Competitiveness Forum launches

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Process, Best-of-Breed Software and Feature Creep

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Trends Today, enterprise social software vendors are in a position of having to both differentiate products in a crowded market and make the business case for social in the enterprise. “Process” has become a mantra for companies trying to make the case for a particular solution, and innovation management software is not immune from this tendency.This week Spigit, a leading innovation management vendor, announced its new product SpigitFusion. SpigitFusion emphasizes decision making and – you guessed it – process.Last November, another leading innovation management vendor, BrightIdea, made a similar case when it launched its Innovation Suite.We could debate the seemingly Orwellian nature of the concept of “putting process around ideas,” but I think process is a good thing. Innovation can’t be forced, but what you do with ideas once you have them is important. Making sure the right people find the right ideas is critical, as is deciding what to do with them and how to act on them. SpigitFusion and BrightIdea Innovation Suite are logical progressions of innovation management.What’s interesting here is that the process is necessitating a slight expansion of scope for these products. We’re pretty sympathetic to the concept of best-of-breed solutions over Swiss Army Knife-style application suites. But there’s something to be said for the suite, namely the integration between applications. It’s a problem we come back to often. Idea management is a great, well, idea. But to be useful it must integrate with other systems, such as project management and knowledge management.Fortunately, the enterprise app store model may be able to bring best-of-breed solutions to suites. That would give customers the best of both worlds. But only if those best-of-breed apps have good ways to communicate with one another.“Do one thing and do it well” is a good motto, but it’s not always clear where that “one thing” ends. Take another example: enterprise question and answer software. Companies like MindQuilt and Opzi are offering solutions. But doesn’t it make sense for these to be tightly integrated with both microblogging and idea management? It might make sense to have three different applications for blogging, wikis and project management if each one is well integrated through an underlying platform. But does it make sense to have three different products for microblogging, idea management and questions?Socialcast, which has been focused on being a best of breed microblogging solution, announced this week that it’s adding a question and answer service. It makes a lot of sense for the company, which has been very focused on creating business value, to add this as a variation of its existing service.But where does reasonable enhancement end and feature creep begin?Photo by Bart Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

India vs England: 3rd Test, Day 2- As it happened!

first_imgEngland won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the 3rd Test between India and England from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.Day 1 Highlights It was another run-marathon for England today. Gary Balance and Ian Bell piled up 142 runs for the third wicket. Both batsmen rattled the opposition with clinical strokes throughout the day. Gary Ballance was unlucky to be ruled caught behind by the umpire at 156 runs despite the ball hitting the thigh pad. Following Ballance’s dismissal, Bell continued the carnage but kept losing wickets at the other end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped Joe Root and Moeen Ali to bring some relief for India. But, debutant Jos Buttler stuck with Bell to add 106 runs for the sixth wicket. Bell completed his 150 before getting caught off Bhuvneshwar at 167 runs. Buttler carried on his innings and looked poised for a debut hundred before being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. England declared at a mammoth total of 569 runs at the loss of seven wickets. In reply, India began cautiously only to lose Shikhar Dhawan after he was caught by Alastair Cook in the slip cordon. Team India have a huge task at their hands when they come out to bat tomorrow and it will surely take some batting for MS Dhoni’s men to get anywhere close to the total set by England. After how many Dhawan failures will Dhoni finally give up the politics and select Gambhir? #IndvsEng #Hardcore #@[email protected] (@45Ankushrana) July 28, 2014That’ll be STUMPS ON DAY 2!!advertisementWith Cheteshwar Pujara(4) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India end Day 2 at 25/1 after 14 overs.MAIDEN OVER by Woakes!! Chris Woakes will bowl the FINAL OVER of Day 2 for England. With Cheteshwar Pujara(4) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India are currently at 25/1 after 12 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! First change, Chris Jordan comes into the attack for England. Now #Butler is collecting da ball near his chest & #Dhoni was collecting it near his knees. That tells u a lot about #Ind bowlers! #IndvsEng Rohit Joshi (@emceeaarjay) July 28, 2014With Cheteshwar Pujara(0) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India are currently at 17/1 after 7 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Anderson!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.James Anderson STRIKES EARLY for England!!6.3 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Shikhar Dhawan out caught at the first slip. Dhawan was looking to push but gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook who takes it comfortably. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring six runs off 17 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for India!! With Shikhar Dhawan(4) and Murali Vijay(7) at the crease, India are currently at 11/0 after 3 overs.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has now dismissed 11 of the 14 English players this series except Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes & Chris Jordon #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!! 2.4 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan leans into the drive and creams it through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Dhawan!! With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Murali Vijay(7) at the crease, India are currently at 7/0 after 2 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Murali Vijay(5) at the crease, India are currently at 5/0 after 1 over.FIVE RUNS off the over!! 0.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans forward and steers it through gully for the first boundary in the innings. BEAUTIFUL SHOT from Vijay!! Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England. England will now have 14 overs REMAINING IN THE DAY to test the Indian openers at the helm of a MASSIVE TOTAL on board.That’ll be the END OF 1st INNINGS for England as skipper Alastair Cook has decided to DECLARE THE INNINGS!!So, NO DEBUT HUNDRED for Jos Buttler here!!163.4 overs: OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has bowled Jos Buttler on a quicker delivery. Buttler was looking to pull but gets an inside edge back onto the stumps. Jos Buttler departs after scoring 85 runs off 83 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes. With Chris Woakes(3) and Jos Buttler(65) at the crease, England are currently at 545/6 after 162 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!161.3 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans forward and cracks the square drive for a boundary. With Chris Woakes(0) and Jos Buttler(53) at the crease, England are currently at 529/6 after 159 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Chris Woakes comes to the crease for England.Ian Bell walks back to a STANDING OVATION from the Rose Bowl stadium!!advertisement158.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Ian Bell out caught at mid-off. Bell was looking to play through the line but holes out to Pankaj Singh who takes it cleanly at mid-off. Ian Bell departs after scoring 167 runs off 256 balls with 19 boundaries and three sixes. BIG WICKET for India!! With Ian Bell(163) and Jos Buttler(45) at the crease, England are currently at 517/5 after 157 overs.The only English keeper to score a 100 on Test debut is the person Jos Buttler replaced – Matt Prior (126* v WI Lords 2007) #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 28, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!! 156.2 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and clouts the pull towards long leg for a boundary. Bell has SHIFTED GEARS here!!THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!155.5 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler flays the reverse sweep and gets a boundary past point.155.3 overs: SIX!! Jos Buttler shimmies down the track and smashes it straight down the ground for the maximum. MIGHTY BLOW from Buttler!! With Ian Bell(139) and Jos Buttler(23) at the crease, England are currently at 468/5 after 150 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!148.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler goes on the backfoot and cuts it hard for a boundary. With Ian Bell(133) and Jos Buttler(12) at the crease, England are currently at 451/5 after 144 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!143.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh!! With Ian Bell(125) and Jos Buttler(11) at the crease, England are currently at 442/5 after 142 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!140.3 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans forward and drills it through extra cover for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Buttler!!140.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler dances down the track and thrashes it over covers for a boundary. Buttler GETS INTO ACTION!! With Ian Bell(121) and Jos Buttler(0) at the crease, England are currently at 426/5 after 138 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!137.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it through covers for a boundary. CLASSIC COVER-DRIVE on display from Bell!! With Ian Bell(116) and Jos Buttler(0) at the crease, England are currently at 421/5 after 137 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Jos Buttler comes to the crease for England.Moeen Ali FALLS to yet another SHORT-BALL TRAP!!135.5 overs: OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Moeen Ali out caught at second slip. Ali goes a tad too early in the pull shot and gets a bottom edge through to Ajinkya Rahane in the slip cordon. Moeen Ali departs after scoring 12 runs off 28 balls with a boundary. With Ian Bell(114) and Moeen Ali(11) at the crease, England are currently at 418/4 after 135 overs.TWENTY ONE RUNS off the over!!134.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary.134.4 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell skips down the track and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for another maximum. Bell is TAKING ON Jadeja here!!134.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell gets a big stride forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary.What a way to SILENCE THE CRITICS! Bell RAISES HIS BAT to an ECSTATIC Rose Bowl stadium.advertisement134.2 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell picks the length early and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That’s 21st TEST TON for Bell!! With Ian Bell(94) and Moeen Ali(10) at the crease, England are currently at 397/4 after 134 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!133.2 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali reaches out and carves it over backward point for a boundary. A MUCH-NEEDED BOUNDARY for Ali!! I reckon, it’s going to be SHORT STUFF for Moeen Ali now!! With Ian Bell(85) and Moeen Ali(2) at the crease, England are currently at 380/4 after 128 overs.4 sessions completed and the 4th England wicket taken just now ..Ishanth wud be smiling that he dint play on this dead track! #IndvsEng Satish Kulkarni (@satishkulki) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!Moeen Ali comes to the crease for England.MS Dhoni’s ROTATION POLICY has FINALLY WORKED for India!!127.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Joe Root out caught by the wicket-keeper. Root was looking to dab it towards cover but gets a thin edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Joe Root departs after scoring three runs off 25 balls. Another BLOW for England!! With Ian Bell(85) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 376/3 after 127 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!126.4 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Bell!! With Ian Bell(77) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 368/3 after 123 overs.Dis is really frustrating for #IND.Its seems 2 b #Eng are going 2 cross above 500 runs easily if dey go in this rate.#IndvsEng Shoubhick Pakrashi (@Shubhinoy) July 28, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!122.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and crashes the cut past gully for a boundary. TOO MUCH WIDTH from Shami!! With Ian Bell(71) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 362/3 after 121 overs.That’s a MAIDEN from Singh!! Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India. FOUR RUNS off the over!!Ian Bell and Joe Root are out in the middle for England while Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: England batsmen were all over the Indian bowling attack in the first session. Gary Ballance took off from where he left the other day. Ian Bell too got in the groove and started playing positive strokes against the lacklustre bowling of the Indians. Bell notched up his 42nd Test fifty while Ballance also clinched his 150 as the duo added a crucial 142 runs for the third wicket. The Indian bowlers failed to find an inspiration in the early session but finally with some luck and help from the umpire, Rohit Sharma managed to get the breakthrough for India. There wasn’t much for MS Dhoni to be happy about as far as the Indian bowling is concerned but the welcome wicket of Ballance would surely cheer his team. Joe Root is new to the crease but he will be eager to build on the solid platform provided by the top three batsmen for England. On the other hand, India need to attack the new batsman to run into England’s middle-order before the end of second session today.Meanwhile in Southampton, Ballance a victim of one of the most bizarre umpiring decisions. A shame to be given out in such a way! #IndvsEng Harisankar Menon (@Nonemraknasirah) July 28, 2014With Ian Bell(68) and Joe Root(2) at the crease, England are currently at 358/3 after 119 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Rohit Sharma will bowl the FINAL OVER before lunch for India. With Ian Bell(67) and Joe Root(0) at the crease, England are currently at 355/3 after 118 overs.Such a terrible decision.. Bad luck BALLANCE ..#IndvsEng Saikat Chakrabarti (@_saikat_) July 28, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Joe Root comes to the crease for England.Team India FINALLY GET THE BREAKTHROUGH!!116.5 overs: OUT!! Rohit Sharma has got Gary Ballance out caught by the wicket-keeper. Ballance was looking to dab it down the leg side but the ball takes a deflection off the thigh pad and goes into the hands of MS Dhoni. The umpire has missed the trick there. Gary Ballance departs after scoring 156 runs off 288 balls with 24 boundaries. Ballance is ABSOLUTELY GUTTED with the decision!!Rohit Sharma comes into the attack for India. With Ian Bell(66) and Gary Ballance(156) at the crease, England are currently at 354/2 after 116 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!115.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance reaches out and slashes it through covers for a boundary. That was TOO WIDE from Jadeja!!TEN RUNS off the over!!114.6 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and steers it towards third man for a boundary. 114.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and sends it towards deep square leg for a boundary. That’s 150 for Ballance!! MSD needs to put on his THINKING CAP and make a FEW CHANGES quickly because the way it is going, England look more than good for a 550-run total!! With Ian Bell(60) and Gary Ballance(141) at the crease, England are currently at 328/2 after 112 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!111.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Ballance!! With Ian Bell(60) and Gary Ballance(136) at the crease, England are currently at 323/2 after 110 overs.Life changes so quickly From ohh no ishant Sharma To why no ishant Sharma #IndvsEng Nishank Maheshwari (@nishank_91) July 28, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!109.4 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell gets on top of it and swats it towards third man for a boundary. With Ian Bell(56) and Gary Ballance(135) at the crease, England are currently at 318/2 after 109 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 108.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and crashes the cut wide of backward point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT by Bell!! With Ian Bell(50) and Gary Ballance(135) at the crease, England are currently at 312/2 after 107 overs.This is just too easy for England right now. India just bringing their batsmen back to form. Where’s that energy gone boys?! #IndvsEng Sonal (@SonalHirani95) July 28, 2014TWO RUNS off the over!!Team India IN TATTERS here, they DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET!!106.2 overs: Ian Bell presses forward and punches it towards long leg for a single. That’s 42nd TEST FIFTY for Bell!! With Ian Bell(49) and Gary Ballance(134) at the crease, England are currently at 310/2 after 106 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!105.2 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell shimmies down the track and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for the maximum. SUPERB HIT from Bell!! With Ian Bell(40) and Gary Ballance(134) at the crease, England are currently at 301/2 after 103 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!102.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance waits for it and steers it past gully for another boundary. CONSECUTIVE BOUNDARIES for Ballance!!102.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance gets into position early and hoicks it over midwicket for a boundary. With Ian Bell(38) and Gary Ballance(121) at the crease, England are currently at 286/2 after 101 overs.India haven’t looked the same as at the Lord’s. Can’t just be due to one bowler missing. Lack of intensity has let Eng a window #IndvsEng Vikrant Gupta AajTak (@vikrantgupta73) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!100.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it past point for a boundary. That was TIMED BEAUTIFULLY!! What demons have gotten to @BhuviOfficial ? Day 1 he bowled wide outside the off-stump and today he’s drifting down leg! #IndvsEng #cricket Rohit Joshi (@emceeaarjay) July 28, 2014Stat Update: Last time England’s first three batsmen scored 50+ runs was back in August 2013 against Australia. With Ian Bell(33) and Gary Ballance(120) at the crease, England are currently at 280/2 after 98 overs.brakes needed on English men..!! X( #IndvsEng Ritesh Mody (@Er_TurkeY) July 28, 2014BIG OVER for England, TWELVE RUNS off it!!96.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans forward and drills it through midwicket for a boundary. That’s THIRD BOUNDARY in the over!!96.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance hangs back and clips it off the pads for another boundary.96.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and flays the cut shot past backward point for a boundary. Ballance WON’T MISS OUT on those!! With Ian Bell(29) and Gary Ballance(106) at the crease, England are currently at 262/2 after 95 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!94.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT by Bell!!EIGHT RUNS off the over!!93.2 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh there!!93.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. BELL was LUCKY there!!A MAIDEN START for Pankaj!!Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off with a MAIDEN!!Ian Bell and Gary Ballance are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India on Day 2.Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh replacing Stuart Binny and injured Ishant Sharma. On the other hand, England have opted for three changes with Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in the bowling attack.Teams:England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singhlast_img read more

A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments “Being the first playing on it winning in five sets, everybody will have forgotten that in a while,” Mahut said. “But I will keep it within me.” Tim Cone gives vote to Justin Brownlee as Gilas’ naturalized player MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “More than the pressure, it was a lot of great memories,” the Sicilian said. “I entered the court focused. He definitely raised his level but I shouldn’t have lost this match.“I had three break points to go up 4-3 in the fifth but I didn’t push hard enough and he produced three winners. Bravo,” Cecchinato added. “I didn’t take control of the match when it was there to be won. I’m very disappointed about that”It was the 30th career win in Grand Slams for Mahut, and at age 37 he hinted that it may have been one of his last.“I don’t know what to tell you, because if I say yes, it means that I’m ready to stop,” Mahut said when asked if he is considering retirement. “If I say no, I won’t be totally honest with you.”It was the first men’s match on the new Court Simonne Mathieu and Mahut seemed to thrive off the support from home fans.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP In 2018, Cecchinato came in ranked No. 72 and memorably beat Djokovic in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual runner-up Dominic Thiem in the semis.Cecchinato couldn’t surprise anyone this year, entering with the No. 16 seed, but he deflected any thought that high expectations for a repeat performance weighed him down. Italy’s Marco Cecchinato reacts as he plays against France’s Nicolas Mahut during their men’s singles first round match on day 1 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 26, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)PARIS — Marco Cecchinato’s achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year’s French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic.The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild card Nicolas Mahut in the opening round at Roland Garros on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I haven’t really digested the match yet but it’s never nice to lose when you’re up two sets to none — and even more so after last year’s semifinal,” Cecchinato said.Cecchinato has now lost in the opening round of eight of the nine majors he has entered — with his performance in Paris a year ago the only exception.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possible

first_imgEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possibleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Jose Mourinho could return to the club as manager.While Calderon admits that Mourinho has some issues attached to him, he also believes that he could be the man to bring back success to the Santiago Bernabeu club.Real have struggled this season after the departures of star Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane.Calderon told Love Sport Radio: “Everyone knows here it’s on the president’s [Florentino Perez] whim. I think he [Mourinho]is the only coach that he respects.”The current president doesn’t really trust much in coaches, but in Mourinho’s case he really, really backed him many times in difficult moments.”When [Julen] Lopetegui left, I said I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I don’t rule out him being with Real in the near future.”Calderon continued to say: “I think [Mourinho] has been the main problem when he’s been in other clubs.”When he was here, he was blaming everyone for the defeats. I think that is a grave mistake. It is a problem always.”Also it makes a confrontation with the players and it’s been happening with Man United with [Paul] Pogba, with [Eric] Bailly.”It was the same here, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], with Iker Casillas, with Sergio Ramos and I think that’s a problem, he’s always blowing his own trumpet and that for a coach, I think is a big mistake.”And, we have the example of [Zinedine] Zidane. He did completely the opposite.”Backstage, he has been more with the team and that’s the way in my point of view to train a great team of great players. You cannot be the protagonist.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona striker Munir agrees Sevilla move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Munir agrees Sevilla moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are closing on a deal for Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi.Cadena Cope says Munir, off contract in June, has a deal with Sevilla.Barcelona have tried to get him to sign on twice but both offers were rejected by the forward. The pre-agreement with Sevilla is the offer Munir is said to have chosen. He had others. Real Betis wanted him and a Premier League side offered him a lot of money too, but he did not want to go to England.A departure from Barca this month is now likely. last_img

Proposed refinery for Northern Gateway bitumen gets cold shoulder from BC First

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–A proposed refinery to handle Alberta bitumen pitched by a British Columbia businessman is just “another pipe dream” and a “ruse” to increase support for the Northern Gateway pipeline according to a spokesperson for an all alliance of First Nations along the province’s northern and central coast.Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, says the refinery, pitched by newspaper tycoon David Black is a “shot in the dark” to try and revive flagging support for the Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.“All kinds of people are having pipe dreams out here,” said Sterritt. “We look at it as another ruse to try to get support for Northern Gateway.”Black, who owns Black Press Ltd., announced Friday he would be willing to pay for the environmental assessment of a $13 billion refinery, but needed financial backers to make the project a reality. The proposed refinery would be built near Kitimat, B.C., which is the endpoint for Enbridge’s proposed $5.5 billion pipeline.Black told the Vancouver Sun that the refinery would solve concerns over having bitumen-laden tankers moving through the environmentally sensitive Douglas Channel. He said the proposal would soften First Nations opposition to the pipeline by erasing the environmental threat to the coast of B.C.Sterritt, however, said Black never really consulted with any First Nations about the project before announcing it on Friday and the proposal would do nothing to mitigate the threat of a ruptured pipeline which would still cross several major watersheds on its trip from Alberta’s tar sands.Sterritt said already existing refineries in the Vancouver area have reduced their capacity because it’s more lucrative to ship raw product overseas. The existing Kinder Morgan pipeline was constructed 40 years ago on the promise of jobs created by refining activities.“We already have a pipeline that is going to the Vancouver harbour, but those people shipping bitumen and other crude oil have decided they can make more money overseas than refining and they have shut down refining in B.C.,” he said. “Historically, this pipeline was built on the back of the refineries, so the people of B.C. said, ‘We’ll allow the pipeline to go through, we need refined product in B.C.’ Since then, they’ve backed off.”Haisla First Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross said Black contacted one of his advisors on Thursday to inform the Haisla about the planned announcement. Ross said Black has toyed with the proposal for some time, but the Haisla have never been consulted on the issue or seen anything official on paper about the refinery project.“It was unofficial contact, there was nothing on paper, no consultation it was just a concept,” said Ross. “What I made clear is the idea that our people have mandate to have absolutely no bitumen or crude oil on Haisla territory.”Ross, however, said he hoped Black’s proposal would finally focus the debate about the Enbridge pipeline on the lack of existing refining capacity in the country versus shipping off raw product overseas only to buy it back later at a higher price.“It’s the white elephant in the room. The focus has entire been to get the product to Asia,” said Ross. “It’s like shipping raw logs to Asia and buying back the product at 10 times the price.”[email protected]last_img read more

Buckeyes claim first win of the season

Senior forward Danny Jensen advances the ball down the field against a UC Santa Barbara defender. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team knew the stakes coming into Friday night. A loss meant the Buckeyes would start the season 0-5 and 0-1 in conference play.But when the lights were the brightest, coach John Bluem’s team finally shined.The Buckeyes were able to secure their first victory of the season on Friday night, as they beat the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 1-0.The team had not gotten off to a good start, scoring just one goal through their first few games with an 0-4 record to back it up.With their first conference matchup against Northwestern looming, The Ohio State men’s soccer team knew that the time to start winning was right now.“The Big Ten Conference season gives you that new lift,” Bluem said. “Yeah we are off to a disappointing start but now conference games is a new chance, a new shot at it.” It looked like Ohio State would be in an unfavorable position in the early goings of the first period.In the 25th minute, Northwestern was able to put one into the back of the net off a corner kick. Their excitement would be short lived, however, as the Wildcats were called for being offside on the play, taking the goal off the board.The Buckeyes were eventually able to control tempo in the opening period, outshooting the Wildcats 9-1 with a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.In the 30th minute, sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed ripped a shot into the top left corner of the net, requiring a diving save by Northwestern goalkeeper Francisco Tomasino to keep the Buckeyes off the board.After a free kick by junior forward Marcus McCrary, junior defender Niall Logue stood alone with the ball on the right side of the box, but his strong shot flew just wide left of the far post.Ohio State continued their possession-dominating play right out of the gate after play resumed. Just four minutes into the second period, senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick was able to launch a shot off Tomasino and into the back right of the net for the Buckeyes first goal of the game and first goal at home this season.“I found a gap. Danny [Jensen] played a good ball to me,” said Fitzpatrick. “The keeper could not make the save so I got my first goal for the Buckeyes.”Fitzpatrick, who grew up in Hilliard, Ohio, is a transfer from Urbana University. Playing for Ohio State has always been a goal of his.“It’s surreal,” said Fitzpatrick. “Ever since I’ve been a little kid I’ve dreamed about playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coming in and finishing my senior year here has been a really big thing for me.”Northwestern had numerous attempts to net the equalizer, registering seven shots in the second half.However, Fitzpatrick’s score would prove to be enough, however, as the game ended with the Buckeyes on top 1-0.The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 16-8 with a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. They move to 1-0 in conference play.“Our attacking play certainly was better tonight than it has been in previous games. We created a lot more opportunities,” said Bluem. “Our defense was very resilient again and Parker Siegfried had a very, very good game in goal for us tonight. Glad he got a shutout.For Siegfried, it was his first career shutout. He made two saves in the game.Ohio State will look to make it two in a row when they take on Penn State at University Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m. read more

Buckeyes blank Zips in first game of Luke Fickell era

On a day of many firsts for Ohio State football, Luke Fickell earned the most important one: His first win as coach. In his first start, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was 12-for-16 passing for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 32 yards and one touchdown in three quarters of work. Jake Stoneburner became the first OSU tight end to catch three touchdowns in a game and, along with a stingy OSU defense, the Buckeyes defeated the Akron Zips, 42-0, in front of 105,001 fans at Ohio Stadium. Saturday’s game was the team’s first since former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach on May 30 after failing to self-report NCAA violations committed by his players. No. 18-ranked OSU (1-0) also had nine players suspended for the game, including DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas, who are suspended for the first five games of this season. Jordan Whiting was also banned from Saturday’s game, as were Corey Brown, Travis Howard and Jordan Hall, whose suspensions were announced on Thursday. “We’ll focus on what we have and not what we’ve lost,” Fickell said in his post game press conference. “We’ll continue to move forward. Even with everything that’s been outside and out and around us, the players have done a really good job of focusing.” As Fickell promised during a Tuesday press conference, Bauserman took the first snap of the game, and then made the most of his first drive as an OSU starter. Bauserman led the Buckeyes on an eight-play, 74-yard scoring drive. After eluding a tackle in the backfield, Bauserman scampered 15 yards into the end zone. The ensuing point-after attempt put OSU up, 7-0. After forcing a punt on Akron’s second possession, Fickell endured the first missed opportunity in his short time as the Buckeyes’ coach. Redshirt freshman tailback Rod Smith carried five times for 31 yards to help lead OSU into scoring position, but fumbled inside the 5-yard line. OSU’s defense forced a three-and-out and a third consecutive punt by Akron (0-1), however. Enter true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who stepped onto the Horseshoe’s turf to lead his first drive. Miller kept the ball and ran for two yards on his opening play, however, his first pass attempt was bobbled and dropped by junior tight end Reid Fragel. Miller was then forced to smother the ball after an errant snap on his third play under center, and the Buckeyes punted. After Akron’s fourth punt of the game, Bauserman retook the offensive reins on OSU’s next possession. That drive, which covered 64 yards and lasted 5:35, resulted in a 28-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 14-0 lead for OSU. Kicker Drew Basil missed a 40-yard field goal with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter, but the OSU defense protected the team’s two scores by limiting Akron to a single first down to that point in the game. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat intercepted a pass by Zips’ sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore just moments later, however. Sweat stomped his feet in-bounds before falling into the OSU bench area on Akron’s 35-yard line. “(Dominic Clarke) deflected it (the pass) and I just ran to the ball,” Sweat said. “I was just trying to assist on the tackle and it ended up deflecting upward and I was lucky enough to catch it.” By game’s end, Sweat had also tallied a team-high six tackles, two of which were for losses totaling eight yards. Moore, who completed only six of 16 passes 54 yards in the game, could only help guide the Zips to 90 total yards of offense. Sweat’s interception gave OSU a chance to redeem itself — and it did. Sophomore tailback Carlos Hyde opened the drive with a 24-yard run. Three plays later, Bauserman again connected with Stoneburner for an 11-yard touchdown pass to put the Buckeyes up 21-0. On the ensuing Zips’ drive, kicker T.J. Marchese’s 41-yard field goal attempt sailed left of the uprights as time expired in the first half. On the defensive side, the Buckeyes limited Akron to 100 total yards in the half. Sweat’s interception also marked the only drive on which the Zips didn’t punt. The Buckeyes’ dominance continued at the outset of the second half. Eight plays after sophomore kick returner Corey Brown returned the opening kick of the half to Akron’s 49-yard line, Bauserman threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Stoneburner — a 2-yard pass this time — and OSU led, 28-0. Stoneburner had four catches for 50 yards on the play. He also became the first tight end in the 122-year history of Buckeyes’ football to score three touchdowns in a game, as well as the eighth player at any position to accomplish the feat. Bauserman led the Buckeyes on six of their first seven drives before Miller took command of the offense for the duration of the game. “It felt good to get out there and get good timing and get comfortable with the seniors and offensive line,” Bauserman said. “I’ll watch film and critique it (the game) and move on.” On just his third drive as a collegian, Miller celebrated his inaugural touchdown pass. Miller found wide receiver and fellow freshman Devin Smith for a 14-yard touchdown after leading OSU on a six-play, 59-yard drive. At that point, the Buckeyes led, 35-0, and both teams began to clear their benches. Miller then guided a 38-yard scoring scoring drive that Smith capped with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes up 42-0, and went on to win by the same score. For the game, Miller and Bauserman combined to help the Buckeyes tally 517 total yards of offense. “It was good for both Braxton and I to get out there,” Bauserman said. “Braxton came in and did well and moved the ball. We both were focused.” Smith finished the game with 74 yards on 18 carries while Miller ended his afternoon 8-for-12 passing for 130 yard and one touchdown. After notching his first victory on a day when the temperature on the field rose above 100-degrees, Fickell said that he had not spoken to Tressel prior to Saturday’s game and that he was solely focused on his players’ performance. “No, I have not talked with (Tressel),” Fickell said. “I know he’s rooting for us and for these guys. We are definitely excited about having a great day out there and looking forward to getting better.” OSU plays the Toledo Rockets (1-0) on Saturday at noon at the ‘Shoe. read more