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Vardy symbolising decline of champions Leicester

first_img BURNLEY vs BOURNEMOUTH SWANSEA vs SUNDERLAND 7 a.m.: Chelsea vs West Brom 9:15 a.m.: – Man United vs Tottenham – Southampton vs Middlesbrough 11:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs West Ham Watford vs Everton 10 a.m.: – Arsenal vs Stoke City • Burnley vs Bournemouth – Hull City vs Crystal Palace – Swansea vs Sunderland 12:30 a.m.: • Leicester vs Manchester City There’s a meeting tomorrow between two of the league’s four English managers. What is surprising is that only Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, rather than Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche, was seriously linked with the England coaching job when it came up twice this year. In their second-ever top-flight campaign, Bournemouth are 10th in the 20-team standings after beating Liverpool last weekend by winning 4-3 from 3-1 down. Burnley, after making an instant return to the Premier League, are 15th. 7:30 a.m.:center_img With only one win in seven games as Swansea manager, Bob Bradley has seen his new team slide to the bottom. The American’s dire introduction to the Premier League was heightened when his disjointed team lost 5-0 at Tottenham last week. Is Bradley’s job already under threat? “You go in every day and at any moment the club can say ‘We need to make a change,'” Bradley said yesterday. “But if you worry about that, the players will spit you out fast. They will see through you. If I am telling the players they have to look adversity in the eye and have some courage, then I have got to do that, too.” Bradley shouldn’t give up hope. He only has to look to Sunderland, the team that was last when he took charge in south Wales and play Swansea tomorrow. Sunderland have hauled themselves to a point from safety by winning three of their last four games under David Moyes. LONDON (AP): After spending last season as one of the key forces behind Leicester’s rise to the Premier League title, Jamie Vardy is now the symbol of the team’s alarming decline. The rough diamond unearthed in non-league football helped power Leicester to their first English title by scoring 24 goals. Defences struggled to contain him as he scored in a record 11 consecutive Premier League games from August to November 2015. Now, the striker can barely get a shot on target and Leicester are struggling because of it. If Vardy fails to score against Manchester City on Saturday, it will be 11 consecutive games without a Premier League goal. And if results go against Leicester, the team could start the game in the relegation zone. The 29-year-old Vardy rejected the chance to join perennial top-four team Arsenal to see if Leicester could build on their fairy-tale season. That has happened in Europe, with Leicester qualifying for the round of 16 in their Champions League debut as group winners. Leicester collected as many points in the six group games as in the 14 Premier League matches so far: 13. Vardy didn’t find the net once in five European games before being rested in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to FC Porto, which didn’t affect Leicester’s status as group winners but was a high-profile humiliation. Vardy has only contributed two Premier League goals and managed a mere four shots on target in the competition dominated by Leicester so unexpectedly last season. What’s also been noticeable is how Vardy is no longer linking so effectively with Riyad Mahrez – if at all – as the supply line for scoring opportunities has fractured. Unless the symbiotic relationship between Vardy and Mahrez rejuvenates in the second half of the season, Leicester are in real danger of seeing their three-season stay in the Premier League end on the first anniversary of their title triumph in May. “Of course he’s not happy,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said of the central England club’s Thai owner. “No one at the club is.” The one player Leicester couldn’t persuade to stay off season is being sorely missed. N’Golo Kante produced a league-leading 175 tackles and 156 interceptions last season before joining Chelsea. The midfielder would seem to perform the work of two men when he was on the field and without him, Leicester’s defence has seemed easier to break through. Many at the club have publicly attributed the drop in domestic form to the desire to impress on the continent. Now there are no distractions for the next two months before the Champions League knockout phase begins. The visit of Manchester City is a timely reminder about the fate of champions. City were the last team to follow a title triumph with relegation, far back in 1938. City’s current mission is coping for the next four games without Sergio Aguero, with Kelechi Iheanacho replacing the banned striker in the starting lineup. City are fourth in the standings, four points behind Chelsea. Sunday On This Weekendlast_img read more

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Young and united, England looks good as a title contender

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate, 2nd left, comforts England’s Danny Rose, left, after loosing the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — A famous song lyric neatly describes the upbeat feeling around England’s rejuvenated national soccer team.It’s not “football’s coming home.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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At 19, Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed in the Champions League final for Liverpool in May, and weeks later started his first World Cup game, against Belgium.“It has been an honor to be a part of this special team. We will be back stronger,” Alexander-Arnold wrote on Twitter early Thursday.Alexander-Arnold, a quick, right-sided defender, will need to force his way into the team past Kieran Trippier, perhaps the standout success of England’s tournament.Trippier delivered world-class corners, crosses and free kicks, including the fifth-minute goal against Croatia that raised hope of a first World Cup final berth since 1966. The Tottenham player gave an emotional endorsement of Southgate, who seems likely to guide England’s team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“It all comes from the manager, unbelievable manager for me personally, the way he handles the team,” Trippier said at the Luzhniki Stadium. “He sets the tone, he brought this team together.”ADVERTISEMENT A relatively late bloomer at 27, Trippier is a rare England player who will turn 30 before kickoff in Qatar on Nov. 21, 2022.The four attackers who started Wednesday, including 24-year-old captain Harry Kane, are between 22 and 25. The heart of the defense — John Stones, Harry Maguire, plus goalkeeper Jordan Pickford — are in the same age bracket.It’s a talent pool setting up England as a serious title contender in the coming years.There is still room for envy if England can bear watching the World Cup final on Sunday. In the midfield duels, France fields the elegance and power of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante against Croatia’s precise pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.There isn’t likely to be a Modric-type player in England’s team ahead of the 2020 European Championship to help retain the ball, pace the play, and manage the toughest games. Those are the kinds of qualities England needed after halftime against Croatia.“If we’re in the position again, we’ll be better off because of the experience of what we’ve just had,” said 28-year-old Jordan Henderson, who was Liverpool’s captain in that Champions League final loss to Modric and Real Madrid.The incentives are huge. Euro 2020 is being hosted across 12 countries, but England could qualify and be placed in a group based at Wembley Stadium, travel for two knockout rounds, then come home for the semifinals and final at Wembley.“The aim if we’re at the Euros in two years’ time is to go again,” said Kane, who should be Southgate’s chosen captain for years to come.Before qualifying starts next March, England is in a fascinating group for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which starts in September. Spain, under new coach Luis Enrique, visits Wembley on Sept. 8. England then travels to face Croatia on Oct. 12. The return games will be completed by November. Instead, try the old punk rock line: “If the kids are united, they will never be defeated.”The positive emotions of England’s young players are evident toward coach Gareth Southgate despite the 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time in the World Cup semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation,” 20-year-old forward Marcus Rashford wrote on his Twitter account Thursday.Over-achieving in a first major international test for Southgate and many of the squad has banished the anxiety that harmed too many England teams in recent years. 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Shami, Yadav make West Indies follow-on

first_imgSeagram’s Royal Stag Cup 1st Test, AntiguaMohammed Shami bowled through the 2015 World Cup with a busted knee. By the end of it, he needed surgery, lost out on the IPL earnings and missed more than a year of international cricket. The BCCI compensated him for the loss of IPL money, a first such recorded instance. Once he was fit, Shami walked into the Test XI in Antigua, and showed why he might be a man worth looking after.Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels en route to his five-forOn a slow pitch where it looked difficult to dismiss batsmen who didn’t play shots, Shami bowled with menace to take four wickets after which Umesh Yadav chipped in with a four-for of his own to make West Indies follow on 323 runs behind. In the follow-on, the other quick, Ishant Sharma got rid of Kraigg Brathwaite, a man known for quiet defiance who denied India for 218 balls in the first innings, in the first over.The time away from the game was well spent from the looks of it. In his last Test series, Shami was guilty of offering leg-side runs when asked to bowl long spells. The coaches identified long strides in his run-up as the problem, a result of a huge workload in his first year with the Indian team. Shami came back with shorter strides, stayed at the batsmen for longer, provided fewer freebies, and took out the heart of the West Indies batting. A word of caution, though: West Indies, not the best going around, contributed to their dismissals.Brathwaite didn’t. From the time he and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo frustrated India for 16 overs, it was clear the bowlers would have to work hard. Patience, the buzzword leading into the series, was tested. A measure of the difficulty in taking 20 wickets was how both wickets in the first session came through injudicious shots. It was a period when West Indies didn’t look for runs, which made it difficult for wickets to come.The resistance was led by Brathwaite, who rode his luck a little at the start of the day. With a forward and backward short leg in play, he failed to keep the balls angled into his ribs down on at least three occasions, but managed to avoid the fielders. His partner Bishoo’s outside edge was beaten at least seven times. It would have frustrated India even further considering Bishoo faced only 15 balls in the first eight overs of the morning.The early jitters out of the way, Brathwaite did what he is known for. Bowling outside off to him, if not a long half-volley, was a waste of energy. At the other end, though, India began to make inroads. Amit Mishra, introduced ahead of R Ashwin, provided the first breakthrough when Bishoo played an impatient sweep shot and dragged his foot over to be stumped. Just before lunch, Kohli sensed an opportunity and went back to Shami, who had been desperately unlucky in his first spell of 6-1-16-0.Shami glided in and remained threatening even if the batsmen were patient. Darren Bravo wasn’t even patient. When India were getting restless, he calmed them down by flirting with a wide delivery five minutes before lunch. The ball did bounce more than expected to take the edge, but Bravo had played with an angled bat with his feet stuck on the leg stump.On the way back for lunch, Kohli was heard telling his bowlers, “This is the reward for patience.” More reward was to follow in the second session. Marlon Samuels, who might be playing his last Test series, is not a proactive batsman. He likes to sit back on the back foot, and lets bowlers bowl where they want. Shami did so and in the fifth over after the break, he bowled an in-between length, which dragged Samuels forward even though his weight was back. The ball held its line to take the edge. An aggressive short ball took the shoulder of Jermaine Blackwood’s bat to end a double-wicket maiden. This was the first dismissal that didn’t include wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.From 92 for 5, Brathwaite and debutant Roston Chase resisted for more than 16 overs. They were undone by a man often guilty of not using the crease and also offering freebies on the pads, Yadav. While he did offer freebies here too, especially in the first session, he showed a clear intent of using different angles to make the batsmen play at balls they would otherwise leave. The reward came unconventionally.Chase pulled an inviting short ball straight to short midwicket followed by a brute to Brathwaite, who on 74 didn’t look like he was going to make a mistake. Yadav went wide on the crease, angled a bouncer in, got Brathwaite to throw his gloves in front of his face.Playing his first Test as a specialist wicketkeeper, Shane Dowrich scored his second Test half-century, an unbeaten 57, to hold India off in the final session of the day, but didn’t cause enough damage to prevent a follow-on.Yadav had taken Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite out in successive balls to seemingly end India’s frustrating experience with the tail. Holder edged a wide outswinger to give Saha a record-equalling sixth dismissal for an Indian wicketkeeper, and Brathwaite pre-meditated a leave to be bowled. Dowrich, though, annoyed India a little more in partnership with No. 11 Shannon Gabriel, who lasted two balls once the legspin of Mishra was introduced.With only 90.2 overs bowled in the first innings, with a possible 13 overs to go before a full night’s rest and with five bowlers in his side, Kohli enforced the first follow-on for India since late 2012 against England in Ahmedabad. Ishant provided instant pay-off with an inswinger that trapped Brathwaite in front, but Bravo and Rajendra Chandrika prevented further damage. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Cartoon: April 24, 2015

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Poll: Tide of U.S. voters turns to Dems

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – After four years of an increasingly unpopular war, public support for an assertive military is down sharply, while support for helping the needy and concerns about the stark differences between rich and poor are on the rise, a poll found. People are about evenly split now on whether the best way to ensure peace is through military strength, according to the poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. In the summer of 2002, people by a 2-1 margin believed that military strength was the best way to ensure peace. “The war in Iraq has raised concerns about an assertive military posture,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. The gradual shift toward concern for the poor is part of a more longterm shift in attitudes, he said. “The early signs are that the political landscape looks more favorable for Democrats,” Kohut said. The Pew poll that looks at public values over time found that the public’s priorities have been shifting in a variety of areas over the last decade. Among the shifts from 1994 to now: -The number of people who believe government should help the needy has increased from 57 percent to 69 percent. -The number who say they have “old-fashioned values about family and marriage” has dipped from 84 percent to 76 percent. -The number of people who feel intensely religious has dropped _ both those who say prayer is an important part of their daily life (down 7 points to 45 percent) and those who say they never doubt the existence of God (down 11 points to 61 percent.) The poll of 2,007 adults was taken from Dec. 16 through Jan. 9 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. These shifts come at a time that the Republican Party has seen its popularity slip _ with 41 percent now having a favorable view, compared with 56 percent at the start of 2001. More than half see the Democratic Party favorably, but Democrats have lost some ground over the last six years as well. “The public likes Republicans less,” Kohut said. “It’s not a matter of liking Democrats more.” And people have lost some confidence in their ability to handle whatever challenges they face. Not quite six in 10 now feel they can always find a way to solve their problems. Five years ago, three-fourths felt that way.last_img read more

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FRIDAY COOKING – A MOTHER’S DAY DISH WITH NO SALT CHEF BRIAN McDERMOTT

first_imgFRIDAY COOKING – A MOTHER’S DAY DISH WITH NO SALT CHEF BRIAN McDERMOTT was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian McDermottdonegalNo Salt Cheflast_img

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Wolfsburg forward agrees deal to rejoin Everton for second loan spell

first_imgWolfsburg forward Anton Donkor has rejoined Everton on loan after his previous spell last season was disrupted by injury.The 19-year-old has agreed an initial deal until January 2, 2018 and will again link up with the under-23 side.“I’m very happy to be back,” Donkor told evertonfc.com.“I’m looking forward to pre-season to show my team-mates and the fans that it was the right decision for the club to re-sign me.“I started very well here last season but the ankle injury was a big disappointment. I was out for about eight weeks and I had to go back to Germany and do all my treatment.” 1 Anton Donkor in action for Germany Under-20s in September 2016 last_img

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EUNAN’S ARE CROWNED UNDER 14 CHAMPS

first_imgSt. Eunan’s captured the Under 14 title after defeating Naomh Conaill in the County League final in Ballybofey last night.The Letterkenny lads were on top throughout and ran out convincing winners in the end on a scoreline of 1-20 to 0-3.  EUNAN’S ARE CROWNED UNDER 14 CHAMPS was last modified: July 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St EunansUNDER 14 CHAMPIONSHIPlast_img

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Leading ASTI member Neil retires after 40 years service

first_imgA leading member of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland has retired from his post after 40 years of service.A function was held in the Yellow Pepper Letterkenny to mark the retirement of Neil Curran, Stranorlar after 40 years service as an active member of the Donegal ASTI Branch.Over the years Neil served in many roles in the branch including Chairperson, PRO, Treasurer, Regional Organiser and school steward for St Columba’s College, Stranorlar. He also represented the Donegal /Sligo/Leitrim region on the National Executive of the ASTI for the last six years.The function was attended by local branch officials and invited guests from the ASTI leadership in Dublin.Ger Curtain (ASTI President) emphasised the importance of teachers becoming active in their local trade union branches so that their views are represented at national level.They need to be pro-active in defending their working conditions at a time of increasing pressure from various outside bodies who are not necessarily concerned about the quality of the education system. He added that through their unions, teachers need to protect the quality and integrity of Irish education for the future generations of students.Leading ASTI member Neil retires after 40 years service was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ASTIdonegalNeil Curranretirementlast_img read more

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Scientists Become Beasts

first_imgThe AAAS endorses two books where researchers act like animals.Thomas Nagel famously pondered what it would be like to be a bat, but he never jumped out of a belfry. In Science Magazine, published by the AAAS, Carolyn A. Ristau gave good reviews to two books by men who seem to have bats in their belfry. They took out into the wild to act like animals. Ristau begins by pointing to Darwin. His book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals began a tradition of turning people into beasts.The first book she reviews is Charles Foster’s Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide. Is this how one does science?In Being a Beast, informed by scientific research on animal physiology and behavior, Foster and his son live, badger-like, in a trench in the woods for 6 weeks, scratching in the dirt, crawling close to the earth, and eating worms that they find there. The swifts inspire his awe, although his attempts to fly with them fail awkwardly. To sense like the bird, he stands naked in the wind atop the moor. The swift’s minute filoplumes would convey essential information on feather orientation to its brain; Foster’s body hair ruffles empathetically. The urban fox engenders his deep respect: choosing to hunt, even though it could survive on pizza scraps. In contrast, humans seem “sclerosed superspecialists.”Foster has created an enthralling and deeply reflective book. His prose is not merely apt but charming, witty, and poetic, capturing the imagined state and being of animals and of us humans as well. This reader was anxious, reading of the otter living on the metabolic edge. The hypertensive red deer, alert for a wolf, aroused similar emotions.The second book is by Thomas Thwaites: Goat Man: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human.Thwaites, with a background in biology and a degree in design, originally conceived of the project as one in which he would transform himself into an elephant and traverse the Alps. A Wellcome Trust grant finally materialized, the award committee’s confidence based, no doubt, on Thwaites’s previously well-received project in which he created a toaster from scratch. After visiting real elephants and consulting a shaman, he realized that becoming a goat was more practicable.Thwaites begins by recounting his first attempt to design prosthetic goat legs, which he hopes will enable four-legged movement and sufficient flexibility to eat grass. He visits a motion study laboratory and offers an engrossing discussion of the mechanics and evolution of human and animal movement.She doesn’t tell what happened when Thwaites put on his “goat coat” and goat legs and headed out for the snow, but she shows a picture of him “doing his best impression of a goat in the Swiss Alps.” She thinks the books help people to “appreciate the rich and complex experiences of the other beings that live alongside us.”You can observe animals without becoming one. People do that too much already. When Nebuchadnezzer acted like a cow, he was called crazy. Should these “scientists” acting like beasts be praised in America’s leading science journal? Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.We think people should imitate angels instead. We have a higher calling from our Creator: “Be holy, for I am holy.”(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享last_img read more

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