Press Association Diego Costa once more proved to be the scourge of Arsenal as Chelsea left the Emirates Stadium with a 1-0 victory. The 27-year-old, who was frequently booed on Sunday by Gunners fans following his antics at Stamford Bridge in October, was again in the thick of the action and his strike proved to be the difference between the two teams. Here Press Association Sport assesses the striker’s contribution. HISTORY REPEATED Costa’s performance in September’s reverse fixture – when he antagonised Gabriel into a red card – was lauded by Jose Mourinho and labelled “unacceptable” by Arsene Wenger. This time in opposition it was Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who soon saw red for a trip on the striker. “Diego Costa, he’s done it again,” sang the visiting supporters. RIVALRY The Brazil-born Spain striker showed his bad side when he petulantly placed a foot on Aaron Ramsey after both went to ground in the second half. He was booed at every opportunity by the home support, who jeered and hurled insults at a tiring Costa as he was replaced by Loic Remy with 22 minutes remaining. GOAL THREAT Costa caused confusion between Mertesacker and Koscielny to create an early chance for Oscar. He then tried to reach Willian’s through ball in the move which led to Mertesacker’s dismissal. Next he stunned Arsenal with a fine near-post finish from Branislav Ivanovic’s cross before being denied by Petr Cech after beating Nacho Monreal. OVERALL IMPACT Arsenal manager Wenger encouraged his players not to get involved in any antics with Costa, who was told to concentrate on football by Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink. Costa did as his boss instructed and now has six goals in six games since Boxing Day; he had seven goals in nearly 11 months prior to that. He also has two goals against the Gunners in three games and has drawn two dismissals.
Kendrick Perkins blasts Steve Kerr for criticizing Anthony Davis’ trade to Lakers “To be able to win something, you have to be able to sacrifice some parts of your game and we both understand that,” Westbrook continued. “We both understand that we have one common goal and that’s to win a championship.”I don’t have to touch the ball to impact the game… I can do other things on the floor to make sure we have a better chance of winning.”Westbrook and Harden both like to have the ball a lot. The duo are the only players in NBA history to exceed 40.0 in usage percentage, and now they’ll have to share a backcourt. They last played together in 2012-13, before Harden was traded to the Rockets. Since then, both have been named MVP (Westbrook in 2016-17). Regardless, Westbrook is confident the two will can work well together.”We play great off the ball with each other. We’ve done it in OKC,” Westbrook said.Westbrook elaborated on what else he brings to the table, besides orchestrating an offense.”I think I can be able to help a lot on the rebounding end, and switching and finding a way to get into the passing lanes. Maybe throw a few lobs to James if he’s still got it. Figuring out a way to be able to just impact and use my athleticism.”He also addressed his health, as he underwent a procedure on his right knee in May. He assured reporters he is on track to play in camp.”I’ll be ready to go by training camp,” Westbrook said. “I’m doing great. Taking my time. Resting as much as I can, because we’re gon’ go after it at the start of the season and I’ll be ready to go.” Westbrook, 30, averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive season in 2018-19, but he admits the path to success with a new team might require a different approach. Especially playing alongside his longtime friend and former teammate James Harden, who was named the NBA’s MVP in 2017-18.”Me and James have been friends for many, many years, since I was 10 actually,” Westbrook said, alluding to when the two played youth basketball in the Los Angeles area growing up. Related News Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena All in all, Westbrook appears like he’s prepared for the next chapter.”I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to bring a championship here to Houston,” he said. “An opportunity to do great things, have some fun and I’m excited for it.” Russell Westbrook was introduced to the city of Houston on Friday and had plenty to say about his new situation at an introductory press conference.The Rockets guard was traded by the Thunder earlier this month in a deal that sent future draft picks, pick swaps and Chris Paul to Oklahoma City. Now he’ll form half of what’s arguably the NBA’s most dynamic backcourt.
As training camp gets more competitive, so does vying for positions, and some players are getting a jump on their season by bringing their best moves early on.But with that comes the risk of injury, something no team wants to experience before the first game of the year when their hopes are still high. . @ochocinco isn’t asking for much 🤣 pic.twitter.com/7Uqq2Rhzne— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 30, 2019 A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver (ankle) has ‘minor procedure’ Ezekiel Elliott contract rumors: Negotiations progressing, Cowboys could make him highest-paid RB Three things that matterIs the Fitzmagic back?The quarterback competition is heating up in Miami, and Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to be honing in on the starting role as Dolphins coach Brian Flores noted the veteran has the edge over second-year signal-caller Josh Rosen. “From a quarterback standpoint, it’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way,” Flores said Tuesday, via the Miami Herald . “He’s been more productive. At the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to.” Related News Fitzpatrick had a hot streak with the Buccaneers last season as he filled in admirably for the suspended Jameis Winston, finishing with 2,366 passing yards for 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in seven starts, and apparently he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.Andrew Luck dealing with calf strainGiven his injury history, it’s somewhat concerning the Colts quarterback experienced no improvement “pain-wise” with his calf injury suffered this spring.”I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready,” Luck said Tuesday, per CBS Sports . “Its a calf strain. I say lower leg because I feel pain at my ankle.”Nonetheless, Colts coach Frank Reich is optimistic Luck would be available if the team had a regular-season game Sunday. But that doesn’t mean the team won’t continue to exercise caution with his health. Reich added Luck will likely miss the next two practices and sit out the Colts’ preseason opener against the Bills, though he reiterated the plan was to sit him anyway.Eli Manning appears to be Giants’ manIt was unlikely that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones would start over the experiened veteran, but Giants coach Pat Shurmur clarified the sixth-overall draft pick hasn’t taken a snap with the first-team offense yet. However, Shurmur preached patience as he hinted Jones would get his reps in eventually.”We have a plan for how this is all going to play out,” Shurmur said. “Just let it unfold for you.”Despite his inconsistencies in 2018 as the Giants finished 5-11, it appears the Giants are willing to give Manning one more chance before moving on from the 38-year-old. Two things that don’t matter Julio Jones won’t play preseason games The Falcons wide receiver is entering his ninth season in the league, so he doesn’t feel the need to risk injury by playing in preseason games that don’t count. “I’m not playing preseason. I’m a veteran, I’ve been doing this. I don’t need preseason to get ready,” Jones told reporters Tuesday. The holdout isn’t surprising for Jones considering he didn’t play in any preseason games last year and appeared in just one the previous season. Tyreek Hill suffered bruised quad The Chiefs wide receiver limped off the field at practice Tuesday and was taken away by a cart after he was hit by cornerback Bashaud Breeland, though it was later reported he suffered a quad bruise and seems to have avoided serious injury. Tyreek Hill limps to the sideline and is carted off the field. Assuming he is done for the day. #chiefs #trainingcamp @SJNPSports @newspressnow pic.twitter.com/qqNl1210gG— Zach Fisher (@NPNowFisher) July 30, 2019 It’s unclear if Hill will be sidelined this week or beyond, but considering the Bengals recently lost star A.J. Green for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, it’s safe to assume the Chiefs will be careful. One video you have to see In honor of launching his new documentary series called “Peyton’s Places” on ESPN+, former quarterback Peyton Manning lobbed a football to Cris Carter … from the top of a building in New York City. Peyton Manning launched a football-themed documentary series on ESPN+ Stream now here: https://t.co/AC0xTHzfXv pic.twitter.com/L6hMuy2Skk— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2019 Tuesday tweet of the day Chad Johnson, who last played with the Patriots in 2011, wants teams experiencing injury troubles to know his services are available. Redskins to sign Donald Penn amid Trent Williams’ holdout, report says