Pochettino gives backing to Soldado

first_img It is a match Pochettino’s side need to win after showing such poor home form this term and it comes against good friend Roberto Martinez, who the Argentinian has known since moving to Spain 22 years ago. “For me, he is a very good manager, a great manager, and we have a very good relationship,” the former defender said. “I admire him because when he arrived here to play for Wigan he made his career here and then went on to be a manager here and that is never easy. He has had an unbelievable career and I admire him. “His football style is very good and I think that we have similarities in our style. “He was one of the first Spanish managers in the Premier League and he made his mark here in England. “He’s good, Roberto, he gives a good image in England for Spanish people.” Press Association Misfiring Roberto Soldado retains the confidence of Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose staff are creating training exercises to help get the Spaniard scoring again. His wait for a goal stretched to an eighth match in all competitions on Thursday, although the Spain international came close on a number of occasions and hit the post during the 1-0 defeat of Partizan Belgrade. Pochettino was impressed by Soldado in that Europa League tie and is working extra hard with the striker to get him scoring again. “We need to give him the chances to play again and keep him calm,” the Spurs head coach said. “A striker always wants to score but against Partizan he created chances pretty well and was unlucky in front of goal. Maybe next time he will score. “We work very hard at training and create the exercises for him to improve his finishing in front of goal, but he created many chances and he was unlucky not to score (against Partizan). “In football it’s always mental and emotions, performances, physical condition, all these things affect your performance, but his performance was very good. For me, he was unlucky with his finishing.” As impressed as Pochettino may have been, Soldado may well find himself dropped to the bench when they return to Premier League action on Sunday. Emmanuel Adebayor is closing in on a first-team return and in-form Harry Kane started from the bench against Partizan in what looked to be a move to keep him fresh for Everton’s visit. Having arrived last year to much fanfare, the 29-year-old has struggled to find the form which saw Spurs fork out £26million for his services. Soldado has managed just six goals in 34 Barclays Premier League appearances and has not found the net since September’s 3-1 Capital One Cup victory against a scratch Nottingham Forest side. last_img read more

Track competes at NCAAs

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoFresh off a victory at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, the UW men?s track team looks to continue their success and defend their title at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.Despite competing in only two events, five runners will be representing Wisconsin at the championships, which are being held this year at the University of Arkansas.Competing in the distance relay will be Craig Miller, James Groce, Evan Jager and Jack Bolas.Bolas, a sophomore, recently set the school record in the mile by breaking the four-minute barrier for the first time in school history.Currently, the relay is ranked sixth nationally.In addition to the relay, sophomore Brandon Bethke will also be competing at the NCAA Championships.Bethke, who won both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter races at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last week ? with a winning time of 08:10:80 in the 3,000 ? will be running in the 3,000 this weekend.?He was stellar,? UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe said.?He was exceptional, to the point that obviously he caught the eye of every coach there and was the MVP of the meet and the season.?The distance relay is also peaking heading into the competition this weekend.Their time of 09:54:25 was good enough for first place at the Big Ten Indoors, becoming the first UW distance relay to win the event since 2001.The key to success at the NCAA level will be the depth on the relay.?Each of my teammates is very reliable,? Jack Bolas said. ?I know that when I get the baton as the anchor, each one of those guys will have run his heart out. That gives me motivation to do the same.?Although the distance relay?s best time of 09:33:29 puts them right in the thick of the race, Texas is projected to run away with the competition.The Longhorns? distance relay, which set a world record this year with a time of 09:25:97, is five seconds faster than their closest competitor, Arkansas.Bethke, on the other hand, has an excellent shot to place among the top competitors at the Indoor Championships.The Big Ten Conference Indoor Athlete of the Year is ranked fourth in the 3,000, about a second behind the top national time set by Robert Curtis of Villanova.?He has as much chance as anybody to be in the front pack,? Nuttycombe said.In addition to the relay and 3,000, Wisconsin will also be represented in the women?s race by Katrina Rundhaug and the distance relay consisting of Gwen Jorgensen, Nicole Slaby, Carly Ducharme and Ann Detmer.Rundhaug, who will be competing in the 5,000, won the Big Ten Indoor race by setting a personal best time of 15:57:93.Last year?s trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships was pretty special.Chris Solinksy won the 5,000 and led the team to a National Championship.Although it will be impossible to match last year?s success at the Indoor Championships, the team is still excited about the chance to compete.?It?ll be fun to go back to the scene of the big championship,? Nuttycombe said.?Hopefully we can bring home a handful of All-Americans.?last_img read more

Follow live: Syracuse loses to St. John’s 84-72

first_img Published on December 13, 2015 at 11:59 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (7-2) visits Madison Square Garden to face St. John’s (6-3) on Sunday at noon. The Orange is coming off a 78-51 win over Colgate on Tuesday night. When SU and the Red Storm played last season, Syracuse lost 69-57. Follow along here or on Twitter @DOSports for coverage throughout the day. Commentslast_img

St. Lucia opposition urges government to take a stance on marijuana

first_imgLeader of the main opposition St. Lucia Labor Party (SLP), Philip J. Pierre, has asserted that this country must take a position on marijuana, declaring that it is an issue that can no longer be dodged.Pierre recalled that the 2016 election manifesto the SLP declared that the party would have a commission to discuss marijuana.He noted that the then prime minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, said the island would go the way of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the issue.“Now that horse has bolted – CARICOM has gone their own way,” the SLP leader explained.He observed that Grenada, Antigua and Trinidad and Tobago have all gone their different ways.“St Lucia must take a position,” Pierre told reporters.The Castries East MP expressed the view that for a start, the criminal record should be cleared of the names of people who have been convicted for small quantities of marijuana.Pierre  said the marijuana issue should be considered not only from the point of view of smoking the herb, but from an economic standpoint as well.last_img read more