‘Apprentice schools Master’: Chelsea victorious in Citi FM’s Premier League Roadshow at Alisa Hotel [PHOTOS]

first_imgFollowing the massive success of Citi FM‘s last Premier League Roadshow at the Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Alisa – Accra, in which Liverpool took a crucial step towards a first-ever Premier League title against Manchester City, the station returned to The Cellar on Saturday.This time a London derby headlined the event. While London derbies are usually very exciting affairs, Saturday’s clash between Chelsea and Tottenham had more riding on it than just three points.With fourth place still up for grabs and a feisty encounter at the Tottenham Stadium behind them, this match was built up with the fervour of a final.And inside the Cellar, the tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife.Christopher Nimley and Fentuo TahiruAs fans of the two clubs (as well as supporters of clubs who were not in action) gave their impressions ahead of kick-off, with a few Chelsea fans giving more hopeful predictions than they sounded, the importance of the game was laid bare for everyone to see.The main talking points from the lineups were the starts handed to Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso on Chelsea’s side, while Dele Alli dropping to Tottenham’s bench raised more than a few eyebrows.All that was forgotten when the match kicked off with both sides launching dangerous attacks while the crowd at Alisa cheered or groaned, depending on how well their team was faring.Mason Mount’s saved shot for Chelsea elicited some applause from the Blues fans at the Cellar while an effort from Lucas Moura which was saved by Willy Caballero drew same from Spurs supporters.It was clear after Marcos Alonso fired just over the bar, which side looked likelier to score and they promptly did.A great ball forward by Jorginho found Giroud who held off his marker and saw his initial shot saved by Hugo Lloris.Barkley’s follow-up hit the post before Giroud fired his next shot into the back of the net.The goal sparked loud cheers from the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge and at The Cellar as well which turned to worried murmurs as the goal was reviewed by VAR for a possible offside.The cheers returned once the checks were done at the Bridge, the Blues were ahead. Giroud’s utter relief was mirrored at the Alisa Hotel.The Cellar was now buzzing as Spurs searched for an equaliser and Chelsea chased a second.However, despite a few half-chances, Chelsea went into the break up by a goal.Back at the cellar, both sets of fans shared their opinions about the first half. The Blues fans were obviously happier given their lead but they expected their team to play much better.It didn’t take long for the volume in The Cellar to rise again as a lovely flowing move from Chelsea ended with Alonso firing into the bottom corner of the net.With Spurs desperate to get back into the game, some nasty tackles flew in, most notably from Lo Celso who was lucky to remain on the pitch after a particularly bad stamp on the leg of Azpilicueta.A VAR check later, it was still 11 v 11, a decision most fans at The Cellar clearly were unhappy with.The rest of the second half flew by with both sides desperate to find the next goal.Despite a nervy last few minutes for Chelsea after Rudiger deflected a ball past his own keeper, the Blues held on for the three points.In the end it was the Blue half of the Cellar that went home happy safe in the knowledge that their side had cemented their place in the top four.last_img read more

Thursday May 23rd Local Sports

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The series finale between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels was postponed Wednesday because of weather and rescheduled for Thursday. It rained at Angel Stadium two hours before Wednesday’s game, causing puddles to form in both left and right field. The grounds crew worked for over an hour to remove water from the outfield, but conditions remained unplayable. They’ll try to play the game at 3:05 this afternoon, with the pre-game at 2:30 on AM-1300 KGLO IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has hired former Lehigh and Ball State head coach Billy Taylor to be an assistant on Fran McCaffery’s staff. The Hawkeyes say that Taylor, who spent three years as the director of basketball operations in Iowa City from 2014-16, will replace Andrew Francis. Francis left Iowa for a position with California. MASON CITY — Top-ranked in Class 1A Newman started out the baseball season last night with a 10-0, five-inning win at home over North Iowa. 8th-grader Doug Taylor went four innings, striking out eight. Josh Fitzgerald had a two-run homer in the third. Newman travels to Charles City tonight before getting back into conference play tomorrow hosting Garner-Hayfield-Ventura. — Boys substate semifinal soccer== 1A Substate 2Humboldt 2, Clear Lake 0== 2A Substate 3Hudson 10, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 0 — high school softball last nightNewman 12, North Iowa 2Central Springs 10, Eagle Grove 0North Butler 12, Osage 6Rockford 20, Lake Mills 1 CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake softball team used a seven-run second inning on their way to a 13-5 win over Waverly-Shell Rock to open up their season at Lions Field last night. Clear Lake is off until next Wednesday when they host Iowa Falls-Alden. IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball player Joe Wieskamp has withdrawn his name from the 2019 NBA Draft and will return for his sophomore season.“I am excited to announce that I will be returning to the University of Iowa for my sophomore season,” said Wieskamp. “I learned a lot of valuable information going through the NBA Draft process that will help me continue to grow now, and in the future when I decide to take that next step. But for now, my focus is helping this Iowa team be the best that we can be. The future is bright! Go Hawks!”Wieskamp was second in the Big Ten Conference in 3-point accuracy (.424, 59-of-139), and ranked third on the Hawkeyes in scoring (11.1 ppg) and steals (32), and second in rebounding (4.9 rpg) last season as a freshman. The native of Muscatine, Iowa, twice earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors and tied Iowa’s single-game 3-point percentage record when he made all six 3-point attempts in Iowa’s 24-point win over Illinois , tying Jeff Horner (2004 versus Penn State) and Jim Bartels (1995 at Ohio State).“We are happy to have Joe back for his sophomore season,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “I’m glad that Joe had the opportunity to go through the process and receive feedback from NBA personnel. I’m incredibly proud of the professional approach Joe took during this process. This experience provided him feedback on what he needs to work on as he strives to reach his full potential and play at the highest level. Joe is a valuable member of our team on and off the court, and we look forward to him being a leader for us next season.”center_img CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake plays in the Class 3A boys state golf tournament today and tomorrow at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. Coach Eric Perry says it’s a course his team is familiar with.Perry says it will be a very competitive team raceClear Lake is the only area team that qualified for the boys state golf from the area. Forest City’s Avery Busta qualified as an individual for the Class 2A tournament at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course in Marshalltown. MASON CITY — The Mason City High baseball team opened up the season with a 1-0 win over Charles City last night at Roosevelt Field. Dylan Miller pitched a one-hit complete-game shutout, striking out 11. He also had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the sixth, knocking in Avery Mellman, who had singled and stole second and third prior to scoring the lone run of the contest. Mason City travels to Decorah tonight. DALLAS — Former Iowa star Megan Gustafson was waived on Wednesday by the Dallas Wings of the WNBA. The 17th overall pick did not make the Wings’ roster cut down to 12 players. Gustafson played in three pre-season games for Dallas, scoring eight points in 33 minutes of play. The 6-3 post from Port Wing Wisconsin was women’s college basketball’s 2019 Naismith Award winner after leading Iowa to a Big Ten Tournament championship and to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cole McDonald allowed five hits and struck out nine in eight innings, and bottom seed Iowa knocked off regular-season champion Indiana 4-2 in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday night.The Hawkeyes (31-22), swept by Indiana in a three-game series in March and losers of five straight entering the tournament, play Nebraska on Thursday night. The Hoosiers (36-20) meet Minnesota in an afternoon elimination game.The Hawkeyes broke through against Indiana starter Pauly Milto (8-6) in the seventh. Ben Norman scored on a play at the plate and, after Chris Whelan’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Izaya Fullard hit a two-out RBI single off Connor Manous for a 3-1 lead.Indiana managed two singles and a walk against McDonald (6-3) before scoring in the sixth when Matt Gorski followed Drew Ashley’s triple with a base hit.Grant Leonard worked the ninth for his school-record 14th save. — high school baseball last nightCentral Springs 12, Eagle Grove 10Lake Mills 3, Rockford 0North Union 13, Belmond-Klemme 2last_img read more