PCCL launches national competition for collegiate basketball

first_imgThe National Collegiate Championship answers the need for more competitive exposure extending beyond local mother league competitions.The aim of PCCL is to broaden the sports program of schools, particularly collegiate basketball, by providing more competitive activities that would benefit student-player development.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’From the initial six leagues, there are now 35 leagues sending their best team to participate in the PCCL games. PCCL was able to expand its coverage by continuously touching base with active leagues all over the country and assisting them in improving the basketball programs of their respective member schools. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Incentive prizes are awarded to teams that qualify to play in the regional championships, and to teams that advance to compete in the National Championship games usually held in Manila. The team that wins the national title is engraved in the M. V. Pangilinan Perpetual Bronze Sculpture, “Abutin ang Tagumpay”, symbol of collegiate basketball supremacy, and the school keeps the sculpture until the next national champion emerges. The following teams are listed in the perpetual bronze sculpture: Far Eastern University, San Beda College, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, San Sebastian College, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East.This 2017, PCCL is expanding collegiate basketball competitions to include 3 on 3 basketball in addition to the regular National Collegiate (5-man team) championship. This initiative supports the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program to promote and develop 3 on 3 basketball, the newly included game in the Olympics starting 2020.The 3 on 3 national championships will have five regional competitions involving a total of fifty (50) collegiate teams. The five regions are North/Central Luzon, South Luzon/Bicol, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region. The regional champions shall advance to the Grand Finals and compete for the title of 3 on 3 national collegiate champion.Philippine Collegiate Champions League is a non-profit corporate entity and revenues PCCL realize from sponsorships are utilized to cover operational expenses involved in organizing and managing the nationwide tournaments. PCCL also assists deserving school teams by providing prizes in terms of transportation and accommodation subsidies, sports equipment and gift certificates for players and coaches. ADVTADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. What’s in store for your animal sign this year Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img The Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) organized the National Collegiate Championship, a nationwide multi-level collegiate basketball competition that recognizes regional champions and the overall national champion that emerge during the games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

Protests against Ebola Facility in New Kru Town

first_imgResidents of New Kru Town last Saturday angrily tried to prevent the construction of a facility being built next to the Redemption Hospital, but shrouded (blanketed, covered) in mystery.The facility is rumored to be intended as an Ebola hospice (hospital, rest home).For weeks, unconfirmed reports circulated in the community that the Liberian government was constructing the facility that popped up near “Redemption,” to accommodate potential Ebola victims.The construction continued for several days, with bulldozers and workers clearing the spot for construction work to begin.Residents, who asked the workers what kind of facility was being erected, (put up, built) did not get the answers they expected.“We don’t know,” a worker representative was reported to have said; “we are doing the job that we were sent to do.”Lacking the details and information they needed — from the workers or hospital officials—residents began to form small groups to discuss the implication of a steadily rising structure allegedly intended for those affected with the Ebola virus.Last Saturday morning, many young children, supported by older siblings and residents, held placards, denouncing and protesting setting up a camp for Ebola victims in New Kru Town.“No Space for Ebola Center in New Kru Town, No! No! No!” a placard read, as children lined up in front of the construction site.Another placard said, “The People of New Kru Town say No, No, to Ebola Camp.”Fearing violence, several police officers arrived and took positions across the street from the hospital, just in case of any eventuality.However, the children kept their vigil and waited for anyone responsible to tell them what the construction of the facility was about.Meanwhile the Daily Observer learned that a source from Redemption Hospital told the protesters that the construction was for a TB Annex.The Daily Observer did not get any official confirmation.“We want to know what is being built and what it will be used for,” one resident told this paper.Another said, “We live here and want to know what to expect, after hearing that shaking hands can give someone the virus.”Ministry of Health & Social Welfare officials have stumbled over how to inform the public about the spread of the virus, often parsing words and walking statements back. Officials have since stopped spreading the information about shaking hands and are now cautioning individuals to avoid “animals that die on their own” such as chimpanzees, antelopes, monkeys, and other mammals that are first in line as potential carriers of the virus.At the construction site yesterday, work on the building continued.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oscar Cooper’s Running Mate: ‘Competent, Principle Minded Youth’

first_imgSen. Cooper: “The Oscar Cooper Experience with Mr. Freeman will change Liberia for the better…”Promises ‘a better Liberia,’ if electedMargibi County Senator Oscar Cooper over the weekend lifted the hands of Wonderr Koryenen Freeman as his running mate to contest the upcoming October elections as independent candidates.Mr. Freeman, a youthful Liberian accountant, auditor, financial crime investigator/anti-money laundering expert, international trade and investment lawyer, hails from Fishtown, Maryland County.Sen. Cooper, who is running as an independent candidate under the banner of the “Oscar Cooper Experience,” his own crafted political ideology, which he intends to transform into a movement.The Oscar Cooper Experience, the Senator said, aims to move Liberia from its present backwardness to a state of prosperity, where every citizen will have the opportunity to contribute to the country’s development.The ceremony took place on Senator Cooper’s Farm in Cinta, east of Kakata, with several persons, mainly the youth, in attendance.Sen. Cooper believes the country has fallen way behind in development and, therefore, his presidency will improve the situation if elected at the October polls.Cooper continued: “Freeman is not just my vice presidential choice, but an active youthful player to champion the cause of programs that would bring the country on par with other developing nations. If elected, we will be serious to fight corruption and transform the country to benefit the disadvantaged, the youth, since my number two is one of the youth.”Sen. Cooper said he is set to introduce quality education and better healthcare services with value judgment.“If elected as president, I will live in the countryside with members of my cabinet for one month to help the farmers, the rural teachers, health workers assigned in the villages,” Cooper said.He said the exercise to take a ‘one month interior leave’ to identify with rural Liberians to experience their living condition is “so that we can better run a government of inclusion to bring on board the ideas and experiences learned from rural inhabitants.”Sen. Cooper promised to introduce mechanized farming where the government would import earth-moving equipment and other farming implements to help farmers with rubber and cocoa nurseries, as well as introduce new methods of rice planting through which his administration would distribute rice seeds across the country.The objective, he said, is to make Liberia self-sufficient in food production, and not to depend on imported commodities, including rice.He said, if elected, he would encourage all cabinet ministers and their subordinates to return to the counties every Thursday to brief citizens on how his government is running. The intent, he said, is to make Liberia number one among the comity of nations.In a rather excited mood as the crowd of supporters started to swell, Sen. Cooper promised to reduce lawmakers’ present monthly benefits of US$12,000 to at least US$4,000.Among his other dreams for the country is to build an airport in every county capital to allow international investments to reach rural Liberians.For his deputy, he said the Cooper-Freeman ticket is the “vote of confidence in young Liberians,” because the two are “competent and principle minded Liberians,” who the voters should trust to govern the country.Freeman added: “If my name appears with Sen. Cooper on the ballot, corrupt-minded individuals will worry, because we will prosecute anyone that would attempt to steal from taxpayers.”Wonderr Freeman is a Lawyer, and an Accountant with over 14 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He previously worked at the Liberia anti-corruption Commission (LACC) as strategy/policy, anti-money laundering strategy/policy, public sector managementFreeman is a member, Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialist, (2016- present; Member, Liberia National Bar Association (2013 – present); member also of the LNBA Audit Committee (2015 – present); member, Society for International Economic Law, UK (2013 – present); Co-Chairperson/Member, GIABA [ECOWAS] Working Group on [Anti-Money Laundering and -Counter Financing of Terrorism] Risk-Trends and Methods (Typology Group)  (2014 – 2016).Among his notable achievements, Freeman said he was “primarily responsible for the drafting and introduction of new Regulations issued by the GOL in 2015 that brought Liberia on par with global AML/CFT standards applied across the global financial services industry.  He also participated in “the drafting and introduction of laws approved by the Liberia’s National Legislature on terrorism/terrorist financing that ensured Liberia’s compliance to international standards as mandated by various resolutions issued by the UN Security Council.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Edmonton Area Train Wreck

first_imgNo injuries are reported after a train wreck near Edmonton.The C-N train was crossing an overpass on Highway 16 just east of Cloverbar Road, when it struck a pavement packer shortly after midnight.The train had two engines and 85 cars attached and, a fire believed to have been started by spilled fuel was quickly extinguished.There were no injuries reported and, no other materials were spilled as a result of the derailment.Police say the packer may have been stolen from a nearby construction site and, deliberately left on the overpass. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Kenya to face Burundi in CHAN 2020 qualifiers

first_imgThis is the second time in the qualification process that Kenya has been paired against Burundi. The two sides clashed in the 2014 qualifiers where Burundi won 1-0 on aggregate after winning the first leg and forcing a 0-0 draw in the return tie in Nairobi.For the 2016 event, Kenya missed out after losing 2-0 on aggregate to Ethiopia, losing the first leg away in Bahir Dar before drawing 0-0 in the return tie in a match that saw Kenya miss three penalties in both home and away legs.Head coach Sebastien Migne has been keenly following the local league and will be hopeful of putting up a strong squad for the qualifiers.If Stars go past the first round, then they will be paired up against the winner of the tie pitting Tanzania and Sudan with the winner joining hosts Ethiopia for the competition next year.CAF Says it will set the dates for the qualifiers.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne issues instructions to players during a training session at the Kasarani Stadium on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – Kenya’s Harambee Stars have been paired against Burundi in the first round of qualification for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) which will be held in Ethiopia.Stars will be looking to qualify for the tournament for the first time ever having missed in all the past four editions. The team missed out on playing the competition last year after Kenya was stripped of the hosting rights and the side will be looking to earn a ticket for next year’s tournament in Ethiopia.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, August 22

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United have been in secret talks to try to buy 23-year-old Barcelona forward Neymar. (The Sun)  Chelsea have agreed a £69m deal to sign 22-year-old Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, while attacking midfielders Oscar, 23, Willian, 27, and Juan Cuadrado, 27, could go the other way. (The Sun)  The Blues are ready to spend a combined £100m on former Manchester United youngster Pogba and Everton defender John Stones, 21. (Daily Star) Manchester City are expected to announce they have agreed a £50m fee with Wolfsburg for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, over the weekend. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United are demanding that Real Madrid pay £29m for Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 24 – or £22m plus 28-year-old Costa Rican Keylor Navas. (Marca) Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says everyone in his squad is for sale, adding: “If the player wants to go, he can go.” (Metro) The Black Cats will try to get Sam Allardyce to replace Advocaat if he decides to leave. (Daily Mirror) Bournemouth have bid about £5m for 31-year-old Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray. (Guardian) Norwich City have failed in a approach to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, despite being prepared to offer £14m for the 26-year-old. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27, is a target for West Brom after their bid to sign Tottenham’s Federico Fazio, 28, collapsed. (The Sun) Sevilla have made an approach to sign Andy Carroll on loan, despite the 26-year-old England striker not being fit to play for West Ham. (The Times) Sunderland have made a move to sign Napoli’s Dutch international Jonathan de Guzman, 27, on loan. (Daily Mail) West Ham want QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, 35, but are not willing to meet his £50,000-a-week wage demands. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Paris Saint-Germain open talks with Manchester United target Fabio CoentraoLazio warn clubs ex-West Ham and Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison is not for saleArsenal blow! Lyon make move for midfielder Marcelo BrozovicLiverpool put on red alert as Lazio make Keita Balde Diao available to clubsMan City transfer news: Deal for Kevin De Bruyne close as Wolfsburg star agrees personal termsCrystal Palace Alan Pardew eyeing reunion with former Newcastle defender Davide SantonReports – Man City starlet signs for MarseilleArsenal ‘not close’ to new signing, admits Wenger Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

SCV school facing loss of charter

first_imgVALENCIA – Low test scores and an unimpressive dropout rate might mark the end for one continuation school that serves the Santa Clarita Valley. Opportunities For Learning, an independent academic program with facilities sprinkled throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, could lose its charter with the William S. Hart Union High School District if performance standards don’t stop their downward trend. Hart district officials said the charter school system also hasn’t provided enough documentation demonstrating that certain performance standards have been met. Furthermore, academic information available through the state Department of Education about the school system has district officials alarmed, said Leslie Crunelle, assistant superintendent of education services. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s less of an issue that they didn’t provide data and more of an issue of what the data says,” Crunelle said. In 2005, the charter school system serving the Santa Clarita area earned an API score of 597. The state’s API goal is 800, and schools scoring lower than that need to show improvement in the years that follow. Whether it’s an improvement from the past is unknown, because not all students at Opportunities For Learning took the state exams last year so API results were not tallied. Still, these API scores aren’t the lowest for the district. Bowman High School, a continuation school for juniors and seniors, had an API score of 476 last year. However, it was a 103-point improvement from 2004. At the same time, dropout rates are higher among students enrolled at Opportunities For Learning than at the district’s other high schools. In the 2003-04 school year, 393 students, or about 26 percent, dropped out. That number actually declined from the previous year when more than 600 students dropped out. In comparison, fewer than 10 students dropped out from Bowman High School from 2002 to 2004. The Hart district has agreed to meet with officials from the charter school system to review performance standards and has given them three months to explain the results and show classroom improvement. Results will decide whether the district will renew the charter. Opportunities for Learning annually serves about 2,500 Santa Clarita students and has had a charter with the district since 1999, with seven sites reaching from Canyon Country to Palmdale and Ridgecrest. William Toomey, director of instruction for the charters, said they will provide documentation to the district to show that students are performing at least equal to that of their peers in the school district. “We want to be a valuable partner to students in the district,” he said. Reasons why students attend the charter school vary. Some were expelled from traditional high schools. Others dropped out of school to work and support their families. A handful were home-schooled and sent there as an alternative to traditional high school. The school system is structured for independent study, with students coming to the sites twice a week to meet with teachers to review the assignments. Students meet for a minimum of one hour each time. While test scores might seem daunting, students at Opportunities For Learning facilities in Santa Clarita have fared better on some tests than in other regions. The site that serves the Baldwin Park Unified School District, for example, had an API score last year of 540. At the same time, the charter school serving the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District had a score of 548. Last year, that school district did not renew its charter with Opportunities For Learning. Officials from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District were unavailable Tuesday to comment. Opportunities For Learning has also previously come under fire from the state Department of Education for not providing adequate information about its board of directors and how its funds are spent. Because the school system refuses to fully release this information, it was denied membership into the California Charter Schools Association, a professional organization that represents about 70 percent of the state’s charter schools, said Gary Larson, spokesman. Larson said Opportunities For Learning was also discounted for membership because of its quality of instruction and that too many questions remained unanswered regarding their program. There have only been a few cases where membership into the organization has been denied, he said. “I’m not saying it’s a shoddy organization that’s not doing good work,” Larson said. “But obviously we take quality very seriously. We’re committed to our members being a cut above the rest.” Opportunities For Learning filed a lawsuit last week against the California Department of Education to challenge a law that decides funding for schools based on the amount of time teachers instruct students. Options for Youth was included in the lawsuit against the Department of Education, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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SAM MAGUIRE TO ATTEND DONEGAL DERBY IN RANNAFAST CUP QUARTER FINAL

first_imgDanske Bank Rannafast Cup Quarter Final, Wed Oct 24th at 4pmColaisti Inis Eoghain v St Eunans College, At Hibernian Park, Burt.The arrival of one Sam Maguire and the eagerly awaited meeting of Colaisti Inis Eoghain and St Eunans has generated a lot of interest among GAA supporters in Inishowen this week, as the two rivals go head to head in Hibernian Park Burt on Wednesday afternoon, throw in time 4.00 pm for a semi final place in the Danske Bank sponsored Rannafast Cup. Gary Duffy’s Inis Eoghain team, are relative newcomers to Ulster Colleges competitions compared to the Letterkenny School and the current squad are the first to come through the process of developing schools football in Inishowen, but they are beginning to make an impact. They had sensational start back in 2010 when they shocked St Pat’s Maghera in their opening Corn na nOg game, and also defeated St Mary’s Magherafelt but they did suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of St Eunans in O’Donnell Park and some would say that result still hurts. Lat year they had a good run in the Brock Cup with a couple of good victories also, making it to the Shield quarterfinal, where they lost to Abbey CBS. This season they started well in the Rannafast Cup with good victories over Our Lady’s Castleblaney and St Colman’s Newry, before losing to an impressive Omagh CBS in their final group game, played in Buncrana and qualified for the quarter final as runners up in a tough group. In defence Peter Doherty, Stephen O Donnell and Darren Gallagher all look impressive, while Georgie Kelly, Tony McClenagahan, Sean McHugh, Caolan Mailey and John Campbell are certain to be key players in midfield and attack. Some of the players have benefited greatly from their involvement with Donegal U15 and U16 teams during the year, but the aim now as a team is to progress even further and reaching the semi final of this prestigious competition would be one way of doing just that.St Eunans, who have qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in almost three decades, will start as favourites for the game. In their first year together they won the Ulster Colleges Corn Colmcille Cup, although that was a “B” competition and after moving up to the “A” grade the following year they reached the semi final of the Corn na nOg Cup, inflicting that heavy defeat on Colaisti Inis Eoghain on the way, before losing to eventual winners St Pat’s Cavan. Last season they reached the quarterfinals of the Brock Cup, but again fell to the Cavan outfit. They topped Group D in the qualifying stages of a three-team group in the Rannafast, with impressive victories over St Mary’s Magherafelt and St Patrick’s Armagh thanks to a late goal from Michael Miller and six points from D Tyrell (five from frees). Managed by Glenswilly man Gary McDaid, they have a large panel to choose from with players such as Darragh McWalters and Sean McDonagh strong at the back, while Christopher Flanagan, Michael Miller, C Morrisson and the reliable D Tyrell sure to play a key part in attackQuite a number of players on both sides have already been selected at U15 and U16 County Development teams and it is fair to say that several of those will be pushing hard for places on the Donegal minor team in two years time. Ulster Colleges competitions are a great way of developing such players, so a good game is envisaged on Wednesday afternoon with the result hanging very much in the balance.Colaisti Inis Eoghain:  Jamie Barr, Tommy Byrne, Peter Doherty, Stephen O Donnell, Ultan Doherty, Darren Gallagher, Darragh Browne, Georgie Kelly, Tony McCleneghan, Mark Coyle, Sean McHugh, Christopher McLaughlin, Caolan Mailey, John Campbell, Joshua Lafferty, Christopher McCormick, Ronan Hartin, Ryan Doherty, Danny McCarron, John Collins, Jonathan McDaid, Ryan McLaughlin, Phil Brennan. St Eunans:  S Dafflan, M Friel, D McWalters, S McDonagh, O Shiels, M Patton, C O Boyle, P Diver, D Tyrell, N O Donnell, M Miller, R Toner, C Morrisson, R Carr, C Flanagan, C McDaid, O Hilley, Ciaran Maloney, Kieran McPherson, Jason Quinn, Cormac Callaghan, Ryan Rainey, Caolan O Donnell, Ronan Dorrian, Cormac Cannon, Owen McFadden, Chris Carr, Kevin Grant, Caolan Toye.Referee Jim McCallion (Tyrone)SAM MAGUIRE TO ATTEND DONEGAL DERBY IN RANNAFAST CUP QUARTER FINAL was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:inishowen collegesSAM MAGUIRE TO ATTEND DONEGAL DERBY IN RANNAFAST CUP QUARTER FINALSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: GLENCAR INN GOLF SOCIETY HEAD TO FALCARRAGH FOR PRESIDENTS PRIZE

first_imgGlencar Inn Golf SocietySunday 6th july – Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club. A large entry of 34 players for our 7th outing of the year in glorious sunshine, and avery high scoring game.1st – Aidi McAlaney (41) 2nd – M P O’Donnell(39) 3rd – Liam Sweeney (38). Cat 1 – Ed Margey Cat 2 – Brian Carney,Cat 3 – Tony Duffy, Cat 4 – Marty Devlin.Front 9 – Shane Thompson, Back 9 Eamon McGlynn.The 2’s – Tony Duffy and M P O’Donnell.Our next outing will take place in Falcarragh, on sunday 10th August,this competition will be for the presidents’ prize ( Dennis O’Donnell)hope to see a large crowd.The night at the races will be held sometime in september, watch this space for further news. GOLF NEWS: GLENCAR INN GOLF SOCIETY HEAD TO FALCARRAGH FOR PRESIDENTS PRIZE was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:Glencar Inn Golf SocietygolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

Burnley 0-4 Chelsea: Blues run rampant and cruise against the Clarets

first_img REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY 5 Latest Football Stories It was a big win for Chelsea away at Burnley. Alvaro Morata had a host of chances in the first half and scored the opener in the 22nd minute while Ross Barkley, rewarded for his late equaliser against Manchester United last weekend with a start, and Willian added long-range efforts in the second half.Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek capped one of the best weeks of his career with a very late fourth.The result lifted unbeaten Chelsea back above Manchester City, who face Tottenham on Monday, and to within two points of leaders Liverpool.Hazard’s continuing back problem was the headline team news, but Burnley welcomed back winger Robbie Brady 11 months after he suffered a serious knee injury, with the Irishman’s return further delayed by a frustrating hamstring issue. BEST OF The half ended with referee Craig Pawson brandishing three yellow cards, the first two after Tarkowski and Morata squared up, with the Burnley defender unhappy at his opponent’s reaction to a strong tackle in the penalty area.The third was for a dive by Willian in the box, about which the Brazilian continued to protest his innocence after the half-time whistle.Following a quiet start to the second half, again it was Chelsea who found another gear and, after Morata headed Willian’s cross over, Barkley was allowed too much time and space and drilled a shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner in the 57th minute. REVEALED Burnley began strongly and Chelsea did not get anywhere near Joe Hart’s goal for the first 10 minutes but, when they did, they nearly scored, Morata flicking on Barkley’s shot and Hart tipping it over at full stretch.Brady shot across goal and wide with Kepa Arrizabalaga stranded after flapping at a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross but the pressure at the other end was growing.Willian, playing in Hazard’s position on the left, was looking particularly dangerous and, after shooting straight at Hart, he curled a delicious shot against the far post. RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 5 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Alvaro Morata celebrates with Ross Barkley. huge blow 5 Ruben Loftus-Cheek capped off a fantastic week with another goal. center_img 5 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Joe Hart looks anguished after another heavy defeat. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Burnley’s reprieve was short-lived, though, as, a minute later, Jeff Hendrick was caught in midfield and N’Golo Kante fed Barkley, who provided the perfect through ball for Morata to poke past Hart.Burnley responded well and James Tarkowski headed over from a corner, before Chelsea were forced into an early change when a tearful Pedro was replaced by Thursday’s hat-trick hero Loftus-Cheek.The home defence simply could not cope with Morata and he should have scored twice in four minutes but shot wide after running through a host of Burnley players then was denied by another fine stop from Hart having been played onside by a dawdling Matthew Lowton. 5 Hart looked like he had prevented the scoreline becoming any worse with a stunning save to deny Giroud his first of the season, clawing the Frenchman’s header against the bar, but Loftus-Cheek netted his fourth of the week with a deflected strike in injury time. ADVICE shining Chelsea shrugged off the absence of Eden Hazard to hand Burnley another heavy defeat.Eight days after conceding five at Manchester City, Sean Dyche’s side endured a second chastening afternoon against one of the Premier League’s alpha teams, losing 4-0 at Turf Moor. no dice Five minutes later Chelsea added a third as Willian again cut in from the left and this time his right-footed shot was perfectly placed inside the far post.Substitute Olivier Giroud tried to get in on the act but curled a shot just wide, while at the other end Ashley Barnes was fortunate to get away with a scything challenge on Arrizabalaga that showed Burnley’s frustration. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Willian got in on the act. last_img read more