BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Friday conceded that the current crisis facing the Board is not in the best interest of cricketers but the body will have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives it’s verdict on January 3.”We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub-judice. We are in problem and we need to wait till January 3,” Thakur told mediapersons on the sidelines of a promotional event for the upcoming Pro Wrestling League.He was referring to the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee’s recommendations on administrative reform in the BCCI, which the Board has not been able to implement as yet. (BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Supreme Court’s final hearing today)He took a dig at former cricketers about being critical of BCCI administration.”The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us,” said Thakur. (Lodha committee not giving us time for last two months: Anurag Thakur)When asked why BCCI can’t have one lakh coaches for 1 lakh village panchayats, he sarcastically remarked: “We have a lot of money but we can’t spend it. We need permission for it.”He was referring to Supreme Court directive of stifling of funds for the Board.He also took a dig at ICC for not including India in the Working group. (Supreme Court to BCCI chief Anurag Thakur: Apologise or go to jail for perjury)”I was there at the meeting and every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without BCCI, they should know global cricket needs BCCI,” he said.advertisementHe also raised questions about how Indian captain Virat Kohli was ignored in the ICC’s Test team of the Year. (Supreme Court adjourns hearing in BCCI vs Lodha Committee case)”ICC should look into the matter as India is No.1 Test team. But I am happy that Ashwin has been adjudged Test Cricketer of the Year.”
India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the upcoming T20 international series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday.The decision has been taken to reduce the workload on India’s first-choice spinners who have been playing cricket non-stop for the past year and a half. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Parvez Rasool have been added to the squad as replacements.”The All-India Senior Selection committee in consultation with Team India management has decided to rest spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the Paytm T20I series against England. Amit Mishra and Parvez Rasool will replace Ashwin and Jadeja, with the first match to be played on January 26th at Kanpur,” the BCCI press release said.Ashwin had an ODI series to forget against England as he picked up just three wickets from as many games. He went wicketless in the first and the final match. Jadeja on the other hand, chipped in with four wickets and provided crucial breakthroughs for India in a high-scoring series where all three matches saw scores both teams score over 300 runs.Ashwin though, was at his terrific best in the preceding Test series against England last year in which he picked up 28 wickets from four games at 30.25 and finished as the highest wicket-taker from either side. Jadeja got 26 wickets in the series at 25.84.The three-match T20I series begins with the first match in Kanpur on January 26. The next two matches will be played in Nagpur and Bangalore on January 29 and February 1 respectively.advertisement
Posted on June 3, 2013November 27, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health Initiative; Samantha Lattof, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is the first in a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.Women and girls are increasingly and disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and now comprise over half of those living with HIV. According to recent estimates from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, not only is the proportion of pregnancy-related and maternal deaths attributable to HIV higher than expected, but pregnant women with HIV are eight times more likely to die than women without HIV. The feminized HIV and AIDS epidemic is one factor limiting progress in the reduction of maternal mortality. As the global community discusses bold visions for new targets to reduce maternal mortality, researchers from both the HIV and maternal health communities must come together to share knowledge and build a path to improved women-centered programming.Over the next several weeks, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) will share a series of guest blog posts from our colleagues who are working in maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. The posts will cover topics such as:An exploration of a particularly groundbreaking approach used in a specific country to integrate and improve maternal health and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or careExperiences managing HIV-related comorbidities and obstetric complicationsAnalyses of a persistent barrier to integrating and/or improving quality of maternal health care and HIV/AIDS care for womenCountry responses to the World Health Organization’s new guidelines for prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV and antiretroviral therapy as well as country experiences in implementing these guidelinesExperiences addressing the demand side—or how to facilitate interest on the part of women and their families to demand higher quality maternal health and HIV servicesImplications for policymakers on the measurement of direct and indirect causes of maternal deaths related to HIVIn addition to the blog series, the MHTF will convene the technical meeting Maternal health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining research through a programmatic lens starting on 10 June 2013, in collaboration with USAID and CDC. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging research linking maternal health and HIV, identify research gaps, and consider programmatic implications. While there is a need for significant investment in this issue around the globe, the focus of this particular meeting is Africa.Finally, our Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS topics page highlights resources, recent publications, videos, and blog posts, along with the organizations working on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. The page is a work-in-progress. Please check back frequently for new content. The MHTF is always looking for new resources, research, and news. We welcome any feedback or resources you have to share on our topics page.Stay tuned to the MHTF for upcoming blog posts about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS as well as daily summaries and a final report from the meeting. If you are interested in sharing your maternal health, HIV, and AIDS research and expertise on the MHTF Blog, please contact Kate Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Samantha Lattof (email@example.com).To view the blog series, click here. For additional information about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS, visit our topic page. To follow the meeting on Twitter starting 10 June 2013, use #MHHIV.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 13, 2013August 15, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On September 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will hold the latest in their series of web seminars on critical issues in maternal health. This month’s seminar will explore issues related to improving health service delivery to meet the needs of child brides. The seminar will draw on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Summary #22: Reaching Child Brides, which gathers evidence on efforts to both end child marriage and address the particular health challenges that child brides face.The seminar will be held at 9:30 AM GMT on September 18. To take part, you will need a headset with a microphone, a computer, internet connection and the latest Java update installed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com you would like to attend.To learn more about the web seminar series, visit IDEAS to see the calendar of upcoming seminars, as well as recordings of past events, or sign up to receive email updates on future seminars. For more in the PMNCH knowledge summary series, visit the RMNCH Knolwedge Portal.Share this:
Liverpool and Manchester City “should worry” about Tottenham after their 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, according to Harry Winks.Mauricio Pochettino’s side earned a draw against Pep Guardiola’s domestic treble winners over the weekend, despite facing an onslaught of pressure from the first whistle to the last.City twice took the lead in the match, through Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, but Spurs pegged them back on both occasions via an Erik Lamela strike and a Lucas Moura header. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Gabriel Jesus thought he had snatched all three points for City in added time, but his effort was ruled out by VAR after Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up.Guardiola’s men had 30 shots in total during the match to Tottenham’s six, but the two sides ultimately had to settle for a point apiece in their second fixture of the new Premier League season.Winks, who saw 56 minutes of action at the Etihad, insists that Spurs have proved that they can “compete with the very best” and he is hopeful that the team can remain consistent as the campaign progresses.”I think they (City and Liverpool) should worry about us,” the midfielder told the Evening Standard. “We’ve shown in the last few years we can compete with the best teams in the Premier League and Europe. It’s important we do that on a consistent basis this season and it’s important we go to places like City and Liverpool and get results.”The manager doesn’t allow fear in us. We don’t go into any game beaten mentally. We go into every game knowing we can win and we can outperform them. Our mentality going into every game is to be on the front foot, press and try to win. That’s probably why we came away with a good point.”Winks also confessed that Tottenham’s display against City was “messy” but feels Pochettino got his tactics spot on against an opponent renowned for dominating possession.”They’re an excellent side, they’re champions and you have to respect them but like all sides they have weaknesses and I think we exploited them, especially from the corner,” he added.”We know how good we are. We know we’re a top side but when we come to places like this it’s important to get a result.”At times it was messy, it was difficult but that’s what you have to do, especially at City. You expect City to have a lot of possession, which they did. But it’s important when you come here to weather the storm when you’re under the cosh, to stay in there and I thought we did that fantastically.”Next up for Spurs is a home clash on Sunday against Newcastle, who have kicked off their latest campaign with defeats against Arsenal and Norwich. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
It is amazing to think that it is less than two years since Arsenal fans were busy appealing to Alexis Sanchez to stay at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s star man edged his way towards a move to Manchester City.There were no such pleas among the Manchester United faithful before the Chile international sealed a loan move to Inter on Thursday.Indeed, there can be no understating the disaster that has been his 19-month spell at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The decision by Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to do everything they could to avoid seeing an already-unstoppable City adding Sanchez to their forward line backfired about as spectacularly as any transfer in modern history.At a time when City are being rightly questioned for the ethical issues behind their rise to dominance, their decision not to break the bank for Sanchez is one which very much lands on the right side of the ledger.United ended up offering the former Udinese and Barcelona man a £390,000 ($477,000) weekly salary and £75,000 ($92,000) starting bonus, which means he has cost the club around £55 million ($67m) since his arrival in January 2018.In return, they got five goals in all competitions, a string of desperately poor performances and a dressing room full of players wondering why the guy contributing the least was getting paid by far the most.It was exactly the sort of scenario Pep Guardiola was keen to avoid having on his hands at City, and which preceded the Premier League champions’ decision to pull out of the race for Sanchez.“Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club,” Guardiola said shortly after the attacker signed for United.“I’ve never put pressure on a club when they believe it is too much. Immediately, I accept that decision and move forward to find another solution. The stability of the club is the most important thing.”How prophetic that statement has become over time as Sanchez has struggled time and again to have any sort of impact at Old Trafford, all the while raising the salary expectations of every team-mate approaching a new deal and every new arrival entering negotiations.The more dry-witted United fans would suggest that the 30-year-old’s most stirring performance at the Theatre of Dreams was on the piano during his introductory video posted on social media, and it would be hard to challenge that assertion.From day one there were queries about exactly what Sanchez would be able to offer United. Many fans quizzed by Goal upon his arrival suggested that if he was to be used as an alternative to Anthony Martial, then his addition was unnecessary in the very least.Nobody, though, could have foreseen just how disastrous his United career would turn out.He leaves with a grand total of three goals in 32 Premier League appearances, and but for a stirring performance in the 2018 FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley, it is difficult to pick out any matches in which he truly looked like a good fit for United under either one of Mourinho or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Portuguese seemed not to know how to get the best out of him, while the current manager – who ended up handing Sanchez only four league starts – threw the ball squarely into the Chile international’s court as everyone began to wonder how the situation might be improved.“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez,” said Solskjaer in February when asked whether he had a masterplan to kick the player out of his funk. “When he plays, he needs to finds himself because we know there’s a quality player there.”It is undeniable that Sanchez has the talent. We have seen it over a period of many years from Italy to Catalunya to north London. But in Manchester he has looked like a shadow of his former self.“It’s been a disaster,” former United captain Gary Neville told Sky Sports of Sanchez’s United career. “I have no idea what’s happened. There must be two of him: the one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that’s turned up in Manchester.”While many might wonder whether the British transfer record signing of Angel di Maria in 2014 turned out to be a bigger disappointment, nobody can claim that Sanchez has been any form of success.The very fact that United had long since been resigned to having to subsidise his future wages elsewhere says much about their desperation to get rid of him. As it stands, they will still be paying more than half of Sanchez’s salary while he is at San Siro.What happens at the end of his season-long stay is unclear. What we do know, though, is that Alexis is unlikely to ever return to United.The scintillating performances of his days at the Emirates are nought but a distant memory right now and, while Inter will be hoping that he will prove he can be that player again now that he has been freed from his Old Trafford hell, the last year-and-a-half is a stain which will never be removed from Sanchez’s CV.Neither will it be something United get over quickly. While Sanchez’s exit was a key part of Solskjaer’s plan to rebuild the Reds, it remains a chapter of the club’s recent history which will not be forgotten in a hurry. Not least on the balance sheet.It turns out that Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United was a match made in hell. The only good thing to say about the whole episode is that it is now over.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard lamented two points thrown away on Saturday after Chelsea were pegged back in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. It all started off well at Stamford Bridge as Tammy Abraham scored twice in the first half to give his side a 2-0 lead going into half-time. But Callum Robinson scored for the Blades immediately after half-time, increasing the nerves around the Chelsea home ground. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream And the newly-promoted side’s comeback was completed in the 89th minute after Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma got the final touch on Robinson’s cross to hand the Blades a huge point on the road.The result leaves Chelsea with just one win from their opening four Premier League games under Lampard, with the Blues having drawn twice and lost once. Saturday’s game also continued a worrying trend for Chelsea, who have struggled in the second half of several Premier League matches already this season.Manchester United scored three times in the second half on the Premier League’s opening day in a 4-0 win, before Leicester pegged Chelsea back in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge two weekends ago.Lampard acknowledged after Saturday’s game that his side’s second halves need to improve quickly. “It was under control, it is our fault for gifting them a goal in the first minute of the second half. It’s a similar story already,” Lampard told BBC Sport. “The game should have been comfortable and we have dropped two points. We want to win games, the emergence of youth is one thing but winning games is another. When you are 2-0 up at half-time you should win the game.”We had more than enough on the pitch to win that game from 2-0 up. There is no chance that that game should swing like that. We gave them the possibility to hurt us.”Abraham’s play was a bright spot for Chelsea, with the 21-year-old now having scored a brace in back-to-back games. “Tammy Abraham is doing well, his all-round game was great and he needs to continue,” Lampard said of the England striker.Chelsea will return to action after the international break on September 14 when they travel to face Wolves at Molineux. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling has been close to “unstoppable” after his dazzling display in England’s entertaining 5-3 win over Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifying.Sterling scored and set up three others as England came from a goal down at St Mary’s Stadium to preserve their 100 per cent record in Group A on Tuesday.England conceded inside 34 seconds but Sterling restored parity before the Manchester City star teed up Harry Kane and provided the assists for Jadon Sancho’s brace. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Sterling’s performance came after he scored and supplied two assists for Kane in England’s 4-0 rout of Bulgaria on Saturday, and manager Southgate heaped praise on the in-form 24-year-old.Lovely touch, @sterling7 pic.twitter.com/zTTVSqE7VH— England (@England) September 10, 2019″Our attacking play from Raheem, Jadon and Harry was outstanding,” Southgate said. “Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level. “I think he’s been almost unstoppable, his awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well, so I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played.”It was a memorable outing for Sancho in Southampton, where the Borussia Dortmund sensation scored his first England goals.”Jadon – you know we were talking about the three on Saturday – Jadon’s performance was at that level as well. He worked really hard for the team without the ball and showed the ability he has to go past people, to be calm in tight areas,” Southgate said.”So, that part of our game was absolutely outstanding. We continued that threat for most of the game.”Looking good for the #ThreeLions!Next up: trips to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October pic.twitter.com/hPleFfY8nN— England (@England) September 10, 2019While England made it four wins from four games to move three points clear atop Group A, the Three Lions were far from convincing defensively against Kosovo.Errors saw England concede three goals to the visiting minnows and Southgate added: “It was bizarre. The outstanding features and the poor features are apparent to everybody, so we don’t need to get the video out and go back through it.”Poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game. I like the way we showed the composure to recover from that initial mistake and our use of the ball throughout the first half was excellent, right the way through the team.”The small period after half-time: ridiculous mistakes, poor decisions, lack of covering back. So, we made the game really uncomfortable for ourselves. There were obviously mistakes that were concerning. Whether it was the intensity of the game, whether it was the pressure, I don’t know. We’ve got to reflect on that but they were such basic errors, really, that you have to learn from. We just made some crazy errors.”
Raheem Sterling is “right at the top of the tree” alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Trevor Sinclair, with the in-form Manchester City winger now worth at least £200 million ($247m).At 24 years of age, the England international is considered to have taken his game to new heights.Consistency has been added under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at club level, while end product is being delivered as a talismanic presence for his country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Sterling, who was once an easy target for critics, has recorded 48 goals across the last two seasons with City, with another six added to his tally this term in just five appearances.He is also helping to fire England towards Euro 2020, with the target found six times in qualifying, and is said to be on course to match the standards set by two five-time Ballon d’Or winners.Former City and Three Lions star Sinclair told talkSPORT: “Raheem Sterling is right at the top of the tree, for me. If he’s not worth £200m now, I’d be surprised.“He’s the best player playing for England and he’s the first player on the team sheet for Pep Guardiola.“The big question now is where do you put him with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo? I would put him right amongst them. He’s there now.“The only difference, and he can’t do anything about it, is time. They’ve been doing it and are still doing it for 15 years and he’s only just started.“But if he continues in this form he’s showing, people are going to start talking about him being the best player in the world and I think he’s deserved that honour.“If you look at other players who have gone for big money and you look at what they bring to the table, the goals, the assists, the way they conduct themselves off the field – he’s right up there with the very best in the world.“I watched him on Saturday [against Bulgaria] and he was walking around and conserving his energy, exactly like Messi does for Barcelona every week, and then as soon as he sees a scenario developing he is absolutely electric, he comes alive.“His end product and decision-making and productivity he brings to England and Manchester City is so consistent, he’s got to be regarded as one of the best players in the world.”Sterling, after netting for England against Bulgaria and Kosovo, will be back in domestic action on Saturday when reigning Premier League champions City travel to Norwich. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial for their home date with Leicester, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.The Red Devils have seen two French stars pick up untimely knocks .Martial sat out United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton two weeks ago after tweaking his thigh, while Pogba was unable to link up with his country during the international break after damaging his ankle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream That means neither will be able to figure against the Foxes when Premier League action resumes on Saturday.Pogba and Martial are not the only ones handing Solskjaer a selection headache, though, with Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka having pulled out of the latest England squad through injury .United are hopeful that both will be come into contention for an outing at Old Trafford, but Luke Shaw has been nursing a hamstring complaint, Diogo Dalot a hip problem and Eric Bailly is out until December with a knee issue.Red Devils boss Solskjaer told reporters at his pre-match press conference when asked for an update on his walking wounded: “Well the treatment room’s been busy.”And it still is. So we don’t really know who’s going to be available. There’s maybe Aaron, maybe Jesse and I think maybe that’s it from the ones that pulled out [from national squads], but I can’t promise those two will be available either.”Leicester is always a tough game, as a team, a club wanting to push into the top four, they’ve got good players, a good manager, a proven top manager, Brendan [Rodgers]’s teams always play with football and we’ve got to play well to get the three points.”Pogba won’t be fit, no. Unless he’s had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or tonight to tomorrow, he’s not been ready to do 100 per cent training, no.”We hope more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony are in that category. I think they’ll be ready for then and can’t say more than that really.”United will be desperate to bring their France international stars back into the fold.The Red Devils have collected just five points from four games in 2019-20 and need to find inspiration from somewhere as they seek a spark to ignite their season.Pogba and Martial have faced criticism at times for failing to deliver on expectations, but their ability remains without question and United are a better side when two proven performers are available. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lionel Messi could yet feature in Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Inter on Wednesday, with Ernesto Valverde refusing to rule him out of the contest.Messi has endured a difficult start to the season due to injury problems, suffering a calf strain in August that kept him out for a month, before a hamstring issue struck against Villarreal in September.Early indications seemed to suggest Messi was going to be missing for up to three weeks, but he was back in training on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Although Valverde is yet to decide whether Messi is ready, he did warn expecting fans that he shall not needlessly risk their talisman, while there also remains a little uncertainty around Ousmane Dembele after hurting his hamstring.”We will see if he [Messi] receives it [the all-clear to play],” Valverde told reporters on Tuesday. “First we have training. What I reiterate is that we will not run any risk and we have to wait for training. “On Monday Dembele did the first part of the training, so now we see if he can do more on Tuesday.”Leo did half the training on Monday, we’ll see if he can finish [Tuesday’s session]. I don’t know if we can count on them in the end.”Barca began their Champions league campaign with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund, meaning they are under a little more pressure to get a home win against Inter.Ernesto Valverde: “Inter Milan have changed a lot, with new players and a new manager, and they’re playing a different scheme. So, last year’s game can only help us so much.” #BarçaInter pic.twitter.com/A9hFMOlKdp— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 1, 2019Antonio Conte’s side have enjoyed a stunning upturn in form since the former Chelsea coach took over, winning six and losing none of their seven matches across all competitions this season.In last season’s Champions League, Barca beat Inter 2-0 in Camp Nou and drew 1-1 in Milan, though Valverde expects an entirely different challenge this time around.”It is a team that has changed many things; players, the coach, they’re playing with a different system, even if there are similar things, such as their intention to push up,” Valverde said.”They have had a spectacular start, they are winning all their matches and we are waiting for a complicated game.”This is another Inter to last year, impacted by the coach, something similar to what we met with Chelsea two seasons ago. It’s a solid team, hard to score against.”
John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick as Scotland hammered minnows San Marino 6-0 at Hampden Park in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifying fixture.After Scotland’s 4-0 loss away to Russia last time out, manager Steve Clarke said his side had to make sure that result was “the very, very bottom of the lowest” for the Tartan Army.McGinn ensured they ended a four-game run of losses in Group I before the break, after which the match became increasingly farcical due to Hampden Park’s sodden pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Lawrence Shankland netted his first international goal, debutant defender Stuart Findlay headed home a corner and substitute Stuart Armstrong hit a sweet free-kick to make the scoreline more emphatic.@jmcginn7 with Scotland’s first hat-trick since Kim Little against Cyprus, back in August.#SCOSMR pic.twitter.com/u1G0qTussO— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 13, 2019Scotland had scored only once in their past four games but broke the deadlock in the 12th minute in driving Glasgow rain.Ryan Christie cut inside on the right and curled the ball towards Aldo Simoncini’s bottom-left corner, with McGinn applying a deft touch to make sure.McGinn was gifted a second when Simoncini pushed a tame Scott McTominay shot into his path, then he secured the matchball moments before half-time by pouncing from close range.Conditions became more difficult after the interval and when McTominay’s long-range drive thudded against the crossbar in the 65th minute, ex-Queen’s Park striker Shankland was on hand to tuck home the rebound on his old home ground.Findlay then joined Shankland in opening his international account with a header from Christie’s corner, while Armstrong’s glorious set-piece goal helps give Clarke’s side hope for the future.What does it mean? Play-off platform for ScotlandThough their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 are over, Scotland can still reach the finals via the Nations League play-offs after topping their group. Clarke’s side desperately needed a confidence boost and this result, albeit against the worst national team in the world according to FIFA’s rankings, should provide some momentum.Scotland can build around McGinnIt took McGinn until his 16th international appearance to score for Scotland, but he looks increasingly at home at this level, albeit San Marino are very weak opposition. McGinn has made a flying start to life in the Premier League with Aston Villa and has now netted seven times for club and country this season. 5 – John McGinn has scored what is just the fifth hat-trick by a Scotland player this century, and the first since James Forrest against Israel in November last year. Magic. pic.twitter.com/zkJoWz48aW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 13, 2019Simoncini’s bizarre errorBrought into the side after Simone Benedettini conceded nine times against Belgium on Thursday, Simoncini’s mistake gave McGinn a tap-in for his second goal. McTominay’s shot did not appear to be on target and the goalkeeper could not even blame the wet surface on this occasion.Key Opta Facts:- Scotland have won all eight of their meetings with San Marino by an aggregate score of 27-0, and all four at home by a combined 19-0 scoreline. This was the biggest of those eight victories.- Scotland scored double the number of goals in this win over San Marino (six) than they had managed in their first five games under Steve Clarke combined before this (three).- San Marino have conceded 43 goals across their eight 2020 European Championship qualifiers, seven more than in their 10 games in qualifying for the 2016 tournament (36).- John McGinn scored what was just the fifth hat-trick by a Scotland player this century, and the first since James Forrest against Israel in November last year.- McGinn became the first player to score a first-half hat-trick for Scotland since Lawrie Reilly against USA in a friendly in April 1952, 67 years and 166 days ago.- Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay have become the first players to score on their first international starts for Scotland since Ikechi Anya did so against North Macedonia in September 2013.What’s next?Scotland are away to Cyprus and at home to Kazakhstan when the group concludes next month. San Marino will try to salvage pride from another difficult campaign with a home double-header against Kazakhstan and Russia. read more
Ajax have opted for an environmentally friendly way to travel to their Champions League clash against Lille next month.Erik ten Hag’s men face a double-header against Chelsea before they travel to France to face Lille on November 27.But the Dutch champions have already arranged their method of transport for the game, deciding to take the train instead of flying in a plane. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ajax CEO and former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says his side hope to set a good example as an eco-friendly club.”Compliments to NS and Eurostar that this train journey has been made possible,” Van der Sar told the NS website.”We live in a climate-conscious time and we want to set a good example as a club. Lille is an excellent destination for a train journey in terms of location, which is why we approached NS with this idea.”For Erik ten Hag and his men, this seems to us to be a more efficient and less tiring journey. Because the performance that Ajax has to deliver in Lille is of course paramount.”Not only is the train ride beneficial for the environment, it is also more convenient for Ajax, who will save time by staying grounded.While a flight from Amsterdam to Lille would take around three hours and 20 minutes, the train will take two and a half hours.Ajax are top of their Champions League group after two games, having beaten both Lille and Valencia 3-0, putting them three points ahead of next opponents Chelsea, who they host in the Dutch capital on October 23.The clash in France will be their second-last of the group stage and could be a vital one for last season’s semi-finalists as they look to book their place in the next round.And even NS director Heike Luiten is confident the squad will get there in prime condition to get a good result.”For Ajax’s return journey, we will make room for three points in the luggage rack,” Luiten said.
Allianz Global Assistance Survey Reveals Top 2018 Spring Break Destinations, With Mexico Taking Top Three International Spots Richmond, VA, February 15, 2018 – Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance provider, analyzed U.S. travelers’ Spring Break travel plans this year, and found that Orlando and Cancun are once again the most popular domestic and international destinations. Upon Allianz Global Assistance’s review of trips planned for the Spring Break season – February 23, 2018 through April 16, 2018 – for travel between five and eight days in length, the results showed that Orlando (9.5 percent) was the number one domestic destination for Spring Breakers. Following in popularity are Phoenix (5.2 percent), Honolulu (4.7 percent), Fort Lauderdale (4.4 percent), Las Vegas (4.2 percent), Fort Myers (4.1 percent), New York (3.8 percent), Los Angeles (3.4 percent), Miami (3.3 percent) and Maui (3.2 percent). Internationally, the top three destinations are in Mexico, with Cancun (14.2 percent) leading the list, then San Jose Del Cabo (6.3 percent) and Puerto Vallarta (5.1 percent). The next most popular destinations are Higuey, Dominican Republic (4.9 percent); Montego Bay, Jamaica (4.8 percent); Aruba, Aruba (4.5 percent); Nassau, Bahamas (4.3 percent); Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (3.4 percent); and Cayman, Cayman (3.3 percent). Rounding out this year’s Top 10 list as the only European ranking is London, United Kingdom (2.8 percent). The Allianz findings also showed the most popular flight days for Spring Break travel in 2018. The busiest travel day for domestic (4.1 percent) and international flights (5.69 percent) is March 10, 2018. Most Spring Break travelers are taking a five day trip for domestic destinations (31 percent) and an eight day trip for international destinations (52 percent). “Americans are opting for sun and fun this Spring Break, with a majority of travelers planning domestic and international beach getaways, whereas last year many travelers opted for a ski destination,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Given recent concern over travel to Mexico, our data shows the resilience of the country’s top destinations and the confidence that Americans have in Mexican resorts. Travel insurance will be an important consideration for spring break travelers this year, especially for those who want protection from covered unexpected events that may occur before or during their trip.” Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance* through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. Methodology: The data for U.S. travelers’ 2018 Spring Break plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from the U.S. airports during Spring Break season (2/23/2018–4/16/2018) for trips between five and eight days in length. The findings are listed below: Top Spring Domestic Break DestinationsRank2017 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers2018 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers 1Orlando8.62%Orlando9.5%2Las Vegas5.29%Phoenix5.2%3Phoenix4.38%Honolulu4.7%4Fort Lauderdale4.13%Fort Lauderdale4.4%5Los Angeles4.00%Las Vegas4.2%6Fort Myers3.94%Fort Myers4.1%7Denver3.69%New York3.8%8Salt Lake City3.35%Los Angeles3.4%9San Francisco3.14%Miami3.3%10Tampa3.04%Maui3.2%Top Spring Break International DestinationsRank2017 International City% of Int’l Offers 2018 International City% of Int’l Offers1Cancun, Mexico16.73%Cancun, Mexico14.2%2Cabo San Lucas, Mexico5.27%San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico6.3%3San Juan, Puerto Rico4.84%Puerto Vallarta, Mexico5.1%4Punta Cana, Dominican Republic4.74%Higuey, Dominican Republic4.9%5Puerto Vallarta, Mexico4.41%Montego Bay, Jamaica4.8%6London, United Kingdom3.95%Aruba Island, Aruba4.5%7Montego Bay, Jamaica3.16%Nassau, Bahamas4.3%8Aruba Island, Aruba2.97%Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands3.4%9Nassau, Bahamas2.85%Cayman Islands, Cayman3.3%10St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands2.81%London, United Kingdom2.8% Top Spring Break Travel Dates2018 RankDomestic City Travel Date% of Domestic OffersInternational City Travel Date% of Int’l Offers13/10/20184.10%3/10/20185.69%23/24/20183.81%3/24/20185.36%33/1/20183.52%2/24/20184.69%42/28/20183.37%3/31/20184.43%53/3/20183.08%3/3/20184.39%63/7/20183.01%3/17/20184.01%73/14/20183.00%3/11/20182.51%82/24/20182.99%4/7/20182.47%93/8/20182.95%3/25/20182.34%103/31/20182.77%3/14/20182.28% * * * Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. 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