Liverpool test for Mourinho

first_imgLONDON (AP): If things get any worse, Jose Mourinho might not last much longer in the Chelsea dugout. Chelsea, who host Liverpool tomorrow expressed their “full support” in their most successful manager at the start of October. The public vote of confidence didn’t initiate a change in fortune, however. The team has only one win in four games since and Mourinho’s behaviour has become increasingly erratic. He’s facing a stadium ban over his latest misconduct charge for confronting match officials. Until now, Mourinho seemed to be the byword for success. But this season the Portuguese coach has the London club in a scrap at the bottom of the standings rather than in a more familiar elevated position. Since cruising to the Premier League title in May, Chelsea have lost half of  their 10 games. Mourinho can’t even count on the cups. Stoke eliminated the Blues from the League Cup on Tuesday and they have only four points from a possible nine so far in the group stage of the Champions League. After taking on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday. And the Blues might have to cope in both games without Diego Costa unless the striker can return from a rib injury. Although Chelsea are 15th in the standings, they would draw level on points with Liverpool, who are currently ninth, with a win tomorrow. Liverpool are hoping to have Christian Benteke fit for the trip to Stamford Bridge after the forward missed Wednesday’s League Cup win over Bournemouth with a hamstring problem. Although that game ended Juergen Klopp’s search for a first win as Liverpool manager, the German has still only two draws in the league. ARSENAL INJURIES Less than three months into the season, Arsene Wenger is already grappling with an injury-depleted Arsenal squad – after signing no outfield players in the transfer window. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this week joined an injury list which includes Danny Welbeck (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring). In Tuesday’s League Cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday, Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off after five minutes with a hamstring problem and his replacement, Walcott, soon went off with a calf complaint. “We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break,” Wenger said. That means they will be out for at least three weeks, missing tomorrow’s trip to Swansea, the Champions League game at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the north London derby against Tottenham. Arsenal, though, are only being kept off the top of the standings on goal difference by Manchester City, who host Norwich tomorrow. SHOT-SHY UNITED After two games without scoring – including extra time of the League Cup loss to second-tier club Middlesbrough – Manchester United are in need of goals against Crystal Palace tomorrow. In the 10 league games so far, United has managed only 105 efforts on goal, which equates to 10.5 shots per match. By contrast, Arsenal are averaging 19.6 shots per game, according to the Press Association. “There’s a lack of creativity and risk,” former United midfielder Paul Scholes told the BBC. “It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems (United manager Louis van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.” United are fourth in the standings behind West Ham on goal difference.last_img read more

2 golds, 5 silvers, 3 bronzes for PH swimmers in SEA Age group day 2

first_imgDay 2 winners from Team Philippines. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaPHNOM PENH—The Philippines added two more gold medals to their haul Saturday to surpass last year’s performance with a day left in the 43rd Southeast Asia Age Group Swimming Championships at Morodok Techo National Sports Complex here.The Filipino junior tankers already have five gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals so far in the 10-country event, already better than their tally in 2018 edition held in the Laguna when they finished with 4-10-16.ADVERTISEMENT Miranda Renner nabbed her first gold medal this year, swimming to the top of the 16-18 girls’ 50-meter butterfly event with a time of 28.33.The 18-year-old Renner, who was born in Manila to a Filipino mother then raised in the United States, also got a silver and a bronze medal in Day 1 of the age group meet, where she is competing for the third time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“A gold is really rewarding especially when you can win it in for the country. I was really happy for myself but also for the whole team,” said Renner, who is hoping to compete in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games later in the year.Xiandi Chua, who won bronze in relay on Friday,  delivered the Philippines’ second gold medal of the day, clocking in at 2:05.63 in the 16-18 girls’ 200m freestyle event. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Chua also bagged the silver in the girls’ 400 individual medley race with a time of 5:00.72, ahead of another Filipino bet Georgia Peregrina who timed in at 5:04.11 for her second bronze of the day after her 2:21.14 swim in 200m backstroke.Our PH swimmers cheering for their fellow swimmers who are racing in the 4x100m freestyle events. #WSAO— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) June 29, 2019Desiree Mangaoang had another podium finish, this time in the 16-18 girls’ 100m breaststroke race where she tied for the silver medal with Vietnam’s Vũ Thị Phương Anh at 1:12.30.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PVL: PacificTown-Army bags semis ticket after sweep of BanKocenter_img Samantha Banos took home her second silver medal, tapping the wall in 29.02 in the 14-15 girls’ 50m butterfly event while Mishka Sy swam to the silver finish in the girls’ 14-15 200m backstroke in  2:24.26.Team Philippines ready for day 2 of SEA Age swim championships in Phnom Penh. 🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️ #WSAO— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) June 29, 2019The country’s 13 and under swimmers set also new records on Friday. Ivo Enot clinched the bronze in the boys’ 200m backstroke with a time of 2:20.61, setting a new national junior U13 record held by MM Danila (2:20.75) for 18 years.Liaa Amoguis, meanwhile, captured the silver in the girls’ 13U 400 individual medley with a new personal and national best time of 5:16.01.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more