AC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Huddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town have joined the race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sky Sports says Huddersfield will battle Crystal Palace to snap up Liverpool forward Solanke.The Terriers were keen on the 21-year-old earlier this season and want to sign him on loan.But Palace, who sit 14th in the Premier League table, will challenge Town for the signature of Solanke, who is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also watching developments. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Shevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in chargeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndriy Shevchenko says former AC Milan teammate Rino Gattuso is the right coach for the club.The former Milan striker admits he’s a fan of Gattuso’s style.The Ukraine coach told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Very good, I like this attitude of the club, there are people who have clear ideas, who do not dance in the periods of difficulty: Leonardo and (Paolo) Maldini are working calmly and competently, Leo and Paolo know the reality better than anyone else, and then there is the blocking of the market: if you can only work on loans, getting back to the top is not easy. “I hope that Milan can continue to work serenely for the ascent. Rino’s support is very important because he is working well, he has given the team a sense of belonging. This is the right man for Milan, and I am happy with the confidence that he is collecting from the club.”
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements.Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration formally proposed new regulations Thursday that environmental groups welcome but also say should go farther in combating methane leaks.Methane is the primary component of natural gas and is one of the most potent heat-trapping pollutants. Pennsylvania is the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer after Texas.The proposal would impose stronger limits on smog-forming pollutants and require companies to more aggressively search for methane leaks at existing oil and gas installations. A gas-industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, says it’s concerned about the cost for companies to comply.Earlier this year, Pennsylvania began enforcing tougher standards on equipment at new or updated installations.Marc Levy, The Associated Press
New Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by Congress workers, filed her nomination papers at the DC office, Nand Nagri for the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday. All seven candidates of the Congress –former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Agarwal, former Union minister Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress working president Rajesh Lilothia, former Cong MP Mahabal Mishra along with Dikshit and Vijender Singh filed their papers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTalking to reporters, Dikshit, who has been fielded from North-East Delhi, said, “I have sentiments attached to this seat as I had fought my first election in Delhi from this seat.” When asked whom she considers a bigger challenge between Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Pandey, the Congress veteran said she sees both of them as a challenge and her endeavour will be to win from this seat. “No seat is small or big and it does not belong to any individual. It belongs to the people of the constituency,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDikshit had contested from East Delhi constituency in 1998, but faced defeat. The seat included parts of North-East Delhi at that time. Maken in a scathing attack said that the Modi government has withdrawn through its 7th Pay Commission, all the benefits given to government employees through the 6th Pay Commission by the UPA government. Addressing his workers, Ajay Maken informed them that Congress government had got 3,000 flats constructed for the people staying in Katputli colony at the cost of Rs 1 each. He further said that it was Congress policy that if two families were staying in one jhuggi, then each family got a separate flat. Vijender Singh, who is contesting from South Delhi, said he will focus on issues related youth and sports. “I am genuinely concerned about employment, which I think is a prominent issue for the youth. And being a sportsperson, I am also keen on working towards developing sports infrastructure. It’s about time we had good infrastructure so that budding athletes can actually flourish,” he said. Asked why he opted for the Congress, which did not win a single seat in Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vijender Singh said: “I relate to the ideology and the leadership. As is propagated by our leadership, I want to be a friend of the electorate. I don’t wish to be the ‘neta’ that visits once in five years. I am not going to do rallies or road shows. I am going to connect with the voters spontaneously,” Singh said.
82000Connecticut361+47.4—+47.4 Source: Kenneth Massey, Sonny Moore 12016Connecticut380+54.7+52.9+53.8 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The Hot Takedown crew dissects UConn’s fourth straight championship. 152012Notre Dame354+41.2+40.6+40.9 It’s getting harder every day, the search for unused superlatives to heap upon the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Huskies captured their fourth consecutive NCAA championship with an 82-51 rout of Syracuse. The victory made star forward Breanna Stewart four-for-four on titles during her four years in Storrs and capped off a run the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the college game since John Wooden’s UCLA squad won seven straight men’s championships in the late 1960s and early ’70s.UConn is all about rings — coach Geno Auriemma now has a record 11 of them, after all — but a championship can only really signify supremacy over the competition within a given season. When a team dominates as thoroughly as these Huskies have (they won their NCAA Tournament games by an average of 39.8 points per game), history becomes the only opponent. And even against that standard, UConn keeps raising the bar.Gathering stats on women’s sports — even a popular one like basketball — is a notoriously (and shamefully) frustrating endeavor, but we can try to quantify a team’s dominance using historical data from Kenneth Massey and Sonny Moore, a couple of the power-rating makers featured in our women’s tournament prediction model. (Massey’s data goes back to 1997-98, while Moore’s picks up in 2004-05; the other two rating systems from the model do not provide historical archives.) 162008Connecticut362+40.5+39.6+40.1 By Neil Paine 22015Connecticut381+51.2+52.5+51.8 212011Texas A&M335+38.4+38.9+38.7 Admittedly, power ratings aren’t everything. For one thing, in the absence of player-level era adjustments like FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s Baseball Time Machine, they aren’t capable of accounting for changes in absolute quality of competition over time. But, if anything, the women’s game is evolving rapidly enough that UConn probably faced more talented opponents in Stewart’s senior season than it did when she was a freshman. And in the face of those changes, the Huskies adjusted even more quickly, upping the ante for how good a college team could be.It’s anyone’s guess how much of this impossibly steep ascent UConn can maintain after the likes of Stewart and Morgan Tuck depart for the WNBA next season. But for now, let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Huskies accomplished these past few years: a run of dominance so impressive that even future incarnations of UConn will have trouble topping it. 42010Connecticut390+52.2+49.0+50.6 Embed Code 72009Connecticut390+49.9+45.3+47.6 32014Connecticut400+56.3+46.3+51.3 132011Connecticut362+41.5+41.3+41.4 The greatest NCAA women’s teams since 1997-98 And to the extent we’re able to measure things,1In this case, I set Massey’s and Moore’s ratings on the same scale and averaged them for years in which both numbers are available; for seasons before that, I just used Massey’s rating. the 2015-16 Huskies were the best team of the modern era of women’s college basketball … supplanting the 2014-15 Huskies … who supplanted the 2013-14 Huskies. Each of Stewart’s final three years saw new ground broken in the area of women’s basketball greatness. 232008Tennessee362+39.9+37.1+38.5 POWER RATING 52002Connecticut390+49.8—+49.8 121998Tennessee390+41.4—+41.4 202011Stanford333+38.7+38.7+38.7 172013Notre Dame352+40.2+38.3+39.2 62013Connecticut354+47.4+49.0+48.2 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESMASSEYMOOREAVERAGE 182006Duke324+40.1+38.2+39.1 112013Baylor342+43.0+41.5+42.3 222010Stanford362+39.6+37.5+38.5 92012Baylor400+48.6+43.6+46.1 142012Connecticut335+40.5+42.1+41.3 242007Tennessee343+40.7+36.1+38.4 192001Connecticut323+38.7—+38.7 102014Notre Dame371+44.0+42.6+43.3 251999Tennessee313+37.9—+37.9
Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick.The BCS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick on endorsed a seeded four-team playoff model for college football that would begin for the 2014 season.The commissioners’ consensus must be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee, which meets June 26 in Washington, D.C. If approved, the four-team playoff would replace the current BCS system, which has been in place since 1998.Sources told ESPN.com that under the recommended model, four participating teams would be selected by a committee, which would consider certain criteria such as conference championships and strength of schedule.The two national semifinal games would be played within the existing BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) on a rotating basis, with the host sites being predetermined before each season. The national championship game would be offered to the highest bidding city.“We’re very unified,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “There are issues that have yet to be finalized. There’s always devil in the detail, from the model to the selection process, but clearly we’ve made a lot of progress.”
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA report made Wednesday by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy detailed domestic violence allegations made against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith in both 2009 and 2015. The report suggests Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knew about the allegations, something which he denied at Big Ten Media Days last week. The report showed pictures of the abuse of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of Zach Smith, and included text messages exchanged between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer’s wife, which specifically discusses Zach Smith’s domestic abuse. “All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Courtney said to McMurphy. “They all did. Every single one.” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of a domestic violence incident in 2015, where Smith was investigated by the Powell Police Department, according to the report. According to the report, Zach Smith “took (Courtney) and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck,” something she said happened very often. McMurphy reported that in 2009, Courtney Smith was pressured by former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce and special assistant Hiram DeFries to not press charges against Zach Smith after he was arrested by Gainesville Police after an alleged assault. Ohio State fired Zach Smith on July 23 after the domestic violence allegations became public and Courtney Smith filed a domestic protection order against him, which was filed on July 20 after Zach Smith appeared in Delaware County Municipal Court for criminal trespassing on July 18. The Ohio State football program could not be reached for comment. In a media advisory distributed on July 27, an Ohio State spokesman anticipated Meyer would next be available for comment on August 7. There has been no further update since then.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho snapped at a female reporter’s question after his team’s defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.The United gaffer could only watch in despair as his team were beaten 3-2 by Chris Hughton’s Brighton.First half goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross ensured that Brighton took all three points at the Amex Stadium to pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho.And the strain clearly got to him during a routine interview with beIN Sport reporter Carrie Brown after the full-time whistle.Mourinho gave short shrift to the first question put to him about how the game had gone, saying: “We made mistakes, and we were punished by the mistakes” according to Daily Mail.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Brown attempted to ask about the level of cohesiveness between his players, asking if it was a fair assessment to suggest the squad was struggling for communication and chemistry on the pitch.The United boss took issue with the question, answering back sarcastically: “You must be fantastic in your job to have the ability to speak about chemistry between players.”Despite the reaction she got from the United manager, Carrie decided to ask one final question, only for her to receive the same cold and short reply.Brown took to Twitter to deliver her own reaction to the bizarre footage, reposting the brief clip with a shrugging emoji.Mourinho has endured a not so positive start to the season and has criticized the club’s board for lack of transfer additions and the lack of senior players during preseason.