Football clubs are seemingly just as much about success off the pitch as on it in the modern era.Television deals, sponsorships and prize money ensure football clubs are some of the highest-earning organisations in the world.The publication of the latest UEFA Benchmark report provides an opportunity to review which clubs bring in the most revenue, and how it compares to the previous 12 months. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! (Figures are for the 2017 financial year)
Chelsea reeled off an 11th successive victory in a Premier League season for the first time Saturday when Diego Costa’s header secured a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in a demonstration of the leader’s efficient transformation under Antonio Conte.Chelsea surged nine points clear at the summit, ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal playing in this round, exactly a year after Jose Mourinho was fired with the west London club hovering above the relegation zone. (Also read: Chelsea manager Conte concerned by Chinese spending power)Whereas “palpable discord” with his players triggered Mourinho’s exit, there now seems to be a harmonious dressing room under Conte.While Chelsea is unadventurous in front of goal under the Italian, it is watertight in defense, keeping nine clean sheets in the winning run that started after a 3-0 humbling at Arsenal.Chelsea took 37 minutes to register a shot at Selhurst Park but Costa’s match-winning moment came two minutes before halftime when the striker headed in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross. It was Costa’s 13th goal of the season, eclipsing last season’s haul before the halfway point has been reached.Chelsea will have to cope without Costa at the start of the packed festive program at home to Bournemouth on December 26 when he will serve a one-match ban for picking up a fifth booking of the season for dissent just before scoring.N’Golo Kante, who was cautioned in the second half for persistent fouls, also has Christmas off after accumulating five yellow cards.Crystal Palace’s problems deepened with Alan Pardew’s side condemned to an eighth loss in 10 games to remain three points above the relegation zone.advertisement
On the issue of re-visiting the main judgement, the benchOn the issue of re-visiting the main judgement, the bench initially said that at present, it had a “small” brief with regard to appointment of administrators and moreover, the review and curative petitions have already been dismissed.However, when Sibal and Rohatgi persisted with their grievances on legal issues, such as the state associations, governed by separate bye laws, were initially not under consideration of the proceedings, the bench said it would deal with them at a later stage.Rohatgi again raised the issue of Railways, armed forces and Association of Universities and said their BCCI membership from permanent to associate ones was downgraded without the hearing.The Attorney General said the issue of autonomy of sports bodies like BCCI has “international ramifications” as sometime the global bodies do not approve governmental or state control over them.”Where were you” when the proceedings were being conducted, the bench then asked.It, however, later said, “We will also hear your grievances and if the view taken by the bench earlier is contrary to the Constitution bench judgement, we will take our own view of law and we will see it.”The bench dispelled the notion that the administrators will run the BCCI for forever and said they will ensure that the reform measures are implemented.Subramaniam said his job as the amicus curiae was to ensure that the courts judgement, as it stands today, is implemented.The amicus curiae, on last date of hearing, had submitted nine names in sealed cover for the proposed panel of administrators which will supervise the administration of BCCI through its Chief Executive Officer.advertisementPrior to that, the apex court had come down heavily on the defiant BCCI brass and removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke as President and Secretary for “obstructing” and “impeding” its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body.It had said the BCCI will now be overseen by a committee of administrators.The court had also slapped Thakur with contempt and perjury notices for filing a false affidavit over writing to ICC on the issue of autonomy. PTI ABA MNL SJK ARC
New Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) Tata Motors and the worlds largest automaker Volkswagen, are likely to give a concrete shape to their ongoing open-ended talks for partnership at the Geneva Motors Show scheduled for next month.The two companies are understood to have been holding discussions for a while over the possibility of joining hands and finding synergies, keeping in view the technological developments such as autonomous driving and shared mobility along with stricter emission norms challenging the automotive industry.When contacted, a Volkswagen Group spokesperson said that it is committed to the Indian market, as the country is an integral part of its growth strategy ? especially among the emerging markets.”To enlarge the product portfolio with tailor-made solutions, for example in India, Volkswagen Group is discussing and defining these proactively with potential partners as well as between the brands of the Group. It is therefore, premature to make any further disclosures at the moment.”With its future programme TOGETHER ? strategy 2025 Volkswagen Group empowers its brands with new responsibilities in the respective regions, the VW spokesperson added.Similarly, a Tata Motors spokesperson said: “As prevalent in the automotive industry, we regularly have discussions with different companies to explore future collaborations but we do not have any specific announcements at present.”Industry sources said that the current discussions between the two companies are “wide ranging and open ended” with possibilities of technical collaboration and joint venture.”What is likely to happen in Geneva is that the two companies might agree on which direction to move ahead through a partnership,” a source said.advertisementSenior leaders from both the companies are involved in the talks, another source added.The Geneva International Motors Show will be held in the first half of next month. Tata Motors is expected to unveil its sports car at the show.Tata Motors is looking to beef up its struggling passenger vehicles business with plans to move to AMP (advance modular platform) architecture by 2018 and cut down the number of platforms to just two from the current six.If VW and Tata Motors come together, they will be following the path of Japanese auto majors Toyota and Suzuki, who have recently agreed to begin concrete examinations for business partnership in areas like environment, safety and information technology along with supply of products and components. PTI MSS RKL JM
Tiger Woods will miss next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida as he continues back rehabilitation, he announced on Thursday.The news comes one month before the first major championship of 2017, the Masters at Augusta National.”Unfortunately, due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back, I won’t be able to play in this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational,” Woods, 41, said on his website (tigerwoods.com).”I’m especially disappointed because I wanted to be at Bay Hill to help honour Arnold.”This will be the first staging of the PGA Tour event at Bay Hill in Orlando since Palmer died last September.The 14-times major champion Woods, who has hardly played since major back surgery in 2015, gave no indication on when he might return to competition.”Presently, I have no timetable for my return to golf, but my treatments are continuing and going well,” he said.
Ajinkya Rahane has been one of India’s most dependable batsmen in recent times, especially in overseas conditions where others have failed to deliver. (SCORECARD)Rahane is a proven performer abroad where he has scored 1588 runs in 21 matches at an average of 51.22, including five hundreds and eight fifties.Ajinkya Rahane scratchy, down on confidence: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayHowever, his performance at home has not been up to the mark when compared to his away numbers. In 16 matches, Rahane has scored 954 runs at an average of 38.15, including three hundreds and as many fifties. (Dharamsala Test, Day 2: Key highlights)One had expected that Rahane would improve his stats at home in the marathon season which will end after the ongoing fourth Test against Australia in Dharamsala.Rahane started India’s home season of 13 Tests with a bang against New Zealand where he scored 347 runs in three matches, including a century and a fifty. (India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2: As it happened)However, he failed to sustain the momentum in the following series against England where he managed only 63 runs in the first three Tests before being ruled out of the last two matches with a finger injury.He returned to the team in the one-off Test against Bangladesh and scored 82 in the first innings and 28 in the second as India thrashed their neighbours comprehensively. (Nathan Lyon hurts India after Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara fifties)But against Australia, Rahane has again been found struggling to make runs. He has so far managed to score just 160 runs with an average of 26.66, including a half-century.advertisementIn the series-deciding fourth Test against the Aussies, Rahane was handed the additional responsibility of captaining the side after Virat Kohli was ruled out following a shoulder injury. (Cheteshwar Pujara breaks Gautam Gambhir’s eight-year-old record)Chasing Australia’s first innings total of 300 runs, India were at 157/2 on Day 2, and with the dependable Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane looking set in the middle. India appeared to have the upper hand before Nathan Lyon (4/67) intervened after tea.In the first over of the final session, Lyon sent back Pujara for 57 and went on to dismiss Karun Nair, Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin to deflate the hosts. (STATS: Ravindra Jadeja 10th Indian to achieve all-round double of 1000 runs, 100 wickets in Tests)Rahane found himself in the line of fire and the otherwise dependable batsman made things difficult for himself by trying to pull and hook his way out of trouble. He was dismissed for 46.Reflecting on Rahane’s inconsistent form, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday told India Today that the Mumbaikar has been scratchy and down on confidence. (Lokesh Rahul seeks second innings redemption in Dharamsala)”Ajinkya Rahane is scratchy. It is not the Rahane we have seen over a long period of time. Think about the Rahane at Lord’s (2013) where it was seaming, decking, bouncing and he just batted as if it was a different track.”Imagine his hundreds in Australia. He is just a bit out of the place at the moment, maybe mentally… the confidence has gone down a bit because he hasn’t had a good series against England,” Ganguly told India Today. (Gallery)Ganguly said Rahane will probably have to sit down and relax in order to get his mind back on track.”He hasn’t had a good series so far by his standards. So, his confidence level is down a bit and you can see that in his batting. I think it is not the Rahane but he is surviving, he is trying hard, he is competing…typical Mumbai khadoosness as they say. But we have seen a better Rahane. And I think once this series finishes, he will probably will have to sit down and find a way to relax and get his mind back on track,” he added.
Sourav Ganguly lauded India for a superlative victory over Australia in the Dharamsala Test to clinch the four-match series 2-1 and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.The series was locked at 1-1 after Australia won in Pune, India won in Bengaluru and a stalemate in Ranchi. The Aussies dominated proceedings on the first morning in the series deciding Test in Dharamsala before Kuldeep Yadav, on debut, ripped through the visitors’ middle order. Watch Dharamsala Test is something that India should remember: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayRavindra Jadeja then stepped up to the plate with another all-round performance, the pacers rocked Australia’s top order and the spinners mopped up the rest. It was then easy pickings for KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane despite the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara.Ganguly, speaking to India Today, said it was a great victory for India.”It’s a great win. It has been a great summer but I’m not surprised,” he told India Today. “India in India has always been a different kettle of fish. Tough…very hard to be beaten. That side versus Australia in 2001, they were probably the best cricketing side I’ve seen in my cricketing career…even they couldn’t manage to beat India. So, it’s not easy.”Even in this series, they were 1-0 down, they came back to win this series. It will always remain a tough part of the world for any team away from the sub-continent to come and capture.”However, Ganguly also had a word of praise for Australia. Many experts had expected the men from down under to be clobbered 4-0 but Steve Smith’s men showed spunk and fight to win the opening Test and draw the penultimate match to keep the series alive when the teams reached the foothills of the Himalayas. “But, you’ve got to give credit to Australia. A lot of young players. Renshaw, Handscombe, Maxwell, who’re making early entry into Test cricket on turning pitches…they’ve fought hard against this India side.”advertisement
Given how hot Malaika Arora usually looks, she can wear just about anything at just about any given point of time, and turn it into a fashion trend.So, when the pretty damsel dresses up in seemingly “normal” clothes, it’s a little bit of an anomaly. Malaika, however, has done something to turn that around COMPLETELY.One of the first things in the morning, we came across this picture below, and were baffled by who the celebrity indeed was. Could you have guessed? Photo: Yogen ShahYes, cornrows. She got cornrows done in her hair! Do you know how much heart it takes to get that done to your hair?This style of traditional African braiding makes your hair messy-curly if maintained for long, which is why it takes a lot of guts for a woman with non-messy/curly hair to opt for it.Photo: Yogen Shah The period of 1950s-70s saw hippies visiting India (usually as part of the hippie travel trail) sporting cornrows, because they’re extremely low on maintenance.And Malaika decided to complete her hippie look with a floral top (we’re guessing to signify flower power), bell-bottomed jeans and huge eye frames.You can’t blame us if we think she’s just stepped out of a time machine, then!Photo: Yogen Shah
After a tumultuous public and personal life, Lindsay Lohan has taken to studying Islam of late. But that’s not what this is about.This is about Lindsay Lohan taking to Islam a little too seriously–she’s been vacationing in Thailand for a while now, and was recently spotted sporting a burkini while stepped out for a paddle-boarding session in Phuket. Not a bikini; a burkini– full-body swimsuit worn by Muslim women.Picture courtesy: Instagram/liloversforever The dress covered the 30-year-old from head to toe as she got ready for paddle-boarding. Her head was covered with a black hood, which also concealed her ears.According to her Instagram, Lindsay has been vacationing in Thailand for two weeks. Before that, she was in Dubai to meet her family.
A new study on mobile giving in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake has loads of interesting insights for nonprofits seeking to understand mobile donors.The research, from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the mGive Foundation, shows 9% of people have texted a charitable donation from their phone. While that may seem like a low number, it actually represents a significant percentage when you consider mobile giving only started in 2008 – and in that first year, it yielded more donations that the first year of online giving.So who are these donors?1. IMPULSIVE: Surveyed donors who gave in response to Haiti said it was a spur-of the-moment decision – and for most, it was their first time giving with their phone. Three quarters of these mobile donors (73%) contributed using their phones on the same day they heard about the campaign, and a similar number (76%) say that they typically make text message donations without conducting much in-depth research beforehand. Six in ten have not followed the ongoing reconstruction efforts closely after making their donation, and just 3% say they have followed these efforts “very closely”. Additionally, a sizable majority (80%) have not received additional follow-up communications from the organization that received their donation. 2. SOCIAL: Yet while their initial contribution often involved little deliberation, 43% of these donors encouraged their friends or family members to give to the campaign as well. Interestingly, of those who encouraged a friend or family member to donate, three quarters (75%) did so by talking with others in person—twice the number who sent a text message encouraging others to donate (34% did this) and more than three times the number who did so by posting on a social networking site (21%).3. TECH-SAVVY: Most of those surveyed (56%) have continued to give to more recent disaster relief efforts—such as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan—using their mobile phones. They were far more likely than the norm to Tweet, access the web via their phone and own an e-reader. They also tended to be younger than typical donors.The study underlines a wealth of recent research showing multi-channel outreach is the best approach. Mobile should be part of an integrated outreach plan. The mobile donors use a range of methods to give money, and when asked their favorite way, they prefer text messaging (favored by 25%) and online forms (24%) only slightly to mail (22%) and in-person donations (19%). Voice calling was the least preferred way of being contacted.I also think the impulsive, social nature of these donors is reflective of much of individual giving.So should you jump into mobile? I think text-to-give campaigns are great for large-scale humanitarian disasters that have captured widespread interest and for local events, when you have an opportunity to ask people to act in the moment. If you are hoping people will give on their phones but haven’t figured out how to create the impetus for an impulsive action, step back and solve for that challenge before anything else. Mobile, like all technology, doesn’t work on its own. You need a compelling appeal that reaches people at the right time.For more on the study, go here.
Instead of viewing donors like customers, change the relationship so that your donors, board members, and CEOs are your partners helping you gain more resources for your cause. Thanks to the new book The Generosity Network, here’s how to do it: 1. Talk about your own story.Instead of trying to sell the great things your nonprofit is doing, speak about your personal story. How does your work support a mission you’re passionate about?2. Ask about the story of others.Ask your donors, your board members, and your other would-be partners what they’re passionate about. How did they become involved with your organization? What keeps them interested?3. Make it a story of “us.”Make the connection between your interests and the interests of others. Show people how their passions and your passions can have a similar impact, then instead of saying to your partners, “Will you help me?” Reframe the question as, “How can we work together?”4. Join together.Now, create an action plan from your new partnerships. Instead of viewing your donors and board members as one-time givers, they can be partners who bring resources to the table.To learn more on how you can turn your “customers” into new partners, access the archived webinar presentation of Nonprofit 911: Build Your Generosity Network with Jennifer McCrea and Jeff Walker.
N’Golo Kante insists Chelsea are against all forms of discrimination after a number of the club’s supporters were accused of racially abusing Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.The Blues suspended four fans following their 2-0 win over the Premier League champions after footage, which subsequently went viral on social media, was broadcast of fans screaming abuse at Sterling. Colin Wing, 60, had his season ticket suspended after the incident, though he has claimed he used the word ‘Manc’ rather than ‘black’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking to the Daily Mail , Wing said: “I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad. But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.“I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now.”Kante, meanwhile, insists all at Chelsea are against racism and has expressed his hope the internal investigation will resolve the issue.”We heard about it right after the game,” Kante told Sky Sports News .”I know now they have an investigation taking place. We will wait for the outcome of that.”But we, here at Chelsea, are against all types of discrimination. I hope this will be fixed.”A club statement said: “Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent,” adding the club “will also fully support any criminal prosecutions”.A police investigation is under way into the incident.Following the abuse he received at Chelsea, Sterling issued a statement on Instagram, criticising the media’s treatment of young black players. The England international called on outlets to consider how their portrayal of players could provoke to hate speech.Chelsea are no strangers at having to answer for the poor behaviour of some of their fans, with the club having called for an end to an anti-Semitic chant 2017.Two fans were given suspended prison sentences in 2015 for pushing a black man away from the doors of a Paris Metro train as he tried to board.The London club have won awards for their Say No To Anti-Semitism campaign and have worked with Kick It Out, the UK-based charity founded to tackle discrimination in football.
Jamie Vardy scored on his 250th Leicester City appearance as the Foxes ended an 18-year wait for a Premier League win at Chelsea in a 1-0 triumph.The former England striker had been starved of service until clinically finishing a brilliant Leicester counter early in the second half, which ultimately proved enough to clinch a first win at Stamford Bridge since 2000.It was a hugely frustrating afternoon for Maurizio Sarri’s side, who controlled large periods of the game and saw Eden Hazard – one shy of 100 competitive goals for the Blues – hit the crossbar in the first half as well as Marcos Alonso strike the post in the 91st minute when clean through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea, who lost a league match at home for the first time under Sarri, consequently head into Christmas 11 points behind leaders Liverpool, while rumours that Leicester were planning on sacking Claude Puel may subside after this much-needed win.The Blues’ play was sharp if lacking in incisiveness early doors, although David Luiz was desperately close to meeting Pedro’s flick on from a Willian corner.1-0 to #lcfc@Madders10 @vardy7 #CheLei pic.twitter.com/mzxhsZi4Ij— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 22, 2018Leicester had an almighty let-off when Hazard pounced on Harry Maguire’s poor control and rifled an effort against the crossbar.Neither team had a shot on target until the 41st minute with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s strong hand keeping out Wilfred Ndidi’s stinging 30-yard drive.Willian tamely struck at Kasper Schmeichel after a fine team move, while Jorginho’s well-hit half-volley forced the Leicester keeper into action again as Chelsea finished the half strong.The Blues were caught cold six minutes after the break, though. Leicester launched a counter-attack that led to James Maddison slipping in Vardy to emphatically fire past Kepa when one-on-one.Schmeichel was sharp to keep out Hazard’s left-foot effort from a tight angle, and at the other end Kepa’s spill from Marc Albrighton’s cross needed swift action from Cesar Azpilicueta to deny Vardy.Leicester’s goal lived a charmed life in the closing stages with Antonio Rudiger heading wide from point-blank range and Alonso fluffing his lines by striking the left post when one-on-one.What does it mean? Relief for Puel, but Blues’ title hopes stungPuel has faced rumours this week that squad disharmony and a return of one league win in six could lead to his sacking, but a big triumph here is a much-needed early Christmas present. There will be little festive cheer for the hosts, though, who are 11 points off the top and stewing over a first home defeat since April.Christmas party time for VardyLeicester fans love to affectionately sing ‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party’ and he had cause for celebration with a typically clinical counter-attacking goal. The Foxes had done little to provide chances for Vardy until his goal, but when it came he did not disappoint. Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell also impressed for the away side.Kante paying a high priceThere is arguably no better defensive midfielder on the planet than N’Golo Kante. But Sarri’s insistence on playing the France international in an advanced position to slot Jorginho deeper in his midfield is not bringing the best out of the former Leicester star. On a few occasions, Kante found himself high up the pitch but lacking the attacking quality to break the Foxes’ rear-guard.Key Opta Facts- Chelsea have failed to find the back of the net in two of their last four home Premier League games, as many as in their previous 21.- Jamie Vardy has scored 13 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances. – Leicester midfielder James Maddison has created 41 goal-scoring chances in the Premier League this season, more than any other English player. What’s next?The festive season kicks into gear with Chelsea making the hop across London aiming to bounce back at Watford on Boxing Day, while the Foxes will look for another unlikely win at home to Manchester City. read more
James Milner believes Liverpool are better equipped to break down massed defensive ranks this season as they prepare to host Newcastle United at Anfield.Jurgen Klopp’s men remain unbeaten in the Premier League and lead champions Manchester City by four points at the summit heading into the Boxing Day clash against ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez’s side. Newcastle’s recent encounters with teams at the top end of the table suggest 90 minutes of dogged defence and calculated counter-attack, but Milner feels Liverpool’s strength is that they have become more than just the attack-minded outfit who sought to blast teams away quickly last term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He’s obviously shown over the years that he’s very good tactically and a very good manager,” Milner said of Benitez in an interview with Liverpool’s official website.”He’ll set his team up and he’ll no doubt watch a lot of our games so he’ll know where he thinks our strengths and weaknesses are, so it’s down to us to be able to adapt. “I think we’ve done that well this year, finding different ways to win games. You can’t always play free-flowing, attacking football and be on the front foot for 90 minutes in every game. “It’d be nice if you could be but you can’t. You have to adapt and find a way to win and find the right way to play in each game, and that dictates how we play on the day but also how the opposition sets up and how the manager wants us to play. “I think that’s a good quality within the group. We have that, we have different ways of playing, we can play different formations, and we have a very strong squad with a lot of good players and also players who can play in different formations and styles of play.”Recent defeats for City against Chelsea and Crystal Palace have established Liverpool as the title frontrunners – something that will only make them a more appealing scalp for all opponents according to their experienced and versatile midfielder.”Liverpool’s a big club and a big scalp, and teams know what a test it is to play us and they’re going to raise their game playing against us as well,” added Milner.”So we have to be ready for that and we know how difficult it’ll be, but hopefully our qualities come through.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gareth Bale should join Manchester United or return to Tottenham if he leaves Real Madrid at the end of the season, Ryan Mason says.The Wales international has been constantly linked with a move back to the Premier League since leaving Spurs for the Spanish giants for a then-world record fee in 2013.United have been the team said to be at the front of the queue to sign the winger should he leave the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, but there has been a lift in reports of a potential return to his former side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 29-year-old remains contracted to Madrid until 2022 and has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season, but is said to be unhappy with his lack of starts under Santiago Solari.Bale was jeered off by Madrid fans when he was substituted in the recent defeat to Barcelona, leading his agent to brand the supporters as “a disgrace” .With the four-time Champions League winner’s future at the club under fire, Mason reckons he will not be short of options should he look for a way out this summer, highlighting United and Spurs as the ideal destinations.”Manchester United and Tottenham stick out for me, as they are both clubs looking to get back to that top level,” Bale’s former Spurs team-mate told Sky Sports . “I think Manchester City are recruiting in a way where they recruit young, trying to develop.”Bale could play anywhere, but I think for Tottenham it would be a huge statement signing, improve their front line and in wide positions. Why not make him that marquee signing as they move into that new stadium?”The type of mentality he has, he’ll be thinking: ‘Where can I go and impact things and win things?’ He’ll want to go and make the rest of his career as successful as possible.”Meanwhile, ex-Brighton full-back Liam Rosenior believes Old Trafford would be ideal for Bale, as he may not have a place waiting for him in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.”On current form and style of play you’d probably say Manchester United. You could argue Tottenham, but they’re so set in their ways, it would be difficult for him to come back,” he said.”The transition the club have made since he left has been massive, so it would be a totally different football club.”He’s won four Champions Leagues, so from his point of view anywhere from Real is a step down. But I’m sure he’s at a stage in his career where he wants to be enjoying his football.”He’ll want to go and make the rest of his career as successful as possible.”
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Over the years I have played in both organized (teams and leagues) and recreational sports (pickup games). There are many sayings in sports. “Hit it where they ain’t!” “Play the ball, don’t let it play you.” And Yogi Berra’s famous “It ain’t over til it’s over.”There is one sports adage that I have found applicable to working with clients and prospects, networking, and many times in non-business activities. “Let the game come to you.”When I played baseball, I was told to wait for the pitch. See if it is a curve, change up or fastball, adjust your swing, and then hit the pitch where it is thrown. In basketball and football defense sets up and the offensive runs a specific, planned play. But when that play begins, changes may have to be made.The same agility is needed in meetings. Even though agendas may have been shared and agreed to, priorities may have changed when the meeting begins. The time allocated is shortened. Does this sound familiar?: “I didn’t expect that in this meeting. I was thrown a curve.” You need to be prepared to adjust to changes.This even applies to networking. You come prepared to meet certain people, or executives with specific companies. You plan to share more than five minutes of quality time with your “targets.” But what if your targets are no-shows? What if someone not on your list wants to monopolize your time, since you are their “target?” You need to call an audible as “the game comes to you.”Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberSo how do you “let the game come to you?” Here are four thoughts.- Listen to the client or prospect and watch body language. Let her tell you what is important in your meeting (in poker this is known as a “tell”).- Have “audible plays” prepared to create a successful meeting.- When entering a networking event, scan the room. Watch how people are interacting. Are they engaged in lively conversations, looking bored, or just passing out and collecting business cards? Are the people you wanted to meet not at the event?- Call an “audible” and adjust your targets.What do you think freelancers? Have you ever let “the game come to you?”Spencer Maus of SpencerConnect has over 17 years of public, investor and media relations experience representing law and financial services firm, public and private corporations, and entrepreneurs/start-ups. He has been actively providing social media guidance for more than a decade, and became a member of LinkedIn in the 1st quarter of 2004.
By BedikaNew Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI) In many ways “Mukkabaaz”, the story of a boxer trying to make it big in caste-ridden Uttar Pradesh, mirrors Vineet Kumar Singhs struggle in Bollywood, for 17 years, but the actor, ever an optimist, says he is not bitter.The story is based on a script that Vineet wrote and tried to get the film made for years before turning to his mentor Anurag Kashyap, who had cast him in “Gangs of Wasseypur” for the first time.Vineet said he kept telling himself that he always had the option to go back home whenever the situation turned bleak.”I prefer not to complain because it becomes harder to survive. I would not have survived for 17-18 years if I was bitter. I am still here… Trying,” the actor told PTI in an interview.”I studied in a medical college but then decided not to take up the profession. I chose this (acting). In the worst phases of my struggle, I would talk to myself, You have decided to come to Mumbai and become an actor. No one has asked you to do this,” he added.Vineet also featured in films such as “Bombay Talkies” and “Ugly” but the actor said there were chances of being typecast as most of the parts offered to him had a similar tone.To break the mould, the actor decided to take “Mukkabaaz” forward, which was eventually directed by Kashyap.”The offers which were coming to me were similar to what I had done before. What people were expecting me to do was different from what I wanted to do. There was this dilemma. Then I decided I will do Mukkabaaz.”advertisementVineet said when he approached filmmakers with the story, they praised the script, but things couldnt materialise due to innumerable reasons.He said the fact that producers met him with a lot of respect and appreciated his efforts gave him the strength to keep on trying.”Whenever I used to come out of these meetings, I never felt disheartened. I always felt there is something good in my script because of which people are willing to put in their money. My confidence was high throughout as people were showing an interest in the script,” he added.Vineet said it took him a while to approach Kashyap as the director had already worked with him in three films.”I did not approach him as I thought he would feel Im after him. When I initially went to Anurag sir, it was not because I wanted him to direct the film. I had gone to pitch the project to Phantom Films. I thought if I would get some feedback from him, I would incorporate the changes in the script and then pitch it to his company.”The actor said he was stunned when Kashyap expressed his desire to helm the project with him in the lead role of Shravan Kumar Singh.”I was waiting for his feedback and when he called me, he immediately said that he liked the script and is directing it with me in the lead. I couldnt believe my ears when he said this as I had been going to people with the script for the past three years. I was so happy,” he said.The sports drama, which also features Jimmy Sheirgill, Ravi Kishan and Zoya Hussain, has been promoted as a “true story”.Vineet said the film is tagged as inspired by real events as it focuses on the actual struggle of sportspeople before they become stars.”What happens in our country is that we start talking about a sportsperson when he or she wins a medal in some big tournament. The people then get interested in writing and reading about their lives. But nobody is interested in knowing that what they went through before winning the medal,” he said.Vineet believes more than the victory, it is the journey of a sportsperson which needs to be highlighted.”I believe sportspeople require exposure the most when they have not won a medal. That journey needs to be highlighted,” he added. PTI BK SHD RDS BDS RDS
Britain’s Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.The unseeded 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a nervy Dimitrov.The Bulgarian struggled to reproduce the form that saw him beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, with his serve especially vulnerable.Edmund broke decisively at 4-4 in the opening set with a thunderbolt forehand off a weak second serve.Dimitrov took the second set but never looked completely comfortable against the ultra aggressive Edmund and a double-fault at 3-4 in the third set proved costly.The players swapped breaks in the fourth set but Edmund broke again for a 5-4 lead to serve for the match.A tense final game saw Edmund double-fault but an ace brought up match point and then Dimitrov sliced a backhand long which was confirmed by Hawkeye.Edmund is the only British man in the main draw after three-times grand slam champion Andy Murray withdrew to have surgery on his hip.(Source: Reuters)
Johannesburg, Jan 25 (PTI) Former Test captains Sunil Gavaskar and Shaun Pollock today criticised the wicket on offer for the ongoing the third and final cricket Test between India and South Africa, terming it a “completely bowler- friendly pitch”.Gavaskar was of the view that Test match pitches needed to be of sporting nature.”You can get a very flat surface which is totally in favour of batsmen. This is a pitch which is totally in favour of bowlers,” Gavaskar said while commenting on the pitch for SuperSport television.Pollock went a level higher and termed the surface as a bad one.”If youve got deliveries behaving like this on day two of a Test match it cant be judged a good surface,” he said.Pollock compared the Wanderers pitch with the Nagpur wicket of 2015 which was rated “poor” by the ICC when South Africa toured India.”You go to India and get a surface like Nagpur where it turned too much. This cant be judged a good surface because as a batsman you are never in,” he said. PTI SSC SSC
Imphal, Jan 27 (PTI) The Manipur government today awarded Rs 20 lakh to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, world champion weightlifter from the state.Mirabai won gold medal at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held in the USA. She is only second Indian to have achieved the feat after Karnam Malleswari who clinched back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.Presenting the reward of Rs 20 lakh to Mirabai, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said, “Efforts will be made so that sportspersons based outside the state return, and bring laurels both for the country as well as for the state.”Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, had lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the womens 48kg category to become world champion.”As for Mirabai, a suitable offer will be given to her if she so desires, after consulting with sports bodies based in the state, to figure out what will be appropriate for her,” Biren said.Mirabai appreciated the initiative of the state government. “A lot of funds are required to excel at the global level. If proper attention is given to them, many players from the state can bring laurels for the country,” she said. PTI COR NN AT AT LNS