Chelsea were frustrated in a goalless first half at Villa Park after Nemanja Matic saw what looked like the opener ruled out.The Serbian bundled in at the far post late in the half but Chelsea’s celebrations were cut short as referee Chris Foy chalked it off for handball.The Blues looked the more likely to score, with recalled Brazilians Oscar and Willian both firing narrowly wide.The fit-again Fernando Torres has impressed with his workrate but fired wastefully wide of the near post in his only clear sight of goal.The home side’s best moments have come on the break, with Christian Benteke the focal point.The big Belgian headed wide from Fabian Delph’s teasing cross and also fashioned a firmly struck volley just wide of Petr Cech’s far post.After Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Hull earlier in the day, Chelsea will not be wanting to drop crucial points in the title race.However Jose Mourinho also has one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League second leg at home to Galatasaray and has shuffled his pack, with Samuel Eto’o, Frank Lampard and Andre Schurrle dropping out.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
NEW YORK — Big expectations followed Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa from the moment each was drafted just a few years ago.It didn’t take long for both to deliver.Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year on Nov. 16, and Correa took the American League prize in a close vote by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Correa explained on a conference call from his home in Puerto Rico, where he said thousands of proud supporters were waiting to celebrate with him. “It really means a lot not only for them, but me as well.”The surprise top pick in the 2012 amateur draft, Correa recalled how some questioned whether he warranted that selection. But by June this year, he was starting at shortstop in the majors and leading the young Houston Astros toward the playoffs.Bryant, chosen second overall by the Chicago Cubs in 2013, made his big league debut on April 17. The third baseman quickly became an All-Star on a rising team that also reached the postseason.“I think we’re in very similar situations in that we’re surrounded by a lot of young guys,” Bryant said. “I think the only expectations that really matter are the ones you put on yourself. I definitely exceeded my own expectations.”The 23-year-old Bryant batted .275 and led big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.Seeking their first championship since 1908, the Cubs were swept by the New York Mets in the NLCS.“I think there is a way to top this year and that’s to win the World Series,” Bryant said. “I think heading into next year this whole experience is going to help myself and our whole team in general.”Bryant received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points in balloting by the BBWAA. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy was second with 70 points, and Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang third with 28 points.Correa received 17 firsts and 13 seconds for 124 points. Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor was second with 13 firsts, 14 seconds and two thirds for 109 points, and Minnesota designated hitter Miguel Sano was third with 20 points.Correa began this year in Double-A and made his major league debut June 8. He hit .279 with 22 homers, 68 RBIs and 14 steals, helping the Astros make their first postseason appearance in a decade. The youngest position player in the major leagues, he turned 21 in September.“It’s like a season that I only thought was going to happen in a dream,” said Correa, who acknowledged the metal plate in his right leg caused him pain much of the year.Correa’s 2014 season with Class A Lancaster was cut short in June because of a broken right ankle.Houston’s only previous Rookie of the Year was Jeff Bagwell, who won the 1991 NL honor. Bryant is the Cubs’ sixth winner and first since catcher Geovany Soto in 2008.Bryant and Correa each had the $507,500 minimum salary in the majors.Houston gave Correa his debut after making sure he won’t be eligible for arbitration until following the 2018 season.Bryant was left in the minors at the start of the season despite showing off his prodigious power during an outstanding spring training. Chicago brought up Bryant after waiting just long enough to ensure he cannot become a free agent until after the 2021 season.“I think I played with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder this year, and I think it’s good to play that way sometimes,” Bryant said. “In high school I kind of got labeled like I didn’t really care about playing just because I was so relaxed out there, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth.”___By Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Baseball Writer. AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum, and AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen in Chicago contributed TweetPinShare0 Shares
Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management recognises the critical role that many volunteers play in the coordination of touring teams on a yearly basis & therefore extend an invitation for suitably experienced personnel to apply to be a part of the 2007 World Cup TFA Tour Management.The World Cup of Touch Football is to be conducted in South Africa from the 17th to the 20th of January 2007. Australian Teams will be departing on a range of dates from the 12th of January with overall coordination to be determined to ensure administrative support to each departure. Overall return dates are flexible due to the candidates having the opportunity to extend. TFA requests that all interested members supply in writing an application for consideration. This application will demonstrate key attributes & relevant experience that will support the TFA Tour Manager. There is no requirement to supply curriculum vitae however the expression of interest should cover the following areas: Previous Tour Management or Coordination experienceCurrent contribution in this capacityAny relevant qualifications International experience or awareness of South Africa may be an advantageThe expression should be no longer than 500 words & received by COB Friday the 6th of October. This document should be forwarded to both Colm Maguire at [email protected] & Jon Pratt [email protected]
TagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion.
Twitter/@pac12We’re months away from the start of the Pac-12 football season, but it is not too early to start getting your wagers in order for the 2015 season. Sportsbook 5Dimes has released its moneyline odds for each Pac-12 team for the upcoming season. As you’d expect, Oregon is a pretty heavy favorite to capture the crown at +200, with UCLA and USC tied with the second best odds at +450. Conference basement-dweller Colorado brings up the rear at +6000. The super-confident Buffs fans can take home a pretty pay day if they think their team can do the unthinkable this fall.Here are the full odds, via 5Dimes.
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Jack Wilshere’s latest injury setback is taking longer than expected to recover fromThe former Arsenal midfielder’s start to life at West Ham continues to be put on hold after sustaining another ankle injury this month.Wilshere had undergone surgery on his left ankle in September and made his return for West Ham in a five-minute cameo in their 3-0 win over Newcastle at the beginning of this month.But now Wilshere is struggling with a problem in his right ankle and will be sidelined for West Ham’s trip to Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Is it more serious than first thought?” Maybe, because when he felt the pain it was in his ‘good’ ankle – it was not the ankle where he had the surgery,” said Pellegrini, according to Daily Mirror.“We hoped it was just a pain and that he could adjust for two or three days but for different things it has been longer than we expected.“It is very difficult to know. Maybe the doctor can answer better than me – on Wednesday he did a medical examination and when we get the results we will know.”Wilshere has made just five appearances for West Ham this season after arriving on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer.
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