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KINGSLEY KENNEL OWNER SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

first_imgA Kingsley, Iowa man who owed a monetary penalty to the United States for numerous violations of animal welfare regulations at his kennel has been sentenced to 3 years’ probation for lying to the government about his assets and income.61 year old Gary Felts was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements to the United States.Felts has operated the Black Diamond Kennel since 1998.The United States Department of Agriculture conducted 17 inspections of the facility since then, finding Felts had 51 non-compliant items, including inadequate veterinary care, housing and sanitation.As a result of these violations, USDA obtained an $18,938 administrative penalty against Felts.Felts failed to pay the penalty and the United States obtained a civil judgment against him.He currently owes over $13,380 on his administrative penalty.last_img read more

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BUCKMEIER CHOSEN TO BECOME MAGISTRATE

first_imgA Sioux City Attorney has been chosen to fill a new vacancy created for a part-time Magistrate.A nominating committee chose Brian Buckmeier to serve a term of office through July 31st of 2021.Buckmeier will serve part time and have jurisdiction over simple misdemeanors, including scheduled violations, county and municipal infractions, and small claims cases.Magistrates also have authority to issue search warrants, conduct preliminary hearings, and hear certain involuntary hospitalization and juvenile matters.last_img read more

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ONE IOWA FORUM DEALS WITH WORKPLACE ACCEPTANCE OF LGBTQ EMPLOYEES

first_imgOne Iowa hosted the first LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit in Siouxland Tuesday at the Sioux City Public Museum.Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, the State Director of One Iowa, says the goal was to provide resources for employers and LGBTQ employees to help them create safe and inclusive workplaces.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LGB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..authentic self at work. :21Hoffman-Zinnel says that acceptance also reaps benefits for the employer;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LGB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..a good thing. :15He says a lot of progress has been made in the state in the acceptance of those who are part of the LGBTQ community:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LGB3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………to catch up. ;21Previous workplace forums were held in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.last_img read more

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SIOUX COUNTY DEDICATES NEW REGIONAL AIRPORT

first_imgA grand opening celebration was held Wednesday for the new Sioux County Regional Airport near Maurice.Harold Schiebout, the chairman of the Sioux County Regional Airport Agency’s Board, says it took nearly 20 years to get to this point:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SOOAIR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….three entities. ;18The 32 million dollar airport has a terminal, lighting for approaching aircraft and a weather observation station.Sioux County native Dennis Muilenburg is the Chairman, President and CEO of Boeing and also served as the ceremony’s key-note speaker:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SOOAIR3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..Sioux County as well. ;15Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds also spoke at the ceremonies:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SOOAIR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……for the state. ;11Schiebou says the new airport hopefully will help keep local corporate offices in Sioux county.With the new opening of the Sioux County Regional airport, both the Orange City and the Sioux Center existing airports are scheduled to close within the next few weeks.last_img read more

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Bedlam Preview

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMITeams: #3 Oklahoma State 10-1 (7-1) vs. #10 Oklahoma 9-2 (6-2)Time: 7:00 PM CSTTV: ABCOn the call: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweKickoff: For entertainment purposes:Spread: Cowboys -3.5Over/Under: 70.5This game opened at OSU -3 with an over/under of 78 and has since been upped to OSU -3.5 but the over/under has been lowered to 70.5, obviously because of the weather. If you’re looking to get some last-minute bets in though, it looks like the rain is going to be gone and I don’t think temperature is keeping either of these teams out of the end zone.OU to cover and take the over. The cumulative score for the last seven Bedlam games in Stillwater: OU 239, OSU 231. (courtesy of okstate.com) Justin Blackmon has more than 500 fewer yards and 5 fewer TD than last year on only 8 fewer catches. Mike Gundy can earn $564,000 with a win today (courtesty of College Gameday). OU has only lost three games in conference play once since Stoops has been there. A few stats you should know: What I’m excited about: Are you kidding me? It’s Bedlam, baby. Outside of that, I think it’s going to be just an incredible game. OSU is the better team, and anybody who tells you different is lying to themselves, but to say their Bedlam demons aren’t relevant is to say Kim Kardashian doesn’t have an attention problem.I think both of those factors form some sort of strange clash that will result in an instand classic. OSU will win if: Two things here. Either they stop the Belldozer in the red zone and hold OU to field goals, or hassle Landry to the point that he tosses multiple interceptions before OU can reach the red zone. OSU has lost the turnover battle three times (Louisiana, Kansas State, and Iowa State) and twice the game has been dicey. How worried I am (out of 10):Uniform prediction:Gun to my head: OSU 41-38 – Gina tweeted the five of the six Oklahoman writers picked OSU to score 41 points, so lump me in with that group. And if that 41 is the result of a Quinn Sharp FG as time expires, I won’t be well enough to rush the field, so enjoy.Give me your predictions below!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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WATCH: Vincent Taylor, Tre Flowers Return Blocked Extra Point for Score

first_imgPerhaps the play of the year for Oklahoma State came toward the end of the first quarter against Oklahoma State.After Texas took back some momentum marching down the field for a touchdown that would have tied the game with an extra point, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor blocked the kick (with his gut!) and pitched back to Tre Flowers, who took it the rest of the way for a score.Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) & Tre Flowers (@_Slimm7) have known each other since middle school. You could tell in this PAT return. #OKState pic.twitter.com/pbb3NR0SwC— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Justice Hill and Chris Carson Power Oklahoma State To 334 Rushing Yards In Win TCU

first_imgThe Cowboys dominated TCU in Fort Worth behind a strong outing from the much maligned offensive line group — arguably the team’s most improved position group. They imposed their will against a strong Horned Frogs rushing defense. The direct beneficiary of those holes opened? Justice Hill and Chris Carson, who each rushed for more than 100 yards — the first time that has happened at OSU since 2013.Both Carson and Justice have very separate running styles. Hill is explosive, and slippery in space. Carson is more of a power back with good aggression and an ability to lower his shoulder to pick up tough yards.They both performed at the top of their game with Hill unleashing the lightning and Carson playing meaner than he’s played all season.“I’m very proud of our running backs and the way they are running,” head coach Mike Gundy said after the game. “Our offensive line play, I always try to tell them without watching the tape, I think it was pretty good.”Here’s a run from earlier in the game from Hill, who didn’t break it out. But this run shows everything he brings: Burst, explosiveness through the hole, and a slippery style of running. Both Hill and Carson each appear to be hitting their strides as the season culminates, and OSU appears to be — dare I say it — a strong power running team!They finished the game as a team with 334 total rushing yards. It’s their largest rushing output of the season.With closing runs like this from Carson (this was the fourth quarter), Oklahoma State’s 1-2 punch at running back rides as high as it has all season into a Big 12 title showdown in two weeks in Norman.Here is another look at Chris Carson truck-sticking the entire DFW metroplex. pic.twitter.com/caf8gUbicq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 19, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img And later in the same drive, the Pokes fed Carson who found a wide open hole on the left side of the line which he burst through to the second level with.Hill went over the true freshman rushing record today, breaking Thurman Thomas with a fitting burst across the seam. The Cowboys smartly motioned tight end Zac Veatch into the action who threw a nice lead block for the young man. He makes 32 yards look like…not 32 yards.last_img read more

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In the Last Five OSU-Texas Games, nine QBs Have Started

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How about that for a stat? The Tulsa World pointed out that Texas will have played four different QBs in its last five meetings against Oklahoma State this Saturday when Jerrod Heard starts. OSU will have played five (!)Let’s take a look at the last five Texas-OSU matchups.2011 (Brandon Weeden vs. David Ash)An ugly game that featured two picks (from Ash) and just one TD (from Weeden). The two combined to toss for just 360 yards. Gross.2012 (J.W. Walsh vs. David Ash)A slugfest that featured over 600 passing yards and one very questionable rushing touchdown as the clock wound down in Stillwater.AdChoices广告2013 (Clint Chelf vs. Case McCoy)The “did you know my brother player here too?” game. Chelf wasn’t great (16/22 for 197 and 2 TD), but McCoy tossed three picks and OSU cruised.2014 (Daxx Garman vs. Tyrone Swoopes)The best name game of the bunch. But probably the ugliest on-field play too.2015 (Mason Rudolph vs. Jerrod Heard)How surprising would it be if this wasn’t the same QB matchup this time next year?So there you have it. The nine different QBs that will have started the last five Texas-OSU games as of Saturday. For Texas, it’s largely been an inability to find someone competent. For OSU, save 2014, it’s been a plug-and-play formula that’s meant three wins in the last four years (and hopefully four in the last five later this week).last_img read more

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Ings suffers potential setback

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool hopeful over Ings after early withdrawal Omnisport Last updated 2 years ago 05:10 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DannyIngs - Cropped Getty Images Liverpool Premier League The forward could be facing even more time out after going down at the weekend, having recovered from a cruciate ligament problem and a knee injury Liverpool are hopeful that striker Danny Ings has not suffered a recurrence of serious injury after he was substituted in the first half of Sunday’s Under-23 fixture.The 25-year-old has suffered a torrid time with injuries since he joined the club from Burnley in June 2015.Liverpool 18/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing An anterior cruciate ligament injury and a serious knee problem have limited him to just six Premier League appearances for the Reds.He started his club’s reserve fixture against Manchester City on Sunday, but was withdrawn in the 36th minute after admitting he did not feel 100 per cent. Manager Neil Critchley, however, does not expect Ings to be out of action for long.Danny Ings has been substituted. He is replaced by Yan Dhanda.[0-0] #LFCU23s pic.twitter.com/Hy3phGJQoj— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 10, 2017″It’s more a precaution than anything,” he told the club’s official website.”He felt something very early in the game and he wasn’t quite right, so we’re not taking any chances with Danny and there are plenty of first-team games to come.”We’ll just look after him and assess him, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Burnley complete move for ex-Man Utd keeper

first_imgTransfers Burnley complete move for ex-Man Utd keeper Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 14:36 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lindegaard-cropped Getty Images Transfers Burnley Premier League An injury blow has forced Sean Dyche’s side into the free agent market, but they have managed to find a player with some impressive pedigree Burnley have completed the signing of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season following injury to first-choice Tom Heaton.Heaton suffered a dislocated shoulder during Burnley’s recent 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and has been ruled out for about four months, meaning he is unlikely to return before the end of the year.Back-up goalkeeper Nick Pope has impressed as Heaton’s deputy, but the injury left manager Sean Dyche short of options in case of further fitness issues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Clarets 13/10 for CS v TerriersLindegaard, who had been training with the club for a little over a week, joins on a free transfer until the end of the campaign after leaving Preston North End.BREAKING: Clarets complete deal for goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. Full story: https://t.co/8hUBqHRYrq pic.twitter.com/wgJTJlo2aq — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) September 21, 2017 The former Manchester United player will compete with Pope and Adam Legzdins, as Burnley look to continue their promising start to the Premier League season, with Dyche’s men seventh after five games.Lindegaard told the club’s official website: “I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line.”I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in nicely here.”I feel good physically and I still want to play. I come here with a good spirit and I have a lot of enthusiasm for getting started.”last_img read more

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Simeone lauds ‘extraordinary’ Messi

first_imgLionel Messi Simeone lauds Barcelona’s ‘extraordinary’ Messi Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 07:31 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Thomas Lionel Messi Atletico Madrid Barcelona 14102017 Getty Lionel Messi Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Barcelona Primera División Although Saul Niguez and Luis Suarez were on the scoresheet as Atletico Madrid took on Barcelona, Atleti’s manager was focused on a different star Diego Simeone lauded Barcelona’s Lionel Messi after he starred in a draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.Messi was not on the scoresheet against Simeone’s Atleti, but he struck the post in the second half and was influential in building Barca’s momentum ahead of Luis Suarez’s late equaliser.Barcelona 12/1 to beat Olympiakos 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Simeone picked out his compatriot – who fired Argentina to the 2018 World Cup with a hat-trick against Ecuador earlier this week – for particular praise as he revelled in the occasion at Wanda Metropolitano.”The stadium was wonderful, we had another night of brilliant football, and with the impressive Messi – extraordinary,” the Atleti head coach said.”Messi was the only one who you could see where, every time he touched the ball, something different could happen. “He was certainly not as tired as many expected after the trip [from international duty in South America] because he played a tremendous match.”Antoine Griezmann – a reported Barcelona transfer target – failed to find the net at the Wanda for the first time for Atleti, but Simeone believed this was his best performance at the stadium yet.”For me, this was the best game that Griezmann has had at home,” he said. “He twice worked the goalkeeper, he countered with [Angel] Correa and he held the ball up well.”On the match, Simeone added: “It was a great game between two teams with different characteristics. Our first half was very good, the goalkeeper [Marc-Andre ter Stegen] was key.”From the 60th minute, Barca attacked with more clarity due to their need to score.”last_img read more

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Lionel Messi’s five best achievements

first_imgLionel Messi Lionel Messi is ‘Here to Create’: His five best achievements Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:17 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lionel Messi Barcelona Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina Primera División The Barcelona legend has had some brilliant achievements in his decorated career, but which are the best? Lionel Messi will go down as one the greatest players of all time – arguably the best- and he has created many unbelievable moments over the years.From consistent team glory to stunning individual achievements – Messi has done it all over a long period of time.Which of Messi’s achievements have truly been the most eye-catching? Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There is no doubt that Lionel Messi is ‘Here to Create’.2014 World Cup Golden Ball winnerHaving been criticised for his national team performances at the highest level, Messi responded by setting the 2014 Brazil World Cup alight.He scored four goals – all in the group stage – as Argentina bulldozed their way through to the final against Germany.Unfortunately Argentina were beaten in extra time by a Mario Gotze goal, but Messi received the highest individual accolade – being named the tournament’s best player.Lionel Messi ArgentinaSmashes La Liga all-time goal-scoring recordAged only 27, Messi passed Telmo Zarra’s all-time Spanish league goal-scoring record of 251 in absolute style during the 2014-15 campaign.He did it with a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory against Sevilla, and with plenty of years left in his career, it’s a record that will take a fair effort to catch.To put in perspective, currently Messi has 360 La Liga goals – which is 74 more than Cristiano Ronaldo.Lionel Messi BarcelonaTaunts the Bernabeu after scoring last-minute winnerThe usually humble Messi let out all of his frustration after scoring a last-minute winner during the second El Clasico at the Bernabeu during the 2016-17 season.Messi celebrated by showing his shirt to the pro-Madrid crowd as Barcelona secured a 3-2 victory during the April encounter.It was a show of defiance by the Argentine before Cristiano Ronaldo eventually led Real Madrid to the La Liga title.Messi still scored 54 goals in 52 games despite Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or and FIFA The Best award.Lionel Messi Barcelona Real MadridHat-trick secures World Cup qualification for ArgentinaArgentina haven’t missed a World Cup since the 1970 tournament in Mexico, and it looked like a real possibility they wouldn’t be making an appearance in Russia.Heading into their last World Cup qualifier in Ecuador, Argentina were outside the four automatic qualification places – and then they went behind 1-0 in the opening minute.With a national disaster impending, enter Messi.The Argentine magician scored three times – including twice by the 19th minute mark to secure his nation a spot at the World Cup.Five Ballon d’Or awards – including four consecutiveWinning one Ballon d’Or award is an extraordinary achievement, but clinching five of them is unprecedented – including four-in-a-row between 2009 and 2012.Messi took the football world by storm during this period – scoring a stunning 271 goals in only 270 appearances in all competitions.His Barcelona team won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.Messi’s best season was the 2011-12 campaign in which he scored 73 goals, including 50 in La Liga.Lionel Messi Ballon d'Orlast_img read more

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Aguero breaks Man City goalscoring record

first_imgManchester City Sergio Aguero becomes Man City’s all-time leading goalscorer Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 05:14 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League UEFA Champions League Guardiola Sergio Agüero The striker has surpassed a record that took 11 years to set and had stood for 78 years by scoring against Napoli on Wednesday Sergio Aguero has become Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer thanks to his strike against Napoli on Wednesday evening.The Argentina striker now has 178 goals for City, surpassing Eric Brook’s tally of 177.Man City -1 21/20 v Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brook scored his final goal for the club in 1939, meaning Aguero has broken a record that had stood for 78 years.And, while Brook scored his goals over an 11-year period with City, Aguero has managed to surpass him in little over six.178 – Sergio Aguero is now the highest scoring player in Manchester City’s history (178 goals in 264 apps). Iconic. pic.twitter.com/6RSx7wwHo1 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 1 November 2017 Aguero equalled the record with a penalty against Burnley in October and, although he converted from the spot in a penalty shoot-out against Wolves in the Carabao Cup last week, it did not count towards his total.But he struck against Napoli after being restored to the starting line-up for the Champions League tie by manager Pep Guardiola.With Napoli having pegged City back to level at 2-2 from the penalty spot on 62 minutes, Aguero restored his side’s lead seven minutes later with a cool finish from just inside the penalty area following a lightning counter-attack.Sergio AgueroHe kicked off his City career by scoring twice on his debut, against Swansea City in August 2011, and ended his first campaign in English football by scoring perhaps the most dramatic goal in the league’s history; the last-gasp winner against Queens Park Rangers which clinched the Blues’ first title since 1968.That was his 30th goal in all competitions that season, and he has scored at least 28 goals in five of his six full seasons in England.Last season under Guardiola he scored 34 times in all competitions, more than he scored in a single campaign under Roberto Mancini or Manuel Pellegrini.He began the current campaign needing eight goals to match Brook’s record and nine to beat it, and he has managed it in his first 11 appearances. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Mark Uth’s double for Hoffenheim condemns Bayern Munich to first defeat

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Bundesliga Topics Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email match reports Bayern Munichcenter_img 1899 Hoffenheim Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Hoffenheim caused another upset against Bayern Munich as a double from Mark Uth gave them a 2-0 win at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.Last season, Julian Nagelsmann’s side took four points from their two Bundesliga games against Bayern, with the 1-0 home win in April marking their first ever victory in 18 meetings. Die Kraichgauer inflicted the champions’ first defeat of the new campaign, as Carlo Ancelotti rotated his Bayern squad with one eye on next week’s Champions League opener against Anderlecht.Robert Lewandowski saw an early effort clip the woodwork but the hosts took the lead on 27 minutes when Uth made the most of a quickly-taken throw-in with the Bayern defence caught out of position. Uth later finished off a fine team move to double Hoffenheim’s lead five minutes into the second half.Despite sending on Arjen Robben, James Rodríguez and Franck Ribéry for the closing stages, Bayern could not find a way back into the match. Hoffenheim remain unbeaten and move level on points with Borussia Dortmund and Hannover at the top of the table.Earlier on Saturday, Dortmund were held to a goalless draw at Freiburg despite the home side having the midfielder Yoric Ravet sent off after 29 minutes.Hannover are also unbeaten following their 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg. Daniel Didavi’s free-kick early in the second half put the home side ahead but Hannover secured a point with 15 minutes left through a close-range effort from Martin Harnik.Augsburg beat Köln 3-0 at the WWK Arena where Alfred Finnbogason scored a hat-trick. The Iceland forward headed the home side into the lead on 21 minutes and doubled the lead 10 minutes later from the penalty spot. He saw a shot hit the woodwork before completing his treble in stoppage time when slotting in an angled drive after Sergio Córdova’s effort had come back off the base of the far post.Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach, with a goal on 13 minutes from Kevin-Prince Boateng proving enough for all three points.Mainz recorded their first Bundesliga win of the season with a 3-1 home success against Bayer Leverkusen. Dominik Kohr had put the visitors ahead on 22 minutes but Yoshinori Muto equalised on the stroke of half-time with an acrobatic effort at the far post. Abdou Diallo put Mainz ahead when he nodded in a free-kick just before the hour, with Suat Serdar drilling in a third from 20 yards on 71 minutes. Share on Facebook European club football UK Sportlast_img read more

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How Michael O’Neill raised Northern Ireland’s game – in South America

first_imgWorld Cup Share via Email Read more The manager’s meticulous attention to detail, defensive prowess, a small but selfless core of players and a formidable record at a redeveloped Windsor Park are well-established factors in the transformation. Leaving behind a small-nation mentality in South America was another, according to the IFA’s chief executive.“In international football you are either part of the big tournaments or part of the warmup. We were the warmup for Uruguay and Chile,” Nelson says.“We looked at it, Michael looked at it and the players looked at it and we all thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fantastic if someone was the warmup for us going into one of these tournaments?’ You could see the excitement around the buildup to a World Cup and we just wanted to be on the other side of it.“We were not far from holding our own against the two teams, both of who were ranked in the top 10 in the world at the time. We were level with Chile until the 80th minute and two late goals deflated us. Against Uruguay we lost by one goal and had a great chance to equalise in the last minute. That trip gave the entire squad the belief we could make the next step.”Northern Ireland required a monumental leap in 2014, however. O’Neill’s first qualifying campaign could well have been his last without the patience and belief of the IFA board. His team took seven points from 10 matches, became the first side since 1972 to lose a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and at one stage, with O’Neill arriving from Shamrock Rovers in the midst of a 13-game winless run, dropped to a record low of 129 in the world rankings.They will host Switzerland ranked 23rd in the world, higher than the United States, China, Turkey and Sweden: reward for O’Neill’s talent and the IFA’s decision to award their manager a new two-year contract in 2014, despite an inauspicious start.“There was no question of us making a change after the first campaign because we could see Michael was generating potentially good results,” says Nelson, a former chief executive at Notts County and Macclesfield Town. “We were never really out of games in that first campaign and there is an interesting statistic to back that up. If the games had finished after 75 minutes we would have got double the points we ended up with. One of the things Michael needed to do before the European Championship qualifying campaign was instil belief in the players and he told them: ‘You can do it until the 75th minute of a game, so why not do it for 90?’ That made a difference. That is the sort of thinking and analysis we knew Michael had on his first day. Facebook A 10-day tour of South America before the 2014 World Cup has been understandably overlooked in the story of Northern Ireland’s extraordinary rise under Michael O’Neill. To those who stood by the manager at his lowest ebb, however, it was the trip that changed the team’s mindset entirely. They would play the warmup act no more.“In some respects that trip was the beginning of the new Northern Ireland,” reflects Patrick Nelson, the chief executive of the Irish Football Association, before Thursday’s World Cup play-off first leg against Switzerland in Belfast.He is well-placed to judge. Nelson was part of the Northern Ireland contingent for friendly defeats by Uruguay in Montevideo and Chile in Valparaíso three years ago, when O’Neill’s team were invited to join the South Americans’ preparations for Brazil, despite finishing second from bottom of their qualifying group. Now, as one of the eight best runners-up in Europe, Northern Ireland are a play-off away from qualifying for consecutive tournaments for the first time in their history. Northern Ireland Northern Ireland’s Ryan McLaughlin is outnumbered by Chile players during the 2014 friendly. Photograph: Felipe Salfate/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Share on Facebook “What immediately came across is that he is a very deep thinker about the game. It might be a cliche but he is the most erudite manager I’ve ever worked with in my time in football. He really does think everything through. He is a great strategist and a brilliant communicator.“I’ve seen him do one-to-one interviews with journalists and then speak to hundreds of business people at a conference. A few weeks ago he spoke to all of the technical directors and coach educators at the Uefa conference in Belfast, 55 countries in total. He can adjust his message to the audience. He has a certain kind of authority to get across exactly what he needs to say.“When we interviewed Michael in the first place we agreed between us it was never going to be a two-year deal to fix where we were at the time. There had been a few campaigns were we had been disappointing in them or disappointed after them. A short-term change would not have been the solution. We knew Michael could make the difference from the first interview and that confidence has been borne out.”Windsor Park will greet Switzerland with a wall of noise, 16,000 commissioned flags and a corridor lined with photographs of euphoric Northern Ireland supporters. It has developed a taste for the big occasion while O’Neill has maintained momentum with one of the smallest pools of talent in Europe. Last summer’s European Championship represented Northern Ireland’s first major tournament experience in 30 years but that would be surpassed, insists Nelson, by an appearance on the world stage for the first time since 1986. O’Neills embody cerebral tradition of Blanchflower and Irish game’s best World Cup 2018 features Share on Twitter Twitter Chile leave it late to break Northern Ireland resistance Read more “People often reflect a country through the status of their sports whether it’s a rugby World Cup, the best tennis player in the world or football,” he says. “There is a great deal of pride and intrinsic value that comes from success on the sporting field and this is the biggest field Northern Ireland can ever step on to. In rugby Ireland plays as a single country. This is one of the few sports were we get the opportunity to represent the country on a stage that is bigger than the country. Nothing matches the World Cup. For us to be back on that stage would be such a big message for the country.“It is back in our history now, but still part of it, but for many years the global media had only negative stories about our country. It is 19 years since the Good Friday agreement and when you are able to portray positive stories about our country – such as what seemed like the whole country going to France for the Euros and 10,000 fans singing for an hour after a game when you have just lost to the world champions [Germany] – then it portrays the best of Northern Ireland on a world stage. It is 32 years since we were last at a World Cup. I would think it is long overdue.” Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Mourinho hits out at referee after Southampton hold Manchester United

first_imgPremier League Read more The Observer Mohamed Salah double inspires Liverpool fightback after Vardy opener match reports Twitter Southampton José Mourinho believed the failure of Craig Pawson, the referee, to award a penalty for a Maya Yoshida handball on 32 minutes was crucial as Manchester United were again unable to claim victory. The contest ended in a third consecutive draw for Mourinho’s side, meaning they have dropped six points out of the last nine. “I don’t know [how serious it is],” he said. “I know that normally bad news arrives immediately and bad news didn’t arrive but to leave the pitch the way he did, we don’t think twice to make that decision immediately, because there is a problem not just for today but the next two matches I would say for sure.”There was further bad news for Mourinho with Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out for a month after suffering a setback in his recovery from a serious knee injury. “Zlatan is out for a month. It’s the same knee,” he said.“It’s an incredible problem, a 37-year-old man, a lion like he says, a real lion, but it’s not easy. Now he had a little recurrence and one month out.”Ashley Young could also face a retrospective ban after seemingly elbowing Dusan Tadic just after the hour. As Pawson did not see the incident the Football Association could rule on it as early as New Year’s Eve – in time for Young to miss the Everton trip if he is found guilty. Share on Messenger Southampton’s manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, said he did not see the incident. “I haven’t seen the replay but it is difficult for the referee to see in one second what happened in all different places … I have to respect the decision.” United’s onfield issue is that their early-season spark has gone and they now seem worryingly sedated. Here again they could not break Saints down – Mourinho’s side won countless corners and hogged possession but lacked creativity in the final third.Yet the manager said: “I think we played [well] enough to win with all the difficulties. We started the game and we lose the striker [Lukaku]. We lose one of the only two changes I have on the bench to change in attacking areas, leaving just one for the rest of the 90 minutes – I have to bring on Rashford to play all 90 minutes when he clearly needs a bit of rest.“Then a very good referee, one of the most promising young referees in Europe, had a very bad decision that punished us and then the game was about us trying and missing some important chances and always trying to create and play. And them trying to create a chance in isolated counterattacks. They had one very good chance that David [de Gea] saved and we kept trying with what we have.”That opportunity came just before Lukaku’s injury. Sofiane Boufal made the right byline and pulled the ball back. A Luke Shaw mistake teed it up for James Ward-Prowse and, after De Gea made a fine stop, the lingering Boufal was adjudged offside.United could have done without a likely goal of their own being chalked off because of a needless offside but the otherwise anonymous Paul Pogba added just that as the contest neared its end. Nemanja Matic’s shot appeared to have beaten Alex McCarthy, who was making his Premier League debut for Saints after Fraser Forster was dropped. Pogba stretched and helped it home, however, and the goal was chalked off.Asked if McCarthy is now his No1, Pellegrino said: “In football nothing is fixed. Everything is changing all the time. The reality today will change tomorrow. I try to use the moment of the player and the player I think is better I try to give the opportunity. After they have to show on the pitch.”This is what United have to start doing – upping their performance on each and every game day. Reuse this content Manchester United 0-0 Southampton: Premier League – as it happened Facebook center_img Share on Facebook Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Read more Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Romelu Lukaku is stretchered off in the first half after a clash of heads with Wesley Hoedt. Photograph: Super/SilverHub/Rex/Shutterstock Yet the manager also pointed to further penalty claims in the 2-2 results with Leicester City and Burnley as reasons why they did not win those matches. The bottom line is, though, that United have slumped to third position and will be 17 points behind Manchester City should their rivals defeat Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Portuguese’s problems are further deepened by the prospect of losing his top scorer, Romelu Lukaku, for two matches because of a ninth-minute clash of heads with Wesley Hoedt. If the striker is concussed, Premier League return-to-play guidelines stipulate he cannot return until a minimum of six days have elapsed.Of the penalty claim, Mourinho said: “I watched on the touchline and it looked for me very clear but there was 50m distance so I [at first] give the referee the benefit of the doubt. I know my players so when I see people like [Juan] Mata almost in hysterics I know, no doubt, and then at half-time I watch it.“It is a penalty like [Marcus] Rashford against Leicester, [Ander] Herrera against City. [Jonathan] Moss, [Michael] Oliver and Craig tonight are good referees. So the referees’ performances in these matches were good – these were unlucky decisions that punished us.”United are at Everton on New Year’s Day and then host Derby County on Friday in the FA Cup. The manager fears he will have to prepare for both games without Lukaku. Pinterest last_img read more

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’?

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Messenger Winter Olympics 2018 Since you’re here… Skiing Share on Twitter Russia … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook North Korea Share on WhatsApp Read more Hide Winter Olympics closing ceremony: 10 highlights from Pyeongchang Share via Email The North Korean cheerleading squad were another disarming highlight, although it was tempting to wonder what their lives are like now, away from gawping mouths and the lenses of the world’s media.Then there was Russia. On the final day of competition, the Olympic Athletes from Russia won their second gold of the Games, in the men’s ice hockey. But it only inched them up to 13th in the medal table – a far cry from their first place in Sochi when their athletes were fuelled by a cocktail of steroids as well as patriotic fervour.Their hockey players sung the national anthem in celebration – which broke the IOC’s set of “conduct guidelines” for the OAR team. Not that Bach or anyone else will care. And there is a pattern here. For according to the Washington Post, Russian spies were also guilty of a massive hack of computers at the opening ceremony, yet the IOC appear willing to give the country a pass over that too.Yet these Games were a success, which is something you couldn’t have been sure about barely a fortnight ago. Back then, all sorts of worries swirled around Pyeongchang – including the uncertainty over how North and South Korea would act, the forecast -20C temperatures, the worsening norovirus and the prospect of winds decimating the Alpine schedule. But, quickly and emphatically, the sport took over. news Snowboarding Winter Olympicscenter_img Twitter Show Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn Quick guide 10 key moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics Share on Pinterest South Korea Double gold medallist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic: ‘the star of the Games’. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA 1. Ester Ledecka becomes snow queen2. North Korean cheerleaders3. South Korea’s Garlic Girls4. Gus Kenworthy’s kiss5. Return of the shirtless Tongan6. Chloe Kim launches out of a halfpipe into the hearts of the world7. Billy Morgan takes bronze in big air8. Lizzy Yarnold wins gold for Britain9. Diggins and Randall make history10. Canada’s sweethearts keep us guessing Was this helpful? It made Ledecka the first woman to win gold in different sports at a Winter Olympics in history – and a bona fide star.There was also a neat touch in the fact that Norway was able to top the medal table with 39 medals – and 14 golds – thanks to Marit Bjørgen’s gold medal on the 30km cross-country skiing in the final event of these Games. It meant the 37-year-old clinched a record eighth gold medal, and Norway had pipped Germany, who also had 14 golds.Britain finished 19th with one gold and four bronzes, which was broadly in line with expectations. The intriguing question is what happens next. After Sochi, UK Sport doubled its investment in winter sports to £28m and there was talk among some members of Team GB in Pyeongchang of wanting to be a top-five ski and snowboard country in the future – a move that would need more money.Some will regard that as rightly ambitious. Others, as folly. But certainly there were performances that captivated the nation, from Lizzy Yarnold becoming the first Briton to retain a Winter Olympics title to Elise Christie ripping the ligaments in her ankle and her hopes of a medal in the short track speed skating.Meanwhile seeing the likes of Billy Morgan, a 28-year-old former roofer who won a bronze medal in big air, and Molly Summerhayes, who works in McDonald’s in Sheffield and competed in the halfpipe, made it clear that winter sports are not just the preserve of the posh and the privileged.It helped, too, that there were a raft of medals for South Korean home favourites, including a silver for the popular “Garlic Girls” curling team on Sunday, while the thousands of helpful volunteers who cheerfully braved sub-zero temperatures ensured that these Games were a success. Pinterest Topics Support The Guardian Especially as, with his very next breath, he also promised that the Russian Olympic Committee’s suspension would be lifted very soon if there were no more positive tests. That suspension was imposed on 5 December and will have probably lasted less than 100 days when it is lifted. As a response to the most audacious state-sponsored doping programme in history, it counts as barely a slap on the wrist – even when a $15m fine, being forced to call themselves “Olympic Athletes from Russia”, and a ban on the Russian flag and anthem in Pyeongchang is tacked on.A closing ceremony that began with the crowd of 35,000 people counting down together to say “one” as the athletes entered the stadium ended with the Russians close to being officially readmitted to the Olympic fold. “Was it really right to draw a line through what had happened?” Bach was asked. “I don’t think, quite frankly, that the Olympics have been tainted by the Russian affair because we had no Russian team here,” he replied, brushing the issue that has bookended these Games aside.In the VIP seats for the closing ceremony were US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, the South Korean president Moon Jae-in, and the vice-chairman of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s party central committee, Kim Yong-chol.Moon later told the cheering supporters: “The Games at Pyeongchang has come to an end, but the time of peace will continue … in Korea, we will continue our endeavour to broaden the horizon of peace that began in Pyeonchang.”The ceremony also featured traditional and modern Korean dance, a giant turtle, and a guitar solo of part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons played by a 13-year-old.Yet there was also sadness as the Olympic flame was finally snuffed out after 16 days of competition across 102 events. Because when the politics stopped, the sport was frequently spectacular.The star of the Games was undoubtedly Ester Ledecka, the 22-year-old sporting polymath from the Czech Republic. It was audacious enough that she had entered ski and snowboard competitions. But then, incredibly, she won a shock gold in the Super-G ski before, six days later, storming home in the snowboard parallel giant slalom. Moments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisted: “We have seen here how sport can make the world a better place … these are the Games of new horizons.”Watching athletes from North and South Korea strolling happily together, for once separated by centimetres rather than 73 years’ antipathy, it was entirely possible to be swept along by waves of sentiment and hope.Yet another image of Bach, from earlier in the day, was also hard to shake: one of the IOC president despondently confirming that Russian athletes would not march under their own flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony, because of two doping violations at these Games. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Mike Summerbee credits Pep Guardiola with revolutionising English football

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Pep Guardiola Manchester City news Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Facebook Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Mike Summerbee has praised Manchester City’s total football style under Pep Guardiola, in which every player from goalkeeper to striker is technically astute.Summerbee was a key part of the City team that were champions 50 years ago under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. The 75-year-old, now a club ambassador, believes that while the 1967-68 title winners had only a handful of star turns, Guardiola’s Premier League champions are filled with them.“Pep has a certain way,” said Summerbee. “I watch them train occasionally and I think he has revolutionised football in this country. He has a group of people who think and play [his] way – they all have great skills on the ball, first touches, and know what to do with the ball.“They play in a small area where you have to think on your feet. They do that until they see a gap, and then it’s like opening the lock on a safe. Every player is so skilful. In our day you probably had four players who were really top-notch, who could open the game up, but nowadays, everyone can play. All can control and pass the ball.“It’s rare you see a misplaced pass. But conditions today suit the way it’s played. You cannot compare the side I played in with the side playing now – it’s impossible.”While Summerbee does not like comparisons, he believes some from his era could play under Guardiola. “You could put certain players in this era and they could play – you could put George Best in it, or Colin Bell, or Francis Lee. They could play that way as they had that first touch.” The latter two were team-mates in the side that pipped Best’s Manchester United to the title on the final day.“If you want to compare, they look alike and they play similarly: Colin Bell and [Kevin] De Bruyne. Two big engines, they can pass the ball, have pace. If any players out of this side and my side compare, it’s those two.”Allison was, like Guardiola, an innovator. “He could change the way you played,” said Summerbee. “At Swindon I played as an extra full-back – but in my first game [for City] against Middlesbrough, I laid on the equaliser for Jimmy Murray to score.“On the coach Malcolm told me: ‘We’ve just spent £35,000 on you and we didn’t buy a full-back. We bought a winger. Don’t come back past the halfway line because you can’t defend.’“He told me that beating my man and crossing it was all he wanted me to do – he put it into my brain. He had the same idea as Pep, that the best form of defence is attack. We had some good defenders – Tony Book, Alan Oakes, Glyn Pardoe until he broke his leg, and Mike Doyle, all top-flight players.”Summerbee also pointed to Guardiola’s common touch that has helped build spirit within the club.“I’d like to see him stay for ever,” said Summerbee. “He’s a nice man; he knows everybody from the cleaners by their name. I always find in life, whether it’s a cricketer, footballer, manager or whatever – Pep Guardiola, Bill Nicholson, Sir Gareth Edwards, Pelé, the late, great Sir Bobby Moore – people that I’ve mixed with, the more famous and great they are, the more humble they are. The ones who think they are great can be difficult.“You talk to him and [he knows I’m] Mike Summerbee: who’s Mike Summerbee? He’s worked with people like Lionel Messi. The current team have got a great atmosphere. You get on the plane with them and you see coaches, kit-men and players all together, playing music. There’s a great atmosphere. There’s no difference in atmosphere from my day to this day.”Summerbee was close friends with Best, which is illustrated by what occurred despite the Northern Irishman’s disappointment at United’s failure to retain the title in 1967-68.“I’d agreed to meet George Best about one o’clock in the morning in the Cabaret Club [in Manchester],” said Summerbee. “I got there about quarter past one and he was there. He could have bottled it but he was there and we went out. People don’t understand what a nice person he was.” Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Wallabies enter Rugby World Cup with consistency under scrutiny

first_imgIf this is the kind of consistency required to become world champions, a team such as Australia may be in a spot of bother. The Wallabies won six games straight in England in 2015 before succumbing to the All Blacks in the final but since then they have not known the meaning of the word consistency. The most wins they have strung together was four straight against Argentina, the All Blacks, Japan and Wales in 2017, while they won three in a row against Wales, Scotland and France in 2016.Last year, their worst since 1958, the Wallabies did not manage to win even two consecutive Tests, although they have this year with back-to-back wins against Argentina and the All Blacks in the shortened Rugby Championship.Every team with aspirations to win the World Cup in Japan will enter the tournament with the objective of remaining undefeated because history tells us that is what you need to do, but the 2019 tournament may well be the first to witness a team lose a pool game and come back to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.It has almost happened before. Twice teams have lost pool games – England to the All Blacks in 1991 and to South Africa in 2007 and France to the All Blacks and Tonga in 2011 – and still reached the final, while the French drew with Scotland in 1987 and made the decider.This World Cup is widely expected to be the most open ever. New Zealand are the favourites as always, but Ireland, Wales, England and South Africa are all genuine contenders, while the Wallabies, Argentina and France are dark horses.Certainly, all of the leading teams will be aiming to finish on top of their pools to earn, theoretically at least, a more favourable passage through the knockout stage, but the very evenness of the competition throws up the real possibility of a team losing a pool game and still managing to win the tournament for the very first time.There is no guarantee that Ireland, New Zealand, England and Wales will win their pools, and would anyone really be shocked if South Africa, France, Argentina, Scotland or Australia finished second in their pool, but went on to win the World Cup? Apart from being the most even World Cup in history, the 2019 tournament may also see a seismic shift in the balance of power between the northern and southern hemispheres.The three southern hemisphere superpowers Australia (two), New Zealand (three) and South Africa (two) have won seven of the first eight World Cups between them. The sole northern victor was England in 2003. But in this tournament Ireland, Wales and England are expected to have as much chance of winning as the southern heavyweights, while France always pull themselves together for the World Cup.The biggest threat to northern hemisphere success at this World Cup may be the unfamiliar hot and humid weather, which will be different to anything experienced in previous tournaments, usually played in mildness of a European autumn or Antipodean spring.The Japanese weather will be an advantage to the southern nations whose players are used to playing Super Rugby in the heat and humidity of February and March – at least at the beginning of the tournament. It would be wise to look at the long-term weather forecasts. After Japan’s typhoon season peaks in September the weather is hot and humid with temperatures around 23 to 28C, but drop to 19 to 23C in October. The final in Tokyo on 2 November could be played in a cool, crisp 14C to 18C.Most teams have prepared to play in hot and humid conditions, but that weather may only last for the first week of the tournament before cooler temperatures set in. Teams will need to adjust to changing weather conditions over the course of the tournament; tactics employed in sultry September may not work in the cooler climes of October and November.The Springboks, who play the All Blacks in a blockbuster Pool B game on Saturday night, have already flagged that they intend to play without the ball in the slippery conditions, but they may not want to play that way if they met Ireland or Scotland in milder conditions in the quarter-final. Australia rugby union team Support The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Read more Wallabies go with Pocock-Hooper combination for World Cup opener Rugby World Cup 2019: Australia team guidecenter_img James Horwill: ‘If the Wallabies turn up, they can beat anyone’ features Australia sport Reuse this content Rugby union Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter And how will the Wallabies cope with the change in the weather? The Australians seem intent on playing with the ball in hand, which could be tricky in hot and humid conditions against Fiji and Wales in their first two Pool D games. The Fijians are used to playing in hot and humid conditions and will become highly dangerous if the game becomes loose and unstructured, while Wales will probably give the ball back to the Wallabies and try to force mistakes.But in this most unpredictable of tournaments it may not matter in the end if a team drops a pool game. Depending on other results, it could even turn out to be an advantage in the knockout stage. Consistency will still be important, but losing one of the opening four games may not mean the end of the World Cup. Share on Pinterest Topics The Rugby World Cup has always been a tournament that, above all else, demands consistency. In the previous eight editions, the teams that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup won all of their games – pool and knockout. In the first four World Cups the winning team won six games in a row; the last four tournaments the champion side won seven straight.last_img read more

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Queensland Maroons Dinner Award Winners

first_imgCongratulations to the award recipients at the Queensland Touch Football Maroons Dinner on Saturday night. Rick Borg Medal – Luke McKenzieAffiliate Referee of the Year – Pat Williams (Kingaroy)Junior Coach of the Year – Adam Pryde (South Queensland)Coach of the Year – Shane Crotty (Sunshine Coast)Junior Team of the Year – Beenleigh 16’s BoysTeam of the Year – Sunshine Coast Women’s 20’s Junior Female Player of the Year – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Junior Male Player of the Year – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Senior Player of the Year – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City)Female Player of the Year – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland)Male Player of the Year – Dan Withers (Central Queensland)Volunteer of the Year – Amanda Dwyer (Noosa)Affiliate Administrator of the Year – Lesleigh Schiffke (Hervey Bay) Affiliate of the Year – Blackwater Touch AssociationRegion of the Year – South QueenslandRelated LinksQLD Maroons Dinnerlast_img read more