Blackwood promises improvement

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jermaine Blackwood says the region can expect a new and improved player when he eventually returns to international cricket.Known primarily as a dasher for his aggressive, quick-fire approach to batting, the Jamaican right-hander said he plans to curb that natural attacking instinct so he can play longer innings for the Windies in the future.“I know that I can bat for long, but sometimes, I just get ahead of myself and try to play a lot of shots, but, as you can see, I’ve kind of curbed my game a little bit more in terms of shot selection,” Blackwood said.“But from the time I was young, I used to bat a lot of balls, so I have to just go back to those roots. Right now, currently, I think I’m on track right now because I’m batting a lot of balls [again], and that is really a plus for me right now.” FRUSTRATING FEATURE The 28-year-old was axed from the Test side in 2017 after managing just 15 runs in three innings, but it was more the manner of his dismissals that became a frustrating feature of his batting.Memorably, in the Lord’s third Test on the tour of 2017, two rash shots early in his innings caused his downfall for single-digit scores as the Windies crashed to a nine-wicket defeat inside three days in the decisive match of the series.Blackwood, however, signalled a turnaround in form and attitude during the just-concluded first-class season, finishing as the leading runscorer, with 768 runs at an average of 51.More important, his career-best 248 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes highlighted his ability to spend long periods at the crease, and he said he hoped to incorporate this approach as a new facet of his game.“I’m fit mentally. I’m in a good place. I’ve worked very hard – once you bat for eight hours, you know you have to be fit,” he said.“I guess, right now, the place that I am, in terms of my cricket, I think I am in a very good place. That innings (248) showed a lot of character … .”Blackwood praised fellow Jamaican and Windies star Andre Russell for helping in his transformation.“Me and Andre come from a long way – from the time I was small. From when Andre started playing for Jamaica, we were friends, and … he’s been a big influence in my life,” Blackwood said.“Like in terms of how I’m playing my cricket now, he’s a big influence, and I actually put in a lot of work at his house.”last_img read more

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GFF names Boys U-14, Girls U-15 provisional squads

first_img– Preparations begin for CFU and CONCACAF youth tournamentsTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) announced yesterday that it has begun preparations for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys’ U-14 Challenge Trophy and CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship, which are both set for August, following the encampment of the two squads.The CFU Boys’ U-14 Challenge Trophy is scheduled for August 2-12 in Curacao, while the CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship is fixed for the IMG Academy, Florida, USA from August 6 to 13.The national encampment started on July 8 and will conclude on July 16, at the Guyana Fire Service Training Facility, Leonora and features a provisional squad of 35 boys and 35 girls, with Bryan Joseph and Akilah Castello as the assigned head coaches of respective squads.Some of the players shortlisted for the National U-15 Girls encamped for CONCACAF U-15 Girls ChampionshipAmong the 34-member female squad named are 10 international-based players from Canada and the USA selected by the GFF International Women’s Coordinator Paul Beresford, 23 from the GFF Academy Training Centre (ATC), and one player from Region One. Members from the Boys’ squad are all national players from the ATC.Guyana are one of five teams placed in Group C of the CFU Boys U-14 Challenge Trophy along with Curacao, Bonaire, Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba while the U-15 Girls have been placed in Group E with The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and St Lucia.Guyana are scheduled to play their first match in the U-15 Championship against St. Lucia on August 6 at 11:00hrs, followed by Cayman Islands on August 7 at 09:00hrs and The Bahamas on August 9 at 11:00hrs. The playoff will begin on August 10, following the group qualifiers, with the finals set for August 13 at 11:00hrs.A shortlist of the squad will be done at the conclusion of the current camp. Two additional encampment periods are set for July 22-26 and July 29-August 1 respectively.Girls’ U-15 shortlisted squad:Sidney Facey, Ludesha Reynolds, Veyansa Hope, Akeela Hodge, Jaida Brooks, Anaya Willabus, Ashaya Doobay, Sara Matthias, Ayana Walker, Melissa Torres, Nikiita Wayne, Aliea Moses, Samara Rodrigues, Latesha Sutherland, Amanda Mc Kenzie, Leah Perreira, Hasha Holder, Ronette Grant, Affia Hartman, Samantha Banfield, Mariah Johnson, Anastasia Salvadore, Sukhayiah Willie, Jenea Knight, Alanna Clarke, Alleia Alleyne, Wendy Holden, Shenika Atkinson, Euriane Mentore, Shauna Edwards, Jalade Trim, Nakasi St Jules, Shamaya Daniels and Kersti Thomas.Boys’ U-15 shortlisted squad: Ian Gomes, Dellon Jones, Kimoni Milne, Shoran James, Kevon Scott, Dwayne Bess, Devon Padmore, Neron Barrow, Mark Morgan, Tyrice Dennis, Makhayah Jarvis, Colin Henriques, Samuel Garnett, Tyquan Brummel, Joshua Holder, Kevin Mullin, Atwaun Vincente, Aaron Austin, Daniel Lowe, Brandon Solomon, Seon Sue, Jaleei Alcindor, Alexander Davidson, Ofancy Winter, Shavid Hernandez, Lincoln James, Matrim Martin, Daniel Hopkinson, Marcus Tudor, Gerald Wittington, Zidana Ramdeholl, Keishawn Smith, Kwesi Gill, Romel Medas and Oswin Archer.last_img read more

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Unai Emery gives OK, Arsenal want to sign player ‘as soon…

first_imgUnai Emery has made it clear Arsenal will only be able to bring in a player on loan due to financial constraints. Wednesday’s edition of Sport has a story on Denis Suarez of Barcelona with a headline ‘Arsenal waits for Denis’.The former Paris Saint-Germain manager has already given the ‘OK’ to sign the midfielder and the north London club now want the player ‘as soon as possible’.However, they only want him on a loan deal, while the La Liga winners want to raise funds from his sale, either in January or at the end of the season, which is why they want to include a mandatory purchase option as a part of the temporary deal.The Catalan newspaper mentions that for the aforementioned reasons, the deal is not ‘so simple’.The ex-Villarreal man’s situation at the Camp Nou has changed of late. Last summer, he didn’t want to leave and didn’t feature in the first few months of the season. Since he decided to leave Barca, Ernesto Valverde has handed him opportunities to play.Sport mentions Suarez only wants to leave the club for Arsenal and if not, the 25-year-old has already shown Valverde that he can count on him. At this point, neither of the clubs are ready to reach a compromise.Barcelona have made it clear that Suarez will not be allowed to leave if there is money included in the deal.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more

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The cast of “Bobbi Kristina” says the film comes from “a place of love and respect”

first_img Related Cast of “Bobbi Kristina”; Photo Courtesy of TVOne(NEW YORK) — It’s only been two short years since the untimely death of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.Sunday, TV One will attempt to bring her tumultuous story to life with their original movie, Bobbi Kristina.While the film’s expected to honor Bobbi Kristina’s legacy, it’s come under intense criticism from Bobby Brown.Vivica A. Fox, who plays Pat Houston in the biopic, says she spoke to Brown.“I did see Bobby and he let me know he wasn’t happy with us doing the film,” Fox tells ABC Radio.“And my reaction to him was, ‘Bobby, give it a chance. Trust me. Knowing that the majority of the cast knows you — has respect and love for you and Whitney — we’re not going to do nothing to make you look bad.’”Fox says Brown’s reaction was “him being a natural protective father.”She says TV One also “reached out and communicated with him to look at the film.”Hassan Johnson, who plays Brown in the film, agrees with Foxas, adding that Brown should understand that the film comes from “a place of love…and.. respect.”“I came with all the sincerity and consideration in the world, for what Bobbi has been through, with the loss of his wife and his daughter,” Johnson explains.  “So I just felt like it was a duty to do him some justice and to represent.”For the youngest star of the film, Joy Rovaris, who plays Bobbi Kristina, the biopic was a “personal” project.“I’ve always been such a Whitney fan that…it felt personal to me,” she explained.  “I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything exploitative or that would shed a bad light.”Bobbi Kristina airs Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET on TV One.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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WHS Daily Bulletin: This Sunday is Baccalaureate services on Sunday at 2 p.m.

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, May 5, 2017:Friday•Regional Tennis at Pratt•Track at Chaparral 3:00Saturday•C Team Baseball Tournament at WHSMonday menu: Breakfast: French Toast Casserole.Lunch: Chicken Alfredo, Turkey Club Wrap.Today’s News: *Seniors- Library books are due Monday, May 8th at 3:05. Anything still out after that will be considered lost and sent to the office as a fine.*Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen- Library books are due Friday, May 12th at 3:05. Daily fines will be applied for books returned Monday, May 15th -May 19th. Anything out after Friday May 19th will be considered lost and sent to the office as a fine.*Any 9th-11th grade girl interested in playing volleyball next year- there will be a meeting in the commons during the 1st part of CruCon on Wednesday May 10th.*There will be a boys high school basketball camp June 5th-8th from 10 am until 12 pm. All boys wishing to participate in boys basketball next year are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions contact Coach Roitman.*If you are interested in being a class officer next year, you may pick up an application in the office. You must have a minimum GPA of a 2.0 and you must be passing 5 classes to be eligible to serve as an officer. As an officer,  you will be expected to attend monthly STUCO meetings. Applications will be due Thursday, May 11th. Elections will be Monday, May 15th during Cru Con.*SENIORS- Reminder- the Baccalaureate services are this Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 pm at the Assembly of God Church located at 326 West Botkin. We would like to encourage you to attend this service. Dr. Marvin Miller, lead pastor of the church, and other local ministers are planning a special service and a reception. You do not need to wear your cap and gown for this service.*There will be a Cross Country meeting on May 10th at 3:05 in the Health room.Today is…Cinco De MayoFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Opponents fear Brady, but do they fear Big Ben? (Nov. 29, 2017)

first_imgAUBREY BRUCECOURIER STEELERS CENTRALThe Nov. 12 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium was supposed to be a“yawner,” no drama and no trauma type of game; yet the Steelers just squeezed by the Colts by the score of 20-17 with the Steelers’ place kicker, Chris Boswell, sealing the win.Fast forward to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last Sunday night in prime time, Nov. 26, where Pittsburgh, with the help of the platinum leg of Boswell, again eked out a win despite more than a few “defensive discrepancies” just squeaking by the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, 31-28.When the Steelers had difficulty finding the formula to defeat Indianapolis, many people (after the fact) said that it is much harder to win on the road than it is to win at home. OK, even if we accept that premise, wouldn’t that have also applied to the visiting Green Bay Packers?Instead, it was the Steelers again caught holding the short end of the stick, residing in the land of “no AFC home field advantage” for a substantial part of both contests. During the Steelers games with the Colts and the Packers, Pittsburgh faced two second-tier quarterbacks who had nowhere near the experience nor the offensive talent pool that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has at his disposal, yet both of these “meaningless games” were uncomfortably too close to call, with the Steelers only snatching victory from the jaws of defeat during the final minutes of both contests.Is there something wrong with this scenario? Even the “allegedly” cheating New England Patriots grudgingly command my respect when it comes to being ordinary or extraordinary. Patriots legendary quarterback Tom Brady may occasionally face a little drama, but Tom “terrific” usually tries to employ his “beat down” stick when facing any opponent, good or bad. When you see that Brady “sneer” surface on the sideline, usually something bad happens to his opponent’s defense shortly thereafter. Tom Brady is not comfortable with just getting by. His desire is to leave opponents psychologically and mentally scarred when presented with only the possibility of facing him in battle. There is something to be said when soldiers have to cross a battlefield strewn with corpses in order just to face the opponent in battle.I have a sneaking suspicion that opposing defenses may be more afraid of the offensive arsenal that the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger possess as opposed to the man that has his finger on the trigger or the button. Trust me, opponents fear facing Tom Brady, I have personally seen it in their eyes. Brady is ever dangerous because of his patience. He is also as methodical and patient as he is talented. Roethlisberger seems to want to be spectacular on almost every play. Why doesn’t he take a page from Tom Brady and just be spectacular when normal? Taking whatever, and I mean, whatever the defense gives you is the key to legend. If you don’t believe me, ask Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Joe Namath, Jim Plunkett and Roger Staubach. Oh, and by the way, while Steeler nation has to often wait for Roethlisberger to warm up, Brady, Brees and a few other signal callers enter the game with propane torches blazing. Things like coffee and a burger are meant to be warmed up, not NFL offenses. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Steelers rookie QB Rudolph ready for preseason debut

first_imgLATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph exudes confidence heading into his first NFL preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) looks to pass as defensive back Nat Berhe pressures in a goal-line drill at NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Rudolph admitted that jitters may be there as the Steelers prepare to face the defending Super Bowl champions in Philadelphia. But the Steelers’ third-round pick has settled into a comfort zone two weeks into training camp.“It’s just football,” Rudolph said. “I think everyone has a little bit of nerves because it’s going to be the first one back. But just like your debut in college, you get out there, you make a completion and it starts flowing like football has always been.”Rudolph is in a fight for the backup quarterback spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Rudolph will see time under center against the Eagles, along with veteran Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs, the Steelers’ fourth-round pick a year ago.Tomlin is eager to see how Rudolph can direct the offense and maintain possession.“Mason’s done a really good job, but he hasn’t been hit,” Tomlin said. “Ball security is much more difficult in-stadium because a training camp environment is controlled in a lot of ways. You don’t touch or get close to the quarterback, so a quarterback’s ability to secure the football doesn’t get tested until they play in-stadium preseason football.”Rudolph will have an opportunity to show how far he’s come since the Steelers traded up to select the Oklahoma State star with the 76th overall pick, the highest the organization has taken a quarterback since Roethlisberger was the 11th overall selection in 2004.During spring practices, Rudolph impressed, but he also missed a couple center-quarterback exchanges after working almost exclusively out of the shotgun both in high school and at Oklahoma State.“We cleaned it up for the most part,” Rudolph said. “I’m just starting to feel a lot more comfortable under center after not doing it the last eight years of my life.”Rudolph also had an inauspicious start at training camp when he ran a bootleg to the right and fumbled his first pass attempt backward. That gaffe is far from Rudolph’s mind.“I could (not) care less about the first pass,” Rudolph said. “I have a lot of first passes. I had my first pass in OTAs and rookie minicamp. I’m thinking about the next pass. If one play goes bad, the next play can be the one that wins it, or gets you back in the game.”Rudolph has found his groove after a rocky first week at camp. The rookie looked comfortable and crisp while running the two-minute offense at the end of a practice last week. Rudolph finished the drill an efficient 5 of 6 for 52 yards, which included a practice-ending 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Jaylen Samuels.“I just want to progress,” Rudolph said. “You obviously dream about playing in the NFL, but once you get here, you take it one day at a time. I think that’s the way I’ve approached practice and it has gone well.“I’m just focused on completing passes and making sure I’m taking mental steps forward every day.”The next step forward for Rudolph will be into a NFL stadium for his preseason debut — against an opposing defense.“You’re playing your own team every single day and you get frustrated because they start to learn your calls, they’re cheating on your install sheet, printing your stuff out and trying to game plan against you,” Rudolph said. “And then you get out there in a game and it’s easy because those guys are scared, they’re all tight, they want to be in their spots, they don’t want to get yelled at by their coach, and you end up scoring points and driving down the field. That’s the way I feel this will go.”NOTES: Tomlin said Roethlisberger won’t play Thursday against Philadelphia. . Wide receiver Antonio Brown missed practice again Tuesday, but he worked out alone on an adjoining field. He will miss Thursday’s game along with LBs Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, and TE Vance McDonald.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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NBA: Stephen Curry Says Donald Trump’s LeBron James Tweet Based in Racism

first_imgAdvertisement sgdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa5hm2ubWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebfg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5pgWould you ever consider trying this?😱riaCan your students do this? 🌚9hrlhhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Most of the NBA came to the defense of LeBron James following a tweet from Donald Trump insulting the Los Angeles Lakers forward’s intelligence. Stephen Curry is one of the more prominent voices in the NBA and the Golden State Warriors point guard has also dealt with attacks from Trump.Advertisement “That rhetoric is all based in some longstanding racism in terms of black men with a voice in power,” Curry said of Donald Trump’s tweet questioning James’ intelligence, per Logan Murdock of the Mercury News. “Unfortunately, that’s being revealed more and more as the days go on.”Advertisement Curry also called the president an ass in February 2017 when he said Trump was an asset to the country “if you remove the ‘et’ from asset,” per Marcus Thompson II of the Mercury News.The NBA and its most visible figures clearly have no intention of backing down from Trump as long as he’s in office.Also Read-NBA: Michael Jordan backs LeBron James after Trump questions player’s intelligence Advertisementlast_img read more

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Schnars and Olson Selected Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgEach school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Southland Volleyball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas junior outside hitter Heather Schnars was named Southland Conference Women’s Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week while Stephen F. Austin junior libero OJ Olson received defensive player of the week honors, the league announced Monday. Offensive Player of the Week – Heather Schnars, Central ArkansasSchnars led the Central Arkansas offense for the week, posting the match-high in kills in all three of the Sugar Bears’ matches at the Seminole Volleyball Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. She recorded a total of 47 kills over the weekend including a season-high 18 kills against Samford. The Downey, Calif. (Downey H.S.), native collected 17 kills in UCA’s win over SEC foe LSU and turned in 12 more against No. 7 Florida State. Schnars had three service aces over the course of the weekend and averaged 4.27 kills per set. Defensive Player of the Week – OJ Olson, Stephen F. AustinOlson led Stephen F. Austin to an undefeated 4-0 week, with wins over Louisiana-Monroe (3-2), New Orleans (3-0), Texas-Pan American (3-1) and Louisiana Tech (3-1). The Cedar Park, Texas (Leander H.S.), native racked up 93 digs in the four matches, averaging 5.81 digs per set. Olson had 29 digs against ULM, 18 against UNO, 25 against UTPA and 21 against Louisiana Tech, to hold opponents to a .110 hitting percentage.center_img Honorable Mention: Kimberlyn Patterson, McNeese State; Shelbee Berringer, Central Arkansas; Haley Hoffman, Houston Baptist. Honorable Mention: Angelique Vidaurri, UIW; Rachel Cagnina, McNeese State; Justice Walker, Stephen F. Austin.last_img read more

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Mourinho unconcerned by Chelsea’s transfer ban being lifted

first_imgJose Mourinho is unconcerned by Chelsea’s transfer ban being lifted and believes his former club may struggle to strengthen their team even with a “multi-million budget”.Frank Lampard’s Blues are free to sign players in January after their two-window ban was halved after appealing against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Spurs are currently nine points behind their top-four rivals in the battle for Champions League qualification ahead of Saturday’s home game against Burnley.Tottenham boss Mourinho, whose second spell at Stamford Bridge ended in 2015, expects the reduction of the FIFA sanction to have minimal impact.“I’m not worried with that. First of all, I’m not looking to the distance we have to Chelsea,” said Mourinho. “Between us and Chelsea there are still two or three teams, so you cannot look so high and so far in this moment.“The second situation is for me that it’s not easy to get better players than they have – they have very good players.“I don’t think even with a ban or even with a hypothetical multi-million budget to spend, I’m not very, very sure they can get much better players than they have.”Mourinho suffered his first defeat since succeeding Mauricio Pochettino when Spurs were beaten 2-1 at Manchester United on Wednesday evening.Out-of-favour midfielder Christian Eriksen, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was once again used as a substitute in that game.The Denmark international has yet to start a match under his new manager and has been linked with a free transfer move to Old Trafford.Mourinho has spoken to the 27-year-old about his future and says the club is more important than individuals.“My feelings are until I have anything official, rather than hypothetical things and speculation, there is not much to comment,” said Mourinho.“Of course I have had a conversation with him, of course I have to defend the best interests of my club.“My club is more important than my players and my players are more important than me. But the club is more important than any one of us, so that’s the way I think.“I’m not going to answer you. I think that’s him that has to tell you.“Is he a fantastic player? He is. But the situation is that I have to think first in the club interests.“What we spoke, I am perfectly fine with it. I have absolutely nothing to hide.”During the midweek defeat to United, Spurs conceded twice for the fourth consecutive match of Mourinho’s short tenure.The Portuguese, who will rest his players in next week’s Champions League dead rubber against Bayern Munich, admits his porous backline needs tightening but says it will take time and is eager to avoid reducing the team’s goal threat.“We have to sort out our defence without losing what we have in attack,” he said. “We concede two goals in each one of my four matches but we score in all of them, we could score even more than we did.“But we are conceding too much and we are conceding cheap goals and we have to try to stop it. The best way to do it is to work, (but) we have no time to work (at the moment).“Let’s wait a little bit until next week where we have the Bayern match. That will be a match when I am going to rest some players, so I will work with the players who are not going to be involved.”Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, defender Ben Davies and winger Erik Lamela remain sidelined for the visit of the Clarets.last_img read more

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