The Blues were 1-0 winners over Jurgen Klopp's Reds at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, in a fiery encounter that was anything but friendly. Discussing the result, new boss Antonio Conte told Chelsea TV: "It was a hard match, but this game was important because we take confidence.
The cancelation of the friendly affair is due to bad weather conditions in Beijing and concern over the pitch. Both clubs and the organizers of the ICC believed the recent extreme weather made it unsafe to play on the uneven surface of the pitch.
Some of their squad who were not scheduled to play have done light training but City, who fly to Shenzhen on Tuesday for Thursday's game against Borussia Dortmund, have not trained. The 53-year-old added that the outcome of the match is not his concern as long as his players come through without injury and get on the first plane back home to England.
This is Stokes' third noteworthy injury in the past nine months. Stokes has a grade-two tear, which will keep him out for up to six weeks and make it highly unlikely he will feature in the final Test at The Kia Oval on August 11 or the one-day series against Pakistan that follows.
Grillo and Fisher both played in the morning. "I had a really good start at the Open but just was on the tough side of the draw". Martin Kaymer was within one stroke of the lead in the PGA Championship with three holes to play. His 8-foot par putt on the 13th never had a chance. And he ended his round by chopping up the par-5 18th, the easiest at Baltusrol, for a bogey. Sullivan has finished 12th, sixth and fifth in his last three events and completed his 67 with three birdies in the last ...
The 14-member team, and in particular the women, are hoping to improve on that mark in Rio de Janeiro and help Brazil end a history of poor medal hauls compared with other large countries. "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger". The first was a visit to the Olympic Village to meet with athletes. "I sincerely wish you to show all your talents and skills, to show the whole world that we know how to win honestly and openly".