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first_imgIn the beginning, sports to a child consisted of running up and down, jumping, playing catch and having fun.Then adults step in. Rules are introduced and the game becomes structured, with ultimately winners and losers. Children then benefit from what sports offers – physical activity, the importance of rules, safety, the importance of teammates, respect for authority, etc.Soon, it becomes obvious which sport a child is best suited for, thus the process of becoming great at a particular sport begins.Training is introduced, skills are honed and developed with the first aim being to represent your community, school (or vice versa), club and, ultimately, country.At different points along this journey, monetary reward can be introduced, which may, or may not, reduce the ultimate goal, national representation.In the past, national representation trumped just playing for money but, as the rewards (cash and kind) increased to unprecedented levels, national representation slipped further down the totem pole of life’s goals.To old fogeys like me, that fact is very disturbing.I am one who does believe, however, that maximising one’s ability to be well rewarded for being good at sports can coexist with national representation.All that is needed for this to become reality is for the administrators of sport to be as broad-minded as possible, not let ‘bad mind’ and jealousy corrupt their thought processes as they draft rules, the sole aim of which is to punish the rich sportsman and sportswoman, who dare to think for themselves and eventually refuse to bow to some of their ridiculous demands.As it stands, national representation seems to be an important step on the journey to financial independence.Therefore, international competition should be ‘the best of ours against the best of yours’.Nations should be able to identify talent, develop this talent with facilities, resources and coaches.OVERSEAS HELPMost nations, eventually seek overseas help in developing the skills set and potential of their natives. This may include the hiring of overseas experts, or sending their talented nationals to an overseas destination with better facilities and higher-quality competition that should make that individual better at the particular sport.Eventually, in international competition, the best of ours goes up against the best of theirs. Not so in the 21st century.The rules now allow sportsmen and sportswomen to represent countries in sports, even though their knowledge of the country that they represent is gained from anecdotes and the Internet and, in some cases, they do not even speak the native language of the nation they represent.This ‘rule’ is supported by those who believe that winning is not only everything, it is the ONLY thing.I would like to see Jamaica resist this trend, insist that those who represent us are ‘us’, natives whose skills are identified and developed locally (and sometimes) overseas, returning to represent their country, assist in improving those who are HERE, by passing on what they have learnt, so that the country benefits.last_img read more


first_imgWorkers in the vineyard of the Bovleiwine estate.(Image: South African Tourism) The exhibition floor at the 2007 SowetoWine Festival.(Image: Soweto Wine Festival) Wine lovers all over the world enjoy thefruits of South Africa’s wine industry.(Image: Durbanville Wine Valley) The headquarters of the Wine and SpiritBoard in Stellenbosch. The board isresponsible for granting export licencesto wine producers. (Image: Wineland)Janine ErasmusWine lovers from Angola to Scandinavia are topping up their glasses with South African wines as exports of local products continue to break records in markets worldwide.Figures from the South African Wine Industry Statistics (SAWIS) show that in the last 15 years exports have risen from a modest 22-million litres in 1992 to almost 314-million litres in 2007. Sales figures for the first quarter of 2008 show an increase of 35% compared to the same period last year. By comparison, the local market is growing at around 5% per year, says Wines of South Africa (WOSA), whose mandate is to promote international sales of South African winesAnd, for the first time ever in the history of winemaking in South Africa, exports of wine have outstripped domestic sales in terms of volume. Local sales between January 2007 and January 2008 came in at 314,5 million litres, but a hefty 316,8 million litres left the country for overseas climes.WOSA CEO Su Birch, who comes from a marketing background, attributes the buoyant sales figures to increased growing demand in Scandinavia, Germany, North America and Africa. South Africa has also taken advantage of opportunities created by the drought and resultant production decrease in Australia, a long-time rival, as well as reduced output in France and Italy because of lower harvest yield.Recent news indicates, however, that Australian wines are proving quite resilient to the effects of the drought and production is expected to rise by 19% in 2008 although it will still fall well short of the record volumes achieved in 2004/2005.Birch also names Angola as a new and fast-growing market for South African red wine. The traditional source of red wine in Angola is its former colonial master Portugal, but in recent years South African reds have benefited from the country’s proximity to Angola, because it simply is cheaper to import from South Africa.Germany a growing market for SA winesGermany is traditionally known as a thirsty beer market, but recent figures released by the Bonn-based Deutscher Weinbauverband e.V. – the German Winegrowers’ Association, the professional organisation of German winegrowers – show that the demand for wine is increasing.With a market share gain of 11,2% from February 2007 to February 2008 South Africa now ranks as the fourth-biggest supplier in terms of value, behind the powerful trio of Italy, France and Spain. In terms of export volume Germany comes in just behind Chile, but the value of South African exports to the latter country stands at 3,1% of the total compared to 3,3% to Germany.According to a May 2008 report in UK wine and spirit magazine Harpers, 2007 beer sales in Germany fell to their lowest levels since 1993, while wine sales have increased by 11,1% in the last five years. Reasons are cited as German wine’s growing international reputation, increasingly health-conscious drinkers and high unemployment.The Cape Wine trade showSouth Africa is preparing for an influx of wine lovers from all over the world for the 2008 Cape Wine trade show, which this year takes place towards the end of September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Sandwiched neatly between the prestigious Nederburg Auction and the Nedbank Cape Winemakers’ Guild Auction, the timing of the trade show now means that interested visitors can attend all three events.According to WOSA, which is based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, and is headed by Dr Paul Cluver, one of South Africa’s most respected winemakers, the event used to take place in April but has now moved to later in the year to eliminate clashes with European wine trade shows. This means that overseas visitors don’t have to make any difficult travel choices, and also means that the wine farmers can exhibit current vintages as opposed to those from the previous year.More than 300 wine producers are expected, with over 4 000 wines on display. Floor space has increased by 25% in order to accommodate all the exhibitors, while already bookings have been received from buyers all around the world, not only from the UK, Europe and North America but also from Brazil, Russia, India, China and Korea, and other countries in Latin America and Asia.South Africa’s wine industryGrapes have been cultivated in South Africa since 1655. In this year Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape, planted a small vineyard which bore fruit for the first time in 1669. These were the very early days of the now-renowned Cape wine region. Van Riebeeck’s successor, Simon van der Stel, planted vines on his farm Constantia, and wines from this estate are to this day numbered among the world’s finest.The arrival of the French Huguenots in the late 17th century signalled a boost for the fledgling wine industry. The immigrants brought their established winemaking techniques with them, although these had to be adapted to local conditions.Some 350 years later, the wine industry continues to grow. Figures released in 2006 put the total land area of South Africa’s vineyards at 102 146 hectares, with an additional 24 273 hectares of land used for cultivation of sultanas, currants and other related varieties. The country produces 3.1% of the world’s wine, says WOSA, and more than 1,3-million tons of grapes in total were crushed in 2006.In terms of volume production South Africa is the ninth most prolific in the world – here France leads the pack with 19,2% of the world total, second is Italy with 17,8%, and third is Spain with 14,4%.Almost 5 000 wine farmers are currently active in the local industry. Most estates are concentrated in the Western Cape, one of the world’s great wine-growing regions and site of the famous wine route, much patronised by tourists and locals alike.Transformation in the industryThe total labour force on farms and related industries, such as wine tourism, numbers around 260 000 and of this some 100 000 people from disadvantaged groups are employed in winemaking. While labour on wine farms was traditionally drawn from disadvantaged communities, a growing number of these people are today becoming winemakers themselves. Transformation in the industry is happening through new bodies such as the South African Black Vintners’ Alliance, which was formed in 2005.Empowerment and transformation projects and black-owned wineries are giving a new face to the wine industry. Among them are LaThiTha Wines (from the Xhosa “lalitha ilanga” which means “sunrise”), Thabani (Nguni, meaning “joyful”), House of Lindiwe (Zulu, meaning “the one we have been waiting for”), Women in Wine, and many others.Events such as the Soweto Wine Festival, in its fourth year in 2008, are providing a platform for wine farmers to expose their products to the rapidly growing black middle class as well as other stakeholders such as restaurant owners, high-end shebeen owners, spaza shops and corner-shop owners, and consumers. Shebeens are (usually) unlicensed drinking establishments, while spaza shops are small informal shops that sell consumer goods and usually operate from a residential property.A leader in global wine standardsThe Nietvoorbij Institute for Viticulture and Oenology is backed by the Agricultural Research Council. Situated in Stellenbosch, this institute amalgamated in 1997 with the council’s Stellenbosch Institute for Fruit and Fruit Technology and is now recognised as a world leader in wine research, employing what is considered to be one of the most modern experimental wineries in the world.Before a wine can leave South African shores it must obtain an export licence. Samples of export wines are sent to the Wine and Spirit Board at Nietvoorbij. Here they are tested thoroughly to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards demanded by overseas wine consumers. According to online wine portal Wineland, final rejection figures amount to only 0,27% of all wines submitted. Wines may be submitted up to five times. The most common reason for rejection is an insufficient cultivar character and a thin, watery character, says the board.Related StoriesNo headaches for wine loversWine tourism network grows Useful linksSouth African Wine Industry StatisticsWines of South AfricaSouth African Wine Industry CouncilCape Wine trade showNederburg auctionCape Winemakers’ GuildSoweto Wine FestivalDepartment of AgricultureAgricultural Research CouncilARC Infruitec-NietvoorbijWinelandDeutscher WeinbauverbandHarperslast_img read more


first_imgSA Soccer Dollies: A piece of Africa fortourists to take home.(Image: www.elolo.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Laurie BroombergElolo Dollies+27 21 465 1586+27 82 898 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• The master of the makarapa• Football – South Africa style• Viva the vuvuzela orchestra• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rollingNosimilo RamelaWith the 2010 Fifa World Cup only three weeks away, Cape Town-based company Elolo is joining the excitement by selling weird and wonderful little dolls for fans to take home as mementos after the tournament – all made by members of an impoverished community.Affectionately called SA Soccer Dollies, the figurines are made from colourful wool, wire, beads and bits of plastic, and have mini South African flags and footballs attached to them.They come in the form of brooches, magnets and key rings, and are about 10cm long. Each doll sells for R30 (US$3.81).The pieces are made for Elolo by nine women and two men from the Mfuleni township community outside Cape Town, where HIV/Aids and unemployment is rife.“Everybody works from their own homes, which allows them to look after their children, work their own hours and save on transport costs – all while making a living and supporting their families,” said company owner Laurie Broomberg.Broomberg was born and raised in Zimbabwe, but now lives in Cape Town. She opened her company in 2007 and initially worked alone with beads, but her activities soon turned into a jewellery enterprise. “I decided to look for people to work with and concentrated on growing the business,” she said.Inspired by the country hosting Africa’s first football World Cup, Broomberg started designing the dolls in 2009. “I just thought I’m going to make as many dollies as possible. They are a memento of this great event,” she said.Each doll has a name and comes with a warm message, such as: “My Name is Thembisa and I will bring you love, laughter, happiness and prosperity!”Broomberg began her marketing drive from home in February by sending out emails to different people and companies she thought would be interested in the dolls. The response has been “phenomenal”, she said.“We have been receiving many orders from people wanting the dollies, mainly corporate companies that want them for clients and employee gifts. People organising events, small retailers and promotional gift companies are also putting in orders.”Requests come from all over the country, every day. “We have so many orders, we are working around the clock to ensure we don’t run out of stock.”Changing livesBroomberg said the success of the business has transformed the lives of the men and women on her team.“The work we do has really changed these men and women’s lives. My manager once lived in a small room, but was able to afford a three-bedroom house after working on the dollies. The other people on the team have managed to get their homes tiled and send their kids to school,” said Broomberg.This has been a great reward for the Cape Town entrepreneur, who started the business in the hopes of changing people’s lives and challenging the stigma of HIV/Aids.“I chose to work with people affected by HIV/Aids because they are often discriminated against,” she said.Broomberg plans to start sending out stock to guest houses and hotels expecting World Cup tourists.“I think tourists will want to buy the dollies. They are made locally and help to support disadvantaged men and women. They are a piece of Africa – a piece of history for people to take home after the World Cup.”last_img read more


first_img“It would be interesting to see if he actually trained for something like the Dusi exactly what level he could achieve. I would love to see him with somebody like a Martin Dreyer, but he’s still got many, many years to give back to sport in South Africa and we should be looking at him inspiring younger kids, just as Martin Dreyer is doing in the Change A Life programme.” This time around, in Sofia, Parkin is showing no signs of slowing down. He will be taking on swimming, road cycling and mountain biking but, rather disappointingly, even for a man with an Olympic silver medal, he remains largely uncelebrated in South Africa. 12 July 2013 Ambassador PaddlerRiddin believes Parkin could be a top Dusi paddler if he chose to focus on the extremely testing challenge of paddling and portaging. Parkin has been a familiar face at the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, for many years and twice won the men’s open event in 2000 and 2002. It was at the Midmar Mile that he first made his mark. Riddin, who has also paddled numerous Dusis with Parkin as his partner, added: “I look at how he is putting back into swimming, now coaching, as well as still competing at the Midmar Mile, having completed the feat of being the only person to do 16 Midmar Miles in a weekend, swimming to the start and then swimming the event.” Starting in the second batch of swimmers in the 13-and-under age group, behind all the seeds, he powered through the field and, when the times had been adjusted, he had taken a stunning victory. It was astounding, but Parkin has been doing astounding things all his life. His Olympic silver medal is the most obvious highlight in a career filled with them. ‘An inspiration’ “Terence Parkin, who has been deaf for virtually all his life, has achieved, to me, a hell of a lot more,” Riddin told SAinfo this week. “He also got a silver medal in an able-bodied Olympic Games, and he didn’t get as much credit [for it as he should have received], and I think we should be looking at it and saying he is an inspiration to the whole of South Africa.” Wayne Riddin, the head coach of the South African team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where Parkin won silver in the 200 metres breaststroke, said that while he recognises what swimmer Natalie du Toit has achieved as a star of the Paralympic world, Parkin has probably achieved more in his career. Multi-talented Riddin pointed out that last year, 12 years after Parkin medalled at the Sydney Olympics, he took part in the South African Olympic trials, and while Neil Versfeld won a place in the 200 metres breaststroke, Parkin was second in a time comparable to that which he swam in Sydney. Parkin is set to add to his amazing record at the Summer Deaflympics, which take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 26 July to 4 August. While Phelps finished his Olympic career with 18 gold medals and 22 medals in total, the South African star will go to Germany having already won 29 Deaflympics gold medals. In 2005 in Melbourne, his return was an eye-popping Deaflympics record of 12 gold medals and a silver. “Terence is this icon,” Cluer said. “He’s one of the Princess of Monaco’s [former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock’s] 14 ambassadors around the world.” center_img He had to do something, Cluer told SAinfo, so he called up Andrew McLean of Cycle Lab, who in turn got together with Willie du Plooy of KTM Bike Industries, and they arranged two state-of-the-art KTM bicycles, for road and mountain biking, for Parkin to use at the Deaflympics. Citing Parkin’s influence in the deaf world, Cluer explained: “He’s such an icon in the deaf community, so much so that last year at our Energiser Night Race in Johannesburg he brought 150 deaf athletes to the event.” That list of ambassadors includes the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, former Formula One world champion Jenson Button, five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, and two-time overall World Cup champion skier Aksel Lund Svindal. Parkin has always been a star in swimming, but he has not restricted himself to the pool. At the 2009 Deaflympics, he contested the road race and picked up a bronze medal. That followed his achievement of winning road race gold at the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships and silver in the cross-country mountain biking event. Nowadays, Parkin regularly swims all eight miles annually at the Midmar Mile, raising money for charities associated with deafness. Now living in Johannesburg, he joins over half the total field of the event, about 9 000 swimmers, to faithfully make the journey down to the dam in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. “It was my first experience of him as a deaf swimmer in an able-bodied team, and I remember that he was that fun guy, always with a smile on his face, and he’s still that same guy today. He’s still got that face where he comes in and he’s a happy guy in the swimming world, and it’s probably a comfort zone for him.” Michael Phelps has won more medals than any other Olympic athlete. South Africa’s Terence Parkin occupies a similar place in the world of Deaflympics – only he has won more medals, including more golds, than the US legend, and his career is still going strong. Before anyone thinks the Deaflympics are not a big deal, the last time they were held, in Taiwan in 2009, 4 000 athletes were in attendance. To compare that with the Paralympics, at London in 2012 there were about 4 237 athletes that took part. There was a time, when he was competing on the World Cup swimming circuit, that Parkin held every single Deaflympic record in short course swimming. World record holder Yet, through it all, Parkin has retained his humility, as the long-time Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin recalled: “I go back to when he travelled to Cairo with the SA junior team as an age group swimmer for the first time. “I’m a lot older and it has been a privilege that Terence has wanted to paddle the Dusi with me. He sits in the back of the canoe and is the powerhouse. It’s a pleasure because I realise how strong he is when he sits in the back of the boat,” said Riddin. Max Cluer is a friend of Parkin’s and a cycling commentator who has worked at the Olympics and at numerous top UCI mountain biking international events around the world. He was astonished to discover that Parkin would be attending this year’s Deaflympics with a seven-year old mountain bike. Before Parkin considers further options, however, there is the matter of the Deaflympics. His tally of gold medals stands at 29. Where will it be when this year’s Deaflympics are over? And will the former Olympic silver medallist be welcomed as a hero on his return to South Africa?last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now that first harvest of forage crops is completed or in progress, some may be noticing the low yields in damaged forage stands, or they may realize the need for additional forage supplies this summer. There is always the temptation to no-till something into existing stands in an effort to produce more tonnage, but I believe that is a risky proposition this time of the year. The existing stand will compete heavily for moisture and regrowth of the existing stand will shade new seedlings struggling to get established. So at this point in the year, I think it is best to either kill a poor stand and seed an annual crop for summer forage production, or find open land available to seed an annual forage for supplemental feed.There are several good options for producing supplemental forage from annual crops planted in June, which are discussed here. Additional options for supplemental forage exist for planting in late summer, particularly following wheat harvest. Those options were discussed in an article available at http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2012/2012-24/#7. Corn silageFor anyone considering forages for silage, corn should be the first choice because of its high yields and energy content. Corn can be planted as late as mid- to late June for silage production; however, it does carry increased risk especially if dry weather develops. Nevertheless, June planted corn with adequate rainfall can produce more forage with greater feeding value than other summer annual grasses. If forage is needed before the ear is formed, corn can be green chopped. Even without the ear, the feeding value of corn is at least equal to that of the other summer annual grasses and yields are likely to be higher. Summer annual grassesSudangrass, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, pearl millet, and forage sorghum grow rapidly in summer. When managed properly, these grasses can provide good quality forage. All these species can be planted up to mid-July and will produce 3.5 to 5 tons of dry matter per acre assuming sufficient moisture is present for emergence and growth. Pearl millet is essentially free of prussic acid poisoning potential, while the sorghum species have the potential for prussic acid poisoning which varies by species. Nitrate toxicity is possible with all summer annual grasses. Refer to the Agronomy Guide (pages 111-114) for how to reduce these risks and for more details on establishment and management (http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/fertility/fertility-fact-sheets-and-bulletins/agron_guide.pdf/view).Mixtures of summer-annual grasses and legumes such as field peas and soybeans are marketed by some seed dealers. The legumes generally improve protein content but only in the first growth when they are present. Because the legumes usually increase the seed cost, evaluate the cost to benefit ratio of purchasing mixtures with legumes vs. supplementing livestock with other protein sources.Teff is a relatively new warm-season grass option that can be used for hay, silage, or pasture. In our test plots it produced about 3 to 4 tons of dry matter per acre from 3 cuttings (http://oardc.osu.edu/forage2008/table14.asp, http://oardc.osu.edu/forage2009/table11.asp). It can tolerate drought-stressed as well as waterlogged soil conditions. For more details on managing this forage, see an excellent factsheet from Cornell University found at http://nmsp.cals.cornell.edu/publications/factsheets/factsheet24.pdf. SoybeansSoybean can be grown for forage, but it is extremely difficult to make good soybean hay and ensiling soybean also has problems. The high concentration of fat (about 10%) inhibits bacteria in the silage and fermentation is slow and often incomplete. The best approach to using soybeans as a forage is to mix them with corn plants during silo filling. A mixture of 1 part or more of corn to 1 part soybean works well. In large diameter upright silos, adequate mixing usually occurs when one load of corn is unloaded followed by one load of soybeans. In smaller diameter upright silos one-half load of soybeans followed by one-half to a full load of corn will usually result in adequate mixing. For silo bags, mixing is difficult. The ratio of corn to soybeans should be increased and the amount of soybeans put in the silo at one time should be small. The best solution would be to chop about one-fourth to one-half load of soybeans and fill the rest of the wagon with corn. Use of herbicide-treated soybeans for forage or hay is allowed for only a few herbicides, so check chemical labels before using herbicides on soybeans to be used for forage.Several brassica species can be planted in May for late summer grazing. For more information on this option, refer to The Ohio Agronomy Guide, pages 114-118.last_img read more


first_img“Today I felt some of calls were unfair, that’s how my team feels and how I feel as a coach.”UP’s loss also stung more since both the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Maroons are gunning for a spot in the Final Four.UST is tied with Far Eastern University at the third spot while UP is at fifth with a 6-6 card with a loss sending the Lady Maroons out of the Final Four race.Okumu rued the missed chance to at least tie the Golden Tigresses at the fourth seed.“Today was the biggest moment that we should’ve seized comfortably but like what the others said, it’s not over until it’s over so we know what’s at stake,” said Okumu. “We’re going to work for it and we’re going to produce the result.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP coach Godfrey Okumu. Photo by TRistan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines is on the brink of elimination in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and its three-set loss to University of Santo Tomas was a tough to swallow.The Golden Tigresses swept the Lady Maroons, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, Wednesday when late game blunders were crucial in the outcome of the match.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA: Magnolia knocks out Ginebra, nabs last semis berth UP got to the 24-22 set point in the third but got called with three straight errors that saw UST pull ahead, 25-24, lead just before Eya Laure denied Marian Buitre to give the Golden Tigresses the win and the 8-4 record.Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said his players were broken with how the game ended especially with how the referees seemed to, he said, dictate the finish of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I can see that my players were pretty much broken, some of the calls, the last minute calls, they were crucial calls,” said Okumu. “The players were down, it’s not an easy thing to happen to a team when the referee makes two of the last points in the game by whistling.”The third set was tied at 24 when Jessma Ramos seemed to dump the ball back to UST’s side of the floor but the two referees convened on the late point and ruled that UP’s blocker committed an overreach. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more


first_imgNewcastle midfielder Shelvey escapes punishment for stamp on Man Utd star Pobgaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has escaped retrospective action for a tackle on Manchester United star Paul Pogba.The Englishman caught Pogba with his studs in what was a nasty challenge during Toon’s 2-0 loss to United.Pogba required treatment after the game due to the challenge.However, because referee Andre Marriner awarded a free-kick, the FA believe the incident was dealt with at the time.Shelvey did not receive a yellow-card for the foul. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to send Gabri back to Besiktasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are set to send Gabri back to Besiktas.The 31-year-old goalkeeper moved to Craven Cottage on a three-year deal last summer, having spent the previous two in Turkey.Milliyet says Besiktas have opened talks with Fulham over a deal to bring Fabri back to Istanbul.Whether the veteran would see any regular action at his old stomping ground remains to be seen, though.Besiktas signed Loris Karius from Liverpool on a two-year loan deal following Fabri’s departure six months ago. last_img read more


first_imgMGo.Fail.com website created for Michigan being so arrogant.mgofail website eleven warriorsMichigan’s last-second blunder against Michigan State hasn’t just delighted Spartans fans. Of course, Ohio State supporters have been reveling in the aftermath as well. One Buckeyes site – Eleven Warriors – has come up with a humorous way to celebrate.11W has created a new website, named MGo.Fail, which chronicles five of Michigan’s biggest disappointments over the years. There’s this past Saturday’s punt fail, Ohio State’s invasion of the Big House in 2009, Michigan’s stinker against Toledo in 2008, Michigan’s loss to FCS-level Appalachian State in 2007, and Michigan’s collapse against Colorado back in 1994. They’ve included videos as well.mgofail website eleven warriorsOhio State fans will probably enjoy spending time on the site. Michigan fans probably won’t.last_img read more


201515711658-8747%3 199915901531+59670 YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200116121589+22620 200315791573+5601 200015661617-50522 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. 200715701570+0590 199216161615+1590 201315641593-29551 199015681582-15570 201115521578-25551 199515571545+12601 199715851535+50660 200415951530+65680 199815941542+52660 199315531547+6600 200915891617-28552 200215911524+67680 199415761543+34640 201415961578+18620 201215991580+19611 199115971541+55660 199615981506+92710 Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 200815541628-74492 200616031522+81700 200515841615-31551 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 201015181638-120432 read more

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