Harry Kane escapes ban and CAN play against Arsenal in north London derby

first_imgAdvertisement Harry Kane escapes ban and CAN play against Arsenal in north London derby Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 2:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Harry Kane was seen aiming a headbutt at Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (Picture: Getty)The Football Association will take no further action against Harry Kane following the flash point which involved the Tottenham captain during last night’s defeat against Chelsea.Kane appeared to headbutt Cesar Azpilicueta during the first half of a typically fraught London derby but referee Andre Marriner took no action at the time.The match official, however, made reference to the incident in his post match report, submitted to the FA, rendering the governing body powerless to intervene and hand Kane a potential ban for violent conduct.Kane’s escape means he will be free to participate in Saturday’s pivotal match against Arsenal as Spurs look to avoid a third successive league defeat which would throw the race for Champions League qualification wide open.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal could reduce the gap to their great rivals to just a solitary point with a win at Wembley, while Chelsea and Manchester United have moved to within striking distance following their midweek wins.‘Everyone from the beginning of the season should be satisfied with that position before playing on Saturday,’ said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.‘With the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points, the pressure is on them, not only us. Pochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:42FullscreenPochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/pochettino-unhappy-lack-end-product-chelsea-loss-1872706/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Today Chelsea and Arsenal are the same level in terms of rivalry. We are playing Fulham, Watford, West Ham, Arsenal, Chelsea… They’re all London derbies.‘We are going to try and win the game because they’re so important for the fans. But Burnley was important for the fans, too.‘The rivalry is so important because of the history, but every game, for us, is so important.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors  Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Blessington celebrates wedding anniversary, 200th career Stock Car win Sunday at Stuart

first_imgBREDA, Iowa (Aug. 10) – Brian Blessington got to celebrate twice on Sunday. The first occasion was his 23rd wedding anniversary. Blessington and wife Liz tied the knot in 1991, the year after he started racing an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car weekly.The second was his 200th career feature win, during the Bones Memorial program at Stuart Speedway.“Two hundred career wins ranks right up there,” said Blessington, just the fourth Stock Car driver to achieve the feat, as well as perennial contender for national honors, a 25-time track champion and the 2001 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s king. “It was something I tried not to think about as we got closer. I wanted to focus on the job of racing. I hoped if I did a good job at that, the wins would come.” From Breda, Blessington bought his first car after accompanying some buddies to the Sioux City swap meet. Finally realizing the near impossibility of ever making that ride IMCA legal, he bought a second car, which he debuted in the final race of the 1989 season at Buena Vista Raceway. “When I started racing, I just thought I’d try it. “I was hooked the first time out” Blessington said. “My cousin Jeff Soyer had raced a Stock Car. It seemed like there was nothing to it other than a steering wheel and an on/off switch. I seriously underestimated the whole racing thing, that’s for sure.” He’s fuzzy on the details of his first win – Blessington recalled being promoted due to disqualification at Alta with Toby Kruse in the flagstand – but his first checkers came at Audubon Speedway.Kruse also flagged Blessington’s 100th win, in 2004 at Alta. His brother-in-law took an extra week of vacation to make sure he was at the track that evening. There wasn’t as much hoopla following the Sunday milestone in the pits at Stuart as Blessington as barraged by congratulatory texts and handshakes. Todd Cooney had won his career 200th IMCA Late Model feature the week before at the same track. Blessington also visited victory lane “It seems like I’ve had a lot of seconds and thirds (10 and 12, respectively, in 47 starts) this year,” said Blessington, who started the season with 195 career checkers. “I race weekly against some pretty dominant drivers, guys like Mike Nichols, Dave Smith and Marcus Fagan.”“Two hundred career wins is special,” he continued. “There are a lot of competitive drivers in this division and they make it tough to get a win.”last_img read more

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Essequibo spinners maul Upper Corentyne to chalk up second win

first_imgBy Clifton RossA RUTHLESS spin attack coupled with some power-hitting saw defending champions Essequibo run roughshod over Upper Corentyne yesterday in the 2019 SBF/CGI Jaguars one-day League, hammering them by 115 runs to continue their undefeated streak.All-rounder Ricardo Adams made amends for his failure in the opener as he cracked three big sixes and five fours in his top innings of 54.The mighty Quintin Sampson also continued his feats of power-hitting as he blasted a quick-fire 45 down the order to help Essequibo reach 235-9 in 50 overs.Upper Corentyne did well to take 9 wickets, almost bowling out the defending champions as spinner Gauran Ramesh bagged 3 wickets while seamer Sylus Tyndall and Demitir Cameron snapped up two scalps apiece.The chase proved to be too much in the end for the Berbice franchise, who plummeted for 120 all out in the 47th over. It was a ruthless pack hunt for the Essequibo bowlers, led mainly by the spinners in Ricardo who returned to be a wizard with his 3 wickets.Akinie was lethal, following up his 2 wickets from game one with another amazing spell of spin, returning 3-21 from 10 while his brother and captain Anthony ended with good figures of 1-21.Johnathan Rampersaud (33) and skipper Shawn Perreira (30) were the lone, significant contributors who found it difficult to cope with the star-studded bowling attack.Not to be undone by the spinners, pacer Ronsford Beaton (2-19) followed up his 5-for with another brutal spell as he continued to find his rhythm, snaring the wicket of opener Alex Algoo, the top-scorer in the last match, for duck.The spin-fest began soon after as the entire top order crumbled to 60 for 6 at one point. So much was the hostility that both Perreira and Rampersaud only managed to hit three fours between them and once they fell to the Adams’ magic, Upper Corentyne crumbled.When the captain knocked over Cameron with a beauty, Ricardo wrapped up an MVP performance with the final nail on the coffin to seal an emphatic victory for their side.Earlier, Essequibo openers Kevon Boodie (17) and Parmesh Parsotam (13) added 34 after the former hit three fours while Parsotam continued to find form with two boundaries.Sylus Tyndall (2-33) and spinner Eon Hooper (1-25) did well to remove the openers but in-form batsman Kemol Savory (34) and Adams then systematically chipped away at the bowling during their half-century stand.Adams was his usual aggressive self. When he brought up his fifty, the team were still decently placed at 150 for three with roughly 15 overs in the bank. Ramesh’s spin proved to be the equaliser as he removed the half-centurion and Mark Williams (4) in quick succession.Just when Upper Corentyne seemed to pull things back, three fours and two big sixes (one of which hit a car parked on the street from the bat of Sampson), turned things around.Sampson’s cameo was the ideal spark needed at the back end of the innings. A solid 18 from the skipper earlier on before he departed and 16 not out from Jones were enough to take the champs to a winning total.last_img read more

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Emery braced for backlash from Ancelotti’s Napoli

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Arsenal coach Unai EmeryNaples, Italy | AFP | Arsenal coach Unai Emery warned his side are braced for a backlash from Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, the last Italian team left in Europe this season, who are two goals down going into their Europa League quarter-final, second leg tie in Naples on Thursday.“Ancelotti is a three-times Champions League winner, they have great players, a big history. They want to do something important,” said Emery.Ancelotti, who has won titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues, took over from Maurizio Sarri last summer with the promise of breaking the southerner’s title drought.But Napoli’s hopes of a first Serie A title since 1990 have evaporated as they trail 17 points behind Juventus who need just one more point to wrap up an eighth consecutive Scudetto.Ancelotti’s hopes are now hanging on winning their first European trophy since a Diego Maradona-inspired side won the UEFA Cup in 1989.“Tomorrow night we need courage, intelligence and heart,” said Ancelotti, 59, as he targets his first trophy in the second-tier European competition.Napoli can count on the fiery support of their home fans in the cauldron-like 60,000 capacity San Paolo Stadium where they have lost just once in their last seven meetings with English teams.“We must seize this opportunity, we need a positive mental attitude and, I repeat, a lot of heart,” said Ancelotti.“Courage, we had little in London in the first half, there was intelligence in the second half, we must put the heart tomorrow with a high dose of intensity.“And there will be an extraordinary atmosphere which will help us.”– ‘Still 50-50’ –Napoli are the only Italian team left in Europe after Juventus’s shock Champions League exit in the quarter-finals to Ajax. “Juventus’s defeat shows that European matches are unpredictable,” said former Chelsea boss Ancelotti who won Champions League titles with Real Madrid and AC Milan.“Napoli are the only Italian team left in Europe and I hope that is still the case on Friday.”Former PSG coach Emery, meanwhile, is also looking for silverware in his first season in London, having led Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League titles from 2014 to 2016.Emery is well aware that Arsenal have a wretched away record this season, while Napoli should be a more formidable force in front of their vociferous fans.“I still say it’s 50-50, we played the first leg at home and we won, which is the normal result, when you’re playing here against Napoli, they are stronger at home,” said the Spaniard.“Our mentality and tactic tomorrow is we play to win. We know it’s going to be a different match here at the San Paolo.“We know 90 minutes here can be long, they have a lot of players with big quality to push them, but we also have players with experience and quality.”Gunners centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos knows the San Paolo stadium well having played for two seasons in Italy with Genoa.“We have a lot of players who have played here before, and know the stadium is difficult, we know the situation,” said the Greek international.The winner will play either Villarreal or Valencia in the semi-finals, then the final in Baku on May 29.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Hopkins and Fuller claim Telegraph Vitality crowns

first_img13 Nov 2017 Hopkins and Fuller claim Telegraph Vitality crowns Image copyright Gary Prior Tags: Junior, Quinto do Lago, Telegraph Vitalitycenter_img England teenagers Max Hopkins and Annabell Fuller claimed impressive wins in the prestigious Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago, Portugal.Hopkins, 14, became the youngest champion in the 33-year history of the competition while Fuller, 15, had a runaway win in the girls’ event, finishing 13 shots clear.  Hopkins, from Bishops Stortford Golf Club, Hertfordshire, was two-under for the 54-hole event and three clear of Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County).  “That was my greatest win, it will take time for this to sink in,” he said as he added his name to a list of former champions which includes Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick.Meanwhile Fuller, from Roehampton in Surrey, finished one-under in the girls’ championship. Her closest challenger was Lily May Humphreys, the British girls’ and English women’s champion.  “This is such an honour,” said Fuller. “There are so many who have won this and gone on to win big championships. One day I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”The victories cap the 2017 season for both players. Hopkins was runner-up in the English U16 boys’ open championship and third in the North of England U16 boys’ open. Fuller is the English U16 girls’ champion, was runner-up in the Annika Invitational Europe and third in the European Young Masters.Click here for more informationlast_img read more

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Local Artist And Author Nikki McClure Demonstrates Her Paper-Cut Art

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0 People familiar with the work of local artist and author Nikki McClure marvel at her intricate paper-cut designs, created with nothing more than a sheet of paper and a precision blade. How does she do it? McClure will demonstrate her process at the Lacey Timberland Library on Saturday, September 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. She will also read from her children’s book “Apple,” which will be available for purchase and signing. The program is for all ages.The book follows the travels of an apple throughout the year. A girl takes an apple from the pile her mother is using for pie, slips it into her school knapsack, and forgets it on the playground. The apple makes its way into the compost and then into the ground, where it sprouts. The bright red of the apple is the only color in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations. A single word complements each illustration, an approach recognizable by those who know McClure’s yearly wall calendars.“The technical ability required to use a single piece of black paper and a pair of scissors to represent intangibles like the movement of air or a reflection on the water is a rare gift; parents and children can spend rewarding time together merely figuring out how McClure…has created positive and negative space,” states Publisher’s Weekly magazine.Earlier this month McClure won a 2012 Washington State Book Award for “To Market, To Market,” her children’s book about farmers markets. McClure lives in Olympia. Her website is www.nikkimcclure.com.The Lacey Timberland Library is located at 500 College Street. For more information, call (360) 491-3860 or go to www.TRL.org. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library.last_img read more

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