Martin O’Neill’s squad went third in Group D with a 4-nil win over Gibraltar in Faro. Monday’s opponents did Ireland a favour by beating Scotland in Tblisi, but Shay Given knows that will make the Georgians an even tougher prospect at the Aviva.
FILE PHOTO: Mauricio PochettinoSingapore, Singapore | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said Friday that last month’s Champions League final defeat has made him more determined to succeed at the club, after the conclusion of another solid campaign.Pochettino said he was keen to continue with the five-year “project” that has seen Tottenham establish themselves in the Premier League top four and finally move into their new stadium after a series of delays.“After the final the feeling wasn’t great, to finish like this. I am not a person who wants to avoid the problem. I love a big challenge,” the 47-year-old Argentine told reporters as he looked back at the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.“In the last week, we started to train and look forward to another season. We are still far away from where we expect to be, so it’s not just my challenge, but everyone’s challenge,” he said in Singapore ahead of Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Italian giants Juventus.“You need to be a man and try to move on from the Champions League final, create some atmosphere and excitement to fight for big things.“We cannot forget we came from that period of building our stadium, lodge and the training ground.“The holiday was so tough for myself, difficult to move on from the final. We shared three fantastic weeks and it was the best atmosphere in five years and it was a shame to end the way it did. “We deserved to win, to be better than a great team like Liverpool.”Pochettino had been linked to some of Europe’s leading clubs last season, but a move now seems to be off the table.Sitting next to Pochettino, England striker Harry Kane echoed his manager’s sentiments about being brave as the club hope to improve on their fourth-place finish after briefly flirting with a title challenge to champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool.“We know it was there for the taking and it’s something we have to deal with over the summer,” Kane said of the Champions League final defeat.“With everything last season I think we did extremely well. I haven’t watched the game again.”Share on: WhatsApp
HOUSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday.Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him.Houston general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing and the Rockets posted a picture on social media of Anthony signing his contract.The 34-year-old joins a team led by MVP James Harden and star point guard Chris Paul. The Rockets hope the addition of Anthony will help them contend for their first title since 1995. They lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals last season.Anthony will get a fresh start in Houston after spending last season with the Thunder, with whom he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 games. The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 15-year career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.The 6-foot-8 Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and has won three gold medals in the Olympics. He is USA Basketball’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.Anthony has averaged more than 20 points every year of his career except last season and led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13, when he averaged 28.7 points a game.
A man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileIndian markets ended the week on a strong note on Friday, tracking gains in Asian stocks on easing concerns over higher rates and inflation.Investors bought shares of recent underperformers such as pharma and financials after a tumultous last week.The Sensex ended higher 322 points, or 0.95 percent, at 34,142 and the Nifty gained 108 points, or 1.04 percent, at 10,491. The Indian rupee strengthened against the U.S. dollar on the back of gains in local equity markets.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.73 on Friday, up 0.50 percent from its previous close of 63.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.3 percent, while foreign investors have bought $895.80 million and $1.68 billion in equity and debt markets, respectively.The stock markets remain close on March 2 on account of Holi.Here’s what to watch in the coming days.Powell’s testimonyMarkets may well get a jolt of additional information on the outlook for U.S. interest rates over the coming week as newly appointed Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell presents his first semi-annual testimony starting on Tuesday to both the houses of the U.S. Congress.His comments could shed some light on the ongoing debate over the pace of rate hikes this year and beyond.Powell will deliver the pre-released semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to CongressIndeed, markets will be keenly watching Powell’s performance from a confidence standpoint given he is a seasoned veteran but not an economist who is following in Yellen’s footsteps, according to a note by Scotia Bank.Italy votesSo far markets have largely ignored the Italian election but things are likely to change next week.Italians go to the polls on March 4 and the result is expected to be officially announced on Monday.The main parties to watch are Forza Italia, headed by Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister; Democratic Party, headed by Matteo Renzi, also a former prime minister who quit the post in 2016; and 5 Star Movement with Luigi Di Maio as its leader.Opinion polls in the months leading up to the election have pointed to a hung parliament where no one party will gain a majority to govern alone.However, polls have shown that although Berlusconi’s center-right is seen as the strongest coalition, M5S is the most popular single party.Italy is the euro zone’s third largest economy and the vote could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s fragile economy, mirred with bad debts and soaring unemployment.Auto sales dataAuto stocks will be in focus as the auto companies will start announcing monthly sales numbers for February 2018 starting from Thursday.Economic dataManufacturing: Markit Economics will unveil the results of a monthly survey on the performance of India’s manufacturing sector for February on Wednesday.Q3 GDP: The government will announce data on third quarter gross domestic product on Wednesday. GDP growth had recovered to 6.3 percent in the third quarter from 5.7 percent recorded in the first quarter.U.S. home sales, GDP: In U.S., the data on new home sales measuring the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during January will be announced on Monday. Fourth quarter GDP data and pending home sales data for January will be unveiled on Wednesday.
As Therrell Smith greeted family and friends during her 100th birthday party Nov. 5 at the University of the District of Columbia, she said she was thankful to be so blessed.Therrell Smith is pictured at a celebration for her 96th birthday. On Nov. 5, the D.C. dancer turned 100. (Courtesy photo)Identified as a D.C. dance legend by the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Smith, who has spent most of her life in D.C., has enjoyed spreading cheer to others through dance. She said she has been dancing since she was 8-years-old.“I am very blessed to see the age 100 and to still be able to do the things that I’ve been doing,” she told the AFRO, in reference to her mobility.“It brings me joy to know that I’ve touched so many lives. This is what my life is all about, my goal is to continue. This is what keeps me going.”As a teen, Smith attended Dunbar High School in Northeast D.C. where she choreographed several of the school’s plays and operettas. After graduating high school, Smith studied at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she spent summers working as a dance teacher at a summer camp in Wisconsin. After graduation, she continued to work with young people as a camp counselor and drama teacher at a camp in Massachusetts. During her younger years, she was selected to study in Paris under the famous Mathilde Kschessinska, prima ballerina assoluta of the Imperial Russian Ballet.“There is no finer person than I can think of to be a better role model. She is just an excellent person,” her niece Shelley Brown told the AFRO.In the District, Smith founded the Therrell Smith School of Dance in 1948. Through the school she has taught dance at the LeDroit Park Nursery School, on Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest D.C. and at the school’s current site on Bunker Hill Rd in Northeast D.C. Smith attends Unity Church in Northwest D.C.“I didn’t think about dancing as a livelihood, but it was a good choice”, Smith told the AFRO.Smith, who was born and raised in D.C., has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for 78 years.“She is a warm, loving, and a humble person. She is very giving and willing to serve which is demonstrated through the community,” Jackie Harris, who is Smith’s sorority sister and has known her for many years, told the AFRO.