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King named Ireland interim manager

first_imgNoel King has been appointed the Republic of Ireland’s interim senior manager, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed. The developments were confirmed in a statement released by the FAI on Monday night. It said: “The FAI’s Board of Management met this evening to review the work it has been doing on the senior men’s team managerial appointment and to progress the next steps in the appointment process. “After considering the views of people within the game and taking soundings from its constituent members, the Board tonight decided that the next steps should include a comprehensive assessment of the market. “It was agreed at the meeting that former international Ray Houghton, who was involved in the last managerial appointment process and Ruud Dokter, the FAI’s newly-appointed High Performance Director, should carry out this on-going assessment and report for the Board. “The Board of Management also decided that it will appoint its current Under-21s head coach, Noel King, as interim senior manager. Ruud Dokter will provide additional support.” Ireland face Germany in Cologne and Kazakhstan in Dublin in their final two World Cup qualifiers next month knowing that their chances of making it to Brazil next summer are purely mathematical. King’s assistant Harry McCue will take charge of the Under-21s’ qualification double-header against Romania, which is also scheduled for next month. Trapattoni’s five-and-a-half-year reign came to an end last month after defeats by Sweden and Austria left them in fourth place in Group C. The current Under-21s boss has been asked to take over as the FAI board continues to consider its options as it looks for a replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni. King’s appointment was announced after a board meeting on Monday evening, at which it was also agreed that former international Ray Houghton, who was involved in the last managerial appointment process, and Ruud Dokter, the FAI’s newly-appointed high performance director should carry out a comprehensive assessment of the managerial market in an attempt to identify the best man for the job on a permanent basis. Former Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was swiftly installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to replace the 74-year-old Italian even before it emerged that he was the FAI’s number one target, although with businessman Denis O’Brien ready to continue his financial support, there is no appetite to rush the process of finding a replacement for Trapattoni. The statement continued: “The Board of Management resolved that it will take the appropriate time to appoint the best person to manage Ireland for the Euro 2016 campaign, which starts in September next year. “They also wished Noel King and Harry McCue well in their interim roles. “Noel has an excellent track record with the Association and is well respected throughout the game. “He has worked first hand with many current senior players during their time at Under-21 level, including Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wenger warns Spurs over stadium

first_img Press Association Tottenham are pushing ahead with proposals to redevelop land around White Hart Lane to accommodate a new 56,250-capacity venue, but following legal challenges in the High Court could be set for a season of ground-sharing rather than being able to move for the 2017-18 campaign as planned. Arsenal, meanwhile, are only now starting to show the benefits of the switch from Highbury to the 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium, which was self-funded and sees the north London club set aside some £35million each year against a long-term fixed interest rate repayment bond. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham will face their biggest battle yet to deliver on the pitch once the club eventually moves to a new stadium. The Gunners may now be able to not only hold on to top men with lucrative new contracts, but can also compete to lure the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to the club, but Wenger knows that battle to constantly deliver Champions League football while balancing the books has been a testing one. “If you look at the history of all the English clubs who have built a new stadium and look at where they have finished, then it tells you how difficult it is,” said Wenger. “I knew always that would be the most sensitive period in the history of the club. “When we were in a position where we had to be in the Champions League just financially and you get into March/April and are like that (not in top four), t he stress is terrible because you feel the future of the club is at stake and you have not a lot of margin (for error) – every point you lose can be dramatic.” Although American investment company Cain Hoy has said it is no longer considering making an offer for Tottenham, the club are continuing ” discussions with multiple providers of finance” in the search of ” the optimum financing package for the project”. Wenger believes there is no doubt Tottenham will need some sort of cash injection to complete their ambitious plans. “If an owner comes in, and says ‘look I put £400million to buy the stadium’ it is easy,” he said. “The way we did it is the hardest way, because we had no outside financial help and had to negotiate with the banks just to get the money at the start – and lets not forget we paid £120million just for the land. “In the end we built the stadium for £400million, today it would cost £600million or up to £700million.” Wenger has enjoyed a fine record against Tottenham, losing only six of 43 previous matches and on Saturday will go up against a 12th different permanent Spurs manager in Mauricio Pochettino. “I honestly do not look at the satisfaction of my job comparing to Spurs. I just look always did i do the maximum with what resources I had. After that if Tottenham is not competing with us it is somebody else,” he said. Wenger indicated he could deploy Mesut Ozil in a central role again on Saturday, the German having made such an impact in the 3-0 win at Aston Villa before a much-changed Arsenal team were beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. By contrast Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has returned a couple of uninspiring displays, but Wenger has every confidence Arsenal’s player of the season will soon be on form again. ” You have always to come back to basics – what is my job? A midfielder, to win the ball and give a good pass,” said Wenger. “After a consequence of that, and Aaron’s natural engine, is he will have chances, but if you play (like) ‘I have to score’ and every time you want to be in the box, (then) you forget a little bit the basics of the job.” last_img read more


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Kei Nishikori tops Dimitrov to face Chardy in Brisbane International semis

first_imgBrisbane: Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori on Thursday kept his Brisbane International campaign rolling as he overpowered Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.The World No. 9 needed one hour and 40 minutes to prevail over the 2018 Brisbane International semifinalist, to get revenge for his defeat at the 2017 final, improving their head to head record to 5-1, reports Efe.Dimitrov, the ninth seed, struggled on serve as he put in play just 66 percent of the first service and won only 48 percent of the second-serve points.Nishikori, however, was unable to take advantage of this struggle until the 11th game of the first set, when he broke Dimitrov’s serve and then held his next service game to take the lead after 47 minutes of play.The power balance seemed to be shifting at the beginning of the second set, as Dimitrov won four out of the first five games, but the Japanese was in no mood for any surprises that could spoil his bid for the first title since 2016.The Japanese player broke his rival’s serve to draw level at 4-4 and a couple of games later, he earned another service break in the 11th game, sealing the match in the following game.Next up for Nishikori will be Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who had to dig deep to oust Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). IANSAlso Read: Nishikori looking to get back in top 10last_img read more


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Boeing executive speaks to engineering students

first_imgOn Wednesday night, the the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and the Undergraduate Student Government hosted Rick Baily, vice president of engineering, mission assurance and product support at Boeing Defense, Space & Security to speak about his leadership experiences at the company. The event was titled “What’s Harder — Strategic Leadership or Rocket Science?”Career launch · Rick Baily, vice president of engineering, mission assurance and product support at Boeing, speaks to students on campus. – Samhita Swamy | Daily TrojanNamed the National Management Association’s 2014 Executive of the Year, Baily was invited to speak about his career both as a rocket scientist and manager of 30,000 employees as a part of an initiative by Engineers Without Borders to teach its members leadership strategy.The Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders have had an extensive relationship with Boeing, as the company has funded several student initiatives.John Davy, president of Engineers Without Borders, said that he hoped advice from Baily’s speech would benefit the organization in its project for the semester.Davy said that Engineers Without Borders seeks to “help developing communities that have an engineering need.”This semester’s project focuses on building a community center in the Coachella Valley that will serve nearly 3,000 people, according to Davy.Despite being a UCLA graduate, Baily touched upon his reason for wanting to speak with USC students in particular.“[Viterbi is] one of only 17 schools in the world that [Boeing calls its] accelerated hiring schools,” Davy said.Bailey addressed some of the strategic challenges that arise in engineering companies and also shared lessons from his background in mechanical engineering, recounting some of his greatest successes and failures.“The aerospace industry has one of the biggest challenges,” he said. “In five years, half of Boeing engineering is going to be eligible for retirement. In 10 years, if they do the average, half will have retired. That’s a big challenge for us.”He dedicated a significant portion of his speech to the importance of teamwork.When asked about when to make an executive decision rather than consulting with a group, Baily said that leaders must utilize their analytical skills.He advised the audience “to have parameters of when a decision has to be made.”“He grew very organically — he didn’t get an MBA or any of that stuff, but now he’s doing project management so it seems like he blended some holistic experiences rather than just going suit and tie and doing the standard finance, accounting, whatever,” said Aydin Celebi, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and history.Zhuohan Yu, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, said she originally attended the event because Rick Bailey is a high-ranking professional of Boeing who would have valuable insight into internship opportunities.When asked her biggest take-away, however, she noted “Bailey’s emphasis on building human relationships” because, as she put it, “[engineers] tend to focus on technical skills.”At the end of his speech, Baily advised the audience on interview tips and recruitment. He told students to gain knowledge of technical principles in their field, attain practical experience through projects, develop a proactive leadership style, learn how to articulate their knowledge and differentiate themselves from the crowd.“We really value practical, real world experience,” he said. “You need hands-on experience. Focus on the technical areas you are going to work in.”last_img read more


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Possible venue change for Ireland – Gibraltar game.

first_imgAccording to the Irish Sun the the tiny nation may move their games after encountering security and tax issues with their opening match of the camaign in Portugal.Gibraltar can’t play games at home yet as they don’t have a suitable stadium.The head of the Gibraltar FA says they will make a decision very soon on the matter.last_img


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Tune-in! Former football stars lead World Cup videos for UK betting brands

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Seeking to maximise brand coverage during the crucial World Cup trading period, bookmakers and betting stakeholders have turned to former football stars to turn-up the football dialogue…Bonus Code Bets has ramped up its partnership with John Barnes to provide engaging videos around England’s progress at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.One of Better Collective’s portfolio of affiliate sites, Bonus Code Bets has worked with Barnes across the last two football seasons. The former Liverpool legend is well placed to comment, having made 79 appearances for the Three Lions between 1983 and 1995.However, Barnes, who praised the “resilience” shown by England in Monday’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia, is not the only recognised former England international working as an ambassador for a betting brand during the tournament.Meanwhile, Lee Dixon, a lead World Cup pundit for both ITV Sports and NBC Soccer, is providing Ladbrokes with exclusive content and opinion, which the operator has described as “the most insightful and engaging content for all types of audiences”.Fittingly, the former Arsenal right-back spoke of England’s reliance on Harry Kane as a goalscorer, just a few days before the Spurs man spared his side’s blushes in Volgograd.Dixon also urged Southgate to pick Marcus Rashford alongside Kane, particularly given the inconsistency shown by Raheem Sterling at international level.Speaking to the Daily Mail this week, former England manager Terry Venables asked whether Gareth Southgate would ‘dare’ drop the Manchester City man, and cited a similar situation during Euro 96 when he was pressured to leave out an out-of-form Alan Shearer.Shearer himself has been the subject of Russia build up videos for Coral, in which the former Newcastle number 9 spoke about the World Cup as the “pinnacle” of a player’s career, and shared his hopes that this year’s England squad play with a smile on their faces.UK betting brands have not limited their approaches to stars of England’s past. Unibet has initiated a 15-part #BetAndBreakfast series featuring Didier Drogba and Djibril Cisse, who coach two celebrity teams in a tournament-long survival of the smartest.last_img read more


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MLB 2019 preview: Predicting the AL’s division champs, pennant winner, award getters

first_imgCentral — Cleveland IndiansYes, Cleveland underachieved last year and yes, Francisco Lindor is starting the season hurt, Jose Ramirez was bad down the stretch and you can’t name a single one of their outfielders but the Indians are still really, really good.Their rotation had four starters who struck out 200 or more batters last year and they have every chance to do it again and Lindor and Ramirez are still really good too. The bullpen is also likely to improve from last year’s disaster.Cleveland will win this division in a walk.East — New York YankeesThe Yankees are already dealing with a lot of injuries as Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Greg Bird have already gotten hurt, but the rotation is still good, the lineup is very good and the bullpen in transcendent.The Indians won 10 games less than they should have a year ago because of their bullpen while the Red Sox are in a similar spot this year. It got them through the postseason in 2018, but that was with massive help from Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Sale. Those men will not be in the pen during the regular season and it will cost them wins and the division.West — Houston AstrosThe Astros lost three starters from a year ago, but can you name the Astros’ top two starters from 2017? You probably can’t. Can you name their bottom three? Without a doubt you won’t. But, this year they still have Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole at the top and an accumulation of guys at the bottom.Verlander and Cole will win more than enough to carry the team to the deadline and Collin McHugh, Wade Miley and Brad Peacock will be more than passable to solidify the rotation.Reinforcements will also come in the form of Josh James, Forrest Whitley, Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas. The pitching will be more than fine, the bullpen is very good and the lineup got better with the addition of Michael Brantley. If Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer are simply slightly more healthy than they were a year ago this team will definitely win 100 games and maybe even 105.Wild Cards — Boston Red Sox, Seattle MarinersThe Red Sox are an obvious pick here. The Mariners not so much. Here’s the thinking: The Athletics are going to regress this year. They have one starting pitcher and while everyone thinks they’ll succeed with bullpenning like they did last year remember Sean Manaea was a staple in the rotation until August and Trevor Cahill and Edwin Jackson ate up some innings while combining to win 15 games.None of those guys are in the rotation this season and that will really hurt Oakland. The only other team that we think could slip in would be the Rays, but they went through a lot of turnover.Seattle has solid pitching again, and a lineup that works. While it may feel like recency bias as the Mariners just beat the A’s twice in Japan, it’s not. We really like this team and think they’ll beat up on the Angels and Rangers and use that to get back to the playoffs for the first time in what seems like an eternity.ALCS pick — Astros vs. YankeesA rematch of the 2017 ALCS, this series will all come down to who has home-field advantage. If the Yankees get it, they win. If the Astros get it, they do. We’ll take the Yankees to win the series for this reason and almost this reason alone: James Paxton is the Astros’ kryptonite.Paxton is 7-3 with a 2.89 ERA in his career versus Houston and he will likely get two starts in an ALCS matchup between the two teams. Houston also can’t hit Luis Severino, and if the youngster comes back healthy after a spring training arm injury, that could be four wins between just those two pitchers.Four games wins an ALCS, so that’s the pick.MVP — Mike Trout, AngelsIt feels like there was a lot of hand-wringing last season when Trout didn’t win the award last year despite the Angels not making the playoffs. Assuming health, Trout will have the best numbers of anyone in the AL both with the eye test and by WAR and he will earn his third career MVP.Cy Young Winner — Trevor Bauer, IndiansIf Bauer had been healthy all of 2018 he would have won the AL Cy Young. He bested teammate Corey Kluber in just about every single category and Kluber was a Cy Young finalist.There is no pitcher in MLB with better stuff than Bauer at the moment. His collection of fastball, curveball, slider and change is as good as gold and when you see him pitch up close you have no idea how anyone can touch him.If he stays healthy he will win the award this year.Rookie of the Year — Yusei Kikuchi, MarinersThis feels a little crummy because Kikuchi is 27 years old, but it will be his first season in MLB and he will be in the rotation for Seattle from day one.He’ll post good numbers in a pitcher-friendly ballpark and earn a lot of wins in a division with bad teams like Texas and Los Angeles and terrible hitter’s parks in Oakland and LA. But, don’t discount Houston for how bad of a park it can be to hit in as well. No one likes that batter’s eye in center field and it hurts runs scored.  The American League, in contrast to the National, is incredibly top heavy again in 2019.The Red Sox, Yankees, Astros and Indians are all capable of winning 100 games and the bottom of all three divisions are capable of losing 100 or more. MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL West But the playoffs will be absolutely fantastic, so you will have to take the good with the bad.Here are our predictions for how the AL will shake out in 2019. Related Newscenter_img Kikuchi has very good stuff and is a mature pitcher which should be enough to win him the award.Manager of the Year — Scott Servais, MarinersIf the Mariners get back to the postseason for the first time since 2001, Servais will win the award. This one is pretty self-explanatory. MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL Centrallast_img read more


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Wimbledon has started, Džumhur to play against Federer

first_imgThe 3rd Grand Slam tournament of the season, Wimbledon, began yesterday in the 129th edition on courts of the All England Club.From its start in 1877, Wimbledon has remained to be the most prestigious international tournament and the only one that is played on grass.In the men’s category, Novak Djoković will be defending the title of Champion, and Czech Petra Kvitova in the women’s category.Besides Djoković, the other player favorites are Scot Andy Murray and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, the recent winner of the “Roland Garros” Tournament, and Roger Federer, who will play his first match with B&H’s best tennis player, Damir Džumhur.This season, Džumhur already had a chance to play with one of the best players of all time in the 3rd round of the Paris Roland Garros Tournament, when Federer won with a score of:  6:4, 6: 3 and 6:2.The twenty three year old player from Sarajevo did not have much luck in the draw, considering he doesn’t have much of a chance of making it to the second round playing against a tennis giant, but it is sure that Džumhur will do his best to challenge the title of the second player in the world.The match between Džumhur and Federer will be held today at the Centre Court of Wimbledon.In the women’s draw, the title of the winner will be defended by Kvitova, but the best odds are given to an American that will go for her 6th title at Wimbledon, and a total of 21 Grand Slam titles in her career.The final matches will be played on July 11th and the 12th. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more


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Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – James

first_imgLeBron JamesLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.But in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist.James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make america Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan. While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.“Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


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ICC expected to announce postponement of T20 World Cup

first_imgAdvertisement 6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euc5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xyWould you ever consider trying this?😱2a44Can your students do this? 🌚99z9Roller skating! Powered by Firework The fate of this year’s T20 World Cup which has been put on hold for the past two months is likely to postpone in the ICC’s next virtual board meet on Monday. With its postponement, the BCCI are expecting to host the 13th edition of Indian Premier League at that time.Advertisement  Advertisement Notably, the marquee event is supposed to take place from October 18 to November 15 in Australia but the country’s cricket board had shared its inability to host the tournament amid COVID-19 outbreak in the country. On the other hand, India’s positive cases exceeded the 10 lakh mark whereas more than 26,000 deaths have been recorded as well. Amid this situation, hosting the IPL would be a risk. Hence, they have thought to shift it in UAE.“The first step was postponement of Asia Cup, which has happened. We can only start to move ahead with our plans after the ICC announces the postponement. They have been sitting on the decision even after Cricket Australia said that they are not too keen on hosting the event,” a BCCI Apex Council member said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.Advertisement However, this year’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in 2022 as India doesn’t want to swap their hosting rights of 2021 World Cup with Cricket Australia. Moreover, Cricket Australia have asked the players to prepare for a white-ball series against England which is scheduled for late September and announced a 26-member squad as well.“Pakistan was supposed to host the Champions Trophy in 2009. After the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, everyone in their proper senses knew that PCB will never host a big event in distant future,” said a source is known to the functioning of the ICC.“Yet, ICC deputed its employees in Pakistan for months when South Africa was already preparing to host the event. Everyone knew but a formal announcement of shift took months as threat assessment was part of protocol. The ICC couldn’t have just postponed 9the T20 World Cup) immediately as initially, the top ministers of the Australian government expressed keenness to host,” he further added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Harbhajan Singh to consider retirement after IPL 2020Coach reveals if Aussie players will participate in IPL 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more