With surgical precision, New England Patriots cause a whole lot of pain

first_imgAnd the rest of the NFL writhes in pain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Tom Brady celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — There’s something surgical about the Patriots’ dynasty that has made the rest of the NFL reel for nearly two decades.They are 6-3 in Super Bowls in Bill Belichick’s reign and with Tom Brady doing the clutch work. Yet the overall points for those games, dating to 2002, stand at 215 for New England, 201 for the opposition.ADVERTISEMENT No blowouts.They began this unprecedented run using a bruising defense that turned the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf into a tentative outfit that at times looked intimidated 17 years ago. On Sunday night, they brought it all full circle with a masterful defensive performance that humbled the Rams once more, even more so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Patriots take down opponents in the most painful ways, whether in shootouts like against Carolina and Atlanta, or in comebacks — Atlanta again, and Seattle. While it’s always foolish to get into a tit-for-tat scoring binge with Brady, the 13-3 victory over Los Angeles proved the Pats can do the dirty work, win in the trenches and still survive.It’s maddening for the rest of the NFL. It’s maddening for so much of America that wants to see someone — anyone else — shut down this show. It leads to Patriots haters noting that one of the worst officiating errors in NFL history cost the rightful NFC champions, the Saints, a shot at New England. Or that coin tosses have handed the Patriots the ball in a Super Bowl and a conference title game overtime, and eventually they were lifting the Lombardi Trophy. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ NASCAR tries to end slide with push for more exciting racing Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ One thing they never do is back off. In their losses to the Giants and Eagles in the Super Bowl, the Patriots remained aggressive. So did the opponent, though, and New York and Philadelphia simply made more key plays. Perhaps only one more key play, but that was enough.When the Seahawks and Falcons lifted off the accelerator — or made unwise strategic moves — New England swooped in.The decisive drive in the fourth quarter Sunday night was typical of the clinical manner in which they keep winning. Sloppy, particularly on third downs, and even a tad frustrated by the 3-3 score, they put together a classic drive: five plays, four of them passes, for 69 yards, capped by rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard touchdown run.Brady went to his meal tickets and they ate up an LA defense that had been relatively staunch. An 18-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, followed by 13 yards to game MVP Julian Edelman.Then a 7-yarder to Rex Burkhead led to a play that causes every defensive coordinator to lose sleep: Gronk going deep and overpowering as well as outreaching defenders — in this case double coverage — for 29 yards to the 2.Once Michel scored, it seemed inevitable the Rams would find nothing but disappointment the rest of the way.Leave it to Gronkowski to sum up what at some points looked like a so-so season for the Patriots. Yet there they were, at the summit again.“I’ll tell you this, it was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” said the star tight end who just might have played his last game; he’s contemplating retirement, as he did last year before returning. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now. That was our identity; wear the other team out.“We weren’t making big, flashy plays all the time … but we stuck together, we grinded, ran the ball.“Now we’re Super Bowl champions, we’re world champions.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No matter where football fans outside the New England base turn, however, the finish often hurts.Why?Wide receiver Chris Hogan, who has been to Super Bowls in all three of his seasons in New England, explains it well.“We have been in these situations so many times before in big games and we don’t really blink,” Hogan said. “We practice these situations, we run these situations, we know how to execute in these situations — that is what it comes down to. Four-minute drives and trying to end a football game, take care of the ball, run blocking and doing all of the fundamentals when it really counts. And we have been in this situation before and it just helps.”The Patriots have been in every position before. So when they need to rely on Brady to light up the scoreboard, they can. And if the game environment calls for grinding it out, they can.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Tottenham’s lethal Kane kills off Arsenal again

first_imgIt was the Tottenham striker’s seventh goal in seven league games against the club who rejected him as a youngster.Kane’s latest heroics also made it sweet revenge for Tottenham after they were beaten at Arsenal earlier this season.Harry Kane celebrates scoring the only goal of the north London derby alongside Spurs’ Dele Alli at Wembley on Saturday. Photo/DAILY MAILIn the first north London derby at Wembley for 25 years, Tottenham extended their recent mastery over Arsenal, who have won only once in the last eight league meetings with their hated neighbours.Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine league matches and remain in a good position to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.In stark contrast, this was another dispiriting day for Arsenal in a season already marred by too many painful moments.Arsenal’s first defeat in 10 visits to Wembley is a huge blow to their hopes of returning to the Champions League.Jack Wilshere evades the challenge of Dembele and drives forward with the ball but neither side found the net in the first half. Photo/DAILY MAILThe Gunners, winless in 16 Premier away league games against the top five, fell seven points behind Tottenham and are six adrift of the top four.From the start, it was clear Tottenham would be the aggressors in the latest meeting between these eternal rivals in front of a Premier League record crowd of 83,222.Kane’s clever flick sent Dele Alli racing clear and  when he whipped over a low cross, Shkodran Mustafi poked an attempted clearance towards his own goal, forcing Petr Cech to plunge to his right to spare his team-mate’s blushes.That incisive raid was part of a sustained spell of early pressure from Tottenham.Adopting an unusually cautious approach, Arsenal were rendered impotent for long periods, leaving club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chasing lost causes.– Potent Tottenham –Eriksen makes his way down the touchline with the ball at his feet while Monreal tries to battle him for possession at Wembley. Photo/DAILY MAILKane wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring midway through the first half when he headed over from Christian Eriksen’s pin-point cross.Hector Bellerin made a well-timed burst onto Mesut Ozil’s pass, but despite being in acres of spaces, the Arsenal defender couldn’t keep his long-range effort on target.It was a miscue in keeping with Arsenal’s failure to find their rhythm as new signings Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled to replicate last weekend’s dazzling displays against Everton.Pochettino’s team were doing all the pressing and were finally rewarded in the 49th minute.Alexandre Lacazette had the chance to make Tottenham pay for missing chances but wasted Arsenal’s best opportunity in the dying seconds of the North London derby© IKIMAGES/AFP Ian KINGTONWhen Ben Davies swung over a dangerous cross, Kane who reacted quickest, showing more desire than Laurent Koscielny as he towered above the Arsenal defender to guide a fine header past Cech.Kane’s 32nd club goal of the season — his eighth in his last seven games — shifted the momentum even further toward Tottenham and the England striker should have doubled his team’s lead when he stooped to head wide from Kieran Trippier’s cross.Arsenal had no answer to Kane’s muscular presence and clever movement and he forced a good save from Cech with a stinging drive from the edge of the area.Cech had to be at his best again moments later to tip over an Eriksen free-kick curling towards the top corner.Alexandre Lacazette almost levelled the scores at the death when he raced in on goal and fired a shot past Lloris. Photo/DAILY MAILThe anonymous Mkhitaryan was hauled off after 65 minutes before Arsenal at last had a shot on target when Jack Wilshere’s long range effort tested Hugo Lloris.However, it was Tottenham who remained the more potent force and Alli clipped a good chance wide before Cech saved well from Erik Lamela and Trippier.Cech had kept Arsenal in the game and in the final seconds they could have snatched an undeserved point.But, extending his current miserable form, France striker Alexandre Lacazette scuffed wide with just Lloris to beat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham were waseful, but Harry Kane headed the only goal they needed to beat Arsenal© IKIMAGES/AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Harry Kane tormented Arsenal again as the Tottenham striker’s clinical finish sealed a 1-0 win in the north London derby at Wembley on Saturday.Kane’s header early in the second half gave Tottenham the victory their enterprising display deserved as Mauricio Pochettino’s side climbed to third in the Premier League.last_img read more

Marseille eye summer swoop for Tottenham flop

first_img1 Benjamin Stambouli in action for Tottenham Marseille are eyeing up a summer swoop for Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.The Frenchman only joined Spurs last summer, arriving from Montpellier for around £5m after impressing in Ligue 1.However since then the 24-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular spot in Tottenham’s first-team.That has alerted Marseille who, according to RMC, have contacted Tottenham regarding a possible move this summer.Marseille president Vincent Labrune is said to have held a meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in which Stambouli’s future was discussed.The midfielder’s hometown club tried to sign him before he moved to White Hart Lane last summer and they remain hopeful they can finally lure him to the Stade Velodrome.last_img read more

‘Liverpool need a new accountant!’ Fans can’t believe how much Sadio Mane cost

first_img The fee for Sadio Mane could rise to £36m Liverpool have done their first bit of business of the summer by bringing in Southampton’s Sadio Mane for a fee that could rise up to £36m.Mane becomes the latest to move from the south coast club to Merseyside after the likes of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert made the same move in previous seasons.Liverpool have paid Southampton around £95m in transfer fees for those players but social media cannot believe how much they’ve agreed to pay for the Senegalese forward.See below for the best reactions to the huge £36m fee Mane has signed for! 1last_img read more

Council won’t trash dump plan

first_imgCity leaders pledged Friday to divert 600 tons of trash daily from Sunshine Canyon Landfill within a year – but they still have to persuade the dump’s owner not to hike trash rates if they do. The City Council has four days before it must decide whether to renew the city’s five-year, $157 million contract with Browning-Ferris Industries, which has promised to raise its rates unless its Sunshine Canyon Landfill gets all the city’s trash. BFI officials have refused the city’s request to reopen negotiations, frustrating city leaders who expressed shock that the company would not at least meet with its biggest customer. “There should be no vendor we deal with – when you’re talking about multimillions of dollars potentially over the next several years – that they refuse to talk to the city of Los Angeles. That is something that is unacceptable,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who sought a meeting with BFI earlier in the week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane said the company extended its contract deadline by eight months in order to give city officials a chance to study landfill alternatives and revise the contract. “Throughout the process we have shown nothing but respect for the council and good faith,” Loughnane said in a phone interview. “For the city to wait to the last moment and demand significant changes is not fair.” The city’s current contract with BFI requires Los Angeles to send all its trash to the Granada Hills landfill in order to qualify for the price of $25 per ton, which totals $29 million per year. BFI says if the city sends some trash to other landfills, the per-ton price could jump to $45. In addition to higher rates to BFI, the city would have to pay higher rates to other companies to haul the trash to more remote landfills they own in Kings and Riverside counties. The additional money would come from the same fund that pays for such services as policing and street repair, making it difficult for the City Council to follow through on its pledge to send 600 tons elsewhere next year. The council voted last year to adopt a policy to reduce the amount of waste going to Sunshine Canyon by 600 tons per day or 17 percent in the first year, with more reductions each over five years until the city no longer uses the landfill. If BFI refuses to renegotiate the contract and it costs millions more to send trash elsewhere, the City Council will have decide whether to fulfill its pledge to adhere to the policy. “We have a really tough decision to make if this doesn’t work out the way we want it to,” City Council President Eric Garcetti said. The policy was part of Councilman Greig Smith’s RENEW LA plan to reduce the city’s dependence on urban landfills in favor of developing more recycling programs and trash-to-energy technology. “I think this is a good solution. It’s not a perfect solution. In a perfect world we would close Sunshine Canyon Landfill tomorrow, if there was a legal way to do that,” Smith said. The council motion “maintains the policy statement as our guiding light that we will get out of Sunshine Canyon over a period of five years as promised to the North Valley and as promised to the San Fernando Valley.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Camp open house for ailing children

first_imgLAKE HUGHES – Up in the mountains between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley, in the town of Lake Hughes, there is an oasis for some very special people. Today, the gates will open at The Painted Turtle Camp for its second annual Open House from 1 to 4 p.m., welcoming children with special needs and their families for a peek behind the scenes of this camp, which serves those with all sorts of medical problems and is the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Located at the site of a former recreational vehicle park, the 178-acre campus was renovated by architect Michael Palladino to the tune of $28 million and dedicated in May 2004. The camp may look like any other summer camp – activities include horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, paddle boats and games in a barnlike gymnasium – because it is configured to mask the medical necessities that make it possible for every child to have fun experiences, regardless of his or her abilities. carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Campers scheduled to attend in 2006 include children who have arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease or colitis, diabetes, hemophilia, kidney disease and transplants, liver transplants, skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism) and spina bifida. The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes is the sixth in a series of Hole In The Wall Gang camps started by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Funds raised through his Newman’s Own brand of foods provided much of the start-up funding for the camps, which are now supported by a variety of foundations, individuals and corporations. The Los Angeles Lakers donated the gymnasium floor. Celebrities hold bingo nights or stage special readings to raise money for the camps. Doctors and nurses donate their skills to the camp, which runs spring and summer programs that are sometimes disease-specific. Sessions also include family weekend programs and medical seminars. For directions to the camp, visit their Web site at www.thepaintedturtle.org. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 last_img read more

Picture Special: Hundreds step up for local causes at 10th Annual Wind Farm Walk

first_imgAround 750 people braved the rain to walk through SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal yesterday for the company’s 10th annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk.The walkers, representing 44 local community groups and bodies, completed a 15km route across a stunning rolling landscape between the two wind farms. Every year, participants raise vital funding for community groups in areas including Ballybofey, Cloghan, Convoy, Curragh, Drumkeen, Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Finn Valley.Pupils and teachers from Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Atha Móir, CloghanThrough SSE Airtricity’s Community Fund programme, the money raised by the participating groups is topped-up by annual payments from the company. SSE Airtricity’s Community Fund Sponsored Walk is celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary this year, with community groups receiving around €600,000 in funding to date. Despite the disappointing weather, participants enjoyed views of some of Donegal’s most scenic landmarks, including Mount Errigal and Barnesmore Gap, as well as the outskirts of Letterkenny town. The walkers also had the opportunity to get up close with a number of the 63 wind turbines at the two wind farms.82 years old Tony Gallinagh, Ballybofey SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in Ireland.Meentycat and the adjoining Culliagh Wind Farm near Lifford generate over 100MW of renewable energy combined.  Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said:“We were delighted to have such a strong turnout for the 10th year of the walk, particularly considering the weather! It’s always an enjoyable day for all involved and the money raised gives a great boost to so many local groups. At SSE Airtricity, we’re proud to make a positive difference to the communities closest to our wind farms.”“Through our Community Fund programme and related events like this, we aim to contribute to the sustainable development of local groups and projects.” All photography by Clive Wasson.Picture Special: Hundreds step up for local causes at 10th Annual Wind Farm Walk was last modified: September 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeycommunity fund programmeculliaghmeentycatsse airtricitywind farm walklast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL artist is suing the makers of the hit RTE TV series ‘Love/Hate’ claiming a breach of copyright.The Dublin gangland crime drama has featured three of Kevin Sharkey’s works during the first two series of the drama.The paintings could be seen hanging in the luxury apartment of crime boss John Boy, played by Aidan Gillen. They were also on view as several characters were filmed taking drugs for the series.Sharkey’s solicitor Joseph O’Malley confirmed that artist Kevin has filed for damages against Octagon Films and RTE with the High Court.Mr O’Malley said the legal action related to an alleged “infringement of copyright and a consequential claim for damages.”“I love what I have seen of ‘Love/Hate’ so far and my decision to pursue the producers is purely a legal matter,” said Sharkey who has complained that his art is being used in the series. “Having my work portrayed as liked by a dangerous killer and drug addict is the problem. It might seem cool to the lads in Ballymun, but they don’t buy my paintings.” DONEGAL ARTIST TO SUE ‘LOVE/HATE’ TV SHOW was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:artistKevin SharkeyLove/HateRTElast_img read more

Gardai investigate claims of alleged sex assault

first_imgGardai are investigating reports of an alleged sexual assault in Letterkenny today.The alleged incident happened at apartments on the High Road.Gardai and an ambulance, as well as members of the Garda forensics team, were seen entering an apartment block just after 1 pm. Despite the Garda presence, a spokesman for the Garda press office said they had no official reports of a sexual assault.Gardai investigate claims of alleged sex assault was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennysex assaultlast_img read more