1 Harry Kane scored his first club goal of the season as Tottenham thrashed Manchester City at White Hart Lane.City took the lead midway through the first half when Kevin de Bruyne netted his third goal in as many games but were hit by a stunning Spurs comeback. Tottenham responded emphatically, equalising just before half-time through Eric Dier before going on to dominate in the second half and secure their third straight league win and condemn City to successive defeats. Toby Alderweireld capitalised on Willy Caballero’s mis-judgement to put Tottenham ahead before Kane and Erik Lamela completed a chastening afternoon for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.City were looking to get their league campaign back on track in north London after their setback at home to West Ham last weekend but had to make do without Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart, who were named on the bench due to injury worries.However, those late changes had no bearing on City’s start. Sergio Aguero, who scored five goals against Mauricio Pochettino’s side last term, tried to bend an effort into the bottom corner but Hugo Lloris was equal to his shot and tipped behind.In the 25th minute, City carved Tottenham open on the counter-attack to convert their early dominance into a lead. A typically lung-bursting run from Toure stretched Spurs’ defence and the Ivorian slipped in De Bruyne, who calmly tucked past Lloris.Raheem Sterling could have doubled City’s advantage soon after but was denied by another sprawling save from Lloris to claw away the winger’s low strike.Spurs grew into the contest, though. Kane, determined to end his goal drought, shot just wide and then forced Caballero to beat away his left-foot drive.Then, on the stroke of half-time, Tottenham were level. Kyle Walker was found down the right in an offside position but the linesman failed to raise his flag and the right-back drove a cross to Son Heung-Min, who was denied by a superb block by Caballero. But City failed to clear and Dier rifled an effort in off the post from 25 yards.The momentum was with the home side now and they took the lead four minutes into the second half. Lamela’s free-kick was met by Alderweireld and he nodded into an empty net with Caballero stuck in no man’s land.Then the moment Kane and Tottenham fans were waiting for came on the hour. Christian Eriksen’s free-kick crashed against the bar and the England forward was on-hand to tap home the rebound.City came close to reducing the arrears six minutes later when Jesus Navas crashed an effort towards the top corner but Lloris made an acrobatic save to deny the substitute.That was the closest City came to finding a way back into the game and the much-maligned Lamela silenced his doubters in the 79th minute, latching on to Clinton Njie’s pass before keeping his composure to fire past Caballero. Harry Kane
Romelu Lukaku’s header handed Everton the advantage in this semi-final tie as they beat Man City 2-1 at Goodison Park. The Toffees were leading, thanks to Ramiro Funes Mori’s opener shortly before the interval.Jesus Navas put Manuel Pellegrini’s men back on level terms after a pacey counter before Everton provided the ideal response just two minutes later, Romelu Lukaku heading home Gareth Barry’s pinpoint cross. Advantage to Roberto Martinez’s side, but it is far from over yet, with at least 90 minutes left to play in the second leg later this month.Both sides understandably named strong starting elevens for the first leg of this League Cup semi-final clash.The first half was largely uneventful as City dominated the opening stage and Everton grew into the contest before they had two goals disallowed for offside.First John Stones’ strike was ruled out after Gareth Barry was offside, before the former City midfielder squared the ball to the highly-rated England defender.Then Lukaku was clearly offside as Deulofeu put him through in the centre as he poked the ball between Willy Caballero’s legs.Minutes later, the all-important first goal came on the stroke of half-time. As the corner was cleared, Ross Barkley struck with power from 18 yards and the City shot-stopper parried.The Argentinian defender Funes Mori was quickest to react to the loose ball to fire home just his second goal for the Toffees.The second half developed into an exciting, end-to-end contest as Everton searched for a second and City looked to get back on level terms.Muhamed Besic and Gerard Deulofeu were denied by the City goalkeeper Caballero once again, as was Barkley after the England prospect beat two men before surging into the box.Sergio Aguero squandered a big chance – something you do not say very often – as he sliced a shot wide from a central position.Navas was brought down in the box and City appealed for a penalty, with nothing given as Everton countered down the other end and earned a corner.From the resulting set piece, City cleared the ball and quickly charged down field, with Aguero laying a chance on a plate for Navas to fire the Citizens back on level terms.The Spanish winger, who has not showed a prolific goalscoring streak in his time in Manchester, coolly finished past Joel Robles to level Pellegrini’s men.Everton were back in front within minutes as Barry floated a cross over the head of Martin Demichelis, with Lukaku heading home his 19th goal of the campaign.The Belgian soon limped off with an injury and Toffees fans will be hoping their star man is not a long-term absence.The next leg takes place at the Etihad in three weeks’ time, with Liverpool taking a one-goal lead into the other tie as they host Stoke at Anfield. 1 Everton 2-1 Man City: Lukaku’s header gives Toffees advantage in League Cup semi-final
Diego Costa Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea completed a league double over 10-man Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.Per Mertesacker was given his marching orders in the first half for bringing down Costa as he ran through clean on goal.And they were to be punished further as Costa scored to rub salt in the wounds of the Arsenal fans in attendance.The result means the Gunners missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League and now sit in third, only two points ahead of north London rivals Tottenham.The game began brightly with Chelsea’s high tempo nearly rewarded inside two minutes but Oscar dragged his shot wide of Petr Cech’s upright.The moment of the half happened after only 17 minutes when Mertesacker brought down Costa as the striker raced through on goal, leading to referee Mark Clattenburg producing the red card for the German.And it got worse five minutes later when Costa arrived at the near post to hit home Branislav Ivanovic’s low cross ahead of substitute Gabriel as Chelsea took the lead in north London.The Blues continued to dominate as Arsenal looked to hit their visitors on the break, and they came close when Nacho Monreal split the defence to find Theo Walcott, but his shot went just wide of the post.Cech needed to be alert at the other end to prevent Costa doubling his tally as the Spaniard skipped through the Arsenal defence before unleashing a powerful shot at the near post.The Gunners should have been level on the stroke of half time but Mathieu Flamini spooned the ball over the bar from six yards after a delightful dinked pass from Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal were an improved side after the break but Chelsea felt hard done by when they were denied a penalty when Laurent Koscielny body-checked Cesc Fabregas as the former Gunner drove into the box.As the game wore on Chelsea looked to consolidate their lead but were made to do so without goalscorer Diego Costa, who limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury.Arsenal showed a bit more urgency through the returning Alexis Sanchez but his rustiness was evident having not played since the end of November.The three points mean the Blues move up to 13th, only five points off Manchester United in fifth. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Every Republican must decide whether they will stand with the president and his veto, or stand with our children and their right to a healthy future,” Baucus said in his party’s weekly radio address. House Democrats have scheduled for this week a vote to override the president’s veto of legislation that would increase spending for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has called for a $5 billion increase. The effort is not expected to succeed. An override requires a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and the earlier House vote fell about two dozen votes short. The Senate approved the increase by a veto-proof margin. The program provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too great for Medicaid eligibility but not enough to afford private insurance. Bush has said the bill is too costly, goes beyond the program’s original intent and shifts too much insurance burden onto the government rather than private providers. Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Tuesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt had called him seeking to compromise on the bill, but he refused. “We want to prevail,” Baucus said then. He said Saturday that the president is telling millions of parents that they don’t deserve the same basic care for their kids that Bush had for his.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ADDRESS: The Democratic senator encouraged a vote for expanded health care for kids. By Mary Clare Jalonick THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana asked his colleagues Saturday to override President Bush’s veto of legislation that would expand a popular children’s health-insurance program.
Among the more controversial recess appointments Bush has made have included John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations and Sam Fox, a GOP fundraiser and contributor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential campaign, as ambassador to Belgium. Showing the level of distrust between the White House and the Democrats, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced that he would employ, apparently for the first time, what are called “pro forma” sessions as a tactic to technically keep the Senate on the job and stop recess appointments. A pro forma session, during which no legislative business is conducted, satisfies the constitutional obligation that neither chamber can adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other. The pro forma sessions will continue through the current recess. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Two days before Thanksgiving the Senate had a 22-second session, a fleeting moment in the life of an occasionally droning body but plenty of time for majority Democrats to keep President George W. Bush from making “recess” appointments. Senators have been taking turns standing sentry duty this week – just to prevent Bush from circumventing the confirmation process by immediately installing people in federal posts while the chamber is in recess. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who carried out that less than glamorous task Tuesday, is a relative newcomer, a low-ranking freshman and a senator who lives just minutes from the Capitol; he wielded his gavel before an empty chamber Tuesday, devoid of senators and even the young pages who serve as messengers. “I’d much rather be doing this than allow the president to skirt the confirmation process in the Senate,” Webb said in a statement. “This is an exercise in protecting the Constitution and our constitutional process.” The Senate must confirm major presidential appointments and judicial nominations, providing a constant source of confrontation between the White House and Senate Democrats. But when the Senate is off, as it is now for the Thanksgiving holiday, the president can make recess appointments that are not subject to confirmation hearings. These appointees can serve until the end of the congressional session, which at this point would be until Bush leaves office. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has signed a real talent in 19-year-old Diogo Jota 1 Atletico Madrid have won the race for Portuguese wonderkid, and Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa target, Diogo Jota.According to AS, the Spanish capital club have reached an agreement with Primeira Liga club Pacos Ferreira, beating a long list of suitors to his signature.All three Premier League clubs have reportedly had the 19-year-old scouted, while both Benfica and Barcelona were said to be lining up summer approaches.But they all appear to have lost out to Atleti, who have convinced the precocious winger to sign a five-year deal with the club with his arrival scheduled for the summer.Jota has emerged as one of European football’s brightest teen prospects since breaking into the Pacos side last season.He has so far played 33 times in the Portuguese top flight, scoring 11 goals from midfield.
MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers has issued an apology for his behaviour at the Cheltenham after he was caught urinating in a beer glass at the festival on Tuesday.The 22-year-old was photographed relieving himself on a balcony while surrounded by racegoers.Cheltenham cancelled a booking by a group of footballers on Wednesday after pictures were published in the Sun newpapers.Carruthers later revealed he had been disciplined by his club and admitted he had let himself, his family and the club down.The MK Dons player told Sky Sports: “I just want to say I’m sorry to everyone, my family, the club, chairman, the gaffer.“I’ve not been raised to do something like that and I’ve let everyone down.“I’ve let the community down and I’ve let Milton Keynes down and I have to take the criticism that comes with it.“It’s not something that should be laughed about. It’s not an example I should be giving to kids either.“I’m meant to be a role model and I have to live by my actions now and I really am hurt by what I’ve done.“It was a silly mistake and I just have to take everything that comes with it.”Other images printed in appear to show a glass of liquid being poured over the railing by another man as Carruthers, wearing a grey flat cap and waistcoat, grins.Carruthers said he had been disciplined by the club following a meeting with chairman Pete Winkelman and manager Karl Robinson.“They’re obviously very let down and I’m being disciplined for it,” Carruthers added.“They had faith in me not to do something like that so I feel like I’ve met them down massively.“But it’s not just them, I’ve let down the whole team, my team-mates, everyone.“And I’m really sorry to Cheltenham as well because they let me in and stuff and I obviously embarrassed everyone.”Midfielder Carruthers has been fined two weeks’ wages by MK Dons and suspended by the club from Saturday’s match against Brighton. Samir Carruthers has been disciplined for his antics at the Cheltenham Festival 1
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2 A quick scroll through France’s Euro 2016 squad and it’s easy to see why the hosts are among the favourites to win the competition.The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba stand out in a collection of highly talented footballers carrying a nation’s hopes on their shoulders.But it’s 23-year-old Pogba who is likely to draw comparisons with two other famous midfielders who were crucial to previous France successes on home soil.Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane inspired victories in the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup, respectively, and like Pogba at Euro 2016, both played their club football for Juventus.At Euro ’84, Platini scored nine goals en route to France’s first ever major tournament win, where Spain were defeated in the Paris final. In addition he picked up the second of three Ballons d’Or (when it was the award for European Footballer of the Year).Then at France ’98, Zidane scored twice in the World Cup final as the hosts were crowned champions at Brazil’s expense. He also won that year’s Ballon d’Or.Pogba has shown the quick thinking, grace and creative touch Platini and Zidane did, and this season at Juve he weighed in with nine goals and created 14 in all competitions. That superb vision recently wowed fans when he picked out Olivier Giroud for his goal against Cameroon in a pre-tournament friendly as you can see below. MICHEL PLATINI Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane won the European Championship and World Cup with France and both played for Juventus at the time He has spoken of his desire to become football’s greatest midfield player and, three years on from winning the U20 World Cup, where he was awarded player of the tournament, Pogba seems poised to do something special when Euro 2016 gets underway at the Stade de France.Can he follow in the illustrious footsteps of Platini and Zidane?Let’s watch all three players in action…PAUL POGBA 2 ZINEDINE ZIDANE