Friday 4th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 4, 2019 by bishshat

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Tranmere 0 Spurs 7

Spurs advance to FA Cup fourth round thanks to Fernando Llorente’s hat-trick.
Heung-Min Son was in irrepressible form for the visitors at Prenton Park, as Harry Kane came off the bench to score as well. The visitors found it tough going at Prenton Park for the opening 40 minutes, but went ahead through a moment of magic.

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It was the unlikely figure of Serge Aurier who scored it, producing an unstoppable effort from 25 yards that saw the ball swerve dramatically in the air before finding the top corner with five minutes of the first half still to play.

The lead was doubled after the break through Llorente, but it was the irrepressible Hueng-Min Son who was at the heart of things.

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The winger again drove at the defence before cutting it back from inside the box to allow the striker an easy tap-in.

Lucas was denied a penalty moments later after racing through on goal and getting a touch to the ball, but the onrushing Davies made contact with his outstretched foot on the ball and was rightly rewarded for a brave effort.

Aurier added his second with a powerful effort from close range on the angle to effectively finish the game.

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It was three goals in eight minutes when Son waltzed through the defence before slotting in with his left foot as Spurs begin to cut loose.

Oliver Skipp found Llorente with a fine, defence-splitting pass in the 71st minute for him to add his second, and he cleverly flicked in for his hat-trick moments later after Lucas had time to pick his man out with a low ball from the left.

Harry Kane completed the rout after coming off the bench. Captain for the evening Dele Alli played a perfectly weighted ball through for the England captain to flick the ball over the despairing Scott Davies.

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Thursday 3rd January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 3, 2019 by bishshat

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Tuesday 1st January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 1, 2019 by bishshat

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”Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.”

Guillaume Apollinaire 

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Cardiff 0 Spurs 3

Spurs climbed back into second place in the Premier League table with an easy 3-0 win over Cardiff. First-half goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son set Spurs on their way to their 10th away victory of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino was keen for his side to bounce back after the shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves at the weekend and it didn’t take long for a response.

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Just three minutes into the game, Kieran Trippier whipped in a dangerous cross which Cardiff failed to clear and there was Kane to bundle it home, albeit somewhat fortuitously. But there was nothing lucky about the second goal just nine minutes later. Son found Eriksen on the edge the box and being allowed the freedom of the city, Eriksen coolly slotted into the far corner.

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It was game, set and match before the half-hour mark when Kane threaded a pass through to Son, and with a clever turn he found the far corner. The second half was more of a training exercise for the away side, with Cardiff unable to respond despite the introduction of Junior Hoilett at the break.

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Son did have a chance to grab a second after being set up by Kane again but Neil Etheridge made a smart block to keep the score respectable.

Sunday 30th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 31, 2018 by bishshat

Seahawks 27 Cardinals 24

Seahawks sneak past Cardinals to sew up No. 5 NFC playoff seed, and a wild-card game at Dallas. Some way, somehow, the Cardinals always play the Seahawks close late in the season, and Sunday was no exception. But a game-winning field goal earned Seattle a 27-24 win and a playoff trip to Dallas.

The best news about the playoffs for the Seattle Seahawks, which begin with a game Saturday night in Dallas?

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But while Arizona officially was the worst team in the NFL this season, finishing 3-13 and getting the No. 1 choice in the 2019 NFL draft, you’d have never known it by how they played against the Seahawks this season in two games that each went down to the final play. That included the regular-season finale Sunday, which Seattle won 27-24 on a 33-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time ran out.

At Arizona in September, Janikowski hit a 52-yard field goal on the final play to lift Seattle to a 20-17 victory.

Reverse each, and Seattle could have been stuck with an 8-8 record and sitting home for the playoffs instead of heading for a date against America’s Team on Saturday night, a contest that will kick off at 5:15 p.m.

But then, this has been that kind of season for Seattle, especially in the division — five of Seattle’s six games against NFC West foes were decided in the final possession or overtime.

And if you worried that the seemingly shoddy showing Sunday portends negatively for the playoffs, the Seahawks themselves said to not stress too much.

The game ultimately didn’t matter when it came to the postseason — Seattle would have been the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of the result.

And as Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said, reminding all that the Cardinals had won in Seattle the previous three years: “Every time we play Arizona it’s always a battle. It’s always something crazy with Arizona. We know that and understand that.’’

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They also knew that there were two big reasons for what would have been one of the most embarrassing defeats of the Pete Carroll era: three big special-teams breakdowns and the worst performance of the season by an offensive line that featured only two regular starters in their usual spots.

Both issues are fixable, the Seahawks say. And the good news is that the Seahawks expect the offensive line to be whole again for the game Saturday against the Cowboys.

“We should be back to pretty good shape next week in Dallas,’’ Carroll said of the offensive line.

That means J.R. Sweezy back at left guard, D.J. Fluker back at right guard and Germain Ifedi again at right tackle.

Sunday, Sweezy sat out with a foot injury suffered last week against Kansas City. But Carroll said after the game Sunday that Sweezy is expected back against the Cowboys. Fluker sat out with a hamstring injury. Carroll said Fluker who went through a rigorous pregame workout could have played but Seattle decided to hold him out.

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With their two starting guards out, Seattle decided to move Ifedi from tackle to guard and leave George Fant at right tackle, with Ethan Pocic playing left guard.

Seattle’s offensive line has thrived this season with Fluker and Sweezy providing a physical and veteran presence inside.

But with those two out, things were a mess, especially against a defensive front that is about the only good thing Arizona has going for it.
The result was six sacks of Russell Wilson tying season-highs set in the first two games before the Sweezy-Fluker guard combination came to fruition — and a running game that gained 182 yards, but had just 63 yards on 16 carries in the first half before Chris Carson’s 61-yard run in the third quarter got things back on track a bit.

“We had trouble with the pass protection today,’’ Carroll said. “We had some trouble with line calls, line stunts and things that they were doing. A couple pressures we didn’t identify well.’’

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That there were new players in new spots was an obvious reason, and it was why no one seemed too concerned.

Still, Ifedi said he also hopes it’s a wakeup call heading into the playoffs.

“We have to be better,’’ Ifedi said. “It’s unacceptable. We can’t give up that type of pressure versus any team, better yet a team with three wins on the year. It’s not good. We knew what they were going to throw at us. We knew what they were going to be. It was too easy a game plan for us to execute for us to put up that type of performance. We have to be better.’’

More mystifying were the special-teams breakdowns — a deflected Michael Dickson punt that led to a touchdown in the second quarter, a 45-yard punt return that led to a field goal in the second quarter, and then a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown that tied the game in the third quarter.

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“We could have lost the game today just because of that,’’ Carroll said of all the special-teams breakdowns.

Fortunately, the defense held Arizona to 198 yards — the second-fewest Seattle has allowed this season, the lowest being 185 by the Raiders in London — while the offense made just enough plays at the most critical times.

After falling behind 3-0 early, Seattle scored on two consecutive drives to take a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. One score came on a Wilson touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett that was the 126th of his career setting a Seattle franchise record – and the 35th of the season, setting a Seahawks single-season record.

Then, after Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez hit a 55-yard field goal with 1:49 left to tie the game and potentially force overtime, the Seahawks drove 60 yards in eight plays to set up Janikowski’s game-winner.

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The key play was a 37-yard pass from Wilson to Lockett, with Wilson evading a rush a constant task on this day – and Lockett sneaking behind the defense on a designed post route.

It was the 27th time in Wilson’s career he led a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Wilson said he thought there was a positive in coming through at the end one more time heading into the playoffs, though, he acknowledged, “We wish the game was better. We wish that we had played better throughout the game.’’

But that doesn’t matter now, with the Seahawks one of 12 teams left, all with clean slates.

Seattle beat visiting Dallas 24-13 in Week 3, a game that sparked a streak of 10 victories in the final 14 weeks to give the Seahawks a 10-win season for the sixth time in the past seven years. But Dallas, likewise, finished strong, winning seven of its past eight to shake off a 3-5 start and win the NFC East at 10-6, bolstered by the midseason acquisition of receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders.

“I don’t care who we are playing — you get a chance in the playoffs, that’s all you need,’’ said Seattle left tackle Duane Brown. “We have a team we are familiar with that we have played already, so that’s always good.

“I think they are a better team than the first time we played them but I think we are, as well. I think everybody in here knows the postseason is a different speed than the regular season. So it’s going to be a good one.’’

Saturday 29th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 29, 2018 by bishshat

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Spurs 1 Wolves 3 

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid Spurs! Wolves came from behind to earn a stunning 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, dealing a hammer blow to Spurs’ title credentials.

After a slow start, Harry Kane celebrated being awarded an MBE this week with a sensational strike to break the deadlock 22 minutes in – his 13th goal of the season, taking him level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League Golden Boot race.

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Spurs appeared to have overindulged across the festive period as they struggled to find any rhythm early on, but their shooting from distance was on point, with Rui Patricio brilliantly saving from Christian Eriksen before Kane went one better moments later.

The England striker carried the ball down the right flank, cut inside onto his left before arrowing an effort into the net from 25 yards, leaving Patricio with no chance.

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Son Hueng-Min then went close with another excellent from range as Spurs remained in command until the interval. After the break, Wolves stepped up the tempo but struggled to create any real chances of note, with Spurs happy to sit back and take their foot off the gas. That tactic proved foolish, as Boly climbed highest to head Joao Moutinho’s corner into the net to equalise. It got worse for Spurs late on as Jimenez picked up a pass from Ivan Cavaleiro, who span on the spot, before guiding a fine finish past Hugo Lloris to turn the match on its head.

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Costa’s 87th-minute finish, having latched on to an intricate through ball from Matt Doherty, completed the win for Wolves, as doubts over Spurs’ longevity in this Premier League title race reared their head once again.

Thursday 27th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 28, 2018 by bishshat

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Oliver was in The Field on 22nd May 2016 inside his mom. Today he was in The field for a second time but I feel it is really his first time.

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A Little Kiss

Gillian Hills

Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss kiss, Zou kiss kiss, my God they are sweet
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss kiss, Zou kiss kiss, the sound of kisses
In the bushes under the sky of August
Lovers slip wolf
Like birds, they have an appointment
We hear it everywhere
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss Kiss,
my God they are sweet
But tell me, do you know,
what does it mean between us,
What does “Zou kiss” mean?
It means I admit it to you
But yes I do not like you
Zou kiss Kiss
Zou kiss, my God it’s sweet
But you do not need the bushes of August
When you kiss me gently in the neck
Because it’s curious you see I confess
It makes me everywhere zou kiss kiss
Zou kiss kiss little kisses!

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Wednesday 26th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 26, 2018 by bishshat

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To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!

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La Marseillaise

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

Que veut cette horde d’esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C’est nous qu’on ose méditer
De rendre à l’antique esclavage!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Quoi! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi! Ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers! (bis)
Grand Dieu! Par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Tremblez, tyrans et vous perfides
L’opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez! vos projets parricides
Vont enfin recevoir leurs prix! (bis)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S’ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Portez ou retenez vos coups!
Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
À regret s’armant contre nous. (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!

Aux armes, citoyens …

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

Aux armes, citoyens …

(Couplet des enfants)[16]
Nous entrerons dans la carrière
Quand nos aînés n’y seront plus,
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
Et la trace de leurs vertus (bis)
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre

Aux armes, citoyens …

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Spurs 5 Bournemouth 0

Spurs have moved above Manchester City into second after a second demolition job in just four days, dispatching Bournemouth 5-0 on Boxing Day.

Having left it late against Burnley in their last home game, Spurs took no chances as a brace from Heung-min Son around goals from Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane made it 11 goals in two games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Eriksen and Son benefited from a deflection and an individual error early on, but from there Spurs never looked back.

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Lucas has had somewhat of a mixed bag so far this season, with goals against Manchester United and Barcelona dotted between indifferent performances but was on the money to snatch a well-taken goal against the Cherries. Kane looked quiet in the first half but, as is almost always the case, was never in doubt of having his moment to keep the accelerator on in the second half before Son rounded out another fine performance as Bournemouth dallied at the back.

Spurs took control of the early stages, but in a dampened Wembley atmosphere they were doing little with the ball, moving it slowly across the back as Bournemouth held their shape well.

The hosts were jolted into life not once but twice when Howe’s side went close, first through Fraser who was left unmarked as Simon Francis clipped a cross over from the touchline, though the Scotsman could only find the back of Junior Stanislas with his header. Moments later David Brooks beat the Spurs back line to latch onto a perfectly timed ball from Jefferson Lerma, though the 21-year-old could not get quite enough on the ball in order to lift it over Hugo Lloris.

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Luck, it would seem, was on Spurs side. Having escaped an early goal at one end, Lerma was involved again as, after Eriksen found space 20-yards from goal, the Dane’s seemingly innocuous effort clipped the Colombian and completely wrong-footed Asmir Begovic before nestling in the bottom right.

With such a hectic schedule, Spurs would be forgiven for easing off having taken a comfortable lead, but Pochettino’s side are in no mood to let slip any ground on the title contenders, and goal difference could well be vital come the end of the season. It was Walker-Peters, making the most of his first Premier League start of the campaign, causing trouble again as, from a wonderful looping Harry Winks ball, he crossed first time into the path of Lucas Moura, the Brazilian perfectly positioned to sweep the ball home and seal all three points before the break.

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Things got worse for Bournemouth after Francis, Howe’s only fit right-back, was stretched off with what looked a serious knee injury, receiving a standing ovation from the 45,154 here as he made his way down the tunnel.

Lloris, playing on his 32nd birthday, had seen little action but showed he’s lost no agility with another year reacting well to palm away a header from Daniels on the brink of halftime.

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Whether at White Hart Lane or Wembley, Spurs hit form this time of the year and, after the result at Everton and having been thrust into the title conversation, they fully intended to show that it was very much the case this season in the second half. With such a hectic schedule to come, many sides would be forgiven for packing up when three clear and riding the game out. Tottenham, though, stuck to it.

Having spent the first 45 minutes dropping deep and looking to feed the speedy Son and Lucas, Kane decided to get in on the act, slipping through the Bournemouth back four to finish first time following a lofted ball over the top from Eriksen.

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Pochettino’s side may have moved above Pep Guardiola’s on points, but there is a long way to go on goal difference, and they know it. The Spurs boss neglected to rest his star forwards, with Kane, Eriksen and Son all staying on well past the necessary time to take the points here, and it paid off. Kane could have had a second when he beat Nathan Ake to get in at the near post, but couldn’t keep on his balance and had to bounce back from the turf before laying it to Lucas. The forward took a touch and fired at Begovic, who palmed his effort to the feet of Son, who kept his calm, found space and made it five.

City will bounce back, that is inevitable, but as they waver and Liverpool continue to pick up points, Spurs seem more than happy to quietly impress in the background as we witness something which seemed impossible a month ago, a three horse race for the title.