Fabregas helps Chelsea go 11 points clear

first_imgLONDON (AP):Cesc Fabregas made the most of a rare Chelsea start with a goal and an assist in his 300th English Premier League appearance, helping the leaders beat Swansea 3-1 to go 11 points clear yesterday.After dislodging Nemanja Matic from the line-up to make only his sixth start in 26 league matches, Fabregas put Chelsea in front in the 19th minute with a deflected shot.Pedro Rodriguez was the provider and Fabregas returned the favour after Fernando Llorente levelled with a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick on the stroke of halftime. Fabregas slotted the ball through for Pedro to curl into the net through goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s hands in the 72nd.Any prospect of a second equaliser for Swansea ended after Diego Costa volleyed in his 16th goal of the league campaign from Eden Hazard’s cutback in the 84th.For Fabregas, it was a third goal of the title challenge on the day he reassured Chelsea that he wasn’t looking to leave despite limited playing time.CESC PLAYED WELL”Cesc played a really good game, but it’s important for me to have these solutions … when we need to have a player with more quality (on the ball), and to lose something in height,” Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said. “I’m really pleased to see him in this form despite not starting the last game in the league. This is the right way to continue.”It was Fabregas’ 102nd assist in a Premier League career that began in 2003 with Arsenal and continued from 2014 with Chelsea after a three-year hiatus at Barcelona. Retired Manchester United great Ryan Giggs is the league’s maestro of assists with 162, and now, next on the list is Fabregas level with former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, whose career was celebrated with a halftime appearance on the Stamford Bridge pitch yesterday.The current generation of Chelsea players will surely be parading the Premier League trophy again on the field in May, with Antonio Conte’s side running away with the title despite drawing two of their past four games.Now it’s about the players staying focused on regaining the silverware they won two years ago under JosÈ Mourinho.”To keep the concentration for the whole championship is not easy,” Conte said. “They know very well the way that we must continue to try to stay at the top of the table to try and win the title. For this reason, I’m lucky. I’m lucky to have a lot of players who, in the past, won a lot.”More points might have been dropped if defender Cesar Azpilicueta had been penalised for a handball in the second half just before Fabregas provided Pedro’s goal.But no penalty was awarded, ensuring that it was a miserable return to west London for Swansea manager Paul Clement, who was an assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti when Chelsea won the title in 2010. The south Wales club is three points above the relegation zone.”I thought it was a penalty,” Clement said. “It’s 1-1 and we had a chance to go to 2-1. On reflection, they’ve had a lot more chances and a lot more of the ball, so probably deserved the victory, but we defended resolutely for long periods, made it difficult.”Other results: Crystal Palace 1 Middlesbrough 0; Everton 2 Sunderland 0; Hull City 1 Burnley 1; West Brom 2 Bournemouth 1; Watford 1 West Ham 1.last_img read more

Those at Wednesdays meeting were split into small

first_imgThose at Wednesday’s meeting were split into small groups to work with current Hubway service maps and select potential new locations for bike stations in the North End/ Waterfront area [Pictured above, suggested North End stations are circled in marker with a corresponding number].Hubway stations can be set up on or off the street, but need to be positioned in a sunny and visible location that is clear of utilities and accessible for maintenance and service. The major points of interest identified at the meeting included Lovejoy Wharf, Langone Park and other points along Commercial Street. [See our recent poll on desirable locations.]Over the next few months, submissions from community meetings and online postings will be reviewed by the city. Feasible locations will be determined by February and will be shared for feedback into March. All locations will be finalized in April.To submit additional suggestions for Hubway locations, please visit this website. Community members gathered at the Nazzaro Center on Wednesday to discuss possible locations for the new Hubway bike share stations coming to the North End/ Waterfront area.After years of construction, the North End cycle-track as part of Connect Historic Boston is finally nearing completion. As such, the North End / Waterfront has been identified as a target zone for the Hubway expansion because of its updated roadways, central location and popularity within the city. The project aims to position city bike stations within a 5-minute walk of each other to ensure easy public access.The current Hubway expansion project is Boston’s single largest investment in bike sharing and is expected to bring over 70 new Hubway stations to the city within the next two years. This effort came out of Go Boston 2030’s long-term transportation goal to have every home in Boston be within a 10-minute walk of various public transit options.*Advertisement*last_img read more