Mourinho warns ‘it’s too soon’ for Troy Parrott to replace injured Harry Kane

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has poured cold water on the notion that Troy Parrott can be a full-time replacement for Harry Kane until he recovers from a hamstring injury.The 26-year-old limped off in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day.1 Mourinho has cautioned against putting too much pressure on Parrott too soonMourinho cautioned against placing all of their expectations on Parrott to replace the England captain.He said: “I think it’s too soon. I think one thing is potential and another thing is conditions to express potential and I think he needs time.”Having minutes, being involved is one thing.”Another thing is what you call the direct replacement. To be that he needs to work.NEXT STEP“The next step for him is to sign a new contract at the club long-term and then it is for everyone to decide what is the best for his development.”In this club we care about our players. It is also to find the best pathway to develop.“He’s 17 years old. I don’t think at the age of 17 it’s good for you to go on loan to a Championship club or to go abroad to another country.”My feeling is it’s one thing when you are 20 if you need that step, another thing is when you are 17. When you are 17 you are a baby.”He later added: “17, you just have to be in your father club where you feel at home, where you are at home, where you train and develop with the first team.”SEVERITY OF KANE’S INJURYAsked about the severity of Kane’s injury he said: “Maybe later today we have news, but if you ask me my feeling, good news or bad news, I am more on bad news than good news.”“Kane leaving a match the way he did it, he didn’t think twice, it took him two seconds to realise the severity of his situation.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid”Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club.”His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him.”Tottenham do at least have a week off from Premier League action as they play Middlesbrough in the FA Cup before returning to league duty against leaders Liverpool.last_img read more

Mourinho MUST be given full season in charge to turn Spurs around, says Berbatov

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO must be given a full season in charge to turn Tottenham around despite calls for him to be sacked, Dimitar Berbatov has urged.The Spurs boss is already under huge pressure from fans and pundits after being knocked out of all cup competitions this season.3 Jose Mourinho (Left) must be given more time at Tottenham, says BerbatovCredit: GettyHe also faces a battle to get the North Londoners into the Champions League spots, currently lying down in eighth place.But Berbatov believes Mourinho – who has been in charge for just four-months – must be handed more time to get his ideas across.He also reckons the forced Premier League break due to the coronavirus outbreak will give time to change his tactics and get stars back from injury, such as Harry Kane.The ex-Tottenham star – a Betfair Ambassador – said: “Mourinho definitely deserves a full season in charge.“He’s been at Tottenham for less than four months and in that time his team has been hit with injuries to key players.“They were poor against Leipzig, completely outplayed, but are people seriously saying he should be sacked?“There’s no need to panic. It’s going to be a long journey for Spurs under him.3 While Harry Kane interests Manchester United, a transfer could prove problematicCredit: The Mega Agency“The suspension of the Premier League means Mourinho has time to think over strategies and give players time to get back from injury.“He’s going through a difficult period but that can change with a single result. In the end it depends on the players.“It doesn’t matter how loud you yell on the touchline, sometimes nobody can hear you on the pitch.”Berbatov also believes it could be time for Spurs captain Kane to rule with his head rather than his heart and quit Spurs.The England captain, 26, has not won a trophy at Tottenham since breaking through from their academy ten-years-ago.And the Bulgarian reckons it could be time for him to make a similar move he did when quitting White Hart Lane for Manchester United in 2008.He said: “If you’re at a club where you haven’t won anything then you have to decide whether the most important thing is to help them succeed.“Or you have to decide to go somewhere you are more likely to win medals.3“For Kane it’s very difficult because he’s a Spurs fan. There’s speculation that Kane might benefit from a change of club.“As somebody who made a big move, I can tell that only the player knows what his priorities are.”Meanwhile, Berbatov thinks United have benefited from giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to turn around the club.And he also picked out January signing Bruno Fernandes, along with Harry Maguire who have impressed him the most.He added: “Ole is benefitting from being given time to experiment and develop young players and the club are starting to reap the rewards.“They are on a great run. I’ve talked about the impact of Fernandes but United have kept nine clean sheets in their 11-game unbeaten run.“They’re defending well. Maguire has really risen to the responsibility since he was made club captain.MOST READ IN SPURSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“I expect Fernandes to do well but I’ve been really impressed by how quickly he’s integrated into the team.“His teammates are looking for him with the ball because they know he can create magic.“The signs are very promising for United with him in the side.”For more from Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head to www.betfair.com/berbatov and to find out more about the new Betfair Exchange ‘How to Hub’ head to www.betfair.com/howtoexchangelast_img read more

Plumtree takes over at the Hurricanes

first_imgChris Boyd has already announced he’ll be leaving after the current season to take up a position with English club Northampton.Jason Holland will be assistant coach with both he and Plumtree signing three-year deals.Boyd and Plumtree arrived at the Hurricanes in 2015 after working together in Wellington and at the South African side the Sharks.At that time Boyd said that he had planned that Plumtree would eventually take over from him.The pair guided the Hurricanes to their maiden Super Rugby title in 2016 after finishing runners-up in 2015.Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said the club was delighted with Plumtree’s appointment which would be well received by fans and supporters alike.”We’re fortunate that someone of Plum’s calibre has already been a key part of the Hurricanes environment. Having both him and Jason at the helm will certainly ensure some important continuity and familiarity, but more importantly, we know they are a formidable coaching combination.”We know that these appointments will be pretty popular with our fans.”This does mean that with both Plum and Jason working alongside Chris this year, we are in the best position for a smooth transition to a new management team and new season in 2019. In the meantime, it is important to acknowledge that Chris has done a fantastic job in steering the ship and he continues to keep everyone focussed on our current season,” Lee said.Plumtree, 52, played for Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay before heading to South Africa to play for the Sharks.His coaching career started with Swansea in 1997.last_img read more

Injury-hit Raiders steal comeback win

first_imgDespite being without injured halves Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer, and losing Shaun Fensom in the opening set of the match and debutant Lachlan Croker at half-time, the Raiders finished the stronger side after trailing 16-6 at the break.After fighting back to draw level at 20-all a brilliant 40/20 by Josh Hodgson afforded them one final opportunity, before a calm drop goal from Sam Williams gave the game its final, deciding point.And Canberra couldn’t have been happier with their second home win to open the season, considering in 2016 they won just three times there.The victory makes it the first time the Raiders have had back-to-back wins to start a season since 2005. Meanwhile the Roosters’ horror run in Canberra continues, unable to win there since 2010.Latrell Mitchell was their shining light in the first half, while Blake Ferguson was dangerous down the right edge, however the inexperience of their halves showed as the game wore on.Both Jackson Hastings and Jayden Nikorima were unable to set up a field goal in the final moments, before Williams did exactly that down the other end of the field.The match started disastrously for the home team, with Fensom forced from the field in the first set of the game with concussion.He would not be allowed back on the pitch, forcing Sia Soliola to take over his tackling-machine role.The Roosters were first on the scoreboard in the sixth minute, scoring through Mitchell, who was moved from the wing to fullback before kick-off and barrelled over three Raiders defenders in a run reminiscent of some of Greg Inglis’s best work.The Raiders were sloppy with the ball over the first 20 minutes of the match and were ill-disciplined as well, conceding two penalties in front of the sticks to allow their opposition to go out to an 8-nil lead. But the Green Machine trimmed it back to a two-point deficit somewhat against the run of play in the 25th minute.After a long break from Jordan Rapana, Soliola barged over from close range to bring his side back into the game.However just as the Raiders looked like fighting back into the contest the Roosters scored two in quick succession to close out the first half, including once through former Canberra star Blake Ferguson.That double blow was compounded for the Raiders with debutant Lachlan Croker forced from the field with a shoulder injury after an unhappy first 40 minutes in the NRL.The Tricolours led 16-6 at half-time, however the Raiders would hit back straight after the commencement of the second half when the Roosters failed to defuse a high kick.Jarrod Croker claimed possession of the loose ball before Josh Papalii channelled his inner winger to dive over and plant the ball in the corner.The next 10 minutes were a seesawing affair, as both teams engaged in an arm wrestle, but it was the Green Machine who struck again through Papalli. This time the big back-rower would score through more conventional methods, powering through off a short ball on the goal line.That score brought Canberra back within two points, however some individual magic from boom youngster Jayden Nikorima extended the Roosters advantage in the 61st minute.Nikorima exploited a mismatch on the edge for Sydney, burning Josh Hodgson for speed to score down the right side.But the Raiders weren’t done yet, Jarrod Croker scoring in the corner before converting his own try from the sideline to draw the Raiders level with 10 remaining.The Roosters went dangerously close to the Raiders line in the final moments, however the Raiders playmakers managed the late minutes far better.A magic play from Hodgson and some cool composure from Williams proved the difference at the end.Dylan Napa was placed on report twice for a couple of high shots while Joey Lielua was placed on report for a spear tackle and was later sin-binned for a punch.Canberra Raiders 21 (Soliola, Croker, Papalii 2 tries; Croker 2 goals) defeated Sydney Roosters 20 (Mitchell, Ferguson, Guerra; Mitchell 2 goals) at GIO Stadium. Crowd: 12,423last_img read more

Poker star Phil Ivey required to repay $10 million after alleged casino cheating

first_imgThe decision by a US federal judge comes almost two years after Borgata started the lawsuit, with Ivey attempting a counter-suit.It has been alleged Ivey and Sun used the minute differences on the edges of manufactured cards to determine whether a card was high or low.Sun spent four years training herself to notice the different edges on cards, with her winning method applied to a mini-Baccarat game.Ivey was brought into the fold later with Sun advising the poker star on whether to bet on the banker or player.Ivey’s lawyer indicated they will appeal the result.”What this ruling says is a player is prohibited from combining his skill and intellect and visual acuity to beat the casino at its own game,” he said to Mercury News.”The casino agreed to every single accommodation requested by Phil Ivey in his four visits because they were eager to try to win his money.”last_img read more

Jovic, suspense with revalidation

first_imgJovic was neat with the ball, playing well 24 passes of 26, 92%; yes he was quite isolated, removed by his way of playing that midfielder dance that was Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia. His passes represented only 3.2% of the 739 that managed to successfully complete Real Madrid. He lost six balls and only recovered one. In spite of everything, Zidane pondered his match well in the press room: “My feeling is that he played a good game. He didn’t score, he had a chance, but he worked hard. It is not easy when you have not played for a long time, the difference in level is noticeable. He would like to have scored, but it is not the most important. He gave it all. He did his job. “The good news for Jovic is that Sunday It has before it a very likely revalidation in the final against Barcelona or Atlético. I could only avoid Mariano, who does not count and who showed a lot of momentum in the minutes he played, but which is not an option for Zidane; or Bale, if he recovers on time and travels to Arabia, although Zidane’s words were not especially optimistic in that regard: “At the moment it is not in condition. He has not trained all week. We will see what we are going to do. We’ll talk to the doctors. “Also, Nor is it that Bale represents a top scorer guarantee to Jovic, for now: He has scored in just one game of 14 this season with Real Madrid. The forecast was fulfilled and Luka Jovic started against Valencia in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup; Benzema and Bale’s loss for the tournament left Serbobosnio in the best possible position to enjoy prominence and minutes and Zidane’s words in the previous one, showing special affection, finished propping up the great opportunity of the battering ram: “It’s the future of Madrid, 22 years old, is learning and working well, it is very good and it will be for Madrid, it will score many goals. He wants to learn, you have to go slowly with him. “ However, and despite the fact that the script of the match against Valencia was the best possible for Madrid (blunt victory by 1-3, great game, great defensive level …), Jovic did not set a good game and left without being able to score. Zidane withdrew him in 77 ‘to give entry to Mariano, who played his first minutes of the preseason. He left in the encounter a shot between sticks that Jaume took, after the header to the post of Isco, and the pass to Modric in the play in which the Croatian made the 0-3 with that exquisite touch of exterior with his right foot.last_img read more

Nadal takes the first step to recover number one

first_imgThat was how the two-time champion in Acapulco (2005 and 2013) took the first step to attempt to recover the number one that snatched him in Australia Novak Djokovic. The Serbian tries to forestall him in Dubai, the place he’ll face on Wednesday the German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second spherical, the identical through which the Spanish will see them, greater than 14,00Zero kilometers from the Arab emirate, with a compatriot of the chief of the rating, the 20 yr outdated Miomir Kecmanovic. The NetxGen child eradicated one other boy from this extremely promoted group, Alex de Miñaur. And you realize, for Nadal to return to the world throne he should win the title in Mexico and Djokovic doesn’t move the quarterfinals. The sport didn’t begin effectively for Manacor, erratic and misplaced. You can not see the storm coming. He received his first recreation on his second serve and requested “dates and plenty of towels, please,” the Spanish choose Nacho Forcadell. Later he additionally claimed one thing to alleviate the impact of sweat that spurted due to the warmth (24 levels at 22:00) and humidity (79%): “Sawdust do you’ve got? Rafa chained a 5-Zero run and threatened an intermediate thread, which saved Andújar from a miracle. They’d by no means confronted one another on a tough monitor, their three duels had been on the floor with the Mallorcan victory, the final one virtually six years in the past. Pablo was operating out of sources, he was not effectively on the internet, nor with the left and started to match profitable blows one after one other.Already in rhythm, Nadal was unstoppable, though on the manner to his incontestable victory one other service was left when he had taken benefit of two breaks. An unimportant clue, as a result of from the preliminary 2-0, Andújar received solely three extra video games, which left his devastating rival, who goes for all. Pablo Andújar loved for 2 and a half video games what it means to dominate a terrific champion like Rafa Nadal. The Balearic didn’t really feel the ball effectively in the first moments of the recreation and misplaced his preliminary serve. The Cuenca dealt with the recreation effectively along with his backhand and Rafa amassed seven unforced errors in these early phases. However then he regained his tone, took out the curler and swept his countryman: 6-Three and 6-2 in 90 minutes.last_img read more

Zico: “I have asked Neymar to be more professional”

first_imgFormer Brazilian soccer player Arthur Antunes Coimbra ‘Zico’ fan of Neymar But he asked him to “be more professional”, using Messi or Cristiano as an example, something that he has even discussed with the PSG striker recently.“I really like Ney and his way of playing is incredible. But he has to be more professional like Messi and Ronaldo, who live for football “, said the historic player of the ‘canarinha’ this Sunday in the seventies and eighties.Zico referred to his compatriot in an interview at La Gazzetta dello Sport, where he regretted that Neymar has “too many distractions.” “Neymar has too many distractions. I recently spoke to him and asked him to be more professional.” he pointed out.last_img

Nicolás Jarry sentenced to 11 months suspension

first_imgThe Chilean Nicolás Jarry has been sentenced to eleven months of suspension after committing a violation of anti-doping laws when contemplating the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) that though there was “cross contamination” Gamers are finally accountable for the substances of their physique. The sanction started on December 16, 2019 and can finish on November 16 of this 12 months. All factors within the rating and prizes obtained in subsequent tournaments are discounted.The ITF acknowledges Jarry’s unwillingness on this case, and the participant accepts accountability for his unintentional consumption. Jarry supplied a urine pattern on November 19, 2019 following his participation within the Davis Cup finals in Madrid. That pattern was despatched to the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) and its accredited laboratory in Montreal and it was discovered that it contained MRD metabolites LGD-4033 (ligandrol) and stanozolol. SARM LGD-4033 and Stanozolol that are prohibited in class S1 of the AMA Prohibited Checklist and are subsequently additionally prohibited beneath the Program.Jarry resorted and defined how these substances entered his system, and the way he monitored your complete course of. The ITF warns in its ruling that “the consumption of measure dietary supplements, notably these made in compounding pharmacies in South America, carries with it a big stage of threat for athletes and ladies who’re topic to anti-doping laws.” The participant printed a letter by which he assumes his guilt however signifies that he feels calm as a result of he has confirmed his innocence. “As you realize, since January of this 12 months, I used to be targeted on proving my innocence by proving to the ITF that I didn’t cheat on anybody, nor did I strive to make the most of sports activities by taking some type of prohibited substance.“, has indicated the participant in that communication.“At this time, completely happy and with my clear conscience, I inform them that we had been ready to show, within the investigation carried out by the ITF, the provenance of the prohibited substances and that these appeared because of the cross contamination that was generated within the Brazilian laboratory by which the nutritional vitamins had been produced “, Add. “Together with this, sadly and with nice humility, I’ve determined to settle for the settlement supplied by the ITF and its 11-month sanction, which is able to permit me to compete once more in November. Extending these authorized processes would solely add extra stress and uncertainty to my future. skilled, “he says. Given this, I would love to categorical that I’ve all the time tried to be as skilled as potential, understanding from a really younger age the sacrifice and professionalism required to be a tennis participant, and those that know me know that it has all the time been a precedence for me“Jarry continues.” Because of this, I need it to be recognized and that there isn’t any doubt that, when selecting the laboratory used, I sought to meet all of the situations required by my professionalism, going as far as to consider my resolution with three docs ” , He says. “Even asking considered one of them to go to this laboratory to personally certify that every little thing was fantastic to produce my nutritional vitamins.. Sadly this was not sufficient and I put my well being and my skilled profession in danger, “says Jarry.“I’m left with an important lesson in my life, that I do know it’s my skilled accountability to ensure that every little thing I devour, it can’t comprise the slightest contamination, “continues the participant.” It has been months of deep ache, and though actually generally it feels slightly unfair every little thing that has occurred, I’m attempting to study as a lot as I can from this example, and I do know that finally it will likely be a kind of classes that life leaves you, from which I actually intend to come out a lot stronger, “he says.“Tough and surprising moments, like what we’re experiencing at present, put an important factor now we have on the heart of our lives: the well being and well-being of our family members“This all has made me respect much more the unbelievable unconditional assist that I’ve acquired from hundreds of individuals since this began. Specifically I need to thank my household, my girlfriend and buddies, for having been by my aspect all through this course of, “says the tennis participant.“I shut this chapter of my life with a transparent conscience and the lesson discovered. I might additionally like to thank my staff, sponsors and consultant for having believed in me, particularly my coach Dante.“I’m very completely happy to give you the option to proceed working with them and I’m certain that we’re going to obtain nice issues collectively, since they’ve my dedication that I’m working tirelessly for it.”I would love to make a particular point out to the COCH and my tennis gamers on the circuit, who haven’t hesitated to present their assist to me publicly And to all my followers for the respect and belief they’ve proven me by way of the numerous messages and greetings on the streets, which have helped me to deal with this tough scenario, “says Jarry.” I say goodbye with nice affection, and wishing you everybody in good well being presently, “he concludes.last_img read more

UEFA allocates 236.5 million to help its federations

first_img“Our sport faces an unprecedented challenge brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. UEFA wants to help its members respond appropriately to their specific circumstances. That is why we have agreed up to € 4.3 million per federation member, paid for the rest of this season and the next, and can be used as our members consider appropriate to rebuild the soccer community, “he said. Aleksander Čeferin, President of UEFA.“I think it is a responsible decision to help in any way we can, and I am proud of the unity that football is showing throughout this crisis. Football will undoubtedly be at the heart of life when it returns to normal. When that time comes, football must be ready to answer that call. “Note to editorsUEFA’s HatTrick assistance program is one of the solidarity and development programs UEFA has taken on the plight of the coronaviurs epidemic. The highest body in European football is aware of the difficulties that its member federations are going through and has implemented a plan to help them financially in a season where many competitions are at serious risk of suspension. “UEFA has earmarked € 236.5 million to help its 55 member federations meet the challenges of COVID-19 in their respective countries,” The governing body explains in a statement.The amount will be divided among the national federations, to 4.3 million each, “to cover operating expenses and to help specific developments and areas aimed at national football.” The distribution criteria, however, They will be decreed by each federation according to their priorities, once the priorities of each country at the soccer level are identified.last_img read more