Spurs players held Chelsea inquest

first_img Press Association Head coach Tim Sherwood made the headlines following the 4-0 defeat as he accused some of his players of lacking character and being too friendly on the pitch. And, while the boss was facing up to the media, the players were holding their own inquest. It is not the first time this season that Spurs have been on the receiving end of a rout against fellow Barclays Premier League top-four contenders, and Brazil international Sandro told how a frank exchange took place after their latest loss. “We spent more than two hours in a meeting amongst the players and we said what we had to say,” he said. “From now on, we know that we all have to listen when anyone says something. It was after the manager’s conference with the press. “We had a meeting with the players. Sometimes one player got a bit more stressed out and we tried to calm him down and talk in a nice way. We spent about two hours that way. Every player had their fair share to say, put it that way. We all spoke amongst ourselves. “For me, to be honest, it helped a lot because now I can go and tell another player, and another player can tell me. The manager likes it. Everyone can go for it now, and I think it will help. “I think that is positive from ourselves and we have to show in the next match that we can do much better. And we will prove that. I am sure we will show much more character in the next matches.” Sandro also admitted Sherwood had repeated his media comments to the players at Stamford Bridge. “He said the same thing to us as what he said to the press,” the 24-year-old said. Sandro has revealed Tottenham’s players were locked in a furious two-hour crisis meeting on the back of Saturday’s heavy defeat at Chelsea. “I know the manager is with us and we are with the manager. We need to show a bit more in next match to tell the manager that we care. We will do that. “Sometimes when you lose games in that way everyone gets cross and we all scream and shout. “Maybe some managers shout more than others. (Former manager Andre) Villas-Boas, for example, liked to pull you aside and have a nice chat to you to explain things. “But other managers are more vocal. As professional football players, we have to work with all managers and do our best for them and for us.” Tottenham now face another season-defining week as they welcome both Benfica and local rivals Arsenal to White Hart Lane. And Sandro is hopeful Sherwood’s comments and the honest debate among the players can lead to a positive on-field reaction in T hursday’s Europa League last-16 first-leg clash with the Portuguese league leaders. “After a match like this (against Chelsea) we were all upset with what happened on the pitch and I think we have to put in some more effort than we did,” he added. “The manager said we need to show more character. Maybe it is that. We have this big game against Benfica, where we can show that we are better than that.” last_img read more

THE JUMPMore than a year after injuries, Brittney Sykes has one more shot to be the player she once was

first_img Published on November 9, 2016 at 11:47 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Comments Brittney Sykes insists she’s ripe for stardom. Her summer was ordinary enough: she assisted on the new director of athletics search committee, hoisted 500 3-pointers a night and pondered her year ahead.That’s about as normal as her last three summers have been. Two she spent recovering from ACL injuries, which had cut down her career and lengthened her path to a pro career.This offseason, Sykes stayed in Syracuse for both summer sessions. After dinner every night, one of Sykes’ roommates, Isis Young, said Sykes would go back to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center for extra shots. She hadn’t had this much time to prep for a season since 2013.“Now that she has confidence in her knee, she should have an unbelievable breakout year,” Syracuse assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “I think she’s ready to show people the real Brittney Sykes, not the Brittney that came off two ACLs last year.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSure, she started every game, averaged more than 10 points per contest and helped lead Syracuse to its first-ever national championship game. But last season did not represent the kind of player she is, Sykes and those around her said.She said she could have added more to a national title-contending team. A medical redshirt two years ago gave Sykes a fifth year of eligibility and a second chance to prove that. Sticking with her strengths has put her on an ascent with just one more level to reach: “She wants to be that player she was,” Regina, her mother, said.,Sykes thrived at University (New Jersey) High School. Yet when Sykes’ freshman year basketball coach, Felicia Oliver, told her she’d grow into a Division I prospect, Sykes looked up at her coach, gazing in disbelief.“I don’t see that,” Oliver recalls her star guard saying.But coaches did. They inquired about Sykes, a lean guard with a knack for getting to the rim. She drew offers from Rutgers, Duke, Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgetown and Syracuse, among others — so many that Oliver didn’t know what to do with a mailbox full of letters. At times, they’d just pile up in a bin.Those who know Sykes laud her athleticism. Once she developed that, her former coaches said, her skills developed and she started to flourish. By Syracuse’s opening night in her freshman year, she cracked the starting lineup. She logged 63 starts through her first two seasons.I think she’s ready to show people the real Brittney Sykes, not the Brittney that came off two ACLs last year.Tammi Reiss, SU assistant coach“She possesses the athleticism that gives you the ability to play in the WNBA,” Reiss said. “She is probably one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen.”But when the 2014 NCAA tournament came along, Sykes, at the end of her sophomore campaign, tore her right ACL, forcing her to miss the bulk of the year. She re-tore her ACL on Jan. 4, 2015 against Notre Dame, just three games into her return from tearing it the first time.Faced with yet another ACL tear, Sykes sulked. For most of the ensuing months, pain irked her. The ability she showed early had dimmed. Reiss said Sykes’ first step has regressed because of the injury.Sykes has shown glimpses of her skillset. Her sophomore year, she averaged a team-high 16.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting from the field. Her 24-point game against Albany in the 2016 NCAA tournament, also her first 20-plus point game in more than two years, sent Syracuse to its first-ever Sweet 16. She posted 17 points in both the Sweet 16 and national semifinal games.center_img In her 41 games since returning from injury, though, she’s averaged just 9.7 points per game. Last year, she shot only 35 percent from the field. Sykes acknowledges the decline.She felt slighted when she wasn’t named to the All-ACC team. That she wasn’t even mentioned gives her one more thing to prove. She’s fine with qualifying as overlooked but she wants to be special, an All-ACC and All-American selection.“At first I hated talking about my injury just because it was one of those things you didn’t want to talk about anymore,” she said. “It’s something you want to depart from, detach from, say that’s not you.“But then you mature up, come to the realization that it did happen and you made it through. My testimony is that those two injuries saved my career, and ultimately my life.”How Sykes looks at the world, her thought process and her stepping into a leadership role have changed this year. Looking back, she said the injuries taught her not to take anything for granted. Sykes isn’t dwelling on what could have been.There’s a stark contrast in her tone when she talks about what drives her. She takes on a mellow demeanor and her voice softens, far from her normal, jubilant self. She wants to become a household name, or the “master prototype,” Oliver said.Her maturation began with a resolution to, hours after a national championship loss, forgo the WNBA Draft and stick for her fifth year at Syracuse. Now, the seasons drained by injury, the decision to come back for a final year, the prospect of another NCAA tournament run have added up.Before tipoff on opening night against Rhode Island, Sykes said she’ll grab a seat on the Syracuse bench. She’ll look to the crowd, give her signature nod and take it all in.“It’s finally here,” Sykes said. “This is my last go-around. So why not have a lot of fun with it?”,Banner photo by Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editorlast_img read more

Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Only 1 of 32 coaches at World Cup is black Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “When, after six months of not competing, you’re still not good enough to be where you want to be and looking like you’re going to have to have surgery, it’s the lowest point you can get to in your professional career,” he said.“People might say, ‘oh, you’ve got it great’ – which I’m aware that we do, and I’m very lucky I get to play tennis for a living. But that’s what I’ve been doing since I was a child, and when you’re not able to do something that you love it’s tough.”Wimbledon starts on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Britain’s Andy Murray returns the ball, during a practice session on day one of the Queen’s Club Championship at the Queens Club, in London, Monday June 18, 2018. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Andy Murray is excited to be returning at the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s Club event this week after the former top-ranked player in the world experienced the “lowest point” of his career during an 11-month absence from tennis.The 31-year-old Briton, who has been out of action with a hip injury since losing in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been drawn to meet Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Queen’s.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really looking forward to playing again,” Murray said in his regular BBC Sport column. “While I will be nervous, it will be great to finally step back on the court.“With sport you play to win, but when you are away from something you love doing for almost a year, you realize you’re playing because you love it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I didn’t start playing to win Wimbledon or get to number one in the world. I never believed that was something I was going to do, or something I thought about when I was a kid growing up. I played tennis because I loved it and continued doing that throughout my whole career.”Murray, who won the Wimbledon title in 2013 and 2016 and the U.S. Open crown in 2012, had an operation on his hip in January. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Donegal supporters may be feeling nostalgic after watching the above video which showcases all the classic moments that have occurred in Croke Park in both Hurling and Football since 1964.FIFTY years of action has been crammed into a superb trailer which has been put together by DVD-Sales. In the short video we get a glimpse of our maiden All-Ireland win in 1992, while we also get to relive Michael Murphy’s moment of genius in the 2012 decider.It’s a brilliant video that really captures the excitement, passion and quality that has been on show in both codes down through the years.Donegal will be hoping to make more memories on Saturday against Mayo at HQ.Rory Gallagher and his side are desperate to get back to another All-Ireland final and go one better after the heartbreak of last season. To watch this brilliant video simply click play on the video above.DDTV: NOSTALGIC MEMORIES FOR DONEGAL SUPPORTERS IN EPIC GAA VIDEO was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVnewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgDINNY McGinley will tell the regional development agency Údarás na Gaeltachta tomorrow that it is set to lose its job creation remit.The agency, which was founded in 1980 following a campaign for job creation in Gaeltacht areas, will see its enterprise function transferred to Enterprise Ireland and its title will be changed to Údarás na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta. Minister for State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs Dinny McGinley will announce the change in Falcarragh tomorrow morningCurrently 7,074 people are employed in companies supported by the agency, which accounts for 20% of all Gaeltacht jobs.It is expected that the radically-restructured agency will be will be responsible for national Irish-language development, and for language-related enterprise.Údarás na Gaeltachta has seen considerable reductions in its budget over the past number of years, with its 2008 budget of €22.5m being reduced to €10.2m this year. MINISTER TO MAKE FALCARRAGH SPEECH TAKING JOBS ROLE OFF ÚDARÁS was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more