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Cannavaro: Don’t compare Messi with Maradona

first_imgGuangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro ‘hopes’ to one day get a European management job and insists Lionel Messi cannot compare to Diego Maradona. The Ballon d’Or and World Cup winner spoke to Sky Sports News UK about his experiences in China and was asked if he’d target an English job. “I hope so. I watch every game in the Premier League and I like the ambience and culture of football in England,” said Cannavaro. “I am in China to try to improve my system and idea within football. I am at one of the best Asian clubs and of course, in the future, I’d like to try one experience in Europe. I want to try the challenge of European football. “I like the Jurgen Klopp mentality but at the same time, I like the Pep Guardiola culture about football, because always we need intensity with and without the ball. read also:Maradona autographs jersey to help Buenos Aires poor “But you need to control the game and try to win. I have my system and I hope one day you will see.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Napoli player and lifelong fan had no qualms when asked who was the greatest player of all time. “I respect Messi a lot. For the new generation he is one of the best, but Maradona is different because the football was different. They kicked him a lot, but he was always in control and he was tough. “Messi is top, but Maradona is another world. I never compare him with other players. I never saw Pele, but I watched Maradona, for seven years I saw every game. “He’s not one of the best, he’s the best.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

Franklin County to stagger start of school

first_imgBrookville, IN —Monday evening, the Franklin County Community School Board approved some revisions to its reopening plan and a revised school calendar.Major changes include a staggered start for the beginning of the school year. In order to help with logistics, the school will be dividing the student body in half and taking two days to begin the 2020-21 school year. On Wednesday, August 5th students in grades PreK (BES only), 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 will attend school. On Thursday, August 6th students in grades PreK (BES only), K, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 will attend school. All students will attend on Friday, August 7th.FCCS will also require face coverings when moving throughout the building. Previously, the reopening plan had highly recommended face coverings during the school day and required them only on the bus. Students will now be required to wear face coverings when entering the building (from a bus or car) and during the school day when moving throughout the building (hallways) and other times during the day when social distancing is not possible such as working in labs, small groups, etc.last_img read more

Marnane banks on Boy to go distance

first_imgTrainer David Marnane expects the step back up in trip to suit Dandy Boy as he travels from Ireland for the totescoop6 EBF Guisborough Stakes at Redcar on Saturday. “Even though he finished down the field the last day (10th at the Curragh in September) he was only beaten just over two lengths so he hasn’t been running badly,” said Marnane. “It’s a hot heat for Listed level but I think he’ll go well. “At his age, I think seven furlongs is probably his optimum trip these days, it should suit him more. “I hope they don’t get any rain there, he likes it quick.” Top Notch Tonto, taken out of the Cambridgeshire last week on account of the ground, heads the nine-runner field. Caspar Netscher, who has run three good races in Group company since returning to the track in the summer, is also in contention for the David Simcock team. The seven-year-old entire has not won since claiming the ultra-competitive Wokingham at Royal Ascot in June 2012, but he has since raced almost exclusively in Group company. Given his advancing years, Marnane thinks stepping Dandy Boy back up to seven furlongs, a trip over which he was successful in Dubai in 2011, will be more in his favour. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH: NWS Confirms Tornado Near Aventura, Minor Damage Reported

first_imgSome residents in part of northeastern Miami-Dade got quite a startling surprise, after a tornado wreaked havoc for a few moments Wednesday on the area.Officials with the National Weather Service say the twister, which formed from a waterspout around the area of Golden Beach near Aventura around 1:14 p.m., created some damage.Aerial footage shows some uprooted trees along the coast, in addition to some personal belongings scattered onto streets, and even into the ocean. There were no reports of injuries or damaged buildings.The NWS says the tornado, which is considered to be an EF-0 in terms of intensity, moved north at 10mph before dissipating.Video courtesy: WFOR/CBS4 Miami via @jazzsantanalast_img read more

World Athletics launches ‘Fitter with Friends’ campaign to assist runners

first_imgParis: World Athletics has launched a six-week global campaign ‘Fitter with Friends’ to assist runners around the world to stay motivated and continue their health routines as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Research conducted by across 139 countries in the early stages of lockdown found that 88 pe rcent of people who normally exercised once or twice a week had increased their exercise routine. Of more than 12,000 people surveyed, those who went for a run once or twice a week more than doubled their efforts (117 per cent on average), said World Athletics in a media release. To help everyone keep moving, World Athletics said it will offer an exclusive opportunity to tap into the inspiration and knowledge of six Olympic, world and continental champions from six continents. Each week, a different athlete will set a fun fitness challenge to complete, by video, and offer workouts and wisdom to help everyone complete the challenge and improve their fitness. To take part, one can sign up for the challenge on World Athletics’ website for exclusive access to these challenges starting June 25. IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: RK Somorjit Singh, Manipur BJP Spokesperson in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Akinfenwa: Squash Gives Me a Kick

first_imgAs a recreation, I have found a lot of reward playing the sport for upwards of three decades now and still playing very actively. And I am very fit. And that is the message. For folks to see active, regular engagement in squash as something to embrace in order to keep fit and healthy even as we grow old. And for the young ones to imbibe the habit, we have since included the U-15 and U-19 boys and girls categories. Last year, no less than 150 of them converged on the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja for five days playing squash. That is what we want and are ever happy to do. So, it’s more to do with giving back to the society, and encouraging the game of squash.And for the 11th year running?And why not? When you find joy in doing something, you just find yourself continuing like forever. Sponsoring this Tournament has been one worthy venture we at Cargolux continue to thank our stars. When we started 11 years ago, truly we didn’t know we would be here today as sponsors of clearly the most popular and prestigious squash Tournament in the land and our company is proud its name is associated with it.Why squash, to start with?Squash, is easily the most exciting sporting activity you can have. All the others are very dull.I’m sure there are people who may not agree with that assertion.Well… That is my personal opinion borne from my experience playing the game for such a long time.After 10 years of organising this tournament, what has been the challenges and the impact as well?The organisers are usually the squash section of the Lagos Country Club headed by the chairman.They are the organisers, we are just sponsors. I cannot say much about the challenges because even if there were challenges, they did not make them known to me, which means that whatever challenges may have come up, were attended to professionally but over the years, I found the organisers have made a lot of improvements evidenced by the massive enhancements in the Tournament’s equity that we have witnessed over the years. And this has rubbed off well on our company’s image as well.In terms of acceptance, how has the annual Cargolux Merchant Express Squash tournament helped to make the sport more widely known amongst Nigerians?It is obvious. When we started 11 years ago, we had only three clubs participating, now we have between13 and sometime in the past up to16 clubs. We have introduced the U-16 and U-19, the professional league, the classic and so many others. Right now, all squash players in the country attend the Cargolux Merchant Express Squash tournament.This is the 11th edition. It’s been a very long road and there are other sports out there that will look at the tournament and admire it while wondering how you’ve managed to sustain the tempo considering it’s not a sport like football. With this in mind, would there be any new features this year?Like I told you, we are introducing the junior players, the U-16 and U-19, the classic which is the professionals, apart from the regular players. So it’s actually expanding. In Nigeria today, the junior players of about 10 years ago have advanced to become professional players today. With this kind of encouragement and exposure that we are giving them, they are being ranked globally in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) League, and some of them are now recognized globally. We are actually making progress.Squash is competing with other more popular sports now. What will you say to those who have picked interest in it, and those who don’t know what it’s all about? What advice will you give them?I will encourage them to come around. There were 5, 6 year olds who played in our U-9 category here about three years ago. We had a squash clinic here. They came and were introduced and they have evolved. We run an open house here Monday to Saturday. They can come around. Even parents who have children who are interested can bring them around. We encourage them. I encourage my kids to play.Is there hope for people who didn’t start the game early, people in their thirties and forties?Yes there is. Anyone can play, but will be broken in gradually. Anyone can play, so long as you are physically fit and don’t have a medical encumbrance.Any plans to take this competition international, and invite foreign squash players to compete?We tried that in the past. At this point, we do not want to compete with NSRA. We are just doing our own thing. This is not a government thing, it’s purely a private initiative. If we want to invite foreign players, then we will have to go through the NSRA, unless of course the players are coming on their own privately. But at this moment, we want to consolidate on our games internally. Like they say, charity begins at home. What’s your final word as the 11th edition of this Tournament serves off?My final word is it’s an open house and everybody is welcome to enjoy good squash for one week. It’s going to be a jamboree.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For 11 unbroken years, Shina Akinfenwa’s Cargolux Merchant Express Ltd has bankrolled a national squash tournament among all recreational clubs in Nigeria and has now included under aged male and female categories to deepen interest in the sport among younger folks. In this chat, the retired airline pilot reminisces on the growth of the tournament from a three-club affair to its present 16-club format and as well his aspirations for it to become a hunting ground for future starsFor the purpose of the records, let’s get to know you.My name is Shina Akinfenwa. I’m an airline pilot, a retired airline pilot, now managing director of Cargolux Merchant Express Ltd. I’m just one simple guy taking life easy. I have a passion for squash and for my friends.What has been the motivation behind sponsoring the annual Cargolux Merchant Express Squash Tournament?The main motivation is to give back to the society, to help and encourage young players to play squash.last_img read more

Armwrestling Federation congratulates new Sports Minister

first_imgThe Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) has congratulated new Minister for Youth & Sports,  Isaac Asiamah on his appointment and successful assumption of office.The Federation in a statement released in Accra and signed by its President, Charles Osei Asibey said the minister having distinguished himself in various capacities relating to the sector as a Member of Parliament, Ranking Member on the Select Committee on Youth and Sports; Chairman of the Select Committee on Youth & Sports and a member of various delegations to conferences and sporting tournaments around the world, has what it takes to develop sports and create opportunities for the advancement of the youth.The Federation, according to the statement, is particularly excited by the new Minister’s intention to give equal attention to all sporting disciplines including Armwrestling.”We in the Armedwrestling fraternity welcomes him wholeheartedly as our new Minister and pledges to offer him the necessary support to enable him succeed”, the statement said.The Ghana Armwrestling Federation is one of the 42 Federations under the National Sports Authority, a member of the Africa Armwrestling Federation (AAF) and World Armwrestling Federation (WAF).last_img read more

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational daily fantasy golf picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_img*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry .WGC FedEx Invitational picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersThe DFS community can be remarkably quick to turn on a player. Just more than a month ago, Gary Woodland won the U.S. Open, and yet for below average salary he may go ignored this week in a limited field. Woodland followed up his first win at a major with two-straight missed cuts – not exactly the celebration he was hoping for. However, you don’t pick up nine top-10s and a major victory throughout the season without doing plenty of things right. Two missed cuts are a much smaller sample than Woodland’s overall body of work, which supports him as an outstanding value at his price. Furthermore, the recent slip-ups will minimize his ownership, lighting the path to roster a golfer who has shown a propensity for high finishes. Don’t let two data points blur your vision of the big picture – roster Woodland with confidence. The biggest challenge facing PGA DFS players this week is finding a way to differentiate lineups given the small field of only 64 golfers at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. With limited options to choose from, ownership will be much more concentrated than usual for the event at TPC Southwind. Therefore, gaining leverage by rostering lower-owned golfers is of vital importance to competing in some of the larger, top-heavy tournaments.MORE: WGC FedEx Invitational Betting Advice  |  RotoQL Lineup Builder It almost seems as though nobody will be interested in rostering Jordan Spieth again until he wins. Yes, he has really struggled for more than a season, but we’re still talking about one of the world’s best golfers. He had a stretch in May of three-straight top-10s and just finished T20th in The Open, so it’s quite possible that Spieth is on the verge of a turnaround. Recent performance is particularly overvalued in golf, and that is the case here. While it cannot be denied that Spieth’s slump has stretched long enough to impact his projection, he is simply way too talented to be available around average salary for low ownership. It may be tough to look beyond some of his poor results and the statistical areas that he has been coming up short in, but Spieth will win again – likely many times. Jumping at an opportunity like this is what DFS is all about.Sergio Garcia has been Jordan Spieth’s partner in crime in inexplicable poor performance for a while now. Since finally winning his first major at the 2017 Masters, Garcia hasn’t won and has been incredibly volatile. Although perhaps not quite as talented as Spieth, Garcia is not the type of golfer you expect to see in the salary-saving category, but a lack of form has put him there. Garcia has missed four out of his last eight cuts, certainly not what has come to be expected of him. Still, he’s churned out six top-10s this season, seemingly under the radar. Garcia’s erratic results show his downside, but they also demonstrate his prevailing ability to strike. Despite the low price, I expect him to generate very little ownership, as he has mostly lost the trust of the DFS community, and people will look to other options at similar or superior odds in his price range. Rostering Garcia is an excellent way to differentiate your lineups. Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings.last_img read more

Column: Everyone profits but the players in NCAA

first_imgPittsburgh forward Talib Zanna (42) shoots as Florida center Patric Young (4) and forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defend during the second half in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)The coach of a team many people have winning the Final Four has a new contract extension that raises his average salary to $3.7 million a year.Billy Donovan also got a $250,000 bonus just for staying at Florida, but his is not the sweetest deal in college athletics. That belongs to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who will get more than $18,000 simply because one of the school’s wrestlers is really good.Little did grappler Logan Stieber know when he signed on for room and board at the university that winning the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA wrestling championship paid actual cash. Not to him, of course, because that would violate NCAA rules that seem designed to make everyone money but the athletes themselves.Instead, Smith gets the bonus money, part of a deal where he gets paid every time there are “exceptional athletic achievements” under his watch. Smith already makes $940,484 a year, but if the athletes at Ohio State perform well he could earn more than $1.5 million a year under a sweetheart contract that runs through 2020.That’s the way things operate in big-time college athletics, where the rich are getting richer. Hard not to profit when the labor is free, and the new television contracts seem to carry an extra zero every time they are renegotiated.Unfortunately, the gravy train might be coming to an end. Current and former athletes are showing they learned something in college.Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA could go to trial this summer and change everything. Several Northwestern athletes are trying to start a union. And a lawyer jumped in the fray last week with a federal lawsuit on behalf of four players that calls the NCAA and five major conferences an “unlawful cartel” that illegally restricts players from making money while taking in billions.In the meantime, the NCAA continues to pocket an average of $771 million a year in television rights to the basketball tournament and millions more in ticket sales. There’s an official drink for the tournament, as well as an official wireless partner.And the players? They get three squares a day and, in the case of New Mexico State last week, a long ride home in the middle of the night after an emotional overtime loss. And when the NCAA charger dropped them off around 5:48 a.m., they didn’t have enough buses to take everyone back to campus.“The older I get the harder it is to understand how this has gone on as long as it has,” said O’Bannon, who led his UCLA team to the national championship in 1995. “It’s just unbelievable to me.”O’Bannon isn’t the only former UCLA player pushing for player rights. Ramogi Huma formed the National College Players Association as a sophomore in the mid-1990s after seeing teammate Donnie Edwards suspended for accepting free food when his scholarship money ran out before the end of the month.Now Huma is involved with the Northwestern players and actively campaigns for raises in scholarship amounts along with the dropping of the ban on athletes making money for themselves.“Public opinion has changed a lot on this issue since I first got involved with it,” Huma said. “Less and less people are buying into the NCAA’s hypocritical definition of amateurism.”O’Bannon, who began his lawsuit after seeing a likeness of himself in a video game licensed by the NCAA without his knowledge, still carries fond memories of winning the national title for UCLA.But he also remembers not being able to afford a meal at KFC after a late study hall. He remembers teammates who played for nothing but a scholarship who weren’t as fortunate as he was to eventually play in the NBA.And he remembers a lot of wealthy people paying big money to sit courtside at Pauley Pavilion to watch them perform.“The revenue that’s generated is through the roof – and they play in domes with tall roofs,” O’Bannon said. “Yet the players get nothing.”There are settlement talks ordered by the judge, but O’Bannon says he will not sell out his basic principles for a long overdue paycheck. Come June 9 he expects to be in a California courtroom challenging a system he believes is unjust.“I’m prepared to go to trial,” he said. “It’s never been about monetary gain. It’s all about changing the rules and making sure the players, both present and former, are represented as well.”Lofty goals, sure, but O’Bannon is on a crusade. He believes deeply in his cause and says he won’t back down.And that should make the people who run college sports more than just a little nervous.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or read more

More sports in brief

first_imgHyde signs pro contract with PUMA Jaheel Hyde cemented his pro status by signing a shoe/apparel deal with sports giant PUMA, brokered by his management company, Garfield Coke Management Company (GCMC). This association will directly benefit his pursuits as a student athlete who balances academics and sports, a media release from GCMC said yesterday. The release added: “Jaheel will be pursuing tertiary studies at the University of the West Indies, and will continue training under the watchful eyes of his coaches, who have led him to three global titles, as he aims at Rio 2016. He is looking forward to the continued support of all his sponsors, management team and fans as he commits to excellence on and off the track as a professional athlete.” IAAF denies blocking publication of doping study MONACO (AP): The governing body of track and field has denied accusations that it suppressed the publication of a study in which a third of top athletes surveyed admitted to using banned performance-enhancing techniques. British newspaper The Sunday Times claimed that the authors of the survey say the IAAF blocked publication of the study, conducted at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu, South Korea. The newspaper says the survey concluded that 29 to 34 per cent of 1,800 competitors at the championships had violated anti-doping rules in the previous 12 months. The IAAF says it has “never vetoed publication of this article”, and that it had “serious reservations as to the interpretation of the results made by the research group”, which was from the University of Tubingen in Germany. New Zealand beat South Africa CENTURION, South Africa (AP): Martin Guptill bludgeoned 60 from 35 balls to set up New Zealand’s 32-run victory over South Africa on Sunday to draw the two-match Twenty20 series. Guptill’s half-century at the top of the order sent the New Zealanders to 177-7 in 20 overs, batting first at Supersport Park in Centurion. South Africa could only manage 145-8 in reply, with spinners Nathan McCullum and Ish Sodhi, and quick bowler Mitchell McClenaghan all chipping in with two wickets each for New Zealand. The victory clinched a share of the series for the Black Caps, and gives them a boost ahead of a three-game one-day international series. Opener Guptill struck six fours and three sixes to be the only batsman on either side to really get going. Captain Kane Williamson supported with 25 in their opening partnership of 52, and James Neesham had 28 from 19 balls from the middle order.last_img read more