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Mourinho cautious with Costa

first_img The City trip is the first of four key domestic fixtures in Champions League weeks for the Blues, who will hope to swiftly find a solution to Costa’s niggle. The trip to Sporting Lisbon is followed by a home clash with Arsenal, Manchester United away follows the Maribor home tie and a date at Liverpool is immediately after the trip to Slovenia. Didier Drogba started up front for the Blues in Costa’s absence, but the hero of the 2012 European Cup win was culpable as Chelsea missed a host of chances to add to Cesc Fabregas’ early opener. Klaas Jan Huntelaar equalised on the counter-attack as Schalke punished Chelsea to earn a point. Captain John Terry admits Chelsea must address their defensive flaws ahead of Sunday’s showdown with City, who will provide a stiff test of the Blues’ title credentials after wins over Burnley, Leicester, Everton and Swansea. Chelsea twice beat City last season, only to finish four points behind them in third place in the final table. The Blues have conceded six times in the Premier League and Terry was concerned by another leaked goal against Schalke. “It’s disappointing to drop points in the first game at home,” the captain said on chelseafc.com. Chelsea travel to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday with Costa likely to return to the starting line-up after Mourinho opted to select the Spain striker only as a substitute in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Schalke in Champions League Group G. Costa has scored seven times in four Premier League matches this term, but Mourinho says the £32million summer signing from Atletico Madrid is not ready to play more than one game a week after a hamstring problem recurred while on international duty earlier this month. “The first four league games we’ve been killing teams off. We didn’t do it (against Schalke) but it was disappointing to concede the way we did, from a counter-attack from our own corner. “It was our corner, we were attacking and we got caught on the break. It shouldn’t happen. “It’s the second time already this season it’s happened.” Chelsea were beaten by Swiss side Basle in their opening home game last term and responded with four wins to advance. Mourinho will be keen for early progress in Europe, given the domestic schedule, and Terry is targeting top spot in Group G. “We lost our first Champions League game last season and we came back to win the group and go through,” Terry added. “We’ve got some tough games coming up but that’s our aim again.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces tough decisions in his management of Diego Costa and the striker’s temperamental hamstrings as a result of the Blues’ challenging domestic fixture list. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Activists deliver letter to Nikias in support of immigrants

first_imgStudents gathered around Tommy Trojan on Thursday to deliver a letter to President C. L. Max Nikias demanding increased protections and resources for undocumented and international students.In the wake of White House policies targeting immigrants, the students came together as members of OurCampus, an umbrella organization of student clubs looking to encourage inclusion on campus.“It’s really just about connecting people on campus who are in some way feeling excluded or marginalized,” said Henry Mattei, a junior majoring  environmental sciences and economics and an organizer for OurCampus. “The goal of it is to make our campus a more inclusive place.”The letter asks for physical and financial support for undocumented and international students. Mattei said that without support from the University, students are vulnerable to the labor exploitation and the loss of financial aid. In response, the letter requests a fund for affected students, along with other commitments to keep students secure.The action comes off the heels of a similar letter sent by USC faculty to the administration with policy recommendations to better support students under the Trump administration.Many felt that the University’s commitment to its international and undocumented students has been lukewarm. “The University has given out a lot of really vague statements on the value of diversity,” said Noha Ayoub, a sophomore majoring in law, history and culture. “We want complete support from the University in this regard.”Students entered Bovard Auditorium and delivered the letter to the office of Nikias. The letter was taken by an administrator who agreed to deliver it to Nikias. The administrator was unable to comment about the letter.Students also visited the office of Provost Michael Quick. There, Mattei spoke with Quick’s assistant about the letter. “The response was very limited,” Mattei said.Despite the lack of immediate action from the administrations, students are still optimistic. “It might not be the final thing you have to do, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Julian Turner, a sophomore studying industrial and systems engineering. “It’s opened doors that weren’t open before.”last_img read more

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Corcoran: Average spring game yields average expectations

first_imgTo think that a week ago the Wisconsin men’s basketball team had just completed a memorable run in the NCAA tournament seems so foreign after watching the Wisconsin spring football game Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall. It’s not even that basketball seems foreign. It’s watching a top tier program.Spring games aren’t exactly the greatest thing since sliced bread, but the drab 2014 installment of the yearly yawner seemed even more forgettable than years past. If you need any indication of how uneventful this year’s spring game was look no further than the final score: 6-0. No, Wisconsin didn’t recently sanction a varsity baseball program again that played at Camp Randall Saturday; it was the football team.A lot of that final score has to do with a key contingent of players sitting out in the second half of the game — the second half was the scored portion of the spring game with two 15-minute quarters — and it’s no secret that a spring game is hardly a direct representation of the season to come in the fall, but the Badgers seem like they are going to be awfully average come next season.Compared to other spring games around the country there just wasn’t a whole lot happening at Wisconsin’s spring affair. Florida State saw Jameis Winston throw for almost 400 yards in the Seminoles’ conclusion of the spring season, while Notre Dame welcomed back Everett Golson, who sat out all of last year due to academic suspension, and greeted freshman dual threat quarterback Malik Zaire who tossed for 292 yards in his debut.Meanwhile in the Big Ten, Penn State, Ohio State and Nebraska all drew more than 60,000 fans for their spring games led by PSU, which had 72,000 spectators in Happy Valley. All three of those games might not have featured a wealth of projected starters either, but they still managed to generate a fair amount of buzz unlike the Wisconsin game, which had a rather paltry 8,204 fans in attendance.But there’s a good reason as to why Camp Randall wasn’t anywhere close to capacity. What fan in their right mind would pay $5 to watch a lackluster kicking game be the difference maker, while a Melvin Gordon-less offense relied on the legs of Austin Ramesh, a name which most Badger fans had not heard before Saturday.Thankfully, Gordon is among the healthy Badgers at this point in time, and Wisconsin is going to need him come next fall because, outside of the rushing attack, it doesn’t really have much else going for it. In the time that Gordon did see in the unscored plays in the first half of the spring game, he looked every bit the dominating runner that he was last season and broke away on 40-yard run in one of his few appearances in the backfield.However, outside of that and maybe a 30-yard touchdown throw by Tanner McEvoy, there wasn’t much cause for excitement, which could potentially be a theme in the coming months. Wisconsin has had quite a run of success due to its running game dating back to when Barry Alvarez took over as head coach in 1990. Much like years past, all of the Badgers hopes for the coming season looked to be pinned squarely on the shoulders of Gordon and Corey Clement, at least as far as the offense is concerned.With such a prolific rushing attack Wisconsin hasn’t really needed a fantastic quarterback, and besides Russell Wilson, hasn’t really had one. This year looks like it won’t be any different.Last year’s starter Joel Stave sat out Saturday because of his lingering shoulder injury from the Capital One Bowl. Fans and media got the first look at Tanner McEvoy at quarterback in a game situation since he arrived on campus last summer after transferring. McEvoy did have the nice touchdown throw to Doe in the unscored portion and he did show the ability to scramble and throw on the run, which sets up an interesting battle for the starting spot when fall camp opens. But although McEvoy looks like he might have what it takes to earn the starting spot, his 4-for-10 throwing performance doesn’t really speak too much about superstar potential. And in a nutshell, the quarterback position is a microcosm of what the Badgers are looking at heading into next fall. Wisconsin has some good players, but outside of the tailback role, Wisconsin is just plain mediocre — let’s not even get started on the kicking game. That in and of itself warrants a whole column.Perhaps the recruits yet to make their way to Madison can make a lasting impression in their first year. Either way Wisconsin needs players to step to the forefront and in a big way after losing 12 starters from a season ago. If not, Wisconsin may find that the shadow cast by other Big Ten schools and their spring games may extend into the regular season.last_img read more

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The US watches…

first_imgDear Editor,President Jimmy Carter’s recent intervention in Guyana’s domestic politics is a refreshing development. It shows that the Carter Center and the US Government are closely monitoring Guyanese politics. Even more importantly, they are following issues of governance, or rather bad governance, which prevails today under the Coalition Government.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has done a remarkable job in exposing all aspects of mismanagement; incompetence; corruption; and significantly, abuse of power, violations of law, the Constitution, and several undemocratic decisions and actions taken. It appears that it is the latter conduct which is causing the West the most trouble. No doubt, free and fair elections would be among the priorities of the West.Every Guyanese who is interested in a better Guyana would find this pleasing.The PPP needs to continue the excellent exposure of these kinds of actions on the part of the Coalition Government whenever they surface.The two persons whose work in this area stand out are Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Anil Nandlall. Jagdeo’s press conferences have been very incisive in revealing the level of corruption and incompetence in the Government. Nandlall, almost single-handedly, has been very effective in the press and in the courts in exposing the lawlessness, breaches of the Constitution, and significant violations of democratic practices committed by the Government. The fact that he is representing the cause of persons across the racial divide and has been able to get favourable rulings from a Judiciary believed to be unfriendly to the PPP adds a tremendous amount of credibility to the PPP’s work as an opposition party. Nandlall’s contributions have been invaluable.However, as 2020 gets closer, the PPP cannot afford to become complacent. They must press forward even harder, in order to get more international attention. This will require greater contributions from other leaders of the party and Members of Parliament (MPs).Now that the PPP is about to name its Presidential Candidate, many aspirants have finally crawled out of their shells. It is a pity that they were not so active for the last three years; but it is never too late. Whoever the candidate is, it is hoped that those who are not selected will continue the hard work.Yours truly,Khal Morganlast_img read more

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