AVB ready for tough Toon tie

first_img Erik Lamela opened the scoring after an hour and Jermain Defoe smashed home a penalty to move clear of Martin Chivers as the club’s all-time top goalscorer in European competition as Spurs booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 2-1 win. Hull also ran Spurs close two weeks ago with a contentious Roberto Soldado spot-kick proving the difference and Villas-Boas expects his players to become even more adept at facing the new challenge in the coming weeks. “It hasn’t been easy for us to try and break in behind but we will persist as this is the way we want to move forward,” he said. “Hopefully we can one day manage to do more combinations that will lead to more goals being created. “It is very, very difficult for a team to hold on defensively due to the amount of time we have the ball. “They have to make a great physical effort that eventually you manage to get in. It happened again against Sheriff, we had so much of the ball in the first half and created so much that I think in the second half they tired and we got in to more space to score the goals. “It is not easy to find the spaces, you need people to start taking on opponents to start unlocking them. We need to take risks, unlocking defences is probably a part of our game where we have to work.” Newcastle have not won in the league at White Hart Lane since a 4-1 victory in 2008 but currently sit ninth in the Barclays Premier League having beaten Chelsea last weekend. Press Association Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his players are starting to come to terms with teams shutting up shop at White Hart Lane but feels Newcastle will travel to north London looking to play on Sunday. Thursday’s Europa League group game at home to Sheriff Tiraspol was another example of a visiting team looking to defend from the back and make it difficult for Tottenham’s attacking talent to break them down. Spurs have started to show signs in recent weeks that they possess the ability to break down the most rigid defence as they look to challenge for honours following a summer of heavy investment in the squad. Villas-Boas is expecting another tough assignment on Sunday, even if he feels Alan Pardew’s side could be one of the few teams who look to play their natural game. “Whatever strategy works for them is fine,” he said. “We just have to make sure we are up to our level, we weren’t for example in the game against West Ham, we hope to be solid and create as much as we can. “I’m not sure what their strategy will be, Newcastle have a great team full of gifted, technical players so I expect them to play against us. “They are a very, very difficult team to predict their starting XI, they have lots of quality options and they have been trying different types of formation, even with a false striker. “Alan is a manager who prepares well for the games so it won’t be easy for us.” Spurs could move to within two points of league-leaders and fierce rivals Arsenal with a win on Sunday as the Gunners kick-off at Manchester United later in the day. But Villas-Boas knows Newcastle have the talent to provide a threat and will be buoyed by their 2-0 win over Chelsea. “They are now picking up great results,” the Portuguese added. “They are always a team that want to be in the competition for the teams that qualify for Europe. That is probably their expectancy given the investment they do every year. “They come here with a victory, the highest morale-boosting victory possible and they will come here full of motivation and it won’t be in any way easy for us. “They have lots of good, good players but overall I think they will have the motivation of beating Chelsea and coming now to play this game against us.” last_img read more

Magpies suspend coach Donachie

first_img The Magpies have launched an investigation into an incident after the Under-21 team’s 2-0 defeat at Sunderland on Monday evening. It is understood the 62-year-old former Scotland international’s conduct is being probed after it was claimed he was involved in an altercation with 19-year-old defender Remie Streete. Newcastle’s loss in the second-string derby came two days after the senior team were beaten 3-0 at home in the Barclays Premier League by the Black Cats. The news of Donachie’s suspension came as manager Alan Pardew prepared to sit down with owner Mike Ashley to plot a way forward for the club. The 52-year-old will send his depleted team into Barclays Premier League battle at Chelsea on Saturday after more tumult on Tyneside. The Magpies sold their best player, Yohan Cabaye, without replacing him, before losing to neighbours Sunderland and then witnessing the departure of controversial director of football Joe Kinnear inside six turbulent days. The transfer window debacle and the derby defeat proved simply too much to take for some fans, one of whom ran on to the pitch to confront Pardew during the Sunderland game, while others have signalled their intention not to renew season tickets. However, asked what his message will be when he meets Ashley to discuss life after Kinnear, the manager said: “My message is always the same, it’s about taking the club forward. “We can’t stand still, we have to go forward, so it gives us an opportunity to do that. “Let’s be honest, it was an emotional game and the fan running on the pitch with a season ticket and all that, that’s what our fans are and they will never take that away from them. “They are passionate, they love the club and the best thing I can try to do is get the best team I can out there to get results for them. “I have no problem with that passion. It comes to the surface. There was a bit of frustration this week with season tickets going forward. “But two years ago, we finished fifth; this year, we are eighth and we have done a brilliant job. “We have lost a great player, we know that, and in the summer hopefully we can bring three or four great players in. Let’s hope so because this club deserves it.” Pardew insisted he was “sad” at Kinnear’s exit – a feeling which was not shared by many on Tyneside – after his reign came to an end a little more than seven months after he was appointed. He left having made only two loan signings in as many transfer windows and with many still wondering what his role was meant to be. The 67-year-old did not carry out any media duties after launching a series of initial salvos – the first came before his appointment had even been officially confirmed – and with Ashley happy to take a back seat, Pardew has found himself having to shoulder that responsibility. The role proved particularly uncomfortable in the wake of the Sunderland game when Pardew was left to field questions about the Cabaye saga, many of which he could not answer. Pardew said: “I have probably been in that position for a long time. I have to carry that responsibility, and I have no problem with that. “I don’t want to talk about other things other than football, if I am honest, but sometimes you do and I give the best answers that I can.” It remains to be seen whether Ashley decides to persist with a director of football, but if he does, Pardew insists he would have no problem with that. He said: “That decision is the board’s, but I have no problem with directors of football. In the modern game, a lot of clubs have directors of football. “There is so much involved in transfers in terms of the other club, agents, the preparation for the bid and the finances that are involved now that it goes way past what we used to do 10 years ago.” Newcastle will travel to Chelsea without key midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has been ruled out of the next two games at least by a hamstring injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse on the sidelines. Newcastle have suspended reserve-team coach Willie Donachie over an allegation that he hit one of his players. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pellegrini reveals Aguero was not fully fit after five-goal haul stuns Newcastle

first_img But his late penalty winner in Germany on Wednesday appeared to have rejuvenated him and Newcastle found him too hot to handle. It then came as a surprise when Pellegrini substituted him after 66 minutes – denying him the chance to become the first player in Premier League history to score six in a game – but Pellegrini revealed he had been carrying a knock. Pellegrini said: “He had a serious kick from Wednesday in Germany. He was having some treatment during half-time. “To give him more minutes, maybe he would have scored one or two goals more, but we need more to take a precaution about his kick because he could get injured.” When asked more about the nature of his treatment at the interval, Pellegrini said: “Maybe it was very good treatment! “He had a kick in his hamstring, so it was important just to relax him a little bit because he was not 100 per cent comfortable.” Pellegrini was convinced Aguero, City’s top scorer last season with 32 goals in 41 appearances, would soon come good. Aguero did score against Chelsea in the second game of the season but then had a setback after suffering a knee injury in a challenge from Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann last month. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed Sergio Aguero was not fully fit after his striker’s stunning five-goal haul against Newcastle. Pellegrini said: “I am very happy for Kun. He deserves it. He is always a player who makes a difference. “For different reasons in the last few games he missed important chances, but he was calm. That was very clever from him. To see him play at the level he played today, not only must I be happy but all the fans because he is a different player.” Aguero’s stunning performance came after City had fallen behind to an early strike from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Newcastle, who slipped to the bottom of the table following the loss, were actually the better side in the first half and had other chances to extend their lead. Manager Steve McClaren said: “We came here to win. We were bold in our 4-4-2 in the first half we really shook Man City, and scored the first goal. “The second goal that was disallowed was onside, so we should have had that and we had other opportunities. It could have been a different story. “The goal before half-time just gave them a lift and in the second half we just got done by mistakes by ourselves and Aguero’s world-class finishing, which he is well capable of doing to any team.” Aguero destroyed the Magpies by scoring five times in a blistering 20-minute spell as City ran out 6-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium to power back to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Aguero had gone into the game with question marks over his form after scoring just once in open play in 10 previous appearances this season and a patchy display against Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek. Press Associationlast_img read more

‘There may be no more tennis this year’, says Wimbledon chief Lewis

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Tennis may not return until 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the entire grass-court season and most of the clay-court campaign, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis said yesterday.The outbreak has played havoc with the global sporting calendar and the Wimbledon championships were cancelled by the AELTC on Wednesday for the first time since the Second World War.Lewis, who is set to step down in July, said he hoped the situation will stabilise in the coming months to allow the hard-court season to get underway before the U.S. Open begins on August 24.“The optimist in me – and I’m often not optimistic – still hopes that the American hard-court season will take place,” Lewis said.“One hopes that things have settled down a bit and those big 1000-point tournaments – Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati – can happen in the lead-up to the U.S. Open. We all know that’s probably tenuous at the moment.“I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year. But let’s hope that the U.S. Open and Roland Garros can take place.”The French Open, originally due to be played from May 24 to June 7, was postponed and controversially rescheduled by the French tennis federation for September 20 – October. 4 – a week after the U.S. Open concludes.Top players, including eight-time champion Roger Federer and seven-time winner Serena Williams, expressed their disappointment at not being able to play at Wimbledon this year.The two 38-year-olds are nearing the end of their careers and Lewis is hoping they will return to the All England Club in 2021.“We’d love to see both of them back,” Lewis said. “It’s something to look forward to, and we’ll hopefully enjoy it all the more, a silver lining to come out of it.”last_img read more

Extra Innings: Harrell hire brings USC fans hope

first_imgDaniels is surrounded by a wealth of receivers in rising sophomore Amon-Ra St. Brown, senior Michael Pittman and redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns. I have no doubt that given the right guidance from a coach who has air-raid offense down to a science and the ability to develop quarterbacks, Daniels and his teammates will thrive in 2019. Finally, Trojan football has someone in charge of their offense. Finally, USC Athletics has made a choice that fans will back. Finally, the future of USC football has a glimmer of hope. I have no doubts that implementing an air-raid offense is the right choice for the Trojans going into the 2019 season. This is why I — like most fans and alumni — was so excited about the Kingsbury hire. Malepeai is a gritty, goal-line type of back. He found that niche last season, after pounding in touchdowns from a couple yards out and converting on third and short. It’s unlikely that he will be a consistent first-down player. Last season, he filled a necessary spot for the Trojans, and he did a great job at it. But at the same time, that doesn’t mean he can step up and fill the first string spot in 2019. I don’t doubt that Pendergast will find a core of young talent in rising sophomores cornerback Olaijah Griffin, lineman Jay Tufele and safety Talanoa Hufanga to lead the defense in August. But even if he doesn’t, and the defense becomes a major flaw in USC’s playbook, an air-raid offense is the perfect remedy. Having the ability to get the ball down the field and into the end zone fast could prove to be invaluable, and it would mitigate some of the growing pains the defense could experience this year. Harrell’s first season with the Mean Green in 2016 resulted in an abysmal 117th rank in total offense. Three years later, his offense finished at No. 20 in the nation for the same statistic. Carr is a different story — he is the preeminent candidate to fill the starting spot. He has a lot of potential and could prove to be a success for the Trojans this upcoming season. The main problem: He has to stay healthy. Carr has proven to be one of the more injury-prone players for USC, but an injury at a crucial point of the season could be devastating for the Trojans. For Trojan fans, there is finally some hope for the 2019 football season. First and foremost, the 2019 Trojans’ ground game is largely up in the air. The loss of former senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware significantly hurts the Trojans’ run game. Left on the back personnel are rising juniors Stephen Carr and Vavae Malepeai. Both are solid backs, but come with flaws. What’s most impressive is that Harrell managed to mount that statistic improvement while playing against “elite” teams like Incarnate Word and Liberty. That was obviously a joke. I recognize that his stats must be taken with a grain of salt, but a 97-place improvement has to turn some heads. Harrell was hired on Wednesday and will have to get to Los Angeles as soon as possible to start working with the Trojans. National Signing Day is Feb. 6, and spring practices start in March. As for USC’s passing game, it has weapons. Rising sophomore JT Daniels will be an all-star quarterback if he gets the proper coaching direction. That’s where Harrell comes in. The former NTU OC developed quarterback Mason Fine into Conference USA’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018. USC’s defense is another concern. Losing senior captains in linebackers Cam Smith, Porter Gustin, cornerback Ajene Harris and safety Marvell Tell III is not an easy blow to recover from. But if I had to choose one USC coach to put all my faith in, it would be defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Finally. Former North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is certainly a welcome addition to the coaching staff. The best part about the hire is that it reconciles much of the pain from the loss of Kliff Kingsbury, who left USC for the Arizona Cardinals a month after he was hired. It’s important to acknowledge that Harrell is no Kingsbury; the former NTU coach has yet to prove himself in a Power Five conference. While he doesn’t have a long track record,  Harrell certainly brings a very intriguing resume to the table. Much like Kingsbury, Harrell has spent time working under the air-raid king and current Washington State head coach Mike Leach. Harrell’s experience with Leach led him to implement the pass-heavy offense at North Texas, and it worked like a charm. Sam Arslanian is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

DOJO Madness raises $6m in Series A II round

first_imgEsports data start-up DOJO Madness has today announced that it has raised a $6m (£4.8m) Series A II round. This means the total amount raised by the company now stands at $12.75m (£10.2m). DOJO has a range of data driven products, such as its SUMO coaching apps, Shadow SaaS platforms and its newly acquired Coaching marketplace, and this money will be used to build on and expand these. The capital will also be used to bring these products into new regions starting with Southeast Asia. The financing round was led by Raine Ventures, the venture capital arm of The Raine Group, with help from Kakao’s K Cube Ventures and existing investors such as March Capital and DN Capital.The Berlin based DOJO Madness team  Jens Hilgers, the CEO of DOJO Madness stated: “Raine Ventures is an excellent fit for DOJO Madness because of their specific sports and entertainment focus, as well as their access to Asia. Asia is a key market for us as we continue to execute on further scaling our products, and Raine, with its network of relationships and deep partnerships, will be an invaluable partner to us.”“Many popular esports titles exhibit a very steep learning curve. DOJO’s products improve the experience and engagement of players in their favorite games, and as such, are equally of great value to publishers,” added Blair Ford, Venture Partner of The Raine Group. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with such an experienced and passionate team.”Esports Insider says: Jens Hilgers’ company continues on its impressive growth trajetory which began in 2014. Data will play an increasingly major role in all things esports as the industry grows and DOJO are well placed to capitalise.last_img read more

Lakers star Kobe Bryant leads NBA All-Star voting by large margin

first_imgPresuming he plays in the 2016 NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14 in Toronto, this would mark Bryant’s 18th and last All-Star appearance before he retires following the 2015-16 season. Bryant, who is playing his 20th NBA season, has the second most All-Star selections behind only former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19).Beyond he global popularity, Bryant has also benefited from being listed as a frontcourt player for the first time of his NBA career. Bryant, who has played small forward this season, is ahead of Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant (349,473 votes).Bryant has averaged 17.4 points on 34.4 percent shooting, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 30.7 minutes per game this season. But in the last five games, Bryant has improved his play to a 23.5 points per game average on 44.9 percent shooting and 4.3 assists in 29.8 minutes per game. Before they voted, it turns out the fans did not take into account Kobe Bryant’s fight against Father Time. Nor did fans worry about the Lakers’ season-long struggles.Bryant still led in the first returns on the 2016 NBA All-Star ballot, his 719,235 votes ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (510,202) and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (357,937). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

OG Anunoby health update: Raptors forward will be active for Game 2

first_img NBA Finals 2019: Draymond Green, Drake clear air over dinner after heated exchange NBA Finals 2019: Steve Kerr and Warriors confident despite deficit Anunoby averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game in 2018-19. His greatest strength, however, is his defensive versatility. His 7-6 wingspan and quickness will only improve Toronto’s ability to guard Golden State’s perimeter threats. He could also help Kawhi Leonard get some rest by serving as the star’s primary backup, like he did during the regular season.”Just be able to switch on defense, and offensively to be able to shoot and pass,” Anunoby said about his potential role in the series.The Raptors claimed a 118-109 victory in Game 1 to secure a 1-0 lead over the two-time defending champion Warriors. Game 2 will tipoff at 8 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena. OG Anunoby is nearing his return to the court.Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters the second-year forward will be active for Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors on Sunday. But he may not play in the matchup, Nurse said. NBA Finals 2019: Kawhi Leonard describes Raptors’ season, fans as ‘special’ Nick Nurse confirms what he’s already said previously: OG Anunoby will be active tonight. Downplays how much of an impact he will have … makes it seem like he is very unlikely to play tonight.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 2, 2019The 21-year-old forward was upgraded to questionable for Game 1 but didn’t appear in that contest. He hasn’t played since undergoing an emergency appendectomy in mid-April.”(Not being able to play) is boring,” Anunoby told reporters last week. “But, you can’t control it.” Related Newslast_img read more

Mulalić’s emotional Greeting with Fans after winning the Derby

first_imgIn the derby of the 26th round of the BHT Premier League, Željezničar defeated Sarajevo on the stadium „Asim Ferhatović Hase“ with the minimum result of 1:0. After the match, the coach of Željezničar Edis Mulalić was in tears while greeting the players.Željezničar celebrated with the goal scored by Miroslav Stevanović who scored in the 46th minute of the first half time, after a cross by Blagojević from free-kick.With this victory, the Blues took the third place in the rankings, continued the amazing winning streak and recorded the first victory on Koševo after 12 years. Carried by overwhelming emotions, caused by difficult situation after relegation from the Cup of BiH, the coach of Željezničar Edis Mulalić was in tears while celebrating after the match.In the next round, Željezničar welcomes the leader of the rankings, Zrinjski, on Grbavica.(Source: klix.ba/ photo avaz)last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, January 22, 2014:•11:46 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3 p.m. Officers investigated stalking and criminal threat of a known suspect in the 1100 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•3:15 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of medication in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington.•3:30 p.m. Officer investigated harassment by phone in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•6:20 p.m. Cindy L. Doerge, 54, Wellington was arrested on a Sumner County Warrant for theft.last_img read more