Jose Mourinho will aim to balance a refreshed team with a winning one when Chelsea, still reeling from the New Year’s Day loss at Tottenham, host Watford in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. “When we had him he was not really ready and finally he looks like he’s almost getting there.” Mourinho is still to ascertain the full extent of Courtois’ finger problem, but has a more than capable deputy in Cech, who may have played anyway. The Blues boss added: “He (Courtois) has a problem in one of his fingers. Let’s see what happens. “I don’t know (if it’s broken). I didn’t ask. I just asked if he could carry on at half-time (at Spurs).” When Chelsea were unbeaten, eight points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League and apparently cruising, thoughts of some turned to a quadruple quest. Now, with a championship title battle in full swing, the FA Cup could be deemed a distraction, but Mourinho’s approach remains. “It’s impossible to go for one trophy, or two, or three, or four,” he said. “It’s only possible to go for the next match. And the next match is FA Cup and we want to try to win the FA Cup. Simple as that. “We don’t choose competitions. We choose the next match and the next match is against Watford. And it’s an important match. “It’s a difficult game. It’s a good team, one of the best teams in the Championship. “We have the experience of the difficulties against teams like Bolton, Derby, teams that we played already this season. “They have a good team. They are fresh. They didn’t play this New Year fixture. “They will go to try to beat us, so we need to be alert because the game is going to be difficult.” John Terry hopes Chelsea will respond to seeing their advantage over defending Premier League champions City evaporate. Frank Lampard, a team-mate of Terry’s for 13 seasons at Stamford Bridge, scored to earn last season’s league winners victory over Sunderland before Chelsea’s defeat at Spurs. “It’s hard to see them claw us back,” Terry said on chelseafc.com. “We were eight points in front and now we’re level on points. “It’s disappointing to have lost that lead but we said in the dressing room we’ll come together, put a run together and hopefully get a lead again.” The defeat could have many ramifications, not least for the title race and Mourinho, who invited scrutiny on the performance of referee Phil Dowd at White Hart Lane and could face Football Association disciplinary action. Cahill could also be punished retrospectively for kicking Spurs striker Harry Kane in the back. Rather than send his front-line players into battle swiftly after a loss which saw Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League advantage wiped out, Mourinho is likely to rotate his options after an arduous festive schedule. “Obviously we are going to rest a couple of players. That’s normal,” he said. “And give a chance to other people to play and to show (what they can do). “Obviously we want to try to beat Watford, but at the same time we have to analyse the players’ condition and make the right decision for them.” Striker Diego Costa and forward Eden Hazard are among the front-line Chelsea players who could be rotated out of the starting XI. Petr Cech could replace Thibaut Courtois in goal, depending on the severity of the latter’s finger injury, while Oscar, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic could also be afforded a rest after the 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane. Rather than turn to youth, like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke or Lewis Baker, Mourinho is planning to field players who have been on the first-team periphery this term, like Ramires, who has been hampered by a niggling groin injury, but remains an integral figure in the season run-in. “I have players from the first-team and players that we need to have in condition to play,” Mourinho said. “Hopefully Ramires is getting there step by step. He played 45 minutes (against Tottenham). “He’s a player we need and he’s a player we haven’t had for the first part of the season. Press Association
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has signed the bill into law that gives businesses and health care providers new liability protections from COVID-related lawsuits. Senator Zach Whiting, a Republican from Spirit Lake, said it sends an important message.“If you did your best and took substantial steps to comply with ever-changing government guidelines, then you don’t have to worry about the threat of litigation clouding up your skies,” Whiting said during Senate debate.Republicans in the legislature supported the bill. Democrats opposed it. Senator Nate Boulton, a Democrat from Des Moines, said it will benefit businesses that failed to adequately protect their workers.“To the Iowans who get infected…we are going to lessen your rights,” Boulton said.Republicans named the legislation the “COVID-19 Response and Back-to-business Limited Liability Act.” People filing civil lawsuits will have to prove a business, church, or other organization was malicious or showed “reckless disregard” to the risk of COVID-19. It means most businesses, including nursing homes, cannot be sued for damages in civil court for COVID-19 deaths.The new law is written to retroactively take effect January 1st of this year. It also provides liability protection to businesses and individuals who made personal protective equipment like masks and face shields during the pandemic.
Robin van Persie scored twice as Fulham’s youngsters were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United at Craven Cottage in their final match of the Under-21 Premier League season. Van Persie, who also hit the woodwork twice, opened the scoring for United early on and they were three up by half-time courtesy of Joe Rothwell’s brace.Noe Baba almost pulled a goal back for Fulham in the second half but his shot was superbly saved by keeper Anders Lindegaard.Van Persie netted again nine minutes from the end of a resounding win for the visitors, whose line-up also included Adnan Januzaj.Fulham got a late consolation when Stevie Humphrys headed in Luca de la Torre’s injury-time cross.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Tesla will be rolling not one but two new varieties of photovoltaic (PV) panels sometime this year, according to a number of published reports. Details remain skimpy.Last fall, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced the development of the Solar Roof, a PV module hidden beneath a layer of tempered glass that could be manufactured to look like one of several varieties of roofing tiles. Citing a tweet from Musk, Bloomberg Technology reported that the Solar Roof will be offered for sale in April 2017 (this month), with installations beginning by the middle of the year.Then, on April 9, the news website Electrek offered details about a second type of PV panel from Tesla. These are low-profile modules apparently mounted on top of a roof like a conventional array but with no visible hardware. Tesla describes them as “sleek,” with an “integrated front skirt” that keeps the rack and mounting hardware out of sight.Reports said that each PV panel would have a top output of 325 watts. They will be manufactured by Tesla partner Panasonic at Tesla’s new Buffalo, New York, “Gigafactory 2.” (Panasonic already offers a 325-watt panel with an efficiency of 21.76%, Bloomberg said.) Details on Tesla’s Solar Shingles Are Slow to Emerge Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems RELATED ARTICLES One report said that the system would use mounting hardware developed by Zep Solar.But potential buyers won’t get very far when trying to learn more about either PV product from Tesla. The original Electrek article is no longer available, apparently taken down by the news outlet for reasons that were not explained. And a Tesla spokeswoman declined to answer questions about either the new PV panels or the Solar Roof.“Unfortunately we aren’t able to share any additional details on solar roof or panels at this point,” the company said.
Whilst the future champions of our sport do battle on the opening day of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, the present superstars of our game recall with fondness the role playing in the National 18s tournament had in their pathway to the top. Karley Banks provides this special feature on “The Graduates” players who have risen from the 18s ranks to the highest representative levels our sport has to offer.The timid 15 year-old that got the late call up when someone pulled out because of an untimely dose of chicken pox, and really only got the nod because her sister was a fair player and someone figured that that sort of talent just HAD to run in the family, sat wide eyed, butterflies doing back flips in her stomach, waiting to be issued her playing kit for the National 18 Years tournament at Coffs Harbour.The shirt with the Number thirteen (13), the one no one wants because of the bad luck connotation, landed squarely at the feet of the young tyro from the Sunshine Coast.Our young gun didn’t really care what number she was given, reasoning that ‘A’ shirt was better than ‘no’ shirt at all, and besides, if it paid for her ticket onto the field for a thrill a minute ride that would set her on a pathway towards her goals, then # 13 was A-OK with her.Fast forward 8 or so years, and fill that interim period with what seemed like an endless round of juggling study/work/life commitments with gut busting training sessions, year round playing schedules, Mum and Dad driving you to tournaments in places you can’t even pronounce (let alone know what State they’re in!) injury rehabilitations, selection highs and lows, bonding nights, and scraping and saving for registration fees, shoes, and levy payments, and you begin to get a feel for what the journey is like for a Touch player rising through the ranks in an attempt to go from Junior prodigy to Senior success story.It’s not the road for everyone and in the tough times, the “Why do I put myself through this?” question is never far from one’s thoughts.But there, center stage on Field One at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January 2007, standing on the half way line and staring down at the might of the New Zealand Touch Blacks, was an all grown up Hayley Rogerson, proudly wearing a green and gold jersey with of course the number 13 emblazoned across her back… proof positive that the TFA Talent Identification system works. “Hayles” and her elder sister Peta (who is a current Australian Women’s Open World Cup representative) have risen through the ranks to be among Queensland’s and Australia’s brightest talents. Hayley represented Sunshine Coast at her first National 18s Championships, then QSST for the next two years, and then was selected to represent Australia at the 2001 Youth World Cup in the 18 Years Mixed division.The super fit link subsequently went on to be selected in the Queensland Women’s 20s team, Australian Women’s 20s squad, the Queensland Women’s Open State of Origin Team, and eventually the TFA National Training Squad.Hayley achieved a cherished dream when she was selected in the Australian Mixed Open Team for the 2007 FIT World Cup, and views her experience at the National Youth tournaments as an integral stepping stone in her development.“When I think back to the 18s tournaments, it really doesn’t seem that long ago, time flies… I know that since then, I have been lucky enough to come through the National system and been given support and development opportunities, but it all started with those early tournaments. I am thankful to all the people who have coached, pushed, and persevered with me during my ‘internship’. Without them I would not have been able to achieve my goals. Hopefully one day I can put something back into the sport that has given me so much,” Hayley said.The National 18 Years Tournament provides a unique opportunity for all regional areas of Australia, as well as the might of the New South Wales and Queensland School systems to compete under the one umbrella in a bid to crown the best 18 Years and Under team in the nation.The event offers a mix of social and competitive experiences that have become an integral lining in the fabric of Touch Football in this Country, and more importantly a rite of passage for some of Australia’s best young players like Hayley, who have used the tournament as a springboard for their representative careers.Australia has had 16 players who have represented the nation at Youth World Cup level who have gone on to represent Australia at Open level since the inception of Youth World Cup competition in 2001.Current Australian Open superstars such as Ash Farrow, Bo De la Cruz, Anthony Ziade, Louise Winchester, Matty Tope, Rebecca Tavo, and Steve Roberts are amongst the impressive list of ‘graduates’ to make the transition from our Junior World Cup, to our Open World Cup teams.Sydney’s Matthew “Shaggy” Tope who represented NSWCHS in the National 18s Championships in 2000, and went on to be selected in the Australian 18 Years Men’s team for the 2001 YWC, has great memories of the National 18s event and is enthusiastic when quizzed on the significance of the tournament to his development as an Elite player.“The best part about playing in the National 18’s was learning about the different playing styles. I didn’t understand a lot of the philosophies on how and why players from Queensland teams played differently to New South Wales teams, let alone the Kiwi style that I had never really seen before. It helps you learn to play more of a complete game when you get exposed to players, coaches, and ideas that you’re not used to. That and the friends you make. After playing for Australia you have an understanding of what it takes to get there, so you forge some pretty good friendships with the people that you go away with, that’s something that started for me as a junior and continues to this day,” Tope said.“Topeey,” regarded as one of the hardest workers and best young thinkers on the game in the nation, credits his YWC experiences with preparing him for the next level of competition and delivering him some harsh realities on what is required to truly “make it” in the game.“Playing in the YWC in 2001, taught me a lot about how hard you have to train to prepare for these events and the sacrifices you have to make in order to do well. As a young player you take for granted your talent and sometimes tend to rely on that without going the extra mile to better yourself. At the elite level everyone is talented in their own right, so it’s the ones who put the work in that really stand out. After that tournament I wanted to be one of the players who trained hard so I could stand out. I guess it kick started any chance I had of representing at the senior level, because without putting any hard yards in, I would have never made it,” Tope said.North Queensland’s Kelly Mc Gennity is the first female player to represent Australia in the two Youth divisions (18s & 20s) at successive Youth World Cups then graduate to Open World Cup representative level. Troy Malcolm is the first male.Kelly starred for Australia at the Federation of International Touch (FIT) 18 Years Youth World Cup in New Zealand in 2001 in the 18 Years Girls, the FIT 20 Years Youth World Cup at Kawana in the 20 Years Girls in 2005, and the FIT World Cup in the Mixed Open division in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2007.Mc Gennity, who captained the QSST Open Girls team, and the North Queensland 18 Years girls team, is adamant that the National 18 Years tournament has been a key stepping stone in her rise and rise in the sport she is passionate about.The impressive playmaker was the Player of the Series in Australia’s World Cup winning 2005 20 Years Women’s team.“Playing in the Youth World Cups were great experiences, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Youth World Cup prepares you for open level in a big way. The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand has, and always will be, so intense and the speed of the games are just phenomenal,” Kelly said.“I think the Youth World Cup helps you realise the importance of playing for your country and representing the many young players out there that strive to be in the same position. To come out on top and win is a huge bonus. It’s a great honour to play in the Youth World Cup and to be fortunate enough to go onto the next level and play in the Open competition, is just sensational. It really opens up your eyes and makes you realise why you play the sport and why you put so much time and effort into developing your skills,” Kelly added.For the Sunshine Coast’s Benny Roberts who along with teammate Ash Farrow represented Australia in the 18 Years Boys division at the 2001 YWC, then went on to represent Australia at Open level in the 2007 FIT World Cup in South Africa, playing in the National 18s tournament provided benefits on a number of fronts. “The best part of playing in the National 18’s was being able to really show the rest of Australia that the Sunny Coast had talent, and it’s not just in the traditional touch football strongholds like Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. To be able to be selected in Aussie Youth teams exposed me to better coaching and gave me the opportunity to see how different Countries approach the game – the way New Zealand play is much different to us and it was a bit if an eye opener for sure,” Benny said.The National Youth Championships have also allowed elite Coaches to develop and progress along a career pathway with mentors such as 2007 World Cup Australian Open Assistant Coaches Peter Robinson (Men’s Open) and Karley Banks (Mixed Open) having the opportunity to be a part of coaching teams at Youth World Cup level, then Open level, after cutting their teeth in the National 18s tournament.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman led the Australian Women’s 20s’ Youth World Cup Team to a World title in 2001, she then assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open Team at the 2003 World Cup, before finally guiding the 2007 Australian Women’s Open Team to World Cup glory in South Africa.Australia’s most successful coach at World Cup level Peter Bell, who coached the Australian Women’s Open team to three successful World Cup campaigns between 1995-2003, is now giving the benefit of his knowledge and expertise to a new generation of up and coming players by assuming the coaching reigns of the Australian 18 Years Girls Youth World Cup campaign for 2009.Current Youth World Cup coaches Kathy O’Brien, Dean Russell, Michael Mc Donald, and National Assistant Coaches John Singh, Simon Hausler, Pete Shefford, Jacky Patrick, Danny Goodwin, Ricky Luland, Wade Jenkins, Nick Smith, and Steve Hughes have all coached in the National 18s Championships.In 2007 a new breed of players will take to the fields at the Coffs Harbour cauldron, some keen to establish themselves as the real deal, some just their to have fun and enjoy the ride, whilst others will have dreams of one day playing for Australia echoing through their heads.Keep your eye on the rookie kids wearing the unfashionable number 13 jersey, they may not be “all that” today, but as Hayley Rogerson will tell you, given the right amount of guidance, support, belief, and encouragement, dreams can come true.THE “GRADUATES” HONOUR ROLLPlayers who have represented Australia at Youth and Open World Cup LevelCLASS OF 2001Anthony Ziade (Men’s 20’s)Ash Farrow (Boys 18’s)Ben Roberts (Boys 18’s)Bo De La Cruz (Women’s 20’s)Brad Holden (Men’s 20’s)Hayley Rogerson (Mixed 18’s)Kelly McGennity (Girls 18’s)Louise Winchester (Women’s 20’s)Matt Tope (Boys 18’s)Troy Malcolm (Boys 18s) Rebecca Tavo (Mixed 18’s)Stacey Lapham (Women’s 20’s)Steve Roberts (Men’s 20’s)CLASS OF 2005Andrew Baggio (Men’s 20’s)Troy Malcolm (Men’s 20s)Claire Winchester (Women’s 20’s)Kelly McGennity (Women’s 20’s)Roxy Winder (Women’s 20’s)
The Northern Territory State Titles will commence Friday, 1 May 2009.Men’s Open, Women’s Open, 18’s Mixed and Senior Mixed divisions will be contested at Touch Headquarters, Inner Race Track, Darwin Turf Club.To keep an eye on results, visit the NT State Titles website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=920&pID=14
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Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to the basket in her drive against Penn State’s defense during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 1. Credit: Summer Cartwright | Campus EditorOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell has been invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California.The senior is one of just five collegiate athletes — including Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier, Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville guard Asia Durr, South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson — invited to the training camp. Twenty-five WNBA players earned invites as well.The training camp — which will be led by USA National Team and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley — will be used to help identify and prepare athletes for future events, including the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, according to a release.This will be the second opportunity for Mitchell to represent her country on the court. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year earned a spot on the USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team, which competed in the Four Nations Tournament in mid-August.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and was named a second-team All-American for the second time in her career. The Associated Press also named her a first-team All-American after the 2015-16 season.Ohio State opens the season on Nov. 10 when the Buckeyes host Stanford as part of the Countdown to Columbus, an event marking the beginning of the college women’s basketball 2017-18 season.
Chelsea is likely to be Liverpool’s rival for signing Roma’s Alisson Becker after the deadlock talk for a new contract with their current goalie, Thibaut Courtois.Alisson, who was just signed by Roma in 2016, has suddenly caught every big clubs attention due to his impressive performance after guarding his team to the Champions League Semifinal last season. Roma will be apparently quite reluctant in releasing him less than £80 m to all the suitors.Skysports reported that Chelsea has grown frustrated to find Courtois’ potential replacement as the Belgian goalie is likely on his way out of Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid has been presumably his next target. Meanwhile, Alisson seems to be the perfect choice to rise the west London side after disappointing end last season by finishing only on the fifth at the standings and missing out Champions league next season in spite of winning FA Cup against Manchester United at Wembley last June.
Leicester City have completed the signing of West Brom defender Jonny Evans subject to Premier League approvalThe Northern Ireland international has signed a three-year deal and moved for an undisclosed fee, although it is understood the 2016 Premier League champions activated a relegation clause in his contract to land him for just £3m.Evans, who had previously been linked with moves to both Manchester City and Arsenal in January, is happy to have finally sealed the move and is looking forward to working alongside his new teammates as they pursue their ambitions.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious Club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the Club forward,” he told the club website.“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the Club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this Football Club.”Evans made 28 Premier League appearances for West Brom last season, but was absent in their final six games of the campaign under then caretaker boss Darren Moore as they finished bottom of the league table and were relegated.