Petit slams £65m Spurs flop Ndomebele claiming he lacks fitness and focus

first_imgEMMANUEL PETIT hit out at Tottenham’s £65million flop Tanguy Ndombele — accusing him of lacking fitness and focus.The Arsenal and France World Cup-winning legend has been dismayed by the displays of his countryman since he arrived at Spurs from Lyon last summer.2 Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has questioned Tanguy Ndombele’s professionalismNew Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has publicly questioned the club-record buy’s physical shape and attitude.Petit, 49, said: “He received the same criticisms at Lyon.“We all know the potential of Ndombele. I like this type of player and I used to watch him in France.“He was not regularly a top player. Sometimes he could play a beautiful game — then three days later be average.“He is not consistent enough. He doesn’t play well with any regularity.“He has quality but I agree with Mourinho in that Ndombele could do much more.“When he is very motivated, fit and ready, with his mind and body, and when he has the ambition to perform well, he becomes a top player.”Ndombele, 23, has failed to establish himself in the Spurs team, making just 12 top-flight starts this term.Petit, who also played for Monaco, Barcelona and Chelsea, added: “This is a new country, a new culture and new football for him. A new way of playing with new physical and mental demands.“He used to play with huge pressure at Lyon but he was protected. He has a lot of qualities right for French football but sometimes he used to rest on those types of things.2“You cannot do that in England. If he wants to be a top player he needs to perform well every game.“Every player has the right to a bad game now and then. But you don’t have the right not to give 100 per cent.”Petit reckons Ndombele needs to up his game off the pitch as well. He said: “When you move to a new country you must make an effort to adapt.“You cannot be a foreign player not speaking the same language because communication in the dressing room and on the pitch is so important.“When he wakes up every morning he needs to ask the same question, ‘Am I doing the best I can?’“It is hard to be a top player and you have to sacrifice everything to get there. You cannot lie to yourself.”Ndombele has looked heavy and sluggish.Petit said: “Is he overweight? He looks a little bit. But his body language does not help him. He needs to improve physically.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 summer“When I see him I think ‘Come on, you can do more than that’.”Incredibly, given his poor start, Ndombele is a Barcelona target, according to Spanish media.Petit said: “When I saw that I couldn’t believe it.”EMMANUEL PETIT is a Paddy Power ambassador, to read more go to news.paddypower.comlast_img read more

Reggae Warriors in must-win clash

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Warriors find themselves in a must-win situation against Canada today if  they are to have any chance of qualifying for the Rugby League World Cup in 2017. The game will be played in DeLand, Florida. Last Friday, the 29th ranked Jamaicans lost the first of two qualifiers in a closely contested match 20-14 against the 10th-ranked United States despite dominating huge portions of the game in Florida. Despite the loss, head coach Romeo Monteith believes the team comprised of local and English-based players can pull off a win against world number 13 Canada but they must be better than they were against the United States. “Firstly, we need to have the same mental toughness from the USA game,” Monteith said. “We competed for 80 minutes and never gave up. Secondly, we need to take care of the ball and complete our sets. There were too many unforced errors against the USA and finally, we need o shift the ball to the wings quicker and more effectively, that’s were our strike players are, they need good service.” On Friday, the USA got off to a fast start, posting two tries in quick succession to take a 10-0 lead but Jamaica dominated possession for the rest of the half, winning eight penalties in a clash of numerous huge collisions and the occasional flare up but, too often, the visitors surrendered the ball in promising positions. Prop Ross Peltier was a stand out for Jamaica and he sniped over on the half hour, Joel Farrell converting to narrow the gap to four points. A flurry of tries at the start of the second period, in which Jamaica again dominated possession, saw the game open up. Powerful centre Danny Howard was the first across for the USA but Jamaica hit back shortly thereafter in what remained a close encounter until the very end. The team held their final training session yesterday ahead of today’s match.last_img read more

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first_imgBrazil, Uruguay qualifier still on in Recife MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Uruguay will go ahead with a World Cup qualifier scheduled next month in Recife, the Brazilian city at the centre of an outbreak of the Zika virus. “For the moment, we have no qualms about the location,” Eduardo Belza, the national team’s sports director, told The Associated Press. “But it’s a fluid situation, and we’re very aware of what health officials in Brazil and Uruguay are saying.” The match will be played in the northeastern city on March 24. Belza said players have been told to use mosquito repellents, bring long-sleeve shirts and avoid being out in the early morning or evening when mosquitoes are more prevalent. Belza said he’s already been to Recife and has chosen a hotel with tightly sealed windows and a ventilation system that keeps insects out of the building. Neymar urged to come clean MADRID (AP) The Brazilian company that says it hasn’t been properly compensated for Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona wants him to come clean and put an end to his judicial problems in Spain and Brazil. The co-founder of Grupo Sonda, which invested in Neymar early in his career, issued a public message to the player in a news conference yesterday in Madrid, saying he risks having his career tainted by a crime. “You are an exceptional player and I wouldn’t like to see you going down in history marked by a crime,” Delcir Sonda said. “Hopefully, you will show the same maturity that you have on the field and will put an end to your judicial problems in Brazil and Spain. No one deserves this.” DIS, the investment group that belongs to Sonda, has claimed in court that it was financially damaged because Barcelona, Neymar, and Brazilian club Santos withheld the real amount of the player’s transfer fee in 2013. DIS was entitled to 40 per cent of the total transfer amount. Neymar and his father appeared before a judge in Madrid on Tuesday to testify in an investigation into the transfer. Former and current Barcelona presidents also were questioned by a judge this week, as well as representatives of Santos. They have all denied wrongdoing. The Brazilian club claims it also has been hurt in the transfer.last_img read more

Rep. Chambers, NEC Blunder over Handling of Election Complaints

first_imgDrama unfolded yesterday in the courtroom of the Supreme Court, when a lawyer representing Rep. Bhofal  Chambers denied that his client’s complaint filed against Maryland County senator-elect, Gbleh-bo Brown  was never heard by the National Elections Commission (NEC).Although documents before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court showed that NEC conducted an investigation and subsequently ruled in the matter and denied Chambers’ allegation on December 27, his lawyer Cllr.  Famere Stubblefield insisted that his client did not appear at any NEC investigation regarding his allegation.Cllr. Stubblefield also challenged the NEC to produce any documentary evidences to show that his client was ever invited for any hearing.The NEC lawyer Cllr. Joseph Blidi admitted the claim, explaining that Rep Chambers attended the hearing only based on a telephone conversation he held with the Chairman of the NEC.Rep. Chambers who represents Maryland County Pleebo-Sodoken District in the House of Representatives on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), protested against the conduct of last December’ Special Senatorial Election. He is claiming a recount of the results of the 143 polling stations in the county because of irregularities, which NEC argued it did.It all started when Cllr. Famere Stubblefield was asked after he appeared before the High Court yesterday whether his client was ever invited by the NEC for an investigation about his complaint.  Cllr. Stubblefield in his reply said, “It is true that Dr. Chambers appeared before the NEC’s investigation in Maryland County, but he left later because the other party was not there.”The move by the high court’s full bench to hear the complaints is based on the decision reached by Chamber-Justice Philip Banks, that the writs of prohibition filed by the contending parties was purely constitutional and could not be decided by a single Justice.He also quoted Dr. Chambers as saying, “I can’t answer to anything in the absence of the other party.”Interestingly, when Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor openly read the NEC’s ruling he quoted part of it as saying “two of Dr. Chambers’ witnesses took the stand and they testified before the NEC’s magistrate in Maryland County.”He further quoted the NEC ruling, saying, “Dr. Chambers himself was present at the hearing and he made some clarification. He even asked the magistrate to allow some of the election observers to testify.”When Cllr. Stubblefield was asked by Chief Justice Korkpor to authenticate the statement, he replied “It is false and misleading. Rep. Chambers did not appear for a hearing. That document was manufactured by the NEC.”“Let them show me any notice or document that they invited our client. The only thing Rep. Chambers received was a telephone communication between him and the NEC Chairman asking him to go back to Maryland County for the hearing,” Cllr. Stubblefield argued.When the NEC lawyer was also asked whether they even issued a notice inviting Rep. Chambers to any investigation, Cllr. Blidi responded, “No, we did not send any notice to him.  What we did was that the Chairman only telephoned him about the hearing and he attended it.“We did not manufacture any statement from Rep. Chambers. It is the testimony of him and his witnesses,” Cllr. Blidi insisted.Ruling in the matter is reserved.Out of the 15 senators declared winners by the National Elections Commission (NEC) after the December 20 polls, three are yet to  be seated due to the complaints filed against them by their opponents. The three senators affected by the court’s order due to protests from contending candidates are Senators-elect Varney Sherman, of Grand Cape Mount, Morris Saytumah of Bomi and Jim Tornolah of Margibi.Three other Senators-elect protested against candidates that were certificated by the NEC. These candidates are: Gbleh-bo Brown of Maryland County, Alfred Chea of Grand Kru County and Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County. The protesting candidates claim in their various writs of prohibition that they are protesting the results of the election that saw victory for their opponents due to fraud.They claim that the decision by the NEC to go ahead to certificate winners of the election in the face of protests filed against some of the winners was illegal and called on the high court to order the NEC to revoke the certificates, until an investigation into the matter is completed. In her apparent reaction, a lawyer for the NEC told the court that the commission was in no error to certificate winners in the December senatorial election because the commission was acting legally.NEC lawyers have argued that the protesting candidates are in error by going to the Supreme Court because it is only the NEC that is clothed with the authority to investigate election matters.Lawyers for the NEC say certification of winners of the election does not mean that any of the declared winners cannot be removed from his/her seat when their investigations prove that there was fraud in the process. Friday, heard by the high court, according to observers would determine whether the senators-elect in question some of whom have already taken their seats would be removed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Locally grown items for less featured

first_imgIt was through a newspaper article that Bon Appetit learned about Earthworks, which was founded in 2004 by Connie Yost. Yost had partnered with South El Monte High School, where officials referred at-risk students to Earthworks for jobs. During a 12-week employment session on the farm, the students learned communication, leadership and job skills, as well as nutrition and the environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture. Soto said the Earthworks program piqued his catering service’s interest, so officials there contacted Yost about the possibility of working together. Now, two years later, Bon Appetit puts on chef demonstrations every other month at the Earthworks farm, when its produce stand is open Saturdays. “It’s an important part of education for the community, to help people and kids taste produce that’s cooked really well so they’ll like it,” Yost said. “Especially for kids, that’s the best way to influence their eating habits. It even makes some of them start cooking for their families for the first time ever.” Bon Appetit also has a yearly “Eat Local” challenge, in which every ingredient served during one lunch buffet was grown within a 150-mile radius. “What it does is support sustainability in this industry, where small farmers are able to survive,” Soto said. “On average, statistically, most food comes from up to 1,600 miles away, even though we have most of those ingredients in our back yards. “If you purchase produce locally, it supports the community better,” Soto said. “The industry is far from converting to that, but we’re doing it to take the first step.” Bon Appetit’s corporate office was so impressed with Earthworks that it donated $50,000 during the holiday season so the farm could provide fresh produce every week to 30 low-income families for a year. “Our mission is really to grow food for the low-income community,” Yost said. “We want the food to get out there and we don’t want price to get in the way. We want to get them to eat so they can be healthier.” Eventually, Yost said she would like to increase their weekly produce giveaways to about 50 low-income families by next spring. “We’re cultivating a half-acre and 140 fruit trees of all varieties. And every day that goes by, we get a little more experience and we can increase our productivity,” Yost said. “We still have lots of room, and we want to provide lots more food. That’s our goal.” The Earthworks farm is across the street from 1209 Lerma Road. Its produce stand is open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – A partnership between an urban farm and a catering service in Whittier is proving fruitful for local at-risk youth and low-income families looking for a better way to live. The Earthworks Urban Farm at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Center and Bon Appetit, the campus catering service for Whittier College, offered an organic food cooking demonstration Saturday at the four-acre farm for Earth Day. The idea, said Bon Appetit’s general manager, Fabio Soto, is to teach residents how easy it is to prepare entrees or meals from fresh produce. Buying fresh produce also helps support small, local farms like Earthworks. “You don’t always have to take a trip down to Albertsons or Ralphs,” Soto said. “We wanted to show people, `Look how delicious this is, and how easy it is to make.”‘ last_img

Guiding growth

first_imgNORTHEAST San Fernando Valley Councilman Richard Alarc?n doesn’t like the state of redevelopment in his district. What little of it there is, moves too slow. That’s why he’s pushing for a redevelopment master plan for Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sylmar and Panorama City that would logically guide retail and business growth. Great idea! But what about the rest of the city? Alarc?n’s frustration with the lack of planning is understandable. Los Angeles has existed without a comprehensive development plan for years, which is why it’s grown with little sense or forethought. Now that L.A. is essentially built out, we must start planning our redevelopment very carefully. Decisions made today on growing the city will have ramifications for decades to come. Yes, the Northeast Valley needs a redevelopment plan. So does the entire city. Much of what’s wrong with L.A. is because individual council members, often as favors for contributors and friends, decide on developments in their districts. A better city starts with ending that practice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – Lambert to blame for ‘desperate trouble’ at Villa, insists ex-Holte End hero

first_img Paul Lambert 1 Dwight Yorke has told Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert to buck up his ideas – claiming the Scot is to blame for putting the club in ‘desperate trouble’.The Midlanders have lost six Premier League fixtures in a row, scoring just one goal in the process, and Yorke has accused Lambert of failing to inspire the best from his players.“I’ve been concerned by Aston Villa for the last two years,” the former Villa star told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “That’s no disrespect to Paul Lambert, who I thought was the right man to be handed the job, but he hasn’t been able to take the club forward.“Just look at where they have finished under him in the past two seasons, 15th and 16th position. It’s just not good enough.“I know what the fans are expecting, we’ve gone from being a top five team, to not even a top ten side. We’re in the bottom half of the table.“Villa are in desperate trouble. I’m beginning to lose my patience and I’m very concerned where they’re going to finish this season.“I’m not saying I want Lambert out but Villa are not making the progress I am expecting.“When you look at the individuals there, they are not producing anything near what they should be.“That’s the manager’s job and he’s not getting the best out of that squad at this particular time.”last_img read more

10 incredible images of Anfield on Champions League nights

first_img 8. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10 10 10 10 4. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10 9. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 1. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 3. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10 5. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 6. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10 10 7. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10 2. CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE IMAGES OF ANFIELD ROCKING ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTS 10 It may have been a while since Liverpool fans enjoyed one of those magical European nights at Anfield, but the stage is set for precisely just that as the Merseysiders prepare for their do or die Champions League decider against Basel on Tuesday evening – live and exclusive on talkSPORT from 7pm.Only a victory will do for Brendan Rodgers’ side, as they battle against the Swiss giants for the final spot in the knockout stages of the competition.To channel the spirit of former glories, we have picked out 10 incredible images of Anfield rocking on European nights to help inspire the Redmen.Click the arrow above to see more.Liverpool v Basel is live and exclusive on talkSPORT from 7pm. Click here to stream.last_img read more

Transfer UPDATE: Newcastle and Watford dealt blow in Pepe chase

first_img Angers forward Nicolas Pepe (L) is wanted in the Premier League 1 Lille have moved ahead of Newcastle and Watford in the race for Angers forward Nicolas Pepe.The 22-year-old is attracting plenty of interest this summer after enjoying an impressive season in France.Both Newcastle and Watford are keen on signing the forward, but several clubs want to keep him in Ligue 1.Lyon and Monaco have earmarked Pepe as a potential target but, according to L’Equipe, it is Lille who are leading the race.New boss Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly told the board he wants to sign the Ivory Coast international and talks with Angers have now stepped up.Pepe is likely to command a fee of around £10million with his current contract due to expire in two years.last_img read more


first_imgOtway Golf News: Last Sunday at Otway, on a beautiful autumnal day, club captain Noel and lady captain Iris were joined by club members and captain and lady captain of neighbours Portsalon GC, for Otway’s captain’s drive-in.As the day progressed, the wind speed increased, and conditions became unpredictable, but not for club veteran Arthur Morrison and his team of Paul Murray, Francie McFadden and Terese Farrell who won the day’s scramble with a very creditable score of seven under par. Light refreshments were served afterwards in the club bar and the presentation of prizes was made to the deserving winners.Next Sunday at Otway members compete in the first club singles competition, the Dillon cup, in stableford format.GOLF NEWS: CLUB VETERAN ARTHUR MORRISON IN FINE FORM AT OTWAY was last modified: March 17th, 2015 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more