Spurs must start stronger next season to compete for title

first_imgTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his team must be quick out of the blocks next season if they are to challenge champions Manchester City and the other top-six rivals for the Premier League title.City beat Spurs 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday before West Bromwich Albion’s shock win at Manchester United confirmed Pep Guardiola’s side as champions the following day.The defeat ended Spurs’ impressive 14-match unbeaten run in the league but it was a poor start to the campaign which saw their title bid go off the rails, slipping 21 points behind City following a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in December.“We feel very disappointed because (on Saturday) we lost to one of the best teams in Europe, and surely the best team in England,” Pochettino told a news conference on Monday.“That’s part of our ambition, how we’re thinking now – we believe were capable of beating any team. That is good. But it’s not easy to be consistent through the whole season.“The challenge for us in the next few years is to be consistent, try to start the season better. City started the season really well – we started with a lot of problems. We were very unstable in the way we started the season.”Fourth-placed Spurs are competing with Liverpool and Manchester United for second place, and they can move a point behind Jose Mourinho’s side with a win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.Pochettino said defender Toby Alderweireld, who has not featured in the league since October after a hamstring injury, will return to the squad at the Amex Stadium.“Toby will be in the squad,” the manager added. “But I will decide if he plays tomorrow.”last_img read more

Real Madrid’s Hazard ruled out of Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid’s joint-record signing Eden Hazard has no chance of returning from his ankle injury in time for the revamped Spanish Super Cup, coach Zinedine Zidane has said.“He is 100% ruled out of the Super Cup, when we get back (from Saudi Arabia) we hope we’ll be able to get him back little by little,” Zidane told a news conference ahead of Real’s game away to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday, their first match back after the winter break.Hazard had a slow start at Real after a 100-million-euro ($111 million) move from Chelsea but was in brilliant form when he injured his ankle in a 2-2 draw with Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Nov. 26.After facing Getafe, Real will fly out to Jeddah to contest the new-look Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, playing Valencia on Jan. 8 for a place in the final against either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid on Jan. 12.As well as missing Hazard for the short trip to sixth-placed Getafe, Real will also be without influential captain Sergio Ramos as the defender is suspended.Madrid have failed to win their opening league game of the new year in the last two seasons but Zidane said his side feel refreshed after their two-week break and are looking forward to getting back to playing.“I can’t say why we often make a bad start but we have returned feeling very good physically and have trained very well,” added Zidane, whose side trail champions Barcelona by two points in the standings after 18 games.“We want to play and are looking forward to starting up again and we’re going to try and change this tendency.”last_img read more

ONE: Honorio Banario ready for new opponent Dae Sung Park

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division View comments “He will come in with a lot of confidence because he’s coming off a win,” said Banario. “I’m sure his morale is very high, that’s his advantage. But for me, I’ve been training well for a high-level opponent and I’m prepared for what will happen.”Banario didn’t predict an outcome, but he promised that his fight with Park would produce highlights upon highlights.“I’m sure it will be explosive. If you look at Park’s last fight he’s aggressive and he’s got good striking,” said Banario.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted FILE – Honorio Banario during ONE: Hero’s Ascent press conference. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Honorio Banario may be fighting an opponent on the short notice, but he doesn’t mind the sudden change.Originally scheduled to face Timofey Nastyukin in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, Banario will instead take on Dae Sung Park in the ONE: Dawn of Heroes on August 2 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Despite rough start, Fajardo and Beermen still confident ahead of PBA playoffscenter_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Banario said he’s looking forward to the showdown with Park, who he thinks has a similar fighting style.“For me, he is a good and complete fighter, but I think I have an edge in striking,” said Banario. “He also keeps on improving every time he steps in the ring, so I can’t really see a weakness in his game. I’ll just find out about it when we meet in the middle of the cage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNastyukhin (13-4) was supposed to be in the competition but a knee injury forced the Russian to beg off, leaving Park (9-2), who is coming off an impressive second round technical knockout win over Kimihiro Eto just last July 12, to come in as a late replacement.Banario (14-8) l knows Park’s confidence is at a high since “Crazy Dog” is coming off a dominant win. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Some wonder if Antonio Brown will blow up the Patriots, too

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dungy criticized Patriots owner Robert Kraft for rewarding a player’s bad behavior.“I really think this sent the wrong message,” Dungy said. “I know coaches want to win, but I’m disappointed in Robert Kraft. I think at some point you say, just as an organization, ‘We are not going to do this.’”Brown couldn’t sign until Monday, so he missed New England’s 33-3 wipeout of the Steelers, a dismantling that suggests the Patriots don’t need much help defending their latest title.While Belichick gives newcomers a clean slate, Brown has “always been a ‘me’ guy,” Harrison said. “I’m not a big believer he’s going to come in and fit in the ‘Patriot Way.’”Other notable Week 1 decisions, when Odell Beckham Jr.’s Browns debut was most notable because he was wearing a $250,000 watch during the game:ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption SEEING REDEvery year there’s angst in the preseason over a new NFL rule, and come opening weekend the fuss seems rather frivolous. This time, it was the league’s new pass interference policy allowing coaches to challenge both calls and non-calls.In the preseason, there were 15 challenges to flags that were thrown for pass interference and zero were overturned. Of the 29 challenges for non-calls, seven resulted in a penalty upon review.The rule stemmed from officials’ failure to flag a blatant penalty in the NFC championship, and the lack of a flag for pass interference or roughness helped the Rams beat the Saints and advance to the Super Bowl.While it’s likely to come into play this season and have a major impact on a game’s outcome, the new rule was largely inconsequential on opening weekend.Coaches went 1 for 4, with the Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians lodging the only successful P.I. challenge.Arians threw his flag after an incomplete deep pass from Jameis Winston to Mike Evans in the first quarter, saying 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman should have been flagged. Upon review, the officials agreed and penalized Sherman.The Packers (for a non-call), the Vikings (for a call) and the Seahawks (just because) all lost P.I. challenges.STILL KICKINGIndy’s loss to Kansas City in the playoffs on Jan. 12 turned out to be Andrew Luck’s final game , but at the time, Colts fans feared it was Adam Vinatieri’s farewell after he missed an extra point and a 23-yard field goal. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption NBA star Marc Gasol slams Mediterranean migrant inactioncenter_img Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Vinatieri returned at age 46, but his 24th NFL season got off to a horrible start Sunday with the worst game of a storied career that features four Super Bowl rings.Vinatieri missed an extra point and two field goals for the first time in his career, which spans 386 games, including playoffs. The misses came from 26 and 49 yards in regulation of the Colts’ 30-24 overtime loss to the Chargers.“I feel lousy because the guys played their butts off against a really good Chargers team and they played well enough to win,” Vinatieri said. “I didn’t help them out.”IN STAFFORD WE TRUSTTop overall pick Kyler Murray wouldn’t have had the chance to rally Arizona from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie Detroit 27-27 were it not for a blunder by the Lions coaching staff.A livid Matthew Stafford was caught by television cameras appearing to twice say, “Trust me!” after the sideline called a timeout as the play clock was winding down before a third-and-5 play in the fourth quarter.Stafford found J.J McKissic on a screen pass that likely would have iced it were the play not blown dead.New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell made the timeout signal, but head coach Matt Patricia said he calls the timeouts. Patricia insisted Monday there’s no trust issue with the 11th-year quarterback. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, Oakland Raiders’ Antonio Brown smiles before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Brown was released by the Raiders, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)As far as critics are concerned — along with fans of the Steelers, Raiders and even some Patriots backers — A.B. is TNT.Antonio Brown didn’t play a down on opening weekend but grabbed the headlines nonetheless for forcing his way out of Oakland and landing with the defending champion Patriots eight months after quitting on the Steelers.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:51Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport01:04Maguindanao massacre case: Mangudadatu upbeat on conviction of perpetratotrs01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash “Seeing him catch balls from Tom Brady would be beautiful,” NBC analyst Tony Dungy said. “But he’s going to have to change if this is going to work.”Brown’s penchant for drama followed him from Pittsburgh to Oakland, where he spent his summer recovering from frostbitten feet in a cryotherapy mishap, fighting with the league over his desire to wear an outlawed helmet, feuding with his general manager and constantly posting updates to his saga on social media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Dungy’s cohort on “Football Night in America,” Rodney Harrison, who played in New England, said he doubts Brown can become Bill Belichick’s latest reclamation project in the mold of Randy Moss or Corey Dillon.“When I heard about it, it didn’t surprise me,” Harrison said. “I didn’t agree with it because, as a Patriot, you have to sacrifice — you have to sacrifice finances, you have to sacrifice your stats, you have to sacrifice a lot of individual things. And that’s the one thing that Antonio Brown has shown me, that he’s not willing to sacrifice anything for anybody else besides himself.” Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago Citylast_img read more

Thompson dives into GOP race after months of testing water

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Fred Thompson, veteran actor and former Republican senator, launched his bid for the presidency Hollywood style. “I’m running for president of the United States,” Thompson told Jay Leno in a taped appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show” airing Wednesday night. Thompson called top opponents Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney formidable but added: “I think I will be, too.” He rejected the notion that he was getting into the race too late, only four months before voting begins. “I don’t think people are going to say, `You know, that guy would make a very good president but he just didn’t get in soon enough,”‘ Thompson said as the studio audience laughed. Poking at his rivals who have been running since the year began, he added: “If you can’t get your message out in a few months, you’re probably not ever going to get it out.” They have not yet settled on a candidate and are searching for someone with like-minded credentials who can win in a general election. Thompson is perhaps best known to millions of Americans as the gruff district attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s crime drama “Law & Order,” as well as for his roles in more than a dozen movies. During his 1994-2002 Senate tenure, he was considered a reliably conservative vote. He strayed from the party line on a few issues, including advocating for campaign-finance reform. He also was John McCain’s campaign co-chairman in 2000 instead of backing establishment candidate George W. Bush. Thompson spent many years in Washington as a lawyer and lobbyist. He has faced repeated questions about his lobbying work for a family-planning group that sought to relax an abortion rule and for former leftist Haitian leader Jean Bertrand-Aristide. Late-night talk shows have become a popular place for politicians to announce they are candidates for public office. Earlier this year, McCain announced his presidential bid on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” Arnold Schwarzenegger disclosed to Leno his plans to run for California governor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a multiphased campaign rollout, Thompson also called attention to his candidacy with a 30-second ad broadcast during a Republican debate in New Hampshire that he skipped. He will explain the rationale for his candidacy during a 15-minute Webcast on his campaign Internet site just after midnight. Thompson, 65, enters a crowded GOP field and an extraordinarily fluid race. While Giuliani leads in national polls, Romney maintains an edge in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Overall, Republican voters have expressed less satisfaction with their choices than Democrats, and Thompson sees that as an opening for his candidacy. It won’t be easy for the former Tennessee senator. His campaign has been beset by lackluster fundraising and multiple staff changes, the most recent coming Tuesday with the departure of his spokesman of just two weeks, Jim Mills. Thompson starts some eight months after his eight rivals began campaigning, and he lags behind Giuliani and Romney in both money and organization. In June, Thompson fell short of his $5 million fundraising goal by $1.5 million. Still, Thompson consistently ranks among the top Republicans in national polls and state surveys. A Southerner with a mostly right-leaning Senate record and a plainspoken style, he is looking to capitalize on discontent with the current choices among conservatives who make up a significant segment of GOP primary voters. last_img

‘Sign a centre-back first’ – Man Untd fans react to Gaitan rumours

first_imgNicolas Gaitan’s name is never too far away from the conversation at Manchester United every single transfer window.The Benfica winger, who joined the Portuguese outfit from Boca Juniors in 2010, has, once again, been tipped to move to Old Trafford this summer.However, are fans of the Red Devils pleased as punch about their proposed new addition? Or are they tearing their hair out at the prospect of the 27-year-old joining their ranks? Nicolas Gaitan 1last_img

Tottenham weighing up approach for £10m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk star

first_imgTottenham are considering an approach for highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk winger Marlos.The Brazilian shone for the Ukrainian giants last season, scoring 12 goals and laying on a further 15 assists, but the club’s failure to claim the league title for a second consecutive season has put his future in doubt.Marlos is reportedly on Inter Milan’s radar, while Spurs are on the hunt for a playmaker to provide competition for Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli next term.According to Calcio Mercato, both clubs are lining up bids for the 27-year-old, whose contract with Shakhtar expires in 2019.An offer in excess of £10m could be enough to persuade Shakhtar to part with their star man, who is understood to be in favour of a move to north London over Milan. Shakhtar Donetsk winger Marlos 1last_img read more

Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2-0 Celtic (4-5 agg): Hoops make group stage despite defeat

first_imgCeltic have advanced to the Champions League group stage with a 5-4 aggregate victory over Hapoel Be’er Sheva, despite losing 2-0 in tonight’s play-off second leg in Israel.Brendan Rodgers’ side will be thankful for the 5-2 victory in the first leg. The draw for the group stage takes place on Thursday evening.More to follow…Elsewhere, Porto beat nine-man Roma 3-0 (4-1 agg), Legia Warsaw won 3-1 on aggregate against Irish side Dundalk, Monaco beat Villareal 3-1 on aggregate, Viktoria Plzen lost 4-2 on aggregate to Bulgarian side Ludogorets. 1 Celtic’s Scott Sinclair in action at the Turner Stadium, Israel last_img read more

Lazio star’s new deal to contain £18m clause amid Chelsea and Liverpool links

first_img1 Stefan De Vrij Chelsea and Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij is believed to be close to renewing his Lazio contract, but with an £18m release clause.The Dutch defender’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and he was linked with a move to the Premier League, as well as Italian champions Juventus in the summer.However, Il Messaggero is reporting that a new contract has been agreed, with De Vrij ready to sign on until 2020.The new deal would see his wages rise to £2.3m per season – around £3m when bonuses are included, and is expected to contain an £18m release clause.That is expected to rise to around £23m, based on the number of appearances De Vrij makes for Lazio.last_img read more