Pedro has been restored to the Chelsea starting line-up for the Blues’ trip to Watford.The Spaniard comes in for Willian, who is not the squad.It is the only change from the side that beat West Ham on Monday, meaning Cesc Fabregas remains among the substitutes.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte sticks with the 4-1-4-1 formation, with Nemanja Matic and Oscar used just ahead of summer signing N’Golo Kante.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ola Aina and Nathaniel Chalobah are also on the bench, alongside Michy Batshuayi and Victor Moses.Watford are unchanged from the side that drew with Southampton on the opening weekend.Hornets boss Walter Mazzari uses the 3-5-2 formation that Conte employed with Juventus and Italy.Watford: Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos; Amrabat, Guedioura, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas; Ighalo, Deeney.Subs: Pantilimon, Nyom, Doucoure, Anya, Hoban, Zuniga, Vydra.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kante; Pedro, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Chalobah, Moses, Batshuayi.MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea look to build on encouraging startSee also:Chelsea boss wary of two Watford dangermenConte’s on a roll and Chelsea should be too good for WatfordPreview: Chelsea head to Watford looking to build on encouraging startWatford v Chelsea: five key battles Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Congratulations to the following players who won awards at the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup presentation. Boland Medal – Scott Buckley (Penrith Panthers)Smith Medal – Louise Winchester (Canterbury Bulldogs)Player of the Final awardsMen’s Premier League – Nicholas Good (Penrith Panthers)Women’s Premier League – Maddison Studdon (Eastern Suburbs Roosters)Mixed Premier League – Daniel Rushworth (UNSW Bullets) and Kirstie Wakely (Eastern Suburbs Roosters)Men’s Division One – Thomas Hillard (Hornsby Lions)Men’s Division Two – Jackson Mills (Parramatta Eels)Men’s Division Three – Tom Collins (Manly Sea Eagles)Women’s Division One – Isabelle Kelly (Berkeley Vale Panthers)Women’s Division Two – Jasmine Fountas (Eastern Suburbs Roosters)2013 Croft Cup – Point Score ChampionsEastern Suburbs Touch Association2013 Vawdon Cup Club ChampionshipsEastern Suburbs Touch AssociationRelated LinksVawdon Cup Awards
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer expands Man Utd coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expanded his staff.Mark Dempsey will assist Solskjaer with his first-team duties for the remainder of the season, with the pair working together at Cardiff and Molde.Dempsey is best remembered by United fans for playing a major role in their academy during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final decade at the club.And he will now be looking to help Solskjaer guide his team back up the Premier League table in a bid to finish in the top four.Dempsey isn’t the first familiar face to return to Old Trafford, with Fergie’s former assistant Mike Phelan also helping out.
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala hints at PSG ambitionsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits a move to France could be in his future.Dybala has been linked with PSG – and he says playing in Ligue 1 is something he is open to doing.”Join the Ligue 1 one day? Why not?! Never say never!” he told Canal Plus. “But for now it’s not part of my plans.”Over the weekend, it had been suggested in Italy that Juve would be prepared to sell Dybala this summer to fund their signing plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Faustino Anjorin set to earn Chelsea contract extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are set to offer youngster Faustino Anjorin a new contract.The young midfielder is on the fringes of the first team, despite only being 17.Boss Frank Lampard sees him as an exciting prospect.Now the club are trying to tie Anjorin down to a new, long term deal in the coming months, according to Goal.He should also be involved in the squad for their Carabao Cup game with Grimsby Town on Wednesday.The 17-year-old has a contract until 2021, but the club want to give him better terms and to increase the length of his deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal looking to extend Dani Ceballos loanby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking to extend Dani Ceballos’s loan deal, according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic., according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Indiana’s Troy Williams will be looking to do this again on FridayToday’s game against Michigan State is huge for Indiana for a number of reasons. The Hoosiers can pick up a big win against another likely tournament team, and impress a pair of huge recruits that are attending the game at Assembly Hall. Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is playing his part in the effort. The high-flying junior somehow split four Spartan defenders from just a few feet inside the foul line to slam home a missed three attempt. DUNK OF THE YEAR: https://t.co/NuDV8t1GV1— OHB (@ohholybutt) March 7, 2015We’d tell Michigan State to box out, but we’re sure Tom Izzo has already covered that.
It will entail facilitators’ leveraging of various sporting disciplines, among other interventions, to engage youth as a means of providing inspiration and hope of what can be achieved by tackling crime and other social challenges through collaboration. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is among several notable persons supporting a programme designed to curtail crime and violence among youth through sports and mentorship, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s former ‘Sunshine Girls’ netball team captain, Simone Forbes. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is among several notable persons supporting a programme designed to curtail crime and violence among youth through sports and mentorship, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s former ‘Sunshine Girls’ netball team captain, Simone Forbes.The initiative, dubbed ‘Project Gold’ (Guidance, Opportunities and Lessons for Development), was launched at the Triple Century Sports Bar, New Kingston on April 6.It will entail facilitators’ leveraging of various sporting disciplines, among other interventions, to engage youth as a means of providing inspiration and hope of what can be achieved by tackling crime and other social challenges through collaboration.Several disciplines, including netball, cricket, track and field and football, will be used in workshops that will be organized to help participants set goals and learn how to commit to them.The project will also provide family life and parenting skills, and entrepreneurship training for at least 15 parents and caregivers.A pilot for the initiative kicked off on Saturday (April 7) in August Town, eastern St. Andrew, for which Mrs. Williams is the Member of Parliament, with 30 participants aged 11 to 17.This eight-week engagement is being jointly implemented with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme Phase Three (CSJP III) and the Institute for Law and Economics (ILE).It will culminate with a community run involving about 300 parents and supporters of the participants.Athletes collaborating on the project, Olympian, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; Jamaica and West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle; and former ‘Reggae Boyz’ national football team captain, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, are patrons of the initiative.Ms. Forbes used the launch to thank the sponsors and patrons for partnering on the project, which she said was initiated as a response to reports of increasing crime.“Crime is real. But guess what, all of us have to do something about it… all of us have a part to play in ridding society of this madness. This is a community project… so the people in the community… the people on the ground… they are the ones who are going to make this project a success,” she emphasized.Communications/Social Marketing Coordinator, CSJP III, Patrice Nephew, hailed the initiative as being well-needed and commended Ms. Forbes for championing its implementation.Ms. Nephew said it is in line with CSJP III’s mandate of contributing to the resocialisation of at-risk youth, as also its other projects that use sports for development and peace.
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsA new exhibit chronicling a tragic and historic time in Metis history has opened at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. Ni Kishkishin, meaning I Remember, retells the story of Ste. Madeleine, a former Metis settlement located along the Manitoba, Saskatchewan border.In 1939, nearly 300 people living in the community were displaced when provincial and municipal governments designated the land for community pastures as part of what was called the Prairie farm rehabilitation administration.During the unveiling of the exhibit Metis Elder George Fleury shared stories of his childhood.He recalled the tragic moment his family returned home from working various jobs.“Our house had been burned down while we were gone,” said Fleury. “I was only four-years-old but I remember seeing my mother crying and my father’s shoulders heaving up and down.“He was crying too.”Government came into Ste. Madeleine and burned down the homes as well as their dogs were shot dead.Fleury says he was too young to understand the full impact of what this meant for his parents.“I didn’t sense what the loss was but in their hearts they knew what had been lost,” he said.“They lost their homes, their livelihood, their dignity.”The exhibit is displayed in Michif, French and English. It includes artifacts and stories from Elders, including Fleury.All that’s left of the settlement today is a cemetery.“Ste. Madeleine is a piece of history that needs to be corrected,” said John Fleury, son of George and a minister with the Manitoba Metis Federation.The organization continues to fight with governments to have the land returned.“When you talk about reconciliation, well come on Manitoba step up to the plate and let’s do some reconciling,” said the younger [email protected]@bhobs22
Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving a vote on 99.32 percent of ballots — a record. Earlier, we examined how Griffey’s prime, once separated from his unfortunate latter years, compared with the primes of other all-time great players. Junior turned out to be Willie Mays, more or less. While we’re at it, and for no particular reason today, we figured we’d run the same numbers for Barry Lamar Bonds, destroyer of worlds.Don’t worry, we think it’s weird to see Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols as Bonds’s most comparable peak-season players, too. More than anything else, consider this a sign that Bonds breaks the system — no other player had a truly similar mix of skills in their best seasons, particularly considering the absurd proportion of Bonds’s top years that came when he was in his mid-to-late 30s. Unlike Griffey, whose career bifurcation was so stark that his career-long comps end up being players he didn’t much resemble, a look at Bonds’s full career finds a satisfying pair of comps at the top:Remember when we made a big deal about how closely Griffey matched Willie Mays’s statistical profile? Mays is also Bonds’s most similar career player — except that Bonds showed better patience, power and contact skills than Mays, while still coming close to matching the Say Hey Kid on the basepaths and in the field.Because Bonds’s statistical profile is an invitation for the absurd, we thought it might be instructive to compare his worst years (i.e., his aggregate rate statistics after giving more weight to his “worst” WAR seasons) against the best years of other players. Those “bad” Bonds seasons were most comparable to — and, in fact, surpass — the best seasons of two current or soon-to-be Hall of Famers.You may now return to whatever it is you were doing, which is likely not as fun as looking at Barry Bonds stats.