Harry Kane injury could be ‘massive problem’ for Spurs, says Mauricio Pochettino after United defeat

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he fears a “massive problem” after Harry Kane limped off the Wembley pitch with an apparent ankle problem. (AP)
Updated 14 January 2019

Harry Kane injury could be ‘massive problem’ for Spurs, says Mauricio Pochettino after United defeat

LONDON: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he fears a “massive problem” after Harry Kane limped off the Wembley pitch with an apparent ankle problem following his side’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Kane was hurt after clashing with United defender Phil Jones in the closing seconds of the match as the visitors dug deep to protect their 1-0 lead at Wembley on Sunday.
Pochettino said he would fret over Kane’s fitness, with the 25-year-old set to undergo tests in the next few days while he is set to lose Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup.
“Of course if Harry Kane suffers an injury it would be a massive problem for us. That is my worry, that is our worry,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.
“It was a bad tackle in the last moment from a Manchester United player. It wasn’t an intention, but it was a bad tackle.
“There’s swelling now, we need to assess in the next few days. I hope it’s not a big issue but he was limping off the pitch.”
Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s second-half performance as among the best in his tenure at the north London club, despite Marcus Rashford’s first-half winner leaving them nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
“In four-and-a-half years, that’s the best performance I saw Tottenham play,” Pochettino told reporters. “The second half is one of the best performances I’ve seen from my team. I thought it was amazing.”


NBA star LeBron James opts out of wearing social justice message on Lakers jersey

Updated 12 July 2020

NBA star LeBron James opts out of wearing social justice message on Lakers jersey

  • ‘It is just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal’
  • But Lakers star still working behind the scenes to improve the lives of others

LOS ANGELES: NBA superstar LeBron James said Saturday he would opt out of wearing a social justice message on the back of his jersey because it doesn’t “resonate with his mission.”
James, who has often spoken out against racism and police brutality in America, is passing on the NBA’s plan to help bring attention to racial inequality by having players wear messages like “I Can’t Breathe” instead of their family names.
“I didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey,” the Los Angeles Lakers forward James said Saturday. “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players.”
“I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It is just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
James says he wishes he had had some input into the jersey change.
“I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey. I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process which is OK.”
“I don’t need to have something on the back of the jersey for people to understand my mission and what I’m about and what I am here to do.”
The vast majority of NBA players have decided to pick a social justice message when play resumes in Orlando, Florida.
James is one of just about 17 players out of 285 so far who have opted to continue using their family names on the back of their uniforms.
The list of suggested messages, agreed on by the players union and NBA owners and then made available to players, includes “I Can’t Breathe,” which is what George Floyd said more than 20 times before he died with a white police officer kneeling on his neck.
Other messages include: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
James said even though he isn’t taking part in the jersey messages, he is still working behind the scenes to improve the lives of others, especially people in the Black community.
“Being able to use my platform, use the NBA’s platform, to continue to talk about what’s going on. Because I will not stop until I see real change for us in Black America, for African Americans, for people of color. And I also believe I can do both, though.”
James said he always expected to play in the restart to the season: “I am here for one goal and one goal only and that is to win a championship.”