Pogba: Abou Diaby was better than me!

first_imgManchester United Pogba includes Arsenal injury flop Abou Diaby on star-studded list of players better than himself Chris Burton 22:24 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Yaya Touré Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Arsenal Premier League The Manchester United midfielder has put a fellow Frenchman alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba considers injury-ravaged former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby to sit on a list of performers boasting more ability than him.The France international is an £89 million (€105m/$122m) talent and the most expensive purchase ever made by those at Old Trafford.He has, however, seen his form and contribution questioned on a regular basis since returning to England from Juventus in 2016 to spark talk of another possible switch this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now There will be plenty of sides willing to buy into his ability if the 25-year-old is to be made available, but Pogba is prepared to acknowledge that he sits some way down the chart of top talents in Europe.He believes star turns at Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Real Madrid top him, along with an iconic figure who has just departed Barcelona and a fellow countryman who finds himself back in the free agent pool following a stint at Marseille.Quizzed by Canal+ on who he considers to be better midfielders than himself, Pogba said: “[Andres] Iniesta, he’s had an exceptional career.“[Luka] Modric, [Toni] Kroos, David Silva, [Kevin] De Bruyne, Yaya Toure even Abou Diaby. Box-to-box, he was exceptional but unfortunately he had a lot of injuries.“Look at him when he was he was at Arsenal – he was exceptional. People forget about him.“In the France team, he was enormous. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I won’t forget him, I learned a lot from him.”Diaby spent nine years with Arsenal between 2006 and 2015, but made just 180 appearances for the Gunners.Fitness issues plagued him throughout his final years in north London, with only 22 outings taken in during his last four seasons.He was taken to Marseille after leaving England, but found minutes hard to come by once more as he was seen just six times across two campaigns.last_img read more

Messi not Argentina legend like Maradona – Rivaldo

first_imgVideos Messi no Argentina legend like Maradona yet – Rivaldo Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author 06:00 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Videos Argentina Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Brazil Barcelona The Brazil legend thinks that the Barcelona star’s lack of international success could undermine his legacy back home Rivaldo thinks that Lionel Messi will be missing something from his legacy, especially compared to Diego Maradona in Argentina, if he fails to win the World Cup in Russia. Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever footballers having won 23 major honours with Barcelona and become his country’s all-time top scorer but he has still yet to win a World Cup. Maradona is also regarded as one of the greatest ever and won the World Cup with an Argentina in 1986. Rivaldo is a huge fan of Messi but thinks that he could fall short of Maradona’s status as a national hero, without earning that first World Cup for his country.  Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Well Messi is already a legend for everything he has done at Barcelona and for football,” Rivaldo told Goal during the Betfair road to Russia preview. “You can’t say anymore than that. Obviously, Argentina as a country had Maradona as their biggest star who won the World Cup.”So maybe for Argentinians, Messi isn’t at the same level of legend as well because for the supporters of a country, it doesn’t matter what you have done for your club. Messi has won so many titles with Barcelona, the Champions League many times and La Liga.”This is important for the supporters of the club but for the Argentinian people, it is important to win the World Cup. Of course, you can understand that because of all the football competitions the World Cup is the most important and it is the top prize.”If you haven’t won that then people may perceive that you need to do so. I think that until Messi wins the World Cup, Argentinians won’t consider him as a legend at the same level as Maradona but I believe Messi is 100 per cent. He has done so much for club and country now.”He is 100% now, he has got the quality and Argentina is playing well. Hopefully, he will get them to the final because maybe this is his last chance to do that. He may not be a legend for all Argentinian people but for football as a whole, he is already a legend.”Rivaldo won the World Cup and Ballon d’Or in an illustrious career that also took him Barcelona, prior to Messi’s Camp Nou reign. His World Cup-winning side from 2002 had the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Kaka. Rivaldo believes it is hard to compare the great from his era to the likes of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who dominate football today.  “I am going to speak generally because it is very difficult to compare players in different times from history,” he continued. “I believe each one of these players they are great players. Each one had their history and contributed to football.”You can’t compare what happens between the past and now. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player and Lionel Messi is a great player. Some people have different opinions and compare one with another. The same with Ronaldo Phenemeno, Ronaldinho Gaucho or Zidane and myself.”I believe all with our qualities and the way we were playing our football when we were competing, we contributed a lot for football and that’s what makes football so great. You have all these different individuals who bring different things. You can’t say which one is best because all bring different things really.”last_img read more

In Search of a Better Tomorrow

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Over the last month I have been busy with a literature search and am in the process of consolidating the screening and referral tools used at resource desks at different locations by Health Leads. What makes this interesting is that I am doing most of this offline from India, along with a lot of field visits here for my company AYZH. AYZH is a social enterprise incorporated in India as well as in the U. S. that is focused on health and livelihood solutions for economically disadvantaged rural and urban women. Its core product is a $2 Clean Birth Kit that includes, among other items, a sterile sheet, soap, a razor blade and umbilical cord clamps. Such relatively simple measures could help close the gap in providing safer, cleaner births. Thus, incidences of maternal and newborn infection resulting in illness, or even death, could be reduced.Among all my visits to hospitals and clinics, I had less access to the labor rooms of semi-urban and urban government hospitals. Generally, access in these institutions was limited to common areas and pre/post delivery areas. However, what I did see suggested systems being pushed to their limits. In the worst case, stray dogs and urine lined the hallways. Feces covered the toilets and debris littered the floor in one maternity ward. In larger hospitals I saw things happening at a chaotic speed. Indeed, in one PHC a new mother told us that although she lived closer to the city government hospital she had come to the more remote clinic to deliver as she knew she would receive more individualized attention.In one of the hospitals, the doctor I was supposed to meet was also scared to let my little boy into the hospital fearing he would catch an infection, just by entering the place. What about the kids who are born there? I was confident I could take him in. We went around hospital where I saw women who had delivered on rusted metal beds and had to lie down on cold floors to recover. I discussed my project with the doctor and she was very excited about our product but was concerned regarding disposal of the contents since garbage disposal around the hospital is another big challenge being faced by them. This brings forth the next challenge in health, which is disposal of medical waste.After lots of requests and assurances that I would not take any pictures, I was escorted to the maternity ward where I saw women having given birth to premature babies had to sleep on the floor due to shortage of beds amidst stagnant rain water, mosquitoes and rats. The ground so dirty and wet that even I would not dare to step into bare footed.Seeing the situation at this hospital left me with millions of questions in my head. Why isn’t being a mother a blessing for these women? What am I going to do about this? What can we as Young Champions do about this?Share this:last_img read more

2014 Trans Tasman Series on Fox Sports

first_imgThe 2014 Trans Tasman Series has arrived on Fox Sports!The coverage of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series will continue on Tuesday, 22 July with the Mixed Open game, with the Women’s game on the Wednesday and the Men’s game on the Thursday. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for updates on replays of the games.2014 Trans Tasman Series – Fox Sports 312.00pm Tuesday, 22 July – Mixed Open11.30am Wednesday, 23 July – Women’s Open11.30am Thursday, 24 July – Men’s Open2014 Trans Tasman Series – Fox Sports 24.00am Friday, 25 July – Women’s Open5.00am Friday, 25 July – Men’s Open To view some of the footage from RJ Media from the series, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVlqXMmu60In the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series being shown on Fox Sports 3, we’ll be releasing some sneak peeks on the TFA YouTube channel, stay tuned for more highlights:Mixed Open – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XvFE6a3nx0Men’s Open – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKpNmrX6qv0&feature=youtu.beWomen’s Open – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23CoWZJ-enY Related LinksTrans Tasman on Fox!last_img read more

a month agoTottenham set asking price for Serge Aurier

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham set asking price for Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have set their asking price for Serge Aurier.Despite his recent form surge, the fullback remains available at Spurs ahead of the January market.Sport Mediaset says AC Milan and PSG are both keen on the Ivorian.And Spurs are eager to sell, setting Aurier’s asking price at €15m.Aurier moved to Spurs almost two years ago from PSG. last_img

Predicting The Winners Of College Football’s Biggest Rivalry Games In 2016

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Alabama Iron Bowl TrophyTwitter/@AlabamaFTBLAs we near the end of March Madness, college sports fans are coming up on the long summer stretch between basketball ending and football beginning. Other sports like college baseball, lacrosse, and softball are big for some fan bases, and of course, there’s the MLB, but we’re all going to be itching for football season by June. And with college football comes a slew of amazing rivalry games. Virtually every week, there is a game between two power programs that helps define the sport, and because of what is at stake in college football, may go a long way towards deciding whether a team can play for a national championship.It is still March, but we’re putting on our swami hats and predicting the winners of some of the biggest rivalry games in college football. Does Jim Harbaugh knock off Ohio State in year two at Michigan? Will Auburn pull off another miracle, or will the Alabama Crimson Tide roll en route to another SEC West title? Check back in when November rolls around, and see how we did.Next: FSU vs. Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City travel to Southampton on Sunday as they look to get their title push back on track.Pep Guardiola’s men have lost their last two Premier League games and are now 10 points off leaders Liverpool, and they will be without Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.Man City injuries De Bruyne started at Leicester but made way for David Silva late on as he continues to step up his recovery from two separate knee injuries, but he did not travel with the squad to Southampton and City sources say he sustained a “knock” in training.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ilkay Gundogan did not travel either, leaving City light in midfield. Fernandinho is regarded as doubtful for the match, though his participation has not been completely ruled out.Vincent Kompany has missed several games of late and appears no closer to a return.Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees.Fernandinho Manchester CityMan City suspensions Fabian Delph is suspended, and Southampton have no suspensions.Man City potential starting line-up City should be able to welcome back David Silva to the starting XI but they have a number of headaches to contend with. Danilo has missed much of the season but could be called upon to start at right-back again given Kyle Walker’s poor form, or he could fill in at left-back, instead of Oleksandr Zinchenko.If Fernandinho is not fit enough to start then John Stones may have could deputise again, with Nicolas Otamendi partnering Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.Things could change up front, but Riyad Mahrez has not started too many games of late, perhaps due to Mendy’s injury meaning City’s wingers need to stay wide rather than cut inside.Possible City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Stones, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane.Southampton Team News Southampton’s resurgence under Ralph Hasenhuttl took a blow on Thursday night as they lost at home to West Ham.And the Saints could be without full-backs Ryan Bertrand (back) and Cedric (calf) for Sunday’s game.Opta match facts Southampton have won just one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City (D2 L8), winning 4-2 in this exact fixture in the 2015-16 campaign. Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games against Southampton by an aggregate score of 12-2. They have never won five in a row against Saints in the Premier League. Man City have lost three of their last four Premier League games (W1) – as many as they had in their previous 70 in the competition (W55 D12 L3). After a run of six consecutive clean sheets, Man City have conceded in eight of their last nine Premier League games. The Citizens have conceded a goal with their first shot faced in three of their last four league games. Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances against Southampton (6 goals, 4 assists), including scoring two and assisting two in the reverse fixture this season.TV coverage and kick-off time Kick off is 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET) on Sunday, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC and Universo in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Australia v Syria: Socceroos can’t afford to slip-up

first_imgThe Socceroos will be out to secure second spot in Group B when they face Syria at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday morning (12.30am AEDT).Australia got their Asian Cup defence back on track against Palestine with a 3-0 win having lost their group opener against Jordan 1-0.Syria are yet to score in the UAE but can still escape the group in second with a win after being held to a goalless draw with Palestine and falling 2-0 to Jordan.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Syria Date Wedneday, January 16 AEDT Time 12.30am AEDT / 8.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo/My Football Live  Squads & Team News   Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis After picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Palestine, Trent Sainsbury has been suspended from this clash.In his absence, Socceroos skipper Mark Milligan is expected to slot into defence with Massimo Luongo brought into start in midfield. Tom Rogic faces suspension should he pick up another yellow and with a broken bone in his hand could be rested or given reduced game time against Palestine.Though ending his scoring drought against Palestine, Jamie Maclaren could be replaced up top by a fit-again Andrew Nabbout – who does appear to best fit Graham Arnold’s system. Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan (GK); Behich, Degenek, Milligan, Grant; Luongo, Irvine; Ikonomidis, Rogic, Mabil; Nabbout. Position Syria players Goalkeepers Ibrahim Alma, Mahmoud Al-Youssef, Ahmad Madania Defenders Ahmad Al Salih, Moayad Ajan, Jehad Al Baour, Omar Midani, Amro Jenyat, Hussein Jwayed, Nadim Sabagh, Abdul Malek Anizan Midfielders Mahmoud Al Mawas, Mohammed Osman, Osama Omari, Tamer Haj Mohamad, Ahmad Ashkar, Youssef Kalfa, Zaher Midani, Khaled Al Mobayed, Fahd Youssef  Forwards Omar Kharbin, Omar Al Soma (c), Mardik Mardikian  Syria are without their usual skipper and veteran Firas al-Khatib in the UAE after he was ruled out of the tournament through injury. Wearing the captain armband in his place is Omar Al Soma with Omar Kharbin’s 16 goals from 37 caps making him the most likely attacking outlet for Syria.  Their star player is argubaly Mohammad Osman, who plays for Eredivisie side Heracles, but he is yet to truly make his make for the national team.  Syria predicted XI:  Alma; Anizan, Al Baour, Al Salih, Ajan; Youssef, Haj Mohamad, Osman, Khribin; Mardikian, Al Soma.Betting & Match Odds Australia are strong favourites in this with a win valued at $1.44 , draw at $4 and Syria victory at $8.50 .With Syria yet to score at this tournament, the most likely result is a 1-0 win to the Socceroos going at odds of $6 .All odds courtesy of Bet365  and correct at the time of publishing.  Match Preview Awer Mabil SocceroosJust 15 months ago, the Socceroos saw off Syria 2-1 in extra-time as they went on to seal their spot at the 2018 World Cup. A Tim Cahill header proved the difference on that occasion as a spirited Syria side hit the post at the death and had their dreams of a first World Cup appearance shattered.Revenge could therefore be on their minds when they tackle Australia at the Asian Cup with a win enough for Syria to seal second spot in Group B and leave the Socceroos in limbo. Though their spirit will once again be on full display, Syria have been out of form and are yet to score in the UAE after a 0-0 draw with Palestine and 2-0 loss to Jordan.Winning just three of their last 12 games, The Assyrians must step up soon or find themselves sent packing.The Socceroos started their title defence on shaky feet in a 1-0 loss to Jordan, but bounced back emphatically in a 3-0 win over Palestine.Introducing Chris Ikonomidis and Jackson Irvine to the starting side paid immediate dividends for Graham Arnold and he’ll be hoping to settle on his strongest side ahead of the knockout stages.A win or draw will be enough for the Socceroos to seal second spot in Group B but don’t rule out Syria throwing a spanner in the works should they strike early against an Australian side that have already shown signs of vulnerability.last_img read more

How Liverpool can create a footballing dynasty after UCL success

first_imgThe party was only just getting started in Madrid, but Liverpool’s players were already talking about the future.The message was clear.“For us, it’s the start,” said Mo Salah. Jordan Henderson was in agreement. “I want the team to keep improving,” said the captain. “I want to win more.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Joe Gomez talked of “limitless” boundaries for Jurgen Klopp’s team, while Daniel Sturridge spoke of “opening the floodgates” for a new era of Anfield success. The striker won’t be around to witness it, but he fully expects the Reds to kick on from their Champions League triumph. “It’s that culture of getting over the line,” he said.James Milner concurred, citing Manchester City’s FA Cup win in 2011 as the day everything changed at that club. “Getting the first one under your belt is massive,” he added.So what comes next for the European Champions? How can Liverpool build on this and, for want of a better word, create a new kind of dynasty at Anfield?It won’t be easy. The standards set this season have been remarkable – Liverpool lost just one league game and dropped just 17 points in total – and in City they have run into a once-in-a-lifetime foe. Pep Guardiola’s team, clearly, will be the ones to beat again next term.The good news for Liverpool is that the core of their side remains fresh, hungry and experienced enough to perform consistently, yet young enough to improve too. The majority are aged between 22 and 29 with only Milner, of the regular starters, the wrong side of 30. Additionally, the key members of the squad – from Salah to Trent Alexander-Arnold to Sadio Mane – are tied to long-term contracts, none of which contain release clauses. Getting a player out of Liverpool in the next couple of years will be nigh-on impossible, even for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.The Reds will offer new deals to Milner, Joel Matip and Divock Origi, all of whom are entering their final year, while Virgil van Dijk can expect an extension too. Eighteen months into his Anfield career, the PFA Player of the Year has certainly earned his payrise.Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Champions League trophyIdeally, Liverpool would extend Klopp’s deal this summer too. The German is contracted until 2022, and would only need to say the word to be granted an extension. As much as Liverpool’s success is a collaborative effort, there is an appreciation from Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, that without the 51-year-old at the helm, their collegiate efforts would be in vain. The value of a strong, open-minded leader, able to manage relationships as Klopp does, cannot be underestimated.Klopp’s relationship with FSG is stronger than ever. He is particularly close to Mike Gordon, the president, and held lengthy conversations with John W Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the chairman, in Madrid. He has hinted in the past that he may look to take a break from football when he leaves Liverpool, but FSG hope that he will be around to guide their club for many years to come. Certainly, he is happy and settled for the time being.Settled, too, is the club’s off-the-field setup. Commercially, the Reds are making significant strides – in February they recorded a world-record net profit of £106million ($135m), with the club’s turnover up to £455m ($578m). Its estimated value, according to Forbes, is £1.7billion ($2.2bn).Those numbers will only increase in the coming years. Liverpool will earn close to £100m ($127m) from their Champions League exploits this season, and are hoping to sign the most lucrative kit deal in their history in time for the 2020-21 season, most likely with Nike, the American giants. Unsurprisingly, brands are desperate to be associated.Further expansion of Anfield remains on the agenda. Liverpool have until September to proceed with existing plans to add 5,000 sets to the Anfield Road stand, but reports this week suggest they could pursue a bigger project that could raise the stadium’s capacity past 60,000. FSG, of course, know that they would be able to fill that 10 times over, such is the demand.Yes, these are exciting times on Merseyside, with the move to a new £50m ($64m) training complex at Kirkby set to be completed next summer. That will bring together the first-team and the Academy on one site, creating, in Klopp’s words, “the football headquarters of Merseyside.”Hopes are high for the next generation of young stars. Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever, 19 and 17 respectively, are already part of the first-team setup, while Barry Lewtas’ under-18 side won the club’s first FA Youth Cup for 12 years in April, beating City in the final.Liverpool under-18s FA Youth Cup 2019Liverpool are also set to benefit from an improved loan strategy, which has allowed younger players to gather experience and create value by performing elsewhere. The likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Marko Grujic, Herbie Kane and Taiwo Awoniyi have put themselves in the frame for big moves this summer, whether on loan or permanent. Liverpool will, if needed, be able to raise significant transfer funds that way.It is not expected to be a huge summer of spending, mind. More than £170m ($216m) was committed last summer, but the word this time around is that it will be about fine-tuning more than anything else. A back-up full-back, for example, will be needed, and probably a goalkeeper too. In an ideal world, Klopp would add a young, pacy, multi-functional forward player too. If Liverpool lacked anything this season, it was an extra game-changer from the bench.The good news is that the club’s recruitment team, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, continues to deliver. The Reds’ transfer record in recent years is as good as any.Anfield is now a destination for players, rather than a stop-off point. From worrying about key men leaving, Liverpool can now attract anyone. They don’t need much of a sales pitch these days.That’s what Klopp and Co. have created. Now, the challenge is to take the next step, to turn it into something which will last.Limitless boundaries, indeed. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Sportsbook Predicts First Major CFB Coach To Be Fired In 2018

first_imgEd Orgeron looks on intensely during a game against LSU.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers reacts during the second half of a game against the Syracuse Orange at Tiger Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Ed Orgeron is entering a pivotal year for his LSU head coaching tenure. One sports betting site doesn’t have a ton of faith in him turning things around.Orgeron could definitely find himself on the hot seat. LSU has a tough start to the year, with a game against Miami to open the season, and Auburn in Week 3.One would probably peg Kansas head coach David Beaty as the most likely to get fired early this year. However, Sports Betting Dime sees things differently.A lot of it is probably the significance of the LSU job. However, the site has Orgeron at 7/1 to be the first college football coach fired.Ed Orgeron has better odds to be fired first than David Beaty, and a host of the other coaches closest to the hot seat.Via Jeff Rosen of The Kansas City Star:Odds to be the first coach fired, via https://t.co/kYAqM7BwoE:Ed Orgeron (LSU): 7/1David Beaty (Kansas): 9/1Brad Lambert (Charlotte): 14/1Bob Davie (New Mexico): 14/1Everett Withers (Texas State): 14/1— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) July 31, 2018Outside of Orgeron, that’s pretty much a who’s who of the coaches most likely to get the axe this year.Beaty has famously struggled at Kansas, with one Big 12 win in three years. Brad Lambert and Everett Withers are coaching in smaller leagues, but have struggled to get their programs off the ground.Bob Davie faces a number of allegations of a number of different improprieties, and was suspended for a month earlier this year, as New Mexico entered spring football. It is frankly a bit surprising that he is still the coach entering the year.Still, none of those jobs are anywhere near the level of LSU. If Orgeron doesn’t make it, it opens up one of college football’s best jobs.last_img read more

Another College Is Reportedly Considering Dropping Nike After Colin Kaepernick Ad

first_imgColin Kaepernick in Nike commercial.Earlier this week, College of the Ozarks announced that it will no longer partner with Nike after the company’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick as the face of the 30th anniversary of the famous “Just Do It” campaign.Now, another school is considering dropping the apparel giant as a result of the company’s decision to feature Kaepernick. According to a report from Dan Wolken of USA Today, Liberty is now considering other options to outfit its athletic teams.University president Jerry Falwell, Jr., is a close ally of President Trump – who has been outspoken against Nike’s decision to endorse Kaepernick. Falwell revealed that he’s considering other options if the decision from Nike isn’t just a “publicity stunt.”Here’s more from the report:“We’re exploring the situation. If Nike really does believe that law enforcement in this country is unfair and biased, I think we will look around…But if it’s just a publicity stunt to bring attention to Nike or whatever, that’s different. We understand that. We understand how marketing works.”Falwell went on to say Nike needs to convince Liberty that the company isn’t “attacking law enforcement officers and our military.”The university has long been associated with conservative views, so this news is nothing surprising. However, Falwell left the door open to staying with Nike if the company says all the right things.Nike released the first commercial, narrated by and starring Kaepernick, on Wednesday.[USA Today]last_img read more

Photo Of These Sad Fans At The Ohio State-TCU Game Is Going Viral

first_imgThe back of an Ohio State football players helmet.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 06: A detail view of the helmet of Cameron Johnston #95 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he attends warm ups before the Big Ten Championship against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)TCU’s football team and its fan base is currently experiencing the freight train that is Ohio State’s 2018 squad. Once the Buckeyes get rolling, they’re almost impossible to stop.Ohio State was trailing, 21-13, midway through the third quarter. In the blink of an eye, the Buckeyes reclaimed the lead and then some.Ryan Day’s team scored three touchdowns in the span of a couple of plays, surging to a 33-21 lead late in the third quarter.TCU fans were understandably shaken.ABC’s cameras panned to the crowd to sum it up:photo of sad tcu fans is going viralYikes.There’s still plenty of time for TCU to rally, at least.The game is on ABC.last_img read more

Everyone’s Saying The Same Thing About Kyler Murray Tonight

first_imgoklahoma quarterback kyler murray warms upMORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 23: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Oklahoma is getting steamrolled right now by Alabama. The Crimson Tide lead 28-7 early in the second quarter, and the game has been even more of a blowout than the score indicates.Kyler Murray has struggled mightily tonight, though he did lead the Sooners to a touchdown just now. However, his overall performance has been quite poor.As a result, everybody is making the same joke on Twitter. Just search “Kyler Murray baseball” and you’ll see dozens of people saying this game is going to make Murray choose the minor leagues over a shot at the NFL.Here are a few of the tweets:Baseball is looking pretty good to Kyler Murray right about now.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 30, 2018Kyler Murray might start playing baseball at halftime. Just on the sideline taking batting practice while his teammates are in the locker room. He doesn’t need this.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) December 30, 2018I see why Kyler Murray chose baseball— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) December 30, 2018Kyler Murray’s football-or-baseball decision process has been revealed.1. He checks baseball schedule.2. Doesn’t see Bama on it.3. Grabs mitt, a bag of seeds and heads to spring training.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 30, 2018Early observationsKyler Murray. Play baseballAlabama vs Clemson get ready for it— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 30, 2018Murray was a first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in June. He made a commitment to pursue baseball with the organization in 2019, but has been teasing throughout the fall that he might consider taking a shot at the NFL.Right now, he doesn’t look like NFL-ready. As Yahoo’s Pete Thamel writes, NFL scouts will be poring over the game tape from tonight when they ultimately evaluate Murray.One interesting thing from this game. @mlombardiNFL told me that NFL executives will use this tape to ultimately judge Kyler Murray, who keeps hinting about the NFL. So far, he’s looked overwhelmed and underwhelming. https://t.co/AplNdFM9wE— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 30, 2018Oklahoma and Alabama are playing right now on ESPN.The winner will face Clemson for the national title on January 7.last_img read more

England Women’s World Cup-winning coach Mark Robinson steps down

first_img Reuters LondonAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 23:38 IST England women’s cricket team won the 2017 World Cup under head coach Mark Robinson. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMark Robinson has resigned as England women’s national team coachRobinson had led England team to 2017 World Cup gloryThe resignation comes after England’s 12 point to four Ashes defeat against AustraliaMark Robinson has resigned as England women’s national team coach two years after taking the side to World Cup glory with a victory over India in the final at Lords.Robinson departs after four years in the role and following a 12 points to four Women’s Ashes series defeat to Australia earlier in the year with England victorious in only one of the seven matches played across all formats.Assistant coach Alastair Maiden has taken temporary charge of the side as they build towards the ICC Women’s Championship series against Pakistan in December.”It’s been exciting to watch so many players grow and to watch so many records broken, but it feels the right time for me to take on a new challenge and to allow a different voice to come in before the next T20 World Cup in Australia,” Robinson said in a statement.Having won two men’s County Championship titles with Sussex, the 52-year-old has previously suggested he could return to the men’s game.England and Wales Cricket Board managing director of women’s cricket Clare Connor said she agreed with the timing of his departure.”It is important that we give Mark’s successor time to shape the team’s future direction and to begin to develop strong relationships with the players as we plan for the next phase of our international calendar,” she said.Also Read | Women’s Ashes: Meg Lanning sets T20I record with ton as Australia beat EnglandAlso Read | Women’s Ashes: Sarah Taylor withdraws from England T20I squadAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Women AshesFollow Mark RobinsonFollow Alastair Maiden England Women’s World Cup-winning coach Mark Robinson steps downMark Robinson, who guided England eves to their Women’s World Cup win over India at Lord’s two years ago, stepped down following the team’s Ashes defeat to Australia earlier this summer.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2020: Anil Kumble set for Kings XI Punjab role, to become only Indian head coach

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 12:52 IST Anil Kumble to take over as Kings XI Punjab coach (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnil Kumble replaces Mike Hesson as Kings XI Punjab coachKumble will be the only Indian head coach in IPL 2020Kumble will reportedly take a call on R Ashwin’s future at KXIPFormer finalists Kings XI Punjab have roped in legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble as the head coach of the franchise for Indian Prmeier League (IPL) 2020.Anil Kumble, India’s leading wicket-taker in Tests, was appointed as coach after the franchise’s board meeting on Thursday. Kumble will thus become the only Indian head coach in IPL 2020. Kumble’s 1st assignment as head coach of KXIP will be at IPL auction, scheduled for December 19 in Kolkata.Anil Kumble had previously been the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians. He was appointed in the role in 2013 and the MI went on to win their maiden IPL title in that year. Kumble had left a similar role at Royal Challengers Bangalore to join the 4-time champions in that year.Notably, this will be Kumble’s return to coaching stint after he quit as India head coach in 2017. Notably, Kumble had a much-publicised rift with captain Virat Kohli. Kumble and Kohli reportedly were not even in talking terms during Champions Trophy 2017 and the legendary leg-spinner did not go with the Indian team to the West Indies tour that followed the 50-over tournament in the UK. Ravi Shastri succeeded Anil Kumble as the head coach of India cricket in 2017.Kumble’s appointment comes at a time Kings XI are struggling to make an impact in IPL despite the presecne of big names in the side.Kumble to take call on R Ashwin’s futureKumble, according to The Times of India, will also take a call on R Ashwin’s future at Kings XI Punjab. It was reported earlier that KXIP and Delhi Capitals were in talks over trading Ashwin to the Delhi-based franchise.advertisementKXIP co-owner Ness Wadia though has said R Ashwin is still an integral part of Kings XI Punjab. Ashwin was appointed as captain of the Punjab-based franchise in 2018. Under Ashwin, KXIP finished 7th and 6th in 2018 and 2019, respectively.He comes with a lot of experience in the IPL, having worked with two other franchises in the past, and also with the Indian team. We’re pretty sure that under his leadership, Kings XI will do very well,” Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by the newspaper.Also Read | Pune Test: Virat Kohli goes past Inzamam-ul-Haq, joins Steve Smith with 26th hundredAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Anil KumbleFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2020Follow Virat KohliFollow Ravichandran Ashwin IPL 2020: Anil Kumble set for Kings XI Punjab role, to become only Indian head coachFormer India coach Anil Kumble has been roped in by Kings XI Punjab for Indian Premier League 2020. The legendary leg-spinner will take a call on Ravichandran Ashwin’s future at the IPL franchise before December’s auction.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Protect Your Feet This Winter With Muckboots’ Arctic Excursion Boot

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations One of the absolute worst parts of winter is cold feet.Whether you’re commuting across town, exploring an abandoned trail, or working in a snow covered horse pasture, happy feet make a world of difference when the mercury starts falling. We came across The Muckboot Company at Outdoor Retailer earlier this summer. After a few weeks of testing a pair of their Arctic Excursion ($140) boots in conditions ranging from dusty barns at nine-thousand feet, to frigid fall mornings working in corrals and pastures, we’re thoroughly impressed.The first thing you’ll notice is the comfort fit. Like all Muckboots, these feature a soft liner that provides an excellent degree of insulation and moisture-wicking. We didn’t find any issues with sweat up to the mid-forties temperature-wise, and with a cold rating of negative forty, you’d be hard pressed to find a boot as warm as these, with such a wide comfort range. When temperatures do call for that extra insulation, you’ll be glad you sprang for the Flex-Foam upper and thick EVA midsole – No amount of standing in the snow will sap warmth away from your feet. The uppers hit twelve inches up your leg, so it will be a rare event to find snow or mud deep enough to give you any trouble.The outsole is aggressive enough to handle serious mud (and with three horses in the pasture and fall storms, we dealt with plenty), and soft enough that it grips slippery ice. No matter if you’re out running holiday errands, mucking out barn stalls, or shoveling your driveway, you’ll be surefooted. We especially liked that the entire lower foot is wrapped in thick rubber. It provided a little extra protection from yard tools, hooves, and the odd four-wheeler tire that we encountered.Of course, if you want to get a pair with our favorite feature, the all-new Buffalo Plaid patterned upper, you’ll have to wait patiently for the holidays. The Arctic Excursion is available now in Black and Chocolate Brown. Plaid Boots will hit the market in early December. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Finance Minister Hails Public Sector Agreement

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the signing of an agreement with public sector unions, has provided a level of certainty in the wage bill, without which there would be no deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He said the IMF is “concerned that there should be little risk of surprises” which would require sharply higher expenditure on the part of the Government over the period. The workers’ commitment to wage restraint, over the next three years, provides a certainty as to the trajectory of the wage bill, he stated. In addition to the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), approximately 20 other unions representing public sector workers, signed the Heads of Agreement for the 2012-2015 contract period on Wednesday, March 6, at the Office of the Prime Minister. Dr. Phillips said that with the signing, the country has substantially crossed the last remaining barrier to securing a financing agreement with the IMF. “Today’s signing marks, for us, a point of conclusion, once we get all the other groups who have already committed to sign, of the prior action requirements,” he stated. The Finance Minister pointed out that the agreement takes into account the realities of the country’s economic situation. He commended the public sector workers, noting that the agreement “represents a supreme act of patriotism”. He also hailed the bond holders, whom he said, made a similar sacrifice by participating in the National Debt Exchange (NDX). Dr. Phillips said the wage agreement is based on commitments by the Government in relation to non wage issues, including improvements in the working conditions and training for public sector workers. The Government has also agreed to effectively carry out its responsibilities under the Economic Reform Programme as well as ensure growth and job creation in the Jamaican economy. In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, who led negotiations on behalf of the Government, said there is an Omnibus Clause in the Heads of Agreement, which requires that all other matters that there might be discrepancy about, will be resolved within 60 days. “This goes to the good faith and trust that has been developed with the unions,” he stated.last_img read more

Justice Ministry Continues Consultation on NCPD

first_imgStory Highlights There have been four meetings so far held islandwide to educate and sensitize the Jamaican public on the National Child Diversion Policy (NCDP). The consultation on October 18 targeted students from State care homes, the general public, those in conflict with the law, and school groups. UNICEF provides technical and financial support for the National Plan of Action for Child Justice, of which the National Child Diversion Policy is a part. The Restorative and Child Justice Reform Unit in the Ministry of Justice continued its series of consultations on October 16 and 18 at the Jamaica Conference Centre and the Knutsford Court Hotel, respectively.Those meetings brought to four the number of consultations held islandwide to educate and sensitize the Jamaican public on the National Child Diversion Policy (NCDP).The consultations also sought to establish a formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice process, with a view to ensuring that detention or institutionalization is a last resort.“Stemming from these four consultations we recognized that there are two specific groups that we needed to target, the police who will be enforcing the Policy and the children who will benefit,” Director of Restorative and Child Justice Reform, Ruth Carey, told JIS News.The consultation on October 18 targeted students from State care homes, the general public, those in conflict with the law, and school groups, including student leaders. More than 40 students attended the meeting.“We had a very diverse group and it represents all the children we needed feedback from that will impact different aspects of the Policy,” Ms. Carey noted.She said the Restorative and Child Justice Reform Unit had to engage the children, “because we cannot be drafting a policy that will affect them and not include them. From this consultation we identified that they are very interested in certain sections of the Policy, for example, how many cautions a child will get under the diversion policy and some types of diversion programmes.”The students who attended the consultation were commended by Child Protection Specialist for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to Jamaica, Janet Cupidon Quallo.“By attending this session you are exercising your right to participation and I must commend the Ministry of Justice for providing this opportunity for children to have a say in a matter of national concern and one which affects children significantly,” she said.UNICEF provides technical and financial support for the National Plan of Action for Child Justice, of which the National Child Diversion Policy is a part.There were several breakout sessions in which the students and their facilitators discussed the Policy. In the discussions the students were asked to explain what should happen as well as what happens to children in State care and lockups as a result of being in conflict with the law. Their responses were recorded and will be considered in the drafting of the Policy.The consultation with police officers on October 16 was attended by over 80 persons from the rank of Constable to Inspector.Ms. Carey said they raised concerns about offences against the person, such as wounding, as well as the amount of police cautions that should be allowed to each student who is placed in the Diversion programme.She told JIS News that another concern raised was children in lock ups, as one of the objectives of the Policy is to reduce the number of children locked up and institutionalized.A draft of the NCDP is to be submitted to Cabinet by the end of November.last_img read more

Specialist Science Teachers for Primary Schools

first_imgCome January 2019, the Government will be introducing specialist science teachers in primary schools under a pilot programme.This was announced by State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who said this is being done to address the challenges of teaching the sciences in a way children can readily grasp.“We are putting in our school system specialist teachers to focus on science…because we believe it needs the specific skills sets to ensure that our children get that (tutoring),” he said.Mr. Green was speaking at the opening of a forum organised by the High Commission of South Africa to Jamaica in collaboration with the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa in Kingston on Friday (Nov. 23).The State Minister opined that the inability of many students to fully embrace the sciences is partly because they have a fear of the subject area, as is the case with Mathematics.This is the reason why, he said, the Education Ministry has revamped the curriculum to place greater focus on these subjects thereby opening up the minds of young people to think critically.“Science is more about a way of thinking…it forces you to think in a particular manner; it forces you to identify a problem and to start coming up with a solution. We have started the process of shifting our curriculum in schools to focus much more on that type of thinking because if you are going to survive in this modern world, you have to think that way,” he said.“The foundations of our new curriculum are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication because that is what is important and all of those are based on scientific principles,” he added.In the meantime, the High Commissioner of South Africa to Jamaica, His Excellency Ambassador Tyrone Gunnie said both countries have been benefiting from mutual agreements in areas such as science, technology and innovation.“It is by far the best functioning agreement that we have and what we have been able to achieve as two Governments is phenomenal,” he said.He noted that the three-day forum, targeting 100 youth, ages 15 to 17 is in keeping with ongoing collaboration in this area.Under the theme: “See.Touch.Innovate”, the forum sought to engage youth in conversation, practical observations and provide a hands-on approach to innovation.The youngsters had the opportunity of interacting with South African and Jamaican practitioners, who are utilising science technology and innovation to solve challenges facing both countries.last_img read more

AIDA Cruises Takes Latest Scare Seriously

first_imgzoom AIDAdivaThe German cruise company AIDA Cruises has decided not to call at the Israeli Port of Ashdod for the months of July and August, following the incident in which the cruise ship AIDAdiva experienced Israeli-Palestinian conflict first-hand, with some shrapnel landing on the cruiser’s deck. The passengers and the crew were left scrambling as they found themselves in the crosshairs of the rocket attack on July 7th.Small pieces of debris were found on the passenger deck, for which the cruise line believes to have come from missiles — though it was unclear who fired them.The shrapnel was examined by experts and determined to pose no danger, and the material was removed by crew members.All 2,700 guests and crew members are unharmed, and the vessel suffered no damage.AIDAdiva is currently in Crete, where it will continue the cruise as planned, with the exception of the visit to Ashdod, which is now substituted by a visit to the Greek island of Santorini.Press Release; July 10th, 2014last_img read more