Tottenham Hotspur might not be playing for a position anymore, but they will still be playing with pride when they meet Leicester City on Thursday.Spurs are guaranteed to finish in second spot after a sensational season where they kept the Premier League title race alive until last week.A win over Manchester United was the perfect way to finish their time at White Hart Lane, and now Mauricio Pochettino will demand nothing but the best from his men in the final two games of the season.The Argentine boss must do without Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier who are both injured, while Mousa Dembele won’t play the full match due to a foot problem.Erik Lamela and Danny Rose will also be absent after operations on hip and knee injuries, respectively.So who will Pochettino pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted XI, in squad number order… 11 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI, in squad number order… 11 11 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 7. Heung-Min Son (left-wing) 15. Eric Dier (right-back) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 12. Victor Wanyama (central midfield) 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 11 11 11 11 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 11 23. Christian Eriksen (central midfield) 17. Moussa Sissoko (right-wing)
ALAMEDA — Jon Gruden will consult Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre for a scouting report on the 49ers potential Thursday night starting quarterback, third-stringer Nick Mullens. Favre, a University of Southern Mississippi product, and Mullens, the same, worked closely together when Mullens was in school from 2013-16.Jalen Richard, the Raiders’ backup running back and Mullens’ teammate at USM for three of those years, observed their partnership from up close.“Brett would know (about …
But none of that seems to matter.At the season’s halfway point, I’m still asking “Why can’t … Click here if you’re unable to view video or photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — These Raiders aren’t particularly imposing and they’re nothing close to a complete team.Their offense is overly reliant on one player and their defense is one of the worst units in the NFL. They’ve been blown out three times already this season, and their wins — all of them — have been nail biters.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Chongson reiterated his approach to these final games as his chance to correct the recurring mistakes for his Rhum Masters.“We’re treating these last games as tuneup. We want to finetune our execution and I hope our communication won’t go offline,” he said.Mario Bonleon topped cellar-dwelling AMA (1-8) with 23 points on a paltry 8-of-23 clip, while also hauling down seven rebounds.Daniel Salonga added 15 markers, while Andre Paras notched 12 points and 12 boards in the Titan’s third straight loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant But that’s the least of coach Lawrence Chongson’s concerns as he seeks to improve his side going to the playoffs.“Whatever happens, it’s a process. All I want is to build a certain identity, a certain culture that we’re ready regardless on who we play against,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJames Martinez scattered 14 points and two assists to lead Tanduay’s balanced attack.Renz Palma got 11 markers and five dimes, and Jom Sollano tallied a near double-double of 10 points and seven rebounds. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments MOST READ James Martinez. PBA IMAGESWith the playoffs firmly in mind, Tanduay crippled AMA Online Education, 91-80, to grab its seventh win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The victory kept the Rhum Masters in contention for the second outright semis seat, but they would need to win their final game against Racal on Thursday and Cignal HD to drop its game versus CEU on Tuesday to claim the slot.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerong Pilipino inches closer to D-League playoff berth LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo TANDUAY 91 – Martinez 14, Palma 11, Sollano 10, Gaco 9, Vigil 9, Alvarez 8, Eguilos 6, Sanga 6, Santos 6, Varilla 6, Tambeling 4, Villamor 2, Taganas 0, Terso 0.AMA 80 – Bonleon 23, Salonga 15, Paras 12, Alas 10, Magpantay 10, Calma 4, Macaranas 3, Malones 3, Carpio 0, Celso 0, Jordan 0.Quarters: 21-18, 44-35, 65-53, 91-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Moody’s Japan K.K. has downgraded Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) corporate family rating to Ba2 from Ba1 on the grounds of the company’s likely inability to cut debt over the next few years.The argumentation is based on the expectation that the company will continue to borrow to invest in its growth segments, such as offshore oil and gas infrastructure and LNG carriers. The rating outlook is stable.“We expect MOL’s debt will not decline materially over the next few years and its leverage will likely remain above our downgrade guidance of 7.0x for a Ba1 rating,” says Motoki Yanase, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.Moody’s expects a marginal improvement in profitability measured by EBIT margin over the next few years, from its growth segments, the spin-off of its volatile containership business into the Ocean Network Express (ONE) joint venture, and the gradual recovery in the market, mainly in the dry bulk and containership sectors.According to the rating agency, ONE hasn’t benefited MOL’s profitability so far, and it will take several years to prove out. Even potential earnings improvement of the JV are likely to have a limited impact on MOL’s ability to lower leverage, given the large size of its debt.Moody’s expects that MOL’s EBIT margin will remain in the single digits, and that any improvement in EBITDA will not be enough to lower leverage. Moody’s estimates MOL’s retained cash flow/net debt will remain in the single digits, lower than that of its global peers at the Ba or single-B levels.Despite its weak credit metrics, MOL’s rating continues to be supported by its large scale, relatively diversified shipping segments, and well-established market presence.The company’s fleet includes about 850 vessels, including dry bulkers, car carriers, tankers and LNG carriers, which have different business cycles and mitigate business volatility to some extent, the rating agency said, adding that these mostly unencumbered assets put the company in a better position than many of its global peers to raise funds by selling or securing assets.