Tottenham boss plays down controversy

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino played down the angry scenes which blighted his team’s dramatic draw at Chelsea.The Blues’ comeback from 2-0 down to snatch a draw ended their rivals’ title chances and confirmed Leicester as champions.Pochettino broke up a first-half spat between Willian and Spurs’ Danny Rose near the touchline, and during a melee that followed Moussa Dembele appeared gouge Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s eyes.Nine Tottenham players were booked during the game at Stamford Bridge, where players as well as the managers and coaching staff of both teams were involved in an angry scuffle by the tunnel at the end of the match.“I think we were all involved. When you play for the title and you play big teams like Chelsea, they want to win,” Pochettino said.“There is nothing to say. It was normal emotion – fighting on the pitch, (but) maybe not a good example from both teams.“We want to win and sometimes a situation like tonight happens. Nothing to say. Nothing to blame.“You can see in every game in the last few days a lot of things happen because it’s the end of the season and there is emotion. We are human.”Pochettino insisted he did not see the incident involving Dembele and Costa.Asked further about the conduct of his players, he said: “I need to review the video. When you are on the touchline it is difficult to observe the situation.”See also:Sensational Chelsea comeback ends Spurs’ title hopesRanieri thanks Hiddink after Chelsea fightbackSpurs’ Dembele gets six-match ban for Costa clashFans on Twitter react to Hazard-inspired Chelsea comebackHiddink: Why Hazard did not deserve to start against SpursChelsea v Spurs player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ginebra flattens NLEX on the road

first_imgPBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN —With five players shooting in twin digits, Barangay Ginebra became the first side to deal NLEX a defeat in the PBA Governors’ Cup as Joe Devance’s 23 points powered the Gin Kings to a 110-97 Petron Saturday Special Game victory at Calasiao Sports Complex here.The Gin Kings wriggled free from a tight first half with a solid effort in the third period, scooting away to an 86-71 lead heading into the final frame which they protected to rise to 3-1 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meanwhile, Meralco tries to remain undefeated and add to KIA Picanto’s woes when teams occupying opposite ends of the standings clash at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Sunday.Runners-up here in the most painful way last season, the Bolts tangle with the Picanto in the 6:45 p.m. contest, moments after Blackwater parades NBA veteran Henry Walker in an effort to arrest a woeful start in the 4:30 p.m. game.Only the Bolts and Star remain without a loss after the first two weeks of action.Allen Durham has not skipped a beat since the last time he was here, and Norman Black’s locals have shown so much maturity since last year when Justin Brownlee hit the title series-clinching triple in Game 6 of the Finals for Barangay Ginebra.Walker comes into a Blackwater team sorely lacking in firepower, and the former NLEX import certainly fits that bill and is expected to put some direction into the Elite sagging campaign.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Last boys standing assure PH of bronze medals in boxing tourney LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NLEX thus saw a six-game winning streak dating back to the last conference come to a halt, dropping to 4-1 and giving coach Yeng Guiao more or less a clear picture as to how far his Road Warriors have come since a massive facelift in the off-season.Justin Brownlee racked up 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while LA Tenorio added 17 points and seven feeds for the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsScottie Thompson was the only Ginebra starter who failed to finish in twin digits with five but had 11 assists and seven rebounds in another brilliant all-around effort.Aaron Fuller had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who still are in their finest start in the Guiao era. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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