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Chelsea plan pre-season Asia tour


first_img Press Association Chelsea will play matches in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia on their 2013 pre-season tour in July, the Barclays Premier League side have announced. On July 17, the Blues will play a Singha Thailand All-Star XI in the Singha Cup at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok. A fixture with a Malaysia XI at the Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur follows four days later. Chelsea then play in Indonesia for the first time, on July 25, against an Indonesia XI at Jakarta’s 88,000-seater Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Chief executive Ron Gourlay said on chelseafc.com: “It is fantastic that we will be returning to Asia for what promises to be an excellent pre-season tour. “South-east Asia remains home to an ever-growing and passionate Chelsea FC support and it gives me great pleasure that we will again be able to experience that wonderful hospitality. “In particular I look forward to visiting Indonesia for the first time, a country where we have an extensive fan base that is eager to see Chelsea play. “I am sure we will face strong opposition in packed stadiums as we celebrate the successes of some of our important regional partners, and we will once again leave an important legacy in terms of the community work we conduct during the tour and for long afterwards.” center_img The 2012 Champions League winners last toured Asia in 2011 ahead of the season which secured the European Cup for the first time, as well as the FA Cup. It is uncertain who will be the Chelsea manager for the trip, with Rafael Benitez’s contract as interim boss ending at the end of the current season amid rumours of a Stamford Bridge return for Jose Mourinho, currently in charge at Real Madrid. last_img read more


Ellsworth girls’ basketball team falls to Waterville in prelim game


first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team’s 2017-18 season came to an end in the preliminary round of the state tournament Tuesday with a 47-34 road loss against No. 7 Waterville (14-5).Sophomore Trinity Montigny had 16 points for the No. 10 Eagles (10-9) in the loss, and senior Katelynn Bagley had 13. The team’s other five points came courtesy of freshman Sierra Andrews.The loss marks the second year in a row that Ellsworth has been eliminated in the prelims. The Eagles finish the season with a final record of 10-9, a one-win improvement over last season.Ellsworth will lose Bagley and fellow senior Hannah Sargent to graduation in June.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img


Other Sports Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu in straight games at Senior Badminton Nationals


first_imgIt was their second meeting at the Senior Nationals final, following Sourabh’s triumph over Lakshya, 15 then, in February 2017. In men’s doubles, second-seeded makeshift pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty clinched the title after beating top seeds Arjun MR and Shlok Ramachandran 21-13 22-20 in 33 minutes. Chirag and Pranaav came together after the former’s regular partner Satwik Rankireddy were sidelined ahead of the tournament due to an injury. Satwik and Chirag had finished runners-up at the last edition.For Pranaav, it is his third national title, having won the men’s doubles crown along with Akshay Dewalkar in 2013 and 2015 and the mixed doubles title with Prajakta Sawant in 2010.   Saina and Sindhu will now be seen at the Yonex All England Open Championship which is scheduled to start on March 6. It will be interesting to see if the former is able to continue her form and dominate against her counterparts.  Saina upstaged Sindhu at the Yonex Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals. Saina and Sindhu will next play in the Yonex All England Open Championship.Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles at the Senior Badminton Nationals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal beat young sensation PV Sindhu in straight games in the marquee clash of the tournament to retain her women’s singles crown at the 83rd Yonex Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals here on Saturday. The three-time former champion Saina used her powerful smashes to telling effect, registering a 21-18 21-15 win against Sindhu, a two-time winner, in the summit clash. The clock ticked back to last year when Olympics silver medallist dominated against Sindhu, almost similar set of a result was witnessed here at the TRP Indoor stadium. Saina had also defeated 2016 Rio Games silver medallist Sindhu at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games summit clash last year. Earlier, Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles at the Senior Badminton Nationals, claiming the men’s singles crown by defeating young Lakshya Sen in straight games.The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the title in 2011 and 2017, showed great composure and tactical brilliance to outplay 17-year-old Lakshya, an Asian junior champion, 21-18 21-13 in a lop-sided contest. highlightslast_img read more




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