#1 There was a glimmer of hope, von corse178 27.03.2019 08:22

Everton boss Roberto Martinez hailed his sides complete performance following their 3-0 victory at Stoke. Martinezs side raced into a three-goal lead before the break in Saturdays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon as they moved above their opponents and back into the top half of the Premier League. And Martinez was pleased with the way Everton coped with the lead after seeing his team lose advantages a number of times this season.It was complete performance, Martinez told Sky Sports. You come to the Britannia Stadium and you know you will face a Stoke side that can compete in every aspect of their performance.Theyve got really good individual players. We defended really well but the way we created opportunities was very pleasing. Roberto Martinez hailed Evertons performance following their 3-0 win at Stoke There have been many times this season where we have started games well, he added. We get good chances and score goals and then from that moment on, we havent been able to take advantage of those leads.Against Stoke, it was very similar to what we did against Newcastle and in the FA Cup fourth round. Weve been able to start these games well with a lot of concentration but once we had that lead, we were able to use it to our advantage and create even more clear-cut opportunities in the second half.The way we kept our concentration for the 90 minutes was very pleasing. Aaron Lennon scored his third goal in three games as Everton ran out 3-0 winners away to Stoke City Lukaku scored his 20th goal of the season in the win at Stoke, becoming the first Everton player to score 20 or more goals in consecutive seasons since Graeme Sharp achieved the feat in the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.Martinez was full of praise for the Belgium international, who was a doubt with a back injury before the game at the Britannia Stadium.Ive seen it many times, Martinez said. He will do anything to make himself available and at times, hes not 100 per cent but he wants to be out there and be a focal point.Hes not a player you are going to keep away easily. Everton celebrate Romelu Lukakus early opener Everton are now up to seventh in the Premier League after Saturdays victory and Martinez could not hide his delight at his sides performance.He added: I thought we had a really good mix and we were a really balanced side. We look like a really hungry team and with the quality we have thats very pleasing.Its a really important moment in our season and we needed to get a positive result against Newcastle.We knew today was a real opportunity to show our intent and I couldnt be happier with the manner of the performance. Also See: Everton ease to win at Stoke Table Live on Sky Get Sky Sports Cheap Seattle Seahawks Jerseys . But the quarterback hopes to stay involved in football after officially calling it quits Tuesday. 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AMSTERDAM -- At the lowest point, when chemotherapy had turned Thomas Van der Plaetsen bald and weak at 23, even his brother, coach and biggest fan, Michael, thought chances for a comeback were minuscule. Now, barely a year and a half later, he is heading to the Rio Olympics as the European decathlon champion -- and with a full head of hair.Failing to get close to the medal stand at the Olympics wont feel anything like losing gold. Just being back among the best, participating in the 10-event competition that crowns the worlds greatest athlete, is already his biggest victory of all.It was a long road back, the Belgian said. If I can reach and convince only one person to stay positive in such a situation, I will take that as a victory.Even if life had already given him a few knocks -- he lost his father to cancer at 20 -- he was well on the way up in 2014 when he won a bronze medal at the world indoor championships.Then, early that fall, he got a letter at home from anti-doping authorities.It was notification that he had an abnormal test for the HCG hormone, which usually indicates doping in athletes. Before he had time to wrap his head around it, Belgian media had caught wind of the test, and rumors were rife that yet another athlete was not what he promised to be.But Van der Plaetsen knew he hadnt doped and sought another explanation. It led him to testicular cancer.For a man and athlete, both options were shocking, likely career-ending and life-changing. Yet, as a doping suspect, it forced him to make his illness, so utterly personal, a public issue within days.It was extremely painful, he said. To be put at the stake at such short notice when I could not defend myself is totally wrong. There was little time to dwell on being wronged, though. There was an operation to remove the tumor, sapping sessions of chemo to endure.Three months later, he made his first appearance as an athlete again when he received Belgiums Golden Spike as best athlete for his bronze at the world indoors the previous March. It already seemed a lifetime ago.Sheer on willpower, he decided to make a comeback. This is where his brother, Michael, came in. Not any coach can push a recovering cancer patient, but when it is your brother, things are different.Michael took him on training camp in South Africa. They set out with little medical guidance but one defining motto: You cannot train on self-pity.You cannot moan and complain about it all the time, Michael saaid in an interview with The Associated Press.dddddddddddd You need to forget and look ahead. Look for the little victories in life. It is the only way forward.Still, it was painful enough early on. What looked like a simple warmup left him exhausted. A good day would be followed by two bad days. With 10 running, jumping and throwing events, there was always something to cloud his mind. If it was not the javelin, it could be the 100 meters. He knew that the days when he could improve on sheer athleticism alone were gone. I was real tough on him, but he knew he had to get moving again, Michael said. Thomas realized he had to fundamentally change to survive.The most important lesson is that I took a huge leap when it comes to skills, Thomas said, honing his technical talents to make up for loss of raw power. And I learned how to stay focused. There was no option. If I made one mistake, it was over and out. I was with my back against the wall, one error and its over. That is the biggest victory. I reinvented myself as an athlete to be able to get back at my level even despite the physical setbacks.Michael knew his brother thrived on championships. Despite the short deadline, he entered him to defend his World University Games title last summer. Against the odds, he did. There was a glimmer of hope, and the chance to become an Olympian now had a whiff of possibility. Still, it was a setback when he barely missed out on qualifying for Rio at last years world championships, where he came in 14th.Van der Plaetsens elbow started acting up over the winter, a huge drawback for the javelin and shot put events. Qualifying had to be postponed until the European championships in Amsterdam in early July.He came through, not only with the qualifying margin but also with a European gold medal. Yes, he was overjoyed, when thousands were cheering him. Yet, he knew some opposition had stayed away to prepare for Rio, and he was frustrated for falling short of his personal record of 8,255 points by 37 points in windy and chilly weather. I wont get lyrical about it, but it is simply good, he said.Michael now wants to see his brother beat his personal best in Rio.Symbolically that would be great -- to close out the season with proof that he is better than ever before.---Follow Raf Casert on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rcasert ' ' '

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