Sherwood brushes off speculation

first_imgTim Sherwood preferred to focus on the performance of his players rather than the mounting speculation about his Tottenham future after the comprehensive defeat of Sunderland. The build-up to Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash was dominated by a report that claimed the Spurs head coach’s tenure would end this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign. Sherwood insisted before the match that the speculation would not affect him or his players and so it proved, with the hosts running out 5-1 victors at White Hart Lane. Woeful defending saw Lee Cattermole open the scoring for the relegation-threatened Black Cats, but Spurs responded impressively through an Emmanuel Adebayor brace complemented by efforts from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was a good end to a tough day for under-fire Sherwood – not that the Spurs boss would admit it. “No, it was a good end to a day where we needed to win the game,” he said. “We came here and we knew we had to respond to the game against Liverpool and we did that today. “After giving them a goal – we’re making a habit of this and we have to stop it – I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. “We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field. “We created 29 attempts to score a goal – it was the most dominant football match you’re ever going to see.” Pressed on whether the talk had been at all unsettling, Sherwood added: “It doesn’t affect me. “I am just professional, I know I have got an opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the players and the fans who come and support us to do the job professionally. “That’s what I did, just got on with the job.” The players did just that too, with Adebayor lending his backing to Sherwood after netting a brace. “I am not surprised he is backing me, he never played before I came in here,” the Spurs boss said with a laugh. “Listen, I’ve always said about Ade that he is a top professional. I hear all these stories and I see it myself, but he has never caused me a problem. “He is a real credit to the football club, the way he conducts himself with the young players. “That’s why he scores so many goals. He is a fantastic trainer and just gets on with it. I would have been mad not to give him the opportunity to play, wouldn’t I? “I think the players are backing me and I am backing them as well. They get from me honesty – I tell them when they’re not doing well and pat them on the back when they are doing well. “I always wanted honesty from my managers and at some clubs I didn’t get that, which was very disappointing. You live and learn.” While the direction of Tottenham remains unclear, the only way Sunderland are heading his down unless things change quickly. Gus Poyet’s side have taken just one point from their last seven matches and languish bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety. They have two games in hand on many of their relegation rivals but manager Poyet concedes his side need a miracle to stave off the drop. “I don’t change my opinion,” the Black Cats boss said. “I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn’t matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday. “I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left, about how many we need to win. “I think we need a miracle. We need something unique, a shock because if not I cannot see it coming.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Rishabh Pant opens up on comparisons with Dhoni and his inclusion in the Indian…

first_imgAdvertisement 51ylynNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs965sbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gfb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lpWould you ever consider trying this?😱9lCan your students do this? 🌚3gx3uRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian youngster Rishabh Pant has been compared with the legendary MS Dhoni ever since his arrival in the national team. But the wicketkeeper strongly disagrees, claiming that he is eager to learn from Dhoni, instead of competing with him. In an interview with Bombay Times, Pant spoke about his career and his relationship with the veteran keeper.Advertisement In answer to the comparison between him and MSD, Pant stated,Advertisement “I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight. I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things — be it how to work on my batting or mind-set before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations. At 21, if I start thinking that I have to fill Dhoni’s shoes, it will get very difficult for me. I just try to keep it simple. I want to play the game to the best of my ability and learn from everyone around me, especially my seniors.”Since his test debut, the young wicketkeeper-batsman has become a regular face in the squad, performing at the top level frequently. His tons against England and Australia in difficult situations truly proved his class, despite the rumours that he got into the Indian team way too early. And Pant was very clear about his inclusion saying,Advertisement “It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me. Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Chiefs sweep Kootenay Ice in weekend BCMMHL action

first_imgHome ice didn’t pay off this weekend for the Kootenay Ice in BC Major Midget League action in the West Kootenay.The Vancouver Northeast Chiefs skated away with a pair of one-side wins Saturday in Nelson and Sunday morning in Trail.The Chiefs, third overall in BCMMHL standings with a 15-7-2 record, out scored the Ice 16-4 in the two-game series.Vancouver dumped Kootenay 9-1 Saturday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson before rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Ice 7-3 Sunday at the Cominco Arena in Trail.Kyle Johnson scored three times for the Chiefs in the opener while Parker Colley had four assists. Blake Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal for the Ice, which trailed at the period breaks 3-0 and 7-0.Sunday, Kootenay led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Aigne McGready-Bruce of Nelson.Kootenay then scored twice early in the second period.Sidoni, with his second in two games, and Matthew Alderson of Trail put Kootenay up by three goals five minutes into the middle frame.But the Chiefs rallied to score four times in the final 11 minutes of the period before putting the game away with three goals in the third period.Devon Stafford scored three times to lead the Chiefs.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhiot of Trail tended goal for the Ice.Kootenay, dropping to 3-18-3 on the season, hosts cellar–dwelling Thompson Blazers Saturday (5:45 p.m.) and Sunday (9:45 a.m.) at the NDCC Arena.The Blazers enter the game with one win in 22 games.last_img read more

Tom’s Construction wins 14th Annual Oilmen’s Hockey Tournament

first_imgThe Petroleum Club Game didn’t see quite as close a final score. Tom’s Construction won their first-ever Petroleum Club game against Northern Vac 8-3. Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography Photo by Heather Theede Photography FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was an exciting three days of hockey action at the North Peace Arena for the 14th Annual Fort St. John Petroleum Association 4-on-4 hockey tournament.Five finals were played on Saturday, the lineups were determined based on the standings of the round robin.In the D&T Disposal Game between the two 5th place finishers of both the Black Ace and V.E Brandl Divisions, TCL () defeated D&D Insulators 9-5.- Advertisement -Complete Pumpjack Services doubled up  Magnum Oilfield 6-3 in the Sexsmith Financial Game between 4th place finishers.The Baker Hughes Game was won by Fort Motors from the Black Ace Division, defeating the V.E Brandl Division’s Distribution Now 8-6.The Jiffy Lube Game between last year’s top winners Cabre Oilfield and the 2015 winning team Ditmarsia was a nail-biter of a game. Cabre ended up victorious after getting the victory 3-2 in a shootout.Advertisementlast_img read more

Half-time: Swansea 0 Fulham 0

first_imgBrede Hangeland and Ashkan Dejagah both missed great chances to put Fulham in front during an even first half at the Liberty Stadium.Swansea started well with Wilfried Bony seeing a header loop on to the roof of the net and Jonjo Shelvey firing wastefully over the bar when well-placed.But Fulham grew gradually into the game and Hangeland wasted a golden opportunity when he was found unmarked by Kieran Richardson’s free-kick, but the big centre-half couldn’t get over the ball and headed over from close range.Dejagah later sent a header too close to Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel after Alex Kacaniklic’s fine cross.Five minutes before half-time, Shelvey sent a curling effort smashing off the Fulham crossbar with Maarten Stekelenburg beaten and shortly afterwards the Whites keeper kept out Bony’s header.While Swansea finished the half strongly, Fulham had the last word with Clint Dempsey getting a shot away which Tremmel was equal to.After the draw with Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Sunday, Rene Meulensteen has reverted back to the eleven who started the last league game against Arsenal, meaning Dan Burn keeps his place in defence.Fulham (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Parker, Sidwell; Dejagah, Dempsey, Kacaniklic; Berbatov.Subs not used: Stockdale, Hughes, Duff, Christensen, Rodallega, Tankovic, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

With walk-off homer, Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski joins his grandfather in exclusive club

first_img … Mike Yastrzemski not only boosted the Giants on Sunday with a walk-off home run — his first as a major leaguer — but he may have inspired a Final Jeopardy! clue.Q: On July 21, 2019, Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk-off home run to lift the Giants over the Mets. Carl Yastrzemski, Mike’s grandfather, hit four walk-offs in his Hall of Fame career. Are these the only grandfather and grandson to both hit major league walk-offs?Player 1: “Yes.”Alex: “That is incorrect, and you lose everything.”last_img read more

100 days: Joburg shows its 2010 spirit

first_img2 March 2010Johannesburg residents took a break from their busy schedules, donned their Bafana Bafana jerseys and kicked back with the rest of the country on Tuesday to celebrate the 100 days countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.BuaNews spoke to some of the South Africans who gathered at the 100 days countdown celebration on Maude Street, Sandton, on Tuesday.Thami Makhaya, wearing his Bafana jersey and sporting a vuvuzela, spoke of the long road to 2010, beginning with the country winning the bid in 2004 to host the World Cup.“This World Cup will unite this country,” Makhaya said. “I think once people realise just how big this event is, they will look beyond the differences and unite as South Africans to show the world what we can offer as a nation.“We have travelled a long journey as a country, and this is an opportunity to take yet another step forward.”The Khan family of four, who where dressed up for the occasion, said they came to Maude Street to support their country.“It is important for us be part of this historic occasion … All of Africa is supporting South Africa,” said Suraya Khan. “The World Cup is already a success, because it has shown that Africa is capable.”2010 will undoubtedly go down in the history books as one of the country’s most memorable moments, she said.For Josef Mkhabinde, the World Cup is about the legacy it will leave behind. “It’s what Africa has been dreaming about … I approach the tournament with confidence. Our stadiums are ready, our transport and security plans have been fine-tuned.“I can assure you we will not disappoint,” Mkhabinde said, “because we are a loving nation.”The world will descend on South African shores on 11 June – more than six years after the country was chosen as hosts – to witness the world’s greatest sporting event being held on African soil for the first time.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa closes Home Affairs department

first_img25 November 2015From 27 November to 2 December people would not be able to submit identity document (ID) and passport applications, the Department of Home Affairs announced, as it would be installing upgrades to improve its services.The upgrades, on the Live Capture system, will take place at all 140 Home Affairs offices in South Africa. Upgrading the Live Capture system facilities should be seen in the context of the department’s drive to improve processes for Smart ID card and passport applications, it said.His department had already issued public notices to announce a system upgrade and the affected sites, Home Affairs director-general Mkhuseli Apleni told journalists in Pretoria on 20 November.“During the upgrade, the affected offices will not be able to receive applications using the Live Capture system. For our staff, especially supervisors, this means working overtime on Sunday, 29 November, for a successful upgrade and a speedy recovery to normal services as planned.”Full Home Affairs services will resume on 3 December.Apleni also called on all those who had already applied for their Smart ID cards and passports to collect them. Up to 95 825 Smart ID cards, 75 517 green bar-coded ID books and 51 946 passports have not been collected by the applicants.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Flying Tutu sculpture fetches R850 000

first_img18 March 2015Contemporary South African art proved to be a big seller at a Strauss & Co auction held on Monday night in Cape Town.The sale achieved a total of R50-million with a value sell-through rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market, the auctioneer said in a statement.A popular work by Ed Young of Emeritus Archbishop Tutu swinging from a chandelier sold for R852 600, far exceeding pre-sale estimates of between R450 000 and R550 000.The sculpture depicts a flying Tutu, smiling as he holds on to a chandelier. The sculpture was commissioned in 2010 by the Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa). The Arch was sold to a private buyer after Idasa closed in 2013.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu jokes with artist Ed Young at the unveiling of “The Arch” at Idasa in 2010 (Image: Idasa/Flickr.com)  In a preview of the sale, Strauss & Co wrote on its website: “Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, well known for his steadfast and unapologetic public voice, is also celebrated for his good humour. Upon seeing Ed Young’s super-realist sculpture depicting a likeness of him swinging from a chandelier, Tutu laughed and pulled a fist at the work’s creator. ‘I’ll send you bad dreams,’ he told Young.”The top-selling work was Schmerzensmann III, an extraordinary sculpture by Dutch artist Berlinde De Bruyckere that fetched R3 410 400. De Bruyckere was the solo artist in the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, curated by South African author JM Coetzee, Strauss & Co said.The work comprises “a pale, attenuated figure made from epoxy and wax and hung from the apex of an iron column sourced from a decommissioned 19th-century station. Conceived as a powerful reflection on humanity, it evokes images of war – particularly of World War I fought largely on Belgian soil – as much as of recent atrocities,” the auctioneers say on their website.A world record was reached for a Robert Hodgins work J’accuse, which sold for R2,5-million, more than double its pre-sale estimate. His Porn King sold for a little under R910 000.Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Zulu Maiden fetched almost R3,2-million, while William Kentridge’s Head sold for R1,48-million.JH Pierneef’s Wild Pear Trees, which had a pre-sale estimate of R600 000 to R900 000, sold for more than R2-million; and The Maluti Mountains, depicting the mountains around Ficksburg in the Free State, sold for over R1,8-million.His Storm Clouds and Trees, a charming landscape painted in 1928 using casein, a milk-based binding agent, sold for R704 816. A fast-drying material casein demands certainty, Strauss & Co says on its website: “Characterised by their notational brushstrokes and impressionistic use of colour, Pierneef’s casein works are a benchmark of his intuition and assuredness as a painter.”Stokerij (Paarl) and Cape Kitchen, two paintings by Pieter Hugo Naude, fetched over R204 000 and R341 000 respectively.A Sailing Barge on a Canal, a work by Maggie Laubser, one of South Africa’s most well known expressionists, sold for R250 096.“The auction proved that great art, well presented, will always achieve great results,” Strauss & Co said.The top 10 lots, according to Strauss & Co, were:Berlinde De Bruyckere; Schmerzensmann III R3 410 400Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff; Zulu MaidenR3 183 040Wolf Kibel; Portrait of the Artist’s Son R2 955 680Robert Griffiths Hodgins; J’accuse R2 500 960Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Wild Pear Trees R2 046 240Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; The Maluti Mountains R1 818 880Alexis Preller; Mapogga Wedding R1 477 840William Joseph Kentridge; Head R1 477 840Robert Griffiths Hodgins; The Porn King R909 440Ed Young; Arch R852 600SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The decision to expand or sell

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The beef industry has certainly experienced a bit of an economic “roller coaster” over the past few years. The historically high prices for all classes of beef cattle during 2014 and the first half of 2015 encouraged an expansion phase to begin. As beef cattle prices have moderated over the past year, expansion has continued but at a slower pace. The outlook for beef cattle prices for the next several years still remains positive. The current beef economy has created an interesting dynamic where you can hear producers debating the merits of expanding their herds and also merchandising females.Depending on your situation, the current beef economic climate provides a unique opportunity for both buyers and sellers of breeding cattle. Both groups can take advantage of this situation by participating in the upcoming Ohio Cattlemen’s Association fourth annual Replacement Female Sale on Friday evening, Nov. 25. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will start at 6 p.m.The 2016 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of Jan. 1, 2017 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health and identification requirements.I have heard much speculation about the price prospects for bred replacement females for the fall sale season. While I certainly do not possess a crystal ball to give me an insight on future prices, I do believe that we will see solid demand for quality bred heifers and young bred cows. I do believe that the increase in numbers of the nation’s cow herd will allow buyers to be more discriminating and discount lesser quality females. The best data I can provide you for planning purposes is from the first three Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Replacement Female Sales. The average selling price for females in the sales is as follows: 2013 — $1,812, 2014 — $2,598, and 2015 — $2,374.Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2016. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www.ohiocattle.org . If you have any questions about the sale, you can call me at my office at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242 or contact me by e-mail at grimes.1@osu.edu. Please consider this sale as an option for both buyers and sellers to help contribute to the improvement of Ohio’s beef cow herd.last_img read more