From left: Church on the Rock Co Coordinators Carla Thomas and Paula Flint present check to Safe Passage Director Jane Yorn.BATESVILLE, Ind. – Organizers say Handbags for Hope was another successful fundraising event for Safe Passage.Church on the Rock co-coordinators Carla Thomas and Paula Flint presented a $5,800 check to Safe Passage Executive Director Jane Yorn.“It was another spectacular job by the small but mighty women’s ministry of Church on the Rock in Batesville,” according to Yorn. “Safe Passage is so very blessed to have the spiritual and financial support of this amazing group of women.”The money was raised during the annual handbag auction in Batesville. It was attended this year by 200 people, with donations from 115 businesses, churches and media organizations from throughout Ripley County, Flint said. There were 129 total bags filled with goodies that were donated and all were auctioned off.“The most anticipated part for the children was the opening of the Christmas gifts,” Flint said. “Each of the children received school clothes and supplies and toys. All of the mothers received a woman’s daily devotional Bible and much needed clothing to help with the start of their new homes.”“Our ministry partners from COTR brought Matthew 25:35 to life for the women and children at the shelter, for whom they literally fed, clothed and welcomed in during the Christmas in August celebration,” Yorn said. “It provided a wonderful opportunity for those whose lives are filled with fear, pain and chaos to learn where true peace can be found.”A not-for-profit organization, Safe Passage provides domestic violence intervention and prevention services in Southeast Indiana.For more information or to donate to Handbags for Hope 2015, contact the church at (812) 934-5192.
Buenos Aires: Injured Juan Martin del Potro has postponed his return to the professional circuit on the advice of doctors, the Argentine’s management team has said.Del Potro has not played since June when he fractured the patella in his right knee for the second time in nine months during the Queen’s ATP 500 tournament in London.In a statement published on social media, the 31-year-old’s staff said doctors at the Mapfre clinic in Barcelona had recommended he withdraw from ATP tournaments in Stockholm and Vienna over the next month.“This will allow us to continue in the next phase with a more intensive rehabilitation program but without forcing him back too soon, despite his wishes,” said the statement, which quoted a medical report issued by doctors.Del Potro is expected to return for an exhibition match against 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, in Buenos Aires on November 20.The 2009 US Open champion has been beset by injuries in recent years and long periods on the sidelines saw his career ranking plummet to 1,045th place in 2016.Last year, he won two ATP titles and reached the final of the US Open, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic. IANSAlso Read: Sumit Nagal Enters Semis of ATP Challenger CampinasAlso Watch:All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation in Biswanath demands error-free NRC
highlights New Delhi: Ajinkya Rahane was facing immense pressure ahead of the Antigua Test. The India cricket team vice captain had not scored a century for close to 30 innings in Tests. In the warm-up game against West Indies A, Rahane struggled for form and timing to manage scores of 1 and 54. On the opening day of the Antigua Test, India had lost Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli cheaply. Rahane struggled for 30 balls to make one run but he hung in there. Rahane shared a partnership of 68 with KL Rahul and 82 with Hanuma Vihari as he notched up his 18th Test fifty to help India reach 203/6 at the end of the day’s play. Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 20 as India would be aiming for a score in excess of 250.Rahane’s innings, that was studded with 10 boundaries, was the saving grace in an otherwise disappointing day for the Indian batsmen, who struggled against the seasoned new-ball pair of Kemar Roach (3/34 in 17 overs) and Shannon Gabriel (2/49 in 15 overs).Once Rahul was smartly snapped down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Shai Hope off Roston Chase’s bowling at the start of the post-lunch session, Rahane seemed to open up. A square and straight drive off Gabriel and a cover drive of Roach signalled his intentions. Although he should consider himself lucky after a mistimed lofted shot off Chase was dropped by Miguel Cummins, who tried latching onto the catch running backwards from the mid-on position. To add insult to injury, Rahane got a double off Cummins to complete his half-century. The stylish right-hander found it easy to play on the rise. He also hit a lovely backfoot cover drive off Chase and looked good for a hundred but he fell to Gabriel for 81. Rahane termed his 68-run stand with Rahul to be a crucial one in the larger context of the match. “At the start of our innings, the wicket was tricky. It was a bit sticky (spongy bounce) and there was sideways movement. Throughout the day, they bowled pretty well. What was important was to have a partnership going and still be positive in our intent. The partnership with Rahul was crucial at that situation. We were not thinking too far ahead. The motive was to play one ball at a time and take it on from there,” Rahane said.He also lauded Vihari for lending him support after Rahul’s dismissal. “Vihari is a guy who has got lots of runs in Ranji Trophy and first-class cricket, and he knows how to bat in these situations. So all these guys, who play a lot of India A games know how to bat in these conditions in five-day games. So I thought Vihari’s approach was pretty good, not only here but even in Australia,” Vihari said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ajinkya Rahane notched up his 18th fifty in Tests. Rahane last scored a century during the 2017 series against Sri Lanka.Virat Kohli fell cheaply for 9 on the opening day.
Update on the latest in sports: —The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a porous defense. The Raiders announced the signing after agreeing to the deal last week. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. The 27-year-old Randall was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2015 with experience playing outside cornerback, in the slot and at both safety positions.—Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62. —The Redskins are weighing drafting Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick against the possibility of trading down. New coach Ron Rivera says he has a good idea in the back of his mind what Washington will do with the No. 2 pick. Young to the Redskins has looked like a slam dunk assuming the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in coma Associated Press — South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow. The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.— Former ice hockey player Roger Chappot of Switzerland has died due to COVID-19. He was 79. Chappot played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team, including at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Chappot was first treated at a hospital two weeks ago. He returned home before his condition became worse and he was admitted to an intensive care unit.— About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021. The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday. The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They’ll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale: No regrets about surgery Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.NASCAR HALL OF FAMEBurton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nomineesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class.Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence. Dayton’s Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops playerBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player.Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark. The voting structure was changed for this year. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates.Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories.OLY-TOKYO-FLAMETokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclearTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where. April 8, 2020 — Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.” CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut. The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts. The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.— The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July.— Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018. She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”— Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.— The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus. BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his rehab. Sale had the procedure on his left elbow last month. The Red Sox said the surgery was a success.Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would put him on track to return in the middle of the 2021 season.NFL-NEWSNewton feels like ‘fish out of water’ UNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AWARDS UNDATED (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.Newton says being released by the Carolina Panthers left him with a chip on his shoulder that has “turned into family-size real quick.” Newton made the comments during a conversation with Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live.He didn’t give any indication where he might be interested in signing.The 2015 league MVP played in only two games last season and is coming off foot surgery. He hasn’t been able to meet with NFL teams due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.In other NFL news: Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year.In other college basketball news:—Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The 6-foot-10 star ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.Meanwhile, Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draft Bettman said the league is hoping to have a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the next few weeks, and that “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out.”Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus. The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56. Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships. Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL commissioner says season may not be completedUNDATED (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season. During an interview on NBCSN, he stressed that all options remain on the table. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctorCANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people.The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s.Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was removed after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a state-of-emergency order to combat the coronavirus.Tokyo organizers are expected to keep the flame for the short-term.The flame is expected to be used by the International Olympic Committee in 2021 as a symbol of the fight against the pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story All of the rain that fell early last week backed up schedules for the area’s quartet of Onondaga High School League Liberty division baseball teams, but they made up for it with a busy stretch by week’s end.And a local showdown took place on Friday between rivals Skaneateles and Marcellus, with the Lakers getting the best of it as it turned back the Mustangs 6-2.Marcellus actually got to Skaneateles ace Cregg Scherrer for both of its runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead, but Scherrer blanked the Mustangs from there, striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings before James Musso took over in relief. Tags: BaseballMarcellusskaneatelesSolvayWesthill Against Grimes, Marcellus led 2-0 through one inning, but the Cobras took charge with all of its runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings,. Despite three runs in the bottom of the seventh, Marcellus could not catch up as Jacob Walters got two RBIs.But after it lost to Skaneateles, Marcellus had its own big win over Phoenix on Saturday, a 16-4 decision where Hugh White had three hits and three RBIs. Aiden Shea got four hits and drove in two runs, with Jack Flynn and Ryan Worden also earning a pair of RBIs.Skaneateles kept its own hot play going on Saturday, blanking Jordan-Elbridge 5-0 as Canty held the Eagles to three hits and only walked one. Viggiano, Liberatore, Reed, Musso and Nate Wellington each got credit for an RBI.That same day, Westhill went through wildly contrasting results. First, the Warriors handled Jordan-Elbridge 12-0 as Jack Knapp held the Eagles to three hits, the same total that Philip Zollo and Ryan Bennett matched as they got three RBIs apiece.Then it completely turned around a few hours later when Solvay met Westhill and the Bearcats won 11-0, with the Warriors on the wrong end of a three-hit shutout authored by Mason Sands.Solvay scored three runs in the first and second innings, adding two runs in the fourth and three runs in the sixth as Sands and Antonio Gonzalez both got two RBIs, with Robby Clark, Alex Gallardo, Carter Lee and Josh Florczyk also driving in runs.Before all this, Westhill went to Hannibal last Wednesday and won 14-4, peaking with four runs in the first inning and six runs in the fourth as Justin Bistrovich led with a single, double and three RBIs.Zollo, Bennett and Ben Coates each finished with two hits and two RBIs, with Jake Zawadzki and Brandon Amidon-Crawford also driving in runs. Nate King pitched and struck out eight, only allowing three hits.Solvay got going at Mexico, a big second inning the key to a 6-4 win over the Tigers. The Bearcats scored four times in the top of the second, though it would still need single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to withstand Mexico’s comeback attempt.Blaine Franklin doubled and drove in three runs, with Clark adding a pair of RBIs. Lee walked three times and scored three runs as Sands pitched four innings before a strong three-inning relief stint from Caden Salvagni.Then Westhill took a turn against Mexico on Friday, giving up a pair of first-inning runs to the Tigers but quickly answering, especially in a seven-run third inning that made the difference in a 10-2 victory.Zawadzki got two hits, as did Walker Blossey and Justin Bistrovich. Zollo and King both drove in two runs as pitcher Nick Bistrovich blanked Mexico from the second inning onward, gaining 11 strikeouts and only giving up two hits and four walks. By then, the Lakers were in front, having scored three times in the top of the third and adding a run in the fifth before scoring twice in the seventh. Jack Canty and Jimmy Liberatore each had three hits, Canty driving in two runs as Tommy Reed, Emil Sander, Jack Carlisle and Jack Whirtley had one RBI apiece.Each side had played the day before, Skaneateles beating Phoenix 15-1 while Marcellus took a 10-5 loss to Bishop Grimes.Only needing five innings to finish off Phoenix, the Lakers broke out for seven runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth. Canty went three-for-three with four RBIs. Carlisle and Luke Viggiano each drove in two runs.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Jay Bromley doesn’t tune out the reports or the draft projections. He knows what the experts think.He also knows the competition. Bromley constantly watches tape of other defensive tackles, trying to pick up on ways to improve. It’s not a way to change who he is as a player, just a means of adding to his always-evolving repertoire.“I didn’t have no expectations or nothing,” Bromley said. “I’m not going to work like anybody else is going to work. I’m going to work like Jay Bromley. I’m going to work how Jay Bromley wants to work, when he wants to work.”Bromley, who finished his Syracuse football career in December, has seen his NFL Draft stock skyrocket in recent months. Though he was initially pegged as a fringe seventh-round pick, a 33.5-inch vertical leap at the NFL Scouting Combine and 4.8-second 40-yard dash at Pro Day have some experts picking him as high as the third or fourth round.He will have to wait until at least Thursday to hear his named called, though he is more likely to be picked on Day Two or Three of the NFL Draft.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Bromley, to me, is a guy that’s starting to really come together as a football player,” said ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr., who ranks Bromley as the No. 9 defensive tackle in the class and expects him to go in the third or fourth round.This year’s crop of defensive tackles is largely subpar, Kiper said, so Bromley has a chance to rise up the draft board. He said that Bromley, who led SU with 10 sacks last season, offers more as a pass rusher than most other defensive tackles in the draft.Bromley, while flattered by the increased recognition, said that it will do little to settle his nerves come Thursday.“I know anything can happen in the draft,” Bromley said. “You can fall, you can rise, so I’m just taking that into consideration.“It’s a blessing to see it on paper to actually get an acknowledgement from someone of his stature, because he usually chooses guys that make something of themselves.”Bromley is currently in Syracuse, finishing up his last couple final exams before graduation. He’s working out with Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance Will Hicks, as well as former teammates and fellow draft hopefuls Jerome Smith and Marquis Spruill.“(Bromley’s) always been one that had a little bit to prove because he’s been not sought after until after he’s had to prove himself,” Hicks said. “Other guys get sought after, then have a chance to prove it.”“Bromley’s had to prove it first.”Hicks said he’s been working on getting Bromley into football shape, and more specifically his lateral and side-to-side movements. He added that these are areas in which Bromley needs to show improvement for whatever team drafts him.Bromley will watch the draft in Syracuse with his family. If he is drafted earlier than projections indicate, he’ll enter this weekend’s graduation ceremonies much more lighthearted, he said.But to graduate and be drafted on the same morning on Sunday would also make for a day to remember, he added, chuckling at the thought.“To have my family be able to watch me walk across the stage,” Bromley said, “and also know me working toward my dream and my goals are coming true as well. That would be something that’s really remarkable.”It will be a weekend that determines the next step of Bromley’s life.But such drastic change is something he’s used to. Bromley was never expected to be one of the top defensive tackles in the draft class, but he’s worked to separate himself.He’s well aware of his improvements and the change in outside perception they’ve created.But for Bromley, there’s still more to prove.“It’s just the process of me working hard and me mentally just always wanting to get better,” Bromley said, “so when I sit back and when I’m in the weight room or when I’m watching film, I want to get better so bad.”Matt Schneidman, staff writer, contributed reporting to this article Comments Published on May 8, 2014 at 1:35 am Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @SamBlum3
Race leader Tony Martin withdrew from the Tour last night after confirming that he had suffered a broken collarbone following a crash in the final kilometre of yesterday’s action.Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara also had to retire from the race while wearing the Yellow Jersey earlier in the week having fractured two vertebrae in his back following a crash.Team Sky’s Chris Froome is now the leader, but he may opt not to wear the jersey for today’s action. Dan Martin will start the day in 33rd place overall and best of the Irish.Nicolas Roche lies 69th with Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett in 176th
Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Pierre Hofer – pferdewetten.deRacing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) continues to advance its European profile confirming that German legacy operator pferdewetten.de has launched its ‘24/7 Live Horse Racing Channel’.Delivered through SIS’ ‘Watch-&-Bet’ vertical, pferdewetten.de (horseracing.de) will bolster its racing content engagement securing live pictures and data of 27,000 horse races a year from over 130 of the world’s leading racecourses.Pierre Hofer, Director at pferdewetten.de, said: “Horse racing is hugely popular with our customers and the launch of the new SIS 24/7 Live Betting Channel will greatly enhance the betting experience.“We’re really excited to be offering this new live service, which ensures we can broadcast the world’s most exciting races to bettors on a regular basis and provides us with an opportunity to further grow the business.”Founded in 1997, Frankfurt-listed pferdewetten.de maintains Germany’s biggest online racebook, supporting a number of German heritage racetracks and venues.Sandra McWilliams – SISSandra McWilliams, Sales Director at SIS, said: “Launching the SIS Live Horse Racing Channel with pferdewetten.de is an important deal for us and we’re excited to be enhancing its online offering with our top-quality horse races.“Our 24/7 live betting channels are attracting strong interest from operators looking to evolve their existing offering with regular betting events across all times of the day. We’re confident that the channel will prove popular with their customers and help drive betting revenues.” StumbleUpon Related Articles SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020
Substitute Adam Le Fondre scored a late double as Reading fought back from two behind against Chelsea to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.Blues midfielder Juan Mata opened the scoring in first-half injury-time with a fierce strike across Adam Federici.Frank Lampard’s thumping header from Mata’s corner put third-placed Chelsea firmly in command at the Madejski. But Le Fondre fired in Hope Akpan’s pass before guiding in a stoppage-time leveller in a dramatic finale.Reading knew they only needed a point to move above relegation rivals Wigan and Aston Villa out of the bottom three, but seemed set to remain in danger as Chelsea took command.However, the Royals were rescued once again by Le Fondre, who also came off the bench to score twice in six minutes in their 2-1 win at Newcastle. The introduction of fellow substitute Akpan, a recent signing from League One side Crawley Town, also proved instrumental as he provided both goals for Le Fondre.His clever throughball enabled Le Fondre to fire past stand-in Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, again replacing the injured Petr Cech, at his near post.Turnbull had not even been forced into a save before Le Fondre’s first and was left stunned as the ex-Rotherham striker earned Reading an unlikely point in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Home goalkeeper Federici launched a long free-kick into the Chelsea box and the visiting defence, minus John Terry who was on the bench, failed to cope with the high ball.It allowed Jimmy Kebe, and then Akpan, to head into the path of Le Fondre, who managed to keep his composure and score his seventh goal in five matches. Chelsea were left stunned by the double salvo, which will crank up the pressure on Blues boss Rafael Benitez – again the target of jeers from the away supporters.The visitors were firmly on course to secure their fifth successive top-flight victory on the road and reduce the deficit on second-placed Manchester City to four points.A dull first-half sparked into life 50 seconds into stoppage-time as Reading were carved open by a slick one-touch move from the visitors.Ramires, Oscar and Mata combined for Fernando Torres to scoop the ball into the path of fellow Spaniard Mata who swept a low half-volley across Federici into his bottom left-hand corner. Before Mata’s goal, Chelsea’s only periods of sustained pressure came after mistakes from Reading carelessly handed possession back to Blues. And another error allowed Lampard to burst forward as Chelsea forced the corner which led to his goal.It was the England midfielder’s 10th goal of the season and puts him just six goals adrift of Bobby Tambling’s all-time record of 202 goals for the west London club.Brazilian midfielder Oscar could have added a third when he was released by substitute Yossi Benayoun’s pass, only to be denied by the on-rushing Federici.And it proved costly as Le Fondre intervened to earn Reading’s seventh point from their last three Premier League games.
A swap deal could materialise this summer as Arsenal manager continues to chase Marseille’s Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew whilst OM’s sporting director Jose Anigo also eyes Gervinho.Anigo tried to sign Gervinho for Marseille years back when he was at Le Mans but the player moved to Lille instead. He is still eager to bring the Ivorian to the Stade Velodrome.French sports paper L’Equipe reports that Arsene Wenger is ready to ask for the services of the Ghana midfielder in return for Gervinho as he believes that the Ghanaian is a player who could help end the club’s trophy drought.Marseille are not all that financially sound and cannot afford Gervinho’s yearly wage of 3.4 million Pounds so they will add money to Ayew to get the Ivorian and subsidize the wage.