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  • Rivers to battle Raptors for NBA-FIBA ticket

    first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Rivers Hoopers and Raptors of Lagos will face off in the final of the 2019 Nigeria Basketball Federation-organised President Cup National Final 8 on Sunday.Raptors defeated Niger Potters 84-81 points to book their place in the final.Raptors showed their intention very early in the game as they scored a whooping 33 points against Potters, who only managed 18 points.They were able to hold their own against a more experienced Niger side as they ended the first half 42-27 points.The second half also took a similar pattern, 17-16, 17-25, which saw the team see out the win to the excitement of their fans.Abel Offia scored 17 points, two assists and seven rebounds.Akintoye Abiodun scored 16 points and three assists, while Ebuka Innocent scored 15 points.Hoopers beat Kwara Falcons in the other semifinal clash 78-64 points.In the classification, it was all about the overtime drama between Nigerian Army Rockets and Civil Defenders of Abuja in the second game.The game went to two overtime sessions when the fourth quarter ended 79 points apiece before the Nigeria Army side forced the first overtime with the scores tied at 89 points.Army showed their resilience and their strong will to finish strong scoring 8 points while Defenders managed only seven points to close out 97-96 points in a game that had all spectators on their feet.In the other classification game, Islanders ended their NBBF organised President Cup National Final 8 on a high with a 80-73 points win against Benue Braves in the classification game.Tags: President Cup National Finallast_img read more

  • Two kicked out of RIO over doping

    first_img(SPORTSMAX) – Chen Xinyi and Kleber da Silva Ramos have been kicked out of Rio 2016 after testing positive for banned substances.Brazilian cyclist Kleber da Silva Ramos and Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi have been disqualified from Rio 2016 following positive doping tests.Da Silva Ramos did not finish the men’s road race, but tested positive for EPO and accepted a provisional suspension without requesting a hearing.Chen reached the women’s 100 metre butterfly final and finished fourth, less than a tenth of a second outside of a place on the podium.The 18-year-old Chinese returned a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide and also accepted a provisional suspension.Chen faced a hearing on the case on Wednesday, but was disqualified from the Games.A statement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) added that the respective international federations will rule on potential sanctions beyond the Olympic Games.last_img read more

  • Priscilla Greaves working on her comeback to competitive table tennis

    first_img“TABLE tennis runs in my family, so basically that’s how I started playing,” says seventeen year old Priscilla Greaves, as she spoke of her beginnings in table tennis back in 2009.Priscilla is one of the six players who helped in leading Guyana to a clean sweep win against Suriname at the recently concluded Inter-Guiana Games, as she began her return to table tennis after a necessary break to focus on her academic commitments.This of course is not the first time Greaves is part of a successful team at the IGG;she has been a regular feature during the last four years. Overall,she has been on the climb on the table tennis circuit since she was first brought into the game by her uncle,Colin France, renowned tennis player and former men’s Caribbean champ.“He needed a young female player, so basically that’s how I started playing,” Priscilla shared, when she sat down with Chronicle Sport earlier this week for a one-on-one of how her table tennis skills have been coming along as well as what’s in store now that she’s ready to return to the sport.Priscilla recently completed the CSEC examinations with passes in eight subjects.In order to achieve this she was forced to take a break from table tennis during the last few months.Now that CSEC is behind her,she is more than ready to get back into the game.The School of the Nation student is preparing to attend the JOOLA North America Teams table tennis tournament set for later this month.She is also busy studying for her SATs. And despite her recent break, her performance at IGG showed that Priscilla is still very much a force to reckon with, and still has a passion for the sport.“I just have a love for sport, there was a time when I thought about stopping, but when I did I just missed it so much so I just had to start back,” Priscilla fondly related.Priscilla recalled how it was that 2009 win that really motivated her to just continue playing the sport. Since then Priscilla has blazed a trail with national titles in all of the age categories she has competed in.Not being satisfied with that, she moved on to securing wins in the regional arena, as well as internationallyLast year Priscilla was a part of the Guyana team that won the gold in Division 3 of the JOOLA tournament.She is hoping to once again pull off another gold this year.last_img read more

  • Milo/Petra football weekends are back!

    first_img… 5th edition launchedMILO football weekends are back from this Saturday, following the launching of the fifth edition of the Nestle-branded Schools Under-18 tournament, yesterday, at the company’s Sophia headquarters.The Milo/Petra tournament, which will feature 32 teams, split into eight groups of four, will be back in full swing on Saturdays and Sundays at the Ministry of Education ground.Petra co-director Troy Mendonca indicated that the tournament has garnered hype throughout the years, saying, “I think the Milo tournament has become a household name especially among the schoolboys.”He continued, “This tournament will play its part in the development of the sport. Beyond just your (Beepat) social responsibility, I think the football fraternity should be very thankful for your support.Milo representative Renita Sital said, “The perfect alignment for Milo is sports. We see that Petra’s purpose and approach is to carry sports and especially this sport to the next level and we are glad to be a part of that.”She noted that fans and spectators on game days will be treated to special Milo giveaways and tokens, while urging those parents to come and support their children as they participate in competitive action.The tournament was not complete without blessings, the first of which came from the president of the Guyana Football Federation Mr Wayne Forde, who also praised the organisation for its continued push for excellence.“What the Petra organisation is doing with youth football correlates very well with what is being executed at the GFF. Guyana is at this moment pursuing some ambitious goals and the only way that we can make a realistic attempt at achieving those goals is to invest at the group level.”Meanwhile, Department of Education representative Nicholas Fraser said, “It is good to see that football is being played a bit more and we need to continue in this direction.”He further urged other businesses to come on board as there is still a gap between the 11 – 15 age groups where there aren’t many competitions.The winners will cart of $500 000, second- placers $300 000, third-placers $200 000 and fourth-placers $100 000 in projects for their respective schools as well as individual prizes.last_img read more

  • Garrett to serve as temporary provost during national search

    first_imgWhile President C.L. Max Nikias searches across the country for his permanent replacement as provost, he only needed to look across the hall for a temporary one.Filling in – Elizabeth Garrett will serve as the temporary provost of the university. – Daily Trojan file photoThis school year, all vice provosts, academic deans and the heads of many university departments will report to Elizabeth Garrett, who will act as interim provost.Garrett worked side by side with Nikias when he organized a small advisory committee after he was appointed provost five years ago. She served as second-in-command as the vice provost for Academic Affairs.Garrett also serves as the chief executive officer of USC Hospitals and will supervise a variety of other organizations, such as the Division of Student Affairs.“I don’t think this [search] period means we’re not going to get things done,” Garrett said. “It’s important we not look at any period in our university’s life as one of stasis.”Garrett, who received her J.D. from the University of Virginia, was a clerk for former Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court. She believes her law background will be helpful when implementing academic policy at USC.“We want to ensure students graduate on time and have the financial aid needed to attend this school,” she said.Another one of Garrett’s main goals is emphasizing interdisciplinary learning. Last year, Garrett helped initiate the Academic Achievement Award, an award implemented this semester which enables students to take more units for the standard tuition rate if they study two different fields.During her time as provost, Garrett plans to increase the university’s international focus, targeting places such as South America and Asia. A new position, the provost of global initiatives, was created to spearhead this effort. An office in Mumbai recently opened and a global health major was also introduced.“Universities are the best places in the world,” Garrett said. “There are people with diverse backgrounds and interests and they come together to try to create new knowledge and train the next generation of leaders.”Garrett said she believes the new administration won’t differ much from those prior, but it will be better because it can learn from those before it.“Just because you’re excellent doesn’t mean you can’t continue to pursue excellence,” she said.Nikias said he hopes to announce the permanent provost by late November or early December, but Garrett will assume full responsibilities until then.“The committee and I are looking for a strong academic record along with strong academic values,” Nikias said. “It requires excellent leadership qualities.”In the meantime, Garrett said she is looking forward to her new responsibilities.“It’s a neat job because you really get to focus on lots of different things simultaneously,” Garrett said. “It’s making connections for people.”last_img read more

  • Badgers’ postseason outlook murky

    first_imgWith Friday’s loss to Purdue in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team remains uncertain as to what the rest of the season holds. At this point, it is not so much a question of if the Badgers will play in the postseason, as which tournament they will be playing in: the NCAA or WNIT.”I think we looked like an NCAA team today,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said after the game Friday. “I don’t know if anybody in the room wants to disagree with me, but I thought we looked like one today. We played hard, we did a lot of great, great things out there. I just hope they take a look at us.”While the Badgers finished in a three-way tie with Minnesota and Penn State for fifth in the conference, all with a 7-9 record in the Big Ten, they were given the seventh seed in the Big Ten tournament. Wisconsin ended with 19 wins overall, which is three more than the Gophers and four more than the Lady Lions. Although a win against the No. 15 Boilermakers would have strengthened their chances for a spot in the NCAA tournament, Stone feels that the level at which her team has been playing should not be overlooked.”The way we played, I hope that somebody takes notice, because we competed at a very, very high level,” Stone said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our players. They gave it everything they had and left themselves on the court. I feel bad for them because this is a win that I thought they deserved.”In the past two seasons, only five Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA tourney each year, with two more teams playing in the WNIT. In 2002-04, however, six teams earned NCAA berths. If that is the case this year, the Badgers could have a shot. Locks for the top four spots are Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan State and Illinois. Penn State would likely get the nod as the fifth team after beating No. 4-seeded Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten tournament, leaving Wisconsin and Minnesota to fill a potential sixth spot.A trip to the NCAA tournament would be the first for the Badgers since 2002, when they lost by three to Arizona State in the first round. They have not been to the WNIT since 2000, when they won the championship, defeating Florida in the finals.Both the NCAA and WNIT tournament selections will be announced March 12, which means the Badgers will have to wait a week to find out their postseason fate. The WNIT begins on March 14, and the first round of the NCAA Tournament starts March 17. “We’re going to take the week off, and we’re going to practice next week, and we’re excited about playing postseason, and my hope is at the highest level,” Stone said. “But these young players, the experience that they gained (Friday) playing against one of the best teams in the country in overtime with a lot of freshmen on the floor, it’s a great lead into what’s to come in the future for us.””We’re just going to battle back and practice next week,” guard Jolene Anderson added. “We’ll just go at it. We can’t stop now. Our season is not over with. We’ve just got to continue and go for what we want to go for.”Regardless of which tournament Wisconsin ends up in, there is no doubt that the young team with seven freshmen and no seniors has far exceeded everybody’s expectations for this season.”We were chosen low in the Big Ten, so to even be talking the fourth or fifth seed, … it’s a great breakthrough for our program,” Stone said. “And this entire group is back next year so we’re elated by that — the fact that we’ve had [19 wins] no one can take that away from us.”last_img read more

  • Rookies Griffin Canning, Matt Thaiss lead Angels to fourth win in five games

    first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “It’s pretty obvious things haven’t been going the way I want them to,” Thaiss said. “I think today was a step in the right direction. Just out there working every day and it was a step in the right direction.”Rookie Anthony Bemboom also hit his first big league homer, a two-run shot in his eighth big league game, and rookie Luís Rengifo reached base three times, including two hits.Adding to the parade of successful young players, reigning Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani blasted a two-run homer in the seventh. It was his first homer of the month and second since the All-Star break.The young players added their performances to Kole Calhoun’s career-high 27th homer to give the Angels an encouraging day as the standings dictate that their focus shifts toward 2020.“It’s good because it’s a learning experience, a confidence-builder,” Ausmus said. “We have a lot of young guys on this roster, and with Trouty getting an off-day, I think three of our four infielders started at Salt Lake this year. Bemboom was there. They contributed, and it just builds their resume and confidence.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousLos Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds first after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom, left, tags out Chicago White Sox’ Jon Jay, trying to score on a single to center field by James McCann, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Wilfredo Tovar celebrates with Anthony Bemboom after Bemboom hit a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom, right, holds onto the ball after tagging out Chicago White Sox’s Jon Jay, center, with home plate umpire Chris Segal, left, watching during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin slides and traps the ball hit for a single by Chicago White Sox’s James McCann with shortstop Wilfredo Tovar, left, watching during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Goodwin was able to recover the ball and throw out White Sox’s John Jay at the plate. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin has the ball pop out of his glove for a single by Chicago White Sox’s James McCann during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Goodwin was able to recover and throw out White Sox’s Jon Jay at home. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, center, is congratulated by Luis Rengifo and Kole Calhoun after hitting a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago White Sox’s James McCann is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a triple by Eloy Jimenez during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu, right, is checked by the team trainer and manager Rick Renteria, left, after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu, left, is hit by a pitch with Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom, center, and home plate umpire Chris Segal watching during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, flies out to right field with Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, center, and umpire Chris Segal watching during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago White Sox’ Yolmer Sanchez, center, reacts after striking out, with Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom, right, throwing the ball out and home plate umpire Chris Segal, left, looking away during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani runs to first after hitting a ground out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago White Sox’ Jose Abreu, right, is checked by the team trainer and manager Rick Renteria, left, after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws to a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his two-run home run with Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels third base coach Mike Gallego, back left, reaches to congratulate designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, who hit a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox’s Ross Detwiler, center, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, congratulates designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, center, after Ohtani hit a two-run home run, with Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, right, looking away during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds first after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom, left, tags out Chicago White Sox’ Jon Jay, trying to score on a single to center field by James McCann, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom, left, tags out Chicago White Sox’ Jon Jay, trying to score on a single to center field by James McCann, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — As Griffin Canning looks back his rollercoaster of a rookie season, he believes one of the biggest adjustments that got him moving in the right direction is a simple one.Don’t think too much.Canning gave up one run in seven innings to lead the Angels to a 9-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.His was the best performance among a few rookies, including a four-RBI day from Matt Thaiss, that helped the Angels to their fourth victory in the past five games, on a day that Mike Trout got his first day off in a month. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Canning has now had quality starts in two of his past three outings, sandwiched around a trip to the injured list. He is looking more like the pitcher he was during his first 11 starts of his big league career, before a rough patch that followed.The 23-year-old now has a 4.58 ERA over 18 big league games, including 17 starts and one relief appearance necessitated by the Angels going 16 innings last month.“Being a big league player, especially in your first year, it’s a dynamic experience because you’re constantly learning, adapting, changing, making adjustments,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “There’s gonna be ups and downs, and he’s experienced both.The same applies to Thaiss a rookie who came into the game in a 3-for-27 slump.Thaiss hit a three-run homer in the second, blasting a 96 mph fastball from top prospect Dylan Cease over the right field fence. He singled in the fourth and doubled home a run in the sixth.Related Articles The victory started on the mound with Canning, who said the key for him is mental.“Honestly, I would overthink wherever I am,” Canning said. “It’s kind of the nature of it. As much as you can try to put the thoughts out of your mind and trust your preparation and the scouting reports that we have, and just kind of go out and pitch the better off you’ll be.”Canning made liberal use of his slider among his 101 pitches, on his way to equaling his career highs with seven innings and eight strikeouts.His pitch-count had gotten him into trouble before, but he said when he’s simply being aggressive in the strike zone — and not thinking too much — he’s at his best.“You can kind of let your stuff play as best as you can,” Canning said. “Just have that mindset of being on the attack and throwing strikes and being aggressive.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Horde Zla made Fireworks, Phenomenal Choreography of Maniacs (video)

    first_imgMost ardent fans of Sarajevo and Zeljeznicar did their best for the spectacle on the stands of the stadium “Asim Ferhatovic Hase” again this time.From the beginning of the match, fans of Bordeaux and Blue Club enthusiastically cheered for their players, and Horde zla made a spectacular fireworks at the very beginning of the match.Fans of Zeljeznicar, popular Maniacs, filled south stand of our biggest stadium, and they made the phenomenal choreography before the match. (Source: E. B./Klix.ba) Take a look at the video of their spectacular performances!Click here for the video one and video two.last_img read more

  • ISU launches ‘zoomable’ state map to track water quality projects

    first_imgWater quality improvement projects underway across Iowa are now being mapped by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. Kay Stefanik, the center’s assistant director, says a website that features a “zoomable” map is devoted to the roughly four-dozen projects. Stefanik says there’s a range of projects being monitored with color-coded pins.“A couple different categories of projects that we’re looking at, they’re edge of field, land management and nutrient management,” Stefanik says. “Looking at, for edge of field, how wetlands might help to remove nitrates from water coming off of agricultural settings, especially from tile drainage.” In addition, the map is being used to track land management, where strips of prairie vegetation are being interspersed with crops to reduce the movement of sediment and phosphorus from the surface.“We also have nutrient management projects,” Stefanik says. “That looks at how the application, things like timing of fertilizer or manure application, the source of the manure or fertilizer can impact the nutrients coming off of the agricultural field.” She says it’s hoped a wide array of Iowans will use the map to learn about the efforts being made toward improving our water quality.“It can be used by the general public to see what’s going on throughout the state, maybe what’s going on in their county at their local ISU farm,” Stefanik says. “We’re hoping it might also be used by researchers to see what other water quality projects are going on throughout the state.” Stefanik says significant progress is being made to reduce nutrient levels in Iowa’s waterways, though she says much more work remains to be done.Learn more at: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/inrc/map/alllast_img read more

  • Poch has pick of top clubs and a £12.5m pay-off – now the heat is on Levy

    first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himYou wonder if sacking your manager at a cost of £12.5m so he is free to take up a role with one of your Euro rivals is a smart move by Levy. But it highlights how strained their relationship had become.Levy clearly could not stomach the prospect of another transfer window with his mardy Argie.The chairman will clearly be the fall guy for this in the coming days.What he does to resolve this situation will determine whether he remains so. DANIEL LEVY clearly felt Mauricio Pochettino could no longer manage.But the crafty old Argie has managed to get himself out of Tottenham and into a situation where he will have the pick of most of Europe’s top clubs as his next employer.3 Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino – but the manager has a £12.5m pay-off and his pick of top clubsCredit: Getty – ContributorPoch has also managed to screw a £12.5million pay-off from Levy.If that was not enough, he has also managed to make the Spurs chairman look the villain of the piece.Pochettino’s future may have been the hot topic of discussion but, when the news broke yesterday evening, it was still a bombshell moment.So much so that the club’s players only discovered their gaffer was a goner online, the same time as the rest of us.The clamour to validate the shock announcement was such it caused the club’s official website to crash — just like their season so far.We all knew Pochettino’s position was perilous after their poor start to the campaign, which sees Spurs languishing 14th in the Premier League table with just three top-flight wins from 12 matches.They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup at League Two Colchester.3 The heat will now be on chairman Daniel Levy to pick the correct successorCredit: Getty – ContributorBut the feeling in and around Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium was Levy would only sack his manager as a last resort.This was partly because of the excellent job Poch had done in transforming the club since his arrival from Southampton back in May 2014.But mainly because Levy did not want to pay him the £12.5m compensation he would be due under the terms of the megabucks new five-year deal he gave him in June 2018.Yet in the end Levy decided it was a price worth paying as Pochettino became the Tottenham terminator’s ninth managerial casualty.Poch claimed in the build-up to last season’s Champions League final that he had made Levy “more human”. I think it is safe to say the Spurs boss — sorry, former boss — may have gone a bit early with that.3Just 171 days after leading the North Londoners on one of the greatest nights in their history, he was given the boot.The timing, at the end of an international break rather than at the start, seems utterly bizarre and leads you to conclude Levy must have someone else already lined up.But then again, it is Tottenham and Levy — who got rid of Harry Redknapp, the only previous manager to take the club into the Champions League before Poch, and replaced him with absolute disaster Andre Villas-Boas.Levy turned to Pochettino after some Spurs fans had started to turn against him and his fellow directors.If this situation does not go smoothly it is safe to say the chairman can expect more protests.Yet it is not all his fault.And you suspect Pochettino and his coaching staff were celebrating last night with a case or three of Argentinian fine red wine.It almost appeared Poch had been angling to get out of Tottenham from the moment he put pen to paper on £42.5m deal 18 months ago.Within weeks he seemed to regret signing it as he became linked with vacancies at Real Madrid and Manchester United.Even Spurs’ historic Champions League run did not seem to satisfy him. No sooner had they reached the final in Madrid than he was threatening to quit if his side won the trophy.After losing that showpiece 2-0 to Liverpool, Poch then turned on Levy, accusing his chairman of not backing him in the transfer market.In a pre-season hissy-fit in Munich, he huffed: “I am not a manager, I am a coach,” knowing full well his success on the pitch would lead to Spurs fans taking his side against Levy off it.Well, now Poch is neither coach or manager after being axed last night but he is free to talk to other clubs interested in him. Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also said in offering him a rapid return to the dugout.last_img read more