Petr Cech: Why I left Chelsea

first_imgArsenal’s new signing Petr Cech has explained his reasons for leaving Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.The goalkeeper’s move to the Gunners was officially announced on Monday, with shot-stopper explaining why he felt it was the right time to leave the league champions.“It was probably the hardest decision for me to go, but last year I realised that I am not in a phase of my career when I would sit on the bench,” he told Arsenal’s official website.“I want to be playing. I want to have a chance to compete for my position in the team and I want to be useful for the team and do the usual stuff on the pitch week in, week out.“I hope I will have that possibility to compete for my place here at Arsenal and I hope that I can bring something a little extra to the team that can help.”The 33-year-old spent over 10-years as Chelsea’s number one, before losing his place to Belgian goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois. Despite Mourinho wanting to keep Chelsea’s long-standing keeper, Cech made the decision to leave the Blues, in search of regular first-team football.Cech kept 228 clean-sheets in 493 games at Chelsea, –last_img read more

If St. Louis Cardinals are stealing signs from Los Angeles Dodgers, they’re in the minority

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In a court of law, any evidence that the St. Louis Cardinals are stealing signs from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis would barely qualify as “circumstantial.” Yet the questions were asked, because there had to be some reason why Clayton Kershaw imploded in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Kershaw allowed eight runs in a game for only the second time in his career. The first time was a July 2012 game — against St. Louis. Adding fuel to the conspiracy theories: Kershaw had not pitched out of the stretch prior to the seventh inning Friday. Afterward, until he was lifted, there was always a runner on base.Could it be the Cardinals are stealing signs? Cardinals manager Mike Matheny played with McGwire for two seasons and managed alongside him for one more. He isn’t flattered by questions about his team stealing signs.“That would be an insult, absolutely,” Matheny said. “Our guys go about their at-bats like pros and there’s a lot of things that are going to be said from a lot of different people, and that’s all it is. It’s just rumor and right now it could just be a distraction.“We go about our business the way we go about it. Whatever’s going to be said is going to be said.”Ryu ready?Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu normally doesn’t throw bullpen sessions between starts, but he did Friday. The purpose, Mattingly said, was “just telling us how good he’s feeling.”Ryu also threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday. He hasn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 12, when a shoulder injury ended his start against the San Francisco Giants after one inning.The Dodgers are counting on a complete recovery when Ryu starts Game 3 in St. Louis on Monday.“Everything’s pretty much on target with Hyun-Jin,” Mattingly said. “He’s feeling good so we’re pretty confident that’s going to be ready to go.”Also …Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won’t be suspended for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1. According to one report, MLB was considering fining Molina, who was booed heavily before each of his at-bats Saturday. … Infielder Miguel Rojas said that he will play Winter League baseball for La Guaira of the Venezuelan League. The league begins play next week. Rojas said he will spend a week in Miami after the Dodgers’ season ends before returning to his native country. … Outfielder Joc Pederson, who spent last winter in Venezuela, said that he’ll play in the Dominican Winter League instead. He hasn’t officially signed with a team.center_img The verdict: Probably not.“All the years from being hitting coach to watching, I have one guy that’s ever relayed signs from second base — the actual sign, the actual pitch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Most teams, and we know it, everybody tries to pretty much give location. It’s common. … it’s just not that easy.“We know they’re trying to do it and everybody tries to do it. We’re switching signs. It’s just not that easy.”Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who spent parts of eight seasons in the Cardinals organization as a player or coach, said he played with “a few guys who leaned on tips — signs and tendencies.”“But I didn’t like it,” McGwire added. “As a hitter, you don’t want to know. Probably 98 percent of the players today don’t care to have anything like that.”last_img read more