first_imgOscar has signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea, the Barclays Premier League leaders have confirmed. The 23-year-old joined the club from Internacional in the summer of 2012 and has been a vital member of the first-team since, scoring 11 goals last season. The attacking midfielder has added four more goals in 15 appearances this term and has now committed his future to Stamford Bridge until 2019. “I am so happy because I love playing for Chelsea and living in England,” he told the club’s official website. “I have enjoyed playing here for two years, and now I have five more, so I am very happy.” Since Mourinho’s return to west London last summer Oscar has been earmarked for a pivotal role, with the Portuguese’s insistence that he play the number 10 role seen as a large factor in Juan Mata’s exit to Manchester United. But Oscar has repaid his manager’s faith, and that of Roberto Di Matteo who signed him, with a total of 27 goals in 126 Blues appearances. Oscar began his career in his homeland with Sao Paulo but soon moved to Internacional where he spent two years before moving to the Blues for a fee of just under £20million. He scored twice on his first start for the club in Champions League and helped the team to win the Europa League in 2013. Oscar has also amassed 40 caps for Brazil since making his debut against Argentina in 2011 and has scored 11 times, including the only goal in the 7-1 humbling by Germany in last summer’s World Cup semi-final. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgBoth of Syracuse’s (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) starting cornerbacks, Christopher Fredrick and Scoop Bradshaw, left Saturday’s win over North Carolina with injuries. Fredrick left the game with an apparent leg injury after defending a deep pass in the first quarter. After the game, SU head coach Dino Babers said that Fredrick has a sprained ankle. He did not return to the game Saturday but should be back, Babers said.Early in the second overtime, Bradshaw left the game hurt, favoring his left arm. Trainers appeared to attend to his wrist. Babers did not provide a specific update on Bradshaw’s injury post game.“I didn’t check with Scoop,” Babers said, “I’m not sure with Scoop.”In replacement of Fredrick, Syracuse went to 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound redshirt freshman Ifeatu Melifonwu at cornerback. Melifonwu, lined up against Anthony Ratliff-Williams, UNC’s No. 1 wide receiver, finished with four pass breakups, including one in single coverage on a post down the left sideline. He also had a five-yard tackle for loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just knew I was on the boundary, on No. 17, which is their main receiver,” Melifonwu said. “I just thought every time they’re going to try to get the ball to him.”“I saw like three PBUs,” Babers said, “which is really good. He has long arms, he can stay close to people and I was really proud with the way he played.”Syracuse hosts No. 16 North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome in one week. Comments Published on October 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more