‘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?
Entering his final season of eligibility, Phillips remains a strong quarterback candidate for 2013 after starting five games for UW last season.[/media-credit]Four years ago, right around the time of Wisconsin’s first scrimmage of the spring football season, quarterback Curt Phillips tore his ACL. Then a few months later, in October, Phillips tore the same right ACL. Then, in the summer of 2010, Phillips underwent surgery again on the ACL, which had become infected. And after all of those injuries to the same knee, Phillips played in seven games this past season and started in five of them, including the Rose Bowl.But for the tried-and-tested Phillips – who recently received approval from the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility – there is still one more battle left in his college career, and it is seemingly as insurmountable as his comeback from three ACL injuries.The task: beat out four other top-contending quarterbacks for the starting position.But if there’s one thing Phillips has shown in his comeback, it’s his commitment to the sport and his teammates. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Brian Bott – who worked with Phillips in his rehab through all three injuries – has witnessed this firsthand.“It’s hard to even measure the kind of commitment he has … to just continually come in for two and a half years, battling the same situation and to just to keep at it,” Bott said. “And after the second and third [surgery], you saw more will from him that he wasn’t going to be denied.“He just really stuck with the plan, came in and did a lot of extra work to make sure he was healthy and it paid for him at the end.”Bott is not the only one who has seen Phillips’ commitment. Starting right tackle Rob Havenstein commented on how Phillips’ improbable comeback has shed light on who he is as a player and person.“Coming back from three ACLs, I mean come on, that’s ridiculous,” Havenstein said. “Usually it’s one ACL and it takes you a long time to come back, and maybe you’re not 100 percent and maybe you are. And then two of them, you’re like ‘Oh, crap. What am I going to do?’ Three of them, it’s basically someone up above doesn’t like me.“For Curt to come back and play the way he has and lead the way he has, it’s just speaks testaments to his character.”After redshirting the 2008 season, Phillips played sparingly in four games during the 2009 season before tearing his ACL for the second time. He didn’t play again until this past fall on Oct. 6, 2012, against Illinois. Then, a collarbone injury to starter Joel Stave thrust Phillips into the starting role. Phillips struggled at times with his accuracy and arm strength, but he served as an efficient game manager, orchestrating the offense and gaining a reputation for being clutch come crunch time, leading successful two-minute drills in seemingly every game he started.Still, Phillips has only started five games in his career. Despite lacking starting experience, however, Phillips believes his hard work and his passion for the game are what set him apart from the other quarterbacks on the roster.“Anytime something is taken away from you, it shows you how much it means to you,” Phillips said. “Before I kind of just went with the flow, just took things how they come. But now I know how much it means to me and I know how hard I’m willing to work to make sure I get to be out there.”In the games Phillips has played, the statistics do not stand out as overly impressive. He has a 57 percent career completion percentage with five touchdowns and three interceptions, along with a 237 yards rushing on 41 career carries.And although his statistics, compared to the other quarterbacks, may make him a long shot for the opening day job, new quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig knows no matter Phillips’ position on the depth chart, he will play a vital role on the team because of his wealth of knowledge and experiences.“He’s been there and done that,” Ludwig said. “There’s a tremendous amount of respect for Curt in the meeting room and on the football team for what he’s been through and the leadership he provides for this offensive football team and the entire football team. His voice carries a lot of weight.”
An upturn in form has enhanced Prince Tagoe’s chances of leading Ghana’s attack in upcoming matches, according to Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic.Tagoe, who joined Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade in January on loan from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, was on target for his club in a 4-0 win at Hajduk Kula on Wednesday after netting a brace in last weekend’s 3-1 victory at Indjija.And the striker’s form has impressed Stevanovic ahead of Ghana’s African Nations Cup qualifying against Congo later this month.“Tagoe’s good form is a massive boost for us ahead of our African Nations Cup qualifier at Congo on March 25, especially because we will miss Asamoah Gyan through suspension,” former Partizan and Yugoslavia midfielder Stevanovic told Reuters.Ghana are top of Group I with four points from two matches, ahead of Sudan on goal difference. Congo are third one point adrift of the leaders while Swaziland are bottom with no points from two games.Stevanovic, however, insists Tagoe needs to continue working hard though he remains impressed with the early signs. “The first impression is usually the most important and Tagoe has left a tremendous first impression, having shown that he will be a real bonus for Partizan in their bid to win the domestic double,” Stevanovic said.“But he has to keep working hard because every player in the Ghana squad has to earn his spot in the starting line-up and that’s what I expect him to do.”Source: Ghanafa.org
A Florida woman was arrested for sexual battery on a 6-year-old girl while she was babysitting her.Deputies say multiple incidents occurred at a Seminole, Florida, between August to September.Erica Michelle Charles, 19, was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual battery of a child less than 12 years old, one count of molestation and one count of prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity.Police say an investigation began Oct. 4 after the Florida Department of Children and Families received a report alleging sexual abuse involving the 6-year-old victim.The victim was in Charles’ care while all of the incidents occurred, according to police.Charles is accused of removing the girl’s clothes and directing her to perform a sex act on her as well as showing the 6-year-old pornographic videos on her cell phone.Charles admitted to the crimes and was taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.Detectives believe there are more victims is asking the public to come forward with any information regarding inappropriate contact Charles may have had with other children.“Anyone with information regarding other potential victims is asked to contact Detective Pione or Detective Geoghegan with the Crimes Against Children Unit at (727) 582-6200.”
By John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – Cono and Karen Trezza are happy to be back kneading pizza dough and feeding their customers.The couple’s business, Sea Bright Pizzeria, has been rebuilt after being closed for eight months after being wrecked by Super Storm Sandy. They reopened in June.Karen and Cono Trezza, owners of Sea Bright Pizzeria, are happy to be up and running after their building was severely damaged last October by Super Storm Sandy.“To get back to work after everything … I can’t explain how it feels,” Cono said, trying to collect his thoughts about what they have gone through, what it all means and the emotions he has been feeling as they work to get their business back on track.“It’s the American dream, you know?” said Cono, who came to the U.S. from his native Italy in 1980.The Trezzas, who live in Lincroft with their two sons, Luca, 12, and Christian, 11, first opened their pizza restaurant on Ocean Avenue in 2005. They moved a few doors down the street to their 1068 Ocean Ave. location on what turned out to be the eve of Hurricane Irene in 2011. Having weathered that challenge reasonably well in a building that is probably nearly 100 years old, they figured they were good.But then came Sandy.The October 2012 storm devastated Sea Bright, including the pizzeria. Especially hard-hit was the Ocean Avenue business district.“Structurally, the front of the store was blown out,” by the waves and the water that flooded the area, Karen recalled. “Everything inside was demolished.”“The whole façade,” which was fronted by glass, Cono said, “was gone – destroyed.“Every piece of equipment was upside down,” including the large pizza ovens and much of it ruined.Cono returned to Sea Bright the day after the storm to check on his business.“It was shocking,” he said.The full extent of the damage and what it would entail to return to business did not sink in for weeks.While Karen had second thoughts about returning, her husband never did. He did find the prospect of rebuilding “daunting. You didn’t know where to start,” he said.An extra boost to the Trezzas’ spirits came from an unexpected source. As the state’s first lady Mary Pat Christie was touring the borough, Cono was cleaning up debris when she walked by. The governor’s wife asked Cono how he was doing and what could she do to help. “I told her, ‘It’s OK. We’ll rebuild, bigger and better than ever.’”Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie quoted Cono in his State of the State address, Cono noted with pride.For Karen, hearing the governor talk about his love for the Jersey Shore “really turned me around” and she embraced rebuilding.“We gutted the whole building; we tore up the floor,” Cono said. They had to replace everything.When they first worked on the restaurant in 2011, they installed the electrical equipment under the floor. This time they placed it about 6-feet high, hopefully high enough to spare it from any future flooding. The Trezzas decided to fill in the building’s crawlspace, a move recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).They also are getting flood panels, which can be put up along the building’s front and rear areas in case of a serious storm or flood alert and hopefully will mitigate flooding.None of this was cheap, with rebuilding costing about $300,000, Karen said. “We were underinsured,” which left them looking for available U.S. Small Business Association loans for assistance.Cono is pleased with the outcome, including the new tables, equipment and brick walls. “The first time we thought we did it right,” he said. “But now it’s done right.”The push was to open in time for the all-important summer season, they said. “If we lost the summer, it could have made the difference” between coming back and not, Cono said.“The summer is huge; it was a must,” Karen said.When they reopened June 28, they were greeted by many of their loyal customers who came to show their support – and for some, to express surprise that Sea Bright Pizzeria was able to get back so soon, Karen and Cono said.During those first days, “I made a lot of pizzas, a lot,” said Cono, who ran out of dough at one point.Now it’s all about looking forward, they said.“We’re here to stay,”Cono stressed. “Bigger and stronger.”
Girls struggle to score, boys play to draws at B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup tournaments in Kelowna and Aldergrove
Next up for the Selects is Cariboo/North at 1 p.m.Closer to the west coast, in Aldergrove, the boys scored goals but all managed to finish the day with draws.The U15 boys scored a 2-2 tie against South Metro Burnaby Vipers.The Selects meet Wiliams Lake Storm Friday at 3 p.m.The U16 team tied 1-1 against Comox Valley while the U18 squad finished in a 2-2 draw against North Delta.The U16s face Quesnel Friday at 11 a.m. while the 18-Reps play Prince George at 3 p.m.The top teams in each of the four-team pools — girl’s and boy’s — meet Sunday for the gold medal.The second-place team in each division play for the bronze.The remaining four teams drop to the consolation round. It was a tale of two different results for Nelson Youth Soccer teams Thursday at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup Tournaments.In Kelowna, all three girl’s teams — U13, U14 and U15 — had difficulty scoring during one-goal losses on Day one of the tournment.Both U13 and U14 squads lost 1-0 during very tightly-played first round games.The U13 Selects dropped a single-goal setback to Chilliwack. The Select play Williams Lake Friday at 3 p.m. needing a win to keep pace for the medal round.Meanwhile the U14 team also lost 1-0 to Sur-Del United of the Fraser Valley.The Reps face Northern rep Quesnel Friday, also at 3 p.m.The final team from Nelson in Kelowna, the U15 Selects were bounced 3-0 by CMFSC from the Lower Mainland.