Eto’o set for Chelsea debut

first_img “He is a player adapted to the style of play we want in our team which is a bit contradictory to the general style and philosophy in the Premier League. “We are not any more a physical, direct team. We want to use the qualities of our attacking players in a different way. “His movement is very intelligent. He knows exactly the kind of movement he has to do to give continuity to the attacking game. He has a natural appetite for goals and he will score a few goals for us and he will give us experience. “Everybody is very young, for example against Bayern Munich (in the Super Cup) Andre Schurrle, Oscar and Eden Hazard were all under 22. So Samuel is a player to add experience to a young part of the pitch.” Mourinho insisted that it was imperative to have three main strikers at his disposal as Eto’o takes his place along with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the squad. “If sometimes I have to risk one point to get three I do it almost every time,” Mourinho explained. “Against Manchester United I didn’t because I felt it was an important point. But I like to have strikers on the bench and I like to finish matches with two of them. That’s why this group of three is fundamental. It is very rare I don’t make changes.” Mourinho and Eto’o have had their differences in the past and when Eto’o was with Barcelona he vowed he would never play for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’. Mourinho, however, laughed off such instances and said: “You have to be experienced and smart and know the football world is very small. Sometimes you say things and a few years later you are faced with a difficult situation. The 32-year-old Cameroon international, signed from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer transfer window, is likely to start on the bench when Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park in the late afternoon game on Saturday. Mourinho said: “He will be selected and when you are selected and you are a striker you play, you start or finish the game but normally my attacking players when selected play because it is the area where I make more changes during the match. So normally he will play his first minutes for Chelsea in the Premier League. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Samuel Eto’o can supply the old head which can give his side the perfect blend of youth and experience in their quest for the Premier League title. “I had a funny situation with (Portugal midfielder) Deco. Deco was in Porto, I was in Leiria. In November we play Leiria against Porto. In the match we exchanged some hot words and two weeks later I was Porto manager. “So I come into the dressing room and the first thing I did was look at Deco and he was looking to his knees, but when we are on the same side everything changes. And Samuel with me at Inter Milan was a golden period for both of us and here he is again.” Mourinho admitted he believed Tottenham had been the big winners in the summer transfer window, strengthening their squad with the cash they received for Gareth Bale, but he was also surprised that Real Madrid had let £43million Mesut Ozil join Arsenal. “I’m surprised Madrid have let him go but that’s football,” said Mourinho. “That’s the market. Ozil left a big club but comes to the biggest league in the world. If Madrid sold him it was because it was good for them. I am happy a big player like him comes to the Premier League.” Mourinho also insisted Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who has been left on the bench recently, has a future at Chelsea. He said: “He is in the same plans as all the others. He’s a player I like very much. A player I trust a lot and who will fight for his position like everyone else, sometimes starts, sometimes on the bench, sometimes maybe he has not to be selected like everyone else.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Fans group challenges Hull rebrand

first_imgHull fans group City Till We Die will meet owner Assem Allam on Friday to debate his proposal to rename the club Hull Tigers. A range of supporters’ groups have come together under the City Til We Die banner in a bid to stop the change in its tracks and representatives will have the chance to put their case to Allam this week. A statement from the group read: “City Till We Die campaigners will be urging Dr Allam to reconsider his decision to change Hull City’s 109-year-old name, explaining that it is an important part of the local community, and that a rebrand to “Hull Tigers” is not necessary to market the club more successfully. “They will also be calling on the owner to engage in proper consultation with supporters.” Allam revealed in the summer he wanted to rebrand the club and ditch the current Hull City AFC moniker, which has stood for 109 years. He angered fans when he claimed that it was a “lousy identity” and that the ‘City’ suffix was “common”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trump Defends Social Distancing Protestors, Shares Suspicions of China Amid Pandemic

first_imgPresident Trump on Saturday defended those who are protesting his administration’s social distancing guidelines and his call for certain states to be “liberated” amid the coronavirus pandemic.During a press briefing, a reporter asked Trump about White House economic advisor Stephen Moore’s statement to The Washington Post that people who are protesting “stay at home orders” are “modern-day Rosa Parks.”Trump said Moore had delivered a “strong statement,” adding that there is “a lot of injustice out there.” He later added that he felt some state governors had taken “stay at home orders” too far.On Thursday, the President said he would allow individual state governors to decide when to relax social distancing guidelines in order to reopen their states’ economies.He also cast doubt on outbreak numbers reported by China. As Dr. Deborah Birx shared a report showing China’s coronavirus mortality rate at 3.3 per 100,000 people, Trump asked, “Does anyone believe those numbers?”China wants Sleepy Joe sooo badly. They want all of those billions of dollars that they have been paying to the U.S. back, and much more. Joe is an easy mark, their DREAM CANDIDATE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020 When asked if China should face the consequences for the pandemic, Trump responded that country should have to face consequences if they “knowingly” spread the virus, but not if the spread was “a mistake.”last_img read more

OU faces tough test vs No. 3 Kansas

first_img February 13, 2020 Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Oklahoma’s Brady Manek, Kristian Doolittle and Austin Reaves have collectively accounted for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 66 percent of all Sooners points over the last five games.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Jayhawks have allowed only 56.4 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 62.8 per game they allowed to non-conference opponents.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Devon Dotson has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Kansas field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 16 field goals and 14 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Oklahoma has dropped its last four road games, scoring 59.8 points and allowing 68 points during those contests. Kansas has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 75.5 points while giving up 65.3.ASSIST RATIOS: The Sooners have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Jayhawks. Kansas has an assist on 31 of 69 field goals (44.9 percent) across its previous three matchups while Oklahoma has assists on 36 of 78 field goals (46.2 percent) during its past three games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOklahoma (16-8, 6-5) vs. No. 3 Kansas (21-3, 10-1)Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Kansas presents a tough challenge for Oklahoma. Oklahoma has won one of its three games against ranked teams this season. Kansas is coming off a 58-49 win on the road over West Virginia in its most recent game.center_img STIFLING DEFENSE: Kansas has held opposing teams to 59.8 points per game this year, the eighth-lowest figure among all Division I teams.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, OU faces tough test vs No. 3 Kansaslast_img read more

Women’s hockey team readies for North Dakota

first_imgWCHA competition continues for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team this weekend, as the Badgers take on the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota in a two-game set at the Kohl Center.Last season the Badgers took care of North Dakota with ease, winning all four games handily by a combined score of 26-5. North Dakota (2-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) is coming off a weekend sweep of Quinnipiac in their home opening series.The real Fighting Sioux team has yet to reveal themselves in this young season as their team has lacked any form of consistency on either end of the ice. Offensively, UND is averaging 3.75 goals per game while the defense has surrendered a total of 12 goals on the year.Wisconsin, currently ranked No. 3 in the country, is coming of an impressive 4-1 win against Minnesota State last weekend. The Badgers continue to play two-way hockey as both the offense and defense have been clicking on all cylinders. Head coach Mark Johnson is pleased with his team’s effort to start the year and expects more of the same this weekend.”It’s been good at this point; I mean we’ve played very well this season. We’re 4-1 at this time and I’m very happy with [their progress]”, Johnson said. “I love what the younger kids are doing right now, but like any coach will tell you the object is to try to get better every game and we plan to [do] that this weekend.”The Wisconsin offense has pounded opposing defenses this season with a powerful offensive attack that shows no signs of letting up. Assistant captain Sara Bauer, who currently leads the team with 10 points, contributed to three of the four goals scored Friday night in Mankato, while team captain Sharon Cole netted two goals of her own and currently leads the team with five. The Badgers, who have taken advantage of opposing teams’ defensive inadequacies all season, should be able to score goals against the unproven North Dakota defense.Offensively, North Dakota has shown some signs of life lately, scoring 12 goals in its last two games while averaging nearly four goals per game. Freshman sensation Cami Wooster has already scored six goals on the year and leads a freshman class that has made substantial contributions this season.The young Badger defense has been improving every week and has become a forceful unit allowing fewer than two goals per game. Bobbi Jo Slusar has emerged as the leader of the defense and leads all Wisconsin defenders with seven points.”I think we’re never totally happy where we’re at, because there [is] always room for improvement. The defense really seems to be coming together each week and we’ve all really stepped up our game since the first series and I’m exciting to see how we continue to get better,” Slusar said. “North Dakota is a hard-working team but as long we don’t let them out-work us and we play our game we’ll be fine.”Wisconsin goaltending has been huge this season. Both Meghan Horras and Christine Dufour have made significant contributions and have combined to post a goals-against average of 1.67.”The goaltending has been very good,” Slusar said. “We got two quality goaltenders back there who are fighting for a job and whenever we got one of them in there we have a chance to win.”One area where the Badgers will be looking for improvement this weekend is the power play. Slusar, Bauer and Zaugg highlight a talented unit that has created a plethora of chances this season, but the power play has notched only three goals on 29 chances. While those numbers are alarming, Coach Johnson remains optimistic.”We were 0-7 on the power plays Friday night but we’re getting the puck in well and we’re creating chances, but the puck’s not going in. And that’s OK as long as you get those chances, eventually the puck will take a bounce here or there to get you some scoring opportunities,” Johnson said.The Badgers have been all business this year regardless of their opponent. Johnson has instilled a “treat every game the same” mentality this season and the team has bought into it.”In any game, if you take things for granted it’s not going to be good,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to play hard, play consistent, regardless of your opponent and that’s been the message since day one.”last_img read more

A weekend of promise for the Trojan faithful

first_imgTrojans fans had a lot to be excited about Saturday.The USC women’s basketball team pulled off its fourth straight comeback win, defeating Washington State 61-51 on the road. The victory gave the Women of Troy their best start in Pac-10 play (6-1) since the 2004-05 season. Also, the No. 1 USC men’s tennis team opened its 2010 dual-match season with a pair of impressive wins against Loyola Marymount University and UC Santa Barbara at Marks Stadium.And to top off the victorious day in USC sports, the men’s basketball team beat Washington 87-61 at the Galen Center, a night after blowing a 15-point second-half lead to Washington State. The team, projected to finish ninth in the Pac-10 this season, moved into a five-way tie for second place in the conference.While the win was impressive, there was something stirring off the court that should have excited fans as well.Amid the 6,000 fans in attendance sat new football coach Lane Kiffin and recruiting guru Ed Orgeron. Now, that might not seem very newsworthy, but joining them in the action were Kyle Prater and Markeith Ambles — two significant names in the USC football world leading up to next Wednesday’s National Signing Day.Prater, the No. 3 overall prospect according to, represents a talented but small 2010 recruiting class for the USC football program. He’s rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the country and committed to the Trojans before Pete Carroll left for the NFL.His significance lies in the fact that he decided to stay with USC when Kiffin took the helm.In fact, he leads a group of 14 recruits who have not let Carroll’s decision to leave affect their choice to play for the Trojans. And as I’m writing this column, not one Carroll recruit has left because of  the coach’s flight for the pros.So despite all the turmoil and worry about Carroll departing during such a crucial time in recruitment, it appears that fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Although the class is only 14 strong, it is just that — strong.Joining Prater are two other five-star recruits, running back Dillon Baxter and wide receiver Robert Woods.The rest of the crop is filled with talented four-star recruits, such as No. 1 tight end Xavier Grimble, No. 3 running back D.J. Morgan, No. 3 defensive tackle George Uko and No. 5 quarterback Jesse Scroggins, just to name a few.Although Carroll was a great attraction for many players coming to USC, these commitments show that recruitment didn’t begin and end with the former coach. Kiffin and his sidekick seem to be picking up where Carroll left off.And they might have the ability to make the 2010 class even better in the following week.There was another very important recruit in the crowd during Saturday’s contest at the Galen Center.Ambles, a five-star rated wide receiver from Georgia who has yet to commit to a college program, had narrowed his choices down to LSU, North Carolina, Tennessee and USC, heading into his visit to Southern California.After his recruiting trip this past weekend, all signs are pointing toward the receiver committing to join Kiffin’s squad very soon.If it does indeed happen, Ambles’ commitment to USC would be extremely significant for the program.He would symbolize a sense of hope that the Kiffin-Orgeron duo can convince other big-time, uncommitted recruits to choose USC’s program by Feb. 3.The clock is ticking, but there is still time to turn this crop into a top-10 class.That’s why Kiffin has packed his final recruiting week with visits that potentially could make his first class at USC stronger, bigger and more reputable.Kiffin’s busy week begins with the coach making a trip to visit No. 1 offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson in Minnesota. USC was reportedly Henderson’s first choice before Carroll left, but the question remains whether Kiffin can convince the five-star lineman that USC is still the right place for him.Also on Kiffin’s list is No. 2 linebacker Christian Jones, a five-star recruit out of Florida, who many assumed would commit to Florida State and follow in the footsteps of his family. Jones is scheduled to take an official visit to USC this weekend and will make his decision shortly thereafter.Reportedly joining Jones on his visit to USC is No. 13 defensive back Demar Dorsey, a Florida commit, No. 9 defensive back Nickell Robey, a Georgia commit, No. 15 defensive tackle Michael Thornton and No. 6 offensive lineman Chaz Green.Now getting all of these players to commit to USC is highly improbable, but the point is that the opportunities to make this class better are clearly out there, and Kiffin is on a one-week mission to improve his team as much as he can.Whether Kiffin can make it happen is still unknown.But one thing is certain.As exciting as Saturday was for Trojans’ fans, everything leading up to next Wednesday might be just as exhilarating.“Soft Hands” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Jon at read more

Badgers keep Pioneers at bay, split final home series

first_imgMark Zengerle celebrates his game-tying goal Saturday night which let loose a flood of Badger goals as five different skaters scored in the 5-2 win.[/media-credit]Just one night after Wisconsin missed out on numerous scoring chances that would have been routine plays on most nights, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team finally got its offense clicking. And once it started, Denver couldn’t find an answer to stop the suddenly explosive cardinal and white.Saturday night, the Badgers (13-15-2, 8-14-2 WCHA) appeared destined for a repeat of the 3-0 loss it suffered Friday at the Kohl Center against the Pioneers (18-10-4, 13-7-4 WCHA). But despite falling behind 1-0 after Jason Zucker put a rebound opportunity past UW goalie Landon Peterson, the Badgers put together a dominant 5-2 victory.“We scored five goals, and this had been a long time coming,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “It was fun to be in on the bench with these kids and see them get rewarded.”UW sophomore center Mark Zengerle got the scoring underway for the Badgers, tying the game up at 1-1 in the second period off an assist from Matt Paape. Zengerle, after missing out on several opportunities Friday, let loose with a bow and arrow celebration, and the rout was on.“We spoke last night after the game and he was beside himself with frustration,” Eaves said. “He was on the floor, and I grabbed him by the shoulders and looked him in the eye and said, ‘You are a good player. You need to remember that and just relax and play.’ And he did that today, he came out and did good things.”Zengerle also managed to assist on Wisconsin’s next goal by Brendan Woods after circling behind the net and centering the puck to Woods. The goal came less than four minutes after the first, giving UW a sudden 2-1 advantage.“Today was a new day, a fresh start,” Zengerle said. “I didn’t really want to think about yesterday anymore. I came out and played a really good game.”The Kohl Center’s 15,325 fans had the first lead of the series to cheer for in the last home game of the season and let themselves be heard loud and clear for the rest of the game.“That was one of the things we talked about in the dressing room is getting these fans a goal and getting them going because they were hungry for one,” UW defenseman Justin Schultz said. “Once that happened, we kind of fed off it and you could tell in the third period the boys were all fired up on the bench.”The Badgers would score three more times in the third period as Keegan Meuer found the net for the game-winner off a rebound less than two minutes into the third to push the lead to 3-1 before Denver managed its final goal 21 seconds later. Michael Mersch added his 11th goal of the season midway through the period, deflecting in a Schultz wrister. Schultz finally got one of his own as he fired in his team-leading 13th goal with under five minutes to play to reward the crowd with free Culver’s ice cream.“No matter where we end up in the standings, this is the type of game we are going to need when we go into the playoffs,” Eaves said. “This is a ‘playoff-ready’ type of game. And that’s the mentality we need to have as we go down these next four games.”Friday night’s encounter looked to a former Badger All-American for inspiration. Kirk Daubenspeck, a goaltender for Wisconsin in the mid-90s, dropped the ceremonial puck before the game one year to the day after he suffered life threatening injuries when his car collided with a tractor-trailer.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, neither Daubenspeck nor the festivities of Parents’ Night could prevent the Badgers from dropping their fifth straight contest, 3-0. Denver’s Luke Salazar gave Denver the only goal it truly needed 8:22 into the second period.Denver goalkeeper Sam Brittain was the story of the game, stopping all 28 shots he faced, most impressively during the third period when Wisconsin still trailed just 1-0. The Badgers’ offense had finally gained some momentum and was reeling off scoring chances over and over only to be completely stonewalled by the sophomore netminder.“He was a young man that we recruited pretty heavily, and I thought that he was very square to the puck tonight,” Eaves said. “He doesn’t have a lot of wasted motion, and that’s one of the things that we liked about him when we were recruiting him.”But as well as Brittain played, he had some luck on his side with multiple Badgers completely missing from point-blank range. The Wisconsin players certainly knew they hurt themselves with missed opportunities, including a chance where Zengerle found himself with the puck at the corner of the goal staring at an essentially empty net after he corralled a rebound, but he slid the puck wide behind Brittain.“It wasn’t our play that was so bad, we played a pretty good game,” Zengerle said. “… I don’t know how I missed that shot. It usually goes in. We had chances. Yes, we’re offensively challenged, but we also have had chances and just didn’t finish them.”last_img read more

Profit Accumulator Instagram posts fall foul of ASA

first_img Share Facebook focuses on developing its ‘niche sports’ capacity October 30, 2019 Matched betting service Profit Accumulator has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after two of its Instagram posts were deemed ‘irresponsible’ by the watchdog.The two posts, shown on 22 March 2019 and 11 April 2019 respectively, came under review after a complainant believed ‘the ads suggested that matched betting could be a way to achieve financial security’.In its ruling, the ASA emphasised that the two adverts in question ‘must not appear again in their current form’.The Instagram post on 22 March included an image, with the superimposed text ‘COLOSSAL WIN 2,380.50’ alongside the text ‘Absolutely amazing win from one of our members 12 minutes ago’. This was accompanied by a number of hashtags, including ‘#makemoney #makingmoney #income #makemoneyfromhome #extraincome’.Meanwhile, the post from April included a review that stated: “In 1 month I have gone from a person struggling to stay afloat who is worrying about their MOT, bills etc to completely flipping my financial position. Could not have got to this position without match betting and without the guidance of Profit Accumulator”.The hashtags next to the post included: “#workingfromhome #workingfromhomejobs #workingfromhome #earnmoney #earnmoneyonline”.Responding to the complaint, Profit Accumulator emphasised that ‘the purpose of their service was to assist members by taking advantage of free bets and promotions by bookmakers to bet on all outcomes of a potential bet, and therefore ensure profit, amongst other exploitable loopholes’.It added that the post shown in March, ‘the text “COLOSSAL WIN 2,380.50” was a screenshot provided by a member of a genuine win from a slots offer using a “free spins” offer’. Meanwhile, both adverts featured the hashtags ‘because matched betting did provide a way to make extra money, but they did not consider that the hashtags suggested that the product was an alternative to full-time employment’.The ASA ruling said: “We noted that Profit Accumulator considered that their service was to provide consumers with information on promotional offers, as well as directing them to particular bets and allowing them to figure out how much needed to be wagered.“Although we acknowledged that some consumers who made use of the service provided by Profit Accumulator would be exposed to gambling services, Profit Accumulator’s service was not itself gambling. However, we considered that the purpose of the service was to facilitate gambling and we, therefore, assessed the ads with that in mind.“Although we acknowledged that Profit Accumulator’s service was not itself gambling, we considered that using it would place consumers into a position where they would be interacting with gambling services, which we considered was irresponsible for consumers who may decide to use it to pay debts or as an alternative to employment.” Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles ASA’s new guidelines set to protect problem gamblers March 29, 2019 6 of the Best: Rovert Media’s Daniel Shannon July 25, 2019last_img read more

Four tech companies to raise money for SpecialEffect in ESL UK’s Battle of the…

first_imgESL UK has announced the “Battle of the Brands: Christmas charity derby”. The competition will see four UK tech specialist companies battle it out across multiple game titles to be crowned the champion. The tournament will see all money raised through live streaming and prior donations go to SpecialEffect, a fantastic charity who do brilliant work across the gaming space. Credit: ESL UKThe four companies set to compete on December 10th are: Ebuyer, SCAN, Overclockers UK and PC Specialist. Each team will have to compete across five different titles including Halo 5, Rocket League and FIFA. The winning team will be crowned the UK Battle of the Brands champion.The livestream is also set to celebrate the work of SpecialEffect, a charity dedicated to helping people with physical disabilities play video games. The initial target for donations ESL have set is £10,000, with each retailer and sponsor contributing a minimum of £500 to the drive. As seen by the JustGiving page, over £6,600 has been raised already.“SpecialEffect is close to the hearts of many of us in the games industry,” said James Dean, Managing Director at ESL UK. “I’d like to thank our partners at Ebuyer, PC Specialist, SCAN and Overclockers UK for being such good sports and joining us to raise money for this very worthy cause.”Battle of the Brands will be streamed live from 12:00 GMT on 10 December. Those interested in watching can see the action unfold at Insider: SpecialEffect were the partner for the first two #ESIForums and also hold a close place to our hearts. They do some fantastic work so it’s great to see ESL getting in the giving Christmas spirit nice and early. With over £6,500 raise towards the £10,000 target already, the tournament is in good stead to well exceed expectations. There’ll be insurmountable pressure on each member of staff from the aforementioned tech companies to show they’re truly the best in the space. Pride is on the line! Hats off to ESL for this great initiative.last_img read more

Yaya Toure to Inter Milan deal gathers steam

first_imgInter Milan general director Marco Fassone admits the club are interested in taking Yaya Toure from Manchester City.Toure, 31, is under contract at Etihad Stadium until 2017 but reports in Italy have suggested Inter are preparing an audacious 60m-euro bid for the Ivory Coast midfielder.Fassone said: “Who doesn’t dream of having a player like him? Toure would give our midfield line something that we are lacking.“But his wages and City’s asking price might be a big obstacle.”Inter manager Roberto Mancini managed Toure at City between 2010 and 2013 and is thought to be keen on bolstering his squad, with stars such as striker Mauro Icardi, midfielder Mateo Kovacic and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic all the subject of transfer speculation.“We are almost there with respect to Icardi’s contract extension,” Fassone said. “We want to keep him just as we want to keep Kovacic. We will evaluate with great care (their) eventual offers. “It’s clear that if we want to sign three players (this summer) we will need to evaluate those that will depart. “Handanovic’s renewal is an issue that we must resolve at once. We need to understand what he wants.We cannot go into next season knowing that our goalkeeper’s contract expires.”–last_img read more