Arsenal on top of English Premier League

first_img GREAT WEEK HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT “You’re only two days away from another crisis, so it’s important we keep our feet on the ground,” McClaren said. “We’ve not turned the corner … we want to be (like) this every week and that only comes on a platform of hard work, attitude and commitment and discipline.” A week after a miserable trip to McClaren’s Newcastle, Liverpool were facing a second successive loss. Although Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead at Anfield, Craig Dawson quickly scored an equaliser in the first half for West Brom and Jonas Olsson put the visitors ahead in the 73rd. But Henderson set up Origi to score from outside the area just when the Midlands club seemed set to take all three points. “Maybe the crowd was disappointed, but they didn’t let us feel it,” Klopp said. “We were all in the game, we were all concentrated to get this one point at the end and it felt like three. I know it’s only one, but it felt like three and in this moment there was an explosion (of emotion).” LONDON (AP): As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama. Newcastle were facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham in the third minute of stoppage time to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool, which lost last weekend to Newcastle, left it even later at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Divock Origi recovering a 2-2 draw in the sixth minute of stoppage time. The optimism which surrounded Juergen Klopp’s arrival as Liverpool manager two months ago has been substituted with a realism. Liverpool are five points adrift of Manchester United, which held on to fourth place despite losing at Bournemouth on Saturday, and nine behind provisional leaders Arsenal. Olivier Giroud converted an early penalty for his 50th Premier League goal, before Mesut Ozil set up Aaron Ramsey to sweep in another as Arsenal beat bottom-place Aston Villa 2-0. It was goalkeeper Petr Cech’s 169th clean sheet in the Premier League – most achieved with Chelsea – matching David James’ record. Although Arsenal’s stay at the top could be brief if Leicester beat ailing champions Chelsea, the win at Villa Park capped a good week when the odds were defied to book a place in the round of 16 in the Champions League. “I was a bit anxious today because we had given a lot on Wednesday night (at Olympiakos) and we came back very, very late,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I knew that Villa was fighting to survive … it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry. I had as well a few bad weeks already. So sometimes it balances a little bit.” It’s been a good four months for north London counterpart Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. They had not lost in the League since the opening day of the season until running into a resilient Newcastle, which ended the 14-match unbeaten run. Perez beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post as the full-time whistle loomed, after fellow substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Eric Dier’s first-half headed opener for Tottenham. “In the second half, every time we had the ball we started to make some mistakes and we give them the possibility to a right to a goal,” Pochettino said. “I think the first person that was responsible of the defeat is me.” With Newcastle out of the drop zone and up to 15th – above Chelsea – the pressure is off Steve McClaren for now.last_img read more

Lankans top Kiwis in third ODI

first_imgNELSON, New Zealand (AP):Sri Lanka borrowed parts of New Zealand’s successful formula to win the third one-day cricket international by eight wickets yesterday, and kept alive the five-match series which home team leads 2-1.Sri Lanka restricted New Zealand to 276-8, in which Williamson’s 59 was the highest score, and a blazing 65 from 45 balls by opener Danushka Gunathilaka ignited a run chase which Tillakaratne Dilshan strengthened with a masterly innings of 91.Dilshan put on 111 for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne before his innings ended when he was run out with Sri Lanka 202-2.Thirimanne made an unbeaten 87 in a 68-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal (27 not out) which closed out the win with 20 balls remaining.”A very satisfying and much-needed victory for us,” Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said. “We gave ourselves a chance to stay alive in the series, and going forward to the fourth ODI we still have a chance to square the series.”I thought the bowlers were brilliant up front, given the task on a good track they kept them to a very chaseable target. And I thought all the batters batted brilliantly after the humiliating and embarrassing first couple of games.”Small changes yesterday made a big difference to the dynamics of the series, and Sri Lanka were just as commanding in winning the third match as New Zealand had in winning the first two.The New Zealand bowlers couldn’t contain Sri Lanka as they had done in the first two matches. Pacemen Tim Southee and Adam Milne returned after being rested earlier in the series and showed signs of rustiness, becoming cannon fodder for Gunathilaka and Dilshan, giving up 44 and 50 runs respectively from six over spells.Williamson also returned to the New Zealand line-up after missing the first two matches of the series with a knee injury and was immediately installed as captain when Brendon McCullum was forced to withdraw with an injured back.Williamson did something McCullum couldn’t in winning the toss, but that also worked against his team. Compelled to bowl first and chastened by the words of captain Angelo Mathews who described their previous performances in the series as “embarrassing and pathetic” Sri Lanka bowled well and fielded with enthusiasm to restrict New Zealand.In the first match at Christchurch, Sri Lanka managed only 188 in ideal batting conditions and saw New Zealand surpass that total in 21 overs; in the second match Sri Lanka made only 117 and New Zealand reached that target in 8.2 overs.last_img read more

Update:  Crater-Count Dating Squabble Unresolved

first_imgRemember the revelation last year that many craters on Mars used to infer ages may have been secondary impacts from fallback debris? (see 10/20/2005 entry).  Well, a microsymposium on this subject was held in Houston in March, and Richard Kerr in Science1 said that “125 planetary scientists deadlocked over how to apply crater-dating techniques to recent Mars history.”    Some are adamant that most craters are secondaries, and that they are difficult to distinguish from primaries, while others feel their methods produce consistent dating results.  If the former are right, however, then crater counts “have little to do with telling time,” Kerr wrote.  Inferences about ages of features in geological history built on these dating methods could be “off by orders of magnitude.”    Support for the secondary-crater explanation comes from ground level.  It shows that the process occurs even at small scales:Close-up images from the Mars rover Spirit also suggest that secondaries dominate small craters on Mars, too.  Geologist Matthew Golombek of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a Spirit team member, reported on a survey of impact craters measuring from 10 centimeters to a couple of hundred meters across.  Spirit found that they are all far shallower and less bowllike than primary craters tend to be.  The high speed of impactors falling in from the asteroid belt makes for relatively deeper craters than those made by slower ejecta blocks of the same size.  “Almost every crater you see looks like a secondary,” said Golombek.1Richard A. Kerr, “Planetary Science: Who Can Read the Martian Clock?”, Science, 26 May 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5777, pp. 1132 – 1133, DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5777.1132.Before this realization came to light, the assumption was that meteoroids produced a steady rain of impactors on a planet or moon, allowing scientists to estimate the age of the surface.  “The concept sounds simple enough,” Kerr said, nostalgically; “To decipher the geologic history of other bodies in the solar system, count craters formed by the slow rain of bombarding rocks.  The more craters on a lava flow, glacial debris, or a flood deposit, the farther back in time a volcano erupted, ice flowed, or water gushed.”  Now, we know that “In practice, however, telling geologic time beyond Earth has proved tricky.”  A sidebar shows that there is even debate on how the impacts took place, and whether there was a catastrophic period of bombardment, or a slow decrease in events in the first million years of the solar system.    But wait; about that first million years – it is inferred from studies of the moon, which were dated by crater counts.  And the moon is also dated by extrapolation of dating methods from earth which were largely accepted due to their allowance of time for Darwinian evolution.  What if evolution is not true?  And what if the dating methods on Earth are flawed?  Can secular scientists really know anything about ages in the solar system?  Don’t count on it.  Assumption is the mother of confusion.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolution: Demonstrated or Assumed?

first_imgMichael Behe wrote in The Edge of Evolution that Darwinists tend to forget the difference between what is assumed and what is demonstrated, and fall into the habit of attributing even the most elegant of biological features to evolution without demonstrating how it could be so (see quote, top right of this page).  Some examples are found in recent scientific papers and news reports.Knowledge is power of assumption:  Patrick Barry wrote for Science News about “energy-converting mitochondria or sunlight-absorbing chloroplasts, which are known to have evolved from ancient, independent-living bacteria that became incorporated into the cells.”Child’s play:  Since infants prefer Good Samaritans, this trait must have evolved, said Science Daily: “The presence of social evaluation so early in infancy suggests that assessing individuals by the nature of their interactions with others is central to processing the social world, both evolutionarily and developmentally,” the authors of a study proclaimed.Say it is so:  The author of a new book on vertebrate paleontology called Evolution In Action said this: “All creatures alive today are descended from a population of single-celled organisms that lived some billions of years ago.  Since the first animals appeared, millions of species have been born (the majority of which are now extinct), including our own, Homo sapiens.”  This was quoted authoritatively in Current Biology Dec 18, in a book review with the title, “No bones about it.”Scuttle fish:  Cuttlefish signalling can be quite elaborate, involving specialized light-emitting organs that display flashing lights in patterns.  Three scientists writing in Current Biology had an easy answer for where this ability came from: “Coleoid cephalopods, including cuttlefish, have a unique neurally controlled system for generating skin patterns, which evolved primarily for visual defence.”Columbine school:  Scott Hodges and Elena Kramer had a simple explanation for certain structures on columbines (a wildflower group): “What is unique about columbines, compared to their close relatives that have not gone through an adaptive radiation, is that they have evolved nectar spurs.”  The authors used the word evolution 10 times, never once explaining how it acted—only that it did; for instance, “Aquilegia’s flowers are also of particular utility and their features may help us to understand how novel morphological traits evolve….Developmental and genetic studies of these structures will help us understand how novelties evolve.”Evolution as goddess:  Did you know evolution can plan things and discover efficient ways of engineering codes?  A summary of the paper on RNA Polymerase II (see 12/17/2007, next entry) in Science Daily said this: “It would appear that, over the last 500 million years, other ways to produce highly complex organisms have evolved.  Evolution has simply found more efficient ways to use the genes already there.”Fly in the eye:  The following quote is notable for its admission that evidence is lacking for evolution, juxtaposed with certainty that it occurred.  David Weisblat, an expert on leeches at UC Berkeley, explained to Current Biology Dec 4 why leech study is important:The most compelling scientific justification for studying leech development is its relevance to understanding the evolution of animal body plans.  A priori, changes in animal body plans – morphology – must come about by changes, over the course of many millions of years, in the developmental processes by which they arise.  We now have a decent understanding of how a very few species, chiefly Drosophila, develop, but the ancestral species from which they evolved are by definition extinct, so we cannot make any retrospective comparisons.  Thinking prospectively, waiting to see significant morphological and underlying genomic/developmental changes is an exciting long-term possibility.  Unfortunately, that will require maintaining both human society and natural populations of the species of interest for the millions of years required for significant evolutionary changes to occur, a dicey proposition at best. Perhaps Jerry Coyne and Hopi Hoekstra explained best why evolutionists can get away with such assertions that assume evolution rather than demonstrate it.  In a recent article in Current Biology (Volume 17, Issue 23, 4 December 2007, pages R1014-R1016), they said, “Evolution is a contingent process, dependent on the vagaries of the environment, history, and whatever mutations happen to appear.  Consequently, there are few strict ‘laws’ of evolution; ours is instead a science of generalizations.”    Maybe evolution is whatever an evolutionist wants it to be.  Even the prior point was not conceded by some scientists at New York University; they said, according to a press release on EurekAlert, that evolution is deterministic, not random.  Whatever evolution is, it sure explains a lot.  Maybe an undefined term like “abracadabra” would do just as well.Charlietans, these Darwinists.  On the one hand they exclaim that evolution is the most clearly demonstrated scientific fact on Earth that only a fool (like a creationist) would deny.  Ask them for an example, and this is what you get: bald assertions that say little more than “it evolved because it evolved” or, “the way that it evolved is that it emerged millions of years ago, and after it arose, it evolved.”  If you love science, don’t let them get away with it.  Like Michael Jackson, they’re BAD (bald assertions of dogmatism).    For more Darwin-assuming groaners, see the 08/24/2007 entry, “Evolution Takes Credit.”(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New Year’s food traditions vary by region

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cabbage rolls, sauerkraut balls or even herring have been tied to many families’ New Year’s mealtime traditions. The North loves their roast pork and sauerkraut, the South their ham, peas and collards while the Northwest has been known to eat salmon — all steeped in tradition to bring good luck and fortune. Paul and I head down to the neighbors to enjoy a North-South meal. We love sharing this blend of traditions and reliving our days of living in the south with our Southern neighbors.The main attraction is Ham and Pork Roast. Ham is a must for our Georgian neighbors, while we Ohioans gravitate toward roast pork. The carnivores we are, we all usually pile both selections on our plates. The folklore story that was told to me and that I retold to my kids was, we eat pork because pigs root forward giving us a forward momentum in the new year. Pigs have also been associated with plumpness and plentiful eating. Plenty to eat never seems to be a problem in this family, but I don’t want chance the bad luck of “scratching out” my living in the new year like poultry scratches backward. OSU extension tells the tale that pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s days goes back to German and Eastern European roots and will bring you good luck and prosperity to those who eat it. Southern Living (the south’s food bible) states “the more pork you eat, the more luck you’ll have” for the year — just another reason to eat up! Ohio ranks 8th in pork production in the nation. OSU reports that the pork industry has improved this year with less PEDv and should be good news for all of us as we pile on the pork to get as much good luck as we can get.Cabbage is another staple. Southerners serve their cabbage in coleslaw where us northerners consume ours in sauerkraut. Believe it or not, cabbage is big business in Ohio. Ohio ranks 12th in the nation and produces $7.1 million worth of cabbage products. That’s a lot of cabbage whether it’s sauerkraut or coleslaw. Don’t like sauerkraut but want its lucky benefits? Try adding an apple or applesauce and a tablespoon of brown sugar just to take the sour edge off.In our North-South New Year’s feast after the pork and cabbage variations, it’s time to head to the side dishes. This is where the menu starts to differ. Southerners love to add collard greens and black eyed peas, which represent greenbacks and coins ensuring wealth and luck for everyone. Southern Living says that this tradition dates back to Civil War times when Union troops (us dreaded northerners) ravaged the southern farms leaving only black-eyed peas and greens for the animals to eat. These humble foods allowed the south to survive and have hope for the future. Although these aren’t our favorites, we make sure we eat at least a spoon of each because who wants to avoid wealth and luck of any kind.Cornbread is always served and symbolizes gold. True southerners do not put any sugar in their cornbread but we need juuuust a pinch of sugar. A fellow Ohioan neighbor always brings mashed potatoes to the table. I’m not sure why, other than we love potatoes and it seems it has always been included in a pork and sauerkraut meal.The 2016 New Year’s meal may have to be tweaked with more of a tailgate flare, as the Buckeyes kick off at 1:00. Whether you will stick with tradition or vary with bbq pork sandwiches and coleslaw for the game, make sure you fill your plate with plenty of Ohio’s agriculture filling your new year with lots of luck and prosperity.Eat well and healthy! Easy Black Eye Peas from myrecipes.com 16 oz. pkg. frozen black eyed peas.3 cups water (may need less)1-2 large beef bouillon cubes1 medium onion, chopped1/2 (16-ounce) package kielbasa, sliced, browned, and drained (optional)Bring first 4 ingredients and, if desired, sausage to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with Sweet Onion Relish. Short-Cut Collard Greens from Ellie Krieger foodnetwork.com 1 1/4 pounds collard greens1 tablespoon water2 slices Canadian bacon1 tablespoon olive oil1 small onion, chopped1 tablespoon cider vinegar1 tablespoon maple syrup1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes3/4 cup low-sodium chicken brothSalt  Remove the stems and center ribs from the collard greens and discard. Cut the leaves into 1/2-inch strips. Place the greens into a large, microwave-safe bowl with the water and cover tightly. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.In the meantime, preheat a large skillet and cook the bacon for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the bacon from the pan, chop, and set aside. Add the oil and onion to the pan and cook until onions have softened, about 2 minutes. Add the collard greens and stir in the vinegar, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the chopped bacon to the pan, and season with salt. Makes 4 (1 1/2c servings)  Shelly’s Golden Cornbread adapted from Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook  1 cup sifted flour2 Tbsp. sugar4 tsp. baking powderDash of salt1 cup yellow cornmeal3 egg whites1 cup skim milk3 Tbsp. oil  Preheat oven to 425°. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In small bowl beat eggs with fork and add milk and oil. Create well in dry ingredients and add egg mixture all at once. Stir with fork just until moist. Even if lumpy stop stirring. Pour into a greased 9” square baker and bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 9 servings.Love corn muffins. Pour into muffin tins and bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Sauerkraut Pizza tasteofhome.com 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust1 to 1-1/4 pounds bulk pork sausage1 cup chopped onion1-1/2 teaspoons fennel seed, divided1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon dried basil1 garlic clove, minced2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, well drained1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Press pizza dough onto a lightly greased 14-in. round pizza pan. Bake at 450° for 4 minutes; set aside.In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion, 1 teaspoon fennel seed, oregano, basil and garlic until the sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain.Sprinkle crust with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Spread with pizza sauce, sausage mixture, tomatoes, sauerkraut and remaining fennel seed and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.Bake at 450° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings. 1 serving (1 piece) equals 472 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 1,727 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 21 g protein. Hearty German Supper 2 c applesauce14 oz. can or bag of sauerkraut1/3 c dry white wine2 Tblsp. Brown sugar12 oz. pkg. polish sausage2 cups of sliced onions2 c potatoes in bite-sized chunks Combine applesauce, sauerkraut, wine and brown sugar in large saucepan. Mix well and add sausage, onions and potatoes. Simmer uncovered on stove top for 20-30 minutes.last_img read more

How You Make It Easy For Your Client To Say No

first_imgI tried to convince my publisher to name my second book, The Art of Commitment-Gaining. They called it The Lost Art of Closing. Some people equate the word “closing” with a self-oriented, pushy, high-pressure form of selling that is now so rare as to be remarkable when you experience it. Even though the word “closing” still carries a negative connotation, success in sales is, in large part, built on gaining commitments. If you want to improve your ability to ask for and obtain commitments to serve your clients better, you might start by recognizing how you are making it easy for your clients to say no.No Value MessagingThe content of your message matters. When you ask for a meeting or the next commitment your dream client needs to make, the content of the message is the critical variable. You make it easy for your prospective client to refuse your request for a meeting when you fail to provide them with a solid, compelling value proposition for the meeting or the commitment you are requesting from them.When you say you’d like to stop by, introduce yourself, and share how you are helping companies like your dream client with better results, what you are trading in value is too weak to command a yes. The fact that you want to talk about you, your company, and your products and services is a snoozer for your client. They have already had this experience enough times to recognize that the meeting isn’t a good use of their time.If your messaging suggests that your client will be better positioned to make decisions about their business—whether they buy from you or someone else—you provide something worth saying yes to. If you want a deeper dive into the language choices for a value proposition for a meeting now, check out Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 of Eat Their Lunch.Mediums That Make No EasyThe medium you choose to ask for a commitment is also a variable that drives your success. Some mediums make it easy to refuse the request for a meeting or a commitment. The reasons salespeople prefer these mediums is because they don’t have to call their prospective clients to ask and because they believe they are efficient, both of which create poor results, weak pipelines, and often, a career change.Email: Of all the ways you might ask your dream client for a meeting or some other commitment, why would you ever choose to make an ask on a medium that allows your contact to say no by ignoring your email, like the ones you sent weeks ago and are hoping against hope for a reply that will never come? You provided your client with an ask that they can say no to by only hitting the delete button on their keyboard.Social Media: How is LinkedIn different from an email? You are still asking in a medium that provides the easiest and frictionless way to say no. There is not a social platform with the ability to increase your chances of acquiring a meeting or a commitment by using it as the medium in which you ask.The way you make it easy for your client to say no is by not being there when you ask. You are not there to ask again, and you eliminate the possibility of resolving your client’s concerns. You expect too much from a medium that isn’t the right choice for critical outcomes.Poor Language ChoicesThe choice of words you use can provide your client with an easy out. When you ask, “Is now a good time,” you invite a no. When you ask, “Is now a bad time,” you invite a yes, which means no. Asking your clients questions that indicate you have no value proposition and offer them an easy no generally results in them accepting the out you provided them.There are three variables to success in asking for meetings and commitments, one of which is the value proposition. A weak value proposition sounds like this: “I just want to check in and see how things are going.” Or my favorite from a salesperson who called on me for years, who said: “Just wanted to check in to see if anything has changed in your world.” The words you use matter.Another variable is your confidence. You reveal a lack of confidence, when you say, “I was wondering maybe if you might want to meet . . . ” Your  hedging betrays a lack of confidence. If you are not confident, you make it very easy to refuse your request for a meeting. If you are not sure what you want, why you want it, and how it is going to benefit the contact you are asking for a commitment, your client is right to refuse the request.There are still salespeople who ask questions that make it more challenging to gain a commitment. They ask questions like, “Are you happy with your current provider?” A yes to this answer confirms they are not compelled to change, and you aren’t offering to help change their beliefs about change. Congratulations, you reinforced a no. You ask questions like, “What do you wish your current provider did differently,” because you don’t have a theory about what your dream client should change.Ceding Control of the ProcessWhen you allow your dream client to determine what comes next because you are unaware of the need to control the process, you are providing your client the option to say no without your even asking. If you are conflict-averse and worry about alienating your client and losing the opportunity, not only are you not being consultative, but you are accepting a no without even asking. If you ever ask your client, “So, what is our next step,” you demonstrate that you are not a trusted advisor and that you don’t have a plan for helping them make the best decision about their future.It is possible for you to get a no to a large number of commitments you need your dream client to make by merely ceding control of the process. By allowing them to decide what comes next, you are accepting a no to the real work you need to do with your prospective client to genuinely serve them. When you lose deals, the most significant reason is that you allowed your contact to determine a process that didn’t let you create compelling, differentiated value. You skipped the conversations and commitments that would have better served both you and your dream client.If you want better sales results, stop making it easy for your clients to say no.last_img read more

SAC approves Rs 2 crore grant for Real Kashmir for 3 years, beginning 2018-19

first_imgThe State Administrative Council (SAC) which met in Srinagar on Monday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the grant of Rs 2 crore as financial assistance to the Real Kashmir Football Club annually for a period of three years, beginning 2018-19.Within two years of the formation of Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC), the team has performed exceptionally well at the national level including the I-League, where the club successfully defeated or drew with top teams including Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Churchill Brothers, FC Goa among others.Through its prolific performance, Real Kashmir has been gaining popularity among the youth of the Jammu and Kashmir. In matches played in the valley, with more than 25,000 people attended to cheer for their favourite football team.However, presently the Real Kashmir FC is financially not in a position to meet the expenditure on players including expenses on training, travelling, boarding and lodging.Taking note of financial constraints of the club, its future prospects and to bring more and more youth in its fold, the SAC approved grant of assured financial assistance for a period three years to the club.The SAC further directed the Department of Youth Services & Sports to formulate a proposal in consultation with the finance department for providing grant to sports teams of Jammu and Kashmir which qualify for top level national leagues in Cricket, Hockey, Kabaddi and Badminton.Also Read | Former India footballer Mohammed Zulfiqaruddin dies at 83Also Read | Jobby Justin the net busterAlso Read | Mohun Bagan appoint Khalid Jamil as head coachadvertisementlast_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions! pic.twitter.com/F6h7BF4dYb— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more

FOR TIFFS CAMERON BAILEY LOVE OF FILMS INTERSECTS WITH DEVOTION TO FAMILY

first_imgTIFF co-director Cameron Bailey will be honouring Meryl Streep at the festival’s first Tribute Gala event. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: There may not be any plans for Keanu Reeves to attend the Toronto International Film Festival this year, but he is always welcome in the Bailey household.“We watched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” Mr. Film Fest was saying, about the Keanu mission that he and his 10-year-old, Tate, have been on recently.We had arranged to assemble at Soho House for a little rendezvous in the weeks leading up to Cameron Bailey’s biggest of the year, when some 300 movies unspool in Toronto (333 this annum, from all over the world), and he prepares to host well over a hundred celebrities who manifest in this town (including, on the Monday of the fest, at the first ever, seriously star-studded TIFF Tribute Gala) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Alba does think Messis absence affects Barcelona

first_imgAhead of Barcelona’s match against Internazionale Milano, left-back Jordi Alba spoke about Lionel Messi’s absence and Julen Lopetegui’s situation.The third Champions League match for FC Barcelona will start on Wednesday and players like Jordi Alba are making the rounds with the press, he spoke about Lionel Messi’s absence and Julen Lopetegui’s situation with Real Madrid.Alba developed a great relationship with the current Los Blancos manager, he also is one of the most connected players to Lionel Messi’s style of play and this makes him one of the most obvious people to talk about the two figures.This Tuesday he gave a press conference in which he was questioned about both subjects, Messi’s absence against Inter and the possibility of Julen Lopetegui getting sacked by Real Madrid’s board of directors after El Clasico next Sunday.🎙 @JordiAlba: “Leo is a big loss. We all play better with him on the field. We’ll have to bring out our best and we’re quite capable of doing that” #BarçaInter pic.twitter.com/Ir3y6mKUJa— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 23, 2018“Replacing Leo is impossible for any player regardless of how good he is. He makes every other player be better and he also scores a lot of goals,” said Alba to Diario AS. “Sometimes, Leo takes the ball and he solves a match for us. Now it’s time for all of us to get the job done, we have to grind our teeth and win in any way we can. Sometimes we have to wait until Messi can solve these types of matches.”“Messi’s absence affects me a lot to be honest, I play my best football around him. He sometimes can see a pass that none of us can, he is different from the rest. He can see me moving to get that last pass.”“We always try to look for each other during the match and that makes me feel stronger. His absence will be very important but we will see.”“Either we are dependant on Messi or not… the truth is that we are a better squad with him and it will cost us a lot more to win matches but we have other great players,” said Alba.🎙 @JordiAlba : “Inter are a great team and they’re having a good season. We hope to win with the fans right behind us” #BarçaInter pic.twitter.com/fOJKYUDaVPFati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 23, 2018Alba also spoke about Julen Lopetegui’s decision to leave Spain and play for Real Madrid, about the possibility of getting sacked after making that choice.“Everybody makes decisions, Julen’s intention was to finish the World Cup and then go to Real Madrid. Then there was another decision made by the FEF president and the manager as well.”“I have a fantastic relationship with him and he helped me on a personal level when things weren’t working for me. I wish he can keep his job at Real Madrid.”“The fact that he went to that specific club was something I didn’t like, but I hope he can stay there for a long time. He deserves to stay because he is a great professional.”He could be good enough for Barcelona but I’m happy with our manager right now. Apart from doing a great work with all the players, he speaks directly with each and every one of them,” he concluded.🆚 Viktoria Plzen❓ Mood in the camp👊 Fighting spiritRead what Lopetegui said in his pre-match press conference. 👇https://t.co/4S51MXJ0z0— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 22, 2018last_img read more