Mexico Gonzalez takes to advanced position: Five thoughts from Mexico’s win over Bosnia and Herzegovina Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:16 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chris Covatta Mexico Mexico v Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Friendlies As anticipated, the teenager played further up the field with El Tri than he does with Monterrey and looked good doing it. Goal reviews that and more SAN ANTONIO — A soccer match was played here.If we remember Mexico’s 1-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, it will not be for the action on the field as much as the faces we saw on the Alamodome pitch. Just like a 2014 friendly win over South Korea at the Alamodome stays in the memory as Alan Pulido’s breakout party, the individual performances on the non-FIFA date will prove more memorable than the collective.Nobody scored a hat trick like Pulido did four years ago, but it’s possible someone will do enough going forward to sneak onto the Russia roster as Pulido did and we’ll remember this win over Bosnia as the launching pad to their inclusion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here are five things from Mexico’s friendly win to open 2018:Gonzalez takes to advanced roleSince the possibility of Jonathan Gonzalez representing Mexico was mentioned by members of the federation, Juan Carlos Osorio said he anticipated the midfielder playing in a more advanced role than he does with club team Monterrey. Osorio said Tuesday that was part of the recruitment process for Gonzalez, explaining to the 18-year-old in a phone call with his family and director of national teams Dennis te Kloese where he’d fit in with the team on the field.True to his vision, Osorio had Gonzalez come into a lineup that had Jorge “Burrito” Hernandez sitting back in the middle of the midfield and Jonathan dos Santos on the left side. Gonzalez had few Bosnians coming forward to keep him honest and was able to get forward often in his 33 minutes of play.”I think Jonathan had 30 minutes, if we think about his youth and that he was dressed for the first time in the national team shirt I think the message was positive,” Osorio said after the match. “It’s not easy to play in this space between lines and complete specific functions. It leaves us with the feeling that he understands the game, understands his responsibilities. He has an extraordinary present and a promising future.”Anyone who saw Gonzalez in the Apertura with Monterrey knows he was phenomenal winning back the ball in midfield and moving it forward, but this cameo was the first time we’ve seen him do anything on a professional level aside from the role he fills for Rayados. It was promising, and we’ll definitely be seeing more of Gonzalez in El Tri colors sooner (like March) rather than later (like the 2022 World Cup cycle). Vela flashes versatility, if not fitnessCarlos Vela’s fitness, along with that of Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos and Oswaldo Alanis, was a hotly debated topic heading into the match. None of the MLS-based players or the Chivas center back, who was locked in a contract dispute with the club and missed the majority of preseason, had played a game yet in 2018. Osorio said Giovani’s fitness stood out, but it was Vela and Jona who looked the best on the field.Vela showed off his ability to excel in multiple places, something Osorio said will be a deciding factor in which players from this group head to the World Cup. Even as others struggled with the switched midfielders and forwards in the first half, Vela recognized the need to create and took on Bosnia defenders in one-on-one situations. In the second half, he worked well off Henry Martin and eventually was asked to make incisive runs from deeper as Mexico tried working with a false nine.Osorio said the coaching staff didn’t need to worry about anything but rather continue to push for players like Vela to be in the best possible form. “We have to work on our players continuing to compete, that Carlos Vela achieves – with Giovani as well – top condition physical condition, above all playing in this position where both can be very difficult to defend.”Beginning the season with MLS expansion side LAFC should be good for Vela, who will be soldiering a lot of the attacking burden for Bob Bradley’s club. The former U.S. manager had to like what he saw from Vela on Wednesday, especially if he can give even more once he is at full fitness.Fullbacks go the distanceIn a bit of a rarity for an Osorio friendly, both fullbacks played all 90 minutes. That’s not a huge surprise with the coaching staff wanting Jesus Gallardo, a Pumas winger being converted to left back, to have as much time in defense as possible. But Tigres right back Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez, himself a converted winger, also went the full match and put in a good shift.With Chiapas and also at the start of his Tigres career, Rodriguez was a defensive midfielder but Tigres manager Tuca Ferretti has seen success moving the 27-year-old into the defense. “Well, speaking with Ricardo Ferretti I agree how he describes him, who knows him better than I do,” Osorio said. “I think we all know that at the start of this, Luis was an interior and he’s able to play that role in the game as well.”One thing in particular, playing in a back four and playing outside, we look for good aerial play and good crossing from an outside back. I think today it was clearly shown that Luis and Jesus are getting forward and can do that well. So we’re very satisfied, not only with Luis but also with Jesus, with their showing in this position.”Mexico’s dearth of quality fullbacks is well documented after Miguel Layun was the only true outside back taken to the 2017 Confederations Cup. While other Liga MX options have failed to draw Osorio’s eye, Rodriguez may have done enough Wednesday to earn a March recall.Set pieces improve with Jona’s entranceSet pieces are very important for Mexico, especially if they’re going to make inroads against a defense like Germany’s at the World Cup. In the first half, the responsibility fell to Leon winger Elias Hernandez. Whether it was related to the different position he was playing Wednesday or something else, Hernandez wasn’t hitting the ball well. His dead balls were off and one of his corner kicks was so poor it ended up going out for a throw-in.Things changed in the second half, and while Mexico only managed to win three corners during the match and a few fouls in good positions, it took just one Jonathan dos Santos corner kick for Mexico to find the back of the net. The set piece came off the training ground, with Hugo Ayala using a teammate as a shield, then faking out his defender and earning a free header. The Tigres center back’s header also was nice, but without the improved delivery it would never have happened.Jona changed the game when he came on at the half, giving Mexico more calm in midfield and causing issues on the left side of the attack in addition to his dead-ball prowess.”As a team Mexico played a really good second half. They got stronger, we fell off. Mexico played a really good second half,” Bosnia manager Robert Prosinecki said after the match. “They played quickly on the wings, creating chances and playing really well. The number six was really good and seemed to have a hand in almost every play and made many of their dangerous passes.”Formation changes require quick understandingIt wasn’t featured for as long as Osorio hinted, but Mexico went with a false-nine formation that utilized Rodolfo Pizarro as the point man.There are times when Mexico puts a formation on the field with the players having very little time to work on that setup. Mexico trained Monday evening and Tuesday evening in San Antonio and traditionally has had a light session in the morning when the game takes place after 6 p.m. as Wednesday’s match did. It still leaves little time for the team to drill the three different looks the team showed in the friendly.How does a player adjust? For Pizarro it was about absorbing information as quickly as possible, something he hopes improves his chance of being part of Osorio’s squad for Russia.”Over the course of my career, I’ve played around six positions. So, you just have to try to learn the position quickly, try to work toward that and from there look to win a place,” Pizarro said. “I’m still learning, I’m still getting better and that’s what I’m working for.”The Chivas player has a long way to go but has shown his versatility with Chivas this season, playing next to Orbelin Pineda in the midfield when Michael Perez was injured and also assuming his normal creative role in several games.
Liverpool v Manchester City ‘We’ve beaten them’ – Salah and Liverpool have no fear of City Sacha Pisani 10:34 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool v Manchester City Mohamed Salah Manchester City UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League Liverpool The forward and team-mate will not be daunted by their Champions League quarter-final showdown with the Premier League leaders Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah insisted the Reds do not fear runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their blockbuster Champions League tie.It will be an all-English affair when Liverpool and Premier League champions-elect City go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.City are 16 points clear atop the table and 18 ahead of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League but Jurgen Klopp’s men are not daunted by the task ahead, having been the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s team in the league this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Salah, who scored four goals in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, will likely have to play a big part if Liverpool are to advance past their Premier League rivals. The Egyptian’s goals on Saturday saw him pass Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights along with runaway leaders City. “I don’t believe that City have always been superior to other clubs this season in the Premier League – despite what everyone says,” he said after Saturday’s showing. “We have beaten them for a start.”The Champions League always depends on the draw, but we don’t fear any rival, whoever they are.”We’re in the quarter-finals and have the same chances of winning as each of the other seven teams.”Salah, whose Liverpool host City at Anfield on April 4 before travelling to Manchester for the return leg six days later, added: “There are many big clubs still in the competition but you have to remember Liverpool are a great club in Europe too. In these knockout ties, anything can happen.”The 25-year-old international forward has been a phenomenon since arriving from Roma at the start of the season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions – 27 of those in the Premier League.The Reds have just one match, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, before playing City in the first leg of their quarter-final. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino signs new five-year Tottenham contract Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Argentine has warded off links with the Real Madrid job by committing his future to Spurs, signing a deal that expires in June 2023 Mauricio Pochettino has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract extension to stay at Tottenham, the club confirmed on Thursday. The former Espanyol boss joined Spurs in 2014, and has since guided his team to consecutive top-four finishes in the last three seasons while also making the Champions League last-16 this term. And he has been rewarded with a new deal at the north London club that will expire in June 2023. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We are delighted to announce that Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract with the Club, which runs until 2023,” Tottenham confirmed on their official website. “First Team Coaching staff Jesús Pérez, Miguel D’Agostino & Toni Jimenez have also agreed new contracts.”Speaking upon announcement of the new contract, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy signalled his happiness at tying down the highly rated manager, who had been linked to succeeding Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. “I am delighted that we have agreed a new, extended contract with Mauricio. We have been on an extraordinary journey and the times ahead look even more exciting as the Club enters the next phase in its history,” he explained. “Mauricio has fostered an incredible spirit in the team and has embraced a style of play our fans have loved watching. I know they will welcome this commitment by Mauricio.”Pochettino, who recently passed the 200-game mark in the Spurs hotseat, added: “I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club’s history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium.✍️ pic.twitter.com/Ao8MAbh9zh— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 24 de mayo de 2018″This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years.”Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success.”This is a special club – we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this Club deserves.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Media Microscope: Previewing Fox’s World Cup debut Seth Vertelney 00:07 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fox Sports World Cup From a focus on American voices to a controversial decision to leave many of them at home, there will be plenty to dissect in the network’s debut Seven years after it won the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups with a bid near $500 million, Fox is ready to take on the challenge of broadcasting its first men’s World Cup.Ahead of the tournament’s kickoff on Thursday, Goal spoke with three key members of the Fox team about some of the biggest talking points in the network’s coverage: analyst Alexi Lalas, lead studio host Rob Stone and executive producer David Neal.Here are a selection of some of the most noteworthy aspects of Fox’s men’s World Cup debut. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The basicsFox Sports will carry all 64 games of the World Cup live, 38 of which will be on the over-the-air Fox network. The other 26 games will be on FS1.Game times will usually be 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET. Fox will broadcast a pre-game show one hour before kickoff of the first game and a post-game show following completion of the last game. There will also be a nightly highlights show, “FIFA World Cup Tonight,” that will be shown on either Fox or FS1.Games will also be streaming online and and on-demand via Fox Sports GO and the Fox Sports App, but authentication is required for both.Full broadcast team:Play-by-play/analyst teams: John Strong and Stuart Holden, JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola, Derek Rae and Aly Wagner, Glenn Davis and Cobi Jones, Jorge Perez-Navarro and Mariano Trujillo, Mark Followill and Warren BartonStudio hosts: Rob Stone, Kate Abdo, Fernando Fiore, Ian JoyStudio analysts: Hernan Crespo, Guus Hiddink, Alexi Lalas, Dr. Joe Machnik (rules analyst), Lothar Matthaus, Moises Munoz, Kelly Smith, Ian WrightReporters: Rachel Bonnetta (Digital), Sergey Gordeev (National Geographic), Maria Komandnaya, Rodolfo Landeros (Mexico reporter), Geoff Shreeves (England reporter), Jenny TaftCorrespondent-at-large: Grant WahlFox takes the reins For the first time since 1990, ESPN/ABC will not carry the World Cup in English in the United States.“ESPN did a fabulous job with the World Cup,” Neal said. “They were largely responsible for the growth of soccer in the United States over the past decade-plus, so really for us they set such a high bar.“We want to begin by just equaling that bar and in our own way we hope to exceed it.”There will be many similarities between ESPN and Fox’s broadcasts, but Fox will attempt to differentiate itself by elevating American voices, and emphasizing opinion and personalities.“With Fox I want to be a part of a group that is committed to surpassing [ESPN], but also doing it in a Fox way,” Lalas said.“We are proud disrupters, which means that at times people are going to like what we do and at times they’re going to not like what we do.“We take what we do very seriously but we don’t take ourselves very seriously so I think an element of humor and an element of performance and theater and characters, but always being genuine and authentic and truthful in the way we go about presenting that.”An emphasis on American voicesFox has made no secret of its desire to promote American voices, with eight of its 12 match commentators hailing from the United States, including lead duo John Strong and Stu Holden.It’s in stark contrast to ESPN, which has gone Brit-centric with its selection of match commentators in previous World Cups. Gone are legendary voices like Ian Darke and Martin Tyler. “I think the fact that four of our six play-by-play voices are American is something that should be celebrated,” Neal said.“It really reflects the fact that the game is growing exponentially in the U.S. and that we don’t have to go offshore to find qualified voices. That was certainly by design and something that I’m extremely proud of and excited about.”Will calling off monitor be off-putting?Fox has been taking plenty of heat over its decision to only send four of its 12 commentators – the pairings of John Strong and Stu Holden along with JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola – to Russia while having the remaining eight call the games off monitors in Los Angeles.Contrast that to the 2014 World Cup, when ESPN sent 10 commentators to Brazil.Lalas is realistic in his assessment of Fox’s decision.“It’s disingenuous for me to say that it’s ideal – it’s not ideal and we recognize that,” Lalas said. “These are decisions that other people make and they make them for a reason.“The ideal is that you’re at the stadium and you’re calling it, but life doesn’t always work out like that and you have to make some very tough decisions. Ultimately this is a business.”Many believe that had the U.S. qualified for Russia, Fox would be investing more into the tournament and sending more announcers to the host nation. For Neal, though, the controversy over the issue has been overblown.“Really it’s much ado about nothing,” Neal said. “If you look at the global standard of the way soccer is covered day in and day out, at least half, if not more than half of the matches that are watched on any given day in any country involve commentators who are doing them off tube [from a monitor].“There are European rights-holders for the World Cup who are not sending any on-air talent to Russia so it’s a little puzzling to me that this has become such a point of interest because really, for anyone that knows anything about how soccer is televised around the world, this is standard procedure.”Will the U.S. be conspicuous by its absence?Suffice it to say, Fox wasn’t expecting the U.S. to not be at the 2018 World Cup when it paid nearly $500 million to acquire the English-language rights to the tournament, along with the 2022 edition in Qatar.But that’s the reality facing the network as it embarks on the first World Cup since 1986 without the United States. Will viewers still be hearing about the U.S. national team on a American network that is making a concerted effort to emphasize homegrown talent?“I would talk to Vegas right now and say, ‘What is the over/under on times that we mention the United States in our World Cup broadcast?” Stone said.“My guess in all honesty is going to be four or less. And that might be on the high side.”Stone believes the American audience is now at a point where they will tune in to the World Cup whether their home country is involved or not.“I think our country is in a place that’s OK with [the U.S. not qualifying]. They’re clearly upset that the U.S. isn’t there but it doesn’t mean we’re going to turn this tournament off. The intelligence level and sophistication of the American fan around this sport right now has grown immensely.”Should the U.S. become a subject of conversation during Fox’s 350 hours of World Cup programming, Stone predicts it will likely stem from any developing stories on the team’s head coaching search.Wagner makes historyFormer U.S. women’s national team midfielder Aly Wagner will become the first female game analyst for the men’s World Cup on American television, alongside Telemundo’s Viviana Vila.“She works incredibly hard and that’s just what jumps out at you immediately,” Lalas said of Wagner.“The way that she is able to distill that work into providing interesting and insightful comments during a game, that’s what you want. She’s also not afraid to have an opinion.”Wagner was capped 131 times by the USWNT, and has served as a match analyst for Fox at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and last summer’s Confederations Cup.“She earned this role at the World Cup by doing terrific work last summer during the Confederations Cup,” Neal said.“She’s just someone who understands how to explain a sport that can sometimes be complex and mysterious. She sees it, she breaks it down into its absolute basics and makes it easily understood.”Wagner will be partnered with veteran Scottish play-by-play man Derek Rae.Russia serves up its share of controversyThe World Cup’s host country is always a big part of a broadcast’s storyline, bringing an added focus to the team’s performance on the field and the nation’s culture off of it. This year’s host nation will present some unique challenges.Russia has made its share of unseemly headlines in recent years, with doping scandals, election hacking and political assassinations underscoring the country’s general proclivity to cause geopolitical chaos. How will Fox balance its on-field duties with some of the more elephant-in-the-room aspects of the host nation’s profile?“We don’t go in with any presumption that we’re news journalists – we’re not,” Neal said.“I don’t think viewers are watching the World Cup to watch a discussion of Russia-U.S. relations. I think there are plenty of networks out there who will provide that for them. Viewers are coming to us to watch the World Cup … If we start to get into anything outside of that area, I think we’re doing a disservice to our viewers.”Stone mostly agrees, though he concedes that off-field matters could briefly come up on the air.“My guess is most of the political talk is going to happen before kickoff and the opening [match]. My feeling is that once the sport takes over the politics are going to step away.”Like it did during last summer’s Confederations Cup, Fox is partnering with National Geographic to bring a focus to the people and culture of Russia.“I think there is the majority of people in the United States who see Russia as Ivan Drago from ‘Rocky IV’,” Stone said.“Everybody knows about Moscow and St. Petersburg but all the other host cities outside of maybe Sochi, people are probably for now at least scratching their head and have no idea where they are and why they were selected. It’s part of our job to educate everybody about that element.”A unique set in Red SquareFox is the only broadcaster at the World Cup that will have its own standalone studio in Moscow’s Red Square.While many other broadcasters will be in a shared structure nearby, Fox will have a state-of-the-art studio all to itself.How did Fox become the only broadcaster to have its own studio in Red Square? It likely has something to do with the fact Neal has visited Russia 16 times before the World Cup has even started.“It’s about building relationships,” Neal said. “You need to be vested, you need to be partners with the organizing committees, you need to share your vision early and then continue to pursue it. That’s been our relationship with FIFA.“Early on we laid out what we wanted to do and we stuck with it. We had to go through various iterations of it but it’s relationship building.”El Tri takes center stageThe U.S. may not be at the World Cup but luckily for Fox, the most popular team in the U.S. will be.Fox will unsurprisingly go big on its Mexico coverage, hoping to draw English-speaking El Tri fans and at least siphon off some bilingual Mexico followers who otherwise would be watching on Telemundo.Rodolfo Landeros will be embedded with the team in Mexico, while El Tri goalkeeper Moises Munoz, who is still an active Liga MX player and played for Mexico as recently as last summer, will provide studio analysis. The all-Mexican team of Jorge Perez Navarro and Mariano Trujillo will handle play-by-play and color commentating duties.“Viewers will get the best, most informed reporting on Mexico that’s available anywhere on television – certainly in the United States,” Neal said.One potential pitfall: Perez Navarro and Trujillo will be back in Los Angeles calling off monitors rather than with the team in Russia.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Yeabsira Mehari, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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)This blog post was contributed by Yeabsira Mehari, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.A little over half way through the Young Champion program and it seems I’ve already received my blessings. Though the reasons that brought me back to Ethiopia were not the most desirable, my time here has proven more invaluable than I had ever dreamed. Flying to India, I recall preparing my mind for whatever awaited. I wanted to remove any preconceived notions so I could take in the reality of incredible India. I’m now certain that it was this mind state that made the transition that much easier.Living in India away from all that is familiar to me has allowed me to gain much needed perspective, bringing me back to the ideals that are most important to me be it maternal and child health, social peace & justice issues or education. Back in Ethiopia now, I found myself ill prepared to perceive all the changes taking place except for the plethora of auto-rickshaws people refer to as Bajaj here. A fast growing country (despite the rising inflation rates), Ethiopia seems to be headed in a good direction – laws aimed at ending anti-corruption are being passed routinely; press freedom is gradually increasing; independent businesses are on the rise; human rights campaigns are ongoing and education levels are also on the rise. However, this is view is rather broad view that does not include the social, socio-economic and public health changes that are taking place.Standing in the visa line at Bole Addis Ababa International Airport (Ethiopia), a young girl approached me and asked if I was Ethiopian. When I responded yes, she asked me to help her and her two friends fill out their Exit Cards. Since this is not uncommon especially for those who do not travel a great deal, I was more than happy to help. As I reached for a pen to give to one of the girls, they immediately asked me if I could fill it out. So I asked if they wanted the Amharic or English version, they said it didn’t matter. I found this rather peculiar, but continued to fill out their cards none the less. It was not until I asked them to sign the cards that I realized all three girls were illiterate. I smiled through my disbelief as the girls thanked me and walked away. All three were 23 years old and were coming from Qatar after working there as house maids for a year. I read about how low Ethiopia’s illiteracy rate is especially amongst women. I research and read and write and yet I’ve never encountered young illiterate girls in the city especially ones that are traveling. It was my first brush with my new found perspective.Some weeks later, I was leaving a restaurant rather late with my brother and encountered two young women each holding a child. I was compelled to talk them. I offered the food I was taking home and they were extremely happy to be receiving it. They told me they live over an hour away but walk to the busier parts of the city in the evenings to beg for food and money. During the day, they go to the market areas instead. What about their education or their children’s education? They could not afford to send themselves to school, but were sending their kids (approx 1.5 and 3 years old) to a care center during the day. One of the girls said it was expensive but she wanted her child to go to school. The cost? Less than $2.50 a week.It is incidents like these that keep me grounded in my dreams and mission. It is also these types of incidents that make me feel as though I won’t even make a dent in health and education issues facing Ethiopia. Yet, I come back to the story of the boy and starfish Dr. Glory shared with the staff during my first week at ASHA. It is the story I wish to leave you with:There was a little boy who walked upon a beach only to find it flooded with starfish brought ashore by a storm. The boy started picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. A man walked up the boy and said, “Silly boy, you cannot save all the starfish. So why waste your time?” And the boy responded, “I may not save all the starfish, but each one I help is a starfish saved.”Share this:
A record 415 teams will compete at the Queensland All Schools at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane this week – the biggest one yet in the event’s 35-year history.More than 220 schools are represented at the five-day event, from right across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, to international teams from Singapore and New Zealand.Tournament director Peter Bell said he was thrilled to see how the event still continued to grow after so many years.“I’m immensely proud to see it develop into such a big tournament, and we expect that growth to continue over the coming years,” he said.“The schools and teachers have done a wonderful job in introducing kids to the sport who have never play before, and then our ‘super schools’ are producing an unbelievable standard in their players through the programs they have implemented.”A number of current State of Origin and Elite 8 coaches and players are involved coaching teams at this year’s event, including Australian representatives Peter Norman, Belinda Hammett and Adam Pryde – a positive way for the game’s top players to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of players.“Queensland All Schools is the biggest event on the touch football calendar, and one of our strengths in the school system is we are fortunate to have so many accredited coaches and quality teachers bringing players to this event,” Bell said.Bell credited the support of the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association in helping to stage such a massive event.“BMTA, especially Kristen White and Jacqueline Martin, have done a wonderful job in making sure the fields and facilities were ready,” he said.“We have also been able to increase the number of fields from 15 to 17 this year to allow us to increase the number of teams we can have playing.”There are a number of hotly-contested divisions, most notably the 18 Boys where Keebra Park and Rockhampton Grammar start as favourites.In the 15 Girls, Chancellor College are the team to beat following their national title win last month, while in the 18 Girls New Zealand side Columba College have emerged as the team to beat, along with Benowa.Games commenced on Wednesday and will run through to finals on Sunday from 7.30am AEST.BY THE NUMBERS• 415 teams from more than 220 schools• 1600 games• 5 days• 7 divisions• 17 fields• 200 referees For more information on the Queensland All Schools Tournament, click here.
Man City midfielder De Bruyne on Cup triumph: Sheer reliefby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne admitted relief after beating Leicester City on penalties in the Carabao Cup last night.De Bruyne struck for City as the scores were 1-1 at fulltime. City went onto win the quarterfinal 3-1 after the shootout.De Bruyne said, “It’s a relief, it was difficult for us. It was a lot of players who hadn’t played a lot. We did a good game, it was an open game and in the end the keeper helped us. He’s got veins of ice! He did what he had to do in the shootout.”It is difficult to start when you are injured for five months but it felt good to play for 70 minutes. It is a good sign for me.”I feel stiff but I am happy to contribute. We want to win titles and now it’s two games more and we can battle for another trophy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Besiktas move for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovicby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas are moving for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic.The 22-year-old joined Milan as a free agent from Hamburg last summer.Sky Italia says a January exit is imminent with his agent meeting Besiktas to consider personal terms on Tuesday.Halilovic is a Croatia international with nine senior caps, but made no impact at San Siro. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who is now an NCAA executive, is embroiled in a rather unsettling controversy this week. According to Twitter user @StocktonShorts, Luck, in a Columbus bar ahead of the Mountaineers’ contest against Maryland last Sunday, made disparaging remarks about Syracuse and its men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim. The story, which the Twitter user claims was told to him by two friends independently of one another, went viral after screenshots of the tweets were posted to Reddit Tuesday morning. There’s also a photo of Luck taking a shot.According to the tweets, Luck allegedly joked that he joined the NCAA to help “f***” over Boeheim.Oliver Luck Story (1/7): Some WVU fans were hanging out at a bar before the WVU game in Columbus on Sunday— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (2/7): Into the bar the WVU fans are in walks Oliver Luck with a man he introduces as “My Arab Friend David”.— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (3/7): Oliver joins this group of Mountaineer fans for some drinks, someone asks him why he moved to work for the NCAA— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (5/7): Oliver then calls over the waitress and orders 10 shots of Crown for him and his new WVU friends.— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (6/7): They all hammer the shots down and Oliver immediately leaves….leaving them with the $70 bill for the shots. #Boss— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Brent Axe of syracuse.com reached out to Luck, who denied the allegations. He did not, however, deny being in the bar at the time in question. “The Twitter account is not accurate,” Luck said. “I do not use language like that. I have the utmost respect for the infractions process and would not say such things about a member school and its head coach.“Secondly, I have not had any involvement whatsoever in the investigatory process of this particular case nor do I have any involvement with the penalties levied in this case. The latter is determined by the Committee on Infractions, an entity that does not report to me.”Last month, Syracuse was hammered by the NCAA after a lengthy investigation, as the school was penalized with the loss of 12 scholarships and five years probation. Boeheim was also suspended for nine league games and was forced to vacate over 100 victories.We’re not sure what course of action, if any, there will be here. Regardless, it’s eye-opening.
Duke Laken TomlinsonFormer Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson was taken at No, 28 overall by the Detroit Lions in this year’s NFL Draft. He is the first player to be taken in the first round out of Duke since 1987, when linebacker Mike Junkin went No. 5 to the Cleveland Browns.Round 1 – Pick 28 The @Lions select Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/ORgcpuDylk— #NFLDraft (@nfl) May 1, 2015Tomlinson was rated as a three-star player coming out of Lane Technical High School in Chicago, but developed into one of the top guards in the country under David Cutcliffe at Duke.At 6-foot-3, 323 pounds, the First Team All-American projects to be one of the best interior run blockers in the 2015 draft class. His athleticism is a bit of a concern, but he should be a good fit on the inside for the Lions.According to NFL.com, Tomlinson’s closest comparison is Chris Watt. Here’s more: Tomlinson has treated defenders like a squat rep at times, but getting defenders centered and jacked will be tougher in the NFL. His lack of athleticism is a major concern and will cause problems winning initial engagements as defenders will get into him first.The Indianapolis Colts are now on the clock.
Jemele HillESPN personality Jemele Hill is a proud Michigan State alum, and she let Michigan fans know this during a two-minute segment on her show His and Hers. Hill used the time to call out Wolverine supporters who had been talking smack after the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and the team’s 5-1 start before Saturday’s stunning loss to the Spartans.Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo was obviously impressed by Hill, and he expressed his feelings when speaking with the media today.Tom Izzo: “Jemele Hill should run for president. She was awesome.” @jemelehill— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) October 20, 2015If Hill did run, it would be interesting to see how well she’d fare in the state of Michigan.
Louisville President ‘Evaluating’ Possibility Of Changing Stadium Name In Light Of Papa John’s Controversy
LOUISVILLE, KY – OCTOBER 30: Louisville Cardinals mascot run on the field prior to their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)After admitting to using the n-word during a conference call, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is out as company chairman. He has also resigned from Louisville’s board of trustees. The name of the school’s football stadium—Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium—is a more complex issue.Schnatter had been a huge benefactor of the school for years. That includes a strange naming rights deal that may be more difficult to get around, without Schnatter’s cooperation.On Wednesday, Louisville players began to voice their displeasure at the name of the stadium. A few called for it to be renamed “ASAP.”Louisville’s stadium naming rights deal is with John Schnatter himself, though, not the Papa John’s company.That means he controls what the stadium is named, through the expiration of the deal in 2040. From ABC News:Schnatter remains prominently linked to the school through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a complicated arrangement, the school’s deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John’s brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.There’s a chance that he will surrender the name willingly. Louisville can also try and buy him out.School president Neeli Bendapudi says that the administration is looking into the issue, per WDRB.com:University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi said she is “evaluating” the status of university naming-rights agreements tied to John Schnatter, including that of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.[…]“We haven’t had a chance to discuss it formally but yes, certainly we are aware that there is a lot of interest in this and we are hoping to come together to discuss it,” she said.If Louisville can pull it off, the school shouldn’t have a tough time finding a new name. Receiver Keion Wakefield had a pretty good idea, which he shared via Twitter: Muhammed Ali Stadium.[WDRB.com]
TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Fresh off of a rout of a promising FAU team, Oklahoma hosts its second straight home game. This time, it welcomes in Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins.The Sooners were absolutely dominant last week. The offense didn’t miss a beat from last season, but the more impressive performance was the defense shutting down Lane Kiffin’s offense, which was dynamic last year and brought back a 1,900 yard rusher and a former four-star quarterback.The Sooners’ first team defense did not allow a point. Oklahoma wound up with a 63-14 win.UCLA’s start to the season was not as good. The Bruins are clearly rebuilding, and showed it in a 26-17 loss to Cincinnati. Quarterback Wilton Speight, a transfer in from Michigan, left the game with a back injury. He is day-to-day as we approach tomorrow’s game.Oklahoma vs. UCLA is slotted for a big Saturday afternoon match-up.Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on FOX, in Norman.Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Gus JohnsonGame analyst: Joel KlattSideline reporter: Jenny TaftOklahoma is a 30-point favorite in this game.,Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Gus JohnsonGame analyst: Joel KlattSideline reporter: Jenny TaftOklahoma is a 30-point favorite in this game.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)The son of a former NFL star defensive player announced his college commitment this morning. It’s a big one.Joey Porter Jr., the son of former NFL standout linebacker Joey Porter, announced this morning his decision to commit to Penn State.The son of the four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro announced on Twitter his decision to commit to the Nittany Lions.Porter Jr. is a four-star defensive back.#WeAre ⚪️?⚪️ Better #DC5 #T4L pic.twitter.com/TWMU9GuvJe— Joey Porter Jr (@jjporter_1) September 11, 2018Porter Jr. is a 6-foot-1 cornerback out of Wexford, Pa. He’s ranked the No. 30 CB in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 14 class in the country.
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former four-star quarterback has decided to transfer away from his program. UCLA quarterback Devon Modster announced on Friday that he plans to leave the Bruins.Modster started two games for the Bruins in 2017, but has yet to see the field this year. He’s stuck behind Wilton Speight and true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the depth chart and wasn’t likely to see any playing time this season, barring injury.Modster took to Twitter to make the announcement.“I’d like to thank Coach Kelly and the strength coaches for allowing me to continue to play the game I love, BUT I’ve decided to leave UCLA and pursue other opportunities,” Modster said on Twitter.Excited for a new chapter❗️ pic.twitter.com/YLiTN3ilqP— Dèvøñ Mödśtēr (@DModster) September 21, 2018Modster is a former four-star recruit from the 2016 class. He was the No. 13 pro-style quarterback from that class and committed to UCLA when Jim Mora was the coach.It’s a tough decision, but Modster likely didn’t have a place in Chip Kelly’s offense.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Jeff Brohm already had plenty of momentum after taking Purdue from the dregs of the Big Ten to a bowl in his first year as head coach. Beating Ohio State by 29 last weekend shot him into a new tier of potential candidates for big jobs this off-season.Of course, one of those jobs that becomes available could be his alma mater.Brohm is a former Louisville quarterback and assistant coach. UL has really struggled this season, and with a revamped athletic department, Bobby Petrino could be in trouble.Jeff Brohm is the most popular candidate for the Louisville football job if it opens, but obviously, he remains outwardly committed to Purdue.He was asked about the rumors that he could be up for another opportunity once again last night.From Gold And Black, the Purdue Rivals site:“I don’t think people realize how good it is here (at Purdue),” Brohm said Thursday evening following practice.Following the 49-20 win over Ohio State last week, Brohm has done several national television, radio and print media requests. Inevitably in the midst of those interviews, the questions surrounding Brohm’s future ultimately pop up. Asked if he’s tired of answering questions about where he’ll be coaching next year or for several years to come, Brohm had a simple response.“On that one, yes I am. For sure,” Brohm said.Brohm went on to promote how well recruiting has gone for Purdue. Landing Rondale Moore, a four-star 2018 recruit who has instantly become a college football star, was a coup, and he’s not slowing down with the Boilermakers.Purdue’s 2019 class already has three four-star players committed, and a class currently ranked in the Top 30.[Gold And Black]
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier this week, a report suggested Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins would return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. That report, from Bleacher Report’s draft expert, Matt Miller, was countered by none other than Miller on Friday morning.After reporting that Haskins planned to return to Ohio State, Miller said he received messages from multiple sources who revealed Haskins’ off-season plans.According to Miller’s new piece from Friday morning, Haskins is now expected to enter his name into the 2019 NFL draft.Here’s more from Miller:Multiple sources reached out soon after it published and disclosed the offseason plans of Haskins. Barring injury or a massive drop-off in play down the stretch, the plan is for Haskins to leave for the NFL draft after this season.It’s a pivotal decision for the star college quarterback. If Haskins enters his name into the draft, he’ll likely be a day one prospect, though that remains to be seen.After hearing from his sources, Miller revealed a new big board. The NFL draft expert placed Haskins as a top-30 NFL prospect suggesting he’ll go in the first round.[Bleacher Report]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The list of players skipping their bowl games this year continues to grow. On Thursday afternoon, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart revealed star corner Deandre Baker won’t play in the Bulldogs’ game against Texas on New Year’s Day.Baker announced his plans to play in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month, but has been battling an injury ahead of the game. Now it appears he made the decision to secure his health for the future by not participating in the bowl game.Smart revealed it was Baker’s decision to skip the game.Georgia coach Kirby Smart said cornerback Deandre Baker is not playing in the Sugar Bowl. He made the call to skip the game. He is on the trip.— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) December 27, 2018Baker is one of the best corners in college football and is likely a top-15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. His decision sin’t surprising as he looks to keep his body healthy for the NFL – though he said earlier that he plans to play in the game.Georgia and Texas kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)With the Rose Bowl almost here, questions are swirling about Dwayne Haskins’ future at Ohio State. Although the superstar quarterback isn’t ready to make an official decision yet, he clearly is confident in his abilities.Haskins broke several records with the Buckeyes, as he threw for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns.There was already a good chance that Haskins would leave Columbus for the 2019 NFL Draft, but those odds increased even further once Justin Herbert announced he’ll return to Oregon.Herbert was considered by many scouts as the top quarterback of this upcoming class. However, the opportunity to play alongside his brother has enticed him to stay for another season with the Ducks.Now that one of the elite quarterback prospects is officially off the board, the consensus around the country is that Haskins should see a boost in his stock.When asked if Herbert’s decision will affect his own, Haskins said “I’m happy he made that decision for himself, but his decision had nothing to do with me.”Here was the full quote:Dwayne Haskins says Justin Herbert’s return to Oregon doesn’t affect his NFL decision: “I feel like I was the best quarterback in the country regardless of what Herbert did. I’m happy he made that decision for himself, but his decision had nothing to do with me.”— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) December 29, 2018If Haskins does enter the draft he’ll most likely be selected early in the first round. Every year teams are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, and he definitely fits that category.Ohio State will face Washington on New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl. It might just be the final collegiate game for Haskins.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Whether or not he knows it, Kliff Kingsbury has actually impacted the recruiting class rankings for the 2019 season. Once he was hired to be the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, five-star recruit Bru McCoy decided that it’d be best if he left the USC Trojans.The Texas Longhorns were the winner of the McCoy sweepstakes, as the talented wideout signed his financial aid agreement yesterday – and plans to begin classes in Austin next week.McCoy needs to be granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA in order to gain eligibility for the upcoming college football season.Despite his status being unclear for the 2019 season, his latest decision has resulted in a few changes to the recruiting rankings across the nation.Texas has benefited greatly from the addition of McCoy, as the former No. 5 recruiting class in the country has just leapfrogged multiple teams in 247Sports’ team rankings.Here is the current top five:AlabamaGeorgiaTexasTexas A&MOklahomaUSC has dropped down to No. 18 in the rankings due to the loss of their former five-star recruit, McCoy.On the other hand, Tom Herman and the Longhorns have to be feeling good about their incoming players for next season.