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Batshuayi reveals Chelsea frustrations

first_img0Shares0000Game of frustration: Michy Batshuayi says he “did not have a good time at Chelsea”. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 17 – Michy Batshuayi has opened up about his frustrating time at Chelsea, claiming he “did not have a good time” at the Premier League giants.The 24-year-old has been on fire since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, hitting five goals in just three games. The Belgian striker threatens to add more goals in Sunday’s German league match at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who have lost their last three games without scoring.Batshuayi scored twice on his debut in a 3-2 league win at Cologne, then hit the net again in a 2-0 defeat of Hamburg last weekend.His incredible run continued on Thursday with two more goals in Dortmund’s 3-2 home win against Atalanta in the last 16, first leg, in the Europa League.After months on Chelsea’s bench behind first-choice Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi is relishing his new role leading Dortmund’s attack.“I did not have a good time at Chelsea, but I’m doing well here and I’ve been well received by my colleagues and supporters,” Batshuayi told Belgian network Sporza.“Sitting on the bench, scoring a goal and then being back on the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.“As a young player, you need a lot of playing time to evolve. It’s perfect here, and I’m trusted by everyone.”Having sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, Dortmund need a goal scorer, but Chelsea did not offer a ‘to buy’ option on Batshuayi’s loan deal.He is unconcerned about his future and just wants to keep scoring for Dortmund to help win a place at the World Cup with Belgium.“I’m not thinking about that (returning to Chelsea),” said Batshuayi.“For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match.“I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”Dortmund can go second in the table with a win at Gladbach, but will be without Shinji Kagawa.The Japan midfielder has an ankle injury, but Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer could return after a calf injury.“We’ll make a decision whether it makes sense for him after the final training session, he doesn’t feel 100 percent fit yet,” said Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Roma humble Barca to reach C League semis

first_img0Shares0000Kostas Manolas’ late header capped a sensational Roma comeback against Barcelona© AFP LLUIS GENEROME, Italy, Apr 10 – Kostas Manolas sent Roma through to the semi-finals of the Champions League after an incredible 3-0 victory over Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday saw them overhaul a 4-1 first-leg deficit and advance on away goals.The superb Edin Dzeko set the ball rolling in the sixth minute, and after Daniele De Rossi converted a penalty 13 minutes after the break to get the home fans believing, Manolas glanced home a brilliant header with eight minutes left to send the Roma supporters into raptures and leave Barca wondering what had hit them. Just as they were at the Camp Nou, Roma were aggressive from the off, and Dzeko gave the home side a deserved lead after just six minutes, brilliantly bringing down De Rossi’s clipped through ball, holding off Samuel Umtiti and poking the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Patrik Schick had the best chances to double Roma’s lead before half-time on his Champions League debut, but continued the poor form in front of goal that has blighted his club-record move from Sampdoria.He sent two glorious headed chances wide, the first from a vicious 13th-minute Aleksandar Kolarov corner.The second, just before the half-hour mark was even more glaring, a free header on the penalty spot that should have hit the target.Edin Dzeko’s early goal at the Stadio Olimpico gave Roma hope of overturning a 4-1 deficit from the first leg before Daniele de Rossi converted a 58th-minute penalty.He was however unlucky not to control Radja Nainggolan’s mishit shot when it flashed to him in the area just two minutes later.Roma started the second half as they started the first and got their reward in the 58th minute when Edin Dzeko was chopped down by Gerard Pique and De Rossi slotted home the spot-kick.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side smelled blood, and with the raucous crowd urging their team they tore into wobbling Barca.De Rossi flashed a header wide in the 69th minute, and 10 minutes later it looked like Ter Stegen had saved the away side’s skin with an incredible close-range stop from Stephan El Shaarawy.However with just seven minutes left Manolas met another fizzing Kolarov corner with a unsaveable header, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.Barca finally came out of their shells as Roma tried to hold on to the result, but the hosts held on brilliantly to see the result out and go through to the semis for the first time since 1984, when they lost the final at home to Liverpool, Tuesday’s other victors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Welbeck’s a beast… he can be WORLD CLASS’ – Arsenals fans hail fit-again star

first_img Danny Welbeck in action for Arsenal against Hull City 1 [View the story “Arsenal fans are delighted to have Danny Welbeck back” on Storify]center_img Arsenal endured a disappointing afternoon on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in the FA Cup.But there was something positive to come out of the game for the Gunners – the performance of fit-again striker Danny Welbeck.Having come off the substitutes bench to score a dramatic late winner against Leicester last weekend, the former Manchester United star was handed his first start in ten months.There were no goalscoring heroics from the 25-year-old this time around, but Welbeck did impress with his energy, movement and skill.Here’s what Arsenal fans had to say about his performance on Twitter… last_img read more

Honoring our fallen soldiers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Earlier in the day Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in West Los Angeles – that included a flyover by F-16s from Edwards Air Force Base – before traveling to Canoga Park to ride in the parade. “It was very solemn, and I felt so honored to be there,” Villaraigosa said, adding that the day had even more resonance given the ongoing fighting in Iraq. “I love Canoga Park,” the mayor added, “and it’s great to be in this all-American city and celebrate Memorial Day together.” And celebrate they did. An estimated 5,000 people lined the two-mile parade route, setting up lawn chairs and umbrellas to ward off the sun, blowing horns, cheering and waving American flags as each parade vehicle passed by. Many praised the parade as a long-standing tradition that brings neighbors from all over the city together, year after year. Kerry Scott, 49, of Canoga Park came to the parade with some neighbors from her church and her daughter, Maegan, 17, and her son, Michael, 19, who wore a red-white-and-blue hat embellished like a jester’s cap with bells. CANOGA PARK – Thousands of San Fernando Valley residents took time out of their holiday festivities Monday to honor U.S. servicemen and women who have died defending the United States. Gathering at the 18th annual Valley of the Stars Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, many parade watchers said it was also a time to honor those who are now fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Some people think it’s just a three-day weekend, but it’s more to honor the people out there, fighting for our freedom,” said Cecilia Martinez, 42, of Canoga Park, whose late father, Jildardo Martinez, fought in the Korean War. She brought her 6-year-old nephew, Luge Navarette, to the parade, and said her sister began the holiday by placing American flags on the graves of their father and Martinez’s brother-in-law, who served in the Navy. “There’s quite a few military people in the parade, and we’re here to honor them and thank them for giving us the freedom to sit in the hot sun and clap and cheer until you’re hoarse,” Scott said, grinning. “It’s fun!” Don Hernandez, 38, of Canoga Park noted that the event was a good way for adults to educate younger people of the sacrifices made by America’s armed forces. “Without this, California is nothing,” Hernandez said. The parade was presented by The Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce, Canoga Park Community Center, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, Valley of the Stars, and the Office of Councilman Dennis Zine. It featured a number of elected officials and dignitaries, including Zine, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, Sen. Richard Alarc n, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Assemblywoman Cindy Monta ez, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, Councilman Alex Padilla and Cmdr. Thomas Sutton, U.S. Navy Reserves, who served in Kuwait and Iraq. Edith C. Shain, the nurse in the iconic 1945 VJ Day LIFE magazine photo of a sailor bestowing a passionate victory kiss on a nurse in Times Square, drew wild applause when her vehicle, adorned with a giant replica of the photo and Shain herself in a white nurse’s uniform, passed through the crowd. The Canoga Park parade was just one of many events honoring the sacrifices military personnel have made in service to their country, including the more than 2,700 men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale, included a march from the Little Church of the Flowers to the burial site of a Civil War soldier and a musket and cannon salute. At Forest Lawn’s Hollywood Hills site, observances included a portrayal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a rifle salute by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a performance by the Air National Guard Band. City News Service contributed to this report. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want 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

Men’s Golf Receives GCAA All-Academic Team Award

first_imgThe recognition is bestowed on squads maintaining a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or above for the 2016-17 academic year. The Bulldogs registered a 3.44 GPA and were one of 102 team to receive the prestigious honor. Drake begins the 2017-18 season on Sept. 9 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. Print Friendly Version NORMAL, Okla. – The Drake University men’s golf team was awarded the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team Award on Wednesday.last_img read more