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Plavotic Nets For Cheltenham

first_imgThe Austrian-born defender opened the scoring in their 2-0 win over Yeovil Town at Whaddon Road.Plavotic joined the Robins on loan on transfer deadline day and has made two appearances to date.The 19-year-old is contracted to City until 2019, having put pen to a paper on a contract after a lengthy trial.last_img

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Week 10 Fantasy Rankings: Kickers

first_imgKickers continue to be the bane of existence for many fantasy football owners. There are 28 to choose from this week, but with Justin Tucker and the Ravens on bye, chances are that the waiver wire (or, more accurately, the free agent wire) may see a bit more activity than normal when it comes to Ks. Of course, you should never use a waiver claim on a kicker, but some fantasy owners might, so that could pick clean some of the better options. Still, when putting together our Week 10 fantasy kicker rankings, we’re just going to stick to the strategy of targeting guys with big legs from good offenses. It’s that easy.Among the best kicker pickups for this week is whoever is kicking for the Falcons vs. the Browns (we don’t know whether that’s Matt Bryant or Giorgio Tavecchio right now, but we’ll know soon enough) and Dustin Hopkins (Redskins @ Buccaneers). Those are solid kickers in favorable matchups against mediocre defenses, so that will give them a chance to score frequently. Week 10 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/STIf none of the top options intrigue you, just pick someone from the middle tier. It’s possible that Aldrick Rosas, Cody Parkey, or even Robbie Gould could have a solid outing. It’s just too hard to predict at kicker, so go with your gut. Note: We’ll update our rankings throughout the week if weather or injuries figure to be major factors. And for more fantasy content, find out “How You’ll Lose in Week 10”.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10 Fantasy Kicker Rankings1Wil Lutz, Saints @ Bengals2Harrison Butker, Chiefs vs. Cardinals3Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots @ Titans4Randy Bullock, Bengals vs. Saints5Giorgio Tavecchio, Falcons @ Browns6Dustin Hopkins, Redskins @ Buccaneers7Jake Elliott, Eagles vs. Cowboys8Graham Gano, Panthers @ Steelers9Mason Crosby, Packers vs. Dolphins10Greg Zuerlein, Rams vs. Seahawks11Chris Boswell, Steelers vs. Panthers12Matt Prater, Lions @ Bears13Ryan Succop, Titans vs. Patriots14Adam Vinatieri, Colts vs. Jaguars15Aldrick Rosas, Giants @ 49ers16Josh Lambo, Jaguars @ Colts17Cody Parkey, Bears vs. Lions18Jason Myers, Jets vs. Bills19Brett Maher, Cowboys @ Eagles20Robbie Gould, 49ers vs. Giants21Phil Dawson, Cardinals @ Chiefs22Daniel Carlson, Raiders vs. Chargers23Michael Badgley, Chargers @ Raiders24Sebastian Janikowski, Seahawks @ Rams25Greg Joseph, Browns vs. Falcons26Steven Hauschka, Bills @ Jets27Chandler Catanzaro, Buccaneers vs. Redskins28Jason Sanders, Dolphins @ Packerslast_img read more

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How Mike Trout’s homer found a 17-year-old who traveled alone from Hong Kong to watch 23 Angels games

first_imgHe posted a photo of Mike Trout’s home run ball on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. His temporary phone started blowing up. He was interviewed by Jose Mota on the Angels post game show. The world saw his catch, and his reaction to it, on the Major League Baseball Network.“My friends said I’m a celebrity.”The ball he caught sits in his suitcase, bound inside four towels and two sheets of bubble wrap. It is his greatest earthly possession.Three years ago, he didn’t know what baseball was.Chan was born Nov. 12, 1999, the same year that the Manchester United soccer club won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Chan’s parents gave their boy the first name Fergus in honor of Man U’s then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.Chan attended the Island School, a prestigious educational center in Hong Kong. The teachers and his friends were mostly British, so he picked up the English language quickly.His athletic passion was tennis, although he says he wasn’t very good. As a young teenager, he signed up for open tennis tournaments around the world just so he could travel. He played in Spain, he played in the United States. He said he’s so bad at tennis that he has never made it out of the first round of any tournament. At 14, he played in a tournament in Long Beach, but his hotel was in Anaheim. One night, during the tournament, he saw fireworks in the sky.He had already been eliminated from the competition, so he asked his tennis coach to take him to see the fireworks.The coach took him to see a game at Angel Stadium.“People were cheering,” Chan said. “The stadium was packed. This game is really fun.”When he got home to Hong Kong, he made an announcement to his parents.“I’m quitting tennis,” he said. “I’m going to play baseball.”His baseball career has been about as successful as his tennis career. He wants to be a pitcher, but he said his fastball has been clocked at 50 miles per hour. He said his coach always puts him in the outfield. He lives for being a spectator.Chan’s parents are exhibitors in Hong Kong. Recently, for example, they hosted an exhibit of Smurf memorabilia, including original artwork from the television show.They paid for a 10-day trip to see the Angels play last summer. “I fell in love with baseball even more,” he said.When he returned home, Chan told them he wanted to go again this summer. This time, his parents said, he needed to pay half.So he began working at their exhibits for the equivalent of about $10 per hour. He said he worked for eight months to save up enough for this year’s month-long trip. He thinks the entire trip will cost him and his family about $5,000. He eats two fast food meals per day and tries to keep his food spending under $18 per day.Most of his trip is spent in Anaheim, where he rents a room for $40 per night. The Angels’ current road trip will take him from Cleveland to Toronto.His routine is to get to the ballpark during batting practice. He always stands in the right field corner. He says hello to the players as they go to the field. He recently got a fist bump from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton and he was recognized by starter Parker Bridwell, who gave him a free ticket upgrade.Getting a baseball from Mike Trout became his obsession.Chan had been to many Angels games, usually sitting in right center. Trout routinely throws balls into the stands in right-center field. But… no luck.“I had not got a baseball from Mike Trout in 31 straight games,” he said.Then Sunday happened.“It was one of the highlights of my life,” he said.Sometimes, the baseball will find you. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The kid from Hong Kong travels across America alone, scarfing fast food, hopping cheap flights and seeing as much Angels baseball as possible.He’s 17, and since July 13 he’s been a Pacific Ocean away from home. Sometimes, things get weird, like the time he was walking out of a McDonald’s in Anaheim and a man approached him. “Got any weed?” the man asked. “No,” the kid said.This week, he’s in Cleveland, following the Angels, staying at the Radisson Hotel across from Progressive Field. He’s doing an interview on a burner phone that will expire Aug. 10, two days before his journey is scheduled to end.His mother is worried about what he’s eating. She texts him every three hours, he said. He turns off his phone sometimes because he’s tired of explaining that he’s still alive.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoronavirus case in California capitol delays Senate sessionHis name is Fergus Chan. Next year, he hopes to be studying economics at Durham University in North East England. He will find out if he’s accepted Aug. 20. Before that, he plans to see 23 games in 30 days.With less than a month before his life gets real, he is living an American dream.“It’s actually kind of scary,” Chan said. “But it’s the U.S., so people are very nice. In Hong Kong, people don’t talk. Everyone here asks me how I’m doing.”On Sunday, Fergus went to Angel Stadium and sat in the right center field sun when “I heard the pop of Mike Trout’s bat.” He saw the ball spinning toward him. Two guys pushed him. He stuck up his glove.“I didn’t catch it as much as it caught me,” Chan said.last_img read more

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Transnet opens wagon maintenance facility in Northern Cape

first_img29 July 2014State logistics company Transnet officially opened a R30-million wagon refurbishment facility in De Aar in South Africa’s Northern Cape province on Monday.The De Aar wagons depot will maintain various types of wagons for Transnet Freight Rail, functioning as a satellite workshop for the Transnet Rail Engineering Beaconsfield Depot in Kimberley.Speaking at the opening, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the investment was aimed at increasing Transnet Freight Rail’s capacity on the main freight corridor between Johannesburg and Cape Town.This facility has already created jobs and improved rail engineering skills in the area, Brown said, adding that 47 people, 22 of them from De Aar, had already been employed, and that an estimated 300 direct and indirect jobs would be created through this facility.“Government is committed to revitalising the economy of rural towns such as De Aar, so that we create sustainable livelihoods for the local people,” Brown said. “A wagon refurbishment facility will have a long-term impact not only on De Aar but surrounding areas, as it will be a springboard for development within the broader Northern Cape province.“The establishment of such a facility brings hope to the youth of De Aar to become engineers and better their lives.”After the opening, Brown and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas handed over two new houses to families who agreed to make way for Transnet’s new Youth Multi-Purpose Precinct next to the De Aar Rail Station.The youth precinct comprises a youth shelter for 20 homeless boys, a youth educational centre, a recreational park and a social club for youth volunteers.The Transnet Foundation will fully fund the De Aar Youth Precinct NGO for the first three years (2014, 2015 and 2016). During this time, the Transnet Foundation will engage with other potential partners to invest in the precinct.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Mavericks bolt clear

first_imgBy BEN HARRISDefending Elite Eight men’s champions NSW Country Mavericks will be hard to rein in as they hold a four-point advantage on the competition table.The Mavericks remain unbeaten after day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour on Thursday.They opened their account with an 8-7 win over NSW Mets in the grand final replay then finished off the day with a 10-4 hammering of The Alliance.Mavericks had led as much as 7-3 in the game against the Mets only for the two-time grand finalists to fight back in the second half.It was the Mets’ third loss in three years of the Elite Eight competition at the NTL.Michael Mousa’s troops are third on the table behind Queensland Outlaws on percentages.The Outlaws enjoyed 7-3 and 9-4 victories over NSW Rebels and NSW Scorpions respectively.Following their day one performance that saw them with two draws and a win, Queensland Chiefs are in fourth spot thanks to a 7-5 win over The Alliance and a 6-5 loss to the Rebels.Queensland South Stingrays have a fantastic opportunity to jump into the top four when they take on The Alliance and the Chiefs on day three.It will be hard for the Rebels and Scorpions to make the top four while The Alliance will be playing for pride on Friday.The highlights of day three in the men’s competition will be the Mets-Outlaws match at 12.20pm and the Chiefs-Stingrays clash at 3.50pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd chief Woodward moves for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward moves for Juventus attacker Douglas Costaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward is launching a bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.The Sun says Woodward lined up Juventus star Costa before axing Jose Mourinho.It is claimed Mourinho learnt of the plans to sign the Brazilian shortly before he was sacked.Costa has slipped down the pecking order at Juve following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, despite turning his loan into a permanent deal in the same transfer window.Mourinho had clashed with Woodward and the United board over the failure to land transfer targets. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoAgents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid management have been offered Lyon captain Nabik Fekir.Having rejected OL’s attempts to open talks about a new deal, Fekir is in contact with Chelsea and Bayern Munich ahead of the winter market.And Marca says agents for the France international have been in contact with Real to offer the midfielder for the January transfer window.It’s been suggested Fekir could be a long-term successor for Luka Modric.However, Real coach Santiago Solari has resisted the proposal as he wants to leave room for Vincius Junior to establish himself. last_img read more

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Shared Services Sector Making a Major Impact – PIOJ Head

first_img Dr. Henry said marked growth in the BPO labour force is one area in which the sector’s impact has been most evident, noting that there are about 60 firms now operating locally that employ approximately 26,000 persons, according to data from the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ). “The real estate, renting and business activities industry, which contains a subset of the BPO sector, has grown from 7.6 per cent in 2006 to 10.3 per cent in 2016 as a share of the services industry,” he noted further. Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says the global shared services (GSS) sector, of which business process outsourcing (BPO) is a part, is a key pillar in the country’s economic growth and diversification strategy.Dr. Henry said marked growth in the BPO labour force is one area in which the sector’s impact has been most evident, noting that there are about 60 firms now operating locally that employ approximately 26,000 persons, according to data from the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ).Additionally, he said information from Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) shows that the industry generated an estimated US$400 million in revenue in 2016, pointing out that the sector is “on a growth trajectory”.“The real estate, renting and business activities industry, which contains a subset of the BPO sector, has grown from 7.6 per cent in 2006 to 10.3 per cent in 2016 as a share of the services industry,” he noted further.Dr. Henry, who was speaking at the 2018 Labour Market Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Wednesday (April 11), said the positive trends are also evident internationally.Citing Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s 2017 global shared services survey, he said 73 per cent of respondents reported productivity increases of five per cent, up from 70 per cent of participants in 2015.The report also found that while transactional processes remain predominant within the sector, the adoption of more complex knowledge-based processes is on the rise, which, according to the survey, has doubled, and in some cases tripled, since 2013.Additionally, Dr. Henry said the survey indicated that the number of operators executing more than three functions continues to rise, moving from 20 per cent in 2013 to 31 per cent in 2015 and 53 per cent in 2017, and that organisations are increasingly emphasising proximity to existing operations or headquarters, as cost remains a top priority when establishing or relocating activities.In this regard, he said, Jamaica’s proximity to North America is viewed “favourably” by local BPO investors.“It is, therefore, evident that there is strong potential for the global shared services sector to support both domestic and global growth. We recognise that advancing the development of global shared services within Jamaica, while ensuring integration with other sectors and concurrent improvements in the quality of labour available to the sector, is critical. This cohesive approach is evident in the Five-Year National Strategy for the Development of Jamaica’s Outsourcing Industry, which was approved by Cabinet in 2015,” Dr. Henry said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell, who also spoke at the forum, noted that the strategy targets, among other goals, doubling the sector’s employee complement by 2020.Among the initiatives, which she said have been undertaken to successfully implement the strategy are (a) establishing an Information and Communications Technology/Business Process Outsourcing (ICT/BPO) Task Force, and appointing a National BPO Coordinator to drive and oversee implementation and updating of the industry’s development work plan; and (b) recruiting an in-market broker to ensure that all elements, which will guarantee the industry’s success, are in place.Mrs. Sewell explained that the in-market broker works with the task force and oversees the sector’s activities and performance to ensure that Jamaica is competitively BPO-ready and attractive in all aspects.This, she pointed out, includes strengthening the enabling environment, particularly in relation to the policy and incentive framework; labour market enhancement; infrastructural development; and market penetration.“These initiatives have paid off, as the sector continues to enjoy a high employment growth rate and has outperformed many of the other (industries),” Mrs. Sewell said.This year’s 10th staging of the Labour Market Forum was held under the theme ‘Enabling Growth and Development: Unlocking the Potential of the Global Shared Services Sector’.It was jointly organised by the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Labour Market Information Technical Advisory Committee, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank. 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Bill Clinton To Match Donations To Clinton Foundation Until End Of Year

first_imgBill Clinton will match every dollar donated to the Clinton Foundation until December 31.“Every child deserves the best possible chance at success – and they can’t do it alone,” wrote Hillary Clinton in an email to Clinton Foundation supporters. “They need a lot of helping hands along the way. Ever since my days as a young law student at the Children’s Defense Fund and the Yale Child Study Center, I’ve believed that when it comes to our kids, we’re all in this together. That’s why I’m delighted that the Clinton Foundation has made it a priority to help children all over the world pursue their God-given potential.“With your support, we’re working to prevent babies from contracting HIV; reduce childhood obesity; and promote new research on the science of children’s brain development, early learning, and early health.“With so much work to be done across all of our projects, Bill has decided to personally match every tax-deductible donation to the Clinton Foundation until the end of 2013. Can you help us kick off 2014 stronger than ever? Every donation made, until December 31st, will be matched.“Over the past decade, I have marveled at how quickly the Foundation has grown, and how much good it has done. And I know the best is yet to come.“We have big plans for 2014. Our new Too Small to Fail initiative will help parents give our youngest children a good start in school and in life. No Ceilings will take on what I believe is the great unfinished business of the 21st century — helping women and girls achieve full participation in every aspect of our society. And we’re going to take a look at economic development issues as well, particularly how to help young people get the skills and support they need to find good and fulfilling jobs. Across all our initiatives, we’ll be helping more people in more places solve problems and seize opportunities faster, leaner, and better.“These aren’t small goals, but we’ve never shied away from tough problems. The lesson of the last decade at the Clinton Foundation is that, with your support, there are no limits to what we can achieve together. And in 2014, as we expand our work into new areas, we will need your help more than ever.“There’s no better time to lend your support for the work ahead. Remember, from now until the end of the year your donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar.”To donate, visit the Clinton Foundation website.last_img read more

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Unemployment rate sees decrease in May for Northeast BC

first_imgIn May 2018, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent with an estimated 38,500 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low in May 2019 at a rate of 4.3 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 22 months in a row.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says the B.C. economy is expected to grow, with some forecasters expecting the Province to continue to outpace the rest of Canada when it comes to employment.“The economy is expected to keep growing – to the benefit of British Columbians. Private sector forecasters project that growth in our province will continue to outpace the rest of Canada.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment numbers for the month of May have been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a decrease last month of 0.7 percent, down to 8.3 percent when compared to April’s rate of 9.0 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for May is up 200 to 37,700 when compared to April’s numbers of 37,500.last_img read more

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State report to EC shows action taken against all troublemongers

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has submitted a report to the office of the Election Commission stating that steps have been taken against all potential trouble-mongers across the state.The Election Commission had earlier instructed senior officials of the state government to take adequate measures and arrest the trouble-mongers who could trigger violence during the polls. The Commission also instructed senior police officers of the state to execute all the non-bailable cases which were still pending in the state. It was learnt that more than 20,000 trouble-mongers have been identified both by the city and the district police. The Election Commission also wanted to know from senior police officers in the state if any steps were taken against the miscreants. A report was also sought from them. It can be mentioned here that during his recent visit to the state, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain had asked Director General of Police Virendra and the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma to ensure that all the trouble-mongers should be sent behind bars as a pre-emptive measure ahead of elections. Various political parties also raised a number of issues including the intimidation of voters with the Election Commission. It was also learnt that during his meeting with the election officials, Jain expressed his dissatisfaction over the implementation of the non-bailable cases in some districts. The districts like South 24-Parganas, East and West Burdwan were identified as having a huge number of trouble-mongers. In the report submitted to the Commission by the state government, officials claimed that steps have been taken against all the potential trouble-mongers. Recently-appointed Special Central Police Observer in the state Vivek Dubey also took a stock of the overall law and order situation in the state and also on various pending cases. The full Bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in February held meetings with the top government officials and issued necessary instructions on what measures need to be taken to ensure a free and fair election. The ECI full Bench also discussed the law and order situation in the state.last_img read more

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BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more

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Rafa Benitezs tactics surprised Maurizio Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has admitted that he was surprised by Rafa Benitez’s negative tactics in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.Chelsea continued their winning run with a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park, but it was the way that Rafa Benitez set up his Newcastle team that baffled Maurizio Sarri.“I was surprised at Rafa,” he told Sky Sports.“In Italy, I have never seen him play with five defenders so I was really surprised.“The match was very difficult, they were so low and compact, it was impossible to have spaces.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We got better in the second half but it was a very difficult game.“I think we showed improvement because the match was difficult it was not easy to play well.”He also spoke of Eden Hazard’s man-of-the-match performance.“Eden has played very well,” Sarri added. “Maybe it was better if he played for 75 or 80 minutes, but (Mateo) Kovacic asked for the sub so it was impossible [to take him off].”last_img read more

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Florentino Perez hails Modric talent and clubs values

first_imgSpanish giants Real Madrid had their Christmas meal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday as it is the traditional and the club’s president Florentino Perez gave an address where he lauded club’s Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric.Modric’ emergence as the winner of the award means Madrid has produced winners of the trophy in the last three years as Cristiano Ronaldo won the last two editions while with the club. .“We are already focused on winning the Club World Cup,” said Perez in a report obtained by Marca.“These players are already part of history and the legend of Madrid.”“Among them is Luka Modric, winner of the Ballon d’Or and The Best, representing the talent and values of Madrid.”Report: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…“You are direct witnesses to one of the best stages in the club’s history,” Perez continued.“For the first time, we are European champions in football and basketball, a worldwide milestone.”“This successful stage is thanks to the unity of Madrid, unity that allows us to have stability.”“The stadium on Sunday was an example of the values of sport,” he said.“The passion of sport coexisted with the values of sport.”last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more

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Valverde Hopefully Coutinhos brace will give him confidence

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is hoping that Philippe Coutinho will receive a boost in confidence following his brace against Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarter-final win.After losing the first leg 2-0 at Sevilla last week, Barcelona were ruthless in the return leg at Camp Nou with Coutinho’s double helping them to a 6-1 victory.Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were the other scorers on the night as Barcelona sealed their semi-final spot in the Copa del Rey with a 6-3 aggregate win over Sevilla.But, for Valverde, a big factor to take from the game was Coutinho’s brace at Camp Nou after the Brazilian playmaker’s form had been put into question following a lacklustre campaign so far.Blaugrana captain Messi even selflessly gave up a chance to score an early penalty for the team by instead allowing Coutinho to slot it home instead.“Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” said Valverde, according to Fox Sports.“I hope the success gives him more confidence.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking after the game, Coutinho thanked Messi for allowing him to take a confidence-boosting penalty.“The penalty has come naturally,” said Coutinho. “Leo’s gesture shows how great it is.“Thanks to Leo, for letting me kick the penalty, that’s good for the confidence of the group.“We knew that to overcome, we had to be involved from the beginning.”Although the most pleasing factor for Valverde was the way Barcelona responded by rising to the challenge when it was necessary after losing the first leg of their quarter-final tie to Sevilla 2-0.“The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Next up for Barcelona is another home game against Valencia on Saturday in La Liga.last_img read more