18 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Leicester will end season in top fourby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists victory against Leicester was well-deserved as they snatched a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds were handed a controversial spot-kick deep into stoppage time when Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have brought down Sadio Mane.James Milner calmly slotted home the winner in a result Klopp admits already feels like a huge moment in their season.Klopp told Liverpool’s official website : “So, if you score in the 95th minute with a penalty everybody would say that’s lucky but over the full game we had more chances, we were the better team, so I’m really happy about that.“This one [win] alone feels already big enough, to be honest, because of how difficult this league is [and] how difficult the life of an LFC player is.“I think Leicester at the end of the season will be in the top four and then they will realise how different it is when you play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday. The quality they have is already good and we all know Brendan, what a sensational manager he is and what he’s doing with them.” last_img read more

Actor Ethan Hawke calling for moratorium to oil exploration in Gulf of

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsActor Ethan Hawke is adding his voice to the Mi’kmaq call for a moratorium on oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Hawke will attend a water ceremony in the Mi’kmaw community of Paq’tnkek.“The Gulf of St. Lawrence is truly unique in its beauty, culture and biodiversity,” said Hawke. “”I feel it is important to support my east coast neighbours in their demand for a moratorium.”The event is an effort to raise public awareness of concerns over proposed drilling in the Gulf which is rich with fish resources.A coalition made up of Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Innu fishers has opposed oil exploration in a region called Old Harry – traditional fishing grounds for indigenous communities.Troy Jerome, Executive Director for the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, said the coalition’s calls for a 12 year moratorium have gone unanswered by government for the last two years.“We’ve been trying to raise public awareness across all the provinces,” said Jerome. “This affects everyone. So we’re trying to get more people mobilised.”Jerome said attaching Hawke’s name is already making a difference.“I’ve been on the radio and TV, newspapers for two or three years,” said Jerome, “I see this level of awareness now doubled with the interest. Adding his name brings us a lot of exposure.”Hawke owns property in Nova Scotia and, in 2011, worked with the Save our Seas Coalition and the David Suzuki Foundation, speaking out on dangers of drilling in the Gulf.A spill in the ecologically sensitive area would affect five provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec.Critics have argued the environmental assessment is inadequate.Jerome says First Nations have never been consulted.The goal of the moratorium is to allow time for a comprehensive review.The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the largest marine breeding regions in Canada, with more than 2,000 marine species choosing to spawn, nurse and migrate there year round.It is also home to endangered whales and hosts some of the largest lobster production in the world.Corridor Resources holds the licence to explore for oil in Old Harry. It expects to start seismic testing in 2016.troache@aptn.ca — with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How Much Should We Fear Giancarlo Stanton In Pinstripes

PLAYERAGEPAWARPREV. HIGHCAREER WARYR+1YR+2YR+3YR+4YR+5NEXT 5 YRS. What’s in store for Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees career?For players whose first 7-WAR season came between ages 25-29, average statistics in that season and each of the next five seasons, 1920-2017 IN FIRST 7-WAR SEASONWAR IN… *Average for 66 comparable players.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Comparable players*276628.06.027.65.04.44.13.63.020.2 For our historical group — which includes the likes of Frank Robinson, Manny Ramirez and Tony Gwynn — the drop was relatively steep from their career-best season. On average, they fell from 8.0 WAR that year to 5.0 the following season, with the total diminishing over each of the next five years in a predictable aging pattern. Only 10 of the 66 ever had another season as good as their breakout campaign. Granted, Stanton’s big year was slightly less out of place with the rest of his career, so he’ll probably feel the pull of regression a bit less than other players might. And a batter who produces between 3 and 5 WAR is no bum — quite to the contrary, 5 WAR is roughly the border where All-Star seasons start to take shape.Plus, the Yankees might not even need Stanton to reproduce his 2017 in order to have a great season next year: Their run differential suggests they were roughly as good as the 104-win L.A. Dodgers last year, despite winning “only” 91 games. New York would have been formidable without Stanton, and with him (plus Judge, Gary Sanchez and others), they’ll be a right-handed power-hitting squad the likes of which the game may never have seen before.But at the same time, Stanton will probably not reach the heights of his performance from 2017 ever again — meaning the Yankees are getting a very good player but probably not one with perennial MVP potential. After all, there’s a reason they call it a “career year”: You only get one of them per customer.Either way, after several relatively quiet offseasons, general manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees seem to be returning to their big-ticket superstar roots. Now we’ll see if they can also revive the tradition of winning World Series. G. Stanton276927.26.434.6?????? After several weeks of involved trade discussions that would send prized Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton to either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals, the baseball world was thrown a curveball Friday when it was reported that Stanton rejected both deals — and that the New York Yankees had swooped into the bidding. According to multiple reports, and assuming Stanton approves the deal, the Yankees had done on Saturday what the Giants and Cards couldn’t: They reeled in the game’s top power hitter.There were only two hitters last season who hit more than 50 home runs in MLB. Now, the Yankees have both of them: Stanton and fellow right-handed behemoth Aaron Judge. There’s reason to think Stanton will like hitting in Yankee Stadium as much as his new teammate. According to The Baseball Gauge’s park adjustments, Marlins Park was the third-most-difficult home run-hitting park for right-handed batters last season, which had the effect of depressing righty homers by about 20 percent relative to an average MLB ballpark.1The full-season park factor listed by The Baseball Gauge is 0.90, implying a 10 percent drop, but that number also reflects that a team plays half its games on the road, in (presumably) neutral parks. So the effect in Marlins home games alone would be about 20 percent. You read that right: Stanton smashed an MLB-leading 59 bombs — the most in baseball since 2001 — and took a serious run at Roger Maris’s pre-steroids HR record despite playing in one of the game’s most difficult parks for right-handed power hitters. There’s a reason Stanton was named NL MVP even though his team finished 20 games out of first place — it was one of the great individual seasons of this millennium.If you use The Baseball Gauge’s adjustment and extrapolate Stanton’s 2017 homers to a typical park, he’d project to have hit about 66 homers — easily shattering Maris’s mark. What’s more, Yankee Stadium ranked as the third-most-favorable park in baseball for right-handed home run hitters last season. Continuing our exercise above to project Stanton’s season into Yankee Stadium, he would figure to have hit around 73 homers (!!!) if he’d played in the Bronx instead of Miami. Now, the obvious caveats apply: Park factors are imperfect measurements that don’t account for each park’s exact dimensions, instead inferring the effect in a somewhat noisy way by looking at the change in home runs between a team’s home and road games. But even so, Stanton is probably going to get some kind of assist in his power numbers simply by upgrading his park situation.The real question for the Yankees is whether that boost will be enough to offset the tug of regression to the mean. Stanton had the best season of his career in 2017, and not just in the HR column, where he set a new career high by 22 homers. He also reached new career marks in isolated power, strikeout rate, on-base plus slugging and wins above replacement,2Using an average of the WAR models found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. in addition to playing 150 games in a season for the first time since 2011. There’s a very good chance that last season was the best we’ll ever see out of Stanton, who still has at least 10 years and $295 million left on his gargantuan contract. It would be unfair to expect him to reproduce anything close to that level of performance, particularly given his history of injuries.According to WAR, Stanton was worth 7.2 wins at age 27 last season, the first time he ever broke the seven-win barrier in a single season. Since 1920, 66 hitters have cracked 7 WAR for the first time between the ages of 25 and 29 (provided they also put up at least 20 career WAR from their rookie season through their breakout season).3Stanton has 34.6 career WAR through 2017. Those players had that big year at an average age of 27.2 — roughly the same as Stanton last year — so they make for a good sample from which we can draw a comparison for Stanton’s next few seasons. read more

West Ham need to change the overall atmosphere

first_imgIt has been a really difficult season for West Ham United so far and the incident when Andy Carroll left the bench before the end of the game didn’t help the situation at all.David Moyes admitted that the atmosphere around the club hasn’t been the best lately and there are some changes that are needed to be made as soon as possible to improve the situation in the upcoming seasons.The Scot spoke about his side’s struggles as he said, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It makes it very difficult. There are so many different things that can happen at football clubs daily, whether it be transfers, dealing with players, team selection and you hope you get a little bit of trust.”“I have got to say I have had to come to terms with the culture of West Ham and it seems that leaked stories are part of it here.”“Can I change it? I’m sure every manager who has come in has tried to change it. I’ve tried not to waste any energy and not get too wound up about it because I think it is the culture of West Ham United. I would love to change it in many ways.”last_img read more

Napoli closes the door on Cavani return

first_imgNapoli have ruled out the return of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani this summer, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.The PSG forward is a popular figure with Napoli supporters following a successful three-year spell. He eventually joined French giants Paris-Saint Germain in a big-money deal, where he has won four Ligue 1 titles and currently the club’s all-time top scorer.But with rumors rife over a potential reunion during the transfer window, Aurelio De Laurentiis has brushed aside the suggestions in an interview with Italian radio.“Cavani? I haven’t signed him and won’t sign him,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss (via Football Italia).‘There were no phone calls with his representatives. Newspapers have to sell copies; they’re going into crisis and without these headlines, they can’t survive.’Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Another player linked to the Naples side this transfer window is Chilean midfielder, Arturo Vidal. But De Laurentiis insisted that the Serie A side are focused on purchasing younger players during the close season.“He said: Vidal to Napoli? False. He’s someone I followed many years ago, but now I’m looking for younger players who are usable in the long run.“Today, three great players in our squad return, Milik, Zielinski, and Koulibaly. We already have top players at home.”Carlo Ancelotti was brought in to spearhead their challenge for the Serie A title, with former coach Maurizio Sarri now in charge at Chelsea.last_img read more

Gareth Bale misses the EPL but is happy in La Liga

first_imgThe Wales national team footballer misses the English Premier League but he says he enjoys to be playing with “the best team in the world”Welsh footballer Gareth Bale left the English Premier League in 2013 and five years later he says he misses his former competition but is happy at Real Madrid.The winger was playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 when Real Madrid bought him.He has then played 130 matches with Los Merengues, scoring 73 goals and assisting dozens more.And in an interview with The Daily Mail, when he was asked if he wanted to return to the EPL, he was very honest.“You can say yes and no. You always want to come back and play in your home league and a part of you will always miss home. But I’m enjoying playing for the biggest club in the world and winning trophies,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.One of the things that have helped him settle down is that Madrid’s boss Julen Lopetegui speaks English.“In Spanish, I can talk [to a manager] but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to,” he answered.“We can be even better again. Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”Tough game in Bilbao. We go again on Wednesday. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/oZIpkJcKA6— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 15, 2018last_img read more

Valverde is still unsure if he will remain in Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has everybody in the club uncertain because he still hasn’t given any hints about a contract extension.Being the Barcelona manager is always a really stressful job for anyone who decides to take it, especially during this era in which the club is going through a successful period and Ernesto Valverde is the latest to suffer the consequences of this job. Ever since Pep Guardiola started as the manager back in 2008, the position has been filled by some very interesting managers who have left for various circumstances and abruptly ended their relationship with the club. Pep himself gave everybody a heads up and he left as the most revered manager in the club’s history, after him, followed the late ‘Tito’ Vilanova who sadly lost his battle with cancer. That loss was a huge blow for the whole club because the Catalan manager was the ideal coach to keep the style alive, but the club had to bring in a new manager and they called Gerardo Martino who only lasted a season and didn’t win a single trophy. The Argentine manager had to part ways with the club due to an alarming lack of results, patience in clubs like Barcelona is not a luxury these institutions can afford and they quickly started looking for a new manager.CALLING ALL FANS! Who can sum up today’s win with a GIF? Any takers?#BarçaPSV?? pic.twitter.com/zchSDhgmaw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Luis Enrique’s abrupt exit.The board of directors in the Catalan club found a suitable replacement quickly in Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona player who had already managed Celta de Vigo with acceptable results for a club of its stature. This was a man who knew the Barcelona philosophy very well, but brought a fresh approach on the attack and was fortunate enough to have one of the best attacking trios in history formed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. His spell was also short because of the temperamental personality that he had, problems with several players quickly began to emerge and his time in the club had an expiration date. But Luis Enrique’s time in his beloved club, brought the second treble in its history and he broke many records during his time. But even if the club wanted him to stay as the manager, Luis Enrique made up his mind and left once he had already won all the trophies he could with the Blaugrana. This is how once again, the Catalan club wasn’t able to keep a manager and started looking for another suitable replacement. They also found it in Ernesto Valverde, who is still the manager today and also won trophies during his first year at the club. When he arrived, the new boss agreed on a two-year contract because he knew that managers never last in this club.? Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour de France, in the President Suñol suite with President Bartomeu during #BarçaPSV pic.twitter.com/dskz5ioGNQDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2018After winning a historic La Liga and Copa del Rey for the Catalan club, Valverde’s problems came from the board of directors rather than the players. Actually, the boss has an excellent relationship with every member of the squad but the board didn’t like him getting eliminated in last year’s Champions League against AS Roma. Right after the shocking defeat, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu came out to criticize Valverde for the result and the manager didn’t appreciate him throwing all his technical staff under the bus like that. Now that the same people who came after him last season are trying to get him to sign a new contract, Valverde is right to leave them in suspense because he feels they were disloyal towards him in the most difficult moment for the club. But this behavior from the club’s president is not new, he has repeatedly committed mistakes that the Barcelona supporters don’t appreciate and they later accept only because the club keeps winning trophies with him as the chairman. But the fans might not accept this confrontation with Valverde, the manager who has done things right in the last season and the man who has Barcelona as the top title contenders in Europe right now. Ernesto’s contract ends next summer, there hasn’t been any movement in regards to an extension and people are starting to get nervous.? Hear what the boss and players had to say after #BarçaPSV?? #ForçaBarça? https://t.co/prPMF380an— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018How far do you think Valverde will wait until he gives news about a contract extension with FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Refugee explains how football saved him from war

first_img20-year-old Gerald Mballe played at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 after fleeing Cameroon.War-torn Cameroon is sadly not the best place to live right now.Many have flown the African country, trying to look for a better place to live.And for 20-year-old Gerald Mballe, football was the best chance to get rescued and to continue playing what he loves the most.“I encountered so many difficulties when I arrived in Italy,” the 20-year-old told FIFA.com“Everything was just so new for me. They spoke a different language. There was still discrimination. I felt different. I felt barriers everywhere.”Quiz: How deep is your knowledge about Samuel Eto’o? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us everything you know about Samuel Eto’o. We will ask you 10 questions about the Cameroon legend. Enjoy!  “Football played a big part in helping me integrate me into society. Football is a universal language. You don’t need to speak the same language to play together. I would play in the parks and then Luigi [Petrillo], my mentor, invited to help coach a team of people with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I received such a warm reception from them. I felt people accept me without looking at my skin color, my eyes. It was so real, so pure. I regained self-confidence, self-identity. I felt part of a group. I felt that people were listening to me.”“Because I’m not a professional coach, I used my own soccer skills to teach people. And I tried to give them responsibility and encourage them, telling them, ‘You can do it’. I told them that if we’re passing each other the ball, then we’re a team, and as a team, we can do anything,” he explained.“When I heard I was going to the Special Olympics World Games, I was extremely happy, so excited. I had previously been denied the chance to go to a tournament in the USA because I had been a refugee and couldn’t get a visa.”“I must say a big thanks to the Special Olympics because they made the impossible, possible. They’re fighting for inclusion, for integration. They said, ‘If someone wants to integrate themselves into society, why does there have to be so many difficulties for him to get a visa?’ And they made it possible,” he concluded.last_img read more

Speciallyabled to express themselves through art

first_imgPhysically and mentally challenged artists from across the world have got together to put up an international event of inclusive arts aimed at showcasing their talents and proving that disability is not an obstacle to achieving their dreams.The three-day festival being held at India International Centre from November 14, includes events like an international seminar on ‘Challenges of working with persons with disability for inclusive growth with special focus on inclusive arts’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Sambhav 2015,’ organised by A.L.P.A.N.A, (Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action) a Delhi-based NGO includes a workshop of yoga, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and artifacts made by challenged artists. Persons with disability from over 24 countries are participating in the annual festival, now in its 10th edition.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter to the NGO said, “I am happy to know A.L.P.A.N.A is organising an international event with performances by challenged artists from different parts of the globe and different regions of India.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe NGO was instituted by dancer Alpana Nayak in 2006. Nayak said that unlike western countries, in India work done for the betterment of persons who are challenged is negligible. “The west is working in this field since 1940 but in our country we have recognised it in only towards the late 1990s. Even then after 25 years we can see only 10 per cent to 15 per cent development,” Nayak said.“I don’t want to say that this is only the work of our government but others should also came forward for such a noble cause,” she said. The NGO is being assisted by the ministries of Culture, External Affairs besides Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. “We don’t charge any participation fee but we give prizes to those who perform well,” she said. “Challenges which we faced while organising an event like this is the identification of the group of participants worldwide,” she said.“I suffered a major accident at the age of eight in which I lost my left leg. Since, childhood I liked dancing. I used to switch on the television set in a locked room and start dancing. Soon it became my passion and I have performed in 21 countries,” Roma Naupane from Nepal, who was a participant at the event said.Taraneh, a 30-year-old artist from Iran said he was inspired by the soft Indian music.” I have played piano since the age of seven. I have never been to any institute to learn but started myself and soft music has always been my interest area,” he said.last_img read more