Pakistan will reach World Cup 2019 final: Wahab Riaz

first_imgWahab Riaz has revealed that all players have vowed to make up for the mistakes they have been making and help Pakistan reach the finals of World Cup 2019.Pakistan has won only one match and they come in South Africa clash after back to back defeats to Australia and India. They need to win all of their remaining matches if they want to qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with just 1 win from 5 matches. Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side have been criticized by their media, fans and former cricketers for a disappointing run at the quadrennial event.”We have to lift ourselves. We are each other’s strength. We are all good friends and know that only 15 of us can lift the team which not even our family members can do. Pakistan plays better under pressure and we will qualify for the finals and semi-finals,” Wahab said.Wahab Riaz hopes for a better performance against South Africa when they face Proteas in a must-win game at Lord’s on Sunday. He also hopes that a complete turnaround in Pakistan’s performance will help them qualify for the finals and semi-finals.”Our focus is on beating South Africa, and we know we shouldn’t get ahead or think about the future. We need to go one by one by what to do every day. On what we do in the now and not what is happening elsewhere. We shouldn’t be thinking about the future,” he added.advertisementWahab Riaz revealed what has cost them the games till now. He said that they have been continuously failing in executing skills and this has been one of the reasons behind Pakistan’s dismal run at the World Cup. He also added that the team which can handle pressure better will win.”Execution of skills is everything,” he said. “They have failed in that aspect as well like we did, we had matches we could have won. In this match, it depends on who handles pressure better and plays better. They will win.”Riaz admitted that Pakistan bowling unit has failed to take wickets with the new ball and they are looking to change that in the remaining games. He said that the team has discussed the problems they have faced and are looking to make up for the lost time.”Good teams are those that discuss and talk about their mistakes openly to each other and we’ve done that. We will make up for our mistakes.”Also Read | India vs Afghanistan: Rohit Sharma 1st Indian batsman to fall to spin in World Cup 2019Also Read | Is this India’s away orange jersey in World Cup 2019? Pictures on social media leave fans guessingAlso See:last_img read more

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Gundy, OSU Players Say Close Games Mentally Draining So Far

first_imgOne sort of unintended benefit of the bye week (which I had not thought of) is that it gives a team that has been mentally taxed time to recharge their bodies but also their minds. Deion Imade brought this up in his excellent post on how players view bye weeks.Another thing that you might not think about though is it’s also is time for you to recover and take a break mentally. Get away, see family and friends, maybe even go partake in some normal college student activities and have some fun outside of the football facilities.Five of OSU’s six games thus far have been mentally draining for various reasons. CMU obviously. Pitt because of the play stoppage and close game. Baylor (same). Texas because it’s Texas. And Iowa State because you had to dig out of a big hole late in the game.“There’s been 10 weeks – all of August, all of September and then half of October,” said Mike Gundy. “Then this season with the Central Michigan situation, playing well enough to win at Baylor outside of about five plays, obviously Pitt, then a big win against Texas because it’s big for them when they beat Texas because so many of them are from Texas. Then coming back from as far as we did last week. It’s just a lot of wear and tear mentally.”Zach Crabtree compared this year to other seasons he has played.“My redshirt freshman year was pretty draining when we played Florida State that year, and then we had our five-game slide and didn’t really get a win there, so that was rough,” said Zach Crabtree on Wednesday. “I don’t know which one was worse, but it’s definitely been mentally draining going week-to-week. We’ve been in some dog fights, and when you get into dog fights like that, you have to embrace it and have fun with it, but it can definitely wear on you a little bit.”Jordan Sterns, who missed the ISU game with an injury and needs to recover physically and mentally, agreed.“That’s a great point,” said Sterns. “I wouldn’t say it’s emotional, the up and down season we have had. Last year was emotional and draining as well. The 17-0 game against Iowa State and all those games we were losing and we had to come back from. We kind of get used to that. I think it just happens sometimes.“You get in that physical grind and practice every day and such a grind on your body and your mind, it’s hard to stay focused that long. That’s why bye weeks are important and a critical part of the process and just using that time to get back to whether you want to get your body a little bit bigger and stronger. It is a big time to get your mind right.”OSU needs to do that in a big way with a monstrous five-game stretch upcoming before another bye week and Bedlam. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Morocco Forum on Maternal Mortality: Sharing Experience and Sustaining Progress

first_imgStrong political engagement;Mobilizing funds to finance free delivery, including Caesarian-section delivery;A participatory and multisectoral governing body to oversee strategy and identify priority actions;A whole-of-health-system approach that strengthened multiple health system building blocks and processes;Mobilization of professionals and professional organizations to support the strategy;Large expansion of pre-service midwifery education and some expansion of medical specialty training;Decision-making based on evidence, and involvement of the scientific community;Creation of strong links with communities;Attention to non-technical quality of care to ensure a positive patient experience in facilities;Implementation of the maternal mortality surveillance system. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this:center_img Posted on July 25, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We posted recently about the success that Morocco has had in reducing its maternal mortality ratio and a recent meeting in Rabat that “brought together leaders in research, policy, and implementation. Participating in the Forum were national and regional health policymakers, UN development agencies, academics, foundations, and medical leaders.” The forum generated a policy brief attributing Morocco’s progress to:last_img read more

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Weekend Reading

first_imgPosted on September 16, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:A report on Sierra Leone from Amnesty InternationalA new event in the Maternal Health Dialogue SeriesChangemakers competition from AshokaA discussion of appropriate technology in The GuardianSome reading for the weekendMaternal malaria and birth weightFree c-sections increasing their use in the CongoHow to succeed in the DRCShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Induced Abortion, Pregnancy Loss and Domestic Violence

first_imgStockl et al. write:The results of this study clearly show that physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence is a more important factor in understanding induced abortion and pregnancy loss than women’s age, most socio-economic status variables and number of live born children. The significant association between induced abortion and sexual intimate partner violence, in conjunction with most induced abortions undertaken in Tanzania being illegal and therefore likely to be unsafe, suggests that sexual intimate partner violence may have serious reproductive health implications for women beyond significant psychological distress… The findings suggest that preventing physical and sexual intimate partner violence has potential to improve maternal health and pregnancy outcomes.Share this: This study provides previously unavailable population-level data on induced abortion and pregnancy loss and its association with intimate partner violence among representative samples of Tanzanian women. Its findings have implications for future research and service planning, since few studies and maternal health and family planning services currently consider intimate partner violence as an important contributing factor for pregnancy loss. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 6, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new paper, published this week in BMC Public Health, explores the relationship between pregnancy loss and domestic violence in Tanzania, finding that intimate partner violence may also lead to poorer reproductive health outcomes for women.last_img read more

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What are Your Groundhog Day Problems?

first_imgDo you remember the 1993 classic film, Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s character, Phil, keeps living the same day over and over and over again. Phil tries to break the cycle of endless February 2nds with extreme endeavors including kidnapping the official Groundhog Day groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.Can you relate? Does your organization seem to address the same fundraising or marketing challenges each year? To break the cycle of déjà vu, try implementing some of these best practices to solve these four common problems:1. People continue to unsubscribe from your email list. What’s your nonprofit’s email strategy? If you don’t have a strategy, you won’t get very far. To reduce the number of unsubscribes, make sure you are setting clear expectations for your supporters before they even join your email list. Let them know the type of content they will see and how often they’ll hear from you. Also, don’t make it only about the ask. Be sure that for every email appeal you write that you send at least four other messages that don’t explicitly ask for a donation. For more email engagement strategies, download our free eBook. 2. Online giving is flat.Do a quick assessment of your online giving experience:o How quickly can donors find your donation button on your website?o Can donors securely make a donation and set recurring donation levels on a clean, branded, donation page?o Does your online donation page have a compelling image and a clear call to action?o How do you follow up with donors after they give?Simple adjustments like placement of the donation button on your home page or refreshing your donation page to include branding, images, and a call to action can help boost online giving. For a more in-depth assessment of your online donation experience, check out The Donation Page Grader. It’s a simple quiz that can help you determine areas for improvement. 3. Social media is on the backburner.A recent study from Pew found that 73% of U.S. online adults now use social networking sites, so don’t ignore social for one second longer! Short on time? A free tool like TweetDeck or HootSuite can let you schedule your posts and keep an eye on keywords and hashtags. Keep in mind that we always recommend having a good website and a solid donation page before diving into social media. But, if you’re ready to take the plunge, check out our Social Media Mini Guide and start tweeting! 4. I’m scrambling for newsletter content … again.Quality content can be time consuming to create and too many edits and reviews can kill a piece quickly. The first step to stopping the cycle of the newsletter content crisis is to plan out your messaging. Start by creating an editorial calendar. (This will also help you plan out content for other mediums, such as your blog and social media.) Next: refresh your content. Your messaging should be relevant to your readers, interesting enough to share with a friend, and strategically distributed. Want actionable tips for a content makeover? Register for Network for Good’s next free webinar, all about content for nonprofits. Nonprofit expert, consultant, and author Kivi Leroux Miller will share how to get your content in order. What are your organization’s “Groundhog Day” problems? How do you plan to break out of the cycle this year? Share your challenges with us in the comments below or chime in on Twitter with the hashtag #groundhogdayproblems.Image credit: Bill Murray and Punxsutawney Phil in Groundhog Day directed by Harold Ramis. Columbia Pictures, 1993.last_img read more

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10 Creative Donor Thank You Ideas

first_imgAs an essential part of your team, donors deserve meaningful thank yous. All nonprofits know the importance of saying thank you, but often this acknowledgment is limited to a letter or email sent at the time a gift is received. Then the contact stops until the next appeal. But periodic expressions of your gratitude can do so much to build the relationship between your organization and your donors; especially when they’re thoughtful and unexpected. Use these ten ideas to spark your creativity and generate new ways to say thank you to your donors.1) A Welcome PacketA welcome packet is a wonderful way to greet new donors. Along with your thank you letter, you can include photos of your team, projects, or the community you serve. Share an impact story that illustrates the good the donor’s gift will create. Or even add a small token of appreciation. Welcome packets say thank you in a memorable way and simultaneously provide more information about your work and mission.2) Birthday CardsEveryone enjoys receiving birthday cards. People like to be remembered, and birthday cards communicate that someone cared enough to send a cheerful note. Sending well-wishes for the upcoming year shows donors how much your organization appreciates them.3) Donation Anniversary CardsA card sent on the anniversary of a particularly large donation or on the anniversary of when the donor first joined your monthly giving program creates a sense of family and partnership. Anniversary cards make donors feel like a true part of your team.4) Social Media Shout-OutsPost a special message, photo, or video on your social channels and tag a donor. Shout-outs are fun, create a sense of excitement, and encourage others to join in. They also promote peer-to-peer sharing, vastly extending your outreach. Share what motivated the donor to give and highlight the program or project they’re supporting. This type of thank you is ideal for donors who like public recognition.5) Donor Profiles in NewslettersDonor profiles are a great way to tell your donors’ stories and share the journeys that led them to be passionate about your mission. Profiles make donors feel honored and valued. And other donors will be inspired by their fellow supporters .6) Personal Thank You VideosPersonal, one-to-one thank you videos are a unique way to make donors feel special. These videos don’t have to be professionally-produced. Simply use a smartphone to record your video. Many smartphones have video editing tools built in, or you can use free tools like Soapbox to record and edit videos from your computer. Apple’s iMovie is another creative tool your organization can use if you have access to a Mac computer. For example, check out Network for Good’s recent Thanksgiving video to the nonprofits we serve.7) Handwritten Notes From Those You ServeA handwritten note from someone in the community you serve will be appreciated like no other form of thank you. These thank yous create a lasting impact because of their personalization. It also gives those who benefit from your work a chance to show their appreciation directly to your donors. Many donors keep handwritten notes for years.8) Thank You PartyWhile formal galas can be cost-prohibitive for smaller organizations, an informal thank you party can be just as significant. Get creative with your theme, plan coordinating activities, and purchase on-theme snacks. Or partner with a local coffee shop or restaurant to host a meet-and-greet happy hour. Many businesses will be happy to have the patronage and offer a discount on beverages or appetizers. Parties are the perfect way for donors to meet one another, share their enthusiasm for the work you’re doing together, and make new friends.9) Meet-the-Team EventMeeting your team in person will help create a strong bond between your donors and your organization. An informal coffee, picnic, or even something as simple as a tour of your office  will give donors a valued opportunity to meet you face-to-face. Meet-the-team events are a perfect way to thank long-term regular donors or major donors.10) Project Photo BookA project photo book is another impactful idea for donors. This type of thank you can take the form of a scrapbook or a printed book like those that Shutterfly produces. Include images of the project as it developed and share photos of the people or animals who benefitted. Photo books inspire donors and encourage them to continue their partnership with your organization.Expressing gratitude doesn’t have to cost a lot—even a simple handwritten  thank you note will mean much to your donors. The key is to make your thank yous meaningful and frequent enough so that donors know how valued they are.Read our 10 Creative Ways to Thank Donors guide to learn what makes a thank you meaningful to a donor, what to avoid in a thank you, and when to say thank you.last_img read more

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Saint-Maximin limps off early in first Newcastle start

first_imgNewcastle’s tough start to the season took a turn for the worse when new signing Allan Saint-Maximin limped of the field after just over a quarter of an hour of his first start for the club.The Magpies have lost their first two games of the season, 1-0 to Arsenal and 3-1 to Norwich City, and were trying to avoid losing their first three games of the Premier League season for the first time since 1999 in Sunday’s game against Tottenham.The winger went down clutching his hamstring, and was treated on the field by the team’s medical staff but was unable to continue, although he did walk off under his own power to be replaced by Christian Atsu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 22-year-old France Under-21 international signed a six-year deal at St. James’ Park on August 2 after completing a £16 million ($19m) move from Ligue 1 club Nice.At the time Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said he believed his side’s new No. 10 would thrill spectators on Tyneside and across the English top-flight.“He has all the attributes you would want in an attacking player, including lightning pace, so I’m sure he’ll excite everybody. He is a great addition to Newcastle United and the Premier League,” Bruce, poached for the top job with his new club from Sheffield Wednesday, said.Saint-Maximin came through the youth ranks at St. Etienne before being spotted by Monaco, who signed him in 2015.He made only one appearance in the Principality, spending spells on loan with Hannover and Bastia before moving to Nice in 2017.While playing in the south of France Saint-Maximin made 64 appearances, scoring 9 goals, which attracted the interest of several Premier League clubs, but it was Newcastle that won his signature.Bruce opted to work him in slowly, giving him a cameo against the Gunners and not even selecting him for the matchday squad against the Canaries.The 58-year-old decided to let the speedy winger off the leash against Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but his first start in the famous black and white stripes ended without him making the impact that either the player or coach will have wanted. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Aubameyang: If I’m needed on the wing I will do my best

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is willing to line up wherever Arsenal need him after delivering the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the North London derby.The Gabon international lined up on the wing in a 4-3-3 against Spurs, with Alexandre Lacazette flanked by Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.Both Lacazette and Aubameyang are primarily central players, but to incorporate new signing Pepe into the front line with both, Gunners manager Unai Emery elected to move the former Dortmund star out wide. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But it was in the middle where Aubameyang made his impact against Spurs, as he slotted inside after Lacazette, who had scored earlier in the contest, appeared to be forced off by injury.With the Gunners down 2-1 in the 71st minute, Aubameyang managed to get a touch to a dangerous ball by Matteo Guendouzi into the area, flicking it past Hugo Lloris to level the proceedings.And Aubameyang said after the match he would prefer to line up as a striker, but will do whatever the team needs him.”It was a great pass from Guendouzi [for the goal] – he looks at me and he knows I’m going to run,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports. “I like to play as a striker but when the team needs me on the wing I go and I try my best.”Defensive mistakes put Arsenal in a difficult position in front of their supporters at the Emirates Stadium.Questionable defending followed by a rebound surrendered by Bernd Leno allowed Christian Eriksen an empty net finish for his 50th Premier League goal to open the scoring.Then a foul in the area by Granit Xhaka on Son Heung-min resulted in a penalty which Harry Kane finished off to make it 2-0 in favour of Spurs, and equal a North London derby record in the process.But Lacazette pulled one back before the half, which Aubameyang believed was both crucial and deserved based on Arsenal’s efforts.“I think in the first half we deserved to score two goals,” Aubameyang said. “We did a great job. It was a tough game and I think we deserved more.“When you go in the dressing room after scoring a goal it is always positive so it was crucial to score then.”Arsenal head into the international break on seven points from four games while Tottenham have managed five in their four contests. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Zidane not dwelling on Bale red

first_imgZinedine Zidane refused to dwell on Gareth Bale’s sending off against Villarreal, instead focusing on the Wales star’s two-goal display in the 2-2 draw.Bale has endured a difficult time at Madrid due to a strained relationship with head coach Zidane, fan criticism and a failed move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.But after staying, Bale has started the season well and scored for the first time since March on Sunday, netting both goals as Madrid battled to a stalemate in La Liga action at Estadio de la Ceramica. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bale’s second goal came four minutes from time and ensured Los Blancos earned a point, but he was booked twice in stoppage time to be send off, putting a dampener on proceedings.Zidane, however, was not focusing on the sour end to Bale’s outing away from home.”They were two fouls and two yellow cards,” Zidane told reporters. “But now to think about a rest. Well, maybe not a rest as he’s going with his national team.”I am happy for his goals and we keep going with the positive things.”Madrid captain Sergio Ramos made an error for Villarreal’s first goal, finding himself robbed of possession by Gerard Moreno in the build-up.And while Zidane acknowledged Madrid could have been better, he remained upbeat and positive about future improvement.When asked if there was a lack of defensive intensity, he said: “At the start of the game, yes, and in the game it’s always important to start strong.”But I think that the 30 minutes after that, we were better in everything. We got the equaliser before the break and that was important.”We controlled the game, these things [conceding goals through errors] happen. We have to work on this, to improve our defensive ways and later offensively we know that we will create things. I will stick with the positive, the reaction. It’s important we didn’t lose.”Despite salvaging a point Los Blancos are now four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid heading into the international break.They play Levante upon the resumption of the Primera Division after two weeks off.last_img read more

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ESPN Analyst: “If Wisconsin Wore Ohio State Or Alabama’s Jerseys, They’d Be Ranked Top 3”

first_imgWisconsin Badgers celebrate a touchdown against Michigan State.MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 12: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a touchdown with teammates during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Camp Randall Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Wisconsin has been one of the most impressive teams in the country this season. A 6-0 record backs that up. Not to mention the Badgers have shut out four of their opponents this season.All-in-all, Wisconsin has given up a total of 29 points through six games. Yes, you read that right.Despite a dominant start to the season which includes blowout wins over Michigan and Michigan State, the Badgers haven’t cracked the top five yet. Wisconsin is currently No. 6 in the latest edition of the AP Top 25.What’s with the Wisconsin disrespect? One ESPN analyst is fed up with how national experts are ranking the Badgers.If Wisconsin wore Alabama or Ohio State jerseys they’d be a top 3 ranked team in the country.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 13, 2019The frustration is understood. Though, Ohio State deserves its ranking due to its resume. But the Crimson Tide haven’t exactly beaten anyone noteworthy.Even a team like Clemson doesn’t have half the resume Wisconsin does. The Tigers also nearly lost to North Carolina a few weeks ago.Teams haven’t even come close to beating the Badgers. But make no doubt about it — if Wisconsin keeps winning, the team has nothing to worry about.The College Football Playoff committee would never keep out an undefeated Big Ten champion. If the Badgers are able to win out, they should get the respect they deserve.As for now, all Wisconsin can do is worry about what’s next — Saturday’s game vs. Illinois.last_img read more

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Georgia vs. Kentucky: Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_imgJake Fromm warms up before the Georgia-Notre Dame game.ATHENS, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets his team fired up prior to playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia, the favorite in the SEC East, is coming off of one of the biggest upset losses of the year. The Dawgs fell to South Carolina in double overtime, a loss that doesn’t really have a major impact in the team’s ceiling, in reality, but calls into question its ability to score against top defenses. Next up: a chance to bounce back against Kentucky.South Carolina managed to hold Georgia to four yards per carry, and put them game in Jake Fromm’s hands. He didn’t deliver.The junior threw for under six yards per attempt, despite chucking the ball 51 times in the game. He was also intercepted three times, a career high for the vaunted signal caller.Georgia should have a prime bounceback opportunity this weekend against Kentucky, which has had some expected regression from last season’s 10-win team. The Wildcats have started to figure some things out though. UK is coming off of a 24-20 win over Arkansas, in which Lynn Bowden channeled former do-it-all Kentucky star Randall Cobb. The quarterback was 7-of-11 through the air for 78 yards and a score, but really diced up the Razorbacks on the ground, with 196 yards and two scores. Bowden now has 643 total yards on the ground and as a receiver this year, with 117 passing at quarterback.Game 7 Trailer | One City #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/73vpEzlURE— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) October 18, 2019More on Saturday’s game:Game Time: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNSpread: Georgia -25Over/Under: 46.5Announcers: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint KessenichGeorgia was a big favorite over South Carolina as well, but this should be a step down in opponent. The Gamecocks beat the Wildcats a few weeks ago, 24-7.Kentucky is just 3-3 on the year, and was dealt a very tough hand early on with the season-ending injury to starting quarterback Terry Wilson in early September.The Wildcats are a pretty middling club on both sides of the ball, while Georgia is usually very successful playing its game, last week’s disappointment aside. Expect to see a very motivated Bulldogs team that knows that if it wins out and heads to the SEC Championship, a national title very much remains in the picture.last_img read more

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Report: Torino 2-3 Wolves

first_imgWolves moved a step closer to reaching the group stage of the Europa League by winning 3-2 at Torino in the first leg of their play-off round clash.Bremer’s own goal put Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in front before half-time at the Olimpico Grande Torino on Thursday with Diogo Jota extending their advantage after the break.Lorenzo De Silvestri’s header cut the deficit but Raul Jimenez struck in the 72nd minute to earn Wolves a potentially crucial third away goal, though Andrea Belotti’s late penalty leaves the tie more balanced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Although they now face a tough task to qualify, Torino were close to opening the scoring in the 19th minute.Nicolas Nkoulou rose highest to meet Armando Izzo’s right-wing cross, but his header clipped Rui Patricio’s crossbar and Wolves then missed a good chance when Leander Dendoncker narrowly failed to hit the target from a typically precise Joao Moutinho centre.Crosses continued to provide the best chances and Wolves took the lead from another in the 43rd minute when an inswinging Moutinho cross was flicked in at the back post by helpless defender Bremer.Wolves doubled their lead in the 59th minute thanks to more fine wing work, Adama Traore doing brilliantly on the right to pull a low cross back for Jota to finish, but Torino swiftly hit back.Cristian Ansaldi whipped the ball in from the left and De Silvestri arrived to power home a header from close range.RAUL MAKES IT THREE!! pic.twitter.com/ZyJKkxqt75— Wolves (@Wolves) August 22, 2019Jimenez restored Wolves’ two-goal cushion, though. The Mexico striker collected possession midway in Torino’s half and burst away from a series of challenges before slotting a calm low finish past goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.Walter Mazzarri’s Torino visit Molineux next Thursday with renewed hope thanks to Belotti’s 89th minute penalty, the striker converting after he was felled by Ruben Vinagre, while Rui Patricio had to save well from Belotti in added time. read morelast_img read more

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Pique: Barca’s pre-season hasn’t helped us

first_imgGerard Pique blamed Barcelona’s pre-season fixtures for their slow start to the campaign after a 2-1 win over Villarreal on Tuesday.Barca eased the pressure on head coach Ernesto Valverde with their victory at Camp Nou, moving onto 10 points from six La Liga games.While not wanting to make excuses, Pique felt Barcelona’s pre-season, which saw them travel to Japan and the United States, has impacted their start to the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Lionel Messi made just his first start of the season after recovering from a calf injury, only to come off at half-time due to an adductor problem.”The pre-season did not help at all to start well in the competition, a lot of travel and little training,” Pique said post-match. “Many of us notice it and we don’t have the tone yet, not only Messi, but we must continue because we are forced to win, it is a setback. “Look now what has happened to Messi, but there are no excuses, in the team there are qualified people to replace him and move on, although we hope he will be out as short as possible.”There are quite a few players who have not achieved the tone because it is what it is. I do not know the severity of his [Messi’s] injury and I hope it is as little as possible.”There are no excuses. Although it is the best there are no excuses in Barcelona, although the pre-season was not the best.”Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Arthur helped Barca past Villarreal, who pulled one back through Santi Cazorla. Pique said the three points were vital for Valverde’s team as they now sit a point behind league leaders Granada.”It was important to win so as not to disengage from the top teams. With both goals and Leo’s injury, the team has pulled back a bit,” he said.”They have advanced the lines and marked us. In the second half, it was difficult.”Barcelona make the trip to Getafe in their next outing on Saturday with Pique aware the Catalan faithful will expect nothing less than another win. “I understand the people, they pay the entrance fee and they deserve to express what they feel,” he told reporters, via Marca .”We would like to win all the games, but the players are people and emotionally and personally we have our life and it is difficult to yield 100 per cent and we are not machines.”We try to do our best. I wouldn’t give it more importance. We have to focus on Getafe.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer rues missed penalty in Arsenal draw

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side should have been awarded a penalty against Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Monday. Just prior to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser for the Gunners in the 58th minute, the ball appeared to strike the upper arm of Sead Kolasinac in Arsenal’s box with the referee deciding not to award a penalty and VAR not intervening.  The lack of call proved decisive as Arsenal drew level minutes later with the 1-1 scoreline ensuring the Red Devils have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career With pressure mounting on him after a run of poor results, Solskjaer stressed that he felt a spot-kick should have been awarded when the ball struck Kolasinac in the second-half.  “I thought so. You’d rather blow the whistle and check it after if you’re not sure,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports post-game. “I was, and quite a few Man United fans were sure, that was a penalty.”Then again, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. We’ve got our share of those against us some we’ll get some at the end.”United have failed to score more than one goal in their last eight matches in all competitions with Solskjaer aware his side must find their feet in front of goal. “Another weird time when we get 1-0 up and we don’t get the second goal that we want to get. Because that’s what this team are learning now,” he said. “We need to be more cynical, clinical at both ends of the pitch. We’ll learn, definitely.”It’s a steep learning curve for a few because it’s a bad goal to give away. Sometimes we play those passes and we play out and it looks good. Today maybe is a time that we learn from it.”While United once again failed to secure three points, the club have been giving a platform for their academy products to play.On Monday, a number of players from United’s youth set-up got minutes, including 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, and that’s provided Solskjaer with some real hope for the future. “That’s nice to hear, I didn’t think about that,” he said.”We are at the start of building something and I feel – today as well – that we’re going somewhere.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Neymar hails Mbappe and PSG’s ‘fun’ summer signings

first_imgNeymar has affirmed he is now happy at Paris Saint-Germain following the arrival of “fun” new team-mates.The Brazil international attempted to engineer a move back to Barcelona during a turbulent close season .Negotiations between the clubs failed, leaving Neymar in a precarious position at Parc des Princes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He insisted the situation is now “all good” in part due to the value of fresh faces in the French capital, along with his close friendship with Kylian Mbappe.Mauro Icardi, Pablo Sarabia, Ander Herrera and more joined PSG ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s second season in charge.”The vibe there has never stopped being cool. It has always been good,” Neymar told OTRO .”This year there are more people who are easy to talk to, to get along with. The new people who arrived are fun, they are focused, they are good players.”It’s a very large squad, so you end up having special affinity with one, two or three. You don’t have an affinity with everyone. But, for a good workplace, you need to have a good relationship with everyone.”And with Kylian it’s different. He’s an incredible kid, he’s joyful, he’s happy. Not to mention his football, which is amazing.”We get along really well both on and off the pitch. I think this makes thing easier, for our game, for our team, because we always help each other, and this is reflected in our team, of course.”Neymar’s efforts to leave PSG upset the club’s supporters, who booed the world’s most expensive player on his return to the team in September.Four goals in five Ligue 1 games have gone some way to placating the critics and providing evidence behind Neymar’s assurance that he is fully committed to performing on the pitch.”Soon the love will return, God willing,” he said of his relationship with the fans.”It is normal, I understand their feelings too. I understand what goes on, or I can try to understand what goes on in their minds. But I ask them to understand me too.”Neymar is currently nursing a thigh injury and will miss PSG’s midweek trip to Club Brugge in Champions League action – a fixture he was suspended from in any case.last_img read more

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Dry Season for Ducks: Clark County hunters await arrival of birds

first_img Since then hunting has followed a consistent pattern of getting better when the rains move in, and dropping off under clear skies.For instance, from Nov. 5-11, with wet weather, the ducks per hunter climbed to a respectable 1.9.And again, under sunny skies, our hunt on Nov. 29 was typical of a day that saw hunters take only 0.8 birds per hunter refuge-wide.What hasn’t been typical is the blinds that have produced the best. Some of the most popular and usually successful blinds on the refuge have under-performed. My hosts on that recent hunt had chosen blind number 19 because it usually produces well for both ducks and geese. Where are the ducks? Dry, warm weather has kept the northern ducks and geese held up in Canada. Waterfowl hunters are hoping for some late season storms to improve the hunting. Photos by Terry Otto/ The Columbian Photo Gallery In the pre-dawn light, a small flight of ducks swung in over the decoys, presenting themselves perfectly for a shot.Too bad shooting hours had not started. Once they did the birds vanished.Under an unclouded bluebird sky we hunted all morning, and all we got were a few passing shots at low-flying geese. The weather forecast had called for clouds, cold, and brisk north winds. None of that materialized.“I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this slow at Ridgefield,” said my host for the day, Bob Taylor of the Washington Waterfowl Association.We were hunting on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s River S Unit.While there is nothing unusual about poor waterfowling on bright, sunny days, what is unusual is the pattern this fall of so many such bluebird days. A lack of rain and storms has the majority of northern ducks and geese still hanging around up in Canada. Terry Otto Columbian staff writer By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer Published: December 5, 2018, 11:00pm Follow Share: Dry Season for Ducks: Clark County hunters await arrival of birds Our lack of success there has been typical of the blind this year, and hunters during the preceding hunt got skunked, too.Goose hunting has been fair on the refuge, although like the ducks the success has been better on the nasty days.The refuge operates on a reservation system, and those lacking reservations can fill in any empty blinds through a lottery. All hunters must shoot from an assigned blind. Non-toxic shot is required.Goose hunters on the refuge must possess a permit for the Goose Permit Zone, and a Southwest Washington Goose Harvest Card. Special rules and shooting hours apply for the goose hunts, which can be found in the Washington Game Bird Regulations. For instance, the wildlife area produced 2.2 birds per hunter on Nov. 28, the day before our hunt got skunked.Whether the skies fill with northern ducks anytime soon will be dependent on the arrival of more typical winter weather. There is no guarantee that will happen, and that leaves local waterfowlers on hold.At least for now. The season is closed for the endangered dusky Canada goose.For information on the refuge hunts, visit the Ridgefield NWR website at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Ridgefield/visit/waterfowl_hunting.htmlShillapoo State Wildlife AreaFurther south, on the Shillapoo State Wildlife Area, the action has been slow for ducks as well, but better for dark goose. Darren Hauswald, the manager of the wildlife area, said that the dry weather has reduced duck habitat.“It’s been pretty slow, as dry as it’s been,” he said. “It’s the driest I’ve seen it since I’ve been here at the wildlife area.”He expects the hunting to stay about the same until conditions improve. And, that means rain. Many of the wildlife area’s pools are still dry. There are pumps to move water in, but the Columbia River is too low to allow much pumping.center_img Waterfowl hunters are left wondering when, or if, conditions will improve.Ridgefield waterfowlingEric Anderson, the deputy refuge project leader at the Ridgefield NWR, reports that hunters have struggled for much of this hunting season.“The season started as most seasons do: there was pretty good hunting during the opening hunt,” said Anderson. “Then it trailed off after the first week. We had those bluebird days for a few weeks, and the numbers dipped.”“We’ve had a couple pushes of northern birds, mostly pintail” said Anderson, “but not in entirety. There are more to come.”A quick look at the harvest reports spells it out neatly. The opening day saw a very typical 2.2 ducks per hunter on the refuge, but that figure dropped to 0.6 during the second week. terry.otto@columbian.com 2 Photos By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram “We can only run the pumps intermittently,” he said. “The Columbia is at September levels.”Hauswald did mention that there are a couple pools in the Vancouver Lake Unit with good water, and he has heard reports of duck hunters on the lake itself doing okay.Goose hunting has been pretty good on the wildlife area.“One group of ten guys all had their limits,” he reported. “They had set about 200 decoys out in a corn field.”Shillapoo operates on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservations necessary.Sauvie Island Wildlife AreaHunting has been a little more consistent across the river in Oregon. Hunters targeting the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area have had success rates up to 3 birds per hunter on good days.last_img read more

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Trip Advisor’s Viator Launches New Travel Agent Booking Program

first_imgNew platform offers travel agents direct, immediate access to more than 70,000 commissionable tours and attractions  NEEDHAM, Mass. – OCTOBER 2, 2017 – TripAdvisor’s Viator today announced the launch of its Travel Agent Program (TAP), a new booking platform created specifically for travel agents. Agents can now book directly through Viator, gaining direct and immediate access to the world’s largest selection of more than 70,000 commissionable tours and attractions, including TripAdvisor and Viator’s VIP, Exclusive and Skip the Line products. Both host agencies and independent agents can register on TAP, and since testing began last month, thousands of agents have created accounts and booked experiences for their clients directly through Viator. “While most platforms cater to the end-user or traveller, we’ve designed TAP specifically for travel agents and their businesses.  For the first time, agents will have direct access to the world’s largest collection of attractions and tours, and we’re working to make their booking experience seamless,” said Ben Drew, Head of Growth, Viator. “We’ll collect and incorporate feedback from early adopters as we continue to evolve the program and, ultimately, help agents around the world grow their businesses.” To date, feedback from agents on the platform has been positive. “We’re glad that Viator understands and appreciates the value of travel agents,” said Ellen Klein, Manager, TZell Travel Group Long Island.  “We recently signed up for the Viator Travel Agent Program and we’re very happy with it – it makes bookings easier and more profitable for us.” TAP offers a competitive commission rate and caters to a global travel agent audience, allowing for multiple currencies, along with monthly reporting for easy performance analysis.  Agents will also have access to a resource center with helpful tips and content, including agent training, product knowledge development and destination guides to increase industry knowledge and in turn, their bottom lines. Agents can now join the program without any fees or restrictions to book as an individual, a host agency, or member of host agency and receive direct commission from Viator, without third-party payment distribution.  About Viator, a TripAdvisor companyViator is the world’s leading online distribution platform for tours, activities, and attraction tickets, offering travelers a diverse selection of more than 70,000 experiences in thousands of worldwide. As a leader in the business for over 20 years, Viator specializes in helping travelers plan the perfect trip, with millions of reviews, exclusive travel tools, and the ability to book ahead or on the go. Viator partners with tour operators, attractions and activity providers to sell products to a global consumer base via Viator.com, 3,500 global affiliate partner channels, and 175,000 online travel agents. Acquired by TripAdvisor in 2014, Viator also powers the “Things to Do” booking platform on TripAdvisor, enabling over 415 million monthly travel planners to book directly on the world’s largest travel site. Sign up today or learn more at https://travelagents.viator.com/?aid=pr   About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 535 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide — over 7 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 415 million average unique monthly visitors,** all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better. The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites under 20 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.citymaps.com,www.cruisecritic.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com,www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.jetsetter.com,www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com,www.tingo.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, May 2017**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2017last_img read more

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Man frees himself from bear after attack while geocaching northwest of Calgary

first_imgCALGARY – A man who police say was geocaching in Alberta is being treated for injuries after being attacked by a bear.RCMP say the man was in the Harold Creek area, northwest of Calgary, on Sunday when he encountered the bruin.It charged him and tried to drag him into the bush, but he was able to free himself and drove to a store and met park rangers.He was then taken by ambulance to Calgary.RCMP Sgt. Shawn French says he doesn’t know the type of bear, but says the area was remote and there isn’t any threat to the public.The bear hasn’t been located yet, and police say Alberta wildlife officers have taken over the investigation.last_img read more

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