By Brian HomewoodBorussia Dortmund struck twice in the first five minutes and Robert Lewandowski grabbed a second-half double as last season’s Champions League runners-up won 4-2 at Zenit St Petersburg in their last 16, first-leg tie on Tuesday.Dortmund got off to a flying start when Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus scored two quickfire goals to stun Zenit, who were playing their first competitive game since the two-month winter break.A dramatic second-half spell saw four goals in 14 minutes as Oleg Shatov and Hulk, with a penalty, scored for Zenit and Lewandowski quickly replied each time for the visitors.Zenit, who are trying to reach the quarter-finals for the first time, were left with an almost impossible task of having to score at least three goals in the return on March 19.Zenit were quickly in trouble as Reus burst into the area and, although he stumbled, the ball ran kindly to Mkhitaryan and the Armenian fired the ball past Yuri Lodygin.The Zenit goalkeeper had to pick the ball out of his net again 70 seconds later after Mkhitaryan burst down the right and found Kevin Grosskreutz who laid the ball off for Reus to score with a clinical first-time finish.Zenit were penned back in their own half and their problems mounted when midfielder Andrey Arshavin went off injured and was replaced by Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.Dortmund began the second half on the attack as their Poland striker Lewandowski had a powerful shot turned around the post by Lodygin.The Russians reduced the deficit in the 57th minute with a scrambled goal when Oleg Shatov fired home from the rebound after Jose Salomon Rondon had one effort headed away and then hit the post.Lewandowski restored Dortmund’s two-goal advantage four minutes later after combining with compatriot Lukasz Piszczek in a counter-attack down the right.Hulk pulled another back for the hosts with a controversial penalty in the 69th minute, awarded after Viktor Fayzulin dribbled into the area and collided with Piszczek.But Zenit gifted Dortmund another goal when Tymoshchuk was dispossessed in his own half by Reus, who slipped the ball through for Lewandowski to score with a low, angled shot.
Northern Ireland secured a World Cup playoff spot before kicking a ball on Sunday as other results went their way and then lost 1-0 to Norway in Group C after an own goal by Chris Brunt put paid to their chances of being among the seeded second-placed teams.Scotland’s earlier 2-2 draw with Slovenia allowed Slovakia to finish runners-up in Group F and stay in contention for a playoff spot, while Northern Ireland’s superior record meant their playoff place was secured before kickoff in Oslo.The home side were looking to end their campaign on a positive note, and a looping high ball from captain Stefan Johansen in the 71st minute forced Brunt’s error as he tried to clear the ball from under the crossbar.The Northern Irish, currently ranked fifth of the eight playoff teams with the top four being seeded, played plenty of tidy football but despite some late chances the game slipped away.The Irish finished second in Group C with 19 points from 10 games behind world champions Germany who had a perfect record with 30 points. Czech Republic were third on 15.Europe’s nine group winners qualify automatically for next year’s 32-team tournament in Russia while the eight best runners-up enter a two-leg playoff for the remaining four berths.
With dreams of European glory in tatters, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur turn their attention to the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend clinging to their last chance of silverware this season.The competition’s lustre may have dulled in recent years as managers prioritise so-called bigger prizes, but Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino will have their eyes firmly fixed on a Wembley date on May 19.Mourinho’s United, still reeling from a meek Champions League exit against Sevilla on Tuesday, host Brighton and Hove Albion, Conte’s Chelsea travel to Leicester City and Pochettino takes his Tottenham side to Swansea City.Third-tier Wigan Athletic, the unlikely spanner in the spokes of Manchester City’s bid for a quadruple, welcome top-flight strugglers Southampton who will have new manager Mark Hughes, hired to save them from relegation, in the dugout for the first time.Mourinho’s one and only FA Cup triumph was with Chelsea in 2006-07 and the Portuguese will be well aware that adding a record-equalling 13th for United is now the bare minimum requirement from his second season at Old Trafford.Chris Hughton’s Brighton side will be tricky opponents though, having made a good fist of their first season of Premier League football, sitting 11th in the table.They are in the last eight for the first time since 1986, three years after they lost to United in a final replay, having drawn 2-2 in the original fixture.United striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored a consolation goal against Sevilla, knows United must respond.“We have to bounce back. We have one trophy to chase and that is the FA Cup,” he said.GOOD OMENWhile United were lambasted for their defeat by Sevilla, Chelsea earned some credit despite a 3-0 loss to Barcelona on Wednesday. They have nonetheless lost five of their last nine matches in all competitions.They are far from assured a top-four finish in the Premier League and Leicester, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in form, will be a tough proposition at the King Power on Sunday.With no relegation fears Leicester look prime ‘dark horse’ material for a first-ever FA Cup win.A good omen for Chelsea perhaps is that the last time they won the trophy, in 2012, they beat Leicester 5-2 in the quarter-finals, albeit at Stamford Bridge.For Pochettino the FA Cup offers the chance finally to rubber-stamp his impressive project at Tottenham with some silverware.Third and second place finishes in the Premier League and topping a Champions League group including Real Madrid have earned him compliments aplenty but his side are yet to taste the sweet smell of success.Last year’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea was a kick in the teeth, as was this month’s Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus after a 2-1 loss at Wembley.His side have been installed as favourites by some bookmakers but with striker Harry Kane sidelined Saturday’s trip to south Wales to face a Swansea side rejuvenated under Carlos Carvalhal will be fraught with danger.Swansea are in the last eight for the first time since 1964 and despite having one eye on their relegation battle, think something memorable is brewing.“There is a chance to do something special in the cup this season but Tottenham are a fantastic team,” Swans striker Tammy Abraham said. “Tottenham will come all guns blazing and we have to do the same. We have to believe we can do it.”
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1 Arsenal will continue their FA Cup defence in a quarter-final clash at Old Trafford after Manchester United beat Preston North End to seal their place in the last eight.The draw took place shortly before Monday night’s kick-off at Deepdale, with the balls selected by England manager Sir Roy Hodgson and Brian Finney, son of the late, great Preston hero Sir Tom Finney.They gave both sides on show a mouth-watering pre-match incentive, a chance to depose Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, whose Wembley success over Hull last May was their first silverware in nine years.Liverpool’s hopes of reaching Wembley on the occasion of the departing Steven Gerrard’s 35th birthday were also boosted as they were drawn to face Championship side Blackburn at Anfield.Giant-killers Bradford, fresh from ousting top-flight opponents Sunderland and Chelsea, avoided Premier League opponents this time and will instead take on second-tier Reading at Valley Parade.That pairing ensures at least one Football League side will make it to the final four of the competition, with the tie particularly significant for Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, who faces the club that call him a legend having made over 350 appearances over 11 years for the Royals.Meanwhile, new Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been handed a baptism of fire for his first cup clash in charge of the Villans, as they will meet derby rivals West Brom at Villa Park.The FA Cup quarter-final draw:Liverpool v BlackburnBradford v ReadingManchester United v ArsenalAston Villa v West BromTies to be played March 7 and 8. The FA Cup
1 Manchester United target Sofiane Feghouli Fenerbahce are ready to make their move for Manchester United target Sofiane Feghouli.Feghouli is yet to sign a new contract at Valencia and is currently set to walk away as a free agent in the summer.United are long-term admirers of the Algerian midfielder, while Inter Milan and AS Roma both want to tempt him to Italy.But now, according to reports in Turkey, Fenerbahce have joined the race and will make their move in January.Valencia may choose to cash in on Feghouli rather than lose him for nothing in the summer and Fenerbahce are circling.
Watford have announced the signing of Marseille defender Brice Dja Djedje on a four-year deal.The Ivory Coast international had let news if his move slip earlier on Thursday, telling French newspaper L’Equipe that he had secured a move to the Premier League side for a reported £4million.But the Hornets have now confirmed the signing for an undisclosed fee and Dja Djedje is set to join up with his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of Austria.The 25-year-old right-back featured 70 times for Marseille, having made his name for Evian during a four-year spell.Dja Djedje becomes Walter Mazzarri’s fifth summer signing ahead of the new season, following the arrivals of Christian Kabasele, Jerome Sinclair, Isaac Success and Juan Camilo Zuniga. New Watford signing Brice Dja Djedje in action for Marseille 1
TODAY Pet adoption event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture, titled “Diabetes Diagnosis & Treatment,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY After-School Cooking with Kids will make salads, 3-5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Tina Landrum at (661) 260-2377, Ext. 210. Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at David Herzer Photography, 21122 Lone Star Way, Santa Clarita. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Car Wash, Rummage Sale and Used Book Sale will raise money to send young people to camp this summer, 7 a.m.-noon at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Story telling workshop for teens, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss “Understanding Blood Pressure,” 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2405.
Hudson-Odoi has impressed since his return, scoring on his comeback in the 7-1 win over Grimbsy and he played a crucial role in helping Chelsea beat Southampton 4-1 on Sunday, with his raking pass setting up Tammy Abraham to net the opener.“I’m happy for the way I’ve returned. The manager’s done really well with me, pushing me hard in training, working me hard to get back to normal fitness,” he told Chelsea TV.“I think the team, in general, are doing really well. Everyone has the right mentality in how we want to win, to get the points, and we’re just working and working. Obviously, I’m happy for myself to keep impacting and keep contributing to the team. Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has revealed Maurizio Sarri’s decision not to make Callum Hudson-Odoi a first team regular baffled players.Under the Italian, Hudson-Odoi, was used sparingly for the first half of the season, featuring mainly in cup competitions such as the Europa League. Getty Images – Getty LIVE on talkSPORT It was only towards the end of the campaign the 18-year-old enjoyed a run of league games, 10 in total and just four starts, before his season was ended by an Achillies injury in April.He reportedly handed in a transfer request due to his dissatisfaction over playing time at Stamford Bridge and Bayern Munich tested Chelsea’s resolve on four occasions, but to no avail, before the winger signed a new five-year contract last month.Green, the ex-Norwich and England keeper, who spent a year at Chelsea without playing any competitive football, said Hudson-Odoi would embarrass defenders in training on a regular basis.“We were in the dressing room last season and the players were saying ‘how is he not playing?’ He was going out in training and tearing some of the best defenders in the world apart,” Green told 5 Live.“You knew by the the way he spoke and the way he is around the lads and just the way he hold himself and obviously his ability, he’s going to be at Chelsea for as long as he wants and then maybe on to greater things,” adding he is a level above Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. 2 Callum Hudson-Odoi played just 10 Premier League games last season getty “It was tough to go through the long rehabilitation. It was three to four months that I was out, and it was hard to see your teammates playing and playing. It’s boring! But at the same time, you want to work harder to get back to where you were before the injury. Now I’m just delighted to be back playing and hopefully just keep working harder and harder, trying to get opportunities to score more and assist more for the team as well.” 2 Hudson-Odoi helped Chelsea beat Southampton on Sunday Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekBolton vs Blackpool (Monday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Grimsby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Germany vs Argentina (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Russia vs Scotland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Czech Republic vs England (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Tranmere (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2
Jason Quigley says the ‘passion and pride’ from his supporters in Donegal is driving him to further glory in the professional ranks.At a homecoming last night at the Finn Valley Centre, Quigley – who is based in Los Angeles – spoke of the importance of the support from home.“I’m a long way from home in LA and this is what drives me on – coming back to Donegal and the North-West like this.” he said. “My roots are so important to me. I’m going to take this passion and pride back to LA again. I have a great team around me, a solid team and a solid base.”Quigley – unbeaten in 13 pro fights – is back home with the NABF middleweight belt he won in March, but said: “I’ll never be pleased ’till I have all the belts.“This is the fist stage of my career and the first stepping stone. This is only the start.”See below video via Donegal TV Watch: Jason Quigley tells how Donegal support drives him to success was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)