By Phil McNultyJACK Charlton, who has died aged 85, will always be remembered as one of the group of 11 England players who won the World Cup against West Germany in 1966.And yet there was so much more to the rounded, wonderful career of one of football’s legendary characters – as a player with Leeds United, manager at club and international level and also as one of the first generation of television pundits, going on to enjoy a long and distinguished career in broadcasting.Playing alongside younger brother Bobby, the Ashington-born centre-half was the late developer who went on to the greatest glory with his country.The man simply known as ‘Big Jack’, of great football stock as a cousin of Newcastle United legend ‘Wor Jackie’ Milburn, also won the game’s major club honours as part of Don Revie’s Leeds United side and was a fine manager with the likes of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before his wonderful spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland.Charlton’s spiky, outspoken nature was allied to a genuine, humorous, honest personality which ensured him iconic status not just as an Englishman but also as an honorary Irishman.The giant Charlton, nicknamed ‘the Giraffe’ because of his long neck and the stature that made him the scourge of forwards and goalkeepers alike – almost inventing the ploy of standing in front of keepers at corners – had a slow-burning playing career.And rather like his great Leeds central defensive partner Norman Hunter, who also sadly died recently, his no-nonsense approach often disguised the great ability he had as a footballer.Charlton’s career, if not exactly going nowhere, was lacking in direction until he fell under the guidance of Revie, who was able to harness the more maverick nature of his personality with his talent to make him an essential element of a wonderful side, going on to make a record 773 appearances for Leeds over a 23-year period as a player.He also scored 96 goals for the club, making him ninth on their list of all-time scorers.Revie brought together a group of young players and experienced hands such as Charlton alongside the likes of Hunter, Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer and shrewd signings such as the veteran Bobby Collins and John Giles, signed from Manchester United for a paltry £33 000.After gaining promotion to the former First Division in 1964, Charlton helped Leeds reach the 1965 FA Cup final, where they lost to Liverpool, but success was just around the corner and after another losing final, the brutal two-game affair against Chelsea in 1970, they finally won the coveted trophy by beating Arsenal in 1972.The Holy Grail, the league title, was won in 1968-69, and there was silverware elsewhere such as the League Cup in 1968 and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner of the UEFA Cup and Europa League) in 1967-68 and 1970-71.Charlton was never bound by the usual conventions, making him an even more colourful presence in the game.He once courted trouble with the authorities by revealing he had “a little black book” of players he intended to, shall we say, meet again on the pitch, if they had ever crossed him – one of whom was believed to be former Everton hard man Johnny Morrissey, a tough Scouser who even his ruthless team-mate Giles suggested was an adversary best avoided.The great Leeds team, and this was a great team, was somewhat overshadowed by their reputation for a physical approach, and should have won more than the honours that came their way – but his presence ensured Charlton still became one of the most decorated players of his era.It was with England, however, that Charlton wrote his name indelibly into the history books. And, like his development at Leeds, his emergence as an international came later in his career.Charlton had turned 29 when he made his England debut in a 2-2 draw with Scotland at Wembley in April 1965.He was so surprised at his call-up he subsequently asked manager Sir Alf Ramsey why he had picked him. Charlton revealed Ramsey’s deadpan response was: “I pick the best team for my pattern of play, Jack – I don’t always pick the best players.”It was a team that became champions of the world on July 30 the following year, with one of the enduring images of England’s 4-2 win after extra time against West Germany a picture of Charlton sinking to his knees, overcome by emotion, before embracing his tearful brother Bobby.“People say to me ‘was that the most memorable day of your life?’ and I say ‘not really’ because unlike our kid (brother Bobby) and Bobby Moore, I hadn’t been with them for years and years aiming for this,” Charlton told Desert Island Discs in 1996. “I’d just come in, done it and gone. The most joy as a player was winning the league championship with Leeds at Liverpool.”Charlton, who won the Footballer-of-the-Year award in 1967, went on to win 35 caps for England, the last of which came in a 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in a group game at the 1970 Mexico World Cup in June 1970, aged 35.Following his retirement from playing at Leeds, Charlton was appointed manager of Middlesbrough in May 1973, his character proving more suited to the job than his quieter and more reserved brother, who had an undistinguished spell in charge of Preston North End.Legend has it he declined to be interviewed, simply handing the Middlesbrough board a list of what his responsibilities would be and warning any interference on the playing side would not be tolerated.Charlton was an instant success, winning promotion to the First Division with a top-class Middlesbrough side boasting a host of very fine players such as Graeme Souness, Willie Maddren, David Armstrong and many others.He stayed at Middlesbrough for four years before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday, during which time he took the Owls from the bottom of the old Third Division to promotion, reaching the FA Cup semi-final in 1983, only for defeat to soon be followed by his departure.Charlton had a short spell back at Middlesbrough as caretaker before taking over at Newcastle in June 1984 but it was unproductive and he left in 1985 – before what many consider to be the crowning glory of his managerial career.He had applied for the England job when his old boss Revie resigned in 1976 but never received a reply – instead he was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland in February 1986.What followed was a glorious thrill ride that provided a thousand tales of Charlton’s eccentric approach (although he was perhaps wily enough to use some of that to cover up an incredibly shrewd tactical mind and superb knowledge) and a period of success that still brings a warm glow to Ireland whenever it is recalled.Charlton made good use of eligibility rules to build a formidable side with players born outside the Republic of Ireland, such as central defender Mick McCarthy and forwards Tony Cascarino and John Aldridge among others.The first sign of things to come was delivered at the 1988 European Championship when, despite losing world-class players such as Mark Lawrenson after his retirement through injury, Charlton’s side beat Bobby Robson’s England 1-0 in a group game.Ireland just failed to make it out of the group but Charlton master-minded a run to the quarter-finals of the Italia 90 World Cup, qualifying from a group that included England and The Netherlands, both games drawn 1-1, before a win on penalties over Romania and then a narrow 1-0 defeat against hosts Italy in the last eight. 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AFTERMATH OF 32 YEARS LONG WAITThe History-making coach Imama Amapakabo has announced his contract with Rangers ended Sunday after he led the club to win the Nigeria league after 32 years.The 43-year-old former goalkeeper according to africanfootball.com said: “The book Rangers is closed. We will see if we will open another book again.“On the pitch on Sunday, I closed the book and I tried to see which is the next book to read.“We have been able to read this particular book, it is closed now. We will open another book.”He has now been linked with South African club Chippa United, deposed champions Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Sunshine Stars. Imama himself said, ”I have been linked with many clubs, but I will just sit back and let God lead me. God leads and I follow.”He further admitted that personally it was a tough and rough road to victory for him.“When I started out, nobody believed in me but they did not stop from giving me a chance,” recalled the coach, who has assisted the likes of Solomon Ogbeide, John Obuh and Kadiri Ikhana.“I am a young man, I am not from this clime (Eastern Nigeria), I did not play for Rangers…they were factors and they were tough to deal with.“I was an unknown quantity, but here we’re today.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
As the final four games of the regular season approach, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team is hoping to develop some momentum before the Big Ten tournament.The Badgers took a step in the right direction Sunday night, surviving a tough home test by defeating Indiana 66-58. Combined with a 55-47 win at Bloomington back on Jan. 28, the victory marked the first time in history that UW was able to sweep a season series with Indiana.“I’m very pleased with our players’ performance,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “They endured a very competitive Indiana team and held on by making some free throws down the stretch, which was crucial for us.”After defeating the Hoosiers, the Badgers will play host once again Thursday night, when seventh-ranked Ohio State visits the Kohl Center.Reserve PowerWisconsin’s bench players played a key role in Sunday’s victory over Indiana.When top sub Taylor Wurtz was forced to sit down after recording four early fouls, other reserves were called upon to step up into a greater role.Stone liked what she saw.“I thought our bench gave us tremendous energy,” Stone said. “We got great minutes out of Anya Covington and Jade Davis; that really helped fill in some gaps.”Davis and Covington played 23 and 20 minutes, respectively. Though Davis didn’t record a point, she grabbed a rebound, had a steal and dished out one assist. Covington scored eight points and nabbed seven rebounds. She was also successful in drawing fouls, making four free throws in six attempts.Stone was particularly happy because she knows the important role reserves can play toward the end of a long season.“You’re a lot sharper when you’re fresh,” Stone said. “That’s where your bench has to step in and keep things going at a high level.”Finishing StrongCurrently tied for third in a very tight Big Ten race, the Badgers are in position to make a push for the number two seed in the conference tournament. Ohio State is assured the No. 1 seed after a win at Minnesota on Sunday that saw them clinch their sixth straight Big Ten title outright.“They are led by a terrific point guard and a post player inside,” Stone said of the Buckeyes. “They are deep and very talented.”With the No. 1 seed all wrapped up, UW’s fight for second place will go through OSU Thursday. After that game, the Badgers must separate themselves from the middle of the pack teams in Michigan, Penn State and Iowa to close out the season.Stone asserted her team must have success in its final regular season stretch to accomplish this goal.“Going into the Big Ten tournament, my hope is that we’re not playing on that first day,” Stone said. “We dictate that by taking care of business right now.”Wisconsin is also hoping to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament, something no Badger women’s squad has done since the 2001-2002 season.
In a field traditionally dominated by men, the role of female engineers can often be downplayed. In recent years, however, the number of women in the industry is growing rapidly, and the Viterbi School of Engineering is helping to lead this effort.The Office of Women in Engineering in Viterbi reports that 30 percent of its undergraduate population is female. Though that number might seem low in comparison to the 51 percent of women who make up the university’s student body as a whole, the American Society of Engineers reported that in 2011, only 18.4 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering went to women.Despite the fact that only 30 percent of women make up Viterbi’s undergraduate population, faculty and students said it often does not feel this way in their classes.Lianne Moreno, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, noted her classes were usually split equally between males and females.“In my classes, it is 50/50,” Moreno said. “In fact, in some of my engineering classes, I feel that there are even more girls than boys.”Milind Tambe, a professor in the computer science and industrial and systems engineering departments, made a similar remark. He has experience working with both students getting their Ph.D.s and students in Freshman Academy, a two-unit class that gives freshmen an introduction to engineering through guest lectures and team projects. Tambe said he has noticed that there is not a remarkable difference between male and female students.“In my classes, approximately half of the students are male and half are female,” Tambe said.Mia Smith, a senior majoring in environmental engineering, explained that students could be led to believe there are less women in certain classes because of the specific major’s demographics.“Some majors attract more women than others,” Smith said. “For example, when I take classes outside of my major, I sometimes feel there are more men since environmental engineering is more attractive to women. Still, I don’t feel outnumbered.”Students also felt that professors treat their students equally regardless of gender.“Professors are just as strict,” Moreno said. “They have the same expectations for boys and girls.”Many of the students agreed that Viterbi provides a supportive environment to its female students, and believe that this is one of the reasons why the male-to-female ratio of students in Viterbi is higher than the national average.“I believe that Viterbi is attracting more women into engineering because it has a diverse and engaging program that encourages women to take the lead in an engineering career,” said Leilani Rebolledo, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.Viterbi offers a variety of programs catered to female engineers. One is the Society of Women Engineers, an organization with a main focus of creating a community of female engineers. The group hosts many networking events for its members.The Women in Engineering office also provides female students with opportunities for community outreach and a place where they can receive leadership development and professional support.Many of the students also said that aside from Viterbi having multiple programs, the feedback they received outside of the school has been rather positive.Moreno said when she would tell her family and friends that she was going to study engineering, they were encouraging.As for Smith, she agreed that she never received negative feedback and people were usually encouraging. Smith has engaged in a variety of international studies, and she said she has noticed that other countries are changing their perspectives in regard to women in engineering as well. During her semester studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Smith noticed that in her engineering classes, there were far fewer women. She mentored high school girls who seemed very enthusiastic about studying engineering.“There is a lot of development going on in Cape Town, and many of the young women are eager to get involved in the engineering aspect,” Smith said.Smith also spent a summer in China working in a research lab and she was surprised by the number of female engineers.“I thought it would be the same, but there were many women engineers,” Smith said.Despite the changing industry, students are still aware of some of the prejudice that comes along with being female engineers.Alexia Gutiérrez, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, recalled the time when she was applying for an interview and they tried to discourage her.“They were surprised that I was a girl, and they started telling me that in construction sites it was very aggressive, suggesting that it would be a difficult environment for a woman to work in,” Gutiérrez said.Still, Viterbi’s female engineers viewed their role as somewhat of a challenge. Karishma Nagar, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, has faced similar difficulties, but is glad to take on the challenge.“Eventually if you demonstrate a sound understanding of problems and come up with innovative ways to resolve them, you gain credibility and are taken just as seriously as your male counterparts,” Nagar said. “I don’t consider the prejudice as an obstacle. Rather, [it’s] a challenge to take on.”
Exactly six weeks ago, I wrote a column that my editors headlined “First game couldn’t arrive sooner for USC.” It was Aug. 29, the day of the Trojans’ season opener against Hawai’i. The gist, more or less, was this: “This is a team, a fan base and a program all too eager for a fresh start.” Football was back. Last season was over. And everyone was ready for it.It might be only six weeks later, but let me just say: This is a team, a fan base and a program all too eager for a fresh start once again.“It feels like a whole new team,” sophomore defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. “It feels like we’re just coming into a new season right now.”And that is exactly what this seems like. In a strange way, tonight’s game feels more like a “first game” than even the actual first game did. Interim head coach Ed Orgeron even referred to tonight’s matchup as “our first game together,” despite the fact that this is exactly the same group of players and assistant coaches that toiled through the first five games.“We’re treating everything now as if we’re 0-0,” redshirt junior cornerback Josh Shaw said on Monday. “It’s definitely a fresh start. There’s a lot of new energy around here. Everyone’s excited and we just can’t wait for Thursday.”Apart from Shaw stealing my “fresh start” line, they key word there is “energy.” That and “fun” have become the two buzzwords to describe the Orgeron regime at USC, thanks in no small part to the coach himself.“I think [the team is] in a really good place,” Orgeron said. “Just walking into the meeting room, I can feel the energy. They’re smiling, they’re loving practice, they’re practicing very hard. I want them to fight, and compete, and play with energy, and have fun playing the game.”There you go, “energy” and “fun,” just two words apart. Now here’s Williams again:“[Coach] is really just trying to have everyone come together as a team,” Williams said. “Just come out with a lot of energy, and make sure everybody’s having fun. And by him doing that, people actually want to come out here, and have fun and compete.”Energy! Fun! Fun again! And you know what: It’s true. There is a vibe around the USC football program that is very different than in years past. To call it a Pete Carroll-era swagger would be too much, but there is a sort of enthusiastic confidence that emanates from the players and the staff.Here are just a few quips from players on the new vibe at practices.Williams: “Coach O brings a lot of energy to the table. Since day one [of] practice, he’s told us he just wants a lot of energy, no holding back. Just come out, compete and have fun — that’s what he wants us to do.”Shaw: “We love it. [Orgeron] brings a lot of energy and we feed off him. The practice has been different, our meetings have been different. Everything as far as energy is up about 10 times.”Redshirt junior defensive lineman George Uko: “He brings more nastiness to the team. You’ve seen it with the defensive line [which Orgeron coached before being promoted], we’re some of the nastier players on the team. And I think he’s brings that mentality along to the whole team.”And finally, redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler: “I feel a lot more focused in the sense that you want to be perfect on every play. You don’t want to mess up because you don’t want Coach O yelling at you. Obviously when you get new leadership on the team, there’s gonna be a different attitude — but I like our mindset. I like where our team is at and I like where everyone’s head is at.”All of them say more or less the same thing, and they all genuinely feel that. It’s impossible not to. This is, save for one man, the exact same team. It’s probably actually a lesser team than before, with junior wide receiver Marqise Lee and senior defensive lineman Morgan Breslin likely out tonight. But there’s no denying it: This team is different.In practices led by former head coach Lane Kiffin toward the end of last year, players often looked like they were just going through the motions (sort of like the games — imagine that). The media did not get to see any Kiffin-led practices this season, but it’s fair to assume they weren’t much different.Under Kiffin, the gist of his practice report was execution: how the day went from a strictly schematic perspective, which made sense coming from an Xs and Os-type coach. But under Orgeron, it’s all about the vibe and mentality of the team.Case in point: Orgeron’s decision to eliminate the yellow non-contact jerseys that quarterbacks wore. Quarterbacks wearing non-contact jerseys in practice is not a Lane Kiffin thing. It’s a football thing, done with every NFL team and at almost every college in the nation, as well as a good bit of high schools. But that’s just Coach O for you.“Our colors, the last time I checked, were cardinal and gold,” Orgeron said. “We wear cardinal jerseys and we wear white jerseys. Those are our colors; one team, one heartbeat.”The Trojans are truly becoming a team under Orgeron. They were in title before, but now they appear to be in spirit, too.“That’s what’s awesome about Coach O, that he can take something as little as the color of your jersey and make it a team thing,” Kessler said. “He said, ‘You guys weren’t the same color as the rest of the offense, and you have to be the same team and the same color because you’re all one unit.’ To get you pumped up about a jersey color is extremely cool.”That might sound mundane and frankly stupid to care about, but truthfully those little things matter. Last night, instead of arriving at the hotel in the afternoon, heading into meetings all evening, and then slogging through more meetings all day today, Orgeron took the team to a movie.“I don’t know what [movie],” Orgeron said on Tuesday. “I’m gonna be on the bus [there], that’s all I know.”With a night game, Orgeron figured the team might as well take advantage of the extra time earlier in the day, instead of sitting around in the hotel with nothing to do, as was the case before the Washington State game.“Hopefully we’re energized and ready to play for a late game,” explained Orgeron.In my column six weeks ago, I said this about Orgeron: “You would be hard-pressed to find a member of the football program, athletic department, or even the Trojan Family, with more ‘Trojan Spirit’ than the man they call Coach O.”That still rings true. Even before he took charge, Orgeron was the vocal leader of the USC coaching staff, and quite frankly the team as a whole. Nowhere was this more apparent than when he led the Trojans down the tunnel before every game at the Coliseum, something he has no plans to change.“I’ve done that for years here,” Orgeron said. “It’s really an honor to go down the tunnel. The tradition — to look up on the walls, all the great players there. To hear the cleats go ‘click, clack,’ everyone’s buckled up, all the big guys. I really enjoy it.”It’s the same players, and the same coaches, in more or less the same roles. But it’s a different team, and it feels like a whole new season starts tonight. “Any Given Saturday” runs on Thursdays, ironically. To explain to Nick how this makes no sense, or comment on this column, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit dailytrojan.com.
Plenty of big stories have surfaced this week in esports, and as always, we’ve rounded them up for you.Epic Games has finally announced its big push into Fortnite becoming a legitimate esports title, Alienware has got involved with ESL, Dignitas has appointed a new CEO and brought in an impressive Rocket League team, and the Swedish eSports League is on the way.If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of everything business in esports, then subscribe to ESI Dispatch to receive news straight to your inbox twice a week!Epic Games will provide $100m in prize pools for the first year of Fortnite esportsEpic Games, the developer and publisher of Fortnite Battle Royale, has pledged to invest $100 million (£74.9 million) as prize pools for events across the 2018-2019 season.This undoubtedly is the big push needed to propel Fortnite into esports. This investment is obviously a big deal, though Epic Games explained that its “approach will be more inclusive” than others – we’ll have to wait and see what that means beyond this huge sum of money.Read the full article here.ESL partner with Alienware for ESL One eventsIn the week, ESL announced that Alienware – a gaming subsidiary of Dell – has become the official partner for all ESL One events moving forward.The gaming equipment and peripheral company will act as the official PC and monitor partner for the global circuit throughout 2018, starting with this weekend’s ESL One Birmingham (the first Dota 2 Major held in the UK.)Read the full article here.Dignitas appoint new CEO and sign Rocket League world championsTeam Dignitas has made a big change with the appointment of Michael Prindiville as its CEO.The former Co-Executive Producer of NBC Sports has previous esports experience, acting as the Project Manager for the Universal Open in partnership with FACEIT. Alongside this internal change, the organisation has acquired the reigning Rocket League world champions to represent it going forward.Read the full article here.HeatoN and Potti launch Swedish eSports LeagueEmil “HeatoN” Christensen and Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson have announced a joint venture to launch the Swedish eSports League, with the first season involving Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.The aim and focus of this league is to develop local players and teams, as well as helping to reduce the skill-gap between professional and local competitors. The league hopes to add structure to the esports scene in Sweden, the likes of which already exists for traditional sports such as Hockey and Football.Read the full article here.
Sergio Aguero scored four goals and missed a penalty as Manchester City saw off Tottenham in a thrilling match to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.Two of Aguero’s goals came from the spot, and he went home with the match ball despite being denied a hat-trick of penalties by Hugo Lloris’s fine stop.Spurs had Federico Fazio sent off on his league debut, but the game hinged on a brilliant 65th-minute penalty save from City keeper Joe Hart, who denied Roberto Soldado with the score at 2-1.The win means City close the gap on Chelsea to two points, but Jose Mourinho’s side can restore their five-point margin with victory over Crystal Palace.City ended the game as emphatic winners but they were pushed hard by an enterprising Tottenham team who, inspired by the impressive Christian Eriksen, played a full part in a breathless encounter.Aguero was the star of the show, however, and he struck his first goal of a magnificent individual performance to give City the lead after 13 minutes. The Argentina striker collected a Frank Lampard pass on the left-hand side of the area after Erik Lamela lost possession, and cut back to bend a fierce low shot into the opposite corner.A frantic first half frequently saw chances in quick succession at either end, so it was appropriate Spurs levelled just over 90 seconds after falling behind.Again the goal came after a defensive mistake, with Fernando brushed off the ball after taking a heavy touch and Soldado feeding Eriksen to fire in a shot that Hart could not keep out.Eriksen was causing problems every time he got the ball but, sadly for Spurs, they were being given an even sterner examination by the pace of City’s attacks down the wings and the movement of Aguero and David Silva in the middle.Though centre-back Fazio was making his Premier League debut for Spurs, it was Younes Kaboul who looked the novice, while Lamela continued to struggle whenever he was asked to track back.And it was from Lamela’s clumsy challenge on Lampard that Aguero was given a chance to quickly restore City’s lead from the spot, which he did with a cool finish into the bottom-left corner. The game continued at a frantic pace, but Lampard only lasted until the 28th minute, when he was carried off with what looked like a thigh injury.Without him, City did not lose their attacking momentum and Aguero should have completed his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark, after Kaboul tripped Silva.This time, however, he fired his penalty down the middle and Lloris denied him with an outstretched leg, with the Argentina striker’s acrobatic follow-up flying over.Lloris was being given little protection by his defence but continued to thwart Aguero, making a series of fine stops either side of the break.Hart was also being kept busy but there was no doubt over his stand-out save, which came after Martin Demichelis tripped Soldado and referee Jonathan Moss awarded the third penalty of the match. Lampard was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a thigh injurySoldado was denied by Hart, who flung himself to his right to push it to safety, then denied the striker again from close range seconds later.The City fans celebrated those moments as loudly as either of their first two goals, and were soon cheering again when Aguero finally scored his third.Fazio pulled back the striker as he looked to get on the end of a Jesus Navas cross and, after the Spurs defender was sent off, Aguero resumed his duel with Lloris, this time firing successfully to the keeper’s right. Tottenham’s 10 men continued to attack, but with less threat than before, and City soon made sure of the points.Fittingly, it was Aguero who netted, beating the offside trap before angling his finish past Lloris.James Milner fired against the post in the closing minutes as City pushed for a fifth goal but, by then, the result was no longer in doubt.Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “It’s a very good victory for us. It’s always difficult to come back from the international break. We played well, we scored four goals and I don’t know how many chances we had.”We must now start to think about Champions League. We are going to Russia [to face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday] to try to win. For me it’s a good pressure to win all the games when you have a good team. We made five or six changes. I trust a lot in this squad.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “I think the first penalty after we scored made it difficult for us. We played 70 minutes when we were always in the game. Manchester City have very good players. The result was bad but there are a lot of positives to take.”The first penalty for me was ridiculous but we need to accept the decision. We need to review the game – my feeling was it is not a red card. A lot of things happened. It’s difficult to analyse.”We always believed it was possible to get a point.”
As for Kapanen, the 22-year-old winger was very good last season scoring a career-high 20 goals and 44 points. But his production slowed down after William Nylander returned following a contract holdout.He scored six goals after the new year and 10 over his final 49 games in the season. He is also a restricted free agent this year and with Toronto’s need to re-sign Mitch Marner, Kapanen looks to be the odd-man out.TSN also reports 25-year-old winger Connor Brown could go as well. The Maple Leafs are willing to part with some of their forwards this offseason.Toronto is telling teams they are willing to listen to trade offers for center Nazem Kadri and winger Kasperi Kapanen, according to TSN. NHL trade news: Blackhawks acquire Olli Maatta from Penguins for Dominik Kahun NHL trade news: Rangers acquire Jacob Trouba from Jets The team is trying to save some money, and considering Kadri has been suspended during the playoffs in each of the last two years, the Maple Leafs may not feel bad about parting with that baggage either. The team would want to get a defenseman back for Kapanen and a center for Kadri.Toronto Maple Leafs bracing for activity. Telling teams they will listen on Kapanen and Kadri. Would need a D back in a Kapanen trade and a centre back for Kadri. Strong sense Connor Brown could go as well.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 20, 2019Kadri has three years remaining on the six-year, $27 million deal he signed with Toronto in 2016. Related News
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with his LamborghiniBerlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund fans can now drive off in one of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s distinctive luxury sports cars after the Gabon international put it on the market for 279,980 euros ($329,096).German daily Bild report that the striker has put his silver-painted Lamborghini Aventador, advertised as a ‘celebrity vehicle’, up for sale with a car dealer in Dormagen, near Cologne.The 28-year-old footballer has a weakness for fast cars, and there is no mistaking that the car belongs to Aubameyang as it has his distinctive lightening-flash logo on the bonnet.The luxury vehicle has a top speed of 350 km/h. Aubameyang, who has scored 12 goals in 14 league games this season, had the vehicle painted silver with a colourful rainbow matt effect.The footballer was suspended by Dortmund last month after turning up late for training which led to him being mocked by ex-Germany international Olaf Thon, who used to play for Dortmund’s rivals Schalke.“Anyone who drives such fast cars and then comes too late to training, well there is something wrong there,” said the 51-year-old, who was in the West Germany squad which won the 1990 World Cup title.Share on: WhatsApp
Former head coach Stanley Okumbi, who deputised as Put’s assistant, is expected to continue training the team on an interim basis as Kenya looks for Put’s replacement.Full Statement from FKF Kenya regarding Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put resignation. pic.twitter.com/HyJBI7q3eN— Kenyan Fotball (@KenyaPremierLg) February 19, 2018 COACH PUT APPEALS FOR FANS SUPPORT:As @HarambeeStars_ prepares to take on Ghana’s Black Stars in the @AFCON_2019 Qualifiers in 23rd March 2018, Coach Paul Put sends out a passionate plea to fans to start mobilising cheering squads like they did in CECAFA 2017. #jazastadi pic.twitter.com/GGhJwyiCVn— Ministry of Sports (@moscakenya) February 8, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Belgian Paul Put on Monday quit as Kenya’s national football coach just two months after taking up the position.Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said 61-year-old Put, who took charge of the Harambee Stars in November and led the team to win the CECAFA Challenge Cup the following month, had resigned for personal reasons.Football Kenya Federation has confirmed that the Belgian has taken ‘ the personal decision’ to resign – https://t.co/sjzKbrBxmu pic.twitter.com/SgycW4nK4l— Futaa.com (@Futaacom) February 19, 2018“The tactician’s resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country’s ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as he was an integral member of the technical bench,” FKF director of communications Barry Otieno said.Early this month, Put had called for a more technical approach to the management of the national team in a bid to qualify for the continental tournament’s finals in Cameroon.Kenya is currently placed third in Group F after a 2-1 loss away to Sierra Leone in the opening match last June, and is scheduled to play leaders Ghana in their second match in Nairobi on September 7.