Retire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda Rousey

first_img“That’s it for her,” Nunes said Friday night. “For sure, she’s going to retire. She can’t take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I’m going to do the same thing, because she can’t take my punches.”Other major figures in mixed martial arts disagree.Jones was arguably the most feared fighter in the sport before failing a drug test last summer. The suspended former light heavyweight champion took to Twitter on Saturday to encourage Rousey.READ: Jones stripped of UFC title after drugs ban“My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,” Jones wrote. “I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.”ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rousey declined to promote her comeback bout, and she refused to discuss her loss with fans or reporters after making a guaranteed $3 million along with undisclosed millions in bonuses and pay-per-view revenue from the UFC’s year-end show. She issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday.“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,” Rousey wrote. “However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”Nunes acknowledged feeling sorry for Rousey after landing 27 punches on the former champion in just 48 seconds. Nunes believes the cumulative stress of Rousey’s first loss, her acting career and numerous outside-the-cage responsibilities combined to “pressure her too much.”Nunes spoke directly to a bloodied Rousey in the cage after the loss.“I told her, ‘You did a lot for this sport,’” Nunes said. “‘Thank you so much. Now, take some time to rest and maybe do something else.’ Why should she keep doing this? She’s a millionaire already. Why would she want to keep doing this? She’ll hurt herself.”But Jones sees a ferocious competitor in Rousey behind the acting jobs and modeling gigs.“What she does next will truly determine her legacy,” Jones wrote. “I really hope she chooses to be … unbroken. Her story doesn’t have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90 (percent) of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made.”Jones also joined Nunes and innumerable MMA figures in questioning the effectiveness of Rousey’s coaching.Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s coach, was widely criticized for his uneven, unusual coaching methods even before Rousey’s career faltered. Even Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has ripped Tarverdyan, but Rousey has remained fiercely loyal to her longtime guru. Jon Jones believes Rousey should fight again.READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe UFC’s biggest names offered strong opinions about Rousey’s future Saturday, a day after Nunes punched Rousey into submission in less than a minute. Rousey (12-2), once the most dominant fighter in the sport, has now lost two straight boutss 13 months apart, looking unprepared and overmatched against both Holly Holm and Nunes.After Nunes easily defended the bantamweight belt once held by Rousey, the champion encouraged Rousey to move on. We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Amanda Nunes, right, throws a punch at Ronda Rousey in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. Nunes won the fight after it was stopped in the first round. APLAS VEGAS, United States — Ronda Rousey is taking time off to ponder her future after her 48-second loss in her comeback fight at UFC 207.Amanda Nunes thinks Rousey must retire.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Jones is based at the Albuquerque gym of respected trainer Greg Jackson, the mastermind behind several UFC champions. Rousey’s striking has long been a weak spot for the Olympic judo medalist, and she was utterly unable to cope with Nunes’ punching ability, showing little growth in the past year from the weaknesses exposed by Holm.“Maybe she just needs to complement her coach with an MMA family,” Jones wrote. “Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. … Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you (in) so many ways. They can improve on your humility.”Rousey turns 30 years old in February, with several years of her ostensible athletic prime before her. While she has circled several major acting jobs after playing three supporting roles in recent years, she doesn’t appear to have any major film commitments.But Rousey took several months off after her first defeat, and she seems likely to be deliberate again. De Mars, who cradled Rousey as the fighter left the T-Mobile Arena cage, took to her blog Saturday to offer support.“She cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don’t believe the average person can wrap his/her head around,” De Mars wrote. “I am very proud of my daughter.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Eala aims for stints in Grand Slam jrs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? 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Moody’s rating: South Africa has plans to revive economy

first_img7 November 2014Moody’s decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating confirms the need for the country to implement growth-inducing initiatives.Responding to credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Services decision on Thursday, 6 November to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating from Baa1 to Baa2, National Treasury said the slowdown in the economy has spurred government to come up with measures to revive the economy.The Medium Term Strategic Framework, announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his 2014 Medium Term budget, is one such measure. The framework prioritises initiatives that will boost investment including major projects in rail, energy and ports.“Furthermore, focus in the medium term will be on accelerating the structural changes that are already underway and whose impact will support economic growth,’ said Treasury in a statement.Moody’s also revised the credit outlook for South Africa from negative to stable, retaining South Africa’s rating in investment grade. The agency said several factors informed its decision to assign the country a stable outlook and these include: South Africa’s position as the most developed country in Africa, offering by far the deepest capital marketThe country possesses one of the most sophisticated financial systems among emerging countriesIt has an economy that has a diversified productive base, with substantial value-added from domestic sourcesSouth Africa has highly advanced infrastructure compared with most emerging marketsIts institutions, especially the judiciary, are stronger than many of its peersHas recorded important milestones in the past 20 years which include the early establishment of macroeconomic policy credibility, expansion of services, housing and utilities and the emergence of the black middle class.In addition to the above, Moody’s said South Africa is committed to reigning in government debt growth over the medium term. The support that the National Development Plan (NDP) has received from the political sphere, introduction of tighter monetary policy and fiscal restraint will help stabilize the debt burden over the medium term, according to Moody’s.“The rating agency’s decision to assign a stable outlook to the current ratings affirms government’s commitment to fiscal discipline, which was reinforced by the recently published Medium Term Budget Policy Statement,’ said Treasury, adding that South Africa is committed to narrowing the budget deficit, stabilising debt and rebuilding the fiscal space that enabled the country to extricate itself out of the debilitating 2008/9 global economic crisis.Adding Treasury said South Africa will continue to implement “prudent’ macroeconomic policies which have been the hallmark of government since 1994.“Government will continue to make tough decisions that are necessary to address out challenges so we can build on the gains we have made over the past 20 years to improve the lives of our people,’ said Treasury.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout Lonzo Ball signed this year for the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo is a rookie at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) set to follow his elder brother’s path to the NBA. LaMelo is a high school student who might be the best of the lot.But for all the athletic success of his children, it is 50-year-old LaVar Ball who has shown the greatest flair for grabbing the headlines, mostly through wildly extravagant claims that invite ridicule on sports websites and television.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThis week, however, Ball has found himself in the crosshairs of the world’s most powerful man, incurring Donald Trump’s wrath after refusing to thank the US president for securing son LiAngelo’s release after his arrest in China.LiAngelo was arrested with two UCLA teammates for allegedly shoplifting in Hangzhou earlier this month while his team was in China for an exhibition game. They were jailed at first, then ordered confined to their hotel room. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Pacquiao teases ‘real boxing match’ with McGregor in 2018 Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally PLAY LIST 00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Trump took credit for helping to engineer the players’ release and return to the United States after raising the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his recent Asian tour.‘Ungrateful fool!’Yet LaVar Ball reacted with indifference when asked by the ESPN sports network for his thoughts on Trump’s role in securing his son’s release. “Who?” he asked.Trump responded angrily on Twitter. “I should have left them in jail,” he wrote.Undeterred, LaVar Ball then went on CNN on Monday to double down on his earlier remarks, again refusing to thank Trump, and using his appearance instead to tout his clothing company — Big Baller Brand.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES LaVar Ball (L), father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, sits with his other son LaMelo Ball during a promotional event in Hong Kong on November 14, 2017.UCLA players LiAngelo Ball — the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball — and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 in Hangzhou ahead of their regular-season-opening game against Georgia Tech in nearby Shanghai this past weekend. ESPN reported that they were nabbed on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail but ordered to remain in Hangzhou. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEWhether it’s about Donald Trump, legends of the NBA or conventional wisdom, LaVar Ball is happy picking a fight with anyone over anything at any time.In the space of two years, the larger-than-life hoops fanatic has risen from obscurity to prominence as the eccentric father of basketball prodigies Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Tell Donald Trump to have a great Thanksgiving because Big Baller is,” Ball quipped in the interview.That in turn triggered a predawn tweetstorm from Trump on Tuesday, with the president disparaging Ball as a “poor man’s version” of notorious boxing promoter Don King before branding Ball an “ungrateful fool.”In many ways the Ball-Trump smackdown unfolded entirely predictably, the classic collision between unstoppable force and immovable object.For anyone who has followed LaVar Ball’s rise, the latest controversy came as little surprise.Always ‘a master plan’Ball’s sons first gained attention for their exploits in helping Chino Hills High School in Los Angeles go a whole season unbeaten in 2016. The team was acclaimed as the best high school side in the country.LaVar Ball has compared himself to Joe Jackson, the domineering father of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five who plotted his children’s musical success. LaVar’s wife Tina says her husband “always had a master plan.”“Some people want to invest in property, stocks, something,” LaVar said in an interview with the Orange County Register earlier this year. “I always thought, ‘I’m going to invest in something that’s mine.’”So far, the master plan is on track. Lonzo was snapped up by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year and although his professional career is off to an uneven start, he has shown flashes of precocious talent.LaVar, however, has regularly drawn the ire of pundits with a stream of outlandish statements about his and his sons’ talents. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the past year alone he has claimed that he would have beaten Michael Jordan in his prime in a game of one-on-one — Ball had a brief career in both professional basketball and football — while stating bluntly that Lonzo is a better player already than Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.Better, in fact, than any other player in the world.Help or hindrance? Some have wondered aloud whether LaVar’s overbearing personality and relentless courting of the spotlight might end up hindering his sons’ development.“The fact that everybody keeps talking about him, he seems to be accomplishing whatever he’s trying to accomplish, because the things he says are so outlandish,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN in March.“I don’t think it’s helping his kids. I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day — but whatever.”As well as overseeing his sons’ development, LaVar Ball is constantly promoting his Big Baller Brand of sportswear, selling basketball sneakers for an eye-watering $495 (418 euros) a pair.“People say, ‘Oh, LaVar’s crazy,’ Ball says. “Well, they thought Tiger Woods’ dad was crazy. They thought Venus and Serena’s dad was crazy.“These are all great (athletes). So I’d say we’re on the right path. I want them going for the highest.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

The Sacramento Kings Are Turning Their Games Into Track Meets

You could be forgiven if you didn’t think much of the Sacramento Kings’ chances coming into this season. The club, which was coming off a 27-victory campaign last year, hasn’t posted a 35-win season in more than a decade and is one of the NBA’s youngest teams. Sacramento also had a relatively quiet offseason aside from adding No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley.But the calendar has flipped to the new year, and Sacramento still has more wins than it does losses. This is the first time that’s been the case for Sacramento since 2005. Having a record above .500 this late — even after dropping two very winnable games in a row — is cause for celebration given how dysfunctional this franchise has been the past 10 to 15 years.Yet it’s the way the Kings have gotten out to such a respectable start that makes them so interesting. Sacramento basically turns its games into track meets and runs its opponents to death, gradually wearing them down enough to take over during the most important moments of play.At a blistering 105 possessions per 48 minutes, the Kings play at the league’s second-fastest tempo. In fourth quarters, when teams often slow the pace considerably to get the ball to their best players for 1-on-1s, Sacramento is still averaging an NBA-high 104 possessions per 48 minutes.Here’s the key, though: The Kings, who own the league’s second-worst defensive rating in first halves, undergo a “Thriller”-style transformation in the fourth quarter, when they rank sixth in the league defensively. And maintaining the sprinter’s tempo plays a part in that.The Kings force their winded opponents into a league-leading 16.9 fourth-quarter turnovers per 100 possessions. By contrast, Sacramento often looks most under control when the game is on the line and has by far the NBA’s fewest giveaways per 100 plays in close-game scenarios. That ability to play fast consistently is part of the reason the Kings have won an impressive two-thirds of their games in clutch scenarios, when the score is within 5 points with five minutes to play or less.It’s hard to know whether any of these developments were intentional. Kings coach Dave Joerger came into the season saying he wanted his young team to push the pace in the hopes of creating easier looks on offense — a fairly obvious perspective with so many players on the roster still finding their way. If there were any doubt that Sacramento is committed to the youth movement or the idea of playing faster, consider this: Plodding 37-year-old Zach Randolph, who led the team in scoring last year and is healthy, hasn’t logged a single minute for Joerger and the Kings this season.In any case, Sacramento has shown that it doesn’t care much what the circumstances are — and that it’s going to run no matter what. You scored on us? That’s fine, but you better hustle back on D. The Kings average the fastest possessions in the NBA after surrendering a basket, according to stat-tracking site Inpredictable. Watching their games on television can be a challenge because the camera crews often pan to the player who’s just scored, unprepared for how quickly the Kings are going to take a shot of their own in transition, so a viewer will miss chunks of Sacramento’s fastest scores. It happens a lot: The Kings have scored 41 times within four seconds of an opponent’s make, nearly double the next closest team, per Second Spectrum data.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ACTION.mp400:0000:0002:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Speedster De’Aaron Fox is the V8 engine that drives this fast-paced attack, and his jumper is vastly improved from his rookie year, when he was a below-average shooter outside of 15 feet. The lefty makes smart decisions consistently and, like a pitcher with good off-speed stuff, has learned how to leverage his quickness by mixing speeds to keep defenders guessing about what he’ll do next.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FoxSpeedShift.mp400:0000:0002:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By finding a relative comfort in playing at an unusual tempo, the Kings have gone against the grain. Yet they have also borrowed a tactic from the Grit-and-Grind Grizzlies, who played at the pace of molasses but felt that style better equipped them to compete once opponents moved to iso-only offense in the closing stages of games. For the Kings, a fast game is just their natural environment, almost like fish underwater. Sacramento used their pace to secure huge back-to-back, come-from-behind victories last month, beating both Memphis and New Orleans after trailing each team by 19 points.1During that same six-day span, the Kings trimmed a 27-point deficit to just 3 against the Clippers on the road before eventually losing.“I think in the first quarter, we didn’t realize how fast they play,” Cavs center Tristan Thompson said after his team failed to keep up with Sacramento. “In the second quarter, we figured it out, got it to a tie game. But in the third quarter, they ramped it back up on us, and we weren’t able to recover.”For the time being, there are a number of other things the Kings are doing well to help keep them above .500. Buddy Hield, however old he might be, is efficiently averaging 20 points per game on much higher volume than before. Stretch big Nemanja Bjelica gives them the spacing they’ve needed for years. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been solid since his return from injury, hitting a game-winner to beat the Lakers last week and helping stabilize a bench that lacks depth.There are also cracks in the facade — and some of those may stem from trying to outlast opponents at a breakneck pace the entire game. Sacramento had a 9-point lead on the Blazers in the final three minutes Tuesday night but couldn’t hold the lead and lost in overtime. And the Kings held a 7-point edge in Los Angeles with just over four minutes to play Sunday but then lost to the Lakers (who were playing without LeBron James). And earlier last month, when Sacramento blew a 10-point lead in the last four minutes against Golden State, Fox looked tired, committing turnovers and leaving his jumpers short. Some of this is regression to the mean. But it also makes sense that clubs would be better equipped to run with the Kings for entire games with the season in full swing, as players are in better shape.Other factors also suggest an uphill climb for the Kings. While the team uses pace to its advantage, Sacramento is merely average on offense, and it’s below average on defense across a full game. Sacramento has a winning record, but its net rating, usually more of a truth-teller, ranks in the bottom third of the league. The team isn’t good at protecting the rim — Willie Cauley-Stein, who came out of Kentucky as a dominant defensive prospect, has been arguably the NBA’s worst center in that regard — and its opponents shoot 70 percent from inside of 3 feet. The team hasn’t fared well when it plays its other bigs alongside Bagley, who’s been out with injury the past three weeks. And because of how weak the bench would be without Bogdanovic there, Joerger doesn’t play Fox, Hield and Bogdanovic — the team’s best three-man lineup — together as much as he might like to.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection model doesn’t think much of Sacramento, giving the Kings just a 5 percent playoff probability — far closer to the bottom-feeding Bulls, Knicks and Suns than to teams like the Wolves or the Magic — despite their admirable start.The rest of this week will be a test for the Kings, who host the West’s first-place Nuggets and second-place Warriors on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. But the schedule isn’t reason to count them out: Sacramento has kept its head above water despite playing the NBA’s fifth-toughest slate to this point.Any way you slice it, the Kings have been fun, and they’ve found success in an unusual way. Fans should enjoy the ride, whether it lasts for just a few more days, or it’s a full-fledged run into the postseason.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 8

Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch-up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOf all the former Buckeyes currently in the NFL, these five players stood out in Week 9 of the NFL season.Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel ElliottElliott had another impressive game, carrying the ball 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott was not expected to play this week following a decision to reinstate his suspension. However, a New York district court decision allowed him to play, providing the running back with a stay. Elliott reportedly had been trying to settle with the NFL over the suspension relating to an alleged domestic violence case, but once again was allowed to play and helped lead the Cowboys to another big win. _________________________________________San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos HydeHyde had an unusual game by his standards as he ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards along with nine catches for 84 yards, setting a new career high for receiving yards in a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game was unique for Hyde as the bruising back is typically viewed more as a rushing threat than a receiving option. Hyde was one of the only players keeping the chains moving for the 49ers’ offense, as quarterback CJ Beathard completed less than 50 percent of his passes along with an interception.._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.Ginn had another solid outing Sunday, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Saints continued their hot streak, winning their sixth consecutive game after starting the season 0-2. With the Saints up 23-3 with 9:46 left in the third quarter, Ginn put the icing on the cake with a 36-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Ginn has 421 receiving yards on the season, second-most on the team behind fellow Buckeye alum Michael Thomas._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael ThomasThough Ginn had the standout game between the two former Buckeyes, Thomas had a productive day as well, bringing in eight catches for 65 yards Sunday in a 30-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas continues to rack up receptions, as he is now tied for 11th in receptions among NFL receivers this season. He also ranks 17th in receiving yards. In an offense led by Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees who likes to spread the ball around, Thomas is having a productive sophomore season._________________________________________New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon LattimoreLattimore continues to impress as the new-and-improved Saints’ defense has found its anchor. Lattimore had four tackles and one pass defended in a 30-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore was involved in a fight on the sideline that led to him being hit from behind by Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans later apologized for the hit and was suspended one game for the hit, and was charged with a 15-yard penalty during the game._________________________________________Other notable players:New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee: two tackles, 2 QB hits, one sack read more

Harry Kane is match ready – Pochettino

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has announced that Harry Kane is “match ready”, despite only having a short summer breakThe Spurs forward captained England to the semi-finals of the World Cup and won the Golden Boot award after finding the back of the net six times at Russia.But Kane appeared to struggle in the latter stages of the competition.And, after only having a short summer break, the 25-year-old failed to have any kind of significant impact in Spurs’ Premier League opener at Newcastle United last week.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…But Pochettino remains unconcerned.“For me all are fit. We put in our mind that all are fit, you cannot tell some player ‘you’re not fit’,” said the Argentine, according to Sports Mole.“For me he is match ready, all the players are fit to play and start the game, but they need time to be at their best.”Kane scored 30 league goals last season and will likely start against Fulham at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Tomorrow will be packed with emotions Mancini

first_imgThe Italy national team manager will debut on the bench of an official match; he has already decided his starting eleven but chose to not tell yetFederico Mancini left Zenit Saint Petersburg on May 13, 2018.And the next day, he was announced as manager for the Italy national team.Now on Friday, he will manage his first official match with the Azzurri against Poland, and he talked to reporters before that.“Well I was very touched when I coached my first Azzurri game as tomorrow will also be packed with emotions since it will be my first official game with the national team,” he told Calcio Mercato.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I have already decided the starting 11 for tomorrow’s game but I will first let the players know before telling the press.”“Criscito? He is still recovering from an injury that he suffered a month ago. We have two games in three days so I need players that will be fully fit,” he added.“I think the important thing is the attitude. We did pretty well in June as I feel like the attitude is what allows teams to have success.”“We will be playing against some very strong teams as we will have to attack them. We need to score more goals and this is something we are working on. I think the Nations League is pretty positive as this tournament can give us a lot of hope,” he concluded.last_img read more

McLeish defends tactics despite defeat

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has defended his tactics despite his team’s disappointing defeat to Israel in the UEFA Nations League.McLeish ‘s team, who are ranked 94th in the world were reduced to 10 men when John Souttar was sent off, and were completely outplayed after they were reduced to ten men although Scotland led 1-0 at half time thanks to Charlie Mulgrew’s penalty.The disappointing result brings back some scrutiny of the team, despite last month’s opening 2-0 victory over Albania.But, asked why the shape that worked against Albania didn’t work this evening, McLeish said, according to Daily Record:“It did work to a certain degree. We were very comfortable in the first half.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“The second half we went to a four at the back after the sending off. They had a lot of counter attacks on us. They sat deeper and we had a few chances.”“I know if I was playing four and Kieran Tierney or Andy Robertson wasn’t playing then you’d be looking for another system. I know how it works.”McLeish went on: “It was a game of two halves really. We started really well, I thought we kept possession well and had good movement going forward, we asked the guys to get forward as much as possible.”“They had a little spell, their number eight was causing us little problems and we managed to nullify that before half time. We spoke at half time about starting fast and not losing anything early.”“Unfortunately we lost a soft goal and we lost John Souttar as well which was a double blow. But more so Charlie Mulgrew at half time who was feeling bad with a muscle strain.”last_img read more

Report Spurs Arsenal want Bailly

first_imgTottenham Hotspur and rivals Arsenal are believed to be interested in the services of Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to Daily Star.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Bailly and is willing to bring the tough-tackling central defender to the club in the next transfer window come January.It remains to be seen if Manchester United are willing to sell their prized asset to a division rival, however, Bailly has become increasingly unhappy with life at Old Trafford.The Ivory Coast international was signed two years ago from Spanish club Villarreal and was United manager, Jose Mourinho’s first signing since getting appointed as the manager of the club in 2016.Bailly appeared to have established himself as one of the club’s better centre-halfs during his first season at United but injuries and lack of consistency has hampered his progress.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, the former Espanyol man has started just five games this season, having found himself frozen out towards the end of the last campaign.He was taken off before half time during last weekend’s 3-2 win over Newcastle when Mourinho sent on Juan Mata.last_img read more

Sport Fishing Groups Oppose Walkers Fish Board Nomination

first_imgWalker picked Fields to replace Alan Cain, a retired Alaska Wildlife Trooper who lives in Anchorage. If Fields were confirmed, Anchorage wouldn’t have a board representative. Fields has worked in commercial fishing and fisheries policy. The legislature must confirm Fields to fill a three-year term starting in July. The groups say Walker is trying to break an unwritten rule about the balance of power between commercial and sports fishing interests, saying it “matters where someone is from and what that person’s experience is.” Sixteen outdoor sporting organizations are urging  state legislators to reject the nomination of Duncan Fields of Kodiak to the Board of Fish.center_img The seven-member board has traditionally been made up of three spots for commercial fishing, three for sport and personal use and one seat for subsistence. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sport fishing groups are opposing Governor Bill Walker’s most recent nomination for the state Board of Fisheries.last_img read more