first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino dismissed claims by former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas that prolific striker Harry Kane needs to leave the club if he wants to win trophies.Villas-Boas gave Kane his Premier League debut in 2012, but the England striker’s career only took off once the Portuguese coach departed in December 2013.Kane has now scored 30-plus goals in the past four seasons, but Tottenham’s failure to win a trophy in that time has seen the England striker constantly linked with European champions Real Madrid.“If he has a hunger for trophies and for notoriety he would have to leave Spurs, if he has no hunger for that, but recognition and stability, he would stay at Spurs,” said Villas-Boas this week.However, ahead of Spurs’ FA Cup fifth round replay at home to Rochdale on Wednesday, Pochettino insisted Kane can fulfil his ambitions by staying at his boyhood club.“We are here to develop, to help the club achieve and win titles,” said the Argentine.“Harry is happy here and of course he wants to win titles here like all of us do, but I respect all opinions.” Kane scored his 35th goal of the season two minutes from time to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday.But Spurs’ victory was overshadowed by more accusations of diving by Dele Alli as the midfielder twice saw claims for a penalty waved away in quick succession at Selhurst Park.Pochettino reaffirmed his support for the player, but admitted he had spoken to Alli, who has twice been booked for simulation this season, about the criticism he has received.“He’s very competitive and he wants to win in every action. Of course, he wants to improve,” added Pochettino.“I am not worried about this situation. He’s a clever player and he knows what he needs to do.“Every day we have conversations and meetings about everything. After the game we had a short chat about the situation. It’s our responsibility to help the players with everything.”Pochettino confirmed injured defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will again sit out against Rochdale, and that he will rotate his side with one eye on next week’s Champions League last 16, second leg against Juventus at Wembley.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgWhen I say, “Tale of Three Cities” I am not rewinding my life back to my Schenley High School “daze” by sharing with you the contents of the final book report of my sophomore year “Tale of Two Cities.”  Most of you should recall the novel based on the French revolution, Tale of Two Cities.  Basically unlike America in general and sports in particular because the “have-nots” basically won over the “haves.”  Ya know those who got it and those who don’t.  Heads were rolling and the heads were not the ones earning minimum wage or less.  The “po-folks” took it to the streets and got really, really busy, you dig.  That being said there is a sort of mini-revolution going on in the National Football League. Lots of “small” market teams are spending dough. During the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club beginning with the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XL against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.  There were many emotional components that came into play in order for the team to be competitive and ultimately lay claim to the Lombardi Trophy.  First and foremost, Pittsburgh was playing the game less than 3 hours from Heinz Field whereas most of the Seattle faithful had to travel close to 3,000 miles just to sports their teams colors and lead them on. The folks from Seahawks land came and saw and lost. Secondly, in a very highly publicized promise, ‘big” Ben Roethlisberger who the year before had played a less than stellar game in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots simply known as the “cheaters” Bowl when evidence later revealed that the Patriots headmaster Willam “bill the cheatster” Bellichick had videotaped the Steelers offensive and defensive signals thereby giving the team from Foxborough a sorta, kinda competitive advantage.  After that fiasco of a game Roethlisberger promised dejected Steelers running back and future Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis that he would bring him back to the championship game the following year and he kept his promise.   The first city was the cold bitterly cold city of Detroit.  At the risk of sounding repetitive; The “po-folks” of Deee….troit took it to the streets of the motor city trying to get some “gravy”  and got really, really busy. Hey the government even got in on the act they even gave the majority of the disenfranchised, (not be confused with former NFL franchise owners) homeless folks temporary “cribs” for a week.  I actually missed the victory parade in Pittsburgh for the Steelers because I was on a flight layover in Denver on my way to Honolulu to cover the Pro-Bowl.  Oh by the way, I took a very tidy gift with me from Hawaii courtesy of the motor city.  When I arrived in America’s 50th state I was informed after I continued to experience a consistent and resistant cough that held on for dear life, (my life) that brother “pneumonia” had hitchhiked to Hawaii with me as a result of almost a week of running around the frigid city of covering the pre-game activities of Super Bowl XL.  Now back to Super Bowl XL.  Retired Steeler Hines Ward caught 5 passes for 123 yards and scored a touchdown. “Hine-sy” also set up Pittsburgh’s initial touchdown when he caught a 37-yard third-down pass, which gave Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half. After that Ward made caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle-El that clipped the Seahawks wings for good.  Hey boys’ and girls’ Ben Roethlisberger’s QB rating was the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl (less than 28.00) for a winning QB.   Did Mike Holmgren borrow some footage for Bill Bellichick? And compound that with the fact Willie “warp speed” Parker pulled off a 75 yard scamper from scrimmage for a TD that made things a little more relaxed for the boys from the steel city. Rapunzel had let down her golden hair to the win starved Steelers and the new Pittsburgh Steelers revolution was about to begin.  Super Bowl XLIII was as exciting as Super Bowl’s are expected to be.  Unlike the writing of Gil Scott-Heron; the continuing revolution of the Steelers was televised from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as the saga continued.  Super Bowl XLIII featured the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers (15-4) defeated the Cardinals (12-7) by a score of 27-23, earning their sixth Super Bowl win, a new NFL record. It broke three-way tie among the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys each team had five Super Bowl wins. The game was played on February 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium. Except for the 100 yards plus pick run back for a TD by ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison. For most of the game the offense of the Black and Gold seemed to be sleepwalking with the exception of the final drive for the winning touchdown with a miraculous “ballet” type catch by ex-Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes. Also our media bus featured two non English speaking drivers who got lost going to the stadium and coming back. I swear folks; I am not making this stuff up. AUBREY BRUCElast_img read more

first_img(From left): Robert Schillberg, Red Bank; DonnaLyn Giegerich, Red Bank; Margaret Johnson and Lauren Antonucci, Long Branch; Cliff Moore, Hazlet; Christina Penatello, Garfield and Ted Friedli, Long Branch.Kick Cancer Overboard, an organization that gives free cruises to people whose lives have been affected by cancer, gave cruises to Lauren Antonucci and her mother, Margaret Johnson of Long Branch at a recent benefit concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.“So far this year we have given away 20 cruises to those who truly deserve a break,” said Ted Friedli, the founder of KCO and the owner of Excel Travel in Long Branch.This year’s cruise leaves from Cape Liberty on May 19 and sails to Bermuda. The trip is open to anyone, not just cancer survivors. For every 12th person booked another survivor gets a free cruise.KCO’s upcoming events are a fashion show at the Two River Theater in Red Bank on March 12 and a family rock show with Rockit at the Middletown Arts Center on March 17. For more information: www.kickcanceroverboard.orglast_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Hume Brewers took advantage of a short-staffed Our Glass squad to cruise to a 33-6 victory Sunday in West Kootenay Flag Football League action at the Mount Sentinel Field. The game was only contest schedule in the WKMFFL.Leading 7-0 at halftime, the Brewers offence began to wear down the Our Glass defenders. Our Glass played the entire contest one player short.Hume quarterback Steven Doyle had a field day with the Glass defence, firing touchdown passes to Greg Kinnear and a pair to Jon Francis. Doyle also ran for a major score.The Brewers, 2-0 to start the season, will receive a major test Sunday when the club plays defending champion Castlegar Vikings at 11 a.m. In the second tilt of the day, Dam Inn and Our Glass both search for first wins of the season.The WKMFFL is a five-team league that plays every Sunday at Mount Sentinel. The teams include Dam Inn Mates, Our Glass, Hume Brewers, Castlegar Vikings and Nelson Impact.The league runs until November when playoffs are held to determine the league [email protected]last_img read more