first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins’ path to the playoffs is getting a boost on the road.Max Kepler hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the AL Central-leading Twins topped the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday.The Twins have gone 6-1 in the first seven games of a 10-game road trip. They are now 5 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland in the division heading into a three-games series at Boston starting tonight.Twins starter Jake Odorizzi allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter. AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is hopeful running back Kene Nwangwu and center Colin Newell will be ready for a September 14th game against Iowa. Nwangwu suffered a hamstring injury in camp and Newell injured a knee in Saturday’s triple overtime win against Northern Iowa.Campbell says Newell’s injury should not be long term.Campbell says if Newell were to miss any games they have the depth to handle his loss.The Cyclones are off this week before hosting Iowa on September 14th. Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (1-0), LW #1 vs 2A #4 Williamsburg2. Solon (1-0), LW #2 vs West Liberty3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (1-0), LW #3 @ Decorah4. North Scott (1-0), LW #4 @ Davenport Central5. Pella (1-0), LW #5 @ #10 Mount Pleasant6. Lewis Central (1-0), LW (X) vs Carlisle7. Norwalk (1-0), LW (X) vs Dallas Center-Grimes8. Davenport Assumption (1-0), LW (X) @ Dubuque Wahlert9. Glenwood (1-0), LW (X) @ Sioux City Heelan10.Mount Pleasant (1-0), LW (X) vs #5 Pella Class 1A1. West Sioux (1-0), LW #1 @ Central Lyon2. Dike-New Hartford (1-0), LW #2 @ Aplington-Parkersburg3. Van Meter (1-0), LW #3 @ #7 Pella Christian4. West Branch (1-0), LW #4 vs Wapello5. West Lyon (1-0), LW #5 @ Sioux Center6. Mediapolis (1-0), LW #7 vs Central Lee7. Pella Christian (0-1), LW #6 vs #3 Van Meter8. South Central Calhoun (1-0), LW #10 vs 2A #8 Carroll Kuemper9. Mount Ayr (1-0), LW #8 @ Interstate-3510.Dyersville Beckman (1-0), LW (X) @ Monticello EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For the fourth consecutive season, the Minnesota Vikings will take a kicker and punter pair into their opener that’s different than the year before. This time, their specialists, kicker Dan Bailey and punter Britton Colquitt, have a combined 17 seasons and counting of NFL experience. Colquitt will also serve as the holder, a role that was one part of the reason the Vikings signed him to replace Matt Wile. Colquitt spent the past three years with Cleveland after six seasons in Denver. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that former Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been signed. Doctson, cut on Saturday by Washington after three underwhelming seasons, will reunite with quarterback Kirk Cousins in Minnesota.The 26-year-old Doctson will essentially replace Laquon Treadwell, who was drafted one spot behind him in the first round at No. 23 in 2016. The Vikings waived Treadwell on Saturday, too, after just three unproductive seasons. Doctson has 81 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns for his career, compared to 56 catches, 517 yards and one score for Treadwell. An Achilles tendon injury on Doctson’s left foot limited his rookie year to two games.Doctson will join Chad Beebe and rookie Olabisi Johnson at the wide receiver spots in Minnesota, backing up standouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Beebe and Thielen were both undrafted players who weren’t signed until emerging from a tryout at rookie minicamp. Johnson was a seventh-round draft pick this year, and Diggs was a fifth-round selection in 2015. Class 2A1. Waukon (1-0), LW #1 @ #3 Crestwood2. Clear Lake (1-0), LW #3 @ Waverly-Shell Rock3. Crestwood (1-0), LW #4 VS #1 Waukon4. Williamsburg (1-0), LW #5 @ 3A #1 Western Dubuque5. Algona (1-0), LW #6 @ Hampton-Dumont6. Des Moines Christian (1-0), LW #7 vs Madrid7. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (0-1), LW #2 vs Western Christian8. Carroll Kuemper (1-0), LW #9 @ 1A #8 South Central Calhoun9. Waterloo Columbus (1-0), LW #10 @ A #10 Hudson10.Greene County (1-0), LW (X) @ Nevada IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the knee injury suffered by star left tackle Alaric Jackson was not as serious as feared. Jackson was injured on Iowa’s second possession in a 38-14 win over Miami of Ohio.The Hawkeyes now set their sights on an early Big Ten opener this weekend when they host Rutgers.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game at 9:00 AM on AM-1300 KGLO Class A1. West Hancock (1-0), LW #1 @ Emmetsburg2. Alta-Aurelia (1-0), LW #2 vs Storm Lake3. Wapsie Valley (1-0), LW #3 @ Denver4. Saint Ansgar (1-0), LW #4 @ Osage5. Edgewood-Colesburg (1-0), LW #6 @ Starmont6. Council Bluffs St. Albert (0-1), LW #5 @ Treynor7. Westwood (Sloan) (1-0), LW (X) @ Riverside (Oakland)8. Wayne (1-0), LW #9 vs Cardinal (Eldon)9. North Tama (1-0), LW (X) @ Lisbon10.Hudson (0-1), LW #7 vs 2A #9 Waterloo Columbus 8-man1. Don Bosco (1-0), LW #1 vs Baxter2. Newell-Fonda (1-0), LW #2 @ Coon Rapids-Bayard3. Fremont-Mills (1-0), LW #3 @ #8 Audubon4. Turkey Valley (1-0), LW #4 vs Gladbrook-Reinbeck5. Remsen St. Mary’s (1-0), LW #5 @ Boyer Valley6. New London (1-0), LW #6 vs Moravia7. Iowa Valley (1-0), LW #8 @ S.E. Warren8. Audubon (1-1), LW #7 vs #3 Fremont-Mills9. Lenox (2-0), LW #10 vs Melcher-Dallas10.Glidden-Ralston (1-0), LW (X) @ River Valley DES MOINES — Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 9/2/19Class 4A1. Dowling Catholic (1-0), LW #1 @ #5 WDM Valley2. Ankeny Centennial (1-0), LW #4 @ Urbandale3. Waukee (0-1), LW #2 vs S.E. Polk4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (1-0), LW #5 @ Linn-Mar5. WDM Valley (1-0), LW #6 vs #1 Dowling Catholic6. Bettendorf (1-0), LW #7 @ #9 Iowa City West7. Cedar Falls (1-0) LW #8 @ Iowa City High8. Ankeny (0-1), LW #9 vs Johnston9. Iowa City West (0-1), LW #3 vs #6 Bettendorf10.Fort Dodge (1-0), LW (X) @ Ameslast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Within weeks of Gov. Kim Reynolds agreeing to allow bars and restaurants to open to customers, Iowa’s two major college towns are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases among young adults.The trend is raising concerns among local health officials and prompting some businesses to again close their doors.Business owners in Iowa have welcomed the governor’s move to end most restrictions that had been imposed over the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but some in Ames and Iowa City now are unsure what to do as cases rise.The cities are home to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, the state’s largest colleges.last_img

first_imgIf these latest accusations of lewd and bad behavior by the Steelers’ franchise quarterback pan out to true, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization should not wait for the NFL, the courts or any other governing body to take action. If the accusations are not valid, leave the man the hell alone. I have grown weary of these reports about all of sorts of shenanigans Big Ben may be involved in, whether they are true or false.Traditionally we all know that a few golf courses and the foliage surrounding them have on more than one occasion served as a temporary latrine for those who have consumed too much liquid for their kidneys and bladders to hold, yours truly included. I have no beef with Big Ben letting it flow. In other words; “wherever he might be, letting his water run free.” Nor do I have an issue with Roethlisberger or any of his cronies singing, gotta go, gotta, go, gotta go, right now. I know all of the lyrics to the song, do you?But hold up. I was on the NBC sports website and the bloggers seem to have had no trouble staying up until after the crack of dusk to trash my main man and his hombres about their “urinary” exploits. Some of these “communicators” seemed a bit anxious and men’s rooms ready themselves. Judging by some of the things they were writing, let’s hope that there were not any “loose” methamphetamines lying around for some of these folk to get a hold of mistaking them for Tylenol.A recent post by Mike Florio said, “We’ve received multiple e-mails over the past two days from folks sharing rumors of a new incident involving Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a body part other than his heart.” Well, at least Mr. Fiorio appeared to be sane. But hold up, this next genius who goes by the handle of “TheRealARod” says:“This is tough. If it was Ben, the problem is people will start crying that he took it out on purpose for the girl (even though I can almost assure you that is not the case), but if it wasn’t him then how hard can you really crack down on him? I mean it isn’t like there are bathrooms out on the golf course. Everyone that has played at least a few rounds has urinated off in the woods somewhere. The real question is whether himself or his friend bothered to go off to an area that they were not likely to be seen or if they just decided to whip it out in the middle of the fairway.” Well, well, well, if this newly discovered celeb is “the real A-Rod,” who is the guy sporting Yankee pinstripes in Gotham City? Also, what is “it” and why would he take “it” out without a purpose? This was not hide and seek. Ready or not here “it” comes.Hey, toms and felines, don’t meow, just listen. Roethlisberger signed an 8-year, $102 million contract with the Steelers. With a 20-game schedule that amounts to $637,500 per game. So if this latest escapade by Ben is the cause for him to serve a six-game suspension instead of four, he stands to lose $1,275,000 for a 15-20 second pee-pee. Analyzing and computing the possible penalty for such an asinine action is that “well water” must be liquid gold and I am not just referring to the color either.Kaz says: “At least now we know why Tomlin hurried up and signed that contract. He knew to get it while he could.” Wow, excuse me for being uniformed but the last time that I looked out the window, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin signed his new contract extension in blood, sweat and tears, not kidney juice. Also, was there some sort of “uriatric” value attached to Tomlin’s deal?Let’s get back to reality. The man upstairs seems to have been partial toward us guys. God gave males and females different body parts for a specific reason. The reason that seems clear to me is for situations such as being on a golf course or standing in a crowded bar or any place that a guy could use quick cover in order to get relief “quick and easy.” Can I get a witness? Or was it because of the apple. No, that could not be it because the liaison with Beelzebub happened after the plumbing had been distributed. Forget our “external plumbing” and all the other exterior physical stuff that we have to deal with on a daily basis. The thing that God gave man that I consider to be most valuable is “common sense.” He made us to be superior and above all of the creatures of the earth so that we may acquire and maintain a higher moral standard. Money or lack of cannot or should not pollute or distort our moral and ethical values, especially if those values truly existed in the first place.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pitsburgh­courier.com or 412-583-6741.) Just when I thought that I had heard and written about all the negative Ben Roethlisberger stories I could stomach, there is another alleged tale of “anatomical woe” that has been attributed to the beleaguered quarterback.last_img read more

first_imgThere were cross country races and dirt jams at the Rosemont Bike Park, a parade and criterium races Saturday evening on Baker Street and, of course, the big wind up Sunday at the former Morning Mountain Ski Hill in Blewett.The Nelson Daily attended a few of the events, with camera in hand, to document some of the happenings.As soon as organizers get us results, The Nelson Daily will have them posted.For now, take a gander at the Fat Tire Fest gallery.sports@thenelsondaily.com The 2011 Fat Tire Festival kicked off Friday and never stopped during the weekend as riders young and old tested their skills at a variety of events.last_img

first_imgAmerican boxer Rashid Stevens made a successful start to his professional boxing career last Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he scored an easy victory over Jamaica’s Camion Goldson in the penultimate round of the preliminaries of the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 competition. Judges Lindell Allen and Peter Richards voted 49-46 for Stevens, while judge Owen Nelson scored it 50-45. Stevens was the second boxer from the USA team to make it to the next round and joins Demarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley in the mix. Boxers from the Caribbean team have won the other five places in the quarter finals that have been competed for to date. The preliminaries will end next week. Stevens came to fight, but Goldson seemed overwhelmed by the occasion because he, too, was making his professional debut. He forgot that to win a fight, the most important thing is to score points with punches to the target area. He did not do so enough and therefore lost the fight. Stevens started out quickly and showed good ring sense. Fighting from a south-paw stance, he moved a lot and scored with flurries to body and head. He made it difficult for Goldson to land any punches, and the Jamaican was not creative enough to find a way in. In the second round, Goldson was able to shorten the range and landed some good shots to the body of his opponent. There were some good exchanges in this round, and Goldson finished in a very positive way to take the honours. It turned out to be the only round that he would win. By the third round, a very confident and poised Stevens took control of the fight and scored with quick flurries to the head and body. His combinations were good, and Goldson just could not manage to launch a sustained attack. Stevens kept building momentum and cruised through the next two rounds comfortably as a somewhat bewildered Goldson could simply find no answers. It turned out to be as one-sided affair as the scores showed. After next week’s bout, the boxers will be seeded and the top four will select their opponents by using a draw. There should be some interesting matches in the next round as the boxers fight for the places that will earn them the major prize money. The winner will take home the Contender 2016 title and $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000.last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberian Senate at its 50th sitting Thursday, August 7, voted by consensus to hold a special extraordinary session today, Friday, beginning at 12 noon to deliberate on the communication from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, informing that body about her decision to declare a state of emergency in order to adequately address the Ebola epidemic.The issue of the State of Emergency, which was not on the proposed agenda for Thursday’s sitting, was, however, placed there after Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley had informed his colleagues that he and House Speaker Alex Tyler were informed earlier by President Sirleaf about her intention to declare a state of emergency in the wake of the widening spread of the epidemic.“Five days ago, the President called the Speaker and me to inform us of her intention to declare a State of Emergency. After the consultation, the Speaker, the President and I agreed on her declaring a State of Emergency. We have received a communication a few minutes ago on the State of Emergency she declared…”Senator Findley informed his colleagues that the President acted in line with Article 86 (A) & (B) of the Constitution, and that her communication to the Senate was based on Article 88.According to said Article, “The President shall, immediately upon the declaration of a State of Emergency, but not later than seven days thereafter, lay before the Legislature at its regular session or at a specially convened session, the facts and circumstances leading to such declaration.The Legislature shall within seventy-two hours, by joint resolution voted by two-thirds of the membership of each house, decide whether the proclamation of a State of Emergency is justified or whether the measures taken thereunder are appropriate. If the two-thirds vote is not obtained, the State of Emergency automatically shall be revoked.Where the Legislature shall deem it necessary to revoke the State of Emergency or to modify the measures taken thereunder, the President shall act accordingly and immediately carry out the decisions of the Legislature.”Pro Tempore Findley, who called for motion to hold the extraordinary session today, Friday, said it was necessary for all 30 senators to be present for the deliberation, based on the important nature of reasons given for the State of Emergency.There are indications that one of the sticky areas for the senators’ deliberations will center around the free movement of citizens, considering the fact that many Liberians live on what is commonly called hand-to- mouth.Some senators are expected to suggest that instead of restricting the movement of people from one location to another, daily testing centers must be established for those commuting from one location to another, and those found to be suspected as carriers of the Ebola virus must be stopped and quarantined.Majority of the senators, however, are expected to place emphasis on the availability of food in areas that will be quarantined during the period of the State of Emergency.One senator was heard warning his colleagues that if the nutritional condition of people in areas that will be quarantined is not addressed, he fears another crisis would follow after the Ebola. “Ebola is a disease that thrives on poverty.”With few but, rather very important amendments, the State of Emergency is expected to receive overwhelming concurrence.    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_imgNew Welterweight Champion Duncan Wilson says he kept to his game plan in the cage and gave credit for his win to Fivestar trainers and organizers that helped him prepare for the bout.“It went as planned. He felt pretty strong and he was a tough game guy but I handled him on the ground and handled him on the feet. I was really happy. I put a lot of work into this camp more than I ever have,” he explains. “I had a lot of help from a lot of key guys. Darren Robson worked my muay-thai and Paul Rosborough and Justin Donally with Fivestar and my training partner was Brad [Stewart]. It just all came together really well.”The fight for Wilson was his first in the Welterweight weight class at 170 pounds after previously competing at 185 pounds. He says he felt much more comfortable in the new weight class and plans on sticking with it going forward.- Advertisement -“It feels great. It was a lot of extra work but it all came together really well. It feels that much better, that much sweeter to put that extra work in and have it work out and get that title,” he states. “The cut to 170 went well because I put in the work and did everything right. It felt better than I thought it would and this is where I’m going to stay at 170.”Brad Stewart faced his share of obstacles in his Middleweight Title defence against Cody Krahn. A previous injury to his rib was hit making it pop out on his left side. The injury was of concern to the point that the referee temporarily called a stop in the third round to have it looked at but it was determined that Stewart could continue. After the fight he wasn’t concerned about what happened saying it was from a previous injury.“The rib injury wasn’t a big deal because it was an old injury that I had before it was just sticking out a bit and I was told it was just a bunch of cartilage that didn’t heal right,” he admits. “He just happened to hit me in the same spot and it swelled up so I wasn’t too worried about that. He caught me with a couple good shots on the ground. It was a tough fight. My coach said ‘three two’ and I landed the three and two [right hook, straight cross] and he went down.”Advertisement Below are the full results from Fivestar Fight League’s Homecoming:Brad Stewart def. Cody Krahn via KO at 2:45 of Round 3 – Retains the FFL Middleweight TitleDuncan Wilson def. Jonathan Cowan via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 4:03 of Round 2 – Wins the FFL Welterweight TitleShawn Albrecht def. Zach Gait via Submission (Triangle) at 2:15 of Round 1Jared McComb def. Micah Brakefield at 5:00 of Round 1 (Brakefield unable to answer the bell for Round 2)Trevor Lafrancois def. Gary Peck via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 3:16 of Round 1AmateurDylan Leilke def Grey Patino via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:52 of Round 2Ron Pope def. Jacob Moore via Submission (Key Lock) at 1:23 of Round 1Elysse Stevenson def. Robin Combs via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)Dakota Huard def. Malcolm Clarence via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:32 of Round 2Tate Rawling def. Yorkhander Martinez via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:22 of Round 1Michael Friesen def. Jacob Moore via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)Timber Bigfoot def. Kyle Minault via KO at 1:19 of Round 1Alex Martinez def. Alex Paul via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:28 of Round 2 Stewart adds that successfully defending his title in his home town was a great feeling and he was happy that he put on a good performance.“It felt so good. I tried not to think about it because I get myself psyched out but once it was all over and I knew I won in front of everybody then it hit me,” he says. “It was almost too much. I just really didn’t want to let anyone down. I wanted to put on a good fight. Win or lose I wanted it to be exciting. Mission accomplished.”On the amateur portion of the card one of the many fighters who had impressive performances was Mike Friesen. Friesen who also owns MC Rehabilitation and Wellness says he was confident in his wrestling skills and it showed with his victory by unanimous decision over Jacob Moore.“It feels fantastic. Honestly I wouldn’t have done it without my coaches. I’m the an athlete that just gets in there but without my coaches. Without the coaches to mold me and my gameplan all of those guys played an intrical part in the win,” he explains. “Going into it I knew I was going to have better wrestling than him. My gameplan was to take it to the ground, ground and pound him, and attempt some submissions. He was really good on his submission defence I was quite impressed but my coaches kept telling me to feed knees.”Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Fort St. John based provincial Oil and Gas Commission has released the findings of its 2009 Archaeology Audit Program.Conducted annually to gauge the effectiveness of archaeological management systems used by the oil and gas industry the report evaluated the peformance of 18 companies operating in the province.The OGC has issued an information bulletin which doesn’t identify them, but does give general results for all but one of them.- Advertisement -It says three were given a “good’ rating for demonstrating proactive and innovative management plans.Another 13 received a “satisfcatory” rating, and one was the recipient of an”opportunity for improvement” rating.The final report is available on the Commission website @ www.ogc.gov.bc.ca.Advertisementlast_img

first_imgJackson sent Andrew Bynum to replace Cook, who returned to the bench without playing a second. Once the quarter ended, Cook blew up during the timeout and Odom had to step in to keep him and Shaw separated. “We talked about it just now after the game and he apologized,” Jackson said. “That’s not in character for Brian to do that but he’s frustrated. He hasn’t been playing in the regular rotation now. There’s some things that’s about that that’s not unnatural.” Ever since Odom returned from a sprained knee ligament, Cook has struggled to find playing time. “Anybody who knows me, they know I’m passionate about the game to the fullest extent,” Cook said. “I practice hard, I play hard, I work hard in the summer. I love my teammates. I’m a team player. I think (Jackson) knows that about me. “I met with him afterwards and we settled it. I told him I didn’t mean to do it. He said that he wants to do what’s best for me. He’s going to use me at the times he wants to use me. That’s what I have to deal with is him using me the way he wants to. “I’ve dealt with it all year. I’ve dealt with it for three years.It’s nothing new for me. I look forward to dealing with it for three more years.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Before the Lakers set out on this eight-game road trip, their longest since December 1989, coach Phil Jackson framed it for his team in terms of bringing them together or tearing them apart. After watching the scene that unfolded on the bench between the third and fourth quarters of Thursday night’s 93-78 loss to the Detroit Pistons, it was hard not to conclude that the Lakers were coming apart at the seams. center_img Already beaten by the Pistons, the Lakers were broken when forward Brian Cook engaged in a furious shouting match with assistant coach Brian Shaw after Jackson removed Cook from the game for a perceived act of insubordination. Jackson called for Cook to check in for Lamar Odom with 1:25 left in the third quarter, then removed him immediately after he believed Cook intentionally deposited his warm-up top in the coach’s lap on his way to the scorer’s table. last_img read more

first_imgA loss against Lionel Messi and company at Wembley would leave Tottenham facing a tough task qualifying for the knockout stages in their remaining four games.It is a perilous situation that leads Tottenham boss Pochettino to recall the day his Espanyol team upset the odds in the Barcelona derby to start his journey to managerial stardom.Pochettino’s three years in charge of Espanyol came after he spent nine years with the club, in two spells as a player.That time in the trenches made Pochettino a favourite son of Espanyol’s fans, giving the Argentine a special affinity for the rivalry with Barca.Given Barcelona’s history and financial might in contrast to the less glamorous Espanyol, it is little surprise Pochettino found it tough to get the better of the superpower from the other side of town.In nine local derbies against Barca, Pochettino’s team managed only one win, with five defeats and three draws.But that lone success remains a touchstone moment for Pochettino.Back in February 2009, Pochettino secured the first win of his managerial career in the most unlikely circumstances as lowly Espanyol stunned Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Barca in the Camp Nou.It was Espanyol’s first victory at the home of their rivals for 27 years and, even now, Pochettino can’t quite believe it happened.“I don’t know how we did it. All the people were saying Espanyol were dead and had no chance,” he said.“It was a special victory and an unbelievable memory.”– Enormous respect –Pochettino’s special relationship with Espanyol has seen him refuse to contemplate the possibility of ever managing Barcelona, even though it would rank as a step up from Tottenham.The 46-year-old believes taking charge at the Camp Nou would be a betrayal of the deep roots he planted during his time in Catalonia.“It motivates me being a periquito (Espanyol’s nickname) and living so many years in Barcelona,” he said in quotes reported by Marca this week.“Going back to the city is always nice and playing against Barcelona, too. It is always motivating.”Asked whether it is certain that he will never manage Barca, he replied: “It’s something that is more than understood.“I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and for whom I have enormous respect, but my path, and that of Barcelona, are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”Having enjoyed an impressive Champions League group stage win over Real Madrid last year, Pochettino knows Tottenham are capable of toppling Barca as well.Crucially, they go into the game with Harry Kane back in form after the England striker shrugged off his early-season lethargy to net twice in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield.Tottenham haven’t been at their best so far this term, but neither have Barca, with Ernesto Valverde’s side failing to win any of their last three league games.Mauricio Pochettino started his career at Espanyol in January 2009 and soon faced Pep Guardiola and Barcelona in a cup match © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEThey did start their European challenge with a 4-0 drubbing of PSV Eindhoven however and Pochettino admits the long ball style played by Huddersfield at the weekend wasn’t the best preparation for facing smooth-passing Barca.“We are the third or the second team in the Premier League with most possession, but this was a different game,” Pochettino said.“It was a game where the ball was more in the air than on the grass. I think if you were here you realised it was a massive fight between both teams.“We’ll see what happens on Wednesday. I’m sure it will be a completely different game than it was at Huddersfield.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino has reason to be pensive ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Barcelona © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – In dire need of a famous victor to revive his team’s Champions League campaign, Mauricio Pochettino will draw on the memory of the most cherished success of his career when Tottenham host Barcelona on Wednesday.Pochettino’s side can ill afford a damaging defeat against the Spanish champions after conceding two late goals to lose their opening Group B match 2-1 at Inter Milan.last_img read more