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Pulis vs Pep – clash of cultures

first_img The 58-year-old Pulis is part of the furniture in the Premier League, a coach who has taken charge of more than 1,000 first-team games in England and has proved to be the closest thing to a guarantee against relegation after spells at Stoke, Crystal Palace, and now West Brom. Using a pragmatic strategy, he knows how to get performances from limited players and results for teams. At West Brom, he has often played a defence containing four centre backs and his side has the biggest aerial threat in the league, with four of its 10 league goals this season coming from set pieces. Tall central defender Gareth McAuley has already scored three. Unbeaten Tottenham needed a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 at The Hawthorns two weeks ago, while West Brom were completely dominated in a 2-1 loss at Liverpool last weekend, only to score late – from a corner – and set up a tense finish. “West Brom use Pulis’ style marvellously,” Guardiola said yesterday. “I saw them against Tottenham – they use the long ball and they defend (deep). We have to adapt.” That’s just what Guardiola is doing as he gets to grips with the relentless demands of the English football calendar, which is different to what he experienced at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The Spanish coach started with 10 straight victories at City, but a League Cup loss to Manchester United on Wednesday took the team’s win-less run to six games, the worst streak of Guardiola’s managerial career. “They are struggling at the moment, from what everybody tells me,” Pulis said sarcastically, referencing that City are still first in the Premier League after nine games. “They are top of the league. They only just got beat by Man United by playing their second team on Wednesday. “They will play their first team against us definitely. It will be a tough game.” MANCHESTER, England (AP): One coach will be wearing a baseball cap, a tracksuit, and sneakers. The other is usually sharply dressed in a suit, tie, and shoes. One team will be defensively robust, direct, and, likely relying on goals from set pieces. The opponent is highly technical, obsessed with possession, and easy on the eye. Tony Pulis vs Pep Guardiola. West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City. Get ready for the Premier League’s ultimate culture clash. Upon arriving at City this off-season, Guardiola said one of his big challenges was to prove to himself and the world that his new team could play beautiful football no matter what time of year, no matter who the opposition. Today, then, might be his most interesting test so far. Guarantee against relegationlast_img read more

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Legendary Singer Zack Roberts Chides Young Artists

first_imgZack RobertsLegendary singer and songwriter Zack Roberts has described musicians whose music lyric promote the use of drugs and abuse of women as “untalented and disrespectful.”Zack Roberts, who is noted for hit songs like “Keep on Trying and Sweet Liberia” with his former bandmate Geebah, said it is disheartened that the young generation of musicians are not treading on their path that led to a growing and vibrant music industry, which was destroyed by the country’s 14-year civil war.“The Keep on Trying” singer added that because of their rude and inappropriate music lyric, they continue to remain where they are and will find it difficult to attract investors to Liberia’s struggling music industry.“When we were making music, it was about positive message whether the song was love or societal issue. But nowadays, that’s the contrary, with almost every music coming from these young artists offensive,” Zack Roberts said. “If they are not abusing women, they are talking about drug use—a situation which makes their music repugnant and is causing more harm to the society than good.”Zack added that music has power and influences people to make certain discussion; therefore, music that promotes drug use and abuse women are harmful to the society and should not be allowed on radio stations.“You consider yourself a positive road model, yet you influence the kids to be rude to a woman and encourage them to take drugs. Such music influence kids to misbehave because it is presented to them as a good thing. Call me old school, but their style of music today is not on the path of what we started. As a result, their fame will just be for a while. You cannot expect people who have the resources to invest in your music when you are abusing and leading their kids astray,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tebas fears Neymar return would damage La Liga image

first_img“In my opinion if Neymar behaves better, he can be a great player,” Tebas told Spanish radio station Onda Cero late Sunday.“But I think behaviour and the values that we set as a competition are also very important. I prefer another type of player.“Neymar is a great player, but if the example off the pitch is not correct, then to be honest I’d prefer him not to come to the Spanish league.”Neymar has denied allegations he raped a woman in Paris and last month attempted to prove his innocence by making public what he claims is an exchange of messages between them.Spain’s tax authorities are also investigating Neymar over a bonus he earned at Barcelona and the transfer fee paid to him by PSG, while he remains in dispute with Barca regarding a loyalty payment of 26 million euros.On the pitch, Neymar will miss the first three games of next season’s Champions League for insulting match officials following PSG’s defeat to Manchester United.And PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted last month he will not tolerate any more “superstar behaviour”, comments some took to be directed at the 27-year-old.“The more great players you have, the better it is for the competition,” Tebas added.“In the case of Neymar, my opinion is that the behaviour off the pitch does not seem very appropriate, nor is it very good for the competition.“The news is always about whether the player has done this or that. We have worked a lot in this league to represent the right values and we don’t want to change that image.”Neymar spent four years at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, winning the Champions League and two La Liga titles. He scored 68 goals in four seasons at the club.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros in 2017. © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREMADRID, Spain, Jul 1 – La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he would rather Neymar does not return to La Liga if he cannot improve his behaviour.Neymar left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros in August 2017, but could make a surprise move back to Camp Nou this summer.last_img read more

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Yun and Polter to play in QPR Under-21 game

first_imgYun Suk-Young and Sebastian Polter are due to feature for QPR’s development side in a game at Watford this evening.Left-back Yun missed pre-season and the early part of the campaign with a knee problem but has been fit for several weeks.The South Korean has not been involved with the first-team squad, with head coach Chris Ramsey recently insisting that Paul Konchesky’s performances mean the veteran deserves to keep his place at left-back.Polter, meanwhile, has failed to impress since being signed during the summer and has not started a league match for the R’s.German striker Polter has been fined a week’s wages for a message he posted on Twitter after being left out of the squad for the recent match against Sheffield Wednesday.Goalkeeper Alex Smithies is also due to play in this evening’s game at Vicarage Road.See also:Konchesky deserves place ahead of Yun – RamseyQPR fine Polter for Twitter outburstPolter scores in QPR Under-21 gameFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Giants’ Rodríguez stifles the Padres, still loses

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Before and after the Giants’ golden era at the beginning of the decade, the franchise stumbled through some lean seasons.But until Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Padres clinched a series defeat, it had been 36 years since the franchise lost four straight series to open the season.“We’re not happy with where we’re at,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You have to understand there are other good teams that …last_img read more

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South Africa’s Heart of Hope

first_img30 November 2004In 1989, Irish author Padraig O’Malley set off for South Africa with a tape recorder in hand to document the experiences of South African men and women from all walks of life during the volatile time of SA’s transition to democracy.The Heart of Hope, South Africa’s Transition from Apartheid to Democracy, captures O’Malleys 10-year journey in an online collection of hundreds of hours of interviews conducted at the time of the events, providing a vital record of the new South Africa in the making.Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni and Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert will launch the website at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Tuesday.72 days that shaped South AfricaJust how “miraculous” was SA’s transition to democracy? Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.“Constitution Hill is an ideal setting for the launch of The Heart of Hope website”, says O’Malley. “Both embrace the history of the liberation struggle and reward the struggle in the presence of today’s democracy.”According to O’Malley, the voices in The Heart of Hope resonate anger, frustration, connivance, humility, denial, posturing, acceptance, humour, wisdom and hopelessness – but above all they represent hope.“Not so much a hope for self”, says O’Malley, “but hope that a common humanity would prevail”.The interviews offer an oral history of the negotiations, the violence, the first democratic elections and the country’s Constitution in the making.From voices in the multi-party negotiation halls of Kempton Park, bullet-riddled townships and raging hostels on the Reef to township funerals and police stations – all add up to make Heart of Hope an important, incisive historical document.The interviews are supported by historical documents and reference material – including the Freedom Charter, the Pretoria Minute, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution – that make the site a complete document library for a student of South African history.Set up by Learning Online, the site includes links to SA political parties, research organisations, archives, libraries and international African study programmes.O’Malley, born in Dublin in 1942, spent most of his professional life involved with the conflict in Northern Ireland, producing a number of prize-winning books, including “The Uncivil Wars” (1983) and “Biting at the Grave” (1990).Chris Hani, the now deceased former leader of the SA Communist Party, once said to O’Malley: “Never apologise for taking my time, you are a historian. I am only sorry that it is left to an Irishman to record – it is something we are at fault for not doing ourselves.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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NIA continues terror-fund searches in J&K

first_img‘Those raided have been funding terror’ Hawala trail goes back decades  The bank accounts and lockers detected during the probe have been ordered to be frozen.While the NIA team sealed the Qamarwari residence of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah, another Geelani confidante Mehraj Kalwal, district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was questioned. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s spokesman Aftab Ahmad was detained for some time, while the faction’s leader Zafar Akbar Bhat was also quizzed.Residences of three other separatist leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javaid Gazi Baba and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, were also searched on Saturday.  Earlier on Saturday, the agency swooped down on the separatists, their associates and some businessmen, suspected to be involved in routing funds, at 26 locations across Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi, after it converted a preliminary enquiry into terror funding as an FIR.“The subject matter of investigation is to probe the entire chain of players behind financing of terrorist activities including pelting of stones on security forces, burning of schools, damaging government establishments and other such activities,” said the NIA.Cash running into a few crores, gold jewellery and coins worth about ₹40 lakh, a large number of property-related papers, letterheads of the banned outfits, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, several pen-drives, laptops, mobile phones and other incriminating documents, including phone diaries, katchcha receipts and vouchers were seized from financiers, hawala operators and office bearers of separatist groups, said the NIA on Saturday.Also Read The National Investigation Agency continued its searches on the second consecutive day, on Sunday, at five more places belonging to “secessionist and separatist elements”, besides hawala operators, in connection with an alleged case of terror financing by Pakistan-based terror outfits and the separatists in the Valley.“Searches are under way at four places in Kashmir and one place in Jammu. During the course of searches, Pakistani currency (a few thousands) and currencies of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been found and seized, apart from other incriminating material. The persons concerned are being questioned,” said an NIA statement.Also Readlast_img read more

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Everton vs Apollon Limassol: Team news & TV

first_imgUEFA Europa League Everton vs Apollon Limassol: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 15:15 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wayne Rooney Everton Getty Images UEFA Europa League Everton v Apollon Everton Apollon Ronald Koeman’s side are looking to get their Europa League campaign back on track after defeat to Atalanta on matchday one Everton return to European action having rediscovered the way to win in recent weeks.Victories over Sunderland and Bournemouth have eased the pressure on Toffees manager Ronald Koeman as he looks to justify his big summer of spending.Defeat to Atalanta on matchday one has left the Merseyside outfit facing an uphill task in the Europa League as they play host to Cypriot underdogs Apollon Limassol. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Everton vs Apollon Limassol Date Thursday, September 28 Time 20:05 BST / 15:05 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Ronald Koeman, Everton, Premier League, 05062017In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD, as well as being available to stream live on the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2/BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on a number of regional networks listed below and nationally via Fox Sports Go and ESPN3 live streams. US TV channel Online stream FS West, FS Arizona, FS Midwest, FS Carolinas, FS Ohio, FS Tennessee, FS Southwest, FS South, MASN, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh Fox Sports Go / ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Everton players Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg, Robles Defenders Martina, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Baines Midfielders Schneiderlin, Gueye, Besic, Klaassen, Davies, Sigurdsson, Lennon Forwards Rooney, Calvert-Lewin, Sandro, Mirallas, Lookman, Vlasic Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are both still out after missing the win over Bournemouth with foot and hamstring injuries respectively.Wayne Rooney’s eye injury that he picked up against the Cherries should not be enough to keep him out, but long-term absentees Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori are all still on the sidelines.Oumar Niasse, who has scored three goals in his last two appearances, is not eligible having not been named in Everton’s squad for the Europa League group stages.Potential starting XI:  Stekelenburg; Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Baines; Davies, Besic, Gueye; Vlasic, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin. Position Apollon Limassol players Goalkeepers Kissas, Vale Defenders Jander, Roberge, Angeli, Stylianou, Yuste, Kyriakou, Vasilou Midfielders Sachetti, Martinez, Alex, Makridis, Allan, Pedro, Reynolds, Papoulis, Hadjivasili, Pitian, Sardinero, Jakolis, Alef Forwards Zelaya, Schembri, Pittas, Silvestros, Maglica Apollon head into the match high on confidence after holding Lyon to a creditable draw on matchday one.Manager Sofronis Augousti is set to name an unchanged XI from the side that played in the Group E opener as they look to take a furter step towards the knockout stages.Potential starting XI:  Vale, Pedro, Yuste, Roberge, Jander; Sachetti, Alef; Jakolis, Alex, Schembri; Maglica.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton 09202017Everton are 2/7 favourites to emerge victorious on Spanish soil, according to dabblebet , with visitors Apollon rated at 10/1 to claim all three points. A draw is priced at 4/1.Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the 16/5 favourites to open the scoring at Goodison Park, with Gylfi Sigurdsson 7/2 and Kevin Mirallas 5/1. In terms of Apollon, player Andre Schembri is among those listed at 12/1 to shock the home crowd and open the scoring.Click here to see all the available markets and related odds for the game. GAME PREVIEW Gylfi Sigurdsson EvertonAfter a disappointing start to the campaign, Everton are looking to get their season back on track.Defeats to Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in the Premier League were compounded by an embarassing 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League as pressure began to mount on manager Ronald Koeman.Wins over Sunderland and Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup and the league respectively have taken the heat off the Dutch coach for the time being, with Oumar Niasse the unlikely hero having been frozen out of the team this time last season.Apollon, meanwhile, have qualified for the Europa League group stages for the third time since 2013, but failed to reach the knockout stages in either of their previous two attempts.A draw against group favourites Lyon on matchday one, however, has given them hope that they could spring a shock and secure European football heading into the new year.last_img read more

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Misbah steps down from PCB Cricket Committee

first_imgKarachi: Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee after joining the race for the position of national team’s head coach. After days of speculation that Misbah would be appointed head coach cum chief selector, the 44-year-old on Monday confirmed he was applying for the head coach job the deadline for which ended on Monday. “It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today,” Misbah said in a statement. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game.” According to insiders, the PCB has not received applications from any high profile foreign coaches as yet with the best-known name being former Australian batsman Dean Jones. Former captain Waqar Younis has applied for the post of bowling coach and said he had thought about submitting his resume for the head coach but with Misbah in the race he would prefer to work as bowling coach. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe change of mind for Misbah came after he met with the PCB Director International Cricket Zakir Khan following which the PCB announced he was stepping down as a member of the Cricket Committee which recommended not renewing the contracts of former head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff after the World Cup. The PCB had advertised for the post of the head coach and support staff on August 9 and wants to announce the new team management by early September so that it can start work for the upcoming limited over series against Sri Lanka at home from September 25.last_img read more