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first_imgThe stunning new Golf SV has arrived at J.J. Reid Motors in Letterkenny.This spacious new model is now available with 0% Finance on a PCP deal for the month of July.There’s never been a better time to visit J.J. Reid Motors in Letterkenny. J.J Reid has established a stellar reputation over the years for providing quality products at a great price.It’s commitment to its customers has made the Garage one of the most popular in the North West.To avail of the amazing offers and bonus options across the range get down to J.J Reid Motors, Canal Road, Letterkenny.PICTURE SPECIAL: CHECK OUT THE STUNNING NEW GOLF SV AT J.J REID MOTORS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesgaragegolfJ.J Reid Motorsnewslast_img read more

first_imgThe giant baobab surrounded by the flagsof the 32 qualifying nations. A calabash, identical to the exterior ofthe Soccer City stadium, simmers in the centre of the stage.(Images: Shine2010) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471 • Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524 • Jermaine Craig, media manager 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121 RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup starts on a high note• World Cup concert on song • Star-studded concert for 2010 • 2010 Fifa World Cup background resources • 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guideJanine ErasmusThe 2010 Fifa World Cup opening ceremony showcased the vibrancy of Africa and the colour and diversity of South Africa, the host nation.Thousands of fans packed into the magnificent calabash, Soweto’s Soccer City, to witness the official opening of the first World Cup ever to take place on African soil.At the start of the ceremony, conceived by music arranger Lebo M, the five airplanes of the Silver Falcons, the South African Air Force’s aerobatic display team, swooped over the stadium as fans wept and bowed their heads with the emotion of the moment. The jets made another flyover at the end of the ceremony, trailing plumes of smoke.Vuvuzelas rang out around the ground, but would be respectfully hushed a short while later during speeches and the national anthems.Young South African imbongi or praise singer Zolani Mkiva, the Poet of Africa, opened the proceedings with a passionate performance. The centre of the stage was then filled with 1 500 exuberant dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages.Many fans did not make it to the stadium in time for the ceremony because of gridlocked traffic, but those who were there were entertained by the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, TKZee and HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, the legendary Osibisa of Ghanaian origin, and Algerian singing star Khalid who performed his Arabic smash hit “Didi”.Tenor Timothy Moloi sang the Nelson Mandela-supported anthem “Hope”, which contains a spoken message from the former president and fervent sports fan. Siphiwo Ntshebe, who sang the version on Listen Up, the official Worfld Cup album, was chosen by Mandela to perform the track but died suddenly in May after a bout of meningitis.R&B superstar R Kelly sang the World Cup anthem “Sign of Victory” with the backing of the Soweto Spiritual Singers.The dancers operated a large dung beetle puppet, which rolled away an oversized Jabulani football. To the beat of African rhythms they also constructed a giant smoking calabash or cooking pot and then Africa’s iconic baobab tree on the raised platform in the middle of the stage.Other highlights included a map of Africa made of large sheets of coloured cloth, a tribute to all nations who took part in the qualifying stages and one to the 32 teams that did make it through, and the World Cup logo artfully put together like a jigsaw puzzle by youngsters wearing different coloured clothing.Let the games beginAn hour later, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and South African president Jacob Zuma took to the field for the formalities ahead of the opening game between South Africa and Mexico.Blatter congratulated South Africa for the impressive arrangements and all the hard work that went into preparing for this day. He thanked the country for its hospitality and dedication before handing over to President Jacob Zuma, who was to declare the tournament officially open.Zuma alluded to former president Nelson Mandela’s absence – the elder statesman was expected to grace the occasion but the tragic death of his young great grand-daughter, as she returned from the inaugural kickoff concert the night before, plunged the Mandela family into mourning and prevented Mandela’s appearance.“Madiba sends a message – the game must start,” said Zuma. “You must enjoy the game.”He continued, “The time for Africa has come. It has arrived. Allow me to say I am honoured and privileged to be given an opportunity to declare the 2010 Fifa World Cup open.”The dignitaries were then introduced to both teams and the match officials. Once the two national anthems had been enthusiastically sung by both camps, Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov, whose own football career was cut short by injury, blew the whistle to get the tournament underway.To the delight of their South African supporters, Bafana Bafana went on to hold their opponents to a 1-1 draw and scored a point in their Group A opening match, continuing the tradition of hosts not losing their opening games.According to Google the search term “world cup opening ceremony 2010 live” was the ninth most popular search during the ceremony’s duration.SAMA-nominated R&B singer, Timothy Moloi, is to stand in for the late Siphiwo Ntshebe, whose sudden death on May 27, 2010 shook the music world. Ntshebe had been chosen by Mandela to convey a global message of hope at the opening of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Moloi will sing the Hope track, which is believed to contain a spoken message of hope and compassion from Mandela.last_img read more

first_img5 August 2014President Jacob Zuma on Monday asked for the support of American business to ensure that South Africa does not get excluded from Agoa, the preferential trade programme that was enacted in 2000 to boost and diversify African trade with the US.Addressing a US-South Africa Business Investment Forum organised by the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Zuma said that for Africa to continue to prosper, South Africa had to demonstrate strong growth.Zuma’s speech comes as US lawmakers prepare to vote on the extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), whose current term comes to an end next year.There has been intense lobbying by some in the US to remove South Africa from the list of countries that benefit from the Agoa programme if the legislation is extended next year.US Trade Representative Michael Froman hosted an Agao forum at the Washington offices of the World Bank on Monday to discuss the scheme, and the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit is expected to address the topic of Agoa’s extension on Wednesday.Zuma told an audience of leading US business people that South Africa’s economic growth was linked to that of Africa as a whole and that it would be a mistake to exclude South Africa from the programme.“That is why we put great emphasis in developing not only our country’s infrastructure, but that of the African continent too.“Agoa has transformed the economic landscape for many African countries and South Africa. It is the cornerstone of trade relations between the US and sub-Saharan Africa.”He said the programme had greatly enhanced trade between the US and South Africa. Almost 95% of South African exports receive preferential treatment under Agoa.“We advocate the renewal of Agoa for another 15 years, with the inclusion of South Africa. We strongly believe that by endorsing the extension of Agoa, the US will be promoting African integration, industrialisation and infrastructure development.“We look forward to positive discussions at the Agoa ministerial forum today and in other forums this week.”US Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue said South Africa had undergone massive transformation over the past 20 years and that the US was keen to continue to invest in Africa’s biggest economy.Last year, US exports to South Africa totalled about US$7.3-billion, while South African exports to the US were around $8.5-billion.“Infrastructure investment is on the rise, manufacturing is growing, tourism is booming. South Africa remains our commercial and strategic partner,” Donohue said.Business Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza told the gathering that despite the recent labour unrest in the mining sector, business in South Africa still considered the country’s economy as stable.Mabuza, who rose from humble beginnings as a taxi driver to run one of the largest hotel and leisure groups in the southern hemisphere, said South Africa remained an ideal place to do business in Africa, but that there was a need to “fix” the relationship between employers and employees.“Business needs to rethink the way it relates to employees. We need to rebuild trust and engage with our employees directly and make them understand the costs we face and the choices that have to be made.”Also present at Monday’s event were South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, Pamodzi Investment Holdings CEO Ndaba Ntsele, and Massmart chairperson Mbuseni Dlama.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid all the drama happening in the PBA, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan urged the basketball public to be united as Smart Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the next challenge at hand: the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.“We are hoping that the best of the best players in the country will join Gilas for this tournament,” he said in a statement. “We are calling for the support of every club team and every collegiate program to support this endeavor.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Philippines is slotted in Group B, together with 2017 Fiba Asia Cup champion Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei.READ: PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bidSmart Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in Tokyo when it faces off against Japan on November 24. The national team will then fly back home, this time taking on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.Pangilinan has full confidence that the Philippines can trot out the best squad for the first leg of the home-and-away format as it seeks to make it to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“Every tournament we joined this year was done in preparation for this tournament. Though the new FIBA format for qualification is different from past editions, we are confident that we will adjust to this and return to the global stage once more,” said the chairman of Smart, who is once again stepping up to the plate as the national team’s chief backer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The national team handled by coach Chot Reyes returns to practice on Friday evening as they get the wheels turning for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.READ: SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasseFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere are doubts whether the best players from all teams will be made available for Gilas practices with the clear divide on the PBA Board of Governors but the SMC bloc along with its allied reaffirmed their commitment to the national team.Instituting a new format, Fiba will be holding a home-and-away structure, with Asia being divided into four groups of four in the first round. Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pangilinan also encouraged the public to give their full support on Smart Gilas Pilipinas anew.“Let’s show the world once again what puso is all about!” he said. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAs the curtain comes down on the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix, there is much to savour both on and off the track. Thanks to the media support and the advertiser interest, motorsport has dominated not just the sports pages but the public imagination.For a one-sport nation, it was deeply encouraging to see images racing cars on billboards, buses and pretty much everywhere there was any space. The larger-than-life cut-outs of drivers went well with the festive season. Quite fittingly, the Formula 1 cars and their drivers put on quite a sparkling show! The racing at all levels, including the support races, was of a high standard. The fact that all the 60 laps in the Grand Prix had enough material for a highlights package is fitting testimony to the technical brilliance of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC). A perfect race-track is one where every corner demands the highest levels of skills from the drivers, and the BIC does all that and more.The race had its share of drama, and though Michael Schumacher’s last F1 outing in India ended on a drab note, the drivers’championship stays alive. Aerodynamics whiz Adrian Newey’s work on the Red Bull cars has been phenomenal and Vettel is too good to not capitalise on it.But most of the time, you have to make the best of what you have on the day. This is where the skilled drivers work out the percentages and do exactly what is necessary to reap the maximum benefit.With the Red Bull being clearly faster than his Ferrari, Fernando Alonso produced a blistering performance. He extracted the best from his car to bring it home second and keep his hopes of winning the drivers’championship alive. Also fun were the moments when Lewis Hamilton gave Mark Webber a run for his money in the closing laps, and it was brilliant defensive driving from Webber that kept the McLaren at bay.Within 24 hours, F1 would have packed up and moved to Abu Dhabi. Another race, another country, and so it goes on. It will take a year before F1 comes back to wow us again and in that time, the sport will not be thinking too much about India.It is however, crucial that India does not forget about Formula 1. A country can get involved in Formula 1 in three ways -hosting a Formula 1 race, owning a Formula 1 team and having drivers from the country. As things stand, India checks all the boxes. The question is where do we go from here? The Buddh circuit has acquitted itself very well. The Force India team is getting better with every outing. That leaves the drivers, and already we have had two in Formula 1. The next generation is ready. With the right support from fans, sponsors and media, the next frontier for Indian motorsport is not just for drivers to make it to F1, but in a few years, to dominate it! (The writer is a former GP2 driver and is the only Indian to have driven in the American Indy Lights series)The second edition turned out to be an exciting race, all thanks to the characteristics of the circuit.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWagga Wagga Touch Association are running their annual charity day knockout on Sunday 7th of August at 9am at Jubilee Park. The cost will be $10 per player, per team with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald incorporated Kids Cottage appeal. Nominations are being accepted in the following divisions: Mens/Womens/Mixed Open Mens/Womens/Mixed Under 18’s Mens/Womens/Mixed Over 35’s Divisions may be merged if there are not enough nominations for a certain division, with alll games being 30 minutes long with teams changing ends after each touchdown. Players can register in as many different divisions as they like and each team must be prepared to supply a duty referee. Registration forms must be returned by August 1 to: OPSM, DON Tuckwells Audio or mailed to WTA, PO BOX 2037, Wagga Wagga, 2650. The registration forms can also be faxed to 02 69312290 or emailed to [email protected] Get a team along to support the Kids Cottage Appeal!last_img read more

first_imgLive results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1.              Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksState of Origin live resultslast_img read more

first_img​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook That is, unless you are Aubrey Drake Graham.Drake hatched his long-term goals during a short burst of adolescence. TV star to rapper to cultural livewire. This was the game plan since puberty. He didn’t just follow his dreams — he kidnapped his dreams, locked them in a cage and dared them to escape. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The net result is that while most people arrive at the Big 3-0 with an active To-Do list, there’s not much more Drake needs to do, not unless he plans to colonize Mars or start his own YOLO religion. Advertisement Advertisement Drake turns 30 on Monday.That’s a major milestone for anyone. For the first time, you are closer to 40 than 18, which is like having your right foot on the dock as your left foot, still in the canoe, starts to drift the other way.Time is a perpetual ripple in your 20s. It is silent. But in your 30s, the biological and social clocks tick in Dolby Surround. Pings that seemed like distant echoes at 20 — establishing a career, finding love, building a nest egg — can thunder a decade later when living for the moment gives way to worrying about the future.last_img read more

How LSU And Oklahoma Can Still Make The College Football Playoff

9OklahomaKansas St.+1.4-13.92.5 12Notre DameSyracuse-0.8+3.31.3 13LSUTexas A&M+3.7-3.53.6 WKTeamOpponentw/ Winw/ LossWeighted 13Notre DameUSC-0.9+2.41.3 Which games hold the most weight for LSU?Remaining 2018 college football games with the biggest effect on LSU’s playoff chances* 10OklahomaTexas Tech+6.7-12.48.7 11OklahomaOklahoma St.+4.4-13.46.6 8LSUMississippi St.+2.6-3.43.0 A week ago, we kicked off our College Football Playoff prediction model by talking in part about the handful of teams that were in great shape — provided they just kept winning ballgames. Then Saturday came around, and just like that, two of those squads (LSU and Oklahoma) were knocked down more than a few rungs on the championship ladder. So how can the Tigers and Sooners climb their way back toward the top?In each remaining week of the season, we’ll break down what one team — or, in today’s case, two — needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. Primarily, we’ll be looking at how much each remaining game on the team’s schedule (and other teams’ schedules as well) potentially swings its playoff probability.Louisiana StateCurrent playoff chances: 4 percentWhat it can do: Losing to Florida dropped LSU’s playoff chances from 11 percent to 4 percent, giving the Tigers very little margin for error from here on out. The good news in Baton Rouge, though, is that they still basically control their own destiny — one of the fringe benefits of having an impossibly tough SEC schedule. If LSU wins out, our model says it would have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff, making it one of only five schools (joining Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson) whose playoff chances are that high if they go the rest of the season without a loss. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done: Even after putting the Gators behind it, LSU still has four more ranked opponents left on its regular-season schedule, plus whomever it might play in the SEC title game (if the Tigers get there). At the same time, just one more loss would basically doom LSU, leaving its playoff probability at the end of the season at just 16 percent even if it finishes 10-2. Practically speaking, Ed Orgeron’s team really does have no choice but to keep winning.Who can help it: After allowing LSU to storm back from down 21-10 to beat it in September, Auburn could end up doing its SEC West rivals yet another favor by winning the Iron Bowl over Alabama in late November. LSU’s chances of making the playoff are about 3 percentage points higher in our simulations where Auburn beats Alabama than vice versa. In fact, any Alabama loss would generally help LSU’s chances of making the playoff because it would give the Tigers the edge over the Tide in the division (assuming they beat the Tide themselves in Death Valley on Nov. 3). One other thing is also clear: Alabama and Georgia’s playoff bids are basically incompatible with LSU’s. Conditional on the Tigers making the playoff, there’s only a 23 percent chance that Alabama also makes it and a 14 percent chance for Georgia. Even the SEC can contain only so many playoff contenders. Outside the conference, Texas and Penn State are teams with similar playoff bona fides who would theoretically be competing with LSU for an outside shot at the final playoff slot, so slip-ups by the Longhorns or Nittany Lions also slightly help the Tigers. But even so, most non-LSU games won’t move the Tigers’ needle much, meaning they’ll mostly have to forge a path to the playoff for themselves. 11LSUArkansas+0.7-3.41.2 7LSUGeorgia+7.1-3.04.2 * Relative to team’s current oddsBased on two sets of simulations: one in which the team wins and one in which it loses. Differences are weighted by the likelihood of each outcome happening. Numbers may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: ESPN Stats & Information group Check out our latest college football predictions. 12TexasIowa St.-1.1+2.91.5 12OklahomaKansas+1.0-13.61.8 Which games hold the most weight for Oklahoma?Remaining 2018 college football games with the biggest effect on Oklahoma’s playoff chances* 11TexasTexas Tech-0.4+0.40.4 13OklahomaW. Virginia+12.2%-14.2%+/-13.1 WKTeamOpponentw/ Winw/ LossWeighted 9TexasOklahoma St.-1.4+1.71.6 OklahomaCurrent playoff chances: 17 percentWhat it can do: After losing the Red River Showdown to Texas on Saturday, the Sooners are less in the driver’s seat than LSU in terms of controlling their own postseason destiny. Even if Oklahoma wins all its remaining games, our model still gives the Sooners only an 85 percent chance of making the playoff. That’s not too terrible, though, given that Kyler Murray and company have a relatively manageable remaining schedule that includes only one ranked opponent. That matchup — a Nov. 23 battle against West Virginia in Morgantown — could swing Oklahoma’s season more than any other game, with our model calling for an average change to the Sooners’ playoff chances of plus or minus 13 percentage points, depending on whether they can beat the Mountaineers. In the universe where OU does win that one, the Sooners make the playoff 29 percent of the time; in the ones where they don’t, that number is 2 percent.Who can help them: Because they’re not quite the locks that some other top teams are, Oklahoma will probably need another big-time contender to falter. And according to our model, that team is most likely Notre Dame. Aside from West Virginia and Texas, whose hopes each rest on outdueling the Sooners for the Big 12 title, the Fighting Irish are the team whose playoff chances drop the most in simulated universes where Oklahoma makes the playoff. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Notre Dame has a 39 percent chance of navigating the rest of its schedule undefeated — tops among any team in the nation — while Oklahoma’s chances of winning out are only 14 percent. (That discrepancy is a big reason for Notre Dame’s 46 percent chance of making the playoff, while Oklahoma sits at 17 percent.) But a Notre Dame loss — most likely to Syracuse, USC or Northwestern — would do the Sooners a big favor in their struggle to regain position in the playoff race. 13AlabamaAuburn-0.5+2.60.8 * Relative to the team’s current oddsBased on two sets of simulations: one in which the team wins and one in which it loses. Differences are weighted by the likelihood of each outcome happening. Numbers may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: ESPN Stats & Information group DIff. in Oklahoma Playoff Odds 10Penn StateMichigan-0.3+0.40.4 DIff. in LSU Playoff Odds 7AlabamaMissouri-0.3+2.30.5 8OklahomaTCU+5.4-11.87.4 10LSUAlabama+10.6%-3.5%+/-5.3 10FloridaMissouri-0.3+0.70.4 read more