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first_img“The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu. USC mounted an early 10-0 lead at Washington last Saturday and prevailed to improve its overall record to 5-1 at the midway point of the season.But as the Trojans trotted off a damp CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the overwhelming mood was that of frustration. They didn’t score enough — held without a point in the second half. They committed far too many penalties. And hey, what’s up with Matt Barkley?Smell the roses · Former USC coach Pete Carroll always maintained that his main objective was to win Rose Bowls, not national titles. – Daily Trojan file photoThe tone from fans and others who follow the program suggested something went drastically wrong in the Emerald City, but no, no, the Trojans did pull off the win — their third straight.“This isn’t about anybody’s numbers or Heisman or any of that,” USC coach Lane Kiffin reminded everyone during his post-game news conference. “This is about winning games.”Sure it is. That, of course, is obvious.  But that’s hardly the whole picture.Fans are growing increasingly frustrated each week — even with the winning, and, really, they deserve to be.On one Rivals.com message board: “Does anyone truly think [Lane Kiffin] is a good play caller?”Another added: “This is what I see: an offense that seems to try to move while the hand brake is on, and the hand on the hand brake is the coach.”USC might still be going 60 miles per hour, but these Trojans were supposed to be cruising at 90, right?In the months leading up to the season, we were told by Kiffin this team had the “perfect Trojan” in Barkley under center. This squad had the eventual “best ever” at wide receiver in sophomore Marqise Lee. This wasn’t endless media speculation; these definitive declarations came directly from the mouth of the coach, the head of the program.Internally, the bar was set quite high. The athletic department launched a “We Play” campaign, intended to highlight a number of goals for the upcoming year such as playing for keeps, playing to dominate and playing to finish.USC plopped a billboard with Barkley on it in Westwood, just a couple blocks from the campus of crosstown rival UCLA.Most of all, USC talked about “unfinished business,” using the words uttered by the senior signal caller during his announcement to return to school as a catchphrase for T-shirts, wristbands and other merchandise — anything to make a buck.As much as Kiffin, his coaching staff and his players have referenced “prep, not hype” — a slogan that has been painted on the sidelines at Howard Jones Field since spring practice — the hype around the program for the last 10 months has been unparalleled.And for what? To sell a couple extra tickets?Kiffin’s predecessor, Pete Carroll, who coached the Trojans from 2001-09, excelled in terms of channeling expectations. Even with people around Los Angeles and around the sport fixated on the Trojans, the internal goal always remained: to own the Rose Bowl.Owning the Rose Bowl was twofold. It involved winning the conference title to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 and beating UCLA, which plays its home games in the Rose Bowl stadium. Both were clear and simple objectives, and USC exercised quite a bit of control in achieving them by just winning the contests on the schedule. In fact, Al Davis’ “just win, baby” mantra would have fit the program quite nicely.Instead, USC, in 2012, watched the expectations grow like wildfire. And if anything, it just added fuel.It scripted the narrative of finishing business, implying a grand finale in South Beach by securing a bid to the BCS national championship game at Sun Life Stadium near Miami. It talked about amassing style points.“There is a showtime element,” Kiffin said about playing in Los Angeles on the eve of the season. “There is a style factor to it.”The problem lies in that these standards hardly leave any room for error. Lose once and your national championship hopes suffer rather substantially. Lose again and they’re gone.Win only by a touchdown or two and the reaction becomes: That’s all?Playing for the BCS title game places a team at the mercy of pollsters and computer rankings — it has to pass the eye test or fit a mathematical formula just right. In playing for the Rose Bowl, it needs to be atop the Pac-12 standings. Subjectivity dictates the former. Wins and losses dictate the latter.Of course, a national championship remains the foremost goal, but why add the extra attention? Why make it so obvious?USC, at present, faces a situation in which it’s expected to win each week and win decisively, as if the team is part of some sort of beauty pageant.Heightened expectations, of course, are a part of college football. Carroll’s teams still dealt with them. And any team ranked in the top 10 and any program carrying a pedigree similar to that of USC faces them. But those expectations are usually external. They come from boosters or commentators.In this instance, comparatively, USC set the expectations: finishing its business. And darn it, it was going to look good doing so.The problem is, right now, this team doesn’t look all that good. No wonder everyone around Los Angeles is so grumpy.last_img read more

first_imgThe Women of Troy were able to snap a three-game losing streak with a win against Cal on Sunday and look to continue their success this weekend as they hit the road to play Utah and Colorado.  A set of victories this weekend is vital to the team’s Pac-12 standing, and its momentum entering the second half of the season.The team starts off the weekend in Utah (12-7, 4-4) against a struggling Utes team.  Utah has been struggling to score as of late and this is likely to continue against a stingy USC defense that has limited opponents to 55.7 points and 38.5% shooting.  In order to slow down the Utes, USC (15-5, 3-5) will need to try and limit sophomore center Emily Potter, who is currently averaging 16.7 points per game.“We’re going to double [Potter] and try to keep the ball out of her hands,” head coach Cynthia-Cooper Dyke said.Utah currently sits right above USC in the Pac-12 standings at 4-4; however, they come into the game struggling.  After starting conference play 4-1, Utah is currently on a three-game losing streak with losses against No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Oregon State and Oregon by an average margin of 13.6.  A win against Utah will place USC into a tie for sixth in the conference.The team then travels to Boulder on Sunday to play a Colorado (5-14, 0-8) team that has struggled this season. Colorado is currently on a nine-game losing streak and may not seem as much of a challenge to USC; however, the Women of Troy can not take any game for granted at this point of the season.“It’s important to not take this game lightly because Colorado is a strong team,” Cooper-Dyke said. “Every team in the Pac-12 is strong this year, no matter what their record is.”The player to watch this weekend is junior guard Courtney Jaco.  After a tough weekend in Washington in which she shot 3/24 from deep, Jaco was able to bounce back this past weekend shooting four-of-five from distance.  Her three-point shooting is crucial to a team that needs spacing in order for star player Temi Fagbenle to operate effectively.  If Jaco is able to shoot from deep effectively this weekend, it will make it much easier for Fagbenle and Kristen Simon to score inside the paint.USC has been missing starters Brianna Barrett and Jordan Adams for the past four games and hope to have them back soon.  The team has gone 1-3 the past four games with both players missing and the team has been missing their leadership, play-making, and versatility.  Jordan Adams’ ability to play and defend multiple positions along with Barrett’s play-making ability is vital to this team’s success.“I can’t wait to get them back. I wish we had them on this four-game road trip,” Cooper-Dyke said.In order to come out of this weekend victorious, the Women of Troy will need to continue to rely on their defense.  USC has wrecked havoc on opponents this season with their stout defense and it will need to continue to do that in order to defeat Utah and Colorado this weekend.last_img read more

first_img Published on December 5, 2016 at 9:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman NEW YORK – Syracuse (5-3) allowed an 11-point second-half lead to evaporate, as Connecticut (4-4) stormed back for a 52-50 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday night after Christian Vital hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left. The Orange’s woes continue, as Jim Boeheim’s team has turned in four consecutive lackluster performances.Here are superlatives from the game.Player of the game – Rodney PurvisThe UConn guard scored a game-high 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field and a 5-for-12 clip from deep. Purvis hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6:18 left in the game to give UConn a 45-44 lead, one the Huskies held onto for good.Dud of the game – Tyler LydonAside from a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave Syracuse a 40-30 lead, Lydon struggled mightily from the field as his recent woes continued. He was unable to hit a wide-open 3-pointer from the same spot as his only make with SU trailing, 46-44, and 4:22 left in the game. The sophomore has now shot 7-of-25 in the last three games.Highlight of the game – Andrew White hits game-tying 3-pointerWith Syracuse trailing 50-47 and under 10 seconds left, White hit a 3 in front of the Orange’s bench to tie the game. Until that point, the fifth-year senior was 2-for-10 from deep. For a matter of seconds, it gave Syracuse hope in a game it played poorly in, but that hope disappeared when UConn intercepted Lydon’s full-court heave as time expired.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textC’mon man! – Frank Howard fouls Jalen Adams on 3-point attemptWith Syracuse leading by 11 in the second half, Adams received a pass on the right wing at the tail end of the shot clock. He double-clutched and Howard flew into his body before both hit the ground and Adams was awarded three shots. Adams hit 2-of-3 from the line and cut the Orange’s lead back to single digits when it looked, for a moment, like SU was pulling away. Connecticut stormed back to reclaim the lead in the next minutes, as Howard’s gaffe shifted momentum in the Huskies favor.X-factor – Jalen AdamsThe sophomore guard poured in 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting, no bucket more important than his 3 to put the Huskies up five. Adams also hit 6-of-9 free throws, and chipped in seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the win. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgTheir goal was rather fortunate – Michael Quinlivan’s flick onto the crossbar came out and hit Waterford defender Maurice O’Gorman on back and went into the net.Whyte ended the home side’s long run without a score with a goal but at that late stage of the second half it was no more than a consolation.The aforementioned Quinlan top-scored for the Premier County with 0-4; the impressive George Hannigan and skipper Peter Acheson got 0-3; Kevin O’Halloran notched 0-2, both from frees; and Martin Dunne, Colm O’Shaughnessy and Brian Fox got 0-1 a piece.Tipperary will play Cork in the provincial semi-final next month. Liam Kearns’ side booked their place in the last four by beating Waterford 1-15 to 1-7 in a poor match at Fraher Field Dungarvan.The home side started positively – Evan Comerford made two fine saves from Paul Whyte in the 16th and 19th minutes – but Tipp recovered and led 0-8 to 0-6 by the half-time break.Tipperary effectively sealed the victory in the third quarter of the match, during which they scored 1-4 without reply.last_img read more

first_img Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Share Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued another warning to its licensees, but this time, regarding the controls surrounding its bonus offers to customers.The regulator set out rules which state that operators within Sweden are only permitted to offer players a bonus during the first time they play on their site. However, in a letter sent to all licensees, Spelinspektionen revealed that a handful of different operators had broken those rules, allowing players to take advantages of several offers instead. Spelinspektionen warned of the implications this could have on Swedish gamblers, as it could possibly encourage players to gamble in an unhealthy manner. The regulator went on to reveal that it had already issued supervision orders to a number of unnamed operators regarding the bonus offers that they had available. It clarified the definition as to what a bonus consists of – namely all discount offers, cashback promotions or other financial incentives – and stated that under Swedish law, they can only be offered to players the first time they gamble with a licensee.When responding to claims that the legislation lacked clarity, Spelinspektionen operations chief Patrik Gustavsson explained: “there have been claims in the debate that the law is unclear. However, there is a definition in the law that states that all discounts or similar financial incentives linked to the games are to be seen as a bonus.”Gustavsson warned operators of the implications of non-compliance: “It is also clear that a licensee can only offer bonuses the first time a player plays at the licensee’s game. If the license holder violates the rules, the authority can intervene with high penalties. The license can also be revoked.”In January 2019, Spelinspektionen issued a warning pertaining to the implementation of self-exclusion policies by operators. The swedish regulator stated that it would not tolerate operators which did not adhere to Spelpaus.se ( translation – ‘game-break’) provisions, made mandatory under Sweden’s new online gambling licensing framework.The regulator was forced to monitor all new incumbents closely, demanding that they comprehensively reference Spelpaus.se, or face record penalties, suspensions, including potential license terminations.last_img read more

first_img“Listen, when you leave, you should just leave, honestly,” Rivers said. “I don’t think you have to try to burn the house down or justify why you left. That’s what I would say to it. I like our culture.“I’ve said that I didn’t think our culture was as good as it should have been last year because we had guys who were thinking about leaving. When you have that, I’ve always believed you’re either in or you’re out. If you’re thinking about being out, then you’re probably out. I thought that manifested itself last year.“But like I’ve said before, Chris was great for us. He did a lot of great things. I thought we were always trying to beat Golden State. We were the last team to beat them in the West (in the playoffs). Then we had a chance to beat Oklahoma (City), and I don’t think that was culture that stopped us from beating them. We discombobulated as a team. We did it a couple of times.“Overall, I liked our run. We just weren’t good enough, at the end of the day, and that happens.”Rivers was referring to a win over the Warriors and a loss to the Thunder in the 2013-14 playoffs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TEODOSIC DEBUTSMilos Teodosic made his long-awaited and much-anticipated NBA debut Thursday, starting in place of Austin Rivers and joining Beverley, a former teammate in Europe, in the backcourt for the Clippers’ season-opening game against the Lakers.Ten years after he left his native Serbia to play his first Euroleague game with the Greek club team of Olympiakos, the 30-year-old Teodosic finally made it to the world’s top basketball league. He admitted to feeling “excited” and “nervous” in the days leading up to the opener.“The first game is not easy, but I hope we’re going to start the season with a win,” he said.Teodosic signed a two-season, $12.3-million contract with the Clippers in the offseason after spending the past six seasons with CSKA Moscow in Russia after playing for four seasons with Olympiakos. He had four exhibition games with the Clippers before his debut against the Lakers.Teodosic served as mentor and tour guide when he and Beverley played together in Greece and then in Russia. Now, it’s Beverley’s turn to show Teodosic how things work in the NBA, in Los Angeles, and at the drive-through window at In-N-Out.“It’s the same what I did for him when he came to Greece, the same as when I came here,” Teodosic said. “He’s helped me a lot. About the game. About life out, you know, off the court. About many things. In-N-Out, it’s a nice place, I like it.”center_img LOS ANGELES — After days, weeks and months of staying silent after his trade to the Houston Rockets, point guard Chris Paul took a couple of parting shots at the Clippers, complaining about the team’s culture in a preview clip of a three-part documentary to be released this week.In the clip, Paul speaks with rapper Jay-Z about his decision to leave the Clippers after six seasons and ask for a trade to the Rockets. The Clippers granted his wish and received a package of players in return, including guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.“A lot of people see the wins and losses, but it’s the culture of our team,” Paul said of the Clippers in the clip. “If you aren’t trying to contend with the Warriors, then what are you doing? You know what I mean? … If you aren’t trying to contend with them, then what are you doing?”Coach Doc Rivers responded forcefully before the Clippers’ season-opening game Thursday.last_img read more

first_img17 Jul 2013 Three England players in PING Junior Solheim Cup team Three England internationals – Georgia Hall, Bronte Law and Amber Ratcliffe – have been selected for Europe’s team for The PING Junior Solheim Cup to be played at The Inverness Golf Club in Denver, Colorado, on August 13-14, 2013. They are among 12 players from eight countries and will be captained by Janice Moodie, who represented Europe in three Solheim Cups and won twice on the LPGA Tour. The PING Junior Solheim Cup pits the 12 best European junior girl golfers against their counterparts from the United States. It always takes place immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which this year will be played on August 16-18, just 20 minutes away from The Inverness Club. “I am so excited for my team to finally be revealed,” said Moodie “These girls have proven on and off the course to be ambassadors for themselves, their countries and now the 2013 European PING Junior Solheim Cup team. With eight countries being represented we have a diverse and strong team. Congratulations girls and let’s go play golf. Go EUROPE!” Georgia Hall, 17, from Remedy Oak in Dorset, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is the top- ranked player on the European side. She currently holds both the British women’s and girls’ championships, she’s Europe’s top woman amateur and is ranked seventh in the world. Bronte Law, 18, from Bramhall in Cheshire, was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup and is the French U18 open champion. Amber Ratcliffe, 17, from Royal Cromer in Norfolk, tied second in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship in Sweden. Like Georgia and Bronte, she was a member of the GB&I team for the 2013 Vagliano Trophy match. Georgia and Amber earned automatic places in the team after finishing in the top-six on the PING Junior Solheim Cup European Ranking. Bronte was one of six wild card picks selected by the captain. The automatic qualifiers are: Emily Pedersen, Denmark Linnea Ström, Sweden Georgia Hall, England Karolin Lampert, Germany Amber Ratcliffe, England Shannon Aubert, France The six wild card picks are: Virginia Elena Carta, Italy Anyssia Herbaut, France, Bronte Law, England Harang Lee, Spain Jessica Vasilic, Sweden Anne van Dam, The Netherlands The PING Junior Solheim Cup was inaugurated back in 2002 and the match series currently stands at 3-2-1 in favour of the Americans who have never lost on home soil. The most recent match was staged at the Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Meath, Ireland, in 2011 and it resulted in the first tie in the series. Leading golf manufacturing company PING is the founder, owner and title sponsor of the PING Junior Solheim Cup and John Solheim, the company’s Chairman and CEO is looking forward to welcoming the European team to Colorado. “The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a very special event for the Solheim Family and we send our congratulations to the 12 girls who earned the right to represent Europe against the United States in the biennial match,” he said. “With players from eight different countries, it’s clear girls’ golf in Europe is growing stronger every year. They will have an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. We look forward to meeting them in Colorado.” Further information about The PING Junior Solheim Cup can be found on www.solheimcupeurope.comlast_img read more

first_imgEMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has always been a bit of a hot head but even by his standards this was a bit much.The ex-Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham striker is currently plying his trade in Paraguay and gave his new fans a glimpse of what they are in for when he was sent off for KARATE KICKING an opponent.2 Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for karate kicking an opponentCredit: Twitter2 The ex-Arsenal, Man City and Spurs forward is plying his trade in ParaguayCredit: TwitterThe Togo striker only signed for new club Olimpia Asuncion in February and has failed to score since.But supporters briefly forgot about his lack of goals as they watched him dabble in kung fu.The stomach churning incident occurred with his side leading 1-0 in the 73rd minute against Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores.An airborne Adebayor challenged for a high ball with Defensa’s Enzo Coacci, but after Coacci got there first the 36-year-old’s foot appeared to collide with his head studs first.But luckily, a different angle shows Coacci turning away just before the incoming boot connects with his face leaving it to smash into his shoulder.The ref immediately showed the former Real Madrid striker a red for the wild lunge.Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge.Adebayor on the incidentAfter the game Adebayor himself labelled the tackle a “Jackie Chan challenge”.He wrote on Twitter: “Tough game today!”‘What a great team spirit, and what a win boys.”Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge.”It was never my intention to hurt my opponent, and I am glad he is okay.”Olimpia have two other ex-Premier League players in their ranks with former Blackburn and Man City star Roque Santa Cruz and ex-West Ham forward Brian Montenegro – who scored an 80th minute winner – also taking part in the game.Adebayor’s side were winning 1-0 when he saw red before Montenegro doubled their eight minutes later.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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himOlimpia survived a late consolation from Defensa’s Marcelo Bentiez to win 2-1.Having left Turkish side Kayserispor in December, Adebayor was without a club until he was snapped up by the Paraguayan champs.He last played in England for Crystal Palace who he left in July 2016.SEA, tough game today! What a great team spirit, and what a win boys @elclubolimpia. Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge. It was never my intention to hurt my opponent, And I am glad he is okay 🤜🏾👏🏾🙏🏾⭐️❤️🤜🏾🙌🏾#GodFirst #teamSEA #25 #SEAAsuncion #Lifesgood pic.twitter.com/TqruWfqtKm— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) March 12, 2020 Idiotic moment NBA star Rudy Gobert jokingly smears germs on microphones two days before positive coronavirus testlast_img read more

first_imgAureus Mining Company and Aminata and Sons, have entered into a US$90m (Ninety Million) contract for the supply of petroleum products to Aureus Mining New Liberty Gold Mining Project in Grand Cape Mount County.  The contract will run for the lifespan of the mine, which is 8 years. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the General Manager of Aureus Mining Company, Mr. Debar Allen, said Aminata’s petroleum service delivery meets the standard and has demonstrated the capacity to deliver more than any of its competitors in the sector.“It is a pride and joy for Aureus to do this with a Liberian entity because of our belief in local content. We are confident that Aminata can deliver a key component of the project by the provision of fuel over its duration.  This is the third sizable contract in our operation for the duration of the mine; and we are proud that we can enter into this agreement with a Liberian-owned entity.”For his part, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy Mr. Patrick Sandolo, said the Aureus Gold Mining project represents “a lot of firsts” in Liberia. He described the project as “the first industrial-sized gold mining operation in Liberia ever, and the first new mining operation in Liberia to commence in 2015. He noted that the contract is also the most significant and the largest that any company in the mining sector has awarded to a Liberian business entity.”According to Minister Sandolo, “the signing of this contract gives us what we have been trying to get, which is that all other companies should remain committed; and also keep their projects on course. We are very pleased and gratified, and we assure all companies in the country of government’s fullest support in their operations.”Chief Executive Officer of Aminata and Sons, Mr. Siaka Toure, thanked the Government of Liberia for creating the enabling environment to allow business entities to freely operate in the country.  He said the signing of the contract has relieved Aureus of the burden of procuring and transporting petroleum products at the mine. He promised that Aminata will construct a tank farm at the mine where the company will be receiving its supplies. He indicated that his company will do everything possible to keep the contract on course throughout the duration of the mine. He thanked Aureus for selecting a Liberian company to supply such a very significant commodity to the project.The Acting Minister of Commerce, Mr. Cyril Allen said it is a good thing to have Liberian companies entering into such a deal for the supply of petroleum products in the mining sector. “We are very proud of Aminata, and we hope that they will live up to the expectations of the deal.”The New Liberty Gold Mines project, owned by Aureus Mining Company has an estimated proven and probable reserve of 924,000 ounces of gold grading 3.4 g/t. When fully operational, this project will provide much needed revenue and employment for Liberians while developing human capacity and business opportunities for Liberian owned Small Medium Enterprises over the duration of the mining operations.  Delivering her annual message to the Fourth Session of the 53rd Legislature, President Sirleaf commended the “impressive work” of the gold mining concessionaire, and urged the lawmakers to “visit the concession site for a personal appreciation of the beneficial results” of the concession agreement they signed. Mr. Allen said the company is delighted over the President’s commendation about their work and that Aureus remains committed to aspects of the Mineral Development Agreement, including its Resettlement Action Plan, which provides for the construction of new and modern homes for employees and residents of the affected communities.He added that the President’s commendation has motivated the company further to living up to all aspects of its agreement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Off to a flyer: Jorginho scored on his Premier League debut © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri got off to a winning Premier League start as new signing Jorginho slotted home coolly from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.Tottenham also made light of discontent over their lack of summer transfer activity by resisting a late Newcastle onslaught to win 2-1 at St James’ Park thanks to goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli. Richarlison struck twice on debut for 10-man Everton to show he may justify his £50 million price tag and hold highly-fancied Wolves 2-2 on their return to the top flight.And Watford, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace picked up 2-0 wins on the opening weekend of the season.Maurizio Sarri got off to a winning start on his Premier League debut © AFP / Oli SCARFFChelsea have endured a turbulent pre-season with Sarri replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte less than a month before the campaign got underway.The Londoners also smashed their transfer record and set a new world-record fee for a goalkeeper in splashing 80 million euros  on Kepa Arrizbalaga this week after Thibaut Courtois departed for Real Madrid.“The situation until now has been very difficult. On Monday four players from the World Cup arrived and then on Tuesday another two, so it’s not been easy for me at the moment,” said Sarri, who believes it will take two months for his side to be at their best.But Kepa was rarely troubled in recording a clean sheet as the visitors’ greater quality told at the John Smith’s Stadium after a slow start.“The game was more difficult than the result. If you see the result you think it was a very easy match but in the first half it was very difficult against physical opponents,” said Sarri.Crucially Chelsea have held onto Eden Hazard, but while the Belgian was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench following his World Cup exertions, N’Golo Kante was thrown straight into the side after starring in Russia for world champions France.Kante has been deployed in a more advanced role due to Jorginho’s arrival and was on the end of Willian’s cross to open the scoring 11 minutes before half-time.Moments later Marcos Alonso was upended inside the area and Jorginho cheekily slotted home after a hop in his run up wrong-footed Ben Hamer.Hazard was introduced for the final 15 minutes and looked keen to make up for lost time as he teed up Pedro Rodriguez to round off the scoring.– Pochettino pleads for unity –Dele Alli got the winner for Tottenham at Newcastle © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYTottenham have had a much quieter summer after becoming the first Premier League side since the transfer window was introduced in 2003 to not make a single signing.But manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he is happy just to have retained a host of players who excelled at the World Cup and it was two of them who handed Spurs all three points at Newcastle.Vertonghen and Alli struck either side of Joselu’s equaliser for the Magpies with all three goals coming in the first 18 minutes.“It is important to be strong from the beginning and have belief and convey a positive message,” Pochettino said.“It is important the fans know the players need their help.”– Promoted sides struggle –Debut double: Richarlison struck twice for Everton in a 2-2 draw at Wolves © AFP / Geoff CADDICKAt Molineux, Richarlison quietened criticism of Everton’s splurge to reunite him with former Watford boss Marco Silva as the Brazilian twice put Everton in front.The visitors were reduced to 10 men five minutes before half-time when Phil Jagielka was shown a straight red card and Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez hit back to salvage a point for the hosts.Like Wolves, Fulham earned rave reviews for their summer business, outspending United and City, in signing 12 new players.But there was no instant return on that investment as Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha scored either side of half-time to give Palace a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage.Roberto Pereyra scored twice as Watford were too good for Brighton.Bournemouth were also comfortable victors over promoted Cardiff thanks to goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more