first_img Kane, 21, was chosen as Spurs captain after a week which has also seen him score on his England debut and make his first start for the national team. Kane said: “Yes you could say it has been the best week of my life – to score, to make my first start and score for England, and to be captain today. It has been an unbelievable couple of weeks and one I won’t forget for the rest of my career.” Harry Kane hailed the best week of his life despite his Tottenham side being held to a goalless draw at Burnley. It was a frustrating end to the week however as Burnley dug in to earn a precious point in their relegation battle and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted a top-four place may now be beyond his side – they are seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City with a vastly inferior goal difference. Pochettino said: “It is difficult but we have seven games, we will try. It is true that it is not easy. This game was a very tough game and we need to try to win the most points possible in the next seven games. “The way Burnley play it is difficult, because always there is long balls into the box. They are a very aggressive team and run a lot. It is difficult to find space to play. “We played better in the second half and we made some chances but it was not enough to score. Three weeks ago Manchester City lost here. It is not an excuse but it is a very, very difficult team.” Pochettino confirmed Kyle Walker, who limped off, has a sprain but said it was “not a big issue”. Burnley manager Sean Dyche claimed the Clarets had the better of the match and rued a gilt-edged chance missed by Danny Ings, who shot straight at Michel Vorm when it seemed easier to score. He said: “I think we edged the game, but there was not a lot in it. “We kept the tempo high and kept pressing high. Danny has had a great chance and it was unlike him not to put it away, he almost hit it too cleanly. “Having said that we are pleased to get another clean sheet against a top side.” Dyche picked out Ashley Barnes for special praise but said the whole of his team had performed well against a Spurs side boasting four England players. The Burnley boss also said he was not too concerned by their struggles to find the net – they have only scored once in five games. He added: “I prefer to look at it as two clean sheets in last three games against some fantastic sides.” Burnley skipper Jason Shackell admitted the Clarets need to be more ruthless in front of goal. He said: “I’m a little disappointed. I thought we played well and we had a few chances. We need to be a bit more clinical between now and the end of the season but it’s another point and that’s a point in the right direction. “If Danny had put the ball in the back of the net of course it would have been different but he’s been phenomenal and will get a few more goals for us before the end of the season for sure. “We have said it from the beginning. We’re hard to beat, we’re organised and we’re not an easy game for anyone. We have seven big games to go and we’re looking forward to it.” Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson aimed a dig at Spurs substitute Andros Townsend after the match. The pair have exchanged words on Twitter in recent weeks over the striker’s appearances for England, with former Arsenal man Merson questioning Townsend’s value to the squad before he scored an impressive equaliser against Italy. Merson tweeted: “Just been watching the game @andros_townsend , did you miss the coach? #RubberDub #7minutes” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgNaomi Cowan (second left) at Kanye West’s October 18 Sunday Service concert at Emancipation Park in Kingston. From left is Jesse Royal, Carlene Davis, Jamaica’s Entertainment and Culture minister Olivia Grange, Kanye West and Tommy Cowan. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hours before she headed to Emancipation Park in Kingston with her family for Kanye West’s Sunday Service show on October 18, singer Naomi Cowan heard of a shooting incident near her office, a five-minute walk from the venue.By that evening, her concern had given way to hope as she was in the massive crowd that watched the rapper and his gospel group turn in a mesmerizing performance.It was enough to wash her blues away.“All he’s doing is telling people to be fearless, telling them how to be creative,” said Cowan. “He was using contemporary sounds and R&B riffs but the message was so strong you could not help but be a part of it,” Cowan said.Cowan was accompanied to the event by her parents, veteran artist manager/producer Tommy Cowan and his wife, singer Carlene Davis. Several Jamaican gospel singers also attended, as did Jesse Royal, a key figure in the roots-reggae revival and the country’s entertainment and culture minister, Olivia “Babsy” Grange.The Kingston show was a pop up gig for the controversial West who recently embraced Christianity. He is currently promoting Jesus is King, his first gospel album, released in October.Cowan has done a handful of gospel songs but made her mark in 2018 with Paradise Plum, a catchy dance track that did well on regional charts in the United States.While her day started ominously, she credited West and his Sunday Service singers for making it worthwhile in the end.“I had a fantastic time and I’m so full of gratitude. I really was on Cloud Nine and so thankful for life,” she said.West has held several Sunday Service shows in the US since its launch in January. His Jamaican leg was not without incident, as Grange issued a statement ordering the rapper to stop selling merchandise bearing Jamaica’s national emblem.last_img read more

first_imgCollege fantasy football lives and dies with offense, and Week 11 has several games guaranteed to produce some offensive DFS fireworks. From LSU at Alabama to San Jose State at Hawaii to Iowa State at Oklahoma, there are plenty of great matchups and potential sleepers on this week’s DraftKings slate.Before getting into this week’s picks, just a reminder that if you’re looking for more help setting your season-long or DFS lineups, check out the comprehensive Week 11 college fantasy football rankings at CFBDynasty. Every week, CFBDynasty provides college fantasy football player rankings for each position based on projected fantasy points. Use promo code “sportingnews” to save 25 percent on your membership, which gets you access to all of their exclusive weekly content.WEEK 10 NFL DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP Week 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: QBsBest Start: Jamie Newman, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech ($8,400). Newman returned in Week 10 from a shoulder injury to put up 317 total yards and five TDs in less than three quarters. This week he gets to face a Virginia Tech defense that is giving up more than 400 yards and four TDs per game. That, coupled with a projected 63.5-point over/under, should give Newman plenty of opportunities for another big performance. Best Value: Brock Purdy, Iowa State at Oklahoma ($7,900). Purdy has been somewhat inconsistent this season from a fantasy perspective, ranging from 16 fantasy points in a game all the way up to 55. This week Iowa State goes on the road to take on Oklahoma in Norman. Purdy should have all the work he can handle as the Cyclones try to keep pace with the powerful Sooner offense. Best Sleeper: Kyle Trask, Florida vs Vanderbilt ($6,400). Trask has been very impressive since taking over for the injured Feleipe Franks, averaging 247 passing yards and at least two TDs over the past six games. This week the Gators host SEC rival Vanderbilt, whose defense currently 99th in passing and 103rd in scoring, should not provide much of a hindrance. Trask should be able to put up some big numbers.MORE: CFBDynasty player rankingsWeek 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: RBsBest Start: Max Borghi, Washington State at California ($7,800). Borghi’s all around game is what makes him so valuable, both to the Cougars and fantasy owners. Last week Oregon held Borghi to only 54 rushing yards and one TD on eight carries, but he made up for the lack of rushing by catching eight passes for another 70 yards. This week Washington State goes on the road to take on California, whose early-season defensive dominance has slipped in recent games. Look for Borghi to be used all over the field as one of the Cougars primary offensive weapons. Best Value: Breece Hall, Iowa State at Oklahoma State ($6,800). Since being unleashed in Week 7, Hall has had three straight games with at least 30 fantasy points. This week’s matchup with Oklahoma will be against a much tougher opponent, but Hall’s big-game potential is definitely worth using. The Cyclones have found their bellcow RB and will continue to ride him.Best Sleeper: David Bailey, Boston College vs. Florida State ($4,700). While he is currently stuck behind superstar RB A.J. Dillon, Bailey has still put up solid numbers, including going over 170 yards and two TDs in two of the past three weeks. Boston College loves to pound the footbal,l and this week’s matchup against Florida State’s mediocre run defense will be a great opportunity for both RBs to do just that. Week 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: WRsBest Start: James Proche, SMU vs. East Carolina ($7,300). Proche has been spectacular in the SMU offense this season, scoring double-digit fantasy points in every game this season, including seven games of over 20 fantasy points. The injury to fellow WR Reggie Roberson has increased his usage, and last week Proche took full advantage, turning 13 receptions into 149 yards and a touchdown. He will continue to the Mustangs’ primary target in Week 11 as SMU hosts East Carolina.Best Value: Devin Duvernay, Texas vs. Kansas State ($6,500). Duvernay has been a fantasy monster this season, averaging almost nine receptions for 100 yards and one TD per game. He should have another big game as QB Sam Ehlinger will continue to look his way this week in a tough matchup against Big 12 rival Kansas State. Best Sleeper: Corey Sutton, Appalachian State at South Carolina ($5,200). Sutton has been solid since returning from a two-game suspension to open the season, catching 28 passes for 345 yards and three TDs. The Mountaineers will need a huge game from his this week as they try to keep pace on the road with SEC opponent South Carolina. Look for Appalachian to throw to Sutton early and often.last_img read more

first_img– ROBERT HOUSTON Torrance Don’t reward the lenders Our government seems to be taking the wrong fork in the road. We are going to reward lenders for making simply awful loans. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is lowering interest rates again. This in effect says we don’t value those who save, plan and sacrifice for what they think is important. Moreover, for the last year all I have heard from the candidates is who is going to give me the most stuff. This isn’t the country I grew up in and read about! Where is John Galt when you need him? – EMERSON DAWSON Hermosa Beach Practice makes perfect In his Comment page column on Thursday, Thomas Sowell recounts as to why so many shots are fired by civilians and police with limited accuracy. He also states his own experience as a Marine Corps shooting trainer to further explain the lack of accuracy, even on the pistol range, where it was common for shooters to miss not only the bull’s eye but the whole target, which was equivalent to a man’s torso. I do not disagree with his thesis that police frequently miss more often than they hit their target within a range of 6 feet (57 percent to 43 percent). Further, only 7 percent of hits at a distance of 75 feet are reported by New York police. His potential reasons for the very poor accuracy are generally accepted by men in the protective and police agencies. His explanation for the need of policemen to fire 30 to 40 shots at a criminal and hope these shots hit the criminal is sophomoric at best. I served in the Security and Intelligence Unit while in the regular peacetime U.S. Army and, like many officers, was trained to fire a .45, most probably the least accurate hand weapon in creation. Yet the level of accuracy we were able to record is dramatically higher than accuracy percentages that Sowell reports. As a matter or record, my trainer in the service, could strike a bull’s eye or close to it one out of three shots routinely. What it comes down to is quite elementary – it is training and practice. The very same recipe is prevalent in athletics, business, medicine, etc. What we need is the kind of training my trainer provided. We especially need it for our brave police. Incidentally, the gang members’ accuracy, including drive-by shootings, is higher than that of our police. – JACOB FRIEND Torrance MB council needs input Most can probably agree that Manhattan Beach needs to refresh and/or replace some of its recreational facilities. Most also gasp when faced with the $200million price tag for the lengthy list of facilities being considered. Somewhere is an answer that can work, but what’s of tantamount importance is that the process to arrive at that answer is one in which the input and participation of the residents of Manhattan Beach are actively solicited. When Mayor Jim Aldinger removes that process from the agenda of “regular” City Council meetings and instead chooses to call a series of “special” meetings of the City Council that occur on the middle of a weekday, with little or no public notice, with no substantive agenda or meeting minutes being published, not only is any such public participation undeniably discouraged, but the entire process of building public trust and support for any such facilities plan is wholly undermined. Such special meetings of the Manhattan Beach City Council took place on Nov. 7 and Monday. Who knew? Perhaps the mayor and council are defining what should be in the final report of the $516,800 architectural contract with MDA Johnson Favaro, or maybe they are detailing plans for public polling and education, now that $59,000 has already been paid against the $231,600 contract with The Lew Edwards Group for these exact services? Who knows? Mayor Aldinger, once again you owe this community one heck of an explanation (at a “regular” City Council meeting, please). – GERRY O’CONNOR Manhattan Beach160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Advice for the governor So, our governor has run out of blank checks! Perhaps he needs a new set of advisers who recommend: Prison farms instead of expensive buildings. Many criminals don’t need high-security detainment. Buy gas from offshore California sources, clean it and sell it for a profit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Ship old nuclear energy rods to Hanford, Wash., by boat for reprocessing instead of permanent storage. Then new power plants could be installed. Cancel all state funds for embryonic stem cell research. The latest approved method is better. Stop funding the expensive but futile effort to control climate change. Carbon dioxide is not a contributor to global warming; the sun is. Bill the U.S. government for health and prison care of illegal immigrants who contribute little to the state financially. The guest worker program should be changed. However, if you let our incompetent state Legislature make any decisions, we are in real financial trouble. last_img read more