Premier League: Manchester City return to winning ways, Chelsea beat Crystal Palace

first_imgManchester City bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday and cut the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points before the top two meet on Thursday.Pep Guardiola’s champions needed to regain their footing after stumbling against Crystal Palace and Leicester, and did so with strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and James Ward-Prowse’s own goal at St. Mary’s.Charlie Austin should have put Southampton ahead but miscontrolled the ball after being played in on goal and City immediately took advantage, with Bernardo Silva teeing up David Silva to slot home unmarked in the 10th minute.Alex McCarthy made a good save to keep out Aguero from point-blank range after good work by Sterling and City were made to pay for their profligacy when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg slammed home after robbing Oleksandr Zinchenko.City regained the lead when Sterling’s cut-back deflected against Ward-Prowse and in after 45 minutes and Aguero headed home another from Zinchenko’s cross in the third minute of first-half stoppage time.McCarthy made good saves to deny Sterling and Mahrez after the break, while Aguero hit the crossbar and Hojbjerg was sent off for a rash tackle on Fernandinho.City’s Brazilian defensive midfielder returned to the side after missing three matches with a thigh injury and added security in the City defence but missed chances, particularly from Mahrez, prevented them from adding to their tally.Defeat left Southampton 17th in the table on 15 points, the same as 18th placed Burnley, who beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday.advertisementKANTE STARS IN CHELSEA WINChelsea kept up their pursuit of the Premier League’s top three clubs with a 1-0 win away to London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks to a strike by N’Golo Kante early in the second half.Chelsea had to work hard to break down Palace who had taken seven points in their previous three matches, including a shock win over champions Manchester City, but seemed content to allow their visitors most of the possession.After a sterile first 35 minutes, Willian smacked the post with a swinging free kick and Ross Barkley hit the same upright soon afterwards with an acrobatic overhead effort.Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz who fed the France World Cup winner to score from close range.Palace substitute Connor Wickham spurned the hosts’ best chance of the game when he toe-punted a shot over the bar in the dying minutes.Chelsea remain in fourth place in the Premier League, one point behind Manchester City who were playing later on Sunday and two points adrift of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but 11 behind leaders Liverpool. Crystal Palace remain in 14th spot.The win also gave Chelsea an important five-point cushion over Arsenal, their nearest challengers for the fourth Champions League spot who were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool on Saturday.Also Watch:last_img read more

Michigan family of 5 killed in wrong-way crash in Kentucky

first_imgAuthorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.Lexington police said in a statement that a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family’s sport utility vehicle at 2.30 am Sunday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup’s driver.The Fayette County coroner’s office says the family from Northville, Michigan, was returning from a vacation in Florida.A coroner’s statement identified them as 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.The pickup’s driver was identified as 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown. The crash remains under investigation.Also Read | 2 people killed in Meghalaya as another coal mine collapses, 15 trapped remain untracedAlso Watch | 7 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in road accident in Tamil Nadulast_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Medvedev to set up last-8 tie vs Nishikori

first_imgNovak Djokovic stayed on course for a sevent Australian Open crown after his nervy win over Daniil Medvedev in the pre-quarterfinals at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.Djokovic battled past Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals where he will face Kei Nishikori, who survived a scare to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.Nishikori was extremely wasteful in the early part of the match, which cost him a lot of energy eventually.”Since I guess my opponent is watching, I’m feeling fantastic….I’ve never been fresher in my life!”Always the gamesman, @DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/roB4W1UMPc#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev rocked the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.What a battle.@DjokerNole is made to work, but he’s always up for the fight. #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/nnDDG8DbGU#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Even after a loss, @DaniilMedwed still has time to crack a joke with his victorious opponent @DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/MRBN5jVRU8#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Yet the Russian wearied in the constant attrition, and top seed Djokovic cruised to victory, having passed easily his biggest test at the tournament.The world number one will continue his bid for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles and a record seventh at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for February 21, 2019

first_imgARIESInception of new business ventures is favorable today! A new approach to an old problem can be the ultimate solution. It’s a good time to make changes at home and at work to bring fresh energy. Your social life is enviable as you make new connections. Lucky number 15. Colour pure white. TAURUSThe Prince of Swords brings energy and a purely intellectual element in your life. You are full of brilliant ideas in projects. Beware of your elusive and elastic mind that tends to support various and contradictory opinions. Be guided by your intuition. Lucky number 15. Colour blue. GEMINIUnexpected happenings are on the cards. A mystical experience gives you a sense of wonder. A professional collaboration comes together just when you have given up all hope of it. Things generally turn round in a positive direction as breakthroughs are affected. Lucky number 6. Colour ebony. CANCERPersonal relationships are enhanced through love and positive attitudes. Creative aptitudes are expressed in happy pastimes. An important trip is in the pipeline. You may take on fitness programs. You are likely to go off on a shopping spree and blow your budget. Lucky number 1. Colour red. LEOYou may have mixed feelings about life, as you are a success in some areas and a failure in others, according to your perception at this moment. It is best not to make judgments but go along with your nature and do the best you can with situations at home and work. Lucky number 7. Colour red. advertisementVIRGOYou are motivated and make dynamic and progressive changes at work today. Business trends take you towards the fast and risky lane to achieve phenomenal results. Love and romance in a relationship lead to promise. Be ready to offer praise wherever deserved. Lucky number 9. Colour rust. LIBRAThe Sun shines on you, bringing happiness, fulfillment and success. A socially scintillating day; you meet personalities and make exciting new associations. Friends and family enjoy your hospitality. Media exposure can be interesting. Visitors may be expected. Lucky number 19. Colour yellow. SCORPIOGood luck attends material matters. Established business concerns flourish and partnerships probably expand into triangular collaborations. You should build on reserves, and strengthen your financial situation as well as position in controlling business. Lucky number 9. Colour green. SAGITTARIUSYou are sensitive and affected by surrounding influences, reflecting others and expressing their opinions. It’s best to be original, independent and individualistic at this point. Professional and personal situations demand your personal attention. Lucky number 17. Colour sea blue. CAPRICORNYou can see that the old is destroyed but the new is yet to take shape so take a little time to look within for answers and make new beginnings. There might be manipulative people around you who want to influence you but its best to make your own decision. Lucky number 20. Colour blue. AQUARIUSInner balance brings equilibrium in your partnerships. You spend time in a creative pursuit and find it satisfying. Sporting activity keeps you on top of things. A special work assignment proves exciting. Your social life is busy as new connections are made. Lucky number 8. Colour blue. PISCESEnjoy every moment, whatever it brings – the peak and the valley without getting addicted to it. This is a good time to attempt difficult tasks and connect with people. You get the rewards of all the efforts you have been putting in to your business now. Lucky number 6. Colour pink.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar, marathoners raise Rs 15 lakh for Pulwama martyrs’ families in Delhi

first_imgCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday joined thousands of runners in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon and raised Rs 15 lakh for family members of the Pulwama terror attack martyrs.Before the start of each of the four races at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Tendulkar did 10 push-ups as part of the #KeepMoving Push-up Challenge and urged the runners to join him in the exercise.”Whatever will be the fund that we receive from here, it will all be donated for a good cause, a bigger cause. It will be donated to the families of the martyrs. I am sure you understand the feelings and hope everyone joins us in this movement,” Tendulkar said.At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, the deadliest in three decades.Thousands of runners took part in the four races — 42.195km long full marathon (2000), 21.095km half marathon (6000), 10km run (5500) and 5km Swachch Bharat Run (4500).Seeing the big turnout, Tendulkar said, “I am especially delighted to see so many children participating. It is a very big step in life to participate in a marathon and not to be intimidated by seeing so many adults around. You are the next generation who will take over the reins of our nation.”The whole dream is to transform India from a sports loving nation into a sports playing nation for a healthy active lifestyle. And if children are starting from here, things are going to be better and better.advertisement”So well done Delhi, keep up your energy to run in the marathon. It is fantastic that you all are here with so much enthusiasm and energy.”Tendulkar, the Brand Ambassador of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, flagged off the marathon at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Also Read | Want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket: CoA chief Vinod Rai to India TodayAlso Read | Will soon decide on removal of Pakistan cricketers photos from Eden Gardens: GangulyAlso Read | BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decidelast_img read more

Realme 3 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price in India and Flipkart sale date

first_imgThe Realme 3 Pro has been launched in India as the successor to last year’s popular Realme 2 Pro. The latest smartphone is part of the company’s flagship series that aims to deliver powerful hardware while maintaining a high style quotient. To this end, the Realme 3 Pro is a Snapdragon 710-powered smartphone that comes with a dewdrop display, gradient colour design and VOOC fast charging among other things.Realme is keen to take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro with its latest flagship. It has priced the Realme 3 Pro competitively to take on the Xiaomi device. The Realme 3 Pro is a pretty substantial upgrade over its predecessor and here is a quick look at some of the key specifications, features and its availability in India.Realme 3 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Realme 3 Pro sports a FHD+ (2340×1080) Dewdrop display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, up to 400 nits of brightness and a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 per cent.Processor: It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with Adreno 616 GPU.RAM: It is offered with 4GB or 6GB of RAM.Internal storage: The 4GB RAM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage, while the 6GB RAM variant comes in 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage. The phone offers a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB)Rear camera: The Realme 3 Pro sports a 16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor.Front camera: It gets a 25-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.Battery: The handset houses a 4,045mAh battery.Software: The Realme 3 Pro runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.advertisementRealme 3 Pro features– The Realme 3 Pro gets a faster chipset compared to the Realme 2 Pro. The latest flagship from the company is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset that is equipped with an Adreno 616 GPU. Realme is highlighting the phone’s gaming performance, and to that effect the smartphone also supports Fortnite out-of-the-box.– The Realme 3 Pro is also the company’s first smartphone to support VOOC 3.0 fast charging. With this, Realme promises the large 4,045mAh can charge from zero to 100 per cent in just 80 minutes with the help of a 20W charger that comes with the box. — The 6.3-inch display gets a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The 3D rear panel comes in unique gradient colors like Nitro Blue, Lightning Purple and Carbon Gray colours. Realme has also added curved racetrack lines on the rear panel to emphasise the speed of the Realme 3 Pro.– Cameras have been upgraded as well taking some influence from the OnePlus 6T. The primary camera offers a 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor, which promises to deliver crisp and bright photos thanks to a wide f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the Realme 3 Pro gets a 25MP camera for sharp and detailed selfies.– The cameras on the Realme 3 Pro get some added help with some notable modes like Nightscape, which is a long-exposure mode that allows for brighter photos in extreme low-light conditions. Chrome Boost is another feature that bumps up the saturation and dynamic range to offer vivid photos. The Realme 3 Pro also supports Super Slo-mo video recording at 960 fps.Realme 3 Pro price in India and release dateThe Realme 3 Pro has been priced in India starting at Rs 13,999 for the base model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The top-end 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The Realme 3 Pro will go on sale on Flipkart and Realme.com on April 29 at 12 noon. Realme is offering Rs 1,000 flat discount on purchasing the product with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card, and Jio benefits worth Rs 5,300. The flagship will also be available via offline stores soon.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launched with Snapdragon 710, VOOC 3.0 fast charge: Price in India, specs, release dateALSO READ | Realme C2 with dewdrop display, Android Pie launched starting Rs 5,999: Specs and availability detailslast_img read more

IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: 4 teams in race for the final berth

first_imgMumbai Indians on Thursday became the third team to qualify for the Indian Premier League 2019 playoffs after they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling Super Over eliminator at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.It was only the second Super Over played in the tournament this season after the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders contest in April.Mumbai Indians won the toss and posted 162 for 5 on the board with Quinton de Kock remaining unbeaten on 69 off 58 balls. Khaleel Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers with 3 wickets for 42 runs.In reply, the Sunrisers rode on a superb 71 not out from Manish Pandey to level the score in 20 overs, losing 6 wickets in the process. For MI, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal and Hardik Pandya bagged two wickets each.Mumbai Indians then executed their plans wonderfully well in the Super Over as Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 8 runs in four balls after Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi, who had played a cameo in Sunrisers’ chase, walked out to bat in the Super Over.Rohit Sharma sent in-form Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to gun down 9 runs in the Super Over and the big-hitting duo got past the finish line in just 3 balls. Hardik hit a six off Rashid Khan’s first ball and Pollard kept his cool to knock a double in the third ball.Mumbai Indians climbed to the second spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 points table. Rohit’s men now have 16 points from 13 matches and have a better Net Run Rate than third-placed Delhi Capitals, who along with Chennai Super Kings are in the playoffs as well.advertisementWith this win at the Wankhede, the @mipaltan have now qualified for the #VIVOIPL Playoffs pic.twitter.com/2KruVjPKMtIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2019There is still one spot remaining in the playoffs for which the remaining four teams will be fighting for. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already been knocked out so they are out of the race. SRH are in the best position to qualify as the final team.PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR REMAINING 4 TEAMSFor Sunrisers Hyderabad: Despite losing their last game against Mumbai Indians, SRH can still qualify if they win their final game based on Net Run-Rate (NRR). Even if they lose their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, their superior NRR should see them through to the top four.@im_manishpandey #SRH pic.twitter.com/WZZB3iimWiIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: SRH need to win their final match.Kolkata Knight Riders: Need to win both their remaining matches against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. MI qualifying for the playoffs will help KKR’s cause as well.Kings XI Punjab: They need to win both their remaining matches against. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings in their final two games.Rajasthan Royals: For them to qualify, they need to win their last game against Delhi Capitals and then hope that SRH lose their remaining two games and KKR and KXIP win just one of their final two games.Most points possible:20-CSK18-DC, MI16-SRH14-KKR, KXIP13-RRAlso Read | IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians overcome SRH in Super Over to reach playoffsAlso Read | Feels good: Rohit Sharma elated as Mumbai Indians seal IPL 2019 playoffs berthAlso Read | Kuldeep’s omission from IPL won’t affect him in World Cup, says Jacques Kallislast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh part ways with head coach Steve Rhodes

first_imgBangladesh have parted ways with head coach Steve Rhodes after their eighth-placed finish at the World Cup, ESPNcricinfo reported on Monday.Former England wicketkeeper Rhodes took charge of the team in June 2018 on a two-year contract that was set to end after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup.”The board had a review following the Pakistan match (Bangladesh’s last game at the World Cup) in a meeting in London,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury as saying.”It was decided that the BCB and Steve Rhodes will not continue on their agreement. The separation was by mutual consent. The BCB has not yet decided on a new coach for the Sri Lanka series, which is their next assignment.”Bangladesh are scheduled to play three one-day internationals in Sri Lanka this.ALSO READ | World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson urges New Zealand to play with freedom vs ‘high-quality’ IndiaALSO READ | World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael ClarkeALSO WATCH | Watch: Fans wish MS Dhoni as Indian players arrive in Manchester ahead of World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

ICC’s League 2 schedule for 2023 WC qualifiers begin from August 14

first_imgA month after England were crowned world champions, the ICC on Monday launched Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, a part of the new four-year qualification for the 2023 World Cup.The League 2 will witness seven teams — Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA — contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series.Each of the seven teams will play 36 ODIs over a period of two-and-half-year from August 2019 to January 2022.The inaugural League 2 series will be played among Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, Scotland from August 14 to 21, which will include four ODIs for each team, worth two points per ODI that will contribute to the Men’s CWC League 2 table.After the completion of 21 tri-series, the top three teams will confirm their places in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022, which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier, and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B.The top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in the 2023 World Cup, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley is excited by the prospect of four years of competitive men’s 50-over cricket.”The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket, I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men’s Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members,” he said.advertisementICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Series one schedule: Wednesday August 14: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Thursday August 15: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Saturday August 17: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Sunday August 18: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Tuesday August 20: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Wednesday August 21: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh trolls Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United beat ChelseaAlso see:last_img read more

STRONG WINDS AND RAIN ON CHRISTMAS DAY

first_imgWEATHER USUALLY SEEN IN SPRING THUNDERSTORMS ROLLED THROUGH SIOUXLAND ON CHRISTMAS DAY, CAUSING POWER OUTAGES AND OTHER DAMAGE.WINDS GUSTING AT 55 MILES AN HOUR KNOCKED OUT POWER TO AROUND 3600 MIDAMERICAN ENERGY CUSTOMERS SUNDAY NIGHT, PLUS AROUND 450 MORE IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY.HIGH WIND WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ACROSS THE TRI-STATE REGION AND WINDS REACHED NEARLY 70 MILES AN HOUR IN WAYNE AND NORFOLK, NEBRASKA.STRONG WINDS BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE PRO ALIGNMENT AND TIRES BUILDING IN LE MARS AND KNOCKED OUR SISTER STATION, KLEM RADIO, OFF THE AIR.NUMEROUS TREE BRANCHES WERE BLOWN DOWN AROUND THE AREA.SIOUX CITY RECEIVED OVER AN INCH OF RAIN SUNDAY, SETTING A RECORD FOR CHRISTMAS DAY.PHOTO BY DENNIS MORRICElast_img read more

VOLUNTEERS HONORED FOR SERVICE WITH BILLBOARDS

first_imgThe faces of six Siouxland area community volunteers may become a familiar site over the next few months.Volunteer Siouxland chose the six people to be showcased on billboards to recognize their contributions to their community through volunteerism.Spokesman Ryan Martinez says the six were chosen from a two month competition which allowed organizations to recognize some of their great volunteers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….in this contest. :18Carrie Radloff of Sioux City is one of the six to soon be on the billboards.She chairs the city’s Environmental Advisory Board and the Northwest Iowa Sierra Group, plus is an officer with a Loess Hills group:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………they care about. :17Terri Pauling, another of the six volunteers has helped out at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars since 2009:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………gift shop manager. ;20Pauling says she has never been on a billboard before and was surprised by the honor:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..help others. ;11The other four are Chris Van Beek of Maurice, Jon Strong of Hawarden, and Dan Bernholtz and Amy Macfarlane of Sioux City.Avery Brothers Signs sponsored the competition and are providing the billboards for the six recipients.last_img read more

Next Michael Buffer

first_imgThis woman is INSANE, and I love it: 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

Here’s the Reason The Big 12 Will Have a Title Game in 2017

first_img“If we do nothing, we’ll fall behind the SEC and the Big Ten in terms of [revenue],” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters in May at the Big 12 spring meetings in Phoenix. “We may be every bit as competitive as we are today, but we’ll fall behind financially.”There you go.That’s why there will be a Big 12 Championship game in 2017. That’s it. That’s the entire list of reasons.Oh sure, Bowlsby can prop up competitive advantage and data points and statistical models as fronts for why there’s a Big 12 title game (and the impending five-team divisions — which is hilarious).Here he is banging out those data points by the way.“The addition of a football championship game allows for a 13th data point for our teams under consideration for the College Football Playoff,” said Bowlsby.But what really happened is that Bowlsby realized the shortest distance between the Big 12 and the SEC was the straight line to Jerry World and a title game in December 2017. Adding teams is complicated and adding a network is a non-starter. Both of those things could (and probably would) add money to the Big 12. But adding a single game is easier.And adding a single game at the end of the year that puts (allegedly) nearly $30M in your conference’s pockets — $3M per team in addition to the money you’re already making — keeps you somewhat financially competitive with the SEC.Big 12 championship game would bring almost $30 million annually, Bob Bowlsby said. “High 20s,” he said.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) June 3, 2016It’s a short-term solution, to be sure, and that might be all the Big 12 needs right now.I’m not sure how we didn’t see this coming in retrospect. I suppose I wasn’t aware a Big 12 title game was worth $30M. That’s 5x how much the Big 12 gets from placing a team in the College Football Playoff. Five times! The Big 12 gets $6M for making the College Football Playoff and close to $30M (allegedly) for a rematch of a game that’s already been played. Why not make it a three-game series and skip the CFB Playoff altogether?So while it’s ridiculous that OSU and OU would have replayed Bedlam last year a week later for the Big 12 title, it also would have been beneficial to both schools to the tune of $3 million. That’s bigger and better facilities to contend with the SEC and Big 10, more resources for a thriving athletic department and more hoodies for Gundy.Win-win-win? I guess. Until a 12-0 OSU gets housed by 9-3 TCU and misses the playoff.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

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Messi & Morata chosen for TOTW2 Ronan Murphy 23:42 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images eSports Lionel Messi Barcelona v Las Palmas Primera División This week’s selection includes two Chelsea players as well as standout performers from Juventus, Porto and Manchester City, who all receive upgrades The second Team of the Week for FIFA 18 has been announced, with Lionel Messi getting an upgrade following his four-goal performance against Eibar.Chelsea duo Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta are also included in the TOTW2 squad after helping Antonio Conte’s side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City. Manchester City’s David Silva also receives a boost in his ratings thanks to his contribution as Manchester City recorded yet another big victory.The Bundesliga has just one player in this week’s selection, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang representing Borussia Dortmund due to a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach. Aubameyang is the second Dortmund player to receive an upgrade this week, following Max Philipp in week one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Team of the Week is available from 1800 BST on September 27 to 1800 BST on October 4. FIFA 18 receives its full worldwide release on Friday, September 29.FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week 2STARTING XIGK – Adán – Real Betis Balompié – 81>84CB – Azpilicueta – Chelsea – 85>86LB – Ghoulam – Napoli – 79>82CB – Hilton – Montpellier HSC – 78>82CM – Silva – Manchester City – 87>88CDM – Pjanić – Juventus – 85>86LM – Brahimi – FC Porto – 82>84CF – Messi – FC Barcelona – 93>94ST – Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund – 88>89ST – Morata – Chelsea – 84>86LW – El Shaarawy – Roma – 80>83BENCHGK – Samassa – ESTAC Troyes – 74>80RWB – Sundgren – AIK – 67>76LB – Grainger – Carlisle United – 63>73CDM – Konrad – Dynamo Dresden – 67>76LM – Wissa – AC Ajaccio – 64>74ST – Valencia – La Equidad – 67>76ST – Mullins – D.C. United – 65>75RESERVESLM – Asad – Atlanta United FC – 71>78ST – Bigalke – SpVgg Unterhaching – 69>77ST – Zaza – Valencia CF – 80>83ST – Vágner Love – Alanyaspor – 79>82ST – Locadia – PSV – 76>81last_img read more

Lukaku’s miserable record against Liverpool

first_imgRomelu Lukaku Lukaku’s miserable record against Liverpool: Man Utd striker fails to snap sorry sequence Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:55 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League The Belgian forward has impressed since joining the Red Devils for £75 million, but endured another afternoon to forget in his latest visit to Anfield Romelu Lukaku had mustered 11 goals in 10 appearances for Manchester United prior to taking in his biggest test to date.Having made a seamless transition from Merseyside to Manchester following a £75 million summer transfer from Everton, the Belgium international was back in familiar surroundings this weekend.Utd 6/1 to beat Benfica 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He will have to wait until New Year’s Day before taking in a first visit to Goodison Park as a United player, but the Red Devils were across Stanley Park at Anfield on Saturday.His recent form suggested that he was capable of being a serious thorn in Jurgen Klopp’s side, even when taking into account an ankle problem nursed back to health during the international break.Lukaku’s record against the Reds is not the best, though, and he endured another afternoon to forget as he failed to offer further justification of his sizeable transfer fee.Romelu Lukaku record v LiverpoolThe 24-year-old has now gone nine games against Liverpool without being on the winning side – although that cannot be considered entirely his fault.He has met the Reds on 14 occasions, with those outings spread between Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and United.His first appearance came as part of a makeshift League Cup side while at Stamford Bridge.Another top-flight appearance for the Blues followed before helping the Baggies to a Premier League double in the 2012-13 campaign.Lukaku netted in both of those fixtures, before bagging a brace in his first Merseyside derby on November 23, 2013.Even those efforts were not enough to secure a win, with his last taste of victory coming during his time with West Brom on February 11, 2013.A 2-0 success that day also represents the only time to date in which Lukaku has found the back of the net at Anfield.Romelu Lukaku record v LiverpoolSo, after that bright start, which delivered four goals in six games across all competitions (four in four in the Premier League), the burly frontman has endured something of a barren run against the Reds.In his last eight meetings with Liverpool, Lukaku has found the target just once – on October 4, 2015.In truth, he has barely looked like improving that sorry sequence, with too many of those outings seeing him make minimal impact.As a man who makes a living from beating opposition goalkeepers, Lukaku has failed to muster an effort on target in five of the aforementioned eight fixtures – and only one on Saturday as he spurned a rare clear-cut opportunity.4 – Only 4 players (Vardy, Hazard, Alli, Sigurdsson) scored more goals against the @premierleague top 6 last season than Lukaku (4). Myth. pic.twitter.com/NZ1VW2kDUB — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 6, 2017 Lukaku’s record against ‘big six sides’ has also been scrutinised since he became the subject of interest from the best teams in the business.Only 15 of the 85 Premier League goals he managed for West Brom and Everton came against opponents which fall into that bracket.Even this season, having scored in 12 of his last 14 games for club and country, the calibre of those he has faced has been called into question.Aside from a consolation effort against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, Lukaku has netted against West Ham, Swansea, Gibraltar, Greece, Stoke, Basel, Everton, Southampton, CSKA Moscow, Crystal Palace and Cyprus.He can, of course, counter that argument by pointing out that he can only produce the goods against those put in front of him, while he undoubtedly requires better service and more attacking intent from United than they mustered at Anfield if he is to truly thrive on the grandest of stages.last_img read more

Diego Maradona takes Spurs’ No. 10 shirt

first_imgTottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Watch out, Harry Kane! Diego Maradona receives Spurs’ No. 10 shirt on Wembley trip Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:45 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Maradona Tottenham Liverpool Getty Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Premier League As an ex-team-mate and old friend of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentina legend was invited to the club’s temporary home on Sunday Harry Kane has been in sparkling form for Tottenham recently, but he has some way to go if he is to match the latest bearer of Spurs’ No. 10 shirt – none other than Diego Maradona. The Argentina legend was invited to Wembley on Sunday to take in Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Liverpool. BTTS in Man Utd v Spurs 5/6 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He is an old friend of manager Mauricio Pochettino, with the pair sharing a dressing room during Diego’s short stay at Newell’s Old Boys in 1995, and he did not pass up the chance to see the likes of Kane in action on this latest visit to London.Diego Maradona Tottenham LiverpoolMaradona was paraded across the famous pitch prior to kick off, and received a jersey emblazoned with the number that made him famous in his playing days. Diego also posed for photos with fans in the stands, and was his usual exuberant self as he appeared to enjoy every minute of his visit. Diego Maradona Tottenham LiverpoolAfter Wembley, the football icon will stay in London to participate in FIFA’s The Best award ceremony on Monday evening. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Bordeaux 0 Monaco 2

first_imgBordeaux 0 Monaco 2: No Falcao, no problem as Lemar breaks drought Iain Strachan 00:55 10/29/17 Thomas Lemar - cropped Getty Images Thomas Lemar scored in Ligue 1 for the first time this season as Monaco won 2-0 at Bordeaux to keep the pressure on Paris Saint-Germain. The absence of Radamel Falcao did not prevent Monaco from recording a second consecutive Ligue 1 victory, as goals from Keita Balde and Thomas Lemar secured a 2-0 win at Bordeaux on Saturday.Falcao is the league’s leading scorer with 13 goals from nine matches this season, but the Colombia international sat out the match at Stade Matmut-Atlantique due to a thigh strain.In his absence, Balde and Lemar netted twice in quick succession early in the second half as title-holders Monaco stayed second, still four points behind Paris Saint-Germain, who dispatched Nice 3-0 on Friday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The away team created the first clear chance of the game, with Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoit Costil called into action to parry away a fierce Fabinho effort from Jorge’s cutback. It took until the half-hour mark for Monaco to threaten again, Kamil Glik getting to Joao Moutinho’s free-kick first but seeing his header saved by Costil.Bordeaux were restricted to sporadic counter-attacks, Monaco defender Jemerson clearing confidently from Francois Kamano’s dangerous ball across the face of goal with a minute remaining in the opening period. Leonardo Jardim’s men eventually broke the deadlock in the 57th minute, when Jorge was fortunate to avoid giving away a foul before swinging a cross into the area from the left flank. Moutinho’s cushioned header fell perfectly into the path of Balde, who took the ball under control quickly and steered a tidy, low finish past the onrushing Costil. Lemar doubled the advantage eight minutes later, receiving the ball from Glik before cutting in the from left, beating the Bordeaux defence with ease and firing the ball beyond Costil, who should have done better, for his first strike of the league season. Alexandre Mendy twice went close to pulling one back for Bordeaux, the substitute firing wide of the near post from a tight angle before seeing a header cleared off the line by Jemerson.Monaco substitute Stevan Jovetic could have made it 3-0 soon after, with his curling effort from the top of the box sneaking just wide of the upright.VICTOIRRRREEEEE !!! Grosse performance collective des Rouge et Blanc57′ @keitabalde1465′ Lemar pic.twitter.com/CsweVjGrLP— AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) October 28, 2017last_img read more

Dani Alves had Liverpool agreement

first_imgTransfers Dani Alves had Liverpool agreement and still harbours Premier League ambition Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:57 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) HD Dani Alves PSG FRANCK FIFE Transfers Liverpool PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League The iconic Brazilian full-back has revealed that he came close to sealing a switch to Anfield prior to taking in a trophy-laden spell at Barcelona Dani Alves has revealed that he “pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool” in 2006 and that he still hopes to play in the Premier League.The Brazilian full-back was a much sought-after talent following a productive stint at Sevilla, with Europe’s top clubs clamouring for his signature.Liverpool were among those in the mix and came agonisingly close to pulling off a transfer coup, but were left empty-handed and, two years later, Alves joined Barcelona where he spent eight trophy-laden seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” the bucaneering defender told FourFourTwo.”But for whatever reason it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why, as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations.”I had other people representing me back then.Dani Alves Liverpool deal 2006“Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.”Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona supporters] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”Alves was once again heavily linked with a move to England over the summer, with Manchester City looking to tie up a deal which would have reunited the 34-year-old with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.French giants Paris Saint-Germain scuppered those plans, though, with a switch to Ligue 1 made once negotiating an exit from Juventus.Alves 4/1 to lift CL with PSGHaving signed a two-year contract at Parc des Princes, the chances of Alves now gracing the English top-flight appear to be slim, but an iconic figure of the modern era is still open to the challenge.He added: “I still have this ambition, yes. But I don’t know if it will happen now.“I think there are plenty of things to do here first with PSG.”Alves has helped PSG to set the early title pace in Ligue 1 this season, while a 5-0 mauling of Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday has them already guaranteed of a place in the last-16 of Europe’s premier club competition.last_img read more

A tragic death and college football’s reckoning over brain injuries amid a new class-action lawsuit

first_imgZack Langston was hauled off the field on a stretcher and brought to the team’s medical room. His mother, who was watching the game, followed close behind – terrified.Langston was a linebacker for Pittsburg State University in Kansas. A remarkably strong kid, he was known as a “wedge-breaker” and a “workhorse”. In high school, he won a “hammer” award for being the team’s hardest hitter. More than 1 million boys play football in high school each year, but less than 2% make it to elite schools like Pittsburg State. Langston was one of them. He was only dehydrated when he was taken out of the game, but as his mother, Nicki Langston, sat by his side, something else seemed amiss. “He’s just laying there on the bed, and all of the sudden tears just start rolling down his cheeks, and he’s still staring at the ceiling,” said Nicki Langston. “I said, ‘Zack, what’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’”“I kind of look back now, and I think maybe something was going on then that he wasn’t aware of, we weren’t aware of,” said Nicki. “That was his sophomore year.” He was 20 years old. Ex-NFL player confirmed as first case of CTE found in living person – researchers Topics Just a few years after playing for the “Pitt State” Gorillas, Zack had bouts of depression, rage and anxiety. He stunned his mother and brother when he tossed a barstool across a hotel room on vacation, and worried everyone when, on three occasions, he bought guns. Langston told his mother he believed football had “messed up his brain”, but could not explain how. Just a few years after he graduated, at age 26, Zack Langston shot himself, ending his life but preserving his brain, which he had told his girlfriend he wanted examined. He left behind a two-year-old son, three siblings, a mother, father. He also left behind many questions. “They did the autopsy here at the coroner’s office locally, and said his brain was totally healthy,” said Nicki. “That made things very disturbing, in a way.”In the last decade, American football’s “concussion epidemic” has become an existential crisis for the sport. Lawsuits against leagues at all levels – from elementary school age to the National Football League (NFL) – have flooded courts. Fewer children are playing. Debates and controversies about brain injuries have enveloped the sport as mounting medical evidence shows the long-term effects of heavy contact and collisions. In 2005, a Pennsylvania neuropathologist provoked a backlash from the NFL when his paper explicitly linked the degenerative brain disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, to playing in the NFL. The league tried to discredit the physician, Bennet Omalu, and more recently to influence concussion research with a $16m grant. The latest research connecting concussions to degenerative brain disease came in July, when researchers from Boston University released a study of the 111 brains of former NFL players that had been donated to their “brain bank”: 110 players, or 99%, had CTE. It is no longer newsworthy when stars say they won’t let their sons play the sport, or for former players to divulge struggles with homelessness, chronic depression or drug abuse. But after years of focus on the professional game, attention is now turning to college football, as plaintiffs in a new class action lawsuit seek to bring the same reckoning to college football. Researchers from Boston University, the leading research institution on the topic, found CTE in the brains of 48 of the 53 college football players, the largest such study to date.Nicki Langston, whose son’s estate is now party to the lawsuit, first heard of CTE eight months after Zack’s death in February 2014. Her sister “just happened upon” League of Denial later that year, an award-winning documentary on the NFL’s refusal to acknowledge the dangers of repeated head trauma, despite mounting evidence.CTE’s symptoms are now well documented. “Impulsive, explosive and sometimes violent behavior; depression; and a tendency toward suicidality” is associated with “younger age and an earlier stage of CTE pathology”, the most recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said.Nicki Langston said: “This was the very first time I’d heard of CTE … I watched [the film], and I called her back afterwards and said: ‘Oh my God, he had every single symptom.’” Reflecting on Zack’s life now, the Langston family believes he could have had as many as 100 undiagnosed concussions through the 13 years he played school and college football.•••What makes this lawsuit more acute than similar lawsuits in the professional league is the odd economic dynamic between college athletes and institutions they play for. Unlike in other countries, US college sports are a multi-billion dollar industry. Schools make millions from television broadcasting contracts and ticket sales. The days around this Thanksgiving weekend are packed with some of the most high-profile games.Elite college football is divided into 11 regions, called conferences. One of those conferences, called the Big Ten, signed a television contract last year worth $2.6bn. By contrast, one of the top academic institutions in the country, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, spends $2.3bn annually on scientific research and development. Of the 10 largest sports stadiums in the world, eight belong to American college football teams. Professional American football stadiums don’t even make the list. The largest in the US belongs to the University of Michigan, is nicknamed “the big house” and is one of several to hold more than 100,000 people. The football-crazed University of Alabama pays its football coach Nick Saban $11.1m per year.But for all the money earned by the programs, athletes see little. The players, who are mostly black, are considered primarily students, and are not paid. They leave school without the sort of long-term health benefits the NFL players’ union has been able to negotiate.••• The Observer Facebook NCAA Soon after Nicki Langston learned about CTE, she sent her son’s brain to Boston University, a school at the forefront of the “concussion epidemic”, to be examined. Initially, she did not believe it would even be possible to send her son’s brain – he had died months prior – but the local coroner had saved enough of it for Boston University to perform tests. It took eight months for neuropathologists to conclude what Langston already believed: her son had CTE. “I was not at all surprised,” said Langston. “I was totally expecting them to tell me he had CTE. There was actually a little bit of relief – not relief, but closure – to know this was what had been causing his issues and his problems.” Langston is part of a growing group of former college football players and relatives suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which they say failed to properly protect or warn its players of the danger of repeated concussions. Decades of scientific data, from the first peer-reviewed paper on “punch drunk” syndrome in boxers in 1928 through to Omalu’s 2005 article on CTE in a professional football player in 2005, should have provided ample evidence of potential harms, attorneys argue. Read more NFL concussion: researchers hope blood tests can better detect head trauma … 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. Share on LinkedIn College football news Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Some lawyers believe the case could grow larger than the roughly $1bn deal retired NFL players struck with their former employer, intended to care for 20,000 players. Each year, more than 70,000 young men play on teams like Zack Langston’s. “I am indeed very concerned about professional football players,” said Robert Stern, who co-authored the recent study from Boston University. Stern is part of a four member medical committee advising on a current NCAA lawsuit. “But from a public health standpoint, I’m much, much more concerned about the high school and college football players.”Though 91% of the 53 brains of college players examined by Boston University had CTE, it is not yet possible to estimate how many players might develop the disease. CTE can only be diagnosed after death, and the people whose brains were examined by Boston University almost all experienced symptoms during life. “It wasn’t until the early 70s that children from age six on began to experience these hundreds of subconcussive hits per season,” said Stern. “When you put it together, and you look at folks who only played in high school or who only played in college since 1970 … there’s around 12 million americans, at a minimum.”In a separate lawsuit, lawyers have already successfully sued the NCAA to establish a $70m medical monitoring fund for former college players. The current group of lawsuits, to which Langston’s estate is party, is gathering steam to compensate former players and their families. The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Mothers like Nicki Langston are hoping for more lasting change. She and a small group of football mothers who survived their sons, called Faces of CTE, argue no one younger than 14 should play tackle football. “I absolutely do not feel kids should be playing football, absolutely not,” Langston said.“I’ll drive by football fields – middle schools – and I see these boys out practicing and it just makes me ill … The first time I saw it this season, I wanted to jump out of my car and say, ‘Do you know what you’re doing?’”In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. College sports Read more Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Nicki Langston, Zack’s mother, said: ‘I was totally expecting them to tell me he had CTE. There was actually a little bit of relief – not relief, but closure.’ Photograph: Marcus Langston Since you’re here… NFL US sports Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kyle Edmund not ready to win a grand slam, says John McEnroe

first_imgJohn McEnroe … 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. Wimbledon 2018 Andy Murray to play Wimbledon ‘unless I wake up and don’t feel good’ Since you’re here… Kyle Edmund’s Wimbledon buildup hits rough waters at Eastbourne Share on WhatsApp “I don’t know if he’s a nice guy,” the American said as Edmund, ranked 18th in the world but seeded 21 at Wimbledon, prepares for his first-round match at Wimbledon against the Australian Alex Bolt. “He seems like a nice guy. The times I’ve met him, he seems like a shy, nice guy. Maybe he’s a mean son of a bitch, I don’t know.“The killer instinct is extremely important. It feels that someone like [the Canadian teenager Denis] Shapovalov has that, if I had to pick one guy. He’s ready to go, he’s out there. That’s hard to come by at that age.“Edmund has done it the more traditional way. But there’s guys in the tennis books, even hall-of-famers you thought of as nice guys, like Pete [Sampras] – a guy you thought was soft, couldn’t win the big ones. Well, he ended up winning 14.”Edmund is still to win any titles [apart from the Estoril Open doubles with Cameron Norrie in May] but reached the Marrakech final this year, as well as the semi-finals of the Australian Open. There is a distinct feeling he is getting closer to his breakthrough but nobody is quite sure when that may happen.McEnroe said: “I saw him when he played a guy who was at my academy years ago in the juniors. I thought this guy is a big strong kid, nice kid, top 30 maybe. When I saw him in Australia it seemed like, OK, he was making progress, inching it up a little bit. Tennis The Observer “As I was looking over the course of four or five years, maybe it’s top 25, possibly top 20 – but not enough to do the whole thing. But then I was really surprised and impressed with the improvement.“I was watching when he had Jack Sock down 5-1 in the third in Paris [at the Masters in 2017] and then he blew that, Sock won and Edmund was like: ‘What the hell happened there?’ He lost a lot of close matches.“But battling the way he did in that heat in Melbourne showed me something about his fitness because it was brutal that first week and in a fair amount of that tournament. So I now look at him, long story short, he’s got top-10 potential.”But McEnroe would like to see even more “mongrel” from Edmund – more Eastbourne, even. “That was a tough loss [over five sets in the French Open third round against Fabio Fognini],” he said. “It’s a match he should have won. But I could see definitely how he could lose against Fabio. The guy throws everything at you, mentally and tennis-wise, and Kyle succumbed ever so slightly. So that was a tough one. To take that step where you’re actually winning majors? That would require more work.”Bolt, a left-handed six-footer with a big forehand who is finally delivering on his potential at 25, two years older than Edmund, is ranked 205 in the world, and up for the challenge.“He’s going to have the crowd all his way but it’s going to be an unbelievable experience and I’m just going to take it in,” Bolt said. “He’s dangerous on any surface but I’m sure if I play to my strengths and how I want to play I know I’m going to be able to take it to him.” Topics Support The Guardian Kyle Edmund Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Wimbledon Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Read more When Kyle Edmund blew up at the chair umpire in Eastbourne this week, rousing the gentle citizens parked in the sunshine on Centre Court, it was as if an earthquake had rippled along the south coast.This, they thought, was not meant to be. However the most polite player in tennis has, what Australians call, a bit of mongrel in him. John McEnroe, who has a PhD in attitude, applauds the rousing of the beast, occasionally.last_img read more