Jose return would be ‘spectacular’

first_img Press Association Andre Villas-Boas has described the potential return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League as “spectacular”. The former Chelsea boss is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer and has made no secret of his desire to return to England, saying this week it is where he feels loved. Chelsea are favourites to re-sign their former boss, with Rafael Benitez’s short-term contract up at the end of the season. Tottenham manager Villas-Boas worked under his Portuguese countryman at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, and he believes Mourinho is likely to have a position lined up. Villas-Boas said: “He obviously wants to come back to England, whether he has a club aligned or not, we never know.” center_img The Portuguese continued: “It’s extremely unlikely when someone makes it that public that something is not set out already but he is a great addition to the Premier League. He has a wonderful history in this league and I think it will be spectacular to have him back.” Mourinho has won a significant haul of trophies at all his clubs but has found it most difficult at Madrid. Defeat over two legs against Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals means the Champions League will once again elude the Spaniards this season, and Villas-Boas acknowledged Mourinho probably has not lived up to expectations. The Spurs boss said: “When he left (England) he wasn’t that well loved by a few of you guys (the media) and that was something we talked about. He was loved in all the clubs where he has won titles, in Real Madrid the same. “There is maximum respect for what he has achieved, but for it to be at the level of Real Madrid’s expectancy, we will never know. Probably not, but he certainly has won a league against a dream Barcelona team, which is a great achievement.” West Brom manager Steve Clarke and Swansea’s Michael Laudrup would both welcome Mourinho’s return to the Premier League. Clarke was assistant manager to the 50-year-old at Chelsea, but he insisted: “I don’t know if he’s coming or not, that’s the truth. “I know he was happy here because he had a good job at a good club and we were successful. That’s what he likes, he likes to win football matches wherever he is. If he comes back, it’s great for the Premier League. If he does come back and we get the chance to play against him that would be great.” Laudrup, a former Real Madrid midfielder, added: “To have good managers in a top league is always good, and there will be a lot of nice press conferences for the media to look forward to. He is a good manager, you just need to look at his CV and what he has achieved with all his clubs, so for him to return to Chelsea would be good for the Premier League.” last_img read more

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West Brom name Irvine head coach

first_imgWest Brom have announced former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine as their new head coach on a 12-month rolling contract. Press Association The Scot will succeed Pepe Mel, who left the club by mutual consent the day after the Barclays Premier League season finished last month, once he “signs off” from his current role as Everton’s academy manager. Rob Kelly, who worked under Irvine at Preston and Wednesday, has also been appointed joint assistant head coach, alongside Keith Downing. center_img Albion technical director Terry Burton told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure the services of Alan and Rob.” The Baggies had been heavily linked with former Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood and Saturday’s news may be slightly underwhelming for Baggies fans, given Irvine’s lack of management experience in the top flight. The Glaswegian was sacked at both Preston and Wednesday, who were relegated to League One under his tenure, and he has not taken charge of a club since leaving Hillsborough in 2011. However, he has played a prominent role at Everton, helping to bring through the likes of Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell to the senior team. And the Baggies are now convinced they have the set-up in place – with Dean Kiely remaining as goalkeeping coach – to improve on last season’s 17th-placed Premier League finish. Burton added: “With the support of Keith and Dean, we firmly believe we have put in place the right coaching team to move the club forward. “From the outset, we decided to pursue candidates who are renowned for their coaching ability and Alan was very much at the forefront of our thoughts because of his achievements in the Premier League and the high regard he is held within the game. “In the end it came down to two outstanding candidates for the role. “But, following a detailed recruitment process, we decided Alan and the team around him are best suited to tackle the challenges we face in the Barclays Premier League. “He has a vast knowledge from grassroots up thanks to the roles he has performed during his decades in the game and knows what it takes through good and testing times.” last_img read more

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Tom Brady: Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade

first_img As we noted after the Patriots’ victory over the Rams in Super Bowl 53, that sixth championship mattered more than it should. For a sports world in which perception is often governed by first-grade math, an approach that is absolutist at best and lazy at worst, a sixth title for this dynasty was a big deal.Now Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any other player in NFL history — just in case it wasn’t enough for him to be the only QB ever to win five; the only player ever to win four Super Bowl MVPs; the Super Bowl record-holder for passing yards, completions and TD passes.Because of what Brady did from 2010 to 2019 to pad what he accomplished from 2000 to 2009, the NFL player of the decade now belongs in the greatest-athlete-ever argument.By the time he’s done playing, he just might shut down that dispute, as well.By the numbers6 Super Bowl championships4 Super Bowl MVP awards3 AP NFL MVP awards3 first-team All-Pro selections14 Pro Bowl selections538 passing touchdowns74,079 passing yards97.0 career passer rating44 game-winning drives35 comebacks218-63 record as starter30-10 record as starter in playoffs Of course, the player who held the greatest stranglehold on the rest of the NFL from 2010 to 2019 was the same guy who dominated the previous 10 years. Brady, who is on the verge of completing his 20th NFL season, has been a Pro Bowl selection after every Patriots campaign this decade. He has won three Super Bowls and appeared in two others. He has played in eight consecutive AFC championship games.SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Women’s boxing | Men’s MMA | Women’s MMAFor Sporting News, New England’s comeback win in Super Bowl 49 against Seattle to close the 2014 season featured the Brady performance that cemented his status as the greatest passer in football history. For many more, an even greater Patriots comeback in Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons did the trick. A few years and an additional championship later, the 42-year-old is simply (and unnecessarily) padding his resume.From 2010 to 2019, Brady threw for more than 4,000 yards in seven separate seasons. He recorded 30 or more TD passes in every year but three. In 2018, when he neither threw for more than 4,000 yards nor recorded 30 TD passes, he earned his sixth Super Bowl ring. Simply put: Had NFL teams not doubted the possibility of a player like Jackson translating a skill set that dominated the college game, he would not have been the fifth QB selected in his draft class. His early professional success already has and will continue to force NFL talent evaluators into a newfound open-mindedness. In that regard, Jackson’s influece in the long term could prove historic.There will be competition. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes already has an NFL MVP award and an AFC title game appearance on his resume, though he is a couple of years older than Jackson. Texans QB Deshaun Watson has a promising trajectory, though he is limited by his surroundings — which is an important factor. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of an NFL career that will land Tom Brady in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the conformity the Patriots quarterback has forced upon observers of American sports.At a time when discourse is plagued by divide and subsequent debate in the realm of athletics and elsewhere, Brady creates an anomaly. The best-QB-ever discussion has ceased to exist. Likewise, selecting the Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade requires no deliberation.center_img What they’re saying:”There’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady. He’s the best. He does so much for us in so many ways on so many different levels. I’m really fortunate that he’s our quarterback and for what he’s able to do for this team.” — Bill Belichick“He’s the leader, the general, the best ever and that is the end of the story.” — Danny Amendola“His overall game is just so much greater than the sum of its parts. And Tom Brady just wins. He knows voodoo … Tom Brady’s the G.O.A.T.” — Von Miller”He’s the most basic quarterback you’ve ever seen. It’s the simplest football that you’ll ever see in your life. He’s figured it out: Don’t complicate football. People can hate on him, y’all can be mad at him, but he’s the best quarterback we’ve ever seen.” — Ray Lewis”You saw that body (at the 2000 NFL Combine). There’s no way you saw six championships in that body. To produce what he has produced, and to play at the level he has played at, is incredible. All of us living should understand how blessed we are to be in this moment while he’s doing what he’s doing. I say yes to comparing him to (Michael) Jordan, and I think what he’s accomplished is more difficult.” — Michael Irvin”He’s not going to beat himself — he’s going to make you beat yourself. You can’t beat that.” — Ryan Shazier”Tom is extremely disciplined. They see the end result on game day, but they don’t see all that he does in the offseason and during the season to maintain his health, his body and his mechanics.” — Drew Brees”The guy has already accomplished so much, he’s the best out there. The way he competes, the way he prepares for the game, the way he practices every single week, it’s just legendary. It makes him the greatest.” — Rob Gronkowski”Tom Brady is a game changer on the field, in the locker room, in life. The only one that can really rival him, that man from the 49ers, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning. (But) Tom Brady is in a class by himself.” — Deion Sanders”I am the baddest motherf— on the planet.” — Tom BradyThe next decade belongs to: Lamar Jackson, QB, RavensBrady changed the game in the early 2000s when he reeled off three Super Bowls in four seasons. New England notoriously found the QB in the sixth round of the draft, and other teams over the past two decades have been searching for a similar gem. Yet the Brady formula, a combination of work ethic, leadership skills, attention to detail and raw talent, can’t be replicated.Now NFL teams will spend the next several years looking for the next Jackson even though he can’t be replicated, either.The QB the Ravens snagged with the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is already dominating the league in a way it has never experienced. At age 22, he needed just 14 games to shatter Michael Vick’s single-season QB rushing record, and his freakishly quick development as an NFL passer has led to 33 passing touchdowns through Week 15, the most in the league in 2019. Brady, of course, benefitted from a stable organization led by arguably the greatest coach in NFL history over the past two decades. Nobody will mistake John Harbaugh for Bill Belichick, but in Baltimore, Jackson has a similarly reliable environment in which to flourish.And it takes an NFL athlete of the decade to know one. Before the Patriots’ Week 10 matchup against the Ravens in November, Brady approached Jackson during pre-game warmups. “You’re doing some great stuff,” the veteran told the youngster. “Big fan.”That night, powered by Jackson’s 224 scrimmage yards, Baltimore hammered New England 37-20.last_img read more

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Allegations against Mike Trout, Jose Altuve force MLB into scramble mode to defend stars

first_imgOh, and there also was this drama around the Yankees and the Beltran “niece” account: Barstool Sports’ Jared Carrabis posted a screenshot of what appeared to be a reply from the account, with an allegation that the Yankees use a video feed to tip off infielder Gleyber Torres, who supposedly wears something on his left leg.All of that explains this adaptation of the hallway scene from the movie “Mean Girls”:Everything You Need To Know About The Current State Of Major League Baseball As Told By Mean Girls pic.twitter.com/2HrKoY0yJc— Julia (@jquadddddd) January 17, 2020With more allegations of cheating surely on the way (former pitcher Jack McDowell uncorked one from 30 years ago on Friday), MLB better stay on the top step to keep this offseason from becoming a full-on brawl on social media. As a week filled with news about cheating in baseball drew to a close, MLB acted like a rapid response team to defend two of the sport’s biggest stars against claims of misconduct.Let’s start with the second rescue mission: On Friday, MLB and the Players Association banded together to refute a claim — which had been earlier denied by the source himself — that Angels center fielder Mike Trout received a therapeutic use exemption, or TUE, to use human growth hormone. The joint MLB-MLBPA release did not mention Trout by name, but there was no other reason to issue a statement on a random Friday in the offseason.The following statement was jointly issued today by @MLB and the @MLB_PLAYERS: pic.twitter.com/CiAB202Yog— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) January 18, 2020The statement came out a day after it was reported that David Brosius, the son of former Mariners third base coach Scott Brosius, wrote on Instagram that Trout had received the TUE for HGH to treat a thyroid condition and that baseball was keeping it a secret.MORE: Jessica Mendoza’s confusing take on Mike Fiers blowing whistle on AstrosDavid Brosius apologized to Trout via IG on Thursday (the account is now private, but the post was, of course, screen-capped) and said he was only using Trout’s name to explain the process of granting TUEs.”The example I used of Mike Trout does not stem from information from my Dad or sources within the MLB and has no evidence behind it,” Brosius wrote in the post. “I had no intention of this becoming an accusation against Mike Trout or causing the uproar it did.” The Trout kerfuffle followed on the heels of a wild news cycle in which a Twitter user claiming to be the niece of former Mets manager Carlos Beltran alleged that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman were tipped off about pitches last season via buzzers that were taped to their bodies. Once that claim hit the internets, multiple tweets purported to show Astros outfielder Josh Reddick still wearing such a device while celebrating the Astros’ ALCS victory over the Yankees. (Reddick’s wife tweeted in response that it was confetti on her husband’s chest.)Then there was video of Altuve not wanting teammates to rip off his jersey after hitting a series-ending walk-off home run off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, and of Altuve sheepishly telling Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal in a postgame interview that he kept his shirt on so as to not get in trouble with his wife.MORE: Rep hopeful Congress looks into sign-stealingThe allegations against Altuve and Bregman came out after Beltran and the Mets parted ways Thursday afternoon. Beltran was named in MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s report Monday on sign-stealing by the Astros in 2017 and 2018. Beltran was the third MLB manager dismissed in the wake of the report: The Astros fired A.J. Hinch on Monday, and the Red Sox dismissed Alex Cora, Hinch’s bench coach in 2017 and the supposed mastermind of the sign-stealing scheme, on Tuesday. (Per The Athletic, MLB is investigating possible sign-stealing by the Red Sox under Cora in 2018.)MLB announced shortly after the tweet by the “niece” it “explored wearable devices during the investigation but found no evidence to substantiate it.” (via Joel Sherman of the New York Post and MLB Network)Altuve, through his agent, Scott Boras, denied the claims. “Jose Altuve called me and said he wants it known that he has never, ever worn an electronic device in a major league game — ever,” Boras told Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci. Beltran’s family told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that the “niece” was not a relative. Gary Sheffield Jr., son of the former MLB slugger, tweeted that he believed the account was, in fact, a player’s burner account.RIVERA: Unfair that Beltran is out as Mets skipperBurner, you say? There was suspicion in the days before Beltran’s departure from the Mets that he had created his own burner (with the handle @B15Ivan, Ivan being Beltran’s middle name) to defend himself. On Thursday, “Ivan B” questioned whether Yankees players Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman got illegal help last year in posting career-best numbers at the plate. Beltran was a special adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in 2019.last_img read more

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High speed chase with a Moose

first_imgPhoto:  The RCMP search follow a Moose down 96th ave – Tina MarshOkay maybe it wasn’t a high speed chase.  A reader sent us this picture of a RCMP member chasing a Moose down 96th Ave near 82nd street.  Everyone made it out okay as the moose was chased off the busy street.- Advertisement -Remember if you see news happening send us your tip [email protected]last_img

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