Following the University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops’ announcement to retire, the school has named offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley as the Sooners’ new head coach:SOURCE: Bob Stoops & #OC AD Joe Castiglione have been grooming Lincoln Riley for this situation for over a year. https://t.co/yGy5Dv3i9R— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017With the hire, Riley becomes the FBS’ youngest head coach at 33 years old, replacing Memphis’ 35-year-old Mike Norvell.“I’m sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma,” said Riley in a statement. “I want to thank Coach Stoops for bringing me here two years ago and making me part of the Sooner family. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. I’m absolutely thankful for our friendship and for the mentorship he has provided.”No one knows if Riley will be a successful head coach, but he was as successful of a coordinator as anyone in the country. Riley, an air raid disciple, used his own variation of the air raid to build one of college football’s best offenses at Oklahoma, and interestingly enough, his history has plenty of Big 12 ties.Riley walked on to Texas Tech in 2002 and played quarterback behind current TTU head coach Kliff Kingsbury. His head coach was Mike Leach, who coincidentally brought his air raid offense to Oklahoma in 1999, which was Bob Stoops’ first year as head coach. Now, Riley takes place of Stoops using an offense of his former head coach — the same offense that won Stoops a national championship in his second year.Got all that?Leach hired Riley as a graduate assistant in 2003, and he moved his way up to assistant coach by 2006. Riley served as the receivers coach, and his fellow (inside) receivers coach, Dana Holgorsen, would eventually bring the air raid offense to Oklahoma State in 2010.But wait, I’m not finished.Riley would then accept the offensive coordinator position under Eastern Carolina’s then-head coach Ruffin McNeil, who was Mike Leach’s assistant head coach from 2003-2009. It’s funny how coaching trees can be so cyclical.Riley has worked with the best air raid coaches in football. His success at OU will be judged much later on, but there’s certainly precedent for young Big 12 assistant coaches, specifically air raid ones, finding a head coaching job. Apart from Leach, Holgorsen and Kingsbury, Art Briles, Sonny Dykes, Dino Babers, Kevin Sumlin and Kevin Wilson all found head coaching jobs by way of both the Big 12 and the air raid. 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.
Nemanja Matić Matic insists Manchester United can still do ‘big things’ Nicholas McGee 22:37 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League The midfielder still sees big things ahead for the Red Devils, despite Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League Midfielder Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United can do “big things” despite the Premier League title looking beyond them this season.United go into Sunday’s home top-flight meeting with Matic’s former club Chelsea trailing neighbours and runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points.That gap can be trimmed to 13 with victory at Old Trafford on the same day City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. 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 United are still in contention in the Champions League, though Jose Mourinho’s men were fortunate to escape their away last-16 first-leg clash against Sevilla with a 0-0 draw, and are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.And Matic has plenty of hope of a successful conclusion to the campaign, the Serbia international telling United Review: “I think that we have improved.”Of course, in the Premier League, it is difficult to win every game, but I think step by step we have improved and in the future I believe, as a team, we can do big things together. “I’m happy to be with the team and how we are working together. I’m sure we can do something this season and in the future for sure.”We have to be honest and say we have had some very good games, but we have also had some bad games. We have to improve together. We have the Champions League and the FA Cup still to play for.”To win the league is going to be very hard as we know because the gap is very big, but we have to fight until the end and we will see what we can do.”A victory for the Red Devils would see them go six points over fourth place Chelsea. However, a defeat would see the Blues draw level on points with them.
The two 12’s divisions finished their round games early on Thursday morning before going into playoff games. In the 12’s Boys division, New South Wales finished the round games on top of the ladder, undefeated after its five games. Queensland, Northern Territory and the ACT finished in second, third and fourth place respectively. In Thursday’s playoff games, New South Wales defeated the Northern Territory, 11-6, while the ACT defeated South Australia 11-3. In tomorrow’s playoff games, Queensland will play the Northern Territory in playoff game three, Tasmania will play South Australia in playoff game four, New South Wales will meet Queensland in playoff game five, while the ACT will play Tasmania in playoff game six. In the 12’s Girls division, Queensland finished on top of the ladder following the round games, with five wins from their five games. New South Wales placed second with four wins, with the ACT finishing in third place on the ladder and the Northern Territory finished fourth. In Thursday’s playoff games, Queensland were 13-1 touchdown winners over the ACT, while the Northern Territory defeated Tasmania 11-2. Friday’s playoff games will see New South Wales play the ACT in playoff game three, South Australia will meet Tasmania in playoff game four, Queensland will battle it out against New South Wales in playoff game five and the Northern Territory and South Australia will play in playoff game six. In the 15’s divisions, Queensland has finished on top of the ladder in both the Boy’s and Girl’s division, with both sides finishing the round games undefeated. In the 15’s Boys division, New South Wales finished in second place, the ACT finished in third place, while Western Australia also made the finals, finishing in fourth place on the ladder. In Friday’s semi finals, Queensland will play Western Australia, while New South Wales meet the ACT, with both games to be played at 8.55am. In the Plate Grand Final, South Australia will play Victoria, while Tasmania will battle it out against the Northern Territory in the playoff for seventh and eighth places. The playoff for third and fourth will be played at 11.40, with the Grand Final of the 15’s Boys division to be played at 1.30pm. In the 15’s Girls division, New South Wales finished second on the ladder behind Queensland, followed by South Australia in third and the ACT in fourth place on the ladder. In Friday’s semi finals at 8.00am, Queensland will play the ACT, while New South Wales will play South Australia. The Plate Grand Final will be played at 9.50am and will see Tasmania and the Northern Territory battle it out, while Victoria and Western Australia will playoff for seventh and eighth places also at 9.50am. The playoff for third and fourth will be played at 11.40, with the 15’s Girls Grand Final to be played at 1.30pm. For more news, scores and information, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-118837-0&sID=188469
World Cup Ronaldinho was lazy but he was also a genius, unlike Liverpool target Shaqiri Ronan Murphy 15:00 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty/Goal World Cup Serbia v Switzerland Switzerland Serbia Liverpool Stoke City Premier League Opinion The Stoke attacker compared himself to the Brazilian when he claimed he wanted to leave the Potters, but needs to prove his ability on the pitch Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, sports and history channels helped fans get in the mood for the tournament with documentaries and highlights shows of some of the best games and best players from World Cup history.These introduced younger fans to heroes like Pele and Diego Maradona and reminded the rest of us about the greatness of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and other recent legends.At the 2002 World Cup, Ronaldinho formed an incredible attacking trio for Brazil, playing alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo as the Selecao won their record fifth title. Despite being selected in the World Cup Dream Team, the then-PSG forward scored just two goals in the tournament, including an incredible long-range free-kick against England which knocked them out in the quarter-finals. 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 Ronaldinho was often accused of being lazy by his detractors, with stories of his hedonistic lifestyle regularly cited when he failed to deliver on the pitch. PSG team-mate Jerome Leroy revealed in 2016 that the Brazilian sometimes did not even bother to turn up for training, as he knew his immense technical ability would be enough for him to make a difference on the field.”Ronaldinho didn’t train any day of the week and would just turn up on a Friday for the game on Saturday,” Leroy claimed.”Players with great talent, they’re a bit crazy. Every morning he’d come in with sunglasses. He’d get changed and he’d go straight to the massage bed to sleep.”Each World Cup has players like Ronaldinho who produce unexpected moments of magic and write their names into the history books. The 2018 edition will no doubt have inspirational figures who step up when their teams need it most.One player who failed to step up at club level in 2017-18 was Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, who saw his side suffer relegation from the Premier League and regularly played below the required standard despite scoring eight goals for the Potters.Following their relegation, Shaqiri even went as far as criticising his team-mates, claiming that they were of a much lower standard to those at his previous clubs Bayern Munich or Inter Milan, stating not even Ronaldinho could have saved Stoke from the drop.”The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering,” Shaqiri told Schweizer Illustrierte.”I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like [Franck] Ribery and Thiago at Bayern or [Mario] Icardi and [Mateo] Kovacic at Inter.”Here at Stoke I cannot exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.”Shaqiri is eager to force his way out of Stoke this summer, with Liverpool a possible destination after their move for Nabil Fekir hit a major stumbling block. The World Cup is the ideal shop window for players looking to earn a move, but Shaqiri might not be the right character to play his way into the plans of top clubs.Like Ronaldinho, he has been accused of being lazy, with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville singling him out during coverage of Switzerland’s 1-1 draw with Brazil despite Shaqiri providing an assist.”He could score the goal of the tournament and he could have the most amazing game,” Neville told ITV.”But he could also be there for three matches, do nothing and just amble and wobble around. To be honest with you, with him, players like that I can’t have. I struggle with it.”Ronaldinho produced highlight-reel moments regularly for both club and country, winning two FIFA World Player of the Year awards, the Ballon d’Or, as well as the Champions League and World Cup, and was named the player of the tournament when Brazil won the Confederations Cup in 1999.Shaqiri has just been relegated with Stoke.Before that he was allowed leave Bayern Munich after playing just 52 Bundesliga games over three seasons and then spending a season at Inter, where he scored just once in 15 Serie A games with the Milan club prepared to sell him at a loss after just six months.The 26-year-old needs to provide more consistent performances at club level and for his country.At the 2014 World Cup, he netted a hat-trick against Honduras, but was largely irrelevant in Switzerland’s knockout-round defeat to Argentina.He put in an adequate performance against Brazil in the opening game of the 2018 World Cup, but it is in games like Switzerland’s second Group E tie with Serbia where the Kosovan-born midfielder needs to prove his worth.Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic has urged Shaqiri to give more in his side’s second group game, believing that his wide player can offer more than he did against Brazil.”I expect from him and everyone else and myself, I always expect more and better,” Petkovic said in the pre-match press conference. “He’s very positive. He’s never satisfied with what he’s achieved. There is always that 10% you can add more to your performance, and he always wants to do more and prove himself.”There is no bigger audition than the World Cup. Liverpool will be watching. Now it is time for Shaqiri to prove to the world if he even deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldinho.
World Cup Colombia vs England: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Colombia v England Colombia England Powerade Colombia are still waiting on the extent of James Rodriguez’s injury while England will be aiming to bounce back from their defeat to Belgium England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties at the end of a pulsating encounter. Kane’s penalty had given England the lead in the second half of a tense affair before Mina headed in Cuadrado’s corner in injury time to send the tie to extra time. Both sides had their share of play in extra time but couldn’t find a winner. England looked set for another penalty elimination as Henderson’s spot kick was saved, but Uribe hit the crossbar and Pickford kept out Bacca’s effort to swing the shootout back in England’s favour. Dier then stepped out to score the decisive penalty to set up a clash with Sweden on Saturday.FULL-TIME: COLOMBIA 1 (3) – (4) 1 ENGLAND 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 ENGLAND ARE THROUGH TO THE QUARTER-FINALS!SCORED: Dier steps up and coolly fires into the bottom left corner. England win, 4-3. They are going to the quarter finals.SAVED: WHAT A SAVE! Bacca tries to go down the middle but the outstretched hand of Pickford keeps it out of the net. Advantage England.SCORED: Excellent from Trippier. He drives it into the top left. Ospina went the right way but Ospina couldn’t reach it. 3-3.MISSED: Substitute Uribe steps up and fires his penalty straight into the underside of the bar.SAVED: Henderson goes to the bottom right but Ospina finds himself equal to it, parrying it wide of the right post.SCORED: Muriel sends Pickford the wrong way as he rolls the ball into the right of the goal, with Pickford diving the wrong way. 3-2 Colombia.SCORED: Rashford fires into the bottom left corner. Confident strike from the Manchester United youngster.SCORED: Cuadrado drives a powerful effort straight into the top left corner. Pickford dived the right way but he was never reaching that. SCORED: Brilliant from Kane as he rifles his shot straight into the bottom left corner. No chance for Ospina. 1-1.SCORED: Cool as you like from Falcao, he powers his penalty straight down the centre. Here we go! Colombia are up first.It is all square at the end of extra time as England could not make their dominance count. They had plenty of possession and upped their game but Colombia defended well. Penalties will now decide the outcome of such a tense encounter.END OF EXTRA-TIME: COLOMBIA 1-1 ENGLAND – WE’RE GOING TO PENALTIES!120+1 mins: Colombia’s attack comes to the end and that should be that. Penalties are imminent.119 mins: The set piece delivery is good again but Ospina flies off his line to punch the ball clear, with Maguire waiting behind him. England continue to push forward. One minute to go.118 mins: It is all England in this second half and they continue to pour forward. Rose flicks the ball beyond Cuadrado but the winger brings him to ground. England free kick from another dangerous set piece situation. Cuadrado is booked for the foul on Rose, on the left touchline.116 mins: CHANCE! Trippier’s corner from the right is another excellent delivery, but Dier can only power a free header high over the bar. That was England’s moment, he should have done much better the Tottenham midfielder. Arias is replaced by Zapata for Colombia’s fourth and final change of the night.115 mins: CHANCE! Vardy escapes Mina on the right and fires in a low cross towards the front post. Lingard arrives to meet it but it bounces just beyond him, allowing Sanchez to clear for a corner.113 mins: Walker has a touch of cramp and Southgate is taking no chances. Rashford is on to replace him.112 mins: CHANCE! Rose is slipped inside the left of the box and tries to roll the ball towards the far corner, but it curls just wide of the post. So close.111 mins: Maguire finds Lingard inside the box with space but the ball just cannons off the leg of Lingard. England are playing with more positivity but Colombia are holding firm so far.109 mins: Risky stuff from England as they pass their way out of the back. It works out though but Kane is eventually dispossessed by Mina in Colombia’s half.108 mins: CHANCE! Sanchez’s clearance drops only as far as Lingard and he slots the ball through for Vardy. The angle is difficult for him and Mina is on hand to block the shot. They’ve started this half much better though, England. 107 mins: CHANCE! Kane’s pass finds Vardy with space inside the box, but the Leicester striker can only fire his first-time effort straight down the throat of Ospina. It wouldn’t have counted anyway, as the linesman had flagged for offside.106 mins: We’re back underway!Colombia dominated that first half of extra time and England are simply hanging on. Southgate’s men are struggling to string more than a couple of passes together and that late Colombia goal has certainly appeared to knock their confidence. Colombia have not tested Pickford though and we are 15 minutes away from a penalty shootout.HALF-TIME EXTRA-TIME: COLOMBIA 1-1 ENGLAND105+1 mins: Colombia pile bodies forward and into the box as Falcao works the ball wide to Mojica, but this time the defender’s delivery is straight out of play. There is one minute of added time to go105 mins: It is still all Colombia and England just don’t seem to have recovered from the shock of that late goal. Mojica fires in a wonderful cross from the left but Falcao can only fire his header wide of the left post, under pressure from Maguire.102 mins: Young’s night is up as Rose comes on to replace him. 101 mins: Cuadrado’s corner finds the head of Davinson Sanchez, but he can only direct his header wide of the left post. 100 mins: Cuadrado whips in a cross from the right towards Bacca but his header hits off an England body and Colombia have a corner.98 mins: England’s turn to push forward but they don’t seem eager to commit the numbers. Kane tries to play a ball over the top for Vardy but it is straight into the gloves of Ospina.96 mins: Bacca is almost found free inside the box but Pickford gets off his line quickly to snuff the danger. 95 mins: It is all Colombia at the moment. England are being pegged back into their own half and leaving Vardy up front on his own. 94 mins: Worrying signs for England as Young appears to be moving gingerly over on the left of midfield. England do still have two changes available to them though, with one additional due to extra time.92 mins: Mina is the first player to score 3+ headed goals in a single WC since Klose in 2002 (5).91 mins: Extra-time is underway!Colombia piled the pressure on at the end and England finally caved, as Mina’s header brought Colombia level to send the tie into extra time. England never looked like scoring a second following Kane’s penalty and tried to slow the game down and kill the game instead. England certainly have fresher legs following their rest for the Belgium game, so they will surely have the advantage in that sense in these next 30 minutes.END OF NORMAL TIME: COLOMBIA 1-1 ENGLAND90+6 mins: Harry Kane has been fouled 9 times today. The last England player to be fouled more in a World Cup game was Alan Shearer v Tunisia in 1998 (11).90+5 mins: Five minutes of injury time are up and 30 more minutes of this tense tie are imminent.90+3 mins: GOAL! 1-1!!!! Colombia have their equaliser as Mina rises high at the back post to head Cuadrado’s delivery into the left corner. Vardy tried to head it off the line but he could not get enough on it. Colombia are back in it.90+2 mins: CHANCE! Substitute Uribe rifles a half-volley from over 30 yards out and Pickford pulls off a magnificent save to tip it around the post. Colombia corner.90 mins: Mojica whips in a cross from a deep position but it is over the head of everyone and out for an England throw. There are five minutes of additional time left to play.88 mins: Sterling is replaced by Vardy, who will add a little extra energy to England’s attack for the dying minutes. Quintero, who has been Colombia’s best attacker of the evening, is replaced by Muriel for Colombia’s final throw of the dice.87 mins: SHOT! Falcao finds himself a bit of space outside the England box but he can only drive his low shot into the hands of Pickford. Time is running out for Colombia.86 mins: Harry Kane’s penalty goal is the only shot on target so far in the second half from either side.85 mins: CHANCE! Colombia finally threaten as Quintero’s cross from the right just misses the head of Sanchez and Falcao. It falls to Mojica on the other side who does find Falcao, but the Monaco striker can only head over the bar. 84 mins: It is another good delivery from Trippier but Maguire’s header is straight out of play. He should have done better.83 mins: England are beginning to almost slow the game down just a little too much. Colombia are applying pressure with a lot more success now. Kane is the latest person to be robbed of possession, but he is brought down in the process. Trippier to deliver the free kick.81 mins: First change for England as Southgate looks to shore up his midfield, with Dier replacing Alli. CHANCE! Walker dawdles on the ball and he is robbed by Bacca. Colombia find themselves in a three against two situation, but Cuadrado can only rifle his effort high over the crossbar. Huge let off for England and Colombia could be left to rue such a good opportunity.79 mins: Colombia make their second change as Carlos Sanchez is replaced by midfielder Uribe.77 mins: Colombia begin to apply some serious pressure to the England defence but the men in red get it clear. England break forward through the pace of Sterling. He finds Lingard inside the box but it is well intercepted by Davinson Sanchez. Lingard wants a penalty but the referee waves it away.75 mins: England with another free kick from a good crossing position. Young fires it towards the back post but Kane can not get to it. He was offside anyway so it wouldn’t have counted. England continue to press forward for a second goal to kill the game.73 mins: Young’s corner from the left finds the head of Maguire but the defender can only head onto the roof of the net. England are continuing to be a threat from set pieces though.72 mins: Great play from England! Alli brilliant pass cuts straight through the Colombia midfield and releases Lingard inside the box. He tries to find Kane who is free near the penalty spot, but Davinson Sanchez intercepts well.71 mins: England are happy to keep the ball and invite Colombia onto them at the moment, as they try to take the sting out of the game. Colombia are pressing really high up the pitch, with Falcao and Bacca leading the line.69 mins: Lingard is booked for pulling down Carlos Sanchez after losing possession in midfield.67 mins: England are starting to play with a bit more freedom in the final third now. Sterling links up well with Young on the left wing to release the United defender. Young whips in a decent cross but there is no one in a red shirt to meet it. 66 mins: Harry Kane is the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939.64 mins: Bacca, who has only just come onto the pitch, is booked for needlessly clipping the heel of Stones. 63 mins: CHANCE! England have been a threat from set pieces all evening and they are at it again. Young’s delivery is headed back across goal by Maguire but Colombia clear. It is chipped back into the box by Trippier and Alli can only head over the bar from four yards out. Falcao is the latest Colombia player to be booked as tensions among the men in yellow threaten to boil over. 62 mins: Attacking change for Colombia as Lerma is replaced by Bacca. 60 mins: Colombia controlling possession now and there is much more urgency in their play. A cross from the left is aimed for Falcao but it is headed away by Stones. 58 mins: Quintero, who has arguably been Colombia’s biggest attacking threat in this game, tries an ambitious shot from 30 yards, but it is straight into a defender. The ball deflects to Carlos Sanchez inside the right of the box but Maguire is over quickly to see away the danger.57 mins: GOAL! 1-0 England!!!!! Kane steps up to curl his penalty straight down the centre of the goal, with Ospina diving to his right. England have their lead.56 mins: Henderson goes into the referees book as well, for dissent. The Colombia players continue to dispute with the referee.54 mins: PENALTY! Carlos Sanchez brings Kane to the floor and England have an opportunity from the spot. Carlos Sanchez is given a yellow card for pulling Kane down inside the box following a corner.53 mins: CHANCE! It is whipped in by Young from the left but Davinson Sanchez rises ahead of Kane to clear. England corner.52 mins: Arias is booked for an aerial foul on Kane. Set piece opportunity for England.50 mins: Lingard links up well with Henderson in the midfield but the Manchester United forward’s pass towards Sterling is weak and easily cut out by Davinson Sanchez. 48 mins: Trippier tries to add a bit of energy to England’s attack but he runs the ball straight into Mojica. Tame start to the second half.46 mins: The second half is underway!We are minutes away from the second half, with a quarter final tie against Sweden the reward for victory. England have shaded the first half but neither side have really looking like causing the goalkeepers any trouble. England will need to avoid buying into the disruption of the Colombia players and getting heated and focus on improving their service towards Kane and Sterling. Colombia have defended well but will also need to find some quality in the final third if they are to break down this England defence.All square at the break of a half of football that threatened to boil over at times. England had the best of the opening 20 minutes but Colombia grew into the game. The closest thing to a clear cut chance fell to Kane but he could only direct a difficult header over the crossbar. Barrios managed to escape with only a yellow card after a headbutt to the chest of Henderson. It remains all to play for in the second half.HALF-TIME: COLOMBIA 0-0 ENGLAND 45+4 mins: Colombia try to add a bit of urgency to their attack but the linesman blows for offside against Falcao. 45+3 mins: CHANCE! A clearance falls into the edge of the Colombia box and Sterling arrives first to volley it towards goal, but he can only direct it over the crossbar. It wasn’t the best height for the Manchester City forward but he will be frustrated to have not done better.45+2 mins: SHOT! Quintero finds space outside the box to shoot but he doesn’t generate any real power on his shot, and it curls straight into the hands of Pickford. Better from Colombia though.45+1 mins: The fourth official has indicated three minutes of additional time.45 mins: SHOT! Kane tries a shot from around 25 yards out, but his low effort is far wide of the left post.44 mins: Quintero tries to release Mojica down the left wing but it is well over hit. They haven’t really threatened the back three of England so far, really.43 mins: Raheem Sterling has had five shots at this tournament, three of which have come in the opening 30 minutes of this game.42 mins: SHOT! Trippier curls the free kick over the wall but it curls just wide of the left post. Not a bad effort but it was nothing to concern Ospina in the Colombia goal.41 mins: Barrios receives a yellow card after an altercation with Henderson in the Colombia wall. He can consider himself lucky as that could have easily been a red, as he appears to headbutt the England midfielder.38 mins: England have a free kick just outside the box, as Lerma brings down Kane. Good shooting position for England here, slightly to the left.36 mins: Henderson has not seen much of the ball in attacking sense but he finds some space here. He tries to find the run of Kane inside the left of the box but it bounces just behind the run of the Spurs man. 35 mins: Colombia have grown into this game as the first half has wore on and are starting to see plenty of the ball now. England are dropping deeper and closing the spaces in the final third for now.33 mins: The England throw goes straight to Falcao and he finds Quintero on the edge of the box. The winger releases his shot quickly but he can only drag it wide of the near post. A let off for England though, very poor throw.32 mins: Another England attack comes to a tame end. Davinson Sanchez tries to release Cuadrado on the right wing but it is straight out of play for an England throw.31 mins: Sterling finds a bit of space on the edge of the box but his shot is easily blocked by a defender. England come forward again but Barrios intercepts.29 mins: Alli tries to flick the ball into the feet of Lingard behind the Colombia defence but it is again well defended by the men in yellow. England are struggling to find a way through at the moment. 27 mins: Trippier fires the corner towards the penalty area but Lerma rises high to power a clearance towards the halfway line.26 mins: England earn another corner as Young’s free kick finds Maguire at the back post. Davinson Sanchez gets there just ahead of him to clear the danger.25 mins: Since (and including) the 1966 World Cup final, 50% of England’s knockout games at the tournament have gone to extra-time (7 out of 14). Three have been decided by a penalty shoot-out, all lost by England (Germany 1990, Argentina 1998, Portugal 2006).23 mins: Kane loses the ball on the left and Colombia come forward once more at pace. Cuadrado tries to find Quintero on the left of the box but it is cut out by Walker. The danger signs are there for England as Colombia are often finding spaces in behind.22 mins: Good reactions from Stones. Cuadrado’s blocked effort falls to the feet of Falcao in the box, but Stones reads the forward’s intentions well to nick the ball away from him. Great defending.21 mins: Alli finds the run of Sterling down the left but he miss-controls the ball as he tries to turn back inside. Goal kick Colombia.20 mins: England try to come forward again, working the ball wide to Trippier on the right. This time Mojica disposed of him though. Most of England’s better attacks have come through the Tottenham defender in these opening 20 minutes.17 mins: Colombia with a spell of possession but England are keeping their defensive shape well. The Three Lions have certainly had the better of these opening stages so far.16 mins: CHANCE! Trippier with the delivery once again. His cross from the right finds Kane at the back post but the Tottenham forward can only direct his header over the crossbar.13 mins: CHANCE! Trippier’s delivery is easily cleared but it comes back to Sterling on the edge of the box. He tries the shot but can only find the body of a defender.12 mins: England come forward again, albeit slowly. Mina holds Sterling back though and England have another free kick. It is more central this time, though.10 mins: Sterling tries to find Lingard inside the box but Barrios intercepts well for another corner.9 mins: Trippier’s delivery is cleared by Carlos Sanchez and Colombia can break. Once again though, England do well to snuff out the danger. Colombia are bombing forward after every cleared set piece.8 mins: Trippier releases Sterling into the right of the box from a set piece, but Mina reads the danger well to block the shot for another England corner.7 mins: Young delivers the corner but it is straight into the gloves of Ospina. Colombia try to break forward on the counter attack through Mojica on the left wing, but he overruns it and Trippier can clear.6 mins: SHOT! Young tries to curl into the corner from the tight angle and it is punched away by Ospina. Trippier whips it back in towards the head of Kane from the right wing but it is cleared away for the first corner of the game.5 mins: England break beyond the high press of Colombia and Sterling is released down the left wing. He tries to turn inside Mina on the edge of the box but the Colombia defender blocks, handballing in the process. England free kick from a decent crossing position.4 mins: Trippier tries to find Lingard down the right of the box but it is easily mopped up by Davinson Sanchez, who also wins a free kick for his side.2 mins: England are happy to keep hold of the ball early on here and be patient with their build up. The Colombia fans are making plenty of noise as they vastly outnumbers the England support.1 min: We’re underway!5 MINS TILL KO: The teams are out and the anthems are underway, kick-off is just moments away!Colombia make two changes from their narrow victory over Senegal last time out. Rodriguez does not feature in the squad at all due to injury, with Lerma replacing him in the starting line-up. Uribe is replaced by Barrios in midfield.England are back to full strength after making wholesale changes in their defeat to Belgium. Sterling and Kane return in attack, while Stones is the only player to have featured against Belgium. Henderson takes up a holding role in midfield, with Lingard and Alli playing ahead of him.10 mins till KO: There’s not long left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…Colombia XI (4-3-3): David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma; Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Juan Quintero.Colombia substitutes: Jose Izquierdo, Oscar Murillo, Camilo Vargas, Mateus Uribe, Cristian Zapata, Carlos Bacca, Abel Aguilar, Farid Diaz, Jose Cuadrado, Luis Muriel.England XI (3-1-4-2): Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.England substitutes: Marcus Rashford, Eric Dier, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Jamie Vardy, Nick Pope, Danny Welbeck, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Danny Rose, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Butland.15 mins till KO: England are unbeaten against Colombia, having faced them five times previously (W3 D2). Their last encounter dates back to May 2005 in New Jersey. England won 3-2 thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick.20 mins till KO: England manager Gareth Southgate deployed a second string side in their defeat to Belgium in their final group stage game, but are back at full strength tonight. Sweden’s victory over Switzerland means England are now the highest ranked side left in their half of the knockout draw (12th), with Colombia the second highest (16th).The Three Lions will now be amongst the favourites to reach the final, but will have to break their infamous record of only winning two of their last eight World Cup knockout ties. Their last victories came against Denmark in 2002 and Ecuador in 2006.25 mins till KO: Colombia are without star forward James Rodriguez after he went off with a calf injury against Senegal. The Real Madrid forward will be missed, as he has been involved in 10 goals in seven World Cup appearances for his country (six goals, four assists). Colombia will still have ample firepower to trouble England though, with the likes of captain Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Jose Quintero in their line-up.Colombia have scored in each of their last eight World Cup games, the longest current run of any team as of the end of the 2018 group stages. The last time Colombia failed to find the net in the tournament was in June 1998 against England (0-2).30 mins till KO: Colombia are featuring in the knockout stages of a World Cup for only the third time, progressing as far as the Quarter Finals in 2014, where they were eliminated by Brazil. Yerry Mina’s late goal ensured they progressed from Group G at Senegal’s expense, but face a tough task against a rejuvenated England tonight.45 mins till KO: Hello and welcome to Goal’s live blog of the Round of 16 clash between Colombia and England at the 2018 Russia World Cup.Confirmed Team News Confirmed Colombia XI: Ospina; Arias, Mina, Davinson, Mojica; Sanchez, Lerma, Barrios; Cuadrado, Quintero, FalcaoColombia subs: Izquierdo, Murillo, Vargas, Uribe, Zapata, Bacca, Aguilar, Diaz, Cuadrado, MurielConfirmed England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young; Henderson, Lingard, Alli; Sterling, Kane.England subs: Jones, Cahill, Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Rose, Rashford, Vardy, Pope, ButlandTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). 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Note from the editor: Because our subscribers don’t always have the opportunity to read every post we have published on this blog (over 2,650!), we’ll be sharing some top posts to give you plenty of fundraising and marketing ideas to implement over the next few months.In this post from last June, guest blogger Nancy Schwartz shared some ideas for engaging with donors and supporters during the slower summer months.————————————————————Countdown! Summer officially begins on June 20, which is why I’m writing this post as I recover from the sweatiest-ever spin class.Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising (it’s 87 degrees here in Maplewood, New Jersey), and the town pool is already open for business. So for many of us, it feels like summer is already here.But instead of fantasizing about the good times to come, I recommend you focus on getting your people out of the heat and into action. To find the most effective ways to make that happen, I asked colleagues in the field what they do differently to get summer giving and other participation sizzling. They came back with a slew of great practices. Here’s the first batch.Q: Is Summer Sizzling or Slow for Your Organization and Your Role? Some slowdown. We plan, invent, and prep for a fast-paced fall.Plan and Prep: “I’m going to take the time to revamp our approach to email timing and volume, and I’m very excited. We have a broad idea of where we’re going right now, but it’ll take a few months to plan the exact details and roll out our new program.” —Anna Besmann, marketing and communications associate, Interfaith Youth CoreInvent: “I just did a quick survey of people who’ve clicked in our member newsletter to get feedback. Looking to revamp it to an easier-to-read graphical layout and experimenting with bimonthly, shorter updates instead of longer monthly email.” —Megan Keane, membership director, NTENDowntime? What downtime?“Slow down in summer? I recall there being one [slow summer] when I started 20 years ago. But now it seems to go faster and faster every year.” —Marc Pitman, Fundraising Coach“Well, there’s less messaging in part because it’s not NTC time (our annual conference). But otherwise, we make no seasonal shifts with communications. Although I’m always torn between trying to make a special push for engagement during traditionally quieter months versus going with it and accepting that people are on vacation and hopefully not reading email.” —Megan Keane“We just continue as in the rest of the year. Nothing changes.” —Jean Gazis, communications associate, Legal MomentumBusiness as usual, and then downtime.“The first half of or summer is intense! June 30 is the end of our fiscal year, so we’re pushing for year-end gifts and making a lot of specific asks. ‘Sally, you gave last year, and we accomplished XYZ things. Will you support the college again this year?’ We almost always have an end-of-the-year match by one of our trustees to encourage second gifts as well. The second half of our summer (July and August) slows way down, as students are gone, and we have fewer stories to tell. We spend those months doing thank you postcards, creating a year-in-review video, and teasing larger upcoming projects.” —Rebecca Henderson, assistant director of communication for development and alumni relations, Lasell CollegeThe Most Common Summertime Shift: Focusing on Summer Programming and Outdoor EventsProgramming“We shift pretty heavily, since libraries fill up as the schools empty out and we have a ton of summer programming. We tend to feature a lot more real-time what’s-happening-now content with kids having fun and people reading.” —Gillian Ream Gainsley, communications and development, Ypsilanti Public Library“Many organizations I work with focus on summer programs (camps, free lunch when school is out) or themes. Some send out messages less frequently, especially by U.S. mail, but keep their email outreach schedule all year round (with the typical boost at year end).” —Dennis Fischman, communications consultantEvents“Many nonprofit organizations I work with focus big-time on summertime fundraising events. Those that do walks, runs, golf tournaments, barbecues, etc., focus on turning people out to those events, and they do emphasize the fun and sociability to be had. One organization working to support those who are homeless puts on a Save Our Homes walk in May, a Taste of the City event in June, a barbecue in July, and a golf tournament in September. Most of their communications focus on getting people out to the events.” —Dennis FischmanMy Two CentsLighten up. This time of year, you want to be approachable. Even the most serious cause brands will want to embrace the mood and shift its tone and content to reflect the desire for feeling good, levity, unwinding, relaxation, and rewards for a hectic and accomplished first half of the year.Bring summer vacation to your supporters and prospects. Although vacation isn’t on the books for everyone, you can make it happen for them with vacation-themed events.How are you adapting your outreach for summer? Let us know in the comments section!Read part two of this post.
We’re thrilled to have Cortni Grange, Executive Director of Future Leaders & Young Entrepreneurs (FLYE), as our special guest for our next webinar “Out of the Box Strategies for Fundraising Success.” Since its founding in 2013, FLYE has been dedicated to the intersection between athletics, entrepreneurship, and academics for young athletes; and has has impacted over 600 youth in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. A gifted social entrepreneur, Cortni will discuss how to combine the human element with digital resources to maximize fundraising for social ventures.Cortni’s fire for social good and entrepreneurship started as a student at Florida A&M University, where he cofounded Young Rattler Nation, a 501c3 organization which created scholarships for current students and fundraised events for young alumni. After a fruitful career in business process consulting, Cortni realized he wanted to align his career with his passions, and transitioned his skills and experiences into the social entrepreneurship and impact arenas. Since cofounding FLYE in 2013, he has been named Dream Director with The Future Project, established Grange Enterprises, and cofounded DC Youth Corps. Cortni has been recognized in publications such as Black Enterprise and USA Today, and was named a 2017 Top Millennial Influencer by The Next Big Thing Movement.We caught up with Cortni before the webinar for a brief Q&A. Register today for “Out of The Box Strategies for Fundraising Success” and hear more from Cortni about creative ways to raise funds through digital technology.FLYE’s methodology empowers sports coaches and student-athletes to transition the skills they master in sports to other areas of life. What is it about being in the social entrepreneurship field that excites you?The truth that making a difference doesn’t mean sacrificing one’s quality of life. Prior to being a social entrepreneur, I had a lucrative career in corporate sales and marketing. And when I made the choice to leave corporate I struggled to envision how I’d make a difference AND make money. In late 2014 a business coach introduced me to Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk “The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong” and it changed my ENTIRE life. Dan said, “Philanthropy is the market for love. It is the market for all those people for whom there is no other market coming.” When I heard those words, a flame was lit inside of me! Social entrepreneurship doesn’t just do business for good, it makes doing good, GOOD business. It means my mission can be as wealthy as my wallet, and I do not have to sacrifice one for the other. As a person who values the quality of life just as much as I value making a difference, this was a game changer.How has sports affected your work ethic?It’s the foundation of my work ethic. I was raised by two high performing athletes who went “professional” in something other than sports. From my inception, the diligence, sacrifice, and practicality of sport was always around me. The funny thing was, my parents, didn’t even know it. Even they were products of the lack of connection to the transitional skill sets of athletics. Sure, they encouraged me to play sports and get good grades, but they never taught me that I could accelerate my athletic and academic achievement without mutual exclusivity. I fully embrace this concept in all I do. I look at every human capital decision, every fundraising concept—heck, down to every board of directors member we have through the eyes of a Quarterback, Point Guard, or any other leadership-based sports role. And like any of those athletic leaders, my long term success is not based on my ability to perform. It is based on my ability to bring the best out of those around me. My work ethic is being the best at making others shine, and it is a daily reminder of the importance of FLYE’s work in the lives of young athletes.What similarities do you see between sports and social entrepreneurship?Oh man! You sure we’ve got enough time for me to explain this?! LOL. This question is, literally, the backbone of FLYE’s vision. Sports and social entrepreneurship are parallels in countless ways. For the sake of time and to not give away all our secret sauce I’ll speak on my favorite one—practical application. While education teaches us theory and concept, sports teaches us how to practically apply a learned behavior towards an immediate impact (or sometimes lack thereof). Is this not EXACTLY what entrepreneurship is?! Learn, practice, apply, analyze impact/success, and repeat. It is FLYE’s fundamental theory of change. One day, our work will have empowered every single young person that plays any sport to fully internalize this parallel, and the world will be positively changed because of it.How would you describe your style of entrepreneurship?I have always been a “bump your head until you get it” type of learner. If I’m being truly honest with myself, the only thing that’s come easy for me is confidence (likely why I had a great career in corporate sales). As a social entrepreneur, it often feels like you have to be super smart, incredibly practical, and uncannily charismatic just to get your foot in the door. After all, our “rock stars” are folks like Bill Drayton, John Rice, and Jacqueline Novogratz. But, if these folks are the X-Men (and Women) of social entrepreneurship, where’s our friendly neighborhood Spiderman? That is how I describe my style of entrepreneurship. There’s nothing “amazing” about me other than the fact that I am more ME than anyone else on this planet. In fact, Business Insider states that, “The probability of you existing at all comes out to 1 in 10 2,685,000— yes, that’s a 10 followed by 2,685,000 zeroes!…the odds of you being alive are basically zero.” That is a pretty damn unique brand and value proposition if you ask me.If you could play with any professional athlete, who would it be?Hands down Bo Jackson. He is arguably the most complete athlete we have ever seen. If you do not believe me, check out the ESPN 30 for 30 on him.For more from Cortni about fundraising and social entrepreneurship, join us at our next webinar, “Out of The Box Strategies for Fundraising Success.” Register today!
Posted on November 20, 2017November 20, 2017By: Matthew Taylor, Communications Officer, United Nations Population FundClick 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)Ratanakiri, Cambodia – In the remote farming village of Sakreang, in Cambodia’s far northeast, Romam Pcheuk visits pregnant women in their homes. “I keep my eye on the girls who are pale, and those that get pregnant very young,” she explained. “It’s my job to warn them of danger signs.”Ms. Pcheuk once helped women give birth the traditional way – at home, often using dangerous practices. “I pushed their bellies down harder when the baby wouldn’t come out,” she remembered. “If there were problems, it got dangerous. We didn’t have any equipment or medicine on hand.”But five years ago, she joined a government-led initiative, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), that aimed to educate women in far-flung communities about safe pregnancy and childbirth. Crucially, she learned to encourage all pregnant women to visit professional health care providers.Midwife Sou Sreymech checks over a pregnant woman at the Oyadav district health center in Rattanakiri, Cambodia. © UNFPA/ Matthew TaylorToday, she is a community health volunteer, looking out for hundreds of pregnant women in Sakreang and nearby villages in Rattanakiri Province. She monitors their progress and gives them referrals to health facilities.She also holds education sessions. “It was hard getting women to come to my sessions at first, but gradually people joined in,” she said. “Today, no one here gives birth at home anymore. Everyone goes to the facility.”Huge gains, lingering challengesCambodia has made huge gains in bringing down maternal mortality. “In 1990, Cambodia’s maternal death rate was right up at around 1,200 women dying per every 100,000 live births,” said Catherine Breen Kamkong, UNFPA’s Deputy Representative in Cambodia. By 2015, it was about 161 per 100,000 live births.According to the latest data, nearly 90% of all births in Cambodia now take place under the care of a skilled birth attendant. But in remote provinces like Rattanakiri, progress is only just starting to show.“We’ve had zero maternal deaths in our district so far this year,” said Dr. Lek Chanthy at the Borkeo district hospital, which covers a population of around 70,000 in Rattanakiri. “But language barriers, traditional practices and a lack of education are still serious challenges.” There are nearly 195,000 people in the province, over half from indigenous groups. Many stick closely to traditional lifestyles: farm work, early unions and home births.“Some people marry at just 14, so when they get pregnant their bodies are not ready,” explained Dr. Lek Chanthy, vice-chief of the district hospital. “Young mothers face higher risks of things like excessive bleeding and disability later in life, and with no skilled birth attendants helping with childbirth, they may not make it through serious complications.”Romam Phel, 17, is poised to become one of these young mothers. She was married at 16, and is now seven months pregnant. “I think my time came, and we just fell in love,” she said about her early marriage. “I wanted to have children straight away after our wedding.” Ms. Pcheuk is encouraging her to give birth in a health facility.The last mileSince the 1990s, UNFPA has supported the government in building a workforce of professional midwives and boosting access to sexual and reproductive health services.Today, UNFPA, the government and partners are focusing on remote and underserved regions, increasing the number of midwives trained to deal with complicated births and doctors who can perform emergency cesarean sections.“Risks remain high for geographically remote communities and for marginalized groups like ethnic minorities, adolescents and migrants,” explained Ms. Breen Kamkong. “This is why we are focusing our actions on nine key provinces facing health and other inequities.”Education is also essential. With UNFPA support, the Ministry of Education is developing comprehensive sexuality education curricula, which will be rolled out to all students between 10 and 18 years old.“We need to go the last mile in bringing down maternal deaths,” said Ms. Breen Kamkong. “That means putting the rights and needs of remote communities and marginalized groups right up front – so everyone can benefit from Cambodia’s phenomenal gains in bringing down maternal mortality, and can access vital sexual and reproductive health services and information.”This post originally appeared on the UNFPA website.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on January 4, 2018January 5, 2018By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, 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)On 2 November 2017, Astrid Kamperman joined the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) for a panel discussion about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and maternal health. Later, the researcher based at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands sat down with the MHTF’s Sarah Hodin to talk more about her research on maternal mental health.SH: Your paper, “Interventions to treat mental disorders during pregnancy: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysis,” was published in the MHTF-PLOS Collection on NCDs and maternal health. What was the impetus for that study?AK: The problem is that there are a substantial number of women around the world who experience mental illness during pregnancy, and we don’t really know how to help them most effectively. My research team and I set out to conduct a systematic review to identify high quality studies that have tested interventions to treat all kinds of mental disorders in pregnant women.SH: What did you find?AK: Twenty-eight of the 29 papers we included in the analysis targeted major depressive disorder. I was surprised to see how little research has been done on other types of mental health issues during pregnancy such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety. We didn’t find any clinical trials that evaluated the effects of medication for mental health disorders during pregnancy on women.The interventions we examined fell into six broad categories: cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, bright light therapy, interpersonal therapy, body-oriented and mindfulness approaches and food supplements. Based on the available evidence, the most effective interventions tended to be psychotherapies: cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. Limited evidence on body-oriented and mindfulness approaches also showed positive effects. However, we need more research on these interventions and their effects on different mental disorders before drawing conclusions on effectiveness.SH: During the panel discussion earlier, you talked about stigma associated with mental health disorders during pregnancy. Can you talk more about that?AK: As I mentioned, I think we are still living in the myth of the “happy pregnancy.” We need to get rid of the stigma, especially since one in ten women globally experience a major mental health disorder during pregnancy. Women, their babies and their families are not helped in any way by stereotypes about pregnancy being a wonderful, struggle-free period. The current stigma around mental illness prevents women from feeling safe enough to express their mental health concerns and also prevents health care providers from asking the right questions.SH: What else would you like MHTF readers to know about mental health during pregnancy?AK: Many women use some type of medication for symptoms of mental illness. During pregnancy, it is important to consider the potential benefits and harms for both mother and baby when making recommendations about medication. Unfortunately, we still have many unanswered questions in this area because of limited research. It is time to start taking the burden and consequences of mental illness in pregnancy more seriously.—Learn more about perinatal mental health.Watch the video from the panel discussion featuring Astrid Kamperman about NCDs and maternal health.Explore other open access papers from the MHTF-PLOS Collection on NCDs and maternal healthShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Ernesto Valverde has denied the rumours of a possible Neymar return to Barcelona have affected his squad, saying they are used to such speculation.The Brazil star’s future at Paris Saint-Germain remains uncertain as the Ligue 1 giants have admitted to talking about a possible sale of the attacker.Real Madrid have been discussed as a possible destination for Neymar, having been long credited with interest in the PSG star. 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? Neymar, who departed Barca in the summer of 2017 for PSG in a world-record €222 million (£203m/$250m) deal, has also been mooted for a possible return to Camp Nou.With the transfer window in La Liga open until September 2, the Neymar situation could persist for another few games, potentially providing distraction for a Barca squad looking to bounce back from a surprise 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club in their league opener.But Valverde has dismissed talk of distraction ahead their home game against Real Betis, saying that while Neymar’s presence on the transfer market has raised hopes and expectations, the club are used to such rumours.”Every time a market window gets open there’s a big expectation and players like Neymar awake a big expectation as well,” Valverde told reporters. “What is happening is anything but boring, but he is a PSG player and we must focus on the game.”We are used to living with these rumours. If they affected us, it would be impossible to play the games.“This is a habitual thing here and it doesn’t look extraordinary to me. We are used to it and we must live with that.”Valverde has been criticised by supporters the last two seasons despite coming away with back-to-back Liga titles.European defeats after blowing three-goal first leg advantages in successive years to Roma and Liverpool, coupled with their loss in last year’s Copa del Rey final, have mounted pressure on Valverde.But asked about how he feels about his situation, Valverde believes he is fortunate to be in his position.”Compared to a friend who is doing his holidays in Ibiza I am worse than him,” Valverde said. “But compared to another one who is living with adversity while saving migrant people in the Mediterranean Sea, I am so good.“We are so lucky to be here.”
Inter head coach Antonio Conte believes his team are done with their business this transfer window, despite persistent rumours linking unwanted Mauro Icardi with a move away from San Siro.Conte addressed the transfer window, which closes on September 2, after his team’s 2-1 win over Cagliari sees them head into the international break with two wins from two Serie A games.New arrival Romelu Lukaku scored for the second straight game, though his day was tarnished by the Cagliari fans racially abusing him, abuse Conte said he “didn’t hear”. 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? Lautaro Martinez scored the other goal for Conte’s men, and the win, plus their business so far meant the former Chelsea boss was content ahead of a two-week rest from domestic football.“The market comes to a peaceful close,” Conte said after the game, “as we all know that we’re sorted in terms of arrivals and departures this window.“I’m happy with the squad, but we obviously know it can be improved. Through hard work they can all be improved.”Conte selected one Inter player for special praise as a result of his performance on Sunday.Stefano Sensi impressed from midfield, and his coach believes he, and some other attacking players can offer the Nerazurri the thrust they need to unseat seven-time Serie A champions Juventus.“Sensi is a player who simply sees and understands football, he gets it right away. He was a little quiet in the first half but then in the second he really took a hold of the game, it was extraordinary.“We have a whole host of great attackers, we need to bring everyone to their best possible form. I expect a lot from everyone.“From [Matias] Vecino, from [Roberto] Gagliardini, they all have great potential, [Nicolo] Barella too is a complete player. Where can he play? On the inside, on the left, or on the right.”After the international break Conte and his new team are slated to take in Udinese at home on September 15 before they entertain Slavia Prague, also at San Siro, to open their Champions League campaign two days later.The Milan derby awaits on September 21.
Barcelona will look to put the disappointment of opening-day defeat behind them as they look forward to their first home fixture of the new season with Real Betis.This fixture last season produced an instant classic as Betis earned a 4-3 win in a pulsating game at Camp Nou – with the scoring opener by Barca’s summer signing Junior Firpo.After Aritz Aduriz’ stunning overhead kick consigned Barca to defeat at Athletic Club last weekend, Betis were also beaten after going down to ten men early on against Real Valladolid. 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 Game Barcelona vs Real Betis Date Sunday, August 25 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be shown live on ITV 4, and available to stream on the ITV Hub. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 4 ITV Hub Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Pena Defenders Pique, Lenglet, Semedo, Umtiti, Junior, Alba Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Roberto, De Jong, Vidal Forwards Griezmann, Perez, Fati Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Roberto; Perez, Griezmann, Rafinha. Position Real Betis squad Goalkeepers Robles, Martin Defenders Francis, Feddal, Bartra, Sidnei, Moreno, Barragan, Emerson, Mandi Midfielders Garcia, Pedraza, Canales, Tello, Carvalho, Joaquin, Guardado, Lainez, Kaptoum, Narvaez Forwards Iglesias, Fekir, Juanmi, Loren Betis starting XI: Martin; Emerson, Bartra, Sidnei, Pedraza; Carvalho, Guardado; Canales, Fekir, Tello; Loren.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are 1/4 favourites to win this match with bet365. Betis are on offer at 10/1, while the draw is available at 21/4.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview After a summer dominated by the transfer pursuits of forwards Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, Barcelona looked curiously blunt when they got the new Spanish season underway last Friday.Though it took a moment of sublime quality from Aritz Aduriz to down them, Ernesto Valverde’s side struggled to create chances.With Messi still not ready to return and starting forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele also injured, the expectation in this game will be on Antoine Griezmann to deliver, with fans eagerly anticipating his competitive home debut. Valverde is looking forward to it too, but says Griezmann has to contribute more after a muted performance on his competitive debut.”He has to be more involved in the play and always be looking to get involved,” he said.”It is good to have him near the area because of his movement but that will only work if we completely dominate games.”Gerard Pique is set to make his 500th appearance for the club, though he isn’t likely to come up against Betis’ new star forward Borja Iglesias, who is injured. Pique’s fellow La Masia graduate Cristian Tello, though, is looking forward to his trip back to Catalonia.”It’s the team that gave me the opportunity to debut in the first division,” Tello told Barca’s website. “I have a lot of love for Barça and I appreciate all the people there.”I experienced the best moments as a player who was trying to get to the top, and when you join the first team with all the enthusiasm that entails. I think it will be very special to return.”We are aware that to win at Camp Nou we have to play a practically perfect match, but I think we have the team for it. Against Valladolid we had some bad luck, but we were very focused. I think we can win again at Camp Nou.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is making ‘steady progress’ and has returned to light training as he continues his recovery from a calf injury, according to Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach. The Brazil international had to be substituted during the opening fixture of the Premier League season against Norwich City on August 9, slipping while taking a goal kick and grabbing the back of his leg before falling to the turf again. A slow limp off the pitch followed several minutes on the ground, with Alisson replaced by Adrian just 39 minutes into the season, sparking fears that he could be out of actions for months. 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 Jurgen Klopp’s men went on to win that match 4-1 and Adrian has since deputised for the Reds, who have a 100 per cent record and are top of the table, two points clear of champions Manchester City, after four rounds of games. The club are now nearing the start of their Champions League title defence, with their first group match against Napoli less than a week away. And while Adrian has played well in his time in goal, having their star shot-stopper back in the near future would certainly be a boost for the Anfield side. The international break has given Alisson time to work on his fitness, and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has indicated that the 26-year-old has made a return to light training, though the exact timetable for him taking back his spot in the starting side remains in question. “In the last few days he has been out on the pitch to do some catching and footwork, as well as small passing drills,” he told The Mirror .”He has made steady progress. It needs time and we cannot look too far ahead, so we take each day as it comes, see how he feels, and then make progress from that. “Ali has been working with Dave [Rydings, rehabilitation fitness coach] in the gym a lot to improve the strength and try to keep the fitness levels up.” Liverpool will look to continue their perfect start in the Premier League at home to Newcastle United on Saturday before facing Napoli midweek. A league showdown against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will follow their Champions League opener. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Lyon have confirmed the appointment of Rudi Garcia as head coach on a deal reportedly running until June 2021.The former Lille, Roma and Marseille boss replaces Sylvinho, who was sacked last week, less than five months on from succeeding Bruno Genesio.Laurent Blanc and Jose Mourinho were linked to the role, but a recruitment panel headed up by sporting director Juninho Pernambucano and including Gerard Houllier “unanimously” agreed on Garcia. 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 The 55-year-old won a domestic double in charge of Lille in 2010-11 and led Marseille to the Europa League final two seasons ago.His appointment comes as something of a surprise given his chequered history with Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas.In April 2018, Aulas blasted the “arrogance” of the then-Marseille boss, who suggested Lyon got preferential treatment from referees amid a battle between the clubs for Champions League qualification.Juninho said: “I chose Rudi Garcia because he is a fighter who, like us, has the ambition to win titles and succeed on the European stage.”He is an experienced coach who has already won trophies. During my various interviews, I had a real football connection with him. We speak the same language in terms of tactics and style.”Garcia stepped down from his position with Marseille at the end of last term.He will be presented to the media at a news conference on Tuesday.Lyon enjoyed a bright start under Sylvinho, starting the campaign with a 3-0 win over Monaco before thrashing Angers 6-0. But the French side then went on a dismal run, collecting just one victory in nine matches in all competitions, culminating in the Brazilian coach’s dismissal the day after their latest upset – a 1-0 defeat to Saint-Etienne.After that result, president Aulas suggested there was no way back for Sylvinho, telling reporters: “Juninho will have to think it over in the coming days.“This was not sufficient. Juninho must think it over and tell us what he wants to do and I will decide with my board of directors. He is shaken, but we can’t do nothing.”Lyon have taken just nine points from their first nine games in Ligue 1, leaving them one point above bottom clubs Metz and their next opponents, Dijon, while they are already 12 points behind leaders and reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.
A total of 130 entities have utilised the Companies Office of Jamaica’s (COJ) Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) since the online facility was piloted on April 4. Story Highlights A total of 130 entities have utilised the Companies Office of Jamaica’s (COJ) Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) since the online facility was piloted on April 4.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COJ, Judith Ramlogan, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 20).She explained that eBRF allows for expedited business-name reservation and registration.She said it is designed to improve the agency’s service efficiency, making the business-registration process easier and less time-consuming for clients.“The eBRF will also cost the customer less. Those using the online registration with COJ will save approximately $3,250,” she informed.Mrs. Ramlogan said that eBRF represents the first online business-registration system in the Caribbean. The project is being undertaken at a cost of approximately $35 million through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded Public Sector Efficiency Programme (PSEP).It is a two-phased implementation, with the first phase facilitating business-name reservation and registration for the sole proprietor and partnership (individual).The second phase, expected to start in December, will involve corporate sole proprietor and partnerships as well as company incorporation (limited by shares and limited by guarantee).Mrs. Ramlogan explained that with registration of business names accounting for 77 per cent of the registration transaction, the agency decided to focus on this area first.She noted that COJ registered more than 9,000 business names last year, and the eBRF will encourage a larger number of registrations.Mrs. Ramlogan said the online form is simple, with help wizard software, and includes online payment using COJ eBank subscription.It allows for uploading of documents for processing, secret phrase verification, confirmation of registration by email data protection, and the ability to track documents.The online business-name reservation is free for up to two days, and there is a cost of $500 to have the name reserved for 30 days.For his part, Principal Director for the Modernisation Programme Implementation Unit of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said that the eBRF is grounded in the national development plan, Vision 2030.“This Vision 2030 speaks to building the capacities of public institutions to enable them to deliver high-quality services, and the COJ is one such agency that the Cabinet Office has partnered with to achieve this,” he said.“We are making it easier for the public to do business with the government offices, including the COJ. We want to stop the conversation about improving service and start seeing tangible things in place, and the eBRF is evidence of efforts being made to improve services,” he added.Mr. Robertson pointed out that in addition to boosting service delivery, eBRF will improve trade and investment facilitation.He noted that Jamaica has made significant strides in terms of ease of starting a business, with the country ranked five out of 190 countries for that index in the latest World Bank Doing Business report.“We have surpassed Singapore, which is ranked six. We, however, would love to get to the realm of a New Zealand, who is ranked number one or Canada, which is number two. So this eBRF project will put us in that direction,” he said. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the COJ, Judith Ramlogan, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 20). She said it is designed to improve the agency’s service efficiency, making the business-registration process easier and less time-consuming for clients.
A group of expats are searching along small roads, trails and in the bush of a town in Belize where a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend were reported missing, a friend said.Joe Milholen said he was supposed to take Francesca Matus, 52, to the airport Wednesday morning to fly back to Canada. But, he said, when he arrived at her house, her car was gone and the house was locked up.“When I went inside, her bags were by her bed, packed and ready to go,” said Milholen, who is an American also living in Belize. “She left her passport and her travelling money.”He added that her companion, Drew De Voursney, 36, also left his passport in his home. His motorcycle — his only form of transportation — was parked at Matus’s house.“So whatever happened, they don’t have their things to travel,” Milholen said.Matus checked in to her flight online Tuesday night, shortly before she was last seen leaving a bar, he said. But the airline reportedly confirmed that Matus never showed up.He said Matus has homes in Belize and Canada, and lives in the Central American country five or six months a year.“She’s a great, great person,” Milholen said. “She’s very outgoing.”While Travel Canada suggests people “exercise a high degree of caution” throughout Belize due to high rates of violent crime, Milholen said the area of Corozal, where Matus lives, is very safe.“The possibilities (of what happened) are endless,” he said. “But I don’t have an idea that I want to share publicly. I have a law enforcement background, so I know you have to keep an open mind.”Milholen said the police in Belize have put out a national bulletin in response to Matus and De Voursney’s disappearance, and they’re also searching for the couple.“And we have a whole host of volunteers, mostly made up of expats, looking for them,” he said. The search started Friday, and by Sunday, they’d covered the part of town where Matus lived.He said they are planning to branching out to De Voursney’s side of town Monday.A spokeswoman for Global Affairs said they’re aware that a Canadian citizen was reported missing in Belize, but she said consular officials are in contact with the family and local officials, but declined to comment further, citing privacy considerations.—Follow @ColeyT on Twitter.
CANADA (NEWS 1130) – Last year marked the largest influx of immigrants Canada has since the first World War, according to Statistics Canada.Statistics Canada says the increase in population continues to be driven by international migration.“With the addition of the fourth quarter data, population estimates for 2018 are now complete,” read the release. “Canada grew by 528,421 in 2018, of which 80.5% was due to international migration.”“This level of increase has not been seen since the 1950s.”Statistics Canada says the number of people immigrating to this country between Oct. 1 last year and Jan. 1, hit more than 70,000.“Rapid population growth is not typical for a fourth quarter,” read a release from Statistics Canada. “In fact, this is when population growth is generally slowest because of seasonal patterns associated with births and the arrival of immigrants and non-permanent residents.”Alberta and Nunavut saw the fastest population growth during that time at 0.4 per cent.