Lamela took his time making it 200 Spurs appearances but he made it one to remember

first_imgAS double centuries go, only Sir Geoffrey Boycott has taken longer to reach one.But Erik Lamela celebrated his 200th appearance for Tottenham in style as he helped them get back to winning ways with a 5-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade.3 Erik Lamela put in a quality showing in what was his 200th appearance for Spurs3 The Argentinian scored twice in Spurs’ 5-0 win over Red StarCredit: AFPThe Argentine capped a fine display with two assists and one goal – and it is not often we have been able to say that since Spurs signed him from Roma for a then-club record £30million in August 2013.He was bought with the proceeds of Gareth Bale’s then-world record £86m sale to Real Madrid.Bale money? At times Lamela’s displays were so criminal it felt more like bail money.It has certainly seemed an awful lot of cash to pay for a rabona in a meaningless Europa League tie in 2014 and a double strike against Leicester in the final game of the 2017-18 campaign – his two previous most memorable matches in a Spurs shirt.Admittedly he missed almost two seasons due to a serious double hip injury. Most of the other campaigns were missed due to sheer anonymity.MORE TO COME?It remains to be seen whether this will be another false dawn for Lamela, the man Spurs fans are still waiting to see fulfil his potential, despite being 27.But he gave us another glimpse of his reported talent by producing a well-taken corner for Harry Kane’s sixth-minute opener and a brilliant cross for Son Heung-min to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute.Lamela then scored his side’s fourth in the 57th minute as Spurs banished the painful memories – and the negative goal difference – caused by the 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich three weeks ago.Mind you, if you cannot deliver against Red Star, who can you deliver against?The boys from Belgrade played like a team of parcel delivery men as they gift-wrapped this Champions League victory to Spurs.3MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY 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 wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearIt was only the North Londoners’ third clean sheet of what has been a disappointing season so far.The only time the Serbs got in behind them was when 350 of their fans – who were supposed to be banned from this fixture – congregated in the upper tier of the North Stand having somehow obtained tickets.Tottenham can expect a fine from Uefa for allowing that to happen – but not even that is likely to ruin their night.Red Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chantinglast_img read more

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Nauru shines in powerlifting

first_imgPapua New Guinea meanwhile were shadowed by their opponents grabbing bronze in the two events they competed in.Alfred Mel and Vagi Henry competed in the 105kg and +120kg finishing third respectively.Roy Detabena and Jezza Uepa representing Nauru won gold in the 93kg and +120kg respectively. While in the 93kg division Ofisa Ofisa of Samoa won the gold and Telupe Isefa of Tuvalu won gold in the 120kg.In the other final session results, 93kg silver went to Raboe Roland (Nauru) and Teotahi Hinau (Tahiti) got bronze.In the 105kg, Koale Taala (Samoa) – silver. For 120kg, Robert Kun and John Tsiode of Nauru won silver and bronze.And for +120kg, silver was scoped by Oliver Siusega of Samoa.The competition of the XV Pacific Games powerlifting ends today.last_img read more

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Experience paying dividends for UWI in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI edges closer to a semi-final berth in their debut Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign, following a 2-0 win over champion, Arnett Gardens at the UWI Bowl yesterday. Inspired by their experienced team leaders in Girvon Brown upfront and Nicholas McMorris in defence, the newcomers took the lead through Brown, who tied his best tally of 12 goals for a season, when he netted a penalty after 23 minutes. They extended their lead five minutes into the second-half when McMorris assisted Anthony Greenland, after a brilliant counter attack led by the defender. Both players agreed the win was a big statement of their growth since the start of the season, when they went down 3-1 to the said Arnett team. Yesterday’s result also put them in pole position to advance to the last four. “It was a very important win. We have a couple of teams challenging us for that fourth spot so we need to keep winning. We have three games left and we are fourth. But it’s great to beat Arnett, they beat us bad in our introduction to the league so this is a promising turn around as we are not just here to participate, we are here to be a strong part of the league,” McMorris stated afterwards. Brown said: “This (win) was important. We want to get to the semi-final so it was important to come out and play good football and get the victory.” The former Boys’ Town defender, McMorris, is also pleased they are keeping clean sheets again, with the game against Arnett being the second straight after a 4-3 loss to Rivoli. “The Rivoli game was an anomaly. The field was very bad and soaked; we scored three goals and lost. But again we are keeping clean sheets and it shows the quality of the team and the defending.” He added: “Experience is always needed at the back and I am certainly one of the more experienced players in this team, so just keeping the team together as a unit, being able to read the game and do a lot of talking are the strong points I bring to the team.” Brown has put away all his five penalty attempts — among his 12 goals — and believes the expertise of the senior players in their ranks is making a massive difference. “You have experienced players like (Jamie) Robinson, (Kemar Flemming), McMorris and myself just coming through at the end of the season, so we are just working hard. The leading scorer is just three ahead and I want to get the leading scorer,” he said. UWI are fourth on 42 points, one more than Humble Lion, while Harbour View (39) and Boys’ Town are also in the race for a top four-spot. Yesterday’s Results UWI F C 2 Arnett 0 Humble Lion 2 Waterhouse 0 Boys’ Town 2 Harbour View 1 Reno FC 3 Tivoli Gardens FC 3 Rivoli FC 3 Cavalier 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Portmore United at Montego Bay Sports Complexlast_img read more

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FSJ Now 1-2 at BC Fast Pitch Provincials

first_imgPhoto: Fort St. John pitches at the BC Provincial Fast Pitch Tournament at Kin Park – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caFort St. John is now 1-2 in the round robin at the BC Fast Pitch Provincials hosted here in Fort St. John. They are currently playing Kitimat in their fourth and final round robin game. No matter what happens in that game Fort St. John will play again tonight at 6:30pm in the first game of the playoffs.- Advertisement -For more on the tournament keep watching Energeticcity.ca and listen to Moose FM all day tomorrow for updates.last_img read more

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BC Transit adds new routes

first_imgThe two new bus routes in Fort St. John are displayed in this route map from B.C. Transit. – Advertisement -B.C. Transit has announced two new routes throughout Fort St. John.The new bus routes began Monday, April 4, and are the 4 Southeast and the 5 Southwest. Transit officials say the routes will help service the city’s elementary schools and North Peace Secondary School.In addition, the transit authority announced that it is also adjusting route schedules to ensure buses are on time, as well as removing detours in existing routes to ensure they are more efficient.The announcements come just one month after B.C. Transit held its 30th anniversary of transit in the city.last_img read more

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CBC News Buisness: Encana purchases Athlon in major deal

first_imgThat would be two years ahead of a self-imposed deadline to make the switch, and under terms of this deal, it will pay nearly $6 billion in cash and assume about 1.1 billion of Athlon’s debt.Encana shares were up more than three per cent but slipped a bit during the time of publication, and are trading at $21.67, an increase of $0.54, or about 2.5 percent.Read the entire CBC News Business report here.With files from CBC NewsAdvertisement Calgary-based Encana announced the deal before markets opened this morning.It was the Canadian energy giant’s first large acquisition after a series of assets sales aimed freeing up cash and focusing on the company’s core natural gas business.Last week, Encana sold its remaining stake in PrairieSky Royalty Limited for a little more than $2.5 billion to a syndicate of underwriters.- Advertisement -Today’s move gives Encana access to a major Texas oil play and should speed up its shift towards more liquids production.Reports indicate the purchase will add the equivalent of about 30,000 barrels of oil per day of production focused in the Midland Basin, West Texas.Encana has been shifting its production to oil and gas liquids amid persistently low prices for natural gas, and by next year, it expects to generate 75 per cent of its operating cash flow from liquids production.Advertisementlast_img read more

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No room for error as Barca face Sevilla in Copa del Rey final

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Denis Suarez (C) shoots at the goal guarded by Celta Vigo’s Sergio Alvarez at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on April 17, 2018 © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Apr 20 – Barcelona and Sevilla will know the success of their respective seasons is on the line when they go head to head in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.The Cup would certainly have been third on Barca’s list of priorities only a month ago, but the shattering Champions League defeat to Roma has altered perceptions of what might have otherwise have been a stellar campaign. Unbeaten in La Liga and virtually certain to win the title, a domestic double may not be enough to remove the lingering disappointment from Rome, particularly if arch rivals Real Madrid clinch their third consecutive European crown.“I live with a little anxiety,” Barca midfielder Philippe Coutinho said Thursday. “But it is a very important and very happy moment, playing a final only two or three months after arriving.”Another surprise loss this weekend would certainly settle the argument, even if it seems strange to declare a team under pressure six days after they marked the longest unbeaten run in La Liga history.In moulding his team around organisation, hard work and the irrepressible Lionel Messi, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has steered this team away from the club’s more free-flowing, attacking traditions.He has proven a master of extraction, drawing the very best from a squad that unexpectedly lost one of its star strikers in Neymar last summer, and owns far less talent than its predecessors.Sevilla have fewer questions to answer in terms of entertaintment. Since Vincenzo Montella took charge in December, they have beaten Atletico Madrid, twice, Manchester United and drawn with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.They have also conceded five goals at home to Real Betis and lost to minnows Alaves, Eibar and Leganes. In their draw against Barca, they shipped two goals in the 87th and 89th minutes.“We know how they play, that they have quality and a fast counter-attack,” Coutinho said. “The most important thing is to think about ourselves, how we have to play and what we should do to win.”Sitting seventh in the table and 17 points adrift of the top four, a trophy — particularly with a win over Barca — would diminish a disappointing league position and enhance their run to the Champions League quarter-finals. Lose, and there will be little left to cling onto.“We have a great opportunity to win a title for the club,” Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia said. “We have to think about the good things from this season.“It is true we have not been consistent in the league but in the Champions League we have made history and in the cup we have the opportunity to lift a trophy.”While Barca, the defending champions, are chasing their 30th Copa del Rey triumph in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium’s first tournament final, Sevilla are bidding to win their sixth, and first since 2010.Barca fans are expected to jeer Spain’s national anthem before kick-off amid ongoing political unrest between Catalonia and the Spanish government.“I’m not going to say anything,” Valverde said. “I just want the players to respect each other.”Atletico Madrid, who remain 12 points behind Barca in second place after a chastening 3-0 defeat at Real Sociedad on Thursday, will look to make amends at home to fifth-placed Real Betis on Sunday while Celta Vigo and Valencia face off on Saturday.Valencia sit three points behind Real Madrid, who will be using their well-timed weekend off to prepare for the first leg of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayLeganes v Deportivo La Coruna (2000)SaturdayEibar v Getafe (1200), Celta Vigo v Valencia (1515)SundayGirona v Espanyol (1100), Malaga v Real Sociedad (1515), Las Palmas v Alaves (1730), Atletico Madrid v Real Betis, (1945)MondayAthletic Bilbao v Levante (2100)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Accord reached on Patriot Act

first_imgWASHINGTON – A band of Senate Republican holdouts reached agreement Thursday with the White House on changes in the Patriot Act designed to clear the way for passage of anti-terror legislation stalled in a dispute over civil liberties. Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., said the changes, quickly endorsed by at least two Democrats, would better “protect civil liberties even as we give law enforcement important tools to conduct terrorism investigations.” The White House embraced the deal even before Sununu and a few other senators outlined it. Presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said the agreement would “continue to build upon the civil-liberties protections that are in place but do so in a way that doesn’t compromise our national security priorities.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’re pleased that this important legislation is moving forward,” he said. The compromise focused on three areas: Giving recipients of court-approved subpoenas for information in terrorist investigations the right to challenge a requirement that they refrain from telling anyone. Eliminating a requirement that an individual provide the FBI with the name of a lawyer consulted about a National Security Letter, which is a demand for records issued by investigators. Clarifying that most libraries are not subject to demands in those letters for information about suspected terrorists. While there was no immediate reaction from House Republicans, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, one of the Senate negotiators, said House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., had been kept apprised of the negotiations. Craig said that with the Senate and the White House now in concert, “there will be no additional negotiations” with the House. Reaction from Democrats was divided. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, second-ranking in the Democratic leadership, appeared at the GOP news conference. He said the compromise included “significant progress” toward protecting basic liberties and that he planned to support it. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also announced her support. “I will vote for this bill. It is a substantial improvement,” she said in a statement. The party’s leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, said in a statement that the agreement among Republicans “appears to be a step in the right direction.” Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., threatened a filibuster. The senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, criticized the White House. At the same time, his office left open the possibility that he would support the measure. The law originally was passed within days of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the administration says it has been an important weapon in the government’s arsenal for tracking suspected terrorists. Renewal of the law was blocked last year when critics said its provisions shortchanged civil liberties, particularly in cases of individuals who were not suspected of terrorist activities themselves, but might have had innocent dealings with suspects. Also at issue was concern over the government’s ability to demand information from libraries. As a result of the deadlock, lawmakers decided to extend the old law temporarily, a short-term solution that left the administration and many in Congress unhappy. The current extension expires March 10. Republicans said that with the changes, the chance would be remote that any library would have to turn over information. But Democrats said the same provision made explicit that some libraries could be forced to turn over information, adding that existing law is vague on the subject. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DEAL CLOSE! Liverpool and Roma making progress over Mohamed Salah deal

first_imgLiverpool are closing in on a deal for ex-Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who has agreed terms with the club and told Roma he wants to leave.According to reports in Italy, the Egyptian ace is ready to move back to England, where he suffered a miserable spell at Stamford Bridge three years ago.After joining from Basel in January 2014 he started just 13 games in a 12-month period before being sent out on loan to Fiorentina.But he has reignited his career in Italy and will now get the chance to redeem himself in the Premier League with Liverpool.Now all that is left is for the Merseyside club to agree a fee with talks ongoing.Roma are insistent on holding out for around £31.3million while Liverpool are ready to pay £25m up front with performance-related add-ons.However it has been suggested that the two sides are making progress and a deal could be completed shortly. Mohamed Salah is close to joining Liverpool, according to reports 1last_img read more

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Luke Shaw backed to prove himself at Manchester United by legendary defender

first_img Luke Shaw in action for Manchester United last season 1 Luke Shaw can nail down the role as Manchester United’s first-choice left-back if he wants it enough, according to Denis Irwin, one of the club’s great full-backs.Just three months ago the England international’s Old Trafford future looked bleak after Jose Mourinho publicly eviscerated him, calling into question his commitment and focus.Shaw had a meeting with the United manager in the wake of those scathing comments and quickly set about winning him over, only for progress to be halted by ligament damage in his foot.Recovery continues in the sunny climes of Los Angeles, where the left-back celebrated his 22nd birthday on Wednesday.Irwin, a part of the treble-winning side of 1999, is pleased to see Shaw recuperating on United’s pre-season tour of the United States and believes he can kick on this term.Asked if Shaw can become first choice left-back at Old Trafford, he told Press Association Sport: “Absolutely. It’s up to him.“He’s had one really bad injury. No injury is a good injury but (the double leg break in September 2015) kept him out for quite a while.“Obviously missing pre-season (is not ideal) – as a player, I know how important pre-season is – but we’ve seen what potential he had when he played for Manchester United and coming from Southampton as well.“I am sure, hopefully, he will come back stronger and be able to compete for that left-back spot.“I mean, listen, he is only a young lad. He was 22 on Wednesday.“He is still learning the game – he’ll always learn the game, but particularly when you’re young. Hopefully he’ll get better and better.”Irwin expects Matteo Darmian to start the campaign at left-back after ending last season so well, but if Mourinho is looking for balance then, when back fit, Shaw’s attributes look most similar to Antonio Valencia on the opposite flank.The Ecuador international flourished last term and was the standout member of a defence that had a spate of injuries to contend with during a chaotic campaign.While they finished well off the pace in sixth, United had the second best defensive record in the Premier League – a statistic that bodes well ahead of what should be a less frantic season.Marcos Rojo, Shaw and Ashley Young are working hard to return to fitness, while Victor Lindelof, the composed Swedish defender, has arrived from Benfica to bolster the backline.“Listen, you play for Manchester United,” Irwin said. “There’s got to be competition in every position.“Defensively we were fantastic last year considering all the injuries we had.“I suppose when you say Valencia is the only regular and we probably need to nail down a couple of centre-halves that will play regular as well, because I think that’ll do the team the world of good.”A strong spine will certainly be important as the side begin a new chapter without experienced heads.Wayne Rooney may not have been a regular last term but United’s all-time top scorer’s presence will be missed around the dressing room following his move to Everton, as will that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“Wayne has been unbelievable for this club,” Irwin said. “His record speaks for itself: 13 years here, over 550 games, 253 goals.“He has been unbelievable for us and Gary Neville has gone on record saying he is the best striker he has played with. They’re good words to hear.“I wish him well in his new challenge at Everton.“We’ve lost him, who’s obviously a powerful character in the dressing room. We lost Ibra, who is very similar.“But it’s a new era. The manager did fantastically well last season and we hope we challenge for the league this year and I think United fans are very optimistic.”last_img read more

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