Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea showed the character of champions to snatch victory against QPR and says the Blues will carry that same resilience into Saturday’s clash with Manchester United. “We’ve chalked another one off against QPR and we’re taking those steps, we want to keep the momentum going next week. “We’re playing against an in-form Manchester United team but we’re playing at Stamford Bridge and they’re playing against a very good team. “It should be a great game.” Chelsea striker Loic Remy is likely to be available again having missed the win over QPR with a minor calf strain. Remy, who has scored twice in his previous two appearances, had been expected to start in place of the injured Diego Costa but was left out of the squad after picking up the injury in training. Press Association Cesc Fabregas’ 88th-minute winner at Loftus Road was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side, who restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. The Spaniard’s strike dealt another blow to the fading hopes of Chelsea’s title rivals, with the Blues in a commanding position ahead of consecutive matches against United and Arsenal. “If you want to be champions you need to win those kind of games,” Courtois told Chelsea TV. “It’s a hard game here at QPR, on a small pitch, it’s dry, it wasn’t easy to play good football so there were a lot of long balls. “But Didier (Drogba) did very well, he was so strong and we showed great character to win that game. “The games against Manchester United and Arsenal are two important games so it will be very important to win them. “But after this feeling today, we have a good feeling to go into the next ones.” Chelsea have played a game less than both United and Arsenal but both sides will be in confident mood after excellent runs of form. Sunday’s 4-2 demolition of Manchester City was United’s sixth straight victory in the league while Arsenal have registered eight successive wins since losing to Tottenham in February. “They’re good games, they’re mouth-watering games and everyone is looking forward to them,” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said.
Some of it came in the form of Lamonte Turner’s foul of Carsen Edwards with two seconds remaining in regulation. Edwards missed his 3-point attempt, but the foul sent him to the line, where he hit two of three attempts to knot the game 82-82 and force OT. The Boilermakers eventually won 99-94.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleThe internet, it seems, can’t agree wither Turner should have been called for the foul. The play in question, for review:Upon further review … The foul call that gave Carsen Edwards three free throws at the close of regulation should never have been awarded. Terrible foul call. pic.twitter.com/hGklaoBXlZ— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) March 29, 2019Tennessee coach Rick Barnes told reporters after the game he thought it was a foul. Turner, for his part, said it shouldn’t have been called. Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup between 2-seed Tennessee and 3-seed Purdue was a phenomenal game, one of the best thus far in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It featured lights-out shooting from both teams, a tremendous comeback by the Volunteers and an overtime finish.It also featured a fair amount of controversy. “I told the refs all game, ‘(Edwards is) kicking his legs out every time he shoots,'” he told reporters after the game (per Bleacher Report).While it does look like Edwards extends his leg — and that Turner did attempt to avoid bumping him on his way down — Turner did touch him in the air with his right hip.In the end, it was a judgment call, and certainly not an egregious one. That may be cold comfort for Volunteers fans, but they can take solace, perhaps, in the fact their team played one of the most exciting games of this tournament.
18 Sep 2014 England snatch victory in Women’s Home Internationals England snatched victory by the tiny margin of a half point at the end of a thrilling last day’s play in the Women’s Home Internationals at Aberdovey, Wales.England beat Wales, the hosts and defending champion, 6½-2½ on the third and final day’s play, while Ireland defeated Scotland by the same score. The results created a three-way tie between England, Ireland and Wales, who had each won two matches during the tournament – and a countback of game points won was required to settle the destination of the trophy.England triumphed with 16½ points, followed by Ireland on 16 and Wales on 14½. “For while we thought we’d lost by half a point,” said the delighted England captain, Chris Pascall. “But then I went into the championship office and they said ‘Congratulations!“It has been the most exciting day’s golf and the play has been just fantastic with some quite stunning shots. The standard in the other match between Scotland and Ireland was equally as good.”The result means England – with five new caps in the team – has done a double in the Home Internationals so far, winning both the girls’ and ladies’ titles. A victory by the senior team – who are already European champions – in their international matches at the end of the month would complete the set.This is also England’s third win in the Women’s Home Internationals in four years and the team includes two members of the successful 2012 side: Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters.In the final day’s match, England got ahead in the foursomes, thanks to the pairings of Hollie Muse and Gemma Clews, and Sarah-Jane Boyd and Bethan Popel. Then, they dug very deep to take 4½ points from the singles. They were unbeaten in the afternoon but the halved matches, in particular, were gritty affairs and crucial to the overall outcome.India Clyburn, for example, was tested as her opponent birdied three of the closing holes but held her nerve admirably to hole a 12-footer on the 18th to halve her game. Gemma Clews was three down after seven, but didn’t lose another hole and gradually clawed back the deficit to finish all squareIn the other matches, Gabriella Cowley was four up with five to play when her opponent started a charge back with an eagle. But the England player held tight and won the 17th to close out the match. Alice Hewson was never behind in her match and Hollie Muse trailed only once, on the second, as they both played their way to wins. Sarah-Jane Boyd led throughout her match until her opponent won the last hole for a half – but the Welsh player could not deny England their overall victory.The England team included five players who were making their debut at this level: Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton). The established internationals were: Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro), Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’).England results v WalesFoursomesAlexandra Peters & India Clyburn lost to Chloe Williams & Becky Harries 2 downHollie Muse & Gemma Clews beat Lauren Hillier & Rachel Lewis 4/2Sarah-Jane Boyd & Bethan Popel beat Samantha Birks & Jess Evans 3/2SinglesGabriella Cowley beat Williams 3/1Muse beat Birks 3/1Clyburn halved with HillierClews halved with EvansAlice Hewson beat Megan Lockett 4/3Boyd halved with HarriesCaption (image © LGU): Chris Pascall (captain, centre) is surrounded by (from left) Gemma Clews, Bethan Popel, Alex Peters, Gabriella Cowley, Sarah-Jane Boyd, Steve Robinson (England coach) India Clyburn and Hollie Muse.19th September 2014England women return to winning formEngland returned to form in the Women’s Home Internationals at Aberdovey, Wales, when they beat Scotland 7-2 on the second day of the tournament.It was a reversal of fortunes from the previous day, when the team lost to Wales and England captain Chris Pascall commented: “They played great golf today.”England enjoyed a clean sweep of the morning foursomes – with Hollie Muse (image © Leaderboard Photography) playing the most spectacular shot of the day when she holed-in-one on the third. Hollie and her partner Gemma Clews won on the 14th.The other successful pairing were Alex Peters and India Clyburn, and Sarah-Jane Boyd and Bethan Popel.Curtis Cup player Gabriella Cowley kept the morning’s momentum going when she won the lead singles match on the 13th. Bethan Popel, Alice Hewson and Sarah-Jane Boyd followed her with a series of good wins.In the day’s other match Wales, the defending champions, beat Ireland 5½-3½.FoursomesAlex Peters (Notts Ladies’) & India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) beat Hannah Mccook & Tara MacTaggart 3/2Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) & Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) beat Megan Briggs & Kimberley Beveridge 5/4Sarah-Jane Boyd(Truro) & Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) beat Louise MacGregor & Kate McIntosh 5/3SinglesGabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) beat Gabrielle Macdonald 6/5Clyburn lost to Megan Briggs 3/1Peters lost to Hannah Mccook 1 downPopel beat Jordana Graham 2/1Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) beat McIntosh 3/2Boyd beat MacTaggart 5/318th September 2014Tough start for England at Women’s Home InternationalsEngland made a disappointing start to the Women’s Home Internationals at Aberdovey in Wales, when they lost 6-3 to Ireland on the opening day of the tournament.In the day’s other match Wales, the defending champions, beat Scotland 6½-2½.The matches were played in stiff winds which proved testing. However English girls’ champion India Clyburn and 14-year-old Hollie Muse (image © Leaderboard Photography) made an impressive debut at this level, both contributing 1½ points to the scoreline.India paired up with former English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd to win her singles and managed to halve her singles, despite being three down at the turn.Hollie halved her foursomes with fellow debutante, Gemma Clews, and then won her singles, with the help of three birdies on the back nine.ResultsFoursomesSarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) beat Amy Farrell & Chloe Ryan 2/1Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) & Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) halved with Paula Grant & Olivia MehaffeyAlex Peters (Notts Ladies’) & Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) lost to Mary Doyle & Maria Dunne 3/1SinglesPeters lost to Dunne 3/1Clyburn halved with RyanGabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) lost to Doyle 1 downMuse beat Mehaffey 2/1Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) lost to Jean O’Driscoll 2&1Clews lost to Grant 1 down
CLOSE GAME—The North Side Steelers visited the Hill Disciples Aug. 22, in a battle between two of the Termite teams. The Disciples pulled out a close game that ended 13-0 as the Hill team improved to 2-0 for the 2009 season. Sportsmanship is always on display regardless of the outcome as the Disciples and Steeler players shook hands after the end of this game. SERIES OF THE WEEK—Homewood (1-3) vs. Braddock (1-3)The atmosphere was set with aromas wafting from the concession stands. Every seat was filled. It was a great day for football in the Homewood community. The scene was reminiscent of a party. The Homewood Bulldogs would respond to the call with heated gridiron completion.They improved tremendously as an organization, posting a 4-0 record in front of the home crowd on Sunday. The defensive effort was tremendous as they allowed a combined two scores in the entire series. BALANCING ACT—Hill Disciples QB David Stroeier attempts to stay in bounds on this run as Steeler defenders try to push him out. Touchdowns by Reggie Oaks, Patrick Jones, Shawn Lyons, and Mykal Lyons.Midgets-Homewood 25, Braddock 6Touchdowns by Homewood: Trevon Mathis (2) and Niko Cruise; Braddock: B.J. EssietThe Bulldogs were not the only organization with an impressive showing. The Hill District maintained their standing at the top with a league best 7-1 record. The North Shore also walked away with three wins to solidify themselves as the number two team, overall. It still proved to be a competitive week as four teams split at 2-2. Here is a look at how each team faired over the weekend:CLAIRTON vs. LINCOLN: TWERPS: 12-8 (LINCOLN); TERMITES: 18-6 (CLAIRTON); M. MITES: 16-6 (LINCOLN) MIDGETS: 25-20 (CLAIRTON).HILL DISTRICT vs. NORTH SIDE: TWERPS: 18- 6 (HILL DISTRICT); TERMITES: 13- 0 (HILL DISTRICT): M. MITES: 6- 0 (HILL DISTRICT); MIDGETS: 38-0 (HILL DISTRICT). NORTH SHORE vs. W. PITTSBURGH: TWERPS: 33-13 (N. SHORE); TERMITES: 21-0 (N. SHORE); M. MITES: 20-13 (N. SHORE); MIDGETS: 12-14 (W. PITTSBURGH)WILKINSBURG vs. GARFIELD: TWERPS: 20-7 (WILKINSBURG); TERMITES: 19-6 (GARFIELD); M. MITES: 6-0 (WILKINSBURG); MIDGETS: 34- 0 (GARFIELD). OVERALL:1. Hill District 7-12. North Shore 5-2-13. Clairton 5-33. Garfield 5-33. Homewood 5-36. Lincoln 3-4-17. Wilkinsburg 3-4-18. W. Pittsburgh 2-69. North Side 1-6-110. Braddock 1-7THIS WEEK: 1. Hill District: 4-02. Homewood: 4-03. North Shore: 3-14. Garfield: 2-24. Lincoln: 2-24. Clairton: 2-24. Wilkinsburg: 2-28. West Pittsburgh: 1-3 9. Braddock: 0-410. North Side: 0-4 One of the games included a come from behind victory by the Termites, when young Garrett Barnett Jr. had a 50-yard touchdown scamper after recovering his own fumble in the closing seconds of the game.Baby Twerps-Homewood 45, Braddock 0Hats off to these young warriors, they fought and came out with an impressive win.Twerps-Homewood 26, Braddock 0Touchdowns by Hasaan Ismaili, Kaine Burgess and Brashawd Mullen.Termites-Homewood 19, Braddock 6Touchdowns by Homewood: Garrett Barnett (2) and Timothy Terry; Braddock: Troy PhillipsMighty Mites-Homewood 26, Braddock 0