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first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is plotting Barcelona’s downfall safe in the knowledge he will never manage the Spanish giants, he told Spanish daily Marca.Pochettino believes his past precludes him from ever taking charge at the Nou Camp, given he has been both a player and manager at cross-town rivals Espanyol, but he is thrilled at the prospect of tackling Barca in Wednesday’s Champions League tussle at Wembley.“Facing Barca motivates me, being an Espanyol fan and living for so many years in Barcelona,” Tottenham’s Argentinian coach told the paper.“It is more than understood (that I will never take over) … My path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions. Coaching there would be impossible.”Tottenham lost their Group B opener against Inter Milan and need to get back on track against a Barcelona side stinging from going three La Liga matches without a win.“Winning a game is always nice and when you win against Barcelona, even more so, because that would mean something important for us,” Pochettino said.“For me, Lionel Messi is still the number one (player in the world) and will be until he retires.”last_img read more

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first_imgTwenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and world number one Naomi Osaka exited Roland Garros in the third round on Saturday.Williams failed to recover from a woeful start against fellow American Sofia Kenin as the 20-year-old motored into the last 16 with a 6-2 7-5 win, putting the former world number one’s quest for a record-equalling 24th singles major on hold.Williams, who suffered her earliest Grand Slam exit since Wimbledon 2014, was given a standing ovation as she walked off Court Philippe Chatrier while sections of the crowd jeered her conqueror.The 37-year-old Williams, seeded 10th, paid the price for her lack of match practice as she was playing in only her fifth tournament of the year, and her fightback in the middle of the second set was short-lived.Osaka, just like Williams, was a possible semi-final opponent for third seed Simona Halep, who is looking to become the first woman to retain the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Justine Henin won a third consecutive title in 2007.But the Japanese top seed, who had already been forced to go the distance in her first two rounds, was clueless in a 6-4 6-2 defeat to Czech Katerina Siniakova.The loss snapped Osaka’s 16-match winning streak in Grand Slams after she won the 2018 U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open.With Osaka gone, five of the top six seeds are now out of the women’s singles draw, leaving Halep as the sole survivor. The Romanian showed her best side in a 6-2 6-1 dismissal of Ukrainian 27th seed Lesia Tsurenko.In the men’s draw, world number one Novak Djokovic strolled into the fourth round with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 victory against Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso.Leading the charge of the young generation, Alexander Zverev continued to flirt with danger, the German fifth seed advancing with a 6-4 6-2 4-6 1-6 6-2 victory over Serbian Dusan Lajovic — his second five-setter of the tournament.The 22-year-old, who has now won all five-set matches he has played at Roland Garros, next faces Monte Carlo Masters winner Fabio Fognini after the Italian ninth seed dismissed Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5) 6-4 4-6 6-1.Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Austrian Dominic Thiem both progressed with four-set victories.Last year’s runner-up Thiem will take on Gael Monfils, one of two Frenchmen left in the draw.Tsitsipas will be up against a resurgent Stan Wawrinka after the 2015 champion downed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in three tiebreaks.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this week, journalist Amelia Gentleman of The Guardian wrote another story on the Windrush saga about a boxer trapped in Jamaica for 13 years after not being allowed to return to Britain. The piece clearly articulated what I consider the link between the Windrush and sports. I enjoy watching the documentary Fire in Babylon for many reasons including the fact It’s there that I started to understand the connection between sports and the Empire Windrush vessel that transported people of the British West Indies to help build the ‘mother country’, Britain. The Windrush debacle emanating from exposure of atrocities under Britain’s ‘hostile environment policy’ towards Immigrants is one of the worst things I’ve seen happen to black people of the Caribbean since slavery. The Windrush generation refers to people from the Caribbean who were invited to search for work in Britain and help rebuild the country post WWII. In June 1948, the MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks carrying approximately 492 Caribbean passengers, hence the name Windrush Generation. Many jobseekers arrived in Britain between 1948 and 1970 , particularly under the Nationality Act of 1948. Immense contribution They helped with the development of sports in Britain. They were not players at the time, but many went to work for sport, especially at cricket, clubs, contributing to areas such as infrastructure development as groundsmen, labourers, mechanics, and later as coaches, supporters and players. Importantly, they also contributed by paying taxes. Their children would become part of Britain’s millennial generation now contributing to all facets of Britain’s sporting industry. I was heartbroken to learn of the many cases in which immigrants were wrongfully detained, deported, and in many instances, refused re-entry to Britain after visiting family in Jamaica. In some cases, they were told that their indefinite leave had expired and would not be renewed. There is the case of cricketer Richard Stewart, who played for Middlesex and was considered a ‘home-grown player’. He is now not able to get a British passport and has not visited Jamaica for fear of not being allowed to return to Britain. This week, we also learnt of boxer Vernal Vanriel, trapped in Jamaica for 13 years after visiting the island of his birth to see relatives. Vanriel, who is now sick and destitute, left Jamaica at age six and was refused re-entry into Britain. Since news broke, he has been offered documents to travel. Former Barbados and West Indies cricketer Collis King, who has a British wife, now faces challenges returning to Britain, where he has been playing cricket for the past 40 years at club level. King began playing in England after being exiled from the West Indies set-up following his participation in the South Africa ‘Rebel Tour’. However, his case, like so many is being seen as part of this hostile immigration policy; and while not a direct Windrush Generation immigrant, he now suffers the same fate as those he played to entertain in Britain and in the 1979 Cricket World Cup. In Fire in Babylon, Gordon Greenidge spoke about moving to England at age 14 and what that meant for him as a youngster trying to survive in a space that did not want him. That feeling of discrimination is what helped to push the West Indies team of 1976 onwards to always want to beat England, especially in England. In that series, particularly, the comments by former England captain Tony Greg about wanting to make the West Indies team ‘grovel” not only ignited the flame inside of the players, but also helped them to use that and the feeling of victimisation to push their cricket and use the sport as a form of nationalism. Importantly, winning in England also helped the West Indians living there, that Windrush generation, to feel a sense of pride and happiness. There are so many sides to this Windrush scandal; so many faces. Never forget, though, how critical these immigrants were to developing the sporting industry in Britain by doing some of the jobs others would not do, like working in factories, repairing machinery, groundsmen, as well as through the dedication and determination of their children and grandchildren who have continued living there as nationals. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.comlast_img read more

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first_imgPole Vaulter Natalie Rose Uy wins gold in women’s pole vault in the athletics event of 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZNEW CLARK CITY — Natalie Uy clinched the gold medal for the Philippines and set a new Southeast Asian Games record in pole vault Sunday night at NCC track and field stadium.Just as the hometown crowd was reeling from the century dash loss by Kristina Knott, the 25-year-old Uy, from Kettering, Ohio, cleared 4.25 meters to beat Thai defending champion Sukanya Chomchuendee.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China SEA Games: Philippines captures baseball gold with rout of Thailand ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Her victory marked the first time the Philippines swept pole vault events after Ernest John Obiena also shattered the record on the way to the men’s title Saturday.She tried to better personal best of 4.30m by raising the bar to 4.35 but failed thrice despite the rhythmic applause of the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The 2019 Asian Championships bronze winner reset Chomchuendee’s 2013 SEAG mark of 4.21m.last_img read more

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first_imgEven as moves to increase taxation and other revenue earning schemes continue to be rolled out by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), there still has not been any move to have an audit carried out, and Central Government has again backed off, saying it cannot dictate the affairs of the Council.Even so, taxpaying citizens of Georgetown and stakeholders continue to call for a financial analysis of the Council’s Treasury, but Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said any such call should be made by the Auditor General and the Communities Minister.Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing late last week, Trotman said while the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) came into office “riding on the wave of transparency and openness” and while the City Council is currently in the process of producing a budget to Government, the question on whether there has to be an audit should be answered by the Communities Ministry and the Auditor General. He again made the distinction between Central Government and local government, noting that one of the strong positions taken by the APNU/AFC Government is that it should work towards the restoration of local government.“There is the expectancy of transparency and accountability. While we encourage it, we cannot demand it,” he told the media.Meanwhile, Trotman said persons who are paying their rates and taxes must demand a higher standard from both their Central Government and local government, including Neighbourhood and Regional Democratic Councils.With the introduction of the new parking meter system and increased service fees for some businesses and vendors, the need for a forensic audit is needed more than ever before. City Hall is also said to be in a financial jam, as it recently requested a $600 million bailout from Central Government. However, Government, through Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, made it clear that the municipality would not be getting that money.Two months after the Local Government Elections in March 2016, calls were heightened that with a new Council, an audit should be done. The call was made after the new Mayor Patricia Chase-Green had said that the Council was broke. That was never done.last_img read more

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first_imgMichael Wanjala, a player with previous World Series experience skippers the side which features among others the electric Aluda Beda from Kabras Sugar, Lameck Dunde of the Resolution Impala Saracens and Alex Olaba from the Strathmore Leos.Kabras’ playmaker Brian Tanga features in the Safari Sevens squad under the tutelage of Ayimba.Andrew Amonde will skipper the side that also features Alvin Otieno, Nelson Oyoo, Billy Odhiambo and Leonard Mugaisi.Kenya squad (Africa Cup Sevens)Michael Wanjala (Menengai Cream Homeboyz, captain), Steve Sikuta (Mwamba), Lameck Dunde (Resolution Impala Saracens), Herman Humwa (Kenya Harlequin), Fidel Oloo (Kabras Sugar), Derrick Mayar (Resolution Impala Saracens), Kevin Keegan (Kenya Harlequin), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Aluda Beda (Kabras Sugar), Martin Wanjia (Mwamba), Greg Odhiambo (Mwamba), Ginton Adongo (Strathmore Leos)Coach: Paul Murunga Team Manager: Erick Ogweno, Physio: Anthony MainaKenya Shujaa (Safari Sevens)Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Frank Wanyama (Kenya Harlequin), Willy Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Alvin Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Bush Mwale  (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Jeff Oluoch (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin), Cyprian Kuto (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)Coach: Benjamin Ayimba, Team Manager: Newton Ong’alo, Physio: Lameck Bogonko, S&C: Geoffrey Kimani0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya 7s team.PHOTO/KRU websiteNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 – Kenyan teams for the Africa Cup and Safari Sevens tournaments running concurrently at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani this weekend have been selected by head coach Benjamin Ayimba.The Africa Cup squad will be handled by Paul Murunga and consists of players who stood out for their clubs during the just concluded National Sevens Series.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Antonio Conte has revealed he plans to start Kurt Zouma (shown here) in the match against Peterborough, 11 months after the French defender ruptured cruciate knee ligaments facing Manchester United © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7 – Antonio Conte is set to bring Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi into the Chelsea side for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with League One side Peterborough United.The Blues manager will rest a number of his first-team players against the third tier outfit, four days after seeing their 13-league game winning run come to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur. Conte revealed he plans to start Zouma in his defence against Peterborough, 11 months after the French defender ruptured cruciate knee ligaments facing Manchester United.The 47-year-old Italian also confirmed Batshuayi will start up front, most likely in place of leading striker Diego Costa.Zouma has been back in training for weeks, with Conte cautious in bringing him back into the first-team fold after such a severe injury.The former Italy national coach has confirmed he is looking to buy new players in January, but not in central defence.He hinted 22-year-old Zouma was ready to come into his three-man backline for Premier League games should injuries occur to David Luiz, Gary Cahill or Cesar Azpilicueta.“I don’t think we need another central defender,” said Conte.“Kurt Zouma is ready to start. I’m pleased for him. He’s in the starting XI. Also for him, it’s a good opportunity to show me he’s in good form.“His injury was very bad, very bad. I knew this and I talked with my club about it and for this reason we knew Kurt needed more time to recover.“But now he’s in good shape and ready to play and restart his career.”– ‘Play on the front foot’ –Batshuayi has been forced to wait for his chance since arriving in a £33 million move from Marseille at the start of the season.Conte admits it has taken the 23-year-old Belgium international longer than he had hoped to adapt to the rigours of English football.“Diego is doing very well but playing a lot. For Michy it’s a good opportunity to show me his promise,” said Conte.“It’s not easy to arrive in England in this league and adapt when he’s a striker and young player, because this league is very physical.“But he’s working a lot and I’m seeing he’s improving and getting the idea about our football.“It’s a good opportunity to show that he deserves to play more in future.”Peterborough lie eighth in League One and travel to Stamford Bridge on the back of a good run of form that has brought three wins followed by three draws in their last six matches.That has lifted confidence among Grant McCann’s side and the manager insists he will not be asking his side to change their style for the meeting with the Premier League leaders.“I’m not making changes just because it’s Chelsea,” said McCann.“We have nothing to lose so we will try and get between Chelsea’s lines, win some corners and get some shots off on goal.“We will try and play on the front foot, like we do in every game.“We are going there full of confidence and we gave the players two days off in order to freshen their minds and bodies.“It’s a massive match for the club and we don’t want to leave anything behind on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img Wayne Rooney is closing in on England’s all-time goal record 1 England prepare for their latest Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Thursday night, but for captain Wayne Rooney, it marks a chance to take a massive step closer to becoming the Three Lions’ all-time goal-scorer.The Man United star is just eight goals behind England legend Sir Bobby Charlton and while he insisted to talkSPORT that he is not actively chasing down the record, he admitted that the lure of it is enticing.“Obviously it’s there, there’s no denying that, and if I can get it sooner rather than later, then great!”, he commented.While Charlton’s record has stood untouched since he last pulled on an England shirt in 1970, it is another striker that is in his immediate cross-hairs – Jimmy Greaves.Arguably one of the most under-rated strikers England has ever produced, the former Tottenham and Chelsea hitman is considered to be the Three Lions’ most prolific goal-scorer ever, with Greaves having marked his 57 international appearances with a mightily impressive 44 goals.That got us wondering how the other players to feature among England’s top five scorers list would have measured up had their international careers only lasted 57 appearances – and the results are very interesting.While Jimmy Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 games for England…Michael Owen mustered just 25 goals after 57 appearances.Equally, Wayne Rooney notched just 25 goals after 57 appearances.Gary Lineker reached an impressive 35 goals after 57 appearances.Bobby Charlton surprisingly only hit 33 goals in 57 appearances.Source: England Football OnlineWho do you rate as England’s greatest goal scorer? Comment below…England v San Marino is LIVE on talkSPORT on Thursday from 7pm. Click here to listen.last_img read more

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first_imgSAN FERNANDO – The son of John Racz reluctantly testified Monday in his father’s trial, saying his mother could possibly be alive, even though his father is accused of killing her. But Glenn Racz, 27, also said if she were alive, Ann Racz probably would not have missed his wedding or his high school and college graduations. Ann Mineko Racz disappeared in April 1991. Her body has never been found, but last year her estranged husband, John Racz of Valencia, was charged with murdering her. Glenn Racz was the second of the couple’s three children to testify. While his sister, Joann, 31, testified to getting into arguments with their father about what happened to their mom, Glenn said he eventually quit asking his dad about it. Glenn paused at length before answering yes. He was 11 years old when he last saw his mom – on April 22, 1991, the day prosecutors say his father killed her. The son said his memory from the time is hazy, but he recalls seeing his parents talking that day in the garage of their Valencia home. Witnesses have testified that Ann Racz left April 22, 1991, that John left after she did and that she did not come back to the house. The son testified Monday that he does not remember how long his father was gone that day. But he acknowledged that, at grand jury proceedings last year, he said his father was gone for a few hours, rather than minutes. Kristin Marie Best, who was a close friend of Joann Racz in 1991, also testified Monday. Although Joann has said she does not remember talking with her friends on the phone after her mom left the house that last time, Best said she remembers having several phone conversations with Joann that day. She said Joann was worried about where her mom was. Best estimated that it was 21/2 hours before Joann Racz reported that her father had returned to the house. Best said it was dark. Racz’s attorney, Philip Israels, asked her about that. “That night, do you remember, on April 22nd what time it actually did get dark?” he said. “No, I do not,” Best said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I do not know for certainty if she is dead, so I cannot say for certainty no or yes,” Glenn Racz testified a few moments before prosecutor John Lewin raised his voice in further questioning. “Mr. Racz, you don’t want to know what happened in this case, do you?” Lewin said. “Yes, I do,” replied Glenn Racz, who had said at the beginning of his testimony that he is close to his father and sees him a few times a month. After the son said his mother might be alive, Lewin pressed him about whether he had questioned his father on the subject. Glenn Racz admitted his father was evasive. “Is it fair to say that you have pretty much quit asking about it, because your dad won’t give you a straight answer?” Lewin said. last_img read more

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first_img Referee Keith Stroud Referee Keith Stroud has admitted he blundered by not allowing Newcastle to try again with a penalty that was disallowed for encroachment in the Magpies’ 1-0 win over Burton.Matt Ritchie had a penalty ruled out after half an hour in controversial circumstances that briefly threatened to derail the Magpies’ push for the title.Stroud awarded Burton an indirect free-kick rather than ask for the spot-kick to be retaken after Dwight Gayle dashed into the penalty area before it was taken.Rules of the game indicated Newcastle should have been allowed a second chance from 12 yards, and referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) confirmed Stroud had made an error.A statement from PGMOL said: “In the Championship game between Newcastle United and Burton Albion, referee Keith Stroud awarded Newcastle a penalty in the 29th minute. As Matt Ritchie took the kick, Dwight Gayle encroached in the penalty area. An indirect free-kick was awarded to Burton, but the Laws of the Game state that that the penalty kick should have been retaken.“Unfortunately, the referee has misapplied the law. Keith and his team are understandably upset at the lapse in concentration and apologise for the mistake.”Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was keen to focus on the Ritchie goal that did count after Newcastle reclaimed top spot in the race to the Premier League.Winger Ritchie struck a stunning winner with 22 minutes remaining as Newcastle pulled 10 points clear of the play-off places.Benitez said of the penalty controversy: “You have seen the incident, you have a lot of experts to analyse, I was talking to the referee. I will not keep talking about that.“For me it was an important game, a fantastic goal from Matt Ritchie, a great goal. There was work rate, a lot of positives and unfortunately we talk about the incident.“The referee and me have been talking. We need to move forward. We can’t change what happened. We got three points. We have to be ready to be stronger for the next one. After the incident we were losing our focus. We won.“We knew this team was difficult to break down and to beat with a line of five at the back. We needed to make sure there was no mistake. We did it until the end and we couldn’t be relaxed.” 1last_img read more

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