Chelsea’s Kante returns to haunt Leicester

first_imgIt was only the French midfielder’s third Premier League goal, doubling Chelsea’s lead after Alvaro Morata’s first-half header had opened the scoring for Chelsea.Jamie Vardy’s penalty pulled one back for Leicester but the Foxes fell to their third defeat of the season, while Chelsea celebrated a third successive win.Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard was on the bench after missing the start of Chelsea’s season after breaking his ankle while training with his national team in June.Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was also among the substitutes following his move from Leicester on transfer deadline day.The Blues started brightly with Morata forcing Schmeichel into a save in the second minute.Behind the Spanish striker, Cesc Fabregas was linking well with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Victor Moses while Marcos Alonso was making inroads on the left flank.The Spanish wing back almost picked out Morata with a cross from a tight angle, but Leicester captain Wes Morgan intervened at full stretch to clear the danger.It was midway through the first half before the home side got a clear sight of goal, Vardy racing onto Riyad Mahrez’s through ball and dragging his shot past the far post.At the other end Morgan was again called into action as Kante won the ball and set Morata away.The Jamaica international slid in to send the Spaniard’s shot out for a corner.An uncharacteristic mistake from Kante, who gave the ball away from a short corner, almost cost his side as Mahrez broke.– Swatted away –The Algerian charged towards the Chelsea goal ignoring the run of Vardy to pick out Islam Slimani, but his weak shot was swatted away by Thibaut Courtois.And a minute later Leicester were made to pay as Cesar Azpilicueta’s looping cross was met by Morata, who guided a powerful, downward header past Schmeichel and into the bottom corner in the 41st minute.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante (L) celebrates with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium in Leicester © AFP / Ben STANSALLLeicester tried to hit straight back with a flurry of half chances from a corner but ran into some committed Chelsea defending.Craig Shakespeare reacted by bringing on Andy King and Demarai Gray at the break with Marc Albrighton and Slimani making way.Within five minutes of the restart the home side had fallen further behind, Kante firing home from 25 yards.The two-goal lead lasted for quarter of an hour when a penalty offered the hosts a route back into the match.Vardy seized on Azpilicueta’s weak back pass and was brought down by Courtois, who gave referee Lee Mason no choice but to point to the spot.The England forward converted the chance with a viciously struck penalty straight down the middle of the goal.Shakespeare brought on Kelechi Iheanacho off the bench as his side searched desperately for an equaliser.But it was Chelsea who went closest to another goal as Hazard picked out Willian whose shot rolled inches wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – A rare N’Golo Kante goal on his return to Leicester gave Premier League champions Chelsea a 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.Kante struck five minutes after half-time with a low shot that appeared to take City keeper Kasper Schmeichel by surprise as it came though a crowd of players to find the bottom corner.last_img read more

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Many grads face years of loan payments

first_imgMore than $17 billion in private student loans were issued last year, up from $4 billion a year in 2001. Outstanding student borrowing jumped from $38 billion in 1995 to $85 billion last year, according to experts and lawmakers. Rocketing tuition fees made borrowing that much more appealing. Consumer prices on average rose less than 29 percent over the past 10 years while tuition, fees, and room and board at four-year public colleges and universities soared 79 percent to $12,796 a year and 65 percent to $30,367 a year at private institutions, according to the College Board. Scholarship and grant money have increased, yet for almost 15 years, the maximum available per person in government-guaranteed student loans, which by law can’t charge rates above 6.8 percent, has remained at $23,000 total for four years. That’s less than half the average four-year tuition, room and board of $51,000 at public colleges and $121,000 at private institutions. Sallie Mae, formally known as SLM Corp., has been on the winning side of the loan bonanza. Its portfolio of 10 million customers includes $25 billion in private and $128 billion in government-backed education loans. However, private-equity investors who had offered $25 billion to buy the company backed out last week, citing credit market weakness and a new law cutting billions of dollars in subsidies to student lenders. Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Wachovia Corp. and Regions Financial Corp. are also big players in the private student loan business. The question is whether everyone who borrowed will be able to repay. Experts don’t track default rates on private student loans, but many predict sharp increases in years to come. Dr. Paul-Henry Zottola, a 35-year-old periodontist in Rocky Hill, Conn., faces paying $1,600 a month on his student loan on top of a $2,300 mortgage payment and $1,500 on the loan he took out to start his practice. His credit record remains solid but he owes more than $300,000 in student loans as he and his wife, Heather, an elementary school administrator, raise two young children. “It would be very easy to feel crushed by it,” Zottola said in an interview. “All my income for the next 10 years is spoken for.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I could never buy a house. I can’t travel; I can’t do anything,” she said. “I feel like a prisoner.” A legal aid worker, Cole said she may need to get a job at a law firm “doing something that I’m not real dedicated to, just for the sake of being able to live.” Parents are still the primary source of funds for many students, but the dynamics were radically altered in recent years as tuition costs soared and sources of readily available and more costly private financing made higher education seemingly available to anyone willing to sign a loan application. Students with no credit history and no relatives to co-sign loans (or co-signing parents with tarnished credit) were willing to bet that high-priced loans were a trade-off for a shot at the American dream. But high-paying jobs are proving elusive for many graduates. “This is literally a new form of indenture … something that every American parent should be scared of,” said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The near doubling in the cost of a college degree the past decade has produced an explosion in high-priced student loans that could haunt the U.S. economy for years. While scholarship, grant money and government-backed student loans – whose interest rates are capped – have taken up some of the slack, many families and individual students have turned to private loans, which carry fees and interest rates that are often variable and up to 20 percent. Many in the next generation of workers will be so debt-burdened they will have to delay home purchases, limit vacations, even eat out less to pay loans off on time. Kristin Cole, 30, who graduated from Michigan State University’s law school and lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., owes $150,000 in private and government-backed student loans. Her monthly payment of $660, which consumes a quarter of her take-home pay, is scheduled to jump to $800 in a year or so, confronting her with stark financial choices. last_img read more

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