By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) The BCCI is all set to issue a diktat for Indian Railways, sating that only permanent employees will be allowed to play in the Boards U-19 tournament – Cooch Behar Trophy. There is a distinct possibility that Indian sports biggest recruiters will have to disband their U-19 team if the BCCI technical committee recommendation is ratified by the general body. During a recent technical committee meeting in Kolkata, its members found that Railways is the only BCCI unit whose junior team (U-19) comprised children of employees. “The technical committee has recommended that from now on, any institutional unit taking part in any BCCI tournament (age-group to senior level tournament) can only select employees,” a senior BCCI official and technical committee member told PTI today. “We have received complaints that Railways employees kids are playing U-19 Nationals. This was not the idea,” the senior official said. When Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) secretary Rekha Yadav was contacted, she explained the prevailing problem. “Yes, at the U-19 level, we have children of employees playing but there is a genuine reason. We are a government organisation and we cant pick outsiders like state teams do. But even those kids are selected after trials,” Yadav said. She expressed her helplessness that its not possible to recruit 20 U-19 cricketers every year. “First things first. We are ready to recruit talented U-19s but we are not getting enough players. Secondly, it is not possible to recruit 15 to 20 age group cricketers every year. We have a recruitment policy that we adhere to. We cant just recruit cricketers and ignore other Olympic sports,” she explained.advertisement “The second reason is that if there are some really good talent, they would prefer playing for teams like Mumbai, Delhi or Karnataka. Even the talented kids of our employees want to play for open states,” she said. When the BCCI official was apprised of Railways problem, he said: “We are not for once saying that employees kids cant be talented. We are merely saying that if they are talented, recruit all of them. We only want Railways to pick employees for all BCCI events.” The Railways mostly recruits at the U-23 (CK Nayudu Trophy) and Ranji Trophy level. However, there have been a few U-19 recruitment by Railways during earlier years, who did well at senior level and even played for India. Former left-arm spinner Murali Kartik and current CSK leg spinner Karn Sharma have both started their career as Railways Colts players and then gone onto play Test cricket for India. PTI KHS AH AH AH
India began their Asian Champions Trophy campaign with a win as they defeated Japan 4-1 on Sunday.Navneet Kaur emerged as the player of the match as she scored a hat-trick. The young forward scored in the 7th, 25th and 55th minute while Anupa Barla (53rd) got the other goal for India at the Sunrise Stadium.The Indian team was dominant right from the start as it displayed well-strategised attack to break the a strong Japanese defence. An early chance came by when forward Vandana Katariya and Lilima Minz worked in tandem to create space in the striking circle.Navneet picked up an assist from Vandana to send the ball past Korean goalkeeper to give defending champions India 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team showcase a dominant performance with Navneet Kaur scoring a hat-trick to defeat Japan 4-1 in their opening game of the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2018, in Donghae City, South Korea on 13th May 2018. #INDvJPN #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/9wrIJkaMDvHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 13, 2018India played with speed, kept the ball possession and stayed consistent as they kept up the pressure on Japan. Good defence led by Skipper Sunita Lakra ensured Japan did not find too many chances in the circle.Navneet showcased her abilities with the stick as she drove into the 25-yard mark and assisted experienced forward Vandana drive into the circle. Vandana’s clever return of ball from the right flank to an unmarked Navneet at the top of the circle saw her score a splendid goal, doubling India’s lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute.advertisementIndia continued to keep up the momentum into the third quarter which was disrupted by rain. Three minutes into the third quarter, India won back-to-back penalty corners but both Deep Grace Ekka and Gurjit Kuar could not convert.Japan too won three back-to-back PCs this quarter but could not beat the experienced India goalkeeper Savita.India’s third goal came off a brilliant assist by Udita to Anupa Barla beat the Korean defender to send the ball into the net with a fierce hit in the 53rd minute.India’s fourth goal came off a counter attack when Japan missed their opportunity to score off a PC in the 55th minute.It was Navneet who was the in the thick of action yet again, taking the ball into India’s half, passed it to Udita until she could position herself to strike the ball past Korean goalkeeper with ease.Her significant effort in India’s win saw her being awarded the man-of-the match.Though Aki Yamada scored a consolation goal for Japan in the 58th minute, it did little damage to India’s feat.”It was an important match to win because a good start always gives confidence to play better in the next matches to come. This is my first man-of-the-match award in an international arena, and I am very happy about it,’ said an elated Navneet after the match.”In the absence of our key striker Rani, there was more responsibility on us to create chances and I am happy that our team did really well. Our target is to win this tournament so that we can carry the winning spirit into the Women’s World Cup.”On May 16, India take on a formidable China in their second Pool match.(With PTI inputs)
India may have produced more batting legends than bowling champions but if you ask former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, currently it’s India’s batting which is a bigger worry in overseas conditions.India will play a five-Test series in England this August where their batting strength led by Virat Kohli will be up against the swing and seam of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.”These days Indian batting tends to get exposed a little bit. Earlier it was the bowling. Now India’s pace and seam attack is good. In batting, India don’t have a batsman to help Virat Kohli, overseas.”Earlier we had Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane and Pujara but India currently tends to struggle overseas apart from Virat. Others have fallen away a bit. That’s a weakness,” he tells India Today in an exclusive interview recorded at ESPN Cricinfo studios.Manjrekar alludes that the lack of support to Kohli was evident in the Test series against South Africa where lower middle-order batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only one apart from the India captain, who averaged more than 30.Even Kohli, who was the highest run-scorer in South Africa from both sides on testing wickets, would be faced with the challenge of exorcising the demons of his last forgettable tour of England where he averaged 13 in five Tests.But Manjrekar does not see that happening again with the present-day Kohli, in red hot form.”The last series failure from Virat in England was shocking for me because I think there is some logic in cricket. That was illogical. He is one of our special players of this generation like Tendulkar was. If Virat fails again I will stop analysing. I don’t think England is such a strong team. I think Virat will get runs easily and what happened last time won’t be repeated,” he affirms.advertisementManjrekar argues that those worried about Kohli’s game against the moving ball should look at his numbers in South Africa, where conditions were surprisingly similar.”If you look at South African wickets, the pitches were a bit similar to England. Last time India went to South Africa, it was only pace and bounce. This time there was movement and Virat was successful. There was a difference between him and other batsmen. So if the ball moves in England he will handle it well. Anderson and Broad are also three years older now so there is limited chance to fail again,” he says.The key to success for Kohli’s men in whites as per Manjrekar’s SWOT analysis will depend upon how the batsmen cope with swing, seam and bounce.”If Indian batting clicks, India will win the series. Temperamentally India is a better team than England,” he says.
Dehradun, May 24 (PTI) Come tomorrow and eminent travel bloggers will be in attendence at the Tehri Lake Festival to attract world’s eyeballs towards the event as well as the picturesque town famous for its scenic landscapes, temples, adventure sports and what not. Travel bloggers from across the country are invited by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) to promote the much-touted event, Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar said.”These travel bloggers have great influence on the travel community and by inviting them to attend the Tehri Lake Festival, we want them to have a first hand experience so that they can communicate the potential of this must visit destination to the rest of the world through their blogs, the state tourism secretary said. The bloggers will tour the festival venue at Koti colony and Tehri’s neighbouring areas in the bus suitably called “bloggers bus” and write about their experiences in their blogs to wake up people’s interest in Tehri, he added. The travel bloggers include Anuradha Goyal from Goa, Oindrilla De from Mumbai, Shubam Manasingka from Jaipur, Divya Prasad from Manali, Antarik Anwesan from Odisha, Geetanjali Bannerjee, Soumendra Banerjee and Parnashree Devi from Delhi. PTI ALM MGMG
Brazil: Sustainability and TransparencyRapid economic growth in Brazil has brought numerous sustainability challenges, and local civil society organizations have criticized the government for its pursuit of large-scale infrastructure projects in the Amazon. High profile projects, such as the Belo Monte Dam, lack transparency in the environmental licensing process, specifically with regard to information on how impacts were assessed and on the mitigating measures being implemented. Additionally, the new Forest Code, under discussion in Congress, may weaken protections against deforestation if consultation with civil society and biologists does not take place in the process of amending the Code. Good governance is crucial to environmental protection. When people have access to information about the environment (and about changes to the environment), they can make better decisions about how to stay healthy, where to find food and water, and how to earn a living. Furthermore, engagement with civil society during the decision-making process improves environmental protection, allowing governments to make better decisions about how to use natural resources and mitigate the harmful impacts.The World Resources Institute’s Access Initiative, a network of civil society organizations working on environmental democracy, organized the Three Demands campaign, in which countries make demands of their respective governments for commitments at the Rio 2012 Earth Summit. Based on the Brazilian Civil Society Coalition demands, here are some steps for Brazil to improve its environmental performance through good governance. Some of these actions have already begun under the OGP:1. Encourage civil society participation in decision-making processes that may impact the environment.The OGP initiative is an opportunity to provide Brazilian civil society organizations with access to information from the government on a variety of high profile topics: environmentally sensitive areas, environmental and social impacts for proposed development projects, investments by public financial institutions, fiscal and revenue transparency, transparency and accountability within the Judiciary, and so on. The OGP requires governments to have an Access to Information Law as one condition for engaging in this initiative. This law will provide the public with access to records on every government institution, including ministries and public financial institutions. With access to such information, civil society will be able to better engage in decision-making.2. Address concerns over the Brazilian Development Bank’s Investments.The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is a major actor in Brazil’s rapid economic growth and expansion plans, responsible for financing 60% of all the infrastructure projects in Brazil and providing financial support for market expansion and outward foreign direct investments. All of Brazil’s Multi-Year Plans and development policies include a role for BNDES, and the Bank’s investments finance many infrastructure projects across South America. As a driver of Brazil’s economy, many BNDES- financed projects have significant environmental and social impacts. BNDES is purportedly strengthening its environmental and social policies, but the Bank’s lack of transparency and openness to stakeholders are barriers to greater accountability. It is important that the Bank provides information about each project under consideration, the safeguards to be used, and how the projects will be implemented, so that stakeholders can have a greater voice in the decisions that affect them. The OGP presents a starting point, by requiring the passing and implementation of the Access to Information (ATI) Law, which includes public financial institutions, such as the BNDES, among the government bodies that will need to disclose their records. Once an ATI law is passed, society can monitor BNDES’ performance in promoting sustainable development.3. Make Access to Information Law and environmental information available online.Brazil’s Access to Information Bill is still being debated in the Senate. The OGP, therefore, serves as an opportunity for the public to provide more input into the debate and to further study international best practices with respect to access to information, accountability and transparency. Brazil enacted an Access to Environmental Information Law in 2003 (Law n. 10,650/2003), but this law only applies to the environmental institutions and not to the broader range of government institutions and companies involved in development activities. Furthermore, both laws will need to be fully implemented in order to give broad and unlimited access, through the internet, to information, especially from environmental agencies and the judiciary, when making decisions that impact the environment.We expect Brazil’s commitments to the OGP to be ambitious, meaningful, and measurable. Brazil is hosting the 2012 Earth Summit (Rio+20) next June, which indicates that the country is willing to commit to sustainable development and green economy in an open debate with civil society. This can only be achieved with an accessible and open government; the Open Government Partnership provides the basic tools for civil society organizations to participate in government decisions and policy making. Now is the opportunity for the Brazilian Government to take a leading step towards sustainable development.WRI initiatives working on environmental governance in BrazilThe Access Initiative (TAI) produced recommendations for governments involved in the Open Government Partnership. Additionally, TAI partners in Brazil submitted Three Demands to the Brazilian Government for the Rio+20 Earth Summit on transparency and participation on environmental issues.The International Financial Flows and Environment project is mapping the environmental and social sustainability of BNDES.The Governance of Forests Initiative has developed a toolkit to assess good governance in the forest sector.The Electricity Governance Initiative has developed a toolkit to assess good governance in the electricity sector. This piece was written with Catarina Freitas, a Brazilian legal intern with WRI’s Institutions and Governance Program.On September 20, eight governments will gather in New York to launch the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new multilateral initiative to strengthen transparency, citizen participation, accountability, and share new technologies and innovation. The Brazilian and U.S. governments are leading the initiative, which also involves the governments of Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United Kingdom as founding members.To join this club, governments must commit to fiscal transparency through timely publication of budget documents and an open budget system, a law on access to information, rules for public disclosure of income and assets of elected and senior officials, and citizen participation and engagement in policymaking and protection of civil liberties. Another 22 countries have already joined the partnership, bringing the total participating countries to 36.As co-chair, Brazil is expected to make strong commitments to strengthen transparency and civil society participation. At the July 12 OGP meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Brazil’s leadership in the initiative, and noted that Brazil “has long been a leader in creating innovative methods to make the work of its government more open and accessible to its people.” Yet Brazil has not yet been successful in passing an access to information law and the country has much to do in order to ensure greater transparency (see Box). In a country where sustainable economic growth depends on careful protection of the environment, can these commitments help improve Brazil’s environmental performance?
Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent Nor’easter were the biggest news this week and last. The combination of two powerful forces resulted in unprecedented and widespread damage. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted.I can’t help but draw the connection between our recent extreme weather and businesses today—corporations are increasingly recognizing that they, too, are navigating two powerful forces. One force demands financial results, while the other requires increasingly sophisticated techniques to respond to climate, energy, resource scarcity, and other sustainability risks. The ways businesses navigate both these forces will determine whether they are truly viable over the long-term.3 Pioneering Businesses Focused on Profits and Environmental StewardshipOn the eve of Hurricane Sandy, I moderated a Net Impact conference panel titled “Driving Bolder Investments in Sustainability.” This panel brought together representatives from Waste Management, Intel, and Pepsi to discuss how sustainability is no longer an add-on, but is becoming core to business planning. These three companies are incorporating environmental initiatives in order to shield themselves from business risk and boost their profits. Some of the stories companies shared included:Pepsi’s water conservation techniques have helped reduce water and energy costs in the company’s operations by $45 million since 2006. Working with NGOs and other local partners, Pepsi is sharing this expertise with its network of farmers to build a supply chain that’s less susceptible to water risk and more sustainable. The company also has a facility where it’s testing solar, biomass, and other renewable energy technologies, with the goal of learning what types of technologies it can apply across its facilities to reduce its footprint.Waste Management is collaborating with its customers and making investments in advanced technologies like pyrolysis, turning the waste stream it’s managing into an asset – clean energy. The CEO wants to create more value out of the materials they manage than the competition does. By looking to develop technologies that can help turn the waste stream into higher and higher value products, what was once considered “waste” could become important “revenue.”Intel is experimenting with factoring social and environmental costs into financial projections for capital projects like new factories. Intel has increased the payback time for some projects that help reduce energy or water risks. By integrating sustainability considerations into the heart of its budgeting process, companies like Intel may be better positioned to not only make financially sound investments, but ones that reduce business risk and stand up to the sustainability pressures of tomorrow.What We Can Learn from Corporate Sustainability “Pioneers”These examples show the importance of using a sustainability compass to navigate business growth and environmental risk and opportunity. As John Elkington noted in the New York Times earlier this year, ”Today’s pioneers in sustainable food, energy, water, infrastructure, or finance have gotten in on the ground floor of tomorrow’s economy.” These companies are starting to show how it can be done.To read more insights from the recent Net Impact conference, check out these posts:Companies and MBAs Test New Sustainability SWOTWhy Businesses Must Focus on Climate Change Mitigation AND Adaptation WRI’s Next Practice CollaborativeWRI has been working with partners in the Next Practice Collaborative to determine how corporate “pioneers” are making the business case to integrate sustainability into their models. This group of companies spanning multiple sectors is sharing information on how sustainability helped create business value. Watch out for a working paper this winter with insights and examples from these companies on how they have been able to drive bolder investment in sustainability.
Denison Police confirm the body of a missing 15 year old girl has been recovered from the Boyer River.Authorities say the body of Yoana Acosta was found by searchers about a mile down river from where the car she was a passenger in crashed into the water last Thursday morning.Thirteen members of Sioux City’s Urban Search and Rescue team and their amphibious vehicle had gone to Denison on Tuesday of this week to aid in the search.Acosta was a passenger in the car driven by 25-year-old Ramon Hernandez of Denison.Hernandez and three other teens safely escaped the vehicle.Court documents state Hernandez allegedly provided marijuana to the four teens hours before the vehicle he was driving crashed into the river.He has been charged with several drug related counts, as well as failure to maintain control, reckless driving and driving under a suspended license.
Jeremy Taylor has announced his intentions to seek a second term on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/TAYLOR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….renewed commitment. ;21Taylor chaired the Board in 2016 and has been involved in the county budget process that has lowered tax levies four years in a row.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/TAYLOR7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………and so on. ;12Taylor recently made the motion to resolve the issue to again ban the public from bringing guns and weapons into the county courthouse:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/TAYLOR9.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………in that instance. ;22He is also proud of the long term facilities planning accomplished over the past three plus years including the 100 year old courthouse:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/TAYLOR8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……first through the 5th.:23Taylor is a former state legislator and is employed as an energy specialist for the Sioux City School District.He is also a senior Captain and a Chaplain in the Iowa National Guard with the 1-194th Field Artillery Battalion.
John Norris is one of six Democratic candidates hoping to win his party’s nomination to run to become the next governor of Iowa.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NORRIS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……for everyone. :20In an interview with KSCJ News, Norris says he is concerned about the education system in Iowa and says it is underfunded:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NORRIS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..reading failure for those students. ;29Norris is from Red Oak and enjoys hunting.He says stronger background checks are needed to keep weapons out of the hands of people who should not have them:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NORRIS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………to access guns. :20Norris opposes guns being allowed in county courthouses, schools and public buildings and favors closing what he calls the gun show loophole for purchasing weapons.He is also an advocate for water quality and favors a moratorium on new feedlots plus less dependence on chemicals and pesticides in farming:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NORRIS4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..about research. :15Norris has served the state in a variety of capacities, including Chief of Staff of former Governor Tom Vilsack, chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board, Chief ofStaff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a liaison to the United Nations and former chair of the Iowa Democratic Party:
An Oakland, Nebraska woman has been sentenced to prison for buying a can of lighter fluid that was used to start a fatal fire in Rosalie, Nebraska.42-year-old Becky Weitzenkamp was sentenced in Cuming County District Court to 18 to 20 years.Weitzenkamp pleaded guilty in February to one count of being an accessory to a felony.The charge stems from the death of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock.Warnock’s body was found March 11 of 2017 in the burned rubble of his Rosalie home.He’d been fatally stabbed.In exchange for Weitzenkamp’s plea, a charge of first-degree arson was dismissed.49-year-old Jody Olson will go on trial January 14th and twenty-nine-year-old Derek Olson’s trial is set to begin March 11in the case.Both Olsons have pleaded not guilty to murder, arson and other charges stemming from the death of Warnock.The other woman charged as an accessory, 32-year-old Jenna Merrill, is set to begin trial November 13th.
This shouldn’t shock you if you’ve been paying attention, but the Big 12 is about to be a reduced to a simple game of “who can win the turnover battle?” Like, literally one game.If Baylor and Oklahoma State win this weekend against OU and at Iowa State respectively, next Saturday’s showdown in Stillwater will almost certainly be for the 2015 Big 12 title no matter what happens after that.[1. There’s still a weird scenario in which TCU could actually win the conference on the final weekend.]In fact, if Oklahoma State and Baylor win this weekend, the conference crown will be all but finalized before Bedlam unless you think Baylor is going to lose to Texas at home (which means, like Robert Whetsell, I think I’m rooting for OU this weekend).Anyway, I say all this to point out how it’s come to OSU and Baylor again. Remember how we talked earlier in the season about how the teams that have the best turnover margin have almost exclusively won the Big 12 in the last decade?It’s happening again. Here are the turnover margin rankings through 75 percent of the season this year.The “we’re taking it back” mantra has been more than a slogan for the Pokes. They keep on taking it back. While these numbers are skewed by Big 12 tempo (we can’t have it both ways), within the conference, they’re absolutely legitimate. And whoever wins the turnover battle in two weeks in Stillwater is probably going to win another conference championship.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!
You know it’s the offseason when we’re pumping out the best content ever like OSU players as Pokemon characters and things we learned about Mike Gundy’s mullet. So what better time to continue the trend than by ranking the Big 12 coaches by haircut?10. Charlie Strong; TexasSince we’re ranking haircuts, Strong gets a DNP for not participating. Bald is a good look for him, though, and honestly maybe a much better option than him if he had hair. 9. Dana Holgerson; West VirginiaHolgerson may be much higher on this list, but the red bull fingers are quick on the trigger letting the head gear fly, causing abuse to the frail and aging scalp. It deserves more nurture and attention, and unfortunately I don’t see those abused locks getting either in the near future.[Sporting News]8. Bill Snyder; Kansas StateI know putting Bill Snyder at the bottom of any list is probably something I’ll end up regretting since he’s bound to prove me wrong. Sure, he’s old. But there’s too much unintentional skullet for this hairdo to really get me going. He does get points for cleanliness and being well-groomed.[Chat Sports]7. Mike Gundy; Oklahoma StateGundy would be much lower on this list if it weren’t for the tons of media coverage and public support of the new do in which Jeff Carroll refers to having “too much sauce.” This may have been popular in the 80’s, and I fully support embarrassing your children just for the heck of it, but I think his classic porcupine look is much better suited for the big stage.[@AustinChadwick]6. Gary Patterson; TCUPatterson enters the top 6 simply because he has hair, which is more than what I can say for one other member already listed. Fortunately you almost never see him without a visor on, because his permanent combed over hat hair probably isn’t going to land him in GQ magazine anytime soon.[USATSI]5. David Beaty; KansasBeaty’s hairdo is a cut above Patterson’s since it looks like he tries to do something after taking off the coaching hat. He seems to always have a fresh trim, which I assume is very important for his audition to get a bump in salary by becoming Bill Self’s executive assistant.[USATSI] 4. Jim Grobe; BaylorThis is literally the only picture the internet has of Jim Grobe smiling. Maybe he’ll crack a grin knowing he has a better hairdo than his rival across state in Gary Patterson.[Getty]3. Bob Stoops; OklahomaJust like Gary Patterson, Stoops is hard to spot without his white visor permanently attached to his head. But when he’s not sporting it, he does have a nice set of grains with the classic, respectable swoop over. Even if he loses all of it in the future, he still makes more than anyone in the Big 12 in case he’s forced to go the plug route down the road.[USATSI]2. Matt Campbell; Iowa StateIowa State certainly upgraded it’s hair game going from Paul Rhoads to Matt Campbell, the former Toledo head coach. With age on his side (he’s only 36!), there’s little to no visible gray hairs, and he really knows how to work the gel game.[Des Moines Register]1. Kliff Kingsbury; Texas TechAre you really surprised? The Ryan Gosling look alike may not be as good looking (another topic for next offseason), but he definitely gets my vote in a hair-to-hair comparison. I think he’s really simplified his hair game since his Houston days, and his minor face stubble complements his hair nicely.[USATSI]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!
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! We looked at KSU’s offense earlier, but now it’s time to take a look at its efficient, solid defense.Defensive LineJustice Hill and the offensive line will have their greatest challenge yet this week, the 4-3/4-2-5 Wildcat defense has a really solid front seven that shuts down the run (allowing 102.25 yards per game) and gets after the quarterback well.The pass defense is susceptible and ranked ninth in the conference, opposing passers are averaging 64. percent for a quarterback rating of 142.61 (Rudolph is really solid at 154.6 for reference). Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park had a field day throwing for 300 yards and a couple of scores. Mason and company should be excited about this matchup.The defensive line, and perhaps the team, are led by senior defensive end Jordan Willis who is eighth in the country in sacks. Willis was joined by Will Geary on the preseason All-Big 12 team, who plugs the holes up front for this run-stuffing machine.Freshman defensive end Kyle Ball has fresh legs after having his redshirt pulled midseason and had a sack against Iowa State.Defensive backs and linebackersAt the second level are a really solid pair of linebackers in another All Big 12 talent in junior Elijah Lee and senior Charmeachealle Moore.Moore tends to line up over the middle while Lee roams sideline to sideline, leading the team in tackles with 69, good for second in the conference. Moore is quite the playmaker himself as he’s 9th nationally in fumble recoveries.There’s a few solid defensive backs, sophomore corner D.J. Reed is second in the league with nine passes defended (although he doesn’t know who James Washington is!) and senior safety Dante Barnett (a Booker T. Washington product) is terrific in run support and second on the team in tackles.Sophomore Duke Shelley is super talented, he had offers from Clemson, Tennessee and Wisconsin out of high school. The missing link here could be the youth and diminutive stature of both corners (Reed and Shelley are both listed at 5’9”).ConclusionOverall, playing in the Big 12 is a unique brand of football and when you watch K-State, you see that they like to zig where everyone else likes to zag so to speak. When it comes down to it, points per drive (scoring and defending based off of drives is helpful in evaluating fairly) the K-State defense is a tier 2 team in the conference while the offense is tier 3 according to the most recent breakdown of points per drive.While the Cowboys will have a great chance to pull off the rare feat winning in Manhattan, it’s hard to bet against the 25th winningest head football coach of all time (fantastic read here on Snyder if you’re interested).If the Cowboys come out fast throwing some gut punches, it could be tough for the slogging K-State offense to play catch up.
Malaysia Cup ‘Selangor must avoid conceding at home against Kedah’ – Syahmi Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:13 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kedah FA Facebook Malaysia Cup Selangor v Kedah Kedah Selangor Friday’s Malaysia Cup quarter-finalists; Selangor and Kedah have met twice this season; with both league matches ending in 1-1 draws. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter When met by Goal ahead of Selangor’s first leg Malaysia Cup quarter-final match against Kedah, the Red Giants’ youngster Syahmi Safari remarked that their plan is to avoid conceding in the match.”Unlike the previous two encounters this season which ended in 1-1 draws, this is a knockout tie. It is an important match as our target is to reach the semi-finals.”Playing at home this Friday, we must avoid conceding and try scoring as many goals as possible before we head to Alor Star (for the return leg),” said Syahmi when met after team training on Thursday. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But regardless of the result of the first leg, Syahmi believes that Selangor can produce a positive result in the away fixture next weekend.”Nothing is impossible, anything can happen in football. We have to work hard.”Kedah are the favourites according to many, so we have to prove that we can go far,” noted the 19-year old winger.Coincidentally, the Selangor vs Kedah encounter will be the third consecutive time that the two teams meet in the knockout stage of the competition. Selangor and Kedah met in the final matches of the 2015 and 2016 editions, with the Red Giants lifting the 2015 title and the Red Eagles winning the following year.
Wayne Rooney Rooney urged by Giggs to celebrate if he scores on Man Utd return Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 01:52 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United v Everton Everton Manchester United Premier League The experienced frontman will be back in familiar surroundings on Sunday when he takes in a Premier League encounter at Old Trafford with Everton Wayne Rooney should celebrate if he marks his return to Old Trafford with a goal for Everton against Manchester United, says Ryan Giggs.The 31-year-old forward knows all about finding the target at the Theatre of Dreams having spent 13 years with the Red Devils – in which time he became the club’s record goalscorer.Everton 17/2 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He will be back in familiar surroundings on Sunday when he takes in a Premier League encounter with the Toffees.Rooney will be determined to mark the occasion by silencing the home support, and Giggs believes he should embrace the moment if he is able to hit the back of the net.The United legend told Sky Sports News: “If you score a goal, you hear players talk about, you sort of lose yourself and I don’t think we should get away from that.”Show respect, don’t go over the top, but if you score a goal then celebrate. I think fans recognise that.”Knowing Wayne, I’m sure he’ll be nervous, but relishing the chance as well and he’ll want to score because that’s his job.”While Rooney will be determined to cut United down to size once the action gets underway, Giggs is confident that a former fan favourite will be given a warm reception by the Old Trafford faithful prior to kick-off.He added on a man who left the club over the summer with 253 goals to his name: “He’ll get a great reception from the United fans because he was such a great player for United in such a successful era as well.”I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to it and the United fans will be looking forward to seeing how he does as well, hoping he doesn’t score and Wayne the opposite, hoping he does score.”Rooney has netted on two occasions since returning to his roots at Everton and could do with providing some inspiration for Ronald Koeman’s side this weekend as they are currently on a five-game winless run in all competitions.
WC Qualification Europe Messi, Ronaldo & the stars who have booked their place at the 2018 Russia World Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 15:02 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) WC Qualification Europe WC Qualification South America Neymar Romelu Lukaku Cristiano Ronaldo Brazil Spain Portugal England Germany Iceland Serbia Egypt WC Qualification Africa With the likes of Brazil, Germany and Spain having booked their spot in next summer’s World Cup, Goal takes a look at some stars destined to shine With just one game remaining of their World Cup qualifying campaigns, it was unsure if Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo would be playing on the largest international stage next summer.Their places at the 2018 Russia World Cup were threatened, but eventually both helped their nation to a deciding victory to ensure the top two talents in world football would be present.With the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain having now confirmed their spot in next summer’s World Cup, Goal takes a look at some stars destined to shine next summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. LIONEL MESSI | ARGENTINA As touched upon, going into the final game of qualifying Argentina did still not know whether or not they would be involved in the final stages of the competition next summer. Lionel Messi just single-handedly sent Argentina to the World Cup with a hat-trick.Legendary. pic.twitter.com/4EkNU2BOP0— Goal (@goal) October 11, 2017The talk of a Messi-less World Cup was short lived, though, as the 30-year-old rescued his nation and booked the Albiceleste’s spot in Russia with a stunning hat-trick.NEYMAR | BRAZIL Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was central to Tite’s side becoming the first nation to qualify for the tournament, alongside hosts Russia, ending the campaign as Brazil’s top scorer with six goals in 13 appearances.Brazil 6/1 to win WCEDEN HAZARD | BELGIUM Diminutive Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard made eight appearances for the Red Devils in qualifying, scoring six goals and claiming five assists. The Chelsea star also made 24 key passes throughout the campaign.CRISTIANO RONALDO | PORTUGALIn similar fashion to Messi, there was a suggestion that Ronaldo would not be making an appearance in Russia next year. The Real Madrid star didn’t have as much of a direct impact on his country’s deciding fixture as his La Liga nemesis, but was involved in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI | POLAND In Poland’s 10 qualifying fixtures, Robert Lewandowski struck on 16 occasions and in turn smashed the standing record. With 30 Bundesliga goals last season, though, and eight in seven outings so far this season, his international tally was somewhat expected.TONI KROOS | GERMANY Real Madrid maestro Toni Kroos was, as usual, the glue that held Joachim Low’s Germany side together throughout their campaign. With one World Cup trophy already under his belt, will Kroos be able to lead his country to another in 2018?PAUL POGBA | FRANCE Manchester United ace Paul Pogba will be going up against many of his club colleagues in Russia next year, with France going qualifying as group winners with a 2-1 win at home to Belarus on Tuesday.GABRIEL JESUS | BRAZIL Another player who has been a part of Tite’s Brazil revolution has been Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, registering four goals and as many assists in his nine Selecao appearances.Gabriel Jesus bags a brace for Brazil versus Chile pic.twitter.com/8Hz98QpMYd— Goal (@goal) October 11, 2017MOHAMED SALAH | EGYPT In extraordinary circumstances, it was Mohamed Salah’s stoppage-time penalty which saw Egypt qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 27 years. The Liverpool winger will have the pressure of a nation on his shoulders next summer.HARRY KANE | ENGLAND A shining light in England’s otherwise turgid qualification process, Tottenham striker Harry Kane was on hand to score five goals in six starts for the Three Lions.GYLFI SIGURDSSON | ICELAND Though the Everton man is finding it difficult to establish himself in a struggling Toffees side at present, Gylfi Sigurdsson fired Iceland into their first ever World Cup finals, becoming the smallest nation ever to do so, by scoring the opening goal in their historic 2-0 victory over Kosovo.NEMANJA MATIC | SERBIA Manchester United man Nemanja Matic was seen in tears on the final whistle of Serbia’s narrow 1-0 victory over Georgia on Monday as they topped a tight Group D to qualify for the main stage.ALVARO MORATA | SPAIN Alvaro Morata struck on five occasions in as many outings for Spain, including two during La Roja’s 8-0 thumping of Liechtenstein last month, and will almost certainly lead the line for Julen Lopetegui’s side in Russia.LEROY SANE | GERMANY Manchester City winger Leroy Sane only managed 116 minutes of action for Germany during the qualifiers but his Premier League form will at least put him in the reckoning for a spot in Low’s XI next summer.ANTOINE GRIEZMANN | FRANCE Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring for France in their final fixture against Belarus, kickstarting their final-day victory to ensure their place in Russia was sealed.In all, the 26-year-old scored four and assisted four over his 10 appearances for Les Bleus.MARCO ASENSIO | SPAIN Another on the peripheral of his national team, Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio has an incredible pool of talent to compete with.Promised to bag a spot in the Spain squad travelling to Russia, Asensio is sure to feature during the finals.ROMELU LUKAKU | BELGIUM Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has proved one of the deadliest finishers in Europe over the past five seasons in the Premier League, and his seven goals in his first seven United games will see him slot into the leading role for Belgium next summer. The 24-year-old scored 11 goals in his eight Belgium games in qualifying.PHILIPPE COUTINHO | BRAZIL Relationships may be frosty at Liverpool, but Philippe Coutinho’s displays will be key to Brazil’s success in Russia, along with the aforementioned Neymar and Jesus.ANDRES INIESTA | SPAIN With the Spain captain turning 34 before the start of the World Cup finals, Russia threatens to be Andres Iniesta’s last chance of adding to his 2010 winners’ medal. He has, at least, booked himself onto the plane with his Spanish team-mates.
Chelsea ‘A night you never forget’ – Roma hero El Shaarawy delights in sinking Chelsea Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:49 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Roma Roma v Chelsea UEFA Champions League The Italy international inspired his side’s 3-0 win over the Blues that leaves the Serie A side in charge of their Champions League group Roma’s two-goal hero Stephan El Shaarawy hailed the rampant 3-0 Champions League win over Chelsea as “the kind of night you never forget”.La Lupa 40/1 outsiders for CLEusebio Di Francesco’s men played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge in Group C two weeks ago but ran away with the return clash to replace the Premier League champions at the top of the standings on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player El Shaarawy headed into the match on the back of a spectacular winning goal against Bologna last Saturday and he produced another one for the highlights reel – lashing past Thibaut Courtois first time from 25 yards after 39 seconds.An error from Antonio Rudiger on his return to Roma allowed El Shaarawy to make it 2-0 and the hosts seldom looked back from that point.”It’s the kind of night that you never forget, for the rest of your life,” he told Roma’s official website. Here it isWatch El Shaarawy’s incredible #UCL goal vs Chelsea https://t.co/qpYVuDURyZ pic.twitter.com/NkCyKvUWOj— Goal (@goal) October 31, 2017″This is a special night – it was my first brace in the Champions League, plus beating Chelsea 3-0 doesn’t happen every day. This win means a lot to us.”It means a great deal [to go top of the group]. When the draw was made, there was some doubt surrounding us.”But we went to London and played a really good game, at a tough ground. Now we have an important game before the international break [at Fiorentina in Serie A]. We’re purely focused on that.”El Shaarawy’s fine run of form over the past week has had the added bonus of prolonging birthday celebrations, after the ex-AC Milan forward turned 25 last Friday.”Special is the right word,” he added. “It was my birthday – it’s been an intense week, full of excitement. I’m really happy.”
Liverpool Death threats leave Lovren playing under a ‘black cloud’ at Liverpool Chris Burton 15:54 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liverpool Premier League The Croatian defender has seen his family targeted by sick trolls on social media, with events off the field proving to be an unwelcome distraction Dejan Lovren admits he is playing under a “black cloud” at Liverpool in the wake of death threats against his family.The Croatian defender has been targeted by trolls on social media after seeing his performances for the Reds called into questioned.Lovren is prepared to accept criticism of his own game, but has hit out at those to have taken aim at his family. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After receiving a message on Instagram which read “I’m gonna murder your family”, Lovren responded by posting: “I don’t mind when people talk sh*t about me, it says more about them. But I cannot ignore when my family is threatened. I just can’t and won’t accept that. Disgusting.”The 28-year-old has also faced further distractions off the field following reports that masked raiders allegedly attempted to break into his house while he was at Anfield for Liverpool’s recent Champions League clash with Maribor.Lovren took no part in that contest as he nurses an ongoing back problem, with the issues mounting for the centre-half as he endeavours to focus on his football.He told Croatian publication 24Sata: “My condition? Let’s say there have been better days.”You simply cannot change what has happened in the past.”I would just love to finally get that black cloud away from me, so things can get better.”It’s not easy for me. Maybe it’s interesting for everyone else, but I guess it’ll be better soon.”Liverpool supporters have sought to rally around Lovren during a testing period and offer him some respite.Fans have voted the defender their Player of the Month for October, with that honour set to be shared with in-form forward Mohamed Salah.Lovren is currently away on international duty with Croatia as they prepare to take in a 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off with Greece, with a spot at next summer’s showpiece in Russia now dominating his thoughts. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
England England call up Gunn for Brazil friendly after Butland injury Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 08:05 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England World Cup England v Germany Germany Friendlies The on-loan Norwich City goalkeeper, son of former Scotland international Bryan, has been called up from the Under-21s to replace Jack Butland Angus Gunn has been promoted from the England Under-21 team into the senior squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil.Uncapped Gunn, who is on loan at Norwich City from Premier League leaders Manchester City, played the full 90 minutes as England’s U21s won 2-0 away to Ukraine on Friday.Brazil 6/1 to beat England 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 21-year-old has subsequently been promoted to the senior setup after the withdrawal of Stoke City stopper Jack Butland, who broke a finger in training in his latest injury setback.With Butland unavailable, coach Gareth Southgate gave Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford a chance to impress against Germany at Wembley on Friday.Great win in the Ukraine congratulations to @Madders10 on his debut — Angus Gunn (@AngusGunn01) November 10, 2017Pickford made the most of his opportunity by making a string of fine saves in a 0-0 draw against the world champions and he will now be challenged by Gunn and regular number one Joe Hart for selection against Brazil.Under-21s goalkeeper @AngusGunn01 will join up with the #ThreeLions ahead of Tuesday’s game against Brazil, Gareth Southgate has confirmed. pic.twitter.com/M1zDDLUzlx— England (@England) November 10, 2017Southgate has previously indicated U21 attackers including Dominic Solanke, Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be added to his squad for the Brazil game.
Italy ‘He is the best’ – Spalletti tips Ancelotti for vacant Italy job Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 08:00 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Italy Carlo Ancelotti Internazionale v Atalanta Atalanta Internazionale Serie A With the national side still searching for a new man to take charge after deciding to sack Gian Piero Ventura, the Inter boss is not keen on the gig Luciano Spalletti has ruled himself out of the running to become Italy’s next head coach and backed Carlo Ancelotti for the role.The Azzurri are searching for a new man to take charge after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the national team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.Spal 3/1 to beat Fiorentina Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Italy will not be present at Russia 2018 after losing out in a two-legged play-off to Sweden, meaning the four-time world champions will miss an edition of the tournament for the first time since 1958.The experienced Spalletti is not interested in the job at this stage of his managerial career – but he believes Ancelotti, who is out of work after being sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this season, would be the ideal man to fill the vacancy.”I want and have to work well for Inter,” the 58-year-old told Inter’s official website ahead of Sunday’s home Serie A game against Atalanta.”For the future, I could see Ancelotti doing well, he has the charisma and experience, while everyone is aware of his work. You need to aim for the best and he is the best.” | #Spalletti: “We must not have weaknesses in terms of character. We must react. Our footballing style has value and there is no need to copy other models. You only need to look at our past.”#InterAtalanta pic.twitter.com/EVITqsv3OE— Inter (@Inter_en) November 18, 2017While the inquest into Italy’s shortcomings will run deeper than just identifying the right candidate to take charge, Spalletti has warned against making major changes in the aftermath of one disappointing qualification campaign.“The Azzurri must not hide from the disappointment linked to the national team, on the contrary they need a reaction,” he said.”We must not have weaknesses in terms of character. We must react.”Our footballing style has value and there is no need to copy other models. You only need to look at our past.”