Sarri targets first Juventus trophy against former club Napoli

first_imgMaurizio Sarri takes on his former club Napoli in Wednesday’s Italian Cup final looking for his first trophy as Juventus coach days before Serie A resumes after a three-month shutdown. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “The missed penalty was unfortunate,” said Sarri.“It will take a little patience.“The players have been on their sofas for weeks, and so getting them back to complete physical and mental efficiency is not simple or automatic.”Napoli are sixth in Serie A, and chasing their first trophy since 2014, after a difficult start to the season with Gennaro Gattuso replacing Ancelotti in December.Read Also: Late own goal sees Sevilla stutter in Champions League chaseThe last time the two teams met in a final was the Italian Super Cup in December 2014, with Napoli coming out on top.Napoli and Juventus last met in an Italian Cup final eight years ago, with the southerners winning 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico for their first major trophy in 22 years. Sarri’s return to Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo ended in a 2-1 league defeat in January. But the former Chelsea manager will have another chance for just the second trophy of his 30-year coaching career at an empty Stadio Olimpico. A win would help the eight-time defending Serie A champions set the tone when the title battle resumes next week, with Lazio just one point behind in second place. – Ronaldo v Mertens – Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who helped Napoli to their last Italian Cup triumph in 2014 and was Serie A’s top-scorer with 36 goals under Sarri in the 2015–2016 season, remains a doubt for the Turin side with a thigh injury. Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed a penalty in Friday’s semi-final second leg against AC Milan, will start up front for Juventus, while Napoli winger Dries Mertens is fresh from breaking the club’s all-time scoring record with a last-four goal against Inter Milan. Ronaldo, who has scored 25 goals this season, can lift a 30th career trophy in Rome.center_img Napoli are in their first Italian Cup final since 2014 Juventus are chasing a record-extending 14th Italian Cup against five-time winners Napoli in Rome, after the Turin giants’ four-year cup-winning streak was ended last season. Sarri took over at Juventus one year ago after a season with Chelsea during which the Premier League side won the Europa League. Before that the 61-year-old spent three seasons with Napoli, battling Juventus for the title, before falling out with club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis. Sarri claimed he only found out he had been sacked and replaced by Carlo Ancelotti when he switched on the television. De Laurentiis blasted his former coach on Monday. “He (Sarri) betrayed me, he left with the vulgar excuse of money, forced me to change, and still had a two-year contract,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The WorldIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Artlast_img read more

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Liverpool sunk by late Fulham winner

first_imgFulham 1 Liverpool 0Clint Dempsey netted an 85th-minute winner to give Martin Jol his first victory over Liverpool as a manager.Dempsey pounced on the loose ball to score after an error by goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who failed to hold Danny Murphy’s shot.AdChoices广告Liverpool played the final 17 minutes with 10 men after Jay Spearing was controversially sent off for a challenge on Moussa Dembele, and the Whites took full advantage.It was a personal triumph for former Tottenham boss Jol, who has endured mixed results during his five-month reign at Fulham – not to mention reports of dressing room unrest.This was his seventh attempt to secure a win against Liverpool and he will have enjoyed few more satisying nights during his two spells managing in England. Schwarzer’s saves proved vital.The result was all the more impressive given that the Merseysiders arrived in west London having won six consecutive away matches.Both teams hit the woodwork in an entertaining game at Craven Cottage, where the visitors had the upper hand before Spearing was given his marching orders.Lucas Leiva’s knee injury meant Spearing started a Premier League match for the first time this season, and the young midfielder played his part in a decent opening 45 minutes from his side.Both Dembele and Dempsey were twice denied by Reina in the first half, but Kenny Dalglish’s men dominated possession and came closest to leading at the interval.Reds striker Andy Carroll volleyed Luis Suarez’s cross straight at Mark Schwarzer, who was then beaten by a Jordan Henderson shot which hit the post.Keeper Schwarzer also had to dive to his left to keep out Charlie Adam’s shot and was grateful to see an attempt by Suarez drift wide.Schwarzer was soon busy again after the restart, blocking Jose Enrique’s drive before John Arne Riise helped him out by clearing the danger.Suarez hit the net with a fine finish but was, much to Liverpool’s frustration, ruled offside.And the decision to dismiss Spearing further antagonised them, as he appeared to make a genuine attempt to win the ball.Having had Fulham on the ropes, the red card left Liverpool themselves hanging on and the Cottagers very nearly broke the deadlock when Dempsey went past Glen Johnson and curled a superb shot against the bar.Dembele then fired narrowly wide and Fulham appeared to be turning the screw, but the woodwork again came to their rescue late on.This time it was after another save from the evergreen Schwarzer, who turned Stewart Downing’s 20-yarder onto the post.It proved to be a pivotal moment because two minutes later, Dempsey popped up with the decisive goal.Former Liverpool man Murphy beat Johnson and tried his luck with a shot which Reina should have dealt with. He failed to and was emphatically punished.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

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Keck opens new offices in Pasadena

first_imgThe Keck Medical Center of USC opened a new medical office in Pasadena, Calif., making the facility USC’s largest specialty physician office outside of the Health Sciences Campus in East Los Angeles.Members of the Trojan Family, physicians and the mayor of Pasadena celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception and tours of the office Tuesday.Medicine · Scott Evans (center with large scissors), chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, helps cut the ribbon at a ceremony celebrating the opening of the Keck Medical Center of USC Pasadena on Tuesday. – Chloe Stepney | Daily TrojanThe 22,000-square-foot center will house more than 40 USC faculty physicians, who represent more than 15 specialties, including ophthalmology, oncology, neurology, surgery services and cardiovascular services, said Scott Evans, chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital.“It was always our hope that we could bring a real, world-class academic center into the communities where our patients live and work,” Evans said.Two licensed hospitals serve the center, including the Keck Hospital of USC on the west side and the Norris Cancer Hospital on the east side, which Evans said provides a great opportunity to bring comprehensive, well-respected cancer care to more patients.“We’re a tertiary provider of cancer care, which means we see the sickest of the sick and the toughest of the tough cases, but more often than not, we’d like to do that in the comfort of one’s community if possible,” Evans said. “We have a large patient base that comes from Pasadena already, so this is really going to serve as a convenient place for them.”At its peak, the center is capable of serving about 400 patients a day, Evans said. An on-site infusion center, including a pharmacy and laboratory, is available to patients, in addition to discounted on-site parking.Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief executive officer of USC Health, said the new center exemplifies the goal of Keck Medical Center to expand its high-quality, advanced care beyond the Health Sciences Campus.“This space is absolutely fantastic,” Jackiewicz said. “I mean this really shows what we can do as an organization, and this is the kind of state-of-the-art clinical space that our organization needs and deserves. It also represents the expansion and growth and dedication to create a network of care throughout the entire region.”The Keck Medical Center of USC Pasadena offers more than 15 specialty services, including ophthalmology, oncology and neurology. – Chloe Stepney | Daily TrojanPasadena has a population of about 140,000 people, and employs about 100,000, said Mayor Bill Bogaard. The services available at the new center will benefit the city and people in many important ways, he said.“It gives us the bragging rights about the quality of services that are available in Pasadena,” said Bogaard, who has served as Pasadena’s mayor since 1999. “It’s a matter of offering quality services to the people of this region, and it strengthens Pasadena as an economic enterprise.”Bogaard said he is proud to have USC Keck physicians in Pasadena and will provide his services to smooth their transition to the city.“I am grateful to the USC Keck School, to the physicians who have come here and will be practicing,” Bogaard said. “I hope that everything that can be done to facilitate that transition of the doctors and to make this comfortable move for them and for their patients can be accomplished with the help from City Hall.”The new Pasadena center is USC’s fourth satellite office in the region, and is located at the Huntington Pavilion on the fourth floor of 625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Ste. 400 in Pasadena. USC physicians also practice at medical centers in La Cañada Flintridge, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Women of Troy finish first in opening tournament

first_imgThe members of the No. 2 USC women’s golf team were looking to start strong, but even they didn’t expect this.“This is the first time we’ve ever won the first game of the season,” coach Andrea Gaston said.Lizette Salas | Daily TrojanIn a tournament with eight top-10 teams and terrible conditions, the Women of Troy came away with the victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn. The team finished at 16-under 560 (278-282), two strokes ahead of No. 3 UCLA at 10-under 562.Sophomore Jennifer Song, who had noted in the past that winning an individual tournament was a goal of hers, captured the individual title with a score of 12-under 132 (66-66).“I just had a great game out there,” Song said of her two bogey-free rounds.Song rode a hot putter to her first outright victory of her collegiate career.“The first round I had 26 putts, and the next round I had 27,” she said. “Those putting scores are what I want to have, and they make my score really low.”Junior Lizette Salas recovered from a rough first round to finish tied for 25th at one-under 143 (74-69).“Lizette was disappointed in her first round, but she came back very strong in the second round,” Gaston said.With UCLA closing in on the lead on the back nine of the final round, Salas birdied 17. This, with Song’s closing birdies on 17 and 18 “helped us seal the victory,” according to Gaston.Senior Caroline Kim and sophomore Inah Park tied for 30th at even par 144, with both shooting 74 in the first round and 70 in the second round. For Park, the round of 70 is her lowest in a collegiate tournament.Freshman Cyna Rodriguez, making her USC debut, finished tied for 40th at 1-over 145 (72-73).“Cyna played very well as a freshman,” Gaston said, noting that both of her scores counted towards the team score (the highest individual score is dropped).The team performed despite bad weather, as the course was wet all weekend and Saturday’s second round was cancelled due to rain.“It was really soggy, and our new shoes got really messy. I was upset about that,” Song joked.Despite the conditions, the team was able to put together a very low score without senior All-American Belen Mozo, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.“This tournament helped us to develop the depth we’re going to need to compete this year,” Gaston said.That depth will certainly be necessary given the team’s upcoming schedule. Beginning Oct. 16 at the Stanford Invitational, the team has three back-to-back tournaments.“In between, we’re not going to have too many days to work on things in between,” said Gaston. “The preparation between now and Stanford will really dictate how we close out the fall.”Though the team is pleased with its historic start, the members know that this tournament doesn’t matter when the national championship rolls around.“It’s exciting to start off well, but we’re looking to close well in May,” said Gaston. “Our mindset is that we have to work hard because we have a lot of tough competition coming up.”last_img read more

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County Board chairman hopeful “Bonnar” Maher will be available for replay.

first_imgPatrick Bonnar Maher appears to he the only injury concern of note for the Tipperary senior hurlers ahead the All Ireland final replay against Kilkenny.He picked up a knee injury in training last week but is not considered a major doubt for the rematch with the Cats on Saturday week.Speaking to Ronan Quirke on last nights Extra Time programme here on Tipp FM, County Board chairman Sean Nugent is hopeful that the Lorrha – Dorrha clubman will be able to line out describing him as a key part of the Premier County set-up.last_img

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Dwayne Johnson reveals Super Bowl-winning dream with the New York Giants

first_img LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE After that heartbreak, Dwayne Johnson chose to dabble in wrestling, ultimately going on to make a name for himself in WWE. Interestingly, Dwayne Johnson appeared in a show titled Ballers as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player turned financial manager. The show features Dwayne Johnson trying to navigate his way through the financial management world of NFL players. Also Read | Tom Brady’s Exit Fueled By Speculation; 5 Potential NFL Teams For Patriots QB COMMENT First Published: 14th December, 2019 13:32 IST Colin DCunha SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 14th December, 2019 13:32 IST Dwayne Johnson Reveals Super Bowl-winning Dream With The New York Giants Dwayne Johnson is arguably one of the most well-known celebrities in the world. The WWE star-turned-actor has recently admitted to having an NFL dream. ‘The People’s Champion’, ‘The Rock’ and ‘The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment’ — these are just a handful of monikers used for WWE superstar-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. Dwayne Johnson rose to fame as ‘The Rock’ on WWF. It is a name that has since stuck with the burly American-Canadian. However, one more moniker could have been added to his litany of nicknames, one that has nothing to do with the WWE. Also Read | Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson And Kevin Hart Voice Opinion On Colin Kaepernick’s NFL SituationDwayne Johnson admits to New York Giants dreamBefore his rise to commercial stardom, Dwayne Johnson was a promising football prospect during his time with the University of Miami. He harboured dreams of winning the Super Bowl with the New York Giants. The Hollywood superstar appeared on the Fox pregame show for Thursday Night Football where he was promoting his latest release – Jumanji: The Next Level.Also Read | Lamar Jackson Breaks Idol Michael Vick’s NFL Record, Most Rush Yards In A Single SeasonInterestingly, Dwayne Johnson was a part of the Miami Hurricanes in 1991, the year they won the national championship. A string of injuries, however, meant that The Rock was replaced by Warren Sapp, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. What could have been an exciting and, perhaps, dominating NFL career was cut short due to his injuries. Dwyane Johnson then took his talents to Canadian Football League to play for the Calgary Stampeders, where he was released after a couple of months. Also Read | NFL Week 15 Predictions: Patriots’, Cowboys’ Struggles To Continue? FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Russia 2018: Russia Thumps Saudi Arabia 5-0

first_imgRussia’s Yuri Gazinsky header has gone into the record books as the first goal of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday.Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Denis Cheryshev, who netted a brace, added a second before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev.Artem Dzuyba netted a third before terrific late efforts from Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia’s first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style. Russia headed into the curtain-raiser at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki, the crucible of Russian and Soviet sport, without a victory in over eight months and ranked a lowly 70th in the world.For Saudi Arabia it was a return to the global showpiece for the first time in 12 years, with their only previous finals wins at the 1994 World Cup.Only South Africa, in 2010, have failed to advance from the group stage as the host nation and a seven-match winless run had ramped up the pressure on Stanislav Cherchesov’s side.A lack of an attacking threat in recent outings was a primary concern for Russia going into a group campaign in which they will also face Egypt and Uruguay.Those fears were soon washed away, at least for the time being, as Alexander Samedov and Fedor Smolov carved out early chances only to be denied by desperate sliding blocks.The opening goal came soon after, as Saudi Arabia failed to clear a corner and a curling cross in from the left by Golovin picked out an unmarked Gazinsky to head low into the far corner.It was a goal that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, seated alongside FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and shake his hand.Russia lost Dzagoev to a hamstring injury midway through the first half, the CSKA Moscow midfielder clutching his hamstring as he crumpled to the turf.But his replacement, former Real Madrid winger Cheryshev, celebrated his recent recall to the national side with Russia’s second goal two minutes before half-time.Cheryshev was still left with plenty of work to do inside the area after a pass from Roman Zobnin, brilliantly flicking the ball past two closing defenders before rifling into the roof of the net.Saudi briefly threatened early in the second half when an inviting cross in from the right skipped just beyond the reach of Taiseer Al-Jassam.Russia then nearly grabbed a third when Abdullah Al-Muaiouf spilled a low drive from Roman Zobnin, the Saudi goalkeeper recovering just time in time to nudge the ball away from Smolov.The forward was soon replaced by Dzyuba, who struck almost immediately by heading another Golovin cross beyond a helpless Muaiouf in the 71st minute.Cheryshev hammered in a fourth with the outside of his left in stoppage time and Golovin capped a magnificent performance by bending in a last-gasp free-kick.Russia meet Egypt in their next match on June 19 in Saint Petersburg, while Saudi Arabia will look to rebound against group favourites Uruguay a day later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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ZENITH BANK/DELTA PRINCIPALS’ CUP: Q’finalists Emerge, Battle for Semis Ticket…

first_imgAfter five days of intense battle in the zonal elimination series with 26 qualifiers competing for honours in eight zones and 10 centres, the quarterfinalists for the 2019 Delta State Principals’ Cup emerged at the weekend.The Principals’ Cup football competition is a developmental tournament sponsored by Zenith Bank after the partnership agreement with the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration. The partnership revived the event only two years ago after being in limbo for over 27 years.The quarterfinalists schools include; Comprehensive Secondary School, Owa Model Secondary School, Boys Secondary School, Orhuwhorun Secondary School, Obule Integrated Secondary School, Sapele , Solid Rock Foundation School, Uwheru Government School and  Ekpan Secondary School. The quarterfinals will be decided today in four different centres and according to the pairing released by the organizing team, Comprehensive Secondary School and Owa Model Secondary School will clash at the Kwale Township Stadium while Boys Secondary School will tango with Orhuwhorun Secondary School at the Oleh Township Stadium.At the Warri Township Stadium, Obule Integrated School and Solid Rock Secondary School will compete for honours just as Otujeremi Township Stadium will host the last pairings between Uwheru Government School and Ekpan Secondary School.Head of the organizing team, Tony Pemu, said all matches would start simultaneously at 2pm at the four centres.Pemu said: “We are all set for the quarterfinals and we are excited that the standard is getting higher everyday. The dates and venues for the semis and final games will be determined soon after the meeting of the Main Organising Committee for the competition.“The joy we derive so far is the way the event has been growing with every edition. Delta State Government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank, have been wonderful.”The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, has stressed that the outfit was proud of the competition.“We are happy that this competition is an avenue for some youths to emerge and start their career to be good professionals for themselves and the country in future,” Amangbo said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ifeanyi Okowalast_img read more

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Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal

first_imgArsenal secured their first victory of the season in impressive style at Anfield as they won comfortably against a desperately poor Liverpool.Arsene Wenger’s summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla scored their first goals for the club either side of the interval to leave new manager Brendan Rodgers presiding over Liverpool’s worst start since 1962-63.Arsenal had the game’s outstanding performers in Cazorla and Abou Diaby and a third successive clean sheet will also have delighted Wenger and his new right-hand man Steve Bould.The difficulties are mounting swiftly for Rodgers. He has to deal with a shortage of attacking resources after Liverpool failed to replace Andy Carroll following his loan move to West Ham United. And to make matters worse, the decline of goalkeeper Pepe Reina continues as he was again badly at fault for Cazorla’s second goal that settled the destiny of the points.That followed his mistake that allowed David Templeton’s shot to go through him against Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday. These are crucial early days for Rodgers and their next league test is a difficult trip to Sunderland.Raheem Sterling, just 17, offered moments of hope for Liverpool but they were few and far between as more experienced and illustrious team-mates failed to exert any influence over affairs.Arsenal were dominant in all areas, with Diaby ruling midfield and Cazorla proving what a bargain he is after a £15m move from Malaga.For two managers who pride themselves on the passing game, Rodgers and Wenger will have been aghast at the number of careless passes and errors that littered an undistinguished first period.And it was from one such moment of careless, with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard the culprit, that Arsenal took the lead after 31 minutes. Gerrard conceded possession as he tried to find Luis Suarez, allowing Cazorla to surge forward and play in Podolski for a clinical finish that the German striker took with great expertise. In among the mediocrity surrounding him, Sterling was again creating a good impression and he almost produced an equaliser with a neat turn inside the box and a powerful shot against the outside of an upright.The power of Diaby was a feature of the first half and another run through the heart of Liverpool’s defence should have brought a second Arsenal goal, only for Olivier Giroud to somehow sweep a simple opportunity wide.Liverpool appealed for a penalty when Suarez clashed with Per Mertesacker, who had been booked early on after another collision with the Uruguayan, but referee Howard Webb angered The Kop by waving play on.Reina needed to be alert to block a shot from Kieran Gibbs at his near post and from Carl Jenkinson’s long-range effort. Suarez was fighting a lone battle against Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen but at least offered Liverpool some hope with a rising drive that was touched over by Vito Mannone.This was snuffed out when Cazorla added Arsenal’s second after 69 minutes. The Spaniard’s shot carried plenty of power but Reina should have done much better than merely help it into the net.Liverpool’s lack of threat will have alarmed Rodgers but at least substitute Jonjo Shelvey, on for debutant Nuri Sahin, was prepared to test Mannone, twice bringing saves with efforts from distance.Anfield was deserting rapidly as the final whistle was blown – optimism for Wenger and a desperately poor start for Rodgers.last_img read more

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Okocha, Oliseh for SuperSport World Cup show

first_imgFormer Nigeria stars, Austin Okocha and Sunday Oliseh, will be among the experts to analyse the World Cup on SuperSport starting from June 12.Former Ghana international, Sammy Kuffour, John Barnes, John Dykes and Manchester United great, Ryan Giggs are among the experts that will dissect each game as the sports station broadcast the 64 games.“Their analyses will blend with five embedded SuperSport crews who will track the progress of African powerhouses Nigeria and Ghana, among others,” a statement for the sport station read.“We’ve invested heavily in the latest technology. It’s a multi-facceted facility that offers a range of broadcast options,” SuperSport General Manager, West Africa, Felix Awogu, said.Other magazine shows lined up to entertain and educate viewers during the World Cup include Ola Brazil, We are Brazil, Master Plan and Fan Zone.SuperSport plans to dedicate two 24-hour channels – SS3HD and SD(SS3) – to the World Cup. SS2HD and SS4 will feature matches in the last round round-robin stage, while Nigeria’s matches will also be broadcast on DStv’s GOtv.last_img read more

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