Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea: Improved Blues hold Spurs to draw

first_imgChelsea and Tottenham played out a dull goalless draw at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s midday kick off.Heung-Min Son and Eden Hazard had the best two chances of the first half, but both players were unable to steer their headers into the net.There was very little to report on in the second half but Jose Mourinho’s side were vastly improved in defence from the side that has struggled for so much of this season.The draw means Tottenham miss the opportunity to go one point behind leaders Manchester City, while the Blues remain in 15th.It was a poor start to the game with neither side managing to break through the other’s defence, but it was Chelsea who got a foothold in the match first.Oscar had the ball on the right and whipped in a deep cross on to the head of Hazard – who started in the ‘false 9’ position after Diego Costa was dropped – but the Belgian could not direct the ball on target.Minutes later Pedro went even closer when he cut in from the left and fired a rocket of a shot towards Hugo Lloris’ goal but it went an inch over the bar.Spurs’ best chance of the half came after some great work from Harry Kane as the Englishman’s cross found Son, but the former Bayer Leverkusen forward headed straight at Asmir Begovic.Things threatened to boil over as Tottenham full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker were both booked for crunching challenges but the sides went into the break with the score goalless.The second half was even less inspiring than the first with the first shot on goal coming in the 62nd minute when Son linked well with Erik Lamela, who came on for the injured Ryan Mason, before stabbing the ball at Begovic.Chelsea had a great chance to take the lead with 20 minutes remaining when Branislav Ivanovic picked out the much-improved Hazard who fired a stunning volley from a tight angle but Lloris was equal to it.Pedro and Hazard pushed to grab a late winner but ultimately it was a game for the defenders as neither back four would budge with the match ending goalless. 1 Heung-Min Son had the best chance of the game last_img read more

The way some see it Fitzgerald would not come bac

first_imgThe way some see it, Fitzgerald would not come back if Palmer walks away, whereas the receiver’s decision may play a role into the quarterback’s. Arians said the two are “probably” intertwined, at least in part.But Fitzgerald, after a bit of a pause, said that’s not really the case, at least for him.“I have to make decisions based on how I feel, but I think as a friend, I think it’s best you just let him make his own decision, do what’s best for him and his family,” he said. “I know last year with the concussion and a new baby, a lot of things go into the decision-making process.“I don’t think it would be my place or anybody’s place to tell him what he should do or what he think he should do.”The way Arians sees it, his veterans have to decide if they want to put in the work that comes with continuing their careers, but that once they get around their teammates and realize what they would miss if they walked away, that triggers a desire to press on.Should both Fitzgerald and Palmer decide to retire, the general manager Steve Keim and the Cardinals would certainly have some considerable holes to fill. Palmer threw for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns as a 15-game starter, during a season in which Arians acknowledged the QB “got the hell beat out of him.” Photo by @timringTV 0 Comments   Share   Arians, who said it would be up to him to help protect Palmer better if he comes back, said the organization would like to know their intentions by the time free agency starts in March. Regardless of what they decide, there are plans in place for all scenarios.“You have to go ahead and make plans,” he said. “We have plans for both ways — them coming back and them both retiring.“All our options are out there. Steve and I — Steve does a great job of having a ‘ready list’ ready to go, so we have our options ready to go.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald said it would take until around Feb. 1 before he would have an idea of how his body was feeling and thus, it stood to reason that the calendar turning could offer a bit more clarity to his status going forward.Turns out, he may not even have needed that much time.Speaking at the Special Olympics putting event at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Tuesday, Fitzgerald said he was feeling good, feeling better. His body is coming back, he added. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But is he?“Pretty soon,” he said of when he expects to come to a decision.In fact, Fitzgerald said he has pretty much made up his mind, but “I’m going to take a couple days, a couple weeks to figure it out and that’s going to be it.”The Cardinals are certainly hoping the veteran Pro Bowler returns, especially after a season in which he led the NFL with 107 receptions.Talking with the media as part of private reception to benefit the Arians Family Foundation, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he has talked to Fitzgerald as well as quarterback Carson Palmer, who has also reportedly been mulling retirement, every week.“Neither one has come to a decision; it’s up to them,” Arians said. “I feel very comfortable with where they’re at and what’s going to happen. Like everybody else, got my fingers crossed.“I think when the juices start flowing and the injuries go away they’ll both be back, but there’s nothing to confirm yet.”Fitzgerald will be 34 when Week 1 of the 2017 season rolls around, while Palmer will turn 38 in December. Both played well in 2016, and there has been a belief the two are somewhat tied together. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more