first_imgBoston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis, from left, sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Boston, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Two nights after the San Antonio Spurs had no answer for James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge assumed a similarly unstoppable role against the Boston Celtics.Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio ran past Boston 115-96 on Sunday, giving the short-handed Celtics their fourth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs have won 10 of 12 to strengthen their grip on a Western Conference playoff spot. San Antonio (43-31) is eighth in the conference, a half-game behind Oklahoma City and Utah, after rebounding well from a tough loss to Houston on Friday night.Aldridge had his second-highest scoring output of the season. He scored 56 points on Jan. 10 against the Thunder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I just tried to play,” Aldridge said. “Last game I couldn’t play. They doubled me the whole game. I just had to try to find my rhythm. Tonight, they let me play 1-on-1 and I loved it.”Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 14 points. Kyrie Irving had 11 points and 12 assists, but was just 5 of 17 from the field. Irving left the game briefly and went to the locker room in the first quarter with an injury to his left hand, but returned and played the rest of the way with tape on his left ring finger. Boston got Gordon Hayward back from a concussion and Aron Baynes returned after missing a game with a left ankle sprain. Jayson Tatum (back contusion), Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Robert Williams III (back soreness) all remained sidelined for a team that trails fourth-place Indiana by two games in the East standings.UP NEXTSpurs: At Charlotte on Tuesday.Celtics: At Cleveland on Tuesday. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US San Antonio led by 16 less than two minutes into the fourth, and the lead grew as high as 25 in the final period.The Spurs allowed 61 points to Harden in the loss to Houston, the most points scored against San Antonio during Gregg Popovich’s tenure as coach.Popovich’s team seemed unfazed by that setback.Aldridge connected on eight of his first 12 shots against Boston. He had 20 points less than 10 minutes in and finished the half with 25 to help San Antonio take a 54-47 lead.Boston’s defense had little for Aldridge, who finished 20 of 31 from the field in 37 minutes. He was pulled with 1:35 remaining after picking up his fifth foul.“We just need it, Aldridge said. “It’s winning time. It’s getting close to playoff time, every game is going to have playoff intensity or implications. It’s just a win that we needed tonight.”TIP-INSSpurs: It was Aldridge’s seventh career 40-point game. … He has 27 double-doubles on the season. … Had 32 assists and just eight turnovers.Celtics: Smart’s 14 points was the fewest points for a Boston leading scorer in a game this season. … Connected on just 40 percent of their field goal attempts (38 of 94). … Irving’s 18 games of 10-plus assists are the most by a Celtics player since Rajon Rondo had 27 such games in 2012-13. … Signed C Greg Monroe to a 10-day contract.INJURY UPDATES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ It was the latest frustrating outing for the Celtics (43-31), who held an extended players-only meeting after the game. The locker room wasn’t opened to reporters until more than 30 minutes after the final buzzer.“Winning’s hard. Team environments are hard,” Irving said. “It’s not as simple as listening to everybody else speak about what’s going on with the team. … Nobody’s been in my position. Nobody here. So I don’t expect anybody to understand that. Nobody can speak on it.“For me, my focus is figuring out, the guys I have in this locker room, is how to get the best out of them and them get the best out of me.”Coach Brad Stevens was also delayed before speaking with reporters. He said he opened the floor for players to offer insights into their current struggles, but said it wasn’t uncharacteristic for him to seek such input.“There’s some frustration in there,” Stevens said. “We don’t need to ride the emotional rollercoaster. We need to get a lot better.”ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far UP ‘mentally stronger’ after 1st round losses, says Tots Carlos LATEST STORIES MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance & Development Planning has secured more than US$70 million as initial funding for the Gbarnga-Mendikorma Highway project, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan has disclosed.For that development, citizens of Lofa County, through their Superintendent, Paramount Chiefs and lawmakers, have expressed their gratitude to the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the visiting Saudi and Kuwaiti team, who have gone to appraise the project. Lofa County Superintendent, George Dunor, told government officials and the visiting delegation that every Lofa citizen was happy to receive the guests who had come to do the road assessment. He stated that citizens have yearned for many years for the pavement of the main road leading to the county. He and others spoke Friday, September 4, at the Joseph Franklin Walker (St Paul River) Bridge where the delegation had gathered with the citizens.As the Lofaians’ tradition dictates, Supt. Dunor and others presented white kola nuts, a white chicken and a sheep to the visiting Kuwaitis and Saudis. The road, he said is very important because Lofa used to be referred to as the nation’s ‘bread basket’. This is no longer the case due to the very deplorable condition of the road as farmers and marketers are not able to transport their products to the larger markets. Also speaking, the Chairman of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Representative Moses Kollie, said when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf campaigned for her second term, they told the voters in Lofa County that they should vote for her as she would work hard for the pavement of the road. Representative Mariama Fofana added, “When this road is paved, it is going to have a major impact on the lives of everyone, especially ordinary Lofa citizens.”The 280-km road begins in Gbarnga, Bong County and ends in Mendikorma, Lofa County.Representing the officials of Bong County, including their lawmakers, Supt. Selena Polson Mappy said good road network has been a very huge challenge for this government. She told the visitors: “Your coming here today has raised the hopes of our people. You are coming to bring relief to us.”For his part, Public Works Minister W. Gyude Moore reiterated that to connect all the counties’ capitals with two-lane paved roads, the government will need US$2.2 billion.Because the Liberian government doesn’t have that amount of money, according to Min. Moore, at the onset of the regime, they decided to only pave three major roads that will connect the entire country. He disclosed that, at the moment, the government is doing the road from Fish Town in River Gee County to Harper, Maryland County as part of the Tappita to Harper road project. He further stated that by September 2016, the Monrovia to Ganta road will be done, adding: “It makes sense now to begin the Gbarnga to Mendikorma road.”Min. Moore, whose agency will be tasked with implementing the project, further stated that the presence of the investors was to continue a process, including the first feasibility study that was done of the same road. “Now they have come to do an assessment and discuss the technical details with us. When that part of the process is finished, we will do the best that we can, keeping within our own rules and their lending organizations to execute the road project on time.”The Minister, however, stressed: “But the people of Lofa can be assured that this road, from Gbarnga to Mendikorma, will be paved.”Earlier, Min. Moore praised Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, whom the people of Lofa refer to as their “Big Uncle,” for his involvement in the project. According to him, the Vice President, who was set to make the trip had to change at the 11th hour, due to a call by President Sirleaf for him (VP) to attend a very important meeting.The investors’ team leaders, Dr. Hisham Gaafar, Project Manager, Kuwaiti Fund and Mr. Mourad Bouaouina, OFID, spoke of their happiness for the warm gesture the people of Lofa showed them when they arrived at the bridge, which forms the boundary between Lofa and Bong.Specifically, Dr. Gaafar said they were glad to provide assistance and the road will provide ease to get to all the health and other important facilities along it. Also speaking, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said when he was Minister of Finance; he made several trips to Kuwait to discuss the cancellation of debts to initiate discussions with Kuwait Fund for Development for the pavement of the road. He, too, lauded the efforts of theVice President for his (VP’s) push for the project. The Foreign Minister also thanked Finance and Development Minister Amara Konneh for exerting all efforts at getting the project on track. “We are here today, because the Ministry of Finance under his leadership, has managed to put together a consortium of lenders, who have committed some of the money. It’s a huge sum of money that will be needed for phases one and two,” he stated. He urged both Bong and Lofa citizens to cooperate with implementers when the project starts as properties directly in the work way would have be demolished, destroyed or uprooted. Last May, Vice President Boakai disclosed that pavement of the road would begin next dry season and stated that the feasibility studies on the road have long been done and that its funding was provided by Kuwait. He further stated that the entire road project will cost the Liberian government more than US$300 million. “That’s not money we have lying anywhere around here. But from the last discussion we had, it has become a priority road. So the President, Finance and Public Works Ministers and the Deputy Minister in the Office of the President who is responsible for coordinating all these kinds of projects, and I decided that come this dry season, we are going to make sure that the Gbarnga-Mendikorma road starts,” the VP stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBut Google’s shares drooped $8.05, or 1.6 percent, after rising $7.18 to close at $501.50 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Wall Street’s tepid reaction to the fourth-quarter performance illustrates the pressures facing Google as it tries to maintain enough moneymaking momentum to keep shareholders happy while investing heavily in new employees and data centers to support its ambitious plans for the future. To some extent, Google has already spoiled investors by topping analyst expectations in all but one of its 10 quarters as a publicly held company. During that stretch, Google has earned $4.8 billion on $18.6 billion in sales, translating into a $26 profit on every $100. The hefty profit margin is one of the reasons that Google’s stock has increased more than fivefold from an initial public offering price of $85, minting the eight-year-old company with a market value of about $150 billion. SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled as the online search engine leader once again sprinted past analyst expectations, but the breathtaking growth wasn’t enough to satisfy investors. The Mountain View-based company’s high-flying stock price dipped after Google said it earned $1.03 billion, or $3.29 per share, during the final three months of 2006. That compared with net income of $372.2 million, or $1.22 per share, at the same time in 2005. If not for expenses for employee stock compensation and gains from tax benefits, Google said it would have earned $3.18 per share. That figure easily exceeded the average analyst estimate of $2.92 per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. “To be growing this fast at this stage is phenomenal,” Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive officer, said during a Wednesday interview. “Frankly, I could not be prouder of this company.” Dazzled by Google’s track record, investors now appear to be demanding even bigger things from the company. Management is trying to deliver by expanding into other advertising channels, including print, broadcasting and online video with its recent $1.76 billion acquisition of YouTube. For almost any other company, Google’s fourth-quarter results probably would have been a crowd pleaser. The company’s revenue for the period totaled $3.2 billion, a 67 percent increase from $1.92 billion in the prior year. After subtracting commissions paid to its advertising partners, Google’s fourth-quarter revenue was $2.23 billion. That also exceeded the average analyst estimate of $2.19 billion and represented a 20 percent increase from the third quarter. The sequential change in Google’s quarterly revenue is closely watched by investors. Besides exceeding analyst expectations, Google’s sequential revenue growth also outpaced the 15 percent increase posted by Yahoo Inc., which operates the Internet’s second-largest advertising network.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgŠ 85th Avenue between 88 and 91 Streets – Pave 85 Avenue from 88 Street to 91 Street. It is currently gravel. This will be a full reconstruct with base construction, storm sewer, LED streetlights, curb and gutter and asphalt, also the extension of the paved trail to 92A Street94th Avenue between 100 and 102 Streets – This project is for the replacement of the A/C water main, full base construction, installing proper storm sewer, adding sidewalk and LED street lighting. This area is currently deficient in all of this infrastructure102nd Avenue between 106 and 108 Streets – This project is for the replacement of the A/C water main, full base construction, installing proper storm sewer, adding sidewalk and LED street lighting. This area is currently deficient in all of this infrastructureLane north of 100th Street between 100 and 102 Streets – As part of the downtown revitalization plan, the paving of this lane to improve drainage and accessibility was one of the key componentsLane south of 100th Street between 98 and 100 Streets – As part of the downtown revitalization plan, the paving of this lane to improve drainage and accessibility was one of the key components Š100 Avenue Sidewalk and curb repairs (east of 108 Street) – this is to replace the sidewalk and curb that has settled plus reshape the curb flare at 108 Street with improved geometry to assist in right hand turns onto 100 Street FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John company has been awarded the tender for the 2017 Capital Roadworks project.The project will consist of reconstruction of various roads and lanes within the city which include:85th Avenue between 88 and 91 Streets94th Avenue between 100 and 102 Streets102nd Avenue between 106 and 108 StreetsLane north of 100th Street between 100 and 102 StreetsLane south of 100th Street between 98 and 100 StreetsInteroute Construction Ltd. (dba DGS Astro Paving) has been awarded the project with a bid of $5,105,980.20. They submitted their bid on April 27, 2017.- Advertisement -The budget summary provided in a report is as follows:The budget breakdown for the 2017 Capital Roadworks project/Photo: City of Fort St. JohnThe work that will be involved with the project is as follows:Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTHEY did it, finally. More than seven weeks after their constitutional deadline, members of the state Legislature were able to broker the right deals to secure the necessary two-thirds majority needed to approve a budget. No need to crack open the champagne. This is a budget that could, and should, have been passed weeks ago. But it wasn’t, due to a wholly bipartisan brand of pettiness and political posturing up in Sacramento. And because politicians dragged their feet, real people suffered as important services went unfunded. And nothing gets the public more supportive of term limits than contempt and inaction from their leaders. So the budget impasse has served the politicos well. They’ve managed to annoy, offend and outrage us all – maybe even so much that we’ll inadvertently allow them to annoy, offend and outrage us for even longer. But not if we see through their trickery. We cannot afford to reward the legislators’ lazy and self-indulgent lazy behavior, let alone their deceitful ways.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the politicians didn’t mind. They weren’t the ones suffering from their negligence. In fact, they seem to have benefited from it. That’s because during this budget ordeal, California voters have grown increasingly disgusted with their elected leaders – so disgusted that public support has grown for a ballot measure that would impose stricter term limits on our politicians. The only problem is, no such ballot measure exists. Borrowing a page from the Los Angeles City Council’s deceitful passage of Measure R – an assault on term limits dolled up to look like just the opposite – the state’s political leaders are putting a measure on the February ballot that would let them stay in their offices longer. Only they have made the title and language so confusing that voters mistakenly think the measure would actually get them out of office more quickly. last_img read more

first_imgSept. 30 that DWP employees’ salaries average $76,949 a year and the workers earn nearly 20 percent more than the average Los Angeles municipal worker. Examination of the DWP’s payroll costs was triggered by a DWP board decision to seek higher rates for water and power. Two years ago, the IBEW won a five-year contract guaranteeing raises of 16.8 percent, and up to 28 percent depending on inflation. As part of the Daily News review, DWP employees’ names, job classifications and salaries were obtained from the city under a California Public Records Act request and were posted on They remain on the Web site. The IBEW is seeking a court order enjoining DWP officials from releasing the salaries of employees represented by the union, according to the filing. It also says the union will seek to bar the Daily News from publishing the names, job titles and “individually identified” salary information of union-represented utility employees. The union’s complaint disputes an argument that there is a public-interest value in releasing and publishing workers’ salaries. “Union-represented employees are not upper management and they do not make any fiscal, management or policy decisions,” the complaint says. beth.barrett@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: Daily News finds that agency’s employees earn more than others in city. By Beth Barrett STAFF WRITER The union representing nearly all 8,500 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees sought a temporary restraining order Tuesday against the Daily News over online publication of the workers’ names, salaries and positions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAlso named in the court filing by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, was the city of Los Angeles and the DWP Board of Commissioners. Notice of the filing was sent to the Daily News’ corporate headquarters in Denver. The newspaper, which is a sister paper of the Daily Breeze, was given 30 days to respond. However, the City Attorney’s Office said a hearing on the request was set for 8:30 a.m. today in Department 85 of Los Angeles Superior Court. “This is quite strange,” Daily News Editor Ron Kaye said. “Just six weeks ago the state Supreme Court ruled unequivocally that these kind of records are public information, especially when they contribute to the public’s ability to have oversight of how government operates and spends their money.” The Daily News reported last_img read more

first_imgMotorsports 12:30 p.m.Nextel Cup Dickies 500 (taped)ESPN2 Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket). RADIO INDEX: KLAA (830 AM); KWKW (1330 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Men’s College Basketball 4 p.m.2K Classic: Tenn.-Martin at MemphisESPNU ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Men’s College Basketball 4 p.m.2K Classic: Tenn.-Martin at MemphisESPNU Pro Football 5:30 p.m.Baltimore at PittsburghESPN1330 Hockey 4 p.m.Philadelphia at N.Y. RangersVersus 7 p.m.Dallas at DucksPrime830 Motorsports 12:30 p.m.Nextel Cup Dickies 500 (taped)ESPN2 Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket). RADIO INDEX: KLAA (830 AM); KWKW (1330 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Pro Football 5:30 p.m.Baltimore at PittsburghESPN1330 Hockey 4 p.m.Philadelphia at N.Y. RangersVersus 7 p.m.Dallas at DucksPrime830 last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Representing women’s issues at the United Nations and working with more than 120 Zonta clubs in Asia and Europe are just some of the duties that Santa Clarita resident Dianne Curtis will be taking on as newly elected vice president of Zonta International. Curtis, who joined Zonta as a member of the Santa Clarita Valley club in 1980, was named to her new post in June at Zonta International’s convention in Melbourne, Australia. She previously served as international director, international convention chairman and foundation ambassador. As vice president, she will serve as a liaison between Zonta International and 10 clubs in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; 44 clubs in Japan; and 70 clubs in France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Bulgaria. She will serve as international representative to district conferences for Zonta Districts 25, 26 and 30, which cover the individual clubs to which she is assigned. She will attend meetings of the United Nations in New York and meetings of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She also will serve as a director of the Zonta International Foundation and will stand in for the Zonta International president if necessary. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Zonta’s values are about service through advocacy, human rights for all and providing financial support to improve the lives of women,” Curtis said in her nomination speech. “We all know that the needs of the people in our communities are rising and, unfortunately, the traditional governmental support is declining. The communities of the world need Zonta.” She noted that Zontians around the world are blessed, not because of material wealth or notoriety, but “because we belong to a global organization whose cause is to make this world less difficult for one another.” Curtis and her family moved to Newhall in 1971. She is the president of her own trucking company, Canyon Bulk Inc. She also serves as vice president of Curtis Sand & Gravel and president of No Limit Motor Sports, a professional motorcycle road racing team. Her volunteer work in the community has centered on Zonta and improving the status of women. On the local level, she has served as club president, chair of numerous Zonta committees, and governor of District 9, to which the local club belongs.last_img read more

first_imgWARWICK, R.I. – Enraged that no one will spend more than four years in prison for the 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people, victims’ relatives vented their fury Friday at a judge as he accepted plea deals from the club’s owners to avoid a graphic, heart-wrenching trial. Michael Derderian was sentenced to four years behind bars and his brother, Jeffrey, got no prison time at all after they pleaded no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The fire, sparked by a rock group’s pyrotechnics, quickly engulfed The Station nightclub because the Derderians had installed highly flammable foam on the walls to ease neighbors’ noise concerns. Judge Francis Darigan admonished the victims’ relatives not to try to talk him out of the plea deals. But many of them bitterly ignored the warning in a sentencing so turbulent that the judge abruptly recessed the proceedings at one point to defuse the tension in the room. “Lady Justice in Rhode Island is blind, but she’s also deaf,” Jay McLaughlin, a relative of two of the victims, told the judge. Gov. Don Carcieri also criticized the sentences. “Nobody who witnessed today’s emotional testimony could believe that the punishment fit the crime,” he said in a statement. Shortly before the judge imposed the sentence, Jeffrey Derderian – a 39-year-old former television reporter who was there that night while a TV cameraman filmed footage for a story on safety in public places – tearfully apologized for the heartache he had caused and recounted the chaotic scene. “The fire moved so fast. I was scared. I wish I did a better job,” he said. “There are many days that I wish I didn’t make it out of that building, because if I didn’t maybe some of these families would feel better.” He added: “I know you would have liked it if I died, too.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Before I read my statement, I’d like to just say I will address you, but I will not say `Your Honor.’ I don’t think you’re an honorable man. I don’t respect you,” said Annmarie Swidwa, the mother of 25-year-old Bridget Sanetti. Victims’ families were angry not only over the sentences, but because they believed a trial would have told them more about how and why their loved ones died. The judge, though, refused to reconsider the plea deals, saying they would spare the victims’ families and all of Rhode Island from having to “relive the moments of this tragedy” through graphic images and descriptions, and that it would “avoid an extremely lengthy, costly and heartrending trial whose outcome was uncertain.” “I understand how you feel about this case,” the judge told family members. “My greatest regret, however, most sincere regret, is that this criminal justice system cannot give you the relief you seek.” Prosecutors said they objected to the sentences and urged prison time for both men. Defense lawyer Kathleen Hagerty has said prosecutors offered the terms during negotiations, but Darigan took responsibility for the deal Friday. last_img

first_imgIf Tottenham Hotspur have it all to do in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie with Ajax  having lost 1-0 in north London last week.Thankfully, things are beginning to look a little more positive for Spurs with Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier back in contention for the match after injuries and Heung-Min Son returning after suspension. deals Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gives instructions to Dele Alli in the first leg against Ajax. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is still without Harry Winks, Harry Kane and the ineligible Vincent Janssen, while Davinson Sanchez has joined the list of absentees with a thigh problem.Liverpool’s incredible comeback victory over Barcelona will have lifted Spurs’ spirits too and hopefully given them the belief anything is possible in a game of football.But how will Pochettino set up his team given they struggled so much in the first-half against Ajax in the first leg. The fact Sissoko is likely to play from the start should help but a tactical switch could also occur.So, how will Tottenham line-up? We’ve predicted their XI below. no dice ADVICE shining LATEST Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Having played a back-five to start in the first leg, Spurs should now revert to a back-four handing them an extra man in midfield to stymie the talented Ajax player who ran rings around them early on last Tuesday.Heung-Min Son will replace Fernando Llorente and offer a twin threat with Lucas Moura, pinning the Dutch outfits backline into a deeper position.Sissoko alongside Victor Wanyama should help avoid the gaping holes in front of the defence which allowed Erik ten Haag’s side to score their opening goal in the tie, while it will allow Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to play in freer roles, while covering Frenkie de Jong and any passing options when Spurs don’t have the ball. Is this the XI Pochettino will play against Ajax? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Liverpool will play either Ajax or Tottenham in the Champions League final. Tune into talkSPORT this evening to hear full commentary of their semi-final second leg clash, live from Amsterdam!last_img read more