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Spurs ratings: Lo Celso impressed at Southampton but Lucas not a Kane replacement

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first_imgTOTTENHAM will have to play yet another FA Cup replay after Southampton pegged them back late on at St Mary’s.Son Heung-min’s second half strike was cancelled out in the 86th minute by Sofiane Boufal three minutes from time.2 Lucas missed a golden chance in the first half and faded late onLucas Moura missed a one-on-one opportunity in the first half as keeper Angus Gunn kept him out with his left leg.Meanwhile, Argentine midfield maestro Giovani Lo Celso put himself in the frame to be Christian Eriksen’s long-term replacement with an excellent performance in the middle of the park.Dylan Terry watched the game, here’s how he saw the Tottenham players performances…HUGO LLORIS – 6What he had to do he did with confidence and assurance.He was uncharacteristically calm under pressure, with his only lapse in concentration coming when he was caught between two stalls and lobbed by Ings.Luckily for the Frenchman, Tanganga brilliantly bailed him out so it was not a costly error.SERGE AURIER – 6Performed well down the right, although was overshadowed by the defensive display of Tanganga.Always offered a creative outlet going forward and ultimately managed to avoid any silly challenges going the other way.A game without an Aurier blunder is one many Spurs fans will see as a win.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 6His distribution is never in question as he was able to pick out Lucas with a peach of a long ball midway through the first half.But his age is beginning to show as he was caught napping several times when Ings found space in behind.The Belgian’s experience is key to ensuring Sanchez does not go wandering, but you wonder if moving Tanganga inside may be the better long-term option.DAVINSON SANCHEZ – 6Was man-handled at times by Danny Ings as the English striker was able to find space in between the two centre-halves all too easily.Still lacks the ability to pick a pass going forward, but is crucial to the Spurs side given Alderweireld’s lack of pace.JAPHET TANGANGA – 8Was an absolute rock at the back for Tottenham as he dealt with the pace of Obafemi supremely well.His goal-saving clearance on the line in the first half was one of the highlights of the game.Keeping Vertonghen out of the team may become a more regular occurence after today’s impressive performance.HARRY WINKS – 6Didn’t have the best of games compared to Lo Celso, but allowed the Argentine to play by shielding the back four well.The Spurs midfield undoubtedly look more assured with Winks in the team, even if his contribution does not light up the game like others do.However, his display will not have caught the eye of Mourinho, who seems to favour others in that position.GEDSON FERNANDES – 5A very quiet opening game for the new signing.He often seemed to be caught in two minds as to whether to stay with Winks or go and help create with Lo Celso.Will obviously take him a while to figure out exactly what Mourinho wants from him, but he hasn’t managed to hit the ground running.2 Lo Celso set up Son for the opening goal of the gameCredit: PA:Press AssociationGIOVANI LO CELSO – 8The best creative outlet for Spurs in what was an end-to-end encounter.Lo Celso picked out Son for the goal and nearly managed to repeated the feat moments later, but for the South Korean to rifle over.Really seems to be brimming with confidence now in that attacking midfield role – just what Mourinho would have wanted to see given the imminent departure of Christian Eriksen.DELE ALLI – 6Another who had a quiet game by all accounts, although is also an integral cog in Mourinho’s wheel.The movement of Son and Lucas was what made Spurs tick and Alli gave them the space with his runs into the area.SON HEUNG-MIN – 7Scored the opener with a wonderfully taken shot into the far corner, Harry Kane-esque.Missed a couple more decent chances when Spurs could have put the game to bed at 1-0, not so Kane-esque.Son is still clearly the best forward outlet Mourinho has at his disposal, but it is clear they do miss their talisman.LUCAS MOURA – 5His ability to lose the centre-half marking him is a trait Lucas Moura posesses in abundance.However, his finishing is a whole other story, in this game anyway.The one-on-one he spurned in the first half was the mark of someone not too confident in front of goal.And he began to tire in the second half, failing to provide the Tottenham defence with an effective outlet to deter the relentless pressure.LATETS FOOTBALL NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticSUBS:ERIK LAMELA – 6Showed he can look dangerous when put into the right areas, but also lacks a final end product.Could potentially force his way into the team given the poor display by Lucas, but didn’t pull up any trees.ERIC DIER – 6Came on for Dele Alli just after Southampton scored and contributed to the defensive effort in the final few minutes.In his limited time on the pitch he failed to show he can offer an attacking outlet, but didn;t do anything stupid or reckless.last_img read more

Cavs score NBA record 25 3-pointers

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first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) :Dropping jump shots from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers hit an NBA record 25 three-pointers during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA second-round play-off series.J.R. Smith made seven three-pointers as the Cavs had the most prolific outside shooting game of any team in league history.From the outset, they were on target, and afterwards, LeBron James struggled to explain it.special night”Tonight was a special night for all of us who played,” he said. “This league has seen so many great teams, so many great players and great shooters, and for us to set an all-time record is truly special.”James made four three-pointers and scored 27 points for the defending conference champions, who were able to rest their starters for the entire fourth quarter. Their arms were probably tired.Cleveland finished 25 of 45 behind the arc and had 10 players make at least one three-pointer.The Cavs made 18 three -pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime to embarrass the Hawks, who have lost 10 straight postseason games to Cleveland.Golden State, who beat the Cavaliers in last year’s Finals and seem to be on a collision course with them again, recently set the postseason mark by making 21 three-pointers. Stephen Curry and Co now have a new bar to aim at.last_img read more

Racing at Caymanas Park | Stay with Ian Links

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first_imgThe season’s first midweek meet commences at Caymanas Park today, the nine-race programme featuring the annual renewal of the City of Kingston Centenary Cup over a mile for $555,000-$500,000 claiming horses. First run in 1972 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the City of Kingston as the capital city of Jamaica, the race has attracted only six starters, but should still prove interesting with the recent winners IAN LINKS, BRAVE PROSPECT and DR BANNER present. Also expected to figure is the ultra-consistent UNBREAKABLE, who won eight races and $3.4 million in stakes last season. UNBREAKABLE, who finished second to ZACKONTHEATTACK in his last two races, is sure to run well. The same is true of BRAVE PROSPECT, who won easily over this trip on December 31, while the fleet-footed DR BANNER represents genuine speed and will have to be caught even though suspect at a mile. Victory, however, will more than likely go to the in-form four-year-old colt IAN LINKS, who has won two of his last three races. He was a disqualified winner over 1500 metres on December 10, only to be reinstated on appeal three weeks later. Trained by 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta, the son of Fearless Vision – Witchcraft really looked on top of his game when scoring by 31/2 lengths from MONTEGONIAN over this trip in the good time of 1:40.3 some days ago and with champion jockey Omar Walker retaining the ride, looks the right choice. Walker and DaCosta should also team up to win the opening race for native-bred three-year-olds over 1500 metres with FEARLESS SAMURAI in a small field of six, SOUND OF MIRACLE to do likewise in the third, CONCLUSION in the fourth, IGNITION in the seventh and CORALANDO with former champion jockey Dane Nelson in the eighth. Unbreakablelast_img read more

Day Two at the BC Amateur Golf Championship

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first_imgThings are heating up at the Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, where first day leader Adam Hadwin shot a 2 over par 72 in his second round and still retains a one-stroke lead at the B.C. Amateur Golf Championship.Two Fort St. John golfers will be teeing off in the third round today: Travis Eggers shot a 76 yesterday to drop him back to +6, and a share of 19th spot, while Adam Henning also shot a 76, to leave him in a tie for 35th. Pieter De Bruyn was the third Lake Point golfer at the open, but he didn’t have the magic he needed on Wednesday to make the cut.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Lukaku bags double as Belgium sweep Iceland aside

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first_imgLukaku, also on the mark in Friday’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Scotland, was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Sverrir Ingason and Hazard rolled the resulting spot-kick to the left of Hannes Halldorsson.He then got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later by following up a rebound after a powerful Vincent Kompany header was pawed into his path by Halldorsson.Thomas Meunier struck the outside of the post on the hour, although Belgium ultimately transformed their dominance into a third with nine minutes to play as Lukaku slotted away a fizzing cross from Dries Mertens.Roberto Martinez’s side move level on three points with Switzerland, who demolished Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgium eased to victory in Reykjavik as Iceland suffered a second heavy defeat in four days© AFP Haraldur GudjonssonREYKJAVIK, Sep 11 – Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as World Cup semi-finalists Belgium began their Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Iceland on Tuesday.Eden Hazard converted a 29th-minute penalty after a foul on Lukaku, with the Manchester United striker netting a quick-fire second before adding a third in the closing stages.last_img read more

EPL top-four contenders limp towards line

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first_img0Shares0000Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have all missed several chances to take control of the top four race © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all failed to muster a win for the second consecutive Premier League weekend as the contenders for a place in next season’s Champions League stumble towards the finish line.Spurs, in third place behind runaway pacesetters Manchester City and Liverpool, are best-placed to secure a fourth straight season of Champions League football. Their 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday is the only time in the past 10 games involving the four sides that one of them has won.Chelsea are in pole position for fourth, two points ahead of Arsenal, with United’s chances now looking slim — they are a point behind Arsenal with a significantly inferior goal difference.AFP Sports looks at why all four have hit the wall as the season reaches its climax.Tottenham – 70 pointsTottenham remain in third despite losing 12 of their 36 Premier League games this season © AFP / Ben STANSALLA first defeat at the club’s new stadium, against West Ham on Saturday, means Spurs have now lost 12 times in the league this season.Yet it has still been a campaign of overachievement by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.Despite not signing a single player, spending most of the season at their temporary home of Wembley, and losing talismanic striker Harry Kane for two prolonged spells through injury, Spurs are still the best of the rest in the Premier League behind City and Liverpool and have reached the Champions League semi-finals.“The stress and the fatigue arrived, We are competing with circumstances that are not the best,” admitted Pochettino after a sixth defeat in 10 league games.Spurs’ skeleton squad have understandably ran out of gas, but thanks to the profligacy of their rivals, one more win from their final two games against Bournemouth and Everton will guarantee much-needed Champions League cash again next season.Chelsea – 68 pointsMarcos Alonso (left) celebrates Chelsea’s equaliser at Manchester United, but Gonzalo Higuain (right) failed to fire once more © AFP / Paul ELLISMaurizio Sarri launched an uncharacteristically staunch defence of his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw away to United on Sunday consolidated his side’s place in the top four.“We played the final in the League Cup, we are fighting for the top four, we are in the semi-finals of the Europa League. I think we have done a good season.”Sarri has had his troubles this season. He publicly criticised his players’ mentality followed capitulations on the road at Arsenal, Bournemouth and Everton, while his demand for the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain in January has reaped precious little reward.Worse could come, with Eden Hazard reportedly closing in on a summer move to Real Madrid and the club currently banned from signing any new players to replace the Belgian for the next two transfer windows.Therefore, it is all the more imperative that Chelsea get back in the Champions League next season.Arsenal – 66 pointsArsenal have lost three straight games to slip down to fifth in the Premier League © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMuch of the good work done by Unai Emery over nine months to rebuild the Gunners in the first season since Arsene Wenger’s departure has come undone over three defeats to Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester in eight days.The defensive issues that dogged Wenger’s final years in charge still need to be resolved, while Emery constantly chops and changes his formation and personnel in midfield and attack.A three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla, that competition may now prove Arsenal’s best route back to the Champions League but a tough tie against Emery’s old side Valencia awaits in the semi-finals.Manchester United – 65 pointsDespite a run of seven defeats in nine games, United remarkably still had a good chance of hauling themselves into the top four had they held onto an early lead against Chelsea on Sunday.De Gea’s dip: David de Gea was at fault for Chelsea’s equaliser against Manchester United on Sunday © AFP / Paul ELLISHowever, United’s current malaise is personified by a dramatic dip in form for goalkeeper David de Gea, who has so often been his side’s saviour in recent seasons.The Spaniard was at fault for Marcos Alonso’s equaliser, which secured Chelsea a point and left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting his side now have a “mountain to climb”.A trip to hapless Huddersfield and Cardiff’s visit to Old Trafford on the final day of the season at least offer an excellent chance to lift the mood heading into the summer.“We need to focus on our two games, win games again,” said Solskjaer, but a big rebuilding job remains ahead for the Norwegian.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Beckham EXCLUSIVE: FA Cup win would make it a successful year for Man United

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first_imgDavid Beckham has told talkSPORT winning the FA Cup would make it a successful season for Manchester United.United have endured a miserable campaign so far, with the club crashing out of the Champions League early and failing to mount a Premier League title challenge.With the Red Devils also failing to excite fans with their style of play, there are growing calls for manager Louis van Gaal to step aside.But Beckham believes Van Gaal can still rescue their season by leading the club to FA Cup glory.United booked their spot in the quarter-finals by beating Shrewsbury on Monday night and the Old Trafford legend, speaking on the Sports Bar, said: “It has been a disappointing season so far obviously because of the performances and the way we have played in certain games, but any silverware at the end of the year or any good run in any competition is successful.“Unless you win everything at Man United a as fan and as a player you never think it is going to be enough, but at the end of a year where there has been a lot of criticism and the performances haven’t been as good, to come away and be in an FA Cup final… there is nothing you enjoy more than going down to London, getting ready in your FA Cup suit and playing in these games.”last_img read more

Revealed! The most valuable football clubs in the world in 2016

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first_img 8 3. Manchester United’s value for 2016 is $3.32 billion 8. Liverpool’s value for 2016 stands at $1.55 billion according to Forbes – take a look at the full list of the world’s most valuable football clubs by clicking the arrow above, right 7. Chelsea’s value for 2016 is $1.67 billion 8 8 8 8 5. Arsenal’s value for 2016 is $2.02 billion 2. Barcelona’s value for 2016 is $3.55 billion 8 8 Money, money, money – it’s what keeps football ticking.From players’ wages to mammoth transfer fees, the financial side of the game really gets us talking.And illustrating the importance of money matters, American business magazine Forbes has released its 2016 list of the most valuable sports teams in the world.Included are the top eight football clubs with the highest value – check out which teams have made it by viewing the slideshow above. 6. Manchester City’s value for 2016 is $1.92 billion 4. Bayern Munich’s value for 2016 is $2.68 billion 8 1. Real Madrid’s value for 2016 is $3.65 billionlast_img read more

LORETO LETTERKENNY TY STUDENTS URGE NW10K RUNNERS TO STEP-4-SYRIA

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first_imgTRANSITION YEAR students at one Co Donegal school have come up with a very unique and clever way of raising awareness about the fate of Syrian’s refugees.Class Fiachra at Loreto Letterkenny want participants in this Sunday’s North West 10k to ‘donate their steps’ – and it won’t cost a cent!The idea is that runners and walkers just sign up to donate their steps when they register for the 10K this week. It’s as simple as that. “We are a development education class in Transition Year Loreto Convent Letterkenny,” said the girls.“Our project is called Steps 4 Syria. Our aim is to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis. We hope to educate people on this topic. More than 12 million Syrians have fled their country because they are being persecuted due to civil war. Their homes are being destroyed. They have nothing left. They are no longer safe in their own country. 20,000 Syrians have died at sea trying to reach safety,” they explained.“This is the equivalent of the population of Letterkenny. Millions have fled to neighbouring countries and are now trying to reach Europe in search of a better life for their families.“As a class we have joined with the North West 10k committee. We are asking you to donate your steps to our project. It takes 5,000 km for a Syrian refugee to walk from Damascus, the capital city of Syria, to Dublin. We need a minimum of 500 people to donate their distance so we can reach our target of 5,000 km. We are not asking for any money, we are simply asking you to donate your steps.” The North West 10k in association with Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports, will take place this Sunday at 2pm.Pre-registration will take place in Letterkenny community centre at 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m from tomorrow Wednesday 27th April to Friday 29th April.So when you are registering for the walk/run simply sign up with the Loreto girls to donate your 10k.You can like the Facebook page at Steps 4 Syria, follow on Twitter steps4syria and follow  on Instagram steps4syria. LORETO LETTERKENNY TY STUDENTS URGE NW10K RUNNERS TO STEP-4-SYRIA was last modified: April 26th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfundraiserletterkennyLoretoNorth West 10kSteps 4 SyriaTYlast_img read more

Jordan’s career day gives lift to Raiders, 19-13

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first_img Enter LaMont Jordan. The Raiders’ other big acquisition on offense ran for a career-high 126 yards and a score, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals and Oakland’s defense mounted a late goal-line stand in a 19-13 win Sunday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I will forever look at it as teams saying we can’t run the ball,” said Jordan, who bounced back from a 19-yard performance last week against Philadelphia. “I encourage defenses to play that way. If you play two-deep defense against us with the way we’re capable of running the ball … we are going to run the ball down your throat. I think today was a true test of that.” A week after gaining just 21 yards as a team, Jordan and the offensive line took it upon themselves to fix the running game. They succeeded from the start, as Jordan frequently got tough yards up the middle. “We were determined to get running yards, especially after being shut down last week,” offensive lineman Barry Sims said. “We really wanted to get LaMont going. And you can’t go when there’s no where to go, so we really wanted to get some lanes opened up for him.” The Cowboys kept it interesting until the final 2 minutes. Dallas (2-2), trailing 19-13 after Janikowski’s 43-yard field goal with 4:29 left, drove inside the 5-yard line with help from a 57-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe to Terry Glenn. But Tommy Kelly dropped Julius Jones for a 2-yard loss on second down from the 3, and Bledsoe followed with incompletions to Keyshawn Johnson and Glenn to turn it over with 1:45 to go. Jason Witten was open in the end zone on the last play, but Bledsoe said he had chosen to go toward Glenn’s side and didn’t see Witten. “It’s a three-step drop. He just has to make a decision to go the other way with the ball,” Witten said. “I’m not doubting his decision. He’s got Keyshawn and Terry over there. He’s got to make a quick decision and go with it. I was open. That’s for sure.” Jordan then ran twice for a first down and Oakland (1-3) ran out the clock to head into next week’s bye with a much-needed win. Kerry Collins threw to Moss only three times in the opening half. He connected on the long pass on the first drive to set up Janikowski’s 30-yard field goal and threw in his direction on back-to-back plays to open the second quarter. Moss, who had 10 touchdowns in his first five games against Dallas, finished with four receptions for 123 yards and remained unbeaten in six games against the Cowboys. Collins finished 13 for 23 for 218 yards, extending his streak without an interception to a career-high 149 passes, dating to last season. “I definitely didn’t play my best game today but I didn’t turn it over and I made some smart decisions at times that ultimately helped us win the ballgame,” Collins said. “The other guys picked me up today. LaMont and the other guys up front did an excellent job.” Oakland’s defense played a big role in holding Jones to 76 yards on 22 carries and limiting Dallas to 146 yards through three quarters. “I know they think Julius Jones is the next Emmitt Smith,” Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert said. “I played against the guy in college and he’s a good running back but he’s not a great running back. We knew we were going to shut down the running. That allowed us to get some sacks and pressure on Bledsoe.” Janikowski, who missed four field goals the first three games, kicked short field goals in the first half and a 49- and 43-yarder in the fourth quarter. “I didn’t change a thing,” Janikowski said. “I worked the whole week with the same approach I always do.” Bledsoe hit Patrick Crayton on a 63-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to make it 16-13. Bledsoe finished 11 of 26 for 212 yards. “We feel like we missed out on an opportunity here,” Bledsoe said. “We made a lot of mistakes in the ballgame that really hurt us in the end.” The Raiders, the most penalized team in the NFL, committed 13 more infractions, including three in the first 74 seconds of the fourth quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img OAKLAND — Randy Moss burned Dallas early by catching a 79-yard pass on Oakland’s second play. After that, his biggest contribution to the Raiders’ first win came in the running game. But the talented receiver didn’t run a long reverse or throw a big downfield block. His presence instead kept the Cowboys’ safeties away from the line. last_img read more