Saina Nehwal lost to reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin but her side Awadhe Warriors still beat Hyderabad Hunters in a Premier Badminton League encounter at the Gachibowli indoor stadium on Monday.As Hyderabad lost the men’s doubles, which was their Trump Match, they had to sacrifice the one point they secured from Marin’s victory over Saina, and so the scoreline of 5-0.Awadhe’s Wing Ki Vincent Wong set the ball rolling for his team’s victory in the first match of the day (men’s singles) with a win against Hyderabad’s B Sai Praneeth.Sai Praneeth, who is ranked well below his rival from Hong Kong, put up a strong fight and pulled off a win in the first game. Sai Praneeth is ranked 36, while Wong is ranked 17.However, Wong came back strong into the match and won the second game 11-6. The third game, marked by long rallies between the two shuttlers, was a see-saw battle and Wong had the last laugh with a 13-11 win.The second match, the women’s singles between Saina and Marin, was the most awaited contest of the day.Saina, who recently recovered from a knee injury, fought hard in the first game and the remarkable rallies between the two was a treat for the spectators.Marin won the first game 15-14 and went on to dominate the second game also. Saina put up a stiff resistance in the second game, but that was not enough to stop the Spaniard.Marin, who won the gold in the Rio Olympics and is currently ranked number two in the world, won the second game 11-5.advertisementNoting that it has been a “a difficult journey” for her following the injury, Saina said she was happy to be back to competitive action though she lost the match.”I think it was a difficult journey for me from injury. I am happy to be playing. She (Marin) played yesterday and she is used to the conditions. I am happy that I am coming back,” Saina said.Marin thanked the spectators for their enthusiastic support to her.”Thank you very much. This is an amazing crowd. I could feel their support. I am still recovering from an injury. I am happy with my performance during PBL,” she said.Awadhe Warriors received a boost to its chances with its pair of Savitree Amitrapal-Bodin Isara clinching a comfortable 11-9 and 12-10 win in the mixed doubles match against Hoi Wah Chau-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy of Hyderabad Hunters.Awadhe secured two points as the mixed doubles match was their Trump Match. Awadhe’s Kidambi Srikanth confirmed his team’s victory in the tie with a hard fought 11-13, 11-7, 13-11 win against Hyderabad’s Rajiv Ouseph.With the win depending on the outcome of the third game, the two players left nothing to chance and the spectators were literally on the edge of their seats. Srikanth, however, pulled off a sweet 13-11 win in the third game.With Awadhe leading the match 4-1, the last match (men’s doubles between V Shem Goh-Markis Kido of Awadhe and Hyderabad’s Boon Heong Tan-Wee Kiong Tan) was rendered inconsequential as the host team would have got only two points even if it were to win.
Swansea 1 Watford 2: Late Richarlison strike secures victory for Silva’s side Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 00:11 24/9/2017 Getty Images Swansea’s miserable home form continued as a late strike from Richarlison secured all three points for Watford. A late goal from Richarlison continued Watford’s 100 per cent record away from home this season as they edged past Swansea 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.The Brazilian took advantage of a poor attempted tackle from Alfie Mawson in the 90th minute to break through and fire past Lukasz Fabianski. Andre Gray had earlier given the Hornets the lead in the 13th minute with his first goal for the club before substitute Tammy Abraham equalised for the Swans 10 minutes into the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Richarlison’s late strike means that Paul Clement’s side have now lost all three home games this season. Swansea will need to pick themselves up for the trip to West Ham next weekend, while Watford will look to build on their impressive start to the campaign when they visit West Brom.| @richarlison97 in the 90th minute…bedlam in the away end!#watfordfcMatchday Live https://t.co/MVTxcdM2TV pic.twitter.com/KkakThD64Z— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) September 23, 2017Watford started with real purpose and created the first clear sight of goal inside the opening five minutes. Kiko Femenia broke down the right and pulled the ball back towards the unmarked Gray, but the striker’s goal-bound effort was deflected agonisingly past Fabianski’s left post. Gray did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, though. Wilfried Bony’s misplaced pass found its way out to Andre Carrillo, whose cross was deflected into the path of Gray, and the former Burnley man pounced to prod past Fabianski. The goal appeared to spark Swansea into life and they almost levelled soon after, but Heurelho Gomes reacted quickly to smother Federico Fernandez as the defender tried to get his shot away from just a few yards out. Watford thought they had their second shortly after the half-hour mark, but were denied by the linesman’s flag. Fabianksi could only parry Femenia’s long-range shot back into the danger area, and Richarlison’s ball back across the face of the goal was tapped in by Carrillo, but the Peruvian had strayed marginally into an offside position. Gray could, and perhaps should, have scored his second five minutes before the break when he latched onto Alfie Mawson’s poor back pass. His shot crept agonisingly wide of Fabianski’s far post, though, from an acute angle.Clement made a double substitution at the break, and one of the players introduced pulled Swansea level 10 minutes into the second period. Bony’s shot from just inside the area was only parried by Gomes into the path of Abraham, who had the simple task of slotting into an empty net from three yards out. Just as the game looked to be petering out for a draw, Richarlison then took advantage of some sloppy play from Roque Mesa to power past Mawson’s weak challenge and fire in off the bar to continue his side’s fine away form. Key Opta facts:- Watford have won three consecutive top-flight away matches for the first time in their history.- Swansea City have lost three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time under one manager since January 2014 under Michael Laudrup.- Watford won their first away league game versus Swansea since February 1983, ending a five-game winless run.- Richarlison has scored with two of his three shots on target in the Premier League. read more
Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsJalen Hurts (Alabama): 9-1 odds2,780 yards passing, 23 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 139.12954 yards rushing, 13 TDsJ.T. Barrett (Ohio State): 9-1 odds2,555 yards passing, 24 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 135.31845 yards rushing, 9 TDsJake Browning (Washington): 12-1 odds3,430 yards passing, 43 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 167.5245 yards rushing, 4 TDsDeondre Francois (Florida State): 14-1 odds3,350 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 142.10196 yards rushing, 5 TDsBaker Mayfield (Oklahoma): odds N/A3,965 yards, 40 TDs, 8 INTs – QBR: 196.38 (led NCAA)177 yards rushing, 6 TDsRudolph has a couple of things going for him. First off, he may have the best receiving corps in the nation. The Cowboys have probably 5-6 receivers that could probably be the No. 1 option on several teams.“It’s great,” said Rudolph on the problem of spreading the ball around. “It makes my job a lot easier with what we’ve got. It’s going to be a fun summer and a fun fall camp with so many targets out there. It’s on my shoulders to make sure I distribute the ball to all of them.”The importance of an actual running game cannot be overstated. We’ve seen in the past how defenses can key in on a one-dimensional OSU passing attack. With Justice Hill and an improving offensive line to keep them honest, the offense could open up even more.Numbers are important but they’re only part of the equation. Team success plays a massive role, as well. And if the Cowboys can come close to living up to their expected potential, it will be because of Mason Rudolph.Here’s a look the last four quarterbacks to win the Heisman and their team’s success that helped earn the award.Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 9-4Rank: No. 21 in Final AP PollMarcus Mariota (2014 Heisman winner)4,454 yards passing, 42 TDs 4 INTs – QBR: 181.75770 yards rushing, 15 TDsRecord: 13-2Ranked: No. 2 in Final AP PollJameis Winston (2013 Heisman winner)4,050 yards passing, 40 TDs, 10 INTs – QBR: 184.80219 yards rushing, 4 TDsRecord: 14-0Ranked: No. 1 in Final AP Poll (National Champion)Johnn Manziel (2012 Heisman winner)3,706 yards passing, 29 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 155.301,410 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 11-2Ranked: No. 5 in Final AP PollThe award is given out before bowl season but one thing all these quarterbacks shared was that team success. Aside from Jackson, the last five Heisman winners’ teams have finished in the top 5 nationally. Is Mason Rudolph going to have that on his resume? He’ll likely need it to earn an invite to New York.To get to that point, Rudolph and his Cowboys will likely have to beat Oklahoma twice. With the new format for determining the Big 12’s champion, the top two teams will take part in a rematch at the end of the season. Insert 13th data point. Subtract common sense.Can Rudolph win the Heisman?It will take an historic season from him, which seems reasonable. It will also take Oklahoma State exorcising their Sooner demons. If both can be accomplished and OSU finds itself atop the Big 12, Rudolph will have a chance. Last week, OSU’s athletic department sent out a cryptic tweet with a not so cryptic message. Mason Rudolph is the key. He’s the driving force to Oklahoma State’s offense and its team’s success.And he’s the No. 1 reason for optimism heading into 2017.“I think his success over a three-year period and his numbers kind of speak for themselves,” said Mike Gundy following OSU’s spring game. “He’s winning. He’s a great leader. We’re always a little tentative about that because I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think it’s fair play that he’s earned that.”Gundy is right. Rudolph is winning; and at a pretty high clip. In his two years and some change, Rudolph is 22-6 as a starter. He’s beaten every Big 12 opponent except for Baylor and will get one more crack at them this fall.He’s the face of a perennial 10-win program but somehow the best-kept secret among Heisman candidates.Is this the year for Rudolph to finally shine?How plausible is Rudolph’s Heisman candidacy?The Heisman trophy is given to “the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity … ” As of late, it’s become a QB-dominated award. The last 20 have gone to 14 quarterbacks, five running backs and one cornerback/punt returner (Charles Woodson). If we go last 15, it’s even more lopsided, with 12 of the winners coming from behind center.So, based on what recent history has told us and in an effort to compare apples to apples, let’s take a look at the seven QBs that currently have better odds (according to Bovada) to win than Rudolph.Baker Mayfield was excluded from Bovada’s odds but is included in this list since he will certainly be near the top once his disciplinary situation is revealed and because I don’t expect him to miss much time, if any.Here are Rudolph’s numbers from last year, followed by the seven other QBs ahead of him in the odds.Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State): 16-1 odds4,091 yards passing, 28 TDs, 4 INTs – QBR: 158.9461 yards rushing, 6 TDsThe FieldSam Darnold (USC): 5-1 odds3,086 yards passing 31 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 161.07250 yards rushing, 2 TDs While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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Oklahoma State looks primed for an exciting — possibly historic — season with all kinds of talent returning on both sides of the ball. To start off, they’ll face one of the more competitive non-conference schedules they have in recent history, starting with in-state foe Tulsa.ParticularsWhen: September 2 (or August 31) at TBAWhere: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OklahomaLast Meeting: In 2011, Oklahoma State took care of the Golden Hurricane 59-33 in a game that went well into the next morning thanks to some extended weather delays.Oklahoma State is 39-27-5 against the Golden Hurricane all time but has won five straight dating back to 1999 and 15 of the last 20 meetings between their other in-state rival.This year’s season opener is the first of four on the slate against Tulsa. They are not scheduled for 2018 but will have games in 2019, 2020 and 2021.The Golden Hurricane is coming off of its own 10-win season, which culminated with in their 55-10 shellacking of you know who. That certain team who was a awarded a certain victory in Stillwater last year that a certain coach would like to ignore.But the 10-win mark is about as far as the similarities go between these two teams. Oklahoma State returns their ace QB and possibly the most talented receiving corps in college football. Tulsa will be without their three-year starting signal caller and two 1,000-yard wide receivers from last year.OffenseWe know Philip Montgomery can coach offense. The question is whether or not he has a quarterback that can run his high-powered style. Dane Evans departed as the school’s all-time passing leader. In his wake there appears to be a two-man QB competition that has not been decided.Junior Chad President got most of the first-team reps in the spring but it was Luke Skipper that had the statement spring game. The redshirt freshman went 16 of 24 for 173 yards and two scores. Montgomery said he’ll hold off on naming his starter until this fall.DefenseOn defense, Tulsa lost three of its top five tacklers and some serious strength in run defense. They’ll have to replace Trent Martin who led the way with 100 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack. The middle linebacker was a force in passing game too with five pass breakups and two interceptions last season.The cupboard isn’t quite bare on the back end, though. Strong safety Jeremy Brady has exhausted his eligibility but the Hurricane returns some depth in secondary headlined by Kerwin Thomas who contributed for nine pass breakups and an INT, as well as free safety Jordan Mitchell who had nine of his own breakups.ConclusionTulsa, though reloading, will be a good test for Oklahoma State to start the year. Will Mike Gundy and Co. try to play down to the competition and go run-heavy based on the projected strength of Tulsa, or will they try to run over the Golden Hurricane? The Cowboys have had issues with starting slow especially early in the season and against lesser competition.They have too much to lose heading into Rudolph’s last season than to repeat those type of mistakes. We’ll learn more about Oklahoma State than Tulsa in this one. Are the Cowboys ready to take the next step? Blowing the doors off of a rebuilding (reloading?) Tulsa team would be a huge step in the right direction.Key MatchupOklahoma State’s strength is undoubtedly their passing attack. Can the Cowboys get down the field early and often against the strength of Tulsa’s defense — its secondary. They don’t force a ton of turnovers but they’re experienced. And they’re Tulsa’s only shot at slowing down the Cowboys.Summer PredictionOklahoma State should win handily. I’d say in the 38-24 range. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Kyle Porter and Boone are in Stillwater asking coach Mike Gundy, his coordinators and assistants questions at the annual golf outing Thursday while I’m stuck in Dallas.There are plenty of problems, good and bad, the Cowboys are facing running into fall camp starting Sunday. Here are what I think the five most important ones are:1. How Long Until We Know the No. 2 Cornerback?When I asked Gundy about the corner situation at Big 12 Media Days, he threw out Adrian Baker’s name, which we already assumed, but that was it.Legitimately, eight players could start at any point this season. Like getting full on crackers, that’s hardly OK for a position like receiver, where potentially five guys are on the field at a time. It’s more like trying to get full on cotton candy when you’re talking about a two-man position like corner.AdChoices广告And on those lines, even if they get their No. 2 guy, who is No. 3 and No. 4?2. Which Receiver(s) Will be Left Behind?Among Marcell Ateman, Chris Lacy, Dillon Stoner, Tylan Wallace and Tyron Johnson, at least one of those will not get 25 catches this season.Maybe the obvious answers are Stoner and Wallace, the youngest of the bunch, but maybe not. Both of them play inside, and someone has to back up Jalen McCleskey.Unless Mason Rudolph starts throwing two balls per play, I can’t see how everyone’s quotas are going to be reached.3. What is Going to Happen to the ‘Others’ on Offense?With so much talk and intrigue with going five-wide, the cowboy backs and backup running backs could get lost in the sauce.(Poor, poor) Jeff Carr could extremely easily be relegated to backup return man. We might also be at this time next year saying how we should have included Keenan Brown in all of this.But the fact is that with such a striking embarrassment of depth at receiver, it will be so easy to forget about them and leave them off the field.4. How Fluid Will this Defense Look?The way I see it, only half of the defensive personnel is locked into position.Ramon Richards could drop into the box almost like a nickel cornerback. Kenneth Edison-McGruder could fall back in coverage. Almost all of the defensive ends could slide a gap or two toward the center. And a handful of the linebackers could fare well in man coverage.With the 3-3-5 scheme that we suspect will be the base defense, flexibility will be key (and valuable) except for guys like Tre Flowers, Chad Whitener and the defensive tackles.5. Can They Stay Healthy?I asked Rudolph how the offense would change if Justice Hill got injured, like he did this offseason, and he wasn’t having it.“Well, we’ve got Justice,” he said.Yes, for now and hopefully for the whole season, but it seems like this offense (and therefore this entire team) is one injury away to either of the guys in the backfield from complete meltdown.They have been reliable and dependable to this point during the season, but it does make you wonder about a team that has the eighth best odds to make the College Football Playoff. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
UEFA Europa League ‘We were lucky’ – Stoger unhappy with Dortmund despite advancing in Europa League Sacha Pisani 13:27 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emilio Andreoli UEFA Europa League Borussia Dortmund Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Atalanta The Bundesliga side’s head coach counted his blessings following Thursday’s dramatic draw in Italy Peter Stoger conceded Borussia Dortmund were fortunate to overcome Atalanta en route to the Europa League last 16.Dortmund advanced to the next round 4-3 on aggregate thanks to Thursday’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Atalanta in Bergamo.The German side looked set to bow out on away goals following Rafael Toloi’s 11th-minute opener until substitute and captain Marcel Schmelzer equalised with seven minutes remaining. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Speaking afterwards, Stoger told reporters: “Well, effectively, we were a bit lucky. It was only to be expected that it would be difficult, but we certainly made it easier for them in the first half.”We were not aggressive or physical enough, and we did not apply what we had spoken about doing beforehand. That was not the kind of professional game that you have to play on such occasions.”We were better in the second half, and the substitutions worked well above anything else. I am really pleased for Schmelzer that he got the goal at the end, as he is our captain and had been out injured.”Marco Reus showed what good he does for our game when coming off the bench. We had talked to him in recent weeks and wanted to be careful to avoid a relapse.”We have the right attitude, and the boys have demonstrated that a number of times. Of course, I’m pleased that we are through to the next round, but we have also got a lot to talk about after this match.” Europapokaaaaaaaaal! Gute Nacht, Borussen! #atabvb #UEL pic.twitter.com/9Owf6T9yjw — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 22, 2018 Dortmund – second in the table and 19 points behind leaders Bayern Munich – return to Bundesliga action against Augsburg Monday.BVB will find out who their opponent will be in the Europa League round of 16 on Friday .
World Cup Moses, Iheanacho & Mikel key to Nigeria’s World Cup chances – West Jean-Charles Danrée Last updated 1 year ago 17:32 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Nigeria African All Stars The former defender is concerned about the level of experience in Gernot Rohr’s squad for the tournament in Russia Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho and John Obi Mikel are Nigeria’s most important players at the World Cup, former international defender Taribo West says.The trio played an integral role for Nigeria as they qualified for this summer’s tournament by finishing top of their qualifying group ahead of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria.Nigeria will be appearing at their sixth World Cup, but have not made it beyond the last 16 in previous tournaments and have been drawn in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Gernot Rohr, whose squad is the youngest at the tournament, will see his team get their campaign underway on Saturday against Croatia, and West has pinpointed the players he feels will be key to the team’s chances in Russia.“Players like Victor, Iheanacho, Obi Mikel have demonstrated their qualities,” West told Goal. “And the advantage of this selection is to have a very experienced coach in Gernot Rohr. He knows the highest level. We rely a lot on him, on his experience.“It’s a team that does not have a lot of experienced players. We do not have big, big players. But I think Rohr has worked hard. Collectively, I find them very strong. It’s a young, fresh team.“We have talent and are mentally strong. But I repeat, these players, apart from a few of them, need to acclimatise to the highest level. ‘European experience’ is missing in this squad.”West was part of the Nigeria team which reached the second round of the 1998 World Cup before they were knocked out by Denmark in France.Reflecting on Nigeria’s chances this time around, he added: “It’s a very difficult group.“Croatia is a very high-level team at the moment. They have very strong players. Then Iceland, it is not a team that should be neglected. We saw what they did during the European Championship in France. And then there is Argentina which is a team used to playing in the biggest international competitions.“I don’t think Nigeria will do miracles. After Victor Moses and Obi Mikel, which player does the team have? Collectively, physically, too, Nigeria is strong, but there are not many great players. There are just good players. I think they will try to play on those strengths.”
Argentina 0 Croatia 3: Caballero drops clanger as Messi’s men are stunned Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 03:59 6/22/18 Getty Images Lionel Messi’s World Cup woes continued as Argentina crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Willy Caballero’s clanger presented Ante Rebic with an opportunity he could not refuse, and Croatia rolled on to a stunning 3-0 victory over Argentina that sent them into the last 16 of the World Cup.Jorge Sampaoli’s side produced an abysmal second-half display that severely damages their hopes of following Croatia out of Group D, with Caballero’s stray pass to Gabriel Mercado that was volleyed home by Rebic in the 53rd minute proving the turning point.Any hopes of a late Argentina fightback were extinguished 10 minutes from time as the irrepressible Luka Modric whipped a fine strike into the bottom-right corner from just outside the penalty area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Argentina had all but given up by the closing stages and they were punished further in stoppage time when Ivan Rakitic tapped in from close range with barely a defender in sight.All eyes were on Lionel Messi before the game after his saved penalty in the South Americans’ opening 1-1 draw with Iceland and, once again, he was a shadow of the player that has starred for Barcelona.Messi cut an isolated figure throughout and was unable to rouse his side in the closing stages, leaving them in danger of needing a win and a swing in goal difference to reach the knockout stages.Simply incredible from #CRO as they seal their place in the knock-out stages with a historic victory!Take a bow, @HNS_CFF #ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/pW9hyQGCAa— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018Argentina brought in Marcos Acuna, Enzo Perez and Mercado after the draw with Iceland and started sluggishly, almost falling behind after just five minutes.Ivan Perisic surged into space down the left and cracked a shot towards the bottom-right corner, which was superbly tipped around the post by Caballero – only starting in Russia due to a knee injury for regular number one Sergio Romero.Sampaoli’s men were far from fluid in attack in the early stages, but did twice come close to breaking the deadlock.A superb Dejan Lovren block prevented Maximiliano Meza’s low strike finding the net and then Acuna’s whipped cross clipped the top of Danijel Subasic’s crossbar.Perez squandered a golden opportunity to score at the half-hour mark, conspiring to strike wide of an almost open goal from 15 yards after some haphazard Croatia defending.Mario Mandkuzic somehow failed to find the back of the net just three minutes later, stealing in unmarked at the back post and flashing a header wide of Caballero’s right-hand post from six yards.There was still time for one more act of profligacy before the interval when Rebic made a mess of Modric’s wonderful pass behind the Argentina backline, thumping well over.There was no such wastefulness from Rebic eight minutes into the second period, as he unerringly rifled a volley past Caballero after the goalkeeper’s chip lacked the power to evade him.Argentina almost bounced back soon after, but Subasic kept out Meza’s close-range effort from substitute Gonzalo Higuain’s cutback and they were unable to bundle the rebound home.A leveller scarcely looked likely after that and their miserable night was compounded when Modric curled in superbly from 20 yards.Rakitic was fouled by Javier Mascherano – Nicolas Otamendi receiving a booking for appearing to kick the ball towards the consequently prone Barca midfielder’s head as tempers flared – and crashed the resulting free-kick against the crossbar.There was no denying Rakitic in the 91st minute, though, as he slotted home from the centre of the box after Mateo Kovacic’s initial shot was saved by Caballero, making a premature exit a distinct possibility for the two-time champions.1 – This was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the first round group stages of a World Cup tournament since losing 1-6 to Czechoslovakia in 1958. Crushed. #ARG #CRO #ARGCRO— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 21, 2018 Key Opta stats:- This was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the first-round group stages of a World Cup tournament since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.- Ante Rebic’s goal was only his second for Croatia, and his first since August 2013 in a friendly against Liechtenstein.- Argentina have failed to win either of their opening two group stage matches for the first time since 1974.- Argentina are now winless in their last four World Cup games (D2 L2), their longest ever such run in the competition.- Argentina forward Lionel Messi has had more shots than any other player so far at this World Cup (12) but has failed to score with any of them. read more
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 23, 2014October 28, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Over the last three years, the MHTF has partnered with PLoS to put together an annual collection on maternal health. These open-access collections were curated with the goal of increasing access to comprehensive research to global maternal health practitioners who may not have access to subscription-only journals. Each collection has focused on a unique critical maternal health topic, highlighting the most relevant research.Year 1 Collection (2011-2012): “Quality of Maternal Health Care”Year 2 Collection (2012-2013): “Maternal Health is Women’s Health”Year 3 Collection (2013-2014): “Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother-Infant Pair”In order to evaluate the impact of these collections, we now launch the Translating Research into Practice Series. To create this series, we’ve followed up with authors from these collections to reflect back on their research and what has happened in terms of practice, policy, and further research since their publication. Follow this series over the next few weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays to hear the authors’ first-hand reflections and how research can be leveraged to create sustainable change.Share this:
Napoli have completed the signing of Mexico international winger Hirving Lozano from PSV in a deal worth a reported €42 million (£38.5m/$47m).Lozano’s move from the 2018-19 Eredivisie runners-up had long been anticipated thanks to his standout showings with both club and country in the last two years.He leaves Eindhoven having contributed 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 appearances and reportedly signed a five-year deal with his new club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Lozano has already started the season with PSV, though he picked up a knock against ADO Den Haag in his most recent Eredivisie outing that may yet rule him out of Napoli’s Serie A opener against Fiorentina on August 24.He joins Carlo Ancelotti’s side with Napoli having looked to bolster their attack over the summer in a bid to close the gap to champions Juventus having finished 11 points adrift in second last term.Lozano likely will slot into what could be a fearsome attacking trident with the 24-year-old on one side, captain Lorenzo Insigne on the other and Arkadiusz Milik up top. Veteran attacker Dries Mertens also remains in the ranks for the Partenopei.Lozano, along with now former PSV team-mate Erick Gutierrez, began his career as a teenager for Pachuca and helped them to the 2016 Clausura crown, their sixth league title, and the 2016-17 Concacaf Champions League trophy.That summer he moved to PSV, but not before his first major international tournament, with then-Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio naming “Chucky” in his Confederations Cup squad.Lozano scored in Russia and did so again a year later at the World Cup, notching the lone goal in El Tri’s tournament-opening triumph over reigning champions Germany.He went onto start all four of Mexico’s matches in Russia, and though he missed this summer’s Gold Cup triumph with an injury, he is set to be the most important player for Tata Martino’s team looking towards Qatar 2022.Lozano will become the fifth Mexican to play in Serie A after Miguel Layun, Rafa Marquez, Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo.
Last year, the two sides met in the Big Ten Championship Game. Ohio State easily won that game thanks to five Dwayne Haskins touchdown passes.That win extended Ohio State’s current winning streak against the Wildcats to seven. The Buckeyes are 34-1 against Northwestern since 1972 and 62-14-1 against them all-time.But while Ohio State has been arguably better than the team that went 13-1 last year, Northwestern is far from the team that stunned the Big Ten with a 9-5 record.The Wildcats are currently 1-4 on the season, and winless in the Big Ten. But they’ll play five of their next six games at Ryan Field. If Pat Fitzgerald and his players have any of last year’s magic left in them, this will be the game to show it. COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes sing the Ohio State alma mater with Brutus Buckeye after Ohio State defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 24-20 at Ohio Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes head to Ryan Field in Evanston this Friday to take on the reigning Big Ten West champion Northwestern Wildcats. Ahead of its game against Northwestern, Ohio State has released a pretty awesome hype video.Entitled “The Brotherhood Returns,” the players receive a pep talk about teamwork and brotherhood from Ryan Day before storming out of the lockers. Highlights of their recent wins over Penn State and Indiana play while the messages “The past is dead and gone, the best is yet to come,” “New challenge, same mantra,” “Tough Love,” and “The Fight Continues” appear on the screen.Check it out here:On Friday, The Brotherhood returns.#GoBucks #ToughLove pic.twitter.com/WO3CevRcbN— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 16, 2019
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s status as European champions will count for nothing as they get their Champions League campaign underway against “cheeky b*stards” Napoli on Tuesday.The Reds will travel to the San Paolo for the second successive season, having visited last October. That game ended in a 1-0 victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with Lorenzo Insigne scoring a last-minute winner on a night to forget for Klopp’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Liverpool would have the last laugh, reversing the scoreline when the sides met at Anfield in December and going onto lift the trophy by beating Tottenham in the final in Madrid six months later.Klopp, though, is wary of the threat the Italians pose. He has not forgotten how poorly his side played here last season, and says his side do not go into Tuesday’s game as favourites.“We talk a lot about intensity,” he said. “The Napoli game last season was not intensity. It was an organisation problem. “We were just not… all the things we do, all the things we tell the boys, it is all about intensity and how much we have to invest, but before that it is all about information, what do you have to do in these moments? “And Napoli plays a specific style. To make it very simple, we played against them in our defending like they had one No.6 but they had two sixes, the cheeky bastards! “We knew before [the game]. We told them they had two sixes, but then everyone came too late and that was when it started. We tried to change it in the game and nobody listened and nobody could change. In the end they were lucky they scored [a late goal] but we were lucky it was only 1-0. It was really this kind of off day.”Asked about whether he will change his approach this year, Klopp said: “We have to invest whatever we have. We cannot play against Napoli deep in your own half, that doesn’t work.“So we have to do what we are good at but make sure it fits for Napoli and then we have that chance there but we don’t go there as a favourite. “Yes, we won the competition last season but you know it is difficult. They are a very strong side, runner up of Italy two or three years in a row, really close to Juventus this year so it is a really strong team. “I try to focus constantly on the next opponent two days out, absolutely enough now to try now preparing Napoli this year because we are all different and they are different to last year, not too much but enough to have a view on it.”Klopp was asked after Saturday’s win over Newcastle whether he and his players still had the same burning desire for Champions League football this season, having won in Madrid back in June.The German laughed at the question, and ahead of Tuesday’s game he reiterated his desire to compete for every competition – and says his players are as motivated as ever to bring success to Anfield.“I do not know the last time I thought about winning the Champions League without being asked about it,” he smiled. “It must be months ago. I don’t wake up and think about this. The last time I was on holiday!“Nothing has changed for me. I was self-confident before. I have never had an issue with self-confidence. For the boys, they are young people and they feel they have things to prove. Not to me. To the outside world, to go for the next one. “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.“If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.”Liverpool will assess the fitness of Andy Robertson, who suffered a kick to his knee against Newcastle. The Scot has travelled to Naples but James Milner is on standby to deputise at left-back if needed.Divock Origi has missed the trip after being forced off with an ankle injury at the weekend, with teenage star Rhian Brewster in line to replace the Belgian on the bench. Brewster, 19, is yet to make his senior debut for the Reds. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Shkodran Mustafi says he will not go ‘to war’ with Arsenal over his future.The German defender looked set to leave the Emirates during the summer having been told by Unai Emery that it would be best for his career to move on.But a transfer didn’t materialise so the German defender – who has two years left on his contract in north London – stayed put. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And on Thursday night he made his first appearance of the season as the Gunners got their Europa League campaign up and running with a 3-0 success away against Eintracht Frankfurt.Mustafi produced a strong performance alongside summer signing David Luiz, helping Emery’s side to only their second clean sheet of the campaign.And speaking to Sport Bild after the game, the World Cup winner gave his take on what has gone on during the past couple of months.“My father, who is my agent, spoke to the club,” said Mustafi. “I am an Arsenal player and still have two years left on my contract. “I‘ve never been someone who begins a war when something doesn‘t work out. “I always said: If it is possible, I am open to take the next step. If not, I keep playing my football.“The manager [Emery] said he sees me the same way he sees every player in the team. That‘s why I played today and that‘s it.“We are going to see what the future holds.”Quizzed on the prospect of a possible move to the Bundesliga, Mustafi added: “I won‘t say, that it isn‘t a thing but I am always what makes sense for me. I got a wife and two kids, so they have to agree as well. “When a German club shows interest and it suits me, then I am open for it.”Joe Willock opened the scoring for Arsenal in Frankfurt seven minutes before half-time when his shot deflected in off the crossbar.Bukayo Saka, who only turned 18 a fortnight ago, doubled the lead late on with his first senior goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded off an excellent night in Europe for Emery’s side.“Everybody can be happy,” said Emery. “To start with that result, against a good team, I think it’s important.“Frankfurt, they are a very offensive team. They play with three centre-backs, their full-backs are wingers. We know they would demand us defensively. But our pressing was, in moments, very good against them.”
Frank Lampard has started Chelsea’s season with two senior players for every position but beneath that is a layer of hungry talent like Ian Maatsen.The 17-year-old is now going to be thrust into the spotlight in front of 42,000 fans against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as Emerson Palmieri is set to sit out the next four matches with a thigh injury.Maatsen was taken to Wolves earlier this month, but was not selected in the matchday squad for the 5-2 win at Molineux. That is part of the learning curve for a player who will likely settle as a left-back but who has experience of playing at centre-back and in central midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Known in his native Netherlands after winning the European Under-17 Championship and scoring in the final, Maatsen’s football journey began in Vlaardingen in South Holland where everyone saw Feyenoord as the club to play for.His talents were quickly spotted as he joined the academy at seven years old but Feyenoord would eventually drop the youngster for being too small. He switched to Sparta Rotterdam before getting back to a top club academy at PSV.Dalian Maatsen is the cousin of the Chelsea teenager and, although eight years senior to Ian, he was in the Feyenoord academy at the same time. His own football journey saw him line up alongside the likes of Nathan Ake, Terence Kongolo and Karim Rekik, but he would take time out to watch his cousin in the younger age group.”I think everyone is already very proud because we were at Feyenoord together at the youth academy but they said he was too short so he went to Sparta,” Dalian Maatsen told Goal. “He did well and then goes to PSV, from PSV to Chelsea.”He was disappointed when he had to leave Feyenoord at seven or eight years old. I am proud because it has gone very quickly. He is training with the first-team squad.“When I see the pictures, I say to him, ‘I play with Willian, Marcos Alonso and these guys as Chelsea on FIFA and you are in the same dressing room. Go for it. You have nothing to lose and you are with them’. That’s what I say to him.“These things can go quickly one way or another. For him, it is good and he doesn’t need to put too much pressure on himself.”He can make his debut this season under Frank Lampard but he is 17 years old so he has time. He can still learn from training sessions and youth matches. He is already doing well and he is one of the best in the Under-18s. He can wait for his chance when Chelsea need him.”Dalian’s brother Darren Maatsen went via the non-league route to the professional game, where he now plays with RKC Waalwijk. He believes that, although his cousin is talented, it is his mentality to overcome setbacks that have played a major role on the path to a first-team debut at Chelsea.”At that age it is very difficult to take, seeing other boys get through when you are dropped at Under-13s. It must have been hard for him, especially as a young boy,” Darren Maatsen told Goal. “Going through every year and you aren’t tall enough to be a Feyenoord player. It is a tough one to swallow.”In Holland, you always hear people complain when boys go abroad at that age that they are destined to fail. He is proving everyone wrong. There is a lot of pride deep down. We still treat him the same and he treats us the same but deep down there is a lot of pride.”We are very happy for him. He is representing our family name at such a high level and with such a big team. I believe there is a big chance for him in football at the top level. Even if it is not at Chelsea but somewhere else. I think he has both mentality and natural talent.”He went through the academy straight away at six. He has always been around other people desperate to be pros. It is a combination of that and talent.”The Maatsen family only became a footballing one in this generation and a large part of Ian’s success may have come from his father Edward, who is a former military man.”His father is disciplined and he told him what to do and not to do,” Dalian Maatsen added. “He can get cross if you misbehave. He encouraged him to do extra training. It is good for Ian because he is now 17 and everyone deals with girls and people are inviting you to parties.”As a young player at Chelsea, if you come back to Holland, everyone treats you like a hero. It is good that his father can teach him to stay focused like that. I am glad he is like his dad because he knows to focus. I am proud of him that he can shut that out at his age.”Maatsen will now hope he gets the opportunity to demonstrate his footballing ability and mental focus against Grimsby, with fellow teenagers Billy Gilmour, Marc Guehi and Tino Anjorin also in the squad for the Carabao Cup tie as Lampard’s youth revolution at Stamford Bridge continues.
Georginio Wijnaldum has saluted Liverpool’s battling qualities, with the match-winner at Sheffield United admitting that 1-0 victories of that kind would have been beyond the Reds a few years ago.Jurgen Klopp’s class of 2019-20 are a different animal to many of the teams that have gone before them.They came agonisingly close to landing the Premier League title last season, with a Champions League triumph offering some consolation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career A faultless start has been made in the Reds’ bid to end their long wait for an English top-flight crown this term, with a narrow success at Bramall Lane making it seven wins in a row.In total, Klopp’s side have now secured 16 successive wins and are laying down an early marker to their rivals.There was a large slice of fortune in Wijnaldum’s winner in Sheffield, with the Dutch midfielder seeing Dean Henderson make a mess of what should have been a comfortable save.Nobody at Anfield is going to complain, though, about how the victories come about, with Liverpool showing that they have the spirit to dig deep when free-flowing football deserts them.Wijnaldum told BT Sport after blunting the Blades: “We didn’t start the game well. In the first half we slowed the game down too much and that’s why they could stop us.“It was not the best game we had but we won. A few years ago we would not have been able to win these games.“It could be a really important three points. It’s really good to keep collecting the points.”Liverpool have opened up clear daylight at the top of the table.They are, however, aware that any untimely stumbles will open the door to a chasing pack which includes defending champions Manchester City.Klopp’s side squandered a commanding lead in 2018-19 and will be desperate to avoid seeing history repeat itself.Matching one Premier League record owned by the Blues would help to carry the Reds towards their ultimate target.With 16 successive wins wrapped up, Liverpool are now just two away from matching the division-high that City set between August and December 2017. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Bukayo Saka made history on Monday when he lined up for Arsenal against Manchester United at Old Trafford.At 18 years and 125 days old, the winger became the youngest player to start a match between the two sides in the Premier League.Saka emerged in the Gunners first-team last season, making his debut in the Europa League against Vorskla and then playing the full match against Qarabag. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career After cameo appearances against Blackpool in the FA Cup and Fulham in the English top-flight in January, the England Under-21 international is getting more chances this term.He was instrumental in the 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League earlier this month, scoring once and setting up another two goals.Saka started his first Premier League match last week when played the first 45 minutes of their 3-2 win over Aston Villa.18y 25d – Bukayo Saka is the youngest player to ever start a @premierleague match between Manchester United and Arsenal. Stage. #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/CAb7fXIYRm — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2019 Arsenal headed into the game against United in good form, having won their last three matches, while their opponents approached the clash off the back of a 2-0 defeat to West Ham and a 1-1 draw with Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.Their underwhelming start to the campaign saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team sit 11th in the table before Monday’s encounter, and it was the first time in almost 30 years they have been in the bottom half of the top-flight going into a game against the Gunners.1989 – Tonight is the first top-flight meeting between Man Utd and Arsenal with the Red Devils starting the day in the bottom half of the table since 3rd December 1989, when Arsenal won 1-0 at Highbury. Decline. #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/IHGXwQ4WAA — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2019 But United had the history of the fixture on their side, as the Red Devils have not lost to Arsenal at home since 2006 – winning eight and drawing four of the last 12 games at Old Trafford.Meanwhile, the Red Devils saw midfielder Paul Pogba make his 100th Premier League appearance, having been kept out of the meetings with Leicester and West Ham due to an ankle injury.Pogba contributed to 49 goals in his first 99 appearances, netting 24 of his own and setting up a further 25.
Pep Guardiola turned to Raheem Sterling as Manchester City struggled to break Dinamo Zagreb down – and once again he delivered.The England forward transformed City in the space of 10 minutes to put them in a commanding position in their Champions League group.City were heading for another frustrating European night after a sluggish performance against the Croatians when Guardiola summoned Sterling from the bench in the 66th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He instantly injected the energy and fizz that was missing.Passes were sharper and the movement was quicker as he set the tempo for his team-mates by driving relentlessly at the Zagreb defence.Within 10 minutes of his introduction he made the breakthrough to transform a lethargic night into the victory that was expected.His goal was nothing special as he tapped in Riyad Mahrez’s low cross in a replica of a myriad of classic City goals scored since Guardiola took charge of the club.In the dying moments he teed up fellow substitute Phil Foden to clinch a 2-0 victory.In just 24 minutes, Sterling yet again produced the decisive moments as City took a grip of Group C with four games remaining. He stepped up on a night when Kevin De Bruyne was injured and Sergio Aguero was misfiring.Sterling has been pushing to be on the same level as the greatest players in Europe for the past two seasons and starring in the Champions League is what is expected of the best.The 24-year-old has now been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 16 home appearances in the Champions League for City – with 11 goals and eight assists.That comes along with contributing 11 goals for club and country this term.It was a timely introduction.Until then it had been a typical European night at the Etihad Stadium with boos greeting the Champions League anthem and the usual VAR controversy.Despite their lethargic performance, City created and missed five decent chances in the first half without testing the goalkeeper.Aguero and Bernardo Silva twice fired over the bar before Ilkay Gundogan cracked a fierce drive onto the crossbar.City would have expected a penalty when Benjamin Mendy’s cross clearly touched the hand of Kevin Theophile-Catherine.With UEFA’s threshold for handballs far lower than the Premier League, a VAR check would normally bring a penalty in European football but there was no overturning the referee’s decision.Nevertheless, Guardiola would have expected more from his side.Joao Cancelo struggled to make an impression on his first outing at the Etihad Stadium, while Bernardo Silva was muted on the left wing.He was the man that made way for Sterling and with that the game was transformed.
There is every chance that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not see out the season at Manchester United, says Paul McGrath, as the situation at Old Trafford “may not get better any time soon”.Speculation regarding the future of the Red Devils coach has started to rage, with the Norwegian having struggled to get a star-studded side back on track.Questions were asked of Solskjaer’s suitability to a high-profile post when he was handed a three-year contract, and those concerns remain for many. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career McGrath concedes that a fan favourite from his playing days could now be on borrowed time, with United having shown in the recent past that they are prepared to make changes mid-season.The former United defender sees little cause for optimism, or suggestion that the tide is about to turn for Solskjaer, with the Red Devils still a shadow of what they once were.McGrath told the Irish Independent: “These are sad times for Manchester United and those who have been envious of the club for so many years are loving their demise.“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his misfiring side to take on Newcastle today and even though United are up against very average opposition, I honestly wouldn’t put too much money on them coming away with a victory. “United have not won away from home in their last 10 matches and there is a very good reason why that record might well continue this afternoon at St James’ Park, with goals a currency United are no longer dealing in.“Solskjaer seems to be a lovely guy and all United fans are desperate to see him succeed, but it’s getting hard to keep faith with a team that doesn’t look like they are going to score goals to win matches. “They didn’t have enough firepower to overpower little Rochdale in the League Cup a couple of weeks back and the performance against Arsenal on Monday night was also very flat, as they lacked the strike power to finish off opponents that were there for the taking.“Then you see them going to play the third- or fourth-best team in Holland on Thursday night in a Europa League competition Manchester United should never be in, and they didn’t manage to get a single shot on target across the whole match as they drew 0-0. It was embarrassing. “While Ole is doing his best to put a positive gloss on his side’s limp performances and his former playing colleagues continue to stick up for him in the media, the truth is this is a situation that may not get better any time soon. “I said back in March the club made a mistake giving him the United job on a permanent basis before they got to the end of the season. And, sadly, that pessimism now looks to have been well placed as Ole has struggled since he was given that contract. “There are so many things wrong with United that I just don’t know whether they will get the job done at Newcastle today and while sacking Solskjaer and bringing in another manager is not the right option at this moment, you fear we will get to that point before this season is finished.”United have failed to win an away game under Solskjser since sealing the stunning 3-1 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain which earned him a permanent contract.They will get the chance to right those wrongs at St James’ Park on Sunday, allowing them to head into the international break with a little more buoyancy returned to the ranks and a demanding fan base. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NEW YORK, NY – June 13, 2017 – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collectiontoday announces the launch of The Masterpiece Collection, a selection of 2018 itineraries that are fully inclusive of cruise and air. The offering, valid through September 30, 2017, applies to all departure dates on select 2018 itineraries, including Gems of Northern Italy, Splendors of Italy, Paris & Normandy, Remarkable Rhine, European Jewels, Legendary Rhine & Moselleand Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux. “Uniworld is known for its robust all-inclusive offerings both onboard and onshore, and with the launch of The Masterpiece Collection, we now include air for our most popular Europe itineraries,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “Our all-in pricing structure furthers the simplicity and convenience of travel with Uniworld. Our guests are confident, knowing that everything is included and taken care of from the very start of the trip.” With the latest addition of air to Uniworld’s pre-existing inclusions, the company is offering guests fully inclusive packages that include all scheduled transfers to and from the airport, all meals and beverages (wine and premium spirits) onboard, bicycles, Nordic walking sticks, gratuities, onboard fitness classes (yoga and TRX), Wi-Fi and exclusive shore excursions in each city. The Masterpiece Collection is offered on several of Uniworld’s most popular itineraries, with trip highlights that include a visit to Monet’s home in Giverny and the Normandy Beaches in France; an exploration of Uniworld’s new Jewish Heritage programming in Germany and the Netherlands; and a trip to Verona, the “City of Romeo and Juliet,” in Italy. The Masterpiece Collection base pricing begins at $3,699 and varies by itinerary and departure date. Fares are valid from a generous selection of U.S. air gateways. The inclusive price covers the cost of cruise-tour and air tickets in economy class. Upgrades to business class are also available starting from $2,499. For more information about The Masterpiece Collection, visituniworld.com/masterpiece-collection For more details, please visit uniworld.com.Join Uniworld’s social media community atfacebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises using the hashtag #ExploreUniworld. ABOUT UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line – features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt—a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide. In 2018, Uniworld will launch U by Uniworld, a new brand designed exclusively for 21 to 45 year old adventure seekers, featuring two renovated ships that will sail to cities such as Amsterdam, Budapest and Paris. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts, having most recently been named the #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 readers’ survey. ABOUT THE TRAVEL CORPORATION The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group. Our philosophy is simple –To create enriching experiences for our travelers by combining an unbeatable mix of exceptional service and quality at great value, driven by a passionate global team who are driven to deliver memorable experiences. No matter what your taste, whether you are a family or a couple, a group or traveling solo – TTC offers something for everyone. Our multi-award-winning portfolio ranges from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences. (www.TTC.com) ABOUT THE TREADRIGHT FOUNDATIONCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported some 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide.To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.