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RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Jose Mourinho branded Southampton’s goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes “an idiot” after they clashed in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s. Mourinho received a yellow card from referee Mike Dean after the altercation in the second half, where the Portuguese was understood to be annoyed at time-wasting tactics from the Saints. The Tottenham boss’ frustration boiled over after watching his side labour to a poor defeat, as well as losing striker Harry Kane to injury on the south coast, where Danny Ings’ first-half goal gave the hosts the points. Asked about the incident after the game, Mourinho said: “I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot. “And for some reason, I was rude, but I was and because I was I deserve the yellow card.” Southampton counterpart Ralph Hassenhuttl played dumb on the incident. “I cannot tell anything, I’m so concentrated on my game, I can only look at what I can teach my players,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything. I have a very high opinion about this manager – he did so much for football. “To win against his team is one thing that is interesting me today. It is not easy to play such a strong side.” Mourinho was perhaps deflecting from what was a disappointing showing against the Saints as Spurs’ top-four hopes suffered another blow. He also heavily criticised VAR after a possible penalty for a foul on Dele Alli in the first half was not reviewed, while Kane had a goal chalked off for offside in the action where the striker injured himself. “For me the referees are not the referees,” he said. “I think the VAR should change their name because Video Assistant Referee is not true. “It should be VR – Video Referee – because they are the referees. It is strange. You see the refs on pitch and they not the refs, they are the assistants. “The other guys in the office are the ones who make the big decisions of the game. In relation to the offsides, we had Harry Kane’s goal against Brighton disallowed for offside by I don’t know what margin.”Tags: Andrew SparkesJose MourinhoMike DeanSouthamptonTottenham Hotspur
Paul Townend completed a treble on his first visit to Warwick on Arbre De Vie and Glens Melody, both trained by his boss Willie Mullins, and on Robert Walford’s Camping Ground. She will head for the Grade One OLBG Mares’ Hurdle in which she was second to her illustrious stablemate Quevega last March. “She was the best horse in the race and entitled to do that,” said Townend. “That should put her spot on for Cheltenham, hopefully. She’s entitled to go there and with a big chance.” Arbre De Vie (11-10 favourite) easily took the Download Titanbet App Novices’ Hurdle by 11 lengths. “He jumped well and galloped on well. I’m sure he can build on that again,” said Townend. Camping Ground (5-2 favourite) defied top weight on his British debut with a promising display in the titanbet.co.uk Handicap Chase. The five-year-old French import was four and a half lengths too good for Al Alfa. “He’s only a baby and will be a good horse one day,” said Walford. Glens Melody (8-13 favourite) is bound for Cheltenham after winning the olbg.com Mares’ Hurdle for the second year running. The talented seven-year-old outclassed the opposition and was not hard pressed to beat the ultra consistent Emily Gray by seven lengths. Press Association
Leading Nollywood actress and presenter of Bold Faces on TV, Tricia Eseigbe and the Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Professor Onimawo Ignatius Akhakhia have joined the celebrity cast for the fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East Local Government in Edo State.Both Eseigbe and Professor Onimawo will not be running for the cash prizes on offer at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Bronze Label event but for charity.“Tricia, the beautiful TV presenter and Nollywood actress will be running to raise awareness about child sex abuse which is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation,” revealed Dare Esan, spokesman for the race.“Professor Onimawo, an alumnus of the great University of Ibadan is an academia of high repute who has distinguished himself in areas of research and publications. He has as many as 116 publications both nationally and internationally with 20 in nutritional research to his credit. He understandably will be running at the Okpekpe race to raise awareness about the dangers of cultism especially in our ivory towers,” said Esan who expressed the organisers’ delight at the way credible Nigerians and institutions have embraced the significant platform provided by the Okpekpe race for non-governmental organisations and individuals to create awareness and raise funds for causes and charity. “By taking part in the Okpekpe race, participants will not only get to excel as a runner and test their endurance level, but they will also get to raise awareness and contribute towards a social cause. This year the Okpekpe international 10km road race platform is opened to all interested NGOs in Nigeria who have noble causes to project. Last year we had four charity partners and this year the number has increased,” said Esan.This year’s race will hold on Saturday May 13,2017 in Okpekpe, a town located about 25 kilometres northeast of Auchi.It is the only road race in Nigeria that is recognised by both the IAAF and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) because its race course has been measured by an accredited measurer using the approved calibrated method.The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“With a rookie, I always go back to us,” Rivers said. “We have to teach better, teach him harder. Because he’s going to be a hell of a player, and that’s part of our responsibility. He may not get it right away, we just have to show patience. He wants to get it, and he wants to learn, and we’re gonna just keep teaching him.“We’ll get him better, he’ll be better.”To his credit, Gilgeous-Alexander, the “super-nice” guy, is good with that.Said Bradley: “He asks a lot of questions, and I admire that about him.”“You’re always learning,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th overall pick this past summer. “Especially your rookie season, you learn something every day: How to guard things, every team does the same actions but they do it in different ways, there are different ways to get into it, and stuff like that. You always figure, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could guard this way.’ ”EMBIID V. TREZZWith 28 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, Joel Embiid was a significant presence in Tuesday’s victory against the Clippers.The Clippers’ Harrell “fought the hardest” of the Clippers’ big men, according to Rivers, as he led a furious fourth-quarter comeback before finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes. Afterward, Embiid told reporters at Staples Center that he wasn’t especially impressed with Harrell: “I turned the ball over once or twice, I think he scored once, and he was all over my face. I guess he didn’t see what I was doing all game. … I didn’t pay him no mind. That’s nobody I should worry about, not even close. We got the win, I’m happy about it.” In his locker room, Harrell was talking Embiid, too.“He’s definitely one of the guys who’s figured out his game,” Harrell said. “He definitely does a lot of things on the offensive end of the court for the 76ers … but it’s tough when you’ve got every call going his way.“But give them credit,” Harrell added, “they came out and executed their game plan the way they wanted to, and they came out with a win.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “It’s a man’s game,” forward Montrezl Harrell said. “He’s got to learn it very quickly. It’s not like we’re asking him to do anything crazy, we’re not just telling him to hold his guy to not scoring the ball completely, but we’ve gotta give a little resistance on the defensive end.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That means doing a better job keeping the ball in front of him, Rivers said, adding that, lately, the lanky, 6-foot-6 Gilgeous-Alexander has lost ground fighting through pick-and-rolls, and that his weak-side defense hasn’t been sharp.His playing time has slipped, too.Averaging 28 minutes per game through the first 21 games of the season, Gilgeous-Alexander’s time on the floor dropped to 25 minutes per game in December, and 22.4 minutes in the past five games, including a season-low 17 minutes in the victory over the Lakers on Dec. 28.And here comes the advice, of course. Besides having guys such as Jimmy Butler, C.J. McCollum and Klay Thompson coming fast at him every game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also is constantly digging out from beneath the avalanche of advice that comes with being a promising NBA rookie.“I do remember getting a lot of advice,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said recently of his own experience as a first-year NBA point guard. “And there were nights where it’s like, ‘Geez, would everybody just shut up?’ That’s how you felt sometimes, (but) everyone means well.”Currently, most of those well-meaning recommendations revolve around Gilgeous-Alexander’s defense, and the desire to see the 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario, do more to bear down.“He has the physical attributes, (but) it takes the right mindset,” said Avery Bradley, who starts alongside Gilgeous-Alexander in the Clippers’ backcourt. “We’re trying to get that out of him; he kind of has that Canadian way. Super-nice, you know?” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error