A Samuel Eto’o hat-trick means Chelsea are on course for an emphatic victory at Stamford Bridge despite being on the back foot for much of the first half. The striker, selected ahead of Fernando Torres, opened the scoring with a deflected effort on 16 minutes and his close-range finishes either side of half-time appear to have sealed Manchester United’s fate.Chelsea went ahead when Eto’o went past Phil Jones and his shot from near the edge of the penalty area looped over keeper David de Gea via the boot of the unfortunate Michael Carrick.United had made a lively start, with Petr Cech blocking Ashley Young’s low shot after the wide-man had exchanged passes with Danny Welbeck.And David Moyes’ side also threatened after going behind, Patrice Evra firing into the side netting before Cech was called upon to make another save.An off-balance Gary Cahill failed to cut out Adnan Januzaj’s low cross but Welbeck, who felt he was impeded by Cesar Azipilcueta, was unable to direct his shot past the Chelsea keeper.Eto’o, on the other hand, made no mistake when found by Cahill’s low cross after a corner was only half-cleared in first-half injury time.The same players were involved in Chelsea’s third three minutes after the break, Eto’o following up to score after De Gea had kept out Cahill’s header from Willian’s right-wing corner.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Luiz; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Matic, Lampard, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Zaza Pachulia, a Warriors fan favorite and a contributor to a pair of Warriors championships, retired from the NBA and joined Golden State as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.The 35-year-old Pachulia, who was the starting center for the Warriors during their title years in 2017 and ’18, spent last season with the Pistons. After ending his 16-year playing career, he’ll contribute to Golden State in both the business and basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York …
Companies like SpikeSource and SourceLabs are combining popular Open Source programs and modules into simple one-step installable software stacks. The stacks are tested and certified and configured so that the individual software components work in a compatible way. Computer manufacturers may be next. Most PCs sold today already come with preinstalled software bundled and ready to run on a Windows operating system. Systems with preinstalled Linux and Open Source applications may be next.That’s what customers are telling Dell on their DellIdeaStorm site. Users want to have options of pre-installed Linux flavors like Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSuSe. They want to have an option for software like Open Office preinstalled too.Over 111,000 customers told Dell that they’d prefer to buy a machine configured with Linux rather than to pay for one with Windows preinstalled. 76,000 would like to see OpenOffice preinstalled.Dell already has been experimenting with offering an option for Red Hat Linux on their server-class machines and for a very select set of desktops. There’s nothing to stop Manufacturers from offering Linux. Antitrust action has forced Microsoft to drop very restrictive contracts with manufacturers that had kept them captive to Windows OS.Computer manufacturers have stayed away from Linux and Open Source because they couldn’t quantify the demand. The result of Dell’s survey of interested customers shows that the demand for Linux machines may be out there. The sizable number of responses could well motivate Dell into going after the growing Linux and Open Source market.And if Dell goes in that direction with some success, there are sure to be other manufacturers that will follow suit.
A tonga-pulling horse went berserk on Sunday, apparently due to the blistering heat, and crashed into a car through the windscreen, in the Civil Lines area here, injuring itself and the car driver. Passers-by and policemen had a difficult time getting the animal out of the car.The incident took place in the afternoon when the temperature in the Pink City was hovering around 43 degree Celsius. Police said the horse was tied to the roadside by the tonga owner with a packet of fodder.According to eyewitness accounts, the furious horse broke its harness and jumped onto the car coming in the opposite direction, as people ran to safety. The animal mounted the car’s bonnet and crashed into the wind shield. It remained stuck for about 10 minutes before the people dragged it out and rescued the car driver. Policemen and Forest Department officials joined in the rescue effort.Driver injuredCar driver Pankaj Joshi suffered injuries on his arms and was discharged after being administered first aid. The horse is recuperating and veterinarians said its injuries were not very serious.Mr. Joshi, who owns an event management firm, said he had just started his car near the Jaipur Club in the Civil Lines area when he heard a loud sound of breaking glass. “The next moment, I found myself stuck inside the car with a horse next to me,” he said.
Nehru Cup is the only international football tournament hosted by India. But as its 15th edition gets underway, things do not look rosy for the hosts, who start the five-nation tournament as the lowest-ranked team.Though rankings may not always show a team’s real potential, the defending champions would have certainly liked to be better placed than its 168th position, India’s lowest ever in history.On his first assignment as national coach, Dutchman Wim Koevermans, however, does not want to give too much importance to rankings, and believes the process of instilling possession football should be maintained.”Why should I be bothered about rankings?” he said on Friday. “I have just started. We have to look to the future. So even if we lose a match, it does not mean we will change our style.”So, how far has Koevermans been successful in changing the team’s old style of relying on long and aerial passes? “It’s right on track. We have played together for the last two weeks and I am happy with the boys’ effort,” he said.Senior player Syed Rahim Nabi felt that a better perspective can be achieved when the team plays matches. “One cannot comment on a team’s style unless it plays a few games. We played one match in Bangalore and on Saturday we will be playing Pailan Arrows. Then we can better gauge where we are,” he said.The team shifted here on Thursday from Bangalore and had a two-hour training session at the Jaypee Greens ground on Friday. “This is the first time we are practising on natural grass. We have a friendly match tomorrow and in the rest of the three days we will be concentrating on the tactical aspect,” he said.advertisementCameroon and Syria are the two nations who may give India a tough time. When asked if he has planned any special strategy for them, Koevermans said: “We have seen videos of recent games. But they might change their way of playing. So we are focussed on ourselves.”The coach made a special mention about the youngsters in the team. “You will always have to look to the youngsters. There are seven in this squad who are from the u-22 team and are an enthusiastic lot,” Koevermans said.No top stars from CameroonIf fans are expecting the likes of Samuel Eto’o to don Cameroon colours at the Nehru Cup, there is disappointment in store as no top stars are likely to come to India. No European-based players are likely to arrive.”Cameroon will most likely bring home-based players,” an AIFF official said.