Pochettino braced for Saints visit

first_img “That year-and-a-half in my life was an amazing period and I left, but this is another thing. I have amazing memories from Southampton. “I know it’s football. Now I am happy that they are happy at the beginning of the season and for me that is enough. “In football, you deserve, you don’t deserve [certain things]. Some people say okay, some people say no, but this is football. “I’m happy Southampton have a great season and it’s a game that we need to win the three points. “We need to fight with Southampton on Sunday, but it’s emotional. Football is emotional and Sunday is emotional for us too.” Spurs head into Sunday’s match off the back of a last-gasp draw with Besiktas on Thursday evening. Pochettino’s men were on course for a first Europa League Group C victory, as Harry Kane’s 20-yard strike was complemented by a world-class goalkeeping display by Hugo Lloris. However, Vlad Chiriches’ farcical late handball after an air kick gave Besiktas a penalty, from which Demba Ba coolly rolled home for a 1-1 draw. It is a frustration Pochettino said Spurs cannot afford to dwell on with Saints arriving this weekend – sentiments echoed by goalscorer Kane. “It was great to get on the scoresheet again but we’ve come away disappointed,” the forward said. “We dug deep as a team and to concede so late is heartbreaking on our behalf. “Besiktas are a top side, they were unlucky not to qualify for the Champions League so we knew we’d have to be at our best. “They created a few chances but Hugo is a top goalkeeper and pulled off some world-class saves. “It would have been a great win and we really wanted to win this game, we knew it would be a big game in the group. “We had chances as well, their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, but we have to move on.” Tottenham will recall a number of players. Hugo Lloris was the only player to start both last weekend’s derby clash with Arsenal and the Europa League tie against Besiktas on Thursday evening. Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Etienne Capoue, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli all dropped out of the squad entirely against the Turkish side. Kyle Walker remains out after abdominal surgery. All eyes will be on Pochettino but his successor Ronald Koeman is not paying much attention to that reunion at White Hart Lane. “For me [it does] not [give this game extra spice] because I wasn’t here last season, but I understand for Mauricio Pochettino maybe it’s special,” the Dutchman said. “I think it’s special for him and maybe for some players. “We changed a lot this season our squad but it’s always special for some players who worked with Mauricio last season. “But there is no influence in the final result because the most important thing is to win the game or lose the game.” While there have been numerous changes at St Mary’s, Pochettino will be coming up against several familiar faces. That core of players has helped Southampton’s plethora of new arrivals adapt, providing Koeman with a good foundation from which to build. “Every manager has his own way of working but from the first day of this season what I saw was a great spirit in the team, and I heard that was one of the qualities of last season,” the Dutchman said. “The team and the players are continuing with that. “Okay, it was difficult because we had a lot of changes but we had good scouting in the club and we bought good players in and maybe the challenge now is higher than the last season. “Everybody was surprised with the eighth position last season, but people love how the team is doing and we will do everything to keep that. Last season is the past and we have to look forward.” The determination to keep improving has not only impressed Koeman but a number of international managers, too. Saints captain Jose Fonte was called up by Portugal for the first time on Friday, following on from Nathaniel Clyne’s selection by England the previous day. The right-back has played a key role in Southampton’s fine start to the campaign and Koeman rates as one of the best he has coached in the position. “I think everybody is agreed with that call because he’s doing a fantastic job and he’s still 23 years old and still a young player,” Koeman said. “He has had a great progression this season and is playing very good for the team. “He’s one of the best in his position because he’s defending good and he’s fast and he shows his physical side. “In the last minute against QPR, he made a run about 60 or 70 metres and that showed his spirit for the team and he’s a very good player.” Southampton defender Florin Gardos will be assessed before kick off. The Romania international missed last weekend’s win against QPR with a calf complaint and has only just returned to training. James Ward-Prowse (foot) and Rodriguez (knee) are long-term absentees, while Maya Yoshida (ankle) is also out. That success saw Southampton last season enjoy their best-ever Barclays Premier League campaign – a feat that saw Spurs come calling in the summer, with Pochettino and his staff lured to White Hart Lane. That exit led to a well-documented talent drain at St Mary’s, making the job done by successor Ronald Koeman so far this season all the more remarkable. Saints head to White Hart Lane on Sunday second in the standings and looking for a seventh successive win in all competitions – a start which has surprised fans and pundits alike, although seemingly not the Spurs boss. “Yes, why not? This is football,” Pochettino said. “When they start with a new project and new players and staff, why not? “In football the most important thing is belief and Southampton like a club have a great force, power and they believe and this is important. I am happy. “We have a lot of friends a lot of people I love in Southampton. I’m happy for their start in the league for the players, the people from the club. I have a very good memories.” This will be an emotional encounter for Pochettino but one in which Saints fans are unlikely to show much – if any – affection towards their former boss. “I don’t know [if the fans love me],” he said. “I love Southampton. I love a lot of people. Eyebrows were raised when the former Argentina defender replaced the popular Nigel Adkins at the St Mary’s helm in January 2013, yet the relative unknown quickly established himself as one of the finest managerial talents around. Pochettino’s attacking, high-pressing style earned widespread praise, as did the manner in which English talent like Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez flourished under his tutorship. Mauricio Pochettino still loves Southampton but knows that affection is unlikely to be reciprocated when his former side arrives at Tottenham this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kenya’s Kipchoge wins men’s marathon

first_imgBy Scott MaloneRIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s Olympic marathon with a dominating performance, running alone into the Sambadrome and finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds yesterday.Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa claimed the silver medal and American Galen Rupp took the bronze in humid conditions on a rain-slicked course.Kipchoge, 31, began to split the field after around 30 kilometers, starting with a group of a dozen runners about him that slowly dropped away until he ran the final kilometers alone.“It was a bit slow so I decided to take over. Maybe it was the rain, maybe not. Everyone wants a medal. I was coming here for gold,” said Kipchoge, who has won seven of the eight marathons he has entered, including two London Marathon victories.In previous Olympic appearances, in 2004 and 2008, he had competed in the 5,000 meters before shifting his focus to the longer distance.Rupp, 30, also made the transition from a short event but did so at the same Games, having finished fifth in the men’s 10,000 meters eight days ago.“I was emotionally drained after the 10K, but I got it out of the system and decided to have an attacking race,” Rupp said. “Maybe this is my best event.”It marked the third straight time a Kenyan had claimed a spot on the Olympic podium, following silver and bronze performances in 2012 and a 2008 gold.As he crossed the line, Lilesa raised his crossed arms in the air, a gesture of solidarity with members of his tribe who have faced violent government reprisals to their protests against a plan to redevelop farmland.Kipchoge’s victory came a week after compatriot Jemima Jelagat Sumgong won gold in the women’s marathon, marking the first time both races had been won by the same nation.Yesterday’s race was relatively slow for a world-class marathon, which several runners blamed on the wet conditions. But Kipchoge said he aspired to eventually break the marathon world record of 2:02:57, set by countryman Dennis Kimetto in 2014.“It is at the back of my mind, but I cannot say when,” Kipchoge said. “But I want to cap my career with a world record, yes.”Rupp tipped his hat to the victorious Kenyan.“It’s not like he’s a one-hit wonder where he ran one great race,” Rupp said. “He’s done it over and over and over again.”last_img read more

Cricket News India women’s cricket team coaching application conundrum deepens, Ramesh Powar reapplies

first_imgNew Delhi: The application for the post of the India women’s cricket team coach has seen plenty of twists and turns. The likes of Manoj Prabhakar and Herschelle Gibbs, who have been accused of match-fixing, are several applicants but the conundrum has deepened even further with Ramesh Powar, whose tenure was not renewed after India’s exit in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, has reapplied for the post after getting strong support from India women’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Speaking to PTI, Powar confirmed that he had applied. “”Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can’t let them (the girls) down by not applying,” said Powar.During the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final, the team management including Powar and Harmanpreet dropped Mithali Raj, triggering a massive controversy. After returning home from the West Indies, Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her. Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.  Following the controversy, the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications for the post and set the application deadline for December 14. Harmanpreet and Smriti have already said that they want Powar to continue while Mithali is against his return.  Even the Committee of Administrators, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, are at loggerheads over the women’s coach appointment.Read More | Gautam Gambhir farewell – When tension was dispelled in stylePoisoned chalice of women’s coachingFollowing the exit of Powar, there have been several names that have cropped up in the application for the post. However, one name that has garnered the most controversy is Manoj Prabhakar, who was banned for five years following the match-fixing scandal in 2000. What confounds the situation even more is that Prabhakar’s interview will be conducted by a panel headed by Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common gloryFrom their playing days till the match-fixing controversy 2000, acrimony between Prabhakar and Kapil is well known in Indian cricket circles. Following the scandal, Prabhakar had written in a column that named the player who offered him money to underperform to a ‘big gun’ in the government. But Prabhakar refused to name him in a public forum. However, IS Bindra, the former president of the BCCI, said Prabhakar had taken Kapil’s name. In an interview to the BBC, Kapil broke down and wept bitterly when asked about the allegations of matchfixing.Even the name of Gibbs, the former South Africa opening batsmen, is certain to draw some negative attention. Gibbs was handed a six-month ban for his involvement in the match-fixing saga but recently on his Twitter handle, Gibbs confirmed he had applied for the post of India women’s coach. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Lagos La Mansuri, Ibadan Oluyole Open Hostilities in Low Cup

first_img2017 NPA LAGOS POLO Race for the prestigious Majekodunmi Cup starts WednesdayAfter an enthralling first week capped by the emergence of Leighton Kings and STL 57 as champions of the Open Cup and Silver Cup respectively, the final week of the 2017 NPA Lagos Polo International Tournament begins today with Lagos La Mansuri and Ibadan Oluyole galloping off proceedings in the medium-goal Low Cup.Other fixtures of the day in the tournament which has GTBank as main sponsor will see Lagos Balmoral International slugging it out with Kano Hago while Kano Nakudu and Lagos United battle for supremacy in the last match of the day.A record 12 teams comprising seven Lagos teams are participating in the Low Cup while three teams from Kano and two from Ibadan complete the list. Aside the home teams that are scheduled for action on Tuesday, Lagos Petrosmith, Lagos Eat N’ Go, Lagos Lintex and Caverton Sao Polo are the other home teams competing. Kano Agad and Ibadan Eleyele are the visiting teams.The 12 teams are divided into four leagues of three teams with league winners progressing to the semifinals.League 1 has Lintex, Petrosmith and Eat N’ Go while Agad, La Mansuri and Oluyole will jostle for the sole ticker in League 2.Caverton Sao Polo, Balmoral and Hago are the teams in League 3 and League 4 has Nakudu, Eleyele and United.Low Cup holders, Caverton Sao Polo look good to defend their title successfully with a balanced quartet of Seyi Oyinlola (0), Rotimi Makanjuola (+1), Abdulrahman Mohammed (+3) and 2016 MVP, Ahmadu Umar (+3).They are however likely to face a strong challenge from Balmoral who will feature Luqman Adebayo (+1), Mohammed Dangote (-1), Kwame Isa (+3) and a yet to be announced two-golaer.The prestigious Majekodunmi Cup will start on Wednesday with Lagos Fifth Chukker confronting Kano Keffi Ponys. Newly-formed Lagos Centaurs are the other team in the high-goal event.Centaurs will be formed by Bode Makanjuola (+1), Bashir Dantata (+3), Leroux Hendriks (+5) and Tom De Bruin (+7). Keffi Ponys have Ahmed Wadada (+1), Bello Buba (+4), Santiago Astrada (+6) and Alfredo Bigati, an Argentine six-goaler who will be playing in Nigeria for the first time.Lagos Fifth Chukker is made up of Babangida Hassan (+3), Adamu Atta (+3), Santiago Cernadas and Manuel Crespo, a seven-goaler voted as the Majekodunmi Cup MVP in 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MLAX : Record crowd propels Orange; SU commits season-low 8 turnovers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With three minutes remaining, the Carrier Dome crowd let the Notre Dame fans hear it. The couple hundred loyal Irish supporters became the target of the thousands of Syracuse fans to their left.The Orange held a five-goal lead and with the win secured, chants of ‘overrated’ were hurled in the direction of the Notre Dame fan section.Most of the fourth-largest regular-season crowd in Carrier Dome history left happily, as No. 4 Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Notre Dame 11-8 Saturday. The 14,751 spectators were vocal throughout and helped push the Orange to clinch at least a share of the Big East conference title.‘We had over 20,000 in the Meadowlands,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘And if that’s 14,000, that sounds more like 30,000. That’s the loudest crowd we’ve been in front of this year so far. We give our home fans some credit. It was great to have them come out and support us today.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe atmosphere was electric from start to finish, though the overwhelmingly pro-Orange crowd didn’t help Syracuse immediately. SU fell behind 2-0 early, and the Irish showed no signs of being affected by the raucous environment.Syracuse long-stick midfielder Joel White said he and his teammates were a little too hyped up at first. The jitters came on the defensive end. Desko said that unit failed to slide quickly enough against the Notre Dame offense early.‘We were a little too pumped up at first, and we had a few mistakes because of it,’ White said. ‘But at the same time, it’s great to have that crowd, and it helped juice us up and make our comeback.’The comeback came in the form of two separate 4-0 runs made by the Orange. SU reeled off four straight to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Later, it put the game out of reach with a run that gave Syracuse a commanding 8-3 lead.Notre Dame defender Kevin Ridgway said the crowd didn’t have too much of an effect on the game, but that it does highlight any small mistakes a team makes. Notre Dame finished with 17 turnovers to SU’s eight. That included seven in the fourth quarter while the Irish tried to make a comeback.‘I don’t think it’s really that much of a factor,’ Ridgway said. ‘Little plays are magnified by how many people there are in the stands, but you settle in.’Ultimately, it was the Orange who settled in best. Riding the emotion from the crowd, Syracuse put up 11 goals on what was the nation’s best statistical defense coming into the game.Desko and the SU players agreed it was the liveliest environment the team has been in so far in 2011.Said Desko: ‘I thought the crowd was incredible to have that many people here in the Carrier Dome to watch a great lacrosse game.’Handle with careComing into Saturday’s matchup, Syracuse was averaging 14.2 turnovers per game.Desko said that was a big topic of discussion in the week heading into the Orange’s matchup with Notre Dame.‘We knew that against such a great defense, we’d have to value our possessions,’ he said.SU did just that Saturday in its 11-8 win, committing a season-low eight turnovers against the Fighting Irish. The Orange coughed the ball up just four times in the first three quarters before four more giveaways in the fourth ballooned that number to eight.‘We talked about turnovers going in,’ Desko said. ‘And there’s a fine line because we have to be able to push the ball to the center of their defense once in a while because they do slide so quickly. But you don’t want to commit too many turnovers as a result.’There were some occasions where passes got away from the Orange, but the possessions were salvaged through SU hustle and a few fortunate bounces.After a Tom Palasek goal put SU up 3-2 in the first quarter, Jeremy Thompson pulled the faceoff back toward his goal. Senior Jovan Miller chased it down and sent a long pass back to goalie John Galloway. The pass sailed high, but Galloway managed to get a piece of it with his stick and chased it down before it crossed the end line.On the other end, Notre Dame was not so fortunate, committing 17 turnovers — 11 of them officially caused by Syracuse.‘They do a great job of getting that last check in,’ Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. ‘They do a great job of scraping passing lanes and knocking balls down and doing that stuff. … I think we contributed way too much to the turnovers at the offensive end.’zjbrown@syr.edumjcohe02@syr.edu Published on April 30, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Trojans stripped of 2004 national title

first_imgThe Bowl Championship Series stripped USC of its 2004 national championship Monday as a result of major infractions stemming from the ineligibility of former tailback Reggie Bush.Punished · Less than two weeks after the NCAA denied USC’s appeal, the BCS took away the Trojans’ 2004 national championship. – Summer Trojan file photo As a result of the ruling, USC must vacate the results of the 2005 Orange Bowl, the 2004 national title game in which USC defeated Oklahoma 55-19, as well as the 2006 Rose Bowl, in which the Trojans lost to Texas 41-38 in the final minutes.“The BCS alerted us today that their presidents have voted to vacate USC’s 2005 BCS Championship Game victory,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a statement. “This was not an unexpected outcome. We will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this BCS vote.”The announcement comes 11 days after USC’s appeal of last June’s sanctions, which included a two-year postseason ban and a loss of 30 scholarships over three seasons, was denied by the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee.The BCS was only waiting for the appeals process to be completed, before making its ruling official.“The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for postseason football,” BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “One of the best ways of ensuring that they remain so is for us to foster full compliance with NCAA rules. Accordingly, in keeping with the NCAA’s recent action, USC’s appearances are being vacated.”As a result, there will no BCS champion for the 2004-2005 season.“This action reflects the scope of the BCS arrangement and is consistent with the NCAA’s approach when it subsequently discovers infractions by institutions whose teams have played in NCAA championship events,” Hancock said.USC will still keep its Associated Press National Championship.last_img read more

Zak: Braun deserving of 2nd-straight MVP

first_imgWould you hire Michael Vick as a dog sitter? No, because he went to jail for hosting dog fights. Would you let MC Hammer handle your finances? No, because he quickly found fame and found bankruptcy even quicker. These are easy decisions.The common thread is society has a hard time forgiving people for their colossal mistakes, struggling to respect them after it’s all over. The same thing is happening to Ryan Braun, and it’s a travesty.Braun’s urine PED-positive sample from last December was eventually proved invalid, and he therefore avoided a 50-game suspension to begin the 2012 season. Brewers fans and the front office were finally able to breathe. While his stats have him in the running for NL Most Valuable Player, the faulty sample has him running into trouble.The 2011 NL MVP is as deserving as any other candidate, yet the odds are against him, based not on what Braun has done in the MVP hunt, but rather on who gets to decide the award.A privileged few from the Baseball Writers Association of America are given MVP votes each year, and while they will speak loudest when the choice is made, there is a common perception Braun cannot win this year’s award.His MVP chances are extremely limited simply because a test linked to his name included the phrase “performance-enhancing drugs.” It is easy to understand, but it isn’t right. Ryan Braun should trump the competition of Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen to win his second-straight MVP award.I would like to start by dissecting the acronym MVP. What makes any particular player the most valuable of all the players in the league? For me, traits of consistency, demand and magnitude – when combined with statistics – constitute the overall value of a player.The fact the Brewers have a pulse is one reason for Braun’s candidacy, because they probably shouldn’t have one. Let’s flash back to July 29, when Milwaukee traded away its ace pitcher, Zack Greinke.Sitting at 11 games under .500 and 12 games out of the wild card race, the Brewers had finally seemed to give up on the 2012 season, siphoning what they could in prospects by dealing Greinke, Braun’s biggest aid in carrying Milwaukee.How did Braun answer to the call? By hitting .315 throughout August and September, tallying 12 home runs and 34 RBIs in just 45 games. The Brewers are now five games over .500 and just two and a half games out of the final playoff spot.Posey passes this test as well, as the Giants have 15 more wins than losses over that stretch. McCutchen is the exact opposite, however, as his Pirates have faded, going 16-31 since.But Braun hasn’t just been great since Greinke’s departure – he has been great all season. An easy way of measuring Braun’s consistency is looking at his best and worst months of the year. Braun’s best was probably August, batting .312 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. His worst came in April, when his .294 average, seven home runs and 17 RBIs seemed, at the time, rather paltry. Fancy that.Braun’s biggest competitors have flopped at different points this season, Posey in May (.253) and McCutchen in August (.252). For a season that stretches 162 games, the Most Valuable Player should be inherently valuable through the entire season.Braun has done just that, and with minimal help from teammates, proving his enormous demand. Everything Ryan Braun does, his team needs every ounce of it.When you visit the Brewers’ statistics page on ESPN.com, five pictures displaying Braun’s smile blanket the page, showing he is the team leader in nearly every statistic. How’s that for valuable?Posey has been magnificent, but the demand for his greatness hasn’t been as large. His now-suspended teammate Melky Cabrera is going to win the NL batting title. Braun’s best helper on the Brewers is batting just .294.With likely the worst bullpen in the league (NL-leading 27 blown saves), the Brewers have desperately needed every one of his league-leading 40 home runs. He also leads the league with 105 RBIs as well as total bases and extra-base hits.After losing Prince Fielder to free agency, Braun was the only sure thing returning to the Brewers lineup in 2012. The cleanup spot was left rather bare, forcing Braun to repeat his 2011 magic and then some.He has done exactly that, matching most of his statistics from a year ago. Only now he will finish with more home runs and even more RBIs. Did I mention he also steals bases?The magnitude of Ryan Braun doesn’t just cover the balls that soar into the stands. With just a pair of steals in his final 15 games, Braun will reach the 30 home runs-30 steals mark for the second consecutive season. Only Alfonso Soriano has completed that feat in the past decade.So what if Braun doesn’t have as many hits as McCutchen or as many doubles as Posey? Put those hits into context and a different story arises, one in which Braun appears more and more valuable to Milwaukee.With two outs and runners in scoring position, possibly the moment a player can prove most valuable, Braun is hitting .286 – 51 points higher than Posey (.235) and 13 higher than McCutchen (.273). He has delivered 16 hits in situations where he was needed most. That’s value.The final 15 games of the season will have a large impact on his MVP chances, but his defective sample of 11 months ago should not.In the end, the MVP race should be left in the hands of the thoroughbreds that have been running this whole time. Someone is sure to go home unhappy, it just shouldn’t be Ryan Braun.Sean is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Should Braun’s test keep him out of the MVP race? Let him know at szak@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Foley hoping for place against the Wallabies

first_imgThe Clonmel native impressed in yesterday’s comfortable 49-7 win in Dublin, where himself and Leinster’s Dominic Ryan wore the green jersey for the first time at senior test level.And Foley says that confidence is high heading into this weekend’s final test against the Wallabies.Staying with Ireland and management has confirmed that Chris Henry had suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain. The Ulster flanker was ruled-out of the recent November International against South Africa after complaining of a severe migraine.Further tests have now revealed the extent of the problem and the player is now resting at home and will need to undergo further tests and a specialist opinion.Meanwhile, Mike McCarthy reported suffering some concussion after yesterday’s win over Georgia and he’ll now have to complete the return to play protocols before being considered for this Saturday’s clash with Australia.Centre Jared Payne is continuing his recover from a foot injury while hooker Rory Best is set to train fully this week and will be available for selection.last_img read more