Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has praised Thomas Tuchel’s calm style in contrast to the more intense coaches he worked under in Italy.Buffon ended his distinguished Serie A career when he left Juventus to link up with the Ligue 1 champions in July.The Italy legend played under a raft of recognised names during his long spell in Turin, including noted disciplinarians Fabio Capello and Antonio Conte, winning three successive titles with the latter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Now in his first club season abroad, Buffon has taken a liking to ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel’s willingness to understand his players.”He transmits an incredible empathy, and a great serenity, not like some coaches in Italy who prepare training as if they were in nuclear laboratories,” the World Cup winner told Gazzetta dello Sport.”He could have had reservations about a 40-year-old goalkeeper, but he observed, he understood and is managing very well.”In the attacking tactics we are very well prepared.”PSG are yet to drop a point in their nine league matches under Tuchel, who succeeded Unai Emery in the French capital.Buffon has started five of those fixtures as he shares goalkeeping duties with France international Alphonse Areola.
The fund will award 20 grants of $750USD (or equivalent local currency) to Sporting Clubs or Associations throughout 2011. There will be three rounds of grants in 2011:Round 1 April – May $750USD X 7 (or equivalent local currency)Round 2 June – July $750USD X 7 (or equivalent local currency)Round 3 Sept – Oct $750USD X 6 (or equivalent local currency)Sportscover’s desire to assist community sports led to the creation of the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund as an avenue to sponsor a wide variety of amateur sports men and women, striving to achieve sporting greatness across a broad cross-section of sports. Over the last few years, the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund has donated over $70,000 in $1000 grants to grass-roots sporting clubs and associations. Further details can be found on the Sportscover website. Click on the following link to be taken to their website:http://www.sportscover.com/supporting-sport.asp?id=2721
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say OFF! Crystal Palace pull out of deal for Liverpool striker Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have pulled out of their deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.BBC Sport reports Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness.Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday.But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.Palace need a striker who is available to play immediately.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Juventus coach Capello tells Napoli: Don’t give up!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello has urged their rivals not to give up on the Scudetto.Capello believes Napoli are capable of catching the Serie A leaders.“I don’t agree, look at the available points,” Capello insisted in an interview with Il Messaggero.“Those who are chasing Juventus must not give up, Napoli and the others. The fans are used to it, the Bianconeri have been dominating for seven years, but the passion is still there.“In Milan it has even grown.”
Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to the growth and development of cooperatives, as these entities are critical to Jamaica’s social and economic development.Addressing a stakeholder conference staged by the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS) in Montego Bay today (October 19), Mr. Brown said cooperatives are among the best ways of doing business to empower people, and must figure prominently in the country’s efforts to achieve inclusive development.“We want cooperatives to be fully recognised as part of the solution to economic and financial problems. The time has come to include cooperative actions in major socio-economic development strategies for sustainable and equitable prosperity,” Mr. Brown said.He emphasised that cooperatives are an important ingredient in the Government’s thrust to stabilise the macroeconomy, create a more business-friendly environment, and stimulate domestic and foreign investments in order to move Jamaica from its “extended history of low economic growth and stagnant job creation to a path of sustained economic growth and employment expansion”.The Director General also commended the DCFS for its role in facilitating the establishment, development and supervision of the overall operations of cooperatives, which have grown over the decades to become a strong national movement.He said new studies have shown that cooperatives are responsible for almost 10 per cent of the world’s employment and have been pivotal in bringing wealth to rural areas, preventing many families and communities from sliding into poverty.Consequently, he said, the cooperative movement must be made commercially viable, so it can continue to serve the marginalised.“A telling fact of the suitability of cooperatives is that during recent decades when countries in many regions have experienced collapse of their financial systems and when several market economies have experienced economic meltdown, cooperative-run businesses and industries have remained largely untouched. Here in Jamaica, the credit unions are as strong as ever,” he said.Mr. Brown noted that c-operatives have played a vital role in strengthening the agricultural sector in particular, by giving farmers access to capital and resources they need for productivity as well as markets.“Agricultural cooperatives have been making an important contribution to food security in numerous countries. It has now become one of the main job-creation sectors in rural areas, where the majority of the world’s population struggle with poverty and malnutrition,” he said.The conference was aimed at enabling greater networking among credit unions and the producers and services sectors of the cooperative movement.It was staged in collaboration with several of the island’s credit unions, and targeted members of producers and services cooperatives. Areas covered included the capitalisation of cooperatives, cooperative regulations, and the importance of training and education on cooperative development. The conference was aimed at enabling greater networking among credit unions and the producers and services sectors of the cooperative movement. Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to the growth and development of cooperatives, as these entities are critical to Jamaica’s social and economic development. He emphasised that cooperatives are an important ingredient in the Government’s thrust to stabilise the macroeconomy, create a more business-friendly environment, and stimulate domestic and foreign investments in order to move Jamaica from its “extended history of low economic growth and stagnant job creation to a path of sustained economic growth and employment expansion”. Story Highlights
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Real estate services were awarded to Ron Rodgers with NorthEast BC Realty Ltd as the proponent with the highest scoring submission to help sell the Condil Hotel lots.The City released the RFP for the properties at 10115, 10119 and 10135 100 avenue in February and received two responses.One response was from Brenna Burns (Century 21 Energy Realty) and the other Ron Rodgers (NorthEast BC Realty Ltd.). The submissions were evaluated with a team of staff from Strategic Services and Corporate Services. The evaluation included scoring for marketing services, qualifications, submission, proven performance and references, availability and innovation.Through this evaluation, City staff awarded the contract to Ron Rodgers with NorthEast B.C. Realty Ltd.
Bhubaneswar: Bed Prakash Agarwal, veteran BJD leader and its candidate for Patkura assembly seat in Odisha for the ongoing elections died Saturday following protracted illness, his family sources said. He was 82. Agarwal, who was unwell for quite sometime and undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, breathed his last in the morning, they said. He is survived by wife, two daughters and a son. A host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death. Describing Agarwal as an able organiser, Patnaik said his death was an irreparable loss. “His (Agarwal’s) organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of the public will be remembered for ever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu (Biju Patnaik),” he said in his condolence message to the bereaved family. BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda tweeted “Saddened to hear of the passing of Bed Prakash Agrawalji, former finance minister of Odisha, current MLA of Patkura in my Kendrapada (& again a BJD candidate now).” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan too condoled the death. “Saddened by the news of senior leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s demise. I pray for the departed soul,” he said in a twitter post. Agarwal, a six time MLA, was a close confidante of the legendary Biju Patnaik and had been a minister in Odisha. He was the sitting MLA from Patkura assembly constituency, which he had won in 2014 election. BJD had fielded him from the seat once again in the politically sensitive Kendrapara district this time. Bijoy Mohapatra, who is the BJP candidate at Patkura against Agarwal, also expressed grief over the passing away of the veteran leader.
How’s the roster looking for this weekend? Keeping track of the comings and goings of suspended and previously suspended OSU players has been quite a chore lately. Despite being scheduled to return to the Buckeyes this weekend after serving a five-game suspension that was originally administered in December 2010, senior receiver DeVier Posey and senior running back Dan Herron will remain suspended for an additional NCAA violation. Posey and Herron were overpaid by a former OSU booster for work they did not do. Sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who committed the same violation, is the latest Buckeye to be suspended and will miss the Nebraska game. Senior left tackle Mike Adams and senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are returning from five-game suspensions and will dress for the game Saturday. On the team’s latest depth chart, released to media on Tuesday, Adams is listed as the starter at left tackle and figures to provide some much-needed help for OSU’s offensive line. Thomas is not listed on the depth chart, but first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said he expects the player to seeing the field against Nebraska. Sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown is expected to return after missing the Buckeyes’ previous three contests. What’s the key to the game for OSU? Protect the quarterbacks and keep the stingy defense coming. The Buckeyes’ quarterback play was criticized after last Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Michigan State. Criticism should be reserved until we see a combination play calls from the coaching stuff that allow freshman Braxton Miller to get in a passing rhythm along protection from the offensive line, however. Miller and senior quarterback Joe Bauserman have been sacked 14 times in the last three games while sustaining other jarring hits — few quarterbacks can succeed in those conditions. With Brown back at receiver for OSU, conditions are ripe for Miller to air it out at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. The Buckeyes’ defense is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and carried more than its share of the load in last weekend’s loss to the Spartans. OSU forced three turnovers, held Sparty to 10 points and a similar performance on Saturday could help lead to an upset victory in the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten home game. What players on Nebraska could hurt the Buckeyes? The Buckeyes better come ready to stop the run on Saturday because junior running back Rex Burkhead and sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez have their sights set on OSU. Burkhead and Martinez have combined for 16 rushing touchdowns and 998 yards on the ground. When Martinez drops back to pass, he’s a serviceable signal-caller for the Cornhuskers. Martinez has completed 54-of-107 pass attempts for 823 yards and four touchdowns. Burkhead and Martinez are quite the one-two punch. Nebraska doesn’t appear to have one dominant wide receiver, though its receiving corps is large as 13 players have caught passes for the Cornhuskers this season. Look for Burkhead to pound the rock, Martinez to air it out to one of his many receiving targets and, if he doesn’t find a target that suits him, he’ll tuck the ball and run. What’s the key matchup for this game? Nebraska’s rushing offense, ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten, is set to take on OSU’s No. 3-ranked rushing defense in the conference. The Cornhuskers have rushed for 1,249 yards through five games, good enough for 250 yards per game and 18 touchdowns. By comparison, the Buckeyes have allowed only 94 yards per game and two touchdowns on the ground this season. Saturday’s game could become a nasty battle in the trenches between the two teams. Will OSU win its first-ever trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.? The simple fact is that the 2011 season has already been a down year for the Buckeyes in some respects. OSU still has everything to play for, but the loss to MSU doesn’t leave Buckeye Nation with much reason to believe a turnaround is on the horizon. Anyone that traveled to see the Buckeyes play at Wisconsin last year can be certain that home field advantage is a very real factor in every college football game. Nebraska will have a rowdy, sold out stadium supporting them on Saturday, so OSU will have to contend with that in addition to a talented Nebraska team. One thing is certain: Having seen Nebraska play Wisconsin, we’ll have a clearer picture about how OSU will stack up against the Badgers, the current favorite to win the Leaders Division. OSU’s Big Ten outlook won’t be good after this weekend, though. It’s going to be one wild night in Lincoln this Saturday, and students and citizens alike will celebrate into the night when the Cornhuskers send OSU packing. Final score prediction: Nebraska 31, Ohio State 13
OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs new players sift in and out of a college football program, the identity of the team ebbs and flows. At Ohio State, that’s especially pronounced when it comes to the running game.After finishing fifth nationally in rushing yards per game last season, the Buckeyes are ranked 81st two weeks into 2014. In OSU’s most recent game — a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech under the Ohio Stadium lights on Saturday — the team managed a measly 108 yards on the ground.Of those 108 yards, just 58 came from players listed as running backs on the depth chart. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for 70 yards, while taking 24 of the team’s 40 total carries in the game. Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson had negative five yards on two carries, while the team was credited with negative 15 yards.While Barrett spent much of the game running for his life as the pocket broke down around him, the Hokies succeeded in keeping Buckeyes’ playbook largely closed. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said after the loss the running game is important when it comes to setting up the rest of the offense, but the Buckeyes have not been able to establish their ground game so far this season.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “You start play action and drop back passes they (the opposition) are not ready for. It really just opens up everything and we just weren’t able to get it started.”While the Buckeyes tried to use the passing game to open up the running game against Virginia Tech — Barrett had 29 pass attempts compared to just 15 in week one against Navy — Barrett’s nine completions didn’t cut it as the Hokies kept the pressure on Barrett throughout the game.Two games into the season, OSU coach Urban Meyer said this year’s Buckeyes want to emulate the 2013 team’s offensive identity — albeit with more focus on the passing game — but didn’t have a chance to do it against the Midshipmen or the Hokies.“Our offensive identity would be last year with a little more balance and throwing the ball is who we’d like to be,” Meyer said Monday. “That’s kind of what we’re built for schematically.”Meyer went on to say that the running game this season should feature more of a perimeter attack — partially because of the absence of former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde — but the Hokies’ defense negated that.With the running game stalled, the team turned to the air, which OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said made it difficult to get rolling on offense.“Any time you feel one-dimensional in a game like that, it’s very frustrating,” Drayton said Monday. “Doesn’t mean the game is going to stop because you’re frustrated, we’ve just got to find the rhythm against a defense like that.”Meyer said he doesn’t expect to see another defense like Virginia Tech — except, perhaps, against Michigan State — but Drayton said the Buckeyes’ offense should “absolutely” have the ability to attack any defense. He added that in order to do that, the team has to keep Barrett out of pressure.“We have to do a better job of protecting our quarterback, a young quarterback who’s experiencing some things for the first time,” Drayton said. “We’ve got to make him feel confident in the people around him.”Out of last year’s offensive line — which was successful in protecting the quarterback — four have moved on to the NFL while the fifth, junior Taylor Decker, slid over to left tackle. Along with those four linemen, the loss of Hyde has forced OSU to try to re-imagine the running game.Drayton said losing Hyde isn’t necessarily good or bad, but simply forces OSU to change its style.Hyde now plays for the San Francisco 49ers and tallied 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in his NFL debut Sunday.Through two games, OSU’s new production hasn’t materialized as the best rushing output from a running back was freshman Curtis Samuel’s 45 yards against Navy.While Samuel’s debut was promising as he averaged 6.4 yards per carry, he was handed the ball just five times against the Hokies, totaling 26 yards. He has been the most efficient running back in the offense, but sophomore Ezekiel Elliott has had the most carries at 20, and redshirt-senior Rod Smith — who was listed as a co-starter with Elliott and Samuel — has totaled just two carries, both against Navy, so far this season.“We have a lot of things different right now,” Drayton said. “Offensively we have to fit our skill set, and what they (the running backs) bring to the table is a lot different than what (Hyde) was able to bring to the table last year.”The Buckeyes’ running game is set for another chance to establish an identity on Saturday. OSU is scheduled to take on Kent State at noon at Ohio Stadium.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the time is right for Tottenham to step up and prove themselves.For the past couple of years, Tottenham have been a title contender, and have won more combined points in the last three seasons that any Premier League club.Ian Wright is eager to see Tottenham be more consistent. Granted Tottenham have a good team, but for 10 years, they have not won a single trophy.“There was a time, four or five years ago, when a Tottenham defeat at Watford would almost have been laughed off as just another example of Spurs “being Spursy”.” Wright wrote on The Sun.“Brilliant one day, going to Manchester United and leaving as comfortable winners. Then getting rolled over by one of the so-called lesser lights.“Only these days the sands have shifted. Expectations have raised and defeats like the one we saw at Vicarage Road on Sunday simply won’t wash any more.“For the Spurs, we have right now is not the Spurs of old. This isn’t a team everyone — including even their own fans — expected to be superb and shocking in equal measure.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“This is a team which, rather than trying to force their way among the big guns, have become a prize scalp themselves. A team all opponents now raise their game for.“A team who, barring a small handful of times, will go into every one of their Premier League fixture as favourites.”Tottenham sit 5th in the Premier League table with 9 points after winning 3 matches and losing one.