The Chronicle of Philanthropy had a fascinating chat this week with Molly Stranahan, a psychologist and heiress to the Champion Spark Plug fortune who speaks on the importance of giving to personal fulfillment.The headline: GIVING IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE, NOT THE MONEY.Here are the four most interesting lessons in my view, with quotes from Stranahan.1. People aren’t philanthropists. Here is what Stranahan said about the term: “Ah, that term, “philanthropist.”! I think we have so many associations with it that aren’t appealing. I always envisioned rich, white men who give money to build wings on art museums or hospitals, and that it means that you aren’t doing anything useful yourself, wtih your time – you are only valued for your monetary gifts. In my experience, joy in giving comes from a feeling that I am making a difference. It is either because I can see the difference it is making related to an issue I care about, or because it is helping someone I care about do work that makes a difference to them.”2. People don’t like being treated as philanthropists. “As a donor, sometimes I feel like fundraisers see me as only the funds I might give. I find I am attracted when I am seen as a whole person. Ask me questions about my interests, engage in a conversation about the overlaps between what your organization does and my interests. Let’s learn together. And let me see the impact of the work.”3. People who give think of themselves as part of you – not your audience. “I like to think of the whole group of people involved in a charitable organization as a team – each providing a different type of energy to solve the problem at hand. Some provide their time (as staff or volunteers), some provide wisdom (often the the people affected by the problem), and some provide money. People like feeling connected to others, and if you help your donors feel like part of the team, you may be enhancing their happiness.”4. Data has its limits! “I am also aware that we are getting hung up on ‘measurable outcomes’ that can miss the deepest impact of the work of a charity. With Needmor’s (organization Stranahan supports) funding of community organizing, the part that most affected me was seeing how the community members who became leaders had changed. They could no longer be oppressed in the same ways as before. That isn’t really that measurable, but it is the impact that most excites me… When you care about the people in the organization, you get more committed.”
2012Savannah State9.45.4 2017Tulsa9.0 ? The answer is that yards per carry is extremely important for success at any level of football and in any league. Even in the Big 12 who most tab as a high-flying pass-first league, it’s paramount. Offenses like Art Briles’ juggernaut at Baylor were predicated on power running. In fact, only two Big 12 champions in the last 10 years averaged under 4.5 yard per attempt rushing, and those were Texas and Oklahoma back in 2009 and 2010.So it looks like that magic number to shoot for is a 5.0 average. With the young talent competing behind an improved Justice Hill and the dynamic passing attack to spell them, there’s no reason this group can’t get it done.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 2007Oklahoma4.7 2012Kansas State/Oklahoma4.8/4.8 2014Florida State3.83.5 2013Baylor5.4 YearBig 12 ChampionYards Per Carry The gaudy average from last week is a bit inflated with the two longest rushing plays in the last six years by J.D. King and LD Brown. But if we take those 71- and 73-yard plays out of the mix (we shouldn’t), the average is still 5.4 yards per carry — the best since 2013’s season opener. But how important is this one number to a teams’s success? Here’s a look at the last ten Big 12 champions. 2016Oklahoma5.4 2009Texas4.0 2010Oklahoma3.4 2014TCU/Baylor5.3/4.5 2013Mississippi State7.24.4 2011Oklahoma State5.4 YearSeason OpenerYards Per CarryYear Average Against Tulsa in its season opener, Oklahoma State displayed the offensive firepower that we pined for all summer. Mason Rudolph was nearly perfect and his receivers looked the part. But it was the running game behind last year’s Freshman All-American Justice Hill and an experienced offensive line that kept the Golden Hurricane at bay and gave Mike Gundy confidence moving forward.“We’re getting back on track to having balance on offense,” said Gundy. “You guys know that, for me, balance is very important. We’re developing a little bit of depth on the offensive line. We still have a year or two to get back to where we need to be, but we have good running back play.”That Cowboy running game peeked its head out early in 2016 with the emergence of Hill and finally emerged from a four-year slumber in the back half of the season.For multiple seasons, an empty cupboard at offensive line and misses and off-the-field issues at tailback meant the Cowboys had to try to manufacture balance with inventive play-calling and a running QB like J.W. Walsh — or just try to throw it over a defense’s head and hope your receivers win out-numbered battles.Mike Gundy is quite happy with this new development.“I like where they’re at right now,” Gundy confirmed. “The balance is going to be important. We’re not going to be able to go out and throw for 500 yards and rush for 75 and be able to win games. I thought, for the first game at least, our running game worked out well.”While there was improvement a year ago, the Cowboys still finished seventh in the Big 12 in rushing offense. What can these first-game yields tell us about the team moving forward? Let’s take a look at a running game’s debut and how useful it is in projecting season-long success.We’ll go back as far as 2012, the last season that OSU had a 1,000-yard rusher (Joseph Randle) before last year, and the last season it finished above fifth in the Big 12 in rushing offense. 2015Central Michigan4.43.6 2008Oklahoma4.7 2015Oklahoma5.0 2016Southeastern Louisiana3.84.5
M+R had a fascinating post* last week about political fundraising. It highlighted insights from the digital team who sent out fundraising emails for the Obama campaign. While political fundraising is its own animal, I do think many of these insights apply to all forms of fundraising. So whether you’re a political activist or a nonprofit fundraiser, or of the red or blue or purple persuasion, you will find this interesting.(The whole post is here. These are some highlights along with my commentary.)1. It’s hard to predict what will work – so testing matters. There were 18 very smart people on the email team alone, and they often predicted the wrong winners among versions of emails. And just when they figured out what worked, it stopped working. So they tested again. Keep testing!2. The best segmentation was based on what donors did – not how they voted or their demographics. Segmenting their message according to the ways people responded worked far better in yielding strong fundraising results than any other variable. What have people donated in the past? In response to which appeals? Segment accordingly.3. Length didn’t seem to matter a lot, until the end of the campaign, when shorter did better (reminds me of my advice to write very short appeals on December 31!). What did matter was the content and relevance of the message.4. For fundraising, setting a big goal for number of donations worked, but little, very local goals (we need six more donors in Washington, DC) did not. Those only worked for advocacy. Interesting. Something to test?And my favorite finding? The best appeals also had the highest unsubscribe rates. Like Mark Rovner always says, evoking passion means you get strong opinions on all sides. Bland is safe – and gets NO reaction.For more findings, check out the full post, “Surprises from Obama’s New Media Staff.”*Hat tip to Jono Smith of Event360 for sharing the post.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 17, 2014November 14, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by: USAID’s Bureau for Global HealthCan you imagine a world where all mothers give birth safely? At the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we are working to make that vision a reality. We are re-imagining development by promoting innovative and catalytic ideas, technologies, and approaches to overcome long-standing and entrenched problems. Many of these ideas take what works and creatively apply it to areas of the world with limited access to electricity, transportation challenges, low literacy, and health worker shortages. Often, with significant breakthroughs in innovation, once insurmountable development challenges can become solvable through creative and high-impact solutions.One such problem is maternal mortality. Every year more than 287,000 women die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. USAID’s Bureau of Global Health supports a variety of projects promoting innovative maternal health technologies.Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development – a partnership among USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and DFID – calls on the brightest minds across the globe to develop groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant mothers and newborns during the vulnerable hours surrounding birth. After three rounds of awards, the portfolio supports the development of 59 novel technology, service delivery, and demand-stimulation solutions for use in low resource settings. Some of the scientific and technological maternal health advancements include studies to advance the development of a low-cost, non-refrigerated inhaled form of oxytocin to prevent post-partum hemorrhage (Monash University); a “solar suitcase” to provide a sustainable power source to medical providers ensuring their ability to deliver life-saving procedures 24-hours a day (We Care Solar, in partnership with AMREF); and development of an operative and realistic emergency obstetric simulator and simulation-based training on emergency C-sections (Operative Experience).Through mHealth for Safe Deliveries in Zanzibar, Tanzania, as a part of a larger USAID-funded program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds D-tree International to incentivize traditional birth attendants to refer women to deliver in facilities, allowing women the ability to reach emergency health services in a timely manner. Through a two-pronged mobile phone-based referral system, TBAs are able to identify high-risk women for referral. Next, through a partnership with Zantel, funds for emergency transportation are transferred to the TBA. For each referral, the TBA visits the home of the patient, accompanies the woman to a health facility, and provides follow-up care. TBAs receive compensation for each referral upon completion of follow-up care. The program has increased facility-based deliveries to over 70% from a baseline of 40% and is being scaled-up in Zanzibar.As a member of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, the USAID-funded Accelovate project, implemented by Jhpiego, is working to increase access and improve quality of priority maternal health drugs: oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfate. Although these drugs have been used for years to treat the top two causes of maternal mortality, they have not achieved expected impact due to various shared and unique challenges. One major shared challenge pertains to the quality of the drug. To address the substandard potency of oxytocin found in many low resource settings, Accelovate is working to put this temperature-sensitive drug into countries’ cold chain management systems. Additionally, there is the need for greater access to those quality drugs. Because countries tend to procure products from vetted sources, Accelovate encourages production of high quality misoprostol and magnesium sulfate by helping manufacturers navigate the WHO pre-qualification process.These are just a few examples of the breadth and depth of the work of partners developing and promoting maternal health technologies. However, despite progress, challenges remain. While innovative ideas abound, translating these ideas to safe, feasible, accessible, high-quality, demanded, and low-cost products remains difficult. Meanwhile, women are dying in childbirth. While not every innovation will succeed, support for novel technologies is critical to achieve maternal health advances. As part of USAID Forward, we are working to embrace partnerships, invest in innovation, and demand a relentless focus on results. Current and future innovations help ensure that eventually no mother dies a death that could have been prevented.Request for Applications (RFA) for Saving Lives at Birth Round 4 is now live! We are accepting applications until March 27. The RFA is found here: http://savinglivesatbirth.net/applyLearn more about USAID’s work in global health: www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/global-healthTech4MH is an ongoing guest blog series curated by MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani. If you would like to submit a guest blog post for possible inclusion the series, please email Yogeeta.Share this:
Roy Keane has criticised Sir Alex Ferguson’s man-management skills and claims he didn’t have Manchester United’s best interests at heart while in charge of the club.Keane is one of United’s most decorated former captains with seven Premier League titles and a Champions League crown among other honours, but a falling out with Ferguson saw him leave Manchester in 2005.Ferguson was also critical of Keane in his autobiography released in 2013, and the latter has often made disapproving comments relating to the Scot and the duo’s time together at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And former Republic of Ireland international Keane has again singled out Ferguson as he discussed his final days at United 14 years ago, insisting that he didn’t like the way certain players were treated.”People talk about Ferguson’s man-management – don’t be kidded on by all of it,” Keane told Off The Ball.”I was at the club when Bryan Robson left, when Steve Bruce left, two brilliant servants for Manchester United, and I didn’t like the way they were treated.”Referencing the infamous MUTV interview Keane gave berating a number of first-team stars at Old Trafford, Keane does not believe that rant was what caused him to leave the club.”We’d had loads of heated discussions over the years, sometimes as a team, but you’ve got to roll with that,” he continued.”We’re grown men fighting for the same thing. There’s going to be a bit of argy-bargy but I’m sure there are people here working in industries where things get heated.”I didn’t leave the office that day thinking this was the end of my career at Manchester United, but if you think I’m going to sit there, I don’t care if its Alex Ferguson or the Pope… I’m going to fight my corner.”Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manchester United. Nonsense. His son Darren played for the club and won a league medal. [He was] very lucky.”[Alex Ferguson’s] brother was the chief scout for Manchester United for a long time. I’m surprised his wife wasn’t involved in the staff somewhere.”Darren was [the manager] at Preston North End and lost his job. He had a couple of young players on loan from Manchester United, [but] guess what happens the next day?”They’re pulled out of Preston. Is that doing the best for Manchester United? Do me a favour.”I think when he [Sir Alex Ferguson] apologises I will probably say hello to him but I’ve no interest in speaking to the man.”Keane joined United from Nottingham Forest in 1993, going on to win 17 trophies before moving to Scottish giants Celtic.The 48-year-old has since managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town after calling time on his playing career, while he also served as an assistant for Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.Ferguson, meanwhile, led United to 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns, while he was in charge the last time the Red Devils finished top of the pile in England’s top-flight league, back in 2013. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Fromm had pretty much every reason to feel good about his performance. He completed 82.8-percent of his passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.But Georgia didn’t play a perfect game.After their first touchdown, the Vols responded with a game-tying touchdown of their own. Tennessee even managed to take the lead early in the second quarter, and managed to hold it until the final two minutes of the first half.But Fromm threw his two touchdowns in the final minutes to take a lead that they would not relinquish.Fromm ended the day with his third-straight win over the Vols, and a 5-0 start for the Bulldogs this season.It may be a few weeks at least until Georgia takes on a team that can actually humble the future NFL quarterback.As for Tennessee, they fell to 1-4 on the season and host Mississippi State next week. KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after rushing for a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs overcame an early scare before crushing Tennessee, 43-14, on Saturday night. After the game, the victorious Georgia quarterback decided to rub it in the Vols’ faces a little.Following his winning performance, Fromm met with the media and spoke about the game. But when he was done, he could be heard singing Tennessee’s fight song “Rocky Top” on his way out.“Good Ole Rocky Top, woo!” Fromm can be heard singing as he leaves his press session.Jake Fromm leaves media availability singing a little jingle:“Goooood Ole Rocky Top, Woo!” pic.twitter.com/UwH87Cvhwk— Dylan Webber (@Dylanlwebber) October 6, 2019
Ohio State remains the most likely team to reach the playoff (though Alabama is still more likely to win the national championship) according to the Allstate Playoff Predictor. Auburn drops out of the top 10 after its loss to Florida. pic.twitter.com/4nHZ5Daij9— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) October 6, 2019Week 7 will be a big one.Oklahoma and Texas are set to meet at the Cotton Bowl. Meanwhile, LSU will be hosting Florida in Baton Rouge.The odds will be pretty shaken up heading into Week 8. COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on October 5, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ESPN’s College Football Playoff Predictor has updated following Week 6 of the 2019 regular season on Saturday.Ohio State, following its win over Michigan State, remains the team most-likely to reach the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes’ odds are way above 50 percent.Alabama, Clemson and Georgia trail Ohio State in the second through fourth spots.Here’s the full top 10:
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has rejected any suggestion that David Luiz went on strike prior to completing a deadline-day move to Arsenal.Reports leading up to the final day of the Premier League window suggested that the Brazilian was refusing to train with the Blues as he pushed for a late summer switch.AdChoices广告He got his wish as an £8 million ($10m) transfer was made across London on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Lampard has now been quizzed on how that agreement came to pass and insists the decision to part ways was amicable and not forced by either side.Explaining his decision to offload Luiz, the Blues manager said: “We had some conversations over the last week, honest ones, and the conclusion was that he should move on.“It’s a position that I have a lot of competition. Everyone has to understand that.“He has moved on and we wish him the absolute best, because he has been a big part of our history.“There wasn’t any strike. No fall-outs, just honest conversations.“As a player I want that as a manager, and I think I got that from David. Him not training was a decision I made as I felt that was best at the time.”Lampard is not expecting there to be any further outgoings at Stamford Bridge with the window now closed for clubs in the top two tiers of English football.He added: “I don’t expect there to be. We will see over the next few weeks.”Chelsea are not in a position to bring anyone else into their squad, as they work under the constraints of a two-window transfer ban, and Lampard continues to try and see the positives in that.He added on being forced to watch on as rivals scrambled around to get bodies on board before the deadline: “It is what it is. We have to remain competitive while we are in this position.“With the ban it has been easy to write off this squad, and I don’t write off this squad at all.“I think that what is important is that you have a target within the group. What matters is how we approach things. We will see how we go.“Manchester City and Liverpool showed there was a gap, everyone has to make it up.“We will aim to win and of course we want to be in the Champions League every year. We are realistic and we just have to work our hardest.“Yes, [it is bridgeable] because this is football. One of the beauties is that you start again fresh.”Chelsea are set to open a new era under Lampard’s guidance on Sunday when they kick off their 2019-20 campaign with a trip to Manchester United.
Gurpreet Singh, Sunil Kumar win silver at Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsGurpreet Singh was defeated 0-8 by Hyeonwoo Kim of Korea in the final and had to settle for a silver medal in the Greco-Roman 77kg category at the Asian Wrestling Championshipsadvertisement Next Press Trust of India Xi’anApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 23:15 IST Gurpreet Singh had to settle for a silver medal in the Greco-Roman 77kg category (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGurpreet Singh lost 0-8 in the final and had to settle for silverSunil went down 0-2 to Asian Games gold medallist Hossein Ahmad NouriThe Asian Wrestling Championship will end on Sunday with 5 Indian wrestlers in action on the last dayIndias Greco-Roman style wrestlers began their campaign on a successful note as Gurpreet Singh (77kg) and Sunil Kumar (87kg) delivered silver medals on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championships.With this, India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers have done better than the last edition where they had won only a couple of bronze medals through Rajender Kumar (55kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg).Sunil gave his all, but passivity cost him the gold as he went down 0-2 to Iran’s mighty Hossein Ahmad Nouri, the reigning Asian Games gold medallist who has three gold from the Asian Championships.Earlier, Sunil took care of Tokhirdzhon Okhonov of Tajikistan 14-7 in the quarter-finals and then followed it up with a win over Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev 6-6 in a ‘victory by fall’ verdict.”I wish I were a little bit more aggressive. That could have changed the colour of the medal. I will strive to train harder and do better in the upcoming tournaments. It’s also because I had a chance to train in Kazakhstan and training with foreign partners improved my standard,” said Sunil after the medal bout.Gurpreet brought India’s second silver medal of the day when he tasted a 0-8 defeat at the hands of South Korea’s Hyeonwoo Kim, who has 2012 Olympic gold, 2013 World Championships gold, and four Asian Championships gold medals.Gurpreet was impressive against Qatar’s Bakhit Sharif K Badr and earned a 10-0 victory by technical superiority in the last-eight clash. Gurpreet was made to work harder in the semi-finals where he narrowly edged Tamerlan Shadukayev of Kazakhstan 6-5.advertisementIn 55kg and 63kg, however, Indian wrestlers failed to make a mark. In 55kg quarters, Manjeet lost to Kyrgyzstan’s Asan Sulaimanov 3-5, while Vikram Krushnath Kurade went down to Jinwoong Jung of South Korea 0-8 in the same round in 63kg.The Greco-Roman wrestling competition will continue on the final day of the tournament. On Sunday, Gyanender (60kg), Ravinder (67kg), Yogesh (72kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg) and Hardeep Singh (97kg) will be in action.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat bags bronze in new weight category in Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Gurpreet SinghFollow SilverFollow Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsFollow Sunil Kumar
Napoli legend Careca has lashed out at rumoured transfer target Mauri Icardi, saying the Argentine can ‘go to hell’ if he doesn’t want to sign.The former Inter captain, widely expected to leave San Siro this summer, has been linked with Napoli with reports claiming the club wanted a decision from the forward this week.Icardi, 26, has courted controversy during his time at Inter and is likely to see Romelu Lukaku establish himself as Antonio Conte’s first-choice centre-forward after taking over the number nine shirt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “Are we really still waiting for his answer? If he doesn’t want to come, he can go to hell,” Careca told Il Mattino.“Has he understood what Napoli are about, what the San Paolo is, who the Azzurri fans are?“Does he realise that scoring goals with that shirt isn’t worth the world? If he doesn’t want to come, it’s better if he doesn’t.“If I was at Napoli, I wouldn’t even waste another second on him.”The 58-year-old Careca, who scored 30 goals in 64 games for Brazil, spent six years at Napoli between 1987 and 1993.He scored in both legs of their UEFA Cup final win in 1989, before winning the Italian title and Supercoppa Italiana the following year.A prolific scorer during his time in Serie A, Careca has faith in a man already plying his trade at Napoli to provide the killer touch for Carlo Ancelotti.“Napoli already have a good number nine,” he said. “[Arkadiusz] Milik can reach 30 goals. He has good positioning, he finishes well and moves with substance.“He has everything that’s needed in a centre-forward.”The Poland international, 25, moved to Italy three years again after a productive season in the Eredivisie with Ajax.His first two seasons with Napoli were inconsistent, dogged by injuries, but he enjoyed a productive campaign in 2018-19 with 17 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.Napoli start their 2019-20 season with a trip to Fiorentina on Saturday evening, before an intriguing clash against Juventus and former manager Maurizio Sarri the following weekend.Inter, meanwhile, will have to wait until Monday to get their new campaign up and running with a home fixture against Lecce.
Andrea Pirlo says Mario Balotelli can earn a recall to Roberto Mancini’s Italy team after watching the 29-year-old score his first goal for new club Brescia.Balotelli chose to move back to the town where he spent the majority of his childhood this summer after his contract at Marseille expired, an emotional return which apparently moved his mother to tears.He nodded in a corner from fellow new signing Romulo 26 minutes into Brescia’s 3-2 friendly win over Frosinone, though he still has a four-game ban carried over from Ligue 1 to complete before he can take to the field in a competitive game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “If Balotelli has chosen to play for Brescia, it means that he wants to start again and do well,” said Pirlo, speaking to Ansa in the stands after the game.“And, if he starts again, everything else will follow for him as a result, even the national team. But getting back into the Italy team is all down to him. If you don’t show that you deserve it on the field, you can’t think about that.”Balotelli did play three times for Italy in 2018, scoring in a friendly win over Qatar in May. It came as just reward for his fine form in France, where his hit 33 goals in 61 league games for Nice before adding a further eight in 12 for Marseille.Before then, he had gone three years without an international appearance after struggling with Liverpool and on loan at AC Milan, scoring just one goal for either side in a combined 36 league appearances.Now, he will be hoping for a consistent return to form as he attempts to help Brescia avoid relegation this season.They were promoted as Serie B champions least year, one point ahead of Lecce, and have made a reasonable return to the top flight in Balotelli’s enforced absence.While they were beaten by second-tier Perugia in the Coppa Italia, they secured a 1-0 away win at Cagliari on the opening day of the league season before being edged out by the same scoreline at AC Milan last time out.Meanwhile, further up the table, Pirlo suggested former side Juventus could have a title race on their hands this season, adding: “Juventus are the favourites, but Inter are getting closer.”
Michael Owen has revealed that Alan Shearer would be included in his all-time England XI, despite the pair having been engaged in a public Twitter spat over the serialisation of the former’s autobiography.Ex-Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Owen also revealed that former Three Lions skipper David Beckham would make his team too, having also previously criticised the veteran winger.Reboot – My Life, My Time, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror, sparked a row between the former Magpies stars after Owen reflected negatively on his time at St James’ Park, during which Shearer was caretaker manager as they were relegated from the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The latter struck back, criticising his fellow forward’s comments, before Owen countered with additional accusations that his former international team-mate and coach was willing to break his loyalty to the Tyneside outfit.However, speaking to BBC Sport, the 39-year-old – who won the Ballon d’Or in 2001 and the Premier League with Manchester United in 2011 – has revealed that he would include Shearer in a starting XI of the greatest England players since his debut in 1998.Reflecting on the striker’s inclusion, who he picked alongside Wayne Rooney and over himself up front, Owen described the ex-Southampton man as having “nerves of steel”, calling him a “big influence”.”When I was growing up I would’ve been looking at Alan thinking ‘What a player’,” he revealed. “I managed to muscle my way into the team to play alongside him at the 1998 World Cup and then played with him up front at the European Championship in 2000 as well.”We scored plenty of goals together. He was then a big influence in me going to Newcastle United and we were big mates at that point.”On the big stage, if you’re thinking, ‘I need someone to finish or take a penalty’, he had absolute nerves of steel. He had a huge amount of self-belief and confidence.”In recent years, you can’t mention England centre-forwards in general without mentioning him.”Owen also included Beckham in his 3-5-2 line-up, who he admitted to being frustrated by following the then-Red Devils man’s red card in their penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in France at the 1998 World Cup.”It was difficult to leave Gary Neville out because he was fantastic,” he added. “But I’m going to put Beckham in because, well, just look at his England record, his caps and some of his great moments. Of course, he was a very famous person off the pitch but, in the dressing room and around the squad, he was one of the lads.”In my book, I praise him to high heaven but if I said to you asked you if David Beckham did the right thing in 1998 by kicking someone what would you say? Of course he didn’t. He got sent off. It wasn’t my fault, the fans’ or yours. He made a mistake.”All I said in the book is that he made a mistake and that harmed our chances – it did. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not a great player and isn’t going to get in my team.”Owen also included defenders Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole in his team, alongside additional midfielders Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes, while naming Glenn Hoddle as his manager of choice.
Heading into Sunday’s match against Sporting KC, it was easy to question the legitimacy of the LA Galaxy. For the second straight season, the Galaxy were flirting with disaster, having wasted Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first MLS campaign by bungling the playoffs in the final week of the season.A run of 22 points from 21 matches since May this season was starting to look more like a fact than an aberration. It was fair to question whether the Galaxy were any good at all, despite their star-studded cast and lofty expectations.However, any questions regarding the LA Galaxy were answered in emphatic fashion on Sunday evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ibrahimovic netted three of the Galaxy’s seven goals on Sunday night as they crushed Sporting KC 7-2 at StubHub Center to send a message to all of their doubters. After missing the post-season last year and limping lethargically through the summer months, the Galaxy look like they’ll be just fine as crunch time looms.But it didn’t start that way. The Galaxy actually trailed within 25 minutes as Felipe Guttierez scored for the visiting side. It was Guttierez who scored again too in the 86th minute for the game’s ninth and final goal. Everything that happened in between, though, was nothing short of a statement.Ibrahimovic’s first came from the spot, and it came even after a moment of weakness that proved little more than a blip. The legendary striker’s first attempt was saved by Tim Melia, but the Swede had little trouble in firing it right back into the center of the goal to tie the score at one apiece.It stayed that way until half time when the onslaught truly began. Joe Corona scored three minutes into the second half, and three minutes after that it was Zlatan again. That goal, Ibrahimovic’s 25th of the season, saw him seal the Galaxy’s single-season record with 26 while surpassing MLS legend Carlos Ruiz along the way. Rising Mexican star Uriel Antuna was next, scoring in the 69th in what would be the Galaxy’s longest goal drought of the second half: a whole eighteen minutes. Sebastian lletget scored two goals within two minutes soon after before Ibrahimovic jumped right back into the Golden Boot race with his third of the evening, putting him just two goals behind current leader, and newly-discovered rival, Carlos Vela.Zlatan wasn’t done. #LAGalaxy’s 7️⃣th goal was good for ANOTHER @Ibra_official hat trick 🦁🎩 pic.twitter.com/mOHqEZnJPY— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 16, 2019It was a performance the Galaxy needed and then some. A midweek loss to the lowly Colorado Rapids threatened to derail their season and, once again, put the club into focus. With big-money stars like Ibrahimovic, Jonathan dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini and Cristian Pavon in the squad, the Galaxy cannot afford to miss the playoffs again.If they did, it would be nothing short of an embarrassment, and there would be plenty of blame to go around. That blame would trickle from the front-office to head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto and even down to Ibrahimovic himself, whose inability to offer anything defensively up front has, at times, exposed the Galaxy’s struggles in attack and defense.That blame has rapidly turned into optimism however. With Sunday’s victory, the Galaxy jumped all the way up to fifth place as the potential of hosting a playoff opener very much remains on the table. The Galaxy are just four points behind the second-place Seattle Sounders, with comparably inexperienced squads like Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United in between. Furthermore, the Galaxy’s schedule looks about as light as could be with matches against the Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo all looking very winnable, while a clash with RSL could determine their playoff seeding.Zlatan wasn’t done. #LAGalaxy’s 7️⃣th goal was good for ANOTHER @Ibra_official hat trick 🦁🎩 pic.twitter.com/mOHqEZnJPY— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 16, 2019The Galaxy have work to do, of course. Those games are winnable on paper, but the club has slipped up in the past. One can only look back to last year’s debacle against the Dynamo in the final week of the season to remember just how fine the line can be between postseason and absolute failure. In MLS, more than half the teams make the playoffs, and those that don’t are generally considered losers. That goes double for the Galaxy, a club that still prides itself upon being the league’s premier side despite the rises of Atlanta United and LAFC in recent years.To continue that battle, the playoffs are a must and, if Sunday’s match was any indication, Zlatan and the Galaxy are more than ready for the challenge.
Zinedine Zidane responded in prickly fashion when Real Madrid’s pre-season 7-3 thrashing at the hands of Atletico Madrid was brought up on the eve of Saturday’s La Liga Derbi at the Wanda Metropolitano.Madrid were put to the sword in New Jersey in a match where Zidane felt his side “lacked everything, especially intensity”.Diego Costa scored four goals in a memorable International Champions Cup encounter before he was sent off in the second half of an embarrassing evening for the Blancos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The result has not proved entirely instructive over the opening weeks of the season.Los Blancos have not always convinced but are undefeated in La Liga and top of the table after six matches, having won four and drawn two of their games thus far. Diego Simeone’s Atletico side are only a point behind in third but needed a 2-0 win at Mallorca in midweek to snap a run of three winless games in all competitions.Speaking at a pre-match news conference, Zidane was asked whether Madrid’s ordeal at the MetLife Stadium would have any influence upon the weekend, he replied: “It’s nothing to do with the game really, no. We just have a game tomorrow and we’re going to try and win”He then interrupted a follow-up question by saying, “No, I’m going to say the same thing”, before claiming not to have watched the match back to analyse Madrid’s mistakes.Despite their solid start in La Liga, a 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League suggested Zidane’s close-season worries about intensity could still undermine Madrid against elite opposition.Nevertheless, he insisted he would head across Spain’s capital without concerns.”No, no, I’m not worried about anything,” he said.”We just want to put in a good performance, that’s it. We know how tough the game is going to be.”We’re going to have to do a lot of things during the game. It’s not just about intensity.”Teenage forward Rodrygo Goes will play for Madrid’s second-string Castilla side at the weekend despite scoring on his La Liga debut against Osasuna, although Zidane could welcome back midfielders Luka Modric and Isco following muscular injuries.
Gareth Southgate admits English football needs to resolve its own problems with racism and understands why Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov was left so aggrieved by recent comments from the England camp.Tammy Abraham this week urged his team-mates to leave the field if they are subjected to racist abuse, comments which Mihaylov described as “offensive and derogatory”.The game will be played behind closed doors as a result of racial abuse during Bulgaria’s game with Montenegro and Southgate has said his team must be prepared for racism. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Mihaylov has written to UEFA to express frustration at Abraham’s remarks and wants the European governing body to sanction England if they walk off the pitch rather than abide by the three-step protocol already in place.That system can see a referee stop a match, then take players off the pitch, and if the problem persists an abandonment can be declared.Southgate insists he and his players did not intend to upset their Bulgarian counterparts with their remarks and acknowledges English football has its own racism issues to deal with.”I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys,” Southgate told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.”That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.”If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.”We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.”I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.”A National League match between Hartlepool United and Dover Athletic last month was stopped for more than 10 minutes amid accusations of racist abuse aimed at a visiting player.Citing that incident, Southgate said: “What happened there a couple of weeks ago was probably worse than things I’ve seen or heard about in many other countries in the world.”I think we have to be very careful in how we cover everything.”Should England’s players ignore protocol and walk off the field in Sofia, the match could be awarded as a 3-0 victory to Bulgaria.
Mexico’s game against Bermuda went about how we expected it to go. El Tri won without much difficulty, thumping the Gombey Warriors 5-1 to start their Concacaf Nations League campaign off with a win.There were standout moments from the familiar names with Hirving Lozano scoring a lovely goal in the second half after a ball over the top from Hector Herrera, and then returning the favor as he put Herrera in a position to smash in an absolute golazo.There also was time for young players to shine. Jose Juan Macias scored twice in his official international debut after scoring in last week’s non-FIFA friendly as well, with one of the goals thanks to a smart assist from Cristian Calderon, the 22-year-old Necaxa left back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career For Tata Martino, this is not the type of game he wants to be playing, yet there are still takeaways beyond simply that Mexico was a better team. The first 10 minutes of the match, for Martino, weren’t good enough. That’s probably underselling Bermuda a bit, with the home side hanging around for the first 20 or 25 minutes, making it tough for Mexico to get the ball out of the back. Eventually, though, Mexico’s quality showed.”Our game was serious, correct. I’m saying there were players for whom it’s not easy to play these types of matches but we also need to be able to count on them,” Martino said after the match. “Hirving Lozano had a great participation and played 70, 75 minutes and we’ve got to think that 20 days ago he was playing Napoli-Juventus, Napoli-Liverpool. He’s got to come and play these games. Unfortunately, that’s how it is. But the way he did it leaves me with a good impression.”I think you take positive things from any game. I’m not going to do a great big evaluation, but there’s always something to observe.”Perhaps the biggest positive isn’t simply that Mexico was able to score almost at will or that both experienced players and up-and-comers looked plenty comfortable on what could’ve been a bit of a trap game. It was the fact that El Tri’s performance on set pieces and in the aerial game was far better than past matches El Tri have played against similar opponents.As much as former Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio obsessed over winning battles in the air, Mexico often struggled with that aspect of the game. The 2017 World Cup qualifier in Trinidad and Tobago, when El Tri eked out a drab 1-0 win in a game it struggled to cope with the Soca Warriors’ size may be the best example.Bermuda center backs Dante Leverock and Jaylon Bather are mountains of men, yet there Mexico was, making life tough for the physically imposing defenders. Same with the wide players, who were able to get the better of Donte Brangman and Oliver Harvey. Macias’ first goal was an decent example, with Calderon winning the ball in the air for Macias to win. Lozano’s was similar, with “Chucky” using a great touch to bring down a looping ball and then applying a deadly finish.Macias’ third was actually off a Bermuda corner kick, with Mexico able to lunch a counterattack and quickly transition from defense to attack to put Bermuda on its heels.¡Goooool de México!Macías anota su segundo del partido luego de un gran contragolpe liderado por Antuna. 😎🇧🇲 0-3 🇲🇽#PasiónPorTUSelección | #PasiónYOrgullo | #NationsLeague🔴 EN VIVO 👉 https://t.co/jXmEsVfBp5 pic.twitter.com/riynOM2FTS— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) October 12, 2019Even Herrera’s golazo to put the icing on the cake was progress. It is rare to see Mexico be so dominant from set pieces, even if replicating the shot from the Atletico Madrid midfielder may prove difficult going forward.There is still work to do. Nahki Wells’ blast to give Bermuda a consolation goal was off a set piece that should’ve been cleared away.Martino said his analysis of this contest won’t run too deep. Ours won’t either. Strides forward in any aspect Mexico has made won’t matter much if El Tri can’t show progress against the world’s best teams. Yet, it’s worth highlighting where progress is indeed being made. Now it’s time to prove it can be done not only against other Concacaf rivals but against any team in Mexico’s way.
Michy Batshuayi’s late strike earned Chelsea a 1-0 win at Ajax in Wednesday’s Champions League Group H encounter in Amsterdam.The Belgium striker thumped home fellow substitute Christian Pulisic’s low cross with just four minutes remaining at Johan Cruijff ArenA to earn the Blues back-to-back way wins in the competition.Batshuayi had earlier wasted a gilt-edged chance for Frank Lampard’s side in a game that had been struggling to get going. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ajax will feel aggrieved not to have taken at least a point, though, with Quincy Promes on the wrong end of the narrowest of offside calls and Edson Alvarez hitting the post in the second half.A poacher’s finish from close-range! It goes in off the underside of the crossbar to spark brilliant scenes in one corner of the Johan Cruyff Arena! 0-1 [89′] #AJACHE pic.twitter.com/QLONriUuJg — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 23, 2019 Joel Veltman struck narrowly wide of the right post from 25 yards and Donny van de Beek saw a sweetly hit volley blocked by Kurt Zouma as Ajax started with purpose.Chelsea gained a foothold, though, and Mason Mount’s low drive was well parried by Andre Onana before Callum Hudson-Odoi flashed an effort wide from the left of the box.The Blues were spared going behind by the narrowest of margins when VAR ruled Promes was offside by a matter of inches after he turned in Hakim Ziyech’s deflected shot.Ajax delivered another almighty scare on the hour when Alvarez’s diving header from Promes’ corner cannoned off the right-hand post.Chelsea really ought to have made Ajax pay when Batshuayi, who had only just replaced Tammy Abraham, blazed over when Mount’s shot deflected kindly into his path.But Batshuayi did not make the same mistake twice.Pulisic did brilliantly to get to the left byline and, although the cross was behind him, Batshuayi thumped a left-footed strike off the underside of the crossbar to secure three vital away points.What does it mean? Away-day successes could prove crucial for ChelseaAn opening-round defeat to Valencia was not the start Lampard would have envisaged.But two away wins, their first consecutive victories on their travels in Europe’s premier competition since 2013, puts the Blues on six points from three matches.Ajax, who had won their first two games, are not sitting quite as comfy as they were in Group H.Batshuayi stakes his claimBatshuayi has largely played second fiddle to Abraham this season. But with Chelsea’s first-choice striker enduring a subdued evening, Lampard turned to the Belgian to find an answer and he delivered in brilliant fashion.Creative forces Tadic and Hudson-Odoi not on itNeither side can be faulted for their efforts or attempts to play attractive football, but it was not the best of nights for either team’s creative forces.Ajax captain Dusan Tadic had the fewest touches of any player in a low-key first half and was fortunate to escape with just a yellow for a forearm into the face of Willian, while Hudson-Odoi was guilty of several misplaced passes and will have been relieved by Batshuayi’s late intervention.Key Opta facts20 – Dusan Tadic had fewer touches than any other outfield player during the first half of #AJACHE (20) and is yet to fire a single shot or register a touch in Chelsea’s box. Seek. pic.twitter.com/cGP1dsvAEx— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 23, 2019- Ajax suffered their first Champions League group stage defeat since November 2014, ending a run of nine matches unbeaten at this stage.- Chelsea have kept consecutive clean sheets in all competitions under Frank Lampard for the first time.- Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Batshuayi has scored nine goals as a substitute for Chelsea in all competitions – four more than any other Blues player.- Despite only appearing as a 71st minute substitute, Batshuayi had more shots than any other player in the match (4), including scoring the winning goal.- Hudson-Odoi (18y 350d) became the youngest player to start a Champions League game for Chelsea since Josh McEachran (17y 282d) in December 2010.What’s next?Chelsea are back in Premier League action at Burnley on Saturday when they go in search of a seventh straight win, with their next Champions League assignment being the return clash with Ajax on November 5. The Amsterdam side welcome Feyenoord on Sunday. read more
The voluntary effort was organised by the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists under its Operation Save A Youth (OSAY) programme. The youngsters, from Manchester, Clarendon and St. Catherine, also participated in a blood drive supervised by the Blood Bank.“Young people were all over Manchester, doing acts of kindness and issuing care packages,” Director of Youth Ministries at the CJC, Pastor Kevan Barnaby, told JIS News.“They enjoyed giving of themselves, giving of their time, their resources, and just being of use to those who are less fortunate,” he added.He noted that the young people “are energised and want to do something positive for humanity”.Principal of Mile Gully High School, Christopher Tyme, told JIS News that he was happy that the institution had benefited from the day’s activities.He said that the volunteers painted buildings on the grounds, giving the school a much-needed facelift.“It really improves the look of the school and it helps with motivating our students. It is nice to know that we can find partnership with other organisations to improve our school facilities,” he said.Principal of Ferguson’s Basic School in the community of French Part, Claudette Forsythe Kenton, noted that the painting of her school, as well as the planting of flowers by the volunteers, has beautified the grounds.“They were so warm; they did their work, and it is well appreciated,” she said.The community workday was used by the HEART Trust/NTA to carry out on-site assessment of 187 persons in various skill areas.At a ceremony held to culminate the day’s activities, OSAY presented scholarships totalling $1 million to 20 students, with each person receiving $50,000.Scholarship recipient, Jhanelle Johnson, who is a trainee teacher, said she would use the funds to settle tuition obligations.The OSAY seeks to encourage young people to extend kindness to persons in need by volunteering to participate in uplifting activities. More than 5,000 young people participated in a community workday in the parish of Manchester on Sunday (March 17). Story Highlights Over 80 projects were undertaken on the day, including the painting of schools and post offices, building and repair of houses for persons in need, and repainting of medians and curbs to improve road safety and aesthetics. More than 5,000 young people participated in a community workday in the parish of Manchester on Sunday (March 17).The voluntary effort was organised by the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists under its Operation Save A Youth (OSAY) programme.Over 80 projects were undertaken on the day, including the painting of schools and post offices, building and repair of houses for persons in need, and repainting of medians and curbs to improve road safety and aesthetics.A young volunteer helps to paint Ferguson’s Basic School in Manchester, during the staging of a community workday in the parish on Sunday (March 17). The day’s activities were organised by the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists’ under its Operation Save A Youth (OSAY) programmme.