Tottenham survive scare to make last 16 on Mourinho’s home bow

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Tottenham survive scare to make last 16 on Mourinho’s home bow

first_imgMourinho had seen enough inside the first half hour to make a change as Eric Dier was sacrificed to make way for Christian Eriksen.However, it was a huge error from Olympiakos rather than a moment of inspiration that gifted the hosts a route back into the game.Aurier’s low cross from the right should have been easily cleared by Yassine Meriah, but he let the ball slip under his foot and Alli was on hand to tap in at the back post in first half stoppage time.That goal made Mourinho’s half-time team talk a far easier one and Spurs built on their momentum by equalising five minutes after the restart.Quick thinking from a Spurs ball boy and Aurier caught Olympiakos napping as the Ivorian’s throw-in freed Lucas Moura down the right and his cross was swept home by Kane.Aurier was the unlikely hero once more 17 minutes from time as he sweetly connected with Alli’s cross at the back post to put Spurs in front.Uncertainty over Eriksen’s future has been one of the scourges of Spurs’ season.Such a key figure for much of Mauricio Pochettino’s five-and-a-half years in charge, the Dane has more often than not been left on the bench both by the Argentine prior to his dismissal last week and in Mourinho’s first two games in charge.But he offered a glimpse of the quality he can offer with a wicked dipping free-kick from which Kane stooped to head home his 23rd goal of the season in as many games for club and country.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho survived a huge scare on his home debut as Tottenham Hotspur manager as his side came from 2-0 down to beat Olympiakos 4-2 and reach the last 16 of the Champions League.The Greek champions blew a huge chance to give themselves a shot at reaching the knockout stages after scoring twice in the first 20 minutes through Youssef El Arabi and Ruben Semedo.Dele Alli pounced on a horrible defensive mistake to breathe new life into Spurs before the break and a second half double from Harry Kane either side of Serge Aurier’s fine strike completed the comeback.Last season’s Champions League finalists can now look forward to the knockout stages for a third straight season, but will go through in second behind Bayern Munich in Group B after the German giants secured top spot with a 6-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade.Spurs have now scored seven goals in winning Mourinho’s first two games in charge to make a good first impression on many supporters unconvinced by the appointment of a former Chelsea manager renowned for a more conservative style of football.However, the first 20 minutes showed the work Mourinho has ahead to make Tottenham as tight at the back as his most successful sides over the past two decades.The warning signs were there for the hosts as early as six minutes in when El Arabi was afforded room on the edge of the box to line up his shot and found the bottom corner despite Paulo Gazzaniga getting a hand to it.Only a brilliant recovery challenge from Davinson Sanchez denied Daniel Podence from doubling the away side’s lead as Spurs were then opened up by one simple pass through midfield.Moments later it was 2-0 as more sloppy Spurs defending from a corner left Semedo in space to prod home Guilherme’s near-post flick on.last_img read more

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Leafs double Braves 4-2 to exorcise demons

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsWhat’s the quickest way to exorcise demons that no doubt danced through the minds of the Nelson Leafs following that 9-0 drubbing Wednesday at the hands of those pesky Castlegar Rebels?The first thing is to quickly forget the nightmares ever occurred. The second go out and win the next game.The Nelson Leafs accomplish the feat, and more, getting a pair of two-point performances from Joel Stewart and Colton Schell to double the Spokane Braves 4-2 in the traditional Kootenay International Junior Hockey League New Year’s Eve contest Friday at the NDCC Arena.The win, snapping a three-game losing streak, enabled Nelson to increase its lead to four points over Spokane in the race for third spot in the Murdoch Division. Spokane has also played two more games than Nelson.“(Wednesday’s loss) is in the past so it’s something we don’t talk about a lot any more in the locker room . . . we just focus on the next game,’’ said Leaf winger, and former Spokane Brave, Joel Stewart.“Today we just figured out what we had to do and improved on the things that went wrong against Castlegar,” Stewart added. “We worked hard and were a little more physical against them.”Stewart once again picked up his game against his former mates. The 6’1”, 190-pound winger, who scored the winner in overtime the last time the two teams met November 26 in Nelson, opened the scoring 12 minutes into the contest.Mitch Fowler tied the game before the first period ended.The teams exchanged goals with Schell scoring for the Braves and Guisseppe Dippolito replying for Spokane. But Mr. Everything to the Leafs Gavin Currie gave Nelson the lead for good with a power play goal late in the middle frame.Brennan Foreman added an insurance marker in the third.“I’ve got a feeling it’s probably the coach telling a couple players to a little harder on me because they know what I can do so they’re trying to hold me back,” Stewart, named the game’s first star, replied when asked about playing against his former mates.“I don’t mind it because it kind of gets me into the game . . . it gets me pumped.”Darren Hogg, with a bounce-back game in goal, made 26 saves to record his 10th win of the season against five losses.The two teams get right back at it Sunday in the Lilac City. Next home game for Nelson, playing the next four games on the road, is Wednesday, January 12 against Grand Forks.LEAF BANTER: The win gives Nelson a 4-2 advantage in the season series against the Braves. Three of the wins have come at home. . . .Connor McLaughlin is at his home in Arizona rehabbing his injured shoulder. His status remains in limbo. . . .Prior to the upcoming January 10 B.C. Hockey roster deadline, Leaf coach and GM Chris Shaw acquired sniper Dustin Johnson to add some much-needed offence to the Nelson lineup. The 6’2”, 200-pound forward scored 67 points last season with Merritt Centennials of the BCHL. Johnson, with 25 points in 28 games, was with Victoria after being traded from Merritt in October. . . . The Leafs welcomed back defenceman Raymond Reimer to the lineup. Reimer had been out since game six of the season with a knee injury. Also in the lineup was defenceman Blake Arcuri back after serving a suspension during the pre-Christmas game against Beaver Valley. . . .Nelson finished December with a 3-4 [email protected]last_img read more

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UPSTART NANCY FROM NAIROBI ROCKETS HOME TO WIN $63,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY 2 ½ LENGTHS UNDER LEZCANO; SADLER TRAINEE RALLIES FROM OFF PACE TO GET MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.70

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2016)–English-bred Nancy From Nairobi continued her stateside ascent with an emphatic 2 ½ length win in Friday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Abel Lezcano. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC and trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old mare rallied three-wide turning for home en route to covering one mile on turf in 1:34.70.With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, Nancy From Nairobi appeared to have a tall order in front of her when fifth in a field of seven older fillies and mares going into the far turn.“This course has been speed favoring, so we were a little scared when we were back off the pace early,” said owner Kosta Hronis. “She didn’t break well and we were last going into the first turn, but the jock played it smart and let her settle. She finished really strong, especially with the rail at 30 feet. I think John would like to run in the Santa Ana (Grade II, 1 1/8 miles on turf March 26) next.”A winner of a second condition allowance in her third stateside start on Feb. 5, Nancy From Nairobi was the second choice in the betting at 2-1 and paid $6.60, $3.00 and $2.80. With the winner’s share of $37,800, she increased her earnings to $151,456. She now has four wins from 21 overall starts.Ridden by Mike Smith, favored Glory sat second behind fractions of 23.20, 46.43, 1:10.62 and 1:22.67 before being inhaled by the winner approaching the sixteenth pole. Off at 3-2, she finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of her stablemate Hijra and paid $3.00 and $2.80.Off at 26-1 with Martin Garcia, Irish-bred Hijra paid $6.80 to show.First post time for a nine-race card, which will be highlighted by the undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird’s presence in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Rookie Sharks defenseman out vs. Nashville Predators

first_imgSAN JOSE — Still feeling the effects of a hit he took two days prior, Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro missed Saturday night’s game with the Nashville Predators at SAP Center.Ferraro was injured in the second period of Thursday’s game against Minnesota after he landed awkwardly against the boards following a hit from Wild defenseman Matt Dumba. He did not play in the third period. Friday, Ferraro said he was still sore, “but recovering.”Tim Heed, a scratch for the last two games before …last_img read more

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Court rejects appeals by 47 Russians against Olympic bans

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this February 15, 2014 photo, men’s 1,000-meter short track speed-skating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ahn and three former NHL players are among 45 Russian athletes and two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced on Friday, February 9, 2018. (AP FILE PHOTO) As well as the 45 athletes, the ruling covers a luge coach and a skeleton coach.The IOC has refused to comment on individual Russian athletes but says it decided who to exclude using a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database with evidence of past doping offenses.It refused to invite some Russians even after their disqualifications from the 2014 Olympics were lifted by CAS last week.Stephen Hess, an international sports lawyer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the decision was a victory for the IOC.“There is no absolute right to get an invitation from the IOC to come to the Olympics,” Hess said in a telephone interview. “That was within the IOC’s discretion, and they didn’t exercise it arbitrarily. If Russia had an Olympic team, CAS might have said: ‘IOC, the Russians can put them on their own team. You can’t keep them out.’ But Russian doesn’t have an Olympic team.”The IOC pointed to a CAS statement that declared the Russians were not necessarily innocent of doping, just that the evidence was insufficient to ban them. Also, the IOC said, “there were additional elements and/or evidence, which could not be considered” in last week’s CAS case “that raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes.”US athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty around the participation of some Russian athletes.“That is great news,” said US women’s skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender, who placed fourth in the Sochi Olympics — one spot behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, who was one of the 45 appealing her ban. U.S. bobsledder Nick Cunningham said he’s tried to not focus on the will-they-or-won’t-they drama surrounding the Russians.“It’s not going to change what happens to me in the next two weeks,” Cunningham said. “If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail. That’s what I hope.”    /kga PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced on Friday, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had refused to invite the group of Russians, saying it had evidence of alleged doping in Russian sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter two days of hearings, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the IOC has the right to set its own standards for who is eligible.CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb, reading from a statement and declining to take questions, said the IOC process “could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision.” The IOC’s vetting process was designed to exclude Russian athletes from the games if IOC officials were not sure they were clean, even if they had not been banned for doping.The IOC subsequently invited 168 Russians to participate as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag in a decision designed to balance the rights of individual athletes with the need for a strong deterrent to doping.The Russian delegation in Pyeongchang declined requests for comment, with spokesman Konstantin Vybornov saying “that’s it — the story is over.”The ruling is a heavy blow to Russian medal chances.Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Viktor Ahn, the short track speed-skater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans.Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge, and bobsled.Three former NHL players — Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin — also lost appeals, though it was widely considered unlikely they would have played even if they had been successful, since the Russian roster is already full.United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said the decision was a “a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark and sordid affair.”“You hope justice has been served but how some of these athletes can keep dirty medals from Sochi but be excluded now is hard to reconcile,” Tygart said. “And why the IOC rushed the process on the Sochi medal decisions is unexplainable and a tragedy for clean athletes.”The ruling comes a day after the first Olympic competitions began and ends more than a week of uncertainty for two groups of athletes who lodged last-ditch cases to the CAS. 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The Panel also concluded that there was no evidence the (commissions) improperly exercised their discretion.”The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the decision. The IOC issued a statement saying the decision “supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes.”WADA president Craig Reedie described it as “absolutely correct.”“I am delighted at the decision and the way they expressed it,” Reedie told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “They have quite clearly understood that there was systemic manipulation of the anti-doping process.“It means the games can proceed. Athletes can get their heads down and go. This particular issue is now behind us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Negotiations ongoing between CN and conductors union after strike threat

first_imgMONTREAL – The union representing approximately 3,000 CN Rail employees is still in negotiations with the company’s management after threatening job action.The Teamsters union says the company plans to make changes to the current collective agreement that would “permanently and irreparably impact workers,” although a union official wouldn’t specify the subject of the negotiations.“The issues at the bargaining table are fluid, they are changing,” said Christopher Monette, a union spokesman.CN also declined to comment, except to say that both parties are working to avoid a job action.The union issued 72 hour strike notice on Saturday, putting the union in a legal strike position early Tuesday morning.The Teamsters union represents 3,000 conductors, train and yard workers. The last collective agreement between CN and the union was reached in 2014.last_img read more

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DJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For Charity

first_imgDJ Khaled is selling his clothes for charity.The Grammy-nominated artist is selling over 250 pieces of clothing through retail and resale app Poshmark.A portion of the proceeds will benefit his Win More Music campaign with Get Schooled, which he set up for students to win music studios and production equipment for their schools.Click here to see what’s going under the hammer.last_img

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Sometimes all it takes is a beaver pelt and some moccasins

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week in Yellowknife, elder Jane Dragon showed off her vast collection of furs and Dene art inspiring one family to start learning about their traditional way of life.APTN’s Iman Kassam has the story.last_img

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Enbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax ruling

first_imgCALGARY – Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.Both Calgary-based companies hold such pipelines in the United States through master limited partnerships or MLPs.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow MLPs to recover an income tax allowance from cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs.Enbridge shares fell by 4.2 per cent to $41.06 on Thursday but recovered to close at $41.28 on Friday, up 22 cents, after it issued a statement that says it is not expecting a “material change” to its financial guidance over the next three years because of the FERC ruling.TransCanada shares dropped 2.1 per cent to $55.89 on Thursday. On Friday, they rebounded to reach an interday high of $56.45 but closed two cents lower.The company had no immediate comment.FirstEnergy Capital said in a report TransCanada will be less affected than Enbridge because its main exposure is through its interest in TC PipeLines.Enbridge has two MLPs, Enbridge Energy Partners, and Spectra Energy Partners.It said in its statement the former is expected to experience an $80-million decrease in annual distributable cash flow because of the FERC decision, but that will be somewhat offset by a revenue increase on the Canadian Mainline system held by Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc.About 60 per cent of Spectra’s gas pipeline revenue comes from negotiated or market-based tariffs and are not directly affected by the FERC policy revisions but the remainder is from cost of service-based tariffs which “could be subject to tax recovery disallowance,” it said. Spectra pipelines that move oil and other petroleum liquids are not expected to be affected.CIBC estimated the FERC ruling would knock about $3 per share from of its valuation of Enbridge and $1 per share for TransCanada.“We cannot help but wonder about the long-term viability of MLPs,” it said in a report.“Our expectations are that many of the MLPs held by corporations will need to consider converting to corporations if no consideration is given to the fact that they are held by taxable U.S. entities.”The report says the implications of the FERC decision are difficult to quantify given the strategies companies may employ to deal with it and the mix of existing rate structures and rate settlement terms, but the impact should decline over time as newer pipelines tend to employ negotiated rates, not cost of service tariffs.Follow HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story include (TSX:ENB. TSX:TRP)last_img read more

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