An absurd denial

first_imgIt is difficult to imagine what Union President Luke Tryl envisaged when he first decided to invite Nick Griffin and David Irving. Did he believe there would be a fierce but gentlemanly debate in the chamber, with Oxford students feeling a sense of pleasure that free speech was encouraged and extremism ground away? Whatever his intentions, sincere and genuine that they were, he could not have predicted the scale to which the local and national community would focus on a debating society clustered in a small corner of Oxford University.With the weeks and days to the 8th week forum drawing closer, the Oxford bubble has burst and continues to be ripped apart by the national press. Condemnation rather than applause has been heaped on the Tryl administration, with the exception of the far right, who have already taken advantage of the situation to claim a moral victory.What the invitations have reaffirmed is the importance of the Oxford Union in a national context. Everyone, from right-wing bloggers to professional media pundits, has had something to say on the issue, no matter their geographic or  intellectual distance from the University. Already, however, the event has been overshadowed by negative repercussions for Oxford students. The issue has caused serious divisions and fractures within normally unified colleges. The threat of protests and demonstrations has hit minorities, particularly for students from the Jewish and Muslim communities. They rightly fear a sudden influx of pro-debate protesters from far-right groups like the British National Party.But conversely, many ordinary students wish to see the debate, yet fear being labelled racist or anti-Semitic by demonstrators for doing so. Even journalists at this newspaper, ordinary students without any extremist views, have been personally accused of reviving Holocaust denial by the national press.With his term coming to an end, it will be interesting to see how posterity treats this Union President. Was he a deliberately divisive leader with no concern for minority opinion, a media pariah, seeking out controversy for his own fame and publicity? Or was he a brave advocate for the Union’s role as “the last bastion of free speech,” daring to challenge the silence and taking on extremists single-handedly? Whatever the final judgement, Tryl is to be admired for sustaining blow after blow of withering criticism and sticking resolutely with his beliefs. At Liberty’s recent ‘Big Debate’, an indicative poll of a few hundred Oxford students showed that roughly three-quarters were behind him, and Tryl has promised a poll of Union members’ opinions to be held concurrently with the termly elections.But what has this all achieved? Fear, violence, intimidation and division. Although there may be discord and perhaps even arguments between Oxford students, in the face of outside interference we must unify. When all is said and done, Union matters are the business of Oxford students only, and not for external groups who believe they know what’s best, or that we are incapable of solving our own problems.To British National Party supporters and national anti-fascist groups, to Holocaust deniers and their opponents, to all and sundry who would involve themselves in our affairs, we quote this newspaper’s first editorial in 1920. Like those students before us, in the face of absurd politics we call for whimsical parochialism: let us “exclude all outside influence and interference and from our University. Oxford for the Oxonians.”last_img read more

Chinchilla Warns that Central America Is Losing Battle Against Drugs

first_imgBy Dialogo November 21, 2011 Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla warned that Central America is losing the battle against drug trafficking, speaking in an interview with the Spanish daily El País, in which she urged for a “more global approach” against this plague, because otherwise, “we’re not going to defeat it.” “If you ask a Colombian, he’ll tell you that ‘we’re winning.’ A Mexican will tell you, ‘we’re losing.’ And if you ask us Central Americans, we’re losing, because even if we celebrate Colombia’s great triumphs, that only means that drug trafficking has shifted its location,” Chinchilla warned during the interview. For Chinchilla, who has made security one of the priorities of her presidency, drug trafficking should be a “priority” for multilateral organizations, “in the same way that this was done with terrorism.” She also called for an “in-depth review” of current policies in the fight, because “many of them” have “failed.” Since Costa Rica does not have an army, having abolished it in 1948, the president, a specialist in security issues, said that the battle has to be won against drug trafficking “with intelligence, with information and prevention.” “It’s not only adding more resources, but it’s how we confront the problem,” she said, recalling that although the drugs travel from south to north, the reagents used in their manufacture and the weapons for which they are traded move from north to south.last_img read more

Sydney O’Hara barely misses the cycle in 11-10, extra-innings loss to North Carolina

first_imgSydney O’Hara rarely gets an ideal pitch, partly because she has the highest on-base percentage in the country. North Carolina’s Brittany Pickett enticed O’Hara to chase outside twice in the first game of the series and struck her out both times. In the second game, the ACC’s top hitter would not be fooled again.The pitch O’Hara couldn’t connect on just a day ago nearly left the stadium on Sunday. The ball smacked against the fence and she slid in safely at second for her first hit of the day.“I knew (Pickett) was going to throw me outside a lot,” O’Hara said. “So I was just trying to adjust in the box, fix my mechanics and stay on the ball as long as I can.”In the final game of the series, O’Hara reached base safely in all five of her at bats. She scored twice, but it wasn’t enough in Syracuse’s (26-17, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) nine-inning 11-10 loss to North Carolina (36-13, 14-6) at SU softball stadium. Sunday marks the sixth time this season the senior has reached safely on her plate appearances in a game. Earlier this year, she accomplished the feat via four home runs. This time, the first basemen was a home run shy of the cycle.“Syd was doing her thing,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “It’s nothing that she hasn’t done. When they pitched around her a little bit she had a good eye, she had a walk. When they put the ball in the strike zone, she had single, double, and a triple. It’s what she’s been doing all season.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPrior to her four home run performance, O’Hara had only drawn eight walks in 20 games. In the next 22 games, O’Hara has walked freely to first 30 times. Entering Sunday, her 0.9 walks per game ranked 13th in the nation. O’Hara has countered opponents refusing to throw her hittable pitches with patience.Amidst Syracuse’s busiest inning in the bottom of the fifth, O’Hara remained calm. Alicia Hansen hit a two-run home run to bring the Orange within one before O’Hara walked up to the plate. The senior didn’t need her bat to get on base. She chased a pitch outside before settling in. With the count full, O’Hara watched the ball go high for ball four. Two batters later, Faith Cain knocked in O’Hara to tie the game.“I was just trying to get on base,” O’Hara said. “I know a lot of teams are careful with me now. I just try to be patient stay relaxed, and swing at good pitches.”Knowing where the ball is going on the plate pays off for O’Hara. In the seventh inning, she barely connected with the ball but it didn’t matter. The pitch would’ve been a strike, but instead O’Hara dropped the ball shallow in front of the left fielder for a base hit. That “small ball” game has led to .623 on-base percentage.But with the game was on the line in the ninth inning, O’Hara went back to what earned the respect from opposing pitchers: her power. With Hansen on first base, O’Hara pulled a ball hard down the right field line. Following the standing triple, Jessica Heese knocked O’Hara home.“Sydney sees the ball really well,” Hansen said. “She’s just someone that when she’s up on the plate if I’m on base or in the dugout I’m very confident in her. I know that she’s going to get hit. Or, no matter what she does she’s going to contribute in some way shape or form to the game.”O’Hara mixed power with patience to become the best hitter she could. But on Sunday, it just wasn’t enough. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44last_img read more

GGG vs. Rolls: How does Gennadiy Golovkin beat Steve Rolls?

first_imgNot look too far aheadA ton of emotion is running through Golovkin right now. He felt he got the wrong side of the scorecards in his two fights with Alvarez. This is arguably Golovkin’s last shot at showing the world that he’s one of the best middleweights of all time. A loss to Rolls would ruin all hope of another Alvarez clash and a permanent move to super middleweight down the line. A win over Rolls keeps everything on track. The 37-year-old needs to remember what got him to this point and not let all the noise leading into the match take over his mind. Allowing that to happen will turn into mistakes, and everything the Kazakhstan native has worked diligently for will come crashing down. For Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) to get by Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) and put himself in position for a trilogy bout against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez he will have to do three things:Join DAZN and watch GGG-Rolls: Sign up in U.S. | CanadaStart quicklyUsually, Golovkin comes out with a good pace, but for whatever reason he started slow in both fights with Alvarez. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist came right out against Vanes Martirosyan and punched him in the mouth and let him know that he was going to be in control. Ultimately, getting off to a less than the desired start against Alvarez ended up costing him in the eyes of the judges.This time out, Golovkin has to be in Rolls’ face and not give him any hope that he could do to him what Andy Ruiz Jr. did to Anthony Joshua last Saturday. Implementing that strategy will deflate Rolls and force him to alter his plan of attack.Utilize the jab to set up power shotsIt all starts with asserting the jab. Whenever Golovkin fires off a jab, he tends to have more of a laser focus in his eyes. He likes throwing the jab because it helps him get going, and he’s able to gauge what his opponent will be trying to do. Pumping the jab early and often is going to put Golovkin in a rhythm quicker and make it an easier night at the office. Doing this will allow Golovkin to set up his power shots and combinations, which he was reluctant to throw in his two fights with Alvarez. He was more content on just using the jab and not letting his hands go. The punch is supposed to be a setup move for a two-pronged attack. It should be subtle, but Golovkin can’t be content on using it for 36 minutes.  Gennadiy Golovkin has faced some of the best fighters the middleweight division has to offer.The former unified middleweight champion makes his 2019 debut on Saturday night as he faces Steve Rolls, live and exclusively on DAZN. last_img read more

Travis Henry Reinstated To NFL After Drug Charges

Travis Henry, known more for his unconscionable amount of children more than his prowess on the field, was reinstated from the suspended list and is free to sign with an NFL team that might be interested, according to Scout.com.Henry, a 33-year-old running back that played 90 games in the NFL, has not played since 2007. A few months after being cut by the Denver Broncos, Henry was arrested by federal drug agents in October 2008.He pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and was sentenced to three years in prison for financing a drug ring that moved cocaine between Colorado and Montana.Henry has said that at the time of his arrest that he was struggling to keep up with child support payments. So instead of working on getting on with another team, Henry decided to become a drug dealer, which speaks to where his head was.Perhaps that’s the residual that comes with having 11 children with 10 different women. That is not a misprint.His story could be such a feel-good thing. He rose from a childhood of poverty; his single mother picked oranges for a living. But Henry made it happen on the football team, becoming a record-setting running back at the University of Tennessee.He was drafted in 2001 by the Buffalo Bills and joined the Broncos in 2007 after two seasons with the Tennessee Titans. It was all set up for him to create the life he wanted.But one season into a four-year, $22.5 million contract, Henry was cut following allegations of drug use and a perceived lack of commitment.His income gone, Henry turned to the drug trade in part to cover mounting child support payments, according to court documents and testimony.Henry has rushed for 6,086 yards and 38 touchdowns in 90 NFL games. Latching on a team after five years out of the league promise to be a tough chore read more

2015 NFL Preview The Texans Jaguars And Titans Will Try To Rein

In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). Today we turn to the AFC South — perhaps the most imbalanced division in football. Andrew Luck’s Colts are potentially the league’s best team; the Texans, Jaguars and Titans are just hoping to keep things competitive. Bruce Gradkowski20.14-934.42-5 FIRST 13 STARTSREST OF STARTING CAREER Indianapolis Colts2014 Record: 11-5 | 2015 Projected Wins: 10.5 | Playoff Odds: 84.0%Offensive Rank: 2nd | Defensive Rank: 20th | Special Teams Rank: 17thSteadily, the Indianapolis Colts are climbing toward the Super Bowl. In Andrew Luck’s first two seasons under center, the team went from out of the playoffs to the wild card game in 2012 and then to the divisional round in 2013. And in 2014, a third straight 11-win season yielded a trip to the AFC Championship game. Now, the Colts enter 2015 with the AFC’s best chance (25.6 percent) of making Super Bowl 50, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).But as much as that probability attests to Indy’s progress as a team, it’s also an indictment of the rest of the AFC South. Luck is the division’s only top-tier quarterback, the Colts are its only top-15 preseason FPI team, and Indianapolis is projected to play one of the easiest schedules in the AFC. So while the Colts have the NFL’s best odds to win their division (73.4 percent) and make the playoffs (84 percent), merely getting to the postseason out of a weak division is no longer enough.And in order for the team to reach the next stage in its ascent, Luck needs help. Last season, he was asked to do more than any other quarterback in the NFL, as the Indianapolis offense passed on 67 percent of its snaps. Saddled with that workload, Luck ranked first in touchdown passes but also 32nd (out of 33 qualified quarterbacks) in turnovers, with many of those miscues resulting from Luck trying to do too much.To take the pressure off of Luck, the Colts need to improve their running game. Last season, Indianapolis ranked seventh1According to TruMedia’s proprietary data, which I accessed as an employee of ESPN. in passing expected points added (EPA) per game but 29th in rushing EPA per game — the biggest such rankings disparity of any team in the NFL. The addition of running back Frank Gore is an upgrade over Trent Richardson,2Really, just about any running back would have been an upgrade over Richardson. but the offensive line, patchy at best (with 11 starting combinations) a year ago, needs to open more holes after ranking 22nd in yards before contact per rush.3A stat that quantifies both O-line run-blocking effectiveness and RB vision by measuring how far, on average, the ball carriers behind them make it before making first contact with a defender.As long as the Colts have a quarterback and the rest of the AFC South does not, they’ll have a successful season. In fact, with 10 games against what FPI considers the two weakest divisions in football (the NFC South and the rest of the AFC South), don’t be surprised if Indy earns the AFC’s No. 1 overall playoff seed.4A feat that FPI gives them an NFL-best 29 percent chance of achieving. But if the Colts want to keep rising ever closer to the league’s summit, they can’t rely on Luck alone. Kellen Clemens24.24-943.14-4 FiveThirtyEight is previewing the 2015 NFL season ahead of the first game of the year. Check out our coverage of every division » QUARTERBACKTOTAL QBRW-LTOTAL QBRW-L Tennessee Titans2014 Record: 2-14 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.7 | Playoff Odds: 5.3%Off. Rank: 29th | Def. Rank: 32nd | S.T. Rank: 5thGood luck finding a 2015 Tennessee Titans preview that doesn’t focus on the No. 2 overall pick in this past spring’s draft, quarterback Marcus Mariota. After a disappointing 2-14 season in which the Titans started three different QBs,18Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger — all of whom posted a below-average Total QBR. the Titans and their fans are counting on Mariota to step in and revive the offense.At least one projection system (full disclosure: it’s the one developed by my colleagues in ESPN’s Stats & Information Group) expects Mariota to be the top quarterback in his class by 2018, but there are bound to be growing pains as he adapts to the NFL. And even if we pretend Mariota has no trouble transitioning from the spread offense he operated with Heisman-winning efficiency at Oregon to Ken Whisenhunt’s more vertical, pro-style scheme, who is he going to throw to? And how will Tennessee’s rushers help take pressure off Mariota and the passing game?Fantasy rankings have their flaws (for instance, a team might have two good players at the same position), but they can serve as a decent proxy for evaluating individual offensive talent. And they build a pretty convincing case that the Titans possess the least-talented group of non-quarterback skill-position players in the NFL.For starters, Tennessee’s top-rated fantasy player — running back Bishop Sankey — ranks 95th in ESPN’s Fantasy Rankings,19All rankings are as of Sept. 3. 27 spots lower than any other team’s highest-ranked player. The rankings also assign a dollar value to each player (with replacement-level players20In fantasy football terms. receiving no value), and Tennessee’s entire roster of fantasy-eligible players21Including defenses, kickers and offensive skill-position players. is worth a whopping nine bucks. That’s the lowest of any team in the league — and $46 less than the value of Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, the most expensive player in ESPN’s rankings.After ranking 30th in offensive EPA per play22Again, including an adjustment that reduces the effects of blowouts. (and 29th defensively) last season, the Titans would truly need a “Super Mariota” performance to elevate this group into playoff contention. So though Mariota is getting all the headlines, the true determinant of Tennessee’s success may be whether any other player can step up to take some pressure off of its rookie QB. John Skelton28.98-511.00-4 There’s also no doubt that Bortles needs help. Last season, Jacksonville’s top pass catcher (Allen Hurns) ranked 67th in receiving yards, its top rusher (former quarterback Denard Robinson) ranked 30th in rushing yards and its offensive line ranked 29th in pass protection.16ESPN’s pass protection metric measures the percentage of pass plays in which the offensive line controls the line of scrimmage.Maybe the aforementioned Jaguars defense can come to Bortles’s aid. It ranked 17th in the NFL in EPA per play17This includes a weighting adjustment that downplays the effects of blowouts. and held opponents to the league’s 14th-lowest Total QBR last season. But even if the defense ascends into the NFL’s top 10, the offense will still likely be too much to overcome. That’s why FPI predicts that Jacksonville’s cycle of high draft picks will go unbroken, assigning the Jags a nearly 50 percent chance of picking in the top five for a fifth consecutive season. Jacksonville Jaguars2014 Record: 3-13 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.5 | Playoff Odds: 4.2%Off. Rank: 32nd | Def. Rank: 18th | S.T. Rank: 9thIt’s been four painful seasons since the Jacksonville Jaguars finished with a .500 record (they went 8-8 in 2010).10In fact, they haven’t had a .500 record at any point in a season since Week 2 of the 2011 season. During that span, the team has the worst record in the NFL (14-50) and hasn’t won more than five games in any season.Unfortunately for the Jaguars, that record cannot be attributed to bad luck — they also produced an NFL-low 15 pythagorean wins11A better measure of how many wins a team “deserves” after stripping away the luck of winning close games. — or a lack of draft picks. Despite Jacksonville picking in the top five of a record four consecutive NFL drafts, and having had at least one top-10 pick for eight years running, the talent gap between the Jaguars and the rest of the league continues to grow. And it isn’t likely to decrease in 2015: first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. has already gone down with an ACL tear, while prized free-agent tight end Julius Thomas may be out until Week 4.Jacksonville’s defense isn’t awful (more on this later), which might offer hope. But as any football fan knows, today’s NFL is all about the quarterback, and in order for the Jaguars to take steps toward respectability, they need Blake Bortles to improve on the NFL-worst 25.2 Total QBR he put up in 2014.Based on an admittedly small sample, quarterbacks who start their careers as badly as Bortles has rarely get better. Going back to 2006,12The first year in which Total QBR can be calculated. there have been eight passers13Among the names on the list is Jacksonville’s previous first-round quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. (other than Bortles) who produced a Total QBR of 30.0 or worse through their first 13 starts.14Using data from only games in which the quarterback was his team’s starter. After such rough debuts, the octet combined for a winning percentage of 38.1 and an average Total QBR of 29.7 in their subsequent starts; only Mark Sanchez started more than 16 additional games.15In fairness, these guys’ careers aren’t uniformly over, so they may start again someday. But only Geno Smith and Bortles were projected to be starters going into training camp, and Smith’s status as starter was short-lived. Houston Texans2014 Record: 9-7 | 2015 Proj. W: 8.5 | Playoff Odds: 43.2%Off. Rank: 23rd | Def. Rank: 4th | S.T. Rank: 21stThe Houston Texans are so defined by their best player that the latest edition of “Hard Knocks” should have been renamed “The J.J. Watt Show.” Last season Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, became the first player since 19825The season the NFL began to officially tally sacks. to post multiple 20-sack seasons in a career, and his impact goes beyond just pressuring the quarterback.Watt led the league in batted passes,6Based on ESPN’s video tracking. fumbles recovered and tackles for loss. Add in five total touchdowns (the most by a defensive lineman in a season since 1944), and it’s not surprising that Watt led the entire league in Approximate Value (AV), Pro-Football-Reference.com’s cross-positional player value metric. He’s also produced more AV through his first four seasons combined than any other defender since the common draft era began in 1967.In other words, Watt might be the best player in football today. And with the Texans adding Vince Wilfork and a healthy Jadeveon Clowney to line up alongside him, Houston’s defense could be even more dominant than it was last season, when it ranked second in defensive EPA.But will any of that matter if Houston’s quarterbacks can’t pass the ball?While developing FPI for the NFL, ESPN’s Stats & Information Group needed a way to estimate each team’s quarterback quality for the upcoming season in order to account for QB injuries when making predictions. The solution: for each starting quarterback (and his backup), FPI generates a per-game EPA projection based on his past performance.7Adjusted for age. In Houston’s case, starting quarterback Brian Hoyer ranks 27th out of 32 expected starters in projected EPA.8Only Josh McCown, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles and rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are lower. Compared with an average starter, Hoyer is expected to cost the Texans about 2.9 points per game. To put that in perspective, if he were an average QB instead, the Texans would rise from 16th overall in preseason FPI to seventh (and fourth in the AFC).There is good news for Houston, though: FPI projects its schedule to be the AFC’s easiest, with interconference games against the historically awful NFC South. Last season, the AFC North drew that division and ended up placing three teams in the playoffs.9It went 12-3-1 versus the NFC South and 26-22 against other divisions. With that schedule and Watt spearheading the fourth-best projected defense in football (according to FPI), Houston might get back to the playoffs in spite of its poor quarterbacking. Mark Sanchez27.46-736.831-26 Read more: 2015 NFL Previews Blaine Gabbert21.03-1024.02-12 JaMarcus Russell23.33-1017.64-8 Blake Bortles24.73-10—— Brandon Weeden29.75-818.90-8 Geno Smith27.76-751.95-11 read more

Baseball Ohio State turns to transfer Kobie Foppe to replace twotime captain

Ohio State junior shortstop Kobie Foppe throws a ball during practice. Foppe is set to start at short in 2018 for the Buckeyes. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team was dealt a blow after the end of the 2017 season when senior shortstop Jalen Washington graduated and left for professional baseball.The two-time captain was not only one of the most productive hitters for the team, but he also gave the Buckeyes a veteran dynamic it lacked.“I think the thing we’ll miss more than anything is his leadership and his presence in our clubhouse,” head coach Greg Beals said.One of the people tasked with helping replace him will be Kobie Foppe, a transfer from South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. It will not be easy.Washington was a versatile defender who could play both catcher and shortstop. He consistently hit in the top two positions of the lineup, tying for the team lead with both seven home runs and 14 stolen bases. He led the Buckeyes with 38 RBI and was the only player to appear in all 56 games.Foppe is set to be the team’s starting shortstop to open the season. Despite being touted as the 10th-best high-school prospect from Arizona in the 2014 class by baseball scouting service Perfect Game, Foppe went the junior college route.“I originally was gonna go to [Arizona State University] out of high school,” Foppe said. “Unfortunately there were a couple events that didn’t work out the way I would have wanted to, but going to South Mountain I think was actually probably better for me in turn.”Beals said he and his staff do their best to maintain connections with junior colleges in Arizona. Beals specifically reached out to his junior college contacts for a shortstop to add to the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class.“We felt like that shortstop spot was somebody that we wanted to have some experience,” Beals said. “We felt like whomever was coming in needed to step in and play right away.”Foppe was identified as having the abilities Beals wanted. Then it became just a matter of convincing the Phoenix native that Columbus was the place for him.Foppe was sold on his visit.“I came on a gameday when they played Purdue. It was what they say, what they preach here, a brotherhood,” Foppe said. “That was really appealing to me and that ended up being a deciding factor.”In addition to a fielding style Beals termed “smooth,” Foppe has a vice grip on the mechanics required to play shortstop.“Just his instincts around the position,” Beals said. “The angles that he takes, just a real solid feel for baseball and a knack for being in the right spot.”Beals also is  confident in the double-play combination created by Foppe and second baseman Brady Cherry.“They’re doing really well together,” Beals said. “Cherry has a lot of arm strength, which is usually not a characteristic of a second baseman, so that facilitates a good double-play turn.”Now that he’s earned his starting role, Foppe wants to improve his offensive consistency to help contribute to the batting order. He doesn’t expect to fully replace Washington in home run or RBI production, but Beals does not need that from him.“This lineup, while it may not have a [former Ohio State left fielder] Ronnie Dawson in it, I like the one through nine and the depth within this lineup,” Beals said. “The vision of this offense is to be really tough, and wear down a pitching staff because of the quality of the at-bat we’re gonna be able to give top to bottom.”Foppe’s debut with the Buckeyes occurs on Feb. 16 when the team opens the 2018 season in  Port Charlotte, Florida, in the Snowbird Classic. read more

Klopp planning to bring some players in summer

first_imgIt was already announced that Naby Keita from RB Leipzig will join Liverpool in the summer as the Reds decided to pay his release clause and signed a new deal with him.However, Jürgen Klopp insisted that this midfielder won’t be the only player who will come to strengthen his squad and he is planning to bring more players when the summer transfer window will begin.The German coach spoke about his transfer plans as he said, according to ESPN:“We already have Naby Keita coming and that is really good and we will probably sign a couple more players because that’s how it is.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We have to strengthen, first of all, the squad. To bring in players who are 200 percent better than the players we already have will be quite difficult, but we still need to do a few things to have more depth in the squad. That is very important.”“We had a weak problem in the winter. Phil left and Adam Lallana was not here then, which would have been a perfect replacement but he was not involved. And then Emre Can disappeared with an injury.”“That was our problem, so we need to prepare as good as possible so that it will not happen again.”last_img read more

England can use Leicester as inspiration for World Cup – Henderson

first_imgJordan Henderson believes that England can take inspiration from Leicester City’s miracle Premier League title victory heading into the World CupThe Three Lions are considered outsiders for glory in Russia this summer with a relatively young and inexperienced line-up with Gary Cahill being the only player to have more than 50 caps to his name.As such, expectations are relatively low for the supporters with many claiming that a quarter-final appearance should be considered a success.But Henderson believes an upset should not be ruled out and pointed out the Leicester side that went from odds starting at 5000/1 to win the English top division at the start of the 2015/16 season to eventually ending up as the champions.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You’ve got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way, because we are good enough as a team,” he said, via FourFourTwo.“There have been a lot of upsets in sport. No disrespect but look at when Leicester won the Premier League. Not a lot of people would have said they could have done that.“That is just one instance. You’ve got to have belief in the group all the time and believe you can reach the heights,” said Henderson, speaking ahead of England’s friendly with Costa Rica on Thursday.Gareth Southgate’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before later facing Panama and Belgium in their other two group stage matches.last_img read more

Manchester City to challenge Spurs and United for EPL defender

first_imgThe Premier League leaders Manchester City reportedly joined Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the race for highly-rated EPL defenderDespite the fact Pep Guardiola had already invested around £180 million in his backline over the past two years, the Spaniard still believes he can improve the defensive department.Kyle Walker (£45m), Danilo (£26.5m), Benjamin Mendy (£52m), and Aymeric Laporte (£57) have all landed at the Etihad Stadium since summer 2017.However, the former Barcelona boss doesn’t seem entirely convinced by the performance of his expensive signings, as he intends to make another high-cost transfer.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.According to the British newspaper, the Mirror, the Citizens plan to make a lucrative offer for Bournemouth impressive youngster Nathan Ake.The Premier League holders have been monitoring the 23-year-old left-footed defender ever since his £20 million transfer from Chelsea and could make a decisive move next summer.Meanwhile, the promising Dutchman has established himself as one of the most reliable young defenders in the league. He has been an essential part of the Cherries team over the last 16 months, having collected a total of 46 Premier League appearances in the process.last_img read more