“I walked all the way (around the city) and when I saw the stadium I thought: ‘Are you kidding me – this club won the European Cup? Twice?'” Mourinho says. “It was a nice stadium and a nice city, but it was a small place. It was the size of the stadium that really took me aback. “A small stadium, a small crowd – I looked around and tried to take it in.” Clough won back-to-back European Cups with Forest in 1979 and 1980. He also gained many neutral admirers with his wit and outspoken views. Mourinho, who has also won the trophy twice, said: “A lot of people say we have similarities and there are certainly coincidences.” Mourinho admires the way Clough used to project himself in interviews and press conferences. He said: “We all probably remember Clough’s best quotes. ‘I wouldn’t say I am the best football manager there is,’ he used to say, ‘but I am in the top one.’ I love that line. “He had all that self- esteem and big self-belief. He was very confident about himself, and from what I know about him he was very comfortable with the attention. Jose Mourinho has spoken of his profound admiration for former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough. Press Association “Maybe because Brian Clough was such a huge personality, with so much charisma, everyone remembers his quotes and the stories and a few people forget his talents. “He didn’t win two European Cups with Nottingham Forest just because of his charisma. “History cannot delete what he and Nottingham Forest did – their results, the cups, the achievements, absolutely unbelievable achievements. “I have huge respect for what they did. I think if Brian Clough was around today, we would get on.” In the foreword for a new book on Clough called I Believe in Miracles, the Chelsea boss talks about the similarities between himself and the two-time European Cup-winning manager. The Portuguese revealed he went on a day trip to Nottingham during Euro 96 while he was working at Barcelona to see the place where Clough enjoyed his success.
… We are prepared for the challenge, says Pride head coachTHE familiar surroundings of the Guyana National Stadium at Providence will provide the backdrop for what is anticipated to be four days of tough cricket when front-runners and defending champions Guyana Jaguars face off with third-place leaders, Barbados Pride, in round five in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament.Matches between the two sides date back to 1865 and have produced some of the most intriguing battles in the regional first-class game – and the same can be expected from this contest, since the outcome could have a heavy bearing on the recipients of the Headley/Weekes Trophy of supremacy.Currently, the Jaguars sit on 64.8 points, 20.2 points ahead of second-placed Leeward Island Hurricanes (44.6), Barbados Pride (42.4), Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (41.8). Jamaica Scorpions (36.6) and Windward Islands Volcanoes (18.4) complete the points table after four rounds.Both teams enter the contest with much confidence, following solid victories in the previous round, when the Pride iced the Volcanoes, and the Jaguars stopped the Red Force.This should be enough motivation for both teams, but the visiting side’s head coach Emerson Trotman said the Pride, however, can’t be too self-assured since the home team have enough proven match-winners to make things difficult for the Pride.“We are up for the challenge … we are prepared for it, and if I can remember the last time we were here, unfortunately, the rains came and I thought we were on top of the game; so this time around we are just looking to execute our skills and carry out the game plans,” Trotman reckoned.On the other hand, the National stadium has always been a happy hunting ground for the home team. In a recent interview, manager/assistant coach of the Jaguars unit urged his charges to utilise the home conditions to the fullest.Meanwhile, both teams made one change from their fourth round encounter. For the home team Test opener Rajendra Chandrika is making way for 20-year-old West Demerara left-hander Akshaya Persaud, who was the leading run-scorer in the Jaguars Franchise League Three-day competition this year.Chandrika, who played five Test matches in 2015-2016, could manage only 176 runs at average of 22 from his last five first-class matches. His highest score during the period has been 35.Further, all-rounder Shamar Springer has replaced leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr in the Barbados Pride 13-man squad.Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie and Keon Joseph.Barbados Pride squad reads: Shamarh Brooks (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter. Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams.
… play Brazil in opening game todayPARIS, France (CMC) – Jamaica are not at the Women’s World Cup merely to spectate but to show they are one of the best in the world, head coach Hue Menzies has insisted.The Reggae Girlz are the first nation from the Caribbean to qualify for the World Cup and will play Brazil in their opening game today.Despite being the 53rd ranked team in the world, the Jamaicans are not daunted about being in Group C with sixth-ranked Australia, Brazil (10th) and Italy (15th).Menzies said despite their ranking, he believes the Reggae Girlz are the best counter-attacking team at the World Cup.“The entire World Cup is a group of death so it doesn’t matter where you fall. We are here to compete and we feel like we are probably one of the best teams in terms of counter-attacking, so we are going to depend a little bit on that,” Menzies said.“Everybody knows it, it’s nothing to hide, but teams will have to deal with our pace and also our attitude to get results. We just have that.”The Jamaicans arrived in France late last week and Menzies reported that the team had settled in well, ahead of the Brazil contest.Meanwhile, Mireya Grey joined the team Friday night, replacing injured Kayla McCoy, who had to withdraw from the tournament with a knee problem.The Reggae Girlz also received a boost ahead of their opener against Brazil, after it was announced that reigning FIFA World Best, Marta, would not feature for the South Americans.Marta has been struggling with an injury to her left thigh since late last month but there were hopes among the Brazilians that one of women’s football’s biggest names would recover in time to face debutants Jamaica.She has scored 133 goals for Brazil in 110 games and helped the country to two Olympic silver medals and a Women’s World Cup final. She is also a six-time recipient of the World Player-of-the–Year award.
Federer survives Wimbledon scare, Nadal eases throughEIGHT-time champion Roger Federer survived a first-set scare to see off South African debutant Lloyd Harris and reach the Wimbledon second round.Federer, 37, moved through the gears to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court.The Swiss, aiming for a record-extending ninth men’s title, will face Britain’s Jay Clarke next.Third seed Rafael Nadal faced fewer problems against Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita, winning 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Nick Kyrgios.Harris, 22, had never even won a match on grass going into his meeting with arguably the greatest player of all-time.But the world number 86 rocked Federer with blistering serves consistently around 130mph and backed that up with some heaving groundstrokes in a first set which left Centre Court murmuring in disbelief.After breaking Federer’s serve for a 4-2 lead, Harris confidently sealed the opener in 29 minutes, as he threatened to create one of the most seismic shocks ever seen at Wimbledon.Federer, who had dropped a set in the first round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2010, seemed to lack the assurance which has rarely gone missing in his illustrious career.“I struggled early on. I felt a bit frozen, my legs weren’t going,” he told BBC Sport.“I felt it was heavy out there, the ball wasn’t going when I was hitting it and he was hitting it big.”Nadal also made a slow start as 30-year-old Sugita broke his opening serve in the first game, with the world number 274 threatening to go 3-0 up before the Spaniard fought back from 0-40 to hold.The sense of shock around Court One did not last much longer though, with 33-year-old Nadal breaking back in the next game and taking control with four of the next five to clinch the opening set.Sugita, who had won only one previous match at SW19, offered little resistance from that point as two-time champion Nadal raced through the second set and dominated the third, crucially breaking in the eighth game.That set up a tantalising meeting with controversial Australian Kyrgios, who beat compatriot Jordan Thompson in an entertaining five-setter earlier yesterday.Nadal accused Kyrgios of “lacking respect” after the 24-year-old beat him in Acapulco earlier this year, with Kyrgios describing the 18-time Grand Slam champion as “super salty” in a recent podcast.Asked about the attention surrounding their relationship, Nadal said: “Being honest, I’m too old for all this stuff. What I said, I said. That’s all.“I’m not a guy who will be in a fight with anybody. I will keep doing things I love. Tomorrow I will be back in this amazing place.“At the beginning of this match it was tough. There are a lot of things to improve.” (BBC Sport)Caption:Roger Federer was imperious at the net, winning 94% of the points when he came forward.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has congratulated Rivers Angels Sports Club for emerging champions of the 2017 Aiteo Cup.Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike expressed happiness that Rivers Angels have continued to be worthy ambassadors of the state with their superlative displays on the field of play.He said his administration will continue to support the ladies in their quest to win laurels for the good people of Rivers State.Wike reiterated the commitment of his administration to the promotion of sport as a tool of empowerment.Also speaking on the club’s victory, Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Honourable Boma Iyaye expressed happiness at the feat of the team.Hon Iyaye also lauded the players and their handlers for justifying the confidence reposed on them by the Rivers State Government.He also noted that the government will continue to support and invest in the team.“I want to commend Rivers Angels FC for this laudable feat.” They have done well for themselves and also made Rivers State proud.“This victory is a clear testament of the tenacity, doggedness and display of the traditional Rivers spirit of excellence.“They have reposed the confidence reposed in them by the Rivers State Government and we are proud of them,” Hon Iyaye concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wike congratulates team for retaining the trophyRivers Angels defeated Ibom Angels 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out yesterday at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos to emerge champions of the 2017 Aiteo Cup. Scores at Regulation time stood at one all.Gloria Ogbonna cancelled Cynthia Akuâ€™s strike for Rivers Angels to drag the final into the penalty shoot out.The Rivers Angels showed their determination to retain the trophy as they were the better team in the spot kicks. Ibom Angels were poor in the shoot out, missing all their first three kicks.For their efforts, Rivers Angels were presented with the sponsors star prize of N10million from Aiteo Group. Ibom Angels got the consolatory N5million as runners up.
Egypt and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Sallah admitted on Monday that he didnâ€™t realise his full potential while plying his skill at Chelseaâ€™s Stamford Bridge.Speaking shortly after he was selected as the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year for 2017-18 on Sunday night, the free-scoring Liverpool ace said he was happy to return to show what heâ€™s capable of doing with the ball.“I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player.” “It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” the Egypt said.The Liverpool forward, 25, beat Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote by his fellow players.Manchester City’s Sane won the young player prize, while Chelsea’s Fran Kirby won the Women’s Player of the Year award.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was “happy to have the opportunity” of being Salah’s manager and added it was an “unbelievable honour” to win the award.“It’s been a fantastic ride but we still have games to go,” Klopp said. “But please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!”Former West Brom and England forward Cyrille Regis, who died in January at the age of 59, was honoured with the PFA’s merit award during the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.Former England captain Casey Stoney, who retired from football this year, picked up the PFA Special Achievement award.Salah has scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games for Klopp’s free-scoring Liverpool side and leads the race for the golden boot.The Egypt international’s 31st league goal against West Brom on Saturday took him alongside Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, who share the record for a 38-game season.He scored in both legs of Liverpool’s 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, as well as four goals in their league victory over Watford in March.The Â£34m summer signing from Roma, is just the fifth player to register more than 40 goal involvements in a single Premier League season (31 goals, nine assists).Salah, 25, is the seventh different Liverpool player to win the PFA Player of the Year award after Luis Suarez (2014), Steven Gerrard (2006), John Barnes (1988), Ian Rush (1984), Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke. You are such a clown,” Aubameyang tweeted.“I remember that time you said we never gonna sell Ousmane (Dembele), then you saw more than £100m, you were the first to take that money.“Don’t talk about money please. Leave me alone please,” he added.Watzke had been talking about the future of England player Jadon Sancho, who is in his third season at Dortmund, when he made this pointed reference about his club’s former player.He told Suddeutsche Zeitung: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays he will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.”In his reply, Aubameyang referred to the departure of France forward Ousmane Dembele in the summer of 2017, who was sold from the German club to Barcelona for £135.5m.Since Aubameyang moved to the Emirates he has not played in the Champions League, despite ending the 2018/19 Premier League season as joint leading scorer with 22 goals alongside Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.The Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the past three consecutive seasons.Dortmund currently top Group F in the competition following a 2-0 win at Slavia Prague on Wednesday.Arsenal host Belgian side Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has taken to Twitter to hit back at claims that the Gabon striker only left Borussia Dortmund for money.The claim was made by Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke in an interview for a German newspaper.The 30-year-old moved to Arsenal from the German club for a fee of £56m in January 2018. Aubameyang (left) in Dortmund colours before moving to Arsenal in 2018
The University of Wisconsin women’s swimming and diving team has high hopes for the upcoming season with an already impeccable start this year.Just last weekend, the Badgers finished third at the Southern Methodist University Classic in Dallas.The team hopes to continue this streak with the upcoming meet this weekend in Arizona. After finishing in the top 15 for the fifth consecutive year in the NCAA Championships, head coach Eric Hansen hopes to finish even higher this year.”Our whole season is geared around being better than we were last year at NCAA,” Hansen said. “And that was the best we’ve ever been; it’s the best the program has ever been.”With a balanced number of 16 returning swimmers and 14 newcomers, the Badgers have high expectations for the upcoming 2006-07 season.The team has many powerful swimmers to watch out for, including junior freestyle swimmers Hannah McClurg and Jackie Vavrek, who both placed high at last year’s Big Ten Championships.Sophomore Jennifer Illescas, who was a finalist in freestyle heats at the 2005-06 national championship meet, can also be expected to help lead the girls to a top finish this season.Sophomore swimmer Yi Ting Siow has already proven herself as a force for the team by breaking the Wisconsin record in the 200-yard breaststroke two weeks ago.Wisconsin can anticipate an impressive season with a mix of both old and new talents in this year’s lineup. Along with McClurg, Vavrek, Illescas and Siow, the Badgers return veteran swimmers Jenny Gelden, Susan Johnson and Andrea Wiesner.”We have a lot of returning upperclassmen and incoming freshmen this year who will be key players this season,” Hansen said.With a strong roster, another top finish in the NCAA Championships this year is not far off due to the focus and hard work the team has been putting in since last year.Even after an impressive end to the previous season, the team did not rest. In preparation for the upcoming 2006-07 season, the team has been practicing and training just as hard in the offseason in hopes of moving up in the conference.Hansen has set high goals for all the swimmers this season, but, as seen in recent meets and previous seasons, the team seems willing and capable of achieving these goals.”This season, we are hoping for all the girls to contribute and help out with the overall team goal, which is to move up at the NCAA level,” Hansen said.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm Related Stories Malachi Richardson: ‘Shots will fall eventually, that’s what I’m here to do’Syracuse misses too many shots in upset loss to St. John’sStorify: Syracuse community reacts to loss at St. John’s NEW YORK — Syracuse’s (7-3) offense struggled in the half-court set on Sunday afternoon in an 84-72 loss to St. John’s (7-3) at Madison Square Garden. The Orange shot 5-of-26 from 3 and was out-rebounded again, this time by 15. On the other end, St. John’s shot 12-of-24 from long range.Syracuse got down by as many as 13 in the second half, but never cut the lead to fewer than seven points. Once again, Frank Howard took over the backup point guard role for Syracuse, playing more minutes than Kaleb Joseph for the third straight game.But no matter who was in — Malachi Richardson and Trevor Cooney shot 1-of-19 from 3 — it didn’t put an end to the poor shooting that plagued Syracuse in its third loss in the last four games.Here are three things we learned from SU’s loss.1. Syracuse should have gone to the press before it didAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange forced three straight turnovers in the second half using its press and sliced into a 13-point deficit. Some missed opportunities on offense prevented Syracuse from completing the comeback, but it proved to be an effective tool.Interim head coach Mike Hopkins waited to go to the press because he thought Syracuse was close enough that it only needed a stop and a bucket to get back to a manageable deficit. He also noted that it’s not typically Syracuse’s style to go to the press in certain situations.“Hindsight, I wish I would have done it with seven minutes to go,” Hopkins said. “It was a decision, and it wasn’t enough.”But it proved to fluster the Red Storm — head coach Chris Mullin said many of his team’s mistakes were unforced — just not enough to fully come back.2. Michael Gbinije can go cold, quicklyThe starting point guard scored 21 points for Syracuse, but wasn’t a factor down the stretch of the game. He fouled out, recording all five fouls in a four-minute and 37 second stretch. In the final 14:06, he recorded just four points after having 17 until that point.For a stretch he was able to carry a struggling Orange offense, but he eventually fell under the same spell as everyone else.Amar Alibegovic said St. John’s tried to get the ball out of his hands as much as possible in the second half, and for most part, it worked.“We knew with him controlling the ball, especially in the first half, we had some trouble and we would scramble a lot,” Alibegovic said. “We just tried to get the ball out of his hands and make the other players handle. Most of them are more catch and shoot guys, and really good shooters. And he would create for them, so we just tried to get the ball out of his hands.”3. Frank Howard seems to be the backup point guardHopkins hasn’t acknowledged as much, but actions always speak louder than words. Joseph played three minutes today, recording just one block for his only statistic. And Howard, who got his first chance in big-time minutes against Georgetown a week ago, once again played in the second half.Howard scored three points on one-of-three shooting from the field and dished out two assists to go with his one rebound and no turnovers.His shooting can sometimes be combined with his reckless abandon, but Syracuse has shown the ability to play better with him on the court. And Joseph, a player that was highly touted to be much improved coming into the season, is averaging 7.6 minutes per game and just 3.7 with Hopkins in charge. Comments
The Wisconsin women’s soccer team bested Loyola-Chicago University on Monday, winning 2-0. This victory makes this Wisconsin’s second win in as many games — the Badgers ended non-conference play with a record of 3-2-3 overall.Now the team’s stellar defense will go up against high-scoring, No. 19 Ohio State University (6-2-0 overall) Friday night in a rematch of last season’s Big Ten Tournament to open conference play.Women’s soccer: Badgers gaining momentum after consecutive shutout victoriesAfter a convincing 2-0 triumph over Loyola University Chicago Monday night, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has won Read…Ohio State started the season with a five game winning streak, but has lost two of their last three since. Their only two loses though, came against West Virginia University and Brigham Young University, ranked No. 4 and No. 7 at the time, respectively. The Buckeyes were outscored 5-1 over the two games.The Badgers will have no easy task limiting Ohio State’s offense, which has failed to score two or more goals in a game only twice this season. Wisconsin will look to their defense, led by goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem, to keep the game close.In eight games, Clem has played 800 minutes while recording 30 saves and four shutouts, along with a save percentage of .857. She’s allowed only five goals, but the last time Clem faced the Buckeyes she surrendered two during that 2-1 loss in last season’s Big Ten Tournament opener.The Badgers defense, which allows an average of less than one goal a game, might have trouble containing Ohio State’s Lindsay Agnew. In eight games, Agnew has tallied four goals, which leads the team. Behind her are three different Buckeyes with two goals each: Nichelle Prince, Morgan Wolcott and Nya Cason.Women’s soccer: Redemption on team’s mind after heartbreak of 2015Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 24, 2015, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team did not lose a game. After tying once Read…But defense aside, Wisconsin has struggled to score thus far, and has notched only seven goals despite ranking 30th in shots per game in the NCAA with 18.13. But that number drops heavily when looking only at the Badgers’ shots on goal, which averages 6.75, or 118th best in the NCAA.Quality chances have been limited for the Badgers’ and play a large role in why the team has been held back offensively. The Badgers’ only multi-goal game came in their most recent victory, during which they scored twice.Ohio State’s goalkeeper Jillian McVicker, however, has allowed ten goals this season, three in their most recent game against BYU, which is a good sign for the Badgers offense.The game starts at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex.