By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 45-29 victory over Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.The Dons trailed 9-4 after the first quarter but turned the tables with an 18-5 run in the second quarter to take a 22-14 lead. Columbus controlled the second half, building a double-digit advantage.Abby Baierl scored all 10 of her points during the second-quarter push by the Dons. Jess Trad had all of her team-high 11 points in the second half, and Tara Brock totaled 11 rebounds for Columbus (7-6 overall, 4-4 Cloverbelt East).MaKaylen Skabroud had 10 points to top Gilman (2-8, 1-7 Cloverbelt East).Columbus now has more than a week off. The Dons’ next game is Jan. 22 at home against Greenwood.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 45, Pirates 29Gilman 9 5 6 9 – 29Columbus Catholic 4 18 9 14 – 45GILMAN (29): Kendall Skabroud 0 5-7 5, Morgan Birkenholz 3 1-2 7, Katie Monson 0 0-0 0, MaKaylen Skabroud 4 2-5 10, Taylor Hendricks 0 0-0 0, Kyla Schoene 0 1-4 1, Kayla Chause 0 0-0 0, Desiree Budzinski 3 0-2 6, Rachel Krug 0 0-0 0. FG: 10. FT: 9-20. 3-pointers: 3 (Birkenholz 3). Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-8, 1-7 Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (45): Meena Thill 1-5 2-2 4, Alexandra Hutchison 2-3 0-0 4, Alishia Reigel 3-13 1-5 7, Kendra Baierl 1-2 0-0 2, Jess Trad 3-8 3-4 11, Abby Baierl 3-14 2-2 10, Natalie Pospyhalla 0-3 1-5 1, Hannah Stratman 2-11 0-0 4, Tara Brock 1-3 0-0 2. FG: 16-62. FT: 9-18. 3-pointers: 4-15 (A. Baierl 2-6, Trad 2-5, Stratman 0-1, Pospyhalla 0-3). Rebounds: 34 (Brock 11). Assists: 6 (Thill 4). Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Reigel. Record: 7-6, 4-4 Cloverbelt East.
Antonio Candreva hailed Inter “enthusiasm” and concentration after they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the Champions League. Lautaro Martinez scored a goal, and saw a penalty saved, before Candreva’s last-minute counter-attack against a side that was yet to concede in the tournament this season. “We feel the right enthusiasm, the desire to improve ourselves and battle together for the team,” Candreva told Sky Sport Italia. “We must continue like this, as we’re on the right track. The main problem in the other two Champions League games was that we didn’t finish our chances, but we did very well today. “Now we can celebrate this victory until midnight, then start to prepare for the next game this weekend. It’s tiring, but we get over it with enthusiasm and hunger. “The most important thing is to keep focused throughout, never let the concentration levels drop, because that is when we run into trouble. We know that qualification is wide open.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
The Indian Premier League auction is all set to take place on February 20 in Bengaluru after the process was cancelled out earlier this month due to administrative reasons.The players list has been cut down to 351 players from the original size of 799. It includes 122 capped internationals, out of which 24 of are Indians. The list had a total of 160 capped players from nine countries, excluding Pakistan, and 639 uncapped ones. (Also read: IPL Auction: 351 players up for grabs on February 20)Ishant Sharma along with six other players have for the maximum base price of INR 2 crore. The list includes England all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes and the their ODI captain Eoin Morgan, Australia’s Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson, who were released by KKR and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) respectively and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, whom the Delhi Daredevils (DD) allowed to leave.While all of them are gems in the shortest format, the focus and bidding war is expected to be on the three England stars along with Ishant and Johnson. Because, these players have been in tremendous form recently and franchises will definitely keep that in mind ahead of the mini auction.So, where do these players fit in?ISHANT SHARMAOne of the major advantages Ishant has is that he is an Indian. Secondly, he is a fast bowler – a breed of cricketers that has always attracted a lot of suitors and thirdly, his form. Ishant’s spell against Bangladesh on a flat deck was one for the ages.advertisementSo, which teams can go for him? Well, in the auction nothing is certain but the teams among the eight, that really need his services are – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS)These teams lack the depth in the pace department and genuinely need a pacer in their ranks. KKR only has one experienced seamer in their squad in the form of Umesh Yadav and the other one is Ankit Rajpoot. They will also miss the services of Andre Russel and therefore Ishant could be a good choice for the franchise, considering they have around Rs 19 crore in their purse.DD on the other hand have good pacers in Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan but their fitness remain a concern and this is where Ishant’s experience can come handy. Even they have a huge purse to spend. On the other hand, RPS, who let go of him might look to pick him back as they just have Ashok Dinda and Ishwar Pandey in the pace department. BEN STOKESHe has to be the player of the auction. With his current form and all the charisma he brings into the team, going for the hard-hitting all-rounder is a no-brainer for any team. But, he won’t cheap and he might also not be available for the full season as well.However, teams like KKR, Mumbai Indians (MI), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might dig deep for him. Especially, KKR. Kolkata suffered a major setback after Russel was banned for a year due to doping. He was the man who provided the team with proper balance and this is a job the Englishman is perfectly capable of doing. He gives you runs, bowls with good pace and accuracy and he might just be the man whom KKR might turn to fill the void.RCB on the other hand are known to go for such characters. Just look at the team – it’s filled with characters – Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson and more. Fitting Stokes will be a tough ask but then again, they might just go for him to add to the fear factor and brand value.MI have always gone for the flavour of the season. Look at their past – Richard Levi, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson and there’s no reason why they won’t jump for the currently high flying Englishman.KXIP has released their major weapon in Johnson and they need an all-rounder as well. There is the rising Australian star – Marcus Stoinis but Stokes’ addition will be invaluable for the Punjab team.CHRIS WOAKESJust like Stokes, Woakes has been in good form as well. He performed well for the English side in India and his capabilities are well known around the cricketing circuit.Woakes, again, will be another man KKR and KXIP will be looking at to fill the void left by Russel and Johnson respectively.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s RPS could be another option for him as they lack pacers and he could be a welcome addition to the team. With Faf Du Plessis, Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh being more or less three regular foreigners, Woakes could be the one who is cropped and changed along with leggie Adam Zampa, depending upon the conditions. advertisementEven, Delhi might take a shot at him as he can perfectly pair up with Chris Morris with the opening ball and hit a few lusty blows coming down the order. The Englishman can be a handy replacement for West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite, if he fails to fire.EOIN MORGANHis experience and array of shorts in this format is impeccable. He hits bowlers all around the park, is a good timer of the ball and has a decent head on his shoulders and can help the captain as well. Morgan, however, may find lack of suitors.Most of the team barring SRH and RPS have settled batting line-ups. While Pune has a set one, Morgan can fit in for the released Kevin Pietersen. He will add stability to the batting order and also ease the pressure of Smith, du Plessis and Dhoni.BCCI PhotoMorgan can also walk into the SRH team. Barring Yuvraj Singh and Kane Williamson, the champions genuinely lack an experienced batsman in the middle order. Shikhar Dhawan’s form remains a concern, which can leave too much for Warner to do on top of the order on his own. His addition to the batting line-up will allow Warner and Yuvi to play more freely.MITCHELL JOHNSONThis guy could be the dark horse in the auction. He had a modest time in the IPL last year but returned with a bang in the recently concluded Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers. He bowled a fiery spell of 3/3 in four overs against the Melbourne Stars to take them to the final of the BBL 6.KXIP may actually regret letting him go but they can always go back for him with the huge purse they have. But, one could fully expect KKR, DD, RPS going for him.He’s fast, aggressive, hits the ball a mile and is available for the full tournament. He is exactly the type of player some of the teams would be looking to inject in their squad to beef up their pace battery and his batting down the order is a bonus as well.
OMAHA, NE – MARCH 23: The Syracuse Orange mascot “Otto the Orange” performs during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Devendorf left Syracuse to pursue a pro career after the 2009 season, but he never quite gave up on his goal of graduating from college. Devendorf finished his degree this spring, and on Friday, he was able to present his mother with his SU diploma.Been waiting 2 do this for awhile now! Moms couldn’t be any happier which makes it even better @SyracuseU #diploma pic.twitter.com/CbuZdpx8zb— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) August 14, 2015Devendorf isn’t the only memorable former Orange player to finish off his degree this year. Derrick Coleman surprised his mother with his diploma back in May. While some fans scoff at the notion of players leaving school early, both of these Orange greats prove that they can always go back and finish their education.
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Cousins, of course, is no rookie. He’s 31 and in his eighth season. Yet he’s being treated like a game manager by his head coach, Mike Zimmer, who fired pass-happy offensive coordinator John DeFilippo last December after DeFilippo dialed up pass plays at a rate of 67.0 percent overall and 57.3 percent in wins. DeFilippo also reportedly ignored repeated instructions from Zimmer to run more. That message was received by new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski:1Stefanski served on an interim basis last year after DiFilippo’s firing and took over the job officially this year. In Minnesota’s three wins (in four games) since the firing, the Vikings have looked to throw just 37.6 percent of the time,2Including dropbacks on which the quarterback was sacked. including just 22.4 percent versus the Falcons this week.This is a radical departure in today’s game. From the start of the 2018 season through Week 1 of the 2019 season, winning NFL teams pass a majority of the time: 52.6 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Don’t expect Zimmer’s Vikings to change their approach anytime soon. “I did not foresee us throwing the ball 10 times, but I’m happy we did,” Zimmer said after the game.Cousins doesn’t seem to mind.“Throwing 10 times is really unique,” the quarterback said. “Probably haven’t had a game with that few attempts since literally Pop Warner. I probably threw 10 times or more in most high school games, too. It was what the game called for, and I have no problem with being conservative. As long as we win the football game, that’s all that matters to me.”The Vikings and Stefanski adopted what is ostensibly a Mike Shanahan-inspired offense, bringing in former Shanahan disciple Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach. But in reality, Zimmer may be looking even further back for inspiration, to the NFL’s last undefeated team3In the regular season and playoffs. — the 1972 Dolphins. Miami that year passed only 32.3 percent of the time. But the NFL then was all about establishing the run, running to win and then running to beat the clock — the Bears that year called pass plays just 17.5 percent of the time in their wins. The leaguewide passing average in 1972 was 37.2 percent, or almost identical to what Zimmer’s squad has averaged since jettisoning DeFilippo.This is a shocking turnaround for a team that went all in on Cousins in free agency, connecting him with a pair of elite receivers, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The receivers each posted 100-catch seasons with Cousins in 2018, but they were targeted only a combined six times on Sunday. Minnesota’s relatively low number of total plays (49) and slow pace (the Vikings controlled the ball for just under half the game) certainly helped keep the number of pass attempts down, but the share of passes should still worry the receiving tandem. In the four games since the coaching change, Diggs is catching balls at a pace of 64 per 16 games, and Thielen’s pace is even lower, at just 52. That would put them on track for just 116 combined catches for the duo, while Thielen by himself caught 113 last year — 103 of them in the 13 games where DeFilippo was calling plays.The Vikings may keep winning by making Cousins mostly a middleman in getting the ball from the center to the running back. And that would make Zimmer a hero to fans of a forgotten NFL, when teams were built to win in the trenches and defense and the running game were the stars of the show. But in 1972, most top quarterbacks made only about 10 times the league’s minimum salary. Zimmer’s Vikings are paying Cousins about 55 times the league minimum today — a lot of money to simply hand off the ball.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The Minnesota Vikings said this offseason that they were going to get Kirk Cousins, their $84 million quarterback, “to that next level to do the things he does best.” Based on the game plans the team has run since overhauling its offense December — especially in Sunday’s 28-12 victory over the Falcons — the thing he does best is apparently handing the ball off to a running back.Cousins threw only 10 passes all game, completing eight, good for 98 yards and a touchdown. That’s the fewest passes a Vikings quarterback has attempted in a regular-season win since 1977, in a game at Green Bay where the wind chill made it feel like it was minus 3 degrees. But Sunday’s game was played indoors. Since 2001, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, only one winning team has attempted fewer passes while playing indoors — the visiting Carolina Panthers at the Atlanta Falcons in a 10-3 victory in 2006. The Atlanta Falcons had the next fewest passes in an indoor home win, throwing 13 times in a 34-21 victory in 2008 — Matt Ryan’s first game his rookie season.
In his mind, Jim Tressel is old, his memory deteriorating. The highs and lows of 37 years of coaching have started to blend together for the Ohio State football coach. “I don’t know if it’s fortunately or unfortunately,” Tressel said, “but I’m old and I’ve had a lot of games.” Jan. 18 marked the 10-year anniversary of Tressel’s hire at OSU. In 15 seasons at Youngstown State, Tressel compiled a record of 135-57-2, winning four Division I-AA National Championships. In his 10 seasons at OSU, he has amassed a mark of 106-22, with one national title and seven Big Ten crowns to his credit. He earned his 100th victory at the Division I level after the Buckeyes’ 38-10 triumph against Indiana on Oct. 9. More importantly to Buckeye fans, the coach holds a 9-1 record against rival Michigan. Tressel spoke with The Lantern to reflect on his decade-long tenure in Columbus. Oh, but a dream Often, when universities or professional teams hire a coach, the new boss will gush about how he had dreamed of attaining his new gig since childhood. Tressel never considered the Division I college ranks, let alone OSU. Instead, he aspired to follow in the footsteps of his father, Lee Tressel, who racked up 155 victories coaching for 23 seasons at Division III Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. “I originally wanted to be a high school head coach and I never got there,” he said. “All the way up until probably the mid-’80s, through my first 10 or 11 years as a coach, I was thinking I’d like to be a Division III coach like my father was. Then I got the Youngstown State job and enjoyed 15 wonderful years there and I was convinced that I wanted to be there forever. So no, it wasn’t really anything that I thought about really until the day it opened.” OSU football historian Jack Park said Tressel’s acceptance speech blew him away. “He just made such a good impression on people in that acceptance speech,” Park said. “Some people can kind of speak well, but it’s kind of shallow; they’re just saying what they think they should to make themselves look good. This was not that. This was genuine.” Even if he can no longer recall specific emotions or moments in time from games past, Tressel remembers the onerous weight strapped upon his shoulders when he accepted the position at OSU. “Tremendous responsibility that having this position holds, great tradition, the meaning that this university has to all the students — that’s daunting,” he said. The night he was hired, Tressel gave a speech at halftime of the men’s basketball game. In his monologue, the new coach guaranteed his team would be prepared for nemesis Michigan 310 days later. “That’s going to be a big part of his legacy, I think,” Park said. “That night, he set up Michigan as a top priority. You could tell, and of course, look at what’s happened here, 9-1. He set that up as a high priority and followed through with that.” Rocky 1st year John Cooper was fired following a loss to South Carolina in the 2001 Outback Bowl that capped an 8-4 season. In Tressel’s first season at the helm, the Buckeyes compiled a 7-5 mark and another Outback Bowl loss to the Gamecocks. It wasn’t exactly an ideal start to his term. He suspended senior quarterback Steve Bellisari for two games following his arrest for drunk driving. “There were ups and downs that year,” Tressel said. “It was real disappointing when we, right near the end of the year with two games left, we still had a chance to be the Big Ten champs and we had a little off-the-field problem and we had to bench our quarterback for the last two games. So, that was a disappointing time, and then when we beat Michigan at the end, it was obviously a good win for us because they were a very good team.” Still, Tressel had intended to use his first year as a transition year, and he said he reached the goals he set pertaining to laying the foundation for a new era. “The thing I wanted to do was create a plan and then develop relationships,” Tressel said. “And then, of course, you wanted to win some games along the way. But I wanted to create a plan for a culture and a set of expectations and get to know the kids and have them get to know me and make sure they knew how much I cared about them on and off the field.” ‘A good deal’ Once the transition period ended, it was full steam ahead. The Buckeyes doubled their win total in Tressel’s second season, becoming the first team in college football history to attain a 14-0 record. OSU capped its perfect season with a 31-24 double-overtime victory against a heavily favored Miami Hurricanes team that entered the title game riding a nation-best 34-game win streak. “There were two things that I think made it possible,” Tressel said. “One is that we had grown in our relationships very close through the transition year, which is hard for everyone, and the adversity we faced that first year. Then the second thing that made it very doable was because we were talented — these kids were so hungry because they had been here, many of them, three, four, five years and really hadn’t had an Ohio State-type season. “So, there was a group of them that were seniors that were not going to leave here without having an Ohio State season. And then, the ball bounced right a couple times and our guys kept fighting and it ended up being a good deal.” The perfect season exceeded any expectations even the most idealistic Buckeye fans could have anticipated, Park said. “I don’t think the most avid, unrealistic Ohio State fan that thinks we’re never ever going to lose again, in their wildest dreams, would have thought that they would go 14-0 in their second year under Tressel,” he said. Along the way, the Buckeyes kept suspense high, narrowly escaping the jaws of defeat on a number of occasions. Half of the team’s victories came by seven points or fewer. “When you end a year like we did in ’02, with that group that had transitioned together and had grown to love one another and compete like crazy,” Tressel said, “it was a little bit melancholy after the game, the fact that we were never going to be together in that fashion.” Plan now, reflect later That’s how Tressel thinks. He lives in the moment and plans for the immediate future, opting to save reflection for when he’s in his “rocking chair.” “The moment a game ends or the moment a season ends, the immediate next logical question by any media person or any coach or young person who’s going to be returning to the squad the following year is that, ‘How are we going to be next year?’” Tressel said. “I’ve always said reflection is for the person who’s not coaching anymore or who’s not playing anymore. Just like a junior who’s heading into his senior year is not going to spend much time reflecting. He’s going to spend time thinking about that senior year. That’s just the nature of what we do. You really don’t reflect on that until it’s over.” Because of that mindset, Tressel couldn’t pinpoint a specific failure or disappointment that still haunts him. Instead, anytime he comes across a less-than-desirable result, it’s “on to the next one,” he said. “If we play a ball game I know we didn’t play anywhere near to our capabilities, obviously that’s disappointing,” Tressel said. “But immediately, my thoughts go to, ‘OK, what didn’t we do well? Why didn’t we do it well? What do we have to do to get the ship headed back in the right direction?’” Tressel said he hopes one day to have time to reflect on the missed opportunities. “After you’re done passionately working day-by-day, you might say, ‘Oh, that Purdue game from ’09 really bothered me,’ or, ‘That loss to Michigan in ’03, we weren’t ready. I didn’t have them ready,’” Tressel said. “I don’t spend any time today doing that. Hopefully, there will be time for that in my rocking chair.” The low point That approach to coaching helped him bear the pain of a National Championship Game defeat to Florida at the end of the 2006–07 season. OSU entered the game unbeaten and a heavy favorite after outlasting Michigan, 42-39, in the regular season finale seven weeks earlier. The Gators didn’t care, stymieing the Buckeye offense in a 41-14 rout. Tressel said the effort exhausted in the epic battle with the Wolverines left OSU ill-equipped for the demands of a national title bout. “Our ’06 team had been undefeated and had really emptied their emotional gas tank a month before with the Ohio State-Michigan game and No. 1 versus No. 2 and all that stuff,” Tressel said. “You could see it was a little bit difficult, as hard as we tried to be at that same level as we were that day in late November.” Feel-good story That game was the last time Troy Smith suited up in scarlet and gray. Five years earlier, Smith had accepted a scholarship to play for the Buckeyes. “Troy came in here as an ‘athlete.’ We did not promise him he would be a quarterback,” Tressel said. “He kind of had to prove that he could. It wasn’t easy for him at first and he didn’t approach it the right way necessarily at first. He let it really affect him through the beginning of his career.” After redshirting, Smith primarily saw action as a kick returner during his freshman season. He entered the 2004 campaign as the second-string quarterback before taking over the position when starter Justin Zwick suffered a shoulder injury. Smith only relinquished his grip on the starting gig after being suspended for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and 2005 season opener for accepting $500 from a booster. He eventually regained his spot under center and never looked back, leading OSU to a 34-20 win against Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl before taking the 12-0 Buckeyes to the title game against Florida. Tressel said he remains proud of Smith’s steady maturation, citing the rise of the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner as one of the highlights of his OSU tenure. “To watch him grow to understand to, ‘OK, I know what it takes to be a quarterback. I know what I have to study, what I have to work on, what I have to be, what I have to get better at and I know the type of leader I need to be,’” Tressel said. “To see him five years later end up the Heisman Trophy winner when he didn’t even come here to be a quarterback, or he did but we weren’t sure, to me, that was very rewarding. Now, it wasn’t without some consternation over the course of time, but it was fun to see the end of the day.” That progress made during the four or five years a student-athlete takes the field is what Tressel said makes him proud to coach at the collegiate level. “Those days that I see progress in each of the young people or a particular young person, you see a lightbulb go on in someone’s head or you see someone have a tough situation and then grow from it or handle it,” Tressel said. “My highlight would be progress.” A lasting legacy Speculation runs rampant about Tressel’s future. On Christmas Eve, as Tressel sat at home with his family, a rumor spread throughout the Internet claiming the coach was on his way out of OSU, despite failing to report if he was retiring or being forced out. OSU athletic director Gene Smith quickly hosed down that fire on Twitter, telling Buckeye fans to ignore the gossip. “The rumors about Jim Tressel had emerged, so I jumped up and that was probably (my Tweet) that has gotten the most attention,” Smith said. One thing is certain: Buckeye Nation respects and cares for its football coach. And although fans might be more appreciative of his 9-1 record against Michigan and the crystal football he helped win at the end of the ’02 season, Tressel values the job he’s done turning teenage boys into professional adults. “I’ve got a whole box sitting right across from me on the counter of about 15 rings. But you know what? Those rings, the dust is on them; they’re just memories,” Tressel said. “But the progress a person makes, even if they stumble and fall, we stumble and fall individually and as a group, what’s important is at the end of the day, they are ready to go out in this competitive world and see if they can battle their way through this tough, tough world.” Park said Tressel’s leadership ability will place him among the ranks of Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce, widely considered to make up the top echelon of past Buckeye coaches. “His legacy here not only will be success, but the way he’s done it and I would say he’s the complete coach,” Park said. “I don’t think he leaves anything to chance. He’s just the complete leader, the complete coach. He has a tremendously clear understanding of where football fits into the university, a player’s career and a player’s life.” When reflecting on his 10 years in Columbus, Tressel said the one thing he can hang his hat on when he decides to call it a career is the effort he has given. “I know this: I’ve tried very hard. And I know there have been some good things that have occurred and some ones that haven’t been so good, neither of which have been because we didn’t try,” Tressel said. “I think our intentions have been good and I’ll always feel whenever that day comes that we tried like crazy. I also know that at Ohio State, you can’t win enough games and you can’t visit enough patients in the hospital and you can’t write enough encouraging notes to the military and you can’t send out enough little football cards to the kids that write in. “I know you can’t be perfect and you can’t get everything done, but while you’re the Ohio State coach, you’ve got to work like crazy and do the best you can and feel good about trying.”
Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho last December and their latest financial report indicates that it cost the English Premier League club £19.6m to part ways with the Portuguese coach and his members of staff.Mourinho received the boot 11 months into a new two-and-a-half year deal he had signed in January 2018. The controversial coach, who has recently been linked with a return to Inter Milan where he won the treble in 2010, was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former Manchester United striker has revived the club’s fortunes after winning 10 of his first 11 games.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG15541.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] run through Connaught Square, the home of fellow war-mongerer, Tony Blair, every morning. And it’s not difficult to see, why the local residents, aren’t huge fans of his.All around his house, are double-yellow lines, which no one is allowed to park on. Oh, I mean, except TB’s chauffeur, and his huge team of security people. It’s okay for them, of course.Blair, like any previous PM, is entitled to, and deserves his security. But why should he be allowed to have everyone else’s parking-spaces scrubbed out? And why should his people be allowed to park, infront of the coppers, on the double-yellows? If he wants to have lots of parking, why doesn’t he buy a big detached house, with a private-drive? STOP IMPOSING YOURSELF ON OTHERS, MR BLAIR.In other news:This blog sends it’s condolences to Lee Manual, following the tragic and young passing, of his brother. Lee, you’ve got lots of scary tattoos, BUT THE STAR FAMILY LOVE YOU.Over and out, B x