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Maurizio Sarri fires warning to Tottenham after Chelsea’s win against Fulham

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Mar 2019 5:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link961Shares Advertisement Comment Chelsea are five points off Spurs (Picture: Getty)‘As I said to you after Tottenham, we were trying to involve Tottenham in the fight,’ said Sarri.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And I think that now they are involved. So, better two teams for four places than three for one place.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSarri reinstated Kepa into his starting XI at Craven Cottage after dropping him for the win against Spurs.Chelsea had the Spaniard to thank in the dying stages when he saved from Aleksandar Mitrovic but Sarri was pleased with his side’s performance.‘I think that we played very well for 60 minutes. Very well,” Sarri added.‘We could have killed the match with a third goal. We didn’t kill the match and then, in the last 25 minutes, we were really very tired’‘Physically but also mentally. In seven days, we played 120 minutes in a very difficult match against City. We played 90 minutes, very expensive, against Tottenham.‘And today we had to play a very important derby against a team with a new coach, so it was a really very difficult match. I think very well for 60 minutes, and then very tired. That’s the normal reaction to our seven days.’MORE: Jose Mourinho reveals the one problem Chelsea have with Gonzalo Higuain Maurizio Sarri fires warning to Tottenham after Chelsea’s win against Fulham Maurizio Sarri is backing his side to finish in the top four (Picture: Getty)Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has warned Tottenham they’re now in a battle for the top four after the Blues’ 2-1 win against Fulham.Goals from Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain handed Chelsea their second London derby win in a week after their 2-0 win against rivals Spurs on Wednesday.With Tottenham and Arsenal drawing on Saturday, Chelsea’s win means that there’s just five points between them in sixth and Mauricio Pochettino’s men in third.Chelsea appear to have emerged from a difficult February and Sarri’s demonstrated their new-found confidence with a warning for Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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AP4 invests in equities fund to support children’s welfare

first_imgSwedish national pensions buffer fund AP4 has invested SEK100m (€10.8m) into a new equities fund run by RobecoSAM that singles out companies clearly supporting children’s rights and welfare.The fund – the Global Child Impact Equities Fund – has a strategy of investing in 40-60 companies that “excel in protecting children’s rights and promoting children’s welfare while exhibiting strong business fundamentals and trading below fair value”, according to the asset manager.AP4 said the fund was developed in partnership between RobecoSAM and the Swedish royal family’s foundation Global Child Forum. It said it is one of the first large investors in the fund. Mats Andersson, AP4’s chief executive, said: “In our work as a long-term investor, we must do what we can to ensure children’s well-being, as they in fact are our future.”He said it was natural for AP4 to make the investment since the investments the fund made today belonged to future generations.“We are long-term investors, and our goal is to contribute to the stability of the national pension system,” he said.Andersson told IPE childhood was now the third area of ESG focus for the pension fund, which had historically set its sights first on governance and secondly on trying to mitigate climate risk.“It is pretty obvious that, as a pension fund with a long-term horizon, you should take care of these,” he said.AP4 now plans to increase investments related to the issue of childhood over the next few years, Andersson said.Describing the strategy of the RobecoSAM fund, he said he was sure that, by picking companies with good policies in the area of children’s rights and welfare, the fund would invest in generally well-run companies.“If you look after your business well in terms of child welfare, you will probably look after the rest of your business in the same way,” he said.AP4 has so far had a similar experience with its low-carbon investments, he said.These investments, initiated four years ago, use a sector-neutral approach by excluding certain companies in each sector.“This strategy has outperformed, even though it should really outperform when we get the carbon tax, which we do not have yet,” Andersson said.RobecoSAM said the strategy used its own data on corporate sustainability, as well as information from the Global Child Forum Benchmark to rank companies based on how they performed on a range of child-related criteria.The company then constructed the portfolio by combining the resulting RobecoSAM Global Child Score with Robeco’s own quantitative valuation and momentum model.The fund’s highest sector weightings are currently financials and information technology, followed by healthcare.The largest individual holding is Roche Holding, with a 2.85% weight, followed by Cisco Systems with 2.51%.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe filmmakers optimistic amidst challenges

first_imgAfrican film-making is popular across the continent with powerhouses like Nigeria, leading the way in local productions. Now, despite a decade-long slump, it seems the Zimbabwean film industry is stirring to life, with the hopes of becoming a recognized film production center of its own in the future. TALK AFRICA: Zimbabwe Looks East Related Nigeria Nollywood Inspires Zimbabwe Filmmakers Plight of Refugees: Refugees at Kakuma Camp Optimistic Despite Challengeslast_img

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Small increase in COVID cases locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 430 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 38,033 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 315,390 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 12.1% positive rate and 23 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,158 Hoosiers have died to date.Decatur County has a total of 235 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 118 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 110 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img read more

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Defeat hurts Martinez

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez admitted he and his players were hurting after their pursuit of a top-four Barclays Premier League finish was damaged by a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace. Press Association Martinez, whose side had gone into the contest on a seven-game top-flight winning run, said afterwards: “It is a reaction of disappointment because the result is a hurtful one, especially with the expectations we had and the real desire that we brought into the game. “I thought in the first half, we wanted to win so much that we forgot about the simple basics that you need to do to win a football game. “The way we defended carried somehow a bit of fear and that left us a bit exposed. It is not normal for us to play with that feeling. “I thought the second half was completely different – we changed the approach, it was a bit more positive and it was back to being ourselves. “But I think in every aspect the game played well into Crystal Palace’s hands today.” Palace deservedly went in at the break a goal up thanks to Jason Puncheon’s strike, and were 2-0 ahead early in the second half when the unmarked Scott Dann headed in a corner. Substitute Steven Naismith reduced the deficit with a close-range finish just after the hour mark before Cameron Jerome’s effort made it 3-1 with just over 15 minutes left. Everton piled on the pressure and Kevin Mirallas slotted home in the 86th minute, but they could not salvage a point. Martinez said: “They were probably the worst opposition we could have played – they are well organised and quite happy to sit behind the ball and hit you on the counter and in dead-ball situations. “But for us to concede those three goals shows that feeling defensively that I’m talking about. “I think we gave everything we had, though, and that we were unfortunate not to get a draw after the chances we created.” The Spaniard, whose side next play Manchester United at home on Sunday and also have to host Manchester City, stressed that he remains encouraged about Everton’s chances of making the top four. “We are disappointed with our defensive work, but we’ll move on,” he said. “We have had a very good run, we are very close to that fourth place and we are going to give everything to try to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season. “We are in a very good position. If you look at it after the weekend (when Everton were two points ahead of Arsenal in fourth), it is a disappointment, but if you had looked at this at the start of the season, you’d think it is a magnificent position – fifth, one point behind, with a better goal difference. “It is a unique challenge and a unique opportunity. So we are excited from that point of view. “And the way we finished the second half, it gives me great encouragement that we can turn the corner on Sunday.” Palace now look safe, with this win – their fourth in a row – taking them up to 11th and 40 points, 10 clear of the relegation zone. And certainly their manager Tony Pulis is in no doubt that the job of securing survival is now complete. Pulis, who succeeded Ian Holloway in November, said; “It is a great result. “I started at Hull and we had four points. Now we have 40. “It is a remarkable achievement from the players – they have been absolutely fantastic. “I’m proud of them. I’ve just had a chat with them and said that without their effort and buying into what we’re trying to do, we wouldn’t have achieved it. “Its brilliant – I am absolutely delighted for the supporters and the football club. “It is nice to say we are going to be a Premier League club next year with four games to go.” Avoiding defeat would have seen the Toffees move back above Arsenal into fourth place in the race for Champions League football, and a win would have re-established them a two-point cushion over the Gunners. But instead, having been undone by Palace, they remain fifth, a point behind Arsenal with both them and Arsene Wenger’s men having four games each left to go. last_img read more

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Cameroun, Ghana Play to Stalemate

first_imgApart from that, the two sides served up a feast of misplaced passes, poor first touches and wayward finishing on another searing evening at the Ismailia stadium, while there were some unusual decisions from the referee.Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah was one of the few players to distinguish himself, making three key interventions to prevent a Cameroon goal.Five-time champions Cameroun stay top of Group F with four points while Ghana have a paltry two after their second successive draw.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champions Cameroun and fellow favourites Ghana saturday played the second 0-0 draw in a row after eight days of at least a goal a game at AFCON 2019 in Egypt.Cameroon and Ghana, two of the most successful teams in Africa Cup of Nations history, cancelled each other out in their Group F match.Ghana nearly snatched the points in the 88th minute when Kwabena Owusu intercepted a wayward pass, charged forward and fired a ferocious shot against the bar.last_img read more

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S’Arabia’s Proposed Takeover of Newcastle Utd Creating Buzz in UK

first_imgNewcastle United fans are used to false dawns when it comes to potential new owners replacing the much-maligned Mike Ashley.But as a group of investors backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund move closer to ending Ashley’s 13-year reign, even the most-sceptical supporters are starting to believe in a new future.According to BBC Sports, documents revealed on Tuesday that the group’s leader, financier Amanda Staveley, has laid down the legal framework with Ashley’s company for a potential £300m takeover. Those involved in negotiations are cautious about dealing with Ashley. Nothing appears over the line yet. But who are the main players involved and if they do take over, what can Newcastle fans expect?Amanda Staveley is a powerful figure in Middle Eastern financial circles having helped broker the purchase of Manchester City by current Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour in 2008.Ashley’s opinion of her is not so complimentary having labelled previous talks with her in 2018 a “waste of time”.That has not put her off, though, and this time her firm PCP Capital Partners has the financial backing of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) which, before the coronavirus outbreak, had targeted accruing $400bn (£313.81bn) of assets by the end of 2020.The 47-year-old, who is reported to be worth £115m, has an interesting past.She dropped out of Cambridge University, previously dated Prince Andrew, and began her route to Middle Eastern influence after setting up a restaurant near Newmarket racecourse where wealthy horse owners often dropped by.More recently, she has said she is a big Newcastle fan and has spoken in glowing terms about what Manchester City have achieved over the last decade.If Newcastle is sold to Staveley’s group, she is expected to hold a 10% stake in the club, with the PIF making up 80% and a further 10% coming from British property investors the Reuben brothers.Staveley is likely to be on the club’s board with the chairman expected to be Yasir Al-Rumayyan – governor of the PIF.Originally from Yorkshire, Staveley’s determination to return with further offers to buy the club show she does not take fall-outs personally. She told the National newspaperlast year that Ashley’s “waste of time” comments are “water under the bridge”.She also said that “the time to be bold is when markets are volatile” which might explain why she is still pursuing the Newcastle deal at a time of great uncertainty.And for those who cross her, a warning: having helped raise emergency funding, including from Sheikh Mansour, to prevent Barclays Bank from a government bailout during the financial crisis, she is now in the midst of suing themfor alleged deceit to the tune of a reported £1.5bn.According to its website, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is “seeking to become one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world” with reported assets of $320bn (£250.86bn) worldwide.It is headed by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and is aiming to “drive the economic transformation” of the country through a project called Vision 2030.Part of that is hosting sporting events in the country via the General Sports Authority to show the country is open for business. The roster, which has included Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr, golf, tennis and wrestling events, the Spanish Super Cup and a Formula One Grand Prix set for 2023, is impressive.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse tweaks approach hoping for a different outcome in season-opener

first_img Published on September 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm Contact Brandon: bross02@syr.edu Last fall, Syracuse hosted Bemidji State for its season opener. A go-ahead goal in the third period sealed the game for the Beavers, SU’s second straight season-opening loss.“We actually played pretty well,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It was back and forth, good hockey.”But “good hockey” wasn’t enough for SU, which went on to lose or tie the next five games. This season, Syracuse has a chance to rewrite its beginning when it travels to Bemidji, Minnesota, to play the Beavers on Friday. Trying to avoid another slow start, senior Megan Quinn said the team remains focused on the little things could turn season-opening struggles into wins.“(We’re) just working hard and doing what we can do,” Quinn said. “We’re a good team, so we’re really relying on each other.”One thing the Orange has this year is momentum. In both the previous two seasons, Syracuse fell short in its exhibition games. A 2-1 victory over the University of Ottawa on Sunday gave SU the assurance it needed entering the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was good for the freshmen,” senior goalie Abbey Miller said, “because they haven’t really played at the college level yet, and I think they gained a lot of confidence.”Hockey doesn’t allow much time to practice before the season starts. Prior to Sunday’s exhibition, the team had only run through power plays in the few days before. The shortness of the preseason not only leaves some players rusty, but it allows for little time to build chemistry. This is why Flanagan prefers to start the season out on the road, he said.“Whether they want to or not,” Flanagan said, “they’re on a plane together and they got a four-hour bus trip from Minneapolis to Bemidji, so it should be good.”Flanagan pointed out that, at least from a strategic perspective, the preparation for this year’s opener with Bemidji State has not changed, though SU’s strategy has. The Orange, Flanagan said, has worked on the “mental aspect” and seizing opportunities because last season “we struggled to score early.”“We know we’re going to have to make adjustments as we go along,” Flanagan said. “We’ll take it one period at a time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Football readies for Colorado’s offense

first_imgTrever Sochocki | Daily TrojanSlowing the stampede · Sophomore defensive back Iman Marshall will be among those tasked with stopping the Buffaloes’ potent offense, which is averaging 43.2 points per game and spreads the ball to many receivers.USC football practiced on Wednesday with some legitimate momentum, perhaps for the first time this season. Although the Trojans dropped three games on the road early in the fall, they returned to the Coliseum last Saturday and cruised to a 41-20 win over Arizona State.But there is no time to celebrate, as USC prepares for its fourth matchup against a ranked team this season. No. 21 Colorado visits Los Angeles on Saturday atop the Pac-12 South and averaging a whopping 43.2 points per game—including a 41-38 shootout victory at Oregon two weeks ago.The Trojans terrorized Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins last week, and they will look to similarly contain Colorado’s dual-threat signal caller: freshman Steven Montez, who passed for three touchdowns last Saturday and rushed for 135 yards two weeks ago.Although the blitz proved more than effective against the Sun Devils, Trojan defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said that wouldn’t become a pattern.“It was situational — it’s about how we feel our matchups are and how we want to best utilize our guys based on those matchups,” he said. “So if we feel like we can get into throwing lanes against them, then we’ll do so, and if we feel like pressure is good, we’ll do that as well.”Head coach Clay Helton echoed Pendergast, saying more blitzes weren’t necessarily part of the game plan, but he also said he thought the team needed to “be aggressive in all phases this week, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams.”The Trojans also focused a great deal of attention on figuring out wideout Shay Fields, who has caught three passes over 60 yards in five games this season for the Buffaloes. The junior has also tallied five touchdowns—already a career high.“Shay’s always been fast, but he’s really picked it up as a natural receiver,” said junior safety Chris Hawkins, who has played with the Bellflower, California native. “He’s making good [defensive backs] look pretty bad on tape.”Helton called Fields’ big-play ability the best USC has seen to date. “The guy’s doing an incredible job over his career,” he said.Fields and company will undoubtedly provide yet another tough challenge for the Trojans, but Helton said he was happy with his team’s progress just over a month into the season.“The thing you hope as a head coach is that each unit is progressing and getting better as we move forward, and I think you’ve seen that from game one to right now,” he said. “Now our goal is to keep going — you need to be playing your best football in November when it matters most.”Helton also provided updates on several injured Trojans. Redshirt senior right tackle Zach Banner continued to miss practice with an ankle issue, redshirt senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin remained in concussion protocol and redshirt freshman safety Ykili Ross was nursing a shoulder injury.Helton said Banner and Ruffin were “50/50 at best” to play on Saturday, while Ross was doubtful. Banner received a platelet rich plasma injection today, but Helton admitted it was “not looking promising.”last_img read more

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No. 7 women’s soccer hosts second round of NCAA tournament

first_imgUSC women’s soccer welcomes Texas A&M to McAlister Field on Friday for the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 7 Women of Troy (15-4-1) grabbed an opening-round victory last week taking down Eastern Washington 3-1, and they are looking to keep their championship hopes alive with a win over the Aggies.Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanAll on the line · Senior forward Morgan Andrews and the Women of Troy are hosting their second game of the NCAA tournament on Friday when they face off against Texas A&M in the second round.After going on a 12-1 midseason tear, USC stumbled going into the tournament, going 1-1-1 in its final three games and losing to UCLA in the regular season finale. But head coach Keidane McAlpine was impressed with his team’s rebound against the Eagles.“We gained some confidence as a team in what we were doing,” McAlpine said. “Then, slowly but surely, you get in rhythm and the game starts to take shape for you.”Now, the Women of Troy’s focus shifts to Texas A&M. The Aggies won’t blow anyone away with their 12-8-1 record, but they advanced further than USC in last year’s tournament, when they lost to Florida State in the Elite Eight. Needless to say, McAlpine wasn’t about to underestimate his team’s opponent.“I think they’re a team that’s hungry. They feel like their season was taken from them a bit with injuries,” McAlpine said. “They’ll come out here with a very experienced and determined performance.”Going up against a veteran squad in the postseason is always a challenge regardless of the team’s record, so McAlpine was happy to make the Aggies come to Los Angeles instead of flying his side out to College Station.“They get to stay in class, which is always good for them,” he said. “It calms their nerves a bit in terms of their everyday load, so that’s massive for us.”McAlpine listed more advantages that could give the Women of Troy a crucial edge on their home field, from the impact of the fans to players being able to sleep in their own beds.“They just accentuate the performance,” McAlpine said. “They make it a little bit easier to go out and perform well.”Of course, continuing to advance in the tournament also gives USC seniors extra opportunities to run onto the McAlister Field pitch. McAlpine said that motivation drives both veterans and younger players on the squad.“I think that’s always a special thing for [the seniors],” McAlpine said. “You play your last game, and then all of a sudden you get another one. We’re going to try to get them as many as we possibly can.”The Women of Troy kick off against the Aggies at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The game will be broadcast from McAlister Field on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

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