Oscar scores hat trick as Chelsea, Everton win

first_imgLONDON (AP):Oscar scored a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 victory at second-tier MK Dons to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup yesterday.Oscar tapped into an empty net in the 15th minute after a defensive blunder, but the Dons soon levelled when Darren Potter beat Thibaut Courtois with a heavily deflected shot from the edge of the area.Costa and Eden Hazard squandered easy chances before Oscar drilled home Chelsea’s second in the 32nd minute and then smashed in a superb third just before the break after a 25-yard (meter) run that started over on the left touchline.Hazard converted a penalty after the break and Bertrand Traore added the fifth as Guus Hiddink’s side made sure there was no risk of a cup upset.”If you play the big, big games like Arsenal, Man U, Man City, etc, the concentration is always high, automatically,” Hiddink said. “But these games, you have to be well prepared mentally, and I think we did well in the first half – although we were not finishing it off in the first 20 minutes.”Hiddink, who has engineered a solid recovery by the Premier League champions since replacing JosÈ Mourinho in December, paid tribute to match-winner Oscar.HAPPY PLAYERS”He’s playing with a smile on his face, and that’s what I like very much with the players – when they know their obligation – and also defensively, these guys know their job to do, and they do it … . It’s good to see.”Chelsea’s next opponent in the competition will not be such a pushover as the Dons, after Hiddink’s side was drawn against Premier League title favourites Manchester City in the last 16.Everton also advanced yesterday, beating fourth-tier Carlisle 3-0 in a match where fans were given a warning that racism would not be tolerated at the stadium, following a report of abusive language.The alleged incident happened after Everton opened the scoring in the second minute through Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone, who is black.A public-address system message warned fans that racist abuse would not be tolerated, and local police issued the same message on Twitter, asking anyone with information to report it.”I thought it was dealt with in a very good manner,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez told broadcaster BT Sport.Aaron Lennon, who lined up Kone’s tap-in at the far post, made it 2-0 in the 14th with another close-range strike.Ross Barkley put the result beyond doubt in the 65th with an impressive curling shot from the edge of the area that took a slight deflection.Everton are away to Bourne-mouth in the fifth round.last_img read more

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Bolton chairman Ken Anderson reveals relegated club closing in on new boss

first_img Bolton players look dejected during another defeat Bolton’s search for a new manager is well underway, chairman Ken Anderson has revealed.Jimmy Phillips has been in interim charge since Neil Lennon left the club last month, but Bolton’s relegation from the Championship was confirmed by Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Derby.Bolton are now facing life in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1993 after a season of turmoil at the Macron Stadium.The Trotters faced a winding-up order from HMRC over unpaid taxes, changed ownership and are currently working under a Football League transfer embargo.Bolton have won only four league games all season but Anderson has urged supporters to “stick together” with the club now under the ownership of the Sports Shield group.“It’s now time to look forward, not back,” Anderson said in a statement on the official Bolton website.“Whilst this continues to be an extremely challenging and difficult time for us all, it is imperative that we stick together and believe that we will come out the other side a better and stronger football club.“Bolton Wanderers have a fantastic history and a loyal fan base. We very much have to look to put any past differences behind us, embrace everything that we have going for us and move forward together.“I understand that words can only mean so much at this moment in time and that we, the new board, will ultimately be judged on our actions.“We’re not shying away from that fact and we accept that there are going to be a lot of difficult decisions to make, both on and off the pitch, as we prepare for life in the third tier.”One of the pressing issues for the new board is to find a new manager and Anderson said over 50 applications for the vacancy have been reduced to single numbers.“I personally have already had a high level of applicants for the job,” said Anderson.“We have had over 50 applications, which shows just in how much high regard our club is held.“That list has been whittled down to single figures and our process of interviewing the candidates is already well under way.“We want to hit the ground running next season, which is why we are getting these building blocks in place.“We want to roll our sleeves up and be positive right from the off, play an attractive style of football and really take the game to our opponents.“We’re working tirelessly to try and get the transfer embargo lifted – that is obviously paramount in our planning.“We also have a number of key relationships and agreements in place with teams in the top flight with an eye on what we can possibly do in the loan market.“This is a fresh start for us all. We’ve been working on this plan for some time – we’re now in the process of putting it into action.“There is a lot of hard work ahead and we have to be on this journey together.” 1last_img read more

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HSU women stay in postseason hunt with win over Cal State Dominguez Hills

first_imgArcata >> Looking to snap a three-game losing streak and stay in contention for the eighth and final spot of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament, the Humboldt State women’s basketball team stepped up when it counted most.The Jacks, nursing a one-point lead heading into the final quarter, outscored to Toros, 24-12, over the last eight minutes to down Cal State Dominguez Hills, 70-57, on Saturday at Lumberjack Arena.“Starting in that third quarter, we fell off defensively …last_img read more

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Insights into doing business in South Africa

first_imgRay Maota Mahmood Saberi of Gulf News; Bahaa Al awam, a Syrian journalist; Roger Romanos, the senior editor at Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group; Peter Smith of Dubai Gulf Business; and Hala Saqqa, a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dubai, are in South Africa to learn more about the country’s economy and business environment, as guests of Brand South Africa. The CEO of Business Unity South Africa, Nomaxabiso Majokweni, said that being in business in South Africa is easy, starting with the registering of your business, which takes nearly a month depending on the complexity of your business. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 • Nomaxabiso Majokweni  BUSA: CEO  +27 11 784 8000 • National Treasury  +27 12 315 5111 RELATED ARTICLES • More to SA than Nelson Mandela • Media tour boosts China-Africa link • SA becomes business tourism hub • South Africa: open for businessJournalists from the Middle East have been introduced to the constructive role South African businesses play in reaching the country’s economic growth, development and transformation goals.They have also learned how the National Treasury is responsible for managing South Africa’s government finances.Their visit to Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the National Treasury were part of Brand South Africa’s aim to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems.Mahmood Saberi of Gulf News, a Dubai publication, said: “I’m here to basically see how trade relations and investments can be improved between the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.”Saberi also said he was looking forward to seeing scenic spots of South Africa like Table Mountain.Saberi is joined by Peter Smith, of Dubai Gulf Business; Hala Saqqa, a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dubai; Roger Romanos; the senior editor at Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group; and Bahaa Alawam, a Syrian journalist.Uncertainty of growth in the worldThe wellbeing of Europe’s economic system and the US economy are just some factors that will determine whether South Africa reaches its projected 3.3% budget deficit by 2014.Lungisa Fuzile, the director-general of the National Treasury, said: “Domestically, we need to invest in things that are growth-intensive such as infrastructure, which will make business transactions easier. These, for example, are ports and roads.“Regulatory regimes in different sectors also need to be revised so there is no barrier to entry for people to do business.”Externally there had to be a South African presence in markets with higher growth potential, and seven of these markets were in Africa.Surviving 2009 recessionSouth Africa’s financial system showed great resilience during the 2009 world economic crunch. Fuzile said: “In South Africa, we have a four-pillar model, meaning we have four big banks and other smaller ones.“The fact that we survived the recession in 2009 is largely due to the fact that these banks’ dependence on foreign funding is limited.”Another factor that led to South Africa withstanding the recession was the National Credit Act, which made seeking credit harder. “Although there was talk that this Act was too restrictive, recent readings in terms of credit extension ratings show that they are rising, so this Act is not too restrictive,” said Fuzile.Wal-Mart and Massmart dealThe Wal-Mart–Massmart merger was recently approved by the Competition Tribunal.The deal concludes the R16.5-billion (US$22-million) cash offer by Wal-Mart to acquire 51% of Massmart at R148 ($18) per Massmart share – a smaller stake than the initial 100% offer made in September 2011, but one that would see Massmart retain its listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange, the JSE.Fuzile said: “The message that was being sent by the conclusion of this deal by the tribunal is that of free trade because we do not want to restrict entry to our markets for others hence we also feel the brunt later.”The Tribunal said: “Wal-Mart does not compete with Massmart in South Africa and its only presence in the country is a small procurement arm that sources local products for its stores globally.“The merging parties contend that the merger will indeed be good for competition by bringing lower prices and additional choice to South African consumers. We accept that this is a likely outcome of the merger based on Wal-Mart’s history in bringing about lower prices.”The voice of business in SABusa acts as the representative of South African business views on the continent and internationally. It interacts with the government in terms of policy and what will make being in business easier in South Africa.Its objectives include: promoting broad-based black economic empowerment, advancing and promoting initiatives aimed at job creation, labour law amendments and the alleviation of poverty, and enabling business to play a meaningful strategic role in South Africa’s overall development.Nomaxabiso Majokweni, Busa’s chief executive officer, said: “Being in business in South Africa is easy, starting with the registering of your business, which takes nearly a month depending on the complexity of your business.”The 2011-2012 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report indicates that South Africa is at position 50 and has the most competitive economy in sub-Saharan Africa.Majokweni said: “Africa is still a huge market for South Africa but we need South African businesses to invest in Africa instead of just importing and exporting.”last_img read more

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Good-Bye Netbooks – No One Is Going To Miss You

first_imgbrian proffitt It looks like 2013 will mark the end of the odd little platform known as the netbook. And if anyone cares – or even notices – it’ll be something of a miracle.The Taiwanese hardware-sector rumor mill has new grist in its headlines this week: announcements from Asustek and Acer detailing the end of production for these companies’ respective netbook product lines. There are big qualifiers on this news, because of the source – DigiTimes has gotten these things wrong before.Still, this is one of those pieces of news that sounds plausible because netbooks never turned out to be the market behemoth they were initially hyped to be. We saw signs that netbooks were dying as far back as 2010 – the same year the first iPad came out. Dell pulled the plug on its netbook line back in 201,  with HP and Samsung following suit.Running The AutopsyA lot of people will point to the rise of the iPad and other tablets as the reason netbooks died, and this is one case where conventional wisdom is probably right.The idea of a lightweight, portable computing platform was very compelling towards the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, and hardware manufacturers approached this goal by trimming down laptops or beefing up smartphones.PC/laptop makers got there first, with the Intel Atom-based small laptops that were incredibly lightweight. Unfortunately, we’re not just talking the mass-times-gravity kind of weight, either. Light on memory, storage and computing power, early netbooks could barely run the operating system usually thrust on them by their makers (usually Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7), let alone useful applications.That was my own experience when I picked up a netbook in late 2009. Ideally, this device was to serve as an on-the-floor writing tool when I was attending trade shows and conferences. Laptops are all well and good for this, but after half a day of lugging the things around, they can start to seem mighty heavy. A much-lighter netbook seemed like the perfect solution.The problem was, the netbook I bought had little on-board storage after Vista hogged much of the solid-state drive, and the thing was slow as molasses. I was able to alleviate the performance issues by installing Linux on it, but the local storage issue was never really solved. The cramped keyboard and minuscule screen didn’t help much, either.Netbooks Stuck In The MiddleThen along came the iPad, and all bets were off. That, and the Macbook Air my daughter saved up to buy on her own, convinced me that the netbook platform was simply not going to work for me or my family.Given every manufacturers’ departure from the platform, I’m not alone. The aforementioned Air and the Intel-based Ultrabooks seem to be filling in the niche for those users unconvinced that a tablet can be a decent productivity platform, and there seems to be little rending of garments about the loss of the netbook.It’s not quite over for netbooks yet. There still seems to be some activity around Google’s Chromebooks, which sorta-kinda fall into the netbook category. Chromebooks are heavily tied to Google services, and are targeting a different user than traditional netbooks. But if Google’s own Nexus tablet products (and any other Android-based tablets) keep doing well, I have a feeling even this relative of the short-lived netbook platform will be destined for the recycle bin, too.Image courtesy of Intel. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hardware center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal crashes out of Macau Open

first_imgStar Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal lost to Zhang Yiman of China in straight sets to crash out of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Friday.The Chinese shuttler needed just 35 minutes to beat Saina 21-12, 21-17 in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles category.Zhang dominated right from the start, taking an 8-5 lead early in the first game.Saina managed to draw level at 8-8 but Zhang won five back-to-back points to bolster her advantage to 14-8 before closing out the game.Saina dominated the early stages of the second game, putting the local favourite under pressure.The Hyderabad shuttler raced to a 6-0 lead before Zhang won five consecutive points to close the gap.It was a neck-and-neck affair till 11-11 before Zhang won three consecutive points.Although Saina equalised at 14-14, the Chinese star produced a five-point burst to clinch what ultimately proved to be a decisive lead.last_img read more

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10 Black Athletes Who Went Back to College to

Emmitt SmithSix years after he left Florida and while he was in the midst of becoming the most prolific running back in NFL history, Emmitt Smith went back to college and earned a degree in public recreation. Jarrett JackAfter his junior season, Jarrett Jack (center) left Georgia Tech to enter the 2005 NBA Draft. It was his decision to go, but he promised his parents that he would eventually go back to earn his college degree. It took Jack a while — nine years, to be exact — but the Brooklyn Nets guard earned his degree in business management. Said Jack: “My parents always told me that nobody can predict tomorrow or how long anything is gonna last. Just trying to cover yourself on all grounds and have people respect you on all fronts and not just be just a basketball player. I really owe it to my parents.” read more

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Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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That was a tough game Schmeichel

first_imgThe Leicester City goalkeeper is happy his side was able to win 1-0 against Cardiff City, but he says it was a difficult match “not just on the pitch but mentally”After chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash, Leicester City had the option to postpone Saturday’s match against Cardiff City.But the Foxes’ footballers decided they needed to play to honor their former owner.And for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, this match, in particular, was a tough one.“That was a tough game, not just on the pitch but mentally,” he was quoted by The Foxes Of Leicester.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“There are a lot of exhausted people in there now but I am proud of this team and the club. The way everyone has handled themselves has been unbelievable.”“It has been hard. We have tried for a few hours a day to be professional and train hard, but everyone wanted to play and win for his family. His family has been strong, [with] the courage they have had,” he added.“I feel just an overwhelming sense of pride of being part of the family that Vichai built and the extended family of Leicester City.”“It was nice to get a win to take to Thailand now and hopefully we did his family proud,” Schmeichel added.“You couldn’t ask for a better chairman. There are few people who come along in this life that have an impact on you. He had that on me and so many people and the outpouring of grief around the world shows that.”last_img read more

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