September 20

Costa fit for West Brom clash

first_img Press Association Diego Costa is fit for Chelsea’s return to Premier League action but Jose Mourinho has yet to make a decision on whether Cesc Fabregas will face West Brom. A fully-fit Costa is a worrying prospect for Chelsea’s Premier League rivals and, in particular, West Brom. It is a match the west Londoners head into top of the table with 29 points from the first 11 matches – a start only bettered twice in Premier League history. Such fine form had even led one bookmaker to pay out on the Blues winning the title, although Mourinho scoffed at the suggestion that the title race was all but over. “No complacency, that’s for sure,” Mourinho said. “If we lose matches, and I believe we will, it won’t be because of complacency. It will be because football is football. “It was not in the Premier League but I can give you an example: our game against Maribor. We lost two points, but it wasn’t down to complacency. It was because of football. “Their goalkeeper was the man of the match and we missed so many chances. My team played tremendously well in the second half but we still lost two points. “You lose points because it’s football, because the opponents are better than you, but not because of complacency.” Craig Gardner could return to the West Brom line-up after suspension. Boss Alan Irvine’s only injury concerns are defender Jonas Olsson, still out with an Achilles problem, and left-back Sebastien Pocognoli, who has a hamstring injury. Former Everton assistant-manager Irvine has demanded his side attack Chelsea instead of ‘parking the bus’. “We can’t be passive,” he said. “If we sit back and let them have the ball and try to soak up pressure for 90 minutes then eventually they will open us up. “If you sit back and don’t take the opportunities to put them under pressure with and without the ball eventually they will probably win.” The pair missed Spain’s recent internationals but Mourinho says striker Costa has “fully recovered” from hamstring and groin complaints, while Fabregas is in contention after returning to training on Friday after a minor thigh tear. John Obi Mikel will also be assessed having returned from Nigeria duty on Friday, while Ramires is available for selection albeit “not in very, very good condition”. Nathan Ake is out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury but Andre Schurrle is back. last_img read more

September 16

Men’s golf downs Georgia Tech for first win of season

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sports InformationGo green · Sophomore Justin Suh and the men’s golf team defeated Georgia Tech in the final round of the Cypress Point Classic on Tuesday to take first place. The final score was 19.5 – 4.5 in favor of the Trojans.While the No. 12 men’s golf team found itself competing under different circumstances this week, Trojan golfers managed to salvage a triumphant finish in their most recent competition. The invitational was played on the world-famous Cypress Point Club course, and the teams competing participated in a match-play scoring system — not the traditional stroke-play scoring system. The Trojans dominated No. 29 Georgia Tech — by a score of 19.5 – 4.5 — in the final round of the Cypress Point Classic, held in Pebble Beach on Tuesday to pick up their first team victory of the season. The two-day tournament included three rounds of golf — 54 holes in total — all of which were scored in different fashion. The first and second rounds were played Monday, and had teams divide their rosters into duets to play Four Ball (best ball) and Foursome (alternate shooting) rounds of golf. The final round, which was played on Tuesday, had golfers compete in singles matches. Teams could score a total of four points on each 18-hole match played throughout the invitational — two points were awarded for winning a match, and an additional point would be awarded to the best scorer from the front-nine, and the back-nine holes, respectively.In the championship round against the Yellow Jackets, USC excelled in its singles matchups. Five of the six individual golfers for USC on Tuesday won their singles matches against opposing Georgia Tech golfers. “Match play is a lot different than stroke play … As coaches, we try not to change too much of the way that we are playing normally because of the different format, sometimes you can read too much into it, and suddenly all the experience you have goes away because you are trying to reinvent the wheel,” head coach Chris Zambri said. “By looking at the way the matches went and asking [the golfers] about their scores, it felt like everybody was performing well.” Redshirt senior Andrew Levitt and freshman Cheng Jin both swept their respective singles matches Tuesday 4-0 as a part of USC’s championship-clinching victory over Georgia Tech. “To see us take 19.5 of a possible 24-points in [Tuesday’s] match means that we were obviously all playing pretty well as a team,” Levitt said. “We didn’t start the season off so hot, but everyone’s been playing better and better as of late, and it feels great for us to go out there and pick up our first win.”Juniors Sean Crocker and Jonah Texeira played significant roles in USC’s winning performance at Cypress Point. As a tandem, Crocker and Texeira nearly swept Alabama (taking three-and-a-half of a possible four points) in the first round. In the second round against UCLA, Crocker and Texeira swept the Bruins’ opposing tandem, 4-0. As individuals in the final round of play on Tuesday, both Crocker and Texeira came away with victories in their singles matches.To advance to Tuesday’s final round, USC defeated both Alabama (9.5 – 2.5) and UCLA (6-6, took the tiebreaker) in the first and second rounds, respectively, on Monday. “We did win, which is great, but to see us do it in stroke-play will really help us see where we are as a team,” Levitt said. “I think that individually, everyone is now starting to really play better.”The team will return to competition on Nov. 7-9 in Napa for the Gifford Collegiate.last_img read more