Guardiola won’t manage another Premier League club

first_imgManchester City will be the only side Pep Guardiola manages in the Premier League, with the Catalan considering himself to be “Mancunian for the rest of my life”.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is into his third season at the Etihad Stadium, with more major honours being chased down after a record-breaking 2017-18 campaign.Guardiola secured a top-flight title and Carabao Cup double last term, with the history books rewritten by a dominant domestic force in the English game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 47-year-old is determined to deliver more success for a club and fan base that has offered him so much support, with it now impossible for him to contemplate coaching a direct rival.Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Live on his achievements at City and plans for the future: “Statistics and numbers are nice, but numbers are not passion. It does not give you something. It is better to say after 10 years I remember this final and how well we played, to remember the way we have done it.“Titles are important of course, and they have helped me have jobs and to keep working on my passion.“But I think all the managers we are happy with our old players, when we can laugh and hug and have a good relation. Everyone loves to be loved, it is the secret of our lives.“I will be Mancunian for the rest of my life. I will be a Manchester City fan and it will be impossible to train another team like Manchester City in England because I feel love from the people here.“When the people say, what do you want? To be loved. The most nice thing is when you feel good with the other people.”Guardiola’s exploits at City have seen him build on triumphs enjoyed elsewhere, with a man schooled at Barcelona still looking to make the most of the lessons he took from Johan Cruyff during his playing days at Camp Nou.He said of the iconic Dutchman and the influence he has had on his career to date: “He helped me to love this game, to love football, and to love it you have to understand it.“He gave us secrets, because they were things nobody else saw. The way he sees football is totally different; he had a lot of power in that way. Obsessive, demanding, stressful. He was like a brutal father. He was so rough – so tough, you cannot imagine.“Nothing was easy, and there was a time when I could not stay with him anymore, but he was fair.”Pep Guardiola Manchester CityGuardiola has adopted a similar approach to his managerial career, with a demanding mentality seeing him strive for continuous improvement as he embraces the need to constantly evolve.A man who introduced ‘tiki-taka’ football to the world at Barcelona added: “I think humanity goes forward because people don’t accept what the reality is and try to discover new things.“If you don’t try to be creative and don’t ask why do we have to do that, why not another way, then humanity doesn’t exist anymore. These kind of people are necessary to make humanity much better.“Football is nice because what works today doesn’t work tomorrow. Sometimes you are doing something well and you say OK, if we continue that way it will start to go bad. When you see the signals, you have the feelings, you have to do something different.“All managers, we make a lot of decisions because of feelings. We have a lot of information about the opponents you meet, you put in the brain, but you have to live the feelings.”last_img read more

Wijnaldum: We’re not thinking about title

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has insisted that his side are not thinking about the possibility of snatching the Premier League title away from Manchester City this season.Jurgen Klopp’s men are a point clear of City at the top of the league as it stands and will guarantee their place at the summit for Christmas with a win against Wolves on Friday.They remain unbeaten in the league, winning 14 of their 17 matches, and have only conceded seven goals so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! When asked whether Liverpool’s position at the top of the table would be on the players’ minds ahead of the Reds’ latest match, Wijnaldum told the club’s official website: “No, not really. “This season we didn’t think about getting close to City when we were in the future situations [playing after them], or in this case to go four points ahead. “We don’t really think about that, we just want to play the game and try to win the game and then we will see what will happen at the end of the week. We just have to make sure we win our game, that’s the only thing we have to do.“I think Wolves have shown already against the ‘big’ teams that they are a good playing side, especially at home, so it’s going to be a really, really tough game. We know we have to be 100 per cent concentrated to win that game.”Gini Wijnaldum Liverpool NapoliThe Dutchman, who has been elected as Liverpool’s fourth-choice captain by his team-mates this season, has played a vital part in his side’s success so far this term.Despite their fantastic form in recent weeks, Wijnaldum believes the Reds are still not at their best.”I think this season we played a lot of good games but also games that were not good that we still won,” he added.“So in those terms we are quite consistent, but we’re still a team who is learning. Every day in training and in every game we try to learn more, so I don’t want to say we’re coming to our best form but we’re getting better every time. “No one will know what the best form is, so that we’re getting better is something that’s sure because every game you learn a lot of new things.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Pongal celebrated with traditional fervour in Tamil Nadu

first_imgChennai, Jan 14 (PTI) Tamil Nadu celebrated the harvest festival of Pongal with great zeal and fervour today, with people preparing traditional food and offering prayers to the Sun God.The streets in both rural and urban areas of the state were decked up with drawings made of flour (called Kolam in Tamil).People decorated their homes with mango leaves and strings of flowers.Special prayers were held at temples. Sweet rice (pongal), made of jaggery with rice and milk, in a traditional mud pot, was offered to the Sun God along with pieces of sugarcanes.The food is shared with relatives and neighbours after being offered to the Sun God.Since the Supreme Court has banned the popular bull-taming sport of Jallikattu, normally conducted on Mattu (cow) Pongal (third day of Pongal festivities), the festival is expected to be a low-key affair in Madurai and its neighbouring districts.For Kannum Pongal festival on Monday, security has been strengthened at several places including Marina beach here, where people throng in large numbers.Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala and DMK working president M K Stalin and other leaders extended their greetings on the occasion of Pongal.The festival falls on the first day of Tamil month Thai, considered as the precursor of hope. PTI ROH VGN BN SRYlast_img read more

Usain Bolt, Jamaican teammates ordered to return 2008 Beijing Games relay medals

first_imgUsain Bolt and his Jamaican team mates who won the 4 x 100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Games have been told by the country’s Olympic Association to return their gold medals following Nesta Carter’s failed drug test.Mike Fennell, Jamaica Olympic Association president, told Reuters that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas are being contacted following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee.”I can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the IOC,” Fennell told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, did not indicate whether a time frame had been given, but he confirmed that Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”In our discussions with Nesta so far he’s discussing that matter (appealing to CAS) with his attorneys, both local and in the UK,” Fennell told Reuters.He did not comment on BBC reports that the Jamaica Olympic Association might appeal against the ruling that they, too, should forfeit their medals.In the case of Bolt, losing his would reduce his career haul of Olympic golds from nine to eight.last_img read more

After Alcatel, Sony said to be working on Helio P20-powered Pikachu phone

first_imgJust the other day, a new Alcatel phone – called the Idol 5S – powered by MediaTek’s all new Helio P20 chipset was spotted on GeekBench. And now, a new Helio P20-based Sony phone has made its way to the benchmarking website. Codenamed Pikachu , the upcoming phone from Sony could be the G3112 that has been part of rumour mills for some time now. There is however no confirmation from Sony regarding both the phones so we advise you take this piece of information with a grain of salt.The Sony Pikachu – as per the listing — comes with a 5-inch 720p screen and is powered by a 2.3GHz MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The phone sports a 21-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It further runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box.Sony is holding a press conference at MWC 2017 on February 27 where it will reportedly launch as many as five different Xperia smartphones. One of them is said to be the Xperia X2, which is also said to be successor to the flagship Xperia XZ. Hardware specs of the phone in question are however scarce at the moment.The Xperia XZ meanwhile comes with a 5.2 FullHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card. It sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, triple image sensing technology, predictive hybrid autofocus and 0.6 sec quick launch and capture. There is also a 13-megapxiel front-camera on-board the device.advertisementThe dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based Xperia UI and support 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). It also supports what Sony calls as adaptive charging. The phone is backed by a 2,900mAh battery and supports Quick Charging.Sony has remained silent about all the possibilities for now, but, its agenda for India seems to be clear at the moment. The company will launch only its premiere offerings here, it has previously confirmed.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ with 23MP camera launched at Rs 51,990last_img read more

Assam govt to organise Namami Brahmapurta prog from March 31

first_imgBhopal, Feb 23 (PTI) Taking a cue from Namami Devi Narmade programme of Madhya Pradesh government, Assam will now launch Namami Brahmapurta campaign in the north-eastern state from March 31 to April 4, a senior official said.”To pay fitting tribute to the rivers life-giving prosperity and countless blessings, a five-day long event, Namami Brahmaputra is being organised under the state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal,” Assams Joint Secretary and campaign in-charge, S Vishwanathan told reporters last evening.”Assams life and culture are deeply influenced by the rejuvenating splashes of Brahmaputra,” he said.Vishwanathan said the campaign will be launched across 21 districts along the Brahmaputra in its entire stretch from Sadiya to Dhubri.It will serve as an ideal platform to showcase Assams tremendous potential as a state brimming with trade, tourism and culture opportunities, he added.The event will start with a spectacular opening ceremony on March 31 at the riverfront of Bharalumukh, Guwahati – land of Kamakhya Temple, one of the popular Shakti-peethas in the country, the official said.It will include a soulful veneration of river Brahmaputra along with other attractions like indigenous sports, local food, exhibition of organic tea, display of handloom and handicrafts, cultural evenings, film festival, business meetings and symposium among others, he added.A grand closing ceremony will be held on April 4, in which Sonowal has invited his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shirvaj Singh Chouhan, he said.”This five day event, epic in scale and grand in reality, shall bring along business, fun and festivities for all. Brahmaputra is not called lifeline of Assam for nothing as this perennial river presents incredible business opportunities,” said the official.advertisementHe said the National Waterways, especially NW 2 and NW 16 shall be the drivers of economic development and prosperity. PTI MAS ADU NRB SDMlast_img read more

Bangladesh earn historic win against Sri Lanka in their 100th Test

first_imgFighting against all odds, Bangladesh on Sunday scripted history by registering an emphatic four-wicket win against Sri Lanka and leveled the two-match series at the P Sara Oval.Chasing a modest 191-run target on Day 5, Bangladesh rode on opener Tamim Iqbal’s brisk start and the composed 109-stand in the middle overs as they became the only second team, after Pakistan, from the sub-continent to register a win in their 100th Test.Iqbal starred the Bangladeshi innings with a well composed knock of 82. (Bangladesh fight back after Dimuth Karunaratne ton for Sri Lanka)Earlier in the day, Kulswan Perera scored his fifth Test half-century and stitched a 80-run partnership with bowler Surunga Lakmal to help his side recover from the early hiccups and set Bangladesh a 191-run target.Shakib al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as they scalped four and three wickets respectively in the second innings. (Shakib Al Hasan ton gives Bangladesh healthy lead against Sri Lanka)The hosts, who had won the first match by a huge margin of 259 runs at Galle, were off to a brilliant start in their second innings but the middle-order collapse didn’t allow them to set a formidable target for Bangladesh.Elated with the win, Shakib said, “It’s a great feeling to win a Test match, especially in Sri Lanka. We know how tough they are. The way we are improving, we will win some games. We are having good times at home.” (Bangladesh lose late wickets after Dinesh Chandimal ton)advertisement”Now we need to win outside. We knew we were going to chase down anything around 200 as the wicket was not that bad. Obviously we wanted to restrict them below 150 but the last two batsmen batted really well,” he added.Tamim was declared the Man of the Match while Shakib was adjudged the Man of the Series.last_img read more

Matthew Wade credits India for being on top on Day 1 despite Steve Smith’s ton

first_imgAustralian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade credited India for dismissing the visitors for 300 in their first innings despite getting off to a strong start on the first day of the fourth and final cricket Test here on Saturday. (SCORECARD)Electing to bat after winning the toss here, skipper Steven Smith (111) and opener David Warner (56) set the tone for a massive Australian total, before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav triggered a batting collapse to bring India back into the game, with figures of 4/68.Wade, who scored a 57, said that even reaching 300 was a good effort considering the dire situation they were in. (Dharamsala Test, Day 1: Key highlights)”At 140/1 at lunch, You would hope to push on. But it was credit to the Indians, they bowled really well through the middle session and we had to find a way to grind out 300. I thought to get there in the end was a good effort,” he told reporters.Wade is hopeful that the cracks on the pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium will help them the way it helped the Indians. (Virat Kohli’s dream season comes to an abrupt end in Dharamsala)”The cracks are playing a huge role, with the spinners as well as the quicks,” he reckoned. “So we will be looking to get a bit out of the cracks in the wicket tomorrow. “Hopefully we can create 10 opportunities.” Staying positive.last_img read more

Late Ibrahimovic penalty saves Manchester United, Leicester beat Sunderland

first_imgManchester United’s struggle to achieve a top-four finish continued on Tuesday as Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to their rescue with an added time penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw against Everton in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.Manager Jose Mourinho had to preside over another disjointed United display which ended with Ibrahimovic netting his 16th league goal of the season on his return from suspension to take their unbeaten run to 20 league matches.At the other end of the table, Sunderland moved closer to what seems almost inevitable relegation, beaten 2-0 at Leicester City whose new manager Craig Shakespeare could celebrate a fifth successive league win since taking over from Claudio Ranieri.Mourinho was left bemoaning the loss of more valuable points after a ninth league draw at Old Trafford this term bore all the now familiar hallmarks of blunt finishing mixed with misfortune.The result left United in fifth place on 54 points, four points behind rivals Manchester City, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot.Mourinho felt United had suffered more bad luck as Ibrahimovic also had a 71st minute headed effort ruled out for the most fractional of offside decisions.”For me it wasn’t an offside,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.”Some guys are suffering (from lack of confidence) a bit,” he also conceded, while praising his side’s effort.In a dramatic finish, a goal-bound shot from Luke Shaw — a welcome response from the England defender to Mourinho’s recent criticism of him — was handled on the line by Ashley Williams, who was shown a straight red card before Ibrahimovic tucked away the 94th minute spot kick.advertisementJAGIELKA STRIKESBefore then, though, it had looked as if seventh-placed Everton were about to leapfrog United in the table on goal difference when a rare and deft Phil Jagielka goal gave the visitors a first-half lead.England centre back Jagielka showed the predatory instincts of a goal poacher, latching on to Williams’ header from a 22nd-minute corner and, with back to goal, holding off Marcos Rojo to conjure a shot that trickled between keeper David de Gea’s legs.Jagielka’s first goal this term prompted an urgent response from United, with Ander Herrera’s effort striking the bar, but even with Ibrahimovic back in the team, United were blunt, with Paul Pogba also heading against the bar after the break.”Did we have chances? Yes. Did we hit the post as always? Yes. Did the keeper play well against us as always? Yes. Did a decision go against us? Yes,” Mourinho said.Leicester’s sixth straight win in all competitions under Shakespeare with second-half goals from Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy completed a miserable day for Sunderland boss David Moyes.Earlier on Tuesday, Sunderland had offered support to Moyes while also saying comments that he made to a female BBC reporter after his team’s defeat at the weekend, suggesting she “might get a slap”, had been “wholly inappropriate.”Moyes has since apologised for the comments.The defeat left Sunderland three points adrift at the foot of the table, still eight points from the safety zone.Watford won a second match in succession by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0, with Troy Deeney becoming the first player to score in four straight Premier League games at Vicarage Road.Burnley also eased the pressure on themselves, ending a seven-match streak without a victory as George Boyd got the winner just before the hour in a 1-0 triumph over Stoke City.last_img read more

5 Tips to Expand Your Year-End Appeal Reach

first_imgAs the DNA of a donor changes  – donors wanting to give via mobile, give in the moment, share that they gave and be part of a movement – nonprofits also need to change. This year, more than ever, a successful year-end campaign will depend on how well the campaign is shared.To increase your appeal reach, leverage your supporters’ personal sharing as it is the most effective way to reach new and lapsed supporters.Improve your chances of driving this “network effect” by creating a communication plan. In this communication plan, you should calendar which communications you’ll send, through which channels and to which audiences.A donor database, part of your donor management software, should be used to help segment these lists and make it easy to send these communications out. Create a sequence of communications that will announce your campaign, tell your story and build excitement leading up to and beyond #GivingTuesday.At a minimum, we recommend these five best-practices to expand your appeal reach:Encourage supporters to use ready-made posts, hashtags, tweets, and visuals in the days leading up to #GivingTuesday, and then hourly on the giving day and then again the last week of the year.On #GivingTuesday, send email and social channel updates as you reach key milestones, such as 50%, 75%, 90%, and 100% of your goal. Supporters like to know how their contribution is helping to reach a goal.Prepare thermometers and other visual elements in advance so you have them handy to share your progress and build excitement during your campaign.Maximize your team’s reach while minimizing the time required from each supporter by creating a hub-and-spoke communications model. Organize and distribute content centrally to your key committee members and ambassadors. They can then distribute to a manageable number of contacts and be ready to support and answer questionsEmail your donor base at least once before #GivingTuesday to let them know you’re participating and then again on #GivingTuesday with your fundraising appeal. Don’t be shy about sending out another email later in the day but suppressing those donors who gave earlier in the day.If you need help getting this communication plan off the ground, Network for Good would love to offer you the tech, tools, and team to help you expand your year-end appeal.Contact us today to get that conversation started and learn about our Personal Fundraising Coach Service Grant offer (aka free help!): | (888) 284-7978last_img read more

‘Almost certain’ Lainez leaves America

first_imgClub America’s sporting director says it’s almost certain that Diego Lainez will leave Liga MX this winter, with the club wanting to allow him to pursue opportunities in Europe.Las Aguilas rejected bids from European teams this summer, but Santiago Banos said Tuesday that the situation has changed and the time may be right for the 18-year-old to make a move.”It’s almost certain that he’s leaving this tournament,” Banos said in an interview with ESPN Radio. “We don’t want to close the doors for him to go and compete in international leagues, leagues that are first class.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A report before Sunday’s second leg of the Liga MX final indicated Ajax had made a formal offer for Lainez’s services. Banos said while the historic Dutch club is interested, there also are two other suitors for the attacker.”Obviously he’s generated interested on the national and international level. Yes, it’s true there’s interest [from Ajax], but there’s also interest from another pair of teams, so you have to wait and see,” Banos said. “We should go into this calmly and look for the offer that’s best for the club and for Diego.”Lainez made his Liga MX debut in March 2017 when America was coached by Ricardo La Volpe and since then has made a total of 39 appearances for the club. He made his senior national team debut this season, playing a pair of friendly matches in September before helping Mexico to finish as runner-up in the Concacaf U-20 Championships Lainez first impressed on the international stage in the summer of 2018 with his performances in the prestigious Toulon Tournament. That reportedly drew offers from Roma and Lyon, but at the time America held out for a fee of $25 million. It is unclear if they’re willing to come down on their price or if a European team is preparing an offer in that range.What is clear is that the player sees his future in Europe. “You have to wait. It’s another dream I have and hopefully it comes through, like this one,” he said after winning the Liga MX Apertura title with America.last_img read more

Mourinho best Man Utd boss since Fergie – Gerrard

first_imgSteven Gerrard does not believe Jose Mourinho deserves some of the criticism being aimed at him following his Manchester United exit.United sacked Mourinho after two-and-a-half-years at Old Trafford on Tuesday, the club sitting sixth in the Premier League table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.The Portuguese was criticised for his tactics at United , with some suggesting he had gone away from the style of play that was established under Sir Alex Ferguson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His abrasive style with the media and ongoing problems with his players – Paul Pogba in particular – led to some calling for Mourinho to be dismissed, something the club put into action following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.However, Gerrard thinks Mourinho should also be given a lot of credit for restoring some pride at Old Trafford after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal’s tenures.Speaking at a media conference, the Rangers boss said: “He’s a winner isn’t he, how can I sit here and say anything bad about Jose Mourinho?”He’s a serial winner everywhere he has gone.”He’s been sacked at United but he’s won them a couple of trophies. He’s done the best job since Alex Ferguson left.”It seems like they sort of struggled but Jose came in and put a couple of trophies in the cabinet, so I don’t think you can criticise him too much.”It will be interesting to see which direction they go with the new manager, but none of the Man Utd fans care what I say about it!”Laurent Blanc and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are the frontrunners to take caretaker charge following Mourinho’s exit, with Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane seen as more long-term options for the role permanently. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Guardiola’s warning for Man City trophy hunters

first_imgPep Guardiola has told his Manchester City stars they can take days off when they are retired as the Premier League champions chase success on four fronts.City, third in the table, four points behind leaders Liverpool, travel to struggling Newcastle United on Wednesday night.And, with their trip to Everton rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6 because of their involvement in the Carabao Cup final, City face a congested and challenging fixture list. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Goodison Park visit comes between home clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea and Guardiola says his players – also in the hunt for the Champions League and FA Cup – should treat the flood of games as ‘a privilege’.Asked about the possibility of his players resting, Guardiola said: “We have a lot of games, so no way.”It is what it is. But at the same time I tell them it’s a privilege. If you believe it’s a handicap, that’s a big mistake. It’s a privilege.”When you are 35 years old you can have long holidays. No problem, you will be retired. Take a year for holidays. But for now it’s a privilege. Take it, enjoy it. Next one, win again.”The competition doesn’t matter. Friendly game? Win again. Play good, prepare well. That’s the only way. After, you work for the next season.”Guardiola, who saw his side brush aside Burnley to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend, is not taking the clash with Newcastle lightly, despite their preilous position one place above the relegation zone.The Catalan insists the game could be a ‘banana skin’ for his side if they are not fully focused.“I think no team is safe going to Newcastle,” said the City manager.“We will go there first and then it’s time to think about Arsenal [on Sunday]. Next game is the important one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Wolves 3 West Ham 0

first_imgRaul Jimenez scored twice after Romain Saiss’ opener as Wolves earned a fully deserved 3-0 win over a lacklustre West Ham at Molineux.Lukasz Fabianski had done his best to keep the Hammers in the contest, but there was little he could do to stop Saiss scoring from Joao Moutinho’s 66th-minute set-piece.Jimenez’s clever finish made sure of the points with 10 minutes remaining and a deft effort for his second completed the most routine of wins for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who go seventh in the Premier League.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It marks the first ever league double for Wolves over the Hammers, who have lost back-to-back top-flight games for the first time since October and failed to rebound from a humiliating 4-2 loss to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup on Saturday.FT | #WOL 3-0 #WHU A stunning second-half display from Wolves sees @Nuno ‘s men run out 3-0 winners over @WestHamUtd . Goals from Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez (2). #WOLWHU — Wolves (@Wolves) January 29, 2019 Wolves had a strong penalty claim waved away in the 21st minute.Matt Doherty burst into the area and was felled in a tangle of legs by Arthur Masuaku with referee David Coote awarding only a corner.Leander Dendoncker tamely struck Doherty’s centre straight at Fabianski, while Jonny was unlucky his stooping diving header from Jimenez’s sublime cross trickled past the right post.The hosts had a goal chalked off when Dendoncker headed in the rebound after the crossbar was rattled by Jimenez, who was adjudged offside.Wolves’ pressure did not relent in the second half and Diogo Jota and Saiss were both smartly denied by Fabianski.Fabianski made another fine stop from Jonny’s stinging effort, but the goalkeeper was finally beaten when Saiss headed in Moutinho’s delivery from the resulting corner.There was no coming back when Jimenez beat his marker to flick Moutinho’s left-wing free-kick past Fabianski and the Portugal striker lifted a third over the goalkeeper from Jota’s pass to a complete a rapid Wolves break. What does it mean? Wolves deliver another Hammer blow West Ham, whose misery was compounded by a seeming right foot injury to Marko Arnautovic, were desperately disappointing in their fourth-round loss at Wimbledon, and a third straight defeat in all competitions sees them stuck in a bit of a rut. But Wolves were slick, full of ideas and unlucky not to have more goals.Doherty delights Molineux before Jimenez brace There were several performances worthy of praise from a Wolves perspective with Doherty, who was denied what looked a good shout for a penalty and saw a shot saved by Fabianski, putting a particularly industrious performance down the right. Jimenez led the line with aplomb and scored two excellent goals late on that added the gloss Wolves’ performance deserved.Miserable evening for Masuaku It was a tough outing for Masuaku, who constantly found himself in two-on-one situations with Wolves’ midfield three providing support for Doherty. Struggling full-backs proved a trend for West Ham with Jota’s guile and movement providing a tough evening for veteran Pablo Zabaleta.Key Opta Facts: – Wolves have completed a league double over West Ham for the very first time in their history – in the 30th different campaign in which the sides have faced.- Raul Jimenez has been involved in 13 Premier League goals for Wolves this season (eight goals, five assists). The only player to have had more goal involvements in a Premier League season for Wolves is Steven Fletcher in 2011-12 (14)- West Ham have now lost their last three Premier League away games without scoring a single goal – their longest losing run without scoring a goal since December 2006 (a run of seven).- Wolves’ Diogo Jota has had a hand in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances (5 goals, 2 assists), including a hat-trick against Leicester City last time out. He had not scored or assisted a single goal in any of his first 13 appearances this season.- Joao Moutinho has assisted two goals in back to back league Premier League games. He only managed two assists in his first 22 games this season.What’s next? Wolves are next in action at Everton on Saturday, while West Ham welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to London Stadium two days later. read morelast_img read more


first_imgLooking for some free professional development? Recently, New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh shared tips on Twitter about how to be a better freelance writer.His advice is humorous and useful. Here’s one tip: keep your pitches short. Sternbergh will read a “one-paragraph pitch as soon as I open it, and likely decide then. Three or more paragraphs I always ‘file’ for ‘later.’”If you’ve ever had questions about reminder emails, deadlines, or client response time, check out Sternbergh’s tips.Do you have some great freelance tips of your own? Share them in the comments.last_img read more

Fueling the people who fuel a better future

first_imgDespite evidence to the contrary, there’s still a widespread belief that you can’t start a business that’s sustainable and supports its workers and roots out social injustice…and actual sustain your business.Freelancers Union member Valerie Costa’s business is working to change that.Her story also reminds us that when we go freelance, we should always remember our old friends (and make sure they’re permanent contacts!).Name: Valerie CostaOccupation: Founder of Aril ConsultingWebsite: www.arilconsulting.comMug Story: My special mug was given to me as a going-away gift from my co-workers at Senior Services, my last staff job. I started Aril Consulting as a way to sustain myself while I took classes in Vermont. Now Aril Consulting is two years old and we are a small group of fundraising consultants working with inspirational nonprofits around the country. I use this mug everyday—it reminds me of all the love and encouragement I had from my friends at Senior Services to follow my dreams. Lucky for me I still get to work with some of them—they are one of my clients now!Want to share your mug story with our members? Email us at lvanthoen [at] with your name, occupation, website, and mug story, and we may feature you in our blog!last_img read more

How to find community when you work alone

first_imgMany freelancers work from home, on their own schedules. In some ways, this is tremendously freeing; nothing feels more delightfully transgressive than conducting a high-level business call in your pajamas.But the flipside of this vaunted freedom is isolation. It’s easy for freelancers to feel stranded in their own little worlds – far away from the socialization of the water cooler.So how do you build community when you work from home?1. Use the power at your fingertipsYes, at your fingertips right this second. Yes, the keyboard.The Internet is a FANTASTIC resource for finding individuals and networks that share your interests and concerns.There has never been a faster, more convenient way to find like-minded souls. You can find a person, group, or forum to give you advice and support on almost any topic under the sun.Freelancers Union is a great place to start. This blog publish articles from freelancers across many industries (not just writers), all of whom have something to say and want to share their stories with the freelancing community.On Hives, you can find freelancers answering questions in industry-specific groups, sharing event info in location-based groups, and generally supporting one another online.And of course, you can always find SPARK events – great in-person meet-ups to get you off the couch and into conversation with a group of like-minded freelancers.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. Have specific goalsWhat are you looking for from a community or support system?Keep in mind that your goals may warp and change over time; we no sooner fulfill one need than another pops up! But having some objectives for community-building can help structure your search.For instance, if you’re a freelance parent working in a new city, maybe you decide that you’d like to find friendly meet-ups for your child AND make connections in your field.Those are two different goals with some possible intersections. Start researching local kids’ classes and professional networking events. Check out the host organizations and spaces – any overlap?Resolve to explore your city through pursuing these goals. You’ll feel more empowered, and far less mentally-and-physically lost.3. Broaden your horizonsWhen you’re seeking out community, be open-minded!Often, we limit ourselves by looking for duplicates of ourselves: writers seek out writers, designers find other designers, etc.But while it can be satisfying to meet up with exact contemporaries, there’s a lot to be gained from cross-pollination between fields! A designer and a writer who become friends may share resources and collaborate with very little friction. You can find community in unlikely places.And while you’re at it: don’t look for everything you need to be in one person, or one support network. You may have a great time swapping war stories with fellow graphic designers in one group, and meet a valuable professional connection in another group. That’s okay! Keep expanding your circle!The good news is that the more groups you reach out to, the better your chances of finding “your” folks – the people you really want as part of your network.If you haven’t found ‘em yet, keep looking; you will eventually find the community that welcomes you.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s support for MS Dhoni is remarkable, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly hailed the way current captain Virat Kohli has come out in support of an under-fire MS Dhoni in the twilight of his career.”He (Kohli) is a fantastic captain. I don’t know what he does inside dressing room or what he does tactically, as I’m too far away (from the team). I don’t know what he speaks in team meetings but the way he looks after his players is remarkable,” Ganguly said during a book launch here.”I keep saying about MS Dhoni and what I see of Virat on MS is fantastic. A champion player (Dhoni) who’s probably on his last leg of his career and Virat coming and saying that he’s my man and I want him to play is fantastic,” he added.A few former India cricketers, including VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar, recently raised questions about Dhoni’s T20I future, creating quite a storm in the country’s cricketing circles.Kohli, however, has said his friendship with Dhoni has grown immensely over the years and it’s a blessing to have him in the side.Ganguly said: “He’s top class cricketer, one of the best India have produced for a long long time. He reaches out, he handles it well.”I like Virat Kohli and when I see him on the field, I sit on my sofa and watch. I’ve said it many times he’s a champion player. When I see him captaining India, he wants to win in all conditions. He’s very passionate,” Ganguly lavished praise on the current Indian skipper. (Team India needs Dhoni in dressing room, says Nehra)advertisementAsked about his style of captaincy, Ganguly said: “Everyone has their own style. You have to allow an individual to blossom, allow to deliver.”Ganguly said his best legacy was to create the self belief of winning away matches.”It’s difficult to identify one series. We were 0-1 down and won 2-1 against Australia was remarkable in 2001,” said the 45-year-old former skipper.”But I keep saying you always be judged how you do outside India. Of all our wins, Pakistan was good as well. It’s the belief we had of winning way that’s the legacy. After Dravid took over captaincy, we went to England and won there in 2007, so it’s the belief we can win away,” he added.One of the most memorable wins for India under Ganguly was the 2002 NatWest final at the Lord’s where the former skipper and Virender Sehwag had a 106-run stand while India were chasing 326.Recollecting the famous NatWest final win, Ganguly said captaincy was about holding back your emotions.”We had a terrific start and then Ronnie Irani came to bowl his slow medium bowlers. I told Sehwag ‘dont leave at this stage’,” he said.”Ronnie pitched it up and Sehwag scored a boundary. I told him to rotate a strike, he scored two more and also swept another. I finally stopped going at him, he understood that I was not happy.”Later he told me ‘don’t get angry all those balls were ‘hittable’. Captaincy is not about being boss, also about holding back your tempers.”One of the most memorable image from that final was Ganguly taking off his shirt and and twirling it wildly at the Lord’s Balcony.”Before that we had lost three finals. A lot of that expression after the game was a sigh of relief. I just got carried away,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgAdvani gets his due, says no hard feelings against govtBy Bharat SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Cue sports legend Pankaj Advani has finally got his due after being ignored for Padma Bhushan the previous two years. It is a case of better late than never though the 18-time world champion says he has no hard feelings against the government.His achievements are well documented but it is still worth mentioning that he is getting better with age and has won seven world titles in the last four years.So like his inspiration Roger Federer, is he too ageing like a fine wine?”Well I am still 32 (laughs) and not old. But yes I realise I am not young either. I am just excited that good things are happening at this stage of my career,” Advani told PTI after adding another feather to his illustrious cap, Indias third highest civilian honour.He was a 16-time world champion when he was ignored for Padma Bhushan for the second time, making him wonder what more he needs to do. Twelve months later, Advani has thanked the government for bestowing the honour.”I know what I said last year,” said Advani when reminded about his controversial statement last year.”This year I was not even thinking about. I was actually at a club in Bangalore, out for dinner with my friends when I got the call last night. After a point I realised if it comes it comes, if it doesnt it will come next year.advertisement”I dont play for awards. Even last year, after I said what I said, it was definitely not the end of the world for me. Now that I have got it, it is hugely exciting and motivating,” he said.It is remarkable that Advani still has the zeal and motivation to keep going, 12 years after he won Indias highest sporting honour, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. He was just 20 back then.What is left now? Padma Vibhushan or even a Bharat Ratna besides the world titles he keeps churning out year after year?”Well there has to be a five-year gap between each Padma awards so it is a long shot. God knows where I will be five years later, you are not even sure what is going to happen tomorrow,” he said.”Having said that, it (getting a Padma Vibhushan or Bharat Ratna) all depends on perception of sport in our country. If we are willing to accept achievers from across disciplines, only time will tell.”For now I am enjoying this moment. It is not only my glory, it is glory for the entire cue sports fraternity,” said Advani.His achievements are mind-boggling and what makes them even greater is the fact they have come simultaneously in billiards and snooker.Last November in Doha, he switched from billiards to snooker within days and still ended up winning world titles in either category.Advani, who potted his maiden world title in 2005, picked 2014, 2015 and 2017 as the stand out years of his phenomenal career.”They stand out for different reasons. 2014 because I won four world titles, I never thought it would be possible. In 2015, I won both the 6-red and the traditional 15-red world titles along with the billiards (time format), stuff like that happens once in a life time,” he said.”2017 was another crazy year. To be able to win billiards and snooker back-to-back was special, because normally people specialize in one sport. I surprised myself there.”He has been honoured with Padma Bhushan alongside MS Dhoni, a cricketer he admires the most.Will the award give him the extra dose of motivation, Advani said: “It is definitely motivating to continue pursuing excellence in billiards and snooker. To keep improving. It is surely a great start to the year.”None of his 18 world titles would have been possible without the support of coach Arvind Savur and brother Shree Advani, who is a well-known mind coach.”Sport is not just about skill, technique and hard work. It is also about understanding your emotions, how to approach the game. There is hardly anything that separates the best from the rest.”Shree has helped me immensely on the mental aspect and of course my coach Arvind Savur,” added Advani. PTI BS ATK ATKlast_img read more

How sporting accomplishments can perk up your resume

first_imgAdding sports in your resume allows your personality to shine through, gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself, tailor your message to the individual employer and describe why you’re a good fit for the job. It is a powerful tool!Nowadays, conventional career professionals not only list out those activities that are directly related to their jobs, but are also highlighting sports activities in their resume to showcase more offbeat interests which adds to their creativity, personality and enthusiasm.Recruiters value extra-curricular activities, and many companies particularly those in client-servicing industry are seeking candidates who show determination and are committed to their work.As an athlete, you have a great potential as an employee and make up a successful career.7 job skills imparted by sports training1Accountability: You’re accountable to yourself and your goals. You are equally good and dynamic as a team.2Managment skills: You can balance academics and sports, and you’re used to managing your time.3Work ethics: You have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to your goals.4Adaptivity: You’re used to the public spotlight, and the pressure and scrutiny that comes with it.5Leadership skills: You have good mentoring and leadership skills, especially as a team leader.6Versatility: You’re proficient with team dynamics and dealing with different personalities.7Adherence to deadlines and never give-up attitude: You are mentally tough and are able to handle situations when you are let-down or defeatedYou have better chances of getting hired if you are an athleteActivities including clubs, membership organizations, hobbies, participation in any sports and interests that show leadership, technical skills, community involvement or team-playing capabilities may enhance your candidature for an admission or to a hiring manager.The workplace favours athletes, so do your best to be one. When companies conduct recruitments on college campuses, you would have a better chance than others.Athletes in many companies are universally respected as high performers and it is no coincidence that more than 80 per cent of the executives at Fortune 500 companies describe themselves as former athletes. Companies seek employees who can stand out in high pressure situations, demonstrate leadership and react positively to the instruction of superiors.3 reasons why athletes make the best hires:1. They have grit:Working, especially for a start-up, is about putting in the hours towards a goal- a quarterly sales number, a KPI, or a new product. True momentous victories in the office are rare. As a manager, you want people who aren’t working for the “win,” but for the pure love of the effort.advertisement2. They can prioritise:Athletes are goal-oriented by nature, which means they’re constantly assessing where they stand in relationship to their objective and fine-tuning the tactics they need to get there. Like a soccer midfielder, reading the defence to decide whether to shoot or pass, the best worker constantly reprioritize to focus on the goal that matter most to their team.3. They know what “team” means:If you want a business with a collaborative ethos, adding athletes to the mix is essential. Great teamwork is about subsuming individual egos and agendas under the goals of the group. But athletes understand that teamwork is about more than just sharing the workload, supporting your teammates or jumping in to lead when needed. Great teamwork requires people who understand group dynamics and know how to adjust their behaviour and role to fit the organisational needs.Emotional intelligence now valued more than academic intelligenceIn today’s workplaces, sports career resume stand out among all because they value much emotional intelligence over academic intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the “soft skills” that enable smooth running interpersonal relationships at work — such as the ability to read peoples’ nonverbal cues and the ability to manage oneself within a team.These skills are not something that can be taught in a classroom but comes within you when you slog hard and continue to put your whole hearted effort to be an athlete.Sports teach workplace values like teamwork, shared commitment, decision-making under pressure, and leadership. Also, playing sports help people succeed because it teaches skills such as time management, focus and mental toughness.Read: Why sports education is necessary in schoolsAs it goes, “Healthy mind in a healthy body”, so the benefits of sports spill over into other parts of life. The career benefits of being an athlete are not necessarily related to talent, but also brings with it, its share of focus and commitment.Sports help you to overcome with disappointments, rejection and setbacks that will only make you stronger as long as you get back on your feet and move on to the next opportunity.Read: Importance of balancing sports and academics: Difficult but doableIt’s smart to use extracurricular activities to your advantage by including information that will highlight the important skills you have learned and applied.So before you hit “send” and your resume flies through internet, make sure you have included your time spend on the court or playing field. And its’ better to weave-in the skills that your sports taught you and will surely be noticed by a smart recruiter.- Article by Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions.last_img read more