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UEFA Champions League (Preview): Chelsea vs PSG

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UEFA Champions League (Preview)

UEFA Champions League

Round of 32, Second Leg

Stamford Bridge

09 March 16, 1445 ET

It’s deja-vu time for two European elites once more as Chelsea host Paris St-Germain in the Stamford Bridge, making this a third consecutive season where both clubs meet at the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

With a 2-1 defeat at the first leg, Chelsea will have to be at their best to take advantage of a lacking PSG, a team that has lost one and draw one of their last three games. Although the English club themselves had drew against Stoke City last weekend, the timely return of Pedro and Diego Costa may yet provide a stronger team for the fight.

Of course, players facing such a match with so much as stake would never miss a chance to trash-talk. PSG ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also scored a goal in the first leg fired the first shot by labelling the London club’s players ‘babies’, while the PSG twitter account humorously (or not) labels Diego Costa a ‘fraud’.

Match Facts:

Chelsea

  • Chelsea have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League 12 times in the past 13 seasons, making the quarter-finals eight times
  • The Blues have scored in their past 22 Champions League home games; the last time they failed to score was in the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in April 2011
  • Injury news
    • John Terry will be missing out with a hamstring injury
    • Pedro and Diego Costa are set to return

PSG

  • In the past three years PSG have made it successfully into the quarter-finals
  • PSG have failed to score in five of their six away games against English clubs in European competition; the only exception was last season against Chelsea (2-2 in the second leg of the last 16)
  • PSG have the best defensive record in this season’s Champions League (two goals conceded in seven games); they are also the only team yet to concede a goal in the second half of a Champions League game in 2015-16
  • Injury news
    • PSG Boss Laurent Blanc will make a late decision on whether or not he will include midfielder Marco Verratti (groin)

Previous Encounters

DateMatchResultCompetition
02 Apr 2014PSG vs Chelsea3-1UEFA Champions League
08 Apr 2014Chelsea vs PSG2-0UEFA Champions League
17 Feb 2015PSG vs Chelsea1-1UEFA Champions League
11 Mar 2015Chelsea vs PSG2-2UEFA Champions League
16 Feb 2016PSG vs Chelsea2-1UEFA Champions League

Last Six Performances

chelsea paris
Stoke City 1-1 (h) drawdraw Montpellier 0-0 (h)
Norwich City 2-1 (a) wonwon St Etienne 3-1 (a)
Southampton 2-1 (a) wonlost Lyon 2-1 (a)
Manchester City 5-1 (h) wonwon Reims 4-1 (h)
Paris St Germain 2-1 (a) lostwon Cheslea 2-1 (h)
Newcastle United 5-1 (h) wondraw Lille 0-0 (h)

 

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NBA Score of the day

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NBA Score of the day

brooklynTeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total toronto
Nets2335221999
Raptors28143626104

The Raptors were lagging behind with a 16-point gap at the break and was fated to suffer yet another bad day at the Air Canada Centre, then in came DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry to ward all of that off.

They started well, leading with 5 points during the first quarter only to equal their worst opening 24 minutes of the season, trailing at the break at 58-42.

Coach Dwayne Casey said that he felt like he has been screaming at his team over the last few weeks, and today was no different.

“Our guys know they didn’t play well the first half,” Casey said. “It shouldn’t take me going in at halftime jumping up and down and challenging them, ‘Who do you want to be?’

The message was received loud and clear. The Raptors rallied, and lit up the scoreboard with four 3-pointers and a 24-2 run for a 12-point lead. Spectators roared as Bismack Biyombo stole the ball off Brook Lopez and set up Cory Joseph for a dunk and a 14-point lead.

DeRozan scored 25 points while Lowry added 23 and nine assists to keep the team trenched and shake a loss to the Rockets on Sunday and improve to 42-20.

spursTeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total timberwolves
Spurs27323423116
Timberwolves2423212391

 

The Spurs are back on track after a rare loss to the Pacers, with LaMarcus Aldridge taking 29 points off the Timberwolves in their 116-91 win. Continue reading

Sharapova reveals failed drug test at Australian Open

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Sharapova reveals failed drug test at Australian Open

Tennis former world number one Maria Sharapova has announced that she had failed a drugs test at the Australian open, and had been provisionally banned from the 12th of March by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)

The five-time grand slam winner, 28 tested positive for meldonium, a substance that she has been taking legally for the past 10 years but under name of mildronate.

“I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it,” said Sharapova, who won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 2004.

“A few days ago, after I received a letter from the ITF, I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know,” she added.

The drug was reportedly prescribed to her on a regular basis after her doctor did “an extensive battery of tests to determine what medical conditions were causing her to be sick frequently”.

She had “abnormal electrocardiogram readings” and “some diabetes indicators”, which prompted the doctor to recommend medication, including meldonium.

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