Won’t give Premier League matches to youngsters just for fun: Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that the club’s youngsters won’t get Premier League games just because they have already won the title and can experiment in the six league games left to be played this season.Liverpool were thrashed 0-4 by Manchester City on Thursday in their first game since securing their first top-flight title in 30 years. “The youngsters are really close, but we won’t give them Premier League matches just for fun,” Klopp was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “We want to win football games and to win football games the best players have to be on the pitch,” said Klopp. “If the young boys are part of these best players then they will be on the pitch. “They are so close, they are really good and they are our future – but they will not play now because I want to see them in a Premier League game. “We don’t give Premier League games as Christmas presents.” Liverpool will take on 18th-placed Aston Villa on Sunday. “We are really in the competition, and it’s not just about the other teams like Aston Villa fighting to stay in the league, Brighton fighting to stay in the league,” said Klopp. “It’s not about respect, we just want to do it because that’s the case. The boys are really good. But it’s not like we are giving Premier League appearances away like sweets.” IANS Also Watch: Flood Affects 100 Families in Samgurilast_img read more

Conference looks at high schools

first_imgThe USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice at the Rossier School of Education began a three-day conference Wednesday focusing on the future of high school education in the United States.The conference, called the 21st Century Knowledge and Skills: The New High School Curriculum and The Future of Assessment, will feature keynote speakers, including MIT Dean of Admission Stuart Schmill and University of Texas Vice Provost for Admissions and Enrollment Kedra Ishop.The conference, which has 170 registered attendees, aims to re-evaluate the current high school curriculum in an attempt to better prepare high school students for college and future careers.Jerry Lucido, executive director of CERPP, said attendees of the conference will be examining the national high school curriculum and looking at international education models of excellence.“We live in a rapidly changing world. The question is, when are we preparing students? Are we preparing them for that world?” Lucido said. “There are a lot of complaints about multiple choice testing and how that does not help prepare students. When we think about standards that we are setting, we have to teach them how to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude that they will need.”Jessica Payne, a junior majoring in dental hygiene, said it is important for high school curricula to be re-evaluated in order to prepare college-bound students for the real world.“It would be a lot smarter for students in high school to be brought out into the real world because that way, once they are out of college, they know what is ahead of them, instead of thinking about the materialistic and superficial things that high school students mainly focus on,” Payne said.last_img read more

USC faces off against NorCal foes

first_imgFollowing their two-game losing streak, the Women of Troy have won three straight Pac-12 matches as they head up north to face California and No. 4 Stanford on Wednesday.The No. 6 USC women’s volleyball team (16-2, 4-2) has bounced back nicely after a humbling weekend at the end of September, especially last Sunday’s win over upstart Arizona State.Pivotal · Junior middle blocker Alexis Olgard will be an essential part of USC’s success up north. She leads the team with 48 blocks. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanNot only did the win provide a great morale boost for the team, but it also marked a landmark victory for USC coach Mick Haley. With the win, Haley notched his 300th win as the head coach at USC, making USC the third school he has won 300 games with.“I liked the way we played this match [against ASU],” Haley said. “We got in a little rut and didn’t get out of it as quickly as we wanted to, but overall this team has been hurting people and they’ve been scoring at will with their left sides, so I’m glad we limited them to .140 hitting.”The Women of Troy have displayed quite a bit of resiliency in recent weeks after falling twice to Pac-12 rivals.“We’ve been working really hard in practice, and that’s helped for our confidence. How you play in practice determines how you play in a game,” said Hagglund.Haley has stressed defense as the key to USC’s success, and its play at the net and passing remain an important part of its approach throughout the season.Against Stanford, the Women of Troy face off against a team undefeated so far in Pac-12 play as they try to avenge last season’s 3-0 sweep. Stanford is first in the conference in digs per game and also ranks third in blocks, so the USC offense will need to be in fine form if its wants to challenge the Cardinal.The Women of Troy will have to keep tabs on junior middle hitter Carly Wopat, who leads the team (and conference) in blocks per game and also ranks as the team leader in kills.To counteract Stanford’s dominance in the middle, USC will use junior Alexis Olgard and rising freshman Alicia Ogoms.“You’re starting to see Ogoms start to grow under her body and if Alexis keeps doing what she’s doing, that will make our defense really great,” Haley said.USC’s defensive prowess has been the catalyst for its recent winning streak, and it will have to once again be in top form Wednesday.The Women of Troy shouldn’t overlook a Cal squad that has been beset by injuries from the start of the season. Playing without starting libero Robin Rostratter and All-Conference opposite Correy Johnson, the Golden Bears have definitely struggled early on, but Haley points out this is still a rivalry game and a formidable challenge.“This is the hardest trip, going to the Bay Area and knowing how hard they’re studying right now,” Haley said about this upcoming week. “Stanford is always difficult to beat on their home court.”Haley said the weekend could be a good barometer for some of the team’s young players, however.“We have a good matchup to see how we do because they’re also starting four freshmen,”Haley said. “Having a late match Friday night against Cal will be a big challenge for us, and it will allow us to see what we’re made of.”last_img read more

2nd-half adjustments lead Skaneateles to 49-14 win over Solvay

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 5, 2018 at 11:12 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillmancenter_img UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.SOLVAY — As the halftime buzzer sounded, Skaneateles trotted towards the end zone closest to the scoreboard. The Lakers stared at a margin that was unexpected. Skaneateles, the reigning Class C state champions, entered undefeated and yet, it only led Solvay, a team with a losing record, by seven points.“We just kind of looked at each other like, ‘What are we doing?” senior running back Areh Boni said.“The first half, we really beat ourselves,” added senior quarterback Pat Hackler.On its seven first half drives, the Lakers, who averaged over 46 points per game before facing Solvay, scored only two touchdowns. At halftime, Joe Sindoni, Skaneateles head coach, sat his team down and blamed himself for the offensive inefficiencies, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the first drive of the second half, Skaneateles (6-0) altered its game plan. It turned from an offense that depended on Hackler to torch the opposing defensive backs to a more balanced attack. The Lakers ran 21 pass plays to only six rushes in the first half, tallying only seven yards on the ground. After the half, the Lakers used 115 rushing yards to notch five second-half touchdowns, cruising to a 49-14 win at Solvay (2-4).“I felt like I called a not very good first half,” Sindoni said. “I got a little pass happy and kind of needed to bring it back into balance in the second half. Once we made a couple of those adjustments, I think we were alright.”Late in the second quarter, Sindoni was visibly distraught. On a three-yard quarterback draw, Hackler’s helmet was ripped off his head and onto the Solvay turf.Sindoni stomped towards the line judge and unleashed his anger.“That’s such a bad call,” he said.On the very next play, Boni sprinted past his left tackle, breaking arm-tackles, and past the first down line for a 15 yard gain. That was the last time he would carry the ball in the first half.The frustration boiled over at half-time. Sindoni sat with his kneeling players and discussed the root of the Lakers’ inefficiencies. He criticized himself, saying that he called too many passes and didn’t provide the offense any sense of balance. Hackler agreed. This kept Skaneateles out of rhythm, as it struggled to consistently move the chains, Sindoni said.On the first play out of the break, Hackler stood in the shotgun and handed the ball to Boni. He exploded through a gaping hole and shoved away Solvay arm tackles for a 34 yard gain. Sindoni called his number again the next play. Boni once again took an inside hand-off through the middle of the offensive line. He muscled past a Bearcat linebacker’s dive and up to the 22-yard line. Two plays later, he strolled into the end-zone, his second of three scores on the day.The commitment to the run early on in the second half wore down Solvay’s defensive line. That led to a more prolific offense, Sindoni said.And with an effective run game, Skaneateles started connecting on passes that had fallen incomplete in the first half. Hackler completed two touchdowns to junior Nick Wamp, one for 35 yards down the Solvay sideline and another for 70 down the opposite end of the field.When the Lakers led by 28 points, Sindoni substituted in the reserves. Freshman James Musso entered for Hackler and senior Zack Sears replaced Wamp. Sears played soccer for Skaneateles and just switched to football for this season. According to syracuse.com, he’d yet to catch a pass this season.Late in the fourth quarter, Sears ran a fly route down the Skaneateles sideline. As he approached the end zone, he had a step on the Solvay cornerback. Musso slung the ball over the defender’s head and into his waiting arms.Once the referee signaled the touchdown, the Skaneateles sideline erupted in cheer. Teammates mobbed Sears as coaches wrapped their arms around him and screamed, “Let’s go Z!”The Lakers’ halftime stress had turned into late-game celebration.“He’s not one of the guys who starts or anything,” Boni said. “It’s just great to see the guys who don’t play get some of the glory. It’s awesome.”last_img read more

State Of The Matter! Nigerian Referees Miss Out On Russian Party

first_imgWorld football governing body, FIFA, have released a 36-man list of referees ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia and Nigerian referees are conspicuously missing on the list in what is the perfect example to illustrate how the quality of Nigerian referees has sunk low.There were no Nigerian referees on the shortlist despite the fact that six of the 36 referees selected would be representing Africa at a seminar ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The seminar will take place between November 25 and 29 in Abu Dhabi.See Full List Below:AFC:Fahad AL MIRDASI (KSA)Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)Mohammed Abdulla MOHAMED (UAE)Ryuji SATO (JPN)Nawaf Abdulla SHUKRALLA (BHR)CAF:Mehdi ABID CHAREF (ALG)Malang DIEDHIOU (SEN)Bakary Papa GASSAMA (GAM)Ghead GRISHA (EGY)Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM)Weyesa Bamlak TESSEMA (ETH)CONCACAF:Joel AGUILAR (SLV)Mark W. GEIGER (USA)Jair MARRUFO (USA)Ricardo MONTERO (CRC)John PITTI (PAN)Cesar Arturo RAMOS PALAZUELOS (MEX)CONMEBOL:Julio BASCUÑAN (CHI)Enrique CACERES (PAR)Andres CUNHA (URU)Nestor PITANA (ARG)Sandro RICCI (BRA)Wilmar ROLDAN (COL)OFC:Matthew CONGER (NZL)Norbert HAUATA (TAH)UEFA:Felix BRYCH (GER)Cüneyt CAKIR (TUR)Sergey KARASEV (RUS)Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)Szymon MARCINIAK (POL)Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZ (ESP)Milorad MAZIC (SRB)Gianluca ROCCHI (ITA)Damir SKOMINA (SVN)Clement TURPIN (FRA) RelatedNigerian Referees Left Out of FIFA Women’s World CupDecember 5, 2018In “FIFA”Nigerian Referees Miss Out On Russia 2018March 30, 2018In “FIFA”CHAN 2020: CAF Shortlist Nigerian Referee after 2018 SnubJanuary 1, 2020In “CHAN”last_img read more

FDJ monitors 2020 National Lottery tender options

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon The Daily Telegraph has this weekend reported that the governance of Française des Jeux (FDJ) has held private discussions with investment bank Rothschild to assess options to compete in the UK National Lottery 2020 tender.A confident FDJ eyes its future opportunities having completed one of Europe’s biggest 2019 IPOs floating on the Paris Euronext Exchange this November, securing a corporate valuation of + €4 billion.The early movements of a newly privatised FDJ have seen Europe’s second-largest lottery operator buyout French retail payment network Bimedia for €50 million. However, having reached peak retail capacity in France, FDJ’s future growth may lie in new shores – as a lucrative fourth National Lottery tender opens next year.Investment bank Rothschild is one of four strategic advisors appointed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to support the 2020 tender’s framework and bidding process, working in partnership with management consultancy Deloitte, auditor EY and law firm Hogan Lovell.At present, speculation is rife surrounding the inbound National Lottery tender, which UK media has branded as one of 2020’s ‘most intriguing business narratives’.Though the UKGC is yet to disclose its official tender framework, a number of rumoured high-profile participants have been revealed including Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and newspaper tycoon Richard Desmond who confirmed that the Northern & Shell publishing group will launch a bid.Further European heavyweights eyeing National Lottery options include Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group, which has been aggressively expanding its investment in European lotteries having acquired a 40% stake in OPAP Greece this summer. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Latest Dodgers, McCourt idea is going, going, gondola

first_imgFrank McCourt, who can’t stop trying to leave his skid marks all over the ethos of Los Angeles, sold the city this week on the idea that he can string together a gondola between Union Station into Dodger Stadium, able to carry thousands of trolley-dodging customers in a progressive single round-trip bound.This $125 million project, all promised to be third-party privately funded, will be finished by 2022.L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti, who has championed an idea to build a monorail over the 405 to tame traffic gridlock, seems to be over-the-Wally-Moon about this Aerial Rapid Transit proposal.To be frank, how many ways can a couple of simple paragraphs come off as so Angels Flight-funicular flawed? = If McCourt is still able to cash in on the stadium parking lot fees as part of his severance package, wouldn’t this in theory divert cars away from filling those spots? Or is the real end game here that he will be able to control every means possible of getting people inside the facility, including buying up land around the soon-to-be-gentrified downtown train depot to charge people parking before they board Con Air McCourt?= What’s to also prevent him from starting his own Uber company – let’s call it McCart – that could also repurpose those inefficient bus lanes that currently sardine fans onto Sunset Boulevard, and confuse everyone trying to make a right-hand turn up Vin Scully Way before they end up crashing into the lobby of that Super 8 Motel on the corner?= Can we trust McCourt won’t have one price set for those who board this flying closet, but then impose an inflation-adjusted rate the riders must cough up as they try to disembark or they’ll be sent back?= How soon before McCourt launches a seat-licensing fee for those who don’t want to stand the entire ride?= If Pedro Baez uses it, does it guarantee it will take three times longer to reach its doomed destination?= Should there be TV monitors installed showing the game on SportsNet LA, can passengers buy an unlimited day pass just to see what Joe Davis looks like?= What’s the likelihood this leads to a monorail built between the pitchers’ mound and each Dodger Stadium bullpen in a way to speed up games?= Will there be signs posted that prohibit anyone from starting a round of “It’s A Small World” when the thing starts moving over Chinatown and Olvera Street?= Now that Jim Beam announced it has become “the official bourbon of the Dodgers,” will they have highball stations at each point to give fans more liquid courage to climb aboard and overcome their fear of heights?= What precautions will be in place that prevent riders from trying to join the “150-Feet-High Club”? Or will the TSA agents spot potential culprits while doing their body-scan searches?= Let’s say one cart is full of Dodgers’ fans, and the doors won’t close until all spots are filled, and the group inside can’t convince a single Giants fan standing on the platform to just come in and take that last open spot so the thing can get moving? Does that fan ultimately get bullied on the platform for holding things up?= Once the city tries to dodge this giant mistake that doesn’t get off the ground – take your pick between EPA, geology and historical landmark status restrictions – can the city then call on Elon Musk to tunnel us all out of this problematic heap of orange pylons?Follow Tom Hoffarth at @tomhoffarth on Twitter and reach him at Tomhoffarth1@gmail.com After assessing the company’s list of FAQ, may we ask some follow-ups?= Did we mention “Ballpark Frank” McCourt is the point person here, right? Or, at least his son, Drew, is characterized as the idea man.Divorcing yourself from anything remotely positive he and his former spouse (now the U.S. ambassador to France, for real) accomplished during their ATM reign of terror, have you already forgotten one of the analogies he used six years ago before leaving his position as the Dodgers’ caretaker – and almost their undertaker?“I got a little over the front of my skis here with the L.A. thing,” he admitted.So this ski lift gizmo is going to be the snow job that whites out all memory of a city-wide concussion we all suffered?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Seid Behram signed the Contract with FC Reading

first_imgSeventeen-year-old B&H football player Seid Behram signed a contract with Reading, a club that performs in the English Championship.Wing football player was a member of young team of FC Zeljeznicar, and he also performed for the youth national football team of B&H. After a few months spent in Reading and a few goals scored, the management of the English club was satisfied, and it resulted in the signing of the contract with this talented young football player.“I officially became a player of Reading. Thanks to everyone who stood by my side and supported me in everything,” said Behram on his Facebook profile.After 25 played rounds, Reading is on the 12th place in the Championship with a total of 33 points.(Source: D. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more

Three flaws in ‘The Last Dance’ that limited the documentary on Michael Jordan’s Bulls

first_imgSo, uh, what happens now? After spending five consecutive Sunday nights with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, viewers of “The Last Dance” must find new ways to fill the gap in their quarantine calendars.ESPN’s 10-part documentary series was an entertaining ride from start to finish. It featured new interviews, fascinating archival footage and plenty of fresh Jordan memes. “The Last Dance” was a lot of fun. It was also flawed in a few ways.MORE: Ranking Jordan’s Bulls championship teammatesTo be clear, this writer thoroughly enjoyed it and would absolutely sign up for more hours of Jordan being presented an iPad and reacting dismissively. “The Last Dance” was always going to be an ambitious undertaking, but considering the early premiere date and limitations in editing the final episodes, the overall product deserves immense praise.However, certain elements of the series didn’t work, and some storylines were lacking necessary context.Timeline jumpingThough it was billed as an examination of Chicago’s 1997-98 run to its sixth championship, “The Last Dance” spanned multiple decades and covered the journeys of multiple key figures in the Bulls’ dynasty. That presented a challenge for director Jason Hehir, who decided to jump from one year to another with quick graphics.”The idea of converging timelines we discussed very early in the process as being the easiest way for the viewer to process it,” Hehir told The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch. “There are time warp graphics to help cue the viewer that the story is now going back in time. That’s how the film goes from the 1998 season to a back story.”It’s a smart plan in theory, but more confusing in practice.In Episode 5, for example, viewers are taken from the 1998 All-Star Game matchup between Jordan and a young Kobe Bryant to the “Dream Team” experience in 1992. There is little connective tissue, and it’s jarring to bounce around with different versions of MJ.The same issue emerged in Episode 9 when the Bulls were right in the thick of a tough series with the Pacers. Suddenly the timeline shifts to 1997 and Chicago’s rivalry with Utah. All of the tension-building done to prove the Pacers were a true threat in the Eastern Conference immediately dissipated.Hehir’s logic made sense given the amount of footage he had at his disposal. A linear approach may have worked better.The portrayal of Jerry KrauseIn the opening episode of “The Last Dance,” Jordan is seen joking about Krause’s height and weight, a common occurrence whenever the Bulls general manager happened to walk down to the court or into the locker room. The shots only continued from there until the finale when Scottie Pippen, who had far from a friendly relationship with Krause, offered a genuine compliment.”We can’t knock him. We gotta give him credit. And he deserves credit because he was the general manager of those teams,” Pippen said. “I’ve had a lot of great people in my life and that’s why my success happened. I played with Phil Jackson, the greatest coach in the game. Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the game. “Jerry Krause, obviously the greatest general manager in the game.”The man was far from perfect. Krause struggled to connect with his players. He seemed obsessed with receiving credit. He threw reporters wild quotes without a second thought. He was looking forward to a rebuild while he had Michael Freaking Jordan on his team.And yet, Krause consistently built a contender around Jordan and executed multiple smart transactions in order to improve the team. His inability to defend himself in the documentary series — Krause died in 2017 at age 77 — created some uncomfortable situations. (NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson has published excerpts from Krause’s unfinished memoir if you want to hear his side of the story.)The vilification of Krause also let Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf off the hook. Krause was an easy target, but Reinsdorf had the ultimate power. He appeared content to leave Krause in the line of fire and throw his hands up as though he didn’t sit atop the organizational chart.If Reinsdorf wanted to bring everyone back for the 1998-99 season and chase a seventh ring, all he had to do was take the reins. He could have fired Krause at any point. He didn’t.It’s highly unlikely Hehir intended to position Krause this way, but he wasn’t the only person with editorial influence.Jordan’s heavy handAs documentary filmmaker Ken Burns noted, Jordan’s relationship to “The Last Dance” was always going to be an obstacle. The series couldn’t move forward unless Jordan gave Hehir permission to use the footage shot from the 1997-98 season, and Jordan’s production company, Jump 23, was involved in the project. (NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who was the head of NBA Entertainment at the time, convinced Jordan to allow a film crew to follow that Bulls team.)”This isn’t investigative journalism,” executive producer Mike Tollin told Deadline last month. “Jason’s a filmmaker and like his, my orientation is to tell great stories. But in order to tell a great story you have to be credible and people have to believe they’re getting the truth and you’re not pulling punches.”Viewers often got a partial, Jordan-ified version of the truth over the course of “The Last Dance.” While teammates like Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr had their moments to shine, others like Horace Grant and Toni Kukoc were called out for snitching to writers or being beloved by the front office. Ron Harper barely spoke.Jordan’s pettiness also came into play when the series covered his rivals. In Episode 8, Jordan laughs off the idea SuperSonics guard Gary “The Glove” Payton slowed him down in the 1996 NBA Finals. The game film and stats show Payton indeed impacted Jordan’s performance, but “The Last Dance” brushes off Payton’s claims just as quickly as Jordan does.Away from the court, Hehir dove into tougher topics such as the death of Jordan’s father, which was commendable. And yet, those types of inquiries further highlighted the absence of those who were closest to Jordan throughout his playing career — his first wife, Juanita Vanoy, and their three children, Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine.Juanita wasn’t interviewed for the series, and Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine only made brief appearances in Episode 10 to say they didn’t attend NBA Finals games in Utah. (Jordan’s current wife, Yvette Prieto, with whom he has twin daughters, also didn’t appear in “The Last Dance.”)”I wasn’t interested in the opinion of any wife or kids in this,” Hehir told Deitsch. “We had the storytellers we wanted and I felt like we had the story covered from every angle.” Except that angle was missing completely. After detailing the deep and powerful connection between Jordan and his father, “The Last Dance” never put “Air Dad” on display. Michael and Juanita divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage, so it’s hard not to wonder if MJ pushed back on any conversations about his family.This wasn’t “investigative journalism,” and portions of “The Last Dance” leaned closer to Jordan propaganda than a search for the truth. But Hehir and his colleagues gave us 10 episodes to watch and dissect over five weeks, a nice escape from the horrors of the world.Hey, you could do a lot worse than fun but flawed.last_img read more