10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino takes aim at Hazard for 2016 taunt

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino takes aim at Hazard for 2016 tauntby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has taken aim at Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Pochettino recalls the likes of Hazard stating they wanted Leicester to win the title in 2016.Hazard said: “We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League – the fans, the club and the players,” ahead of a bad-tempered 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in May that extinguished Tottenham’s hopes once and for all.And Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri – who was unaware of Pochettino’s remarks – declared yesterday: “I think the title is a fight between City and Liverpool.”Pochettino has not forgotten Hazard’s comment as he called for rival players and managers to keep their opinions quiet this time around.”When you are professional, some opinions you cannot make public,” he said.”Because after you create a big problem like what happened at Chelsea. That was more like a battle than a football game. Why did that happen? You know very well.”That’s why it’s compulsory to behave professionally. We translate a lot of emotion to the people. We are public persons.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoStrachan: Arsenal fullback Tierney just like Van Dijk

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Strachan: Arsenal fullback Tierney just like Van Dijkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is convinced by the quality of Arsenal fullback Kieran Tierney.Arsenal’s £25million signing from Celtic is set to make his Premier League debut in tomorrow night’s clash with Manchester United. He said: “Kieran is seriously a wonderful kid and his understanding of danger is magnificent.“He reminds me of Van Dijk in that way. The first time I watched Virgil and Kieran play, I thought, ‘Are you lucky, or are you brilliant at reading the game?’.“I’d love to see some analysis on how many times he intercepts or clears the ball in the box.“He thinks like a forward, so he understands what they’re going to do.“You could have six attackers and just him, and Kieran could still sniff the danger and get the ball.“So he’ll certainly help Arsenal get to the top four.“He’s more than just a good player — he has incredible spirit, strength, ability, and versatility, he’s perfect for Arsenal.“He mostly played at left-back or wing-back for Celtic.“But he can also play just as well at left centre-back or on the left of a three, which is how Unai Emery has got them playing just now.” last_img read more

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22 days agoEx-Chelsea fullback Johnson: I didn’t believe Abraham was this good

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea fullback Johnson: I didn’t believe Abraham was this goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson admits Tammy Abraham has surprised him.Abraham has scored eight goals already for Chelsea this season, seven coming in the Premier League.“I didn’t know Tammy Abraham was capable of this to be honest last season, so it’s great to see,” Johnson said on talkSPORT.“Maybe there’s more out there, maybe there’s more that they give a chance, they will take it with both hands.“Yeah, they found themselves in an unfortunate situation [with the transfer ban] but I feel like they are kind of dealing with it in the right way.”With Chelsea unable to sign players in January, Johnson reckons a top-six finish in the Premier League would be a success.“I think fifth, even sixth, would be a good season,” Johnson said.“They can’t sign anyone, they lost pretty much their best player [Eden Hazard], can’t replace him, got to give kids a chance, some of them had never played in the Premier League before.“I think sixth would be a good season for them.” last_img read more

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MONTREAL FLAUNTS HEAVY METAL CREDENTIALS AS CITY HOSTS ROCK FESTIVAL

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL — The Montreal city councillor who spearheaded a motion last April to formally designate the city a headbangers’ paradise says the reaction to the gesture has been remarkable.“A lot of people are talking about it — people in the city, metalheads around the world,” said Coun. Craig Sauve, a musician and heavy metal buff.“People are very appreciative of the recognition — particularly in the metal scene, where metalheads feel like their culture is not respected and cast aside.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Those official credentials as a heavy metal “city of excellence” will be on full display this weekend as it plays host to the 10th edition of Heavy Montreal — a popular two-day metal and rock festival held on a small island near the city.While the designation didn’t come with any financial perks, observers are confident the “positive vibe” it created will bring big dividends for up-and-coming local acts.“It helps fill up the bars, it helps the promoters and it helps the bands,” says Montrealer Jimmy Kay, who runs Metal Voice, a YouTube channel that reports on heavy metal music. “Now when I interview bands, they know about it, they’ve heard about it.”Quebec bands that eventually found their way to Montreal did so for a variety of reasons, but the common denominator was a loyal and knowledgeable fan base packing the venues.“When you talk to bands that have been around for 30, 40 years … if it wasn’t for Montreal, they wouldn’t exist today, because that’s where everyone wanted to hear them,” Kay said. “The fans were there for them always.”Daniel Glick, director of concerts and events at concert promoter Evenko, which puts on the popular Heavy Montreal event, says the firm promotes about 100 metal shows yearly. He called the city’s recognition a nice “stamp of approval.”“A lot of the metal bands and hard rock bands have done really, really well here over the years, if you go back to the early years — Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica — Montreal is definitely one of their top markets,” Glick said. “It may have changed the way they did their live shows, the vibe here is definitely than going to another American or Canadian city. I think the fans are extremely passionate and respectful at the same time, and that definitely leads to that relationship (with bands) that has gone back to beginning.”Rick Hughes knows that connection well from his years with local band Sword, which made its mark in the 1980s and continues to perform to this day. He says the kids who were at his shows decades ago are among the people still coming out today.The St-Bruno, Que., native said that after the band’s last Montreal show, fans hung out for two hours to get autographs. In talking to them the affable Hughes learned the young fans from the 1980s had gone on to become everything from engineers to pilots and businessmen. Some had brought along their own children to see his band play.“You only find that in metal, and the enthusiasm of the crowd in Montreal is unequalled,” Hughes said.Montreal’s scene included homegrown bands like Cryptopsy and Kataklysm, but it also drew from all over Quebec as talent arrived to hone their craft. Quebec’s most famous heavy metal outfit, Voivod, was formed in Jonquiere before moving to Montreal in the mid-1980s.Guitarist Daniel Mongrain, who currently plays in Voivod and has played extensively with other groups, said bands knew that being in Montreal was essential. “It was good to play in our local area, but we had to go to Montreal to meet other bands, that’s where the action was,” he said.An accomplished guitarist, Mongrain began playing guitar at age 11 after having seen a music video involving the original incarnation of Voivod on the French-language music channel Musique Plus.“I bought a guitar and wanted to be like them,” said Mongrain, known as Chewy, who is celebrating his 11th anniversary with Voivod.Mongrain, 43, originally from Trois-Riveres, Que., said the Montreal sound fans worldwide now recognize is really the creation of acts that got their start all over the province.“Montreal is symbolic of the rest of the province,” he said. “There’s a uniqueness to the sound of Montreal, but Montreal includes Rimouski, Rouyn-Noranada, Trois-Rivieres and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.”By the time he was playing regularly in the 1990s, the grunge movement was gaining popularity in the rock scene, and times were difficult for metalheads. There were no big metal festivals at the time, but Montreal fans remained loyal.“It was a small community, but every time there was a show, there was a bunch of people — like a brotherhood.” Mongrain said. “It was an underground scene that was very alive, but still very underground.”Hughes said recognition of Montreal’s heavy metal roots was overdue, placing it alongside jazz as a sound that has long helped define Montreal.“It’s music that ages well through its intensity — it isn’t pop, it isn’t the flavour of the day,” he said. “Jazz isn’t the flavour of the day — it’s stays the same, and metal is the same: It stays metal.”Sidhartha Banerjee ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img Advertisement Jimmy Kay, the host of Metal Voice, poses in the basement of his home in Montreal, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The Montreal city councillor who spearheaded a motion last April to formally designate the city a headbangers’ paradise says the reaction to the gesture has been remarkable. 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Alaska Airlines flights back in the air after power outage

first_imgSEATTLE — Alaska Airlines flights are back in the air after a nationwide ground stop that was apparently caused by a power outage.The airline says all its flights were grounded between about 4:20 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. after a power outage in the Seattle area, where the airline’s operations are based.Airline spokeswoman Oriana Branon says the power went out around 3:30 a.m. and came back on about an hour and a half later.She says 27 flights were delayed and five were cancelled.She says inconvenienced customers are being offered compensation on a case by case basis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Akhara seeks neutral place for mediation procedure

first_imgNew Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the original litigants in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has requested the Supreme Court to consider moving the mediation panel proceedings from Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi or some other “neutral place” due to the sensitive nature of the issue.It has also said that an amicable resolution would be possible only through “direct dialogue” between the UP Sunni Wakf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. Besides, it has further requested that two more retired judges of the apex court be appointed to the mediation panel which is exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement of the land dispute. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on March 8 referred the land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring possibility of an amicable settlement. The bench had said that spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, will be the other two members of the panel of mediators and the proceedings will be held at Faizabad. In its application dated March 25, 2019, Nirmohi Akhara has said that the original parties claiming title — The Panch Ramanandi Nirmohi Akhara Ayodhya and The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board — can be encouraged to have a dialogue under the aegis of the panel of mediators without requiring them to give proposals in writing. Further, the application said: “Due to the sensitive nature of the issue, and other local pressures, this court may consider moving out the mediation proceedings from Faizabad to New Delhi or some other neutral place where adequate and genuine security could be provided to the concerned parties and their representatives to enable them to participate in the proceedings without any threat, persuasion or hindrance.” It said Nirmohi Akhara had participated in proceedings before the mediation panel on March 13 but “the proceedings left a lot to be desired”.last_img read more

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13 killed in Nashik road accident

first_imgMumbai: Thirteen people, including five women and two children, were Monday killed and three injured when a truck overturned on their tempo on the Mumbai-Nagpur Highway in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district, police said.The accident took place in Malkapur at around 2:15, an official said, adding that the deceased were brick-kiln workers who were returning to Anurabad village after buying groceries. “The truck driver lost control after a tyre burst, following which the vehicle veered and fell on top of the tempo, crushing it. Thirteen passengers of the tempo died instantly and three suffered grievous injuries. An accidental death case has been registered and probe is underway,” Superintendent of Police Dilip Patil Bhujbal said. The truck, which had left Kutch in Gujarat on May 18, was ferrying 400 bags of salt to Nagpur, the official said. Among the dead, five are from Anurabad, six from Nagzari and two from Bhusawal, he added. A team has been formed to nab the driver who absconded from the spot, the SP said.last_img read more

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Womens lacrosse continues to ALC Tournament semifinals with win against Vanderbilt

Like the strings of a guitar, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was plucked and pulled, but would not snap as it held off host Vanderbilt, 14-13, in the quarterfinals of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. It is the Buckeyes’ first conference tournament win in the five-year history of the tournament, and their second one-goal victory against the Commodores this season. OSU defeated Vanderbilt, 17-16, in their April 10 regular-season matchup in Columbus. Senior attacker Brittney Zerhusen led the Buckeyes with seven points, netting five goals and assisting on two others. Annie Carruthers refused to relinquish the lead, as the senior goalie recorded 15 saves, including a clutch stop on a shot from Vanderbilt junior Courtney Kirk with 16 seconds remaining in the contest. Carruthers said the defensive plan set out during a timeout shortly before that play worked perfectly as the Buckeye defense forced Kirk to take a tough shot. “I had a good idea of where she was going to shoot,” Carruthers said. OSU coach Alexis Venechanos commended Carruthers’ play. “Annie came up huge this game,” Venechanos said. “She is definitely a leader for this team.” OSU led, 9-4, at halftime, but a 5-0 Commodores run tied the score just minutes into the second half. The Buckeyes regained the lead shortly thereafter, never allowing Vanderbilt to level the score for the remainder of the game. “I was very proud the way we were able to close the game out,” Venchanos said. “It showed a lot of character.” The fourth-seeded Buckeyes will play top-seeded Florida in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday. The Gators are ranked fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, while the Buckeyes are ranked 18th. Florida topped OSU, 10-8, when the teams met for their regular-season contest in Gainesville, Fla., on March 26. During that game, the Buckeyes trailed, 7-0, before fighting back to lose by just two goals. Venechanos said the team adjusted and handled Florida’s speed well during its comeback attempt in that game and that it is better prepared to face the Gators this time around. “We’re excited to move on, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to play a great Florida team,” she said. Carruthers said the previous game with the Gators sparked a “passion” in the team and that it is looking forward to the rematch. “We definitely had a chance in that (March 26) game,” she said. “From that point on we have been wanting to play them again.” In the other half of the ALC Tournament bracket, third-seeded Penn State knocked off fifth seed Johns Hopkins. The Nittany Lions will square off against second-seeded Northwestern in the semifinals Friday. read more

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Good guy Etoo promises to buy a home for exCameroon captain

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o has promised Norbert Owona to buy him a homeThe 67-year-old once captained the Cameroon national football team in the 1960s and 1970s.Owona has been living on the streets of Douala, the very same city where he played his club football at for Union Douala.After recently being forced to the hospital with a hernia, Owona received a surprise visit from Eto’o.The BBC reports that Eto’o promised to buy Owona a home.Samuel Eto'oEto’o talks of a Mourinho return to Barca George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Samuel Eto’o says that Jose Mourinho returning to Barcelona as the manager would be a thing of beauty.38-year-old Samuel Eto’o only announced his retirement…Furthermore, former Cameroon player Joseph Kamga says he has donated half a million Cameroon francs (£686) to the ex-Indomitable Lions skipper.Kamga has been leading campaigns on behalf of a number of former national team players, who have been struggling following their retirement from professional football.Owona himself had written to the Cameroon government pleading for support due to his poor living conditions, which he described as being “like an animal”.Eto’o now plays for Qatar SC after leaving after leaving Turkish side Konyaspor earlier this summer.last_img read more

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Kewell sees red as County lose again

first_imgNotts County manager Harry Kewell was shown a red card during his side’s embarrassing defeat to Exeter City.The former Liverpool player has endured a terrible start to life in League Two with Notts County after his team was battered 5-1 by Exeter City and he was sent to the stands in his first league game in charge.“We went in at 2-1 and it was game on,” the Kewell told media after the game, according to ftbl.com“I was confident we were going to get something out of the game. But another set-piece and a mistake and we are 3-1 down. That is when the anger kicked in. I questioned the handball and you have to change a few other things because we are chasing the game.”Harry Kewell sacked by Notts County Andrew Smyth – November 14, 2018 English League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s…“The eagle-eyed referee sees another handball, gives it to them and they miss it so we are still in it. Then there was a cross in the box and it was one of those ‘does it hit his hand, or does it not? The referee says no, we are complaining, they go up the other end and score a goal.”“That was disappointing and that is when I get my marching orders. I said ‘well done’ to the referee; I said you can see one in the far corner but not one straight in front of you.”“First and foremost I do give credit to my players, we have a lot of injuries. I’m frustrated because I knew what Exeter were going to bring. I was confident enough that we were going to get something out of the game – we started lively.”“I’m a winner, we are going to have to try things, and to be vulnerable at the back to get extra men in the box. I’m giving players a crash course in playing in certain positions – but we have to deal with what we are dealt with, we have a lot of players playing in places they aren’t used to.”last_img read more

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