You can’t script this stuff. Manchester City fires Manuel Pellegrini, effective the end of the season, and then his Blues beat Paris Saint-Germain to reach the European Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.Pellegrini, a dignified Chilean, must have a sly smile on his face.In this age of big money, a football manager’s contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. A blip in team performance can get wealthy club owners like those of Manchester City nervous enough to pull the plug even if it’s due to a rash of injuries.Pellegrini and the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho know this all too well.The latter two were both let go by Russian Roman Abramovic at Chelsea in the season following wins in the English Premier League. The same thing happened at the same club to Claudia Ranieri, the current Leicester City boss, after a 2004 season in which Chelsea placed second in the Premiership. Truly, he who pays the piper calls the tune.In those situations, only winning is enough.In this context, it seems hardly likely that Louis van Gaal will see out his three-year contract at Manchester United. The highly successful Dutchman hasn’t endeared himself to United with his possession-oriented departure from that club’s traditional winger-based attacking style.The besieged veteran came to United after carrying The Netherlands to within a penalty shoot-out of the 2014 World Cup final. He might rightly claim that he took United back to Champions League football.TOO LATE FOR VAN GAALHis inconsistent United, however, haven’t met the benchmark, set by Alex Ferguson. Fans want him out. From the moans of the United faithful, even a return to Champions League football won’t save the day for Van Gaal.He will have to hustle as his team is fifth, four points behind Manchester City.Six months after his arrival at Liverpool, the charming German Jurgen Klopp is still enjoying a honeymoon at the Anfield home of the five-time European champions. His Reds are currently eighth in the Premiership, two places behind last year’s sixth-spot finish.Yet, the accomplished Klopp is generally viewed as a better coach than the man he replaced, Brendan Rogers. Time will tell.Managerial musical chairs are present in Jamaica, too. For example, Waterhouse Football Club has had two managers already this year.If Raineri’s Leicester can emerge from last season’s battles against relegation to be a real challenger for domestic top honours, then Pellegrini can dream of a triumphant exit.Even though giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all remain in contention, scriptwriters in Manchester are probably penning their view of Champions League success.If that happens and if Manchester City meet and beat Bayern, who are currently coached by Pep Guardiola Pellegrini’s replacement as manager at City that would be irony indeed.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics.
Mandalay (Myanmar): Dangmei Grace scored a brace as the Indian women football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Wednesday. Grace (27th, 67th) scored once in each half as the team in blue took control of the proceedings right from the first whistle. Speaking later, head coach Maymol Rocky said: “We wanted to start our qualifying campaign on a winning note and we have done so. Indonesia proved to be tough opponents that committed bodies in defence but we found a way to gather three points. “It is important to keep the winning momentum alive… We are taking one match at a time and our focus shifts on our next opponents Nepal (on April 6)”, she added. Keeping their winning momentum alive after the success of their 5th consecutive SAFF title win, the Indian women heaped pressure on the opponents from the opening minute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSome crafty work down the wings by Sanju and Ratanbala Devi caused havoc on the opposition defence that was unable to read the play of the Indian women. Sanju’s cross in the 24th minute caused chaos in the Indonesian defence, with one defender almost turning it into an own goal before clearing the lines. Sandhiya’s run in the 26th minute, after she was found by Sanju, caught the Indonesian defenders napping. Her stinging shot from inside the box was saved by Indonesian custodian Riska Julianti but Dangmei Grace applied the finishing touches from close range to give India the lead in the next minute. The Indian defence made quick work of Indonesian counterattacks. Indian goalkeepr Linthoingambi Devi was not tested even once.
New Delhi: Controversies plaguing the apex court since last year’s unprecedented press conference by four senior most judges came to fore once again with the Supreme Court on Thursday observing, “truth of last year has not come out till now, people of the country need to know the truth”.On January 12, 2018, the then four senior most judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph of the apex court — had mounted a virtual revolt against the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by holding a press conference to list a litany of allegations including the assigning of cases in the top court and saying that there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A lawyer, who was present during the hearing Thursday but wished not to be named, said that a remark by Justice Arun Mishra that the Supreme Court cannot be remote controlled by anyone reminded of the reported statement by Justice Kurian after his retirement that then CJI Dipak Misra was being remote controlled from outside. The advocate was referring to the statement made by Justice Mishra during the hearing in which he said: “It is not only our institution but your institution also. The way this institution is being treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If the institution is targeted you will also not survive. Do the rich and powerful of this country think that they can remote control the Supreme Court. We don’t think that Supreme Court can be remote controlled by anything on earth, whether money power or political power.” Among the allegations, the four judges had also raised the issue of allocating the matter related to the death of Judge BH Loya to a bench headed by junior judge. A special bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, which ordered probe by one man panel of former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to look into the sensational claims by a lawyer that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in sexual harassment allegations, expressed “anguish” over the systematic attack on judiciary. The bench said, “The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen.There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this institution.” These observation were made by the bench while hearing claims made by lawyer Utsav Singh Bains that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI. “There are lot of allegations floating in the air in this country. These allegations needed to be investigated … What happens to the truth. The truth of even last year has not come out. People of this country need to know the truth. This is going on and this has to stop, ” the bench said in an apparent reference to the January 12, 2018 press conference by the judges of the apex court at the residence of Justice (retd) Chelameswar. Besides journalists, senior advocate Indira Jaising, who argued on Thursday, was also present during that press conference and she had also asked questions with the four judges, three of whom are now retired. Later in the day on January 12, 2018, footage by TV news channels showed CPI leader D Raja coming out after meeting Justice Chelameswar. Justice Mishra on Thursday said that he was not commenting on any particular issue but the time has come when bar and judges rise to the occasion and tell the rich and powerful that they cannot control the judiciary as it amounted to “playing with fire”. “The time has come when we have to rise and tell the rich and powerful that you can’t do this. You are playing with fire. We don’t want to take names but letters are written in pending matters and books are printed. These are people for whom senior advocates are appearing. Whenever big persons are involved, this happens in this court”, said Justice Mishra.
Kolkata: The convoy of West Bengal BJP chief and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attacked in East Midnapore district’s Khejuri Tuesday evening, police said. While the BJP held the Trinamool Congress responsible for the incident, the ruling party in West Bengal rubbished the allegation claiming the attack could have been perpetrated by “CPI(M)-sheltered anti-socials”. Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar told PTI that neither Ghosh nor Sarma was injured but two vehicles were damaged because of stones thrown at the convoy. No official complaint was lodged but four people were detained in connection with the incident, he said. The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when the two BJP leaders were on their way to Khejuri under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency to canvass for party candidate Debasish Samanta. “Ghosh was in Nandigram. He and Sarma were on their way to Khejuri when the attack happened. We have detained four people and investigating the incident,” Solomon said. After the incident, the BJP West Bengal chief said, “The attack on us shows clearly that there is no law and order and democracy in the state.” Sarma tweeted, “TMC goons have blocked the roads on both sides, even as West Bengal Police personnel standing like mute spectator. I am appalled at such brazen abuse of power by Mamata Banerjee whose people have thrown all democratic norms to gutter. Is this the new India that we dream of?” When contacted, West Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim rubbished the allegation. “Our party workers are quite disciplined and they have no role in this… It could be by anti-socials given shelter by the CPI(M),” he said.
2013Russell Wilson36.739.02.73.91.2 42016Aaron Rodgers28.871.8 RANKSEASONPLAYERPRESSURE %QBR 2011Tim Tebow37.1%126.96.36.199.0 2011Joe Flacco22.8188.8.131.52.3 12016Jameis Winston34.9%80.7 2011Mike Vick184.108.40.206.71.3 62009Peyton Manning15.761.2 2011Ben Roethlisberger25.4220.127.116.11.2 82015Tyrod Taylor31.757.9 SECONDS 2013Aaron Rodgers25.019.42.54.01.5 52015Ryan Fitzpatrick22.571.5 Rodgers’s performance through the regular season and two postseason games this year has been exceptional. His 71.8 QBR when pressured this season is the fourth-highest since 2009, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. On Sunday, Rodgers was pressured on 18 of 51 dropbacks, and while he was sacked three times and gave up an interception, he went 7 for 14 for 149 yards, including the 36 that brought the Packers into field goal position. His unadjusted QBR actually went up on these plays, from 79.4 on plays where he wasn’t pressured to 89.7 on plays where he was.We only have QB pressure data going back to 2009, so that table isn’t exactly a complete survey of the situation. But six of the best eight individual seasons of QBs performing under pressure have come in the last two years.A few possible explanations for that: First, random noise is always a possibility. Second, something in the collection or interpretation of the pressure numbers may have changed over the years. (I asked around at Stats & Info about this, and the folks there said nothing changed under the hood, but they did note that the stat doesn’t differentiate between duress that comes at the beginning of a play, before a QB escapes to relative safety, and duress that comes just as a QB throws.)One more caveat: Different shops have different ways of defining “pressure,” so numbers can shift slightly from site to site, but the unifying thread among all the methods is that the QB has to be affected by the rush. So some plays that simply require the QB to step up in the pocket to avoid the rush may be left out of the overall tally. That would seemingly underrepresent mainstays of passing-leader charts such as Drew Brees or Tom Brady, who excel at beating the blitz by throwing the ball before pressure can arrive.So if the Geriatric All-Pro wing isn’t cracking the pass rush, it should be obvious who is — the guys who can move. Here’s a table showing QBs since 2011 who created the most time outside the pocket. I took the average time to throw and subtracted time in the pocket, leaving us with those magical few seconds when a player such as Rodgers or Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick is rolling around the edge looking for a target: 2011Aaron Rodgers18.104.22.168.01.4 2012Colin Kaepernick22.214.171.124.11.6 32013Josh McCown27.673.8 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2012Russell Wilson31.9126.96.36.199.6 2012Aaron Rodgers23.4188.8.131.52.6 102013Ryan Fitzpatrick23.952.5 22015Jay Cutler30.975.0 Source: ESPN Stats & Info Group QBs under pressure, regular season and playoffs 2011-16 92014Carson Palmer27.452.8 2011Kevin Kolb184.108.40.206.91.5 2012Ben Roethlisberger24.744.92.54.01.5 2015Aaron Rodgers32.434.72.54.01.5 SEASONPLAYERPRESSURE %QBRIN POCKETBEFORE PASSSCRAMBLING 2015Russell Wilson220.127.116.11.01.5 2012Robert Griffin III25.518.104.22.168.5 2012Nick Foles22.214.171.124.01.5 2013Colin Kaepernick126.96.36.199.01.3 72016Dak Prescott29.958.4 2016Aaron Rodgers29.471.82.64.01.4 A certain number of things that happen during a football game come down to skill, and a certain number to luck, and it’s important to be able to tell one from the other. Aaron Rodgers dropping deep in the pocket on a free play and rifling a 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Richard Rodgers, under-throwing him but threading it precisely between linebacker Sean Lee’s outstretched arm and his earhole against the Cowboys last weekend? That takes some baseline NFL skills, but mostly it’s a bad pass getting a lucky break. But Aaron Rodgers slipping the pocket, rolling left, pausing, waiting for his receivers to come back across the field, and hitting Jared Cook for a 36-yard catch that was inbounds by a toenail and set up the game-winning field goal? Now that’s a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill.Aaron Rodgers is unusually good when pressure comes his way. One of the bedrock principles of defense in the NFL is that pressuring the quarterback works. It worked on Tom Brady and the 18-0 Patriots in 2008, and God knows it worked on Cam Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Get to the quarterback, the thinking goes, and you’re in good shape, failing a stroke of luck or the spectacular. But these days there’s a group of quarterbacks, Rodgers included, who are defying that conventional wisdom.Since 2009, the league average QBR1I’m using the “raw” version of QBR for this post, since Total QBR isn’t calculated at the split-level. The raw version is just the Total QBR number before it’s adjusted for strength of opponent. on plays with QB pressure is just 18.5, according to ESPN Stats & Information — just barely better than the worst quarterbacking season of the century, Jimmy Clausen’s catastrophe in 2010, which came in at 14.5 QBR. This season, QB performance has seen a modest bump to 29.3 — better, but still not very good. The notable difference, however, is now there are a few quarterbacks who are finding ways to thrive.Here’s a chart showing the quarterbacks since 2009 who performed best on plays flagged as QB pressures: 2014Colin Kaepernick31.524.42.44.01.6 2014Russell Wilson188.8.131.52.01.5 2016Tyrod Taylor35.5184.108.40.206.3 2013Terrelle Pryor220.127.116.11.41.8 There are two types of quarterbacks who consistently create significant amounts of time between when they break the pocket and when they throw the ball: the bootleg and read-option acolytes and the guys who are (and must be) good at running for their lives. Along with a slightly younger version of Ben Roethlisberger and an always-battered Russell Wilson, Rodgers is one of the few QBs on that list who combine out-of-pocket moves with excellence at the more traditional in-pocket throws.But Rodgers has always been able to buy time once the pocket breaks down, and it’s only recently that he’s turned those moments of brilliance into sustained performance.Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown for 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions while under pressure. The league average over that span is 3.2 touchdowns per season to 3.2 interceptions. For the season, Rodgers’s QBR when he was pressured was 71.8, which would have put him ninth in the league on all plays, not just pressured ones.So the big question then: What did Rodgers change?Rodgers’s pressure numbers look very similar to his old ones on depth of pass, time to pass, and many other stats. The only difference by the numbers is that he appears to be completing more of the same passes he’s been throwing for years.A critical part of this improvement seems to be that Rodgers is even more comfortable getting out on the edge early in his progressions. Here’s a play against the Vikings in Week 7 of 2011, Rodgers’s first MVP season:He looks a like a traditional quarterback, going through his progressions until the pocket finally folds, and he busts out and finds an open man.And now here he is this season:In part out of necessity, Rodgers no longer bounces around the pocket, or slides around blockers while keeping his feet set. These days, he often makes one or two reads and books it to the outside, where he essentially sets up a secondary pocket. It’s almost a bizarro version of the simplified offense many young mobile QBs run, in which they make one read and then bolt if their man isn’t open.Who knows if Rodgers will keep this up. Maybe this is unsustainable. Maybe the magic outside the pocket really is just fortuitous but still random chance converging in one season. But Rodgers has had enough success this season that if he keeps on doing what he’s doing, it’ll be hard to argue it’s just luck, no matter how unlikely it might seem.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop shot 5-of-17 from the field in the Buckeyes’ 74-62 loss to Michigan on Feb. 18 in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — The path to a Big Ten championship always seems to go through Michigan for Ohio State. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams suffered losses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that ultimately dashed any outright regular-season conference title hopes.The same likely happened Sunday at the Crisler Center.After vanquishing the Wolverines in a 20-point comeback at home on Dec. 4, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes didn’t have the same formula for a victory against their rival the second time around, losing 74-62 to No. 20 Michigan, therefore falling a game behind first-place Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.In October, it isn’t likely many people predicted back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan in February to be the most challenging stretch of conference play for the Buckeyes. It was equally difficult at the time to foresee the position in which the team was in coming into this stretch — leading the Big Ten with four games to play.However small those odds were, that was Ohio State’s reality. But it has proved a burden for one of college basketball’s biggest surprise teams of the season.“If you’re a college player and you go into a couple games on the road against good teams, and you expect it to be easy, or you expect not to deal with some adversity — we haven’t had a whole lot of that through the Big Ten season, but everybody goes through that,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “This is what we’ve signed up for. That’s what they signed up for when they signed up to play in the Big Ten. This is what we signed up for to coach in.”Back-to-back, double-digit losses in the home stretch of the season has put Ohio State in a position where winning its final games against Rutgers and at Indiana would not be enough to win the outright conference crown without a pair of losses from the Spartans and a loss by Purdue.Holtmann continued to stay quiet about the team’s prospects of winning the conference following his team’s latest defeat. But it’s clear there have to be adjustments moving forward when opponents get their second or third look at an Ohio State team that doesn’t overwhelm any team with athleticism, size or shooting.“If this beats us down, shame on us,” Holtmann added. “We’ve had a heck of a start and we got to figure out a way to make steps toward playing better.”Michigan is a sound defensive team with enough offense to possibly win the conference tournament in two weeks in New York, as well as make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And Penn State has multiple NBA-caliber players, including potential Big Ten Player of the Year Tony Carr, and a legitimate shot to sneak into the field of 68 in March.Those losses are explainable, but they hurt nonetheless.“Like I said last [game] when we played Penn State, we’re either going to learn from it or it’s going to keep happening, and tonight it did,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “They came out more physical. They made the right plays and they got the win. It’s the same thing. We got to learn from this one.”Ohio State last swept Michigan in the regular season in the 2010-11 season, which featured arguably the best team the program has ever had and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, everything had been going right for the Buckeyes. To think they were possibly about to achieve something that hadn’t been done since that team would’ve added to the lunacy of trying to explain this team’s successes.But there is a feeling that reality is now setting in for Ohio State.Teams are beginning to pressure junior C.J. Jackson and redshirt senior Andrew Dakich at point guard, a known weakness for the Buckeyes. With the exception of Tate, Holtmann said the team is struggling to play through physicality in the half-court offense, which starts with Big Ten Player of the Year contender Keita Bates-Diop, who has shot 9-of-28 from the field the past two games.It’s not the end of the road for Ohio State. It remains one of the best teams in the conference and deserving of a strong seed in the NCAA Tournament, but this stretch has been realized as a potential killer to a regular-season title.“We got to continue to have the same mindset,” Tate said. “Hope it works out. If it don’t, it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to look at the game in front of us.”
The Ohio State offense celebrates after redshirt junior running back Mike Weber’s touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThis past week, Ohio State was focused on the No. 1 rush defense in the country in Michigan State.In their 26-6 victory, the Buckeyes ran for 120 yards, 104 of which came from redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and with 116 coming in the second half.This week, No. 10 Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) turns its focus to the No. 18 pass defense in the country. Maryland has the best pass defense the Buckeyes has faced this season before coming home next week against the top-ranked Michigan pass defense.“I see a defense. I think they’re a top-30 defense in America. They do a good job. They’ve got a really good front. They have a back end that they could play most places in the country,” offensive coordinator Ryan Day said. “They’ve done a really good job there, very, very talented, one of the more talented defenses we’ve seen, to be honest with you. I really think that they’ve done a nice job this year.”The Terrapins (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) are the No. 30 defense in the NCAA, allowing 343.2 yards per game. The No. 18 pass defense gives up 181.8 yards per game and has 17 interceptions on the season, the most of any team in the country.Senior linebacker Tre Watson leads Maryland with 98 tackles and five interceptions. His 9.8 tackles per game is tied for No. 27 in the nation. Senior defensive back Darnell Savage Jr. has four interceptions, giving the Terrapins two players in the Top 11 in the country in picks.Redshirt sophomore quarterback and Potomac, Maryland, native Dwayne Haskins, knows firsthand what this Maryland team can do.“They beat Texas last year, they beat them this year, so I know how talented those guys are,” Haskins said. “[I] worked out with them, hang out with them. I know how skilled they are and how much they put into the game, so I feel like it’s good to have that self-scout report heading into this week.”Maryland defeated No. 15 Texas 34-29 in the opening game of the season behind 232 total yards and a touchdown from redshirt freshman quarterback Kasim Hill.Hill was labeled out for the season this week following an ACL tear in the loss against Indiana.Offensively, the Terrapins are one of the most one-dimensional teams the Buckeyes have faced all season. Even with Hill, Maryland has the sixth-worst passing offense in the nation, averaging 131.4 passing yards per game. But in the run game, the Terrapins thrive, averaging 234.9 yards per game, No. 18 in the NCAA, and earning 21 touchdowns on the ground.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Robert Landers said he expects an improved Maryland team from the one Ohio State faced last season.“They always have great athletes. All the way across the board from their O-line to their D-line to their skill positions, they’ve always been a very athletic team,” Landers said. “From my personal experiences and my personal opinion, I feel like they are a lot better this year than they were last year.”Taking over for Hill at quarterback is redshirt sophomore Tyrell Pigrome, who is more rush-oriented, throwing 31 times and rushing 38 times on the season.“You know the guy that’s in can run the ball,” junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said. “That definitely plays an effect into practice and everything.”Maryland uses a variety of running backs, with the primary back being redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland, who has totaled 724 yards and two touchdowns on seven yards per carry.Redshirt senior running back Ty Johnson has 506 yards and three touchdowns in the run game, and sophomore Javon Leake is the big-play running back for the Terrapins, averaging 14.4 yards per rush.PredictionMaryland’s run game provides an opportunity to make some of the big plays that Ohio State is known for giving up. With a team average of 5.8 yards per carry, the Terrapins have four backs who can all make a major difference against the Buckeyes, specifically exploiting the second level of defense.Hill’s injury shouldn’t make an impact on a team that struggles in the passing game already, but Pigrome hasn’t shown an ability to be the guy down the stretch to pull out an upset if the game is close late.The best chance Maryland has is in the battle between Haskins and the impressive Terrapins’ secondary. But with the rise of Ohio State’s run game, this matchup won’t matter as much as it would have three weeks ago.The Terrapins are getting a confident Buckeyes team, even after a sloppy victory in East Lansing, Michigan, and that might be enough for Ohio State to get an advantage.The debate isn’t really whether Ohio State will win, but if it will secure that statement victory the team desperately needs to move up in the College Football Playoff.I don’t think this is that game. Maryland should get enough going in the run game to keep it mildly close, and Ohio State’s offense has not exploded in a matchup since Tulane.The Buckeyes will win, and most likely cover the spread at 15, but I don’t see this being that explosion Ohio State is looking for.Wyatt Crosher: 34-17 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 35-20 Ohio StateColin Gay: 38-17 Ohio StateKaylin Hynes: 35-17 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 31-20 Ohio State
Villareal has parted company with Javi Calleja after a poor start to the season that left the club just three points above the relegation zone in La Liga.Calleja led Villareal to a fifth-place finish and Europa League football last season, but the Yellow Submarines have struggled this term.The club has won just one league game since September while their Europa League qualification hangs by a thread.“Villarreal has decided to rescind Javi Callejas contract as first-team coach. The club would like to thank the coach for his work, dedication, and professionalism on the Yellows bench after taking charge early on last season, and wish him the best of luck in his sporting career.,” read an official statement on the club’s website.“As a professional footballer, Calleja played for the Villarreal first team in one of the most successful eras of the club, reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“He also played for CD Onda when it was affiliated to Villarreal CF, as well as turning out for Real Madrid C, RSD Alcalá, Málaga CF and CA Osasuna.“The first-team training session, that was going to take place at 10:30am at the Villarreal CF Training Ground (Ciudad Deportiva), will still take place at the same location (time to be confirmed).“The club will announce the new Villarreal CF manager in the coming hours.”
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes they will regroup and recover from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Manchester CityJurgen Klopp’s side unbeaten start came to an end on the 21st game with title rivals City claiming a 2-1 win to cut the gap down between them to four points.Roberto Firmino’s equaliser had given Liverpool hope of holding on for a draw following Sergio Aguero’s opener.But a 72nd-minute goal from Leroy Sane was enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to claim victory.However, Van Dijk is certain Liverpool will bounce back from this setback.“Disappointed that we lost, that is really obvious. [But] we’re four points clear, that is the main thing,” said Van Dijk on the club website.“Obviously the media has been making this game as big as ever but for us it was just another very important Premier League game. We knew it was going to be a very tough season and there will be ups and downs.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Here there was obviously a down but we have to keep going, keep bouncing back and that is something we are definitely going to do.“We just have to keep going. We will focus on recovering and make sure we are ready for the next game.”The Reds will next take on Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday night.21/38#PL pic.twitter.com/mtkiGWXYwG— Premier League (@premierleague) January 4, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, September 21, 2016 – For 60 single moms with little or no support and young ones to feed, relief came today during a presentation by the Bahamas Feeding Network, thanks to support from AML Foods Limited. The women – each personally selected as deserving by their churches or community leaders – were gifted with vouchers for staples, produce and foodstuffs and told to go on a shopping spree for the healthiest foods they could find to help make hunger a memory.“When we launched the Bahamas Feeding Network nearly three years ago, we knew that hunger affected one in every eight people in The Bahamas who live below the poverty level, but it was not until we reached out on a daily basis partnering with churches, helping in soup kitchens, plating food in feeding centres, that we fully understood the desperation,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the non-government organization.“And of all the people we help feed – the indigent, the elderly who are often too proud to admit they are hungry, those who have fallen through the spaces of a safety net – there was no group that needed help more than single mothers. So on this day, we want to recognize their struggle and make life a little bit easier for them by distributing these $100 food coupons to 60 women, each of whom has multiple children and must find a way to support and feed them without a spouse who could share the burden.”“We at AML Foods Limited feel strongly about hunger prevention and healthy living,” said Renea Bastian, Vice President of Marketing & Communications of AML. “As a company we want to help to ensure that more people have access to the foods they need. We envision a day when no individual has to wonder where his or her next meal will come from and that’s why we have pledged to donate $100,000 to the Bahamas Feeding Network, over the next three years. To date we have donated some $30,000. In these tough economic times when most organizations have had to cut back on assisting in order to survive, we consider it our responsibility to step in and help the less fortunate in the communities that we operate in. We will be making a similar donation in Freeport tomorrow.”The donation was the latest in a necklace of golden gifts from the organisation that has raised and donated more than $350,000 in food coupons and foodstuff. “While we are giving, we are also teaching people to grow,” said diplomat, businessman and philanthropist Frank Crothers, Bahamas Feeding Network Chairman. “We are very excited about our backyard farming initiatives and are working closely with the Department of Agriculture.”Small scale farming, he said, has the potential to alleviate much of the hunger that currently plagues The Bahamas and particularly New Providence. When implemented in schools, it could make the difference between success and failure for students too hungry to focus on absorbing what is being taught. The Network has also held a best practices seminar with an international expert and is in the process of compiling an audit and inventory of feeding programs, hot and cold, and those who depend upon them.“We are giving these coupons to the moms who have so many responsibilities and far too often, too little support, but while the coupons are going to the mothers, we know that the end result will be fewer children going to bed hungry over the next several weeks,” said Smith. “It is for them that BFN and AML came together to support this important initiative.”“Thank God for this voucher because I didn’t have anything to eat at the moment,” said a mother of four who headed into Solomon’s Super Centre to purchase groceries for her family. “I am very grateful to the Network and AML Foods.” Related Items:60 well deserving mothers awarded today, AML foods and bahamas feeding network reach out to single moms, steps to alleviate hunger in the bahamas by aml foods and bahamas feeding network Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp