Who’s saying what at the World Cup

first_img— Brazil coach Tite after the tournament favourites were held by Switzerland on Sunday.“I’m proud of my lads. I hope this will mean we are taken seriously.”— Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic had a different take on the draw.Mo? No problem: Cherchesov isn’t having any sleepless nights over the prospect of his side facing Mohamed Salah © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT“We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”— Russia coach Staislav Cherchesov isn’t worried about Egypt star Mohamed Salah, who is expected to return from injury against the hosts on Tuesday.“We will bounce back.”— Germany’s official Twitter account is still confident despite the reigning champions’ opening loss to Mexico on Sunday.“Jesus Christ, this is pretty cool.”— Australia forward Daniel Arzani, at 19 the youngest player at the World Cup, as he prepared to answer his first questions in front of the media on Monday.“It’s definitely surreal… you know? It kind of hits you sometimes when you realise the extraordinary has become the ordinary for you, when you walk out on to the park: (Antoine) Griezmann’s over there, (Paul) Pogba’s over there!”— Arzani on making his World Cup debut against France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tite’s Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland © AFP / JOE KLAMARMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – AFP Sport looks at the best quotes from the fifth day of the World Cup on Monday:“I put it down to stress, first-match nerves, that’s true for me too.”last_img read more

STUDENT NIALL JETS TO NEW YORK TO SHOWCASE HIS BUSINESS

first_imgA Letterkenny student will be representing his country this weekend in New York.Niall Foody, a Transition Year student at Errigal College, will be jetting of in a all expense paid trip to the Big Apple, he will be accompanied by his mother Claire.Niall will be showcasing his business to top entrepreneurials in New York at a business exhibition. The 16 year old’s invention, You Key In, allows people to see their keyholes in the dark thanks to Niall’s simple but amazing invention.He will also attend a gala dinner in the Waldorf Hotel, where he will make a presentation on his business, in what could be the opening of great things for this young lad.Niall received the top international Entrepreneurial award recently, and this was awarded by NFTE Ireland. The programme is facilitated by John Muldowney youth worker with Foeige.Errigal College’s business teacher Danny Mc Fadden is very proud of Niall’s achievement and wishes Niall and his mother a safe and enjoyable journey to the Big Apple.  STUDENT NIALL JETS TO NEW YORK TO SHOWCASE HIS BUSINESS was last modified: April 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:inventionNIall Foodylast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast:  Up and down week for halibut anglers

first_imgUp and down would best describe the Pacific halibut season after a full week on the water. Last Wednesday’s opener was slow overall, but improved on Thursday and Friday. Saturday was the day to be there, with plenty of boats getting into nice size halibut. Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing was one such boat, hauling in an impressive 6-fish limit. “Most of the action has been around the 50-line in 300 feet of water,” said Klassen.“There was lots of bait around and the water color was …last_img read more

Soleil, surf et observation des baleines

first_imgDes etendues de sable sauvages de la cote ouest jusqu’aux rivages subtropicaux du Maputaland, il existe une plage pour chaque occasion. Regardez le soleil se lever sur l’Atlantique ou l’Ocean Indien, obtenez un bronzage parfait ou soyez plus actif : l’Afrique du Sud offre les meilleurs sites de surf, planche a voile et plongee du monde. Et puis il y a les baleines.UN TERRAIN DE JEUX AQUATIQUESNos lieux de plongee vont des forets de varech aux recifs coralliens, notre surf comprend des vagues amusantes se brisant sur la plage, des tubes creux et de vrais monstres et nous offrons de superbes possibilites de ski nautique, kayak en mer et voile.Le surf, la planche a voile, le kitesurf et le kayak en merL’Afrique du Sud est l’un des meilleurs pays ou surfer au monde avec des paysages cotiers sublimes, un surf de haute qualite, un style de vie de qualite mais bon marche et une culture unique dont nous pouvons etre fiers  declare Steve Pike, redacteur de Wavescape.Tres peu de visiteurs nous contrediront. Il existe des centaines de vagues a surfer a travers le pays : environ 50 d’entre elles se trouvent a une heure de route du Cap.Elles vont de la petite houle parfaite pour les enfants et les debutants a des vagues spectaculaires qui effraient meme les concurrents les plus avertis lors des competitions internationales qui se deroulent dans le pays en juin et juillet.La province d’Eastern Cape pres du Cap St François, la Baie de Jeffreys et Port Elizabeth, collectivement connus sous le nom de Jay Bay par les surfeurs locaux, sont celebres dans le monde entier pour la qualite de leurs vagues.Les nombreux hotels pour routards a travers le pays louent des planches, proposent du surf encadre et des leçons de surf et il existe des ecoles de surf a Durban et au Cap.L’Afrique du Sud possede des spots incroyables de planche a voile et de kitesurf. Langebaan, pres du Cap, est connu dans le monde entier comme etant l’un des meilleurs lieux pour la planche a voile et le kitesurf, et il en existe beaucoup d’autres.Une façon plus accessible de faire l’experience de la mer est le kayak de mer. Il existe des visites guidees au Cap, a Hermanus, Knysna, Plett et Durban.La voileLa cote d’Afrique du Sud est l’une des plus stimulante au monde pour la voile avec quelques ports, des conditions mouvementees et, tres souvent, une mer demontee. Ce n’est donc pas un bon choix si vous n’avez pas d’equipage.Cependant, c’est un superbe endroit pour apprendre la voile; il y a des ecoles au Cap, a Port Elizabeth et a Durban, et nous sommes presents dans toutes les courses autour du monde. Il existe de nombreuses courses locales egalement et celle du Cap a Rio est l’une des courses sur l’ocean les plus accessibles au monde et attirant de nombreux bateaux de plaisance.La plongeeSi vous devez vous convaincre de l’ampleur de la cote d’Afrique du Sud, ne cherchez pas plus loin que les nombreux naufrages historiques et recents, tous des tragedies mais cependant de bonnes nouvelles pour les plongeurs. Nous pouvons cependant offrir bien plus que ces sites poignants. Notre environnement sous-marin est varie et magnifique avec un grand nombre de sites de plongee remarquables.Nous possedons un littoral extremement etendu allant du 35°S au 27°S, ce qui n’est pas la zone habituelle de la plongee tropicale. Cependant, le courant du Mozambique qui descend le long de la cote et apporte une eau chaude et tropicale et dans la Baie de Sodwana au KwaZulu-Natal se trouvent les recifs coralliens les plus au sud du monde.Vous trouverez la toute une variete de jolis poissons colores et de magnifiques nudibranches, y compris l’extravagante danseuse espagnole (ou hexabranchus sanguineus). On rencontre souvent des requins baleines, des tortues, des dauphins et des requins feroces dans ces zones particulieres.Si vous descendez le long de la cote, l’environnement sous-marin change progressivement jusqu’a ce que, une fois le Cap atteint, vous plongiez dans des forets de varech froides mais magnifiques. Ils sont uniques : Il existe deux grandes varietes de varech et elles poussent toutes deux a proximite de la cote de la region du Western Cape.Plonger dans du varech est comme marcher dans une foret. Vous flottez en dessous de la canopee et admirez la surprenante vie coloree du recif. Au large du Cap, les plongeurs peuvent regulierement voir des anemones dont les couleurs vont du bleu electrique ou du rouge intense au rose pale, des nudibranches de toutes les couleurs imaginables et une variete de petites creatures pres et autour des eponges jaune souffre et orange vif.Il existe des ecoles de plongee danslast_img read more

Raman Singh government defeats no-confidence motion after 14-hour debate

first_imgAfter a 14-hour debate, a no-trust motion moved by the Congress against the Raman Singh-led BJP government was defeated by a voice vote in the Chhattisgarh Assembly in the early hours of July 7. The debate started after 12 noon on July 6 and ended at 2.10 a.m. on July 7.Several issues including a sex CD case, corruption and law and order situation were raised. Chief Minister Raman Singh termed the allegations levelled by the Opposition as “directionless and baseless”. The Congress has made a failed attempt to mislead people, he said during his reply which lasted for over an hour. “In the last 15 years, Congress has failed to play the role of constructive opposition and has never come up with any alternative policy. The no-confidence motion was direction-less, unprincipled, unsubstantiated and unplanned,” Mr. Singh said.The Congress has failed to raise even one issue, fact or a piece of evidence which could have cornered the BJP government, he said. The BJP is in power in 19 States, ruling almost 70% of the country, while the Congress’s rule has shrunk to only 6% of the country’s territory, Mr. Singh said. “The charge sheet presented by the Congress in the no-confidence motion clearly shows it has already accepted its defeat. In the winter session it had moved a no-confidence motion which had 168 points, now the number is reduced to 15. Like the Congress party, its charge sheet has also shrunk.” Mr. Singh gave a detailed account of his government’s achievements, and said it will retain power for the fourth time in a row in the coming Assembly polls. Earlier, Leader of Opposition T.S. Singhdeo said the State government had cheated people by not fulfilling its promises and by perpetrating scams. “The government has failed on all fronts. Farmers are facing a crisis, the youth have no jobs, women are unsafe and public representatives are being targeted,” the Congress leader said. Referring to the cases against State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, Mr. Singhdeo said Mr. Baghel was being targeted by the government machinery with political motives. The government did not agree to the demand of probe of the alleged suicide of Rinku Khanuja, he said. Khanuja had been questioned by the CBI in a case of a sex CD which allegedly featured a Chhattisgarh Minister. The government has lost people’s trust as several sections of society including Shikshakarmis (teachers), nurses and families of police personnel are agitating, Mr. Singhdeo added. Despite the government’s tall claims of development in the last 15 years, the poor’s lot has not improved, he said. Mr. Singhdeo also hit out at the government over the issues related to health, law and order and the agriculture sector. After the debate, the motion was put to voice vote and was defeated. Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal then completed other business of the House and adjourned the Assembly sine die. This was the third no-trust motion faced by the Singh government. The State, under BJP rule since 2003, will be going to the polls later this year.last_img read more

Alibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports

first_imgESPN reported that it obtained NBA financial documents that show the Nets lost $144 million on basketball-related activities in the 2013-14 season, a figure more than $100 million higher than any other franchise. The Nets’ operating loss of $23.5 million last season was higher than any other team except the Detroit Pistons.This season the outlook is brighter for the team thanks to an increase in television revenues of nearly $50 million, in part the result of increases in the NBA’s national television contract. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Although the Nets had the worst record in the NBA last season, a source told Newsday that the deal values the franchise at $2.3 billion.That tops the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets earlier this year in a deal that included their Toyota Center arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnder terms of the Nets sale first reported by ESPN, Tsai can choose to purchase a controlling interest in the Nets after four years, but not necessarily 100 percent ownership.Prokhorov, who retains full ownership of Barclays Center arena, could retain a minority stake in the team in the future and remain in control of team operations and the management team he installed more than a year ago headed by general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson. Read Nextcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Brooklyn Nets huddle on the court prior to their first home game against the Toronto Raptors at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images/AFPJoseph Tsai, one of the founders of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is set to buy 49 percent of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, reports said Friday.ESPN and Newsday both reported that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who purchased controlling interest in the cub in 2009, has agreed to the sale.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The scope of what Obama’s involvement will be remains unknown, and it’s yet to be determined which existing club teams will be part of the league. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.“As we’ve been talking about this concept over the last several months, there’s been a tremendous reception from many of our NBA team owners … and in addition, several of the partners of the NBA have expressed a strong desire to work with us in Africa,” Silver said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSilver said Pepsi and Nike’s Jordan Brand — Charlotte owner Michael Jordan was among the owners in the room where Silver made the announcement — are among the partners who have reached out to the NBA and said they want to be part of the Africa league. Silver also said that Obama, an enormous basketball fan, has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”Silver said talks between the NBA and Obama are ongoing. Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The 68th All-Star game will be played Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s plan to keep growing the game in Africa through the league and other initiatives.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The league has an office in South Africa, has helped create 87 learn-and-play facilities in seven African nations, and 13 players who were born in Africa on opening-night NBA rosters this season. The league also built an academy in Senegal that opened nearly two years ago.“It’s a huge joy to see our partnership with the NBA enter unchartered territory as we work together for the first time to maximize the potential of professional basketball in Africa,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA’s secretary general.This marks the first time the NBA has been involved with the operation of a league outside of North America.“We’re excited to work closely with the NBA to develop and put in a place a professional league like none that we have ever seen in our region before,” said FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bile. “Through the Basketball Africa League, we can provide the many great clubs and players with the best possible environment to compete for the highest stakes.”The NBA says more details about the new league will be released in the coming months.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said. “I hope you learn through sport what it means to play as a team, and even if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better.”The NBA and FIBA’s involvement will include financial support and resources toward continued growing of the game on the continent, as well as providing training for players, coaches and referees and some infrastructure for the new league. Silver said there are 438 companies in Africa that generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually, but that sport there has not seen the same growth — yet.“Africa is a huge economic engine,” Silver said. “And one place, though, where we haven’t seen enormous economic growth yet is in the industry of sport. And that’s something that we are all particularly focused on.”The NBA has held three games in Africa since 2015, all of them selling out — two games in Johannesburg, the other in Pretoria. Many of the league’s current players and coaches, along with several legends and Hall of Famers, have been part of those trips.“I went with them last year,” Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “The NBA reaches out across the world.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OKC’s Hamidou Diallo leaps over Shaq to win dunk contest PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

From third string to north star: the unlikely rise of the Vikings’ Case Keenum

first_imgNFL Read more Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Topics Minnesota Vikings Reuse this content Share via Email US sports London franchise moves closer as NFL confirms first game at Spurs stadiumcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Pop quiz: which NFL player finished second to Carson Wentz in total quarterback rating during the regular season? Tom Brady? Nope, he was third. Dak Prescott? Guess again, he was fourth. Matt Ryan? Uh-uh, only fifth. Then it must be Drew Brees or Russell Wilson, right? Not even close. They were ninth and 10th.OK, to all those in Minnesota with their hands up, the answer is, of course, Casey Austin Keenum, signal-caller for the Vikings in 15 of their 16 games this season. Yes, the same Case Keenum who had already bounced around three teams in five years before arriving in Minneapolis as the epitome of a journeyman last March. features The same Keenum who boasted a career record of just nine wins in 26 games with the Houston Texans, then-St Louis Rams and then the Texans again, including eight defeats out of eight for Houston in 2013 and nine of 16 after returning to the Rams in 2015 and ‘16.And the same undrafted quarterback with a less-than-stellar line of 24 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his 26 outings prior to this year, and who finished the 2016 campaign dead last in total quarterback rating, as measured by ESPN, at a miserable 37.5.This year? His rating is a whopping 69.8, ahead of Brady (67.4), Prescott (66.3) and Ryan (63.7), or, to put it another way, the best of any quarterback left in the playoffs, including New Orleans veteran Brees (59.1), who will be on the opposite sideline at US Bank Stadium for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game with the Saints. His 22-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio is also better than each of Wilson, Prescott, Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger. Yet he arrived in Minnesota as the third-choice passer, the emergency back-up to Sam Bradford if Teddy Bridgewater didn’t recover in time from his off-season knee surgery. He looked like it, too, as he completed just 33 of 48 passes, with two touchdowns, in three pre-season games and then lost two of three starts when Bradford’s knee problems sidelined him after the opening week win over New Orleans.It seemed the 2-2 Vikings’ promising season was well and truly doomed in Week 5 when the gimpy Bradford was pressed back into service for the game at Chicago and lasted just the first half, forcing Keenum back under center. A fan base held its breath, crossed its fingers – and watched the unprepossessing back-up lead a fourth-quarter comeback en route to a 20-17 win.Seven games later Mike Zimmer’s men were 10-2, firmly on the way to the NFC’s second seed, and Keenum was the undisputed starter, even when Bridgewater returned to fitness.The journeyman had become simply The Man as far as the Vikings were concerned, and head coach Zimmer looked positively prescient for the one-year, $2m deal he signed Keenum to in the off-season.So what, exactly, did Zimmer see in the sixth-year pro that no one had seen much sign of since the Houston Cougar had completed his college career as the Football Bowl Subdivision’s all-time leader in total offense (20,114 yards) and touchdown passes (155), but with zero offers from NFL teams?Exactly that, according to Zimmer. A quarterback with terrific potential who had yet to find his feet in the league. Someone who just needed the right situation, with the right level of understanding, to light the blue touch-paper of quarterback pyrotechnics.“Our guys upstairs do a great job of finding the right kind of guys to bring in here,” the head coach insists. “I think we have a great locker room, a great bunch of guys that know how to be team guys, play together, work together. I think that’s really important. Case is really no different. He’s a kid that is smart, understands his ability and where he’s at and understands the offense. He’s quick, he’s energetic, he’s got excitement to him when he comes in there. He calls the plays well, he see things. He’s been through it before.” There was one surprise, though. “[The one thing] I didn’t know was that he could move around like he does,” Zimmer says. “I think that’s part of the things opposition teams have started to have to prepare for now, the possibility of him running.”True, Keenum had been improving steadily, if unspectacularly, in his four full seasons, going from 5.6 yards per attempt in 2014 to 6.8 last year, and winning four games for a Rams team that looked hopeless for most of the season, but there was little sign of the meteoric jump from career back-up to commanding starter prior to that watershed game in Chicago in early October. Since then he has won shootouts (38-30 at Washington), dogfights (14-9 at Atlanta) and marquee matchups (24-7 against the Rams and both games against Green Bay).The one difference: he has had time to learn under inventive first-year offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who has looked increasingly confident of his own abilities after shedding the interim tag from 2016.Under Shurmur, Keenum has averaged a career-best 7.4 yards per attempt and failed to throw a touchdown only once. He has committed just eight turnovers in the 12 games since regaining the reins full time, and, more importantly, he has earned the respect of his team-mates.The Vikings’ only defeat in the final 12 games was on the road at Carolina, where Keenum was sacked a season-high six times (he is the sixth-best protected QB otherwise), but they are unlikely to have to travel again during these playoffs, unless Philadelphia somehow find some offensive mojo without the injured Wentz.Tight end Kyle Rudolph is in no doubt about who has been the key to the team’s scorching run into the playoffs. “[Case] has been huge. Our team is built with an incredible offensive line, two running backs that can run the football and a bunch of playmakers on the outside, and Case just kind of lit that fire for us. He makes plays happen [both] with his legs and throwing the ball.”Indeed, Keenum has added 160 yards on the ground, and a touchdown, to go with his career-best 3,547 passing yards and 68% pass completion rate, which is behind only the metronomic Brees of all 32 league starters this season. He is also second in passer rating against the blitz, staying light on his feet to take advantage of Shurmur’s schemes.“Number one, people [now] think of his ability to extend plays,” Shurmur explains. “I think it’s super important that you move the pocket for the quarterback. There are various ways to do that and we try to employ many of them. I think he moves in the pocket well, where he clears his sight lines, where he can make a throw. Those are all the elements of mobility. At some point when it breaks down and he has to take off, he’s done a good job of getting positive yardage. Typically, if you’re going to drive the ball against good defenses, a quarterback has got to do something with his feet. He’s been able to do that.”It is that running dimension to Keenum’s game that is the X-factor to Minnesota’s Super Bowl hopes, a fact acknowledged by guard Joe Berger. “It’s great to have a quarterback who’s mobile back there, who can extend the play and get the ball down the field,” he insists. “A lot of times he’s extending the play because something broke down. He’s making it right by fixing something you screwed up.”Zimmer has seen enough to know his quarterback’s value is underpinned by other attributes, too. After the 24-7 Week 11 triumph over the in-form Rams, the head coach made headlines with his comment, “The thing I like the most about Case is he’s got big balls. He’s not afraid. He’s going to pull the trigger and he’s going to play like that, so, you know, that’s a good thing.” By the same token – albeit with less colorful language – Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn praised Keenum for his “fearlessness” ahead of the Week 13 defeat of his Falcons.The 29-year-old himself remains on the same level-headed plane as his stats. Nothing too gaudy, nothing too extravagant, and plenty of down-to-earth realism. “13-3 has a nice ring to it,” he says. “At the same time, we have a lot ahead of us and we’re really excited about what’s coming up.”This season has definitely been a magic carpet ride, though, and he doesn’t mind admitting it. “It’s been a blast,” Keenum adds. “I don’t know if I can put into words how much fun it’s been. I always try to have passion. I always try to be in attack mode, and I always try to trust – my offensive line, my receivers, the play call, my preparation.“I like to think quarterback play is a craft that different people have. I think there’s a lot of different ways to play quarterback. You see it every Sunday from game to game. There are a lot of different skill sets, a lot of different ways to get first downs, to get touchdowns and to win games. So for me, I’ve worked on that craft my entire life. And it’s worked well.”He is still quick to deflect praise for the second-best season in franchise history. “I think it’s [down to] every guy in the locker room right now, every coach that’s in there. It’s all those people put together and we not only respect each other, but we like each other, too, and that goes a long way. Outside of the Xs and Os, we fight for each other. You go up and down the row in there and everybody feels the same. I think that’s pretty rare.”Rare or not, the ultimate irony is that Keenum could help Minnesota become the first team to play a Super Bowl on their own turf, and then depart for pastures new. He is a free agent come March and there will be no room on the roster for three highly-paid quarterbacks.The journeyman will command top dollar in free agency and, while the Vikings could still open up their coffers to keep him, the likes of Cleveland, Denver, Arizona and both New York teams will all be looking for a reliable signal-caller this year, and will have the money to back up their need.So, Keenum may not necessarily be back in purple come the start of the 2018 season. But he will be starting somewhere. Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more

McTominay agrees new Man Utd contract

first_imgManchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and has been linked with a loan move in the January transfer window, with Celtic reportedly interested.But having broken into the first team under Jose Mourinho last season, the midfielder is keen to continue his development with the Red Devils. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “Manchester United has been my life since the age of five and playing for the club I’ve always supported is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” he said.“I’m still young and I’m learning all the time from the manager, his coaching staff and from the world-class players in the squad.”I can’t wait to continue my progress at this great club.“Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “Scott has been with the club from a very young age, he has progressed through our Academy ranks and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years.✍️ We are delighted to announce Scott McTominay has extended his contract with #MUFC until June 2023, with the option to sign for a further year.Congratulations, @McTominay10! 🙌— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 21, 2019″Scott is a young midfielder and is constantly improving. He’s an intelligent player and wants to learn all the time.“I am delighted he has signed a new contract and there is no doubt that he has a bright future ahead of him.”Lancaster-born McTominay joined the United academy aged five and went on to make his debut in 2017 against Arsenal – and was soon rewarded with a new contract.In the 2017-18 season he made 23 appearances in all competitions and became a favourite of then manager Jose Mourinho.The coach awarded McTominay the ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ prize in his final full season at the helm, but this term his career has stalled.Reports had suggested the midfielder could be loaned out to a club in the Scottish Premiership in the January transfer window, but no move has been forthcoming. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019

first_imgAfter no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. MS Dhoni scored fifties in Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne in the ODI series against Australia. He now has 70 ODI fifties and is the 4th Indian to score 1000 ODI runs in Australia.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 16:42 IST MS Dhoni has scored three consecutive half-centuries to start the World Cup year on a high (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni scored consecutive fifties in Sydney, Adelaide and MelbourneDhoni now has 70 ODI half-centuries to go with 10 hundredsDhoni is also the 4th Indian to score 1000 ODI runs in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardMS Dhoni has turned it around after a poor run in 2018 when he failed to score a single fifty in one-day internationals. He now has three successive half-centuries in 2019 in the series against Australia. He also became only the fourth Indian to score over 1000 ODI runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.Dhoni, who had managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs in 2018, scored 51 in Sydney, 55 not out in Adelaide before scoring another one in the series decider in Melbourne. Overall, Dhoni now has 70 half-centuries in one-day internationals.When he reached 48 on Friday, Dhoni overtook Virat Kohli as the third highest run-scorer in the series. This is also the fifth time Dhoni has scored three successive half-centuries in ODI cricket.Later in the innings, the 37-year-old overtook Rohit Sharma as the second highest scorer in the series when he reached the score of 80.India needed 231 to win the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which they managed to do in 49.2 overs with Dhoni remaining unbeaten on 87 while Kedar Jadhav made 61 not out.The duo were involved in a 121-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket which made the chase seem like a walk in the park for India.The batsmen followed up on a clinical effort from India’s bowlers who bowled out Australia for 230 after putting the hosts into bat.MS Dhoni had taken 96 balls for his 51 in the first match which India lost despite a classy hundred from Rohit Sharma. However, Dhoni was in his elements in the second ODI where his 54-ball unbeaten 55 along with Virat Kohli’s 39th hundred helped India chase down 299 and stay on course for a historic series win in Australia.advertisementThis is not the first time Dhoni has scored consecutive fifties in more than two matches. Back in 2009, Dhoni scored 94 and 53 vs Sri Lanka before scoring an unbeaten 84 against New Zealand. In 2011, Dhoni scored 69, 78, 50 and 87 not out vs England in 2011. Three years later, Dhoni scored 56, 50 and 79 not out against New Zealand.Not much of an appeal from the Aussies, but it looks like Dhoni has edged that! Not out… #CloseMatters#AUSvIND | @GilletteAU pic.twitter.com/6iOl7tfrGDcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019After the first ODI on January 12, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma had said the ideal number for MS Dhoni was No.4. It is no secret that Virat Kohli himself wanted Dhoni to bat higher up the order. Finally, in Adelaide, Dhoni walked out at No.4 and played an innings to remember.India were chasing a far lower total in Melbourne and it was again Dhoni who walked out to bat at No.4. He added 54 for the third wicket with Kohli and kept India in the hunt after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed cheaply.Dhoni’s return to form is a huge relief for India. In 2018, he had struggled in South Africa and was even booed at Lord’s where he failed to accelerate even as India chased a steep total against England.Also Read | Who will take my interview on Chahal TV? Yuzvendra Chahal wonders after 6-wicket haulAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kitsAlso Read | MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar DhawanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Dhoni ODI recordsFollow India national cricket teamFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more