Diego Costa proving a handful for defenders to the delight of Guus Hiddink

first_img Like Costa, Cesc Fabregas was one of the primary targets for the supporters’ frustration then, but both excelled at the Emirates Stadium, with the playmaker appearing to thrive on the taunts against his former club. Hiddink added: “When I came in I said ‘hey guys, you have to win back the support and the confidence of the Chelsea supporters and then we’re looking to the future’. “With the commitment of the players, on top of the way they played, they are pleasing the fans again and the fans are closing them in their arms.” Hiddink expressed admiration for Arsenal’s style, but praised his men for not allowing the Gunners to play before calling on Chelsea to be more consistent. “I like to see them play, but our credit was not to have them play,” he added. “We were having an unbeaten run of games, but there were some draws and also some games where we had to come back. “The team reacted very well, but that’s not enough. I want a team that’s not having this negative score. “We want to be proactive. We must be more consistent in getting the wins.” Midfielder Nemanja Matic added on chelseafc.com: “This was the real Chelsea, and I believe that we can show again in the future that we deserve to play for this club. “Of course we are not in a good position in the table but there are a lot of games until the end of the season and we have chance to show our quality. “I am sure that this win gives us more confidence for the future. “We deserved to win, we showed our qualities and that we can play good football, and I am sure that until the end of the season we will show that we are still a big team and that we can win something.” Chelsea are 13th in the table, 14 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham and the Champions League qualification places with 15 games to play. Their next fixture is the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Milton Keynes on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ramires could soon exit Chelsea, with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning reportedly making a £25million move for the midfielder. The Brazil international, who joined from Benfica in 2010 for a reported £18m, only signed a new four-year contract, until June 2019, in October. Guus Hiddink says Diego Costa “likes to fight – in a good way” and warned any defenders facing the Chelsea striker that trouble awaits. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger again bemoaned the influence of Costa, who antagonised the Gunners last September when Gabriel saw red. But Hiddink was grateful Costa focused on football and delivered. “He is important, because he’s focusing on his first job,” the Dutchman said on Chelsea TV. “If you have to play him as a central defender, then you are a bit in trouble. “He likes to fight – in a good way – and he’s got his credentials.” Costa was one of the players who drew the Chelsea supporters’ anger after Jose Mourinho’s departure last month. Hiddink reckons Chelsea’s players have won back the faith of the supporters after overseeing a seven-match unbeaten run. Chelsea are undefeated in eight since Mourinho’s departure, the first game of that sequence a defeat of Sunderland prior to Hiddink’s appointment which was saw the fans turn on the players who seven months earlier had delivered the title. Press Association Costa scored the decisive goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday, not long after being tripped by Per Mertesacker, who was sent off after 18 minutes. The striker now has six goals in six games under Hiddink, who hopes he will shake off a knee problem which forced his early withdrawal at the Emirates Stadium. last_img read more

Family first: Hardships brought Chennault back to Philadelphia, haven’t escaped him since

first_imgWhen Tony Chennault was being recruited out of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Wake Forest and Villanova topped his list of potential schools.Chennault grew up in the Philadelphia area and knew a lot about the Villanova program. While that made the school an attractive choice, he wanted to experience something else.“I knew a lot about the tradition at Villanova, but I wanted a different scenery than Philadelphia,” Chennault said. “In the end I just wanted to see something different and that led me to Wake.”Chennault decided to leave Philadelphia for Winston-Salem, N.C., to join Wake Forest. He played sparingly his freshman season before seeing more time on the court as a sophomore. Chennault’s collegiate basketball career was going as he envisioned it. The whole time, though, his mother had an ailment that Chennault thought about frequently. It ended up pulling him back to Philadelphia and to Villanova so he could be with his family. Shortly after, though, tragedy struck and Chennault’s life was altered forever.During his freshman season at Wake Forest two years ago, Chennault played 17.5 minutes a game, averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 assists off of the bench. As a sophomore, he took on a bigger role and started in all 31 of Wake Forest’s games. As the Demon Deacons’ point guard, he played 30.2 minutes a game and averaged 9 points with 2.8 assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust as Chennault was coming into his own at Wake Forest, he faced a difficult decision. When Syracuse travels to Philadelphia Saturday to take on Villanova, Chennault will be suiting up for the team he passed on three years ago. Once in need of a change in scenery, Chennault now finds himself back on Villanova’s bench under circumstances he could have never imagined.“It was very difficult leaving Wake Forest,” Chennault said. “I made a lot of great relationships with students and coaches there, but I wanted to be closer to home.Chennault’s mother, Crystal Morton, struggles with respiratory problems, and while he was at Wake Forest, her illness weighed heavily on his mind. After his sophomore season, he decided his family needed him, and the NCAA made it possible for him to move back home without any penalties.He learned the NCAA would grant him a hardship waiver that would give him eligibility in his first season at Villanova. Typically, a transfer has to sit out for one season. Everything was falling into place for Chennault to make the move he felt he needed to make.But then disaster struck. Chennault’s older brother Michael Jay, one of his biggest influences, was abruptly taken away from him.On May 31, 2012, Jay was shot in the back and head. He was immediately rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. the next day.“When Tony’s brother was killed it was just tragic and sudden,” said Carl Arrigale, Chennault’s head coach at Neumann-Goretti. “It was a senseless act of violence that no one could have seen coming.”Jay was a mentor to Chennault, who repeatedly turned to him for advice both on and off the court. Jay’s death was surreal for Chennault and his family, but he is using it as fuel to push himself forward.“It has been a lot to deal with off the court,” Chennault said. “My teammates have been great and my coaches have been great. I’m not getting down, I’m just encouraged to keep working harder.”In his time of internal struggle, Chennault has relied on basketball as a therapeutic tool. During the summer he frequently worked out at his high school and reconnected with coaches and teammates of his past.At Neumann-Goretti, Chennault was a superstar in one of Philadelphia’s premier high school basketball programs. In his senior season, the Saints went 30-1 with a 17-0 record in their league. Chennault finished his high school career by leading his team to a Pennsylvania state championship and a top-20 national ranking by season’s end.“He has been around the program a lot since he has been back,” said John Mosco, an assistant to Arrigale at Neumann-Goretti. “High school was a great time in his life and being close to home, and here, has helped him during the hard times.”Mosco said Chennault has used this time in his life to reshape his priorities both on and off the court.“I see the same Tony, but I also see a more mature side of him that realizes there is life after basketball,” Mosco said. “He has the right focus in school and knows that basketball, and life, could stop at any time.”While Chennault has adapted well to academics at Villanova, his statistics resemble those of his freshman season at Wake Forest, when he averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes per game. Not known for his scoring ability or big play factor, Chennault has been noticeably tentative in the limited minutes he’s played for the Wildcats this season.He averages just 17.7 minutes off of the bench per game, less than anyone in Villanova’s nine-man rotation, compared to the 30.2 he averaged a year ago. Freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono earned the starting spot as a highly touted recruit, and has been responsible for a bulk of the team’s offensive production.For the entire season, Chennault has been used to spell Arcidiacono and simply manage the game in his absence, which has led to low averages of 3.5 points and 1.6 assists a game, about half of what he averaged last season.“He has handled this all great and is picking up on what we are doing,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “Right now, he allows us to get Ryan Arcidiacono some rest, but I do see him making more of an impact soon.”Chennault is well aware of his role on the team and wants to be a leader above all else. The potential of Villanova’s young team is apparent, yet it hinges on the willingness of upperclassmen like Chennault to mentor the less-experienced players on the roster.Less than a year ago, an inhumane crime took Chennault’s mentor away from him. Moving forward, he plans to turn the adversity he has endured into material that will help his teammates better themselves as basketball players, and as men.“Tony’s got a big heart and has always cared,” Arrigale said. “I think a lot of kids play for the wrong reasons, but Tony, he has always played for the right ones.” Comments Related Stories Carter-Williams fuels Fair in victory against VillanovaColeman makes big plays at both ends of floor in Syracuse’s win over VillanovaDUG OUT: Late run, crucial Cooney 3s lead Syracuse over Villanova in scrappy shorthanded home winFreshman trio of Cooney, Coleman, Grant carries Orange to win against Villanova Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 23, 2013 at 1:15 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Friday Fortnite Bracket: Live results from Week 6 tournament

first_imgLooking back at the rest of this year, MrSavage and benjyfishy won Week 1, FaZe Tilt & FaZe Jarvis won Week 2, Mongraal and Mitr0 won Week 3, Aydan and innocents won Week 4 and Nate Hill and Funkbomb won Week 5. We’ll have to wait and see who takes home the prize money in Week 6.In the past, $20,000 has been made available in the prize pool with $10K going to the winners and another $10K going to a random viewer.MORE: Date, prize pool and how to watch Fortnite World CupWhat time does Friday Fortnite start?Date: Friday, July 19Time: 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PTFriday Fortnite Bracket: Week 6 live resultsHere’s how the above bracket works.Pairs of competitors will join a squad match, but will not be playing as a true squad. The two pairs of teams will instead be battling for a higher amount of eliminations. The duo with the higher amount of elims after two matches advances. The higher seeded team hosts the first match, and then the lower-seeded team hosts the second match on their server. Duos are not allowed to sabotage the other Duos. UMG and Keemstar are continuing their Friday Fortnite tournament for another week.After missing last week’s action, Ninja is back in this week’s Friday Fortnite event as he returns from a break. He’ll join teammate FaZe Sway, who also missed last week so he could train for the Fortnite Trios Tournament.  Examples of sabotage:Breaking or weakening opponent’s built or non built structures or cover by any means.Causing opponents to miss shots or miss opportunities for advancing their scores in any way shape or form.Building in front of your opponent.Boogie Bombing your opponent.The use of a boogie bomb on your opponent at any point in the game are subject to disqualificationWatch the Friday Fortnite Week 6 live streamUMG is hosting the tournament above, but if you want to watch individual streamers they are allowed to stream on their respective channels.Friday Fortnite Week 6 teamsNickmercs & SypherPKMSF Clix & SEN BughaLosPollos & MopiFaZe Mongraal & Mitr0Matthew Espinosa & JeromeASFFaZe Dubs & FaZe MeggaLG Kiwiz & LG FormulaFaZe Jarvis & Vikkstar123CoryFF & RiottFN (QW)Joshy & PinkyFaZe Natehill & High DistortionTypical Gamer & FaZe ThiefsMAD Ruski & 100T CeiceMarioHTXX & BigEXClassify & THumpNick28T & AA9skillzGhost Kamo & Aqauv2Lachlan & MrFreshasianGotaga & MickalowFaZe Rain & FaZe TeeqoDolanDark & NopeifyAkademiks & LG DestroyDakotaz & YeloNinja & FaZe SwayFaZe H1ghsky & DrLupoTSM MYTH & Nick Eh 30last_img read more