Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s home game with Hull City. Here is some of what the Italian had to say.On Diego Costa“He had a training session on Tuesday with the rest of the team and he trained very well. He hasn’t [any] pain in his back – for this reason he’s available.“On Sunday and Monday, he trained with a fitness coach because it is important to prepare his body to have a good session on Tuesday.”On Costa’s future“I think the player wants to stay at Chelsea. He’s very happy to play with us – this idea [a move to China] is far from his mind.“He’s happy to stay here, to play with us. This is the most important thing for us. I don’t see any problem.”On reports of a bust-up with CostaEmbed from Getty Images“After the game against Leicester, I told you the truth [that Costa was injured].“I heard a lot of speculation about Diego, but now the most important thing is that he trained with us this week, he hasn’t any pain in his back, and is available to come back in our squad against Hull City.“Diego is an important player for us. When he stays in a good form, he’s always played. Will he start against Hull? We’ll see on Sunday. I do not want to give an advantage to our opponent.”On whether Costa should get a new contract“I think now it’s better to be concentrated on the present, not the future. It’s important to have these [next] four months in a very strong way, and then we’ll see.“It’s important now to be focused on the present and not to see too far, in my opinion.“Diego is a good player, he is a good person and now he’s only focused on Chelsea and to play with us and to continue to help us.“He missed only one game but now he’s ready to come back with us. I’m sure about his commitment, his will to fight with this team to the end and to try to win the title.”On an offer from Bournemouth for Asmir Begovic“Asmir is an important player for me, on and off the pitch. He knows this.“There is this offer – me and the club, we are evaluating this offer. But it’s important to find the right solution for Asmir, for the club, for me.”On Costa’s possible return to the team“At the moment, for me to make a decision is not easy, because I have four or five players [who are] very strong in that position – I have Pedro, Willian, [Eden] Hazard, Costa and also Ruben [Loftus-Cheek].“It’s not easy because they are in good form, and they give me different options. For sure, I sleep some hours less to make the best decision but it is my task to pick the best players game-by-game.“I have to pick three players [up front] and if someone stays out it’s not for punishment, or for other stories. I like to make choices game-by-game, and also to consider the opponent.”On Nathan Ake“I evaluated his situation, I evaluated our situation and I think it’s a good reinforcement for us because Ake is a player that can play in different positions.“I think in this last two years he has played and improved a lot, and now he’s ready to play with this team, to stay with us and to help us.“This is the second week that he’s working with us – now he’s starting to go into our idea of football. I’m pleased to have him.”On whether Eduardo could replace Asmir Begovic“Eduardo is a great buy for us. He arrived as a third goalkeeper, that position is very clear in my mind.“I’m very happy for him because he is working very well, and he is helping me, helping Thibaut [Courtois] and Asmir a lot and also he is helping [goalkeeper coaches] Gianluca Spinelli and Hilario in their work. For me, he is doing very well.”On Fifa technical director’s Marco Van Basten’s proposed rule changesEmbed from Getty Images“I don’t like this because I think that if you start to change a lot of rules, it’s not good. With these [current] rules, football is very attractive. I don’t like wanting to try to take examples of the other sports. Football is football, other sports are other sports.”On Hull“You have to face this game with great concentration and focus on our target because if you think that these games are easy, you can make a great mistake and you can pay for this mistake at the end of the season.“For me, Hull City are a good team – in the last game they won against Bournemouth. They changed the coach and usually when you change the coach you have a great reaction from the players – we must pay great attention.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceIt’s been looking like Jennifer Lopez has finally found the man of her dreams in Alex Rodriguez. The entertainment diva and former MLB player announced over the weekend that they had become engaged by sharing Instagram photos of the very big diamond ring he had given her while on a recent tropical vacation.Maybe the fifth time, engagement-ring-wise, is going to be the charm for Lopez, who has previously been engaged …
Brand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January 2010, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. In this gallery we bring you the highlights.Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.For high-resolution images, visit the World Economic Forum online. The panel of the session Rebuilding Education forthe 21st Century in the Congress Centre at theAnnual Meeting 2010 of the World EconomicForum in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday 30January 30: from left, Queen Rania Al Abdullahof Jordan, a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and the Global Agenda Council on Education Systems; John T Chambers, CEO of Cisco, US, Irina Bokova, director-general of Unesco; Trevor Manuel, minister in the presidency for South Africa’s National Planning Commission; and Harold McGraw III, CEO of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US.Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic ForumManuel speaking during the session Rebuilding Education for the 21st Century on Saturday 30 January 30Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic Forum Manuel speaking during the session Rebuilding Education for the 21st Century on Saturday 30 January 30Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World EconomicForumManuel and McGraw in discussion after the session Rebuilding Education for the 21st Century on Saturday 30 January 30Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic Forum Gene Falk, South African social entrepreneur and co-founder and executive director of mothers2mothers, at work in the CongressCentre in Davos on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World EconomicForumSouth African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica speaking during the session Rebuilding Water Management on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chair of Swiss company Nestle and member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and Global Agenda Council on Water Security, seated next to Sonjica duringthe session Rebuilding Water Management on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumStanley Fischer, governor of the Central Bank of Israel (left) and South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan at the session Redesigning Financial Regulation on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Sebastian Derungs, World Economic Forum South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan speaking at the session Redesigning Financial Regulation on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Sebastian Derungs, World Economic ForumBRAND SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVOSPART 1PART 2 PART 3THE CAMPAIGN More galleries: For more great South African photography, including the Proteas jetting off to the ICC World Cup, grassroots football, Nelson Mandela meeting Bafana Bafana, high-rise office buildings in Sandton, and South Africa’s new ape-man fossil – visit the Media Club South Africa gallery page.
15 April 2014South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, showed plenty of character to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Zimbabwe in an entertaining friendly international at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Saturday afternoon.Playing under new coach Vera Pauw, South Africa fell 0-2 behind but fought their way back before a boisterous crowd to claim a deserved share of the spoils.It was the hosts that started with lots of running, but were somehow undone by the long balls, which the Zimbabwe backline easily dealt with.PenaltyFrom their very first counter-attack, Zimbabwe’s Rutendo Makore got the better of Letago Madiba in a one-on-one situation. The robust Madiba was forced into bringing down Makore, leaving referee Maria Kolokotoane with little choice but to award a penalty, which Makore dispatched with ease in the seventh minute.Sensing Banyana Banyana’s problems dealing with long balls, Zimbabwe pumped high balls in the penalty area. From one of those attacks, Marjory Nyaumwe outpaced the static home team’s defence and blasted the ball past Roxanne Barker no chance to make it 2-0.Zimbabwe could have been 3-0 ahead, but Makore’s audacious effort moments later hit the crossbar.Out of their shellBanyana Banyana then came out of their shell and after good work between Refiloe Jane and Silindile Ngubane the latter’s shot hit the bar as the South Africans started to threaten the visitors.At last, after incessant pressure, a goal came on the stroke of half-time when Ngubane’s shot gave Dzingirai no chance, making it 2-1 to the visitors at the break.In the second half, South Africa pinned Zimbabwe pinned in their own half, but the visitors’ back four, well marshalled by Melody Musasa, stood firm.Robyn Moodaly could have equalised for Banyana Banyana but her long range effort was brilliantly parried behind for a corner by Chido Dzingirai as Zimbabwe hung on for dear life.CampedPauw’s charges then camped into the visitors’ area, but brave goalkeeping by Dzingirai frustrated the home side, with Jane seeing her effort skim the crossbar as Banyana Banyana upped the ante.Former captain Amanda Dlamini, who was introduced as a late substitute, had a point blank header saved by Dzingirai as Zimbabweans clung onto their lead and South African pushed hard for an equaliser.EqualiserThe vibrant crowd raised the tempo, cheering on the home as Banyana Banyana chased the elusive goal and the hard-running Dlamini was rewarded as South Africa made it 2-2 after Zimbabwe finally cracked under pressure.It was a well-deserved draw for Pauw’s team, which played with more purpose and were by far the better side in the second half.Zimbabwe could have stolen a win late in the match, but Barker produced a one- handed save from Felistas Muzongondi after the goalkeeper had been left exposed by her defence.SAinfo reporter
PIRAEUS – CSKA Moscow’s undefeated run in Euroleague basketball play was interrupted by an 84-76 at the hands of Greek power Olympiakos in a battle of Greek coaches.With the victory, the Reds moved to 5-1 in round two group play and upended one of its fiercest rivals in the tourney.Down 17-11 after the first period, Olympiakos rebounded strongly with 32 points in the second period and then extended the lead to 64-53 in the third period.Coached by Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA came to within three at 69-66 but then the home team turned on the gas to close it out behind coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos before a near-capacity crowd. Captain Vassilis Spanoulis led the way with 19 points while Matt Lojeski chipped in with 16. TweetPinShare0 Shares
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Sport says Barcelona are pondering a loan swoop for Morata.The out-of-favour Blues forward has just five goals in 16 Premier League games this term.Barca are undecided over whether to sign a striker in the winter window but Morata is among the names they are considering should they decide to bolster their frontline.The Catalan giants have apparently already enquired about Morata’s situation but are yet to make a formal offer to the Blues.Barcelona have allowed Munir El Haddadi to leave for Sevilla, which could open the door for them to swoop for Morata.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Juventus draw more than deservedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists they deserve their point with Juventus.This Champions League clash finished 2-2, after the Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, but Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.“We were missing something in the first half and Juve stepped up after the break, but I liked the fact we never gave in and fought back for a result,” said Cholo.“We always tried to create situations where we could hurt Juve. Jose Maria Gimenez went close, as did Vitolo and Angel Correa, so it was a more than deserved point.“I don’t see this draw as a good or bad result. Juve are very strong opponents with a lot of experience and an average age of 29 compared to our 24. Experience helps at this level and that is why matches like this can help us mature for what awaits in future.“The important thing is not to lose intensity during the game and to maintain faith in our characteristics.”
Darius Rucker Notre DameESPN radio personality Mike Golic, a Notre Dame grad, and country star Darius Rucker, a South Carolina fan, made a bet prior to the women’s Final Four game between their two schools. Notre Dame won, so Rucker lost the bet. He paid up last night. Here he is singing the Fighting Irish fight song to Golic on stage at a concert. Here’s for all you Notre Dame fans… @dariusrucker #FightSong pic.twitter.com/rD7KqUE3CX— kenzz (@mblessingg) June 28, 2015Enjoy it, Notre Dame fans.
YouTube/Colin CowherdOn his show, FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd has been going through the schedules of major college football programs and giving his early projections for the upcoming season. He likes Michigan and USC this fall, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers, his breakdown is not nearly as encouraging.Cowherd’s four biggest factors that play into his prediction are:1. The loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU.2. The graduation of Joel Stave.3. Wisconsin’s schedule: “the toughest schedule I think I’ve seen in the Big Ten in years.”4. The defense is strong in the back, a bit weaker up front.Here is Cowherd’s full breakdown: That is a 6-6 season, with wins over Akron, Georgia State, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota, and losses to Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern. He’s not wrong about the schedule; the Badgers play the four best teams from the 2015 Big Ten season in a row from September 24 to October 22. Yikes.