Corinthians 1 Chelsea 0Paolo Guerrero’s winner condemned Chelsea to defeat in the Club World Cup final in Japan.Corinthians’ 69th-minute breakthrough came when Danilo’s shot was blocked by Gary Cahill and the ball looped towards Guerrero, who headed past three players – Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Ramires – on the line.AdChoices广告And Chelsea finished the match with 10 men after Cahill was red-carded in the 90th minute following a tangle with Emerson.The European champions, with the fit-again Frank Lampard restored as captain and Luiz back in the centre of defence, almost went ahead in the first half when Cahill’s close-range shot was stopped on the line by keeper Cassio.An error by Cahill then handed a chance to Emerson, who fired wastefully over.The Blues had another let-off when Guerrero wriggled away from Cahill and Luiz before mis-hitting a shot towards Emerson, whose effort from a tight angle struck the outside of the post.But Chelsea finished the half strongly and Cassio had to produce good saves to deny Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and Juan Mata.The impressive Cassio also kept out Eden Hazard before Corinthians broke the deadlock following a spell of pressure.Cassio came up with more heroics five minutes from time, pulling off a point-blank save from Torres, who should have scored.After Cahill’s dismissal, Torres did find the net but was in an offside position to head in Oscar’s cross.Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 83), Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses (Oscar 72), Mata, Hazard (Marin 86), Torres.Subs not used: Turnbull, Mikel, Ferreira, Sturridge, Terry, Bertrand, Piazon, Saville, Hilario. See also:Frustrated Lampard bemoans Chelsea’s missed chancesChelsea v Corinthians player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ==
Manchester United confirmed on Thursday they had completed the signing of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.The 25-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford with an option to extend for a further year.The long-anticipated deal, with an initial fee of around £47 million ($61.2 million), was finalised after Fernandes, who has 19 international caps, agreed personal terms and passed a medical.“We have been tracking Bruno for many months and everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Most importantly he is a terrific human being with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see.”Fernandes said he was delighted to be joining the club, who are fifth in the Premier League table.“My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club,” Fernandes explained.“For me, to now play for Manchester United feels incredible.“I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.”Fernandes will bolster United’s midfield ranks. Solskjaer has been short of numbers in that area since the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, while injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have exacerbated the problem.Fernandes has a reputation as a goalscoring, attacking midfielder who can operate centrally or out wide. He can also be deployed defensively.Related
Kepa insists Chelsea have everything to play forby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists they have everything to play for going into the second-half of the season.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.On catching Liverpool and Manchester City, Kepa told chelseafc.com: “It’s true that they’re great teams and they’re in a great position in the table. Chelsea, we’re a bit off the pace, it’s a big advantage for them to have over us, but we’re going to try and get as many points to bridge the gap and who knows what will happen.”We’ve got the whole of the second half of the season, lots of points are available to be picked up and we’ll see how it goes. I’m happy with how things have been going at Chelsea, in results and my personal performances, but we need to improve so we can climb the table. I’ve got a lot of belief.”Obviously right now we’re in the middle of the season and our objective in the Premier League is that we want to finish as high as possible in the table. We want to be playing in the Champions League next season.”We’re still in the Carabao Cup, we’re in the semi-finals so obviously we want to try and win it, and with the Europa League we got through the group stage and the potential of winning it really excites us.”Going forward, we want to keep improving, keep getting to know our game, how we play, and the future looks bright for us in that respect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – A class action lawsuit filed against the Beer Store more than three years ago has been dismissed by the Ontario Superior Court.The Beer Store says the case was without merit and now the court has agreed.The lawsuit had alleged that as a result of an agreement to allocate the market for the supply of beer in Ontario between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store, those who bought beer in the province were overcharged.The lawsuit was filed by pub owner David Hughes on behalf of those who bought beer in Ontario between June 1, 2000 and the present.It had claimed $1.4 billion in general damages plus another $5 million in punitive and exemplary damages.Beer Store chairman Charlie Angelakos says the case was filled with factual errors and fundamentally misunderstood the way alcohol products are sold in Ontario.
The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient.Facing double the usual number of absences among unpaid TSA screeners, the Miami airport will close one of its concourses most of Saturday, Sunday and Monday to make sure TSA can adequately staff the remaining security checkpoints.Meanwhile, the national union representing 10000 air traffic controllers — who are also working without pay during the shutdown, now in its 21st day — sued the government Friday, claiming they are illegally being denied pay.David Koenig, The Associated Press
Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 8 , 2016), we chat about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wonder if the numbers can tell us anything about whether the Cowboys should start Tony Romo when he is healthy again. Then we preview FiveThirtyEight’s college football predictions and Neil Paine explains why working out the selection committee’s rankings makes forecasting the playoff a little harder than usual. Finally, new FiveThirtyEight sports writer Chris Herring joins to chat about bad teams in the NBA and whether the process is finally beginning to pay off for the Philadelphia 76ers. Plus, a special Election Day quiz on the best presidents in American history.Links to what we discussed:Neil Paine says Dak Prescott is already playing as well as Tony Romo ever has.ESPN Stats & Info explains why Dak Prescott was the best quarterback in the NFL last weekend.Neil Paine explains how FiveThirtyEight is predicting this year’s College Football Playoff.You can find the site’s predictions here.Tom Ziller at SB Nation says the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis are probably destined for a sad future.If you want to check out the historical rankings of U.S. presidents that we discussed at the end of the show, you can find them here.And Julia Azari wrote about how scholarly rankings of presidents are correlated with the presidents’ years of experience.
OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) and Purdue sophomore center Bree Horrocks jostle for position in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorSnow was a concern in Piscataway, New Jersey, along with the rest of the East Coast, but the Big Ten matchup between No. 7 Ohio State (14-4, 6-1) and Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) women’s basketball played on regardless.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights battled throughout the entire 40 minutes of play. With preparation being essential in the midst of the conference schedule, the Scarlet and Gray exhibited that they were the primed team, winning 67-58.Coming into the matchup, the Scarlet Knights led the Big Ten in scoring defense while the Buckeyes led in scoring offense, making it an intriguing battle on paper and, initially, in reality.It took a couple possessions for the Buckeyes to warm up to the Louis Brown Athletic Center environment, but once they got in a groove, they began to get back to their exemplary scoring ways.Rutgers was right behind the Buckeyes in the first quarter, forcing OSU to earn all of its points, and offensively being patient for high-quality shots. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the first, showcasing fantastic efficiency.With the lead changing 10 times, neither team was able to go on a run in the second quarter. The Scarlet Knights limited the Buckeyes from their bread-and-butter high-velocity transition offense, forcing them to slow the ball down and run a halfcourt set. Although OSU’s sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell was able to create her own shots, netting 14 points in the half, the scoring sensation likes to get her team involved on the fast break.Rutgers’ first-half offense was dedicated to running through its set plays and finishing in the paint. Senior forward Kahleah Copper brought in eight points in the first half, shooting 4-of-6 from the field, as well as grabbing nine rebounds. When the Buckeyes were able to protect the paint, the Scarlet Knights found sophomore guard Shrita Parker for open shots at the 3-point line. Parker ended the half with eight points also and converted both of her attempts from behind the arc.The third quarter told a different tale, as OSU picked up its scoring. With Rutgers coming out spotlighting Mitchell, the second half of the Buckeyes’ backcourt scoring duo, senior guard Ameryst Alston, took her turn in putting points on the board. Alston’s seventh point of the game surpassed the 1,900-point mark for her career, an impressive milestone for any collegiate basketball player. With 10 games still to play in the regular season, 2,000 career points is practical in her last crusade wearing scarlet and gray.Going into the closing quarter, OSU led by 17 points and did not have any intentions of letting the Scarlet Knights make their way back into the game.Applying full-court pressure to start the quarter established the Buckeyes presence and momentum, eliminating the Scarlet Knight productivity with their multiple half-court set plays.Once coach Kevin McGuff took off the full-court press, Rutgers immediately took advantage, cutting the lead down to single digits with fewer than five minutes to play in the game.Rather than a shift in momentum, the small run that Rutgers went on was simply a scare, as the Buckeyes were able to put a hold on the Scarlet Knights in the final minutes of play.Mitchell finished the game with 22 points, shooting 8-for-15 from the field in the matinee. Alston and sophomore forward Alexa Hart each accumulated 15 points, with Hart grabbing eight rebounds and Alston dishing out five assists.Rutgers had four players scoring in double digits, being led by Copper with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The sniper from 3-point land, Parker, ended with 13 points getting 12 of those points off of trey balls. Junior guard Tyler Scaife and redshirt senior Briyona Canty each chipped in 11 points.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to travel back home to Columbus looking to continue their winning streak against the Northwestern Wildcats (13-6, 2-5). The last time OSU lost was at Northwestern on Jan. 14. Thursday, the rock is set to be tossed up for tip off in the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ (3-1-0) Monday morning practice at the Dispatch Ice Haus was full of smiles, and for good reason.The 2009-10 squad returned to Ohio over the weekend after winning two out of three games in its first West Coast road swing of the season. The Blue Jackets now prepare for a hard-hitting game tonight against the Calgary Flames (4-1-0) in a 7 p.m. faceoff at Nationwide Arena.“We have a great group in this locker room, and guys were having fun out there in practice with good hard work,” said captain Rick Nash, who leads the team with six points, including two goals and four assists. “It’s a good team to be around right now. Everyone gets along together and when you’re winning it makes everything comfortable.”The Blue Jackets are showing the rest of the NHL that the franchise’s first playoff appearance a season ago was not an accident. On the road against opposing-team home openers, Columbus defeated Vancouver, 5-3, on Oct. 5 before shutting out the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, last Saturday in Phoenix.“The start has been great and two out of three road wins are huge,” Nash said. “We just want to keep this going and we’ll be fine. [Calgary is] a good team and they made some huge trades in the summer with signings. We are going to have our hands full, but we’ll have our home fans behind us.”One of Calgary’s main offseason additions was defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, who was considered one of the top free-agent signings in summer 2009. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, the native of Edmonton, Alberta, has claimed 206 points in 476 career NHL games and will look to cause problems for Columbus offensively.“It’s going to be a rough game and they are a big tough team,” forward Derek Dorsett said. “We are just going to have to match it. We have to worry about our game and go after them.” On the defensive side, the confidence the Blue Jackets have begins with their success at goalie. Starter and 2008-09 Rookie of the Year Steve Mason is 2-1 in front of the net with a .906 save percentage, and veteran backup Mathieu Garon won in his Columbus debut against the Coyotes, claiming a shutout with 36 saves.“Having a goalie back there is like your quarterback,” defenseman Marc Methot said. “Usually the outcomes of the games rely on your goaltender and having that backup you can really trust and not worrying about when he gets in between the pipes is huge. As a defenseman, we can’t ask for more. It makes us more comfortable back there and we don’t play as tentative.”Against the power play, the Blue Jackets have killed 17 of 18 penalties.“We know we can kill penalties and a good penalty-killing team can go real far in season,” said Garon, who signed a two-year contract last July with Columbus. “I think when you can get out of situations like that without getting scored on, it’s a plus for the team and a way we can be successful.”With one of the youngest squads in the league, the Blue Jackets will need to be physical from the start and look for an early lead in tonight’s Western Conference matchup.“It’s big for our confidence,” Methot said. “We can go out there and play with a little bit of swagger and our offense can really get things going. They’re not worried about getting yelled at or making too many mistakes.”
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field to open the season, Urban Meyer didn’t know what to expect from his quarterback.But five weeks and four Big Ten awards later, the OSU coach said he has a better idea of what redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett’s development has been like.“J.T. continues to be a very good distributor, completing a high percentage of his balls, and really we’re giving him more and more responsibility about getting us in the right play, which is a big part of what the quarterback’s expected to do,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday.On Tuesday, Meyer said his comfort level with Barrett under center is “night and day” from what it was when the Buckeyes took the field against Navy on Aug. 30, but a day earlier, he had made it clear Barrett’s play hasn’t earned him a permanent spot.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller — who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder — is expected to return to the Buckeyes as a fifth-year senior in 2015. And Meyer put any potential talk of a quarterback controversy to rest with one simple phrase: “Braxton is our quarterback.”“To be fair to Braxton, Big Ten Player of the Year,” Meyer said Monday. “Good to know we’ve got both of them.”But Meyer isn’t dismissing Barrett’s work. Moments before saying he is committed to Miller as the Buckeyes’ quarterback, Meyer stressed the confidence he has in Barrett this season.“I love J.T., he’s fun to coach,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that has a great demeanor on the sideline. He’s a student of the game.”Meyer hasn’t been the only person to praise Barrett’s play.Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — who was part of the same recruiting class as Barrett coming out of high school — said the young quarterback is “playing very well” so far this season.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, arrived at Ohio Stadium for a game against Virginia Tech dressed in a suit before spending the game in the press box and on the sidelines. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“I always knew he had it in him because he’s such a great leader,” Wilson said after the win against the Bearcats. “He works really hard, and now, he’s just perfecting his craft.”On top of receiving a total of three Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and one Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award, Barrett has reaped praise from teammates and the coaching staff alike, along with some constructive criticism.After that Cincinnati game — in which Barrett gained 409 yards of total offense, good for the second-best output in school history — Meyer said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native still has room for improvement as a field general that was noticeable on the field. The third-year OSU coach said Barrett needs to do a better job communication in order to prevent penatlies from the offensive line.Meyer said the line was having trouble hearing Barrett’s cadence, which led to multiple false starts and therefore lost yardage against Cincinnati.“I kept screaming ‘Peyton Manning’ at him, because when I study or just get to watch games, Peyton Manning’s still as good as I’ve ever seen as far as taking control,” Meyer said after the game. “And (Barrett’s) not there yet, so (he needs to) take control of the offense.”Despite the praise and criticism, as well as Meyer’s stated commitment to Miller, Barrett is still set to have the rest of the season to prove his merit as OSU’s starting quarterback.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Saturday against Maryland in College Park, Md at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright feels that Paul Pogba still has a long way to go yet to prove himself in the Premier LeaguePogba’s Manchester United future has been cast into doubt amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona for next summer.Former club Juventus have also been reportedly linked with a move for Pogba.But Wright feels that Pogba is yet to prove himself in English football suggested that his World Cup win with France could have given him a sense of false security.“Who knows what will happen in the near future,” Wright told Sky Sports.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner. He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’ We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on. #pogfeelings pic.twitter.com/naT9hLHomG— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018The former England striker added that Pogba’s dispute with United boss Jose Mourinho would be resolved if the Frenchman consistently produced the kind performance that warrants his £89m price tag.“I think what’s happening is two massive egos, and [neither] of them are backing down right now,” said Wright.“I think Paul Pogba is the person who could just really blast this out of the water by playing well.“But if he continues to play like he is playing, where we’ve seen a little bit of it, not enough of it, and we’re not seeing it consistently enough, Mourinho would be well within his rights to say: ‘We’re not getting enough!’“But then you have Ed Woodward saying: He’s our man, he’s our talisman, you have got to play him!”Pogba featured in France’s goalless draw with Germany on Thursday night.