Tottenham return to form with thrashing of Red Star

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur rekindled their Champions League hopes with a club record 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. After suffering their heaviest home defeat in Europe on matchday two, a 7-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich, they responded to claim their biggest win in the Champions League. Red Star arrived in second place in Group B behind Bayern Munich while Tottenham were desperate to kickstart their European campaign after taking only one point from two games. But once Kane headed in Erik Lamela’s corner after nine minutes and Son’s half-volley, also from a Lamela assist, made it 2-0 after 16 minutes, the gloom that had descended over the north London club after a troubling start to the season on all fronts finally began to lift. Red Star responded in spirited fashion to the early setbacks but Son’s second just before halftime killed off any hopes they harboured of a comeback. The excellent Lamela, making his 200th appearance, made it 4-0 in the 57th minute and Kane’s exquisite finish in the 72nd minute took his Champions League tally to 18 goals in 22 appearances. Victory put Tottenham into second spot with four points, five behind runaway leaders Bayern and one clear of Red Star who they face in the Serbian capital in a fortnight. Tottenham’s form has been one of the most puzzling themes of the English season so far with Mauricio Pochettino’s side winning only three of their nine Premier League games and losing to fourth-tier Colchester in the League Cup. But Spurs responded with a display much more in keeping with what people have come to expect under Pochettino. On the front foot from the start, Kane and Son had already had chances before Kane found space in the area to plant a header past Red Star keeper Milan Borjan from Lamela’s delivery. Lamela was the provider again seven minutes later, picking out Son to hammer a side-foot volley high into the net. Red Star were backed by a noisy contingent of fans high in the upper tier, despite a UEFA punishment for racism which meant they were unable to buy tickets. But the fans were silenced in the 44th minute when captain Marko Marin, formerly of Chelsea, was robbed of the ball by Tanguy Ndombele and he powered forward before releasing Son who took a touch before slotting home. The onslaught continued after the break as the confidence flooded back into the Spurs ranks. Lamela beat Borjan with a rising shot on the turn and Kane completed the rout with a clinical finish. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Harry KaneRed Star BelgradeTottenham HotspurUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Watford Stuns Wolves to Qualify for First Final in 35 Years

first_imgDeulofeu, the maverick talent who had never quite fulfilled his potential at Barcelona, Everton and AC Milan, was sent on to rescue Watford after that second goal and fulfilled his mission in spectacular style.He produced an audacious angled flick to give Watford hope and they drew level in injury time as captain Troy Deeney drilled home from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Leander Dendoncker.Deulofeu, however, was the catalyst and he showed composure and quality to provide the decisive contribution, steering a finish beyond John Ruddy in the 104th minute to send Watford to their first FA Cup final since 1984; they will meet Manchester City on 18 May.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FA CUPGerard Deulofeu delivered a sensational display after coming on as substitute to inspire Watford’s dramatic comeback from two goals down to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers after extra time in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.With 11 minutes left, Wolves looked on course for their first FA Cup final since 1960 as they led through Matt Doherty’s first-header and Raul Jimenez’s superb chest down and volleyed finish.last_img read more

Survey shows students support fall break

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government has been making attempts to implement a university-wide fall break for many years and, despite overwhelming student support, it is still unclear when a fall break might be implemented.Last semester, USG Senate sent a proposal to the administration. The proposal for fall break would involve the removal of two academic days in the middle of the semester and the addition of two days to the beginning of the school year in August.USG officials focused on researching student interest for fall break last semester, and their proposal is currently under review by the university’s Academic Scheduling Committee.During the fall 2012 semester, Geragos and his council researched schools with fall breaks looking for more information on schools with similar schedules.Nineteen of the top 25 universities operate on a semester system. Ten of those universities have a two-day or more break in the fall semester. Fifteen of the top 25 universities have a one-day or longer break in their fall semester.Of the top universities in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report, Princeton, Duke, and Notre Dame all have one-week breaks in the middle of the fall semester.Geragos’ cabinet then took into consideration students, surveying 918 students to gain better insight from the student population. Ninety percent of those surveyed, or 825 students, said the university should add a fall break to the academic calendar. Ten percent of those surveyed, or 89 students, said it was not necessary to implement a fall break.Many students also said they were in support of a fall break, even if it altered the academic calendar. When asked to choose their top reason for fall break, 85 percent of students surveyed said the break provides an opportunity to de-stress from the semester. Improved academic performance and travel opportunities followed, with 64 percent and 61 percent, respectively.The survey showed that students were willing to accept additional academic days in order to receive a short break in the fall. Geragos noted that the focus of a fall break would be different from other breaks.“This shouldn’t be viewed as a spring break in the fall,” Geragos said. “It is a way for students to compose themselves and take a few days off without schoolwork.”Surveyed students were also more willing to start the academic year earlier than they were to end it later: Fifty percent said they were willing to start earlier, while 40 percent said they would want the fall semester to end later.The Academic Scheduling Committee is currently reviewing a proposal from USG Senate. The proposal consists of starting the eighth week of the fall semester on a Wednesday, giving students Monday and Tuesday.Geragos said the proposal is advantageous for both the student body and the administration.“I believe this will be a fair compromise between what the students want and the concerns for instructional days,” Geragos said.Geragos said throughout the process, faculty and school officials have consistently understood the student benefits of a break in the fall, recognizing the need for students to re-evaluate during the given time.Some students, such as Rachel Kohn, a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism, said fall break would have academic benefits.“It is a time for students to take a break from the schedule and get back into the swing of things,” Kohn said. “It is a regular thing on the East Coast, and I was surprised when I got out here and there was not one.”And Abi Oseni, a freshman majoring in business administration, said a fall break would simply give students an opportunity to relax during the long fall semester.“A fall break is a great idea,” Oseni said. “It would provide students with a much needed break during the semester. A lot of my friends at other schools have a break during the fall semester, and USC should do the same.”Some students, however, said pre-existing breaks are enough.“Honestly, two days is not that big of a difference for me. I would just do the full week at Thanksgiving,” said Mitchell Diesko, a sophomore majoring in political science and international relations and global business. “I am not going to argue with two days.”Others, including Elizabeth Henry, a junior majoring in philosophy and minoring in linguistics, said squabbling over the exact number of days for a fall break is unnecessary.“I would take any break over no break. A break is a break,” Henry said. “In the spring semester, we get those days off and I can work with that.”Geragos said though the implementation of a fall break has yet to be approved or determined, more information on committee decisions will come in the following weeks. Any final proposal will have to be approved by Provost Elizabeth Garrett.last_img read more