Old foes Mourinho and Wenger both forced to defend selection

first_imgBy Simon JenningsArch-rivals Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger found themselves in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after another miserable night for English clubs in theChampions League.Chelsea and Arsenal lost on Tuesday night to Porto and Olympiakos Piraeus respectively, leaving their managers on the back foot and defending their team selections.While Mourinho said he was right to leave Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy at home after Chelsea lost their Group G tie against his former club, Wenger defended replacing goalkeeper Petr Cech with David Ospina after his team fell to their second defeat in Group F.Mourinho, whose Chelsea side are struggling in 14th in the Premier League, indicated before the game he would ring the changes, and duly left Remy, Falcao and Oscar at home, while Eden Hazard was restricted to the bench.The decision to travel without an extra striker backfired, as the Portuguese did not have an established forward to call upon despite seeing his team fall behind twice in the 2-1 defeat.When asked if he regretted leaving Falcao and Remy behind and whether they were being punished for their poor form, Mourinho said: “No.”“No punishment, no punishment. Just a decision,” he added.Chelsea are now third in Group G behind Porto and Dynamo Kiev. Mourinho said his team did not play poorly. “It’s normal, when the team are not winning matches, you have to make changes, but games like Tuesday are difficult to analyse because the result doesn’t mean you played badly,” he said.Wenger was in a far more irritable mood after the 3-2 defeat by the Greeks resulted in his choice of keeper being questioned.The game hinged on a calamitous mistake by Ospina, who failed to collect an inswinging corner and let the ball drop over the line, gifting Olympiakos a 2-1 lead five minutes before the break.“You cannot select the team by making a poll before the game and getting everyone’s opinion,” Wenger said. “It’s always a simple thing to say Ospina shouldn’t have played.“No goalkeeper is mistake-free– it could have happened to Petr Cech as well.“But I don’t have to sit here and give you an explanation of every decision I make. We did not lose the game because of that mistake, that’s a farce.”last_img read more

Shocked Gatlin sacks coach after doping claim

first_imgWorld 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin said on Tuesday he was “shocked and surprised” at doping allegations made against his coach Dennis Mitchell, like Gatlin a convicted doper, but added that he had sacked him as soon as he heard about the issue.Britain’s Daily Telegraph set up a sting where they claim Mitchell, the American former medal-winning sprinter who was previously banned for doping, and sports agent Robert Wagner had offered to supply performance-enhancing drugs to undercover reporters claiming to be making a movie featuring a doped athlete.Gatlin, 35, who won the world title in London this year against a backdrop of jeering relating to his two doping bans, issued a statement via Instagram where he said: “I am not using and have not used PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs.“I was shocked and surprised to learn that my coach would have anything to do with even the appearance of these current accusations. I fired him as soon as I found out about this.“All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this.”The Athletics Integrity Unit and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have both said they are investigating the claims.USADA said in a statement: “Investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers play a critical role in anti-doping efforts. We are presently co-ordinating with the Athletics Integrity Unit in order to investigate these claims fully.”The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday: “The IOC has full confidence that WADA will look very carefully into this matter.”The Telegraph quoted International Association of Athletics Federations president Seb Coe as saying: “These allegations are extremely serious and I know the independent Athletics Integrity Unit will investigate in accordance with its mandate.”In a statement to the Telegraph, Mitchell, who confessed on oath to using banned substances during his career, said: “I never suggested in any way that any of my current athletes used any banned substances or that I was familiar with training any of my current athletes with those substances.”Wagner also denied being involved in doping but said he “played along” in the sting because he knew what was going on.Gatlin has been a divisive figure in the sport throughout his career, which brought him Olympic 100m gold in 2004 and a host of other global medals. He served two doping bans for offences he has always denied and after his second comeback, was widely painted by the media as the bad guy going up against the sport’s darling, Usain Bolt.In August, in Bolt’s final individual championship race, Gatlin took the 100m gold at the World Championships in London, with the Jamaican finishing third.last_img read more

Brazil disappointing, but pressure on Serbia in decisive game

first_imgBrazil may have been one of the big disappointments so far at the Russia World Cup, but the pressure is on their opponents Serbia in their final Group E match in Moscow on Wednesday.Brazil, whose only defeats by the Balkan side came against the old Yugoslavia in 1930 and 1934, need just a draw to secure qualification for the last 16.For Serbia, who will want to be masters of their own fate, a win would guarantee their progress, although a draw could see them through if the Swiss are beaten by Costa Rica by more than one goal in the other group game.Brazil come into the game under fire at home after poor performances in their first two games.They were subdued in their 1-1 draw against Switzerland and had to wait until injury time to finally secure the goals and the win against a limited Costa Rica side.Full-back Fagner believes the pressure is a result of their own spectacular showing leading up to the tournament, a period in which they lost only one match in 21, scoring 47 goals and conceding just five.“I believe that because of all we did in the qualifiers and friendlies there is a huge expectation that we win our games,” Fagner told reporters at Brazil’s training camp.“Our opponents prepare well to neutralise us, but I think as games go on we will create chances either with plays from the professor (coach Tite) or through our own improvisations. Each result and win generates more confidence.”Brazil are expected to be unchanged from the side that beat Costa Rica, although their biggest opponent may be themselves.The five-time World Cup winners have been criticised at home with striker Neymar bearing the brunt of the opprobrium.The most expensive player in the world and a constant presence on billboards, television and social media, Neymar has not lived up to the hype and broke down in tears after the last-gasp win over Costa Rica.Fagner brushed off suggestions that the pressure was already having an effect on Tite’s side and said it was a natural reaction to – and maybe even a welcome consequence of – their own high standards.“We have created an expectation and that leads to pressure. We know we can get better, and that leaves us enthused because we know over the tournament you get better each game,” he said.last_img read more

Menina leaves Mapua, transfers to NU

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDarell Menina is now a Bulldog.The 5-foot-8 playmaker has transferred from Mapua University to his new home in National University, leaving the Cardinals where he spent his first two years in the collegiate level.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Menina averaged 8.9 points on a 27.3-percent shooting from three, to go with 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists in his sophomore year in Mapua, as the Cardinals advanced to the Final Four for the second straight season.He will sit out this upcoming UAAP Season 80, but will be eligible to play for three years for the Bulldogs. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LSU title parade draws massive crowds Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img The Cebuano guard confirmed his supposed transfer, sharing that he has already enrolled in the Jhocson-based campus.“Yes, I’m already in NU. I also want to play in the UAAP,” said Menina in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Mapua coach Atoy Co is aware of the development as he braces for NCAA Season 93 without Menina.The Cardinals have already suffered a huge blow with reigning two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme opting to sit out this season. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Unesco partners with PSC to improve Children’s Games Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sir Viv: Haynes right man for Windies head coach job

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Legendary former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards believes that Desmond Haynes is the right man to succeed Stuart Law as head coach of the regional team. The 62-year-old Haynes has indicated his willingness to take over at the helm once Law, who resigned late September, vacates the position at the end of the Windies’ current tour of Bangladesh. Sir Viv said Haynes, who is widely regarded as one of the best openers of all time, would bring a winning mentality and a wealth of experience. “The players have squandered beautiful positions, and I think that is because they have lacked someone with a solid base of success and winning. Desmond has been there, done that. He knows how to win,” Sir Viv said. Haynes and fellow Barbadian Gordon Greenidge formed what many consider to be the best opening pair in cricket history. He played 116 Test matches for the West Indies with an average of 42.29, and he also played in 238 ODIs where he averaged 41.37. In fact, Sir Viv said he felt it was important that the head coach should come from the Caribbean. He maintained that coaches from outside of the region sometimes did not fully understand the Windies’ players, and pointed to the fact that there had not been much success from those appointments. “I would love to see a Caribbean person in that position. We have had these overseas coaches, but I have not seen the benefit of that as yet. We have spent a fair bit of money on them, and we have not seen the progress you would expect,” Sir Viv said. “I would love to give it (head coach) to someone who has been close to the successes of the past, because I think the players are lacking that information. I won’t be singing my own praises, but if someone feels I can help … the CWI has ignored players like me over the years.”last_img read more

Where to Get Liberian Music

first_imgAs Liberia’s sound begins to improve and gradually being welcomed on the international scene, young Liberians are getting in the business of promoting their country’s struggling entertainment industry. Abraham Kromah, who is also referred to as AB Lincoln WondaBoi, is one of those young Liberians whose passion to help promote the already struggling entertainment industry led him to develop an online platform intended to give fans a better way to share and download their favorite artists’ songs through “Hulkshare,” free of charge.AB Lincoln WondaBoi noted after falling in love with Liberian music, he one day woke up with an idea to begin promoting Liberian arts and culture. From that moment, the passionate AB Lincoln started to realize his dream by doing promotions on social media, including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.“After doing promotion on social media for a while, I decided to link with Hulkshare to develop a music platform site that will enable fans the opportunity to get their favorite artists’ music from anywhere, regardless of location,” he said. Since last year, when the site became more accessible to music lovers, AB Lincoln revealed that the most difficult challenge the site is currently experiencing is getting songs from the various artists, “since many of them feel too big and believed that their team can do all the promotions.”“Sometime artists send me their songs via WhatsApp, CShare, and Bluetooth, whenever we meet, but other artists will refuse. I see this as very challenging, but it served as a motivation for me to constantly talk to them until I get what I want,” AB Lincoln noted.He said despite these challenges, promoting the works of artists is part of his life now and whatever they do or talk about can never distract his vision for the struggling industry.“I love what I do best. It is my job so I have to make it as easy as possible,” AB Lincoln added.Another frustration for AB Lincoln is that a lot of artists have not fully grasped the business concept of making music and the effort promoters are making to gave them a better career. “But If I may grade them, the good ones are 15 percent; and the rest are timid. Nevertheless, the team, which consists of young, passionate and intelligent musical soldiers, is willing to work at anytime no matter the situation. “We are now planning to build a new site (www.wpl.com) that will encourage fans to buy their favorite artists’ songs and thus we will be able to pay the artists royalties,” AB Lincoln said.Consequently, AB Lincoln is appealing to Liberians from all walks of life to go to the sites www.hulkshare.com; www.wondapromotionslink.com to get the latest Liberian music.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guardiola SCRAPS press conference as Man City speculation intensifies

first_img1 Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola skipped a planned press conference on Friday as speculation intensified over his future.Reports in Spain have claimed that the Bayern Munich boss has agreed to take over at Manchester City when his contract with the Bundesliga club expires next summer.Guardiola was due to face the German media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Hertha Berlin.But defender Jerome Boateng fielded reporters’ questions instead, with Bayern claiming private reasons were behind the Spaniard’s absence.The no-show will increase speculation that Guardiola is on his way out of the Allianz Arena.Guardiola, who took charge of the German giants in 2013, has guided Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles but has yet to hold talks over extending his contract beyond 2016.Bayern are keen to keep hold of the former Barcelona boss but City are desperate for him to replace Manuel Pellegrini and are reportedly ready to make him the world’s highest-paid manager.The respected Spanish radio station Cadena COPE even claimed on Friday that Guardiola has given City CEO Ferran Soriano and director Txiki Begiristain, friendsfrom his Barcelona days, his word that he will join them at the Etihad next summer.last_img read more

Fiorentina star stalling over new contract amid interest from Chelsea

first_imgChelsea target Federico Bernardeschi is expected to wait until the summer before deciding whether or not to sign a new deal at Fiorentina.The talented forward has been offered an extension on his current deal, which includes a substantial pay rise and would tie him to the club until 2022.However, given the strong interest from Chelsea and also Bayern Munich, Bernardeschi is yet to put pen-to-paper on the terms and it has now been reported that he is considering his options.According to reports in Italy, the 23-year-old could double his money if he signed for Chelsea, who are currently managed by his compatriot Antonio Conte.Because of that, it has been suggested that Bernardeschi is in no hurry to make a decision and will wait until the current season is done and dusted before deciding his next move. 1 Federico Bernardeschi in action for Fiorentina last_img read more

John Barnes confident Liverpool will win Premier League title this season

first_img Liverpool put Man City to the sword across two legs in last season’s Champions League quarter-final 5 City wasted their chance to win the Premier League title against rivals Man United last season. They were 2-0 up but ended up losing 3-2 at the Etihad. “Over the last couple of years I never felt the games against Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham were important because we always did well against them, it was against the smaller teams where we fell down.“Whereas now, we don’t lose those smaller games.“So I believe if we can do well in the big games against the likes of Man City and Tottenham, I think we will win the league.“Very much like Man City last year, I just can’t see us going down against the smaller teams.”You can listen to live commentary of Liverpool vs Arsenal on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 17:30 John Barnes is confident Liverpool will end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.The Anfield legend believes Jurgen Klopp’s men have handled the pressure better than defending champions Manchester City this season and are in a great position heading into the second-half of the campaign. Liverpool have yet to lose in the Premier League this season 5 5 Jurgen Klopp has led his side to the top of the table The Reds, who are still unbeaten in the league, currently sit six points clear at the top of the table.City have slipped to third and are seven points adrift of Liverpool after a blip in form, losing back-to-back games against Crystal Palace and Leicester.Barnes was part of the Reds side which last won a league championship in 1990. 5 “When everything is going well for Manchester City, when they’re top of the league comfortably with no pressure, I think they’re the best team in the world.“But from a character point of view they have struggled in their last two games.“I think the opposite of Liverpool. With Jurgen Klopp and the demands he puts on those players, regardless of it’s a big game or a smaller game, they perform. 5 Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England international hailed the change of mentality at Anfield under Klopp and believes they will lift the trophy if they continue their good record against their top rivals.Ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Arsenal, and with an away trip to Man City on the horizon, Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Liverpool have handled the pressure and Man City probably haven’t.MORE: Liverpool could have the title wrapped up by January, claims Sam Allardyce“Last season we remember how fantastic Man City were and I always thought, ‘how would they cope when the pressure was on?’“The two times you can say a bit of pressure was on was against Manchester United at home to win the league, which they didn’t win, and of course in the Champions League against Liverpool. Ronnie Rosenthal, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan, Alan Hansen and John Barnes celebrate winning the 1990 League title last_img read more

West Ham vs Tottenham commentary: Reaction as Mourinho’s Spurs hold on to win derby

first_imgWest Ham vs Tottenham: How to listenThe Premier League clash will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, November 23 and full commentary from east London will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.Reshmin Chowdhury will bring you all the build-up before handing over to Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Sinclair for live and exclusive commentary.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.FirstPrev1 of 4NextLasta month ago23rd November 2019MarcThat’s it from us for today then, you can tune into live updates from Arsenal vs Southampton now.We’ll also have Man City vs Chelsea exclusively live on talkSPORT later today, click here to tune in.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez met with ironic cheers by his OWN FANS during Tottenham defeata month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – Up next?Mourinho’s next league game will be at home to Bournemouth next Saturday and then they face Man United the following Wednesday in a huge game against his old club!Things don’t get any easier for the Hammers as they make the short trip across London to in-form Chelsea next time out. They are then away to Wolves on December 4.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking to BT Sport: “I feel frustration because we did not win our home game again.“We wanted to return to a winning performance for the fans.“Finally the performance was looking better by the end. You must trust yourself more than ever and trust what you do when you are not winning.“My players never give up. They keep fighting all the way to the end of the game. The moment we get a win under our belts things will change.” Getty Images – Getty 1 a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionJose Mourinho told BT Sport: “I was really happy for an hour, I was very happy with playing well, bringing things we had trained on and we spoke a lot about, and I was really happy.“We had the 4-0 to kill the game, but we are lucky that I have so many years of Premier League that I told the players at half-time, even if you go 3-0 the game will be open in the 85th minute.“But for the last 20 minutes, fatigue, coming from national team, all the emotions, losing the manager, another one comes, they’ve had to start working for me, they went above limits so they were fatigued.“The most important thing in the end was not to win 3 or 4-0 or play wonderful, but was to win – it doesn’t matter how. The boys with that maybe mental barrier of so long without an away win, it was very important. “There’s nothing better to win a football match and be happy.”a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – FULL TIME a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – Angelo Ogbonna.Well, well, well. West Ham do find a way to get another goal as Ogbonna tucks home a fine finish from a corner.Too little, too late you would think.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Nothing until Antonio sparks back into life. He hits the byline and nearly forces an on goal off Alderweireld.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Spurs are seeing this one out really well now, nothing is happening for the Hammers. a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3A corner to the home side, surely it’s now or never.It comes to nothing and when the ball pops out back to the halfway line, Rice is very nearly disposed by Son, he would’ve been clear on goal there.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Snodgrass has produced some brilliant crosses in last ten minutes or so and he smashes in another which Haller meets but it’s easy for Gazzaniga.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3We’ll have SIX minutes of added time to come.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3West Ham win another corner and it’s Antonio at the heart of it again.Snodgrass whips it in, Haller heads it on and Rice is on hand at the back post to tap home. He looks a mile offside but the flag doesn’t go up. A quick look a VAR and it’s no goal.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Sissoko goes down and Tottenham believe West Ham should put the ball out.They are not happy and Kane then leaves a lot on Snodgrass.The Scot reacts in a poor way, barging into the Spurs skipper and bringing him down. Both go into the book for their handbags. a month ago23rd November 2019MarcNOW: #GameDay Live 🗣Adrian Durham brings you all the goals as they go in from across the divisions.We’ve got reporters all over the country bringing you goals, updates & analysis.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/FzC5Ah1oRN— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 23, 2019a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionTottenham’s Dele Alli speaking to BT Sport: “It’s been a very tough week for us emotionally. We’ve spent a long time with Pochettino and we were very sad but we had a job to do. We had to go out for the fans and try and stay as positive as we can.”On his performance: “I think I have been performing well so far this season but I need to get better than my old form and get to my best.”On moving forward: “We have to carry on momentum and keep winning, we need to start that from now. There is still a lot to work on and we need to improve from now on.” a month ago23rd November 2019MarcDele Alli: How Jose Mourinho transformed Tottenham midfielder in just three days before masterclass against West Hama month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionMore from Mourinho: “I’m happy with anyone, but if you ask me if I’m happy with Dele, yes. I spent a few minutes with him in training and in our social life outside the pitch, and we were speaking the best Dele has to be back. “He’s too good to not be in the national team, not to be an important player for Spurs, not to be one of the best players in the world. He has to develop, start from now without injuries hopefully and with some stability from a tactical point of view. He’s a fantastic player and he showed it today.”center_img a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3A quality cross from Snodgrass is met with a equally impressive clearance by Sanchez as Tottenham quell another West Ham attack. It’s just not happening for the home side.Five minutes left.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Mourinho is clearly trying to eat up the clock as he makes another change. Sissoko on for Moura. It ends 3-2 to Spurs. #WHUTOT #COYI pic.twitter.com/Infg1ULSUZ— West Ham United (@WestHam) November 23, 2019 Jose Mourinho will begin his Tottenham tenure with a London derby at West Ham today and talkSPORT will bring you all the action exclusively live on GameDay.It’s been a turbulent week at Spurs following their quick-fire decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday and replace him with ex-Chelsea chief Mourinho a day later.The Portuguese, who left Manchester United last December, will now return to the top-flight touchlines on Saturday lunchtime. Jose Mourinho will take charge of Tottenham for the first time against West Ham a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3A reckless Sanchez drags back Moura and gives away a free-kick.Kane is a long, long way out but decides to test out the shaky Roberto. It’s on target but the West Ham keeper holds on this time around.FirstPrev1 of 4NextLast Plenty of positives. A lot of hard work ahead. ✊ A massive three points though to get us up and running under Jose Mourinho! #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/EDSZ8ynaqT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 23, 2019a month ago23rd November 2019MarcJose Mourinho inspires Tottenham to victory over West Ham in first game in charge to end Spurs’ barren away forma month ago23rd November 2019MarcFT: West Ham 2-3 Spurs ⚒️⚪️⚽️ Played: 1📝 Won: 1A winning start for José Mourinho 👏✅ 1st #PL away win in 10 months What did you make of the game? 💭📱 App → https://t.co/B20m65uOHq📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/ca5GeDdn6q— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 23, 2019a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – FULL TIMEA strange end to the game then. Tottenham fully deserved their win but they looked sloppy at the back towards the death.Quite a bit of frustration around the Spurs ranks at full-time and there’s certainly plenty of think about for Mourinho.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – FULL TIMElast_img read more