Top Seeds Sweep in Women’s Tennis Tournament Quarterfinals

first_imgNo. 4 Sam Houston State 4, No. 5 Central Arkansas 2 (Box Score)The Bearkats came out firing in singles play after dropping the doubles point to the Sugar Bears. Sam Houston won every first set except for at the top line to take an early advantage. Lusine Chobanyan and Mila Milanovic of Sam Houston earned wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 lines, respectively, to give the Bearkats the 2-1 lead. Central Arkansas’ Pornpawee Pramethong evened things up with a 7-6, 6-2 win at the No. 1 flight over Fabienne Gettwart. Khee Yen Wee retook the lead for the Bearkats with a No. 3 victory 6-3, 6-1. Sahara Yamalapalli slammed it home at the two-line 6-4, 6-3 to send Sam Houston to the semifinals for the first time since 2013. No. 1 McNeese 4, No. 8 UIW 0 (Box Score)McNeese advances to its first semifinal since 2016 with a 4-0 sweep over UIW. The Cowgirls secured the doubles point and never looked back, winning at the bottom lines to clinch the match. Marija Mastilovic extended McNeese’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over UIW’s Sara Djurdjevic at the No. 4 flight. Phonexay Chitdara won just three minutes later at No. 6 line, 6-1, 6-3, with Charoline Erlandsson bringing it home with a 7-6, 6-2 victory at the No. 5 line. BEAUMONT, TEXAS – All the top seeds advance to Saturday’s semfinals of the 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament at Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas. In Friday morning’s matchups, No. 3 Northwestern State edged No. 6-seeded Abilene Christian 4-3 on Friday while No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defeated No. 7 New Orleans 4-1. No. 4 Sam Houston State defeated No. 5 Central Arkansas 4-2 in the afternoon while the No. 1 seed McNeese Cowgirls swept No. 8 UIW 4-0. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, No. 7 New Orleans 1 (Box Score)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi kept its hopes for a three-peat alive with a 4-1 victory over No. 7 New Orleans. The Islanders picked up the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 courts. New Orleans’ Trang Dao got the Privateers back in the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win at the top line over the Islanders’ Hortense Boscher. Corpus Christi’s Jelena Dzinic and Carolina Bulatovic picked up two quick singles points at the No. 2 and No. 6 lines, respectively. In 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 fashion defeat of the Privateers’ Brittany Johnson at the No. 5 flight, Marina Vicens Miquel clinched the victory for the Islanders. No. 3 Northwestern State 4, No. 6 Abilene Christian 3 (Box Score)The Lady Demons came back from down 3-1 to win the final three singles match points to advance to the semifinals. It all came down to the third set on the No. 5 court between Northwestern State’s Judit Castillo and Abilene Christian’s Autumn Castillo with the team match even at 3-3. Crossnoe easily took the first set 6-1 before falling 6-3 in the second. Tied at 4-4 in the deciding set, Castillo was able to claim the final two games to clinch the win for the Lady Demons. NSU had dropped the doubles point with ACU needing all three matches to earn the 1-0 advantage into singles competition. All singles matches except the final one took just two sets to declare a victor. Semifinals action picks up Saturday at 2 p.m. CT with the Islanders taking on the Lady Demons while the Cowgirls contest the Bearkats.last_img read more

Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Charlotte came in as one of the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting teams but repeatedly got open looks from beyond the arc, especially in the first half when the Hornets made 10 of their season high-tying 15 3s. Lamb and Batum made three apiece to pace the outside shooting.Four days after stunning Golden State to begin their four-game trip, the Hornets set season highs in scoring and for points scored in the first half (72). Charlotte’s previous high was 129 points in an overtime win over Washington on Nov. 22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkZach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. Skal Labissiere added 17 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost five of six.Charlotte led 32-25 but didn’t pull away until an 18-4 run midway through the second. Four different Hornets made 3-pointers, and Howard had a dunk and short hook on consecutive possessions to cap an 18-5 run. Walker added a three-point play and Marvin Williams had a 3-pointer as part of another run for Charlotte, and Batum’s short jumper put the Hornets up 72-52.Sacramento made a brief surge in the third to pull within 76-65, but Kidd-Gilchrist scored eight points over the next 2½ minutes to extend Charlotte’s lead to 88-71.TIP-INSHornets: Charlotte was 26th in 3-point shooting going into the game but went 15 of 32 beyond the arc. The 10 3s in the first half were one more than the Hornets were averaging over a full game.Kings: Sacramento trailed at the break despite shooting above 60 percent for most of the first half. … De’Aaron Fox scored 17 points in his return after missing eight games with right quadriceps tear against Minnesota on Dec. 14. The fifth overall pick in the draft, Fox shot 5 of 12 and had four assists. … Frank Mason bruised his left heel Sunday against Memphis and will be re-evaluated in a week.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard , center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Zach Randolph, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dwight Howard had 20 points and eight rebounds, Kemba Walker added 12 points and 10 assists and the Charlotte Hornets built a big early lead in beating the Sacramento Kings 131-111 on Tuesday night.Nicolas Batum scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb added 16, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams had 10 points apiece to help the Hornets to their third consecutive win in Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Spurs beat Knicks, Popovich alone in 5th for coaching wins Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 UP NEXTHornets: Play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday night.Kings: Host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Nigeria, Mexico Draw in Opener in 2014 Women’s World Cup

first_imgWith their trade mark of speed and strength, Nigerian national female U-20 soccer team last Wednesday secured their equalizer, three minutes before the end of the first half, against Mexico in the on-going FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.  The match was played at the Moncton Stadium (August 6), in their Group C pairings that also saw a 1-1 draw between England and Korea Republic.France meanwhile overwhelmed Costa Rica 5-1 and New Zealand dismissed Paraguay 2-0 in Group D.Nigeria, considered one of the powerhouses in the female division Africa, could have leveled the scores earlier in the first half but striker Asisat Oshoala who had a glorious chance saw her goal-bound lob over advancing Mexican goalkeeper hit the cross bar and misdirected. Subsequently, when the Mexicans took over the game in due course, striker Fabiola Ibarras scored from 20 meters, after Nigerian goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii poorly cleared the ball with a header.Reports monitored by the Daily Observer said the Africans followed it up with a counter attack that Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago had to call on her experience to prevent Nigerian striker Loveth Ayila’s diagonal shot from entering the net.In 2012, it was the Nigerian side that defeated the Mexicans in the quarter-finals 1-0, and many held the hope that after the 1-1 a piece before intermission, the Africans could have returned to wrap up their game with a victory.Impressively, the Nigerians created goal-making chances but could not finish the job. The Mexicans responded gamely but it was Nigeria’s main attacking source Oshoala whose remarkable work rate almost got her another goal but goalkeeper Santiago did his best to deny her the glory. In fact, had Nigeria’s Courtney Dike anticipated Oshoala’s run, she could have gotten the winner, nonetheless, which did not happen.Still searching for the elusive winner, Nigeria’s striker Ugo Njoku sent a brilliant header that went off target, from an intelligent corner-kick by Ayila. The Mexicans followed that near miss with a counter attack, with fifteen minutes remaining.  As the game progressed, Mexico’s Tania Samarzic held on to a ball, dribbled past two opponents, only to fire wide.And like a cue, Nigeria’s Oshoala completed an attack when she sent one over the bar with only goalkeeper Santiago to beat, to conclude a game that they could only settle on a 1-1 draw.Today, Ghana will go against 2006 champions, Korea DPR; Germany vs. China PR; Canada vs. Finland and USA vs. Brazil.Saturday’s pairings: England vs. Mexico; Korea Republic vs. Nigeria; New Zealand vs. France and Paraguay vs. Costa Rica.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek looking to go bagless

first_imgOestreich says Fort St. John currently has the proposal and it’s up to the Chamber of Commerce to put it in motion. None of the bags have been ordered yet, because the Chamber wants to see if there is an appetite amongst business owners.She says the program fits with the city’s green priorities.[asset|aid=1246|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=64dce059c322b144c099bedac8e73bf3-Stefani Oestreich 2_1_Pub.mp3]The idea was distributed by a company in Victoria. Oestreich says the project was tested in the Comox Valley.The proposal was then sent to all chambers in B.C.Advertisement A new program in Dawson Creek could eliminate a large amount of plastic bags distributed by businesses in the area.The Chamber of Commerce is looking into the Bagless B.C. program, where the Chamber purchases a large quantity of reusable bags and sells them to small businesses for a reasonable price. Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce Manager Stefani Oestreich says the program is perfect for the city.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1245|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=64dce059c322b144c099bedac8e73bf3-Stefani Oestreich 1_1_Pub.mp3]Businesses get discounts for ordering large quantities of bags. Oestreich says many of the city’s small businesses cannot afford to order 50 thousand reusable bags.Currently, bags cost up to two dollars and 50 cents each. However, under the new program, bags could cost just 85 cents each.Advertisementlast_img read more

Uncapped Eric Dier named in England squad to face France and Spain

first_img1 Tottenham defender Eric Dier Tottenham utility man Eric Dier has been called up to the senior England squad for the first time.The 21-year-old – a regular in the England Under-21 fold – has been in impressive form this term, playing in all but one of Spurs’ Premier League games.Usually a defender, Dier has been playing well as a holding midfielder for Tottenham this season, and he has been rewarded with a call-up from Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, who named the youngster in his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Spain [November 14] and France [November 17].Dier’s 19-year-old Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli has been retained in the senior side after playing his first two games for England in last month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy is one of three strikers – along with Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane – named in the party, while there are 13 squad regulars out injured, including the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Jordan Henderson, Luke Shaw and Jack Wilshere.Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph has been recalled after he recovered from a hamstring injury.But it is Dier’s call-up that is the most striking news from Thursday’s squad announcement.Dier moved to Portugal at the age of seven and started playing for Sporting Lisbon’s youth team after being spotted by scouts.The 21-year-old remained at the Portuguese club until the summer of 2014 when Spurs signed him for £4million.Dier has played nine times for the England Under-21s. In November last year he opted out of playing for Gareth Southgate’s team against Portugal and France as he said he wanted to go back to Tottenham to work on his game as a centre-half, rather than play at right-back.England squad in full – Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Joe Hart (Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley) Defenders: Chris Smalling (Man United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Man United), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), Eric Dier (Tottenham) Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)last_img read more

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN AN AMAZING TREK THIS SUMMER FOR MARY’S MEALS?

first_imgThis year walkers from Malin, the Spire in Dublin and from Mallow in Co. Cork, are all walking to Knock from August 7th to August 15th. All proceeds will be going to Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals is a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty. It costs just €14.50 to feed one child for a whole school year, 93 cent of every euro raised goes directly to their charitable activities.At the moment each route has a few committed walkers doing the full route but Mary’s Meals are hoping that more walkers will join in. Although not everybody will not be able to do the full distance due to work, family and other commitments, but everyone is welcome to join them for a few km along the way (2km, 5km, 10km).Walkers tackling the full route will walk a whopping 214km, which will take them approximately 43 hours in total.There is no entrance fee but sponsorship cards are what will make the walk a fundraiser. Each walker/volunteer pays their own way so that every euro raised goes to Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals are looking for people to conduct bucket collections in the towns where walkers are travelling through, and they also need drivers, as a support vehicle is very helpful for the walkers for carrying food, water and luggage.One young boy who has been supporting Mary’s Meals since he was five says that “it could have been any of us. We just happened to be born here and the poor children who are hungry were born in a very poor place. Surely it is not fair that they should starve. Surely we can do something.”The Donegal route is as follows;Sunday 7th: Malin – FahanMonday 8th: Fahan – LetterkennyTuesday 9th: Letterkenny – Ballybofey Wednesday 10th: Ballybofey – Donegal TownThursday 11th: Donegal Town – BundoranFriday 12th: Bundoran – SligoSaturday 13th: Sligo – Tubbercurry Sunday 14th: Tubbercurry – KilkellySunday 15th: Kilkelly – KnockIf you are interested in joining the walk, doing bucket collections or to drive a support vehicle, you can contact Mary’s Meals for more information on 087 708 0736, or you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN AN AMAZING TREK THIS SUMMER FOR MARY’S MEALS? was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallybofeycharitychildrenKnockletterkennyMalinMary’s Mealslast_img read more

Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho seal World Cup warm-up win for Brazil

first_imgNeymar’s scintillating goal drew him level with Romario in Brazil’s all time top scorers list as they cruised to a 3-0 win against Austria.The Paris St Germain striker scored his 55th goal for his country in Sunday’s victory, their final World Cup warm-up match. 1 1 He is now equal third in Brazil’s scoring charts with Romario and only behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77) after scoring in Vienna.Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring while Philippe Coutinho added a third in the second half.The victory capped Brazil’s World Cup preparations ahead of their opener in Russia against Switzerland next Sunday.Tite’s side – out to put right their 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany four years ago – also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.An open start saw Casemiro fire wide after eight minutes and 10 minutes later Neymar tested Heinz Lindner, shooting straight at the goalkeeper from 25 yards.Austria almost opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Alessandro Schopf volleyed just wide following Alisson’s punch.Paulinho went close when his drive was turned wide by Lindner but it was only a temporary reprieve as Brazil scored from the resulting corner nine minutes before the break.Austria only half cleared and Marcelo’s drive deflected to Jesus for the forward to curl in from an angle.Four minutes later Lindner gathered Philippe Coutinho’s drive and Austria survived again after a mix-up between Sebastian Prodl and Lindner almost let Jesus in.In first-half injury time Marko Arnautovic nearly found an opening after Aleksandar Dragovic’s pass but could not connect.Austria remained in the game and dominated possession early in the second half and gave Coutinho and Neymar some rough treatment, to the frustration of Brazil.But Neymar got his goal when he latched onto Willian’s pass and stunning footwork saw him slot in after 63 minutes. Coutinho then made it 3-0 six minutes later when he swapped passes with former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino and curled a finish around Lindner.Barcelona star Coutinho hit the bar with 16 minutes left when he nearly caught Lindner out.Austria nearly grabbed a consolation but Alisson – who had been a second-half spectator – turned Stefan Hierlander’s drive over before Arnautovic fizzed a shot wide with four minutes remaining.last_img read more

PROP 75 CON: Big businesses want to wound labor

first_img harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com PROPOSITION 75 Restrictions on political contributions by public unions. What it does: Requires public-employee unions to seek annual written consent from each member before using a portion of that member’s dues for political purposes. Key supporters: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Chamber of Commerce, the National Tax Limitation Committee. Key opponents: California Teachers Association, California Democratic Party, California Labor Federation. Fiscal impact: The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates minor state and local government costs, potentially offset by revenue from fines and/or fees. Web sites: www.joinarnold.com, www.betterca.com, www.ss.ca.gov. 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 CTA President Barbara Kerr noted that the measure is only aimed at public unions, which have been the biggest critics of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his pro-business agenda. “It’s not about workers,” Kerr said. “(Measure author Lew Uhler) is here to make sure that the teachers, firefighters, police officers and nurses – the groups that came out against the governor’s ideas – have a harder time expressing our opinion. It’s trying to silence us.” Schwarzenegger supports the measure and has made it part of his reform agenda, though he was not involved in writing it or putting it on the ballot. So far the main committees directly supporting the measure have raised about $2.2 million, plus Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team, which is including the measure in its overall ads on the special election, has raised about $18 million. The biggest financial supporters include executives of large corporations, such as Univision CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio, who gave at least $250,000. Opponents have raised more than $25 million, with about half of that coming from the CTA and more than $3 million from the Alliance for a Better California, a coalition of union groups fighting the governor’s reform measures. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 SACRAMENTO – Opponents of Proposition 75 argue that the measure is just a power play by big-business groups who want to erode union power in California. The measure requires public-employee unions to get permission from each member annually before spending that person’s dues on political activities. “Prop. 75 is a deceptive measure with a hidden agenda to make it easier for the governor and his big-business pals to cut education, health care and public safety,” said Sarah Leonard, spokeswoman for the No on 75 campaign. “It’s backed by millionaires, billionaires and CEOs who want to increase their power over government by silencing the voices of workers.” Opponents say members of most public unions currently have the ability to opt out of having their dues spent for political purposes. In some cases, however, such as with the California Teachers Association, opting out means a reduction in membership status. last_img read more

EU seeks 72 Irish translators for top jobs in Brussels

first_imgA recruitment campaign for Irish language translator posts in the Institutions of the European Union was launched yesterday by Donegal Minister Joe McHugh.Employment opportunities were announced for 72 Irish speakers in Brussels and Luxembourg. Translators are being sought to strengthen communication through work in the institutions of European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union.The recruitment drive was launched in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, in attendance were the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., Mr. Christos Ellinides, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Translation at the European Commission, and Ms. Sarah Rooney, from the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). Also attending the launch were the television presenter, Caitlín Nic Aodh, from TG4, and the actor, Colm Mac Gearailt, from TV Soap Ros na Rún.Speaking at the event, Minister of State McHugh said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain a rewarding international career in Brussels and Luxembourg, two multi-cultural cities full of life, in the heart of Europe, which are only a few hours travelling distance from many of Europe’s other main cities.“Translators have a central role in everything the EU Institutions do, and the translation services have a key role to play in strengthening communications and improving the level of understanding amongst our citizens about the EU’s role in our daily lives. “For those who have an interest in a career in translation, or for those who have a high standard of Irish and would like to undertake a new career abroad, this is an excellent opportunity to work for the EU Institutions, in an environment where employees are given excellent opportunities to further their careers and their own personal development.” The requirements are that applicants must be an EU citizen with a university degree of at least 3 years in any subject. Applicants must have a perfect command of Irish and a good command of two other EU languages, one of which must be English, French or German.For more information on applications, visit https://epso.europa.eu/content/irish-language-translators_enEU seeks 72 Irish translators for top jobs in Brussels was last modified: July 18th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:european unionirish translatorjobsMinister Joe McHughrecruitmentlast_img read more

Latest: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s fine strike cancelled out Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty as Chelsea were pegged back in their Capital One Cup semi-final at Anfield.Hazard stroked home the 18th-minute spot-kick after he was fouled by Emre Can following some excellent approach play by the ever-impressive Cesc Fabregas.But Liverpool have dominated possession and deservedly equalised when Sterling burst through and finished low in to the corner.The Blues, with John Mikel Obi preferred to Oscar in a more defensively minded midfield, have had to withstand strong Liverpool pressure throughout.But Jose Mourinho’s men, winners at Anfield in their previous two meetings, were happy to surrender possession and grew in confidence, restricting the Reds to half-chances until the leveller.The hosts caused a couple of nervy moments but the only save the recalled Thibaut Courtois had to make was from a dipping Steven Gerrard strike.Gary Cahill also had to make a fine clearance, but with the Reds looking increasingly threatening, Hazard netted from the spot.Liverpool continued to have more of the ball, but Chelsea’s quality on the counter-attack could easily have led to a second away goal.A three-on-one break should have produced a chance and Hazard and Fabregas were finding space.The home side had a shout for a penalty of their own in injury time when they claimed handball against Diego Costa, but the ball hit his hand from close range.Costa almost ran through on goal after the restart, but the home pressure finally told when Sterling got beyond Nemanja Matic and netted.Gerard then hit the outside of the post and Courtois also had to make a fine save to deny Philippe Coutinho. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more