OAKLAND – Below are some takeaways from the Warriors’ practice on Sunday, two days before the team’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thundery at Oracle Arena.Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston sit out of Sunday’s scrimmage.The Warriors said Curry and Livingston have ailments that are so minor that they struggled to say what they even are. Only thing that Warriors coach Steve Kerr clarified: Curry does not have an ankle injury.“Minor little tweak we didn’t want to mess around with. He …
1 June 2015The 90th Comrades Marathon belonged to South Africa – and it was about time, too.Caroline Wostmann became the first South African female winner since Rae Bisschoff in 1998. Wostmann was also less than three minutes off the up-run record held by Russian veteran Elena Nugralieva. She is also the first South African woman to win the Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades in the same year.Only some 35 minutes earlier, Gift Kelehe had won gold in the men’s race, which meant that South Africa had a male and female winner for the first time since 1992. Kelehe’s older brother, Andrew Kelehe, won the race in 2001. Winners of the 90th Comrades Marathon: Gift Kelehe and Caroline Wostmann. (Image: @ComradesRace/Twitter.com)The Rustenburg-based policeman may have had a tough time preparing for the race with work hours providing a major obstacle to his training, but he was never short of confidence. And that confidence remained after the race.“History has been made today,” he said. “It was not over-confidence. But sometimes if you want something you must be confident and you must believe that it will happen. I had a belief that I could win this race today and it happened.”Kelehe had received three gold medals previously, but following his first win, he hoped that he could go on a run and dominate the next few years. “It was my wish and my aim to be the champion one of these days,” he said. “Next year I am coming back for [another] win.”In the Comrades, the annual ultra-marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, gold medals are awarded to the first 10 male and female finishers. Wostmann, an accounting lecturer at Wits University, hoped that this win would bring about a renewed era of South African women succeeding at the Comrades. In recent years they had been spectators to the brilliance of Russian twins Elena and Olyesa Nurgalieva.“It shows that there definitely [has been] a big improvement in South African running,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of strong women. I do think that specifically with Nedbank, [which] has been helping us so much, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more South Africans in the top 10.“We have been working quite hard as South African women to try to improve our ultra- running and that’s definitely coming through now.”There was good news on the medical front, too, with only two serious cases of hyperthermia being reported by the end of the race day.Men’s top 101. Gift Kalehe – 05:38:362. Mohammed Husein – 05:46:143. Hatiwande Nayamande – 05:48:194. Lebohang Monyele – 05:52:325. Teboho Selo – 05:54:036. Joseph Mphuthi – 05:54:297. Claude Moshiywa – 05:55:178. Stephen Muzhingi – 05:56:369. Sandile Ngunuza – 05:57:0810. Thuso Mosiea – 05:59:08Women’s Top 101. Caroline Wostmann – 06:12:222. Charne Bosman – 06:33:243. Elena Nurgalieva – 06:40:364. Olesya Nurgavieva – 06:41:185. Nina Podnebesnova – 06:41:486. Eleanor Greenwood – 06:44:037. Emmerentia Rautenbach – 06:45:228. Joasia Zakrzewski – 07:00:459. Simona Staicu – 07:01:1410. Yolandi Maclean – 07:01:49Source: News24Wire
Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday landed in controversy after a video captured him yelling at a group of flood victims voicing their grievances. The Opposition was quick to point out his ‘insensitivity’ and asked whether the State was being run by General Dyer, infamous for ordering the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the British-ruled India in 1919. Addressing a gathering in Kolhapur, Mr. Patil, who is also guardian minister of Kolhapur and Pune, is seen in the video asking people to be patient and have faith in the administration’s work. Soon after, he can be seen losing his cool and raising his voice at a complainant. This latest incident adds to the list of BJP ministers who have landed in trouble while carrying out flood relief work. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself has been criticised for continuing his political campaign. Last week, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan was seen taking a selfie-video on a boat in a flooded area. Relief and Rehabilitation minister Subhash Deshmukh has been accused of being busy in party programmes in Pune while Minister of State Sadabhau Khot is alleged to have doctored a video showing him rescuing a victim.In the video which went viral on Monday, Mr. Patil is heard yelling at the crowd, “You need to be patient and systematic. The officials have been working for 24 hours with no sleep, and still, you want to complain?” He also gestures in anger at the crowd saying, “shut up”. State unit Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat slammed the minister. “People will naturally get angry if the guardian minister, government machinery does not do its duty on time.” The NCP wanted to know whether Maharashtra is witnessing the rule of General Dyer. “On the one hand the minister is yelling at flood victims and on the other district administration is imposing prohibitory orders. This is nothing but dictatorial behaviour,” said party national spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Keylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
MIRAMICHI, N.B. – New Brunswick has a rare visitor from Europe and it’s attracting bird lovers from across Canada and the United States.A European mistle thrush arrived in Miramichi on Saturday, and decided to stay.“This is the first record of this bird in North America,” said Peter Gadd, the man who spotted the bird in a tree on his property.“It is somewhat common in Europe and certainly people who have birded in Europe are familiar with it,” he said.Gadd and his wife, Deana, are active birders and are part of a program where they record sightings of birds who use their feeders, two days a week, during the winter months.Gadd said as soon as he saw it, he knew it was something rare.“It is somewhat similar to a robin. Being uncertain, I sent a picture to some birders in the province with more experience than I have,” he said Tuesday.Gadd said the small bird has taken up residence in a mountain ash tree on his lawn and the news quickly spread among the birding community, drawing more than 100 people in the first three days.“Some of the people here this morning are doing a big year where they will travel all over North America and see how many birds they can see. They are now up to about 760 birds. Four of those people were here this morning from Tennessee, Michigan, Florida and Iowa,” he said.He said anyone wanting to view the bird needs to be respectful and keep their distance.Gadd said the bird must have gotten separated from its flock and then been driven to Canada by strong winds and bad weather.He said that species of bird is very protective of its food supply and has already chased off a number of robins. He said it’s a hardy bird that should be able to survive the winter.“It’s a tough bird. It made its way across the North Atlantic so it must be a fairly resilient bird,” he said.“There isn’t much we can do. We can just hope for the best and make sure it has food.”— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.
There’s no time to waste in the current NHL season – the Columbus Blue Jackets just need points. So far, they’re getting the job done. The Detroit Red Wings crashed the Blue Jackets’ Monday home opener by tying the game at three with 6:04 remaining in regulation before winning in a shootout, 4-3. The night wasn’t a total loss, though – players in the Columbus locker room found consolation in gaining a point by virtue of forcing overtime against the visitors. That valuable point in the standings gave the Blue Jackets three points through two games (the first two came in Saturday’s season-opening 4-3 shootout win at Nashville). It took the 2011-12 Blue Jackets nine games to make three points and claim their first win. So, while it’s true that the Blue Jackets were a mere 6:04 away from only the second 2-0 start to a season in franchise history, the team is taking a glass-half-full approach to the situation. “For us, (Monday’s game is) still a good point,” Blue Jackets wing Vinny Prospal said after the game. “I think, before the season, if anybody told us we’d have three points after the first two games, we would take it.” Prospal scored his first goal of the season – the would-have-been game winner – with 11:17 to play in the third period to put Columbus up, 3-2. Red Wings veteran center Pavel Datsyuk erased that lead when he jammed the game-tying goal past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from close range. After a scoreless overtime period, Detroit center Damien Brunner scored the only goal of the shootout to win the game. A single point isn’t to be taken lightly in the current lockout-shortened, 48-game season. Fewer games mean fewer chances to climb in the standings and a significantly narrowed margin for error when compared to the ample opportunities teams have to improve during the typical 82-game seasons. Another product of the condensed schedule is quick turnarounds – Columbus will play its third game in five days Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. If there was any lingering frustration about letting a win against Detroit slip away, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson compelled his teammates to quickly move beyond it. “You have to let it go,” Johnson said. “We have to get ready for Wednesday … win or lose, you have to put it behind you and get ready for the next one.” A win against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., would give the Blue Jackets five points – it took last year’s team 12 games to reach that plateau, and they were already fading from the playoff picture, having posted a 2-9-1 record during that span. So long as the team doesn’t fade into playoff oblivion again, when and how the points come probably isn’t of much consequence to the Columbus players. The goal, Johnson said, is to simply accumulate points every time out and stay in the hunt. “We’re trying to find a way to get a point in every single game,” Johnson said. “Because every point is so precious with only 48 games.” John Davidson, president of hockey operations for Columbus, agreed. “There’s no such thing as a bad point,” Davidson said. “Not this year.” The Blue Jackets’ Wednesday game at Phoenix is scheduled for an 10 p.m. start.
Brazil are the best team in the world but Belgium can beat them says Lukaku, according to ESPN.Romelu Lukaku believes that he and his teammates have what it takes to beat Brazil despite referring to them as the best team at the World Cup.The Belgian striker is among the top scorers at this World Cup so far with four goals to his name. His sublime dummy against Japan was enough to put West Brom’s Nacer Chadli through on goal and the wide man made no mistake from six-yards out.Roberto Martinez’s men look very good in attack and Lukaku knows the game against Brazil will provide them an opportunity to show how far they’ve come.“For the past two years we’ve been playing with this system and we’ve improved as individuals,” Lukaku told reporters during the pre-match conference.“Tomorrow’s match against the best team in this World Cup will be a good test to see where we stand as a team.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When asked about Neymar’s theatrics at the World Cup. He replied:“For me he’s not an actor, he has come against very tough players. He’s one of the best in the world and I’m excited to be going up against him for the second time.”Belgium go into this game as underdogs against the five-time world champions But Lukaku believes his teammates will play without fear or too much respect.“I think we have to savour the game as well as play without the pressure from the outside and give our optimal best for our country.”The Brazilians have the meanest defensive record so far at the tournament, but the Belgians will hope their attack proves too much for Thiago Silva and co tomorrow evening.
Manchester United’s full-back Ashley Young rues their 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and believes Jose Mourinho’s side deserved all 3 points.Young put in an impressive performance as he stopped Chelsea’s dangermen Eden Hazard and Willian in the flanks, but is unhappy after United second-half comeback was cancelled out by a Ross Barkley equaliser in the 96th-minute.“I think we have to look at the positives,“ Young told MUTV.“I think we deserved to win it, especially when we got back into the game and we really did get on top, but this is what we have to do [against Juventus].“We have to go into the game looking to start on more of the front foot, especially at home. That’s the way we have got to do it, like we did in the second half against Newcastle and for 60, 65 minutes of this game against Chelsea and as long as we play that way then I am sure we will get the right result.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Young felt on another day the Reds could have put the game to bed in the second half and come away with the well-deserved three points.“It’s one of those things, we are just disappointed in the dressing room,” he continued.“But we have to take the positives from the game and I think the way we played in the second half especially, we were fantastic at times.“On another day we could have scored a third goal, but it wasn’t meant to be. It comes off the post, David saves it, it goes back to their man and they score. It is disappointing, but we have to take the positives from the game and kick on from here.“There were spaces for us to play in, especially in the first half when we got the ball to our front three and we actually said it was fairly easy to get it to them, but that end pass, that cross or that [final] shot is what we needed to improve and we did that in the second half. Like I say, on another day we could have gone on to get another goal, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic granted an interview to L’Equipe where he gave a surprising statement about his real influence in football.We have lived inside a lie for all these years, we always thought that Ronaldo Nazario was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biggest influence in football but we were mistaken.The Swedish striker just revealed the truth about this during an interview with L’Equipe where he spoke about the time when he played for Juventus during a small period of time and met the player who taught him the biggest lessons in the profession, that man is French midfielder, Patrick Vieira.It’s weird I know, but if you stop to think about it, this revelation actually makes a lot of sense.During that period when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had just moved out of his bubble in Holland where he became a world-class player at Ajax from Amsterdam, coming to Serie A was one of his biggest career moves and he arrived in a squad that was filled with some of the biggest names in football at the moment.There he would meet a couple of French legends who quickly grounded him and made him realize that he was a flawed individual, one who could achieve greatness but needed to learn a few life lessons first.Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira wishes Zlatan Ibrahimovic good luck at Manchester United: https://t.co/3q9ivJrSUZ pic.twitter.com/44oFNV5nEe— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 1, 2016At the time, there was actually no one better than Vieira to teach him those lessons and both players quickly developed a close bond. Even when Juventus was part of that match-fixing scandal in 2006, the two of them decided to play for Internazionale Milano together and they continued to make their friendship flourish.This reveal is really weird because now the video of Zlatan Ibrahimovic admiring Brazilian Ronaldo when they met at a Milano Derby later on, just looks a bit creepy now because we always believed that Zlatan’s biggest influence was the legendary Brazilian striker.But then again, Patrick Vieira does look like a man who could teach a few things to anyone about football, maybe that’s why he decided to become a manager after his career ended.Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the news to eveybody on his latest interview to French journal L’Equipe, where he also spoke about the possibility of going back to Paris Saint-Germain as a manager in the future, hinting that this could be the next career path for him.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals Patrick Vieira was the biggest influence on his career – “he was always on my back, it was never good enough”. https://t.co/pkqI022Yeg #Juventus #FCIM pic.twitter.com/DLvY6KAIgb— footballitalia (@footballitalia) November 9, 2018“When I met him at Juventus, he had a really different mentality from the other players I’d known,” Ibrahimovic told L’Equipe.“He was always on my back, I thought I was doing things right but it was never good enough. He showed me that you have to give more, want more.”“He taught me that we play as we train. That’s how it works: if you train well, you play well. I don’t need to tell you the player and the professional he was.”“He was a phenomenal player who will remain in history, but I’m happy I knew the player and person. He deeply influenced my game by pushing me to give 120 percent every day, every game.”“I’m not surprised he became a Coach, he already had that in him: his experience, his maturity, his way of helping others.”“He was always available to talk. He really helped a lot of players, not just me. There were big stars at Juve at the time, and to please them you had to give a lot, you got nothing for free,” he concluded.Zlatan Ibrahimović: “Vieira is one of the best players I played with. He was a monster. He taught me so much.” pic.twitter.com/pg9ogekbBM— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 2, 2015What do you think about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s unexpected revelation about his biggest influence in football? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.