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first_imgThose tweets prompted Iranian MP Abolfazl Abutorabi to reportedly threaten to attack the White House. While responding to a question about how Iran should or could react to the death of Soleimani, he stated, “We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time.” President Trump is wrapping up a 17-day holiday at Mar-a-Lago.Mr. Trump, along with First Lady Melania and their 13-year-old son, Barron, are scheduled to leave the estate and head to Palm Beach International Airport late Sunday afternoon.The commander-in-chief has Iran on his mind as the time nears to return to Washington, D.C.Early Sunday, he tweeted in response to Iran’s threats to attack American assets and allies in retaliation for last week’s killing of Irani General Qassem Soleimani:The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2020 Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020center_img Trump spent part of Saturday taking in a few more rounds of golf at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, with Iran on his mind:….targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020last_img read more

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first_imgBadger sophomore Morgan Paige will see a familiar face in Iowa’s Jaime Printy Thursday night. The pair both hail from Marion, IA and played against each other in high school.[/media-credit]As Wisconsin and Iowa prepare to take to the Kohl Center hardwood Thursday night, they find themselves in surprisingly similar spots.With identical 4-5 conference records – placing them in a tie for seventh – it’s a critical opportunity not only to clamber up the Big Ten ranks but also to continue riding their respective hot streaks before heading into the approaching conference tournament. Winners of three in a row – their longest such streak of the season – the Badgers have a chance at redemption after falling to the Hawkeyes two weeks ago.Although Wisconsin is playing its best ball of the year, Iowa is surely not searching for confidence after handing conference-leader and 15th-ranked Purdue its first loss in Big Ten play.While talk of the conference standings dominates conversation among fans, head coach Bobbie Kelsey is focusing on her own team’s improvement rather than constantly checking on the bigger picture.“I looked at the [Big Ten] standings probably for the first time last night,” Kelsey said. “I just want to win the game in front of us … You want some people to help you, but you’ve got to handle your own business. You can’t be worried about what other folks are doing.”The primary concern facing UW will be limiting the open shots for the Hawkeyes’ hot-handed guards. Powering the offense is junior guard Jaime Printy, who averages a team-high 17.3 points per contest and 35.8 percent from the field.Complementing Printy and helping the Hawkeyes put up an average of 70 points per game is senior guard Kamille Wahlin, who also averages double figures and sinks 42 percent of her shots from the floor.“Iowa’s a really good three-point shooting team,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said. “Obviously Jaime Printy does the majority of their scoring, and Wahlin, those two on the perimeter. Then you have Morgan Johnson on the inside, so we really got to be able to play one-on-one containment and really guard the three-line, because they shoot it pretty well.”As Paige pointed out, the Hawkeyes’ offensive production doesn’t end with their guards. At 6-foot-5, Johnson, a center who is second on the team with 14.1 points per game, will be one of the biggest post challenges of the year for Badger forwards Anya Covington, Ashley Thomas and Cassie Rochel to defend.Currently leading the Big Ten with a 54.6 shooting percentage, Johnson will keep UW from focusing all its defensive attention solely on the perimeter.To contain an Iowa team that isn’t afraid to fire the ball off from deep and quickly bury opponents when it finds a rhythm, Kelsey believes strong one-on-one defense is key to a home victory.“Last time [against Iowa] we didn’t do a very good job of one-on-one defense,” Kelsey said. “You can’t help a lot off of this team because they have great three-point shooters. We didn’t do a very good job of keeping ourselves in front of the ball.”After putting together a string of victories that included an upset Monday night over Michigan, the Badgers believe they are earning greater respect around the league.Scoring 73 points per game (up from 59.1 on the year) over the recent streak and burying 42.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc (up from 34.2), UW is proving it can win when its new, fast-paced offense operates as planned.“We’re not somebody to be just looked over like ‘Oh, that’s Wisconsin, that’s an easy game that we can win,’” Paige said. “Teams are starting to say ‘Hey, we really need to look out for this team … they’re going to catch you on your toes and they’re going to make you work for that win.’ I think we’re really starting to adjust and I see it more not as excitement but now our expectations are being raised.”Although Kelsey & Co. aren’t surrendering their never-satisfied attitude, players and coaches alike are pleased with the notable progress Wisconsin has displayed in its most recent games. Stopping a veteran Iowa squad, even in an increasingly loud home environment, will be no simple task, but there’s a renewed sense of confidence around the program.If the Badgers, who will also host student night during Thursday’s game, want to continue their late climb up the Big Ten standings, a home matchup with Iowa presents the perfect opportunity to do so before entering a brutal stretch that includes three top 25 opponents on the road over UW’s next four games.“It’s just encouraging, going into the Big Ten tournament we know that we have that potential to play with everyone, and I [believe] that’s what these last few wins have given us the confidence of,” Thomas said.last_img read more

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first_imgFour hours before each Syracuse match, the Orange convene for their pregame meal. Head coach Ian McIntyre may mention their upcoming game, but before his team eats, McIntyre splits his team into four groups, one for each grade.The Orange engage in a trivia match, testing the team’s knowledge of soccer. Many of the questions revolve around the English Premier League and other professional soccer teams, while McIntyre will occasionally mix in pop culture references.The winning team eats first. The one who finishes last has to wait until everyone is finished to indulge.McIntyre brought pregame trivia with him to Syracuse when he became head coach in 2010 and has continued it into his 10th season. With a team of players from nine different countries who support dozens of different domestic and international soccer teams, much of Syracuse’s intra-team trash talk and banter centers around weekly trivia, FIFA video games and professional results. Entering the heart of their conference schedule, Syracuse (3-2-4, 0-1-2 Atlantic Coast) bonds over its differing levels of soccer knowledge and love of professional soccer.“I think it’s especially beneficial for us because we do it on game days,” sophomore Christian Miesch said. “The game days are already pretty intense, everyone is focused on themselves. But then we have the trivia which takes some pressure off.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the freshmen have the largest trivia team, the group’s size makes communication difficult in the competition. Other than one upset from the freshman team, the juniors have won all but one time as of Sept. 18, Simon Triantafillou said. The four-man junior class of Dylan McDonald, Triantafillou, Nikolas Steiner and Sondre Norheim have often bragged about their trivia success in 2019.McDonald, a junior, said it’s “not really much of a surprise” that his class has been the first to enjoy many of their pre-match meals this season. McIntyre admits that veterans typically have an advantage in trivia, but that hasn’t translated for this year’s seniors. Jake Leahy, Massimo Ferrin and John-Austin Ricks admitted that while they watch soccer themselves, their teammates “live for it.”“We’ve got a very diverse locker room, players from all across this country and other countries,” said McIntyre, a Liverpool supporter. “The common thread is football. It’s part of our routine to have a few soccer questions, maybe it’s just putting up with me.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorTeam allegiances for most of Syracuse’s players come from their connections. Miesch’s youth soccer coach always wore a Juventus jersey and Miesch was on an extended trial with the Manchester City youth academy in his teens. They are now his two favorite teams.Leahy idolized former Manchester City and English national goalkeeper Joe Hart and became a fan because of him. He also supports the MLS New York Red Bulls after he spent his youth in the training academy. Ferrin grew up in Canada but his Italian roots have left him a supporter of AC Milan. Same for Triantafillou, who’s from Canada, but supports the Greek team Olympiakos.When the Orange have training on the weekends, Leahy said that the team will often watch morning European matches before practice in their apartments or the locker room.“If we have a training session in the morning, and there’s a big game on, it’s about a guarantee that no one will be early to practice,” Leahy said. “Everyone will show up right on time because we’re watching the game.”Senior transfer Matt Orr is one of those superfans. An avid Liverpool supporter, Orr has aided 2019’s seniors in pregame trivia, multiple players said, though the seniors have struggled recently.Ricks sometimes gets teased when he doesn’t know an answer. And Ferrin still refuses to give McDonald and the juniors credit, claiming that no team has consistently won this year.“It’s fun to get the guys laughing, I’m pretty terrible,” Leahy said. “These guys know way more than I will ever know.” Comments Published on October 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img“I want to be there in the front line fighting with all the circumstances that, today, are in the club,” he added. “I feel the responsibility to be there and that is why I am here. And then because I am happy and I think Tottenham gave us a lot of things that always we will be grateful for and it was a moment to say ‘we are going to be with you all, fighting in the circumstances’ because we knew what was going to happen.“I feel the responsibility to be here. That’s why I am here but also because I am happy. Tottenham gave us a lot of things – my family, Jesus [Perez, his assistant], everyone – when we arrived here four years ago. We will always be grateful. It was a moment to say that I will be with you all fighting. We knew what was going to happen.” Pochettino is at Spurs for the long haul “I feel like it is a big challenge for us,” Pochettino said. “I love the challenge and I know the challenge. The club, the fans, and the team need our full energy more than before.Asked if events off the field make this season particularly difficult, he said yes.“For everything, for me it will be the toughest season and I think if we want success we have to give more than our best. It’s not enough to give 100 per cent, it’s 200 per cent. We know from inside that it will be hard, the season, and because we are warriors we want to fight.“We want to be proud at the end, we want success and we do not want to complain or make excuses. I am a winner and I love the challenge, so that is why I feel full energy. We want to go again.”Pochettino’s commitment to Spurs was reaffirmed in the summer when he signed a new five-year contract and he insists he has no regrets about remaining, having been linked with Real Madrid.“I am very grateful to the club, to the fans and to [chairman] Daniel Levy. When you are in a difficult situation, this is the moment when you need to show that you are there. It is easy when everything is good to be there, but when the winter is coming it’s easy to run away.”If that sounds like a line from Game of Thrones then it’s because he loves the show and Spurs fans have certainly proclaimed him their ‘King in the North (London)’. Their backs may be against wall, but they are ‘warriors’ at Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino is ready for their ‘toughest season’.Spurs failed to strengthen their squad in the summer and face further delays before moving into their new stadium, but the manager is relishing what the new campaign has in store. 2 2 Pochettino is popular with Spurs’ fans last_img read more

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