Spurs Not Changing Transfer Strategy Despite Injuries, Says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino/ AFP


Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club will not change their transfer strategy despite potentially costly injuries to striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli but are open to making signings this month.

Both players have been ruled out until March — Kane with ankle ligament damage sustained in the recent loss to Manchester United and Alli with a hamstring strain suffered in the win at Fulham on Sunday.

Pochettino, who did not sign any players during the summer transfer window, reiterated that Spurs’ transfer policy has not altered due to the injuries but says the club are “trying”.

“It is so clear, I am so open to improve the squad and add a player if Harry Kane and Dele Alli are fit or not fit,” he said. “I was open in the summer and I am open now.

“The difficult thing is to find quality that will add to the squad. We are not going to change strategy, we are working, we will see what happens at the end.”

Asked about Alli’s injury, Pochettino said: “We need to be positive like with Harry Kane.

“We are going to miss him for a long period, it is the worst moment because we have a very busy fixture list ahead. It is a good opportunity for other players to step up.”

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has returned to training after suffering a groin problem against Manchester United but it is unclear whether he will feature in Thursday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea.

Forward Lucas Moura is back in full training and should be fit to feature at Stamford Bridge following a knee injury.

Midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has been out since November with a knee problem, is also back in training but is unlikely to be involved.

“Sissoko and Lucas are in contention,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday. “Wanyama we will see if it is possible for the weekend. It is very good news in the last few days.”

Spurs, who are also without Son Heung-min, on Asian Cup duty with South Korea, take a 1-0 lead to Stamford Bridge after the first leg and are bidding for their first silverware since 2008.

The club, third in the Premier League, are battling for trophies on four fronts.


‘Multiple Injuries’ In Fresh US Shooting

'Multiple Casualties' As Gunman Opens Fire At US Synagogue
Police rapid response team members respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. JEFF SWENSEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP



US fire department officials reported multiple injuries in a shooting at a bar and dance hall in southern California late Wednesday.

The incident was reported at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles, as it hosted an event for college students.

“Firefighters and first responders are arriving on the scene of a report of a shooting at an establishment in @CityofTO. PD is working to secure the scene. Multiple injuries reported,” the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted.

The Los Angeles Times quoted a law enforcement official as saying at least 30 shots had been fired and that there were casualties.

An unnamed witness told the newspaper that someone ran into the bar around 11:30 pm and started shooting what looked to be a black pistol.

“He shot a lot, at least 30 times. I could still hear gunshots after everyone left,” the Times quoted the man as saying.


Wenger Rests Key Players Ahead Of Bayern Clash

Arsenal will be matching out against German club Bayern Munich tonight in Germany in a second leg tie of the Champions League last 16 clash as manger Arsene Wenger decided to rest some key players for the all-important clash.

Wenger has decided to feature players who have not been prominent for the gunners this season in clash that is standing as their last hope of a trophy as the english club will be going into the return leg to overturn a 3-1 routing at their home in Emirates.

Wenger has decided to rest the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott so as to be fit for their   Premier League game against Swansea this weekend.

Talking injury worries, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski will not be seeing action in Germany while Nacho Monreal is ineligible for the Champions League after helping Málaga top their group earlier this season.

Wenger surprisingly could carry the day and run over the German champions tonight if he churns out a game plan that will usurp Bayern.

Police Arrest Man For Assaulting His Son With Hot Iron

The Kogi State Police command has arrested a 49 year old school principal, Mr. Christopher Ogbeun, for inflicting a high degree of burns on his 10 year old son, Stephen Ogbeun.

The young boy was allegedly abused by his father for destroying some of his vital office documents which were kept at home.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Katsina, who disclosed this while parading the father at the Kogi state Police headquarters in Lokoja stated that it took the intervention of an ambush squad to save Stephen’s life.

He revealed that his squad caught the suspect red handed as he tied up the boy’s hand and closed his mouth before using the hot pressing iron on him.

According to an eye-witness, it was a pathetic situation at the state specialist hospital Lokoja where the boy is laying critically ill.

Victoria Ogbeun, the victim’s sister who was at home when the incident occurred confirmed that her father had indeed used a hot iron on young Stephen.

Mr. Ogbeun, the assailant, stated that his vicious act was an effort to make his son confess to a misdeed.

He claimed to have discovered that his son had destroyed a letter of approval from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and so in an attempt to make him own up, he employed the use of the hot pressing iron.

Mr Ogebeun will be charged for unlawful detention, inflicting injuries on the boy and attempted murder.

Man survives mauling by tiger in Bronx zoo, charged for misdemeanour trespassing

A New York man named David Villalobos endangered his life in his quest to be one with nature’s pets when he decided to come one on one with a tiger in the Bronx zoo. Luckily for him, rescue came just 10 minutes after he flew into the cage of the male Siberian but not without severe injuries and broken bones.

Police said that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal’s den. His reason, they said, was that “he wanted to be one with the tiger.”

Villalobos also recounted how, after he landed on all fours, the 400-pound (18-kilogram) beast attacked him and dragged around by his foot, said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

Despite serious injuries, he claimed he was able to get his wish and pet the tiger — a male Siberian named Bashuta — before his rescue, the spokesman said.

Based on those admissions and a complaint from the zoo, police charged the hospitalised Villalobos with misdemeanour trespassing on yesterday. It was unclear if the 25-year-old real estate agent had an attorney, and attempts to reach relatives were unsuccessful.

Police had said earlier that Villalobos admitted to a police officer at the scene that he made a conscious decision to jump — “Everyone has a reason for what they do in life,” he was quoted as saying — but that his motives were murky and an arrest uncertain.

That changed when, during a follow-up interview, Villalobos told detectives that “his leap was definitely not a suicide attempt, but a desire to be one with the tiger,” Browne said.

Browne said Villalobos was charged because he had gone “beyond a perimeter security fence and an electrified wire designed to keep the public out and the tiger in.”

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described Villalobos’ actions as “foolish,” in part because they put zoo personnel “in harm’s way.”

Villalobos remained hospitalised with bites and punctures on his arms, legs, shoulders and back, as well as a broken right shoulder, right rib, right ankle and pelvis and a collapsed lung. Police said there was no indication he was intoxicated.

The Wild Asia exhibit that’s home to the tiger was operating as usual on Saturday, zoo officials said, declining to comment further.

Villalobos’ Facebook page makes clear his infatuation with wildlife. One of several postings from Thursday was a photo of a tiger licking a cub, and the comment, “Nice.” Another was of a black jaguar.

An earlier post displayed a promo for a movie called “Facing Animals,” a Dutch documentary about “the complex and often bizarre relationship between man and animal.”

His comment: “This looks fascinating.”


Villalobos’ own bizarre encounter began with a ride on the elevated train that takes unrestrained visitors over the Bronx River and through a forest, where they glide along the top edge of a fence past elephants, deer and a tiger enclosure. He and a date had taken in the same sights from the monorail during a visit to the zoo about two weeks ago, police said Saturday.

This time without warning, Villalobos apparently jumped out of his train car and cleared the 16-foot-high perimeter fence. He was alone with Bashuta for about 10 minutes before he was rescued by zoo officials, who used a fire extinguisher to chase the animal away.

The zookeepers instructed him to roll under an electrified wire to get to safety, zoo director Jim Breheny said. They then called the tiger into a holding area.

The Bronx Zoo, one of the nation’s largest zoos, sprawls over 265 acres and contains hundreds of animals, many in habitats meant to resemble natural settings. Its exhibits include Tiger Mountain, Congo Gorilla Forest and World of Reptiles.

There are 10 tigers at the Wild Asia exhibit, but the 11-year-old Bashuta was the only one on display at the time. Zoo officials said he would remain in the rotation.

“When someone is determined to do something harmful to themselves, it’s very hard to stop that,” said Breheny. “The tiger did nothing wrong.”