RelatedPosts Arsenal sign Brazil winger Willian on three-year contract EPL: Chelsea, Man U secure top-four places De Gea should save Chelsea’s second goal 100 times out of 100 – Solskjaer Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero have both signed contract extensions to stay at Stamford Bridge for another season.Giroud’s existing deal at Chelsea had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign and he had been linked with a prospective move to Lazio. But the 33-year-old said he was delighted to confirm his future at the Premier League club.Giroud told Chelsea’s official website: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.“I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates.”I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018 and has scored seven goals in 49 starts for the club.Chelsea also exercised the option to extend Caballero’s contract by a further year until the end of the 2020-21 season. Caballero told the club’s official site: “I am very happy to make this announcement. It is a privilege to be part of this Chelsea squad and the Chelsea family, at one of the most historic clubs in the Premier League.“It is a difficult time for everyone right now so I feel blessed by this opportunity and truly appreciate it.“I want to thank my team-mates for helping me to be my best and I want to thank the boss and the club for extending my contract.“I’m sure they will continue to demand the maximum from me and I will compete with the same energy as always. I am very happy.”Both Giroud and Caballero had made nine appearances this season prior to its enforced suspension. Tags: Chelsea FCContract ExtensionsOlivier GiroudWilly Caballero
However, their one step forward, two steps back existence has persuaded Poyet that his message is simply not getting through to some of the players, and that is a situation he insists will not be allowed to continue. The 46-year-old said: “Me, I am the head coach, I coach the players I have got the best I can. “For moments, it looks like we are getting it and getting better, and for moments, it looks like I am coming from another planet, which is difficult to accept. “The best teams in the world play one game, one game. They know why they are playing, what they are playing for and everybody does the same. “If you go on the pitch and everyone is playing their own game, it’s impossible. “I have said to you many, many times, it is not a tennis match, it’s football and it’s 11 and there are players we normally think are able to do things, and we are learning more and more that they are not able to do it. “That’s the only good news today, I have got a good report on some players who are not able to play a certain way, which is going to be difficult for them because we will play that way, so the problem is for them.” The Black Cats have already signed Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso on loan for the rest of the season and are currently deep in negotiations with Brighton for midfield duo Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley. The Black Cats undid their good work over Christmas with a 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on New Year’s Day which left them still propping up the rest of the Barclays Premier League and four points shy of safety. Villa’s visit to the Stadium of Light heralded a run of games the Wearsiders consider winnable and therefore, an opportunity to ease themselves up the table and out of danger. However, Poyet knows the men already under his charge will be largely the ones who will have to do the job if the club is to preserve its top-flight status, and his message to them is stark after a seventh home league defeat of the campaign. He said: “We had more of the ball, we had more shots, but we didn’t create enough because we tried to do it too much as individuals and not as a team. “I said it two months ago: there are not going to be heroes here, we are all in it the same and we will all be safe or we will all go down. “Apparently, some people don’t get it. They try to play their own game and they try to be in their own position and they try to do things that are not acceptable. “It’s a difficult day for me, I need to be careful what I say.” Ironically, skipper Lee Cattermole’s determination to carry out Poyet’s orders led to the decisive moment in Sunderland’s latest reverse. The Uruguayan has urged his players to retain possession and to pass their way up the field, but it was the midfielder’s failure to control Valentin Roberge’s 15th-minute square ball deep inside his own half which allowed Gabriel Agbonlahor to round keeper Vito Mannone and score the game’s only goal. Until that point, the Black Cats had been the better side, and although Agbonlahor’s intervention severely dented their confidence, they thought they had dragged themselves back into the contest seven minutes after the break when Emanuele Giaccherini struck from Steven Fletcher’s knock-down, only for the tightest of offside decisions to ruin his celebrations. Villa should have wrapped up the win as the clock ran down with Christian Benteke and substitute Marc Albrighton twice going close, but a single goal ultimately proved enough. The win left the visitors level on points with 10th-placed Hull, and match-winner Agbonlahor is hoping it will provide a platform for a new year push. He told the club’s official website, www.avfc.co.uk: “We have had a hard couple of weeks and to get a few points on the table is always important. “It has put us up to joint 10th, so it gives us a little bit of breathing space. It’s a good way to start the new year and we have got to continue it. “We had a lot of chances and could have won the game by three or four. But we will take the result and move on to the next game against Sheffield United.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has warned his players it will be his way or the highway as he attempts to dig the club out of relegation trouble. Press Association
Nelson lost its opening game of the weekend tournament in a wild, 9-7 shootout to Kamloops.However, Nelson was able to bounce back by hammering Bantam Wildcats 7-0 and Portland 7-1 to qualify for the playoff round.Nelson then got some payback against Kamloops, edging the Spoolmak squad 3-2 before knocking off Spokane in the final.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the great effort of the Nelson Leafs Peewee Tier II squad with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, Joseph Surina, Ethan Lawczynski, Kaleb Percival, Bryce Sookro, Rhett Hamilton, Seamus Boyd, Noah Quinn, Dylan Mowery, Lowie Vreys, Joe Davidson, Jackson Harris, Ethan Bennett, Nick Francis, Tijs Vreys, Drake Proctor, Amran Bhabra, coaches Pete Quinn and Shandy Mowery, manager Lisa Quinn and Sandy Boyd.Teams in the Tier II tournament were from Trail, Nelson, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Spokane, and Portland, Oregon. It was a golden weekend for the Nelson Leafs Peewee Tier II squad.The Nelson Minor Hockey team knocked off previously unbeaten Spokane 4-3 en route to the Championship at the Trail Peewee Tournament Sunday in the Silver City.
Dylan Haney of the Grand Forks Border Bruins earned Honourable Mention status as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League announced September Players of the Month.Brock Lefebvre of the Creston Valley Thunder for the award edged out the 20-year-old native of Brandon, Manitoba. Haney finished the opening month on the KIJHL season with eight goals, seven assists and four power play goals as the Bruins shot up into top spot in the Murdoch Division.Also earning Honourable Mention were Paxton Malone and Mason Jones of Spokane and Thomas Cankovic of Creston Valley Thunder.Daniel Stone of Osoyoos Coyotes took September Player of the Month in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.Adam Jones of Osoyoos, Pat Brady of Chase Heat, Drew Carter of Princeton Posse and Kole Comin of Kamloops Storm earned Honourable Mention.Grand Forks, 5-2-1 and winners of won four straight games, travels to Creston Friday to meet the Thunder Cats.Saturday the Bruins host Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the Grand Forks Arena.
RACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2106)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray, a runaway first-out maiden winner sprinting here on April 10, made short work of her competition as she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita, winning in dominating gate to wire fashion by 2 ¼ lengths under Tyler Baze. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 3-year-old filly by Grazen out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, covered the distance in a solid 1:42.64.“Today it was about seeing if she could go a mile and a sixteenth and it was about getting her out there, getting her to relax and take some breaths,” said Baze. “She did. She learns so fast and she only continues to get better. She’s mature but she’s still got a lot to learn. She’ll only get better. She’s a petite filly and I’m really excited about seeing what she could become.”With a staggering $346,016 bet to show on her ($388,932 was the total show pool), Enola Gray was the 1-9 favorite in a field of six sophomore fillies bred or sired in California and she paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.Now undefeated in two starts, Enola Gray picked up $110,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $143,600.“I was extremely nervous this morning, but this shows me that she can overcome some adversity. I’m quite relieved. Phil and I were both (trying to decide) between running her at six or seven furlongs after her maiden win, but she was coughing a lot on the morning we were going to enter, so we waited and ran here.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Allsquare sat second the entire trip and outran Cheekaboo the final quarter mile to be second by 4 ¼ lengths. Off at 29-1, Allsquare paid $7.60 and $5.00.Cheekaboo, who loomed boldly three-wide at the top of the stretch, proved third-best under Rafael Bejarano. Off at 7-1, she paid $2.60 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 23.97, 47.72, 1:11.88 and 1:36.26.