Gary Cahill is backing Chelsea’s old heads to guide their younger team-mates through the fight for Barclays Premier League glory. The Blues maintained their pursuit of leaders Arsenal with an Eden Hazard-inspired 4-3 victory at bottom-of-the-table Sunderland on Wednesday evening, and head for Stoke on Saturday needing to repeat the feat if they are to maintain pace with the Gunners. Many members of the current team have no experience of winning the title, which the club did in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10. However, Cahill is confident the manager who claimed those first two successes and the senior players who formed the backbone of his team can school a new generation in how to go all the way. He told the club’s official website, chelseafc.com: “It’s very tight at the top. All we can do is keep trying to win. “We did that on Sunday [against Southampton] and on Wednesday we went away from home to a team that is fighting and made it very hard for us, but again we got the win. “Jose’s experience will definitely help us this season. I’ve won cup competitions but I’ve never won the league, and it’s one of my goals that I’m aiming to achieve. “We have got players that have won the league a few times. They have got a lot of experience to give the younger players, like Eden, and we can all take confidence from them.” Hazard turned in an individual display at the Stadium of Light which left both Mourinho and opposite number Gus Poyet saluting his contribution. He made Frank Lampard’s 17th-minute equaliser and then scored his side’s second and third goals, although it was Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley who effectively sealed the victory six minutes from time when he turned substitute Demba Ba’s cross into his own net. Mourinho will hope for more of the same from the 22-year-old Belgian as he attempts to bring the league trophy back to Stamford Bridge. The man himself knows that will be far from easy, but he believes there is enough talent within the squad to push Arsene Wenger’s men all the way. Hazard said: “Arsenal is top and now we need to take three points every game. “There are big teams with us and it is difficult but we have a very good team – a young team but very good team – and we will see after December and January.” If the Blues are to succeed, they will need to defend significantly better than they did on Wearside, where all three of Sunderland’s goals came from set-pieces, although Cahill is not unduly concerned. The 27-year-old said: “If you take away the set-pieces – which we know is a huge part of the game – we limited Sunderland to few chances and defended well. “It was unlike us because we have done all right with set-pieces this season.” Press Association
Most Florida beaches have reopened, but with variety of restrictions. And in South Florida some beaches are open, and some are not. Here is the status of South Florida beaches compiled by FloridaPolitics.comA protestor, who did not want to be identified, holds a sign reading “Please Open Beaches” as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Doral, Fla. DeSantis has signed an executive order for the gradual reopening of Miami-Dade and Broward counties on May 18. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Broward County: Beaches closedBeaches remain closed, but the Hollywood Broadwalk as of May 13 will be open to walk from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., reports Local 10. Municipal leaders in seven cities, including Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, expressed a desire to open beaches as of May 26, but County Mayor Dale Holness said it makes more sense to coordinate with Miami-Dade, The Miami Herald reports. Deerfield, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Pompano Beach all closed beaches starting March 18, according to Local 10 News. Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the rest of the beaches in the county closed as of March 20. Officials expect to coordinate any beach opening with Miami-Dade leaders.Martin County: Beaches open with restrictionsThe county reopened beaches on May 4 with restrictions, according to TC Palm. But after seeing excessive crowds, access to the beaches was restricted to only county residents as of May 14, WPBF reports. Individuals have to sit at least six feet apart with social distancing enforced. Hobe Sound, which borders Palm Beach County, remains closed. County Commissioners have considered limiting beach access to weekdays and will revisit the discussion after Mother’s Day weekend, according to the Palm. County Commissioners previously closed all public county beaches as of March 22, according to WPTV.Miami-Dade County: Beaches closedMayor Carlos Giménez on March 19 ordered all beaches closed in the community, the first South Florida jurisdiction to do so. While he has discussed developing a plan to reopen parks, Giménez made clear beaches are not planned to reopen yet in the Florida county with the most cases of COVID-19.Monroe County: Beaches open, travel restrictedKew West city leaders on April 27 opened all parks and beaches, according to the Key West Citizen. But it remains difficult for anyone not living on the Florida Keys to visit them. County Commissioners starting March 24 imposed limitations so only residents and limited workers could access the string of islands via U.S. 1; that restriction lifts on June 1. Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 30 issued a safer at home order closing down all nonessential business in South Florida counties until mid-April. County beaches never closed. However, Keys Weekly reports some municipalities closed beaches under their jurisdiction. Marathon reopened beaches on May 4, but will limit access to pavilions. Islamorada reopened beaches on May 4 to residents onlyPalm Beach County: Beaches open with restrictionsCounty Commissioners tentatively set a plan for opening beaches on May 18, but only to county residents initially. Restrictions and timelines will be discussed further at a May 15 meeting. Municipalities will be allowed to decide if their own beaches remain closed, and Palm Beach city officials expect to take the issue up May 15 as well, The Palm Beach Post reports. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order closing all Palm Beach beaches as of March 20, but left it to local government when to reopen them. DeSantis has lifted a statewide stay-at-home order but it initially remained in effect for three South Florida counties with the state’s highest numbers of infections. After Palm Beach County leaders suggested the community may now be on the other side of the curve, DeSantis agreed to allow Phase One reopening there as of May 11.St. Lucie County: Beaches openCounty Commissioners voted to reopen beaches beginning April 28, and lifted all temporary restrictions on uses and activities as of May 7, reports TC Palm. County beaches closed March 23 after crowds failed to adhere to social distancing, TC Palm reports. Here is a list of all the beaches in the state.
A determined Medeama side, with ten men, sank glorious Accra Hearts of Oak into relegation with a 3-1 thumping away from home.Gordon Joseph shot the visitors into the lead early in the game and again put the game beyond the reach of the Phobians with a screamer of a goal later in the second half.Hearts’ Mahatma Otoo had drawn level for the Phobians only for a former Hearts player Eric Nyarko to restore Medeama lead.In a game that summed up the sad story of the Phobians in the first round of the league, skipper Mahatma Otoo began the tale of near misses in the opening minute when he failed to put the Phobians in the lead after he had teasingly been set up by Ollenu Ashitey.The Hearts skipper was completely bereft of ideas when he had only the Medeama goal keeper to beat and with one touch too many, the ball was cleared off his foot even before he could shoot.It was Gordon Joseph who taught the Hearts skipper how to score when he expertly converted a free-kick in the 5th minute which bounced awkwardly to beat Robin Gnagne and Tetteh Luggard in post for the Phobians. Otoo replied four minutes later with an easy tap in from close range after Paul Acquah had made a rampaging run on the right and set him up beautifully.In the 18th minute former Hearts midfielder, now with Medeama, Eric Nyarko restored the lead of the visitors with a stupendous header from close range. Tetteh Luggard was caught flat-footed and ball watching as the ball dangled in his net.Mohammed Tanko was given an early shower in the 25th minute after a needless but dangerous tackle on Ollenu giving the Phobians a numerical advantage but they failed to make it count.Otoo was set up again in the 35th minute but his bicycle kick was too feeble to beat Joseph Halm in post for Medeama.Hearts returned from recess poised for victory but they were shocked. A 35 yard screamer by Gordon Joseph lighted up the stadium and left the home fans with no choice but to clap and give a standing ovation. It was a goal of breathtaking genius, one that could easily be crowned the goal of the season.That goal sank the Phobians into relegation with 14 points after 14 games and in the 14th position.