‘He says: “People say that I’m difficult but I’m only difficult for the ones that don’t share my principles.” So all the colleagues that share his principles they just love him. ‘The ones that don’t like him are the ones that don’t share the principles.’ The Champions League winner went on to add: ‘With me it’s basically the same. For me, everything is about the team, it’s not about selfish people. ‘For me, everything is about the group and professionalism and commitment and respect for the club, respect for the mates, respect for the fans. ‘I cannot run away from this so if there is somebody that doesn’t share these principles with me, then we have a problem and we will always have a problem because this is the way I think football has to be. ‘The players are only big when they make the others better. You cannot be a big player if you just think about yourself. Read Also:Grammys honour Kobe Bryant with tributes, jerseys‘That’s another principle. To be a big player, you have to make others big. If I have players that think they are big and they just care about themselves, and forget to help others to be big, we are always going to have a problem.’ Mourinho’s comments hammer home that Bryant’s 20 year career at the LA Lakers made a significant impact on society, as well as the sport of basketball. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In the hours since his shocking death, tributes to the 41-year-old have poured in from the world of sport. Poignant words from Spurs boss Mourinho back in November have also resurfaced. Mourinho hailed Kobe’s ‘professionalism’ and quoted the ‘serial winner’ as he laid out his future plans for the North London outfit. ‘I read one quote from Kobe Bryant,’ the 57-year-old told reporters. ‘And if you have to speak about some examples of professionalism and serial winners, Kobe is a great example in his sport and in the world of sport. Jose Mourinho quoting Kobe Bryant in his first Tottenham Hotspur press conference shows how important he was to the world of sport. Bryant was killed alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others yesterday following a helicopter crash in Los Angeles. Loading… Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action MoviesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?These Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?
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Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad after injury for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Scotland and the home friendly against USA. However, Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan, who is nursing an ankle ligament problem, has not been included. O’Neill said: “I am looking forward to assembling the squad for the last time this year in preparation for our final games of 2014. “I am absolutely delighted with the courage and determination we showed in our last two qualifiers, and hope we can continue this run next month against Scotland and the USA.” O’Neill resisted the temptation to call rising Aston Villa star Jack Grealish into the squad despite speculation that he could be handed a first senior cap against the USA on November 18. The Villa midfielder is at the centre of a tug of love between the Republic and England, and O’Neill is adopting a delicate approach as he, with the help of assistant and Villa number two Roy Keane, attempts to woo the 19-year-old. Hull’s 20-year-old full-back Brian Lenihan was included among the 36 – which will be whittled down before it meets up on November 10 – after being drafted in last month because of a lack of defensive cover. Ireland currently sit in joint first place in Group D with Poland, having taken seven points from a possible nine after trips to Georgia and Germany either side of Gibraltar’s ill-fated visit to Dublin. That record will be put to a stern test at Celtic Park on November 14 with the Scots also having enjoyed a promising opening to their campaign, with the two sides, along with the Poles and the Georgians, seemingly battling it out for second place behind the world champions. Joachim Low’s men remain favourites to top the group despite losing 2-0 in Poland and then failing to beat Ireland last month. Provisional squad: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle); Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Brian Lenihan (Hull), Stephen Kelly (Reading), Paul McShane (Hull), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Burnley); James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Paul Green (Rotherham), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (all Hull); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (Crystal Palace), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Reading), Conor Sammon (Ipswich). The pair missed last month’s 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar and creditable 1-1 draw in Germany with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively, but both have since returned to action and were included in a provisional 36-man Ireland party announced by manager Martin O’Neill on Wednesday afternoon. There was a place too for Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, who suffered a minor leg fracture during the clash with the Germans in Gelsenkirchen which was expected to sideline him for between four and six weeks. Press Association
Charlie Swan will be hoping Drumlee can help him bid a victorious farewell to the National Hunt scene in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Breeders Fund Rated Novice Chase at Thurles. Press Association Swan is set to relinquish his training licence at the end of the week and while he has a couple of entries on the level at Dundalk on Friday, Drumlee will be his final runner over obstacles in this two-mile event. The seven-year-old has got his head in front since last March but his second place last time out combined with a joint-top rating of 116 means there is every chance he can strike gold for his retiring handler. Elsie, the other runner rated at 116, is an obvious threat along with the likes of wide-margin Tramore winner Davinia’s Tip and Limerick third Benrouge. Shamiran heads the field for the feature race of the day, the Thurles Handicap Hurdle, as he drops back to the smaller obstacles after a couple of unsuccessful chase outings. Really Unique and Shuilamach will surely be popular selections, with the latter having claimed victory at Cork earlier in the month. Our Katie chased home the classy Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade Three on her latest outing and is a likely favourite in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Beginners Chase. The Willie Mullins-trained Totally Dominant heads the runners in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle with the dual bumper winner on something of a retrieval mission after finishing only fourth on his hurdles bow. Mullins saddles Listen Dear in the closing Fethard INH Flat Race with the mare having placed second on her only point to point outing to date. Spacious Sky in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle and Jim Dreaper’s mulitple point to point winner Venitien De Mai in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle are others to note on a busy afternoon of action.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is backing his ultra-fit players to make a full recovery in time for Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal. Press Association Spurs have endured a demanding week ahead of the crunch match at the Emirates Stadium, after beating Aston Villa 3-1 on Monday and edging past Anderlecht 2-1 on Thursday in the Europa League. Tottenham have found it difficult to juggle the two competitions in recent years, but seven points from three league matches after European games this season suggest they are growing more comfortable with the extra workload. Pochettino resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes against Anderlecht, with only Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele dropping out of the starting line-up, and he is confident his side will have enough left in the tank for Arsenal this weekend. “It’s not because we have a young squad that we run a lot and we now win the games,” Pochettino said. “It’s about the way we’re training. This is our sports science and our medical staff who deserve to have their job recognised. “When you have to push the players every day, it is hard for the players and you can be proud of how they recovered for (the game against Anderlecht). “It is not a miracle. It is hard work from the beginning of the season.” The contest at White Hart Lane looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw when Harry Kane’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Imoh Ezekiel but Dembele came off the bench to score a stunning winner in the 87th minute. Dembele expressed disappointment earlier this year at his lack of game-time at White Hart Lane but the midfielder appears to have won over Pochettino, having started all of Tottenham’s last four matches and scored three times in the process. “If we analyse him last season, part of the season he was injured,” Pochettino said. “I think Dembele from the beginning of this season, every time he was available he had the possibility to play. “Always it’s up to the player. If the player shows he deserves to play, it’s easy for them. “I am very pleased with him. He got injured against Everton and had some problems with his foot but today he was very important for us.” Kane’s goal came just a few hours after another call-up to Roy Hodsgon’s England squad and continues a recent return to form for the striker, who now has five in his last three appearances. “We never had any doubts about him,” Pochettino said. “Always the top players sometimes have times when they struggle to score. “We are very pleased with him, very happy he has started to score again and I think we deserved to take the three points. “I am pleased because we are top of the group and now we need to focus only on Sunday.”
For the USC Women’s Cross Country team, Saturday’s Stanford Invitational marked the most important meet of the season thus far. However, the Women of Troy did not quite perform up to the moment.USC finished 11th in a field of 22 in the 6K race, below the team’s and coach Tom Walsh’s expectations.Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information“Overall I don’t think it was our best effort,” Walsh admitted. “We just didn’t have a good day. We’re not racing up to the way we’re training.”The race took place in the middle of a scorching 90-degree day in Palo Alto, making personal-bests hard to come by. Walsh made no excuses, however.“It wasn’t just hot for [us],” Walsh said. “It was 90 degrees for everybody. We just need to do a better job in the middle of the race [by] being tougher mentally and we’ll be fine.”One of the positives that emerged from Saturday’s race was the return of junior Zsofia Erdelyi, who missed USC’s first two races with a foot injury. Erdelyi, who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season, picked up where she left off in 2008 by finishing 13th overall despite not racing at 100 percent.“She still wasn’t happy because she doesn’t like getting beat by runners who she knows she’s better than,” Walsh said of Erdelyi.The coach also said he was proud of the effort Erdelyi gave despite her injury problems.“Sometimes when runners aren’t in great shape, they don’t give 100 percent effort because they know they’re not going to have a great result,” Walsh said. “I was very happy that she didn’t give up.”Other than Erdelyi, however, the rest of the Women of Troy did not match up with the vastly improved competition present at the Stanford Invite. The No. 5 Stanford Cardinal scored a meet-best 24 points, followed by Cal (100 points) and Loyola Marymount (143). Seven other schools followed before USC, which finished with 332 points.“[The race] was definitely a test to see where we were at,” Walsh said. “We need to get more experienced. That experience sometimes kicks in during the middle of the season, but it would be great for us if it comes at the end, because that’s when we need it the most.”Rounding out the rest of USC’s top five runners were Mt. San Antonio transfer Christine Cortez, senior captain Bridget Helgerson, and fellow freshmen Kathleen Moloney and Kelly Owen. Walsh also found a silver lining in the performances of his first-year runners.“I think the freshman are making progress,” Walsh said. “They’re improving and getting better each week. They’ll definitely help us at the end of this season and certainly in future seasons.”Although the rest of USC’s performance was not outstanding, Walsh is not concerned with how the team races in September.“We’re not where we want to be yet, but our goal is to peak at the end of the season,” he said of his team. “As a coach, I’m trying to make sure they run their best races at Pac-10 [meets] and regional’s. We still have five or six weeks to go. We have work to do.”
On Monday morning, I was woken up by the sound of my phone vibrating. Still groggy, I picked it up and was immediately snapped out of my daze: men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill had been fired.My initial thought was how strange the timing seemed: After all, the team had just won a game, something it doesn’t do very often. But my next thought was far more serious, at least in the football-crazed USC community’s mind:Ticking clock · With losses mounting and recruits leaving, Kiffin may be looking over his shoulder at Haden after Kevin O’Neill’s dismissal. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanWhat does USC coach Lane Kiffin think about this?Try as we might, most of us at USC have not been able to extricate images of the failed 2012 football season out of our heads. I am sure many sleepless nights have been spent tossing and turning over images of Stanford fans rushing the field, senior quarterback Matt Barkley lying injured on the Rose Bowl turf and that dreaded goal-line stand against Notre Dame at the Coliseum. These images have surely had staying power in my mind.But more important, at least for Kiffin’s sake, is how often Athletic Director Pat Haden ruminates with these memories. In listening to the grumblings around campus, it is apparent that Kiffin might not have the highest approval rating from Trojan fans. But it is the opinion of Haden that matters most and one has to wonder what that opinion might be, given what has transpired these past weeks.The two biggest factors that weigh into the judgment of a head football coach are how his team performs on the field and how well he recruits. We all know that Kiffin’s team failed miserably in the former this past year, but it is in the latter qualification, one that Kiffin has a reputation for exceeding in, that he has struggled mightily as of late.Over the course of about six weeks, USC has had five of its verbally committed recruits renege on their pledges to play football for the Trojans. The reasons for each vary, but the trend is troubling, to say the least.First came wide receiver Eldridge Massington’s decommitment in early December. The Texas native has since pledged to enroll at UCLA next season. Then, after months of speculation, safety Max Redfield, an Orange County prospect, left the Trojans and committed to Notre Dame on Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-American game. Two others in that time frame, wide receiver Sebastian LaRue and defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, dropped their commitments to USC but have yet to commit elsewhere.But the biggest shocker in the string of decommitments came nearly 10 days ago, when defensive end Kylie Fitts of Redlands, Calif., announced that he was no longer committed to USC. Fitts had been a longtime fan of the Trojans and was set to begin classes this week after graduating early from high school. But because of the commitment of another recruit, defensive back Leon McQuay III of Florida, there was no room for Fitts on the roster at this time. This left Fitts dismayed and he has since began scheduling visits to other schools.Fair or unfair, Kiffin has taken criticism for the loss of Fitts. Many in the recruiting circuit have lashed out at Kiffin for his perceived dishonesty and, as Fitts’ high school football coach Kurt Bruich put it, being “shady.”These instances where a player has a change of heart are commonplace in the recruiting world, but for it to occur at such a high volume is concerning. And the last thing a coach with Kiffin’s reputation needs at a time like this is to be accused of deceitfulness, especially considering he is coming off such a disappointing season.And to throw gasoline onto the proverbial fire, reports came out Wednesday alleging that anywhere from 10 to 15 USC football players were involved in a locker-room altercation following USC’s embarrassing 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech at the Sun Bowl.Though the allegations have been refuted or claimed to have been exaggerated by Khaled Holmes and Matt Barkley on Twitter, things appear to be going from bad to worse for Kiffin, who is presumably already on the coaching hot seat for next season. But why O’Neill’s firing should matter to Kiffin is this: Haden is not afraid to pull the plug at any time, even in the middle of the season and even after a victory. Anyone who assumes that Kiffin will have a full year to prove himself capable of leading USC’s football program need only to refer to Haden’s handling of O’Neill, a coach that Haden himself did not hire and someone who had to deal with NCAA sanctions and troublesome off-court incidents during his time at USC.Sound familiar?The point is: Just as was the case with O’Neill, time is running out for Kiffin to pick up the pieces. Job one will be to salvage this recruiting class, one that, despite the aforementioned losses, is still ranked in the top-10 nationally. But the next step, one that has proven to be difficult for Kiffin, will be to translate all the talent on USC’s roster into wins on the field. And while Kiffin continues to scramble to right the ship, he’ll now have to do it with the knowledge that Haden will be watching with an ever-ready hand on the trigger.
LIVE TV Last Updated: 17th October, 2019 12:31 IST LeBron James: NBA Vs China Heats Up, As James Distances Himself LeBron James distances himself from NBA-China rift as his first comment receives further backlash, insisting he wants to focus on the game before the season. FOLLOW US Also read | Column: Clumsy Words Tarnish The LeBron BrandCrux of the issueHouston Rockets’ Morey supported the protestors in Hong Kong on Twitter, which sparked a major controversy between the NBA and China. NBA did try to remedy the situation by stating Morey speaks only for him and not the league but it seemed to not have much effect as Chinese media and the authorities haven’t taken the news lightly. All 11 of the NBA’s official Chinese partners have suspended ties with the league since. Chinese state-run broadcast network CCTV also opted out broadcasting both the games between Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Lakers this week.Also read | Dream11: Warriors Vs LA Lakers Preview And Predicted Line-upsJames, who was in China with the Lakers, told the reporters he believed Morey was “misinformed” and “not educated” on the topic. James’ statement came off as even more off-putting, even as he tried to clarify he was just referring to Morey not being aware of the ramifications of his tweet. It led to a further backlash in both the US and Hong Kong. Supporters in Hong Kong also burned his jersey to portray their displeasure. Protestors also accused the star of being guilty of double standards, stating ‘black people’s lives matter, so do the lives of Hong Kong’s people.’Also read | Dream11: HOU Vs SAS Team News, Line-ups And Game PredictionsJames later commented on the matter again insisting he’d like to speak on it for the last time as he would prefer to focus on the game and the upcoming season. He also added that he is hoping that the rift between the NBA and China will subside for good, thereby distancing himself from the issue.Also read | Dream11: Philadelphia 76ers Take On The Detroit Pistons In Pre-season WE RECOMMEND Written By The escalating rift between the NBA and China took another hit after Lakers’ forward LeBron James added his thoughts on the issue. James received massive heat for his comment stating Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was misinformed when he tweeted in support for freedom of Hong Kong. He has since distanced himself from the issue stating he’d rather like to focus on the game and the upcoming season. 10 months ago NBA legend Larry Bird is the inspiration behind the Twitter logo COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 17th October, 2019 12:31 IST Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019 My team and this league just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019 10 months ago LeBron James reaction to Morey’s tweet draws extreme reactions Sujay Chakraborty 10 months ago LeBron James says Morey was ‘poorly informed’ on NBA-China dispute WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago NBA: Lakers romp to victory over Warriors in pre-season clash 10 months ago Dream11: HOU vs SAS team news, line-ups and game predictions
The Director General of the GAA says he’s ‘surprised’ that some people in Tipperary think the county football team can’t consistently compete at the highest level of the game.Paraic Duffy made his comments during a presentation on the proposed revamp of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship at this week’s County Board meeting.Some delegates said they feared that replacing the current knock-out quarter-finals with a Group Stage would make it harder for counties like Tipp to reach the semis.
Players expected at the teamâ€™s Best Western Hotel camp Wednesday night include; Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Mikel Agu and Abdullahi Shehu.An interesting game is at hand for the three-time African champions, against a team that has only lost once in the nine matches it has played since forming a squad in 1967.The only defeat the Corsica Senior Team has suffered was a 0-1 reverse to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a friendly in Bastia on May 14, 1998. The Lions were then preparing for the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France.The only time Corsica had played 1998 FIFA World Cup champions France was in February 1967, and the former won 2-0.Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football has appointed Tunisian arbiter, Youssef Essrayri, as the referee for next monthâ€™s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo.Essrayri, 40, who became an international referee five years ago, will be assisted by compatriots Yamen Melloulchi (Assistant Referee 1), Hassen Abdelali (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Mohamed Kordi (Fourth Official).The match commissioner is Andy Quamie from Liberia and Kotey Alexander Neequaye from Ghana will be referee assessor.The encounter at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, 10th June will open the curtain on the qualifying race in Group E for Cameroon 2019, with only the group winners guaranteed slots at the finals. Libya and Seychelles are the other teams in the pool.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles had their first training session in Ajaccio, France Wednesday morning ahead of Fridayâ€™s friendly match against the Corsica Senior team at the Stade Francois Coty.