May 31, 2020

Chelsea v Tottenham: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgNacer Chadli (right) could replace the banned Dele AlliKick-off: 8pm, Monday 2 May 2016Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Match in a nutshell: Tottenham know they have to win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 26 years if they are to retain any hope of winning the Premier League – how Chelsea would love to be the ones to stop them.Five key battles: Including Cesc Fabregas v Mousa DembeleInjuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Loic Remy (groin), Thibaut Courtois (suspended).TOTTENHAM HOTSPURRuled out: Dele Alli (suspended), Nabil Bentaleb (knee).Fitness tests: Eric Dier (concussion). Possible line-upsChelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Amelia, Blackman, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Falcao, Pato, Traore.Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane.Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Wimmer, Mason, Winks, N’Jie, Carroll, Son, Onomah. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: W L L W D (7 points)Home: L D D W D (6 points)Tottenham total: D W W D W (11 points)Away: W D W L W (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 15; Willian 11; Oscar 8, Pedro 8; Fabregas 5; Hazard 4, Traore 4; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Pato 1, Terry 1.Tottenham: Kane 27; Alli 10, Lamela 10; Eriksen 8; Chadli 7; Son 6; Alderweireld 4; Dembele 4, Dier 4; Carroll 3; Mason 2; Rose 1, Trippier 1, Walker 1.Last five meetings29 November 2015: Tottenham 0 Chelsea 01 March 2015: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 01 January 2015: Tottenham 5 Chelsea 33 December 2014: Chelsea 3 Tottenham 08 March 2014: Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0Chelsea 3 wins, Tottenham 1 win, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Brand South Africa hosts talks with EU Investors

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 07 June 2018 –  Brand South Africa has concluded a meaningful consultation session with the European Union investor community based in South Africa, which will see the country’s marketing and reputation management agency deepen its collaboration and partnership with the EU investment community.Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa said: “The consultation session was focused on gathering deeper insights into the experience of business from the EU based in South Africa.We will now refine our strategy to promote South Africa as an investment destination of choice whilst also communicating our findings with the various government departments that work and interact with the EU community in South Africa.”Brand South Africa shared the findings from its International Investor Perceptions Research with EU business stakeholders that was released at the end of last year.The research showed that the perception and reputation of South Africa fell amongst EU nations in recent years. However, large numbers of diverse investors from the European Union are active in the South African market.EU nations represent an important trading partner and source of foreign direct investment for South Africa. The EU has historically been South Africa’s main trading partner and the biggest source of foreign direct investment (FDI). Firms from EU Member States represent over 75% of the nation’s total FDI stock.Linda Sangaret, Chief Marketing Officer at Brand South Africa said: “We listened to their concerns and challenges and affirmed that the EU remains an important trading partner to South Africa.What was encouraging and positive was that they expressed their desire for further collaboration and deepening of partnerships to promote South Africa in their country markets.”Donnee Kruger, member of the Board of Trustees of the EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Africa said: “The EU investor community in South Africa represents 2,000 companies with over 850,000 employees currently.Profits of these companies increased 5% year-on-year within the last year, so it shows that these companies are an active and important part of the South African business landscape.”Kruger also presented at the consultation a Business Climate Survey which included findings from research conducted  by the EU Chamber of Commerce & Industry in South Africa.The report indicated that 68% of European investors stated that they use South Africa as a base for their operations and trade relations in Africa.In the  context of shifting and uncertain geopolitical and global economic dynamics, Brand South Africa is hosting consultation sessions with its global trade partners in South Africa to strengthen ties that promote South Africa’s investor attractiveness and enhance its position as an investment destination of choice on the African continent. Inputs gathered from stakeholders will be utilised in planning for the Investment Summit announced by President Ramaphosa during the State Of The Nation Address 2018. Brand South Africa looks forward to gathering input from current investors to assess the competitive/comparative advantages the market offers to multinationals, as well as to gather insight into perceived and real challenges to doing business in South Africa.Follow the conversation at @Brand_SA  #CompetitiveSAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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BitsyBox: Good for the Developer, Good for the Site Owner

first_imgjolie odell Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The site launched in private beta about two weeks ago; developers are urged to contact the BitsyBox team for more information. BitsyBox is a hosted content storage platform that allows developer access through an API and a simple user interface for their clients to edit content without touching the code. It’s been described to us as “content storage and management without the CMS.”Co-founded by three West Los Angelenos, the platform’s two components work through a free, downloadable PHP client and take a good bit of hassle (read: the penny-ante, back-and-forth of site edits) out of the business of web design and development.Of course, something that takes so many of the small tasks of website maintenance away from developers and allows clients just enough control over content could only be the brainchild of a veteran freelance developer, which cofounder Scott Rocher is.Rocher wrote to us in an email, “Using BitsyBox’s simple and secure web interface, developers can define data schema for each of their sites… and site-owner clients can edit the site content in real time.” Client access is available for both individuals and whole teams.Rocher also noted that because it is a hosted service, BitsyBox can be integrated with exiting sites by most developers in less than one hour. The service also doesn’t require developers to learn a new language, framework, or code structure.According to the site, the BitsyBox client packages handle connection, caching, and manipulation of API data. The API delivers structured XML, JSON, or PHP, leaving room for more advanced developers to write their own. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Terrence Ross stays in Orlando, carries Magic past Timberwolves

first_imgOrlando Magic guard Terrence Ross (31) goes up for a shot between Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32), guard Josh Okogie (20) and forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida— The trade deadline came and went and Terrence Ross remained in Orlando, comfortable in his routine.Ross, whose expiring contract and big scoring production had set him up as a potential trade asset, scored 32 points and came up with a big defensive play to help the Magic to a 122-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points.Isaiah Canaan’s jump shot gave Minnesota its last lead at 39-38 early in the second quarter, but things quickly unraveled for the Timberwolves, especially on defense.Ross had 20 points in the first half, leading the Magic to a 71-58 halftime lead. Orlando shot 65 percent in the half.“They came out hot. We’ve got to do a better job contesting,” said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. “Terrence Ross got hot in the second quarter. We were aware of how hot he’s been shooting the ball lately. You let him see one or two or even three go through early, it’s going to be a long night.”Wiggins scored 10 points in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves could get no closer than 11 until Towns converted a three-point play with 2:39 left in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he’s dealing with and getting him through it,” Weltman said.UP NEXTTimberwolves: at New Orleans on Friday night.Magic: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ “Right now is not the time to change anything you’re doing,” said Ross, who was relieved when the deadline passed. “You’ve got to stay in your routine as much as possible.”Ross, who is averaging 19.7 points off the bench over his last 15 games, made six 3-pointers and shot 13 of 23 overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“There are nights in this league when you’re driving home and say to yourself, ‘I’m blessed to be doing this,’” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Terrence is an exceptional shot-maker and he’s a lot better off the dribble than I realized. He’s playing at a really high level.”Nikola Vucevic added 21 points, Aaron Gordon 19 and Evan Fournier 18 for Orlando, which shot 54 percent and scored a season-high 71 points in the first half. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Wiggins followed with a mid-court steal and lined up a dunk that could have cut the lead to seven, but Ross chased him down and prevented a score that could cut the gap to seven.“I didn’t know if I was going to block it but it was worth the effort,” said Ross, who was not officially credited with a block. “You don’t know. Sometimes they hear footsteps and sometimes they will alter (the shot). I got lucky.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: G Jeff Teague participated in the morning shootaround but missed an eighth game with a sore left foot. … G Derrick Rose was not with the team, missing a fifth game with a sore right ankle. … Towns was shocked to hear it announced that he had fouled out with 5:10 remaining after committing his third foul.Magic: Last in the NBA with only 19 free throw attempts per game, the Magic shot 14 in a span of 5:31 in the third quarter. They made 21 of 23 in the game. … Rookie C Mo Bamba missed a third straight game with a stress fracture of his left tibia. … The Magic lost by 17 at Minnesota on Jan. 4.NO HURRYThe Magic acquired point guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from Philadelphia, but it doesn’t sound like he will be playing anytime soon.Asked when the team expected Fultz to play, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said: “We’re going to do it right, we’re not going to do it fast.”The Magic gave up F Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick for Fultz, who is out with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve problem in his shoulder.Fultz appeared in only 33 games in his 1 ½ seasons in Philadelphia, averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season. He last played on Nov. 19. 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4 days agoChelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are ready to battle Manchester United for Ben Chilwell next summer.The Blues have decided that neither Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are long-term options at left-back. As such, the club’s scouts have been told to look at left-backs from around the world.One name already being considered is England international Chilwell, according to 90min.Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the 22-year-old.The Blues have listed Basel’s Paraguayan star Blás Riveros as a cheaper alternative should a bidding war ensue over Chilwell. last_img read more

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First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite skeptics

first_imgWASHINGTON – Pushing back against her critics, Melania Trump said Tuesday she’s committed to fighting cyberbullying despite the knocks she’s gotten for taking on the issue when her husband regularly uses Twitter to berate his foes and call them names.“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” the first lady said. “I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue. But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right. I am here with one goal: helping children and our next generation.”Mrs. Trump made her comments as she convened executives from major online and social media companies at the White House to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety. The meeting came more than a year after she announced that cyberbullying would be her cause if Trump were elected president.The choice was immediately assailed, but Mrs. Trump said she won’t back down.She said she gets many letters from children who have been bullied or feel threatened on social media. She acknowledged that the issue has been studied for years, and told the executives she wants to hear “what you have learned, what has been accomplished, and what progress still needs to be made.”“I believe together we can make a real difference in encouraging positive behaviours on social media,” she added.Amazon, Snap, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft sent representatives, as did the Internet Association and the Family Online Safety Institute.All the major technology companies have strict policies prohibiting harassment and other bullying behaviour on their services, but primarily rely on users to report abuses and weed them out. They try to clearly spell out the kinds of remarks and other posts that won’t be tolerated in special sections such as one Facebook, the largest online social network, has set up. Instagram, a popular service among kids and young adults for sharing photos and videos, provides links to the U.S. government’s anti-bullying site and tips from a cyberbullying research centre on one of its help pages.But the efforts so far have fallen short, leading to rampant abuses that even some of the companies acknowledge have driven away or tormented portions of their audience.It got so bad on Twitter, which has 68 million U.S. users, that the San Francisco company vowed last fall to crack down on hateful tweets. Among other things, Twitter adopted new policies aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online — a common bullying tactic.Yik Yak, another messaging app once popular among high school and college students, shut down last year partly because schools banned it following complaints about bullying and harassment.Online bullying takes many shapes, but some of the most common tactics include posting embarrassing or salacious photos, making demeaning or cruel remarks under a photo or in a general post about someone, and sharing screenshots of what at least one person thought was a private text.Harassment is widespread and extends beyond teenagers. A Pew Research Center poll last year found 41 per cent of U.S. adults believed they had been harassed online.The popularity and volume of content on major social media sites presents a huge challenge in policing what is being shared. Facebook, for instance, has 2.1 billion worldwide users who collectively share billions of posts on their pages daily. More than 300 hours of video is uploaded to Google’s YouTube site every minute.The companies are also constantly struggling to balance the desire to prevent harassment and other abuses with a commitment to freedom of expression.In some cases, they see harassment and still look the other way. For instance, some of President Trump’s more vitriolic tweets have openly mocked and denigrated people, prompting calls for Twitter to shut down his account and ban him from its service. But Twitter has declined, maintaining the news value of the president’s tweets eclipses complaints about him being a bully.There is no federal law that applies to bullying. State laws vary, ranging from requiring public schools to have bullying policies to requiring anonymous reporting systems, said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University. The federal government can best help by giving schools more tools and money to provide programs, Hinduja said.Mrs. Trump announced in a speech near the end of the 2016 presidential campaign that her priority as first lady would be to fight cyberbullying.___AP Business Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleaplast_img read more

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Ottawa commits 30 million for new tidal power project in Bay of

first_imgHALIFAX – Ottawa has announced a $29.8 million grant for a new project that aims to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy’s tides.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the grant in support of a $117-million project operated by Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd. on Thursday, amidst a meeting of G7 ministers that has emphasized the importance of renewable energies.Simon De Pietro, director of Irish-based DP Energy, said its Halagonia subsidiary would produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes using a tidal power generation unit tested in the bay.He said the nine megawatt system could combine both floating and submerged turbines to work together, improving efficiency.The project comes amid the uncertain future of the marquee Cape Sharp Tidal venture. De Pietro said in an interview that his firm is aware of the challenges of operating in a bay with the world’s highest tides.“Indeed the Bay of Fundy has already demonstrated its ability to challenge. We do not take that challenge lightly,” he said during the announcement.“We don’t want to rush in, drop it in the water, and for it to break.”A news release from the federal government said Halagonia’s project “will also demonstrate the potential for further tidal energy projects and provide valuable experience managing electricity generation from tidal resources.”The funding is drawn from a larger pool of funds Natural Resources Canada has set aside for its emerging renewable power program.An Irish technical team has been working to determine why the rotor on the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy is not turning.Halifax-based Emera Inc., which was involved in the troubled project, said this week that experts believe a component failure in the generator “caused sufficient damage to prevent the rotor from turning.”It says the turbine worked after it was after deployed in July and that it’s not yet clear when the malfunction happened.Emera remains a shareholder in Cape Sharp Tidal, but recently announced it was pulling out of the project after co-owner OpenHydro filed for bankruptcy protection.The turbine will remain stationary while the OpenHydro team analyzes information gathered from sensors to determine whether it is functional.De Pietro said Thursday the goal is to have the Halagonia project in the water by 2020.The engineer and businessman said his privately owned company is attempting to help launch a new industry, and this is why his project needed government aid.De Pietro said the company is testing two technologies for the turbines and will judge which works best for delivering reasonably priced green energy.Sohi also said it’s important to remember that in the early days of solar and wind power, public money was needed.Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Energy and Mines has issued a marine renewable energy permit to Black Rock Tidal Power, allowing it to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform for up to six months.The floating platform was installed Tuesday in Grand Passage, between Long Island and Brier Island in Digby County, Black Rock said Thursday.The permit will allow the Halifax-based company to learn how its device operates in a marine environment and “take a staged approach to deployment.”Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette said in a news release Wednesday that supporting a marine renewable energy project like Black Rock Tidal Power’s is a key pillar of the government’s energy plan.“Projects like this that test technology in the Bay of Fundy’s unique marine environment will help spur innovation and competition and help solidify Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the development of tidal technology,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Modi-Shah duo responsible for promoting ‘mobocracy’, damaging cultural identity of states: Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Wednesday condemned the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata while accusing the Narendra Modi-Shah duo of promoting “mobocracy” in the country and damaging the cultural identity of the states. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also condemned the desecration of the statue of national icon and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence, terming it a “shameful act”. “A new politics where ‘mobocracy’ is being actively encouraged and abetted by the ruling party — the BJP — in the country has gained ground in the past five years. Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP are squarely responsible for systematically damaging the cultural identity of each state in India. The Modi-Shah duo are responsible for promoting mobocracy in the country,” he told reporters. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Singhvi alleged that the federal structure, respect for regional aspirations, culture, language, food habits and the identity of indigenous people are under attack by the BJP in every state of the country. “This negative politics of ‘destruction, demolition and discretion’ are methodically vitiating the political atmosphere of the country. The BJP wants to exert its monolithic supremacy and bigoted agenda on each state, thus weakening the federal polity,” he alleged. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Singhvi said “federal fascism is embedded in the BJP’s DNA and the power hungry Modi-Shah duo are hell-bent on bulldozing the cultural identity of states.” He said the Congress strongly condemns the violent discretion of the statue of national icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a great educationist who changed the Bengali alphabet, sanskrit scholar and reformer who brought in the widow remarriage act and fought for women’s education. “We are deeply pained that such a shameful incident took place,” he said. Singhvi said Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken upon himself to protect the culture, identity and language of the various states that make India. “This is one of the strongest reasons why Rahul Gandhi is fighting elections from both north India (Amethi) and south India (Wayanad) so that all parts of India feel united under the common umbrella of the Congress party,” he added. The Congress leader alleged that disrespect for national icons and hegemony of its own ideology was reflective of the BJP’s mindset and recalled how BJP H Raja had pledged to destroy the statue of social reformer Periyar in Chennai. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav “actively justified pulling down statues, but no action was taken against him”, he claimed. Singhvi alleged that a bust of national icon B R Ambedkar was found splashed with red paint in north Chennai and in February this year, members of a fringe right wing group associated with the Sangh Parivar “shamelessly” re-enacted the scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by shooting his effigy with an air pistol after garlanding a picture of his assassin Nathuram Godse in Uttar Pradesh. He said the current situation was the result of “condemnable policies” of the Modi government for various states, including not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, and “systematic mauling” of the federal structure as had happened during government formations in Goa, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur. “The Modi government’s politics of division was in full form, after it brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which was opposed tooth and nail in many states of the northeast. This was a direct assault on the indigenous people of the region,” Singhvi said. In Jammu and Kashmir too, he said this government promised Rs 80,000 crore, but gave only 31 per cent of the package and so was the case in Bihar, where a total of Rs 1.25 lakh crore was promised but nothing reached the state. “PM Modi, who paraded co-operative federalism as an ‘article of faith’, hasn’t even released the funds to states, with reports stating that the Centre has achieved only a third of devolution, thereby starving states of funds needed for vital welfare schemes like education and health,” he alleged.last_img read more

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer stresses 4 to 6 A to

Coach Urban Meyer stands on the sidelines during a game against San Diego. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAside from the shoulder pads and helmets popping against each other, coaches yelling out orders or the shrill of whistles, there’s been one phrase that has echoed throughout the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during Ohio State spring practice.“4 to 6, A to B.”The phrase has seemingly become second nature to the Buckeyes, as coach Urban Meyer works to give his program’s culture a facelift throughout the spring football season.“We have a mantra, we have a culture that I want to make sure we don’t lose,” Meyer said after his team’s first spring practice March 4. “What I’m looking for is simplicity, and 4 to 6 and A to B. If you can’t give us that, then we gotta move on and get another player that will.”The mantra of playing hard for four to six seconds, and rushing hard during a play from one direct point to another, is so important to OSU’s football coach that he mentioned it four times March 4, in what was his first press conference since the Buckeyes’ 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3.It’s been such a big part of the culture change for OSU so far in 2014 that the words continue to trickle down across the roster and coaching staff.“It’s going to be about 4 to 6, A to B. That’s what we’re going to be about,” assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 when asked about his unit specifically. “We’re going to work as hard as we can in 4 to 6 seconds, and go from point A to point B as fast as we can.”The coaching staff preaches the phrase in nearly every interview session during spring ball, establishing the assertion time and again.“I know you guys are getting tired of hearing ‘power of the unit’ and ‘4 to 6 seconds,’ but here’s reality: If that’s what is truly important, and it becomes important to our players that 11 guys show up at the ball and it doesn’t matter really which number gets there first … then it’s really, really important,” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said to reporters after practice April 3.Meyer said he knew he and his staff had work to do to shore some things up on the team — particularly at defending the pass, as the team gave up an average of 268 yards per game through the air, good for 112th in the country — to even have a chance at success in 2014. And fixing the mistakes that cost them begins with that one simple phrase.“I don’t want a team that’s scared to make mistakes. I don’t want a team that’s thinking,” Meyer said March 4. “I want a team that goes 4 to 6 seconds, and when they put their foot on the ground, it’s A to B, it’s fast and it’s as hard as you go.”Aside from the loss to the Tigers in the Orange Bowl, OSU also fell to Michigan State Dec. 7 in the Big Ten Championship Game, 34-24, crushing the chances it had of competing for the national title.The back-to-back losses are the first for Meyer in his tenure as OSU coach, after ripping off 24 straight wins since arriving in Columbus in 2012. With nearly eight months for that feeling to sit and ruminate in his and his team’s minds before the Buckeyes have another chance to line up against an opponent, it’s clear he wants things to change.“Urban has set the tone very clearly, nothing else matters,” Coombs said. “4 to 6 seconds, point A to point B, all of us doing the same thing, going as hard as we can and the kids have bought into that.“And they’re not allowed to not buy into it, to be perfectly honest with you. It’s not an option. It is the way it’s going to be.”With the annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium as the last scheduled, organized practice before fall camp, Meyer stressed the importance of adhering to the play-hard culture.“I want to make sure that culture’s out there,” Meyer said. “There’s never been a team, in 27 years of coaching, that team that didn’t play the hardest, didn’t win the game. Lack of execution and lack of technique — you can overcome that with incredible effort. You can’t overcome lack of effort with great technique. It doesn’t happen. At some point you’ll fail … These kids have heard that nonstop from the coaching staff.”The spring game is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The season opener against Navy is scheduled for Aug. 30 at noon in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. read more

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Confirmed Yaya Toure will not be joining West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out the prospect of reuniting with Yaya Toure at the London StadiumThe 35-year-old free agent had a good relationship with Pellegrini in their time together at Manchester City and rumours of a possible reunion have been about since the Chilean was appointed as the new Hammers’ boss.But now Pellegrini has revealed that he is not looking to sign the Ivorian midfielder.“Yaya is a very good player. In his position at the moment we have very good players.,” he said, as stated on Sky Sports.“He will always be a good player in any team but right now our squad is ready.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…Summer signing Jack Wilshere could not make an impact on his Premier League debut for West Ham in the club’s opening day 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.Pellegrini added: “I see Jack playing as a holding midfielder but with free movement. It’s the best position that he likes to play also.“He can give us very good build up from outside. He is a player who is always doing creative things during the game.”Deadline day signings Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez are unlikely to feature for West Ham in this weekend’s game at home to Bournemouth having only joined first-team training this week.last_img read more

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