Southampton defender Jose Fonte believes referee Andre Marriner should have been dropped after last weekend’s high-profile gaffe. Marseille, Monaco and Getafe have recently been mentioned as possible destinations and Fonte has urged the Southampton board to tie Pochettino down to a new deal. “It is massive, it is one of the main things,” he said. “We players love to play under him, we love his philosophy, style of play and the way he manages is top. He is definitely one of the best I have played under. “We look forward to him signing a big long contract so we can relax and enjoy our time with him. “We have to be honest it is something that we talk about in the dressing room, but when it comes to Saturday and game time we know what we need to do but it is something we talk about.” Many had expected Pochettino to leave the club in January, having previously warned he would follow executive chairman Nicola Cortese out of the club should he leave. He decided to stay and talk of a meltdown following the divisive Italian’s departure did not come to fruition, with the club now moving forwards under a newly-formed board. “We all know the job Nicola did and he took the club to the Premier League, he did a great job,” Fonte said. “We were sad to see him go, of course, as he had been with us for a long time but the transitional period has happened. “We have a new chairman now and we have met him and he looks a very, very nice person, competent, so we look forward to working with him and have successful years in front of us. “We only talked briefly and he said he wants to take the club in the right direction forward like we have been dong lately and he will do his best to achieve that so we wait and see and hopefully we can push this club even higher.” Despite that, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited decided to give Marriner a chance to get over the mistake in Southampton’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Newcastle – a match centre-back Fonte does not think he should be refereeing. “It is a question for debate, personally my opinion is yes (referees should be held accountable for mistakes),” the Portuguese said. “If we make mistakes as players, we are punished. We get dropped. “I think obviously some might argue that it is good or not, but I personally think they should get dropped as well and don’t referee for a couple of weeks to realise what went wrong. “I don’t know, I just think when the mistake is very, very bad you need to stop and think what can I do better.” Fonte’s comments will likely cause ripples, yet he insists the fact Marriner is taking charge is no “big issue” to the players. “He has a tough job to do,” he said. “I am sure he will want to be perfect on Saturday and we players need to focus on our game, so there is not much that we can say about that.” Marriner was one of a number of subjects Fonte spoke about, as he praised former Saints manager, and now Magpies boss, Alan Pardew – “I owe a massive amount to him” – and the man currently at the helm. Mauricio Pochettino’s profile has grown markedly since arriving at St Mary’s a relative unknown at the start of 2013, with speculation continuing to mount over his future. The official was caught up in a bizarre case of mistaken identity in Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat of Arsenal, sending off Kieran Gibbs rather than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a deliberate handball. Marriner apologised for the mistake at Stamford Bridge, which led the Football Association to transfer the sanction to Oxlade-Chamberlain and then overturn the decision as he had not technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity. Press Association
The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (6–1–0) opens their Big Ten schedule versus Northwestern (6–0–1) this Friday followed by a visit from Illinois (6–2–0) on Sunday from the McClimon Soccer Complex.Northwestern may be among Wisconsin’s most challenging opponents this year despite losing several seniors last year. Perhaps the most notable departure was star goalie Lauren Clem, who had a phenomenal .839 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 2017.But the Badgers should not be overly excited to face Clem’s replacement Mackenzie Wood. Though against non-conference competition, Wood has a .957 save percentage with six shutouts in the team’s seven games.Football: AP Poll very stupid, also dumbFor the second consecutive week, the AP Poll has dropped the University of Wisconsin football team’s ranking by a spot. Read…Wisconsin will look for revenge after last year when they dropped both games versus Northwestern 2–0 and 2–1, the latter eliminating Wisconsin from Big Ten Tournament contention.But early in the season this Wisconsin team seems much different than last year’s. What was then a young offensive core apart from forward Dani Rhodes has now blossomed into a fierce group of strikers.Lauren Rice currently leads the team with four goals while Cameron Murtha leads in assists with four.Rhodes, on the other hand, has struggled early this season. The forward has yet to score with only three of her 18 shots being on goal.These struggles could be the lingering effects of a foot injury that sidelined Rhodes for several weeks in the preseason and kept her out of the first game versus Marquette. That being said, we know a healthy Rhodes has the potential to carry a team offensively. In 2017, she lead Wisconsin in goals, assists as well as nearly every other offensive statistic.Men’s basketball: An inside look at the Badger’s recruiting processOver the past two decades, Wisconsin men’s basketball has been exceptional, making 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances prior to missing Read…Another story to follow is the early season success of Jordyn Bloomer. In her first year replacing longtime starter Caitlyn Clem, Bloomer has done well to keep the Badgers in contests, allowing less than a goal per game with a .708 save percentage.Wisconsin will play Illinois, who have also had a strong start to the season, Sunday. The Fighting Illini’s leader, with four goals and two assists, is senior Katie Murray. Prior to this season, Murray had just two goals and zero assists as a starter in 2017.Friday night’s game versus Northwestern starts at 7 p.m. from the McClimon Complex. Live coverage of the Illinois game will be available on BTN Plus.
Back in the day, there were two holidays on the calendar you drew a red circle around if you were a kid. One was Christmas, for obvious reasons. The other was Halloween. It was the day of sugar highs to end all sugar highs, when nobody said you couldn’t have another candy bar or cupcake, and you ate all the treats you could swallow, even if – far back in your mind – there was the memory of the all-night bellyache you had the previous year. Nobody with any self-respect would buy a costume. That was only for the little kids, who were too young to realize their parents were dressing them up as adorable kittens and fat pumpkins. Older kids – third through sixth grades were the prime trick-or-treating years – took delight in creating our own outfits from stuff we found around home – or, if our mother was handy, something she could run up quickly on the sewing machine using some dish towels, an old sheet or a discarded suit from Grandpa. My twin younger brothers always dressed alike – usually as hoboes (big pants, big hats, cork-blackened faces) or ghosts (old pillowcases with two eyeholes cut in them). One year, though, they took first prize at their elementary school dressed in a single giant jacket, buttoned tightly around both of them. They carried a sign: “The Two-Headed Man.” My favorite Halloween was the one I dressed as a gypsy, or what my mom and I thought gypsies looked like, from what we had seen in the movies. I wore a voluminous purple skirt of my mother’s, with some kind of peasant blouse, a scarf tied around my hair and my mother’s big gold earrings. With a slash of bright red lipstick, I was ready. My second favorite – the year “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” was released – was as a Jane Russell look-alike. I really wanted to go as Marilyn Monroe, but my best friend was the blonde so she got to go as Marilyn. I was a far-distant second, with my brown hair piled up on one side of my head, lipstick laid on heavy, my training bra stuffed with my father’s white socks to make me look as sexy as a mousy, plump preteen could look. That year, as I recall, the two of us ventured far out of our neighborhood. We got lost and it grew later and later, and we started to panic as people turned off their porch lights. Finally, we spotted my dad’s truck; he had come to rescue us. After that, trick-or-treating became a group effort: The littler kids would go with the bigger, older kids, and they would look out for us. Torture us is what they actually did, with tickle fights and ghost stories that made us want to run home to our mothers. And they taught us to soap windows and TP houses and bushes, and blamed it on us little kids when they were caught. But the one thing we would hang on for was a visit to a house a couple of blocks away where a grandmotherly woman – gray hair in a bun, sturdy shoes, apron covering her housedress – would lay out a spread the likes of which today’s kids can only imagine. She’d invite us into her living room, where she had pushed the dining room table up against the wall, covered it with an orange tablecloth and added big black spiders and cobwebs. On the table were fresh-made doughnuts, hot from the frying pan and sticky with sugar and cinnamon, along with hot apple cider, apple turnovers and platters of homemade fudge. Today, nobody would go to the trouble of setting out such a spread. And if they did, nobody would allow their children to go inside. But there was no fear then, when you could trust your neighbors – even the ones you didn’t know well – and Halloween was strictly for fun. [email protected] 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And on top of that, you got to dress up like your favorite superhero or fairy princess or movie cowboy or whatever your fantasy was. And – the greatest thing of all – you got to go out by yourself after dark, an occurrence reserved the rest of the year only for adults. There were no worries then about razor blades in apples, no talk of having Halloween candy X-rayed at the local hospital, no fear of some pervert grabbing a little kid off the street. It was sheer fun, just for kids. The adults stayed in the background, remembering their own Halloweens, and some, perhaps, even playing their own pranks. My father, for instance, refused to hand out candy unless the greedy trick-or-treater danced for him first. The fun started early in the day. Kids all wore their costumes to school, where we’d have a costume parade so everyone could get a good look at their handiwork – or, more likely, their mother’s handiwork – generally late-night magic worked with a couple of burned corks, a pillowcase, a length of rope and maybe a little lipstick or your dad’s fishing hat.