CHELSEA begin their Premier League title defence with a visit from Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Saturday.The title holders traditionally open the new campaign but with Arsenal and Leicester facing off on Friday, Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge won’t take centre stage.It has been a summer of frustration for Blues boss Antonio Conte who has seen just three major arrivals: Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata. NOT PICKED YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM YET? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? But questions still remain over the future of Atletico Madrid transfer target Diego Costa and the depth of Chelsea’s squad, which isn’t helped by injuries to Eden Hazard and Bakayoko.At Turf Moor there will be concerns, too, following the departures of Michael Keane to Everton and Andre Gray to Watford.Those deals made the Clarets nearly £50m but able replacements are yet to join.Our friends at Football Whispers provide you with the ultimate companion for the … [Read more...] about Chelsea vs Burnley preview: What Antonio Conte’s Blues need to do to battle past Clarets
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BIG cat sightings happen all over the UK with people regularly reporting terrifying glimpses of huge shadows stalking through the countryside.Over 50 big cat sightings have been reported to cops since 2001, but none have actually been captured.The most commonly seen creatures include panthers and lions, with Norfolk reporting 57 big cats roaming the county.Devon and Cornwall had had 28 sightings overall, with the Beast of Bodmin as one of the most notorious.This year has seen plenty of sightings all over the country, with one couple claiming a panther stalked their car. Leopard, Essex, February 2016A ‘Leopard-like’ cat dubbed the Beast of Broomfield was seen in a pensioner’s garden.The homeowner was left “shivering with fear” after coming face to face with the “huge” creature at her home in Broomfield, in Chelmsford.The woman said she discovered the creature as she let her dog out. Panther, Worcestershire, April 2016A couple … [Read more...] about Big cat sightings in the country are on the rise as we look at ten glimpses of the creatures from 2016
NOW that he’s downed his celebratory champagne, it is time to ask whether Antonio Conte is ready to sip from the poisoned chalice.Because attempting to retain the Premier League title has become just such a challenge.Unlike in any other major European league, the English crown has become almost impossible to cling on to — it is now NINE years since any club has done so. Chelsea win the Premier League - read the match report of their 1-0 win over West BromAnd since Sir Alex Ferguson’s three in a row from 2007 to 2009, most of the managers who have conquered the world’s richest league have been binned with indecent haste.Claudio Ranieri was gone within nine months of masterminding Leicester’s miracle, Jose Mourinho was axed after seven months by Chelsea, Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti both went within a year of their successes.So Manuel Pellegrini did remarkably well to last a season and a half before Manchester City gave him notice.So, hey, … [Read more...] about Antonio Conte’s Premier League win proves he is the king of King’s Road… but can he do it all over again next season?
CHELSEA are just weeks away from reclaiming their Premier League title after comfortably swatting aside Southampton and shifting all the pressure back on flaky Spurs.Days after beating their only title rival in their FA Cup semi-final, Antonio Conte tinkered with his starting line-up again but got the same brilliant result.Here are five things we learnt from Stamford Bridge: Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport's live transfer blog ANTONIO CONTE KNOWS HOW TO ROTATEWHEN the Italian dropped Diego Costa and Eden Hazard for the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, it could have sparked a meltdown at Stamford Bridge.With Real Madrid and the Chinese Super League eyeing up Chelsea’s ruthless attacking duo, it seemed Conte was playing with fire by resting precious star men.But it not only paid off in the thumping win over Spurs – with Hazard trundling on to score – it also looked an inspired idea against Southampton in this … [Read more...] about Gary Cahill is looking like John Terry‘s heir with bravery and goals and Antonio Conte is one Italian Chelsea boss who knows how to tinker
IT’S been one of the most popular game shows on television since it launched in 2005 – and now Deal or No Deal is coming to a town near you.Despite the long-running show being axed by Channel 4 after 11 years, Noel Edmonds and the Banker are planning one last hurrah and will be packing up the show’s studio to take to the road this Christmas for a series of special episodes.And they also plan to make TV game show history by filming one of the shows on board a plane at 37,000 feet.But when does the Deal or No Deal Christmas series start, where is the tour going and what’s it all about?Presenter Noel Edmonds will be packing up those famous red boxes and taking the show on the road, filming episodes from different locations across the UK.But they won’t be broadcast from any old TV studio but from various unusual places including public transport and tourist attractions including The Eden Project, Blackpool Tower and the Flying Scotsman.One of the episodes will … [Read more...] about When does the Deal or No Deal Christmas series start and where is the tour going?
HARDLY any proper singing at The X Factor’s 6 Chair bunfight, at the weekend.But there were a thousand more invitations to switch channel and two of the most impressive egos ever seen on the show.The first belonged to former Waterloo Road actor Will Rush, who invited everyone to sing along to “a catchy little song” he wrote at Boot Camp, while lowering himself into a hot bath.It went “Ooooh aiieeee, oooh aiiieeee, oooooh-aiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeh,” and was greeted with the most deafening silence of the series.Something closer to dumb terror, though, was the response to the arrival of stage-school monster Soheila Clifford who revealed, last week, that her parents re-mortgaged their house twice so she might scream her lid off for a living.This week she told Simon he had to choose her as: “I have a lot of secret weapons stored up.” The so-called Saddam Hussein option and, in fairness, Soheila does have a voice like mustard gas which … [Read more...] about X Factor can’t win the ratings war against Strictly… not with painful shrieking ‘singers’ like Soheila Cliffford
WILLIAN will replace injured Eden Hazard for Chelsea after the Belgian did not travel to the North East.And Antonio Conte has not yet seen fit to welcome back skipper John Terry after he missed the West Brom match with a slight muscular problem.Chelsea haven't missed their centre-back hero, as David Luiz has stepped up in his absence and is developing into a top-class defender.The Blues can make it ten consecutive league wins on Wednesday night if they beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Keep up to date with ALL the Sunderland and Chelsea news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentaryArsenal's record of 13 straight victories is in sight, and Conte may be reluctant to change a winning side that has only shipped in 11 goals all season.Terry who has been plagued with injuries this year has been restricted to just six minutes of playing time since mid-September and the 35-year-old is likely to find opportunities of … [Read more...] about Sunderland vs Chelsea team news and line-ups: Injured Eden Hazard OUT and John Terry remains out of the squad
YOU know that feeling after a long drive when all you need is a beer?Well, add that to being soaked in toilet water and you can multiply it by ten.And, boy, did it taste good. The pint, that is.We had not long arrived in Wassenaar, near the Dutch city of Den Haag, when I had the unenviable task of emptying the chemical loo and it going horribly wrong.Yet that was the only bit of our trip that went down the pan.And it certainly didn’t put the kids off a return to Duinrell, a campsite boasting its own theme park and the “biggest indoor water park in the Benelux”.My nine-year-old son, Leif, has inherited my love of flumes and we got stuck in straight away with a seven-metre vertical drop akin to cliff jumping.We then whizzed through tunnels at up to 40mph, although I did need to pluck up some, er, Dutch courage for the quickest of them.Even Freya, six, joined us when she could (of the 11 flumes, just two were deemed suitable for those under 1m 20cm). And I perhaps wished … [Read more...] about Get revved up for a brilliant family motorhome trip amid windmills, tulips and elephants in the Netherlands
DISGRACED film producer Harvey Weinstein had sex with a woman in the back of his car as she begged him: “Don’t hurt me”, his ex-chauffeur reveals today.Weinstein then took her into a hotel and romped with her again while his pregnant wife slept in a nearby room.His driver Mickael Chemloul, 56, told how sex-crazed Weinstein was known as “le porc” (“the pig”) by locals in the South of France.Mickael said the sleazy film-maker also kept an emergency stash of condoms and Viagra in his Mercedes’ glove compartment.Speaking at his Cannes apartment, he told The Sun on Sunday how Weinstein, 65:REGULARLY picked up girls when he was at film and TV festivals in France;WAS minutes from death after his gastric band failed at model Naomi Campbell’s birthday party;TREMBLED with excitement whenever he saw a pretty woman;ATTACKED Mickael while he was driving after two East European escorts failed to show up.Mickael, … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein’s former-chauffeur reveals more of the film chief’s sick secrets – including how he ‘had sex in the back of a car as woman begged him not to hurt her’
Brazilian forward Richarlison has been in fine form for Watford this season, helping the Hornets defy expectations under new manager Marco Silva.The 20-year-old attacker signed for the Vicarage Road club in the summer for a reported £11.2million, but Watford weren’t the only club interested in the former Fluminense man.Among the long list of Europe’s elite clubs monitoring Richarlison’s progress in Brazil were Chelsea.Our friends at Football Whispers ask whether the Premier League champions might regret not landing the gifted youngster before Watford.Alvaro Morata has been a revelation for Chelsea this season, scoring six goals and registering two assists from seven league outings to date.But the Spanish international marksman has been out of action with a hamstring injury recently, and the Blues attack hasn’t quite clicked in the same way in his absence.The former Real Madrid man, who was a Manchester United transfer target before moving to Stamford … [Read more...] about Chelsea had chance to sign Richarlison, so is Antonio Conte already regretting not signing Watford star?