Tottenham produced a breathtaking performance to brush aside Crystal Palace and register their first victory since the opening day of the season.
All four Spurs goals came in the first half, with Son Heung-min the shining light in a scintillating attacking display by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The South Korea forward capitalised on a defensive lapse from returning Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to fire the hosts into an early lead, before visiting left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed Spurs right-back Serge Aurier’s cross into his own net.
Son made it 3-0 moments later, connecting beautifully with another Aurier cross to fire a crisp volley beyond the stranded Vicente Guaita.
Erik Lamela finished off another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane to complete the scoring with three minutes of the first period remaining.
Son and Lamela went close to adding further gloss to the scoreline after the restart, while Gary Cahill and Cheikhou Kouyate forced Hugo Lloris into action at the other end.
Spurs hit their stride
Pochettino revealed he held an hour-long meeting with his squad this week in order to “refocus” his players’ minds following an indifferent start to the campaign.
Spurs had won only once in the league this season before today – at home to Aston Villa in their opening game of the campaign – while midfielder Christian Eriksen was heavily linked with a move away from the club before the end of the European transfer window.
Whatever Pochettino told his players in the meeting, it worked.
The hosts roared out of the traps at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, overwhelming a Palace side who had conceded only two league goals before the game.
Son, who scored Spurs’ first goal at their new stadium against Palace in April, opened the scoring with a crisp finish after Sakho misjudged Toby Alderweireld’s raking cross-field pass.
Spurs, who had fallen behind in both their home games so far this season, continued to apply pressure on the Palace rearguard and doubled their lead when Aurier’s cross from the right was directed past Guaita by the unfortunate Van Aanholt.
Aurier, making his first start since February, was left in far too much space as he set up the hosts’ second goal, and Palace failed to learn their lesson as the Ivory Coast defender produced another teasing ball which Son volleyed brilliantly past Guaita at the far post.
Son was at the forefront of all that was good about Spurs’ performance, starting the move that led to Lamela prodding Kane’s low cross beyond the Palace goalkeeper two minutes before the interval.
A day to forget for Palace
Prior to the game, only Manchester City (52) and Liverpool (51) had collected more Premier League points than Roy Hodgson’s side since 2 February, when the Eagles started a good run of form with a 2-0 win at home to Fulham.
They have taken significant scalps away from Selhurst Park in that period, including a backs-to-the-wall 2-1 victory at Manchester United last month – their eighth win in 12 Premier League away matches.
However, Saturday’s defeat extends their winless league run against Spurs to nine matches.
Hodgson’s side were second best from start to finish as the defensive organisation that earned them that impressive victory at Old Trafford appeared to desert them.
France defender Sakho – making his first appearance since having knee surgery – had a poor game and was at fault for Spurs’ opening goal.
There may have been an element of fortune about the hosts’ second, but Spurs cut through their opponents with embarrassing ease in the build-up to their third and fourth goals, with Son and Lamela both left unmarked at the far post.
Palace rarely threatened at the other end as Lloris made routine saves from Cahill and Kouyate in the first half, before thwarting Wilfried Zaha in the second.
Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken insists the health of his boxers is of “paramount importance”.
Brain injury charity Headway called it a “shocking admission”.
“I am not a doctor and it may be that concussed is not the right term to have used,” McCracken said on Thursday.
“The health of all the boxers I work with is of paramount importance to me and I have always used my judgement and experience to do what is right for them.
“There is no formal concussion protocol where the doctor steps in to assess the boxer so you have to use your experience as a coach and your knowledge of the person to make a decision on whether you think they can recover.
“I have had this a number of times in my career in professional boxing where boxers have recovered from a difficult round to go on and win the fight. I have also pulled boxers out of fights because I knew it was not in their interests to continue.”
Before the seventh round, in which he was stopped by his Mexican-American opponent, Joshua looked perplexed in his corner and said to McCracken: “Why am I feeling like this?”
McCracken told the BBC Boxing podcast that Joshua had faced a “deadly” situation.
“I know him better than all these experts who virtually don’t know him or have met him once or twice,” he said.
“So I knew he was concussed and I’m trying to get him through a few more rounds, one round at a time, and see where he’s at.
“He was glazy-eyed from when he got caught with the initial shot in the third round and he carried that with him until the end [in the seventh round]… he wasn’t responding how he should.
“I’ve worked with him for nine years and I knew he wasn’t quite where he needed to be. He was asking me why he was feeling this way and stuff.”
GB Boxing has backed McCracken, 51, who is its performance director.
“Anyone who has ever seen him work knows that he has the best interests of the boxers at heart,” a spokesperson said.
“Ensuring we deliver a duty of care and protect the physical and mental health of the boxers is central to the way that Rob McCracken has led the world class programme for boxing over the last 10 years.”
Prior to McCracken’s statement on Thursday, Luke Griggs, deputy chief executive of Headway, had said: “Trainers have a duty of care to their boxers and it seems clear that Anthony Joshua’s trainer’s sole priority was winning that fight, not protecting the fighter from a potentially fatal injury.”
Headway has now called for “a discussion about concussion protocols in boxing”.
Dan Roan, BBC sports editor:
Within just four bleak days for boxing in July, Russian Maxim Dadashev and Argentine Hugo Alfredo Santillan became the 11th and 12th high-profile fighters to die as a result of injuries sustained in the ring over the past decade, sparking renewed debate over the safety of the sport.
So it is inevitable that Rob McCracken’s comments have caused concern, especially given his status as the most senior coach in British boxing.
Many will have sympathy for him, arguing that the ability to recover from head injuries has always been an unavoidable part of the sport and that, realistically, boxing cannot apply the same protocols to concussion seen in other sports, where athletes are withdrawn from the action to medical undergo tests, before being allowed to continue.
Others however, will worry that McCracken has shown precisely why trainers and the referee cannot always be relied upon to know when a fighter has had enough, and that boxing needs to do more.
In amateur and Olympic boxing for example, referees have more scope to intervene, stepping in when a boxer is hurt. In professional boxing, they must wait until a fighter is no longer able to defend themselves. Could shorter bouts – or ringside doctors directly intervening to stop fights – be among the answers?
What is certain is that at a time of mounting debate around the perils of repeated head injury, there seems to be no easy answer for combat sports like boxing.
Giovani Lo Celso is unlikely to play for Tottenham Hotspur until the end of October after sustaining a hip injury on international duty.
Lo Celso, who joined Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Betis in August, suffered the injury in Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Chile on Friday.
Spurs revealed the extent of the damage after his country sent him home early.
The 23-year-old has appeared in three Premier League games, but is yet to start a match for his new club.
Transport for London (TfL) will install a 20mph speed limit on all central London roads it manages from next year, following a consultation.
The scheme would see a new limit along 5.5 miles (8.9km) of roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment and Borough High Street by May 2020.
There were nearly 2,000 responses to a public consultation which ran for five weeks until 10 July.
But critics pointed out traffic meant average car speed in London was 6mph.
Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said: “A 20mph speed limit is pretty academic.
“We support TfL’s aim to make London a safer place. However, this can only be done by reducing the excessive number of private hire vehicles on the road.”
The plan is part of the mayor of London’s Vision Zero scheme, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital by 2041.
The affected roads include all those managed by TfL within the congestion zone, along with the Aldgate Gyratory.
The height of pedestrian crossings will be increased in seven “high-risk” locations, such as on the Embankment and outside Tate Britain.
Of the 1,912 public responses, about half said the plans would lead to more people walking. Some 59% said many more people would choose to cycle.
Nearly 50% of respondents believed the proposals would have no impact on the number of car journeys. Some 58% believed the number business journeys would not be affected.
Fatalities on London roads from speed related collisions
Penny Rees, of TfL, said: “We know that lower speeds save lives; it’s that simple.
“It’s clear people agree that making our roads safer will encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans.”
Roads which would have the new limits are:
- Albert Embankment
- Lambeth Palace Road
- Lambeth Bridge
- Victoria Embankment
- Upper Thames Street
- Lower Thames Street
- Tower Hill
- Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
- Borough High Street
- Great Dover Street
- Blackfriars Road
- Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
- Crucifix Lane
- Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
- Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
Transport bosses have said they also hope to introduce lower speed limits on 93 miles (150km) of streets run by TfL across London over the next five years.
Florence Eshalomi, chair of the London Assembly transport committee, said: “We suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.
“Every life lost on the road is tragedy, particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.”
The fiancée of a bouncer killed at a New Year party has appealed for help to catch a fugitive wanted over his death.
Tudor Simionov, 33, was on duty at a Park Lane townhouse in Westminster when he was fatally stabbed on 1 January.
Prime suspect Ossama Hamed, 26, fled the country the next day. Two men pleaded guilty to manslaughter but a jury could not reach a verdict for a fourth man accused of murder.
Madalina Anghel described her fiancé Mr Simionov as “the kindest person”.
The 23-year-old Romanian said: “Tudor was only 33 years old and we had planned our whole lives together.
“He was always thinking about everyone else and putting others first. He was the kindest person I knew and by losing him, I have lost everything.
“Instead of going to the church to arrange our wedding I was going to the church to bury him. My life has been turned upside down.”
She said she was pleased two men had been convicted but “we must now keep working to find Ossama Hamed who remains on the run from police”.
Ms Anghel added: “Imagine how you would feel knowing one of those involved in the death of your loved one was still walking free.”
“I am pleased those involved have been convicted but we must now keep working to find Ossama Hamed who remains on the run from police.
“Imagine how you would feel knowing one of those involved in the death of your loved one was still walking free.”
The Old Bailey heard Mr Simionov was stabbed in the chest and five other members of staff were injured as a group of gatecrashers tried to get into the exclusive party.
Adam Khalil, 20, from Kingsbury, and Haroon Akram, 26, entered guilty pleas to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Barber Nor Hamada, 33, from Wembley, was on trial accused of murder, violent disorder and five counts of wounding.
He was found guilty of violent disorder and cleared of four counts of wounding, but the jury were unable to reach verdicts for the murder and fifth wounding charge.
The Crown Prosecution Service is considering a retrial on the remaining charges.
Acting Det Ch Insp Garry Moncrieff, who led the investigation, said Mr Simionov’s family had been left “completely devastated”.
He said: “We believe Ossama Hamed played a significant role in this attack and we are determined to find him and get Tudor’s family the justice they deserve.”
A man has admitted crushing a three-year-old to death by reversing his seat as the boy sat in a car footwell.
Stephen Waterson killed Alfie Lamb, his girlfriend’s son, in February 2018.
He initially denied manslaughter but changed his plea to guilty ahead of a retrial at the Old Bailey.
In May, Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare – who watched as her son was crushed – was jailed for two years and nine months after being found guilty of child cruelty.
Sentencing her, Mr Justice Kerr told Hoare: “There was an element of deliberate disregard for Alfie’s welfare.”
The court had heard that Waterson was annoyed at Alfie’s crying on a journey back from a shopping trip and moved his seat into him as he sat in the footwell at his mother’s feet.
When Alfie continued to moan, Waterson reversed again, saying: “I won’t be told what to do by a three-year-old,” Hoare told jurors.
Alfie collapsed in the car and died in hospital three days later.
Waterson, the adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel Waterson, was remanded in custody to be sentenced next Monday.
Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said: “For a three-and-a-half-year-old to be crushed by something so strong and no one helping, it’s a shocking way to die.
“Stephen Waterson has come across as a selfish, abhorrent individual”.
Millwall manager Neil Harris was fined £2000 after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge resulting from Saturday’s draw at Middlesbrough.
Harris, 42, was shown a red card by referee John Brooks and sent to the stands after a touchline altercation with Boro coach Leo Percovich.
The charge, it was alleged, amounted to improper conduct.
“We were so dominant in the first half that I was trying to hurry along with the game,” Harris said of the incident.
He added in a post-match interview: “He’s [Percovich] got the ball under his arm, and I sort of wanted to hit the ball from under his arm. It wasn’t aimed at the coaching staff, but he’s moved and I’ve hit his arm.
“There’s no issue there, and I was a little bit surprised I was sent to the stand for it considering there was never going to be an issue with Middlesbrough’s coaching staff.”
Iran’s judiciary says it has sentenced a British-Iranian dual national to 10 years in prison for spying for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.
Anousheh Ashouri was also handed a two-year term for illicitly acquiring money and fined $36,600 (£29,850).
An Iranian citizen, Ali Johari, was also jailed for 10 years for allegedly passing information to Mossad.
The UK Foreign Office confirmed it had been supporting the family of a British-Iranian man detained in Iran.
“Our embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access,” it added.
“The treatment of all dual nationals detained in Iran is a priority and we raise their cases at the most senior levels. We urge Iran to let them be reunited with their families.”
Iran has detained a number of dual citizens and foreign nationals in recent years, many of them on spying charges. They include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation who was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016.
The Iranian authorities do not recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and do not grant consular access for foreign diplomats to visit them in detention.
Iran’s judiciary also confirmed on Tuesday that an Iranian woman employed by the British Council had lost her appeal against a 10-year sentence for spying.
Aras Amiri, who had been working for the UK cultural organisation in London, was detained in Iran in March 2018.
Last week, her fiancé told the BBC that she was being used as a “bargaining chip” by Iran’s government. James Tyson said the UK needed to “get on the phone” to Iran and “say this can’t happen”.
He added that Aras Amiri was being held in the same prison as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and that the two women were “close” and “very supportive of each other”.
Relations between the UK and Iran have been strained in recent weeks by a row over the seizure of two oil tankers.
On 4 July, an Iranian tanker was seized off the coast of Gibraltar with the help of the Royal Marines on suspicion of breaching EU sanctions on Syria.
The vessel was released on 15 August, but Iran is still holding a British-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf on 19 July for breaking “international maritime rules”.
Correction 27 August 2019: An earlier version of this article identified Anousheh Ashouri as a woman in line with reports from local and international news agencies.