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Late goals lift Leicester, Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Premier League leaders Leicester and reigning champions Chelsea needed winning goals in the 89th minute yesterday to keep on track their respective campaigns for the English title and European football next season.Leonardo Ulloa came off the bench in the 78th minute to score the only goal of Leicester’s home game against a Norwich side that looked to have earned a vital point in their battle against relegation.Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea’s winner in a 2-1 comeback victory at Southampton, who had previously kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league.Elsewhere, West Ham moved up to provisional fifth place after a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the early kick-off, while Watford were held to 0-0 at home by Bournemouth, and Stoke beat bottom club Aston Villa 2-1. West Bromwich Albion edged Crystal Palace 3-2 in the late game.SENSATIONAL SEASONSceptics have been waiting since late last year for the bubble to burst in Leicester’s sensational season. Bottom of the standings at Christmas in 2014 and top of them at Christmas in 2015, the Midlands club was widely expected to drop points as the season wore on.Two weeks after a 2-1 loss to Arsenal that ended a run of three consecutive wins, Leicester’s title hopes looked set to take another knock at King Power Stadium.Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have scored more league goals than the entire Norwich team put together, with 33 to 30. But they were kept in check as Norwich played Leicester at their own game, sitting deep, and then looking to hit the opposition on the break.The tactic worked, at least until Ulloa’s close-range strike put Claudio Ranieri’s side firmly back in the Premier League driving seat.”You cannot always play well. It’s not important to play well or not. It’s important to take points,” Ranieri said.Chelsea trailed to a goal by Shane Long at Southampton just before half-time, but Cesc Fabregas drew the champions level in the 75th and Ivanovic headed the late winner.Along with the points, Chelsea also extended their unbeaten league run since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December to 11 games.”The Chelsea we want to see is one which reacts to setbacks,” Hiddink said.A single goal was enough for West Ham in the early game against relegation-threatened Sunderland. Winger Michail Antonio scored it by cutting in from the right touchline and muscling past three Sunderland defenders to curl the ball past keeper Vito Mannone. The performance lacked the home side’s recent sparkle, but was enough to win a scrappy game.”We were not flat, but we were not in the red zone,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said.”That makes this win even bigger for us. I will never be objective, as I am West Ham manager. But realistically, we deserved three points today.”last_img read more

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Hospital marks pediatric unit reopening

first_imgNORWALK — When Suburban Medical Center officials told Dr. Libby DeLeon that the Paramount hospital’s pediatric unit was closing at the end of the year, she said she worried about finding a hospital where she could be as comfortable. “It was sad to hear it close,” said DeLeon, who worked at Suburban since 1979. “We’re really very happy that people are very enthusiastic about us. After closing Suburban, people have been very nice, and we didn’t expect it to be like this.” On Tuesday, DeLeon and seven other pediatric doctors displaced by the closure of nearby units were introduced as the new pediatric staff of Norwalk Community Hospital, which held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of its pediatric services. “It’s really great,” said Dr. Minerva Lobarbio, who worked at Suburban since 1989 and has a private practice in Norwalk. “We’re really honored, especially with the closing of Suburban Hospital. We tried to find a community hospital close by our offices.” “Now, with the void coming from these other facilities, I think this is going to be the perfect opportunity for us,” Souza said. Souza, who formerly worked at Tenet for 14 years, saw the closure of several hospitals and the toll it took on the employees. “It’s never an easy thing to do. It’s very frustrating and emotional whether you’re staying or you’re going,” he said. “We evaluated (the Suburban) unit with the physicians and the nursing staff and it is a very, very good and functioning unit. … It made sense to pick up the unit and relocate it.” — Karen Robes can be reached at (562) 499-1303.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Officials at Promise Hospital of East Los Angeles, the company that took over operations at Suburban after Tenet Healthcare choose not to renew its lease, told physicians and nurses several weeks ago about closing the eight-bed pediatric unit on Dec. 31. “With the burgeoning demand for senior beds, we felt it was the best way to serve our community,” said Bonnie Kaye, spokeswoman for Promise Hospital. “It is also more consistent with Promise’s core mission of providing quality long-term acute care and senior health services.” To make the transition easier, Suburban officials referred patients to other hospitals and hosted recruitment fairs. “We have definitely gone through some reconnect with the community that we serve,” said hospital CEO Albert Souza, who took over in June 2004. “In that process and that assessment, that is where we looked at pediatrics.” The need has been more evident with the shuttering of area pediatric units, including St. Mary Medical Center, which plans to close its eight-bed pediatric intensive-care unit Nov. 15.last_img read more

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Farm labourer’s son from TN wins bronze in triple jump in Youth Olympics

first_img(Eds: Updating with family background of the athlete) Buenos Aires, Oct 17 (PTI) Praveen Chitravel, a farm labourer’s son from Tamil Nadu, clinched a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump to give India its second athletics medal in the ongoing Youth Olympics here. The 17-year-old Praveen, who hails from a village in Thanjavur district, cleared a distance of 15.68m to finish fifth in the Stage 2 competition Tuesday night but his good showing in Stage 1, where he was third with a jump of 15.84m, took him to the podium with a combined effort of 31.52m. In a new format, there are no finals in track and field, except for the 4km cross-country, in the Youth Olympics and each event is held twice, with results from both rounds counting towards the final standings. Alejandro Diaz of Cuba won the gold with a combined effort of 34.18m (17.14m + 17.04m) while Emmeanuel Oritsemeyiwa (16.34m + 15.51m) of Nigeria took the silver. This was India’s second athletics medal in the ongoing Games after Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in the men’s 5000m race walk event on Monday. Praveen, a gold medallist in the inaugural Khelo India School Games this year, belongs to an extremely poor family in a small village in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu and his father is a daily wage farm labourer. Praveen luckily met a mentor in Indira Suresh, an athletics coach at the Centre of Excellence for Boys in Chennai who is an employee of the Sports Development Authority of India, and she groomed him. He now trains under Indira at Nagercoil.advertisement “When Praveen was in Class VII at the CoE in Chennai, I spotted him and took him under me. When I was shifted to a college in Nagecoil, he also came to me and said he will train only under me. So, I got him admitted to my college,” Indira told PTI on Wednesday. “Not even Praveen, his younger bother also is training under me now. “He is from a very poor family in Thanjavur district, his father is a daily wage farm labourer and his mother is a housewife. He has an elder sister and a younger brother. His father’s meagre income cannot support the cost of his training,” she added. Praveen won a silver medal in the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore this year and Indira feels that he has the potential to reach the highest level and compete in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics in future. “Praveen has the talent and he is very hardworking. He rarely goes home, and so his father comes to meet him. I want to groom him as a national champion and then represent the country in the Asian Games and the Olympics,” she said. He now studies B.A. first year at a college in Mangalore in Karnataka under the sports quota but still trains at Nagercoil. “Praveen goes to Mangalore only to appear for examinations as he gets exemption from the college to train at Nagercoil with me. He was earlier in the national camp briefly. “He gets some stipends and with some financial support from others, I am supporting him in his training, participation in competitions etc. His family has no money to support him in his athletics career,” the coach said. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

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