Oscar and Cesc Fabregas scored sublime goals as Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea overcame troublesome obstacles in winning a fiery derby with Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Diego Costa, scorer of nine goals in his first seven league games, was missing after persistent hamstring trouble in the opening weeks of the season, but Chelsea coped with the £32million Spain striker’s absence. A brilliant early free-kick by Oscar, excellent throughout, took the pressure off Loic Remy, Costa’s deputy, who was making his first Premier League start for Chelsea. And Damien Delaney gave the visitors an escape when he received a second booking just three minutes after Cesar Azpilicueta had been sent off for a reckless two-footed lunge on Mile Jedinak. Fabregas struck six minutes into the second half after playing return passes with Eden Hazard and then Oscar to surge into the area for his first league goal for unbeaten Chelsea. The Blues were content to keep possession but were made to sweat in sealing a seventh win from eight games this term as Fraizer Campbell tucked in late on. It was at places like Palace last season that Chelsea’s title challenge faltered, but Jose Mourinho’s men are a different proposition this term and maintained their five-point lead over defending champions Manchester City. Chelsea face another test of their credentials at Manchester United next Sunday after the midweek Champions League clash with Maribor. John Terry started as Chelsea captain for the 500th time, having scored the own goal in March which saw the Eagles claim their solitary win over the Blues in their previous 14 meetings. Mourinho insists this term the Blues have the “balls” lacking at Selhurst Park seven months ago after beginning the season by dropping two points. Palace were prepared to test the theory, applying early pressure, with Campbell and Yannick Bolasie causing trouble for the visiting defence.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Argonia-Attica football teamâ€™s dream season continued with a 56-32 Class 1A 8-man division 1 second-round victory over Pike Valley in Scandia, west of Belleville and 214 miles of Argonia.The Titans will now host Axtell Friday or Saturday in the state semifinals. More specifics of that game will be featured this week. Axtell knocked off the No. 1 team in the state Chetopa – 42-34.A&A continued to score points in bushels. Its high voltage offense has scored more than 50 points in nine consecutive games.Â Saturday afternoon was no different. For awhile Pike Valley, which came into this game 5-5 having surprised Chase County in the first round 58-34, was matching A&A tit for tat. At the end of the first quarter, A&A led 16-14.Pike Valley would score on a 5-yard pass to start the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead. Then Alec McDaniels would connect with Andrew Mates on a 71-yard touchdown pass to give A&A a permanent lead. After Devon Newberry scored on a 5 yard touchdown run, the Titans were on their way leading 32-20 at the half.Argonia-Attica added a touchdown to start the second half on the Mages 19-yard run. Pike Valley responded with two scores to pull within eight 40-32. But the Titans sealed the game with two touchdown runs in the fourth for the win.McDaniels continued to be rack up incredible yardage. He rushed for 180 yards and was 4 of 9 for 83 yards passing. Newberry followed with 152 yard rushing on 19 carries.The updated Class 8-man Div. II bracket can be found here.Argonia-Attica 56, Pike Valley 32 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments PV â€” Carlgren 2 run (run failed)AR â€” Newberry 21 run (McDaniel run)PV â€” Peters 18 run ( Field pass from Hammer)AR â€” McDaniels 49 run (Harsh pass from McDaniels)PV â€” Strickler 5 pass from Hammer (run failed)AR â€” Mages 71 pass from McDaniel (Wells from McDaniel)AR â€” Newberry 5 run (Wells from McDaniel)AR â€” Mages 19 run (Newberry run)PV â€” Field 13 pass from Hammer (run failed)PV â€” Field 3 run (run failed)AR â€” McDaniel 5 run (Harsh from McDaniel)AR â€” Wells 2 run (McDaniel run)Individual statisticsRushing â€” Argonia-Attica: McDaniel 31-180, Newberry 19-152. Pike Valley: Carlgren 15-64, Peters 13-53, Field 13-48.Passing â€” Argonia-Attica: McDaniel 4-9-83. Pike Valley: Hammer 8-9-89, Field 1-4-6.Receiving â€” Argonia-Attica: Harsh 2-6, Mages 1-71, Wells 2-6. Pike Valley: Larson 4-54, Field 3-29, Strickler 1-5, Peters 1-6.Follow us on Twitter. Pike Valley14666â€”32 Argonia-Attica1616816â€”56