Terry feeling the heat

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):John Terry ended last season as still the best centre back in the English Premier League.Three games into the new campaign, the Chelsea captain’s stock has fallen to such an extent that critics are questioning how much longer he can cut it at this level.The 34-year-old Terry has endured a miserable start to Chelsea’s title defence: Substituted at half-time against Manchester City. Sent off against West Bromwich Albion. Now suspended for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday.It will be the first time in 17 months that Terry has missed a meaningful Premier League game – he played every minute last season – and leaves Chelsea without any of the so-called “old guard” that has been the backbone of the club’s success for the past decade.Central midfielder Frank Lampard left at the end of the 2012-13 season, centre forward Didier Drogba’s second spell at Chelsea ended in May, and Petr Cech was sold to Arsenal in the offseason. Terry is the last remaining link to the past in a new-look Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho, but his days could be numbered.It’s not just Terry’s form that is putting his place under scrutiny. He will be 35 in December so age is not on his side, and Chelsea’s pursuit of Everton centre back John Stones signals that Mourinho is looking to the future. Chelsea has reportedly had three offers for Stones rejected, and is weighing up a fourth potentially worth £40 million (US$62 million).Terry still has much to offer Chelsea and could have two or three more years at Stamford Bridge. But his role could be changing, and good performances by Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma – the likely centre-back pairing against Palace – will give Mourinho some thinking to do over the international break.By then, Stones may be a Chelsea player, too. He has already put in a transfer request at Everton.Chelsea has had as uncomfortable a start to the season as Terry, with four points from a possible nine leaving the team already five behind Man City. Palace have won two of their opening three games and are a dangerous team away from home with their pace on the counterattack.ROONEY REVIVALWayne Rooney’s 10-game scoring drought for Manchester United ended with a hat-trick against Bruges in a Champions League qualifying match on Wednesday, but he’ll need to start netting in the Premier League to get the critics completely off his back.Rooney has been part of an underperforming United attack that has struggled to create chances, let alone score goals in the league this season. The team has scored two goals in three games, one of them being an own goal.United visit Swansea on Sunday for a match between two unbeaten teams. Swansea took six points off United last season.RECORD IN SIGHTManchester City will break their century-long record for successive top-flight wins if they beat Watford at Etihad Stadium.City are the only team with a 100 per cent start to the season after beating Everton 2-0 on Sunday. That was City’s ninth straight win, matching the club record that has lasted since 1912.last_img read more

Guyanese man dies after car crashes at JFK Airport

first_imgA Guyanese who worked as a security officer at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York was in the wee hours of Sunday killed after the car he was driving flipped several times and then burst into flames.Dead: Dayanand ShamsundarThe dead man has been identified as Dayanand Shamsundar, also called “Nan”, formerly of Newtown, Enmore, East Coast Demerara.The contractor attached to the Allied Universal Security Service was reportedly driving near the intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Pan-Am Road in Queens when his SUV careened through a fence and into several parked cars in JFK International Airport’s parking lot.The New York Post reported that the vehicle flipped as it struck the other cars and ultimately landed in another section where it went up in flames.Shamsundar was reportedly pulled from the burning vehicle and taken to the Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre where he subsequently died.The mangled car driven by Shamsundar after the accidentIt is not clear what caused the man to lose control of the vehicle, but it was suggested that he might have suffered cardiac arrest while driving to work. A post-mortem will ascertain the cause of death.Shamsundar reportedly left Guyana several years ago with his family to take up residency in the United States of America.last_img read more