Chelsea manager Lampard dismisses Kante critics

first_imgChelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has dismissed the notion that N’Golo Kante is a one-dimensional midfielder. Former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was criticised for playing Kante in a more midfield advanced role last season. But Lampard has employed similar tactics this term and believes the World Cup winner is more than capable of pushing forward.Advertisement “I think we all know N’Golo’s attributes, and he hasn’t really played as the deep-lying midfielder, he’s generally played as one of two, or in recent times one of the more slightly offensive players ahead of one deep-lying midfield player,” Lampard said, via Goal. “I think he has the attributes to do all roles, that’s one of the beauties of the way he plays and, of course, what he gives by winning the ball back, being so quick in the tackle, so quick into the press, covering lots of ground – and also how good he is on the ball, I think people can underestimate how good N’Golo is on the ball, how quickly he can move with it and pass the ball. read also:Chelsea boss insists Kante not for sale “So I’ve got no problem in playing him in different positions, it’s something we’ve worked on with him a little bit, and it gives me good options to have different types of attributes in that deeper position at times.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea pip Newcastle, move third place

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea have climbed into the top four of the Premier League table courtesy of a hardfought 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.After an even opening 45 minutes, the Blues dominated the second half but had to wait until the 73rd minute for their breakthrough, which arrived courtesy of Marcos Alonso’s low strike.Newcastle rarely looked like threatening Chelsea’s second clean sheet of the season as the hosts picked up their fifth successive win across all competitions – the best run of form in Frank Lampard’s fledging managerial career.The Magpies held their own throughout a relatively uneventful first half, offering sporadic threats on the break and largely keeping Chelsea at bay despite the hosts enjoying the lion’s share of possession.The best chances did fall to Lampard’s side, though, and Willian should have done better with the first of those when he was picked out by Callum Hudson-Odoi only to get his header all wrong and steer it off target.Martin Dubravka was forced into his first save of the contest shortly afterwards when Jorginho and Hudson-Odoi combined to tee up Mason Mount, whose shot on the turn was too close to the Newcastle keeper.Steve Bruce’s side were limited to half-chances at the other end, with Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton both missing the target – the first with a half-volley from 25 yards and the second with a header while stretching for the ball.Chelsea did not look much more likely to score themselves, though, with Willian dragging an effort wide of the near post and Marcos Alonso sending a tame looping header into the arms of Dubravka.There was further frustration for the hosts shortly before half time when Ross Barkley was forced off with a minor injury, being replaced by Mateo Kovacic, who himself had been an injury doubt heading into the match.Lampard’s side did impose a more prolonged period of control in the second half as they began to dominate possession and territory to an even greater extent, denying Newcastle any opportunity to relieve the growing pressure.A string of corners eventually led to Chelsea coming as close as they had all game when Tammy Abraham climbed highest in the box and crashed a thunderous header against the crossbar, with Dubravka beaten.The home side did not relent either, and Abraham came close from another corner shortly after the hour mark when he once again rose above the defence only to this time put his header over the top.Newcastle may have begun to believe that it would be their day when another glorious chance went begging for the hosts moments later, with Hudson-Odoi’s blocked shot deflecting into the path of Christian Pulisic, who was thwarted by a fine one-on-one save from Dubravka.Dubravka then denied Willian from a tight angle before the breakthrough did finally arrive for Chelsea with 17 minutes of normal time remaining.Hudson-Odoi had been the most dangerous player throughout the 90 minutes and it was no surprise to see him involved as he collected a pass with his back to goal inside the box before laying it into the path of Marcos Alonso, who drilled a low first-time strike into the bottom corner.A loose pass from Andy Carroll almost gifted Hudson-Odoi the chance to get his own name on the scoresheet minutes later, but his finish was tame and easy for Dubravka to gather.Chelsea did look certain to add a second goal 10 minutes from time when Jorginho slid the ball through for Pulisic, who found himself in a two-on-one scenario with Abraham and the keeper. Pulisic duly slid the ball to Abraham, who looked to have a simple tap-in until DeAndre Yedlin produced a stunning last-ditch block to deny a certain goal.The visitors never really looked capable of making that goal-saving interception truly count, though, with their only half-chance in the closing stages seeing Ciaran Clark steer the ball off target with a difficult header.Tags: ChelseaEPLFrank LampardMarcos AlonsoNewcastlelast_img read more

Pardew would not block Bolasie move

first_img “I was the one who brought him back from loan and gave him the games. So as much as we owe Glenn he owes us for the platform we have given him, particularly in the Premier League, where he did very well for me. I have a good relationship with him.” Fellow forward Dwight Gayle is likely to leave despite turning down a move to Championship newcomers Bristol City. Pardew added: “I don’t think Dwight had a flavour for going to Bristol City. “Sometimes that’s the player’s decision and we stand by that, so he remains our player until such time as another club put a bid in that we accept.” Bolasie’s sparkling form over the past couple of seasons has apparently attracted the interest of Spurs, although Eagles boss Pardew wants to keep the 26-year-old and recently slapped a £25million price tag on him. Bolasie has refused to play down talk of leaving Selhurst Park, but Pardew said: “If any of my players get linked to bigger clubs I wouldn’t expect them to (ignore it). It would be a foolish move. “Players move a lot in the current world of football, they don’t stay at clubs for five, seven years. You have to keep your options open and I have no problem with that. “The option I want is that is that he’s a Crystal Palace player who is loved by our fans and loved by the management team. “Yannick is a player who will be linked with other clubs like Tottenham because he is an exciting player.” Striker Glenn Murray is another Eagle being touted for a move away from south London, with Bournemouth reportedly eyeing a £3million swoop. But Pardew feels the 31-year-old should stay loyal to the club which gave him his chance in the Premier League after nine months on the sidelines with cruciate ligament damage. Murray had been farmed out on loan to Reading when Pardew took over at Selhurst, but he returned to play a major role in their storming finish to last season. Pardew said: “He’s very much our player and someone who has been brilliant for this football club and who will be brilliant for this football club going forward if he remains our player. “He has all the attributes you want as a striker in the Premier League. Alan Pardew admits sought-after Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie would be “foolish” not to consider moving to Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bridging the information gap

first_imgIf you haven’t been hibernating for the past year, you know that health care reform is the big issue in Washington right now. There’s also a good chance that you are confused by all of the terms, information and opinions that surround the issue. So what exactly is the deal with health care reform?Democrats and Republicans have been trying (and failing) to institute some sort of health insurance reform since Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, and President Barack Obama has made it his top domestic priority. The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country without some sort of universal coverage, which many people see as unfair to those who can’t afford medical insurance. The number of people with this belief is growing — there are now nearly 46 million uninsured Americans, and an additional 25 million are underinsured.The problem is compounded by the soaring costs of health care, which are not being matched by results. In 2007 the United States spent $2.4 trillion on health care, or $7,900 per person. This is far more than is spent anywhere else — 52 percent more than the next most costly country, Norway — yet our health care system is not far better than other wealthy nations.There is a lot of debate about just how effective our system is, but our 50th place international ranking in life expectancy demonstrates that, at the very least, we are not leading the pack the way that our spending indicates we should be. Further, our high health care costs lead to high insurance premiums, which explain why so many people are uninsured as many businesses don’t cover their employees.The problem is acute in California. The number of uninsured people in the state is 6.8 million and growing, while the percentage of people with employer-based coverage is 62.2 and shrinking.To address this, Democrats have proposed several reforms that Congress is now attempting to reconcile. Many of their features are shared, while a few are causing major controversies.The major elements of proposed reforms include:• Making it easier to qualify for Medicaid (a government program that offers insurance for the poor).• Offering subsidies to help people buy insurance on their own.• Forbidding insurance companies from denying coverage to people because of pre-existing conditions. Currently, many people with ailments like diabetes or high blood pressure cannot get insurance because the companies refuse to cover them.• Creating “insurance exchanges” — government-regulated marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can compare insurance plans and choose the best ones. These are intended to resolve the information problem that often leads to people being uninsured or underinsured, or paying too much for what they are getting. The government would likely improve competition in the insurance industry by allowing consumers to see the differences between plans and their prices• Requiring businesses over a certain size to either provide coverage to their employees or contribute to the cost of insurance.• Penalizing those people who choose not to get insurance.• Creating a “public option” — a government-run insurance plan that will be an alternative for those buying their insurance through exchange.This public option has been the biggest controversy over the course of the health care debate. Many conservatives are afraid of giving the government too big of a role in the actual insurance market, while Obama and many liberals argue that the public option will foster competition, lower costs and give consumers a greater variety of affordable choices. Conservatives also fear a public option will be of low quality, and its low premiums will lead businesses that currently buy private insurance to opt for the cheaper plan.A more specific debate, this one between liberal and conservative-leaning Democrats . has been over the pricing of the public option.Originally, liberals led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wanted to peg its payments to doctors at slightly higher rates than Medicare’s. Doctors led by the American Medical Association came out in force against this plan, saying Medicare rates are way below their costs and they could not afford similar rates from the public option. The so-called “blue dogs” — conservative Democrats — sided with the doctors, and Pelosi was forced to retreat from her position. As of now, any government-run plan would negotiate rates the same way that private insurers do.The other major controversy over health reform has been its cost; Obama estimates the cost of his proposed plan at $900 billion. Republicans have objected, saying that America cannot afford such spending, especially in what will be the most expensive year ever for the federal government. They also question where he will get the money and are wary of tax increases.We are moving closer to seeing some sort of reform, despite the problems. On Nov. 7, the House approved a reform plan by the narrow margin of 220 to 215 votes. Passing the Senate will be harder, as Democrats need 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster; there are 60 members of the Democratic caucus, but two are independent and one of those, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), has said he will not allow a bill that includes a public option.Time is also working against health reform. Public opinion has been gradually shifting against it as Republicans have been more effective than the Obama team at marketing their position. This puts pressure on the Democrats from conservative states and might kill the chances of a major reform if it isn’t approved soon.It is morally questionable at best that around 20 percent of our population cannot afford medical care, yet we are the richest country in the world. For the poorest Americans, a health problem can represent a financial deathblow. We have a responsibility to address that situation.Further, for those who have insurance, our system is often confusing and overly expensive. Reform would clarify the system for consumers and lower insurance costs.Though opponents often point out the undeniably huge price tag, the well-respected Congressional Budget Office has said that the House bill would actually reduce the deficit over the next 10 years.This is because we already pay for the uninsured. Many people who are satisfied with their current coverage object at having to pay for others, but the reality is that people who are uninsured go to the emergency room for care that they cannot pay for — and the government foots that bill with our tax dollars. Economic studies have shown that the costs we incur because of uninsured people exceed the costs of insuring them, a damning indictment of our current system.The biggest worry is that employees who receive high-quality insurance through work will see their employers switch to a lower quality public option. This is certainly a possibility and seems like the only claimed drawback of health reform that is an actual concern.But the recent compromise to negotiate public option payments to doctors and hospitals like private insurers do seems like it may alleviate a bit of the concern about quality. This is likely to be only a short-term problem as the competition that the public option introduces to the market, combined with the greater transparency promised by exchanges, will alleviate it over time. This is because if so many employers really do switch to the public option, the private insurers will have no choice but to lower their premiums to compete with the government.This may be a drawback, but it is likely to be a small, short-term one that is worth coping with in exchange for an insurance market that is efficient, fair, saves us and covers every American.last_img read more

UW’s spring ‘challenge’ concludes

first_imgFor UW volleyball head coach Pete Waite, the spring season has not gone as smoothly as he would have hoped for.”This spring has been a challenge because we’ve had so many illnesses and a few injuries that we’re nursing,” Waite said.Several Badgers have missed some time this spring due to either injury or illness. Morgan Salow was out for an extended period of time with mononucleosis, and Audra Jeffers has been resting her back after having surgery on it last spring. After playing in Wisconsin’s first spring tournament, freshman Caity Dupont has sat out, as she is recovering from back surgery.Due to all the illnesses and injuries, Wisconsin recently had to withdraw from the Great Lakes Center NCAA Invitational.”It’s been a challenge to have as many people on the court as we’d like,” Waite said. “The team has made good progress and we like the things we’ve seen.”With all the injuries this spring, several other players have been able to make their case that they too deserve more playing time next year.One of those players is sophomore Katherine Dykstra. So far this spring she has 34 kills and 6 blocks while playing the right side — a position unfamiliar to her. Junior Maya Carroll, who has played sparingly over the last three years, has seen increased action at middle blocker and has contributed with 25 kills.Now after taking nearly a month off from competition, Waite’s squad is ready to return to the Field House for one last spring match. The Badgers (27-6 overall, 16-4 Big Ten in 2006) will take on inner-state rival Marquette (16-15, 10-4 Big East) Friday night.”[Marquette has] lost a couple of starters just like we have, but they have a number of good players coming back,” Waite said. “We know it’s a well-coached team and a very disciplined and hardworking team.”Just like the Badgers, the Golden Eagles lost three seniors from last year’s squad. However, Marquette is returning its top offensive performer in junior Kimberley Todd, who averaged 4.81 kills per game on her way to being named to the All-Big East first team.”We know this is another good challenge for us, especially since we’ve got a few players playing out of position due to illnesses and resting some of the other players,” Waite said.After wrapping up its spring season with a match against Marquette, Wisconsin will head overseas once the school year is over for more training.”We’re looking forward to the opportunity to be challenged by some top international teams,” Waite said. “And for the players to be out of their comfort zone, because when you travel overseas everything is different.”The Badgers will travel to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy over a 14-day period in early June. During the course of their trip, Waite thinks the different situations his team is put into will help them prepare for the Big Ten season.”Obviously the languages are different, food is different and everything throws them off kilter, and that’s what happens in Big Ten play,” Waite said. “The opposing team is always trying to put you under stress and the best teams react well to that. They are used to it and don’t get phased by it.”We’re looking for a chance to put them under some stressful situations and see how they react to them.”— contributed to this report.last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Catching up with Wisconsin’s 2018 MLS Class

first_imgLast year’s University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team had among the best seasons in the program’s history. The team hadn’t won a Big Ten Championship or advanced this far in the NCAA Tournament since Jim Launder won both the conference and NCAA titles in 1995.After the season the MLS took notice of the talent on Wisconsin’s roster. Chris Mueller, Mark Segbers, Tom Barlow and Mike Catalano were all taken within the first three rounds of the MLS SuperDraft in January. Mueller was taken by Orlando City, Segbers by New England, Barlow by New York and Catalano by Philadelphia.The Badger Herald sat down with each of the former Badgers to see how their professional careers have been progressing after Wisconsin:Chris MuellerSelected No. 6 overall by Orlando City SC, Mueller is the only one of the four Badgers drafted to get MLS playing time yet, while his former teammates have had to begin their careers with USL affiliates. This is out of the ordinary for first-year players as only about half of this year’s first-round picks have gotten MLS experience.“I think that I’ve made my own luck just by doing the right things most of the time,” Mueller said. “In that sense, it’s really valuable being on the field but being the competitive sort of guy that I am it never seems like enough.”Football: Wisconsin survives Iowa 28-17, salvages hope for Playoff seasonMost games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s Read…Mueller started off the year hot with three goals in his first seven games, placing the forward squarely in the rookie of the year conversation.Since then his scoring production has leveled off but Mueller does not feel that this completely shows how his season has progressed. Though he has not scored since the first week, the forward has six assists on the year and notes that there are probably a few more that he should have been credited for.“I’m just trying to focus individually every day on getting better and trusting the process,” Mueller said. “Going through every training with the mentality that I’m going to do something every day and get myself a little better than I was yesterday.”This is not to say Mueller hasn’t had his share of challenges since he’s arrived on the professional scene.After a slew of free agent signings, Orlando City was expected to emerge as a solid team this year. Unfortunately, as the early season losses piled up, those expectations eroded, and the team had to replace their head coach.“When you’re winning things are great, when you’re losing things are tough,” said Mueller. “It’s definitely been a little bit more challenging just because of how the recent string of results has turned out.”Football: Badgers open up Big Ten play, hope to bounce back against HawkeyesThe bad news is the University of Wisconsin football team lost to an unremarkable team, Brigham Young University, last week. Read…But the forward hasn’t forgotten where he came from and credited many of the nutritional and exercise habits he learned back in college for his professional opportunities.Mueller still follows the Wisconsin soccer team back home and even got to visit Madison and the team in August, where he received a warm welcome. He also views last year’s success as a strong foundation for players to know the work ethic needed to win in college soccer.“I got a really good reception which I wasn’t expecting,” Mueller said. “But it was really cool to see and go back to your roots and it’s always a good reminder to get back there. They’re off to a better start than we were off to [coming in as freshmen]. Something that changed that was really important for us as a group was to change the culture of the program and how everyone approached what a winning program should be like.”Mark SegbersAlso a high pick at No. 9 to the New England Revolution, Segbers has taken a different path than his teammate Mueller. After getting drafted by the Revolution, Segbers was put on loan to the USL team Orange County FC in part because of New England’s logjam up front.Though he has yet to play in the MLS Segbers sees his time with Orange County as a strong asset in his development.“Getting on the score sheet, getting goals, getting assists boosts your confidence,” Segbers said. “Definitely after being in the USL for a good stint you want to see how you stack up against guys on the next level and see if you’ve progressed like you’ve been planning to. It’s definitely been a positive experience so far.”Volleyball: Badgers open up Big Ten play with Buckeye sweepThe No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team opened up their Big Ten season with a return to the University of Wisconsin Read…In the MLS Combine, Coach John Trask made it a point to highlight Segbers’ defensive potential, but the athlete has spent most of his time at attacking positions with Orange County.Segbers isn’t sure what position he’ll be at the next level but is willing to play wherever suits the needs of the team.“I played wing mid coming up through college these last few years and [coming out of the draft] I was more than ready to transition into a wing back,” Segbers said. “But now that I’m with the Revs it’s wherever they need me and wherever I can help the team get better.”Despite spending much of his time on the west coast Segbers still makes time to follow his old teammates at Wisconsin.Men’s Soccer: Badgers look to end road woes in matchup against MarylandThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-4-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten) looks to put an end to their road woes Read…Segbers noted that despite a mixed start to Wisconsin’s season, the team is young and on the right track for future success.“You learn from all the losses and turn them into positives,” Segbers said. “That’s how [in 2017] we ended up with a pretty damn good team by the end of our senior year.”Tom BarlowA later selection in the draft, Barlow went No. 39 in the second round to the New York Red Bulls. After his selection, Barlow was designated to play with the team’s USL affiliate the New York Red Bulls II.Barlow has racked up an impressive season in the USL thus far, scoring six goals and two assists in his 19 games with the Red Bulls II. During what was probably his most impressive game this year, Barlow closed a three-goal deficit by himself with a phenomenal second-half hat-trick. The performance earned the striker USL Player of the Week honors for the week of August 20.But Barlow is happier with the team’s success of late rather than his individual accolades.“[The awards] remind me to keep working hard and good things will happen,” Barlow said. “We’re still right on the line for playoffs right now so that’s the most important thing.”Women’s soccer: Dani Rhodes is Big Ten Player of the Week after impressive weekendThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7–1–1, 1–0–1 Big Ten) tied Northwestern(6–1–2, 0–1–1 Big Ten) 1–1 Friday Read…For Barlow, the vertical integration of the Red Bulls and their affiliate Red Bulls II has been an enormous help in his transition.With both teams practicing in Florham Park, New Jersey, Barlow has access to a lot more facilities and resources than players on clubs with more distant affiliates would.“You get to train with [the MLS team] sometimes. The facilities are fantastic, the fields are great,” Barlow said. “It’s been a huge help seeing some of the first team guys and how they go about their business.”Despite the distance from Madison, Barlow is still grateful for the opportunities he received building up the Wisconsin men’s soccer program and still regularly follows the team.Barlow also mentioned his excitement to play former teammate Mike Catalano whenever the Red Bulls II matchup with the Bethlehem Steel.“We’ve seen [Catalano] a few times, [the Steel] are pretty close to us,” Barlow said. “It was kind of weird being on a different team, but it was good, it was fun.”Catalano has likewise enjoyed the games he’s played versus former teammate Tom Barlow but still tries to keep a competitive mindset in their matchups.Mike CatalanoA third-round selection by the Philadelphia Union at No. 54, Catalano has begun his career with the nearby affiliate Bethlehem Steel.Catalano credits his former coach Trask as well as the Wisconsin program for helping him learn to be a professional.“Coach Trask and the coaches are the biggest part of that,” Catalano said. “They never let you be content, never let you be settled. They just prepare you to be a pro from the day you walked in as a freshman.”For Catalano, who led Wisconsin with 10 goals in 2017, the adjustment has been admittedly difficult as he has yet to score this season on just three shot attempts.Football: Meet Wisconsin’s newest defensive star, Scott NelsonAfter a demoralizing loss to the BYU Cougars, it’s easy to forget the University of Wisconsin football team still has Read…But the attacking midfielder has been adjusting his game and is looking to get on the field more by playing a multitude of positions.“They’ve kind of thrown me at all positions. Center back, right back, right winger, obviously central midfielder. I’ve told the coaching staff I want to get on the field,” Catalano said. “That’s something I can bring to the table is that versatility.”Catalano looks back with pride at his time with the Badgers and views the team’s success as a culmination of four years of hard work.The midfielder also concurs with his former teammates that Wisconsin’s early season losses are growing pains for a group that has similar potential to what the 2017 team accomplished.“It means a lot to us what we did there,” Catalano said. “It wasn’t easy, but now we have respect for Wisconsin soccer. It’s up to the coming classes to maintain that respect, so hopefully, they can do that.”While the transition into the pros has differed so far for each of these former Badgers, we hope their experiences in Madison will set them up for success in the coming years and beyond.last_img read more

Capital One Preview: City look to bounce back, Midlands derby set to entertain

first_imgSunderland have not enjoyed a great start to the season as they are still without a win after six matches. The Black Cats suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth in the last clash.Dick Advocaat has seen his men seal only one win in all competitions, which came against Exeter City as Sunderland sealed a 6-0 win in the second round of the Capital One Cup. He will be looking to eliminate the league leaders in the third round of the competition.City were cruising in the Premier League as they managed five wins in a row. In the five matches, they were successful in keeping clean sheets in all the fixtures. However, they suffered their first defeat in all competitions against Juventus in the Champions League clash.Following the defeat at the hands of last season’s finalist, Manuel Pellegrini saw his side lose to West Ham United in the league at the Etihad. City lost 2-1 as the Hammers managed to defeat another top team in their own backyard. After two losses, the former Real Madrid manager will be looking to bounce back when City face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup.Aston Villa will be desperate for a win to kick-start their season in the Capital One Cup third-round tie against local rivals Birmingham City on Tuesday. Tim Sherwood’s side suffered a defeat against West Brom at the weekend to leave his side just outside the bottom three with four points from six games.Villa have not won since defeating Notts County 5-3 in the previous round of the Capital One Cup.Meanwhile Birmingham have started their season brightly and currently lie just out of the play-off places with a game in hand over the teams around them.The Blues defeated Gillingham in the last round and would cherish the chance to heap more pressure on their local rivals with victory at Villa Park.Birmingham have won 14 and drawn 15 out of the 57 games on Villa’s home turf, with their last victory at Villa Park coming in 2004. The two teams last meeting ended in a goalless draw in 2010. Two of the standout performers of the Premier League so far meet at the King Power Stadium in tuesday’s Capital One cup tie.West Ham have already inflicted away day defeats to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City this season, and will put their reputation to the test against high flying Leicester City.This is Slaven Bilic’s first game in the League Cup since becoming the manager at Upton Park and will be hoping he can take his team one step further than the semi-finals that West Ham managed last year.Comeback kings Leicester currently occupy a Champions League berth and are the only remaining team unbeaten in the top flight, but have not kept a clean sheet all season.In their last two games they have fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Aston Villa and draw 2-2 against Stoke. Jake Livermore could make his comeback for Hull City against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday following his drugs ban.Livermore has been back in training for almost two weeks and is in line for selection.Steve Bruce’s side have already beaten Accrington and Rochdale to reach the third round and are currently third in the Championship – while Swansea have failed to score in their last two games, losing to Watford and drawing with Everton.Swansea City manager Garry Monk made 11 changes for the 3-0 win against York City in the previous round – although Hull have a 100% home record this season and will provide a far tougher test. Other fixtures tonight:Fulham vs Stoke CityMiddlesbrough vs WolverhamptonPreston North End vs Bournemouth Reading vs Everton–This game is live on SuperSport 3, your world of champions. Catch the Bundesliga 2014/15 games live on SuperSport throughout the season.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Braves’ Ronald Acuna reacts to being pulled from game for not hustling

first_imgRonald Acuna has nothing but respect for his manager’s decision to pull him from Sunday’s game.The Braves outfielder slowed down to admire what he thought was his 36th home run of the season in the third inning against the Dodgers, but instead was held to a single because he didn’t hustle on the hit. Ronald Acuña Jr. has been taken out of the biggest game yet for watching a potential HR turned single. This will be a GOOD LESSON for a young player with TONS of talent. Snitker Cares about Ñ, THE TEAM & sends a message to everyone about playing the game the right way. #ChopOn— Paul Byrd (@PaulByrd36) August 18, 2019The 21-year-old then compounded the initial error when he was thrown out while trying to steal second base.Acuna took the field for the top of the fourth but manager Brian Snitker pulled him before the Braves took the field in the fifth, putting Adam Duvall in left field and moving Rafael Ortega to center.  Related News Nationals injury updates: Max Scherzer nearing return; Sean Doolittle placed on injured list “He didn’t run,” Snitker said, via “You’ve got to run. It’s not going to be acceptable here. As a teammate, you’re responsible for 24 other guys and that name on the front is a lot more important than that name on the back of that jersey. You can’t do that. We’re trying to accomplish something special here. Personal things have to be put on the back-burner.”The Braves escaped with a 5-3 win after rallying for four runs on a Rafael Ortega grand slam in the sixth, but Acuna knows the final outcome could have been far less exciting.“It’s one of those things where I [wasn’t] thinking and that’s the reaction I took,” Acuna told reporters. “[Snitker] felt that was the decision he had to make, and I respect that decision. … “I’ve always tried to play baseball hard. It’s just one of those things that happen. I’ll just continue to play hard.”Acuna is hitting .296 with 35 home runs and 85 RBIs this season. He also leads the National League with 29 stolen bases and 104 runs scored.Expect him to be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.center_img Braves’ Ronald Acuña pulled from game for not hustling on play Yankees adopt Brett Gardner’s dugout antics for new celebration Mets’ Pete Alonso breaks National League rookie home run recordlast_img read more

Mostar is ready for 453rd Traditional Jumps on Sunday!

first_imgMostar jumps are the most important event and brand for the city of Mostar and entire Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mostar is the most visited during the traditional jumps of the Old Bridge. Tourists from all over the world are guests of this pearl of Herzegovina on this day.Mostar will be the center of the world again on July 28th, on the day of the 453rdt traditional jumps from the Old Bridge.This year, the city on Neretva is reaching record numbers when it comes to tourist visits. The Tourist Board of HNC announced that the number of tourists in June and July this year is much higher in comparison to the same month last year.A rich autochthonous offer, as well as cultural events and festivals. significantly contributed to the fact that Mostar is not a city for an overnight stay, but tourists stay for a few days.The largest number of competitors will be from Mostar.The jumps from the Old Bridge are unique since they are different from figurative jumps in many ways. There is a total of 196 positions that are a part of a combination of sports and science, and none of the jumps from the Old Bridge are the same, there is only a standard figure.Mostar jumps should be found on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage as the most important tourist event and brand not only for Mostar but also for the entire BiH.last_img read more