That dreadful run – 7-2 against Bayern, cuffed 3-0 at Brighton and then Saturday’s miserable 1-1 draw with Watford – is over.These are building blocks, with Spurs slowly, slowly stirring after their botched start to the season.They have a proper toughie on Sunday, travelling to Liverpool to face the Premier League leaders.To do something up there, they will need to add a bit more meat to the bones.Anfield demands a disciplined, dedicated display.There are no hiding places up there and – if they are honest – some of these lads have been behind a rock of late.They put on a show here, all possession-based as they cut through this Red Star defence at will.4 Erik Lamela got his goal after missing three good chances, sweeping home on the turn from Serge Aurier’s passCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdLamela finally got his goal on 57 minutes, deservedly so after three decent chances before he finally learned to read a compass.The South Stand rose to salute him, acknowledging his effort after Kane and Serge Aurier combined.By then it was exhibition stuff.You know Poch must be happy because he even gave Eric Dier a rare run-out when he subbed Son.Poor kid has barely had a kick this season, but on he went in the 68th minute.Son went off at the nearest exit, conveniently making his way from one end of the South Stand to the other, and then up the touchline.He was playing up to the crowd, stopping long enough for impromptu selfies with starry-eyed fans.By then it was Walk-In football, a Champions League group game being played at pedestrian pace.Ndombele, turning into a libero, sent Kane away on the left and the Spurs man did what the Spurs man does.He looked a happy man, wearing the captain’s armband with distinction in the absence of Hugo Lloris.He is the natural successor, leading from the front as Tottenham try to sort out their perplexing form.This was decent, giving them a shot of confidence before Sunday’s clash up at Liverpool.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongThey should savour nights like this again because they have been tying themselves up in knots trying to work out their poor form.They won this easy enough, putting five past this pitiful Red Star side with a thorough workout.For once they should enjoy it – while it lasts.Red Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chanting AND relax. Tottenham, once the darlings of English football, are back.All is well in their complex world again.4 Tottenham recorded their biggest Champions League win as they smashed Red Star BelgradeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd4 Harry Kane got things started after nine minutes, glancing on a header from a corner inside the far postCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdAs win as good as this means Mauricio Pochettino can finally chill out for a bit.So can the players after doubles from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, plus another from Erik Lamela.They are up to second in the group, brushing Red Star aside with a proper night’s work in front of their own fans.This is the Tottenham we know and love.They rediscovered their mojo with a convincing, controlled showing in front of their rattled fans.Finally, they were sent home happy.This was assured and accomplished, playing Champions League football on their terms again.Olympiakos away, when Poch battered his players because they failed to carry out his orders, was forgotten.So too was their last home game in Europe, when they were clubbed 7-2 by Bayern Munich.This was better. So much better.They got the job done on a routine Champions League night, the way top teams go about their business.Spurs were up against bog standard opponents, a group of players who would be better off playing Europa League.Red Star, even with their naughty travelling fans showing up, turned out to be target practice.After a fitful start, these Spurs boys finally got down to work when Harry Kane turned in Erik Lamela’s ninth-minute, in-swinging corner.Kane, scorer of 15 goals in the group stages of this competition, did well to take two defenders away from the area.His near post run, timing his leap to meet Lamela’s centre, was standard stuff from the Tottenham No10.Soon enough they had another.4 Son Heung-min scored twice before the break to set Spurs on their wayCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdLamela’s pivoted, hanging up a cross to the far post for Son to smash into the roof of the net with a cushioned, left-foot half-volley. Nice finish.So was Tottenham’s third, scored just moments before the break when Marko Marin was dispossessed on the halfway line.The poor lad was tiring, just like the rest of this struggling Red Star side.When Tanguy Ndombele pinched the ball off his toes there was nothing behind Marin, not a soul in sight to save him.Ndombele ran on and on, finally deciding to send a pass into the very grateful path of Son.Instead of forming a barrier, Red Star keeper Milan Borjan opened his body for Son to score with a tidy finish.They were out for more after the break.In patches, they played like they belonged on the big stage, seasoned veterans of the Champions League group phase.It is only one game, but Spurs had to sort themselves eventually.
KRZYSZTOF PIATEK’S wife Paulina has denied forcing her husband to snub a January move to Tottenham in favour of joining Hertha Berlin.The 24-year-old striker was persistently linked with Spurs last month, but ended up heading to the Bundesliga from AC Milan late on in the window instead.8 Krzysztof Piatek is married to stunning lawyer PaulinaCredit: Instagram8 Paulina took to Instagram to deny forcing hubby Krzysztof to snub SpursCredit: Instagram8 Paulina and Krzysztof wed on June 1 last yearCredit: InstagramGerman paper Bild suggested that Paulina, a lawyer, poured cold water on a transfer to North London as she wanted to move closer to their native Poland.In a message posted to her Instagram, however, she decided to hit back.Including @sport_bild, she wrote: “I don’t know where such information came from really and how it got to the press.”Yes, my husband holds my opinion in high regard, but I have never picked a club for him based on which city or climate I liked and I will never try to do so.”Any place in the world, that allows my husband to grow, be happy, and make his dreams come true, is perfect for me.”Decisions about new clubs to play in are made solely by Krzysztof along with his managers who care only about his growth and well-being.”Piatek appeared to have secured his dream transfer to AC Milan in January 2019 having scored 19 goals in 21 games for Genoa following his move to Serie A from Polish football.And he had a brilliant start at the San Siro, netting a further 11 goals in the second half of the campaign.After just five goals in 20 appearances this season though, his stock fell.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamAnd when the Rossoneri brought Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club, Piatek’s San Siro days seemed numbered.Spurs were persistently linked with him after the serious hamstring injury suffered by Harry Kane on New Year’s Day.But they failed to get a deal over the line for any out-and-out striker, instead having to make do with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura – as well as new wide-man Steven Bergwijn.8 Paulina revealed that her husband’s transfers are decided solely by him and his representativesCredit: Instagram8 Spurs had targeted Piatek before his £23.5m move to HerthaCredit: Instagram8 Piatek netted against Schalke on his Hertha debutCredit: Getty Images – GettyLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongInstead Hertha coughed up Milan’s £23.5million asking price, and the Pole moved to Germany.Piatek made a red-hot start for his new club, putting his side 2-0 up against Schalke in the DFB Pokal.He was then powerless to stop his side surrendering the lead and losing 3-2 to crash out – but fans will be encouraged by his performance nonetheless.8 The Piateks were only in Milan for a year after a January 2019 move from GenoaCredit: Instagram8 Any place that allows her husband’s ‘dreams to come true’ is perfect for PaulinaCredit: Instagram
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Former West Indies pacer Colin Croft believes West Indies could win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 in India next year. However, Croft said that the regional side’s victory would depend on many computations and selections. “India 2016 is nine months away, but proper planning and selections are main keys for WI to win there, since WI’s one-day international and Test rankings are nearly on the floor,” he said. “Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Steel’s recent win in Caribbean Premier League 2015, beating similarly talented Barbados Trident, tells only one story, that a WI team consisting of several players from that final game, plus some from other teams, could bring WI further World T-20 success. “So, as suggested by the West Indies Cricket Board, let us accentuate the positive, if it exists.” LAST OPPORTUNITY He noted that some of the players have ongoing issues with the WICB and might not even be available for selection. “But realistically, ICC World T20 India 2016 could be the last opportunity for some of this present generation of WI cricketers to win any further world championships for some time in the future,” he said. The 2016 ICC World T20 is scheduled to be held in India from March 11 to April 3, 2016. Sri Lanka are the defending champions. WEST INDIES’ RANKING The former Guyanese cricketer said he was not surprised at the West Indies’ last international tournament win in Sri Lanka, when they won the World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. Noting West Indies’ ranking of number four with 17 points, behind Sri Lanka, Australia and India, Croft believes it’s possible for West Indies to be number one in T20 again. “Victorious T&T Red Steel has no Champions League competition to look forward to anymore, so Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Suleiman Benn, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Kevon Cooper, Samuel Badree, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse and Imran Khan – from the last CPL final – plus Sunil Narine and Chris Gayle, if he recovers from his medical issues, could be the nuclei for India 2016,” Croft said.
The agency is seeking out a certain amount of talented athletes from each parish. As mandated by Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, these youngsters who are identified will be channelled into INSPORTS’ extensive coaching programmes to further develop their technique and increase the possibility for national selection. The state agency’s thrust behind establishing structured competitions is also in an effort to realise the health, social and economic benefits of sports. By improving performance standards and developing sports facilities, INSPORTS is increasing the potential for organised football to make significant social contributions. Andrews explains that this is a key element in the formulation of INSPORTS’ policy on sports. “The social impact of organised football, and sports in general, cannot be underestimated. Sports aids in the development of personal skills of individuals and teaches values such as sportsmanship, tolerance, self-discipline, team spirit and strength of character,” he said. “In this way sports can play a role in tackling social challenges experienced by communities, including anti-social behaviour, substance abuse and social exclusion. We are counting on community support to continue to make our programmes a success.” The INSPORTS All-island Football Championship will commence in October at the Alva playing field in St Ann. KINGSTON: In keeping with its strategic operational plan regarding development of football at the community level, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will again be hosting the all-island football championship to begin in October, where the winning team will receive $500,000 and the INSPORTS all-island trophy. The main objective of the INSPORTS all-island football championship is to provide a structured medium through which youth from communities who are not registered in organised competitions can get an opportunity to display their talent for further development. The all-island competition has in excess of 14,500 participants across the island, many of whom are unattached youth. “We are targeting unattached youth not only to give them some structure, but through organised competitions, we are able to seek out and identify more talent,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS. “We have found that very often, some of the best talents are among these youth. Similar to the Australian Institute of Sports, our aim is to identify, develop and produce world class athletes.” DEVELOP THEIR TECHNIQUE
Commuters are now traversing the Good Hope Bridge, on the East Coast of Demerara which was reopened officially on Saturday afternoon, despite not being fully completed.The Bridge is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the East Coast Highway, popularly referred to as the ‘road top’.In a statement issued by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, it was related that the Bridge was “95 per cent completed with a few minor works to be done”.The Bridge was under construction for almost three weeks. Commuters were forced to use the highway, which remains under construction, thereby creating a major issue.The rehabilitation of the Bridge began earlier this month. The contract was awarded to BK International and saw some $23.5 million being expended to cover the total costs.The project saw the demolition of the old Acrow Panel structure and construction of a concrete one.Coordinator of Works, Geoffrey Vaughn noted, “When we change from the Acrow Panel bridges to the free stress concrete bridges, there is no disruption to traffic, no maintenance issues, and everything flows smoothly. We don’t expect to have any problems with the Bridge in the near future.”It was also explained that the Good Hope Bridge, along with the Annandale and Lusignan Bridges, should have been rehabilitated since last year, but there were challenges with regard to the traffic.“We thought it best not to run all three bridges at the same time, because of traffic issues with the construction of the other two; but because they were in an area where there were more access points to leave and enter the railway embankment [road], the traffic burden wasn’t felt much by the driving public. But because of the location of this bridge, there seems to be a greater impact on traffic,” Vaughn added.
…jailed for 28 yearsColvin Norton was on Tuesday found guilty by a 12-member jury on two counts of raping a six-year-old girl, whom he attempted to silence with death threats. The 24-year-old man was jailed for a total of 28 years by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court for illegals acts which occurred August 1, 2013, and just five days after on August 6, 2013 in the county of Demerara.Jailed: Convicted child rapist, Colvin NortonFor the first count, he was sentenced to 24 years but on the second count, the Judge added four extra years for aggravation, thereby sentencing him to 28 years. In fact, during the trial the court heard that Norton was caught in the act by the child’s mother on the second occasion.It was revealed that after he sexually penetrated the young child, he told her not to tell anyone as her mother would not believe her. The jury also considered that Norton later threatened the girl that if she told, he would kill both her and her mother.In the child’s impact statement read out by her court support, Celeste Mullen of ChildLink Guyana Inc, stated that the child still has flashbacks to the time the incident occurred. Mullen also said she was so affected by Norton’s actions that even her grades started to slip at school.“At first I felt sad and ashamed. After the incident, I felt that I was the cause of what happened…I deserve me innocence, I thought I was the only child in the world who had something like this happen but I later learned that this was not so. I am not so ashamed now as I know that Colvin Norton is being punished,” the girl who is a few years shy of being a teenager expressed.Before Justice Barlow considered sentencing, the court inquired twice of the defendant if he had anything to add following the jury’s verdict. He however stated that he didn’t really know what to say at that moment. Later on, he did not offer any comment in mitigation. The Judge took into account that Norton was 19 years old at the time of the offences but stressed that it still was not an excuse for raping the child.Justice Barlow considered that the offender breached the trust of the child’s mother who had entrusted him to care for not only the six-year old but others as well.“Like a thief in the night, you violated a six-year-old,” the Judge remarked.She also pointed out that Norton trying to silence the victim showed his total disregard for proper moral values. The Judge further noted that sexual offenders have issues with controlling their emotions and ordered that Norton undergo treatment under the sexual offender’s rehabilitation programme. She added that he should also take on programmes to improve his literacy. She also expressed hope for the child to continue receiving counselling.Norton will be 52 years old before he is allowed to return to society. He was unrepresented as reports indicated that he could not afford the services of an attorney. State Prosecutors in this matter were Abigail Gibbs, Tiffini Lyken and Narissa Leander. (Shemuel Fanfair)
A letter sent to the Dawson Creek Daily News purporting to be from a pipeline bomber in northeastern B.C. says the attacks will “get a lot worse” if the company doesn’t start pulling out of the area within three months.The newspaper reports that the two-page letter, which it received on Wednesday but held off releasing until today, promises a “summer vacation” free of attacks.But the hand-written note says that will change if EnCana hasn’t announced a plan by the fall to pull out of the area within five years. According to CKNW the letter says EnCana has 3 months to phase out operations in northeastern BC or bombings will get worse.- Advertisement -Several media outlets received a letter last October after the first of six attacks, including two this month.The latest letter doesn’t specify the exact area EnCana must leave, but it does mention a gas plant in the Kelly Lake area.The RCMP’s anti-terrorism unit has been investigating the bombings and plans to hold a news conference later today.Advertisement
5. A Fast Jet gained the lead from the start and held it all the way to defeat maiden opponents by 3/4 length. Cuttencocktail had the lead all the way to score by a half length at 1-2 odds. First Money Missile ran third against better runners. Long shot: Familys Fortune. 6. Sailin For Cash led early, but was third most of the way and drops in class. Keenwood broke through the gate prior to the start and then showed little in finishing sixth. Bankas Brat didn’t keep up at the end and settled for sixth against better opposition. Long shot: Corona Secret. 7. Docs First Cartel was sixth in a stakes event and will do better against these rivals. Not A Full Moon returns to Los Alamitos after winning two races in Turf Paradise, including a futurity the last time. Chick N Dales Dancer won a futurity at Portland Meadows. Long shot: Be Warned. 8. Dreams Can Fly put on the pressure while running a close second throughout and lost by a neck. La Dominica was in front all the way before being passed by two rivals at the end. Hold Me Now had a narrow early lead, but began drawing away to win by 1 lengths. Long shot: Queen Of Torts. 9. Fast Corredor was off slowly and veering in while never threatening to run seventh and was claimed. Cool Boy Cartel finished second in a good effort and may be the major threat. Backed by Six ran in third place throughout in an improved performance. Long shot: Corona D Lite. 1. Its Simply Magic drops in class after finishing fourth. Kn Have A Cocktail was bumped at the start and didn’t keep up at the end while finishing in fourth place. Cattos Cocktail battled for the lead throughout and was caught in the final stride to lose by a nose. Long shot: Cly Corona. 2. Golden Charmer was second all the way into the stretch, then took over to win for the second straight time. Piedra Dancer finished second after winning the previous encounter. Dixie Brew was second the entire trip while making up some ground while failing to improve his position. Long shot: Tiza Royal Cat. Best bet: Dreams Can Fly (8). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3. Johnnys Looking Good lost his footing and bumped at the start and settled for sixth place. Mr Premier LV has been idle since September while running sixth and may need an outing. Mud Skipper raced evenly while finishing in fourth position. Long shot: Snowboard. 4. Jolly Dancer raced wide while finishing in fifth place and should improve that position with a class drop. Jennifers Star was fourth most of the way and rallied to get up to second place. Aneela ran second and third in her last two outings and could be a threat with this field. Long shot: Shimmering Colors.
A CO DONEGAL man is set to be given a special award at a ceremony in America this week.Mark Porter is being honored with an Irish Heroes of New England award in recognition of his fundraising efforts to benefit both community organizations and cancer research.Mark has spent the last nine years tirelessly fundraising for local charities in Boston in an effort he hopes will “pay it forward.” In 2005, Porter, received terrible news from his Doctors. He had cancer. With three young children at home, Mark, faced an uncertain future for both him and his family as he battled non Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Thanks to treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Irishman successfully beat the disease but since then, Porter, has been on a personal crusade to do what he can for those who need it most.The Quincy based carpenter said: “I went through all the surgery, chemo-therapy and recovery and thankfully came out the other side of it. I was able to beat it thanks to the research that had been done prior to my sickness, my wife had a husband, my children had their father…but I had no-one to thank for it [the research]…“I told myself at the point that when I got better… I was going to be that person that helped a father, a mother, a son or a daughter, a family. I wanted to invest in the future of my family, of my friends families and anyone else that might need it, knowing that every little that I do to help…helps!” Since being given a clean bill of health, the Donegal native has spent his time fundraising by whatever means possible. His efforts include running nine consecutive Boston Marathons, as well as taking part in numerous fundraisers along with organizing the popular annual charity boxing event, Battle at the Bay, which is now in it’s fourth year. For his efforts, the Irishman has raised over $300,000 for local cancer charities.“To raise that amount of money is phenomenal but that is a community effort,” he said, “I could not raise that money without the support of the people of Boston and for that I am very grateful.”However, Porter, wanted to do more.In 2012, he co-founded the Let’s Stop Cancer Foundation (LSC), an organization set up to help individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families meet the practical needs of rent, mortgage, food, bills, insurance and anything else that will help ease their worry during this stressful time.Said Mark: “When a family member is going through a sickness, all the focus needs to be on them, not on small everyday household issues. Our organization is there to help ease that pressure on the family by helping in whatever we can. Paying bills, food shopping, organizing babysitters, ….whatever is needed to help that family during this difficult time, we have them covered.” Further adding “These type of small efforts go a long way in helping these families,”The cancer survivor admits “Our success as a non-profit is being built on the misfortune of others but it is a foundation that is truly needed. All the families that have received our help are very grateful to have some one there with a helping hand when they need it most and that makes it all worthwhile”“My hope is that there will be less and less need for our organization or others like us, I hope people don’t have to suffer financially whilst suffering health wise. Until then, LSC will be there to give our full support to individuals and families who need us in their darkest hours.”For more information on the foundation, visit www.lscnow.org DONEGAL MAN GIVEN ‘HERO’ AWARD FOR TIRELESS CHARITY WORK IN AMERICA was last modified: December 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardbostondonegalMark Porter