Branislav Ivanovic’s fourth goal in six games kept Chelsea on course for victory at Stamford Bridge.The right-back turned the ball in from close range after a sublime run and cross from the outstanding Eden Hazard to earn a deserved half-time lead.But despite dominating play, having two strong penalty claims turned down and creating numerous excellent positions, a second goal has so far eluded the Premier League leaders.Chelsea, chasing a 12th home win in 13 league games, made a decent start and could have gone ahead within five minutes.But Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton did well to tip over Juan Cuadrado’s header from a Filipe Luis cross.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois made a routine save from a spectacular long-range Ashley Barnes strike.However, the majority of attacking threat was coming from the home side.Cesc Fabregas, playing in a deeper role to accommodate Cuadrado, was dictating play and allowing the Chelsea to dominate possession.And after Ivanovic’s opener, Oscar had a shot saved from the edge of the box, Ivanovic was denied what looked a clear spot-kick by the outstretched arm of Michael Kightly.And Diego Costa also claimed a spot-kick after going down under a challenge from Jason Shackell.Ivanovic was still providing as big a goal threat as anyone after the interval, his near-post header from a Fabregas corner almost teeing up Nemanja Matic.Costa was then through one-on-one after a perfectly timed Hazard pass but his finish was not convincing and Heaton was able to make a comfortable save. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Cuadrado (Willian 63), Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ramires, Drogba, Remy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Peter Crouch’s first goal of the season gave Stoke the lead in the Capital One Cup third-round clash at Craven Cottage.The former QPR striker exchanged passes with Peter Odemwingie before firing into the bottom corner from just inside the box on 32 minutes.Fulham boss Kit Symons made six changes from the side beaten at Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, with on-loan Cardiff City goalkeeper Joe Lewis and summer signing Sakari Mattila making their full debuts.With defenders Ryan Fredericks and Middlesbrough loanee James Husband both cup-tied, Tim Ream moved to left-back with Dan Burn replacing him at centre-half, while there were also starts for Alex Kacaniklic, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow.Kacaniklic forced Stoke keeper Shay Given into a save from an acute angle early on but the Whites have so far struggled to create chances.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Christensen, Mattila, Kacaniklic, Pringle, McCormack, Woodrow.Subs: Lonergan, Kavanagh, Evans, Hyndman, Bodurov, Tunnicliffe, Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The launching of ‘Operation Digital Board’ across 15 lakh classrooms in the country in the next four years will change the face of education in the country, said Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar.Speaking at the third edition of Excellence in Education conclave organised by The Hindu group in association with Blue Star here on Thursday, Mr. Javadekar said, “We get valuable inputs from such events to raise the educational standards in the country. The media is not just a loudspeaker but has to critically examine government programmes and come up with new suggestions so that the country is benefitted and enriched.” In his special message delivered via video link, Mr. Javadekar mentioned the initiatives undertaken by the NDA government to harness the digital revolution. “Our government has taken benefit of the digital revolution to educate 15 lakh teachers and making education available online and offline. Education policy today is based on accessibility, accountability, affordability and equity,” he said.He said that the HRD Ministry had unveiled initiatives like SWAYAM and the National Digital Library (NLD) to revolutionise the structure of education in the country.He further said that the granting of complete autonomy to IIMs was a major step towards ensuring excellence in education. The concept of research parks and Atal innovation centres was a major step towards fostering entrepreneurship, he added.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said The Hindu conclave was “a breakthrough” for thinking about the education system not only in Maharashtra, but in the entire country.“Our educational system still languishes in the industrial revolution era. The conclave will help in providing inputs on how the curriculum can be adapted to today’s digital educational epoch,” Mr. Tawde said.He further remarked on the need to mull about the emotional and spiritual quotients and not merely the intelligence quotient in education.In his keynote address, Maharashtra Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki noted that the three critical issues were digitalisation in 21st century schools, excellence in education and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.“While phrases like ‘Technology is a great leveller’ sounds good to the ears, in reality, a lot needs to be done towards improving digital connectivity in the State’s — and India’s — rural hinterland,” Mr. Solanki said.Observing that while education offered by some establishments was expensive, he questioned whether an ‘Ivy League’ education truly guaranteed quality education or imbibed the right values in moulding children’s characters.“It is necessary to introspect in this digital age if a wealthy education is the sole guarantor of quality? For there is an amazing hunger for education among children in the rural areas as opposed to their privileged urban counterparts. We also have to ask hard questions as to how effective is the vocational training being imparted to students in institutes across the State,” he said.Fondly recalling his eager wait for The Hindu during his days as a civil services aspirant, Mr. Solanki said Pune was an apt place to host the conclave as it had a number of excellent institutions with a 200-year academic pedigree.Commenting on the yeoman service rendered by The Hindu in upholding journalistic values and maintaining literary standards, B. Thiagarajan, Joint Managing-Director, Blue Star, said the conclave symbolised a marriage of two iconic brands in fostering education and an entrepreneurial spirit through knowledge.“For educationists as well as the student fraternity, The Hindu is indelibly associated with high-quality English writing and a judicious choice of informative articles. Likewise, a commitment to providing quality vocational training constitutes a significant part of Blue Star’s CSR initiatives,” said Mr. Thiagarajan.
Vivek OberoiIt’s a hirsute affair-between the nose and the upper lip-that’s keeping Vivek Oberoi busy these days? Other than his film Rakht Charitra and his upcoming wedding, he is busy working his moustache! “Yes. The moustache takes a lot of work. It seems easy and you think you can grow it, keep it. But you have to trim it, comb it. It is tough to keep a moustache. But I am glad to have done so as my fans love it. Guys asked me about it when I went to promote Rakht Charitra in various cities big and small metros. Even girls thought I looked more dashing,” he says.Given the adulation from his young fans, Vivek was more than happy to oblige. Of late, he has been quite busy? travelling across the nation promoting his newest film and helping his parents with the wedding shopping.Sources close to the Oberois say the entire family is in a celebratory mood. From shopping to finalising the wedding venue, their calendar is full. The only thing that is under wraps is perhaps Priyanka Alva, his fiance.Poke him and he grins and mutters monosyllables like a coy bride. “Well, that’s personal,” the actor says.The little bee tells us that she isn’t fond of the moustache and there’s a probability that it will be sacrificed at the altar.Until the wedding, Vivek definitely will sport it for promotional purposes.
MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Pacquiao, however, didn’t expect to see rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. sitting courtside in the game the Clippers won 128-109 against the Charlotte Hornets. Timberwolves escape Thunder in Ryan Saunders’ coaching debut 🥊 x 🏀 x #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/XRBv7nBsmI— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 9, 2019Filipino-American recording artist Apl.de.ap—Allan Pineda Lindo in real life—also performed during the halftime break.Mayweather and Pacquiao both had storied careers and the exchanged the pound-for-pound king label in the late 2000s and early 2010s.The two eventually fought each other in 2015 with Mayweather taking a unanimous decision win.Pacquiao is set to defend his WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner on Jan. 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 👋 @mannypacquiao pic.twitter.com/lQaXwk7jW0— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 9, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Things went from planned to complete serendipitous for Manny Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoxing’s only eight-division World champion was a guest during the Los Angeles Clippers’ Filipino Heritage Night at Staples Center wherein he got to spend some time with the players and join in the few events the team planned for the night.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? They meet again. Only here.@mannypacquiao | @FloydMayweather | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/OQrezLim14— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 9, 2019While throwing t-shirts to the crowd, Pacquiao chanced upon Mayweather and the two dapped each other up.Pacquiao also went to the Clippers’ locker room where head coach Doc Rivers, Tobias Harris, Lou Williams, and Patrick Beverley got to meet the Filipino boxing icon.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew And shares of Nike, the sponsor that stood by Woods after his 2009 car crash and reports of extramarital affairs, rose Monday, as did the stocks of other golf equipment makers that aren’t connected to Woods.“The golf industry has been waiting for him to win again,” said Rick Burton, a professor at Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. TV ratings of golf tournaments and sales of golf equipment are likely to rise, he noted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStar athletes, he said, help draw more people to the game. “It’s kind of a tsunami effect,” Burton said.It had been 11 years since Woods had a major win — and enthusiasm for golf seemed to wane during his drought as he battled injuries and worked to repair his reputation. Nike stopped selling golf equipment in 2016 to focus on apparel. About a year later, rival Adidas sold off its golf business. And Golfsmith, the largest golf retail chain in the U.S. at the time, filed for bankruptcy protection and was later bought by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On Monday, Bridgestone Golf CEO Dan Murphy said in an interview on business news network CNBC that website traffic jumped 200% after Woods’ win.“In the equipment business we have an old saying: ‘Win on Sunday and sell on Monday,’” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 On Sunday, Nike didn’t waste time capitalizing on Woods’ win, posting a video on Twitter that had more than 24 million views by Monday afternoon. During the tournament, Woods wore head-to-toe Nike with the hard-to-miss swoosh logo on his hat, shirt, pants and shoes. PGA Tour Superstore said a red Nike shirt with a mock turtleneck, similar to the one Woods wore, was its top seller over the weekend.“After an incredible win at the Masters, the Tiger effect is expected to kick off the start of the golf season better than expected,” PGA Tour Superstore said in a statement.Apex Marketing Group, a branding consulting company, estimated the media exposure for Nike to be worth more than $22 million. Nike Inc.’s stock rose less than 1% Monday.Shares of energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp., a sponsor whose green logo appears on Woods’ golf bag, gained about 2%.Other golf companies that aren’t connected to Woods also saw a boost. Club maker Callaway Golf Co.’s stock rose 1.5%. And Acushnet Holdings Corp., maker of golf balls and other golfing equipment, added 1.7%.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)NEW YORK — Tiger Woods’ win at the Masters could revitalize the golf industry, which has struggled in the past decade while the game’s biggest star was hobbled by issues on and off the course.Bridgestone Golf, whose logo was on the golf balls Woods used, says its website traffic soared after the Sunday win. PGA Tour Superstore, which sells golf equipment online, says sales were up over the weekend by 50% from a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Clippers pull off biggest comeback in playoff history against Warriors MOST READ View comments