dropped Tony Finau from contention in the FedEx Cup competition as the Utah native finished in sixth place in the season-long FedEx Cup standings.Finau shot a 2-over-par 72 Sunday to finish at 277 in a tie for 15th at the Tour Championship at East Lake CC in Atlanta, eight shots behind winner Tiger Woods.He ended up sixth in the FedEx Cup standings, which gave him a bonus check of $800,000 in addition to getting $190,800 to finish tied for 15th in the tournament.Finau had started the day in a tie for sixth place in the tournament and had a chance to win the overall FedEx Cup with a high finish. However, after sinking a birdie at No. 4 and making the turn at 1-under for the day and 6-under for the tournament, Finau made bogeys on the next four holes, 10, 11, 12 and 13.He got it back to 3-under for the tourney with a birdie at No. 16, but he needed a few more birdies on the day to have a chance at catching eventual FedEx Cup winner Justin Rose, who received the $10 million bonus.Finau will now get ready for this week’s Ryder Cup, which will be played Friday through Sunday in Paris.
Josep Bosch Negredo does not have a place at Mestalla and he knows his days are now numbered. The club’s sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, is in Italy, more concretely in Milan, to find a team for the former Spain internaional. CEST Pako Ayestaran’s new project at Valencia will involve re-shaping the first team squad. One of the players who will not continue is the striker Alvaro Negredo, who already knows the club’s intentions to let him leave. Negredo values the fact Valencia have been honest with him about the situation: “The club have acted well and have been sincere, I now have to take responsibility for my situation and look for an alternative [club].” Inter or Milan could sign Negredo. The former may allow Mauro Icardi to leave this summer and with the money that brings in they would have more than enough cash to do a deal with Los Che. Icardi, 23, is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United, among other clubs, and could be sold for 40 million euros. Negredo would replace him at Inter, who feel the Valencia striker will benefit from a change of scenery. 26/05/2016 at 17:39
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