Saturday’s game was a complete thrill. Here’s a look at some of the crazier numbers from a wild one in Stillwater.2: Only twice has OSU had a longer Big 12 winning streak than the six-game streak it is on right now. It won seven straight in 2011 and eight in a row in 2014-15.20.21: James Washington is averaging just over 20 yards per catch. It ranks him No. 2 nationally among players who have 50+ catches.8: Seasons in the last nine that OSU has won at least eight games. That is our new floor, and it is beautiful.10: Wins Mike Gundy now has over Texas Tech out of his 102. That is his most against any team.6*: Home wins for the Pokes this year which ties 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 for the most ever.16: By the time Tech comes back to Stillwater in 2017, it will have been 16 years since they won one there.338.4: Yards per game by Rudolph this year. He’s No. 5 in the country. Mahomes leads at 423.52: OSU is 52-6 in its last 58 games against unranked opponents.0.8: OSU continues to lead the conference in turnover margin per game at 0.8. Its next two opponents (TCU and OU) are both in the negatives.4: Three-and-outs forced by the OSU defense on Saturday. The most Tech had all year before this game was three.3: Times in the last four games OSU has rushed for 5+ yards per carry. It happened once last year.29: Straight games James Washington has caught a pass.4: 100-yard games for Justice Hill. The most for a freshman in OSU history.600: OSU just posted two straight 600-yard games (Kansas State and Texas Tech). The only other times it has done that? In 1988 against Texas Tech and Wyoming and in 2012 against Savannah State, Arizona and Louisiana.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Mike Gundy was the last of the Oklahoma State interviews we did this week at Big 12 Media Days, and he was as relaxed and laid back as I’ve ever seen him. Gundy fielded questions for nearly two hours from media members about all manner of things.We got in a little late — because the initial scrum was overwhelming — and Gundy chatted about how much fun he has being the coach of Oklahoma State and what kind of opportunity Bob Stoops retiring presents Oklahoma State. He also talked about his marketing research.AdChoices广告In video No. 2 he talks Barry Melrose, discusses backup QBs and cowboy backs.In the final video Gundy talks Dana Holgorsen, why he won’t coach forever, what makes Kasey Dunn great and comments on the bingo card we made for him. 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 AC Milan vs Arsenal: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly 20:43 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Milan Arsenal The Gunners are at a low ebb as they get set to face Gennaro Gattuso’s upwardly mobile Rossoneri side in Europe Crisis-stricken Arsenal head to Italy on Thursday to take on Serie A side AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.Arsene Wenger’s men are on a dismal run of form and come into the game against the Rossoneri on the back of four consecutive defeats, losing most recently to Brighton in the Premier League.Their hopes of achieving a Champions League finish – in the top four – have effectively been extinguished so the Europa League is now their only way of reclaiming a seat at the top table. 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 They come up against a Milan side that, conversely, are experiencing an upswing in fortunes, with Gennaro Gattuso finally discovering the formula for success at San Siro. Game AC Milan vs Arsenal Date Thursday March 8 Time 18:00 GMT / 13:00 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream 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 Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position AC Milan players Goalkeepers Storari, G. Donnarumma, A. Donnarumma, Guarnone Defenders Calabria, Conti, Romagnoli, Gomez, Zapata, Bonucci, Abate, Musacchio, Antonelli, Gabbia, Bellanova, Rodriguez Midfielders Mauri, Bonaventura, Suso, Calhanoglu, Montolivo, Biglia, Pobega, Locatelli, Kessie Forwards Borini, Kalinic, Silva, Forte, Cutrone The hosts will be without the services of Andrea Conti and Luca Antonelli, while Ignazio Abate is considered a doubt. Other than that, Gattuso has a full complement of players ready to play at San Siro.Potential AC Milan starting XI: G. Donnarumma; Rodriguez, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Calabria; Biglia, Kessie, Bonaventura; Suso, Calhanoglu, Cutrone. Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Kolasinac Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Cazorla, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Nelson, Mkhitaryan Forwards Lacazette, Welbeck, Nketiah, Willock Arsenal will be without Nacho Monreal in defence as the Spaniard continues to recover from a back injury, while Alexandre Lacazette and Santi Cazorla are long-term absentees. As well as that, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Ospina; Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers; Bellerin, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil; Welbeck.Betting & Match Odds AC Milan are favourites to win according to dabblebet, who price them at 11/10, while Arsenal are rated 23/10 to beat the Rossoneri. A draw is available at 9/4.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Arsenal arrive in Milan for the Europa League last-16 game at what may be their lowest point since Wenger took the reins of the club over 20 years ago. Not only do they have a point to prove, they are under serious pressure to go all the way in the competition but they have been handed a tough assignment in the form of Gattuso’s Rossoneri.Two months ago it would not have appeared to be as difficult a prospect, but, after enduring a slow start to his tenure, the divisive World Cup winner has seemingly cracked the code.Milan are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions and, while the Gunners are on a four-game losing streak, the Italians have won their last five, beating the likes of Ludogorets and Roma.Gattuso’s men are currently thriving, with players such as Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso and Patrick Cutrone responding well to their new coach’s demands. As well as the aforementioned talent, they also boast the experience of Leonardo Bonucci, Ricardo Montolivo and Nikola Kalinic, so the Gunners cannot take anything for granted in Italy.Indeed, the north London men are a wounded entity and, given that their season now hinges on success in the Europa League, they must dig deep for a result, particularly away from home.
Cristiano Ronaldo San Siro, the Etihad and the stadiums Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored in Goal 02:06 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid PSG v Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League The legendary striker scored his first goal at Parc des Princes on Tuesday – now just 15 grounds have denied him as a Real Madrid player
The Cowboys earned the victory over TCU in a wild one on Saturday. PFB photographer Jackson Lavarnway was on hand and captured the most memorable moments from the Cowboys’ sixth win. Here are some of his best shots. 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.
World Cup ‘You’ll see the best of Hazard later’ – Eden predicts strong World Cup Sacha Pisani 03:52 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Belgium v Panama Panama Belgium Eden Hazard Thibaut Courtois praised Eden Hazard during the pre-match build-up and the Belgium superstar replied following the team’s Group G victory. Eden Hazard joked his best will come later in the World Cup after his important role in Belgium’s 3-0 win over Panama on Monday.Hazard combined with Kevin De Bruyne to set up Romelu Lukaku’s first goal and teed up the Manchester United striker for his second, as title contenders Belgium opened their Group G campaign in tough but victorious fashion at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.A lot of the pre-match build-up centred on Hazard and his form, with Belgium and Chelsea team-mate Thibaut Courtois saying the reported Real Madrid target was in the best shape of his career. 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 Asked about Courtois’ comments afterwards, a smiling Hazard said: “He wants to give me confidence!”No, I do feel in a good moment. The pre-World Cup was good and I had some good games in the friendlies. I was good today but I can do better. I think you will see the best of Eden Hazard later.He added: “I can do better. [I got a] nice assist, but usually when I pass to Romelu, he scores, so it’s not that difficult to get an assist sometimes. It was a good performance by the team, but we can all do better.”Hazard walked through the mixed zone with his left leg strapped after receiving some physical treatment from debutants Panama.The 27-year-old attacker was targeted by Panama throughout the first half, the Belgian superstar noticeably hobbling after a robust challenge.Hazard, unperturbed, emerged from the interval and helped inspire Belgium following a frustrating and scoreless opening period, Panama’s stubborn resistance broken by Dries Mertens’ stunning volley at the start of the second half.”We knew it would be physical. People were saying that Belgium would win every game easily but it’s not like this. They have good players, strong players, they play to their strengths, and that’s why we had some little problems in the first half. But at the end of the game, we won 3-0, so we have to be happy,” Hazard continued.”I think they gave everything. When the ball was between a Panama and Belgium player, the Panama player won the duel. In this type of game, you need to be stronger than the team in front of you and we were in the second half.”We spoke at half-time and said that we need to keep playing. The pitch was a little bit slow, so it wasn’t easy to find other players or play the ball quickly. But we kept trying and we scored some goals in the end.”
Transfers Wolves sign Portugal goalkeeper Patricio following Sporting resignation Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:25 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Wolverhampton Wanderers Sporting CP Premier League The 30-year-old, who is currently away on World Cup duty, has penned a four-year contract with a side preparing for life back in the Premier League Promoted Premier League side Wolves have signed Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio on a four-year contract.Patricio, 30, leaves Primeira Liga side Sporting CP to make the move to Molineux, becoming Wolves’ second new signing of the transfer window in a deal subject to international clearance.His arrival follows that of Raul Jimenez, who joined on loan from Benfica last week. 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 Patricio made 460 appearances for Sporting and kept 179 clean sheets, winning the Taca de Portugal twice and the Taca da Liga this past season.However, his time at Sporting ended in acrimony as he terminated his own contract in the aftermath of attack by a section of the club’s supporters at the end of last season after they missed out on qualification for the Champions League.Sporting have opened legal proceedings against Patricio and six other players.He is Portugal’s first-choice goalkeeper and helped them to their first major trophy at Euro 2016.On duty with Portugal at the World Cup, Patricio will look to ensure Wolves avoid an immediate return to the Championship having won promotion in comfortable fashion in 2017-18.Wolves finished top of England’s second tier with 99 points, finishing nine clear of Cardiff City in second and 11 ahead of third-placed Fulham, who won the play-off final to join the top two in the Premier League.
“Call me Ishmael.”Stories have staying-power. They live in our memories, pull at our heartstrings, and motivate us to act. At its deepest level, the power of storytelling is what generates individual giving.With 12 weeks left until December 31, it’s time to focus on your nonprofit’s story. Use these three tips to start crafting the message that will fuel your year-end campaign. 3. Make sure your donors’ experience matches the story you’re sending.The donation experience isn’t a one-time thing: it’s about consistency, repetition, and pervasiveness. Does your message and the feeling it evokes stay intact when donors move from one step to the next? When there is a disconnect, people are less likely to take action or complete their gifts. For example, if your website’s “donate” button is hard to find, or leads to a standard transaction page rather than a donor-optimized giving page, individuals are going to be less inclined to donate and you’re going to be missing out on a lot of gifts during the year-end season. Make sure your donation page is clean, clear, and consistent with your brand message.Your brand’s visual elements (such as logos, colors, and images) and key messaging (tagline, boilerplate, and story) should be consistent for your organization and your campaign across all channels, including your website, donation page, email marketing, social media, and direct mail. Advertising and PR efforts should also reinforce your brand, and your staff, volunteers, and board members should understand your message to empower them to be more effective spokespeople for your cause.Finally, make sure you have the tools you need to reach your year-end fundraising potential. Our all-in-one fundraising packages for small nonprofits includes everything you need for a fully-optimized year-end campaign, with beautiful donation pages, peer-to-peer capability, easy-to-use donor management, and strategic fundraising help from a virtual fundraising team.Click here to schedule a software demo and learn more about the tools, plan, and team we’ve designed specifically to help small nonprofits crush their year-end goals. 1. Use your #GivingTuesday &year-end campaign theme to create quality content and ‘drip’ it out.Draft an email series to remind donors what your organization accomplished this year, introduce the client you will be telling them more about in your appeal, and keep them engaged with fresh content right up to the appeal send date. This approach will help spread the word while sustaining your momentum leading up to #GivingTuesday and through December.Don’t forget about your online ambassadors: Repurpose the content from your email series into compelling, easy-to-share content for your ambassadors. Think tactically and include ready-to-use hashtags, Facebook posts and images, tweets, email copy, campaign logo, campaign-related photos, infographics, “Top 10 lists,” and links to other engaging content. 2. Develop the story you will feature in your year-end appeal.As you start this process, remember the five C’s of storytelling:Core message: The core message is that one thing we want people to remember after hearing our story. When developing your story, ask yourself three questions: What do I want donors to think? What do I want them to feel? What do I want them to do? The answers will help you uncover your core message and how to structure your email campaign. They’ll also guide you through the logical and emotional sides of crafting your story and engaging donors with the copy.Connection: At their core, powerful stories are about creating an emotional and authentic connection with readers. This often happens in the beginning of a story (Remember Ishmael?). The same goes for an email. Think carefully about your message’s salutation and the first sentence. How will you hook a reader and get them to stick with you through the end? A great example is personalization. Using a donor’s first name in the salutation (e.g. “Dear Sarah”) is a powerful way to build a connection.Character: This is often the person writing or sending the email or the person whose story is being told. It might be a monthly donor talking about why she was moved to offer ongoing support, or a mother describing how she found work and helped her children thanks to your program. It could even be the story of a shelter dog finding a forever home. The sky’s the limit.Conflict: Conflict is crucial in fundraising. Why? Because it creates a sense of urgency, which encourages people to respond (and give) to help you resolve the conflict. “These villagers have to walk five miles a day for fresh water. Donate now to build a new well.” You can see how those two things—conflict and call to action—are clearly intertwined.Call to action: In broad terms, a call to action is the thing you want people to do. A good call to action is very specific and active: Click here to give. Sign this petition. Donate today. You can imagine doing these things, can’t you? Use active and affirmative phrases that motivate people to follow through.For a detailed guide to leveraging a compelling story in your appeal letter, grab a copy of the e-guide, How to Write Amazing Year-End Appeals. Editor’s note: For in-depth guidance and tips on writing the ultimate year-end appeal, download a copy of our popular e-guide, How to Write Amazing Year-End Appeals.
A lot of times, posting on social media for our organization can feel like we are spinning our wheels, or that we are just doing it because everyone else is. If we are going to take the time to do a social media campaign and dedicate resources to it, we need to make sure we’re ready to advantage of the campaign. Here’s six things to decide and plan for before you begin posting your campaign.1) What’s your goal?Not all campaigns are created equally, and not all campaigns are about raising money (!). Campaigns can focus on getting folks to donate, take action (e.g., volunteer, recycle at home), advocate, or learn more. Decide what your goal is—what you want people to do. Then, decide when you need them to do that by—this will help you to start thinking through the timing and urgency of the campaign.2) What else is going on?Your campaign doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Keep in mind if your campaign is part of a broader movement (e.g., Giving Tuesday), a busy time of year (e.g., End of Year), or a thematic time (e.g., Mother’s Day, Women’s History Month). Either include these broader trends in your campaign, or purposefully avoid those busier times.3) Who’s my audience?It isn’t as simple as just counting your followers. You need to know something about who is following you on social media to be able to customize your campaign to them. Do some research and get a sense of who they are and what they might be interested in. You also can decide ahead of time to just target certain groups by their experience (e.g., past volunteers) or who they are (e.g., local donors).4) What content will I use?Once a campaign gets going, things move fast. Especially for visual content, which you have to have to be engaging, we need to make it ahead of time. Think through what images, Gifs, or videos you’ll need during the campaign, and create as many as possible before it starts. You might have 1-2 “live shots” during the campaign, but most of it can be pre-planned.5) Who can help spread the message?It isn’t enough to get attention to your campaign by pushing it out, you need others to share their influence as well. Make sure staff and board are engaged prior to sending as well. Try to get a group of 10-15 external supporters (volunteers, donors, etc) to agree to share a message about the campaign, all at the same time on the same day. It helps with visibility and makes it seem like a conversation is happening.6) What’s my plan?Finally, work out at least a rough plan with timing for posts and an outline of post content. As mentioned above, campaigns move fast so we need to be ready prior.If you think through these six things before you make that first post or Tweet, you’ll be a lot more likely to see some real progress from your campaign. It takes some time to be ready for that authentic-feeling campaign. Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 25, 2017May 22, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; 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)Read [Part 1] Obstetric Fistula: A Global Maternal Health Challenge>>Read [Part 2] Obstetric Fistula: Women’s Voices>>The devastating effects of obstetric fistula (OF) can be prevented and treated with timely, high quality medical care. Unfortunately, many of the barriers to maternal health care access—such as distance, cost, quality of care and socioeconomic or cultural factors—are also challenges for women seeking care for OF. Additionally, some women are unaware that treatment is available, while others face stigma, shame, depression and anxiety, which can further impede treatment. Interventions to address OF can restore hope, healing and dignity for all—this year’s theme for International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.A recent systematic review identified 12 studies evaluating OF interventions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. The review included innovative demand- and supply-side interventions addressing different types of barriers to OF care.Using mobile phones to make fistula repair a realityIn Kenya, programmers have used M-PESA, a mobile phone-based money transferring service, in combination with a public education campaign to facilitate transportation for women seeking free fistula repair and follow-up visits. During its first month of implementation, the intervention increased the number of women seeking fistula repair from 15 to 40 at the Freedom From Fistula Foundation (FFF) at Jamaa Mission Hospital in Nairobi. Between July 2009 and November 2010, FFF funded fistula repair for 230 women, citing M-PESA as “making treatment a reality for many women who otherwise would still be living with fistula.”Similarly, CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania), represented in the United States by Kupona Foundation, established a mobile outreach program, “Transport MY Patient.” Partnering with health worker “ambassadors” to identify women in need of fistula repair in the Dar es Salaam area, this program used M-PESA to fund women’s transport costs. In 2010, the program saw a 65% increase in the number of women seeking fistula repair from the previous year. In 2011, the number of OF care referrals increased by nearly a third compared to 2010.Leveraging the media to promote fistula carePublic education and media campaigns have aimed to reduce the stigma around OF, strengthen prevention efforts and improve access to treatment. In northern Nigeria, as part of the global Campaign to End Fistula, the media and community leaders were engaged to raise awareness about fistula. During Fistula Fortnight, a two-week mass OF treatment project held in 2005 to address the high number of untreated fistula cases, a team from the United Nations Populations Fund and site coordinators liaised with the media to promote the event and enhance community knowledge of OF. This garnered international media attention related to fistula prevention and treatment, as well as broader maternal health quality of care issues.Also in northern Nigeria, Population Media Center aired a 70-episode research-based radio serial drama called Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”), which told the story of a 12-year-old girl who developed fistula due to obstructed labor. An evaluation of the intervention found that over 90% of the population in Kano and Kaduna states reported hearing at least one episode, and 54% of clients seeking fistula services were motivated to do so because they listened to the series.Partnering with communities and peersIn 2015, USAID’s Fistula Program trained nearly 800 community health volunteers—including women who had undergone fistula repair, community members and local religious leaders—across six countries to improve fistula education and facilitate women’s reintegration post-treatment. The program’s fistula prevention and care messages reached over 400,000 people.Supported by the Fistula Care project from 2006-2012, pre-repair centers in Ethiopia’s Amhara region identified and screened potential fistula repair clients and provided pre-surgery care and rehabilitation. The centers were staffed with fistula mentors who led sessions on health education for clients and capacity-building for health providers. Along with the pre-repair centers, a community outreach program disseminated information about OF prevention, treatment and services in churches, mosques, markets, schools and homes.In Nigeria, Fistula Care formed a clinical peer-support network to facilitate women’s access to repair services and standardize and strengthen services across facilities. This collaborative, “pooled-effort” approach allowed newly-trained surgeons to gain experience and provided high quality repairs for women with complex fistula cases.Moving forwardRaising awareness about OF prevention and treatment as well as the suffering so many women endure is critical to reducing the global burden of fistula.“Nearly everyone we speak to about fistula looks at us quizzically and says something along the lines of, ‘I’ve never heard of that—sounds terrible.’ I wish there were more misconceptions that we could correct, but we must first get the world to know what obstetric fistula is.” (Seth Cochran, Founder and CEO, Operation Fistula)Ending fistula in all forms—including obstetric, traumatic and iatrogenic—requires addressing underlying systemic issues while taking definitive steps to improve access to high quality maternal health care around the world.“The time has come for the global health community to adopt a narrow, deep surgical ecosystems strengthening platform for fistula eradication as opposed to the current broad, cross-sector women’s empowerment platform.” (Lauri Romanzi, Project Director of Fistula Care Plus)Find resources and more information on obstetric and iatrogenic fistula on the MHTF blog. —Learn about International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.Join the conversation on social media by tagging @MHTF and using #EndFistula #IDEOF #FistulaDay #HerWords.Is your work related to obstetric, traumatic or iatrogenic fistula? 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Martin Skrtel has terminated his Atalanta contract by mutual consent less than a month after joining from Fenerbahce and has been replaced by Simon Kjaer on deadline day.Skrtel, 34, is reported to have fallen out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini regarding slow first-team integration and the two parties agreed to end their association just 24 days after the defender joined.The former Liverpool defender had spent the three previous seasons at Turkish giants Fenerbahce before departing the club on a free transfer this summer. 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? Previously, Skrtel enjoyed a nine-year spell at Anfield, which saw him claim one trophy, the 2011-12 League Cup.He also finished as a runner-up for the Premier League title in both 2008-09 and 2013-14, while missing out on a Europa League crown as Liverpool fell to Sevilla in the 2016 final.Skrtel featured in the Champions League in two of his three seasons at Fenerbahce, and appeared set to return to the tournament with Atalanta, who will appear in the competition for the first time in their history this season.However, if he does feature in the Champions League, it will not be with Atalanta, as their partnership has come to an abrupt end.A statement from the club simply stated: ”Atalanta BC announces that it has consensually terminated the contract with Martin Skrtel.”Atalanta moved efficiently to secure a replacement, however, with Denmark international Kjaer arriving on loan from Sevilla, where he had spent two seasons.Although generally first choice at the back in those two campaigns, the signings of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos saw Kjaer fall down the pecking order and he becomes the third player to swap Sevilla for Atalanta in this window after Luis Muriel and Guilherme Arana.Kjaer is the 19th player to leave Sevilla since Monchi’s return as sporting director, while they added a 13th new signing of this window with the deadline-day acquisition of goalkeeper Yassine Bounou. Bounou arrives on loan from Girona with a purchase option.Atalanta had mixed fortunes their opening two Serie A games of the season, winning one and losing one, and return from the international break against Genoa on September 14. They will then face Dinamo Zabreb midweek, the first of their matches in Champions League Group C, which also includes Manchester City and Shakhtar.
Death, taxes and Liverpool winning at Anfield. There are few things certain in life, and fewer still in football. But on the opening night of the new Premier League campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side showed they are ready for another full-throttle season.AdChoices广告All the old favourites were on show as newly-promoted Norwich were beaten here. There was a goal for Mohamed Salah and a Virgil van Dijk header. There was an assist for Trent Alexander-Arnold, finished by Divock Origi. Roberto Firmino buzzed, Andy Robertson ran and Jurgen Klopp – eventually – could smile at a job well done. His team had their flaws, but they got what they wanted 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 Still, there’s no such thing as a perfect day, and Liverpool saw the shine taken off their rousing victory by the sight of Alisson Becker, their goalkeeper, being taken off injured in the first-half here.The Brazilian suffered a problem with his right calf when taking a routine goal-kick, seven minutes before half-time. As the game briefly continued, Alisson signalled immediately to the bench and, after a lengthy delay, was helped from the field by Andy Massey, the club doctor. Positive, at least, was that he turned down the option of a stretcher, but the concern on the faces of Klopp and his coaching staff, as well as Alisson’s team-mates, told its own story. Liverpool can ill-afford a long term injury to one of their key players, and the 26-year-old was in obvious pain and discomfort.It meant a debut for Adrian, who last played in the Premier League in May 2018 and who a week ago was contemplating a move to Real Valladolid. The Spaniard will now almost certainly start Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul, and could be set for an extended run in the side if Alisson’s injury turns out to be a bad one. A penny for the thoughts of Simon Mignolet.That aside, there was not too much for Kopites to complain about as the European champions got down to business. No big signings, but they remain a force to be reckoned with. And judging by this, they remain as hungry as ever – even if there are aspects of their performance that Klopp will hope to improve. Norwich contributed plenty to an entertaining first half, yet found themselves four goals down by the break. They scored the first themselves, Grant Hanley diverting Origi’s cross into his own net after just seven minutes.After that Salah, who looked sharp and eager throughout, grabbed his first of the campaign, finishing in trademark style from Firmino’s pass. The Golden Boot winner in each of the last two seasons, the Egyptian is back on the goal trail once again.He turned provider for the third, his corner headed home by Virgil van Dijk, who has now scored six times in his last 19 appearances from centre-back. Less than half an hour had passed and Norwich, having played some nice stuff, were already dead and buried.They certainly were when Origi timed his run to perfection to head Alexander-Arnold’s sublime cross past Tim Krul before the break. The Belgian may not be Sadio Mane, who started on the bench, but he remains a player capable of decisive contributions, no matter the opposition. He will have a role to play again this term.Norwich could feel hard done – they had more shots than Liverpool in the first half – but such are the levels in the Premier League. The Canaries, who played with belief and a clear identity, were simply found wanting in both penalty boxes.They got something to show for their efforts in the second half as Teemu Pukki, last season’s top scorer, pulled a goal back with a well-taken finish across an exposed Adrian.It was a consolation only, of course. Liverpool’s job was already done. They were heading to the top of the table.Now, though, they will hope for good news from the doctor. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Aaron Ramsey will miss the chance to make his competitive debut for new club Juventus in their opening Serie A game against Parma.The Welshman, who left Arsenal as a free agent to join the Italian champions this summer, is absent from Juve’s 23-man squad for this weekend’s trip to the Emilia-Romagna region.Daniele Rugani, who has been linked with a move away from the club, is also missing but new signing Matthijs de Ligt could be set to make his competitive debut following a big-money move from Ajax. 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 Ramsey has already donned the black and white shirt for the Italian champions in pre-season, but will have to wait a little while longer to launch his league campaign.The 28-year-old got minutes under his belt in a friendly against Triestina last weekend, appearing for the last 20 minutes of a 1-0 win.It was his first appearance since April following an ongoing hamstring problem, but after a summer of rehabilitation, Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri has decided to give Ramsey more time.Sarri himself will not make the trip to Stadio Ennio Tardini as he is in the process of recovering from a bout of pneumonia.The club also confirmed via a statement that the former Chelsea boss would also be absent from the bench for the visit of his old club Napoli next weekend.Alongside De Ligt, fellow fresh faces Adrien Rabiot, Danilo and Merih Demiral are also included in the matchday squad, along with former Parma goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon following his return from Paris Saint-Germain.Juve’s cautious approach with Ramsey has been endorsed by the player, who has acknowledged the need for time to gain full fitness after another significant injury lay-off.The midfielder, who left the Gunners after 11 years and almost 370 appearances in all competitions for the north Londoners, penned a four-year deal reportedly worth more than £400,000-a-week in February. He then made the move once his Arsenal contract has expired on July 1.His competitors for a place in Juve’s starting XI include Sami Khedira, Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Manchester United made a mistake letting Romelu Lukaku leave because they have nobody else like him in their striker pool, says Paul Ince.The Red Devils sanctioned a switch for the Belgium international over the summer, with the £75 million ($94m) they paid Everton for the 26-year-old recouped in an agreement with Inter.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deemed the burly frontman to be surplus to requirements, with United looking to move in a different direction. 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 Ince is not convinced that the right decision has been made, with those at Old Trafford now lacking a prolific physical presence in the final third of the field.The former Red Devils midfielder told Paddy Power: “When you look at United, you’d like to think that Anthony Martial would score more goals. You’d like to think Marcus Rashford would get more.“Daniel James, he’s done really well and then there’s [Jesse] Lingard. So, if you can share the goals around between those three or four, if they get 12 or 14 goals each, then you’ll be okay for a season.“But they’re not going to do that. Rashford only got 10 in the Premier League last season, and that was the highest outside of Lukaku!“So, when you look at maybe [Sergio] Aguero, [Harry] Kane, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette, you see players who are 25-goal-a-season men. Man Utd haven’t got that now, but they had it Lukaku.”Ince added, with United considered to be following the Liverpool blueprint when it comes to forwards: “It’s hard to get those strikers. They don’t grow on trees.“Ole’s got to have a combination now. Could he have gone to Bayern Munich and got [Robert] Lewandowski – no. Could he go and get Harry Kane off Spurs? Probably not.“There are people out there, but you have to be realistic.“I said the other week that Man Utd – I wouldn’t say are copying the Liverpool way – but, they’re going with short forwards who have got pace, talent and speed. They’ve got the same type of players.“There’s still time for them to grow.“Sometimes I look at them, I think ‘yeah’, they could be great. Then sometimes I look at them and think, they’re not so great,” said Ince.“It’s going to be an up-and-down season for United until they get the right personnel and the right team in place.“They’re still a young team, and it’s going to take time.”United opened the 2019-20 campaign with four goals against Chelsea, but have managed just three since and will be looking for an attacking spark to be rekindled in a home date with Leicester on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United need to be looking at bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club, claims Clayton Blackmore, with a deal for the Swedish striker considered to be a “no-brainer”.The Red Devils have benefited from the enigmatic frontman’s considerable presence in the past.Jose Mourinho took him to Old Trafford in 2016 and found great value in a free transfer as United collected Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League prizes. 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 Ibrahimovic recorded 28 goals before an untimely injury cut his campaign short, with two match-winning efforts recorded in showpiece events at Wembley.He battled his way back to full fitness and earned another short-term contract with the Red Devils, but saw that agreement cut short as he headed to the LA Galaxy in MLS.At 37 years of age he has continued to star in America and thinks he still has what it takes to make a positive impact in the Premier League.With that in mind, former United defender Blackmore believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be looking to put a deal in place once Ibrahimovic’s commitments in Los Angeles come to an end.A man who spent 12 years at Old Trafford in his playing days posted on Twitter: “I definitely think we should ask Zlatan to come back, we need a target man – he’s the best target in the world.“6ft 5in black belt, he’s proved in the MLS he can still do it.“I thought we let him go because his knee was dodgy – we’ve now given Zlatan and Rooney [away] for nothing.“We won [the] Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield when he played for us.“Thirteen years ago, the Barcelona goalie out-run Zlatan – he doesn’t run much yet he scores goals [at] every club he plays for.“We need a target man so all our kids with pace can play off him [in a] 4-4-2 [system], and close [them] down quicker.“Here ends the lesson, it’s a no-brainer.”Ibrahimovic has hinted that he would be open to rejoining United if an SOS call was sent out from Manchester.He posted on social media in August: “If United needs me, I’m here.”Solskjaer could do with an inspirational figure in his attacking unit, with injuries currently doing the Red Devils’ cause few favours.Marcus Rashford picked up a groin problem in a 2-0 defeat to West Ham, while Anthony Martial has been nursing a thigh complaint and 17-year-old academy graduate Mason Greenwood has been laid low with tonsillitis.
Sadio Mane admits Liverpool will need to improve if they are to keep Leicester City and Jamie Vardy quiet this weekend.The Reds got their first Champions League win of the campaign with victory over Austrian champions Salzburg on Wednesday night, but only after a significant scare.Jurgen Klopp’s side led 3-0 at Anfield but were pegged back to 3-3 before Mohamed Salah’s goal secured a tense win. 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 Next up for the Premier League leaders are Leicester, third in the table and earning plaudits for their form under former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. And in Vardy, Liverpool will run into a player who seems to enjoy playing against them. The 32-year-old has scored seven times in nine appearances against the Reds and has netted five goals already this season.Klopp warned in the wake of the Salzburg game that his team will need to be better defensively on Saturday, and Mane is in agreement.“I think if we want to win we have to play better than [against Salzburg] because we know Leicester,” said the Senegal star. “Especially this season they are very strong and a very good team. “For sure we are going to learn from it and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us.“I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready. “Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances – that will be the key.”Mane was himself on target against Salzburg, taking his tally to seven goals for the season. Joint-winner of the Premier League Golden Boot last season, the 27-year-old looks ready for another impressive campaign.His form is all the more impressive given his workload over the last 12 months. Mane only returned for pre-season training on the eve of Liverpool’s opening Premier League game, having helped Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer.“I try to rest as much as I can because I know it was a really busy summer for me and many games are coming,” he said with a smile. “Especially when you are always playing. “You have to eat well and sleep as much as you can and that is what I try to do – and [I have] a lot of treatment as well!”Liverpool welcomed goalkeeper Alisson Becker into full first-team training this week, for the first time since the Brazilian tore a calf muscle against Norwich City in August.Alisson will not feature in the Reds squad for the game against Leicester but could make his return when the Merseysiders travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford after the international break. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool have an exciting crop of youngsters on their hands, with academy manager Alex Inglethorpe billing Curtis Jones as “more Adam Lallana than Sadio Mane” and Harvey Elliott as a “real threat”.Two promising teenagers have already seen senior game time this season, and they are not the only youngsters to have been given a first-team chance.Ki-Jana Hoever, Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher are among the others to have figured in a Carabao Cup third-round clash with MK Dons. 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 All are held in the highest regard, with Inglethorope having helped to shape those emerging from the youth ranks while Elliott’s potential has been snapped up from Fulham at just 16 years of age.Discussing players of considerable promise and their outings against MK Dons, Inglethorpe told The Athletic: “Caoimhin made some good saves at key times and showed real calmness with his feet. It’s just good to see Rhian back after so long out injured.“It will probably take him a bit of time to find his rhythm. When you haven’t played for that length of time it can sometimes take a bit out of you so we need to be patient.“Harvey looked a real threat and is someone we were very fortunate to be able to recruit. He’s got an incredible mentality and a lot of potential.“At the minute he’s spending the majority of his time at Melwood and he will only benefit from training with the likes of James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.”Inglethorpe added on Dutch defender Hoever and Merseyside native Jones: “I thought Ki-Jana had a mixed evening but he took his goal ever so well and has shown that he’s capable of progressing.“Curtis was excellent in possession and looked a real threat. He has been outstanding in the Under-23s games so far this season and having that run of games has helped him. He’s got bigger, stronger and gained more experience.“I think Curtis can play in two positions – left of the front three and in midfield, too. He’s possibly more Adam Lallana than Sadio Mane in terms of his approach and capabilities.”Inglethorpe believes those at his disposal will continue to get first-team chances under Jurgen Klopp, with the German having made it clear that age is no barrier at Anfield.“I’m not saying debuts are easy to come by, because they’re not,” Inglethorpe added.“When they come along, it’s fantastic for the boys and great for morale, but the truth is that there’s a big difference between playing a cup game like that and being chosen to play for Liverpool regularly in the Premier League or Champions League.“What you hope the boys do is take the opportunity they’re given and show the manager that they can be trusted.“The staff here have been around the block a few times. They understand that getting a debut is a nice start but there’s an awfully long way to go.“I just think the entire club benefits from having a manager who is fearless.“That certainly makes my life easier, having a manager who only really plays what he sees. If he sees a young player doing better than an older player, he will play him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web