Archers unleash fury after Ayo fumes

first_img“There were lots of distractions, I can say that, in the first round,” admitted Ayo, whose team finished at No. 2 with a 12-2 slate. “But we were able to overcome them and we were able to focus when the second round came. It’s just being focused and being committed to the objective, which is to win the championship,” he said.The Green Archers head to the Final Four against No. 3 Adamson riding a seven-game winning streak.Ayo is confident coming into the duel but he is also wary of the challenge the Falcons present.“It will be a dogfight, for sure. They’re going to prepare against us. Our last game in the second round was close, it was decided less than a minute or two. So for sure, it will be difficult for us. We’re going to prepare against them.”Armed with a twice-to-beat edge, the Green Archers take on the Soaring Falcons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT And that proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Ayo, who took off his jacket and slammed it to the floor in frustration.“I always thrive in anger and hatred. I’ve always been there. My players can say that and that’s how I was raised,” he said. “Personally, anger or hatred fuels my adrenaline and it helps me in making right decisions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis players responded as La Salle got its act together and went on a decisive 10-0 run to finish the game and hack out a 79-76 victory.“They executed the game plan because we’re not going to quit. We’re not just going to wait there and allow them to beat us. We’re going to do our part, we’re going to compete, and we’re going to do whatever it takes, just to win, in the right way, of course,” he said. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Go moves on from costly miss in Ateneo loss to La Salle OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson De La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo couldn’t seem to solve what’s puzzling La Salle that it can’t shake off Ateneo on Sunday.Whatever the Bicolano mentor did for the first 30 minutes wasn’t working and the Green Archers found themselves down 12 in the fourth quarter and by seven, 69-76, with 2:24 remaining.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Sisi Rondina takes tough UST loss in stride ‘as long as we learned something’

first_imgGoing up against a double block, Rondina tried to squeeze the ball down the sideline but the space was too tight that she connected with the antenna giving the final point to Ateneo, which improved to 7-1.“I just had to laugh earlier because when I hit the ball it was over, I was the one that let my team lose because a lot would’ve happened if I scored that one,” said Rondina. “I’ll accept this loss with my heart as long as we’ve learned something from this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Rondina finished with 35 points, the most a Golden Tigress has scored in a single game in the Final Four era, but she missed a chance to cap the historic performance with a win as UST settled for the third spot in the standings at 5-3.“We always say ‘what if’ but someone has to win,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Someone won, we just have to learn from what we did today. We fell short, that’s it, the kids still lack experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRondina is on her fifth year and is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the league but her teammates like Eya Laure, Mafe Galanza, Rachelle Roldan, and Kecelyn Galdones—all of whom played in the fifth set—still has some learning to do especially in the collegiate level.Despite Rondina’s heroism, her final attempt was what ultimately doomed UST. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were a lot of missed chances for Cherry Rondina and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.The Tigresses had the chance to get shared ownership of the top spot, but Ateneo came back from a two-set deficit and stunned the Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, despite Rondina’s historic performance.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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CEO removes NCN anchor for “pregnant” image

first_imgThe National Communications Network (NCN) has rejected outright media reports that it has been meddling in the personal affairs of two of its female staff, who have recently been making headlines at the State-run entity.On Monday, NCN said that it was very much concerned about statements being made in the press and online news outlets in relation to employment issues surrounding two of its employees, Natasha Smith and Jocelle Archibald-Hawk.Sports EditorJocelle Archibald-HawkNCN anchor Natasha SmithCEO Lennox CornetteThe State media outlet said it wished to make it known that Smith, an anchor, was not removed from anchoring duties because of her pregnancy or marital status.“NCN upholds the rights of all its employees in relation to their private lives and may only be required to address aspects of personal issues if they impede the employee’s performance on the job,” the organisation stated in a release Monday evening.The organisation came under fire after word got out that it had removed Smith, one of its longstanding anchors from reading the news because she was pregnant out of wedlock, a claim the entity has denied.Meanwhile, Smith also in a response on Monday gave her side of the story.According to her, almost a month ago, she was informed by a senior manager that it was decided that she would be relieved of reading the news.“On the following day I was called by another senior manager who explained to me how outraged he was about what was said in the management meeting of August 8. He told me he believes that as a woman I have a right to become pregnant and bear a child without it being a hindrance to my job since being pregnant does not affect my job in any way.”She said she was called to the office of the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) the following day, and it was explained that she would be relieved of reading the news, “because, quite frankly, the CEO did not like what he sees when he looks at the news”.“She told me that she was given a directive to remove me from reading the news in a management meeting on August 8 because the ‘image’ was not looking good for the news. I enquired if it had anything to do with my pregnancy, she did not respond to the question directly, but asked me to wear bigger clothes. She said the directive came from the CEO and she is just following instructions.”Smith, who has been employed by the State entity for over eight years, has been serving for some six years in the News and Current Affairs Department and two years as an Announcer/Producer in the Production Department. She said this was not her first time anchoring the news while pregnant.“This is my second pregnancy while being anchor. In 2011, I was pregnant with twins and there was never any issue with regards to my anchoring or attire, nor any directive to cameramen to shoot from my breast upwards,” she wrote to colleagues.She continued: “Given the fact that I have to hide a part of my body, makes him seem like something unwanted or to be ashamed of. I likened the situation to one where I took a picture with my child and had to Photoshop him out of the picture.”Smith said she was very much offended and immediately contacted her union representative, who arranged a meeting with the Human Resources Manager (HRM).“The HRM did not deny that the directive was given, but insisted that it was not with immediate effect and that the EIC is misrepresenting what was said.”Smith said she was later informed that there was a new directive for her to continue reading the news until she was ready to proceed on maternity leave; however, she said by this time she had already decided that she would discontinue reading the news because of all that transpired.Meanwhile, NCN speaking on the issue of Sports Editor Jocelle Archibald-Hawk, who was suspended for one month without pay, said due process was followed in arriving at its decision.“While the current issue is about disparaging comments made on social media about her colleague’s work and name calling, several other factors and incidents involving Mrs Archibald-Hawk were considered. NCN will not descend into divulging the details about personnel matters in the public domain,” it said in its release.CEO Lennox Cornette said that it was unfortunate that the issues surrounding the employees have been misunderstood and misrepresented. In the case of Archibald-Hawk, he expressed surprise that “a simple HR matter that was investigated and dealt with, after a report by the aggrieved party has now elevated itself on social media as a denial of freedom of expression.”last_img read more

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Wage law no longer living

first_img“Based on a comparison of the language in the old and new ordinances, the latter was enacted in bad faith with the intent to evade the effect of the referendum petition,” Yaffe wrote in his ruling. The ruling marked a major setback for the council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who worked with the city’s powerful unions to craft the controversial living-wage ordinance. “The judge’s decision is shocking to me, and I expect the city attorney to appeal,” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who helped push for the law. “We should stop at nothing to ensure that the hotel workers along the Century Corridor are treated with dignity and respect. These men and women are the faces of Los Angeles hospitality to visitors to our city every day.” Mayor to review The Los Angeles City Council lost its legal showdown with the business community on Friday, when a judge struck down its effort to impose a living-wage ordinance on hotels near LAX. In a strongly worded ruling, Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe said the council violated state law and acted in bad faith when it imposed the ordinance. Yaffe said the council tried to evade the state’s referendum law by repealing an initial living-wage ordinance after hotels and business groups gathered enough signatures to put the measure to a public vote. But the council adopted virtually the same law a few weeks later, the judge said. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office said he is considering the city’s options, and an aide to Villaraigosa said the mayor will review the decision. “The mayor believes that the workers at the Century Corridor hotels deserve a decent living wage,” said Parita Shah, spokeswoman for Villaraigosa. Los Angeles has had a living-wage requirement for more than a decade, but it had been applied only to firms doing business directly with the city. In expanding it to the hotels, the council argued that the facilities benefit from their proximity to Los Angeles International Airport and its city-funded improvements, and so they could be required to pay higher wages. The expanded living-wage law, first adopted in November, required 13 hotels along Century Boulevard to increase workers’ hourly pay to $9.39 with health insurance, or to $10.64 without health benefits. But hotels and business groups vigorously fought back, saying the city has no right to set wages for private-sector workers. They also worried that the law could set a precedent and lead to similar ordinances being expanded to other industries. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up with hotels and spent $800,000 to gather more than 103,000 signatures to put the ordinance on the May ballot with the hope that voters would overturn the law. Officials estimated that a referendum could have cost the city and business community as much as $15 million. To head off an expensive election, the City Council pledged to repeal the ordinance if the hotels agreed to a compromise that would include dropping the referendum. The council repealed the law in late January. But two weeks later it adopted a new measure that kept the living-wage requirements while promising $1 million in street improvements in the area and $50,000 to develop a marketing plan for a new Airport Hospitality Enhancement Zone. The new measure contained language designed to limit the expansion of the living-wage requirement to other business sectors. It also called for studies into a possible conference center and business-tax reductions for the area, as well as various studies on the impact of the living wage. But the new measure still frustrated business and hotel groups, who filed suit. Bait and switch In his ruling, the judge said enhancements that the council added to the measure were largely “illusory” and “vague commitments.” “These commitments are not sufficient to materially change the ordinance that the people demonstrated their hostility to by exercising their power of referendum,” Yaffe wrote. Councilmen Dennis Zine, Bernard Parks and Greig Smith had opposed the new ordinance, calling it a bait-and-switch tactic. “The judge’s ruling is exactly what we said,” Smith said Friday. “I’d be aghast if they appeal it because they’re going to lose again.” But community organizers who helped draft the living-wage law disagreed strongly with the judge’s ruling, saying they plan to keep fighting for higher pay for the nearly 3,500 hotel workers. “It’s disappointing to see the hotels continue to fight their workers,” said James Elmendorf, senior policy analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. But Harvey Englander, who represents the Century Corridor hotels, said the City Council and mayor should never have moved forward with the second ordinance. “This now creates an opportunity – it’s a cooling-off period,” Englander said. “The council could bring this back in a year. We’re hoping to show the council that there is not a reason to.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Year-end tax plans turn tricky

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The common wisdom in year-end planning is to try to defer income to the new year, and accelerate deductions from January into December. If 2007 has been a hard year, and your tax bill is likely to be smaller than next year’s, you might want to consider the reverse, pulling some income into this year, and putting off that computer or other equipment purchase until January. At the end of the year, many owners go shopping to qualify for a Section 179 deduction, which allows small businesses to deduct up-front rather than depreciate over time the costs of buying certain kinds of equipment, such as cars, computers, manufacturing machinery and office furniture. But “if you’re going to have a loss or break even, it’s going to be useless” to take the deduction, said Gordon Spoor, a certified public accountant in St. Petersburg, Fla. Ginger Broderick, whose accounting firm Broderick & Co. is located in New York, said owners might want to pre-bill customers who are willing to pay early. And, she noted, while you need to make many retirement plan contributions by year-end, “you’re not required to pay bonuses in December,” so you might want to move those deductions to January. But Spoor noted that as you make such decisions, you need to keep your eye on cash flow. “That’s the life blood of a small business,” which often doesn’t have access to lines of credit that larger companies do, he said. NEW YORK – Many small-business owners meeting with their accountants this month and next may find that year-end tax planning and projections for 2008 are a little more complicated than usual because of the uneasy economy. “We’re finding a lot of clients due to the economy aren’t doing as well as they’ve done in previous years,” said Jeffrey Berdahl, a certified public accountant with Berdahl & Co. in Center Valley, Pa. “We’re not seeing as much of top-line revenue growth.” For many business owners, that means cash flow isn’t as healthy as they’d like. And so decisions typically made toward the end of the year – for example, whether to buy new equipment or whether to set up a retirement plan – need to be thought through even more carefully. As always, what businesses do for the balance of the old year needs to be considered in the context of projections for 2008. And no decision should ever be based solely on how much it might lower your tax bill – every step you take should have a sound business reason behind it. Some companies may find that they need to accelerate income into this year because they need it to keep operating now, Spoor noted. But, he cautioned, “shifting income is a fool’s game; you never know what’s going to happen.” “You could be shifting into a higher tax bracket next year,” he said. “You don’t have a crystal ball.” Speaking of crystal balls, there’s often a lot of conjecture at the end of the year about what changes in the tax law might be forthcoming in the new year. Of course, no one knows what’s going to happen, but Berdahl noted, “we’ll probably have some stability in tax rates – no one is going to pass a tax increase in an election year.” As you go through the process of year-end planning, you should also take a look at your remaining estimated tax payments – if your tax bill is going to be smaller, maybe you don’t need to make such a big final 2007 payment. Broderick said businesses that have loans up for renewal should be very careful about their financial positions, or they might find themselves out of compliance with lending agreements and then find they’re denied a new loan. “If you’re having a bad year, let the banker know in advance,” she advised. “Some bankers may have the ability to push your renewal through” if they know about your problems in advance. (This is one of the reasons why you need to have a good relationship with your banker, Broderick noted.) If you’ve been meaning to set up a retirement plan, but feel you don’t have the money now, remember that the plans known as Simplified Employee Pensions, or SEPs, don’t have to be set up and funded until the due date of the owner’s tax return. So, if the owner is filing a Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business, and plans to obtain an automatic extension of the April 15 filing deadline, he or she has until Oct. 15 to create a SEP.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MINISTER McGINLEY DEFENDS €579,000 HAND-OUT TO GAOTH DOBHAIR CRISP FACTORY

first_imgThe Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D., has defended a decision to give more than half a million euro to a Co Donegal crisp factory.The Donegal South West TD said that the Government has given approval for grant assistance by Údarás na Gaeltachta to Largo Food Exports Ltd., a company based in Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.He said the taxpayer handout of €579,564 will assist the company in updating equipment and in funding a research and development programme for new high-value products to be produced in the Gaeltacht for the Irish and British markets. Making the announcement, Minister McGinley said: “This investment is vital in securing the continued presence of Largo Food Exports Ltd. in Gaoth Dobhair.“The State’s investment in this company shows the Government’s commitment to consolidating employment in areas such as Gaoth Dobhair in order to sustain viable rural communities and, in particular, to support the Irish language as the community language in a strong Gaeltacht heartland.”Minister McGinley added that this announcement endorses the Government’s commitment to retaining Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development function and to the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.“The creation of jobs in Gaeltacht areas is central to the aim of the Strategy, which is to ensure that the Irish language is passed from generation to generation as a vibrant family and community language,” said the Minister. The Minister commended Largo Foods and its CEO, Raymond Coyle, in particular, for their ongoing commitment to the Gaoth Dobhair operation, which currently supports the equivalent of 125 full-time jobs – 190 full-time and part-time positions. MINISTER McGINLEY DEFENDS €579,000 HAND-OUT TO GAOTH DOBHAIR CRISP FACTORY was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN

first_imgILLIES Golden Gloves boxer Willie McLaughlin just fell short of an elite Irish title at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.Champion Adam Nolan retained his title in the 69kg category.Nolan was ahead 7-3 after the first round, to boos from the Donegal contingent in the crowd who believed McLaughlin had pointed better. The Inishowen man was under the cosh in the second round and was behind 16-5 at the second round, again the crowd wasn’t happy with that either.McLaughlin came out fighting in the third round knowing he needed a knock-out to win the title and he put in a storming performance.He landed some cracking shots on Nolan in a superb round and with 40 seconds to go McLaughlin had Nolan bouncing off the ropes.The Leinster man clinged on to win but the 23-12 scoreline seemed much wider than most fans thought. There were boos from the Donegal crowd – there was a feeling that there was no way the Olympian Nolan had won by that margin.Nolan paid tribute to McLaughlin afterwards describing him as a great champion. BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingBOXING: McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLANbuncranadonegal daily sportlast_img read more

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Southampton vs Burnley: Kick-off time, TV channel and team news

first_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 1 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Southampton welcome Burnley to St Marys for their opening Premier League fixture.Whilst the Saints had a season to forget last term, the Clarets were exceptional and secured a seventh-placed finish against the odds. ALTERED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights Hughes kept Southampton in the top-flight last season What is the team news?Joe Hart is likely to start between the sticks despite Tom Heaton returning to fitness.Chris Wood missed the Europa League trip to Turkey with an infected insect bite and is a doubt.Deadline Day capture Danny Ings is set to make his debut for Saints against his old club. possible xi What time is kick-off?This match will be held on Sunday, August 12.Kick-off on the South Coast is at 1.30pm.Last season Burnley took the three points here, winning 1-0 thanks to a late Sam Vokes goal.Which channel can I watch it on?The match isn’t being shown live on any UK channel.talkSPORT have live coverage of Liverpool vs West Ham from 1pm and will provide goal updates this game. FOOTBALL LATEST smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Getty last_img read more

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Bump n run

first_img San Diego at Oakland, 1 p.m., Ch. 2 Houston at Seattle, 5:30 p.m., ESPN STAT LINE 9 Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (USC) will try to tie the NFL record with his ninth consecutive game having a passer rating of at least 100 today against Tennessee. Peyton Manning accomplished the feat last year. – Matt Kredell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week WHO’S HOT Drew Bledsoe has officially revived his career after being reunited with Bill Parcells in Dallas. Bledsoe passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns last week in the Cowboys’ shocking 33-10 rout of defending NFC champion Philadelphia. With 10 touchdown passes in five games, Bledsoe is back to rapidly moving up the all-time list. With two touchdown passes this week, he will pass Steve Young for 18th place. WHO’S NOT Aaron Brooks and the New Orleans Saints made winless Green Bay look like the Packers of old last week in a woeful 52-3 defeat. Granted, top receiver Joe Horn has been injured much of the season, but that doesn’t give Brooks a big enough excuse for his performance. Once thought to be one of the better young QB prospects in the league, Brooks failed to throw for as much as 200 yards in four of five games and has two touchdowns with seven interceptions. ROOKIE WATCH Tyson Thompson, an undrafted rookie out of San Jose State, could get the start in Dallas because of an ankle injury to Julius Jones. After Jones went down toward the end of the first half last week, Thompson ran for 75 yards on 20 carries. The quick runner already seems to have eclipsed veteran Anthony Thomas on the depth chart. center_img Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. Ch. 2 N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 10 a.m., Ch. 11 last_img read more

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Latest: Chelsea 2 West Ham 0 – Blues on course for another victory

first_imgJohn Terry’s first-half tap-in and Diego Costa 13th Premier League goal in 15 games put Chelsea on course for victory at Stamford Bridge.Terry’s close-range strike deservedly put the Premier League leaders ahead after a scintillating first-half display which could have seen them out of sight.And Costa danced through the West Ham defence and scored with a precise low shot just after the hour to put the Blues in control.Chelsea were dominant from the outset.Oscar blazed a glorious early chance over, Gary Cahill twice went close and there were numerous close calls for an overworked Hammers defence.Oscar, back in the side in the number 10 role, with Cesc Fabregas reverting to his more regular spot alongside Nemanja Matic, missed an opportunity inside four minutes.A fine run and cross by fellow Brazilian Willian found Oscar, who shot wildly over the bar from six yards.Eden Hazard, who played despite concerns over an ankle knock, was a constant menace and had decent claims for a penalty waved away.But finally the relentless pressure told when Terry opened the scoring, tapping home from close range after Costa headed on a Fabregas corner.With West Ham barely escaping their own half, Chelsea continued to boss things.Matic drew a fine save from keeper Adrian and Costa twice almost added a second goal in an increasingly feisty game.The visitors threatened from a couple of set-pieces after the interval, but Chelsea still made the better openings.Hazard unleashed a rasping strike that Adrian blocked and Willian curled a free-kick over before Costa doubled the lead with a composed strike.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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