ARSENAL fans have ripped into Bernd Leno and Sokratis after Tottenham were gifted an early opener during the North London derby.Christian Eriksen simply slotted the ball into the net after the Gunners goalkeeper parried the ball into his path.2 Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after just 10 minutesCredit: ReutersTottenham’s move started after Hugo Lloris pumped the ball up the pitch towards Harry Kane.Sokratis charged out of position – which left a gaping hole in Arsenal’s defence.Son-Heung min picked up possession before he laid it off to team-mate Erik Lamela.As David Luiz was also caught out of position, the Argentine ace went for a shot on goal.Leno attempted to save the effort, but instead parried it into the path of Eriksen, who could not miss from close range.After watching their side go behind after a promising start, Arsenal fans went wild on Twitter.One said: “Arsenal are a complete shambles at the back. You’d think the way Leno saved that, he’d just saved an absolute stinger of a shot.”2LATEST ARSENAL NEWS Live BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialAnother concluded: “Leno, Leno, Leno… today isn’t the day to make a mistake.”While one claimed: “Sokratis’ fault. Why did he go up for that header?”Despite his dodgy start, Leno proved his potential minutes later as he made an incredible save to deny Son’s long-distance effort.Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash
MAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.2 Mauricio Pochettino considered ostracising Christian Eriksen as he entered the final year of his contractCredit: ReutersEriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Given the nod to start from the outset in yesterday’s North London derby, he repaid his manager’s faith within ten minutes.After Bernd Leno parried Erik Lamela’s tame shot, the Dane, 27, reacted first to tap into the empty net and give Spurs the lead.Although Harry Kane added a second, Spurs allowed Arsenal back into the game and had to settle for a point as their away form continues to struggle.But with Eriksen set to stay in North London for another year, Poch admitted he will throw a “big party” when today’s deadline passes.There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult… I am optimistic. Mauricio Pochettino on Christian EriksenHe told talkSPORT: “Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate.”Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”On Eriksen, Pochettino added: “His mind is clear that he wanted to play.”It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.”There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult.”I think nothing is impossible in football. I am optimistic.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”The most important thing is [the next] 24 hours and [we] hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”Christian Eriksen had a big performance. The whole team had a very good performance.”I enjoyed it a lot. You want to win, but you hope to play these kind of games every week.”2 The Dane tucks in the opening goal of the North London derby but could not inspire his side to victoryCredit: Richard Pelham – The SunMauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksen
TOTTENHAM are refusing to sell Jan Vertonghen in January but couldlose him to Inter Milan on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports.The Belgian centre-back, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season and is unlikely to extend his stay with Spurs.2Inter are keen on Vertonghen, who Darren Bent claims could make a shock Arsenal switch, and the Guardian claims Antonio Conte and club chiefs are preparing a three-year deal to tempt him to Serie A.After struggling to compete for honours, the Serie A giants have bounced back this season and lie second in the table – behind dominant Juventus.The additions of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United have bolstered an attack which includes the impressive Lautaro Martinez.And Vertonghen would join a solid defensive unit, which saw Diego Godin join Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and rising star Alessandro Bastoni.If Vertonghen were to arrive, he could form an impressive back three alongside veteran Godin and Skriniar, although De Vrij would be unlucky to miss out.Marcelo Brozovic often anchors the midfield as Nicolo Barella and Roberto Gagliardini provide energy in front of him.Martinez has formed a solid partnership with Lukaku since the latter’s big-money move in August.Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itAntonio Candreva has been operating at right wing-back, while loanee Sanchez will hope to impress enough to secure a permanent move and perhaps a spot down the left if he cannot get a start up top.Spurs are facing a summer exodus as Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld can also leave for nothing at the end of the season.There is also plenty of speculation that Mauricio Pochettino could be on his way after failing to build on a run to the Champions League final last term.2 Vertonghen could be on his way on the summerCredit: AFP or licensorsHarry Kane tells Spurs they must be ‘braver’ as striker admits there are NO positives to take from Liverpool loss
It’s been nine months since Mate Ma’a Tonga’s memorable run to the World Cup semi finals, which included a famous victory over New Zealand in Hamilton.The Kingdom’s request for a rematch against the Kiwis in October was rejected by New Zealand Rugby League, who also vetoed Tonga’s desire to host the Kangaroos in Auckland.Woolf said despite both sides wanting the match to go ahead roadblocks keep getting in the way.”Our first option was that we wanted to play against New Zealand but it was very clear early on that that was not going to happen,” he said.”And as soon as I mentioned it to (Australian coach) Mal Meninga it was something that he jumped at straight away and he’s really pushed it and really helped the process along the way.”You’ve certainly got two teams that want to play but the other difficulties around it have been particularly to do with finances and who’s going to fund it and who’s going to underwrite it.”As well as venues. When it came to New Zealand it’s certainly been a bit frustrating.”New Zealand Rugby League expressed concern that a test between Tonga and Australia in Auckland would overshadow their own clash against the Kangaroos at Mount Smart Stadium a week later.But Woolf disagreed saying matches like these could grow the international game.”It was very disappointing. I can certainly see the points of view of New Zealand Rugby League but the other thing that I thought was a real positive for everyone was the interest that our game against England (at the World Cup) generated to the New Zealand Rugby League public and the exposure to our game that that gave in New Zealand,” Woolf argued.”Even though it didn’t include a New Zealand team I thought it was a real positive for rugby league in the country, therefore I thought it was a positive for us to play over there again regardless of who we were playing.”Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) boss Todd Greenberg was also supportive of the fixture but finding a venue and financial backing was proving to be a major obstacle, Woolf said.”For a game to go ahead you need support from a local government, you need support from a stadium and it needs to be financially viable,” he said.”And the later that goes obviously that decreases your opportunity to sell it a little bit as well, or to promote it. That, from my understanding, is the biggest hurdle at the moment.”I have been told through the Queensland Government and through Suncorp Stadium (in Brisbane) there’s some interest there and some support there as well but I’m not sure what the actual figures are that are holding up the game.”Cronulla forward Andrew Fifita, who switched allegience from the Kangaroos to represent Mate Ma’a Tonga ahead of last year’s World Cup has also voiced his frustration.Woolf said a decision needed to be made sooner rather than later and he called on the NRL and Rugby League International Federation to step in and underwrite the game.”I’d be thinking in the next couple of days it certainly needs to be made but it’s been a difficult one and a frustrating one,” he said.”There’s been a lot of roadblocks put in the way and it’s a funny one because everybody that you talk to – whether it be a general fan or people who can act on it – tells you that it’s a game that they want to see and a game that everyone wants to happen but everywhere we turn there seems to be roadblocks put up so it’s very frustrating.”
This was made known during the Solomon Islands 37th Independence Day today.Solomon Islands Home Affairs Permanent Secretary George Balua gave PNG government and it’s people the thumbs up for providing some of the best sporting facilities in the Pacific.”These facilities are world class and our athletes have enjoyed the maximum of their stay during the games,” he said.He said this during the 37th Independence Day at the Gordons Secondary School at Gordons in Port Moresby today.The event started with speeches and went on with songs, dances and food, which were provided by the Solomon Islands and PNG community.Balua said it was a great opportunity for their athletes to have a feel of the new stadiums at different venues during the 2015 Pacific Games.
The free community event featured dance competitions, rugby quizzes and entertainment by local band The Clan, who entertained the crowd with famous covers and original songs.As proud broadcasters of the upcoming NRL season, Digicel PNG CEO, Maurice McCarthy said it was fantastic to see Mt Hagen residents enjoy the fun community event.“Digicel has proudly hosted three NRL in the Park events since late January and it’s been thrilling to see the events be so well-received by the local towns” he said.“The success of the Hagen event highlights PNG’s love of NRL and is helping to build excitement for the upcoming season throughout the country.“The Digicel Play Box is selling fast in the regions as NRL fans purchase in preparation for viewing the games at home, when the live broadcast begins on Digicel Play.”Digicel’s Top Up & Win promotion also proved to be popular on the day, with many purchasing the K3.30 and K5.50 flex cards as well as Alcatel handsets for K49 and portable solars for K79.The next NRL in the Park will be held at Goroka this Sunday 14 February.Further events will take place at Madang (Saturday 20 February), Buka (Saturday 27 February) and Kokopo (Saturday 27 February).
The Port Moresby SNS Vipers winning their round 6 match against TNA Simbu Lions last Sunday despite being outside of the top eight on the ladder are confident to play against the Gulf Isapea’s who are currently running fifth on the ladder.Isapeas are a balance team with skipper Bernard Goma leading the forwards Japheth Olik coordinating with the second rowers in calling the shots on attacks.Isapeas centre and trying scoring machine Jackins Mark Olam will be another key for the Isapeas however, the Vipers will depend greatly on their forwards and dummy half runs to penetrate through the Isapeas solid defence.Moreover, other main games to watch this weekend are the third sixth playoff of Waghi Tumbe and Wamp Nga Mt Hgn Eagles in Minj oval and the EPG Enga Mioks match against the Agmark Rabaul Gurias in Wabag.
Rutherford’s partner Susie Verrill told Standard Issue magazine that they harbour serious concerns over the virus, which experts say is to blame for a surge of cases in Latin America of microcephaly – a serious birth defect in which babies are born with unusually small heads and brains.The pair, who want to have more children, are as a result taking precautions ahead of Rutherford’s defence of his long jump gold medal.”We’ve … made the decision to have Greg’s sperm frozen,” Verrill said.”We’d love to have more children and with research in its infancy, I wouldn’t want to put myself in a situation which could have been prevented.”Specialists still also don’t know the ins and outs of Zika, so even though it looks as though there’s no real issues should [their son] Milo get bitten, it’s just another thing we don’t want to chance.”She says the Zika threat, as well as the fact baby-friendly accommodation in Rio was “slimmer than a supermodel grasshopper”, will see her and the family stay at home during the Olympics.”The Zika news has caused no end of concern if we’re totally honest,” she said.
The former British middleweight champion returned to the ring in recent weeks, despite being put in a coma following a defeat to Chris Eubank Jr in March, which prompted him to announce his retirement.Blackwell was rushed back to hospital and surgeons removed part of his skull to relieve bleeding on his brain, but the 26-year-old has regained consciousness this week and no longer requires a breathing ventilator.His father John Blackwell told The Wiltshire Times: “We’re all absolutely delighted. We’ve been hoping he would get to this stage, but didn’t think it would be for another few months yet.”He’s out of intensive care and has been put in a new ward in his own room. Even nurses are surprised at how he’s recovered over the past week.”There’s still a long road ahead though, and he’ll need another operation sometime next year to replace the part of his skull which is missing, but we’re just so happy to see him smiling again.”The British Boxing Board of Control have suspended trainer Liam Wilkins and light-heavyweight Hasan Karkardi after Blackwell took part in the ill-advised sparring session.”The last four weeks have been utter hell,” said John Blackwell.”The first week in particular was awful. We had everything going through our heads and experts were telling us that it was 50/50 whether or not he would make it.”We would have given up everything we had just to see him recover – nothing else has mattered to us other than making sure he makes it.”We’re all going to visit him in hospital on Christmas Day. It would be amazing if he’s able to pull crackers and share jokes with us.”
Athletic could not get the arrival of Cavani closed to add the gunpowder that is missing so much in what march of season. However, he has resorted to the winter market on the horn to reinforce his attack. Not with a tip, but with an end that can also play as a second forward and whose name is already known: Yannick Carrasco. The Belgian militated for two and a half seasons at Atlético and with his departure to China in the winter market of 2018 the team was weakened. At 26, he is at the peak of his career, and although he has competed for two years in a minor league, his young march to an exotic destination He has been able to serve to mature, one of his duties in Atlético. But Carrasco knows the club, Simeone and its methods and it was always an important piece for the Argentine coach. The Atleti needs immediate performance and that can be given by someone who is advanced in many kinds of cholismo. If any player has a hard time reaching the team, the Belgian can skip that acclimatization process. Carrasco The extreme is motivated, he wants to show that he deserves to return to Europe, to a leading club like Atlético and that must be in the European Championship with Belgium. As a rojiblanco, in his first season he achieved five goals in 43 games, one of them in the final of the Milan Championships against Real Madrid, where his entry to the field was a revolution for the team. But his face-to-door explosion came in his second course as a rojiblanco with 14 goals in 53 appearances. Figures that no other player away from the area and Griezmann has returned to get on the team. His departure came when he added four goals in 28 games, pushed by the arrival of Vitolo once the FIFA sanction ended. But neither the canary nor Lemar have managed to have continuity of the Belgian in the band, both starting and leaving the bench to become a reference in the athletic attack. In China accumulates 17 goals in 26 games in the course of the year and from the Dalian Pro were flexible on arrival, something very important when it comes to meeting the financial fairplay. Keep in mind that Atlético is going through an offensive crisis with little imagination above and very predictable attacks, something that can break Carrasco. Dalian Yifang Midfield playerBelgium Pure nerve and sometimes excessively individualistic, the Belgian combines dribbling and much overflow. He has complete confidence in his dexterity and perfectly manages both legs, preferring to start from the left band with exit to shoot with the right. A player who He grew up under the command of Simeone and who seeks to be an important player in Europe again under his command. Carrasco’s dive in China comes to an end and for all parties it would have been no better than seeing the fast, powerful and decisive player of the 2016-17 season.