Poch to throw ‘big party’ when transfer window shuts after ‘worst’ Spurs spell

first_imgSPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino will throw a “big party” on Tuesday to celebrate the European transfer window closing and Christian Eriksen staying at the club.The Tottenham manager confirmed this destabilising window, in which he looked set to lose one of his most valued players, was the “worst period” of his tenure.2 Pochettino will throw a big party when the European transfer window shuts and Eriksen stays at SpursCredit: ReutersBut speaking to talkSPORT, Pochettino said he plans to celebrate on Tuesday when the European window slams shut.Pochettino, opening up after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, said: “Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate.”Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”Dane star Eriksen, who has been targeted by Juventus and Real Madrid, bagged the opener in the thrilling draw against Spurs’ North London rivals.And Pochettino said afterwards that it is now “nearly impossible” for the 27-year-old midfielder to leave the club.He said: “His mind is clear that he wanted to play.”It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.”There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult.’BIG PARTY AND CELEBRATE'”I think nothing is impossible in football. I am optimistic.”The most important thing is [the next] 24 hours and [we] hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”Christian Eriksen had a big performance. The whole team had a very good performance.”I enjoyed it a lot. You want to win, but you hope to play these kind of games every week.”Pochettino – who said the £600million doubt incurred building the new stadium means Spurs can’t splash out on transfers – added that the club will only now finally feel settled after months of uncertainty surrounding.He commented: “The team wasn’t settled and I told you from the day one when we started the pre-season in London and then we moved to Singapore.”That is why I wasn’t happy, why I was a little bit worried about the situation because we knew very well what is going on.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLatest Spurs 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”But now I am optimistic and happy. I think the most important thing is to all be on the same page in the club. I think that is most important.”The players have a clear idea where we want to arrive and how we need to move. That is the most important – a clear mind, like today with Christian.”And different players tomorrow they are going to be only focused 100 per cent on Tottenham, not thinking in different things that makes it so difficult in management.”2 Eriksen celebrates scoring the opener in a pulsating North London derbyCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clashlast_img read more

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Prem eyeing restart but Rice and Lloris fear quick return means injuries

first_img3DECLAN RICE and Hugo Lloris have warned football chiefs players will suffer if the season  restarts too soon.The Premier League and EFL are desperate to get going again after the coronavirus lockdown to avoid financial chaos.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates3 England and West Ham ace Declan Rice admits it has been difficult to stay at maximum fitness while in lockdownCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris has compared the bodies of footballers to delicate enginesCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd the Government hopes competitions can resume within WEEKS.But West Ham’s England ace Rice said: “If you try to  go straight back into it, you’ll get so many injuries.That’s what clubs are saying.  You need at least three weeks of high-intensity interval training to get yourself back in shape with the football.”Tottenham’s French World Cup-winning keeper Lloris claims footballers are like Formula One cars and need time to get up to full speed.’LIKE AN F1 CAR’Prem and EFL chiefs are targeting behind-closed-doors games starting in early June.But Lloris, 33, insisted: “The sportsman is a machine comparable in some ways to an F1 car  — everything is fine-tuned.“You have to pay  attention when you restart the engine.“When we do restart, athletes will need time to get back into shape for the final sprint.“At the moment we’re just keeping in shape — but we’re very far away from our top physical condition.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealIn an interview with  French newspaper Le Parisien, Lloris added: “If we  finish the season behind closed doors, it won’t be the same sport, but we will manage.“Sport will still have its place. It has this ability to bring people together.“As footballers, we  have greater responsibility. There will be a tomorrow but the psychological impact will be stronger on some people.’CATASTROPHIC’“And I imagine it will be a fairly long transition period before things get back to normal.“There are already more than 200,000 people who have died. There  will be psychological  consequences for people.“It’s catastrophic. We never imagined living through anything like this.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.“We  have to raise  ourselves up together, make more of an effort and show more unity.”Midfielder Rice, 21, admits it is  hard to train at maximum intensity while on lockdown.Though he has appreciated  a break from the pressure of the Hammers’ fight to avoid relegation.Speaking on Sky’s  Soccer AM, he added: “It’s  tough as you are used to seeing your team-mates, going out  and doing  day-to-day things.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“But it’s nice to not feel the pressure of going out and playing for three points every week and have all the stress.“Though mentally, it’s really, really tough  training on your own.“You’re going for a plod around the park, but it’s mentally really tough to get it done.”last_img read more

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West Berbice end Lower Corentyne unbeaten run

first_imgꟷ Consistent Sinclair stars again; Kandasammy, Griffith slam tonsStory by brandon corletteWatched yesterday by a fairly large crowd at the “home” of Shimron Hetmyer at Cumberland East Canje Berbice, West Berbice defeated Lower Corentyne by 67 runs, although the West Indies and Guyana Amazon Warriors batting maestro again failed to stamp his authority on the proceedings.Seon Glasgow and ‘player of the match’ Kevin Sinclair eachscored 51Kevin Sinclair and young Seon Glasgow registered brilliant performances to overcome Lower Corentyne, despite Veerasammy Permaul’s 6-18.The Shimron Hetmyer-led West Berbice team won the toss and elected to bat first, managing 192 all out in 50 overs, while Lower Corentyne scored 125 all out in 42.3 overs. At the top of the order, Sinclair stroked a sweet 51 from 93 balls, including six fours and one maximum. Glasgow scored 51 from 63 balls, including two sixes and one four. Stefon Adams also hit an unbeaten 39 as Permaul mesmerised the West Berbice batting order with 6-18 in 10 top-class overs.Veerasammy Permaul had 6-18 in a losing cause for Lower CorentyneThe day’s highlight occurred when the bleached-hair Hetmyer strolled out to bat in his dashing red West Berbice kit. He awed the congested house when he effortlessly stroked Permaul out of the ground; but, in a most unfortunate replay of the same sad story, was outfoxed the very next ball and hit one straight into the leg-side, to find the fielder as his poor run of form continued.A collective West Berbice bowling effort ended Lower Corentyne’s unbeaten run in the tournament. Kevlon Anderson continued to show his class at number three, top scoring with 40 from 69 balls, which included five classy boundaries. His promising knock ended when he ran himself out.Seon Hetmyer held things together for a time, but his solid knock of 25 ended when he was bowled by a delivery from the impressive Nigel Deodat.Kevin Sinclair on the flip after a wicketAndrew Dutchin had 3-19 with his off-spin, while Deodat had 2-21 and Gudakesh Motie had 2-18.Kandasammy slams ton, Georgetown lose againA brilliant 108 from Upper Corentyne’s Kandasammy Surujnarine caused his team to secure a 35-run win over Georgetown at Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice. Upper Corentyne scored 173 all out in 44.1 overs, with the right-handed Surujnarine, who hit 108 from 121 balls, stroking 13 fours and one six in an innings that spanned 175 minutes. Ashmead Nedd grabbed 4-18 in 9.1 brilliant overs, while Chris Barnwell had 3-30.Georgetown, replying, were restricted to 138-9 in 31.4 overs. Dimitri Cameron, Jonathan Rampersaud, Eon Hooper and Gourav Ramesh had two wickets each in a collective effort; while Joshua Persaud top-scored with 31 and Leon Johnson scored 23 as Winston Forrestor managed 20.Griffith blasts century, East Coast stumbleProlific East Bank player Trevon Griffith continued his brilliant season by slamming 122 at Enmore against East Coast. East Bank batting first scored 243-9 in 50 overs, with Sherfane Rutherford returning to local cricket supported with 47. Amir Khan had 4-41 for East Coast.In reply East Coast were blown away for 43 in 17.3 overs. Trevon France had 5-14 in East Bank’s dominant display.Essequibo remainunbeaten, Jones takes 5Essequibo defeated West Demerara by 75 runs at GCC Bourda. Batting first, Essequibo scored 213 all out, with Richie Looknauth scoring 3-25. Kemol Savory and Kevon Boodie hit 51 each for Essequibo. In reply, former Guyana Under-19 fast bowler Joshua Jones contributed 5-18 in 5.5 overs, to send West Demerara packing at 138 all out in 46.5 overs. Looknauth top-scored with 41 in a losing effort.The Shimron Hetmyer-led West Berbice team (Brandon Corlette photos)Four matches will commence today: Essequibo will meet Lower Corentyne in a virtual final at Young Warriors ground; Georgetown will meet East Bank at GCC; East Coast will meet West Demerara at Enmore, and West Berbice will meet Upper Corentyne at Bush Lot.last_img read more

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Grateful 9-year-old patient returns smiles

first_imgThey had developed a close bond over the past nine years, since Samarrai performed the first of eight surgeries that turned the cleft lip and palate that Paige had been born with into a beautiful smile. And now she wanted to help her plastic surgeon in his upcoming mission to put that smile on the faces of dozens more children with clefts. Paige climbed up on a chair and motioned the doctor to come close. Then she whispered the news in his ear, as if it were too important to share with anyone else. “$9,120,” she said, “so far.” Samarrai took a step back and laughed. Then he gave her a high-five and a hug. “That’s a record, Paige. You should be so proud of yourself,” he said. “Thank you so much.” No one had ever raised so much money for any of the dozen medical missions he had made during the past 25 years with Operation Smile, a nonprofit group that repairs clefts for children in developing countries. Paige broke into a big smile and snuck a peek over at her mom, who was beaming with pride. Suddenly, the Atkisons weren’t that tired anymore. Their daughter was 2weeksold when Lisa and Michael Atkison handed Samarrai their infant with the disfiguring cleft lip and said only one word – “please.” “When I looked into his eyes that day, I knew he cared about us,” Lisa recalled Wednesday. “That he would do everything in his power to help our baby, and he has. “That’s why we make this trip all the way to Woodland Hills when there are doctors closer to us Paige can see. She only wants to see Dr. Samarrai.” He helped her, and now it’s her turn to help him, Paige says. Ever since she became old enough to understand what he was doing with Operation Smile, she has wanted to do something to help him reach as many children as possible. She began by hosting two dances at St. John’s Lutheran School in Bakersfield, raising $600 – enough to cover two operations on the medical mission. It wasn’t enough. She wanted her doctor busy during his upcoming three-week mission to Egypt. The Atkisons plastered brochures around their neighborhood, then most of Bakersfield, about Smile Missions, the organization Paige created to raise money for Operation Smile. Soon, the sponsors and letters of support started coming in, along with the checks, including one for $400 from her dad’s former third-grade teacher. Another man sent her a $500 check with a picture of his son, who was born with a cleft lip and palate. His son is 31 now, a musician and composer living in New York City. Paige keeps that man’s letter close. It tells her all she needs to know about her future: Anything is possible. “Do you still want to be a plastic surgeon when you grow up?” Samarrai asked her, as she and her mom got ready to leave late Wednesday afternoon for the long drive home to Bakersfield. The little girl nodded and did the math. If she continues to get straight A’s in school and studies really hard, she could be out of college and medical school by the time she’s 25 – 16 years from now. “Will you still be here, Doctor?” Paige asked. Samarrai smiled and nodded, handing her a small King Tut jewelry box from Egypt as a gift for all her efforts. “I’ll wait,” the doctor said. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paige Atkison and her mom, Lisa, were exhausted. The two-hour drive from their home in Bakersfield to see Paige’s doctor at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills had stretched to almost three hours, and they both knew from years of making this trek that the trip home wouldn’t be much better. But what the 9-year-old girl had to tell Dr. Labib Samarrai was too important for e-mail or a telephone call. Paige wanted to deliver the news personally so she could see the smile that always lit up Samarrai’s face whenever his favorite patient did something special. last_img read more

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Dzeko confirms Chelsea negotiations

first_img0Shares0000Roma’s forward Edin Dzeko celebrates on August 20, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Edin Dzeko has confirmed that he held talks with Chelsea in the January transfer window, but didn’t want to leave Roma.Dzeko was one of a number of strikers that Chelsea targeted in January, before Antonio Conte’s side eventually landed Olivier Giroud from neighbours Arsenal. But while the former Manchester City man held discussions over returning to the Premier League, he decided against joining ex-Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri in making the move to Stamford Bridge.Dzeko said: “It is true that negotiations have been conducted and that is all I can say about this topic.“There was a lot of speculation, falsehoods and even a few ridiculous stories, and I’m really flattered by Chelsea’s interest, a club that I respect and admire very much.“So many stories have been told about my departure from Rome over the past few weeks, but I am still here. After all, I am happy to stay because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.“From the very first day I was accepted in Rome in an unreal way and I can never and will not forget it, and I have had some of the happiest moments in my life in this city.“For the first time I felt the joy of fatherhood here when my daughter Una was born, and my son Dani was born in Rome. This city is now part of my life and it will always be.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cell phone law sends a weak signal

first_imgThe problem we have with this law is that it’s another case of lawmakers trying to do good by adding to police officers’ enforcement burdens. Officers already are charged with enforcing the terms of teens’ provisional drivers’ licenses, which set restrictions on carrying passengers and the time of day they may drive. Now officers must keep an eye on Junior’s iPod habits. Don’t police have enough to do without filling in ever more parenting gaps? In the South Bay this month, the roster of crimes committed includes the senseless slaying of an El Camino Village great-grandmother and serial burglaries at Manhattan Beach churches. The more the state expands the Vehicle Code, it would seem, the shorter police officers’ attention spans must become as they try to track all the new laws on the books. Supporters of the cell-phone legislation say it will encourage parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of becoming distracted while behind the wheel. That may be true. And, in turn, some lives may be saved. But why aren’t the dangers of talking on the cell phone while driving enough to accomplish that today? Do we need a new law for every eventuality? Another danger here is that over time this will become just another widely ignored law in California. In turn, the public’s respect for the whole justice system will go down another notch. That’s probably the price society will pay as more of these feel-good bills become law in California. California has a new feel-good law, one that takes effect next summer. The legislation will prohibit teenagers under 18 from talking on a cell phone or sending text messages while driving. The new law, Senate Bill 33 by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, will ban 16- and 17-year-olds from using any electronic device while behind the wheel, even those devices with “hands-free” features. But even supporters of this latest nanny bill concede it’s relatively toothless. The first offense is a $20 fine, and the fine goes up to $50 for subsequent offenses. Under the terms of the law, police are prohibited from stopping a car solely to determine if the babbling or texting driver is under age. In other words, the driver has to be breaking some other rule of the road in addition to talking on the phone in order to be pulled over. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the bill earlier this month, said in published reports that he has a zero-tolerance rule with his kids; if they get caught talking or texting while driving, he takes the car. We agree that such actions set a good example for teens. 160Want 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

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Inter Milan star’s agent rubbishes reports of Arsenal talks

first_img Mateo Kovacic in action for Inter Milan 1 The agent of Inter star Mateo Kovacic has rubbished claims that his client has held talks with Arsenal.The attacking midfielder has been in impressive form this season, scoring five times in Serie A.The 20-year-old’s displays had sparked speculation about a possible summer move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Barcelona reportedly interested.However the Croatia international’s agent – Nikky Vuksan – has now pour cold water on any talk linking Kovacic with a move to the Emirates.“He signed a new contract running for five years and believes in Inter’s future,” Vuksan told FC Inter News.“Arsenal? I have not spoken with anyone – we renewed with Inter. He is an Inter player and he will continue to be so.”last_img

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Arsenal and Tottenham to miss out as Serbian starlet Andrija Zivkovic prepares for Atletico Madrid switch

first_img1 Arsenal and Tottenham look set to miss out on Partizan Belgrade starlet Andrija Zivkovic.Reports in Spain forward claim the Serbian has been in contact with Atletico Madrid and a January move has been discussed.Both north London clubs retain an interest in the 19-year-old, who starred in Serbia’s triumphant Under-20 World Cup campaign earlier this year, but Atletico are now in the most advanced position to capture him.According to AS, Partizan may cash in on Zivkovic in January with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.Zivkovic is the youngest player to feature for the Serbian national team and has been labelled the ‘Serbian Lionel Messi’. Serbian starlet Andrija Zivkovic last_img

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THEY’RE ‘PUTTING ON THE RITZ’ IN DONEGAL TOWN!

first_imgRobbie Gillen, Leela Voss, Margaret Murphy, Carrie Houlgreave, Margaret McMorrow & Theresa Murphy put on quite a show!Traffic on the Diamond in Donegal Town slowed to a trickle on Monday morning as cast members in full costume filled one of the windows of Magees shop to promote a major entertainment event this weekend.by Paul O’SullivanTwo worthy charities; National Breast Cancer Research and the local Solace Cancer Care Support group will benefit from a major Cabaret Show fundraiser in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town this Sat. night. “Putting On The Ritz” will showcase the magic of 20’s entertainment featuring a riot of colour costumes and a pulsating torrent of cabaret style dance.The show features an all local amateur cast who’ve given countless of hours of their own time to present this full on live night of fun and dance.The organisers have decided to pitch the admission price at an affordable €10. That includes a pre show Drinks Reception at 8pm followed by the show at 9pm and ending with dancing to the talented Andrew Monk band.  THEY’RE ‘PUTTING ON THE RITZ’ IN DONEGAL TOWN! was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Donegal TownPaul O’SullivanPutting On Th Ritzlast_img read more

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Funny! Someone got their spelling wrong on Carrick’s testimonial team sheet

first_imgIt’s not ideal, but Michael Carrick won’t mind if someone has spelled his name incorrectly in a game which is all about him.Playing in his testimonial at Old Trafford, the midfielder was the man of the hour (or 90 minutes) as a Man United team from the 2008 Champions League winning side took on an all-star side. That meant Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were once again at the heart of the defence, with Edwin van der Sar in goal.On the opposition, Clarence Seedorf was there along with John Terry, Jamie Carragher and Eric Abidal.Anyway, maybe the spelling was a deliberate gaffe in order to make the day even more memorable. 2 2 That’s not how you spell Carrick last_img

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