Spurs’ Bergwijn may not have had greatest debut – but scored a great debut goal

first_imgTHE obituary of Steven Bergwijn’s debut was already being written.Overshadowed by VAR and afforded hardly a touch by Manchester City, the £27million new-boy was set to join the long list of expensive buys who had died on their Tottenham debut.2 Bergwijn’s goal proved the pivotal moment in ensuring Spurs won the gameBut, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Bergwijn’s death were not only greatly exaggerated they were also premature.As in the 63rd minute the Dutchman produced a magical moment for the goal that turned this game on its head, kept Spurs top-four hopes alive and posted his early entry into his new club’s folklore.There seemed to be little on when Lucas Moura lifted the ball to Bergwijn just inside the box.But in an instant he chested the ball and volleyed it into the net to give Jose Mourinho’s men their very first shot – compared to City’s 14th at the time.To say it was slightly against the run of play is like saying Tottenham’s new stadium is a little bit difficult to get away from after matches.But all the queues and jams will be worth it if Bergwijn can reproduce magic moments like that on a regular basis.With five goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances for PSV this season we were led to believe he was not a natural goalscorer.But the way he took his strike suggests otherwise – even Harry Kane would have been proud of that one.Until then Bergwijn’s debut had been disappointingly quiet and you felt sorry for him.DID IT AGAINST THE BESTAs an attacking player you never want to make your debut against Manchester City because they hardly give you a touch.And as a Tottenham player you never want to make your debut against City – because VAR always steals the show in matches between these clubs.That was certainly the case again as Kevin Friend of Stockley Park had more impact on this game – some would say too much – than anybody on the pitch in N17.Many were wondering where Bergwijn would play and his starting position was like his shock move from PSV – left field.He showed his tenacity in the opening minutes by winning the ball off ex-Spur Kyle Walker, earning an ovation from the home fans.Mind you, they were not so impressed later when Riyad Mahrez mugged him in midfield.Bergwijn then moved to the right and finally into the centre, and all before half-time.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticHe hardly had a kick in the first half but that was not entirely his fault as Spurs were so deep they were in danger of toppling backwards down the escalators at Seven Sisters Station.It was a similar story in the second half – but that was forgotten and forgiven when he scored his brilliant goal to ensure he was clapped off the park when he was subbed five minutes later.Not the greatest debut display at Spurs – but one of the greatest debut goals.2Credit: Reuters New Spurs signing Steven Bergwijn shows off unique celebration during first photo-shoot for Tottenhamlast_img read more

No Sachin Tendulkar in Kumar Sangakkara’s all-time XI

first_imgSachin Tendulkar maybe among the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket but Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara did not find a place for the Indian run-machine in his dream XI. In his all-time XI, Sangakkara has ignored Tendulkar. In fact, Rahul Dravid is the lone Indian in the team, which is dominated by Australian cricketers.In a video posted on Lord’s Ground Twitter page, Sangakkara opts for Matthew Hayden and Dravid as openers. Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who featured in a similar video, had Tendulkar as the lone Indian in his team. Sangakkara had no second thoughts in picking his favourite Brian Lara to bat at No. 3 for his team. Australian great Ricky Ponting has piped Tendulkar and secured the No. 4 spot. While choosing the top four without any hesitation, Sangakkara had selection headaches when it came to the No. 5 spot. The left-handed batsman revealed he found it difficult to choose between Sri Lanka greats and teammates Mahela Jayawardene and Aravinda de Silva. “I want them both to be in my team,” he said, after going ahead with the 1996 World Cup winner as the captain of his team.  All-rounder Jacques Kallis also featured in the squad, which had Australia cricketer Adam Gilchrist donning the wicketkeeper’s gloves.  Sangakkara had the spin twins Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in his team and the pace bowling department featured Wasim Akram and Chaminda Vaas.Sangakkara had deliberated choosing Glenn McGrath but then decided in favour of his former teammate Vaas.Here’s Sangakkara’s all-time XIadvertisementlast_img read more

Guide to the 2019-20 college basketball season

first_imgSomeone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis ‘Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts PLAY LIST 02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Michigan State vs. Kentucky, Nov. 5, New York. No. 1 against No. 2 in Madison Square Garden? Yes, please.Kansas vs. Duke, Nov. 5, New York. No. 3 vs. No. 4 at the Garden will make for one hard-to-top doubleheader.No. 8 Gonzaga at No. 21 Arizona, Dec. 14. McKale Center is going to be rockin’ when two of the West’s best teams meet.No. 4 Duke at No. 1 Michigan State, Dec. 3. Blueblood showdown, Izzo vs. Coach K, talent bursting at the seams. Going to be a fun night in East Lansing.No. 17 Utah State at No. 20 Saint Mary’s, Nov. 29. Marquee game of the mid-major schedules. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Virginia Commonwealth. Like lockdown defense? The Rams are for you.Davidson. Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Kellan Grady are going to make the Wildcats fun to watch, possibly create a buzz not seen near Charlotte since Steph Curry tore through the NCAA Tournament.Vermont. Dominating Anthony Lamb could lead the Catamounts deep into the NCAA bracket.FABULOUS FRESHMENCole Anthony, North Carolina. The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony will slide right into Coby White’s point guard spot — and possibly do it better.Vernon Carey Jr., Duke. Another son of a professional athlete — his father was an NFL offensive lineman — the 6-10, 275-pound Carey is an intimidating presence inside.Nico Mannion, Arizona. The heady pass-first point guard will be a big reason if the Wildcats get back to the NCAA Tournament after missing out last year.Isaiah Stewart, Washington. Broad shouldered, can fly and will bully opponents in the paint.Anthony Edwards, Georgia. Superbly athletic, can shoot off the dribble, get to the rim, drain stepbacks.MUST-SEE NONCONFERENCE GAMES Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) drives on Albion forward Quinton Armstrong during the second half of an NCAA college exhibition basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Virginia starred in the ultimate redemption story last season, rolling to a national championship a year after being the first top seed to get knocked off by a No. 16.Seven long months later, college basketball is finally back.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kentucky. Coach Cal has another top-10 recruiting class and some veterans to go with the newcomers. Another deep March run could be coming.Kansas. The Jayhawks were charged with major NCAA violations before the season started. If they’re allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament, they could charge through bracket with what may be coach Bill Self’s deepest roster since the 2008 title team.Duke. Zion, R.J. and Cam are gone, but the Blue Devils may be deeper and more balanced. They also have Tre Jones back.Louisville. The Cardinals could go from scandal to title in two short years under Chris Mack. They’re that good.Maryland. Deep, talented, mature. These Terps are built for a deep March run.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congresscenter_img TOP PLAYERSCassius Winston, Michigan State. Usually isn’t the tallest or most athletic player on the floor. Almost always the best player on the floor.Markus Howard, Marquette. Lit up defenses with a variety of stepback 3s and crafty drives as a junior. Expect even more now that he decided to come back.Jordan Nwora, Louisville. Scores in bunches, knocks down 3s, backs down smaller players in the paint, rebounds, snatches steals. Yeah, the 6-foot-8 junior can do it all.Myles Powell, Seton Hall. Emerged as a star last season. Figure on the trajectory continuing upward.James Wiseman, Memphis. The 7-1 freshman has been projected as the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA draft. Until then, expect him to dominate college hoops.Kerry Blackshear Jr., Florida. The grad transfer from Virginia Tech was a huge get for the Gators.MID-MAJOR MONSTERSUtah State. Coach Craig Smith has quickly built a juggernaut in Logan. Keep an eye on volume-scoring guard Sam Merrill.Saint Mary’s. Randy Bennett has nearly everyone back from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, led by high-scoring guard Jordan Ford. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Nets withstand Brandon Ingram’s 40 points, hold off Pelicans The 2019-20 season charges out of the starting blocks with a blueblood doubleheader this week and a nonconference slate full of must-see games.To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the top teams, players and early-season matchups in what figures to be another wild ride.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTOP TEAMSMichigan State. Even with shooting guard Joshua Langford’s foot injury, the Spartans are loaded and aiming for another Final Four run under Tom Izzo. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more