Grassley doesn’t disagree with House action against King

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s no surprise fellow Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is being punished for his comments about white supremacy.Grassley notes Republican House leaders have stripped King of his committee assignments and some Democrats are calling for King’s censure. “That’s entirely within the view of the House of Representatives,” Grassley says. “When I was a member of the House of Representatives, I’ve seen that sort of punishment done by the House, both censure as well as being deprived of committees.”On Monday, King was removed from three panels, the Agriculture and Small Business committees as well as the powerful Judiciary Committee. Grassley says he understands the actions of House GOP leaders who say King’s remarks won’t be tolerated. “I’ll have to accept their judgment on it. I don’t disagree with the judgment,” Grassley says. “I’m not surprised House Republicans took this step. It’s happened in the past when I was a member of the House because a particular member dishonors the chamber.”King says his comments were “completely mischaracterized” and that booting him from the committees is “a political decision that ignores the truth,” yet Grassley and other Republicans are distancing themselves from King.“Under our constitution, I have to respect their decision,” Grassley says. “I strongly disagree with any comments supporting white supremacy. It’s offensive and it’s not a view that I hold.”Grassley says while King won’t be able to represent the people of Iowa’s Fourth District in committee action, he’ll still be able to voice opinions on any issues that comes from those committees when they go before the full House for a vote.last_img read more


Tuesday May 7th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — Clear Lake had three of the top four golfers to win the North Central Conference boys golf tournament Monday at the Mason City Country Club. The Lions took home the team trophy with a 322, nine shots ahead of Webster City and 19 shots ahead of third-place Humboldt. Nathan Ferrell of Webster City was the medalist with a 72. Tyler Eaton of Clear Lake was the runner-up with a 75, followed by his teammates Jack Barragy with a 78 and Tate Storbeck with an 80. St. Edmond was fourth a shot behind Humboldt, with Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Iowa Falls-Alden, Algona and Hampton-Dumont/CAL rounding out the team standings. The Lions will host a tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course this afternoon with Algona, Decorah, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Lake Mills and Webster City. They’ll travel to the regional tournament in Charles City on Friday. NORA SPRINGS — St. Ansgar won the Top of Iowa Conference East girls golf tournament in Nora Springs on Monday. The Saints had a 410, three shots better than runner-up Osage. Dani Johnson of Osage was the medalist with an 88, ending five shots better than Keagan Betsinger of Nashua-Plainfield. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gersson Rosas had first-hand experience with success from unconventional strategy during a 17-year run with the Houston Rockets. An outside-the-box approach might be necessary, if the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to catch up in the cutthroat Western Conference. The new president of basketball operations in Minnesota, a native of Colombia who will be the first Latino to lead an NBA front office, sold Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on his collaborative vision for the team. IOWA CITY — On the strength of its six straight series wins, including taking two of three games from No. 18 UC Irvine last weekend at Duane Banks Field, the University of Iowa baseball team has made its debut in the top 25 rankings.The Hawkeyes come in at No. 24 by — the program’s first ranking by since the 2015 season when Iowa climbed as high as 14th.Iowa is 29-17 overall and 11-7 in Big Ten play, sitting in a tie for third in the league standings, with two weekends remaining in the regular season. The Hawkeyes close out their home schedule May 10-12, hosting Michigan State at Duane Banks Field.“There is not shot at a regional if we don’t play well”, said Iowa coach Rick Heller. “I am just being realistic about it and we have to play well against anybody to have a chance to win.”The Hawkeyes are one of two Big Ten teams in the rankings. Illinois is ranked 25th after taking two of three games from Indiana to knock the Hoosiers out of the top 25. TORONTO (AP) — Martin Perez and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, Eddie Rosario hit his AL-leading 12th home run, and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0. Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco also homered for the Twins. FORT DODGE — Clear Lake’s Ashley DeLong was the medalist while Humboldt had four finish in the top six to win the team title at the North Central Conference girls golf championship at the Fort Dodge Country Club on Monday. DeLong shot an 83 to win the individual honors, two strokes better than Humboldt’s Frances Carlson and St. Edmond’s Rylee Kinney. The Wildcats finished with a 350 to take home the team honors, 18 shots ahead of Clear Lake. Hampton-Dumont/CAL was third, followed by Algona, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Iowa Falls-Alden, St. Edmond and Webster City.center_img MASON CITY — The NIACC baseball team wrapped up the regular season with an 11-0, seven-inning win over the Luther College JV on Autism Awareness Night at Roosevelt Field on Monday. Fox Leum socked a two-run homer to end the game and now is tied with Robbie Glendinning as NIACC’s all-time career home run leader. NIACC ends the regular season with a 31-24 record and will face Southeastern in the opening round of the Region XI tournament on Thursday in Clinton AMES – NIACC sophomore Ben Boerjan is headed back to the national tournament.Boerjan, who was a member of the NIACC men’s golf team that qualified for nationals, earned a trip as an individual on Monday by placing second at the Region XI tournament at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course on the Iowa State University campus.Boerjan shot a 148 and placed one shot behind Kirkwood’s Jame Morgan, who shot 147. The 148 is the lowest two-round total at a men’s regional tournament in the Chris Frenz era, which began in 2007.The previous low total at a regional total by a Frenz coached team was 151 by Jacob Urdahl in 2013 and Boerjan and Josh Schaefer at the 2018 regional tournament.NIACC placed fifth in the team standings with a 644. Kirkwood was the regional champion with a 603. DMACC was second with a 623 and Southwestern was third with a 625.The top three teams qualify for the national tournament.Also for NIACC, Austin Eckenrod shot a 160, Jackson Hamlin shot a 166, Matthew Heinemann shot a 171 and Zach Martin shot a 172. ST. ANSGAR — Osage ran away with the Top of Iowa Conference East boys golf title in St. Ansgar on Monday. The Green Devils shot a 356, 28 shots better than runner-up Central Springs. Carter Pals of Central Springs won a playoff over Jared Scharper of Osage for the medalist honors, as both shot an 80 in regulation. AMES — It could be running back by committee for Iowa State next season. David Montgomery is now a Chicago Bear after finishing third in the Big 12 in rushing at just over 101 yards per game. Senior Sheldon Croney is the most veteran member of the running back corps after seeing limited action a year ago.Croney says it is a close group.Offensive coordinator Tom Manning likes the potential of the running backs.Junior Kene Nwangu is another veteran at running back. He was an All Big 12 kick returner a year ago.Manning says they are exploring different ways to get Nwangu the ball.Iowa State opens the football season on August 31st hosting Northern Iowa.last_img read more


Watch the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump

first_imgBuckle up: What to watch as impeachment trial takes offLAURIE KELLMANAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – Senators like to float above messy politics in what’s known by some as the dignified “upper chamber,” home of Congress’ cooler heads and lofty rhetoric.But as a court of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, the Senate beginning Tuesday might seem more like the economy cabin of an oversold flight on an especially tense, mandatory work trip.Rock star legal teams will cram the airy well of the chamber just a few feet from each other and Chief Justice John Roberts. Four television screens take up rarified space. Staff will snap up seats near the wall. A podium stands at the center aisle.As for phones, it’s worse than airplane mode: They are banned from the chamber. That maroons 100 chatty senators – including four Democrats in the heat of a nomination fight – for the serious constitutional business of the impeachment trial, for hours at a time.“I’m going to be stuck in Washington for God knows how long,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told supporters in Des Moines Monday night.What – and whom – to watch when the trial gets underway around 1 p.m. EST Tuesday:___GROUND RULESBut first, naturally, some talk from senators.The Senate opens with debate on the structure and rules of the proceedings. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing a condensed, two-day calendar for opening arguments on the articles passed by the House on Dec. 18. They charge Trump with abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to help him politically, and obstructing Congress when it tried to find out what happened.McConnell’s ground rules are outlined in a four-page resolution that must be voted on as one of the first orders of business. It pushes off any votes on witnesses until later in the process, rather than up front, as Democrats had demanded. But McConnell’s plan on witnesses lines up with the organizing resolution that set the structure of President Bill Clinton’s trial in 1999.___DRAWING THE CURTAIN“At all times,” according to Senate rules, a majority of senators present can vote to close the proceedings and debate in private. That would mean the cameras shut off and everyone who’s not a member of the Senate kicked out of the chamber until the senators choose to reopen it.Senators did that at various points during the Clinton trial. McConnell then argued that members of the chamber listen to each other better in private.___MARATHON SESSIONSMcConnell, defending his GOP majority and up for reelection himself, wants to make this trial go quickly. He’s proposed a compressed schedule with long days.After the four days of opening arguments – maximum 24 hours per side – senators will be allowed up to 16 hours for questions to the prosecution and defense, followed by four hours of debate. Only then will there be votes on calling other witnesses.Senate rules say the trial must proceed six days a week – all but Sunday – until it is resolved.There’s some question about whether it’s finished by Feb. 4, the day of Trump’s State of the Union speech. White House officials say that appointment remains, as of now. Trump can ask the House to postpone it.But here again, there’s precedent for Trump to consider: Clinton delivered his State of the Union speech in the midst of his Senate trial. He wasn’t running for reelection, however, as Trump is.___OFF THE TRAIL, OFF THE GRIDWatch a coterie of Democratic senators who literally would rather be somewhere else – specifically Iowa and New Hampshire – ahead of their party’s kickoff votes for the right to try to unseat Trump in the November election.Watch Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for signs of fatigue from flying between Washington and these places and coping with being off the internet for hours at a time.Also look for the surrogates, video calls to supporters and ads designed to give them a measure of presence in the early nominating states.___THE PROSECUTORSThey could be heard practicing speeches in the shuttered Senate chamber late into Monday night.Leading the case for the House is Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of Californian and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York. Five other Democrats round out the prosecution team, a group House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she chose in part for their experience with the law.Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has worked on three impeachment inquiries, starting with the one that helped persuade President Richard Nixon to resign. Rep. Val Demings of Florida is not a lawyer, but she is a former police chief and a member of both committees deeply familiar with the case against Trump. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is a lawyer and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, so he’s close to Pelosi’s ranks.Pelosi also chose two freshmen who helped flip the House from GOP control in 2018. Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas is a former judge. And Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado is a retired Army Ranger who was one of the seven new members with national security backgrounds to call for Trump’s impeachment over his conduct with Ukraine.___FOR THE PRESIDENTTrump cast some big personalities for seats at the defense table.White House counsel Pat Cipollone and personal lawyer Jay Sekulow are expected to lead the argument that Trump committed no crimes, that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense and that the president is a victim of a political “witch hunt” by Democrats.Bringing experience both in constitutional law and the politics of impeachment, he’s adding retired law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Clinton. The team also will include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general.The team, less experienced in the Senate than the House prosecutors as a whole, visited the Senate chamber Monday, in part to test the equipment they expect to use for audio-visual presentations.Look for signs of tension involving the president’s outside legal team and lawyers within the White House. Dershowitz on Sunday tried to distance himself from the president.___THE NUMBERS100: The total number of senators.53: The Republican majority.51: The number of senators who must agree on almost anything to make it happen during an impeachment trial.Four: The number of Republican senators who must join Democrats to get to the magical 51.2/3: The proportion of senators required to convict and remove a president from office. So 67 members of the Senate would have to vote to convict if every senator is voting.___THE GANGBoth sides will be keeping tabs on the Senate’s moderates for an emerging gang of three to four who could influence the outcome on such matters as whether to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton. That vote won’t be taken for days if not weeks.Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has been meeting with a small number of GOP colleagues who want to consider witness testimony and documents that weren’t part of the House impeachment investigation. Watch GOP Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for signs of whether this group can stick together and force the Senate to consider additional material.___Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.Follow Kellman on Twitter at: read more


Wenger tells Sanchez to counter jeers on pitch

first_img“Parking the bus is not our way,” he said. “It will never be our way but if we are going to play the way we want we have to do it better.“I don’t think losing the early goal helped, it was a poor goal to concede.“We were a bit passive, too reactive. On the ball we were negative, wasteful and slow and that is not like us.”Howe had been full of praise for his players as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City before the international break.Only a stoppage-time winner from Raheem Sterling prevented Bournemouth from taking a share of the spoils from Pep Guardiola’s men but the loss here was a different matter.“It is very, very disappointing from our perspective,” added Howe. “It was a poor performance from start to finish.“We hit the post and at 2-1 it would have been very much game on, but not only did we not score with that moment we conceded moments later which effectively ended the game.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger has called on Alexis Sanchez to deliver on the pitch and silence those Arsenal fans who jeered him during the 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.Sanchez came close to a deadline day move to Manchester City, only to see Arsenal pull out of the deal after they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his replacement.The Chile forward is out of contract at the end of the season and can walk away from the Emirates Stadium for free.Wenger had insisted all summer that he would rather allow that scenario than sell the former Barcelona man, although that stance appears to have softened towards the end of the window.Sanchez was named on the bench against Bournemouth as Danny Welbeck hit a brace and Alexandre Lacazette also netted to get Arsenal’s season back on track after successive defeats before the international break.Welbeck struck on six minutes on Saturday and wrapped up the points with a smart finish either side of Lacazette well-taken strike.Sanchez was introduced for Welbeck in the closing stages to a mixed reaction, with a number of supporters jeering his name – presumably upset with his apparent desire to leave for City.“We have to accept those responses from people,” Wenger said when asked about the negative reaction from some quarters.Sanchez asked to deliver on the pitch to silence fans who jeered him during the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.“I don’t know why (there were jeers). The best way to get people on your side is to perform.“I had a chat with him after the game and he didn’t look unhappy. Maybe it’s because he wanted to score.“The interpretation of the attitudes is always very dangerous.”Next up for Arsenal is their opening Europa League fixture against Bundesliga outfit Cologne.Wenger is likely to make a raft of changes, especially given a trip to reigning champions Chelsea follows on Sunday.– Wasteful –And the Frenchman admits Jack Wilshere could make his long-awaited return to the Arsenal first-team for Thursday’s game. “I told you in the pre-match press conference that he’s getting stronger and stronger,” Wenger said.“The fact that Francis (Coquelin) is now out gives him a chance as well. I don’t know yet. He’s not far from that.”Eddie Howe has now seen his Bournemouth side lose their opening four Premier League games of the campaign.The Cherries remain without a point but Howe insists he does not intend to change his approach in the coming weeks in an attempt to get off the mark.last_img read more


KPA, Patriots out to halt all-Ugandan Africa Zone 5 basketball final

first_imgSemifinal action Thursday as Power marched into the semifinals. PHOTO POWER BCFRIDAY: Semi-finals6.30pm – KPA  ?? vs City Oilers  ??8.30pm – Patriots ?? vs Power  ??Thursday results: Women round robinKPA 85 Horseed 32Don Bosco 91 KCCA 39UCU 88 APR 50Men’s quarterfinalsPatriots 68 ABC 60KPA 66 Savio 48City Oilers 98 Gondar 52Power 84 Hawassa 41Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  It will be an all-Ugandan men’s final at the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships unless Kenyan side KPA and Rwanda’s Patriots can do what everyone else has failed to do – stop City Oilers and Power from winning.True to form, City Oilers and Power marched easily into the semi-finals on Thursday after brushing aside their Ethiopian basketball opponents. The semifinals are set for Friday night.Power center Mike Makiadi scored a game high 17 points and Paul Odong 14 points as they gave basketball lessons to Hawassa. It ended 84-44.City Oilers also secured their semifinal place without Adarius Pegues and shooting guard Stephen Omony who were rested.Landry Ndikumana and James Okello got 14 points each as the the tournament’s defending champions marched to a 98-52 win over Gondar.Patriots and KPA lost one game each in the group stages – defeats coming at the hands of Ugandan clubs. City Oilers edged Patriots 77-73 while Power beat KPA 73-60. Share on: WhatsApp The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December.The women’s round robin tourney continues, with Kenyan sides Equity and KPA, and Ugandan sides KCCA and UCU favourites to snatch the top two places.The top two teams from this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12. Men: Group stagesGROUP A – City Oil – Uganda; Patriots – Rwanda; Savio – Tanzania; Hawassa City – EthiopiaGROUP B – Betway Power – Uganda; Gondar City – Ethiopia; A.B.C – Tanzania; K.P.A – KenyaWomen (round robin)UCU,  KCCA,  Equity, KPA,  Horseed , APR, Don Boscolast_img read more


Sakho, Mane star as Senegal book World Cup slot

first_imgSenegal are the third African qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia after Nigeria and Egypt, who secured places during the penultimate qualifying round last month. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  English Premier League pair Diafra Sakho and Sadio Mane played key roles as Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane Friday to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.West Ham striker Sakho opened the scoring off a pass from Liverpool attacker Mane and both were involved in the move that led to a Thamsanqa Mkhize own-goal before half-time.Victory gave Senegal an uncatchable five-point lead over Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in Group D with one round left.The only previous World Cup appearance by Senegal was in 2002 when current coach Aliou Cisse captained a team that reached the quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan.Bottom-of-the-table South Africa lie seven ponts behind Senegal ahead of a return match in Dakar next Tuesday, with Burkina Faso hosting Cape Verde at the same time.South Africa defeated Senegal 2-1 in Polokwane last November, but FIFA ordered a replay because of “match manipulation” by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, who was banned for life.“It was not an easy game for us, but we took the chances that came our way,” said Mane, who returned to Premier League action last Saturday after a hamstring injury.“Our coach stressed before the match the importance of qualifying for the World Cup and we gave everything throughout the match.“We are going to represent all of Africa in Russia next year and will do our best to make everyone proud.” The other two slots will be filled Saturday with north African countries Tunisia and Morocco needing draws to qualify.Tunisia host out-of-contention Libya in Group A holding a three-point advantage over the Democratic Republic of Congo, who play Guinea in Kinshasa.Morocco are one point in front of the Ivory Coast ahead of a showdown in Abidjan with the visitors hoping to end a 20-year absence from the World Cup.South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune played with a protective white mask after fracturing a facial bone in a club match last weekend.Senegal took the lead after 12 minutes when Sakho raced on to a Mane pass and side-footed the ball to the right of onrushing Khune.Stung by falling behind so early, South Africa sought an equaliser and came close midway through the opening half at Peter Mokaba Stadium.Goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye failed to grasp a fierce close-range Themba Zwane shot, but recovered to catch the rebound after the ball struck the onrushing Percy Tau.South Africa came even closer soon after when Lebogang Manyama swept a low cross against the crossbar and Senegal hastily cleared the loose ball.The Senegalese Teranga Lions doubled their lead after 38 minutes against the run of play with another goal involving Sakho and Mane.Sakho broke clear and crossed to Mane, whose shot was blocked by Khune only for the clearance to hit Mkhize and trickled back into the net.As half-time approached, Manyama went close again to scoring, this time from a free-kick that Ndiaye tipped over.South Africa introduced midfielders Andile Jali and Siphiwe Tshabalala midway through the second half, but neither made an impact.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


‘Special moment’ as Coutinho opens Barcelona account in Cup win

first_imgWith Barcelona nine points clear at the top of La Liga and still in the Champions League, he remains on course to win what would be a remarkable treble in his first season at the club since arriving from Athletic Bilbao.“Of course we want to try to win everything we can, but I don’t like to talk about trebles until they happen. For the moment all we have is the possibility of playing in a final,” he said.Trailing 1-0 from the first leg after Luis Suarez’s strike separated the teams at the Camp Nou last week, Valencia did almost level the tie on aggregate early on. However, Rodrigo’s header beat Jasper Cillessen in the Barca goal only to come back off the bar.Lionel Messi had come close on a couple of occasions for the visitors in the first half, but it was the introduction of Coutinho that swung the tie decisively their way.Valverde sent his recent recruit on in place of Andre Gomes, and Coutinho quickly made his mark, turning in a Suarez cross at the back post.Valencia had centre-back Ezequiel Garay carried off and then saw Cillessen make an incredible save to deny Jose Gaya from point-blank range in the 74th minute.They were condemned to a sixth straight defeat in all competitions as Suarez pounced on a Gabriel Paulista error and set up Rakitic to make it 2-0 on the night.The only slight setback for Barca was the sight of centre-back Gerard Pique coming off hurt late on, with Colombian international defender Yerry Mina coming on for his debut.Valverde later admitted that he was suffering from muscle fatigue having gambled on his fitness at the start of the game.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score his first goal for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Valencia on Thursday that saw his new club ease into another Copa del Rey final.Coutinho broke the deadlock in the 49th minute of the semi-final, second leg at Mestalla, having only come on at the start of the second half.It was the first time the Brazilian had found the net since his blockbuster 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool in early January.Ivan Rakitic then swept home the second goal eight minutes from the end as holders Barcelona secured a place in the final for the fifth season running, becoming the first side to achieve such a feat.Winners of the trophy in each of the last three campaigns, the Catalans will face Sevilla in the final set for the weekend of April 21 and 22. Sevilla beat Leganes 2-0 on Wednesday to go through 3-1 on aggregate.“For me it is my first final, so it is a very special moment,” Coutinho told Spanish TV station Gol.“I am very happy. I had been searching for this goal in my first few matches. Today I got it and it helped the team get through to the final.”– Treble dream alive –Valencia had been hoping to reach the final for the first time since they won the trophy under Ronald Koeman in 2008, beating Barcelona in the last four on the way.“Barca have been used to playing finals in recent years, but not so much in my case,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, for whom the win came on the eve of his 54th birthday.last_img read more


‘As good as Maradona’: Tottenham boss hails Dembele

first_imgPochettino developed a relationship with Palace manager Roy Hodgson when the latter was in charge of England, and regularly picked Spurs players.Tottenham beat Palace 1-0 at Wembley in December when Hodgson was beginning to lift the Eagles out of relegation trouble, having succeeded Frank de Boer in September. “Roy and his staff are doing a fantastic job,” Pochettino said.“It will be good to see them again. But for me it will be a battle. We need to match them in the areas of motivation, ready to fight and then of course try to deliver our way and our game.“Of course it will be very tough. It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four. The idea is to win, the idea if to fight, to be ready. The three points are massive for us.”Palace’s hopes of putting distance between themselves and the bottom three have been hampered by a frustrating run of injuries that has deprived Hodgson of 12 senior players.“It was always going to be a difficult game, even if I could resuscitate these 12 players and add them to those that we have to give us a very good squad, it would still be a tough game,” said Hodgson.“Whatever way you look at it, we are a bottom of the table team at the moment and they are a team chasing not only the Champions League honours, they are chasing second place in the league.”Share on: WhatsApp Those comments will certainly have raised a few eyebrows on both sides of the River Thames as Tottenham look to clamber above Chelsea and Liverpool, the teams directly above them in the Premier League.The Argentinian has a full squad available with defender Toby Alderweireld the only doubt because of a hamstring problem sustained in a training session on Thursday.The 28-year-old is Dembele’s international team-mate and is expected to be a key figure in his nation’s attempts to win the World Cup for the first time this summer.However contract negotiations have stalled to the extent that he could well be at another club by then and Pochettino made it clear he would be playing no part in the talks.“It is not my job and I cannot say anything about that,” he said. “I am not involved in negotiations. I never talk about rumours, what the media say or what happens around the club.”center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham make the short journey across London to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday with manager Mauricio Pochettino comparing midfielder Mousa Dembele to Diego Maradona.“I have said before that he is a genius of football,” said the Spurs boss of the Belgium international.“I put him next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, (Jay-Jay) Okocha -– players that I was lucky to play with.“For me he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football. Now he is in an amazing moment and for me he deserves all the praises that people are giving him.”last_img read more


Sanchez eager for return to free-scoring United – Solskjaer

first_imgSolskjaer has been credited for restoring United’s principles of attacking football after two-and-a-half seasons with Mourinho’s more cautious approach.Shunned by Mourinho for his final three league games in charge, Paul Pogba has roared back into form by scoring four goals in his last two games, while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also appear to be flourishing with more freedom to attack.However, Solskjaer insisted he is only implementing what he learned for 11 seasons as a player under Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.United’s decline in the past five years has coincided with Ferguson’s retirement and Solskjaer said he invited the club’s most successful manager to visit his players and coaching staff, which includes one of Ferguson’s former assistants Mike Phelan, at United’s Carrington training ground.“I do keep him informed. He visited us yesterday (Saturday) and I think he enjoyed his time at the training ground,” said Solskjaer.“We had a nice few chats and he encouraged us. He knows we are Man Utd through and through and we want to do whatever we can up to the last second we are here.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | After scoring 12 goals in three games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United could add another weapon to their attacking arsenal at Newcastle on Wednesday, with Alexis Sanchez set to return from injury.The Chilean has been sidelined by a hamstring injury for the past month, meaning he missed the final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign in charge at Old Trafford.Sanchez was signed to much fanfare last January from Arsenal on reportedly the most lucrative contract in Premier League history, but has so far failed to deliver on expectations, scoring just four goals in 30 appearances.However, Solskjaer believes the more positive approach he has adopted in wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth to begin his temporary spell in charge until the end of the season will suit Sanchez’s game.“He’s a player that would benefit from the rotation (of positions) and movements, and the more chances you create, the more times you get the ball into the final third, he’ll be an asset for us,” said Solskjaer.“I think he’s looking forward to it. It certainly looked like it yesterday (Saturday) in the (training) session because he scored quite a few nice goals, so that’s encouraging.”last_img read more