first_imgNow score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3.Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor.”It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.Messi earned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up to his great rival for the past two years.”It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage,” Messi said in Spanish in his acceptance speech, “after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.”Five major titles for Barcelona last year – leaving none for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – brought the golden ball back into Messi’s hands. It was not even close.Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar, Messi’s Barcelona teammate from Brazil, got 7.86 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, from FIFA member countries.It was a stellar night for Barcelona and the World Cup-winning United States women’s team.best coachLuis Enrique was named best coach after guiding Barcelona to win the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.The women’s awards were won by U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis.Lloyd stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.”I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates,” said Lloyd, who made the three-player shortlist for the first time at age 33.Lloyd got 35.28 per cent of the voting points, ahead of Germany’s Celia Sasic with 12.6 percent. Third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got 9.88 percent. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired aged just 27.Ellis won the coaching award in women’s football ahead of two men: Japan coach Norio Sasaki and Mark Sampson, who led England to third place at the World Cup.English-born Ellis got the most dominating win. She scored 42.98 percent, ahead of Sasaki on 17.79 percent and Sampson’s 10.68 percent.Pep Guardiola, now coaching Bayern Munich, placed second to his former teammate yesterday, getting 22.97 percent against for 31.08 per cent for Barcelona’s Luis Enrique. Neither could attend due to team commitments. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli placed third, on 9.47 percent, for guiding the host to a first Copa America title.Messi lost out in the Puskas Award for most beautiful goal to Wendell Lira of Brazil. Lira’s bicycle kick for Goianesia against Atletico-GO in a league game topped an online poll that logged more than 1.6 million votes.last_img read more


first_img1 August 2014Centre Benele Makwezela will make her test debut for the Springbok Women in the team’s opening Women’s Rugby World Cup clash against Australia at the French Rugby Federation in Marcoussis on Friday afternoon.Makwezela participated in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow last year and made her first appearance for the Springbok Women on the team’s Rugby World Cup warm-up tour to London and France in June and July where she featured in the matches against the Nomads.ExperienceNine players in Sephaka’s match 22 played in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup in London, while five of them – captain and number eight Mandisa Williams, flank Lamla Momoti, prop Cebisa Kula, replacement scrumhalf Fundiswa Plaatjie and replacement flyhalf Zandile Nojoko – also participated in the 2006 World Cup in Canada.Five of the players in the squad, meanwhile, made their test debuts against France in July on the warm-up tour, including fullback Cindy Cant and lock Celeste Adonis.‘Horses for courses’“Our approach for this World Cup is horses for courses, and we believe that this team is best suited to the way we would like to play against Australia,” coach Lawrence Sephaka said in a statement.“This match 22 has a good mix of youth and experience, which is ideal. The World Cup experience is particularly important because this is a big occasion for the team and for the individuals, so it is important to have players who can guide the youngsters when necessary.”DelightedSephaka said he was delighted for Makwezela and he hoped the fact that she would play her first test in a Rugby World Cup would make the occasion more memorable.“Benele played very well against the Nomads in London and she was unlucky not to be selected to face France in July,” he added, “but she has put in a lot of extra work since that tour to show us what she is capable of and it paid off.“It is a special moment for any player to make their debut and to achieve this in a World Cup is particularly special, so I wish her the best of luck.”Tough onslaughtZoning in on the match, Sephaka said he expected a tough onslaught from Australia and said his charges had to be strong in all areas of the game to start the World Cup on a high note.The last time the teams met was in the final pool match of the 2010 World Cup and the result was a 0-62 defeat for South Africa. But Sephaka said his team had more to offer this time around.‘A quality team’“Australia are a quality team with skillful backs and powerful forwards, so we will be tested in all facets of our game,” he reckoned. “We are particularly wary of their game-breakers in the backline, and we know that they will punish us if we make mistakes. So it is important for us to deliver solid set pieces and use our possession well.“We also need to remain focused for the full 80 minutes to achieve our goal of starting the World Cup on a strong note. We have worked hard in the last few months to improve our standard of play and if we play to our potential I believe we can do well.”Television broadcastThe match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 at 15:45, and can also be livestreamed from www.rwcwomens.com.SPRINGBOK TEAM15 Cindy Cant, 14 Veroeshka Grain, 13 Benele Makwezela, 12 Lorinda Brown, 11 Phumeza Gadu, 10 Zenay Jordaan (vice-captain), 9 Tayla Kinsey, 8 Mandisa Williams (captain), 7 Vuyolwethu Vazi, 6 Lamla Momoti, 5 Cindy Booi, 4 Celeste Adonis, 3 Cebisa Kula, 2 Denita Wentzel, 1 Asithandile NtoyantoSubstitutes16 Thantaswa Macingwana, 17 Nwabisa Ngxatu, 18 Andrea Mentoor, 19 Shona-Leah Weston, 20 Fundiswa Plaatjie, 21 Zandile Nojoko, 22 Siviwe BasweniSAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In the game of Internet connectivity, it appears that size does indeed matter: size of the Internet pipe, that is. And in this game, the phone companies keep losing.A new report from the Leichtman Research Group reveals cable operators acquired 330,000 new subscribers in the second quarter of 2012, while the telephone companies posted a net loss of about 70,500 subscribers.The source of the bleeding was right smack dab within the phone carrier’s DSL service: the once-mighty broadband Internet channel that has seen a lot of subscribers flee in favor of faster fiber- and cable-based services.AT&T and Verizon, the top two phone companies providing Internet service, did add 669,000 fiber subscribers via their respective U-verse and FiOS services, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for their combined loss of 763,000 DSL subscribers.No one should be terribly surprised by such small numbers – the second quarter is seldome stellar for Internet providers. College students, for instance, typically drop their subscriptions when they go home for the summer or graduate.For telephone companies, though, this was only the second time they had a net quarterly loss against the cable Internet providers like Comcast, Time Warner and Cox. In the second quarter of 2010, they dropped back by a mere 1,600 subscribers.The Rise of Cable InternetCable companies increasingly seem to have the upper hand over their phone competitors. “Over the past year, the top broadband providers have added nearly three million subscribers, with cable providers accounting for 83% of the net additions,” reported Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.Explaining this trend comes down to three major factors:1. Size 2. Price 3. ContentSize refers to broadband speed, which is almost always much faster on cable services than DSL. Even when ADSL can match cable Internet for download speeds, cable technology enables higher upload speeds, something that more Net-savvy customers are looking for if they are using more cloud-based services for storage and application use.Pricing can work in the cable providers’ favor, too. Thanks to bundling of services and regional pricing differences, it’s hard to estimate which option is cheaper in a given region, but anecdotally in northern Indiana, the non-discounted price for a local telephone company’s fiber-based Internet service is $63/month for 24Mbps download service, while a local cable provider charges $58.95/month for a comparable 30Mbps service. (Not counting modem rental and other fees.)Assuming these providers actually deliver these advertised speeds, this breaks down to $2.63 per Mbps for the phone company and $1.97 per Mbps for the cable company. Worse for the phone company, this is the highest download speed it offers. The cable provider has two more tiers of service, up to a 105Mbps download pipe for $199.95/moth that comes in at $0.53 per Mbps.Cable companies typically have the leverage on content, too. Having already made their deals with the television and movie studios, it’s easy for the cable providers to make a few more arrangements to provide content like the Olympics online for their TV subscribers. Services like FiOS and U-Verse can make similar deals, too, but any phone company that relies on DSL as their broadband option will be at a disadvantage.Don’t Forget Wireless BroadbandOne area where the phone companies might recoup some losses against the cable providers for Internet subscribers may be rural customers. As faster 4G wireless service covers more square miles, there could be a new crop of rural customers taking advantage of broadband via that channel, especially in areas where physically stringing cable or DSL wires is impractical. If wireless broadband is factored into the phone companies’ overall Internet subscription numbers, things might not look as dire. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffittcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#networking#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more