Vertonghen’s agent insists reaction to sub was nothing to do with future

first_imgJAN VERTONGHEN’S agent insists the defender’s reaction to being subbed by Jose Mourinho against Southampton has nothing to do with his uncertain future.The Spurs star is out of contract at the end of the season and has been given no assurances over an extension by his new boss.1 Jan Vertonghen’s agent is remaining upbeat about the defender’s future at SpursCredit: ReutersVertonghen, who has seen compatriot Toby Alderweireld sign a new deal since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, now finds himself benched in place of Davinson Sanchez.And after getting a rare start in the FA Cup fourth-round replay win against Southampton on Wednesday, he was taken off after just 54 minutes with the scores tied at 1-1.Vertonghen looked down in the dumps as he trudged off the field to his seat on the bench.And his reaction left many wondering if the veteran knew he had played his final game for the club.Spurs went on to win the game 3-2 thanks to a late penalty from Son Heung-Min.But Vertonghen’s agent is adamant the centre-back was simply deflated by the decision to take him off the pitch.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesTom De Mul told HLN Sport: “He’s feeling better now. His reaction had nothing to do with his future. He was just disappointed when he got subbed off.“He was unhappy about his performance and the team’s performance in the first hour.“Jan still wants to achieve great things with Spurs. He wants to qualify for the Europa League or Champions League, to win the FA Cup.“He is 32 but still very ambitious. He is focused. He still has so many targets. The European Championships are a super important goal too.“Jan is still super happy at Spurs and loves London. He is still very committed.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid“There’s a lot of respect for Tottenham, just like there is a lot of respect from the club towards us.“That’s logical after eight seasons. There is a connection. We haven’t reached an agreement as yet, but we don’t rule out anything.“There’s interest in him as a free agent, but Spurs is a very interesting option for us. The door’s still open.”How to say Steven Bergwijn’s name properly as Tottenham star reveals English and Dutch pronunciations before scoring on Spurs debutlast_img read more

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Fran Gámez: “We don’t know how our body will react”

first_imgAs regards the competitionGámez keeps accounts and knows that “If everything had been normal, we would be about to finish and after everything that has happened, surely we will have an eleven-game league, an eleven-game sprint, in which we will try to do our best “.Too many days have passed out of the ordinary and that’s why the return to training camp will be, according to Fran Gámez “a bit strange at first because we have been training alone at home for a long time, and now going back to the field that is where we like to be, it will be a bit strange. “For the Valencian player the hardest part of the confinement “was at the beginning because we didn’t know how long we were going to be, they told us from one day to the next that we had to get into the house, we did not know anything, the coaching staff began to send us the training because it seemed that it would soon be possible to return, but the days passed and at first there was not much information about what It was going to happen and those days were the most difficult, Then we saw that it was going to be long, that we were going to be home for a long time and in the end you create a routine for yourself. “Perhaps the best thing about this situation was the arrival of training by video call., and in that all the players in the squad agree. According to Gámez “at the beginning we worked alone and we did not have contact as we are having nowWe went from having daily contact to having nothing and thanks to the video call we see each other every day and we see, more or less, how each one is and that is something more normal. ” The vermilion right back adds in this sense that “it is irreplaceable to see each other every day”. On the eleven days that remain to be disputed, Fran Gámez affirms that “whatever happens we want to win it on the field, despite being in relegation positions we were having a good year and we are wishing that in those remaining matches we can demonstrate what we are worth to be able to stay in the First Division on our own merits. “In case of playing again, Mallorca must face Barcelona in Son Moix and Gámez celebrates it: “what better way to return than against one of the best teams in the world; just when the break came we were coming from a win away from home that we had deserved for a long time but it did not come and we were in a good moment and we had prepared the game very well and now after all this we will surely prepare the game again very well and we will try to do things well to win and also knowing that before this type of teams you have to do everything perfectly and that they do not have a good day, but At our house we have beaten Madrid and Valencia, very important teams, and we know that we are very strong at home. “Personally, Gámez knows that he must win the job again and ensures that “after this hiatus it is almost a matter of starting from scratch, now there is no time for muchThere are eleven games that are going to happen very quickly because, if it is played, we will surely do it every three days and the ones that best arrive physically now will be the ones that will play. “On the mood of colleagues, Fran Gámez acknowledges that “At first some had a little worse when they were alone and away from family, but thanks to the video call training they have raised their spirits and we are all wishing for normality to return, we want to become stronger and achieve a permanence that will be very difficult but very beautiful. “ On what will be the readaptationGámez is clear that “It will be different because the normal thing at this point would be that we were finishing the season, we had the physical tone, and everything we had done during the year was useful for these last games, and now after this, going back to do a ‘preseason’ is going to be weird, and we really don’t know how our body will react because it is not the same to be training at home in a room making a race with the bicycle to return to the grass, put on some boots, sprint, hit the ball … “center_img The Valencian right back, Fran Gámez, came from Saguntino to Mallorca in the winter market of the season in Second B of the vermilion and is one of those who have achieved two consecutive promotions of the current Majorcan staff.In its premiere in the First Division, at the age of 28 it has had an intermittent participation in the team competing on the right side with Sastre and with Pozo since his arrival in the winter market, and even on the left side with Lumor in his absence due to injury or penalty.Finally, and until the break, Gámez has played 13 complete matches between matchdays 7 and 21, and another one coming off the bench on matchday 25. The rest have divided them between the bench (four times) and nine off the squad list.Now, like the rest of the template, He is looking forward to hitting the grass again: “After all this time we have spent at home, it seems that soon we will be able to train again and looking forward to that moment.”last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP asking for public’s assistance in vehicle fire investigation

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in an investigation of a vehicle fire that occurred early Friday morning. RCMP received a call at 12:30 a.m. of a vehicle that was engulfed in flames at Peace Glass on the West Bypass Road.Police are investigating as to whether or not the fire was deliberately set.Anyone who may have seen what happened is encouraged to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

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DDTV: MCHUGH RECEIVES ANGRY BACKLASH AFTER CALLING KERRY STAR “TWO-TRICK PONY”

first_imgClick on the video above to watch Martin McHugh call Kerry legend Colm Cooper a “two-trick pony”.The Kilcar native has received an angry backlash from outraged GAA supporters following his comments on Sunday night. McHugh made the comments on The Sunday Game which left host Des Cahill, and fellow pundits Dermot Earley and Kevin McStay stunned.James O’Donoghue starred for Kerry and scored 1-5 against Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.He was praised for his outstanding performance, but McHugh argued that O’Donoghue was a better player than the Gooch.The comments were ridiculed by his fellow analysts in the RTE studio and sparked fury online, with angry supporters of Cooper taking to social media to slam McHugh with some calling for him to be banned from the popular highlights show. Below are a few comments posted on Facebook after McHugh made the comments about the Kerry star who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.Michael Costello wrote, “Gooch is probably the best player ever to play the game. McHugh shouldn’t be let back on Sunday game.Cathal Murphy posted, “What a complete load of nonsense. If he truly believes that then he has no place as an analyst. How could you take anything else he says seriously?John O’Sullivan, “McHugh isnt even fit to comment on gooch. Showed a real lack of class. Probably the best footballer to play the game for last decade. Silly thing to say. Think he knew it too. Love the reaction he got in the studio 🙂Hammy Dawson, “What a load of you know what from McHugh. The Gooch has being the best forward in the last 12 year’s. Remove him from the Panel.Tony Griffin, “Martin McHugh 2 All-stars, 1 all Ireland, Colm cooper 8 allstars 4 All- Ireland medals, McHugh woke up this morning, and said to himself, I have really messed up now, and hope it was just a bad dream, typical northern clown with a chip on his shoulder DDTV: MCHUGH RECEIVES ANGRY BACKLASH AFTER CALLING KERRY STAR “TWO-TRICK PONY” was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:Colm CooperDDTV: Martin McHughdonegalKerryRTEThe Sunday Gamelast_img read more

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THE GUIDING LIGHT IN THE SKYLINE ABOVE FANAD – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgNeil’s stunning portrait.There have been thousands of pictures taken of iconic Fanad Lighthouse.But Neil Carey’s is up there amongst the best.Neil simply tags his stunning portrait ‘Last moments of daylight as the lamp switches on in Fanad lighthouse.’ THE GUIDING LIGHT IN THE SKYLINE ABOVE FANAD – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalfanad lighthouseNeil Carey Photographylast_img read more

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Analysis: Baines vote lowers the bar for the Hall

first_imgBy Dave Sheinin | Washington PostLAS VEGAS – Harold Baines was a fine baseball player who played for a very long time – a right fielder-turned-designated hitter who earned six all-star appearances, led the American League in slugging in 1984 and amassed 384 home runs and 2,866 hits over 22 seasons.If you’re into advanced analytics, his wins above replacement (Baseball-Reference version) of 38.7 ranks tied for 545th all-time and puts him in the same neighborhood as contemporaries such as Paul …last_img read more

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Art Evolution Is Backwards

first_imgEarly art has again been shown to be the work of advanced intellect and culture (see Apr. 22 headline and embedded links).  Carved animal figurines found in Germany1 estimated to be 30,000 to 33,000 years old, display a level of craftsmanship not expected among primitive humans.  In the Dec. 18 issue of Nature2, Anthony Sinclair laments that this does not fit the Victorian notions of progressive evolution:The study of early art has been plagued by our desire to see this essentially human skill in a progressive evolutionary context: simple artistic expressions should lead to later, more sophisticated creations.  We imagine that the first artists worked with a small range of materials and techniques, and produced a limited range of representations of the world around them.  As new materials and new techniques were developed, we should see this pattern of evolution in the archaeological record.  Yet for many outlets of artistic expression � cave paintings, textiles, ceramics and musical instruments � the evidence increasingly refuses to fit.  Instead of a gradual evolution of skills, the first modern humans in Europe were in fact astonishingly precocious artists. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He describes how the cave paintings in Europe, before they were dated by radiometric means, were arranged into an evolutionary sequence from simple to complex.  Then came the surprise that the superb multicolored animal paintings in Chauvet cave in France were dated to be the oldest (see 10/04/01 headline).  Sinclair points out other examples of textiles, figurines and musical instruments that refuse to fall into evolutionary line.  For instance, among some musical pipes found in France,Microscopic examination suggests that they may have been reed-voiced instruments, like a modern oboe, and that the finger holes have been chamfered to increase the pneumatic efficiency of the finger seal: simple whistles they are not.  Such evidence of complexity is used to argue that these cannot be the first musical pipes, even though they are the oldest in the archaeological record.So there seems to be a bias among researchers to force their discoveries into evolutionary presuppositions.  Sinclair tries to salvage evolution by saying maybe we haven’t found the primitive precursors yet, but unambiguous finds prior to the dates of these exquisite artifacts “can be counted on the fingers of one hand,” he says.  “The argument in favour of fast-developing artistic skills in modern humans is strong, and certainly one that I find convincing.”  His statements reveal the chagrin of finding out observations do not match predictions, and he cautions researchers that they must face up to the facts:The Victorian idea of progressive evolution has been a very persuasive metaphor for explaining change in the archaeological record, particularly over a time of biological change in the human species.  Yet the archaeological evidence is now forcing us to come up with new timescales for cultural change and innovation.  This is a challenge that makes the smallest finds of archaeology as important as the largest.1Nicholas J. Conard, “Palaeolithic ivory sculptures from southwestern Germany and the origins of figurative art,” Nature 426, 830 – 832 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/nature02186.2Anthony Sinclair, “Archaeology: Art of the Ancients,” Nature 426, 774 – 775 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426774a.While Sinclair’s candor is laudable, it does not go far enough.  The evolutionary metaphor is beyond salvage.  The observations falsify evolution and instead support the creation paradigm, that man was endowed with intelligence and artistic skill from the beginning.  In the Biblical timeline, for instance, metallurgy, farming, ranching and musical instrument making were already advanced by the seventh generation from Adam (see Gen. 4:16-22).  After the flood and Babel, it is certainly plausible that technology took a huge setback, and as post-flood ice ages ensued, generations of humans dispersed into whatever habitats they could find, including caves.  For a Q&A list on creation anthropology, see Answers in Genesis.    The fact that some human artifacts are found in caves does not mean the artists were primitive.  Some people like living in or visiting caves (even today).  Besides, it could be a selection effect, either that cave environments preserve artifacts better, or that archaeologists are more wont to explore caves than surface terrain.  The dating methods Sinclair trusts are flawed anyway, being built on evolutionary presuppositions, so his whole predicament is a prison in his own mind.  Our enlightened post-Victorian era must now wake up to the realization that progressive evolution was just a persuasive metaphor, and as scientists should know, metaphors bewitch you (see July 4 headline).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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When Is a Primate a Human Ancestor?

first_imgBehold Aegyptopithecus zeuxis, an extinct fossil monkey.  It had a brain smaller than a lemon, smaller than that of modern lemurs.  Why, then, are the news media touting this as a human ancestor?    The new specimen of Aegyptopithecus is more intact and complete than previous specimens.  Two surprises were noted; the amount of sexual dimorphism (differences between male and female) was more than expected, and the brain size was smaller than expected.    This specimen, in fact, seems more un-human than before.  Despite the surprises, several news reports about this fossil are noteworthy for their degree of certainty that this particular ape belongs in the human family tree.  The surprises have not cast any doubt on the human-ancestry interpretation.    The headline on EurekAlert was perhaps the mildest, focusing at least some attention on the problems: “Brain, size and gender surprises in latest fossil tying humans, apes and monkeys.”  National Geographic was brash: “Human Ancestor had Lime-Size Brain.”  Ditto for Live Science: “Human Ancestor Had a Pea Brain.”    In these articles, one can look in vain for doubt that we descended from these extinct lemurs.  Jeanna Brynner wrote flatly in Live Science, “The skull belonged to a common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes.”  National Geographic’s scrambled lineage confuses who begat whom: “apes, humans, and monkeys.”    How could the discovery of such a tiny brain be used as support for an evolutionary link to humans?  National Geographic explained, “The skull—of a species related to apes, humans, and monkeys—is evidence that the more advanced and bigger brains of African primates developed later than previously believed, researchers said.”You see how they do it, don’t you?  Evolution is never subject to any doubt.  Evolution is a fact.  This IS a human ancestor, got that?  Don’t even THINK of anything else.  Now that you are sufficiently brainwashed to follow the tale, uncooperative evidence can be molded to fit.  They just rearrange the plot a little: large brain size evolved a little later in the sequence that led to us.  Never would it enter their pointy-headed pea-brains that this extinct monkey, designated Human Ancestor by the Darwin Party, might be irrelevant to the family line of Beethoven and Einstein.    True to form, the news lemmings followed the script precisely (10/11/2006 commentary): (1) assume evolution, (2) observe a fact, (3) make up a story to fit the fact into the assumption.  The Darwin Party is so skilled at this fability (01/16/2007 commentary), we need to coin another new word, fogma, to describe it.  Fogma is dogma so thick you can’t see through it unless you’re outside it.  Once surrounded by fogma, it begins to represent all of reality—a shifting, shapeless mass of evolutionary change.  The only thing providing a sense of stability in all the fability is the voice of the Darwin Party announcer speaking through the fogma and interpreting the ever-shifting view.  (It is not politically correct to ask the announcer how he knows this.)    The Charlie and Tinker Bell Theater uses state-of-the-art fogma machines with Charlie’s secret recipe.  It produces the perfect colloid of mythoids (05/29/2003 commentary).  The stage hands aim the fogma so that it reveals only the things they want the audience to see – the props that fit the script at the right time – and conceals everything else.  Surprises are inserted occasionally to keep the audience awake.  After all, every good work of fiction needs a crisis.  But not to worry; the entire production crew knows how to bring the plot to a proper denouement.    This works well indoors under controlled conditions.  Take the fogma out into the real world, though, and the sunlight of evidence quickly dissipates it.  The design of the world then stands out in clear relief.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Non-host venues eye slice of 2010 pie

first_img17 August 2009 While South Africa’s nine 2010 host cities are in the news on a daily basis as a result of their World Cup preparations, dozens of smaller cities and towns are quietly positioning themselves for the key role they will play during the month-long event. Over the years, there have been many examples of towns and cities which have been transformed overnight by the World Cup and Olympic Games. In 2006, the small Swiss town of Weggis found itself in the international spotlight during the World Cup in neighbouring Germany when Brazil set up its base camp there. Thousands of supporters and a large contingent of foreign media representatives followed the preparations of the world’s most famous team. Sapporo in Japan doubled its population and established itself as a major conferencing and sporting destination after the 1972 Winter Olympics. And South Korea, which co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan, saw its economic growth double from 3.1% in 2001 to 6.3% one year later. There have been many other success stories. Barcelona saw the number of international visitors to the city increase by 90% in the years following its successful hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games. And visitors to Sydney grew by around 50% after it hosted the 2000 Olympics. In a thesis on the economic and socio-economic perspective of the 2010 World Cup, Professor Elsabe Loots of the University of the Free State says the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles was “the watershed event that changed the financial landscape of mega-events”. Loots says the success of that event provided key lessons for the first African hosts of the quadrennial showpiece of international soccer. Creative Communications SA notes that when the World Cup has left these shores and everything returns to normal, “normal” would have been redefined, “and those who have best read and exploited the dynamics around the event will be the long-term winners”. It’s a powerful message, and one that many of the smaller cities and towns in South Africa – and the rest of the region – are taking to heart. Irrespective whether they are planning to host visiting teams, fan parks or just a few thousand World Cup visitors who are looking for something uniquely African, the 2010 World Cup provides them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow their profile. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Mossel Bay on the Western Cape coast and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape coast are among those preparing to play an important role by hosting visiting teams while, across the border in neighbouring Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is undergoing a major face-lift in anticipation of a 2010-induced surge in tourismlast_img read more

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