Dele and VAR ensured Tottenham avoid full-blown crisis against Hornets

first_imgDELE ALLI and the helping hand of VAR ensured Tottenham have avoided a full-blown crisis – at least for now.There were only four minutes left at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and it looked like it was going to be a case of complete panic stations here in this part of north London.8 Dele Alli slid in Tottenham’s late equaliser as they drew to WatfordCredit: Reuters8 The England star caused confusion over whether he handled the ball in the build-upCredit: Rex Features8 The strike initially appeared to be chalked off when the big screen incorrectly stated ‘no goal’Credit: AFP or licensors8 Dele Alli then clashed with a number of incensed Watford players after the goal was awardedCredit: ReutersBasement side Watford, without a win yet in the Premier League, were leading thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s first-half strike and defending heroically for their lives despite the injury to star striker Danny Welbeck.Knives were already being sharped. Boos from the home stands had already greeted an insipid first-half display.A third successive embarrassing defeat would have represented arguably the worst patch – and biggest test of – Mauricio Pochettino’s five-and-a-half-years.And then in the closing stages, Alli cleverly fired home to turn the jeers into cheers and end the rot of doom and gloom.There were calls for handball but the referees in Stockley Park allowed the equaliser – which is perhaps one of the most important goals of Alli’s Spurs career.Yes, it might be extravasation to say that but defeat to the Hornets, following heavy losses to Bayern Munich and Brighton, would have suggested there is something rotten going on behind-the-scenes.In his programme notes, Pochettino had called on his players to recover and respond from the previous two defeats, in which they had shipped 10 goals in 180 minutes.Tottenham’s line-up included seven changes from the Brighton debacle but the majority of them were for injuries with playmaker Christian Eriksen out with a dead leg.The Hornets made two changes with Craig Dawson replacing the injured Sebastian Prodl in central defence while Nathaniel Chalobah took the place of Andre Gray in midfield.Watford’s awful start to the season could be explained by the long-term absence of talisman Troy Deeney. He is the one man whom, when the going gets tough, defiantly fires up the side to get rough. And there is little he can do while watching from the stands.8 Abdoulaye Doucoure stunned the home side early on to give Watford a share of the pointsCredit: AFP or licensors8 Danny Welbeck lasted just four minutes before succumbing to injuryCredit: PA:Press AssociationIn his absence, Danny Welbeck was seen as the man to lead the line and fire them to safety. But his involvement here lasted just FOUR MINUTES.About 90 seconds into this third Premier League start for Watford, the former Arsenal man fell to the floor clutching his right hamstring and then hobbled off, cursing his luck once more.It was the worst start imaginable for the visitors.Either Welbeck had not warmed-up properly or was never fit to play anyhow.Questions, serious questions, needed to be asked to the Watford hierarchy and medical staff about his involvement.However, in a strange way, his appearance galvanised Watford because minutes later they took the lead, taking advantage of Tottenham’s momentarily switching off at the back.Captain Craig Cathcart played an ambitious 50-yard ball to the right flank and Daryl Janmaat controlled the cross as it sailed over the head of Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.Janmaat played it first time into the penalty area and there was the alert Doucoure, racing ahead of nearest marker Toby Alderweireld, to sweep home past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga for his first goal since April.It was Watford’s fifth Prem goal this season. And the corner of Watford fans could not believe their luck. “How s*** must you be,” they sang with gusto, “we’re winning away.”For Tottenham, it was the first time they had conceded inside the opening 10 minutes in consecutive Prem matches for almost five years.The tension from the home side was palpable and understandable. Not again, they were thinking. Surely it wasn’t going to get this (italics) bad.Any apprehension in the stands turned to anger on 16 minutes when the Spurs fans screamed for a penalty. Rose was upended by Roberto Pereyra but the referee Christopher Kavanagh quickly waved away the complaints and VAR agreed it was a fair challenge.At the other end, Watford had their own penalty drama on 37 minutes.Gerard Deulofeu, brought on for Welbeck, was brought down by Vertonghen, and Watford demanded the penalty.VAR was consulted and though the Spurs did NOT touch the ball as it travelled over the byline, the original decision of a goal kick remained. A very lucky escape for Spurs.Tottenham fans made their feelings known at half-time with a loud chorus of boos. Poch responded by bringing on Heung-min Son for Davinson Sanchez.And the South Korean could have scored within four minutes of his cameo but his shot thundered off the crossbar. Son also thought he was going to get a penalty after a tangle with Cathcart but nothing came of it.Nothing seemed to be going Tottenham’s way until the final minutes when goalkeeper Ben Foster collided with his own player Kiko Femenia, and Alli rolled the ball into the net from six yards.A VAR check concluded it was a goal even though it had bounced off the top of his right arm. There were also calls that Harry Kane had blatantly pushed one of the Watford players in the build-up.There was confusion, however, when the ref blew for a goal but the TV screen in the stadium announced: “NO GOAL.”Most 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 CelticNaturally tempers flared. In the dugout, from Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, and then on the pitch with Alli booked for his role in a brief melee as he argued with Tom Cleverley.For Watford, there was natural sympathy that they had missed out on that precious first win despite exceptional defending from their centre-backs.For Tottenham, a reminder that improvements will be required, particularly when they visit Anfield next Sunday.8 Mauricio Pochettino feels the pressure as Tottenham struggled at home to WatfordCredit: AFP or licensors8 Basement club Hornets had also seen VAR refuse to award them a first-half penaltyCredit: ReutersSpurs chiefs worry axing Mauricio Pochettino will benefit their rivals as Man Utd and Real Madrid circlelast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SUN, SEA AND BURPEES

first_imgThis week I am heading on my holidays… yay me!!We are in peak season for sun holidays and anyone who is heading abroad will be looking forward to relaxing for a few days.However, it is very easy to pile on a few kilogrammes  while away. The extra calories you take in through food and drinks can soon add up.But, you are on holidays and no-one is going to blame you for relaxing your nutrition for a bit.If you want to try and keep the extra calories in check and you have no intentions of going to find a gym, here are two simple workouts that you can do first thing in the morning (so no-one thinks you are mad) which should provide some damage limitation.The first is a bodyweight circuit that can be done on the beach and will set you up for the day by the pool. FIT IN FIFTEENA1) Squat (30 seconds)
A2) Push ups ( 30 seconds)
A3) Mountain Climbers (30 seconds)

Perform these 3 exercises 1 after the other with no rest in-between them. 
Rest for 1 min then repeat 2 more times.
After that rest for 1 mins and proceed to workout BB1) Alternating Lunges (30 seconds)
B2) Decline Push up (30 seconds)
B3) Burpees (30 seconds)Perform these 3 exercises 1 after the other with no rest in-between them. 
Rest for 1 min then repeat 2 more times.The next workout is a resistance band workout. 
Bands are a great and simple workout tool that are easily packed and can add a nice bit of resistance to your workout. 
This workout is 6 minutes long, but for those of you with some exercise experience you can repeat it 2-3 more times to make it a 12/18 min total body workout. 6 MINUTE SHREDA1) Squat to forward raise (30 seconds)
A2) Band resisted Push ups (30 seconds)
A3) Band resisted Squats (30 seconds)
A4) Resistance Band Rows (30 seconds)
A5) Burpees (60 seconds, no bands)
A6) Band resisted Push ups ( 30 seconds)
A7) Bands resisted Reverse Lunge ( 30 seconds each leg)
A8) Resistance Band Rows (30 seconds)
A9) X-Body Mountain Climbers ( 60 second, no bands)Perform these 3 exercises 1 after the other with no rest in-between them. 
Rest for 1 min then repeat 1-2 more times.This is not a nice workout; one time through this is enough for beginners. 
For more advanced exercisers, running through this 2-3 times will leave you pretty well spent, but will give you a nice pump for laying by the pool catching a few rays. Enjoy! 😉 #TrainSmart
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessExercise descriptionsA1) Squat to forward raise
Grab the band in both hands and stand in the middle of the band with your feet wide.
Squat down with your arms between your legs and as you stand up, raise your arms out straight in front of your face, then return to the start and repeat for 30 seconds fast.A2) Band resisted push ups
With the band in both hands, wrap the bands around your back just below your shoulder blades. 
Perform the push up as normal; the band will act as resistance on the push part of the exercise.A3) Band resisted squats
Stand on the band with feet wide. Put your hands at the sides of your shoulders and hold tight. 
Lower yourself into a squat to your preferred depth and return to the starting point. Repeat for 30 seconds.A4) Resistance band rows
Grab the band in both hands and loop the band around something solid just below chest height. 
Pull both handles back until your arms are at 90 degrees and your shoulder blades are pulled back. Return to the start and repeat.A7) Resistance band reverse lunge. 
With the bands in the same set up as the rows, stand straight with your feet shoulder distance apart. 
Step back into a lunge all on the right leg for 30 seconds, then repeat with your left leg for 30 seconds.EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SUN, SEA AND BURPEES was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beach work-outsDonegal Dailyemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

This is why there are delays protecting trans people in US homeless

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ben Carson giving a speech. | Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… On Tuesday (20 March), Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson appeared before a House subcommittee hearing. London’s first permanent LGBTI homeless shelter struggles to find a homeTrans woman sexually assaulted while sleeping at Cleveland homeless shelterThe gay agenda is finally revealed and it’s beautifulRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/delays-protecting-trans-homeless/center_img Concerning changesLast year, 29 Democratic senators penned a letter to Carson, asking him to return LGBTI guidance to the department.They called the removal of LGBTI resources ‘concerning’ due to the ‘unique housing challenges facing LGBTQ people across America’.Homelessness is not an inconsiderable problem within the community, especially for younger people.‘For example,’ the letter continues. ‘LGBTQ youth represent 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness, meaning that efforts to undermine LGBTQ protections have a disproportionate impact on some of the most vulnerable young people in the country.’The letter also directly addresses Carson’s point.It gives the statistics that one in three transgender people have experience homelessness. However, only 30% of shelters were willing to ‘properly accomodate transgender women’.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . At the hearing, he fielded questions about HUD’s removal of training to prevent LGBTI discrimination in homeless shelters. He specifically addressed transgender women in shelters dedicated to housing women.llinois Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley asked the questions.‘Remember it is complex,’ Carson said.‘We obviously believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community. But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men, and their equal rights. So, we want to look at things that really provide for everybody and doesn’t impede the rights of one for the sake of the other.’He continued by explaining that ‘some women were not comfortable with the idea of being in a shelter, being in a shower, and somebody who had a very different anatomy’.Carson added the agency’s counsel, who was confirmed in December, would help with this issue. He also offered to sit qith Quigley and the LGBTI community to figure out this situation. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more