first_imgNATCHITOCHES, La. – The spirit of giving was in full effect on the Northwestern State campus as the Demons’ athletic department partnered with the Natchitoches area Jaycees for its 24th annual Radio M*A*S*H (Make A Smile Happen) Toy Drive, Dec. 13-14.Led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the NSU athletic department partnered with the Natchitoches-area Jaycees organization to collect toys and donations to disperse among families in need. The Radio M*A*S*H giveaway is a longstanding event that partners the Jaycees and Elite Broadcasting of Natchitoches, which launched the initiative in 1996, and is hosted in the parking lot of the local Walmart Super Store, a high-traffic area for local residents.For several years, NSU Athletics has provided more than 5,000 hours of community service, annually assisting local, area, national and international causes. This year marks the third-consecutive year that the Northwestern State athletic department has joined forces with the Jaycees organization for the Radio M*A*S*H event. This year, the Northwestern State SAAC gathered $754.12 within one day of collections in order to benefit 417 children and 210 families. The Lady Demons volleyball team led the way, gathering an impressive $344.57 as a team.“M*A*S*H has become a great opportunity for us athletes to get out into the community on a yearly basis,” said NSU SAAC president Megan Lohmiller. “One hundred percent of all monetary donations go directly to families in the Natchitoches community. It’s fun to give back during the season of giving.”As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more


first_imgSTATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S REPORT FINDING  NO EVIDENCE OF MISCONDUCT AT SANTA ANITA PARKWe thank District Attorney Lacey’s Office for their diligent work in this robust investigation into whether any conduct or conditions at Santa Anita Park affected the welfare of safety and horses. We are all committed to the same thing–the highest level of equine safety and welfare–and we will continue to do everything possible to promote equine and rider health and safety.  And we are gratified that the District Attorney’s report into the conduct and conditions at Santa Anita Park found no evidence of misconduct.The Stronach Group looks forward to working further with the California Horse Racing Board, industry partners, and other stakeholders to implement recommendations from the taskforce’s report, many of which Santa Anita Park has already started implementing.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, WARD ‘N JERRY, WINNER: “I hadn’t been on him in a long time and Mike told me that he’s best at these long distances.  He was little keen early, but he settled down fine and as you saw, he had a good turn of foot through the stretch.”TRAINER QUOTESMIKE PUYPE, TRAINER, WARD ‘N JERRY: “If you look at his form, you can see that he’s done his best at long distances.  He had won at a mile and a quarter and a mile and three eighths, and he ran a really good third going a mile and a half last December (beaten a neck in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar).  They came home pretty fast today, they put a couple of 24 second quarters together there, so this was a big effort.”  NOTES: The winning owners are Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams.last_img read more


first_imgTOTTENHAM stars showed their support for under-fire Mauricio Pochettino by treating him to a slap-up meal at a posh Mayfair restaurant.Struggling Spurs players texted the Argentine boss asking him to meet them at Novikov – a favourite dining spot for millionaire Premier League footballers.8 Contract rebel Christian Eriksen was in attendanceCredit: BackGrid8 Tottenham stars invited boss Mauricio Pochettino out for a plush mealCredit: BackGridPoch’s future and morale among the squad has been heavily called into question this season following a worrying drop in form.Last weekend’s draw at home to Watford left them 13 points adrift of Liverpool after just nine matches.But they bounced back with a bang in the Champions League by thrashing Red Star 5-0 on Tuesday.And any talk of the players’ commitment to their manager was quashed as they gathered together for a team bonding meal.Star players Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, contract rebel Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela were all in attendance.Last week, Poch revealed: “When you receive a text from the players inviting you and the coaching staff for a dinner one of two things can happen.“It is either because they want to say goodbye or because they feel that they love you and want to show that they are with you.“And I think it’s the second.“If they were going to say goodbye to me, they would do it here – not at a dinner.”Dele Alli also echoed the manager’s claims by insisting the players are “1,000 per cent” behind the boss.Asked whether the players are still behind their gaffer, Dele said: “Yeah, 1,000 per cent.”A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him.8most 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.”When things are not going our way it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players.”We’re doing that and we are going to keep working hard.”8 Captain Harry Kane is trying to spearhead Tottenham’s revivalCredit: BackGrid8 Playmaker Dele Alli insists the players are behind the managerCredit: Splash News8 Son turned up wearing a fancy full-length jacketCredit: BackGrid8 Serge Aurier has struggled to impress the manager this seasonCredit: BackGrid8 Erik Lamela has been handed plenty of game time this seasonCredit: BackGridRed Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chantinglast_img read more


first_imgTosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackle 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic Proof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injury “He is expected to make a full recovery.”On behalf of Andre, the club would like to thank all Everton supporters and members of the wider football family for the overwhelming messages of support we have received since yesterday’s match.”The Portuguese midfielder was back on social media today, retweeting a series of “get well” messages to him. Everton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankle Son ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woecenter_img Prem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horror TOTTENHAM striker Son Heung-min’s red card for his mis-timed tackle that led to Andre Gomes breaking his ankle has been rescinded.An independent panel has overturned the decision taken on the pitch by referee Martin Atkinson.3 Tottenham star Son was left in tears after his attempted tackle led to Andre Gomes suffering a horror injuryCredit: EPAHe was originally going to issue the South Korean star with a yellow card, but after checking on Gomes he decided to upgrade it to a red.Son was in tears after his lunge led to Gomes getting his foot caught in the turf and suffering a break and dislocation in his ankle.The FA’s statement read: “Son Heung-min will be available for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s next three domestic fixtures after an independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal.”The forward was sent off for serious foul play during the Premier League fixture against Everton FC on Sunday 3 November 2019.”3 Everton star Andre Gomes was left with a broken and dislocated ankle after getting his foot caught in the turfCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 The Everton star was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and has had a successful operationCredit: ReutersSon is even in contention to start for Spurs in their Champions League game away at Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night.His manager Pochettino said that the striker was “in a very good way” and is “in good form” despite “feeling sorry” for what happened at the weekend.The South Korea international has been receiving support from his club following his involvement in the incident.He was visibly distraught after seeing the extent of Gomes’ injury and was inconsolable after the match.That led to some doubt over whether he would travel with Spurs for their vital Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade.But as SunSport reported, he was part of the group that left from Stansted Airport on Tuesday.Son, 27, was left inconsolable following the injury and was in floods of tears inside the Spurs dressing room.GOMES OPERATION SUCCESSFULSpurs boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled Atkinson’s decision to show his star forward a red card as “unbelievable.”After the game, the Premier League released a statement explaining why the colour of the card had been upgraded.It read: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”SunSport reported on Monday afternoon how Gomes had successfully undergone an operation on his fractured and dislocated ankle.A statement from his employers said: “Everton Football Club can confirm Andre Gomes underwent surgery to repair a fracture dislocation to his right ankle earlier today and the procedure went extremely well.”Andre will now spend some time recovering in hospital, before returning to USM Finch Farm to start his rehabilitation under the guidance of the club’s medical staff.Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankle Everton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort Sonlast_img read more


first_img8 Danny Rose missed the Everton draw due to suspension but could return tomorrow night8 Harry Kane is set to captain the side once again in the continued absence of regular skipper Hugo Lloris8 Mauricio Pochettino knows the Rajko Mitic Stadium is a difficult place to go and will be desperate for another victory8 Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura will be hoping to find some form when they take on Red StarMauricio Pochettino publicly thanks Everton players for helping to console Son Heung-Min after horror tackle leaves André Gomes with a broken leg and the South Korean in tears Latest 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongSeamus Coleman visited the Spurs man to reassure the South Korean the injury was not his fault.But Son could not bring himself to speak to any journalists afterwards.And upon arriving back at Stansted on Sunday evening, he is understood to have gone straight to the home he shares with his parents. SON HEUNG-MIN was spotted for the first time since breaking down in tears following the tackle that led to Andre Gomes’ horror injury.The Spurs attacker, 27, was sent off on Sunday afternoon when he fouled the Everton midfielder, who got his studs stuck in the turf and suffered a dislocation and fracture to his right ankle.8 Son Heung-min was spotted for the first time since the Andre Gomes injury today8 He donned a cap and kept a low profile as he boarded the Spurs plane to BelgradeTottenham have appealed the red card shown by Martin Atkinson and hope the decision will be overturned.Before then, though, Spurs have a crunch clash with Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are second in their group with a win, a draw and a defeat from their three games.But they face the daunting task of an away game in Belgrade tomorrow night at the notoriously-difficult Rajko Mitic Stadium.And Son was filmed boarding the plane in his tracksuit and a cap as the squad head to Serbia.Less than 48 hours previously, the South Korean was visibly distraught after his challenge on Gomes.Gomes was rushed to hospital for surgery and his team-mate Cenk Tosun revealed the pain Gomes was in, saying: “I could hear him screaming. His eyes were open so big. I just tried to hold him.”Son, though, was emotionally troubled and will be offered counselling by his club.He left the field in tears and had to be consoled by boss Mauricio Pochettino.And it is claimed that once Son got back to the changing room, he just wanted to be left alone and turned his phone off.8 Son was sent off after a mistimed challenge led to Andre Gomes suffering a broken ankleCredit: Getty8 Spurs star Son will be offered counselling by his club after being visibly distraught following the incidentCredit: Reuters✈️ 🇷🇸 Belgrade bound. #UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/A77cGJODTy— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 5, 2019last_img read more


first_imgTOTTENHAM will not play in the Premier League until May after bosses extended the suspension due to coronavirus.Meanwhile, Daniel Levy has released the club’s financial results for the year and we have updates on Harry Kane.Follow all the latest news and gossip from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium here…supal21 Mar 2020, 12:30 pmJOVIAL MOODTottenham could be offered the chance to sign Serbian striker Luka Jovic from Real Madrid this summer.According to the Daily Star, both Spurs and London rivals Chelsea are in the race for the £50m forward.Jovic left self-isolation last week to fly home to Serbia and enraged chiefs at the Bernabeu.The 22-year-old was forced to apologise to the country’s prime minister after breaking the strict quarantine rules.Police were alerted as the striker left his flat to go to the chemist.Prime minister Ana Brnabic said: “We have the negative example of our football stars who earn millions and have ignored the obligation to self-isolate.”The country’s president Aleksandar Vucic added: “If he leaves his apartment he’ll be arrested.“I think he regrets what he’s done, but I’ll make it clear to him that the lives of our people are more important than his millions.”supal21 Mar 2020, 11:56 amYOUNG AND FREESpurs legend Ossie Ardiles urged Jose Mourinho to give Giovani Lo Celso more freedom.The 23-year-old has been a standout star in north London this season after a slow start to life at Tottenham.And Ardiles thinks the Argentine midfielder could be released further forward by Mourinho.Ardiles said: “He’s a very sensible player, he knows what he’s doing all the time, he’s clever and so on.“In fact, he can play the holding, defensive midfield position as well, he already has done this season. For me, his ideal position is he when he has freedom, he can go forward and attack players. If he has space, he’ll attack it immediately and that produces space for other players.“He’s very skilful… look, everyone is skilful, but what makes you different is what is in your head, and even though he’s very young, I don’t want to say he has an older head, but he has a more experienced head on his shoulders. He’s a very, very good player and he can go from strength to strength.”supal21 Mar 2020, 11:35 amSTRAIGHT TALKWest Ham chair Karren Brady has moved to clarify her comments in last week’s column for The Sun.The Hammers boss’ words in her column last week were the talk of town after she said the season should be declared null and void if it couldn’t continue.Brady’s words were apparently misinterpreted by some, and she’s explained those comments in this week’s column.She wrote: “I did NOT say (and I ask you to please go back and read what I actually said) the season should be declared null and void now.“I said that was an option only if the season could not be completed — but of course we hope it will be.“What you need to know is that we are doing everything we can to ensure the season does continue — and that all domestic and European matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.”supal21 Mar 2020, 11:10 amLOVE OF THE GAMEIf you missed it last night, Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon took on West Ham’s Michail Antonio in a game of FIFA.It went pretty well for the Spurs man. The Club can confirm that John McDermott is to leave his role as Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development to take up the position of Assistant Technical Director at the FA. #THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 20, 2020Alex Terrell21 Mar 2020, 4:07 pmON A ROLLHas Ryan Sessegnon already scored himself an advantage over rival Michail Antoni in tonight’s massive Fifa 20 match to replace the real life clash between Spurs and West Ham.Unfortunately, as many of you will be familiar with, the Hammers winger has run out of toilet roll.Yikes!Alex Terrell20 Mar 2020, 3:50 pmDEFINITELY MAY-BELaLiga president Javier Tebas has revealed that Europe’s top leagues including the English top-flight are targeting a return to action in the middle of May.The 57-year-old – who is part of a working Uefa committee – has lifted the lid on when he expects the football calendar to resume in order for the season to be finished by the end of June.He said: “Given the current situation, we believe we can restart the competitions in mid-May, perhaps during the third week.“If circumstances permit, we could bring that forward.“There are 30 affected leagues and 30 cup tournaments and we have to co-ordinate each schedule at both a national and international level. We need to work together.”Alex Terrell20 Mar 2020, 2:56 pmDON’T BE A SQUAREEric Dier has been trolling Ryan Sessegnon over his Fifa 20 matchup against Michail Antonio.The defender and midfielder said: “Why are they putting a midfielder out for this game?”Sessegnon is set to play Antonio tonight, to replace the Spurs v West Ham game that was originally scheduled for this evening. 🏟 ⛳ Footgolf @ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium! 🏌 Sonny, Hugo, @LucasMoura7 and @dele_official battle it out for the prestigious blue jacket!Who will come out on top?!📺 Watch the full video on YouTube!#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/cMTQUxiRhm— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 21, 2020supal21 Mar 2020, 10:24 amNO KANE DOHarry Kane could NOT play up front with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Italy legend Luca Toni.The Spurs and England striker looks like finishing the season without a trophy and with Champions League qualification also up in the air.It will inevitably lead to summer transfer rumour that Kane could seek pastures news, with Manchester United and Real Madrid sure to be interested.Speaking to Tuttosport, Toni said: “CR7 is not a pure centre forward, but he is the one who scores the most and must score the most goals.“A finisher, such as Kane, who I consider the best of the under 30s, is not necessarily perfect for Cristiano Ronaldo.“I see Gabriel Jesus as a better option, who assists at City but also scores a lot, he opens spaces for his teammates, presses and is only 22 years old.”supal21 Mar 2020, 10:06 amBOGA SNUBSerie A star Jeremie Boga has hinted he’s prepared to snub a move to Tottenham.Athletic claim the former Chelsea academy player favours returning to the Blues despite attracting interest from Jose Mourinho.The Sassuolo player, who’s been linked with a transfer to Tottenham, is hoping for a return to London.And SunSport says Frank Lampard has first option on the £18.5million striker.supal21 Mar 2020, 9:39 amICYMIMatch of the Day will be back on TV TONIGHT.The BBC replaced its flagship football show with Mrs Brown’s Boys after coronavirus saw the Premier League suspended and fans were not happy.But all is well again after it was revealed the Beeb will show three football shows across Saturday and Sunday.Football Focus will run from noon on Saturday with Dan Walker introducing some of the best interviews from the season so far.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Juan Mata, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling will all feature on screen before the MOTDx team select their team of the season so far.supal21 Mar 2020, 9:18 amPOET AND HE DIDN’T KNOW ITHappy world poetry day, everyone.Tottenham are marking the occasion by reliving Toby Alderweireld’s attempts at poetry. Alex Terrell21 Mar 2020, 4:44 pmMAC’S FACTORSpurs have confirmed that academy director John McDermott has left the club to work with the FA as assistant technical director.He will work under former Charlton boss Les Reed at St George’s Park and can boast Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga among his products. Michail Antonio unable to ‘look at his son’ after FIFA defeat to Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon sets up horrendous forfeithttps://t.co/m6NCIVCrUO— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) March 21, 2020supal21 Mar 2020, 10:47 amFORE RIGHT FOOTSon, Lloris, Alli and Moura have been playing a spot of footgolf around Tottenham’s new stadium.This looks like fun… 🎼 It’s #WorldPoetryDay! Throwback to when @AlderweireldTob put his poetry skills to the test at a local school for #PLPrimaryStars! 👍#ToCareIsToDo ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/LGs8qnrHZw— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 21, 2020supal21 Mar 2020, 8:58 amCUT AND RUNClub chiefs are looking at ways of ripping up players’ contracts in the financial crisis, Alan Nixon exclusively reports.Some Premier League supremos are hurriedly checking how to slash costs and a revolutionary option of making unwanted stars redundant is now being researched.It would only happen in a few cases and be totally selective. But it will cause a war with Gordon Taylor’s PFA.However, many clubs know they will lose fortunes if there is no TV cash — and see the Covid-19 outbreak as a time for drastic measures.Missed home games will hammer every team and give them an argument to tear up contracts.Swiss side Sion axed NINE players, including former Arsenal stars Alex Song and Johan Djourou, after they failed to sign up for reduced terms.supal21 Mar 2020, 8:38 amYOUNG AND FREESpurs legend Ossie Ardiles urged Jose Mourinho to give Giovani Lo Celso more freedom.The 23-year-old has been a standout star in north London this season after a slow start to life at Tottenham.And Ardiles thinks the Argentine midfielder could be released further forward by Mourinho.Ardiles said: “He’s a very sensible player, he knows what he’s doing all the time, he’s clever and so on.“In fact, he can play the holding, defensive midfield position as well, he already has done this season. For me, his ideal position is he when he has freedom, he can go forward and attack players. If he has space, he’ll attack it immediately and that produces space for other players.“He’s very skilful… look, everyone is skilful, but what makes you different is what is in your head, and even though he’s very young, I don’t want to say he has an older head, but he has a more experienced head on his shoulders. He’s a very, very good player and he can go from strength to strength.”supal21 Mar 2020, 8:17 amSTRAIGHT TALKWest Ham chair Karren Brady has moved to clarify her comments in last week’s column for The Sun.The Hammers boss’ words in her column last week were the talk of town after she said the season should be declared null and void if it couldn’t continue.Brady’s words were apparently misinterpreted by some, and she’s explained those comments in this week’s column.She wrote: “I did NOT say (and I ask you to please go back and read what I actually said) the season should be declared null and void now.“I said that was an option only if the season could not be completed — but of course we hope it will be.“What you need to know is that we are doing everything we can to ensure the season does continue — and that all domestic and European matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.”John Hutchinson21 Mar 2020, 7:17 amMORNING, SPURS FANSDele Alli has been using the coronavirus-enforced break to have a frank look at his behaviour – and admit he needed to change.The Spurs and England midfielder has already apologised for a joke about the Covid-19 pandemic, for which he faces an FA misconduct charge and possible ban.And he claims a rapid upgrade in profile from lower-league player with MK Dons to England superstar taught him he had to set a good example to kidsHe told the Otro YouTube channel: “I was a normal kid from Milton Keynes who could go anywhere and do whatever I wanted without being noticed.“But when you join the Premier League you start to get noticed and you have to be a role model.“I’ve always tried to live my life as a good person but I’ve made a lot of mistakes and it’s all about adapting and learning from them.”Meanwhile, Ryan Sessegnon’s Spurs side toppled Michail Antonio’s West Ham 2-0 in virtual football.Lucas Moura and Giovanni Lo Celso netted – two players who genuine boss Jose Mourinho hailed but felt were getting tired just before football was suspended due to coronavirus..The Hammers’ defeat means Antonio must say sorry whilst wearing a Tottenham strip.On the gossip front, Sassuolo’s ex-Chelsea academy midfielder Jeremie Boga has hinted he would prefer a Stamford Bridge return than a move to Spurs.And reports in Holland claim Belgium centre-back Jan Vertonghen has not ruled out joining Ajax. Ian Tuckey21 Mar 2020, 10:44 pmWE MUST COPY CHINAFormer Spurs midfielder Paulinho insists everyone must follow China’s lead and stay in quarantine if the world is to beat the coronavirus pandemic.The Guangzhou Evergrande star has seen China level out new cases of Covid-19 with a strict regime that it is now easing in most places. The 31-year-old is now in his second spell with Guangzhou – after a year inbetween at Barcelona.Ian Tuckey21 Mar 2020, 10:35 pm STARS FACE CONTRACT AXINGCLUB chiefs are looking at ways of ripping up players’ contracts in the financial crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus.Some Premier League supremos are hurriedly checking how to slash costs and a revolutionary option of making unwanted stars redundant is now being researched.It would only happen in a few cases and be totally selective. But it will cause a war with Gordon Taylor’s PFA.However, many clubs know they will lose fortunes if there is no TV cash — and see the Covid-19 outbreak as a time for drastic measures.Missed home games will hammer every team and give them an argument to tear up contracts.Swiss side Sion axed NINE players, including former Arsenal stars Alex Song and Johan Djourou, after they failed to sign up for reduced terms.Scottish side Hearts have asked for voluntary 50 per cent pay cuts from players and staff — but if those are not agreed they may have to go further. World union FIFPro are actively lobbying against such moves.Ian Tuckey21 Mar 2020, 9:55 pmDELE LEARNING FROM HIS MISTAKESDele Alli revealed how fame and fortune forced him to change his behaviour after learning his lessons the hard way. The Spurs and England midfielder is currently up on an FA misconduct charge over an ill-advised joke about coronavirus, which could yet see him banned when football finally returns from the enforced break. He has already apologised for the gaffe and believes he is now much more aware of his responsibilities after having to come to terms with his high profile from such a young age. Dele, 23, was only 16 when he made his league debut for MK Dons and 19 when he won his first full England cap. He told the Otro YouTube channel: “After I started playing for the national team a lot of people would stop me and ask for pictures. “A year before, I was a normal kid from Milton Keynes who could go anywhere and do whatever I wanted without being noticed. “But when you join the Premier League you start to get noticed and you have to be a role model. I’ve always tried to live my life as a good person but I’ve made a lot of mistakes and it’s all about adapting and learning from them. Sandra Brobbey21 Mar 2020, 8:48 pmSESSE FOOTBALL Ryan Sessegnon’s Spurs side have beaten Michail Antonio’s West Ham in a virtual game of football. The Hammers lost 2-0 courtesy of goals from Lucas Moura and Giovanni Lo Celso. The loss means Antonio has to give a full apology whilst wearing a Tottenham strip.Look out for a picture of Antonio in his new kit on this page. Sandra Brobbey21 Mar 2020, 8:10 pmJAN AWAY? VoetbalPrimeur claim Jan Vertonghen has refused to rule out a move to Ajax. The Dutch media outlet say the Belgian defender was asked on Instagram if he would return to the club They claim Vertonghen replied: “Who knows. It’s always been sort of in the planning.” Sandra Brobbey21 Mar 2020, 7:18 pmVIRTUAL FOOTY With football on hold Tottenham and West Ham are turning to the next best thing.The London rivals were supposed to play in a derby clash tonight, but following the coronavirus pandemic all Premier League games have been suspended until at least April 30.Ryan Sessegnon and Michail Antonio are therefore settling scores with controllers in hand on EA Sports’ FIFA 20. They’ll face-off at 8pm this evening. Sandra Brobbey21 Mar 2020, 6:59 pmBOGA SNUB Serie A star Jeremie Boga has hinted he’s prepared to snub a move to Tottenham. Athletic claim the former Chelsea academy player favours returning to the Blues despite attracting interest from Jose Mourinho. The Sassuolo player, who’s been linked with a transfer to Tottenham, is hoping for a return to London. And SunSport says Frank Lampard has first option on the £18.5million striker. Sandra Brobbey21 Mar 2020, 5:52 pmSPURS THE VICTOR Lille’s president Gerard Lopez has hinted he would be powerless to stop Tottenham target Victor Osimhen moving to the Premier League.However Lopez is expecting suitors to make a huge bid for the player who’s scored 18 times in 38 games this season. Sport.fr claim the Nigerian international is on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubsOsimhen’s form in Ligue 1 is rumoured to be attracting other sides including Liverpool. Load more entries…last_img read more


first_imgAS Mauricio Pochettino sat sobbing in the dressing room after last year’s Champions League final, he thought it was not meant to be like this.He had always expected to end the greatest night of his managerial career so far in floods of tears — just ones of joy.4 Mauricio Pochettino could not stop crying after losing the Champions League final with Spurs last seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Harry Kane, rushed back from injury, could do nothing to prevent a Liverpool win in Madrid – the beginning of the end for PochCredit: Getty Images – GettyInstead, those streaming out were of sadness and despair.As the anniversary of Tottenham’s debut in the final of Europe’s elite competition approaches, their former boss Poch admits he was so devastated after the 2-0 loss to Liverpool in Madrid he could not stop CRYING.Not only was the Argentinian upset about the Wanda Metropolitano defeat, which saw a controversial first-minute Kop penalty destroy his dream and the gameplan his squad had fine-tuned for three weeks.He also realised through the salty bitterness that it would ultimately and inevitably spell the end of his five years in charge.And so it came to pass as Poch — who, it should be pointed out, had not helped himself with his wacky comments and team’s poor Premier League form — was relieved of his duties by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and replaced by Jose Mourinho within hours of his November sacking.For the last six months Poch has been on “gardening leave” during which time the only thing he has grown is the interest on his bank account from the £8.5million-a-year salary he continued to rake in from the club as part of his severance.In his first newspaper interview since becoming a free agent, he explains that famous night in the Spanish capital was the beginning of the end of his time in N17.He said: “I think it was very difficult to accept the way the game went.“When you prepare for three weeks with the responsibility and in the way we did, and worked, with all the staff and players. We were very focused.“I think we were convinced and I was convinced that the final was going to go our way. That was completely in our minds. But no one is prepared after 30 seconds of the Champions League final to concede like that.When the decision came it was right and we needed to move on.Mauricio Pochettino on his Spurs sacking“The goal changed the whole game, all the emotions. It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening.“I was so disappointed afterwards. It was difficult to stop crying, to stop feeling bad.“It was a massive achievement. And you can use the example of Liverpool after they lost to Real Madrid the season before, that was a massive motivation and inspiration to be back in the future.“But I knew after five years and with the way we were working, all the things that happened, it was going to be difficult to change a little bit in our minds and to stay open to design another plan, or a strategy to build again, a different chapter.“A different project was going to be difficult to maintain — to keep improving.”Former Espanyol coach Pochettino switched to Tottenham from Southampton in May 2014 and turned the North Londoners into a top-four club.He also did this while overseeing the move from their old White Hart Lane home to a sparkling new £1billion stadium on the same site.Construction problems led to delays as Spurs played the best part of an extra season at Wembley.Pochettino’s ability to keep them up among England’s top clubs, despite almost two seasons without a home game, enhanced his reputation as one of the game’s best coaches.It saw him attracting interest from a number of rivals, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.4Many will say Pochettino, 48, should have walked away from Tottenham on June 2, the day after the Champions League final.But he insisted: “No. Because my commitment with the club, with Daniel and of course with the players, the fans, was massive.“I said to Daniel that we finished in the way that no one wanted but the end, because of our commitment, our emotion and our feeling — in football — it needed to happen.“If not, our relationship would have continued forever! And maybe that’s no good for the club or for us.“When the decision came it was right and we needed to move on.”Pochettino was given the boot by Tottenham after the Champions League hangover turned into a major headache for chairman Levy and the club’s board.Yet Poch remains grateful to the man who axed him — and even phoned him last week to say so.He said: “What I was talking about with Daniel was to say thank you for trusting in us.“I also joked with him, ‘Oh, you only signed me because the manager you liked at that time, Louis Van Gaal, chose Manchester United!’I am so happy that he is at Tottenham, replacing me. He is a top coach and we have a very good relationship.Mauricio Pochettino on Jose Mourinho“Daniel told me that at the time, he was very clear about that, it was very public. I was a very young coach, with my experience in Spain and my one-and-a-half years in Southampton.“The football vision at Tottenham was completely different then to what it is now. Today, they are one of the best clubs in the world and we feel very proud of that.”Pochettino, now sporting a grey beard, has remained in London during lockdown.Shortly before the crisis he went for a coffee with Unai Emery — axed by Arsenal days after Poch left bitter rivals Spurs.And he has even spoken with his Tottenham successor Mourinho.Poch said: “We’ve known each other for a long time. When I was the coach of Espanyol and he was at Real Madrid.“During that time we were going to play Real Madrid when some information appeared that maybe I was on their radar in case Jose goes.“In the press conference before the game the media asked me about that.“I said ‘Oh, I am not thinking about that and, by the way, my kids are sleeping in Espanyol pyjamas every night. So it’s very difficult for me to think about changing’.“So, when I arrived at the stadium, Jose was waiting with a bag with a very nice bottle of French red wine and two kits of Real Madrid, shirts and shorts. He said, ‘OK, these are for your kids to wear from now on!’Latest 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong“I am so happy that he is at Tottenham, replacing me. He is a top coach and we have a very good relationship.“I always thought I’d replace him. When he was at Real Madrid and I was at Espanyol I used to joke, ‘Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid’ and look at how life works out!“He has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?”4 Pochettino was tipped to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid but it was the Portuguese who took over from the Argentinian in North LondonCredit: Getty – ContributorEx-Tottenham boss Pochettino scores incredible hole-in-one playing foot golf while in Qatar for Fifa Club World Cuplast_img read more


first_imgThe highly-touted young Kiwi can play back row or centre and showed off his silky ball skills in a tight 16-12 loss to the Dragons last Saturday with a lovely pass to create Michael Chee Kam’s maiden NRL try – and set up a grandstand finale with the fast-finishing Tigers falling just short of knocking off the third-placed Dragons.Speaking to NRL.com after the game, Marsters said while he’s been playing 80 minutes as a centre in reserve grade he’ll take whatever chance coach Ivan Cleary affords him in the top squad.”As a kid you always want to make your NRL debut. That was one of my goals. I really enjoyed it out there and just want to build on the performance,” Marsters said.After Cleary pulled him aside at training last Wednesday to inform him of his impending debut, Marsters said he rang around whatever family he could to get together so he could tell them at the same time. Some flew over from New Zealand to watch his debut.”I rang all my family members to tell them to come home, got them in a bunch and let them know and they were all pretty excited for me,” he said.”I had some family fly over from New Zealand to come watch me play; that was pretty important for me.”It was pretty tough, it was pretty fast out there but the boys stuck with me, they were talking to me on the edge and I sort of found my rhythm.”Hopefully if I get the chance to play next week I take it with two hands.”An early hamstring injury to veteran back-rower Chris Lawrence meant Marsters was called on to play more minutes than he would have expected, eventually finishing with 13 tackles, 88 running metres and a try assist in 43 minutes on field.”I want to build my minutes, I want to be able to play 80,” Marsters said.”Chris Lawrence, it’s a sad thing for him to go down like that but I want to knuckle down and get better as a player.”I’ve been playing centre in [the Intrust Super Premiership], I haven’t played back row for a while but I’ll play anywhere Ivan wants me to play. There’s an opportunity there for me to play back row so I want to take it with both hands and see where it goes.”I don’t mind, either way, Ivan knows what’s going on, I just want to perform for him.”And the magic ball to Chee Kam?”He was calling for it, I should have gone open but I heard him calling so I gave him the ball and he scored a pretty good try,” Marsters smiled.Photo by:  Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos. (Wests Tigers rookie Esan Marsters impressed on debut against the Dragons).last_img read more


first_imgThe 26-year-old returned to the Knights in 2016 after two seasons at the Dragons, but was unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, ending his time in the Hunter for a second time. Mata’utia never missed a game for the Knights this season and was regarded as one of their more consistent players on the paddock, scoring seven tries and averaging 85 metres. He took to social media to deliver the news on Thursday. “I got the chance to come back and play for my hometown again and I enjoyed every minute of the last two years,” Mata’utia said in the Instagram post.”I’ve known for a while what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know if it was the right choice. But my chapter here at the Knights has officially come to an end.”Mata’utia joins a long list of players to depart the Knights in 2017 with props Jack Stockwell and Pauli Pauli the latest to be farewelled by the club.The club have recruited well in return with Connor Watson, Tautau Moga, Aidan Guerra, Herman Ese’ese and Kalyn Ponga on board for next season, while Warriors forward Jacob Lillyman and Storm utility Slade Griffin are also expected to join in coming weeks.last_img read more