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LONDON -- Chelsea regained the Premier League title from Man

Postby lossjean on Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:19 pm

LONDON -- Chelsea regained the Premier League title from Manchester United with a 8-0 victory over Wigan on Sunday with Didier Drogba scoring three times. Premier B.J. Raji Jersey . Even though United finished the campaign with a 4-0 victory over Stoke at Old Trafford, the big celebrations were at Stamford Bridge where goals by Drogba, two by Nicolas Anelka and one each by Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole left Chelsea champions by one point in manager Carlo Ancelottis first season in English football. It is Chelseas third league title in six years -- the others being under Jose Mourinho in 2005 and 06 -- and the result means it prevented United becoming the first team to win the English title four years in a row. "After 1-0 today that was the first time I thought, Yes, thats ours," said Chelsea captain John Terry, whose private life brought distracting headlines to the club and led to him losing the England captaincy. "Forget everything else, this is about Chelsea Football Club and our day today," Terry said. "It has been a hard three years not winning the Premiership and today we deserved it. Its been hurting inside of me for three years, seeing Man United lifting it season after season." Now Ancelotti hopes to complete Chelseas first league and FA Cup double by beating Portsmouth in Saturdays final at Wembley. "There are a lot of things were happy about," said the former AC Milan coach. "Were happy for this record, for Didier being the top scorer. But the most important thing is that we showed some good play. "Mourinho did some fantastic work and won two titles consecutively. This is my first and I hope to do the same as Mourinho. Now we have the opportunity to win the double and I hope that my players can, after these celebrations." Chelsea went into the final round one point ahead of United after a see-sawing season, and Anelka fired Ancelottis team into a sixth-minute lead. Although Darren Fletcher put United a goal up at Old Trafford in the 31st, within a minute it was 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Lampard scored from the penalty spot for his 22nd league goal of the season after he had been brought down by Gary Caldwell. The Scottish defender was also sent off for the challenge, which made Uniteds hopes of a Wigan comeback even slimmer. Ryan Giggs scored a second for United before halftime but the goal celebrations were muted. News of further Chelsea goals by Salomon Kalou, Anelka, Drogba and Ashley Cole made the atmosphere worse at Old Trafford, with Uniteds fans turning their attention to chanting their opposition to the clubs ownership by Malcolm Glazer and his family. Outside Old Trafford before the game, fans let off at least one smoke bomb in protest at the Glazers, who have landed the club with an enormous debt to finance their purchase of the club. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Ancelotti for his achievement. "When we heard Wigan was down to 10 men, our hopes evaporated then," Ferguson said. "We know how difficult it is to win the Premier League and thats why we congratulate Carlo Ancelotti and his team. "Its a great achievement to beat Manchester United. Losing this title makes you appreciate the achievement of winning the last three and also getting so near. Weve got to try again." Drogba finished the campaign as leading scorer with 29 goals, three more than longtime leader Wayne Rooney, who failed to hit the target for Man United against Stoke and limped off the field with an injury, It was the fourth time this season Chelsea has hit at least seven goals, the other victims being Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke. Arsenal made sure of finishing third ahead of north London neighbour Tottenham with a 4-0 victory over a weakened Fulham side, which is headed for Wednesdays Europa League final against Atletico Madrid in Hamburg. Andrei Arshavin, Robin van Persie and an own-goal by Fulhams Chris Board put Arsenal in control by halftime, and Carlos Vela later added a fourth. The victory means that Arsene Wengers team, which has failed to win a trophy for the fifth season in a row, will now go straight into the group phase of the Champions League Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead after early strikes by Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to lose 4-2 at relegated Burnley and has to be satisfied with fourth place, its highest finish since placing third in 1990. Another relegated side, Hull held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw. Portsmouth, which finished last, conceded an injury-time winner to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to lose 1-0 at Everton. In Sundays other games, Manchester City was held 1-1 at West Ham, Blackburn won 1-0 at Aston Villa, Bolton beat Birmingham 2-1 and Wolves edged Sunderland 2-1. 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The Canucks, with the best record in the NHL during the regular season, lead the Western Conference first-round series 3-0 and can finish it off Tuesday night at the United Center. Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin also scored for the Canucks, eliminated by the Blackhawks the previous two seasons. Jeff Reed Jersey . "One of my priorities in putting together this coaching staff was to find individuals that shared a common philosophy and will be able to instill that philosophy in the players as quickly as possible," said Messier. "In a short tournament, synergy will play an important role with our staff. Cost of addiction rising as experts seek efforts to eradicate it BEIJING - Lost productivity from smoking-related health problems will hamper Chinas economic growth, and related costs incurred by smoking far exceed the tobacco industrys contribution in terms of profits and jobs it generates, an international panel of experts warned on Thursday. Related readings:Efforts to ban smoking Will heavy fines for smoking in public places work? China fails pledge on indoor smoking ban They also warned that Chinas addiction to huge revenues from the State-owned tobacco monopoly is hindering anti-smoking measures, potentially costing millions of lives in the country with the worlds largest number of smokers. The warnings, issued in a report prepared by a group of prominent public health experts and economists, came amid growing calls for the government to give stronger support to tobacco-control measures. As the health impact of smoking, including rising heart disease and lung cancer, gradually emerges, unless there is effective government intervention, it will affect Chinas overall economic growth due to lost productivity, said Yang Gonghuan, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also lead author of the report, Tobacco Control and the Future of China, which involved the efforts of 60 experts. The report attempts to quantify the financial cost to China of smoking. Last year, it cost 61.8 billion yuan ($9.3 billion) more to treat people for smoking-related illnesses and deal with tobacco-related issues such as pollution, than the tobacco industry generated in profits and jobs created, Yang said. Official data released last month said the tobacco industry made 65.9 billion yuan in profits in the first 11 months of last year, 6.3 percent higher than the previous year. China is the worlds largest tobacco producing and consuming country, with more than 300 million smokers on the mainland, official statistics showed. Each year, about 1.2 million people die from smoking-related diseases on the mainland and the figure will increase to 3.5 million by 2030, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). The report underscores increasing concern that the countrys economic potential will be jeopardized due to escalating medical costs and lost productivity if the government fails to take serious action to combat smoking. The report comes at a crucial time in Chinas battle against smoking, said Xu Guihua, deputy director of the Chinese Association on Tobacco Control. The report was released days ahead of a Sunday deadline that Chinna will fail to meet as a member of WHOs Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). 49ers Frank Gore Jersey. Measures to be taken before the deadline include banning smoking in public indoor venues as well as a total ban on tobacco-related advertising and sponsorship, Xu said. The FCTC took effect in China on Jan 9, 2006 as a binding law after being ratified by the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress. But a huge gap exists between Chinas overall tobacco control and the FCTCs requirements, the report said. The number of smokers dropped by 0.45 percent annually between 2003 and 2010, compared to 0.9 percent between 1996 and 2002, it said. Cigarette consumption has seen steady and robust growth, from 589.9 billion in 1978 to about 2.3 trillion in 2009, a year that saw China fail to meet an FCTC deadline on printing warning graphics instead of just slogans on packets of cigarettes. Hu Angang, director of Tsinghua Universitys Center for China Studies, called the tobacco industrys obstruction the prime culprit behind the failed anti-smoking efforts. The report highlighted a conflict of interest concerning the State monopoly over the tobacco industry. The State Tobacco Monopoly Administration is under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the agency in charge of the government-initiated tobacco control campaign. This setup allows the tobacco industry to use the governments authority to promote tobacco production and sales, impede adoption and implementation of tobacco control policies and laws, and publicly conduct activities undermining FCTC implementation, such as marketing tobacco brands in the name of charity, said the report. Currently, the tobacco industry employs roughly 10 million people and generates more than 7.5 percent of total government revenues, official statistics showed. That undermines Chinas fundamental goal for sustainable social and economic development as well as peoples basic right to health, said Zhi Xiuyi, director of the Lung Cancer Treatment Center of Capital Medical University. Considering the long-term benefits, the Chinese government should work harder to prevent more deaths from smoking. Its a major health and economic issue for the nation, said Jeffrey Koplan, vice-president for global health at the Georgia-based Emory University in the US. He also urged national legislation on smoking control in China. The central government should establish a tobacco control bureau under the National Development and Reform Commission to lead Chinas battle against tobacco, replacing the current Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the report said. ' ' '
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