Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match European competition ban, UEFA has announced.The Tottenham head coach was deemed to be responsible for the late kick-off of their Europa League match against Royal Antwerp on October 29.- Advertisement – Spurs were fined 25,000 euros (£23,000) for the late kick-off by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB), as well as a further 3,000 euros for a breach of UEFA’s equipment regulations. The CEDB said the ban was “deferred for a probationary period of one year, starting from the date of the present decision”.Another condition was Tottenham should “ensure their head coach is personally informed of this decision”.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mourinho made nine changes for the 1-0 defeat in Belgium, after which the Spurs boss criticised his players and said he faced “easy choices” over future team selections.Scottish champions Celtic have also been fined 7,000 euros for improper conduct related to their Europa League game against Lille on the same night. Image:Mourinho was heavily critical of his side after their 1-0 defeat in Antwerp
“My performance has been very consistent here since the start of the season and I’m really happy that I have maintained my balance with some good games for HNK,” explained the ever-smiling Muhammed whose defensive qualities had long been likened to that of Brazilian Dani Alves.Since his international debut against Mali in 2016, Muhammed has yet to add to his three international caps for the Super Eagles despite some virtuoso performance in an exhibition match against Atletico Madrid on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup.But he reckons that his current status with HNK is reassuring, adding his hard work will be ultimately rewarded by national team selectors.“I just do my job here to the best of my ability and hopefully, something great can come as far as a call up for the Super Eagles is concerned,” he maintained. “ I’ve been playing regularly here but getting a call up(to the Super Eagles) is out of my power,“ Of course, I’ve dedicated myself to my country and I’m ready to represent my country at any competition. But as you know, God has plans for every human being and that is what I believe .I’ll be happy to be part of the Super Eagles anytime but leave that to God to decided so far I continue to do my best wit HNK.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former youth international Musa Muhammed has not given up hope of returning to the Super Eagles following his rich vein of form with Croatian First Football League side, HNK Gorica.The 23-year-old former national U-17 and U-20 captain is currently one of his side’s consistent performer in the on-going season as GOR battle for glory on all fronts.The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning captain only last week helped the club to the quarter finals of the Croatian Cup following a hard-fought 2-1 over Hadjuk Split where he was highly praised.
After a weekend in which the USC men’s basketball team split two hard-fought games that came down to the final seconds, the Trojans hit the road to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.Turnover troubles· USC senior point guard Jio Fontan struggled in the team’s recent victory over Oregon State, where he had ten turnovers. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanUSC (8-11, 3-3) staved off a tough Oregon State defense in the final minutes to secure a 69-68 victory Saturday, despite allowing the Beavers to overcome a 15-point deficit in the second half. Arizona State (14-4, 3-2) suffered a 17-point loss to its in-state rival, No. 6 Arizona, whom the Trojans will face Saturday.The win for USC, which comes as the first under interim head coach Bob Cantu, moved the Trojans up to No. 6 in the Pac-12 standings, just one position behind the Sun Devils. With their next three games coming on the road against Pac-12 opponents, USC has the potential to make a serious move this week.“It’s a huge opportunity for us,” junior center Omar Oraby said. “[The Sun Devils] are a very good team, one of the top teams in our conference. We have nothing to lose so we have to go out and play and get some wins.”USC leads the all-time series against Arizona State, but the Trojans lost both times the teams met last season. Still, Cantu sees the upcoming game as a new matchup.“They’re a lot different than they were a year ago,” Cantu said. “They’re playing a lot more man-to-man defense. We’ve got to be able to take care of the basketball whether they’re playing man or zone.”Cantu was confident about the team’s performance during a practice held Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging the focus he observed in all of his players, especially in light of their adjustment to the coaching changes.“All the guys were fantastic today,” Cantu said. “They’ve been great since this transition and I’m confident I can play any of these guys at any time.”Part of Cantu’s confidence comes from the team’s performances in games against Oregon and Oregon State last week, both of which were decided in the final seconds — a loss against Oregon after three missed shots at the buzzer and a winning layup with 4.8 seconds remaining against Oregon State.Despite the loss against No. 16 Oregon, the fact that the team was able to compete against the nationally ranked Ducks boosted its morale.“Although we lost, we played down to the wire and [the Ducks] were a top team in the country so we have a lot of confidence going into the road trip,” Oraby said.USC will face more tough competition from Arizona State and especially from freshman guard Jahii Carson, who is posting statistics that rank him alongside some of the best players in the conference. Despite the loss against Arizona, the star freshman led the Sun Devils in scoring for the 12th time and posted 22 points, marking his eighth 20-point game.With one of the most challenging schedules, featuring seven games against teams ranked in the NCAA RPI Top 50, USC has already faced off against a number of tough teams and players. The Trojans have especially shown their offensive power in conference games, ranking fourth in points per game with 69.0 and leading all teams with a 45.8 shooting percentage.USC will need to maintain that production against a staunch defensive squad from Arizona State, which boasts 133 blocks in 18 games (averaging 7.4 per game), good for fourth in the nation.Still, Pac-12 play thus far shows that statistics alone won’t predict the outcome of a game, a conclusion that Cantu has stressed to his players regarding their upcoming games this week.“In conference play, anybody can beat anybody,” Cantu said. “We just have to stay focused and try to compete and play hard.”
As LaBahn Arena empties after yet another Badger win, a small group of students walks along the concourse singing “In Heaven There Is No Beer” in typical Wisconsin hockey fashion. As the group nears earshot of the press box, the song winds down and Lucas Pillar, a self-proclaimed superfan, finishes the song with a loud and defiant “Paint LaBahn!” Members of the Athletic Department begin to grumble at the slightly annoying tradition. Meanwhile, it becomes more apparent that the walls of LaBahn remain bare.After its completion in 2012, LaBahn Arena became only the second women-specific stadium in the country, trailing the construction of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena by only a year. The $27 million project created an arena with the capacity for 2,273 people. LaBahn’s impressive capacity matches that of nearly a quarter of the stadiums in Division I NCAA men’s hockey today and creates an intense and captivating environment for fans and athletes. However, the arena has one flaw in the eyes of the fans.While the facility is state of the art and much of it, including the offices, media rooms, locker rooms and concourses are decorated with Badgers memorabilia and murals, the inside of the arena is starkly bare. The small Wisconsin student section in LaBahn’s inaugural 2012-2013 season immediately noticed the difference. After a year of hoping for a change in scenery, the fans took to Twitter in protest at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season.“The north concourse is nice,” Pillar said. “However the seating bowl feels like a plain practice facility, not the home of the Wisconsin Badgers, where the women’s hockey team plays its games.”The “Paint LaBahn” saga began at the beginning of the season when the Wisconsin women’s hockey team faced off against Team Japan in an exhibition game. Pillar, as well as Dan Simanek, better known by Wisconsin hockey fans as Superfan Dan, began tweeting @BadgerWHockey about painting LaBahn. Although the tweets started off as a joke, #PaintLaBahn quickly caught on.“Paint LaBahn has become a running joke all season,” Pillar said. “We considered it a wild success and pretty amusing when we saw someone we didn’t know use ‘#PaintLaBahn’.”While Pillar and Simanek initially composed the tweets for a bit of fun, the comments came from their real feelings about the stadium’s decoration. The two were still hoping that one day LaBahn would be a little bit more colorful. The group of student superfans is not alone in its opposition to the bare walls of LaBahn either. Many other spectators have commented on the walls and some have even taken to Twitter to help #PaintLaBahn trend.“Some of our tweets to @BadgerWHockey are a little tongue-in-cheek, but we genuinely would like to see something on those plain walls,” Pillar said. “Based on some initial reaction from other fans over the last year, we are not the only ones.”After Pillar and the other superfans decided they wanted LaBahn painted, the focus turned to what to paint on the wall of could become a legendary stadium in women’s hockey history.“They could paint it with anything from a giant motion W, to some kind of ring of honor, to big hockey murals.” Pillar said. “Send some art students. It would be awesome.”While Pillar and other fans continue planning their grand design for LaBahn’s interior, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team remains unfazed by the controversy as it makes a run for its fifth National title. When asked about the possible renovations, many of the players merely chuckled and pushed the question off.“I don’t really care,” senior forward Madison Packer said. “We don’t really look up in the stands. It’s a nice facility, our locker room is painted and we have stuff hanging around the arena, so we’re happy with what we’ve got.”Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson could hardly believe he was being asked about the movement. He shrugged for a few seconds before coming up with the only response he could think of: “It doesn’t matter.”Still, the campaign rolls on while the second-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team continues to win game after game in the slightly empty LaBahn. The Badgers played their last home game of the regular season last weekend against Minnesota. After a best-of-three series next week for the WCHA playoffs, LaBahn will close for the season leaving, Pillar and Simanek waiting another year in hopes of seeing a painted arena. As of now, the Athletic Department has no plans to paint the walls of LaBahn Arena, but you can be sure officials will be hearing about the blank walls until they makes a change.