Chelsea are 7/4 with BetVictor to win the Champions League, with Bayern Munich 4/9 favourites.The value is there for Bayern, with Ivanovic, Terry, Ramires and Meireles notable absentees through suspension for the Blues.A night which was inundated with heroics and shocks at the Nou Camp was topped when substitute Fernando Torres scored to seal their place in the final.3/1 to start in Munich.The Spaniard has been under enormous criticism, but no doubt the quality is still there. BetVictor have Torres priced at 3/1 to start the final; could El Nino guide Chelsea to European glory?That said, attention will now be solely focused on their domestic Premier League clash against QPR on Sunday.Chelsea are favourites at 2/5 with QPR at 15/2 . The Hoops will look to replicate their performance which saw them beat Spurs 1-0 last Saturday, and that result can be taken at 18/1.The battle at the bottom could continue to the final game of the season, with five teams in danger of the drop. The R’s are currently 5/4 to be relegated, alongside favourites Blackburn at 1/6, Bolton 6/4, Wigan 3/1 and Aston Villa at 4/1.Fulham face a tricky tough fixture away to Everton at Goodison Park.The Whites have hit form recently, winning three out of their last four Premier League games, and are currently 19/5 to take all three points.The Toffees are odds-on favourites at 5/6 and will look to follow on from their memorable draw last Sunday at Old Trafford.As the World Snooker Championship enters round two, BetVictor are offering a wide range of specials including their ‘Final Frame Insurance’, if any match is decided in the final frame they will refund all losing match bets!For all your weekend odds checkout BetVictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Brighton striker Locadia: I never wanted to leaveby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Jurgen Locadia has insisted he never wanted to leave the club.Locadia was said to be unsettled earlier in the season.But he has returned to form, scoring his second goal in a week to help his side defeat Everton. The win kept Brighton in 13th in the table, with a six point gap to Crystal Palace, who are a position lower.The Dutch forward said after the win over Everton: “I never wanted to go on loan or be sold in January. That’s not my intention.”But I made it clear I want to play games and I talked with the gaffer also.”I think my place is here in Brighton. I know I have had a difficult time not playing games but I think I have shown the last two games I am worthy of being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72-66 at home last night. The victory gave Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 423rd career ACC victory, surpassing Dean Smith for the most all-time. After the game, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd as part of a ceremony honoring his 1,000th-career win, which came against St. John’s on Jan. 25. As part of the tribute, the Duke players all wore “Coach 1K” shirts, with the number 1 embedded as part of the letter K. Krzyzewski touched on both milestones during his time on the mic, and thanked the Cameron crowd for its support. There might not be any more coach in American more synonymous with his program than Krzyzewski is with Duke basketball. Pretty cool moment.
zoom The Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC, which was involved in a collision with US Navy’s ship USS John S. McCain on August 21, is currently discharging its cargo of 12,000 MT of fuel oil.The ship’s manager Stealth Maritime Corporation said the cargo discharge was cleared by Singaporean authorities.“Once the discharge is completed Alnic MC will proceed to a Singaporean anchorage to undergo further assessment and repair. The crew will continue to operate and maintain the vessel during this process,” the company said in an update.The tanker’s manager informed earlier that its ship sustained a gash to the starboard side of the bow above the waterline. There were no injuries to crew and no reported pollution of the Singapore Strait.The Alnic MC was transiting from Mai Liao in Taiwan to Singapore with a partial load of 12,000MT of fuel oil at the time of the incident, the company explained.“Stealth Maritime Corporation is continuing to cooperate fully with all of the relevant authorities in their investigations into the collision,” the latest update further reads.
INDIANAPOLIS — There’s something about Northwestern, something that inevitably leads to a hotly contested showdown. Whenever they’re scheduled to play the Buckeyes, they’re bound to clash. On Jan. 29, the Buckeyes just barely hung on to a one-point lead and were able to secure the victory, 58-57. Two years ago in Evanston, Ill., then freshman Wildcat John Shurna drilled a last second 3-point attempt to give Northwestern the victory, 72-69. Consider today’s contest the rubber match. It took extra basketball and a monstrous effort by two members of the dynamic freshman trio, but the Buckeyes were able to pull-off the victory, 67-61. While the seniors, along with junior guard William Buford, struggled in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament, freshmen Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger had huge days. “To come in here for their first Big Ten tournament and play at the level they played at, I looked out there at times and we had three freshmen on the floor,” coach Thad Matta said. “Thirty-two games into it, they’re pretty accustomed to just about anything.” Sullinger had a gigantic performance on the glass, pulling in 18 boards to go along with his 20-point performance. His 18 rebounds were one shy of tying the Big Ten tournament record at 19. “Towards the end of the game they kind of went small, especially in overtime,” Sullinger said. “So we decided to, because they had Shurna guarding me, and obviously Shurna has 60 pounds less than me, we started going to me from there and free throws are just mentality.” Sullinger didn’t have a great day from the field, but the charity stripe was more than generous. Sully hit 16-of-18 from the line, including a perfect 10-for-10 in overtime. “After practice we always shoot 25 and then after we break the huddle I shoot 25 more. I’ve been shooting free throws for the last two weeks after practice,” Sullinger said. Not to be outdone by his star teammate, Craft also hit the glass hard, pulling in seven boards. It’s a good thing too, because the Buckeyes shot just 32 percent from the field, including 3-for-15 from beyond the arc for a 20-percent shooting percentage from deep. When asked how he’s able to come up big in big games despite his inexperience at the college level, Craft deflected all attention onto his teammates and coaches. “I’ve definitely benefited from the coaching staff we have, and the seniors we have,” Craft said. “They’ve always been there, no matter if we’re up or we’re down, in practice or in games. The Wildcats like to slow down the tempo and force opponents to play their preferred style and pace, something they’ve used effectively in both games this season. “It’s definitely something we knew they were going to do coming in. It was very successful the first time we played them, and it was pretty successful today,” Craft said. Former Buckeye Clark Kellogg predicted strong play from the young Buckeyes early in the week. “Craft, Sullinger and Thomas, all of them are special in their own way and they’ve done a marvelous job, all three of them,” Kellogg told The Lantern on Wednesday. “That’s who you’ve gone with all year, you can’t change that now. There is some pretty good, solid senior leadership to balance out whatever being a freshman might mean in the tournament. But those kids are unique; they’re competitive and talented.”
Aaron Craft knows the Ohio State basketball team needs another scorer. Outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have another proven option to put the ball in the hole on a consistent basis. Against Albany Sunday, Craft tried – and succeeded – in fulfilling that void. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points and seven assists in OSU’s 82-60 victory. To be fair, fellow junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. also chipped in 18 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross scored 10 in addition to Thomas’ 19, but Craft was the most consistent option. It’s something Matta hinted was coming in the preseason and Craft said he’s been working on all summer. “He spent a lot of time in the gymnasium,” Matta said. “Aaron is such a smart kid. He knows what this team needs and having another guy that can put the ball in the basket is obviously something this team needs.” Before the game, Craft warmed up differently than he has in previous years. Instead of taking set shots, the vast majority of his pregame reps simulated a situation where he’d come off a screen, catch the ball in stride and fire up a quick jumper. The junior guard was comfortable taking shots from standstill positions last year, but the ability to catch and shoot coming off screens is something Craft said adds another dimension to his game. “That was the biggest thing we tried to work on, just shooting behind screens and things like that,” Craft said. “Teammates got to trust me to shoot the ball as well. So throughout the summer, throughout the fall, just trying to get their confidence in me as well.” Albany coach Will Brown said that if Craft can score like he did Sunday, it makes the Buckeyes a different animal offensively. “Like I said to my staff coming into the game, if Craft hits five or six threes then it wasn’t meant to be, and sure enough he hit five threes. You know he’s going to play in the NBA for 10 years,” Brown said. “If Craft is scoring on that level he did tonight – I know it will be a lot tougher in the Big Ten – but he just keeps getting better every year. He’s already the best defensive guard in the country.” The Buckeyes are looking for more than just another scoring option though. With the departure of former Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger to the NBA, Matta is searching for a dominant presence inside. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore forward Amir Williams received the most playing time Sunday, but did not have much production. In a combined 31 minutes of playing time, the pair collaborated for zero points and six rebounds. “We were on them at halftime for rebounding. Amir and Evan played 20 minutes in the first half and had a combined three rebounds,” said Matta, who added he would like to see them get more involved offensively. Brown said the center position is key to the Buckeyes’ future. “I think if they get any consistency from the five spot, the center spot, they can go very, very far this year,” he said. It might not be safe to take too much away from the Buckeyes’ performance Sunday, though. Albany plays in the America East Conference and, as Brown openly admitted, is nowhere near the Buckeyes in terms of talent and athleticism. “(OSU’s) got McDonald’s All-Americans coming off the bench,” he said. “My guys go to McDonald’s to eat.” OSU is scheduled to play Rhode Island on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn., at 5 p.m.