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first_imgSee also:Conte saga has damaged Chelsea, says psychologistAbramovich’s 12 managerial appointments – how each man has fared in the hotseatConte’s eventful Chelsea reign: in numbersSarri incoming: How Chelsea’s previous five Italian managers fared’Serial winner’ Conte relishes confrontation – but it was his undoing at ChelseaConte’s departure confirmed by ChelseaJorginho ‘absolutely ecstatic’ to join ChelseaConte thanks ‘amazing’ Chelsea fansChelsea confirm Sarri as boss and sign Jorginho Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Foster leadership and unity The departures of assistant Steve Holland, to England, and long-serving captain John Terry, to Aston Villa, last summer created a void which has not been adequately filled. Gary Cahill has grown into the role of club captain, but Chelsea need more who lead by example in words and deed. There were too many lacklustre performances last season. Retain Chelsea’s best players This is largely a club issue, given Chelsea managers, or head coaches, have decreasing influence on transfer strategy. But it is clear Chelsea must make a swift decision on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has one year remaining on his contract and could be sold if he does not extend his deal, and Eden Hazard. Hazard is hesitating over an offer to renew his contract, which expires in 2020, and wants “good” players to come in. Young talent, like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, should also be incorporated into the first team. Win, win again and win well The Blues are serial winners. Anything less than trophies is a disappointment – and a sackable offence. Even claiming two pieces of silverware could not spare Conte. Abramovich has become accustomed to winning, and the Russian would settle for nothing less than a trophy and a Champions League return in 2018-19.center_img [media-credit id=2 align=”alignnone” width=”620″][/media-credit]Maurizio Sarri, who is expected to be confirmed as Chelsea boss following the sacking of Antonio Conte, faces a series of challenging tasks to take on.The Blues endured a troubled season under Conte, who has left under a cloud having led the club to the Premier League title just over a year ago.His replacement has a tough job on his hands after inheriting a team which failed to secure a top-four finish and missed out on Champions League football. These are likely to be some of the new manager’s top priorities…AdChoices广告 Be diplomatic Conte was on-message and delivered during his first season with Chelsea. Then, from a position of strength, the Italian challenged Roman Abramovich’s autocratic regime. It was only going to end one way. For sustained success at Chelsea, it will require patience from both the head coach and the Chelsea hierarchy. Diplomacy will be necessary. Rebuild bridges The whingeing of Conte will have alienated players, staff and board members. The absence of a technical director since Michael Emenalo’s November departure will not have helped. Conte’s replacement must have good relationships in both directions of Chelsea’s pyramid and a new technical director would be welcome. The players need to trust the new head coach.Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

first_imgBATON ROUGE – The LSU athletic department did not get what it paid for from a major part of the LSU football program in the 2014 season.According to USA Today’s college football assistant coaches’ salary database of virtually all upper level programs released Wednesday, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is the third highest paid assistant in the nation with a salary of more than $1.3 million. His exact compensation, excluding bonuses, is $1,315,967. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis earned $1,312,300, for fourth in the nation.The database, which excluded private schools and others that do not release such information, is available at’s offense in the 2014 season, though, ranked No. 77 in the nation in yards per game at 383.4, 73rd in scoring offense with 27.6 points a game and 114th out of 125 schools in passing offense with 163.9 yards a game.“Obviously, as the season played out, there were some things we would have liked to have done better,” Cameron said during a pre-scheduled interview on the LSU Radio Network on Sunday night. “I think there were some things we did extremely well running the football and establishing an identity, but we all know there were some things we could’ve added to help us.”LSU finished 27th in the nation in rushing offense with 219.5 yards a game. It was the passing game that was a major problem throughout the season, though, as first-year starting quarterback Anthony Jennings finished 89th in passing efficiency with a 115.3 rating based on a .488 completion percentage and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions.“I think it’s real simple,” said Cameron, who had little experience at wide receiver as well. “It’s the chemistry and the me-you element, and the completion percentage that we’ve got to solve. Our accuracy has got to improve, and I think it will. We’ve got to improve that completion percentage.”Cameron, who came to LSU after getting fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens late in the 2012 season following a decade in the NFL mostly as an assistant, is in the second year of a three-year contract through the 2015 season. “I think there’s no doubt that moving forward we’ll be outstanding on offense,” he said.LSU’s entire staff of assistant coaches is No. 1 in the nation for the second consecutive year in salary with a total compensation of $5,499,269, according to USA Today, with Alabama coming in second at $5,213,400. The Tigers finished 8-4 overall in 2014 and fourth in the Southeastern Conference West at 4-4. The Tigers play Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee. Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) won the SEC championship and will play Ohio State in the College Football Playoffs semifinal in New Orleans on Jan. 1.Alabama first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin checked in at No. 23 in the nation with a $680,000 salary, but his offense finished 16th in the nation in total yards a game with 490.5, 16th in scoring offense with 37.1 points a game and 21st in the nation in passing with 281 yards a game. And his quarterback — first-year starter Blake Sims — finished seventh in the nation in passing efficiency at 161.9 with a .647 completion percentage and 26 touchdowns against seven interceptions.With senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger and junior wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry last season, LSU finished 33rd in the nation in total offense with 5,893 yards and 43rd in passing offense with 251 a game under Cameron. Mettenberger finished among the nation’s leaders in efficiency at 171.4, and Beckham Jr. and Landry each went over 1,100 receiving yards. All are in the NFL along with running backs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue from 2013.“We had a special group a year ago as we see those guys playing on Sunday,” Cameron said.Chavis had a better 2014 than Cameron. LSU led the nation in pass efficiency defense with a 98.7 rating and finished No. 8 in total defense with 305.8 yards allowed a game. The highest paid assistant in the nation is Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster at $1,369,500, followed by Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart at $1,355,850.LSU’s third highest paid assistant is recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Frank Wilson, who is 24th nationally at $665,967, followed by defensive line coach Brick Haley at $465,967 for No. 82 nationally, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes at $377,500 for 126th, special teams coordinator/defensive assistant Bradley Dale Peveto at $360,000 for 139th, receivers coach Adam Henry at $349,634 for 154th, secondary coach Corey Raymond at $325,967 for 170th and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger at $325,967 for 171st.COLLINS HONORED AGAIN: LSU senior left tackle La’el Collins won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from the SEC office on Wednesday after being named to the All-SEC first team by the Associated Press on Monday and by the league coaches Tuesday.last_img read more

first_img First Published: 17th June, 2020 07:39 IST The Russian anti-doping agency says it is resuming the testing of athletes after a break of nearly three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The agency says its staff has been equipped with protective equipment and will have to test negative for the virus before working with any athletes.It has also offered athletes advice on how to register their status if they have to isolate themselves because they have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.The agency initially suspended testing on March 27 for one week but that was extended because of Russian government measures to prevent the spread of the virus.  WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 17th June, 2020 07:39 IST Russian Anti-doping Agency To Resume Testing The Russian anti-doping agency says it is resuming the testing of athletes after a break of nearly three months because of the coronavirus pandemic Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

first_imgGhana coach Milovan Rajevec says there is more work to done with the Black Stars even though they reached the second phase of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.Ghana made it to the next round of the 2010 African and World Cup qualifiers after a 3-0 win over Lesotho at the Sekondi Sports Stadium on Saturday.Goals from Sulley Muntari and Junior Agogo in the first half and a third from Matthew Amoah in the second half gave Ghana all three points and top spot on goal difference in Group 5 ahead of Gabon who beat Libya 1-0 in Libreville.The Serbian, who was playing his first home game expressed happiness with the output of his boys.“I’m very pleased with the performance today and I’m very happy that we’ve finished top of the group,” he said.Despite sealing a place in the final round of qualifying, Milovan Rajevac is not getting carried away. He says there is a lot to be done with his Ghana team. “There’s a lot more to be done with this team but we now have until the next phase to put things together.”Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa– The track that hosted the first tour event of the season is the site for the next Deery Brothers Summer Series date. Touring IMCA Late Models return to Davenport Speedway this Saturday, Sept. 20 for a $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start the show on the half-mile dirt oval. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, street stocks and 4-Stocks complete the card. Andy Eckrich of Oxford was the winner in the series lidlifter on April 11.Davenport has hosted 22 previous Deery Series events. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls is a six-time winner there.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and free for kids ages 11 and under when accompanying a paid adult. The 28th annual series concludes with an Oct. 3-4 show at West Liberty Raceway. That’s the latest date for a Deery finale since the curtain dropped on Oct. 11 for the 1991 tour. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 575; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 546; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 518; 4. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, and Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, both 501; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 457; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, and Brian Harris, Davenport, both 449; 9. Jason Rauen, Farley, 433; 10. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 415; 11. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 412; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 386; 13. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 284; 14. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 251; 15. Spencer Diercks, Davenport, 244; 16. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 238; 17. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 237; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, 224; 19. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, 216; 20. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 211.last_img read more

first_img Related David Ramos/Getty Images(BARCELONA) — More than 15,000 people poured into the streets of Barcelona Tuesday, according to local authorities, to protest the use of force by Spanish police that left more than 900 people injured during Sunday’s independence referendum in the region of Catalonia, in northern Spain.After weeks of intense efforts to mobilize people ahead of the vote, Catalans’ focus has turned to acting on its results, overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Spain, according to preliminary numbers. Tuesday’s general strike was called by major unions, including the famous FC Barcelona soccer team, although two national unions refused to call on their members in Catalonia to join it.Fifty roads in the region were blocked, regional authorities told ABC News, and most schools and small businesses did not open.Protesters in the streets of Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, chanted phrases that translate to “independence,” “fascism is not back” and “Spanish occupiers,” with a certain nervous excitement about how the independence referendum would be implemented concretely.“I am here because I want Madrid to hear we are not tired and we will not accept to repeat the history of fascism,” Francesca Carbonell, a 30-year-old waitress in Barcelona, told ABC News. Carbonell walked two hours to join protesters in Barcelona’s University Square as public transportation was shut down and taxi service was extremely limited.“Catalans have always been pacifists and will always be,” she said, “but we are standing up!” During an exclusive visit Tuesday to Catalonia’s presidential palace, which dates to the 14th century, Catalan leaders met in a chapel without their cellphones, likely out of fear their phones were tapped by Spanish authorities. They were discussing the “conspiracy,” the director of communications for the Catalonia government told ABC News.“By Monday, we will either be in jail or free,” one minister, who requested his name not be used, added. Catalonia’s president, top regional leaders and more than 700 mayors in the region face charges of disobedience, secrecy, misuse of public funds, corruption and sedition, which could carry sentences of up to 15 years in prison if Spanish leaders decide to pursue them.The official results of Sunday’s referendum are expected to be presented to Catalonia’s parliament on Wednesday or Thursday, soon after which a formal declaration of independence is expected to be issued.However, Catalonia’s government is seeking international mediation in order to proceed with measures towards independence. On Wednesday, the European Parliament will discuss the situation in Catalonia.Ska Keller, the co-president of Greens in the EU Parliament, will open the discussion.In Madrid, officials considered the vote a provocation against Spanish sovereignty and Spain’s Ministry of Interior called for an emergency meeting.The Spanish government considers the referendum illegal and in violation of the 1978 constitution, which affirmed that the country could not be divided and that the Spanish national government had the exclusive power to hold referenda.In an address to the nation Tuesday night, King Felipe V of Spain did not provide any suggestions about how the conflict would be resolved, instead saying that Catalonian leaders put themselves above the law.“To all Spanish, but especially to the Catalans, we live in a democratic country where you can defend your ideas under Spanish law,” he said. “I understand your worries, but you can make sure you have the support of all Spanish.”Spain is a country that includes diverse groups of people from Basque country to Andalusia. But Spanish Federal authorities have often reacted to the idea of Catalan independence with repression and aggression, which many Catalan have felt disrespected their identities, Marc Gafarot, an expert in Catalan history at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs, told ABC News.“Catalonia has gone past a point of no return,” Gafarot said. “Now it has become emotional.” Some young Catalans have said they feel they are fighting not only for their generation, but for their grandparents as well.Two blocks from the emblematic square of Barcelona, Plaza Catalonia, 16 year-old Mariana O. spoke to ABC News.“I think a lot about my grandmother who passed away two years ago,” Mariana said. “She would be so proud of us. If Madrid thinks they will be able to destroy Catalans, they are wrong. It has been 300 years that we have been fighting to keep our language and our identity alive.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

first_imgConor later tweeted a apology and deleted the tweets. Conor at the end of his last tweet said, “See you in the octagon.” Does that mean he’s back? Conor first went after Malignaggi after Malignaggi slapped Conor’s training partner Artem Lobov at a gym in New York City for a Bare Knuckle Boxing promotion. Conor then tweeted out a punch of photos showing how bad he beat Malignaggi in a sparing session last year before the McGregor vs Mayweather fight. Please follow and like us: Article by Alex Benda: I believe so, Conor defiantly wants a rematch between Khabib, but Dana White probably wants Conor to fight someone else first, and hope he wins to set up this epic rematch. Conor then went after current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov who he recently lost to die to a submission poking fun of his religion. Khabib is a devout Muslim, and Conor showed some bigotry over it. Conor posted these tweets making fun of Khabib’s wife. Conor McGregor has been in the headlines the past few days with a twitter war between former pro boxer Paulie Malignaggi, and current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Here are McGregor’s tweets The former champion who recently retired has appeared to still have interest in fighting after he recently announced his retirement. last_img read more

first_img“Ichi Ban”, meaning “first” in Japanese, was a more than appropriate moniker for two of the standout winners at the recently concluded 2012 edition of the Phuket King’s Cup sailing regatta, held off the Kata Beach Resort in Phuket from Dec. 3-9. Matt Allen’s victory on Ichi Ban in the IRC 2 class was one of the stories of the 26th running of this now world famous maritime event, held annually in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s birthday.  The Adams 10-meter boat, built in 1976, had been lying unused and moored up in Sydney only 7 weeks before the Phuket regatta and was snapped up on a whim by Allen who spotted its potential and fancied it could fare well as an IRC 2 racing craft. Hurriedly shipped over to Thailand prior to the event, the crew on Ichi Ban set to work the long hours preparing the boat and were still “patching up the rigging and bolting things down on the morning of the first race day,” said Allen.  “It was amazing to sail on the first regatta day – the first time we ever put the sails up,” he added.The fact that he and his crew then went on to win the first two races and finish second in the third on the opening day speaks volumes of the hard work put in by Aussie skipper and his team and vindicated his decision to enter the boat in this year’s regatta at such short notice.  Against a very competitive IRC2 fleet, including a strong Thai Navy team, Ichi Ban continued to dominate over the following days of racing and had all but sown up victory in its class with one day to spare.  The Royal Thai Navy 1 boat skippered by CPO.1 Wiwat Poonpat took the final day honours to finish second overall, with Peter Dyer’s Kata Rocks in third.Ichi Ban’s namesake in the IRC1 class, the Beneteau 44.7 chartered by David Fuller and helmed by Jamie Wilmot fought a titanic week-long duel with Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady 6, with the outcome of the class not decided until the final day of racing, however, Steve Manning’s Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 stole the limelight on the last day with 2 wins to scupper the last remaining chances for Bremner’s team.  It was a special victory for Wilmot who has now helmed winning boats on seven separate occasions.In what could almost have been deemed as royal providence, the rainy squalls that had been dogging the southern part of Thailand throughout November suddenly cleared on the weekend prior to the regatta start date and the event was blessed with blue skies and a mixed bag of wind conditions, ranging from benign to gale force, that tested the sailing abilities of the entire fleet throughout the week.The IRC Zero class was notable for some absentees this year, including Neil Pryde’s Team Premier, however the smaller than normal fleet didn’t detract from the excitement as Pattaya based Kevin Whitcraft, the President of the King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee, skippered Won Ma Rang to three race victories and four seconds as they pushed Frank Pong’s Jelik all the way to the line.  The Royal Malaysian Navy entered the fray for the first time this year with their DK 47 Utarid, skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor, and the newcomers performed well to take third place in class.Scott Duncanson made some history of his own in the regatta this year as he helmed Tuay Lek to victory in the one-design Platu 25 class to garner his fourth overall success and join Bill Gasson and Neil Pryde as the other illustrious names to have achieved this honour.  Duncanson was followed up the podium steps by the Japanese duo of Junichi Ishikawa (Beaver) and Makiko Matsuishi’s (IPPAI) who finished second and third respectively.Defending champion Roger Kingdom’s hopes of retaining his title in the Firefly 850 class were put firmly on hold as he and the rest of the fleet could only sit back and watch as Hans Rahmann and his crew on Voodoo put on a dominating performance during the week to wrap the title up with races to spare.  Peter Dyer’s Dyer Straits took second overall, some way behind the flying Voodoo.In the larger multihull class, there was a similar runaway success for Peter Wilcox’s crew on the Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo as the much anticipated duel with Andrew Stransky’s Seven Seas 50 Fantasia failed to materialize, with the latter having to settle for a distant second while Henry Kaye’s Sea Cart 26 Sweet Chariot skippered by Mark Thornborrow took third overall.Richard Dobbs Swan 68 Titania of Cowes defended its Premier Cruising title in style despite Thailand’s Ithinai Yingsiri X-55 Pine-Pacific scoring two wins on the final day and William Lo’s Hanse 545 easily secured victory in the Cruising class ahead of Jack Christensen’s Linda and Patinyakorn Buranrom on Sansiri.Simon Morris’ Sirius 1935 literally cruised to victory as the only entrant in the Classic fleet while Barry Cunningham’s chartered S&S 47 Patrice III took home the Modern Classic class honours ahead of Peter Wood’s Commanche 42 Windstar and Nick Band’s Tartan 48 Emerald Blue.The ever increasing Russian presence at the regatta was outlined in the Bareboat charter category with three out of the top four places going to crews from that nation.  Kirill Sakhattzev’s First 47.7 Sail Plane topped the field and only Aussie Graeme Sheldon’s Hanse 400e Agility International in second place prevented a Russian one-two-three.Finally, this year saw a return of the windsurfers, adding a new dynamic to the regatta and attracting, along with the dingy class, a whole new raft of young sailors who will cherish the memories of having taken part in such a prestigious event and fire up their ambitions to become the sailing stars of the future.Singha Corporation, the Title Sponsors of the 2012 regatta, and Host Sponsors The Kata Group provided a superb closing party and prize-giving ceremony in front of hundreds of sailors at the Kata Beach Resort on the final night of the event that capped off another superb week of racing and socializing at Asia’s premier sailing festival.  34 nationalities were represented this year across the fleet of boats making it a truly international event.This year, a lot of regatta aficionados came back again and Mom Luang Tri Devakul, one of the originators of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – and perennial supporter of this great event –was very happy to see the regatta continuing to flourish.At the closing ceremony, all the winners in the numerous classes went forward to meet H.M the King’s Personal Representative, M.L. Admiral Usnee Pramoj, himself a “regatta repeater”, officiating in the first in 1987 and, thereafter, 1990 right through to the 26th this year.  This makes ML Usnee a 24-time participant.Frank Pong accepted the permanent trophy, as winner of the IRC zero class, designed by M.L. Tri and all winners received the most elegant replicas.  The splendid trophy, graciously bestowed by HM the King, features nine silver sails rising up from a silver sea, super-imposed by the symbol of H.M the King, called the “Tra Sanyalak”, along with the King’s initials, and the Thai Numeral Nine for the Ninth Chakri Dynasty.  The Royal Crown over-arcs the total trophy, indicating the King’s Royal Patronage.After 26 years, the future of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta looks brighter than ever.  The next 12 months will no doubt have sailors the world over keenly anticipating the next edition in 2013.last_img read more


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