Neil Lennon accused Celtic of conceding “crazy, suicidal” goals against CFR Cluj as they suffered a shock Champions League qualifying defeat.The Scottish champions were beaten 4-3 in Glasgow on Tuesday to lose the tie 5-4 on aggregate and miss out on a play-off match against Slavia Prague.Celtic were 1-0 down at half-time but moved 2-1 up through James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, only for Abdel Billel Omrani to level the scores from the penalty spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The hosts hit back through Ryan Christie but Omrani struck again to make it 3-3 before George Tucudean made Cluj’s passage to the next round secure with the last kick of the game.Celtic manager Lennon admitted his team were not good enough in the first half and felt they threw the lead away with their poor defending.”The goals we conceded are crazy,” he told BBC Radio Scotland. “You’ve got to do the basics well – you’ve got to stop crosses, close people down, get your head on things – and it was almost as if we scored and wanted to switch off and control the game.”In the first half, we were way too passive, way too slow with the tempo, so we gave them a bit of a razz at half-time and we got the right response going 2-1 up. But we needed that two-goal cushion. It’s suicidal the goals we gave away.”The first goal, we got a warning before that, and we still didn’t stop the cross and the guy’s got across for a run. If you don’t do the basics defensively well enough then, at this level, you get punished.”We’ve let it go. We’ve only ourselves to blame. We had the lead and we let it slip through our own decision-making, really.”Lennon is keen to lift his side’s spirits before they now prepare for a play-off to reach the Europa League group stages.”We’ve got to work with the players. We’ve got to raise their morale, first of all,” he said.”We’re going to get a bit of criticism and that’s totally par for the course. We’ve worked really hard to get where we are and we’ve basically thrown it away. We’ve got some good defenders but for some reason they wanted to slow the game down.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football insider Brett McMurphy, now a full-time employee at Stadium, appeared on the SEC Network with Peter Burns this morning to discuss the ongoing Urban Meyer saga at Ohio State.The Buckeyes’ Board of Trustees is set to meet on Wednesday morning to discuss Meyer’s future. On Monday, they were verbally briefed by the investigative committee.McMurphy said this morning that he finds it “troubling” that this took place.“What I find there to be very troubling is that Ohio State is using a verbal recap of their investigation so that nothing will be available via public records, I give credit to Maryland who’s on record saying they will be transparent in their investigation,” he said.”What I find there to be very troubling is that Ohio State is using a verbal recap of their investigation so that nothing will be available via public records, I give credit to Maryland who’s on record saying they will be transparent in their investigation” – @Brett_McMurphy— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) August 21, 2018While it’s true that Ohio State’s board was verbally briefed, insiders have responded to this comment, saying it’s still possible there will be a written report.“Ohio State said the investigative team shared findings in “an informal briefing” Monday. They have not indicated whether they will publish a report (smart bet they will),” Eleven Warriors tweeted.Ohio State said the investigative team shared findings in “an informal briefing” Monday. They have not indicated whether they will publish a report (smart bet they will).You also found a judge agreeing to a routine plea deal very troubling, Brett.https://t.co/RdamYdT2tb— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 21, 2018“No indication as yet that there won’t be a written report, but jumping to the worst possible conclusion at every point in this story has gotten us to this point, so might as well keep it going,” Marcus Hartman tweeted.No indication as yet that there won’t be a written report, but jumping to the worst possible conclusion at every point in this story has gotten us to this point, so might as well keep it going https://t.co/B0V0Cr9fXv— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) August 21, 2018This is still far from over, clearly. Stay tuned.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 4:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar lower, Bank of Canada signals it’s in no rush to raise rates TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell almost two-thirds of a US cent Wednesday after the Bank of Canada lowered its economic estimates and said it will likely keep interest rates where they’ve been longer than previously thought.The currency closed down 0.64 of a cent to 100.1 cents US after going as low as 99.96 cents US in the morning. The loonie hasn’t closed below parity with the greenback since mid-November.The central bank said the anticipated need to raise rates in the future is now less imminent.The change in the guidance from last month likely means the Bank of Canada won’t move to tighten borrowing costs until some time in 2014 or until it has more compelling evidence the Canadian economy is ready to re-engage.Also, the bank’s policy-setting team says it significantly underestimated the weakness of the economy.It has shaved three-tenths of a point off its projections for growth for both 2012 and 2013, to 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively.At the same time, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday it now expects Canada’s economy will expand by a modest 1.8 per cent this year — two-tenths of a point weaker than it forecast three months ago — and by 2.3 per cent in 2014, off one-tenth of a point.For the global economy as a whole, the international financial organization says growth will hit 3.5 per cent in 2013, slightly lower than its October forecast but still stronger than last year’s 3.2 per cent advance.Commodities were lower while oil prices registered the biggest decline in about a month on reports that the amount of oil moving through a key pipeline to the Gulf Coast had been cut in half.The February crude contract on the Nymex dropped $1.45, or 1.5 per cent, to US$95.23 per barrel.Analysts say losses picked up in the early afternoon after reports surfaced that the Seaway pipeline, which takes crude from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast, was constrained and could only work at about half its 400,000 barrel-per-day capacity. That will likely mean growing supplies at Cushing, the trading hub for U.S. benchmark oil, and lower prices.Last year, Enbridge and partner Enterprise Products Partners reversed the flow of the Seaway pipeline and earlier this month expanded its capacity from 150,000 to 400,000 barrels a day.February gold bullion ticked $6.50 lower to US$1,686.70 an ounce while March copper shed two cents to US$3.69 a pound.Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first-time default for at least four months.Republicans backed away from their previous demand that any increase in the government’s borrowing cap be paired with an equivalent level of spending cuts, a condition that had cast a cloud of uncertainty over markets.The measure now goes to the Senate for a vote in the next few days.