Red Bulls show MLS they are the team to beat

first_imgAtlanta United may have left Red Bull Arena on Sunday holding a slim one-point lead atop the Eastern Conference and in the Supporters’ Shield race, but they are no longer the team to beat in the MLS Cup title race.The New York Red Bulls staked an irrefutable claim to that label after a convincing 2-0 win over Atlanta United that was made more impressive by the fact Bradley Wright-Phillips (suspended) and Tyler Adams (injured) — their two best players — spent the match in street clothes.Wright-Phillips’ absence was no surprise, with Red Bulls fans spending a week lamenting the weak yellow card that kept him out of Sunday’s marquee match-up, but when Adams was scratched from the lineup with a minor back issue, there was a palpable sense of concern before kickoff that Red Bulls fans were about to witness a beatdown. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They did end up seeing one team dominate, but it was the Red Bulls who outplayed Atlanta United for much of the 90 minutes on Sunday. Chris Armas’ side used their relentless high-press and league-best defense to neutralize and frustrate Atlanta United’s high-flying attack, while creating chances of their own with some effective combination play and efficient counterattacks.”It was down to intensity, desire – we never got started,” Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “We never got into the game until the game was past us and we were chasing the game. High pressure or not, we knew what they were going to come with, we knew what to expect – we just never got into the game.”Atlanta United isn’t the first top team to struggle at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls have posted multi-goal victories against New York City FC (4-0), Portland (4-0) and FC Dallas (3-0) at home this season, and Sunday’s result was their fifth straight shutout win at Red Bull Arena.Not only have the Red Bulls been among the league’s best home teams, they have also excelled against the league’s best teams. They now boast a 7-2-2 record against teams currently sitting in the top four spots in the standings for both conferences, having outscored their opponents 25-10. By comparison, Atlanta United is just 3-4-3 against those same opponents, outscoring their opposition 17-15.It is that disparity against the league’s best that has the Red Bulls looking much more like MLS Cup favorites heading into the playoffs than Atlanta United. Sunday’s performance only cemented that status.The Red Bulls have found a way this year to consistently step up against their toughest opponents, and the build-up to Sunday’s clash with Atlanta United helped kick things up another notch for Armas’ squad.”Training this week was so intense, really demanding,” Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis told Goal. “We were doing intra-squad scrimmages and we were hating each other after. It was just so intense and I think that’s exactly what we needed for a game like this. I just think the team came out and we imposed ourselves from the first whistle.”The Red Bulls succeeded in neutralizing Atlanta playmaker and MVP candidate Miguel Almiron, who managed just 13 completed passes and one successful dribble. Those stats didn’t tell the full story of the handful of dangerous runs he made in the first half, but the reality is Almiron found little room to operate, and few clear passing lines.The Red Bulls midfield swarmed the Paraguayan star, led by Davis and Marc Rzatkowski, who stepped up to make up for the absence of Adams.”They were incredible,” Armas said of Davis and Rzatkowski. “So disruptive. I mean Sean Davis, a will to win today. He’s maybe out-matched sometimes in speed and he still wins the race. That is will, that is focus, that is seeing it earlier than the next guy and wanting it more. It’s a big tactical challenge on the day for those guys, but they certainly carried their weight and then some.”The Red Bulls vaunted defense did the rest. Aaron Long snuffed out the few looks Josef Martinez was able to get, while Kemar Lawrence was a one-man wall, helping contain the tandem of Hector Villalba and Julian Gressel on his side of the field. Tim Parker and Michael Murillo did their parts as well, with Parker even getting forward to contribute with a goal.It was a complete team performance for the Red Bulls, a comprehensive victory over the team with the league’s best record, and it came with their two best players not even on the field. That is the kind of result that can propel the Red Bulls to a run at their first MLS Cup.It is also a result that has given Atlanta United’s players an eye-opening message that the road to a league title will have to go through Red Bull Arena, and getting past the Red Bulls will require their very best or else they will be the ones being dominated much the same way they have dominated so many opponents this year.”Today we played against the most intense team in the league,” Atlanta United coach Tata Martino said. “And we knew that if we didn’t match that they were going to control the game.”last_img read more

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Di Francesco lauds talisman Dzeko

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco singled out Edin Dzeko for individual praise after the Roma striker scored twice and set up another in the 3-0 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow.Dzeko netted his fourth and fifth goals of the Champions League campaign in the space of 13 first-half minutes at Stadio Olimpico, before teeing up Cengiz Under after the interval.It marked a timely return to form for Dzeko, who has now been directly involved in 16 goals in his last 14 Champions League appearances, following an abysmal showing by Roma’s attack in a 2-0 Serie A defeat to SPAL. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Roma head coach Di Francesco was delighted with his side’s reaction, and Dzeko’s display in particular. “If he’d scored [against SPAL] that would have been even better,” Di Francesco said.”I must say, he’s an extraordinary player, and not just in terms of his finishing – he gets the team playing, brings the ball down and produces good service for his team-mates.”He’s a fantastic professional, his pre-match preparations are always spot-on. When he has a bad game he might appear lethargic, but he does well when he’s determined.”There were things I wasn’t happy with against SPAL, some occasions where focus was lacking. That’s football, you can never let your guard down.”We showed a lot of good things, including the ability to dig in. CSKA are good between the lines but we found our rhythm, producing some good play and creating chances.”| The thoughts of @EdDzeko after tonight’s important win…#ASRoma #UCL #RomaCSKA pic.twitter.com/GWrqJF5bJ2— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 23, 2018Veteran Roma captain Daniele De Rossi echoed the coach’s thoughts.”This was a great reaction after losing badly on Saturday in this stadium,” De Rossi told UEFA.com.”It’s never easy to come back here after a defeat and show the personality to win so clearly. We were good, now let’s try to be good more often.”CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko, meanwhile, insisted that his side – who sit third in Group G on four points – can take positives from their performance.”I don’t want to focus on negative things. We are moving forward, our young team is getting an invaluable experience by playing in these sort of games,” he told UEFA.com.”Surely, it will help us when we face Roma in Moscow. We’ll do our homework.”last_img read more

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Wright: West Ham must let Arnautovic go

first_imgAn unnamed Chinese club have made a reported £35m bid for West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic and Ian Wright believes the player must be allowed to leave.The Hammers issued a statement last week declaring the Austrian isn’t for sale, only for Arnautovic’s brother and agent to insist the player wants to move.Despite the transfer speculation, the 29-year-old striker started against Arsenal on Saturday as West Ham claimed a surprise 1-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As he departed the match, though, Arnautovic was seen clapping to and thanking West Ham’s supporters on his way off of the field.While a key player for Manuel Pellegrini this season, Wright is adamant Arnautovic should be let go by the club before he causes any problems for them.”You could see the way he came off the pitch on Saturday, he’s gone, he wants to go and I would let him go because I think West Ham have got something going,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club.”You look at his pattern and it always seems to be a little bit abrasive when he’s leaving. When it’s to go, it’s just bang, out. Abrasive.”I think he’ll be a problem [if he stays] and I think that’s what’s happened at Stoke. I think he’s been a problem most of the places he’s been.”He wants to go – I’d let him go.”With wages of £200,000 a week reportedly on offer in China, former Premier League striker Chris Sutton was critical of Arnautovic’s desire to leave West Ham. “How much money does he actually need?,” Sutton said.”I rate him so highly as a player but it’s just greed isn’t it?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Solari: Sorry for those who have discovered Benzema last week

first_imgSantiago Solari hailed Karim Benzema’s hot streak but hit out at those who have failed to recognise the Real Madrid striker’s contribution to the team.Benzema hit a first-half double as Madrid eased past Girona 3-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday, a 7-3 aggregate win earning a last-four berth.The former France forward has now hit five goals in his last three appearances for Madrid, with an understanding with Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior growing by the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benzema has often been a lightning rod for criticism during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his goals have carried the team through a period that has seen Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio sidelined by injury.And Solari indicated he feels Benzema has been unfairly maligned by Madrid supporters when he spoke after his side progressed to the Copa del Rey semi-finals.”I’m sorry for those who have discovered Benzema last week,” he said.”But hey, they still have time to enjoy him, he is in a great moment, it’s true.” @marcosllorente: “I don’t normally score so when I do I have to enjoy them!” #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/WqwQKMEEqf— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Bale and Asensio both came off the bench but Solari indicated the attacking duo may not go straight into his side when they are fully fit.”The players who come out of injury have to find their rhythm,” he said. “But now we are all recovered and the truth is that I wish there were more changes [substitutions] in football, not just three, because I want to see everyone.”Now we start mixing the competitions, but it’s normal if we want to aspire to everything, which is why it’s important to have all the players.”We are going to give the fight on all fronts and the players know it more than me, because it is the registered trademark of the club.”Real Madrid is always there, it’s always waiting for you, that competitive spirit is carried by this team, it’s a team of warriors and winners, our challenge is to keep doing it.”It’s the Copa del Rey semi-final draw tomorrow at 13:30 CET!Who do YOU want us to face? pic.twitter.com/TyVA5rNrHD— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Madrid could face holders Barcelona in a Clasico semi-final clash, with Real Betis and Valencia their other potential opponents in the last four.”It’s a hypothesis that will be unveiled tomorrow [when the draw is made],” Solari continued. “It’s normal, when you aspire to win everything you have to prepare to face all the fronts and for that you need all the players to be involved, as they are.”last_img read more

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Sakshi saves Indian wrestling blushes in controversial 2016

first_imgBy Chandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) A bitter court battle, followed by an embarrassing dope scandal, before some redemption through an Olympic medal — Indian wrestling in 2016 mirrored the script of a Bollywood potboiler in which Sakshi Malik emerged as the new star on the horizon. For most part of the year, wrestling hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, making it a tumultuous Olympic build-up after two-time medallist Sushil Kumar found himself ousted from contention just a couple of months before the Games in Rio. The chain of events that set in ended up disgracing the sport before Sakshi emerged an unlikely saviour in the Brazillian city. Sakshi not only scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal, she also became the first to win a medal for the country at the Rio Games before shuttler P V Sindhu capped it off with a silver. Fighting back from 0-5 down to beat Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the dying minutes of the bronze medal play-off match in womens 58kg freestyle, Sakshi ended Indias painful wait at the 2016 Rio Olympics for a medal and immediately sent the nation of 1.2 billion into euphoria. In fact, the 24-year-olds feat also covered up for the under-achievement of Indian wrestlers at the mega-event with just one medal coming from a strong eight-member team that boasted of three women for the first time. Even London Games bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt failed to live up to the expectations, bowing out in the qualifying round to end his Olympic campaign on a disappointing note. Though Sakshis heroics provided solace, it was not enough to eclipse the shock and embarrassment that India had to endure with Narsinghs ouster from the Olympics. Narsingh was eventually handed a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after the ad-hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against NADAs all-clear to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics. The 27-year-olds name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in but the CAS verdict dashed all his hopes. In fact, the run-up to the Olympics was nowhere close to being ideal for either Narsingh or the Indian team with more than one controversy affecting their focus. Personally for Narsingh, there was no dearth of trouble ahead of the Games. What started as a minor tussle for an Olympic berth in mens 74kg freestyle, snowballed into an ugly slanging match that ended in a legal battle: though he won in the court, the ordeal was far from over as Narsingh landed in a bigger mess with his blood sample returning positive for a banned substance. In September 2015, Narsingh had bagged an Olympic berth for India at the World Championships in Las Vegas with a bronze medal. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Lalchhanhimi and Sathish win gold in weightlifting nationals

first_imgNagercoil (Tamil Nadu), Dec 28 (PTI) Lalchhanhimi and Sathish Kumar won gold medals on day three of the 32nd Senior National Weightlifting Championships here today. Lalchhanhimi topped in the 69kg womens category, lifting a total of 214kg. She managed 94kg in snatch and 120kg in clean and jerk. Punam Yadav (211kg) and Rakhi Halder (197)of Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) finished second and third respectively. Sathish won the mens 77kg gold with an overall lift of 317kg, three more than Ajay Singh and third-placed Papul Changmai, who lifted 313kg. PTI BS BSlast_img read more

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Bengaluru shame: Anushka and Malaika’s powerful messages show what is wrong with society

first_imgBengaluru began the New Year on a shameful note, with several women being groped and molested on the city streets in the name of revelry. The horrific incident has invited condemnation from several B-Towners.ALSO READ: Bengaluru mass molestation – Aamir to Varun, B-Town is angry, sad and disappointedALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar’s angry, emotional video message on Bengaluru molestationAnushka Sharma was full on angst and expressed her ire on Twitter. Writing that the silent bystanders were as much at fault as the molesters themselves, Anushka said that we as a society had failed that night. She wrote, “Teach your kids to respect women instead of making sons feel more entitled and important.”pic.twitter.com/kwNfObNlmP Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) January 5, 2017Malaika Arora chose Instagram to pen a powerful note expressing her anger. Choosing a Julius Caesar-esque “But Brutus is an honourable man” kind of rhetoric, Malaika tore down the people who defend the molesters and indulge in victim-blaming. She concluded with, “Girls wearing short clothes and drinking and partying are copying the Western culture. Boys who molest them r copying the Indian culture???”ALSO WATCH | Bengaluru mass molestation: A victim recounts the ordeallast_img read more

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Perfect over! Australian club bowler takes six in six

first_imgAn Australian club cricketer has done what every bowler aspires to do in his career. Aled Carey, playing for Golden Point Cricket Club, took six wickets (a double hat-trick) in a perfect over against East Ballarat in a two-day game.The 29-year-old Carey went wicketless in his first eight overs at the Ballarat Cricket Association fourth-team fixture in Victoria.However, he took a hat-trick in the first three deliveries of his ninth over. The first batsman was caught at first slip, the second one was caught behind and the third was adjudged leg before wicket.The drama was not over yet as Carey clean bowled the next three opposition batsmen in the remaining deliveries of the over. East Ballarat were all-out for a paltry 40.A quadruple hat trick to Aled Carey today for Golden Point CC. 6 wickets in the perfect over! @BallaratCA @sportcourier @gilly381 pic.twitter.com/G8TEY6C68F Golden Point CC (@GoldenPointCC) January 21, 2017″There were only a handful of spectators watching but someone from the crowd sensed something special was happening and managed to record Aled’s fifth and sixth wickets,” John Ogilvie, secretary of Golden Point, was quoted as saying by the BBC Sport.”We’ve got the ball in the safe and we will make a trophy to present to Aled at our awards night in April to celebrate his feat. Aled has been at Golden Point for many years and says the club is part of his family,” he added.last_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2017: How the teams stack up after the auction

first_imgSquads:Gujarat Lions current squad: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah.Auction buys: Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampy, TS Baroka, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelley Shaurya, Shubam Agarwal, Pratham Singh and Aksh Deep Nath (Also read: Indian Premier League 2017: Happy for myself and Rashid Khan, says Mohammad Nabi after SRH bag Afghan players)Sunrisers Hyderabad current squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar. (AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS)Auction buys: Tanmay Agarwal, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe,  Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed SirajRoyal Challengers Bangalore current squad:  Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Smuel Badree, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdulla, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi.(Also read: Indian Premier League 2017: Virat Kohli’s RCB snare exciting fast bowler Tymal Mills)Auction buys: Tymal Mills, Pawan Negi, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey and Billy StanlakeKings XI Punjab current squad: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, M Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla. (Also read: Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen Fleming)advertisementAuction buys: Varun Aaron, Matt Henry, T Natarajan, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy and Rinku SinghKolkata Knight Riders current squad: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot.Auction buys: Chris Woakes, Trent Boult, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo and Sayan GhoshMumbai Indians current squad: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jithesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia.Auction buys: Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Gowtham K., Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunarathna and Kulwant KhejroliaDelhi Daredevils current squad: JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.Auction buys: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Patrick Cummins, Ankeet Bawane, Kagiso Rabada, Aditya Tare, Navdeep Saini and Shashank SinghRising Pune Supergiants current squad: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal.Auction buys: Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary and Lockie Fergusonlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli reveals long-term ambition: Wanted to be one of the top players in the world

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was honoured with the Polly Umrigar award at the Board of Control for Cricket in India annual awards ceremony on Wednesday. Kohli is the only Indian cricketer to receive this award three times. (Virat Kohli, R Ashwin receive awards in glittering BCCI ceremony)Kohli, upon receiving the award from former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer, thanked his teammates and acknowledged 2016 as the breakthrough year in his career. (Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin bag top honours at BCCI 2016-17 awards).@imVkohli receives the Polly Umrigar award #Naman pic.twitter.com/eLewm11UVa- BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2017″It’s been quite unbelievable, the last 10-12 months. As cricketers you always have a breakthrough year. Starting later 2015 to end of last year probably I could recall, you know, when I get older as the breakthrough year in my career. All the hard-work, all the training, on a daily basis all the sacrifices I think came together nicely,” Kohli said at the glittering awards ceremony which was held in Bengaluru.WATCH FULL VIDEO”Couldn’t have been possible without the help of my teammates. At times when you don’t do well is when champion players in your side step up. Everyone has been able to do that and that’s why we are the top side in the world. Its testimony to the kind of talent we have in the team. I thank all my teammates for the support, the trust and the effort. It’s a great honour receiving this for the third time,” he added.advertisementThe ceremony was conducted by former India all-rounder and Team Director Ravi Shastri, who also asked Kohli on what triggered off the spark in him that took his game to a different level.”I always wanted to be one of the top players in the world so I understood what it would take for me to maintain my form in all three formats. Its very important in the transitional phase to be available for all three formats. The kind of position the BCCI has put me in I’m very thankful of. I take it as an opportunity, I don’t take this as a job. I’ve been put in a place that I need to do the right things, set the right examples and follow a certain path that the whole team believes in.”My early days in my career as well there have been people who doubted the way I’ve gone about with my game. Even now there are doubters and haters all around. But one thing is for sure that I’ve always believed in myself, always believed in my heart that if I work hard 120% everyday of my life then I won’t be answerable to anyone,” Kohli said.The 28-year-old was on a roll last year amassing 1215 runs in 12 Tests at an average of over 75 including a record four double hundreds in consecutive series. He scored 739 runs in 10 ODIs at 92.37 with three hundreds and slammed 641 runs in 15 Twenty20 internationals at 106.83 with seven half-centuries to his name. He is the only batsman in the world who averages over 50 in all three formats of the game.last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly advises angry Virat Kohli to forgive and forget

first_imgThe acrimony on field between India and Australia in the recently concluded Test series has left the Indian skipper Virat Kohli a angry man. His comments post match that ‘he would not ever say again that he is friends with Australian cricketers’ highlight the bitterness Kohli is carrying.But former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes it will be a matter of time before Kohli lets bygones be bygones. (Also read: Virat Kohli says his friendship with Australian cricketers is over)”I am sure he will loosen up with time. He should forget what happens with the Australian players on the ground (sledging). That is competitiveness. But what happens with media and ex-players getting into sledging the opposition captain wasn’t right. It is not their job,” he tells India Today. (Also read: Virat Kohli ecstatic after historic triumph: ‘Our best series win so far’)The Indian team accused the Australian team of systematically abusing DRS protocol by discretely seeking a second opinion from the dressing room. Former Australian cricketers like Ian Healy also got in the act targeting Kohli, so did a section of the Australian media. Australia skipper Steve Smith was caught on camera using an expletive loud from the dressing room when Murli Vijay claimed a catch that ended up being given not out.(Also read: Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)The BCCI website also posted a video sequence of Ravindra Jadeja being persistently sledged by the Australians while he was batting.(Also read: Virat Kohli has ensured India won’t ever back down: Michael Clarke to India Today)advertisementGanguly is no stranger to being at receiving end of the Australian cricket ways, with the entire ecosystem from media to ex-players rallying around the team to target the opposition and rival captain.”That’s the way Australia have always played their cricket from the Steve Waugh days,” he says.Ganguly was the pioneer from an opposing Indian camp in irking Australian teams in similar terms; famously coming late for toss keeping Steve Waugh waiting.But he does not make much of the distaste one saw during the series and advises the Indian captain  to relish the win. “I don’t consider there was bad blood. I consider there was competition. Both Virat and Smith should be happy they could put up a show. Both boards and players should get over it,” he opines.The Indian team did not take up Steve Smith’s overture to share a drink after the Dharamsala Test. But Ganguly believes things will be fine soon when Indian and Australian cricketers come together in the same dressing room for IPL.”They will get to know each other again. They will be fine,” he says.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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How are Panera’s nonprofit pay-what-you want outlets doing?

first_imgLast summer, I blogged about Panera’s first pay-what-you-want, nonprofit restaurant near St. Louis. Customers are asked to pay what they can afford (their “fair share”) in donation boxes, and any profits go to charity. The chain, which called this a “test of humanity” has since opened Panera Cares community cafes in Detroit and, this week, Portland. I predicted it would work because of social norms. So how’s it going – right or wrong? Are more people gaming it or are more people giving?About 20% of visitors to the first two locations leave more than the suggested amount, 20% leave less and 60% pay the suggested amount. They generate on average 80% of the retail price and in St. Louis, they are generating more revenue than cost while serving 4,000 people per week. They partner with local charities to put the donations into the community, and they have more volunteers than they can handle. Learn more here:last_img read more

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Faces in Fundraising: 2016 Nonprofit Tech Conference Roundup

first_imgDid you attend NTC? Reach out to me on Twitter (@Network4Good) and let me know the most valuable tip you took home from the conference. Ok, this one is kind of cheating because I see these folks face-to-face on a regular basis, but I think they have some great knowledge to share. While hanging out at our exhibit booth, I got to hear these fabulous people have insightful conversations about online fundraising, donor management, and peer-to-peer fundraising. Here are some recurring messages from those discussions:Many NTC attendees were wowed by our new donor management system. Jaws dropped when we showed them what it looks like on a mobile device.Integrating your donation page and donor database is a beautiful thing.You don’t have to have an in-person event to host a peer-to-peer fundraisingYes, that is a Yoda-shaped basket at our booth. It’s because “The Fundraising Force is strong with us.” Nancy Schwartz is a frequent guest blogger on The Nonprofit Marketing Blog and has tons of tips for nonprofit communicators on her blog, Getting Attention!  I stopped Nancy in the hall and asked her to record a video tip for us. Here’s what she had to say about the importance of using donor database data to create better experiences for those who give to your organization:ip)Heather Yandow is a nonprofit consultant with Third Space Studio and the creator of the Individual Donor Benchmark Report. You might have read our Q&A with her from a few weeks ago or attended her Nonprofit911 webinar on fundraising plans. Heather has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fundraising, but when I asked her to share one tip with our audience, she wanted to tell you about the art AND science of fundraising. Check it out:lip)Next year’s NTC Conference is here in Washington, DC. I can’t wait to see these friends and make new ones next March! And I also hope Jonathan will recreate this move:center_img Last month, I attended my third Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) and had the opportunity to connect with some amazing people face-to-face. I was also lucky enough to get them to share some of their wisdom with me on video. Keep reading to learn more about these faces in fundraising and the tips and tools they wanted to share with you:Farra Trompeter is a Vice President at Big Duck, a nonprofit consulting firm in New York. She’s also one of our nonprofit BFFs in a fun quiz I put together earlier this year and a Nonprofit911 speaker.When Farra stopped by Network for Good’s booth, I asked her to share a fundraising tip. Here’s what she had to say:Jono Smith is the Director of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy at Make-A-Wish America.  I attended Jono’s presentation with Michael Hoffman of See3 Communications about donor personas and how to use video content to engage different types of donors. There were lots of great nuggets of wisdom in their presentation, but here’s the grand takeaway: stop trying to reach the general public. Take some time to think about who gives to your organization and why. Craft your messaging, stories, and outreach with those people in mind.Tony Martignetti interviews Michael Hoffman and Jono Smith at the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Photo: Nonprofit Radio’s Facebook PageTony Martignetti of Nonprofit Radio was at NTC and interviewed Jono and Michael about their presentation. Give it a listen. You can also read this blog post on the process of creating donor personas on See 3’s blog.Ananda Leeke is a yogi, digital communications expert, and creativity coach. She gave an inspiring Ignite Presentation on the first day of the conference about her evolving career path. It centered on the themes of change and mindfulness. Watch the recording (it’s only five minutes long) starting at the 36 minute mark:Ananda giving her Ignite Presentation. Photo: NTENI ran into Ananda after her presentation and thanked her for reminding me to breathe. Nonprofit work is exciting, but stressful. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!Emily Wang, Caryn Stein, Pete Hart, and Jonathan Gibbs are my colleagues here at Network for Good.last_img read more

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Solskjaer confident of Pogba fitness

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to be fit for Manchester United’s blockbuster clash with Tottenham, although he played down talk of Sunday’s match representing a first real test.United have won four games from four in the Premier League since Solskjaer was put in temporary charge until the end of the season, but they were dealt a blow as Pogba missed their FA Cup victory over Reading through injury following an incident involving Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey last week.With Solskjaer taking his side to Wembley for a tricky encounter against Spurs following a favourable initial fixture list, the United boss will be pleased to have Pogba available again, having featured in recent training sessions during the clubs mid-season trip to Dubai. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “[Pogba] looked OK towards the end so he’ll be fit,” Solskjaer told a pre-match news conference. “He did have some problem but he came through the last couple of sessions well. He’ll be OK.”Gearing up for Sunday #MUFC pic.twitter.com/32trIgVIuq— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 10, 2019The prospect of a meeting with third-placed Tottenham should test Solskjaer’s burgeoning Old Trafford credentials, but he insisted that United have not had it easy since his arrival.”We’ve had tests,” he said. “Newcastle away is a test, the first game at Cardiff is a test, the first home game is a test.”You get tested in every single game in the Premier League. But, of course, Sunday’s game is against a top, top side. If we want to get closer to [Tottenham], we need a good performance and a good result.”Despite the improved level of the opposition, though, Solskjaer will encourage United to attack Tottenham as they have amid their four-game winning streak in the Premier League.”You always adapt to any opposition and we’re playing one of the best teams in the league, so of course we’ve got to be aware of their strengths,” he added.”But I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams. That’s our strength as well: going forward and attacking teams.”We’re not going to get as many chances to attack as we have before, so we’ve got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball, to play well with it and make sure we use the whole pitch as well.”last_img read more

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Celebrating “The Little Prince”

first_img70 years ago, a small novella was published in New York by a barely-known French author about the resident of a certain asteroid called B-612.Mystical and charming, this book, The Little Prince, would eventually be voted the best French book of the 20th century, one of the best childrens books of all time, and continues to sell over a million copies a year, making it the third highest selling book of all time.Its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a poet-philosopher and aviation pioneer, would die just one year after The Little Prince was published, shot down over the Mediterranean by a Luftwaffe pilot at the age of 44. Although he never saw the worldwide phenomenon The Little Prince would become, his legacy of adventure and independence continue to inspire those of us who want to do what we love or follow our own path.The Little Prince begins with an adult pilot crashing in the middle of the desert and then trying to repair his airplane. Suddenly, the prince appears, asking the stressed, dirty, and thirsty pilot to draw a sheep. The pilot at first refuses.That’s the problem with grown-ups, the prince says: they’re too serious, their imaginations are non-existent, and when you try to talk to them about important things, they just think about how busy and worried they are. (Though if I was stranded in the desert, I might be worried too.)Throughout the story, we begin to understand the value of a child’s perspective and unlearn some of our boring and tiresome adultness.Saint-Exupéry failed the Naval Academy entrance exam (twice) and was doing odd jobs when he began taking private flying lessons at the age of 21. This kicked off a life-long love affair with flying, despite the fact that it was an extremely risky time to be flying (before planes had accurate and secure instruments and equipment).In 1935, Saint-Exupéry was attempting to break a speed-record when his plane came down in the middle of the desert in Egypt. Miraculously, Saint Exupéry and his mechanic survived, only to suffer three days of near-death dehydration. They were found by Bedouins on camels who saved their lives. It is thought that Saint-Exupéry’s plane crash experience influenced the plane crash in The Little Prince.Perhaps the best-known fact about Saint-Exupéry’s personal life is his tumultuous relationships, of which much has been written and his personal letters published. (Remind me to burn any personal records before I die.) In The Little Prince, the “romance” of the story is between the prince and a rose on his planet, pictured above in a museum in Hokone, Japan. Over time, the prince learns the value of this rose and how she has changed and “tamed” him.Of course, the art of “wasting time” for love isn’t limited to romantic love: the time I “waste” writing bad poetry or making weird art is what makes it so important to me, no matter what the result. Our willingness to do something without gain, without tangible results, is how we know we love it.Although The Little Prince is considered a childrens’ book, one gets the strong sense that Saint-Exupéry is also trying to shepherd adult readers in his philosophical direction.Take the quote above: If we remembered that honesty always trumps wit, wouldn’t our whole world be a lot more sane? In the long run, it’s on this ground that our success in business and our personal lives will stand.This is the reason The Little Prince still resonates with readers young and old, and why around the world, monuments are erected to remind us of this child-like love of simplicity, directness, and honor.Here are just a few statues, museums, and monuments of The Little Prince around the world:Monument in Ukraine. Photo by Skolzyashiy.Fountain at Museum of The Little Prince in Hokone, Japan. Photo by Arnaud Malon.Museum of The Little Prince in Morocco.Monument in Barcelona. Photo by Electro07.If you enjoyed The Little Prince, I highly recommend Saint-Exupéry’s other books:Night Flight: The story of Saint-Exupery and other mail pilots’ journeys in South America 70 years ago. Forward by Andre Gide. Saint-Exupéry has been called the best person to write about flying ever, so if you’re an aspiring pilot or just enjoy a good adventure story, you may enjoy this one.Wind, Sand and Stars: Saint-Exupéry’s autobiography. Named one of Time’s best adventure books of all time.Citadelle a.k.a. Wisdom of the Sands: This is a breathtakingly beautiful book, but it is a presentation of philosophy, not really fictional or biographical. One of my favorite books ever. If you appreciated Saint-Exupéry’s philosophy in The Little Prince, you will find more of it here.What does The Little Prince mean to you?last_img read more

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What’s the #1 reason most freelancers go independent?

first_imgIt’s projected that by 2020, 50% of American workers will either move to independent work, or spend at least part of their working hours as self-employed professionals.So the question is, why are so many people declaring themselves independents?A new study by the Career Advisory Board at DeVry University and MBO Partners may have found an answer.According to the study, the top reason that people choose self-employment is the control it provides over the type of assignments they get to work on.The second most popular reason for going independent was respondents’ personal income earning potential, followed by work/life balance and schedule flexibility.Looking for work? You might want to start connecting with your fellow freelancers! The same study found that word-of-mouth was the top source of work for 82% of respondents. Interestingly, only 6% cited social media as their top source of work.Interested in reading the full report? Check it out here.Freelancers, why did you go independent?last_img read more

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How to become irresistible to clients

first_imgFour years ago, I had the worst meeting of my professional life. I felt uncomfortably hot. My heart was pounding, my palms were damp and there was a growing warmth rushing from my neck to the top of my head. Thoughts were zooming through my head and I had no idea what I was going to say.I had just quit my job at Microsoft to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. I was inspired after reading so many stories of people who had created a dream lifestyle by starting a (deceptively easy-looking) freelancing online business. Coaches and consultants making 6-figures a month. Stories of 4 hour workweeks, virtual assistants doing all the hard work and clients zooming in from all corners of the internet all with glorious freedom from a boss. I had stars in my eyes and the fantasy was just too enticing to pass up.With over 16 years leading successful corporate marketing initiatives, I was sure I would be on the fast track to a booming online business quickly.But that day, sitting in my first business networking meeting, I wasn’t so sure. In fact, for a fleeting moment, I wanted my predictable job title, paycheck, benefits and comfortable work environment back.Because in that moment I realized how unprepared and alone I was. I had created a me-too business… and I didn’t know how to talk about what made me unique, different or compelling. I felt drab, boring and forgettable.My ideal client was anyone who would hire me because I hadn’t worked with enough people to know who my ideal clients actually were. And I had no confidence that I was worth the investment of someone hiring me. This tidal wave of self-doubt came sweeping over me just as I was about to open my mouth. My breath caught, my voice squeaked, words tumbled out in a wild jumble of disconnected jargon……it was mortifying.As I walked out of that meeting, I swore I’d NEVER put myself in that situation again.Have you noticed yourself in this story (or desperately want to avoid this situation)? Let me save you the hide-under-the-table embarrassment with three quick (and valuable) exercises you can do today:Exercise 1: I’m AwesomeEntrepreneurship is as much about personal growth and confidence as it is about what you actually sell. And our egos can take a beating on a daily basis.That’s why it’s important to remind yourself of all the things you are, actually, awesome at (and have a little fun while you’re at it).What’s included on this list? Literally anything that you know you rock out.Include things that have to do with your profession, sure, but also include things that make you HUMAN (and maybe even bring a smile to your face) like wine tasting and chick-flick binge watching.I have a list of 50 items (at least) posted on my bulletin board that I can review at any time.Set a timer for 10 minutes. Write a list and then read it out loud.Reminding yourself of that is a huge confidence boost for when you move on to exercise 2…Exercise 2: Why MeOK, you’re awesome… now what?Well, you need to take all that awesome-ness and craft a message about why you are THE BEST PERSON for your clients.In other words: why should they choose you over all the other (highly qualified) people out there?(Cue crickets)Now, at this point most entrepreneurs and small business owners get hung up. Jargon starts spewing forth. Language that is well suited for a PhD dissertation (that no one understands) creeps in. Eyes glaze over and potential clients drift away in a confused daze.That’s what happened to me in the story above. I turned into a crash test dummy of entrepreneurship… and ran right into the brick wall wondering why should ANYONE choose me?Save yourself a LOT of heartache and answer this question for yourself clearly. Then practice your answer out loud so you can confidently deliver it.Exercise 3: Success StoriesSuccess stories are really the key to attracting new clients easily. They don’t have to be long, but they do need to engage and excite potential clients.Develop stories that showcase what you do through the success of yourself or your clients.A success story can start with success YOU have with YOUR OWN business at first.Then add in client successes as they come rolling in.Here’s an example:Hi, my name is Michelle Evans. I’m a business coach and marketing strategist, which doesn’t mean much on title alone, right?Well, instead of me telling you about everything I do let me give you a client success story: I have a client named Sue. Sue is a brilliant consultant, highly sought after in her field for her knowledge. She was speaking at events and in demand for writing and giving soundbites across her industry. Yeah Sue!But here’s the challenge – Sue wasn’t able to turn that knowledge and credibility into a reliable stream of clients. She needed a strategy and approach to take all the work and knowledge she had to offer and turn it into business opportunities.That’s what I helped Sue to do, and within just a few months Sue got more clients than she had in the previous year.Want to talk about this for your business? Give me your business card and let’s set up a time to talk.Now it’s your turn.As we come to the end of this post, think about the three exercises above for your business and share your introduction/client success stories with me in my private Facebook community, Tame the Marketing Monster.Want even more ideas to quickly attract new clients? I’ve put together a valuable (and free) resource to get you started. Grab your copy of Secret to Sold Out: 15 Strategies To Get New Clients Quickly at www.MichelleLEvans.com.Michelle L Evans left her career in marketing strategy at Microsoft in 2012 after a successful 16-year corporate lifespan. Now Michelle shows experts, solopreneurs and entrepreneurshow to go from the best-kept secret to a sold-out success with a customized visibility strategy to attract the right kinds of clients to grow their business.last_img read more

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Can you spot the crazy new trend Ranveer Singh is trying to start?

first_imgRanveer Singh has always caught our eye with his acting chops. Another thing about him that always manages to make waves is his amazingly quirky sense of style.From wearing a bizarre tracksuit to carrying clutches like a boss, he’s done it all, and we love him for it. Flamboyance is clearly his second name, and the Bajirao Mastani actor always brings something new to all the red carpets he graces.The recent look he sported for the GQ Men of the Year Awards, however, has been somewhat of a trend-starter on red carpets.Photo: Yogen Shah We’re talking about the wacky bow-tie Ranveer is sporting. The grey-blue suit looks like it’s from a normal, everyday menswear collection. So do the shoes.Also Read: We’re so proud of Ranveer Singh for carrying a clutch like a total boss But add that printed white and blue shirt–with the mustard buttons that add a fresh dash of colour to an otherwise-dark ensemble–and the quirky little bow-tie, and you have a look that takes you back to some very popular heavy-metal bands from the ’70s.Photo: Yogen Shah The simple, blue, ribbon-like piece has been knotted around Ranveer’scollar, and it almost looks like a bow-tie came undone, but the personwearing it knows how to pull it off without being bothered with tying it again.The round, thick-framed sunglasses make Ranveer look cooler than ever, and of course, that black clutch adds just the dash of ‘quirky’ Ranveer is known for.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shah While Ranveer’s bow-tie was the wackiest, and definitely the most attractive-looking, he wasn’t the only celeb sporting the neck piece last evening. Actor Siddharth Malhotra sported a regular black bow tie, which was nothing short of anti-climactic.Also Read: Condom to Super Mario: 5 mad looks Ranveer Singh managed to pull off with ease Adding to the allure of this trend, however, was Karan Johar, who actually wore a butterfly bow-tie! Yes, it was flamboyant too, but Ranveer’s overall quirky look made him win some extra brownie points.Picture courtesy: Instagram/karanjohar So, while many men seem to be focusing on the hot, bow-tie trend of the season, Ranveer is clearly leading the fashion brigade by bringing his A-game, with a good dose of quirkiness, to the table.last_img read more

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