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Paulinho ‘considered quitting’

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first_img “I suffered from racial abuse,” he told several national newspapers. “In two particular games when I went out to play the fans were making monkey noises and throwing coins at me and I just thought, ‘I don’t need to tolerate this’, so I made the decision to move on. “I don’t want to speak about the internal problems in Poland because this was still a team that helped me, but I went through a worse time there. There were problems at the club relating to certain individuals but never in an interview would I speak about this, I don’t want to speak ill. “I lost hope, I lost confidence, I was basically stuck – and when you are in that position that’s when sadness comes. “I did think about leaving football behind. I just thought I didn’t need to do something that put me in these situations, so I went three weeks without playing and the reasons I returned to the game were mainly family ones. “I felt a responsibility to my mum and my dad and I spoke an awful lot with my wife. She mentioned that my mum and dad had always backed me up and they always did everything for me and that I should return to football to fight for what they had given me. “And she had said, ‘if you leave football, what are you going to do?’ and she was right. If I had left football I would not have had anything.” Paulinho has made a positive impression in his first two games in English football following a summer move from Corinthians and opened his Tottenham goalscoring account in the Europa League play-off first leg win over Dinamo Tbilisi. He is happy to have arrived in north London and said: “When the offer came I reviewed it with my agent, who knows England well and looks after other players over here. “I came to the conclusion that Tottenham would be the right offer because of the environment and the league and the other players I would be playing alongside.” The Brazilian, now 25, was a teenager when he first came to Europe with Lithuanian side Vilnius before moving on to LKS Lodz in Poland. While he impressed on the pitch, the abuse from the stands almost proved too much for him to bear. Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has revealed how his wife Barbara had to persuade him not to quit football after he was the victim of racist abuse in eastern Europe.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Well-balanced performances lead way for UW’s weekend sweeps

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first_imgThe No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team proved it is worthy of its high ranking over the weekend with two quick defeats of Big Ten newcomers Rutgers and Maryland, both of which came in straight sets.In the weekend finale Sunday afternoon, the Maryland Terrapins (7-10, 0-6 Big Ten) faced the well-prepared Badgers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten) in front of a sellout crowd of 6,012, and UW earned a 25-14, 25-17, 25-17 win.Badgers sweep Maryland to complete perfect weekendThe No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team hadn’t won more than three straight Big Ten matches since 2008. That was, until Read…“One of the great feelings is walking out in the Field House and hearing people get excited for you and so the fact that we had, again, so many people that are coming out is awesome,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “We appreciate the support and you can tell that there’s momentum that’s behind us and we don’t take that for granted. We can feel it so we’re very appreciative of that.”The Badgers certainly did not let down their enthusiastic home crowd with the straight sets win against Maryland. In the first set, the Badgers quickly put the Terrapins away, but the second and third sets saw Maryland rally back and stay with Wisconsin for a good portion of the two sets.UW senior outside hitter Courtney Thomas had a big day, hitting at an impressive .750 for the match with a team-high nine kills. Thomas has made a name for herself as a well-rounded player that not only always puts forth great effort on the court, but is also praised as an “emotional leader” by her teammates.“It wasn’t just her hitting percentage,” Sheffield said when asked about Thomas’s successful game. “One of the things she hasn’t been very good at is implementing off-speed shots into her game and she came out and I think three of her kills were off-speed shots, roll shots or tips, and that’s exciting. I told her if she gets good at that, it will change her game. It’ll be a game changer because everyone can just dig in on her and they know she’s just about bringing heat all the time. She’s one of the people that I’m excited about that’s adding more tools to the toolbox.”The middle blockers for the Badgers, Dominique Thompson and Haleigh Nelson, also dominated the court, not only Sunday but over the course of the entire weekend. Of the 14 block-assists Wisconsin had against the Terrapins, Nelson and Thompson combined for seven of them, with Nelson totaling six block-assists Friday night against Rutgers. The pair also had an outstanding couple of games in the hitting department with a total of 14 kills on 23 chances Sunday and nine kills from Nelson Friday night.Focusing on her hitting game paid off for Nelson over the weekend.“Slides are something I’ve really been working on in practice lately, hitting all types of different shots and not just in one area of the court over and over,” Nelson said. “So tonight I really just tried to spread the ball around and show them different looks behind the setter.”Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini also contributed a great deal to Wisconsin’s victory over Maryland and the solid weekend. Not only did Carlini have 33 assists but she also played intelligently, dumping several of her sets over the net to throw off Maryland’s blockers, which resulted in four kills. Although Carlini had a rather quiet night in the assist category Friday, finishing with just 22, she compiled 11 digs to earn her 10th double-double of the season.As was the trend with Nelson and Thompson, both victories were in large part due to Wisconsin’s overall effective hitting and blocking. The Badgers showed versatility on the court through their middle blockers switching where they hit from, benefited by Carlini’s many successful tips and dumps. In all three matches Sunday, Wisconsin hit more than .350 with only 11 total errors on 79 total attacking attempts.Both Maryland and Rutgers just could not keep up with the dominant Badgers, and both of UW’s opponents played sloppily for large portions of the matches. The Terrapins had 20 errors over the three sets and failed to hit above .100 in any of them, while the Scarlet Knights also had 20 errors and hit less than .200 in all three sets.However, Sheffield said the errors did not impact the way his team executed its own play.“We didn’t really talk about their errors at all,” Sheffield said. “Courtney [Thomas] was right, we talked about what we need to do, what they’re trying to do and what we need to do. We don’t really talk about other team’s errors or any previous play that we do. We try to keep our mind in the present and the future rather than the past: this is what they’re likely to do right now and this is what we need to do right now. It’s more that type of communication.”Despite Wisconsin’s limited history against its new Big Ten foes, the Badgers heeded Sheffield’s advice on the way to two impressive, all-around team wins.last_img read more

WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman v Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks v Becky Lynch

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first_img COMMENT Shreshtha Chaudhury 1 year ago Ric Flair gets a befitting reply from Becky Lynch over trademark claim The fans of the WWE Clash Of Champions surely missed the highly anticipated event last year. But this year, again it is back with a bang with the hysteria increasing rapidly. The latest tournament will witness the clash between the mightiest of the champions and one of them will be crowned as the King of the Ring tournament victor. This event will take place for the first time in four years. The WWE ratings are expected to topple the charts. The match will start airing at the WWE network from 7 pm.Also Read: WWE RAW: Rey Mysterio Vs Gran Metalik Match OverviewWWE Raw 2019: The Latest Showdown Is All Set To Raise The Frenzy Amongst The FansAlso Read: Batista Snubbed: WWE Leaves Him Out Of Smackdown Tribute VideoThe Clash Between Braun Strowman and Seth RollinsThe match will see the two Raw tag team champions clashing on the ring. All eyes are on Braun Strowman who has been eyeing this title for a long time. It will be interesting to see who emerges victorious in the match. Another part of the match which all are excited about the clash between Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston. The two champions have been each other’s arch-nemesis since the Summer Slam. The two have been on their best forms whenever they faced each earlier in the earlier matches. Now, they both are all geared up for their showdown at the Clash of the Champions. Last Updated: 11th September, 2019 20:02 IST WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman V Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks V Becky Lynch WWE Raw 2019 will see some high octane action which will smash all the ratings. Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins will face each other in the anticipated match. Written By First Published: 11th September, 2019 15:06 IST Also Read: Seth Rollins Slays ‘The Beast’ Again, Fans Jubilant As He Wins His Second WWE Universal ChampionshipThings To Get Heated Up Between Sasha Banks and Becky LynchThe breaking point between these two is expected to fetch the maximum ratings in the tournament. Sasha made Lynch her prime target, setting the pace for the whole showdown. But we can surely trust these two female champions to level up the game, this season. Like them, it is Charlotte Flair and Bayley. Fans are eager to see what will be the outcome of this clash between these two Race champions. Then there will also be a much-anticipated encounter between Eric Rowan and Roman Reigns at the WWE Raw 2019. There was a nasty scuffle between the two at the final Smackdown where Eric chose a piece of camera equipment to hit Roman. Despite all this, excitement is in the air for the WWE Raw 2019 this year.Also Read: John Cena Has A Special Message For The WWE Family Ahead Of Summerslam 2019. Here’s What He Said SUBSCRIBE TO US 11 months ago WWE RAW: Rey Mysterio vs Gran Metalik Match Overviewcenter_img WE RECOMMEND It didn’t take long for things to get a little HEATED as @steveaustinBSR moderated the #UniversalChampionship contract signing between @WWERollins and @BraunStrowman on #RAW… pic.twitter.com/olrlXCbod7— WWE (@WWE) September 10, 2019 1 year ago CM Punk recalls John Cena rivalry, says ‘enjoyed working with him’ 1 year ago Ric Flair-less, loses followers after crossing Becky Lynch’s path WATCH US LIVE 1 year ago Batista snubbed: WWE leaves him out of Smackdown tribute video FOLLOW US LIVE TVlast_img read more