Chelsea had memorably faltered here last season, being beaten 3-2 by Mark Hughes’ team, whose previous home game earlier this month saw them defeat Arsenal by the same score. The Blues had also suffered a loss – their first of 2014/15 – in their previous away league match, a 2-1 reverse at Newcastle. But they had no such problems on this occasion, securing the victory they needed to put breathing space once more between them and second-placed Manchester City. They raced into the early lead when Fabregas – registering yet another assist for the campaign – swung in a corner and Terry got the better of Geoff Cameron to head in his first Premier League goal since December 2013. Stoke made a firm response, although initially in a physical sense as Costa was sandwiched by Steven Nzonzi and Ryan Shawcross – a collision that left the Blues striker requiring treatment. Then, while tensions appeared to be simmering between Costa and Shawcross, Phil Bardsley made a reckless-looking tackle on Hazard. Mourinho’s reaction, as he bolted out of his technical area, suggested he felt Bardsley should have been sent off, but referee Neil Swarbrick only produced a yellow card. The Potters subsequently began to apply some pressure on the Chelsea goal, with the fit-again Thibaut Courtois doing well to tip a deflected Nzonzi shot around the post and Jonathan Walters seeing an effort blocked by Gary Cahill. But Chelsea then sprung a counter-attack which broke down when the ball came off Swarbrick, prompting further ire from Mourinho. And the visitors might have added a second goal just after the half-hour mark as Nemanja Matic made a fine tackle to rob Cameron of possession, the Blues broke away and the ball was fed to Costa, who was through one on one with Asmir Begovic but sent his shot narrowly wide. Mourinho’s men finished the first half looking comfortable, and that continued after the break, although they were unable to make the net bulge again. Fabregas had penalty claims dismissed after going down in the box and Willian sent the ball into Begovic’s hands. Erik Pieters was booked following a minor flare-up with Costa, Hazard set up Fabregas, whose flick was caught by Begovic, and Willian saw a free-kick deflect wide. In the 63rd minute Stoke striker Peter Crouch was forced off with an injury, with Mame Biram Diouf coming on, before Cameron was replaced by Charlie Adam, and the latter went close to equalising with a drilled shot wide. But it was not long after that that Chelsea looked to have made the game safe as the ball came to Fabregas in the box from Hazard and the Spaniard took one touch before seemingly scuffing a shot that deceived Begovic to roll in. Begovic came out moments later to deny Costa from making it 3-0, before another Stoke substitute Oussama Assaidi – scorer of the winner in this fixture last season – had a shot saved by Courtois. Further efforts from Adam and Bojan Krkic were also unsuccessful, while Walters picked up a booking for a foul on Hazard, who had to come off. Press Association Chelsea will spend Christmas three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after they regained the cushion with a 2-0 win at Stoke. Cesc Fabregas proved a key influence once again for the Blues, providing the corner from which John Terry converted a second-minute header and then notching a goal himself in the 78th minute, teed up by another impressive performer in Eden Hazard. Jose Mourinho’s side could have had more goals, with Diego Costa failing to finish a couple of good opportunities, and were generally very much in control throughout this contest, showing their ability to cope with an at-times combative Stoke outfit on a chilly Monday night at the Britannia Stadium.
The County Carlow trainer’s stable star has a date with Britain’s finest, headed by Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy and Dodging Bullets on March 11 after landing his first success in 17 months in the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday. Hidden Cyclone had run some creditable races in between those two successes, finishing second in four Grade Ones, including the Ryanair Chase at last year’s Festival. John ‘Shark’ Hanlon is looking forward to Hidden Cyclone taking on the best two-milers around in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. He was given an entry in this year’s two-mile five feature, but Hanlon feels Hidden Cyclone has earned his chance at the two-mile title. “He did what we know he can do. What was more important was that he settled. We’d been trying that at home for the past month and it worked,” he said. “He came out of the race 100%. Even on Sunday when I went down to the vet’s box he was on his toes. The race didn’t take anything out of him. “His jumping was very good and the Queen Mother now looks the job. “There’s doubts about a couple of the other ones. Sire De Grugy has to come back this week and prove it, then there’s Sprinter Sacre after his problems and Dodging Bullets as well. “We have to go for the Queen Mother at this stage. “He’s been knocking on the door of a Grade One. I know he hadn’t won for a while before Sunday but he had been placed in a lot of graded races and picked up a lot of money – more than you would get for winning ordinary races. “The big day is only five weeks away. He’ll have a nice break between now and then and please god he stays in the one piece.” Press Association
Aston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall has admitted he may consult former manager Paul Lambert ahead of his first game in charge. “He’s given me some good opportunities at Norwich and here. This is new to me. Maybe sometime in the future maybe I’ll be a better coach for it. “It’s a big job, the boss (Lambert) will tell you that. It’ll be a big challenge for somebody.” He has skipper Ron Vlaar available after a knee injury and may recall after he started the last two games on the bench. “I thought Christian looked better when he came off the bench against Hull, we had that conversation after the game and the determination is there. We’ll take it from there,” added Marshall. “We’re still a couple of days away. We’ve not really made any decisions yet. I’ve got a few ideas in my head and we’re going to pick a team to try to win the game.” Lambert was sacked on Wednesday after just two wins from 21 Barclays Premier League games left Villa third from bottom. The club are understood to favour a long-term appointment with ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood the bookies’ favourite. But Marshall, who is yet to speak to chairman Randy Lerner since taking over, said he would draw on contacts for advice ahead of the fifth round tie and one could be Lambert. He said: “If I had a conversation and asked him something I’m sure he’d be a positive help. “You can only explain so much to get advice back but you try and call upon all your experiences before and try to make the best decision going forward. That’s what I’m trying to do now. “I’m pretty sure we’ll have another conversation before the game.” Marshall believes Villa need an experienced manager to help them beat the drop, effectively ruling himself out, and admitted the situation of succeeding his friend Lambert, who he also worked with at Norwich, has been tough. “I wouldn’t say comfortable. It’s not something I wanted in any shape or form, my respect for the boss is there,” he said. The first-team coach, who has temporarily replaced the sacked Lambert, is set to be in control for Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Leicester. Former Arsenal defender Marshall has never managed before and is being assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans. Press Association
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is hoping to erase memories of the “debacle” of 1995 when England return to Dublin on Sunday. He said: “There will be some pretty disappointed with how the season ended, those playing at Hull obviously. That would have been a real downer for them. “There were one or two others who didn’t make the play-offs as well in the Championship – the Derby players would be particularly disappointed. “But that’s club level, that’s gone now. It’s a matter of just lifting the players, getting them prepared for this game. “It’s a big game for us, it’s a great game as well to be involved in. It gives us a really big match to be playing in before Scotland, and England are obviously on the crest of a wave. “Of course the England friendly game is a big, big game, but it’s exactly that, a friendly match. It gives us the opportunity the week before Scotland to prepare for that. Scotland, of course, is the ultimate.” Murphy’s last game was Ipswich’s 3-1 play-off semi-final, second leg defeat by East Anglian rivals Norwich on May 16, a gap of more than a fortnight, although he is happy to be knuckling down once again at the end of the long season. The 32-year-old said: “It’s all part of being a professional footballer and having the honour of playing for your country. I have a few weeks off – I took a little break and relaxed. I did a bit of training, but I’m back at it now and we’ve got a week now. “There’s obviously rivalry – it’s a friendly, but both teams are going to want to win it. They (England) are coming here and hopefully we will put on a good display and get something out of it.” It is 20 years since a section of the travelling supporters at Lansdowne Road forced the abandonment of the last game in the city between the two nations in a shameful riot after Ireland took the lead. This time around, O’Neill is hoping the far more cordial atmosphere in which a 1-1 draw at Wembley was played out in May 2013 will be repeated as the Republic attempt to hone themselves for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium by pitching themselves into battle with Roy Hodgson’s men. Press Association He said: “It’s 20 years ago since the last debacle – I call it a debacle because that’s exactly what it was. Hopefully life has moved on since then. “Of course it’s a big game and it obviously has historic interest. “It’s a great game for us to be involved in – and I’ve said that since it’s been announced – really great, as we have a game against Scotland the following week and, barring injury, it will be great preparation for us considering some of the players will not have played for about a month. “Fitness, whatever you think and how well they are looking after themselves, it will drop a little so that’s what this week is about, building up to that, building up to the England game and then forcing it against Scotland.” O’Neill and the bulk of his players met up in Malahide on Monday as June announced itself with howling winds and driving rain, and they will be joined over the next few days by Marc Wilson, Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady, Jon Walters and, after LA Galaxy’s clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, skipper Robbie Keane. Defender Paul McShane was the only one of those present not to train as he continued to nurse a badly-gashed leg. McShane, of course, was a member of the Hull squad, along with David Meyler, Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn, who suffered relegation from the Barclays Premier League on May 24, while Derby contingent Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie and Jeff Hendrick and Ipswich duo Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick missed out on promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. O’Neill is aware some of those wounds will still be raw, and he knows he and his coaching staff may have to lift players over the next few days.
Wealthy Dubai-based Al Ahli have been linked with a shock move for the 29-year-old Gomis, who scored 10 goals for Swansea after joining from Lyon on a free transfer last summer. Gomis had an eventful first season at Swansea, spending the first half of the campaign in the shadow of Wilfried Bony when he was outspoken in his criticism about his lack of starting opportunities. Press Association Swansea will resist any attempts to lure their France striker Bafetimbi Gomis away from the Liberty Stadium. Reports at the time said a £7m release clause in Gomis’ Swansea contract kicks in this summer and it remains to be seen whether Al Ahli, who plan to spend big in a bid to regain the UAE Pro League, will activate that. But Press Association Sport understands Swansea will not encourage any interest in Gomis despite adding Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Portugal international Eder to their strikeforce this summer. Gomis scored in the 2-1 pre-season friendly win over German side 1860 Munich on Saturday and Monk recently said he is not looking to sell any of his key players in this transfer window and asserted “all these guys are committed to the club.” Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson, who struck up an impressive partnership with Gomis in the second half of the season, paid tribute to Gomis after the victory over 1860 Munich. “It’s very important in the Premier League to have a striker that’s scoring goals week in, week out,” Sigurdsson told the official club website. “Bafe is an important player and everyone in the squad knows he can score a lot of goals this season, and hopefully he can do just that.” But Bony’s initial £25million sale to Manchester City in January paved the way for Gomis to claim a starting spot and he finished the season strongly with six goals in his final 10 league appearances. Gomis also endeared himself to the Swansea faithful with regular pledges of allegiance on social media, and manager Garry Monk said the 12-times capped France international was a big part of the club’s future. “He (Gomis) is here to stay,” Monk said in May. “Of course he was frustrated in the early part of his time here because he is a big striker and people forgot what he had done in his career. “He’s played Champions League, he’s played international football, he’s scored a big number of goals in every single season. “He’s a top player who wanted to feel pride in what he was achieving and being that number one – but he was never a problem. “You do say some silly stuff at times, but I knew he could score goals in this league and contribute to this team.” Gomis attracted interest from Crystal Palace and West Ham in January but Swansea always insisted the striker was going nowhere even before Bony was sold for a club record fee.
Press Association Manchester United will bid to respond from their Champions League exit at Bournemouth, a side whose attractive philosophy was rewarded with a victory at Chelsea last weekend. Louis van Gaal’s United have been criticised by a number of their illustrious former players for their tactics, but a win on the south coast could go some way to proving their title credentials. MAGPIES RISING Steve McClaren’s Newcastle are 18th entering this weekend’s fixtures, but a win over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool must have done wonders for morale and belief. The Magpies face a different test this Sunday, against a Tottenham side determined to deliver on their potential and in buoyant mood following their mauling of Monaco. MIGHTY FALL Should Leicester beat Chelsea on Monday night the Foxes will retain top spot in the standings and will surely be considered realistic contenders for the title Jose Mourinho’s men picked up in May. Chelsea could drop into the bottom three before kick-off – depending on results elsewhere – and the likelihood of the self-proclaimed Special One being out of a job would increase with a ninth loss in 16 games despite their European success in midweek. FOXES IN BOXES Jamie Vardy is experiencing a goal drought – he did not score in last week’s win as Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez’s hat-trick earned a 3-0 win over Swansea. It ended a record run of scoring in 11 straight Premier League games for Vardy, who has been linked with a move to opponents Chelsea. His pace will worry Chelsea and he could soon be back on the goal trail. RUDDERLESS SWANS? Swansea go to Manchester City after sacking manager Garry Monk. It is a thankless task for caretaker boss Alan Curtis and will provide little of a gauge for the future as City can tear apart the best teams, let alone one in disarray and reeling from the departure of their boss. Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester must wait until Monday for their game with defending champions Chelsea and could find themselves toppled by then as Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all have a chance to move into first place. Aston Villa, meanwhile, are seeking a win against the Gunners or could be cut further adrift at the bottom. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the weekend’s top-flight fixtures. BATTLE OF PHILOSOPHIES?
Spurs knew three points would see them move into the Champions League places for the first time this season but Mauricio Pochettino’s men fell flat as Newcastle completed a second consecutive victory for the first time since November 2014, to follow up last weekend’s surprise win over Liverpool. Tottenham dictated possession early on but found Newcastle difficult to break down and they were grateful to Papiss Cisse in the opening five minutes when he blocked Siem De Jong’s goalbound shot. Otherwise, apart from referee Roger East tripping himself up, there was little for either side to cheer about and it took 36 minutes for Spurs to carve out their first real chance. Carroll’s clever ball through released Danny Rose, who cut back to Erik Lamela but the Argentinian’s bending finish was palmed wide by Rob Elliot. Elliot was called into action again two minutes later and again it was Lamela he denied, as the winger latched on to Harry Kane’s flicked header but saw his snap half-volley fly straight at the Newcastle goalkeeper. From the resulting corner, however, Spurs did break the deadlock as Fabricio Coloccini let Dier run free and the midfielder jumped above Moussa Sissoko at the near post to head home his third goal of the season. Suddenly Tottenham looked more threatening and they almost doubled their lead before half-time when Christian Eriksen’s shot fell fortuitously into the path of Rose – but his stinging drive evaded both the far post and Kane sliding in. The interval came at a good time for Newcastle, who stormed out of the blocks after the restart and should have equalised when Cisse was sent clear by Sissoko – but the striker dragged his finish wide. Spurs looked on course for another routine victory when Eric Dier headed home in the first half but two Newcastle substitutes turned the game on its head as first Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised with 16 minutes remaining before Perez completed the comeback in stoppage time. The defeat brings an end to Tottenham’s 14-match unbeaten run in the league while Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone into 15th. The visitors were faster on the ball than Tottenham and sharper in their pressing, and in the 73rd minute they deservedly found an equaliser when Chancel Mbemba’s header was poked in on the line by Mitrovic after Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris failed to clear. Both sides pushed forward late on in search of a winner and Newcastle went close when Sissoko’s fizzing cross was almost converted by Mitrovic – but the forward was just unable to reach it. Spurs failed to heed the warnings and Perez made them pay when he sneaked inside Jan Vertonghen before half-volleying past Lloris at the near post. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Great three points. Thoroughly deserved after that second half performance!” – Alan Shearer, @alanshearer PLAYER RATINGS Tottenham Hugo Lloris: 5 Kyle Walker: 6 Toby Alderweireld: 6 Jan Vertonghen: 6 Danny Rose: 6 Eric Dier: 7 Tom Carroll: 6 Erik Lamela: 7 Dele Alli: 6 Christian Eriksen: 7 Harry Kane: 7 Subs Son Heung-min: 6 Nacer Chadli: 5 Newcastle Rob Elliot: 8 Daryl Janmaat: 7 Chancel Mbemba: 6 Fabricio Coloccini: 6 Paul Dummett: 6 Moussa Sissoko: 7 Vurnon Anita: 6 Jack Colback: 6 Georginio Wijnaldum: 7 Siem de Jong: 5 Papiss Cisse: 6 Subs Ayoze Perez: 8 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 8 Yoan Gouffran: 5 MAN OF THE MATCH Goalkeeper Rob Elliot kept the Magpies in the game in the first half with a number of important saves. Spurs had 11 shots on target during the first 45 minutes and Elliot did well to keep it goalless until the 39th minute. Elliot’s best save of the half came in the 36th minute when he managed to keep Erik Lamela’s curling shot out. Although he had a quieter second half, his 56th-minute save from Harry Kane kept his team in it and provided the platform for their comeback. MOMENT OF THE MATCH In the 44th minute, a Christian Eriksen shot deflected off Fabricio Coloccini to Danny Rose, whose low cross to Harry Kane was just too close to the goal for the striker to slide in and score. Had that been the second goal, any sort of comeback would have been beyond Newcastle. On such fine margins are many Premier League games decided. MOAN OF THE MATCH Referee Roger East was not happy when Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, who had been off for treatment after a 50-50 challenge with Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett, tried to come back into play and take the throw in. Walker was ready to throw the ball in when East blew his whistle and ran over to the 25-year-old defender only to tell him to put both feet on to the pitch so he could step back off the pitch to take the throw. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mauricio Pochettino will be particularly frustrated at Spurs’ second half performance, but they have done little wrong so far this season and a rare defeat in an unpredictable division should not be held against him. The coming weeks should be interesting, however. How will Spurs respond, and how will he balance a squad he asks so much of during the busiest period of the season? Steve McClaren’s stock at Newcastle is at its highest since before the opening game of the season, with consecutive victories over Tottenham and Liverpool unquestionably impressive when he was under pressure. Magpies fans will hope he capitalises on this momentum and steers his team into the comfort of mid-table. WHO’S UP NEXT Southampton v Tottenham, Premier League, Saturday 19 December Newcastle v Aston Villa, Premier League, Saturday 19 December Newcastle substitute Ayoze Perez scored a dramatic injury-time winner as the Magpies came from behind to snatch a shock 2-1 victory against Tottenham. Press Association
The Dutchman faces predecessor Mauricio Pochettino on Saturday, when Tottenham visit a Saints side without a win in five matches. Koeman is wary of his side slipping towards the Barclays Premier League relegation battle, but has remained a consistently calm presence despite their declining form. And, in the same week in which Chelsea parted company with the decorated Jose Mourinho soon after he accused his team of “betrayal”, Koeman spoke of the importance of keeping his criticism private. “I always protect my players on the outside but on the inside I am very critical of my players,” the Southampton boss said. “My job is if I am unhappy at the performance of a player I tell the player and show the player the clips why. “Everyone in this club knows their position and knows his quality and knows what the manager expects. “It is all about being honest. Outside, I always try to protect my players.” Koeman used a more defensive shape in last week’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, but is expected to play a more familiar starting XI against Spurs, with striker Graziano Pelle fully fit after a knock. “The main reason was the way Crystal Palace played,” the Dutchman said. “You can change maybe and it’s true, but I expect more from our front players and the performance but also about being more clinical and to score more goals. That is the pressure for them. “If we are still struggling in the next couple of weeks I think it is normal to think about changes to the team. “They are close to winning the game and getting more out of the game, but it is more difficult.” Press Association Ronald Koeman has stressed the importance of keeping criticism behind closed doors, despite Southampton’s recent poor form.
At this time, police don’t know if anything was stolen.This was several hours before President Donald Trump tweeted criticizing Cummings for neglecting his district including Baltimore. Baltimore Police are investigating after the home of Rep. Elijah Cummings was broken into early Saturday morning.The burglary occurred around 3:40 a.m. at his Baltimore home in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue.Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio SORRENTO — On Tuesday at the par-36 Blink Bonnie Golf Course, the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners capped an 8-1 season with a 182-276 win over the Sumner Tigers.Sam Grindle and Connor Morey of the Mariners tied for medalist honors with rounds of 38. They were followed vby Nick Eaton 49, Alec Eaton 55, Drew Siebert 57, Nick Dunham 59 and Andy Turner 80.For the Tigers, it was Braden Wentworth 60, Vincent Ossanna 67, Matt Lamoureaux 68 and Casey Slater 81.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts