Villas-Boas: I won’t quit

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas has pledged not to resign as Tottenham manager despite overseeing Spurs’ heaviest-ever home league defeat to Liverpool. Press Association The Portuguese has no scheduled meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, but claimed there is no problem with Spurs’ board. Liverpool captain Luis Suarez ran wild at White Hart Lane, scoring twice and having a hand in the goals for Jordan Henderson, John Flanagan and Raheem Sterling. Villas-Boas vowed Tottenham would bounce back from this latest heavy defeat, after claiming they had managed to get over their 6-0 mauling at Manchester City last month. And the Portuguese refused to give up on a top-four Premier League finish. Asked how much time he would be given at Spurs, Villas-Boas said: “That’s the only thing I can’t control, it’s not my call so I can’t say anything else. “I have to get down to work, that’s the only thing I can focus on. “The call to make that decision is not mine, because obviously I won’t resign and I’m not a quitter. “The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on track. “This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are not there. “It’s not the points tally that’s the problem, it’s the expression of the results. “It’s the second expressive scoreline that we’ve suffered in the season, and we admit that in the Premier League things aren’t going in any shape or form the way we want. “All of us had high expectations for this season, we still have them. “Again I repeat that we are not far off, but the distance is increasing for those Champions League spots. “And because of the expressive result it makes it even more difficult for us to bounce back.” Villas-Boas’ rocky ride at White Hart Lane was not helped by a tweet from Benoit Assou-Ekotto, seeming to make light of the defeat with team-mate Emanuel Adebayor, who were both at the ground for the match. Villas-Boas offered no argument with defeat, but felt Paulinho’s second-half red card allowed Liverpool to pile on the goals, and the misery. Confirming he would try to appeal that red card, Villas-Boas labelled the decision “an extremely poor call”. He said: “I think it was a bit harsh because I don’t think there was intention to hurt Suarez. “His foot was high, definitely a yellow card, but a straight red I think is a bit too much, because Paulinho is not that type of player. “I think it was an extremely poor call that has an influence, not on the victory of Liverpool but on the expressive result. “I will try (to appeal the red card), hopefully there can be some sensitivity into it.” Liverpool manager Rodgers heaped praised on striker Luis Suarez, hinting that captaincy can bring the best out of the prolific Uruguay forward. Suarez’s brace took his Premier League goals tally to 17 for the season, but Rodgers was most concerned with his leadership skills. Rodgers said: “This is a guy who has captained one of the most iconic clubs in European football in Ajax, so it’s nothing new to him. “I wanted to have someone who could represent me and the club in that tunnel, before even stepping on the pitch. “When Luis Suarez has the armband on ready to go out, everyone knows this is a team ready to fight. “He was great in the changing room, I told him a few days back I wanted him to lead this club and that it was an honour for him. “I think he enjoyed it and you’ve seen his performance level.” Hailing his side’s dominance in every area, Rodgers said: “I loved their arrogance with the ball. “They were a real threat with the ball all day. “In winning teams everyone supports each other, and this was a result achieved without our captain Steven Gerrard. “When we have that focus and concentration we’re a very good side.” The under-fire Tottenham boss did, however, admit he did not know how much longer the club would give him to turn their season around. Villas Boas said he has never faced a worse home loss in his career than the 5-0 Barclays Premier League drubbing at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Reds. last_img read more

Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman fined $26K for controversial hit in Super Bowl, report says

first_imgRams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman is facing yet another hefty fine for a controversial hit that happened during Super Bowl 53. For the second straight game, #Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 for a hit on a defenseless player — this time Rex Burkhead in the Super Bowl LIII loss to the #Patriots.And yes, Robey-Coleman was flagged for this one.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 9, 2019This marks the second fine Robey-Coleman is facing for hits made during the offseason. He was involved in the infamous helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis at the end of the NFC championship, and was fined another $26,739 after the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory.The Rams ended up falling to the Patriots 13-3 in Super Bowl 53. Related News The NFL fined Robey-Coleman $26,739 for a hit on a defenseless player, NFL Network reported Saturday. His helmet-to-helmet hit occurred in the first quarter as he took down Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, resulting in a 15-yard penalty.center_img Former Patriots RB Antowain Smith on Tom Brady: ‘To me, he is the G.O.A.T.’last_img read more

Podcast: Would Markelle Fultz be a better fit for Lakers?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nearly every mock draft has Boston taking Washington freshman guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, but the Lakers are doing their due diligence on Fultz on the off chance he’s available to them at No. 2.Mark Medina of the Southern California News Group welcomes Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins to discuss what happens if Fultz falls past Boston, with audio from Fultz following his workout for the Lakers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packerslast_img read more

Ison Named MVC Golfer of the Week

first_imgDespite playing in freezing, rainy and windy conditions, Ison, a senior from Edmond, Okla., fired a one-over-par, 73, to finish tied for 11th-place with a team-best total score of 148 (75-73) at the par-72, 7,239-yard layout at the Hawkeye Invitational.  He helped lead Drake to a sixth-place finish at the event that featured a combined seven Big Ten and Big 12 teams. Drake put together the second-best score on the final day to move up five spots and were just four strokes back from fourth-place Michigan State and Kansas.  A total of seven Top-100 teams were at the event, and as a team, Drake finished better than two of them. ST. LOUIS – Drake University’s Drew Ison was named Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday. The Bulldogs return to the links on Monday and Tuesday for the MVC Championship at at Cape Girardeau, Mo.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more