Tottenham v Chelsea: Bakayoko and Morata start, Trippier passed fit

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTiémoué Bakayoko makes his debut for Chelsea and Alvaro Morata also starts in Tottenham’s first home league game at Wembley.Bakayoko has been rushed back from a knee problem as Chelsea are short of midfield options because of Cesc Fabregas’ suspension.Gary Cahill is also banned, so there is a starting place for Andreas Christensen.Morata’s inclusion sees Michy Batshuayi drop to the bench, where he is joined by Pedro, who has been struggling with an ankle injury.Youngsters Kyle Scott and Fikayo Tomori are also among the Blues substitutes.Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier returns after an ankle problem.Spurs are without the injured Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.Subs: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Wimmer, Winks, Sissoko, Son, Janssen.Chelsea: Courtois, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Willian, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Musonda, Kenedy, Scott, Tomori, Batshuayi, Pedro. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors 2018 championship ring — with a secret message

first_imgAt Tuesday’s season opener, the Golden State Warriors received their rings commemorating the 2018 NBA championship.As far as we know, it doesn’t decode anything, but it is reversible: You can twist off the top (revealing a hidden message) and flip it over to display an alternative design.Details:(NBA.com image)• The top of the ring has the player’s number and a depiction of the east span of the Bay Bridge on a field of 74 diamonds (representing the 74 wins in the season and postseason), …last_img

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Cape olive oil among world’s best

first_img22 November 2005Fine wines have been produced in South Africa’s Western Cape province for centuries, but few know that the region is slowly making inroads into the global market for another exclusive liquid – olive oil.The Cape winelands are home to a growing number of boutique oil-makers, who say their product can compare with the best oils that Spain, Italy and Greece can offer – and they have the awards to prove it.Morgenster olive oil, produced by Morgenster Estate in Somerset West, was named the Southern Hemisphere New Season Extra Virgin Olive Oil of 2004 in a competition between oils from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. It was also – some years back – the first South African olive oil to receive the prestigious Orciolo d’Oro award. Willow Creek in the Nuy Valley won a coveted Grand Mention Diploma at the Leone d’Oro dei Mastri Oleari olive oil awards in Perugia, Italy in 2005, putting the oil on a par with the best in the world.“South African producers are going really big – it’s going to be an exciting industry in a couple of years,” Paul Robinson, marketing and sales director for Willow Creek, told the Washington Post in an article published in July.The Willow Creek Estate is home to the Rabie family, who have been farming there since 1793. Traditionally a wine farm, the estate began producing olives in 1999.Willow Creek’s production is still small relative to European standards, according to the Washington Post. It exported about 4 000 litres last year, mainly to Britain, Finland and Germany.Local demandAccording to John Scrimgeour, chair of the SA Olive Industry Association, South Africa’s total olive oil production was 490 tons in 2004, compared with total world output of about three million tons.“But it’s a growing industry, make no mistake,” he told the Washington Post. “We’re exporting very little – we’re battling to meet local demand.”But he says consumers must be taught the difference between high quality and mediocre oils. Most of South Africa’s output is extra virgin oil, with less than 0.8% fatty acids.According to the International Olive Oil Council, extra virgin and virgin olive oil are completely natural and unrefined. All other oils can be assumed to be refined or to contain a proportion of refined olive oil. These are usually sold as pure olive oil, olive oil or light olive oil.“You won’t get any benefits from third-rate olives,” says Carlo Costa, whose grandfather established South Africa’s first commercial olive operation in the Paarl district.“There’s olive oil and there’s olive oil,” he told the Washington Post. “An olive mustn’t smell like dirty socks.”South African producers complain that olive farmers in Europe are heavily subsidised, so an imported Spanish or Italian oil can cost half as much as a South African oil in local supermarkets, according to the newspaper.But South African oil is worth the extra money because it is fresher than the imports.Jan Pretorius, oil maker at the Olive Shed near Stellenbosch, holds olive oil tastings in which he first passes around an imported oil for visitors to smell, then follows it with his own products pressed from three different cultivars – Frantoio, Leccino and Mission.“Europeans like the slightly sweeter taste of South African oil,” Pretorius told the Washington Post. The Olive Shed exports small quantities to Switzerland and Denmark, after tourists toured the mill and liked what they found.The southern advantageOne advantage South African producers have is latitude. They press their oils in the European off-season, when oil is scarce and northern demand for “fresh-from-the-mill flavour” is high.“We have competition from Chile and Australia, but that’s good,” Costa told the Washington Post. “Our oils do very well in international competition.”Kloovenburg Estate in Riebeek Kasteel won a prestigious mention in 2004 in the Italian world olive oil guide published by Cucina and Vini, which named it as one of the best 15 oils in the world.“We exported last year for the first time, to Europe and America,” says Annalene du Toit, the estate’s marketing director. “Not very much – about 1 500 litres – but there are lots of possibilities.”There’s also local demand for olive trees, especially because South Africa is prone to drought and the plants have modest water requirements. Willow Creek’s Robinson says people are ordering 10 000 or 20 000 trees at a time, and planting is increasing rapidly.“The key is marketing,” Robinson told the Washington Post. “There’s a little bit of surprise in Europe that South Africa produces olive oil. But people know South Africa makes good wines, so we have been able to ride on wine’s coat tails.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson assures Man City: Liverpool will get beaten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson assures Man City: Liverpool will get beatenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says victory at Manchester City won’t hurt thei title chances.The result has delivered Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with a golden opportunity to leave the champions trailing when the top two meet back at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.“I don’t think Pep [Guardiola] will be concerned about it,” said Hodgson, himself a former Liverpool manager.“There are still 20 games to play and no matter how Liverpool play they will come against a game like this. “Someone, somewhere will beat them against the odds.” last_img

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a month ago​Man Utd could take pay cut from Adidas over Champions League no-show

first_img​Man Utd could take pay cut from Adidas over Champions League no-showby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United stand to lose out on significant sponsorship revenue from Adidas should they fail to qualify for the Uefa Champions League this season, claims the Manchester Evening News (MEN), reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.According to the Manchester daily, there is a clause in Adidas’ contract with United that states that if the club fail to secure a place in European club soccer’s elite tournament for two consecutive seasons the sportswear brand reduces its payment by 30 per cent.United’s deal with Adidas was signed back in 2015 and brings in UK£75 million (US$91.9 million) per season. A 30 per cent reduction on that figure would be UK£55.2 million (US$68.4 million). Whilst still a substantial amount, that would drop the club behind Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea in terms of annual revenue from their kit deal.The contract with Adidas is one of the club’s main sources of revenue alongside their principal partnership with Chevrolet, worth UK£64 million (US$80 million) per season, and their sleeve sponsorship with Kohler, which club sources claim is worth UK£20 million (US$27.5 million) per season. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Warriors Have A 93 Percent Chance Of Hitting 73 Wins

With one game to go, the Golden State Warriors are 72-9, and having given San Antonio its first home loss of the season on Sunday night, they now have a 93 percent chance to overtake Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in NBA history.Ahead of Sunday’s game, our CARM-Elo ratings gave Golden State a 31 percent chance to beat San Antonio. And through one quarter, the Warriors had just 14 points. But Stephen Curry, instead of his usual barrage from deep, took the ball inside and scored 37 points on 22 shots, including a number of ridiculous floaters, pull-ups and finger-rolls. (Curry also hit a 60-odd-footer at the end of the third quarter that was waved off.) The game remained close for most of the night, but Golden State pulled away about midway through the fourth quarter, when the Spurs scored just 4 points in a crucial three-and-a-half-minute run.The Warriors’ Saturday game against the Memphis Grizzlies was a little more dramatic, requiring a late tip-in from Draymond Green and two even later misses from Lance Stephenson, one of which was close enough to a foul that the league office was compelled to adjudicate the decision the following day. (The call was good.)As for the matchup between San Antonio and Golden State, it’s hard to say exactly what was going on. In four games against the Warriors this season, the Spurs have been awful around the rim (50.0 percent within 10 feet; 58.7 percent for the season) and forced deep into the shot clock far more often than usual (10.5 shots per game with four seconds or less on the shot clock; 6.8 regularly), which is always a bad sign. Worse yet, the number of “wide-open” looks from three with the nearest defender six or more feet away dropped from 8.3 shots per game to 5.5.San Antonio also shot just 36 percent on shots taken off of one or two dribbles — generally step-ins and quick drives from the perimeter or moves to the basket from the free-throw line or the high post — against 43.8 percent overall. The team is taking about four more of those one- and two-dribble shots per game, which usually isn’t a great sign, since they’re often counter-moves when the first look isn’t clean.Then again, it’s only been four games. For San Antonio, the hope will be that Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw, neither of whom played Sunday, will make up some of the difference. The Spurs are +5.6 points per 100 possessions with Diaw on the floor against the Warriors this season and -19.3 per 100 without him.Wednesday’s game against Memphis will be in Oakland and will come on two days’ rest for the Warriors, while the Grizzlies will be on the back-end of a back-to-back. We’ve seen these Warriors blow games with similar advantages in the past few weeks — they were 96 percent favorites to beat the Timberwolves, remember — but we’re likely to see the best the Warriors have, with one game to play to take sole ownership of one of the NBA’s most iconic records.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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The Raptors Bench Is Destroying The NBA

The Toronto Raptors are on top of the Eastern Conference for all sorts of reasons, and one of them is their bench. In the video above, we break down what’s made the Raptors’ reserves so good, and why the team shines when its stars hit the pine.

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