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Pochettino blames lack of focus for Spurs defeat against Wolves

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first_imgJust before he reached the edge of the Wolves box he checked back onto his left foot and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner past the despairing Rui Patricio.But despite their clear superiority, Tottenham were unable to earn vital breathing space and the game remained on a knife-edge as the second half got under way.The dangerous Adama Traore was substituted by Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo with just over half an hour to go but the visitors were seeing more of the ball and the Spurs fans became increasingly edgy as the game wore on.Wolves, urged on by a sizeable travelling support, disrupted Tottenham’s smooth passing game, denying their creative players time on the ball and they pulled level in the 72nd minute when Boly rose powerfully to head home a corner from substitute Joao Moutinho.Spurs huffed and puffed but could not recapture their rhythm and Kane was booked for diving but it was Wolves who scored again when Jimenez rolled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area in the 83rd minute.They killed the game the game four minutes later after Spurs were caught in possession and Costa was put through and converted easily.Nuno, whose side climbed to seventh in the table, said he was proud of the character his team showed, first to stay in the match and then to take the game to their illustrious opponents in the second half.“I think what we had today was two different halves,” he said. “In the first half Tottenham had possession of the ball and controlled the game.“It was important for us to stay in the game…. In the second half we tried to go for the game and play. It was a very good performance.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham played with their hearts rather than their heads as they blew a chance to put pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.A run of five straight league victories combined with a mini-collapse from Manchester City had left Spurs in second place in the table, six points behind Liverpool going into the weekend matches.But Tottenham — who had scored 11 goals in their previous two festive fixtures — will be bitterly disappointed they did not make it six wins out of six after Harry Kane put them in front during a first half they dominated.The second half was a different story as Spurs became increasingly ragged and the visitors were rewarded for their never-say-die attitude with goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and substitute Helder Costa.“I think the game was under control in the first half,” said Pochettino. “Maybe it was easier than we expected in the first half to dominate the game and to play so easy. They played so deep, chasing us. We didn’t concede one chance.“But in the second half I think we started to feel maybe the game was over and when you start to feel the game is over it’s tough to play in the way you play.“You start to decide in the wrong way, you start to play too many long balls and to play more with your heart than your head. We started to spend a lot of energy.”“It’s not enough to play 60, 70 minutes,” he added. “You need to play your best for 95 minutes. Like today we dropped energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes we conceded three goals.”– Spurs control –The first few minutes of the match were scrappy as both teams looked for rhythm but Spurs gradually exerted control, Christian Eriksen and the returning Dele Alli probing for openings around the edge of the box.Spurs were rewarded for their dominance midway through the first half when the in-form Son Heung-min fed Kane, who marauded forward down the right.last_img read more

Fairhaven winner Kelly rewarded with trip to Denmark

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first_img15 May 2012 Fairhaven winner Kelly rewarded with trip to Denmark Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), winner of the boys title in this month’s Fairhaven Trophies, and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) will be the England Golf representatives in the 54-hole Rudersdal Junior Open at Furesoe Golf Club near Copenhagen on 26th – 27th May. The Fairhaven success was 17-year-old Kelly’s first ‘top level’ title although he has come close on several occasions. He finished runner-up in last year’s British Boys Championship, losing to Harrison Greenberry (Exeter G&CC) on the 37th hole of the final at Burnham & Berrow. In 2010, Kelly, finished fourth in the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy and fifth in both the under 18 championship for the Carris Trophy and the Midland Boys Championship. Last year, he was seventh in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and ninth in the Lagonda Trophy and the Junior County Champions Tournament. So far this year the under 16 and boy international has finished seventh in the McEvoy Trophy while he was a member of the winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven Trophies. Marsh, 17, finished equal third behind Kelly at Fairhaven and was a member of the team than finished second in the Nations Cup. He finished joint second in the preceding McEvoy Trophy and in 2011, he was tied ninth at Fairhaven and 14th in the McGregor Trophy. Like Kelly, he is a member of the England boys’ squad. When the English Golf Union sent players to last year’s event for the first time, Greg Payne (Chobham, Surrey) finished third and Jamie Bower (Meltham, Yorkshire) eighth. In the Rudersdal event 36 holes are played on the first day and the final round on 27th May.last_img read more

England U16 girls beat Switzerland 5-1

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first_img England’s U16 girls hit top form to beat Switzerland 5-1 in their international at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire. The four England players –  Martha Lewis, Hannah Screen, Lily May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson – dominated from the start and between them amassed 24 birdies and an eagle during the day. They shot par or better to win both foursomes and then withstood a strong Swiss challenge in the singles. Humphreys, the English U16 girls’ champion, sped off to a big win but the other three matches were tight. Screen, who has just won the Scottish U16 title, was involved in a game which included birdies on 14, 15, 16 and she bowed out on the 17th despite making a birdie two. Lewis took an early lead in her game but the momentum swung to her Swiss opponent on the back nine. However, Lewis fought back to win down the last. Williamson, the English schools’ champion, was dormie two up, but lost the 17th to a chip-in birdie before pulling off a great sand-save to secure the win on the last. Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, commented: “This is exactly the kind of competitive experience that we want the players to have and it replicates the battles they may face at the Europeans and Home Internationals. We witnessed a lot of fight from both teams and good golf. “The whole day was fantastic, a huge thank you to Pannal, Anthony Abraham and the referees for making it happen – and of course to Nora and her Swiss team.” Results Foursomes Lily May Humphreys (Channels) & Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) beat Yael Berger & Olivia Tamburlini 3/1 Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) & Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) beat Elena Moosmann & Lily Hürlimann 1 up Singles Screen lost to Berger 2/1 Lewis beat Tamburlini 1 up Williamson beat Hürlimann 2 up Humphreys beat Moosman 6/5 24 Aug 2016 England U16 girls beat Switzerland 5-1 last_img read more

No injuries following road traffic accident near Letterkenny

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first_imgThere was no report of injuries following a crash near Letterkenny yesterday afternoon, it has been confirmed. Gardaí attended the scene of the collision involving two cars after 1pm on Saturday.The accident occurred on the Churchill Road. No further details were provided.No injuries following road traffic accident near Letterkenny was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Steinhoff bids for European retail chain

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first_img12 December 2010JSE-listed diversified group Steinhoff International is in exclusive talks with French luxury goods and retail company PPR to acquire the entire issued share capital of Conforama, a leading European retailer of furniture and household goods, for €1.2-billion in cash.In order to procure the exclusive negotiations with PPR, Steinhoff has secured the support of holders of 53% of its ordinary shares for this transaction.“Should this transaction be concluded, it will allow us to reinforce our position as one of Europe’s leading integrated furniture and household goods companies by giving us access to key markets such as France, one of Europe’s largest household goods markets, and other territories where Conforama operates,” Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste said in a statement this week.“Steinhoff will also continue to support and honour its strategic relationships with retail partners and customers in its traditional territories where it has operated for more than 40 years. Furthermore we will support Conforama in the implementation of its exciting growth plans for the future.”Strategic opportunity, complementary marketsConforama is a leading retailer of furniture and household goods, with over 13 000 employees and reported sales of some €3-billion for the 12 months to June 2010.It operates from a network of 241 stores, of which 190 stores are located in France, making it France’s second-largest furniture and household goods retailer. In addition, Conforama operates 51 stores in 6 other European countries. Its real estate assets include 98 owned retail sites, 14 warehouses and 6 administrative buildings.“This planned cession to a global furniture sector player is a major strategic opportunity for Conforama,” said PPR chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault. “Steinhoff International has an intimate understanding of Conforama’s business and the two companies operate in complementary markets.“The expertise and experience of these two players would provide Conforama with the means to successfully continue to mine the potential of its markets.”Accelerating developmentThe proposed transaction should be concluded in the coming weeks, following consultation with personnel representative bodies, as required under French law, and will be submitted for the approval of the relevant competition authorities.Subject to the successful conclusion of the negotiations, Conforama will refund PPR’s working capital facility and, in this regard, Steinhoff has secured a new working capital facility for Conforama.“I would be particularly proud and eager to see Conforama join the Steinhoff group,” said Conforama chairman and CEO Theirry Guibert. “With Conforama being part of an industry player like Steinhoff, we will be able to pursue the strategic goals of the company, accelerate its development and establish itself as a leader in products for the home.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mikmaw Cape Breton moose harvest ends in success despite protest

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first_img(Mi’kmaw hunter Storm Alexander turns as a helicopter draws near to pick up a moose killed during a harvest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo courtesy Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsOrganizers of a Mi’kmaw moose harvest in a national park in Nova Scotia are calling it a success despite a protest that caused delays last month.According to organizer Clifford Paul, 37 moose were harvested from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.“It was a very humbling experience,” said Paul. “All the eyes of the Mi’kmaq Nation were upon us.”Paul, moose management coordinator for the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR) called the Mi’kmaq-led harvest historic because it was the first one carried out in a national park in the province.Biologists believe that if the moose population was allowed to grow, the boreal forest would eventually be destroyed.But all the attention came on the heels of opposition by local non-Mi’kmaq who live near the Cape Breton highlands National Park.The harvest was suspended after 30 people marched into the park and confronted the Mi’kmaq.There were tense moments as tempers flared.The protesters carried conflicting messages.On the one hand, they cited concerns over a dwindling moose population.One the other, they wanted in on the hunt.But those rights belong to the Mi’kmaq, said Paul. Their aboriginal and treaty rights are why they were the ones to do it.Though the protesters managed to suspend the harvest that day. Paul said in the end, all the media attention was a good thing for the Mi’kmaq.“What come out of it was that people took a closer look at the Mi’kmaq,” said Paul. “How the Mi’kmaq share the meat. Everything was distributed. That sets an example for a lot of harvesters elsewhere. These harvesters unselfishly did the work as volunteers to put food on the table for both Mi’kmaq and non-Mi’kmaq alike. Despite all the criticism thrown at us, the Mi’kmaq are all about caring and sharing.”The moose harvest wrapped up earlier this week.“Some of the moose meat was donated to the charity Feed Nova Scotia, to the Mi’kmaw Legal Services Network, as well as local families in need. The rest of the meat has been shared by Mi’kmaq communities around Nova Scotia,” said Paul.Concerns among protesters over a fragile moose population didn’t pan out.One of 37 moose harvested in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo courtesy Clifford PaulThe 37 moose were harvested in a 20 square kilometre area. That represents about 2 per cent of the park, which is home to around 1800 moose.“The  harvesters said they found a lot of old moose trails, super highways where moose go through, there’s a lot of damage caused by over browsing,” said Paul.In addition to the Mi’kmaq observations, scientists have studied the area for 15 years and have called the overabundant moose population “unsustainable.”“We talk so much about moose, but really the goal is in forest restoration and forest health,” said Derek Quann, a resource conservation officer with Parks Canada. “One third of the boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is severely degraded. About 11 per cent has transformed to grassland.”For the Mi’kmaq, the harvest was always about more than the moose.“It was a lot of responsibility,” said Paul. “This is a part of not only our treaty right, but the responsibility that goes along with that treaty right. So the moose can thrive in the future in numbers that are conducive to sustainability.”The question of charges against the protesters for illegally entering a restricted zone is still up in the air.UINR board member Chief Rod Googoo said, “We have asked Parks Canada to determine if charges will be made and leave it to their discretion.”No word from Parks Canada yet, other than that they are looking into [email protected]last_img read more

World Cup Semifinal Crib Notes Brazil vs Germany

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On Tuesday, Brazil and Germany kick off the World Cup semifinals, where there are no real party-crashers to be found. Including A Seleção and Die Mannschaft, four of the top five teams in the pre-Cup Elo ratings are still active in the tournament. Sorry, Spain.Brazil vs. Germany: 4 p.m. EDTIn BriefWith such evenly matched squads — and the ever-present specter of randomness — barring a huge blowout, the final four games of the World Cup are unlikely to provide much of a referendum on which side is truly the world’s best. But at the same time, the absence of a longshot entry boosts the chances that one of the remaining four teams is in fact the “true” best team in the field. More important, it also increases the odds that we’ll see a pair of exciting, close matches at the doorstep of the World Cup final.IN DEPTHBrazil was the World Cup favorite before the tournament began, and its championship chances still rank first according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Our official projections even say there’s a 73 percent probability that Brazil will beat Germany Tuesday and advance to the final. But those numbers don’t know that the gifted Brazilian striker Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament with a broken vertebra, an injury he sustained against Colombia in the quarterfinals. If we account for his absence (and that of his teammate Thiago Silva, who racked up two yellow cards and must sit out Tuesday’s match), Brazil’s chances of beating Germany drop to somewhere near 65 percent, numbers fueled in large part simply by the match’s location on Brazilian soil.To put it another way: If this game were staged at a neutral site, it would probably be close to a toss-up between Germany and Brazil-sans-Neymar-and-Silva.To a certain extent, that’s because Brazil has been far from dominant during its run to the semis. First, Mexico played it to a draw in the group phase, then it squeaked by Chile (on penalties) and Colombia in its knockout matches. Over the past month, the gap between Brazil’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating and that of second-ranked Argentina has been nearly sliced in half, despite the Argentines playing largely to expectation. That Brazil is still rated first in SPI owes as much to our prior beliefs about its strength as to anything it’s actually accomplished in the tournament.And Germany is a force to be reckoned with. While they haven’t consistently overwhelmed opponents with their ballyhooed offensive prowess (aside from netting six goals in their first two matches — including four against Portugal), the Germans have answered many of the defensive questions that surrounded them before the tournament began, keeping clean sheets against Portugal, the United States and France. And they’ll need to be staunch at that end of the pitch against a Brazilian team that still has plenty of firepower, even without Neymar.One major tactical storyline to keep an eye on will be the philosophical chess between the pass-heavy, possession-focused Germans and a Brazilian side still keenly interested in dribbling through the defense. Among semifinalist teams, only Argentina has maintained ball possession more often than Germany, and nobody makes more short passes per game than the Germans. Germany’s approach is to patiently work the ball into the opponent’s territory, passing it around until its players can create a high-percentage scoring opportunity. Brazil, on the other hand, loves to dribble the ball and create chances by taking on defenders in one-on-one situations.A compelling wrinkle will be how this changes without Neymar, Brazil’s most active dribbler. It’s likely that Hulk and Oscar will be asked to pick up some of the slack, but it will be interesting to see how Brazil adjusts its overall style in the absence of its most prolific offensive playmaker.On balance, Brazil should still be favored — if only because of home-field advantage. In close matches like this, officiating can play a sizable role, and there’s a good amount of research suggesting home teams get favorable treatment from the referees (perhaps more so in soccer than in other sports). In terms of ability, though, these two teams are very close to evenly matched.OFF THE PITCHBrazil and Germany have had good off-the-pitch relations for decades, particularly in the economic sphere. The Observatory of Economic Complexity has information on trade between the two countries that dates back to 1962, and shows that the two nations have been exchanging mostly the same stuff the whole time. Coffee, iron and soybeans were among the top Brazilian exports to Germany both in 1962 and in 2012.Similarly, machinery remains the top category of German exports to Brazil, although the specific products have changed over time. Metalworking and textile machinery reigned supreme in 1962, while cars and car parts took the largest shares of exports in 2012.But what’s most notable is how much these countries’ bilateral trade has grown. In 1962, Brazilian exports to Germany totaled $173 million and German exports to Brazil totaled $161 million. Trade in both directions surpassed the $1 billion mark in the 1970s, and was up to $11 billion in both directions in 2010, when both countries agreed to further strengthen their economic ties. Exports headed toward Germany have nearly doubled since, with $20 billion worth flowing out of Brazil in 2012. But it looks like Germany got the sweeter end of the deal, with Brazil buying $28 billion of its products the same year.FURTHER READINGIt’s a Huge Upset When All the World Cup Favorites WinHow Neymar’s Injury Affects Brazil’s Chances at the World Cup read more

Ohio State volleyball looks to get back on track against Iowa No

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Then-junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) jumps up for a spike during an exhibition match against Polish Team on Sept. 4, 2013 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter being swept in its first two Big Ten games of the season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking for redemption this weekend.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Iowa (8-5, 0-2) and No. 8 Nebraska (8-3, 2-0) in back-to-back road games before opening home Big Ten play at St. John Arena.Coach Geoff Carlston said OSU won’t overlook the Hawkeyes as he expects Iowa to play hard for first-year head coach Bond Shymansky, who returned to his alma mater after spending five seasons at Marquette and seven at Georgia Tech. In his 12 seasons of coaching, he has taken his programs to NCAA tournament six times.“Whenever you have a new staff, that first year is always dangerous because the players come in highly motivated,” Carlston said. “Iowa’s always been good (at their place).”While the Buckeyes (9-5, 0-2) are slated to also face the Hawkeyes in Columbus on Nov. 19, their only match of the season against the Cornhuskers is this weekend.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said, there is more motivation to beat the Cornhuskers this week than there normally would be.“It does add (meaning because) we don’t get to play them again,” Richardson said.Like OSU, Nebraska will be coming off a match Friday, so each team will have one day’s rest. The Cornhuskers’ three losses this season have all come to ranked teams: No. 2 Texas, then-No. 3 Stanford and then-No. 13 Florida State.Coming off a weekend where the Buckeyes were dominated 3-0 by Wisconsin, sophomore defensive specialist Valeria León said she believes if basic mistakes are corrected, then the team has a chance to win.“(We need to) stop their runs, communicate all the time and (bring) more consistency,” she said.The Buckeyes will likely welcome back sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, who has been away from the team for two weeks because of illness. However, they could be without sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall this weekend, as she was not in uniform during Wednesday’s practice and had tape on her left ankle.The Buckeyes are set to return home after being away for four weekends, beginning with a game against No. 16 Illinois (11-3, 3-0) Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. read more

Mens hockey ready to drop puck for 2014 season

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Loose pucksOSU junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple is injured and will not play this weekend, Rohlik said.OSU is 2-1-0 all-time vs. ProvidenceThis weekend’s games are part of the Hockey East/Big Ten challenge that awards a trophy to the conference with the most points in inter-conference play. OSU players are introduced into a game against Guelph on Oct. 4 at Value City Arena. OSU won, 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerWhen the puck drops in Columbus this weekend, the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s coming-out party will be officially over. The Buckeyes won’t be surprising anyone this year, including themselves.OSU’s regular-season opener against No. 4 Providence will mark the beginning of a season where expectations are clearer than they’ve been in the past, Buckeye junior defenseman Sam Jardine said.Goals to win the Big Ten title and reach the NCAA tournament are built upon the OSU’s loss in the conference championship last year, Jardine said.“It’s been fresh in our memory all summer,” he said. “(We are) very bitter about it, but very motivated, very empowered to get back to that spot where we were last year.”The Buckeyes return 19 players after going 18-14-5 last season. Back for another run at the postseason, a roster that lost Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel to the NHL is eager to show it can compete without its high-profile forwards.“I think we’ve got a group that wants to prove to people that we have what it takes,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.That group is one making an offensive transition. This season, the Buckeyes will become a four-line team that relies less upon its top-six forwards, Rohlik said.OSU’s balance was exemplified last weekend when 13 players registered at least one point in the team’s 7-1 exhibition win against the University of Guelph. Forwards Matt Weis and Luke Stork earned points for the Buckeyes’ freshman class.In their first week of official practice, OSU’s eight newcomers have quickly adjusted to practice and game-speed, senior forward Tanner Fritz said.For Fritz, the loss of former linemates Alex Szczechura and McCormick has forced him to make an adjustment of his own. OSU’s top returning scorer has been paired with junior forward Anthony Greco and senior forward Darik Angeli in practice.“Those are guys that bring a ton of speed to the game, so it’s just kind of me keeping up with them,” Fritz said.But while the Buckeyes’ offense is changing, its goaltending is not. Sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey, who combined for a 2.53 goals against average last season, will each play this season, Rohlik said.Rohlik did not reveal this weekend’s starter, but said he was comfortable with either player between the pipes.In front of the goalies, the defensive keys will be to avoid odd-man rushes and keep the Friars to the perimeter of the offensive zone, Jardine said.“We know with the guys that we have behind us that if we give outside shots they’re going to take care of those,” Jardine said.This weekend against Providence might prove to be a goaltending showdown.The Friars’ junior goalie Jon Gillies has a career 2.12 GAA and .931 save percentage, while his backup, sophomore Nick Ellis, posted a 2.35 GAA and .904 save percentage last season.Gillies and Ellis propelled the Friars to a 22-11-6 record and NCAA tournament berth last season. The Friars, like the Buckeyes, also have high expectations with 19 returnees.“If there’s a year for Providence, this is probably their year,” Rohlik said. “We’re playing a very good hockey team and we have to be ready.”OSU’s preparations for Providence were made easier by the teams’ agreement to trade game film. Rohlik said the Friars initiated the offer to swap tape from last season, an exchange the OSU coach had not made in the past.Despite having film to analyze, Rohlik said he understands his team won’t be mistake-free on Friday. He said his hope is for his team’s effort and accountability to compensate for its mistakes.For a team eager to start the season, it’s just the first of many expectations.The Buckeyes are set to open their season on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more