Costa sees red as Everton blank Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Diego Costa plunged Chelsea into fresh controversy in their nightmare season yesterday by seeing red as Everton ended the London team’s last hope of a title in the FA Cup.Chelsea had just been humiliated by former striker Romelu Lukaku, scoring twice in five minutes, including a breathtaking solo goal, when Costa was sent off in the 84th minute of Everton’s 2-0 win in the quarter-finals.The fiery striker thrust his head at Gareth Barry, then sunk his teeth towards the Everton midfielder’s neck in a biting motion, earning a second yellow card. There was no immediate reaction from Barry to suggest he had been bitten, but Costa was dismissed for the first time in two seasons at Chelsea.eliminatedEverton also ended with 10 men after Barry himself was shown a second yellow card three minutes later for catching Cesc Fabregas.The FA Cup exit followed Chelsea being eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Any hopes of defending the Premier League trophy were extinguished long ago, with Chelsea currently 10th and highly likely to miss out on European football next season.Manchester City doesn’t look like they will be succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions after being held 0-0 at Norwich to stay fourth, nine points behind surprise leaders Leicester.The late dismissals at Goodison Park overshadowed Lukaku’s superb goals, which left Chelsea to rue, offloading the Belgium striker in 2014, having spent most of his career on loan away from Stamford Bridge.Lukaku’s first goal came in the 77th minute after Ross Barkley slipped the ball through to him on the leftwing. Lukaku slalomed past two players before cutting inside past defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic and striking low past compatriot Thibaut Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten again in the 82nd, when Lukaku put the ball through his legs.So, unlike in 2009, Guus Hiddink will not be ending this interim spell as Chelsea manager by lifting the FA Cup.last_img read more

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King century sets up Kingston win

first_imgEmerging Jamaica Scorpions batsman, Brandon King, slammed a second straight century to guide Kingston Cricket Club to an eight wickets win over Lucas Cricket Club in their second round Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash at Nelson Oval on Sunday.King, who slammed 179 in the first round, returned to post an unbeaten 119 as Kingston, replying to 116, put up 289 for four declared in their first innings.Lucas, batting a second time, were then dismissed for 203, setting in the process a victory target of 31, which Kingston overhauled at 31-2.The attacking King, captain of Kingston, struck 11 sixes and four fours during his innings and was supported by national all-rounder Derval Green, 50 and former captain Garth Garvey, who scored 49.Earlier, Lucas were bowled out in their first innings by left-arm spinner, Patrick Harty, five for 25 and Green, who claimed three for 20 with his medium pacers.Harty was also the pick of the bowlers in Lucas’ second innings, picking up three for 35 with Paul Harrison, three for 36, the next best.Ricardo McGeashey, 29, and Richard Allen, 64, top-scored for Lucas in first and second innings, respectively.SECONDWINThe result represented Kingston’s second win in as many matches, while Lucas were experiencing their second loss in as many outings.”Our preliminary-round zone is a very tricky one and is going to come down to the team that is most consistent,” said Kingston technical director, Kerry Scott.”We are now off to a good start and the aim is to continue like this going forward.”Meanwhile, over at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, reigning champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) romped to their second straight win as well after recording a 146-run win over Trelawny CA.The hosts were first blown away for 58, courtesy of left-arm spinner Iva Johnson, who took four for 24, and part-time off-spinner, Joseph Palmer, five for eight.The JDF, on the back of 153 not out from Rasheed Outar and 105 not out from Bereston Reid, then made 373 for nine in their second innings.Trelawny, batting a second time, scored 155 for nine, with Johnson ending with five for 76, Joseph two for 36 and fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, two for 26.last_img read more

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H View’s Bernard gives up semi-final chase in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgThree weeks ago, Harbour View were in pole position to secure the last remaining Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL)semi-final spot, even though they only led UWI on goaldifference.However, three matches later following two draws and a loss the Stars of the East have sunk two places down the table to sixth, five points adrift of fourth place UWI (45) and four behind fifth place Humble Lion with two matches to go.One of those rounds will be played today, with Harbour View hosting Arnett Gardens at Harbour View Stadium.Following the team’s 1-1 draw with Reno at home on Sunday, Harbour View’s head coach Ludlow Bernard is willing to accept that the team will not make the last four thisseason.”We as the coaches will have to look into ourselves, do some introspection and find out if we were going about the business in a manner that could really get them over the hump. So we will have to review our position and take it from there,” he told The Gleaner.”But at the same time players have to be accountable. I am never going to complain about the content or quality of the squad because I believe the quality was good enough for us to execute on each day.”But at the same time, there seems to be a lack of desire and attitude, and it was very exemplary today (Sunday) with that opportunity Ranique Muir got at the back post, when he chose to simply tapped home when he should have really rammed home the advantage in a very decisive way and I think that speaks to the type of attitude that our players have, so it is a two-way street,” he reasoned.Harbour View controlled the first-half against Reno and went ahead through Muir after 17 minutes. The hosts then wasted great chances to extend their lead through Muir, Evan Taylor and Mark English.However, Reno found an equaliser in the 79th minute through Renario Downswell and then came inches to taking the three points twice at the death.”Clearly it wasn’t the result we planned for all week,” Bernard commented. “It’s very disappointing with what transpired here this evening (Sunday).”We were in control and should have come away with all three points as we got some very good one v one with the goalkeeper and failed to capitalise and as usual you pay the price for those instances.”Also, probably we were a little slack at the back and that caused us to concede the goal, so I think it’s lights out for us. It is going to be highly improbable for us to get back (in semi-final race) and I am willing to concede at this moment,” he stated.Today’s matchesBoys’ Town vs Tivoli Gardens at Barbican StadiumHarbour View vs Arnett Gardens at Harbour View StadiumHumble Lion vs Cavalier at Effortville Community CentrePortmore United vs UWI FC at Juici Park, ClarendonRivoli United vs MoBay United at Spanish Town Prison OvalWaterhouse vs FC Reno at DrewslandAll matches start at 3:30 p.m.last_img read more

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