Latest: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Costa puts Blues on course for win

first_imgDiego Costa’s 15th goal of a prolific campaign put Chelsea on the verge of another home victory.The Spain striker pounced just shy of the hour mark, driving the ball in from 15 yards after a fine move involving Eden Hazard and Oscar.Oscar had put the Blues in front just before half-time when he converted Branislav Ivanovic’s pull-back.Newcastle will have felt hard done by going in at the break a goal down as they were much the better team in the first half.Petr Cech made good saves from Yoann Gouffran’s free-kick and Remy Cabella’s drive, while Moussa Sissoko hit the outside of the post.But Chelsea, chasing their 10th win in their 10th home league game this season, were much improved after the restart.And their vaunted front four clicked into gear to create Chelsea’s second goal, with Hazard feeding Oscar in the box and the Brazilian teeing up Costa, who took a touch before drilling home. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Courtois, Cahill, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Remy, Drogba. Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Colback; Cabella, Perez, Gouffran.Subs: Woodman, Santon, Haidara, Ameobi, Vuckic, Armstrong, Riviere.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Team SA sparkles in Melbourne

first_img27 March 2006Team South Africa closed off its Commonwealth Games campaign with a flurry of medals in Melbourne over the weekend to secure fifth position on the medals table behind Australia, England, Canada and India.South Africa finished with 38 medals, made up of 12 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals. While this was less than the 46 medals in total won in Manchester four years ago, the team won three more gold medals than in 2002.Australia topped the medals table with 221, including 84 golds, followed by England with 110 medals (36 golds), Canada with 86 (26 golds) and India with 50 (22 golds).Swimmer Roland Schoeman was South Africa’s most successful competitor, winning three gold medals – in the 50 metres butterfly, 50 metres freestyle and 4×100 metres freestyle – as well as bronze in the 100 metres freestyle.Throwing for goldThe country fared particularly well in field events in athletics, led by gold medalists Janus Robberts in the shot putt, Elizna Naude in the discus, Sunette Viljoen in the javelin, and Anika Smit in the high jump.On Friday, Chris Harmse, who often in the past has missed major championships because the hammer throw has fallen on a Sunday – he refuses to compete on that day due to his religious beliefs – captured a bronze medal.His distance of 73.81 metres was a long way off his Commonwealth record of 80.63 metres. Australia’s Stuart Rendall won the event with a throw of 77.53 metres.Triple jump silverKhotso Mokoena snatched silver for South Africa in the triple jump on Sunday, registerimg 16.95 metres to finish second to England’s Philips Idowu, who jumped 17.45 metres.Also on Sunday, the men’s 4×100 metres relay team annexed the silver medal behind Jamaica, running a time of 38.96.Then, in the final track event, the men’s 4×400 metres relay, SA edged Jamaica by a tenth of a second to claim another silver medal. Australia took the gold.Boxing successThere was of success for South Africa in the ring on Saturday, with welterweight boxer Bongani Mwelase taking the title from India’s Vijender on a 33-26 decision.Jackson Chauke claimed silver in the flyweight class, losing in the third round to England’s Don Broadhurst after trailing 25-5.After his win, Mwelase indicated that he was willing to remain an amateur until the 2008 Beijing Olympics.“This is good for boxing,” Mwelase said. “Maybe there’s some money for me now, but I want to hang on for the Beijing Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games [in 2010].”Second in road raceOn Sunday, David George added another silver medal to South Africa’s medal haul in the cycling road race. Surrounded by a powerful team, George made a decisive break on lap 14 with Ryan Cox and Australia’s Mathew Hayman.Four kilometres from home, Hayman made his bid for glory, leaving the South African duo trailing in his wake. George, though, held on for second place ahead of pre-race favourite Allan Davis of Australia. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Run a marathon for Madiba

first_imgComrades winners Bruce Fordyce and Bongumusa Mthembu at the launch announcement of the 2014 Mandela Marathon. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) • Mbali Ndlovu communications director uMgungundlovu District Municipality +27 33 897 6713 [email protected] • Mandela deeds in motion • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Mandela Day has improved South Africa’s generosity • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneySulaiman PhilipIt would take you, no matter the traffic, 35 minutes to get from Imbali in Pietermaritzburg to Tweedie in Howick by car. But where is the fun in that? Instead, like thousands of other runners, you can take part in this year’s Mandela Day Marathon.Do marathon runners take in the scenery they are racing past? If they did, the Mandela Marathon would offer some spectacular eye candy. The route takes runners through some of the most beautiful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal. Leaving Pietermaritzburg behind, it ascends to Sweetwater, up the Challenge Climb to Hilton, before the downhill to Cedara and its magnificent views of the Midlands and Midmar Dam. The trail run and mountain bike rides take place on 30 August; the road run follows the next day.Mbali Ndlovu, communications director for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, says the route has to be a test for runners. It celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, she says, but demands that we remember the struggles that made him the man we revere. “It is an uphill race, but when [they] reach the hill runners can celebrate overcoming the biggest challenge. In Mandela’s spirit we want people to recognise that no matter how hard the hills or how long the journey, you can only overcome them if you persevere.”The race route, the start and end points are tied into the history and legend of Mandela the Black Pimpernel. Manaye Hall in Imbali hosted an ANC organised All In Africa conference on 25 March 1961. Mandela, then on the run, attended as a surprise speaker. In his last speech as a free man he urged the delegates to adopt the principle of one person, one vote.Forty two kilometres later the race ends in Howick, at the site of the roadblock where Mandela was captured in August 1962. “Do you think that Madiba’s nerves were on edge while he was on the run?” Ndlovu asks before continuing. “Life is more complicated than a race but you don’t get anywhere in life without putting in a little effort. That’s the lesson we want people to take away from their weekend as our guests.”Among the race ambassadors, who will be taking part in the invitation only 46664 race, are Comrades Marathon winners Bruce Fordyce and Bongumusa Mthembu. Race ambassador and Springbok runner Jenna Challenor says that running frees her soul. “Is there a better feeling than accomplishing a goal you have trained hard to get?” It is this spirit of achievement through personal sacrifice that ties the sweat and effort of the runners to the spirit of Mandela.There is also the R500 000 – 20% of all entrance fees – that the host uMgungundlovu District Municipality is donating to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The money has been earmarked for literacy programmes the foundation will identify in the very rural part of KwaZulu-Natal.First held in 2012 with just 1 500 runners, this year the organisers, the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics Association, are hoping to have at least 10 000 registered participants when entries close on 31 July. Participants can take part in the marathon, a 21km run or a 10km fun run. There is also, for the more adventurous, a 15km trail run around Howick plus mountain bike races of 42km, 21km and 10km.For the serious runners, completing a marathon – and the Mandela run is a qualifier for the Comrades – is a personal achievement. For the less serious runners and for the families, the race organisers have included the shorter distances. “There is a certain mystique to finishing a marathon but not everyone can. So we have the shorter distances. We wanted to be inclusive so we added the shorter distance, one that entire families can participate in together,” Ndlovu explains.“We hope that the race becomes as big as the Comrades one day.” For the municipality, the race is part of its development plans. “Most tourists are passing through on their way to Durban or spend the day driving along the Midlands Meander. We want people to choose to spend their time and their money here. As the race grows in popularity it will be a big part of our tourism and economic development programme.”last_img read more

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Match moments in South Africa vs Netherlands World Cup tie

first_imgThe record 221-run third wicket partnership between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers took the match away from the Dutch.Though the Netherlands bowlers had scalped skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis early, Amla and de Villiers more than made up for that loss with that partnership during the World Cup Group B match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers’s impressive 134 off just 126 balls earned him the MoM award. And rightly so as it his hit batting that dented all hopes that the Dutch had the match.last_img

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2009 NTL – The time is near

first_imgThe 2009 X-Blades National Touch League commences shortly.Attached is an Expose on all the latest information, previews and photos of the Port Macquarie floods in February.Click on the attachment to download.Related Files2009_ntl_expose-pdflast_img

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Fort St John celebrates Canada Day in the rain

first_imgAfter the Parade, Mayor Lori Ackerman announced the top three floats.  In third place was ProStreet Automotive.  Second, went to Westjet Encore and first to the Doig River First Nation.To wrap up the day, the City of Fort St. John will show a fireworks display at Surerus Ball Diamonds starting at 10:45 p.m.  Fireworks are still planned to happen even with rain in the forecast for Sunday night.  If that changes, we will post an update or you can follow the City of FSJ Recreation Facebook page.Below are a number of pictures from the parade and events in Centennial Park. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Although the weather didn’t co-operate, residents came out in full force to celebrate Canada Day in Fort St. John.The day started with the pancake breakfast at the Fort St. John Fire Hall. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, which helps local families cover medical travel expenses.From there most of the activities took place around Centennial Park.  Evangel Chapel held Church in the Park and there were live music, bouncy castles and other fun family entertainment.  You can still enjoy the fun in Centennial Park until 4 p.m. Sunday.  A live stream of the main stage has been made possible by Poorboy Trucking.  You can watch the stream at www.energeticcity.ca/live or at www.facebook.com/energeticcitylast_img read more

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NCAA hits Ohio State with 1year bowl ban loss of scholarships

The Ohio State football program has received a one-year postseason ban for the 2012 season and a loss of scholarships from the NCAA Committee of Infractions. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the Buckeyes will be allowed to play in the Gator Bowl against the University of Florida on Jan. 2, but will forfeit postseason eligibility next season, which would include a possible berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game and a bowl game.  OSU will also face a reduction of four scholarships over the next three years in addition to the five scholarships the school already forfeited over that time period, according to the report. The NCAA has added an another year of probation the the football program’s self-imposed two-year probation. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel has been handed a five-year “show cause” penalty for his role in the violations meaning any program that attempts to hire him in the next five years could face NCAA sanctions. The penalties stem from a series of NCAA violations the OSU football program committed dating back to December 2010 when OSU became mired in a scandal involving players receiving improper benefits including discounts on tattoos.  The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Jan. 2 in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., where the team will play Florida. read more

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Commentary New York Giants rough start hard to watch for lifelong fans

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (right) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at Soldier Field Oct. 10. The Bears won, 27-21.Credit: Courtesy of MCTTwelve dollars. That’s all I spent on a New York Giants football sweatshirt that I’m truthfully too scared to wear at the risk of being ridiculed. It’s hard enough being a fan of a football team in a different state, but it’s even harder when that team has yet to win one of its six games this season.I was born and raised in New Jersey, so being a New York Giants fan is all I’ve ever known. I was taught that the Giants are the best and that I’m supposed to hate the Philadelphia Eagles … which I do. Being a fan of the G-men has never been a problem until this season.Coach Tom Coughlin is 67 and is in his 10th year coaching the team. He’s one of the oldest NFL coaches ever, but after earning a pair of Super Bowl rings for the Giants, it doesn’t appear he’ll be going away anytime soon.The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last six years (2008 and 2012). With a history like that, you would think that they would be a team to fear. This year, not so much. They’ve had their worst start to a season since 1976 and quarterback Eli Manning has had arguably the worst season of his career, currently leading the league in interceptions with 15. Ouch. That’s gotta be rough while his big brother Peyton and the Broncos are having an awesome season, winning their first six games and leading the league in total offense, passing yards and points scored.Since I’m a fan of Ohio State football as well, I can’t imagine how current Giant players, former Buckeyes Jonathan Hankins and Jim Cordle feel right now. Playing on the OSU football team has spoiled them into not really knowing what a losing consistently feels like. In Cordle’s five years at OSU (he redshirted in 2005), the team was a combined 54-10, and in Hankins’ three years, the Buckeyes were 30-8, including the 12 vacated wins in 2010.My goal is not to bash the team I’ve grown up watching, it’s to share a little bit of my disappointment OSU fans might not understand. This is the first time my friends who are Cleveland Browns (3-3) fans are laughing at me.In my mind, this season is over for the Giants. Will I still watch the games? Yes. Will I still have hope that they can win a game? Of course. Will I wear that $12 sweatshirt anytime soon? To be determined. But I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to come anywhere close to the playoffs at this point, so my heart is a little broken for them. read more

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Benitez believes that Shelvey should play in the World Cup

first_imgGareth Southgate is about to name the squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia and Rafael Benitez believes that Jonjo Shelvey would fully deserve to be a part of it.The Spanish coach could see how important the English midfielder was for his side this season and he was amazed by the improvement that Shelvey made this year – and because all of this, he should at least be considered to be called up.The former Real Madrid coach spoke about his side’s player as he said, according to Talk Sport:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The way that he has been behaving and playing during the season, especially at the end of the season, I think he is a different kind of midfielder so I am sure he will be in consideration.”“He will be one of the names in the head of the manager until the last minute.”“I think he deserves to be there, especially because of the characteristics that he has and the way he was behaving himself in the last month.”last_img read more

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