By Justin PalmerThe fallout from England’s World Cup demise continued on Monday with a nation coming to terms with their pool stage exit amid hot debate over coach Stuart Lancaster’s future.Lancaster’s position, and that of his coaching team, will not be decided until after their final pool game against Uruguay this weekend but the soul-searching from Saturday’s costly defeat by Australia, a week after their capitulation against Wales, has begun in earnest.Amid the stinging media criticism and apologies from players and management, England’s defence coach Andy Farrell found himself in the firing line after suggestions, said to have come from forward Billy Vunipola, that he had too much influence on team selection.The heavily bearded Farrell rebuffed such talk in backing Lancaster and urged the RFU to keep him in charge.“The four of us as coaches get together and have discussions and ultimately Stuart makes the call and we all buy into that,” he told reporters.“We’ve lost two games and people will try to define us by those two games but what Stuart has built is more than that.“This whole campaign and the three and a half years of his leadership has been built on rock solid foundations. He has done marvellous things for this country and this rugby team.”Japan coach Eddie Jones weighed into the debate in his Daily Mail column, saying Lancaster was entitled to a “proper review”. But that did not stop the Australian lining himself up as a possible replacement.“If England approached me, would I listen to them? Of course I would, but whether the RFU part ways with Stuart Lancaster is a big and difficult decision,” he wrote.England have already felt the reverberations of becoming the first former winners to go out in the pool stage when they slumped to eighth in the latest world rankings, equalling their lowest ever position.There could also be repercussions from governing body World Rugby who said in a statement on Monday they were probing an alleged “breach of the match-day communications protocol” by the England coaching team during the 33-13 loss to Australia.MIXED FORTUNESThere was good and bad news on Monday for the Wallabies, whose game against Wales on Saturday will decide who finishes top of Pool A.Australia winger Rob Horne’s shoulder injury is not as bad as feared but they could lose loose forward Michael Hooper who has been cited for charging into a ruck shoulder first against England.Samoans Alesana Tuilagi and Faifili Levave were also cited for foul play during the loss to Japan on Saturday and could miss their country’s final Pool B match against Scotland.Talk of South Africa’s demise after a shock defeat by Japan in their opening game has dissipated after wins over Samoa and Scotland and coach Heyneke Meyer played it safe by naming a strong side for the Pool B finale against the United States on Wednesday.With a victory still required to ensure they reach the quarter-finals Meyer has made just two changes, both due to injuries, to his starting lineup.Tighthead prop Frans Malherbe replaces Jannie du Plessis for his first start of the year, while speedster Lwazi Mvovo comes in for JP Pietersen, with Bryan Habana moving over to the right wing.The two matches on Tuesday offer four teams the chance of winning their first match of the tournament.Fiji, after spirited performances in defeat by England, Australia and Wales in Pool A, start as hot favourites to beat Uruguay while Canada face Romania in Pool D.
Diego Simeone has turned Atletico Madrid from a team teetering on the brink of relegation into European heavyweights.Avenging their 2014 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid on Saturday would complete the transformation.The former Atletico midfielder inherited a team that had just suffered early elimination from the King’s Cup when he succeeded Gregorio Manzano in December 2011.Five months later, Simeone led them to a fifth-place finish in La Liga and lifted the Europa League, the first of five trophies the team would win. Only the Champions League remains.In 2014, a header by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during injury time snatched that prize from Atletico. It is testament to Simeone’s management that he has led them to another final two years later.“Diego Simeone is the perfect coach for Atletico Madrid,” said the club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, who had overseen 52 managerial changes before appointing the Argentine. “Football is his life and passion.”Cerezo once said he wished Simeone could have the same impact on his club as Alex Ferguson had with Manchester United.Simeone may still be a long way off Ferguson’s 27 seasons at Old Trafford, but he has already carved out his own legacy with Atletico.With 173 league games under his belt, Simeone is the club’s second-longest-serving coach behind the late Luis Aragones.Halting Real Madrid and Barcelona’s decade of dominance in La Liga by leading Atletico to the title in 2014 is his greatest achievement so far.Masterminding the club’s first-ever success in European football’s premier competition would surmount that. Victory in Milan would give Simeone a sixth trophy and equal Aragones’ record as the club’s most successful manager.Simeone is the longest-serving of all current coaches in La Liga and looks set to continue his stay. He has signed a contract until 2020 and, barring any surprises, will lead the club into La Peineta stadium at the start of the 2017-18 season.But perhaps Simeone’s most impressive achievement has been converting the team to his brand of high-intensity football. Now his players vigorously defend their hard-nosed style.“We’re a group of players who’ll fight to the death for our coach,” defender Diego Godin said. “We believe in what we do and we train hard to compete with the biggest teams.”“Every ball is a war we have to win, and I don’t see that as a bad thing,” midfielder Saul Niguez said. “We’re a strong team and we fight for every ball like it’s our last. That’s how we manage the toughest games and that’s how we’ve got to where we are.”
MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Of the 12, only Kiefer Ravena, Christian Standhardinger, Troy Rosario and Greg Slaughter have won at least a SEA Games gold medal.June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio, Vic Manuel, Matthew Wright, Stanley Pringle, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar and Ross will have their shot at a first gold Tuesday night in front of a hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.Gilas winning the gold has been a foregone conclusion even before the tournament started. The Philippines has held the men’s basketball title since 1981 and the country’s reign won’t end anytime soon.Cone, though, stressed that it’s not going to be as smooth-sailing as everyone thinks with a worthy challenger in Thailand, which scraped past Vietnam, 101-95, in the other semifinal matchup.“Easier said than done, though. It’s gonna be a struggle for us, tomorrow (Tuesday). I feel it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT NBA denies Rockets’ protest after Harden dunk waved off Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) ‘People evacuated on their own’ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China But now they are just a win away from achieving the feat in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.“I asked them yesterday (Sunday), how many of you guys have won a gold medal in your career? I’ve been in the league 31 years, and I’ve been coaching in the PBA for 31, I’ve never won a gold medal,” Cone, who sat beside guard Chris Ross during the post-game press conference, said Monday night on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas’ gold medal match against Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“[I’ve] won a few championships, but not a gold medal, so this is special.”“I know Chris hasn’t won a gold medal, and most, I think 8 or 9 of our guys haven’t won a gold medal. So now that it’s this close, I think our guys are gonna be ready.” No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Men’s basketball team head coach Tim Cone during a game in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netR.nMANILA, Philippines — Philippine team head coach Tim Cone always has something elaborate to say during interviews. For pep talks, however, Cone would rather keep it short and simple.For all of Cone’s accolades, being a gold medalist is not of them and so is the same for eight of his players who all have already built impressive resumes in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT
Alexander Street shootingMurdered: Mahendra PersaudMurder accused, Raul VeraThe man who allegedly shot and killed Wakennaam businessman Mahendra Persaud was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Raul Vera was not required to plea to the indictable charge, which stated that on April 19, at Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown he murdered 26-year-old Persaud during the course of a robbery.Magistrate Fabayo Azore adjourned and transferred the matter for reports and fixtures until May 16.According to reports, Persaud who would usually travel to Georgetown to purchase goods for his family’s business was about to enter a store to transact business at about 11:00h, when he was pounced on by a gunman who demanded that he hand over his money.Persaud resisted the bandit’s attempt to relieve him of the bag he was carrying and was shot once to his chest.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he subsequently died.
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0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino signs new Tottenham contract until 2021 worth £5.5m a year.LONDON, May 12 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has extended his contract until 2021, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.The highly regarded Argentine, 44, arrived from Southampton in 2014 and came close to leading Spurs to their first league title since 1961 this season, only for them to lose out to Leicester City. His assistants Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez have also extended their contracts.“I could not be happier to sign this new contract,” Pochettino said in comments published on Tottenham’s official Twitter account.“It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here. There is no better place to be right now.”Pochettino revealed two weeks ago that he had agreed a new contract, but Thursday’s announcement will come as something of a relief to Spurs fans after the former Argentina defender was linked to the Manchester United job.His previous contract had been due to expire in 2019.Pochettino has revitalised Tottenham, helping to bring through young English players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier and earning plaudits for the quality and intensity of his team’s football.Spurs have secured a Champions League place for the first time since 2010-11 and will be assured of finishing second — their highest position since 1963 — if they avoid defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday.– ‘Sublime’ football –“We have seen Mauricio bring a tremendous spirit and ethos to our club and embrace the attacking style of play with which we have always been associated,” chairman Daniel Levy told the club website.“He has built a squad of youth and experience and this season we have seen football played at the highest level — quite sublime at times.“Everyone at the club is delighted he has agreed an extended contract and we all look forward to working with him in the coming seasons. I know he is as ambitious for our club as we all are.”The new contract means that Pochettino, who guided Spurs to a fifth-place finish in his first season, stands to be at the helm when the club move into their new 61,000-seater stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2018.Looking to the future, Pochettino said: “The supporters are unbelievable, we have assembled a great group of players with huge potential that can get even better, while the facilities we have to work in are world-class.“We also have an incredible new stadium to look forward to and now we are determined to build a side worthy of playing in such an exciting new venue.“We have enjoyed a great season and we believe this is just the beginning. We have a long-term project and huge belief that we can achieve something big here for the future.“This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe and we want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia has appointed Northern Health’s current interim chair Colleen Nyce as its new board chair, and appointed Frank Everitt as a board member.“Nyce and Everitt have been instrumental in providing leadership to their communities for many years and now they will lend their expertise to Northern Health’s board,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Their previous experience will help them play a key role in contributing to a strong public health-care system to benefit residents of northern British Columbia. The values held by our newest members will help showcase the North as an attractive choice for families, doctors and students to live, work and study.”Dix also thanked previous Northern Health board member Pat Bell for his service.- Advertisement –
Angel di Maria Van der Wiel’s finish after stunning build up: And his second, a stylish chip: 1 If Manchester United fans thought their day couldn’t get any worse after their 1-0 defeat to Southampton, they might want to think again.Not only did United loanee James Wilson score for Brighton in the Championship, but former Red Devil Angel di Maria proved life is better away from Old Trafford with an eye-catching brace for PSG.The French champions stretched their lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a 5-1 rout of the season’s surprise package Angers.Di Maria’s double was added to by Lucas Moura, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gregory van der Wiel, who supplied the finishing touch to an utterly breathtaking team move.Below is Di Maria’s brilliant first goal:
Sam Allardyce admits he was in a state of shock when his short tenure as England manager came to an abrupt end and that he took the Crystal Palace job to get over the depression.The former West Ham and Bolton boss achieved his dream position following the Euro 2016 debacle but after just one game in charge he was relieved of his duties following a Daily Telegraph sting operation.Allardyce believes the decision was made far too quickly but opened up about the struggle of coming to terms with losing the England job and also expressed his huge gratitude towards Crystal Palace for giving him the opportunity to manage once again.“I was in shock for two or three weeks just trying to get my head around what happened,” Allardyce told Jim White in an exclusive interview on talkSPORT.“I was in a daze, I was staring into the abyss.“And of course the good thing is when you’ve got your partner next to you to help you through these situations then you have to come out of it at the other end.“You have to get over it and as disappointing and as devastating as it was for me – I am bitterly disappointed that I am not the manager of England – but I have recovered from that.“I’ve moved on and everybody’s seen that I have moved on by taking a very good position at Crystal Palace.”The ex-Bolton boss went further in expressing how thankful he was for the Selhurst Park club to give him another management opportunity.“I am very grateful to Crystal Palace – hugely, hugely grateful,” he added.“Because Crystal Palace was one of the things I felt I had to do to overcome the depression and the disappointment that I had suffered in the short spell I had with England.“I had to get back to work and I had to get my teeth into another position to get over and move on, move forward, and life is very good at the moment.”