Jahanbakhsh’s Overhead Kick Earns Brighton Point against Chelsea

first_imgPREMIERSHIPAlireza Jahanbakhsh said he has started 2020 “in the best way possible” after his spectacular overhead kick earned Brighton an unlikely point against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium.The Iranian substitute, who scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, brought the home support to their feet in the 84th minute with an early contender for goal of the month. “When I was about to go on, I had a feeling I could have an impact on the game,” he told Match of the Day.“When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option. I’m going to watch it a couple more times.“It has been a really tough time for me. I have been training well and working hard to get my chance. Luckily, it has gone the way I wanted.“2019 didn’t go as well as I wanted. I tried to end the year as well as I could and I’ve started 2020 in the best way possible.”Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues the lead with his third goal of the season when he fired in from close range after Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked by Aaron Mooy.Brighton’s attacking threat was largely nullified by Chelsea’s defence, although aside from the goals they produced the clearest chances – both thwarted by the brilliance of keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard produced a one-handed stop to deny Aaron Connolly and then saved Neal Maupay’s low drive with his feet.The point extends fourth-placed Chelsea’s advantage over Manchester United in fifth to five points. Brighton move up a place to 13th, above Burnley on goal difference.This result is another setback for Frank Lampard and his side, who looked assured of an eighth league win on the road this season.Prior to Jahanbakhsh’s goal his defence had suffocated Brighton’s attack.Having been accused of being sloppy at times this season, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and skipper Azpilicueta were at their dogged best – rarely allowing an opposition ball to find its way into the six-yard area.Elsewhere, Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor despite having a goal ruled out for a marginal offside by the video assistant referee system.Jack Grealish thought he had put Villa ahead, nodding in Ezri Konsa’s cross, but striker Wesley was deemed inches offside in the build-up.Grealish turned provider for Wesley 16 minutes later, before making it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with a powerful strike inside the box.Burnley responded in the second half, though it took until the 80th minute for Chris Wood to record their first shot on target – nodding a cross past goalkeeper Tom Heaton at the back post to make it 2-1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alireza Jahanbakhsh (left) doing his overhead kick that earned Brighton the share of the spoil in their New Year day clash with Chelsea yesterdaylast_img read more

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Do A’s have secret bullpen weapon vs. Yankees in AL Wild Card game?

first_imgIt’s been almost four years to the day since Yusmeiro Petit played a huge role in keeping the Giants postseason alive. Can he do the same for the A’s on Wednesday night?It’s anyone’s guess as to how or even if A’s manager Bob Melvin will use Petit in the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium. But there’s plenty of evidence to suggest Petit would be up to any challenge.As Melvin plots his bullpen usage after opener Liam Hendriks, Petit becomes an attractive option based on how he’s …last_img read more

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All-Star Harden question Paul snub

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “He averages what 19 (points) and nine assists?” Harden asked after getting 25 points and 13 assists in a 104-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. “What are we rewarding? We’re winning and he’s putting up the numbers, there’s no question.“Obviously, we have a lot of depth on this team, but I’m not doing it out there by myself. He’s controlling the games as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPaul scored 12 points with seven rebounds and four assists as the Rockets beat their Texas rivals for the sixth straight time. The streak started with a four-game sweep last season. Houston won its fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine.After missing the first 14 games with a left knee injury, Paul later sat another three with a left abductor strain. But the Rockets are 24-5 in games he has played, and won his first 15 starts. He is averaging 18.8 points, 8.8 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shakes hands with Chris Paul after a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)DALLAS — James Harden is an All-Star for the sixth straight season. New Houston teammate Chris Paul will miss the February party for the second year in a row following nine consecutive appearances for the Western Conference.The Rockets aren’t exactly pleased about the Paul part.ADVERTISEMENT “People that should be watching games don’t watch the games and see how important a guy is,” coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. “It’s perplexing.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Doping: NIS doctor gives evidence to sports minister

first_imgSajib Kumar Nandi’s tirade against the functioning of the officials at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, finally came good for him and on Thursday, he met sports minister Ajay Maken and justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal to give his version of the recent doping scandal that rocked Indian athletics.Sports Minister Ajay MakenNandi claims to have evidence of systematic doping within the centres of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and a day after he was allegedly assaulted by the security personnel outside the NIS, Patiala, he got an opportunity to put forward his case.Besides his meetings with Maken and Mudgal, Nandi also had a couple of meetings with director general of SAI Desh Deepak Verma in the Capital.”I have documented proof of systematic doping at the NIS, Patiala, and I apprised the sports minister and Mr Mudgal about what all is happening within the NIS campus,” Nandi told Mail Today. The sports ministry has asked Mudgal to probe into the issues related to the recent doping cases in Indian athletics and submit a report within six weeks. “I met the sports minister in the morning and later in the evening I had a meeting with Mr Mudgal and DG SAI. Since 2002, I have been saying that senior officials are involved in organised doping and today I got a chance to speak out.”The sports minister heard me patiently and said he will look into all the aspects. I told him how everything was organized and how the executive director of NIS, Patiala, Laxman Singh Ranawat was involved in all these activities.advertisement”I gave them the evidence with documented proofs which can help them in their investigation into the doping incidents in the country,” said Nandi.Nandi hasn’t had cordial relation with the officials of the NIS, Patiala, and SAI. Since 2005, he is not on the payroll of the SAI but has neither been suspended nor dismissed.”I presented my case to the SAI DG and he has assured me that he will look into the matter.He might take time as it hasn’t been long since he took over as the SAI DG.” On Wednesday, when he tried to enter the NIS, Patiala, he was allegedly assaulted by the security in- charge and claimed that there were orders not to let him in.Yuri Flies Out Of IndiaIndia’s relay coach Yuri Ogorodnik, who was shown the door after six of his athletes were tested positive for banned substance, on Thursday left for his country. The Ukrainian appeared before justice Mudgal in Patiala on Wednesday and a day after he left for his country.Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep, Sini Jose, Jauna and Priyanka Panwar had trained under him.last_img read more

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