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Rebellion by leading athletes threatens future funding British Gymnastics is facing a crisis with its biggest stars, including the double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, refusing to sign World Class Performance Programme contracts and being threatened with having their funding withdrawn. Nike NFL Mitchell Trubisky White Jersey Women's Elite: #10 Chicago Bears Road Vapor Untouchable An internal power struggle between the performance, commercial and management teams about the content of the contract has led to a rebellion among the athletes. The Guardian understands almost all of the team which won a record seven medals at the Rio Olympics last summer have refused to sign the contract. The entire men’s artistic squad, including Whitlock who became the first Briton to defend a world title successfully last month, have refused to sign. On the women’s side, the Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler and the European champion Ellie Downie have not signed. Women's Game Darius Slay Blue Jersey: Alternate #23 NFL Detroit Lions Nike British Gymnastics said in a statement that it was currently “involved in consultation” with the athletes regarding the World Class Performance Programme agreements. It added: “To Wilt Chamberlain Authentic Jersey date, over 50% of the athletes on our World Class Performance Programme have already signed the agreement. The process is still ongoing and due to finish at the end of November. British Gymnastics is working hard to ensure that all athletes are comfortable with the agreement before signing because we respect their views on matters that directly impact them.” In August the athletes were warned they had three days to put pen to paper or would risk having Wilt Chamberlain Jersey their UK Sport funding withdrawn. But scores of parents and athlete agents wrote to British Gymnastics to voice concern about the content of the Individual Athlete Plan part of the contract, which they claim would have left the gymnasts open to exploitation. They were then told that the contract would be revisited after the world championships which took place in Montreal last month. One insider described the situation as “complete chaos, evidence of weak leadership and British Gymnastics’ need for complete control over the athletes. They are the most important people in the sport but once again they feel they’re being exploited. To be a world-class gymnast all you need is the athlete, coach and the gym and they want to know where all the money is going.” It is understood there will be showdown talks between British Gymnastics and the athletes on Tuesday as the governing body tries to find a resolution to the problem. Separately the Guardian has spoken to several senior coaches who called for the resignation of British Gymnastics’ chief executive, Jane Allen, claiming her “appalling leadership” has created a “culture of fear” where people are afraid to speak up about athlete welfare failings for fear of reprisals. The coaches, Wilt Chamberlain Authentic Jersey who between them have led gymnasts to many European, world and Olympic competitions over the past 30 years, paint a picture of an organisation ruled by favouritism and where athlete and coach welfare is relegated behind medals.

This is a Jersey tale from beyond finishing schools

This is a Jersey tale from beyond finishing schools A few years back I wrote in these pages about the death, or rather enforced euthanasia, of Lewisham cricket, another minor stage in the sport’s retreat from city centres. This was the mournful news that Kent County Cricket club had decided to “merge”, ie disband, the Mikhail Grabovski Youth jersey Lewisham district cricket team, handing it over to a neighbouring borough of similar size, with the result that a junior cricketer in a London borough of 350,000 people, the population of Iceland, would have no immediate entry to representative cricket. Men's Authentic Majestic Billy Hamilton Camo Jersey - #6 MLB Cincinnati Reds Flexbase Collection It was hardly a surprise or even really anyone’s fault. The counties don’t have much money. The inner cities are increasingly no-go zones for the summer game. Scroll through the county squad lists or recent England Test debutants and the home counties are powerfully present, London largely absent. In 1992, one inner city comprehensive (Willesden high school) helped provide two members (Phil DeFreitas and Chris Lewis) of England’s World Cup final team. That will never happen again. Kids in cities don’t have the space, the access, the culture, the will. The sports shops don’t stock bats and pads. In a slice of London that once spawned the great Colin Blythe, not to mention WG Grace’s last stand in the wilds of Eltham, cricket is now a ghost. Or almost, anyway. Yes, it’s time for an update. The coaches who used to run Lewisham are still there, still committed, still running their outlaw clinics. Kids from eight and up are still getting their first hard-ball drills and being funnelled hopefully into the nearby Greenwich system, where the – equally excellent – coaches there gratefully hoover them up. The nets are full, too, with the same rag-bag of ages and sizes, through which familiar glimpses of that unmistakable, irrepressible commodity called talent still creep in. At which point enter Joel, a Lewisham lad and a graduate of Lewisham district cricket. Joel, which isn’t his real name because some things are too delicate to parp across the newspaper, has been under the wing of a local cricketing legend, the tracksuited godfather John Palmer, since he was eight years old. Times have occasionally been tough. What he does have, though, is talent and passion. From a young age, Joel has told people he’s going to be a Mikhail Grabovski Youth jersey cricketer. This despite very little evidence there was any real opportunity for this to happen. Naturally Joel never got the slightest nibble from the Kent county Mikhail Grabovski Youth jersey age groups, whose ranks are filled with people who tend to have parents that can ferry them about the green fringes, who go to helpful schools, have the right backing. He did his badges and coached the juniors, who hero worship him because he can bowl quick and smack it. He still says he’s going to be a cricketer. And he may just be getting a bit closer as it turns out that after passing informal trials and impressing the right people he’s been given the chance to train with St Lucia, where his grandfather lives.

Hope Solo Jersey accuses Sepp Blatter

Hope Solo Jersey accuses Sepp Blatter The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused by Hope Solo, the USA women’s football team goalkeeper, of having sexually assaulted her at Fifa’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013. NFL Nike Women's Laquon Treadwell Purple Home Limited Jersey - #11 Minnesota Vikings Vapor Untouchable In an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, being published on Saturday, Solo, 36, claimed she “had Sepp Blatter grab my ass” at the glittering presentation of Fifa’s annual football awards for achievement during 2012. Solo presented the Fifa women’s world player of the year award on stage alongside Blatter, to her colleague on the USA team that had won the gold medal at the London Olympics, the striker Abby Wambach. Youth Adidas Detroit Red Wings #7 Ted Lindsay Premier Red Home NHL Jersey Blatter, contacted Womens Paul Posluszny Jersey via his spokesman, responded to Solo’s recollection by denying that the incident took place. “This allegation is ridiculous,” he said. On the official Fifa film of the event, which was hosted by the Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit and the broadcaster Kay Murray, Solo was shown coming on to the stage with Blatter from behind a curtain at the back of the stage, to present the award to Wambach. Talking to Expresso about sexual harassment in general, which Solo says is “rampant” in sport, she claimed Blatter grabbed her behind seconds before they both went on stage: “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass,” she said. “It was at the Ballon d’Or, right before I went on stage. [Sexual harassment] has been normalised.” Expanding on the alleged incident on Friday, Solo told the Guardian that she had to compose herself immediately afterwards to concentrate on making her speech and giving the presentation to Wambach. Womens Paul Posluszny Jersey “I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo said. “I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby.” Solo, the most capped goalkeeper in US football history with 202 appearances, including in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic- and 2015 World Cup-winning teams, spoke out last month about sexual harassment in sport, following the revelations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In an Instagram post Solo congratulated the women who had spoken out and wrote with the #MeToo hashtag: “For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my team-mates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even team-mates. From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the Womens Paul Posluszny Jersey ass to coaches and [general managers] and even press officers speaking about players’ ‘tits’ and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world. I always felt I’d ‘handled it’ and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators. That needs to change. Silence will not change the world!”,87.0.html

Eddie Jones makes the changes based

Eddie Jones makes the changes based Eddie Jones has revealed Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje were furious to learn they would sit out England’s autumn international against Argentina on Saturday, but he took the opportunity to remind the pair who is the boss, insisting he knows what is best for his outstanding duo. Men's Reebok Philadelphia Flyers #9 Ivan Provorov Premier Orange New Third NHL Jersey Jones, who was on Thursday night dealt another injury blow when Tom Curry was ruled out of the autumn fixtures, has rested Farrell and Itoje because of their “exceptional workloads” after both played key roles in all three British & Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand over the summer. Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson also played in all three and have been named in England’s starting XV but Jones was adamant it was in the interests of the omitted pair to miss out, instructing them to focus on conditioning work instead. Men's Replica Majestic Matt Duffy Navy Blue Alternate Jersey - #5 MLB Tampa Bay Rays Cool Base Itoje started all of Saracens’ first eight matches of the season, Farrell five, but their fellow Lions George Kruis, Courtney Authentic Darius Butler Jersey Lawes, Mako Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph and Dan Cole have also been heavily involved at their clubs and all start on Saturday. Jones, however, revealed he Authentic Darius Butler Jersey took the decision based on a “gut feeling” rather than statistical analysis gathered since last week’s training camp in Portugal. “They hate it, which is a great reaction. They hate it because they want to play every Test,” Jones added. “They are proud of playing for England and they want to be Authentic Darius Butler Jersey part of a winning team. We have got to convince them that it is in their best interests for this period of time. They’ve had exceptional workloads. They’ve played all three [Lions] Tests, played consistently for their clubs, played consistently for us and we feel it’s in their best interests to do some conditioning work. “They have got to understand I run the team. I make the decisions. It comes down to my gut feeling for what they need. It’s a bit like being a horse trainer. You get all this information but you’ve got to look at the person and see what they are ready to do.” Henry Slade is rewarded for his fine start to the season with a start at inside-centre in Farrell’s absence, and has been joined in the squad Authentic Darius Butler Jersey by his uncapped club-mate Sam Simmonds, a late replacement for Curry. Simmonds takes his place is on the bench after Curry suffered a dislocated bone in his left wrist. The 19-year-old Sale back-row is due to be out for 12 weeks and is also set to miss the start of the Six Nations. Daly’s selection is remarkable, considering only last week Wasps said he had damaged a knee ligament and was a doubt for the entire series. Jonathan Joseph, who starts at outside centre, revealed he has been given the nickname “Lazarus” and Daly has described himself as a “magic healer”. “I had a couple of days off then came into the club and realised that my knee probably wasn’t as bad as we first thought. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t 100%,” Daly said. “I think technically there is probably a bit of a tear in the MCL [medial collateral ligament] but I think it is very minor. It feels really good, back to normal and ready to go.”

Northern Ireland manager says penalty

Northern Ireland manager says penalty Michael O’Neill described the penalty that condemned Northern Ireland to defeat against Switzerland as the worst decision he has seen at international level and a motivation for Sunday’s return in Basel. Limited Youth O. J. Howard Olive Jersey: NFL Nike Tampa Bay Buccaneers #80 2017 Salute to Service Northern Ireland suffered a damaging 1-0 loss in the World Cup play-off first leg after the Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan awarded a penalty against Corry Evans for deliberate handball. Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley struck Evans on the back but Hategan, who had a close and clear view of the incident, gave a spot-kick that was converted by Milan defender Ricardo Rodríguez. O’Neill was incensed after the game, with his anger also fuelled by the referee’s refusal to dismiss Fabian Schar for a dangerous foul on Stuart Dallas in the fifth minute. Asked whether he had witnessed a worse decision during his time in management, O’Neill replied: “Certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. It is staggering. The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. “Corry’s arm is not above his head or in an unnatural position, it’s not away from his body and the ball didn’t even hit him in the arm. It doesn’t qualify for any of the criteria for handball in the box. I spent three hours in a conference with Uefa the other week on video assistant referees and when you see what happened tonight you would certainly be an advocate of it. VARs should be used for anything that is a defining decision in the game, which is clearly what we saw tonight. VARs would have cleared it up and said it’s clearly not a pen. We have Womens Ersan Ilyasova Jersey to deal with the decision and put it Ersan Ilyasova Womens Jersey to the back of our minds and use it as a motivation for Sunday night.” Evans will be suspended for the second leg as a consequence of his booking over the penalty incident. Dallas is also doubtful with an ankle injury inflicted by Schar, who was shown only a yellow card by the Romanian official. “At the time I didn’t think it was red because it was so early in the game,” added O’Neill. “But when you see it back, Schar is out of control and has two feet off the ground. It is a very clear red card for me. In an international game you rarely see a tackle like that and for it to only be punished with a yellow surprises me.” Jones also revealed George Ford will most likely take over as vice-captain but dismissed concerns that Farrell’s leadership will be missed. “The players on the field own the responsibility, it’s not Owen who owns the responsibility,” he said. “I’ve made it quite clear, from now on the players own the responsibility.”

England players Jersey will consider donating fees to Samoa

England players Jersey will consider donating fees to Samoa Anthony Watson has revealed the England squad will consider donating some of their £22,000 match fees to their Samoan counterparts this month after the Pacific island’s union was declared bankrupt by its chairman. Youth Barry Bonds Replica Gold Majestic Jersey: MLB Pittsburgh Pirates #24 Alternate Cool Base The Rugby Football Union has agreed to give £75,000 to the cash-strapped Samoan union but has ruled out sharing the match-day revenue of their fixture on 25 November, which will be in excess of Kolten Wong Womens Jersey £5m. The Samoan union has claimed, however, that it cannot afford to pay its players, who are due to earn £650 a match during the autumn. Instead it is making a “goodwill gesture” but when asked if England players, who are due to earn 30 times more than Samoa’s, would contribute, Watson said: “It is definitely something we will discuss going into that week. Across the Premiership everyone appreciates what Samoan rugby players do and they are the most naturally gifted players on the planet.” Watson spoke on the day it emerged that Eddie Jones is set to rest Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje for Saturday’s match against Argentina as part of the head coach’s strategy of giving all 10 of England’s 2017 British & Irish Lions in his 26-man squad a breather during the autumn internationals. Despite agreeing to the same donation it gave to Fiji last autumn, the RFU is wary of intervening in a dispute between the Samoan union and the sport’s governing body, World Rugby, and has revealed it is yet to receive confirmation of the bankruptcy, aside from a newspaper interview with Malielegaoi. He told the Samoa Observer: “We are bankrupt. In other words we are insolvent. It means the union cannot continue to pay off our debts with the banks. We also need money to pay the players so they can continue to play.” Malielegaoi added that the union could not afford to insure its players for the autumn fixtures, initially casting doubt on Samoa’s games against Scotland on Saturday and England this month. It is understood, however, that World Rugby underwrites insurance for players during the official November Kolten Wong Womens Jersey window and pays for flights while England and Scotland will cover costs in the lead-up to their matches. On Wednesday night the RFU did not consider England’s match against Samoa to be in doubt. A World Rugby spokesperson said: “World Rugby is committed to assisting the Samoa union’s high-performance programme and increased its direct and indirect union investment to £1.5m in 2017. Specifically, for the November window, this support package includes insurance cover, underwriting assembly costs for a pre-tour camp, flights to and from Europe and participation in the Americas Pacific Challenge, a preparation and development tournament.” Watson, meanwhile, will on Thursday be named in England’s starting XV to face the Pumas despite suggestions earlier in the season he would be among those rested for the autumn campaign after his exertions with the Lions. Elliot Daly, another who started all three Tests during the summer, is also set to cap a remarkable comeback from a knee injury by featuring at Twickenham on Saturday, with Jonny May all but out Authentic Kolten Wong Jersey of contention because of a hamstring problem.

Jones names Jersey all 10 Lions in squad to face

Jones names Jersey all 10 Lions in squad to face Eddie Jones is set to unleash England’s British & Irish Lions at the start of their autumn internationals campaign in a surprising U-turn after all 10 – including the fit-again Elliot Daly – were named in the squad to face Argentina on Saturday. Men's Adidas San Jose Sharks #89 Mikkel Boedker Premier Black 1917-2017 100th Anniversary NHL Jersey Daly, who took a full part in training on Tuesday, 10 days after damaging knee ligaments, is retained in a 26-man squad along with Anthony Watson, with both looking likely to play against the Pumas after Denny Solomona was among the seven players sent home. Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje were peripheral figures during the session at England’s Bagshot base but both, along with their Saracens team-mates George Kruis, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George, are retained. Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes and Jonathan Joseph have also made the cut in what is the strongest squad available to Jones. Jones had claimed some of his Lions were “off the pace”, singling out Lawes, and only last week he remarked they were “badly deconditioned”. Itoje played 34 matches last season and started Saracens’ first eight matches of this campaign, while Daly made 36 appearances last term and, considering the diagnosis of his knee injury made him a doubt for the whole series, it is a surprise to see him included. Jones added last week: “They’ve come off a tough Lions tour and had a short pre-season so they have missed a whole chunk of preparation time.” With Semesa Rokoduguni acting as cover for Jonny May, who has a hamstring injury and cannot fully train, it means Daly and Watson look set to play. Vunipola, George and Cole will also all definitely make the squad, with only six front rows retained. Solomona is the most surprising omission after he was named in the initial autumn squad, while Piers Francis also makes way with Alex Lozowski preferred as an option at either 10 or 12. Nick Isiekwe and Charlie Ewels have paid the price for England’s second-row depth while the Jared Veldheer Authentic Jersey uncapped trio of Tom Dunn, Zach Mercer and Sam Simmonds also return to their clubs. Jones will trim his squad by three on Thursday with either May or Rokoduguni expected to miss out. He has four second rows – Joe Launchbury joining Kruis, Itoje and Lawes – which would appear one too many, while one of the centres is also the most likely to drop out. The makeup of the back row would seem more straightforward, with Chris Robshaw and Nathan Hughes bringing experience with Sam Underhill and Tom Curry set to battle it out for the No7 jersey. Ben Youngs is expected to get the nod at scrum-half, as is Mike Brown at Jared Veldheer Youth jersey full-back with Jones seemingly deciding not to experiment against the Pumas.

Michael Emenalo’s Jersey exit leaves Chelsea board

Michael Emenalo’s Jersey exit leaves Chelsea board It was easy to lapse into cynicism glancing at the statement, published on Chelsea’s website, that announced Michael Emenalo’s decision to stand down. The quotes Cameron Meredith Youth jersey detailed regret, board and owner having attempted to persuade him to stay, with the penultimate paragraph drawn from Antonio Conte. “I am very sorry to see Michael leave,” said the Italian, who expressed thanks for all the support offered up by the technical director since arriving at the club. “I have enjoyed working with him very much.” Men's Majestic Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim #27 Darin Erstad Replica Red Alternate Cool Base MLB Jersey This club have always been prone to political intrigue and power grabs, so it would be easy to raise an eyebrow at the head coach’s eulogy. Conte, after all, had scowled through the summer, firing off text messages seeking updates on transfer business from his Mediterranean beach retreat, apparently livid at the champions’ inability to secure the players on his wishlist, from Alex Sandro to Romelu Lukaku, either early in the window or at all. Recruitment came under the remit of Emenalo and the director, Marina Granovskaia. Now one of those figures has departed, his decision apparently taken when relationships were most strained. Instinct might suggest Conte’s position might, in fact, Cameron Meredith Youth jersey be bolstered. Yet in the days that follow it may become clearer how Emenalo will actually be missed, in boardroom and dugout alike. Granovskaia has taken on his day-to-day duties until a replacement is found, with figures such as Eddie Newton, the loan technical coach, and Scott McLachlan, head of international scouting, reporting directly to her while a potentially busy January window edges ever closer. The workload is onerous. Conte, meanwhile, will hardly be able to persuade Roman Abramovich to appoint one of his own associates as a replacement and, in many ways, he would look to have lost an ally in Emenalo. There may have been flashpoints over the summer but, despite the head coach blanking his technical director on the touchline on Sunday as he departed the pitch still Cameron Meredith Jersey pumped up and punching the air in triumph, the tension had apparently eased in that relationship. Emenalo had been generally supportive as the frustration simmered behind the scenes over a title defence Conte has regularly described as in a state of “emergency”. The 52-year-old clearly offered some stability over a decade where upheaval has been common but he also provided an element of calm in an emotive boardroom. When others in the hierarchy might be railing – say, perhaps, when it comes to a manager under pressure – he would be the one arguing for patience, for a pause for breath, for simple common sense. He was also a lightning rod. A disgruntled support poured their scorn on him over that interview and the show of disrespect for Mourinho at a time when their own frustrations were being taken out on underachieving players. They had been just as aghast when he replaced Ray Wilkins as an assistant under Carlo Ancelotti back in the Italian’s “difficult moment” in the autumn of 2010, pointing to Emenalo’s patchy and unspectacular coaching career. When transfers failed to materialise, Lukaku joined Manchester United or Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had second thoughts, it was invariably Emenalo who bore the brunt. He may have played a part in those failures, or the purchase of other players who have not made the grade, but he invariably drew the bulk of the criticism. Now the board’s safety net has gone.

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Ellis Genge Jersey at home with England In the context of old-school Anglo-Welsh battles, Jason Garrison Womens Jersey England’s joint training session with Wales on a slippery surface at Clifton College in Bristol barely rated as a border skirmish. After 12 cagey scrums and 15 or so lineouts in front of dozens of excited schoolchildren, the respective packs returned to their buses and retreated briskly back to their man caves. “There wasn’t any live mauling because that could have kicked off a bit,” reported Wales’s Jake Ball, sounding slightly Jason Garrison Womens Jersey disappointed. Women's Majestic Milwaukee Brewers #12 Stephen Vogt Replica White Home Cool Base MLB Jersey At least it gave England’s players the chance to try and do some homework on Ellis Genge, the combative Bristolian briefly back Jason Garrison Womens Jersey in his home city for work rather than pleasure. “We asked the schoolkids if they knew which postcode Gengie was from but no one had been to those parts,” joked Dan Cole, his Leicester team-mate and fellow prop. The up-and-coming Genge, England’s latest great white loosehead hope, grew up on the tough Knowle West estate, a world away from fashionable Clifton. It would have been a much livelier session had they visited the 22-year-old’s former stamping ground. By Saturday evening, though, it may just be Genge whom people far beyond the West Country are discussing. With Joe Marler suspended and Matt Mullan injured he is certain to be involved in the matchday 23 and, as one of the form tight forwards in the Premiership, there is a good case for giving him a start against Argentina at Twickenham to show what he can do. In the opinion of both Cole and England’s scrum coach, Neal Hatley, Genge will be a handful whenever he takes the field, his ball-handling aggression now backed up by an improved set-piece technique. “From a scrum point of view he’s come on immeasurably,” said Hatley, suggesting the bullocking newcomer could one day exert as big an impact on opponents as the quietly spoken giant Andrew Sheridan once did. “We’d like to think so. He’s 22 so the scope for improvement is massive. He’s got to keep his head down and keep working but he’s starting to understand how important the set-piece is. He’s got a real taste for that at the moment.” Cole is also a fan, despite having to listen in to the ripe advice Genge likes to offer his opposite numbers during matches. “He plays on the edge but rarely goes over it,” said the experienced Tiger. “He brings physicality, he chats in scrums with the opposition, he is vocal around the field … that is his mentality and how he plays the game. If you look at when he came to Leicester, a year-and-a-bit ago, he was very raw. But playing week-in week-out has helped him make massive improvements and he’s come on this year. If there is one country who traditionally relish testing out young opposition props it is Argentina, but England are not just seeking to mount a holding operation at set-piece. Going head to head with Wales, who face Australia on Saturday, reflects Eddie Jones’s desire to make his side the best scrummagers in the world, with Hatley and Cole both suggesting Jones’s call for a further 20% improvement is do-able. Hatley has already journeyed down to southern France to pick the tactical brain of the former French hooker Marc dal Maso, with the two men even packing down against each other in a Toulon hotel foyer to demonstrate an arcane trick or two.

Chelsea jersey edge past Manchester United

Chelsea edge past Manchester United And then there was one. With just over an hour gone at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United trailing 1-0 thanks to Álvaro Morata’s sublime second-half Authentic Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey header, José Mourinho leapt up out of his seat for perhaps the 30th time, quilted grey anorak billowing behind him, and waved Authentic Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey his arms in a gesture of trapped rage. Reebok NHL Women's Peter Budaj Black Third Premier Jersey - #31 Tampa Bay Lightning Mourinho’s exasperation was directed at Marouane Fellaini, who was standing too deep inside his own half to get a flick on to a David de Gea clearance. Fellaini rumbled a little mournfully into position. Two minutes later he was booked for trailing an elbow into Morata’s face. In the final moments, as United roused for a late grandstand attack like a rusted trawler being hoisted from the ocean floor, Fellaini trapped an Eric Bailly punt on his chest, brought it down with a roll of the shoulders and punted a bobbling shot that Thibaut Courtois palmed away. It was United’s second and last shot on target. Three minutes later Antonio Conte could be seen capering along the touchline in triumph as Anthony Taylor blew his whistle. And that was pretty much that, on the day the music died for the Premier League title race. Victory for Chelsea leaves Manchester City eight points clear after 11 games and playing the kind of football that suggests such a lead is, if anything, a little kind to the rest of the field. At which point there will, of course, be a temptation to pile in on Mourinho and United for failing to reach such early-season levels. The shots-on-target stats will be repeated ad nauseam (five in three games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea). Mourinho’s poor record against the better teams will be used as a switch with which to thrash at his second-placed team. There are perhaps two things worth saying about this. First, the urge to assail Mourinho, to rehash the debate over whether high-grade defensive organisation also counts as football (it does), will probably overshadow Chelsea’s own part in this game. This was a fine, driving performance from Conte’s team. The return of N’Golo Authentic Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey Kanté was key, allowing Tiémoué Bakayoko to play with vigour, if not much precision, further up the field. Above all Kanté’s presence freed up Cesc Fàbregas to provide a moment of calm in the middle of the fury around him, playing at times like the only grown-up on the pitch, with the craft and patience to find a little space, to pick a pass, to try to change the rhythm of the game rather than simply hurling himself into it headfirst. In Fàbregas and Eden Hazard Chelsea had two players whose first thought is to find a pocket of space, to disrupt rather than reinforce the rigid defensive lines around them. Which was, it turned out, two more than United. This leads on to the second thing worth saying about this game, and indeed this season, this red-shirted juggernaut. In the debrief there will be the usual focus on managerial personality, in particular the bad art of the José Mourinho soap opera. But the more interesting subject is perhaps United itself, a vast, tangled uncooperative entity and a genuinely strange club in its own way.,96397