EPL Hits and Misses: Blues march on as Saints continue to surprise

Chelsea and their half-fit Costa are looking unstoppable, Southampton ride high thanks to Pelle's strike while Man United survive their captain's utter stupidity. All the Hits and Misses from the latest round of EPL matches right here...

Oscar celebrates scoring Chelsea's first goal against Aston Villa.
Oscar celebrates scoring Chelsea's first goal against Aston Villa.


I'm running out of words to describe them. Many might remember Jose Mourinho having a blistering league start in his year of his first reign as Chelsea manager, but even that pales in comparison with the Blues' current campaign. After six games, the Blues have five wins and one draw, scoring 19 times in the process. Back at the same stage of the season in 2004, the newly-minted Special One mustered one four wins and two draws with his team netting just six goals. While Manuel Pellegrini might disagree after saying Chelsea played like Stoke at the Etihad last week, Mourinho is clearly focusing on offence this term rather than defence (Chelsea have conceded seven times compared to the miserly one in 2004). As long as they preserve those delicate hamstrings of Diego Costa, Chelsea are looking comfortable as favourites to win the league.

Diego Costa
If he really is barely training as Mourinho says he is, it's frightening to think what a monster the Spaniard could become should he actually be able to train fully.

They may have lost a number of their stars in the summer, but it's becoming more and more apparent that the Saints have not lost any of their shine under Ronald Koeman. Brilliant buys and some shrewd dealing in the loan market have made sure none of Messrs Shaw, Lallana, Lambert and Lovren et al have been missed.

Graziano Pelle (pictured) and Charlie Austin
Two special strikes from a game that most fans would've overlooked. Shame one of them had to end up on the losing end.

Manchester City
It was the result they needed after two well-ground draws against two title contenders. The champions - or rather, Eliaquim Managala - definitely didn't make it easy for themselves, but they showed the right mentality to dispatch Hull despite throwing away a two-goal lead.

Edin Dzeko
Two great finishes, with one that's certainly in contention for goal of the week. Pity it had to come in a week with so many other great goals, like the one from...

Phil Jagielka
Maybe there might have been some truth in that "What would Jagielka do?" story involving David Moyes and Rio Ferdinand. A wonder strike, pure and simple.

I wrote on Friday that the Merseyside derby was a must-win for both sides. Even though the game ended in a stalemate, Everton edged their red neighbours into the Hits column by virtue of their defensive improvement that saw them concede only because of a Stevie G special. Roberto Martinez opted for the young John Stones in place of the aging and out-of-form Sylvain Distin - a decision that certainly paid dividends. And how can they not be a hit with that stoppage time equaliser from Jagielka?

Manchester United
For a moment, the ghosts of Leicester were briefly seen walking around the corridors Old Trafford. Fortunately for United fans, the Red Devils clung to their 2-1 lead to exorcise the demons of last weekend. Despite the defensive crisis, promising debuts from Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw should tide things over for Louis van Gaal while Marcos Rojo made a seemless switch into the centre from left-back. United still have means to go before they're considered a serious title threat, but boy did they need that win.

Paddy McNair
A good shift from the rookie on his Man United debut with a match-saving moment worthy of making the highlights reel. Not too shabby for a 19-year-old.

Crystal Palace
It didn't look good for Palace when Tony Pulis left before the season even began after he guided them out of a predicted relegation dogfight to a comfortable mid-table Premier League finish. It looked even worse when Neil Warnock was announced as his successor. However, the managerial change didn't clip the Eagles' wings as Warnock has enjoyed an unbeaten four-game start to his second spell as Palace boss.

West Brom
From basement dwellers to mid-table after two matches. It's amazing what back-to-back wins can do sometimes.


Wayne Rooney
Stupid. Utterly, utterly stupid. Even though he's just celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Manchester United debut, it feels like nothing has changed with Wayne Rooney. While he showed everyone his best with a lovely finish to open the scoring at Old Trafford, Rooney sunk to his worst when nearly cost his team a precious recovery win with a trademark moment of madness with his careless hack at Stewart Downing. The Red Devils might have had some hot heads for skippers like Roy Keane and Eric Cantona in the past, but United could ill-afford such a display of petulance from their leader when their situation was so precarious. They were leading and Downing was in his own half - there was simply no need for it. Rooney might have apologised, but he could be even sorrier if he loses his place during his three-match absence.

Eliaquim Mangala
An own goal and a penalty conceded with a foul which might have easily been a sending off for a high boot if it had occurred anywhere else in Europe. Definitely a day in the office to forget for the Frenchman.

Two points dropped. While losing Daniel Sturridge has played a part, Liverpool are missing Luis Suarez a bit like how Tottenham did after Gareth Bale was sold last season. Despite spending the windfall from the Uruguayan's sale on several new players, none of their promising new signings have really clicked into gear. Lazar Markovic has looked lost while injury has hampered Adam Lallana from settling in at Anfield. And despite the high profile nature of his transfer, Mario Balotelli isn't producing the goods expected of him following Suarez's departure. New signings usually take time to gel, but that's a commodity Brendan Rodgers doesn't have much of if he is to replicate Pool's heroics from last season.

Mathieu Flaimini
Has to thank Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for sparing his blushes after his dithering gave Spurs the opening goal in a fixture that has been long dominated by Arsenal.

Leicester City
Riding the roller coaster from beating Manchester United to a simpering defeat to Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa
Like West Brom in reverse, back-to-back losses have sent Villa from second to sixth. Are they reverting back to their form from last season?

Sunderland and Swansea

Another relegation dogfight beckons.

One goal in six games. Moved from second-last to bottom even though Newcastle haven't played. Surely we can consider them relegated now, can't we?

British man, 24, raped at Oktoberfest in Munich

A Brit man was raped at this year's Oktoberfest in Munich which saw millions of beer drinkers from around the world in the Bavarian capital.

A young Briton was raped by two men at Munich’s Oktoberfest on Saturday (Sept 27) while he was going to the toilet.

The 24-year-old man was attacked at around 9.30pm while relieving himself in a bush on the edge of the Theresienwiese field, near Munich City Centre, where the world's largest funfair is held annually.

A man came up to him and said he wanted to have sex with him, police said on Sunday (Sept 28), The Local, a German publication, reported.

After the victim rejected the advance, he was attacked from behind and forced to the ground. After that, one man held him down while the other man raped him.

Revellers at the Oktoberfest in Munich, now into its 181st year. PHOTO: Reuters

Despite the terrible incident, police did say that sex crimes at the big event dropped this year. 

According to authorities, there have been about seven reported sexual assaults, including two rapes this year compared to 12 sex attacks over the same period last year.

Police said the unknown men fled. Police confirmed to The Local the victim was a British tourist. 

Source: The Local

Tags: Oktoberfest and Munich

WATCH: Drunk guys try really, really hard to get into a pub

Check out what these intoxicated guys go through attempting to gain entry into a club.

If the bouncers think you've had one too many drinks, it's more than likely that you'd be refused entry into the bar.

That is the standard formula for club or pubs around the world.

But these guys, who must have thought they were Spartans in their past lives, just weren't keen to let it slide when they were refused entry into what looks like a bar, a Facebook post showed.

You've got to give them A for effort in what they came up with though. 

They formed a rugby-like formation (the guys were bent forward) as they rammed head first into bouncers who were guarding the door.

PHOTOS: Facebook (@Jonfrancis8)

After a bad first try, the guys went at it a little harder a second time.

This time, their combined strength managed to push open the doors while the bouncers stood in front of it.

But, the eventual outcome was still failure as the bouncers pushed back, leaving these dudes back where they started.

They gave up in the end. 

One of them felt like such a hunk, that he decided to strip and flex for the camera. 

Shocking why a guy like this wouldn't be let into a bar ...

Check out the full video here: 




Source: Facebook

Robbers steal more than $390,000 from ATMs in Malaysia

Several automated teller machines (ATM) in Malaysia were hacked over the weekend, with losses of over RM1 million (S$390,000).

Bukit Aman commercial crimes investigation department deputy director Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said a major manhunt for the criminals has been launched.

A special squad has been formed to tackle the cases.​

Police believe the criminals are members of an overseas syndicate and that they are still in the country.

"We have activated monitoring at all land, sea and air exit points in the country," he told Bernama.

Customer data not affected

The latest case was at a bank in Kota Damansara, with losses amounting to about RM300,000.

Earlier today, Affin Bank said in a statement that a total of RM1.271 million was stolen from six of its ATMs in Johor, Malacca and Selangor.

The bank said customer data was not affected or compromised.

All seven ATMs are believed to have been hacked by a telephone SIM card and latest telephony technology.

Photos of the suspects from closed circuit television camera recordings have been circulated nationwide. The suspects have yet to be identified.

Source: The Star

Two found dead in decompression chamber in Japan spa

The Manainoyu spa in Saitama prefecture in Japan, where two people were found dead in a decompression chamber.

Two people have died in a decompression chamber at a Japanese spa, news reports said Monday, with a police investigation focusing on a possible fault with the machine.

A man aged 65 and a 58-year-old woman were found collapsed Sunday in the chamber at a hot spring in Saitama north of Tokyo, Nippon News Network and other media reported.

The Japan Times identified the facility as the Manainoyu spa. 

The door was timed to open automatically after 45 minutes, but the two victims were discovered some 50 minutes after the programme began with the door still shut, the television network said.

They were taken to hospital where they were confirmed dead. The cause of death was not immediately known.

News reports said the chamber reduces air pressure to levels equivalent to those found at a height of 3,500 m above sea level, and helps increase energy consumption.

Police have launched an investigation into the case, with a possible fault in the system the present focus, local media said.

An official from the facility said it would be inappropriate to comment with an official investigation under way. 

Source: AFP, The Japan Times

Mother of US worker who beheaded colleague after being sacked apologises

Alton Nolen, 30, beheaded a colleague in a frenzied knife rampage after being fired from his job on Thursday.

A US worker beheaded a colleague in a frenzied knife rampage after being fired from his job, authorities said on Friday.

Alton Nolen, 30, also wounded another colleague before being shot by the company's boss. He was taken to hospital and is in stable condition.

On Sunday, the attacker's mother Joyce Nolen apologised to the victim's families through Facebook.

She posted a video saying: "My heart is just so heavy right now. That's not my son.

"His family, our hearts bleed right now because what they saying Alton has done. I want to apologise to both families - because this is not Alton."

Loving and caring person

The attacker's sister also put up a post on Facebook saying her brother "has been a great influence to me and has always been a loving and caring person".

"He has never been a violent person and has never done any physical harm to anyone. Only God knows why what happened took place," she added.

The incident took place on Thursday at a food distribution firm in Oklahoma.

Severed victim’s head

Police spokesman Jeremy Lewis said: "Nolen went to the parking lot, then drove his vehicle to the front of the business... he then entered the main entrance."

"Nolen encountered and killed Colleen Hufford with a knife. During the attack, Nolen severed the victim’s head."

The second, wounded colleague was rushed to hospital and was in a stable condition.

No additional threat

Police said Nolen appears to have chosen his victims at random.

“After conducting interviews with Nolen’s co-workers, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert several employees to the Muslim religion,” the spokesman said.

The FBI called the attack a “senseless tragedy.”

“The motive is undetermined at this time,” it said, but added: “There is no information currently in our possession to indicate there is any additional threat to the citizens of Oklahoma related to this incident.”

Source: AFP

Brazilian goalkeeper scores an own goal - with his face

Joao Carlos is flattened after scoring an incredible own goal with his face.
Joao Carlos is flattened after scoring an incredible own goal with his face.

Own goals seldom get more bizarre (or comedic) than this.

During a Brazilian second division match, Boa Esporte goalkeeper Joao Carlos flapped spectacularly trying to stop an Avai cross.

While one of his defenders managed to clear the resulting shot off the line, the ball flew smack into the face of the retreating Carlos, who diverted it into the back of the net.

It was a fitting end to Avai's counter-attack, which began as a result of a poorly-worked Esporte corner.

Perhaps Carlos might want to watch Mexican striker Javier Hernandez and learn how to pull off the same trick - at the right end of the pitch.

Gif from Imgur via Reddit

Source: YouTube via USA Today Sports

Hong Kong police used tear gas on protesters 87 times; China blocks Instagram

Pro-democracy protesters gathering along roads near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept 29.

Hong Kong police said on Monday that tear gas was used 87 times during clashes with pro-democracy protesters on Sunday.

This is the first time police have fired tear gas since 2005.



Assistant Commissioner Cheung Tak-keung said tear gas was used at nine places, although he did not clarify whether multiple canisters of gas were used on each occasion.

He said at a press conference: "The use of force is used in a situation when we have no other alternatives​."

Mr Cheung added that officers felt compelled to fire canisters when "police cordon lines were heavily charged by some protesters".

China blocks Instagram

The protest, which began last week, has attracted thousands of supporters. 

They are demonstrating against China's decision that candidates​ for Hong Kong's 2017 election will have to be approved by a special committee.

China has moved to wipe social media coverage of the mass protests and blocked photo-sharing service Instagram​.



According to the US-based website China Digital Times, which monitors Chinese propaganda, authorities have directed all websites to “immediately” remove any information related to the Hong Kong protests.

A sharply-worded editorial in state media took a dim view of the protest.

The Global Times, which is linked to the ruling Communist Party, wrote in both its Chinese- and English-language editions: "The radical activists are doomed.

"Opposition groups know well it’s impossible to alter the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Hong Kong’s political reform plan," the paper wrote.

Source: AFP

Related stories: HK police surprise protesters with tear gasSchool children join Hong Kong democracy protests

K-drama My Love From The Star to get US remake

US TV channel ABC is set to take on the South Korean hit drama series My Love From The Star. The TV series depicts an alien who lands on on Earth 400 years earlier and falls in love with a top actress in modern-day South Korea.

Hit South Korean TV drama, My Love From The Star, is set to make a splash in Hollywood.

ABC TV network described the show as an "epic supernatural love story about a world-famous pop star, Lark, and her anti-social neighbour, James, who happens to be from another planet," according to the Hollywood Reporter (THR).

This follows news that the show will be adapted by TVB in Hong Kong, while Indonesian channel RCTI was accused of plagiarising the plot for one of its dramas. 

The original Korean version, which starred actors Kim Soo Hyun and Gianna Jun, tells the story of an alien who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years later, falls in love with a top actress in the modern era.

Vampire Diaries writers to helm adaptation

Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, the writers behind US drama series The Vampire Diaries, have jumped onboard for the ABC adaptation while South Korean producer Moon Bo Mi and Park Ji Eun, the show's original creators, will have a hand in executive producing, reported Yonhap News Agency​. 

Moon said: "We've been prepared for the US remake of the drama since February, and we're thankful for getting this opportunity."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Yonhap News Agency.

Related report: Indonesian channel accused of plagiarising My Love from the StarWhich HK star turned down TVB's version of Korean drama hit My Love from the Star?

Football: Sakho says sorry for Anfield exit

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has apologised to supporters for leaving Anfield before the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has apologised to supporters for leaving Anfield before the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has apologised to supporters for leaving Anfield before the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

A fan photographed the 24-year-old France defender, who was not included in Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’s matchday squad, leaving Liverpool’s home ground before kick-off.

Photo: Twitter

The Premier League clash between the city rivals ended in a 1-1 draw after Everton captain Phil Jagielka’s late long-range wonder-strike cancelled out Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard’s free-kick opener.

Former Paris Saint-Germain favourite Sakho used his Facebook and Twitter pages to make it clear he had not meant to cause any offence.





“I really want to apologise to the club, the supporters and every person who felt offended when I left the stadium this afternoon,” he said on his Facebook page.

“I’m aware that it was a bad choice from my part to go isolating (by myself) to watch the game!” - AFP