Pedro Pedro scored 20 minutes into his Chelsea debut to help the ten-man Blues earn their first win of the season in a barnstorming encounter at West Brom.Thibaut Courtois saved James Morrison’s penalty before the Spaniard opened the scoring with the aid of a deflection.Diego Costa capped a flowing counter attack to double the visitors’ lead before Morrison’s half volley pulled a goal back for the Baggies.Cesar Azpilicueta notched his first Chelsea goal to restore the Blues’ two-goal lead and, despite captain John Terry’s dismissal and Morrison’s second after the break, Jose Mourinho’s side hung on to claim a morale-boosting victory.The high intensity of the game was set in the early stages, and the Baggies should have gone ahead after the lively Callum McManaman was tripped inside the box by Nemanja Matic.Morrison went for power from the spot, duly sacrificing placement and making it easy for Courtois to save with his legs on his return from a one-match ban.With Morrison smarting from his miss, Chelsea delivered a sucker punch through Pedro’s first goal in English football after a fine interchange with Eden Hazard.The Blues then doubled their lead after a brilliant breakaway involving Azpilicueta and Willian before Pedro turned provider for Costa to slide in at the back post.Morrison halved the arrears and made up for his poor penalty with a sweetly struck volley but Azpilicueta was on hand to restore the two-goal lead just seven minutes later with a cool finish.After the break, the rollercoaster game took another twist when Terry, following a difficult week in which his selection came under scrutiny, was shown a straight red card for clumsily felling Salomon Rondon when the Venezuelan was through on goal.The sending off tipped the momentum firmly in the favour of the hosts, and Morrison was on hand again to grab a goal back with a clever header from McManaman’s perfect cross.Costa and substitute Radamel Falcao were both wasteful as the visitors looked to guarantee the three points, while Rondon and McManaman went close at the other end.Serge Gnabry, on loan from Arsenal, looked bright in a brief cameo for the Baggies but they couldn’t make the numerical advantage count as Mourinho’s men held out. 1
Marko Marin has left Chelsea on loan again – with the German midfielder joining Trabzonspor on a season-long deal.The 26-year-old has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2012.He has made just six Premier League appearances for the club, the last of which came in 2013, and has spent spells on loan at Sevilla, Fiorentina and Anderlecht in recent seasons.Now Marin, who is contracted to Chelsea to 2017, is heading to Turkey to link up with top-flight side Trabzonspor.The deal includes an option to sign the Germany international permanently next summer. 1 Marko Marin
Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham David Beckham agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson’s assessment that he was not a “world-class” player.The former Manchester United manager’s latest autobiography includes a claim that he managed only four players deserving of that description during his long Old Trafford reign.Former England captain Beckham was a notable absentee from a list which comprised of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona.But asked if he was “insulted” by his omission, Beckham told BBC News: “Not at all.“I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to play with the players I did and be successful with the club that I loved and still love.“I tend to agree with the manager. There’s certain players that you can call world-class, thankfully I played with many of them.“I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team.” 1
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1 Former Manchester United flop Angel di Maria believes Paris Saint-Germain can sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is very happy at the Nou Camp but that has not stopped clubs eyeing his signature.All of the Premier League’s big sides hope they can lure Messi to England, and Manchester City are reportedly willing to offer the Argentinean £800,000-a-week.However, Messi’s international team-mate, Di Maria, believes there is more chance of his countryman heading to Paris.“I hope PSG can bring Messi to Paris one day,” Di Maria told RMC. “Everything is possible. It is all about money. It would take a lot of money to sign a player like him.“But it would be great for Ligue 1 and French football in general if Messi joined PSG. The club has the resources to sign him and he could come to Paris.” Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria
Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool v Sunderland with suspected appendicitis.The German boss fell ill after Friday’s pre-match press conference and the club have since confirmed that he will not be at Anfield this afternoon.And Reds supporters have immediately turned their attention to Daniel Sturridge’s influence.Have a read of the reaction to the news on Klopp below… 1 Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool v Sunderland with suspected appendicitis.
Southampton v West Ham is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 6 February.It’s the weekly talkSPORT quiz – not too tricky, but in no way easy.Have a crack and see how you get on ahead of the latest round of fixtures and for all those fantasy Premier League managers, click here for some transfer tips.Bournemouth v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 1.30pm on Sunday 7 February.About | Privacy | Terms 1 Where else has Manuel Pellegrini been managing?
1 Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge this evening and it’s live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm.Only six points separate the pair, with the defending Premier League champions enduring their worst season in the Roman Abramovich era.The Blues are unbeaten under interim manager Guus Hiddink, but only three of their nine domestic outings under the Dutchman have resulted in victory.If they are to break into the top 10, therefore, they can afford no slip ups against a Magpies side that will have anxiously watched Sunderland beat Manchester United in the early kick off.So who has Hiddink called on for today’s clash?The confirmed teams are below:Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego CostaSubs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy, RemyNewcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons; Sissoko, Shelvey, Tiote, Townsend; Wijnaldum; MitrovicSubs: Colback, Doumbia, Saivet, Riviere, Lascelles, Darlow, Perez Eden Hazard starts for Chelsea against Newcastle
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Other observers voice concerns about partisan endorsements in this nonpartisan election – as well as concerns about the influence of the teachers union in the election. While Tomblin has certainly made positive contributions to the state of education on the Peninsula, our nod goes to de la Rosa and Vanden Bos. Both would favor a districtwide kindergarten class size reduction in conjunction with the district’s curriculum review provided the program does not drain reserve funds. The idea would be to get the student-teacher ratio in kindergarten classes to 20-1. We also like Vanden Bos’s vow to be a consensus-seeker who would allow all points of view to be heard and respected at board meetings. Vanden Bos is also a Rolling Hills Estates planning commissioners and a former AYSO regional commissioner. On Nov. 6, we recommend a vote for Dora de la Rosa and Larry Vanden Bos. The campaign for Palos Verdes Peninsula school board this fall has produced an unfortunate polarization of views in the community. Whichever way the public votes to fill the two school board seats, we hope any lingering divisions will heal after the election. Four years ago, we endorsed the Dave Tomblin and Dora de la Rosa, who are now seeking re-election. Both came with impressive resumes of public service on the Peninsula. This year Tomblin has endorsed challenger Paul Neights, a chief technology officer with two children in the district. Meanwhile, other voters seem to be lining up behind de la Rosa and challenger Larry Vanden Bos, a business owner who chaired the citizens oversight committee for school bond Measures R and S. A number of charges are swirling around this campaign, including statements about inefficient spending of bond funds and a need for more open discussions when the board conducts board business. Those are concerns mentioned by Tomblin and Neights. It is true that the cost of a high school classroom construction project increased by about $2 million over a 2005 estimate, but that was due to a number of factors, including the addition of rooms for ceramics, photography and science classes to better serve the needs of students and teachers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lululemon executives said they had not independently tested the VitaSea material to see whether it lived up to the claims on Lululemon’s tags. Instead, it trusted the claims of its suppliers, executives said. Wilson added that the company probably did not have enough money to test the material back when it started using it 18 months ago. When asked about Lululemon’s product tags and the claims about vitamins and minerals, he said: “That’s coming from the manufacturer. If you feel the fabric, it feels a lot different.” Analysts said it is the responsibility of the companies to test all of their products. “It’s frankly up to the companies to do sporadic product-quality tests to make sure everything is being manufactured to the parameters they set,” said Sharon Zackfia, an analyst who covers Lululemon at William Blair & Co., an investment firm based in Chicago. “At the end of the day, it’s Lululemon’s name on the line.” Zackfia spoke in general terms about Lululemon’s responsibility to check products, and she was not told about the two lab tests of VitaSea. She rates Lululemon shares as outperforming the market and said she expects the company’s number of stores in the United States to climb to 100 by the end of 2009. Lululemon went public in July, and by October the company’s stock climbed to $60 from $25. Since then, the stock has fallen to $42. Analysts said the company seems to have found a lucrative niche selling athletic clothes wrapped in feel-good messages about friendship, love and life. The company generated $148.9million in sales last year. Lululemon, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has more than 40 stores and showrooms in the United States. The company calls its store clerks “educators,” its customers “guests,” and it prints the company’s “manifesto” on its bright red shopping bags. The manifesto includes messages such as, “Stress is related to 99percent of all illness,” “Friends are more important than money,” and “Coke, Pepsi and all other pops will be known as the cigarettes of the future. Colas are not a substitute for water. They are just another cheap drug made to look great by advertising.” Lululemon has done little advertising of its own, and, instead, its products have become popular by word of mouth and recommendations from local yoga instructors who serve as the company’s “ambassadors” in new locations. Customers have been asking questions about the VitaSea fabric, said Deanne Schweitzer, Lululemon’s director for products and design, adding that the company would test the fabric in the future. “We will be diving in deeper, so that our educators on the floor can answer those tough questions,” Schweitzer said. “Right now, we are relying on the mill and SeaCell’s information.” SeaCell is owned by a German company called Smartfiber. Smartfiber provides scientific documents on its Web site about the effects of the SeaCell fibers, but it also says on its site that SeaCell assumes no liability about the accuracy of the information. SeaCell uses seaweed from the coast of Ireland to create its fibers, said Gerhard Neudorfer, sales and marketing director for SeaCell. He said the company stands behind its scientific studies. A spokeswoman for Lululemon would not name the fabric companies that it has hired to use SeaCell in its VitaSea fabric. Sports apparel sales are growing more quickly than the overall apparel category, totaling nearly $15.3billion in the year that ended in September, according to the NPD Group. More sports companies are innovating with fabrics, said Mark Sullivan, the group editor for the trade publication Textile Intelligence. “As a buzz starts to develop around this stuff, you’re going to have companies throwing around buzz words here,” Sullivan said. One customer outside a Lululemon store in Chicago said he would not stop buying VitaSea clothing, even if tests disproved Lululemon’s claims. “I couldn’t care less because it is so comfortable,” said David Wilkinson, 49.160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Seaweeds have known vitamins and minerals, and we searched specifically for those vitamins, and we didn’t see them,” said Carolyn J. Otten, director for specialized services at Chemir Analytical Services, a lab in Maryland Heights, Mo., that tested a sample of VitaSea. When told about the findings, Lululemon’s founder said he could not dispute them. “If you actually put it on and wear it, it is different from cotton,” said Dennis Wilson, Lululemon’s founder, chief product designer and board chairman. “That’s my only test of it.” The shirt tested by The Times was labeled as being made of 70percent cotton, 6percent spandex and 24percent of the seaweed fiber. An investor who is shorting Lululemon’s stock – betting that its price will fall – provided Chemir’s test results to The New York Times. The Times then commissioned a second lab, the McCrone Group, to test a blue racer-back tank top made with Lululemon’s VitaSea against a gray J.Crew T-shirt. McCrone, which is based in Westmont, Ill., likewise could not detect any seaweed-specific components. Though the labs could not absolutely rule out a trace of seaweed, they could not, using sensitive testing methods, substantiate Lululemon’s claims. The tests raise obvious questions about Lululemon’s marketing. Consumers generally pay more for high-tech sportswear, and companies such as Lululemon are trying to capitalize on consumer interest in organic materials. “Consumers expect and trust companies to be honest with them,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, a nonprofit organization and advocate for consumers. Lululemon Athletica has been a standout performer on Wall Street since it went public in July, thanks to the popularity of its costly yoga and other workout clothes, which are made with unusual materials, including bamboo, silver, charcoal, coconut and soybeans. One of its lines is called VitaSea, and the company says it is made with seaweed. The fabric, according to product tags, “releases marine amino acids, minerals and vitamins into the skin upon contact with moisture.” Lululemon, which has received positive media coverage for its fabrics, also says the VitaSea clothing reduces stress and provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hydrating and detoxifying benefits. There is one problem with its VitaSea claims, however. Some of them might not be true. The New York Times commissioned a laboratory test of a Lululemon shirt made of VitaSea, and reviewed a similar test performed at another lab, and both came to the same conclusion: There was no significant difference in mineral levels between the VitaSea fabric and cotton T-shirts. In other words, the labs found no evidence of seaweed in the Lululemon clothing.