Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Through the NBA’s 82-game schedule that spanned nearly seven months, the Warriors had a season-long soap opera that featured some complacency, some injuries, some infighting, some rampant free-agency speculation and some learning curve on integrating five All-Stars.All of those issues may have left some dirt on the Warriors’ shoulder. But just like Jay-Z, the …
26 June 2013Women’s football in South Africa has received a huge boost, with Sasol signing a new four-year deal with the SA Football Association (Safa).The petroleum and chemical company will remain as the headline sponsor of the South African national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and will continue its support of the Sasol League, the country’s leading women’s football league.The deal sees an established partnership further cemented and the continuation of the work that was started four years ago when Sasol came on board as the sponsor of Banyana Banyana.Amaglug-glugSasol and football have a history dating back to the days of Amaglug-glug (South Africa’s under-23 national soccer team), which got its nickname from the petroleum giant’s sponsorship. The company has been involved in the development of local football ever since.In the last four years, it has played a leading role in the development of women’s football and has also been a key enabler of women empowerment through football, which is in line with the company’s position of supporting the South African campaign for gender equity.Olympic GamesMost notably, with Sasol’s support, Banyana Banyana qualified for the Olympic Games in 2012. The women’s football event featured only 12 teams, four fewer than the Women’s World Cup, which South Africa has not yet qualified to attend. The team’s results included a goalless draw with reigning World Cup champions Japan.Banyana Banyana are currently ranked 51st in the world and fourth in Africa. They finished as runners-up in the 2012 African Women’s Championship.“We are very proud that Sasol, in partnership with Safa, is making a significant impact on developing women in sport from the ground up,” Nolitha Fakude, executive director at Sasol, said in a statement on Tuesday.“Our players have done Sasol and South Africa proud as they have continued to improve and showcase their talent on the global sporting stage.”Sasol LeagueThe Sasol League has 144 teams nationwide and with each province having 16 teams. It has afforded many players the opportunity to further their studies at top tertiary institutions while still playing football.“The Sasol sponsorship has played an integral role in what we have been trying to achieve with women’s football,” said Safa president Kirsten Nematandani. “It has allowed our ladies to participate in international competitions and that has helped develop the national team.“We are excited by the renewal of the sponsorship as this allows us to extend the development opportunities to more female footballers and to continue our work in women’s football,” Nematandani said.“Our challenge to other corporate companies is to emulate the nation building spirit of Sasol.”SAinfo reporter and South African Football Association
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.
Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress activist was injured after being beaten up by some miscreants in Murshidabad. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some Congress-backed goons were involved in the attack.The victim has been identified as Tuhin Sarkar. A resident of the Kalinagar area in Murshidabad, Sarkar was returning home on late Saturday evening when two motorcycle-borne miscreants stopped his way. They got down from the bike and started beating up the victim indiscriminately. The victim fell on the ground after receiving several blows. Hearing the screams of the victim, some local residents came to his rescue. The miscreants, however, had fled from the spot before the local people reached there. They rushed the victim to a nearby health centre. His condition is stated to be stable now. The incident has subsequently triggered a blame game between the local TMC and Congress leaders. TMC leaders alleged that Congress had engaged the miscreants to beat up Sarkar. However, Congress has refuted the allegation and termed the incident a result of infighting within TMC. Police have started a probe in this regard. They are conducting raids to nab the culprits.
The Seattle Seahawks are at a pivotal point of their season, in 2nd place in the NFC West with a record of 5-3 going into their Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Their big question mark: what’s happened to their running game? In the video above, Neil Paine outlines how a lack of a rushing attack may hamstring the team if it makes the playoffs.
On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 SeasonFromToAction PlaysTotal EPAPatriots Record 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
France boss Didier Deschamps insists that he has prepared his side for facing Edinson Cavani ahead of their quarter-final clash with Uruguay, regardless of whether he plays or notThe Paris Saint-Germain forward was the hero for Uruguay in their previous knockout round against Portugal, where his stunning goals proved to be the difference in the 2-1 win over the European champions.However, Cavani’s heroics came at a price and he was seen limping off the pitch towards the end of the game with a calf injury with some assistance from Cristiano Ronaldo.Since then, Cavani had missed three consecutive training sessions with the Uruguay squad as of Wednesday and did some minor work on Thursday.Although he still appears to be a likely doubt for their last-eight match against France.But Deschamps is not taking that for granted.Kylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.“I am preparing my team for Cavani. Whether he plays or not, we will know tomorrow. If he doesn’t play, (Oscar) Tabarez has other options. I have prepared my team keeping different options in mind,” said the French coach, according to Hindustan Times.The 49-year-old feels that France must put their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina behind with Uruguay set to be an entirely different challenge altogether.“This Uruguayan side has a different profile from Argentina. We have to be very patient. They are extremely well organised in defence,” he said.“If they need 10 players to defend, they will do that. When they don’t have ball possession, they know what to do; everybody defends, even the striker defends.”But Deschamps knows there is more to Uruguay than their defence, he added: “They can counter-attack very quickly. We must also bear in mind that this is a team that knows how to take advantages of set-pieces.”Uruguay and France will face off at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today at 16:00 (GMT +2).
According to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”