LONDON -- Tottenham, Fiorentina and Red Bull Salzburg made it four group wins out of four in the Europa League on Thursday to qu
LONDON -- Tottenham, Fiorentina and Red Bull Salzburg made it four group wins out of four in the Europa League on Thursday to quin Fragen & Antworten 08.02.2018 09:33
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LONDON -- Tottenham, Fiorentina and Red Bull Salzburg made it four group wins out of four in the Europa League on Thursday to qualify for the knockout phase with two games to spare. Record-signing Erik Lamela scored his first Tottenham goal before winning the penalty that Jermain Defoe converted to clinch a 2-1 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol in Group K. In Romania, Fiorentina won by the same score at Pandurii Targu Jiu after Matos Ryder and Borja Valero scored for the Group E leader, while second-place Dnipro of Ukraine advanced by beating Pacos Ferreira 2-0. Two teams are also through already from Group C, with leader Red Bull Salzburg winning 3-1 at Standard Liege and Esbjerg edging Elfsborg 1-0. Valencia went to the top of Group A with a 3-2 win over St. Gallen, and will advance to the last 32 along with Russian side Rubin Kazan, Dnipro of Ukraine, and Ludogorets of Bulgaria. At White Hart Lane, Lamela finally made his mark more than two months after joining from Roma for up to 35 million euros ($47 million). The 21-year-old Lamela has been used sparingly by Andre Villas-Boas and is yet to start an English Premier League game for Spurs but he showed his attacking prowess against the Moldovan champions. Lamela knocked home the opener from close range on the hour before being tripped shortly afterwards in the penalty area, Defoe scored from the penalty spot in the 67th. Although Ismail Isa struck a late consolation, there was no comeback to deny Tottenham a fourth straight Group K win. "Lamela was unbelievable tonight, good on the ball, strong," Defoe said. "Sometimes it is difficult coming to a new club at such a young age." Tottenham will have to wait to confirm its status as group winner after second-placed Anzhi Makhachkala beat Tromso 1-0 in Norway. In Group A, late goals from Pablo Piatti and Sergio Canales helped Valencia come from behind to beat 10-man St. Gallen 3-2 in Switzerland and replace Swansea as leader after the Welsh side drew at Kuban Krasnodar. Bulgarians Ludogorets lost its 100 per cent record and conceded its first goal in Group B, but a 1-1 home draw with Chornomorets was enough for it to qualify. Second-placed PSV Eindhoven closed the gap at the top to three points with a 2-0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb. Rubin Kazan has all but done enough in Group D after beating English second-tier side Wigan 1-0 in Russia to go five points clear. Belgian side Zulte-Waregem gave itself hope of snatching second place with a 1-0 win over Maribor in Slovenia. In Group F, leader Eintracht Frankfurt surprisingly lost 4-2 in Israel to Maccabi Tel Aviv, which is two points behind in second. APOEL Nicosia moved off the bottom with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux. Trabzonspor all but booked its passage from Group J by winning 2-0 win at bottom-placed Legia Warsaw. Lazio remain hot on the leaders heels after a 2-1 win over Apollon in Rome. In Group I, Chuli scored in stoppage time for Real Betis to clinch a 1-0 victory over Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal, lifting the Spanish side to top spot as former leader Lyon was held to 1-1 at Rijeka. Betis city rival Sevilla continued to edge towards qualification from Group H after a 1-1 home draw against Slovan Liberec. Also in Group H, Freiburgs Karim Guede and Nicolas Hofler were sent off in the final four minutes but the team managed to hang on for 0-0 with Estoril in Portugal. Dynamo Kyiv also shrugged off a numerical disadvantage as an own goal from Lukas Schenkel and a free kick from Andriy Yarmolenko clinched a 2-0 victory at Thun in Group G, despite the 17th-minute dismissal of Dieumerci Mbokani. Genks lead in the group was cut to a single point after a 2-2 draw at Rapid Vienna. 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He earned his first caps for Sweden this month, featuring against Bahrain and Qatar. DeMarcus Cousins Team USA Jersey . The former Toronto FC designated player played three of his 15 professional seasons with the team.DUNEDIN, Florida – For a guy with an uncertain future and a history of self doubt, Colby Rasmus has arrived for his third spring training with the Blue Jays a relaxed and confident ballplayer. He eagerly relives the thrill of the Iron Bowl football victory in November, in which his beloved Auburn Tigers defeated the two-time defending NCAA champion Alabama Crimson Tide on a last second missed field goal returned for a touchdown. In the next breath, he laments Auburns loss to Florida State in the BCS title game. “Too many mistakes,” he said. Rasmus isnt a fan of American Idol. He watches only when his wife, Megan, has it on TV and admits to only passing interest in the success on the show of Dexter Roberts, a singer whos made it into this seasons final 13 contestants and who, through friends, performed at Rasmus New Years Eve bash. “I dont really know him. I only met him once,” he said. When it gets down to the business of baseball, Rasmus will attempt to control only what he can – his performance on the field. Signed for this year at $7-million, Rasmus will become a free agent for the first time in his career if he and the Blue Jays dont reach a contract extension before the end of the season. Hes not bothered that general manager Alex Anthopoulos hasnt approached him about a long-term deal, preferring instead to wait and, as Anthopooulos put it in December, “gather more information.” “Im given a chance to play again another year,” said Rasmus. “They didnt see fit to hold me for a long time and I have had some ups and downs and I get that. Im not really worried about it. Ive been given a chance to play another year so Im going to go out and play and let it all hang out and leave it all out there on the field.” Rasmus enjoyed a bounce back season in 2013. Limited to 118 games thanks to oblique and facial injuries, he authored a .276/.338/.501 slash line. His OPS of .840 looked more like the number in his 2010 breakout season in St. Louis (.859) than in either 2011 (.688) or 2012 (.689.) Despite missing 44 games, Rasmus hit 22 home runs, one off his career high. Prorate that number over a full season and he hits 30-plus home runs for the first time. At 27, Rasmus is entering his prime years. Hes maturing with time. “I guess everybody always said it comes with age or whatever,” said Rasmus. “I mean now that Ive got some time under my belt it definitely is easier. Looking back on how it was when I was younger I understand I had hard times with the older guys. I get it. But now, to be where Im at, Im just happy to be here and I look at it like that.” His manager sees all-star potential in Rasmus. “Last year was a big year for him,” said John Gibbons. “I think as the season went on he got much better. A lot of strikeouts early but he made some adjustments and when he puts the ball in play consistently, the ball goes a long way. Hes got a chance to be one of the premier power hitters in the league. He can do a lot of things.” Rasmus had a strong relationship with former hitting coach Chad Mottola. The two formed a quick bond, Mottola helping Rasmus with his mental approach to hitting. Now, as Rasmus gets to know his third hitting coach in as many seasons, hes willing to be patient as he adjusts to Kevin Seitzer. “Im not putting a rush on it,” said Rasmus. “Weve got a lot of time here in spring. I just try to get my thoughts together on what I think would help me and help him to make it a good flow and a good mix of what Im trying to do and what I need him to look for in me.dddddddddddd” Seitzer knows Rasmus is a pull hitter who loves his fastballs – Rasmus believes hes evolved from being a dead pull hitter to someone willing to use all fields – and hes not coming in to overhaul the centerfielders swing. “Hitters have to be able to make adjustments from week to week, game to game, pitcher to pitcher, depending on the stuff theyre going to attack with,” said Seitzer. “Hes been around a long time and hes a smart hitter and hes very talented. You cant teach hand speed and hes got a lot of that. Well see how the process unfolds. “Youve got to be able to get in their head quick and find out how they tick and where their insecurities are, their points of concern in their swing with their mindset and all of that,” said Seitzer. “I get to know them pretty quick.” CECIL AND DELABAR ADJUST Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar were two important pieces of the Blue Jays stellar bullpen last season. Both missed time due to injury and while heavy workload would seem to be the obvious reason why, Delabar identified a different reason: He made a mechanical change to his delivery before the All-Star break, which led to shoulder inflammation and a month on the disabled list in August. “It caused me to put some stress in unneeded areas,” said Delabar. Delabar changed the positioning of his feet in an effort to be, as he describes it, more directional rather than rotational toward home plate. He was falling away on his pitches down and away to right-handed batters, likening the problem to a hitter with a persistently open stance who cant get to outside pitches. “I thought it would get me straight on line,” said Delabar. “It felt good to do it so I started playing catch with it, messing around with it and I got in a game and did it and I was like, ‘Hey, it feels pretty good. I just kept doing it, kept going with it and I didnt realize it was putting stress on my shoulder.” When Delabar returned from injury on September 2, he continued with his new delivery and with such little time left in the season, he didnt experience any more significant trouble. The plan is to use the adjusted delivery this season. Cecil appeared in 60 games in his first season as a full-time reliever. Not a lock to make the club out of spring training, Cecil took the ball whenever he was asked and was eager to put in extra work to prove he belonged. He was shut down on September 13 with elbow pain after only three appearances that month. With his role in the bullpen now firmly established, Cecil will focus on better monitoring his own workload this season. “Casey (Janssen) and Darren (Oliver) have been in this situation a lot longer than I have and they were telling me in April, you know, save your bullets. You may not feel like you need a day but if you pitch one day then use your better judgment,” said Cecil. “I told them in August, you guys were right, man. I was starting to feel like I was breaking down a little bit … Thats why you never stopped learning.” Cecil will better communicate with the training staff if hes not feeling 100 percent, but wants something in return – that the training staff doesnt raise any unnecessary red flags if he describes only simple soreness. Hes already adjusting. Cecil was given a 25-pitch cap for his bullpen session on Friday. He chose to throw only 20 pitches. 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