first_imgAfter almost a year out of managerial work, Mourinho took on the Spurs job and started with three wins out of three.He suffered his first defeat of his tenure on Wednesday night at the hands of former employers Manchester United.And to prove his determination to succeed in his new role, Mourinho slept at the Spurs training ground that night to help begin preparations for when Sean Dyche’s men come to the capital.Tottenham are currently eighth in the Premier League with five wins, five draws and five defeats so far this term and are closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places.Mourinho said: “I didn’t go home, so the next morning at eight o’clock I was here doing what? Burnley.”Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.55Most read in boxingExclusiveCome on Ty-sonAJ rules out Tyson bout… as he fears fans would BOO if he beat Iron MikeDILL’S BEEN MADEFury expects WBC to allow him AJ fight before mandatory defence vs WhyteFURYIOUS POWERFury tipped to beat Anthony Joshua inside six rounds by ex-opponent RoganNEELEY THERETyson offered £900,000 for Peter McNeeley rematch ahead of comebackWHAT A TYM TO BE ALIVEMike Tyson vs Fury could be pro fight for world title says WBC chiefExclusiveTY’S BELTINGAnthony Joshua says Tyson Fury is on ‘hit list’ and is determined to fight himExclusive’IT’S TOUGH’Anthony Joshua on looking for love, life as a super-dad & fighting Tyson FuryExclusiveK.O’D BY BUG MEDICSAnthony Joshua says I’m not a superstar, NHS staff are the real heroes”That’s the way you have to do it in football. Don’t accept in a passive way.”It’s obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room.”I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results.”5 Joshua weighed in significantly lighter than his opponent for the Clash on the DunesCredit: AFP or licensorsAnthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr face off and weigh in ahead of their big fight in Saudi Arabia JOSE MOURINHO revealed he was invited to watch Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr by Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman.But instead the Special One will have to watch it on the telly – because he has the small matter of a Premier League clash at home to Burnley just hours earlier.5 Jose Mourinho was invited to watch Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2 in Saudi ArabiaCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 AJ will be desperate to win his heavyweight world title belts back from the Mexican-American tonightCredit: AFP or licensorsMourinho, 56, takes charge of his fifth game as Tottenham boss when the Clarets visit North London.But if he hadn’t accepted Daniel Levy’s offer to replace Mauricio Pochettino last month, the Portuguese chief would surely have been in the Middle East after his royal invite.The Special One said: “That’s the only bad thing for me in getting the job at Tottenham – that I’m not going to be there.”I was invited by the Prince to be there, but I prefer to be in the match against Burnley.”The Spurs boss admitted his admiration for boxing and particularly AJ – but refused to make a prediction for the Clash on the Dunes.Joshua knows winning back his world heavyweight belts is critical for his career, describing a defeat tonight as “catastrophic”, and has shed the pounds as a result – unlike opponent Ruiz.Mourinho added: “I’m not an expert. I just love the sport.”I like Anthony very much because he’s a great kid and I hope he wins.”But in sport you can lose. So let’s see.”last_img read more

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) reacts after he was called for a personal foul against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kevin Love’s latest move hasn’t made any of the Cavaliers screaming mad.There’s a positive change.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson When Lue informed Love of the switch, the five-time All-Star said, “good.”It’s the best thing that’s happened in days for Love, who has spent much of his four seasons in Cleveland under attack.While he struggles on the defensive end against bigger players, Love is a matchup nightmare for defenses because of his ability to play with his back to the basket and outside range. He willingly moved to center this season for Lue, who appears to be done with his “small-ball” lineup.“He felt good about it and I think offensively for him now he can post more 4s,” Lue said. “Get back to posting him more. I think it’s a good adjustment for us. Just have to see how it looks going forward.”While they’ve made an on-floor adjustment to improve, the Cavs have unresolved issues away from the court. Thompson said the team’s fractured relationships may not heal.“That’s part of life,” he said. “But at the end of the day when we’re between these lines, we got to play for one another and that’s all that matters. I don’t care if X don’t like X off the court. … As long as you’re on the court playing hard and playing for each other, that’s all that matters to me. We don’t got to talk to each other off the court. As long as we talk on the court, on the defensive end, that’s all that matters to me.”The Cavs have been at each other’s throats before.“We’ll be fine,” James said. “We’ve got to work our habits though. It’s not going to be as easy as we’d all like it to be. But at the end of the day, nothing has ever come easy to me, so I actually like what we are. I don’t like losing, I don’t like the way we’ve been losing. But I think it’s going to help us out in the long run.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jose Mourinho extends contract at United until at least 2020 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s not a good time right now,” Lue said. “Just see how this works first and go from there.”Monday’s clear-the-air meeting didn’t do much good as the Cavs lost in San Antonio on Tuesday. During the third quarter, Crowder ignored and walked around a fallen Love , who was helped to his feet by one of the Spurs players.Cleveland’s season is crumbling with every loss, and Lue had little choice but to do something to slow the decay. He had several other options, like benching either point guard Isaiah Thomas or struggling shooter J.R. Smith, but Lue felt the move with Crowder made most sense. Lue said Crowder, who started 43 of Cleveland’s 46 games, accepted the demotion without pushback.“Jae has been playing good the last few games and it has nothing to do with Jae,” Lue said. “He’s been great. He’s all about the right things. He’s all about the team. You hate to make these changes. Not saying it’s permanent, but he’s about the team. Went and talked to him this morning and he said, ‘Whatever is best for the team. I’m all in.’ It was a great talk with him.”Lue believes Thompson’s defensive ability will help when opponents run pick-and-rolls on the undersized Thomas, who is still finding his rhythm after missing seven months with a hip injury. On the offensive end, Thompson’s screens might free up Thomas as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Targeted by some teammates during a heated meeting this week, Love is returning to power forward after Cavs coach Tyronn Lue tweaked his lineup in hopes of reviving a team that has dropped 10 of 13 games.Lue had been resisting changes, but following Thursday’s practice he announced he’s dropping forward Jae Crowder to the second team, returning center Tristan Thompson to the starting lineup and switching Love, who was named an All-Star reserve, back to a position where he is much more comfortable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLeBron James and his teammates have been consumed in recent days by chaos, highlighted by a pre-practice meeting Monday when players aired grievances. A few targeted their frustration at Love, who went home sick from Saturday’s lopsided loss to Oklahoma City and missed Sunday’s practice.Lue said he considered other changes, but decided the Crowder-Thompson-Love maneuver is it for the moment. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “You all walk in here, you all see how it is in here, you all see how we vibe with each other, you all see how we vibe toward the coaches, you all see how it is,” cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t. But it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now.”Ngakoue declined comment, as did safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback A.J. Bouye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTheir silence spoke volumes for a team that appears to be in upheaval following a third straight lopsided loss that has seemingly derailed a season that started with Super Bowl expectations.“I don’t speak on locker room business,” linebacker Telvin Smith said. “Don’t ask me locker room questions.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “But it is who we are ’cause that’s what’s going on right now. I do believe that we will get it fixed. We have no choice but to get it fixed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Late block helps Nuggets beat Warriors MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img The Jaguars (3-4) looked slightly more composed on the field, although the result was similar to road losses against Kansas City and Dallas.Jacksonville failed to score in the first half for the third consecutive game — the first time that’s happened in franchise history — and the defense allowed 141 yards rushing and sacked Deshaun Watson once.Blake Bortles fumbled on the third play of each half, leading to 10 points and his benching.Coach Doug Marrone said Bortles was upset with getting yanked after the second turnover — his eighth in the last three games.“We’ve got to do something,” Marrone said. “Like I said before, the one thing you do with that position, doesn’t matter the name, doesn’t matter who it is. When you make a move to get a spark, everyone goes on notice. Everyone.”ADVERTISEMENT Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles reacts after losing a fumble to the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The doors opened briefly and closed a few seconds later, but the glimpse into Jacksonville’s locker room told the story of the team’s third consecutive loss.Calais Campbell was holding back fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a carry-over from the screaming, shouting and finger pointing that ensued after a 20-7 loss to AFC South rival Houston (4-3) on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cody Kessler replaced Bortles in the third quarter and threw a touchdown pass that energized the home crowd. But Kessler also fumbled on a sack and threw an interception off T.J. Yeldon’s hands with a little more than five minutes remaining.Marrone confirmed afterward that the quarterback job is up for grabs as Jacksonville prepares to play Philadelphia in a “home game” in London next week.“It’s open,” Marrone said. “Who’s the starter at right tackle? Who’s the starter at center? Who’s the starter at receiver? Who’s the starter? Everything is open. We’ve lost three straight games and we can’t stop shooting ourselves in the foot for lack of a better expression.“We’ve got to do something, but the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over. Period. That would be the positive of how we can build.”The Jaguars are minus-12 in turnover differential on the season, including minus-8 during the three-game losing streak.Most of the problems stem from an offense that’s missing its top two left tackles, its top two tight ends, two of its top three running backs, and its leading receiver from 2017. But the defense has failed to pick up the slack.“We’re a team,” Smith said. “I’m not going to point fingers. I’ll just keep the one pointed at myself, continue to make sure that I get better, continue to make sure I bring my energy, continue to make sure I bring my effort, my mentality to this team. I think the guys that continue to feed off it and grow from it.“That’s one thing we cannot do is point fingers, and I ask you all, don’t ask us to point fingers.”Campbell holding back Ngakoue in a combustible locker room showed it’s already happening privately.“Frustration’s a part of the game, and we’re emotional people and this is an emotional game,” Campbell said. “At the same time, I think these guys, this group of guys, we have a different kind of heart to us. At the same time, losing sucks, you know, especially losing three in a row. Stacking losses, that’s not who we are, that’s not what we want to be. 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first_imgAmb. Lewis G. Brown, former Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United NationsInformation Minister Lewis Brown has asserted that the Government of Liberia is committed to supporting and working in open partnership with all media practitioners across the country.He stressed that, “We are fully committed to the media and intend to ensure everyone wins in a more professional and ethical manner with no plans to sanction any media house. We will continue to partner to ensure that our people are informed about the happenings in Liberia,” he said. Minister Brown made those remarks last Friday at the Information Ministry’s daily Ebola briefing, during which he clarified among other issues, media registration with the Ministry. According to him, the intent of registering and processing all advertisement, arrangement of special media coverage, press conferences through MICAT is to proactively address the issue of “ethical transgression on the part of some media practitioners and government entities”. At the same time, Minister Brown reiterated calls to media houses to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last October between the Press Union of Liberia and the Information Ministry by renewing their licenses on or before January 30 ensuing. He indicated that unless print or broadcast licenses are renewed by the Information Ministry, these media houses stand the risk of either losing their frequencies or publications, adding that they will not get tax clearances from the Finance Ministry or business registration renewals from the Commerce Ministry if they refused to register. According to the MOU, which has received mixed reactions from Liberian journalists, the PUL is to register journalists, while the ministry registers media houses.Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) is urging all journalists to register as agreed upon in the MOU last year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – In reaction to his detractors, including opposition political parties and other Liberians, that he has had a long career in public service, Unity Party standard bearer and Vice President of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai said that most leaders of the opposition are or were also government officials.VP Boakai made the statement yesterday at the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC) presidential candidates’ debate between him, Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Charles Brumskine of Liberty Party (LP) and Alexander Cummings of Alternative National Congress (ANC) held at the Paynesville City Hall.According to Boakai, most of those who are pointing fingers at him for serving the Liberian people for over 40 years are also officials of government who have worked and are still working for the government of Liberia in different capacities.When questioned about his long service in government, the VP said, “As a man with over 40 years of public service experience, I do not believe in mere talk, but rather actions. I don’t believe in NATO – No Action, Talk Only. We need to be very practical in what we say and do.”The Unity Party standard bearer indicated that a Boakai led government will open up the country with roads, which will spur economic and infrastructure development in the country. “We need to open up this country with roads. Liberians should be empowered. I lived here all my life and have nowhere else to go, and will stay here to ensure that Liberia moves forward,” he said.“Liberians will judge us by our track record. If we improve the sanitation of our people, we will be able to improve the health and wellbeing of our people.”Speaking on the issue of tribalism, ALP standard bearer Benoni Urey told Liberians that Boakai has given him no reason to believe that he is a tribalist, and urged other opposition political parties to stop preaching the divisive politics of “Congo vs. native,” calling on them to put the country first. “We must be cognizant that during this campaign, people would say anything to win. If I told you that I am an indigenous person, you wouldn’t believe it. On Christian State, we never thought anyone would have considered such foolishness. Now even some Muslims are supporting candidates who are proponents of the Christian State, and this is confusing.”Several Liberians interviewed by the Daily Observer called on politicians to remain peaceful in the upcoming elections for the sake of the country. Ms. Felicia Brown, who didn’t identify which party she supports, told this paper that young people depend on their leaders for the kind of change they need in the country. Addressing VP Boakai’s remark that other oppositions officials also work in government, she said “the VP has served the country for several years but my point is that all of the positions he occupied in government had not been the position of a president, and Liberia is looking for a leader who can deliver the goods not the promises.”Ms. Brown, 21, disclosed that she is finding the election process very difficult due to the huge number of aspirants, who she described as “those with no good intention for the country,” adding that “this debate has clearly set a stage, and we the young people are now wise enough to choose who will represent us.”First time voter, Gabriel, 18, lauded the organizers of the debate for organizing what he described as “the best decision making day” of his life. “It’s the first time for me to be a part of the process, but I have been thinking of whom to trust my country with after several years living in poverty. All of what was said have given me the idea to cast my vote rightly,” he said.He called on other youth to “clearly read between the lines” during the elections, “and say no to violence.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) VP Boakai at the DDC debate held at the Paynesville City Hall yesterdaylast_img read more

first_img2.2kg cocaine bust…alleged accomplices remandedThree men on Tuesday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts jointly charged for possession of 2.250 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution is contending that the trio – 33-year-old Mark Gomes, 33-year-old Ryan Fowler and 38-year-old Mohammed (only name) were found with the substance on Thursday last while in the vicinity of Sheriff Street, Georgetown.The court heard that the men were observed by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, who were acting on intelligence, which led to the arrest of the men.The men were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters where the substance was handed over to Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), and an investigation was launched.One of the men, Ryan Fowler, told the Court that he would like to accept responsibility for the cocaine. He was sentenced to four years in jail and fined $6 million.Meanwhile, Gomes and Mohammed were remanded to prison.The men are expected to return to court on April 18, 2018.last_img read more

first_imgA total of 121,305.8 pounds of narcotics was seized in the year 2017, according to the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA), which on Friday launched its Annual Report on the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN), which seeks to provide comprehensive data on drug supply-and-demand interventions for evidence-based policy and programme development.From Left: Deputy Director of NANA, Leon Carr; Head of the Drug Information Network, NANA, Tiffany Barry; Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; and NANA Director Major General (Ret’d) Michael AtherlyLaw enforcement agencies have seized a total of 55,139 kg of narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000 kg of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued at in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes.According to the report, combined efforts by the Public Health, Education and Public Security Ministries, along with several NGOs, resulted in over 900 persons receiving training in drug prevention and drug supply reduction, to work with youths and at-risk populations.Further, over 100 persons have reportedly received specialised treatment for problematic drug use via the Phoenix Recovery Project and the Salvation Army Men’s Social Service.The Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN) is an inter-agency body comprising key stakeholders from law enforcement agencies working in Drug supply reduction, and professionals working in the field of drug prevention and treatment, who meet regularly to share data on drug supply-and-demand reduction interventions.Since establishment of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) in 2017, the GUYDIN has now become an integral part of NANA. This year’s report was developed by GUYDIN, with technical assistance from the Cooperation Program between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union on Drug Policies (COPOLAD).COPOLAD is working in collaboration with the Organisation of American States, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) to standardise annual DIN reports; while CICAD is working to standardise data collection mechanisms for DINs across Latin America and the Caribbean.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – With Congress considering cutting the Pentagon’s budget for missile defenses and Europe on edge over Bush administration proposals to deploy the system to the Continent, much is riding on a test scheduled in the next few days of the anti-missile shield based in California and Alaska. If the test goes well, those who favor the anti-missile program may have the best chance in years to argue that it is ready to speed forward. But if it goes poorly, it likely means more trouble is ahead for a program long criticized for being placed in the field before it was proved. It is only the second full test of the anti-missile system, which has been overhauled and delayed repeatedly over the years. This test, too, has been delayed by software problems for about five months. As if to lower the pressure, Pentagon and military officials tend to describe the test as just one more in a long sequence of opportunities to validate President George W. Bush’s goal of fielding limited missile defenses to shield the United States or its allies from the possibility of attack by a country such as North Korea or Iran. Barring technical glitches or bad weather, a ballistic missile is scheduled to launch from an island in Alaska early Thursday and be tracked by satellite and radar equipment on land and at sea as it arcs over the Pacific Ocean toward California. Less than 20 minutes later, an interceptor will be fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara, to collide with the missile and destroy it more than 100 miles above the open waters of the Pacific. In advance of the test, skeptics in Congress have been threatening to cut the missile-defense budget, and Moscow has warned that relations with Washington could rupture if the United States moves ahead with plans to base interceptors and radar equipment in former Soviet states. Last Thursday, the House of Representatives cut more than $764 million from the administration’s proposed spending of $8.9 billion on missile defenses in the next fiscal year. A new amount of $205 million was added during floor debate to the House defense authorization bill for anti-missile projects with Israel, but that money would come from outside the Pentagon’s programs for ballistic missile defense. Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, D-Calif., who is the chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said the House bill, among other things, deleted money for preparing proposed missile-defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, and instead focused spending on technologies viewed as having more immediate promise. “We want the Missile Defense Agency to deal with the near-term threats to the war-fighter, to the American people here at home, and to our European allies and deployed troops,” she said. “Too much of the assets were for the future, for yet-to-be-defined science projects.” The House version protected money for three missile-defense systems: the Patriot Advanced Capability 3, the Aegis and the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense. Those all aim at warheads as they close in on their targets, rather than being designed to strike missiles in space during the middle course of their flight, which is the type of system scheduled for this week’s test. Money for an experimental airborne laser was also approved. In the Senate, the Armed Services Committee has been debating its own version of the military-spending legislation this week. The House bill and what emerges from the Senate will have to be reconciled before both houses of Congress vote on the Defense Department budget for the 2008 fiscal year, and both Democrats and Republicans say the results from this next missile-defense test will weigh heavily as they decide how to cast their ultimate votes on the anti-missile portion of the bill. The administration’s diplomatic efforts also moved ahead this week, State Department officials said. John C. Rood, the assistant secretary of state for international security, was traveling between Warsaw and Prague for what one department official said was “the start of formal negotiations” to deploy 10 interceptors in Poland and tracking radar in the Czech Republic. The previous major test, conducted Sept. 1, was graded a success even by skeptics. It was designed specifically to test the radar at Beale Air Force Base, near Sacramento – but the interceptor actually hit the attacking missile, even though that was not a goal of the test. Weather is an issue this time, with military meteorologists warning of foul conditions. Safety rules require that the attacking missile be visible to monitors who can push a destruct button if it veers off course. Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency, said even though a general time and location for the test would be known to operators of the interceptor, “This will be as realistic as it can be, based upon what we are allowed to do within various safety regulations.” That does not satisfy skeptics. “The test is highly choreographed, and much simpler than what the system would face in a real battle engagement,” said Frederick K. Lamb, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Illinois.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000It was a hugely satisfying time to score for the hosts just a couple of minutes before half-time at the Emirates. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Arsenal rang in the new year by giving boss Mikel Arteta his first victory as lacklustre Manchester United crashed to a 2-0 defeat, while Tottenham and Chelsea also slipped up in the Premier League’s top four race on Wednesday.Arteta had watched Arsenal take only one point from his first two matches, with last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea especially painful after the Blues scored twice in the final minutes. But Arsenal had played well for long periods in that London derby and they produced an even more sparkling display to put United to the sword at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners took the lead in the eighth minute when Sead Kolasinac’s cross ran through to Nicolas Pepe at the far post and the Ivory Coast winger beat David De Gea from close-range.Arsenal, who last won in the league at West Ham on December 9, got a deserved second goal in the 43rd minute when De Gea kept out Alexandre Lacazette’s flick and Sokratis reacted quickest to lash home.Arteta’s team are nine points adrift of the top four, but their second win in 16 matches in all competitions offers hope of a brighter future under the former Arsenal midfielder’s management.United are fifth, five points behind fourth placed Chelsea, after the latest in a long list of underwhelming performances in a troubled campaign.Chelsea remain in pole position to secure the fourth Champions League qualification place but manager Frank Lampard will rue conceding a spectacular late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Brighton.Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead, tapping in from close-range in the 10th minute.But Brighton scored the goal their persistence deserved in the 84th minute when Iranian substitute Alireza Jahanbakhsh acrobatically found the bottom-left corner with an overhead kick.“It was frustrating for different reasons,” Lampard told BT Sport. “In the first half, the game was there to be won. We weren’t ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn’t kill the game off.”Those dropped points gave Jose Mourinho’s Spurs the chance to crank up the pressure on Chelsea and United, but they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Southampton and England captain Harry Kane limped off with a hamstring injury.– Spurs unravel –Tottenham fell behind to a 17th-minute Danny Ings goal and Kane injured himself as he converted Christian Eriksen’s free-kick in the second half but was flagged offside.Mourinho’s frustration boiled over as he was shown a yellow card after an altercation with the Southampton bench.“I was rude,” Mourinho said. “I clearly deserved the yellow card. I had bad words.”Elsewhere at the top of the table, second-placed Leicester cruised to a 3-0 win at Newcastle and Manchester City beat Everton 2-1 to hand Carlo Ancelotti his first defeat since taking over as manager.Leicester appear to have put a mini-slump behind them, courtesy of goals from Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury to move to within 10 points of leaders Liverpool.Newcastle were forced to play almost the entire second half with just 10 men after Fabian Schar was injured following all three substitutions.City remain in third after their home win against Everton, a single point behind Leicester.Gabriel Jesus scored twice in the second half at the Etihad before Richarlison pulled a goal back for Everton but City held on despite some nervy moments.“We played great so I’m delighted for the guys,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.“This period is so tough. When you are far away from the first position sometimes people give up, but we never give up.”Struggling West Ham made a flying start under Moyes, returning to the London Stadium for a second stint as manager, hammering hapless Bournemouth 4-0 and lifting themselves out of the relegation zone, with the visitors now in the bottom three.Watford continued their impressive run under new manager Nigel Pearson, holding on to beat seventh-placed Wolves 2-1.Villa beat Burnley 2-1 with first-half goals from Wesley and Jack Grealish while Norwich drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace.0Shares0000(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgNHL: Cammalleri has two power-play goals in a victory over the shorthanded Ducks. By Chris Lehourites THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – The NHL opened its season on the banks of the River Thames, and as far as the Kings were concerned, this was hockey country. With the Union Jack hanging from the rafters near the Stars and Stripes, the game at O2 Arena did not get off to the smoothest start. After the U.S. and British national anthems, the lights failed to come on. The players skated around, but were told to go to the dressing rooms. The lights slowly returned, and the players did as well after 10 minutes. “I think we had a lot of time to look around right at the start when they were trying to get the lights back on,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “I tried to soak it all in, all the different jerseys in the crowd.” Cammalleri gave the “home team” the lead by scoring with a one-timer from the slot at 8:35 of the first period, with the Kings on a two-man advantage. He added another at 1:10 of the third, tipping in a slap shot from Tom Preissing. Blake, who played 12 seasons for the Kings before returning to the team last season, made it 2-0 at 10:15 of the second by tapping in a loose puck. Michal Handzus scored short-handed into an empty net at 19:34 of the third. Bobby Ryan scored for the Ducks on a power play at 13:09 of the final period, knocking in a rebound to beat Kings rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier made 26 saves. “I don’t think you could’ve expected a better game from a 19-year-old goaltender,” Crawford said. “There was a lot of pressure tonight, and he looked like a really solid, solid goaltender. Not very many pucks bounced off of him, and he made a couple of great saves.” The Kings killed a two-man power play early in the first period, then converted when they had the same advantage. With his teammates attacking the net, Cammalleri was left alone in the slot and his shot beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Frolov got the assists. Blake added the second goal midway through the second period. On another power play, Anze Kopitar nearly scored for the Kings after a shot from Cammalleri went across the front of goal. Bryzgalov then stopped a shot, but the puck slipped loose and got behind him. Blake, standing in front of goal, scooped it into the net. Preissing’s slap shot from the point was tipped toward goal by Cammalleri, and the puck went in off the crossbar. Many fans came hoping to see a fight, and they finally got one in the second period. After several minor scuffles, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson and Ducks center Rob Niedermayer went at it and drew matching roughing penalties. Two smaller skirmishes came late in the third. The Ducks, who won their first Stanley Cup last year, were playing without usual starting goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere, checking forward Samuel Pahlsson and defenseman Mathieu Schneider because of injuries. Giguere, who had a sports hernia operation in the offseason, said he hoped to be ready to play when the Ducks return to the United States for three road games – at Detroit on Wednesday, at Columbus on Friday and at Pittsburgh next Saturday. If he doesn’t make the road trip, he could play in the Ducks’ home opener Oct. 10 against Boston. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle hinted earlier this week he wasn’t exactly thrilled about playing his first two games of the season in London. “We made a decision last November (or) December to participate in this,” Carlyle said after the game. “The players voted and the managers had their chance to say yea or nay and we’re living by that decision.” The Kings warmed up for the series in London by winning both games in an exhibition tournament in Austria. They have almost a week off after today’s game before hosting St. Louis next Saturday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I love London,” said Kings center Mike Cammalleri, who scored two power-play goals Saturday in a 4-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks. “It was good to us tonight.” This was the fourth time the NHL has begun its season outside North America, with the other three in Japan (1997, 1998 and 2000). The teams will play the second game of their series today. “It felt like a North American hockey crowd,” Cammalleri said. “There wasn’t much difference – a couple of waves, like soccer, which was fun to watch.” The trip to the O2 Arena, however, was a little different from the usual drive along the congested freeways of Southern California. “I don’t remember taking a boat up a river to get to the game very often,” said Kings defenseman Rob Blake, another goal-scorer. “But that was our format tonight.” last_img read more