Demba Ba’s 28th-minute goal saw Chelsea return above Tottenham to third place in the Barclays Premier League for 24 hours at least, ahead of Sunday’s north London derby. West Brom had not won a league match at Chelsea in almost 35 years, and although owner Roman Abramovich may be content with Benitez in charge until the end of the season and a fifth win in seven games, that may not be enough to appease Blues fans. Press Association Chelsea claimed a routine 1-0 win over West Brom as Rafael Benitez made a victorious Stamford Bridge return following his midweek criticism of Blues supporters. Benitez says he will decide whether Terry, with his fitness travails, can play twice a week and the defender’s armband was passed to Frank Lampard, who moved equal with John Hollins as the club’s third-highest appearance maker on 592. Chelsea almost went ahead in the fourth minute as Ba crossed from the right for Oscar, but Ben Foster saved instinctively. Juan Mata, on his 100th Chelsea appearance, volleyed wide across goal before Steven Reid’s long-range effort was tipped over by Petr Cech. Eden Hazard almost took advantage of indecision in the Baggies defence before Claudio Yacob’s foul on Oscar presented Chelsea with a free-kick opportunity. David Luiz’s effort ricocheted off the wall and Foster scrambled it out for a corner, from which Chelsea went in front. The left-sided set-piece was played short to Oscar, whose inswinging cross towards the back post found Luiz who headed the ball back across goal for Ba to sweep it in. Lampard, seeking his 200th Chelsea goal, had an effort ruled out early in the second half, with Mata flagged offside in the build-up. After 60 minutes, Benitez and the Blues fans reacted in unison in appeal for a penalty. Oscar’s lofted ball forward was brought down by Hazard, who went down under pressure from Jonas Olsson, but referee Kevin Friend was unmoved. Chelsea again threatened and again Foster saved from Oscar. Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross was headed down by Ba for the Brazilian, who scuffed his shot straight at the goalkeeper. Oscar again saw an effort saved by Foster before Cech had to tip over a dipping Odemwingie free-kick. Cech was called upon from the resulting corner as the ball was directed goalwards off the head of his team-mate Azpilicueta. Foster came up for a stoppage-time corner, but the hosts held on for three points to the relief of Benitez.
Boss Nigel Pearson admits Leicester have been “trying to forget” their Manchester United heroics ever since they beat them 5-3. Leicester have failed to lift themselves off the bottom of the table after the run, despite winning two and drawing one of their last four league games. And Pearson, who guided the Foxes to a 2-1 FA Cup win at Tottenham last week, insists they must ignore the reminders of the past and focus on the present. He said: “We’ve been trying to forget about it ever since. It was great but until we beat Hull (in December) that was the last time we won. “I think the best thing for us to do is concentrate on what we are doing at the moment. “I don’t know if it has affected anything. It obviously has as the question has been asked. “I don’t spend much time looking at those angles. The game at our place was a very good result for us, we had a very good second half and scored at vital times. “But those are not the sort of events that happen every week.” Van Gaal admitted United looked unbalanced during their defeat at the King Power Stadium, where they played a diamond, and fans have called for him to shelve his preferred 3-5-2 formation and switch to 4-4-2. Pearson has sympathy for the Dutchman and insisted van Gaal’s United overhaul will take time. “I’ve never been in any doubt their manager will play the way he wants to,” he said. “But it may be a situation where he gets all his players in before the way he totally wants to play. That happens with everyone, it happened with us. “I would hope whoever we play have a healthy respect for us. But his track record as a manager is outstanding and he’s proved many times over the years he is capable of building sides. Over the initial building period there is rebuilding to do. “I can only speak from my own experience but you have to get enough results while you’re going through the building process to keep people on side or keep your job.” The Foxes face a rematch with United when they go to Old Trafford on Saturday. Their 5-3 win against Louis van Gaal’s side in September was their standout victory of the Barclays Premier League season – but it sparked a 13-game winless streak. Press Association read more
All of this evenings games throw-in at 7.30. In Group 2 Aherlow Gaels take on Moyle Rovers in Cahir while New Inn is the venue for the clash between Ballyporeen and Drom & inch.Group 3 action has Arravale Rovers up against Moycarkey Borris in Golden while Loughmore Castleiney and Galtee Rovers – St Pecaun meet in Boherlahan.Clonmel Commercials take on Moyne Templetouhy in Fethard in Group 4 while JK Brackens and Cahir meet in Kickham Park.
Anthony Joshua didn’t just lose three world heavyweight titles and an undefeated record when he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in a generationHe lost his aura, his growing sense of invincibility. So Joshua has had to reinvent himself, strip everything back and, in a sense, start all over.That began by going back to his roots in Nigeria. “Because of boxing, I’ve never had time to go there,” Joshua told The Associated Press of his first return in 17 years to the homeland of his parents and where he briefly went to boarding school at the age of 11. “In Nigeria, the people love you for you, not for what you have.” At the lowest point of his professional career and with people starting to question him for the first time, Joshua needed time to reflect and to have a dose of reality. He visited Makoko, a slum just off mainland Lagos that is largely a floating community of wooden homes on swampland.Joshua is adored there, and they mobbed their icon.“It was good to see hope,” Joshua recalled.“Anyone that can bring hope to you, they appreciate it and they appreciate my journey so far. That’s what I liked. We’re on a journey.”Joshua’s journey took an unexpected detour with that loss to Ruiz Jr. in June. But it may well be the making of him.The Briton heads into the rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today as something of a changed man. More humble, more accepting of vicissitudes of his sport, and eager to learn from his mistakes.Joshua accepts there were plenty of them before the first fight in Madison Square Garden.He still won’t say exactly what went wrong that night in New York, but he acknowledges he “wasn’t prepared” for the challenge of Ruiz Jr. – a portly Mexican with a big heart, fast hands and unexpected power.Ruiz Jr., who stood in as a late replacement after Jarrell Miller failed multiple doping tests, knocked down Joshua four times before the fight was stopped in the seventh round, the defeated champion somewhat dazed and dishevelled. Joshua has ignored some calls to dispense with his long-time trainer, Rob McCracken – the pair go way back, to before Joshua won an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games – but has changed his sparring partners, his routines, and his mentality.“Last time when I lost, I understood why,” Joshua told the AP in a phone interview after arriving in Riyadh.“I took it like a man, I’d say. I took it like a champion should. Because I understood my mistakes. And I’ve changed them, I’ve rectified them.“If anything wasn’t to go my way this time, I just have to say the man is better than me. He is a tricky customer but I think I’m a better fighter than him, even though I didn’t get the decision last time. I went straight back in. I didn’t say, ‘Ah, I need a warm-up fight.’ I knew where I went wrong. I know how to improve it, and I’ve done that.”Time will tell, but there’s a sense Joshua is more comfortable in Saudi Arabia than he was in the bright lights of New York five months ago, when he was making his U.S. debut and, maybe, took his eye off the ball.While retaining that chiselled physique that could not contrast more with Ruiz Jr.’s, Joshua looked slimmer and lighter during his public workouts in Riyadh this week.And because he is having to prove himself all over again, Joshua said he compares this fight with the first of the 23 in his pro career. “I have erased the old fight from my memory and I’m approaching it like I’m fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world, which I am. I’m not looking at it as a rematch,” Joshua said.“Even though I’ve had a belt around my waist, I’ve always had that challenger mindset because even in my 15th fight, I challenged for the British title. The 16th (was for the) world title, defend, defend, challenge again, so it’s part and parcel of the game now. I’m used to the tough challenges.” Another loss to Ruiz Jr. – in a fight with a reported $70 million purse and being televised by the DAZN streaming service – and there would be serious questions about Joshua, one of Britain’s most celebrated sportsmen and someone whose career trajectory was only heading one way until last summer. Fights with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury would be further away than ever. But he’s not thinking that way. He’s embracing taking boxing to a new audience, shrugging off the fact that the fight will take place in a kingdom where there are human-rights concerns, and is desperate to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO belts.“Of course people doubt me,” Joshua said. “But the main thing is I’m still here. I’m not discouraged. That’s all I can say.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Facebook27Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Rob Rice HomesChristina Janis has joined the team of Epic Realty, the brokerage that represents Rob Rice Homes in four of the nine communities where Rob is currently building. For nearly 27 years, Epic Realty has specialized in marketing local new home construction.“Christina is a valuable addition, passionate about serving our homebuyers and making it easier for their brokers to advise them through the process,” says Helena Rice, co-owner of Epic Realty who noticed Christina’s professionalism during a transaction at the Rob Rice Community of Chestnut Village in Olympia, Washington. “She is gracious and well-respected among the real estate community here and has a keen sense of what buyers need.”Christina Janis is the newest Realtor team member with Epic Realty.Before real estate, Christina worked for Providence St. Peter’s Hospital and owned her own fitness center franchise. But, she had always dreamed of being in real estate, something she identifies now as a calling. Christina started her real estate career at Keller Williams Realty South Sound, where she was a Realtor with the Red Door Group and developed her skills representing buyers.“Though I am on the seller side now with Rob Rice Homes, I share this builder’s concern for superior customer care and a compassion for home buyers,” says Christina. “I have learned how to listen to people. Don’t talk, don’t sell, just try to understand them. Knowing what they want helps alleviate their stress.”Christina is currently on site at the Rob Rice Community of Evergreen Heights in Lacey, Washington where she says the easy access to I-5 as well as the luxury rambler and master-down floorplans make the homes highly desirable for military and military retirees, something Janis understands as a retired military spouse.This community is ideally located in Lacey with quick access to I-5 in a lovely setting.“The homes are amazing,” Janis remarks. “I know from being in the business here that Rob Rice has a reputation for class and quality. There is a reason he is considered the Best of South Sound. I cannot imagine representing any other builder and it is the biggest reason I accepted the position.”Christina has lived in Thurston County for more than 30 years and is a graduate of North Thurston High School. She has three grown daughters and her eldest was born in Germany, one of the many places the family lived while her husband was active duty military.Christina welcomes visitors at Evergreen Heights Friday through Monday.Janis is a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Lacey South Sound Chamber, Thurston County Realtors Association, Multiple Listing Service Association. She volunteers for Homes First! Affordable Rental Housing and the Salvation Army Community Soup Kitchen.She is an avid runner and is part of various local running clubs. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and kayaking.Christina welcomes visitors at Evergreen Heights Friday through Monday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. She is available throughout the week by email at Christina@RobRiceHomes.com or by calling (360) 888-2295. read more