Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko names Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link119Shares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko names Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero Moussa Sissoko idolised an Arsenal legend (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has risked the wrath of fans by naming Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero.The 30-year-old has become an integral part of Tottenham’s midfield under Mauricio Pochettino, making 44 appearances in all competitions last season as Spurs made it to the Champions League final.The France international played the full 90 minutes in the Premier League opener last weekend as Spurs bounced back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1.However, he may have just written his name into the bad books of Spurs fans by admitting that Vieira was the player he looked up to most growing up.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t want to have any problems if I say his name, but it was Vieira!’ Sissoko told talkSPORT, when asked about his childhood hero‘We play in the same position, he is tall like me, playing in the France national team like I am now.‘So I was following him and tried to be like him when I was younger.’Vieira, now in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, made over 400 appearances for the Gunners from 1996-2005 before leaving for Juventus.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTotttenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been delighted with the form of Sissoko and explained how he has become so important to his side ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday.‘We started to lose a little bit of energy in the past and he started to provide this energy,’ said Pochettino.‘He started to improve and be clever in the way to play.‘To learn and to understand what we expect from him exactly and that was the key for him to start to be more consistent amd be in the starting 11 and be an important player for the team.‘He is a good professional, a very nice guy, he’s so big, but at the same time he is so funny.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen ‘fuming’ with Mauricio Pochettino after being dropped for Tottenham vs Aston VillaMORE: Christian Eriksen told Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he had his heart set on a move to Spainlast_img read more

Ilorin Golf Club Plans Partnership with KWSG on Academy

first_imgHammed Shittu in IlorinThe management of Ilorin Golf Club has finalised arrangement to partner the Kwara State government in the setting up of a golf academy in Ilorin.The newly re-elected Captain of the club, Alhaji Mustapha Malik, disclosed this in Ilorin over the weekend while speaking with journalists.Malik said that the golf academy which will be almost cost free to its students would be for future professional golfers after enrolling at the academy from the age of seven. The captain also disclosed that during his tenure, he and his management team would introduce the young children to join the game of golf and register with just a token of N10,000 membership fee as against the current N150.000 now being charged to at the club.He explained that the club will also purchase about ten golf kits and hire them out to the young kids at a cost of just N100 per game which is meant for those between the age of 17 and 30.Malik also announced plans by his leadership to revive the Kwara Open Tournament as the management of the club is already in talking terms with the Kwara state government which will be the major sponsor of the tournament.The captain revealed that the Kwara Open Tournament will attract over one thousand golfers to Ilorin the state capital for the anticipated four day event which will in turn not only boost the economy of the state but will further open Kwara to the international community.He described the game of golf as the game that is meant to exercise the entire body including the brain, eyes, arms and the legs to be at alert while it is always difficult for a golfer to be hypertensive since his/her major focus is on how to put the ball into the hole.Malik however corrected the misconception that golf is meant for only the elites or the rich in the society, adding that what the game entails is interest.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Back at the Lakers facility with Team USA, Brook Lopez shakes off the past

first_img Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory While the comment may have been made with a hint of tongue-in-cheek, Team Serbia has good reason to be confident. Their roster includes at least four healthy NBA players, including Nikola Jokic and Bogdan Bogdanovic. While the U.S. roster is stocked with NBA players, it is lacking some of the star power it has had in the past, with players such as James Harden and Anthony Davis declining invites.Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said he heard about the comment, but called Djordjevic “a (heck) of a coach” and a “hero” of his as a player. He also called the Serbian group “a heck of a team.”“People will talk,” he said. “But that’s not usually something I respond to.” That’s all the past for Lopez now: His future is with the Bucks. But there has been an upshot to joining Team USA that’s related to his brief Lakers tenure: reconnecting with teammate Kyle Kuzma, who Lopez mentored during the 2017-18 season.Kuzma said he felt compelled to follow Lopez’s example of work ethic, noting that he was typically one of the first players back at the practice facility court the morning after a game.“Brook’s my guy,” Kuzma said. “He’s one of the guys that I always looked at when I was a rookie as being one of the best bigs in the league when he was Brooklyn. … He was great when I was a rookie, and having a chance to play with him now is great.”Lopez also noted that Kuzma struck him as a promising rookie. He got an inkling from their early interactions that the forward could make it in the NBA.“I remember the first time talking to him, and we were icing — just in the cold tub, talking,” he said. “He asked all the right questions. As a rookie, he was very active and just trying to learn whenever possible. And that’s big in this league.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Team USA sidesteps Serbian trash talkA notably star-deficient USA roster may be emboldening other nations: Serbian coach Sasha Djordjevic made a comment on national television last week that if Serbia and the U.S. meet in the FIBA World Cup in China next month, “may God help them.”Related Articlescenter_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead EL SEGUNDO — A North Hollywood native, Brook Lopez surely has plenty of old haunts in Los Angeles.Maybe one of the last you’d expect is the Lakers practice facility, given that the 31-year-old center has been with the Milwaukee Bucks for more than a year. But shooting 3-pointers — his late-career specialty — in the closing minutes of a Team USA practice on Tuesday night, Lopez didn’t appear to harbor any strange feelings about taking reps where his former team practices.“It’s honestly not that different,” he said. “It’s like coming back and getting work in. We had a great practice and great work ethic, and I had a lot of good times here. I enjoyed it.”There was probably a time when Lopez thought he might spend more than one season with the Lakers, but last summer wound up in Milwaukee on a one-year deal for just $3.4 million before being re-signed to a multi-year contract in July — a bit of a sore subject for Lakers fans who saw Splash Mountain play a pivotal role for the Eastern Conference finalists. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more