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Hazard and Costa fire warning of Chelsea’s title ambitions

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON,(Reuters)-Chelsea’s points tally after 10 games shows they are twice as good as they were at this stage of last season’s Premier League campaign, which considering the form of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa is hardly surprising.They were both on target yesterday as Chelsea outclassed Southampton 2-0 to move into fourth spot with 22 points — just one behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.The poor form and questionable appetite of both Costa and Hazard was blamed partly for Chelsea’s dire start to last season that ultimately cost manager Jose Mourinho his job.However, the duo who helped fire Chelsea to the 2014-15 title are thriving once again in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system.Hazard’s opener after six minutes meant he has scored in three consecutive Premier League games and has five for the season. This time last year he had failed to register and did not score his first league goal until April.Likewise, Costa, looking again like the marauding bruiser who ran defences ragged when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge rather than the disinterested figure he cut early last season, already has eight league goals to his credit.It took him until January to reach that total last season and he had managed just two in the league when Mourinho was sacked.His second-half effort, a curling shot from 25 metres, was sublime but it was his work rate across the pitch that rubbed off on the Spain international’s team mates.“When you see Eden and Diego, and Pedro, working very hard during the game, you are happy,” Conte said of his front three.“They are strikers and usually it’s a bit difficult for the strikers to work for the team, but their commitment and work-rate is fantastic.”Chelsea’s defending too has been unrecognisable this season. They have conceded nine goals compared to the 19 they had already leaked after 10 games under Mourinho a year ago.Even with skipper John Terry fit to return yesterday, Brazilian David Luiz was again preferred alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta and did not put a foot out of place.“I’m very happy after this performance. I saw great commitment, work rate — with the ball and without it. For the fourth game we keep a clean sheet, it’s fantastic,” Conte said.“It’s early for us to speak about title contenders. We have to work very hard to continue. We can improve a lot. We must improve.”last_img read more

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Lysianne Proulx, Syracuse goalkeeper, out for the season with hip injury

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx is out for the season with a left hip injury, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon announced Tuesday.Immediately after the halftime whistle was blown during Syracuse’s 6-3 loss to No. 23 North Carolina State on Thursday, Proulx went to the ground and received medical attention. Less than five minutes later, she walked off the field under her own power. She was seen standing on the sidelines without assistance during the second half.Proulx was seen using crutches at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday after the Orange’s 7-1 loss to No. 3 North Carolina, and again on Tuesday during practice.Proulx, a sophomore, made four starts and five appearances off the bench in 2018. The Montreal, Quebec native has averaged 2.98 goals allowed per game, while Jordan Harris, her competition, has conceded an average of 2.39 goals per game.Since playing all 90 minutes in SU’s first three games, Harris has split time with Proulx. Harris and freshman Ally Wakeman will compete for the starting goalkeeper position over the final four games of the season, Wheddon said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Diamondbacks stop 8-game skid, beat Giants 7-4

first_img Written By First Published: 29th August, 2020 11:04 IST Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Zac Gallen earned his first win of the season, Starling Marte had two hits and two RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Friday night.Gallen (1-0) came into the game with a 2.25 ERA, but had taken a no-decision in his first six starts. The right-hander threw seven impressive innings, giving up five hits and issuing one walk.The Giants scored their only run off Gallen when Evan Longoria homered in the sixth.Arizona is still in last place in the NL West but improved to 14-19. Ketel Marte had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Christian Walker had two RBIs.Tyler Anderson (1-2) had a rough outing less than a week after throwing a three-hitter against the Diamondbacks in San Francisco. The left-hander was charged with seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.The Giants trailed 7-1 going into the ninth. Wilmer Flores doubled home Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer off Taylor Widener before the rookie right-hander closed it out.San Francisco has lost three straight games to fall to 15-19 overall.GALLEN THE GREATGallen set a big league record by allowing three or fewer runs in the first 22 starts of his career. The 25-year-old was traded to the Diamondbacks from the Miami Marlins last season for fellow prospect Jazz Chisholm.The previous record was 21 straight starts by Boston’s Aaron Sele, who accomplished the feat over parts of 1993 and 1994.SCHEDULINGArizona announced it will play a doubleheader against Colorado on Sep. 25 at Chase Field. The teams elected to postpone Thursday’s game to protest racial injustice.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: LHP Drew Smyly (finger sprain) will throw another bullpen this weekend. … RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder inflammation) will throw his second bullpen this weekend.Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said he’d wait at last one more turn through the rotation before putting LHP Madison Bumgarner (strained back) into the mix. Lovullo said Bumgarner feels good but he wants the veteran at full strength when he returns.UP NEXTGiants: RHP Trevor Cahill (0-0, 1.64 ERA) starts on Saturday.Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-4, 7.77 ERA) pitches when the series resumes.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 11:04 IST Diamondbacks Stop 8-game Skid, Beat Giants 7-4 Zac Gallen earned his first win of the season, Starling Marte had two hits and two RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Friday night WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Celebrating innovation and craftsmanship in Athens

first_imgPromoted as being “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth”, Maker Faire is travelling to Athens, Greece, for a weekend of fun, craftsmanship and inventions. Stemming from San Mateo, California, Maker Faire is a staple of the events calendar in both the West and East Coast in the US and for the past twenty years, it has been expanding its reach to Berlin, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, among oter cities, bringing together the international “Makers” community, that is amateur scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters and garage tinkerers, eager to present their ‘inventions’ and creations. 85 makers will take part in the exhibition, which covers all areas of invention, including crafts, mechanics, innovation and food. The event will also include 30 talks and workshops, covering anything from 3D printing to coding to macrame. A family-friendly event, the Mini Maker Faire is hailed as a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Do-it-yourself technology is on the rise, taking advantage of the affordability of tools and the emergence of new funding options, such as crowdfunding. For many in Greece, such events can prove to be an outlet of creativity, innovation, or even an opportunity to market their skills. The 1st Athens Maker Faire takes place this weekend at the Exhibition Center of Peristieri.For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/makerfaireathens Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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