Villas-Boas has preferred to use £26million man Roberto Soldado ahead of Defoe, with the 31-year-old being used primarily for the domestic and European cup competitions. Despite this, Villas-Boas still values Defoe highly and does not want to let the diminutive hitman leave. “I have seen in the press that there is reported interest (from Toronto), but we want the player to stay on and hold on to those last years of his contract,” the Spurs boss said. “In the end the player is committed to the club and the club is committed to the player.” Defoe recently spoke of his frustration at a lack of first-team opportunities at Spurs – something which could cost him dear in the fight for a place in England’s World Cup squad. But Villas-Boas believes the player is determined to win back his place in the side after becoming joint-record scorer for the club in Europe this season. “The player at the moment is our top goal scorer and he is chasing the European record for the club as well which is important for his individual motivation,” Villas-Boas said. “I think he is extremely happy, not only because of what he has achieved, but also because of the smile on his face. Press Association “He has had a better start than he had last year. That is an impressive goals tally and he is a player that everyone cherishes.” Nelsen, who played for Spurs in Harry Redknapp’s final six months at the helm, lavished praise on Defoe during an interview this week, admitting he would be an “unbelievable” signing for the Canadian club. Villas-Boas says he is not concerned at Nelsen’s revelation that he regularly speaks to his former Tottenham team-mate. “I’m fine with this,” the Portuguese said. “I have no problem (with it). In the end situations like this can happen.” Defoe will be pushing for a place in Tottenham’s starting XI on Sunday when the London club travel to Everton. Tottenham were in the midst of a strong run last season when they visited Goodison Park and all looked to be going well when the Londoners took the lead halfway through the second half. Everton hit back with two late goals to steal the victory, however. Those three points would have been enough to edge Tottenham in to the Champions League last season, so Villas-Boas knows his team cannot afford to throw points away again this season. “We’ve spoken about (last year’s) result as the deciding factor for us not making it into the Champions League because everything changed quite dramatically,” Villas-Boas said. “It serves us as a lesson to be kept aware of and it’s not something we want to see again.” Villas-Boas’ side will have to stop Romelu Lukaku if they are to come away with something from Goodison Park this time around. Lukaku has scored five goals in seven games since joining on loan from Chelsea, where he used to work under Villas-Boas. The Belgian was furious with his treatment by Villas-Boas during his time at Chelsea, but the two have since buried the hatchet. Villas-Boas has been impressed with how he has developed since his successful loan spell at West Brom last term. “The player did extremely well last season and has continued to do well for Everton. The potential is there,” Villas-Boas added. “We all recognise he can become an influential striker in the future. “Chelsea’s standards are very, very high so the jump will be very difficult for him, but he has shown he can cope with the Premier League and it’s another step up for him at Everton.” Andre Villas-Boas insists Jermain Defoe will snub a move to the MLS and stay with Tottenham. Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen, who played with Defoe at Spurs two years ago, this week declared his interest in signing the striker. Defoe has 18 months left to run on his current deal and is second choice at Tottenham despite finding the target eight times this season.
The women’s water polo team looks to put a cap on its undefeated regular season when they host Cal in their final home game Friday. USC is 20-0 this season including 5-0 in MPSF play. Cal is 19-7 and 1-3 in conference play.During the season, USC has outscored their opponents 253-85. The team leads the MPSF in both offense and defense scoring an average of 12.65 goals per game while only allowing 4.25.No. 6 Cal’s most recent game was a 13-5 loss at the hands of No. 3 Stanford last week. USC has already beaten Cal twice this season, once in a 12-6 victory in the UC Irvine Invitational and again 6-5 in Berkeley. The focus for the Women of Troy will be on stopping the Golden Bears’ top goal-scorer sophomore Carla Carrega who has scored 53 times this season.There are two possible goaltenders for the Golden Bears. One is junior Madeline Trabucco and the other is freshman Madison Tagg who are both averaging 5.6 saves per game.On the offensive, USC is led by junior driver Stephania Haralabidis who has scored 50 goals to date which puts her at No. 8 on the career goals scored list with 172. Two other Trojans have scored more than 30 goals this season — junior driver Ioanna Haralabidis and junior 2-meter Brigitta Games with 33 and 32 goals, respectively.In the cage is freshman Amanda Longan who has appeared in 40 periods and is averaging 9.9 saves. She is joined by sophomore All-American goalie Victória Chamorro who is averaging 6.9 saves through her 32 periods of work.Friday’s game will not only mark the end of the regular season, but also the end of a career for the three seniors on the team. Goalie Alegra Hueso, driver Melissa Bergesen and driver Nicola Welch will be honored before the game begins.Looking ahead, regardless of Friday’s outcome, USC has already clinched the top-seed in the MPSF tournament which is set to begin for the Women of Troy on April 30.
MORE: Watch Alabama vs. Auburn live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Tigers (8-3, 4-3 SEC) are looking to play spoiler and knock the Tide out of the playoff conversation for good. It hasn’t been the season Auburn fans had been hoping for thus far. After a 5-0 start, the team’s struggled alternating wins and losses over its last six games. Auburn’s lost each of its three games by nine points or fewer, so the Tigers have a knack for keeping things close. Couple that with home-field advantage and Auburn should make things interesting for coach Nick Saban and co. on Saturday,This is the sixth Iron Bowl to feature both ranked teams in the last 10 seasons. Alabama’s won four of the last five matchups, including last season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 52-21. Overall, the Crimson Tide lead the all-time series 46-36-1.Below is all the information you need to watch Alabama vs. Auburn on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 14 college football schedule.What channel is Alabama vs. Auburn on today? TV channel (national): CBSLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)Alabama vs. Auburn will be CBS’ game of the week and the only matchup on the network’s slate on Saturday. No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Michigan, No. 12 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Minnesota and No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State are the only other Week 14 matchups between ranked teams. The 2019 edition of the Iron Bowl is here as No. 5 Alabama takes on archrival No. 15 Auburn on Saturday.The Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1 SEC) are still battling for a shot at the College Football Playoff despite their loss to No. 1 LSU just a few weeks ago. Alabama will also be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the second straight week after he suffered a season-ending hip injury in the team’s win over Mississippi State on Nov. 16. MORE: Full betting preview for Alabama vs. AuburnAlabama vs. Auburn: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Nov. 30Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETThe annual Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be calling the matchup for CBS’s broadcast. Week 14 college football schedule (top 25)GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 13 MichiganNoonFox, fuboTVNo. 3 Clemson vs. South CarolinaNoonESPNNo. 4 Georgia vs. Georgia TechNoonABCNo. 5 Alabama vs. No. 15 Auburn3:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRutgers vs. No. 10 Penn State3:30 p.m.Big Ten Network, fuboTVNo. 12 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Minnesota3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 14 Baylor vs. Kansas3:30 p.m.ESPNOregon State vs. No. 14 Oregon4 p.m.Pac-12 Network, fuboTVNo. 16 Notre Dame vs. Stanford4 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTulane vs. No. 25 SMU4 p.m.ESPNUTexas A&M vs. No. 2 LSU7 p.m.ESPNNo. 23 Iowa State vs. Kansas State7 p.m.FS1, fuboTVColorado vs. No. 6 Utah7:30 p.m.ABCFlorida State vs. No. 11 Florida7:30 p.m.SEC NetworkNo. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State8 p.m.Fox, fuboTV