A thundering mid-life crisis

first_imgThe Fiver Share on LinkedIn Read more RECOMMENDED LISTENINGListen to Football Weekly! Listen to Football Weekly! Listen to Football Weekly!FIVER LETTERS“Brexit is undoubtedly a catastrophic mess, certainly on par with the earlier part of Manchester United’s season. Given the success of Ole Gunnar Solskjær in turning things around at Old Trafford, should Theresa May consider a Norwegian solution?” – Robert Darby.“The crocodile moat may well have been ‘The daftest crowd-control plan ever mooted in football history’ (Monday’s Fiver) but let’s have a tip o’ the titfer to Kuddly Ken Bates. Back in the fun-loving mid-80s, the beardy attention-hoover installed a 12-ft electrified perimeter fence at Stamford Bridge Back When It Was An Oval, just in time for the friendly derby against Spurs on 27 April 1985. Luckily for sanity, the GLC stepped in, mumbling something about safety certificates. Oh, they were such fun days to be a football fan” – Gary Parkinson.Send your letters to [email protected] And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Gary Parkinson.RECOMMENDED LOOKINGIt’s your man David Squires on … Zinedine Zidane’s return, David de Gea’s inner monologue and more stuff that will at least guarantee a laugh from today’s Fiver. Twitter 0:49 Pinterest Share on Twitter Zing! Illustration: David Squires/The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Twitter Zinedine Zidane vows to change things after returning as Real Madrid manager STILL WANT MORE?Zinedine Zidane holds all the aces on his Real Madrid return, reckons Sid Lowe.Schalke have a youth academy to envy and admire. Alex Clapham explains the roots of its success.“I walked into football, I didn’t have a choice,” says Arsenal’s star striker Vivienne Miedema as she gets her chat on with Suzanne Wrack.In a fractured society, footballers become rage-piñatas to the masses, argues Barney Ronay as he tries to make sense of recent bother in the stands.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!WHOOF! Facebook Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook NEWS, BITS AND BOBSManchester City are launching a “survivors’ scheme” for the victims of Barry Bennell that will lead to the club offering compensation packages and ultimately an apology to the players who were sexually abused during their time in the club’s junior set-up.The FA has published its written reasons for Mauricio Pochettino’s two-match touchline ban, in which Celebrity’s Mike Dean’s approach to spelling is revealed to be as extravagant as his approach to refereeing. “Mr Pochettino acted in a very irresponsible and aggresive [sic] manner,” writes Dean. “He wouldn’t stop saying ‘you know what you are, you know what you are’. I asked him to explain and he repeated ‘you know what you are’. I then said on numerous occasions to go away at least 10 times and he wouldn’t get out of my personnel [sic] space and then aggresively [sic] pointed his finger just a few inches from my face again saying ‘you know what you are’.” Play Video Pinterest Pinterest Did someone say holiday? Photograph: Jerry Lampen/Reuters Zidane is back at the Bernabéu after a 284-day sabbatical and, if those trousers are anything to go by, a thundering mid-life crisis as well. He’s 47 in a couple of months! The elaborately up-turned legend resumes control in the wake of Real’s recent season-jiggering humiliations at the hands of Barcelona and Ajax, and theatrical dressing-room rows between president Florentino Pérez and method pantomime actor Sergio Ramos. Having won nine trophies during his first stint as Real Madrid boss – a record only bettered in history by the similarly legendary Miguel Munoz, who lifted 14 – few are more qualified than Zizou to steady the ship. Even so, all that matters in modern football is the present, so he’ll have to quickly demonstrate he’s retained that talent for making big decisions and correct calls. That’s not a given, if opting to turn up for work dressed as a farmer is any sort of signifier.Zidane has promised to “change things for next year”, an announcement that’s already got the cogs of the rumour mill whirring like billy-o. Real have been linked with Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard, stories likely to send shivers down spines at PSG, Spurs and Chelsea – until everyone remembers this is the self-same rumour mill that insisted, all the way up until yesterday, that José Mourinho was coming back. But should the club manage to land a couple of those big-money targets, Zidane’s task of returning Real to the top of the tree will suddenly look a whole lot easier. In fact, his biggest problem may end up being that brand-new Harley Davidson, which will be damn tricky to mount in those fruitbowl-bothering crisis kecks.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHTJoin Jacob Steinberg for Manchester City 3-0 Schalke (6-2 agg) while Scott Murray will be on hand for Juventus 1-0 Atlético Madrid (1-2 agg) from 8pm.QUOTE OF THE DAY“By not calling up Agüero and ignoring Menotti, [Lionel] Scaloni lacked respect for the ball, although he was never a good player and just kicked people and nothing more. I wouldn’t have wanted him for my team, he couldn’t even control traffic” – Diego Maradona offers Argentina’s young manager a typically helpful appraisal after Scaloni named his squad for upcoming meaningless friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco.RECOMMENDED VIEWINGOh, and there’s some more Diego hot air here as the Argentina legend is unveiled in the form of a scary giant inflatable tunnel at Argentinos Juniors. Yeah, he’s a referee Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters Football Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Maradona’s boyhood club reveal giant inflatable tunnel tribute at ‘El Diego Stadium’ – video Topics features Hibs striker Marc “Sparky” McNulty will get the chance to train alongside Shortbread McFiver after receiving his first Scotland callup for their forthcoming tussles with Kazakhstan and San Marino.Norn Iron head into their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Estonia and Belarus with fresh-faced Arsenal Under-23s defender Daniel Ballard in their ranks for the first time.Gareth Bale is in the Wales squad despite suffering ankle-knack in his last outing for Real Madrid while Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks is called up for the first time.Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner trained ahead of the Big Cup tie against Bayern Munich despite fears of mystery-knack and unknown-twang.And Louis Van Gaal has waved goodbye to football and said hello to holidays. “I am a pensioner now,” he told Dutch TV. “My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago … she is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.” Facebook ZIZOU BACK AT THE TOPIn years gone by, Real Madrid would occasionally mine English football for the hottest managerial talent. The former Wellington Town striker Robert Firth, for example, who bossed Los Merengues for a couple of years in the mid 1930s, or Michael Keeping, whose win ratio of 45.12% during the late 40s led to the Poole Town gig a few years later. But no longer. They don’t just hand over the keys to anyone, so Sam Allardyce was never seriously in the running to replace Santiago Solari and land his dream job. Instead, it’s gone to three-time Big Cup winner Zinedine Zidane. Poor Sam! Never mind, big man, maybe you’ll get the chance to prove them all wrong next time. Facebook last_img read more

8 days agoCrystal Palace eyeing West Brom fullback Nathan Ferguson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace eyeing West Brom fullback Nathan Fergusonby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are eyeing West Bromwich Albion fullback Nathan Ferguson.Palace are searching for a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was sold to Manchester United this past summer.The Daily Mailsays 19-year-old Ferguson has impressed Palace’s scouts this season.Slaven Bilic has given the England U20 international his breakthrough at the Hawthorns, which has seen him operate at both fullback positions.Ferguson has failed to start just one of the Championship leaders’ league games so far this season. last_img

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 9 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgJames Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib after play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach James Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib #95 of the Penn State Nittany Lions after a third down stop against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium on November 29, 2014 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Another weekend of college football, another absolutely insane ending to a big-time contest. This time around, it was Georgia Tech returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown to knock off Florida State as time expired. It won’t surprise you to hear that nobody on our staff picked the Yellow Jackets to pull the upset.This week’s slate isn’t as exciting as some earlier this year, but there are a few marquee matchups. Ole Miss and Auburn should be entertaining. Florida and Georgia renew their annual rivalry. And Notre Dame visits a surprising Temple squad in front of ESPN’s College GameDay.Dustin Tackett still holds a one-game lead over the field in our competition. Here are our picks for this week.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.07 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.23 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.33 PMWho do you have?last_img read more

Alaska winter tourism gains popularity

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — Winter tourism is growing in Alaska, a state known as a popular summer destination.Visitor volume grew 33 per cent for the fall and winter season over the past decade, the Anchorage Daily News reported .Winter business also has been up for the Alaska Railroad for the past few years, including a rise in visitors from Asia coming to see Alaska’s night sky. Ridership on winter passenger trains grew 33 per cent between the winter of 2015-2016 and the following year, according to railroad spokeswoman Meghan Clemons.The railroad has added more train service to accommodate the larger numbers.The railroad’s vice-president of marketing, Dale Wade, said visitors from Asia are one factor for the upswing. Seeing the aurora borealis is a popular goal for many of them.“Winter is suddenly very popular, and it’s growing steadily for the last three years,” said Wade. There wasn’t a “significant market for it” before that, he said.Winter passenger train service between Anchorage and Fairbanks typically operated only on weekends for years. Midweek winter runs between the two cities were added in 2014, with more added since then, Clemons said.The Chinese market has “exploded” over the past several fall and winter seasons, according to a report by the McDowell Group, an Anchorage research company.Alaska Skylar Travel focuses on bringing Chinese tourists to the state. The Anchorage company, whose roots are in Beijing, targets the Mandarin-speaking market.The business had about 350 clients in its first winter, according to operations manager Glen Hemingson. In its fourth winter last season, that number had grown to about 5,000 clients.“Increasingly we see visitors from more Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore,” Hemingson said.Wade, with the railroad, said Alaska as a visitor destination for the Asian market doesn’t seem to have been harmed by a recent tariff war that strained trade relations between the U.S. and China.“I think Alaska is a favoured location for Asian visitors, despite the conflicts that seem to be arising politically between U.S. and China relations,” he said. “We’re enjoying the sweet spot in between that.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

FSJ for LNG hosting twopart rally in Fort St John Saturday

first_imgVivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.In addition to Krause, Yu said that Peace River North MLA Dan Davies has confirmed his participation in this year’s rally, while others have also been invited, though no other names have yet been confirmed.The main rally is taking place at the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre near the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave. at 11:00 a.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a two-part rally in the Energetic City on Saturday to show the support for the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 10:00 a.m. near the UFA cardlock before travelling into town along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will split up and then proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.The main rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. The rally is one day past marking the two-year anniversary of the group’s last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance.last_img read more

TD Bank says Albertas recovery not heroic but economy is improving

first_img“I don’t think many were anticipating a heroic recovery despite the fact that the recession was quite deep. Oil production should grow despite some of the challenges in terms of pipelines. That’ll get us two per cent which is not heroic.”Burleton said Alberta’s economy is within a year of returning “home” _ a term used to characterize full recovery from a recession. However, it could be another two years before the job market fully recovers.“Employment is back to where it was pre-recession, but a lot of the jobs are self-employment, more of a freelance type,” he said.“Employers are kind of slow to bring back hiring and part of that does reflect the lacklustre investment outlook over the next couple of years.”The report also notes that government hiring, primarily in the health and education sectors, rose by nearly 10 per cent. Private sector jobs fell by five per cent during the recession.Burleton said the lack of investment in Alberta, particularly in the oil and gas sector, remains a concern. Late last month the Federal Court of Appeal quashed cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project.The forecast says there is reason for optimism, including the resiliency of global oil demand and limited supply outside of Alberta, and decreasing production costs. CALGARY, A.B. – TD Bank says Alberta’s battered economy is headed in the right direction, but warns there are still a number of hurdles that could hinder recovery.A report released Thursday by deputy chief economist Derek Burleton is predicting economic growth between two and 2 1/2 per cent for Alberta in the next year which follows an increase of nearly 4.9 per cent in 2017.“It was a nice bounce back last year, but growth is settling down this year and we’re of the mind that you’re gonna get a continued moderate growth run over the next couple of years as the economy kinds of settles down,” Burleton said in an interview.center_img “I think that’s the Achilles heel for recovery so far. It is basically the missing element,” he said.“Investment is not going to be catching fire soon. We’re not anticipating a lot of growth over the next few years and clearly there are some hurdles there.”Burleton said Alberta could reassert itself as a leader in growth, but only if it deals with inadequate pipeline capacity, regulatory hurdles, and eliminating the government’s budget deficit.“We still are of the mind that the economy will reassert itself,” he said. “It may be a bit at odds given the timing of this report just after the Trans Mountain decision and some of the concerns around the oil and gas sector.”last_img read more

A look at 16 new recommendations for Ottawa on the Trans Mountain

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. If approved by Ottawa, the regulator says it will impose 156 conditions on the project. It has also made 16 new recommendations for the federal government.1. Develop a plan to assess the effects on the Salish Sea and a long-term strategy to manage those effects.2. Release a public, annual report on the Salish Sea and any gaps in measures to address effects. 13. Accelerate the development of the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative and the proposed extension of the Automatic Identification System to smaller passenger vessels.14. Look at new paths to deliver grants and contributions for financial incentives to promote innovation, such as new oil recovery technologies.15. Have Transport Canada review federal marine oil spill compensation regimes with regards to compensation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that may be impacted by a marine oil spill.16. Develop a complaint resolution program that gathers community feedback about port-related impacts and resolves complaints about marine vessels docked at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority managed anchorages.For more about this decision, click here. 9. Consider a Canada/United States Transboundary Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment.10. Develop measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as supporting the use of low-carbon alternate fuels for marine vessels and providing economic incentives for the use of energy efficient technologies.11. Seek feedback for the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee on a marine safety system in conjunction with the Canadian Coast Guard.12. Continue engagement with Indigenous communities, recreational boaters and vessel operators about navigation safety to prevent collisions with larger vessels.center_img 3. Develop a marine bird monitoring and protection program.4. Expedite a study for establishing a Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and create it if feasible.5. Develop a program to offset increased underwater noise and increased strike risk posed to marine mammal and fish species.6. As part of an offset program: consider slowdowns in shipping routes, limits on whale watching boats, noise reduction of ferries and incentives and requirements for quiet vessel design.7. Review and update federal marine shipping oil spill response requirements.8. Develop a regulatory framework for making enhanced tug escort mandatory in the Salish Sea for tankers related to the pipeline.last_img read more

Delhis Iyer Rabada hand RCB their sixth loss in IPL

first_imgBengaluru: There was no end to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s woeful run this IPL as the Virat Kohli-led side suffered its sixth straight defeat while Delhi Capitals played like a unit to win by four wickets, here Sunday. RCB batsmen found the going tough on a tough wicket after being invited to bat first and could only manage 149 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs. With the ball not coming on to the bat, Kohli scored almost a-run-a-ball before hitting two sixes late in his innings, consuming 33 balls for his 41. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHad it not been for Kohli and Moeen Ali’s contributions, RCB would have been in deep trouble. Ali hit a 18-ball 32. South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada (4/21) accounted for four RCB batsmen to lead Delhi’s bowling attack, which also comprised Chris Morris (2/28), Axar Patel (1/22) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1/46). Shreyas Iyer then played a captain’s knock, making a 50-ball 67 to guide Delhi Capitals to a comfortable win, bringing their IPL campaign back on track. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIyer anchored the chase with some crucial partnerships as Delhi overhauled the target with 10 balls to spare. Iyer smashed eight fours and two sixes in his 50-ball innings which helped Delhi grab the fifth place in the points table, snapping a two-match losing streak where they lost to Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last two games. Chasing 150 to win, Iyer forged a 68-run partnership with opener Prithvi Shaw (28) after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Tim Southee in the third ball of the innings. In the 9th over, Pawan Negi removed Shaw after the batsman top-edged a delivery and was caught at deep square leg by Akshdeep Nath. Iyer then shared 39 runs with Colin Ingram (22), who blasted two fours and a six in his 21-ball stay before being trapped by Moeen Ali in the 14th over while trying to play a shot over the leg side. Rishabh Pant came out with intent, blasting a couple of fours, while Iyer too smashed a six off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 17th over but the skipper miscued a pull off Navdeep Saini and was caught at short cover by Chahal. With just five runs needed, Delhi survived some anxious moment after losing Chris Morris (0) and Pant — both trying to clear the in-field and perishing in the process. Axar Patel then smashed a four to take Delhi home. Earlier, Kohli played an uncharacteristic sedate knock. Ishant Sharma was economical upfront, while Chris Morris was a bit expensive though he sent back Parthiv Patel (9), who slogged hard at a widish delivery and found Sandeep Lamichhane on the boundary ropes. Young Rabada was introduced to bowl the last over in Powerpay and he got his national teammate AB de Villiers (17). Kohli was still there but the runs came only in one and twos. In nine overs, RCB scored just 53. Marcus Stoinis hit only second six of the innings by lofting one from Lamichhane over long-on. Stoinis went after Axar Patel too but ended up giving a catch to Rahul Tewatiya. England all-rounder Ali came to the crease and suddenly batting looked easy. He pulled and drove with ease. Ali spoilt Ishant’s figures, hitting him for a six and a four and also dispatched one from Lamichhane to long-off.last_img read more

Three Indians join Manika in womens singles main draw of ITTF World

first_imgNew Delhi: Three Indian women paddlers on Monday qualified for the main draw of ITTF World Championships on the second day of the competition at Budapest. Suthirta Mukherjee, Madhurika Patkar and Archana Kamath have joined Manika Batra in the main draw of women’s singles, while Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar are just a match away from making the cut in the men’s singles. Having won their first-round women’s singles group matches on the opening day on Sunday, Madhurika defeated Catherine Spicer of Trinidad and Tobago 11-3 11-8 11-3 11-6, while Suthirta beat Rachel Moret of Switzerland 14-12 12-10 11-8 11-9 and Archana overcame Slovak’s Eva Odorova 4-11 8-11 11-9 11-5 11-6 11-5 to top their respective groups. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhArchana, who had a tough opening match yesterday, where she struggled to beat Ivana Petric of Montenegro 11-8 8-11 11-7 11-5 11-5, on Monday also she was 0-2 down before she managed to get the better of her Slovak opponent to win the last four games. On the other hand, it was rather easy for Madhurika, who beat Latvia’s Sabina Musajeva 11-4 11-4 9-11 11-4 11-7 in the opening match. Suthirtha prevailed over Celia Baah Danso of Ghana 11-4 11-5 11-1 11-8 in her first group match. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterManika, because of her world rankings, was one of the top 64 women paddlers who had received direct entry into the second stage. In men’s singles qualification rounds, Amalraj and Manav had topped their respective groups but will have to play their preliminary round to make the main draw, where they could join G Sathiyan and A Sharath Kamal. After accounting for Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski 11-8 11-9 5-11 6-11 11-5 11-6 yesterday in the first group match, Manav defeated Nicholas Tio of the US 11-6 11-9 13-11 12-14 11-3 today to secure the top place in the group.last_img read more

Lance Armstrong Stripped Of Tour de France Titles Amid

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to strip cyclist Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life.The harsh punitive measure follows Armstrong’s decision drop the fights against the drug charges that have followed him for years and figures to tarnish his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest ever.Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter USADA’s arbitration process because he had simply grown tired of the allegations of cheating that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he passed over the years as proof of his innocence while winning Tour titles from 1999-2005.“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ ,” he said Thursday. “For me, that time is now.”Armstrong called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,”he said. “The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”USADA reacted quickly, treating Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt before saddling him with the label of cheater. Under the World Doping Code, Armstrong could also lose other awards, event titles and cash earnings, while the International Olympic Committee could possibly look at revoking the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.USADA contends that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids, as well as blood transfusions to boost his performance.Armstrong walked away from the sport in 2011 without being charged following a two-year federal investigation into many of the same accusations he faces from USADA. The federal probe was closed in January, but USADA announced in June that it had its own evidence of Armstrong’s wrong-doing. The agency also claimed it had 10 of Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammates who were ready to testify against him.Armstrong became a household name in America after his Tour wins and storied comeback from testicular cancer and helped lift the sport to unprecedented popularity.Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. read more