Toffees in top-four mix: Jags

first_img Press Association The England defender feels his club side are good enough to finish in the top four of the Barclays Premier League, but knows a tough challenge lies ahead. Everton maintained their top four aspirations with a comfortable 2-0 win over out-of-form Norwich at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees have impressed throughout the season and, just over halfway through the campaign, they look to be in a battle with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United for fourth spot. Jagielka said: “I think it is realistic and it is an aim, but it is going to be a very tough season with the amount of teams that are in there challenging. “It’s the same as before the game. We are in with a chance. “Obviously quite a few of the teams around us have won again. That seems to be the way the league is going at the moment, but it is up to us to keep ourselves in the mix for as long as possible. “With wins like this, and decent performances, we are still in the mix.” Everton dominated the first hour of their contest against the Canaries and were rewarded with superb strikes from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas. Barry opened the scoring with a swerving long-range strike after 23 minutes before Mirallas made the scoreline more realistic with a fine free-kick after 59. Norwich did stir into life in the latter stages, but Robert Snodgrass’ header against a post was the closest they came as their slump continued. Phil Jagielka believes Everton are firmly in the reckoning for a Champions League place. Jagielka said: “It was a tough game, especially the last part of the second half. “We had to hang in there and work that bit harder for a clean sheet. “But two fantastic goals for us and it is nice to walk away with three points.” Victory wrapped up a good day for the Toffees, who completed the signing of former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow before the game. With Sylvain Distin, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley all absent, it also provided further evidence of the club’s strength in depth this season. Midfielder Barkley has a suspected broken toe and is due to undergo further assessment before the squad fly to Tenerife for a warm-weather training camp this week. Jagielka said: “It says a lot if you think about the players who haven’t been available. “We still had a pretty decent bench as well. The squad is decent in numbers and hopefully we will get a few of those boys back as quickly as possible. “It is going to be an interesting end to the season. “There are obviously many teams that can go on fantastic runs, but if we can keep putting performances in we are not going to be far off.” It is starting to look tight at the bottom of the table and Norwich ended the weekend just two points above the relegation zone after a sixth league game without a win. Attention now switches to next week’s home clash against Hull with midfielder Bradley Johnson admitting Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Fulham is a distraction. Johnson said: “We are not looking at the bottom three. We are just concentrating on what we do. “I know it is a cliche, but we have got another game on Saturday. “We have got to do it now. Saturday is a massive game for us at home. “Our main focus is staying in this league. We have got a cup game but for myself and everyone, we are concentrating on beating Hull. “Obviously it would be nice to get a run in the cup, but we could do without the replay and our main priority is staying in this league.” Johnson insists belief in the dressing room has not wavered, but they must start converting that into performances. He said: “We go into every game hoping we can win and we are confident. “We have had a chat about this game and people have said their bit. “Now we have got to stop talking off the pitch and do it on the pitch.” last_img read more

TENNIS: Venus too strong for Radwanska once again

first_imgVenus Williams recovered from a mid-match wobble to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska in Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Qatar Total Open.Last month, Williams provided a timely reminder of what she I capable of at tennis’ showpiece events when she knocked out Radwanska in the last 16 of the Australian Open. And she proved this was no flash in the pan by prevailing in a see-saw battle at the Khalifa Tennis Complex, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.After sharing the first two sets, Williams surged ahead in the decider and, despite and 11th hour rally from the Pole, served out the match at the second time of asking, wrapping up victory with another thumping forehand down the line.”Our last match was three sets and it felt like as soon as I thought I was going to win at 5-1, she hit nothing but winners. It was a challenge and I’m glad to have gotten through,” Williams said. “I think she played even better than that match in Australia and she made it a challenge.”Williams is expecting another challenge in the last four, where she will face either Victoria Azarenka orCaroline Wozniacki.”Every match has been three sets, so it’s been really challenging – no one gives you a point, you have to fight, fight, fight for each point and I guess it’ll be more of that tomorrow,” Williams added.last_img read more

Paco Cañete, leader of the press in Malaga, dies

first_imgJournalist of race and odor, he was at all times proud of an interview he did with Johan Cruyff in the lead-up to a Malaga-Barcelona in La Rosaleda. The Dutchman at all times demanded cash from the Press in trade for his phrases, however with Cañete he made an exception. “I’m not going to cost you since you appreciated me” It was a ball. And it’s that Cañete undertook initiatives as dangerous and daring as progressive. We do not forget that day when he managed to get the remembered Matías Prats to sing to the prisoners of Alahurín de la Torre, Zarra’s aim in opposition to England in the World Cup in Brazil (1950). Or his admiration for Sebastián Viberti. “The most effective participant who has handed via Malaga.” And he stated it after having seen Isco, Joaquín, Toulalan and many others. He at all times maintained that “Deusto, Koke Contreras and Willy Caballero have been the finest goalkeepers in Malaga.”In latest occasions he organized talks and colloquia at the Diputación donof got here in entrance of the sport. His name was sufficient. “You’ll be able to’t say no to Cañete.” A bit of information that we by no means needed to replicate. Relaxation in peace. Paco Cañete (Málaga, 9-6-1938) has died after a protracted sickness that didn’t forestall him from persevering with to the backside of the canyon till his final breath. A journalist of race, with a direct and passionate model, Cañete developed his work for greater than half a century at all times round his beloved Malaga whom, with large unhappiness and dismay, he noticed disappear on July 1, 1992.“You may have proven me that I’m not alone,” Cañete stated excitedly in Could 2019, when in a crowded press room Juan Cortés, from La Rosaleda introduced the e-book ‘CD Málaga de memoria: experiences of Paco Cañete as a toddler, adolescent and journalist’. One of his final public appearances, though he stored his weekly column, Diario Sur, which had a legion of followers, till his final breath.His lengthy profession was developed in many media. Diario Sur, Marca, El Sol de España, Antena 3, COPE, Onda Cero, Canal Málaga or Torrevisión the place it introduced Deporte Sport Goal ’ along with his traditional model, private and fireproof. He was a pointy critic, fierce and vehement. Fearful, revered and admired. She didn’t marry anybody and her statements have been taken under consideration. Neither his intimate buddy Antonio Benítez, one of the best gamers and coaches that Málaga has had (at present he’s a consultative advisor) was free from the traditional rapapolvo.last_img read more