Zouma to return as Conte rests players for Cup clash

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “We have nothing to lose so we will try and get between Chelsea’s lines, win some corners and get some shots off on goal.“We will try and play on the front foot, like we do in every game.“We are going there full of confidence and we gave the players two days off in order to freshen their minds and bodies.“It’s a massive match for the club and we don’t want to leave anything behind on the pitch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely He hinted 22-year-old Zouma was ready to come into his three-man backline for Premier League games should injuries occur to David Luiz, Gary Cahill or Cesar Azpilicueta.“I don’t think we need another central defender,” said Conte.“Kurt Zouma is ready to start. I’m pleased for him. He’s in the starting XI. Also for him, it’s a good opportunity to show me he’s in good form.“His injury was very bad, very bad. I knew this and I talked with my club about it and for this reason we knew Kurt needed more time to recover.“But now he’s in good shape and ready to play and restart his career.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books View comments LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federercenter_img 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ Klopp hopes reserves can avoid FA Cup slip-up Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Football players Kurt Zouma, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi attend Hublot x Chelsea FC event in Los Angeles at Sony Pictures Studios on July 28, 2016 in Culver City, California. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hublot/AFPAntonio Conte is set to bring Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi into the Chelsea side for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with League One side Peterborough United.The Blues manager will rest a number of his first-team players against the third tier outfit, four days after seeing their 13-league game winning run come to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Play on the front foot’Batshuayi has been forced to wait for his chance since arriving in a £33 million move from Marseille at the start of the season.Conte admits it has taken the 23-year-old Belgium international longer than he had hoped to adapt to the rigors of English football.“Diego is doing very well but playing a lot. For Michy it’s a good opportunity to show me his promise,” said Conte.“It’s not easy to arrive in England in this league and adapt when he’s a striker and young player, because this league is very physical.“But he’s working a lot and I’m seeing he’s improving and getting the idea about our football.“It’s a good opportunity to show that he deserves to play more in future.”Peterborough lie eighth in League One and travel to Stamford Bridge on the back of a good run of form that has brought three wins followed by three draws in their last six matches.That has lifted confidence among Grant McCann’s side and the manager insists he will not be asking his side to change their style for the meeting with the Premier League leaders.“I’m not making changes just because it’s Chelsea,” said McCann. Conte revealed he plans to start Zouma in his defense against Peterborough, 11 months after the French defender ruptured cruciate knee ligaments facing Manchester United.The 47-year-old Italian also confirmed Batshuayi will start up front, most likely in place of leading striker Diego Costa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnZouma has been back in training for weeks, with Conte cautious in bringing him back into the first-team fold after such a severe injury.The former Italy national coach has confirmed he is looking to buy new players in January, but not in central defesce. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’last_img read more

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Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “It was a hard-fought ballgame. Both teams gave their best today and it’s nice that we ended up with the win,” said coach Nash Racela. “All we did, really, was just to tie the series.”Seemingly inspired by his laboring wife Kristy in the United States, hulking TNT import Joshua Smith frustrated the Beermen frontline and racked 20 markers, 15 boards, and two dimes as he imposed his presence in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRoger Pogoy also recaptured his shooting touch and fired 14 points on a 6-of-9 sniping from the field, on top of three rebounds to bounce back from his two scoreless outings.Ranidel de Ocampo chipped in 13 markers, five rebounds, and three dimes while Troy Rosario had his best outing in the championship series with 13 points, three boards, and three assists. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas stint ‘dream come true’ for Fil-German Standhardinger Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut MOST READ 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathoncenter_img Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Game 5 is on Friday, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Racela said that the TNT players were motivated seeing Chris Ross and Charles Rhodes bag the individual plums earlier in the night.“After they got their awards, I huddled the team and just told them, ‘Let them get all the individual awards and let’s get the team awards.’ For us that’s the more important thing,” he said.Winning the Best Import award earlier, Rhodes did not go home happy as he hit the showers early after getting ejected with 1:08 left in the fourth period. He led San Miguel with 22 points and eight rebounds.Alex Cabagnot scored 18 markers, six boards, and five assists, while Marcio Lassiter shot 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know LATEST STORIES It was a night to forget for Ross, who earlier was feted with the Best Player of the Conference award, but was limited to just eight markers, five boards, four assists, and two steals.Foul-riddled all game long, June Mar Fajardo also struggled in the tiff as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.The Scores:TNT 102 – Smith 20, Castro 17, Pogoy 14, Rosario 13, De Ocampo 13, Garcia 10, Tautuaa 6, Rosales 3, Reyes 3, Williams 2, Semerad 1, Carey 0.SAN MIGUEL 97 – Rhodes 22, Cabagnot 18, Lassiter 14, Fajardo 13, Santos 12, Ross 8, De Ocampo 4, Tubid 3, Heruela 3, Espinas 0, Semerad 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, Agovida 0.Quarters: 27-24, 49-47, 73-76, 102-97. Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro took matters into his own hands and carried TNT to a 102-97 victory to equalize the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series to two games apiece Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The speedy Kapampangan playmaker scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and got four rebounds, as he spurred the huge fourth quarter rally from a 78-73, capped off by an amazing reverse layup with 1:39 to spare to steer the KaTropa to the huge Game 4 win.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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BLUES DROP NARROW DECISIONS AT HOME

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s lacrosse team fell 13-10 to the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks and 15-8 to the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday, September 28 at Varsity Stadium.Ontario Tech 13, Toronto 10Rookie forward Rhiannon Panting led the Blues with five goals on Saturday morning. Jessica Diantonio added two goals, while Heather McDougall, Laurel McGillis and Lily Sedore each scored once in the loss.Queen’s 15, Toronto 8Panting added a hattrick in the second game, with McDougall and Diantonio scoring twice each. Leah Hickey rounded out the scoring with a single tally.UP NEXT: The Blues travel to York University to take on the Trent Excalibur and York Lions next Saturday, October 5.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Good news for Man United! And it’s even more shocking than Pedro turning down Old Trafford

first_img Manchester United star Chris Smalling Whisper it, but Chris Smalling is looking like a pretty good defender.The Man United star has been mocked plenty of times in the past. Even Louis van Gaal forgot his name and christened him Mike, but now the fun is over.The England international is finally proving his quality with some imperious displays alongside Daley Blind this season, and also at the tail end of the last campaign.Smalling is also showing exactly what he can do going forward, his driving runs from the back are, at the least, menacing and give opponents another problem as they look to stop the Red Devils.And after eating a little humble pie, Manchester United fans are hailing him as one of the best around.You can see what their fans said on Twitter below… 1last_img

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Neville to Valencia: ‘He’s taking a big chance. I don’t understand why he’s done it’, says ex-Red

first_imgDietmar Hamann admits he can’t understand why Gary Neville has taken the job as Valencia head coach – and says he’s taking a ‘big, big chance’.It was announced on Wednesday morning that the former Manchester United defender will take control of the La Liga side until the end of the season, but his former Liverpool rival feels the decision could be a mistake.Hamann told talkSPORT: “I’m very surprised and I’m not sure it’s the right move. He’s in a very good position. He’s doing his Monday Night Football [on Sky], which he does very well, and he’s assistant manager to Roy Hodgson [with England].“Going to a foreign country as your first job – and I know his brother is there and will have done some homework having been there for a few months – but it’s a huge, huge task.“To go abroad, not speaking the language and not knowing the league is a huge task. I don’t really understand why he’s done it because he would have got a big job in England in six or 12 months’ time.“I think he’s taking a big, big chance.”last_img read more

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SUNNIER, DRIER, WARMER: THE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – A good weekend ahead for Donegal, according to most forecasts. There will be lots of cloud, but loads of sunny spells too and temperatures creeping back up to 15C or 16C at times, with most of the wet weather further south and east of Ireland.FRIDAY … It will be a colder start again to Friday, but temperatures will pick up later in the morning with bright sunny spells. Met Eireann is forecasting some showers later in the day, especially over the north and east of the county, but BBC NI says it will be drier. SATURDAY …Saturday will be mainly dry especially in the afternoon with bright sunshine once again and temperatures of up to 14C or higher. Not a bad day at all.SUNDAY: Sunday will start misty and dull but it will soon brighten up and temperatures will rise once again to 15C or 16C. BBC NI says this is the best weekend day, with more sunshine than on Saturday.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.  SUNNIER, DRIER, WARMER: THE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD weatherdonegal daily weatherlast_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp responds to claim he ‘dreamed of managing Manchester United’

first_img Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions it was his dream to take charge of Manchester United.The two arch-rivals go head-to-head at Anfield on Saturday and Klopp’s former boss at Mainz Eckhard Krautzun this week claimed when he played under him the German’s ambition had been to move to Old Trafford.However, Klopp dismissed the idea that had things turned out differently he would be in the opposition dug-out tomorrow.“I heard about an interview with my former manager,” he said.“I really like Eckhard Krautzun but when I think too far in the past I am not 100 per cent sure what is right or wrong but it is still funny. I am sure he thinks it was like this.“How could I, as a very average player at Mainz, say to my manager, ‘By the way, if I become a manager I would love to manage Manchester United’.“Maybe people think I am a little bit crazy but I am not that crazy. I never thought about something like this.“He (Eckhard) was a big admirer, and is still, of Sir Alex Ferguson. In our first meeting he was wearing a jumper of Manchester United when he came in as a new coach. Maybe he forgot.“There are a few funny stories, unfortunately a few things are not exact but still funny.“I had fun when I read it but not all of it is exactly like this.”last_img read more

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GM Bedford On Strike; First Time Since 2007

first_imgUAW Local 440 President Kevin Hutchinson has confirmed the union workers went on strike in Bedford just before midnight, missing a deadline set earlier in the week. This is the union’s first strike since a two-day work stoppage at GM in 2007.The UAW is committed to collective bargaining and the best interest of its membership, Hutchinson added. Hutchinson and Chairman Chad Millspaugh were in Detroit on Saturday.Sunday morning, the United Auto Workers Union announced that its roughly 49,000 members at General Motors plants in the U.S. will go on strike Sunday night because contract negotiations with the automaker have broken down. The decision came after about 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favor of a walkout during a meeting Sunday morning in Detroit.“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members,” Union Vice President Terry Dittes said in a statement.In a statement, GM said it offered improved wages, benefits, and additional U.S. jobs.“It is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight. We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business,” the company said.It’s still possible that bargainers could return to the table and hammer out an agreement, but union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said at a news conference that it would be unlikely.He said it would be hard to believe that the bargainers could resolve so many issues before 11:59 p.m.Union leaders say the two sides are far apart on economic issues.A strike by 49,200 union workers would bring to a halt GM’s U.S. production, and would likely stop the company from making vehicles in Canada and Mexico as well.On Friday, union leaders extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors was still set to expire Saturday night.Here are the main areas of disagreement according to officials in Detroit:GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs.The union also wants new products for the four factories GM wants to close. The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity.The companies want to close the labor cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories.Union members have great health insurance plans but workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees of large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The companies would like to cut costs.last_img read more

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Jackson & Haywood Businesses Selected for ScaleUp WNC

first_imgMountain BizWorks (MBW) has selected 15 small businesses in the region with strong potential for growth and job creation to take part in the third cohort of their ScaleUp WNC program, which began last Friday. Innovation Brewing, a seven-barrel brewery located in Sylva, and Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, a Waynesville company that handcrafts seasonally produced jams, pickles, and artisan foods, are participating. The initiative, made possible with financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration, aims to provide these businesses and fellow WNC entrepreneurs with intensive growth strategy development, mentorship, access-to-capital support, and a rich network of peer business owners.ScaleUp WNC launched in 2015, and funding will allow the nonprofit to continue hosting two cohorts annually through 2019. MBW says the end result of the high-impact initiative will be a diverse and distinguished group of entrepreneurs able to drive innovation and economic development across WNC for a long time to come. Thirty companies completed the program in 2015. To date, one-third of those alumni have already secured growth capital, and many more have met other major milestones—a testament to ScaleUp WNC’s design and curriculum.“We’ve been pleased with the outcomes of the program to date,” shares Matt Raker, director of community investments and impact at MBW. “It has provided and will continue to provide much-needed support to area ventures that are primed for expansion, so that they can experience sustained success while creating jobs and making a positive impact on our local economy.”The complete list of 2016 ScaleUp WNC participating businesses follows: Black Mountain Ciderworks (Black Mountain), Blue Ridge Energy Works (Boone), Brian Boggs Chairmakers (Asheville), Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon (Waynesville), East Fork Pottery (Marshall), Innovation Brewing (Sylva), Kudzu Brands (Black Mountain), Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar (Arden), No Evil Foods (Asheville), Organic Planet Cleaning (Asheville), Outfitter Bicycle Tours (Hendersonville), Pisgah Pest Control (Brevard), Port City Amplification (Swannanoa), Printville (Asheville), and Still Point Wellness (Asheville).“In year one, we helped businesses scale from Boone to Bryson City, and we’re excited to work with companies from seven WNC counties this spring,” says Raker. “We’re also pleased that two-thirds of the businesses are women-owned, minority-owned, or based in a rural community, as our mission is to create economic opportunity for all.”MBW has received more than 45 applications for the 2016 program. Cohort 3 began Friday, March 4, and runs through mid-May. The following cohort will run from June through September. Applications are continuing to be accepted for Cohort 4 and are due by April 17.last_img read more

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Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge Wildfires

first_imgStrong winds on Monday afternoon caused the wildfire on Chimney Top Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to spread rapidly onto private lands in the City of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The fires prompted for a mandatory evacuation of the city of Gatlinburg. The Sevier County Emergency Management Agency told residence to evacuate immediately. The evacuation included the downtown area, Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Foothills and Ski Mountain. The Dollywood Dream More Resort and Dollywood Smoky Mountain Cabins were also evacuated. Shelters were set-up for displaced residence at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, The Gatlinburg Community Center along with others. The Wildfires also prompted school closings in the area. Currently 30 structures including a 16 story hotel were reported to be fully-involved. Crews as far north as Bristol Tennessee were called in for mutual aid. There were no reports of fatalities. The rain that moved through overnight helped fire fighters as they tried to contain the blaze. State and federal funds and resources have been deployed to the area.last_img read more

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