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first_img nick kyrgiostennisZhuhai Open First Published: September 25, 2019, 9:59 PM IST Zhuhai: Nick Kyrgios fears he could face several weeks out after struggling with what he said was a “clicking” shoulder in a limp first-round exit at the Zhuhai Championships on Wednesday.The 24-year-old Australian, who has been accused of tanking matches in the past, served underarm on one occasion and led the veteran Italian Andreas Seppi 4-1 in the first set. But the unpredictable firebrand went down 7-6 (5), 6-1 in southern China after his game spectacularly fell apart.Kyrgios, who has had numerous run-ins with tennis authorities down the years, said that he was “struggling a lot” — but he still played doubles soon after.”I was battling with a bit of a shoulder/collar bone injury,” said the 27th-ranked Kyrgios, a colourful but controversial figure.”At this rate I’m not thinking about playing until my shoulder’s — or I don’t even know what it is — but until my front of my shoulder feels better and I can serve,” he added, saying his right shoulder had been “clicking”.”I mean the reason I lost today was because I couldn’t serve.”If I could serve, it would have been a pretty routine win for me, to be honest.”Asked if he could sit out the next few weeks or even the rest of the season, Kyrgios replied: “For sure, I mean at this rate I wouldn’t be surprised.”I wasn’t able to even serve at a reasonable pace.”I’m probably not going to bother playing until I can get it right again,” he added.Kyrgios elicited a few giggles from a sparse crowd in Zhuhai with an underarm serve in the first set.Coasting 3-1 and 40-0 up, Kyrgios served weakly into the net, before surging into a 4-1 lead.But the Australian faded alarmingly from there and his previously dominant serve collapsed.Kyrgios, who appears to revel as the “bad boy” of men’s tennis, repeatedly felt his shoulder and his game disintegrated as lost the first-set tie break.The second set was a non-contest as Seppi, 35, ranked 74th in the world, strolled into round two in 65 minutes.Kyrgios said that he still hopes to play for Australia in the Davis Cup in November.”So until now and then I’ve got a lot of time, I can rest, recover, get my shoulder right,” he said.Kyrgios has long divided tennis fans.He is an undoubted talent but has a long list of misdemeanours including rowing with umpires and spectators, and throwing an on-court chair.The Australian says he deploys underarm serves for tactical reasons, but Spanish player Rafael Nadal accused him of “lacking respect”. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

first_img Ambrose also opined that the tournament will give him and head coach Thomas Dennerby the chance to look at a large pool of players from the country, as they shape the U-17 women’s team for the World Cup next year.”It really is a unique tournament, where we will get to see so many players from across the country showcase their talent. The head coach is also here assessing all the players, and I think it could go a long way in helping us shape the team for the World Cup,” he said.Legend Bembem Devi, who is also known as the Durga of Indian football, will also be taking charge of one of the teams in the tournament. She believes that with a year to go for the World Cup, this is the right time to host this tournament, as it would give the talented players a platform.”We have just about a year to go, and the Hero U-17 Women’s Championship could help bring into focus a number of talented girls. This could only help the India U-17 team that would play in the World Cup, as it could help the coach have a bigger pool of players to pick from, and competition for places is always a great motivator for the players to improve themselves,” said Bembem.She further went on to state that women’s football in India has grown over the last few years, and more concentration on youth tournaments will only help in the long run.”Of course, such initiatives are great for the girls who want to play football at the top level when they grow up. Over the last few years, women’s football has improved by leaps and bounds. We now have a professional league that has already supplied the national team with so many players,” she said.”On top of that we now have a tournament where the younger girls can showcase their talent. It really helps to spot the talented players and groom them for the future.” “It’s a huge thing that these girls will get to play in a tournament like this. The pressure will be there because it will be broadcasted across the country. They need to know that when they represent the country, the nation will also rally in their support,” said Ambrose. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. With about a year to go, four teams — the Lionesses, the Panthers, the Tigresses and the Cheetahs — kicked off the U-17 Women’s Championship in Kalyani, West Bengal.The players participating in the four-team tournament will be closely watched by the coaching staff of the India U-17 women’s football team, as they look to build the best squad ahead of the 2020 FIFA World Cup.Assistant coach Alex Ambrose will himself be taking charge of one of the four teams and believes that the exposure that the girls will get by playing this tournament would be huge. Alex AmbroseFIFA world cupfootballIndia First Published: November 12, 2019, 2:50 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgSudha Singh produced a superb performance to win gold in the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase even as Indian athletes produced another superb performance on the third day of at the Asian Athletics Championships here on Saturday.Sudha finished at the top of the podium with a time of nine minutes and 59.47 seconds in front of cheering, jampacked stands at the Kalinga Stadium.Among other Indians in the Annu R. took silver in the women’s 400m hurdles while M.P. Jabir (men’s 400m hurdles), N.V. Sheena (women’s triple jump) and the women’s 4x100m relay team comprising of Merlin Joseph, Srabani Nanda, Himashree Roy and local star Dutee Chand took bronze in their respective events.M.P. Jabir won bronze in men’s 400m hurdles (Photo Credit: Asian Athletics 2017 Twitter)India now have a total of 20 medals. They continue to lead the medal standings with seven gold, four silver and nine bronze.Continental powerhouse China are second on the standings with five gold, six silver and four bronze for a total of 15 medals.Iran are third on the table with four gold and a single bronze.Sudha was in superb form on the day. She was tactically superb during her final, lingering behind the leading four runners throughout before bursting through shortly after starting the final lap.The experienced Indian produced a superb finishing sprint in the last lap to leave the other runners trailing in her wake.Hyo Gyong of North Korea finished a distant second with a time of 10:13.94 while Japan’s Nana Sato took the bronze with 10:18.11.advertisementParul Chaudhary, the other Indian in the women’s steeplechase final was fourth with a time of 10:22.99.Sudha, who has been battling injuries and health problems since the Rio Olympics last year, was happy with her performance.”I was out of action for five months after the Olympics. Even after I resumed training I could not go all out as I used to get dizziness quite frequently. I joined the national camp in December and slowly started to pick up form.”The top runners of Asia had not come for this meet so the overall standard was below my level,” Sudha told reporters.”I have already competed in two Olympics and wanted to achieve something here. I want to win medals at the international level. My target was to do well at the Asian Championships and also at next month’s World Championships.”Annu meanwhile, did well to accelerate going into the final bend as she finished with the silver in the women’s 400m with a time of 57.22 seconds. She finished behind Thi Nguyen of Vietnam who clinched the gold with 56.14 seconds. Aoki Sayaka of Japan took bronze with a time of 58.18 seconds.”I am very happy because this is my first international medal and and it came in front of my home crowd,” Annu said.In women’s triple jump, Sheena came up a best attempt of 13.42m to take the bronze. Kazakhstan took the top two positions with Mariya Ovchinnikova (13.72m) and Irina Ektova (13.62m) bagging gold and silver respectively.In the women’s 4x100m, the Indians surged into third position right at the start and held on till the end.Merlin gave the hosts a good start, surging into the third spot after a slow start. Srabani and Himadri also did well before Dutee produced a strong finish to register a time of 44.57 seconds.Photo Credit: Asian Athletics 2017 Twitter Kazakhstan won gold with a time of 43.43 while China got silver with 44.50.”I was aiming for the gold. But I am happy with the bronze. I am happy with our performance,” Dutee told reporters after the race.last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will play in San Diego in 2016, and he’ll work with politicians and the business community to try to resolve a long, bitter fight over a new stadium.Spanos’ statement was posted on the team website shortly after the Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers had agreed in principle to join the Los Angeles Rams in a stadium expected to open in Inglewood in 2019.It also came shortly after Spanos invited Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Ron Roberts to his La Jolla home for an afternoon meeting.“I am committed to looking at this with a fresh perspective and new sense of possibility,” Spanos’ statement said.A spokesman for Faulconer said Mark Fabiani, who has led the Chargers’ stadium push for 15 years, was not at the meeting. It wasn’t immediately clear if Fabiani, who has attacked Faulconer’s proposals for the last year, will be involved when negotiations resume.Spanos’ announcement was a relief to fans who feared the Chargers would leave their home of 55 seasons and join the Rams in Los Angeles in the fall.Spanos said he hoped the Chargers would remain in San Diego “for the long term in a new stadium.”“I have met with Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Roberts and I look forward to working closely with them and the business community to resolve our stadium dilemma,” Spanos said. “We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.“This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve. Everyone on both sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.”Spanos’ announcement came more than two weeks after NFL owners voted to approve Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plans to build a stadium in Inglewood, near Los Angeles. A competing proposal by Spanos and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to build a stadium in Carson was defeated.While the owners gave Spanos the option to relocate to Los Angeles, the league said the Chargers and Raiders would each get an additional $100 million to try to get new stadium deals in their home markets. That money is in addition to a $200 million loan from the league available to each team.“We are very supportive of the decision by Dean Spanos to continue his efforts in San Diego and work with local leaders to develop a permanent stadium solution,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “NFL ownership has committed $300 million to assist in the cost of building a new stadium in San Diego. I have pledged the league’s full support in helping Dean to fulfill his goal.”The next steps are uncertain. Faulconer has insisted a stadium measure be put on the ballot. Faulconer and Roberts said earlier this month that a November ballot issue is more realistic than trying to rush one onto the June ballot.They have also held firm on their offers of public money: $200 million from the city and $150 million from the county. Their proposal calls for the Chargers to contribute $353 million, which could be defrayed by the additional $100 million from the NFL and a naming rights deal.The sides held three brief negotiating sessions before the team walked away from the table in June. A financing plan was never discussed. The Chargers then focused all their efforts on Carson.“We appreciate Mr. Spanos’ commitment to staying in San Diego for the 2016 season to work with the region on a stadium solution,” Faulconer and Roberts said in a joint statement. “We look forward to discussing his vision for a new San Diego home for the Chargers, and will be working with him and our negotiating team on a fair and viable plan to put before voters. We have agreed to meet again in the near future.”Faulconer and Roberts contend that building a new stadium at the Qualcomm site in Mission Valley would be quicker and cheaper than the Chargers’ desire to build a stadium downtown as part of a noncontiguous expansion of the convention center.It’s possible the Chargers could launch their own citizens’ initiative.The Chargers have been trying to replace Qualcomm since 2002, but numerous upheavals at City Hall and the economic downturn in 2008 contributed to a lack of momentum. The long-running saga turned nasty in the last year as Fabiani fiercely opposed Faulconer’s proposals.Spanos’ scorched-earth tactics, orchestrated by Fabiani, angered many fans, who nonetheless turned out for what many thought was a farewell game when the Chargers beat the Miami Dolphins at home on Dec. 20.Several thousand fans stayed after that game, and star players Philip Rivers, Malcom Floyd, Eric Weddle and Antonio Gates, and even coach Mike McCoy, came back out to greet them and sign autographs. Rivers took off his cleats, signed them and gave them away.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgYuvraj Singh said he would give his “best shot” to get into the reckoning for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Yuvraj Singh has faced quite a few ups and downs in his career but his ability to step up in major tournaments set him apart. The elegant left-hander starred in India’s two biggest victories — the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011.”Cricket has given me everything. When I leave the game, I want to be at my best. I do not want to go with any regret,” the 2011 World Cup winning hero, who is here for Punjab’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Bengal, said.The 37-year-old, who was picked by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore at the IPL 2019 Auction, has set his sights on the cash-rich T20 extravaganza to make a bid for a comeback.”I’m trying my best. This is our final league Ranji Trophy match and let’s see if we can qualify. After this, we have the national T20 tournament and then we have the IPL. I will give my best shot and hope for the best,” Yuvraj said at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground.Yuvraj also hailed the Virat Kohli-led India’s fine show in the Test series in Australia.”Obviously their experience in batting is not that much what it used to be. But it’s fantastic effort from the guys. Especially, (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Virat) Kohli, (Jasprit) Bumrah. It’s great to see Rishab (Pant) going down the order and scoring big runs. It’s great sign for Indian cricket for the future.advertisement”Every time we toured Australia, it’s been a very tough tour. We had the opportunity to win the series, it was a draw. Then next time Australia won 2-1,” he said, recalling the 2003-04 and 2007-08 tours.YUVRAJ PRAISES PANT AND GILLYuvraj lavished praise on Pant who scored a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months from his debut.”He came last year, he got picked for India. Everybody said he plays too many shots, he’s rash, he doesn’t have the mind. But after one year of being in and out, having a good IPL, the guy scored two hundreds overseas,” Yuvraj said.In the same vein, Yuvraj reckoned that his 19-year-old state teammate, Shubman Gill, is an exciting prospect and should play for India post the 2019 World Cup.”Definitely he’s someone who can represent India for a long time. He’s a very special talent. After a long time I have seen a young guy whose batting I would like to watch. After 2019 World Cup, he should make it to the side.”Shubman’s performance has been top notch this season, amassing 629 runs in just seven innings at an average of 125.80.Stressing on the need to look after the youngsters, Yuvraj said: “It all depends how well we look after our youngsters. You have to give them the confidence to excel. The prime example is Rishabh Pant.”Yuvraj said he is sharing his experience with the team as much as he can.”I really enjoy playing with Punjab team. Especially last three-four seasons, I’ve played a lot of domestic cricket. Whatever I’ve gained through, I try and give it to the younger guys.”We have a very talented side. But I feel there is a lack of exposure in terms of playing outside. The more cricket you play outside in terms of playing in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi Hyderabad, your cricket will get better,” Yuvraj concluded.last_img read more

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardDinesh Karthik heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni after the pair added 57 runs in a little over five overs to set up India’s successful chase of 299 in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Karthik blasted 25 not out off 14 balls while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls to guide India to a six-wicket victory.Virat Kohli had really laid the foundation for the win with his 39th ODI hundred. He had shared valuable partnerships with Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu before getting involved in an 82-run stand with MS Dhoni.Once Kohli was dismissed for a 112-ball 104, the onus was on Dhoni, who had scored the second slowest fifty of his ODI career on Saturday. He was under the scanner especially after a poor 2018 where he scored only 275 runs off 20 ODIs. Coming into the second match in Adelaide, the talk revolved around Dhoni’s dwindling ability to finish matches.But faced with a steep chase Tuesday evening, Dhoni found his mojo and hit two sixes in the course of an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls to show he still had it in him.MS Dhoni Six vs Australia. #Dhoni #AUSvIND Of MS Dhoni (@MissYouMSDhoni) January 15, 2019Dinesh Karthik, who added 57 off 5.4 overs with Dhoni, said he was not surprised with his senior’s efforts.”It was a pretty tight finish,” Karthik said. “They were bowling some good areas and we absorbed pressure well.advertisement”Credit to Virat and Dhoni, the way they played. We got a good start as well so it’s the sort of win that will give the team a lot of confidence, chasing 300.”(Dhoni) has been doing it for years now and the fact he can stay calm, the fact he can absorb pressure and watch the ball, keep the plan very simple. You need the big shot and then he delivers.”Kohli, who won the man-of-the-match for his hundred, also lauded Dhoni for his sterling knock. “Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well.”He came in and showed the right kind of intent. MS was as composed as ever. We try and help each other… Tonight was special for us,” Kohli said.Also Read | MS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chasesAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1Also Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the Kinglast_img read more

first_imgNovak Djokovic has always been a player willing to try anything and anyone to improve his game and he now hopes that the presence of Goran Ivanisevic in his coaching team will help keep him one step ahead of the chasing pack.The 2001 champion was courtside on Monday when Djokovic began the defence of his Wimbledon title by impressively beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.Having previously worked with Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, Ivanisevic is the third Wimbledon champion he has hooked up with.”He’s someone I’ve always looked up, he was something of a hero of mine and we’ve been friends for a long time – though usually on the opposite side of the net,” Djokovic said of Ivanisevic, who Djokovic said he helped, as a wide-eyed teenage hopeful, to that 2001 triumph by delivering him snacks during his pre-tournament training camp.”It didn’t take too much time for us to really feel comfortable one next to another. I spoke to (coach) Marian (Vajda) and we agreed that we were looking for someone who was a former champion, someone who knows how I feel on the court, someone that has been through that.”It was a very successful period with Boris. We’re hoping we can have the same with Goran.”Djokovic, 32, came into the tournament having decided not to play a grasscourt warm-up event and he must have been a little edgy having lost to Kohlschreiber in straight sets on the hard courts of Indian Wells earlier this year.advertisementThe 35-year-old German was playing his 15th successive Wimbledon, but in eight of those he had gone out in the first round.INTENSITYDjokovic made an inauspicious start, double-faulting his first point en route to being broken, but quickly found his feet to reel off the next four games and win the first set 6-3.The two men then traded heavy blows in crowd-pleasing rallies not often seen these days on the grass but the champion gradually took command to take the second set 7-5 and cruise quickly through the third.”Opening round matches are always tricky, he has a lot of experience and beat me this year,” Djokovic said. “He can play good quality tennis, he takes the ball early, so it was a great test for me.”The break in the first game wasn’t the start that I was looking for but I think I came with the right intensity. I answered back really well and played a pretty good match, it was a good quality.”Djokovic arrived in London this as number one in the world and on the back of a stellar 12 months but said when he walked out on Centre Court he took time to reflect on how different things were a year ago when, still on his way back from elbow surgery, he was unsure of himself.”I did kind of go through the feelings, rewind those memories, the last championship point against Kevin Anderson last year in the final,” he said.”Last year I dropped out of top 20, I was still struggling coming back from injury and to find the desired level of tennis. Approaching this tournament now it’s been different for me. I think I have a bit less pressure, more confidence in my game.”Last year it was just huge to win this trophy. This is the biggest tournament in the world and to win here meant a lot for me. I felt a huge relief and after that I started to play my best tennis.”Today if felt great being the first to play on Centre Court… it is the cradle of our sport and it has a special place in my heart and my career.”VENUS EXITCori Guaff served up the perfect excuse for playing hooky from school on Monday as the 15-year-old American caused one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history by dispatching Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the first round on Monday.Aged 39, Williams is considered Wimbledon royalty as she has been part of the All England Club family for over two decades, having won the singles title five times — including two before Gauff was even born.But Guaff, the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the professional era, was in no mood to play a lady-in-waiting as she made a mockery of the 24-year-age difference and 269 ranking spots that separate her from Williams.Playing a fearless brand of tennis that belied her young age, she bullied Williams into submission.advertisementA break in the fifth game of the opening set, which included a delectable lob over the statuesque Williams, was enough to win her the first set.The nerveless display continued in the second set and she sealed victory on her fourth match point when Williams netted a forehand.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: World No. 2 Naomi Osaka crashes out in first roundAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019 is Roger Federer’s best chance to win 21st slam: Mats Wilanderlast_img read more

first_imgHis rewriting of India’s Olympic history has been retold several times but that, surprisingly, is not Abhinav Bindra’s favourite moment of his illustrious career.Known for his never-ending quest for perfection in anything and everything he does, Bindra experienced his ultimate sporting high on a cold December day, having performed a hundred pushups during a training session prior to competition. And not on that balmy August evening in Beijing eleven summers ago, to the surprise of many who speak of his Olympic glory with great pride.”My favourite sports moment came away from the flashbulbs and when nobody was watching me. It happened one training day, it was 31st of December… one of the years I was competing.”It was a physical training session and it was very cold and I had to do a hundred pushups and my trainer, after I had performed 95, miscounted and said that you are done for the day. I said ‘no, I have five more to go’. So, I think it is the honesty to one’s goal that gives us the results,” Bindra said.India’s first and only individual Olympic gold medallist till date, Bindra spoke following the completion of the 17th HCL International Bridge Championship on Saturday.To the participants of the bridge tournament, the champion shooter said, “Win or lose you will always have the self respect and that will be the biggest prize of all. I am sure that all of you have that in mind.”This is probably an appropriate time to tell you little bit about my sports career and my favourite moment in my sports career…”advertisementBindra, who has grown 11 years older since winning the historic medal in the Chinese capital, is hopeful that a few will join him in the gold club in the near future.Since retiring from shooting, Bindra has set up a never-seen-before High Performance Training centre in India for elite athletes that boasts of cutting edge equipments. It has immensely benefitted India’s athletes.During his address following the conclusion of the bridge tournament, the 36-year-old Bindra, on a lighter note, said, “Given the prize money in this championships and looking at my struggling career, I am tempted to give your sport a shot.”The turnout has been increasing year after year. And I know the Asian Games medals have been the catalyst to inspire individuals to play bridge. I must also applaud each one of you here. Bridge also requires mental strength and bandwidth that only few can master.”HCL International Bridge Championship is an initiative by the software giant to improve the ecosystem of the sport and promote it in India by building a platform for players to hone and nurture their skills.last_img read more

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ‘minimum’ five or six years left, claims Raiola Ryan Benson 20:08 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ibrahimovic-cropped Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town Premier League The 36-year-old may be out of action with a serious knee injury, but his agent expects him to play for a few more years yet Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a “minimum” of five or six years left as a player, according to his agent Mino Raiola.Ibrahimovic enjoyed a wonderful first season at United before suffering serious knee ligament damage in April, an injury which is expected to keep him out of action for the rest of the year.Despite that setback and his lengthy rehabilitation, United opted to offer him a new one-year deal and it was confirmed in August that he was to remain at the club for this season. 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 Although it remains to be seen how the 36-year-old fares upon his return, Raiola is adamant that he could play into his 40s, before joking how they are going to change their relationship in terms of finances.”He has so much in him,” Raiola told Expressen. “I think minimum another five or six years. I won’t let him stop, he has to work for me now.”I have been working for him for several years, now it’s my turn. My children are grown up and I need money.”We have agreed that he is only working for me for five years now. So we’re flipping it now. The salary comes to me and he gets the commission.”Raiola expects to continue to have a close bond with Ibrahimovic when he does eventually retire, though he does not necessarily think the striker will make a particularly good coach.”He will always be in my life if he is a football player, carpenter, investment banker, director or coach,” he added. “It does not matter. But f*ck, God help the one who gets him as a coach.Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Europa League final“I want to see the player saying Zlatan does not know what he is talking about. If there is a meeting when Zlatan finds someone who thinks he’s better than him, I want a hidden camera.”United have not set a specific return date for Ibrahimovic, but Raiola is certain that he is making great progress, even claiming that Dr Freddie Fu – the doctor overseeing his rehab – wants to study his knee because it is ‘the best’ he has seen.”Yes, they [medical scientists] want to [study his knee], Fu says so,” said Raiola.”He says he has never seen such a strong and pure knee after such a long career as Zlatan has. Imagine all the bangs [his knee has received].”This is a professor who takes care of athletes from all over the world and works with an American football teams.”He says he has never seen anything like 40 years. It’s the best knee he has ever seen. This damage would be Himalayan to many, but to Zlatan it’s a small hill. He will be back soon.”last_img read more

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25 October 2007Violence, a decaying health system and unabated attacks on schools in Afghanistan are combining to hamper progress for the country’s young people, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. Violence, a decaying health system and unabated attacks on schools in Afghanistan are combining to hamper progress for the country’s young people, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.The agency’s “Child Alert Afghanistan” report, launched in Geneva and Kabul, is based on the findings of Martin Bell, UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, who made a a two-week trip to Afghanistan in July and August. “Despite a multitude of plans and proposals, projects and partners, and the support of many countries working to bring peace and progress to Afghanistan, I have witnessed a spike in insecurity that is causing more and more schools to close and more and more children to be killed,” said Mr. Bell. “Families, especially in the South, are caught in the middle of this crossfire, out of reach of humanitarian assistance. Simply put, it is make or break time for Afghanistan’s children.” As conflict engulfs large parts of Afghanistan, Child Alert underscores the need to pull together the security necessary to allow children to go to school. Forty-four school attacks occurred in the first six months of 2007. Girls’ schools and at times girls themselves are targeted, stalling or reversing progress in female education made since the fall of the Taliban regime, and causing attendance to drop significantly in secondary school. Health workers lack access to over 40 per cent of the country, and even those areas that can be reached are under constant threat, according to the report. It argues strongly for greater efforts to address the high maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan, where more than 60 women died daily in 2005 from pregnancy-related causes, while nearly 900 children under five died every day in 2006. “Being a child in Afghanistan means waking every morning unsure if your walk to school will come under gunfire,” Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF’s Country Representative, said at the report’s launch in Geneva. “It means perhaps growing up without a mother because she died in the one of the most dangerous countries in the world to give birth.” On the positive side, the report finds that the UNICEF-supported polio eradication campaign achieved progress; new cases drop from 31 in 2006 to 11 so far this year. More than 15,000 vaccinators have visited the whole country as part of the National Immunization Days organized by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health to reach 7.3 million children. UNICEF working to help the children of Afghanistan through various initiatives, but the agency’s $16.7 million appeal has come up 43 per cent short of its target. read more

The situation in much of Kenya remains “calm but tense,” according to United Nations officials on the ground who are working with their humanitarian partners to aid those affected by the violence that erupted following last week’s disputed polls. The UN estimates that some 250,000 Kenyans have been displaced, and 350 reportedly killed, by the violence which erupted after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner in the recent election. In the wake of the crisis that followed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both President Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to resolve their issues through dialogue. The UN Country Team in Kenya is working with the Kenya Red Cross Society and a number of national and international non-governmental organizations, as well as faith-based groups, to provide immediate humanitarian assistance. The situation in the country is “calm but tense,” according to UN security officials, who added that much of Nairobi appears to be returning to “near normalcy.” However, many of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) still fear for their safety and remain where they have found refugee, UN Resident Coordinator Elizabeth Lwanga told reporters in Nairobi today. The UN’s focus right now is to “address the special needs of Kenyans who are displaced and who are in distress because of the crisis,” she added.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food through the Kenya Red Cross for 100,000 people displaced in the Rift Valley. “However, there is a need for a systematic coordination of escorts of convoys with humanitarian supplies,” Ms. Lwanga said. While Kenyan security forces have been escorting food convoys between depots and allowing the Kenya Red Cross to distribute it from there to those in need, she stressed that “the sustainability of this mode of operation is not guaranteed.”Meanwhile, WFP has been waiting at Mombasa, a major port for several countries in the region, with 30,000 metric tonnes of food, enough for 1.5 million people, for eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Somalia and Southern Sudan. Some trucks left Mombasa but then were stranded due to insecurity on main roads and checkpoints set up by vigilantes in western Kenya. “At the moment we have not had a problem in food distribution but if this situation continues then food will not get delivered on time,” said WFP’s Peter Smerdon. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that about 5,000 Kenyans have fled to Uganda, and an unconfirmed number have also left for Tanzania. Some of those that crossed into Uganda are living in schools or churches, while others have been taken in by relatives.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that many hospitals are in desperate need of medical supplies to treat trauma and injuries. “Supplies and staff are needed to treat victims of shooting, burning, beating, slashing and trampling,” according to UNICEF’s Sara Cameron. The agency is working to reduce malnutrition among the displaced in the worst-affected areas and setting up so-called “safe spaces” for displaced mothers and children. Furthermore, it is providing water and sanitation, as well as family kits, to up to 100,000 people. 5 January 2008The situation in much of Kenya remains “calm but tense,” according to United Nations officials on the ground who are working with their humanitarian partners to aid those affected by the violence that erupted following last week’s disputed polls. read more

“Let them lay down their weapons, if only temporarily, so that humanity can lay claim to gold even before the Games begin,” he said in a message ahead of the Games. Such a truce, while limited in duration, can provide a pause in which to reconsider the heavy cost of war, as well as an opening to initiate a dialogue and a window to provide relief for suffering populations, he said.“It can demonstrate to the world that peace is possible in even the most seemingly intractable situations if we truly work towards it,” he added.In 1992, the International Olympic Committee renewed the ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheiria, or ‘Olympic Truce,’ by calling on all nations to observe the Truce.In a resolution adopted last October, the 192-member General Assembly urged countries to observe the Truce during the forthcoming XXIX Olympiad and the Paralympic Games to be held in Beijing, from 8 to 24 August and from 6 to 17 September, respectively, based on the slogan “One World, One Dream.”In his solemn appeal in connection with the observance of the Truce, the President of the Assembly Srgjan Kerim noted that “the Games will bring together athletes from all parts of the world in the greatest of international sports events as a means to promote peace, mutual understanding and goodwill among nations and peoples — goals that are also part of the founding values of the United Nations.”It was as an expression of these common objectives that in 1998 the InternationalOlympic Committee decided to fly the UN flag at all Olympic competition sites.The world body and the Committee have subsequently strengthened their mutual cooperation and support through joint efforts in fields such as poverty alleviation, human and economic development, humanitarian assistance, education, health promotion and HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equality and environmental protection. 28 July 2008Less than two weeks before the 2008 Summer Olympics begin in Beijing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today joined the General Assembly in calling on all those who are at war to observe the traditional two-week Olympic Truce. read more

Ohio State junior forward Freddy Gerard (15) evades a defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 1 Ohio State (2-0) swept its season opener at Arizona State (2-2) to get its season off to a hot start. Ohio State is beginning its season after being ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in team history in both the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls.The Buckeyes won their first game on Friday by a score of 3-2 and shut out the Sun Devils on Saturday 3-0.Game 1The Buckeyes got off to a quick start Friday as senior forward Freddy Gerard opened up the scoring off an assist from junior forward Carson Meyer just six minutes into the game.After a penalty by senior forward Dakota Joshua as the first period winded down, sophomore forward Johnny Walker scored the Sun Devils’ first goal on the power play less than a minute into the second period to tie the game up.The power play was an important factor for both teams, with three of the five goals scored coming with a man advantage. Ohio State was two for five while Arizona State only converted on one of its four opportunities.The Buckeyes quickly followed up Arizona State’s first goal with a power play of their own, allowing Joshua to score his first goal with assists by senior forward Mason Jobst and redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege.Only a couple minutes later, Meyer scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray off assists from Jobst and junior forward Tanner Laczynski to make the score 3-1. Walker scored on the power play for Arizona State with only seconds to go in the second period to make it 3-2, but senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved all 12 shots sent his way in the third period to secure the win.Romeo saved 24 shots and allowed two goals in the victory.Game 2Following the Buckeyes 3-2 win on Friday, it took a bit longer for both teams to get into their rhythms on Saturday.The first goal of the game came with just over a minute left in the second period by junior forward Ronnie Hein, assisted by Laczynski and junior defenseman Matt Miller. Though two of Ohio State’s three goals on Friday came via the power play, the Buckeyes did most of their scoring Saturday with Arizona State at full strength. Ohio State wasn’t able to capitalize on its six power play opportunities during the matchup. Arizona State similarly struggled, failing to convert on each of its six power play attempts. After trading power plays for most of the game, the Sun Devils eventually got called for tripping Jobst on a breakaway which resulted in a penalty shot, which Jobst buried, giving Ohio State the 2-0 lead. Tripping was just one of the penalties called in this physical game, which resulted in 15 penalties and 30 minutes of time in the penalty box.With only 20 seconds to play, assists from redshirt junior forward Miguel Fidler and senior forward John Wiitala led to Hein’s second goal of the game in an empty net to cap the game off 3-0.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier saved all 27 shots sent his way in his second career shutout.Overall, the Buckeyes out shot Arizona State 70-53 in the series and killed nine of the ten penalties they faced. Ohio State only converted on two of its 11 power play opportunities. The Buckeyes will come back to Columbus for their home opener against Massachusetts at the Schottenstein Center on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 5:05 p.m. read more

first_imgThe battle between entertainment businesses and Internetpirates has been a long one. We’ve heard countless stories of companies going after someone who illegally downloaded a movie and then were made to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for it. Now, Internet service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable are stepping in to protect their customers’s privacy while weeding out piracy by implementing a new “six strike” policy.The major ISPs have signed a voluntary agreement with the movie and music businesses to work on the issue of copyright infringement. The new policy will protect subscriber privacy and will ensure that the ISPs won’t be filtering or monitoring any of their own networks for infringement. They’re leaving that up to groups like the Copyright Group or the RIAA to do the lurking among peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The plan will work very similar to hows it does now where the copyright holder will send a message to the ISP if they see your IP address dipping its toes into some illegal downloading.The ISP will then pass along the message to the accused user. It won’t provide any information to the copyright holder, like the name or address of the alleged users, without a court order. The new plan aims more to educate than to punish. ISPs don’t want to lose a customer altogether – that’s good money being lost – so a new six-strike alert system has been put into place.The series of “copyright alert” messages warn users in various ways that their alleged activity has been discovered. The first alert will be sent by the ISP in an email and will inform the user that their account may have been used for content theft. Oh, and also that it’s illegal. The message will inform the user that consequences could result. Aiming to educate, it will direct the user to resources that will help them check their computer’s security and the security of their WiFi network. It will also provide resources to places where they can find legal music, movies, and TV shows. The second alert, if the activity continues, will be similar to the first.The third alert is where things get a little more interesting. This alert will feature something like a click-through pop-up notification, or a landing page that will block you from moving on unless you verify you’ve read the page. This is to ensure that the user has seen the message. Some of us get hundreds of emails a day, and the first two messages could easily go unseen. The fourth alert is similar to the previous one.Things get a little more punitive at the fifth alert. The ISP may take one of a couple of measures referred to as “Mitigation Measures.” These may include a noticeable reduction in the speed of your Internet connection, another landing page that won’t go away until the subscriber contacts the ISP, or educational information about copyright infringement that you’ll have to read and respond to. The sixth alert will be similar to the fifth.This whole strategy seems like a pretty reasonable one, and if you’re still getting caught after six times, it’s more than fair for copyright holders to come after you with legal action at that point, unless they have got it completely wrong, that is. However, if you do reach the fifth and sixth alert, it’s still possible to appeal the “mitigation measure.”  There’s a $35 filing fee to appeal, but for people who have been wrongly accused, like the guy who was accused of downloading child pornography, this process may come in handy.What do you think? Is this a fair system to be put into place by the ISPs?via Ars Technicalast_img read more

first_img EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #COURTS: A father-of-two has pleaded guilty to carrying out sex attacks on two women he met on Tinder.2. #US BORDER: An audio recording of young children crying for their parents as they are questioned by immigration officials inside a US Customs and border protection facility has emerged today.3. #CHILD ABUSE CLAIMS: A Hiqa investigation into how Child and Family Agency Tusla handles referrals of child sex abuse allegations found “systemic failures” and a “systems error” nationwide.4. #NOT RETURNING: Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan has confirmed that she will not be returning to the party after being suspended for voting against legislation to allow for last month’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.5. #COMPLAINTS: Irish boutique Cari’s Closet has released a statement after claims were made about its products and service on an anonymous Instagram page that has 193,000 followers. Image: Shutterstock/photographyfirm Share Tweet Email No Comments Jun 19th 2018, 4:57 PM Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 4:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/photographyfirm By Cliodhna Russell The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… 4,903 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe number of suicides recorded in Greece in the first eight months of this year was marginally down from the same period last year, according to two nongovernmental organisations which provide support to depressed and homeless citizens.A total of 209 people (173 men and 36 women) committed suicide from January through August, according to data made public by representatives of the Suicide Prevention Network and Klimaka.This represents a drop of around 10 per cent compared to the 229 people (193 men and 36 women) who killed themselves in the same period of 2013.According to Aris Violatzis, a counsellor with Klimaka, the dip suggests that the increase in suicides that has been widely attributed to the country’s economic crisis has started to reverse. “The phenomenon has peaked and is probably dropping,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLes applications font de l’ombre aux sites InternetL’engouement pour les applications mobiles nuit sérieusement au trafic des sites Internet. C’est ce que révèle une étude du cabinet français AT Internet, qui note un essoufflement de la fréquentation des sites web tandis que les applis connaissent un véritable essor.Tandis que les applications sont de plus en plus plébiscitées par les internautes français, les sites web ont vu leur trafic sensiblement chuter. Le cabinet AT Internet vient de publier une étude sur ce phénomène, observé depuis l’été dernier.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La fréquentation moyenne des sites a commencé à chuter en septembre, affirme cette enquête. Et la tendance se serait accentuée depuis le début de l’année 2012, au moment où les applis voient leur trafic exploser. Le mois dernier, la fréquentation des sites web accusait une baisse de 5,5% par rapport à mars 2011. Les applications mobiles, elles, ont pendant cette même période, enregistré une augmentation fulgurante de 57,5%.AT Internet attribue cette tendance à l’évolution des comportements d’utilisation du web avec l’explosion des ventes de smartphones et de tablettes, mais aussi le développement des réseaux sociaux, qui poussent les internautes à se connecter en permanence. Ils préfèrent alors se tourner vers des applis dédiées à leurs terminaux mobiles plutôt que vers les sites web. “D’où l’enjeu aujourd’hui, pour tous les sites web, de proposer des formats de contenu adaptés aux terminaux mobiles, sous peine de perdre une partie de leur audience” conclut l’étude.Le 30 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more