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Maurizio Sarri raises fears over Chelsea fatigue ahead of Europa League final against Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Maurizio Sarri raises fears over Chelsea fatigue ahead of Europa League final against Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 May 2019 1:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Comment Chelsea’s players face a post-season friendly in the United States before their Europa League final (Getty Images)‘But as a coach, of course, I am a little bit worried because I know very well that the team now needs rest. So it is not the best way to prepare the final, I think.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have to look to my players, so I know very well that my players need to rest, and after four or five days they need to work for three or four days and then they need to prepare for the match. The match will be interesting and difficult.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I want to speak to the physical staff, to the doctor and then we need to prepare the program. I think that they need three or four days completely in rest.‘I am not worried about the physical side, I think it is more difficult to recover mentally.‘Because in a match like this one you spend, usually, a lot of energy and then of course you have to go down and then it is not easy to go up again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Maurizio Sarri is concerned with Chelsea players suffering from fatigue before they face Arsenal (PA Wire)Maurizio Sarri admits he is not completely happy with Chelsea’s preparation ahead of the Europa League final against Arsenal due to their post-season friendly in the United States before they travel to Baku.Chelsea end their Premier League season with a trip to Leicester City on Sunday and will then travel to the United States for a post-season friendly against New England Revolution in Massachusetts on May 16.Chelsea will then return to prepare for their Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29 but Sarri admits he is concerned about his players suffering from fatigue.‘A problem? We go there for a good reason I think, so as a man I am very happy to go there,’ said Sarri.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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Feds looking at former USC star, AD Pat Haden in college admissions scandal, report says

first_imgFederal investigators are looking into any alleged involvement Pat Haden, former Southern California athletics director and star quarterback, had in the national college admissions scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal.Investigators are questioning ties Haden had with William Singer, who was the alleged organizer of a cheating scheme that altered test scores that helped students get into universities. Athletic officials were accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars to help students get into schools like USC, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown and Wake Forest, disguising them as recruits.  North Carolina coach Mack Brown has knee surgery done by former player The WSJ noted, citing an unidentified source, that Haden introduced Singer to former USC senior associate athletics director Donna Heinel and said Singer would be “someone Ms. Heinel should work with” because of his connections.In response to the report, USC released a statement (via USA Today) acknowledging the school is still conducting an internal investigation and it “will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement and regulatory investigations. Ensuring the integrity of the admissions process remains a top priority of university leadership.”According to court documents released in March, the scheme centered around a California-based non-profit called the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) founded by Singer. Vikings COO Kevin Warren becomes Big Ten’s first African American commissioner Officials said parents, including several celebrities such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, paid Singer “approximately $25 million” from 2011 to February 2019 “to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories, in violation of the duty of honest services the coaches and administrators owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the children’s admission to the universities.” Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud and obstruction of justice.After news of the scandal broke, USC parted ways with four members of its athletics department: Heinel, women’s soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, and men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic. Haden hasn’t been charged for any part of the scandal and just recently become a person of interest in the case, the WSJ reported. Haden wrote in a statement provided to the Journal through his son-in-law: “Like many people, I was introduced to Mr. Singer several years ago by a friend. I was unaware of his illegal activities and had no ongoing relationship with him whatsoever.” Related News SEC will allow stadiums, arenas to sell alcohol beginning this seasonlast_img read more

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