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Spurs fan called in sick and left Arsenal work group after Bayern loss

first_imgA TOTTENHAM fan was so enraged by their humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich that he was forced to call in SICK to work to avoid stick from Arsenal-supporting colleagues.Despite taking an early lead, Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered the heaviest home loss by an English club in Europe after they were thrashed 7-2 by the Bundesliga champions.2 Spurs have just one point from their first two Champions League matches after Bayern Munich hammeringCredit: EPAThat stunning home loss came just a week after the club were sent tumbling out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.To compound their misery, it was former Arsenal flop Serge Gnabry who scored four times before declaring that “North London is RED”.And it was all too much for Spurs fan Darren, who admitted that he left his work WhatsApp group to avoid similar trolling from his Arsenal-supporting mates.He told talkSPORT’s Sports Bar: “I’m flabbergasted with the result tonight. 7-2! It’s really not on!“Christian Eriksen, first of all, he doesn’t want to be there and should have been frozen out from the start of the season. He said he wanted to leave after the Champions League final so he should have been in the Under-23s or Under-18s.“Pochettino over five years has done a great job – an amazing job – but I just feel like it’s coming to an end.“I’ve got to go to work tomorrow with eight Arsenal fans… I’ve just text my manager and had to call in sick!“I’ve left the WhatsApp group and I’m not going to work tomorrow!”I’m flabbergasted with the result. 7-2! It’s really not on! I’ve just text my manager and had to call in sick!Arsenal fans wouldn’t be in the best position to rub the result in after they suffered a heavy loss to Bayern the last time they were in the Champions League.When the two sides clashed in the round-of-sixteen back in 2017, the Bundesliga champions triumphed 10-2 on aggregate, with the Germans winning 5-1 in both legs.But that hasn’t spared Tottenham’s flops from being mocked by other football fans on Twitter, with a series of hilarious memes flooding in after the 7-2 defeat.Pochettino told his battered team to “man-up” after they suffered the worst home defeat in the club’s 137-year history.“This type of situation happens and you need to show your quality like a man first – to face like a professional is like a man,” said the Argentine.“You need to put your quality, how you are strong like a person to face this type of situation and after is coming the professional side.2Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“Now we need to be a man and to face that problem and be strong together to try to bounce back and change that feeling.“I think we are very critical with ourselves and to find always the way to fix a problem. We need to try to move on because I think it’s more psychological now.“I think the most important now is to have one idea, one analysis, one assessment and we need to stick with this idea and from there start to improve.”Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munichlast_img read more

Games Council convinced PNG is Games ready

first_imgWhen addressing the local and international media today, Pacific Games Council (PGC) president Vidhya Lakhan congratulated the PNG Government for its efforts.“After visiting all the venues this week, we were surprised with the amount of work compared to our last visit in getting the games venues ready.“All venues are ready after being tested and trialled and there are no issues.“They’re far better than in past Games so congratulations to the PNG Government,” he said.The PGC was also grateful for the people of the host city, Port Moresby, for the support provided to the Games Organising Committee.The council is confident that the Games will be an excellent event and a success.Four thousand athletes and officials from 24 countries will be involved in the Games.last_img read more

Solomon Islands PM tours Pacific Games venues

first_imgSolomon Islands will be hosting the 2023 Pacific Games and Sogavare says the real work will start after the bid to make sure the infrastructures are ready in time before the Games.“Since we are here, I know we can learn a lot of from the experience of Papua New Guinea.“So far this morning we toured a number of sites and one thing of course is the infrastructure.“So we have two challenges on our hands, first is to make sure that the infrastructure are ready a year before 2023, and the other of course is to continue to use the facilities after the Games,” said Sogavare.He added he was impressed with the current infrastructure adding it will be a mammoth of a task to equal what PNG is doing.Sogavare said that PNG is a very big economy and will ably sustain and maintain such infrastructures, however for Solomon Islands, they will be selective on the sports they offer.“We are of course very selective in the sport we are offering  for 2023, so we will  be building infrastructures according to the games we offer,” said Sogavare.Sogavare ended his tour at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) where staff from the High Performance Sport took on him on a tour of the facilities.He was further impressed with PNG’s scientific approach to improving Sports in Papua New Guinea using the High Performance unit based at the TAC.He said PNG and the Solomon Islands have a very strong relationship and he has received assurance from the PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and his Ministers that they will assist in hosting the Games in 2023.last_img read more

Suarez will be four months off and Barça plans to sign

first_imgChaos increases in Barcelona. Luis Suarez would miss almost the rest of the season after undergoing a meniscus operation this morning by Dr. Ramon Cugat. According to Barcelona, ​​the Uruguayan striker would be close to four months off.The Uruguayan striker dragged discomfort in the knee for years and after falling to Atlético de Madrid raised the possibility of surgery, but he never imagined that the recovery period would be so long. There was talk before entering the operating room of a convalescence period of four to six weeks that would allow him to play the decisive part of the course with the aim of reappearing before Naples in the Champions League on February 25. 9 Before this varapalo, Barcelona seriously considers the option of going to the winter market to sign a striker. Another issue to discuss at the meeting of the sports area convened urgently to also assess the relief or not of Valverde after Xavi Hernández’s refusal to assume the team right now.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 12, 2020last_img read more

Albertini also teleports with technicians in Italy

first_imgFor this, it has been created a specific website in which the subjects and subjects are accessed. Given the health alarm situation, FIGC’s technical management has temporarily authorized the possibility to advance in training even for those who they are not up to date with the obligatory annual payments in the technical register.What Italians don’t have is the possibility of take the PRO course in just a few months like if you offer the FEF. Italy has historically been the birthplace of excellent coaches and many of them have come from the lowest, like Sarri, no need of having been elite players. Ex-internationals also have the option of taking out their card, although overcoming more tests and pitfalls. That makes a natural sieve that leave out to many of the players when they retire and plan to continue their career as coaches.Despite this, they have come out lately ex-player technicians like Gattuso (Naples) or Simone inzaghi (Lazio) that have given a new leap of quality to the bench of the Italian clubs. Albertini knows the importance of continuing to create young coaches since base, as Spain also does, and that is why it has put all kinds of facilities to formn and end the courses even in a pandemic as now. To work online is one of those aids. Demetrio Albertini, technical director of the FIGC, has also opted for the telematically to continue with the training of coaches at transalpine country, the other most affected in Europe together with Spain in this coronavirus crisis. “Due to the coronavirus emergencywill restart from online form the 40 coaching school courses that were done locally. The courses will be restarted online, with the possibility of concluding the teaching hours regarding the theoretical part of the courses. The practical part it will resume as soon as possible. Given the extraordinary nature of the moment, we have chosen to try to do something more and stand by our members, “said the former Atlético and Barcelona footballer.Own Albertini, with him director of the Coaching School FIGC, Renzo Ulivieri, and the forty-professors of the technical sector that currently participate in UEFA C and License D courses, meet periodically to define the programmatic lines to follow. A virtual meeting that takes place through the internet to indicate how to conclude those territorial courses where the educational program has not yet been completed.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim returns to Syracuse bench after fatal accident

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim waves before the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.Three nights earlier, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been involved in an accident that took the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, and that was foremost on his mind. Talking about a tough 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke on Saturday night would have to wait.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Kevin Love scores season-high 32 as Cavs beat Grizzlies Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES The accident happened after the Orange’s 20-point victory over No. 18 Louisville. Police say Jimenez was a passenger in a car that apparently skidded out of control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. Police say Jimenez was trying to get to safety when he was struck by Boeheim’s SUV. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled car, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the car suffered minor injuries. A moment of silence was observed before the game for Jimenez and his family.Police say Boeheim has cooperated and sobriety tests administered to Boeheim and the unidentified driver of the other vehicle were negative for any signs of impairment. Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said Thursday night there was “no reason to believe that there are criminal charges that will be coming for anyone.”Once the game started, it seemed like just another tilt featuring the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history, except for the massive crowd that made the dome’s walls shake every time the Orange scored. The Blue Devils (24-3, 12-2) improved to 7-0 on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference.In the first game between the teams, the Orange (18-9, 9-5) pulled off the upset, 95-91 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, as Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle Duke in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Swingman Cameron Reddish was out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffered a shoulder injury roughly 5 1/2 minutes in to put Duke down two starters in that one. It was a completely different team, just like it was on Saturday without injured freshman star Zion Williamson, who had a season-high 35 points in that first game.Williamson watched from the bench as freshman forward RJ Barrett, who had a triple-double and double-double in Duke’s previous two games, scored 30 points to help fill the void and Alex O’Connell had a career-high 20 in his first start of the season.Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 16 points on 4-of-17 shooting, Elijah Hughes had 12, and Marek Dolezaj and Frank Howard had 10 apiece as the Orange hit only 1 of 11 3-pointers in the decisive second half.“Our offense is really the difference,” Boeheim said. “They’re going to score points. They’re a tremendous offensive team. If you can hold them in the 70s, that’s a pretty good effort, but offensively we didn’t get the movement we need to and we didn’t make shots when we got them.”For freshman Orange guard Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s youngest son, the whole night was a moment that forever will be etched in his mind.“When he first came out, it was just a great moment for the community, a great moment for him,” Buddy said. “It was just great having him there. You obviously want to win, but it’s more than basketball sometimes.”ATTENDANCE RECORDThe game set a record for an on-campus basketball game, eclipsing the mark of 34,446, twice against Duke.SHOW OF SUPPORTSeveral former Orange stars attended the game, including Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, John Wallace, Todd Burgan and Billy Owens. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, wearing a No. 4 Syracuse jersey, also attended and sat just to the right of the Syracuse bench.BIG PICTURE Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “First and foremost to the Jimenez family I want them to know how truly devastated I am for my involvement and the loss of a loved one,” Boeheim read from a prepared statement. “The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. I love this community, and to see so many of my community members rally around the Jimenez family is a reminder of how special a community central New York is.”For Boeheim, who struck and killed Jimenez on a darkened highway that leads out of town, the game was his first public appearance since the accident. Boeheim, in his 43rd season as head coach at his alma mater, had addressed the team Thursday but did not take part in practice. Although he returned for practice Friday, he had not appeared in public until he made his way into the Carrier Dome to a big ovation from the crowd of 35,642.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHead down, Boeheim made his way to center court and acknowledged the crowd with a brief wave before giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski a heartfelt hug.“That was such an incredible environment,” Krzyzewski said. “The support the fans gave the team and the support they gave Jim was great and such an emotional time.” Duke: Williamson is recovering from a sprained knee. Duke was crushed at home, 88-72, on Wednesday night by No. 8 North Carolina after Williamson was hurt on the game’s first possession.Syracuse: Just being with the players and coaching them will help Boeheim cope with the tragic accident as the season winds down.UP NEXTDuke: At No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.Syracuse: At No. 8 North Carolina on Tuesday night. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Read Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Health fair shot in arm for Newhall

first_img“We have seen children who haven’t gotten their vaccines yet come and get them here, kids who had never been to the dentist, women who had never had a breast exam and we are teaching them healthy habits,” she said. Stephanie Ong, a pre-med major, helped bring more than 20 volunteers from Newhall’s Master’s College. “This has been a great program with people getting vaccines, healthy food and even haircuts,” said Patrick Coleman, an 18-year-old volunteer. Santa Clarita resident Ed Blanco was honored for donating $2,500 to the event on behalf of his local construction company. A love of building things steered Blanco into a career in construction that has been good to him. But Blanco, son of a Mexican immigrant, says he never forgets where he came from. With everything from free vaccines and haircuts to nutrition classes and salsa lessons, the Newhall community got more than just health tips at its first health fair Saturday. Designed to deliver health and safety services to the underserved community, the first annual Community Health Fair even offered a glimpse of a local hero as it brought together local service providers and vendors offering a multitude of free services. “We hope this is the first of many,” said Darlene D’Amico, community center operations coordinator for the city of Santa Clarita. D’Amico said the best part was seeing so many people show up for the much-needed services. “My dad had a third-grade education but he sat me down and told me that what he couldn’t teach me to be successful in school he would teach me to be successful in life,” Blanco said. Now, as an employer to many just starting out in life, Blanco knows how hard it can be to make ends meet. “When you are making $500 a week, you don’t qualify for any services … you can’t survive. There’s no more rent under $800 a month out here,” he said. And Blanco knows health care is often the first thing that gets cut when a family is trying to survive. “A lack of health care is a big issue in our city, county and across the board – not just in Newhall,” he said. Susie Cordova, community center coordinator, said Blanco is a role model. “The fact that he has become a successful businessman, has stayed in this community, and has chosen to give back is great,” she said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri — the ex-banker hoping to light up Chelsea dugout

first_imgThe 59-year-old — who becomes Roman Abramovich’s ninth full-time manager in his 15 years as owner — couldn’t be more different in terms of background to his fellow Italian Conte.He may not have a trophy to his name, but he turned Napoli into genuine title contenders.They finished second twice and third on the other occasion behind Juventus, last season becoming the first club to break the 90-points barrier and fall short of the league crown.However, Sarri has shown a desire to be unorthodox and break the mould.His family were labourers — his father a construction worker — but he became an international banker.For 20 years he mixed working for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which saw him based in several different countries, with working for lower-league and non-league clubs.His command of English will serve him well with communicating with the players from the start, unlike Conte who could not speak English when he arrived.However, despite his high-flying banking career he has not forgotten his roots — a grandfather fought for the partisans in World War II against the Germans — and he is enraged when he hears some of the hyperbole attached to football.“When I go to lead a training session I never say to my family: ‘I’m going to work,’” he told the newspaper Avvenire.“I come from a family of labourers, and if I hear someone talking about ‘sacrifices’ in football, I get mad.”– ‘There’s a child in every footballer’ –Indeed Sarri — who is clearly not from the Bill Shankly school of saying football is much more serious than life and death — is on record as saying he would do the job for free.“A tough life is getting up at six every morning and going to work in a factory assembly line, not this one,” he said.“Coaching is the only job I would contemplate doing for free.”New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will bring a more empathetic touch than his predecessor Antonio Conte with the former believing “there’s a child in every footballer” © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINASarri, though, appears to be a more flexible character than Conte, the latter having driven some of the senior players to distraction with his intense training sessions and also his lack of personal warmth.“I’ve come to realise that there’s a child in every footballer, a child who is playing a game,” he was quoted as saying in The Times.“That’s where the fun part is. And when players are having fun, they are more productive. Tactical rigour is important but we must never lose sight of the game and making sure the child inside is enjoying himself.”That is not to say Sarri is a gentle soul who keeps his emotions under control, for there have been several provocative incidents — not least an abusive rant at a female football journalist and raising his middle finger at Juventus fans last season.The now-Italy coach Roberto Mancini accused Sarri of homophobia when he allegedly called him a “faggott” during an Italian Cup semi-final in 2016 when he was the Inter Milan boss.That sort of language will land him in hot water with the authorities but another more immediate quandary awaits him — how does he get past the strict no-smoking policies in English grounds.There is some debate about quite how many he smokes per day — some say 60 while Napoli’s Belgian forward Dries Mertens opined he thought it more like five packets per day.Sarri must hope clubs are as accommodating as German side RB Leipzig, who erected a special smoking section in the Napoli dressing room last season for a Europa League match.But whether they prove accommodating on the pitch will decide whether his hopes burn bright or go up in a puff of smoke.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A chain-smoking former banker Maurizio Sarri is not your conventional football coach as Chelsea fans will discover having impressed at Napoli © AFP / CARLO HERMANNLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 14 – A chainsmoking former banker who doesn’t believe coaching a football team is worthy of the term ‘work’, Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri is certainly not the norm.Sarri was appointed on Saturday on a three contract, less than 24 hours after the sacking of Antonio Conte.last_img read more

Harambee Stars storm CECAFA semis

first_imgStars will now play Zanzibar in the final match looking to win and top the group.From the team that won against Tanzania on the opening day, Stars made two changes with Moses Mudavadi starting ahead of Abdallah Hassan while Whyvonne Isuza started in midfield ahead of Anthony Wambani who was ruled out with illness.Stars la led the fluidity they had on the opening day against Tanzania and the closest they came to goal was via a Mudavadi shot from the right that went over while Oscar Wamalwa had another deflected off a David Owino cross.Harambee Stars defender David Owino surges forward under pressure from Sudan’s Ammar Yasser during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSudan were a much improved side from the one that drew 1-1 with Zanzibar on the opening day and they were ,more confident on the ball and with their passing.They got into the lead on the half hour mark off a counter, Namir hitting the back of the net with a low shot off a counter after Stars lost possession in the attacking third.They almost double led their tally just three ,minutes later but Montasir Osman Yahia’s shot from the right hit the upright with the Kenyan defense caught napping.In the second half though, stand in coach Zedekiah Otieno made changes, Abdallah Hassan coming on for Mudavadi while Timothy Otieno was introduced for Isuza.Stars were better, spread the ball with more comfort and 20 minutes into the second half, they were level. Hassan headed home Kenneth Muguna’s cross from a freekick after he had been appended to take the scores to 1-1.Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan is tackled by Sudan’s Ahmed Ibrahim during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe goal was the motivation Stars needed and they pressed the Sudanese inside their own half.Wamalwa thought he had scored his first international goal when he tapped home a Muguna cross, but the second assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.But there was no denying him seven minutes later when he threw himself strongly to tap home a cross from Otieno to give Stars the lead.He had a chance for his second in the 83rd minute when Kevin Kimani’s cutback from the right found him inside the box but his shot was deflected for a corner.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa is tackled by Sudan’s Ahmed Ibrahim during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars were forced to defend deep for most of the final five minutes of the game with Sudan dumping high balls inside the area.They had shouts of a penalty downed in added time after Mounir Yunis went tumbling inside the box with Joash Onyango clearing the ball.0Shares0000(Visited 87 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Oscar Wamalwa and Abdallah Hassan celebrate a goal during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Kenya, Dec 10 – Timothy Otieno and Abdallah Hassan stepped off the bench to inspire Harambee Stars to a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Sudan and progress to the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup with a match to spare.Mohamed Abbas Namir scored for Sudan in the second half but Hassan stepped off the bench to score the equalizer before another sub, Timothy Otieno set up Oscar Wamalwa for the winner with 13 minutes left on the clock.last_img read more

Mourinho v Klopp, Man United in the FA Cup final and more quiz questions

first_imgEverton v Sunderland is live on talkSPORT at 1.30pm on Sunday 1 November.In case you didn’t know, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp go head-to-head this weekend.Chelsea v Liverpool is the early kick-off, but there are other Premier League games to look forward to.Swansea host Arsenal and Man United travel to Crystal Palace, so to whet your appetite, try these 10 quiz questions.About | Privacy | Terms Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool – how much do you know about their previous meetings? 1last_img read more