first_imgBellamy steps down from Cardiff City coaching roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Bellamy will step down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in order to fight bullying allegations. The former Bluebirds star was accused by parents of bullying their children, something Bellamy “categorically” denies. However, while he fights the accusations, Bellamy has stepped down from his coaching role.”I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” Bellamy said in a statement.”I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.”Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.”I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position. I will be making no further comment until the full investigation by the club has concluded.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgSolskjaer pleased for debutant Chong: He lifted Man Utd crowdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Tahith Chong lifted the home support in his debut for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading.Chong, 19, replaced Juan Mata in the 64th minute of United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading to become the 229th academy graduate to make their first-team bow for the club.”He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young,” Solskjaer said. “You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.”But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway. And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”He added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end. The second goal was excellent with Alexis [Sanchez] getting Romelu [Lukaku] in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Ohio State answered one big question Wednesday among several uncertainties about the upcoming 2011 football season: Who will coach while Jim Tressel is suspended? Luke Fickell. OSU announced Wednesday that co-defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, Fickell, has been promoted to assistant head coach. Fickell will serve as interim head coach during Tressel’s five-game suspension to start the season. Fickell will retain his role as linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “I am humbled and excited about the opportunity,” Fickell said. “I’m truly proud to be able to stand up here and accept this role.” Fickell spoke to reporters, but offered few details on how the coaching roles would change for next year. “We coach by committee. It never has been, never will be about one person in particular,” Fickell said. “This is still Coach Tressel’s team.” Fickell spoke about the struggles that will come along with Tressel’s five-game absence. “It will be difficult,” Fickell said. “We have to know whose team it is. It’s our team. It’s the seniors’ team.” Tressel acknowledged that it will be hard. He said OSU deserves his time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This year,” he said, “it may be 24/6.” Fickell is a Columbus native and a 1997 graduate of OSU. He played nose guard for the Buckeyes from 1992–96. He redshirted his first year and started the remaining four. Fickell said he was honored to have this kind of opportunity at his alma mater. This is Fickell’s 10th year on staff at OSU, with his responsibilities ranging from overseeing the punt team to being co-defensive coordinator. “A final version of Fickell’s updated contract has not been completed,” the university said in a press release. The university suspended Tressel for five games for not reporting known NCAA violations to superiors. Terrelle Pryor and four other players received improper benefits by selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos in 2009. Athletic department spokeswoman Shelly Poe said OSU is awaiting the results of an ongoing NCAA investigation, and no questions regarding the investigation could be answered. Poe also acknowledged that the university has become aware of allegations from an HBO “Real Sports” report that former recruit Anthony McClover said he received sexual favors while on an official team visit in 2003. Poe would not say whether OSU would be investigating this and that said the university will not comment on the matter until more information is known. Tressel took the opportunity at the spring practice press conference to again publicly apologize. “The largest regrets I’ve had, have been when I’ve disappointed people, when I’ve let people down,” Tressel said. “The mistakes I’ve made are very disappointing. Certainly, I‘m sorry for that. Tressel said he has received encouragement from many people throughout the ordeal. “The strongest inspiration I’ve gotten has been from our tremendous administration, our staff and most especially, our team,” Tressel said. OSU will begin spring football practice today, and Tressel said he is looking forward to how the new team is going to look. “We’re excited that spring begins tomorrow. We begin that focus on these 2011 Buckeyes,” he said. “It’s going to be a little different team; there are a lot of new faces.” read more


Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn one of the most dramatic, come-from-behind wins in recent memory for Ohio State, there are a lot of statistics to unpack. The No. 6 Buckeyes won 39-38 against No. 2 Penn State, holding the Nittany Lion offense to just 283 total yards and racking up 529 yards against one of the best defenses in the nation. Here are some important statistics from the game.16 – consecutive completed passes by J.T. Barrett to finish the game. From the final minutes of the third quarter through the entire fourth quarter, Barrett completed 16 straight passes, setting an Ohio State record. Just when he needed to be, Barrett was at his finest and systematically picked apart the Penn State secondary, completing three touchdown passes during that span and completing Ohio State’s comeback.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe term “surgical precision” is often used to describe a quarterback fitting passes into tight windows. Such a term could be accurately linked to Barrett against Penn State, as the redshirt senior completed 33-of-39 total passes. His teammates said it could have been even more. “I don’t know his stats but we had four drops so those weren’t completely on him,” redshirt junior Terry McLaurin said. “We kind of left some plays on the field, but the way he played, that’s Heisman candidate right there.”41 – average starting field position by Penn State. Ohio State’s struggles with kickoffs has been well documented. It nearly cost them the game Saturday against Penn State. Right out of the gate, running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Later in the game, another Ohio State kickoff resulted in linebacker Koa Farmer taking the football to the Ohio State 23-yard line.Ohio State’s issues with flipping the field extended beyond the kickoff coverage, however. The Buckeyes had two turnovers, which put Penn State in Ohio State territory. The Nittany Lions also were the beneficiaries of a muffed punt that redshirt freshman punter Drue Chrisman dropped, then shanked before it rolled to the Penn State 38-yard line. Only two of those aforementioned issues did not see the Nittany Lions put up seven points. The special teams and overall sloppiness of Ohio State nearly cost the Buckeyes in the end. Given that a loss from this point forward ends the Buckeyes’ hopes of winning a championship, they cannot afford to have many more games littered with similar blunders.44 – rushing yards by Saquon Barkley. Ohio State has never fully stopped Barkley before. It allowed him to gain 99 yards on the ground last season. In 2015, he had 194 rushing yards. Saturday was a different story. Barkley had 21 carries and mustered only 44 yards in the midst of a season that has many clamoring for him to win the Heisman Trophy.Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPerhaps even more remarkable than the 44-rushing-yards statistic would be the fact 36 of those came on one carry. Remove that one carry and his 2.1 average yards per carry dips to 0.4. His lack of success was not necessarily due to him being ineffective, but rather the result of an Ohio State defensive line that simply bullied Penn State’s offensive line all game long. Barkley was on the receiving end of nine of Ohio State’s 13 tackles for a loss. Heading into the game, the Buckeyes needed to slow down Barkley if it had any chance of winning. They not only slowed him down, but they effectively stopped him. And they won.13 – carries by J.K. Dobbins. Penn State handed the football off to a running back who proved largely ineffective. Ohio State seemingly refused to hand the football off to a running back who was one of its most productive weapons. In the second quarter, Dobbins did not touch the football. In the fourth quarter, Dobbins rushed it once. Yet he finished the game with 88 rushing yards (6.8 yards per carry), including four rushes for 10-plus yards.This has become somewhat of a trend for Ohio State this season. Despite head coach Urban Meyer often stating his willingness to run the freshman running back into the ground with how often he is used, the coach has appeared reluctant to turn to his budding star. Perhaps the Buckeyes wish to save their prized talent for games later this season. Maybe they’re resting him for the next two seasons when he is counted on as their top offensive weapon. But after his fifth game with an average of more than six yards per carry and fewer than 15 carries, Ohio State fans have to wonder if Dobbins is being maximized to his full potential.Ohio State redshirt junior reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor9 – receptions by Ohio State players.This has been a statistic that has been featured plenty in this series of articles. However, it usually receives a qualifier that the primary reason for the high number of players to receive a catch was due to the blowout lead Ohio State had, and that many of the backups were in because the Buckeyes played against a weaker opponent.That wasn’t the case Saturday. Nine players made receptions in this game largely because that is just how Ohio State is going to play moving forward. The high number of players having an impact on the game might not be solely because Ohio State has played lesser opponents. Perhaps it is simply because it has a wide array of players capable of making plays.At the beginning of the year, many doubted the players and coaches who said all six wide receivers were good enough to start for Ohio State. Perhaps the players and coaches were right. Every week, someone new happens to step up and make plays for the Buckeyes. This week and last it was redshirt sophomore H-back K.J. Hill. Against Maryland, it was sophomore Binjimen Victor. Against Rutgers, it was redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon. Any game, against any opponent, any receiver might step up. Perhaps it’s time to stop doubting that and accept that the Buckeyes’ receiving corp might be championship-caliber. read more


first_imgFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes that Liverpool’s Alisson Becker must not “compromise his style”The Brazil international was signed by Liverpool this summer for a then world-record transfer fee of £67m for a goalkeeper from AS Roma.After keeping three clean sheets in his opening Premier League games, Allison was at fault for Leicester’s goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win for the Reds.The 25-year-old unsuccessfully tried to dribble past Kelechi Iheanacho, who then set-up Rachid Ghezzal to bring Leicester back into the game.But Schmeichel believes that the worst thing that Alisson can do now is changing the way he plays.“This is a new style,” he said on Sky Sports.“It’s what teams and managers are looking for. Someone who is very comfortable with their feet and can pass the ball even in tight areas.“You lose the ball every now and then. Every single player does that, no matter where they are on the pitch.“The worst thing he can do is compromise his style. Stay with it, be comfortable with it, that’s his way of playing.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Denmark legend believes that the upcoming months will be critical now for Alisson.“The next few months he will be under pressure. The media will be scrutinising every little thing he is doing,” continued Schmeichel.“How is he reacting to that? Can he still go out and play at this very high level? That is the art of goalkeeping. That you have that ability.“When he made the mistake, the camera was on him a few times, he looked worried. It was playing on his mind. He needs to work on that. It’s the only way you can survive.”The 54-year-old compared Alisson to former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who played for the club between 1980 and 1994 while making 628 appearances in the process.“When Liverpool were the most successful team in England and Europe they had a very entertaining goalkeeper,” said Schmeichel.“Grobbelaar was that kind of guy. He would be incredible for many, many games then come out for a cross he should not have come out for, and they concede a goal.“But the team knew that. They lived for that. It wasn’t a problem. He never changed and that, beyond anything, is the most important thing.”last_img read more


first_img 0 Singh took to another talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, to bring the news. “To clarify, it’s not Jimmy’s slot,” she joked Thursday. Tags Daly is ending Last Call With Carson Daly after 17 years on the broadcaster, reportedly to spend more time with his family. Chelsea Lately, who hosted Chelsea Lately on E! for seven seasons and Chelsea on Netflix for two, was reportedly considered for the gig, but it wasn’t to be.Singh joins the short list of female talk show hosts, including Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on TBS in a format that does not include guest interviews, and Busy Tonight on E! with Busy Phillips.Singh really is a superwoman. Share your voice Lilly Singh joins NBC’s late-night crew members, Jimmy Fallon (left) and Seth Meyers. Screenshot by CNET via Jimmy Fallon/YouTube Superwoman is becoming a late-night talk show host.Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman on YouTube, is taking over Carson Daly’s 1:30 a.m. PT slot on NBC to become one of the few women to host a late-night talk show on a broadcast network.We’ll get to see how A Little Late With Lilly Singh goes when it debuts in September. Its half-hour slot will feature interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches and segments we’ve come to expect from shows like The Late Late Show With James Corden or The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said Thursday in a release, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.” Singh started out on YouTube in 2010 under the name “||Superwoman||” and has gained 14 million subscribers, adding music, acting, writing, live performance and now TV talk show hosting to her bow.She frequently collaborates with Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez and Priyanka Chopra, to name a few, and had roles in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 and the Mila Kunis-starring Bad Moms in 2016. She’s well-versed in sketches, with many of her YouTube videos involving impersonations of her parents, who emigrated to Canada from the Punjab region of India.On Twitter, where she has 5.76 million followers, Singh said Thursday: “It’s official. Ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show… A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Thank you so much for being here. I am truly so grateful.”center_img Post a comment It’s official. Ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show… A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Thank you so much for being here. I am truly so grateful. ❤️Thank you @jimmyfallon @sethmeyers pic.twitter.com/h44HoPRtel— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) March 15, 2019 Culture Targetlast_img read more


first_imgDubai International Airport continued to be the world’s busiest airport in 2016 with traffic of 83.6 million passengers, even though the number fell short of the estimated 85 million passengers, Dubai Airports authorities said on Tuesday.Also read: Demonetisation did not affect foreign tourist arrivals in DecemberAnnual traffic rose 7.2 percent in 2016 on account of new routes launched and an expansion of existing markets. India remained Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2016 with 11.4 million passengers, up 10.1 percent. Indian carriers such as Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Air India also started new services to Dubai, while Nepal Airlines and Russia’s Rossiya Airlines also started flights to the Gulf destination. The airport is expected to have 89 million passengers in 2017, 6.5 percent more over 2016’s. Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports, said that the figure would show Dubai is “closing the gap on Atlanta and Beijing for the top spot in overall traffic.” Dubai International Airport overtook London’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport for international traffic in 2014. The addition of 11 new passenger destinations by local carriers, including Emirates and flydubai, lifted passenger traffic through Dubai airport, the operator said. On January 22, Dubai Airports said that passengers travelling through Dubai International Airport (DXB) will be treated to live performances from CATS the Musical as part of its ongoing initiative #musicDXB. Selected cast members from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s globally-renowned musical – running at Dubai Opera from January 16 until January 28 – will perform two shows for #musicDXB on January 24, at 1 pm (B-Gates) and 2.15 pm (A-Gates) at the airport. Performers in the shows will include Joanna Ampil, a popular musical theatre actress from the Philippines. According to the data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India’s civil aviation regulator, last week, Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Go Air, AirAsia India and Vistara flew about 95.2 lakh (about 9.5 million) passengers during December last year, an increase of 23.10 percent over the corresponding month in the previous calendar year. In full-year 2016, domestic carriers flew about 998.88 lakh passengers between the January to December period, while 810.91 lakh passengers flew in the same time period in the previous year (2015).last_img read more


first_imgSea sparkle in ChennaiTwitterVisitors of Thiruvanmiyur beach in Chennai were left awestruck after they saw the presence of bioluminescent waves hitting the shores on Sunday night (August 18).Social media was flooded with photos and videos of the bluish-green luminescent glowing light that was visible at the beaches along the East Coast Road in Chennai. Bioluminescence is a very rare phenomenon, which occurs due to the presence of a type of phytoplankton called Noctiluca Scintillans.This free-living, marine-dwelling phytoplankton converts their chemical energy into light energy which causes the beautiful sea sparkles when washed ashore. These organisms produce light in their cytoplasm when they are disturbed. Noctiluca Scintillans are found in many marine organisms such as bacteria, algae, jellyfish, worms, crustaceans, sea stars, fish and sharks. However, the beauty of its appearance is certainly breathtaking it is no reason to celebrate as this can be an indicator of climate change.According to marine experts, this phenomenon can be seen as an indicator of climate change and can have an impact on deep-sea fishing. Noctiluca may seem wonderful in appearance it is also infamous for causing the death of fish, as they cannot survive in these zones and can devastate the ecosystem of the sea.According to the reports, Noctiluca voraciously eats diatoms, which are one of the most important planktonic organisms at the base of the fish-food chain. It exists in areas there is oxygen deficit and excretes large amounts of ammonia. And only a high concentration of these will make the glow visible to the naked eyes.last_img read more