first_imgAuthorities in Arizona have arrested a 31-year-old man after he allegedly killed a 6-year-old by forcing hot water down his throat.The incident occurred Thursday at a home on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation near Tuscan where the boy lived with  his adoptive mother and the suspect Pablo Martinez.According to the report, Pablo, volunteered to give the child a bath, but at some point during the bath, he decided to pour hot water down the child’s throat.The child’s adoptive mother, Romelia Martinez, says she heard gurgling noises coming from the bathroom and went to see what was happening. Romelia told authorities that she noticed the bathroom door was locked and worked to unlock it. Once she was inside, she found Pablo holding the child under the running bathtub faucet.Romelia says she began screaming at Pablo to stop but Pablo just kept telling her “he had to do it.”Romelia then reportedly called their pastor and when the pastor did not answer, she called 911 while Pablo attempted CPR on the child.Firefighters reported that they found the child naked and propped up on a pillow. He did not appear to be breathing.The child was taken to Banner University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officials reported that he had burns on 15% of his body.At the home Pablo told authorities that they were not in the right mindset or faith to understand what occurred, however, Pablo later told authorities that he noticed a demon in the child last week and then noticed the child “have an unnatural fit of rage” which led him to hold the child’s head under water in an attempt to “cast the demon out.”When questioned about the incident, Romelia told authorities that she noticed the child had been acting ” demonic” lately.The Pascua Yaqui Police Department and the FBI are currently investigating the incident.Officials also reported that though Pablo lives on the reservation, he is not a part of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Veteran India batsman Suresh Raina on Saturday said he is eagerly waiting to take the field after it was announced that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to be played in the window from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE.A Chennai Super Kings (CSK) veteran, Raina posted a picture of him after a net session on Instagram with the caption: “Walking into the weekend dreaming when we can play again on the field.. Ready with the weekend vibes.” Raina and India wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant have been practising together at the nets for some time now. Raina was also seen in the nets with spinner Piyush Chawla and fast bowler Mohammed Shami. Raina posted a video on his social media handle recently in which he can be seen facing deliveries from Shami and Chawla. IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel on Friday morning confirmed to IANS that the 13th edition of the league will be played around the September 19 to November 8 window and the same has been communicated to the franchises. The ICC on Monday announced that the T20 World Cup cannot be held in Australia in October-November as the time isn’t conducive to host so many teams in the country as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet. This has opened the door for the BCCI to host the IPL in that window. IANS Also watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

first_imgBy Vanessa BrathwaiteMINISTER with responsibility for Sport, George Norton, has expressed satisfaction with ongoing works at the construction of the Linden Synthetic Track, after a site visit on Friday.Norton, along with a technical team, inspected the ongoing works, which are currently at the third phase and said that he is very excited and hyped about what is in store for Linden, upon the completion of the track.While he would have been inspecting both facilities, at Linden and New Amsterdam, Norton said he is particularly impressed with the construction at Linden. “I know that we are not so close to finishing, but we are a far way from where we started. I am impressed, particularly here in Linden, which is a little more than we have in New Amsterdam. I think we are meeting our deadlines. I can see this happening,” the minister posited. Not only is he impressed with the transformation of the Bayroc Community Centre ground where the track is currently being laid, but is satisfied with the quality of work being carried out by the contractors.The contractors and workers on site are also answering clearly all questions asked by the minister and team. They have also not related any hiccups and are confident that they will meet the deadline. Minister Norton said that Region Ten has always positively contributed to sporting development in Guyana and the athletes have always represented Guyana well at international competitions. “Region Ten has been the foundation of sports and particularly track and field in Guyana without a synthetic track. Now that we are going to have one right here, with state-of-the-art and quality I am expecting much more. He particularly spoke of the athletes who will be participating in the Junior CARIFTA Games in 2020.  Norton encouraged the residents of the surrounding communities to take pride in the facility and to keep a keen eye on the contractors to ensure that quality works are put out, since it will contribute to the improved aesthetics of the community.The Linden sythethic track is being constructed by Builders Hardware and General Supplies, to the tune of $179M. This phase of the project includes   groundwork, laying of necessary drainage pipes, curb work, asphalting and concreting where necessary.The track will also have the necessary amenities for all field events and the middle will be developed into a world-class football field. Phase four includes the laying of the synthetic material of an eight-lane 400-metre track.The development of the pavilion and the additional surrounding space is a project that will be scheduled for a later time. The project is expected to be completed at the end of the year.last_img read more

first_imgThe tightest LaLiga title race in years resumes this weekend with five teams within three points of the top – and a special day in the Spanish capital on Saturday evening with leaders Barcelona among the teams in action.Still buoyed from last week’s emphatic El Clasico success over Real Madrid, Barça visit Madrid-based Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening, with the Catalan side having won on each of their last five visits to Vallecas, scoring 23 goals in the process.Earlier that day, fourth-placed Atletico Madrid have a lunchtime ‘Derbi’ trip to local rivals Leganes, who have secured hard-fought goalless draws at Butarque against Atletico in both of the last two LaLiga seasons. Later that afternoon, new interim Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari will take charge of his first LaLiga game at the Bernabeu. It should be an extra special occasion given the visitors are high-flying Valladolid, whose club president is Solari’s former Blancosteammate Ronaldo Nazario.Saturday’s other fixture could well finish all square as hosts Valencia have drawn all five of their LaLiga games at Mestalla this term, while visitors Girona have taken a point from their last three matches away from home.Sunday begins with a Basque Derbi at Ipurua where Eibar are looking to bounce back from some difficult recent results against Alaves, who are up in second spot and having the best LaLiga season in the club’s entire history under impressive coach Abelardo Fernandez.There is also local pride at stake on Sunday afternoon as Villarreal lock horns with regional neighbours Levante who have lost on each of their last six visits to the Estadio de la Ceramica. However, Paco Lopez’s Granotas side are currently one of LaLiga’s most in-form teams and are out looking for a fifth straight league victory.The action then returns north to the Basque Country, with San Sebastian’s Real Sociedad aiming for a first home victory of 2018/19 when they host a Sevilla side going into the weekend in third spot, scoring lots of goals and looking like real title contenders.Bottom team Huesca have shown signs of progress under new coach Francisco Rodriguez, but will face a tough task when hosting a Getafe side unbeaten in their last four away LaLiga games.Sunday evening finishes with goal-shy Real Betis – just five in 10 LaLiga games so far – welcoming a Celta Vigo side whose star forward Iago Aspas joined Girona’s Cristhian Stuani at the top of the LaLiga Santander goal scoring charts after bagging a hat-trick last weekend.The weekend concludes on Monday evening, with Espanyol aiming to continue their impressive 100% record at home so far this season against an Athletic Club side still looking to click under new coach Eduardo Berizzo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAfter sweeping two home spring break matchups against Marquette, 11-4, and Saint Mary’s, 20-7, the USC women’s lacrosse team packed their bags and left the sunny fields of Southern California for their second East Coast trip of the season.Looking to extend their six-game winning streak, the Women of Troy battled with a winless Dartmouth team on Saturday in Hanover, New Hampshire, before traveling south to face No. 2 ranked Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts, on Monday. The trip marked the second time that the Women of Troy have traveled east this year. They dropped a 7-4 affair to then-No. 16 Stony Brook on Feb. 21 before rallying to beat Marist, 11-7, the next day during a frigid New York trip earlier in the season.On Saturday, USC found themselves in a close clash with a surprisingly resilient Dartmouth team that, although winless, was fairly battle-tested entering the game. Three of the Big Green’s seven losses on the season were to top-15 ranked opponents, and in two of those three games, the team managed to keep the score within five goals (a March 7 loss to then-No. 10 Princeton, 8-5, and a Mar. 21 loss to then-No. 14 Penn, 10-5).Dartmouth jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal from junior midfielder Jaclyn Leto six minutes into the game, but the Women of Troy responded with four straight goals en route to a 5-3 halftime advantage. The match was essentially even from that point forward, as USC’s four goal second-half output was matched by the Big Green.The game became especially tense with 7:41 remaining, when sophomore Dartmouth midfielder Taryn Deck put home a shot past USC freshman goalie Gussie Johns, bringing the score to within one at 8-7. That tally would remain constant until just over four minutes left, when USC junior attacker Caroline Cordrey scored her second goal of the game to pad the lead for good at 9-7.The victory marked the seventh in a row for the Women of Troy, the longest in the young, three-year-old program’s history. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael once again stuffed the stat sheet for USC, winning four draw controls, scooping up three groundballs, forcing two turnovers, and a garnering a   hattrick with three goals scored. Cordrey’s two goals helped bolster the attack for the Women of Troy, and junior attacker and team points-leader Caroline de Lyra added a goal and two assists of her own.In addition to Saturday’s victory being a seventh-straight win for the team, it also marked the eighth-straight game in which the Women of Troy’s defense held the opposing team to seven goals or less.Monday’s matchup with         No. 2 Boston College provided a huge test for the Women of Troy before they finish out their MPSF conference play in April. And though the 16-12 final score tilted in the Eagles’ favor, the heart and fight shown by the Women of Troy served as an indication that good things may be to come in the coming weeks leading up to the MPSF Conference Tournament that begins on April 30 in Denver, Colorado.USC game out of the gate firing in the first half, jumping to a 4-2 lead in the opening seven minutes on the backs of junior midfielder Amanda Johansen and sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core, who each put home two goals during that time frame. Boston College’s 10th-ranked scoring offense (14.27 goals per game entering Monday) overpowered USC’s eighth-ranked scoring defense (6.78 goals allowed per game), however, as the Eagles put home 10 goals in the next 20 minutes to take a strong 12-7 lead into halftime.The second half told a more balanced story, with the Women of Troy slightly outscoring the Eagles 5-4 and taking advantage of seven second-half Boston College turnovers. A goal from Cordrey with just under seven minutes to play cut the defecit to four for USC, but, neither team would score again in the game.Johansen was huge for the Women of Troy, netting four goals while picking up two ground balls and draw control wins. De Lyra dished three assists and added two goals of her own, bringing her team-best season point total to 42. Del Core, Cordrey and Michael all added two goals as well, and Johns made six    second-half saves to keep hope for a full rally alive.Boston College was lead by a talented trio of midfielders, as juniors Caroline Margolis (three), Sarah Mannelly (four) and senior Mikaela Rix (four) all recorded hat-tricks for the hometown Eagles.Despite the Monday loss, the Women of Troy find themselves in a good spot heading into the final weeks of conference play before the MPSF Tournament at the end of April. The team’s only three losses this season have been to ranked nonconference opponents, with Monday’s competitive four-goal loss being the largest final-score deficit of the three.The Women of Troy have shown resilience throughout the season and will look to continue their solid play Friday on the road against Oregon. The match will be the first of a remaining six conference games, and is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.The game will be covered by the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more

first_imgDerby County (January 2020-)4150.27 “I hold the goal records for Manchester United and England and I’m very proud about that – yet there have been better number nines than me,” he added.“How did I become a record-breaker if I wasn’t a natural scorer? Time.“I played for United for 13 years, England for 15 years. I had time to break those records – and looking back I should have scored more.”Rooney, now Derby County player-coach, believes Harry Kane will set a new benchmark for the Three Lions.“I don’t think it will take long for Harry Kane to claim my England record and it would be a proud moment for me,” he added.“If I were building a team, he is the one I’d start with.“I’ve never been a selfish player and it would be great for England for Harry to get there. Bobby Charlton had to wait 50 years – I hope it’s not so long for me.“The United record might last longer simply because players don’t stay at clubs as long as they used to. Mind you, if Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo came to Old Trafford for a swansong they would probably break it in three or four years.” Wayne Rooney’s all-time record TeamGoalsAppearancesGoals per game DC United (June 2018-January 2020)23490.47 Everton (April 2002-August 2004)17770.22 Man Utd (August 2004-July 2017)2535590.45 England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney says he should have scored more goals despite not being a “natural” finisher.Rooney scored 253 times to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record at United, before also surpassing the latter’s England tally with 53.Writing in his Sunday Times column, the 34-year-old said: “This might surprise you, but I’m not a natural goalscorer.“I was never a Gary Lineker or a Ruud van Nistelrooy.”After bursting onto the scene with boyhood club Everton at 16, Rooney moved to Old Trafford in 2004, and made 559 appearances for the Red Devils.He also won 120 caps for his country. Everton (July 2017-June 2018)11400.28 England (February 2003-November 2018)531200.44 Source: BBClast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe NBA became so aware of the thorny nature of the politics of the situation that they shut down media availability for the entire trip. The Athletic reported that players, most prominently LeBron James, were wary of the onus for the NBA’s response to China’s actions being put on them, and asked to not be made available for questions. Rather than putting players in position to say something harmful either abroad or at home (like James Harden awkwardly apologizing to China for his general manager’s tweet), the NBA and the player’s association wanted avoid commentary “in real time,” at least until everyone was safely home.It should be noted here that China is a country that tightly controls and restricts visas: Journalists, for example, require multiple references to just get in. Multiple times, the government kept the NBA in the dark as to whether they would even be allowed to participate in their events. A situation where the Chinese government harassed or detained a player for something they said while visiting abroad could have felt like a very real threat to the traveling contingent. If that’s the case, Adam Silver probably made a wise choice to keep them out of the line of fire.But now that everyone is safely home, where does it go from here? The NBA would probably prefer this situation quietly goes away, and that they can continue their lucrative contracts in a country where basketball has been increasingly popular. The New York Times reported last week that the Chinese government was toning down rhetoric against the NBA — which make sense because the incident has drawn attention to their authoritarian handling of the Hong Kong protests. It’s bad diplomacy to cut off a league that’s well-liked in the country, disappointing fans locally and making observers abroad question whether they should do business there.But it seems difficult to imagine this will go away soon. Next year, the NBA will be pressed to continue exhibition games in China: Which teams are going to want to go? Which teams are going to want their players subjected to questions about what it’s like to be the first teams to play since the international incident that briefly flared up tensions between the NBA and China? What do they think of how China handles Hong Kong (because in a year, a lack of knowledge on the situation will be a less convincing case)?In absence of the voices of players and other NBA personnel who actually went to China, Steve Kerr’s voice stood out among people stateside who spoke on the issue. Well, “spoke” might be a strong word, but Kerr offered that it’s easier for NBA players and coaches to speak on social issues that are close to home. That’s understandable, and it does seem like an unfair burden to expect the NBA to set the example for all US-Chinese relations in all cases. But it’s also true that the NBA’s reputation as a league that’s outspoken and unafraid to speak the truth on important issues is taking some hits.As Kerr put it: “Using the game as a force for the greater good. I think those things are important, those values are important. Obviously, there are tremendous financial forces at play here — so how you reconcile all that, I don’t know.”No one else in the NBA appears to know either.In the interest of examining the issue, I’m dropping a lot of related reading down in the links.BUT WHY TONIGHT?If you’re surprised to see a Lakers-Warriors home game less than 72 hours after the Lakers last played in China, it’s hard to imagine that the Lakers are thrilled about it either.It’s unclear if players will miss the game due to fatigue. It’s easy to imagine LeBron James, for example, sitting this one out, especially if Anthony Davis is unable to play following his MRI on his sprained thumb. Preseason games, it should be noted, are firmly under control of teams. But it’s also true that any team going to China is hard-pressed to squeeze six preseason games into its schedule.Frank Vogel said earlier this month that he would be judicious when it came to divvying up time for the long preseason schedule: “I think they made a wise decision a couple years back to reduce it from 8 preseason games to six. Potentially could go even further down to four. I think each coach has an obligation to their team to make sure they’re being smart with their vets. Make sure they’re getting enough reps to learn their new teammates and the system. Get sharp, ready to play, but not overdo it.”– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive breaking Lakers news and the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Additional readingWhat have we learned about the Lakers? A couple takeaways from preseason play so far, especially if Anthony Davis doesn’t play until the regular season.The tricky nature of China: I originally intended to write about how China is an economic force for the NBA — but the story quickly changed.Kyle Kuzma’s off-court growth: The third-year star sounded off on his shoe deal, changing agencies, and handling trade deadline pressures.Tension broken: The Lakers and Nets were able to showcase why the NBA has some leverage in the China tussle.Leaving with some uncertainty: The last exhibition in China showed the Lakers’ fatigue, and left Davis on the injury report.China’s hardball playbook: The New York Times covered how the NBA’s reluctance to speak out on China is a problem for many foreign companies.Running up against communism: Sam Amick of The Athletic pointed out that former commissioner David Stern saw the issue coming.An authoritarian stamp: Seerat Sohi at Yahoo spoke to experts on China about the government’s strategy for dealing with opposition.The way forward: Tom Ziller from Bleacher Report theorizes the two ways the NBA and China could move ahead in their relationship.center_img Editor’s note: This is the Monday, Oct. 14 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive breaking Lakers news and the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The NBA has a program called Basketball Without Borders, a community service initiative that has run camps in 27 different countries over the last two decades. The dream goes something like this: Through the game of basketball, diverse cultures can find some common ground.But the world as we know it has borders — not just geopolitical lines on a map, but borders of ideology and values. And never have the limits of NBA diplomacy become more apparent than last week.The Lakers and Nets unwittingly put themselves in the midst of an international incident this week because of a tweet. It’s a weird situation, especially given that the Chinese response has felt particularly outsized, but it’s highlighted what the limitations are for a game to be a unifying force in a world with endlessly complex divisions.last_img read more

first_imgOvereem, his upper lip split wide-open, quickly picked himself up from the cage but stumbled all over the place, and Miragliotta waved off the bout with four seconds remaining at Washington’s Capital One Arena.JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK WITH FOUR SECONDS LEFT IN THE FIGHT #UFCDC pic.twitter.com/ODm7xmNAi8— Dylan (@Dylangonzalez21) December 8, 2019″That’s what we worked for: One shot, one kill,” Rozenstruik said in his postfight interview of the finish.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOvereem implemented a smart game plan; he neutralized Rozenstruik’s power by staying just out of distance, taking him to the mat and showing off his groundwork. Overeem was getting through Rozenstruik’s guard and blasting him with powerful shots, but Rozenstruik showed a ton of heart and found ways to keep himself in the fight. Alistair Overeem dominated Jairzinho Rozenstruik through the first four rounds and the bulk of the fifth round Saturday in the main event of UFC D.C. There’s a reason why main events are 25 minutes long, however. Trailing on all three judges’ scorecards and with time ticking down, Rozenstruik threw a left uppercut followed by a scintillating overhand right hand that sent Overeem down and against the cage. Rozenstruik thought the fight was over, but referee Dan Miragliotta hadn’t signaled the end.  The tide began to turn in the fourth round. Rozenstruik started to get Overeem against the cage and connect with hard shots to the body. The punches took their toll on the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion as the bout wore on.Rozenstruik is undefeated in 10 fights after one of the most exciting knockouts of 2019, with nine of those victories coming via stoppage. It didn’t take long for him to call out the person he wants to fight first in 2020.”I want to be back March, April, and I really want to fight this big scary guy Francis Ngannou,” Rozenstruik said, referring to the former UFC heavyweight title challenger and a fellow knockout artist. “I hope you accept this fight. Let’s give these people a real show.”UFC D.C. undercard resultsMarina Rodriguez vs. Cynthia Calvillo declared a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28).Ben Rothwell def. Stefan Struve by TKO at 4:57 of the third round.Aspen Ladd def. Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (strikes) at 0:33 of the third round.Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong ends in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28).Rob Font def. Ricky Simon by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).Tim Means def. Thiago Alves via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:38 of the first round.Billy Quarantino def. Jacob Kilburn by submission (triangle choke) at 3:18 of the second round.Bryce Mitchell def. Matt Sayles via submission (Twister) at 4:20 of the first round.Joe Solecki def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30- 27).Virna Jandiroba def. Mallory Martin via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:16 of the second round.Makhmud Muradov def. Trevor Smith by knockout at 4:09 of the third round.last_img read more

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES -30- KENT DESORMEAUX, SWIPE, SECOND: “I got head and head with the winner, and he definitely knocked me off my feet, but he also re-surged. He’s obviously undefeated for a reason. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone around. I think I would have won if I would have gone around.“I think he’s a really, really good horse. You know the hype around Nyquist, and he beat me by a lip, so I think if I went around, I would have won. I’ve always been very high on him.” JOCKEY QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, NYQUIST, WINNER: “He’s been on the lead in the past but he was tougher than I expected today. I was expecting him to be easier but he was tough, he was in the bridle. I adjusted though and it worked out in the end.“It was good to have an exciting finish to make the race exciting. Nyquist, he likes to fight. In his first race, we went head-to-head with a horse of Peter Miller’s. Nyquist doesn’t like anybody to pass him and that’s a good thing. He has a good mentality and I think that’s why he stays undefeated.”center_img             KEITH DESORMEAUX, SWIPE, SECOND: “I thought he moved forwardly today. I told Kent to unsaddle him (during the stewards’ inquiry) because it’s hot out here and he ran hard. There wasn’t enough banging or interference to cause a disqualification. He’s danced every dance. We’ll take a good luck at him and make sure he’s all right and we’ll look at the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile). Why not? This is what we all live for, right?”PETER MILLER, HOLLYWOOD DON, THIRD: “First time on dirt and I thought he had a good trip. I thought the horse ran very well. Just the pace wasn’t as fast as I thought; I thought the pace would be faster and hotter, but the horse kicked home good. I thought he ran very well.”(On future possibilities) “Yes. We’ll consider all of our options, including the Breeders’ (Cup) Juvenile Dirt and the Turf.” NOTES: Winning owner J. Paul Reddam is from Irvine, CA. DOUG O’NEILL, NYQUIST, WINNER: Suggested he’d have to be satisfied with the win, the courage he showed, and getting a route the first time: “All those. Coming back as quick as he was, and for him to be in between a three-horse team going into the first turn, that really scared me. Most horses are going to really be in trouble in that setting, and he showed the class that he has to overcome that and still finish up strong.“That stretch run was probably a treadmill test for the cardiologist. I guess I’m OK, but that was truly so exciting, but when you’re 3-5 (actually 1-2) or whatever his odds were, you’re thinking you’re going to win by five (lengths) geared down, the jockey looking under his arm, all that stuff. This one, Mario really had to ride a smart race after the way it started and through the stretch. He did a great job.”About the schedule for Nyquist: “We’ll have to huddle up with Team Reddam and figure out a game plan. This wasn’t exactly like the way we planned it. We were a little bit cocky before the race, but at the end of the day, this is what we wanted to do. We wanted to win and we wanted to see if he’d two-turn in his own back yard. It’s so much easier to do that instead of shipping. Sometimes they get a little excited and all that stuff.“Now with a two-turn win under his belt against the best two-year-olds the West Coast has to offer, I think the plan will be for him to come out of it good and head back east in a few weeks, probably.”last_img read more

first_imgIf he can do what it says on the Mourinho tin and win with Tottenham it will kick start his managerial career all over again.Should he fail however, it is hard to believe any significant club would take a punt on him again.Spurs must be hoping the opposites do attract.7Tottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sacking They need a winner.And when you need a winner there is nobody bigger or better than Jose Mourinho.77 Jose Mourinho has signed a three-and-a-half-year dealCredit: PA:Press AssociationDaniel Levy knows he will be judged by what happens next at Tottenham.In sacking Mauricio Pochettino now, 12 games into the Premier League campaign, Levy has taken a massive punt.Handing the Special One the keys is simply doubling down.But Levy’s decision to hand Mourinho a three-and-a-half year contract – he has never stayed that long at any club – is a clear signal of where the chairman expects the club to be.Lifting trophies, parading in triumph. The one thing Pochettino was not able to deliver.The big question is what incarnation of Mourinho will be turning up at Spurs.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneWill it be the best of Jose?The inspirational charismatic trophy gatherer, the man who took Chelsea into the stratosphere, conquered Europe with Porto and Inter Milan, who turned football into a monument to his talents?Or the scowling, moaning, miserable version last seen departing Manchester United with his tail between his legs?Levy is betting his house on the former.Pochettino transformed Tottenham.Took a team of historical underachievers and turned them into a top four club for four straight years, something Spurs have not done since Bill Nicholson was in charge.7 Mauricio Pochettino was axed last night with Tottenham in 14th spotCredit: EPA7 Tottenham first tried to appoint Mourinho in 2007Credit: Getty Images – Getty7What he could not do though was bring the silverware the fans crave.Mourinho, by contrast, does know what it takes to win the biggest games and the biggest trophies.His football may not always be easy on the eye, although in his last title winning season at Chelsea they played some sumptuous stuff in the first half of the campaign before he opted to grind out the last few months.And, in truth, if Mourinho can work his magic again at Spurs he will be forgiven the style deployed to achieve it.If Tottenham want to keep Harry Kane and Co, their star assets, then the one thing that could persuade them to stay is knowing Spurs will win things.That, surely was a critical part of Levy’s thinking when he decided to pull the plug on Poch.When Mourinho left United last December he looked a mess.The light has gone out of his eyes.He was a pale shallow imitation of the Mourinho who had cut such a dash in his early years at Chelsea.Indeed he looked like an old man, careworn and run down, bedevilled – perhaps for the first time – by doubt.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)7 Daniel Levy has taken a huge gamble replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – ContributorYet even in his TV appearances for Sky this season we have witnessed a fresher Mourinho.Revitalised and ready to go.A man with something to prove. All over again.Spurs, remember tried to get him twice before.In 2004, before Porto shocked Europe and Chelsea’s millions turned his head.And then three years later when Mourinho’s relationship with Roman Abramovich crashed and burned.Levy’s philosophy and that of Mourinho do appear to be polar opposites.For all the talk about the prospects in the Spurs academy we all know Jose wants experience.But equally he always has had a soft spot for Tottenham.In August, managing an Inter Legends side at Spurs’ new 62,000-seater home, Mourinho sat down in the manager’s dugout looked around and nodded approvingly.He looked, even then, a manager who would be at home there, happy to chat with everyone, to smile and laugh.Of course this is a gamble for Levy. But it is a gamble for Mourinho too.last_img read more