Fabio Liverani believes Lecce must be “carefree” in their approach if they are to spring a surprise against Juventus tomorrow. Juve are heavy favourites to beat Lecce, given they are at home and remain the dominant force in Serie A, but Liverani – who must serve a touchline ban on Saturday – is upbeat about his side’s chances. “I won’t be on the field but I’m not bitter about it, even I certainly won’t like not being there,” the Coach said at a Press conference. “I accept the ban that I received after the match against Milan, even if I don’t agree with it. “As for whether Juve will rotate, everyone looks at their own first. The Bianconeri have a squad that can manage any game because they have valid options in every position. “Above all, those who have played less could give something more. Whether Ronaldo is there or not doesn’t change anything. “We’ll certainly enter the field with that bit of carefreeness, which you need in games like these. “We’re only thinking about our guarantees and the collective because we know we can’t match them individually. “We mustn’t think about who we’ll be facing, only that we’ll continue on our way. The group can push us beyond this obstacle. My players can stick together even more when they face difficulties.” The Salentini have yet to win at home this season, so is the ex-Lazio midfielder concerned? “Points count, not where we get them: I don’t look at these things. “I have plenty of forward options and I’ll make my considerations.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Maybe, just maybe, dreams do come true after all. A fortnight ago when Salford were beaten here in Wigan and forced to take the long road to Old Trafford their incredible underdog story looked to be reaching its conclusion. But this group of misfits – the majority of whom were released by other clubs – have made a habit of defying the critics in 2019.The second-lowest spenders in Super League only just survived on the final day last year, so preseason predictions of a relegation struggle were fully merited, or so we thought. Yet here, it was Salford who looked like seasoned Super League champions, and Wigan the perennial strugglers. Support The Guardian And by the time Wigan had scored their one and only try through Bevan French, Salford’s place at Old Trafford had long been guaranteed. Another penalty from the reliable Inu made it 20-0, before two of their supposed misfits, Dudson and Lee Mossop, combined to send the latter over, with Inu’s goal establishing a 26-point lead.Salford’s 5,000-strong travelling support, who only have to venture four miles down the road next Saturday, were in fine voice all night, but that try marked the moment when they could genuinely relax and believe a first title in 43 years could be theirs. Another Inu penalty was the icing on the cake, and French’s consolation was greeted by ironic cheers from the Salford fans; most of the home supporters had already left.Underdog stories do not get much bigger than this. In 1976 it was the likes of Keith Fielden and David Watkins who brought the title back to Salford. Next Saturday, a new set of heroes could be crowned at Old Trafford. Expect it to be loud: the people of Salford have waited a long, long time for this moment.Wigan Hardaker; Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Flower, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchange Clubb, Byrne, Smithies, French.Salford Evalds; Sio, Welham, Bibby, Inu; Lolohea, Hastings; Mossop, Tomkins, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, McCarthy. Interchange Lussick, Flanagan, Walker, Burke.Referee B Thaler Topics Share on Facebook Read more The scale of this victory is underlined by the fact it was only Salford’s fourth at Wigan in 40 years. The prize for this near-faultless performance? A maiden appearance in the Super League Grand Final. If you had said in January this would happen you would have been met with utter derision. “We’ve got players who’ve been moved on from the big clubs but are now Grand Finalists,” their coach, Ian Watson said. Watson has cemented his reputation as the best young British coach in the game as he has driven this incredible story. “We’re not happy we’re there – we’re going to win it,” he said afterwards.Salford were beaten here 18-12 two weeks ago but a similar outcome never looked likely on a one-sided night. They led 12-0 at half-time thanks to a Gil Dudson try and four goals from Krisnan Inu. Both were in the Widnes side who were relegated last season. The first try after half-time felt decisive, and when Joey Lussick got it for Salford to make it 18-0, the Warriors looked well beaten. “We’ve been great in the second half of the year, but it went from bad to worse here,” the Wigan coach Adrian Lam conceded.Salford’s heroic defensive efforts played a part in keeping Wigan scoreless for over 70 minutes, but the hosts’ out-of-sorts attack was the real reason why the defence of their title came to such a shuddering halt in front of their own fans. 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Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsJalen Hurts (Alabama): 9-1 odds2,780 yards passing, 23 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 139.12954 yards rushing, 13 TDsJ.T. Barrett (Ohio State): 9-1 odds2,555 yards passing, 24 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 135.31845 yards rushing, 9 TDsJake Browning (Washington): 12-1 odds3,430 yards passing, 43 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 167.5245 yards rushing, 4 TDsDeondre Francois (Florida State): 14-1 odds3,350 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 142.10196 yards rushing, 5 TDsBaker Mayfield (Oklahoma): odds N/A3,965 yards, 40 TDs, 8 INTs – QBR: 196.38 (led NCAA)177 yards rushing, 6 TDsRudolph has a couple of things going for him. First off, he may have the best receiving corps in the nation. The Cowboys have probably 5-6 receivers that could probably be the No. 1 option on several teams.“It’s great,” said Rudolph on the problem of spreading the ball around. “It makes my job a lot easier with what we’ve got. It’s going to be a fun summer and a fun fall camp with so many targets out there. It’s on my shoulders to make sure I distribute the ball to all of them.”The importance of an actual running game cannot be overstated. We’ve seen in the past how defenses can key in on a one-dimensional OSU passing attack. With Justice Hill and an improving offensive line to keep them honest, the offense could open up even more.Numbers are important but they’re only part of the equation. Team success plays a massive role, as well. And if the Cowboys can come close to living up to their expected potential, it will be because of Mason Rudolph.Here’s a look the last four quarterbacks to win the Heisman and their team’s success that helped earn the award.Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 9-4Rank: No. 21 in Final AP PollMarcus Mariota (2014 Heisman winner)4,454 yards passing, 42 TDs 4 INTs – QBR: 181.75770 yards rushing, 15 TDsRecord: 13-2Ranked: No. 2 in Final AP PollJameis Winston (2013 Heisman winner)4,050 yards passing, 40 TDs, 10 INTs – QBR: 184.80219 yards rushing, 4 TDsRecord: 14-0Ranked: No. 1 in Final AP Poll (National Champion)Johnn Manziel (2012 Heisman winner)3,706 yards passing, 29 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 155.301,410 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 11-2Ranked: No. 5 in Final AP PollThe award is given out before bowl season but one thing all these quarterbacks shared was that team success. Aside from Jackson, the last five Heisman winners’ teams have finished in the top 5 nationally. Is Mason Rudolph going to have that on his resume? He’ll likely need it to earn an invite to New York.To get to that point, Rudolph and his Cowboys will likely have to beat Oklahoma twice. With the new format for determining the Big 12’s champion, the top two teams will take part in a rematch at the end of the season. Insert 13th data point. Subtract common sense.Can Rudolph win the Heisman?It will take an historic season from him, which seems reasonable. It will also take Oklahoma State exorcising their Sooner demons. If both can be accomplished and OSU finds itself atop the Big 12, Rudolph will have a chance. Last week, OSU’s athletic department sent out a cryptic tweet with a not so cryptic message. Mason Rudolph is the key. He’s the driving force to Oklahoma State’s offense and its team’s success.And he’s the No. 1 reason for optimism heading into 2017.“I think his success over a three-year period and his numbers kind of speak for themselves,” said Mike Gundy following OSU’s spring game. “He’s winning. He’s a great leader. We’re always a little tentative about that because I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think it’s fair play that he’s earned that.”Gundy is right. Rudolph is winning; and at a pretty high clip. In his two years and some change, Rudolph is 22-6 as a starter. He’s beaten every Big 12 opponent except for Baylor and will get one more crack at them this fall.He’s the face of a perennial 10-win program but somehow the best-kept secret among Heisman candidates.Is this the year for Rudolph to finally shine?How plausible is Rudolph’s Heisman candidacy?The Heisman trophy is given to “the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity … ” As of late, it’s become a QB-dominated award. The last 20 have gone to 14 quarterbacks, five running backs and one cornerback/punt returner (Charles Woodson). If we go last 15, it’s even more lopsided, with 12 of the winners coming from behind center.So, based on what recent history has told us and in an effort to compare apples to apples, let’s take a look at the seven QBs that currently have better odds (according to Bovada) to win than Rudolph.Baker Mayfield was excluded from Bovada’s odds but is included in this list since he will certainly be near the top once his disciplinary situation is revealed and because I don’t expect him to miss much time, if any.Here are Rudolph’s numbers from last year, followed by the seven other QBs ahead of him in the odds.Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State): 16-1 odds4,091 yards passing, 28 TDs, 4 INTs – QBR: 158.9461 yards rushing, 6 TDsThe FieldSam Darnold (USC): 5-1 odds3,086 yards passing 31 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 161.07250 yards rushing, 2 TDs While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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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.
Tottenham Hotspur ‘It’s getting boring!’ – Dier lauds record-setting Kane after late Tottenham winner at Crystal Palace Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The midfielder was full of praise for his Spurs colleague after the game with the striker having netted his 150th goal in club football Eric Dier joked that Harry Kane’s record-setting goals are “getting boring” after the Tottenham striker snatched an 88th-minute winner against Crystal Palace.Kane made amends for squandering a golden opportunity early in the second half with a superb header late on at Selhurst Park, with the 1-0 victory taking Tottenham into the top four in the Premier League.It also marked the England forward’s 150th goal in club football, and Dier was full of praise for his record-breaking team-mate. 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 “It’s getting boring isn’t it, he just keeps getting the records. But he’s a class act, he just keeps getting the goals at vital moments,” Kane told BBC Sport.”We like to leave it late here every year, we’re just really happy to get the goal. I think we thoroughly deserved it, we had so many chances.”Tottenham dominated throughout on Sunday, and only the fine form of Wayne Hennessey and unusual profligacy in front of goal from Kane prevented Mauricio Pochettino’s side going ahead much earlier.Kane, as ever, came up with the goods in the end, though, but the 24-year-old claimed he was unaware of the milestone his goal marked.”I didn’t even realise to be honest. I just want to keep scoring and help the team win games,” he said.”We left that very late. I thought it wasn’t going to be our day, because we had a few chances, especially me, and Serge Aurier had one at the end too, but we kept going until the end and eventually got our rewards.“We had a tough patch, with a few tough games recently, now we have to keep that momentum going.”While Tottenham’s performance certainly warranted a goal, it was harsh on Palace, who put in a determine backs-to-the-wall display.Already with a lengthy injury list to contend with, Roy Hodgson’s woes were compounded late on when defender James Tomkins hobbled off – Kane delivering the final blow moments later, and Patrick van Aanholt could not hide his disappointment.”We were right in the game until the end, so we’re very disappointed, there’s not a lot we can say,” the former Sunderland defender said.”Defensively we played very well as a team, but now we just have to look ahead to the next game.”
Transfers What else should I have done? Dembele defends Dortmund strike Dom Farrell 19:13 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Borussia Dortmund Primera División Bundesliga Ousmane Dembélé The France international winger says he could not stand to see his dream potentially go up in dust Ousmane Dembele has defended his decision to go on strike in a bid to force through a mega-money move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.France winger Dembele completed a €105 million switch to Barca after refusing to train during his final days with the Bundesliga club.The 20-year-old’s actions drew widespread criticism but, back in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans and attempting to salvage an injury-plagued debut season at Camp Nou, Dembele asked critics to put themselves in his shoes. 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 “What else should I have done? If Barcelona cancelled their interest for the second time that would have been impossible for me,” he told Onze Mondial, referencing Barcelona’s initial interest during his breakthrough campaign at Rennes.”I’d like to know how the people who criticise me would have behaved if they had been in my position.”I had the impression that I would miss the fulfilment of my dream, which is why I behaved like that. That’s what I stand for.”Dembele made his seventh La Liga appearance on Thursday when he came off the bench for the last 15 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at Las Palmas.Much of his first season in Spain has been troubled by a hamstring injury, which saw him miss almost the entire calendar until Christmas. Thereafter, he suffered a further muscular injury that prevented him playing for a month, and it is from that problem that he is currently being eased back into regular action.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Messi wants Barcelona to sign €100m Saul, not Griezmann Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Messi wants Saul, not Griezmann, at BarcaLionel Messi would rather see Barcelona make a transfer push for Saul Niguez than Antoine Griezmann, according to Don Balon .Griezmann has long been linked with a switch to Camp Nou and while Messi apparently appreciates why Barca would be interested in signing him, he’d rather they moved for one of his Atletico Madrid team-mates.And that is midfielder Saul, with Messi reportedly believing that the Catalan club should invest €100 million in him, rather than spending it on Griezmann. 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 Man Utd midfielder McTominay snubs EnglandManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has made a decision on his international future and it does not lie with England, according to the Times.Despite meeting with Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate to discuss a potential career with England, the 21-year-old, who has risen to prominence with Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils this season, is set to represent Scotland instead.Lancaster-born McTominay qualifies for Scotland through his father and reportedly feels a greater emotional connection to the country than he does with England. Newly-appointed Scotland boss Alex McLeish is set to name him in his next squad as a result.PSG confident Neymar will stayNeymar will not be leaving PSG to join Real Madrid, according to the club’s director Antero Henrique.The Brazil international has been linked with a mega switch to the Spanish capital in the summer, but Henrique is confident the 26-year-old will stay in France.Read the full story right here on Goal!Man Utd ready lucrative De Gea offerManchester United are ready to table a £350,000-a-week offer to David de Gea and make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in world football, reports the Daily Star .The Spain international continues to be heavily linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid and United are eager to bring an end to the reports.De Gea has been at Old Trafford since 2011 and is currently under contract until 2019 – with that agreement including a 12-month extension option.Ramsey heading for Arsenal exitArsenal will look to sell Aaron Ramsey over the summer rather than let him enter the final year of his contract, claims the Daily Mail .The Wales international is only tied to the Gunners until 2019 and the north London outfit are eager to avoid a repeat of the distracting sagas involving Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.Pep planning Iniesta reunionPep Guardiola is eager to arrange reunion with Andres Iniesta at Manchester City, according to The Mirror .The Catalan coach has previously worked with the World Cup winner at Barcelona and is willing to offer him a career swansong in the Premier League.Umtiti agrees Man Utd termsBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has agreed personal terms with Manchester United amid talk of a possible summer switch, claims Diario Gol . The France international has a £53 million release clause in his contract, and Jose Mourinho is ready to trigger that and take a highly-rated centre-half to England.Liverpool to rival United for SeriLiverpool are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, reports the Mirror . Jose Mourinho has reservations about the Ivory Coast star, but has not closed the book on him yet, while the Reds feel he would be a good fit in their current squad. Arsenal and Everton want ArtetaArsenal face a battle with Everton over which club will land Mikel Arteta as manager this summer, reports the Mirror .The 35-year-old has found success under Pep Guardiola at Man City, and is now being chased by two Premier League rivals who could undergo changes this summer. City join Sessegnon huntManchester City have joined Tottenham and Manchester United in the hunt for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon, reports The Sun .The versatile 17-year-old has starred for the Cottagers this season, sparking talk of interest from Premier League heavyweights prepared to splash out £40 million on his potential.Why do Barca want Griezmann?Barcelona remain determined to push through a €100 million deal for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.Goal examines why they are so keen to put an agreement in place and what the Frenchman would add to a star-studded squad at Camp Nou.Eriksen to replace RakiticBarcelona will step up their interest in Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen when the transfer window re-opens as they prepare to part with Ivan Rakitic, reports Don Balon .Rakitic has been linked with Manchester United, among others, and those at Camp Nou are busy drawing up a list of alternatives to ensure that they suffer no loss of creativity.Red Devils like the look of LeaoManchester United are preparing to up their efforts to lure Sporting starlet Rafael Leao to Old Trafford, according to the Mirror .The 18-year-old forward is drawing admiring glances from across Europe, with Manchester City and Real Madrid also keeping a close eye on his development.Madrid set Kane limitReal Madrid have made Tottenham aware that they will not pay more than €150 million for Harry Kane, reports Don Balon .Spurs are reported to be asking for around €200m for the prolific frontman, but Real will drop their interest and look elsewhere unless those demands are lowered.United open to Blind bidsManchester United remain open to offers for Daley Blind despite triggering a 12-month extension in his contract, claims the Mirror .The Red Devils have taken up that option on the versatile Dutchman as they are hoping to bring in around £14 million from a summer sale.City to bid €100m for IscoManchester City are willing to pay €100 million for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to Don Balon .The Spain international is reported to be unsettled in the Spanish capital, with Pep Guardiola prepared to offer him a route to the Premier League. 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Arsenal Rodgers to replace Wenger? Merson will be ‘shocked’ if Arsenal don’t turn to Celtic boss Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:49 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Arsenal Celtic Premier League Premiership Arsène Wenger A summer change in the dugout is still being mooted at Emirates Stadium, and an ex-Gunner believes a former Liverpool boss will be handed the reins Brendan Rodgers deserves to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, says Paul Merson, with the former Gunner claiming he would be “shocked” if that appointment does not happen.A summer change in the dugout at Emirates Stadium continues to be mooted, with a frustrated fan base of the opinion that a fresh approach is required after 22 years of continuity.Wenger has helped to lift some of the pressure on his shoulders with back-to-back victories over AC Milan and Watford , but he is still scrapping to salvage a season which offers no guarantees of silverware or a top-four finish. 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 If Arsenal do decide to move in a different direction, then Merson believes a man who took Liverpool close to Premier League title glory prior to rewriting the record books at Celtic would be an ideal candidate to inherit the reins .The ex-Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports on Rodgers: “I don’t know why he doesn’t get the Arsenal job?“He fits Arsenal great. The nearest Liverpool have ever come to winning the league for a long, long time is when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.“He’s done nothing wrong at Celtic. To do what they’ve done, people can say it’s Scottish football and Celtic are head and shoulders above, but every team they played on that run treated it like a cup final, which is difficult sometimes – especially when you’re Celtic and know you’re better than everybody else.“But I think he now needs a change and needs to come back down [to England].“I’ll be shocked if he didn’t get a good job. I’d be quite shocked if he didn’t get the Arsenal job.”Rodgers, who took charge of Celtic in the summer of 2016, completed a domestic treble in his first season at the helm.He also oversaw a record-breaking 69-match unbeaten run and remains on course to secure more major silverware this season – with an Old Firm victory over Rangers on Sunday aiding that cause .Wenger, meanwhile, has Arsenal sat sixth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of the Champions League spots and relying on the Europa League to offer them a shot at a trophy.
Katya’s note: My colleague Jono, who guest-starred here at the blog earlier this year when I was on a tropical island, is at Salesforce’s Dreamforce meeting out in San Fran. He’s going to share some reports hot from the center of relationship management nirvana. Network for Good has been working with Salesforce.com to adapt its database tools to nonprofits. Here’s what he’s heard so far — more to follow!By Jono SmithHundreds of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers are among the 7,000 attendees from 42 countries gathering this week in San Francisco at Dreamforce 2007, Salesforce.com’s annual users’ conference. I will be blogging from Dreamforce this week with examples and tips for using technology to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit marketing.In the meantime, I am currently live blogging from the opening keynote, where salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is speaking about how community-driven models—arising from the Internet—create new possibilities for organizations to innovate without huge investments in software and technology infrastructure. Marc just introduced another Marc–Marc Sternberg is the principal of Bronx Lab School, a nonprofit, public college preparatory school funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The vision for Bronx Lab School is uncomplicated: with the right support, work ethic and attitude, its students can succeed. Through small class and school size, a passionate and cohesive staff committed to innovative and dynamic project-based instruction, and a non-negotiable culture of excellence, Bronx Lab’s students excel.School Principal Marc Sternberg is speaking about how his Bronx Lab School is managing accountability by using salesforce to measure and track behavior, attendance and homework.”One of the important metrics we must report to the Department of Education is our student attendance. With accurate attendance benchmarks, we can retain control of the way we run our school, and stay up-to-date on our teaching staff needs. Salesforce has allowed us to create a detailed student database that does much more than generate the reports we need for the city, it helps us identify students who may need extra help to stay in school.”If you are interested in examples of how technology is helping nonprofits improve their marketing and online fundraising results, stay tuned this week for more updates from Dreamforce. If you are attending Dreamforce, stop by and visit Network for Good in the nonprofit pavilion on Tuesday between 11am-12:30pm.