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LONDON —Chelsea extended its Premier League lead with an emphatic 4-1 victory
over Norwich, and defending champion Manchester City climbed to second place by
comprehensively beating Sunderland 3-0 on Saturday. Pink Terrell Suggs Jersey . Chelsea fought
back quickly after Grant Holts opener for Norwich in the 11th minute, with
Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard scoring before the break.
Branislav Ivanovic fired in a late fourth as Chelsea went four points ahead at
the top of the league in its best start since the 2005-06 season. City won
through goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero and James Milner, while
Arsenal is fifth after coming from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham. Everton
slipped to third after being held to a 2-2 draw by Wigan, West Bromwich Albion
maintained its strong start with a 3-2 victory over bottom-place Queens Park
Rangers, and Swansea recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Reading,
while Arsenal was at West Ham in the late game. Chelseas victory was
overshadowed by the lingering fallout from John Terrys racism case, a year after
he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. Defender Ashley
Cole inflamed the situation on Friday when he responded to criticism of his
evidence in Terrys judgment by blasting the Football Association with an obscene
Twitter posting. Chelsea is now set to fine Cole after launching disciplinary
action over the tweet. On the pitch, as Chelsea fans chanted support for Terry
and Cole, the team fell behind when Grant Holt beat goalkeeper Petr Cech after
11 minutes. Fernando Torres ensured the lead only lasted three minutes by
heading in the equalizer, before Chelsea steamrollered the winless visitors with
Frank Lampard volleying the leaders in front. Juan Mata then ripped through the
Norwich defence and slipped the ball through for Hazard to put Chelsea further
ahead before halftime, while Branislav Ivanvoic volleyed in a late fourth. “We
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have and with a football philosophy that were aiming to play,” Chelsea manager
Roberto Di Matteo said. “At the moment, the team is in healthy form. We are
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scorers as well. We dont rely on just one player, so its a team that is in good
shape.” City was also rampant against Sunderland, but had only three goals to
show for the dominance. Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a free kick after five
minutes at Etihad Stadium, substitute Sergio Aguero added a second on the hour,
and James Milner blasted another dead ball into the net. It was Citys first game
this season without conceding a goal. “We are disappointed defensively this
season but we are happy with the clean sheet,” City manager Roberto Mancini
said. “We are looking strong now, and since we have come back off the
international break we have been playing well.” Arsenal bounced back from
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Diames opener for West Ham. Oliver Giroud levelled from close range before
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nor Dixon had reached those yet.Catharine Pendrel once envisioned going to the
Olympics on four legs instead of two wheels. The reigning world mountain bike
champion spent much of her youthin Harvey Station, N.B., on the back of a horse.
Her Olympic dream was to represent Canada in three-day eventing. Pendrel gave
mountain biking a try in high school because her older brother was into it and
she soon switched one saddle for another. “The bike was definitely easier to
take to university,”Pendrel says. “A bike, you dont have to clean it after every
ride and you dont feel as guilty if you dont clean it.” Pendrel, 31, heads to
the Summer Games in London ranked No. 1 in the world in womens mountain biking.
She was fourth in her first Olympics in Beijing four years ago.Going into those
Games, the spotlight was on teammate Marie-Helene Premont,winner of a silver
medal in 2004. Pendrel cant fly under the radar this time. “When I went to
Beijing, I had the advantage of being the underdog,” she recalls. “Definitely
there was a lot more attention on Marie-Helene who had medalled in 2004 and won
the World Cup series that year. “I got to follow along quietly. This year, Ill
be going inwith a lot more expectation on me, a lot more personal pressure on
myself.” When Pendrel went to the University of Victoria, she dabbled in
triathlons and met both her husband Keith Wilson and her coach Dan Proulx on the
first day of cycling training. Pendrel and Wilson live in Kamloops, B.C., which
is handy to mountain bike trails and where Pendrel also feeds her addiction to
home renovations. “Im constantly renoing my own home. Im better at the
destruction part than the construction,” she says cheerfully. “Im a
learn-as-I-go-along kind of person. Im not afraid to make mistakes. “Last year,
the morning of a World Cup, I leaked to my coach that Id been doing a lot of
rockscaping. Luckily I won the World Cup.” Shes won a few of those and finished
on the podium in others en route to her status as No. 1 on the world. In
capturing the rainbow jersey that goes to world champions, Pendrel proved last
September in Champery, Switzerland, she can perform on demand. She also won an
invitation-only Olympic test event on the Hadleigh Farm course last July. The
Olympic womens mountain bike race is Aug. 11, the second-lastday of the Games.
Pendrel wont wear the rainbow jersey that day because she says Canadian team
colours trump it at the Olympics. The Hadleigh terrain is open and exposed to
ocean winds. The man-madee course is loaded with rock drops, jumps, climbs and
“crash potential,” according to Proulx. Ray Lewis Vapor Jersey. Pendrels chief rivals
for gold are expected to be Frenchwoman Julie Bresset, Irina Kalentieva of
Russia, Maga Wloszczowska of Poland and Italian Eva Lechner. What puts Pendrel
among the worlds elite is her obsessive attention to detail, says Proulx, her
coach of nine years. “When we go to a World Cup venue, shes the first one on the
course and spends the longest time on the course,” Proulx explains.”If there is
a section she doesnt feel comfortable on, shes riding it over and over again,
looking at videotape, and even just thinking it through in her mind, how shes
going to ride that. “A lot of riders would go Oh, Ive got that section. Im not
going to worry about it. She really does her homework. Sometimes we have to tell
her shes got it or shell just keep going.” Pendrel crossed the line either first
or second in the five of seven World Cup races in 2011. That consistency is
exceptional in a sport with so many variables out of the riders control. Throw
whatever weather there is that day on terrain wildly different from course to
course, and then toss in a mechanical breakdown or two. Pendrel faced those
problems in a couple of races early this season in which she finished out of the
top three. But her performance in winning a World Cup in Belgium in April was
brilliant. “It was a beautiful ride,” Proulx says. “The pedalling technique I
saw, Ive never seen her do it so well. “It was another new level shed risen to
in terms of her pedalling technique. It was much better pedalling than when she
won the world championship. She definitely made it look easy.” In those times
when the planets arent aligning for her, Pendrel grits her teeth and battles to
close the gap between herself and the leader. “What Ive seen is, in the races
she hasnt won, shes almost had to ride to the front, something has happened, and
shes had to ride to the front again in the same race,” Proulx says. “Shes
definitely showing her fitness is as good or better than last year. The luck
component hasnt gone her way all the time this year.” Luck is just one
ingredient in an Olympic gold medal. Pendrel feels she has other elements
working for her en route to London. “My career has been going really well since
the last Olympics and Ive gained a lot of experience and have progressed as a
rider,” shesays. “So Im looking forward to it.” ’ ’ ’ 

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